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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Seth Garwood

I am saddened by the loss of Seth Garwood of Walker Church in Minneapolis.

I was not a member of the church, but as a fellow Green I worked with him briefly during the 2002 campaign. He suggested that I expound more when citing Bible verses in a political context. It was good advice, and I have tried to follow it.

I also enjoyed his guitar playing, and GP events at the church.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


So, Bush's Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove publicly blew the cover of one of our spies.

Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Rove's action gave aid to our enemies in the ongoing war on terror.

Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

Since Rove is a traitor, he is an enemy of the United States of America. If Bush gives aid to Rove, he too becomes a traitor, and should be removed from office on impeachment for treason.

Section 2381 of the U.S. Code states: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

While I feel that both Bush and Rove should be removed from office, I do not think they should suffer death for this particular offense. The motive in this case was not to hand over power to the terrorists, but rather it was to retaliate against the spy's husband for challenging the claim that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger. The claim was used to sell war to the people of the United States.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Global warming and aid to Africa

The only thing that could make the London Tube attack tragedy any worse is if the story crowds the G8 discussion of global warming and aid to Africa off the front page. If that happens, the terrorists have already won.

Also, I was surfing the web and noticed this from Say No to London 2012. It came out before the attacks, and I just thought it was interesting:

"…London is already a tourist city. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the world with an inadequate transport system. Rather than spending astronomical amounts on a two-week event [the Olympics], improving the Tube and rail network would provide a bigger boost for the tourist industry… However, it is worth remembering who benefits from tourism… It is no accident that the most enthusiastic backers of the London bid are business groups like London First."

My mom was in London last fall and thought the Tube was in good condition. What am I getting at? I'm just trying to rule out a renovation motive here. After 9/11, there was some speculation that the World Trade Center was due to be demolished…

My word! Now I'm guilty of crowding out global warming and aid to Africa! Suffice it say I think they should be fully funded. Let's not let one tragedy lead to others.