From Jon Orlando:
Here are three photos from Camp Casey,
including one of Mary and Kini -
the two women from Colorado
who sang the sing-along on Saturday.
TWO MORE PHOTOS BELOW FOLD
New film reveals devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment.
(PRWEB) September 6, 2005 -- Parents across the nation are taking action as part of the Leave My Child Alone Coalition's Back-to-School Opt Out month, just as a new film reveals the devastating impact of aggressive military recruitment on American families.
At over two hundred community events across America, parents are taking steps to opt their children from a provision in the No Child Left Behind Act, which requires public high schools to pass on lists of private student information to the military for recruitment purposes. At school board meetings, back to school events and meet ups in 37 states and in major US cities, parents are taking a stand to opt out.
By Norman Solomon
Calls for firing Michael Brown are understandable. Aptly described as "the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA" by columnist Maureen Dowd a few days ago, he's an easy and appropriate target.
President Bush met with Brown last Friday and publicly told him: "You're doing a heck of a job."
In the grisly wake of the hurricane, Brown's job performance cannot be separated from Bush's job performance. To similar deadly effect, the president has brought to bear on people in New Orleans the same qualities that he has inflicted on people in Iraq -- refusal to acknowledge basic realities, lethally misplaced priorities, lack of compassion (cue the guitar), and overarching arrogance.
Calling All Veterans: Central Florida Veterans for Peace Membership Drive
The Central Florida chapter of Veterans for Peace, Inc. is seeking new members. To learn more about the national organization of Veterans for Peace, Inc. please visit their web site at www.veteransforpeace.org. If you are a Military Veteran (peacetime and/or wartime service) living in the following counties of Central Florida (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. John's, Volusia) and are agreeable to the organization's Statement of Purpose we urge you to join us. The VFP's Statement of Purpose can be viewed at http://www.veteransforpeace.org/../OrganState.htm or by scrolling below. Veterans for Peace extends Associate Membership status to all those who agree with our Statement of Purpose. Veteran status is not required for Associate Membership.
By Earl J. Prignitz
September 6, 2005
I have a very serious question to ask the media and I hope that my question will not be treated lightly. I would like to know why the media hasn't published polls asking whether the American people believe George W. Bush should be impeached for lying to the United States Congress and the American people about reasons for going to war with Iraq? The Downing Street memo is proof that the war was pre-planned and not due to weapons of mass destruction.
When the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, many pollster throughout the country asked about the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Pulse of the Twin Cities
Local mother joins Camp Casey
Cindy Sheehan to speak in Mpls Saturday
by Julia Curran
Editor’s note: As we were going to press, Women Against Military Madness announced that Cindy Sheehan will speak in Minneapolis Sat., Sept. 3, at a time and place to be announced. Sheehan is the mother of a fallen soldier who inspired a mass protest outside George W. Bush’s compound in Crawford, Texas. For more information contact Women Against Military Madness at 612-827-5364 or visit WorldWideWAMM.org.
The mainstream media, so easily drawn into the political rhetoric of the Iraq war, prefers dealing in abstractions, numbers and money, oil and faraway names. In these stories humanity, if it appears at all, is a quirky supporting character tacked on at the end.
United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions
United States warships turn towards Venezuela as US military takes control of Hurricane devastated regions; Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Frias vows '100-year war'
Russian journalist Sorcha Faal writes: Russian Military Analysts are reporting today that a 'significant' portion of the US Navy Armada that had been heading towards their country's devastated southern regions have turned towards South America.
Reports state a planned Invasion of Venezuela to overthrow its President and reassert 'control' over Venezuela's vast oil reserves.
The Venezuelan President having been notified of this most troubling development has ordered his military forces to be on top alert and has 'vowed' a 100-year war against the military leaders of the United States..
PM Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Beyond the Political Spin: New Orleans Realities
ROBIN ROCQUE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocque said today: "I'm one of the fortunate. My family evacuated
New Orleans early Sunday morning, before the horror. We sat in my
uncle's living room, in Arcadia, La., and stared at the television. I
am a native New Orleanian and I had a difficult time identifying my
Erin P. Billings
6 September 2005
In her latest attempt to pressure the Bush administration to revise its Iraqi policies, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), is planning to bring several national security experts before a hearing next week to discuss strategies to conclude the conflict.
Woolsey, co-chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Caucus, is leading a bloc of House Democrats in calling on the White House to conclude the United States' role in the Iraq conflict. She is also helping to lead a group of about 50 Members who recently formed the Out of Iraq Caucus.
The unofficial Sept. 15 hearing, to which both Democrats and Republicans have been invited, will focus on ways to end the war and plans for transferring power back to the Iraqi people, Woolsey said.
September 06, 2005
Robert Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. His book, Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, will be published by Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books in the fall.
September 2005 could go down in history as the month in which Iraq policy finally turned around. By all indications, members of Congress returning to Capitol Hill this week will come back having heard, loud and clear, from their constituents that it’s time to end the war in Iraq, victory or no. And it’s not just Democrats.
Gone with the Water
By Joel K. Bourne, Jr.
National Geographic OCTOBER 2004
The Louisiana bayou, hardest working marsh in America, is in big trouble-with dire consequences for residents, the nearby city of New Orleans, and seafood lovers everywhere.
It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they
watched TV "storm teams" warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.
Ask Your Congress Member to Co-Sponsor H Res 375, which will be acted on in the International Relations Committee on Sept. 14. Every member should co-sponsor, whether or not they serve on that committee.
If passed, H Res 375 will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."
We have the Downing Street Memos from the UK. This Resolution, if passed, will demand similar evidence from the US. It has the support of most, and possibly all, of the Democrats on the IR committee, and of at least one Republican on that committee. We need every Dem and three Republicans to pass it.
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By Marjorie Cohn
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Saturday 03 September 2005
Last September, a Category 5 hurricane battered the small island of Cuba with 160-mile-per-hour winds. More than 1.5 million Cubans were evacuated to higher ground ahead of the storm. Although the hurricane destroyed 20,000 houses, no one died.
What is Cuban President Fidel Castro's secret? According to Dr. Nelson Valdes, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America, "the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. People know ahead of time where they are to go."
Meets at noon for debate and at 2:15 p.m. to consider the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 and the estate tax bill.
2:30 p.m. -- Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on gasoline prices and factors contributing to high prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration; James Overdahl, chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Johnnie Burton, director of the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service.
Meets at 2 p.m. to consider commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific, and calling on the president to issue a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.
By Patricia Goldsmith
The chickenhawks have put the war back in class warfare.
Under globalization, Baghdad and New Orleans really are interchangeable. It’s not just the American worker, but the American citizen, who is being brought down to the same level as a citizen of the Third World. Apparently, human rights are only for those with the money to buy them—and the price is going up, up, up, right along with oil.
In the future, I believe September 11, 2001 will become identified with peak oil. While oil production did not actually peak on that particular day, it’s close enough for government work. Our entire civilization, with its quaint middle classes and obsolete Geneva Conventions and Bill of Rights, is based on the false assumption of unlimited access to cheap oil.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The Sept. 1 letter from Melrose and Betty Beal, who are shocked that a veterans group and a
Blue Star mother are protesting the Blue Angels air show in Brunswick, is sad.
Cindy Sheehan's son is dead, for no rhyme or reason. He died for weapons of mass deception.
Being a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and former Republican, I am not a Veteran for Peace. But why in the world would we be putting on an air show when millions of people
are in need after being hit by
the worst hurricane in years?
The Blue Angels, like the Thunderbirds, are around for one reason: recruitment, to dupe
By Benj Buck
September 6, 2005
As the troops continue to fight and accomplish their goals in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan has her own goals to fight for.
Beginning August 31, Sheehan has been a player in sending out three tour groups from the protests in Crawford, TX to the country abroad. The Bring Them Home Now Tour began in three seperate cities--Dallas, Austin, and Oklahoma City. The Southern Tour plans to be in Columbia, SC September 13 through September 15.
Past stops have included speaches and forums, pot luck meals, and candlelight vigils. The only mentioned plan so far for Columbia is a rally at Martin Luther King Junior Park. However, possibilities exists for a meeting with two congressional reps--Joe Wilson (R) and Jim Clyburn (D).
Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon
September 6, 2005
Bravery: to encounter with courage; defy; dare. Dictatorial: stresses autocratic, highhanded methods and, often, an imperious manner.
God bless you, Cindy Sheehan. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world understands your pain. Patriotism does not include, and it never did, ignoring flag-draped coffins, or supporting an inherently immoral war.
Let's hope that the flicker of light shining forth from a few brave souls who have the fortitude to stand up for what is right, becomes a flame for truth and justice and a beacon for peace.
September 6, 2005
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Here's something I don't understand. The golden goose was about to lay another 9/11-type golden egg for Bush & Co. to pick up. And they didn't.
Surely, Karl Rove, who had seen Bush's approval ratings drop to all-time lows, knew days ahead that a Category 5 Hurricane was bearing down on New Orleans and a calamitous disaster was likely to unfold there if and when the levees were unable to hold back the water. What better way to improve those ratings than for Bush to be photographed the day after the disaster struck, standing on top of debris, bullhorn in hand, vowing that the government would help Gulf Coast states rebuild from the Katrina catastrophe?
The writer of "President sees bigger picture" implies war protestor and Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan is guilty of treason. She further indicates everyone should support the president.
Did the writer ever write such a letter when Bill Clinton was president, imploring everyone to support the president?
President Bush sees the bigger picture, as in "What is in it for Bush and the GOP?" As America was experiencing one of the biggest natural disasters in our history, instead of being in the White House writing out a personal check for relief of misery and imploring Americans to sacrifice to help in this tragedy (as well as in the Bush-created tragedy of Iraq), Bush was out wasting resources making a political speech.
By Crystal Bonvillian
Linda Waste's voice quivered as she told the crowd on the steps of the state Capitol on Monday night about her three sons and two grandchildren who are serving in Iraq.
The Hinesville, Ga., resident and her husband, Philip, were two of the participants who rode into Montgomery on Monday on the Bring Them Home Now Tour. The tour, a traveling anti-war rally, was launched last month by Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who staged a war protest outside President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas.
The tour is expected to end Sept. 21 in Washington.
Mark Wright's "Clinton ignored terrorism's threats" (Sept. 1 Ozark Voices) is an example of the incredibly irresponsible blame game Republican elected officials are playing.
His convoluted logic places responsibility for the war in Iraq on former President Clinton. His mixed-up references include false claims that "numerous attacks of terrorism ... went unanswered."
On what planet does Rep. Wright live? Where does he get his information?
It has long ago been reported that those responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing, the attack on the USS Cole, etc., have been identified and brought (or are being brought) to justice — peacefully, it should be noted.
Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 -- The Truth, A4
Cindy Sheehan lost her son in Iraq and protested in Crawford, Texas, during Bush's vacation, asking Bush to come out and tell her what noble cause her son died for. She sure got the Bush group going. I see where different groups on both sides went around Crawford wasting gas at $2.50-plus per gallon to line the pockets of Prime Minister Cheney and King George's oil-rich buddies. They all need to stay at home, especially the Bush gang, and read "Plan of Attack" by Bob Woodward telling how we got in this mess.
People could then read "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush" by John W. Dean, who is telling how horrible the Bush-Cheney-Karl Rove bunch is, then "The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell" by John Crawford, who is a Florida National Guard soldier who was in Baghdad the first year telling a soldier's story about Bush's war.
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Letter: Waters made the effort
Regarding David Rossie's suggestion not to hold your breath for a visit to Cindy Sheehan's encampment visit by a Democratic member of Congress, MichaelMoore.com reported that Congresswoman Maxine Waters visited Camp Casey on Aug. 14.
I've been a fan of Rossie's columns for many years. How about a follow-up, giving credit to at least one Democratic member of Congress?
Press & Sun Bulletin (New York)
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Letter: Gathering no 'hate fest'
An Aug. 25 letter described the Peace Gathering at Confluence Park as a hate fest. I wonder if the writer was there. If so, he saw something far different than I did.
It was a wonderful gathering of people solemnly recognizing the sacrifice many have made in the Iraq war. It also supported Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in this dreadful conflict. This is not a fringe Marxist movement of hateful, hardcore anti-Americans. We are mainstream people from all walks of life who recognize the horrible cost of this war on our country as well as the people of Iraq.
September 6, 2005
More should be done to help vets coming home from Iraq with mental health problems
It's a tale of two tragedies.
In Las Vegas, former Army soldier and Iraq combat veteran Matthew Sepi heads to a convenience store with an assault rifle tucked under his trench coat. An argument breaks out, Sepi opens fire and one person is dead, another wounded.
He now faces murder and attempted murder charges.
In Lawrence, Mass., former Marine Sgt. Daniel Cotnoir, who recovered the remains of soldiers blown up by roadside bombs in Iraq, erupts in anger when someone from a group of noisy nightclub patrons apparently throws a bottle at him.
Editor and Publisher
By E&P Staff
Published: September 05, 2005 7:25 PM ET updated 8:00 PM
NEW YORK -- Accompanying her husband, former President George
H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in
Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the
poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated,
"This is working very well for them."
The former First Lady's remarks were aired this
evening on National Public Radio's "Marketplace"
She was part of a group in Houston today at the
Astrodome that included her husband and former
President Bill Clinton, who were chosen by her son,
A lot of unions are going to be donating aid in the coming days and weeks.
One of two things will happen.
1) They will give to Red Cross and other mainstream aid organizations and
then walk away.
2) They can support grassroots, democratic, people-of-color-led
organizations who are fighting for a say in how (or if) New Orleans is
reconstructed. These grassroots organizations will be fighing for, among
other things, stable, union jobs for those doing reconstruction. Aside from
being the right thing to do, it is also in labor's direct interest to
support these organizations.
By BOB HERBERT Published: September 5, 2005