BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
THE STRAIN IS SHOWING ON OL' DIRTY BASTARD HIMSELF, DICK CHENEY.
VICE OF AMERICA WILL HAVE TO TESTIFY IN HIS BUDDY SCOOTER LIBBY'S TRIAL ON THE OUTING OF CIA AGENT VALERIE PLAME.
VICE CHENEY HAS TAKEN TO SLAMMING WAR CRITICS AS "DEAD WRONG" LEADING SOME WAGS TO WONDER IF HE THINKS THEY PLANNED THE ILLEGAL WAR AND NOT CHENEY HIMSELF?
DICK DURBIN HAS CALLED HIM "DELUSIONAL."
AND HE NEARLY LOST IT WHEN WOLF BLITZER ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER MARY CHENEY'S PREGNANCY. HAVING CAMPAIGNED REPEATEDLY AGAINST GAY RIGHTS AS PART OF THE BULLY BOY - CHENEY TICKET, HAVING HELPED MAKE 2004 ABOUT ATTEMPTS TO OUTLAW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES, THE FACT THAT DICK CHENEY'S DAUGHTER AND HER SAME-SEX PARTNER HEATHER POE ARE ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY CHENEY-POE AND AREN'T BEING QUIET ABOUT IT IS NEWS. BOTH WOMEN ARE ADULTS AND WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR FLACKS ISSUING PUBLICITY STATEMENTS, REPORTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.
HOWEVER WOLF BLITZER TOLD THESE REPORTERS THAT VICE DICK SNAPPED AT HIM YESTERDAY ON CNN, STATING, "I THINK, FRANKLY, YOU'RE OUT OF LINE WITH THAT QUESTION."
LATER, TONY SNOWJOB WOULD DECLARE THAT IT IS A PRIVATE MATTER AS THOUGH BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS AREN'T PRINTED IN EVERY PAPER AND AS IF MARY CHENEY DIDN'T JUST PUBLISH A BOOK OF SILLY SCRIBBLES IN AN ATTEMPT TO CASH IN ON HER OWN LAST NAME. MANY ARE WONDERING IF VICE DICK IS ASHASMED OF HIS DAUGHTER MARY?
IN LIGHT OF ALL THE ABOVE BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX
ARE ISSUING A PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT. IF YOU SEE DICK CHENEY DRUNK AND HOLDING A RIFLE, NO MATTER HOW HE SMILES OR SNEERS, STEP AWAY QUICKLY. AVOID MAKING EYE CONTACT. IN LIGHT OF WHAT HAPPENED TO POOR
HARRY WHITTINGTON, THE PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with news of war resistance. Bobbie Morgan (Bainbridge Buzz) observes, "Sometimes it takes a travesty to create a hearo. We have a hero close by, awaiting a court martial for refusing to participate in the Iraq war because he feels it was never a lawful war."
Morgan is writing of Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to the Iraq war. Next month, February 5th, Watada faces a court-martial.
Speaking recently with Ken Mochizuki (International Examiner), Watada stated: "I've said publicly that I'm willing to face the consequences for my action. But, I would ask that I be given a fair trial. So, there's no desertion there. And, when it comes to dissension, I have dissented, obviously, against the orders I've been given. Watada's referring to the ruling by 'Judge' Head which strips him of the ability to mount a defense or even offer his reasons for refusing to deploy. Stanley Campbell (Rock River Times) notes Watada's reasons that Watada will not be allowed to uttered in court: "It's my conclusion as an officer of the armed forces that the Iraq war is not only morally wrong but a horrible breach of American law. Although I have tried to resign out of protest, I am forced to participate in a war that is manifestly illegal. As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must, as an officer of honor and integrity, refuse that order." Again, the court-martial is scheduled for February 5th, Fort Lewis, Washington.
Meanwhile, in Germany, a court-martial date has been set for US war resister Agustin Aguayo. Kevin Dougherty (Stars & Stripes) reports that at today's arrinment hearing, the judge decided ("barring any delays") that the court-martial will start on March 6th. Aguayo
served in Iraq and, based on what he witnessed, decided serving in Iraq was against his religious beliefs. He then applied for conscientious objector status but was denied that status and expected to deploy to Iraq for a second tour. From September 2nd through September 26th of last year, Aguayo was absent from the military. He turned himself on the 26th. He has appealed his denial of C.O. status and, although the US Court of Appeals heard arguments on November 21, 2006, they have yet to issue a ruling.
Agustin Aguayo, Ehren Watada are part of a movement of resistance within the military that also includes Kyle Snyder, Darrell Anderson, Ivan Brobeck, Ricky Clousing, Aidan Delgado, Mark Wilkerson, Joshua Key, Camilo Meija, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Jeremy Hinzman, Corey Glass, Patrick Hart, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Katherine Jashinski, Chris Teske and Kevin Benderman. In total, thirty-eight US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at Center on Conscience & War, The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline, and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters.
In the United States, many demonstrations will be held on Saturday including a rally and march in DC. For information on that, you can check out CODEPINK's Bring the Peace Mandate to D.C. on J27! KPFA will be broadcasting live from the DC demonstrations from 10:00 am to noon PST. (At which point it will begin covering demonstrations in the Bay Area.) Saturday night (7:00 to 10:00 pm EST), Laura Flanders will cover the days demonstrations and more on RadioNation with Laura Flanders.
CODEPINK, United for Peace & Justice and many other groups are taking part in Saturday's DC demonstration and march and in activites around the United States (at least fifty cities in the US have activities scheduled -- fifty in addition to DC -- at this time and more are expected to be added to the lists).
As the mobilizations gear up, shades of Tricky Dick, Bully Boy is spying on peace groups. Aaron Glantz (OneWorld) reports on US Defense Department documents obtained by the ACLU which reveal that 186 demonstrations have been spied on and recorded by the Defense Department: "The internal Defense Department documents show it is monitoring the activities of a wide swath of peace groups, including Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Code Pink, the American Friends Service Committee, the War Resisters League, and the umbrella group United for Peace and Justice, which is spearheading what organizers hope will be a massive march on Washington this Saturday."
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Those in DC Saturday should check out Anthony Arnove, author most recently of IRAQ: The Logic of Withdrawal, who will be speaking at Busboys and Poets at 5:00 pm and those in the NYC area on Sunday should check out Joan Mellen speech at 7:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y (92nd Street and Lesington Avenue). Mellan, a professor at Temple University and the author of seventeen books, will be presenting a lecture on the JFK assasination . . . and beyond. Tickets are $25. Mellen's latest book is A Farewell to Justice which probes the assasination of JFK. She was a guest on Law and Disorder November 7, 2005. And the March 15, 2006 broadcast of KPFA's Guns and Butter featured her speech "How the Failure to Identify, Prosecute and Convict President Kennedy's Assassins Has Led to Today's Crisis of Democracy." You can also read a transcript of that speech here.
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