Mr Fred Rogers has died. He is a hero to me, an example of solid, dependable decency. Shining humanity.
Counterspin Central has offered up a feast of links about him...
Mr Rogers offers advice on real life neighborhood conflict on the radio show This American Life . Scroll down to show 184. The Rogers piece is about five minutes into the show.
Thank you Ira for sending me the site "straight up", scroll free (amended 2.28.03)
I offer this song written by Mr Rogers, lyrics lifted from A Wolf Who Sends Flowers (more links there too).
To Mr Bush:
What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong...
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?
It's great to be able to stop
When you've planned a thing that's wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:
I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish.
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there's something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a woman
And a boy can be someday a man.
Career diplomat John Brady Kiesling has quit, citing
"Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been America's most potent weapon of both offense and defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson."
in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Hats off to Mr Kiesling. Silence is complicity.
"Controlling Iraq is about oil as power, rather than oil as fuel" says Michael Klare, proffessor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and author of 'Resource Wars'. "Control of the Persian Gulf translates into control over Europe, Japan and China. It's having our hand on the spigot.
"Iraqi exiles have approached us saying, 'You can have our oil if we can get back in there,'" says R.Gerald Bailey, who headed Exxons Middle East operations until 1997.
"American Oil companies will have a big shot at Iraqi oil" says Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress...
All three quotations taken from Robert Dreyfuss' incredibly informative article 'The Thirty~Year Itch' that appears in the current (March/April) issue of Mother Jones.
Read about Ahmed Chalabi in The American Prospect. Here is a quick excerpt from that article:
" ...Chalabi is scorned by most of America's national-security establishment, including much of the Department of State, the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is shunned by all Western powers save the United Kingdom, ostracized in the Arab world and disdained even by many of his erstwhile comrades in the Iraqi opposition. Among his few friends, however, are the men running the Bush administration's willy-nilly war on Iraq. And with their backing, it's not inconceivable that this hapless, exiled Iraqi aristocrat and London-Washington playboy might end up atop the smoking heap of what's left of Iraq next year."
"Almost no one, not even the INC itself, thinks that Chalabi has any cachet inside Iraq. Entifadh Qanbar, the earnest, young ex-Iraqi officer who heads the INC's office in Washington, says that Chalabi represents Iraq's "silent majority." Asked whether people in Baghdad have even heard of Chalabi, Qanbar says: "They may not know the man. But he represents their views."
Read here a bit about the Iraqi opposition, and I'll repeat this link from yesterday...
"Something on the order of several hundred thousand soldiers are probably, you know, a figure that would be required," General Shinseki told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today. "We're talking about post-hostilities control over a piece of geography that's fairly significant, with the kinds of ethnic tensions that could lead to other problems."
Golly, thats not in our budget, is it Mr Bush. We know who is going to be paying for the attack and occupation, yup, us regular folks- possibly with blood as troops and definitely with our tax money, meaning vital services and infrastructure upkeep.
I read The Watch (you should too, what is happening in Venezuela could happen here- this site has a wealth of information on what has been going on there) daily and I thank Natasha for pointing out The Left Coast where I got the following link (heavily quoting Mr Chalabi who you've already read about above) that explains a buch about oil in Iraq as well as poining out that Mr Cheney's friends at Haliburton stand to make a killing out of this
conquering Iraq stuff.
Thank you to Atrios at Eschaton for linking to the blog Counterspin Central that linked to Bushes Credibility Gap. Point by point factual refutations to Mr Bush's penchant for, shall we say "stretching the truth" or maybe commiting the "sin of ommision" since he does claim to be a religious man, perhaps a religious term is appropriate for manipulating the citizenry while offering a veneer of truth. Lying.
At Counterspin Central I also read about Phil Donahues firing for presenting a:
"difficult public face for NBC in a time of war......He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives." The report went on to outline a possible nightmare scenario where the show becomes "a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity." Write the NBC honchos at this address. I did. firstname.lastname@example.org I thought they needed to be reminded that Democracy is enlived by the amount of accurate information "We the People" have.
I had already sent off the Donahue letter when I went back to Eschaton and caught his posting about Michael Savage. Following the link to GLAAD I found important contact information as well as links for further background that offer some quotes from a really sad example of humanity:
"The nation is being taken over by the freaks, the cripples, the perverts, and the mental defectives."
"With the population that has emerged, since they [Hispanics] breed like rabbits, in many cases the whites will become a minority in their own nation.... the white people don't breed as often for whatever reason. I guess many homosexuals are involved. That is also part of the grand plan, to push homosexuality to cut down on the white race."
"Today in America, we have a 'she-ocracy' where a minority of feminist zealots rule the culture...Together, they have both feminized and homosexualized much of America to point where the nation has become passive, receptive and masochistic."
"These thieves in dirty nightshirts have created nothing in a thousand years. Just check the tags on your clothing. Ever see a label, 'Made in Iran' or 'Made by the Taliban'? Of course not. They cut throats and blow things up."
"Gays bore the hell out of me. They're the least important members of our society."
"Time to Arrest the Leaders of the Anti-War Movement, Once we Go To War? We Must Protect Our Troops!"
In a time of war, possible war I suppose it is in the best interest of the ruling class to air these sorts of hate spewer, Coulter, O'Reilly, Limbaugh and now Savage. Slobodan Milosevic cranked up the hate in his country by using the media, putting bigots on air...
Read this link from Eschaton. Is this lack of tolerance in keeping with what it is to be American?
Get the book 'War is a Force that gives Us Meaning' by Chris Hedges.
Here is contact information to let UN Security Council ambassadors know how you feel, to show your support . Note that it is a FAX not phone contact number.
CONTACT INFO FOR MEMBERS OF SECURITY COUNCIL (Ambassador, email and fax):
S.E. Ambassador M. Jean-Marc de LA Sabliere
email@example.com (212) 207-9765
H.E. Ambassador Mr. Sergey Lavrov
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 628-0252
H.E. Ambassador Wang Yingfan
email@example.com (212) 634-7626
H.E. Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 745-9316
H.E. Ambassador Mr. Stefan Tafrov
email@example.com (212) 472-9865
S.E. Ambassador Martin Belinga Eboutou
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 249-0533
H.E. Ambassador M. FranÃ§ois Lonseny Fall
email@example.com (212) 687-8248
S. E. Embajador Adolfo Aguilar ZÃns>
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 688-886
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mikhaâ?Till Wahbi
email@example.com (212) 983-4439
S.E. Ambassador Dr. Ismael Gaspar Martins
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 861-9295
S.E. Ambassador Juan Gabriel ValdÃ©s
email@example.com (212) 832-0236
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Gunter Pleuger
firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 940-0402
H.E. Ambassador Inocencio F. Arias
email@example.com (212) 682-4460
H.E. Ambassador Munir Akram
Pakistan@un.int (212) 744-7348