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Saturday, February 26, 2011


These pictures were taken at the beach in Santa Barbara, California, right next to the pier.

There is a veterans group that started putting up a cross and candle for every death in Iraq and Afghanistan. The amazing thing is that they only do it on the weekends.

They put up this graveyard and take it down every weekend. Veterans sleep in the sand next to it and keep watch over it at night so nobody messes with it.

Every cross has the name, rank, D.O.B. and D.O.D. on it.

What is so very moving and powerful about this is the amount of so many very young volunteers in their twenties and others in their thirties and forties that are keeping the watch.

I cannot tell you how disillusioned I am with the President. During the run up to the election, he led us to believe that he would get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead we are once again continuing in the war criminal footsteps of George W. Bush. I hope that you will consider joining "Rethink Afghanistan" by going to the web site at: www.rethinkafghanistan.com.

Desmond Tutu once said: "to remain neutral in situations of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice."

In my eyes, the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and currently, Madison, Wisconsin, all comes down to one thing: GREED. We, as a nation, have a lot to answer for! But most of America chooses to look the other way.


It was 2007, and then-Sen. Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in South Carolina trying to drum up support for his presidential platform. During a stump speech he made an interesting promise: should union collective bargaining privileges be threatened (such as they are in Wisconsin), he would “walk on that picket line”:

“And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”

According the White House, however, Obama has no plans to do that. Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the quote on Thursday and brushed aside the comment.

“I think what we have made pretty clear is that the president thinks, and we think, that, obviously a lot of states in the union are dealing with fiscal issues, big problems in their state budgets… they need to act responsibly, tighten their belts, live within their means just as we in Washington, the executive branch, congress, need to do with our federal situation,” said Carney.

The shoes won’t be hitting the picket pavement.



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