“Fin amour!” Barbara Burritt

“In my darkest hour of battling cancer, a ray of hope glimmered in the realm of l’imaginaire.”
The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.At age 61 on October 5, 2008 my dear sister Barbara passed through “the veils of time” shortly after I kissed her goodbye and as her son and my younger sister were driving me home. Known by many of her friends and colleagues as the silver-haired “White Raven,” she graduated with honors from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and completed her post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London. She was a highly creative artist, craft maker, poet and writer who served on the State Arts Board and MCAD’s Board of Directors. She finished her second book shortly before she died. Continue Reading

An open “Liddy” letter to Michele Bachmann

“Defending the McCain campaign’s automated phone calls attacking Barack Obama’s judgment and character, Rep. Michele Bachmann [R-MN] on Friday said Obama ‘may have anti-American views’ and called for a news media ‘exposé’ of the views of members of Congress.”(1)
The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Michele, for a real “exposé” contact Carl Bernstein, who as you may recall joined with his Washington Post partner Bob Woodward to expose one of the most “anti-American” politicians in U.S. history, Richard Nixon.(1) And one of the many terrorists he was “palling around with” was G. Gordon Liddy, a co-creator of the criminal Watergate “Plumbers.” Indeed, “On May 27, 1971, President Nixon ordered that $100 million be secretly budgeted for . . . Continue Reading

“Joe the Plumber”?

That alleged “winner” of the final 2008 presidential debate is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, a Republican voter. Per various media reports he lived in Arizona and Alaska; is listed in a Toledo, Ohio phone directory as Samuel Wurzelbacher; is falsely registered to vote as Samuel Joseph Worzelbacher; is making much less than $250,000 a year; has a $1,200 Ohio tax lien on his house; isn’t a licensed plumber; and can’t operate or buy a $280,000 plumbing business. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.After being confronted with the fact that Obama’s tax plan would raise taxes on a personal income of over $250,000 and not on a $280,000 business, he agreed “I would, if you believe, I would receive his tax cut.”* Yet “Joe Six-Pack” Palin and “Straight Shooter” McCain are still using “Joe the Plumber” in their campaigns. He claims that when he asked Obama, “I still got a tap dance . Continue Reading

To Koryne Horbal . . .

and other “feminists” who say they’ll reject Barack Obama and write-in Hillary Clinton as their presidential preference:
“McCain promised that, if elected, he would follow President Bush’s model in choosing Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
“That could establish a large conservative majority on the court for years. With conservatives in full control, the court would probably overturn Roe vs. Wade and the national right to have an abortion.”*
During their campaign for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and many of her “feminist” supporters had no qualms about playing the “gender card,” the “race card,” the “assassination card” and finally the “petition card” to defile and defeat Barack Obama. Will she now allow her supporters to continue playing them, or will she truly back her party’s nominee?**
*”John McCain and Barack Obama: Two visions of the Supreme Court” www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-scotus19-2008may19,0,5298248.story
**”Feminist leader says no to Obama”www.startribune.com/templates/Print_This_Story?sid=19416774 Continue Reading

The National Unmemorial Day Concert

My slightly edited message to the Concert’s producers:
I’ve watched nearly all of the PBS National Memorial Day Concerts, and singer Sarah Brightman’s virtuoso performance at last Sunday’s was perhaps the greatest. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Unfortunately, it was grievously marred by the heart-wrenching photos of the dead Iraq veteran and his young wife, the live shots of a tearful her cuddling their infant child, followed by a clapping Colin Powell–one of the Machiavellian monsters who led us into a disastrous, unconstitutional war and destroyed that family’s dreams.
And that was the same Colin Powell who played a key role in covering up the My Lai massacre that destroyed dozens of families during the Vietnam War. His pious tribute to those veterans and Iraq’s veterans was a hollow victory for hypocrisy and a horrific insult to their survivors. How soon we forget. Continue Reading

The “assassination card”

Bill and Hillary Clinton have been widely criticized for playing the “race card” in their relentless campaign to recapture the White House. And now they’ve ignited a media firestorm by playing the “assassination card.” On Washington Week, reporter Karen Tumulty said this isn’t the first time they’ve played it; and on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, columnist Mark Shields said it was “absolutely reckless.”(1,2)
“We have seen an x-ray of a very dark soul,” wrote Michael Goodwin, a New York Daily News columnist. “One consumed by raw ambition to where the possible assassination of an opponent is something to ponder in a strategic way. Otherwise, why is murder on her mind?”(3)
Per an international Reuters report this is what she initially said:
“SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota. Continue Reading

Petraeus, Crocker and endless, illegal occupation

As General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker continue to con the Congress into funding the Iraq War, a complete withdrawal from Iraq by the next Republican or Democratic administration is highly unlikely–even though ongoing occupation will continue to grossly violate customary international law, U.S. treaty law, and the Article VI “Supremacy Clause” of the U.S. Constitution. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.The following annotated references address those legal issues and the current military, economic, political and humanitarian situation in Iraq:
1. Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,196,514”http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html [4/6/08]
2. Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq 4,017http://icasualties.org/oif/ [4/6/08]
3. Continue Reading