Tuesday, August 10, 2004:

Concord:Last Flight

December 22, 1980, The Grand Poobah of the most developed superpower in the modern world met with his Great Council. Two hours later, after much discussion regarding the corporate/capitalist nation which the country had become, the Secretary of All Things Major woke up the Grand Poobah to tell him of their plan. The Grand Poobah opened his eyes, bobbled his head, and said “Mommy. Mommy. Where am I?” The Secretary told him this wife, whom he liked to call “mommy” was asleep in George Washington’s bed in the East Wing, and he (the Grand Poobah) could join her as soon as he said “yes” and signed a paper.
The Grand Poobah grinned his western smile and asked if he needed to know what he was signing.
“No. Not really.” replied the Secretary. “We just want to begin to instrument our plan to usurp the middle class because we need slaves who will be willing to work in corporations and not question too much, go with the status quo. We will give them presents like mugs, and incentives of shopping coupons, and corporate-sponsored music.
We will start by undermining their health. We will make ketchup a vegetable on the school lunches…saves money too so we have more funds for wars. Then we will slowly take away art programs, and diminish physical education to a few times a week instead of everyday. And, most importantly, we will do some behavior mod by highlighting self esteem and the prestige of consumerism instead of giving them a real education in the basics like reading, writing, math, science, culture and history. We don’t want smart people. Look at all of the trouble those well-educated hippies from the 60s caused this country! No. We need to create an underclass, under educated and compliant. If they become depressed, we will give them drugs.
“Okay. It that it?” asked the Grand Poobah, his eyes half closed.
“One more thing…” said the secretary. “All of this will take some time. We don’t want to alarm or alert the population to what we are doing, and since we need this to happen at a quick pace (the corporations are demanding higher profits NOW) we are opening our border to the south. We will pretend we have an immigration policy, while we are really building an underclass from the Hispanic countries. We merely need to show the Latinos the value of working and shopping and they will gladly join us. Since Americans have already been taught to help those who are underprivileged (and we will continue to work that whole politically correct concept) there shouldn’t be much of a backlash toward the immigrants.
Then, when the timing is right, (we could start a war as a distraction…later, after the millennium, for now we’ll make the 90s about SEX…sex chat, sex on primetime tv, XXX porn…make everything X…xtreme sports, x games, xbox) we will take away the high-paying jobs from our countrymen (and women) and give them to people in other parts of the world. We will call this our global economy. We will tell them that it is important that the world become strong and become one. In the meantime we will get our people to train the people from other countries to do their jobs. And we can even say that the person will lose their job once they have thoroughly trained the “replacement.” Again there shouldn’t be a revolution, not even a peep, about our intentions because starting right now, in the year nineteen hundred and eighty, our corporate friends will give the people credit cards to consume (to buy the corporate products), and when they run out of credit on one card we will give them more and more and more (that will last through a few more presidential terms). We will make everyone “feel” rich, then, aha! We pull the rug out from under them. The immigrant workers will be given full rights to take American jobs, the other jobs will have been outsourced to other countries, and being the kind government we are, we will offer the people relief via bankruptcy. Then they are done, cooked. They will be down at the bottom, willing to take any job. We will have our slave class. The middle class will be a thing only mentioned in history books that they won’t even be able to read.”
The Secretary shook the snoring Grand Poobah. “Here’s your Presidential pen.” The Grand Poobah stood up, signed the paper, and toddled off to b

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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