A big “howdy” to folks coming to What if…? from Jack Bog’s Blog. Wow, an audience… I might have to actually start writing Content, instead of blathering on about soap and yarn.
I’ve gotten hooked on the mysteries by Joanne Fluke. Blueberry Muffin Murder is the latest book I’ve purchased, and it’s good. It has a fake Martha Stewart character who gets murdered (and because she’s a total beast, EVERYONE is a suspect…). You can visit my Bookcrossing bookshelf to see reviews of the first two books. Fluke has a third one out too, which is on my “must buy” list.
I really liked this entry at Wil Wheaton’s blog. I think that “support the men and women” IS possible and compatible with being “anti-war.” Like Wil, I believe this conflict is not worth the life of a single American or British or Australian soldier who has been led into this conflict by their leadership.
I also think it’s beyond the pale that the US government is bombing a country of 24 million people, about half of whom are CHILDREN under the age of 15. We are bombing children. Killing children. I’d like the so-called “pro-war” people who were cheering the bombing campaigns today to chew on that for a while. While I haven’t heard yet about many civilian deaths, the chances that it will be children dying is appallingly high, just because of the sheer numbers of them in the population. It makes me cry.
Books For Soldiers is a bulletin board to obtain an address of a soldier or company of soldiers interested in receiving some books. I think it’s a good idea, and a very nice thing to do for the men and women serving in the military. I may HATE what the leaders of my country are doing, but I will not vilify the soldiers. I will also not allow shrill accusations of being “anti-soldier” silence my dissent for the war. This is a mischaracterization that is simply rhetoric to discredit anti-war protestors and I WILL NOT be silenced by it.
Courtesy of Common Dreams, some reading material.
A Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War. This is pretty self-explanatory. I found it thoughtful, and articulate of many of the thoughts that are going through my head.
Why I Had to Leave the Cabinet, an explanation from Robin Cook, the (until yesterday) leader of the House of Commons. His speech to Parliament (published by Salon, it’s worth viewing the ad to read it), is also really good.
There Will Absolutely Be No Dissension. A good editorial. I particularly liked this section: ‘The freedom and diversity we so cherish for others is strikingly lacking in our public discourse. We must not forget our traditions of challenge and dissent. For openers, we can invoke the injunctions of Theodore Roosevelt, the most red-blooded and manly of our presidents–if that is to be the litmus test for strong leadership. In 1918, ex-President Roosevelt challenged Woodrow Wilson’s sweeping crackdown against dissent after the American entry into World War I. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong,” Roosevelt said, “is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”‘
The war starts tomorrow. The US is going to hell in a (very expensive) handbasket.
Here are some interesting links.
Missteps Enough to Make Kim Jong Ill: would someone explain to me why the US is preparing to blow the $%^& out of Iraq, when we have a REAL threat with bombs that can reach the West Coast? Makes me feel really safe.
Reality Checks Needed During War: This is interesting.
So there we go. All my booth making stuff should arrive this week, and I’ll be at the Market next Saturday. Hooray! I checked it out this Saturday. I didn’t think any of the soapmakers had a product nicer than mine. In fact, I think my stuff is nicer than what I saw. Made me feel good.
The Peace March photos are up. You can see them here. They are somewhat large, so be forewarned and have patience. I scanned them to be higher quality.