If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.....
[A man stands amidst the rubble of a destroyed house after a U.S air strike in
If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.....
[A man stands amidst the rubble of a destroyed house after a U.S air strike in
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife....
[A feeding bottle lies on a pillow amid the rubble of a destroyed house after a U.S airstrike in
I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin' here today....
[An Iraqi boy looks at a damaged car after an overnight raid in the Shiite enclave of
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.....
[An Iraqi woman shouts "Don't shoot!" as
'Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the
[A hooded prisoner allegedly being tortured at
cheney was talking in DC about
has the right to conduct the upcoming elections free of any foreign interference. The United States will work with free Lebanon’s other friends and allies to preserve Lebanon’s hard won independence and to defeat the forces of extremism and terror that threaten not only that region, Lebanon
but US countries across the wider region.”
I got this quote from Democracy Now on October 22, 2007.
So, now, are we multiple countries? Has part of the
Of course, some Americans have trouble seeing themselves as “foreign” no matter where they are. I heard a story where
I feel sorry for the people in
I do not capitalize cheney's name as a sign of my deep disrespect for him and his evil ways.
Dear Rep. Shuler;
I collected these signatures on these petitions over two month’s time, with very little effort. I am only mailing the ones from people in
At Bele Chere, I held my sign for exactly 90 minutes and got 132 signatures. Imagine how many I would have gotten if I had spent the entire weekend doing this! But, unfortunately, I have other obligations and commitments and could not do that. I had people stopping me while walking on the street with a sign saying “sign petition to impeach” because they want to see these criminals impeached.
Since Bele Chere, I collected these signatures when I could, which was not very often. I did this because I believe bush and cheney are war criminals and the only peaceful and non-violent remedy we have to their abuses of power and torture, murder, genocide that they have ordered is IMPEACHMENT.
But it looks like the Democrats in DC are not interested in following this route, even while the majority of citizens support it. I fail (totally) to see how this lack of action will help our standing in the world, our civil rights here at home, or even the Democratic party itself. The Republicans sure don’t have any problems with going after
I am of the opinion that the American people elect people to office that reflect themselves, but in this case, the American people are way ahead of the elected officials.
But, if the Democrats do not want to lead or do what is the morally right thing to do, I certainly am not going to keep beating a dead donkey forever.
September 16, 2007
Representative Melvin Watt
Main District Office
Dear Representative Watt:
I am writing you today to thank you for signing on to the letter to Mr. Bush, written by Woolsey and Lee and the rest of the Progressive Caucus, saying that:
“We are writing to inform you that we will only support appropriating additional funds for
I am very supportive of this position, and of all the work the Progressive Caucus is doing. I know I speak for a lot of progressives around the state when I say I wish all our Representatives in
I will be emailing members of PDA in
Thank you for all the good work you do.
It was Rep. Lee and Rep. Woolsey that started this letter, and they are two of my favorite people in DC.
Attending: John, Tom, Barbara, Leah, Susan
Minutes taken by Susan.
We discussed the upcoming events in
Financial: We spent $10 for rent of the room at North Asheville Library and we have $30 left in our treasury.
Tom spoke on “How to Accomplish Reform – How to get there” tonight. Tom has been a member of Common Cause since 1982. He has worked on public funding for state wide elections from the mid 1990’s. They had many years where they could not get that out of committee, so other groups suggested forming a coalition, called the NC Voters for Clean Elections. Although a number of "good Government" organizations had been working on reform issues for years, they had made scant progress until, in 1999 they agreed to closely collaborate and press for one issue, public funding for statewide elections (later expanded to include municipal elections and lobby reform). A planning committee from these organizations was put in place, resulting in the formation of the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections coalition. It originally included Common Cause, Democracy South, The NC Center for Voter Education and the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Later it was joined by PIRG and the State League of Women Voters. Altogher, 35 organizations now belong to the coalition, lending their names to the cause, while the original members, whose basic mission is campaign reform, does the "heavy lifting."
Tom said he got to see how the process worked and how cumulative effect might work. The reason for state funded elections is to get special interest money out of elections. People don’t feel that they have much effect on the federal government, but we do have an effect on state government, and Tom said that after state governments fall in line, then federal governments will also. Organizations have to raise money in order to get money out of politics, and also figure out which organizations have the best strategies. Tom also said that you need to sacrifice your ego and it needs to be a collaborative effort. He also said that you need patience, and that no reform happens overnight. He has been working on this issue since 1980’s.
Tom said that it is important to cultivate your legislators over time, and that all of Buncombe and Madison County Democrats (in office) are now supporters. Three Council of State positions are now in a pilot program: Insurance Commissioner, Department of Public Instruction Superintendent, and State Auditor. (The five other Council of State positions are Agriculture, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Labor.) Someone running for one of these offices needs to get a lot of small contributions to be eligible for public funding. There are also rules about getting extra funding if there are media ads that are run by an opponent that are false or damaging.
Right now, the state wide judges are publicly funded, with some money coming from the general fund. If all statewide offices, governor, council of state, appellate judiciary and legislature were publicly funded, it would cost less than $4 per year per NC citizen. The US Supreme Court has ruled that a person can contribute as much as they want to their own campaigns. Tom said the plans for 2009 include a move into funding state legislators’ campaigns, and also the campaign for NC Governor.
Next meeting of the Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County is January 8, 2008.
Photo is of me standing with a Honk to Impeach sign on I-240 last August.
The government of
About 95% of the population is Shi’a, with seven or eight different fractions. About 3% of the population is Sunni, and there are Jews, Zoroastrians, and Christians in the country also.
About 63% of the university students are women, and 35% of physicians are women. Women are now allowed to divorce. Fifteen women are in Parliament, however, in the last election, no women were allowed to run for office. There is one Jew in Parliament also.
Eisenhower authorized the first CIA overthrow of a democratically elected leader. The
The Iranian president does not determine foreign polity. The Supreme Leader determines a foreign policy. They have had a Fatwa against nuclear weapons.
Dr. Thomasson recommended joining the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in
Dr. Thomasson does not feel that
Please sponsor the restoration of the rights of Habeas Corpus. It isFor whatever good it will do.......
still unbelivable to me that those rights were overturned. I always felt
the rule of law was what made America, America.
We need to insure that ALL people who are detained are detained legally
and for legitimate reasons.
Please co-sponsor the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act (S. 185).
Guess who is turning one year old? It’s the Military Commissions Act, where we all became complicit in torture! This also marked the complete overthrow of habeas corpus (the right to be charged with a crime in a courtroom and present a defense) by our elected officials - who knew they cared so little for our Bill of Rights? Well, there is no doubt anymore, is there? I know for a fact that protecting free speech or our rights to privacy (not being spied on without a warrant) is definitely not a concern of Rep. Shuler.
On October 17th the US Constitution and Bill of Rights was bound, gagged and detained forever. And every
Now, excuse me while I go get sick.
These high school students have a lot of wise things to say during their office visit to Senator Grassley. I wish them the best!
On September 21st twelve courageous Iowa young people occupied the office of Senator Charles Grassley demanding that he take a strong stand to end the U.S. war in Iraq and to bring the troops home as soon as possible. To stop funding this illegal and immoral war being wages in our name. They called for all young people to stand for Peace!
Israel’s air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and American MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel, according to MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSON with access to the intelligence reports.
The description of the target addresses one of the central mysteries surrounding the Sept. 6 attack, and suggests that
The attack on the reactor project [above it was a PARTLY CONSTRUCTED NUCLEAR REACTOR – dancewater] has echoes of an Israeli raid more than a quarter century ago, in 1981, when Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq shortly before it was to have begun operating. That attack was officially condemned by the Reagan administration, though Israelis consider it among their military’s finest moments. In the weeks before the
By contrast, the facility that the Israelis struck in
Many details remain unclear, [OH NO! REALLY??? WHAT SHALL WE DO?? – dancewater] most notably how much progress the Syrians had made in construction before the Israelis struck, the role of any assistance provided by North Korea, and whether the Syrians could make a plausible case that the reactor was intended to produce electricity. In
The New York Times reported this week that a debate had begun within the Bush administration about whether the information secretly cited by
The MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS did not say that the administration had ultimately opposed the Israeli strike, but that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates were particularly concerned about the ramifications of a pre-emptive strike in the absence of an urgent threat. [Monkey see, monkey do, I guess. – dancewater]
“There wasn’t a lot of debate about the evidence,” said one MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSON familiar with the intense discussions over the summer between Washington and the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of
Even though it has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty,
In his only public comment on the raid,
A senior MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSON, while declining to speak about the specific nature of the target, said the strike was intended to “re-establish the credibility of our deterrent power,” signaling that Israel meant to send a message to the Syrians that even the potential for a nuclear weapons program would not be permitted. But several MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS said the strike may also have been intended by
The target of the Israeli raid and the American debate about the Syrian project were described by government MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS and nongovernment experts [More MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS? WHO KNOWS? – dancewater] interviewed in recent weeks in the
The White House press secretary, Dana Perino, said Saturday that the administration would have no comment on the intelligence issues surrounding the Israeli strike.
Nuclear reactors can be used for both peaceful and non-peaceful purposes. A reactor’s spent fuel can be reprocessed to extract plutonium, one of two paths to building a nuclear weapon. The other path — enriching uranium in centrifuges — is the method that
The Gulf Cooperation Council, a group of Persian Gulf states, has also called for an expansion of nuclear power in the Middle East for energy purposes, but many experts have interpreted that statement as a response to
The partly constructed Syrian reactor was detected earlier this year by satellite photographs, according to MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS. They suggested that the facility had been brought to American attention by the Israelis, but would not discuss why American spy agencies seemed to have missed the early phases of construction.
The North conducted a partly successful test of a nuclear device a year ago, prompting renewed fears that the desperately poor country might seek to sell its nuclear technology. President Bush issued a specific warning to the North on Oct. 9, 2006, just hours after the test, noting that it was “leading proliferator of missile technology, including transfers to
While Bush administration MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS have made clear in recent weeks that the target of the Israeli raid was linked to
While the partly constructed Syrian reactor appears to be based on
According to two MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS, the subject was raised when the
Behind closed doors, however, Vice President Dick Cheney and other hawkish members of the administration have made the case that the same intelligence that prompted Israel to attack should lead the United States to reconsider delicate negotiations with North Korea over ending its nuclear program, as well as America’s diplomatic strategy toward Syria, which has been invited to join Middle East peace talks in Annapolis, Md., next month.
Mr. Cheney in particular, MYSTERIOUS LYING PERSONS say, has also cited the indications that
During Mr. Bush’s first term, Mr. Cheney was among the advocates of a strategy to squeeze the North Korean government in hopes that it would collapse, and the administration cut off oil shipments set up under an agreement between
The new shipments, agreed to last February, are linked to
Nuclear experts say that
In an interview, Dr. Siegfried S. Hecker of Stanford University, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said building a reactor based on North Korea’s design might take from three to six years.
Okay, I lied.
These UNIDENTIFIED bodies are not buried in
This op ed says that there are now 40,000 unidentified bodies buried in Najaf since the illegal
Of course, it is reasonable to assume that not all the unidentified bodies in
And we do know that most deaths in
We do know that the corporate media vastly under estimates of the number of Iraqis killed. We do know that most of the stories of the deaths do not ever reach the media. More evidence is cited in this op ed:
In a speech Sept. 5, Samir Sumaidaie, the Iraqi ambassador to the
United States, stated that there were 500,000 new widows in . The Iraq Study Group similarly found that the Pentagon undercounted violent incidents by a factor of 10. Finally, last month, the respected British polling firm ORB released the results of a poll estimating that 22 percent of households had lost a member to violence during the occupation of Iraq , equating to 1.2 million deaths. This finding roughly verifies a less precisely worded BBC poll last February that reported 17 percent of Iraqis had a household member who was a victim of violence. Iraq
On top of this massive death that Americans do not recognize, a lot of them do not recognize that this is a war of aggression – just like the Nazi invasion of
Mistakenly, many Americans still believe President Bush's war on
is justified because Congress supported it and funds it. Yet, as international legal authority Francis Boyle of the Iraq points out, President Bush got congressional backing by lying that Hussein had W.M.D. and that Hussein was connected to 9/11. That's fraud, probably the bloodiest, costliest lie in White House history. Also, to start a war, a country needs UN Security Council approval, which Bush failed to get. Otherwise, a nation can fight only in self-defense when attacked. By attacking Universityof Illinois Iraq, Bush violated Conventions of 1899 and 1907, the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact of 1928, the UN Charter, the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals, and the Nuremberg Charter, Judgment and Principles, Boyle said. As all treaties become the supreme law of the land under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the Bush-Cheney presidency is guilty of breaking all of the above, warmongering in spades. the Hague
We also know that this aggression is ongoing – this month a massive assault on the Dora neighborhood in
And, of course, our Constitution is toast, but you knew that, right? It has been toast from the minute US troops were sent into
And, as Frank Rich has pointed out today, our government also tortures and kidnaps on top of being a mass killer and extensive warmongering. But, as he also points out, it is not just our government.
WE ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE.
And as President Carter has said – the
PLEASE DO SOMETHING EXTRA TO STOP THIS. Make sure your elected officials know your name and face. Go to the internet and print up pictures of Iraqis in grief and in pain, and paste them on a postcard and sent it to your Senators, Representative and the White House. Do this dozens of times! (I have done it hundreds of times. A hundred postcard stamps only costs $26.00. Postcards can be made out of ordinary stock card paper.)
If at all possible, go to a regional protest on October 27th. There is one in North Carolina that is pointing out that NC has companies that participate in torture and kidnapping, along with being a significant part of the war machine.
Realize that our country is very violent and very militarized. I am a pacifist, but I see the need for a military. I do not see a need to have them spread around the world creating mayhem and committing genocide. They should be inside our own country.
And if they follow illegal orders, we should not make heroes out of them. Our heroes should be the military men and women who do not follow illegal orders. Our heroes are the ones that resist. Please join me in working against such extensive militarism in our country, and such violence in our culture.
More information on what is happening in Iraq here.
This cartoon says “This government does not torture people” which we all know is not true. Bush is trying to torture the language to get out of admitting to torturing our fellow human beings, many of whom are innocent (they all would be if we still had “innocent until proven guilty” but we don’t have that anymore). On top of being evil, this technique does not provide good information. But that is not really the point of torture anyway. And since it is done by US agents with
“There is no gas cylinder. We have to cook on wood, no gasoline, no money. When I cook I am worried a spark could cause another fire. Is this a way to live? Let the Americans come with a plane and spray us with chemical weapons and kill us. It would be much better for us. We want to die.”There you have it - bush claimed that he was invading Iraq because Saddam had chemical WMDs that he had used against his own people - without a mention of how the US was Saddam's buddy while that was going on - and now he and his administration have reduced the country to such misery that the people there WANT TO BE SPRAYED WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND KILLED.
Credit:Joy Garnett]And that is because we allow our government to do this – and then have judges who do not believe in justice. Mr. el Masri was kidnapped by our CIA agents, taken to
The Supreme Court today declined to hear the case of a German citizen who said he was kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured by the CIA. A federal district court judge and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had earlier dismissed the case brought by Khaled el-Masri, agreeing with the government that the case could not go forward without exposing state secrets. The Supreme Court denied review without comment. Masri, who is of Lebanese descent, has said he was detained by Macedonian police on Dec. 31, 2003, and handed over to the CIA a few weeks later. He said he was taken to a secret CIA-run prison in
Afghanistanand physically abused before he was flown back to the Balkans without explanation in May 2004 and dumped on a hillside in . German officials said they were later informed privately by their Albania counterparts that Masri was detained in a case of mistaken identity, apparently confused with a terrorism suspect of a similar name. U.S. officials have not publicly admitted any guilt or responsibility in the case. U.S.
……….Last month, German authorities dropped their efforts to extradite 13 CIA agents they claimed were involved in Masri's abduction. Masri in May was committed to a psychiatric institution after he was arrested in the southern German city of
on suspicion of arson. His attorney blamed his troubles on the CIA, saying the kidnapping and detention had left Masri a "psychological wreck." Neu-Ulm
And it was Aero Contractors, who fly out of eastern
And who can blame them? When the rest of the country either looks the other way or ignores or stays ignorant of this reality, why shouldn’t they act like monsters and make a pile of MONEY? Of course, some idiots will claim that they are “keeping
I AM SO ASHAMED OF WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS. And I realize that it has always been this way, but I also think that this is much more blatant, more obvious, and more extensive than it has ever been in my life. They are doing this type of stuff every day, and the vast majority of the population just does not give a shit. That’s why they can pass a bill up in Congress called the Military Commission Act that allows torture and strips “some” people of the rights of habeas corpus. And who may end up being tortured or kidnapped next – or declared an “enemy combatant” – could be anyone. Even you.
Chief Hogan: Why does it take so long to address an issue that a citizen raises? I raised an issue from an incident I saw at Bele Chere, and have been requesting a meeting for six weeks now.
Why is it legal to hold a sign one day but not the next?
Which of the following would be allowed at a public rally and which would be outlawed as a possible weapon: a two foot long wooden stake with a pointed end, ½ inch thick – or a three foot long metal stake that is 1/8 inch thick – and why? The ACLU says you cannot discriminate on the basis of what the attached signs say, but it seems to me that is exactly what APD did (back in March 2005).
Mr. Oast is the Asheville City Attorney.
Oast: Why does
Why does Asheville Park & Recs keep telling me that I need a permit to hold a prayer vigil at
Why do we now need an “open flame permit” (from Asheville Fire Department) that costs $25 to have candle luminaries at
I have found the restrictions, fees, regulations from several departments in Asheville Government, to be confusing, obscure, restrictive and sometimes nonsensical. An example of “nonsensical” was the requirement to give directions and map to Asheville Fire Department to get from the fire station downtown to City Hall as part of our required paperwork for the last Peace rally.
Also, I want to tell Chief Hogan and Sheriff Duncan that there are "misperceptions" going on in Asheville, but it is not the citizen's misperceptions that are a problem - it is the misperceptions of the Asheville Police and Buncombe County Sheriff's office that are the problem.
Got this from Glenn Greenwald’s blog:
Matalin, a Serious Member in Good Standing of our Beltway Establishment, can go on Meet the Press, sitting there with Tim Russert and her husband and others, and spout lies like this about what Americans think about the war because the D.C. Establishment wants to believe that they are trusted and respected. Matalin also said this about what "Americans believe":
It does not comport with the critics of the president who say progress is being made, including front-runners Hillary Rodham Clinton and, and Barack Obama. So people are very nuanced about this. They understand not only that it can be won, but that it must be won. They understand the consequences of defeat. Further, two thirds of them trust -- and nobody more than the generals -- when Petraeus and Crocker come and give their report, that will be the positive time.
Okay, I am just one American, but I want to state for the record, for all time, that I think Petraeus and Crocker are full of shit. And I fully know that this war was lost either in 2003 or the day the evil shits in DC decided to invade (that one is a toss-up). I know full well THAT IT CAN NEVER BE WON, unless the evil shits in DC decide to kill 75% of all Iraqis. Now, I am working hard to see that they don’t do that, but they might. And then they might call it “winning” – yeah, bringing freedom of the grave and the democracy of death to the Iraqi people, could, in their very sick minds be “winning”.
And I think Matalin, Russert, and the rest of the DC Establishment media are not only fools and clowns, I do not think that they are worthy of licking dog-shit off the bottom of any Iraqi’s shoe. And I don't think they ever will be worthy of that high of level of human interaction.
This piece was written in September 2007.
First, I do not think the bush/cheney administration is going to bomb
I think their plan right now is to weaken
These guys will provoke
If they were to bomb
I guess it would be "dangerous" to Americans if that happened, in that we would suffer economic consequences. Considering that we started up (or allowed to start up) an illegal war of aggression on Iraq, and considering how many Americans supported this in 2003, then some serious economic consequences would seem to be in order. (Right now, most Americans are against the war not because it is an evil monstrosity, but because we are losing. They don't like losing.) I think going totally broke is one of two things that will stop Americans from supporting all this warmongering and all this excessive military spending.... the other option is to have war come to our front porches, and then go broke. I am hoping for the first option. Better to go broke without war than with war.
This is one time when I hope my 'take' of a situation is accurate. I hope I am right. In the post, I often hoped I was wrong about what I thought the US administration might do - and I usually hoped in vain.