Why the American dream is one of the biggest lies

Why the American dream is one of the biggest lies

Muriel Gray argues that the lessons of hurricane Katrina and its terrible aftermath are not about disaster management but about exposing the falsehoods at the very heart of modern America

SINCE broadcasters precede any post watershed material that might shock, offend or disturb with a stern warning about content, it seems odd that this service is not extended to the news. Mind you, what would the reassuring voice of the female continuity announcer say? How about: “Viewers are cautioned that the following programme contains images that may cause them to despise the entire human race and look forward to its inevitable self destruction.

For the 'Excuse President,' the best defense is a good offense

September 04, 2005
For the 'Excuse President,' the best defense is a good offense
Posted 2:46 pm |The Carpetbagger Report

At the end of the day, the Bush gang only knows how to run one play: shun responsibility and blame someone else. It's about the only thing the administration seems to do well.

Initially, the blame for the crisis in New Orleans was placed on the local citizens who didn't have the resources to leave. Then, the blame shifted half-heartedly to the media, as evidenced by Trent Lott's claim the other day that the federal government has responded well to the disaster, but people are being misled by reporters who only want to focus on the negative.

Anti-War Events Building to September 24th

By David Swanson

On September 15, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and other congress members will be holding hearings on Capitol Hill on the issue of creating an exit strategy for Iraq. This event will be nine days before what organizers are hoping will be the biggest ever march against the war in Washington. Many of the same groups organizing the march on Sept. 24th have decided to hold a smaller rally in front of the White House on the 15th to support the action in Congress and the demand to get U.S. soldiers out of Iraq.

This has resulted in confusion for at least some small number of people. Here is an attempt to clarify.

PLEASE Call Your Representative's Office TUESDAY

Help Needed - PLEASE Call Your Representative's Office TUESDAY Re: HRes
375 the Downing Street Minutes

A few months ago, Rep. Barbara Lee introduced a Resolution of Inquiry
[H.Res. 375 Re: the Downing Street Minutes] to investigate Bush
Administration deceit and wrongdoing leading up to the Iraq War. The
After Downing Street Coalition - http://www.afterdowningstreet.org - is
working with Rep. Lee's office and others to gain Congressional
cosponsors for this Resolution. Unfortunately we are running out of
time. The showdown vote is drawing near. You can help us win! We need
your help. Especially if your Representative is a member of the

Silent Powell's no hero on Iraq

Silent Powell's no hero on Iraq
From New York Daily News
Denis HamillFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell presents the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003.Photo Credit CNN

You know who has been anything but a hero in the lost war in Iraq?
Colin Powell.

After watching the excellent CNN Presents documentary "Dead Wrong" with David Ensor a few weeks back - it's about the President's commission on the intelligence failures leading up to the Iraqi war - it turns out it wasn't failure at all.

Instead, the case for invasion was a roaring success of warmongering spin, lies, cherrypicking and deception.

Cindy Is Not a Sucker

Cindy Sheehan is leading a movement and thinking pretty damn clearly about it -- as becomes clear to anyone who meets her, as the authors of this sort of conspiracy commentary clearly have not. In this sort of piece, Cindy's arguments are not refuted, but dismissed as the ravings of someone who's too upset to think straight. So the fact that her son died in the war is turned into a reason why she cannot talk about it, cannot point out the evidence that the war was launched on the basis of lies.

U.S. the New Saddam

Published on Sunday, September 4, 2005 by the Toronto Sun
By Eric Margolis

The most important news from Iraq last week was not the much ballyhooed constitutional pact by Shias and Kurds, nor the tragic stampede deaths of nearly 1,000 pilgrims in Baghdad.

The U.S. Air Force's senior officer, Gen. John Jumper, stated U.S. warplanes would remain in Iraq to fight resistance forces and protect the American-installed regime "more or less indefinitely." Jumper's bombshell went largely unnoticed due to Hurricane Katrina.

Gen. Jumper let the cat out of the bag. While President George Bush hints at eventual troop withdrawals, the Pentagon is busy building four major, permanent air bases in Iraq that will require heavy infantry protection.

Venezuela convinced of US invasion

The Age
September 4, 2005 - 5:49AM

Venezuela has uncovered plans for a US-led invasion and is preparing to defend the country against invading forces if necessary, President Hugo Chavez said in a report carried by the state-run news agency.

The Bolivarian News Agency reported that Chavez made the comments during an interview with CNN. It was unclear when the interview was to be aired.

"If it occurs to the United States to invade our country - Fidel Castro said it and I agree - a war will start here to last 100 years," Chavez was quoted as saying. "Not only this country would be burned up, but a good part of this continent; they shouldn't make any mistake about it, we are preparing to repel an invasion."

Week of chaos leaves administration reeling

Week of chaos leaves administration reeling
By Todd S. Purdum / New York Times News Service
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

President Bush waves after delivering his weekly radio address from the Rose Garden of the White House Saturday in Washington. In a rare live radio address, Bush, seeking to stem criticism that a slow federal response has contributed to needless misery, said he is ordering additional active duty forces to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast region.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps not since Richard M. Nixon faced Vietnam-era tumult abroad and at home has an American president had to meet quite the combination of foreign war, domestic tribulations and political division that President Bush now confronts, from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf Coast to Capitol Hill.

"This is a storm of enormous magnitude," Bush told relief workers at the disaster operations center of the Red Cross here on Sunday morning. He was referring to Hurricane Katrina, of course, but his words could also apply to the enduring insurgency in Iraq and the looming battles over the first double vacancy on the Supreme Court since Nixon nominated William H. Rehnquist to the Supreme Court 34 years ago.

The claims of bringing stability to Iraq are just absurd

9/5/2005 11:48:00 AM GMT
The claims of bringing stability to Iraq are just absurd
By: Kevin Zeese

Just as President Bush claimed in the build-up to war that the U.S. was threatened by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's connection to Osama bin Laden and 9/11 plotters– we are now being told a new falsehood – U.S. troops are in Iraq to stabilize the country. Even the slightest scratching of the reality surface shows the absurdity of this wartime propaganda.


Italy continues troop withdrawal from Iraq

Last Update: Friday, September 2, 2005. 11:29am (AEST)
Italy continues troop withdrawal from Iraq
Defence Minister Antonio Martino says Italy will continue to reduce the number of its troops deployed to southern Iraq with new departures expected soon.

Mr Martino says "There has already been a first withdrawal of 300 men and it is expected that very soon we will proceed with a new reduction" in forces.

The Defence Minister did not give a precise date nor the size of the next troop withdrawal but adds that "the recomposition of the Italian contingent has already begun".

In June 2003 the Italian Government sent some 3,000 soldiers to Iraq.

20,000 still trapped in burning city

Sunday, September 04, 2005

--The two week old baby had not had any milk for almost 5 days when this picture was taken.--

We let citizens down, admits President

Bring Them Home Now Tour Report #1

Bring Them Home Now Tour Report #1
by Crawford Peace House [Subscribe]
Sun Sep 4th, 2005 at 19:44:55 PDT
This report comes from Lisa Fithian who is part of the tour that left Crawford on Wednesday:

Dear Allies and Organizers,

The Bring Them Home Now Tour is on its fifth day of the journey from Camp Casey, Crawford, TX to Washington DC. Here is a quick summary of the events on each route as of Sept 3...

New Orleans=Iraq=Worst President Ever

New Orleans=Iraq=Worst President Ever
by jetfan [Subscribe]
Sun Sep 4th, 2005 at 19:12:13 PDT

The Pat Buchanan isolationists just got a 145 mph wind at their sails by the name of Katrina. A slew of paleoconservatives and Republican moderates who probably voted for Bush, gave him the benefit of doubt, but never were strong supporters of his Iraq gambit will be dusting off their "we need to take care of people here at home" rationale and joining the already majority anti-war movement.

Expect to see the bottom fall out of Iraq support. Expect even new lows for the next Bush approval polls.

Special Prosecutor to Investigate Criminal Negligence

Special Prosecutor to Investigate Criminal Negligence
Submitted by Mary Jeswald (not verified) on Sun, 2005-09-04 19:10.

(Editor's note: This letter was posted on an earlier thread.)

Here is the letter that I am sending to my congressional representatives:

Dear Senators Santorum and Specter and Representative Hart:

After watching the Weather Channel repeatedly warn of the approach of Hurricane Katrina, I was shocked after the storm hit to read in the news that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson on Sunday, August 28, 2005 had called Louisiana Governor Blanco to offer to send National Guard troops from New Mexico to assist the State of Louisiana. On Thursday, September 1, 2005, permission from Washington was finally given.

Meet the Press: Jefferson Parish Pres. in tears, begs for FEMA help

Presidential visit to disaster area was faked media hype
President of Jefferson Parish, Aaron Broussard, says he still doesn't have the resources needed to save the lives in his Parish.

At the end of this interview on Meet the Press, Broussard tells a heart wrenching story of a co-worker's mother that was trapped in a nursing home. She called four days in a row for help but help never came. Broussard breaks into tears as he explains that the cavalry never came and she died by drowning.

Folks, people are still trapped. People still don't have food and water. President Bush has staged some photo-ops to make it look like the Calvary had arrived and everything was under control.

Open Closed Military Bases to Victims of Policies that Defunded Everything Except an Illegal War

Sponsor The Veterans For Peace Bus in Covington, LA
[VFP Road Trips Bus, Fresh From Camp Casey, Has Set Up Aid Station In Covington LA To Disaster Relief To Those In Need]

The Pine View Middle School
1115 West 28th Street Covington, LA. [You Can Mail Supplies Via UPS to this Address; care of VFP]

We are using the school to support Veterans For Peace hurricane relief efforts from Covington, LA.

This petition is to the US government to open closed military bases to house the Hurricane victims- please sign and pass on


paypal donation to Chapter 116

The Perfect Storm and the Feral City

From TomDispatch

I officially closed down for the Labor Day Weekend, but the Bush administration's response to Katrina was simply too much for me. So I've written today a summary piece, especially emphasizing the way in which Iraq has proved a grim coming attraction for Katrina's aftermath: "At the Front of Nowhere at All: The Perfect Storm and the Feral City."

New Orleans is, of course, the "feral city" that thirty years of sci fi movies and post-apocalyptic novels (think: Escape from New York) have brought to our consciousness. It is clearly a defining event of our moment, possibly our lives, and it has swept up all Bush policies -- every way in which they have tried to "starve the beast" -- into a perfect toxic storm.

"They've Got to Open the Base"

By Stephen Elliott

Louisiana black leaders, along with Maxine Waters and Jesse Jackson, want to take Katrina victims to a shuttered Air Force base instead of shelters. And I'm going with them.

Baton Rouge, LA - I got on a bus with California Rep. Maxine Waters Saturday afternoon, not sure where we were going, just knowing we were headed to New Orleans to pick up Hurricane Katrina victims. Even as television news is showing pictures of people being rescued by military helicopters and chartered buses, local and national black leaders are seething at the mismanaged evacuation, as well as the haphazard way even the rescued people are being handled. So they've come up with their own plan: to load the remaining residents on buses they've chartered and bring them to England Air Force Base, a shuttered military installation in Alexandria, La.

Casualties of War: Camp Casey and New Orleans

By Starhawk

When Katrina hit, I was at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, where I had gone to support Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star mother who encamped outside of Bush’s ranch to demand a meeting so she could ask him one simple question, “What noble cause did my son die for?

The Noble Cause In Iraq Becomes Painfully Clear

Published on 9/4/2005

Letters To The Editor:
Cindy Sheehan, the mother protesting the Iraq War on the President's doorstep, is a bit disingenuous. She says she wants to know what noble cause her son died for, but the answer to that question becomes ever more painfully clear.

Her son died because our current president could never measure up in his father's eyes. A poor scholar, an absent soldier and a failed businessman, he had to impress Dad in a big way, a really big way.

That's why from the beginning of his first term, long before Sept. 11, 2001, he had his sights set on Iraq. He wanted to win the war that Daddy muffed. The war wasn't about spreading democracy because there are much better ways to do that. It wasn't about thwarting terrorism because it is creating new terrorists daily. It was and still is about ego.

Is that a noble cause? Apparently the Bush twins don't think so and neither do I. Ms. Sheehan, tell it like it is, even though it's way too painful for 1,870 mothers to bear. Otherwise, there is no end in sight.

Terri Roper


Who are we honorin' today?

Hosted by Putfile.com

This picture of President Bush's meeting with a victim of Hurricane Katrina supports Cindy Sheehan's recollections of her first (and only) meeting with President Bush.

Cindy described her meeting with him this way:

"After Casey's death, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the White House for a visit with Mr. Bush in June of 2004. Her first memory of Bush's appearance that day was when he walked into the room and said in a loud, bluff voice, "Who we'all honorin' today?"

How the Free Market Killed New Orleans

September 03, 2005
By Michael Parenti

The free market played a crucial role in the destruction of New Orleans and the death of thousands of its residents. Armed with advanced warning that a momentous (force 5) hurricane was going to hit that city and surrounding areas, what did officials do? They played the free market.

They announced that everyone should evacuate. Everyone was expected to devise their own way out of the disaster area by private means, just as the free market dictates…

On Day One of the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, it was already clear that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of American lives had been lost in New Orleans. Many people had "refused" to evacuate, media reporters explained, because they were just plain "stubborn."

Time Magazine: One of the Nobodies Who Could've Predicted

TIME, July 10, 2000

The Pulse Of America

The Big Easy On the Brink

If it doesn't act fast, the city could become the next Atlantis


If a flood of Biblical proportions were to lay waste to New Orleans, Joe Suhayda has a good idea how it would happen. A Category 5 hurricane would come barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico. It would cause Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, to overflow, pouring down millions of gallons of water on the city. Then things would really get ugly. Evacuation routes would be blocked. Buildings would collapse. Chemicals and hazardous waste would dissolve, turning the floodwaters into a lethal soup. In the end, what was left of the city might not be worth saving. "There's concern it would essentially destroy New Orleans," says Suhayda.


By: Art Cribbs
Date: September 3, 2005
Source: The writer himself.

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
- Jesus Christ, quoted in John 8:32 of the Bible (New Revised Standard

Do we know the truth? Are we free? Perhaps not.

All-too-frequently President George W. Bush lies, and all-too-often the media
broadcast his every word without question or criticism. For instance, he lied
about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He can parse it any way he likes,
but his casus belli was still a lie. Then he covered his lies with more lies
about how "regime change" would bring liberation and democracy to Iraq. Two

Bush Staging Phony Aid Efforts for Photo Ops


And Bush Photo Ops Delaying Real Aid Efforts:


Landrieu Implores President to "Relieve Unmitigated Suffering;" End FEMA's "Abject Failures"

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued the following statement this afternoon regarding her call yesterday for President Bush to appoint a cabinet-level official to oversee Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts within 24 hours.

Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710
Contact Dan Yaseen 559-251-3361, danyaseen@comcast.net
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June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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June 24 Roanoke, Va.
7:30 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (2015 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015). Contact: plowshare@plowshareva.org
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