THE IRONY OF THE AMERICAN CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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It was good while it lasted. To all of you who have bought our CR TAROT up until now, you will be familiar with the back of the deck. It’ll probably never be used again. This is considered politically offensive. I know…tell me about it

Occassionally i wish i was politically correct. For real, i actually do. What i would have to sacrifice though (mainly my brain) just wouldn’t be worth the price. Still, it would make my life as an illustrator possibly run more smoothly. I could draw whatever i like in the small confines of what is considered politically correct and what is not, but then if that were the case the Cultural Revolution Tarot would not exist.

The Cultural Revolution Tarot took the boundaries of what tarot themes were “allowed” to be and kicked them to the side, and strangled the life out of political correctness…and for that i am damn proud.

Yes, The Cultural Revolution sure had it’s fair share of scrapes and bruises, naysayers and detractors….but it has also received a collosal thumbs up, and quite rightly so, by free thinking non comformists everywhere….and some of them happen to be really great tarot enthusiasts too. Admittedly i hate political correctness. It chokes the life out of creativity, free thinking and uniqueness. It stinks of the worst kind of facism. Political correctness is the enemy of art, of literature, film and any thinking creative person is repulsed by the idea of it.

The legendary graphic novelist and magician Alan Moore has courted controversy because of it, Donald Trump’s run for presidency is hounded by it, even Cecil the lion’s killer was considered eligble for the death penalty over it. It’s a form of extremism as contagious as cancer, as mesmerising as Hitler’s speeches and whose proponents command a conformity rivaling that of Jim Jones’s Kool Aid drinkers. I mean isn’t it ironic that the same kind of people who want liberalism for themselves want to impose bans, fines, imprisonment and even death towards those whose views disagree with theirs?

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10 of Pentacles/Coins. As an illustrator I look at these pictures and still am amazed that i was a part of such an ambitious one of a kind project. Conceptually every card is pure magick

I think it is important to combat it when it arises especially if the political correctness is not correct thinking, but also when it infringes upon the beliefs and rights of others. It is my personal view but poltical correctness is not based on anything tangible, because in order to fully support political correctness you cannot hold a particular point of view indefinitely otherwise when popular opinion changes (which is of course inevitable) you are going to be left behind. I noticed this especially amongst young students in Belfast. I’ve seen it in action everytime i log into facebook. A politically correct person cannot hold to any one strong belief for fear of the tide changing. It reminds me of the Travis song “Driftwood” with the lyrics “you’re driftwood hollow and of no use” because there is no solid foundation. Driftwood is nice and smooth, but in terms of appearance, unlike their alive counterparts clothed in bark, there is not much different between one piece of driftwood or another. Over time the uniqueness of the driftwood, it’s bark, has been washed away. That’s what political correct people look like to me. A particular popular point of view which changes over time has no foundation and is therefore like quicksand. The wiseman built his house upon the rock. Popular opinion is only as lasting as the popular culture in which it came from and as soon as it arrives, it’s not long before it moves on. There is no foundation because it has not been based on anything really tangible.

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This will now be the back for our original version Cultural Revolution Tarot. So far it has passed the “politically sensitive” censors. Heaven’s, they weren’t kidding about this “police state” malarky lol

Most Americans probably do not even realise it but they are going through a cultural revolution even as we speak. Whether that is good or bad, we will leave that for you to decide. In quick succession we have seen everything from the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 states, the banning of the confederate flag (or if not banned, certainly shunned and treated with contempt), the desensitization of the liberal populace over late term abortion (but ironically the killing of a lion makes said people want to murder a dentist? Fucked up much?), and recently the taking down of statues of old presidents of the South. (Jefferson Davis recently) and everything associated or potentially associated with the confederacy. I’m not saying i am opposed to all of this, i am simply stating the signs of the cultural revolution at work in the U.S…the late term abortion thing though….shit. Auchwitz comes to mind….Kindergarten style. That’s just my personal view on it.

Yes, America is going through a Cultural Revolution. It seems to mean nothing to many Americans that their president entered into an illegal war and approves of Monsanto. They seem to simply not give a shit. I mean isn’t it a conflict of interest to have former Monsanto VP and head lobbyist Michael Taylor as Deputy Commissioner for the FDA — the board tasked with regulating Taylor’s own industry? Obama himself won’t eat Monsanto GM products but it’s ok for the rest of the populace? Fan fucking tastic.

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The new back for the bright/technicolour version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot as it currently stands

I think the biggest irony in all of this for us is that most of the print on demand companies in the U.S felt that they couldn’t print our Tarot due to its “political sensitive” material, in particular the image on the backs of the card, which basically meant every card. This is why we’ve had to completely redesign the backs of the cards to make them less politically sensitive. So much for the 1st Ammendment right? Maybe the 1st Ammendment doesn’t apply to me as an Irishman, but my partner is American so what’s the deal with that? America is up to its eyes in it’s own cultural revolution but feels offended at the title “The Cultural Revolution” on the backs of the cards?

With a great review over at Aeclectic for our Cultural Revolution Tarot (despite myself being banned indefinitely from their site for stating some important facts about Chinese propaganda posters) it has lead to a surge in sales for the deck. What a week it has been. It is our hope that we can continue to offer our Cultural Revolution Tarot to anyone who wants it but i ask everyone to buy soon because due to the political nature of the deck, the printers can be a bit unreliable, and others who potentially would publish it will be bringing the decks out at around 60 dollars.

Our decks are currently at 40 U.S dollars. Trust us, you won’t see a deck like this around anywhere and probably never will. Get one will you can.

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The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 4

I could not conclude my argument without including this horrific story of yet another soldier brutally raping and killing a 14 year old child and his claims of not even seeing her as human. I mean let’s get it straight here, he raped and killed this child AFTER murdering her entire family and AFTER the girl was raped by two other soldiers. The American taxpayers, unbeknown to them, are paying for pedophiles to lower their pants in the Middle East….fucking wonderful

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Sure she’s an Iraqi girl, but she’s probably no different than your own children. You’d think America’s finest could leave her undeveloped little body alone but hey, if your soldiers don’t see them as “human” what can be said?

Having a gun free America MAY in theory make people safer, but having arseholes like this guy Steven Green in charge of protecting YOUR family (you know, because you gave up your own means of protecting yourself) sure shouldn’t instill you with any confidence. Heaven forbid he sees YOUR daughter as a “non human” and decide to brutally rape and kill her.

Green’s own words…

“The deaths intensified Green’s feelings toward all Iraqis, whom soldiers often called by a derogatory term. ‘There’s not a word that would describe how much I hated these people,’ Green said. ‘I wasn’t thinking these people were humans.'”

and the friggin cheek of this guy, he thinks he doesn’t deserve life in prison and is trying to appeal it?

I’ve been called stupid, immature etc etc over defending an American’s right to bear arms, and that’s fine, but i’m no more stupid that an American who believes their government and armed forces can be relied on if (when?) the shit hits the fan. Take a look at your police force’s track record of brutality and your american military’s horrific attrocities from Tripoli to Guantanamo and you’ll get the picture. You honestly think your country cares about you. I like the artist Norman Rockwell as much as the next guy but it’s time to shake yourself out of your sleep.

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The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 3

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Tasers were originally designed to be used in situations were a gun was needed, in other words a last resort. Unfortunatly they have been misused by lazy officers who do not want to interact with their prey. The tasers are used on everyone from the elderly with pacemakers to young children.

In Part 2 i stated that most of the gun incidents are actually caused by “Peace Officers” and not by civilians.

I used to be a firm believer that a country without guns being in the hands of the public was the best policy. I really did, no word of a lie. The problem is that when you hear more and more stories about police corruption, the more you wonder if a gun free society is the right way to go about things.

Now let’s turn our attention to yet more soldiers working for “the free world” who were “Just Following Orders”, and those who just plain did it of their own accord.

We’ll start off with a quote from someone who really should know better. I’ve mentioned the following a few times over the years as an example of cold inhuman answer and it bares repeating…

On May 12, 1996, Madeleine Albright defended UN sanctions against Iraq on a 60 Minutes segment in which Lesley Stahl asked her “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” and Albright replied “we think the price is worth it.”

Wow, what a blood thirsty vampire!

Think about that. 500,000 children were worth the price of going to war with Iraq. Absolutely disgusting of course but not particularly surprising. Look at this story

The headline of the story reads “Fear of suicide bombers means troops have shot drivers and passengers who were simply too scared or confused to stop”

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“Why are you crying little girl. We just brutally murdered your parents but YOU’RE still alive!”

That’s happening in Iraq though, i mean that could NEVER happen in the U.S because we don’t have suicide bombers right? Don’t fool yourselves. Be they the army, be they the police, these armed servicemen are STILL only humans wearing a uniform. They get jumpy like everyone else.

An excerpt from the story in Iraq

“A civilian car approached in the dark and ignored shouts and flashing lights. The troops fired a single warning shot, and when the vehicle failed to stop they fired 13 to 15 rounds from their 7.62mm rifles. The car contained a woman and three children. Two of the children were dead, the other child and the woman driver were injured.”

Tell me dear reader. If a shot was fired in the night and you’re in your car and your country has been invaded by soldiers whose language you can not understand, wouldn’t you try to flee too? You’re not going to stop your engine, especially with three kids in the back and hope for the best. Secondly, weren’t the Americans supposed to be the salvation of Iraq? Of course they wouldn’t fire upon civilians. Tell that to the dead children at My Lai. No, you cannot even trust the “good guys”.

Although this cruel sadistic event in Iraq happened in 2008, i only heard about it this year while doing a little research for our Cultural Revolution Tarot scrapbook. The scrapbook contains a lot of propaganda imagery and as everyone knows, whether it be from the west or east, not all of the optimistic propaganda is true, nor all the negative propaganda false…and vice versa. There are heroic deeds and horrible atrocities on both sides and i feel that as long as we can keep that in mind, there does not need to be an us verses them mentality. Like here in Ireland, both sides (Protestant loyalist or Catholic Republican) both have blood on their hands. Chinese Propaganda, we are well aware and we have always maintained, is not based on absolute truth, anymore than U.S soldiers caring for wounded children in those overly optimistic paintings with the christian scriptures underneath are true of all U.S soldiers.

But let us get on to another act of cruelty from our noble soldiers….that of throwing a puppy off a cliff to it’s death. Yes, David Motari, that spineless bastard.

If you search for it on youtube you will find it, but be warned. If you are of sane mind, you will probably want revenge…a revenge you cannot really have. I found the following (true or untrue i cannot verify) from someone who posted on the following link…

http://www.care2.com/news/member/507367645/666908

“Motari later wrote in his Bebo that he would of normally shot and killed the puppy, but he was trying to be creative. From his Bebo: “I want to clear somethings up before tomorrow (sic). This might be hard to believe but I am sorry about the dog. At the time I just really didn’t care. When you are constantly under fire sometimes people develop a different sence (sic) of humor than what others are used to. That video was from over a year and I don’t know who put it out there but it wasn’t me. It has been a really hard day. I don’t know how they got my information but someone got all my information and i had to disconnect my parents and my girlfriends phone not to mention i had to redo my myspace because it got hacked. I just want it to end.
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The Sergeant Major called me in today and it looks like they found out about the dog thing. I don’t know who it was who put it on ****ing youtube, but man they are not happy… They were even talking about court martialing me, but they better not. It wouldn’t be fair because they didn’t court martial the last guy they caught ****ing with a dog.

****, atleast i was humane about it. That guy from motor transport shot a dog in the stomach in front of the Major and everyone thought it was funny. I **** up and it gets on TV and all of a sudden it’s wrong. This is some BS. POS media, always sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong”

then shortly after, this one (most recent):

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When not shooting people, Motari likes to take his frustrations out on defensless baby animals. How noble!

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“When my mom found out about the MySpace, she encouraged me to write this letter so here it is.

I would like to begin by saying I am whole heartedly sorry for what I did to that animal. No creature big or small, smart or dumb deserves to feel the way it did in its last moments. I’ve spent the majority of the day in the company of my superiors. The next few days are going to be very difficult for me but I am not asking for your sympathy.

The hardest part about this is the numerous threats that my family has received and this is what I feel the most awful for. Never did I think the events of that day would result in such heartache. My wife Jessica was especially hurt when she saw the video. The reason for that being that she is not only an animal lover but a dog owner. All I can say is I’m sorry and I love you Babe.

In the field life loses it’s value when you see death every day. For those of you who are angry at me for laughing at the dog’s death, you have a right to. I enjoyed it. I didn’t think twice about it. Now I see the error in my ways.

I’d like to thank the numerous people who have understood what is going on and have offered their advice and their kind words in this difficult situation. And for the ones who are angry at me, you have a right to be. All I ask is that you leave my family out of this. What I did was my choice and my choice alone.

Finally, I want to state for the record, not blame the Corps for my actions. The Corps is a great organization and should not be held responsible for one individual.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to hear my side,

-David Andrew Motari”

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Almost as tragic as throwing the puppy off the cliff, is the fact that this article by ABC’s Emily Friedman actually tries to reason with this crazy lunatic’s mind...

“Many war-weary veterans of the Iraq War take kindly to the animals they meet abroad — some of them have even gone to great expense and trouble to bring dogs back home with them at the end of their tours of duty.

What, then, provoked one U.S. Marine to let himself be videotaped apparently flinging a yelping puppy over a cliff, bursting into laughter at the sound of the animal’s body hitting the ground below? The tape of the apparent incident has rocketed around the Internet, provoking a firestorm of criticism.

The motivation for such an act, if it did indeed occur, may be as complex and deep as the U.S. war that has dragged on for more than four years, experts told ABCNEWS.com. Chief among them: Having to live with the constant fear of being injured or killed might have led this Marine to take his aggression out on a defenseless animal, several psychologists said.”

“Most of the time war is about chaos and the fear of being wounded or killed,” said David Spiegel, professor and associate chairman of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “And so you’re constantly confronting those fears and one of the ways to confront that may be by showing you’re the one that renders other creatures helpless.”

“The thought is that ‘I’m not the one who gets thrown off a cliff, I’m the one doing it,'” said Spiegel.”

( Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=4387128 )

Can you imagine the American psychiatrists puzzling over, and almost disbelieving, some of the “facts” about The Cultural Revolution in such a favourable manner, or indeed anyone considered an agressor to the U.S military. Completely biased, but to be expected.

The news article ends with…

“But you have to wonder what has caused them this kind of stress so that they have to react in such a violent way.”

Have to wonder? I don’t, i think the answer is pretty damn obvious. They are fucking psychopaths. Do you WANT psychopaths owning all the guns while pepperspraying your children and throwing your puppys from cliffs? Neither would i

See part 4 for the concluding part in this “Right To Bear Arms in America” blog

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