The Art Of War A Century After The U.S. Entered WWI

Art has often been drafted into service for war.

A century ago today, April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, entering World War I.

Scenes of WWI: The U.S entered WWI 100 years ago today.

Scenes of WWI: The U.S entered WWI 100 years ago today.

The U.S. mobilized more than 4 million soldiers for the war, which had already been underway for nearly 3 years. About 110,000 U.S. soldiers were killed, including 43,000 from influenza.

World War I created a massive federal government expansion to support the war effort and manage a significant increase in the size of the U.S. Armed Forces.

That’s where military recruiting posters come in. Before radio and TV, most advertising was strictly visual.

Many of the posters are now iconic pieces of American art and history and were so well received, some were revived for WWII.

Many of the artists who created these posters were as interesting as their work.

The Camp Library is Yours – Read to Win the War, designed by Charles Buckles Falls art

The Camp Library is Yours – Read to Win the War, designed by Charles Buckles Falls

Charles Buckles Falls, also known as C.B. Falls (December 10, 1874 –

April 15, 1960) was from Ft. Wayne, In., but left as quickly as he could. Falls moved to Chicago, beginning his career as an architect’s assistant and a sketch artist for the Chicago Tribune. Falls moved to New York City around 1900.

Known for his skill as a letter-illustrator, Falls often used large, “eccentric” black letters, and is also known for his woodblock prints. Falls incorporated brighter colors of blue, green, orange, and yellow, to contrast his black-inked woodcuts, unlike most woodblock artists of his time

A man of many talents, he designed fabrics, furniture, and even trade bindings. He was also involved in helping design scenery and costumes for the American Society of Illustrators, the Palace Theatre and Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York.

In 1914, Falls wrote, directed, and starred in a play, “Perfectly Happy,” that was produced at the Berkeley Theatre.

After the 1930s his illustration style fell out of favor, but he continued top produce work.

The aptly named James Montgomery Flagg (June 18, 1877 – May 27, 1960) worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters

Flagg’s most famous work was a 1917 U.S, Army recruiting poster.

Wake Up America! Civilization calls every man, woman and child!, designed by James Montgomery Flagg

Wake Up America! Civilization calls every man, woman and child!, designed by James Montgomery Flagg

Inspired directly by a British recruitment poster showing Lord Kitchener in a similar pose, Flagg’s poster showed Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption “I Want YOU for U.S. Army”.

More than four million copies of the poster on were printed during World War I. It was revived for World War II.

At his peak, Flagg was reported to have been the highest paid magazine illustrator in America.

Flagg painted portraits influenced by John Singer Sargent’s style. Flagg’s sitters included Mark Twain and Ethel Barrymore. His portrait of boxer Jack Dempsey now hangs in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C..

Howard Chandler Christy (January 10, 1872 – March 3, 1952), famous for the “Christy Girl” – a successor to the “Gibson Girl” – was a popular Jazz Age portrait painter. From the 1920s until the 1940s, Christy’s likenesses of congressmen, senators, industrialists, movies stars, and socialites were well known.

Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I’d Join the Navy – Be a Man and Do It, a navy recruitment poster designed by Howard Chandler Christy

Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I’d Join the Navy – Be a Man and Do It, a navy recruitment poster designed by Howard Chandler Christy

He painted Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, presidents Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman. Other famous portraits include William Randolph Hearst, the Prince of Wales (Edward the VIII), Eddie Rickenbacker, Benito Mussolini, Prince Umberto, and Amelia Earhart.

Christy first attracted attention with his realistic illustrations and several articles as a combat artist during the Spanish–American War published in Scribner’s, Harper’s, and Leslie’s Weekly magazines, and in Collier’s Weekly.

His poster “Gee I wish I were a Man, I’d Join the Navy,” 1917, was one of his most famous works. In 1940, he painted the Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, which is installed in House wing of the US capitol.

Join the Navy, the Service for Fighting Men, designed by Richard Fayerweather Babcock

Join the Navy, the Service for Fighting Men, designed by Richard Fayerweather Babcock

Chicago artist Richard Fayerweather Babcock (June 4, 1887 – Feb. 25, 1954) was one of the lesser known of the WWI poster artists.

After moving from his birthplace, Iowa, to Chicago, Babcock studied at the Art Institute and Munich, Germany.Babcock found success in providing illustrations for the Encyclopedia Britannica and World Book Encyclopedia encyclopedias. we also on the faculty of the American Academy of Art. An avid musician, he was a member of a chamber music ensemble.

Babcock apparently had no fear of using phallic symbols in his recruiting posters.

12 Steps To tRUMP and the GOPers Destroying America.

1. Russia evidence heats up, exceeding Watergate-levels of and controversy malfeasance. Putin decides tRUMP is toast.

2. Seeking immunity, tRUMP family members/employees roll over. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

3. tRUMP resigns. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

4. Pence immediately pardons tRUMP. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

5. Together with an unelected VP with a year to go before the midterms, Pence leads the GOPers on their path to enriching themselves while screwing the country. A great deal of damage is done but limited by the fact the GOP is in turmoil. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything the GOP is doing is just great. * Extra bonus screw job that could happen at this point: A Constitutional crisis is caused by the GOPers and Koch Brothers get to redo the Constitution their way, taking away number of rights and even repealing the emancipation proclamation. (Yes, they really watn to do that.)

6. Mid-term elections. Once again all the cheating stops are pulled out. Amazingly, the Dems make few gains despite the fact most of GOP is still in turmoil. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

7. The economy crashes. For the next two years the USA is in steep and rapid decline as one international and domestic crisis after another, mostly fall out from tRUMP and the demand of the Freedom Caucus. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

8. Desperate, GOPers make sure to start a war we can’t finish or pay for due to pledges to never raise taxes. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

9. The economy goes into a downward spiral and begins to approach Great Recession/Depression levels. tRUMP supporters still say they love him and everything is someone else’s fault.

10. Unable to shut up, tRUMP starts more and more tweeting about Russia. He mysteriously passes away in his sleep, his body cremated before an autopsy takes place. tRUMP supporters have tremendous outpouring of sympathy for the fallen patriot tRUMP and demand that all public buildings be renamed after him.

11. 2020: Not only not great, but bankrupt America is internationally isolated. Now financially at the level of a 3rd world nation and international status as a pariah, Putie has what he wanted.

12. It doesn’t matter which party is elected next because the nation never recovers. America will never be great again, thanks to the GOPers and tRUMP.

The Manafort Family Crime Wave

Paul Manafort and his family are in the process of becoming their own crime wave. When it comes to tRUMP and his associates, the criminals and criminal connections just don’t stop coming.

The Los Angeles Times reports Jeffrey Yohai, a real estate developer who is the son-in-law of Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, took father and son actors Dustin and Jacob Hoffman for $3 million in a real estate scam involving a Hollywood Hill property located on the famous Blue Jay Way.

paul manafort

Paul Manafort

Yohai is also facing a lawsuit in New York from an investor alleging that he operated a Ponzi scheme, according to the Times. Yohai, 35, said in a filing that the allegations are fabrications.

Enter father-in-law Manafort.

From The Times:

Manafort, his wife Kathleen and daughter Jessica — who is married to Yohai — invested $4.7 million in the developer’s L.A.-area projects, according to bankruptcy filings. The biggest of those investments was a $2.7-million loan made by Manafort last year to the now-bankrupt company that owns a property on Stradella Road in Bel-Air, documents show.

Manafort reportedly recently stopped a foreclosure of his Brooklyn, N.Y., townhouse (he lists his address as New Briton, Conn.) after a bank headed by a former Trump advisor gave him $16 million in loans.

Manafort is reportedly under active criminal and counterintelligence investigation by multiple federal agencies for issues related to the Trump campaign as well as financial transactions. One would think that lobbying for dictators Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko, and guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi, would pay better.

Yohai’s apparent real estate scams reach beyond the Hollywood Hills and at least one New York ventures went south due to shady dealings, according to published reports.

Guy Aroch, a Manhattan-based fashion photographer, has claimed in a lawsuit that he invested $2.9 million in two of Yohai’s residential real estate projects, including a condominium.

Aroch says he never saw a dime.

Instead, Yohai allegedly “used most or all” of Aroch’s investment for “personal travel; lavish purchases; and/or speculative ventures outside the investment mandates,” according to a lawsuit filed by Aroch. The lawsuit also alleges that in October Yohai defaulted on a promissory note defaulted.

Yohai is using a classic tRUMPian defense. This is all being done to embarrass his father-in-law because of his association with tRUMP. Of course, Manafort’s working for that Ukrainian dictator who had peaceful demonstrators killed would, have nothing to with it. Oh and Manafort neglected to report his Ukraine  work when he tried to get a government job. Ooops.

Nice try, Yohai.

How the heck the Hoffmans, who apparently tried hard to shield their investment from public view, got involved with this guy remains unclear.

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Russian Hackers Extort Money From Liberal Groups In Latest Post-Election Crime Wave

From Bloomberg News comes the most recent revelation of Russian hacker treachery against the United States surrounding the tRUMP administration:
Diagram outlining Russian hackers Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear's process of using of malware to penetrate targets.

Diagram outlining Russian hackers Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear’s process of using of malware to penetrate targets.

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.

Russian hackers attack

At least a dozen groups have faced extortion attempts since the U.S. presidential election, said the people, who provided broad outlines of the campaign. The ransom demands are accompanied by samples of sensitive data in the hackers’ possession.

In one case, a non-profit group and a prominent liberal donor discussed how to use grant money to cover some costs for anti-Trump protesters. The identities were not disclosed, and it’s unclear if the protesters were paid.

At least some groups have paid the ransoms even though there is little guarantee the documents won’t be made public anyway. Demands have ranged from about $30,000 to $150,000, payable in untraceable bitcoins, according to one of the people familiar with the probe.

Read the full Russian hackers story here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups