|DOREMUS OBSERVES : MATTERS OF
Doremus Jessup, editor of
the Fort Beulah The Daily Informer,
in Sinclair Lewis' famous book "It Can't Happen
Here", at its conclusion, after imprisonment and
torture escaped and "drove out, saluted by the
meadow larks, and onward all day, to a hidden cabin in
the Northern Woods where quiet men awaited news of
freedom.....still Doremus goes on, into the sunrise, for
a Doremus Jessup can never die......
"I will share an incident - one I will not forget
- which classically characterized the Israeli attitude to
people which they OPENLY refer to as "animals".
While in another area of Gaza, we were following our IDF
Para escort. It was an open jeep with heavily armed
Paratroops. Suddenly it screeched to a halt not 10 yards
in front of us and out jumped the men - one immediately
dropped to one knee and took careful aim at his victim to
our immediate right. The 'enemy' some 50 feet away -
throwing egg size rocks at their tormentors. Hardly
sophisticated or dangerous - but there he stood - proud,
defiant and fearless - a 10 year old child. This was HIS
neighborhood and HIS country and HIS land -and he was a
prisoner in this Israeli 'concentration camp' for
"animals". Think of it as a 'role change' for
David and Goliath.
Children like this young lad, routinely 'disappear'
in occupied territories. They are just never seen or
heard of again. I have children - and grandchildren whom
I would defend with my life. I would like you to imagine
for just a moment that you are not an American - just
close your eyes and visualize -- finding your beloved 10
year old child with half his head blown away - the flies
feasting on his scattered brains. The unimaginable
accident ? - NO - a war crime- and it is YOUR child! The
'sin' of your child? He was throwing egg sized rocks at
an Israeli tank - BOUGHT and PAID FOR by AMERICAN
citizens. Could you just forget it as if were only the
family cat - or would you swear revenge/ justice against
the monsters that made it happen?"
"Could you possibly be so arrogant as to believe
that this Palestinian mother and father loved their child
any less than you would - or that 'his' life is 'worth'
less in the eyes of God?"
Joe Cortina, a retired Florida businessman.
T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D.
.R.E.T.O.R.T. - July, 2006
by Chris Chandler and David Roe
June 24, 2006
Volume VII Issue ix
The New CD is doing great! by Far the best record I
have ever made.
TO GET THE NEW 2 VOLUME ENHANCED CD SET "American
Hey everybody, It's that time of the month again.
The past 48 hours or so have been a bit of a blur.
Driving rapidly across the country to start this amazing
west coast tour -- two billion miles in two and a
half days, thinking - if you, gentle reader, know anyone
on the west coast - please give them a call to tell them
to make it out to one of these shows.
Yesterday, I was standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona
- all the way to Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A..
Tohachapee to Tonapah, Don't forget the Motor City.Meet
me tonight in Atlantic City. and give my regards to Sweet
Home labama.. Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock-Away Beach.
Gimmie a "T" for Texas. Abilene, prettiest
town, I ever seen.touch of country in the city. I know
what it means to miss New Orleans. I'm goin to Kansas
City. New York, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge, I'm so
glad I am livin in the USA. I have never been to London,
But I have been to Oklahoma. Kansas Georgia, Tennessee,
California is a garden of Eden, but I ain't got the
I've been everywhere, Man.
No, that's not where we have been, that is just the songs
we have listened to on this Sirius Satellite Radio D. R.
bought from a Mexican in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Man-Oh-Man, D.R. and I have been zooming down the
interstate with an end war sticker attached to the gas
tank. Boy, that'll tell 'em. I feel like such
a hypocrite. I mean, we ARE getting 40 miles to the
gallon while packed to the luggage rack with an 88 key
piano, a video projector and a month's worth of gear in a
little Ford Escort. (hmmm here in Nevada
"escort" has a much different
Between the mile markers and Wal-Marts, we have been
playing the "Left Wing/Right Wing - Wing Nut Job
Bumper Sticker Game ®". If a car has more
than three bumper stickers (which we deem to be a left
wing or right wing piece of propaganda), it gets a
point. Five, and it gets two points. And for
everyone after that: one point per bumper sticker. One or
two simple bumper stickers - no points at all, that's
tasteful freedom of speech.
With those parameters, it gets tough. I mean, is an
"NPR" bumper sticker left or right? The
Sierra Club? The Shriners? Or how 'bout simply
"Support our troops?" Does one
categorically - give that phrase to the right?
Well, we have complicated scoring system. For
instance: an "Impeach Cheney First" sticker
coupled with a "If your right, your wrong" and
a "Support our Troops ®" (Made in China)
magnetic sticker is a point for the left (Especially if
there is a bicycle rack.) But a "W,"
"NRA'" and an "Elks Club" is a point
for the right.
Fair? I think so.
My favorite single bumper sticker has been "I am a
right wing whack job and I vote." (OK, I made that
But anyway, let me ask you: how would you vote on "I
support my PTA," "Proud to be a Union
engineer" and "My child is an honor student at
West Lake Elementary." I don't know. I think:
speech writer for John Kerry.
Then there are the cars with the non committal stickers
such as "Why B Normal?," "It's not a bald
head it's a solar powered sex machine," and "My
son made early parole." They get a point in the
"Unknown" category. Honestly, they are
winning this game - but that is due largely to one car
with their entire rear view vision blocked with
advertisements for an 80's band called "The
Forty Seven Points with one car (they really really liked
To be honest, I am not sure who I am rooting for - left
or right, I mean I am not sure I want to have my
side be known as the one that wall papers their
automobile with semi-witty, mean spirited one
liners. But at present the score is (no hyperbole)
tied - much like the country.
It has been a while since I have driven through this part
of the country. The Bonneville Salt Flats are a
sight to behold, but here is a pale yellow smog on the
horizon - and it makes me sad. Paralleling the
interstate along I-80, through the Bonneville Salt Flats,
just north of the nuclear testing facility, east of
gambling and prostitution haven known as the Nevada
border, there is a train track. Our little escort
smokes the train and I feel guilty.
I think of the resources this country has at its
fingertips, and it gets me back to what I think my point
is. Out Interstate Highway system is amazing, but
our method of fueling it is still in the 19th century
WHEN THE COMBUSTION ENGINE WAS INVENTED!
After Montgomery's successful North African campaign,
Hitler's oil supply was largely cutoff. But still
he invaded Russia. Think about that. He ravished the
Russian country side of grain. People
starved. Not like "the late night drive
through window is closed" starved - they really
starved. He did this, not just, to support
HIS troops, but to turn vegetable oil into fuel. He
had none. He demanded ingenuity, and he got
Now, as I read the bumper stickers and bill boards that
pepper the highways boasting of good ol American
ingenuity - I wonder why we can't do that. The
technology is there. We have lots of land -
Hell, this hemisphere has only been exploited for less
than a century.
At one time when we Americans went to war we planted
Victory Gardens - Now we are in a war for oil and there
is barely a word of such a thing.
When Japan invaded the Philippines and Manila fell, our
supply of rope to run a Navy also fell. We
needed rope. Well, we had a capacity to grow large
amounts of hemp. Only problem was, a few years
before - on April 4, 1920 (hence 420) we had decided that
that the growing hemp should be halted - having to
do something with short term memory - but I don't
remember exactly what it was. Turns out the effect
was more of a collective short term memory loss.
What was I talking about? Oh yea.
.something had to be done about our need for rope.
The solution was. allowing twenty 4-H clubs somewhere in
Ohio to grow the stuff (hence 420.) Today, we make
our ropes from well. synthetics. dinosaurs. oil.
They still make this nylon rope here in the USA at a
factory just off interstate 420. (hence 420.) So
while we're at it, If we could grow hemp in victory
gardens in the 30s and 40s - FOR THE WAR EFFORT -
couldn't we grow some in the new century - ummmm. for the
I mean, we are at war. for. oil. ooops, I mean:
"To Make Sure Sadam Doesn't Have A Nucular Weapon
Hidden Inside A Toyota Hybrid ®."
Now, really I don't care about smoking rope, but I do
have to notice that it is the stoners whose voice is the
loudest on this subject. Coincidentally, they also
claim smoking the stuff increases your imagination.
It seems to be that them that has fantasized a way to
turn the plant into fuel - and all the sober facts seem
to agree - so what if: THEY ARE RIGHT, on both
counts? It doesn't seem as preposterous as the
weapons of mass destruction hidden in a gas pump scenario
that has us spending 30 billion an afternoon on this war.
So, assuming you buy all of this:
We gotta figure out a way to get the "right"
and their "pry it from my cold dead hands"
mentality to embrace the subject.
Hey, Dixie Chicks - gotta song about it? Maybe
involving NASCAR? Smoking pot and gas prices? Let's
hear it. Maybe I could hear it on the Sirius
Satellite station called left wing country.
Now, don't get me wrong here, I applauded Willie Nelson
for his advocacy for Bio -Diesel - but considering how
much the notion relies on growing marijuana I wonder if
his efforts are purely altruistic.
None-the-less, I do want to hear the song. I would
write it but. Ya know, my music has ummm. never really
appealed to the Merle Fest types.
It is a shame because I do listen to a lot of country
music. DR and I are listening to the Sirius
Satellite Outlaw country station.
As I write this we are 75 miles an hour past the salty
Mountains of Nevada listening to the "outlaw"
Country music station - none-the-less, I don't think I
could get the cowboy hats listening but I would like to
(think Branson, MO, Pedal Steel and Grand 'ol Oprey ®
harmonies.... You ready?)
Hit it boys
"Keeping the Blue Skies Blue"
By Chris Chandler and David Roe
Across the Appalachian,
Past the fruited plain,
Atop purple mountains majesty,
Upon a great Highway.
From the farmland to the city,
To the tune of a country song,
It's 18 wheels of glass and steel
that made this country strong.
We're keeping the blue skies blue,
With amber waves of grain.
Gasoline that's burnin clean
Grown in the U.S.A.
Before I bought this big rig
I had sailed the seven seas
Served in Desert Storm
I thought, to keep this country free
But now my boy is over there
And it occurs to me
Being free of oil from foreign soil
Will make us truly free.
We're keeping the blue skies blue,
With amber waves of grain.
Gasoline that's burnin clean
Grown in the U.S.A.
From the rural black-top highways
To the clover leaves and loops
I fill my tank with bio-diesel
To show I support our troops
We're keeping the blue skies blue
With amber waves of grain
Gasoline that's burnin clean
Grown in the U.S.A.
Dat's all for now
US Iraq War Vets Decry Public Apathy
CAIRO, May 14, 2006
(IslamOnline.net) Sure, US soldiers coming home
from Iraq are welcomed with parades, yellow-ribbon bumper
stickers and opens arms. But when they were out of
uniform, everything was different.
For many Iraq war veterans, those
moments of gratitude were short-lived or limited to close
friends and family as they soon come to realize bitter
impressions of a society that seems to be increasingly
indifferent to their psychological and combat sufferings
in Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Sunday,
The paper interviewed 100 of Iraq
war veterans, many of whom were still in the service,
others were not, and the constant theme through the
interviews was that the public apathy about the Iraq war
despite round-the-clock television and Internet exposure.
"It is not a United States
unified behind the war effort, such as in World War II.
There's no rationing, no sacrifice, no Rosie the Riveter
urging, "We Can Do it!" Nor is it the country
that protested Vietnam and derided many vets as baby
killers," the Post concluded from the answers
given by the vets.
Many said that the United States
that Iraq veterans are returning to is indifferent.
They realized that the people are
more interested in voting for the best young singer in
the country through the popular American Idol show than
knowing how many soldiers were killed in the daily
"It doesn't cross their
minds," stuff Adam Reuter told the Post. "To
them, everything is fine."
Looking across a restaurant where
everyone were stuffing their faces with pasta and
drinking wine, Army Capt. Tyler McIntyre wanted to yell,
"You don't know what you have! You don't appreciate
it! You don't care!"
"The country is at war.
People are fighting at this very moment. Don't these
people know what's going on? Don't they care?
US President George W. Bush
invaded Iraq in March 2003 on the grounds that ousted
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of
mass destruction and had close links to Al-Qaeda leader
Osama Bin Laden.
By congressional reports proved
later that Bush was "dead wrong" on the weapons
case and the Green Zone prisoner had no link with
"What Was it Like?"
Many vets are fed up with
"dumb" questions by Americans like "what
was it like?" in Iraq.
"You just try to give a
softball answer," said Army Captain Garett
Reppenhagen, who has been out of the Army for a year.
"Yeah, it was horrible --
whatever. Or you don't answer the question. You say it
was hot. You don't tell them what it's like to kill a man
or to have one of your buddies blown up. You just don't
But the captain could spare no
details if people pressed for an answer, then he would
look up and see an expression that made him think they
did not really want to know after all.
"The look on their face:
This is not the light conversation I want to hear at a
party," he said.
Sometimes, they would ask
something so crazy there just was not any way to respond,
such as when a friend asked Monika Dyrcakz, "Did you
go clubbing in Iraq?"
"Some people have no
idea," she said.
There are 136,000 US troops in
A March 2006 survey by Zogby
International and Le Moyne College found that the vast
majority of US troops in Iraq (72 percent) wanted to end
occupation of the Arab country within a year and return
home to their loved ones.
Many soldiers came home haunted,
carrying heavy memories that will take years to sort out
with the images of bombings and bloodshed making some of
them jumping out of bed in the middle of the night.
"I was taken out of my
normal habitat and put in a crazy dream -- a nightmare,
really," said Army Spec. Cheyenne Cannaday.
"I think about it every day
still, and I'm not sure if it's gonna go away."
They came home driving scared,
scanning the interstates and the back roads of their home
towns, looking for bombs that were not there.
Jeramey James "Jay"
Lopez was working under the hood of his car with his dad
in New Mexico when one of the noisemakers designed to
scare the birds out of the nearby pecan orchard went off.
It sounded "just like a
round coming out of a tank," he said. Lopez's head
snapped up and smacked the inside of the hood.
"My dad put his hand on my
back, and he just said, 'Son, you're okay. You're home.'
Others like Jon Powers came home
and thought that their work in Iraq was finished and
"swore I would never go back to Iraq until they
build a Disney World in Baghdad."
But moved by the scene of Iraqi
orphans, Powers knew his work in Iraq was not yet over.
He helped start a nonprofit, War
Kids Relief, that helps Iraqi children. That is his new
A recent US study revealed that
US troops returning from Iraq have the highest rate of
mental health consultation and psychological problems
compared to other troops returning from Afghanistan and
other trouble spots.
One third of US troops returning
from Iraq have needed at least one mental health
consultation and one in five have been diagnosed with
combat-induced psychological problems.
Thousands also came home wounded,
scars fresh; some even with shrapnel in them.
Kevin Whelan, who was wounded
when a roadside bomb exploded next to his Humvee, has so
much metal embedded under his skin that it set off a
security detector at the airport.
"In case it goes off,"
he warned the guard, "I do have shrapnel in
me." The wand beeped as it passed over his shoulder.
Nearly 400 of the 550,000 Iraq
war veterans returned as amputees and had to learn to
open doors with metal fingers, walk on prosthetic legs,
the paper said.
Senior Airman Brian Kolfage came
home to sad, strange stares and spontaneous charity.
As he sat in a wheelchair after
having lost both legs and his right arm when a mortar
exploded outside his tent, a stranger handed him $250 in
Many others have breathed their
last in a war that alienated many Americans from the
A group of mothers led by
prominent war opponent Cindy Sheehan, who lost her
soldier son in Iraq, started Saturday a 24-hour vigil
outside the White House to protest the presence of US
soldiers in Iraq.
At least 2,437 members of the US
military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in
March 2003, according to a Pentagon count.