by Peter Freyne
The "Big" City of Burlington, Vermont was unusually quiet for a rush hour.
But there was a simmer beneath the surface, a building, growing, spreading and deeply felt determination rising, to vote the incompetent, dishonest bums currently in power in Congress out of power on November 7. I want my country back and I am not alone.
Took along the new little digital camera Pamela & Paula, the Queens of Seven Days, laid on me. Snapped a shot of Lake Champlain, Juniper Island and the mighty Adirondacks of New York from the top of Lakeview Terrace. It was absolutely serene and silent.
Wheeling down Peru Street in the Old North End I hopped off the bike to get a shot of the front of the home of author and musician Marc Estrin. Somebody's been keeping track, eh?
That's the US Iraq death toll in the middle. On the right, The Lancet's estimate, released today, of Iraqi deaths by violence and disease.
Gen. Casey quickly dismissed it, saying 50,000 civilian deaths was the highest toll he had heard.
OK. Split the difference. It has been an unrestrained bloodbath of innocents. And the abuse of the U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines & NATIONAL GUARD - by the Liars Administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz is the stuff of high crimes and misdemeanors.
But what does the "342" on the left reference?
Answer: the U.S. death toll in Afghanistan. (Thank you, Marc.)
Then back at the top of Church Street in front of the Unitarian Church I caught the Five O'Clock Club. A good mix of folks, with a distinguished Irish poet from Co. Cork, Greg Delanty, on the right.
Horns were honking and hands waving in support. A majority of Vermonters, and now a majority of Americans, are seeing through the Bush administration's wall of bullshit.
I can't wait for the Bush II Impeachment Hearings to begin, can you?