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
Marble is 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.
When he, 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.
As Marble explains, he was driving to his destroyed house Sept. 8 in Gulfport,
Ms., 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.
"Thanks to 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."
Suddenly 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.
"I waved a middle finger at the caravan," Marble wrote.
After 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.
"I 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, i.e. Iraq."
So Marble asked a couple police officers if he and a friend could walk
down to Cheney. They told him Cheney was "looking forward” to talking
to “the locals.”
"So we 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."
As 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!"
Hey, 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."
His friend videotaped a little bit longer and then came back to Marble’s
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 at Cheney.
"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."
So let’s 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”
Cheney’s 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 Cheney’s 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 Cheney’s goons would have just let Marble go
after 20 minutes.
America, land of the free?
Marble and 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.
"The truth 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.
Marble also has an Internet site with photographs of some damage in his town
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.