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Via BuzzFeed: Exclusive: U.S. Taxpayers To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan

The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan….

Officials explained the decision to purchase the piece of art, titled “Camel Contemplating Needle,” in a four-page document justifying a “sole source” procurement. “This artist’s product is uniquely qualified,” the document explains. “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country,” it says….

(And, as Buzzfeed points out, the average annual income in Pakistan is about $1,250.)

Steven Beyer of Beyer Projects, the art dealer for the project… points out that while some Americans may find it frivolous for the government to pay for art, others will find it important. “It depends on what part of the public you are in,” he said. “If you go to the museum and enjoy art and are moved by it, things cost what they cost.”

Translation: If you object to the purchase, you’re just part of the Great Unwashed, Bitter-Clingy Gun-Totin’ Crowd.

Or something…

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  1. Kitten says:

    Shifra, I have no words. This, while benefits to our military service men & women are cut because they can’t find the money to pay for it. Well, we‘ve had 2 examples in the past week alone of US $$ being spent in other countries for Dumb Sh– like this! Where are our representatives to STOP the craziness!?

    Why can’t they find some Islamist sympathizing Holly Weird actor to pay for the camel. I’m sure they’d LOVE the opportunity to “fund the arts”.

  2. strider says:

    A life like statue of a critter is probably the antithesis of Islamic art.

  3. Alain41 says:

    Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. Bible.

    So he’s spending our money for a sculpture to say that we shouldn’t have any.

  4. deaves1 says:

    Why do we even want an Embassy in Pakistan? They just burn it down next time they get mad at us.

  5. PopArt says:

    I wonder if this expense will be allocated to the budget line of ‪#‎WinningHeartsAndMinds‬. Because if we keep spending billions of taxpayer money on patronizing projects like this sculpture then SURELY all the Islamists will want to be our BFFFFers and invite us to their cool kids club and not want to blow us up or behead us nearly as often.

  6. Dave says:

    According to the Surgeon General camels are hazardous to your health.

  7. Alain41 says:

    Let’s name him Joe. And advertise Joe’s cost throughout the country.

  8. pamelarice says:

    Sometimes I just have to shake my head – no words come to mind for this degenerate wasteful idiocy. Makes my head hurt.

  9. ancientwrrior says:

    The critter kind of reminds me of Baghdad Bob. 🙂

  10. Vintageport says:

    Guess what day it is…Mike Mike Mike…

  11. robscaffe says:

    Couldn’t they have just stuffed a real one and bleached it white?
    Or maybe even a goat?

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