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)

40 Comments:

Blogger iheartwinkie said...

Please tell Winkie that I support him! He looks like such a sweet, cuddlable bear.

August 16, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

We were about to say Winkie surely appreciates thoughts of cuddling but Yepoka points out that we can't possibly know that, and moreover it's wrong to project our feelings onto other cultures (in this case the culture of toys).

August 17, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

Yepoka is right, I shouldn't assume that Winkie wants to cuddle just because he's a toy. I would never cuddle Winkie without his consent.
Is Winkie allowed to receive presents? I could crochet him a nice blanket if he's allowed to receive it.

August 17, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

What a kind offer! Unfortunately Winkie isn't even allowed a prison blanket (the Mega-Empire-Sun-Tattler recently crowed) but if you made him a colorful pancho, he could, like Martha Stewart, wear it triumphantly upon his release. (From the mugshot, we calculate his size to be Preemie.)

August 17, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

Poor Winkie. Are there any particular colors that Winkie likes?

August 18, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

Winkie has reportedly refused to speak to anyone, not even his attorney, so we don't yet know his favorite anything--though presumably he enjoys the colors of leaves and berries.

August 18, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

I'll make him a beautiful little poncho the color of leaves and berries and sunsets. And if you ever need help, Free Winkie Committee, let me know.
Free Winkie!

August 19, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

Thanks for the offer. We need help getting out of jail. Can you post bail? Or if you could send cigarettes--we hope to use them to procure toothpaste.

August 20, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

How much is bail? I don't have a lot of money but I'm holding a bail drive for the Free Winkie Committee. I included cigarettes in the drive but would it be easier to just send you toothpaste? Are you allowed to receive toothpaste?

August 20, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

no gels or fluids of any kind allowed, including toothpaste--they might explode. tobacco, however, is an approved substance. we would protest this but there are so many things to protest...

bail is set at $900,000 each, or $2.7 million. a check is fine. thanks.

August 20, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

oops, no, 7 times 900,000 is 4.9 million! wow, that's a lot. and the other inmates are no help with the math. thanks again for your help.

August 20, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

Anytime. I don't have $4.9 million, so I'm holding a fund-raiser. Until then I'm sending a carton of cigarettes for you to split. Good luck!

August 21, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

The cigarettes arrived--many thanks. We're having a little argument about whether or not to just smoke them and skip buying toothpaste--some of us are feeling rather hardboiled after six days in "stir."

August 21, 2006  
Anonymous queenjustine said...

I just finished reading Winkie the Blinka's harrowing tales in his storybook...I literally laughed, I cried, and held out hope that all would be well for him...and I continue to do so...much love and many blessings, Justine :)

August 23, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

Thanks, Justine.

August 23, 2006  
Anonymous snoopy said...

I love winkie

September 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I belive winkie is the best book thats come around in along time.Winkie is a strong willed bear as I think everyone should be.
Compare this book to Guantamano a nd youve got a perfect match

September 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did Winkie abandon his myspace? I understand that using a keyboard may be difficult, or maybe the internet cafes in Egypt are hard to come by. Anyone know?

October 03, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

yes, winkie has been told it's inadvisable to visit his my space while he's on the lamb. he had found typing difficult anyway.

October 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My writing teacher hated stories about inanimate objects from his students, especially TEDDY BEARS. Of course, Winkie is not inanimate.
This same teacher also knew there were exceptions to the rules. My story told in the first person by a narrating brassiere was a big hit. I think Winkie is a worthy successor.

October 17, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

Winkie applauds all forms of self-expression.

October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must not have been easy for Winkie to experience what he did, I admire his determination.
And my stuffed bear, Cubbykins, vouches for Winkie's character and the contribution he has made for stuffed animals worldwide.

November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and Cubbykins and I would also like to tell Winkie to not lose hope, he has friends who believe in him and support him.

November 09, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

dear cubbykins,
appreciative hugs from winkie.

November 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cubbykins thanks Winkie whole-heartedly and he also hopes to one day meet Winkie, incarcerated or not.

I'm sure they would get along quite well with each other.

November 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Winkie ever met another stuffed animal, by the way? If he didn't then that would mean that Cubbykins would be the first!!!!

November 14, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

Winkie has met many stuffed animals over the years, especially during his travels since his escape from America. But he has never met a Cubbykins before.

November 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just that Winkie's been through so much turmoil over his life, he could really use a friend he can relate to.

November 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could mail Cubbykins to Cairo so that he and Winkie could get together. He is still in Cairo, isn't he?

November 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, what does Winkie want for Christmas?

November 20, 2006  
Blogger iheartwinkie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Winkie! I hope you're happy & full, wherever you are.

November 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, what DOES Winkie want for Christmas?

November 24, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

iheartwinkie: winkie is vegetarian and refuses to recognize thanksgiving, but he appreciates your sentiment.

anonymous: for xmas winkie would like a copy of steel magnolias, his favorite movie, on dvd.

apologies for the delay in reply--winkie is in hiding.

November 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about if I just send Cubbykins by air mail to spend the holidays with Winkie?

November 26, 2006  
Blogger Free Winkie Committee said...

we have reason to believe all mail going to winkie is opened and searched, so we fear if you try to mail cubbykins to him, cubbykins may himself end up in jail. stuffed animals in particular have to be careful right now.

November 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Winkie! We hope someday that your life will become brighter for you.

-from Cubbykins and me ;)

December 25, 2006  
Anonymous xiaonanok said...

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April 01, 2007  
Anonymous Boris said...

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Love,
Boris from the Netherlands

March 12, 2008  
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February 02, 2009  
Blogger REVOLUTION BOOKS, Berkeley said...

I want to know what is happening with Winkie. He has been incarcerated for many years. Please let us know. Free Winkie. We need fundamental change. Seriously. Check out the Constitution for a New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) http://revcom.us/socialistconstitution/index.html

November 20, 2010  

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