Sunday, March 26, 2006

Liar Liar

"The 2004 Defense Authorization Bill would strengthen ``buy American'' laws, requiring the Pentagon to purchase products with at least 65 percent U.S.-made parts. Current regulations on Pentagon purchases require that at least 50 percent of a product's components be made domestically.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, is the force behind the latest ``buy American'' legislation. ``Having a dependency on foreign countries for our military resources is not in the best interest of America's national security policy,'' explained Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison."

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12 Boeing Co $6,000
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Buy American? BAE?
That stands for British Aerospace Engineering!

Typical for person who would vote NO on ethics legislation!

Be the change.......

You wish to see in others!
Words of inspiration from a person I've only recently met but seems as though I've known for a long time. Peter aka Beachblogger has an approach to these times that I admire. We've got a major task at hand to undo the doing of the bush administration and Peter takes a humorous approach to such things. He reminds me a little of someone that I met at the 4th of July smoke out in Washington DC 1969, the clown prince of the 60's.....Wavy Gravy! Hats off to you Peter!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

They had to be squirming................

as they grinned through their teeth at the sign I held towards them...........
The Cost of War
US Casualties
2,313 Dead
16,653 Wounded
Were they squirming? Or are they so heartless that they really do think it's funny?

"Pancakes for Peace" first of many "Dumpin Duncan" events came off without a hitch yesterday.
A small but noisey group greeted his guests as they arrived for their "Sweet potato pancakes" all dressed up in their finery and driving fancy cars. The ones that didn't laugh looked away as though they had seen something horrible. Some of the older members of our group took up the point farther up the road with American flags waving and signs addressing the economy and the graft that permeates our federal government. Then came the "Pancakes for Peace Wagon" and Beachblogger, Pat , Ken from the San Diego Greens and others waving signs "Support our troops, don't kill them"" Dumpin Duncan""Impeach Bush". Duncans guests were offered free "Pancakes for Peace" but instead chose to enter the Sheraton where they would spend $150 a plate for war pancakes. Before they could enter though they had to pass the Ground Zero Players who occupied the corner of the hotels entrance. Dressed as the bush administration, they reached out to the arrivees with "blood on their hands"! Later the players invaded the breakfast inside...... and were escorted back out.
Democratic candidate for the 52nd district Congress, Karen Otter was there waving a "Dumpin Duncan" sign and listening to her potential constituents express their concerns and issues to the arrivees and left with a very good idea of what will be expected of the winner of the 52nd in November.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

San Diego Union anyone?

"Heartfield unleashed his sharpest satire on Hitler's Führerkult (cult of the leader), the basis of German Fascism. These montages parody Hitler's most iconic poses, gestures, and symbols to create the impression that one need only to scratch the thin surface of Fascist propaganda to uncover its absurd reality.

In this cover for the AIZ, Heartfield used a difference in scale to dramatize Hitler's relationship to Germany's wealthy and financially supportive industrialists. The leader is seen as a puppet whose now-infamous gesture reads as the acceptance of monetary influence."

Special Thanks! to "Down with Tyranny", "United for Peace", San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice" and the "San Diego Green Party" for the announcement of saturdays Dumpin'Duncan "Pancakes for Peace"

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Message received

Messages sent to me through this blog are arriving as anonomous so I can't reply. Be sure to include your email address in any future mailings.
To answer some of the questions poised about "Pancakes for Peace!".....
Yes, bring coffee. More important, bring yourself and some friends too! And let me know if you need a sign to wave.
The point of holding this in Susan Davis's district is because.........that's where it is! It's a happening. And yes we will visit Duncan at his own office this thursday as part of a MoveOn action.

Karen Otter a democratic candidate running for Hunters seat will be there Saturday. Be sure to introduce yourself and get to know her.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

" Pancakes for Peace"

Click here for information about next saturdays "Dumpin' Duncan" "Pancakes for Peace!" rally.
Click here for pictures from yesterdays Iraq War 3rd anniversary demonstration at Balboa Park San Diego.

Gallup: 2 Out of 3 Americans Want U.S. Pull Out from Iraq

By E&P Staff

Published: March 02, 2006 6:30 PM ET
"NEW YORK While newspaper editorials remain virtually silent on the subject, the American public seems to have made up its mind. A new Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll out tonight shows that 2 out of 3 adult Americans now want U.S. troops to start to come home from Iraq. And 55% call the decision to attack Iraq in 2003 a "mistake."

The same poll found President Bush's approval rating plunging to 38%. It was even lower in a CBS poll earlier this week: 34%.

In the poll, 38% said some troops should be withdrawn from Iraq now with another 27% saying they all should come home.

Bush's handling of Iraq drew the support of just 35%, while 64% said they disapprove.

Of the 1,020 adults surveyed, 59% said President Bush can no longer manage the government effectively. An overwhelmingly number say they oppose the Dubai ports deal. Asked who they would likely vote for in November, 53% picked Democrats, 39% Republicans."

Duncan Hunter
supports the worst president ever and a minority of his constituents. He does NOT represent us!

U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

02/28/06 Zogby

  • Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
  • While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
  • Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
  • Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
  • Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
  • Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment
An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

Different branches had quite different sentiments on the question, the poll shows. While 89% of reserves and 82% of those in the National Guard said the U.S. should leave Iraq within a year, 58% of Marines think so. Seven in ten of those in the regular Army thought the U.S. should leave Iraq in the next year. Moreover, about three-quarters of those in National Guard and Reserve units favor withdrawal within six months, just 15% of Marines felt that way. About half of those in the regular Army favored withdrawal from Iraq in the next six months.

The troops have drawn different conclusions about fellow citizens back home. Asked why they think some Americans favor rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, 37% of troops serving there said those Americans are unpatriotic, while 20% believe people back home don’t believe a continued occupation will work. Another 16% said they believe those favoring a quick withdrawal do so because they oppose the use of the military in a pre-emptive war, while 15% said they do not believe those Americans understand the need for the U.S. troops in Iraq.

The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat or very unclear to them, that they have no understanding of it at all, or are unsure. While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”

“Ninety-three percent said that removing weapons of mass destruction is not a reason for U.S. troops being there,” said Pollster John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International. “Instead, that initial rationale went by the wayside and, in the minds of 68% of the troops, the real mission became to remove Saddam Hussein.” Just 24% said that “establishing a democracy that can be a model for the Arab World" was the main or a major reason for the war. Only small percentages see the mission there as securing oil supplies (11%) or to provide long-term bases for US troops in the region (6%).

The continuing insurgent attacks have not turned U.S. troops against the Iraqi population, the survey shows. More than 80% said they did not hold a negative view of Iraqis because of those attacks. About two in five see the insurgency as being comprised of discontented Sunnis with very few non-Iraqi helpers. “There appears to be confusion on this,” Zogby said. But, he noted, less than a third think that if non-Iraqi terrorists could be prevented from crossing the border into Iraq, the insurgency would end. A majority of troops (53%) said the U.S. should double both the number of troops and bombing missions in order to control the insurgency.

The survey shows that most U.S. military personnel in-country have a clear sense of right and wrong when it comes to using banned weapons against the enemy, and in interrogation of prisoners. Four in five said they oppose the use of such internationally banned weapons as napalm and white phosphorous. And, even as more photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq surface around the world, 55% said it is not appropriate or standard military conduct to use harsh and threatening methods against insurgent prisoners in order to gain information of military value.

Three quarters of the troops had served multiple tours and had a longer exposure to the conflict: 26% were on their first tour of duty, 45% were on their second tour, and 29% were in Iraq for a third time or more.

A majority of the troops serving in Iraq said they were satisfied with the war provisions from Washington. Just 30% of troops said they think the Department of Defense has failed to provide adequate troop protections, such as body armor, munitions, and armor plating for vehicles like HumVees. Only 35% said basic civil infrastructure in Iraq, including roads, electricity, water service, and health care, has not improved over the past year. Three of every four were male respondents, with 63% under the age of 30.

The survey included 944 military respondents interviewed at several undisclosed locations throughout Iraq. The names of the specific locations and specific personnel who conducted the survey are being withheld for security purposes. Surveys were conducted face-to-face using random sampling techniques. The margin of error for the survey, conducted Jan. 18 through Feb. 14, 2006, is +/- 3.3 percentage points.

Duncan Hunter does not support the troops!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

It will be a cold day in paradise when Bush gets impeached..

Cuyamaca Mountain on March 13, 2006. Seen from the top of Crest.

Write your congressperson and urge them to support House Resolution 635.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

No more middle of the road......

Write to the San Diego County Democratic Party and let them know that the middle of the road is un-acceptable. We need a candidate to challenge Duncan Hunter in the 52nd district, someone that will stand up and face the issues head on.
..........Out of Iraq
.........Impeach Bush
.........Down with the wall
Lets not lay down in the middle of the road for Duncan anymore. There's nothing wrong with being a liberal, supporting peace, justice and equal rights. Liberalism is NOT a disease!

Join us at the Dumpin' Duncan "Pancakes for Peace" rally!
See you there

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Class warfare

" So when I hear the products of class privilege, the Bush family, for example, accusing others of fomenting class warfare it makes me shake with rage because I know the history of my country in sordid detail. I know they are spewing lies that dishonor the countless thousands of working class people who were brutally oppressed and often murdered by their employers and their hired guns. I am also reminded that the Bush family fortune has been amassed like so many other dynasties—through the brutal exploitation of working people known as wage slavery. The Bush clan has no conception about what it is like to struggle, to sacrifice and to honor and uphold justice for ordinary people. If I were a plutocrat, if this were my legacy, I would not want the world to know about it either. It is a disgrace too vile to be put into words. This is what I call America’s secret history—the history those in power do not want you to know about. So spare me the banal talk about a free and democratic society. That is not what America is about." ..................more

Caution: Wet paint

Impeach Bush, the worst president ever, six million five hundred and thirty thousand google hits can't be wrong!

Dumpin' Duncan Update

Dumpin' Duncan "Pancakes for Peace" rally. March 25th. 8 A.M. 1380 Harbor Island Drive San Diego on the corner of Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive or right in front of the Sheraton Hotel. Be there to let Duncan and his guests at his "Sweet Potato Pancake Breakfast fundraiser" know how you feel about him and his support for the war and the worst president ever!
Easy to get to, same way you would go to get to the airport. Free parking indicated by purple Xs at Spanish Landing park and on the bay on the island across from the Hilton. Gather by the red X in front of the Sheraton.
If we can find a volunteer with a barbeque/griddle, we can meet at Spanish Landing Park after the rally for some "Pancakes for Peace". It looks like a lovely place for a tailgate party!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Dumpin Duncan

Thanks to Beachblogger for the wonderful new Dumpin Duncan "Pancakes for Peace" rally poster!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Work of a different kind

Working for Freedom and Democracy,
Staying busy making up signs for the "Pancakes for Peace" rally on the sidewalk in front of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina....1380 Harbor Island Drive......8 AM.....March 25, which just by a strange coincidence happens to be scheduled at the same time as a "Sweet Potatoe Pancake Breakfast" being held to honor our less than distinguished Congressman from the 52nd district......Duncan Hunter.
Be sure to attend and get your very own free sign.

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