Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Strange Days

What started out as a strange week has just gotten weirder.

Tuesday was the fourth anniversary of “the end of major combat operations in Iraq.” Also on Tuesday, in Los Angeles the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters, clubbing and kicking people in the crowd, including a news crew. The president, after weeks of claiming Congress is endangering our troops by not funding his war spending bill, vetoes the bill when it is delivered. It has been a week filled with scandal and tragedy. Thursday’s Republican debate should be an interesting addition to the week. To top of this already sad week, Friday is the 37th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre. The photo above is from Tuesday’s Los Angeles rally. It is eerily all too familiar.

Woody Guthrie - Sally Don't You Grieve.mp3

Phil Ochs - I Ain't Marching Anymore.mp3

Buffy Sainte-Marie - The Universal Soldier.mp3

Peter, Paul & Mary - Down by the Riverside (Study War No More).mp3

4 Comments:

Blogger Kat said...

Thanks, Ed, for posting these songs, all favorites of mine, especially the Phil Ochs.

I was in the Peace Corps when Kent State happened and remember how horrified I was when I read the story and saw the pictures. Your picture is indeed all to familiar.

May 03, 2007 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

Ain't it funny how everything is cyclical. I'm sorry to say it, but you have one (surrounded by many) huge idiot running your country these days. It's scary for us here in Canada because our prime minister is so far up Bush's butt that if he called for help no one would here him. Meanwhile, the soldiers from both the US and Canada are risking and losing their lives daily. I'm sorry to be so political. These are beautiful posts, and it's it's just too damned bad that these songs aren't laughed at, or forgotten by now. As the song asks, "When will they ever learn, When will they ever learn?"

May 03, 2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Kat, These songs bring back memories that I hoped we could have forgotten by now.

May 03, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Dan, Your assessment of our idiot-in-chief is, sadly, spot on. The only explanation I can muster is that he has surrounded himself with the most incompetent advisers he could find so that he could take pride in being the smartest person in the room.

Unfortunately, PM Harper has plenty of company up there. ;)

May 03, 2007 8:52 PM  

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