Musings & Miscellania 8/22/07 | August 22, 2007

wherein Scott Ritter explains

Why Cheney Really Is That Bad

by Scott Ritter

Karl Rove, interchangeably known as “Boy Genius” or “Turd Blossom,” has left the White House. The press conference announcing his decision to resign has been given front-page treatment by most major media outlets, but the fact of the matter is the buzz surrounding Rove’s departure is much ado about nothing, especially in terms of coming to grips with the remaining 16 months of the worst presidency in the history of the United States. <read more> @



The Real Iraq Progress Report

Posted on Aug 21, 2007
rubble in qahtaniya
AP Photo / Petr David Josek
An Iraqi man walks through the rubble left by a suicide bombing in the village of Qahtaniya—one of a string of attacks a week ago that killed more than 400 people and injured hundreds more.

By Robert Scheer

The parade of political tourists to Iraq in recent weeks, during which easily impressed pundits and members of Congress came to be dazzled by the wonders of the troop surge, probably ensures that this murderous adventure will continue well into the next presidency—even if the Democrats win. Read more @ http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070821_the_real_iraq_progress_report/



Anti-Iraq War Bannering at the Dayton Dragon’s Ball Park

Bring Them Home Now!


Please join us on Sunday EVENING, August 19th, at 5th/3rd Field, on the corner of 1st Street & Patterson in Dayton from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The game starts at 7:00. We have some signs or bring your own. Rain or shine, unless the game is canceled.



Remaining Sunday Home Game dates:

Sept 2, 3 (Labor Day, Sunday game is at 7:00, Monday game is at 2:00. Details of which game we do to follow.)

Last game 2006: 2,644 US troops killed.

Number at 1st game this year: 3,265

Current number: 3,706 (8/18)

This public protest against the Iraq war has now been taking place at Dayton Dragon’s baseball game for over three years.

It sadly reminds me of the vigils that used to be held outside the gates of Wright Pat AFB during the Vietnam War. Over time those in regular attendance have had front row seats to the change in American’s opinion on the war. The Dragon’s games attract people from all walks of life, right, left and center. The disarming slogan, “Baseball is America’s Pastime, Not War” was intended to reach across this spectrum to unify and attract supporters. The change in public attitude in the last 3 years has been nothing short of phenomenal. A sign reading “Honk for Peace” brings regular tooted responses in sharp contrast to the start of the protest when the one digit salute was more common.

As few as five protesters and as many as two dozen have made their stand against the war at the corner of Patterson and 1st. With the polls showing over 2/3’ds of the US population opposed to the war it confuses me why the numbers have been so low… Have we lost something over the last couple of decades in terms of public expressions of displeasure with our governments actions? Are we now complacently united through the internet, safe in the knowledge that we agree on this? I hope not.

The people attending Dragon’s games represent the broadest and largest regular gathering of people in the Miami Valley. Taking part in protests at the game offers an opportunity to reach out and “touch someone”, to remind them that there is a war going on that they cannot escape from. There is not, and will not be, any easy solution to the awful conflagration we ignited with the invasion of Iraq. But to stand and be a witness to the desire and to the need to find a way out is to be, in the word’s of the great American Patriot Thomas Paine, a “Winter Soldier”, carrying on against all odds where the cause is just, is important and is essential to our own humanity.

Join us on Sunday. speak out and be heard. Be a part of the solution, not a bystander…


1 Comment »

  1. The reason the public opposition to this war is not more vociferous and outspoken is because there is no compulsory draft. All the soldiers involved volunteered, so they engender less sympathy as a result. Not saying this is right, but that is the impression I get from a lot of people who on the face of it are against the Iraq war but really don’t care all that much, because at the end of the day it doesn’t directly affect them. A draft directly affects a lot more people.

    Comment by D. Greene — August 23, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

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