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America, do you want to be merged with Canada and Mexico? Do you want your currency to be changed to the Amero? Didn't think so. But this bland news release would not give you any hint that this is about to happen:
http://news.yahoo.com/...

This is all being done under the radar, without consulting citizens in a democratic process. This integration by stealth is an unconstitutional, but great grab by greedy corporatist neoconservatives.

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This week I posted diary with a proposal for an Orange Revolution flag, - the Orange Roger. Then I worked on more Orange Revolution designs, and Pirate portraits. Here are the results.

The Cheshire Cat Moon design was pure fun to make.  When the Cheshire design, with its statue at the top of the Capital Dome, suggested something else, it offered an opportunity for serious comment. My thanks to the Kossack who requested an image with a Bush smirk. The moon is shown as "gibbous" - similar to the phase it will be in on/after July 23rd, 2007, when progressives gather to protest in Washington, DC.

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People who support peace and the removal of the Bush Administration are wearing and displaying orange to symbolize their positions. We love the Kos flag with its tigerish shades of gamboge, sienna and orange.  But there has been some speculation about what flag might be suitable for this movement.

As Sparrow is my co-pirate, I think I have hit on a solution. What could be a better symbol for the piracy in money, values and hope that America has undergone than an Orange Roger - an orange pirate flag?

Below, I've subverted Yale's Skull and Bones club symbol to political purposes of peace and justice. It has added value, too - the Crossed Dollar. I visualized and designed this symbol to represent the greed and hypocrisy or the Rethuglican Administration. Click on any image to download your copies of these fair-use graphics.  I hope that this summer Americans will display so much orange - and black, for mourning - that it will look as if Hallowe'en has arrived before its season. There's more and news below the fold.
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The Teddy Bears' Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic
If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic
At six o'clock their mummys and daddys
will take them home to bed
Because they're tired little teddy bears

Listen to the tune here:
http://12121.hostinguk.com/...

BBC suggests picnic menus here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

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Ice Cream?

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Fri Jul 13, 2007 at 03:05 PM PDT

Friday the 13th - Ann Coulter

by Tigana

In a thread today, someone suggested a connection between Ann Coulter and Morticia. (Here it is -
http://www.dailykos.com/... )

Freshly inspired by Dood Abides' amazing Cheney/Voldemort, I thought I would give this a try.

In the process I found out what crossed dollars look like. Maybe this will come to represent all the Republicans are - and eventually, what they were.

The result is below. Happy Friday the 13th.

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Thu Jul 12, 2007 at 01:22 PM PDT

ENOUGH/IMPEACH: More fair-use graphics

by Tigana

Last week I posted some images that are available for personal use under Creative Commons licence. Since then, Wes Clark Jr. and Cenk Uygur announced their ENOUGH protests:
http://www.dailykos.com/...
The ENOUGH protests are recapped here: http://www.dailykos.com/...
Cenk's column at HuffingtonPost is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
Graphics are available for download at http://www.flickr.com/...
They are for sale on gear at http://cafepress.com/...
But whether you shop there or not, please use these graphics and encourage others to do so, too.  Your purchase will mean a donation for peace work. But getting back Democracy is PRICELESS.
Please put them into emails, print them, blow them up to billboard size - http://www.photo-freeware.net/... Let's get out there!

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Tue Jul 10, 2007 at 12:45 AM PDT

Happy Birthday, Cindy Sheehan!

by Tigana

Cindy Sheehan is, along with Al Gore, probably the most admired ambassador for America in the world. Cindy is a mighty role model and an inspiration for activists everywhere, and particularly for young girls and women. Cindy is the only woman whose face I can imagine on the Statue of Liberty.

She also has been one of us, a Democrat,  though at present estranged, disappointed by the party's leadership.  May Democrats prove once again to be an inspiration to us all, and heal this land.

Does Cindy really want Pelosi's job? This Kossack diary offers an interesting perspective:
http://www.dailykos.com/...

Cindy will lead a march on Washington on July 23 - the "Orange Revolution". Read about it here:
http://www.truthout.org/...
(end of update)

Today is Cindy's birthday, and I invite Kossacks to leave good wishes and thoughts for Cindy here.

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Tue Jul 03, 2007 at 11:10 PM PDT

An American Tune

by Tigana

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I've always loved Bach's hymn, O SACRED HEAD, which seems to be the saddest and loveliest music in the world.  When Paul Simon stole the tune and set new lyrics to it, he made it his own.

It could not be more perfect for this moment.

May this be the last sad Independence Day for a long, long time.

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Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 08:50 PM PDT

IMPEACH Graphics for you to use

by Tigana

Two years ago, when Cindy Sheehan started sitting in a ditch in Crawford, TX, I didn't know how to make a bumper sticker. Rena at Crawford Peace House was the first person to ask me for one, and I've done a few more since then. Now it's Impeachment Summer!
iMPEACH

I was delighted when some Kossacks requested permission to use this soft, retro MPEACH fruit image for stickers, at rallies and so forth. Creative Commons licencing is such a good idea. So I'm going to load this diary with resources you might find useful - images, graphics tools and a couple of ideas.
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Please, take some iMpeaches - and add your own! More MPEACHY goodness below the fold.

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Tue Jun 05, 2007 at 10:09 AM PDT

New Orleans 20 Months After Katrina

by Tigana

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New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are STILL disaster areas, almost two years after Hurricane Katrina, despite reports of progress coming from charitable organizations and the government. See this article:
http://www.tiny.cc/...   Common Ground Relief is making a difference in New Orleans. This 501c3 organization, listed with Guidestar, started with $50 and three people. Common Ground relief runs medical and legal clinics and four distribution centers offering food, water, and clothing. Common Ground volunteers do everything from tarping, gutting, and cleaning homes to "bioremediaton" of soil contaminated by sewage and toxins.  So far, Common Ground has offered relief to 50,000 residents in four parishes. If every American gave just $1 to this group to say Thank You to New Orleans for music, food, Tabasco Sauce, or a moment of enchantment, the City That George Forgot could soon be put to rights.

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Pie?

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Sat May 26, 2007 at 10:42 AM PDT

The White House: Dawn's Early Light

by Tigana

At six, when I placed my hand over my heart and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, I took it very seriously. I still do. As I grew up, I learned that the Republic, Constitution and the Bill of Rights are more important than the Stars and Stripes.  

Before the Dems caved to fund Bush's war this week, it was "the darkness before the dawn". Now we've seen how dark things really are.

We have our Constitution, we have America, we have each other. However, it is up to us to defend what we value.

Is it time for a new revolution?

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Fri May 18, 2007 at 01:24 PM PDT

American Scream

by Tigana

Like other Americans, I lose sleep over the news. We are so close to bringing the scoundrels of the Bush Administration to justice - but can we make the charges stick?

Getting my thoughts and feelings out in visual form helps. After making this, I slept and dreamed of a peaceful, healing America where girls and women braided butterfly ornaments into their beautiful hair.

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