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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Camping with Blackwater in Potrero

Note: I've been a bit tired and lazy lately. I am just catching up on blogging now after all of our recent activities. This is the first of several on Blackwater to come.
We passed a pumpkin patch as we were driving home from our weekend in Potrero, California. There they waited, bright orange and round in the afternoon sun, the future jack-o-lanterns of October, 2007. How wonderful for the children, I thought, to live where fields of pumpkins grow.

It was not that surprising to find a pumpkin patch in Potrero as it is a rural community made up of farms and ranches. Cattle and organic produce thrive on the rocky hillsides and the meadows of the lovely valley. The ancient oak trees still provide the acorns that were ground into a paste by the Kumeyaay who had populated this land for generations. Potrero in Spanish means "pasturing place".

To experience of Potrero is to experience the spiritual peace that comes when the sky meets the land, the winds dance, and all is in balance. But the peace and balance a
re about to be shattered and destroyed forever, by Blackwater USA

Unfortunately Potrero, the surrounding region, the State of California and American Democracy have been targeted by Blackwater, the violence worshiping, mercenary army headed by Christian extremist Erik Prince. Mr. Prince has more than our tax dollars in his sights.

We camped at the Potrero Regional Camp along with other concerned citizens who had gathered to make a stand against Blackwater USA. We had a beautiful camp site under the oaks and were overjoyed to find ourselves in the company of so many intelligent, dedicated, courageous people.

Following the Potrero Encampment various websites and blogs referred to the Stop Blackwater campers and marchers as moonbats and filthy hippies. American conservatives seem prone to name calling and abuse stereotypes with mindless zeal because they do not think for themselves. Among our fellow campers, workshop attendees, and marchers were teachers, builders, nurses, doctors, firemen, lawyers, artists, musicians, members of the clergy, veterans, business people, students, financial and insurance professionals, retired persons, mothers, children, and peace dogs. Of the hippies present, myself included, none were nor ever had been "unwashed, dirty, or filthy" as claimed online.

During the weekend we attended workshops and were able to take part in many brainstorming discussions and stimulating conversations. There are two arguments against Blackwater each one comprised of several compelling aspects. The first concerns land use and the second concentrates on the political effects on our democratic society. The vice president of Blackwater West, Brian Bonfiglio, has been busy trying frame land use objections as the only arguments against Blackwater's encroachment into California. That is why I am going to write about each of the two arguments separately. First I will post on the environmental impact. Secondly I will post about the political danger and illegality of establishing private military bases and allowing private mercenary armies like Blackwater to exist within our republic.

Our weekend of tent camping in Potrero was well worth every minute for the group of determined patriots who joined together will lead the fight against Erik Prince's personal Strum Abteilung (SA). Along with the Nisour Square murders, the end of Blackwater USA has begun.

What if they gave a war and nobody came?
................Kitchen Window Woman...................

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Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

They are a threat to our Democracy, that is what's left of it.

We need to arrest them all as unlawful combatants and lock them up at Gitmo or another one of those Black Prisons we send combatants to.

On another note I found this and have been leaving it at most of the sites I link to. It almost sounds like what I have been saying for a long time now.

Here's the reason the Democrats won't impeach Der Fuhrer Bush or the Dark Lord Dick {Heinrich Himmler} Cheney.

Watch this short YouTube of Ralph Nader explaining why.

No Impeachment.

We really don't have an opposition party.

God Bless.

7:50 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Hey KWW!
Been looking for your "report" on the weekend...I knew you'd have some interesting observations...

Wish I could have joined you...if it ever happens again, I'm there...
maybe, just to add an air of authenticity, I'll dress in tie-dye and refuse to bathe for a week beforehand. ;) j/k of course...but it blows my mind how enthusiastically some people spread ignorance and lies...

love the "blackwater boots don't belong on AMERICAN ground," btw!!

looking forward to your next installment...

7:01 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Great post Kitchen Window Woman, and thanks for sharing the pictures.

We all know how conservatives are, so I'm not surprised that they had their two cents of nothing to throw into what is going on with Blackwater. Just maybe once Bush leaves office they want have a foot to stand on.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Carol Gee said...

KWW, great post. I feel relatively sure that you watched Bill Moyers' Journal on PBS on Friday night. It was a fascinating interview with Jeremy Scahill, who had investigated Blackwater at length. Here's the : PBS link, for anyone who is interested. It includes the video.

3:12 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

It sure seems like we don't have a two party system anymore. I am completely fed up with Congress. The ones that aren't corrupt and completely without consciences are sniveling cowards.

I like your solution for Blackwater
Enemy Combatants. They are a band of swaggering, thrilled-to-kill gun monkeys. Private armies are unconstitutional.

They MUST be stopped.

This one is just sort of an intro - I am working on the environmental one now and hope to have it posted within a few.

We "filthy marchers" were more colorful than the Blackwater Rent-a-Thugs who were all dressed in black with shades on. I think that is because they're the "bad guys" - black as in death and control while we chose color as in life and freedom.

I gave the sign to a lady whose property borders Blackwater's contested compound. They had "stolen" all of the anti-Blackwater signs that she had made and put on her fence (inside her property line) the night before the rally and march. She was asking for signs to replace hers so I gave it to her.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Let's talk...
I have more photos that I will put up with the Blackwater piece on the impact on the environment. Potrero is a beautiful, pristine wildlife area and should be kept that way.

Speaking of conservatives, I've just finished reading "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John W. Dean which describes the inner working of the "authoritarians" who have taken over the Republican party and are destroying this country. Its a good read and one of the reasons why I've been side tracked (from the blog).

Carol Gee...
I did manage to catch Bill Moyers last night. I am so glad that he had Jeremy Scahill on and devoted nearly 45 minutes to Blackwater and it's threat to America. It is important to educate the public about Blackwater and the use of privatization (in general) as a tool to undermine and supplant democracy.

Jeremy Scahill was here back in the early spring and we went to hear him speak at a book signing. I had read his very well written, informative book the month before.

He is one of those rare journalists who care enough to fight for the truth - a real American hero. It was a pleasure to meet him and shake his hand. I also thanked him for what he is doing. We have so few who are as dedicated. Perhaps he will have inspired others by his example. I hope so. Jeremy Scahill is the complete opposite of the parasitical Erik Prince and his Blackwater bloodsuckers.

Scahill and Moyers are both honorable men of great integrity. What a program with them both!

12:12 PM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Let me also highly recommend Naomi Wolf's latest book "The End of America: A letter of Warning to an American Patriot" and Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine." Both excellent books which speak of why this is happening and who's pushing it.

"Think of the War on Terror not in terms of an actual war but as forced economic policy through shock therapy" -- Klein (to paraphrase)

I look forward to your future reports KWW! Are they planning any future protests down there and do they have a regular vigil?

Best, RP8

12:58 PM  
Blogger Petrockstar said...

Congratulations that they have decided to leave Potrero!

7:25 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

E-mail have been flying back and forth today. We are all pretty jazzed - the people won this one!

7:34 PM  

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