Friday, December 17, 2004

Peace Inside, created by F911 and A Half Blog and presented through

i contacted the musican behind "peace inside" about using his tune to make a music video with a bunch of my digital pixs.

ralph stever email reply:


Would love to see peace inside the video, go for it.
No Web Site, just a guy in a shack in NW Montana with lots of musically inclined friends.

Peace all around you,


so, before going to bed
i made this up in about 30 minutes

AP Wire | Cuba Erects Sign Linking U.S. and Fascism

AP Wire | Cuba Erects Sign Linking U.S. and Fascism: "HAVANA - Cuba responded Friday to U.S. diplomats' refusal to take down Christmas decorations by putting up a huge billboard in front of the U.S. Interest Section emblazoned with a swastika and showing photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by American soldiers.
The billboard, put up overnight, had a large swastika in red and the word 'fascists' covered with a 'Made in the U.S.A.' stamp. It sat prominently on the Malecon, Havana's coastal highway, facing the mission's offices.
An American diplomat in Havana speaking on condition of anonymity said Friday that the torture of prisoners at Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison has been reported and discussed openly, and that those responsible are being prosecuted.
'On the other hand, the Cuban government does not allow a single word of dissent in its media, jails those who dare espouse different ideas and has not allowed (anyone) to visit Cuban political prisoners since the late 1980s,' the official said."

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

antiwar: Sleepless in the Garden of Eden

antiwar: Sleepless in the Garden of Eden I do not write this for the long-time activists – no, not for you brave souls who have been fighting the Medusa of oppression in all its manifestations for so many years that it is impossible to remember a time when your pockets were not stuffed with flyers or a time when your eyes were not filled with tears. No this is not for you, although God knows you deserve an essay of your own – one that captures the million miles of pavement you have pounded or the innumerable rocks you have pushed uphill.

I write this, instead, for people like me. And there are a lot of us out there. Many of us started our journey toward awareness in November of 2000, and thousands of others have joined the movement in the ensuing three years. We are, by and large, a kindly, well-intentioned lot who have been slapped into consciousness by the repeated outrages, crimes and atrocities committed by the Bush regime. Depending on where we stand politically, we would like to see the whole lot of them removed via impeachment, imprisonment or regime change – and maybe all three (the order of events is unimportant). But whether we remove the Imposter-in-Chief via the electoral process or the judicial one, our failure to do so will have global consequences.

Yet there is another danger, equally as disturbing - and that is the one that might rear its ugly head should we actually succeed.

The danger, of course, is that those of us who are newly awakened activists will view this as an end to the struggle. It is not. The danger is that we will forget how this whole nightmare began and that we will just go grab our milk and cookies and trundle off to sleep. The danger is that we will go back to bed and forget to lock the door behind us.

The health of the world body, as I have come to learn, has not been good for a very long time. Those of us who count ourselves amongst the “baby-boomers” grew up in interesting times. On the one hand, there were bomb shelters and “duck-and-cover” drills and parents who continually linked our failure to consume adequate quantities of vegetables to the “starving children in Africa.” On the other hand, who could think about things like that when there were so many miraculous things happening? Television bloomed in living color, Disney was king and John F. Kennedy was president – what could possibly go wrong? ...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004



This ANTI-BUSH, ANTI-WAR music has been aired by many college and public radio stations nationwide.

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2 Sample Songs

KICK OUT THE REPUBLICANS 2:40 Humorous and harmonious amped-up classic rock that practically demands your attention, Donny Daley rocks the world with this catchy tune. Kick Out The Republicans is a candid look at the Bush Administration, and what needs to happen to them in November '04.... Remember, somewhere in Texas, a village is missing its idiot.

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PEACE INSIDE 8:10 The longest track on this compilation, with Tom Waits style vocals countered by sweet female harmony. Songwriter and vocalist Ralph Stever says, "I saw where Bush and the boys were going with their Iraq spin, and I knew they were opening the War Room. Soon I realized it was hard to be an activist for peace while in the midst of fighting my own anger toward what the administration was doing." This song is the result.

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Guardian Unlimited Film | New York film critics circle award

Guardian Unlimited FilmMichael Moore's scorching indictment of the Bush administration, Fahrenheit 9/11, was named best non-fiction film.

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth: "I just received a photo a Cincinnati poll manager took this evening, and it seems to be proof of some fishy actions with ballots in Ohio. Bottom line: Note the already-voted-with ballots in the back of the truck with the Bush-Cheney sticker in the back window. Does this prove fraud? Well, it certainly doesn't look good in a state that's already had lots of problems this election."

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Citizens for Pablo: The military is calling him a deserter and a fugitive. (Video)

Citizens for Pablo: "On December 6, 2004 Petty Officer Third Class Pablo Paredes made the courageous decision of presenting his conscientious objection to war and unjustified loss of human life. The USS Bonhomme Richard, the flagship of a six-ship strike group carrying 3000 Marines, left San Diego for a tour of duty in the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf without Pablo Paredes. This action will inevitably carry military consequences as there is a military investigation and sanctions are more than likely. Fortunately, various organizations are rallying behind Paredes' cause to provide the proper representation and ensure his actions will not be in vain. In addition, his family proudly supports his bravery.

On December 6, 2004 Pablo Paredes reported to the 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego and refused to board the ship to protest the current US war. He reported to the pier wearing civilian clothing and a T-shirt that read: 'Like a cabinet member, I resign.' 'I just want people to know how many Americans feel about the war' Pablo explained ''s not just a few crazy liberals trying to get the attention of the media.' While the Navy officers on hand did try to persuade him to board the ship and cease protest; Pablo maintained his position and did not board the ship. He went on to give several short interviews for local media while at the Pier. "

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McCain Has 'No Confidence' in Rumsfeld

Yahoo! News - McCain Has 'No Confidence' in Rumsfeld: "PHOENIX - U.S. Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) said Monday that he has 'no confidence' in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.

McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview, said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld's resignation, explaining that President Bush 'can have the team that he wants around him.'

Asked about his confidence in the secretary's leadership, McCain recalled fielding a similar question a couple weeks ago.
'I said no. My answer is still no. No confidence,' McCain said. "