The nice thing about being a lame-duck president is that a half-million people can ask you to provide some answers and you can tell them all to fuck off
The setting for this midmonth meeting isn’t typical for Capitol Hill. Instead of a cavernous room with mahogany tables, notes a reporter from Knight Ridder Newspapers, this gathering occurs in a basement office “roughly the size of a double-bed hotel room.
By the Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)
A local peace organization is seeking participants for a program recognizing U.S. casualties in Iraq and Florida's 97 soldiers killed in action. Readers will be scheduled for 15- to 30-minute intervals from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday on the east lawn of the Capitol. Flower donations are welcome. It is sponsored by Codepink, AfterDowningStreet and Vets for Peace. Call Lydia Vickers at 385-5322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
By David Swanson
Is that anywhere in the Constitution? Seriously, did you see today's NY Times editorial, which purports to explain the difference between the NSA spying leak and the Valerie Plame leak. The former is a story of crime leaked by a whistleblower and forced into print by an enterprising reporter who got a book deal. The latter is an act of retribution against a whistleblower, an act with which a New York Times reporter was complicit and about which the NY Times kept silent until forced to speak. But that's not exactly how Judith Miller's former employer tells it:
Public Opinion and Grassroots Pressure Prove Key
By Ted Lewis, Global Exchange Newsletter, Winter 2006
The week before Thanksgiving, while President Bush was out of the country, the Congressional debate over the US occupation of Iraq finally broke into the open. It started with a Senate vote of 79 to 19 to call 2006 a year of “transition
The news media stopped dead in its tracks today over a three-hour lie.
In Washington, the biggest political corruption scandal since Teapot Dome was exploding, but it barely got a moment's notice.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
As of Jan 4th we have 105 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
SIGN UP FOR ONE
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.
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:
BY RUSSELL BERMAN, New York Sun
Working out of a cramped office in his Jackson Heights apartment, Robert
Fertik has one clear goal for 2006: impeaching President Bush and Vice
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.
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.
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.
By Bob Fertik, ImpeachPAC
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
As of Jan 3rd we have 101 events planned for Saturday, Jan 7!
SIGN UP FOR ONE
Resolution #1: Sign up to attend an event near you next Saturday, Jan. 7th.
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, 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!!
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*
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.