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Total War For Total Peace

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Jul 20, 2009. 1 Reply


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I am a novelist, oil painter, and political leftist... I went to college for almost fifteen years preparing myself to be a writer who has something to say. I studied philosophy, military intelligence, literature, history.... and assorted stuff like Cults (anthropology) and art. I have three books out -- google my name John Scott Ridgway --, did a radio show, Peace and Pipedreams that was a big hit with radicals and pot smokers.
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True Stories by the Talking Heads, Princess Bride, Pulp Fiction, Wings of Desire... I like complex movies that deal with political issues, whether they be comedy or drama. I also like very dum shit sometimes. I guess if a movie is good... no matter what it is about, I like it.,
I still mourn the loss of Angel, and hope the hell they make a movie. Buffy, too. Criminal Intent, with the the greatest actor of my generation, Donofrio... I also watch the office, 30 rock, south park, -- my buddies, Family Guy, American Dad.... Squid billies is my current cartoon favorite.
U2, the killers, Indigo Girls, Mellisa Etheridge, Foo Fighters... and a lot of others... especially the acts that wrote songs about my campaign and me... like the killers Space Man, which tells a story about what I went through.
Love in the time of Cholera, Mark Twain's On Man and Beast, anything by Vonnegut and Joseph Halderman... as a literature major, I love way too many books to list., Don Dellilo books are also a major love (I have read them all, even the one about math) and White Noise is my favorite.. laugh out loud wonderous...
Rev. Jessie Jackson, Ceaser Chavez, Malcom X, Che Guevera, Dr. Daniel Stern, Pynchon, Jesus Christ, Matthew Ridgway, Abe Lincoln, Ann Frank, Brittany Spears

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Unseen War Causalties.. HUGE SPIKE in children of soldiers having mental breakdowns

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 9:42am 1 Comment

As much as I have written about war and peace over the years, I have never heard of this one... The story speaks for itself... wonder if it also has to do with the huge percentage of soldiers families who are so poor they are on food stamps?

WASHINGTON - Children of U.S. military troops sought outpatient mental health care 2 million times last year - double the number at the start of the Iraq war.

There was also an alarming spike in the number of military kids… Continue

Not One Drop Of Persion Blood

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 7:23pm 0 Comments

I wrote this poem when Bush was about to invade Iran. I majored in Military Intelligence, and was doing some consulting at the time with... well, that's confidential... but trust me, they were close... I am putting it up here now because poem seems all the more relevant with the Iranian protests in full swing.


the blood of persian poets

has barely been washed off our hands

a few more nuclear reactors in the… Continue

Rebel Words

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 7:15pm 0 Comments

When did we vote to say that the government can listen to every conversation

monitor every line of type that flows from our fingers?

Did I miss that ballot box?

Where is the politician who is supposed to damn this intrusion?

Jimmy Stewart all alone and proud and indignant got voted out

After the Lobbyiests gave someone else the money to get elected

occasionally the media creates a camelot

to siphon the steam off our dreams

before we… Continue

You can now follow me on twitter and facebook...

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

I am trying out these two... to find me, go to tweeter and search for my stage name JohnnyPain... capitilzation is crucial. On Facebook, search for john scott ridgway...

On myspace, you can listen to our old stoner radio show... peace and pipedreams by doing a simple search.

Forever War

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments




Monday morning news gives a solemn count of the weekend murders

between jokey weather and sports

TEN shot DEAD over the Fourth of July in Chicago

They show the relatives hugging and crying

images of yellow police tape and cops in bulky, blue body armor

the smiles come back as another story rolls around

can't be too negative on the morning show

I picture their… Continue

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At 1:47pm on October 16, 2009, Yaron Fishman said…
At 3:57am on June 1, 2009, said…

Thank you for joining the Peace for Women group, there a three of us running it, my two co Administrators are doing a brilliant job.

You have had a very interesting life and must have a lot to tell, I would very much like you to send me some of your poems.

Have you ever visited Project Camelot or Project Avalon, they are two great sites run by Kerry and Bill with lots of information and wonderful interviews.
Brian O'Leary is a wonderful man too. You will see for yourself if you go there.

I am looking forward to seeing/reading your postings on the Women for Peace group.

Love Sue xxx
At 12:43am on June 1, 2009, peacenut said…
Hi, John!
We share a lot of likes.

Welcome to
Our numbers are growing every day.
But numbers aren’t all that’s important.
You might join up and think: “Well, now I’ve done enough for Peace…”
Or you might join up because you want to be informed, be given ideas and inspiration.
But, you know, there is no information unless there’s somebody informing.
There are no ideas unless somebody thinks them.
There is no inspiration unless somebody (or something) inspires.

So I’d like to ask you, please, to be an ACTIVE member of
To inform, to think (and SHARE your thoughts)… and to inspire.
This website would be NOTHING without the People who make it up.

So, what can YOU do, somebody who “doesn’t know the ropes”, the “new kid on the blog”???
Look around, read blogs and discussions and don’t be afraid of adding your own voice.
Your voice is important to us.
Go to the “Groups” page (hold your cursor for a moment over “People” in the line-up at the top of the page, until the list of 4 sub-options appears, then click on “Groups”) find one or more that appeal to you, look at their mini-descriptions, click on the names (or the pictures) of the ones that interest you and read their full group description there (window shopping is free…)
And then JOIN the ones that really appeal to you. (Join by clicking on the “Join [group’s name]” option at the bottom of the page, under the comments.)
You may join as many or as few groups as you wish… but there’s no point in being a “group collector” like a stamp collector, leaving your groups in some cyber drawer that is rarely – if ever – opened.

I – personally – would like to invite you to join two groups that are especially important to me:
♥ ♥ ♥ PEACE ♥ for ♥ Women ♥ ♥ ♥ (a group about women’s issues within the Peace Movement, but which is not limited to women members)

and – in case you understand Spanish – Sencillamente, Paz (a group for exchange of ideas, mutual support, whatever, in Spanish)

Whatever you decide, feel welcome...
Because you ARE!

Peace and Love,
peacenut (just NUTS for Peace!)
At 5:30pm on May 31, 2009, said…


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