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Tidbits - December 29, 2011

* Merry Xmas, Iraq (James E Vann)
* Re: Bound for Local Glory at Last (Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz)
* Dalton Trumbo's Screenwriting Credit Restored to `Roman
  Holiday (Kirk Douglas letter to New York Times)
* Re: Why the Republican Crackup Is Bad for America (David 
* Re: The Book of Jobs (Attieno Davis)
* ¡Cuba y Puerto Rico: De Un Pajaro Las Dos Alas! - New York
  - January 7, 2012
* Dan Berrigan's Freedom Ride:  Get on the Bus!  Shut Down
  Guantanamo! -- New York - January 7, 2012


* Merry Xmas, Iraq 

The Xmas day 'Doonesbury' comic strip [
http://tinyurl.com/d9qv96a], focused on President Obama's
just-concluded withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.  In the
last panels, the US commander bids adieu to the Iraqi
commander and apologizes for leaving the country unstable
with violence still raging. Suddenly the lights go dark, to
which the US commander states: "Sorry about the [electrical]
grid, too"  In the final dark panel, the Iraqi commander
replies:  "Eight years... you had eight years!"

Lest the "irony" of this poignant cartoon escapes, a brief
recap is useful:

Iraq, "cradle of civilization;" land the biblical Tigris and
Euphrates rivers and the suspected Garden of Eden; country
of highest educational attainment in the Arab world; the
most women professors and PhDs, no al Qaeda insurgents, no
military threat to the US -- was decimated, for
'manufactured' reasons, a second time by the Bush Jr-Cheney
cabal.  Now after eight additional years of US blanket
bombing; the result is brutal devastation of Iraq's
infrastructure; over 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed; 1
million+ displaced refugees, 4500 US troops dead; over
33,000 US troops severely injured; a completely gutted one-
of-a-kind antiquities museum, supposed reconstruction
projects by 1000s of highly paid US contractors, and total
cost of $1 to 3 Trillion (yes, 1000 to 3000 Billion dollars,
or 1 to 3 Million Million dollars -- unfathomable and yet
unpaid for ... mostly in loans from China & Japan).

As of Obama's Dec 20 withdrawal of US forces, the country
still has no properly functioning electrical grid, domestic
water system, sewerage & sanitation services, communications
systems, nor adequately reconstructed elementary schools &

The height of irony:  After Bush Sr's similarly invalid 210-
day war against Iraq that ended in Feb 1991, President
Saddam Hussein had water, power, sewers, and infrastructure
systems all restored to normal operation within just six
months !

Twelve years after Bush Sr's withdrawal, Bush Jr re- invaded
Iraq and again devastated the country's infrastructure.
Presently, US troops and reconstruction forces (under US
supervision) have again departed Iraq leaving the country's
infrastructure systems still dysfunctional or only partially
restored -- this time, no governmental structure is in place
that can properly rebuild the country.  Merry Xmas, Iraq !

James E Vann
Oakland, California


* Re: Bound for Local Glory at Last

This is what Woody thought of bankers:


What a tragic day when a super-wealthy banker personally
owns Woody's life work.

Not something for the Left to celebrate, rather to condemn.

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz


* Kirk Douglas on Trumbo
New York Times Letters Section
December 29, 2011

It was with great pleasure that I read "Trumbo Gets His Due
for `Roman Holiday' " (ArtsBeat, Dec. 21). Although it has
been said that justice delayed is justice denied, in this
case that maxim does not apply.

Dalton Trumbo was my friend and one of the finest
screenwriters of the 20th century. He told me that because
he was blacklisted, he couldn't sell "Roman Holiday" under
his own name.

In 1959, when I broke the blacklist and gave Dalton Trumbo
screen credit for writing "Spartacus," it was one of the
proudest decisions of my life.

I congratulate the Writers Guild of America, West; Tim
Hunter, son of the screenwriter who received the credit for
"Roman Holiday"; and the late Christopher Trumbo, Dalton's
son, for working tirelessly to see that justice was finally

Kirk Douglas


* Re: Why the Republican Crackup Is Bad for America

Professor Reich:

	You said "We need two political parties."  Why only
	two?  In Italy had fifty when I visited. There is
	nothing in our Constitution  about political
	parties, or about their limitation.  Just because we
	have two is no reason to limit it.

David Reno


* Re: The Book of Jobs

THANK YOU FOR FINDING- and in Vanity Fair no less? - and

It's the loss of jobs- what the hell are we going to do when
they don't need us anymore??

Attieno Davis


* ¡Cuba y Puerto Rico: De Un Pajaro Las Dos Alas! - New York
- January 7, 2012

    An Evening of Culture, Solidarity & Celebration of

The Cuban Revolution & The Freedom for the Cuban & Boricua
Political Prisoners

Saturday, January 7, 2012  --- 7pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center-1199/SEIU
310 West 43 Street, Manhattan

Greetings by - Honorable Pedro Nunez Mosquera, Cuban
Ambassador to the United Nations

- Boricua African & Caribbean Sounds by Bomba Yo, Youth

- Boleros by Venezuelan Abram Alberto

- Evening Salsa, Merengue & Bachata Sounds by DJ Carlito and
DJ Che

$15 Suggested Donation (Includes Caribbean Dinner)

Moderators: Nancy Cabrero, President, Casa de las América -
Benjamin Ramos, ProLibertad Freedom Campaign Co-Sponsored by
The World Health Organization for the Right of the People to
Health Care, 1199/SEIU

For more information, tickets, palm cards & flyers: (917)
945-9877/(718) 601-4751 www.UnaCuba.org -


* Dan Berrigan's Freedom Ride:  Get on the Bus!  Shut Down

Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Sq. South @ Thompson
St. on January 7th, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Join Fr Dan Berrigan and friends for an evening of poetry
and song to inspire and encourage fellow New Yorkers to get
on the bus to Washington, DC to join Amnesty International,
the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and others on
January 11th in an historic protest against the continued
existence of the prison at Guantanamo Naval Base and all
that it stands for.

Friends include:
* Jazz Music great, William Parker
* Afghan-American poet, Saher Muradi
* New York City poet, Christ Brandt
* Legal Director for CCR, Baher Azmy
* Peace Poet, Luke Nephew
* Rev. Vince Anderson...
* and others!

Price of Admission: $30, which goes towards a  round-trip
bus ticket to DC for January 11th for yourself or someone

Buses to DC will leave from Judson Memorial Church at 6:30
AM sharp on the 11th, the tenth anniversary of the opening
of the prison at Guantanamo.

Enjoy an evening of poetry and music with Fr Dan Berrigan
and friends on January 7th and then take one day of your
life on January 11th for liberty and justice for all!

For more information on the Dan Berrigan event call 917 251
7791. For more information on the protest in DC on January
11th go to www.witnesstorture.org.



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