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Dick Cheney’s recent heart transplant gives him
a unique opportunity at a spiritual redemption, if he so chooses.

Dick Cheney received a new heart this weekend.

One of the many jokes I heard about this development was if they could find a donor ‘with as black a heart’ to match Cheney’s.

But after snickering about this, I remembered that I had seen that patients who received transplants inherited Tastes, Traits, Memories, Quirks, etc, from the donors of their organs.This happens sometimes with the lungs and liver, but very specifically from Heart donors.

A quick video.google search reinforces this – here’s an example (part 1 of 4):

It will be interesting to see how ‘Darth Cheney’ reacts to his new heart.

In my ever-evolving personal belief Thought Structure™, although I find what Cheney and his NeoCon Kabal have done to this planet, and our collective reality in general, morally incomprehensible, I can’t and won’t judge him. Or even hate him and his ilk.

However, I would support that he be held responsible for his actions. I know he probably feels the same way, but he would never admit that out loud. I bet Cheney fears death more than most – I would if I were Cheney, and if I had any inkling that I would be judged for his actions in this lifetime. I do believe that He, like all of us, will be held responsible – and that he will have to pay off his karmic debt at some point, in some fashion.

That being said, while he heals with his new, hopefully kinder, gentler heart over the coming weeks and months, it will be interesting to see how Cheney reacts to this new, ‘less-black’ heart.

Will he inherit any cravings, traits, quirks, memories or beliefs of the person whose heart he inherited? Hopefully a person who values life, has a sense of selflessness and justice?

Maybe.

Scrooge needed the spiritual world to come into his dreams to change his heart. The Grinch learned his lesson and changed his heart on his own.

Maybe Cheney, Literally, needed a Physical Change of Heart to actually realize what life, and this reality we all inhabit together, is all about.

It is my hope that this becomes the feel-good Story of the Summer of 2012, with Cheney joining hands with the rest of the good people of this Planet Earth, in a hilarious music video-type montage of him, espousing all forms of the Beatitudes and converting hate and intolerance into inclusion and acceptance.

I really think that this would be… Possible..!  Because anything is.

Maybe Will Ferrell could play Dubya in it.

Wouldn’t that be something?


You have to hand it to Karl Rove and the Republican Think Tank$ – they are Masters of their Domains, Orchestrating in Unbelievable Fashion the distractions and noise machines to Divide and Conquer the American Public. Like clockwork, after the questionable legality of the Wisconsin Statehouse Republicans finagling their legislation last night in a Scorched Earth manner, acting in the interests of the very few as opposed to what is fair and just.

Notice the majority of this "Spontaneous" Labor busting? They're in the North, because the Southern States already have Unions Stripped of their Rights.

The Next Day, as I write this, the Peter King ‘Islamic Radicalization’ meetings – which have no purpose, IMO, than to distract, divide and pit the 99.5% of us ‘Have Nots’ against each other. Meanwhile, the powers that be, Legally or Illegaly, pass questionable laws that strip all of us of our Rights and our ability to voice not only our Opinions, but our Dissent against this whole Very Successful, Very Cleaver, Incredibly Effective and now Not-S0-Hidden Agenda.

This ‘Al-Qaeda-izing’ ( the database ) of the entire Muslim Community completely distracts the MSM ( purposely ) from what is really happening here, and pitting the ill-informed public against each other is the tactic of choice again, Beautifully Maestro’ed by the Hidden Agendas.

Then across the hill you have Michelle and President Obama speaking to educators, parents, and community leaders as well as politicians who seem to care about Bullying and the Tactics of Bullying, and the examples and reasons behind bullying…

Does anyone else see the Irony and Lessons of this Point in time in the Structure of Thought™ has laid out before us on this day?

I want to just recognize that in my belief system, there are clues and underlying reasons things happen – sometimes it truly is a coincidence, but there are other times when the Synchronicity is almost Blatant – and this is one of those times. If Corporations are People and Money is Speech, well then We the People are being Bullied by Citizens United, American Crossroads, Fox News, et al.

Like I have said before, I really am no fan of either political party, and just because it is Legal doesn’t make it Correct to implement, profits before people, without Conscience.

At the Least, the Democratic Party, again at the Least, the majority of those who call themselves ‘Democrats’ believe in Ethical, Moral, and Reasoned Behavior – and handcuffed by their Corporate Purse Strings aside… they want the same opportunities for all Americans, not just the Rich White people.

And yes, Elections do have consequences – but the People of Wisconsin never heard Walker mention he was going to do what he has done… and it’s plain to see the Bait and Switch Tactics He and his Ilk have employed… The FACT that they have done this at all is a Bullying Tactic. It’s Lying Liars.

Let’s hope that these events, when looked at through the Prism of Positive Thought Structure™, will show those who have denied that things like this don’t just happen in a Vacuum. We have to Stand Up to this Bully – in the truest sense of Gandhi, with Non-Violent, Peaceful, Organized Non-Compliance. I give the People of Wisconsin and Muslim Americans Immense Credit for ‘Keeping a Lid on their Pots.’ It is my hope that the best of Humanity and cooler, less selfish heads will prevail, and that these Bullies will be brought to Justice. Comments or Dissent is welcome and encouraged.


I heard about this for the first time yesterday – but I am just seeing it in the Main Stream Media today – here’s a link to the story. This is a direct, manufactured attack by this newly-elected leadership in the Republican majority in Wisconsin. This is a direct result of the recent supreme court decisions made by the Citizens United Case… which is a 1984 Double Speak if I’ve ever heard of it.

I’m Sorry, but the interests of the Ruling Class are not going to be happy until they turn this country into Bangladesh and we’re all scurrying for scraps of wages of pennies on the dollar! Never mind the Invisible Tax on the poor called Inflation, which is ramping up quite nicely right now, thank you.

From what I have heard from Progressive talk radio, this is the 6th day of protest, with the numbers growing every day… and the MSM is going to ignore this story unless people start talking about it.  So Please click on the link below and feel free to share, tweet, talk to your friends and relatives about what is going on here.

My spin on this is – ‘Isn’t There Enough Pie for All®?’  To what purpose is it to rob from those who make barely survivable wages to give giant corporations and their boards of directors huge tax breaks? To Paraphrase Ed Schultz: ‘This is the blueprint for the Corporatocrasy to suck even more wealth from the working people, from healthy pensions that have funds for years to come so that they can get their hands on the worker’s money’.

George Carlin, who is not only one of the greatest Comics but IMO a modern-day Prophet, predicted this Exact thing almost 10 years ago –

As George Said – ‘They’ve got you by the balls…! They’re coming for your Pension! They want it Back!’

This is EXACTLY what is going on right now, and thank you to Baardseth and Billy Vegas for the video and Tarfin for the verbiage:  Here’s the whole transcript of Carlin’s Prophetic tirade:

‘But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never … ever … EVER be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got. … … … BECAUSE … THE OWNERS, OF THIS COUNTRY, DON’T WANT THAT! … …

I’m talking about the real owners now … … … … … the BIG owners! … … … The Wealthy … … … … … the REAL owners! … The big wealthy business interests that control things … and make all the important decisions. … … … … Forget the politicians. They are irelevant. … … The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice . . . … you dont. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU.

They own everything. They own all the important land. … They own and control the corporations. Theyve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. … They got you by the balls. … … They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … . . . lobbying, … to get what they want . . . … Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else,

BUT Ill tell you what they dont want . . . they dont want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. … … They dont want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. Theyre not interested in that . . . that doesnt help them. Thats against their interests. Thats right. … … They dont want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly theyre getting FUCKED by a system that threw them overboard 30 FUCKING years ago. … … They dont want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. … And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now theyre coming for your … Social Security money. … … … They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? … … … Theyll get it . . . theyll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this FUCKING place!

Its a big club, and you ain’t in it! … … … … You, and I, are not in The big club. By the way, its the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care!

Good honest hard-working people . . . white collar, blue collar it doesnt matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich COOK SUCKERS who dont give a FUCK about you. ( Hello Wisconsin… Are you Listening? ) They dont give a FUCK about you . . . … they dont give a FUCK about you. …. …. They dont care about you at all . . . at all . . . at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care.

Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. Its called the American Dream, … cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”

This is EXACTLY what is happening with this Country, RIGHT NOW. We have Let the powers that be choose this direction of ‘To Hell with the Middle Class, with Working People’ ( Thom Hartmann pharaphrase ) and the only thing that matters is the whims of the Ownership Class.

But Again, can’t we make it to where there are no losers in this reality, and to a certain degree ‘Can’t Everybody Win®?’

‘Isn’t There Enough Pie for All®?’



There’s a Blog I enjoy very much called Ethics Alarms that I have been following over the past 3-6 months… and I enjoy it because I don’t always agree with what he says. As a matter of fact he’s very right of center. The big difference in what he writes is that he calls people to the carpet on either side of the aisle. I stumbled upon his blog after a google search of ‘Ethics’ – and I have been a subscriber ever since.

This Blogger, named Jack Marshall, pumps out maybe 5-10 posts a week… a volume that I find hard to fathom. It takes me forever to get rolling on an entry, but since I contacted him to ask permission to talk about this particular exchange he’s written 4+ postings. But there is a particular post in which I am completely at odds with his opinion, to the point of where we both think each other is completely wacky for each’s respective perspective.  Read the rest of this entry »


In this economy, you have to set yourself up to take advantage of every opportunity you can get… especially when you’re a Starving Artist. This is a quick story of how I was lucky enough to land a great commission, reconnect with an awesome family, and expand my horizons as an Oil Painter.

Last year around November I got a friend request on Facebook from a super-nice gal I knew from High School, who was a year or two younger than me. After the usual “normal” Facebook pleasantries, I noticed she was a runner, and a marathoner at that. In my glory days, I fancied myself a distance runner, and ran cross-country and track during high school.

But I also had an exceptional coach, who pushed my abilities well beyond my limited running talent. In my response to my new Facebook pal, I made the small talk of offering to critique her training schedule, and share some of my insights, pointers, etc, etc, based upon my coach’s superior training philosophies. With all of this friendly info, I also included a link to my blog, which has my artlinks off to the left. Much to my surprise, within about 72 hours I received a very animated response, with positive  aspirations of not only the running info, but also her digging on my artwork – both the digital and especially my oil paintings.

You know what ‘They’ say… ‘They’ say timing is everything… but luck comes into play as well. But I had put myself into position to “land” a potential Patron of my Art. She and her husband were in the middle of remodeling and expanding their house back in my hometown, and wanted to fill it with some original art. That was music to my ears of course, and we arranged a time to discuss the project after the first of the year. Even though I was anxious to start, they were not ready to chat about artwork until they were in the homestretch of finishing up the construction, which was pretty substantial. Read the rest of this entry »


Ray Noland: Blago / Banksy –

First, I made the following comment at Huffington post, you can see the article I commented on here –

Second, here is my embellished comment: I am / was a big fan of all the Blago/Banksy graffiti that were sprayed all around Chicago – and I covered it extensively in 3+ Posts on my blog “The Structure of Thought™ – this is the way it has always been®”. It’s my opinion that you cannot patent a “style” of art ( you can invent a style, however, so that something can be “Banksy-esque” so to speak, even tho he didn’t “invent” it ) just like a medical or big pharma company can’t “Patent” a gene or a chromosome – even tho the law says you can. Just because it is legal, doesn’t make it right.

That being said, the whole point of Art in its highest calling IMO is to generate positive Thought Structure™, discussion, and push society towards enlightenment. If you go back and read my posts on Ray’s Art it shows the noblest aspect to what the purpose of ANY art can do – call attention to issues, our culture, the flaws in our society, our misplaced values and dysfunctional aspects of the Pop Culture we have created. That is powerful, how one individual can help push society towards the positive.

If you think about it, one good idea can change everything. Hopefully for the better.

Check out the Blago/Banksy entries I talked about here & here – there’s at least 3 updates, with 2 being in the first link, showing pictures from Wicker Park, Bucktown, the Skylark fire pic with some shots of me warming myself next to the cold, empty fire that Blago is trying to start… pretty fun stuff. Check them out…

peace!


Okay, I am a giant football / soccer geek, not the most knowledgeable, but I try my hardest to hold conversations with those who know WAY more than me on any topic… and I know just enough about Futbol to be slightly dangerous. So before Friday’s matches are even played, I’ve got my final 16 bracket filled out, homer-ized, & Filled with upsets.

For reference, I have used my ESPN iPhone app to help me draw the brackets for the final 16. And I’m still not sure how these brackets shake out – but as you can tell by the whiteboard I enlisted at work, it was very confusing seeing how these play out.

I was under the impression that the groups cross-pollinate in the “elite 8” – meaning, winners getting into the final 8 “bracket jump” into the playing those from the “other side” of the draw – those from group A-B all of a sudden playing those from G-H or whatever. That being said, I guess this is how it is supposed to be – if not, I’ll amend next week. Plus I should also apologize for my “USA Centric” bracketing – having them in the top right corner. So you see what a homer I am.

So keeping this short, it’s my impression that the South American teams have caught up and zoomed past European players… France and today Italy’s shocking exit as example. If Italy would have played all three games like last 20 Minutes of the Slovakia, they probably would have won their group. But it doesn’t fall far from reality that we could see a final 4 of all-South American teams… Uruguay, Argentina, Chile/Paraguay, and of course Brasil. That is what my Head tells me – but as any good Homeresque philosopher type as I fancy myself, I filled out the bracket with my heart, not my head! (of course).

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PART I

The purpose of this particular post is to try to wrap my brain around a theory I have had in my head for quite awhile, and to try to explain it to you. The events over the past couple of weeks/months that we’ve all witnessed regarding to where things fall in the “Linear” political spectrum, ( mainly Glenn Beck and his Magic Chalkboard )  using the labels the ‘Left’ or the ‘Right’ in regards to politics, have started to touch on this theory.  This helped me pull down a semblance of this Idea Grouping, this Structure of Thought™ , that I have been trying to manifest for at least the past 5+ years.

And I’m not kidding when I say I’ve been thinking about this ‘Thought Structure’ for a few years… the proof is in the viewing of either of my 2 earliest digital collages here and here. This is where all these “types” of thoughts I have come from, and how they look to me. The Structure of Thought™ is what I call it… and it is really hard for me to put something so… etherical?  into words that even myself can understand.

In The Daily Show's brilliant parody of Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart mocks Glenn's pattern of drawing on the chalkboard similar graphics to what I've been working on in my own little brain.

 

So let me set the table by saying that it’s hard to articulate these Thought Structures™, for lack of a better term, or “theory of forms,” as I think Plato called them, at least for me, coming at it from the artistic viewpoint.

My goal for this fairly extensive post is to convey the idea of how the political parties and factions thereof can be labeled and analyzed within the Structure of Thought™.

First and formost,  look at the Banner ‘The Structure of Thought™’ above. You can see the graphics I put together for the title of this particular Blog. These are not just for decoration… they actually mean something to me, and hopefully try to explain my perception to you, fair reader.

When I look at them I know they convey a method that, if used with interchanging variables that is measured with absolutes, can help us Humans more refine, label and direct anything, from economics, policy, acts, thoughts, deeds… into a “more perfect” way to help measure decision and choice.

This procedure, in turn,  helps “sharpen our pencil” so to speak to more closely mimic nature, find solutions to problems, refine arguments, make better decisions, decipher right from wrong, etc. etc.

And as in Nature, there is Beautiful Structure of Thought™, and there is terrifying, paradoxical, repulsive Structure of Thought™… the thesis statement of this exercise could be said that the more beautiful, natural ways we shape our Thought Structure™, the more functional, effective, moral, ethical way it will effect all of us.

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Freezin' in September w Blago—Skylark

Freezin' in September w Blago—Skylark

Oh yea, Oh yea, Blago, your fire doth giveth little warmth

Oh yea, Oh yea, Blago, your fire doth giveth little warmth


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What're ya, Fuckin’ Stoopid?

What, are you people F*%#&!’n STOOPID?

Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t mean to offend, didn’t mean to put anyone off by my “intro demeanor.”

Yeah so I’ve been dead awhile… A little over a year now.  June 22 of 2008, to be exact. And I didn’t realize dying on the Summer Solstice was such a big deal. But it is. You’re gonna have to trust me on that one, but that’s not why I am writing this f&%$#n’ BLOG.

Bllllog. What the hell is a blog anyway? You f&%king human beings.

So it’s been awhile since I’ve had a “chat” with any of you, me being passed on to the next thing and all. and I have some pent-up energy to lay out here… and I’ll get to how Pussified the Health Care Debacle has become as long as you keep reading.

But First off, let me tell ya, being dead… ya know—being dead is pretty f&$king cool!

That is, as long as you didn’t completely f&%k up while you were alive…!

So Being Dead. Let me tell ya about it. Being dead gives your soul, your essence, that which is unique in the universe, your own, unique self, the unexplainable paradox that which is “you”—a chance to reflect upon all that is. In other “words,” Death gives you… Perspective. … Per—spec—tive.

And, since time doesn’t really exist here where, fortunately for all of you, I still AM, M’KAY? ….it’s a little hard to “put” into “words,” …and you remember how much I love words and language.

S**t I based my whole  career talking about F&%kin’ Words!

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