Mary Katharine Ham

I would also like to ask you
To offer up a moment of silence
For all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned,
disappeared, tortured,
raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes.

Ahhh, there’s always a catch (full poem text. There’s no mention of the people Saddam Hussein killed or those the Nazis finished off, but victims of the embargo on Iraq, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the settlement of the American frontier get shout-outs.

What is it that we always say about the anti-war Left? That it’s living in a 9/10 world? Turns out, they’re writing our campaign lit for us:

Because this is not a 9/11 poem.

This is a 9/10 poem,
It is a 9/9 poem,
A 9/8 poem,
A 9/7 poem
This is a 1492 poem.

This is a poem about what causes poems like this to be written.

And, some anarchy for good measure:

If you want a moment of silence
Then stop the oil pumps
Turn off the engines and the televisions
Sink the cruise ships
Crash the stock markets
Unplug the marquee lights,
Delete the instant messages,
Derail the trains, the light rail transit.

If you want a moment of silence,
put a brick through the window of Taco Bell,
And pay the workers for wages lost.
Tear down the liquor stores,The townhouses,
The White Houses, the jailhouses, the Penthouses and the Playboys.

It was so dead-on loony liberal, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t watching a really skillful parody. Deeelightful. Next up, Jeff Millard, head of the D.C. Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Watch how he supports the troops after spending 9 years in the military.

“I’ll just tell you real quick what the national strategy of Iraq Veterans Against the War is. As far as I know, we’re the only peace organization I know of in existence that actually has a strategy to end the war. Ours is to deplete the military of its manpower to end the war in Iraq. We actively encourage G.I. resistance, oppose things like stop-loss. And, we are also kicking off on Monday our Truth in Recruiting campaign.”

What is this Truth in Recruiting campaign? According to the IVAW web site, it’s none too military-friendly:

Every day, all across this country, there are military recruiters lying to persuade young people to sign up for the military. Proponents of the policy in Iraq are quick to point out that everyone in the military volunteered, but what does that mean if most soldiers were tricked into enlisting by the lies that recruiters tell?

They support the troops only when the troops can be characterized as uninformed children who unwittingly became tools of Bush’s war machine. The Truth in Recruiting campaign also requires, ironically, lying to recruiters.

Recruitment levels are low thanks to “truth in recruiting” efforts, but now it is time to shut recruitment down. By flooding recruiters and recruitment centers with phone calls, appointments, questions, and smiling faces, recruiters will waste their time and resources on you. By calling and asking every question you can think off about all the false opportunities the military is offering, you are stealing away recruiters ability to do recruitment.

So call your local recruiter today, and make a new friend!

All’s fair when you’re as intent on supporting the troops as this crew is!

And, finally, the most tasteless of the tasteless, a local D.C. “comic” who’s “comical” in much the same way Susan Sarandon is in her prime.

I think there is something inherently wrong when we call our president a motherf***er. Amen and Awomen. Because clearly he’s not f***ing a mother because Laura’s not getting any.

But f***ing a mother is a sacred act. It’s a sacred act.

She went through a similar monologue on the word, “fatherf***er,” but by the time she got to “babyf***er,” even this laid-back D.C. bar decided to nix it. She was rather unceremoniously told that we “needed to move on from this part of the program.”

I wish I were cherry-picking from the night, but I was there for hours, this is a fair representation of what went on, and I’m only reporting on what they were bold enough to say over the mike.

Can you feel the love?

Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of, a contributor to Townhall Magazine.

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