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Artist brings poetic, sometimes puzzling protest to downtown

Original post made on Aug 6, 2008

University Avenue has been covered with "warnings" in recent weeks. Fliers printed with the phrase "Artist General's Warning" and designed to look like the Surgeon General's Warning commonly seen on cigarette boxes have been taped to crosswalk boxes and stop signs up and down University.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 6, 2008 at 5:59 pm

I have seen this "warnings" for sometime now, and even do I'm a Conservative, I thank the efforts and welcome the Artist General of great United States of America.

thank you for your time in serving our great country

Best

Robert R


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Is the "Artist General" going to clean up all these signs before the rain starts or does the city have to pick up after him?


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Posted by Joey Bagadonuts - Downtown Abu Ghurayb
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:05 am

I saw one of the Artist General's signs hanging like a dangling chad, and I stood on one leg, my arms outstreached, my head covered, afraid to move, until I could at last understand his message. It was a Hard Site on the way to Camp Redemption. God Bless Allah.


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Posted by Joey Bagadonuts - Downtown Abu Ghurayb
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:06 am

I saw one of the Artist General's signs hanging like a dangling chad, and I stood on one leg, my arms outstreached, my head covered, afraid to move, until I could at last understand his message. It was a Hard Site on the way to Camp Redemption. God Bless Allah.


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2008 at 5:41 am

Peace is not a natural condition. Except when rude men dedicate themselves to stand guard you are the slave of anyone strong enough to take away your goods and your freedom. Law does not enforce itself - a judge needs someone to enforce the verdict. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Thomas Paine
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I too was a "rude" man, Mr. Wallis--most rude indeed. Sometimes one starts there, sometimes one ends there. Many stay fearfully polite no matter what their government does. In fits of counter-protest, some, for example, have even been known to bonfire the CDs of musicians who "offended" the imperial pretension of Power--with no thought whatsoever to the technicality of toxic smoke!

The toadies of this regime are hoppin' mad, while priggish enablers sweat the details and fret the relative table manners of those given to observe by 'rude' means: that the main course as served is both spoiled and raw, and the harlot's lipstick on the pig only adds insult to the injury.

In dire times, when the letter of the Rule of Law is undermined by corruption, the utter Spirit of Democracy calls us each from within, by heart, mind, soul-- to whatever action is available. When the State becomes the active enemy of the People--they also disserve, "who only stand and wait. Would that be you, Mr. Wallis?


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Posted by MDS
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Mr. Wallis: Do you believe that this administration is anything less than the Germans of WW11? You do not or can not understand a few simple words strung together for maximum effect: WAKE UP! I know it must hurt to try and grasp any deeper meaning in life than your own current comfortable situation, but try.

First by knowing that Masley is no useless idiot. Would you have not known the smell of burning corpses in Germany simply because it was convenient to not open your nasal passages? Wasn't that an act of patriotism? These warnings are true patriotic warnings to peoples who have a common sense of decency. Mr. Wallis, a good German, indeed; congratulations you passed the test.

Do Conform to the ideas of death and destruction for profit. Do not Question your evil leaders or their cronies. Criticize notions you can not comprehend. Feel superior. Kill the messenger. Turn your neighbor in. Whatever you do Mr. Wallis, do not go to artistgeneral.com and read any of the poems or hear any of the music by Masley. Do not go to Baker's Dictionary of Music and look up the name Michael Masley.

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Posted by Neville
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Re: The litter problem. Has the resident questioned all other forms of paper around this communiy? Have they asked that the ones putting up flyers to be responsible with their advertisements? Probably not. The next time you see a flyer for a soccer tournament or a band playing at a club, we'll expect a comment of outrage from you.

Re: The "idiot". Who is the idiot? Wallis or Artist General? Wallis may have forgotten both Patriot Acts of which Gore wrote: "were the greatest assaults on the US Constitution in US history".
The damage has already been done regarding our freedom. As for the guarding our goods does he mean our $9,000,000,000,000 debt? Count the zeros. The "goods" are gone.
The Artist General appears to be a clever fellow after all and it would appear that your comments won't do a thing to stop it.



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Posted by Sherry
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Right now, someone must speak out against the main stream media and it's support of the most dastardly and corrupt government this nation has seen. Dozens of books have been written from people in all circles, including high military officials criticizing the actions of this administration.

I appreciate and condone any action against what is clearly, so morally wrong.


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Posted by Raul
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Right on! And power to the people!!


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 8, 2008 at 4:00 am

It is my awareness of Nazis and the holocaust that motivates my reject the foolishness of pacifism. Anyone who equates the sometimes bumbling attempts at collective security of our current administration and those of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Hirohito and their ilk has a poor grasp of history, even of reality. Anyone who accuses me of toadying to authority has a reading deficit. I have a full appreciation of the system where we separate the wheat from the chaff and elect the chaff.
The goods are gone? Then why lock your door? No civil liberties? Gee, I assume all of the critics of the administration have long ago been hauled away to Goollags.
Occasionally, when I might question my own contribution to collective security, I look up that night time satellite picture of Korea, where the South shines brightly but the North is still in darkness. I helped the light.


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Posted by MDS
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

Helping the light is a good thing indeed. Where do you see the light in the illegal invasion and destruction of a whole country? Where is the light in the sickening statistics: 4,000,000 wounded Iraqis, the 5,000,000 displaced Iraqis and those who were affected by the loss of over 1,000,000 dead Iraqis, mostly innocent people, not to mention those as home who have been affected by the 4,500 dead US soldiers and tens of thousands wounded?

Some of the critics have been rotting away and or being tortured in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere around the world by this administration. We export torture; you know that. We profit from oil; that's a no brainer.

Where is the outrage in this country against those in power? Can it be seen on little signs around your town? Isn't Masley trying to help people question oppression and violence committed unchecked by the US of A? There is light in those signs.

Your comments do not serve the light. Your actions in another war may or may not have had anything to do with the light. Why would you chose to spend time putting down another's peaceful actions whose whole purpose is to enlighten, unlike the mainstream media. Who is going to put up a mirror to this country's face of terror and destruction for profit for the very few? Certainly, not you. We can not count on you to serve the light in fighting the real evil of this administration with your pecking against a creative protester.


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Posted by Sangita
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Masley is doing a great service. We live in a sick sick sick society.
Pathological behavior,corruption, coldbloodedness, shallow values, and
rampant stupidity are the norm. Einstein said, "There are 2 eternal
things, the universe and the stupidity of humans, and I'm not sure about
the first one." To begin with, nothing is more stupid than war.

So we have someone doing his part to try to bring some light into the
darkened minds of the average conformist.

Long live the Artist General!


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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

This need to call everyone else stupid is a major human failure. Even Einstein, who claimed his wife's work as his own, seems to have fallen into that pit. Understand that everyone is motivated by self interest as they see it, however much they may delude themselves. What social critics usually proclaim as stupidity may well just be annoyance at someone having different goals than the critic. I must admit some amusement at those who decry the loss of freedom under Bush yet can point to no specific right they have lost. To call a society sick that imposes the least restraint on its members o any other, is belied by the very publication of their criticism of that society, and their obvious desire to whip the deviant society into shape.


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Posted by MDS
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2008 at 9:20 am

Mr Wallis, let's stick to the point....do you remember the point, the main point of all this? That anyone who opposes the murder and destruction of humans and spends some effort trying to bring consciousness to the society responsible is a person of worth.

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by MDS
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2008 at 9:48 am

P.S.

All things being said, we can all now agree:

Masley and Einstein are "idiots"

and "Murder Rules!"

Thank you, Mr. Wallis


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Posted by REV. HOGTIE POTUS
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2008 at 10:36 am

"You are my Base...the Elite"...he said it straight up, and he meant it. Bush came to shove, nudge, squeeze, jostle, twi$t--whatever it took, whatever it takes. Not even war is too much to ask when it comes to "serving" their interests. To him, they ARE "America"--that grotesquely overindulged, festering fraction of "freed market" crony "capitalists".

And how on earth did he manage to enlist the evangelical community to aid and abet this abject agenda?

Did the Devil make him do it? Oh come on! From the get-go, he was, and remains, happy, puppy-leapin'-EAGER! to serve hell's war-declaring interests...Remember the 'Root of all Evil'?

Bush's Brain, Turd Blossom, Hell's Cherub...aka, Karl Rove. Grok his henchmen folks. Dick Cheney! "Grown ups!" the mainstream media chimped & gibbered.

When they stole the first election, didn't we as a nation lose our mind then? and our heart, and our soul? didn't we actually surrender on Sept 11, and the Founding Fathers, seeing this megaphoned monkey of a 'PResident' so $eize the bloody moment, did they finally stop turning in their graves?

When he pumped his chicken-hawked fist in the air in response to being asked "how does it feel" to launch a war, when he said "Feel$ GOOD!"...would THAT have been a good time for the Founding Fathers to give up turning in their graves?

"Know them by their fruits"--who SAID that? think He MEANT it?

Their "unspoken" vow remains in force: To Protect and Serve: Hell's interests. So simple! Money & Power, Power & Money--that is all they know, and all they think they need to know. It's high time for 'Pulpit Non-fiction for a Change'.

Cast your votes like stones against the poor, these NeoChristians have urged you--Take from their children, give to the rich: more, more, MORE. Look at the lockstep of the megachurched evangelical lemmings, falling into sinuous line. Kill the Death Tax! What a souless cause.

The changes at hand are huge. Mark my words: hang on. Alas for this Bevis & Butthead adminstration--the Better Angels can't be stopped by placement on a "No Fly" list. And sure enough, even some of those 'neochristians' are beginning to get the picture. Some of the People, all of the time. But not all indefinitely. That will prove our national--as well as our spiritual--salvation.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2008 at 8:29 am

Nothing like a crazy artist to bring the hatriots out of the woodwork.

"Do you believe that this administration is anything less than the Germans of WW11?"

GWB liberated Iraq and Afghanistan. Hitler never liberated anybody. If there was a Nobel Freedom Prize, GWB should get it.


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Posted by Mrs. Lorenzo Buturfli
a resident of University South
on Aug 10, 2008 at 11:35 am

"...If there was a Nobel Freedom Prize, GWB should get it."

...WOW...mommy look!

Oooo...don't touch it! it's a Wingnut...they "bite"...that's a WHOPPER!

you hardly see these anymore, out like this, in broad intellectual daylight.

Careful...look here...see that $hiny "pit"? that's where the "brain" was. This one probably doesn't even know it's gone!




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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2008 at 11:56 am

Mrs. butterfly, I have been very open about my support for the decision by GWB to liberate Iraq and Afghanistan. There are several others on this forum, who also support these liberations. Where you been?

I suspect you are going to be very disappointed, as the next presidant, whoever it is, continues to support GWB's wars of liberation. Neither Obama nor McCain are wingnuts (you may want to look in the mirror on that one).

There SHOULD be a Nobel Freedom Prize, but socialist nations like Sweeden and Norway would be too embarassed to present it, since they don't really believe in the concept. Nevertheless, if by some miracle it was created, GWB should be the inaugural winner.


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Posted by Satan
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm

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a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

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Posted by Joey Bagadonuts - Somewhere in the South
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 15, 2008 at 12:37 am

As the good ol' boys down here in the South are likely to say, "It's the war of Iraq-ie aggression."

PS. "I Don't know the difference between Iraq and Iran.... Let's blow em both up with Missals from God and get some of that oil flowin'."


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Posted by Joey Bagadonuts - The Comparative Genius Institute at Stanford University
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 15, 2008 at 12:51 am

Clean up those signs! Stop playing that strange music on that funny looking instrument. Get a real job. Get a date. Who did you pay to compare you to Einstein? Jesus.

By the way, Mr. Wallace, that's a nice brown shirt. Did it come with the boots?

And hey there, Gary. How much you makin' on the war? Liberate the Poppies!


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Posted by Real americn
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Very uncever, Libtard nuts wh try to use personal attacs because they can`t defend their treason, hatred and devotion to america`s enemies. Wlace is righ, and he speaks for those of us who actually stick their necks out for worthless dromes like masely. Thisparasit has `fans`? Fans of what exactly, delusional lies?

Yes, bagadummy, ALL conseratves must be brown shirts: never mind that hilter was a socialist just like you and your ilk, and that
you seem quite happy ingnore the evil done b your own sick ideology.

The invasion of iraq was done to end te epire building of a dictator with emipre building ambtions who was threatening to touch off world war 3. Get a clue and get a life, god idea for masey too.


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Posted by Rhoda
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 30, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Someone emails me your work as a USAF disabled vet, 75-77, VFP now I greatly admire each and every. The False Flag is essential as 9/11 nears and the Murderer uses his AG Mukasey, the LIAR, the EVIL DOER, cheney and his minions his words shall abound in FEAR SPEAK. Far Right Minority Leader of the House Judiciary Lamar Smith, a Fascist thing, I am in deep hate for this sick irksome malignancy, Provocateurs each.
I am from burb in Philly but Cindy Sheehan comes to the House Judiciary re;Impeachment of the MURDERER.
Thank you nfor your gift. Thanks for sharing it with all, it deepens, alarms, threatens and annoys! Art I love IT!!!!
Rhoda Veteran for Peace, supporter of ivaw.org and vvaw.org and all our Resisters[sorry it made me choose a neighborhood. i chose green acres for reasons you had better know]albeit I'd rather be in Manhattan


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Posted by pam
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 2, 2008 at 6:31 am

"art", the modern dumpster bin of bad ideas


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Posted by Mrs. Lorenzo Buturfli
a resident of University South
on Sep 2, 2008 at 10:34 am

..."Where, Mommy?"

"There...that shiny slime...see, again, the 'brain' is pretty much 'gone'..."Real american" & pam too! consumed by lies and hate. They 'need' a strong liar for a 'leader'. A sort of 'daddy-king'...their little misspelled words and straining thoughts are BURSTING with their own bile. Like puff-balls!

Or--remember the show we watched, with the squid and the ink-cloud? They're so afraid now, because their 'daddy-king' won't be there for them anymore.

They're hopelessly confused, these eager first-to-hold-a-match to Dixie Chick CDs, drooling on the flag even as they spit on the Constitution, and imagining themselves the best Americans for all of it!

Their hate makes them feel "STRONG"! RIGHT, PROTECTED. Like their daddyking's LIES. Because, deep down, they're so very afraid. And so very weak now. Their Winter is at hand. And no amount of their hatred and denial and self-deception can change it. Their day is done.

These latter-day 'tories' are losing their George! and forced to face the prospect of an African-American PRESIDENT!!

Here, watch--remember, they BITE! but...just this lite poke...there...let's wait and see the puffy cloud of their 'response'...stand back, it's dirty-stupid and it stings...
you don't want to get any on you!


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Posted by Mr. Joey Bagadonuts
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Dear Real American, Resident of Another Community:

Hitler was a Fascist, not a Socialist. (Franklyn Delano Roosevelt was a Socialist.) Hitler's dictatorship provided power to a privileged few through the use of force, exploitation and arrogant disregard for humanity. (Sounds like the current Bush administration.)

Regarding Mr. Masley: I understand he lives quite well. He has a nice home, a loving family, long standing relationships with accomplished and internationally recognized professionals in a variety of disciplines, and a diverse circle of close, self actualized friends.

He does not live in a trailer park, nor has difficulty with grammar, spelling, punctuation or the general use of the English language. He has attended at least one history class. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Real american
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

Dear Joey bagabull;

Hitler was a fascist, which is merely a particular type of socialism...
The distiction is meaningless in that the results of all types of socialism (and their origins) are much the same. Lying about it won't change history or the facts.

Hitler's dictatorship sounds more like the KKKlinton administration: after all, so far Bush hasn't tried to nationalize the health care industry or run a tank through a church in Waco texas. Further, Bush plans to leave power in compliance with the consitution...whilst the kkklintons had to be ejected form the white house under threat of arrest. Sounds like a dictator to me.

Regarding mr masely, you understand nothing: he's a homeless beggar who was evicted form his tiny studio because he couln't pay the rent. Now he's sponging off his brother. Comfortable? Well, I guess beggars can't be choosers.

Masely has no home of his own, and has exhausted the patience of his relatives one by one. He's an unmarried, unwanted loser with no life and no future. Again, lies won't change the facts. If you think so much of him, why didn't you put him up...he was essentially begging for help for months.

He does not live in a trailer park: he could never afford to live in one, as you do. He has horrible grammar, spelling and cannot express himself coherantly at all...much like yourself. In addition, he's also irrational dishonest and insane: you two have much in common.

He knows nothing about history as well: ignorance is behind is ideology and yours. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]



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Posted by Guy Orkin
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2008 at 12:27 pm

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