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| I watched Butch as I ate spaghetti and meatballs at the local "bucket of blood,
a little roadhouse apparently living on its reputation as a wild biker bar from the past, and still home to pool hall habitues, road crew workers and great lookin' Woebegon men. So naturally, I had to draw his picture. Now, the picture is no great work of art, it took all of a few minutes while sitting at the bar drinking Jagermeister and beer. What is significant is that it has been years since I have been able to do a spate of days of drawing without thinking about it. The visual creative process has started flowing already, and I attribute it in large measure to having had some respite in nature, (more on that though above and below) some time away from phones and faxes, and a chance to truly unwind ...haven't done that in ages. Here's hoping the sketch bug remains.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
John Robinson's Art
| Back in the early 1990s my stepmother inherited two paintings from her cousin Dorothy. The paintings whose three images you see here were done by a friend and coworker, a man named John Robinson.
I don't know much of the artist. I know that his work has been on exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery  and at Washington DC's City Hall .
He painted ~and began exhibiting~ at a time when established black artists rarely gained recognition. Thus it is all the more remarkable that Robinson, who worked as a kitchen helper at St Elizabeth's Hospital, (and not as well connected with loftier realms of cultural commerce) was able to develop a memorable body of work and to then get his work exhibited. Largely self-taught, he worked in media that were less costly but always managed to keep up his efforts.
Mr. Robinson's exhibition with the Corcoran, incidentally, was completed with funds coming from the National Endowment for the Arts, as part of an effort to get local, and lesser known artists, the recognition their works warrant and deserve.
other sites of interest about African-American Artists
National Center of Afro-American Artists | Roxbury MA: exhibitions, collections, conservation, publications, research and education
Ijele | Civil Rights and the African American Artists: Have we Overcome?
Artnoir Index listings of Afro-Artists on the Internet
Don Mabry's Historic Text Archive | An extensive bibliography  resource of Afro-American Artists and Art
URBAN ADVENTURING || PSYCHIC TERRORISM
joining the urban adventurers
from WTC to abandoned mental hospitals and beyond
Traipsing around in abandoned mental hospitals has become trendy. [See some of the other sites listed at the end of this post for examples
] Yet I, along with my now long distance pal Chad Kleitsch
and I did this with some measure of official sanction before it became a "thing"
Actually, Chad has done this for some time, not only at old asylums, but through empty factories, and a trip to India. It was he who gave me my first official taste of the phenomena known as "Urban Adventuring" ...not that I had never done this sort of thing, more that I'd never known there was a name for it. And, actually, I'd kind of forgotten about my adventuring around those empty buildings with Chad until the past couple of weeks ...until after the kamakazie style crash bombing of the jumbo jets into the World Trade Towers.
It was pictures from the World Financial Center, such as the one of the right from the New York Times
, after the September 11 "bombing" which took an eerie, albeit, deja vu tone
photo: Jeff Mermlestein, © 2001 New York Times
for me, bringing back a series of weekends a few years back when I was assigned to escort a fine arts photographer ~that was Chad~ around the empty buildings where I work. We later became good friends, and also went on to work on a similar project at another ~completely abandoned~ hospital grounds.
The experience is at once exhilarating and psychially draining. You are at the same time conscious of the thrill of discovering dramatic images
remaining photos on this page and subsequent pages © 1999, 2001 | will brady or chad kleitsch
of light but they coincide with the grim recognition that you are at the nexus where something both devasating and horrible has taken place.
Now, the similarities between our trekking about the buildings and grounds of two different [largely] abandoned facility campuses and those at the World Trade Center quickly end. WTC took place before an audience of literally billions of people, it was swiftly condemned and examined almost as the buildings (and the souls trapped within them) were collapsing to the streets below. Already the destruction of the WTC towers stands as a massive cultural symbol for the brutality mass murder and acts of public terrorism.
In comparision, most have never known about, nor heard of the plight of literally hundreds of thousands of people who were intentionally locked up and ~yes, terrorized and tortured~ in places that some naievely supposed were there to help them.
With this page, we stop ignoring these lesser known institutional acts of terrorism ~a forgotten part of this planet's (not just America's) history. For if we are to truly combat terrorism, it must be done on all fronts, and exposure comes first.
Some other sites devoted to urban adventuring include Infiltration; How to Sneak Around, DetroitYES (look for the Ruins link) |
on abandoned mental hospitals: Dark Passage, New England Ruins | THIS ENTRY FIRST POSTED ON 29 Sept 2001
AMERICAN HISTORY || AFRICAN AMERICANS
| The USA Civil War saw over 180,000 black Americans fight to eradicate slavery and help the Northern Armies in their efforts to keep the nation one. Over 30,000 of them died. After that War, black men in the US Military faced an uncertain future until COngress enacted into law the creation of two cavalry units and four infantry units. The mounted regiments became known as Buffalo Soldiers
~so named by the Cheyenne and Comanche warriors against whom they sometimes fought.
Throughout the rest of the 19th Century these brave and valiant men (and a few women) fought in battles without recognition from American military leadership or the general population of the nation. But their efforts toward helping the nation grow were in more endeavors than war-making. The ranks of soldiers also helped map the western part of the continent, string telegraph lines, build forts and frontier outposts, and protect the crews building the railroads.
In exchange, light skinned Americans of European ancestry heaped upon them the poisons born from living out prejudice and bigotry. A payback that, even today, sometimes extends its reach to keep the less advantaged from being a part of the larger society. Make one wonder when things will ever change.
other sites of interest about African-Americans
buffalo soldiers.net | Not the easiest site to navigate, but extensive collection of pix and story links
On the Western Front
African American Military History | Benny McRae's History from Crispus Atticus to Colin Powell
Afro-American History | Indomitable people surviving the diaspora; an impressive and extensive site of links
AFSCME's Memphis: We Remember | the 1968 Sanitation Worker's Strike; Rev. Martin Martin Luther King's "I have been to the mountaintop" speech
Harlem Renaissiance | A University of Michigan exhibit currently on display
Remember, this list is not meant to be comprehensive; Get down to your local public library and find out more!
NEWS SCOOP || IRAQ QUAGMIRE
Ireland's RTE ONE
correspondent Carol Coleman
managed to cop an interview with Dubya
just before he went on his begging mission with the EU and NATO a couple of weeks ago | Dubya proves to me adept at not answering anything [not to my satisfaction at any rate] but Ms. Coleman bravely does what the USA based corportae media syncophants ought to have done in July 2000, long before the world was forced to suffer our proto-dictator king | Don't miss his talk of relationship with God and the comments about how Bush "..don't like death, personally
NOTES: Needs Real Player software | If you want to get right to the interview, skip ahead on the clip to 20:00 | Frankly, I watched the whole thing ...enjoyed the context |
WHIMSEY || VISUAL ART
Mr. Wong's Virtual Skyscraper
| The unrequited architect in me wishes I had come across this site a couple of years ago when "Mr. Wong" was still entertining entries ...and new floors... to this incredible structure | Total fantasy, except in the virtual realm, and [upon gazing on some of the "floors"] structurally challenged, participants had a great time coming up with concepts, many evidently self-promotional [but so what] | The page is also probably one of the longest continuous html scripts I've ever had the chance to "read" |
Not really any intellectual challenge, mind you, but a fun visual romp |
| It's fun to come across some unexpected bit of self-identification | Saw this one day while driving and was lucky enough to have the camera with me to snap the shot |
ONE MORE FOR THE GIPPER
Kimber, the Pissed Off Wiccan
, posts a couple of comments about Ronald Reagan's passing. One in cartoon format
, the other, a reprint of Colin Shea's article
[courtesy of Prague TV]
Soldier Death Toll in Iraq
At least 998 Coalition forces already killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. |
880 from US , 59 from UK , 18 from Italy , 11 from Spain , 6 from Poland , 6 from Ukraine , 6 from Bulgaria , 3 from Slovakia , 2 from Thailand , 1 from Denmark , 1 from Estonia , 1 from El Salvador , 1 from Netherlands , 1 from Latvia , 1 from Hungary , 1 from England |
820 have died since the war Officially ended May 1, 2003.
735 from US, 26 from UK, 18 from Italy, 11 from Spain, 6 from Poland, 6 from Ukraine, 6 from Bulgaria, 3 from Slovakia, 2 from Thailand, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Estonia, 1 from El Salvador, 1 from Netherlands, 1 from Latvia, 1 from Hungary, 1 from England |
...and still counting |
A name always makes someting much les abstract | Print out a list of the dead
| Why wait 50 years
? | Start your own Iraq Quagmire War Memorial today |
^-- pix credit National WWII Memorial website
warns of of a [USA] Republican Party ideological Civil War
| Perhaps not soon enough | Some points...
"...If Bush wins, it will cripple his ability to get anything done. If he loses, the recriminations will get vicious. The fiscal conservatives will be fighting the "deficits-don't-matter" crowd. The realists will be out to topple the neocons. The Santorum-Ashcroft axis will continue to wage war on any Republicans not interested in legislating either the Old Testament or the dictates of the Vatican... ...The battle lines are deep and sharp - and the future of American conservatism is at stake. Bush has proven himself unable to unite a party that includes Tom DeLay as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McCain and Bill Frist. Whether the coming civil war is about who lost the election, or who will exploit the victory, it's going to be nasty and enduring. No single party can be both for individual liberty and for theologically-based social policy; both for fiscal balance and drunken-sailor spending; both for interventionism abroad and against moralism in foreign policy. The incoherence is just too deep..."
THE HOLY CRUSADES OF 2004
John Kerry cited for heresy
| Ah! Thank God! we're getting the Inquisition
back, at last | And none too soon! | I'm sure it is not
politically motivated | It's even featured in that fair and balanced publication, the Washington Times [you know, that paper owned by Reverend Sun Yung Moon
A Catholic lawyer has filed heresy charges against Sen. John Kerry with the Archdiocese of Boston, accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of bringing "most serious scandal to the American public" by receiving Holy Communion as a pro-choice Catholic.
THE DRUG WARS || ANNALS OF THE ABSURD
pix credit: Clay-Chalkville High School, 2004 --vHigh School Girl Takes Motrin / Gets Punished by School for Drug Use
| This would be funny if it weren't true | Seems that the Clay-Chalkville [Alabama] High School "Zero-Tolerance" rules on drug use forbid taking an over the counter pain medication, even for helping relieve the pain of menstrual cramps | So Judge Houston L. Brown has to decide whether or not Ms. Dawna Hill, a Jefferson County school board hearing officer is proper in demanding the 15 year old be sentenced to a school for kids with behavioral problems |
The school's website
claims that Clay-Clarkville is
"A community of learners committed to helping students reach their potential in academic and extracurricular endeavors"
However, the website lacks information on who does what at the school and their page on "Guidance" is blank | Seems somebody ought to be sentencing Ms. Hill for rank stupidity ~ at the very least | After that, how about questioning the wisdom of the school administration for allowing this farce to happen | I'm afraid to ask what the quality of educational efforst might be at that school |
My sympathies to the young woman [Ysatis Jones] who has to put up with the crap |
Thanks to Zero Intelligence and TigerHawk for bringing this up |
| The act of "...posting large, easy to read and obviously homemade signs on America's freeways is one of the last outlets for individuals to express themselves to the masses. Messages tend to poke fun at the ruling elite..."
Got to thank Mary Lou Semour
, posting on Rational Review almost 9 months ago to discuss an idea pregant with promise |
I'd guess one could take it a step further | Namely, modifying signs both of a public nature [government posted signs, for instance
] and those under the auspices of the private sector [billboards] to change the context of their messages | Not unlike what occurred when ~ back in 1979 ~ some wags in Elizabethtown New York, modified two different municipal signs
One changed from "Jobs for Your Community" to Jobs for Your CommunE
; the other changed from Essex County Courthouse Addition to Essex County Courthouse Addic
When there, both always gave me a chuckle |
This is not to say that public sign modification is without its risks | First off, one would be altering offical public information or messing with private property [billboards] | A feller could get arrested for that | But the idea of new signage, ~ the freeway blogging concept ~ independently created and posituioned for all to see and think about, that may be a good thing...
MANIFESTOS || HOLIDAYS
click on the document for Brenda Young's diligent effort at retyping the Declaration of Independence into html
Fireworks thunder in the distance
as I put this page together | At our house, we'd left the colored lights on the pineapple bush since last winter and turned them on tonight | One person honked in recognition, calling out "All Right!" while speeding past the stop sign at the corner of the street |
As to the occasion
this year's observations are particularly sensitive | NO, I have not yet seen Michael Moore's Farenheight 9-11
| Frankly, I'm more likely to watch the Supremes
than to go to a movie | It isn't about media distractions for me | It's about preserving the basic tenets then sought for redress and resolution | And as one might easily guess reading my other entries, I have concerns about that | So should you | So ought we all | It's an interesting year | Read the contents of the Declaration and ask in your heart how much of it is still relevant ...you might want to substitute George for King George, and the Crown for Corporate execs, but it seems fundamentally still the same battle | Only the fireworks of revolution may be more intellectual than those screaming and spurting across the river from the house |
Actually, my favorite fireworks
, this time of year,
are those made by the seeming endless colony of fireflies in a copse of trees
on the road behind our house | In that protected enclave, the fireflies move about seemingly at random, bringing burshs and flickers of light with as much predictability as the pyrotechnics display upriver from home | That display, all the more pronounced since I can literally stand amidst it without fear or injury or worry about how I'm going to get out of the parking lot after the show is over |They won't end for a number of weeks |When they do, then ~ as with the high tech ones going off tonight ~ I end up waiting again until next year for the grand display |