Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Weird thing of the day, 19 January 2005/9 Shevat 5765 (Robert E Lee's Birthday/Archery Day/National Popcorn Day)

Greetings.

Tomorrow is George W. Bush’s second inauguration, and boy, are people
still mad at him. The Cobb-LaMarche Campaign, to whose mailing list on
the recount I am subscribed, described what’s planned in detail:

> The Cobb-LaMarche Campaign
> Working to Make Every Vote Count!
> ----------------------------------
>
>
> THE "OTHER" INAUGURATION:
>
> HUNDREDS OF PROTESTS WILL MARK THE INAUGURATION OF THE
> SECOND TERM OF THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT
>
> In February 2003, the New York Times referred to the
> anti-war movement as "the world's second superpower." That
> movement will be launching its second term on January 20,
> 2005, as George W. Bush is sworn in for his second term as
> president. With the Bush administration shredding the Bill
> of Rights, rendering the Geneva Convention obsolete, and
> waging an illegal war and occupation of Iraq on false
> pretenses, the peace and justice movement cannot and will
> not wait another four years to hold the Bush administration
> accountable.
>
> FOLLOWING ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE COUNTER-INAUGURAL PROTESTS
> THAT ARE PLANNED IN WASHINGTON, DC AND AROUND THE COUNTRY
> THE WEEK OF JANUARY 20:
>
> IN WASHINGTON, DC:
> ?Diverse marches and rallies in Washington, DC on
> inauguration day: At 9 AM, an anti-war march will begin at
> Malcolm X park. It will converge with several feeder
> marches, including a women's march with a New Orleans jazz
> funeral theme, and conclude with a "die-in." Along the
> parade route, thousands of people will "Turn Their Backs on
> Bush", and others will rally at 4th Street and Pennsylvania.
> CONTACTS: Anti-war march and "die-in": Jim Macdonald,
> 240-350-1407, www.dawndc.net. Women's march: Jodie Evans,
> (310) 621-5635, www.codepinkalert.org; Turn Your Back on
> Bush: Emilie Karrick (202) 862-9888,
> www.turnyourbackonbush.org; Anti-war rally on parade route:
> International ANSWER, (202) 544-3389,
> www.internationalanswer.org.
>
> ?Military families and veterans speak out at the "Eyes Wide
> Open" exhibit on the human cost of the Iraq war. The exhibit
> commemorates all the lives lost, and includes: a pair of
> boots honoring each U.S. military casualty and a wall of
> remembrance to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the
> conflict. On January 20, 5 PM in Washington, DC, military
> families and Iraq war veterans will speak at the exhibit and
> read the names of those killed in Iraq. CONTACT: Cindy
> Sheehan, (707) 365-7750.
>
> ?Creative actions that use humor to lampoon the Bush
> administration's pro-war and pro-corporate policies,
> including a "Black Gold* and Boots" inaugural ball outside
> the "Black Tie and Boots" inaugural ball (black gold: OIL)
> and a "Got Freedom?" Ball, outside the Freedom Ball.
> CONTACT: The groups that brought you the Fox News
> "Shut-Up-A-Thon" during the Republican National Convention:
> Andrea Buffa, CODEPINK, (510) 325-3653, Jeff Grubler, Ronald
> Reagan Home for the Criminally Insane, (415) 385-5956,
> www.insanereagan.com, and Billionaires for Bush,
> www.billionairesforbush.com.
>
> ?Progressive Democratic Summit. Several thousand
> progressives throughout the country will gather in
> Washington, DC on Jan. 22 - 23 to work on strengthening the
> progressive forces with in the Democratic Party and building
> a grassroots movement unifying progressives inside and
> outside the Democratic Party. CONTACT: Tim Carpenter, (413)
> 320-2015, www. Pdamerica.org.
>
> THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES:
> ? Not One Damn Dime" Day is a way for people to express
> their opposition to the Iraq war with a 24-hour national
> boycott of all forms of consumer spending. Not one damn dime
> for gasoline. Not one damn dime for coffee, or for impulse
> purchases. CONTACT: http://www.notonedamndime.com/boycott/
>
> ?Hundreds of local counter-inaugural protests throughout the
> country. More than 100 counter-inaugural events are planned
> in communities throughout the country - from Omaha to Fresno
> to Atlanta to New York City. They range from picnics against
> the president to funerals for the American Dream to drumming
> circles for peace to an "inaugural primal scream" event.
> These events are listed on three online calendars:
> CODEPINK (scroll to the middle of the page):
> http://www.codepinkalert.org/National_Actions_J20.shtml#calendar
> COUNTER-INAUGURAL WEBSITE:
> http://www.counter-inaugural.org/lightningbug/web/index.php?
> action=enumerate&board=10
> UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE:
> http://meetup.radicaldesigns.org/calendar_display.php?
> caltype=31&lcountry=&state=&bydate=2005-01
> -06&distance=1&zip=&Search=Search

Some of these are definitely worthwhile visiting. Code Pink and “Not
One Damn Dime” Day have worthwhile petitions.

Considering all that’s planned for tomorrow, something totally weird is
bound to happen. I am so confident that am emptying out my inaugural
folder of already-noted weird things:

• Inaugural Donors at a Glance
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050113/
ap_on_go_pr_wh/inaugural_donors_list)
• Gingrich Open to 2008 Presidential Run
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050109/
ap_on_el_pr/gingrich_white_house), or “If Bush can be president, so can I”
• Could Cold War spies sue the CIA?
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20050111/od_uk_nm/
oukoe_usa_court_spies)
• Bush Inaugural Committee Takes in $25.5M
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050115/
ap_on_go_pr_wh/inaugural_fund_raising)
• FCC Orders Probe of Williams-Bush Deal
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050115/
ap_on_go_ot/fcc_williams)
• A Question of Numbers
(http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/magazine/16SOCIAL.html?
oref=login&oref=login&pagewanted=print&position=top)
• Inauguration to Get Unprecedented Security
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050112/
ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_security)
• Group Threatens Lawsuit Over Crosses
(http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050110/ap_on_go_ot/
inaugural_crosses_1)
• Bush Plan Hinders Power Plant Cleanups
(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050118/
ap_on_go_pr_wh/power_plants_pollution)

Enjoy, or be scared.

Aaron

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