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Artsy Fartsy – Freedom of Want (Norman Rockwell)

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The most famous Norman Rockwell WWII paintings, “Freedom of Want,” was one of four paintings in a series, the “Four Freedoms,” that Rockwell created during World War II. It may not have been meant to commemorate Thanksgiving, but the painting embodies the spirit of family and Thanksgiving. 

To all our military veterans and our fallen heroes, thank you for your service and your sacrifices for America and her people. Without your courage and willingness to do what others can’t or won’t, America is still the greatest and safest nation on Earth.

Bless you all on this Thanksgiving. You are our heroes, and most of America embraces and remembers the enormity of what you have done in the name of liberty.

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Acceptance

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Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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Poetry Mondays – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (Dylan Thomas)

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When Worlds Collide

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Author Notes

DT’s father was going blind when DT wrote this poem. The dying of the light is a reference to darkness and being blind.

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Artsy Fartsy – Follow your Dreams (Banksy)

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Banksy’s Follow Your Dreams piece appeared in the Chinatown district of Boston in May of 2010. The image displays a fatigued painter beside the painted words “Follow Your Dreams” in capital letters. The phrase becomes secondary to the word “Cancelled,” which is sprawled across the empowering message. Banksy gives the male painter a typical black and white color, while the initial words appear in a green tint. The word “Cancelled” is done in white capital letters housed by a red rectangle, resembling a stamp. The placement of this work on Essex Street, in the low-income district of Boston, gives the piece a deeper meaning, a commentary on class stratification.

Location: Boston

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Happy National Sundae Day!!! (Nov.11th) – Beer-and-Bacon Toffee Sundaes

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Beer-and-Bacon Toffee Sundaes

Ingredients 

1/2 cup diced bacon (about 4 slices)

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup stout beer (I like Founders Breakfast Stout)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pints good-quality vanilla ice cream

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Sea salt, for sprinkling

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Directions

Put the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until very crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, reserving the fat in the pan.

Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, beer, butter, heavy cream and a pinch each of kosher salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Scoop the ice cream into bowls and spoon the toffee sauce on top. Garnish with the crispy bacon bits, toasted pecans and sea salt.

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My Dazed and Confused Days in the Military (Happy Veteran’s Day)

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

I’m leaving Best Buy with my Walking Dead box set when a volunteer walks up to me and asks if I wanted to donate money to the Veteran’s Fund and I told him, I think I donated enough to military. As I go down the escalator, wondering why was I such an asshole to that guy, I remembered that I was in the military. It’s been almost a decade since I left the military but its seems longer. Most of the time, people have to remind me that I was in the military. When I do try to remember my time in the SUCK, I always think about the weird tasting sodas, goat meat on pizza, smelly men, hours on watch, annoying sand and the heat. The weather in the middle east could beat the toughest dudes in the military. The only thing to do out there was to go to the bar and that’s what I did. I drank and drank until I blacked out. This is probably one of the reasons why sometimes I forget I was in the military.

One of the memories I do remember vividly is being by myself in my bunk or sitting on watch with my CD Player (Yes, those things) just listening to music. It transported me away from the weird tasting sodas, goat meat on pizza, smelly men, hours on watch, annoying sand and the heat. Music was refuge and sanctuary. Even though I was hundreds of miles away from home, when I put on that Chronic disc, I feel like I was on the block again. That’s what music does, it transports and lifts you up from the shit you’re in. If it wasn’t for music I would have probably lost my mind and killed a bunch of people, but I’m thankful for it. Here is a list of what I was listening to in the military circa early 2000s:

1. Eminem (The Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers)

2. Korn (Issues, Follow the Leader)

3. Dr. Dre & Snoopdog (The Chronic, Chronic 2, Doggystyle)

4. Outkast (Aquemini, Stankonia)

5. Lauryn Hill ( Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

6. DMX

7. Jay- Z

8. Limp Bizkit ( Shut up! You liked them!)

9. NIN, Radiohead, Metallica

10. Hootie & the Blowfish (This is not a mis-spelling)

Memorial Day is coming up. I would like lift up my Pimp Cup to all the dudes and dudettes, who had to suffer in the military, so people could watch a week long marathon of Steven Seagal or garbage like the Fart-Asshians and Honey Poo Poo. If you know anyone that is or was in the military, don’t ask how it was like? Instead, just pat them on the back and get them silly drunk.

Note: Steven Seagal was much more then a cook.

Artsy Fartsy – The Tank Man (Tiananmen Square) by Charlie Cole

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Tiananmen Square , a large open city square located in the heart of Beijing in China. On June 5th 1989 , the morning after a truly horrific massacre, an event occured that has been widely recognised as a key moment in the 20th Century. A column of Type 59 tanks of the People’s Liberation Army were moving to exit the area via Chang’an Avenue. A long figure dressed in white and black and carrying two shopping bags stood defiantly in the middle of the road. The tank column halted. The lone individual signalled to the tanks with his bags. They waited, but the man would not budge. The lead tank then tried to drive around the man, who simply side stepped to move in front of the tank once again. After several more attempts to drive around, the man stepping into the tanks’ path every time, the column turned off their engines. The unidentified man then climbed onto the lead tank, and appeared to converse with a few crew members through several of the tanks ports and hatches. After he stepped down and away from the column , the commander of the lead vehicle appeared out of his cupola, and after a short pause the other tanks started their engines and began to roll forward again. No sooner had this happened, ‘tank man’ once again placed himself in front of the lead tank, resuming the stand off. Shortly after, two figures dressed in blue appeared and led the man away.

I’ve chosen to show the uncropped version of the picture here, as it shows just how long the tank column was, and how many tanks and soldiers were present. ‘Tank man’ is visible in the bottom left.

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