Thursday, July 30, 2009

Warning: Dripping Sarcastic commentary on stimulus fund going to San Fran Porn

Stimulus Bill Funds Go to Art Houses Showing 'Pervert' Revues, Underground Pornography

Article curtesy Fox News

- commentary in italics and bold curtesy me

Emergency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts may be going to help fund nude simulated-sex dances, Saturday night "pervert" revues and the airing of pornographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco.

♪ Who needs music for kids? Come on. What's the Big deal. They did call it stimulous money. Duh?

The NEA was given $80 million of the government's $787 billion economic stimulus bill to spread around to needy artists nationwide, and most of the money is being spent to help preserve jobs in museums, orchestras, theaters and dance troupes that have been hit hard by the recession.

♪ Oh I remember this. They had Josh Groban all overthe news. Help our kids. Help our artists. Help us please. It was such a sweet rated G PR move. Hmmm - was Josh asking to get money for sex?

But some of the NEA's grants are spicing up more than the economy. A few of their more risque choices have some taxpayer advocates hot under the collar, including a $50,000 infusion for the Frameline film house, which recently screened Thundercrack, "the world's only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla."

♪ Oh my gosh! A Gorrilla. How cool is that? I mean the next thing you know conservatives will start talking about how if you legalize gay marriage it wil mean sex with ducks.... It is so time for Gorilla sex.

But he presumably didn't intend to have stimulus money help fund the weekly production of "Perverts Put Out" at San Francisco's CounterPULSE, whose "long-running pansexual performance series" invites guests to "join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun."
CounterPULSE received a $25,000 grant in the "Dance" category; a staffer there said they were pleased to receive the grant, "which over the next year will be used to preserve jobs at our small non-profit."

♪ And we thought Obama was against charity donations! Wrong again. I mean this is charity donations with tax dollars. Oh that's what Obama meant. I see the light now. Take away our tax donations for charities so that he can determine who gets the charity money. Of course. Wait? Isn't that facism? Oh I can't say that? Crap now the media is going to come to my house like joe the plumber and find out I have a tax bill. Damnit! So how many abstinence groups got money for their art programs?

Similarly, the director of Frameline, the gay and lesbian film house, told in an e-mail that their $50,000 grant was not to support any program in particular. "The grant is not intended for a specific program; it's to be used for the preservation of jobs at our media arts nonprofit organization over the next year during the economic downturn," wrote K.C. Price, who listed four other NEA grants his organization has received.

♪ And we’re all complaining where are the jobs? Here they are!!!!! Oh good. Sigh. I was really worried stimulus might be a failure and a tax burden on my children. But clearly there is no generational theft happening here.

An NEA spokeswoman defended the agency's choices and said its grants would help "preserve jobs in danger of going away or that had gone away because of the economic downturn."
"Our review process is very comprehensive -- we take great care with applicants and with grantees," said NEA spokeswoman Victoria Hutter. "It's a thorough, rigorous process that they all go through, and we're proud of the projects that we've been able to support."

♪ I am so glad our priorities are in order. I mean think of the piano lessons these dollars could have afforded kids at community schools of the arts. But that’s just music for our youth. What kind of investment is that? It’s not sex? Sex sells. Let’s talk about what we really need to invest in here. The BIG O!

One project that has received past NEA funding and stands to get an additional boost from a $25,000 stimulus grant is "The Symmetry Project," a dance piece by choreographer Jess Curtis.
The show depicts "the sharing of a central axis, [as] spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal their interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience," according to a description offered on Curtis' Web site. In the flesh -- and there's a lot of it -- it amounts to two people writhing naked on the floor, a government-funded tango in the altogether.

♪ Can we take the kids on a field trip to see this? Oh wait. I'm not in Massachusettes. But talk about an Endowement for the arts!

"I think art is an incredibly important part of our culture and our life and ... that it's very much appropriate that our government should be supporting it," he told
San Francisco's economy is driven by the arts, which provided nearly 30,000 jobs in the city last year, according to Luis R. Cancel, director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Council.
"The city's non-profit arts and cultural sector generates $1.03 billion in local economic activity annually and, therefore, it will play a critical role in our recovery," Cancel said in a statement.
"With these stimulus funds San Francisco arts organizations will be able to weather the storm and continue to provide jobs and to generate revenue while enriching people's lives through innovative, high quality programming."

♪ Anyone remember those stories about how all the stimulus was being disproportionately handed out to districts that voted for Obama? Kind of like a kick back or would it be a pay off? Hmm… Well isn’t it so interesting we (me and you.... TX, SC, NC, RI, OH, CT, GA, FL are all funding our lovely Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s voting block. Oh Goody! That is American Freedom! This is our tax dollars at work!