Archive for December 8th, 2013

Never Reject A Sculptor Who Loves You

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie, Texas is said to be the most beautiful in the state. The red Italian granite and sandstone structure was built in 1894 at a cost of $175,000. It’s Romanesque style featured many turrets and gargoyles sculpted by Harry Hurley from Italy.

In the early stages of his work, Mr. Hurley fell in love with a beautiful local girl named Mabel Frame who would have nothing to do with him. To show his love, he immortalized her face in red granite.  As he sculpted more gargoyles, she rejected him even more and his bitterness began to show in his work. His carvings gradually became ugly faces of his desired lover – the last one featuring wild hair, jagged teeth, and eyes of the tortured insane.

Click on gargoyle.

Many months later, a monument was erected to honor the county’s Confederate’s war dead.  The statue, however, focused attention on an unsculpted part of the courthouse. Hurley volunteered to sculpt one last image to fill the vacant spot high on one of the turrets.

The carved image? The likeness of a vagina – Hurley’s final tribute to Mabel Frame.

Just Tryin’ To Get Ahead Tra-La

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Colored Crime

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

March, 1942, a distraught Edna Egbert of Brooklyn climbed onto her ledge and fought with police.

New York Daily News photographer Marc Hermann started a project to bring the newspaper’s most infamous crime photographs back to life by superimposing them over modern photos at the same location. Neat idea.

Aw Give Him A Break – He’s Black

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Last month Oprah Winfrey was on BBC promoting her new movie, “The Butler.” She told the interviewer that opposition to the president’s policies is racially motivated and that many in America treat the president with “disrespect …because he is an African-American. There’s no question about that.”

Horseshit!  I have a BIG question about that. Throughout the Bush/Cheney years I screamed against the wars just as loudly as I do today.  Their mayonnaise faces had nothing to do with it.  Obama’s interventionist policies are failures.  Period.  His color is neither an excuse nor a factor. And there’s no question about THAT.

Poor Oprah – the girl might have been successful had this country not been so racist.