Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Who wears the chains in the United States today?


Outrages against human dignity. Article 3 of the Geneva Convention is vague to George Bush, so vague that he cannot tell what an outrage against human dignity is. To the civilized world it is sexual torture, sleep deprivation, white noise, physical coercion, most of us know what an outrage against human dignity is. So, like so many Germans in the late forties, who said, "We did not know, it was hidden from us…" Hidden rather in plain sight… George Bush hides his prisons of torture in foreign lands, so as to do what he wishes to do to those he suspects are his enemies, without oversight of our courts. In these United States today, he is not criminal. He a statesman.

On my block, a building was torn down after the squatters where tossed in the street by folks who smashed down the door with sledge hammers, that building was torn down without proper permits, a lovely old ornate building front destroyed, to put up a featureless, soulless slab, fines were paid as the cost of doing business, that was not done by a criminal led away in chains, that was done by a developer, a businessman.

A few poor souls, at least one of them stone cold sober, (note in the photo he is drinking Arizona Tea) as his breathalyzer tests later showed, were chained together in the park and led away … criminals who took a drink in the park. American criminals… ?


At 10:21 AM, Blogger Plain Foolish said...

I am reminded of the bit from the profile of the bishop at the beginning of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Someone tells the bishop of a clever policeman who gets a woman to rat out her husband by telling her that her husband has been unfaithful to her and then tells of the charges that were pressed. The bishop then asks, but who will charge the policeman?


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