Dear Readers:

We wanted to start a dialogue with you about the world today and it looks like we succeeded. It also looks like our intentions may not have been what you perceived. So, let us take a moment to set the record straight.

First, we must acknowledge in art there are multiple interpretations. That being said, let us look at the offending artwork more closely. 

Two men are kissing, President Obama and Adolf Hitler, and beside them is a drone flying over ruins in the Middle East where a mother mourns the loss of her children.

The copy reads, "If the image of two men kissing is more disturbing than ... This drone strike on a village full of innocent women and children. Then there is something wrong with you."

Adolf Hitler died in 1945 and President Barack Obama was born in 1961. So, they never could have shared a kiss. The image on the left of the two kissing is an image that was made up by us. It is UNREAL.

On the other hand, the image of the mother with the dead children is REAL as it was taken from a newspaper photo of what is actually happening today because of the drone strikes.

What we are saying is why focus on the UNREAL when we have REAL problems?

Because we live in California, to many of us two men kissing is not big deal. That is why we put an obviously doctored photo of two men, one the leader of the free world and the other, the worst dictator of the 20th century, kissing. On another level, President Obama has been compared to Hitler many times by the Tea Party who are in desperate need of a lesson in Logical Fallacies. 

Some of you were offended that we dared satirize Barack Obama, an African American role model. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” And how do we determine character, but by a person's actions. We are grateful for the many good things President Obama has brought us, but we should never give him a free pass because of his color. We must judge him by his actions.

This still does not answer why of all the millions of men in the world, we chose those two to share a kiss. While Hitler killed thousands INTENTIONALLY, President Obama's actions have UNINTENTIONALLY killed thousands. But dead babies are dead babies, whether intentional or not. 

Lastly, we'd like to leave you with President John F. Kennedy's thoughts on the First Amendment. He said the First Amendment “is not primarily to amuse or entertain, not to emphasize the trivial or sentimental, not to simply give the public what it wants but to inform, to arouse and to reflect. To state our dangers and our opportunities. To indicate our crisis and our choices. To lead, mold, educate and sometime even anger public opinion.”

We welcome your comments always. We aim to serve. And we hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship.

Mr. Anonymous & the folks at Ozine


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