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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Character Assassination of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was a teenage boy, who was murdered 29 days ago. After Trayvon's murder his dead body was drug tested. George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was not drug tested. This is just one tiny fact in an ocean of facts that illustrate just how quickly our law enforcement system began looking for ammunition to assail Trayvon's history as a way of justifying his murder after the fact.

Since Trayvon gasped his last breath, and died in the grass, 29 days ago, George Zimmerman has been a free man. His father, a retired judge, wrote a letter to the media defending his son. When the public responded and demanded justice for Trayvon, the Zimmerman defense machine went sniffing through Trayvon's school records, desperate for any information that could deliver George Zimmerman further away from accountability for the senseless murder he committed.

Trayvon's mourning loved ones and millions of their supporters know that the only person that was ever in danger on that fateful night, in that gated community, when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin crossed paths was Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was unarmed, talking on the phone with his girlfriend, and he was being followed. He was being followed by someone who had a gun. The man with the gun had already been told by 911 not to follow Trayvon.

It is obvious that George Zimmerman's calculated lawyers can't afford to have public compassion or sympathy for Trayvon when their client's actions on the night of Trayvon’s death are sure to damn their client in any sensible and fair court.

The media should be reporting the whole story and begin with fully exploring George Zimmerman's prior arrests, and why each time the charges against him always fizzled away. The media should be exploring if his father's career as a Judge has anything to do with George Zimmerman's violent criminal record never manifesting in any punishment.  The media should follow Lawrence O'Donnell's courageous and bold lead by demanding the facts instead of force feeding us Zimmerman's attorney's blasphemous eulogy of this young boy. These attack’s on Trayvon’s memory are getting us no closer to making sure that George Zimmerman never kills again.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Because I LOVE the New York Post!!!!!

UPDATE 6/6/12: I was too bored by the stupid Kardashians to bother with creating

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Norman Rockwell's GrandDaughter Paints Terrorists.

Came across an article on about Norman Rockwell's granddaughter, Daisy. She has painted Bin Laden, Sadaam Hussein, and other dead enemies of the state from the Muslim world. After I finished reading the article, I noticed that everyone who commented on the story was trashing her "for painting terrorists". Then I got to thinking about her Grandpa Norman's brilliant works, he is one of my favorite geniuses of all time.

He really tapped into the hard-working, and optimistic themes of his day.

He used gentle brush strokes and soft colors and created warm scenarios... for the most part.

This painting above is called THE PROBLEM WE ALL LIVE WITH. It is the painting Obama has hanging right outside the Oval Office. Everyone who meets with him there will see it on their way in and on their way out. It is scheduled to hang there until Oct. 31st.

Norman Rockwell courageously and innocently tackled intense political themes just like his granddaughter, Daisy is doing today. "According to Daisy, she’s trying to paint terrorists — literally — in a different light." -

People's comments to were accusing Daisy of being every horrible thing. They said she is a traitor and misguided and not as good a painter as Norman, but I think her work is brilliant and brave and important and enlightening. See all the paintings ---> Click here.  It seems like she only uses bright colors that feel pulled directly from the "Terror Alert" color palette.

This Daisy Rockwell painting below is called Tuna Princess. It is a painting of Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, who was accused, along with Carlos Eduardo Almonte, of trying to get to Somalia to join a terrorist group. As far as terrorists go, he is probably the least likely to succeed since even his accusers admitted he had no real way of accomplishing anything. The descriptions of his crime sounded like he was guilty of violent, misogynist, reckless, poorly thought-out, half assed, angry day-dreams he shared aloud with a friend while simultaneously planning to take a trip from their home in New Jersey to a less horrible place in the horn of Africa. This according to the US government makes him and his equally luckless sidekick eligible for life in prison. The court said:

"They were watching certain videos and interested in what certain people were saying and advocating." -

That sounds like everyone on Twitter to me. When Alessa was arrested, he asked if he could take his cat with him.

Did Daisy make his skin tones bluish green because those colors on the Terror Alert chart are lower risk, like he was a lower risk in the grand scheme of things? Do his legs disappear into a black hole because she doesn't see him ever walking out of this legal abyss? Is he in a world of high alert orange, because he is in danger, or because he is a danger? Maybe the bed he has made, is a combination of these colors because both are likely, both are possible, both are where he exists now, at the end of everyday.

In my opinion, Daisy Rockwell's art asks: Do we all exist in this bleak place? Is this all American industry and ingenuity will be focused on for the foreseeable future; using every technological miracle available to us to hunt and capture every angry young man before they snap? Is that the real reason why "this is all Daisy can paint"; because she can only paint what we really are and this is what we really are? We live in a world full of people who are terrified of each other. All of our leaders, are currently plotting, to kill us all, on our behalf, in terrifying ways. We elect them because they promise that they will kill you, before you kill us.

After looking at and thinking about Daisy's art I think she may be as fine-tuned as her Grandfather Norman was to seeing, understanding and reflecting, in real time, what ideas are truly the most dominant and the most activating forces in American nationalism and culture.