BY JIM HIGHTOWER
With that twisted macho smirk of his, George W. keeps telling us that he's "a war president." So, how's the chief doing? Let's do Bush by the numbers:
•Official count of American troops killed so far in his war of lies in Iraq: 1,965 and rising daily
•Official count of those wounded: 14,755
•Number of weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq: 0
•Total tax dollars thrown into his Iraq war so far, counting the latest $50-billion payment: $260 billion
•Number of Bush daughters, nephews, and nieces who are of prime enlistment age: 10
•Number of Bush family members who've enlisted in his war: 0
By Ralph Nader
What's your pleasure?
Late night movies on cable?
A day at the beach?
The great thing about America is there are endless opportunities for amusement.
Hundreds of cable channels.
Shopping malls galore.
But are we amusing ourselves to death?
Amusing Ourselves to Death is the name of Neil Postman's 1985 classic that weighed in on the debate between Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.
"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books."
What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
Two Dozen People Arrested in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House, Including Cindy Sheehan, Former Diplomat Ann Wright, and Grieving Father Juan Torres
2000 US Deaths in Iraq is 2000 Too Many; It’s Time to Bring the Troops Home
Washington, DC – In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Marin Luther King Jr, some two-dozen people participated in a nonviolent civil disobedience action today at the White House to express their deeply held belief that the US needs to change course in Iraq. Those arrested included Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed fighting in Iraq in April 2004; Juan Torres, whose son Juan Manuel Torres was killed fighting in Afghanistan; and Ann Wright, a former career US diplomat and military officer.
Filed by Jason Leopold
The prosecutor investigating the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson has secured at least one indictment in the case from a majority of the 23 grand jurors, lawyers and intelligence officials close to the case said Wednesday.
The final outcome of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's 22-month federal probe is expected to end Friday with indictments of White House officials. The situation remains fluid, however, and several new scenarios have developed over the past 48 hours that could delay an announcement, lawyers close to the probe said late Wednesday.
by reposted by Daniel Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005 at 12:01 PM
Vermont -- Rosemarie Jackowski was arrested at an antiwar demonstration the day after Bush attacked Iraq. At a short trial she was convicted of "Disorderly Conduct." The Vermont Supreme Court heard her appeal in September 2005, but has not yet issued a decision. Below is an interview from Mickey Z
"SILENCE IS THE GREATEST OF ALL CRIMES"
An interview with Peace Grandma, Rosemarie Jackowski of Bennington, Vermont
by MICKEY Z
Posted October 24, 2005 at Trumpet America
MICKEY Z: Why were you protesting and how did you end up in cuffs?
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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Greens press for immediate withdrawal and call for political action to remove pro-war politicians; Wisconsin Greens campaign for state referendum to return U.S. troops.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Parties across the U.S. are marking the announcement that 2,000 members of the U.S. Armed Forces have been killed in Iraq, with vigils, protest rallies against the continued occupation, and other events.
By William Hughes
Washington, D.C. - Standing on the sidewalk in front of the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2005, was the co-founder of the “Gold Star Families for Peace
By Senator Barbara Boxer
Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, today is a very somber day. The U.S.military death toll reached 2,000 in Iraq, a figure that I -- and every American -- hoped we would never reach. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.
I pray for these young Americans, may they rest in peace; and I pray for their families, may they heal.
Let us honor their lives and their memory.
And let us honor the lives of those who continue to serve by developing a credible plan for Iraq. It is time for this Administration to level with the American people and provide a strategy for success.
People's International Initiative
For Departments of Peace in governments around the world
As you may know, October 16 -19, 2005, The Peace Alliance participated in the first international People’s Summit for Departments of Peace, in London, UK. There were forty people from twelve countries: Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Netherlands, Palestine, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America, with written support from Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda. Presently there are five working groups with campaigns for Departments of Peace: Australia, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom (Ministry for Peace), and the United States. Throughout the four days it was evident that ‘we the people’ are ready, willing, and able to be together and communicate with one another in ways that demonstrate the change we wish to see.
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Contact: Scott Lynch, 301-565-4050 ext. 330 or 703-725-5680 (cell), Paul Kawika Martin, 301-565-4050 ext. 316 or 951-217-7285 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Peace Action
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Peace Action joined with other anti war groups in a day of action on Wednesday around the 2,000th unnecessary death of an American soldier in Iraq. Peace Action affiliates, along with allied antiwar groups and coalition partners participated in nearly 2,000 events nationwide. At the White House vigil, hundreds held candles calling for U.S. troops to be brought home from Iraq and for Congress to provide leadership to bring our troops home. Nearly fifty people laid head to toe on the sidewalk in front of the President's home just like soldiers are laid to rest at Arlington cemetery. Park police arrested 26 mourners at the "die in" including Cindy Sheehan -- the mother who lost her son in Iraq and camped at Crawford, TX asking the President why.
More than 250 gather in city in name of U.S. military deaths in Iraq War
By Chad Umble, Intelligencer Journal Staff
Published: Oct 27, 2005 9:06 AM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - More than 250 people gathered Wednesday on the steps of the old Lancaster County Courthouse to silently mark the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq.
According to Associated Press reports, the 2,000th death occurred Tuesday, when the U.S. military reported the deaths of three soldiers.
Wednesday evening's candlelight vigil in Lancaster was one of thousands organized around the country to mark the milestone, which comes 31 months after the start of the war.
Vigils called after 2,000th soldier died in Iraq
By Dick Stanley
Thursday, October 27, 2005
About 250 Austinites marked the deaths of 2,000 soldiers in Iraq with silent protest at two vigils Wednesday night.
They gathered separately at the Capitol and the Pfluger pedestrian bridge to register their opposition to the war, bearing signs calling for the United States to bring its troops home.
"How many more?" and "Support the troops, bring them home," read some of the signs at the Capitol.
At the bridge, candles were held in front of banners and signs with the names of some of the 2,000 American troops who have died in Iraq.
By CONNIE MABIN
Associated Press Writer
The cashier became emotional and speechless when war protester Joseph Mosyjowski bought 2,000 small candles a few weeks ago for a vigil he knew was bound to happen, and she realized they represented each U.S. military death in Iraq.
As she silently scanned each candle, the reality hit: "2,000 stories of 2,000 people whose lives have been cut short through the violence of a war of choice," Mosyjowski said Wednesday as a series of anti-war vigils were held nationwide to mark the milestone.
The U.S. military death toll hit 2,000 on Tuesday, 31 months after the start of the war in March 2003.
Participants highlight the war's effect on families
MATT MONAGHAN and MICHAEL ROSE
Statesman Journal (Oregon)
October 27, 2005
Mid-Valley residents gathered Wednesday to call for peace and to commemorate the 2,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq.
More than 100 people gathered on the Capitol steps for a candlelight vigil. The names of the dead were read with a somber cadence. People standing in a circle said it was important to remember the war's toll on U.S. families.
"People think of war as something impersonal and over there, but it isn't," said Renee Stringham, a Salem physician and a Quaker who objects to the war on religious grounds. She is part of another group that gathers every Wednesday in downtown Salem to protest the war.
By HOLLY RAMER
Associated Press Writer
Lara Grabazs participates in a vigil for the soldiers killed in the war in Iraq in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Peace activists putting out a welcome mat for 2008 presidential hopefuls lined it with eight pairs of boots Wednesday, reminding would-be candidates of the eight New Hampshire soldiers who've died in Iraq.
Arnie Alpert, coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, said New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary gives the state a special opportunity to urge leading politicians to end the war.
Published on Thursday, October 27, 2005 by the Agence France Presse
US police arrested Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq who has become a prominent war opponent, along with two dozen people for demonstrating without authoritization in front of the White House.
Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan is arrested by U.S. Park Police officers outside the White House during a protest Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Sheehan and the other protestors staged a "die-in" in front of the the White House, lying on the ground to symbolize US soldiers killed in Iraq.
October 26, 2005
New Information: First the Website, Now the New Office Space
-- Steve Clemons
Patrick Fitzgerald's intermediaries denied that there was any significance to the establishment of a new website, minimalist as it is, for the Office of the Special Counsel which is investigating the "outing" of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert CIA responsibilities to the media.
Fitzgerald's people said that the investigation coming to a close and the website going up was just coincidence.
Well, news has just reached TWN that Patrick Fitzgerald is expanding not only into a new website -- but also into more office space.
No Announcement Today in CIA Leak ProbeSpokesman for Prosecutor in CIA Leak Says No Public Announcement Will Be Made Before Tomorrow
By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON Oct 27, 2005 — Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald huddled with his legal team Thursday as two key White House aides awaited their fate in the CIA leak probe.
A spokesman for the prosecutor said there would be no public announcements Thursday. The term of the grand jury that could bring indictments expires Friday.
The White House braced for the possibility that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, could become a criminal defendant by week's end. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, remained in jeopardy of being charged with false statements.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
'Leak indictments would be 'a sad day,' Wilson says
By SAM SKOLNIK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Visiting Seattle on the eve of possible grand jury indictments against top White House advisers over the leak of his wife's identity as an undercover CIA officer, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson said it was "a sad day for our country."
Wilson said Wednesday he took little comfort that the men he believes have engaged in a campaign of character assassination against him for the past two years -- Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff -- may soon be facing charges and possible jail time.
White House leak scandal
started with a blond spy
Somebody blabbed her name & the President's men could pay
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
The clock is ticking down today on a two-year investigation into what originally looked like another run-of-the-mill Washington leak.
A blond spy, Valerie Plame, was unmasked in an apparent act of revenge by an angry White House after Plame's husband criticized intelligence offered as justification for the Iraq war.
But that leak has turned into a torrent of speculation about criminal indictments that could reach deep into the White House.
Buzz about a Karl plea
as probers close in
BY THOMAS M. DeFRANK, KENNETH R. BAZINET and JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Jittery Bush aides gnawed their nails yesterday as a special prosecutor zeroed in on White House political guru Karl Rove's role in blowing a CIA agent's cover.
In the closing hours of the grand jury probe, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald paid a visit yesterday to Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, prompting speculation that a plea bargain could be in the works for the deputy White House chief of staff.
It was the latest of several one-on-one meetings between Fitzgerald and Luskin, the Daily News has learned.
It was a privilege to be arrested at the White House last night protesting the war and to be arrested by the US Park Police. They were efficient, professional, friendly, and human. They spoke to us prisoners as fellow sufferers in the ordeal of working a very late night. I hope that Officer Clark's dog managed to wait and not wet the floor, and I hope and trust that all of the workers at the Anacostia jail understand that we are protesting the crimes of oil barrons who value the lives of working people not at all.
By anonymous - landed in my Email
Mine Eyes have seen the bungling of that stumbling moron Bush;
he has blathered all the drivel that the neo-cons can push;
he has lost sight of all reason 'cause his head is up his tush;
The Doofus marches on.
I have heard him butcher syntax like a kindergarten fool;
There is warranted suspicion that he never went to school;
Should we fault him for the policies - or is he just their tool?
The lies keep piling on.
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'.
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
Glory! Glory! How he'll Screw Ya'!
His wreckage will live on.
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By David Swanson
The USA Today editorializes thusly: "Despite all the costs and all the mistakes, Iraq is worth fighting for. Not because the decision to go to war was the right one, but because al-Qaeda has since declared Iraq to be its prime battleground. And so it is — one where the outcome is in doubt."
So, it's OK to aggressively attack and occupy a sovereign state for no good reason, after feeding a pile of obvious lies to places like the USA Today -- there need be no repurcussions, no restoration of international law. Instead the focus should be on new bogus reasons for continuing the occupation. But just WHY, do you suppose, or do the arrogant pundits of Gannett suppose, Iraq is such a prime recruiting area for anti-American terrorism? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that Americans are illegally occupying it?
By Cindy Sheehan
"If you believe in what you are doing, give me your stiffest sentence. If you don't, then resign."
Yesterday, started off with a "bang" when we went to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath in the section where the Iraq War dead are buried. In our group yesterday morning were 3 other members of Gold Star Families for Peace. Juan Torres was with us and his son, Juan, was murdered in Afghanistan.
First of all, I was followed all morning by the Park Police. I guess because I am a very dangerous subversive. I would never hurt a flea, but what I am dangerous to is the lies and corruption of our government.
Film: Sheehan, Torres and Bruhns: Vigil at the White House, found at:
Witnesses to the scene called in the story to us. It went sort of like this (see here for pictures).
"The time to lay down is right now. Those who are willing to be
arrested will not get up. Others will get up and will observe the
Leak grand jury meets prosecutor
By Adam Entous
Wed Oct 26, 1:56 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity met on Wednesday with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald amid signs the prosecutor was preparing to seek criminal charges.
Fitzgerald, who has interviewed many senior White House figures as he seeks the source of the leak, declined comment as he left the session that lasted three hours.
It was unclear whether the grand jury voted on indictments during the secret meeting. An announcement could still come on Thursday or Friday, when the panel could meet again for a final time. The grand jury is scheduled to expire on Friday unless Fitzgerald extends it.