State-Sponsored Poverty

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…


Washington, D.C., Has Four Layers of Bureaucracy to Protect Against Rogue Shoe-Shiners:

Shining shoes seems like a relatively low-risk occupation. (Heck, even Andy Dwyer can do it.)

Not so, says the city government of Washington, D.C., where would-be shoe shiners have to acquire no fewer than four licenses, with fees totaling at least $337 to get into business. Oh, and if you want to shine shoes on the sidewalk, cough up another $1,200 for a two-year permit.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: State-Sponsored poverty.

Discussing My Artwork, “Torture is Terrorism”

The following correspondence originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my artwork, “State-Sponsored Torture is Terrorism“…

Rayn: Created in January of 2009 using Photoshop.

"State-Sponsored Torture: Just Another Form of Terrorism" (by Rayn)

“State-Sponsored Torture: Just Another Form of Terrorism”
(Artwork by Rayn, and originally located here)

Sara: This makes me sick but sends a message that everyone needs to hear!

Rayn: Sickening, indeed. I started making this when Bush was in office, but didn’t finish until Obama was in. I wasn’t sure if I should put it up, at first, as I had a small twinkle of “hope” that things would “change.” However, I decided that, if anything, the timing was fine because this piece might inspire people to push our new president to investigate, prosecute and cease all abuses occurring at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray, as opposed to the “under rug swept” mentality that might perpetuate these war crimes in future possible war scenarios.

Sadly, Obama did very little to change the situation, and later, began actively involving himself in the cover-up, by refusing to authorize the release of many more photos of abuse that were discovered after the original scandal broke headlines.

Jordan K.: jesus….