Saturday, November 06, 2004:

Looking back at the events of the past week concerning the election, I am feeling a bit manipulated. All of the hubbub about the race being sooooooo close was basically a lie. It wasn’t close at all. I had misplaced hope. I thought people had kept up with the reveals, they didn’t. In fact most of the folks I know seemed to use single-issue voting. Pro-gun people voted Republican even though the NRA is one of the strongest lobbies in this country and no matter who became president the hunters are not going to lose their guns. The Bible belt went Republican too since the Republicans are known as the Bible people. They have had actual candidates like Falwell. And I did hear that the Republicans did a mass mailing telling the southerners that Kerry was going to ban the Bible.
The other strong issue to many, particularly men, was not wanting to change commanders-in-chief midwar. I guess a president has never lost an election if he was in war, so if you want to do two terms it would be good strategy to start to draw blood.
The process, the actual voting, seemed strong and true this time (for the most part) as opposed to last time in 2000 when all hell broke loose. Maybe that was planned.
My friend who is a conspiracy theorist says everything is planned. I’ve pooh-poohed that idea for a long time. Now I am not so sure.
What made me think differently is a quote from an author John Shaara. He wrote a book on WWI. He answer to the question “What do you think is the most important legacy of WWI?” is “WWI showed the world the utter devastating horror of a war mankind had never witnessed before, on a scale never anticipated, and by inflicting so much punishment on the German people after the war, the seeds were sown for a burst of German Nationalism that lead to the rise of Hitler and WWII.”
I wonder how political seeds are sown, how things are manipulated, to foster change. The rich rule the world, as they always have. Some say Bush? Kerry? It doesn’t matter who won the election. America is an Imperialist country and things will go on as planned.

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

// 1:00 PM

Wednesday, November 03, 2004:

November 3, 2004
There are an unusually large number of boats roaring up the river today. It could be Dems trying to forget the jumble of last night or Reps celebrating their victory. Something has stirred the people up so late in the year when most boats have already been put in storage for the winter.
So there you have it. The people have made a conscious mad dash toward Neo-Fascism. They chose a dimwit puppet over an intellectual. Instead of looking to a new dawn they chose repeat more of the same…an administration run on lies and deception.
One would think that the old adage “Once you know better, you do better.” would have ruled the choice of candidates. Yet even though facts came out about how nearly everything W did was based on untruths, the people chose to re-elect him.
What if this had happened during the Vietnam War? Back then the truth won out and people became very vocal and even the war hawks altered their opinion and changed the world for the better. They chose peace.
Yesterday the people chose a continuance of war. It’s a good thing that W doesn’t allow the viewing of the flag-draped caskets coming back from Iraq. Then you that voted for him wouldn’t be so disconnected from the war and you might have considered a different vote. Your hunger for blood…those of our troops and the innocent people in Iraq makes me question my fellow citizens. I am not you. Thank God.
And to think that this administration will continue to mine the children of the poor and middle class as little more than human fodder…how do you live with that? (I was going to say go ahead and mine the red states, those that went for W, for your troops, but I cannot find the callousness and cruelty in my soul to recommend anyone for slaughter.)
As for fighting terrorism, well your administration didn’t prevent anything. 9/11 happened on your watch. Own that. And since then the terrorists haven’t tried anything, so you haven’t stopped anything. But in your calculated? dimwittedness you have usurped the rights of Americans. If you make everyone a criminal then you surely will catch a criminal, even though that may be at the expense of 1000s of law-abiding
citizens. I guess that makes sense to some. Not me.
Lastly, let me speak to the economy: the chasm between the haves and the have-nots grows every day. The unparalleled erosion is at the bottom with jobs given to Mexican illegals and at the top of the middle class through outsourcing. If you take the stance that “I’m good, tough if you aren’t.” your head will be next. It is imperative that in a wise society those better off look after those beneath them on the socio-economic scale. It is the only way to create a brilliant world. Spinning happily around in your own little sphere does nothing to promote the nation. Your light will dim as you come up next on the chopping block. But you can look forward to one bright hope: capitalists need a vast legion of slaves to work, to produce, so they can earn infinite sums of cash on your back. The billionaires will always need you, just maybe not in the capacity that you desire.
The view from here is grim. I have money so I don’t have a lot of financial worries, still I have a heart, and I don’t find any satisfaction in seeing the crumbling of our society. The USSR imploded from the inside. The USA may be on a parallel track.

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

// 9:25 PM

Tuesday, November 02, 2004:

George Bush struts around like he has just been named prom king. Just how out-of-touch is he? WE ARE IN WAR! A war YOU started! Hello!
He doesn't want you to see the flag-draped coffins of dead soldiers coming back from Iraq.
look at this This is the reality.
Vote today.

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

// 10:21 AM

More Hat
I had a dream, an Arcadian dream, just like Martin Luther King Jr. did. I dreamt of a world better than the world we now live in. A world where we institute a program to align and create social justice in America. (See my plan below.)
Here are some fine tuning elements:
I ‘d find out how to implement the plan with Alan Greenspan taking a look at it. I’d start with the A’s and work toward the Z’s. As each billion was paid out and fed back into the economy I’d move onto the next group of people.
The working have-nots could buy a house, send their kids to school, repair their living spaces…the money would go into the communities not into some CEO already over-bloated salary. The money would not go to war profiteers.
And I would base the program not in insulated out-of-touch Washington, DC. I’d have it run out of Wisconsin, a state where character counts for more than political affiliation, a state where good schools and good roads are given priority, a state that gave the people back state tax when it took in too much, a state that uses it’s lottery earning to give the people real property tax relief (unlike a state like Illinois, where I live, that says it gives the money to schools, which it does in a back-handed way by taking away the original school funding and replacing it with the lottery earning).
We can change. We can become more than the sum of our current bad character traits. We can become an Arcadian dream that spreads our glory out into the world by the echo effect. We can align ourselves with something positive, less filthy, less vulgar.
We can do this.

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

// 10:10 AM

Monday, November 01, 2004:

Try On A New Hat
I think we may live in a country where a citizen can still offer up an opinion without fear of prosecution.
Here’s the idea I would like to put out into the world:
As of today we still have a president who favors the rich and gave the millionaires a BIG tax cut. I say that is old-school Reaganesque tickle-down-theory. It didn’t work then and doesn’t work now. Last year 1.3 million people fell below the poverty line and I am quite certain that when the stats come out for this year, 2004, the numbers will be even more alarming. I am basing this on what I see happening to the economy directly within my little sphere of this country.
I would jump-start the economy in a fresh way. I would give every family in America $100,000.
Now since we have liars, cheats, thieves, and goofballs in our midst I would do this instantly so no one could change the numbers on which I would base my financial relief.
I would go by the 2003 tax returns and give the $100,000 to any family that earned less than $100,000. Any family of two or more would designate a family. If you are a couple that just cohabits, well sorry, but no cash. If you are a woman with a child, bingo, you get it.
And the earning amount of $100,000 is based on the GROSS income of the family. Because we all know that if that is your gross income you actually earned far less since you have social security and state tax deductions. And deductions can be very large from a say $250,000 income you could end up paying taxes on very little money. So the money goes to those who have not had a chance to live a real life.
Now this would equal a huge amount of money, billions of dollars, but we have at least that amount invested in the Iraq War.
But ALL of that cash from my program would be fed back into the economy almost instantly. These are folks who need a house, a car that doesn’t break down, insurance, health care policies, and a lot of necessities the rest of us take for granted. I would like to see the working poor get a leg up. Plus this would benefit those on welfare so those social programs would need less funding.
Just consider how this could benefit our planet.
We live in a country that is seen as one of the wealthiest in the world. By helping our own citizens and creating a better, healthier…both financially and physically (because of better health care) these disenfranchised citizens could reach beyond the struggle to merely survive, and when people are released from the basics. They can begin to read, to become educated, they have time to volunteer, they give to society, and as the country as a whole rides on a more glorious platform, these people can begin to reach out to others in this country and in the entire world to make the entire planet a better place for ALL.
Isn’t this what we all want? A world of understanding and help when necessary for any problem that arises. Don’t we want a magnificent glittery world where problems like AIDS in Africa can’t get the foothold that it now has? Where people don’t live in fear under oppressive governments? A world where we don’t take pleasure in the ridicule of those less fortunate. Because if you do have it, I bet you received it from your parents. Some didn’t. It’s time we become willing to open up to a better, less critical world.
I say, go ahead, to whomever is the next president after tomorrow; let’s try something radically new. Step outside the current me mindset. Let’s see what we can create. Get ready for something beyond our imaginations.

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

// 11:54 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