July 15, 2008 archive

Mitakuye Oyasin – All My Relations

Contemplating the upcoming trip to Austin has me thinking about the Native Americans and how I have always drawn such inspiration from them.  They make frequent appearances in my art both for their beauty and for their symbolic power.  They mean many things to me but to boil it down I would say they represent the natural human, living in harmony with the environment, and, more regrettably, man’s inhumanity to man.


An occupation by any other name

An editorial from socialistworker.org subheaded For supporters drawn to his pledge to withdraw from Iraq, Barack Obama’s latest talk about “refining” his position has left them feeling betrayed.  Here’s the link: http://socialistworker.org/200…

Docudharma Times Tuesday July 15

We Always Look


That Which

Isn’t There

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Bush officials’ ‘lack of recall’ thwarted Tillman, Lynch probes

Mercenaries join Mugabe’s ruthless terror campaign

For Darfur, a step toward justice?

Grave mistake to attack Iran, warns Syria

Police: Iraq suicide bombers kill 28 army recruits  

Georgia leader Mikhail Saakashvili: Russia is a menace to peace

‘Dangerously thin’ climbers face ban

Foreign Office urges caution as Kashmir tries to lure back tourists

Japan fishermen go on national strike

Brazil bucks global economic downturn

Indonesia regrets E Timor wrongs

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed “remorse” for wrongs committed during East Timor’s vote for independence in 1999.


He made the statement as he received the final report of their two countries’ Truth and Friendship Commission in the resort of Bali.

The report details systematic crimes against humanity – and lays much of the blame at the door of Indonesia’s army.

But the leaders of both countries say they are interested in moving on.

About 1,000 people are believed to have been murdered, and many others tortured, raped and displaced during 1999.

Neither country has expressed interest in prosecuting individuals on the basis of the report – though correspondents say it could strengthen such demands from campaigners.

The commission was boycotted by the United Nations, which has already blamed Indonesia and demanded that those responsible face justice.

Scramble Led to Rescue Plan on Mortgages


Published: July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration hastily arranged the dramatic Sunday evening rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Wall Street executives and foreign central bankers told Washington that any further erosion of confidence could have a cascading effect around the world, officials said on Monday.

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and other top officials were warned, after Fannie and Freddie lost nearly half their stock market value on Friday morning, that any more turmoil threatened to reduce the value of trillions of dollars of the companies’ debt and other obligations, which are held by thousands of domestic and foreign banks, pension funds, mutual funds and other investors, government officials said.


Judge allows testimony by Guantanamo detainees

Alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and others can testify in the military trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

By Josh Meyer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

July 15, 2008

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s former driver can use testimony by alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and some other detained Al Qaeda operatives in his upcoming military trial at Guantanamo Bay because it might help exonerate him, a military judge said Monday.

Defense lawyers said at a hearing that they wanted to call Mohammed and seven other prospective witnesses in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the first detainee at the U.S. naval base in Cuba to be scheduled for trial. If the proceedings begin next week as planned, it will be the first time the U.S. has held a military tribunal since World War II.

52 Dead in Afghanistan Wedding Procession – Bombed by US

Several days ago, on 6 July, an early morning wedding procession in eastern Afghanistan’s Nargarhar Region was crossing through a pass in a ridge separating two valleys when they were bombed by American planes. It was to have been a big double wedding between two families, with each family exchanging a bride and a groom. One family lived in the valley on one side of the mountain and the other family was from the valley on the opposite side.

What began as celebration ended with maybe 52 people dead, most of them women and children, and others badly injured.

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State of the Onion XXIX

The graphic linked to below was created when I was experimenting with creating the “feel” of digital texture.  This one is wax.

Sometimes the poems express thoughts that plead for discussion.  Rarely does that discussion actually take place.  This is one of those.  In a performance it comes right before the closing words, which are immediately followed by a Q & A opportunity for spontaneous communication.

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Scratching at the Surface

Wishes and Horses

I wish someone


could tell me

would tell me

why people

behave as they do

with disdain toward

in disregard of

so sadistically

to people like me

What have

we done

to engender

such disrespect

to evoke

such contempt

to earn

your hatred

Whatsoever it was

we are willing

to work together

with you

to repair

the rift

to seal

the breach

to integrate

our existences

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–February 1, 2006

Sign Me Up – a poem

been all over and it looks the same just another excuse for buildings

said I been all over and it looks the same

ice cream stands and brand new cars

attorneys at law and Jehovah’s Witnesses

how many churches do they need

yeah how many churches do they need

well sign me up for the

ChurchofLatterDayPentecostalReformistEpiscopalianPostJesuitSacrificialCommunionoftheNew TestamentRevisionists

and I’ll be covered when I go

but for now i got Crowley in a cup

and the moon is pulling

the moon it pulls

hop into the inbetween

again again again

hop into the inbetween

aren’t you overdue?

the flags they flew at 6000 feet

the flags they flew at dawn

your shirt is here in place of you

your boots

your hat

and gloves

No comments updated

Update: Reload your Ajax folks, using Shift Control R, because I was dead in the damn water for half an hour.

I can hardly expect you to respond, but as far as I can determine comments are turned off at this point across the whole blog.

I can only assume that this is part of pacified’s Soapblox maintainence.

I hope the situation is resolved soon, but I’ve already run around in circles with my hair on fire so there’s not a lot more I can do.

At least I won’t have to listen to your whining- NO COMMENTS DUH!

The Stars Hollow Gazette

You see…

Glenn Greenwald is just too radical and left wing for respectable bloggers to support-

All of this highlights the central political dilemma in the U.S.

The Bush-led Republican Party, marching in virtual lockstep, has been the author of the radicalism, extremism and lawlessness of the last seven years, presiding over an endlessly expanding Surveillance State and accompanying war-making machine, and the dismantling of numerous core Constitutional principles.

While numerous individual elected Democrats have opposed many of these measures, the Democratic Party’s leadership, and the Party collectively, has done nothing to stop it and much to support and enable all of it.

As the 2006 election and these subsequent events conclusively demonstrate, mindlessly supporting and electing more Democrats for its own sake doesn’t solve or even mitigate anything.

But it’s also true that actions which result in handing Republicans control over any branches of the Government — including supporting third-party candidates or abstaining from the process altogether — makes matters worse still.

Nobody who finds the above-documented events objectionable can rationally embrace a course of action that directly or indirectly empowers those who are the prime forces behind these events: namely, the mainstream GOP in its current incarnation.

All of that, in turn, leads to this pressing question: what is the best course for those who want to battle against these civil-liberties-destroying, rule-of-law-trampling, war-making policies that the GOP leadership pushes and the Democratic Party leadership supports, enables, and/or passively accepts?

In a two-party system where blind support for either party will do nothing but perpetuate these policies, how can they be undermined?

UPDATED Canadian teen’s gitmo interrogation film released

Graphic photo at end depicts the wounds Khadr was denied treatment for while he was being interrogated.

Mandated by a high court ruling, the defense lawyers representing Omar Khadr have been given and will release 7 1/2 hours of videotaped interrogation tomorrow. Khadr was arrested at 15 and held in Gitmo, where he remains today.

While Khadr’s supporters have claimed for years he was tortured in custody, his lawyers say the latest revelations have finally caught the attention of a Canadian public that’s growing less willing to sacrifice human rights in the name of national security.

It seems that Canadians are sick of their government participating in America’s illegal torture/detention practices, and their courts agree.

Energy Smart Jeff

Amid skyrocketing oil, gasoline, coal, and electricity (coming to a neighborhood near you) prices, 2008 offers Americans quite serious and stark choices between knowledgeable, impassioned, and thoughtful candidates when it comes to finding paths toward a prosperous 21st century economy, on the one side, and Fossil-Fool candidates focused on tightening our shackles to the ever-more costly (pollution, financial, otherwise) and archaic oil-coal based energy system.

One of these choices comes in Oregon, where Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley against so-called “moderate” Republican Gordon Smith.  

Jeff was an easy choice for membership in the ranks of the Energy Smart Act Blue page. Join me after the fold for some indications as to why.

Afganistan=Iraq, Iraq=Afganistan, add Iran, Pakistan and Extreme Failed U.S. Policies

By now most every knows of the sad news, for the U.S. Military, of the 9 Americans Killed in the Afghan Attack, with 15 wounded as well as others at the firebase.

A more recent report can be found here, Afghanistan: ‘Hundreds’ attacked NATO base with their Story Highlights being:

**Afghanistan: Attack involved 400 to 500 militants. 9 American soldiers killed

**Attack was the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since June 2005

**NATO spokesman: “This was a larger scale attack than normal”

**Bomb kills 6 Afghan guards accompanying vehicle of U.S. private security firm

And many know the deaths of Afgans and Coalition forces occupying Afganistan, especially U.S. forces, has surpassed those in Iraq for several weeks now, even before the above attack.


From the wrong side of Culebra on San Antonio’s westside to inside Nuremberg walls.

A few years back I took a trip with some kinder to Deutschland. And there while doing due diligence watching o’ de flock of youngsters.  I took a stroll down to the square in front of the church.  I had wandered around and looked at the neato shops and liitle eateries on the inside of the great wall. Before that I had wandered the streets of Nuremburg, looking at the buildings that showed the obvious patches on the buildings with damage that the Allies had visited on the city and its people.

There in the square in front of the church was a group of small brown men.  There in some colorful feathered headdress the Mexican men stamped their feet and played on a flute tunes that belonged to the past or at least another mystical part of the ancient Mexico. Evoking some deep dark jungle and yet there amidst the old dark centuries old bricks that kept the German people inside from the outside, people were held captive by the spectacle, the noveltyof some short brown men from Vera Cruz reenacting an Aztec dance and ritual.

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