Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sister Anne Montgomery Presente

This is in prayer for Sister Anne Montgomery, who passed earlier this week. I had met Sister Anne numerous times when I was working on my plays about the Plowshares movement. She was  a tiny, frail woman who had the heart of a lion. And her friends in the Plowshares movement lionized her. Anne Montgomery […]

“on the grid”: a play about exploitation and world finance

This is one of my ‘orphan’ plays, a monologue about the WTO. I thought about it a great deal after a recent debate on Facebook regarding colonialism and Africa. There’s apparently a significant number of people who believe that colonization of the developing world in the preceding half-century (which by definition has to include what […]

The Romney Plan for Energy

So the Romney campaign has released its energy plan. It looks a lot like the things envisioned by Reagan a political generation ago–lots more drilling on federal land, no nod to conservation or global warming, subsidies for alt energy like solar and wind killed. It’s different from Obama, but not markedly different–Obama is hardly a greenie, […]

Some ruminations on going through Dad’s things

So I’m in Richmond, Virginia, heart of the Confederacy, where locals will vocally remind you that it was The War of Northern Aggression. And the tour directors at the Jefferson Davis Mansion get quite exorcised when you mention that it wasn’t ‘servants’–it was slaves. Other than that, locals are fairly friendly. And the local chain […]

Donald Arthur Kinch, 1928-2012

I’ve been thinking about what I need to say about my Dad, Donald Arthur Kinch, who passed this morning. I don’t have it in me to give the bromide ‘after a long illness’ or ‘due to natural causes’. He’d been having a hard time for well over 10 years, as had my mother, who passed […]

out for a few days

Sorry. The excitement of life is such that I haven’t posted in awhile. There are some things going on in my life that I need to attend to, and maybe I’ll post about them in coming days. We’ll meet back here shortly. Stay safe.

NDAA Update–are citizens already being detained without charges?

Most incredibly, Obama’s attorneys refused to assure the court, when questioned, that the NDAA’s section 1021 – the provision that permits reporters and others who have not committed crimes to be detained without trial – has not been applied by the US government anywhere in the world after Judge Forrest’s injunction. In other words, they were telling a US federal judge that they could not, or would not, state whether Obama’s government had complied with the legal injunction that she had laid down before them.

Lest people think I’m a supporter of President Obama, I should point out that neither of these candidates of the duopoly should get our votes. Romney’s taxes would decline under 1% should Paul Ryan’s tax plan go through the House. But Obama has also played fast and loose with the use of drone aircraft for targeted assassinations, a practice that was roundly condemned during the Church hearings some 30 years ago. 

My story, which has been reported on relatively sane pages (the UK Guardian) involves a lawsuit against the implementation of the NDAA. In a recent court hearing, US attorneys working for the administration refused to confirm or deny that Americans had ALREADY BEEN SUBJECTED TO indefinite military detention since the act was signed last December. Here’s the quote from the article that should matter to you: