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June 17, 2021

Reflections Of A Man And His Picture

On April 14 I learned that old time Moon of Alabama commentator anna missed, also known as Jack Chevalier, had died two weeks earlier. I wrote about it in

RIP Anna Missed:

Jack was an artist who lived on an island near Seattle. Jack contributed a lot to our discussions about the war the Bush gang waged on Iraq. He had been in Vietnam and could relate the ground reality.
The [picture] below is a gift anna missed sent to me back then. It's an oil painting on a thick piece of raw wood with small glass pellets sprinkled into it.
notebook #1

9"x 16"x 1"
oil paint and glass pellets on wood
by anna missed

In May Jack's wife, Kelly, contacted me:

I was very moved by your RIP post for Jack and by all of the old crew stopping by to say goodbye. That would have really tickled him. I planned to thank all of you there, but didn't get it done before the closing of comments on the post.

I am trying to compile a simple memory book for myself of people that connected to Jack and his artwork. I was wondering if you might be willing to send me a selfie with the picture - or just a picture of the picture with any reflection that you would like to offer.

Jack's connection to the Whiskey Bar and MOA community were very important to him. He continued to follow the blog ..... I thank you all for that.

Kelly also sent a link to an obit of anna missed which you may well want to read in full:

Jack Chevalier, Who Found His Life’s Purpose in Art, Dies at 72

A short excerpt:

Throughout the years, he kept working, creating, and supplementing his income from art with other jobs, primarily as a carpenter. After the attacks of 9/11 and the onset of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Kelly said, Jack’s work became more overtly political. He also became a prolific blogger, joining an online community called The Whiskey Bar (now called The Moon of Alabama) and starting his own personal blog, called anna missed — a name he also used to sign much of his work in this period. On those forums, he met, conversed and shared his art with other like-minded intellects who opposed the wars.

The picture Jack gifted to me is signed anna missed.

When Billmon's Whiskey Bar closed its comment section because it had become too noisy, I opened Moon of Alabama as a place where commentators from Billmon's site, like me, could continue their discussions. Moon of Alabama was not intended to be an independent blog by itself. I myself did not have any interest in blogging. That only grew out of running Moon of Alabama after the Whiskey Bar shut down.

Anna missed was one of the few dozen commentators at the Whiskey Bar who had moved to Moon of Alabama. The war of terror in Iraq was at its high point at that time.

Yesterday I finished reading Scott Horton's new book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism. It is a comprehensive history of the war of terror the U.S. has waged and is still waging on the Middle East. A full review of the book may follow later. One of the milestones of that war which Scott discusses was the February 2006 bombing of the grand Shia mosque in Samara which ignited a war by the Shia against the Sunni.

Reading about it I seemed to remembered that incident well. I searched the blog and found that I had posted on it: "A joy for all who see". It was not clear at that time who had done the bombing. Had it been al-Qaeda's Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or were, as I suspected, the occupation forces involved? Anna Missed suggested that some Shia groups might have had an interest in doing it themselves.

Those were the typical discussions at that time. The war of terror moved anna missed just as much or even more than it moved me. We both felt outrage about it but also tried to stay analytical. Due to his Vietnam war experience Jack was even more cynical about the ongoing machinations than I could be. I had been a soldier myself but never in a war. Still there was some virtual camaraderie. An understanding that did not need words.

I think it was in 2010 that anna missed indicated that he thought about giving me one of his pictures. Unfortunately I no longer have that email exchange. But I remember that I went all giddy and suggested I would like this one, or better that one, or, no, that one. Jack calmed me down and made it clear that he would make the choice.

A few weeks later I got a note from the custom office that some package for me had arrived. I went there and the customer officer opened the package. The above picture, which I had never seen before, was in it. After convincing the custom officer that the picture was of no value and did not require any import duty I took it home and hung it up in my living room. It has been hanging there since.

I think that the picture is a memory of Jack from Vietnam. The visuals of Oliver Stone's movie Platoon and Coppola's Apocalypse Now come to mind. But it is also a piece on the war on Iraq. Wikileaks published the Collateral Murder video in April 2010. Anna missed had caught that scene two years earlier.

The picture has several layers of color which have interesting effects when one looks at it from different angles (see the heal of the hand).


Its meaning is also layered. Is the hand reaching up to the helicopter trying to take it down? Is it a 'go away' gesture or a begging for help? Isn't it all of that?

I often look at it and it is still a mystery to me.

Other anna missed pictures in the Barfly Art category show that many he made at that time were related to the Iraq war.

Around 2011 or so, when the war on Iraq calmed down, anna missed commented less and less at this blog though, as Kelly confirms, he continued to read it. His art also changed from war related motives to other ones.

I always had the feeling that Jack was still hanging around here. I am sad that he is gone.

Posted by b on June 17, 2021 at 19:04 UTC | Permalink | Comments (13)

April 14, 2021

RIP Anna Missed

all alone (and in the shadow)
(detail, small)

by anna missed

(detail, bigger - 170 kb)
(full view - 170 kb)

Today I learned that old time Moon of Alabama commentator anna missed, also known as Jack Chevalier, has died two weeks ago on April 1. Jack was an artist who lived on an island near Seattle. Jack contributed a lot to our discussions about war the Bush gang waged on Iraq. He had been in Vietnam and could relate the ground reality. 

In the early years of this blog I often posted art sent to me by some of the commentators. We all knew each other (virtually) from Billmon's Whiskey Bar and were a small but quite tight community.

There were a number of paintings and photos by anna missed and by beq, photos by b real, poems by rememberinggiap and ceramics by annie posted here. Most can be found under the Barfly Art category.

The one below is a gift anna missed sent to me back then. It's an oil painting on a thick piece of raw wood with small glass pellets sprinkled into it.

notebook #1

9"x 16"x 1"
oil paint and glass pellets on wood
by anna missed

I had to convince the custom officer that I was practically worthless to avoid duties. It has since been hanging in my living room. (Beq - the picture you gave me is hanging in my hallway.)

Other works by anna missed can be found at his dormant blog and at the Linda Hodges Gallery where he had many exhibitions.

I for one will miss him.

Posted by b on April 14, 2021 at 18:07 UTC | Permalink | Comments (32)

May 20, 2017

Weekend Leisure - Drumming (Anika Nilles)

I have been listening to some drumming lately. From Mannheim, Germany, Anika Nilles with her composition Mister.



This lesson, with also more of her pieces, gives a bit of background on her particular style.

I also like these as a comparison of a master player and a quite good apprentice drummer:

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December 11, 2010

View From My Window

Two snapshots taken yesterday while sitting at my desk:



Bad quality - but these beasts are damned fast.

Please send views from your window to publish here.

And. Oh yes. Welcome back at the bar. I missed your comments.

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April 29, 2009

A Poem

by Lizard
lifted from a comment

when realizations come too late
irreversible damage, broken minds
electrical currents cooking testicles
but when the market dives, eyes get wet w/ tears

they feed us fears and supple nymphs
couched in spacey, wooden wombs
mesmerized by insatiable streams
of capital’s poisonous blooms

all within share torture’s sin
to kill a man five times a day
we welcome a shift to dirty swine
because there’s nothing we can say

nothing softens evil’s hand
or slows its dark, methodic hold
and nothing will be what is left
when sadism’s so easily sold

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April 27, 2009

Bring Out Your Dead

picture by beq

Bring Out Your Dead
by beq
Click on image to enlarge (120k)
Click here for an uncropped image (220k)


I had a little bird,
Its name was Enza.
I opened the window,
And in-flu-enza.
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918


Advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.
"Rebuilding America's Defenses" - The September 2000 PNAC Report (PDF)

Note: this is a re-run of a November 2004 post

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March 20, 2009


Stolen from anna missed

by anna missed
2009, oil on photo copy

Check anna missed's site for more paintings and pictures.

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February 21, 2009

Some Things Seem Small

The picture is of a nearly perfect miniature model diorama my friend Lucas created.


Or maybe not ...

Someone made a nice music clip using the same technique. A nearly perfect, stop-motion animated, small scale model world - with music - is below the fold.

Fire (Jimmy Edgar Remix) from Erik West on Vimeo.

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November 15, 2008

For My Beloved

by remembereringgiap
lifted from a comment

for my beloved/is a lamb/climbing the step/in eisensteins film
alluding to synthesis/that never came/or  resolution/of  thesis
initiated by lenin/in railway carriage/funded by germans/to end war
& lenin read/aloud to companion/while drinking tea/from isiah certainly
it was reference/to some things/or other matter/he’d prefer/not to discuss
with central committee/the wolf also/shall dwell with/lamb & leopard
shall lie down/with the kid/& the calf/& young lion/& fatling together
& little child/shall lead them/referring to jerusalem/but lenin leant
from this passage/that we need/messiah to motivate/desire to change
circumstances as described/in the eighteenth/brummairre of louis
bonaparte marx’s essay/still read somewhere/in latin america/perhaps some canton
in new china/where distinguished emporers/turn tianemen square/into endless circle

themselves into ogres/occident can understand/such measures usefull
in the south/of united states/not long ago/in los angeles/even more recently
interpretation of events/still support thesis/capitalism hasn’t soul
this precise fact/an ancient truth/endowed with emptiness/now we yearn
for another metamorphosis/something less primitive/all factors considered
we’re no longer/volatile or veangefull/but sublimated species

precipitated by longing/in a psyche/that barely functions
substitute for salt/in our chemistry/another constellation entirely
altering all absolutes/in imperial order/above this abyss/we are consuming
like midwestern americans/who follow pattern/& a mold/that’s already been
engraved with name/they can recognise/valour destructive form/of a ressurection
that isn’t symmetrical/nor is anchored/in any salvation/worth the cost
so they’re prudent/depending on duality/of our architecture
becoming sacred hermaphrodites/searching for love/in forbidden locations
where apostles announce/on the hour/at every hour/tome of second/coming to this
fisherman that carpenter/near home/by  shores/sea of galilee
where supreme conquest/occurring by magic/this elusive treasure/has long gone
on endurance run/with another theology/you can throw/dice into dam
we are excavating/our sins here/for good measure/we leave yours/out in cold
there is eternity/encrusted with emeralds/where they say redemption is possible
if you’re prepared/to degrade yourself/like thirties star/in a film
frank capra certainly/source of illumination/to that paradise
where frances farmer/goes after being/in an asylum/reading clifford odets
confession before committee/where he asks/where is garfield/when you need
him on drunk/in new york/playing it brave/with italian boys/who know source
happiness or hell/depends on numbers/you can carry/in your pocket
when you walk/towards a monastery/where they have/set up screening/of  movie
plato  directed/possibly for discourse/that couldn’t be/explained with words
consuming clarity/as an aesthetic/lead you nowhere/heidegger found out
much too late/to repent except/in the pages/of new york/review of books
where testimonies given/by bioethic boys/from unknown universities
where they molest/students & forget/to mark papers/except in bed
another fury born/& i know/this most perfect/moment to mime
the great work/is not redeemed/nor is it/ressurected perhaps rejected
out of hand/weapons of heaven/come to clear/ties that bind/for  heroes
there is another/kind of splendour/there is another/kind of solace
because historical agents/dress very well/for  ceremony
together we are/pulling these thorns/from my flesh
leaving terrible texture/to enrich tale/i’m not telling/but you will
in a cave/when you’re hiding/from  dragon/who has face/you will recognise
in due time/you will inherit/an oak tree/or perhaps fig/some sacred scenery
where you can/cast into abyss/that which lies/heavily upon you
let man forget/divine is art/of forgetting fully/if you would
raise yourself up/if you yourself/would dwell upon/the heights cast
into the sea/that which lies/heavily upon you/pursue a protection
from the sirens/who’re singing out/your name clearly/for all hearing
when we stand/on  edge/of a lake/& witness torrents
nreaking around you/& we are/already in mourning/for another loss
on a river/so long ago/before i reached/an imagined coast
i have discovered/charity in chest/i have thrown/off  jetty
& this build/my noble reputation/attributing all alchemy
to what’s human/do not go/to any intellect/for its volcano
where everything burns/& vultures descend/to do business/they’re equipped for
all our lamentations/have been heard/at some time/or other rime
we can speak/of resistance certainly/but it is/not a cure
i would sell/on street corner/of any city/ancient or modern/here & now
i am conducting/an absent orchestra/wanting to play/a little music

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October 25, 2008

G8 - Relevant? No - The Picture Though Is

Tangerine says:

Thought this one might be relevant now.

It is colorful and lively.



photo, 2003

by Tangerine

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October 18, 2008

Post Card from a Vandal

Beq sent this one.


Beq writes:

This isn't new but when I came across it recently I reconnected.

It's called "Post Card from a Vandal".

It's my acrylic paint over found "living room" landscape art from a local thrift store.

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October 04, 2008

The Wave

by anna missed


the wave
by anna missed
oil on wood, 8'' x 14''

The picture somewhat rhymes with this recent magazine title.

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July 18, 2008


For some time now I feel the need for some new anchoring. It is diffuse and I am not sure what it is really about.


Please let me know your thoughts about it.

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April 21, 2008

PA Primary Crystal Ball

There are lots of polls and even poll internals on tomorrow's PA primary.

As someone who never answers poll questions, I am dubious of these.

We might find more accurate numbers by using the crystal ball anna missed provides us with.

What results do you see in it?

  • For Pennsylvania?
  • For the general election?

chrystal ball
by anna missed

23"x23"x3" - oil paint, acrylic gems on wood

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April 18, 2008

Art: Evil

by anna missed

by anna missed

12" x 18" - oil paint, rhinestones, on wood
(bigger, biggest)

Sometimes it is the overall view, from afar, which reveals the devil.

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April 11, 2008

Art: To Witness

by anna missed

to witness

by anna missed

oil paint on wood
21" x 21" x 2"
bigger - - - detail

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March 15, 2008

Pennies From Heaven

by anna missed


Pennies From Heaven
by anna missed

8"x15" - rhinestones, oil paint on wood


A broad-based tax cut, for example, accommodated by a program of open-market purchases to alleviate any tendency for interest rates to increase, would almost certainly be an effective stimulant to consumption and hence to prices. [...] A money-financed tax cut is essentially equivalent to Milton Friedman's famous "helicopter drop" of money.

Deflation: Making Sure "It" Doesn't Happen Here, Remarks by Governor Ben S. Bernanke before the National Economists Club, Washington, D.C., November 21, 2002

A clean version of the title of Bernanke's speech is:

Inflation: Making Sure "It" Does Happen Here

Hence, helicopter money drops. But not pennies as anna missed assumes, those are now too expensive to make, but cheap dollar notes with the imprint Made in China.

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March 09, 2008


beq sent this



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December 09, 2007

She Lived in Dread of Rumors

by beq


She Lived in Dread of Rumors
by beq


beq adds music by Kodo, especially song no. 9 from the Mondo Head album: Echo Bells.

Somehow the download doesn't work for me (maybe it is geographically limited?), but there are some Mondo Head tracks available at the producers website.

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November 18, 2007

Deciduous Designs

by b real



"The question is not what you look at but what you see"

Henry David Thoreau


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