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America’s Greatest Artist Depicts Obama Burning The Constitution

This is unrealisticOur old pal Jon McNaughton, the hero behind such paintings as 2009’s One Nation Under God (The Jesusy-Constitution one) (Don’t forget the Blood Remix!) and 2010’s The Forgotten Man has produced this new masterwork, One Nation Under Socialism, which you can purchase for a mere $345. What does it mean, this work of paintery in which Barack Obama is just stone cold lightin’ the Constitution on fire? Jon McNaughton will answer all of your questions.

McNaughton has provided an actual Answer Sheet to explain the painting. Oh boy!

So there ya go: Pottage and whatever. Buy it NOW!

[McNaughton Art]

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      1. Pat_Pending

        And then a Margaret Keane painting of a sad girl burning the White Jesus burning DrunkIrishman burning the McNaughton painting…

          1. Biel_ze_Bubba

            You'd have so much fire and flame at that point, and so much absurdity, that Kincade might be just the man to do it.

        1. Dashboard_Jesus

          hey now, I'm not only the Jesus but also a Drunk Irishman (at least right now, @ 3 AM)

    1. FraAnima

      I know, right? His POV might be excused if his work had any power. Instead, it's just mediocre dreck.

      1. dubyatf

        You're not kidding. That doesn't even look like Obama. I thought it was Robert Downey, Jr.
        Apparently this McNotanartist character got his artist credentials from the back of a comic book.
        Maybe we can all chip in our daily liquor allowance and commission him to paint a picture of George W. using the Constitution to wipe his ass. And yes, by "ass" I mean Dick Cheney.

        1. dubyatf

          I'm so ashamed of myself for posting that last sentence.
          Allow me to correct myself: Dick Cheney is not an ass. He's what Bush wiped.

          1. dubyatf

            I knew I was treading on sacred ground.
            How about if we chip in the kids' college savings? Oh, wait. Same thing.

          2. Toomush_Infer

            Nope, sorry….and I barfed on my last hooker (in lieu of payment), so I'm kind of down to the streetwalker type, the type Livingrock or whatever his name was, warned us about…

    2. Dashboard_Jesus

      thanks, I just posted that to the moron's FB page (curious to see how long it stays on?)

      1. FROTHY

        Why would he even *have* a FB page? It's just another way to let all the hatey-hatey people c'mon over and hate all over his wall.

      1. FROTHY

        Something tells me increased funding for the arts might be a good investment. Imagine if that Little Corporal had found a job, any kind of job, maybe hand-lettering sentimental dreck. How much better the world would have been!

      2. Negropolis

        To think, a shitty postcard artist from Austria (Redneck Germany) ends up taking over Europe. You couldn't write shit like this.

    1. Dirt_Dog

      I think you just missed a chance to say "you know who else wanted to be a painter?" and have the answer actually be the short-mustached one for real.

        1. C_R_Eature

          We can never forget these things. Thank goodness we have Michele Bachmann to remind us that "… just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa." and she will carry on the tradition: "That's the kind of spirit that I have, too"

          I know that I'll sleep better tonight.

    2. DustBowlBlues

      Thanks for the meringue tip. And I need to find trampdirt and thank her or him, or them.

      And very big thanks for the ricotta recipe. I had no idea.

      See? Some of us thought that when a woman bought "our" wonket that the most potty mouthed and funniest political snark anywhere in the internet tubes would also be a recipe exchange.

    3. FROTHY

      About as well, yeah.

      Ever see his clown paintings? Pretty bad, but an excellent diagnostic tool. I'd say this guy has some "issues" too.

        1. FROTHY

          Apparently, you can't even say intreegued! No, that's not a typo or a misspelling, it's an oversensitive scriptbot scripted to catch any mention of Toad's youngest child.

          And all I did was call you babycakes and ask what could possibly have frightened you!

          1. C_R_Eature

            Stop talking about the Clowns. You know how I get.

            And no trying to get around the Script Censor, either. It's there for our own protection.

  1. Sassomatic

    When you burn the Constitution it turns into shit? Or is that santorum. Must be santorum.

    1. tessiee

      "When you burn the Constitution it turns into shit?"

      No, when you burn the Constitution, the *country* turns into shit.

      1. FROTHY

        For reasons known only to Mel Brooks, I now have that delightful church scene from Blazing Saddles playing in my head with accompanying song, specifically the line: "Our town is turning into shit."

    2. MaxUdargo

      Whatever it is, Evil Obama wants to make sure we notice it.

      Evil Obama doesn't sneak up to the Constitution, strike a match and light it, and then quickly dart away, hoping nobody saw him do it. No, Evil Obama grabs the Constitution by the scruff of its preamble, lights it on fire, and then stands there holding the Constitution in your face, staring you straight in the eye while he points at the flames. "Yeah, I did that, mother-fucker. You see what I did? That's your precious Constitution going up in flames right there. Mother-fucker."

      Evil Obama doesn't even need a goatee.

    1. CommieLibunatic

      I'm tempted to start making one, myself. Except I don't think I have the genius to match the last one.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        That's not a painting. That's a photographic warning to the ladies as to what will happen if they don't take care of their lady-parts.

        1. C_R_Eature

          "Don't let this happen to You!"

          On the other wall is a photo of the Duggar family and an ad for Lo-Ovral.

      2. dubyatf

        OT but do you suppose it's mere coincidence that, in the wake of all the forcible rape by transducer legislation recently passed, that I (who have been looking for a job for almost 2 years, and of course, the interwebs know this) should have received an email solicitation from "ultrasoundtechnicianeducation" inviting me to "learn how to be an ultrasound technician" and encouraging me to "get a glimpse into a new life."? And do you suppose the irony in that last sentence is unintentional?
        I will have to investigate whether this program is funded by the socialist government and if so start a petition demanding that my tax dollars not be used for the rapey purposes whatsoever, even if it WOULD positively impact the unemployment numbers. Amiright?

        1. C_R_Eature

          Woah! So, all this Pudendal Probing Legislation is merely a Jobs Program in disguise? Who knew! I just assumed it was the end product of the religious fanaticism that's taken over one of our major political parties over the last 25+ years.
          I'll bet there's no Government money in this program, if you look. I think it's funded by some nice Churches and Church organizations, like the Westboro Baptist Church and Operation Rescue.

          1. tessiee

            Right, because the bible thumpers would never take everyone's tax money to further their agendas.

          2. C_R_Eature

            It's all true because, RELIJUS FREEDUMB. It's in the Constitushun. The Man in the Brown Suit said so on Teevee, so it must be true. I just wrote him a nice check out of Junior's College money.

    1. flamingpdog

      Oh thanks, Barb, I just had a mental image of Sarah Pee in hot pants.

      Oh, never mind, personal responsibility and all that – obviously a product of my own brain damage.

    1. AbandonHope

      You know, that's basically my response too… I can't drum up any snark here.

      Edit: …Yet.

      1. YasserArraFeck

        coloring inside the lines is good, but it hardly counts as painting, except maybe in the Thomas Kinkade school

      1. sullivanst

        It's not to show he's smart, it's to rope in the talibangelical rubes. Yes, it really is that easy to do.

  2. johnnyzhivago

    McNaughton is so right about gubbermint intervention. When GOD sends his whirly death funnels to the midwest thousands of souls end up unjustly escaping because of the socialist Weather Service Tornado Warning entitlement program.

    1. PubOption

      He might think that the government was starting to get the message. Illinois has been refused FEMA aid to cover the recent tornado damage.

      1. DustBowlBlues

        WTF? The dumb okies who don't believe in the government doing anything but protecting their gun rights have gotten boat loads of tornado damage.

    1. tessiee

      Probably because he got stuck on a long line at the 7-11 while trying to buy PBR and the latest issue of "Gigantic Asses".

    1. flamingpdog

      Uh, from the looks of his latest painting, I think he'd be more likely to use a Retch a Sketch.

  3. Callyson

    "Our federal government has been moving in the direction of socialism for over one hundred years"
    Roughly coinciding with the rise of the US as a great power…
    What was the problem again?

    1. CommieLibunatic

      My question is "Why did he wait until a blah person took the presidency to get upset if it's actually taken that long? HEHHHHNGG?"

      1. dubyatf

        HEHHHHNGG is my new favorite word! Omg, you are AWESOME. And I mean that in spite of the fact that I just hehhhhngged the mucousy contents of my nasal passages all over my iPad.

          1. Biel_ze_Bubba

            Can you picture (so to speak) this wingnut being forced to put EPA and CPSC warning stickers on his canvases?

  4. nobodyssweetheart

    Bammers is putting his finger right up into the flames and then pulling it away at the last second, going "fffffttt…. hothothothot."

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Satan isn't bothered by flame; flame is bothered by Satan. Sort of like Chuck Norris.

      Wait a sec… has anyone ever seen Chuck Norris and Satan together, in the same place?

  5. Antispandex

    Hot damn! (pun intended) I have been wondering what to get the in-laws for Jesus' birthday next year! I hope they don't think he is just trying to get someone to put the fire out. That would totally spoil it!

    1. sewollef

      Whoa…. "Oh for fucks sake. Fucking enough already."

      Speaking personally, I know I haven't fucked anything like enough.

    1. tessiee

      Is there some kind of music that's simultaneously rap AND heavy metal?
      If not, this ought to do very nicely:

      FYI, for those who enjoy this sort of thing, go to youtube and type "Requiem for a Dream Nicolas Cage". Four minutes of Nicolas Cage losing his shit montage.

    2. dubyatf

      Well, yes. Unfortunately, though (and by "unfortunately" I mean "THANK YEW JEEZUS"), Celine Dion is recovering from vocal cord surgery.

  6. Callyson

    “I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, And not to an ideology,
    which can never stand, One nation under socialism, divisive, With no liberty or justice for anyone.”
    What, no mention of GOD?!? What, is this guy one of those immoral atheists or something?

  7. user-of-owls

    A little pity for the guy, eh? No matter where he goes in the room, Barry's eyes are always following him, following him, following him…

    1. dubyatf

      I was going to belittle you for implying that one is to be pitied if Barry's eyes followed one around the room, because I, for one, would be pleased as punch to labor under such a happy delsuion. Then I remembered that the guy in this picture resembles Obama about as much as the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary resembles sanity. So never mind.

      1. FROTHY

        Yeah! If it wuz BARRY's eyes, every woman in town would be screaming for more. And wetting their knickers, too.

        ETA: And quite a few of teh men, too, I should think. (wipes drool)

    1. BornInATrailer

      Yeah, fairly decent brush technique for being as utterly shitfaced on Black Velvet like McNaughton gets.

  8. JackDempsey1

    Did Barack light the Constitution on fire? Because then it could just be an accident, he was smoking, dropped a match, etc.
    Or did he just touch it, and it spontaneously combusted?

  9. AbandonHope

    Nothing about this painting suggests that Obama started the fire. In fact, Obama looks like he's pointing at the fire with the look of a really pissed-off parent, and saying, "Here, see this? This is fire. Did you do this, George? Did you? Do you have any idea how long this is going to take me to clean up!? That's it, you're grounded. Go to your state and clear brush. And I don't want to see you hanging out with those delinquents Willard, Ricky and Newton ever again.

    1. Barb

      Good point, Abandon.
      I just read that Mitt gave a shout-out to W, saying Bush saved America from a depression, not Obama.

      1. Chichikovovich

        Keep going, Mitt! We absolutely want to keep talking about what Bush did and didn't do right up until November. At the convention, make sure you put that abused, humble Christian patriot on prime time to talk about it at length.

    2. Troglodeity

      Yeah – if anything, it's clearly someone to the right of Obama who started that fire.

  10. Dashboard Buddha

    The caption should be, 'where the fuck were you when your precious Dubya and his cronies were wiping their asses with this?"

    1. CommieLibunatic

      Or like Patton Oswalt put it, jumped over the Bill of Rights with Dick Cheney in the General Lee on a weekly basis.

      1. dubyatf

        Um, I think his name is "Boss Hogg" when he's got the General Lee clamped under his chapped buttocks.

    2. glamourdammerung

      The caption should be, 'where the fuck were you when your precious Dubya and his cronies were wiping their asses with this?"

      Not sure he has the artistry to paint telling people that had valid disagreements with the Bush regime to "go move to France" in between impotent threats.

        1. dubyatf

          Maybe he could paint Bush holding a container of Freedom Fries in one hand and a bottle of Viagra in the other while Cheney, in the background, dips his pen in the bloodied open leg wound of an American soldier in order to sign the Halliburton contract that made him even more rich? No?

          1. FROTHY

            I like this. Better yet, make it a soldier with his head blown apart. God knows we've got a ton of servicemembers with brain damage thanks to that goddamned war.

    1. OneYieldRegular

      I dunno. It sorta has that trademark Thomas Kinkade "Caution – Filling May Be Hot!" lighting aspect.

    1. sewollef

      Non-snark. Why '5'?

      'Cause I have a photograph I took [when on vacation in Charleston] that when I zoomed in on the foreground cobblestones, I can clearly see a number five written on a tiny stone. I had no idea it was there.

      This is spooky.

  11. Rotundo_

    Next in the series is a nostalgic piece featuring Hillary Clinton urinating on a bible, future subjects will include Michelle force feeding arrugula to a crying child, and a special portrait of the president paying the forger for his birth certificate. Other series include "Jew Bankers that took us off the gold standard", "Joseph McCarthy walking on water", and a quite popular series: "The Affairs of Martin Luther King", featuring the civil rights leader in compromising vignettes with various heroines of the left. The Artists' early works focused on variations on an Elvis theme with airbrush on imitation velvet.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Don't forget a painting of beaten and bloodied George Zimmerman lying prone on the ground and reaching desperately for his gun as wild-eyed, diamond toothed, broken bottle wielding Trayvon Martin descends.

      1. DustBowlBlues

        Come on. Do you realize that if Skittles are thrown really hard and one hits you in the eye you could go blind? No wonder the Block Watch captain felt threatened.

      2. tessiee

        Shades of the old National Lampoon article about how those crafty Vietcong were plotting against us: "Uses stomach to get stabbed with", "Uses head to get shot with", etc.

    1. dadanarchist

      That would require McNaughton to know something about art beyond what he learned from his Malen nach Zahlen kit.

  12. DonnyKerabotsos

    As I always ask when offered the opportunity to acquire 'fine art:'

    Can it be acquired on velvet?

    And what is pottage? Is that some measure of the potency of marijuana? Like wattage for electricity?

    The answer sheet doesn't seem to cover this.

    1. sullivanst

      I don't know what pottage is, but it sure sounds French to me. Soup-eating slander-monkey, that McNaughton!

        1. sullivanst

          Yeah, but those sneaky French have been infiltrating our language for 1,100 years or more.

          You gotta keep your wits about you or they'll imply mind control and brainwash on you by controlling grammar, also too.

          1. Chichikovovich

            That would explain some of the nutty things grammar said to me over the years. Just the one on my mother's side tho.

        1. Man0nTheStreet

          If he were honest and billed it as "WWII-style political propaganda" (my fave!!) instead of some kinda "Profoundly Insightful Divinely-Inspired High Art", I'd be cool with it.

    1. tessiee

      Considering that most of his political stripe express their opinions by *throwing* feces, he's actually at the had of the class.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Yeah, fershur. The guy doesn't even know that the touch of a sacred document would force Obama to reveal his true form.

  13. OneYieldRegular

    I can't tell whether that's the Constitution or a giant Saltine. (with apologies to Chris Rock).

  14. dadanarchist

    Who the fuck would put one of his paintings on their wall? And how would you react if you were in someone's house with a McNaughton painting hanging up?

    I'm divided between flee as fast as fucking possible or slowly back away without making any sudden moves.

    1. Nopantsmcgee

      You'd probably not even go into the house, being warned away by the fetus jars on the window sills and the confederate flags hanging on the doghouse.

    2. Loaded_Pants

      Either would work just as long as you got out before they gave you a tour of their house which would include the basement with its half-dozen blood-stained freezers.

    1. Gleem McShineys

      That is what I was thinking! Could an angry Obama point at a McNaughton gallery, please?

  15. Pithaughn

    Pshaw, where's the smoke? Any one who has burnt an ancient priceless document knows there is a lot of smoke: forgery.

    1. flamingpdog

      Everybody knows the Constitution was printed on smokeless papyrus. Just a pinch between cheek and gum.

  16. coolhandnuke

    If McNaughton fields requests, I'd like one with dogs playing poker strapped to the top of Mitt's car.

    1. Rotundo_

      "Arcs of projectile canine diarrhea rain over the rear of the Wagonmaster as the prototypical American Family motor along on a cherished family vacation." Jon McNaughton Painter of Plight…

    2. Toomush_Infer

      But the title wouldn't be:" Dog on Mitt's Roof", would it?….I'm thinking "Freedom Takes a Holiday!!!"…

  17. Neoyorquino

    His Twitter profile says "If my paintings cause one to think and feel something…then it is successful."

    Well, they cause me to think he is a reactionary loon. And they make me feel, well, it's kind of a mix of pity and bewilderment. So, bravo, good sir.

    1. dubyatf

      His paintings cause me to think and feel that the artist probably lost his virginity to a sock puppet, whereas his prose makes me think and feel that it's small wonder he's an artist.
      Maybe I'm shamelessly flaunting my elitist bent but gee dammit, NOUN AGREEMENT ain't rocket surgery.

    2. fuflans

      actually they don't make me feel anything other than this guy should not be using the term 'fine art'.

  18. Fare la Volpe

    Yo, fuckbrains. Name one specific thing Obama has done that is against the Constitution.

    …I'm waiting.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      Authorized military detention without trial for US citizens. Although that's all I've got.

      1. sullivanst

        OK, except NDAA explicitly didn't do that and the Hamdan ruling was handed down in 2006…

        1. glamourdammerung

          OK, except NDAA explicitly didn't do that and the Hamdan ruling was handed down in 2006…

          But according to the folks screaming at me, it really says "kill Whitey". I would explain it, but I do not have a chalkboard and mental illness.

    2. Chichikovovich

      What has he done that is against the specific document that he's burning? According to Chief Justice Taney, lots of stuff. Against the new, improved version with the post-Civil War amendments? Not so much.

      1. flamingpdog

        But wait, he's only half a Negro. But then, up until they rescinded the law in 1982 (!), in Louisiana, you were legally a Negro if you were genetically 1/16 a Negro. So, let's see … math … Obama is actually a minimum of eight Negros! But then under the Constitution (King Newt UnRevised Version), the 8-Negro President is only 4.8 people, which still makes it crowded at times in the Oval Orifice.

        NOTE: I did these mathematicular calcumalations without benefit of a single drop of alcohol. Also with benefit of math.

    3. tessiee

      Well, he's CLANG!
      And also, he CLANG!
      And then, of course, there's CLANG!

      He's blah, is what I mean.

  19. WhatTheHeck

    For Jon McNaughton, black is more than a pigment of his imaginatiom. He uses it to whitewash his vision of America.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Oh thank you. That's it. Robert DeNiro and Robert Guillaume had a tablecloth burning baby and this guy painted it. I could not figure out WHO the I-talian I was seeing there was. I was all not Ray Liotta, who does this look like…you nailed it.

  20. BaldarTFlagass

    I wish Obama would have that look on his face whenever he addresses Congress or holds a press conference.

    1. tessiee

      If he so much as looked at them with that look on his face, they'd wet themselves and run away crying.*

      *Except Boner, but only because he's already crying.

  21. SpiderCrab

    McNaughton is certainly crazy enough to be a great artist; if he had talent and intelligence he would be the real deal.

  22. BlueStateLibel

    Yeah, and you can tell Obama is a real socialist because he HAS NO FLAG PIN. (Also, that doesn't really look Obama, who's much better looking than that.)

  23. Nopantsmcgee

    I note the 'artist' does not depict him wearing a bone in his nose and a headdress.

    So, look who's compromising now.

  24. Chichikovovich

    That's a copy of the original constitution, right? The one that said it was A-OK that people with his skin color could be bought and sold as chattel, and even, through the 3/5 clause, gave disproportionate political power to the drivers of men? The one that (according to Chief Justice Taney) precluded people like Obama from even becoming citizens?

    Well, no wonder he's burning the thing! The new one is way better.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      That's precisely why William Lloyd Garrison, the great abolitionist, burned a copy of the US Constitution before the Civil War.

  25. Chichikovovich

    I now understand why the legal principle governing people who are so ga-ga they can't be held responsible for their actions is called the M'naughten rule.

  26. BaldarTFlagass

    There's a typo on the watermark at top right, it says "Fine Art" instead of "Shit on Canvas."

    1. Rotundo_

      Or one of the rare cases when eliding words (for example Fine Arts becoming FArts) makes sense

  27. chascates

    Hmmm, going towards horrible 'socialism' for 100 years and it didn't become evident until we had a black President.

    Here's a suggestion for McNaughton: paint the Edmund Pettus Bridge as it was on Sunday, March 7, 1965. That's an actual example of 'We the People' demanding the rights the Constitution is supposed to provide.

    1. flamingpdog

      Hey, if Barry had just paid the 75 dollar fire department fee! Or is Michelle in charge of the family finances?

    1. Loaded_Pants

      The first version of the painting had the crying Bald Eagle wiping a tear from its eye with a wing.

  28. rickmaci

    Somebody else used inflammatory propaganda "art" to portray the opposition as demonic creatures to be eliminated in the name of the fatherland.

  29. Extemporanus

    Sorry, you guys, but it's no longer for sale:

    "Dear Mitt & Ann,

    May this painting bring you as many minutes of intense simulated enjoyment as it did me.

    Fappy Analversary!


    (p.s. Watch your grip!)"

  30. Tundra Grifter

    I think McNaughton's work ranks up there with the finest paintings by Rafael, Michelangelo, Leonardo,or Donatello.

    Of course, it's hard as heck to paint a decent work of art when you've got stubby little green arms and a giant hardback shell.

  31. Tundra Grifter

    There is another way to look at this work of art.

    Well, work of Jon.

    Mr. Obama is holding the US Constitution left by President George Bush and his minions on January 20, 2008. And our President is not the least bit happy about it.

  32. C_R_Eature

    Now, myself I would have painted him in jungle camo BDU's with a Zippo lighter. Kids these days have no sense of history.

    1. tessiee

      Not saggy pants, a doo-rag, big sneakers, and fourteen pounds of gold jewelry, using the burning Constitution to light a Kool and/or crack pipe?
      Because that's *really* what this is about, right?

      1. C_R_Eature

        That Is what it is about, for sure. I can't sustain that level of Racist Fury, though so I'll leave to the experts.

  33. NYNYNYjr

    Man, the cheapest type is the 210$ giclee on canvas. You can't get this one as a litho? Giclee on canvas is fucking tacky.

    To me, it looks like Obama did not light the Constitution on fire, but is merely pointing out that it is on fire, which is a good thing to do.

  34. ElPinche

    Comeon libtards, McNaughton had to drive miles away from his gated community to find "urban brown" in oils.

    1. RadioStalingrad

      Hey Pinche, a favorite Wonket moment of mine was when you Blingee'd this ass musket's other stupid painting. Hint, hint.

  35. GeorgiaBurning

    Once the price gets marked down to $200 ("special offer for *** members") this will be in my crazy aunt's living room.

  36. DustBowlBlues

    Why don't these people just move to fucking Somalia if they hate government as much as they claim? The local Fed Ag office employs 3 men who never seem to do anything. To save money, the guv'ment want to close it all but 2 days a week so these idiot rural Republithugs might have to drive an extra 20 or 30 minutes to pick up their federal handouts. Needless to say, the local deficit hawks got their Carharts in twist and passed around petitions to keep the place open 5 days a week.

    I hate conservatives and I really hate Republithugs.

  37. voodooeconomics

    I don't think Obama started the fire. He picked up a copy of the Constitution, already on fire, and he just said: "Who the fuck started this shit?" You can tell he has this stern, pissed off looks about it.

  38. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Probably the greatest example of a talent used for evil purposes since Leroy Neiman.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Colonel von Horst: [reporting on Nick's interrogation] They're still working on him. He won't break. We've tried everything! Do you want me to bring out the Leroy Nieman paintings?

      General Streck, German High Command: No. We cannot risk violating the Geneva Convention!

    1. elfgoldsackring

      "Those who are familiar with my work know I like to use symbolism and metaphor to engage the viewer."

      Like a toddler who draws every house with one window and a smoking chimney?

        1. Chichikovovich

          According to his helpful annotations, that's a rooster, because something, something Peter denied Jesus three times before the cock crowed something something.

          I have to hand it to M'Naughton for this whole "hammer the metaphors home" thing. Primo idea. Van Gogh didn't have the internet and pointers, or otherwise he would have posted a .jpg of "Cornfield with Crows", and if you put the pointer over the road it would say "This road ends partway through the cornfield because it is life" and on the crows "I chose crows because they make people think of death. And also of that Poe guy who talks about death all the time."
          The whole artistic experience would be way better with something like that.

          Also I've always thought the duck rabbit picture would be better if somebody had drawn some tiny webbed feet and feathers, make it a bit clearer what it is.

          1. Fukui-sanYesOta

            It's only art if you have to explain the already painfully obvious allegorical meaning in your daubs.

            As Mondrian said: "It's a load of fucking lines and colours and that, innit"

        2. MilwaukeeKent

          The chicken's the only one not in chains, besides the Prez. I think McNaughton is advocating free-range chickens, probably as one of the "six keys" (to free us from debt) symbolically hidden in the painting.

  39. EmileZoloft

    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

  40. C_R_Eature

    I hate to pick nits here but on that watermark, shouldn't the Fine be in quotation marks? Or, perhaps the "Art".

      1. C_R_Eature

        That's good. there was a guy somewhere who made "Art" on a huge canvas on the floor by giving himself numerous colorful paint enemas.
        We're in the same class here.

  41. fuflans

    how many honest hard-earned ameros were spent on art by this american patriot?

    history will never know. we can only thank them for their sacrifice.

  42. Fukui-sanYesOta

    OT, here's our chum etch-a-retch on the economic collapse:

    "I keep hearing the president say he's responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression," Romney said at a town hall in Arbutus, Maryland. "No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and [then-Treasury Secretary] Hank Paulson."

    I forget, whose policies caused that horrendous economic skullfuck in the first place?

    1. RadioStalingrad

      He's got more flip-flops than a Super Wings in Myrtle Beach.
      R Butt Us, indeed.
      Doesn't he know the true geniuses behind the Bush Economic Doctrine were Phil and Wendy Gramm?

    2. C_R_Eature

      It might be that guy who's image is Red-shifted from moving so rapidly down the Memory Hole. I think that his brother may have endorsed Our Wealthy Mr. Malprop, though, so it's not all forgotten.

    3. Negropolis

      Honestly, that blows my mind. He can not be serious. Even most Republicans don't honestly believe that shit.

    1. Sassomatic

      Anything that has a sign on it saying it is "fine art" is not. Sort of the same thing is the guy/girl you meet at the bar who says, in the first 10 minutes "I'm not crazy."

  43. cheetojeebus

    I'm sorry what was this thread about? I was distracted by Christina Hendricks in the little ad to the right. Was it something about a picture? art? can't remember the image? Oh, Hey, did you see the Van Gogh show in Philly? That one of rain in a field……

      1. Fare la Volpe

        PETA doesn't even have the poor taste to leave you guys tons of woman-objectifying softcore porn anymore. Those bastards.

  44. BlueStateLibel

    Actually, the more accurate interpretation is that Obama is symbolically burning the hopes and dreams of Mitt Rmoney to become president. Well done, Obama.

  45. Abernathy

    You can tell this was painted for teabaggers–even in their fantasy world, Obama has to helpfully point out the obvious.

  46. swordfis

    It says in the upper right hand corner, "McNaughton Fine Art." It's a good thing this artwork is labelled, because I almost mistook it for a vulgar, fascist, hate-mongering cartoon. I guess "house painter" didn't work out as planned.

  47. IceCreamEmpress

    Thank God for your headline, because I was wondering why a young Robert Guillaume was descrating historic documents.

  48. spends2much

    If the march towards Socialism has been happening for 100 years, can I order a painting with Saint Ronnie burning the Constitution? I'm guessing no…

  49. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Please, Obama's black, the Constitution is on Hemp. Like he is going to torch that and not take a drag!

  50. DerrickWildcat

    This cutting edge painting provides the ground floor to understanding the Language of Hyperspace which is the Original Language of the God-Mind consisting of Color, Tone, and Archetype. This image of Hyperspace is the interspecies and inter-universal language used by all beings..

  51. jtalaska

    When you are visiting with a new friend nothing says “get out of this house as fast as you can even if you have to squeeze out the cat flap” as a Jon McNaughton hanging in the foyer.

  52. fitley

    If I could get Dana Loesch to piss on the fire, the value of the print would triple overnight. Art investors take note. This can only increase in value.

  53. tessiee

    "McNaughton has provided an actual Answer Sheet to explain the painting."

    Because a painting of a scowling Obama, *burning the Constitution*, while *pointing* to the burning part ("See? It's burning!") isn't self-explanatory enough for…
    his target audience…
    OK, then.

    1. DerrickWildcat

      I think the description was very helpful. It's like when the paper or the news station shows a picture of a cat when they have some kind of a story about a cat thing for people that not be familiar with what a cat looks like.

      1. Chichikovovich

        That's very true. And also it's very thoughtful toward the people who don't know how to read, to let them know that it's a story about a cat.

    2. C_R_Eature

      To be fair, that Sheet goes perfectly with the Sheet he likes to wear with his friends on the weekends.

  54. Barrelhse

    If I did a painting that looked like this one I would NOT consider myself "good" as an artist. The clumsy style reminds me of every painting ever displayed in the annual Adult Continuing Education Art Show at the Town Library.

  55. commiegirl

    Guys, have you had a shitload of totally unobjectionable comments get deleted from this thread?

        1. RadioStalingrad

          No, it's a pain in the ass for me as I have to run off my tether or work IP. Thanks for noticing though. I suppose I have been whining (hehe) about it, but maybe you will perfect your banhammer process.

          1. RadioStalingrad

            I'm in, I'm more excited than a teabagger at a Palin rally.
            BTW, would you like a 4-5 sentence recap of what went down that night, or let's let bygones be bygones?
            Either way, you the man!

          2. Extemporanus

            The snark of the moral universe is long, but it bans toward justice.

            (Welcome back, home slice!)

          3. RadioStalingrad

            In tonight's anal wink blot I see Jim Newell as a muscular Jesus welcoming his flock home.

      1. el_donaldo

        BTW, I've noticed that comments I make that include a word that includes HE WHOSE NAME MUST NOT BE SPOKEN, like for instance the thingy on a gun that you'd have to squeeze to make the explosion that adds a few letters to HE WHOSE NAME MUST NOT BE SPOKEN, are auto-deleted.

    1. flamingpdog

      Oh great, now I don't know if I have to go back and look for more comments that have been restored, or were they all restored between the time Newell found them and the time I got here to page 3. Do they still have Evelyn Wood speed-reading courses?

    2. Sassomatic

      Sometimes, when I'm having a really good day, I try to think up shit I could say that would get me banhammered from My Wonkette forever with no warning. A Wonkette Suicicide Fantasy, if you will. So if you come up with something really, really objectionable, for here, I'd love to here it, you know, for my files.

  56. everleighway

    He's not wrong. We have become more socialist, because as a community we agree that there are some things we will not do. We will not see chlldren starve, veterans die in the streets, generations of uneducated children.

    It is also true that the encroachment on our civil liberties and privacy and a host of other things is constant and we get it from all sides.

    But, it's pretty damn stunty of him to use President Obama in this manner and incrediably infammatory and irresponsible and a very very disingenous and dishonest portrayal. President Obama is hardly the worst offender. All administrations and all legislative branches and all governments in all the lands since the beginning of time do this.

  57. gullywompr

    That image is very disturbing. I wish you’d have chosen something else. I realize that it’s a shameful part of American history that we should never forget, but it’s too much.

  58. el_donaldo

    I'm glad he's got a fire going. I've got my illusory mess of pottage, and I'm thinking fondue style.

  59. HolyCow!!

    I am surprised he didn't paint him lighting it with a burning bible while standing on flag. McNaughton is clearly going soft.

    1. el_donaldo

      And lazy. Where are the two dozen broadly allegorical figures of urban/intellectual/black/Jew/female Evil lined up behind him slapping him in the back while the two dozen broadly allegorical figures of Teabaggers/priests/boy scouts/bewigged former presidents kneel before him in abject horror?

      1. ttommyunger

        However, here in Atlanta, in some neighborhoods, that would buy nearly 70 actual blowjobs. Hookers are people too, my friend…

  60. Negropolis


    This is one nation under money, and don't you fuckin' forget it. We were sold down the river by your extremist capitalist kind generations ago. You keep shilling for Mammon and see where your False Jesus finds you.

    November can not come soon enough. I tell you, this ideology is working my very last nerve…

    1. RadioStalingrad

      Wait, but doesn't the Constitution say we are a capitalist nation — and socialisms like the military-industial complex are bad? To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States (the wingnuts always seem to forget the "general Welfare" part).

  61. Negropolis

    BTW, if the subject of your art has to be depicted pointing to what he is obviously doing, you suck at art? Pointing? Really, man? How gauche; how common. Where'd he got to art school? DeVry?


    1. Man0nTheStreet

      Teabaggers *wish* it was Potent enough or Important enough to rise to the level of Treason; however, it's just a different media-format of the same-ol' scrawled, illogical end-of-america-communist-UN-negros-are-coming-to-kill-us paranoid mutterings/leaflets of nutjob street-preachers.

  62. MadBrahms

    This is the first in a series. In the paintings to follow, Obama will burn the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, the Bible, and of course The Birth Certificate.

  63. Aridzona

    Can't wait until it's available as a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Those are great for whiling away the hours.

    1. RadioStalingrad

      These are the same fucks who think Föx is soft on Communism. e.g.:

      If there is an election! You forget that he has us under Martial Law right now, which postpones any and all elections indefinitely. Executive Orders do not get ratified by Congress; in fact Congress has no say one way or the other. So technically he has already bypassed the elective process. Be warned, America, we are seeing the beginning of the Communist reign of terror. Make no mistake about it.

      Stay armed and ready… Lets hope our Military and Police forces love the free America more than taken orders form a dictator/ Marxist!!!!

    2. C_R_Eature

      there are UN troops stationed throughout the US and they will be the ones as well as his "civilian army".

      Awshit, Doc..they're onto us! Now we'll have to move up the timeline. Those camps are nowhere near ready – not all of the Immobilization and Reeducation Theaters have fully tested brainwave generators. Ah, well, you go to war with the camps you have, not the ones you wish you have…

    3. Fare la Volpe

      I'm especially intimidated by the fellow with a Kristen Stewart avatar.

      "Don't push me, bro! Or else I'll breathe really heavily and cry for my boyfriend!!"

  64. arihaya

    Barry didn't burn it. He is holding it while yelling:

    "Look bastards, THIS is what happened when you elected a Texas village idiot as president you chump."

  65. Man0nTheStreet

    I just remembered that I know a 94 year-old Faux-watcher who passes her time with paint-by-numbers things that she then proudly displays to guests…. she'd lurve THIS piece o' crap! Does McNaughton sell paint-by-number sets, or is that too challenging and sophisticated for his intended audience?

  66. HippieEsq

    That's just Day 1 of Constitution Law 101 at Univ. of Chicago Law School. By the end of the semester there is flag burning, sharia-compliant lesson plans and mandatory student participation in Hezbollah rallies.

  67. Toomush_Infer

    Looked at this piece of shit again: Is he really saying: "Who's the N*****r now, white boy?….'cause it looks like it…

  68. Jerri

    What I like best about this artist is his subtlety. Really makes the viewer think, you know?

  69. elburritodeluxe

    Thank God its still just burning the boring parts down the bottom. Quick, put it out before it gets to 'promote the general welfare'!

  70. The_Trainman

    Remember the make-believe art schools that used to advertise on match book covers "If you can draw this this you can become an artist!"

  71. Dürers Rhino

    If he really wanted to make Obama look threatening, he should have put him in a hoodie.

  72. stanpan

    I think I see what's going on here. Bush decided to prank Obama, fashioned a sack out of the Constitution, filled it with Bo dung, and lit it on fire on the White House doorstep. Obama is all scowly as he hears Bush's muffled giggles off in the dark.

  73. Nesnora

    I take it as: "Really? Really? You fuckshits set the constitution on fire with the Patriot Act and now you want me to stand here and put it out while blaming me for setting it on fire in the first place?! And I'M the asshole…"

  74. portermelmoth

    President B. H. Obama DID NOT START THAT FIRE. He is simply being presidential in solemnly showing that indeed, the document he holds (which I think is only the Preamble) is aflame, and WILL SOMEONE NOT HELP HIM before his fingers are fried? Somebody, please, HELP HIM!

    But it’s not really that big a deal. After all, Moses busted up the 10 Commandments. From God hisself. We can get another copy, people.

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