Monday, January 26, 2009

How many times will we say, "never again?"

1619 to 1865 - African slaves brought to North America.

1851 to Present - Native Americans placed on reservations.

1942 to 1945 - Over 120,0000 Japanese-Americans rounded up and placed in camps.

2001 to 2009 - Guantanamo Bay Naval Base opens detention facitility.

What gets me is how easily this happy girl could be in my own family. Or yours. Note that nowhere in the photograph do you see the barbed wire or the guard towers, or the soldiers with guns, ready to shoot on site. Yet they were there; Ansel Adams went to great lengths to let you know all was not as carefree as it appeared.

Photos are from Manzanar, California, by Ansel Adams

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Spider Season" by John Morgan Wilson

John Morgan Wilson has launched his book tour for the latest novel in his Benjamin Justice series, Spider Season, now available at an independent bookstore near you.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Obama Art

Now that the Smithsonian has obtained the original iconic Obama election poster that has inspired so many others, I'd like to put a plug in for my favorite Obama poster by San Francisco artist Paul Madonna, available for a limited time from his website (click on his name to be taken there).The header at the top will take you to one of the many Obama art blogs springing up around the country; or check out the Design for Obama site here.

Monday, January 05, 2009

The Gaza Strip

The entire Gaza Strip has a population, size and density roughly the same as Philadelphia, PA, with approximately 1.5 million people, in 139 square miles. Take this into consideration as news coverage shows the bombing and invasion.