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U.S. casualties in Iraq hit 3,000

 

Support the troops, bring them home!The FreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties held a Peace Vigil Sunday at Patriot’s Park in Clarksville to mark another milestone in the Iraq War: 3,000 troops lost over the duration of the war.

Coming on the last day of 2006, the 3,000th death marks a sad ending to a grim year of loss, and sets a tragic baseline from which to start the New Year.

Large signs facing both north and southboundLarge signs placed facing both north and southbound traffic asked the question: “3,000 dead; how many more have to die?” They also cited statistics that included the number of non-fatal injuries (45,000+) and the high incidence of mental health issues including post-traumatic stress that according to government reports affect about 25% of returning soldiers, a number some local psychologists and therapists feel is grossly understated. Iraq civilian casualties are estimated to be between 52,000 and 57,000. (Statistics from icasualties.org)

Christine Piesyk and Debbie BoenThe vigil was organized by FreeThinkers founder, artist and activist Debbie Boen and activist/writer Christine Piesyk. Boen was saddened and frustrated by today’s milestone number, which has been relatively unheralded, unnoticed in the bustle of the holiday season. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Citizens Take Their Fight to The Mayor & The Clarksville Board of Zoning Appeals

 

The Salvation Army LogoAt a recent community meeting the citizens of Clarksville, TN voted and confirmed that they will take their plea before the Clarksville Board of Zoning Appeals on January 3, 2007, 100 – Spring Street Clarksville TN @ 8: 30 A.M., to stop the Salvation Army from placing a homeless shelter and possible alcohol and drug rehabilitation center next to Byrns – Darden Elementary School.

The Montgomery County Parents & Teachers Organization (PTO) along with local School Board members and several County Commissioners will present evidence, petitions and signed affidavits. We all agreed that this possible shelter would not only pose a safety risk to the students of Byrns – Darden Elementary School, but would cause irreparable damage to the community as a whole. «Read the rest of this article»

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Iraq casualties approach 3000; vigil planned

 

Soldier in IraqFreeThinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties will hold a Peace Vigil Sunday, December 31, at 3 p.m. at Patriot’s Park on Fort Campbell Blvd., in Clarksville

Just before Christmas, the number of soldiers killed in Iraq stood at 2950. In just a week that number has creeped up daily, hitting 2997 this morning. The “3000″ number is another landmark number arriving  just as we are about to usher in the New Year, and another year of combat on foreign soil that is claiming too many lives. The grim “3000″ number hovers as we move into another year of failed Bush foreign policies, a growing insurgency in Iraq, and increasing American discontent with the war effort.

As 2006 draws to a close, the Vigil, which includes a prayer service and readings, acknowledges the Iraq War fatalities, which are edging close to the 3000 mark as the New Year approaches.  That number does not include Afghanistan fatalities, or death incurred by military forces of other nations, nor does it reflect the tens of thousands of physical injuries and psychological trauma affecting U.S. troops in Iraq.

The public is welcome to attend this event.

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Rethinking the “New Year’s Resolution”

 

Cheers!“What’s your resolution, Grandma?”

I fielded that question years ago, when my grandchildren were much younger, having already abandoned the concept of an annual commitment I may or may not be able to keep. There’s got to be a better way, I told myself, as the issue grew into discussion that grew into a process of life planning I’ve kept for years.

I don’t resolve to complete anything. I plan. I dream. I explore. I follow the sage advice of a wonderful teacher from my adolescence who, when questioned about how she knew “so much about everything,” replied, “Each year I pick a subject about which I know nothing, or am curious about, or that simply appeals to me, and I use my spare time to learn more about it. I may love the subject, or hate it, but I won’t really know until I immerse myself in it and see where it takes me.”

That was my beginning. And in that beginning, I studied horticulture — extending the one-year study to three when I fell in love with plants. I dabbled in interior design. I learned to crochet. I studied children’s special education law. I explored poetry and discovered pre-Raphaelite art. I went back to college. My lists are almost 40 years long now. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community to Hold Emergency Forum to Discuss Homeless Shelter Near Elementary School

 

The Salvation Army LogoThe Urban Resource Center will host a Community Forum – Friday December 29, 2006 at the New Providence Hill Outreach Community Center, 207 Oak St. Clarksville, TN from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We will gather to discuss the recent move by the Clarksville Salvation Army to open a homeless shelter on the same property as the Byrns-Darden Elementary School. «Read the rest of this article»


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Christmas in Clarksville, TNFrom all of us at Clarksville Online to you and all of yours. We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope that your next year is better than the last.

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THE POUR HOUSE CAFE

 

Larry DunlapMy friend, Leonard had cornered me at The Pour House Café and asked for my help in writing a song.

“Ok, Leonard,” I said, “just what kind of song are you writing?”

“A protest song, I want to write a protest song.”

I hesitated, but knew I had to ask. “What are you protesting, Leonard?”

“Indoor toilets, that’s what, indoor toilets!” «Read the rest of this article»




Rev. Moreland honored for lifetime achievement

 

The evenings award winnersRev. Charles Moreland of Clarksville was presented with the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s Lifetime Achievement Award Tuesday evening (Dec. 19) during the MCDP’s annual holiday reception at the Smith-Trahern mansion. The award recognized Rev. Moreland’s years of commitment and service to the party and to the community at large. Senator Rosalind Kurita made the presentation on behalf of the MCDP.

Reverend Charles Moreland receiving his award from Senator KuritaRev. Moreland, a retired military chaplain and Methodist minister, “has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically” in support of the party, in addition to the many community services and activities he is involved in, Kurita said. The announcement drew a wave of applause for the well-known minister.

Betsy IgnacioBetsy Ignacio was presented with the Major Nathaniel Carter Volunteer of the Year Award for her “dedicated” ongoing work on behalf of the party and its candidates.

MCDP Chairman Keith Amaral hosted the brief awards ceremony, acknowledging gains the party made across the country in the recent elections, urging MCDP members to “keep the momentum going” with an eye to the 2008 elections. «Read the rest of this article»

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Community to Hold Emergency Forum to Discuss Homeless Shelter Near Elementary School

 

The Salvation Army LogoThe Urban Resource Center will host a Community Forum – Friday December 29, 2006 at the New Providence Hill Outreach Community Center, 207 Oak St. Clarksville, TN from 7: 00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We will gather to discuss the recent move by the Clarksville Salvation Army to open a homeless shelter on the same property as the Byrns-Darden Elementary School. «Read the rest of this article»


Video: Fiat Empire – A Closer Look at the Federal Reserve, and America Freedom to Fascism

 

Fiat Empire - A Closer Look at the Federal ReserveAmerica Freedom to FascismThese are two interesting films and if everything they claim is true, the situation is quite scary when you think about it. He who controls the currency, in the end controls everything.

I noticed a year ago, that the Federal Reserve Board would stop publishing its weekly M3 money supply number as of March 2006, but I never had any reason to think much about it until now.

M0 is all coins and paper bills. M1 is M0 plus all checking accounts. M2 is M1 plus savings accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit of less than $100,000. M3 is M2 plus all deposits, euro dollars, and repurchase agreements that are $100,000 and larger… M3 is the broadest measure of how much money is circulating in the U.S. at any one time. Unlike M2, M3 is the big stuff, the super-size deposits.

Basically it lets the Federal Reserve and the US Government hide direct manipulation of the stock and currency markets by the Federal Reserve. If you are interested in the details read this article by Harlan Levy. It seems to me to go right along with these film’s assertions. «Read the rest of this article»




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