47 Journalists Killed in '05, Including 22 in Iraq

By Miki Johnson, Editor & Publisher

The Iraq conflict has become the most deadly conflict for journalists to cover in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) 24-years history, the group’s most recent analysis shows. A total of 60 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion, including 22 in 2005. That figure surpasses the Algerian conflict from 1993 to 1996, in which 58 journalists were killed.

Look to The Onion for Accurate War Coverage

By John Nichols, The Nation

Sometimes, only The Onion gets it right.

The satirical weekly, which does for print journalism what Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show

U.S. Curbs Soldiers’ Blogs, Imposes Spin on Newsday Article

By Joseph Mallia, Newsday

Letters home filled with tales of death and danger, bravery and boredom are a wartime certainty.

And now, as hundreds of soldiers overseas have started keeping Internet journals about the heat, the homesickness, the bloodshed, word speeds from the battlefront faster than ever.

Peace rally planned for January 7th

By Paul Boerger, Mount Shasta Herald, Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

As part of a National Day of Town Forums Mount Shasta for Peace will hold a peace rally January 7th beginning at 11 am at the Mount Shasta city plaza.

Dave Letterman Defends Cindy Sheehan, Kicks Bill O'Reilly's Ass

Here's the video.

This transcript is lifted off a right-wing website that posted it as an example of the evils of the "liberal media."

BIOWARFARE AND TERRORISM

A new book by Francis A. Boyle
Foreword by Jonathan King

This book outlines how and why the United States government initiated, sustained and then dramatically expanded an illegal biological arms buildup. Most significantly, U.S. expert Francis A. Boyle reveals how the new billion-dollar U.S. Chemical and Biological Defense Program has been reorientated to accord with the Neo-Conservative pre-emptive strike agenda--this time by biological and chemical warfare.

The New York Times' Shame: Reporters Have to Write Books to Get News into Print

Risen Publishes Wiretap Book But Times Beats Him
By: Gabriel Sherman, Sheelah Kolhatkar, New York Observer

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, New York Times reporter James Risen’s book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration, arrived in bookstores.

105 Events and Counting

As of Jan 4th we have 105 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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A Cruel Joke

Post Card Front

Post Card Back

Four Eyes

TomDispatch: A Cult of Presidential Power

From Tomdispatch today: "The Unrestrained President" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=46791

In this dispatch, I consider the nature of the cult of imperial presidential power that we now face.

A Call to Conscience for the U.S. Congress

www.iraqpledge.org

January 16 to March 20, 2006
MLK Day until the Third Commemoration of the Iraq War

A campaign of nonviolent action to compel our representatives in Congress to meet the demands of justice and peace:

Activist Group Calls for Bush, Cheney Impeachment

BY RUSSELL BERMAN, New York Sun
http://www.nysun.com/article/25293

Working out of a cramped office in his Jackson Heights apartment, Robert
Fertik has one clear goal for 2006: impeaching President Bush and Vice

Whistleblowers Win Wings of Justice Award

By BuzzFlash

When an insider reveals to the media the Bush Administration's illegal activities, lies and betrayals of the Constitution, these whistle-blowers know they will be subject to character assassination and political hits. It is a pattern of the Bush Administration to attack anyone who speaks about Bush Administration illegalities and deceptions.

Dick Scheduled to Lie About Iraq Today

Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to speak (although "lie" is more descriptive) today on the topic of "Iraq and the war on terror."

Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave.,NE, Lehrman Auditorium, Washington, D.C.

Bush Could Bypass New Torture Ban

By Charlie Savage, Boston Globe

WASHINGTON -- When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.

Hey Ken Mehlman - Let's Debate Impeachment

By Bob Fertik, ImpeachPAC

Mr. Ken Mehlman, Chair
Republican National Committee
info@gop.com

Dear Ken,

Today a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Tracey Schmitt, dismissed ImpeachPAC.org as "fringe, to say the least."

"If Democrats choose to align themselves with such a laughable campaign, it will be at their own peril," Ms. Schmitt said.

Did Ms. Schmitt accurately reflect your views? If so, I challenge you to a public debate on the question: "Should George W. Bush be impeached for lying about Iraq?"

As a graduate of Harvard Law School and a frequent guest on talk shows, you are among the best debaters in the U.S.

Do you dare to debate me, a humble blogger, in front of a live audience?

Bob Fertik, President
ImpeachPAC
http://impeachpac.org/contact

Over 100 Events and Counting!

As of Jan 3rd we have 101 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
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Give Us Some Backbone!

Resolution #1: Sign up to attend an event near you next Saturday, Jan. 7th.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/event

Women Say NO to War!

By CODEPINK

We at CODEPINK, together with 200 prominent women from around the globe, have written our own Urgent Peace Plan to end the war in Iraq. From now until March 8, International Women’s Day, we will be gathering signatures to deliver to U.S. embassies worldwide. So join Alice Walker, Susan Sarandon, Margaret Cho, Dolores Huerta, Eve Ensler, Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, and Cynthia McKinney, Iraqi women from the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq and Women Living Under Muslim Laws, and many more (see initial endorsers) by signing the call today at www.womensaynotowar.org and passing it on to your friends.

Bushwacked

By Mark Whitecage

BushWacked, a spoken word opera, finds Mark Whitecage with a totally new Band, Concept, and Direction! In addition to West Coast electronic wizard Scott Steele on guitar, combined with the keyboard artistry of Bill Larimer, Mark has added Perry Robinson's prize pupil Rozanne Levine on alto & Bb clarinets, with long- time collaborator Robert (Mike) Mahaffay on drums, to produce a hard-hitting and sometimes angry indictment of the Bush Crime Family, all without losing the sense of swing and intensity he is known for!!

Jan 7th Event in Seattle

By the Backbone Campaign

*Brave Troops Foolish Leaders: Operation Homecoming Event this Saturday Progressives Organize to call for End of Iraq War and for Accountability of Bush Administration*

Support for Bush Drops Among US Military: Poll

By Agence France Presse

Support for President George W. Bush's Iraq policy has fallen among the US armed forces to just 54 percent from 63 percent a year ago, according to a poll by the magazine group Military Times.

Newspapers Urge President to Quit

Outrageous, out of the question? Of course. Then again, here's what happened in the summer of 1998 when the president was named Clinton. Dozens of editorial pages clamored for him to quit (see this a list). "He should resign," the Philadelphia Inquirer declared, "because his repeated, reckless deceits have dishonored his presidency beyond repair."

A proposed resolution to keep Bush in check

By Eric Schmeltzer

As soon as Congress reconvenes, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) should introduce this resolution and find someone in the House to introduce the same. Explanation following:

109th CONGRESS

Making the case for a Bush impeachment

By James McWilliams, Register Guard (Oregon)

In his Dec. 22 column, Jonah Goldberg baited the Democrats to try to impeach President Bush for his unwarranted surveillance of American citizens. Was Goldberg trying to forestall such an option, or was he focusing on surveillance to draw attention away from the more egregious and clearly impeachable offense: the grand deception leading to war?

The Battle of Cedar Gulch?

By Larry Johnson

At first I thought this was a blog parody. I mean, really, no one could be this clueless. Right? Boy, was I wrong. Here's what President Bush had to say at Brooke Army Medical Center the other day. Remember, he is visiting U.S. soldiers who are missing arms, legs, and eyes. Some soldiers are horribly mutilated from wound suffered in Iraq. Most of the soldiers Bush visited were not "injured", they were "wounded". You get wounds in combat. You get injured while playing football or cutting brush. This is not just mindless nitpicking on my part. This demonstrates a Commander-in-Chief out of touch with the reality of combat.

Jan 7th Event in Washington, DC

Event: Out of Iraq Forum, part of more than 70 events being held across the country focusing on how the U.S. can get out of Iraq. See enclosed for information on national events.

Where: The Langston Hughes Theater, at Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V. Streets, NW. C-SPAN has taped other events here. The theater was designed to make it easy for television taping. The number of Bus Boys and Poets is 202-387-7638).

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