Tristan Tzara ~ From: "Dada Manifesto" 
~~~Dada, the art movement, served to inspire me when chosing a name for this blog. It was probably one of the most significant art movements of the Twentieth Century if not one of its more forgetable.
Dada was born during World War I (not me, the movement!) as a reaction to that war. It embraced the total rejection of all prevalent social and aesthetic values. Its art materialized as a negation of those values. Art to Dada was like matter is to anti-matter.
In reflecting back on the different movements I studied as a student of art history in the 70's, I can honestly say I was happiest doing the research paper I did on Dada. That is, of course, if one can use "research paper" and "happy" in the same sentence.
One of the more memorable works of Dada was a postcard sized reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work, the Mona Lisa. It was Marcel Duchamp who drew a mustache above that famous smile, entitled it "L.H.O.O.Q." and submitted it for exhibition.
It might be noted here that, per Robert A. Baron, "L.H.O.O.Q." when pronounced in French is "a pun on the phrase 'Elle a chaud au cul,' which translates colloquially as 'She is hot in the ass.'"
Well, almost a century later, here we are engaged in two wars and about to start a third and perhaps 'Final Conflict'. And feeling more than a little revulsion and a lot "Dadaist" at the state of the world, I thought, "What better time to revise Duchamp's "L.H.O.O.Q." than now?
And so, I proudly present my version of Duchamp's original farcical work of Da Vinci's masterpiece. Revived herein once more, is my 21st Century version of a 20th Century classic, "L.H.O.O.Q."
And who better to carry forward the (nukular) torch into this new millenium--and perhaps our last--than our own 'Chevron oil tanker secretary of state,' Condoleezza Rice?
The choice was easy because Rice exemplifies the very qualities the artwork's name implies, i.e., "She is hot in the ass" for war with Iran. And she is hot in the ass to please her house master, George W. Bush.
As National Security Adviser to Bush, the month before 9/11, who can forget--per her shaky testimony to the congressional 9/11 committee--that she was hot in the ass to dismiss as a "historical document" the President's Daily Briefing warning that terrorists were planning to attack within the US using commercial airliners??!!
Or after 9/11 how Rice was hot in the ass for war with Iraq warning us of mushroom clouds over American cities if we didn't?
And now she tries to convince our allies this week that, with Iran, she is "L.H.O.O.Q." in the ass "committed to a diplomatic course because we believe a diplomatic course can work," while indicating in her next breath that military action is another option we can use effectively if diplomacy doesn't work, i.e., she's equally hot in the ass to just nuke the Iranian bastards.
So, there you have it. My reasons for reviving Duchamp's ready-made artwork, "L.O.O.H.Q.". Why our Chevron oil tanker secretary of state? Because in all she does, she does it in all seriousness.
And that's very fuckin' ridiculous. Unless you're a Christian jihadist just trying to provoke Armageddon for your house master Bush. And that's very scary. It's also extremely absurd, which is also dangerous, and that's outright ridiculous. And that makes it very, very "Dada"!
L.O.O.H.Q. or, as they say on the Continent, "Elle a chaud au cul!"
(Note: My thanks to an old college chum for sending me the article on Dada which recently appeared in the L.A. Times; for reminding me how much Dada means to me, and how much "Dada" should mean to each of you!)