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Artwork/Political Cartoons
Artwork/Political Cartoons
Artwork/Political Cartoons
Artwork/Political Cartoons

Not long ago, it was President Obama who the deep state (and affiliated Salafist militants) tried to manipulate and subvert with these false flag attacks; today it’s Donald Trump.

If we’re to believe the corporate media, it would appear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has an absolutely uncanny way of “crossing Washington’s Red Line” every single time he and his allies are on the verge of rolling up this foreign invasion for good… every single time they’re on the cusp of winning outright with conventional weapons alone (along with the support of the vast majority of Syrians)… every single time that a U.S. president threatens to seek diplomacy and stop pushing regime-change in Damascus.

KAPOW!!! (Chlorine! Sarin! Something else!)

Apparently, we are meant to believe that the Syrian government has an irresistible death wish, an irrational desire to be further invaded by the 800-pound gorilla of the West. We’re meant to think that Syria’s leaders are utter morons, unwilling to accept imminent victory, so desperate are they for the sweet sting of America’s missiles and bombs…

On repeated occasions, both Obama and Trump were told by senior-level advisers that there is simply no hard evidence, no “smoking gun” proof, that the Syrian regime has had a hand in these chemical weapons attacks. And yet both presidents have made concessions to the warmongers, under enormous political and institutional pressure to do so.

Meanwhile, the so-called “rebels” (al Qaeda, ISIS, and their ilk, backed for years by Washington, Riyadh, et al.) have used chemical weapons “at least 52 times” in Iraq and Syria, according to The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/…/isis-chemical-weapons-syria-iraq-…

Nothing to see here, folks, just our leaders and nation sleepwalking into WWIII over a raft of evidence-free claims spread by inveterate propagandists… nothing to see here at all, just the establishment trying to exert total control over a U.S. president, once again, in order to keep the “GLOBAL WAR” going… no matter how costly, in lives, treasure, or western credibility.

No matter the risks involved…

Fool Americans once, twice, a thousand times… a neo-fascist simply can’t lose with today’s “free press” and these alleged citizens.

But before long, we’re going to find ourselves wishing that we had RESISTED the neocon, neo-McCarthyite agenda of the neo-fascists who run our country, career warmongers who make Donald Trump look like a pacifist.

Ecology 101: Orwell's Pigs Devour the World

STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST (as a middle-aged man) — Adult Version:

This visceral, textural, rippling, pulsing tondo is the culmination of years of reconciling myself to the deeply flawed society America has become.

If one has spent decades meticulously following politics, economics, cultural shifts, and global war (as this artist has), one ends up witnessing an infinite galaxy of Orwellian swine murderously choking The Green, Gaea, Liberty, the Future, the Life, out of our planet.

That’s our children’s and grandchildren’s future — wiped out.

In painting this piece — mindful of James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, James Baldwin’s life’s work, David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ acclaimed essays — it occurred to this artist that IF we were honest about our country’s historical and spiritual essence, we wouldn’t have a Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, but a Ku Klux Klan Memorial, acknowledging our nation’s white-supremacist, gun-worshiping, “Christian” Dominionist soul. (In this painting, that “KKK Memorial” is depicted sunk to the bottom of the ocean, decaying, as befits such a monument.)

This painting bears witness to what its author has painstakingly observed over decades: that the absence of progressive institutions in a period marked by rising oligarchy and inequality — under a brutal, corporatist establishment (serially racist, endlessly warmongering, bankster-abetting, and democracy-subverting)has contributed mightily to the rise of modern FASCISM.

The moral and intellectual collapse of the left hasn’t merely given us the Bush/Cheney regime, Donald Trump, Theresa May (U.K.), the Le Pens (France), Netanyahu (Israel), et al. — and brought us to the precipice of a third World War, on a barrage of evidence-free claims — it has also given us melting glaciers, acidifying oceans, Colony Collapse Disorder, and CO2 levels that no credible scientist considers sustainable.

It has given our species and civilization a terminal prognosis, with little chance of survival for any of us, in the long term, let alone the millions of human beings currently in our empire’s crosshairs (Russians, Koreans, Syrians, Venezuelans, Iranians, Yemenis, Somalis, etc.).

These “pigs” — today’s fascists — literally DEVOUR THE WORLD. A child could see it. Millennials, who are not children, see it clearly.Ecology 101” is for the woke.

Last chance to save the planet, people. No more dawdling. Our final exam is now.

Ecology 101: Orwell's Pigs Devour the World

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STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST — Child Version (also fun for adults!):

This painting is about the threat posed to our planet’s ecological systems and most living things by institutionalized racism, apathy, and greed.

Hey, kids!

In this painting, can you find: a golden eagle’s head * at least two elephants * a giant, orange moth * several pigs * a serpent * the KKK Memorial * a Victorian lady looking down on Billie Holiday’s auntie * a moray eel * a gentle dog * a swinging orangutan * a cartoon crab * a deluded spaceman * a purple octopus * a crazy clown * an erupting volcano * a great white shark feasting * an otter pup * a caterpillar devouring a tiny butterfly * a beached beluga * a sated vulture, barely able to keep itself aloft * a screaming/vomiting artist…

Ecology 101: Orwell's Pigs Devour the World

Ecology 101: Orwell's Pigs Devour the World


Thanks to the caprices of Autoplay and YouTube (which has NOT been paying attention, apparently, to my likes and dislikes), I’ve just been given my first dose of the U.K.’s anti-Islam phenom, Tommy Robinson (pseudonym of Stephen Lennon/Yaxley, aka Andrew McMaster, aka Paul Harris).

Shock of shocks, I did not like what I heard, so I gave his video a “Thumbs Down” and posted the following comment for the benefit of Tommy’s White-Christian supremacist followers…

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THE BRAVE LITTLE ISLAMOPHOBE…

I agree with Tommy Robinson on precisely one count: he has the right to express his views, no matter how repugnant.

“I OPPOSE ISLAM.”

All “liberal” establishment folderol and hypocrisy aside, such a “principled stand” (cough) puts this power-kowtowing “rebel” in perfect, subservient lockstep with generations of Western governments who have enslaved Islam under brutal despots and supported one genocidal campaign after another perpetrated against predominantly Arab Muslims in the Middle East and Africa.

The White-Christian West created al Qaeda and supports it to this day — and worse, including neo-Nazis in Ukraine and the modern terrorist apartheid-state that Israel has become. But al Qaeda doesn’t represent Islam any more than Netanyahu’s Israel represents Judaism. Both entities are far more representative of the CIA and other regime-toppling, election-rigging world-shapers in the West.

So who is Robinson defying? No one in power. He’s a minion, pretending to be a leader, spouting the allegedly controversial notion that it’s COOL to be an anti-Semite of the Islamophobic variety.

(What a poltroon!)

A little history lesson*, for those unfamiliar with the modern leadership of the West: Allen Dulles and a horde of Nazi-loving Wall Street titans and plutocrats — oligarchs on both sides of the Atlantic — resolved WWII by subverting FDR and rescuing thousands of Nazis (and their militarized corporatism), as well as most of their fascist agenda, at home and abroad. These racist mass-murderers hijacked U.S. foreign policy, defying president after president, empowering Nazis, launching the Cold War (continuing the war against Russia), dividing and conquering people along racial/sectarian/class lines, and all but extinguishing democracy in the United States (despite a few hiccups of decency and justice, like the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act — the results of irresistible popular, organized resistance, back when there was some semblance of a free press in America).

The sad truth is that the ideological heirs of the Nazis run the U.S. (and the U.K., EU, the West) and appear to have dropped all pretense of liberal democratic principles in the wake of the terror attacks of 9/11. As Dick Cheney infamously said, the gloves have come off (and now, after the “forward looking” Obama, so too has the Rule of Law mask). And with Trump, the Liberal Humanist farce is over, too.

UNMASKED! Today, most of humanity sees the West for the torturing, corrupt neo-fascism our governments have birthed and normalized… along with unleashing the ecological calamity that’s upon us, threatening our planet’s future.

Don’t tell Mr. Robinson, but MUSLIMS have been chief among the tens of millions of victims of this (unofficial) Fourth Reich. Muslim lives have been snuffed out by the terrifyingly powerful, Nazi-loving factions (led for decades by Dulles and Hoover) which are almost certainly responsible, also, for the assassination of JFK… and for finishing off what was left of our occasionally democratic constitutional republic.

Mr. Robinson effectively works for the Islam-demonizing establishment he pretends to rebel against. He is not merely a fraud preaching dangerous, ignorance-fueled hate — he is also a weak-minded fool, too self-worshiping and shallow to consider his role in the greater scheme of things: HELPING TO DIVIDE AND CONQUER HUMANITY SO THE POWERFUL CAN REAP THE SPOILS.

And his followers are the worst kind of sheep. They follow the witless follower. They condemn billions out of hand because doing so is easier than reading an objective, well-researched, widely acclaimed book on Islam (say, Mahmood Mamdani’s “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim”) — or interacting, heaven forbid, with one of “them.”

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* History lesson sources: “The Devil’s Chessboard” by David Talbot; “The Nazis Next Door” by Eric Lichtblau; “America’s Nazi Secret” by John Loftus; and “The Family” by Jeff Sharlet

WILL WE LYNCH HIM LIKE SADDAM OR RAPE HIM TO DEATH LIKE QADDAFI?

YOU'RE UP NEXT, ASSAD!

My god, would you look at this backwards savage!

(Will you? We’ve only killed 500,000 of his country’s citizens. Will you give him the time of day?)

Left, right, and center, we Americans all “know” what a tin-pot dictator Bashar al-Assad is. We all “know” the monstrous things he’s done… At least we think we know, because that’s what all the Very Serious People are saying, ad infinitum, citing sources like Netflix, the al-Nusra Front’s front organization the White Helmets, that guy in England, aka “The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights,” lil’ Bana, and the ever-progressive Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The corporate media and politicians constantly remind us what a horrible man Bashar Assad is, and the only people who seem to disagree are the vast majority of Syrians — and the few Western journalists who have actually spent time ON THE GROUND in Syria. (Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett come to mind.)

Since 9/11, at least, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has bent over backwards to appease the genocidal invaders of Iraq (and recidivist sponsors of al Qaeda). He simply won’t surrender his country outright to ethnosectarian maniacs, regional enemies, and a spiraling, flailing, increasingly fascist empire hellbent on world domination as its superpower status is collapsing (the people behind the false-flag chemical-weapons attacks, at least 52 of which have been conducted by ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, per The New York Times).

I know it’s unfashionable/forbidden to contradict the propaganda of our nation’s masters, but I’ve been closely following developments in the Middle East for some time. The truth is that Bashar al-Assad met the Arab Spring in his country — and the indigenous Syrian resistance — with immediate concessions and constitutional reforms, including term limits and multi-party elections.

Compared to the U.S.-sanctioned massacres of civilians in Egypt (and mass-arrests of political dissidents), Assad was goddamned Jeffersonian.

Only that wasn’t enough. Apparently, Assad was supposed to do what the FBI was urging Martin Luther King to do in the 1960s — commit suicide. Nothing less would satisfy. Damascus is, after all, providing a naval port to Russia, aka The Great Satan.

What a jerk, thinking Syria can be a sovereign, independent nation, free to honor its longstanding geopolitical alliances — just when we Americans are frantically demanding that all opposition and non-aligned dissenters DIE, DIE, DIE!

What a barbarian. (Western officials and the six Rupert Murdochs who control 90% of the media told me so.)

Black History Month is over, but the harassment and beatings apparently never end, as evidenced by this North Carolina man’s story.

“Walking while black” remains an unforgivable, even capital offense in the eyes of many U.S. police officers, their institutionally bigoted departments militarized under previous U.S. presidents birthing the national security state… while eviscerating the Bill of Rights.

If President Obama were still in office — helping Wall Street plunder the wealth of black Americans and ignoring the gutting of the Voting Rights Act — I have no doubt that he would bravely host another “Beer Summit” indicating that “both sides” are to blame. (Or was that his successor, re: Charlottesville?)

If President Obama were still in office — letting Sec. Clinton and the genocidal neocons run away with his foreign policy — AG Holder would be preparing to issue another bracing “racism is bad” statement, a la the Ferguson report (such strong leadership, emboldening racists across America, as when Obama condemned Colin Kaepernick for respectfully protesting this kind of normalized, racially-motivated, police violence in the first place).

Is anybody else sick to death of this heinous brutality and rampant injustice? Or are we still chasing, doglike, the stalled jalopy that is RussiaGate? (I guess hating Trump, demonizing Putin, and warmongering on behalf of the “Iraq WMD” crew, is a lot more fun and easy than confronting white supremacy in our institutions, huh?)

From the article appearing at the ever-reliable ConsortiumNews.com:

“I harbor no illusions about the (Syrian) regime’s motives, and I can only imagine the anguish of those living under daily bombardment, trying to care for the wounded while wondering if and when they will join the many who have already died.

“But the recent situation in Eastern Ghouta is unfortunately not as unique as recent media accounts suggest. Just last month, the respected, independent monitoring group Airwars reminded us that U.S.-led Coalition air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa created many more victims with the same destructive tactics of ‘siege, bomb and evacuate.’

“In just one incident in March 2017, Coalition bombers killed as many as 400 civilians at a school near Raqqa, where hundreds of women and children were taking shelter from the war.”

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As the article notes, per the BBC, the same U.S.-led Coalition that laid Raqqa to waste also made a secret deal with ISIS to allow hundreds of ISIS fighters to slip quietly away from the devastated city. Because this war has always been about regime-change-from-without, and radical Salafist terrorists have been Washington’s chief proxies on the ground since Day 1.

There’s a reason that most Syrians have rallied around their frequently brutal government: Damascus has been defending them from foreign imperialists and the likes of al Qaeda (THE factions who have repeatedly used chemical weapons against civilians in this conflict).

And that is why the rest of the world cannot take us seriously when we profess to care about human rights or civilian casualties in war.