Friday used to be my favorite of the days.

…sometimes it still is. Sometimes it’s a good day to share a tiny video that didn’t get enough love on Instagram. :) Save Cursive! Validate Yourself! Happy Friday!

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I judged you Amish.

First off – a huge “thank you!” to all my new subscribers. You Rock! You’re a star! I heart you, hard!

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Every now and again something that is considered ‘so random’ in common parlance comes down the pike and even though it’s not strictly “random” (you know, because it somehow relates to what’s going on at the time) it still feels really random. It makes you laugh. Then it makes you recollect. Then it makes you reminisce. Then it makes you hungry for the donuts that everyone in a local community Facebook group were going on and on about a few months back, but you now know you’ll never taste those praised “Amish-made” donuts because despite everyone’s absolute – obnoxious at times – devotion to those adored circles of fried dough, the shop went out of business.

Then you get back to reminiscing.

I was brought up in a family of campers. Most weekends and for several weeks out of the summer, we camped. Not roughing-it-in-a-tent (usually) camping, but roughing-it-in-a-canvas-roofed-trailer and years later, roughing-it-in-a-metal-roofed-trailer-that-actually-had-a-bathroom camping. It was fun. It was also in Somerset, PA (the canvas trailer) and in Clarks Mills, PA (the metal trailer). Both of these areas had higher populations of what I will respectfully call “Plain People” (because I’m not an expert on religious groups and I’m no more able to tell a Mennonite from an Amish by sight than I can a Presbyterian from a Methodist) than the Pittsburgh suburbs.

I was a slightly odd child (and possible odder teen), so I always enjoyed slowing down to pass (or waiting to pass) a buggy. I have an inherent appreciation for simple and straightforward things, so the orange/red warning triangle on the buggy back was always an invitation to smile at strangers – something high speed doesn’t encourage – and take a good look at a horse. I’m not a “horse person” as such, but I do think they’re beautiful and recalling that I’ve ridden in two separate countries, on two separate continents, gives me a happy, satisfied feeling to be sure.

Anywaywho, a week ago my dear family was having a get-together to celebrate my parents’ 53rd wedding anniversary. It was a lovely time – food, drink, sending my folks to Uniontown for a holiday (long story, don’t judge) and at one point there was a conversation going on – one of those charming little ‘side conversations’ that happens in kitchen doorways and on stairs – and for reasons that are lost to history (at least my memory’s version of history), one of my wonderful, lovable, hilarious nieces (I’m blessed with several) commented that she had judged someone Amish. I would love to relate the entire story, but I laughed so hard at her delivery that I just don’t remember it. I know there was some lighthearted remorse for the “judging” and a valid explanation why the judgement was made. But in true form, I’ve retained only enough of the occasion to keep chuckling about it to this day. And in true-yet-more-recent form, I’ve made a t-shirt art design thingy of it.

WIPjenni Zazzle Hardworking Hipster Henley I judged you Amish

Also on a Hardworking Hipster Henley!

Off and on for one week I’ve been chuckling (sometimes even a full-blown chortle), being nostalgic for childhood family vacations and wondering if I should feel ashamed for regretting the missed opportunity to validate my suspicion that the glorified donuts didn’t have even a passing association with anything or anyone Amish. ;)

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Pokémon GO as a Social Experiment, or, Is This the Catalyst for Thinning the Herd?

Pokémon GO is a pretty nifty concept in gaming. Augmented reality is cool and just about anything that gets people moving their body parts for fun is usually a good thing. I just can’t help but wonder when there’s going to be rallying cry to ban it. Ya know, because people are getting run over by cars, fights are breaking out, trespassers are trespassing in the wrong places, too many robberies, that sort of thing.

I dig fan art so I thought it would be fun to scour the internet for some of it and post it here. Art is always valuable and if a few choice keywords get wiparts.org some visits; awesome! Not long after I started looking I found this: http://www.dorkly.com/post/75222/amazing-fan-art-versions-of-every-gen-1-pokemon it’s not Pokémon GO specific, but it is a lovely collection of high-quality fan art. It’s almost all similarly styled, but it’s all quite good. The link I shared has links to each individual artist’s work. If you like it, ‘put a ring on it’ – most artists – hobbyist or pro – are usually interested in commission work. :)

This is one of my favorites…
Rattata by DestroyedSteak Rattata by DestroyedSteak

P.S. While we’re on the subject of games, can we stop using the word “microtransaction”? “Micro” means ‘small’ and we’re well beyond that with in-game purchases these days.

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Just Cause! Just ‘Cause – Know the Difference

The world really has me down lately. Down and TBH, pretty frustrated. Frustrated to the point that I’ve finally accepted pessimism as realism. *old-school sigh* But, hey, whatcha gonna do?*

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What I’m not gonna do is write a full post to accompany my latest art vent-ure (I combined ‘art vent’ & ‘commercial venture’ into a thing. It’s my thing and I’m going to own it like a boss! – now that I’ve explained it to you.) Imma republish the sales blurb from my Zazzle store item page. There are some good words in it, so why reinvent the wheel.*

WIPjenni Just Cause! Just 'Cause - Know the Difference

This is available on all sorts of stuff like coffee mugs because the t-shirts aren’t selling. :)


INCOMING BLURB!

Current events, oh, how you vex me! Between Delusional Donald running for US president and the UK voting on things they literally don’t know the meaning of, I’ve run out of patience with stupidity and the self-defensive, holier-than-thou aggression displayed to cover it. Since it’s impossible to force folks to read a dictionary, help out your fellow humans by providing a quick lesson via your own dress sense!

Ladies, get all sorts of attention as people read your chest!* Gentlemen, look intellectual and snarky at the same time!** Non-ladies & non-gentlemen, buy this design on whatever attracts the ‘right’ crowd! Chock full of ALL the graphical gimmicks, you’re sure to impress your friends and everyone who sees your snazzy WIPjenni gear!

*And make a clever, political statement too! **Embrace your hipsterness – who knows how long it’s gonna last!

OUTGOING BLURB! (?)

Some Nights by Fun has been playing in my head all day. Probably because “some days” has been going through my mind and I can’t think of any songs with that title. :)

*I don’t know when or if to use question marks (AKA “goinks”) on rhetorical questions, so I decide on-the-fly, based on my mental inflection.

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#wheresthetylenol

[Apologies in advance for mildly obscured profanity. The rest of the world may not care, but I do have some decorum. Nevertheless, if the word fits, I have to use it. :) )

More than just an opportunity to share a micro video and reference one of my favorite Christmas traditions, this is a super-important test to see just how responsive the responsive theme and responsive embedder actually are. If it doesn’t work, you may never know, ’cause I’ll be snatching it down faster than a Carolina wren snatches a June bug in mid-flight.

Of course, this is the internet, and what happens on the internet tends to stay on the internet, regardless of any pro-active snatching. I suppose I’d better throw out a quick description of the video in precautionary preperation for any staying.

I adore videos – from the original black & white silent films of 100+ years ago to fractions-of-moments long abstract art pieces from 73 seconds ago. Sensory combos are a hoot (I also adore words and phrases from all eras,) and sound & vision are quite the pair! Since my epiphany/revelation/derp moment that I’d be much happier getting on with my things and largely giving less f**ks (How many fewer f**ks can I give? None. none fewer f**ks.) about what anyone else is up to, I’ve been much more experimental with free apps and those godawful/godsend Photoshop filters that can be quite fun once you realize that you’ve been overestimating just about ev-er-y-thing.

So. There’s a shed-load of unspent creativity in my house. There’s also a butt-ton of up-tight intensity. Additionally, there’s a heckofabunch of misguided repression. So. Like the tss-t-tss-tss of an Oster pressure cooker, it serves no purpose unless there are tasty vittles inside, and if the steam doesn’t sputter out, the whole kit and kaboodle’s gonna blow. Kerplow!

SOLUTION: Tss-t-tss-tss all over the place! My Man’s finally working on a new project and I’m working on giving none, none fewer f**ks. Which can be conveniently veiled (or brazenly exposed) by the gossamer threads of expression. Oooh.

The following is a teeny, tiny snippet of what was going on in my mind and what was streaming into my ears for about six hours. Please, sit back and savor just a few, sweet seconds of responsiveness testing. Err, I mean “art”. Yes, that’s definitely what I mean. ;)

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Eeeeeeerrrr…how cheap you are! or, A long Fiverr Forum Story with Little Payoff.

The best insult I’ve ever been the recipient(?) of.

WIPjenni Eeeeeeerrrr...how cheap you are!
by WIPjenni

Away back in the day (a little over a year ago) I found myself in the midst of a heated debate about copyright, regular ‘right’, pleas for assistance, gross and not entirely unhumorous name-calling, with a wee bit of what-constitutes-good-commercial-design banter thrown in. Good times, Good times.

This altogether petty yet somehow resonant conversation was started by a colleague (wow, that word seems highfalutin for what follows) on the Fiverr.com forum. (See, what I mean?) For those of you who don’t know, Fiverr is an “international marketplace” (extra highfalutin) where all sorts of folks sell all sorts of services and in some cases, products, to really indiscriminate buyers who are usually only vaguely interested in quality, and are barely (if ever) concerned with legality.* Hence its huge success.

This particular conversation wasn’t noticeably infuriating or entertaining, but there did come a point when exasperation became the norm for myself and some of my more, uhh, how does one say… professional, ethical, associates? Unfortunately, the original thread was removed by moderators once it took on the flavor of “Yes, we all know that this site is a den of questionable business practices that are generally encouraged to ensure a steady flow of ill-gotten-gains for the owners, BUT, that doesn’t mean we all have to play along.”

In this instance, yet another seller – whom I shall call “Trumpy” for ‘her’ mindbogglingly emphatic support of her delusional perspective, that at once admitted wrongdoing and also displayed the defense of being entirely correct – was offering “100% original, custom designed logos”. For $5. With a 1-hour turnaround.

Trumpy was really something quite spectacular. She not only blatantly stole logos from the internet (with a stealth not unlike a rhinoceros leading a brass band through a Catholic mass,) she also insisted that she was being victimized because the creator of what she was using as her own logo told her to stop doing it, and some of her fellow Fiverr sellers kept trying to explain (with painstaking patience and a fair degree of tact, I might add) that stealing is wrong and that passing off the trade/servicemarked logos of multi-million-dollar, multinational companies as her own work, was stupid.

The bulk of us involved in the chat eventually came to the conclusion that Trumpy was probably several people working under the same username. (It’s a common enough practice on Fiverr, as it’s patently not allowed according to the terms of service.) There are quite a few user/groups that work 24/7 to keep their response and turnaround times unbelievably tiny – a seller is worthless to Fiverr HQ without their attention-grabbing positive ratings (regardless of work quality or moral fiber).

After a surprisingly long-lasting and intense exchange that involved numerous links to legitimate, established companies’ logos in situ, Trumpy flipped her lid. She spewed a colorful load of accusatory venom – we had no business telling her what to do or not do, and she thought we would be kind and help her get more sales – maybe even buy from her, not be mean and tell her she was committing crimes!

Now, I can be sarcastic, and I sometimes use words that are a little uncommon, outdated, or even quirky, but I do make a genuine effort to communicate in a way that works for those I’m communicating with. However, there are times (many, many times) when I get so indignantly riled that I forget my love of language; my desire to be helpful falls aside and I totally misplace any urge to give the benefit of the doubt – again. So in what was an epically weak rant, I responded with “If you don’t want people to see the stains in your underwear, stop airing your dirty laundry!”

When I signed into the forum a day or two later, Trumpy had replied with “Eeeeeeerrrr how cheap you are!” Only that. Simply, sublimely, and with what I like to imagine as not the merest hint of irony. It tickled me.

That single, enormously expressive sentence immediately projected a vision of some self-appointed, holier-than-thou, street hoodlum-cum-slum boss casting out judgments as to which of the lowly pickpockets deserved to keep a larger portion of their booty based on how clean their air-drying dainties were that day. (I should mention that Trumpy/hoodlum/boss is wearing a Hello Kitty t-shirt, dirty, furry boots and more than several spiked, leather bracelets in my inspired vision.)

It also became a running joke of sorts – a combination reminder of how self-focused and hypocritical people can be, and also how easily anger can be turned to hilarity with one good onomatopoeic spelling. I have barely seen a pair of knickers or the word “cheap” without hearing “Eeeeeeerrrr!” in my head since that fateful day. It’s like having Eliza Doolittle presiding over every load of laundry and clearance sale. Which isn’t a bad thing as long as it’s Audrey Hepburn with a bunch of violets in the hand that’s not holding the gavel. :)

NB: Here’s a link to a follow-up forum thread about presumed-to-be-Trumpy. And in case you can’t sleep without knowing, I had noted (on actual paper!) the exact quote – complete with all seven “e”s – that I found about a week later.

*Yes, there are exceptions. There are actually some high caliber sellers on Fiverr. (You can usually find them by looking for the users with the fewest sales. No-one wants to pay $15 and wait a day for original website content when they can spend $5 for a 10 minute copy & paste ‘article’ that will be full of the same attractive keywords as their competition’s content. Because it is indeed, their competition’s content. Why the buyers just don’t do their own copy & pasting, I’ll never know.) I myself still have an account there. But as one of those increasingly rare people who is unwilling to churn out utter garbage no matter how underpaid the gig is, or how rude, ignorant and demanding the buyer is, I’ve moved on to less soul-nullifying, time-consuming ways to earn a buck. There are a few good buyers there too. They seem to be people who actually work for a living themselves, instead of trying get-rich-quick schemes on the internet.

Since you read it all, enjoy the reward of watching this terrible video that seems like a perfect tribute to working via Fiverr – including the copyright infringement!: Beck – Soul Sucking Jerk

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When a problem comes along, you must WIP it. WIP it good.

Leading with a 36 year-old, new wave song, you know it’s going to be a good post! OK, maybe not the best post ever, but the lyrics still stand as viable advice.

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Over the past few weeks there has been some adversity to overcome in the land of WIP, and after some soul-searching, a little stream-of-consciousness-profanity-prose and no small amount of coffee, the thoroughly modern panacea popped up: “MAKE A RETRO STYLE GRAPHIC T-SHIRT!” said my mind. So I listened. I banged out a mildly sarcastic little number that actually has a pretty nifty passive-aggressive vibe for anyone who makes an effort to do ‘the right thing’ and occasionally (or far, far, more often) has to walk away from an opportunity due to someone else’s wrong thing. It’s also a fun shirt if you happen to be one of those people who tends to document everything with images and words, and, oh, I don’t know, A FUNCTIONING, FACTUAL MEMORY! So yeah, it looks good too. Also available in white – for those times between Easter and Labor Day! :)

I'm recording this conversation. t shirt
I'm recording this conversation. t shirt by WIPjenni

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Don’t Bring a D(r)ump(f) Cake to a Gun Fight.

Condescending Cat Want You to Accept Your Limitations

A friend recently shared a link on Facebook with the caption “This is true had to repost it.” Disappointment in the friend aside, and knowing there are plenty of fools on all sides of this election, the linked article inspired the response below. A link to the original article follows. My responses are in all caps. (And they’re still not loud enough!)

1. The majority of us are not supporting Trump because we’re ignorant. We understand him and his policies very well. Just because we believe something that you don’t does not make either of us wrong. No matter how many times you try to convince us that you are right, we’re not going to change our views, so please stop trying to sway our opinions.

WHAT ARE HIS POLICIES? REFUSING TO CHANGE ONE’S OPINIONS REGARDLESS OF NEW, FACTUAL INFORMATION IS NOT A SIGN OF INTELLIGENCE.

2. He’s a business man, and he will run this country like a business. After many failed approaches to get us out of debt, maybe a successful business man for president isn’t a bad idea.

TRUMP HAS FAILED MANY TIMES IN BUSINESS. UNLIKE HIS PREVIOUS BUSINESS ENTERPRISES, BANKRUPTING THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A VIABLE OPTION.

3. When non-Trump supporters say that Trump isn’t a politician, we laugh at you. What makes a person a politician? Nothing. That’s right, if you want to be a politician, you can be. He may not know everything, but try to name one candidate who does. He will hire the right people for the right jobs.

IT’S GOOD TO LAUGH AT PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING A VALID POINT BECAUSE YOU PREFER TO IGNORE IT? USUALLY BEING A POLITICIAN INVOLVES A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE OR LAW, AND/OR SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE. DIPLOMACY IS INTEGRAL TO BEING A GOOD POLITICIAN. WILL HE HIRE THE SAME PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS NUMEROUS FAILED BUSINESSES? GOOD JUDGEMENT IS ALSO INTEGRAL TO BEING A GOOD POLITICIAN.

4. The wall. Many of you think that the wall Trump wants to build seems irrational, but we don’t. The United States provides endless opportunity for anyone that comes here LEGALLY. We’re not denying people entry to our amazing country, we’re just asking that they come here the right way – like many of our relatives did in the past. And on to the next point …

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WHO HAS EMPLOYED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WANT TO BUILD A WALL NOW? WHAT ABOUT ALL THE LEGAL MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS?

5. He’s not racist, and neither are we. We just want people to come here legally. It’s not right that our hard work is paying for illegal immigrants’ children to go to school and that our tax dollars are going to pay for people who did not pay into the system. We’re looking to protect ourselves and our hard earned dollars.

WANTING TO ‘TAG AND BAG’ ALL MUSLIMS IN CASE ONE IS A TERRORIST IS ‘RACIST’. AND YET TRUMP HAS BEEN GUILTY OF TAX AVOIDANCE ON MANY OCCASIONS. HE MAKES EFFORT TO NOT PAY “INTO THE SYSTEM”.

6. He’s all for guns. No matter what happens, the criminals and the bad-guys are going to get their hands on guns whether they are legal or illegal. ***If guns were legal, people would be less likely to pull out a gun in a public place because of the fear that other people might have guns too.

***WHAT? THIS ENTIRE PARAGRAPH HURTS MY HEAD. A.) GUNS ARE LEGAL. B.) COUNTRIES WITH STRICTER GUN CONTROL LAWS GENERALLY HAVE LESS GUN CRIMES. C.) PEOPLE WHO CARRY GUNS BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID, ARE MORE LIKELY TO USE THEM. WHEN HUMANS HAVE STRONG EMOTIONAL REACTIONS THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF ACTING RATIONALLY. NB: WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY TRUMP USES FEAR AND ANGER TO GAIN SUPPORTERS.

7. We’re proud to be Republicans. We are not ashamed no matter how many times you may try to belittle us. We worked hard for our money, and we believe we should have a say where it goes. We’re not saying we want to see children starving on the streets, but we don’t want to see our money go to things we don’t believe in. So stop talking to us and about us like we’re monsters.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF NON-REPUBLICANS WHO SUPPORT TRUMP. EVERYONE WHO WORKS HARD WANTS TO HAVE A SAY IN WHERE THEIR MONEY GOES. THE STATES THAT PAY THE LEAST IN TAXES AND ARE MOST DEPENDENT ON FEDERAL ‘ASSISTANCE’ ARE PRIMARILY REPUBLICAN. DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT ON A 1,954 MILE WALL?

8. What we see as speaking his mind, you see as rude. You cannot validly argue that Trump does not speak his mind. He says what most Republicans are thinking. He is the only presidential candidate that actually speaks his mind without holding back, and we appreciate his bluntness.

YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY IGNORANT & STUPID (IGNORANT MEANS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND – STUPID MEANS YOU ARE INCAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING).

9. Trump supporters are not violent. Several mini studies have now proven that Bernie’s supporters are the most likely of all supporters to inflict violence on others. Trump’s supporters aren’t looking for a fight, like Sanders’ supporters. We’re just proud to be part of the movement that will Make America Great Again, and like to show our support. It’s annoying to receive dirty looks from people when they hear that we’re supporting Trump.

IGNORING ANY BIASED STUDIES, “MINI” OR OTHERWISE, TRUMP HIMSELF TELLING A SUPPORTER TO “KNOCK THE CRAP OUT OF” SOMEONE WHO DISAGREES WITH HIM, AND OFFERING TO PAY ANY INCURRED LEGAL FEES, IS VIOLENT (AND ALSO PROVES THAT HE THINKS IT’S ACCEPTABLE TO PAY PEOPLE TO DO ILLEGAL THINGS FOR HIM). WHEN WAS AMERICA GREAT? HOW IS IT GOING TO BE MADE “GREAT” AGAIN? IT’S ANNOYING (AND FRIGHTENING) TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF COMMON WORD DEFINITIONS ARE WILLING TO VOTE FOR A PERSON WHO HAS PROVEN THAT HIS ONLY SKILL IS MANIPULATING THE IGNORANT & STUPID.

10. We’re entitled to our opinions as much as you’re entitled to yours. Trump supporters don’t going around saying other people are ignorant or stupid for believing other things, we just try to express our views. We are the only ones being called ignorant. Get over it! We live in America, and everyone believes different things, so leave us be!

BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO BUSY SAYING “BUILD A WALL!, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” AND OTHER SLOGANS YOU CAN’T EXPAND ON. YOU ARE CALLED IGNORANT BECAUSE YOU ARE IGNORANT (AND STUPID). YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BELIEVE WHATEVER YOU WANT. “BELIEVE” MEANS TO ACCEPT SOMETHING AS TRUE, WITH OR WITHOUT FACTUAL PROOF.

We’re not asking you to love Donald Trump, but we are asking for the same level of respect that we’re giving you. He has many female and minority supporters, so clearly we don’t all see him as sexist and racist.

THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF DISRESPECT FROM BOTH SIDES. AGAIN, TRUMP – AND OTHER CANDIDATES – ARE INTENTIONALLY ENCOURAGING EMOTIONAL REACTIONS TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM RESPONDING LOGICALLY. BECAUSE YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITIONS OF SEXIST AND RACIST. ‪#‎JustBeingHonest‬ ‪#‎TellingItLikeItIs‬

DO YOU APPRECIATE MY BLUNTNESS?

http://www.puckermob.com/moblog/10-things-donald-trump-supporters-wish-antitrumps-understood

McKeesport Art Group Spring Show 2016

McKeesport Art Group Spring Show 2016
The McKeesport Art Group is gearing up for its 58th Annual Art Show to be held at the Jacob Woll Pavilion on Sycamore Drive in Renziehausen Park. The event opens on Friday, May 13 from 5-9 pm with an awards ceremony at 7. The show continues Saturday, May 14; Noon-8 pm and Sunday, May 15; Noon-6 pm.

Artists interested in participating can find more information here: https://mckartgroup.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/mag-prospectus-2016.pdf

This year’s event will also feature two “Pop In and Paint” sessions led by McKeesport Art Group members. More info can be found here: https://mckeesportartgroup.com/2016/04/03/pop-in-paint/

New Internet Radio Station – WMCK.fm

Rugged Angel - Kahmeela Adams, WMCK.fm

There’s a new sound in the Mon Valley and it’s WMCK.fm! WMCK features new music, talk, oldies & ‘classic radio’ programming. And maybe even your show! If you’re interested in producing YOUR VERY OWN show, email wmck@wmck.fm

You can listen by getting the WMCK.fm Android app ; with the TuneIn app, found here: http://tunein.com/radio/WMCKFM-McKeesport-s256079/ ; the Streema app, found here: http://streema.com/radios/WMCK.FM_McKeesport ; find us on Shoutcast here: http://www.shoutcast.com/Search?query=WMCK.FM%20McKeesport
Or, you can use your favorite streaming player (iTunes, Winamp, VLC) and enter this url directly: http://66.207.128.43:8000/listen.pls

Check out the schedule here: http://wmck.fm/?p=schedule (Scroll down for the convenient, daily list.)

Listen and be heard with the New Sound of the Mon Valley (and beyond!)

Why You Can’t Trust Trump

A few brief words on the #TrumpMenace.

Condescending Cat Seeks Truth

You can agree with him, but trust is less than futile.

Donald Trump is popular not because ‘he speaks his mind’, but because he speaks the minds of many. That is downright frightening to those of us who aren’t interested in persecuting anyone who isn’t exactly like us. But here’s an important thing to remember; you are fully permitted to hate anyone, for any reason, or no reason at all, you just aren’t allowed to act on it in any way that infringes on another’s rights, in the USA, anyway.

So by all means, feel free to think bigoted, prejudiced and biased thoughts toward anyone and everyone you choose, BUT while you’re cheering behind someone proven to outright lie to turn your dissatisfaction into a rally cry of ‘us against them’, always keep in mind that discrimination spreads. It’s only a matter of time before he attacks you or your beliefs just to get more free publicity to feed his compulsive, uncontrolled narcissism.

Do unto others… It’s that simple.

Condescending Cat Knows Your Ignorance is Dangerous

I keep reading “They [ISIS] are a threat to our way of life!” And I agree.

The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has become a cluster of frightened prisoners cowering in a corner ready to lash out violently when the floor creaks under their own weight.

You are not free when you allow the idea of a threat to alter your morals to match those of your enemy.

You are not brave when you abandon your values out of fear for what might happen.

Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts.
–Mark Twain

With silent lips ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’
–Emma Lazarus, Statue of Liberty

I wish to forcefully reaffirm that the path of violence and hate can never solve the problems of humanity! … to use the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy.
–Pope Francis

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
–Abraham Lincoln

So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.
–Dalai Lama

Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.
— Confucius

Our common values are stronger than those of the terrorists. Our common values will prevail.
– Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.
–Yoda

Do not fulfill the prophecy of IS. Do not let them win. Do not become them.

There’s a serial killer who wears the same shoes that you do.

More than 1.6 billion Muslims had nothing to do with the terror attack on Paris.

Condescending Cat Knows You Might Be A Terrorist

Pick something about yourself that you’re proud of – your car, your hair color, your ethnic heritage. Now imagine that a handful of people who have that same car, color or heritage do something inexcusably heinous in the name of’ that thing.

You and your family are now a target of hate. You and your family are now evil.
​You and your family should be denied safety.

​Think before you speak.

Feeling sluggish, run-down and lacking energy? Try this one amazing trick!

Condescending Cat 16-Hour Energy Plan

Experts agree that the key to vitality and stamina is to have energy! Read on to find out the ancient secret that will keep you feeling enthusiastic and productive for 16 hours! Yes, that’s right, 16 full hours!

For millennia humans have relied on this one tried and true method to feel wide-awake and ready to tackle whatever the day may bring, and you won’t believe how easy it is!

GO TO SLEEP

You can call it the Paleo Energy Plan or the 100% Organic Action System if it makes you feel better.

Everything’s Spreading Except the Awareness!

Condescending Cat Reacts to Mental Health Rant on Facebook

Offending article*: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/suffer-the-children/201203/why-french-kids-dont-have-adhd

Boiling Facebook Sharer of Offending Article**: This is an absolute pile of garbage.

Condescending Cat: Bold statement. This is a good opportunity to explain why you think so. Oh, I must’ve missed it, what’s your doctorate in?

BFSoOA: Look, while ADHD is seen by the broader part of American society as just “kids been kids” and something often treated as a moral failing on the part of parents, children, and educators, that’s not what it is and you all can go fuck yourselves.

CC: If you are the only person who knows what it is, why haven’t you offered your sure-fire, fail-safe, one-size-fits-all solution to the world? And that kind of vulgar comment does nothing to validate your opinion.

BFSoOA: While our understanding of the human brain is constantly evolving, and while its true that the symptoms of adhd are confusing and make us question how our society works and blah blah blah.

CC: You were making headway until the “blah, blah, blah” negated any hope that you comprehend, well, anything that doesn’t support your rage.

BFSoOA: Guess what, none of that matters. We have to live inside the society we are given.

CC: You’re this close to a reasonable point, but the conclusion you draw from it is useless. P.S. We are not ‘given’ a society, we comprise it. Let that soak in for a minute.

BFSoOA: Should we force children, and adults, to struggle and suffer because you want to moralize an issue? Because if the French dont diagnosis the same way, we’re dealing with it incorrectly? Guess what, the US isn’t France. Most “healthy” American adults would have significant culture shock moving there.

CC: What does morality have to do with it? Smells like you’re being defensive about a personal issue that clouds your ability to see possible solutions to the broader problem. The fact that you’re arguing to medicate a condition regardless of whether it may be medically necessary, ‘because ’Merica’, proves the very reason it’s so important to look beyond the United States for effective, optional treatments.

BFSoOA: Quit comparing apples and oranges, and find the infrastructures inside our specific culture that work better than others..

CC: “Infrastructures”, nice word. So you’re saying that America’s “culture” is to throw a pill at every child who has difficulty with attention, with no regard for the consequences? That I agree with. FYI, psychotherapy, family counseling and other non-pharmaceutical treatments are practiced in the United States as well. They just require more personal accountability so you haven’t seen ads for them during day-time TV.

*The article shared specifically to rant about was published approximately 3.5 years before the     sharing/ranting.
**Breaks and red text introduced to BFSoOA’s rant for clarity; no other editing.

Mental Health Awareness 6/6

It’s time to reclaim reality from the media and pharmaceutical companies.

Mental Health Awareness Teen Anxiety Kitten

7.5 out of 10 American teens do not have anxiety disorder. It’s healthy and normal to feel stressed about new or difficult things.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ILLNESS TO WANT TO FEEL BETTER.

More info: National Institute of Mental Health
​www.nimh.nih.gov

A few words on the Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Over the past few days I have been publishing a series of info-images (memes) to highlight that a vast majority of people (Americans are what I have stats for*) are NOT suffering with a mental illness. It’s part public service announcement, part social experiment and part performance art.

The reason I’m doing this is to redress the balance of perspective to reality. The internet is overflowing with ‘awareness’ campaigns that are all directed to draw attention to negativity, induce fear and steal the individual’s acceptance of their own basic humanity; even their own free will.

We have become a society of people who are not allowed to think or feel or act without passing the responsibility to some ‘affliction’ over which we have no control. We have become addicted to labels and we have been weakened by the pharmaceutical corporations and the media which lives and dies by their advertising investments, into believing that it’s wrong to be passionate or intense, it’s wrong to make personal choices based on our own intellect and experience, it’s wrong to lose interest, it’s wrong to care too much, it’s wrong to change your mind. What you’re thinking and feeling, IT’S ALL WRONG and it needs squelched.

You CAN embrace your thoughts, perspectives and emotions. You CAN adapt them any time you like. You CAN seek help if you are concerned about hurting yourself or others.

You have the power to live your life as you see fit. You do not have to label yourself to validate, enhance, excuse, apologize or conform. You do not have to be “depressed” to want company. You do not have to have an “anxiety disorder” to want support. You do not have to have “ADHD” to want something more attention-grabbing.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ILLNESS TO WANT TO FEEL BETTER.

*Yes, it can be argued that not all instances of mental illness are included in the NIMH statistics, but that can be said of any statistic that doesn’t literally examine and evaluate every person possibly impacted. I know of no study or reporting system that has evaluated every person in the US. The stats in the Mental Health Awareness Campaign are taken directly from the National Institute of Mental Health. www.nimh.nih.gov

If you feel that you may have a mental illness, please reach out to someone. Talk with a friend or contact a professional. There is ALWAYS someone who cares about you and can help.

Mental Health Awareness 5/6

It’s time to reclaim reality from the media and pharmaceutical companies.

Mental Health Awareness Adult Anxiety Cat

8.2 out of 10 American adults do not have anxiety disorder. It’s healthy and normal to feel stressed about new or difficult things.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ILLNESS TO WANT TO FEEL BETTER.

More info: National Institute of Mental Health
​www.nimh.nih.gov

Mental Health Awareness 4/6

It’s time to reclaim reality from the media and pharmaceutical companies.

Mental Health Awareness Teen ADHD Kitten9.1 out of 10 American teens do not have ADHD. It’s healthy and normal to feel restless when you’re doing something disinteresting and have unspent energy.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ILLNESS TO WANT TO FEEL BETTER.

More info: National Institute of Mental Health
​www.nimh.nih.gov

Mental Health Awareness 3/6

It’s time to reclaim reality from the media and pharmaceutical companies.

Mental Health Awareness Adult ADHD Cat9.6 out of 10 American adults do not have ADHD. It’s healthy and normal to feel restless when you’re doing something disinteresting and have unspent energy.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE AN ILLNESS TO WANT TO FEEL BETTER.

More info: National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov