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Wednesday, April 16, 2003:

We have just experienced something so bizarre and unexplainable that the world, as we once knew it, doesn't exist anymore.
Talk about reality teevee. It doesn't get any better than this…an arsenal of WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION detailed and explained down to every nut and screw…lots of desert cammo (which will become the fashion statement of the season)…shock and awe…terror…night-vision goggles (where peeps eyes look like silver blinkers)…and the characters: Chemical Ali, Dr. Germ, Saddam the Maniacal, his porno son Uday, and his replica son Qusay, and that Information dude who was sooooooooooo surreal. Hollywood couldn't have scripted it any better. People died, yet we never saw that. We did see the horrors of the hurt people in pain, in hospitals. We did see palaces being blown to smithereens. Palaces of gilt and marble and golden thrones that had never been used. We saw people starving. We heard from every retired general on the planet. We sucked it up 24/7. (At least I did, being the good little war zombie that I am.) It's been a rather tidy little 3-week war, nothing long and drawn out like Vietnam.
The propaganda merchants did a good job. Even I turned in the end.
We are all on acid, a bad trip. Echoes still ring in my head.
Now we will go about healing the wounded, burying the dead, and installing granite monuments etched with names. Some people get gold stars on their report cards.
Once we have seen and experienced certain things, we never really return. Innocence lost. Brains damaged. PEOPLE DEAD…for real.

// 4:04 PM
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the IRAQI 2003 war depicted in a painting-a-day

With our soldiers, men and women, off to fight for our freedom and the freedom of Iraq, I wanted to do more than attend a demonstration. (I did one last week in Chicago and we were circled by police in riot gear and moved, literally smashed like sardines and moved, to a different area to be controlled. It was very frightening, especially after the recent e2 incident where people were crushed in a crowd. ) I want to know why we are doing this, and to that end I have decided to put my efforts into my art. To paint something, anything, is to get to gain intimate knowledge of it.

I am a war zombie. I watch CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, and ABC. I am seeking answers.

I have no taste for blood. It seems to me that an intellectual resolution could have been possible. Squabbling over the fence and threatening to sue doesnâ??t seem to mean much when the other guy is blasting the Iraqi landscape off the map.

I am wishing peace.

P.S. If you would like to know how oil-well fires are put out, check out â??Hellfightersâ?� starring John Wayne playing Red Adair.

P.P.S. When the Afghanistan War happened I kept asking, â??Where is the war coverage?â?� I wonder why there was so much pomp and circumstance with this war? And is this war about terrorism? What did we do in Afghanistan besides blow it up? If you havenâ??t accomplished your first goal (martyring Osama bin Laden) why are we starting a new fight?

P.P.P.S Do you know that in 1991 in a war lead by Bush the Elder, we abandoned the people? And the people were starving, they looted the artifacts from the cradle of civilization, so they could survive. Wealthy people all over the world now have these priceless treasures in their possession. Hopefully they are caring for them so they can be restored to Iraq after this war establishes peace for these people. If you would like to know more about the artifacts, go HERE

Painting Info:

10" x 11"

watermedia & glitter on 100% rag paper

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