Saturday, January 4, 2020

Groundhog Day Wags the Dog, National Day of Action, US Troops Out of Iraq

Leslie, Barbara, and Rollerena - so many heroes in the fight,
out in the rain even after decades of this. 

We will not be dragged into another war...
"The Trump administration is rapidly escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.  Now is the time to remind Congress that we can only achieve true and lasting peace through peaceful means. Contact Congress today: Urge them to do everything in their power to stop the Trump administration from bringing us closer to war with Iran!"

This blogger and Barbara Bowen, the head of the PSC representing. 
The Professional Staff Congress in Solidarity. 



The Canibal Girls playing Friday night. 
They were babies before the  last war. 

The New Years hangover was barely over before news that another war was on  the way.
I wasn’t even done with my new years blog when I had to add the line,
Even  as war looms in the air.
Another  war, 
more trauma, kids starving, torture, separation, cruelty.
Our  16 year-old-was only a month old  the last time we got into a war  in the Middle East. 
Her band was playing on  15th street.
On the way, to the show, I looked at twitter.
Our VP was asserting that Iran was responsible for 911.
The beat goes on.
Eternal returns.
Misinform. 
Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Wag the dog, distract, repeat.  

Early in the day, organizer Leslie Cagan sent an email about an anti-war action the next day:
What: National Day of Action US Troops Out of Iraq
When: On Saturday, January 4th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Time Square, New York City
In response to the massive protests in Iraq following the latest U.S. aerial assault that killed scores of Iraqis, the Trump administration launched airstrikes on the Iraqi militia group that killed 25 members. The strikes violated U.S. law since they were carried out without any congressional approval. To make matters worse, the Trump administration announced it is sending 750 more troops to the Middle East and possibly another 4,000. This is in addition to the 5,200 U.S. troops already stationed in Iraq. In the past 28 years, more than a million Iraqis have died as a consequence of U.S. occupation, bombings, and sanctions and tens of thousands of U.S. troops have either been killed or suffered life-changing wounds…
Join us and our coalition partners this Saturday, January 4th to demand U.S. troops to get out of Iraq! We'll be in Time Square, New York City with our “ NO U.S. War In Iraq! Been There, Done That” signs and our message for peace!”

Post after post started flying.
Anti-war quotes and memes from poets and graphic novelists.
Sadness and anxiety inside thinking about another war, another step away from progress.
Its like the days of the fin de siècle in Vienna, notes Caroline.
Suicides rising, people terrified as their foundations were crumbling.
It’s a slow deterioration we’ve felt all our lives.
For a while there my mom wanted to study Iranian art.
Then the hostage crisis and revolution that Marjane Satrapi describes in Persepolis.
Waves of misunderstanding.
Carter’s presidency was over.
Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush.
More war, more misunderstandings.
More sanctions.
More  threats.   
Our little one born into war with more war.
We say no to  war Feb 15, 3003,
rallies in cities around the globe,  
the biggest demo in  world history.
Drones,
A temporary people deal,
Followed by assassinations, destabilizing a fragile eco system.
Across the world, people called it:
U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani .. "stunningly" stupid and counterproductive.
And regular people pay the  bill.

Tim Murphy, author of the Correspondents, wrote:
“My heart hurts for the kind and hospitable everyday people of the Middle East, who are always hurt so much more—physically, economically and otherwise—by stupid power plays between the region and the U.S. than anyone on "our" side of the waters is. It is so infuriating that, despite the many horrible aggressions committed in that part of the world by Dubya (who tore a hole open in the region by invading Iraq that has led to present-day conflicts, i.e. turning Iraq over to Iran...idiot!) and Obama (less so, but still plenty of drone strikes), one thing both did NOT do was kill this particular Iranian general for fear that it would lead to more war. Leave it to our current amoral dumbass POTUS to do that. I really wish Americans could experience life under sanctions for just one month—the kind of sanctions that have literally cost countless everyday lives in places like Iraq and Iran because they could not get not only luxuries and foodstuffs but lifesaving medications. Maybe then there'd be a little less apathy and a little more investment on the part of Americans in terms of how we behave in the rest of the world.

Fog filled the air on the East River as I crossed the Manhattan Bridge.
At Times Square people were arriving for the demonstration. 

With the blues grabbing me, us,
Sometimes just seeing friends helps us beat back the blue demon,
friend after friend commiserating.
Standing there, a few of us chatted about a friend who’d recently been consumed by the blues.

“How was your Reverend Billy sainting?”
I asked Rollerena.
“It was wonderful.”
He tells me a story about his first demonstration  over a half century prior in  1965 in Kentucky.

Rollerena skipped outta town.
I asked why he was here.
“I’m here because  we’re in  a mess.  This is all a big distraction from the impeachment.
Its been planned. Wars are about money. Your 17-year-old daughter won’t benefit from this war, She may have to fight. 
Its all about money.  But why do we have to get involved in this?”

Profits, said Jack Reed. Profits.
My friend Allen, another vet of decades of anti war actions, drops by to say hello.

Jay, from Gays Against Guns.
Donna and  countless others.
We chat about when we’re going to DC for the Remove45 actions next week.

“This is like groundhog day,” I greet Leslie Cagan, snapping a photo.
When I got your email yesterday I was thinking I’m tired of going to these things, I tell her.
But if you are going, I’m going I continue. 
“There are cracks and opposition,” notes Cagan. “But the situation is so volatile. Almost anything could trigger a major escalation. A new war in Iran could make the last one….”
Cagan pauses looking for the right words.  The last war was a horror….but.
“They are strong, with a big military, and not afraid to use it.”

So what do we do, I  ask.
Everything, Come to rallies, Writer letters, she replies.  Cagan pauses again.
“We have to link the movements in this struggle. We have to.  Without that we are fighting on our own.”

Sometimes solidarity feels elusive.
But people I’ve known for years were there.
The public spaces where we meet are often shut down.
So we congregate in the streets.
And that is worth celebrating.
See friends still at it, even after decades.
Conflict after conflict.
From Vietnam to the Gulf War,
Onward and onward.

This is a scary moment, notes Erik walking after the rally.
I really think they are going to do something.

And this time, its squarely on us.  

As Lawrence Ferlinghetti put it after the last  Middle East  fiasco:

“Pity The Nation”
Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”

















































15 comments:

  1. Herbal Penis Enlargement product is 100% guarantee to Enlarge and get a better ERECTION ,
    the reason why most people are finding it difficult
    to enlarge Penis is because they bedlieve on medical
    report, drugs and medical treatment which is not
    helpful for Penis Enlargement . Natural roots/herbs are the best remedy which can easily Enlarge your Penis permanently
    Contact Dr ABAKA via Email : drabakatemple@gmail.com or via WhatsApp : +2347010538590 for Natural root and herbal remedies put together to help you get Enlarge and Erect healthy.
    Thank you

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Believe me I have used Dr Aziba herbal Medicine cure remedy for 2 WEEKS now. So far, it has cured my HERPES, eliminated my COLD SORE, improved energy and metabolism, in the morning I feel recharged and I no longer feel sleepy after a meal. As for the scent, it does smell like motor oil but I chase it down with 100% Herbal medicine from Dr Aziba. twice a day AFTER a meal. I also experienced vivid dreams for about 5 days now it’s diminishing to during the first 2 or 3 hours of sleep . contact Dr Aziba: EMAIL: priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com or whatsapp +2348100368288 and He also have herbs medicine to cure some popular diseases....
      Some other areas of your health you may need Dr Aziba help to get cured.
      {1}Diabetes
      {2}HPV
      {3}ALS
      {4}Penis Enlargement
      {5}STD
      And Lots More...
      Contact
      Dr via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com
      WhatsApp : +2348100368288

      Delete
  2. Believe me I have used Dr Aziba herbal Medicine cure remedy for 2 WEEKS now. So far, it has cured my HERPES, eliminated my COLD SORE, improved energy and metabolism, in the morning I feel recharged and I no longer feel sleepy after a meal. As for the scent, it does smell like motor oil but I chase it down with 100% Herbal medicine from Dr Aziba. twice a day AFTER a meal. I also experienced vivid dreams for about 5 days now it’s diminishing to during the first 2 or 3 hours of sleep . contact Dr Aziba: EMAIL: priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com or whatsapp +2348100368288 and He also have herbs medicine to cure some popular diseases....
    Some other areas of your health you may need Dr Aziba help to get cured.
    {1}Diabetes
    {2}HPV
    {3}ALS
    {4}Penis Enlargement
    {5}STD
    And Lots More...
    Contact
    Dr via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com
    WhatsApp : +2348100368288

    ReplyDelete
  3. I was diagnosed of herpes virus, I have tried all possible means to get cure but all my effort proved abortive, until a friend of mine introduced me to a herbal doctor called Chief Dr Lucky, who prepare herbal medicine to cure all kind of diseases including herpes virus (Herpes), when i contacted this herbal doctor via email, he sent me herpes virus herbal medicine via courier service, when i received the herbal medicine he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, when i applied it as instructed i was totally cured from the virus within 3 weeks of usage. Contact this great herbal doctor today to get your cure. 
    Via Email : chiefdrlucky@gmail.com
    Whats App : +2348132777335
    website : http://chiefdrluckysolutionhome.website2.me/    

    ReplyDelete

  4. HELLO EVERYONEI’M SO GRATEFUL TO DR. ONUWA FOR CURING ME COMPLETELY FROM HERPES VIRUS . I WAS TOLD I HAVE HERPES IN 2011, I HAVE BEEN TAKING DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEDICATION STILL YET NO IMPROVEMENT UNTIL I SAW TESTIMONIES OF DR. ONUWA CURING HERPES, DIABETES, HIV AND OTHER DISEASE I WAS SKEPTICAL ABOUT CONTACTING HIM BUT I ALSO KNEW THE IMPORTANCE OF HERBAL MEDICINE, I MADE UP MY MIND AND CONTACTED HIM WE TALKED ON PHONE AND HE PREPARED AND GAVE ME MEDICINE WHICH I TOOK ACCORDING TO HIS DOSAGE INFORMATION. NOW I’M SO HAPPY I’M CURED FROM HERPES MY HEART IS SO FILLED WITH JOY, THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. ONUWA . IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND YOU HAVE HERPES OR ANY KIND OF DISEASE CONTACT HIM TODAY EMAIL:DRONUWA2@GMAIL.COM .. HE CURE LISTED DISEASES CANCER HIV ALS EX BACK JOB OPPORTUNITY HEPATITIS A AND B DIABETIC. ETC

    ReplyDelete

  5. Hello everyone am here to give my testimony about how Dr LOSA brought
    back my happiness.Dr LOSA have really be a good man to me, he help
    me cured my herpes virus after two years of suffering and now am a
    living testimony to the world and my family are now happy again
    just like before all because of the herbs Dr LOSA prepare for me.
    Dr LOSA is a well recognized herbal doctor all over the world,
    he is very important in the society because he have the cure and
    treatment to all kinds of diseases,and bring back my happiness within
    the space of 21 days.If you also need his help you can contact him
    via email: dr.losaherbalhome@gmail.com you can also call or whatsapp his +2349056464736

    He cure listed diseases

    CANCER

    HEPATITIS A AND B

    DIABETIC.

    HERPES

    HIV CURE

    ReplyDelete

  6. What a great testimony is this about doctor losa 5 months ago i was seaching for a doctor who would help me too cure my Hsv and i went to facebook to search for doctors and i saw different herbal doctors but i was scared but i contacted doctor losa to just try my luck i never knew he was a great man and man of his words i told him my problems and he sent me his product and told me the instruction on how i will be taking it after 3 weeks i went for medical check up and the news was the greatest testimony i ever heared confirmed negative.and you can contact him on is EMAIL dr.losaherbalhome@gmail.com or his whatsapp number +2349056464736

    ReplyDelete
  7. My husband left me for another woman after one year of our marriage. I needed him back desperately because i loved him so much. I became very worried and needed help. On this faithful day  as i was browsing through the internet, I came across a particular testimony about this good DR IROSI help get ex back fast and stop a divorce or breakup and so on , So I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a (return Love spell) for me. 48 hours later, my husband came back to me crying and begging for my forgiveness. Today I’m so happy and i want to recommend this great spell caster to anyone that truly needs an urgent solution to his or her broken relationships and marriage email him at:(DRIROSISOLUTIONCENTER@GMAIL.COM) Simply contact the great “DR IROSI” If you have any problem contact him and i guarantee you that he will help you., do not cry anymore-contact this powerful spell caster now. Thank you DR IROSI for saving my broken relationships and brought my husband back to me!” email him at: (DRIROSISOLUTIONCENTER@GMAIL.COM) or call/whatsapp him via: +2348118829771.    

    ReplyDelete
  8. Am Laura Mildred by name, i was diagnosed with Herpes 4 years ago i lived in pain with the knowledge that i wasn't going to ever be well again i contacted so many herbal doctors on this issue and wasted a large sum of money but my condition never got better i was determined to get my life back so one day i saw Mr. Morrison Hansen post on how Dr. Emu saved him from Herpes with herbal medicine i contacted Dr. Emu on his Email: Emutemple@gmail.com we spoke on the issue i told him all that i went through and he told me not to worry that everything will be fine again so he prepared the medicine and send it to me and told me how to use it, after 14 days of usage I went to see the doctor for test,then the result was negative, am the happiest woman on earth now thanks to Dr. Emu God bless you. Email him at: Emutemple@gmail.com Call or Whats-app him: +2347012841542 

    ReplyDelete
  9. Live Testimony HPV and HERPES is cureable: I am greatful to Dr Aire ,the powerful herbal healer that rescue me from HPV and HERPES. I was diagnosed of these disease in 2019 and because of this, i was very unhappy with my life and i went into research on how i can get cured and i saw a testimony of a lady on how she was cured from HERPES by Dr Aire, i decided to give him a try and when i contact him, he assure me that he will help me and send me the cure.I believed in him because all i wanted was to be cured, so he prepared a herbal cure for me and send it to me through DHL and gave me instructions on how to use it and after one week i should go to hospital for checkup and after one week of using the herbal medicine, i went to the hospital for test and to my surprise the test stated that i am HPV and HERPES negative and i am fully cured from the diseases. This gladdens my heart and everybody in the hospital was surprised even the Medical Doctor, So viewers Dr Aire is a God Gifted man and he can cure so many diseases like HIV/AIDS, HERPES,CANCER of all kind, PILE, KIDNEY PROBLEM, SYPHILIS, DIABETES, HSV1&2, HPV and lot's more. You can contact him through his email: drairehome@gmail.com or call and whatsapp him on +2347036740271. I will continue to share this great testimony on the internet and all over the world for the good job Dr Aire has done for me.  

    ReplyDelete
  10. INSTEAD OF GETTING A LOAN,, I GOT SOMETHING NEW
    Get $5,500 USD every day, for six months!

    See how it works
    Do you know you can hack into any ATM machine with a hacked ATM card??
    Make up your mind before applying, straight deal...

    Order for a blank ATM card now and get millions within a week!: contact us
    via email address:: Blankatmhacker007@yahoo.com or whatsapp: +1 (620) 307-3174

    We have specially programmed ATM cards that can be used to hack ATM
    machines, the ATM cards can be used to withdraw at the ATM or swipe, at
    stores and POS. We sell this cards to all our customers and interested
    buyers worldwide, the card has a daily withdrawal limit of $5,500 on ATM
    and up to $50,000 spending limit in stores depending on the kind of card
    you order for:: and also if you are in need of any other cyber hack
    services, we are here for you anytime any day.

    Here is our price lists for the ATM CARDS:

    Cards that withdraw $5,500 per day costs $200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $10,000 per day costs $850 USD
    Cards that withdraw $35,000 per day costs $2,200 USD
    Cards that withdraw $50,000 per day costs $5,500 USD
    Cards that withdraw $100,000 per day costs $8,500 USD

    make up your mind before applying, straight deal!!!

    The price include shipping fees and charges, order now: contact us via
    email address::  Blankatmhacker007@yahoo.com  or whatsapp: +1 (620) 307-3174

    ReplyDelete
  11. I want to share a testimony of how Dr.Osemuhau herbal mixture cream saves me from shame and disgrace, my penis was a big problem to me as the size was really so embarrassing,and i was also having weak erection problem. I can't make love to my wife and my penis was just too small a full grown man like me having 4 inches penis and to worsen it i don't last in sex i cant even last two minutes it was really a thing of shame to me. My wife was really tired of me because my sex life was very poor,she never enjoyed sex,i was always thinking and searching for solutions everywhere until when i saw a testimony of how Dr.Osemuhau herbal mixture cream have been helping people regarding their sex life, so i decided to give him a try and to my greatest surprise in less than one week of taking the herbs my penis grow to 8 inches i couldn't believe my eyes and as i speak now my penis is now 8 inches and i do not have week erection again. I can make love to my wife longer in bed. And my marriage is now stable,my wife now enjoy me very well in bed. can contact him drosemuhau@gmail.com {) or call or what-apps him through +2348168714427 or  https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Osemuhau-Herbal-Medicine-111115653769173

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's a pleasure for me to write this testimony about this wonderful thing that happened to me last week on how i got my peripheral artery disease (PAD) cured, i have been reading so-many post of some people who were cured of peripheral artery disease (PAD), but i never believed them, I was hurt and depressed so I was too curious and wanted to try dr emu when i contact him, he assured me 100% that he will heal me, i pleaded with him to help me out, it's a great success that he healed just as he promised, he told me that in three days time that i should go and check on my peripheral artery disease (PAD) status, I was floored that when i went to the hospital to check of my status that i was peripheral artery disease (PAD) negative, i never thought possible that dr emu can do miracles, i never really believed in magic but I played along with a little hope and faith and after everything but dr emu changed my life and made me a true believer you can contact him emutemple@gmail.com  emutemple@yahoo.com or whatsapp Number: +2347012841542 website: https://emutemple.wordpress.com/ he said that he is also specialize on the following diseases: HERPES, HIV, ALS, HPV, DIABETES, HEPATITIS B, CANCER, SICKLE CELL, VIRGINAL DRYNESS, And Bring Back Your Ex back.

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is another testimony on how Chief Dr Lucky cured my HIV disease. Do you need a cure for your HIV disease? Do you want to be cured from your cancer disease? Or you want to be free from any type of disease. Kindly visit his website https://chiefdrluckyherbaltherapy.wordpress.com/ , he just cured my HIV disease and I’m very grateful to him, he is the only herbalist that can cure you.  
    WhatsApp number : +2348132777335 
    Via Email : chiefdrlucky@gmail.com
    Thank you all for reading,
    God bless"

    ReplyDelete
  14. This is another testimony on how Chief Dr Lucky cured my HIV disease. Do you need a cure for your HIV disease? Do you want to be cured from your cancer disease? Or you want to be free from any type of disease. Kindly visit his website https://chiefdrluckyherbaltherapy.wordpress.com/ , he just cured my HIV disease and I’m very grateful to him, he is the only herbalist that can cure you.  
    WhatsApp number : +2348132777335 
    Via Email : chiefdrlucky@gmail.com
    Thank you all for reading,
    God bless"

    ReplyDelete