Sunday, January 19, 2003

Empty Warhead Found in Oval Office

Somewhere in Texas a village is missing it�s idiot

What would a legitimate president do?

Waging war for peace is like fornicating for virginity

Killing one is murder, killing thousands is foreign policy?

I wanna� be proud to be an American

It�s my flag too dammit!

If war is the answer we�re asking the wrong question

A small sample of some of the memorable signs seen at yesterdays protest in San Francisco (click here for one, a bit of sociopolitical satire from Mad Magazine, that must be seen to be fully appreciated).

As stated below (1/17) this was my first protest. The Bush Administration, with it's bellicose and arrogant policy is, apparently, bringing many first time protestors out to the streets.

Not surprisingly, there seems to be some discrepancy in the estimated number of protestors filling the streets of San Francisco yesterday. The top estimate I have seen from the SF police puts the peace crowd at 55,000 while the organizers of the demonstration, International A.N.S.W.E.R., claim as many as 200,000 people showed up to disagree with The White House (Huge protests for peace, Tens of thousands in S.F. demand Bush abandon war plans).

Who to believe? Well, as one who was there, I must say that the crowd certainly seemed closer to 200K than it did 55. All, I might add, peaceful, orderly and united by a single vision for a better world than the current political machine can even imagine.

Despite recent news of slipping approval ratings at home, waning support from the U.N. Security Council, and the increasingly vocal peace movement, the White House remains "untroubled" by their war plans. Ari Fleischer offered this when queried about the rising number of protestors:

I think the President welcomes the fact that we are a democracy and people in the United States, unlike Iraq, are free to protest and to make their case known. And that's a time-honored part of American tradition, and the President fully understands it. It's a strength of our democracy.

(As an off the record aside, Mr. Fleischer added, "for now. . .")

The next major peace demonstration is scheduled for February 15. Be there or risk saddling up with these guys. . .

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