Mikael of ImpeachforPeace Empowering citizens to hold our elected (or otherwise in power) servants accountable

September 29, 2007

Master Marceau dreams of flying

Filed under: News — Mikael @ 12:34 pm

[You may or may not know that I am a mime artist, actor, ballroom dance instructor and spent parts of two summers studying with the great master of the art of mime: Marcel Marceau. I just sent this to a closed Yahoo Group comprised of students of our recently departed Master teacher.]

I have not yet been able to take the proper time to formulate an appropriate response that a loss of this magnitude merits.

I do, however want to encourage someone – anyone – to begin collecting these quotes and stories and collating them into a book from his students for eventual publication.

I will say briefly that for me there has not been so much a sense of loss – maybe because my relationship with Marceau was not one that involved personal communication, but was rather mostly as an infrequent student yet lifelong admirer and emulator. Perhaps it is also because Marceau for so long has lived in that universal place and communicated to all of us from there through his work and through his teaching which continued to echo in our minds and hearts long after each and every session with him had ended.

In my show at a Community College theater two nights ago in Worthington, Minnesota Marceau was momentarily very present – much like Rob Rivest mentioned earlier on this forum – and I suddenly thought:

At long last Marceau can view and enjoy and even subtly critique and guide each and every one of our performances and rehearsals simultaneously.

For this reason I smile through a gentle heartache when I think of his passing. He now lives completely in that world to which he has been so clearly and consistently referring as long as we have known him.

Much like the spiritual inheritance I clearly received from each of my parents in the months and years after their deaths six and four years ago, we can all expect to have gifts from our master teacher visited upon us – each lovingly crafted to most precisely further our unique branch of the magnificent tree that is the art of mime we embody together.

I eagerly await to see how Marceau lives, grows, develops and blossoms through each of you as his artistic and spiritual influence is more fully released through your souls into this world.

“Have I told you about the time I met Charles Chaplin?”

“I am Marceau… but he is Charles Chaplin!”

NPR Interview with my true mentor, Gregg Goldston, who was a long-time student and friend of and performer with Marceau

September 28, 2007

Rush Limbaugh hates the troops

Filed under: Impeach for Peace — Mikael @ 11:42 pm

rush-limbaugh-parody_thumb.jpgMedia Matters
Limbaugh: Service members who support U.S. withdrawal are “phony soldiers”

During the September 26 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh called service members who advocate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq “phony soldiers.” He made the comment while discussing with a caller a conversation he had with a previous caller, “Mike from Chicago,” who said he “used to be military,” and “believe[s] that we should pull out of Iraq.” Limbaugh told the second caller, whom he identified as “Mike, this one from Olympia, Washington,” that “[t]here’s a lot” that people who favor U.S. withdrawal “don’t understand” and that when asked why the United States should pull out, their only answer is, ” ‘Well, we just gotta bring the troops home.’ … ‘Save the — keeps the troops safe’ or whatever,” adding, “[I]t’s not possible, intellectually, to follow these people.” “Mike” from Olympia replied, “No, it’s not, and what’s really funny is, they never talk to real soldiers. They like to pull these soldiers that come up out of the blue and talk to the media.” Limbaugh interjected, “The phony soldiers.” The caller, who had earlier said, “I am a serving American military, in the Army,” agreed, replying, “The phony soldiers.”

(Original Article)

September 27, 2007

I’m a proud member of ImpeachSpace

Filed under: Impeach for Peace — Mikael @ 10:26 pm

September 24, 2007

Pat Tillman + Cindy Sheehan = Peace?

Filed under: Impeach for Peace — Mikael @ 12:55 pm

pat_tillman_lg.jpgCindy_Sheehan1.jpgNo matter how much effort I and we of www.ImpeachforPeace.org put into holding the White House and other corrupt officials accountable, each and every veteran or active duty soldier has the authority in the public eye to have twice the effect I or any other ‘justice through impeachment for peace’ activists have regarding Peace and Justice issues around our military in half the time.

As it should be.

How powerful would the anti-war effort have become in a big hurry with Pat Tillman as the nexus along with Cindy Sheehan – bless her Gold Star heart?

If only Pat Tillman hadn’t been hit by enemy fire.
I mean…
If only Pat Tillman hadn’t been hit by friendly fire in a firefight.
I mean…
If only Pat Tillman hadn’t been hit by friendly fire in a firefight that we have found out didn’t actually take place.
I mean…

If only someone hadn’t put three bullets in Pat Tillman’s head from approximately ten yards away (what at least one veteran sniper has written looked very much like a hit and two confirmation shots), he would have been able to keep the appointment with war critic and fellow intellectual Noam Chomsky that his mother has shared was his plan upon being discharged or upon his next leave/furlough (I don’t know the lingo).

Tillman was ready to come home and likely would have emerged as the most potent high profile war and Bush Administration critic as a veteran since… well… since John Kerry.

Is a Court Martial movement the best means by which to pick up Tillman’s weapon of words and action to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from domestic enemies to it? I am not the one to say, but if it is, who will be the one they themselves have been waiting for?

The ‘new’ John Kerry won’t even invoke the First Amendment to keep you from being tazed for asking the wrong questions, thus supporting with his inaction a student being proscribed for asking questions outside the prescribed parameters of a public hearing.

September 15, 2007

Oaths of Office ignored by most City Councils

Filed under: Impeach for Peace — Mikael @ 11:07 pm

constitution1.gifHere and there around the country debates are raging over whether or not to open City Council meetings with The Pledge of Allegiance. This discussion is the very definition of the political “red herring”. Nothing could be less critical or more distracting from the real issues of priority facing our nation.

Most civil servants across the nation from members of Congress to Water Commissioners swear an oath upon taking office something along the lines of promising to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic”.

I would hope your City Council is no different.

The flag is a symbol which holds no intrinsic value apart from that with which it is embued by each individual beholder. Some see the American flag as a symbol of the highest patriotism and sacrifice, others as far too often being misused as a jingoistic manipulative tool.

Both perspectives are of value and should not be disregarded.

The Constitution, on the other hand, is a living document refined and perfected over 230 years of blood, sweat and Congressional review representing the highest evolution of democratic ideals and dreams such as habeas corpus (due process) which traces back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 and before.

On the heels of Patriot Acts I & II, the Military Commissions Act and most recently S. 1927 which further gutted our 4th Amendment protections against illegal searches and seizures, our Constitutional “Liberty and Justice for All” are on life support in Washington D.C. under the misguided aegis of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Do you value your privacy? Your rights to it are dead. Did you notice?

It is high time for all Americans to reconsider our loyalties, which should not be to political party, to President or to any person and certainly not to a symbol. Our loyalty should be to the Constitution to which every public servant and every member of our military swears to support, defend, protect, honor and otherwise regard as our most precious treasure.

Debating whether or not to begin City Council meetings with a pledge that schoolchildren can recite in their sleep is a distraction and a misdirection. What all public servants must do at this time of grave crisis in America is be reminded of the oath they swore upon the commencement of their privilege of public service.

City Councils across the nation would make far better use of their time by authoring a resolution of support of the courageous stand taken by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in authoring H. Res. 333 and cosigned by nineteen of his contemporaries calling for impeachment proceedings to commence against Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

A collection recitation of their oaths of office to begin every City and Town Council in America would be a strong reminder of what their first and most important loyalty will always be – to the Constitution of the United States of America and the inalienable rights from which its genius was born.

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