Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Apologies for the delay since our last post: our computers were confiscated by Homeland Security. Yepoka’s parents have kindly agreed to type in entries from the Catholic Worker in Dakar, dictated to them by phone. Herewith:

Winkie’s supporters are probably aware of recent reports of a dog mauling a number of antique teddy bears at a museum in the U.K.—including a bear that had once belonged to Elvis Presley. We are particularly saddened that, according to a complaint filed this morning by Winkie’s lawyer, prison guards have repeatedly taunted our own bear with this news.

The trial concluded today with testimony from “John the Apostle,” who reportedly wore a brown burlap caftan and stared fixedly into the distance as he spoke:

“And there appeared another wonder in heaven. And behold a great red Winkie, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth….”

He went on to describe the defeat of said seven-headed Winkie by an army of angels—to which the courtroom burst into cheers. Since a certain inmate here at County (yes, we are all in jail again, we haven't yet been told why) wishes to use this phone and is threatening Ben with a knife fashioned from a mattress spring, we must sign off without reporting on the dozens of other such witnesses who were called by the district attorney. Free Win—

Ouch! Stop! OK, I'm hanging up! (dial tone)