Sunday, August 19, 2007
Sunday morning talk shows are part of our weekly schedule here at the CP house. Notwithstanding that I'm home alone, when I heard Wolf Blitzer say that Bushie Senator Kit Bond was in the CNN studio I jumped to my feet. Shit! I can't believe this...in the studio?? I grabbed my cellphone to call Midge, he's her senator, and ask her if I had time to make it and she encouraged me to go since it's only a 10 minute walk.
Well, that's all I needed, a little encouragement and a lot of adrenaline and I was up the stairs to get my running shoes and then out the door with only my cellphone and giant photo of Iraqi victims.
I got my exercise today. I ran a block, sped walked til I caught my breath and then ran the next block. As soon as I got there I noticed no limos nor reporters in sight. "Dammit", I thought, "I missed him!". So I called Midge again to see if she could check if he was still in the studio. Alas! Her mom was watching something else.
I thanked her, ended the call and started pacing from the "secret" exit driveway to the cobblestoned main entryway. Suddenly my phone rang. It was Midge, somehow she convinced her mom to change the channel ever so briefly, "He's just finishing up. Tell him I said hi!" "Thanks, Sweetie!" I replied excitedly.
I returned from the driveway to the entryway and even from curbside I recognized his askew head of gray hair. I approached ever so gingerly near the large posts hidden by the nearby foliage. As I practically crept up to the CNN lobby, Senator Bond, his back to me, faced bright TV camera lights and three reporters with pads and pens in hand. He was holding a briefing. Yippee!!
With photo in hand and a pounding heart I walked right in to the foyer, as the outer door was ajar. (Imagine my glee!) I rushed the Senator on camera shouting, "Senator Kit Bond! You are an accomplice to war crimes! I am here representing the American people. You are committing war crimes in the name of our nation's security. We are not safer. We are less safe! You are creating more terrorists!..."
By this time, the security guard gently ushers me out the door and a smiling janitor goes after me to each and every door to check that they are now indeed secure. I start the CODEPINK chant, "We are CODEPINK, we are proud! We are sisters we are loud! We are many, we'll be more. And we'll end this bloody war!"
No more than thirty seconds later, the Senator, who seemed to be discussing his options looked a little disconcerted...Hmm, one 51 year-old children's librarian with a bloody photo was something to be reckoned with, I guess. He came out the door with a lackey on either side.
I continued, "The American people cannot, will not tolerate any more bloodshed! You send our troops to die for lies! War crimes are being committed in Iraq, Senator and you are an accomplice. You still support these failed policies of invasion and occupation (I borrowed Liz' line) in the name of making the world safer and fighting terrorism. Stop trying to sell us your 'silly ass ideas' The same B.S.! The Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11. Not one Iraqi!! " He looked like he wanted to slap me. (Every time Liz & I see Kit Bond in the tunnels of the Russell building he says his son is in Iraq so we can have our "silly ass ideas!")
By this time we are curbside but his lackey can't get the door to the car to open so they keep walking (I wonder where to? A taxi?)
At this point, I've redialed Midge so someone could "witness" some of this albeit via cellphone. I'm going on and on and Bond doesn't reply (His aide seems to shush him) all the while we're walking towards Union Station and away from CNN. "Shame on you for sending your son to that hellhole so the war profiteers can fill their bank accounts. You should be ashamed of yourself. The blood is on your hands, Senator."
As I try to get near to show him the photo. His goon, turns rapidly around and lunges at me! "Back up, buddy!"I say "I'm on a public sidewalk. Last time I checked my constitution I still had 1st amendment rights!" He quickly decided against touching me, probably saw the cellphone and thought better of it.
"See you September 4th, Senator! Oh yeah, Midge says hi!"
At about 8:15a I waited w/o the usual CP gear, anticipating that Karl Rove might actually have a conversation with me. I stood near the huge potted plants that abut the Fox entrance about 10 feet from the curb. Wearing my black and pink Code Pink baseball shirt and my black jeans, I wondered for about 20 minutes if indeed he had come already. There was one lone cameraman near the Fox door. I waved and told him good morning. I think he was the nice redhead cameraman who greets us every Sunday morning at any or all of the Sunday talk show venues
When I thought I had missed the "Boy Wonder", finally at 8:35 a large black suburban with several radio antenna stopped near the corner. I quickly walked in its direction just as the "turd blossom" got out and approached the sidewalk accompanied by a young blond and conspicuously missing the S.S. Here's how our conversation went:
"Good morning, Mr. Rove. Could we walk and talk?"
"No we may not!" (No soft spot there. I should have brought the mask and sign.) We're already walking and talking.
"Why is that? Are you afraid of the 'Pink Ladies'?"
"No I am not. I've seen enough of you all"
"But where on Capitol Hill? We haven't seen you in Patrick Leahy's committee hearings."
In a very whiney tone he replied, "You've been seeking out my family." At this point he gives me his back and quickly heads toward the Fox Studios.
Following him I from behind I asked, "Mr. Rove, have you ever thought what the world would be like today if you had used your genius as a force for good rather than evil?"
No response. He kept walking towards the Fox doors with blond in tow, redhead cameraman filming all the while.
Great way to start the day. One for all, all for one!!!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Today, Liz Arizona left for Phoenix. Yesterday Janine went home to Marin County. Last Friday, Medea left for San Fran and Gael for Italy.
Saturday, Midge called to let us know she arrived safely in MO. January, our intern from NH, is working on her college essay and Ena is house & dog sitting. It's so quiet in the house today.
I am enjoying reruns of CSPAN and folding warm sheets and towels. The whir of the A/C and the vibrations of the washing machine as it nears the end of the rinse cycle make me sleepy.
Can't wait 'til everyone gets back when the beds have these sweet smelling sheets on them, every hook a damp towel and my to-do list consists of congresspeople and senators instead of linens and dustbunnies!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
AP Photo via YahooNEWS
Protestors hold up signs including a picture of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, left, and a copy of the Constitution, as White House political aide Scott Jennings, foreground, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the U.S. attorney firings. Rove was supposed to testify at this hearing but did not show up. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
VIDEO BLOG: July 23rd Impeachment March... CODEPINK Sings "Impeachment on the Table" in halls of Congress
This video clip (7/23/07) is of Cindy Sheehan's march to John Conyers' office to ask for impeachment of Bush and Cheney. CODEPINK is featured at the end singing "Impeachment's on the Table" in the hall outside Conyers' office.