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March with Cindy Sheehan – videos

Here are some amateur videos we took with our cameras of our experience in the March to Impeach on July 23, 2007 with Cindy Sheehan, including a speech by Cindy just before the final leg of the march to Congressman John Conyers office to demand Impeachment Hearings:

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March with Cindy Sheehan

Tom and I participated in the march in Washington, D.C. on July 23, along with 300 other activists from around the country, from the Arlington National Cemetery to the capitol in an effort to demand that Impeachment be put back on the table.  60 people were arrested in John Conyers’ office that day in a sit-in to get Conyers to comply with the demand.

Should Impeachment Be Off the Table? A Debate with Peace Mom Cindy Sheehan, Ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and Democratic Strategist Dan Gerstein
The political meaning of the conflict between Cindy Sheehan and the Democratic Party
Iraq war opponent Cindy Sheehan arrested at Democratic Congressman’s office
Cindy Sheehan Occupies John Conyers’ Office: gets arrested

My photos (Tom and I had taken our IMPEACH NOW! banner that we made in Salt Lake and carried it in the march.):

A group of counter protestors, called “Freepers” (meaning they represent a group called Free Republic):

The March:

Below in photo two photos at left is Col. Ann Wright,
retired United States Army (green shirt) and Medea Benjamin, CodePink Women for Peace founder (pink shirt).  Medea also is in the photo at the right. 

The March continues over the Potomac River:

Barbara Cummings, activist extraordinaire from San Diego…..participates in all major actions around the country.

Ray McGovern, retired CIA Analyst

“The Rev” – Reverend Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus

Cindy Sheehan – in front of the Capitol – addresses the crowd

Below are the final photos of the march into the House Building where Congressman Conyers’ office is.  Tom and I did not go in since we had too much “stuff” that we would have to leave outside (you have to go through security there to get in).  We stayed outside a bit and held our sign and then left.

This is a display by a man named Carlos, whom we have met before at Cindy Sheehan events.  His son was killed in Iraq.  When the officials showed up at his home to inform them of his son’s death, he was mowing the lawn and in his anguish, he threw gasoline at them and accidentally threw some at himself and caught himself on fire.  Since then, he has this display he takes around the country, including a flag draped casket (which is also seen in above photos):

Iacocca on Leaadership?

Lee Iacocca has written an article called Where Have All the Leaders Gone? over at Common Dreams Based on his book by the same name, Iacocca blasts the current administration and state of affairs.

Had Enough?
Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.  

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We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

Iacocca describes his  “C” list that serves as a “test of a leader”:  Curiosity, Creative, Communicate, Character, Courage, Charisma, Conviction, Competent, Common Sense.  He states that the Biggest “C” is Crisis.

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. Where was George Bush? He was reading a story about a pet goat to kids in Florida when he heard about the attacks. He kept sitting there for twenty minutes with a baffled look on his face. It’s all on tape. You can see it for yourself. Then, instead of taking the quickest route back to Washington and immediately going on the air to reassure the panicked people of this country, he decided it wasn’t safe to return to the White House. He basically went into hiding for the day—and he told Vice President Dick Cheney to stay put in his bunker. We were all frozen in front of our TVs, scared out of our wits, waiting for our leaders to tell us that we were going to be okay, and there was nobody home. It took Bush a couple of days to get his bearings and devise the right photo op at Ground Zero.

That was George Bush’s moment of truth, and he was paralyzed. And what did he do when he’d regained his composure? He led us down the road to Iraq—a road his own father had considered disastrous when he was President. But Bush didn’t listen to Daddy. He listened to a higher father. He prides himself on being faith based, not reality based. If that doesn’t scare the crap out of you, I don’t know what will.

Common Dreams started allowing comments to its articles.  There are some very interesting points made to this post:

what leaders?!?!? have not seen one in years!!!!! Iacocca, were you ever a leader? what did you ever do to improve the overall quality of life in the united states. after 82 years….well… better late than never. use your “business skills” to empower people!

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn’t elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bobblehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?”

And the “gang” in Congress, as you sensibly call them, has news for you too, Lee. Currently, it’s called the PR Plan. The Pelosi-Reid Plan to Abolish America:

Pelosi and Reid have turned to their plan for controlling Iraq – popularly known as the PR Plan.

They vowed, “We will work with the President in whatever way we can.” They meant the statement to be totally ambiguous, but unfortunately for them, upon uttering it, the official pair instantly collapsed to the ground, apparently for lack of some vital measure of blood and bone, as well as some bizarre overabundance of scales, claws, and oozing oil.

“Defunding the war immediately is totally impossible,” uttered Pelosi and Reid in unison while slithering across the ground, sliming their way back to their Gang of Democrats. The Republican Gang applauded silently from the side.

“It seems clear now,” one observer remarked, “that the Democrat and Republican parties are gone – if parties they ever were – and are replaced by gangs. Official suite gangs.” Oddly, no one was heard to contradict him.

Within hours, a person we can only identify as Deep Source delivered to us the following rather striking internal document. We have rarely seen a government document quite as internal as this, and we must confess, as good members of the press, we hope to see very few more like it. “The 10 Point PR Plan (For Internal Consumption Only)”:

1st: Pretend that you intend to end the War against Iraq.




Dear Mr. Iacocca: Once again I read a clear delineation of the problems this country confronts, and I agree with your findings. Unfortunately, no one in our government is willing to respond with the same firmness and clarity, least of all, those who most want to head the government. There is not a leader in the lot, though one or two – Mr. Kucinich or Mr. Gravel, perhaps – show some potential. But to articulate the problems is not enough. Nor is your call to “shake off the horseshit and go to work.” What is missing most, what we are seeking, is an equally clear course of action to take. We are all tired of the garbage that passes as news, the platitudes our overpaid politicians have convinced themselves are meaningful. We are all outraged at the actions of those who pretend to be leaders. We need something more, much more. I now find myself among people so disheartened that they are talking reluctantly and sadly about the growing need for a tangible revolution, because everything else seems to have failed to produce a badly needed change.

I tend to agree with the readers: “Where have all the leaders gone?” is a misnomer indeed.

Rocky vs. Hannity

The “debate” is over (I’ve been watching it via live stream),and it is highly clear that Rocky had the most rational and factual presentation.  Hannity did nothing but attack Rocky and progressives and never once did he address the accuracy of Rocky’s information presented.  His entire “rebuttal” to Rocky’s presentation was lame and not in defense AT ALL!  He kept linking the Iraq situation back to the 911 terrorist attack and kept bringing up Clinton’s mistakes in his presidency (huh?!?).  Hannity continually resorted to name calling and insults. Rocky did not.  Rocky did not mention Hannity once during his initial presenation.  He presented the facts.  During the question answer time, Hannity consistently evade the questons.  Rocky confronted the questions by providing answers.

Hannity was very nationalistic in his approach.  Rocky was very humanistic and global in his approach.  It was lucidly apparent who was the more concerned about humanity.

I do not have a link yet to the video of the “debate”, but watch for information at One Utah and here.

Rocky, you rock!  Thank you for standing up and giving an example of gracious and courteous behavior, not to mention a well organized factual and substantiated presentation on the war crimes committed by the Bush administration.

News Links:
Rocky, Hannity go at it before rowdy crowd

Stop the Iraq War Funding – Impeach!

Yesterday I participated in an “emergency rally” to protest the ongoing funding of the Iraq war, particularly in the wake of Bush’s veto on the funding bill.  Not that I was for the funding bill in the first place, but this is yet another item to add to the Impeachment pile.  Here are some photos:

IMPEACH speeches

I have started posting the speeches of the April 28 IMPEACH rally in Salt Lake at People for Peace and Justice’s Live Journal Forum.


About 100 people turned out for the IMPEACH rally in Salt Lake yesterday.  A small, but energetic and attentive crowd.  Here are photos and news items.  I will be posting the speeches of the speakers soon.




Rally Called for Cheney’s Impeachment
April 28th, 2007 @ 5:30pm

(KSL News) — A group of Utahns rallied today, calling for the impeachment of the Bush administration.

The rally in Salt Lake City coincides with many nation-wide demanding Congress impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.

The group also asked people to sign a petition, which will be sent to Utah Senators.

Earlier this week, Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich filed articles against the Vice President.He says Cheney manipulated and fabricated information about weapons of mass destruction in order to justify the war in Iraq.


Some are bringing street signs, some are bringing freeway signs. Some groups have had t-shirts made. Some will come with art on their bodies.  Some folks will bring giant letters.  Any way your creativity inspires you, SPELL IT OUT:

Listen to the IMPEACH psa now playing on KRCL.

George Bush and Dick Cheney have lied the nation into a disastrous war of aggression, are spying in open violation of the law, and have authorized the use of torture. These high crimes and misdemeanors demand accountability. Since Congress doesn’t seem to get it, on April 28 tens of thousands of Americans – from Miami to North Pole, Alaska – are going to spell it out for them: IMPEACH!

Gather at noon on the sidewalk in front of the Federal Building , 100 South State Street

in downtown Salt Lake City.

Bring signs and your favorite way to spell out IMPEACH!

Speakers, music, soapbox, walk around downtown

Speakers will include:

  • Constitutional Law Scholar  Ed Firmage
  • Bush War Crimes Expert Chuck Tripp
  • Anti-Nuclear and Peace Activist Eileen McCabe

Organized by

People for Peace and Justice of Utah

Desert Greens Green Party of Utah

Operation Democracy Salt Lake Council


One song that will be sung at today’s IMPEACH Rally will be “Let’s Impeach the President”

by Neil Young

Let’s impeach the president for lying

And leading our country into war

Abusing all the power that we gave him

And shipping all our money out the door

He’s the man who hired all the criminals

The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors

And bend the facts to fit with their new stories

Of why we have to send our men to war

Let’s impeach the president for spying

On citizens inside their own homes

Breaking every law in the country

By tapping our computers and telephones

What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees

Would New Orleans have been safer that way

Sheltered by our government’s protection

Or was someone just not home that day?

Let’s impeach the president

For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected

Dividing our country into colors

And still leaving black people neglected


Let’s impeach the president for lying

And leading our country into war

Bush is Over

It’s Springtime, a new birth. Music video presented by www.JTMP.ORG and performed by Op-Critical featuring the Harmonic Angels. Imagine Peace! Please see www.BushIsOver.Org , www.A28.Org, and www.AfterdowningStreet.Org to be a part of this rebirth movement! Peace!
Happy Springtime (Bush is Over)

So this is springtime, the years have been dark
The sun is now shining, and love is the spark
So let’s take this springtime, and make a new day
For all of the people, both here and far away.

It’s everyone’s springtime, without any fear
Let’s make it a good one, so no one has tears

And so in this springtime (Bush is over)
For moms and for dads (If we want it)
For now and forever (War is over)
No more being sad (Now)

And so happy springtime (Bush is over)
For everyone’s sake (If we want it)
For all of our children (War is over)
Lose all the heartache (Now)

It’s everyone’s springtime, without any fear
Let’s make it a good one, so no one has tears

And so this is springtime (Bush is over)
We’ll never forget (If we want it)
The years we have suffered (War is over)
The loss and the regret (Now)

And so happy springtime (Bush is over)
We hope for some fun (If we want it)
For all of the people (War is over)
Stop using the guns (Now)

It’s everyone’s springtime, without any fear
Let’s make it a good one, so no one has tears

Bush is over
If you want it
War is over
(repeat )

Lyrics Copyright February 24, 2007, Music by John Lennon
Brett C. Kimberlin