The ‘I’ word

By San Diego City Beat

In last week’s San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area’s venerable, rabblerousing alternative weekly, Steven T. Jones reported that “in the wake of the revelation that federal officials have been illegally eavesdropping on American citizens without required warrants—which President George W. Bush not only admitted approving, but promised to continue under his expansive view of executive power—has propelled talk of impeachment into the political mainstream.


By Lee Zaslofsky


To our knowledge, neither Stephen Harper, the new Canadian Prime
Minister, nor any other prominent Conservatives have commented directly

Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran

By Mike Whitney

02/01/06 "ich" -- -- In less than 24 hours the Bush administration has won impressive victories on both domestic and foreign policy fronts. At home, the far-right Federalist Society alum, Sam Alito, has overcome the feeble resistance from Democratic senators; ensuring his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Equally astonishing, the administration has coerced both Russia and China into bringing Iran before the United Nations Security Council although (as Mohamed ElBaradei says) “There’s no evidence of a nuclear weapons program.

More Bad News for the Brits

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches,

Doha, Qatar – Interesting to be writing this while attending the
2ndAl-Jazeera Forum, which is focusing on “Defending Freedom, Defining

The impeachment issue

By San Francisco Bay Guardian

Our article last week on the case for impeachment struck a nerve. It's been picked up all over the blogosphere, cited on some of the key anti-Bush sites like and, and, based on the responses we've been getting, circulated widely by e-mail. That should come as no surprise: Although elected leaders in Washington are still afraid of the I word, out in the rest of the country it's very much in the political vernacular.

W Places Apple On Head, Dares Nation To Shoot it Off

By Tom Gilroy,

If you missed the President's address to the nation last night, here's all you really need to know: he dared us to impeach him.

W basically got up there and said, 'I'm the same incompetent buffoon I was 6 years ago, and I'm staying the course. What're you gonna do about it?' He stared the country down and dared us to acknowledge the miles-long list of crimes and failures trailing behind him like a swatch of toilet paper stuck to the heel of an Alzheimer's patient shuffling out of a public restroom.

Cindy Sheehan's Unequal Treatment Under the Law...


And George W. Bush's Hatred of Both Freedom and the U.S. Constitution

Let me be very clear, since the Mainstream Wingnut Media Spinners are already attempting to "Fair and Balance" (read: level an unlevel playing field) this one.

ON THE LEFT: Progressive Caucus offers alternative vision for U.S.

By Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle

Washington -- While President Bush delivered his vision for America from the halls of Congress, the nation's political left had to settle for a dimly lit conference room in the Democratic National Committee's building three blocks away.

The World Can't Wait for Bush to Care

By Missy Comley Beattie

‘Second-guessing is not a strategy,’ Bush said in his State of the Union Address, but when you have no strategy, second-guessing becomes one.

Soldiers sue over out-of-pocket costs

Members of the Massachusetts National Guard file what is thought to be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit.

By Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Sitting In On Democracy: Students protest Bush speech

By Stephanie Hall and Devin Walker, Arizona Daily Wildcat

UA students were nearly arrested yesterday after staging a sit-in in the ROTC building to protest the war in Iraq, the military recruitment of young people and President Bush's State of the Union address.

'Denver 3' Upset By Sheehan Treatment At Capitol

By Associated Press

(AP) DENVER Two people who were ejected from a Colorado meeting featuring President Bush last year expressed indignation Wednesday that Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq, was ejected from the State of the Union address for wearing a shirt with an anti-war slogan.

The King Who Led On World Peace

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by the Boston Globe
by Derrick Z. Jackson

One of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speeches was his April 4, 1967, condemnation of the Vietnam War. He said America could never end poverty at home as long as ''adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube."

Walking to Guantánamo

By Frida Berrigan, In These Times

Peace marchers aim to keep the abuse of 'enemy combatants' visible.

It was tough getting used to being a spectacle, but that is exactly what we were - a motley gaggle of gringos walking through Cuba in short pants and matching gray T-shirts that read "Witness Against Torture: A March to Visit the Prisoners at Guantánamo." Wearing straw hats and sunglasses, we trailed clouds of sunscreen and bug spray.

Senate Target: Bush's War Powers

By Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor

In coming days, the Senate will ask tough questions about the Patriot Act and NSA wiretaps.

Washington - Since 9/11, the Bush White House has moved aggressively to expand presidential power in wartime, at the expense of Congress. Until recently, the Republican-controlled Congress went along.

Dozens cause a clamor in city protest

Portsmouth Herald, NH
By Adam Leech

PORTSMOUTH - George W. Bush may have not heard them, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort.

Approximately 100 people filled Market Square Tuesday night, slamming pots, blowing horns, beating drums and shouting in unison, "No more Bush," in protest of the president’s State of the Union address.

Left vs Right on Campuses

By Peter Dreier, Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Program, Occidental College

You might find of interest this article in the current issue of The Nation magazine, "The New Face of the Campus Left" by Sam Graham-Felsen (, which reports on the growing battle of ideas and activism between progressive and conservative students. Contrary to conventional wisdom, since the 1970s, right-wing foundations and organizations have been pouring huge resources to promote campus conservativism, planting ideological seeds, training activists and policy onks, subsidizing conservative student publications, providing conservative students with paid summer internships, and recruiting students and new college graduates to work in campaigns and for elected officials. Conservative funders have also supported David Horowitz's campaign to restrict academic freedom and some of Horowitz's even more lunatic proteges, like the former UCLA student who started the Bruin Alumni Assn to pay students to spy on progressive faculty members, as Jon Wiener describes in the new Nation ( As I wrote about in The Nation 8 years ago ("The Myth of Student Apathy," April 13, 1998), these conservative groups coordinate their efforts and have invested for the long-haul -- not in short-term "projects" but in long-term organization-building and ideas. These investments have paid off in many ways, as reflected in the work of conservative think tanks, key staffers to Bush and GOP Congresspersons, and the rise of conservative media (talk shows, columnists, bloggers, etc).


International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity by the Bush Administration
305 West Broadway, #199, New York, NY 10013
PRESS CONTACT: Heather Hurwitz 440-478-0165 COMMISSION OFFICE: 212-941-8086


6th District, California
For Information Contact:Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today issued the following statement regarding Cindy Sheehan’s arrest in the gallery of the House of Representatives before the State of the Union address. Mrs. Sheehan was Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s guest to the President’s State of the Union address.

US Soldiers Shoot at Canadian Ambassador's Car in Baghdad

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by Agence France Presse

The US military shot at the Canadian ambassador's car in Baghdad but no-one was hurt in the "unfortunate incident," a US State department official said.

Where to Be Careful What Shirt You're Wearing

Wednesday February 1, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: President Bush participates in a
ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Judge Alito at 4:00 PM. [POTUS

NEW* MEHLMAN in Raleigh, NC: RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman will help sell

66% Say Reduce number of troops

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey
Interviews January 26-29, 2006
Sample size: 1,011 adults
Analysis poll by Mark Murray, NBC political reporter - Jan. 30, 2006

Calls Grow to 'Impeach' Blair as 99th Soldier Dies in Iraq

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Colin Brown

A soldier was shot dead in Iraq yesterday, bringing to 99 the number of British troops who have lost their lives since the invasion.

Veteran's Mother's State of Our Family Address

By Georgia Stillwell
t r u t h o u t |

My brothers and sisters in peace, I wish I could tell you that since my son has returned to civilian life our family is whole and happy, but this is not the case. My 21-year-old son is homeless, unemployed and on January 11th in the early morning he drove his car over an embankment. Anyone who has seen the car says he shouldn't have survived the crash.

Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t |

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have publicly stated that the top-secret domestic spying program Bush authorized in 2002 could have thwarted the 9/11 attacks had the controversial, and possibly illegal, measure been in effect prior to the terrorist strike on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Audio of Progressive Caucus State of the Union

Here's audio of the full events held today by the Progressive Caucus, the Nation Magazine, and the Institute for Policy Studies:

Here's the last question (from After Downing Street Co-Founder and Director of PDA Tim Carpenter) and answer (by Congresswoman Maxine Waters):

Most Iraqis Doubt US Will Ever Leave

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - Large majorities of Iraqis believe that the United States has no intention of ever withdrawing all its military forces from their country and that Washington's reconstruction efforts have been incompetent at best, according to a new survey released here Tuesday.

Videos of Bush Crimes Commission Posted

Here are links to videos of all the speakers:

Here is part one of David Swanson speaking about the Downing Street Memo:

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