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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Friday, July 08, 2005

eric's talk show interview - to be continued

i'm driving around salinas, kansas looking for diesel gas that doesn't cost $2.69 a gallon - no biodiesel close to i70 that i can find! the light has come on, indicating i have a gallon of fuel left - i've been getting better gas mileage since i've been going biodiesel whenever i can (like close to 12 miles per gallon) - but the gas station i've just pulled into is closed still. i'm heading back to nyc for my aunt's services.

it's 7:00a.m. california time. before i can pull out & decide where to go, i get a call from a conservative talk show producer - did i want to talk w/eric hoague about the california national guard and their spying on our mother's day event! do i ever!

he begins to ask me about the surveillance - it is his position, that he states quite clearly, that the national guard has the right to look into what we're doing. the guard is innocent of all wrong doing - he compares their surveillance w/the political campaign actions of opposing parties that want to know what the other is doing.

i get to talk about the origin of mother's day, the national guard as weekend warriors, not replacements for combat troops; i get to talk about the misguided guard, first by their deployment to iraq as such combat troops, then as their role spying on civilians. i ask eric if he really approves of tax payer monies being spent to spy on civilians? i get to talk about the difference between a democracy and a facist government.

he brings up the bombing in london, trying to get me to place blame - i place blame on all of us as human beings - we have failed to take care of our fellow humans. i get to mention bush & his policies, our corporations that exploit in our name, our having 5% of the worlds population as we consume 30-60% of the worlds resources.

a caller blames the fundamentalist muslems - i tell him i agree w/half of his opinion - the other half is the fundamentalist christians. eric has a fit - me blaming christians. i assure him, not all christians, only those fanatical that sound just like fanatical muslims - the people that believe, regardless of their religious affiliations, that it is acceptable to kill, torture, rape human beings in order to get what they want & use their god to make it okay.

eric indignantly asks who we have killed! i get to mention the 110,000 iraqi's, not to mention the 1750 u.s. soldiers - he pulls the sadam card 0- he killed his own people. i get to say, so it is wrong for hussein to kill iraqis, but right for us to kill iraqi's? he has no comment but goes to another caller.