Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

There's live streaming news from the CBS affiliate in New Orleans here. The studio's staying up as long as it can.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

It happens once

I start here, but it isn't the beginning.

I just watched Cindy Sheehan on Bill Maher's Real Time off the indispensable Crooks and Liars, and I am moved.

From time to time, some poor bastard gives voice to a clear message. They don't necessarily like it when it happens: it's an inconvenience that others hear it, pick it up, and won't let the message die; and the messenger has simply to pass it on, over and over again. Don't get me wrong: it's not a talking point (Jon Stewart via Crooks and Liars); it's not that someone has to catapult the propaganda, as the Dear Leader puts it; it's something that we're already listening for.

Most of the time, if you or I have something to say, someone will find a way to kill it: they will attack the messenger to kill the message. This evening I heard Cindy's audience say her message could not be killed in this way, and I think Cindy already knows this. It's not her message any more.

Cindy Sheehan has a simple, honorable question which honors her son, and honors the message. It's this: President Bush, what was the Noble Cause Casey Sheehan died for?

The Gold Star Families for Peace would like to know.

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