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According to a local Republican who is rallying his GOP troops in order to STOP "Obama's Health Care Bill",
these are the four DEMS to call.  However, being all about fairness and truth, I want to let you know that you can call these honorable gentlemen with your preferred message. Perhaps you are against this bill. Perhaps you are for it.  In any case below are the details.

Now, I've accomplished some civic duty in the spirit of sharing valuable democratic information!
Please enjoy calling the nice people below the jump.

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Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 01:25 PM PDT

My friend found dead today

by heart4idaho

I have not written any diaries for a long while here. Your diaries are so articulate and researched, covering so well what needs to be addressed - no need for me to chime in other than a few supportive hollers now and then.

But at this moment I am in sad shock, and this community is one of my favorite family homes. So, thanks for letting me just speak the truth. A truth about grief, friendship,  kindness and the great mystery called dying.

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Art can be a vivid voice in a constrained political climate.  Art can be a vivid voice in a lively political climate. Scouting for world artists speaking within and beyond their local boundaries, I found some interesting features this week.  I thought some of you art lovers might enjoy stories about museum shows, videos, and some speculation about how art is making a difference for the artists -- and maybe their viewers.

The spectrum is full, here. Disclaimer: I'm not advocating for public funding of 'offensive' art.   This is a simple look at how cultures and artists interact. And it's fascinating to me that different cultures have varied tolerance levels for art/expression.

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When it comes to art, I am

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I watched the RNC during most of the speeches, and despite my dizziness from all the derisive sarcasm, condescension, and bullying, it spurred thought about smart satire vs cruel derision. Now, I'm not sure there is a difference, unless we  simply decide via subjective testing. So my Rorschach was peaked by  Romney's presentation. Romney never disappoints if you want ridiculous, fact-free statements. You know stuff like, 'letting the Democrats win means surrendering to terrorists', and that sort of stupid.  

But maybe there's a good side to ridiculous statements. I started thinking about how  inspiring some of the players are to comics. As in inspiring to Stephen Colbert, one of my favorite geniuses. Could Mitt Romney be one of the characters Stephen found compelling, while designing his talented talk show host personality on 'The Colbert Report'?

If so, thank you, Mitt! Because you wield a lot of power and persuade a lot of people, it's pretty scary to some of us who read. What can we do to get point of fact across to the general public?

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My favorite Republican fun person is

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Thin  diary today.  Way too much to do, so please forgive me for my lack of contemplative, deep thoughts.  So, short, sweet, funny wins. (Where's that Jack Handy book when I really need it?)

Now that the Gustav 'threat down' has been thankfully less severe than anticipated, maybe we can breathe and chuckle. Samantha Bee always gets me laughing. And I liked the RNC Schedule snark, too.
This is my first attempt to EMBED. Gee, I hope it works.

I also hope this stuff hasn't already been diaried. If so, let me know and I'll delete.

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Scouting for art before heading off to the local State Fair today, I found some amazing  variety and thought you'd get a kick out of it.

Topping the bill is a wonderful fine art painting video with graffiti artist Nezo of the Sour Grapes, showing us step-by-step, his beautiful rendition of Barack Obama on canvas. It makes me want to get right into my studio and paint, paint, paint.

More features below.

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Obama art:

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Politically inspired art reflects extreme ends and bloated centers of the spectrum. As an art lover, I like to see creative work, sometimes regardless of its inherent I.Q. Funky is funny, elegant is awe inspiring, Right or Left  interpretations at least deserve a nod for the sure hand that drew or crafted the piece.

But I confess, as a progressive, I find right-wing slanted art revolting and moderate-to-leftie art just plain joyful. That's the Rorchach, I guess. Thanks to Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert for giving me sanity over the last year.  We partake of art. We react. We like what we like.

I gathered and posted some amusing art relative to both party conventions, au current.

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my art is

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My friend is going to Denver as a delegate. I am eagerly awaiting sparse but informative reports, though I realize if you are at this convention, writing home isn't at the top of your priorities. I wish I could be there. And, because art is my primary interest, and imagination is my friend, I had to pretend I was going to Denver this week.
Any time I go to any city, the most important navigations are to good restaurants and art museums, to galleries in stores and on streets.

So while I was fantasizing, I found some very cool (non food-related)  things to do if you are lucky enough to be part of Denver and DNC history now. ART and artistic creativity in abundance
can be found at the D.A.M.  and in the city.

Artists including Shepard Fairey and Ray Noland are heading to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, with Fairey doing some judging of MoveOn.org's Manifest Hope Gallery Contest.

Art lovers: there's a lot for you in Denver!
Details below.

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My DNC artistic skill set includes

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Joe Biden is impressively bright, can speak comprehensively on a number of complex issues, and is a very attractive guy. He's been around for a while, yet, to his credit, has achieved a lot more than most people know.
If you want to get to know Joe Biden first-hand, find the National Press Club  interview re-aired from Aug 1, 2007 on CSPAN, today August 24, 2008.

His unique personality and history really come through in this interview.  And he references DailyKOS, which is kind of fun.

Links below to watch.

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I promoted the Obama "tees by the people" contest this week, really thinking I would not have time to submit anything of my own. But I stayed up into the night working on this, and I submitted it today. My name is TR. My entry is best found searching 'recent'.

If you, too, want to design something but don't have a vector program, I posted a web based vector option at heart4art for convenience.

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The Obama campaign sent out an email this week to creative people who have vector capability and can turn a brilliant design in by August 31, 2008. For the campaign! It's a contest, and people vote on the designs they like.

Because if I weren't on the mailing list, I would appreciate someone on the list telling me about it, so I'm spreading the word. I did a search for any related diaries, and I found a nice diary by
itsjessme promoting one of the designs in the contest.  
Nice work, BTW.
(if there are any more on this, forgive me because I couldn't find any.

I am not sure just anyone can submit. It's possible only $$ donors are invited, hence my received invitation. I don't know.  BUT, even if you can't or don't want to submit design, perhaps you can enjoy looking over the gallery of submissions.

Details below.

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My artistic contribution is

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It's amazing how Obama inspires so many musicians, painters, animators, designers and film artists.

I've done phone calling and lots of community chattering to boost the campaign efforts.  But I wanted to contribute artistic energy.  So, a few months ago, I  designed some T shirts, mouse pads, etc with desire to promote Obama's campaign.

I realize not everyone can afford to donate all of their own art proceeds to the campaign.  Creative people have to pay their bills, too.  But some artists donate percentages.  So I wondered if I could spend some time creating, generate donations for Obama, and still earn a little in order to keep designing.

I began with the subjects I love. Birds, dogs, cats.  More below.

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My donations to Obama have been

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