Monthly Archives: July 2009

Flash Story: Security Tales From America, (Bush Era Reflections)

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Juniper paid for her poppyseed bagel ladened with herb scented cream cheese and gathered her water with lemon and cream colored coffee that held a melting pile of Hershey kisses at the bottom.

She proceeded to the check out counter and paid a paltry fee for her food.  Rounding the corner of the cafeteria  she heard the matron say, as ahe adjusted her red hair net,

“You need a tray to carry all that ,Missey.”

Looking over her shoulder she said,  ” I’ve got my system down.”

The workers sneered as she moved down the hallway.

” You know,” They muttered to each other, “she dropped her bagel last week.”

“Yes  and I saw that and called security…just to be sure.  You never know what a bagel dropper like her will do next.”

” Yes, it is wise to be prudent.”


Juniper sat down at her desk, sipped her coffee and dreamed of a braver day.”



“Fascism is when Goverments and Corporations join forces to govern, WE THE PEOPLE”

  Sub- prime loans anyone?


Note:  Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, comprises a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology[1][2][3][4] and a corporatist economic ideology. [5]               FROM WIKIPEDIA



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Richard Holbrooke’s Assessment Of Bush’s Policy Of Eradication Of Poppy Crops In Afghanistan

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Over the last years of  President Bush’s tenure a policy of eradication of the  heroin producing poppy crop in Afghanistan was employed through the technique of spraying chemicals over farms with poppy crops.

Millions of dollars were wasted because the percentage of crops destroyed had no effect on the Taliban and related Al Qaeda groups who were still  able to make all the money they needed for their operations.  A by- product of Bush’s policy was the  alienation of  local afghan communities against the United States efforts to be seen as a trusted partner in the rebuilding Afghanistan after the war.

Mr. Holbrooke is the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, his implementation of President Obama’s new policy which ends eradication of crops and replaces it with interdiction of the kingpins of the poppy trade and their business centers where the heroin is processed and sold,

 combined  with-

a new set of agricultural programs to restore Afghanistan to it’s former days of being an agricultural exporter of goods to the region is a  smart solution.  The products Afghanistan’s farmers previously exported included pistachios wine olives and over 80 percent of the worlds raisins.

This new plan has already shown signs of progress in US -Afghan relations, so let us congratulate Mr. Holbrooke and his efforts to repair relations in the region.

Email Mr. Holbrooke and let him know you appreciate his efforts!  (see below) 




Richard Holbrooke

Assumed office 
January 22, 2009  for info on Afghanistan’s agriculture


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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier Decompression Tip # 1

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The Decompression Tip, meant for soldiers is a new feature of  The Pale Green Mermaid Blog.  

A serious phase to go through… but this will be a light hearted attempt to offer ideas that might help in the transition back to regular life.

So here we go!


Decompression Tip number one,

Create a tape of your favorite songs but choose ones that have a message of moving forward or just a good dance song.


Some suggestions

Bob Marley   “Trenchtown Rock”

Clash  “Rock The Casbah”

Cake   “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”

Cat Stevens ” Peace Train”  or ” On the Road to Find Out”

Tom Tom Club   “Girlfriend is Better”

Linda Ronstadt  “Heat Wave”

Alejandro Escovedo “Chip and Tony”

Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror”



To make a tape  cheap and easy, take CD’s out of Library then tape to cassette for walk around music, because what I want you to do, is get up in the AM, make yourself a mocha- coffee topped with whipped cream (always makes it feel festive), then –

drink –  preferably outside, at break of dawn

then- listen and walk 20- 60 mins

by the time you get home you will be ready for the day!


Chocolate has a chemical in it, that uplifts and makes you fell as though something fun is about to happen.

FROM  “The Effects Of Chocolate On Emotions” by Michael Russell

Chocolate is rich in carbohydrates, which increase the rate with which tryptophan enters the brain. This increases the level of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates moods, creating a good feeling.

Have a Great Day!


Jasper Johns

Flag, Encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood,1954-55 Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace

Image from Wikipedia

**Check out for other discussions, and ideas!

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My Comment On The Whole Gates – Crowley Debate

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“If  your thinking of being my brother, it don’t matter if you are black or white.

I’m not going to spend my life being a color”


Michael Jackson  (from song “Black or White”)






Note:  If you listen to that song, there is a whole little dissertation in there,  that covers all the main points of the current debate – so take a listen.

Thanks to wikipedia for image

Dissertation :  [noun] a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree

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Iraq and Afghanistan Soldier’s Art / Poetry Slam Session 20


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You sleep in ditches,

You carry eighty pounds on your back,

You wait for orders,

And try to remember the person you once were.


No words can seal our gratitude.




Please send any thoughts or ideas to and I will post or use comments area, thanks,


Good Evening and see you next Saturday, Iraq Veterans Against The War Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Veterans for Peace


 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor


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Friday Night Gallery Chat /Conceptual Art And Barbara Kruger’s Messages

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Hey Guys, let us speak of conceptual art tonight, when I was getting my degree in painting /photography Barbara Kruger was all the rage and one of my favorite conceptual photographers.  That was in 1981.  Her work was sparse in color and elements.  It was the simplicity and directness of her statement that attracted me to her work.

Image from wikipedia                            
I Shop, Therefore I Am

Does this image make you laugh or think?  What do you think the purpose of art is?  Can it have more than one meaning?

Night! Happy shopping…



Much of Kruger’s graphic work consists of black-and-white photographs with overlaid captions set in white-on-red Futura Bold Oblique. The phrases included in her work are usually declarative, and make common use of such pronouns as “you”, “I”, “we”, and “they”. The juxtaposition of Kruger’s imagery with text containing criticism of sexism and the circulation of power within cultures is a recurring motif in the work. In The text in her work of the 1980s includes such phrases as “Your comfort is my silence” (1981), “you invest in the divinity of the masterpiece” (1982), and “I shop therefore I am” (1987).

She has said that “I work with pictures and words because they have the ability to determine who we are and who we aren’t.”  FROM WIKIPEDIA

Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.

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Weekend Skywatching Cocktail

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1 bouquet of indigo roses

1 Iced glass

5 oz coffee (Warm)

1 oz cream

1-2 oz frangelica liqueur 

Take all ingredients and mix (except roses)

Smother with whipped cream. Done!


Go outside (with roses)

Find the sky, sit down


(When you get sleepy use roses as your pillow)


Have a silent weekend,



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