The P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act…

I originally posted the following artwork I created onto my Facebook wall…

“The P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act: Because, sometimes, America DOES negotiate with terrorists. (Especially when they hate us for our freedom)” (by Rayn)

“The P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act: Because, sometimes, America DOES negotiate with terrorists.
(Especially when they hate us for our freedom)”
(Artwork by Rayn, and originally located here)

My Commentary: Created in December of 2008 using Photoshop.

An American Classic, Revisited…

I originally posted the following artwork I created, along with comment, to my Facebook wall…

“An American Classic, Revisited After September 11, 2001” (by Rayn)

“An American Classic, Revisited After September 11, 2001”
(Artwork by Rayn)

My Commentary: Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

This artwork of mine was featured on both Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com in June of 2007:

http://www.infowars.com/cartoons_10.htm#wiz

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/june2007/250607pers.htm

Rayn’s Artwork Featured on PrisonPlanet.com & Infowars.com

I originally posted the following artwork I created, along with a comment, to my MySpace blog…

InfoWars.com’s Image of the Day:

June 26, 2007
http://www.infowars.com/archives/2007/june/06-26-07.html
http://www.infowars.com/cartoons_10.htm#wiz

PrisonPlanet.com’s Perspective:

June 25, 2007
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/june2007/250607pers.htm

Click here, or on artwork, to enlarge

Click here, or upon artwork, to enlarge
(Artwork by Rayn)

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Is Feminism Ruining America, or Is Political Correctness the Possible Culprit?

Upon reading the article, “Feminism: Destroying America,” by Alan Stang, I engaged in the following debate with the author about his work…

“Just Say No” to Political Correctness

“Just Say No” to Political Correctness

Rayn: I came across your article on the internet and agreed with it up until you hit the part about feminism. I have recently noticed a growing trend of male authors writing about the social downfall created by feminism (i.e. www.savethemales.ca). While it is refreshing to see that men are finally noticing that the values of women and men were attacked in the USA during the 50s and 60s (with advent of Playboy Magazine to devalue women to men and the second “feminist” movement to devalue women to other women), it is disheartening to have this argument then morph into a lesson on how women are in some way spiritually weaker than men. While you get close to the truth, you fall short of having a hearty message because you fail to see the bigger picture. Your insights, whether intentional or accidental, only seek to further the concepts of groupthink as reigning supreme over the rights of the individual.

Please hear me out because I do not seek to insult you, rather I wish to enlighten you to a larger truth that most seems to be overlooking for now. You see, the family problem you are describing should more accurately be called “neo-feminism,” since the true spirit of feminism was based on fighting for suffrage, which, unlike this “upkeep-of-family-as-slavery” neo-feminism, truly had the merit of being a Creator-given right to speak out against having no individual voice, and as such proved that women deserved a speaking role in politics and all other arenas that directly affected their lives.

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Does the Phrase, “Poverty is Violence,” Refer to Criminal Violence, or the Seeming Violence of Long-Term Homelessness & Malnutrition?

Upon reading the article, “Poverty is Violence,” by Russel Madden, I engaged in the following debate with the author about his work…

"Poverty is the worst form of violence' Mahatma Gandhi

“Poverty is the worst form of violence’ Mahatma Gandhi

Rayn: I came across your article, “Poverty and Violence,” online in an attempt to find the original author of the quote “Povery is Violence” (it appears to be Ghandi, but I’m still in the process of researching). Anyway, after I had finished reading, I was compelled to write to you. I needed to tell you this: there is absolutely no merit whatsoever in equating the “violence” described in the saying “poverty is violence” with petty crime, or the phrase “poverty is theft.”

This paradoxical saying is simply meant to convey a few simple ideas. Living in hunger is violent because it directly results in physical discomfort, pain and deterioration, and in the worse-case scenarios, dehydration, malnutrition and death; living in homelessness is violent because it exposes you to the harshness of the elements, including frosty winter and snowstorms, rain and thunderstorms, and scorching summer heat. These conditions are known to cause severe physical discomfort, and in the worse-case scenarios, hypothermia, cold and pneumonia, and dehydration. Do you see that pattern that is forming? You can claim that all of these things could be from bad luck, laziness or stupidity, but this meritless generalization, which starts as a possibility, becomes your reason of choice as to why people are trapped in poverty. Also, you define poverty as just at or below the level needed to survive (most definitions actually point to the latter), but then, as if you are writing a whole new article, you later redefine poverty into a much larger group of people: those who have less than the people that have more. This obviously serves to bring home your point that people in poverty are actually just jealous of those with more. However, if we had maintained your first definition, then the “more” that we would be referring to would actually be “food” and “shelter,” not the luxury and comfort items that come to mind when you describe a simple “less vs. more” version of poverty.

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