October 30th, 2004

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Here's a Halloween version of my picture of Sammy for you. Maybe you can use these as cards or something...

Talk about your stupid laws -- in West Hollywood, possibly all of Hollywood, "It is ILLEGAL to possess, use, sell or distribute silly string in public areas from 12:00 a.m. October 31 to noon on November 1." I'm such a naughty little anti-authoritarian gal that this makes me want to buy a couple of cases of it and hand it out to people.

Beau's school is so friggin PC about Halloween that most of the kids just gave up on the whole thing and didn't even bother to wear costumes. They weren't allowed to wear any costumes that violated the dress code in any way, not even for this one day. They weren't allowed to wear anything too scary, nothing that included blood or gore, no vampires, zombies, or scary monsters. They weren't allowed to wear anything that was risque or sexual or depicted prostitution in any way, so no pimps in purple with platform shoes and feathers in their hats. Nothing that referred to war or politics, so no army guys or gals, and no Kerry or Bush masks. In fact they weren't even allowed to wear masks or any costumes that completely covered their bodies.

They weren't allowed to wear any oversized costumes, nothing distracting or attention getting. They weren't allowed to wear costumes that represented any ethnicity, so no geisha gals, native Americans, or any other culture, even if they were depicting these backgrounds in a positive way. The last one I kind of understand because I wouldn't appreciate opening my front door on Halloween night and finding someone who was parodying me, so in my case that would be a fat white woman I suppose, oh hell I don't know, I like the idea of kids being able to try on other people's identities for the day, even if those identities are ridiculously stereotypical. Seriously, what is so very wrong with wearing an afro for a day, is that really so awful? Scott, who wishes her were Black always wears his African flag colored beanie wig thing with the dreads. For him this is a way of honoring a culture and a religion that he holds dear. If I am way off base on this help me understand, I really want to.

The other night on Coast to Coast AM, there was a big debate about people dressing as "ugly" witches with pointy hats because this is considered an insult to practicing Wiccans. I thought this was totally ridiculous at first until I learned that this traditional image was based on a group of women who had been accused of witchcraft and imprisoned in England. They had developed warts and gnarled fingers from their abuse and mistreatment at the hands of their captors.

I guess eliminating costumes that could cause problems, be dangerous, hurt anyone's feelings, or insult an important part of someone's cultural identity is a good thing, it forces people to come up with more creative ideas, which is cool. I went to a pumpkin carving party at my neighbor Karyn's tonight, and her friend Jill had made a pretty cool costume that was very simple. She had written the names of all of her coworkers on name tags and plastered them all over herself and went as an identity crisis -- pretty funny. I just think you can take this thing too far sometimes. I miss the way Halloween used to be.

We were so sad when we were driving home from school today. We passed four schools where kids were getting out and walking along the sidewalks wearing funny costumes, plenty of pimps, vamps, and vampires. Beau pointed at them and said, "See Mom, they got to wear whatever they wanted."

It's a little late now but for anyone wanting to make favors to give to friends here is a link to some cute little crepe paper pumpkins filled with candies and plastic flies -- cute. And here's a link to a video on how to makea Halloween witch hat cake from the Food Network. There's a cool video about making Day of the Dead sugar skulls there as well, fun.

I'm working on a leaf pumpkin that I saw on one of Martha's catalogues or magazines, it's taking forever to make though, so while everyone else at Karyn's zipped through their projects and got to enter a wee contest mine is sitting on our porch waiting for me to get back to it tomorrow. It'll be pretty though, I hope.

Oh man am I tired. I'm going to bed.

Hugs,
Jac

PS: Thanks for sending the rain away!


This is Curly Girl, Curly's sister, she has a funny looking mouth but that just makes me want to kiss her frowny little lip all the more. She is such a sweetheart!
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Typical Animal Rights Activist Drama Re. Nathalia Edenmont -- Oh Blow Me!

Argh, this is one of the comments I got in response to my posting about the animal killing "art" that I first heard about on ana's journal. Apparently whenever someone writes about Nathalia Edenmont -- the evil fucking bitch -- people freak out about it because they are sick of hearing about it, whatever. This is just the kind of divisive animal rights community infighting that drove me away in the first place. You should see the kind of time wasting crap that is flying around in some of these communities.

because you seem genuenly concerned of the welfare of the animals i will not bitch you out like the last 20 people but if you check the community for recent entries for last few days its been posted over and over again them same stupid thing about natalia edenmont. There is a petition and if you view any one of the multiple entries about her you are very likely to find a link to it. I would like to point out to you as i did to others that I think it is stupid people are suddenly getting so horribly outraged about this. Its in my opinion no different then using animals to test, feed oneself, or wear fur. The fact that people are getting so upset about a few animals and making sucha huge fuss when theres a bigger problem is frustrating ot me. Instead of focusing all of this energy on stopping animal testing or getting people to stop wearing fur everyone is getting violently upset about a few animals that are already dead. As an artist i can safely assume shes not going to keep doing this she has done her art or whatever and is done with whatever point she ment to make. Its not an issue anymore so if you REALLY want to help i feel like you should focus some of this energy on the bigger picture.
thanks- nat


And here is my response;

Hey Nat, Sorry I missed the other posts about this here. I just saw this and without thinking kind of ran over here with my fingers and posted about it. I am a super busy gal. I take care of a lot of animal people here, as well as my son and several other humans. I spend ninety percent of my income on the care of these animal pals of mine.

I do however get the big or bigger picture, believe me when I tell you I do. I am forty-two years old and have been fighting this fight for a loooong time now. I produced an award winning animal rights cable television show that was aired all over the country. I was one of the very first television producers to air slaughter, fur, zoo, tuna-dolphin-slaughter and esp. vivisection footage on television. My involvement though goes much deeper than this, deeper than I can safely discuss in an open forum. Suffice it to say that I was here before Peta and that many of the photographs they have and use were obtained in ways that I was intimately involved with.

So, that said, thanks for not "bitching me out", but I believe that every life counts, EVERY ANIMAL LIFE COUNTS, and rather than being upset that everyone is getting riled about this, maybe we can look at it as a sad opportunity to help people focus on what you refer to as the bigger picture as well. I think the reason this is such a hot button for so many of us is because it is so visual and it is about art. I agree with you that we should be, (I am), just as upset, if not more, that there are countless numbers of animals slaughtered, mutilated, and tortured every fucking day, but this doesn't make this one act of horror any less horrific. My heart bleeds for these animals, these mice who were made into finger puppets, and I've seen worse, I've seen things in person and I've seen things on tape. I've spent hundreds of hours in editing bays working on stockyard footage -- the horror of this is more than I think anyone should have to bear, (imagine pigs screaming in fear and pain), and part of the reason why I got so overwhelmed and depressed that I had to back off for a while because I was so burned out I was alienating everyone and not helping the animals. I became too enraged and emotional and I learned through trial and error that the only way to get heard was to be detached and logical, something I am not good at doing. My point is that one horror does not make another one lesser, instead of getting angry with people who are drawn in via these photographs we should be taking advantage of the opportunity here to grab people up and educate them, welcome them in, instead of pushing them away with some elitist stance.

I do not eat flesh of any kind, I do not kill bugs, spiders, or the rats who are destroying my possessions in my garage or attic, I wouldn't think of it, I can't even trap and relocate them for fear of separating mothers from babies, in fact I hand nursed a batch of abandoned wild rattie babies, oh God, when I tell you that I do do my part and have done more than my part, risking my freedom to share information and imagery that is just common knowledge now when once it was super secret and hidden, I hope you'll understand that just because I posted this story that you disdain for no apparent reason, I do get the big picture, I've been fighting this fight since I was a kid. I was only seventeen when I wandered into a lab at UCLA in 1979 and saw a cat with it's skull removed and electrodes attached to the part of her brain that was exposed, SEVENTEEN, and a very sheltered catholic schoolgirl seventeen at that, and there was no ALF back then believe me. So when you say something like, "if you REALLY want to help," to someone like me, I know you mean well, but it just makes me want to scream. Sorry, I just don't take this kind of stuff lightly, I'm sure you're a fellow comrade in this horrible war, I don't want to alienate you, any more than you want to alienate me. Please remember this before you go around "bitching out" people you don't even know, people who may have just stopped in trying to do something good, people whose histories you know nothing about.