Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XX

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The Benghazi (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Benghazi

A Frankenstein monster of patchwork innuendo, mismatched parts and all, this pathetic creature fits within no accepted single branch of the animal kingdom. More acclaimed by horror novelists than zoologists or historians, the Benghazi was rumored to have existed in some form for ages but was dismissed as an improbable, silly, vainglorious fabrication of stilted imagination. Of late, the creature’s awful appearance has made its existence all too real for some. Its nature frustratingly straightforward in its crookedness, its habits awfully stubborn, it is a mind-numbingly plodding creation, stuck in the rut of its own making. Too dim and solipsistic to do much more than rehearse circular arguments with itself, the Benghazi mostly sits around developing sores that fester in time, leaving the creature, eventually, untouchable.

 

-Danny Grosso

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XIX

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Bork or Powell (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Bork (or Powell)

A curious creature, the Bork, or Powell, as it is sometimes called, comes from a lineage so noble and environment so regimented that it cannot help but to follow the orders of its superiors. Unfortunately, this creature most often thrives in this circumstance just long enough to follow one order too many. As its superiors are often self-serving and otherwise careless, the ultimate order is almost always the one the destroys the career of the Bork/Powell, effectively ending its existence as a being relevant to anything but this bestiary.

 

-Danny Grosso

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XVIII

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Swamper (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Swamp Creature

Immersed in its chosen milieu, the Swamp Creature is completely at one with its surroundings. Dripping with slung mud, bedazzled with the trinkets of emolument, the SC is beset by fleas from the dogs with whom it sleeps, and the taint of the corrupt partisans with whom it works. It is extremely nearsighted and nearly devoid of any sense of touch. It stumbles around its small habitat clinging to other members of its pack. Still, in its own way, the SC a very efficient species, enjoying a profitable existence guided by the limited but focused principles of self interest. More pest then good neighbor, the SC is difficult to eradicate once it has settled into its habitat. The advantages of incumbency have allowed this once migratory creature to approximate permanent residence in fruitful environments. Eradication seems unlikely. The only known pesticide, Term Limits, unpopular and thought to be dangerous by some, is not yet in widespread use.

 

-Danny Grosso 

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XVII

Blue Wave (2018). Acrylic on Paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Blue (or Red) Wave

Moving with some force after it gathers momentum, this creature also gathers a flock as it moves. Its crest, bristling with static electricity, accumulates all kinds of unlikely fellow travelers, and its coat-like tail feathers are known to carry lesser species to fairer weather. Migrating only in political seasons great change, the species arrives to roost in November and remains for irregular intervals that are seemingly governed only by instinct. It stays until it feels the political winds changing. The blue and red variations of the species are essentially similar, and aside from color, differing only in the affiliation of the stowaways attached to them.

 

-Danny Grosso

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XVI

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The Moral Imperative (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Moral Imperative

Impressively muscled with a volcanic temper, the mercurial M.I. acts with abandon when aroused, showing an uncanny ability to destroy long held political niceties and norms. A fierce adherence to its own sense of mission makes it an irresistible force during times of legislative conflict, and an ascendant M.I. has sent many formerly intransigent legislators into political exile.

The creature appears irregularly, but sightings may be expected after electoral upheaval or military emergency. The M.I. is the flag around which disparate sets of partisans rally. Its sense of superiority is infectious to those that share its policy interests and to political thrill seekers wishing to ride the wildest winds of change. That said, its closest relationships are found among members of the media, who provide the M.I. with the fawning adoration it uses to fuel its very egocentric existence.

 

-Danny Grosso

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XV

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Deep (2019). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Deep Background Source

Researchers continue a vigorous debate about the mere concept of this being. Is it a discernible species? Is it just a rogue subset of already identified members of the bestiary? Is it an entity at all – or just an enigma, a black space where something living (and accountable) should be?  Commentators are divided between non-believers and believers. The naysayers discount the viability of such a creature, and the very need for its existence. They count it, rather, as a spectre at best, and, even in effemoral form, as a pestilence causing nothing but unaccountable damage. To its believers, the creature is of essence, and of necessity a mystery because of its reputation for disrupting the human power grid of government. Such an entity, they believe, cannot operate out in the open or it would face the wrath of scores of powerful enemies. Yet even believers cannot much recount sightings of this creature as it plies its trade. A voice in a darkened parking lot? A coded message on a post-it note? A human-like form in a trenchcoat, dropping a cigarette? All or none of these may actually be a DBS, and he or she may be working next to you right now.

 

-Danny Grosso

Another Political Bestiary, Ep. XIV

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The Ward Heeler (2019). Acrylic on paper. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Continuing the expeditions of Jeff MacNelly, James Kilpatrick, and Eugene McCarthy, with apologies.

The Ward Heeler

Long thought to be near extinction, this creature is more Cheshire Cat than dinosaur. Appearing in opportune times, the WH greases the skids for a myriad of political adventurers who are willing to place the traditional small tribute in one of the WH’s many pockets. The big handed WH boasts a vestigial memory of centuries of experiences  with political fixers, dirty tricksters, and obeisant sanitation workers. It uses its experience to get things done, mostly little things, but nonetheless important things, for the WH is the master of a very small universe. It is the WH that obtained the trash cans, the letters of recommendation, the no-show jobs that cemented the structure of fealty in the thousands of little feifdoms that make up a political organization. However, there are some signs that the  Ward Heeler’s realm may be getting bigger. International money launderers and internet bot factories have been seen of late to be merging their skills to affect WH-like results, on a global scale. The Ward Heeler may have disappeared again, but its Cheshire smile is visible all over the internet.

 

-Danny Grosso