Gallup Refuses To Run Poll Asking Americans If Bush Should Be Impeached

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Greg Szymanski

Gallup Refuses To Run Poll Asking Americans If Bush Should Be Impeached
Independent democrats say Gallup's response is dishonest and the company is using a double standard when considering the nationwide poll run during the Clinton presidency.

September 2, 2005

Behind the scenes, independent Democrats who are not “bought and paid off

SPARKING A PRAIRIE FIRE: CINDY SHEEHAN AT CITY HALL

Austin Chronicle
Sparking a Prairie Fire: Cindy Sheehan at City Hall
BY WELLS DUNBAR

The scene Wednesday evening outside the gates of the Capitol seemed almost like the preview to an outdoor concert, as the sweltering crowd awaited the arrival of the star performer. At about 5:30, two buses pulled up a converted navy-blue school bus, and a Ford E-450 Super Duty truck hauling a Winnebago christened The D.C. Express. Working her way down off the bus and through the crowd to a microphone was none other than Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star mother who has spent the last month waiting outside President Bushs ranch at Crawford, waiting for an answer to one question: Why did her son Casey have to die in Iraq?

Bush disrespects the troops

By Carla Binion
Online Journal Associate Editor

September 2, 2005—"You fasten the trigger for others to fire. Then you sit back and watch when the death count gets higher. You hide in your mansion as young peoples' blood flows out of their bodies and into the mud." This line from Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" perfectly describes George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and other neoconservative ideologues as they continue to use poor and middle class American soldiers as disposable pawns in their chess game of reshaping the Middle East.

The wealthy often send other people's children to die in wars of questionable ethical or practical value. They might cry crocodile tears for fallen soldiers or say they "honor" them, but their gestures are transparent recruiting gimmicks if they keep misusing soldiers as cannon fodder for unjust purposes.

National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined

National Guard Delay (no approval by WH til Thurs!) Likely to Be Examined
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WASHINGTON - Several states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck — a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard on Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

Government makes excuses instead of doing its job to protect

By PAUL KRUGMAN
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

Before 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing the United States: a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans.

"The New Orleans hurricane scenario," The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, "may be the deadliest of all." It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening.

So why were New Orleans and the nation so unprepared? After 9/11, hard questions were deferred in the name of national unity, then buried under a thick coat of whitewash. This time, we need accountability.

Help Victims in Houston; Bush Isn't.

Just got back from the dome and I was overwhelmed by the huge numbers of folks they have put in there. The media was complaining that its not the 23,000 promised but in actuality there is probably close to 100,000 here throughout the Houston metroplex.It made me think of a modern day Hoovervile, by the sadness and magnitude of the trauma but the living conditions here seemed wonderful. I spent only an hour or so in the dome where around 17,000 people are living(its virtually a small US city) and was told they had just opened up the Astro Arena and that 3,500 new folks had been set up there. It felt more personal to be connecting with a mere 3500 folks. A pittance of people where I felt more comfortable. There are huge trucks rolling in with food, baby supplies and clothing and every conceivable medical supply. There are plenty of sick people but I didn't sense the horible coughing and general sickness I expected to see.

Yes, New Orleans Is Worth It

Published on 9/3/2005
This editorial was published Sept. 2 in The Times-Picayune:

Even as people from New Orleans desperately search for their family members and rescue workers patrol the region in boats, hack through roofs and try to pluck survivors out, some people in other parts of the country have begun to blame us, the victims. Our crime? Choosing to live in New Orleans.

Especially heartless were U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the writers of an editorial that appeared Wednesday in the Republican American, a newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., Mr. Hastert was quoted by the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., saying it makes no sense to rebuild New Orleans where it is. “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,

'It reminds me of Baghdad in the worst of times'

Julian Borger in New Orleans
Saturday September 3, 2005
The Guardian (UK)

The sprawling convention centre in New Orleans was no doubt once a source of civic pride, but yesterday the concrete and glass edifice was a symbol of national shame, giving out a stench that could be smelt two blocks away.
A dense mass of people - perhaps 20,000, almost all of them black - packed the cavernous building and filled the surrounding pavement, sitting amid debris left by Hurricane Katrina and the rubbish accumulated in four days of waiting for help.

A knot of police officers, mostly white, watched the throng warily from a small side road, armed with rifles and pump-action shotguns. More police watched from the Greater New Orleans Bridge high above.

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

September 3, 2005
By Daniel Patrick Welch

You know the year of 1900 - that was 60 years ago
when death come howling on the ocean
death calls, you gotta go

-Tom Rush, Wasn't it a Mighty Storm

"Galveston had a seawall, just to keep the waters down. But the high tide from the ocean spread the water over the town." The worst hurricane in US history saw almost 6000 people drowned in Galveston, Texas a little over a century ago, in a human tragedy immortalized by Tom Rush's mournful 1960 ballad. But it was an event not only remembered in folklore, but enshrined forever in the form of town and city charters across the country. It was, in its time, a wake up call for government, the very idea that mass organization might help in times of crisis. Government was not just there to grease the wheels of "progress" so that the Robber Barons could continue to pick everyone's pockets. Government might actually be able to help the people.

Delusions Under Siege

By Jason Miller
9/1/05
How does he sleep at night?

What is it that enables George Bush to sleep at night when his avarice and iniquity as a ruler exceed that of Marie Antoinette? Could it be that he slept through his history lectures about the French Revolution while he was at Yale? Perhaps his capacity to sleep soundly stems from having the most powerful military in the history of humanity at his disposal. Being a member of a dynasty dating back to the 1930's would also tend to endow one with a sense of serenity as one plundered a nation's resources, shredded the US Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom", starved the poor to feed the rich, and allowed tens of thousands to suffer or die in New Orleans simply because they are poor and black.

Camp Casey Covington

Camp Casey Covington

I know I sound like a loon, (NO COMMENTS PLEASE) but between Camp Casey II in Crawford, the hurricane, and the interference of the federal government your humble out of the frying pan into the fire activist has finally launched upon a solution.

Covington is just North of the Lake in New Orleans. It is a small community with a population of about 8,500 people that has been forgotten by the media hype and photo op moments by the Bush Administration.

I received this email about 2 hours ago.

My friends are renting a truck and filling it with the goods...I and my trusty companion Puppies for Peace President Lokken will be driving down in the morning.

Barbara Lee Blames War for Slow Response to Katrina

t r u t h o u t | Press Release

Friday 02 September 2005

Oakland, CA - In a statement issued Friday September 2nd, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) lambasted the Administration's slow response and lack of action to help the Gulf Coast communities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

"The slow response to the needs of the people in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina is inexcusable. We had several days advance notice that the Hurricane was coming, but where was the preparedness? Why weren't the hospitals, schools, and seniors evacuated immediately? Is this is an example of the Administration's idea of homeland security? If so, we are in trouble.

Help Needed in New Camp Casey

http://crawfordpeace.nfshost.com/node/1794

Where did the food go? What about the Medical supplies? How about all the water that was never sucked up in the 109 degree heat of Camp Casey? It got loaded up by the team and members of the Veterans For Peace Chapter 116, Mendocino County, www.vfproadtrips.org and hauled out with Annie and Buddy Spell of the Louisiana Activist Network, Commanding the way to as close as Camp Casey could get to the catastrophe in Louisiana. Alberto signed on the tour in Austin and we we were joined by Alex and Ella of Minnesota who spent a lot of time at Camp Casey the past month.

Help New Orleans; Bush Won't Do It

Hurricane Katrina exposed an uncaring face of a government that does not believe in its basic role. Americans are expressing our shock and disgust with an Administration that failed to adequately mobilize to help the largely poor and minority communities of the Gulf Coast. We strongly protest this Administration's shortchanging of Homeland Security and disaster preparedness needs while lavishing tax breaks on a select few.

We write to ask your help for ACORN, a group that that needs your help now so that they can provide critical help to those in need and continue to hold public officials accountable. The ACORN national headquarters in New Orleans has succumbed to the flood waters and many ACORN family members throughout New Orleans have been displaced.

THE GULF WARS

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THE GULF WARS

Statement from United for Peace and Justice

Sept. 2, 2005

www.unitedforpeace.org

The effects of Katrina are tragic, causing death, the disruption of lives, and the loss of property on an unimaginable scale. Although Katrina was a natural catastrophe, its effects were largely avoidable and parallel another tragedy unfolding daily near another Gulf, 7000 miles away. Both disasters flow from the criminal behavior of the Bush administration and are closely related. Much can be said about how long-term policies -- from denying the existence of global warming to permitting greedy developers to destroy protective offshore islands and wetlands -- may have contributed to the severity of Katrina. But now there are more immediate concerns.

Big oil's bigtime looting

The Boston Globe
By Derrick Z. Jackson | September 2, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH yesterday told ABC-TV, ''there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting or price-gouging at the gasoline pump or taking advantage of charitable giving or insurance fraud."

Zero tolerance is meaningless when the White House lets the biggest looters of Hurricane Katrina walk off with billions of dollars.
We are not referring to the people you currently see in endless footage, crashing through storefronts and wading through chest-high water with clothes, food, and pharmaceuticals. Some folks are disgusting in their thuggishness, but a great many others are simply desperate, having now gone three days without food or water. The latter are living out one of the most famous hypothetical problems in moral reasoning -- should a husband steal a cancer drug he cannot afford for his dying wife?

911 IN NEW ORLEANS

By Paul Rogat Loeb

We're told the 911 attacks changed everything for America--that they ushered
us in to a new and more dangerous world, where we could no longer afford old
illusions. If we take its full lessons, the disaster of Hurricane Katrina
challenges us even more profoundly.

If the comparison seems overstated, the death tolls from Katrina may well
exceed the number of those lost at the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The
projected cost of rebuilding New Orleans and its surroundings is now
projected at $25 billion and may even approach the $40 billion paid out by
insurance companies worldwide related to the 911 attacks. And while New York

How Does Scotty McClellan Live with Himself?

Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour - Day 1 and 2
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Since I was bone tired when I finally got to a bed, I didn't write my blog last night. This will probably be the last time I write for awhile, unless I think of something exciting to say. I am on my way home until the end of next week when I head back for the Bus Tour.

Yesterday, we left Camp Casey and it was very emotional for me. Like I said before, I never thought I would feel so badly about leaving Crawford, Texas behind. But I never counted on the Crawford, Texas experience turning into the Camp Casey experience. We actually walked around most of the time with stupid grins on our faces because being at Camp Casey was such a happy experience. However, we are carrying Camp Casey with us to the nation now.

Mystery Unfolds Over Hunt for WMD in Iraq

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent
Fri Sep 2, 2:38 PM ET

Beneath the giant dome of a Baghdad palace, facing his team of scientists and engineers, George Tenet sounded more like a football coach than a spymaster, a coach who didn't know the game was over.

"Are we 85 percent done?" the CIA boss demanded. The arms hunters knew what he wanted to hear. "No!" they shouted back. "Let me hear it again!" They shouted again.

The weapons are out there, Tenet insisted. Go find them.

Veteran inspector Rod Barton couldn't believe his ears. "It was nonsense," the Australian biologist said of that February evening last year, when the then-chief of U.S. intelligence secretly flew to Baghdad and dropped in on the lakeside Perfume Palace, chandelier-hung home of the Iraq Survey Group.

WHY NOT MARCH ON WASHINGTON

~~~~~~~
Katrina Marches on Washington?
by FluxRostrum

A thought. Which would be backed up with my complete, in-person, suppport, if there is serious interest in making this thought a reality. I am not currently close enough to NO to start the ball myself.

Evidence of bureaucratic failures in the handling of Katrina are starting to piss a lot of people off.

The fact that hotels are not offering - even temporarily - free rooms to refugees... the gas gouging... the depiction of survival as "looting", blocking domestic & foriegn workers and aid from entering the city ...

All of these issues clearly illustrate the fact that "Profit Over People" is not right or acceptable, at least in this level humanity.

More on FEMA Funneling Money to Killer Pat

By PogBlog

Fema donation page has Operation Blessing two below Red Cross.LINK

USA Today has Op. Blessing right under Red Cross. LINK

The original alert I saw on Sploid. LINK is the follow-up.

Searching for that elusive moment of accountability

by Rep Brad Miller [Subscribe]
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 14:22:08 PDT
The Bush crowd says now is not the time for finger pointing. How distasteful it would be for partisanship to intrude in this tragic time.

What pious, hypocritical crap.

I really don't just take press releases and post them here as diaries. I won't do this again (well, not often) but this topic has been much discussed here during in last few days.

Here's what I said on the floor an hour ago:

"I know that today's session was a formality, that there would be no votes other than a voice vote, but I thought it was important to be here to show my support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in whatever way I could, however modest.

US can handle Iraq, Katrina: Bush

(Editor's note: Some lawmakers have asked for the National Guard to be pulled out of Iraq and return back to the States where they're needed at home. Are we stretched to thin? Are there enough members in Congress to support bringing the troops home to help recover from this tragedy? What do you think?)

US can handle Iraq, Katrina: Bush
From correspondents in Biloxi
September 03, 2005

US President George W. Bush has rejected calls to pull resources from the war in Iraq to handle Hurricane Katrina, saying: "We've got plenty of resources to do both."

"The people (have) just got to know, we've got what it takes to do more than one thing. And we'll secure our country from the terrorists and we'll help rebuild this part of the world," he said after touring this devastated town.

Some US lawmakers have asked that Washington call home members of the National Guard whose homes were devastated by the storm, others worry about the multi-billion-dollar pricetag of funding both ventures.

Bipartisan investigation into Katrina failures

Bipartisan investigation into Katrina failures
by kos
Fri Sep 2nd, 2005 at 16:29:16 PDT
This might be a good thing, if done right.

Two key U.S. senators said on Friday they will open a bipartisan investigation into what they described as an "immense failure" of the government response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who heads the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the panel's top Democrat, said they plan to begin an oversight investigation next week when the full Senate returns from a summer recess.

No whitewashes. Find out who fucked up. Republicans, Democrats, I don't care. Anyone who screwed up should be tarred and feathered.

(Funny thing is, given the two names on this effort, I trust Collins to get at the truth more than I trust Lieberman.)

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Sparking a Prairie Fire: Cindy Sheehan at City Hall

Sparking a Prairie Fire: Cindy Sheehan at City Hall

BY WELLS DUNBAR

The scene Wednesday evening outside the gates of the Capitol seemed almost like the preview to an outdoor concert, as the sweltering crowd awaited the arrival of the star performer. At about 5:30, two buses pulled up a converted navy-blue school bus, and a Ford E-450 Super Duty truck hauling a Winnebago christened The D.C. Express. Working her way down off the bus and through the crowd to a microphone was none other than Cindy Sheehan, the Gold Star mother who has spent the last month waiting outside President Bushs ranch at Crawford, waiting for an answer to one question: Why did her son Casey have to die in Iraq?

Write your Congressmen...DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY!!

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Write your Congressmen...DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY!!
Here's the address:
http://www.house.gov/writerep /

Here's the letter that I wrote to mine (copy or hack away):

Dear Sir,

I am writing you to express my great sadness and anger regarding our Federal Government's handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis. It is becoming painfully obvious that our government has abandoned tens of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens and is letting one of our great cities fall to chaos and ruin. I am writing to ask you how, nearly four years after 9/11, we found ourselves without a plan to evacuate the sick, poor and elderly from what has been regarded as our most vulnerable city? As a formerly proud American citizen, I am outraged to see images coming from our own soil that are indistinguishable from those of a third world country. The Federal Government's response to Hurricane Katrina has been irreprehensible and I am asking for your pledge that you will demand the accountability of those responsible. Please be my voice.

Sincerely,

The big disconnect on New Orleans

The big disconnect on New Orleans
The official version; then there's the in-the-trenches version

Friday, September 2, 2005 Posted: 1934 GMT (0334 HKT)

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Diverging views of a crumbling New Orleans emerged Thursday. The sanitized view came from federal officials at news conferences and television appearances. But the official line was contradicted by grittier, more desperate views from the shelters and the streets.

These conflicting views came within hours, sometimes minutes of each of each other, as reflected in CNN's transcripts. The speakers include Michael Brown, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, evacuee Raymond Cooper, CNN correspondents and others. Here's what they had to say:

Mystery unfolds over hunt for WMD in Iraq

Mystery unfolds over hunt for WMD in Iraq
9/2/2005, 1:38 p.m. CT
By CHARLES J. HANLEY
The Associated Press

(AP) — Beneath the giant dome of a Baghdad palace, facing his team of scientists and engineers, George Tenet sounded more like a football coach than a spymaster, a coach who didn't know the game was over.

"Are we 85 percent done?" the CIA boss demanded. The arms hunters knew what he wanted to hear. "No!" they shouted back. "Let me hear it again!" They shouted again.

The weapons are out there, Tenet insisted. Go find them.

Veteran inspector Rod Barton couldn't believe his ears. "It was nonsense," the Australian biologist said of that February evening last year, when the then-chief of U.S. intelligence secretly flew to Baghdad and dropped in on the lakeside Perfume Palace, chandelier-hung home of the Iraq Survey Group.

Missing the Forest for the Uprooted Floating Trees

By David Swanson

The trillion dollar question has long been: How do we get the major media outlets in this country to notice that the White House is run by oil barons who launch illegal wars based on lies, defund everything else, and destroy the environment at every opportunity – and that this is a single, connected story?

In June we garnered a bit of interest in the Downing Street Memos story, which then dried up and went away. Then there was the Karl Rove scandal, which dried up and went away. It's not that the actual events went away. More evidence continued to come out, protests continued to grow, congressional action by progressive Dems and brave Republicans accelerated. But the media lost interest.

BRAD SHOW Saturday Night...

BRAD SHOW Saturday Night...

Highlights from our 'Operation Noble Cause' Coverage on the Ground in Crawford, TX!
Saturday Night @ 7p-11p ET (4p-8p PT), ReBRADCast @ Noon ET on Sunday!
Thanks to our great engineer Otie Maclay (who we found on the side of the road on our way to Crawford), this Saturday Night's BRAD SHOW will feature many of the highlights from our 50+ hours of LIVE daily broadcasts from on the ground at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.

Highlights to include interviews with: CINDY SHEEHAN, JOAN BAEZ, REP. JOHN CONYERS, RANDI RHODES, Goldstart Mom KAREN MEREDITH, Iraqi Vet TOMAS ANDREWS, plus musical highlights and much much more!

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