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www.IMAGINEPEACE.com

Dear Friends

Make sure you visit www.IMAGINEPEACE.com on October 9th, John Lennon's birthday,
for the unveiling of the incredible IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on the isle of Videy,
Reykjavik, Iceland.

Please visit the site, have a look around, IMAGINE PEACE and send your wishes to join
over 495,000 others buried in capsules around the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, dedicated
to my late husband: musician, poet, artist and peace activist, John Lennon.

Please join us on October 9th at www.IMAGINEPEACE.com
Wherever you are, we will all be together that day.

With the deepest love,

yoko ono

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Visit www.IMAGINEPEACE.com to send your wishes to the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER
and join the biggest online peace demonstration on October 9th.

The website contains over 160 pages, loads of easter eggs, and is being augmented
every day. Explore, have fun, participate, IMAGINE PEACE and join Yoko Ono and
thousands of others at www.IMAGINEPEACE.com on October 9th for the unveiling
of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, when we will be uploading photos and videos of the
days events as they happen.

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream
A dream you dream together is reality
Yoko Ono

Imagine all the people living life in peace
John Lennon

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The IMAGINE PEACE TOWER is an artwork conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of
John Lennon.

It is dedicated to peace and bears the inscription IMAGINE PEACE in 24 languages.

Its construction and installation is a collaboration between Yoko Ono, the City of
Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Reykjavik Energy.

The work is in the form of a wishing well from which a very strong and tall tower of
light emerges. The strength, intensity and brilliance of the light tower continually
changes as the particles in the air fluctuate with the prevailing weather and atmospheric
conditions unique to Iceland.

Every year it will light up between October 9th (Lennon's birthday) and December 8th
(the day of his death).

In addition the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will be lit on New Year's Eve, during the first
week of spring and on some rare special occasions agreed between the City and Yoko
Ono.

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Join the biggest online peace demonstration - www.IMAGINEPEACE.com

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Please forward this letter to everyone on your mailing list. thankyou. IMAGINE PEACE!

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Posted: Oct 7, 2007 4:03pm
May 22, 2007
Here we are once again -- déjà vu -- debating supplemental funding for the President's disastrous misadventure in Iraq. Now in its fifth year of occupation, the U.S. death toll in Iraq is over 3,380. What a shame, shame, shame. The death toll of innocent Iraqis is largely unknown, but it probably numbers in the tens of thousands.

The United States of America has spent over $378 billion in Iraq. Do you know how much a billion dollars is? That is $1 for every minute since Jesus Christ was born. So the United States has spent over $378 billion in Iraq, and we are all familiar with the horrendous tales of waste and abuse by U.S. contractors in Iraq. The taxpayer -- that is you out there -- has been ravaged by the profiteering in Iraq. But even worse, despite the billions, our brave troops have been shortchanged with inadequate equipment to protect their lives and shoddy medical care, if they make it back home, to treat wounds of the body and of the mind.

Now the President has threatened to veto the House bill, which is before the Senate, because it sets a date to withdraw, provides funding until late July and "could unreasonably burden the President's exercise of his constitutional authorities, including his authority as Commander in Chief."

President Bush has also objected to funding for rebuilding the Gulf Coast States after Hurricane Katrina, funding to improve health care for our troops and our veterans, funding for the shortfall in the State Children's Health Insurance Program, funding for Low-Income Heating Assistance Program, and more funding for Homeland Security.

This President -- our President -- has a single-minded obsession with Iraq, and he appears to see no value in anything except continuing his chaotic "mission impossible." While tilting at windmills may have been a harmless procedure for Don Quixote, Mr. Bush's war is turning the sands of Iraq blood red.

Mr. Bush raises constitutional concerns in his latest veto threat. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. I don't no whether to laugh or to cry. I suppose one could be encouraged that "constitutional concerns" exist in the Bush kingdom. After setting aside the Constitution whenever convenient to justify preemptive attacks, illegal searches, secret wiretapping, clandestine military tribunals, treaty violations, kidnapping, torture, and a rejection of habeas corpus, one has to wonder about the nature of these purported "constitutional concerns."

If the Constitution is finally to be read, let us read it in its entirety, including the articles which give the people's representatives -- that is us -- the power over the purse -- yes, the power over the purse; don't ever forget it. That is the real power. It gives the people's representatives the power over the purse and the power to declare war.

In its statement of administrative policy, the administration claims that the House bill before us "..... is likely to unleash chaos in Iraq. ....." Mr. President, what do we have now if not chaos in Iraq? Securing Iraq has unaccountably morphed into securing Baghdad, and even that goal eludes us. I doubt if building a wall around the green zone is going to be of much consequence in securing Baghdad, not to mention the very strange message such a wall conveys concerning our purported liberation of Iraq.

The President -- our President -- continues to miss the point. Iraq is at war with itself. America cannot create a stable democracy in Iraq at the point of a gun. While our troops succeeded in toppling Saddam Hussein, it is the President's profound misunderstanding of the dynamics in Iraq that have led to the failure of his Iraq policies. Why in the world should we now believe the claims that he makes in his veto threat?

There must be an end to this occupation of Iraq. Yes, I say occupation for it is no longer a war in which U.S. troops should be involved. Our troops won the war they were sent to fight, and they should not now be asked to serve as targets in a religious conflict between Sunni and Shiites that has raged for thousands of years. It is reported that even a majority in the Iraqi Parliament now supports legislation which demands a scheduled withdrawal and an immediate freeze on the number of foreign soldiers in Iraq.

In April, Congress set a new course for the war in Iraq. Sadly, the President -- our stubborn, uncompromising President -- chose to veto that bill. As we prepare to go to conference again, the President continues to close his eyes and cover his ears to the reality in Iraq, and the urgent need for a new direction. Whatever decision is made in conference will not be the last chapter in this sad story. God willing, this Senator will not close his eyes, nor will he cover his ears, nor will I stand by in silence.

Hear me.

We need to conclude this terrible, awful mistake that we have made in Iraq. I said in the beginning that we ought not go into Iraq. But we are there. Anti-Americanism is more robust now than in any period in our history because of Iraq. Do you hear that? The international community is skeptical -- why should they not be? They are skeptical of U.S. intentions because of Iraq. Our Constitution has been trampled -- hear that. Our Constitution has been trampled because of Iraq. Thousands of U.S. troops and Iraqi citizens have lost their lives because of Iraq. Thousands more are maimed physically or mentally because of Iraq. Billions of U.S. dollars have been wasted because of Iraq.

President Bush has lost all credibility. President Bush, our President, has lost all -- all -- credibility because of Iraq.

Terrorism is on the rise worldwide because of Iraq. May God grant this Congress -- that is, us -- may God grant this Congress the courage to come together and answer the cries of a majority of the people who sent us here. Find a way to end this horrible catastrophe, this unspeakable -- unspeakable -- ongoing calamity called Iraq. May God help us in the United States.
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Posted: May 22, 2007 11:52am
Dec 17, 2006
Looking at the World Sideways
If a stripper gets breast implants can she write it off on her taxes as a business expense?

 Can you still tell someone to ‘Put it where the sun don't shine’ in a nudist colony?

If an atheist swears on a Bible before they testify in court do they have to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth since they don't believe in God?

Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs?

What’s a question with no answer called?

What was Captian Hook's name before he had a hook for a hand?

Why do people say "The alarm just went off" when really it just came on?

When you say someone is as ‘Cute as a button’, is that supposed to be a compliment since buttons aren’t really cute?

When popping microwave popcorn, what happens if you put this side up face down?

Why is Charlie short for Charles if they are both the same number of letters?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

If money is the root of all evil then how come churches ask for it?

Why is Bra singular and Panties plural?

If “Ignorance is bliss’, why aren’t more people happy?

If you tell someone they are being judgmental aren't you being judgmental yourself?

Why is the name of the phobia for the fear of long words Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

If the professor on Giligan's Island can make a radio out of coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but people don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up "there" anyway?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Why do they call it "getting your dog fixed" if afterwards it doesn't work anymore?

Why do they call it taking a dump? Shouldn't it be leaving a dump?

What if the hokey-pokey really is what it's all about?

If quizzes are quizzical then what are tests?

If a Man is talking in the forest and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

I know you can be overwhelmed, and I know you can be underwhelmed, but can you just be whelmed?

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car, he sticks his head out the window!






 
                                                         
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Posted: Dec 17, 2006 4:07pm
Nov 14, 2006

A Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives

November 14th, 2006

To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,

I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week's election. You're worried that the country is heading toward a very bad place you don't want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended with so much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You are in a funk, and I understand.

Well, cheer up, my friends! Do not despair. I have good news for you. I, and the millions of others who are now in charge with our Democratic Congress, have a pledge we would like to make to you, a list of promises that we offer you because we value you as our fellow Americans. You deserve to know what we plan to do with our newfound power -- and, to be specific, what we will do to you and for you.

Thus, here is our Liberal's Pledge to Disheartened Conservatives:

Dear Conservatives and Republicans,

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you "unpatriotic" simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be "different" or "immoral." Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love -- it's a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren's money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It's your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we'll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren't much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you -- and your employees -- that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don't put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs ("Blessed are the poor," "Blessed are the peacemakers," "Love your enemies," "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God," and "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn't just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism -- starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans -- and for the rest of the world.

Signed,

Michael Moore
mmflint@aol.com
(Click here to sign the pledge)
www.michaelmoore.com

P.S. Please feel free to pass this on.

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Posted: Nov 14, 2006 6:00am
Jul 7, 2006
Various collection of photgraphs taken over the past 20+ years...
More will be added as time permits.
All photos are the copyright of Don Crispino / StarShotz Photography. Nothing contained on this webpage should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any photograph displayed without the express written permission of the owner.

 
Album: ~ My Minds Eye ~
Various collection of photgraphs taken over the past 20+ years... All photos are the copyright of Don Crispino / StarShotz Photography. Nothing contained on this webpage should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any photograph displayed without the express written permission of the owner.

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Posted: Jul 7, 2006 7:33pm
Jul 7, 2006
Various concerts photographed over the years... More to be added as time allows.


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Album: CONCERTS ~ COUNTRY MUSIC
Various concerts photographed over the years... All photos are the copyright of Don Crispino / StarShotz Photography. Nothing contained on this webpage should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any photograph displayed without the express written permission of the owner.

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Posted: Jul 7, 2006 7:31pm
Jul 7, 2006
A selection of concert photos taken over the years... Will add more as my time allows.


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Album: CONCERTS ~ ROCK 'N ROLL
A selection of concert photos taken over the years... All photos are the copyright of Don Crispino / StarShotz Photography. Nothing contained on this webpage should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any photograph displayed without the express written permission of the owner.

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May 1, 2006
Just wanted to share some of the beautiful wildlife visiting my backyard...
 
Album: Critters In My Yard


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Posted: May 1, 2006 10:18pm
Feb 18, 2006
Focus: Government
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
Stand with Congressman Conyers

Demand Censure for Bush-Cheney Misconduct
Investigate Impeachable Offenses


I am taking steps against the Bush Administration’s handling of the Iraq War and its collection of intelligence. I am going to need you to stand with me in fighting for accountability.

Join me to demand censure for Bush and Cheney in addition to the creation of a Special Committee to investigate impeaching the Bush Administration for its widespread abuses of power.

I have sought answers from the administration to questions arising from the Downing Street Minutes, the Valerie Plame leak, and scores of other abominable abuses of power that pervade the activities of this White House. 121 Members of Congress and many citizens like you have joined me in asking these questions of the President.

I have just completed a thorough review of this administration’s misconduct and have produced a 250-page report that provides evidence suggesting further steps to be taken. [A copy of the report may be found at Raw Story.com and also at CensureBush.org where additional action items may be found.]

It is time to take bolder measures in our pursuit of justice. This White House has responded to questions about its conduct with misleading statements, obfuscation, and vicious attacks against their critics. We must take the next step towards restoring accountability in our federal government. To this end I have:

• Introduced a resolution of censure for both President Bush and Vice-President Cheney, and;

• I am calling upon Congress to create a select committee similar to the Ervin Committee, which investigated President Nixon’s Watergate crimes. This select committee should investigate those offenses which appear to rise to the level of impeachment.

This administration must be held accountable for its misdeeds. We have considerable work to do and I am going to need your help to make this effort successful. Join me in sending a message to the President, the media, and the American people that we are not going to stand for an imperial presidency any longer.


Sincerely,


John Conyers

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Posted: Feb 18, 2006 8:22am
Feb 15, 2006
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
You already know the truth: We are all connected to acts of torture.

Unfortunately, many people in this country don't know the truth about torture.

You - your action, your good word - are powerful tools to stop the torture being committed in our names by our government.

Today, I'd like you to do two things in our campaign.
Take a look at the video we've created that illustrates how we are all connected to acts of torture. Then:
  1. Take the next step by pressuring Congress to outlaw the outsourcing of torture.
  2. Use this video with friends, family and colleagues. Send it to people who you think will be as troubled as you are by our country's practice of sending people to Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco where they are tortured.
As you know, our campaign against torture has gained momentum. In December, the anti-torture bill passed through Congress, reaffirming the prohibition on the use of torture and inhumane treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. However, this victory did not come without new challenges. In signing the bill, President Bush issued a "signing statement" in which he asserted that he could waive the ban on torture and inhumane treatment when he deemed it necessary. The President has also signed legislation that, for the first time in U.S. history, allows evidence extracted through torture to be used in military proceedings. This is unacceptable.

With your help and the help of 35,000 others, we have already called on President Bush to:
  • tell the truth about U.S. acts of torture reported since he declared the "war on terror" in 2001.
  • demand accountability for these crimes.
  • ensure that torture in our names never happens again.
Our government calls this practice of torture extraordinary renditions. We call it outsourcing torture. Take the next step. Click here and demand that Congress outlaw the outsourcing of torture.

 Sincerely,
Bill Schulz
Bill Schulz
Executive Director

P.S. After you take action, spread the truth. Pass our message to friends, family and colleagues - even those with whom you might not usually discuss politics.
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