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Happy St. Paddies Day

St. Patrick's Day is an unusual holiday. I am Irish, and I am of the opinion that I am not required to wear any green. I'm green on the inside. And, I use Green Mountain Energy Company for my electricity supplier. I'm surrounded by non-stop greenery day and night. So why they should I have to staple a clover to my sleeve or wear one of those stupid frigging ties?

This year's St. Patrick's Day falls on the even of another important day. Tomorrow, as some of you may know, is the third anniversary of America's invasion of Iraq. Tomorrow, we will have been fighting a war of lies for three full years. It is my prediction that tomorrow will be a day of loud protest for America's loyal opposition. Sunday's headlines will be claimed by the dissenters of this nation. Inasmuch as I am a journalist, I intend to help that cause. I will not be protesting along with them, but several photo essays and write-ups will be my contribution to this cause.

On Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m., I will be at Courthouse Square in Denton, Texas (MAP) for an anti-war rally. Being put on by Denton Peace Action, Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War, the rally will feature a speech by Democratic congressional candidate Tim Barnwell and will run until noon. I attended a protest put on by these groups a little more than three years ago, a couple months before the war "officially" began. From what I can tell, last year's event drew about 100 people. I believe this year will be much bigger. Even in a heavily Republican area such as Denton County, where party-faithful brag about deciding almost all county-wide offices in the Republican primary, the loyal opposition can still hold sway.

We'll see how many come out for this one. It is likely that the critical mass will materilize south of here ...

If you cannot make the Denton protest on Saturday, try for the Dallas protest on Sunday. Put on by the Dallas Peace Center, this protest will likely be much larger than the one in Denton. The rally will begin at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 1816 Routh St. in Dallas (MAP). This one is going to be THE protest. Expect a massive crowd of loud, angry dissenters.

So, as we reflect on our recent history and our plans for debauchery this evening, I just want to remind you of the real state of our nation. I thought I'd pass on a little graphic I feel expresses my feelings as we prepare for yet another blood-soaked year (and the chance of the Neo-Cons starting yet another war) on this, our national celebration of alcohol poisoning and date rape.

Happy St. Patrick's Day ...


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