Saturday, April 15, 2006

Quick Update on the Crawford Peace Rally

Well, the first thing I did was take this picture in the bathroom before I left for Crawford yesterday. As you can see, Glenda's magic was still working as the camera flash illumined a peace sign within the reflection. Someday I hope my grandchildren carry on this work of waging peace.

The big news from Crawford, already reported over at The Blue Republic, was the scoop that 14 protesters, including Daniel Ellsberg were arrested in a peaceful demonstration yesterday afternoon. When we arrived, we saw them being carried off in the paddywagons with full sirens blasting. Originally, they reported 16 arrested, but I'm not sure the police counted them correctly. It seems there were only 14. Of course, one has to wonder, if under the influence of Bushco, whether the Crawford public schools actually have math on their curricula.

The city of Crawford has been passing ordinances to make it more difficult for people to assemble peacefully to voice their opinions. Last fall, they made it illegal to park one's car on the grassy side of the road, out in the country. Now there is a more recent ordinance against walking or standing anywhere on the side of the road, and especially close to the entrance to the Bush ranch. Freedom of speech? Freedom to assemble? That's Commie propaganda!

Thanks goes to Ellbserg and his staunch companions who made the decison to test the validity of this ordinance, knowing they would go to jail. They ended up in the Waco jail, while friends and supporters tried to rouse a judge to come hear their case on Good Friday. When I left late yesterday, they had not yet been successful. Time will tell when they will be released.

Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, the protest will come to Austin.

The Crawford Peace House website reports:

April 17 Day of Protest in Austin.

04/17/2006 - 11:00am
04/17/2006 - 8:30pm
US/Central

11am - 12:15 pm
ANTI WAR RALLY with Cindy, De De, Juan Torres, Bill Mitchell and others from Gold Star Families for Peace and Ann Wright, and other Camp Caseyites yet to be determined. LOCATION: UT East Mall, near MLK statue

I will be there. Come on down!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Goin' to Crawford Today

Friends,

Sorry I have not been able to post for a few days. Besides having a hectic work week, I am organizing to travel to Crawford later this morning to attend the antiwar rally with Cindy Sheehan, Codepink, The Gold Star Families for Peace, and the good folks at the Crawford Peace House, without whose year-round work and efforts, this would not be possible. This is probably no surprise for those who check in here from time to time.
I will come back, loaded with pictures, so check back. I’ll also be posting at The Blue Republic, where they will be publishing the Crawford Travelogue Journal. Come check it out.

In the meantime, I posted a question there last night.
I was wanting to burn a CD to play in the car, antiwar songs for inspiration.

With the help of the others at The Blue Republic, we came up with a nice list, but could still use more. Any good antiwar music you can add to this list??

(By the way, most of these can be listened to in part on the Apple iTunes store. ITunes, if you don’t have it is a free download for Mac or PC, and you can hear podcasts free as well on it.)

Here’s the list so far:
Peace Train by Cat Stevens
War by the Temptations
Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan
Imagine by John Lennon
The Great Mandella by Peter, Paul and Mary
War by Bob Marley
F*ck Bush by Madeline Hsu Li
Freedom by Jimi Hendrix
The Times They Are a Changin' By Bob Dylan
With God on Our Side by Judy Collins
We Shall Overcome by Joan Baez
Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Guns on the Roof by the Clash
Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire
The Dove has torn her wing by Jacques Brel
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan
The Universal Soldier by Donavan
Turn, Turn, Turn by The Byrds
Where is the Love? by the Black-eyed Peas

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bush: "Iraqi People Determined To Live In Freedom"

Iraqi Body count as of March 2006

Bush Babbled Again Yesterday

Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - In a speech at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, U.S. President George Bush maintains that Iraq is building a "democracy from the rubble."

What Bush didn't mention is that our invasion of their country created much of the rubble in the first place.

President Bush says that despite terrorists who "dream of turning Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban," the "Iraqi people are determined to live in freedom."

Of course, they have always wanted that, all peoples want that, this is not a new revelation...

"Yet... America is determined to defeat the terrorists, [slam, he hit the main talking point] and we're determined to help the Iraqi people succeed."
"Today, because America and a great coalition acted, the [Hussein] regime is no longer in power, is no longer sponsoring terrorists, is no longer destabilizing the region, is no longer undermining the credibility of the United Nations, is no longer threatening the world."

No, but you are, Mr. President.

President Bush adds, "Because we acted, 25 million Iraqis now taste freedom."[slam, he hit the talking point no. 2]

And many thousands are also dead, wounded, hungry, broken, lost, depressed, suicidal, traumatized......on both sides of the so-called war, and I hold you responsible for that, Mr. Bush.


I have been thinking a lot about the casualties of this war, and about the next generation, the children in Iraq. What about them?

When we see the occasional anguished Iraqi faces on the news, how many Americans really see their faces, see their deep pain, their loss and grief?

When men sit down to negotiate peace and war, they count the dead in numbers on their own terms and usually only on their own side, or, as the U.S. did early in this war, tried not to count them publicly at all. But they put no faces on the victims.

Even the media often avoids potraying the war in terms of the people in Iraq. Do a search on Google for "Iraq War." The banner picture for the story is almost always Bush or some other white American spokespuppet.

When men add up the cost of the war, they do not include the number of women raped or forced into prostitution to appease the soldiers demands; the growing numbers of tortured, executed headless Iraqi men; the number of homeless and displaced families; the number of schools bombed; or the number of babies without food or milk or the orphans.

The victors pat themselves on the back, take their spoils, forget the defenseless and leave the people to clean up the rubble of what was once their homeland. All that is left from war is the daily dirge of the anonymous victims.

Three years after US forces symbolically toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi capital,

'Baghdad blogger' Salam Pax
says things look bleaker than ever for his country.

One of the tragedies of this ongoing war is that no one knows how many Iraqi lives have been lost.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Emailing Senator Russ Feingold


In comments on the Hillary article, pissed off patricia from the Morning Martini wrote:
Let's just nominate Russ Feingold and get started on his campaign. I'm tired of hearing about Hillary like we have no other choice. That's bs and that's exactly what happened last time. Kerry was our candidate before most of us even had a say in the matter.
Before I jump on the Wisconsin nomination bandwagon, I want to research Feingold a bit more. And to be honest, I've wanted to pick Senator Feingold's brain on the immigration issue for a few weeks, and although I could probably do a Google search to find out his opinion, I decided to ask him by email. Why not email him and ask him your burning questions as well?

To contact Senator Feingold, go HERE.

Here is the email I sent him today:

Senator Feingold,

I was impressed that you stood out from the fold, the sheep fold that is, and spoke out against President Bush's lies and perfidy in seeking to censure him.

I am curious as to where you stand on the immigration issue. What is your solution to his problem?

Keep speaking out. We need a strong voice in this country.

Oh, and I see that you have domestic violence as an issue on your droplist. Can you please add sexual assault? It is the least prosecuted violent crime in this country.

Sincerely,
Glenda from the Land of Oz, MSSW
(Actually, I put my real name on the email.)

Here is part of the form letter I got back, but I'm sure his staff will get back to me soon.

Dear friend,

Thank you for taking the time to e-mail me and let me know your thoughts
on matters of concern to you. Hearing from Wisconsinites is my most
important source of information and one of the things I enjoy most about
my job.

Constituents who have included their name, e-mail address, and mailing
address in their message will receive a response from me addressing the
issues raised. If you did not include an e-mail and mailing address, I
encourage you to resend your original message with this information.