BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- LAS VEGAS.
ALWAYS IN NEED OF A NEW MASK, SENATOR BARACK OBAMA PROVED THAT HE WOULD GLADLY AND WILLINGLY SPIT ON THE LEGACY OF MLK AS HE WENT TO TOWN SINGING THE PRAISES OF REPUBLICAN RONALD REAGAN ("CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF AMERICA!" "PUT US ON A FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT PATH BECAUSE THE COUNTRY WAS READY FOR IT!") BECAUSE . . . WELL HE SHAPE SHIFTS AND MORPHS DEPENDING ON HIS AUDIENCE.
BY APPLAUDING AND ENDORSING RONALD REAGAN, BY EMBARCING REAGAN, BAMBI WAS DECLARING
*THAT HE THINKS MLK WAS "A NEAR COMMUNIST"!
*THAT HE SUPPORTS APARTHEID!
*THAT HE HATES GAY PEOPLE! (UNLESS IT'S A FRIEND OF NANCY'S LIKE WILLIE HAINES, IN WHICH CASE, HE'LL TOLERATE THEM AT PARTIES.)
*THAT GIVEN THE CHANCE HE'D FIRE ANGELA Y. DAVIS FOR HER POLITICS!
*THAT NELSON MANDELA BELONGED IN PRISON!
*THAT HE HOPES THE NEW REPUBLIC WILL SOMEDAY SAY OF HIM: "OBAMA IS ANTI-LABOR, ANTI-NEGRO, ANTI-INTELLECTUAL, ANTI-PLANNING, ANTI-20TH CENTURY"!
IN YET ANOTHER APPEAL TO REASSURE WHITE VOTERS THAT HIS 1/2 WHITE SIDE IS RACIST ENOUGH FOR BOTH SIDES -- HENCE HIS MADE UP STORY ABOUT READING ABOUT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN WHO PEELED OFF HIS OWN SKIN -- BAMBI ELECTED TO 'HONOR' RONALD REAGAN ON THE DAYS BETWEEN MLK'S ACTUAL BIRTHDAY AND MLK'S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED -- THE LATTER WOULD BE THE FEDERAL HOLIDAY THAT RONALD REAGAN OPPOSED BUT WAS FORCED TO GO ALONG WITH DUE TO A VETO-PROOF VOTE IN CONGRESS.
"THERE'S NOTHING THAT CANDIDATE WON'T DO," SNICKERED THE BAMBI CAMPAIGN'S DAVID AXLEROD.
"I CAN'T BELIEVE," HE CONTINUED, "HILLARY CLINTON WOULD SING RONALD REAGAN'S PRAISES. WHAT A DUMB ASS."
WHEN THESE REPORTERS EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS BAMBI, NOT SENATOR CLINTON, SINGING RONALD REAGAN'S PRAISES, AXELROD REPLIED, "WHAT? WHAT! NO FAIR! I KEPT JOHN NICHOLS ON HOLD AND TOLD AMY GOODMAN I'D BOOK HER GUESTS FOR HER LATER! YOU TRICKED ME! YOU TRICKED ME!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Starting with war resistance. Today Dee Knight (Workers World) explores an upcoming event and notes war resister Camilo Mejia:
Mejia spent nine months in military prison from May 2004 to February 2005 for refusing to return to Iraq after his first tour of duty there. He has been speaking and organizing since his release. He was chosen to chair the IVAW National Board at its conference last August. He told WW the organization is growing fast--from about 500 in August to more than 700 now, with members in 48 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and on numerous bases both here and overseas, including Iraq.Commenting on the recent mutiny by a platoon of soldiers in Iraq, Mejia said this type of resistance is increasingly common there. "I refused a mission once," he said. "We had watched several of our comrades be killed and wounded. I said no--as squad leader--that I would not allow my guys to be used as bait for some colonel to make general."
Camilo Mejia tells his story in Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia, published last May by The New Press.
War resisters have resisted in a number of ways throughout the Iraq War. That includes the ones who went to Canada seeking asylum. November 15th, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the appeals of war resisters Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey. Parliament is the solution.Three e-mails addresses to focus on are: Prime Minister Stephen Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org -- that's pm at gc.ca) who is with the Conservative party and these two Liberals, Stephane Dion (Dion.S@parl.gc.ca -- that's Dion.S at parl.gc.ca) who is the leader of the Liberal Party and Maurizio Bevilacqua (Bevilacqua.M@parl.gc.ca -- that's Bevilacqua.M at parl.gc.ca) who is the Liberal Party's Critic for Citizenship and Immigration. A few more can be found here at War Resisters Support Campaign. For those in the US, Courage to Resist has an online form that's very easy to use. Both War Resisters Support Campaign and Courage to Resist are calling for actions from January 24-26. The War Resisters Support Campaign has more on the action in Canada:
The War Resisters Support Campaign has called a pan-Canadian mobilization on Saturday, January 26th, 2008 to ensure : 1) that deportation proceedings against U.S. war resisters currently in Canada cease immediately; and 2) that a provision be enacted by Parliament ensuring that U.S. war resisters refusing to fight in Iraq have a means to gain status in Canada. For listings of local actions, see our Events page. If you are able to organize a rally in your community, contact the Campaign -- we will list events as details come in.
Courage to Resist notes:
Join and support January 25 vigils and delegations in support of U.S. war resisters currently seeking sanctuary Canada. Actions are being planned in Washington D.C., New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Supporters will meet with officials at Canadian Consulates across the United States in order underscore that many Americans hope that the Canadian Parliament votes (possible as early as February) in favor of a provision to allow war resisters to remain. Download and distribute Jan. 25-26 action leaflet (PDF).Supporting the war resisters in Canada is a concrete way to demonstrate your support of the troops who refuse to fight. Help end the war by supporting the growing GI resistance movement today!
Details January 25-26 actions/events in support of U.S. war resisters.
Sign the letter "Dear Canada: Let U.S. War Resisters Stay!" and encourage others to sign.
Organize a delegation to a Canadian Consulate near you .
Host an event or house-party in support of war resisters.
There is a growing movement of resistance within the US military which includes James Stepp, Rodney Watson, Michael Espinal, Matthew Lowell, Derek Hess, Diedra Cobb, Brad McCall, Justin Cliburn, Timothy Richard, Robert Weiss, Phil McDowell, Steve Yoczik, Ross Spears, Peter Brown, Bethany "Skylar" James, Zamesha Dominique, Chrisopther Scott Magaoay, Jared Hood, James Burmeister, Eli Israel, Joshua Key, Ehren Watada, Terri Johnson, Clara Gomez, Luke Kamunen, Leif Kamunen, Leo Kamunen, Camilo Mejia, Kimberly Rivera, Dean Walcott, Linjamin Mull, Agustin Aguayo, Justin Colby, Marc Train, Abdullah Webster, Robert Zabala, Darrell Anderson, Kyle Snyder, Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman, Kevin Lee, Mark Wilkerson, Patrick Hart, Ricky Clousing, Ivan Brobeck, Aidan Delgado, Pablo Paredes, Carl Webb, Stephen Funk, Blake LeMoine, Clifton Hicks, David Sanders, Dan Felushko, Brandon Hughey, Clifford Cornell, Joshua Despain, Joshua Casteel, Katherine Jashinski, Dale Bartell, Chris Teske, Matt Lowell, Jimmy Massey, Chris Capps, Tim Richard, Hart Viges, Michael Blake, Christopher Mogwai, Christian Kjar, Kyle Huwer, Wilfredo Torres, Michael Sudbury, Ghanim Khalil, Vincent La Volpa, DeShawn Reed and Kevin Benderman. In total, at least fifty US war resisters in Canada have applied for asylum.
Information on war resistance within the military can be found at The Objector, The G.I. Rights Hotline [(877) 447-4487], Iraq Veterans Against the War and the War Resisters Support Campaign. Courage to Resist offers information on all public war resisters. Tom Joad maintains a list of known war resisters. In addition, VETWOW is an organization that assists those suffering from MST (Military Sexual Trauma).
Meanwhile IVAW is organizing a March 2008 DC event:
In 1971, over one hundred members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War gathered in Detroit to share their stories with America. Atrocities like the My Lai massacre had ignited popular opposition to the war, but political and military leaders insisted that such crimes were isolated exceptions. The members of VVAW knew differently.
Over three days in January, these soldiers testified on the systematic brutality they had seen visited upon the people of Vietnam. They called it the Winter Soldier investigation, after Thomas Paine's famous admonishing of the "summer soldier" who shirks his duty during difficult times. In a time of war and lies, the veterans who gathered in Detroit knew it was their duty to tell the truth.
Over thirty years later, we find ourselves faced with a new war. But the lies are the same. Once again, American troops are sinking into increasingly bloody occupations. Once again, war crimes in places like Haditha, Fallujah, and Abu Ghraib have turned the public against the war. Once again, politicians and generals are blaming "a few bad apples" instead of examining the military policies that have destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan.
Once again, our country needs Winter Soldiers.
In March of 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War will gather in our nation's capital to break the silence and hold our leaders accountable for these wars. We hope you'll join us, because yours is a story that every American needs to hear.
Click here to sign a statement of support for Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
March 13th through 16th are the dates for the Winter Soldier Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation. Dee Knight (Workers World) notes, "IVAW wants as many people as possible to attend the event. It is planning to provide live broadcasting of the sessions for those who cannot hear the testimony firsthand. 'We have been inspired by the tremendous support the movement has shown us,' IVAW says. 'We believe the success of Winter Soldier will ultimately depend on the support of our allies and the hard work of our members'."
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