December 18th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (SF Chronicle)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (SF Chronicle)
Bush's Mideast legacy - shoes
Robert Scheer, Creators Syndicate, Inc.

  They hate us for our shoes. Somewhere in what passes for the deeper
regions of President Bush's mind might come that reassuring giggle of a
thought as he once again rationalizes away Iraqi ingratitude for the
benevolence he has bestowed upon them. Ever at peace with himself, despite
many obvious reasons not to be, Bush quipped, "I didn't know what the guy
said but I saw his sole." But the lame jokes no longer work.
  The shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist is now a venerated celebrity throughout
the Mideast, and his words to the president - "this is the farewell kiss,
you dog" - will stand as the enduring epitaph in the region on Bush's
folly, which is the reality of his claimed legacy of success in the war on
terror. That and the shoe-thrower's devastating follow-up as he threw his
second shoe, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were
killed in Iraq," a reminder that we have used much deadlier force than a
shoe in the shock-and-awe invasion once celebrated in the American media
as a means of building respect for democracy.
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Chris Keeley

Israel's 'Crime Against Humanity'

Israel's 'Crime Against Humanity'

Israel's siege of Gaza, largely unseen by the outside world because of Jerusalem's refusal to allow humanitarian aid workers, reporters and photographers access to Gaza, rivals the most egregious crimes carried out at the height of apartheid by the South African regime. It is meant to break Hamas, but will only breed future generations of militants.

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Chris Keeley

Madoff's Lessons For the Market

Madoff's Lessons For the Market

By Steven Pearlstein
Wednesday, December 17, 2008; D01

Yes, but is it good for the Jews?

That's the punch line of a long-running joke among those of us who grew up among Jewish parents and grandparents whose first reaction to almost any event would be to calculate how it would affect the tribe.

Looking at life through such a parochial lens is hardly unique to Jews, but for generations of Jews who were subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination, the instinct became ingrained. Arthur Goldberg to the Supreme Court: good. The espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: not so good. The "Godfather" movies breaking box-office records: good (puts spotlight on some other ethnic group). Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch a World Series game on Yom Kippur: bad (encourages anti-Semitism among Dodger fans).

For some, this instinct survives to this day. JTA, a Jewish news service, last week put out an upbeat story on the Blagojevich scandal in Illinois by noting that the governor's arrest has greatly improved the odds that Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky -- a Jew untainted by the scandal -- might be appointed to the Obama seat.

All of which brings us to Bernie Madoff -- "the Jewish T-bill" as he was known affectionately in Palm Beach and on Wall Street because of his reputation for delivering solid, reliable returns to his investors.

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Chris Keeley

Dee Dee R.I.P.

Not currently planning any further printings of the book, Mr. Keeley may be doing so and might be more help. If it hasn't come up yet, let me remind you that the item you are talking about was taking from Mr. Ramone's verbal statements on an audio cassette, so the statements he made are truely his statements even if he had said the mood was square. I congratulate you on your new book and you'll get no trouble from either myself or Mr. Keeley. All we want to do is help get the word out that recovery is possible and actually happens! Like all early, ground-breaking efforts, individuals who are willing to commit themselves to action accept that mistakes will be made.
If this response is not sufficient, let me know. If I ever undertake to print further editions, the changes you request will be made unless I am told differently by Mr. Keeley. I act on his behalf. While I am sure it makes considerable difference to you, quotes from Mr. Ramone are simply errors of memory and not intentionally hurtful either by him or by us. Thanks for contacting me and if we can help further, please let me know.
Bo Sewell
-----Original Message-----
From: vera davie
Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 1:41 PM
To: bosewel
Subject: Dee Dee Ramone interview featured in "Addicts Out of the Dark and into the Light" by Chris Keeley

Dear Mr. Sewell,
     My name is Vera Ramone. It has come to my attention my ex-husband Dee Dee Ramone provided an an interview for Mr. Keeley
that has been written in the above mentioned book . There is a part towards the end of the interview where
Dee Dee states thet in 78' I met my wife-to-be, Vera...........I was still addicted to heroin. A full fledged junkie
and Connie she tried and tried to get me off of it.... Chris Keeley made an error in that statement , it was I (Vera)
NOT Connie who tried and tried to get him off the heroin. Connie by then had been dead for more than 10 years by
then. Dee Dee and I were married from1978 to 1995. I would very much appreciate it if you could correct that error in
future printings of the book. Also, if you could e-mail to me a corrected version of this error I would be greatful. I also
have a book coming out in June 2009. It is called "Poisoned Heart" I married Dee Dee Ramone -the RAMONES years by
Vera Ramone King and it contradicts what my book says and will leave the reader misinformed and confused. I was told by
my atty. to contact you and ask that you can send me the corrected version because my publisher would like to see it. 
If you choose to to you may e-mail it to me or you can fax it to me. Which ever is better for you. Sorry, if this causes
you any inconvenience. I'll be waiting to hear from you. Thank-you for your co-operation.
Vera Ramone
to veraramone 
 date Dec 18, 2008 2:58 PM 
 subject Dee Dee's story in my book 

I have republished the book Addict out of the dark and into the light. The book was made by verbatim transcripts from the people provideing to me their life stories. I have the tape recordings in a sfaety deposit box. All the stories were in 1988. So Dee Dee's personal story was recorded in august or september 1988. The transcript is verbatum of what he said. I do not intend to change anything as he signed a release to give permission to use his story.
Chris Keeley