Facing an enlistment crisis, the Army is granting "waivers" to an increasingly high percentage of recruits with criminal records -- and trying to hide it.
By Mark Benjamin, Salon
We're transforming our military. The things I look for are the following: morale, retention, and recruitment. And retention is high, recruitment is meeting goals, and people are feeling strong about the mission. -- George W. Bush, in a Jan. 26 press conference
Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
By Frida Berrigan
Nothing highlights the chasm between the rosy picture President George W. Bush tried to paint in the State of the Union last night and the sober reality of ongoing war in Iraq than these two quotes: "2,245 Dead. How many more?" "My fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning."
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday and offered apologies to her as well as a congressman's wife after they were ejected from President Bush's State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages.
Boycott EXXON and Join Global Exchange in Protesting Exorbitant Oil Company Profits!
They’ve got to be kidding! Gas prices are soaring, home heating costs are skyrocketing, former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay is about to go on trial for one of the biggest energy industry scandals in history, and now comes the news that EXXON EARNED A WHOPPING $36 BILLION IN 2005, breaking all records for net income by any US company!
Congresswoman Waters Responds to the President's Comments on Iraq During the State of the Union Address
Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) responded to the statements the President made on Iraq during his 2006 State of the Union address.
From World Can't Wait
By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services
For those impervious to the suffering of others, a dollar figure sometimes helps bring it home. Two honest economists have recently put one on the Iraq war, and in so doing shown a spotlight on the black hole in the center of our future.
By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News
The number of US House Representatives who have signed on to H. Res 635–supporting a probe looking into the grounds for impeaching Bush–has jumped to fourteen (14), including US Rep. John Conyers who initially sponsored the bill, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
By Josh Marshall, http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com
One of our readers found this in a brief New York Daily News update on the status of the Scooter Libby prosecution. The meat of the article is about Libby's effort to get prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to fork over White House documents he got copies of during the investigation.
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
STEPHEN HARPER AND THE WAR RESISTERS
To our knowledge, neither Stephen Harper, the new Canadian Prime
Minister, nor any other prominent Conservatives have commented directly
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.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches, http://dahrjamailiraq.com
Doha, Qatar – Interesting to be writing this while attending the
2ndAl-Jazeera Forum, which is focusing on “Defending Freedom, Defining
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 AfterDowningStreet.org and ImpeachPAC.org, 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.
By Tom Gilroy, www.huffingtonpost.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060213/grahamfelsen), 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 (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060213/wiener) 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).
COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO BUSH WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY TO PRESENT PRELIMINARY FINDINGS
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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.
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.
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