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07/22/2004
Entry: "Terror Alerts..."

Since I once again don’t have much to blog about I’ll just yik-yak about a bunch of nothingness. I don’t know if any of you guys have noticed the little “Terror Alert Level” buttons that I added to the left hand side of my page near my blogroll. I designed a handful of different ones each with a different saying on them and they change randomly with each refresh or visit to the page. All of these buttons are tongue-in-cheek mind you, in other words, I just took the seriousness of the situation with the daily terror alerts from the Department of Homeland Security and put a humorous spin on mine to help make the whole issue more palatable. Actually I got the idea for these buttons from visiting Franks and Jamila’s blogs where they have similarly humorous “terror alert level” buttons on their pages, although theirs are “slightly” different than the ones I made and from a different place obviously. Ok now I know that all this terror alert BS and warnings about terrorists possibly striking us again at any moment is some pretty serious business not to be taken lightly but I saw/see no harm is having a little chuckle at our own fears with a little humor, knamean? Why is it then that at work someone pulls me up and informs me..."Greg, I’ve been checking your site and noticed your cute little Terrror Alert Level buttons and they are nice and all but…I think you should remove them because they disrespect the people who died on Sept. 11". I was like WTF??? Come on folk, can we lighten up, yes? How is making fun of our governments current preoccupation with “warning” all of us when we are about to get blown to smithereens disrespectful to those who perished on Sept 11??? I’ve always countered bad news with good news or at least laughter or humor, it helps make whatever is so bad in the first place more easier to bear. I just found it hard to believe that someone would take that button of mine and twist it up to make it seem as if I was mocking those who died that day…*shaking head*…In fact, having this person comment to me about that made me decide to create a whole bunch more buttons and will post them shortly also.

I better hush my mouth before the rabid Republicans for the Defense and Preservation of Good Thoughts Only read this and have me escorted off the premises like they did Linda Ronstadt in Vegas…

Y’all be good

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9 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Monday, February 28th, 2005 @ 10:25 AM EST
Internet Spam said

Thank you! Chinese Apes.

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on Monday, February 28th, 2005 @ 10:24 AM EST
Internet Spam said

Thank you! Chinese Apes.

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on Sunday, July 25th, 2004 @ 05:27 PM EST
Shanti said

the terror alert thing is a nice idea, i might take it from ya big grin man im still loving the art collection you have!! talented man you are! thanks so much for the sweet cmnt!

Thanks Shanti, as you can see I've added quite a few to the collection, and delighted that you groovin on my art vibe. Can't wait until you and Mike are celebrating your 10 year anniv!!! can you imagine that?...greggy

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on Saturday, July 24th, 2004 @ 09:59 AM EST
Chandra said

hey Greggy just checking up on ya.
you know.. it's your site and u can do whatever u feel. If they feel offened just leave. The buttons u made are nothing compare to what other people do and say making fun about 911.

Thanks Chandra! Yeah, it's not like I was even being disrespectful or mean, but people will always try to dictate the what, how, where, and why of your life if you let them, knamean? I've also seen some pretty cruel and hateful things out there concerning other folk making fun of 9/11 though...greggy

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on Friday, July 23rd, 2004 @ 11:08 PM EST
Art4SouL said

big grin you say what you got to say boi and I did notice your terra alert on your site. say what you gotta say its your site. I know the goodness in your heart If folks get it twisted thean so be it wink

Yep, I hate when the thought police try to get me to step in line...such is the life of an artist...*sigh*

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on Friday, July 23rd, 2004 @ 05:11 PM EST
Pauline said

Aloha Greggysmile Thanks for stoppin' by my sitebig grin I love your site..and your lovely artworksmile *hugs*

Thanks Pauline for breezing my spot too! You have a very positive site also! Plus you're a beer cake baker!...greggybig grin

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on Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 @ 03:28 PM EST
Meadow said

Hi Greggy smile
I'm just checking out a new firewall/protection system for my computer called ZoneAlarm. People are pinging and trying to hook on to me every minute I'm on... paranoid dillusions of importance twitching behind my eyes crazy What a world we live in where you can't even surf the net without interference from strange cyber pokers hehe The terrorists win when they make us afraid to be ourselves, let yourself be big grin

..hehehe....Yeah Meadow, the 'net is chock full of losers and low-lifes who have nothing better to do than to break into folks PC's and cause mayhem...I use Zone Alarm myself (the paid version though) along with a few other programs that I use to help me travel the 'net safer. Aint no cyber terrorists gonna make me too skurred to do my thing! Stay positive!...greggy

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on Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 @ 08:57 AM EST
Frank said

LOL! I'll be honest with you Greg. I didn't even notice you had it on there big guy. I was always into the Applets on your blog. Damn, I like that thing! I noticed Jam's though. That's the popular one going all over the web. I'd seen that before with the Sesame Street characters.

Anyway, I'm feeling you brother. I feel bad about what I'm about to say, but I'm glad that you're catching some flack too. I thought I was the only one! 1 of my "commentors" said that she won't comment any more unless I take that off of my page. I told her, well, it's been duly noted and thanks for the "comment." I'm with you dawg.

No one saw the tears I shed on 9/11. Not just for the loss of life, but from my personal attachment to the WTC. I worked there for 9 months years ago. I was still living and working in Manhattan the first time they tried to take the buildings down.

When they accomplished what they did in NYC and DC (where I now work), I swear I wanted to go into the Army again right then and there! No one, is going to tell me that I'm disrespecting the "memory" of lost lives by poking fun and having a little levity at the Gov't's expense. The very same gov't I'm employed by. Give me a break! Spiritual brother like yourself? Man, that individual should've known better. I started to blog about that myself, but I let it go. Good for you man. Keep creating them and get that dirt off your shoulders. We both know where our hearts are.

Thanks brotha Frank..A shame how some try to get us to censor our own sites according to thier whims, eh? I was just as shocked, hurt, and angry as the next guy when Sept 11 happened, for the person on my site or anyone else to attempt to call my motives into question sort of rankled me a bit, but I'm all good now. Have a good rest of the week!...greggy

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on Thursday, July 22nd, 2004 @ 08:48 AM EST
Donna said

Greg, I thought the terror alert buttons are hilarious LOL we must learn to laugh instead of cry in todays times it gives me great pleasure to to look away from the horrible news of the day and find love, peace and joy on your site. keep on keeping on!!! big grin luv ya smile

Love ya back sis! Thanks for stopping, I am still trying to figure out how your comment got deleted on my shoutbox...anyway, glad you dig my Terror buttons! Hope to visit you soon!!!...greggy

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