A Son Is Given!

Merry Christmas! In an attempt to draw something that doesn’t look like it’s rotting I scratched out this picture with a pencil. Probably not my finest work but I usually don’t dabble much in “serious” art…

 

 

 

 

A Son is Given

 

For highly informative articles on Christmas folklore follow the links:

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions El Caganer

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions The Yule Goat

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions St. Picklas

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Sinterklass

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions X-Mas Origins

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions Desktop Wallpaper

Christmas Folklore Legends and Traditions A Son is Given

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The Constitution is Hanging by a Thread…

A recent article I read on The Blaze  about America being at a constitutional tipping point brought to mind an old phrase about the United States Constitution hanging by a thread. I don’t blame Obama for the complete disintegration of our political structure it has been a long time coming, but I do argue that his policies have greatly accelerated the previously gradual erosion of our freedoms.

 

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

The constitution is hanging by a thread.

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Pioneer Day, July 24th 2012

Happy Pioneer Day!

My third and final tribute for Pioneer Day is a poster of my Great ++++ Grandfather Lewis Barney. Lewis Barney was kind of like the Forest Gump of early Mormon History, in the sense that he seemed to be present at most famous Mormon events. He knew Joseph Smith and the early church leaders personally and was one of the members of the first wagon train to arrive in Salt Lake City with Brigham Young. Not only was he a member of the original party but he may have been the first man in the Salt Lake Valley. Here is a short excerpt from his journal:

“At the mouth of the Canyon it became very rocky, which delayed the camp one day. I wishing to see the Great Salt Lake Valley worked my way down the creek through the brush, and entered the Valley. I went on a little raise of ground, cast my eyes over the valley, and saw the Great Salt Lake glistening in the distance. I then returned to camp.”
 

Another fun fact about Lewis Barney is that apparently he and Porter Rockwell had a small rivalry and Porter didn’t like him much. Here’s a great article from the Salt Lake Tribune recounting their relationship:

http://historytogo.utah.gov/salt_lake_tribune/history_matters/063002.html

Salt Lake City, by Grateful Dead's Bob Weir


 

 Link to Article :  http://maroonbeard.com/mormon-memorabilia/

 

 

Link to Article: http://maroonbeard.com/mormon-memorabilia/mormon-relics-2-porter-rockwell/

 

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NEWS, End of MAY 2012

as featured on The Blaze

Lots of stuff is going on right now, weird stories and news come in waves. Upheavals, wars, earthquakes, there’s always something going on. I really wanted to work the Florida drug zombie into this picture but I really didn’t feel like drawing two naked men covered with blood. I think I managed to get some of the top stories around town shoved into this post though… So, for those who want to know, here’s what you’re looking at:

Clockwise from the top left corner.

1st. Mitt Romney seems to have more officially secured the Republican nomination. I predict that before long the slander war will really start to heat up! I read an interesting article on the BBC’s website about the creeping apprehension that Mormons are starting to feel now that Mitt Romney’s personal life is open for business. So, I drew Mitt with a Mormon missionary tag. Like it or not Mitt,  like a missionary you are now a very high profile representative of the LDS Church.

Here’s the article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18256089

2nd. There were a couple of pretty horrible earthquakes in San Felice Sul Panaro, Italy over the last week or so. The magnitude was relatively low compared to some of the bad quakes that have been in the news recently, but many lives were lost due to the location.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/northern-italy-earthquake-2012_n_1552005.html

3rd. The hand that lit the first olympic torch, has started a new fire, set to burn down the European Union. Thanks to crappy finances and a broken political system Greece is falling and more than likely it will take a fair chunk of Europe with it. Only time will tell, but whatever ends up happening over the next few months will most definitely be historic and probably set very important future events into motion.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47587509

4th. Once again with suspected help from Iran, Syria has killed their own people, innocent men women and children have been slaughtered as a warning to others. Syria is a crappy situation, the international community is out-raged, but are we ready to start dropping bombs on another freaking country!? My unhappy prediction is that we will involve ourselves in another conflict, using our resources. I don’t see much hope in overthrowing the Assad regime, just like every other “arab revolution”, the dictator will leave and islamists will take over, ready to oppress the people anew!

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=272093

5th. Like always, Iran continues to be a ticking time-bomb. What the outcome will be is unknown, international military intervention, Iranian offensive reaction, an Israeli attack, an uprising of the Iranian people… All I know is that someday soon, something big is going to happen, and the world will never be the same.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/panetta-u-s-is-ready-to-stop-iran-from-creating-nuclear-weapons-20120527

6th. Egypt votes. It’s been a year and the Egyptians have finally had their post-Mubarak election. I’m glad they had the opportunity to vote, but I am not too optimistic about what they’ll end up with after all is said and done.

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/29/153926905/egyptian-election-marred-by-violence

7th. Greece is bad, but as my picture represents the Spanish economy is not at all healthy. Some argue that the situation in Spain is worse than Greece. Either way there is a lot of trouble brewing in Europe now, and eventually the ripples will be felt worldwide.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/spains-problems-add-pressure-on-europes-leaders-to-accelerate-crisis-response/2012/05/29/gJQAP8r4zU_story.html

If you have any comments or questions feel free to share!

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MITT ROMNEY, UNITER

MITT ROMNEY, UNITER

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