Iraq War

Peace Walk Scheduled For September 23

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”We have guided missiles and misguided men”—Martin Luther King

The anti-war movement in Oklahoma continues to bring a message of hope and peace to area residents.

It does so in one of the reddest of red states. The corporate media here and angry warmongers such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe continue to support Imperial President George Bush’s gruesome, Iraq occupation, even as leading Republicans, such as U.S. Sens. John Warner (Virgina) and Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) have moderated their views. But not everyone in Oklahoma is a Bushbot. Recent polling shows a majority of Oklahomans actually disapprove of the way Bush is handling the occupation.

The Iraq occupation is a disaster. It has taken the lives of thousands upon thousand of American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens. Some estimate the occupation will cost at least $2 trillion. The only people who have benefited from the occupation have been war profiteers, who put their own greed above the interests of their country.

The next “Spiritual Walk For Peace” will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Episcopal Center at NW 9th Street and Robinson. The walk goes around the Murrah National Memorial.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Batchelder at The Peace House.

Latest Republican Homophobe Caught In Police Sex Sting

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Minnesota in connection with a police report that says he solicited a male undercover police officer to engage in “lewd conduct” in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom.

Craig is an ultra conservative who supports banning gay marriage because, according to a news article, it is "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."

But here he is in a metropolitan airport of all places trying to have sex with another man. Craig denies he was soliciting the officer, but his excuses make no sense. Why would you plead guilty to a charge in connection with a “lewd conduct” police report if it was not true?

Craig, like U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe here in Oklahoma, is one of those Republican leaders who have “gone Washington.” They feel no accountability to the people they represent or to basic logic. They are hypocritical and have no value system. Their only allegiance is to themselves and the big corporations who fund their campaigns.

Do not forget Inhofe’s gay-bashing performance on the Senate floor in June, 2006. Inhofe said, “I'm very proud that in the entire recorded history of our family, there has never been...any kind of homosexual relationship.”

I wonder what Inhofe and his family think of Craig’s conviction.