Saturday, September 27, 2008

Weeks away...

Hello faithful few...its that time again. We are mere weeks away from the presidential election. Mere weeks until we will find out if we voted for change or voted for Neo-Bushism. Oh that "Maverick!"

We have had 8 years of a republican ran white house. It is definitely time for a change. I tried to watch the debates but it was hard. It sounded more like a "he started it first" type of debate. I mean why does this guy keep talking about his pen? "...I've got a pen. This one's kind of old. I've got a pen, and I'm going to veto every single spending bill that comes across my desk. I will make them famous. You will know their names." Oh that "Maverick!" How many times do we have to hear this lame line. It sounds as if they are two school kids and he got beat so now he is going to go and tell his teacher like a little baby. Next Thursday is going to be great we get to see his running mate in a debate with Obama's running mate. This should be good. Any way, I am going to get off of this topic before I continue on and sound like I am angry. That is all I have for you guys this week. Next week I am going back to talking to you guys about my work.

Until sometime next week, namaste and stay strong...

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Hello faithful few, its that time again. This week we go slightly political.

I chose not to get caught up into partisan politics! When I was young in the mind politically, I believed in right and wrong. I believed in debating both sides of the argument.

In middle school in my American government class when we would have mock elections, I jumped at the role of the republican. I mean how could you have a mock election and not have every party involved. I lived for playing devil's advocate. When I was old enough to vote I registered as a republican. My friends would always ask me why would I do that. They would say you're not rich, why are you a republican.

It wasn't until some years later, as I grew in mind politically, I started to understand how partisan and bipartisan politics work. I begin to look at the issues equally from both sides of the political spectrum. I realized that both were speaking the some good things.

I figured that is was time for me to rethink my political involvement. I switched my voting status to independent. Its funny just now I realized that I have never been a democrat. Imagine that! I feel as though for us to truly stabilize our country and our economy we must have a truly bipartisan government. We have good candidates out there. I mean my man Obama, I feel will do wonders for this country as far as changing and shaking up the way things work in this country. I will vote for Obama but not because he is a democrat but because I believe in him and what he will do for this country. I do believe that until there is a truly bipartisan candidate our country will always go through the same economic, educational, and turmoil issues that we have had centuries. What's sad is that we will probably never see that in our or our grand kids generation.

Until sometime next week, namaste and stay strong...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Tao of I

Hello faithful few, it that time again. This week I am just going to talk a little about my artist practice.

Alot of times I start out by figuring out what I want to talk about. What am I trying to convey? What do I want my work to say? Sometimes it may come from something that I have read or something that I have seen. It may come from an experience I have had or a moment that I have experienced. Other times I just feel motivation overcome me and I can't but help to be creative.

I try to read alot and research alot about the subject matter that I tackle. Sometimes its personal sometimes its not but when I do tackle it I try to be well informed. I feel that being well inform helps me to focus more and helps me to bring more out of my work. It gives it more meaning I feel. When I create I try to pour all of my emotion into it whether it be positive or negative. Sometimes I will work on a piece for months at a time but I always have another piece going in the interim. I don't "finish" a piece until it is no longer speaking to me.

All in all, I am have been content with the way I do things and I am always trying to find other ways to better my artist way. Well that's all I have for you guys this week.

Until sometime next week, namaste and stay strong...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Election 2008 Part 1

Hello faithful few, its that time again. This week I am going to talk to you about the upcoming election.

Last week we celebrated the 45th anniversary of Dr. King's famous I have a dream speech (August 28, 1963) and it was also the 53rd anniversary of the horrendous murder of Emmitt Till, (who was a 14 year old black boy who was killed by two Mississippi men for whistling at a white girl). On last thursday the actual date 45 years to the day we officially had Barack Obama receive the democratic nomination. While it was history making, it is far from getting us where we need to be. In-fighting and dissension with in the democratic party may prove to be the downfall of their campaign. Over at the Republican Camp, John McCain is setting himself up to what I would call a superpower move. He goes out and choose as his running mate a first term governor(who hasn't even been in politics that long) who some view as an up-and-comer, Sarah Palin of Alaska. I view it as a ploy to steer Clinton supporters toward giving their vote to the McCain-Palin ticket. You have McCain saying, "hey I will select a woman as my running mate that should persuade people who felt as though Hilary was wronged in being passed over when Obama chose Joseph Biden." I believe he also figured like I stated earlier that she is an up-and-comer in the political realm like Barack. So Here McCain has the best or both worlds while still pushing his "liberal" republican values on us all. This country is ready for change and we do need it, I just think with that change we also need a new party running the country. McCain, while breaking with his party on a numerous issues( the countries use of torture on terrorism and sponsoring an immigration bill with Ted Kennedy)but after you get underneath it all McCain is just playing a wolf in sheep's clothing.
We need to focus on strategies and change which will help us with health care, education, employment and our so-called wars on an ideals (see: terrorism and drugs). Barack embodies change, a change we rightful and deservedly need. Like he said on last thursday, "America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this." This the time for us to act. The time for us to accept that we need a change. That we cannot nor should we settle for a candidate in McCain who may bring a change from "Bushanomincs 201" albeit a slight change. It would be like a radical approach from the Republican Party but still under the mantra and name of the Republican Party. We as a country do not need a president who likes to break from his party as if to say I am a republican but I don't agree with their politics or the other guys politics. It would in my opinion come off as someone who would view himself as more of a dictator or ruler rather than someone who champions his/herself as a leader of the people. I am behind Barack Obama 100% because in my mind he is right for us right now. In my my honest opinion though in my mind we will not truly be whole as a country until we have a true bipartisan candidate. Until that time I will continue believing in what is right for us now and the immediate future. I will come, this November 4th, punch the Obama-Biden ticket so our country can begin its ascension into a more harmonious and very eventful "Changing" of the guard.

Until sometime next week, namaste and stay strong...