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Happy Anniversary
Author: BobR    Date: 03/19/2008 12:15:07

Today is our anniversary. It's been 5 years! It started out with a real bang, but lately, things have been difficult. I guess that's to be expected. I wonder though, how much longer we can keep this going.

Personal relationship? No, I'm talking of course about the war in Iraq. It was 5 years ago today that Shock & Awe™ began. Five long years of blood and carnage and waste, based on trumped up evidence, cherry-picked intelligence and outright lies. Five long long years of human rights abuses, and Consitutional liberties being trampled, and accusations of treason against those who dared speak out against it.

I had wanted to write about hope for the future. Obama gave an amazing speech yesterday about moving beyond the racial divides that separate us, and moving towards understanding and economic justice. I was a little nervous doing so because SensiScholar (one of our friends at UNN) wrote this amazing blog in response. I really didn't think I could add anything to that, neither factually nor spiritually.

This morning, however, I got an email that described how the Atlanta Grandmothers For Peace got arrested for protesting at a military recruitment station that is about a mile and a half from our house. The story in the AJC notes:
Not many criminals want their names spelled right when booked into jail.

But then Ann Mauney, 65, of Lake Claire and her nine partners in crime aren't most criminals.

First, they are older women; mostly grandmothers, who normally would never have their mugshots taken.

And, second they wanted to be arrested.

The Atlanta Police arrested the women, ages 57 to 80, for criminal trespass on Monday after they converged on the Army recruiting office off of Ponce de Leon in Midtown. The women said they were there to enlist and refused to leave when they were rejected.

They called themselves "Grandmothers for Peace," a play off "Veterans for Peace," whose members will lead a larger protest Wednesday back to the Army recruiting station at the Midtown Place Shopping Center to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

There is a link to the pictures there, and as I looked at them I realized I had met most of them at other anti-war demonstrations and functions. It made me feel a little ashamed. While I sit her pontificating from the comfort of my chair, there are women almost the age of my mother willfully putting themselves on the line. There are still soldiers in Iraq putting their lives on the line.

Today is the 5th anniversary of our invasion and occupation of a soverign nation. There will be protests all over the country. Find a protest or vigil near you. Step out of your comfort zone and make your voice be heard.

See you in the streets.

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Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 13:23:59
New sound clip (thanks Shane-O!):



bidenyes:

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 13:25:25
Good Morning!

Comment by m-hadley on 03/19/2008 13:32:24
Mornin' Everybody,

Happy Hump Day!

Cheers,

mfaye :D

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 13:35:50
Hillary is disenfranchised? We are talking about hillary Clinton?

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 13:36:26
HEya FAye! Good morning!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 13:50:20
:puke:

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 13:53:11
:rofl: I love :foil:'s Joe LIEberman!

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 13:55:14
Good morning everyone.



It's a rainy day here in New York.

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 13:56:01
Looking mighty quiet in these parts...



Oh, and speaking of the so-called rapture, I'm reading an interesting text called "What Paul Meant".



In it, the author theorizes that it's the Gentiles that will be treated the same as the Jews on the last day, meaning that the Jew's as God's own chosen people will be the ones saved, and all of us that follow the teachings of Jesus get to "tag along"...it's not supposed to be the other way around.



Interesting, to say the least.



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:01:58
Does anyone know if the march is being shown on any of the spans?

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:03:16
I hate working evenings because I can't go to any vigils.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2008 14:03:31
Morning :hug:

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:06:05
The *resident is speaking.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:07:36
Good morning Mala.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:07:57
This f*cker is trying to tell us the story of the war. Lyng about it.

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 14:08:11
*removes headset*



Somebody poke me when he's done. I'll be over in the corner getting sick on myself.





Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:10:03
*sigh* It's like he is telling the Story of Iraq, like it is a good thing. And what is with those flags behind him?

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:11:25
I find it VERY disturbing that instead of standing in front of the American Flags, he is standing ion front of Military Flags.







Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:12:11
Quote by TriSec:

*removes headset*



Somebody poke me when he's done. I'll be over in the corner getting sick on myself.



you can come back now. They broke away from the fascist pig.



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:13:19
:banana: Yeah...

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:13:50
Quote by Raine:

Quote by TriSec:

*removes headset*



Somebody poke me when he's done. I'll be over in the corner getting sick on myself.



you can come back now. They broke away from the fascist pig.



You can't even make fun of this crap any more.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2008 14:14:55
Hey Liv and everyone

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:16:28
Seriously... it just isn't even funny anymore. The Bushisms, the stumbly speach the lies the misprounounciations... not funny.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:18:58
Quote by Raine:

Seriously... it just isn't even funny anymore. The Bushisms, the stumbly speach the lies the misprounounciations... not funny.


I can't wait until next year. Can we impeach him already?

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 14:19:44
60 some-odd years ago, Aldous Huxley came up with a descriptive term for the "president".



"Epsilon-Minus Semi-Moron".





Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 14:20:19
Quote by Raine:

*sigh* It's like he is telling the Story of Iraq, like it is a good thing. And what is with those flags behind him?


The Story of Iraq:

Listen, children, to a story

That was written long ago,

'Bout a kingdom on a mountain

And the valley-folk below...



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:22:19
Mike Huckabee about Obama's Speech, over at the Kos



Someone posted this at SMS, it is very good, and Huck gets some bonus points for having a rational thought or two.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:22:46
A question for the techie: Why does my Firefox browser keep crashing? On my desktop since I got the last update for Firefox, it will run slow at time and then crash. It doesn't happen with Firefox on my laptop though.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:32:31
WHAT the F!?!?! Did anyone just hear the news? Darth Cheney went fishing in the waters that flow between Oman (sp) and Iran?



WTF?!?!?!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:33:20
Liv, it sounds like the version of Firefox is having an argument with whatever version of Windows you have on the Desktop.

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 14:36:09
Quote by Raine:

WHAT the F!?!?! Did anyone just hear the news? Darth Cheney went fishing in the waters that flow between Oman (sp) and Iran?



WTF?!?!?!




Well, now. Saddam himself used to swim across the Euphrates every year on his birthday.



So why wouldn't a fellow dictator sully the same waters?





Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:37:05


Old Fool. TOO old to be president.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:40:10
*** Breaking ****



Clinton Just released a whole bunch of papers... Looking for a linky! Evidently it is her Schedules that she kept as First Lady.



They were released as the reslut of an FOI Lawsuit.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2008 14:42:43
Quote by Raine:

WHAT the F!?!?! Did anyone just hear the news? Darth Cheney went fishing in the waters that flow between Oman (sp) and Iran?



WTF?!?!?!




sounds like that should be a bugs bunny cartoon



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:43:21
Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:44:36
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

WHAT the F!?!?! Did anyone just hear the news? Darth Cheney went fishing in the waters that flow between Oman (sp) and Iran?



WTF?!?!?!




sounds like that should be a bugs bunny cartoon



Elmer Fudd could be Dick Cheney.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:49:31
:prince: HEART! :prince:

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 14:49:52
Quote by livingonli:

A question for the techie: Why does my Firefox browser keep crashing? On my desktop since I got the last update for Firefox, it will run slow at time and then crash. It doesn't happen with Firefox on my laptop though.


Are they the same version?



If not, it seems like the newer version may have a memory leak or something... You can always look for help here.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:50:28
Thank You caller. Bringing up the the Catholic Church scandal.

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 14:50:31
Quote by Raine:

WHAT the F!?!?! Did anyone just hear the news? Darth Cheney went fishing in the waters that flow between Oman (sp) and Iran?



WTF?!?!?!


Where's a suicide boater when you need one? :P

Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 14:50:38
Morning kids!



Did Hillary visit Fred Garvin, male prostitute?!

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 14:51:29
Quote by wickedpam:





sounds like that should be a bugs bunny cartoon



You wascally war-monger!





hmmm... not so funny... :shrug:

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:52:32
Morning Izzy. :waves westward:

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:53:43
:nerd: I have noticed that is suspiciously absent today.....

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 14:56:08
Quote by Raine:

:nerd: I have noticed that is suspiciously absent today.....


Either she's deep in the salt mine or that date went very well last night.

Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 14:57:08
is sleeping in - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 14:57:30
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Morning kids!



Did Hillary visit Fred Garvin, male prostitute?!
G morning Izzy! Did you notice that we now have the Momma FU? :D



Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 14:58:41
Quote by IzzyBitz:

is sleeping in - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?!


in who?



HEY-YOHHhhhhhh!!....



you did NOT just say that!



:rofl:

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 15:00:18
Hillary animation



Hey - don't blame me: I'm just passing this along...

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:11:45
I think it's the Flare that makes them want to have threesomes!

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 15:11:57
Ya know, I loooooove WAR! I'm so glad Bush is our President. I'm really glad McCain is running, because I'd love four more years of this!!!



:thud:





Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 15:14:02
Raine, I do see the Steph FU. Can you please send it along to Bush? That speech deserves as much. It made me

Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 15:16:31
Oh, dear. I'm too sleepy to blog. Jeebus.

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 15:20:40
Quote by IzzyBitz:

Oh, dear. I'm too sleepy to blog. Jeebus.


You can click on the "E" button there on the comment if you want to change it... ;)

Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 15:26:31
Thanks, BobR. My muddled thoughts are very important!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:28:44
ER is still on the Air?

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:30:21
Quote by Raine:

ER is still on the Air?




Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2008 15:30:32
Sorry I haven't been to chatty lately - my brain is elsewhere right now...:kickcan:

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:34:11
Quote by wickedpam:

Sorry I haven't been to chatty lately - my brain is elsewhere right now...:kickcan:
you've had a lot going on lately.



Is mom Alright?



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:36:25


Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 15:37:25
*grunt*



Ya know, some days it seems like it would be easier to let the Feds listen to my phone, read my email, and watch us in the bedroom.



Today is one of those days.



Tell me we're right again? :kickcan:





Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:37:32
I just love the :clown:™ cackle™

Comment by wickedpam on 03/19/2008 15:38:39
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Sorry I haven't been to chatty lately - my brain is elsewhere right now...:kickcan:
you've had a lot going on lately.



Is mom Alright?





She's fine now - we're both just scared.



Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:40:47
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Sorry I haven't been to chatty lately - my brain is elsewhere right now...:kickcan:
you've had a lot going on lately.



Is mom Alright?





She's fine now - we're both just scared.



:hug: With the Bush economy we should all be scared.

Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 15:40:52
OMG! - That call was so great -- any votes for a Cherry Pie bump at :48 after?

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:42:38
Quote by TriSec:

*grunt*



Ya know, some days it seems like it would be easier to let the Feds listen to my phone, read my email, and watch us in the bedroom.



Today is one of those days.



Tell me we're right again? :kickcan:



We ARE right!!



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:44:01
Quote by Shane-O:

OMG! - That call was so great -- any votes for a Cherry Pie bump at :48 after?
I vote!



Good morning!



Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:44:43
Quote by Raine:

Quote by TriSec:

*grunt*



Ya know, some days it seems like it would be easier to let the Feds listen to my phone, read my email, and watch us in the bedroom.



Today is one of those days.



Tell me we're right again? :kickcan:



We ARE right!!



True Dat!

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:45:46
Shane-O, someone on the SMS blog is asking about any NCAA Tournament brackets.

Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 15:46:27
Sry - morning to all -- I'm so rude when I'm late...

Comment by starling310 on 03/19/2008 15:47:58
:: scanning blog :: OMG You guys!!!



Ya bunch of perverts!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:48:37
:prince: play that Funky Music

Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 15:49:15
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Shane-O:

OMG! - That call was so great -- any votes for a Cherry Pie bump at :48 after?
I vote!



Good morning!



To :

Comment by starling310 on 03/19/2008 15:49:18
Ooh...is thom back today???



Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:50:03
Quote by starling310:

:: scanning blog :: OMG You guys!!!



Ya bunch of perverts!


HAH!

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:52:53
Quote by starling310:

Ooh...is thom back today???



YES!

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 15:54:38
Quote by livingonli:

Quote by starling310:

Ooh...is thom back today???



YES!




Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 15:56:22
Oops - Wild Cherry - not Cherry Pie -



Or was it by the Beach Boys...? I can't remember...

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 15:56:30
So, :star:, how did it go last night?

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 16:12:25
Wanna read my books?



4F circulating library...check out the MB.





Comment by starling310 on 03/19/2008 16:14:12
Quote by livingonli:

So, :star:, how did it go last night?




It went well. Thanks!

We may be going to a Love Makes a Family fund raiser together tonight. . . not sure yet.



Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 16:15:26
I'll be back later - so I'll waive "bye" (since I didn't waive "hi" when I showed up)



I'm going to try a bit using the Bush speech from this AM - gotta close out of my browser while running all the other software or else my comp will spit, sputter and whine... grr!



See y'all later!

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 18:09:46
Did bloggie take an extended lunch break?

Comment by IzzyBitz on 03/19/2008 19:06:20
Oh, dear. Every hooker has her day. Eliot Spitzer's hooker, Kristen, was taped during a bus tour of Girls Gone Wild when she was 18. She was in all manner of undress and doing the kinds of things those girls do. Uh-oh. Now the $1 million dollar offers from Penthouse and Playboy are dwindling. Maybe that other hooker, Heather Mills, can lend her a few Euros.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 19:47:58
As rainy as it is, we will be head out for a peace march in a little while.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 19:49:14
That's why you should never give it away. No big payoff for Kristen.



But for what she was getting at that service, she better have been damn good in bed.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 19:49:27
Quote by IzzyBitz: Oh, dear. Every hooker has her day. Eliot Spitzer's hooker, Kristen, was taped during a bus tour of Girls Gone Wild when she was 18. She was in all manner of undress and doing the kinds of things those girls do. Uh-oh. Now the $1 million dollar offers from Penthouse and Playboy are dwindling. Maybe that other hooker, Heather Mills, can lend her a few Euros.


Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 19:59:28
Who's listening to Lee Rayburn filling in for Randi?



Atlanta has the same crappy weather that New York has today.

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 20:01:35
Dow's off 273 points today.



Captain Obvious's speech was well-received, I see.





Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 20:14:41
OK, I had the time off, the march starts at 5.

Comment by Raine on 03/19/2008 20:16:32
Hey about those rebates, if we were to donate them to anti-war organizations, would they become a tax deductable write off? Just curious. It would kindof interesting if everyone at least donated some of that free government money back into the anti war movement.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 20:24:04
Sanchez is calling into another show right now. Hope he doesn't become another Jake.

Comment by BobR on 03/19/2008 20:32:16
Quote by livingonli:

That's why you should never give it away. No big payoff for Kristen.



But for what she was getting at that service, she better have been damn good in bed.


For what she was getting, she better have stashed some cash under that mattress she was giving a workout...

Comment by TriSec on 03/19/2008 20:32:48
Liv, do you work downtown? You'll let us know if stockbrokers start jumping out of windows, mmmkay?



Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 20:42:56
Quote by TriSec:

Liv, do you work downtown? You'll let us know if stockbrokers start jumping out of windows, mmmkay?



Alas I don't work in Manhattan. I wish I did so I could take public transit instead of driving. My work location is in the old Grumman area.

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 20:46:13
I'm glad Randi's fill-in is discussing the war. Is there a war or occupation if the news doesn't report it?

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 20:49:32
Chris Matthews dancing on Ellen's show. Can it get any more awkward?

Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 20:55:00
I guess Steph is going to be on CNN Headline News in the 5 pm EST hour - for those who want to catch it. For those who might miss it, I'll put it up on the YouTubes after...

Comment by livingonli on 03/19/2008 20:57:46
Time to head off to the old salt mine.

Comment by Shane-O on 03/19/2008 22:15:40
Here's Steph on CNN Headline news from this evening:





Comment by TriSec on 03/20/2008 01:16:37
Evening, folks. Even though it's a repeat, I've got Los Mythbusteros on the teevee.



It's a martini night for me, too. :martini:





Comment by Mondobubba on 03/20/2008 01:23:59
Quote by livingonli:

Chris Matthews dancing on Ellen's show. Can it get any more awkward?






That is a very disturbing concept.

Comment by BobR on 03/20/2008 01:53:43
We did the WorldCan'tWait protest march this afternoon, then participated in a MoveOn vigil. It was inspiring and tiring (essentially, we were on our feet from 4:30 until 8:00). More details and pictures tomorrow...

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/20/2008 02:01:47
Quote by BobR:

We did the WorldCan'tWait protest march this afternoon, then participated in a MoveOn vigil. It was inspiring and tiring (essentially, we were on our feet from 4:30 until 8:00). More details and pictures tomorrow...






Just cause I've not done it in a while. Hi Bob. : drinks shot:

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/20/2008 02:13:53
Ya know, I never knew "Family Guy" was written by manatees. :shrug:

Comment by livingonli on 03/20/2008 02:56:24
Quote by BobR:

We did the WorldCan'tWait protest march this afternoon, then participated in a MoveOn vigil. It was inspiring and tiring (essentially, we were on our feet from 4:30 until 8:00). More details and pictures tomorrow...




Sounds like when we were in DC. How much walking did we do that Saturday from Breakfast until mid-afternoon. And I remember the 4-29-06 all the walking I did that day. My feet were killing me when I got on the train to go home.