May 23rd, 2004

little brown bird

(no subject)

My politics are certainly no seceret, but I don't usualy go on at length about them here (since I do that elsewhere...) But it is also not a secret that I was/am an authentic 1960's hippie; that part of my lifelong devotion to Faramir comes from what he taught me about integrity during Viet-Nam (I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood...); and that there is something that pushes my buttons more than anything else on the planet, in all forms, from commercials to armegeddon. Propaganda.

Demand your freedom of speech - and more than that, of thought. They can say what they like - and we can question it. Beat your swords into fountain pens. Question everything!
So: this meme, from all over my flist. (I have no citation for its origin)



"I believe that the president's leadership in the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience in making the decisions that would have been necessary to truly accomplish the mission without the deaths to our troops and the cost to our taxpayers."
--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

One of the Emperor's particularly nasty minions, the House Majority leader [Tom DeLay], responded:

"Nancy Pelosi should apologize for her irresponsible, dangerous rhetoric. She apparently is so caught up in partisan hatred for President Bush that her words are putting American lives at risk."
(Source: CNN)

That's right, folks, it's now official: criticize our so-called President and you are endangering American lives.

But a better president than Dubya said this:

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

I suggest the following meme: Everyone who is so inclined, write down that Roosevelt quote on a postcard and send it to the dear House Majority Leader at either of the following addresses:

The Hon. Tom DeLay
242 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Tom DeLay
Office of the House Majority Leader
H-107 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Then post this info in your journal and see if we can generate a big, fat reminder that dissent and criticism are not treason.



Can you believe they think that's a level of dissent to worry about? What will happen if some of us stand up and try to remind people about our rights of referendum and recall?
little brown bird

before I stop...

Since I opened my political mouth tonight, these are three more things that I think people should know:




Lady Liberty hooded in political ad
By Mark Memmott, USA TODAY


A hooded Statue of Liberty, meant to remind viewers of Iraqis abused by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, dominates a TV ad that an anti-Bush organization will begin airing nationally next week.....

... But even before it is on the air, the ad is drawing protests from the Bush-Cheney campaign. (read this article here)



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Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
The Draft will Start in June 2005

There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately. (read the full article here)


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Fort Worth Star-Telegram, via Knight Ridder Newspapers (USA), May 17, 2004
http://www.twincities.com
By R.A. Dyer

AUSTIN, Texas - (KRT) - Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone.

But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious organization - at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: The organization "does not have one system of belief." (read the full article here)




Remember in the play 1776 when the Continental Congress is repeatedly voting on whether or not to *talk about* independance - and Benjamin Franklin says -There is no idea so dangerous it can't be discussed...


back to hiding under the couch for awhile. I almost feel 16 again....