Action Figures

This page is an honor roll of people who have taken action that opposes those issues espoused by the current Bush administration. That means that my action figures tend to be liberals while my thoughts seem often to be centrist. For example:

June 24, 2006

The 2006-season authors and producers of “24” on the Fox Network, whose Nixonian President Logan subverted the constitution and conspired against his own country, and was exposed by Jack Bauer and his own Attorney General.

Further Examples:

June 24, 2006 First Lieutenant Watada

December 18, 2006: There is a second act. Reporters have been subpoenaed to testify at the court martial of 1st Lt. Watada, beginning in the first week of February 2007. There is extensive coverage at

February 8, 2006: The trial of !st Lt. Watada ends in a mistrial called by the military court judge, who set a mid-March date for a new trial. Since, in particular, the defense objected to the call for a mistrial, double jeopardy appears to apply, and if so, there will be no further trials. First Lt. Watada’s refusal to report to fight in Iraq because he believed his orders were illegal, because the Iraq war was/is illegal, will not get a hearing in court. An excellent further report is available from the Honolulu Advertiser.

June 24, 2006 Sheila White

June 25, 2006

The authors, producers, Powerpoint crew, and star (Al Gore) of An Inconvenient Truth, the movie about global warming.

June 25, 2006 Dan deWalt

June 29, 2006 SCOTUS

In particular, Supreme Court Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Kennedy, Souter, and Breyer.

August 24, 2006 George McGovern

As portrayed in the film One Bright Shining Moment. His decency might be unbelievable in a presidential candidate, were it not for the later example of Jimmy Carter.

December 8, 2006 Speaking of Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter seeks to develop ideas about the conflict between Israel and Palestine in his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, published in November 2006. He speaks of his goals in writing in an op-ed piece in the LATimes, at the above link. This is how he concludes the piece.

The ultimate purpose of my book is to present facts about the Middle East that are largely unknown in America, to precipitate discussion and to help restart peace talks (now absent for six years) that can lead to permanent peace for Israel and its neighbors. Another hope is that Jews and other Americans who share this same goal might be motivated to express their views, even publicly, and perhaps in concert. I would be glad to help with that effort.

Carter himself is not free of ideology, here. He is an action figure for providing an analysis of the hope for the permanent free and unthreatened existence of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

This video clip also places Carter on the Action Figures List. It’s an account of his efforts to eliminate disabling diseases around the world. Here, specifically, it is river blindness in an African village.

January 4, 2007 Nancy Pelosi

On this day, Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as the first woman to be Speaker of the House of Representatives. The first bill passed was an ethics bill. Whatever she becomes, whatever becomes of her, this moment is beautiful, definitely an undoing of denial.

February 1, 2007 Molly Ivins Action figure stilled.

February 5, 2007 Brian Williams

He is anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News team that remembers New Orleans in Katrina: the long road back. This night, Lisa Myers and the investigative team look at where the money has gone, or not gone. Tomorrow night the Nightly News will broadcast from New Orleans once more. Expect this to continue; once, in the early days after Katrina, Brian Williams would try to sign off with a hopeful story, because the situation was so grim. The highlighting of hope is still there: see the featured sign “we will rebuild” in Lisa Myers’ report of 2/5/07. Is it now ironic?


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