always got lot to say and has a lot of questions so this page
will always be Under Construction………
Dec. 15, 2008
This year has gone by so fast, a lot of things happened on a
personal level, so I haven’t had much to say publicly in
general or about politics. Besides I need
to make sure my passport gets renewed……
You can always go to Peter Kaukonen’s
site and read his editorials…..he says it all.
Dec. 14, 2008
City fights to protect its heritage against US
“The giant tourist
signs as you enter this historic North Italian city read: “Welcome to Vicenza, City of Palladio,
listed by Unesco.” Underneath in the same distinctive
brown lettering is an addition: “And sold by our politicians to the US
Army.” It was put there by local residents campaigning against the expansion of
the nearby US
architectural style and designs were the model for Thomas Jefferson’s Montecello and many of the U.S. Government buildings
constructed in Washington, D.C. (The U.S. Capitol Bldg. for starters)
came to light that the planned expansion would being done as a “Nato” project so that no Environmental Impact Studies would
be required which would have taken up too much time, and it would give the citizens of Vicenza time to mobilize
and stop the project.
the citizens of Vicenza
have successfully mobilized to stop the expansion for the last several years
after finding out about it after the fact.
how about a foreign military base in the middle of historic D.C. ?
say way to go U.S.A.
for alienating the citizens of a country that not only have been loyal allies, but really like
I said citizens and not government—big difference).
in English is from the website of U.S.
Citizens for Peace and Justice Rome, Italy”
below an appeal from citizens' committees in the city of Vicenza,
Italy, where the U.S.
military is pushing for yet another base.
In the city of Vicenza,
Italy, there are plans to
build yet another U.S.
The entire affair has been conducted in a
disgraceful manner. The request was initiated by Vicenza Mayor Hullweck and City Council member Cicero, in cooperation
with the previous Berlusconi government, without ever informing the citizens of
Vicenza nor was
it discussed in City Council (and has yet to be discussed!). In May 2006, news
of the plans started to leak out and concerned citizens began to act. ( *Note from LAuren: since this was written the Berlusconi
government returned. The citizens of Vicenza recalled the
entire city council, held new elections, and put the base expansion proposal up
for popular vote. The citizens of Vicenza overwhelmingly
voted NO. But, it’s not over with. The Berlusconi government is still giving the
the go ahead.)
of Vicenza are
strongly opposed to the construction of the new base for the following reasons:
Militarization of the city. Vicenza is currently
home to various bases and housing facilities for the U.S. military (Camp Ederle, the
bases of Longare and Tormeno,
a residential village and various depots and warehouses throughout the city)
not to mention headquarters for the European Gendarmerie. All this in a city of
110,000 inhabitants. The construction of a new base would make the city of Vicenza the largest U.S.
Military base in Europe. This is in contrast
with the rest of Italy and
Europe, where the U.S.
military presence is diminishing.
of our territory. The area in question for the construction of the base is a
vast green area completely surrounded by the city. Some houses will be no more
than 30 meters from the base! Currently, the area includes a small civilian
airport, a flying club, and the only rugby fields in the city.
impact. In total, approximately 600,000 cubic meters would be built, the
equivalent of 1900 apartments of 100 m2 each, adding more construction to an
already heavily developed city lacking green areas.
impact. The new base would accommodate 2000 additional soldiers along with
their families as well as civilian employees of the base. This would bring in
an additional 15,000 people to a city of 110,000 inhabitants!
impact. Italian taxpayers cover 37% of the operating costs for U.S. military
bases in Italy, amounting to hundreds of millions of Euro per year. Another
base would increase this figure.
issues. The soldiers housed at the new base would be part of the 173rd Airborne
Brigade (some of which are already lodged at Camp
Ederle) and are currently stationed in
The 173rd is an airborne rapid response force. They were the first to parachute
at the start of the war. The presence of these troops creates problems of
security for the city; both as a possible target for terrorist attacks as well
as problems associated with soldiers returning from war zones. In this regard,
the city of Vicenza has already experienced
problems with fights and brawls as well as cases of rape concerning soldiers
returning from Iraq.
and environmental impact due to the military vehicles and aircraft used at the
that the future of our city (one of the most productive in Italy) should be aimed at
development of the local economy, employment and research, not towards further
construction of a new military base would be a serious loss for the entire
city, and, we believe, for Italy
information see my links page to check out the U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice
For a debtor
nation, I’m wondering where is the U.S. getting the money from ?????
Well known American Historian Howard Zinn
filmed a video that was aired at a gathering last December in Vicenza, Italy
to protest the expansion of the American Military Base located there. See my links page to see the video.
I have A LOT to say in support of the people of Vicenza…………so it will be
It’s an important issue that is not getting any press in the
(and it should be)
January 1, 2008
Sure glad it’s
(menomale e finito)
(See you later, my friend)
A friend of mine passed away last January. It was her wish that there be no memorial
service. So, a group of her friends of
many years organized a “gathering” in her favorite park.
1, 2007 - Roxbury Memorial Park in Beverly
Family and friends gather to pay tribute to Marcheline.
In attendance were sister Debbie Martin with husband Ron and son Corey. Also
paying their respects were brother Rolland Bertrand with son Francis, Jon Voight, John Trudell, Lauren Taines, Belinia Beatty, Jade Dixon with daughter
Barbie, Cis Rundele, and
Bill Day. “
“Marche” and John Trudell formed an organization called Give Love Give Life
& Jade Dixon has joined in to help
carry on with Marcheline’s vision.
info on Give Love Give Life & Marcheline
Bertrand, see my links page)
Well since the Democrats got voted in as the majority in
Congress with campaign promises of pulling U.S.
Troops out of Iraq; what did they do once they took office?
APPROVED MORE FUNDING TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ !
“Clinton Wants 'Clean
Sweep' After Bush
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON,
Posted: 2007-06-30 14:49:04
MIAMI (June 29) - "A clean sweep" is
needed at the White House because President Bush has fostered "a culture
of cronyism, corruption and incompetence," Hillary Rodham Clinton said
Well, in my interview with
Holding Together Magazine in May, I said I call the speeches the U.S.
politicians give “dramatic readings”just to get elected. This particular quote from “Hillary” made me
laugh so much that I decided to post it.
Hey, I remember at her last go around with “their”
Presidency…………promises of National Health Insurance, pushing through NAFTA and
the oursourcing of American jobs, the “cronyism”, the
“blue dress” that she wasn’t wearing in the Oval Office, illegal campaign
donations coming from China to a Chinese Laundry in Little Rock………
can only say …………..LOOK WHO’S TALKING!!!!!
Other issues aside….can you think of any better place to wash illegal
campaign donations from Mainland China
then a Chinese Laundry in Little Rock,
………………The people of Vicenza,
Italy have successfully mobilized to prevent
the expansion of a U.S.
Air force base (left over from WWII) that would ruin the vibe of a city known
for it’s classic art and architecture.
More on this in 2008 as this movement to stop the base is snowballing.
City fights to protect its heritage against US base
“The giant tourist signs as you enter
this historic North Italian city read: “Welcome to Vicenza,
City of Palladio,
listed by Unesco.” Underneath in the same distinctive
brown lettering is an addition: “And sold by our politicians to the US Army.” It
was put there by local residents campaigning against the expansion of the
June 14, 2007
The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act
(S.185) passed the U.S.
Senate Judiciary Committee…..step one to repeal the War Commissions Act of 2006 .
My interview in the UK Rock Mag
Holding Together Magazine is out. For
ordering info see my links page.
Now Mr. Chrysler himself has written a book…..I
could say well, he’s twenty years late and a billion dollars short, but I do
respect people when they acknowledge they were wrong.. so here’s to Lee Iacocca
for taking a stand and writing about it !!
A few excerpts:
Iacocca: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
American Empire | Books
by Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney
”Had Enough? Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening?
Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got
a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've
got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a
hurricane much less build a hybrid car.
But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the
politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be
kidding. This is America,
not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out! You
might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have.
But someone has to speak up.
A copy of an email I got that was sent to the
“Speaker of The House” from a retired United Auto Workers Rep….
Subject: Fw: Finally! Someone with Balls
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 20:38:30 -0400
TO:REPRESENTATIVE PELOSI, SENATOR REID
There is no doubt that you are doing a better
job than the misguided republicans but if you don't impeach that murderous
idiot than you have no balls.
Please share this with your counterparts.
April 8, 2007
LAuren was featured artist
week April 8, 2007……………..on errorfm.com
a big thanks to all
the DJ’s and especially to former KROQ
DJ Larry Woodside. Hey Woody….keep it
Republican minority has be able
to override the Democratic majority in Congress. Makes no sense to me.
In the late 1980’s I wanted to
understand why the Islamic Countries were so resentful of the U.S. I took an
upper level history course at Cal.
Northridge called the History of the
Rise of Islam through modern times. A
must read for all citizens of the U.S.A. to understand “why”.
“ the right that controls all other rights is the right to
get information. If you don't have this, the others don't matter. The Bill of
Rights doesn't work if you can't find out what's going on.”
James Madison, framer
of the U.S. Constitution & former President of the United States
Janary 17, 2007
Anyone notice that while
President Bush gave his speech last week
about what he “planned” to do temporarily in Iraq………………it was already a done
deal? The troops were already on their
way. The moral of the story…….one must
have a sense of humor towards politics or it can get real depressing.
Like I said in 2006…………..if the Democrats win
back control of Congress…it’s not going to make any difference.
Brings to mind some Jagger & Richards lyrics:
“As heads is tails just call them Lucifer and they’re in need of some
I read the most beautiful book over the holidays called “Me
and a Guy Named Elvis”. It is written
by Jerry Schilling who was 12 when he first met Elvis and then became part of
the infamous “Memphis
Mafia”. Elvis was before my time but
that didn’t matter. I was left with a
profound understanding of how the bond
of friendship never leaves, even if one friend passes. I recommend this book to everyone.
me that he titled it that way because when he was growing up everyone used to
ask him “what’s that guy’s name that you’re friends with?”
Summary of YEAR, 2006
Italy won the
World Cup.. Brava ITALIA!!!
”Hideout Is A Crook’s Best Friend” was a labor of love. It’s been getting great reviews and I thank
everyone for all the orders and emails.
I’m so pleased that people are diggin on the
music. My favorite Live Show in 2006 was
the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
The U.S. government ended Habeas Corpus in the United States
with the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It also ended individual State’s rights and
allows the federal government to send out the military against the civilian
population (previously illegal) with the passage of the John Warner Defense
Authorization Act of 2007
“The man who trades freedom for
security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either”
Michigan Congressman John Conyers
filed a lawsuit in a Michigan Federal District Court
Conyers vs. Bush
The invasion of Iraq
in 2003 was supposed to be temporary.
Then again why would the U.S.
have spent all the time energy and money on building 55“temporary” land bases,
which according to Donald Rumsfeld are permanent bases.
President George Bush gave a speech
from Hanoi in a
blue dress; sorry I meant a blue robe.