I always loved listening to Texas Governor Ann Richards. She spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention and her words are just as relevant in this election and a good reminder to all of us today. My thoughts today are with Texas, my old stomping ground, and those folks along the gulf who will not be sleeping tonight when the hurricane roars ashore.
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I found this L.A. Times article on Truthout.com By trying to stack the court he thought he’d have them in lockstep with him. Didn’t quite work out that way at least on this vote. Every time I see Republicans trying to back away from Bush I think of swimming lessons when I was a kid. Do you remember treading water backwards? I do and I was very good at it…better than my swimming in the forward direction. Anyway tread on Republican friends…the Constitution was written for you too. Now go out there and protect it…this Guy isn’t out of office…yet.
Supreme Court Rules Bush Exceeded His Powers
By David G. Savage
The Los Angeles Times
Wednesday 26 March 2008
Saying he does not have “unilateral authority” to force states to comply with an international treaty, justices vote 6-3 to reject presidential order to reopen cases of foreign nationals.
Here’s an article I found in the Times about Trans…”When Girls will be Boys” check it out here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/magazine/16students-t.html?em&ex=1205899200&en=fa3092b6bb658df8&ei=5087%0A
In other news…Cheney is on an “Unannounced” visit to Iraq to try and force the Iraqi People to turn the oil over to the U.S. Oil Companies. I guess he figures they only have less than a year to steal it before the Dems take over. How many barrels a day between now and then would that be for Exxon and the rest? Wonder if he’s using thumb screws or just horse heads in the bed…
Iraqi Refugees: Life In The Shadows
One of my fellow progressive podcast network podcasters went over to Jordan for a different reason…to document stories of iraq refugees. Those suffering the results of this mess. Caught up in the horror of it all…
Check out his work and then pass the link on to others and/or blog about it…trying to help him spread the word…
Something I don’t hear talked about much about Iraq has to do with antiquities lost. Maybe to some it’s because it doesn’t seem appropriate to worry about stuff when so many innocent lives have been lost. I think too it’s because most Americans don’t have a clue what has been destroyed.
Close your eyes for a minute and pretend in your mind that the Iraq war wasn’t in Iraq. Pretend for just a minute that instead the exact same thing had happened in Egypt. Then imagine all the loss of lives both innocent civilians, local fighters and American soldiers. Then imagine how you would feel if I told you that in addition to the human toll, the sphinx and the 3 pyramids at Giza were all gone. Not only that but sitting where one of the pyramids once stood for all those thousands of years was now a burger king. The burger joint put there so our soldiers have a little comfort from home.
I just finished reading Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson, the third book in a trilogy focusing on the American empire. Empire is not something that I thought we were about here in the good ole USA but these days apparently that is what our fearless leaders are striving for. Johnson goes in depth into the rise and eventual fall of the Roman Empire and the similarities are obvious. Can you say Military Industrial Complex? For early warnings about how this could prove to be our downfall see President Eisenhower’s final farewell speech.
I think he knew a little about the subject being a four star general and all.
Getting back to the loss of the artifacts let me just say that they go back a very very long time. Biblical references to Iraq called it something else…Mesopotamia. Another empire named it Iraq…The British Empire. That Empire didn’t fair to well either as I recall. What we now know as Iraq is where written language may have been first recorded. A million books, clay tablets and scrolls are now gone. Thank George Bush. Rumsfeld didn’t provide for any protection of the museums during the invasion and they were all looted or reduced to rubble or both. When asked about it he said something like “stuff happens…it’s war.” Maybe when this nightmare is all over Bush could donate a few copies of My Pet Goat to Iraq to put on the empty shelves of their new library. (In this infamous video the secret service whispered to Bush about the planes hitting the World Trade Center while he sits there for 7 minutes reading my pet goat to this class)
I know it’s just stuff but when stuff like that manages to survive thousands and thousands of years and then it’s the age that I’m living in that finally destroys it that makes me very sad. For historians, archeologists and scholars I’m sure it makes them very very sad. For the people in Iraq I think they are going to be very very pissed off someday when they get on with living after losing their countrymen, women and children and figure out the extent of what else has been destroyed. The only reason they haven’t yet is they’re still too busy just trying to survive.
The repercussions from this war are yet unseen but one thing not being discussed is returning any found artifacts to the people of Iraq. Several thousand items from the museums we didn’t protect during the invasion have all ready started to turned up in countries around the world including the U.S. I hope the next president takes this issue under consideration and helps return these items as they are found back to the Iraqi people where they belong. National treasure as well as natural resources belong to the people where they are from. One of the reasons countries protect their boundaries is to protect these treasures and resources from plunder. If and when we put any thought into helping put their country back together again I hope some effort is put into stopping illegal trade in these ancient artifacts and in returning them to the place where they belong…in Iraq.
When the ancient Buddha statues where destroyed by the Taliban a few years ago the world was outraged. Read Chalmers Johnson’s book Nemesis and you will be too. One more thing your not hearing about in the U.S. media.
Eighty Arrested at Protests Calling for Closure of Gitmo
The Associated Press
In orange jumpsuits to simulate detainees they were arrested inside and outside of the supreme court. here’s a link to their story. http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011108R.shtml
Officials briefly closed the court building during the protest. It reopened around 2 p.m. EST.
The original story was in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-US-Guantanamo-Protest.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Protests were also held some other world capitals.
In Manila, Philippines, about 30 activists picketed the U.S. Embassy to demand the camp’s closure. ”We are appealing to President Bush and the U.S. government to close Guantanamo Bay now,” said Aurora Parong, director of Amnesty International in the Philippines.
Small demonstrations by Amnesty supporters, also in orange jumpsuits, were held in Rome; Prague, Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium; and Budapest, Hungary.
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A great idea!!!
When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this
Address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many
cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.
A Great Idea!!! When you are making out your Christmas card list this
year, please include the following:
A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001
If you approve, please pass it on.