Saturday, October 30, 2021

Hillary a Humanitarian? In BizarroWorld, Perhaps (Soapbox Podcast 10/30/21)


October 30, 2021




Guests: Vivek Jain (Child Psychiatrist)

Mark Wood (Professor of Religious Studies)


Topic: Why Hillary Clinton should NOT receive

a prestigious humanitarian award.


Two Ghouls for your Halloween Scare!

Letter to the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Dear AACAP Leadership:

We write to express serious concern about the selection of former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton to receive this year's Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award. 

The award was established to "honor an individual who has made sustained and significant contributions to the field of children's mental health." 

We believe that an honest assessment of Clinton's domestic and foreign policy record demonstrates a profoundly troubling disregard for the wellbeing of children and especially for the wellbeing of poor children of color.

With regard to domestic policy, Clinton opposes universal state subsidized health insurance. The lack of universal health coverage leaves millions of children and their families without access to health care resources. She has been a solid ally of the for-profit health insurance and health care conglomerates, prioritizing private financial interests over public health and the public good. She served on the board of Walmart, a company whose record of aggressive anti-unionism and paying wages so low that many workers qualify for state aid is well-known. She has been a stalwart supporter of Wall Street firms and neoliberal policies that have resulted in record levels of socioeconomic inequality. As a result of these policies, millions of working families, and disproportionately families of color, struggle to meet the basic needs of their children, let alone possess the means to provide their children the resources needed to flourish. 

Though Clinton served on the board of directors for the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), she lent considerable support as First Lady for her husband's restructuring of welfare. About this legislation, founder and former president of the CDF Marian Wright Edelman wrote that "'President Clinton's 'signature on this pernicious bill makes a mockery of his pledge not to hurt children.'" Mrs. Edelman's husband, Peter Edelman, who served in the Clinton administration, resigned in protest, calling the legislation the worst thing president Clinton has done. Hillary Clinton regarded the welfare reform legislation to be a great success. She also supported her husband's criminal justice reform efforts, which many scholars contend was racist and classist as it led to a massive increase in the incarceration of persons of color and the poor. The US now has the dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the world. 

Hillary Clinton has been among the most hawkish of political figures in a nation that leads the world in military spending and militarism. She has consistently supported increased military spending and energetically advocated for every US military intervention. Clinton supported the bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq, causing hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths. She played an instrumental role in persuading the Obama administration to undertake a massive bombing campaign against Libya, causing tens of thousands of civilian deaths and making Libya a haven for terrorist organizations and slave markets.  As thoroughly documented by Brown University's Cost of War site, US military interventions supported by Clinton have resulted in hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties, the majority of whom were children, and the destruction of life-supporting infrastructure. War is the ultimate crime against children and, as Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs wrote, Clinton's "foreign policy ‘experience’ has been to support every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” 

As secretary of state she supported the overthrow of the elected president of Honduras and the installation of the current regime that has engaged in savage repression and murder of poor and indigenous populations and which has fueled a massive migration of families, including tens of thousands of children, fleeing terror and seeking refuge in the United States. Last but not least, Hillary Clinton has been a strong supporter of some of the most tyrannical regimes in the world, all of which run roughshod over the health and wellbeing of children. 

One could go on to enumerate many other examples of policies that Hillary Clinton has supported which have caused and are still causing immeasurable suffering to children and their families. Though she and the Clinton Foundation have supported efforts to improve the lives of children, Hillary Clinton's record as First Lady, senator and secretary of state is overwhelmingly not favorable with regard to support for the health and wellbeing of children and especially for the wellbeing of poor children and children of color in the US and in other nations. 

For these reasons, we implore you to reconsider your nomination of Hillary Clinton for this award.

There are so many others who truly deserve this important recognition.


Helen Caldicott MBBS, FRACP, MD, 
Member of American  Board of Pediatrics, 
Founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility – 1985 Nobel Peace Prize

Margaret Flowers, MD
Director, Popular Resistance

Cindy Sheehan
Host/Executive Producer of the Soapbox
Founder of the Women's March on the Pentagon

David Swanson
Executive Director, World Beyond War

Mark D. Wood
Professor, Religious Studies
Director, School of World Studies 2013-2021
Virginia Commonwealth University


Click HERE to add your name to the petition asking AACAP to rescind the award to the cold-blooded killer Clinton! 



Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A History of Atrocities. Cindy Sheehan Discusses The War Criminal Whitewash

Of course, what this meme should say, is "In this bottle is what's left of my soul" as Colin Powell already had a long history of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 
Please listen to Cindy's interview with Abe Abelhardi of 
The Bitter Truth
If the US doesn't stop worshiping instead of prosecuting war criminals, the war crimes will never stop.


Friend of the show, longtime activist and host of Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox, Cindy Sheehan (http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot....) joins us to talk about the latest whitewashing of yet another war criminal and how this is more than a trend. America loves war and there seems to be no two ways about it. Ms. Sheehan has been on the front lines of regime change wars since lost her son in 2004 in Iraq. She also ran as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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Sunday, October 24, 2021


Speaking Truth to Empireon KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated in Fresno since 1975, Dan Yaseen interviews Joan Roelofs. She is Professor Emerita of Political Science, Keene State College, New Hampshire. She is the author of Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism and Greening Cities. A community education short course on the military industrial complex is on her website, and may be used for similar purposes. The topic of discussion is the Military Industrial Complex. Her website is




Last Chance: Order a Signed Book recounting an Historic Protest


 The courageous and principled publisher of the Lone Star Iconoclast (Crawford, Tx) Leon Smith recently passed away. He wrote editorials condemning and criticizing George W. Bush prior to the invasion of Iraq, who was an extremely popular person in that part of the country. 

The Iconoclast covered Camp Casey in the summer of 2005 and published a book about Cindy Sheehan's protest, called: The Vigil: 26 Days in Crawford Texas. The Smith family has donated some books to Cindy Sheehan to use as a fundraiser for Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox,

For a minimum donation of $15.00, Cindy Sheehan will inscribe a book to you (shipping/handling included). The Vigil is a day by day recount of the Camp Casey protest in Crawford Texas which garnered international attention after George Bush refused to answer Sheehan's simple question: What Noble Cause?---it is also filled with photos from that month in August of 2005. With the wars after 9/11/01 still causing destruction and grief, this book is still relevant. 

From the back cover:

In August of 2005, a grieving mother and her supporters laid siege to Crawford, Texas. Cindy Sheehan set up camp outside of President Bush's ranch determined to find some answers. For 26 days, all eyes were on Camp Casey.

At the center of it all was Crawford's own Lone Star Iconoclast in the heart of the reddest of red states. The Iconoclast found itself caught between the public's (deeply conservative) expectations, and the paper's publisher W. Leon Smith's sense of journalistic duty to report objectively. The Vigil is an invaluable record of the Icononclast's coverage with Sheehan herself providing a scene-setting foreword.

The result is a high stakes, blow by blow account of the events as they unfolded. You experience this vigil right along with the writers and participants in the heat, the fire ants, the gunplay, the celebrity appearances, and the intense emotional roller coaster that has yet to end. Smith and his crew demonstrated a level of professional virtue that--to quote Sheehan herself--"shines a like a long spark of integrity in a prairie of darkness." 

Foreword by Cindy Sheehan

Link to order online:  





PO BOX 6264 






CINDYSHEEHANSSOAPBOX@GMAIL.COM to check and see how many copies are still in stock.


W. Leon Smith

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Cui Bono? Not workers! With John Steppling (SOAPBOX PODCAST 10/02/21)


October 2, 2021


TOPIC: Can the USG ever be trusted?

GUEST: John Steppling

Cindy and John chat about the current global situation and how being skeptical of USG/global elite propaganda is a very necessary and healthy way to live. Who are the shadowy forces behind the war/pharma profiteer attacks on the working-class?



John Steppling is an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, a two-time NEA recipient, Rockefeller Fellow in theatre, and PEN-West winner for playwrighting. Plays produced in LA, NYC, SF, Louisville, and at universities across the US, as well in Warsaw, Lodz, Paris, London and Krakow. Taught screenwriting and curated the cinematheque for five years at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland. Plays include The Shaper, Dream Coast, Standard of the Breed, The Thrill, Wheel of Fortune, Dogmouth, and Phantom Luck, which won the 2010 LA Award for best play. Film credits include 52 Pick-up (directed by John Frankenheimer, 1985) and Animal Factory (directed by Steve Buscemi, 1999). A collection of his plays was published in 1999 by Sun & Moon Press as Sea of Cortez and Other Plays. He lives with wife Gunnhild Skrodal Steppling; they divide their time between Norway and the high desert of southern California. He is artistic director of the theatre collective Gunfighter Nation.


Author: John Steppling