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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
Sunday, February 29, 2004

New! Kucinich Commercials

Message for my Brother is my favorite today. Which is your favorite?
They are all small 30 second spots in three different formats which can be dowloaded quickly and emailed to friends voting this Tuesday. Enjoy! Check out more video files at
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Odd Man In

By Matt Taibbi
Must Read!
I will never forgive America for what Dennis Kucinich went through this year. Because he has had the audacity to call for an end to all wars, to announce plans for the creation of a Department of Peace, to question the very culture of viciousness and intolerance and crass commercialism that rules our public discourse, he has been labeled a lunatic by nearly every "responsible" press organ in this country and cruelly mocked to a degree that no civil society should allow an honorable man to endure.

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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Follow the Drugs

"But what makes Ben-Veniste such an intriguing player on the 9/11 Commission (The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States) is his experience with rogue drug-running CIA operatives. Ben-Veniste defended Barry Seal, the notorious smuggler who flew C-123 military cargo planes filled with cocaine into Mena, Arkansas on behalf of the contras.

Al Qaeda's lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, was allegedly partying with CIA-connected pilots while he got his flight training in fall/winter 2000 at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Fla., where two of the other 9/11 hijacker pilots trained. Atta wasn't acting much like a holy martyr: He wore jeans and sneakers, played video games, bought himself a red Pontiac and was said to be a hedonist. The Press posed the question to Ben-Veniste: If Atta belonged to the fundamentalist Muslim group, why was he snorting cocaine and frequenting strip bars?

'You know,' said Ben-Veniste, as he smiled a little. 'That's a heck of a question.'" [ read more ]
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Friday, February 27, 2004

Contrary to Media Indications

Dennis Kucinich is Still Running
I've uploaded a nifty word doc by Daniel Welch that you are more than welcome to download, print and pass out before Tuesday informing voters in Super Tuesday states that Kucinich is indeed running. It's formatted with two flyers per page, black and white, and could be an effective tool in your efforts to reach voters this weekend.

If you watched the debate last night you will certainly understand my disgust with the media coverage and will realize that we need to get out there if we want Dennis' voice echoed loud and clear in the form of delegates!
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via Mark Dilley
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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Woman of the Bloody Year

Ex-Cabinet Minister Clare Short has claimed that UK spies bugged UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Ms Short, former International Development Secretary, quit the Cabinet in protest against the war. She said: "I have seen transcripts of Kofi Annan's conversations
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Don't sweat your retirement account

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.
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Key Super Tuesday state: Ohio

The lead paragraph to this article is
"As Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards race through Super Tuesday states from California to New York, they are paying special attention to one battleground in particular: Ohio"

Absolutely! Ohio is a key state, but one keen factor this article neglects that could dearly cost Dems is the negligence to acknowledge Ohio's key contribution; Dennis Kucinich. I find no mention of him anywhere in the article
Considering Kucinich has been crucial in motivating both Republicans and Democrats in Ohio, I find this blatant oversight unforgivable. Somehow I think the people of Ohio won't take kindly to the DNC/DLC tactics.

"No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning Ohio, while only two Democrats this century - Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy - have managed to do so."
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Hawaii Results: Will the Media ignore this?

Hawaii 99% reporting updated: 3:18 a.m., February 25

Kerry        1756    46%   12
Kucinich    1138    30%     8
Edwards      481    13%    0
Dean           341       9%    0
Sharpton                  0%    0

I just listened to NPR and they reported on the results of all three states. They mentioned that Hawaii had concluded voting, reported that no candidates campaigned in Utah which is untrue, and made no mention whatsoever of Dennis Kucinich. They only reported on Kerry and Edwards.

AP reported the news like this, finding quite a creative way to omit any mention of Dennis:

"John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Idaho,
and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third."

I don't know about everyone else but I like hearing all the facts. I detest blatant omissions.
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I think I've got it.
Thanks to Elayne.
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Nader urges Democrats to vote for Kucinich

From CNN Interview:
WOODRUFF: You endorsed Dennis Kucinich back in January.


WOODRUFF: And you said you were supporting him. What happened? He's still in the race.

NADER: Well, I still urge Democrats in the primary to support him. I've worked with him for 30 years. I would love him to be the Democratic nominee.

WOODRUFF: But what? I mean, but you've announced you're running.

NADER: It doesn't seem like he's a front-runner yet. That's the problem. The real Democrats in the progressive tradition of the Democratic Party are getting nowhere in the midst of the corporate Democrats.

WOODRUFF: We've already heard from John Kerry, John Edwards. They both have said they wish you weren't running. We've heard from any number of other Democrats. Howard Dean just put out a statement saying -- he said, if George Bush is re-elected, all of the health, the safety, the consumer, the environmental, the open government things that you've spent your life working for will all be undermined. And he said that the judges that the president is appointing will still be in office 50 years from now.

NADER: Agreed.

WOODRUFF: In other words, that's going to be on your shoulders.

NADER: Agreed. I think that a second front against Bush is going to be very, very effective.

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Monday, February 23, 2004

Following up on my pain post below I purposely avoided talking about the pain that is most prominent in my life right now. If I avoid it, it isn't there, right? I see and feel Craig's pain daily. I wouldn't want it any other way, but it does paralyze me.
He is actually in very little physical or psychic pain but his energy and appetite have fallen to new lows. Just last week he was vibrantly recording his CD in the studio. I know it was a stretch for him to dig up the energy, but he found it once the guitar was in his hands. Music is powerful stuff! Musicians have a knack of harnessing collective energy.
Craig's music is beautiful and I will be left with some wonderful memories, but I'm selfish, I don't want to live with memories. I don't want to be left. I'm still looking at alternatives, perhaps I am grabbing at straws, but as long as I can touch a bit of hope I have to try to hold it. He doesn't always feel that way. He's been through so much already. He will see the oncologist today for comfort meds. No one in his position should be denied or forced through obstacles to obtain comfort. No one need be denied medical care or self medication when they reach the edge of this known existence yet it happens all the time. So many things we need to change...sigh...
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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Feeling the Pain

You Really Do Feel Their Pain
If someone close to you is hurting, your brain hurts too.
This was a tough week for me. My brain hurts as I see pain all around me. Others see it too and are trying to help:
Friends bolster former film festival chief during tough times.
Garage sale will help Vicki Honeyman with bills that mount as she copes with cancer.

Other fundraisers are in the works, including an open house at Heavenly Metal on March 21, the first day of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which Honeyman led for years.

Unfortunately, Vicki's is an isolated gathering of help. She is well known and loved in the community, which has to beg the question of more reclusive introverted people. How are they managing? I can only guess that they aren't. 18,000 people a year die because they have no money for medical care. Far too many rely on emergency rooms for health problems that could have been treated earlier and at far less cost. It's time. We can do this! We can't allow lack of medical care to continue as a form of Social Darwinism.
see also Myths & Facts About Single-Payer Universal Health Care
Profit in health care only leads to irresponsible actions like this: Pfizer cuts off supplies to Canadian mail-order companies and also angers Pharmacia retirees with benefits cut.
Pfizer has a R&D located in Ann Arbor I'm ashamed to say. I urge you to familiarize yourself with the drugs they provide and find suitable alternatives. Tell your physician to boycott the bastards.

Another issue that hit this week was one of pain relief, an overreaction to the Rush drama no doubt. He wasn't responsible for his actions so sez he. An addict will find ways to get their drugs. A person in pain doesn't need to leap through more obstacles to find relief. My mom, for example, can't go to the doctor everytime she needs to refill her Darvocet and she can't be walking into pharmacies to fill them, however,
the DEA tells patients to Shut Up and Suffer Can we stop over-reacting and simply act?
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From Media Monitors Network

Waiting for the jellyfish Democrats to find enough spine to affect change before November 4 could be like watching the universe age. Concerned citizens need to take action before then. Those previously claiming to like Kucinich - the real progressive - but fearing he couldn’t win, and who supported Dean - the fake progressive - only because he “could win”, can now rethink their early compromise. The remaining primaries should give Kucinich his greatest support, especially if progressives hope to keep the centrist Democratic candidate, whoever he is, from moving too far to the right, which he surely will do .

Activists, progressives and other worried citizens who are having nightmares about our future , need to wake up to their democratic duties . If they use the vote to support Kucinich in the remaining primaries, and use the constitution to Impeach Bush in the remaining days, democracy may yet have its day. And the night may bring us all better dreams, or at least more peaceful sleep .
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I learned from Elayne that Haloscan now a has trackback feature. Cool! I added it myself. I'm not quite sure how it works. MT seems automatic, haloscan wants to give me a URL. I'm guessing I should link to that trackback URL. Ok. I'm trying. The one link she gives in this post that she doesn't quite describe IS bizarre.
UPDATE: It didn't appear to work like that. Here is the permalink.
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Monday, February 16, 2004

The Final Days - Will anyone but Kerry remain in the race after Wisconsin?

"Kucinich will never drop out. He's said so several times, and he's the one candidate who I believe means everything that comes out of his mouth."
He really means it when he talks about the "militarization of thought," about being a "peace president," and about wanting to "change the metaphor of our society from war to peace." He was serious when he said in the spin room after Sunday's debate that unless we pull out of Iraq, "we're going to have a draft."
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We know her as a fellow Blogger

Maybe we'll soon know her as a State Representative from the Progressive State of Maine

donations helpful

You can also find a report on the Maine Caucus here.

While I'm plugging candidates I should come back to Michigan where the Internet Voting Did NOT Go Well. This information comes from Larry Kestenbaum (Polygon, the Dancing Bear) who will be a candidate for Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds, in the Democratic primary on August 3rd, and the general election November 2nd.
Among county election officials, the Clerk leads the way on issues from choosing voting technologies to training election workers to coordinating the tabulation and certifying of results. Our next county clerk will implement the new state election laws, which change election scheduling and consolidate authority over local and school elections.

Perhaps he plans on attending the rescheduled event:

Fixing Elections , IRV and Addressing Voting Machine Problems
with Alma Wheeler Smith

Fixing Elections
- Get Out The Vote Efforts
- Voting Machine Scandals
- Instant Runoff Voting

Alma Wheeler Smith
Former Michigan State Senator
Craig Harvey
Michigan Focus on Reforming Elections

Monday, February 23, 2004
7:00 PM
Arbor Brewing Company
114 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Sunday, February 15, 2004

Sharing the Dennis Experience

Bruce at The River took advantage of the chance to see and hear Dennis Kucinich when he visited Atlanta.

"But hey, if the man is going to pursue this campaign against incredible odds, I sure as hell was going to make an effort to get out there and support him when he came to my city. So I did."

Kucinich Campaign Drops in on Georgia Part One
Part Two

I have to smile.
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Friday, February 13, 2004

New! Rubber Soul Newsletter 02/12/04

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Thursday, February 12, 2004

Colin Powell: from his autobiography

Google cache: Augusta Chronicle - Wants proof Bush served in military 04/29/03:
"In Secretary of State Colin Powell's autobiography, My American Journey, he says,
'I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed managed to wangle slots in the Army Reserve and National Guard units... Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country.'

Bush's loss of flying status should have spurred probe

Cleansing Bush Arrest Records from National Guard Files
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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

not watching television How bout you? blogroll recommendation
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Linking to Thoughts

Content management with an absent manager manifested itself brilliantly in the face of overwhelming content.
With his link purge, Bill at thoughts on the eve of the apocalypse has a nice tidy recap of news and information in one handy permalink. Now that I linked to his page I can do a search on my page for his site and find this handy link. I'm talkin' a serious recap of goodies that will surely be a valuable reference down the road. Thanks Bill!
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Slideshow of Presidential Candidates Homes
Who best represents your style?

More about the Subpoenas on Antiwar Protest Are Dropped
"Despite any retreat by the Iowa U.S. Attorney," Mr. Stone said, "there remain serious questions about the scope of this particular investigation. If it was just a trespassing investigation, why seek the membership records of the National Lawyers Guild? If this was an attempt to chill protests through the aggressive policing of a run-of-the-mill crime, we've got a serious problem in America."

Utah House Rebukes Bush With Its Vote on School Law
The Utah vote was, for the Bush administration, the most troubling of a series of state measures that have either challenged the law or required studies to determine whether its costs are higher than the federal money it brings.

Black Vote Dissed During Michigan Caucus
While Sen. John Kerry swept three states this weekend, many voters in Detroit - where nearly 90 percent of the city?s population is Black - and in surrounding Dearborn, Flint and Ypsilanti encountered problems when they went to their polling districts. The mix-up occurred when their regular caucus sites were closed at the last minute and voters were redirected to new sites.
Personal note: When Craig voted he said there was a woman there who had been to three places and still wasn't at the correct place. Considering voter turnout has been at all-time highs in perhaps every state except Michigan, which incidently reached the second highest of it's history, I'm inclined to believe that many voters were disenfranchised after attempting two or three locations.

Meanwhile, back in Maine, remember Maine? Caucus results remain unofficial

Now They Tell Us
Where was the Media??
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the american street: My God, what has Bush wrought?

George Bush will be announcing a new initiative to limit nuclear weapons proliferation. At the same time he'll seek to deflect criticism of US intelligence in Iraq by pointing to the job they've done uncovering "Nuka" Khan, the 'Father' of the Pakistan Bomb who spent the past two decades sleeping around with some pretty bad 'muthas'.

Shutting the barn door after the jackass has escaped doesn't strike me as much to bray about. It seems we killed 10,000 Iraqis for far less of a danger to our nation than the guy whose actions still may prove to have glowing results from the bastards he spawned.

There's two other serious flaws to the proposal. Israel's never confirmed it has nukes so many Arab nations and their allies will rebuke it for locking in that unequal power distribution.

The other troubling thing is in who it locks out. [ read the whole disturbing scenario ]

Recall that this Bush guy who has hijacked our country is his own expert and chooses to invent his own facts. Listening to the IAEA just doesn't seem to suit his objectives. A terrorist extraordinaire, playing with his nuclear toys, disengaged from the world community, delusional and powerful, must be removed from power!
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Feds Drop All Subpoenas Against Peace Protesters, University

Drake President David Maxwell said the gag order against the university was also lifted Tuesday.
A reason for the withdrawals was not given.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Rumsfeld 'unaware' of WMD claim

"I don't remember the statement being made, to be perfectly honest." Rumsfeld

U.S. Democrat expats in anti-Bush surge
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Monday, February 09, 2004

Daily News Online

Bob has another gig writing for the newly formed progressive Daily News Online
Lookin' good!
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Leave me Behind at the Airport

Everytime I've been on an airplane lately I've seen the Rise Of The Righteous Army. It's creepy. Could it be that the pilot of this plane is a
Reverend Doomsday?
In the last election, 40 percent of the votes for George W. Bush came from their ranks

For anyone who's looking here for Maine Results, the final totals are not out yet. Kucinich is 3rd with 16% of the popular vote (20% of the delegates) at the moment with 20% of precincts left uncounted. I can't fathom what might be taking so long to publish the final numbers.
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Voter Turnout

Absolutely no question that we want our country back! From the DNC website

Oklahoma: 302,169 people voted in the primary, 167,319 more voters than in the 2000 race.

Delaware: Participation increased by 164 percent over 2000, with 18,322 more voters turning out.

South Carolina: 286,745 voters went to the polls, the highest turnout ever in a Democratic primary.

Arizona: Voters set an all time record for the Democratic primary, with 224,920 ballots cast.

Missouri: 543,708 votes were cast, an increase of 51 percent over 2000.

New Mexico: 104,705 total votes more than doubled the expected turnout of 50,000.

North Dakota: 10,508 votes cast — 8,301 more votes than 2000.

"Democrats set records in Iowa and New Hampshire and the trend is continuing," McAuliffe said. "George W. Bush will have a record amount of money, but his money will lose every time to a record number of Americans who desperately want to turn this country around."
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Sunday, February 08, 2004

Shelve the Selves

Bob pretty much says it. My district fared slightly better than the state average (3%) of votes for Kucinich at 4.5% but I will only add ann arbor is overrated, a shell of its former self, kindof like this country. We have shelved ourselves.

I think I'll go somewhere real.
I'll also check out the online 18 minute excerpt from Craig and FiddlerBob's show at the Lighthouse this past Wednesday night. It was fun! A great community of musicians and old friends mixing with great music. As Ira said, it was a show to behold.
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Friday, February 06, 2004

Throwing Progressive Votes Away

Talking point with Dean and Clark voters...

People are afraid of throwing their votes away because of the
'unelectability factor', many without even giving a look at the
issues, many others because they thought Dean or Clark were more electable.

One issue now is Dean. If he drops out after Wisconsin, he's
definitely unelectable. Who threw their vote away in that scenario?

Clark was going to drop out if he didn't win Oklahoma. He will probably drop out soon, making him unelectable. Who will have thrown their votes away in that scenario?

We know Dennis is in it until the end. He has made that clear despite the inattention from the media. We can admire his tenacity and committment and his word. We need to have his progressive voice at the convention. We need to have him elected.

Dennis' votes won't be thrown away.
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State of the Asylum

By Kurt Vonnegut
On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 20, In These Times received a fax:


Worried, we called Kurt Vonnegut. What did he know?! He said he would tell us when he had more complete information. The next morning we received another fax, a transcript of a conversation he had, he said, with the out-of-print science fiction writer Kilgore Trout [ read the conversation ]
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Fickle Friday

Voting Guides from Drug War Rant
read the post below the guide too.

Billy Jack Bucking Bush!

Detroit snubbed by candidates

Al Sharpton was the lone candidate to show up Thursday at the Northwest Activity Center in Detroit for a Freedom Institute Town Hall meeting.
Dennis Kucinich will be in Michigan today, however.

Kalamazoo at the People's Church on 10th St,
from noon to 1:00 PM

Muskegon Muskegon Community College,
Blue & Gold Room, 221 South Quarterline Road
from 2:30-3:30

Greenville Electrolux Plant
UAW Local 137 Hall, 315 Charles Street
from 3:45-4:30

Flint Flint Township Senior Center, 2071 South Graham Road
from 5:45-6:35

Pontiac Monument of Faith Baptist Church, 378 Auburn Road
from 7:00-8:15

Detroit University of Detroit Mercy, Ford Life Sciences Building, Room 113,
4001 West McNichols Road (building is next to big clock tower)
from 8:15-9:45

All events are open to the public. Media interviews can be arranged by calling Peggy Malnati at 248-521-5643.

Young Voters Interest Fizzles
Small wonder. Reading this article you'll find no mention of Kucinich.

MP3 file of Bush's Lies from Mike Malloy
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Fixing Elections , IRV and Addressing Voting Machine Problems

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled! Bummer.
Ann Arbor: Taking Our Voting Choice Seriously
An investment of time for the future of democracy, support and attendance is important!

"Fixing Elections" with Alma Wheeler Smith former Michigan Senator
and Craig Harvey Michigan Focus on Reforming Elections (M-FORE)

* Get Out The Vote Efforts
* Voting Machine Scandals
* Instant Runoff Voting

Sponsored by The St. Mary Student Parish Peace and Justice Commision

Monday, February 9, 2004
7:30 PM
St. Mary Student Parish
331 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI
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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Great News!

Pentagon Cancels Internet Voting System
I can't let this piece of info pass by even though the last thing I should be doing is adding to my blog at the moment.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Tipping the Hands of Time

His voice is back and his guitar is sounding great. As he puts it...
"I am racing with the devil, I mean cancer, to see what I can accomplish at this end stage of life. Frankly it is kind of exciting. A couple months ago I didn't think I would ever sing again, and now my voice is back and I am playing as good as ever. "It is better to burn out than to fade away" isn't it?"

Tonight Craig will perform at The Lighthouse Coffee Company in Milan, MI from 8-9pm. Accompanying him will be FiddlerBob. It will be a mixture of originals and covers. Next week he'll begin recording his recent originals. Right now he's ahead of the devil.
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Interactive Map

I love these interactive maps. This one has primary and caucus information by state. Click the state for results, or mouse over for general info.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Protecting the Purity of American Children or What Exactly is Obscene?

What do American adults expect to happen when a child sees a naked breast? What kind of terrible damage are they afraid of? What incredible unspeakable trauma will occur which surely must outdo everything else an American child is subjected to in his or her life?

That they might one day find a female breast more interesting than waving their flag maybe? [ read it all ]
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Ani spins him 'round like a record

I don’t know if Kucinich admitting DiFranco spins him ‘round as much as Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt is as surprising as the fact that no other candidate said his favorite band, album or concert included any female artists.

...The last thing we need in a potential Bush opponent is a relic of the past. A history of public service and a pattern of political achievement are important, but so is the ability to change with the times.

This is why Kucinich is the president for me. He’s blues and country, and a little bit of angst.
Aren’t we all?
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Theft and Deception: The New Morality for the Ruling Class

Halliburton Co. allegedly overcharged more than $16 million for meals at a U.S. military base in Kuwait during the first seven months of last year, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday, citing Pentagon investigators auditing the company's work.

Bush's Guard Service In Question in Washington Post By Lois Romano

Blair's Mass Deception by John Pilger

With All Deliberate Stupidity by Daniel Patrick Welch

The Lie Factory by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest

U.N Observer which includes Kucinich Urges Spiritual Reclamation for America

Kucinich in Soul Man
People need to be aware this is a real campaign, it's not just a message trip that I'm on. I believe this election and this campaign is wide open and gives us a shot at structural change?. I chose a life in public life and I've been doing this my whole life. This is about whether we have the confidence in the authenticity of our own dreams and our own worldview -- or whether we'll settle for half measures and wishful thinking.
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Say Hello To

Media Mouse: Independent Media Activists - Grand Rapids, Michigan
I have to say, this gives me a whole new perspective of Grand Rapids!
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Monday, February 02, 2004

Just trying the image on at the moment | via Bruce Eisner
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Israel knew Iraq had no WMDs

Former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter told ynet Sunday that the Israeli intelligence community was well aware that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.

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'Out of the intelligence loop'

"It's amazing what you can discover if you pay attention to what our political and opinion leaders choose to ignore. "
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Sunday, February 01, 2004

Who Was the Liar?

On February 25th of last year in the Washington Post, Richard Cohen wrote this article:
Antiwar And Illogical.
Richard Perle had just called Dennis Kucinich a liar on Meet the Press which said in part:
" "Liar" is a word rarely used in Washington. This is not because the town lacks liars but because the word is so unambiguous -- so lacking in customary fudge -- that its use was long ago forbidden by, of course, consensus. So it was particularly shocking, not to mention refreshing, to hear Richard Perle on Sunday call Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) a liar to his face. I paused to see if the Washington Monument would crack down the middle.

It did not. Moreover, Kucinich himself seemed only momentarily fazed by Perle's sharp right to his integrity and went on, indomitable demagogue that he seems to be, to maintain that the coming war with Iraq will be fought to control that nation's oil. Kucinich, a presidential candidate, has made this charge before, and when Tim Russert asked him on "Meet the Press" to back it up, here is what he said:

"I base that on the fact that there is $5 trillion worth of oil above and in the ground in Iraq, that individuals involved in the administration have been involved in the oil industry, that the oil industry would certainly benefit from having the administration control Iraq, and that the fact is that, since no other case has been made to go to war against Iraq, . . . oil represents the strongest incentive."

The article only gets uglier from here.

On March 25, 2003 Scott Ritter was interviewed (audio-video here) where he said in part:
" This is a bad war, because it has nothing to do with the defense of the United States of America. Iraq doesn't have weapons of mass destruction. The Bush Administration has pulled an enormous lie to the international community; to the American people. " also see The Coming October War in Iraq

Both of these men faced quite a wrath, but both are vindicated as we've seen the ugly truth exposed. David Kay said "We were all wrong". Perhaps it's time to acknowledge Dennis Kucinich and Scott Ritter were right. For more information, a summary, links and timeline in html format, I have converted Kucinich was Right and placed it here. If you'd like a .pdf or word doc you can find it on Dennis Kucinich's official web page

I think its past time we restored integrity to the White House. I can think of no one better to be there than the one who stood up unafraid and spoke his mind after reviewing the facts.
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Kucinich Rally in New Mexico Features Scott Ritter

"A Kucinich rally was held at the Capitol on Friday and featured former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter, an early critic of the war in Iraq.

Ritter, a former U.S. Marine, was a weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998. He has been a vocal critical of the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.

Ritter said he is a registered Republican who voted for Bush in 2000, but he won't this year 'because I feel so strongly about holding him accountable for what he's done in our name.'

Ritter called Iraq 'the defining issue of our time' and said Kucinich is the only Democratic candidate with a plan to get the United States out of Iraq."

Kucinich might not end up the party's nominee, Ritter acknowledged. But his proposal for a Department of Peace to ensure the United States doesn't head down a path of destruction is "something that every single Democratic candidate must embrace if we are to survive as a nation."
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Right Wing Takes Serbian Elections

In parliamentary elections yesterday, voters in Serbia favored the right wing nationalist Serbian Radical Party over the pro-Western party that had controlled the country for three years.

The Radicals’ campaign focused on Serbia’s devastated economy and deep anti-West feelings generated by the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. In addition, Voice of America reported that pollsters in Serbia link the "popularity of nationalist groups to public unhappiness over the failure of the pro-western political allies to tackle poverty in Serbia, where nearly one in every three people of working age is unemployed." [ read more ]
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