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Friday, September 06, 2002
Or we could protest

My friend Susan, who works at the
Catholic Worker, tells me there's an anti-war demonstration scheduled for October 26 in Washington, DC.

I really don't want to start that business all over again. It was so tiresome during the Vietnam War to go out and get arrested again and again with no effect.

Nixon finally decided it was more profitable to end it, but he didn't consult me or the thousands who had gone out into the streets to complain. He just did what was best for Nixon. Then Ford brought everybody home but the P.O.W.s., and America promptly forgot about any debts we might have incurred. We still owe plenty to the people of Vietnam and Cambodia and to the young women and men of our own country who were duped into bloody sacrifice for nothing.

I have no doubt that Bush and his puppet masters Rumsfeld and Cheney will do what is best for them without regard to morality or the people's will. Protest will be ineffective as ever. But to do nothing will require an aloofness that may be very hard to maintain.

During Vietnam I became a pacifist, convinced that killing would be wrong no matter what. I still believe that we were killing people that didn't deserve it.

Since then, however, I have become very willing to kill in a variety of circumstances. Killing seems to be the only proper response to 9/11. Yet, killing seems to lead to blood lust, which knows no limits on who deserves it. Bush et al. are poised to kill Hussein just because they want to. Their mission is like their tax cut, justified in their eyes no matter what the circumstances.

We needed the tax cut because the economy was doing so well during the 2000 election campaign. We needed it still more because the economy was not doing well by the time the proposal reached Congress.

Now we need to attack Saddam Hussein because he didn't accept U.N. inspectors 6 years ago. Because he has weapons of mass destruction or because he might get them. Because he is evil. Because he is undemocratic.

Or perhaps, really, because he is the embodiment of the Bush team's dreams of conquest and glory.

Do you want to die for that? Do you want to send your sons and daughters off to die for it? For Dubya's macho manhood? For Rumsfeld's? For Cheney's master plan, whatever that might be?

I once went to jail for my country. I'd be willing to die for it if necessary. I do not want to die for anyone's ambition.

posted at 3:50 PM
Far enough?

I find myself sighing and making an entry in my blog. I wonder how the right wing bloggers will react. Cheering?

Everyone knows of examples of each loss enumerated. The collection makes an ugly pile, though. AP has enumerated the
freedoms we've given up since Sept. 11, 2001.

posted at 2:54 PM
Thursday, September 05, 2002
Results not final

I think.

My 14-year-old daughter tells me that there's no more room in her head for sex lectures from me. If she doesn't have it by now, she's not going to get it. I smile and hope she's got the right stuff.

Single fathers were not polled, but this
survey of Moms and their kids reveals that a lot of kids don't get the message their parents are sending.

We knew that. Well, some of us knew that. Some parents may still not get the message their kids are sending.

"Teach your parents well,
Their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams,
The one they pick, the one you'll know by
Don't you ever ask them why,
If they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you."

posted at 3:19 PM
Wednesday, September 04, 2002
Terrorists and those who support them

I'd like to arrest the profiteers who have gotten rich by supporting Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. I'd like to be on the S.W.A.T. team that goes in after them. Let's see how fair minded I can be when confronted with the bastards who financed and made possible the horror that was Sept. 11. We should put the low life scum under the jail.

This particular criminal sold Saddam Hussein the equipment to get his dilapidated oil fields up and running after the Gulf War, thus enabling him to sell oil to finance the building of weapons of mass destruction. He is well placed, however, and insulated from prosecution. Read the story and decide for yourself if we should tear him limb from limb or let him off with mere hanging.

posted at 11:12 PM
Sunday, September 01, 2002
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September 2, 1945 is V-J Day. World War II ended when the Japanese formally surrendered aboard the ship .

On exactly the same day, the country of declared its independence.

279 years earlier, on the same date in 1666, in London the started in a wooden house on Pudding Lane.

America first celebrated Labor Day on September 5, .

The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia with 56 delegates on September 5, .

On September 7, 1533, Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) was born in Greenwich Palace. She was the daughter of King and . She ascended the throne in the year at age .

On September 9, 1945, a "computer bug" is first identified and named by while she was on Navy active duty. It was found in the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator at Harvard University.
The operators affixed the to the computer log, where it still is, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found." They "debugged" the computer, first introducing the term.

The first Black person as well as the first gay person to hold a cabinet post was appointed on September 11, 1789. His name was .
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On September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key composed the Star Spangled Banner during the battle of .

Members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution on September 17, . They voted unanimously to approve it.

The first woman to win election to the U.S. Senate, , was elected on September 18, .

Park was officially created by the United States Congress on September 23, 1890.

The first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, , took office on September 23, .

On September 24, 1957, President ordered the National Guard to in the city of .

September 25, , the first U.S. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights.

invaded England on September 28, . He declared himself king after he defeated at The Battle of on October 14.

September 29, 1789, the American Congress created the .

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