Monday, January 28, 2008

The Last State of the Union...

A reason to celebrate, surely. This is the very last time the country, and indeed the world, will be subjected to the embarrassing, often disastrous, ramblings of the worst president in history. If you're a political junkie like me and don't want to watch but sort of have to, have some fun with it and follow along with the folks over at Brave New Films. Your hosts for the evening will be Cenk Uygur and Robert Greenwald Christy Harvey, and if you must watch, this is the way to do it - trust me. It's like a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Drinking games are allowed but not necessarily encouraged, but hey, whatever gets you through the night. The fun starts at 8pm EST. Here's the link to live coverage of the very last SOTU of the bush regime. O' happy day!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Low Temperatures, High Turnout...

Group Shot ~: )
Not bad when we have almost double the number of people as the number of degrees outside! Seems like everyone dressed for it and didn't mind the cold too much. Lots of honks today, which makes it easier, as does being in such good company. Here's your pics from today...have a good week everyone!
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South Carolina Primary Results...

83% Reporting - Everyone is projecting a huge win for Obama ~ he is scheduled to speak at 9pm
Obama 35,342 54%
Clinton 19,381 27%
13,595 19%

Friday, January 25, 2008

A Few More Photos From 1/12/08...

Here are some more pictures taken when Dennis Kucinich was in town, courtesy of pinkyink. I admit, they're mostly of my family, but what the heck, it's my blog! ~: ) 1/27/08 ~ Updated to add a few more pictures taken by Richard T. Thanks!
Note: Kucinich has since dropped out of the presidential race.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

An Open Invitation...

This is for those of you who have thought about joining us on a Saturday, but for whatever reason haven't gotten around to it yet. Perhaps you're a little nervous, or hesitant because you don't know what to expect. I'm not surprised. When the protest was in the planning stages, those of us tossing ideas around weren't sure what we were getting into either. We knew we had to do something, that we wanted to commit ourselves to an ongoing effort to bring the occupation of Iraq to an end, but we didn't know at the time what that would look like or how it would actually work. We did it anyway.

One could argue that we haven't accomplished our goal, because our troops are, after all, still in Iraq. But we have gotten the attention of a couple members of Congress, one the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the other a presidential candidate. More important to me, though, is the effect that I know we have had on the people in our community. Lots of conversations have surely been started in the cars driving by our group, and I have to believe that for every person who stops or honks or flashes a peace sign back at us, there are dozens who don't do those things but who agree with us. At the very least, we are urging people to
think. The more people we have, the bigger the impact. We need you. Give it a try. We promise to be nice, and if you decide it's not your thing, we'll understand. And if you've protested with us in the past
but haven't been back for a while, we would love to see you again, whenever you can make it. As the saying goes, come on down!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

We Shall Overcome...

As always, Bill Moyers injects some perspective into the news of the day, and takes us back to a time in our not-so-distant past when he had a front row seat to history in the making. It's hard to believe that civil rights for all were being debated and resisted within my lifetime. Harder still to realize that we have so much more to do.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.” MLK

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Popsicle Toes...

13 chilly degrees. Ouch. This may have been the coldest protest day yet, but that didn't stop us. At least we had some sunshine, which helped a lot, but when the hour was up most of us were ready to hightail it out of there rather than hang around like we usually do. No matter, we did it! And this after Congressman Conyers came by to give us "permission" to skip out because of the frigid temperatures. Apparently he doesn't know us very well, because we were determined to stick it out! Good thing we did, because towards the end we had three new young people join us, and they all said they will be back. That alone made it worth it. Welcome Newbies!

Did you all see the nice write up in the News Herald? We made the front page, above the fold, so I expect we'll see a lot of new folks in the coming weeks due to the exposure. The last time we were in the paper new protesters turned up for months afterwards because they had read about our protest in the news. Here's a link to the article by Anne Sullivan. I was very pleased with it, with just one small quibble: she reported that we usually have a crowd of "about two dozen." I can't remember a time in recent weeks that we didn't get at least 35 people, and this week, cold as it was was, I think we had 38. Even so, it was a nice article, prominently placed, and I appreciate the publicity. Thanks Anne! Here are your photos from Saturday, courtesy of billyb.
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