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Name This Manifesto The Old Millstone Around My Neck

ASHINGTON, DC—DATELINE OCTOBER 27, 2003. Forging an identity in these uncertain times is not an easy task for someone who has prided himself on his independence, first and foremost, from most of the reckoning powers pursuing his support or demise, whichever comes first. As a result of this hesitancy, the Scenewash Project has little to promote but is simply a slowly developing critical work-in-progress concerned foremost with identifying in fresh terms the strategic forces now influencing the corrosive state of American politics, its public policies, both foreign and domestic, and in postulating, after careful consideration of the formidable body of...

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Saving Our Republic

e take pause at the burning question of what type of government is best-suited to protect the rights of individuals, and to structure society and enforce norms so as to insure the benefits of liberty and justice to its citizens in times of crisis such as our own. The most noble, most effective attempt to address this question in the history of the world was the Constitutional Convention of 1787. These men, drawn forth as dutiful representatives of their respective homelands recently bound together to form a conceived new nation, admitted that the US Constitution had flaws, but the flaws...


Britain's Fascinating Muslim Artist

ere's an interesting link to an interview of a young British Muslim, who also happens to be an artist named Sarah Maple who questions with audacity and style the conflicting aspects of her own identity. Excellent interview. An intelligent woman, and exquisitely sardonic rising young artist, Maple's talent, humility, and intensity of spirit should take her far. She paints in a rather straight-forward pop style. Using language as a hammer and anvil she pounds and reshapes popular notions about feminism, gender, nudity, race, art, crowd dynamics, and other stereotypes, often brazenly against the dangerous backdrop of her own Islamic heritage.


Artists Fearful To Address Islam

RITAIN'S CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS are fêted around the world for their willingness to shock but fear is preventing them from tackling Islamic fundamentalism. Grayson Perry, the cross-dressing potter, Turner Prize winner and former Times columnist, said that he had consciously avoided commenting on radical Islam in his otherwise highly provocative body of work because of the threat of reprisals. Perry also believes that many of his fellow visual artists have also ducked the issue, and one leading British gallery director told The Times that few major venues would be prepared to show potentially inflammatory works. “I’ve censored myself,” Perry said at...


Benefit For Iraq Veterans Against This Particular War

This past Sunday night, I was privileged to donate 13 werks of art consisting of five paintings, seven prints, and a copy of my book to a silent auction fundraiser for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). The event was hosted by my special friend, Martine Zundmanis. Here, in Martine's own words: Friends— hank you all for coming to my place for the benefit party Sunday!!! I think it's safe to say that a grand time was had by all and we were all able to show our love and admiration for Iraq Vets Against the War vets and...