I'm guessing the ones e-mailing don't read every post here (I wouldn't either! :D) because I've mentioned it here before.
I also mentioned that I've got a house in Hawaii (thanks to C.I.). When we went on our vacation there two years ago, we stayed at C.I.'s and I just fell in love with the place. It's a gorgeous state. And we'll be going there again this summer. And it's just where I want to live. I've written about that several times.
Why don't we go right now?
Elaine's not going anywhere until C.I. goes offline. She hates blogging. She is tired of an online life. But as long as C.I.'s one of the lone voices speaking out against the Iraq War online, Elaine's going to keep doing her site.
And I'm the same. Although I don't hate blogging. Some days I wish I didn't have to. But most days I love it. Including days like last night where I barely blogged not because I hated it but because my head was killing me.
Ari Cowan (Bill of Rights Defense Committee) writes:
When asked at a seminar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology what he thought about the United States “torturing a prisoner in a military brig,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley described the treatment of PFC Manning as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” Crowley has since “resigned” (read: been given the boot) for his straightforward and relatively mild response (is “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid” really an appropriate condemnation of torture through prolonged solitary confinement, forced nudity, harassment and sleep deprivation?). While Crowley’s public objection to the inhumane conditions under which Bradley Manning is being held is commendable, these words do not go nearly far enough.
In response to Crowley’s statement Obama himself assured the American public that “I’ve actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures . . . are appropriate. They assured me they are.” As BORDC advisory board member Daniel Ellsberg puts it:
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is on a probationary period with me. This month, one of the leaders was all over speaking and apparently got that those of us on the left -- the real left -- as well as some on the right don't want to play, "Oh, whatever Barack wants . . ." Some of us believe in the Constitution. Some of us believe it must be followed.
If Obama believes that, he’ll believe anything. I would hope he would know better than to ask the perpetrators whether they’ve been behaving appropriately. I can just hear President Nixon saying to a press conference the same thing: “I was assured by the the White House Plumbers that their burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s doctor in Los Angeles was appropriate and met basic standards.”
And I'm told BRDC gets it (finally). So I'll be highlighting them from time to time on a probationary period. When Bush was occupying the White House, they were one of the best organizations out there. I hope they can become that again.
If people could have just not joined the Cult of St. Barack, imagine what we could have accomplished? Repeal of the Patriot Act. Prosecution for the illegal wire tapping. Prosecution for the illegal war.
Instead we have no justice at all and we've got Bush III in the White House.
For the record, remember, I never drank the Kool Aid. Community wide, we never fell for that crap Barack was squeezing out of his ass and calling toothpaste.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"