The Real Costs of a Culture of Greed
By Robert Scheer, AlterNet. Posted September 6, 2005.
What the world has witnessed this past week is an image of poverty and social disarray that tears away the affluent mask of the United States.
Instead of the much-celebrated American can-do machine that promises to bring freedom and prosperity to less fortunate people abroad, we have seen a callous official incompetence that puts even Third World rulers to shame. The well-reported litany of mistakes by the Bush administration in failing to prevent and respond to Katrina's destruction grew longer with each hour's grim revelation from the streets of an apocalyptic New Orleans.
Ordeal of a Whistleblower
By Evelyn Pringle, AlterNet. Posted September 7, 2005.
With the recent demotion of the woman who dared speak out, the list of lies about Halliburton's no-bid Iraq reconstruction contracts grows even longer.
In October 2004, Bunnatine Greenhouse, a top military official responsible for making sure the Army Corps of Engineers complies with contracting rules, came forward and revealed that top Pentagon officials showed improper favoritism to Halliburton when awarding military contracts.
The allegations made by this official were first reported by Time magazine.
Bush on the Gulf Coast in his role as Slim Witless, the yodeling moron. At least Saddam Hussein didn't play the guitar while he killed his own people.
LINK TO ORIGINAL
Bush Blows Katrina
Following the media trail of Dubya's disaster: Doesn't anyone at the White House read National Geographic?
by Chuck Taylor
Thursday, Sept. 1: Relatives anguish over an 89-year-old woman who is near death at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
(Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
President Bush had that My Pet Goat look last Friday, Sept. 2, as he was briefed in an airplane hangar in Mobile, Ala. The clenched jaw, the grimace, the thousand-mile stare. Was this the expression of a man who was about to finally take charge, or a man in over his head? He stood before the cameras while the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Michael Brown, who just four years ago was essentially fired from his post as the judges-and-stewards commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association, described to the commander in chief in alarmingly simple terms the disaster that covered the map spread before them. This was for show. The president already knew exactly how bad it was. Which made it an incredibly stupid photo op, an unintentional symbol of his weeklong failure. If you took this event at face value, the president of the United States ostensibly was just then getting up to speed on the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which had swept through five days earlier.
Will Our Teens Be Drafted?
Recruiting, counter-recruiting, & the draft
Youth and adults are urged to join our discussion on recruiting and draft issues. Find out what's happening, what you can do, how you can get involved.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 to 9 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 - southwest corner of Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) & George Mason Dr.
J.E. McNeil, Exec. Director, Center on Conscience and War
John Judge, Counter-recruitment activist
Libby Garvey, Arlington County School Board
Pat Elder, Montgomery County parent/counter-recruitment organizer,
Not content with destroying Bagdad, the neocons decided to take out New Orleans. When the recovery is over, we must make a list of these people and when "we the people" take over Congress next year, we must hound them out of media (you reading this Wolf Blitzer?) and the government, especially the Pentagon.
Brian Baird (D-WA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) signed on today. What about YOUR Congress Member? Please ask them now!
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Purchase your bus tickets now for the September 24th antiwar mobilization in Washington, DC
Momentum is building for what promises to be an historic demonstration in Washington, DC. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, people from every corner of the country will be arriving in the nation's capital to say no to the outrageous war in Iraq, and yes to full funding for those in need because of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Bus tickets for the trip are available online at http://unitedforpeace.org/nycbuses
Wonkette says that federal bureaucrats angry over the funding cuts for levee projects and related anti-flood programs in New Orleans have come up with a name for the mess down there: Lake George.
And she had email from "a friend at the EPA." If this can be verfied, it will show that the Iraq-related slowdown in federal levee work is directly related to the breach that caused the flooding that has killed at least hundreds. Here's what her federal source reports:
We're naming it Lake George, 'cause it's his frickin fault. Have you seen all that data about the levee projects' funding being cut over the past three years by the Prez, and the funding transferred to Iraq? The levee, as designed, might not have held back the surge from a direct Class 5 hit, but it certainly would not have crumbled on Monday night from saturation and scour erosion following a glancing blow from a Class 3. The failure was in a spot that had just been rebuilt, not yet compacted, not planted, and not armed (hardened with rock/concrete). The project should have been done two years ago, but the federal gov't diverted 80% of the funding to Iraq. Other areas had settled by a few feet from their design specs, and the money to repair them was diverted to Iraq.
Iraq 100, Louisiana 8: "The Garden of Eden" vs. "Hell on Earth"
Is it possible to actually quantify how screwed up the priorities of the Bush cabal in Washington have been? Usually not. But when it comes to the issue of wetlands -- the natural buffer that could have protected New Orleans against a deadly storm surge liked the one that essentially wiped out the city last week -- the answer is "yes."
In 2004 -- at a time when George W. Bush was running for re-election and presumably courting votes in Louisiana, a potential swing state -- the White House proposed spending a whopping 12 1/3 times as much taxpayer money restoring wetlands in southern Iraq as he planned to spend on the same task in the Mississippi Delta.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism
Statement September 3, 2005
When earlier this year people in our country began to tell pollsters they did not feel the country was moving in the right direction they had no idea where we might end up. And then disaster struck; now it has become painfully clear.
The tragedy of New Orleans didn't have to happen.
The Bush Administration's policies before disaster struck and its response to its consequences has caused the death of thousands of people and unimaginable suffering, especially among the sick, the old and the very young. It has demonstrated utter disregard for the welfare and the fate of millions of people in the storm ravaged area - most of whom are disadvantaged African American working people.
Action 10 News WTHI Staff
9/5/2005 5:40:05 PM
End the War on Iraq and bring the troops home, a message voiced today in Terre Haute.
The "Bring Them Home Now" tour made a stop right here in Terre Haute earlier today in front of Books-A-Million.
The three bus tour group is travelling from Texas to Washington D.C. after a month long vigil outside President Bush's ranch.
Those with family in the military spoke out at the protest.
"We are protesting the war and miss appropriation American funds and resources to ends that do not lead us anywhere except more violence and deaths for American families resulting in Iraq and New Orleans," said Specialist Benjamin Hart Biges of the Airborne Infantry.
How U.S. forces set the stage for...
Tragedy in Baghdad
By Eric Ruder | September 9, 2005 | Page 16
AS ANTIWAR activists from Cindy Sheehan’s vigil in Crawford, Texas, left on a bus tour across the U.S., Iraq witnessed a terrible new tragedy that underlines the suffering caused by Washington’s occupation.
Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died and hundreds more were injured August 31 in a stampede on a crowded bridge in Baghdad. The victims were primarily Shiite religious pilgrims. The stampede--on a bridge that connects a Shiite district of Baghdad with an area that supports the predominantly Sunni resistance--began when a rumor ran through the crowd that a suicide bomber was about to strike.
By: Jason Miller
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 U.S. Constitution, initiated illegal wars, bullied most of the world, slaughtered innocents in the name of "spreading freedom".
Toronto appearance only Canadian stop on US speaking tour
TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Maverick British MP George Galloway will visit
Toronto September 16 to 17 for the only Canadian stop on a US speaking tour.
Galloway will tour eight US cities from September 13 to 24 to promote his new
book Mr Galloway Goes to Washington, an account of his experience testifying
before the US Senate in May 2005. Other speakers on Galloway's tour include
actress Jane Fonda, Gold Star Families for Peace member Cindy Sheehan and
pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. Galloway will meet Hitchens in New York
BY CHERI BENTRUP
You've heard about the peace movement. This is your chance to meet the activists and learn about their goals first hand.
The Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice is hosting its first Oak Park Peace Fair and Town Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday in Scoville Park, on the northwest corner of Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. No admission will be charged.
Booths representing about 40 peace organizations will be set up in the park, similar to Oak Park's Day in Our Village celebration held each June, said Kevin McDermott, one of the event organizers for the Truth & Justice Coalition.
September 7, 2005
By NANCY PASTERNACK
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Gary Maclaughlin has a mission and a bus.
On the fifth day of his Hurricane Katrina disaster-relief tour Tuesday, the Santa Cruz construction worker delivered water, food and other supplies to residents in and around New Orleans.
As he drove into the city from the Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain, he described what he could see through the windshield of his 1990 full-size diesel school bus.
Helicopters dropping sandbags at the levee; a hospital ship; barges carrying oil drums.
"There’s a dump truck with a soldier sitting backwards with an AR-15 in his lap. Police and military are going in every direction at once," he said. "It’s an amazing scene."
Anchorage Daily News
Chantel Ayers-Kalish of Anchorage thanks everyone who turned out for the Cindy Sheehan vigil Aug. 17 on the Park Strip. "It was a joy and privilege to stand with so many people who support this woman and her cause. Even in a steady rain with umbrellas in one hand and candles in the other, Alaskans came together to show compassion and concern for a fellow citizen from afar. If only every day we would join together and support one another, perhaps we wouldn't need to be at war. Compassion and kindness can be contagious; wouldn't that be a joyful epidemic to witness?"
By Ed Fanselow
BATAVIA — Cindy Sheehan, the California military mom whose 26-day vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch helped make her the new face of an anti-war movement, has announced that she will join a group of protesters outside the offices of House Speaker Dennis Hastert here today.
Sheehan originally said she wouldn't participate in the visit, which is part of a series of anti-war protests being organized around the country by the group Bring Them Home Now.
A spokesman for the group said Tuesday, though, that Sheehan decided at the last minute to join the Batavia rally as well as an evening vigil in Wheaton.
The Maui News
WAILUKU – “The Downing Street Basement Tapes
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Letter from Cindy Sheehan
Sept. 7, 2005
Dear Friends and Supporters of Peace,
On August 31st, we closed down Camp Casey on the outskirts of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. In the three and a half weeks that we were in Crawford, thousands of people passed through - some for just a few hours and some for days or weeks. Throughout the country, hundreds of thousands of people responded to my vigil, calling on the President to meet with me and, just as importantly, adding their voices to the growing cry for an end to the war in Iraq.
Wisconsin State Journal
ELIZABETH WACHOWSKI firstname.lastname@example.org 608-252-6120
September 4, 2005
A group of veterans and military families spoke Sunday night before a crowd of Madisonians opposed to the war in Iraq, spreading their message that supporting the troops doesn't necessarily mean supporting the war.
The "Bring Them Home Now Tour," an offshoot of military mom Cindy Sheehan's monthlong protest in front of President Bush's ranch in Texas, attracted a near-capacity crowd to the Barrymore.
Tour speaker Stacy Bannerman, whose husband served an extended tour of duty in Iraq, said she wasn't surprised by the attendance, noting that Madison has a history in the anti- war movement dating back to Vietnam.
Written by Kevin Zeese
Tuesday, 06 September 2005
Interview with Dennis Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich, along with fellow Democrat Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Republicans Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ron Paul (R-TX), introduced the first bi-partisan bill calling for an exit strategy from Iraq (H.J.Res. 55). Around this bill and other Iraq withdrawal efforts Republicans are quietly meeting behind closed doors and progressive Democrats have formed the "Out of Iraq Caucus" to push for an exit strategy. Rep. Kucinich is leading the Congress to a real consideration of an exit strategy from Iraq.
By Katha Pollitt
So now we know what "noble cause" Cindy Sheehan's son died for in Iraq: Sharia. It's a good thing W stands for women, or I'd be worried. The new Constitution, drafted under heavy pressure from the Administration, sets aside the secular personal law under which Iraqis have lived for nearly half a century in favor of theocracy lite. "Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation," Article 2 begins - the spin is that this language is a victory because Islam is not the source. "(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam." On the other hand, "(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy" and "(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the rights and basic freedoms outlined in this constitution" - as in, for example, Article 14: "Iraqis are equal before the law without discrimination because of sex," religion, ethnicity and so on.
Gallup: Americans to Bush -- Withdraw Troops from Iraq
By E&P Staff
Published: September 06, 2005 12:55 PM ET
NEW YORK Two separate Gallup polls, detailed today in the organization's weekly report, show that Americans favor withdrawing some or all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Perhaps most revealing was a new poll which asked 1,007 Americans, "If you could talk with President Bush for 15 minutes about the situation in Iraq, what would you, personally, advise him to do?" The poll taken in late August found that 41% said they would tell him to pull troops out of Iraq and end our involvement there.
Hurricane Katrina-Our Experiences
Lorrie Beth Slonsky
Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of Royal and Iberville streets remained locked. The dairy display case was clearly visible through the widows. It was now 48 hours without electricity, running water, plumbing. The milk, yogurt, and cheeses were beginning to spoil in the 90-degree heat. The owners and managers had locked up the food, water, pampers, and prescriptions and fled the City. Outside Walgreen's
windows, residents and tourists grew increasingly thirsty and hungry.
On Thursday, September 15, in Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey will hold a hearing on exit strategies for Iraq.
A coalition of organizations demanding an end to the war will hold a rally at 5 p.m. that evening in front of the White House.
Please ask your Congress Member and Senators to take part in both events.
Email them here: http://tinyurl.com/7vjej
Or call the switchboard toll free: (888) 818-6641.
And please come to these events yourself if you can (but remember that we are building toward a mass mobilization on September 24; if you can only come to DC once, come then).
NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY, 6th District, California
For Information Contact:
Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187
WOOLSEY CALLS ON DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO PLAN FUTURE OF IRAQ
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Hearing on the Future of Iraq
When: Thursday, September 15, 2005
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (may change once location is determined)
Who: U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey