Dr. Ben Marble,
a young emergency room physician who plays in alternative rock
bands and does art on the side, needs our help. Since he was the
one who told Dick Cheney to "go fuck yourself" on Sept 8, that's
the least we can do.
a complex guy, to say the least. Some of the lyrics he writes
can be considered harsh by some - personally what I've heard is
very much on target - but he has a softer side as an organizer
of breast cancer fund-raisers, not to mention an ER doctor.
like thousands of others, lost his home due to Hurricane Katrina
last week, it was the single most traumatic week of his life.
That led to his Sept 8 confrontation with the man who best represents
the worst of the most callous, heartless, shittiest administration
in U.S. history.
explains, he was driving to his destroyed house Sept 8 in Gulfport,
Mississippi, when military police refused to allow him to cross
a barricade that was about 200 feet from his home. They forced
him to drive an extra 20 minutes and spend even more on gasoline.
Dubya Gump and Mr. Cheney, gas is really expensive and extremely
hard to get anywhere Katrina has destroyed," Marble wrote. "So
needless to say, I was extremely aggravated that they wouldn't
let me pass."
waved a middle finger
at the caravan."
Dr. Ben Marble
a long line of dark cars pulled up, and they honked at Marble
to back up to let them through the barricade that supposedly no
one could drive through. That only made Marble madder
so he did what most of us would do - or at least consider doing.
waved a middle finger at the caravan," Marble wrote.
driving the extra 20 minutes and filming video of destruction
along the way,
he made it to his home. Marble overheard a neighbor say that Cheney
was down the street talking to people. That's when he got the
idea to go meet Dr. Evil himself.
am no fan of Mr. Cheney because of several reasons," Marble wrote.
"For those who don't know, Mr. Cheney is infamous for telling
Senator [Pat] Leahy 'go fu** yourself' on the Senate floor. Also,
I am not happy about the fact that thousands have died due to
the slow action of FEMA, not to even mention the wrong war in
the wrong place at the wrong time, ie Iraq."
who was wearing an old Mr. T "I Pity Da Fool" T-shirt since he
was sifting through the wreckage, asked a couple of police officers
if he and a friend could walk down to Cheney. They told him Cheney
was "looking forward" to talking to "the locals."
grabbed my Canon digital rebel and my Sony videocamera and started
walking down the street," Marble wrote. "And then right in front
of the destroyed tennis court I used to play on, Dick Cheney was
giving a pep rally, talking to the press. The Secret Service guys
patted us down and waved the wands over us, and then let us pass."
those who don't know,
Mr. Cheney is infamous for telling
Senator [Pat] Leahy 'go fu** yourself'
on the Senate floor. Also, I am not
happy about the fact that thousands
have died due to the slow action of
FEMA, not to even mention the
wrong war in the wrong place
at the wrong time, ie Iraq."
Dr. Ben Marble
he stood about 10 feet away from Cheney and his friend and some
camera operators from CNN and other media filmed the scene, Marble
suddenly yelled, "Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney! Go fuck yourself,
at least Marble was polite. After all, he referred to Cheney as
"I had no
intention of harming anyone but merely wanted to echo Mr. Cheney's
infamous words back at him," Marble wrote. "At that moment, I
noticed the Secret Service guys with a panic-stricken look on
their faces, like they were about to tackle me, so I calmly walked
away back to my former house."
videotaped a little bit longer and then came back to Marbles
house. As they were salvaging a few things from Marble's home,
two military police waving M-16's showed up and said they were
looking for someone who fit Marble's description who had cursed
"I told them
I was probably the person they were looking for, and so they put
me in handcuffs and 'detained' me for about 20 minutes or so,"
Marble wrote. "My right thumb went numb because the cuffs were
on so tight, but they were fairly courteous and eventually released
me after getting all my contact info. They said I had NOT broken
any laws so I was free to go."
get this straight: A physician with a newborn baby loses most
everything he owns in the hurricane, does what most of us WANT
to do and "echoes" Cheneys words he spoke on the
Senate floor last year, walks away harmlessly, mission accomplished,
and then once the media cameras leave, he is treated like a foreign
terrorist as Cheneys goons waving M-16s handcuff him in
front of his destroyed home? Had it not been for the media cameras
filming the initial scene, I doubt Cheneys goons would have
just let Marble go after 20 minutes.
land of the free?
he stood about 10 feet away
from Cheney and his friend and
some camera operators from CNN
and other media filmed the scene,
Marble suddenly yelled,
"Go fuck yourself, Mr. Cheney!
Go fuck yourself, you asshole!"
his family have been in the media spotlight before, including
his wife, Lisa, and baby, Sofia Grace, who was born shortly after
the storm, on CNN. Marble has also been interviewed in art magazines
and the Biloxi Sun Herald about his concert fund-raisers and musical
success - one of his bands, dR. O, has had at least 20 No. 1 songs
on the MP3.com charts.
is even with all our losses, we are still luckier than many people
down here because at least we didn't die," Marble wrote. "But
I thought I could try to raise some awareness to the bad policies
of the Dubya Gump administration and also possibly raise some
money to replace the many things we lost, and so I decided I would
auction the videotape my friend shot of the event. I will also
grant an interview to the winner if so desired."
So go to
eBay here and place a bid for this important video to help Marble
raise some needed funds. I have done so and was at least at one
time the high bidder.
has an Internet site with photographs of some damage in his town
at www.HurricaneKatrinaSucked.com. A photo of him is here, and
you can also email Marble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Ben Marble,
you rock. May we all return the favor.
Late Friday, Sept 8, eBay, which is owned by strong Bush-Cheney
supporters, took down Marble's site. In an email to me, the company
said it was taken down due to violating one of the rules. The
email did not say which rule, and I suspect it was related to
profanity, even though Marble bleeped it out.
I have contacted
Marble again and hope to hear back on his plans. I suspect he
will put it up again without the profanity at all or put it on
another site. I suspect we haven't heard the last of this story.
Dr Marble's new ebay site is now at:
We'd like to do more to help Marble, who lost his Gulfport,
Miss., home and most of his possessions in Hurricane Katrina.
So we're raising funds at OpEd News to go towards helping
replace some of the items he lost. With eBaby being such unAmerican
censors, perhaps this is a better route to take.
Those who want to donate through paypal to Marble can do so
If you don't have a paypal account, you can sign up for a
free account there and then hit the "send money" button. Fill
out the form with Marble's email address - email@example.com
- and the amount you want to donate, and send it on.
Then let us know how much you donated by emailing OpEd News
Publisher Rob Kall at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep
If you don't want to open a paypal account and would rather
send funds through the mail, you can write the check to Ben
Marble, and send it to: OpEdNews.com, 211 N. Sycamore St.,
Newtown, PA 18940. Rob will forward the money to Marble.
Jackson Thoreau is a Washington, D.C.-area journalist/ writer.
The latest book to which he contributed, Big Bush Lies, was published
by RiverWood Books of Ashland, Ore. He is working on another book
called "Thou Shalt Not Cheat: How Bush and Rove Broke the Rules,
From the Sandlot to the White House." He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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HE'S A DICK
Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former
head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first
disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath
of Hurricane Katrina. At least two major corporate clients
of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President George W Bush's former
campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery
work along the battered Gulf Coast. One is Shaw Group and
the other is Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root.
Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.
Experts say it has been common practice in both Republican
and Democratic administrations for policy makers to take lobbying
jobs once they leave office, and many of the same companies
seeking contracts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have already
received billions of dollars for work in Iraq. Halliburton
alone has earned more than US$9 billion. Pentagon audits released
by Democrats in June showed US$1.03 billion in "questioned"
costs and US$422 million in "unsupported" costs for Halliburton's
work in Iraq. (Wired News)