1.30.2016

Speak Up: Requests Welcome

I had a surprising request from a follower this past week for a couple stickers: Sticker 1, something that would remind him of the Pacific Northwest; Sticker 2, transferring a design from a magnet onto a sticker.

Not only was I happy to have the request, I am quite happy with the results.

Sticker 1. Dream With Eagles

I totally love how this design came about, by combining three different clip art images together. I don't draw, so I use public domain images approved for commercial use. 

Thanks to the request I was able to put the sleeping troll image to use, which I had been wanting to do but hadn't figured out what to design with it; paired with two eagle images, it came out perfect. The end result is pure Pacific Northwest: a sketchy mix of natural wonders and mysterious imaginings. 

Sticker 2. Be Outstanding

This design features my photograph and writing. It was first used on a magnet in my shop and was requested to be made into a sticker, so that's what I did. I love how it came out, and so did the requester. 

I have since added a similar image to my Society6 shop with a different font style.


As a human, I can't think of everything people like and I don't necessarily know what people like without being told. 

Therefore, I welcome people to do as my astute follower did and speak up by placing a request if you are in search of something particular; whether for an original piece, making slight alterations with fonts or colors to an existing piece, or transferring images to other products. 

Photography requests are also welcome, for art in the home, book covers for writers, Zazzle/Society6 products, or something else I haven't thought of. Email direct or contact me via your social media outlet of choice.


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1.27.2016

Inconceivable: The Private Sector is Not a Free Market

Q: What's the difference between the private sector and a public bureaucracy?

A: In the private sector, they expect results.
I have discovered this meme making the rounds (sans red lines) and I am calling bullshit on it, the creators of it, and anyone who posts it thinking it is accurate or even funny. Shame on all of you. 

How dare you spread misinformation as to what a free market is. Do you even know what a free market is? That's a rhetorical question, because it is quite obvious by your sharing of this meme that you don't.

Even I could not bring myself to share the meme without first crossing out the erroneous wordage. That's right; I have my line, it is drawn, and it is not in the sand. This leaves me wondering where everyone else has their lines drawn...if they even have any. 

Language is easily corruptible, and, from what I have seen in movements in the past, it is often one of the first things corrupted by, for lack of a better word, infiltrators. 

Granted, there is always giving the benefit of the doubt and rationalizing somehow that the incorrect words don't really mean what they are supposed to mean and only symbolically represent what they are supposed to mean; or some other rubbish you have to sell yourself on instead of facing facts and admitting to yourself that the words are wrong and do not mean what people think they mean.
When incorrect language is being used and no one is speaking out against it, that tells me that not only is the language being corrupted, but, far worse, the people are being corrupted and they don't even know it...or they don't even care. Either way, it is not a good thing.

Therefore, I want to shed some light on what the phrase Free Market means in an effort to disrupt the current flow of gross misinformation:

Free Market: (1) An economic system in which prices and wages are determined by unrestricted competition between businesses, without government regulation or fear of monopolies. (2) An economic system that allows supply and demand to regulate prices, wages, etc., rather than government policy.

Now, riddle me this, meme creators/sharers: How did that bottled water make it to the shelves without government policy intervening? 

For Gozer's sake, the water can't even be produced by a business without a license, required by government, and neither can a business sell the water without a license, also required by government; not to mention all the licenses required to distribute the water via vehicular transportation across multiple states.

Then there are all the policies -- let's not forget OSHA policies, my favorite -- the businesses have to follow in order to produce, distribute, and sell the water, which they have to comply with in order to do business. So, if these businesses have policies placed on them without choice by government and they have to follow the policies in order to do business, is that still a free market?

No, it isn't a free market, and you know it. So stop living in denial, and stop corrupting the language by spreading misinformation and incorrectly giving people reason to think that the private sector is a free market. 
Just nut up and face the truth that in America we live under pure government control in every sector of our lives, especially in the private sector, and there's nothing you can or will do about it...ever; you'll never say no to following policies you don't agree with, you'll never take a stand other than by posting memes on social media, you'll never do anything about the stuff that makes you fume, except go along with it since you believe you have no choice; so quit pretending America has a free market or that you know what a free market is when it is obvious you don't. Is this what eight years of life under Obama has created...more drones? I have to touché myself on that one.

The private sector is where results are expected and demanded, and where the bottled water in the meme comes from, which is not a free market. To imply that the private sector is a free market is nothing other than misinformation, and nothing short of treasonous in my World of Wordcraft. Sure, it starts innocently enough by calling the private sector a free market, but before you know it people will be saying democracy is freedom. 

To conclude, I recognize that my dissenting views towards words in a meme may seem obnoxiously anal for something so trite, but ask yourself: If it is acceptable to use incorrect words, why use words at all? If incorrect words don't matter, why would the message of the words matter, and why should it matter? And if the message of the words doesn't matter, then why have a message at all? 
As an afterthought, I think the left side of the meme would be better as 'Government Drinking Water,' to avoid the debate of government not having funds of their own since it is taken in taxation from the people, basically making it people funded water with government oversight; plus, it would then be consistent with the phrasing on the right without the verb. Why do I feel like I'm in a Monty Python movie?

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1.22.2016

Take a Look, I Wrote a Book!

And this is not Reading Rainbow:

After hours of compiling, paring, proofreading, editing, and formatting, my first self-published book is now available in Kindle format on Amazon. 

To learn more about the book, read the free preview above.

Don't worry; it can still be read on any gadget, computer, or Mac, by downloading a free Kindle reading app

Plus, it is now available for paperback lovers here; it is not identical to the eBook, all the more reason to get both.

The cover photo artwork 'Shine' is also available in my Society6 shop as art prints and more:
These 20 arguments offer readers an introduction to Eve Penman and her evolving views on government, bureaucracy, voting, personal liberty, and random human observations; all with a tendency of being radical and dissenting towards mainstream opinions, rendering them unpopular.

Along with expressing her thoughts in writing, Eve utilizes photography as another form of personal expression included in this compilation. 

It was during her time as a freelance court reporter in the early 2000s, in both Washington State and Montana, that she witnessed firsthand the inner workings of the American legal system and the bureaucracy that controls it.

These experiences, along with many others, including being a state delegate for Ron Paul in 2008, contribute heavily to her dissenting viewpoints, as well as her use of legalese, and seek to offer insight for those willing to read her opinions, even if only for literary amusement.

1.15.2016

If You Vote, Don't Complain

It is commonly said that if you do not vote, you have no right to complain. Well, I disagree with this passé cliché and here is why:
Pardon me, but since when did the right as an American citizen to exercise free speech become usurped through the act of not voting? Maybe I missed that part in the First Amendment. Please, somebody point it out to me if you see it, because I don't.

Even with a right to vote, that does not mean one has to vote...does it? It means one can vote (once registered and allowed) if one chooses to vote. Again, maybe I missed something in all the amendments added to the Bill of Rights after Number 10, regarding the right to vote and how it means one has to vote and if one doesn't vote they aren't allowed to exercise free speech; and I welcome people to point it out to me.


To not vote, I argue, is a vote in favor of no government bureaucrats telling people how to live, how to work, and how to dole out their livelihood via taxes to the many hands of government 'rats waiting for their handout. 


Granted, most people have not had the privilege to hear Department of Revenue employees talk off the record the way I have and may not understand what bureaucrats can be like behind the public's back, but I do; much like comedy, they are not pretty.


That's why I counter the passé cliché by saying that those who do vote don't have a right to complain, and here is why: Voters encourage the clowns. 


To encourage the clowns (i.e., bureaucrats, politicians, lawmakers, etc.) to continue to do what they do in office is to be in approval of what they do in office, which is to decide what is best for everybody; and to give approval yet complain about what you gave approval for makes little sense to me. 


To not give approval, by not showing encouragement through the act of not voting, is, in itself, an objection and complaint against the system. However, to give approval, by showing encouragement through the act of voting, is cheering the system on while asking for more of the same.


Granted, it could be argued that not voting doesn't solve anything, but that only begs the question: what has voting solved if this is where we are? But I digress.


In fact, I include all the Proud Income Taxpayers of America in with the Proud Voters of America, as they, too, give nothing but encouragement via funding to an out-of-control system that should be stopped, not applauded to continue.


And yet, when I hear these Proud Voters and Proud Income Taxpayers gripe and grumble over their forced duty to fund the poppycock that is American government, I find it to be hypocritical and amusing, especially since they are the ones encouraging it to continue.


I don't get it. Why grumble? Why not be the Proud Voters and Income Taxpayers that they hold themselves out as when trying to sound better than protesters and resistors; and be proud they gave their approval for what the government henchmen have done in their name and with their money? 


Don't complain. Be proud that you, as a voter and income taxpayer, helped to make all these problems possible! 


In conclusion, whether people vote or don't vote, they all have the right to voice their opinions; because no matter what, they all are stuck living under a system they can't opt out of. Thereby, being forced to live with the problems gives everyone the right to complain about that which they have no control over; at the same time, they also have the right to do something about that which they have no control over, should they ever be so moved.


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1.11.2016

Trumpophobia: It Takes a Bigot to Know a Bigot

I don't get it. Why are the masses in such an uproar over the things Donald Trump says? 

I mean...since when do presidential candidates sincerely mean what they say, or follow through with all the things they say they will do when they are campaigning? 

Come on, now. Even Obama hasn't done a lot of the things that he said he would do when he was on the campaign trail in 2008.

Gitmo is still open, troops continue to be deployed, and executive orders are being illegally executed; the exact same as when Bush was in office. 


So, why can't the masses just rest their bloody sphincters for two minutes over Donald Trump, who isn't even in office


Maybe, perhaps possibly, it's because people secretly like Trump but do not want to admit it to others; or, maybe, perhaps possibly, people have personal traits similar to Trump -- powerful, successful, smart, capable, outspoken, bold, rich, unapologetic, bad hair -- and deep down want someone with those traits to be president but won't admit it to themselves. They must repress their feelings for Trump, either consciously or subconsciously, due to fear of peer acceptance, political correctness, what their parents will think of them, or other unknown reasons. 


That's how phobias tend to work in modern America anyway.


Love him or hate him, it is obvious that people are thinking about, and thereby advertising for, Donald Trump. Seriously, do the Trumpophobes recognize that all the hating they do on Trump only gives him free publicity that he would not otherwise receive if they, his devoted haters, didn't take time away from one task to ensure everyone on social media knew how much they hated Trump? 


Granted, it is amusing to get a sense for how much people's blood pressure spikes when one syllable falls from Trump's mouth; that's power. 


In today's feeling-sensitive society, I can't help but wonder if all this Trump-bashing would be accepted in a public school if a kid were being treated similarly by classmates. Not only that, I even caught myself wondering what the mothers of presidential candidates think when their kids are being picked on by the masses, considering there are mothers these days who demand the school contact them immediately when their precious kid is being picked on by classmates.


It's a good thing schools are enforcing kids learn how to behave better than their parents; I'm sure it will stick when they graduate.


What amuses me most of all though about the Trumpophobia trend is this thought: Do Trump's haters know that by hating on Trump for his views and opinions they are being the same thing they accuse him of being...a bigot

I mean...do people even know what the definition of Bigot is? Based on what I have observed, my guess is no, so here it is: A person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Therefore, to be utterly intolerant of Trump's differing opinions is to be a bigot. 

Words and definitions; go figure.


Now, none of this is to say that Trump isn't a bigot; and, maybe, perhaps possibly, that is why his haters believe him to be one...because they are bigots themselves for being intolerant of his opinions and they can recognize their own ilk. 


Yep, it's all making sense to me now!


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1.01.2016

Favorite Things: 2016 Pocket Journals

To celebrate the new year, I have been designing new products for my Prose & Pix shop at Zazzle; my favorite are the 2016 Pocket Journals (click on photos for larger view). 

All the journal covers feature photographs I have taken of various scenes of nature the past couple years, including plants, mushrooms, and animals.


I have so many photographs that I want to see become more than space on a hard drive, or a framed picture that requires dusting; and nobody is going to make that happen but me, so that is what I have been doing with my shops at Zazzle and Society6 the past year. 


As someone who loves to write in notebooks, I equally love using my photographs (and words) to design notebooks for others to write in.


I hope others enjoy the notebooks as much as I do! Learn more about the Zazzle Pocket Journal here. View the growing notebook department in my Prose & Pix shop here.
To make the journal extra handy, I included a 2016 calendar on the inside of the front cover; with lines on the inside of the back cover in a section labeled 'Numbers & Notes'.
Fun Fact:
2016 is a Leap Year with 366 days.
The extra day is February 29th.