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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Honesty in Politicians

Misinformation, whether it comes from the Bush administration or from a Democratic candidate rubs me the wrong way. I have refrained from writing about my misgivings toward Howard Dean knowing that he, at this point, has been capable of motivating hundreds of thousands of people. I also know that of those people, many have swallowed the media line and considered Dean to be the 'electable' one, over and above Kucinich, while prefering Kucinich in their hearts and minds.

How many Dean supporters are willing to sit by and watch yet another misrepresentation? We all know that Dean was not the 'first and only' to oppose the war from the start, yet he is mailing brochures to homes in New Hampshire stating that as a fact. This is dishonest and unethical and gives me visions of 'just another slimy politician who will do anything to win'. If Dean supporters don't want him perceived in that light, then I urge you to communicate your disapproval and set him straight. Honesty, not misrepresentation is what we are all looking for. Can Dean give it to us? I'm beginning to have serious doubts.

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Elliott Smith Case Not Closed

Elliott Smith was thought to have died by his own hand two months ago.
Now, those investigating the presumed suicide of the 34-year-old folk-rocker aren't so sure.
Originally it was thought to be two self-inflicted knife wounds to the chest that did Smith in.
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I believed in the almanac!
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Tentative Congrats to Borders Union!

Tentative agreement reached!
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Uncensored Gore Vidal interviewed by Marc Cooper

More questions:
Latest government report on Wellstone 'accident' finds its scapegoats, many questions remain

Native American Times Endorses General Wesley K. Clark

Halliburton pulled from Iraqi oil contract

Red Cross demands access to Saddam

Tape confirms Iraqis tried to save U.S. POWs
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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Bush in 30 Seconds

There are only two more days to rate ads. Here are a few of the ads I especially liked. (requires QuickTime player)
Three Strikes You're Out
Forward to the Past
What are We Teaching Our Children?
Would you Steal From A Child?
If you find some especially good ones, please share. Leave a comment or send me an email. This is fun. Seriously
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Ashcroft Recuses Himself From Leak Investigation

Several Democratic lawmakers have been calling for Ashcroft to remove himself from the case for months, arguing that the former Republican senator from Missouri has a conflict of interest because of his close ties to senior White House aides. FBI agents have questioned top figures in the administration, including senior advisor Karl Rove.
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Grassroots grow online for state caucus activists

by: Art Aisner Ann Arbor News
...But perhaps the single most impressive feat accomplished thus far by local grassroots campaign supporters belongs to those stumping for Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Within 36 hours of the candidate's announcement of a visit to the University of Michigan campus between campaign stops in Houston and Iowa earlier this month, Kucinich supporters pulled together more than 200 people through e-mails and phone calls.

The crowd swelled beyond the confines of the room reserved in the Michigan League, prompting an outdoor speech.

"It's a lot of work, but all worthwhile when it's someone you believe in," said Mares Herchert, of Hartland, who forwarded dozens of e-mail announcements on the event through a network of names she found through the candidate's Internet site.

Herchert also pledged to insert appeals for supporting Kucinich in her annual holiday cards. "You can't get much more grassroots than that," she said.

Knowing the vast majority of Americans still have probably only heard Kucinich name in passing, watching the growth of support and knowing that Bill Clinton only pulled a 2.8% vote in the Iowa caucus in 1992 leaves a lot of room for growing roots and seeing lush grass grow. I'm certainly not discouraged.

For Michigan readers don't forget this: Democratic voting begins Thursday
Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2004 and no sooner. Any application received before January 1, 2004 will not be processed. On January 1, 2004 vote by mail applications will be available on the MDP website at and from local party organizations or by contacting the Michigan Democratic Party by e-mail MIDEMPARTY@MI-DEMOCRATS.COM, phone (517) 371-5410 or mail 606 Townsend, Lansing, MI 48933. Applications must be returned by January 31, 2004 at 6 P.M.
List of caucus sites Note: These are NOT your normal voting places!
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Monday, December 29, 2003

Rewriting History

You are NOT going to believe THIS!
Nothing is sacred.
Bush's faith-based parks
The latest agency to take up the president's faith-based call is the National Park Service.
Your National Park Service is displaying religious symbols, selling creationist materials and is contemplating adding 'conservatively correct' images to government videos
"For years, as a Colorado River guide I told people how the Grand Canyon was formed over the evolutionary time scale of millions of years. Then I met the Lord. Now, I have 'a different view of the Canyon, which, according to the Biblical time scale, can't possibly be more than about a few thousand years old.'"

UPDATE: Elayne has a much more comprehensive entry on her blog about this entire fiasco. I missed it earlier. I'm guessing it went by a few of us. I'm changing the time and date of this entry to keep it more prominent now that most people are settling back from the holidays.
Learn more about the book giving the creationist explanation for the Grand Canyon
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Sunday, December 28, 2003

Christopher Lydon Interviews

Wow! Thanks to Rajiv for passing this along!
Christopher Lydon has mp3 files of interviews with George Lakoff and Gore Vidal among many others. I'll probably camp out at his page for while listening to interviews.

Direct link to the mp3 with Gore Vidal

Vidal says of Kucinich:
I like Dennis Kucinich even though he looks rather peculiar. This is not a beauty pagent and everything he says is quite correct. He hasn't missed one issue that he's turned to that he hasn't been, in my view at least, right about.

People won't take him seriously because he's the wrong height, and um, the hair is deplorable. It's the only negative thing I can say about him, but then, he can get a crewcut perhaps, on inauguration day.

If they'd take him seriously, people might listen to the issues. If they'd listen to the issues, things might start to change, but they won't. They can't. Same people who own the political system own the media.

Direct links to George Lakoff interview: Two twenty minute segments of essential listening.

Who is going to use the internet most effectively, and how?
Part One

We are responsible people and we care. We have to work on it.
Part Two
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Lenny Bruce Finally #*&!-ing Pardoned

"In the tradition of Lenny Bruce, it's about f---ing time," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
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Genetic Marker For Esophageal Cancer Found

A study in the latest Journal of the National Cancer Institute describes an altered adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene that can be found in precancerous and cancerous esophageal tissue and in the bloodstream. With such a blood test, doctors could more accurately determine a cancer's stage, observe the effectiveness of various therapies, and screen for the cancer's return after treatment.
When Meltzer and his team examined cancer tissue DNA from patients diagnosed with two types of esophageal cancer, they found the methylated APC gene in 92 percent of the 52 patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma, and in half of the 32 patients with squamous cell cancer of the esophagus.
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They're going to need a whole lot of help

"There was an earthquake in Paso Robles, killing two people. The earthquake in Bam had the same magnitude of 6.5, and it killed thousands of people."
"That goes to show you how antiquated the architecture there is," he said. "That goes to show you that they're going to need a whole lot of help."

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Visit Iranian Truth, a blog, with links to other Iranian blogs and good information.
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Friday, December 26, 2003

NOW with Bill Moyers

I get a couple more showings this week of Now with Bill Moyers. If you get the chance to see another airing, I recommend it. It seems that the loud self-righteous voices of the right-wing Christians and the hateful agenda they espouse, drown and devour the voice of The Right Christians.
Bill Moyers interviewed and featured James Forbes Jr. His voice is glimmering with hopefulness. The PBS website outlines several related subjects as usual, including:
The CEO and chairman of the Clergy Leadership Network, Reverend Albert M. Pennybacker, explained, "The Christian Right has been very articulate, but they have been exclusive and very judgmental of anyone who doesn't agree with them. People may want to label us the Christian Left. But what we really are about is mainstream issues and truth, and if that makes us 'left,' then that shines even more light on the need for a shift in our society."

Estimated Prophet wrote a compelling entry about Christian action yesterday: "Putting love of power before the power of love may well be the swansong of our millenium... " Are we learning yet? Are the voices there?
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Jeb Bush replaces elections supervisor

Goard allowed Florida Republican Party workers to modify absentee ballot requests in her office in the weeks leading up to the election.

The GOP workers added voter-ID numbers to about 2,000 requests initially rejected by Goard's office. Jacobs, a Democrat, asked the courts to throw out the nearly 16,000 absentee ballots cast by Seminole County voters.

Had Jacobs won, then-Vice President Al Gore would have defeated George W. Bush for the presidency.
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Thursday, December 25, 2003

If you Watch Nothing Else This Year

It will take a while to download this interview with Dennis Kucinich on Link TV . I downloaded it, paused it, and kept the window open until I had time to view it. I absolutely urge you to do the same. I wouldn't recommend it with a dial-up however. If you're VERY patient and on dial-up you can use this link.

Kucinich speaks to sustainability, Green jobs, renewable resources, growth in our economy, public accountability, corporate accountability, monopolization of markets in agriculture, and his experience fighting for the interests of the public, including health insurance, pharmaceuticals, and education.
It includes excellent questions from viewers, including questions about the security of voting machines and the responsibilty of citizens to insure the integrity of our elections.

This is far above what you will hear on mainstream media. There is nothing here that could be considered 'far-out' or overly idealistic, simply reasonable solutions for unreasonable times.

UPDATE When you try to download this video, there doesn't appear to be any indication that it is downloading. It really does, but it takes quite a while. (at least 10 minutes) Craig is attempting to break it into smaller segments. I'll let you know if he is successful.
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Looking Under the Tree

1. Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of children in Siberia (Russia), a supplanter to the indigenous Shaman.
2. The Amanita muscaria mushrooms grow nearly exclusively under the Christmas (Coniferous) Trees (Birch also [another whole story]). 2. The Reindeer eat these mushrooms, hence the presumed flight.
3. Santa brings presents in his white bag/sack. Mushrooms are gathered in bags, and Amanita muscaria sprouts out of a white volval sack.
4. The mushrooms are red and white and grow under a green tree. Christmas colors are red, white and green.
5. Typically, the red and white mushrooms are dried by stringing them on the hearth of the fireplace. Christmas stockings are red and white, hung in the same way, and shaped similar.
6. The Virgin Birth is symbolic for the "seedless" growth/germination pattern of the mushroom. To the ancient mind, with no microscope to see the spores, it's appearance was thought to be miraculous.
7. The very name, "Christmas" is a holiday name composed of the words, "Christ" (meaning "one who is anointed with the Magical Substance") and "Mass" (a special religious service/ceremony of the sacramental ingestion of the Eucharist, the "Body of Christ"). In the Catholic tradition, this substance (Body/Soma) has been replaced by the doctrine of "Trans-substantiation", whereby in a magical ceremony the Priests claim the ability to transform a "cracker/round-wafer" into the literal "Body of Christ"; ie, a substitute or placebo.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Court Blocks Changes to Clean Air Act (yahoo)


Eliot Spitzer, New York's attorney general, called it "a major decision."

"When it comes to environmental policy, this court decision is as big a success as we've had in stopping the Bush administration from undercutting the Clean Air Act," he said.

Not Good.
Granholm Said Yes To Nestle Diversion After Court Said No
Ms. Granholm and her senior environmental and economic advisors unexpectedly shut out a feisty citizens group and aided the world’s largest food company in a two-year-old David and Goliath legal struggle that affects all of Michigan. The issue: The security of the state’s treasure trove of fresh water.
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Prayer for America is # 16 on NY Times Bestseller List

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Kucinich says U.S. can't go it alone in Iraq

MESILLA, N.M. - Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said Tuesday the United States needs the United Nations to develop a constitution for Iraq and warned that America cannot be the only nation calling the shots to rebuild the country.

He also spoke to local effects of NAFTA:
"We must recognize the effect NAFTA has had on El Paso (Texas) and communities around the country. We need a whole new approach to trade, and that begins with the cancellation of NAFTA."

Demo Kucinich visits borderland

Arizona Republic : Kucinich on the Issues Good link to send to people just joining the primary process

This administration has overreached in the area of civil liberties," he said. "Government shouldn't have that power. It's not consistent with what we are as a nation." Washington Post (excellent article!)
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Tom Daschle/ Carl Levin Letter to Ashcroft: Classified Leaks Continue

Note to self..Living in Michigan with voices like Levin, Conyers and Dingell makes me feel a bit luckier than most.
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US News: Keeping Secrets

The Bush administration is doing the public's business out of the public eye. Here's how--and why
Key Dates: Secrecy and the Bush Administration

Inauguration Day (1/20/01) Administration freezes Clinton-era regulations, without allowing for public comment.

10/12/01 Attorney General John Ashcroft, reversing Clinton policy, encourages agencies to deny Freedom of Information Act requests if a "sound legal basis" exists.

10/26/01 President Bush signs U.S.A. Patriot Act, expanding law enforcement powers and government surveillance.

2/22/02 Congress's General Accounting Office sues Vice President Dick Cheney for refusing to disclose records of his energy task force; the GAO eventually loses its case. A separate private case is pending.

3/19/02 White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card directs federal agencies to protect sensitive security information.

11/25/02 Bush signs Homeland Security Act. Its provisions restrict public access to information filed by companies about "critical infrastructure," among other matters.

01/3/03 Administration asks, in papers filed before the Supreme Court, for significant narrowing of the Freedom of Information Act.

3/25/03 Bush issues standards on classified material, favoring secrecy and reversing provisions on openness.

I've yet to read this but I don't want it to get buried in the snow.
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Monday, December 22, 2003

Murdoch's Mega-Media Merger

Ever wonder where Murdoch got $10 million to lobby with??
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The Economy as Religion

The Dynamics of Consumer Culture by Dell deChant

The novelty of our era is that mans deepest experience is no longer with nature. Hence nature is no longer the inciter and place of the sacred.
As with the cosmological systems of yore, modern cosmological religious expressions seek to relate persons and all of culture to the source of sacred power.
Just as the ancient cosmological religions utilized myth and ritual to establish and legitimate this relationship, so too does the modern cosmological religion. And because the source of sacred power has changed, so too have the myths and rituals.
Consumption simply is, and through myth and ritual it affirms and acts out (in a heightened and intensified sense) the truth of the cosmic (Economic) order that is already revealed in everyday life. And this truth is that the way things are is the way they ought to be; and the way things are in postmodern culture when things truly are, is the way things are when persons consume. Thus, like every other entity in culture, individuals serve the Economy; and when they serve rightly, they prosper. Why? Because of the sacred order and process of the Economy itself.

[...] To recap my argument: religion in postmodern society is that collection of culturally embedded phenomena that mediate individual and collective relationships with the sacred power of the Economy through acquisition-consumption-disposal. It is not enough to simply acquire and consume objects and images. One must do both and one must also dispose of the objects and images for the sacred to be experienced. The entire process must be completed, for only then (in the cyclical manner that is elemental to cosmological systems) can the process begin again. The quicker the process is completed and then begun again, the greater is one’s experience of the sacred, and hence the greater one’s power in the socio-religious system.

[...] During holy-day cycles, tertiary myths are widely communicated and fervently reaffirmed; one needs only consider the increased number and size of newspaper inserts on weekends before holidays, TV holiday commercials, and the greater number of ads in the holiday issues of magazines. Additionally, holy-day advertisements (tertiary myths) are acutely focused on the sacred concerns of specific holidays. In these myths we discover sacred narratives about objects appropriate or simply available for ritual acquisition during specific holy days: lawn and garden tools for Memorial Day, summer foods and beverages for The Fourth, jewelry for Valentine’s Day, fall apparel for Labor Day, you-name-it at Christmas, and who-knows-what for America’s newest holiday – Patriot Day, to be celebrated on September 11. To the degree that Patriot Day becomes a genuine postmodern holy day, it will generate its own tertiary myths and Americans will respond with rituals of acquisition, for this is what happens on holy days in American culture.

Christmas is, of course, the most vivid illustration of the postmodern sacralization of holidays and the greatest holy-day cycle of postmodern culture. Christmas is, however, only the most dramatic and dynamic example of neo-cosmological religiosity. It is thus different from other holy days, not so much in essence or substance as in degree and size. During Christmas and other holyday cycles, pilgrimages to shrines and temples (stores and shopping malls) are more frequent. Persons may review the tertiary myths more closely and become more focused in their performance of sacred rituals of acquisition; fulfilling their dharma as consumers, reaffirming their primordial relationship with the Economy’s sacred power.
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Kucinich stops in El Paso and Las Cruces

Maybe my parents will take a trek to the Plaza tomorrow. I hope this peaceaware group is there.
Dennis Kucinich, will make a quick campaign stop in El Paso today.

Kucinich will attend a fund-raising dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Cafe Mayapan and then will go to a private fund-raiser.

Tuesday, Kucinich will visit Mesilla and Las Cruces. He will appear at a rally on the Mesilla Plaza at 10 a.m. and at a noon luncheon at the Mountain View Co-Op Market.
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USA Today: There must be a plot to bring back the conspiracy theory

Count the many different 9-11 theories. We've all heard at least one version, and possibly have our own personal version resolved in our own minds until something more definitive resolves it futher for us. We were beginning to feel comfortable with our own theories but now, the Saddam-Capture Conspiracy Theories Begin.

At the moment NewWorld Disorder has a list of 21 theories linked, and counting! Take your pick.
I'm just wondering what this says about our trust in our government. Wasn't trust supposed to be an inherent value? For me it's gone.
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I never knew Howard Dean's official position on IRV. Project for a New Century of Freedom shows me the consistency in Dean's view and the news is good. Now, if we could just get IRV added to the agenda along with paper trails and paid for with HAVA funds we would be that much further along insuring our voice is clear and verifiable.
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Sunday, December 21, 2003

Another Canadian View

From Dave Pollard at How to Save the World
Dennis Kucinich, in an interview with Salon and LinkTV shows why he's the only real liberal in the Democratic race, and brilliantly deconstructs arguments he is 'unelectable'. I'm just more and more impressed with him. I think he'd have a superb relationship with other world leaders as President, and having that kind of collaboration and cooperation, instead of the Bush bullying and unilateralism and confrontation, could make all the difference in the world. Even if 2004 is not his year, watch this guy -- he's not going away and could well turn out to be the best President of the 21st century.
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Letters from Soldiers in Iraq

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The 800-pound octopus is unleashed

Murdoch gets global satellite-TV reach with purchase of DirecTV
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Friday, December 19, 2003

Hunger, Homelessness On the Rise in Major U.S. Cities

US Conference of Mayors
As need increased, the level of resources available to help meet that need at emergency food assistance facilities decreased in 52 percent of the cities, increased in 35 percent, and remained the same in 13 percent. Just over half the cities surveyed said they are not able to provide an adequate quantity of food to those in need. And nearly two-thirds of the cities reported they had to decrease the quantity of food provided and/or the number of times people can come to get food assistance. An average of 16 percent of the demand for emergency food assistance is estimated to have gone unmet in the survey cities.
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NYTimes: Remember 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'? For Bush, They Are a Nonissue

"So what's the difference?" said the unelectable one.
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Clipping of pResidential wings

"We find that the President lacks inherent constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to detain American citizens on American soil outside a zone of combat,"
In the second case yesterday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the hundreds being held at Guantanamo Bay have the right to legal representation.
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Matt Gonzalez Endorses Dennis Kucinich

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez on Tuesday gave Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich a third-party boost, endorsing his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Gonzalez, president of the Board of Supervisors and one of the most prominent elected member of the nation's Green Party, said Kucinich represents the best of the Democratic Party.

"He's unapologetic about his politics and the progressive nature of what he represents," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the Democrats have fielded several candidates better than President George Bush and that Kucinich "stands out as the real deal."

Kucinich, appearing with Gonzalez at the Studio Z community space in SoMa, said Gonzalez's endorsement validates him as a "green Democrat."

He said Gonzalez's support will help him carry the Bay Area and he hopes to work with Gonzalez as the next president.

Gonzalez said his endorsement is implicitly a statement that the Green Party should not be fielding a candidate as long as there is a choice who represents its views.

"At some point, we have to be willing to cross party lines and endorse the best candidate in the field," Gonzalez said.

Matt Gonzalez and Me by John Halle composer, music professor at Yale and Green Party alderman
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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Justice Dept. Finds Evidence of Abuse of Sept. 11 Detainees

The Justice Department's inspector general announced today that investigators had found hundreds of prison videotapes that were not turned over by federal prison officials during an earlier investigation and that the tapes confirm reports of serious physical and verbal abuse of immigrants detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Inspector General Glenn A. Fine found that "some officers slammed and bounced detainees against the wall, twisted their arms and hands in painful ways, stepped on their leg restraint chains and punished them by keeping them restrained for long periods of time," according to a report released today. [ read more ]
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The IRS Claims New Patriot Act Type Powers to Punish Political Dissenters

The IRS, through the small office of "Director of Practice," claims the authority to wield carte blanche authority over all the other powers of government -- the authority to monitor, surveil, and eavesdrop on political dissenters, the authority to pry into the private financial records of banks, businesses, and taxpayers, the authority to conduct secret investigations under a criminal grand jury, and the authority to censure political dissenters by branding on them a badge of infamy and stripping them of governmentally-protected licenses. In short, under the guise of a "practice" investigation, the IRS claims the right to wield all intrusive and invasive powers of government available.
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Saddam bodyguard informed US forces of former leader's whereabouts

He informed some of his relatives of his intentions to betray Saddam and "contacted the Americans through one relative he trusted," the newspaper said.

They agreed on a plan by which Muslit had "to drug the Iraqi guarantee his capture alive, without giving him an opportunity to resist or to escape from the trap that was laid out for him," the report said. The officer "succeeded in drugging Saddam in his hideout,"
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

The Illustrated Complete Summary of Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity Rainbow"

Flash 6 site. If this link doesn't work for you, try pasting this url in your browser:
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There is a fascinating Tour of Religion by John Isbell is at Open Source Politics.
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CBS News | Thomas Kean | 9/11 Attack was Preventable

(CBS) For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston.

"This is a very, very important part of history and we've got to tell it right," said Thomas Kean.

"As you read the report, you're going to have a pretty clear idea what wasn't done and what should have been done," he said. "This was not something that had to happen."

Appointed by the Bush administration, Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, is now pointing fingers inside the administration and laying blame. [ read the story ]
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So, What's the Difference?

Liberal Oasis has the tough question and answers presented to Bush by Diane Sawyer.

SAWYER: But stated as a hard fact, that there were weapons of mass destruction, as opposed to the possibility that he could move to acquire those weapons still --

BUSH: So what’s the difference?

This is the man who was given permission by our Congress to conduct a war with all its destructive implications based on a possibility? And we wonder why there were checks and balances built into the Constitution? Make them accountable! Begin with Bush.
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What's missing is will, not opportunity

Posted by Hillary at the Bunker.
Chomsky fans just go now.
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Ashcroft sanctioned for violating gag order in Detroit terror trial

"I regret making those statements, which resulted in a disruptive impact on the court's management of the proceedings," Ashcroft wrote. "I made a mistake in making statements that could have been considered by the court to be a breach of the court's order."
U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was sanctioned by a federal judge on Tuesday for twice violating a court-imposed gag order in the Detroit terror trial.

But Ashcroft, the nation's highest-ranking law enforcement officer, will not face criminal charges of contempt of court. He apologized for what he said were inadvertent comments.

"Two serious transgressions committed in this case are simply one too many for the court to abide with no response," U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen wrote in an 83-page opinion. "More than a warning is necessary here."

Rosen criticized comments Ashcroft made at two press conferences -- the first on Oct. 31, 2001, and the second on April 17 -- in which Ashcroft praised a government witness during the trial of four Arab immigrants in Detroit.

Rosen chose to issue a public admonishment, a sanction that falls short of rebuking Ashcroft with a formal reprimand. [ more, if you can stomach it ]
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Medical Marijuana Victory!!

Appellate panel says the U.S. can't prosecute patients if doctors call marijuana their only relief and the drug is obtained at no charge.
Federal officials may not prosecute marijuana smokers whose doctors say pot is their only medical relief — at least so long as the users grow their own or obtain it from other growers without charge, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Release by Dale Gieringer, Coordinator, California NORML

Ninth Circuit Rules Prop 215 Patients Raich and Monson May Use & Grow Medical Marijuana for Personal Use

"Prop 215 Now Federal Law in California"

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16th. In a stunning victory for medical marijuana, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of patients Angel Raich and Diane Monson to possess and cultivate marijuana for their own personal medical use in accordance with Prop. 215.

In a 2-1 ruling, Justices Pregerson and Paez held that the federal government lacked power under the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution to interfere with the plaintiffs' possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use. The court ordered a preliminary injunction barring the government from arresting Raich or Monson for violating the Controlled Substances Act.

"This is an enormous victory for medical marijuana patients," declared California NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer, one of the original authors of Prop. 215, "It essentially makes Prop. 215 federal law in California" (The decision should also apply to the other states in the Ninth Circuit with medical marijuana laws, namely Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada and Hawaii).

The decision did not address the broader question of the federal government's authority over marijuana distribution and commerce within California, an issue that is the subject of a second, pending appeal by the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. This marks the first case in which the Controlled Substances
Act has been held unconstitutional. The court's decision was based entirely on the Commerce Clause and did not address other issues raised by the plaintiffs, such as states' rights or the fundamental right of patients to relief from pain and suffering under the 5th and 9th amendments.

The text of the court's decision may be found at:
For further info read DrugWarRant, who, by the way, just endorsed Dennis Kucinich.

Big Left Outside also has a perspective on this even if his case of glaucoma seems to be developing..
Glaucoma has little to do with The Short Term Vision Thing Maybe that's the reason Kos rubs me wrong. His vision is skewed.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Texas housewife busted for hawking erotic toys

Joanne Webb, a former fifth-grade teacher and mother of three, was in a county court in Cleburne, Texas, on Monday to answer obscenity charges for selling the vibrator to undercover narcotics officers posing as a dysfunctional married couple in search of a sex aid.

..."We have a real problem with drugs in our schools,'' she said, "and they're using our narcotics officers to entrap me for selling a vibrator.''
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National Council of Churches Statement on the Capture of Saddam Hussein

"The National Council of Churches USA welcomes the news that Saddam Hussein has been captured by U.S. forces in Iraq. As demonstrated by the displays of celebration in the streets of Baghdad, the arrest of this dictator should bring to an end the fear that has gripped Iraqis throughout his long reign, a fear that has lingered throughout these last several months of U.S. occupation. It is our hope now for the Iraqi people that freedom will flourish in their country.

As the next days and weeks unfold, we remind the U.S. government that the world will be watching to see how we treat our adversaries after they are in our custody. This presents a teachable moment in western ideals and democracy. We therefore urge the US government not to give in to the temptation of vengeance or expediency, but to facilitate the prosecution of Hussein in a manner consistent with the highest accepted international standards of justice.

As for the court process itself, no trial is possible based on evidence to date of weapons of mass destruction, or of a link between Hussein and the terrorism of 9/11-- two reasons many Americans believe we went to war in the first place. Prosecution should instead focus on the abundant evidence of heinous crimes he committed against his own people. For this, the Iraqis themselves must play a prominent role in what should be a public trial."
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from JuanCole:
Iran has decided to lodge a legal complaint against Saddam in the World Court. Its spokesmen say they not only want Saddam tried for crimes against humanity, but also want to bring out the role of the Western nations that supported and built up Saddam (including the US, France, Russia and Germany).
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The Questions the Media Are Failing to Ask

Seven-hour "conclusive" DNA tests? Dyed hair while living in a hole? War tribunals for Saddam set up 3 days before Saddam's capture? So where are those alleged hoardes of "Saddam loyalists? read the questions
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Extra! Extra!

When I was a little boy in Albany, N.Y., I delivered newspapers. Whenever there was a big story, like the day Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped, the newspapers rushed into print with an extra edition to tell everyone about it.

There was no television then.

Newspaper boys went out in the street with bundles of papers, yelling,

"Extra, extra, extra!" I felt sorry for newspaper editors this morning. The papers were on the street before they knew Saddam Hussein had been captured.

Not a word about it in the paper.

Like most Americans, I first heard the news when I turned on the radio this morning. I went to my television set and sure enough, there was Dan Rather, a fireman in the television news business, yelling "Extra, extra, extra!"

I had a hundred thoughts about Saddam Hussein while I was eating breakfast.

What was his mother like?

I hope we don't kill him.

I hope we don't let him kill himself.

He's a great source of information and such an egotistical bastard that he'll enjoy telling us everything.

If you made a list of the 10 most evil men of all time - there has never been a woman so evil - Saddam Hussein would be on the list.

My history isn't good enough to name all the old ones like Genghis Khan, Nero, Caligula, Attila the Hun, but we all know the modern bad guys: Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Qaddafi, Khomeini, Marcos.

We congratulate ourselves all the time on our democracy here in America and for not having had a dictator. I don't know whether we've been lucky or smart. It could happen.

The people who follow an evil leader don't have to be evil themselves. They can be dumb, uninformed, disinterested in the world, or just too absorbed with their personal problems to care about their government. It's been amazing, really, that this great democracy of ours has lasted so long.

A dictator doesn't usually just come in and take over. He moves in little by little. That's why every country, even so free and democratic a one as ours, with a nice guy as president, has to watch out.

It's why some Americans - me for example - are nervous about something like the recently enacted Patriot Act. We're even nervous about saying we're nervous, for fear of sounding un-American.

Anyway, we've all been looking for the perfect Christmas present, and now we've got it: The capture of Saddam Hussein. It's the best gift we could possibly get, and we thank the men who gave it to us.

Written By Andy Rooney © MMIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Dems Better Shape Up, Or Get Left Behind

by Harley Sorensen
Of all the candidates, only Dennis Kucinich has the courage to call for a "single payer" (government-run) health-care system, the kind used successfully by every other industrialized nation in the world.

And this, in my opinion, brings to mind the greatest problem the Democrats face: letting the Republicans define them.

The Fox News spinners, like those on MSNBC, giggle at a candidate like Kucinich and dismiss him as a representative of the lunatic fringe.

But I ask you, how crazy is it to try to drag America into the 21st century when it comes to health care? (To say nothing of the 20th! Germany has had universal health care for more than 100 years.)

And how crazy would it be to finally, finally, relieve employers of the responsibility of providing health care for their employees? Right now, the payment of health-care costs is perhaps the biggest sticking point between unions and employers.

...Something's going on in this country, and the Democrats had better pick up on it. Books by Moore, Al Franken and other outspoken liberal writers are selling big. There is a hunger for reform, for the return of decency to our nation's politics and policies.

The Democrats can provide that. But to do so they have to return to their Democratic roots. More important, they have to stop letting the Republicans define them. Good Democrats are good people who are good for our country. Wishy-washy, lukewarm Democrats aren't good for anything.
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Monday, December 15, 2003

Do artists need narcotics even more than ordinary people?

Richard Davenport-Hines examines authors' habits
Drugs provided a marvellously adaptable and popular subject matter for authors - as sexy, sensational or sordid as they wanted. It has been a more mixed story for literary drug users. Although authors who took drugs for pure pleasure were the most criticised, they usually did the least harm to themselves. Druggy authors trying to turn themselves into transcendental voyagers virtually always made fools of themselves. And some writers who used substances both to cope and to unwind, found they couldn't handle the stuff, and did themselves harm. Others took the pills and went on working fine. Overall, then, authors were pretty much like everyone else.
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The Politics of Pain Management: Public Policy and Patient Access to Effective Pain Treatments

from Drug WarRant
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is hosting an important Hill briefing ( The Politics of Pain Management )on Tuesday, and they need your help in encouraging your Congressmen to attend. So give your rep a call on Monday morning if you can.

Call the D.C. offices. The main switchboard is 202.224.3121. They will patch you through to your members.

It sounds like a great briefing, including 5 groups taking part in the Coalition Against Prosecutorial Abuse (CAPA): [ more details ]
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Would you support a Ralph Nader candidacy for President regardless of who the Democrats or Republicans nominate?

Answer Ralph Nader's exploratory survey.

Norman Solomon Argues Against Nader Run
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Help Appreciated

He thought he smelled something burning a few days ago and the next day he woke to a black screen. In addition to having a fine blog, Jason Lubyk of NewWorldDisorder writes, edits and interviews for the excellent online mag of the same name, New World Disorder Magazine. A few bucks thrown his way could help him get his computer fixed.
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Sunday, December 14, 2003

They didn't call him "Sperm Thrommand" for nothing

A retired teacher has broken her silence to reveal she's the love child of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond and his family's black maid.
As Lenny Bruce said, "So guys, say you get a choice to marry one of two girls. The first one is black and the other is white. Same economic status, but one is black, the other white. Now, what if I were to tell you the white woman is Kate Smith and the black woman is Lena Horne. I see. Race isn't an issue right now, is it?"
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Saturday, December 13, 2003

RubberSoul Newsletter 12-15-03


Printable Coupon Only
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My vision of a post-industrial Detroit slowly materializing

After decades of blight, large swathes of Detroit are being reclaimed by nature. Roughly a third of this 139-square-mile city consists of weed-choked lots and dilapidated buildings. Satellite images show an urban core giving way to an urban prairie.
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OPEC May Trade Oil in Euros to Compensate for US$ Freefall

The plan is to ditch the greenback in one way or another and an alternative proposal is to trade international oil in a basket of currencies other than the US$.

...Arab nations are mindful of the fact that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's decision to convert his country's international trading to the Euro may have accelerated the US/UK invasion of Iraq but they are somewhat strengthened by China's plans backed by similar Russian plans to join the Euro as the US currency continues its freefall.
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UAW about to pull the plug on its liberal talk-radio network

I. E. America Radio,the United Auto Workers-owned national radio network that was a multimillion-dollar attempt to offer liberal talk in a broadcast world dominated by conservatives, is going out of business early next year.

The Free Press learned Tuesday that the Detroit-based network notified show hosts, other personnel and affiliates that operations would cease Feb. 27 -- or sooner. Up to 20 full- and part-time workers will lose jobs. [ more ]

I don't know if there is anything that can be done to save
Mike Malloy, Thom Hartmann, What's Up???
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Friday, December 12, 2003

Are the polls wrong about Kucinich?

Utne: Kucinich moves to second place in innovative candidate website activity ranking
—By Rob Kall,

Go-Along Media Ignoring Kucinich by John Nichols
excellent read!
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The Anti-Democrat

Gore was a founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, the moderate Democrats who moved the party to the center. In 2000, he ran as a “people against the powerful” populist. Now he’s endorsing Dean and joining the liberal wing of the party to oppose the Clinton centrists.

...Clinton, for all his moral failings, talked comfortably about religion, and Jimmy Carter was a born-again Christian. Dean is puzzled why minimum-wage workers who have no health benefits would vote Republican. The answer he’d rather not hear is they care more about God, gays and guns than health care. “Our challenge is to raise the cultural armies in our America while not waking the sleeping giant in their America,” Rove tells Bush in Greenberg’s fictional account. Dean’s challenge if he becomes the nominee is to elevate the debate, and to make this election about real issues and contrasts, and not about which guy you’d rather sit next to in a church pew. [ read it all ]

Now if Hillary would just slink off in her soft pink garb and stuff a sock in it...
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Tahquamenon Falls

Yes, I skipped out for a few days and went here with Craig.
We stayed here. Although the forecast was for an inch of snow, we got six inches. Surprise!
Craig got some good footage for his new music video based on an older song with which he created another video.
I got some good pictures that, of course, still need to be developed.
I'm warming up to winter with days like this. It was relaxing, fun and very special.
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Lansing City Pulse

Interview with DJK
" One of the reasons why I’ve been successful in life -- in achieving things that other people thought were impossible -- is that I don’t dissipate my emotional, mental or spiritual energies by countering conditions that are contrary to that which I aspire."
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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Outrage! Media Influence on Politics

Did Kucinich's criticism of Koppel influence decision?
For the record, before ABC's decision to cut back coverage, Kucinich, Sharpton and Moseley Braun had been mentioned a combined total of 10 times this year on ABC's World News Tonight, according to a search of the Nexis database. Only one of those mentions referred to the candidate's position on a policy.

Watch the clip of Kucinich taking on the media during the debate. (dsl or dialup)
The day after Dennis Kucinich took ABC debate moderator Ted Koppel to task for avoiding questions that would be useful to voters in favor of questions about endorsements, money, and polls, ABC pulled its fulltime "embedded" reporter from the Kucinich campaign.

As Big Left Outside says:
Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent... whether you like Dennis Kucinich or hate him or don't care... something much larger is at stake here... and ABC should not be allowed to use our airwaves to pick and choose which candidates are in the race. ( read the comments too )

The ABC's of Media
Another good view from The Progressive in Kucinich Bests Koppel:

"I watched the Democratic Presidential debate on Tuesday night, and there was a clear winner.

No, it wasn't Howard Dean. He has yet to win a debate, at least not any of the half dozen I've watched.

It was Dennis Kucinich.

But you wouldn't have known it reading the newspaper account in The New York Times the next day, or watching the wrap-ups on TV."
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Daily Outrage

From The Progress Report who has begun highlighting a BLOG of the day.
The White House contacted the CEO of AdvancePCS – a pharmacy benefit management company – while it was writing key parts of the Medicare "drug discount card" bill, despite the fact that the company would make millions from the bill, and the President himself was an original investor in the company. The CEO, David Halbert, had previously "helped clean up a deal with Harken Energy that had prompted an SEC investigation of George W. Bush," was a big funder of Bush's gubernatorial campaigns, and had given Bush the investment opportunity in AdvancePCS, which made the President up to $1 million.
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SF Green loses in close mayoral race

Matt Gonzalez received an impressive 47% of the vote in the runoff election for mayor of San Francisco. Good going, folks-- maybe next time!
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Consider Rhino's Blog

Some may know that The Rhino was a founding member & 13 year resident of the spiritual/activist community in Tennessee known as "The Farm". That community was the subject of many news pieces, including a few articles in the 70's in The Nashville Tennesean written by a young reporter named Al Gore. He was more than just another reporter to us, he became a friend. When he ran for Congress, we campaigned for him. He later assisted in efforts to legalize & promote natural childbirth & midwifery.

Al was an honest left leaning Southerner with a soft spot for beatniks. Fast forward a bunch of years & the man has changed in many ways. Hey, so has The Rhino. But maintaining idealism (& sanity) while breathing for years inside The Beltway is a very difficult practice. So when I meet a man like Dennis Kucinich, hear him speak as he did in Tuesday night's New Hampshire debate, naturally I have to support him however I can. I'd love to have him as leader of "the Free World".

But alas, we seek to shove on the drift of the United States Government . Compromise will be necessary. For instance, an article in today's Blog by Tom Hayden entitled, "The Anybody-But-Dean Syndrome," presents the possibility that Kucinich supporters in Iowa, bitter towards the anti-war but not progressive enough stances of Howard Dean, could be the sway that lets Dick Gephardt win.

Rhino believes Progressives best realize that while Doctor Dean is no Dennis Kucinich, & while he doesn't stand for as many progressive principles as Dennis, that he is none the less a principled man, who continues to show a kind of toughness that it will take when the vast right wing conspiracy tries to get a hold of him.

The Rhino proposes that if Howard Dean wants the votes of we Kucinich supporters, he should promise that if he becomes President, he'll ask Dennis to come aboard as the 1st Secretary of the U.S. Department of Peace, & give him free reign to follow out his plan, which, if you haven't read it, you should.
Dept. of Peace Legislation at: Department of Peace
More bill info here (search for bill HR1673)
continue reading Rhino's Blog daily
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Monday, December 08, 2003

They Keep Falling Out of Windows

Bob directed me to Michelle's page You Will Anyway where she is keeping track of the Fall-out from the Bush Administration
It's becoming quite a list of mysterious deaths and resignations. The latest to add to the list is:
Gus W. Weiss, 72, adviser to four presidents on top secret policy matters, died violently in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2003, but his death was not reported by The Washington Post until December 7, 2003, in the obitiuary section at the bottom of page C12. His home town newspaper, The Nashville Tennessean, was only a week late in reporting his death, but at that late date all they could say was, "The circumstances surrounding his death could not be confirmed last night."

...Weiss...died Nov. 25 of a fall from the Watergate East residential building in the District. The D.C. medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

...'''He was wired into the intelligence community, and there were a lot of mystical secrets we weren't privy to,' said Harris Gilbert, a Nashville attorney who had been friends with Mr. Weiss since childhood. 'He was very interested in diplomatic strategy and was VERY, VERY OPPOSED TO THE IRAQ WAR. It was the first military action he ever opposed, but he believed we shouldn't go to war in the Middle East without knowing what we were getting into.'''

Michelle has been doing a wonderful job. Pay attention, you're obviously not going to see this in the media unless we push it.
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California Democratic Council

Endorsement results from the CDC Area and Regional 2004 pre-primary endorsement meetings:
(Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, 2003, held in Fresno, Los Angeles, Monterey, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, Visalia and Yucaipa)

(no endorsement given - 60 percent required)

Governor Howard Dean - 56.11 percent
Congressman Dennis Kucinich - 17.19 percent
General Wesley Clark - 14.48 percent
no other candidate received more than 6 percent
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John Buchanan

Republican for President
Here is his blog
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The Free Press -- Independent News Media - Bob Fitrakis

"As the year ends, 2003 will be remembered by future historians as the year the pretense of democracy in the United States ended. "
The Year Democracy Ended:
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New Drug Said to Improve Delivery of Cancer Medication

A new drug that delivers a widely used cancer medicine in a novel way significantly improves the medicine's effectiveness while avoiding many of the serious side effects, doctors reported here on Friday.

The new drug, Abraxane, is a form of paclitaxel, the generic name for Taxol, which is used to treat various forms of cancer. In a clinical trial involving 460 women with breast cancer that had spread elsewhere in their bodies, tumors shrank in 33 percent of those who received Abraxane compared with 19 percent of those who received Taxol.
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Must Watch!

Powerful Flash video made by Eric Blumrich for Dennis Kucinich.
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Sunday, December 07, 2003

When NGOs Attack-- Implications of the Coup in Georgia

Events surrounding last month's coup in post-Soviet Georgia, read in light of recent State Department documents, suggest that seemingly innocuous NGOs now play a central role in the policy of US-engineered "regime change" set forth in the notorious National Security Strategy of the United States.
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SF Mayors Race

Matt Gonzalez has a good chance! Talk Left thinks it may be up for grabs. I'm surprised at the age differences that Talk Left found. It leads me to believe that Matt Gonzalez has an even better chance because I think the older (above 30) vote was underestimated and the excitement generated with some of Matt's innovative friends will help him.

Here is a video interview with Matt for all you oldsters out there who haven't a clue and two more articles so you can bone up here and here. Go Matt!

Remember San Franciscans to get out there and vote this Tuesday!

Whoever you're voting for, this information might be useful to you:

1. If Tuesday is not a convenient day for you, you can also vote Sunday from 10-4pm, or Monday from 8-5 am at City Hall.

2. If you need any assitance to the polling place, or have basic questions about your polling place, etc., you can call 415-734-9340 ext 325, and they will assist you in getting to the polls or with basic information.

Every vote counts people!

This is a great opportunity to put San Francisco on a more progressive track.

Please do your best to get to the polls this Tuesday and Vote For Matt Gonzalez.
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Why do I think Dennis Kucinich is a viable candidate?

He absolutely riled the crowd at the convention, more so than Clark or Dean, both of whom I caught just before him. Dennis had presence, was well spoken, and definitely made his points clear. He doesn't feel the need to bash anyone, his positions on the issues stand for themsleves. He speaks of vision and the need for viable programs, and has laid out his plans on his website. He has experience winning political races against incumbent Republicans. He certainly didn't bore me. His passion is contagious. American people are ready for passion, values, and reuniting with the world community, and they are ready for a leader who can do it.

Morality and values that are in everyone's heart is what Dennis speaks to. He sees a United States that isn't based on greed; military, or corporate. Compatible world citizenship, basic human rights and a safe world free from nuclear weapons; 'it's easy if you try'.

In his debate with Dean I was similarly impressed. I was struck by certain things Dean said that made me think, 'he's listening to Dennis'. I find that hopeful. I do still see immaturity and contradictions in Dean that bother me. If Dennis has the message that everyone wants, then it's he we elect.

This past week when Dennis was in Michigan there were signs that his support is blooming. The media is beginning to take notice. His name is becoming noticed. I'm still not sure why the media tried to write him off but it isn't in their favor to ignore him any longer. The slights are noticed and the media loses viability each time they slight him. It's time to remember who we are as Dennis would say. We can't allow the media elect our president. We also can't allow Diebold machines to elect our president, but that's another rant altogether. Unelectable
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Internet wiz boosts Dean

"He's a legend," said campaign consultant Mike Ford, a longtime friend. "All the stories are true. The one word I'd use to describe Trippi is smart."

"I was always a techie," Trippi said. "Do you remember the first portable computers that Radio Shack sold? I had one. It had these big, black rubber ear cups that had to be attached to the telephone."
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Florida Democratic Convention

Press Highlights for Kucinich:
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio), who drew as large and active a crowd as many of his rivals, offered frustrated Floridians the clearest alternative to Bush. Kucinich said he would pull troops out of Iraq, create a federal department of peace and dramatically expand the government to cover more health care and education needs.

Kucinich called for a country interested in preserving world peace.

“We need a president who will work with America to stand up with the world community,” he said. Should Kucinich become president, he said he would sign such international treaties as the Chemical Weapons Ban and Kyoto Treaty.

"In 2004, we will vote in such numbers that not even Jeb Bush will be able to fix it," said Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Kucinich and Clark also had a major presence, though it was unclear whether the effort would yield lasting benefits to any of the campaigns

Google fun...
I'm sure many of you have seen the ' miserable failure ' search, but have you tried ' president 2004 '? I'm feeling lucky!
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Blowjobs, Ballet, Baggies

The parts left out of the Reagan movie
by Paul Krassner

The way CBS chickened out of telecasting their miniseries, The Reagans, you would’ve thought the screenplay had referred to a claim in the wife of Peter Lawford’s biography of her husband that Nancy Reagan gave the best blowjobs in Hollywood. You would’ve figured that it must have revealed the details of her alleged affair with Frank Sinatra–he did it her way–or maybe, who knows, her apocryphal fling with former Los Angeles Police Chief Darryl Gates. You would’ve been certain there was footage from that gay orgy in which, according to Larry Flynt, Reagan had participated before he was president. [ continue reading ]
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Saturday, December 06, 2003

ii'm iliking iTunes ifor iWindows

It's free and a pleasure to use. And the visualizations are really quite stunning.
But don't get that iPod!
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IRV-Ferndale Residents for Instant Runoff Voting

Ferndale Michigan is a frontrunner in the move to implement IRV.
Check out the website for a model of great organization.
They are two months into a vigorous voter education project. They hold weekly meetings. They've gotten the Mayor of Ferndale to endorse, amongst many others. They have implemented a sophisticated database program to track volunteers, lawn signs, contributions, etc. They are completing a detailed master plan with timelines and specific targets for the next ten months and they are getting good press.
Learn More!
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Friday, December 05, 2003

Video of Kucinich in Ann Arbor

Here is a video of Dennis Kucinich addressing the crowd in the Michigan League courtyard December 4.
Filmed by Craig
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Pictures of Kucinich at Borders

Michigan Daily: White House hopeful Kucinich campaigns in A2

MLive: "Kucinich meets with supporters around Michigan"

Ann Arbor News: Democratic candidate Kucinich draws crowd at U-M

My camera isn't digital so my pictures won't be here until I finish the roll and get them developed. Sounds so outdated doesn't it?
You CAN see pictures at Bob's Links and Rants and at Borders Readers United.
Bob has a link to more pictures of Kucinich in Lansing too. I didn't make it to Lansing but it looks like it was a wonderful gathering.
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Investigate and Punish Those Who Bribed Rep. Nick Smith (R-MI)

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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Rainbow Box

Craig has been burning the processer in warp mode. I hope it doesn't melt!
He has finished up a new video called Rainbow Box (.mov). It's his latest song, with his improved voice. The video pans a project I began as a teen, a box my dad built with ideals I still hold. My rainbow. You say you saw the movie. Maybe through venetian blinds. Peaceful Mind. That's all it took. That's what it's going to take during what he is expecting to be a very chemo Christmas.

There is hope in youth. The other videos he finished feature that hope. At 16, Sari Brown writes with the hope and understanding of a world at it's best. She's another who gives me chills. Craig features some short music video clips of Sari.
clip 1 | clip 2 | clip 3 | clip 4
They are well worth the download time.
Ann Arbor residents can see Sari December 21 at the Musicians for Peace concert.

Tomorrow, Ann Arbor residents can see more signs of hope. The Peace Walkers and Dennis Kucinich will be here. The agenda:

10:15 am: Breakfast with Peace Walkers at Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N. University.
The Peace Walkers are four people who are walking across the country to draw
attention to the Kucinich campaign and the issues it addresses, especially
peace and international cooperation.

11:30 am: Presentation/discussion by Peace Walkers at the Michigan League,
North University at Fletcher, 3rd floor, Room D.

12 noon: Dennis Kucinich arrives at the League for a short speech and

12:35 pm: Walk from the League to Borders to support the striking workers and
join their picket line.

1 pm: Kucinich leaves for Lansing.
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Happy Birthday Elayne!

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Go Matt Gonzalez!!

Not being a resident of SF I really don't have a stake in the mayoral election. Regardless, I find the momentum and support of Matt Gonzalez hopeful and exciting. has endorsed him and pointed me in the direction of another benefit concert:
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes along with Jello Biafra and other guests will be playing a Get Out The Vote Benefit Concert for Matt on December 8, 2003 at Slim's 333 11th @ Folsom, South of Market San Francisco. Come out for the cause!

Tish is one of the Bloggers for Matt

Talking music and politics, there's more from the Tell Us the Truth Tour sponsored by the AFL-CIO: A Newsweek interview with Tom Morello. A Call to Arms! Raging against the Machine and mobilizing young workers. Tis the ace. Even young Southern voters turn an ear this way.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Let's be clear: the credibility of U.S. democracy may be at stake.

by Paul Krugman
Early this year Bev Harris, who is writing a book on voting machines, found Diebold software -- which the company refuses to make available for public inspection, on the grounds that it's proprietary -- on an unprotected server, where anyone could download it.

... there's nothing paranoid about suggesting that political operatives, given the opportunity, might engage in dirty tricks. Indeed, given the intensity of partisanship these days, one suspects that small dirty tricks are common. For example, Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently announced that one of his aides had improperly accessed sensitive Democratic computer files that were leaked to the press.

Republican members of the committee have demanded that the expert investigate only how those specific documents were leaked, not whether any other breaches took place. I wonder why.
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Monday, December 01, 2003

Cruising Along

Online Voting Approved for Michigan Democrats
Follow same procedures as vote by mail.
Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2004 and no sooner. Any application received before January 1, 2004 will not be processed. On January 1, 2004 vote by mail applications will be available on the MDP website at and from local party organizations or by contacting the Michigan Democratic Party by e-mail MIDEMPARTY@MI-DEMOCRATS.COM, phone (517) 371-5410 or mail 606 Townsend, Lansing, MI 48933. Applications must be returned by January 31, 2004 at 6 P.M.
List of caucus sites Note: These are NOT your normal voting places!

Meanwhile...Dock the Republicans! DeLay's newest brilliant blunder.
being docked on the Hudson River would send out the message that they are a bunch of elitists who will not mingle with city residents and just might be ducking New York's laws
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Reapportionment of electoral votes

MATT SMYTH, UVA CENTER FOR POLITICS: Well you have seen change on the map. Based on the recent census data, there's been a reapportionment of electoral votes among the 50 states. Eighteen total states have seen a change. No states have seen a gain or loss of more than two seats. However, the net shift has been seven seats towards the state's that voted for Bush in 2000.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: So in other words, because of the moving of population, some states loss representation in Congress, others gained. And that means the electoral college looks different from what it did just three years ago?

SMYTH: Exactly. Bush's margin of victory, which was 271 to 267 has essentially automatically shifted to 278 to 260 before the elections even started.

WOODRUFF: Let's talk about some of the state's that lost representations, that lost numbers in the electoral count. Which ones are they?

SMYTH: There were two Gore states that lost two electoral votes. those were New York and Pennsylvania. New York, which is a Democratic strong hold, Pennsylvania which was a close battle ground in 2000. Those were the only two states that lost two electoral votes. There were several states that lost one vote. Michigan was one, Connecticut, Illinois for example.

WOODRUFF: And what about the states that picked up electoral votes?

SMYTH: Well there were four states that picked up two electoral votes. And all four were Bush states. Texas was one, Florida, Georgia and Arizona.
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