Friday, August 06, 2004:

The overwhelming fear infested in the general populace during the Cold War drove the citizens to build well-stocked can’t-get-me-you-crazy-commies bomb shelters. The children were taught it was better to be Dead Than Red and practiced weekly alerts by responding to alarms, marching single file into the school halls and lining up against the walls, head tucked under, be silent. Like that would actually save them during an A-bomb attack.
People were afraid, still in the 50s the folks had fun with all of the craziness that surrounded them. The Atomic style of decorating erupted into the scene and people had Atomic parties spoofing their own helplessness brought about by governments gone mad.
The Russians never came. We never bombed them. Communism collapsed, imploded.
Since 9/11 we have gone haywire. Yes it was an immense tragedy, but what have we or I should say what has our government done to keep the populace safe…nothing. Let’s see…we live under alerts, we started wars in two countries (one where we didn’t get the target: bin Laden; another that had nothing to do with the tragedy), we have Homeland Security (a lot more police), we walk through security checks, we have spy cameras viewing citizens everywhere, we have the terrifying Patriot Act (there is nothing patriotic about it Read this at whitehouse.gov and you will see just how far-reaching this is!), packed into the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND program is a military feature giving recruiters access to your children during schooltime,
On and on. We have done this to ourselves. Terrorist cells have not had an activity in this country since 9/11. If they were truly trying to “get” us wouldn’t this country be more like Israel where car bombs and human bombs happen all of the time?
I don’t know if our current thinking, governmentwise, is just some Fahrenheit 451 “you gotta get him” tactic to supplicate and quiet the angry the populace or if it is some masterful misdirection strategy.
The real war, as I see it, is the Hispanic, primarily Mexican, Insurgence of Illegals. You have millions of illegals coming into this country draining off the wealth by sending most of their money back to Mexico. They give nothing to this country. They don’t pay taxes. They burden the school systems, the health systems, and don’t seem to be held to any standard. They can commit crimes then disappear south-of-the-border without any repercussions.
A recent newspaper article told of the Mexican Mobile Consulate stopping in Woodstock to issue up to 500 Matricula Consular cards to illegal immigrants so they can open bank accounts. (Illegals can now legally (thanks to Bush) hold U.S. jobs.) The article stated that it was very inconvient for the illegals to take the train to Chicago to apply for the cards. And since the mobile consulate can only give out 500 cards per visit, they would be in Woodstock the next week as well. Fifth/Third bank sponsored this event.
Last week I went to Fifth/Third to add a friend to my bank account. He is a lifelong citizen, has no criminal record, is over 21, and is basically a regular person, you or me. It took an hour to get him added. He was asked for a credit card and his driver’s license along with two other forms of identification. The woman kept filling out forms and said since the Patriotic Act a simple account addition took a lot of work.
Now let’s see. Does an illegal have the required credit card? Other forms of identification, I mean beside the usual fake stuff?
We are bending over backwards to accommodate the illegals. Free schooling, free housing, free services of all kinds, easy-to-get driver’s licenses, and apparently even easier to get bank accounts. Call almost any store and Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Espanol. Teach our children Spanish since the illegals can’t seem to grasp even the simplest English. Baloney! Try to order food at any fast food chain. Go to Farm & Fleet and ask where the hammocks are located. Tell the illegals next door to stop throwing garbage in your yard and stop honking their horn. They just smile and shake their head back and forth…no comprende.
Then add in a lowering of education for U.S. children. Go for self-esteem issues instead of high SAT scores. Implosion?
Recent statistics show that the fastest growing segment of our society is Hispanic women. If you were really diabolical and planned to silently takeover a country what segment of the population would you target? Easy…horny men. (I think that’s an oxymoron.)
Once the women have children that are automatic U.S. citizens how do you send them back?
There may be no “back” at this point. Still you can stop the rupture.

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

// 4:13 AM

Wednesday, August 04, 2004:

Bush & Kerry Duke It Out
Worth a look.

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

// 6:35 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