LAuren has a lot to say and a lot of questions so this page will always be Under Construction………








  When I lived there I always knew what was going on in the world.  Since I’ve been stateside

it’s been all so confusing.  Since no Weapons of Mass Destruction were found in Iraq,

what is the U.S. still doing there?  What am I missing?




 August 19, 2006


 The recording of my CD, Hideout Is A Crook’s Best Friend has been a labor of love & was recorded

because of my grand passion for singing and performing.

I chose songs that I loved.


Then I had this flash the other day …..all the songs are either about spirituality, sex, or law enforcement.

I never thought about it that way before…..


October 17, 2006


     I was saddened to hear that Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 in September.

Goodbye Habeas Corpus, Americans are truly going to miss you.

See my Links page to find out which members of Congress voted to pass it.


October 21, 2006


“The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either”


Benjamin Franklin


October 24, 2006


Seriously, I thought the U.S. sent out the military to hunt for Osama Bin Laden since 911.  If he’s somewhere along the Pakistan border like the U.S. government says, what is the U.S. doing in Iraq?

I am definitely missing something.  Can someone fill me in please?



October 28, 2006


I saw some re-runs of that T.V. show The Beverly Hillbillies.

There’s a line in the song that keeps running through my head

“Black Gold, Texas Tea”.  Except somehow  “Black Gold,

Arab Tea” keeps popping in there.



Michigan Congressman John Conyers filed a lawsuit in a Michigan Federal District Court

Conyers vs Bush

It seems that some laws that congress actually passed isn’t what the President

actually signed into law, among other things.


I’m thinking Keystone Cops are looking pretty good.


October 31, 2006


Well, the November 7th elections are coming up.  All that comes to mind when I think about it are some lyrics written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

“For the Benefit of Mr. Kite there will be a show tonight on trampoline”


November 1, 2006

 I heard a really cool song with a great hook written by Peter Kaukonen called  “The War On Terror (Between Iraq and A Hard Place)” it’s on his CD called Beyond Help. His site is on my Links page.

November 3, 2006

I’m not really a political activist or anything like that, not involved in politics……I just always thought I had common sense.  It’s all being tested right now;   Between the War Commissions Act of 2006 and the following maybe there’s no such thing as common sense???   

I received the following from a former Delegate to the Democratic Presidential Conventions

 President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."


All I know is it used to be illegal to call out the military against the civilian population. 


A  California voter in his 20’s told me he’s voting no on all the propositions on November 7th. Said there’s already enough laws that don’t work, why add more to the mess.  Unless of course it’s a proposition to legalize marijuana. 


November 5, 2006

  I happened to read in the L.A. Times (Nov. 4th) that in July, 2005 Michael Timothy Arnold came back to the U.S. via L.A. International Airport, was arrested, jailed, held without bail until this week.  Seems Special Agents with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement didn’t like photos they saw on his laptop computer. Nothing to do with terrorism. A Federal Court Judge in Los Angeles threw out the Lap Top Computer Evidence and set bail.  I guess the ending of Habeas Corpus in September, 2006 just made what’s already been going on official.  And so much for the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


November 9, 2006

One nice result of the Nov. 7th elections is that Congressman John Conyers will be heading up the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S.A.

Other than the above, unless the new Democratic controlled Congress Repeals “The War Commissions Act of 2006” and the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007",  is there really going to be a difference?”


I got a really cool review on my CD from Holding Together Magazine in the U.K. Makes me happy to know people are diggin’ on the music. 


November 22, 2006

It’s almost Thanksgiving in the United States.  Americans can give thanks that they still have their passports, for now.



November 25,2006


Hanoi George in a blue dress, sorry, a blue robe.?

What a concept !



December 2, 2006



  ………………excerpt via Associated Press of November, 2006 Rumsfeld Report:

"Taking a leaf out of Mr. Hussein's book, Mr. Rumsfeld seemed to see some merit in the former dictator's practice of paying Iraqi leaders. "Provide money to key political and religious leaders (as Saddam Hussein did), to get them to help us get through this difficult period," one option reads."

 “seemed to see some merit” in this practice?

All this time to figure out that’s how the Iraqi people were able to subsist in spite of years of sanctions?

The rest speaks for itself.


December 10, 2006

I read an AP article the other day that Al- Qaeda is active in Iraq.  The Rumsfeld Report said there are now 55 American Military Bases set up in Iraq. I guess it’s better to have land bases then a bunch of Aircraft carriers,… but how did Al- Qaeda get into Iraq and become “active”?  They weren’t there before the U.S. Invasion.  All these reports and the latest one commissioned by the President and comments by the President share one theme…..whatever course The U.S. decides to take in Iraq  “protecting U.S. interests” is at the forefront.   Gee, I wonder what those interests are? 

Time for more Lennon and McCartney:  “It’s getting better all the time”


December 19, 2006

I wonder why everyone seems to think “U.S. interests” are the same as the “American people’s interests”.  


December 20, 2006

Thanks to all of you who’ve been ordering my CD “Hideout Is A Crook’s Best Friend” and for all your great emails.  I love the songs and I’m really happy you all love them too!

And very special thanks to all of you in the U.K.


December 21, 2006

I had planned on talking about how quiet and peaceful things have been as the holidays near, until I received the following:

As a public service I’m posting a quote from an email from Michigan State Senator Kathleen Calati,  December 19, 2006

”With the November elections, the voters gave a clear mandate for the new Democratic Congress to end the war in Iraq. We hoped our newly elected officials would listen to the people, but they're already backsliding. We were appalled to hear Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, on Sunday's ABC show "This Week," say he would support a "short-term" increase of U.S. troops in Iraq. AN INCREASE IN TROOPS? What is Harry thinking? The voters didn't put his party in power to escalate this war, but the end it!

Harry's website may be named, but now it's time for us to give him hell for buckling so quickly to Bush's war machine.

Please take a moment out of your busy holiday schedule to call, email or FAX Harry Reid and tell him this just isn't acceptable.

Call: 202-224-2158 -- Democratic Leadership Office in DC
(If that doesn't work call his scheduler: 202-224-7003)

Email: (chief of staff)
Fax: 202-224-7327 -- DC Office
 Let Harry Reid know that he must honor the peace sentiment of the American people and bring our troops home! ”


 I thought the U.S. was supposed to occupy Iraq for a “short term” when it first invaded it.    


December 23, 2006

Happy Christmas everyone!

& in memory of the Roman Holiday observed December 25th

  Happy Rebirthing of the Sun Day!



December 29, 2006

2007 is almost here. .  I heard a comedian a few nights ago  saying  it was time for the Democrats and Republicans  to just give it up.  Time to start over with all new political parties in the U.S.  Now that’s common sense!  Reminded me about how New Years is celebrated in Rome.  At midnight you throw out the old to make room for the new.  Not a good idea to be out on the streets of Rome at that time because things start getting tossed out the windows.  But what a great custom!  And, as it seems like the Nov. 7th elections aren’t going to make any difference in the U.S., “throwing out the old to make room for the new “ is sounding really really really good to me.