Sunday, January 15, 2012

Marine Performance ART !


Urinating on the Dead: Marine Performance Art?

It's an Expression of ART  !

soldiers urinatingYou may have heard about American soldiers who urinated on the bodies of some dead Taliban insurgents. I suspect that the dead soldiers tried to kill American soldiers. War is hell. People are killed. Bodies are mutilated, blown to bits by bombs and shrapnel, and incinerated. My father had his right leg blown off in the Korean War. He would have preferred to have been urinated on if he could have kept his leg.
Here’s how Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor reported on the story:
The military is investigating, and appears to have identified the four marines. Their military careers, it’s safe to say, are close to over and a court martial is almost certain. A deeper look into the Marine unit involved and its command environment is coming down the pike. That’s as it should be.
But remember that if you put enough men in combat, for enough time, this sort of thing is likely to happen.
So there’s outrage by public officials and apologies are being sent at the speed of light. Here’s what Congressman Allen West, with more than 20 years of active duty service in the United States Army, had to say about the incident:
The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.

I find all this very interesting in light of another urine incident.
Where were our government officials when artist and photographer Andres Serrano unveiled his “Piss Christ”? It was a photograph of a “small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine. The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art’s ‘Awards in the Visual Arts’ competition, which is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects.”
What was the response from the art community? Here’s one example:
The art critic Lucy R. Lippard has presented a constructive case for the formal value of Serrano’s Piss Christ, which she characterizes as mysterious and beautiful. She writes that the work is “a darkly beautiful photographic image… the small wood and plastic crucifix becomes virtually monumental as it floats, photographically enlarged, in a deep rosy glow that is both ominous and glorious.” Lippard suggests that the formal values of the image can be regarded separately from other meanings.
In 2010, there was the ants on the crucifix video that was being shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, another government-funded institution. It was later moved to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Wendy Olsoff, a co-owner of the New York City art gallery that manages Wojnarowicz’s work, said the artist frequently used animals and insects to represent metaphors for interactions in human society. “This was not hate speech,” she said. “It’s a compassionate look at how we live. He’s overlaying the insect world on the human world. … And he used ants in a series of surreal images, using them on guns, clocks and toy soldiers.”
The urinating Marines could argue that all they were doing was engaging in “performance art” that was designed to serve as a metaphor for interactions in human society. And what does the metaphor represent? They were pissed off in seeing their fellow-soldiers killed and for their government sending them off to fight senseless wars.
It’s OK to blow the enemy apart and bath them in blood — and a lot of innocent people as well — but don’t y0u dare urinate on them after you just killed them.
Just one man’s opinion.
 Urinating on the Dead: Marine Performance Art? http://godfatherpolitics.com/3146/urinating-on-the-dead-marine-performance-art/#ixzz1jV0XUdUC

Friday, January 13, 2012

MEET FREEDOM AND JEFF ?

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is
spiraling out of control.....
Not many people get a picture of this proud bird
snuggled up next to them!

Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,
it was broken in 4 places.
She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand
and both wings were broken. She was
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the
decision to give her a chance at life, so I took
her to the vet's office.  From then
on, I was always around her. We had her in a
huge dog carrier with the top off,  and it
was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to
lay in.  I used to sit and talk to her,
urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay
there looking at me with those big brown eyes.
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still
couldn't stand. It got to the point where the
decision was made to euthanize her
if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't
want to cross that line between torture and
rehab, and it looked like death was
winning.  She was going to be put
down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in
on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go
to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't
bear the thought of her being euthanized; 
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone
was grinning from ear to ear. I went
immediately back to her cage; and there she was,
standing on her own, a big beautiful
eagle.  She was ready to live.  I was
just about in tears by then.  That
was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly,  so the director
asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove,
and then to jesses, and we started
doing education programs for schools
in western  Washington . 
   We wound up in the newspapers,
radio (believe it or not) and some
TV.   Miracle Pets even did a show
about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3,
which is not good (one major organ plus
everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of
chemo.  Lost the hair - the whole
bit.  I missed a lot of work. When I
felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey
and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would
also come to me in my dreams and help me fight
the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

the day after Thanksgiving,
I went in for my last checkup.
I was told that if the cancer was not
all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last
option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they
did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for
the results.  I went in Monday, and I was
told that all the cancer was gone.


 
So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and
take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty
and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her
up, and we went out front to the top of the
hill.  I hadn't said a word to
Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me
and wrapped both
her wings around me to where I
could feel them pressing in on my back 
(I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she
touched my nose with her beak and stared into my
eyes, and we just stood there like that
for I don't know how long .  That was a
magic moment.  We have been soul mates ever
since she came in.  This is a very special bird.

On a side note:  I have had people who
were sick come up to us when we are out, and
Freedom has some kind of hold on
them.  I once had a guy who was
terminal come up to us and
I let him hold her.
His knees just about buckled and he
swore he could feel her power course through his
body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close
to such a magnificent spirit as
Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!

 
But they that wait upon the Lord

shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, January 12, 2012

SO HERE I AM, IN ALL MY GLORY... GOD BLESS THE USA....BILL

Documents have been uncovered revealing the Department of Homeland Security, run by Janet Napolitano under Barack Obama’s direction, is monitoring dozens of popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter, the Drudge Report, the Middle East Media Research Institute, and Jihad Watch, and is collecting “personally identifiable information.”
The documents first were uncovered by Reuters, and have been confirmed as genuine by Washington officials.
A document dated Nov. 15, 2011, and titled “Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative” explained the program.
The government, the document said, “monitored publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards to collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.”
Included in the information collected, the document confirmed, were “limited instances of personally identifiable information.” The data is used by the DHS and other agencies including the U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
SAFE: Find out how to protect yourself, your family and your home – at the WND Superstore.
The full list of sites included Vimeo, YouTube and Myspace Video. Also on the list are Stormpulse, Flickr, TwitterAPI, Radio on Twitter, TV on Twitter, TweetStats, AllAfrica, CNOnews, Cryptome, Global Security Newswire, Google Blog, Homeland Security Today, Jihad Watch, MEMRI, MS-13 News, Plowshares Fund, STRATFOR, Science Daily and dozens of others.
See the full list.
The spy operation was “permitted to collect PII on the following categories of individuals when it lends credibility to the report or facilities coordination with federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, foreign, or international government partners:”
It listed six categories:
  • U.S. and foreign individuals in extreme situations involving potential life or death circumstances
  • Senior U.S. and foreign government officials who make public statements or provide public updates
  • U.S. Foreign government spokespersons who make public statements or provide public updates
  • U.S. and foreign private sector officials and spokespersons who make public statements or provide public updates
  • Names of anchors, newscasters, or on-scene reporters who are known or identified as reporters in their post or article or who use traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed
  • Terrorists, drug cartel leaders, or other persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest.
Even though “PII inadvertently or incidentally collected” is supposed to be redacted immediately – “12 email reports inadvertently included unnecessary PII or potential PII…”
Those compilations of data have been going and continue to be delivered to “federal employees, contractors, and private sector and international partners who have requested and been approved to receive notifications based on job description and a need-to-know the information…”
Reuters reported a DHS official “familiar with the monitoring program” reported it was meant to allow government officials to be aware of major and developing events “to which the department or its agencies might have to respond.”
The government documents reveal the plans are for the information to be held “for no more than five years.”
Other sites on the list are ABC News’ “The Blotter;” blogs about bird flu; news blogs, and sites that follow wildfires and hurricanes.
Cryptome, one of the first websites to post information related to the Homeland Security monitoring program, is on the list.
Jihad Watch monitors Islam and its advances in the free world.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...