Thursday, February 02, 2006:

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

// 6:03 PM

Wednesday, February 01, 2006:

"Peace is an organic process. You need to actively keep working for it in order to keep it. Do it daily."
I didn’t watch the president’s rah-rah continue the war speech tonight. I cannot bear his arrogance which is nothing but undeserved superiority. Him and his pompous cronies making history, making money on the blood of the poor and lower middle class sons and daughters.
I tell myself it is ignorance ( not ) that lead a misplaced society to re-elect a savage president. I am ashamed to be an American.
There was never any attempt of a discussion to solve this in the first place. Shock and Awe. Bring out the fireworks.
There has been no attempt to institute a draft. Those of you on your money-tuffets might have be instructed to offer up your sons and daughters. That might have caused some war resistance. Bush didn’t want that. He hides in the shadows while his minion uses the disenfranchised over and over in multiple tours of duty.
And most Americans don’t care.
Then you have people like the bizillionaire Bill Gates setting up plans to use his money-pockets to help the AIDS victims in Africa. On the surface this seems most honorable. The truth is this: Instead of helping the disenfranchised in this country, Bush gave megadollars to the filthy rich. With money comes guilt(and responsibility) so to ease the guilt some of the rich make splashy announcements that they will help the poor. Oddly it is usually always the poor in some exotic nation. (Not that they don’t need help. It’s just that it is more chi-chi.)
Look beyond the great cities of America and you will see a devastated people with less than those of the coddled illegal aliens. Oh, but wait, it is so honorable to help illegals than it is to help your own.
All of this reminds me of a woman that bought some of my paintings. She bought a new car, decided she didn’t like it, so took it back the next week and bought another. She bought other expensive items and wearied of them within a short time. She gave her daughters socks to Goodwill (after all they would only wear them once.) She bought $500 panties. To ease her guilt once a year she would ask her friends for clothing donations and she would hire a van to take the bundles to Appalachia. That dissolved her guilt at being so wasteful, of having too much. She gave the crumbs to the poor.
We are not an honorable society otherwise we would never ever choose war unless there was no other option. To use war as a first line of defense is utterly unimaginable.
Arrogance is always destructive.

// 1:31 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