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by Thomas Hood

It is not death, that sometime in a sigh
This eloquent breath shall take its speechless flight;
That sometime these bright stars, that now reply
In sunlight to the sun, shall set in night;
That this warm conscious flesh shall perish quite,
And all life's ruddy springs forget to flow;
That thoughts shall cease, and the immortal sprite
Be lapp'd in alien clay and laid below;
It is not death to know this -- but to know
That pious thoughts, which visit at new graves
In tender pilgrimage, will cease to go
So duly and so oft -- and when grass waves
Over the pass'd-away, there may be then
No resurrection in the minds of men.

Originally posted to RubDMC on Mon May 02, 2005 at 07:38 AM PDT.

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  •  Where Are Out Anti-War Democratic Leaders? (4.00)
    Howard Dean having endorsed Bush's policies completely, not their foundation but their present and future, has endorsed this very scene.
    •  There Are Anti-War Democratic Leaders? (none)

      I looked today at the Iraq death toll of 1586 and thought to myself that Rethug Hagel is more of an anti-war leader than any Democrat I can name and he sounds like Howard Dean does now.  


      Lefty Limblog - It is time to WIN instead of "Appease and Cringe". Fight the Rethugs!

      by LeftyLimblog on Mon May 02, 2005 at 08:04:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's What I'm Saying. (none)
        There are those who favor anti-war, like Dennis Kucinich, but even among the vociferously anti-war crowd here, always happy to slam this war and the policians (ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE) who are behind it, there is very little interest, support, or even respect for the genuinely anti-war.

        I don't want to be thinking these thoughts, but lately I really do have to wonder if there is any similarity between this and what the Republicans did during Clinton's term.

  •  Excellent Diary, Recommended (4.00)
    The news today is that the US has circulated a plan for troop withdrawal from Iraq in December 2005. It is a planning document but it marks the first time that the US has given a date.

    "An American officer confirmed that the withdrawal document had been circulated. He emphasised that it was intended as "prudent planning"."

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Mon May 02, 2005 at 07:45:07 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the link (4.00)
      Also from the piece:

      The challenge of meeting the timetable was reinforced yesterday as rebels continued the wave of attacks that followed the announcement last week of the composition of the new government after three months of negotiations...

      The government confirmed the widely held belief that the security situation had markedly worsened this month. Nearly 570 Iraqis have been killed, a 48 per cent rise on March, and 668 wounded.

      Civilians made up the vast majority of the dead, with 98 policemen and 41 soldiers among those killed. The interior and defence ministries put insurgent losses at 64.

      US military confidence in the security forces has grown in recent months, with Iraqi army and police units conducting several independent operations that resulted in the capture of large rebel cells and the discovery of several significant weapons caches.

      Coalition troops formerly described their role as training Iraqi units; the new message is that they "mentor" them. This involves Iraqi forces conducting their own missions, often accompanied by US and British advisers.

      Last month Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, said he expected British troops to start withdrawing from Iraq next year, a move that would fit in with the proposed American timetable. But for that to happen the rise in rebel activity would have to be halted and elections in December conducted as planned.

      Another major problem is that as many as 50,000 of those on the Iraqi security payroll may be "ghost soldiers" who collect their pay cheques but do not turn up.

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Mon May 02, 2005 at 07:57:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Please, Put The Pictures Back in the MAIN Box (4.00)
    Your 'graphic' photos are not very graphic compared to the ones that can be found on the net, but they are much more 'graphic' than the ones you CAN NOT FIND AT ALL in the corporate controlled media.

    We need to FACE THE EVIL that George W. Bush has our national military doing instead of defending the constitution.

    I am sorry that you have given ground to the complaints of the W.eaklings who can't look at the EVIL BEING DONE IN OUR NAME.

    I am sure that there were Germans who did not want pictures of atrocities published either.

    If we look at evil, we have a much harder time not doing something about it.

    Even though I sometimes weep along with the victims of the Bushiter -- MAKE EVERYBODY LOOK -- we all should be weeping.


    Lefty Limblog - It is time to WIN instead of "Appease and Cringe". Fight the Rethugs!

    by LeftyLimblog on Mon May 02, 2005 at 07:56:27 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for your post (3.75)
      I made the change after a comment and discussion from this edition of the daily witness.

      I understand your points, and agree with many of them except for the assumption that the objections I responded to were based on weakness; and with your comparison to Germans in the Nazi era.

      I also disagree with the admonition to:


      I don't want to make anybody do anything. I don't think that's effective for change.

      That concept was first brought home to me by a remarkable social worker turned computer software salesperson almost 20 years ago. She was a smart and strong working single parent of a young child with cerebral palsy, and had a name like a stripper, "T.C. Brazil."

      Her first name was actually Theresa, and her last name wasn't spelled quite that way (though it was close, phonetically).

      We were talking about sales. I was very green, and struggling with how to be effective.

      "I work with my customers the way the psychologist Carl Rogers worked with his patients," T.C. told me. "He conducted psychotherapy while sitting next to them, facing in the same direction. That's what I do. My customers and I walk together, and as we encounter obtacles to the sale I remove them so that we can continue moving forward. I don't get behind to push, and I don't pull from the front. My customers move forward of their own volition. And that's how you make money in this business."

      I've never forgotten T.C.'s lesson, though I had to be reminded a week or so ago.

      You can help more people see these diaries with your visit and recommendation.

      "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

      by RubDMC on Mon May 02, 2005 at 08:13:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Rub, Via Con Dios (none)
        Or 'Go With God'!

        We can only do well what we can do with a clean conscience.

        I still think your posts were more effective with the MAIN Box having the picture. I always stopped to look at every post when they had the picture up front. I skip some now, I am sorry to say.

        This is the media: "If It Bleeds -- It Leads".

        Do it the way you feel, we will get rid of the Bushiter someday anyway.


        Lefty Limblog - It is time to WIN instead of "Appease and Cringe". Fight the Rethugs!

        by LeftyLimblog on Mon May 02, 2005 at 01:05:57 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you RubDMC (4.00)
    These photos should be on the damn news everyday.

    Boxer, Dean and et al should be RIOTING. We should be RIOTING.

    People say this war should stop... This mindless fucked up war needs to BE STOPPED.

    All men are created equal - some just stick out more.

    by Damnit Janet on Mon May 02, 2005 at 08:03:06 AM PDT

  •  Los Angeles TImes Lies about Iraq (4.00)
    All these poor people are being killed for nothing and the press is killing them just like the soldiers,  with articles like these that pacify the dull, helpless  Americans who read them.

    This entry is for May 1st in the Los Angeles times by "staff" writers Patrick McDonnel and Solomon Moore. It could also be that the two are coincidentally uniformed and ignorant.

    LA TImes: "The planned counterinsurgency campaign comes as U.S. forces are increasingly turning over security to Iraqi forces, and attacks with sectarian overtones continue on almost a daily basis."

    LA Times article:

    Iraq security forces are deserting as quickly as they sign up.They are in it for the money, not patriotism. When the shooting starts many desert. That's the intelligent thing to do.

    Here's the truth:

    LA Times: "The plan for Iraqi commandos' wider deployment is indicative of how the raging guerrilla conflict here is increasingly a war pitching Iraqis against Iraqis, leading to a decline in U.S. casualty rates as the number of Iraqi dead soars."

    American casulties and Iraqui casualties have and are gowing up not down since the war began. But people who read the Times are not going to think that. They are going to think that the Iraq security forces are "taking over' finally. When in truth, it appears they are being over run and easily defeated.

  •  RubDMC.... (4.00)
    remarkable work.  Again.  In fact, every day.

    Please crosspost at

    Everyone needs to see your work.  Every day.

    Last night, on CSPAN2, Amy Goodman talked about how the REALITY of this war is hidden from the American public.

    You are performing an essential service.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Mon May 02, 2005 at 08:34:58 AM PDT

  •  That photograph is almost too much to bear (4.00)
    ... especially since my daughter is such a "daddy's girl". I can't imagine how awful it would be if something happened to her. It would be so impossibly painful, not only to lose her but to realize how much hurt my poor husband would have to bear.

    It made me cry.

    And I sure as hell cannot show this diary to my husband: he'd go into an absolute rage.

    Thanks again for these. America desperately needs an  empathy adjustment!

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Mon May 02, 2005 at 09:24:11 AM PDT

  •  These poor people! (4.00)
    Thanks, Rub.  These break my heart every day.  They should be front and center on every daily newspaper.  

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