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“UnNatural Born Killers” ©2011 Robert Redus

“Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”

so here we sit…waiting for Tomahawk Cruise missiles to find their way to Syria…at the demand of another corporate figure we call Mr. President…this year I finally “got” all of the hoopla around politics…and never before has it been as clear as it is today…clear like that of the business end of a magnifying glass…..

in 1974 while a senior in high school…a mandatory class…was Government…a study of all of the workings and laborious structure our forefathers put together so I….Robert R…could walk freely about…pretty much do what I want…be who I wanted to be…and say what I want to say…within reason…unfortunately…I believed in the system of government….thought that my best interests were held in some locked vault…tucked nicely into a large manila envelope that read…”Freedom. Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…ALWAYS”

All during my  preteen years and until I was 18 we were embroiled in a war with the Dirty Communist Bastards over in SE Asia…who were using the small country of Vietnam as a stepping stone for eventual world domination and if we didn’t continue the pursuit of these Red Devils…we soon would be calling each other Comrade Benjamin  and Comrade Marsha…so when Saigon fell, the iconic photograph of helicopters being pushed from the decks of  aircraft carriers and people boarding the last flight out from a rooftop…not to mention some 58,000+ US troops killed…we said so long…regrouped…revamped…replayed and have been repeating  the exact same thing since 1970 something….the cast of characters has changed…with the exception of ourselves…our fears have been ethnic cleansing, ruthless South American and Central American Dictators, people who believe in a prophet named Allah instead of Jesus (imagine that)…religious extremists…every country in the Middle East except Israel….Dictators who we funded, provided with weapons…money…various WMD’s…and probably paid for some really elaborate dinners too…so really nothing has changed…We have had politicians lie to us about everything we need/must do to protect us against something evil out there that is threatening our way…yet when we…the US want to threaten how other people live…we use democracy…fairness…freedom and liberty as the proof…then point to ourselves as the example….

Did you ever ask someone to go steady…but did it through a friend…it kind of went like this:

“Hi Suzy Cream Cheese, I’m Tad the Make Out Guy….my friend over there in the red shirt staring at us…well…he really likes you and wants to know if you like him”…SC responds…” he’s really cute…and Yes I do like him”….”Great, well his name is Shy Marvin and he wants to know if you’d like to go steady/out/hook up with him” She replies…”Yes….I’d like that, but I have to wait until tomorrow”….yet in the back of her mind she is still hoping that her advocate Jane Doe Smith is working her magic on a particular Luscious Rick….Tad the Make Out Guy then returns to where Shy Marvin is waiting with anticiiipaaation….Shares the terms and  maybe an introduction some ground looking and the tango begins…designed by the nature of age…experience…wisdom and the overwhelming weight of stupidity to fail miserably within a few days…a couple of weeks at best….with significant….collateal damage….

Well that is a round about definition of a “Proxy War”….we can be Tad the Make Out Guy…or Jane Doe Smith….and we can work our magic on anybody that needs magic…like fork bending at a restaurant for….free desserts….that always ends in a…”How’d you do that?”

so…my realization is really not that earth shattering…nor is it going to make things any different…except the way I see how our system works and just maybe…will help you stop yelling at the television or placing any blame on those “WE THE PEOPLE….Elected”…because it doesn’t matter….the people we elected just happen to be the CEO’s of the corporations…they answer to the Board of Directors…which happen to be companies like say…Monsanto…Boeing….Goldman Sachs….etc… and the responsibility of said CEO’s is 1. maximize profits and 2. maximize value for its shareholders.  If you like me happen to be neither of those….maximization doesn’t sound like an appealing avenue of pursuit…..

Political Parties are one thing…they are corporations:

The Democratic Party Inc. -VS- The Republican Party Inc.

Here is a nifty LLC corporate structure that surprisingly has a governmental aroma to it:

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Just play with changing the names…and it will make a great deal of sense…then….

I don’t know about you…I just want honesty in our political system…I mean hey if you want to impose sanctions on a country because the truth is the president of that country slept with your wife and cheated you out of a few hundred thousand dollars during a weekend of debauchery, gambling and perhaps some illicit activities…..in some secret place…..and your pissed about it….tell us the truth…we might agree with you…

so in the infamous words of George W:

“Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”

and Jerry Jeff Walker:

“Think about it darlin”

I Gotta Testify…..

From the MInd of the Manic

"My Little Gunner"©2013 Robert Redus

“My Little Gunner”©2013 Robert Redus

“You know, lieutenant, you wear your weapon the way other women wear pearls.”

All couples have songs….my sweety and I are no different…we just have a kind of…”Different” song…we sing to one another….Ours happens to be a 1940’s classic by none other than…you bethcha…..Vaughn Monroe…and I’m sharing it…well because I’m sort of testifying…

I’m 57 this year…that is a monumental accomplishment for people who die in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and less than 57’s…I mean…I realize getting to a particular age is only an accomplishment if….the process of getting there was like pulling your fingernails out with…rusty pliers…or holding your breath for more than 3 minutes in 66 degree water…but nevertheless…getting to this place in my life has been interesting…I’ll just leave it at that…

What I’ve really learned along the way are some pretty powerful things…and things that sure some of you are going to probably say… “I already knew that, and that one…oh and that one, who doesn’t know that” …and if that is the case…perhaps closing the pie hole…turning on the television and praying for a few reruns of Magnum PI will be better for you than reading this blog……I’ll wait…..

I’ve discovered through these…almost 57 years…2 of the most important things…I have been working with…that’s correct…TWO  and only 2…but I’ll get there in a bit…

So today the world has…lost some  people…gained some people…has seen some good decisions…some bad decisions..seen some stuff that some people have said… “Hell yes”…while others have said…”You’ve got to be kidding, how’d that happen”…some people smiled more than before…while others grimmiced…like never before…some people were cured from diseases…and still others got diseases…for everything that happened today…there are those who thought it was great while others thought it was the worst…people excelled…people declined…peopled walked…people lost the ability to walk…some could see…others could not…some were…born…killed…celebrated birthdays…circumcised…beaten…lost their virginity…ate something new for the first time…fell in love…learned to hate…saw the same…defined differences…were afraid…triumphant…were constipated and had raging diarrhea…and it’s all going to happen exactly the same way tomorrow…and the following day and long past anything you will ever be…that being said…

it makes you want to say:

and the answer is…there is not a thing you or I or anyone can do about this ceespool…call me complacent…cynical…even misguided…but really….whatchu talking about….how you gonna change this…pray… march against everything….pay off your congressman…form a big Sub Chapter S corporation…sponsor a children’s beauty contest…wear argyle socks….there is nothing…nada…zip…that you or I can do about it…so my little pretties…here are the 2 most important things

El primero:

You can always get other people to believe your bullshit…almost all of the time

and Numero dos:

Never, ever believe your own bullshit any of the time

Where we are…well is where we are….we didn’t get here by accident…so if it’s the….second coming…global warming…or all of the pancakes you can eat special at Denny’s on Friday night…get your bullshit out there….get them believing it…and find a special song that means something for God’s sake….something that will get you off your ass and up….Testifying…

oh…and if you can’t figure it out…fall in love with it…..

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

565. September 21,

Art and my thoughts about being an artist

"About 2 Feet" ©robert redus 2011

 “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I read 7 about art blogs each morning…all of them initially began with some small interesting piece that captured my attention for a brief moment…enough so that I subscribed to them…hopefully thinking that the… “Interesting” was a constant…something I could grab on to and help push the career forward…none have yet to produce that…not the career moving forward sensation…but remaining interesting…

all of them have turned into used car salesmen…wanting me to subscribe to their monthly secrets for real success…the ones that cost only $20.00 per month…and will move me from here to there…transform my art career in as little as thirty days…the secrets that have been recently discovered in some remote cave…near the Dead Sea…you know…the “Real” secrets…their secrets…

and for as much as I can get what they are doing and why they are doing it…there is the same disconnect I have at a movie theater…after spending some time watching a bad movie…I want some revolutionary event to occur…a “Satisfaction booth” partially blocking the exit…where I am asked how I like the movie on a scale of 1-10…and am refunded a percentage of everything less than 10…

now it takes the exact same integrity to offer the booth as it does to use it…as we know every movie to some might be a 3…thus 70% of their money would be refunded…while others would tell the truth…and some movies they get back while others…they give it all away…

I’m bit cynical these days…”former/previous artists” that are trying to help other artists gain success for a price…probably aren’t selling their own work…and the natural course of events is to be a “consultant”…or perhaps a “coach”…which of course means you don’t have to sell any work…or make any work for that matter…

Believability: “to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.”

“Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up.” – Donald Rumsfeld

462.December 30th…End and Begin…Stop…Start…I guess it depends on where you’re standing…

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“The Deep End” 2009 (Repost)

“Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.” – Blaise Pascal

I’ve had rare opportunity to raise my hands…and ask the question…”What else is left”…

“Ending” defines a great deal more than just the cessation of some movement in some direction…there is defined perhaps the finality of a quest…the last resting place for the journey…a place to stop and say….”this trip is over“…and often never knowing it would come to such an abrupt ending where it can all now be thrown away…and what had tremendous value during the struggle hang like antlers on the wall…the long dead animal….with no life left…no soul…nothing to stir the ashes any longer…

wanting answer…gives way to getting answers…and without that desire… everything is just a musical note hanging in the air…the truths…are all real…all valid and certainly worth what those who call them truth…believe them to be…even if they are not your truths my truths…we all remember things in a way that make them work for us…allow us to put left in front of right and move forward through life…maybe when we die we know all of the truths…and and hopefully have learned the power to forgive the actions…before that day comes…

one of the definitions of …”beginning”… is….”to come into existence“…almost sounds magical in a way…or maybe even like making omelets…late on a Friday night…and drinking chocolate milk right out of the container…but the whole notion of starting stopping…beginning and ending…is what keeps the ball moving..in some direction…for some reason…with hopefully some end result in mind…and like Red Goose Shoes…a golden egg might appear when its all said and done…and in that egg will be absolutely no answers…more clues…more hints as to the new direction…

beginnings if not executed well….have the potential to increase in weight quickly…and we will either fall beneath it or get stronger legs to carry it…I’m not sure which one is really the better approach…as falling releases it in a sense…while carrying might make you stronger but seems so unnecessary…and ruins the sites along the way…maybe beginnings should have a time line we can see before we embark…know full well that to get through Beginning A will take 3.65 years…and if you think harder..act quicker…regret less…and go to Des Moines in January instead of April…it can be accomplished in 2.91 years…you’ll have less gray hair…read more books…less miles on the dogs…and the spouse/significant other will probably be happier as well…yet if we knew the time lines on the really long ones that maybe didn’t end the way we wanted them…to end…we might not have pursued that degree in Tasmanian Horticulture…knowing we would have gone off to do field work and been one of 3 on the planet who developed “Aquagenic urticariathe“…seems we would be questioning the whole fatalism mentality….hmmm…

but what an opportunity to…place something into existence…and know you lit the fuse….and it might be only an 8 second ride or seem like an eternity….but keep your hat on tight and hopefully it’s all “Moving into your hand” and….not “Down in the Well”…

“If you’re thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.” – Unknown