Mosul in northern Iraq Iraqi antiquities and historic monuments, including churches and monasteries, have already come under attack in the region of Mosul since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIL) took control of the city on June 10. Show More Summary
The Young County Commissioners Court (in Texas) just voted to place a Ten Commandments monument near the entrance to the Young County Courthouse. The monument, similar to the one at the Oklahoma State Capitol building, will be funded...Show More Summary
The Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota is one of the most impressive man made displays in all of the United States and thanks to the sculptor’s widow — who continued her husband’s legacy after his death — it became a national draw, but on Wednesday she passed away. Ruth Ziolkowski was 87-years-old and had
In the Bulgarian mythology, well before the appearance of human beings, the earth was inhabited by a race of giant named the Ispolini. It is difficult not to invoke these mysterious figureheads while walking the site of the Founders of the Bulgarian State Monument in north-eastern Bulgaria. Show More Summary
Before the movie or even the book, the United States dedicated a park specifically to Jurassic dinosaurs. Dinosaur National Monument straddles the border between Colorado and Utah, a national park stuffed to the canyons with fossils from dinosaurs that roamed long ago. Read more...
The Smashing Pumpkins are set to release two albums in 2015, "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day for Night." The former will be the first to make its debut, and frontman/guitarist Billy Corgan stated last week that the album is nearly complete. Show More Summary
Remember when I said that Oklahoma only gets national press coverage when the news is bad or strange? Here’s an odd one … Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Ritze decided that Oklahoma needed a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds. His family donated $10,000 to fund the project, and Ritze introduced a […]
This is the statue of Baphomet that Satanists are going to place on the state capital grounds in Oklahoma, next to the ten commandments monument installed there in 2012. When complete, it will be cast in bronze and Baphomet will be sitting under the pentagram, his lap serving as a seat for children. The Church [Read more...]
Back in January we told you about the push to erect a 7 foot tall concrete goat-headed Baphomet outside of Oklahoma’s State Capital. Well we have an update to that story. A quick recap of what is actually going on here. Back in 2009, the government of Oklahoma allowed a monument of the Ten Commandments to be placed on the Capital’s steps. Show More Summary
Jonathan Smith of Vice snapped some photos of the Satanic monument being built for the Oklahoma State house. Hurray for the First Amendment!
In 2012, Oklahoma state officials approved of a Ten Commandments monument being placed outside the capitol building. Last year, the Satanic Temple said they, too, wanted to donate a monument... a Hindu group soon followed. Eventually, the state officials issued a moratorium on all monuments while they sorted out the legality of the original one. Show More Summary
Microsoft has just announced a partnership with BesTV, stating that it will bring the Xbox One to China in September. Marked as a "monumental day for Xbox," apparently this is the first step in the partnership between MS and BesTV. Microsoft...Show More Summary
The public was invited inside a New York City architectural monument today for a view that has been off-limits for 27 years. The New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson, was open for just a few hours this afternoon.
The highest point above sea level in the state of New Jersey is marked by the unmistakably named spire known simply as the High Point Monument. A little known fact (at least outside of the community of elevation enthusiasts known asShow More Summary
Circa 1911, our second selection from the panoramic series "Washington from Washington Monument." Landmarks include the State, War & Navy Building at left; the White House and Ellipse; and U.S. Treasury. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony on Tuesday served to remind us how a single presidential decision can have monumental effects. For the president who said a decade of war was ending, the decision not to act in a bloody war in which WMD’s had been repeatedly used was the tipping point in an already floundering foreign […]
While interpreting the Jefferson Davis and Confederate Soldiers’ Monuments on the Alabama State House grounds a little over a week ago I couldn’t help but wonder whether this Lost Cause narrative and a growing commitment to remember the civil rights movement can co-exist. It’s hard to miss the latter in a place like Montgomery and […]
A tank monument in Tiraspol, Transnistria. All photos courtesy of author “Yes,” she says, handing over a copy of the local paper, “'I like it here in Tiraspol,’” making quote marks in the air with her fingers. Then the young woman I’ve...Show More Summary
In addition to the Jefferson Davis monument I am also going to talk briefly about the Alabama Confederate Memorial Monument (1898), which commemorates the 122,000 men from the state who fought for the Confederacy. I am going to ask my students to reflect on the ways in which these monuments reinforced the politics of Jim […]
Peter Buggenhout’s massive stacks of debris hang off the wall or sprawl across the floor in a state of dereliction and collapse, monumental castoffs from a world spinning out of control.