Joan Baez at Crawford; More Abu Ghraib Photos
Nobody conjures up the 1960s and Viet Nam more than Joan Baez. When she played a concert near Bush’s Crawford ranch, she really brought home the parallels between Iraq and Viet Nam. All we need now is Jane Fonda and the Chicago Seven (whichever ones are still alive) to descend on Crawford. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Emperor kept on cowering inside.
Joan Baez doesn’t quite push the Hate buttons of the Far Right the way Jane Fonda does. People of all political views probably have a grudging respect for Joan Baez. She has strong pacifist convictions, and she actually lives these convictions. She practices what she preaches. She walks the walk.
She played for about 500 people. She said “in the first march I went to (opposing Vietnam) there were 10 of us. This is huge.” She performed on a 1-acre lot near Bush’s ranch; the land is owned by an opponent of the Iraqi war.
Nearby, about 150 people
Cindy Sheehan is expected to return to Crawford in a few days. Undoubtedly she’ll stir up a new round of hatred and fury from rightwing columnists and bloggers.
There's been an ongoing battle between the ACLU and the government. There are more unreleased torture videos and photos from Abu Ghraib. The ACLU is suing — under the Freedom Of Information Act — to have them released. General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned of worldwide outrage and violence if these photos are released.
There are some contradictions here. OxyContin “Rush” Limbaugh and other badass warriors of the Chairborne Division have dismissed the Abu Ghraib and Gitmo tortures as “harmless fraternity pranks.” And at the same time, General Myers says there’ll be global outrage and violence if these photos and videos are released.
OK, which is it? There’ll be worldwide outrage and rioting if we release pictures of harmless fraternity pranks?? Maybe America’s favorite blathering chickenhawk and General Richard Myers could get together and try to reach a consensus — is it torture or just a little harmless fun? The world will not erupt into riots over pictures of fraternity pranks. What are our “leaders” hiding?