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Name That Dictator

January 14, 2011

It has been a while since I have written a post.  I have been busy – you know – so much to do and so little time.  But, writing a post is something I can choose to do, or not do.  And, the topics of my posts are my choice.

We in the U.S. are generally free to express our thoughts without being tossed in prison.  Just look at the proliferation of websites.  You will find websites that put sniper rifle cross hairs on politicians that are being targeted and say let’s “reload” and go get them.  Many partisans have been fired up by posters with captions such as “It’s Open Season” and their opponents filled with bullet holes (artistically rendered bullet holes not real bullet holes) on the poster.

I do not condone these forms a free speech – I believe they have crossed the line.  But, in general, we have wide latitude as we express our thoughts.

Sadly, there are many areas in the world where a person has very few freedoms.  The stories of repression, torture and death are invisible because these are the stories the dictators work to hide.

Recently, our daughter, Jennifer Lynn Bates, decided to put some focus on the plight of those who live under such horrible conditions.  Some of her art was part of an Article 19 Human Rights exhibition this past November.  CLICK HERE to learn more.   Her work was featured at the BECA International Center for Art + Design in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She also has a website called Name That Dictator with interesting thought-provoking information and art.  Take a look… send her your thoughts.  

(Images in this Post are courtesy of the namethatdictator.com website)

Also… be thankful.  We have many freedoms when it comes to sharing our thoughts.  Please be responsible.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 10:49 am

    wonderful art!

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