January 6th, 2008

Chris Keeley

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The Pubhouses Dialogues (always looking for contributors) is "The Velvet Hammer" (a name Mickey gave me) under my Pen-name/Net-Name of Arrietty. (A character in a book called "The Borrowers.") 
I am a person of peace, an old hippy, an atheist and an evolutionary.  I am a Green and darn near vegetarian/vegan.  I will send you my year report in a week (ish). As a forewarning, this might have been the worst year of my life. I certainly hope so.  But ever like the Phoenix, I was born to rise from my own ashes.  Have done.  Will do.
http://www.pubhousedialogues.com/index.php/all      then click on Velvet Hammer and you see all my posts. They are way off the chart. Trust me.  I stick my neck out to say things many people are afraid to even think.  I am sassy as can be!
Anyway, here is an awesome suggestion for Gratitude to our Soldiers.  Committed to peace as I am, this still made me cry and when that happens, I am assured it has some power.  So I share it with you, my nearest and dearest.
Gratitude - Sign for Thank you
Hugs ever,

Chris Keeley

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses.

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses.

Why I Believe Bush Must Go
Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse.

By George McGovern
Sunday, January 6, 2008; B01

As we enter the eighth year of the Bush-Cheney administration, I have belatedly and painfully concluded that the only honorable course for me is to urge the impeachment of the president and the vice president.

After the 1972 presidential election, I stood clear of calls to impeach President Richard M. Nixon for his misconduct during the campaign. I thought that my joining the impeachment effort would be seen as an expression of personal vengeance toward the president who had defeated me.

Today I have made a different choice.

Of course, there seems to be little bipartisan support for impeachment. The political scene is marked by narrow and sometimes superficial partisanship, especially among Republicans, and a lack of courage and statesmanship on the part of too many Democratic politicians. So the chances of a bipartisan impeachment and conviction are not promising.

But what are the facts?

Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

From the beginning, the Bush-Cheney team's assumption of power was the product of questionable elections that probably should have been officially challenged -- perhaps even by a congressional investigation.

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Chris Keeley

Paying for Virtual Oil--by William Pfaff--1/3/08

From: William PFAFF <wpfaff@orange.fr>
Date: Jan 5, 2008 12:25 PM
Subject: Paying for Virtual Oil
To: paul caron

Of possible interest...

By William Pfaff

Paris, January 3, 2008 -- Allow me, Candide-like, to reflect for a moment on an aspect of the economic situation in which we find ourselves as 2008 begins. We in the United States have an economy which in major respects is based on virtuality. This means that its most marked quality is the increasing distance it puts between itself and real things. Since Iowa is in the news, let's take corn and pork-bellies. Nothing could be more down to earth.

Any American who has spent time in Iowa or another farm state will remember that the news never is complete without a report on corn and pork-belly futures. 

In the past, farm product "futures" were bought and sold on a small market in Chicago and provided a form of insurance for farmers. Their practical function was to allow farmers to plan on the basis of the professional expertise of a small community of commodity trading experts willing to risk their own experience of price movements, weather cycles, the size and movement of agricultural stocks, and estimated crop production, on the purchase and trading of forthcoming production, working under the reality-check of possibly finding themselves taking delivery of the commodity themselves, to their own profit or loss.
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Chris Keeley

Brady Kiesling's report on his visit to Lebanon--Dec. '07

I earlier circulated Brady's article in the Athens News. This is Brady's diary, day by day, recounting details of his and Regina's holiday in Lebanon, quite a long account, but very well-written (as usual with Brady), and fascinating for anyone interested in today's Lebanon. It may take a half hour to read--if you're a slow reader like me--but well worth the time. Bob Keeley


Lebanon Adventures

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Syrian Embassy in Athens wouldn't give an American resident of Greece a visa except as part of an organized group tour. The flights from Athens to Damascus were all full, so joining a bus tour wasn't an option. But entering Lebanon is the easiest thing in the world. Less than two hours from Athens, no visas required, 30 days granted with no questions asked.

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