Organizing Notes

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Friday, August 25, 2006

TEXAS RANGER ARRIVES IN MAINE

  Posted by PicasaGeorge W. Bush arrived in Maine yesterday. His first stop was a private meeting with families of five Maine service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. One was an anti-war widow who told Bush that she objected to his war. "I said it's time to stop the bleeding," said Hildi Halley, whose husband died in Afghanistan. "It's time to swallow our pride and find a solution," she told him.

Halley said Bush responded by saying "there was no point in us having a philosophical discussion about the pros and cons of the war." Enough said. He used the families to show he could tear-up and was a compassionate conservative. If anyone has any objections to the war - keep them to yourself and your next meeting of the Maine Philosophical Society. The man is a prince.

It looks like we will have a good crowd out in Kennebunkport for the protest on Saturday. I went down there yesterday with Mary Beth and we met with Jamilla El-Shafei who is coordinating the protest. She set up a meeting with the Kennebunkport chief of police who took us on a ride of the four-mile peace march route that we have planned. The march will take us directly to the Bush family Walker Point compound. The K'port is loaded with Republicans, fancy multi-million dollar homes, snazzy cars, expensive shops and all the rest. The ocean is crawling with Coast Guard cutters off the point and Homeland Security types in their blue blazers are everywhere as well. Funny things are stuck in their ears.

We are hearing from folks all over the place who say they are coming to the march so we expect a good crowd. (Get details from the link in the headline above.)

I will be wearing my Veterans for Peace shirt and our Maine chapter will be in charge of peacekeeping for the event.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

PROTEST THIS!

  Posted by PicasaHelp welcome George W. Bush to Kennebunkport, Maine on Saturday, August 26 with a protest march against the war and the $304 billion that has been spent on it so far.

Here is the plan:

10:00 am begin parking at the Kennebunk High School on Fletcher Street. Will then be shuttled to assembly site.

11:15 am March from the assembly site (Consolidated School at 25 School Street in Kennebunkport) through the town of Kennebunkport.

Rally afterwards at 23 Pleasant Street in Kennebunk. Bring your own lunch and water. Rain or shine.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

BUSH COMING TO MAINE

  Posted by PicasaGeorge W. Bush is coming to Maine for a family wedding. A protest is being planned by Maine and New Hampshire peace activists.

Originally word was that he was coming the weekend of Sept 2-3 but it looks like the Bush disinformation team pulled a fast one and the real date is Aug 26-27. So a protest that had been originally scheduled for Sept 2 has now been changed to Aug 26 in Kennebunkport.

All out to hail the king of madness and mayhem. His war is making the rich richer and the rest of us are in big trouble. Could this be the reason Bush says he won't be bringing the troops home during his administration?

Stock prices up:

- General Dynamics from $27.53 to $69.93 (July 2003-July 2006)
- Lockheed Martin $52 to $75 (July 2003-July 2006)
- Boeing $33 to $77 (July 2003-July 2006)
- ExxonMobil $36 to $65 (July 2003-July 2006)
- Chevron $36 to $66 (July 2003-July 2006)
- Halliburton $22 to $74 (July 2003-July 2006)
- Fluor $34 to $87 (July 2003-July 2006)