Here is a progress image for the red starfish painting. Please enlarge the image so you can see where I am heading with the red parts of the tentacles (lower left tentacle). Looks like a patchwork or crochet quilt to me. This one does have the color I have been craving lately, but more importantly, it has lots of interesting texture.
Woke up to the news today that Saudi Arabian Oil production was attacked and seriously damaged. To me, this is all part and parcel to the poor political choices of many countries in recent decades, most notably the United States. The cold hard truth is that WWIII won’t be started by the working class, it will be started by the ultra rich in their blind, uncaring quest for profit and personal wealth.
The tensions currently plaguing the world are the direct result of the Ultra Rich, a disproportionate number of old white men, abusing their power and the poor/working class to further enrich themselves. President trump is only the most recent actor. However, his willful deceptions, obvious greed, and woeful ignorance along with his amoral character may be the straw that breaks Peace’s back. The fact that G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney never faced a war crimes tribunal for the things they did in office shows the depths to which the moral rightness of the American people has fallen to.
Our American companies have been the cause of suffering across the world for decades through the exploitation of labor through sweatshops, union busting, and governmental bribery and when that comes home to roost, 9/11 was just a taste, it will be riding a nuclear missile. We will have no one to blame but ourselves because we valued our wealth and comfort above that of anyone else. We did not care how we got our cheap junk or what it cost someone else to make as long as we got it. Then when the cost started becoming American jobs, we blamed them for taking the abuse, and the job, we were willing to give them for our crap products. We locked up Mexicans whose only illegal action was to sneak across our border to escape the life we had created for them through our greed for money and drugs.
All I can say is that when the war starts, I hope you trump supporters are proud of what you have done to the world. You lying Republicans, you White Supremacists, you Koch brothers, you Corporate Lobbyists, you Evangelical Churches, you Karl Roves, you Fox News and Rupert Murdochs, you Mike Pences and Sarah Huckabees, Sarah Palins, and on and on, will carry the blood shed in this war as will all those that blindly followed you.
As usual, I am thoroughly disgusted by the hypocrisy of donald trump and the republican party as a whole. Our current government plans placing a ban on e-cigarettes after a few deaths being related to their use. Do not get me wrong, I am not trying to belittle the deaths of these people or the damage done to the surviving family members. What I am taking exception to is the fact that after only seven deaths, the government is swiftly making a decisive unilateral decision to ban e-cigarettes, while decades and thousands of deaths related to guns and gun violence have only been met with calls for people to buy more guns.
If the vaping situation was handled the same way, there would be assholes driving around with bumper stickers saying “you can pry my vap from my cold dead hands”. Politicians and manufacturers would be flooding your mail box with scare mail saying the government was coming for your electronic cigarettes and they need money to fight for your constitutional right to Vap. There would be an NEA or National E-Cigarette Association to make sure you knew how to accessorize your lung killing Vap to its fullest and protect your constitutional rights.
My disgust with the so called Moral Majority and their hypocrisy just continues to grow. Yes, common sense regulations need to be placed on the e-cigarette industry to prevent them from selling deadly products. Come to think of it, that is why most regulations are created by the government. Someone either caused a death through shoddy products or ripped people off with false claims. The regulations trump is so keen to remove because they inhibit businesses were put into place because these self-same businesses either killed someone or basically stole money from people by lying to them about their product. Remember Bernie Madoff, Kenneth Lay, and donald trump? If you don’t like regulations protecting your life, then why ban e-cigarettes? That will greatly impact the e-cigarette makers I hear commercials for nonstop. I give it about a week before donny backs off under pressure from the tobacco companies. then you will see who he cares about.
So, by all means, keep killing yourselves with e-cigarettes, guns, and toxic waste. Maybe after enough republicans disappear from the face of this earth sanity will finally prevail.
Here she is, the new it girl, Sarah Seadragon. Isn’t she lovely in here shimmering jewel encrusted evening dress, ahem … well, this is the end of another painting in my project for my sister. I hope you have enjoyed watching the development of this painting as much as I did. I really did need a splash of colors to get me going.
This is the Sarah Seadragon painting with the main painting layer turned off. I will do that some times to check for mistakes, a few of which are the white stripes on the tail and ribs that should have been on the main painting. However, I thought this looked pretty cool, almost like a star cluster.