Friday, September 14, 2007

What Does Democracy Look Like? This is What Democracy Looks Like!

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Dearest Readers, so sorry for the re-run from may 2006. Prissy has been on the run...and will be in Washington Sept 15, 2007 for the Noon march. We're bringing our own police, since we don't trust the DC cops. Shame on them for not upholding our Constitutional rights! Those are a Bill of Rights, ladies and gentlemen- not a Bill of Suggestions!

Long live the First Amendment. Prissy will post new pictures from Saturday's march ASAP.

Email Prissy if you will be in Washington and we can all meet for dinner after the march. Other readers will be there too, including Prissy's favorite government teacher.

Poster from American Friends (Quaker) Society exhibit. May 13th, National Mall.


American Friends exhibit representing shoes for an Iraqi unborn baby boy, who was killed in the war

Display of American soldiers boots, a representation of our brave young ones killed in the war upon Iraq.

View of Eyes Wide Open of Iraq victims representative display of shoes, with Capital Hill in background.

Code Pink 9 months pregnant mom and her baby for peace.
This display of life and liberty makes the president look like a callous, shallow animal.

Military Families Silent March

Gold Star parents. They lost their only child. There were several Gold Star parents which lost their only child and often their future generation.

The Human Cost of war.

Capital Hill in Washington, D.C.

Code Pink participant

What is your excuse for not getting out in the street to take back your country?

Washington Monument

Who would ever know this place existed? Someone should inform Dubya...

Dearest Readers, These are the promised pictures from Washington, D.C. You'll never believe what neo-con Prissy stumbled across. The "Prince of Darkness" himself-Richard Perle, signer of the Project for the New American Century.

Prissy gave him a U.S. Army War College strategy study which concluded in ineffectiveness of pre-emptive wars. He said "thank you." Prissy said maybe next time "you'll read it before you start another illegal war." Veterans surrounded him, demanding answers and accountability for what he is responsible for. He told a Gold Star mother, who lost her only child "In five years, I hope you will see, that from your tragedy- democracy will come to Iraq."

Above: The Prince of Darkness and architect for the war on Iraq, attempts to answer some critics. The guy in the brown t-shirt is a veteran, the lady to the side Col. Ann Wright, former ambassador to Afghanistan. American SHero Ann Wright resigned in protest of the Iraq war, one of many diplomats opposed to the invasion.

Sunday, we went to a Code Pink "Mother's Day" demonstration in front of the White House. Guests included Cindy Sheehan and Susan Serandon, Ann Wright, a teacher fired for telling her class that she once "honked for peace" when she saw people protesting the Iraq war and a Gold Star mom. For the short clips see TruthOut Silent March Honors the Fallen & Mother's Day Call for Peace

Cindy Sheehan and Susan Serandon

Mother's Day is rough going for a mom whose child has been killed in such a senseless war. Prissy felt the beautiful young Iraqi woman who eloquently and passionately spoke of the devastation her country experienced as a result of this war was the high point.

Code Pink, like Howard Dean, has received a lot of undeserved bad press. This organization wants us to end the war, and is mostly moms and grandmothers. Code Pink is called instead of a "Code Terror" alert. And good heavens, what is wrong with that?

For a wonderful press photo, all the women had a bundle of roses in her arms and took them across the street, in front of the White House. CNN was there, but Prissy didn't hear anything about it on the news.

Perhaps hundreds of women, children and men, the old and the young do not make a difference to George Bush. But it makes a strong statement that these folks have chosen to spend their Mother's Day, to make a difference in their children and grandchildren lives. You know, Mothers are like that...The president does not really understand the level of force he is up against. There is no doubt in these folks minds they will end this tragedy of a war because they have no intention of giving up or giving in and their numbers and supporters continue to increase!

For all Dubya's pomp and circumstance, he will not prevail as he comes unprepared to fight, due to the impairment of his own upbringing.

Hot Links

Appeals Court Upholds Anonymous Online Speech

In the first appellate decision to address the issue, a New Jersey appeals court has established stringent procedural and evidentiary standards that must be met before the identity of an anonymous online poster can be disclosed through litigation. Those protections have long been urged by EPIC and other public interest groups. The court recognized the constitutional right to communicate anonymously and refused to order the identification of a "John Doe" speaker who had posted comments on a Yahoo! message board.

Moscow Times Putin Reiterates He'll Pick Successor

President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Saturday that he would name a preferred successor before his presidency ended in 2008 and said Russia would not return to the Cold War, despite a chill in relations with the United States.

Putin said that he would only recommend a successor and that the final choice would rest with the people. "But I feel that I have the right to express my point of view about this or that candidate," he added. "I am also a Russian citizen and have the right to an opinion. And I will do that."

In posing the successor question, the reporter mentioned that U.S. President George W. Bush had already recommended his younger brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as a promising candidate.

Putin's first reaction was a joke. "Nepotism -- what else can you expect from them?" he said.

Thankfully, President Putin has the good sense not to reignite Cheney's "Cold War" mentality...Jeb really needs to take a good look at his poll numbers in Florida. They don't look so good for a presidential wannabe.

MSNBC A Fresh Focus on Cheney

In the margins of the op-ed, Cheney jotted out a series of questions that seemed to challenge many of Wilson's assertions as well as the legitimacy of his CIA-sponsored trip to Africa: "Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"

It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for Cheney's own notes to be made public. The notes apparently obtained as a result of a grand jury subpoena would appear to make Cheney an even more central witness than had been previously thought in the criminal probe. Fitzgerald's prosecution has created continued problems for the White House. Karl Rove, the President Bush's chief political adviser, recently made his fifth grand jury appearance in the case and remains under scrutiny while Fitzgerald weighs whether to file criminal charges against him. For now, Libby is the only figure charged in the case.

Lea Ann McBride, a spokeswoman for the vice president, declined to comment on the newly disclosed notes. "We continue to cooperate in the investigation as we have since its inception," she said.

Movie on Jewish-Muslim love challenges taboos, provokes ire

"I wanted to make an 'American Graffiti' in Morocco, to show a certain kind of Moroccan youth who exist even if some people would like to deny it," she told The Associated Press.

"I knew in making this film that some things were going to cause discomfort, notably the love relationship between a young Muslim and young Jew. But for me, it is a symbol of peace and tolerance in a complicated world."

Morocco prides itself on religious tolerance and is home to a centuries-old Jewish community. While anti-Jewish feeling has accompanied moments of political tension, and Jewish religious and community sites were targeted in bombing attacks in Casablanca in 2003, Moroccan Jews and Muslims have generally coexisted peacefully.

"We're all Moroccans, and we live together," said Mehdi Bikki, 17, who caught "Marock" at a Casablanca multiplex with a group of friends.

Rove Said Unfazed by Chance of Charges

Former White House counsel John Dean, who told prosecutors about his own role in Watergate in the 1970s, said Nixon aides who were fighting charges went through great anxiety and spent a lot of time to protect themselves during their final days.

"If Rove is operating as if nothing is going to happen, it is because he has been told nothing is going to happen," Dean said. "Otherwise, he is faking it, and others are protecting him."

Rove's friends say he handles whatever pressure he feels by reminding himself that he can't control the outcome

"He understands that it's not his decision to make," said GOP consultant Ed Gillespie. "He is just one who understands that this is beyond his control; that he's going to get through it and that it's going to come to a resolution soon.


Nat'l Guard not expected to patrol border

Quotes of the Day

Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.--J. Edgar Hoover

Abe might have loved Code Pink! A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.--Abraham Lincoln

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.--Abraham Lincoln

Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.--Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?--Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.--Abraham Lincoln