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Obama's communist-inspired icon artist, Shepard Fairey
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Posted on 10/18/2008 8:48:18 AM PDT by ETL

From Barack Obama's official website:

“I wanted to make an art piece of Barack Obama because I thought an iconic portrait of him could symbolize and amplify the importance of his mission. I believe Obama will guide this country to a future where everyone can thrive and I should support him vigorously for the sake of my two young daughters. I have made art opposing the Iraq war for several years, and making art of Obama, who opposed the war from the start, is like making art for peace. I know I have an audience of young art fans and I’m delighted if I can encourage them to see the merits of Barack Obama.

-Shepard Fairey
http://store.barackobama.com/Artists_for_Obama_s/1018.htm

See? It's all about "peace, love, togetherness" and "change".

Here are some of Fairey's other masterpieces. No joke. Most of his works are along these same lines (anti-American, pro-communist propaganda). Check the link.




Source: The Jonathan Levine Gallery:
http://jonathanlevinegallery.com/?method=Artist.ArtistDetail&ArtistID=F65EBB86-3048-28EB-92D55AA4FC996E31&GalleryID=82C33C59-3048-28EB-92DB386C8C733405

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From Shepard Fairey's official website (ObeyGiant.com):

Check it out! I got a thank you note from Barack Obama. If he is elected, maybe I have a get out of jail free card. All kidding aside, I’m honored to be acknowledged by someone so important to the future of our country. Also, the Obama campaign asked me to do a poster illustration for sale on their site. It should be out next week on barackobama.com.-Shepard
http://obeygiant.com/post/check-it-out
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Here is the 'thank you' letter Barack Obama sent to Shepard Fairey:
"Dear Shepard, I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign.'"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/16/AR2008051601017.html

Source for letter image: Fairey's own website (ObeyGiant.com):
http://obeygiant.com/post/check-it-out

If the image of the letter should 'vanish' from Fairey's website, try this link:
http://www.notcot.com/images/obama_letter-to-shepard-fairey.jpg

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Portrait of Angela Davis by Obama artist Shepard Fairey:


Angela Davis

Source: The Jonathan Levine Gallery (link given above)

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From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
PROFILE: ANGELA DAVIS

* Communist professor at the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus
* Recipient of the Lenin “Peace Prize” from the police state of East Germany in 1979
* Provided an arsenal of weapons to Black Panthers who used them to kill a Marin Country judge in a failed attempt to free Davis' imprisoned lover, Black Panther murderer George Jackson
* Icon of the campus Left and frequent guest speaker at anti-war rallies
* Leader of a movement to free all criminals who are minorities claiming that they are political prisoners of the racist United States
* “The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.”

Angela Yvonne Davis is a tenured professor in the “History of Consciousness” program at the University of California - Santa Cruz. A former member of the Black Panther Party, she is currently a “University Professor,” one of only seven in the entire California University system, which entitles her to a six-figure salary and a research assistant. This income is supplemented by speaking fees ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per appearance on college campuses, where she is an icon of radical faculty, administrators, and students. Davis has also taught at UCLA and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1303

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"Check it out! I got a thank you note from Barack Obama. If he is elected, maybe I have a get out of jail free card"
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VIDEO: Obama icon artist, Shepard Fairey, discusses his numerous arrests in this May 2008 alternative media interview (2:32 min):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeTXRa7_zo&feature=related


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; art; commievote; communist; communists; fairey; friendsofobama; fundraising; giant; issues; obama; obamatruthfile; obey; obeygiant; shepardfairey

1 posted on 10/18/2008 8:48:19 AM PDT by ETL
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To: ETL


http://www.jeffhead.com/joeplumber.htm

2 posted on 10/18/2008 8:48:45 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: ETL

Shepard Fairey? Is that a joke name?


3 posted on 10/18/2008 8:49:51 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: ETL

“I know I have an audience of young art fans...”

Yeah, right. His “art” all look like retro-psychedelic posters from the age of the Filmore in Haight/Ashbury.


4 posted on 10/18/2008 8:54:51 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
His “art” all look like retro-psychedelic posters from the age of the Filmore in Haight/Ashbury.

His 'art' is mostly communist propaganda. And his attempting to appeal to young naive American kids is way beyond disgusting.

5 posted on 10/18/2008 8:59:43 AM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: Mojave

Flock Fairey.


6 posted on 10/18/2008 9:01:04 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: Dajjal

Thanks, Dajjal, for making me first aware of this commie-propagandist/creep, Shepard Fairey.


7 posted on 10/18/2008 9:02:38 AM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: This Just In

I wonder if he’s related to Shepard Smith?


8 posted on 10/18/2008 9:06:44 AM PDT by Mojave
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To: ETL
Fairey?


9 posted on 10/18/2008 9:12:06 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Nobody spreads my wealth but ME.)
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To: ETL

Wow, while we’ve known that these signs were identical to communist propaganda all along, to confirm that that was the actual intent of an actual blood-red communist artist and not some naive kid is disturbing. I’m starting to think Obama may have the largest and most eclectic list of alliances with ultra-anti-American leftists ever.


10 posted on 10/18/2008 9:36:20 AM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
That last sentence should emphasize I'm talking about Obama as the most radically associated major American figure ever. I really emphasize the eclectic part. Racists, communists, Islamists, etc, etc...he's got major alliances to all of them. It leaves you speechless how he can be where he is today.
11 posted on 10/18/2008 9:42:39 AM PDT by According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
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To: ETL

Get ready, folks. The assault on our culture, economy, education system, churches, government, freedoms, country hasn’t really begun yet.


12 posted on 10/18/2008 9:47:02 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: ETL

Just another reason I am afraid of this man.

Whether he’s elected or not, half the country has become the “enemy within” and their ranks continue to grow. That scares the crap out of me.


13 posted on 10/18/2008 9:50:11 AM PDT by Miztiki
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To: ETL
Obama's communist-inspired icon artist, Shepard Fairey

I thought this was going to be a discussion about a Fox News host.

14 posted on 10/18/2008 9:57:10 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: ETL
Great thread! This guy should have been a major scandal to the Obama campaign long ago! Earlier threads about Shepard Fairey:


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2099244/posts
2008 Obama Poster Facts (Shepard Fairey: propagandist & fundraiser)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2060894/posts
Obama's Artist/Communist-Propagandist, Shepard Fairey

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2040063/posts
Fairey’s $400k for Obama [Marxist Obama Artist & Fundraiser]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2040067/posts
This Month in Advertising [new book "E Pluribus Venom" by Marxist Obama Fundraiser]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2018880/posts
Obama's On-the-Wall Endorsement ["Obey Obama"]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006110/posts
The Art of Politics ["Obey Obama"]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2006109/posts
Shepard Fairey: Obey Obama [Obama's official poster-maker loves Stalin, Mao, etc.]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2001809/posts
Obama's Posters: Message in the Image

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1985882/posts
A Style of Obama Poster Not Likely To Be Widely Imitated


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2034851/posts
Obama's Propagandistic Iconography: the Making of a Messiah

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2034833/posts
Obama's Propagandistic Iconography: the Making of a Messiah

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2003633/posts
The Obama Aesthetic

15 posted on 10/18/2008 7:13:20 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL
Here is the url for a recent Fairey exhibition, "The Duality of Humanity."

http://www.whitewallssf.com/gallery.php?artist_id=78

He says he is more optimistic in his outlook now, because of Barack Hussein Obama.

http://www.stencilarchive.org/node/620
"With this show, Shepard touches upon, but also goes beyond the 'calls to action' against mindless consumerism and war evidenced in previous shows like Nineteeneightyfouria, E Pluribus Venom and Imperfect Union. "The difference between this show and the previous ones is that now the optimism of a potential Obama presidency is in the mix," Shepard said. His recent work reflects his own personal shift towards a new optimism, a direct result of his involvement with, and inspiration by, the powerful political ideals of Barack Obama."

Yeah, I'd call that being more optimistic!

BTW, his book, E Pluribus Venom is finally out.

http://www.amazon.com/E-Pluribus-Venom-Shepard-Fairey/dp/1584232951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215048562&sr=1-1

Shepard Fairey's latest exhibit is in Washington DC right now -- but it's not him alone, it's with two other artists.

http://irvinecontemporary.com/otherExhibitions.php?eventID=87
Regime Change Starts at Home:
Shepard Fairey, Al Farrow, Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky)

October 18 to December 06, 2008
Irvine Contemporary Gallery

16 posted on 10/18/2008 8:53:04 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL
This is my "favorite" painting from his new book (no, I didn't buy it -- I looked through it in the store).

My interpretation: The bloom of peace, brought about by communist soldiers and bomb throwers in the background, is edging out the influence of Amerikkkan imperialism, despite the attempts of an Amerikkkan soldier to poison it with his venom.

17 posted on 10/18/2008 9:05:53 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: Dajjal

The guy is seriously demented. Did you check out the video interview I linked to above? He talks about his 13 arrests.


18 posted on 10/18/2008 9:18:29 PM PDT by ETL (Smoking gun evidence on ALL the ObamaRat-commie connections at my newly revised FR Home/About page)
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To: ETL
Here are the larger images of the communist soldiers and bombthrowers in the red background of the triptych.


19 posted on 10/18/2008 9:25:34 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL

> "Check it out! I got a thank you note from Barack Obama. If he is elected, maybe I have a get out of jail free card"

> VIDEO: Obama icon artist, Shepard Fairey, discusses his numerous arrests in this May 2008 alternative media interview (2:32 min):
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeTXRa7_zo&feature=related

Thanks for pointing it out -- I'd actually skimmed past the link before.

Fairey told the Washington Post that Obama has endorsed his vandalism.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/16/AR2008051601017_pf.html
also
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2018880/posts

Fairey rummages around on his desk and produces a letter from Obama himself. "Dear Shepard," the candidate writes. "I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign."
Messages. Images. Effect. Someone understands phenomenology. And the thing about stop signs? "He's kind of endorsing graffiti," Fairey says, "isn't he?"

But even more than the vandalism, Obama is endorsing "the political messages involved in [Fairey's] work."

Obama likes Fairey's political messages ... like the message on that tee shirt he wears in the video interview.


20 posted on 10/18/2008 9:44:20 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL
One of Fairey's favorite political messages is, literally, "Peace out of the barrel of a gun."


21 posted on 10/18/2008 9:56:53 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL
Before I turn in for the night, I must add to this thread that not only is Shepard Fairey a Communist Propagandist Friend of Obama -- he is also a major fund raiser for Obama's campaign.

Between January - May, Fairey had raised $400,000 through poster sales alone.

That's not counting all the money raised from the poster images on tee shirts, sweat shirts, buttons, stickers, coffee mugs, and numerous other venues.

Let's guess that those combined sales all bring the Jan. - May total to a minimum of around $1,000,000.

Figure conservatively that the June to mid-October sales kept at a steady rate; then the current total would be around $2,000,000.

But if sales increased after Obama beat Hillary in the delegate count, had a spike at the Denver convention, and have grown after Labor Day, then the figure could easily be over $3,000,000.

The Washington Post reported that at auctions, autographed posters (signed by either Fairey or Obama) have been going for big bucks: they mention that one went for $5,900. Some of the auctions may be done by collectors, but I would suspect that some of those auctions are campaign fundraisers. So figure in some additional thousands from autographed posters.

Add to that the fact that Shepard Fairey has been hosting hip-hop dance party fundraisers for Obama around the country. The total might be up around $4,000,000.

But these are just my guestimates, based on that June 9th report about the posters.

22 posted on 10/18/2008 10:43:10 PM PDT by Dajjal (Visit Ann Coulter's getdrunkandvote4mccain.com)
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To: ETL


Penetrating Insights into the Obvious
23 posted on 10/19/2008 12:54:05 AM PDT by MichaelAsher54
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To: According2RecentPollsAirIsGood
It leaves you speechless how he can be where he is today.

Pretty much. On another note - We went and bought a new revolver today. If the worst happens, we'll end up with a new shotgun, too, before next January.

24 posted on 10/19/2008 1:03:28 AM PDT by babyfreep
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To: ETL; BP2; LucyT; Deepest End; STARWISE; BykrBayb; jcsjcm; browardchad; Candor7; Polarik; ...

big ping


25 posted on 12/07/2008 8:41:03 PM PST by BonRad (As Rome goes so goes the world)
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To: ETL; BonRad; Calpernia; Fred Nerks; null and void; pissant; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; ...

Thanks, BonRad.

Fantastic thread, ETL.

Pinging everyone.


26 posted on 12/07/2008 8:43:05 PM PST by LucyT
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To: ETL
I wonder what Shepard Fairey thinks of his Messiah now that he has kept Gates on, has no intention of ending the Iraq War anytime soon, and is requesting more troops for Afganistan.

That's the kind of "change" non-commies can believe in.

27 posted on 12/07/2008 8:55:14 PM PST by FrdmLvr (What fresh hell is this?)
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To: LucyT

Thanks for the update, LucyT & for the post ETL.

I had no idea.

Excellent article.

PNG.


28 posted on 12/07/2008 9:02:49 PM PST by Iowan
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To: LucyT

Extremely sick (fill in deleted word of your choice) BTTT.


29 posted on 12/07/2008 9:07:56 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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30 posted on 12/07/2008 10:04:15 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo

bttt


31 posted on 12/08/2008 4:47:51 AM PST by Travis McGee (--www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com--)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; ETL; Dajjal; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000; Lady Jag; Seadog Bytes
I was on one of those earlier threads about Shepard Fairey that Dajjal linked.

I dared to say that I somewhat liked some of the colorfulness and artistry in Fairey’s work. I even had the nerve to compare it to the colorfulness of Peter Max.

Whoaaa, what an uproar that elicited, lol. As an artistic person myself, I have the knowledge that you can like someone’s artistic skills even though you despise the artist and the subject. Common sense I believe.

Van Gogh cut off part of his left ear, suffered mental illness and committed suicide. Most of his best known works were done in the final two years of his life DURING his bout with mental illness.

Does that make his work deranged, loony?

Your own graphic bears a resemblance to Fairey’s, and I find it very attractive.

32 posted on 12/08/2008 9:57:08 AM PST by potlatch
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To: PhilDragoo

You WILL note that I did not say your work bore a resemblance to Van Gogh’s final two ‘loony’ years. LOLOL!!

Sorry, girls just gotta have fun!


33 posted on 12/08/2008 10:17:58 AM PST by potlatch
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To: PhilDragoo

Thanks, PhilDragoo

Excellent

Check out this graphic Ping.


34 posted on 12/08/2008 1:06:11 PM PST by Iowan
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To: potlatch
Fairey has chosen to use his talents to promote communism and obamanism.

It is only accurate to note that his talent is not inconsiderable.

Fairey owes some of his impact to the work of Warhol, Max, Robert Indiana.

Pop art, op art.

I find a great deal of power in propaganda poster art: WWII USA, Stalin, Mao.

Every time there is a FReep, there is the dynamic of the public street, street theater, crowd psychology.

What more symbolic image of Tiananmen than the Man Who Stopped The Tanks.

Just as the Running Crying Naked Napalm Girl has symbolized the Vietnam War--although she didn't ask for the role, and doesn't necessarily agree to the use.

We will take the imagery of Fairey and make the obamatons eat it.


35 posted on 12/08/2008 2:41:16 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: ETL

Bump


36 posted on 12/08/2008 3:30:29 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: PhilDragoo; devolve; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; MeekOneGOP
Too bad we don't have a poster of Hillary ducking the bullets in Bosnia... She will have some great accounts to share in a year or two.

As I wrote in my earlier comment, we can admire the art but not the composer.

Changing it for our own purposes is a good concept, devolve will love your mr creepy, lol.

This is one I 'adapted'. The artist actually posted here - but not to me, lol.


37 posted on 12/08/2008 6:24:07 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo

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Creepy Creepy Night,

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38 posted on 12/08/2008 6:42:25 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

[Creepy Creepy Night,]

Are you OK? snicker
Sounds like you are having a bad night! It can creep up on you.


39 posted on 12/08/2008 6:47:51 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Dajjal
The rose in the fist is a socialist symbol.

A more racially sensitive version of the symbol is used by the Democratic Socialists of America, which was linked to the "New Party" Obama was a member of in the nineties.


40 posted on 12/08/2008 7:21:18 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: potlatch

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Van Gogh

“Starry Starry Night.....”


41 posted on 12/08/2008 7:36:04 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve
[“Starry Starry Night.....”]

Looks like a psychedelic dream, lol.


42 posted on 12/08/2008 7:41:15 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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It probably was!


43 posted on 12/08/2008 7:44:46 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

[It probably was!]

It was the pain, the PAIN after he cut off his ear. It caused ‘orbs’ to float around in his brain! He was seeing stars!


44 posted on 12/08/2008 7:48:15 PM PST by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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mr. creepy should give that ear trick of Van Gogh’s a shot


45 posted on 12/08/2008 7:55:30 PM PST by devolve ( ____"hussein the creepy" -- Evan Thomas - Nudesweek ____)
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To: devolve

[mr. creepy should give that ear trick of Van Gogh’s a shot]

Lol, that’s funny. A couple of nails to pin them back would do the trick.


46 posted on 12/08/2008 7:59:25 PM PST by potlatch
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To: LucyT

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47 posted on 12/10/2008 12:46:47 PM PST by LucyT (...............Don't go wobbly now..............)
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