September 2007





Official Republican Party Ornament

The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. In the spring of 1874, the New York Herald printed an editorial raising the cry of Caesarism against President Ulysses S. Grant. The Herald falsely believed that Grant would attempt to run for an unprecedented third term in 1876.

Herald editorial writers apparently felt this would have overthrown the unwritten rule that presidents served only two terms, making Grant a dictator. Despite its falseness and rumors that the Herald had printed the editorial only to gain publicity, the idea was used by Democrats that year to scare Republican voters away from the party in Congressional elections.

About the same time, the New York Herald concocted another scheme to increase its circulation. The paper printed a fabricated story that wild animals had escaped from the Central Park Zoo and were roaming the city looking for prey.

Seeing an opportunity to use both the Caesarism charge and the animal scare, cartoonist Thomas Nast produced a cartoon which appeared in Harper’s Weekly on November 7, 1874. Nast drew a donkey (the symbol of the Democratic Party for which Nast was also responsible) clothed in a lion’s skin, scaring away the other animals in the park.

Among the animals in the cartoon is an elephant, labeled “The Republican Vote.” Nast chose the elephant because it was believed that elephants were clever, steadfast, and easily controlled, but unmanageable when frightened.

This year, OuteasY and Anemi are pleased to present for consideration to The Official Republican National Committee our Senator Larry Craig commemorative ornament, sure to provide a festive reminder of all Gay Old Pedophiles. You can display your Republican sentiments on a desktop, mantle, holiday decoration, or get the Pine-Sol scented unit, and hang from the mirror in your car.


It’s always right around the corner ya know, heY!


Welcome to MoCA ~ The Museum of Crappy Art


MoMA – 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY

Confused? It is a bit confusing and here is the explanation. Firstly, welcome to MoCA ~ Home of The Museum of Crappy Art. Please do not think for a moment that we are in any way associated with The Museum of Modern Art pictured above, other than to commandeer their beautiful building for a brief passage in time for purposes none other than to organise our patronage. At this time, we are not afforded a home in the physical sense, and none is contemplated nor desired in the future. Oh sure, big gallery buildings are nice and all, but on the flip, there’s the constant feng shui and angel balls where our lack of resources and time will not allow. We do, however, have a virtual home at and the email address is Membership is open to any and all, provided you know crappy art when you see it, and submissions for inclusion to the gallery are highly encouraged, provided they conform to our only standard, that being two-dimensional.


What will you find here? You know, I’m really glad you asked, and I wish I had an answer. I expect you will find an array of some really great people from all over the world who enjoy the company of others, a laugh or two, and of course, a keen sense of appreciation for crappy art. Please do not expect a personal invitation to join because you likely will not receive one. Simply ask to join, and you are in, enough said! Hopefully, the gallery will fill quickly with submissions that for one reason or whatever, just didn’t make the curator’s cut at your MySpace space, or the repository of choice for your fine photographic treasures. Please know that all art submitted for inclusion will be open to comment by the other members, unscreened, which means if you are a little touchy-feely when it comes to criticism, be it constructive, good natured or not, best remain a voyeur, and really, that’s just fine. I plan to organise gallery theme showings, and the first will be; “Bicycles Chained to A Pole.” More about this exciting happening later, which you will find in the MoCA newsletter and subsequent blog postings.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to the pleasure of your patronage in MoCA. For crappy arts sake, I remain faithfully,

~ anemi easy, Interim Curator



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