Bands Not Bombs

29 05 2008

For your information from LWC:

On Saturday June 7, 2008, from 2pm til midnight, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center will hold an outdoor benefit concert entitled Bands not Bombs. Featuring almost a dozen local bands, including Brad Postlethwaite, the Warble, Pezz, Holly Cole, The Yazoo Shakes, Jeffrey James and the Haul, Harmony Brothers, Nehl Cloete, Dead Trends, While I Breathe I Hope, Dragoon and more.

Its all happening outside at Galloway Church, 1015 S. Cooper. Admission is only $10 for the entire days events and participants can come and go as they please. It will be a kid friendly environment and feel free to bring a blanket and/or chair. Rain location is the Galloway Coffee House, inside Galloway Church.

For more info cal 901.725.4990 or go to www.midsouthpeace.org. Parking is free and plentiful.

In Memphis.

If I had a bunch of money, I would go to Memphis every weekend.

Just saying.

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Screaming Into The Vortex

5 05 2008

Progressive Nashville makes a point this morning about how a surgical strike into Somalia regarding an insurgent leader who was accused of having ties with Al-Qaeda barely made a blip in news this weekend.

Perhaps the most disturbing thing about this is that we took so little notice of the fact that America fired missiles into another country. If such a thing was done on our soil, even if it involved only one house, we would consider it an act of war. We wouldn’t be consoled by the fact that only one house was hit and only a few people died. We’d be outraged that another country dared to fire missiles into our country.

However, when America takes such steps, it’s of small notice. Most people probably didn’t notice.

I sometimes go back to what Jon Stewart said on Bill Moyers last year about we live in a world where everyone is “too busy” and doesn’t pay attention to the things going on around them. (I’m paraphrasing.) Lives are filled with so much information and things always seem out of reach. So folks grasp what is manageable. After years of war, presidential campaign that never ends and a financially frustrating time for average citizens, mainstream cable news still is guilty of focusing on what Miley Cyrus had for breakfast.

And sometimes the stark realities that are going on in this world are too much to handle.

I think we are basically a country that is overwhelmed to a large degree because those of us who have expressed concern about the war in the past were basically shut down although I must admit it’s better than it was a couple of years ago although it’s by no means great.

After awhile, screaming into the vortex becomes exhausting.





Gropes Not Guns

26 04 2008

Good advice.

From My Confined Space





Congressman John Tanner

15 11 2007

Oh, no.

I wish my congressman hadn’t voted this way.

I need to think about this.

Vibinc also wrote this:

In the spring of 2007 MTSU conducted a poll that showed that only 29% of Tennesseans support the current policy on Iraq. Since that time (John) Tanner and (Jim) Cooper have consistently voted against any funding bill that would call for troop withdrawal. I hope that Tanner and Cooper will reconsider their votes, or at least explain them so we might better understand, or elect someone who is more willing to represent the will of the people in their districts.

I’m honestly saddened by Tanner’s vote here.  I would also like to have Tanner explain to us why he voted the way he voted.

So it would make sense to me and other people who live in his district.