Thursday, July 22, 2004:

Here Comes The Zoo
There is a popular thought that is invading this land like a hailstorm. It goes like this: Bush and Kerry are the same animal. Both are rich, both are political insiders; they are governmental, so why vote. Nothing will change.
I disagree.
My thinking is this: All zookeepers are zookeepers. They work to keep the animals cared for, and to make the zoo a pleasant place to visit because the zoo needs funds to operate. But the two zookeepers have different motivations, biases, and intent.
Zookeeper A is interested in highlighting the gorillas and has given funding for an elaborate, some would say gaudy, gorilla glass house. His idea is that it will attract more visitors; hence more money, and that money will take care of the other animals housed on the zoo grounds, eventually, in the future. (Zookeeper A was an investor in glass house building before he became a zookeeper so there is a bit of conflict seen in his motives.)
Zookeeper B recognizes the disrepair of the overcrowded chimp cage, the llamas need more space to roam, and the snake habitats have been long-neglected.  His idea is to make the zoo an overall better environment for as many animals as he can.  He knows this action will make the zoo, in total, a more healthy, pleasant place for families to visit, and more people will come, which funds the project. (This zookeeper not only finished his degree in zoology with honors, he also put in 1000 hours of community service caring for abused circus animals).
So as you can see there is a difference between zookeepers, as well as presidents, and you, as a voter, get to choose which zoo you want to live in.

"Peace is an organic process. You need to actively keep working for it in order to keep it. Do it daily."

// 11:26 AM

If Someone You Love is In High School, Read This!
Did you know as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, signed two years ago, secondary schools are REQUIRED to release names, addresses, and phone numbers of students to military recruiters?
If they fail to do so they lose federal funding.
My nephew was “entertained” by recruiters last term. They made enlistment sound like the finest thing you could do. “Be a real man. Have adventure.” He was also given an Armed Services Vocational Battery Test, as were ALL of the other freshmen.
The U.S. spends $3 billion a year on military recruitment. School district must allow recruiters access to children during the school day. The recruiters even go to the student’s homes to continue the barrage. They need bodies to fight fake wars.
If you do not want your child’s name given out you must send the school district a certified letter with a copy sent to your student’s principal, stating that no information about your child is to be released to military recruiters.
Do it now. Save your son or daughter.


"Peace is an organic process. You need to actively keep working for it in order to keep it. Do it daily."

// 1:32 AM

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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