Monday, January 31, 2005

Bush's Yeehaw has a hollow ring

Confusion surrounds Iraqi poll turnout Did you know that there were 7700 candidates? And that no information was given to the Iraqi citizens on the candidates until two days before the elections? And that that info was given on websites? Hollow Election held on Bloody Day

I had to squelch a "oh, look the Iraqis are voting and they look so happy " post I saw recently. The number of people who voted and the happy Iraqi voters just weren't adding up for me. Something was off.
Up until 1/30/05, American soldiers were going door to door, invading homes, and engaging in gun battles while throwing "VOTE" flyers in the wind as they pulled out. Some of them were killed while trying to urge Iraqi's to vote.
The 72% turnout number seemed bizarre. People were blown up on a steady basis since the US began it's Roll out the Vote campaign. Attacks on polling places averaged 22 a month. No, something was not right here, in the American and even the BBC news reports. Current reports have now decreased the 72% to 60 %, in just one day. 60% is supposed to equal 8 million registered voters. Before I even go into the confusing number of 60% of Iraqi registered voters equaling 8 million people, here are a few other facts that bother me about this election.

--First of all, did we begin a preemptive war in Iraq in order to give freedom? to the Iraqi's? I thought we went there because Hussein had WMD's that were going to blow us all to bits? I thought that is why thousands of people were killed and wounded, in order to find WMD's? How did that get turned into speading freedom and democracy and elections? Strike One.

--Entire cities in Iraq did note vote. No-one in Samarra voted. Polls were closed in Fallujah, and several other cities. Fallujah is roughly the size of Miami..The residents were too afraid to leave their homes to vote. Strike Two

--Iraqis who did vote may have been under the impression that the vote meant that US troops would begin to pull out. Listen Here I had read that in several places before this site posted their broadcast. Since no-one knew who they were voting for, it is safe to assume that they did not know what they were voting for, either. If they voted because they thought they were voting for an Iraq free of US soldiers and outside influence, see strike five. Strike Three

-- Many just voted for food....this is disturbing, and I have read various reports stating the same thing.. Strike Four

-----What I found to be truly disturbing, is, "Certain parties and individuals have also been funded by the US. The International Republican Institute, an organization linked to the US Republican party, has been funding certain groups in their campaigning, giving a massive advantage. It is also believed to be organizing the exit polls. It orchestrated, among other things, the coup in Venezuela." Considering the fact that a high turnout, especially in Sunni areas, would enhance the legitimacy of a 275-member parliament, which will then choose Iraq's leaders and write a new constitution.....then I wonder what type of constitution the Republicans will write for the Iraqi's? Strike Five

And the carnage continues. Three Marines Killed , and two wounded, 1/31/05 And were these soldiers votes counted in the 2004 Presidential elections? Strike Six

Everyone who is simple minded enough to cluck about the happy Iraqi's voting should do a little research. Tentative reports state that 8 million Iraqi's voted. The reports state that 8 million is 60 % of the people who are registered to vote in Iraq. The current Iraqi population is 25,374, 691. 56% of the population is between the ages of 15-64. 3% is over 65. Being very generous, we will include all of those people into a 59% count, including the 15-18 year olds who cannot vote, and every person over the age of 65, as well as those who have mental illnesses, are in jail, and other conditions that preclude them from voting. That gives a total of 14,971,067. Sixty per cent of that is 8, 982,640.

How could 8 million people be given as the figure for 60% of Iraqi people registered to vote? Did they mean that 60% of the population who were of age to vote, voted? Because that is the only way that figure of 8 million can actually be interpreted. Not as sixty per cent of registered voters, but as sixty per cent of the population who were possibly of an age to be able to vote, and thus were tagged as registered voters.. 5,988, 427 then, did not cast a vote. If the expat vote was counted in with the 8 million "registered voters," then that throws the figures of people in Iraq, who actually voted, way off. It may it bring it down to, half of the people who were of voting age, voted, and half did not.

the Republicans monitoring the exit polls need to straighten out their numbers...and I am so sure that they will.....

Is it too confusing to try and sift through these poll numbers? I agree, it is. Here is the Iraqi vote translated, by an Iraqi.

The elections could have waited, and then the Iraqi citizens may have been able to truly and happily participate in an election that they fought to have held. And I would have been happy to see that, not that what I think, matters.This election, though, was a sham, put on, for, and by, the Bush administration, to further thier goals of generational, profitmaking wars. The Iraqi's were used, once again. Thier blood meant nothing to Bush. They are mearly a means to an end.

Buster gets busted from visiting two Moms, but FEMA can have a "little ones" tsunami game and a graphic 911 slideshow....

Get your Outrage On--
"The mission of PBS' Postcards from Buster is to reflect all of America's children. Unfortunately Wayne Godwin, chief operating officer of PBS, is looking at America through a cracked mirror.
In his world -- and in the world of cultural conservatives -- there are no children of gay and lesbian parents. The best way to deal with reality is to deny it.
At least that's the message sent by PB'’ decision not to distribute to more than 300 PBS stations an episode of Postcards From Buster that includes children of a lesbian couple in Vermont.
'The presence of a couple headed by two mothers would not be appropriate curricular purpose that PBS should provide," said Godwin,
according to The New York Times". Read more here

I like this approach to PBS' bullying of the Buster's visits"The best thing for liberal progressive feminists to do is to pull their funding from PBS. I cancelled my membership and encourage other people to do the same and to let their management know why."
Spongebob, Buster visiting two lesbian moms , Barney, Purple tinkiwinkis, they are all far more dangerous to preschoolers and toddlers than the tsunami game? Than the graphic 911 slide show on the government's "Fema Zine" site, the site chock full of natural disasters for four year olds?

I will be writing a letter... Go HERE to tell PBS your opinion
Red states are making me see Red
We are whirling back through time faster than Dorothy in a tornado, Auntie Em, you can find me at the Emerald City--Ireland----

I'd rather have a dirty road, or, clean it myself.
From the General

Sunday, January 30, 2005

So people ask me, "why are you involved in protesting the Iraq War?" "Why do you do that?" "Medbh, just forget about it, there will always be wars." "Yes, it's terrible, but what can we do?"

I have always hated war.
I have hated war since the first time it was placed in my living room. Due to an early childhood hearing loss, I turned to written words in order to understand our world. Spoken ones just looked like mouths opening and closing, like fish mouths. So I read early. I think that not being able to hear for a few of my early years also meant that yes, other senses were more strongly developed. Perhaps my sense of sight was.

There was one sofa in our living room then, and one big tv, squared out in wood. The wood swirled all around the tv screen. Not being one of the more contentious of the nine children in my family, I rarely managed a priviledged seat on the plastic wrapped sofa. I laid on the floor instead, up close and personal with the tv.
Up close and personal, and, when still of the age that you wanted to stay in your parent's company, I would lay on the floor in the evenings after dinner, and watch the news with my Dad, a WWII vet.

I watched newscasters talk of humans being blown up. Of villages set on fire, bombed into nothingness. I watched American soldiers walk on a path in a jungle, and would later read of how they were killed, or killed others. They stepped on a mine, and blew their legs off. ...He was fresh out of high school, and a sniper's bullet pierced his abdomen... I watched as frightened people, mostly moms, grey haired grandparents, and children, children like me, ran down those same dirt paths, their belongings wrapped in kerchiefs, their mouths drawn back in a grimace of terror, or with tears streaming down their face as they turned to look back at an approaching carnage.

I watched the interviews with crippled, handsome young soldiers. I read the stories that accompanied pictures of a little girl, naked, terrified, and napalmed, as she ran down one of those same dirt paths. I read the articles in LIFE, and in every newspaper and magazine my Dad discarded on the living room floor, and I caught enough to realize that their were some in this world, powerful people, who thought that this war was ok.

Ok? OK for little girls to be burned, to run naked down dirt paths? OK? Ok to have grandmoms cry while they ran down those dirt paths, carrying bloodied grandchildren? I read that some said it was necessary. Necessary? Were these adults nuts? I did not see any blood on them. No disheveled clothes. No dirt paths. The outrage had started. I knew that my Dad did not think it was ok. He didn't even like McHale's Navy. When it would come on, his face appeared to turn down, he would repeat, "war isn't like that." We didn't watch that show. I would get up and turn on something else. He liked Gilligan's Island. MaryAnn made him smile.

I had an operation, and they fixed my ear. How, I don't know. What exactly was wrong with it, I don't know. When you are one of nine, and both of your parents work, your childhood history has a tendency to get a bit lost. No matter. The pictures from the Vietnam War did not get lost in my memory. The reasons that men in suits blahed blahed blahed to justify it didn't get lost. The banality, the evil banality, of how they spoke of war, that picture stays with me. It did not get lost.

The protestors who were shot at Kent State, that picture stays with me. I remember that one of the students was shot in the leg. A handsome, intelligent looking, young man. An ambulance came, and he told them to take a more heavily wounded person first, instead of him. They did, and then he died. I remember that still.

Maybe it is due to the overly enhanced perceptions that my childhood hearing loss gave me. But all of my life I have remembered those pictures. Those arguing for War, and those bloody, burned bodies. The crippled young soldiers. How unjust that they had to spend their life that way. How unjust that people who are just trying to live, poor people, people like me, are driven from what little bit of a home they have, due to War? How unjust that men in suits still walk, well into their advanced years, collecting retirement benefits from the companies that profited from Vietnam. How unjust that their children now benefit from the war profits.

How is it, that some people my age do not, cannot, will not remember what WAR is really about? Men in suits making a lot of money while people are butchered. Maybe they should have suffered a hearing loss way back when. It helps to develop an enhanced perception of blood.

SJ Courier Post calls Iraq War vet, bitter.

So, I was still upset over the article that the South Jersey Courier Post ran on Pat Resta's presentation at a local library Friday night.
The online version actually appears better than the print version, which was located at the bottom of the first page of the SJ section, and continued on the obits page. An odd head shot photo accompanied the article, and it was titled "Former U.S. soldier protests war in Iraq."
While info on the Iraq Vets Against the War is given, I felt the way in which the article presented Pat Resta, belittled him and what he is trying to accomplish. Note that he is called a "Former US Soldier" what, the Courier is not going to laud him with acclaim as a returning war hero? Protest is used here to try and classify him as yet another malcontent, like the other "protestors" who interrupted the inaugural. Protest is used in the negative. Nothing is mentioned of what was the crux of his talk, and what took up the two hours. Nothing except for the $1500 loan he took out for body armor.
W/o being there Fri. nite, a casual reader would not be able to see the intent, the compassion, the thoughtfulness, the honesty and maturity of the young man who spoke last Friday. The Courier's article compromised that. And failed to relay some very important information that was relevant to everyone who is paying for this war.
So, Medbh wrote the Courier a letter.
To see it, go here.
I've started a collection of letters to editors that I have been writing.

Blondesense is great today. Better than the Sunday morning paper. Read that later. Why spoil a Sunday morning with yet more Bush propaganda and brainwashing? They'll just have articles about the wonderful spreading of democracy in Iraq. I mean, that's why we went there right, to spread democracy? We didn't wind up in Iraq because we started a preemptive war against a country that was hiding allegedley WMD's right? And Halliburton hasn't hit the 10 billion mark in profits from that war, right? And Dick Cheney didn't run Halliburton up until five years ago? And there isn't an oil tanker named after Condi Rice?
nah, I'd rather blog hop on a sunday morn

and later, after I'm stronger, I'll read the PNAC's (aka neocon's) 1/28/05 letter to Congress.....

and yet more Sunday reading material...... from a bloghop, here

Under Pressure, Qatar May Sell Jazeera Station

The Bush administration, buying the news stateside and abroad....
From the NY Times..."............Administration officials have been nervous to talk about the station, being sensitive to charges that they are trying to suppress free expression. Officials at the State and Defense Departments and at the embassy in Qatar were reluctant to comment. However, some administration officials acknowledged that the well-publicized American pressure on the station - highlighted when Qatar was not invited to a summit meeting on the future of democracy in the Middle East last summer in Georgia - has drawn charges of hypocrisy, especially in light of President Bush's repeated calls for greater freedoms and democracy in the region."......................

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Vote or Die, Part III

from yahoo-----soldiers armed with assault rifles and election fliers moved warily through al-Whada's muddy streets, trying to get Iraqis to embrace democracy....The inherent danger of the mission was driven home at 3:30 p.m. A single shot rang out, and 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, 27, the popular leader of the 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry Regiment, fell dead in the street...Treat him! Treat him!" screamed Staff Sgt. Steve Siglock, one of his closest friends.....

---Were these men's 2004 Presidential election vote counted?

The Atlantic County, NJ, Peace & Justice Group on J20
Join a group in your area
Oppose the coming DRAFT, now, while you still can--if armed forces recruiters can recruit in high schools (and they are) then so can Opponents to the Draft. Contact your school boards and PTA's--while you still can

Vote or Die, Part II

From Reuters
In Armored Vehicles, U.S. Troops Tell Iraqis to Vote

-----"A rumbling column of U.S. Bradley fighting vehicles grinds to a stop in a rebellious Iraqi neighborhood of scarred houses and mud streets.
Heavily-armed troops jump out and begin searching homes as loudspeakers blast in Arabic: "On Sunday you should go out to vote. Vote to give freedom to Iraq. Vote to save Iraq." A soldier hands out fliers to a group of untidy children............
..............Suddenly, the whistle of a grenade pierces the air and a loud explosion shakes the ground. The soldiers fire back before returning to their armored vehicles and the convoy speeds away."------------

----While the violence escalates, hundreds of Iraqi Police uniforms are missing---
----And the Iraqi President says that most Iraqis won't vote...----

THE IRONY OF THIS IS.........These soldiers are risking their lives to protect and encourage the Iraqi vote. Pat Resta relayed last night, that his, and other soldier's votes in the November Presidential elections were never counted..mail delay it seems....

Intolerance? Rigidity? Blind faith? Embracing violence as a solution? Or, why is the principal sleeping with Ole Thunder between his legs?

In trying to understand the mindset that would condone a brutal war waged against a country that did not attack us, that would embrace prostitot fashions, while clamoring for abstinence only sex education, that would cry for Christian values, while condoning war, and prejudice towards those who have a different lifestyle, these entries give a clue. Violence, Jesus, sex, and the terror that makes you afraid to adopt a view different from your abusers, are all mixed up not so neatly together in the spanking system allowed in many southern states.
from JG and
1/12/05 A former student at the School of Excellence in Education is suing the charter school, alleging that an administrator used excessive force by disciplining her with a 4-foot-long wooden paddle known as "Ole Thunder." According to the suit, Wilkinson summoned Serafin to the principal's office on June 18, restrained her with the help of two employees, and struck her repeatedly on her bottom, hip and leg

---I had been late three times to school and was sent to the referral center, where I had to explain myself to a male administrative assistant. The teacher who sent me told me that I would be given a choice of three "swats" or three days suspension....I knew from other students that they make you spread your legs and lie flat on a desk for the paddling. ---

Of all the House of Prayer brides, April Nichols best remembers the two sisters. One was age 14, the other 15, and they were surrounded by family, all dressed in their Sunday best..... The House of Prayer church in Atlanta, embattled over its use of corporal punishment on children, was sending young girls to Alabama's border county east of Anniston to take advantage of this state's more lenient marriage laws. Its pastor, Arthur Allen Jr., told reporters that he wanted to prevent girls from having premarital sex. Georgia requires brides and grooms to be at least 16, unless the bride is pregnant, in which case all age requirements are waived. But in Alabama, girls and boys can marry at age 14 as long as their parents agree.

---At the time, no one anticipated that the political capital of faith-based social programs would rise dramatically in the next decade, or that Roloff's beliefs, which were far afield of the religious mainstream, would gain a new foothold. But in 1997 then-governor George W. Bush put forth a legislative package that included precisely what Roloff had long fought for: allowing church-run child-care institutions to opt out of state licensing. By 1999 the Rebekah Home was back in business-and the stories of DeAnne Dawsey's troubled adolescence, Lester Roloff's crusade, and George W. Bush's political career would converge.

The conservative Red state mindset, which is adopted by those who live in both blue and red states, has a definite connection with the lowest chakra, or Red chakra. It is all about, fear, agression, and survival. More on the red state and red chakra connection, here It is very interesting to me, at least, how the colors of this year's politcal divide reflect the energies of those same colors, of our various chakras.

Friday, January 28, 2005

The dangers of a grieving family

The No Child Left Behind Act has a provision in it where your child's personal information is automatically given to any recruitment center..

I just came in from the informal presentation given by a member of the Iraq Vets against the War. The presentation was given at the little Collingswood, NJ, library. That library was overflowing with people.

The statement in the title of this post is just one of many things that I heard tonight. In fact, I heard too many to be able to post on them. Too many. It is worse than I thought, and I am a total pessimist about this war of freedom--as if you couldn't tell--

The presenter was Pat Resta. He joined slightly after high school, served his time, enlisted in the National Guard for the tuition money, was in college when 911 occurred, and was called to active duty one month after 911. He just came back from Iraq. He was a medic there. He is 26 years old. He did not give accounts of his service that related to his job as a medic.

What he said tonight was as gruesome as horrorific war injuries. I need some time to sort it out in my mind, and decide on a course of action. A few things that stand out are:
1) The No Child Left Behind Act includes a provision where your child's personal information can be given to any recruitment center.

2) That there is now a law in place that, if you apply for a Pell Grant, or a student loan,or any type of tuition aid, that your personal information is automatically given to the Selective Service. If you refuse to have it given to the Selective Service, then you are denied the loan/grant.

3) The young man was a medic with the Army National Guard. He was recruited at the age of 17, had served his "time" and was in college when 911 happened. He was called into active service, and was sent to Fort Jackson with other NG's. The army had the men guard Fort Jackson with guns that had no bullets.....The soldiers who guarded the airports after 911, did not have bullets in their guns. It was all for show. If they did have to defend themselves, the airports, etc., from terrorists, well, they could fist fight them, try hitting them with the rifle, or run. Running away is what the current Iraqi police do when an insurgent slash terrorist confronts them..

4) The lack of armor, and protective vests is very real. He had to take out a loan for $1,500 before he was sent to Iraq last year, in order to have a bullet proof vest. While riding in the unarmored humvees, he sat on it. He betted on the idea that the most danger would come from riding over IED's that would explode under the un armored jeep, igniting the unprotected fuel tanks. ..
5) When he was called up one month after 911,-- one month--the military was already planning the invasion of Iraq.
6) That he was somehow involved in guarding, or at, the oil fields in Iraq--have to check my notes, but, basically, that we are in this war for the oil.
7) That a draft is imminent. When he was first sent to Fort Jackson, he met a 57 year old grandmother who was retired, but who they called up. She was in a foxhole with a gun...When he was first deployed, to Iraq, the National Guardsmen were not in the physical condition to be sent to war. Two that he knew, had heart attacks the first month, and one, who had a 30% disability due to a bad back, had to be sent home the first month.

The list goes on, and on. I was horrified. There is no reason not to believe what this 26 year old man is saying. He is medium height, very honest, very matter of fact, earnest and intelligent. --after thinking awhile about what other words could be used to describe him as he spoke, compassionate intensity came to mind. He cares deeply about thses issues, and has the strength to act on his beliefs.--- His name is Pat Resta. You can find articles that he wrote at, here , and his photos, here , and at , here.
Please read them. Mr. Resta explains his position, and his reasons for speaking out against this war, and his experiences in it, extensively, and much better than I can.

He also said that he emailed the numerous pics of the unarmored humvees etc., to all of the major papers, and not one ever responded to him.

and that he is not entitled to any of the tuition money that originally made him sign up. Why? Because you have to attend school during the two years that would have been your active service. If you are called to active duty instead, the money is forfeited. yes, he should have read the fine print, but, did you read the fine print, when you were 17?

And if they make it back alive, how much depleted uranuim will they have been exposed to?

--Depleted uranium is a mildly radioactive byproduct of enriched nuclear fuel production. Its high density makes it particularly effective for use in weapons designed to pierce armored vehicles and military installations in a theater of war.

Depeleted Uranium, science or science fiction?

Depleted uranium--denying it's effects, denying medical care?

And yet more on depleted uranium---what we do not hear in the news...

Just ine of the issues that the men and women returning from Iraq want to tell you about

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Iraq Vet Speaks in Collingswood, NJ Friday, 1/28/05

Awhile back, I posted about a very new group. This group is made up of Iraq War Vets. They have a story to tell America. Pat Resta, an Iraq vet who serves as a medic, recently returned to America, is speaking at the Collingswood, NJ Library, this Friday evening, 1/28/05, from 7 to 9 pm.

What Pat has to say everyone needs to hear. Please come out and support him, and find out how you can help support this new organization. As simply stated on their web page, their goals are: What are the main objectives of Iraq Veterans Against the war? The main objectives of IVAW are threefold. They are: 1: Bring the troops home now. 2: Support Iraqi reconstruction in whatever way possible. 3: Support our veterans and our troops now and upon their return home

If you are in the SJ area on Friday, this is the library's info: Collingswood Public Library (856) 858-0649 Address: 771 Haddon Ave Collingswood, NJ 08108

If you are in the general -Philly, Jersey, Delaware-- area, and would like to host a speaking engagement or fundraiser, please try to stop by the library. One of the IVAW coordinators will be there, as will I. If you can't make it to Jersey, or are not in the SJ area, but want your group, church, school, or organization to host a speaking engagement, please visit here.

If you can't make it, but know someone who may be interested, then please send this link to them. Print it out and hang it in your company's break room, at your cube, on the work fridge. We need to get the word out, and YOU are the KEY to doing that. you know Fox news isn't going to help..... Thank you so much!

Bits and pieces won't save your face

Just stuff the ballots with the party that you want, george, and announce the winner, today. Rig it. I'm serious. Just put into place the handpicked politicos that you will make sure get into place, anyway. The elections are only being held so that you can, as my Sicilian ex mother-in-law used to say, "save face."
While you attempt to save your face.."insurgents" are blowing anyone they can into bits. When our soldiers aren't being blown into bits by insurgents, they are blowing Iraqis into bits.
Seriously, let these people keep what remains of their limbs, their homes, their lives, and their loved ones, and just freakin announce the winner. NOW.

You have presented enough sacrificial lambs
to the GWB Freedom alter. You're going to strip them of their natural resources anyway. You already have what, 14 military bases established , and are enacting laws that will ensure the foreign control of the Iraqi people's oil for years.
So why have anyone else die for a sham? Why? Just do what you are going to do, anyway. Don't make anyone else be blown into bits and pieces, in order to keep a face on your lie.
And stop making the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed pay for their meals, too!

"They need a new law for these protesters: 'You cross the line, you do the time.'"

I would have to ask Mr. Boring, "What line did I and other protestors cross? Would that be a concrete line, like the curbs and pavements that divide the streets in Texas, DC? Was there a certain concrete line that you wanted to get to, but the masses and masses of protestors that the media did not show in their unaugural coverage, stood in the way of?

Or is that line just a line in your mind? The line that says that you will not tolerate something, and idea, an individual, if same overloads the red wired circuitry of your brain?
If something is not tolerable to you, then put it in jail, punish it?

Who do you think you are?

hope we didn't give you and the wife too much of a headache that day, Mr. Boring........

yes, she can put a "Buck Fush" bumper sticker on her truck if she wants to, Sgt.Karasek

"A Denver police sergeant is under investigation for allegedly threatening to arrest a woman Monday for displaying on her truck a derogatory bumper sticker about President Bush. "

While you're at the link, check out the comments from the poll "Should profanity be allowed on bumper stickers?"

Bush's address to Iraqi citizens, "Vote, I need the oil."

Just in case we ever wondered if it was, all about the oil..

uhoh, I see that I had addess, instead of address, in that post all day long. That's what you get when you try to blog in the early am, and you are just not an early am person.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Awhile back, I posted about a very new group. This group is made up of Iraq War Vets. They have a story to tell America.

Pat Resta, an Iraq vet who recently returned to America, is speaking at the Collingswood, NJ Library, this Friday evening, 1/28/05, from 7 to 9 pm.

What Pat has to say everyone needs to hear. Please come out and support him, and find out how you can help support this new organization. As simply stated on their web page, their goals are:

What are the main objectives of Iraq Veterans Against the war?
The main objectives of IVAW are threefold. They are: 1: Bring the troops home now. 2: Support Iraqi reconstruction in whatever way possible. 3: Support our veterans and our troops now and upon their return home

If you are in the SJ area on Friday, this is the library's info:
Collingswood Public Library
(856) 858-0649
771 Haddon Ave Collingswood, NJ 08108

If you are in the general -Philly, Jersey, Delaware-- area, and would like to host a speaking engagement or fundraiser, please try to stop by the library. One of the IVAW coordinators will be there, as will I.

If you can't make it to Jersey, or are not in the SJ area, but want your group, church, school, or organization to host a speaking engagement, please visit here.

If you can't make it, but know someone who may be interested, then please send this link to them. Print it out and hang it in your company's break room, at your cube, on the work fridge. We need to get the word out, and YOU are the KEY to doing that.
you know Fox news isn't going to help.....

Thank you so much!

Of ass warmers, bras, and dead colonels.......

All bout the ass warmers, here!
Blondes rule today.

Umm, Sir, none of the Chinese terrorists are, um, terrorists

But they are illegal aliens, Sir. You see, sir it appears that the group who smuggled them into America, they might have been stiffed by the Chinese, so one of the new bad guys, the smugglers, he called in that terrorist tip, just to get even with them.

I am of course, relieved that the alleged terrorists are not terrorists at all, but merely more people trying to escape to America. That is, if they were ever considered terrorists at all by the FBI. I have a very strong suspicion that our intelligence is not that vapid. That Paris Hilton really isn't a few IQ points above the best and the brightest of them. No, I think that it was known from the time of the phoned in tip, that it was a false threat.

After all, didn't the voice that made the allegation have a strong Mexican accent? And he's calling about Chinese terrorists?? I mean, who wouldn't put 2 and 2 together and think smuggling. No, this newest threat, which, if you lived in and around Boston, must have been frightening to live through, was yet more propaganda by our government. More FEAR, FEAR, FEAR.
Be afraid America, be afraid of the terrorists! Halliburton hasn't racked up enough of a profit yet to support Dick Cheney's retirement benefits. We need to keep this war going. This war on terror........
THEY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT 911, THEY HAVEN'T FOUND OBL, billions have been spent in Iraq, and now the Carlye group is manufacturing little killer robots. Wonder how much those little Chuckie robots will cost us?

More people suffer and die in Iraq, and now another American civilian is on tv, pleading for his life.. Go to CODEPINK, join the effort to have him indicted. By the corporation and for the corporation has to go.
George Bush and company really think that we are stupid.

Two little quizzes

Can you guess the answer to question #27 ?
Who said this ?
To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day hero ... Assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an un-winnable urban guerilla war. It could only plunge that part of the world into even greater instability.
Tony Blair George Bush Snr Henry Kissinger Charlton Heston (that ? wasn't very hard, was it?)Want more? Do you like to test your knowledge of ...Iconochasms, then click
While you're there, you can also take the political compass quiz. Are you a a social libertarian, an extreme authoritarian, a neo-liberal anarchist, or a regular old communist, but with a collective bent?

I found out that I am a social libertarian. Okay, if you say so!
the little quizzes were found after floating around and falling here

Monday, January 24, 2005

Keep Your Rosaries off of my Ovaries

Well, let's see, no abortions, abstinence only sex education, and if you want the morning after pill, the FDA is going to have think on that a bit longer before allowing you to have it, lowly woman...

Tell the
FDA to stop restricting access to emergency contraceptive.

And read about an inspiring woman who travels the world by sea in order to provide safe abortion services to women in countries were abortion is illegal.

And I do love the fact that "President Bush Supports Abortion Foes in Protest" "

"This is the path of the culture of life that we seek for our country," Bush said by phone from Camp David, Md. ...HUH? While he seeks 80 billion to continue the War in Iraq, while Donald Rumsfield will not even speak by phone to a group of grieving parents of soldiers who were killed in the Iraq War, while he targets Iran instead of joining in disarmament talks that European nations have repeatedly asked the US to participate in.
The right wing abortion stance has nothing to do with saving life, and everything to do with rolling back the rights of, and the lifestyles of most Americans.

Well, marriage can be between one woman, and one man, or, between one man and five different women, or between one woman and seven different men--think Liz Taylor, or did she have 8 husbands? How many times was Sinatra married? Ronald Reagan? Britney? But marriage cannot be between two men or two women. How unjust that someone who enters into multiple marriages can have more legal benefits due to those multiple marriages, than two people of the same sex who are committed to a long term relationship can have? What a sham the Marriage Protection act is. The religious right continue to rear their sanctimonious head. Please help put thier nose back into thier Bible, and out of the government.

Tell your
Senator to Oppose the Marriage Protection Amendment

No, Mrs. Sheehan, he is not going to meet with you, nor with any other bereaved parents of dead soldiers. In fact, he thinks that he has found a way out of having to sign those depressing condolence letters, and, of having to come up with those armored Humvees. He has killer robots at the ready, at his beck and call, and they cost even less than that $12,000 death benefit paid to a soldier's family.

Uhmm, Bush & Co., we party like the Donald, and we kill like Kuma War.

Boys with Toys

Boys with toys, dah, dah, dah. Way back in the 80's, or maybe in the 90's, was a little song that had that phrase in it. In my mind, I can still, albeit a bit foggily, see the Flock of Eagles type band singing it.

So, when I saw the pic of this little killing lawnmower that our gov has compiled from the rest of the bits of one of those bombed trucks, after the soldiers have scrapped all of the bigger pieces of metal that were on it for their truck armor, well, that song just popped into my head.
Now, considering just how badly the contained, precise, bombing of Fallujah went.... I have this uneasy feeling about Rumsey's robot. I mean, if it gets too much sand in its metal butt parts, will it spin out of control, shooting everything around it, and will we then have to bomb it to get it to stop spraying bullets?
Boys with toys, dah, dah, dah. Someone has played tooo many video games..
Oh, and look who sponsored it, the Carlyle Group...

Boys with Toys, part II

Sunday, January 23, 2005


if you by any chance bought the media representation of the people who gathered en mass to protest Bush's unaugural, this site shows the true face of those who where there.

"WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 - Somewhere in the shadows of the White House and the Capitol this week, a small group of super-secret commandos stood ready with state-of-the-art weaponry to swing into action to protect the presidency, a task that has never been fully revealed before.
As part of the extraordinary army of 13,000 troops, police officers and federal agents marshaled to secure the inauguration, these elite forces were poised to act under a 1997 program that was updated and enhanced after the Sept. 11 attacks, but nonetheless departs from how the military has historically been used on American soil. "

jesus f christ.., police state, we are here they don't know the person they have a man hunt out on has been in a US detention center for 2 months, they sic 13,000 police et al, missiles, army copters, what all, on protesting moms, seniors and college students....
if you are not concerned, if you still think that the GWB will "protect you" then you truly had better prepare for that rapture, and soon. if you think that you will never be the target of one of these BUMBLING "Homeland" security goon squads, think again. yet more from CLG

umm, Sir, she's been in a US detention center for two months"

"One of the Chinese nationals sought for questioning in connection with an unspecified, unconfirmed threat against the city of Boston has been in U.S. custody for more than two months, the FBI said on Saturday. "

maybe they should have used some of 20 million spent on unaugural security to find out unspecifically, where the unconfirmed terrorists actually are..

it get's better.....
"It appears at this time that Mei Xia Dong's motives for entering the U.S. may have been for economic reasons," the FBI statement said. "The investigation thus far does not tie her to any terrorist group."
Say what???
from reuters, via blondsense

Saturday, January 22, 2005

CODEPINK has an idea...
they feel that impeaching the spreader of freedom is not going to work, so they have a better plan. INDICT HIM!
yeah, go PINKS!

People who never have sex shouldn't tell people who do, how to have it

Pope still says no to condoms......

A picture says a thousand words

Police halt anti-Bush protest

Protestors are blocked in Jersey, also

An experience in Texas, DC

The bus to DC was almost full. Two thirds were women. Some were participating in the TYBB protest, some wanted to participate in the anti-war rally and march. Some were going to both. The gathering place our bus left us off at, Malcolm X park, was jammed with people. That park was the site of a huge anti-war rally. At 10 am, the helicopters were not yet flying overhead. There was music, speeches, the rally was non-violent. I had to get some coffee, and ran to a coffee shop a few blocks away. By the time I exited Starbucks, cop cars with lights flashing, about 40 policemen on motorcycles, and helicopters circling overhead were also at the rally. A police escort is always given at street protests. But this was a lot of police, and a helicopter "escort" well, that was a first.

The march started, and a mass of people flooded the street. Peacefully. With music, signs, and slogans. That march ended at Mc Pherson's square, and met up with yet more demonstrators. Most were anti-war, all were anti-Bush. At that square, we were told that the security checkpoints were hours long, and that you may not able to get onto Pennsylvania Ave. Most people marched down to the Ave., anyway.

I have yet to see coverage of those access point lines in the media. At 14th St. the protestors waited in line with what appeared to be some non Texan Bush supporters. The wait was a long one. Around the corner from the long line, another access line formed. This line was filled exclusively with Bush supporters. Wealthy supporters. Enormously wealthy supporters. The majority of the women in that line wore ankle length fur coats. Stetsons and twang filled the air. And they were miffed, as they also had to wait, although not nearly as long... No where in the media did I see coverage of the two lines. The line for the rich and furred, and the line for the others.

Many of the demonstrators, upon reaching the 14th St. access point, and seeing what might be a long futile wait---it was now about 1:30, the parade was due to start at 2:30--- were reviewing their options. Stand in line here, and probably miss the parade, and the TYBB action, or try to find another access point? Wait outside the fences? Due to the incredibly long access line at 14th, the line itself was not a line. It filled the width of the street. It was a huge square that eventually poured one person out and into the waiting patdown of a soldier. Some people who tried to find another access point were "caught" in one of the "viewing" pens. The march that had remained peaceful for hours, began to show some wear.

I made a pitstop at Borders for more coffee. It was cold. I met a passenger from my bus in there, and we decided to wait in the long line. I came out of Borders, and saw a young, petite woman wearing a sign that read "If you voted for Bush, then you have blood on your hands." She was positioned at the bend in the Texan line, alone, and about fifteen feet from them. She was softly repeating, over and over, "Stop the war, stop the killing."

There were a few young people in the street behind her, carrying signs, walking back and forth in that square outside of Borders. I saw an older, large man step out of that line, mock what she was saying, strut, in his boots over to her, and wave a cam corder a few inches from her face. He then strutted back to his place in line, laughing, and was congratulated by his fur wrapped friends. He had to have been 6'4". She had to have been not a 1/4 inch over 5'. In the street right across from the Texan line, were rows and rows of cops. Standing still. I made another decision.

I took a few sips of my coffee, walked over to the young lady, and started chanting with her, "stop the war, stop the killing." For awhile, a Vietnam vet stayed with us, also repeating "stop the war, stop the killing."After about an hour, I heard a young man's voice behind us. He too, repeated,"stop the war, stop the killing." For over two hours, those words, "stop the war, stop the killing" upset the decorum of the Texas line.
--Large grown men continued to step out of line, and shove cam corders and camera cell phones in both of our faces.
--Young men in very expensive long coats stepped out of line and pushed between us, jeering.
--Two young men danced around us, to the tune of "stop the war, stop the killing." They said that a dance routine was needed for our "tune."
--Numerous twangy voices yelled various insults.
--One man strutted over, bent down and hissed "get a job" in my ear. Another hissed, "get a life."
--An ankle length fur coat laughed and danced a jig, to "stop the war, stop the killing."
--Several other similarly clothed women yelled "stop abortion, stop the killing." That was greeted with much applause by the other line members.
--A very, very, large man strutted over, walked around us, and then picked up one of the orange cones and placed it in front of us. That was also greeted with much applause by his line members.
--The obligatory snowball was thrown at the young, petite woman. I have to say that more abuse was hurled at her, than at me. I don't think it is because she was petite, and so appeared an easy victim, while I am 5'8". I have red hair and blue eyes. She has black hair, brown eyes, and appeared to be of Middle Eastern decent.

That abuse continued for two hours, while police stood in the street next to us. Men in raincoats and ear pieces were positioned all over that little square, and observed us. Finally, all of the people dressed in long fur coats, Stetsons, cowboy boots and swagger, made it into the viewing area. The large gated fence was shut and locked.

During those two hours, not one police, FBI type, nor anyone else in that line, addressed the harassment.
There was so much money standing in that line. So many long fur coats. I guess I saw some of GWB's base, Thursday.
And the words "stop the war, stop the killing" must be fighting words, to them. To those who now occupy Texas, DC.

--oh, and I forget to mention the old twanger space invader who ran over, bent down and gleefully ranted some shit in german to us. must of blocked that one. I kinda hope that I don't remember anything else----


Friday, January 21, 2005

1/20/05: Order from Tom Ridge to the FBI: Beef it up some more! Do you think that 5000 police, militia, missiles and sharpshooters are enough to tackle these babes?------------------------------------ I am not going to post anymore today. I'm upset. I played the tsunami game and lost. I couldn't figure out where to put the dead people.

Now sit on my lap while I tell you a bedtime story, honey.......

Ok, now let's open our FEMAZINE book, and turn to the 911 slideshow.........

Play the the Tsunami Game and win a prize.......

your gov at work. This one has me speechless.
via blondsense
from the Homeland security site, that you can bounce to easily after the game.... "it's also in your heart and on your mind to preserve our freedoms, to protect America, to secure the homeland."
Homeland, where have I heard that word before?

When an opponent declares, "I will not come over to your side," I calmly say, "Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community." Adolf Hitler

--update--looks like FEMA might have had a negative response to it's tsunami game--it can no longer be accessed. i would hazard a guess that it was pulled due to speechless BLOGGERS sending it everywhere. however, the page that pictures it, along with other disaster connections for the little ones, is here

Comments From Left Field has a great shot, and some insight into the other festivities.

If you enlarge these pics, you will get a better idea of just how many people marched yesterday. Their ages were diverse. Half had to be over 40. People came in buses from all over America.

In addition to the overkill of police and military personnel, helicopters kept circling around the marchers. So, they spent how much money to protect George Bush from what? From the slew of moms over 50? From the injured Vietnam vets? From the congregations of church people bussed in from Ohio, Maine..?

Our tax dollars were spent to guard him against grandmom, aunt medbh, cousin Heather, and college students. Lots of very creative college students, actually. The signs and outfits were great. The people were peaceful. The intimidation did not work. Although I am sure that Kent was on the minds of those who could remember it.

thanks to everyone who wished me well. I am back, it is late, I haven't thawed out yet, and need to get some sleep. There were thousands of people protesting in DC today. Thousands. I heard a report that "protestors clashed with the police. Not true, at least not initially. A few hours into the protest, the young repuglicans started with the young anarchists, and well...The amazing part is that the few news reports I read, said that the protestors clashed with the police. NOT TRUE. Once the young and the divided shout off match started, the mounted dudes in black charged in, ---removed the young pugs, and then gassed the young protestors. Saw some amazing things today. Saw many heartbreaking sights. The old protestors, the Vietnam vets, some hobbling along in walkers and on canes from thier injuries, some very obviously still scarred, what 30 years later? They are trying their best to stop this war. Amazing insights today into GWB's base--They were there in force. And Pink medbh reallyyy upset a few of them. Peacefully, of course. WHAT DO WE WANT? PEACE! WHEN DO WE WANT IT ? NOW! WHAT DOES A DEMOCRACY LOOK LIKE! THIS IS WHAT A DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!..and...on a protestor's sign--"jesus hates george bush..Luke 7::16" protests can be so cathartic...good night..

Thursday, January 20, 2005

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing

WAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Checklist for In the Pink in DC
pink tee, hat, coat, gloves, scarves, socks

extra warm turtleneck sweater
extra warm tights
extra warm hiking socks
insulated waterproof hiking boots
pink signs
throat lozenges
alarm clock set
tolerable energy bar
cell, just in case
DC and metro map, just in case
extra money, just in case
get out of jail #, just in case
missile defense shield, just in case
decontamination suit, just in case,
directions to the red cross "inaugural emergency shelter, 200 miles away, just in case....

water ever happened to fire hoses and tear gas?

war, what is it good for?

Odd happenings in Fallujah
car bombs outside the Australian Embassy
four bombs go off in Baghdad, 26 killed, at least twenty injured
The rumor that Iraqi PM Allawi executed six prisonersis alive again, and the New yorker states it is true
It's looking worse and worse for Iran
2 more Iraqi officials are murdered
Bush tells troops "much more will be asked of you"
Reno attorney is suing Bush and Cheney for 'acting out of their scope" when they declared war
Red Cross sets up shelter in Pa. 's Susquehanna Valley in case of "Inaugural emergency"(Pa.?)
Troops sweep into Mosul to quell pre election violence
British, Iraqi security workers killed

I don't think the dinar will be trading very high, just yet........

"This is the Super Bowl for us," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent James W. Rice II. "Everyone on every team is dressed up and playing in the game.

Medbh says," I don't play sports."
"The agents and officers at the swearing-in and along the parade route will have access to the latest tools. Every piece of technology that exists will be a part of this," said Rice, who oversees the National Capital Response Squad.

Yes, we do need lots of missiles, and such, in case the people decide to turn, and face forward.....

"If there is civil disobedience or violence, Sgt. Scott Fear of the U.S. Park Police said "we are prepared to make arrests, and mass arrests, if needed." hey, good name, a double dose of fear.

"George W. Bush and the First Lady visited the National Archives on Wednesday to see George Washington's inaugural address. Aides say Bush's will run 17 minutes. Scott McClellan, White House spokesman, says, "It is a liberty speech. The president will talk about the power of freedom. Peace is secured by advancing freedom." I love oil talk

well, see y'all guys in the PINK in DC!

from the rice a roni report--the Outposts of Tyranny, or, the axis of evil redo x 2

and, if two years from now, after we've bombed the crap out of Iran, will the rice-a-roni Tyrannical Outposts have squared, doubled, or just grown by a third? 1000 Bremer dinars to the person who answers that ? correctly.


Hey, why leave out South America? Surely the reign man and Condi could find a country on that continent that is in need of "democracy" and a little bloody freedom. From the BBC
And it gets better "Ms Rice acknowledged that some bad decisions had been made over Iraq, but said history would judge the overall outcome."
yet more, "the US had to look at the “totality of the issue”, referring to the issues of terrorism and human rights." gag me with a spoon....
but, it isn't all doom and gloom and the globalization of war, why no. just in from yahoo is "Democrats to Delay Rice Confirmation Vote " so, are they maybe going to stop her appointment? no, she just won't be able to proudly proclaim her victory at the coronation ball. It's on hold for a whole darn week thanks to all but the 2 Democrats who said that they don't digest rice very well. Who cares about their digestive difficulties, Dems rock, and go Phillies, or eagles, whatever!!!
I wonder how the Iranian currency is trading these days? North Korea's?

She wasn't invited to the coronation...... neither were these soldiers.
"US soldiers in Iraq approach a car after opening fire when it failed to stop at a checkpoint. Despite warning shots it continued to drive towards their dusk patrol in Tal Afar on 18 January.
Inside the car were an Iraqi family of seven. The mother and father were killed but their five children in the backseat survived, one with a non-life threatening wound. "

from the BBC I believe the reign man would call this "collateral damage." dinars anyone?

well, if Walmart wasn't such a Walfart, then maybe it's employees wouldn't have to dress up like Waltarts..

I would have placed the yellow happy face a bit lower.
Just in case you haven't come across this story yet, here is why Grandpa turned Waltart.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The tsunami survivors should be glad the nuns didn't make them bend over, show their panties, and then beat their butts w/ those long pointer sticks, too. Christian charity.....
Feel the Love
"Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water.
Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving."

Oh, go ahead, go there. You know what one you'll be left clicking on, too. And while you are visiting hell, check out how many people have truly gone to hell while you were trolling....hell. 42 people were pitchforked while I was there. Go ahead, click where you want to enter, it's cathartic.
thank you, I hate Pat Robertson --

the Bremer dinar, part III, or the three G's my ass!

from PortalIraq
testimonials from satisfied dinar trading customers....
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............."I am very pleased with the service I received from Chris. I reived accurate, up-to-date information on my purchase, and the Dinars were delivered as promised. The customer service was excellent; therefore, I plan to recommend Chris to my friends and business associates. Russ "Russell, KY, U.S.A. (Order PI#352: 1 Million Dinar)

..........."40 new crisp 25000 bills arrived today - 3 business days after wiring the payment."Kenneth, FL, United States (Order PI#465: 1 Million Dinar)

and the very strange freeps at, discuss the merits and shortcomings of their bremer dinar investments.

* a bit more on why the Iraqi people will vote on Jan 30, no matter how many are killed, before then.
Seems there an AWFUL lot of people who have sunk lots and lots of money into buying up the new dinar. They're just waiting for the payoff. And that money will not pay off, until the country is stabilized. And the elections are key. Fatwallet types have been waiting quite awhile to cash in.
christians, money, blood, death, destruction, lying, stolen elections..........mmm--I wonder how many in the media have a dinar stash? how many churches do? how mannny "weak' Democratic senators, congressmen, governors?? the three G's my ass!!! it was all about the dinar.

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln

the bremer dinar, part II, or Blood $$ for red christians

"A senior citizen viewer who does not want to be identified said a fellow church member talked her into investing in the new Iraqi money and paying $87 U.S. dollars for each investment package. " the story, from KFOR in Oklahoma City

and more, from
"The Bottom Line
If things go well in Iraq's future, they will also go well for anyone who bought Iraqi currency at today's prices"

still more, here
I seem to remember the actual reason the God fearing south wanted to keep slavery "trading high," was the lovely way that that blood $ lined their pockets.
slavery, slaughter, wars for blood money....I guess that's why they're called Red States..

meanwhile, in Iraq, "The Americans....... They want to kill us all -- they are freeing us of our lives."

"And the anger extended far beyond Falluja. In Ramadi, 40 year old Abdulla Rahnan concluded, "The Americans want every city in Iraq to be like Fallujah. They want to kill us all -- they are freeing us of our lives!" His friend contributed his own grim observation: "Everyone here hates them because they are making mass graves faster than even Saddam! " Fallujah, 2005

And of your
money even faster, Mr Rahnan...

And, oh look,
someone even named the new Iraqi currency, the "Bremer Dinar," after the US civilian administrator of Iraq, L Paul Bremer. See, they do love us after all....

Gary Sinise and ?Beatlemania? at Bush's balls

Saw a line up of celebrities scheduled for all of bushes balls.. Gary Sinise?? Beatlemania? --Goodbye, Wednesday night CSI. Beatlemania, who ever you are, how could you?

Monday, January 17, 2005

Protecting the Alpha Penis from Pom Pom's and crosses

Fear, Fear, Fear, it's all about the Fear.... yawn
we're still going to DC in two days

update**sorry to anyone who tried to access the fear link yesterday. it's corrected, although I lost the original link. found a better one though, DC will be crawling w/6000 police, F-16's, decontamination tents, but..."Washington won't look like "downtown Baghdad on Jan. 20."

Ohh, those security guys just love the war, they love it, it really gives them a big ol thrill. Finally, they have something to justify their existence, to get all excited about.........freepers

and the cross carriers are really pissed

Sign Barbara Boxer's petition--QUICK!

In my inbox today:
Dear medbh,
.......Tomorrow, Barbara Boxer will heed Dr. King's call as she questions one of the chief architects of the Bush Administration's failed policy in Iraq during Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearings.
Thanks to your help, Barbara Boxer has received more than 30,000 petition signatures in support of her quest for the truth from Dr. Rice this week. But Barbara needs all the support she can get before the hearings begin on Tuesday morning. So if you haven't already, please
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It's all about the alpha penis

I've read this story in several places, they were all credible sites, so I have to assume it is accurate, cause it's too darn disgusting to have to spend any more time verifying it.

From the Village Voice
" We have made a disaster in Iraq. We cannot escape from all of its consequences. But the human consequences of staying—the Iraqi civilians we will kill, the young American men and women alive this minute who will die or be maimed in body or mind—are worse than the political consequences of withdrawing. In any case, the political consequences are notional, as weighed against the certainty of death, suffering, and grief. In our own eyes, our prestige diminished after we withdrew from Vietnam, but our international position was not weakened. Asked for the hundredth time why we were in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson, according to Arthur Goldberg, his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "unzipped his fly, drew out his substantial organ, and declared, 'This is why!'" In Iraq as in Vietnam, at risk is not America's prestige but the President's. No one should have to die to save George W. Bush's face."
N one should have to die to save what he keeps trying to prove is his alpha penis, either. We don't care if it' s bigger than Lyndons' or not, we don't wanna know. Tell it to Pickles, leave us alone already!!!!!
Impeach Him

"Air Force proposal sought gay sex weapon!"--brain freeze, guys here's a clue.. female soldiers...

SUMMARY: The Pentagon (news - web sites) once looked into making a weapon that would render enemy troops sexually attracted to one another, according to a document obtained by a watchdog group.
Hmmp! so, the Pentagon found a way to save all the young hot bodies for themselves, huh? The bastards.
What a mind set they have....

aside from the homophobic, culturally ignorant, violent, oriented in plain stupidity, biases, behind the idea of the gay sex bomb.........

did they forget that there are women both in, around, and supporting the various militaries of the world? They eat the same food in a mess hall, they breathe the same air--(that fact seems to have missed the radar of every news article I have read on this story--gonads, gonads, gonads--not everything is about the gonads)

and, where were they going to drop this sex bomb? Would it fall only onto those stamped with that little "heterosexual male enemy soldier here" beacon attached to their skull? It wouldn't maybe drift in the air, settle in the earth, the water supply? Why it would be mad crazy monkey love all over the place!

Maybe the pentagon sci fi labs actually have a few aging hippies running around there--make LOVE, not WAR --yeah, a sex appeal "bomb" ---all kinds of mad crazy monkey love instead of blood and guts--sounds good to me.
come on girls, let's raid the pentagon, we want some of that "when ya look at me, honey, you're love buttons get pushed"
stuff before it's hits the black market!

On 8/28/63, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave an incredible speech about the Vietnam War, the fear of communism, and the American government's destruction of a poor country and it's even poorer, citizens.
Substitute Iraq, and the fear of terrorists, and Martin Luther King's words ring clear and true in 2005, from the place where his spirit lives. As we take the time to honor him on this day, through his inspiring words, he continues to send us love, encouragement, and HOPE.

AUGUST 28TH 1963
I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statements of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart, and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." And that time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.
....Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.............................. if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.
,,,,,,And so we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.....
....................and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

Yes, it is.
The entire text of Martin Luther King Jr.,'s speech, "A Time To Break The Silence" can be found
Some people have said about the Iraq War, that every generation has to learn the same lessons all over again. As if somehow, we lost all memory of the Vietnam War, and of how it divided our country. We did not forget, though.

What makes the war against Iraq even more horrendous and it's basis even more despicable, is that the men who initiated it grew up in the time of the Vietnam War. The pain, and loss of life, the destruction, the slaughtered people, all of that, they remember, and are very familiar with. And they did not turn away from that evil, they embraced it, for they are it. And they must NOT be allowed to win. Thank you for shining your beacon of light on us today, Mr. King