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After nearly seven long years of Americans being derided by a smug dictatorial President, there is a near compulsion amongst the electorate to choose a leader in 2008 who understands participatory democracy. A leader who sees the President as the RESPRESENTATIVE and SERVANT of The People. A leader who accepts dissent and dissenters - not simply as Constitutionally ordained - but as sincere patriotic investors in their nation.
Under the regime of George W. Bush, those who oppose him have been ridiculed and persecuted. Patriots are arrested and jailed when disputing his policies. The FBI has compiled a list of citizens charged with misdemeanors for non-violently opposing the war on Iraq, rendition, torture, and other unConstitutional and impeachable crimes of his administration.
Does anyone else think it's time to take away thier tasers?
Taser video shows RCMP shocked immigrant within 25 seconds of their arrival Last Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2007 | 12:52 PM ET CBC News
An eyewitness's video recording of a man dying after being stunned with a Taser by police on Oct. 14 at Vancouver International Airport has been released to the public.
The 10-minute video recording clearly shows four RCMP officers talking to Robert Dziekanski while he is standing with his back to a counter and with his arms lowered by his sides, but his hands are not visible.
About 25 seconds after police enter the secure area where he is, there is a loud crack that sounds like a Taser shot, followed by Dziekanski screaming and convulsing as he stumbles and falls to the floor.
Another loud crack can be heard as an officer appears to fire one more Taser shot into Dziekanski.
As the officers kneel on top of Dziekanski and handcuff him, he continues to scream and convulse on the floor....
By Dave Lindorff
The State Department’s top internal investigator, Inspector General Howard Krongard, revealed in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Tuesday, that his brother, Alvin B. Krongard, was a member of the advisory board of Blackwater, the very private mercenary company whose bloody, murderous behavior the IG office was supposed to be investigating.
By Dave Lindorff
Now even the New York Times is saying it. In an editorial on Oct. 20, the Times wrote, “Every now and then, we are tempted to double-check that the Democrats actually won control of Congress last year.” Noting how the Democratic House and Senate had rolled over and given the president permission to massively spy on Americans without showing any probable cause, the Times concluded, “It was bad enough having a one-party government when Republicans controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. But the Democrats took over, and still the one-party system continues.”
Was it retaliation by the the Democratic Leadership that exempted Dennis Kucinich from appearing with fellow Presidential candidates at Friday's Jefferson Jackson Day fundraiser in Iowa?
Was it Speaker Pelosi's vindictive payback to Kucinich for his impudent dismissal of her "impeachment is off the table" dictum that kept Kucinich out of the Jefferson Jackson Day party? After all, hadn't Kucinich introduced HRes 333 on the House Floor just that week, calling for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney, in defiance of the prescripted cowardice in Pelosi's House of Wacks? (http://kucinich.house.gov/UploadedFiles/int2.pdf)
After six years of America's mainstream media bowing to its corporate mandate to ignore all opposition to George W. Bush, a media miracle has happened. Thanks to the great camera work of AP photographer, Charles Dharapak, the American anti-war movement has been revealed to the world. In one flash of a magical millisecond, photographer Dharapak captured CODEPINK peacemaker Desiree Fairooz confronting George Bush warmaker Condoleeza Rice. It was the shot SEEN 'round the world:
A huge thank you to photographer Charles Dharapak and to the Associated Press for letting the truth be told - for passing the message to the world that within the boundaries of imperial America thrives a valiant peace movement that opposes George W. Bush, and works hard to overthrow him.
Every American who opposes the immoral wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, and fears an encore on Iran, owes a heart-felt thanks to Desiree Fairooz for placing herself in the cross hairs for peace. The responses to Fairooz' patriotism, and to the brazen women of CODEPINK, have been astounding. Across the nation, on blogs, on television, and on radio, there has been a steady stream of support. Fairooz has shown that the opposition to Bush from inside America equals the opposition of the outside world.
First, let's clear the air: Someone please tell the White House we're already fighting World War III. Yes, they're great at picking buzzwords, but the truth is our global "war on terror" has engaged (or enraged) every nation on the planet.
And according to the latest Congressional Budget Office estimates it's costing America a whopping $2.4 trillion. That's $8,000 for each of us. So what'll the coming WWIV add? And how will it impact your retirement? Scary huh!
WWIV already? Yes, the White House is preparing us for an invasion of Iran. That case has been made by many neocons, most recently by Norman Podhoretz in his new book, "World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism." And as Pat Buchanan reacted on MSNBC's "Hardball" about all their warning signals: "I don't see how [the White House] can avoid attacking Iran and retaining their credibility going out of office."
So what will WWIV cost you and me personally? This is crucial, folks, because every dollar spent on expanding our global "wars on terror" will be one less dollar for your retirement nest egg, your health care, your kids education, your grandkids lifestyle -- all of which are being outsourced to a free market system that's forcing you to take personal responsibility rather than get benefits from government or Corporate America.
The media is focused on the peace movement after Desiree Fairooz of CODEPINK confronted Condoleeza Rice in the Senate on Wednesday. Desiree, her hands stained red with faux "blood," accused Rice of having the blood of thousands of Iraqis on her hands.
The Bush administration has murdered and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our name. We've all been bloodied by it!!
Tomorrow, on October 27th, I'm marching for peace with red "blood-stained" hands. Until this war is over and these murders are stopped, I, as an American, am culpable, too.
I'm fascinated by the way there's nothing new in politics--it works essentially the same way in every country in every period. If you want proof of this, check out my post about how 18th century British politician Edmund Burke was talking about the importance of blogs and why the Democrats suck 240 years ago
By Dave Lindorff
Several years ago, I warned that as the Bush/Cheney administration sought to reduce politically problematic casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would resort to increased use of air attacks to combat the growing insurgency in Iraq and the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.
I also predicted that the result of this switch in tactics would lead to higher civilian casualties in those two countries.
President Bush is no chump. He has figured out how to emasculate the Democrats (those that aren't already eunuchs). Instead of making a decent estimate of the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asking for it up front for the 2008 fiscal year, he is asking for it piecemeal, giving Democrats opportunity after opportunity to turn him down and end it all, knowing all the while that they'll cave and give him his war money.
By Dave Lindorff
The Air Force’s Friday report on the August 29-30 nuclear weapons incident which saw six armed cruise missiles flown across the continental US in launch position on a B-52H bomber leaves all the big questions unanswered, attempting to shuck the whole thing off as an “unacceptable mistake.”
To be sure, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, said that after a six-week investigation, five officers, including Col. Bruce Emig, commander of the Fifth Bomb Group at Minot AFB in North Dakota, where the flight originated, have been relieved of duty, and 65 other Air Force personnel were also removed from their duties, and both Barksdale and Minot were decertified for their strategic nuclear responsibilities. But that’s still pretty small beer for an incident so serious it’s never happened before in half a century of nuclear weapons handling.
Buthaina Al-Nasiri is a well-known and prolific Iraqi writer and journalist living in Cairo. In response to my last article (on American killings in Iraq), she offers these thoughts on the wholesale slaughter of Iraqis by American forces, and on the routine and deceptive mis-identification of those killed (males) as "members of Al Qaeda":
You may remember that the Iraqi resistance has called by the US spinners by different names at different stages of invasion and occupation:
Life was easy for George W. Bush. Fortunately so. As an unspectacular man, his only gift was his privilege. Without it, he would never have risen to the top. He's no John Edwards, who rose from poverty to a successful law career, and on to the US Senate. He's no Obama, who taught Constitutional Law, and also went to the US Senate. Absent his privilege, life would have been much different for incurious, obsessive, less-than-average George.
Aside from his incurious nature, compulsions and recklessness, what's most sad about Bush is his lack of compassion. Privilege makes no provision for that. He's loyal - but just to his famiglie (families) - his blood family, and the non-blood enablers around him. He's simplistic, self-righteous and rigid. Even in matters of life and death, he lacks an inner-compassionate guide. He's a mobster. A sociopath. He lies, cheats and uses any means to achieve his goals - dismissive of the cost. (How to judge a sociopath: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_know_if_someone_is_a_sociopath)
By Dave Lindorff
So it turns out that there are still honest, thinking judges in the federal court system who take their Constitution seriously, despite seven years of Bush administration court packing (and years more of such packing under two prior Republican presidents).
The first sign of
Constitutional life in the federal system came on October 5, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California issued an emergency injunction against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), saying the space agency “could not require Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and engineers holding non-sensitive positions to sign waivers of their privacy rights.” As lawyers for the scientists put it, “If the Court had not issued this injunction, thousands of scientists would have had to choose between waiving their privacy rights and keeping their jobs.”
Every afternoon in CNN's "Situation Room," anchored by milquetoast non-talent Wolf Blitzer, Blitzer shares a few short exchanges with self-styled curmudgeon, Jack Cafferty.
Cafferty's 90-second segments, whored to viewers as "The Cafferty File," broadcast the purposely craggy Cafferty from CNN in New York City to The Situation Room in Washington, DC. Cafferty, disguised as a wisecracking '50s-'60s style newsman, plays the vexed moralistic foil to Blitzer's dispassionate bore.
It's Cafferty's loose cannon "Lucy" meets Blitzer's timid "Ethel Mertz." Those silly girls are at it yet again!
Since I posted my call two days ago for registered Democrats to re-register as independent voters (and to sign the petition here which will be sent to Democratic Party leaders when it's big enough to make an impression), I have received some complaints from progressive Democrats that it risks handing the 2008 election to the Republicans.
Portland Demands that Congressman Blumenauer Push for Bush Impeachment
Local Town Hall Brings Out Angry Democrats and Anti-Bush Protesters
By Neile McGrew | AssociatedContent.com
Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton: "The ethos is: Give your advice to those in a position to make changes, not the media. But this administration is immune to good advice."
In the Equinox chart for Washington DC, the first thing we see is that the nation wants to actively debate current issues. The planet Mercury rules the Ascendant and the Midheaven (top of chart) pointing to a highly mental and analytical period. The country is seeking exchange of ideas, balance and compromise (Mercury in Libra).
If we organized properly via the web we could have local citizens throughout the country who agree to a pledge to stalk the MAINSTREAM MEDIA to push the "IMPEACH NOW" agenda. For example, the citizens near the OJ case could show up with IMPEACH NOW! signs and form a crowd outside the courthouse. The location(s) around the country would change on a day to day basis but with email we could stay a step ahead of the MM whores by notifying participants. They could then head out to the event with their IMPEACH NOW! signs in tow and make their voices heard. I think it's crazy enough of an idea that it just might work....
On Monday, I joined in a demonstration in front of Sen. Herb Kohl's office on Mifflin Street. I was reading the names, ages, ranks and dates of death of American troops killed in Iraq since Jan. 1. When I came to a death that listed the age of the soldier as 18, I had to stop and let someone else carry on.
Special Guest: Former Foreign Diplomat, True American Hero and Patriot, and author: Colonel Ann Wright
Come Hear Why This Decorated Hero, a US Army Colonel in Special Ops and Later, a Career Diplomat, Resigned, Went to Congress, and then Went to Jail to Make Her Point.
After more than four and a half years as an occupying and destructive force in Iraq, what role does dissent play in the lives of Americans who are fed up, frustrated, and fuming about American Foreign Policy under the Bush Administration? And, how what we do---and don’t do now---will effect Foreign Policy in the next administration.
On Thursday, the corporate media turned out in impressive numbers to cover the pro-justice march in Jena, Louisiana. But last Saturday, just five days before, that same corporate media barely addressed the anti-war march in Washington DC.
Personally, I'm thrilled the mainstream corporate media covered Jena, but I'm not delusional as to WHY:
For the Bush-crony corporate media, which owns profitable "defense" industry businesses and serves the military industrial complex in myriad ways, the march in Jena was viable to promote. It served the interests of both the Bush administration and American media corporations by providing a global view of Bush's exportable democracy. Unlike the anti-war movement that directly targets George Bush and Dick Cheney, the Jena march targeted local officials and local injustice. It never mentioned George W. Bush or his administration. Thus, the Jena march was covered and the anti-war march was not.
Furthermore, if Bush put a media kibosh on the Jena march the way he does on anti-war marches, he would ensure an even greater divide between Black Americans, the Republican party and his administration. Activists know the success of public demonstration is judged by the attention it gets. If the Jena march generates media attention, the march is deemed a success. If the Republicans and George Bush want to keep any faith with Black Americans, they had better let the media do its work.
Impeachment is the best way we can prevent a war with Iran. It is the only way to save our Constitution from becoming just a piece of paper, as George W. calls it, instead of the guarantor of our freedoms and American way of life. Impeachment isn't a prerogative, it's mandatory. Impeachment is unequivocal. Impeachment is the right thing to do. Why then, is the propaganda machine going full tilt against the I-word? No impeachment op-eds. No impeachment letters published. Why have people flip flopped about impeachment, who backed it before? Why was it taken off the table?
Daniel Young's Letter to the Editor: Pelosi, Stupak Urged to Begin Impeachment of President, Vice President
Daily Press Editor’s note: The following was addressed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Northern Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak. Its writers asked it be reprinted here.
Ms. Pelosi and Congressman Stupak:
When George W. Bush took the oath of office in January 2001, he swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” It is a solemn and grave oath; especially when viewed from the perspective of decisions he has since made and the actions he has taken.
Richmond VA City Democratic Committee Passes Bush-Cheney Impeachment Resolution Using Jefferson's Manual
On September 7, 2007, Jim Nachman, chairman of the Richmond City Democratic Committee, announced the passing by the Committee of a resolution calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. The resolution was brought before the Committee by Christopher Dorsey and passed by an overwhelming majority. The vehicle used by the Committee was Jefferson’s Manual, a set of parliamentary guidelines written by Thomas Jefferson and used by the House of Representatives.