Kerry Would Defeat Bush in New U.S. Election
Angus Reid Global Scan : Polls & Research
April 22, 2006
(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The outcome of the 2004 United States presidential election would be different if a new ballot took place this year, according to a poll by Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. 47 per cent of respondents would vote for Democrat John Kerry, while 40 per cent would support Republican George W. Bush.
by Eugene Hernandez (April 20, 2006)
Any indie filmmaker would love to have an Oscar winning actress hyping their new film; the presence of a celebrity can command serious media attention. This week, actress and activist Jane Fonda has been making the media rounds, from Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and The View, to an appearance at the IFC Center on Monday. While she is also hawking a paperback version of her recent memoir, Fonda has also been talking a bit about David Zeiger's "Sir! No Sir!", the acclaimed documentary that attempts to set the record straight about the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam.
By Nicolas J S Davies
Since I wrote Burying the Lancet Report . . . and the Children (Online Journal) in December, a number of people have asked me, “What about the other surveys that produced lower estimates of civilian deaths than the Lancet report?” The appearance of inconsistency between different surveys has led most news organizations to adopt the phrase “tens of thousands” when speaking of civilian deaths.
Marjorie Lasky, Medea Benjamin and Andrea Buffa's April 2006 Code Pink report. Download this 20-page report to find out WHY Iraq's women are saying that they're significantly worse off today than they were under Saddam Hussein's regime.
Cries for impeachment mixed with calls for immigration reform
By Nicole C. Brambila, http://www.thedesertsun.com
INDIAN WELLS - More than 100 protesters with signs that read "Bring our troops home" and "Drop Bush, not bombs" lined the stretch of Country Club Drive leading to the fundraiser President Bush spoke at Saturday that raised nearly $2 million for the Republican National Committee.
Portions of this event will be broadcast later on the Mike Malloy Show on Air America. Mike will be discussing the upcoming forum this coming Friday evening.
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party Presents: Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate & Action
WHAT: "As California goes, so goes the nation." With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, our state is presented with an historic opportunity to lead the charge. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum "Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action." This forum will reveal surprising legal precedents regarding state initiated impeachment proceedings and present current strategies and efforts taking place in California and across the country.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29 at 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA
WHO: Scheduled to appear on the panel are:
• Representative Maxine Waters
• Shayana Kadidal, lead attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, and co-author, Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush
• Elizabeth de la Vega, former lead prosecutor, San Jose and author of an upcoming book on impeachment
• Bob Fertik, President, Democrats.com & co-founder afterdowningstreet.org
• Mike Malloy, syndicated host of AirAmerica Radio, will moderate
• Opening statement by Tim Goodrich, founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Tickets: $10 donation. You may preorder tickets through at the Crest Theater box office, (916) 442-7378 or at tickets.com.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Senate will take up the supplemental spending bill for 2006. The current proposal includes $67 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. How many innocent Iraqis must die, how many young Americans? How much more destruction, pain and hatred before the Congress finds the will to end this war?
Tell your Senators: Not one penny more for the War!
There is growing support in the Senate for an amendment to the supplemental that will prohibit permanent U.S. bases in Iraq.
Tell your Senators: No permanent U.S. bases in Iraq!
Our "not one penny more for war" call-in day to the House of Representatives last month was a great success. The number of Representatives voting against the war funding rose to 71, AND the House approved an amendment against permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. We want to repeat that success in the Senate. If we are unable to stop the funding request from passing, we can at least make sure that an amendment against permanent bases is attached.
The toll-free number we are using is graciously provided by the Friends Committee on National Legislation - a member group of UFPJ.
Sarah Baxter, Washington
REPUBLICANS are urging President George W Bush to dump Dick Cheney as vice-president and replace him with Condoleezza Rice if he is serious about presenting a new face to the jaded American public.
They believe that only the sacrifice of one or more of the big beasts of the jungle, such as Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, will convince voters that Bush understands the need for a fresh start.
A melancholic mea culpa
A few weeks ago, a small moment – a little line of text – underlined for me how far life in Iraq has slumped. As I was reading a story, the ticker-tape on the BBC News website casually stated: ‘Car bomb in Baghdad; 50 dead.’ There were no accompanying details. When these Iraqi suicide-massacres started to happen in Iraq, I would nervously call my friends out in Baghdad and Basra and Hilla to make sure they were okay. But I soon realised this was antagonising them, driving every bomb further into their skulls – should they store a standard text ‘No, not killed in suicide bomb today’ message and send it out three times a day? So I swallowed hard, waited, and the next day, I looked through all the newspapers for details. Nobody mentioned it. Suicide-slaughters the size of 7/7 are now so common they don’t even bleed into News in Brief.
By Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) _ Cindy Sheehan, who drew international attention when she camped outside President Bush's ranch to protest the Iraq war, is scheduled to begin a three-island speaking tour today.
Sheehan, who became known as ``Peace Mom,'' became the face of the anti-war movement last summer when she went to Crawford, Texas, to confront Bush about the war. During the 26-day vigil that followed, hundreds of people joined her.
A Spy Speaks Out
Tyler Drumheller (CBS)
"The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy."
(CBS) A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq.
The former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, also says that while the intelligence community did give the White House some bad intelligence, it also gave the White House good intelligence — which the administration chose to ignore.
By Leigh Saavedra, http://www.antiwar.com
That's the estimate, though only half of it has been appropriated so far: a billion dollars to build a new embassy in Iraq. It will be the largest on the globe, the largest the world has ever seen, the size of Vatican City in Italy.
U.S. embassies typically cover 10 acres. This one, a 104-acre complex, will comprise 21 buildings, its own water wells, an electricity plant, and a wastewater treatment facility, making the huge compound completely independent of Iraq, whose "interim government" sold the land to the U.S. in October 2004. The terms of the agreement do not appear to be readily accessible.
I have created an MS Word file set for Avery self-stick 1" x 2 5/8" mailing labels (Avery template #5160, 30 labels to a sheet) that provides for 2 blue and white AfterDowningStreet.org "Honor Our Dead, Demand The Truth" images per label as follows:
Once the 30-label sheet (3 columns of 10 labels each) is printed out, the next step is to take a straight edge and a knife and make a cut down the middle of each column of labels so as to get 2 stickers each per label. Print them, peel them, and stick them on outgoing mail and just about anything else to bring attention to and inform others of the AfterDowningStreet.org website.
This tidbit about President Bush’s schedule was buried in today’s Washington Post:
Bush traveled Friday night to Stanford University, where he met privately with members of the libertarian Hoover Institution to discuss the war. He concluded the day with a private dinner held by George P. Shultz, a Hoover fellow and former secretary of state.
Why is this significant? The Hoover Institution is a think tank that has been aggressively promoting the viability of a preemptive military strike in Iran. Here’s just a couple of recent examples —
Just a week back, I suggested that there was no reason to believe the President's approval ratings had bottomed out. In fact, I wrote, "There is no reason to believe that a polling bottom exists for this President, not even perhaps the Nixonian Age of Watergate nadir in the lower 20% range." Now, the latest Fox News poll puts the President at an all-time low -- a 33% approval rating. Democrats are long gone; independents peeling away in droves; and, it seems, even Republicans not so desperately far behind.
Rob Kall: President Pelosi, or President Rice? Demand That Democratic Candidates Support Impeachment Now
By Kall, Rob
Today the news reports that 74% of Americans are unhappy with the way Bush is handling the gas situation. It's hard to call it a crisis, because it's a situation that was so easily avoidable and that we knew was coming. All we had to do was spend a fraction of the money we spent on Iraq, to get oil, on new technologies to get energy, and we'd be in the catbird seat now, selling our technologies to China and Europe, instead of facing massive price hikes and shortages.
The Providence Journal
What about Carl Sheeler? The businessman and ex-Marine running for U.S. Senate has been dismissed by much of political Rhode Island for reasons that we understand but don't admire. The Democrat's chief negative, we are told, is his lack of money (what a country!). Another reason, we suspect, is establishment Democrats' lack of imagination: They just don't want to bother with a new face.
By Lawrence Wilkerson, http://www.baltimoresun.com
We Americans came not from a revolution but from an evolution.
That is in large part why our so-called revolution produced success while most throughout history did not. We came as much from the Magna Carta as from our own doings, as much from British common law and parliamentary development as from the Declaration of Independence and Continental Congress.
By Linda Milazzo, http://www.opednews.com
As Washington undergoes its long overdue facelift and the hopeful disposal of Republican incompetence and greed, the media and the nation should be equally aware that the Democratic Party is undergoing significant changes as well. Not resulting from scandals and deceits like those plaguing Republicans. The Democratic change is an inside job... a colossal dissatisfaction of Progressive Democrats with their own feckless representatives and a growing effort to replace them with actual leaders.
President Bush's visit to Stanford University's Hoover Institution was quickly moved to another location after more than 1,000 protesters converged around the Hoover tower.
The White House said the protesters blocked the only road into the central areaof the campus where Hoover is located, which forced a meeting with several Hoover fellows to be moved to the campus home of former Secretary of State George Shultz, a Hoover fellow who organized the gathering.
Join us on April 29th: Democrats for Peace Contingent
The war in Iraq is a bi-partisan war. Join the movement to drive the Democratic Party leadership in a progressive direction by marching with other committed Democrats demanding an end to the war in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - Steve Chabot doesn't want to go down that road again.
The last time there was a move to impeach the president, Chabot was on the front lines. The Cincinnati Republican was one of 13 House managers in charge of presenting to the Senate the case for the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.
Once again, seven years later, impeachment talk is in the air.
By Susan Chenelle
UFPJ Internet Coordinator
Dear UFPJ Member Groups,
With April 29th fast approaching, there are a few requests we have for you:
* If you are organizing an April 29th solidarity event, in another city, please post the event information on the UFPJ event calendar:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/addevent so we can let folks across the country know about them.
* If you are organizing transportation to NYC for April 29th, please send your info to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can coordinate parking
By John Nichols, www.thenation.com
The Nation -- Inside the Beltway, legislators have been slow to support moves to censure or impeach President Bush and other members of the administration. Only 33 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on as cosponsors of Congressman John Conyers' resolution calling for the creation of a select committee to investigate the administration's preparations for war before receiving congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing of torture, and retaliation against critics such as former Ambassador Joe Wilson, with an eye toward making recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment. Only two members of the Senate have agreed to cosponsor Senator Russ Feingold's proposal to censure the president for illegally ordering the warrantless wiretapping of phone conversations of Americans.
Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202-246-5303
Alex Howe, Fenton Communications, 202.822.5200
"Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf joins Gun Owners of America, librarians, consumer groups and others to announce SavetheInternet.com Coalition
On Monday, diverse coalition launches national campaign to stop Congress from gutting Network Neutrality -- the First Amendment of the Internet
Neil Young wants to keep on rockin’ the free world.
His new record, Living With War, makes very clear that if the Bush regime is allowed to continue, there may not be a free world to rock for much longer.
On Friday, April 21, 2006, Justice Through Music was invited to a secret preview of the entire CD at Reprise Records Burbank headquarters. At 7:30 pm, a small cadre of people were ushered into a special listening room, and for the next 50 minutes, listen we did.
By TODD PITMAN, Associated Press
RAMADI, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces fought an hour-long gunbattle with insurgents Saturday in this city west of the Iraqi capital, firing automatic weapons from rooftops at small guerrilla teams maneuvering around them in alleyways and an abandoned fairground.
U.S. commanders said four insurgents were killed and two Iraqi soldiers wounded in the gunfight in eastern Ramadi — one shot through the calf and evacuated by U.S. medics, another with a minor facial wound.
A memo from a January, 2003, White House meeting of Bush and Blair at which Bush made clear that the U.S. would go to war with or without the United Nations and proposed various strategems to try to create a justification for war.
A report that the CIA had strong evidence before the war that Iraq possessed no Weapons of Mass Destruction.