TPP is a Dealbreaker

TPP is a dealbreaker

After 15 years of platitudes about job creation, I doubt that any magic pill supported by multi nationals has anything in it for me. This proposal appears to treat Corporate Officers and Investors as citizens of the world economy whereas you and I barely have the rights of an American citizen. I refuse to support this culture of financial privilege any longer.

What They Are Not Saying About the Decision to Invade Iraq

I am concerned about what I am not hearing from presidential candidates when asked if they would have invaded Iraq “knowing what we know now”.

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No one is talking about how “what we knew then” included hundreds of thousands of The People, demonstrating in hundreds of rallies across America. Add to that the hundreds of thousands that demonstrated around the globe, and regretting having ignored the public is a big missing in the answers.

No one is talking about the plethora of polls, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor and petitions that questioned the case for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It is as though the only information available was given at the podium at the United Nations by a man who is now publicly upset by how he was misled.

No one is talking about the interpretation, ‘we found no WMD, therefore there must be WMD’. Somehow blocking inspectors was the equivalent of a guilty plea. Those who called for enforced inspections are not included in the answers.

No one is talking about the member of the diplomatic corps who had intelligence debunking the “yellow cake” threat, and that his CIA operative wife (and her entire cover organization) was outed in the process of making a case for ignoring his input. The fact that he was correct goes unaddressed.

Perhaps you can add to the list of “facts” ignored in the answers given. It does not appear that any presidential candidate will do so any time soon.

Image thanks to:  http://www.commondreams.org/views/2013/02/15/february-15-2003-day-world-said-no-war

Irony: We Mourn As We Demand Better

Why we mourn.

An Amtrak train traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City derailed as it rounding a curve in Philadelphia shortly after 9 p.m Tuesday night. Five crew members and 243 passengers were on board. Seven are dead and countless are injured. Officials will investigate, but the speed of the train and the condition of the tracks are the leading contenders for the cause of this tragedy.

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What we demand.

Long on the schedule for May 13th has been a Rally to Rebuild America. #RebuildRenew is a public request for government spending on our disintegrating infrastructure.

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From the Facebook event page: Federal transportation funding, including America’s Mass Transit Account, runs out starting May 31. Another short-term fix is not the solution! Be part of the solution by helping us reach our goal to send 10,000 letters to members of Congress.  http://voicesforpublictransit.org/actionalerts.aspx

I’m writing a letter. And you?

Image thanks to WGAL News 8.

The Original Mother’s Day Proclamation

Before it was a greeting-card-holiday, Mother’s Day was a call for peace “…originally started after the Civil Was, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons.” This is the kind of day I want to honor.

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Mother’s Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

See more about his at http://www.peace.ca/mothersdayproclamation.htm

Image thanks to http://anothermother.org/