Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Feeding the rapture requires a lot of $$$$$$

I Hate Pat Robertson has the info on the dictator that Pat doesn't want to assasinate...."First of all, Pat Robertson is the last person who should be condemning others for having questienable ties. He was good pals with the former dictator of Charles Taylor, who was recently indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone. Robertson and Taylor were both beneficiaries of the gold and diamond trades in Africa, which exploit children and the poor. "

and Robertson isn't the only wealthy and getting wealthier every day American Pastor. From the Ledger-Enquirer, "LITHONIA, Ga. - Jesus wasn't broke, and leaders of churches shouldn't be either.
That's what Bishop Eddie Long, who heads Georgia's biggest church, has to say in defense of his grand lifestyle, funded largely by the nonprofit religious charity he started in 1997.
According to tax records, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries, Inc. provided him with more than $3 million in salary and benefits, including a $1.4 million 20-acre home and use of a $350,000 Bentley. Long also received more than $1 million in salary, including $494,000 in 2000."

why would anyone give these men money?? I suppose it is that early training in fear-based domination/submission religions that makes people to afraid to question the money aspect, and the actions.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

He's a "Let them eat some soggy flood cake while I strum this here geetar," war president..

I don't know, maybe it's just me. But--he truly is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!
DUDE!!! There are reports of bodies floating around the streets of New Orleans--put the f***ing geetar down, you wannabe human, and act like a president of the US! -Bush strums guitar as Louisina floods....

why haven't you prepared for this Hurrican disaster??

You should have put the goat book down on 9/11---remember that DAY?---and left the schoolroom and acted like a PRESIDENT THEN!!! Have you learned nuttin?
You just are the WORST president ever.
Where is Rumsfeld? Maybe he can send some of those 1960's era amphibious vehicles that are currently transporting troops in the Iraqi our flooded southern states, to help out?
What, NO NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS LEFT TO HELP beacuse they are all in Iraq? Surprise, surprise...
A) EMT's are not a threat to national security---

B) DON'T cut funding to major cities who are located BELOW sea level, when severe hurricanes have become the NORM due to global warming---
It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.

C) Bush Privatized Catastrophic Hurricane Disaster Plan for New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana in 2004

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Other Killing Field is in the news more and more

17 Spanish soldiers lost their lives, and

G.I. Death Toll in Afghanistan Worst Since '01

and read.....
the fact that whatever happens in Iraq, Bush and his faction have already won. In a very real sense, it's been a win-win situation for them all along -- and that's probably one big reason why they've been so slapdash with the occupation: deep down, they don't give a damn how the country is sorted out -- because they've already accomplished their main objective.

But more on this below.
From Chapter Seven: Serious Business (January-August 2005)....By summer's end -- with grieving mother Cindy Sheehan standing vigil outside his ranch -- Bush seemed thrown back on the defensive, stumbling, trying to find a new line of patter, a new propaganda ploy to regain the initiative. But it was obvious that the war was lost.

The only "successful" outcome possible was the installation of an unstable, violence-ridden Islamic state. There was no way that Bush and his supporters could pretend that this was their goal when they sent the troops in. Yet even this Pyhrric victory seemed increasingly unlikely as Iraq slid inexorably toward a multi-sided civil war.I

n the midst of this great darkness, some dissidents spied a ray of hope. Surely, they thought, the magnitude of the American defeat in this pointless, illegal war -- a defeat compounded at every turn by the reckless incompetence of Bush and his colonial viceroys -- would at last rouse the American people to reject the Regime and restore some measure of sanity to the Republic.But these good souls had made a fundamental mistake in their analysis -- as had most war critics throughout the ordeal.

The United States may have lost the war -- but Bush had not. The invasion and occupation of Iraq was a resounding victory for the Bush Faction in the only area that really matters to them: enriching themselves and their cronies in the war-related industries. Even if the conquest were to blow up in the worst possible way, with full-scale civil war spilling over into neighboring countries, setting the whole region -- and perhaps the world -- in flames, the resulting chaos and global instability would mean even more money for the war profiteers.

After all, the greater the insecurity, the bigger the budgets for "military servicing" and "security" firms........
pic from Saloon

No Direction Home: The Debate on Withdrawal From Iraq

Empire Burlesque--if you don't read his articles on a regular basis, you should...

While reporters and bloggers bring back Bob Dylan's songs, did you know that another anti war protestor from the 60's has joined the Camp Casey supporters?
Joan Baez performed there recently. truly, Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam. Let's stop this war before the we lose 50,000 Americans, and 300, 000 Iraqis.......
And then..
let's put something in place so that this doesn't happen AGAIN!

pics from crisispictures and yahoo.

...No Direction Home: The Red Wheel of War Crime Keeps Rolling

(Excerpts):As the red wheel of Operation Iraqi FUBAR continues to roll, spewing hundreds of corpses in its wake, it becomes clearer by the hour that there is only one way for America to end this stomach-churning nightmare it has created: get out.

That's it. The occupying armies, including Bush's 20,000 corporate mercenaries should leave now. They should never have been sent in the first place on this ghoul's errand: a war of aggression, a mission of murder and plunder the perversion of every enlightened value of the civilization that the Coalition's "Christian leaders" purport to defend.

Their chest-beating pronouncements about "staying the course" and "seeing it through" are just so much rag-chewing nonsense. The way to rectify a crime is not to keep doing it or in John Kerry's ludicrous formulations, to keep doing it in some different, "better" way but simply to stop doing it. The illegal invasion was a crime, the occupation is a crime, and if you would not be a criminal, you must stop committing crimes.…

The departing Americans should...give the $18 billion slush fund now earmarked for Bush's "reconstruction" bagmen to the Iraqi people, as reparations for the Coalition's war crime....

The United States and Britain should also be prepared to take in the vast horde of refugees who will flee the hardline Islamic regime that will doubtless be created in the ruins Bush has made of the once-secular state.

As for the "leaders" who committed this crime, there is only one thing left for them to do now, only one way for them to serve the people they have betrayed so vilely and stupidly. All of them, Bush, Blair, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Colin Powell, Geoff Hoon, Jack Straw, Richard Perle, the whole sick crew, should pick up a rifle and go to the front lines in Fallujah and Baghdad.

Let them take the places of the young men and young women who signed up as soldiers to defend their country or make a better life for themselves not to become pawns and killers for the Hitlerite ambitions of the bloodsoaked fools who threw them into this quagmire.

Yes, Hitlerite ambitions: dreams of global dominance, fetishes of militarism, fantasies of superiority, and the willingness to impose your self-serving vision of "universal truth", in this case, the rapacious crony capitalism that Bush has officially named "the single sustainable model of national success" at the barrel of a gun. That's what lies behind this madness.........

check out the Empire Burlesque link for the rest of the article.


ask your rep to investigate Iraq War Planning participate in a Peace action expose the true reasons for the war Demand a success strategy for Iraq Give Bush one million reasons to leave Iraq

if you don't, who will?

Friday, August 26, 2005

You can help Iraq women to claim their rights

Please support women in Iraq by emailing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad today and tell them they must use their influence to ensure that the new Iraqi constitution does not take away the rights of Iraqi women.
contact them HERE, before any further destruction is done to them, due to the "new" constitution......

Bush has spent billions of $$ and tens of thousands have been killed, to bring WHAT to WHOM????

while he vacays, on Women's Equality Day....

The Heretik has a heartwrending post on a young 16 year old girl, who was an example of Islamic justice in Iran.

And of course, our friends the Kurds, who are also forerunners in the rights of women.... have about a 90% rate of Female Genital Mutilation, to this day
excerpt.. "The child, completely naked, is made to sit on a low stool. Several women take hold of her and open her legs wide. After separating her outer and inner lips, the operator, usually a woman experienced in this procedure, sits down facing the child. With her kitchen knife the operator first pierces and slices open the hood of the clitoris. Then she begins to cut it out......"

On Women's Equality Day in the U.S., NOW Advocates for Iraqi Women's Rights
Statement of National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy
August 26, 2005
On August 26, we celebrate Women's Equality Day in honor of the 85th anniversary of women's suffrage. From 1776 to 1920, it took nearly 150 years for the women of the United States to win the right to vote — a right that was originally denied to us by the "founding fathers" of our nation. And women's equality still is not guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
An even greater injustice is about to be imposed on our sisters in Iraq, and with the support of the Bush administration.

The current draft of the new Iraqi constitution states that "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation" and that "No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." This is likely to result in religious rule over women's rights in areas of marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance rights. If that is the case, the women of Iraq will be taking a giant step backward.

The Bush administration, in a shameful move, has endorsed this draft constitution. Their earlier commitment to pressing for women's guaranteed constitutional rights appears to be forgotten, or worse, purposely set aside.

Perhaps American Enterprise Institute's Reuel Marc Gerecht let the cat out of the bag when he said on Meet the Press last Sunday: "I think it's important to remember that in the year 1900, for example, in the United States, it was a democracy then. In 1900, women did not have the right to vote. If Iraqis could develop a democracy that resembled America in the 1900s, I think we'd all be thrilled. I mean, women's social rights are not critical to the evolution of democracy." (medbh---may he come back next lifetime as Atefeh Rahabi)

Contrary to Gerecht's assertions, a guarantee of women's rights is absolutely essential to democracy in Iraq. The women of Iraq must explicitly be guaranteed equality in the new constitution — not as afterthoughts in a bill of rights that may or may not be written at some point in the future. Without a clear statement in this document now, women's human rights will continue to be bargained away.

Eighty-five years ago, the decades of blood, sweat and tears of our feminist foremothers finally came to fruition when they won the vote for all women in this country. As we honor this victory, we call on the Bush administration to support Constitutional equality for U.S. women and to withdraw its support from any Iraq constitution that erodes rather than expands Iraqi women's rights and freedoms.

thanks for the democracy, george.........

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Someone is counting the blood spilled....

Current Coalition war dead = 2,067
Current Iraqi war dead = 113,744
Current Coalition injured = 41,591
Current Iraqi injured = 43,304
Total gallons of blood "SPILLED" = 165,988TOTAL BARRELS OF BLOOD SPILLED (# OF GALLONS/42) = 3,952, as of 8/25/05.

from barrels of blood

Did you know? an agency was FINED for bringing medicine to Iraq.......

Chicago-On August 12, 2005 U.S. Federal District Judge John Bates ordered payment of a $20,000 fine imposed against Voices in the Wilderness. Voices was fined for bringing medicine to Iraq in a classic campaign of open nonviolent civil disobedience to challenge the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the U.N. against Iraq. The U.S. Treasury Department initially imposed the fine in 2002, days after Voices participated in international actions to oppose the U.S. buildup for war against Iraq.

Who would Jesus assassinate????

Denial is a River in Egypt, Pat.....

and, JC talks about "Mus-Coms" and domestic information warriors.......

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

War should be relegated to the shelves of human history, as were human sacrifices

from Saloon...
Injured U.S. soldiers sit on a cargo plane, its interior lights red because of an attack, before taking off to Germany from an air force base in Balad, Iraq, Nov. 13, 2004. Photo by Lynsey Addario/Corbis

Iraq: The unseen war

The grim reality of Iraq rarely appears in the American press. This photo gallery reveals the war's horrible human toll.
Editor's note: The following
photo gallery contains graphic and shocking images of death and devastation in Iraq.

Aug. 23, 2005 This is a war the Bush administration does not want Americans to see. From the beginning, the U.S. government has attempted to censor information about the Iraq war, prohibiting photographs of the coffins of U.S. troops returning home and refusing as a matter of policy to keep track of the number of Iraqis who have been killed. President Bush has yet to attend a single funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq.

To be sure, this see-no-evil approach is neither surprising nor new. With the qualified exception of the Vietnam War, when images of body bags appeared frequently on the nightly news, American governments have always tightly controlled images of war. There is good reason for this.

In war, a picture really is worth a thousand words. No story about a battle, no matter how eloquent, possesses the raw power of a photograph. And when it comes to war's ultimate consequences -- death and suffering -- there is simply no comparison: a photo of a dead man or woman has the capacity to unsettle those who see it, sometimes forever. The bloated corpses photographed by Mathew Brady after Antietam remain in the mind, their puffy, shocked faces haunting us like an obscene truth almost 150 years after the soldiers were cut down.
"War is hell," said Gen. Sherman, and everyone dutifully agrees. Yet the hell in Iraq is almost never shown. The few exceptions -- the charred bodies of American contractors hanging from a bridge in Fallujah, the blood-spattered little girl wailing after her parents were killed next to her -- only prove the rule.

Governments keep war hidden because it is hideous. To allow citizens to see its reality -- the shattered bodies, the wounded children, the incomprehensible mayhem -- is to risk eroding popular support for it. This is particularly true with wars that..."
the rest of the article, HERE and thanks to PAX, for the heads up

The vandalism of America continues

here are pictures of the person who ran over the crosses that designated Iraq War deceased soldiers,and a statement from a vet of the Iraq war....

1)Larry Northern, shown in a McLennan County Sheriff's Office photo, was arrested late Monday night, Aug. 15, 2005, after running over an estimated 300 crosses bearing the names of U.S. soldiers on a road near President Bush's ranch outside Crawford, Texas. He was charged with criminal mischief. (AP Photo/McLennan County Sheriff's Office via Waco Tribune Herald)

Mr. Northern:
I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.
While I was in Iraq,a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall,was killed in an unarmored HMMWV outside of Baghdad. He
was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID.Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and awonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family.

He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him.

On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West........

2) (above)White crosses bearing the names of soldiers who have died in the Iraq war lie on the ground along Prairie Chapel Road after they were vandalized by a pickup truck the night before, in Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, August, 16, 2005. The makeshift memorial was erected by anti-war protesters supporting 'peace mom' Cindy Sheehan who is camped out on the road leading to President Bush's ranch nearby. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

.....One of my Soldiers was Henry Bacon. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He was in perfect shape for a man over forty, working hard at night. He told me that he did that because hedidn't have much money to buy nice things for his wife, who he loved so much, so he had to be in good shape for her.

He was like a father to many young men in his section of maintenance mechanics. They fixed our vehicles with almost no support and fabricated parts and made repairs that kept our squadron rolling on the longest, fastest armor advance ever made under fire. He was so very proud of his son-in-law that married the beautiful daughter so well raised by ........

3) (above)Stephanie Godfrey, 24, and her twin sister Christie Carter, right, both of Fort Hood, Texas, hold signs during a counter-protest being held across the street from the anti-war demonstration being held on the road that leads to President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. Carter's husband Curtis was killed while serving in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. Godfrey says her husband is due to redeploy to Iraq. At left is Songman Calahan, a musician from Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

........Henry. His son-in-law was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division, who died last year. Henry stopped to rescue a vehicle belonging to another unit on what was to be his last day in Iraq.

He could have kept rolling - he was headed to Kuwait after a year's tour. But he stopped. He could have sent others to do the work, but he was on the ground, leading by example, when he was killed. On Monday night, August 16, you took it upon yourself to go out in the country, where a peaceful group was exercising their constitutional rights, and harming no one, and you ran down the memorial cross erected for Henry and for his son-in-law by Arlington West.

Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called.

I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.
Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)

pics and more, HERE

More pics from camp Casey, whether Bush likes them or not...

Wearing his Marine fatigues, former Marine corporal Mike McNeil, of Ft. Worth, looks at a name on one of the crosses lining the side of the road leading to President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. McNeil, who served in the first Gulf War, says he plans to read each name on the crosses for the soldiers killed in Iraq to show support for their families. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Jane Prewitt, right, of Burmingham, Ala. and Dante Zappala, of Philadelphia, Pa., comfort each other after an emotional prayer at Camp Casey near Crawford, Texas, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. Prewwit's son Kelly Prewitt and Zappala's brother Sheerwood Baker were both killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

from Daily War News..." Every time the wound begins to heal at Ray and Diane Maida's house, something comes along to rub salt into it.
First came news that their son, Mark Maida, a 22-year-old Army sergeant, was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on May 26. Then, a week after his death, the Army gave only hours' notice that the body would be arriving at Gen. Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, forcing the grieving family into a frantic scramble to retrieve it for a funeral two days later.
Letters and packages to Mark from home arrived for a time almost daily, marked "Return to sender."

Then a slow trickle of possessions arrived from Iraq and his unit's base at Fort Irwin, Calif. To top it off, despite repeated efforts, Army officials failed to provide details of Mark's death. More than two months later, the Maidas finally got the details of his death, not from the Army, but from the Washington Post.

"It's just been one wound after another," Diane said. "And just about the time you think you're on the upswing, then you get shut down again with another incident."
For the Maidas, pain from the loss of their son has been compounded by countless snafus. Ray said an Army official even admitted, unofficially, that the Army lacked a proper protocol for dealing with the families of dead soldiers.

It's part and parcel of what Ray sees as a pervading ineptitude in conducting the war and the military's inability to protect its troops.
"They can take a $1 million missile and put it up some Iraqi's ass and they can't tell me what time my son's coming in?" Ray fumed. "This is why my son's dead, this total incompetence."

Saturday, August 20, 2005

The legacy of "Johnny K": Fallen Philly soldier revealed the ugly truth about Iraq

below is a pic of a troop transport truck that IVAW member Patrick Resta had as part of his gallery of pics of vehicles used in Iraq. I heard him speak back in Jan 05, in Collingswood, NJ. Tried to link my posts about him, the negative Courier Post article that was written about his speech, and my letters to the CP, to this story, but blogger seems to have lost all of my February posts............ blogger greatly aside, it is both so saddening and so frustrating to read that STILL the soldiers in Iraq are putting their self purchased vests on the floor of pick up trucks like this one, to try and protect themselves if their truck hits an IED.
via Attytood , this recent story of local lives lost to an IED.
an excerpt.....

"Jim Kulick said his brother's emails showed a man who was becoming more and more worried. John Kulick said the insurgents were using increasingly sophisticated IEDs -- improvised explosive devices -- and were firing rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs, into their camp.

"They had to hide under their cots -- there was nothing they could do," Kulick's brother said. "The Humvees weren't armored, or lightly armored -- they were basically useless.
At first they were sending them out in pickup trucks. They weren't really equipped to fight this war."

Kulick told his family that troops were taking police vests that had been donated to them and putting them on the floor of the Humvees instead of wearing them. Jim Kulick noted that at the same time his brother was reporting this, two of his friends who are area police officers serving in Iraq told him they had needed to bring their own sidearms. In his emails, John Kulick had begun to describe the war as "a quagmire."

As disturbing as those reports were, what Kulick had to say about the conduct of the war was even more troubling. He told his family that the Iraqi police "were corrupt and inept and there was no way they could ever train them to the degree where they could keep order." And when his unit went out after insurgents, far too many innocent iraqis were killed in the crossfire. And, Kulick reported home, "the more hate that created." When the Americans left an area, the insurgents came back the next day.

Eventually, when Kulick saw Iraqi citizens kneeling in the street in prayer, his interpreter would tell him they were praying for the Americans to leave. "They would rather live with evil they knew rather than live with us," Kulick said in his emails. "We were killing them as much as the insurgents were."

help support the IVAW

and yet more die, while Bush lies, and lazes around

"Bush launched a savage war in Iraq and now spends his days happily riding his bicycle in Texas. This is eerie. Scary. "

...via bartcop

And, all over America....we stood with Cindy Sheehan

People line a street along Milwaukee's lake front during a candle light vigil in support of "peace mom" Cindy Sheehan Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash).

for photos from all over HERE

Friday, August 19, 2005

Do you remember the Oklahoma City bombings?

Do you remember the poor little baby, probably from the YMCA Day care nearby, that the fireman was desperately trying to carry to safety?
I do.
I think, though, the current GOP mayor of Oklahoma City doesn't. If I was that baby's mother, and IF I survived that horrendous bombing, I think I would be calling for this mayor's head.

So Many Republican Hypocrites, So Little Time
Every once in a while, we like to honor minor stage players in the tragic farce of the Grand Hypocrisy Party. That is why this week we are honoring former GOP Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys.
You see Humphreys helped get one Charles Alfred Dreyling Jr. out on bail after he was caught
trying to board an airplane with a bomb.
So, for Republicans, if you’re non-white and named Mohammed and you try to board an airplane with a bomb, you get rendered to Egypt or Syria where you summarily get tortured, right? But, apparently, if you come from red state Republican land, you are, according to Humphreys, absolved of any wrongdoing.
''He had a little explosive device," Humphreys said of Dreyling, "and boys like to see things go bang.... I have every confidence that they'll find out Charlie Dreyling is a fine young man and no terrorist."
According to the bomb-maker's affidavit, "Dreyling said he learned as a teenager how to build homemade explosives from Web sites like 'The Anarchist's Cook Book.' Dreyling said he has built and detonated several explosive devices for recreational purposes.”

some early weekend reading

this author captured my his article, HERE

"holy shit, we're the Redcoats in Iraq"

If you say George W. Bush fast enough, does it start to sound like George Washington? No? I didn't think so, either. Cheney attempts to insult our intelligence yet again

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

must read from Today in Iraq, Biking to Nowhere

&Cheated soldiers via, Blondesense

and NYC holds vigils in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan and her cause--check it out, HERE, and find more at Buzzflash, including this:
"If Mr. Bush's war in Iraq is worth dying for, then the children of the privileged should be doing some of the dying." Are Any Children of Grandchildren of ANY Senior White House Officials Serving in Iraq? No. Are Any of the Bush "Third Generation" Serving in Iraq? No.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

War Happiness

from the Houston Chronicle, via Blondesense
At the Three Amigos marina near Seabrook, the bigger the boat, the smaller the bite from the gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon.
``If you can't afford the gas, you can't afford the boat,'' said Tommy Moore, of Houston, who used about 1,400 gallons of gas to bring his Hatteras down from Virginia. ``The gas is the least expensive part.''
----`I guess we're helping the Texas economy,'' Moore said. ``Now, let's go burn some gas,'' he told his boating companions.
Many boat owners echoed that view about the expensive, but relaxing, way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

``I love these prices. The higher, the better,'' said Frank Gafke, of Galveston, a senior service leader for Halliburton on the Texas Gulf Coast.-------

Gafke said Halliburton's profits - and his savings account - had increased markedly since fuel prices began rising. He predicted that prices soon will reach $3 per gallon for automobile drivers, as well as for recreational boaters.
And, he said, relief at the pump probably won't come anytime soon.
`Oil just hit $66 per barrel and gas jumped up 6 cents,'' Gafke said. ``And if we take any action against Iran, that's only going to cause more price increases. But if you can afford the boat, it doesn't matter what gas costs.''

High fuel prices failed to discourage Anthony Scruggs, 19, and his brother, Michael, 16.---``Our dad is in the oil business. The more the price per barrel, the better it is for business,'' Anthony Scruggs said. ``When you think about it, there's not really anything we can do about gas being more than $3 a gallon. Just accelerate faster and pick more bugs out of your teeth.``That brought a quizzical look from his younger brother, who seemed ready to explain about lower fuel consumption at lower speeds. He stopped, however, and remarked: ``Our parents pay for the gas.''

if you watched Six Feet Under this week, then you know why this article is enough to make someone heave. I can't get the picture of the triple amputee Iraq solder who killed himself out of my mind. It's just one of the images that remain there as I wonder if there is a special hell for truly evil people........who live in Texas.

Real Men Don't Talk to Cindy Sheehan , Day 9, Part II

President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life,"

George Bush Went on Vacation to Crawford and all I got was Dead.

The Bush vacation Deathcount now stands at; 55
The good news is, in the midst of 55 funerals, at least someone is getting on with their life:President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life," on Saturday defended his decision not to meet with the grieving mom of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Some of the 55 young people, now dead, while George W. Bush vacations, and while mothers of dead soldiers, camp out in a ditch near the Crawford Ranch.... waiting patiently to talk to the vacationing president...
and the rudepundit has a bit more to say...about..President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life.'
"I'd be happy to let George get on with his life . . . sentence.
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Monday, August 15, 2005

What a Man......or, all the Real Men don't talk to Cindy Sheehan, Day 9

Husband of 'Peace Mom' Files for Divorce

Forced to walk in a ditch filled with fire ants, vilified by people who have never experienced loss as she has, her in law's openly stand against her, and now, the husband has filed for a divorce.



thank you jebus, for restoring my faith in the humans made in your image.....

Send Cindy Sheehan a pink rose. She's been through enough, and she needs our support.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Someone Tell the President the War Is Over...

From the Sunday edition of the NYT
by Frank Rich

"LIKE the Japanese soldier marooned on an island for years after V-J Day, President Bush may be the last person in the country to learn that for Americans, if not Iraqis, the war in Iraq is over. "We will stay the course," he insistently tells us from his Texas ranch. What do you mean we, white man?

A president can't stay the course when his own citizens (let alone his own allies) won't stay with him. The approval rate for Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq plunged to 34 percent in last weekend's Newsweek poll - a match for the 32 percent that approved L.B.J.'s handling of Vietnam in early March 1968. (The two presidents' overall approval ratings have also converged: 41 percent for Johnson then, 42 percent for Bush now.) On March 31, 1968, as L.B.J.'s ratings plummeted further, he announced he wouldn't seek re-election, commencing our long extrication from that quagmire. "

click above link for the entire piece.

Someone tell the President the War is Over--looks like the pentagon tried to softly say that.....
"For Mr. Bush, questions about an exit strategy in Iraq have become especially delicate as a crowd of antiwar protesters has expanded at the edge of his ranch, rallying around Cindy Sheehan, the California woman whose son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
The Pentagon and the Bush administration have struggled in the past few weeks to calibrate their message on future troop reductions in Iraq.
Just two weeks ago, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top American ground commander in Iraq, reaffirmed to reporters his own statement in March that the Pentagon could make "some fairly substantial reductions" - which others estimated could mean reducing the 138,000 troops by 30,000 - if the political process remained on track and Iraqi forces assumed more responsibility. "

read the rest of the NYT article

Real Men Don't Talk To Cindy Sheehan, Day 8

Cindy was tired from an unexpected call at 5:30 from the Today Show and the heat and sun exhaustion from the day before. The first question of the morning pool came from a young soldier who had just returned from Iraq.

He was polite, addressing her as Ms. Sheehan. Surrounded by cameras he told her he was sorry for her son's death, he said he had lost many friends in the Iraq War also. "Death is a part of war and what we are doing is more important, bringing freedom to the world. Think of all the people who died for the freedom we enjoy. So your son's life is just a drop in the bucket."
Those of us standing behind the cameras gasp, but Cindy's face continued to listen to him calmly and openly. Forced by the gasp he quickly said "but I feel for your son."

At this moment Cindy put her arm on his shoulder and holding him to her side they walked out into the field together, she asked the press to give them some privacy. They honored her in a way that I have never seen before, they were still shooting photos as the 2 walked away. Cindy drew the young man close like a mother, they spoke for about 5 minutes during which the shift in his feeling was palpable. He stepped away and pulled a book he had written about his experiences in Iraq and gave it to her. Then they hugged a long deep embrace, you could see the conversation continuing.

She walked back towards us and the press as he left. Yet again, this woman had made me cry with her strength her love and her courage (oh I forgot to mention everyone else in the camp had tried to keep this young man from confronting her).

As we walked back to our make shift office in Casey's camper I was pouring my heart out in awe of her, she stopped me and said "do you know what that young man said as we were hugging? He said his mother agrees with me. She told him that if he had been killed in Iraq she would have done the same thing ...and then he called me Mom."
I wept. Welcome to Camp Casey. Come have your heart blown wide-open daily.

As Eve Ensler said today after I told her the story, "It isn't really about truth, it's about love." And Cindy's love not only for her son, but for truth and for all the mother's, father's, sons and daughters of the world.

Saturday, August 13, 2005



His speech leaves me speechless

From Forbes, the President's speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council on 8/3/05
an excerpt:
So immigration reform is going to be an interesting subject when we get back to Washington, D.C. I'm looking forward to the topic. I also want to talk to you about national security.
Make no mistake about it, we are at war. We're at war with an enemy that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001. We're at war against an enemy that, since that day, has continued to kill. They have killed in Madrid and Istanbul and Jakarta and Casablanca and Riyadh and Bali and London and elsewhere.
These are ideologues. These people have an ideology. It's really different from ours. We believe in human rights and human dignity and minority rights and rights for women and rights to worship freely. That's what we believe. We believe in a lot of rights for people. These killers don't. They have a narrow view of life. They have taken a great religion and converted it to their own vision. They have goals; they want to drive us out of parts of the world. They want the free world to retreat so they can topple governments. They want to be able to do in parts of the world that which they did in Afghanistan -- take over a government; impose their negative, dark vision on people.
all emphasis is mine.
1. "Special" claims about character, abilities, or knowledge.
2. Dictatorial and authoritarian leader.
3. An "us versus them" mentality
4. Punitive in nature
5. Overwhelming service
6. Followers in pain
7. Closed communication
8. Legalism
9. No objective accountability
10. Labeling

Friday, August 12, 2005

Real Men Don't Talk To Cindy Sheehan, Day 7

While mothers of dead soldiers continue to camp outside his door, he continues to talk this crap.
Diplomacy? Conflict Resolution, anyone? Is there a Mediator in the house? No, keep looking!
Iran pushes ahead on Nuclear Path
"We have developed this capability. The heavy-water project today is a reality," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who is also vice president, said on state-run television. "This knowledge belongs to Iran. Nobody can take it from us. As they (Europeans) see Iran's determination, they will be forced to show flexibility and accept it."

tough talkin cowboys are all over the place
everybody wants their piece of flesh
leaders lead by example
the little ones will follow the big one
be the change you want to see in this world -----wait a minute, what type of change is that you want to see?????

Against Abortion? Get A Vasectomy..Against Abortion? Don't have One.

The news reports that Jihad Junkie George has thrown down the Gauntlet to Iran, as the next stop on his Christian Crusade are chilling.
Feel sick? I do, although Mark Morford's article below might brighten your spirits a bit. It did mine.
I have "Against Abortion? Get a Vasectomy" on the back of my car. Normally, I truly just don't like bumper stickers, and I truly did not want to mess up my little grey Toyota with one, but I truly became sick of Jihad Junkie George and his followers spin on conception, contraception, and women.
SO I ordered one from NOW about a year ago, and stuck it on.

Looks like Mark Morford is ready for a bumper sticker, too.
"Don't believe in abortion? Don't understand gay people? Sexuality make you rashy? Think Harry Potter teaches kids evil and witchcraft? Don't marry a sexy gay witch abortionist. But don't you dare, based on your limited understanding of God and life, make laws declaring that I can't. "

Be afraid, be very afraid

Bush refuses to rule out force against Iran
""The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said in a clear reference to
Iraq' which the United States invaded in March 2003.
"I have been willing to do so as a last resort in order to secure the country and provide the opportunity for people to live in free societies," he added."

Pentagon devising scenarios for martial law in US
The Covert Kingdom
Thy Will be Done, On Earth as It is in Texas

lots of dots

doesn't it seem like he WANTS a world war?
or, as he might say, a world crusade?

Why Real Men Won't Talk to Cindy Sheehan, Day 7

From Ron Suskind's article "Without a Doubt" New York Times Magazine October 17th 2004.

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend-but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
The aide said that guys like me were in what we call the reality-based community, which he defined as people who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.

He cut me off. That's not the way the world really works anymore, he continued. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality-judiciously, as you will-we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

I was relaxing last tonight, reading the interesting posts on the Intelligent Design controversy, over at Societas, and decided to try a link in his enticing Science sidebar, Stranger Fruit. The above paragraphs were sitting in the middle of the SF blog, just waiting to be brought into the public eye again. The entire article should be required reading for Americans. Not that it will make a difference in the thoughts and actions of the Gevangelical crowd. For them, it will just confirm GWB's status as the chosen one even more so. They need to believe...

But for all of those middle of the road average Americans who are wondering about the state of their country right now, and about how GWB can just keep sending more and more people off to be slaughtered and to slaughter, all the while talking about "noble causes" when the whole world can see that Iraq has imploded into a bloody carnage. For those people, this article has explanations for the irrational behavior. A behavior that refuses to confront reality.

Ever wonder how can he so arrogantly bypass the American public, the Senate, and plain rational human thought and behavior, and make this land over into what HIS vision of America should be, steamrolling his backwards vision into place no matter what the cost--to others and to the physical world that we live in and on? Ever wonder why he seems so determined to destabilize politically unstable areas even more, and possibly send us all into WWIV?
Ever wonder why he makes those terrible decisions to allow the continued pollution of our environment to the point where we will all be so warmed up, we'll soon roast?
Why he not only allows the pollution of our environment, he supports the earth's destruction through his policies and by publishing false scientific information?
Why he doesn't seek alternate energy sources?
For all of those Americans who are very busy working long hours at one or more jobs, and don't have the time or the energy left to sort out where the madness is coming from, here is a look into a religious addict's brain. Google religious addiction, and more than a million hits come up. From one of many similar sites, this list of characteristics gives insight into GWB"S political and social behavior.
1. "Special" claims about character, abilities, or knowledge.
2. Dictatorial and authoritarian leader.
3. An "us versus them" mentality
4. Punitive in nature
5. Overwhelming service
6. Followers in pain
7. Closed communication
8. Legalism
9. No objective accountability
10. Labeling
People who have addictive personalities quite often replace one socially unacceptable addiction with another, more socially acceptable one. The ability to keep from relapsing into the socially unacceptable addiction requires a constant feeding of the acceptable one.

People go on diets and lose weight, but then smoke incessantly. People give up alcohol (mmm) and or drugs and whoah, thank you jesus, they are now saved, faithful followers.

But unfortunately, the new vein has to be fed same as the old one. And same as the old one, the new addiction will require behaviors to support and maintain it. Behaviors that are not the norm and can be exceedingly dangerous not only to the individuals, but those within his environment. GWB, unfortunately for the world, is in a position where the feeding and maintenance of the vein of substitute addiction, religion, has free reign.

And the fiercer that he works to feed his vein, the more it needs to stay on top of the other addiction. Addictions are like that, you always need more and more to get high.
All of his right wing power plays are built on religious beliefs, just like any fanatic Muslims actions are built on their religious beliefs. They are both feeding the same vein of religious addiction. And they're bingeing right now.

In his addiction altered mind, the time he is shoving us backwards into, is the chosen way of life. He knows this is TRUE, because god has picked him as his special messenger and told him so.....
But I think his pushers are getting a bit worried about all of the recent public attention on him. Pushers always like to stay in the background, giving you the fix, plus some extra for your friends (new customers) and pocketing lots of illegal dough. They don't like the spotlight at all. It's bad for business.

Until the addiction behind the addiction is acknowledged and confronted, the aberrant behaviors will continue. Barring the type of honest soul searching that a Gevangelical preacher won't assist him with, and that he will not commence himself, the only way to stop his path of religious addiction madness is for the legal system to step in.
Put his butt in jail. Confine him somewhere. Dry his ass out. Make him confront the truth, reality.
Kinda like
Cindy Sheehan is doing right now.
And that's why he won't talk to the mother whose son was blown apart because of a war he started. Because he would have to start the process of actually confronting himself.

The War Prayer

-------The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory -----
------Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!
"O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved fire sides to smite the foe.

O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead;
help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire;
help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it -

- for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!

We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.
[After a pause. ] "Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! -- The messenger of the Most High waits!"
It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.

Mark Twain 1905--for the entire piece, click HERE
Click HERE for the prayer text with illustrations.

It's pouring down in Crawford!

Cindy Sheehan' s Daily Diary, and the Arlington West outside of the Crawford ranch, over at medbhletters. Fascinating reading. Let's hope they can stay dry and stay well.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

It's getting scary out there, & Real Men Don't talk to Cindy Sheehan, Day 5

pic from LeMonde & truthout
First, read all of the recent posts on Blondesense, they are all thought provoking, and especially check out this link Pentagon Devising Scenarios for Martial Law in US

Then go to Raw Story to learn: Through leaks and smears, Senate chairman protects White House to blame CIA, Democrats. S. Sister has more where that came from...

and it already is scary as hell in Baghdad, and getting worse.

and the thought of who might be signing up for the "Freedom Walk" is getting my stomach in knots.
Freedom Walk? On 911? The propaganda overflows.

And "Bush Bypasses Senate to Install Edelman" --that is the THIRD one he has sickeningly and arrogantly pushed through, in just a few weeks.

Does he want to start a war within our country? I am sure that he knows who will be attending the 911 Freedom Walk. What is the purpose of this? To conflagrate even more in American's minds the start of the Iraq War and 911?
Marshall law? Terror trials using gas in the NY subways? I keep flashing back to the astounding array of weapons and police that were present at the inaugural, and that were 99% unnecessary. What I saw that day was so unnerving. What I went through was, unnerving. ...

I keep thinking of the mindset of the individuals who glorify the guns, the stockpiles of killing weapons, who glorify and feed off of George Bush's powerplays, his arrogance. It isn't the neocons who will destroy our country. It is the weak sycophant with a gun in his hand and a bit of power bestowed on him. He will do his supreme bastard's bidding. Gloriously. History has proven that.
All of us need to be like the mother still camped outside of his ranch. The mother who he still has not spoken to. I will be in DC on the 11th. Seems like a good time to protest the bastard and his Freedom Walk. While I'm still free, which has nothing to do with 911.

Of Mothers and Widows

As Cindy Sheehan camps out at the Crawford ranch, asking questions of President Bush that are in so many parent's minds, a group of women, widows now, due to the 911 attack, are also asking questions. from CNN:
"A group of 9/11 widows called the September 11th Advocates issued a statement Wednesday saying they were "horrified" to learn that further possible evidence exists, and they are disappointed the 9/11 commission report is "incomplete and illusory."

the beginning of the article states:
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of the commission that uncovered the government's failures to share intelligence among agencies before the September 11, 2001, attacks want to know whether U.S. defense intelligence officials knew for more than a year that four of the hijackers were part of an al Qaeda cell but failed to tell law enforcement."

The UK news has this to add

and years later, after the wars, the killing continues

Cruel Summer: Bombs of Vietnam War Continue to Kill and Maim

In the desolate heights of Afghanistan, in the lush African savannas and steep Bosnian valleys, in cities and villages, tens of millions of landmines lie hidden, to be cleared -as one Cambodian surgeon put it - “One limb at a time.”

and more from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

the wars that are resolved, abandoned, "won" --they leave their legacy buried, quietly waiting for new victims to carry on their name.

War should be relegated to the shelves of history, as was human sacrifice.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

oh, so excellent

via Shakespeare's Sister, this from Ratboy:
Power and Shame
For Cindy Sheehan -

King Richard -
A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!
Let not these tell-tale women
Rail on the Lord's anointed. Strike, I say!
Either be patient and entreat me fair,
Or with the clamourous report of war
Thus will I drown your exclamations.

Duchess of York - O, let me speak!

K. Rich - Do then, but I'll not hear.

Duchess - I will be mild and gentle in my words.

K. Rich - And brief, good mother, for I am in haste
the rest, HERE

and, via Blue girl in a red state...from Raw Story--16 Democrats call on Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan, and more military families trickle into Crawford....

Where are the womenfolk, then???

Where are George's women? If he doesn't want to meet with Cindy Sheehan, then at least his wife and daughters could offer some sympathy and lemonade. Where ARE those women?

Can't they lend an ear to this mother of a dead soldier?

Urge them to meet with Cindy Sheehan, CLICK HERE to ask them to!

and HERE, too.

Why No Tea & Sympathy?

Maureen Dowd's article on Cindy Sheehan is the most emailed article today in the NYT. An excerpt:
"It's amazing that the White House does not have the elementary shrewdness to have Mr. Bush simply walk down the driveway and hear the woman out, or invite her in for a cup of tea. But W., who has spent nearly 20 percent of his presidency at his ranch, is burrowed into his five-week vacation and two-hour daily workouts. He may be in great shape, but Iraq sure isn't."
Give a Read.

and thanks to PAX, for pointing me to this Salon article. An excerpt:
"Flip-flopping" Americans
Right-wing bloggers are attacking military mom Cindy Sheehan for changing her mind about Iraq. But so have millions of other citizens."

And read this excerpt from another Salon piece:
Sept. 30, 2004
In a TV commercial released Wednesday, Cindy Sheehan, a 47-year-old woman from Vacaville, Calif., whose 24-year-old son was killed in Sadr City in April, speaks directly to George W. Bush.
Shot in black-and-white, her soft voice cracking, she says, "I imagined it would hurt if one of my kids was killed, but I never thought it would hurt this bad, especially someone so honest and brave as Casey, my son. When you haven't been honest with us, when you and your advisors rushed us into this war. How do you think we felt when we heard the Senate report that said there was no link between Iraq and 9/11?"

Beating up on the Mom, not a nice thing to do...

I have read several comments and blog posts, and had someone leave a nasty diatribe at one of my posts, about the fact that Cindy Sheehan had met with the GWB once, and of what she said at that time.
First, what she said was minimal.
Second, the individuals who are currently critizing her, and that's a nice way to put it, must never have suffered a loss. Especially the loss of an adult child. She met with the GWB 2 months after her son was killed. That is still what I call the "shock" time after a loss. The time where you are still in a surreal world, your body moves, your mind moves, your heart stays still. If it moved, it would have to acknowledge the loss.
You want the pain to Go Away. You want the loss to Not Be. The senses are so shattered that they cannot absorb another emotion, especially a negative one. The person lost to you, is like a TV screen that plays all the time in your brain.
I can see Cindy Sheehan being polite to GWB, in the shock time. I can see her grasping at her faith and trying to make some sense out the situation. Her son has been dead only two months, and she is at the White House, to meet with the President, what did people expect a middle class recently bereaved Mom to do? Spit at him?
Her son in the military uniform was too fresh in her mind. Her son, cuddled in her arms, walking into kindergarten, opening a birthday present, those images must have come to mind, also.

Especially when the sense of betrayal she must have felt when she read about the non-existent WMD's, and the Downing St. memos, seemed to overwhelm her. What a terrible loss of life, and for what?
I think it says a lot about the heart of a person, that she could bring herself above her emotions, her individual pain, and advocate for others.
The founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving did that. John Walsh did that.
Pain, loss, they are motivators for human behavior. The love behind them is even more so.

It's actually pretty easy to analyze and to understand Cindy Sheehan's actions, past and present. All you have to do is to look into your heart, where the loss, and the love reside.

In this interview, she speaks for herself.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Who profited from the nuclear bomb?

If you haven't yet heard of Link TV, you should definitely check it out. This week, 60 years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a film made in Hiroshima, 1945, is part of their programming. From the site------
Hiroshima-Nagaski, August 1945
This classic, unforgettable film features the first footage shot following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The viewer becomes an eyewitness to the bomb's aftermath, literally walking through the rubble and hospitals jammed with dying people.
In August 1945 the Japanese government commissioned Akira Iwasaki, a filmmaker jailed during WWII for his antiwar beliefs, to document the effects of this new weapon. With only black and white film available, he recorded stark and often simple, but telling images of the vast destruction, such as the shadows of leaves, flowers and other objects burned onto stone.
The U.S. military classified the raw footage as secret for over 20 years, before making it public. In 1970, Professor Sumner Glimcher obtained the footage and edited this film, adding a factual, eloquently understated narration. Link TV will broadcast this powerful film for the first time in more than 30 years.
and so, the purpose of war is? The purpose of the destruction wrecked on average human beings is? Wars end, governments shake hands, and corporations, after having already made a killing from killing, can now step in and reap more profit from "rebuilding" and recharging industries like, say, tourism.
Kinda like happened in Vietnam.
Cindy Sheehan is down in Texas, sweltering in 100 degree heat. She wants an answer as to why her son died. On August sixth, the 60 year anniversary of the death and destruction wrought on Hiroshima, two surviviors of that bomb were also in Crawford. From the Iconoclast :
"Hirosima survivor Dr. Satoru Konishi spoke at the Crawford Peace House this morning, along with Paul Ritthaler, a retired United States marine captured in World War II by the Japanese and interned at a prison camp about 75 miles from Hiroshima. Ritthaler was there when the bomb was dropped near the end of World War II."

Both of those men must also have asked the question "Why?" numerous times. There is no other reason than financial gain for a few. The millions of people who suffer because of that war windfall have to ensure that, as Sgt. Kevin Benderman wrote, :"War shuld be relegated to shelves of human history, as was human sacrifice. A beginning step in that process is to develop a Department of Peace. Help humanity evolve. Support it.