Monday, March 13, 2006

The Ballad of Sierra Madre

This is the true story
Of an unlucky crew
They lived in Sierra Madre
And their number was few
So that's why we call them
The Sierra Madre Two

Who were these boys? I hear
A voice call from the back
These two kids are twelve
They're called Tyler and Zack
And they skated round town
With their school back packs
They're straight-A students:
These are the facts

Now I can tell that something
Is puzzling you
What was their crime?
What did they do?
How did boys like this become
The Sierra Madre Two?

One day after school
they were skating in the park,
They weren't looking for trouble,
It wasn't after dark,
Just minding their business
When suddenly - hark!
The sirens of the town's four
Black-and-white sharks!

Now kids riding skateboards,
This is nothing new
So our heroes didn't know
They were caught in a stew
But this was the fate of
The Sierra Madre Two

The park and police station
Are on the same block
So imagine their surprise,
Imagine their shock
As the cops came towards them
And then the handcuffs locked.
The chief of police, he said
"I'll see you in the dock".

I exaggerate a little,
As poets sometimes do,
But I want you to help me,
And this is your cue
What do we want? We want to free
The Sierra Madre Two!

The chief of police
He held a map in his hand
And what this map showed was
All of the land
In the town of Sierra Madre
Where skating had been banned.
Against the law he took their boards.
I hope you understand

That when logic and proportion
Have fallen softly dead
And the white knight is talking backwards,
And the Red Queen's off her head,
Remember that the dormouse
Told you what to do:
What do we want? We want to free
The Sierra Madre Two!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

email to Senator Feinstein: Frist's threat

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I am writing to you again regarding the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Rockefeller's motion to hold hearings on the Administration's authorizartion of wiretaps by the NSA outisde the FISA framework.

The Administration is so desperate to prevent any attempt to investigate their unwarranted wiretaps of American Citizens that Senator Frist wrote to Senator Reid yesterday and threatened to resturucture the Intelligence Committee along party lines (

His excuse - that he is concerned that the committee is unable to exercise its oversight function - is absurd: it is the possibility of oversight which terrifies the Administration, and has led to this latest attempt to eliminate checks and balances.

Not only must the March 7 vote on Senator Rockefeller's motion take place, the hearings must also, and Senator Frist's powergrab must be foiled.

Please oppose this latest abuse of power by the Administration and the Republican Majority Leader, on behalf of the Constitution, the Republic, and all people who live under its protection.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

email to Senator Feinstein

Dear Senator Feinstein,

I wrote to you on February 7 this year (see that I was concerned that in the Attorney General's testimony to the Judiciary Committee, he referred more than once to the "particular programme" he was there to answer questions about, and when Senator Sessions began to address domestic surveillance, he balked: "But when you do domestic...but I won't go into that".

In today's Washington Post, I see (at that my concerns are being brought out by other members of the committee.

Please work to uncover the full extent of the Administration's illegal activities, and ensure that they are held accountable for their violations of Federal Law and the Bill of Rights.

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