Saturday, January 01, 2005:

All of the sparkles of the Universe to all. May we ascend to a higher enlightenment. Glow with wisdom & charity & graciousness. Become what we are meant to be.
Happy New Year!

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

// 6:04 PM

Friday, December 31, 2004:

As I look back upon the year 2004 that is rapidly coming to a close, only one thing of major proportions pops up.
We, as a country, had the opportunity to correct a mistake that happened at the turn of the century. George W. Bush played out his political cards in four years of despair. He started a war to appease his father and make his money-grubbing friends richer. He offered innocent soldiers up to the God of War…into the arms of a permanent Morpheus. He falsely touted family values when he is anything but moral. With Karl Rove, the personification of all that is wrong with this country, by his side, he, by nefarious means, won for a second term.
If anyone had forecasted such an event earlier in the year I would have thought they were totally insane.
The media, which at one time was a respected segment of our world and could be counted on to bring forth ideas from all sectors (or at least the main two sectors) of the political world dropped the mirrorball. Judith Miller did little more than rewrite press releases from the State Department. She is just one of many that did the wrong thing. BTW, for those still looking for WMD’s, the Easter Bunny is delivering them in April.
There is the old war tactic of saying something over and over until the people believe it is true. Rove and Company were specialists at that. After the election both sides were applauding Karl Roe’s efforts. That made me want to puke. To bestow honor on someone who is willing to do ANYTHING to get his man elected is worthy of no respect in my opinion.
And for George W. Bush to be selected as Man of the Year…well I must be living in the wrong country.
NO. That is untrue. I ADORE my country from sea to shining sea. I have taken extensive road trips crisscrossing the country back and forth and up and down. It is a magnificent country this United States of Ours.
It is our political system that has run amok. As I write this people are dying in a war that is hopeless. Whenever we leave Iraq will revert to something of what it is already was. It will never become a democracy. It is another Vietnam. And all of the lives that were lost, all of the soldiers returning without limbs, will be for nothing except war profits for the already rich.
In 2004, everyone had the opportunity to make a change. You didn’t have to go out and protest in the cold and take a chance at being handcuffed. You didn’t have to do anything that took a lot of effort. All you had to do was to make the right choice in some warm building by voting not to condone the actions of the madman in the White House. The majority said, “Please keep lying to me. Put more restrictions on my rights so I feel safe. And please give more to the billionaires.”
I had hoped I could remove the two large silver bracelets I wear on each wrist to remind me of the prison created for all Americans by this administration, but no, they will stay in place for another presidential term.
We have given up on freedom for a false sense of security. In my opinion, we have turned our backs to what this country was about in the first place.

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

// 4:11 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