2002 Archives, Page Two
Signs Homeland Security Bill Dictator
Bush today signed into law the long-awaited bill to create a new
Department of Homeland Security, a superagency [not to mention
--veritable police state] that will combine 22 separate federal
agencies, and as expected, he nominated former Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Ridge as the new department's first secretary.
Approves Homeland Security Overhaul
Dictator Bush signed legislation Monday creating a new Department
of Homeland Security. One provision permits federal business with
American companies that have moved their operations abroad to sidestep
U.S. taxes. Another measure legally shields drug companies already
sued over ingredients used in vaccines. A section helps Texas A&M
University win homeland security research money...
Security Bill Riles 9/11 Families
Many families of Sept. 11 victims had expected to give their support
to the creation of a Department of Homeland Security as a strong
indication of the country's determination to prevent another attack.
But in interviews today many relatives, including leaders of the
largest family organizations, said they were surprised at how bitter
they felt about the partisan politics surrounding the measure.
Rising! True Patriots Networking
--by Nat Hentoff "Despite the self-satisfaction of George W.
Bush and John Ashcroft, and the somnolence of the press, there is
rising resistance around the country to the serial abuses of our
into the void New touch-screen
voting machines may look spiffy, but some experts say they can't
be trusted. Rebecca Mercuri, a computer science professor at Bryn
Mawr, tells everyone she can, from election judges to county supervisors
to the local media, that the supposedly "state-of-the-art" machines
they've all been sold are nothing but "a bill of goods."
should run, oversee Dade elections, group says
Miami-Dade County should return to staffing voting polls with volunteers
rather than government employees, end police involvement in running
elections and appoint an advisory panel to oversee the Elections
Department, a community coalition said Monday.
says Iraq inspectors qualified
Only about a third of the U.N. weapons inspectors have been in Iraq
previously, but the main U.N. agency running the inspections denied
Monday that lack of on-the-ground practice will hamper the operation.
will be ready for desert war, says Hoon
(UK) Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, spelt out preparations
for a war against Iraq last night, promising to get Britain's battle
tanks and rifles ready for a strike against Saddam Hussein.
asleep media and an unjustified war
--by James O. Goldsborough "The media have never excelled in
warning about wars, but this time have surpassed themselves, becoming
a co-conspirator in making 'regime change' in Iraq seem as natural
a thing as a change of seasons."
Protesters Organizing - Slowly
As the United States prepares for a possible invasion of Iraq, groups
of anti-war demonstrators are beginning to organize across the country.
Atlanta, GA -- Protestors from the
4910 Collective challenge what they call CNN's policy of delivering
"Half the Story, All the Time". (Indymedia)
Crimes Against Arabs Surge, FBI Finds
Arabs and others who appeared to be Muslim were threatened, beaten
and generally discriminated against more last year than at any other
time in the past, according to the FBI's annual survey of hate crimes
expected to approve $14 billion aid request
Israel will today submit a request for $14
billion in economic aid to U.S. National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice. pResident George Bush is expected to quickly approve
the request - $4 billion in defense aid and U.S. guarantees for
$10 billion - with minor changes, Israeli sources said.
Face U.S. Demand On Terrorism
A National Security Council task force is recommending an action
plan to Dictator Bush that is designed to force Saudi Arabia to
crack down on terrorist financiers within 90 days or face unilateral
U.S. action to bring the suspects to justice, senior U.S. officials
hypocrisy in Indonesia
--by Kenneth Roth "...George W. Bush called for "a new ethic
of personal responsibility in the business world." Yet the State
Department has recommended dismissal of a lawsuit alleging corporate
complicity in violent human rights abuse in Indonesia... In the
suit, the plaintiffs charge that they were
raped, tortured or kidnapped
- or their relatives murdered -
by Indonesian soldiers paid to protect a big Exxon Mobil natural
gas plant in the province.
Face $40 Billion 2003 Budget Deficit-Report
Sunk in the worst financial doldrums since World War II, states
face a possible collective budget shortfall of $40 billion by the
end of the fiscal year, the National Governors Association said
Say Government Deleted Web Site Material to Push Abstinence
Information on condom use, the relation between abortion and breast
cancer and ways to reduce sex among teenagers has been removed from
government Web sites, prompting critics to accuse the Department
of Health and Human Services of censoring medical information in
order to promote a philosophy of sexual abstinence.
blood: Red Cross charged
(Canada) Police have filed charges against four doctors, the Red
Cross and a US pharmaceutical company after a five-year investigation
into a tainted blood scandal that saw thousands of Canadians infected
with HIV and hepatitis. The Canadian charges include criminal negligence
causing bodily harm, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
of Lost Health Benefits Is Reaching Into the Middle Class
The growing number of uninsured and the rising cost of health insurance
have stimulated Congressional interest on a scale not seen since
1993 and 1994, when President Bill Clinton tried to remake the health
care system and guarantee coverage for all Americans.
for Health Care Coverage
--by Henry J. Aaron "...the president[sic]'s plan will do little
to reduce the ranks of the uninsured and may inadvertently increase
them... Beleaguered employers may treat a new tax credit as cover
for dropping sponsorship of health plans. If so, the population
of the uninsured could explode.
Bush and Tobacco (Washington
Post) "...the Bush administration persists in siding with [R.J.
Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc.] RJR and the other cigarette giants
in international tobacco-control negotiations convened by the World
Health Organization... As well as selling a product that kills people,
RJR allegedly finances people who kill people. If the suit
succeeds, similar complaints against other tobacco majors are expected.
Pulls Out of Campaign to Open Up Alaskan Area
BP, the world's third-largest oil company, has pulled out of a major
lobbying group that is spearheading the campaign to open the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling, a company spokesman
Must Learn Lessons of Wrestler Wellstone
--by Courtland Milloy "During his induction into the National
Wrestling Hall of Fame last year, Sen. Paul D. Wellstone (D-Minn.)
had this to say: 'I have been able to persevere in a lot of situations
because of what I learned during wrestling.'"
Denies Church's Bid to Seal Records on Priests
Accusing the Archdiocese of Boston of toying with the court, a judge
ordered today that 11,000 documents concerning the church's handling
of 65 priests accused of sexually abusing children be made available
to the public.
Decry Commercial Turkey Farms
Dismayed by the practices of large commercial turkey farms, animal-welfare
groups are intensifying their appeals to consumers to reconsider
their Thanksgiving menus.
secret war Behind public
preparations for an invasion, British and American aircraft are
destroying Iraq's air defences while covert groups of special forces
are training Kurdish fighters and preparing equipment. British and
American warplanes are attacking Iraq's air defences almost daily,
and making practice runs on other targets.
arrive to Iraqi protests at 'pretext' for war A
team of 18 UN inspectors arrives in Iraq today to begin the crucial
first round of new checks on Iraqi weapons sites. But in a letter
sent to the UN, Baghdad has complained that the resolution the inspectors
are working under contravenes international law and was designed
to give the United States an excuse to attack.
for peace convene meeting on war with Iraq
(NH) Local peace activists believe there’s so much opposition to
a possible war on Iraq, they were reluctant to publicize an informal
gathering planned for Monday night for fear they’d overflow the
South Church, Unitarian-Universalist.
new, united Europe asserts its independence
--by Eric Margolis "Flashback to 480 BC. Xerxes: "At last I
have found a way whereby we may at once win glory, get possession
of a rich land and obtain satisfaction and revenge." Epilogue: To
everyone's surprise, the irksome Greeks ("Grecians" to George W.
Bush) won." [a must-read]
rejects Israeli account of British official's killing
The United Nations dismissed as "not credible" yesterday an Israeli
army claim that Palestinian gunmen fired from inside a UN compound
in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday before its soldiers shot
dead Iain Hook, a 52-year-old British relief worker.
Saudi Money Trail Rent
payments for 9-11 hijackers and mysterious checks from a princess’s
account. Is there a Saudi tie to terror? Inside the probe the Bush
mis-ministration doesn’t want you to know about
link could signal wider threat
Senators: U.S. can’t pull punches in investigating alleged Saudi
money trail in Sept. 11 attacks --Allegations that money from the
Saudi royal family indirectly helped two Sept. 11 hijackers mean
a well-financed terrorist structure still could be in place in America,
capable of striking again, lawmakers said Sunday.
Urge Full Probe of Saudi Ties to 9/11
U.S. lawmakers urged the White House on Sunday to more aggressively
investigate reports that Saudi Arabia funneled money to two of the
Sept. 11 hijackers, a charge denied by the kingdom, and whether
the FBI failed to pursue the alleged ties.
Defends FBI's Saudi-9/11 Probe
The White House defended the FBI's handling of a diplomatically
sensitive [?!?] investigation into reports that Saudi Arabia
provided money that helped support two of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
Investigates FBI Treatment of Whistleblower
Agent (Grassley press release) Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking for
an investigation of allegations that an FBI agent who has testified
before Congress and spoken to the media about FBI problems is suffering
reprisals for his criticisms.
Witness Law Has Many In Limbo
Nearly Half Held in War On Terror Haven't Testified --Authorities
have arrested and jailed at least 44 people as potential grand jury
witnesses in the 14 months of the nationwide terrorism investigation,
but nearly half have never been called to testify before a grand
jury, according to defense lawyers and others involved in the cases.
Although they had not been charged with
any crimes, these "material witnesses" were often held under maximum
security conditions, in detentions ranging from a few days to several
months or longer. At least seven of the witnesses were
terror inquiry heats up
(MN) Surveillance of Muslims and Arabs now includes undercover
agents in mosques, informants working the streets, scrutiny of financial
records and wiretaps on phones, say community leaders who have
noticed heightened fear in the past two months.
cops contributed to 'spy files'
Protesters' car plates noted (CO) The American Civil Liberties
Union revealed documents Thursday that indicate the Colorado Springs
Police Department collected information about peace activists that
wound up in the Denver Police Department's "spy files."
Government "Out of Control"
--by Chuck Baldwin "Back in August, columnist Paul Craig Roberts
asked the question, 'Is a vote for Republicans a vote for a police
state?' The answer seems to be a resounding yes! The Bush administration
seems determined to turn our country into the most elaborate and
sophisticated police state ever devised."
Adjourned Officially Department
of Homeland Security Approved, Unemployment Benefits Blocked
The 107th Congress adjourned today after giving final approval to
legislation creating a Department of Homeland Security and blocking
a Democratic move to extend unemployment benefits that are due to
expire shortly after Christmas.
extends Scalia's job as top Labor Department lawyer
Dictator Bush kept the Labor Department's top lawyer, Eugene Scalia,
in his job Friday for a few more weeks by naming him acting solicitor.
Bush appointed Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,
to the position in January when Congress was in recess, bypassing
the Senate confirmation process.
Looks To Move Its Social Agenda
Hill Push to Include Abortion Curbs, 'Faith-Based' Programs --With
Democrats no longer blocking their way in the Senate, Dictator Bush
and Republican congressional leaders plan a more vigorous push
on their social policy agenda by trying to limit abortions,
provide greater support to religious groups and increase funding
for sexual abstinence and fatherhood programs, according to White
House officials and key lawmakers.
News chief doubled as political adviser to Bush
The revelation that Faux News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes sent
a secret memo offering political advice to George W. Bush after
last year’s terrorist attacks illustrates one of the fundamental
facts of American political life: the utterly dishonest and politically
incestuous relationship between the mass media and the government.
All the president's man
--by Linda Mcquiag "Watching one of the great heroes of American
journalism on TV last week, I found myself wondering if I had tuned
in to a remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Bob Woodward
certainly appeared to be a changed man from 30 years ago when, along
with Carl Bernstein, he broke the Watergate story."
a megamerger mess (Daily
News) "After months of lectures from politicians on how to
run their businesses, corporate executives must be chuckling to
themselves. They're watching Washington policymakers make what will
likely be a major organizational misstep of their own - pushing
forward a massive, ill-conceived merger that puts many of the failed
megadeals of the '90s to shame."
Fiscal Crisis Is Echoed Across Nation "Most
of the nation's cities and states are in the same shape as New York
City," said Chris Hoene, research manager at the National League
of Cities. "For the first time in 10 years, you have to talk
about cities facing a genuine recessionary economy."
Defense Taxes State Budgets
States are in a bind when it comes to homeland defense: Nearly every
step needed to increase safety requires more cash, and nearly
every state is facing a fiscal crisis.
Arms Require Big Cleanup At 16,000 U.S. Sites
EPA Papers Note Major Health Risks --Unexploded munitions
at 16,000 inactive military ranges, including chemical and biological
weapons, pose "imminent and substantial" public health risks
and could require the largest environmental cleanup program ever
implemented by the U.S. government, according to newly released
Environmental Protection Agency documents.
wars: Wisconsin grower sues giant Ocean Spray
The suit, filed Nov. 8 in U.S. District Court for the District of
Columbia by Northland Cranberries Inc., accuses Ocean Spray, based
in Massachusetts, of several illegal activities designed to gain
a monopoly in the market.
Madness --by Nicholas Regush
"The 'Breakthrough' headlines have been running all week about
a new vaccine for cervical cancer - this is medical science and
health journalism at its worst and a shameful example of how medical
research is taking dangerous short-cuts and badly misleading the
Dept. Acts to Use New Power in Terror Inquiries The Justice
Department, moving quickly to use its expanded powers for spying
on "possible terrorists," plans to assign federal
lawyers in counterintelligence to terrorism task forces in New York
and Washington to help secure secret warrants against suspects,
officials say. The deployments, along with other changes under discussion
by top Justice Department officials, are seen as a crucial first
step in breaking down the wall between intelligence gathering
and law enforcement, officials said.
by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle
It Is Shameful For The House To Leave Town Without Helping Workers
--"This is a sad day for a lot of workers. Because of Republican
inaction, nearly one million Americans will lose their unemployment
benefits three days after Christmas. Without jobs, and without
an extension of their unemployment insurance benefits, they are
facing a grim holiday season."
providers have juice --by
David Lazarus "So now we know, thanks to documents just released
by federal regulators, that energy providers Williams and AES conspired
to drive electricity prices higher during the worst of the California
power crisis. What most people don't know, though, is that board
members of both companies have links to the
White House, as do directors of other energy heavyweights
that have received subpoenas for their alleged role in fleecing
inspectors warn of delays
A newly arrived United Nations team has warned of delays in inspecting
the most controversial suspected Iraqi weapons sites, including
the palaces of Saddam Hussein. The news is likely to infuriate Washington,
which has little time if it is to launch an invasion of Iraq before
the onset of hot weather there.
Mulling 3-Stage Plan for Post-War Iraq-Report
A consensus is forming within the Bush mis-ministration on how to
govern Iraq in the event of a successful U.S. military campaign
against Baghdad that envisions an initial period of military rule,
a news magazine reported on Saturday.
war in Iraq to cost billions
Including occupation, price may top $1
trillion, one expert estimates; Impact on energy market
feared --The cost of ousting Saddam Hussein could stretch into hundreds
of billions of dollars and possibly trigger a worldwide economic
downturn, analysts and economists say.
Get Ready for War in Iraq
About 50,600 reservists and guardsmen are already active, most assigned
to homeland duty in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Pentagon
officials said last week they may need 100,000 more, possibly 200,000,
if the country goes to war.
Ritter's Iraq Complex At
the back of the auditorium, a man cupped his hands over his mouth,
improvising a megaphone: ''Iraq is not the problem. Enron is!''
...Most of the crowd wanted to hear the case against war, and they
were exuberant to be hearing it from Scott Ritter, the onetime United
Nations arms inspector and now America's most unlikely peacenik.
Say Pentagon Still Covering Up Weapons Tests
The U.S. Defence Department gave them cryptic names like 'Fearless
Johnny', 'Errand Boy' and 'Rapid Tan'. But Jack Alderson, then a
31-year-old Navy lieutenant, knew the tests were part of a biological
Recruiting Law Puts Burden on Parents
High schools across the nation must provide a directory of names,
addresses, and telephone numbers for the Pentagon-- what one school
official called "a gold mine of a list" --under a sleeper provision
in the new No Child Left Behind Act, which was enacted this year.
Jam Get Their Act Together The sardonic Bush-baiting
grunge poem "Bush Leaguer" ("A confidence man, but why so
beleaguered?/ He's not
a leader, he's a Texas leaguer"), leaves no question
about the band's assessment of the pResident.
French President shields Chretien
Chretien said he'd decided not to fire his aide, Francoise Ducros,
for calling pResident George W. Bush "a
moron." [See photo,
above.] Some coverage in the U.S. was complimentary,
with one former Clinton aide calling Ducros' candour "refreshing."
Rebuts Gore Attack GOP
Governors Are Told of 'Substantial Progress' in Terror War --Homeland
Security Director Tom Ridge today rebutted charges from President
Al Gore that Dictator Bush has lost focus on the war against terrorism
and has left the country more vulnerable to future attacks, saying,
"I don't know what the vice president[sic]'s talking about."
allows oil drilling on pristine Texas beach
Environmentalists are again waging war with Republicans. This time
the row is over a decision to allow an energy company to drill two
gas wells in a coastal national park in Texas that is home to
the world's most endangered species of sea turtle.
government sets out to create artificial life-form in laboratory
Dr Craig Venter has received $3m (£2m) from the US government to
create an artificial microbe that could be developed into anything
from a new source of energy to a biological weapon [?!?].
The project raises ethical concerns ranging from the role of scientists
in "playing God" with nature to whether this form of genetic
modification can ever be safely controlled.
admit persecution of Aids victims
The Catholic Church's official programme for international development
has issued an extraordinary apology on behalf of Catholics worldwide,
saying they have colluded in the persecution of HIV and Aids victims
in the developing world.
This Is War: A Refrain, In Thomas Carlyle Fashion, by the
so-called 'Dumbed-down Left' (Was "America, The Hopeless")
[revised] -- by Michael Rectenwald,
CLG Founder and Chair: "Given the obvious fact that the
Republican agenda is anathema to the interests of any majority,
in the US or the world at large, one might conclude, with some Europeans,
that Americans are either suicidal, mentally retarded, or both.
But this is not the case; Europeans cannot imagine the extent to
which the American media has, especially since the repeal of the
Fairness in Broadcasting Act (circa 1986), been overrun by corporate
interests allied to the Republican agenda. Nor do Europeans, with
a strong leftist tradition, understand the failure of the US political
system to develop any substantial opposition party to forcefully
and clearly articulate a political vision other than the one foisted
by said corporate media. The articulation of an alternative is left
to the castigated voices of the Internet, like those of the CLG.
If the people are "dumbed down," it is only because they suffer
from paucity of real political education and analysis. Dumbing down
is more the fault of such people as New
York Times writer, Nicholas Kristof, than any fault of the
Internet activists, or the people in general."
war against Iraq and America’s drive for world domination
by David North "No other country in modern history, not
even Nazi Germany at the height of Hitler’s madness, has asserted
such a sweeping claim to global hegemony—or, to put it more bluntly,
world domination—as is now being made by the United States."
[A must read!]
Report Says Saudi Arabia Links Went Unexamined
A draft report by the joint Congressional committee looking into
the Sept. 11 attacks has concluded that the F.B.I. and the C.I.A,
in their investigations, did not aggressively pursue leads that
might have linked the terrorists to Saudi Arabia, senior government
officials said today.
Hijackers: A Saudi Money Trail?
The FBI is investigating whether the Saudi Arabian government—using
the bank account of the wife of a senior Saudi diplomat—sent tens
of thousands of dollars to two Saudi students in the United States
who provided assistance to two of the September 11 hijackers, according
to law-enforcement sources. [While the Saudis have this plausible
connection to Al Queda and the hijackers themselves and there has
been not even a hint of a connection between Iraqis and Al Queda,
Bush is moving forward with plans to bomb Iraq! Why is that? Well,
because Saudi Arabia already has a royal dictatorship beholden to
US oil interests, and the Iraq does not. This proves that "weapons
of mass destruction" and "terrorism" are false pretexts for any
war on Iraq. Otherwise, we'd be attacking Saudi Arabia. The war
on Iraq is a war of empire. All else represents nothing but a lie.
fans still want Gore for president
They showed up hours in advance to stake out a spot. They formed
endless, snaking lines. Some waited by the hundreds in the dark
outside just to get a glimpse of President Al Gore and First
Lady, Tipper Gore.
keeps job after ‘moron’ quip
Chretien’s spokeswoman overheard deriding Bush at summit
--Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said Friday that he had
rejected an offer by his chief spokeswoman to resign after she was
quoted as calling pResident Bush a moron.
[Why should she resign? The spokeswoman was merely articulating
what millions of people throughout the world think of the Idiot
Usurper. --Lori Price]
to the American Gestapo
--by Doug Thompson "Wonder if any of the vast sums of money
approved Tuesday for the new Department of Homeland Security are
set aside for black uniforms with knee-length boots and black leather
trench coats? Should be. Since we’ve gone to all this trouble to
create the new American Gestapo we might as well let them
look the part."
Weighed, but Discarded, Plan Reconfiguring the Internet
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, or DARPA, which is exploring how to create a vast
database of electronic transactions, considered but rejected another
surveillance idea: tagging Internet data with unique personal
markers to make anonymous use of some parts of the Internet impossible.
drops Internet ID plan
A Defense Department agency (DARPA) recently considered—and rejected—a
far-reaching plan that would sharply curtail online anonymity by
tagging e-mail and Web browsing with unique markers for each Internet
user. The idea involved creating secure areas of the Internet that
could be accessed only if a user had such a marker, called eDNA,
according to a report in Friday’s New York Times.
the Name of Security, Privacy for Me, Not Thee
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, based
in St. Louis, held that the police could obtain e-mail messages
of an accused child pornographer by faxing a warrant to Yahoo,
the Internet service [well, if you can call it that], and
relying on Yahoo's technicians to produce the materials.
The case turned on whether the technicians could in effect be deputized
by the government.
Leans To Limited Smallpox Vaccination
Top aides to pResident Bush favor a plan that would offer smallpox
vaccinations to millions of Americans but would stop short of making
the bioterror defense universally available, senior White House
--by Imad Khadduri "As the war storm against Iraq swirls and
gathers momentum, seeded by the efforts of the American and British
governments, serious doubts arise as to the credibility of their
intelligence sources, particularly the issue of Iraq's nuclear capability...
I worked with the Iraqi nuclear program from 1968 until my departure
from Iraq in late 1998."
US group lobbies for war on Iraq
--Colonial conquest in the name of "liberation" --Faced with mounting
public unease and outright opposition to its preparations for an
unprovoked invasion of Iraq, the Bush mis-ministration and its right-wing
supporters have cobbled together a front group whose aim is to convince
Americans that war is necessary to “liberate” the Iraqi people.
Appointees Relinquish Title Only
Reich, Scalia Put In Similar Jobs --Dictator Bush yesterday extended
the tenure of two of the most controversial members of his mis-ministration
after their recess appointments expired with the adjournment of
to Lose Unemployment Benefits
Nearly 1 million unemployed workers across the country who will
start losing jobless benefits three days after Christmas because
Congress failed to grant an extension before leaving for the year.
Without congressional action, an estimated 820,000 people will lose
benefits that day, with an additional 95,000 each week thereafter.
change is in the air for pollution rules
The Bush mis-ministration on Friday gave 17,000 older power plants,
refineries and factories greater flexibility in meeting the Clean
Air Act — a move that some states planned to challenge in court.
State air pollution officials and environmentalists said the revisions
will increase pollution and premature deaths.
House Loosens Clean Air Rules
The Bush mis-ministration on Friday eased clean air rules to allow
utilities, refineries and manufacturers to avoid having to install
expensive new anti-pollution equipment when they modernize their
Files Lawsuit on Gas Prices
The lieutenant governor of California filed a lawsuit this week
against dozens of natural gas companies and two trade journals,
contending they conspired to publish false information that led
to price spikes.
to U.S.: Mind your business
Don't tell us how to run our military, defence minister admonishes
U.S. pResident. Second Canadian official calls Bush 'a
moron' for pushing Iraq onto NATO agenda -- Earlier
in the day, a senior Canadian official, who asked not to be identified,
called Mr. Bush "a moron" because of
his efforts to push the war against Iraq to the top of NATO's agenda.
PM doesn't think Bush is "a moron"
[?!?] Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, attempting to head
off an embarrassing spat with Washington, has quickly distanced
himself from a senior official who reportedly called U.S. pResident
George W. Bush "a moron". [Just
say the truth --we all *know*that George Bush is the Idiot Usurper.]
Whatever Bush aide:
Inspections or not, we'll attack Iraq --George Bush's top security
adviser last night admitted the US would attack Iraq even if UN
inspectors fail to find weapons. Dr Richard Perle stunned MPs by
insisting a "clean bill of health" from UN chief weapons inspector
Hans Blix would not halt America's war machine.
war that can't be won The
west isn't just losing the fight against terrorism - it is fuelling
it across the globe --by Seumas Milne "After a year of US military
operations in Afghanistan and around the world, the CIA director
George Tenet had to concede that the threat from al-Qaida and associated
jihadist groups was as serious as before September 11... In other
words, the global US onslaught had been a complete failure
- at least as far as dealing with non-state terrorism was concerned."
the new Hitler, Bush tells Europeans [Hello,
Pot? This is Kettle. You're blaaaccckkkk!] George Bush has reminded
Europeans of the heavy price they have paid for appeasing dictators
[like himself???] and challenged NATO members to join him in confronting
Saddam Hussein and fighting terrorism beyond Europe. In a speech
to students on the eve of a two-day NATO summit, Bush compared the
challenge of the Iraqi President to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia
in 1938, which led to World War II.
hopes inspectors will find proof for war
With no conclusive evidence
of its own, the Bush dictatorship is relying on United Nations inspectors
to prove what the White House has been alleging for months: that
Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime has chemical and biological weapons.
Summer No Obstacle to Fighting Iraq
The United States could fight Iraq in the summer, especially in
the cool of the night, if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein waits until
the winter passes and then obstructs U.N. weapons inspections, Secretary
of State Colin Powell said on Thursday.
Tip of the Spear -- A war
on Iraq would be waged as never before by Special Forces. Their
game plan—from a general who once led them
protest war in Iraq With
the possibility of a war against Iraq looming, Penn (University
of Pennsylvania) faculty and staff held a teach-in last night to
express their opposition to the war as well as educate and inform
the greater University community.
strategy digs U.S. into a bottomless hole
Not our job to prevent the proliferation of weapons of terror --by
Steve Chapman "We now spend as much on defense as the next
15 nations combined. And you know what? It's not enough... Iraq
is first on Bush's list, and the administration admits that the
war and its aftermath could cost up to $200
billion. Unlike the 1991 Persian Gulf War, we may not
find many other countries willing to share the sacrifice in either
blood or treasure."
Eyes Up to $10B in U.S. Aid
Israel will ask the United States for loan guarantees aimed at jump-starting
its economy which has been damaged by two years of violence and
the request will total between $8 billion and $10 billion, a senior
government official said Thursday.
Gerstner to Lead Carlyle Group
Louis V. Gerstner, IBM Corp.'s outgoing chairman, will take the
helm of The Carlyle Group, the politically connected investment
league whose rarefied leadership and investor roster ranges from
former president George Bush to the Saudi family of Osama
Posts $54B Budget Deficit The government started off the 2003
fiscal year with a $54 billion budget deficit, while the 2002 budget
shortfall was slightly smaller than the government had earlier reported,
the Treasury Department said Thursday.
Concerned About Data Overload
Broad new surveillance powers granted the Justice Department
come with a risk for investigators: There may be such an information
overload that agents could overlook a critical fragment of information
that would prevent a terrorist attack, a senior CIA lawyer said
Industry Seeks Ways to Capitalize on Election Success
Having spent more than $30 million to help "elect" their
allies to Congress, the major drug companies are devising ways to
capitalize on their electoral success by securing favorable new
legislation and countering the pressure that lawmakers in both parties
feel to lower the cost of prescription drugs, industry officials
Mis-ministration to Release New Pollution Rules
The Bush mis-ministration will release new rules on Friday to give
older coal-fired power plants more leeway to avoid maintenance to
reduce emissions, congressional sources said on Thursday. "These
rollbacks of the Clean Air Act are unacceptable and endanger public
health," said Democratic Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts.
Markey called the planned changes "the post-election opening
salvo in the Republicans' war on our nation's clean air and clean
to Cut 5,000 More Jobs in 2003
Boeing Co., the world's largest aircraft maker, said on Wednesday
it would cut 5,000 commercial jet jobs in 2003, on top of 30,000
workers fired in 2002 after the Sept. 11 hijack attacks pummeled
its airline customers.
& Decker Cutting 1,300 Jobs
Black & Decker Corp. will close its Easton, MD plant, eliminating
1,300 jobs and leaving the toolmaker with virtually no manufacturing
presence in its home state.
Meetings Fuel Speculation About Economic Team
Vice pResident Dick Cheney has been meeting with several prominent
conservative economists and some Republican sources say he may be
laying the groundwork for a possible reshuffling of the mis-ministration's
Sons Also Rise -- by Paul
Krugman "Your success in life depends on your ability and drive,
not on who your father was. Just ask the Bush brothers..."
rate of graduations worst in U.S.
Florida's high-school graduation rate ranks dead last in the nation,
according to a conservative research group challenging the state's
increasingly rosy figures. [Yes,
all the money goes toward stealing elections and coronations (see
below), for Jeb's "devious plans." -- Lori Price]
German official demands "more inequality"
In a rare moment of candour, a top government economist has publicly
stated what Germany’s corporate and political elite has long been
discussing in private and is now implementing as social policy."We
need more social inequality in order to get more employment,"
Wolfgang Wiegard stated in Berlin last week.
Bush Making Serious Mistakes
Al Gore said Wednesday that pResident Bush is making serious mistakes
in the war on terrorism and called his economic plan "a
catastrophic failure." That gives Democrats "an excellent
chance" to win the White House in 2004, whoever their nominee
is, he said.
Plans Bolder Race in 2004 —
if He Runs --President Al Gore, as he nears a decision on whether
to seek the presidency again, has begun formulating plans for a
possible campaign that would be much more informal in style and
more ambitious in its ideas than his successful race in 2000.
Bush: (as adapted from an interview for the book, Bush
at War, an inside account of the debate within the Bush mis-ministration)
"I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need
to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about
being the president [sic]. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me
why they say something, but I don't feel like
I owe anybody an explanation."
for Hitler? --by Knute
Berger "Do you smell fascism in the air? A little whiff of
the Wehrmacht? ...'Fascist' is a word that hippies wore out with
too many references to dad's necktie, so it's not a terribly useful
term. But something about Bush II and terrorized America is bringing
Third Reich references to the lips:..."
to Track American Consumer Purchases
A massive database that the government will use to monitor every
purchase made by every American citizen is a "necessary
tool in the war on terror," the Pentagon said Wednesday. The
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is home to the
Pentagon's brightest thinkers -- the ones who built the Internet.
DARPA will be in charge of trying
to make the system work technically.
Bush's Big Brother --by
Jonathan Turley "Long thought dead, it now appears that Orwell
is busy at work in the darkest recesses of the Bush administration
and its new Information Awareness Office. It is a title that is
truly a masterpiece of doublespeak. After all, who could be against
greater awareness of information? ...Welcome to the latest product
from the good people at DARPA."
Permits Surveillance by FBI
They have broken into homes, offices, hotel rooms and automobiles.
Copied private computer files. Installed hidden cameras. Listened
with microphones in one couple's bedroom for more than a year. Rummaged
through luggage. Eavesdropped on telephone conversations. It's the
FBI, operating with permission from a secretive U.S. court.
query upsets UMass campus
An ad-hoc group of UMass faculty and student groups are charging
that the university's involvement in the interrogation of M.J. Alhabeeb,
a teacher of consumer studies at the University of Massachusetts,
use of aircraft raises legal, ethics issues
-- Company linked to WBFF Faux 45
provided helicopter -- (MD) Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
has been given extensive use of a luxury executive helicopter provided
at an apparent discount by a company with ties to two Maryland television
News Head Sent a Policy Note to Bush
Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Faux News
Channel, confirmed yesterday that he sent a note to the
White House last year suggesting policies for the Idiot Usurper
[Bush] to follow in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Denies Lifetime Care for Vets
A divided, reluctant federal appeals court denied claims Tuesday
by World War II and Korean War veterans who said the government
reneged on a promise to provide free lifetime health care if they
stayed in the service for 20 years.
gay Army linguists discharged
--All Trained at Monterey School, six in Arabic; Critics Say Policy
Affects National Security During a time when the U.S. government
has acknowledged that Arabic linguists are desperately needed in
the war against terror, nine gay Army linguists have been discharged
after being trained at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.
to Be More Dependent on Imported Oil
The United States will become more dependent on crude oil and natural
gas imports to meet its energy needs over the next two decades,
the government forecast on Wednesday. [Bush's paymasters hit
paydirt w. Bush's obsession over Iraq. -- Lori Price]
Bin Laden on Person of the Year List
What does Dictator Bush have in common with Osama bin Laden, rapper
Eminem and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein? Answer: They are all
on the "short list" for Time Magazine's 2002 Person of the Year.
shame Republicans don't
like my criticism? Too bad. They have to answer for Norm Coleman's
campaign, which exploited 9/11 in a way that was truly evil.
-- by Garrison Keillor (Salon.com "Premium") "...the
use of Iraq as an election ploy, openly, brazenly, from the president
[sic] and Karl Rove all the way down to Norman Coleman, who came
within an inch of accusing Wellstone of being an agent of al-Qaida.
To do that one day and then, two days later, to feign grief and
claim the dead Wellstone's mantle and carry on his 'passion and
commitment' is simply too much for a decent person to stomach."
of state's jobless to lose benefits on Dec. 28
--House, Senate couldn't agree on extension (CA) As many as 300,000
Californians will see their federal unemployment benefits cut off
three days after Christmas because House and Senate leaders could
not agree to extend a program to help those hit hardest by the recent
[Holy copycat alert,
gives smallpox vaccines -- should U.S.? In just three months,
the Israeli government has gone from making the decision to nearly
completing the task of vaccinating 15,000 health workers, police
officers and others that would likely be first on the scene in the
event of a smallpox outbreak.
Military Retaliates Against Journalists by Drafting Them Into Army
Military officials in Tajikistan have forcibly conscripted three
journalists into the army following the trio’s involvement in the
production of a television program that detailed the use of "press-gangs"
to fulfill draft quotas. [If only the Army would take: Brian
Williams, Wolf Blitzer and Candy Crowley, life would be good. Oops!
--forgot --they aren't journalists. -- Lori Price]
approves Homeland bill
Capping months of debate, the Senate Tuesday approved 90-9 a bill
that would create a Department of Homeland Security -- a massive
reorganization of the federal government sparked by the devastating
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks [sparked by the criminal
negligence of George W. Bush -- Lori Price].
Senate Roll Call Votes
107th Congress - 2nd Session On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 5005,
as amended ) Senators who voted Nay: Akaka (D-HI), Nay; Byrd
(D-WV), Nay; Feingold (D-WI), Nay; Hollings (D-SC), Nay; Inouye
(D-HI), Nay; Jeffords (I-VT), Nay; Kennedy (D-MA), Nay; Levin (D-MI),
Nay; Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
Roll Call: Amendment to Homeland Security Bill
An alphabetical listing by state of how each senator voted on the
amendment to remove what Democrats called a special interests
provision from the Homeland Security Department bill. A "yes"
vote was a vote to approve the amendment and a "no" vote was a vote
to defeat it. Voting "yes" were 45 Democrats, 1 Republican and one
independent. Voting "no" were 3 Democrats, 48 Republicans and one
Republicans Prevail on Homeland Security
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday refused to drop a package of pro-business
provisions attached to legislation to create Dictator Bush's
proposed Department of Homeland Security. On a largely party-line
vote of 52-47, the Senate defeated a Democratic amendment to strip
out what critics called "special interest" provisions slipped
into the bill to benefit Republican allies.
at 85, Fills the Forum With Romans and Wrath
As his colleagues hurriedly tried to give the president a domestic
security bill, Senator Robert C. Byrd took the floor this morning
to tell them of a "truly great" senator from the first century A.D.
named Helvidius Priscus. One day this Roman was met outside the
senate by the emperor Vespasian, who threatened to execute him if
he spoke too freely.
to the Usual Pork --by
David S. Broder The Republicans in the House of Representatives
have just given a demonstration of how their party can squander
the opportunity created by the midterm election to become the long-term
majority in this country.
Rips ‘Big Brother' Bush
President Al Gore charged last night that the new Homeland Security
Department shows the Bush mis-ministration is moving "towards a
Big Brother-type approach" to government.
President Al Gore
and his wife, Tipper Gore, joined Larry
King for the hour on November 19, with phone calls. Click here
Mull Tax Cuts Starting Near $100 Bln
The White House and Republicans in Congress are laying the groundwork
for a wide range of tax cuts, including a short-term economic "stimulus"
[Bu$h's corporate welfare bonanza] starting near $100 billion,
congressional aides and lobbyists said on Tuesday.
Boondoggles Former Pentagon
official raps missile defense --It may not work. It's too expensive.
And it certainly will not protect the United States against terrorism.
These are the conclusions that two college professors and a former
Pentagon official reached Tuesday, November 12, during a panel discussion
at Providence College on Dictator Bush's proposed missile defense
MP brands America a 'terrorist'
A senior Pakistani MP described America as the "biggest
terrorist state" in prayers said in Parliament yesterday
for a man executed in Virginia last week for the murder of two members
of the CIA.
Letter Closes Sorting Center
(CT) A sorting room at the U.S. Postal Service's processing center
in Hartford was sealed off Tuesday morning after an employee reported
finding an envelope containing a suspicious white powder,
officials said. The powder was collected by hazardous materials
crew that placed it in a Hartford police bomb squad container to
be analyzed in a state laboratory.
Muslims suffer backlash Hate
crimes against Arabs and Muslims in the United States increased
by 1,700% in 2001, according to
crime statistics compiled by the FBI. Human Rights Watch has criticised
US authorities for not doing enough to stem the backlash following
the 11 September attacks.
Feud --An escalating war
of words threatens the Bush mis-ministration's ties to conservative
Christians --A major battle has broken out between the Bush White
House and religious conservatives.
Gov. Don Siegelman concedes
In his announcement, Siegelman said "serious questions" had
been raised about the vote returns in Baldwin County. He said the
GOP district attorney in the county "threatened to put everyone
in jail" who tried to conduct a recount. He also said Republican
Rep. Bob Riley had "blocked a recount at every turn" and
that 13 days after the vote, not a single ballot had been recounted.
Citing Health Care Crisis, Presses Bush to Act
The National Academy of Sciences said today that the United States
health care system was in crisis and that the Bush mis-ministration
should immediately test possible solutions, including universal
insurance coverage and no-fault payment for medical malpractice,
in a handful of states.
Filed Over Alabama Chemical Weapons Incinerator
An Army plan to burn Cold War-era chemical weapons in Alabama unfairly
endangers minorities, a dozen groups contend in a federal lawsuit
that seeks to block the incineration. Some 75,000 people live within
nine miles of the incinerator at Anniston, and 44 percent of them
are black, while only about a quarter of Alabama's population is
black, the opponents say in the lawsuit filed Tuesday.
assault anti-WTO protesters in Australia
Backed by state and federal government leaders, police attacked
anti-World Trade Organisation (WTO) protesters in Sydney on Thursday
and Friday. Protesters’ chants included, "This is not a police
state, we have the right to demonstrate", "The whole world’s
watching" and "This is what democracy looks like".
Others chanted, "WTO: You’ve got to go" and "WTO
and CIA are the real terrorists of the world today".
question items in homeland bill
McCain says he will support effort to strip provisions -- The bill
creating a Department of Homeland Security faced a new hurdle Tuesday
following an announcement by Republican Sen. John McCain that he
would side with Democrats on a key vote to strip seven "special-interest"
provisions from the bill passed last week by the GOP-led House.
warns of House recall House
Majority Whip Tom DeLay yesterday threatened to call the House back
to Washington if Senate Democrats stripped Republican-backed provisions
from the Homeland Security bill.
perfect system --by Matthew
Engel "Vice-Admiral Poindexter was national security adviser
in the Reagan administration before being named as 'the decision-making
head' of the Iran-Contra affair, the scheme to sell weapons to Iran
to fund anti-Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua. He was jailed, but
eventually got off, solely because it was ruled that his evidence
had congressional immunity... Poindexter has re-emerged as
head of a new Pentagon operation - with a $200m annual budget -
called the information awareness office."
Snooper's Dream (The New
York Times) "The threat of terrorism has created a powerful
appetite in Washington for sophisticated surveillance systems to
identify potential terrorists. These efforts cannot be allowed,
however, to undermine civil liberties. There is a program now in
the research stage at the Pentagon that, if left unchecked by Congress,
could do exactly that. Ostensibly designed to enhance national security,
it could lead to an invasion of personal privacy on a massive scale."
Merry-Go-Round --by Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn "Prediction:
There is a 50-50 chance that McCain and Chaffee will switch parties
and a similar chance that McCain will become the Democratic standard
bearer in 2004."
in Line For Key Post Senate
Democratic leaders are expected to name Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D-N.Y.) to their leadership team next year to help develop a plan
to counter Republican spin. The promotion would put Clinton in charge
of the Steering and Coordination Committee, a mid-level leadership
position that is appointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle
[Faux] News chief's objectivity is questioned
New book details advice offered to pResident Bush Fox News Channel
Chairman Roger Ailes is taking heat after excerpts from a new book
said he gave what sounded like political advice to the White House
in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.
to get new powers to hold suspects
(UK) Draconian powers to allow police to lock up suspects for
longer and fingerprint them without being charged were announced
yesterday in a drive to improve police "efficiency".
Blocks Afghan Detainee Lawsuit
A federal appeals court Monday rejected a challenge to the detention
of 600 or so Afghan war prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base,
ruling that a group of clergy members and professors have no legal
standing to intervene.
May Warn Reservists of Iraq War
The Pentagon is considering whether to alert some members of the
National Guard and Reserve that they might get called to active
duty for war in Iraq, even though Dictator Bush has not yet decided
whether to use military force, a senior official said Tuesday.
arms inspectors arrive, row erupts over US smears
Team leader says attacks by hawks 'unhelpful' -- The United Nations
chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, yesterday accused hawks in Washington,
who are bent on going to war with Iraq, of conducting a smear campaign
Bomb Northern, Southern Iraq
Coalition warplanes launched strikes on targets in southern and
northern Iraq in separate incidents Monday in response to "hostile
fire," U.S. military authorities said.
without death The Pentagon
promotes a vision of combat as bloodless and antiseptic --Leon Daniel,
like others who reported from Vietnam during the 1960s, knew about
war and death. So he was puzzled by the lack of corpses at
the tip of the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Iraq on Feb.
Representatives Get Taste of Military Training
Fifty-eight reporters, photographers and cameramen are getting a
view of military training they don't usually see -- they're doing
it, not watching it. The training isn't only to help media members
survive, it's to help them "successfully report" [LOL!]
on military operations, Army Lt. Col. Gary Keck, a Defense Department
Xavier professor suspended for e-mail to cadet
A St. Xavier University professor who called an Air Force cadet
a "disgrace to this country" and a "baby-killer" has been suspended
from teaching for the rest of the semester and his academic
and teaching record will be reviewed, the university said.
Biblical Monument Is Ruled Unconstitutional (AL)
"This court holds that the evidence is overwhelming and the law
is clear that the chief justice violated the Establishment Clause,"
wrote Judge Myron H. Thompson of Federal District Court in Montgomery
in a crackling opinion, referring to a clause in the First Amendment.
The monument is "nothing less than an obtrusive year-round religious
display intended to proselytize on behalf of a particular religion,
the chief justice's religion."
With Comments, Officials Plug Their Ears
Last week, Interior Department officials said they had received
360,000 comments on the Bush mis-ministration plan to keep snowmobiles
in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the most ever on
any question related to the national parks. Fully 80 percent
of the writers wanted snowmobiles barred from the parks, just as
the Clinton administration had proposed.
Homeland Security bill nears passage by US Congress Police-state
measure threatens democratic rights -- The US House of
Representatives voted November 13 to establish a new federal Department
of Homeland Security along the lines laid down by the Bush mis-ministration.
The Senate, still under Democratic Party control in the lame-duck
session, began considering the bill Friday, under an expedited procedure
that limits debate to 30 hours and insures a final vote by November
double standard: protecting corporations, victimizing workers
The Homeland Security bill is a blatant piece of class legislation,
combining the destruction of workers’ rights with a slew of special
provisions awarding tax or liability benefits to favored corporations
and industries. These provisions were added to the bill after the
November 5 election, when the White House decided to use the revived
bill as a vehicle for rewarding some of its most important corporate
supporters, such as the drug manufacturers.
Barbara Boxer's Statement on Homeland Security Rider "In
the dead of the night, the Republicans rewarded one of their biggest
campaign contributors – the pharmaceutical companies – by adding
a provision to the Homeland Security bill that has nothing to do
with homeland security. As a matter of fact, this provision
will create insecurity in our homeland by sending a message to thousands
and thousands of families that their children's health takes a distant
second place to large corporations."
Comes On Little Cat Feet
--by Harley Sorensen "Suppose all the bad-guy Germans of the
1930s and 1940s -- the Gestapo, the Brownshirts, the Blackshirts
-- were fed into the time machine and emerged as modern-day Americans.
Suppose they all still held the beliefs they had when they died.
So my question is, Which political party would they support
now, Democratic or Republican? ...But this isn't a column about
the Gestapo, the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts. It's about our
new Homeland Security Department (due to be approved by the Senate
today), government jobs and events in the state of Michigan."
Court Says U.S. Has Broad Wiretap Powers
A special, secretive appeals court on Monday said the U.S. government
has the right to use expanded powers to wiretap terrorism suspects
under a law adopted by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
the truth about Sept. 11
--by Antonia Zerbisias "The questions are endless. But most
are not being asked — still — by most of the media most of the time.
All of which to say, there are many people, and more by the minute,
persuaded that, if the Bushies didn't cause 9/11, they did nothing
to stop it. Even if you don't buy that, it's hard to deny that
the administration has exploited the massacres, using them to advance
its agenda while avoiding such issues as corporate corruption."
the War Room Bob Woodward’s
new book goes backstage with the Bush Fourth Reich for the making
of the "fight against" terror -- Judging from Woodward’s
book, Bush’s war cabinet wandered and even seemed to lose its way
from time to time. But it kept moving forward, deeper into the dark.
Says Don't Sweat DARPA Info Awareness Experiment "It's
a case of 'Ready' 'Shoot,' 'Aim,'" Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said Nov. 17 while talking about the new Information Awareness Office.
The Information Awareness Office is an experiment by the Defense
Advanced Research Project Agency to use advanced capabilities to
gather and analyze information that may help in the war on terror.
Rumsfeld pointed out that DARPA invented
the Internet. [LOL!
And the rightwing media said it was Al Gore who made that claim!
It was actually one of Rumsfeld's agencies!-- Lori Price]
begin tracking Iraqis in America
The U.S. government has begun monitoring Iraqis in the United States,
hoping to flush out potential terrorist threats in the event that
war breaks out with Iraq, Bush administration and congressional
sources said. The news concerned Arab-American leaders, who called
this a "nightmare" that will add to the discrimination
and profiling their community has felt since Sept. 11, 2001.
makes new weapons for Iraq
The Pentagon has accelerated development of a new generation of
advanced precision weaponry that could be ready for use in a high-tech
battle for Baghdad, according to US military sources.
Activists Plan to Stay The Course
Women Settling In For Four-Month Vigil -- Women from the Washington
area and across the country gathered in front of the White House
yesterday to kick off a four-month, 24-hour vigil to protest the
possible war with Iraq.
Canadian protesters, Nov. 17, 2002
Arrested at Army Base Protest
(GA) More than 90 people, including at least six nuns, were arrested
for marching onto Fort Benning grounds Sunday during an annual protest
of a U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers.
cofounder hoping to increase organ donations Amway
cofounder Rich DeVos has a new job and a new quest. The 76-year-old
is behind the push -- gaining ground in Congress and some organ
transplant circles -- to give a financial incentive or tax break
to people who agree to donate their organs when they die
[Rich DeVos and Amway are among
the largest donors
to the RNC.]
using the term "Mr. Resident," Liza Mundy appropriates
language used on ours and other web sites that most accurately designates
the fraudulent occupier of the White House, the Idiot Usurper, G.
W. Bush!] A gavel stroke away from being the world's
most powerful human, he becomes someone's suburban neighbor instead....
"...he occupies a unique position in the
history of America, that he'll go down as the man who won more votes
than any Democratic presidential candidate; more votes than any
Republican presidential candidate except Ronald Reagan in 1984;
more votes than George W. Bush; and despite all this, did not win
the presidency itself." [Let's correct
this once and for all: Gore DID win the presidency. But the
Supreme Injustices, in cahoots with the Republican propagandists
(i.e., almost the entire corporate media, the G.O.P. and other felonious
frauds in Florida) stole the election and the presidency
from him. The
Washington Post itself reported this fact, but fails to correctly
state the matter. Even Donna Brazille mistakenly uses the word "lost."
it was reported very clearly after the NORC recount in the rightwing
Miami Herald and elsewhere that had the votes in Florida really
and totally been counted, they would have shown that Gore won the
state by tens of thousands of votes. "[I]f
the recount had been started from scratch in each of Florida's 67
counties, The Herald concluded 'Gore would be in the White
House today.''' ]
is that like? Al Gore wasn't telling...until now. "I was surprised
that they took the case," President Gore says. "I was shocked
because the philosophy that had been followed by the conservative
majority on the court was completely inconsistent with a decision
to take the case away from the state court..." [Yes,
they only stick with their 'states' rights' philosophy when states'
rights favor a rightwing decision. When the conservative decision
is a federalist one, they vote as federalists. We're dealing not
with impartial judges in the USSC, but the most blatantly biased
legal HACKS on the planet. They selected a resident of the White
House and now the world is dealing with the disastrous consequences
of their egregiously mistaken and usurping act.]
ponders resumption of nuke-weapons test The Bush mis-ministration
is laying the groundwork for the resumption of nuclear
testing and the development of
new nuclear weapons, according to a memo obtained by
Fears Prosecution of President [sic] in World Court
A senior U.S. official said a principal motive for U.S. opposition
to the newly created International Criminal Court was fear that
the court might prosecute the president [sic] or other
civilian or military leaders. [This
is a virtual ADMISSION that the US [p]resident is a likely international
war criminal and the US a violator of international law!!!! The
Bush mis-ministration knows that the [p]resident will have committed
numerous war crimes before his tenure is finally done. Why don't
the Democrats denounce this outright admission????]
U.N. differ on Iraq arms hunt
-- White House urges most intrusive inspections possible
-- With an advance team of U.N. weapons inspectors due to arrive
in Baghdad on Monday after a four-year absence, the United States
and the United Nations are divided over how aggressively the inspectors
should conduct their hunt for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons
programs in Iraq, U.N. and U.S. officials say.
the vote process problems
-- by Robert Parten (TX) "This is an apology to the residents
of Tarrant County. The unfortunate events of Election Day that resulted
in a loss of public trust in the election process are almost incomprehensible
to me and my staff... The error occurred in the tabulation program
for the voted ballots."
Firm Seeks to Microchip Americans
A Washington forum debated on Friday the benefits and hazards posed
by a new way of identifying people with a microchip implanted
under their skin to replace conventional paper identification.
Seeling said each chip costs about $200, and that scanner devices
needed to read the data would be targeted for sale to police,
hospitals, schools and other agencies
across the United States.
drops 'free speech zone' policy
Under legal pressure from a civil liberties organization, West Virginia
University has dropped a policy that restricted student protesters
to designated "free speech zones" on campus.
paper calls for militia
(AZ) Cochise County's "official newspaper" has issued a call to
arms and is spearheading the formation of a local militia to
combat illegal immigration.
barred from campus -- Injunction
stops talk on Mideast (Canada) Montreal's Concordia University was
granted a court injunction yesterday that allowed it to bar NDP
MPs Svend Robinson and Libby Davies from using its campus to discuss
the Mideast conflict.
chose to ignore threats to rights, freedom
-- by Tom Bigler "It is appalling that most Americans, instead
of protesting actions by President [sic] Bush and his administration
that violate the very essence of a free and democratic society,
have instead indicated a quiet acceptance."
Evidence of Fraud in Power Crisis --
Workers at AES Corp. and Williams Cos. agreed to idle California
plants to drive up electricity prices, federal regulators allege.
New evidence has emerged that AES Corp. and Williams Cos. conspired
to squeeze electricity supplies to California in early 2000, drawing
an angry response Friday from state officials and bolstering contentions
that the enormously expensive energy crisis was at least partly
exec Sherron Watkins resigns
Enron Corp. executive Sherron Watkins has resigned, 15 months after
sending memos warning then-chairman Kenneth Lay that improper accounting
could cause the company to "implode in a wave of accounting scandals."
Calls 2000 Verdict 'Crushing,' Assails Court
In his first interviews since conceding the pResidency to George
W. Bush almost two years ago, President Al Gore calls the outcome
of the 2000 election [coup d'etat] "a crushing disappointment" and
criticizes the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that put Bush in the White
House as "completely inconsistent" with the court's conservative
philosophy. After the 2000 election, Gore chose to stay in the background,
against the recommendations of some supporters. "I could have handled
the whole thing differently," he told the Post Magazine, "and instead
of making a concession speech, launched a four-year, rear-guard
guerrilla campaign to undermine the legitimacy of the Bush presidency
and to mobilize for a rematch. And there was no shortage of advice
to do that." [That's all right, President Gore, we're doing it
ABC News did
not include this
segment of Barbara Walters's interview with President Al Gore
and family, which aired November 15 on 20/20. [Why not?!?]
at War, by Bob Woodward
(Drudge preview:) Rove Thought Post-9/11 World Series Game Like
Nazi Rally -- "The president [sic] emerged wearing a New York
Fire Department windbreaker. He raised his arm and gave a thumbs-up
to the crowd on the third base side of the field. Probably 15,000
fans threw their arms in the air imitating the motion. He then threw
a strike from the rubber, and the stadium erupted. Watching from
owner George Steinbrenner’s box, Karl
Rove thought, It’s like being at a Nazi rally." (p. 277)
[In other words, Rove felt right at home.]
Precincts in 2002 "elections"
(investigation by Bev Harris/VoteWatch.us)
With computerized vote tabulation, "unofficial" precincts have been
included in totals in some areas, adding precincts that don't
really exist. A Florida woman, a former news reporter, discovered
that votes were being tabulated in 644 Palm Beach precincts, but
only 643 precincts have any eligible voters.
the shooting starts -- A fabricated case?
-- by George Hunsinger "Did Saddam Hussein gas the Kurds?
He is regularly accused of doing so, but the story may not be true.
A little-known Army War College study, written by Stephen Pelletiere
and Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Johnson, came to the conclusion that
he did not..." [ a must read]
Resolution Does Not Authorize US To Use Force Against Iraq
-- by Stephen Zunes " 'If the Security Council fails to act
decisively in the event of further Iraqi violations, this resolution
does not constrain any member state from acting to defend itself
against the threat posed by Iraq or to enforce relevant United Nations
resolutions,' U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte
claimed immediately after last Friday's vote. Nothing could be
further from the truth."
forces strike Iraqi radar site
Coalition aircraft patrolling the southern "no-fly" zone in Iraq
struck an air defense communications facility Friday after the planes
came under heavy fire, an action the United States said violates
the latest U.N. resolution.
that war could plunge world into deep recession
Cost of toppling Saddam Hussein may run into hundreds of billions
of dollars and this time America will have to foot the bill itself
-- A war against Iraq could cost the United States hundreds of billions
of dollars, play havoc with an already depressed domestic economy
and tip the world into recession because of the adverse effect on
oil prices, inflation and interest rates, an academic study has
arrested at recruiting office
(WA) Three Bellingham women were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing
charges Tuesday after an anti-W-ar
protest at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 313 Telegraph Road.
Marin women strip for peace
(CA) West Marin women bared their bodies on Tuesday in Point Reyes
Station for a photo protesting America's plans for armed conflict
the Wilderness -- by Paul
Krugman "If the Democratic Party takes a clear stand for the
middle class and against the plutocracy, it may still lose. But
if it doesn't stand for anything, it — and the country — will surely
aides mull domestic spy agency
Dictator Bush’s top national security advisers have begun discussing
the creation of a new, domestic intelligence agency that
would take over responsibility for counterterrorism spying and analysis
from the FBI, according to U.S. government officials and intelligence
Is Said to Pick Ridge for New Post
Dictator Bush has decided to nominate Tom Ridge, his domestic security
adviser, to be the first secretary of homeland security, the cabinet
officer who will head the big new department that Congress is on
the verge of creating, mis-ministration officials said today.
wage final Homeland Bill battle
As a bill to create a new Homeland Security Department inched closer
to congressional approval Friday, Senate Democrats made a last-ditch
effort to remove a handful of controversial provisions that
were buried in the bill at the eleventh hour. [Yes, and some
*controversial provisions* were buried in the bill in the *first*
hour. -- Lori Price]
the New Homeland Security Bureaucracy!
-- by Rep. Ron Paul, MD "Mr. Speaker, HR 5710 gives
the federal government new powers and increases federal expenditures,
completely contradicting what members were told about the bill.
Furthermore, these new power grabs are being rushed through
Congress without giving members the ability to debate, or even properly
study, this proposal. I must oppose this bill and urge my colleagues
to do the same."
With Pixels In the fraction
of a second between video frames, any person or object moving in
the foreground can be edited out, and objects that aren't there
can be edited in and made to look real... real-time video manipulation
has been within the grasp of technologically sophisticated organizations
such as TV networks and the military.
gov's 'ultimate database' run by a felon
-- by Thomas C Greene "Imagine a huge, absolutely huge, central
database containing both the official and commercial data of every
single citizen, run by the US military ostensibly for anti-terror
and Homeland Security purposes, and all of it under the direction
of a convicted felon... the
felon who will run it is disgraced Reagan
administration liar, dirty-trickster and cover-uper Admiral John
M. Poindexter, who Dubya has taken out of mothballs to keep
us all safe from dreadful evildoers."
supersnoop's dream' --
by Audrey Hudson "Language tucked inside the Homeland Security
bill will allow the federal government to track the e-mail, Internet
use, travel, credit-card purchases, phone and bank records of foreigners
and U.S. citizens in its hunt for terrorists."
For the first time, a spokesman
for the new Transportation Security Administration has acknowledged
that the government has a list of about 1,000
people who are deemed "threats to aviation" and not allowed on airplanes
under any circumstances. Peace activists and civil libertarians
fear they're on it. (Salon.com exclusive)
bill to require pledge in schools
Students in private and public schools would be required to recite
the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the national anthem each morning
under a bill unanimously passed this week by the state Senate. [The
unconstitutional Pledge of Allegiance making a comeback. -- Mike
Judiciary Panel Approves 2 Judges
-- Controversial Bush Appellate Nominees to Face Votes Before Full
Chamber -- Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee closed a
contentious season on a conciliatory note yesterday by approving
two of Dictator Bush's controversial nominees to be appellate judges.
Reached in UC Disability Lawsuit
(Berkeley, CA) UC agreed to change the way it accommodates hearing
disabilities after recently settling a class action lawsuit brought
by students from its Berkeley and Davis campuses.
training Iraqis to run post-Saddam government
-- Threat of war: Washington's plans for regime change move into
high gear as weapons inspection teams prepare to return to Iraq
-- The Bush mis-ministration has been quietly training scores
of civil servants to oversee the transformation of the Iraqi economy
in the aftermath of military strikes. The effort is said to
have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Al-Qaida May Try Major Attack
The FBI warned Thursday that al-Qaida is likely to attempt a "spectacular"
attack intended to inflict large-scale casualties and damage the
U.S. economy. The latest FBI warning was circulated to law enforcement
officials nationwide despite a lack of specific credible evidence.
Alert Not Made Public Wednesday's alert was not made public
because there was no specific infor mation about a target, officials
said. "In selecting its next targets," the F.B.I. alert said, "sources
suggest Al Qaeda may favor spectacular attacks that meet several
criteria: High symbolic value, mass casualties, severe damage to
the U.S. economy, and maximum psychological trauma. The highest
priority targets remain within the aviation, petroleum, and nuclear
sectors as well as significant national landmarks."
Pentagon Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
-- by Chris Floyd "According to a classified document prepared
for Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization--the
'Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)'--will carry out
secret missions designed to 'stimulate reactions' among terrorist
groups, provoking them into committing
violent acts which would then expose them to 'counterattack'
by U.S. forces."
War Brought to You by Rendon Group "Word
got around the department that I was a good Arabic translator who
did a great Saddam imitation," recalls the Harvard grad student.
"Eventually, someone phoned me, asking if I wanted to help change
the course of Iraq policy."
Headway in Terror War, Democrats Say
American intelligence agencies came under renewed attack in Congress
today for failing to find Osama bin Laden, with the increasing certainty
that he is still alive prompting senior Democratic senators to brand
the effort to dismantle Al Qaeda as a failure. Senator Bob Graham,
a Florida Democrat and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
charged that the Bush mis-ministration had been distracted from
the fight against terrorism by the preparation for a possible invasion
OK's Terror Insurance Bill
The government would cover up to $90 billion annually in insurance
claims from any future terrorist attacks under a compromise bill
approved Thursday by the House as lawmakers sorted through their
final stack of legislation for the year.
Security Act slips into Homeland Security legislation
A 16-page Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA) slipped into
the Homeland Security bill at the last moment to allow police to
conduct Internet or telephone eavesdropping willy-nilly with no
requirement to ask a court's permission first.
Shocker Homeland Security
Bill Incorporates Expanded Liability Protection For Vaccine Manufacturers
Including The Mercury-Based Preservative Thimerosal
provisions could delay Senate Homeland vote
From vaccine liability protections to a delay in an airport baggage-screening
deadline, the GOP-drafted bill that passed the House Wednesday and
heads to the Senate Thursday includes contentious measures quietly
written into the bill as the congressional session draws to a close.
United States is starting to look more like Bush's kingdom
-- by Robyn E. Blumner "In 17th century France the king could
arbitrarily order someone's imprisonment in the Bastille by issuing
a lettre de cachet. The executive authorization didn't have to designate
a term of imprisonment and there was no appeal. Release was at the
king's pleasure. Elements of this are appearing as a central organizing
principle in our nation's 'war' on terrorism."
Inspector: Iraq War Inevitable Due to 'Hidden Trigger' in UN Plan
Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter says the U.N.
resolution on disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction makes
war inevitable. "We're going to war, and there's not a damn thing
the inspectors can do to stop it, and that's a shame. Inspections
worked once and they can work again," Ritter said Wednesday night
during a speech at the California Institute for Technology.
oil, American bonanza?
In a post-war Iraq, U.S. companies could be major players -- Once
U.N. economic sanctions on Iraq are lifted, who will develop — and
control — Iraq’s vast oil reserves?
prepares for a post-Hussein Iraq American officials debate how
to rebuild a battered Iraq - and who will do it. With unanimous
passage of a Security Council resolution demanding Iraq's disarmament,
the calendar of events in Iraq speeds up - making the question of
what happens should Saddam Hussein be ousted suddenly more urgent.
Demo of Iraq Gear The Army
demonstrated equipment for detecting and identifying chemical and
biological weapons yesterday - and offered an unintended lesson
when a soldier wearing a stifling protective suit collapsed in
the heat of the television lights.
and bamboozled into war
-- The west's warlords will get their invasion, in spite of global
opinion -- by Simon Tisdall "Casualty lists are usually compiled
after the battle. But since the coming war in Iraq has been so heavily
trailed, it is possible to identify its victims in advance - or
pre-emptively, to use one of George Bush's favourite words."
Helen Thomas condemns Bush mis-ministration "Where
is the outrage?" Thomas demanded. "Where is Congress? They're supine!
Bush has held only six press conferences, the only forum in our
society where a president can be questioned. I'm on the phone to
[press secretary] Ari Fleischer every day, asking will he ever hold
another one? The international world is wondering what happened
to America's great heart and soul." [It was eaten by an Idiot
Usurper, Helen, as you well know. -- Michael Rectenwald]
Favors Single-Payer Health Care
President Gore Says He Favors Single-Payer Health Care System --
Al Gore says he now favors single-payer health coverage, a proposal
that would require a massive change in the nation's health insurance
system. With single-payer coverage, all money spent on health care
would be collected by a public agency, which would then pay for
comprehensive coverage for all citizens.
Woman Elected U.S. House Democratic Leader
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected leader of Democrats in the House
of Representatives on Thursday, making the 62-year-old California
liberal the first woman to head either party in the U.S. Congress.
Plan May Make Private Up to 850,000 Jobs
The Bush mis-ministration said today that it would place as many
as 850,000 government jobs — nearly half the federal civilian work
force — up for competition from private contractors in coming years.
Bobby L. Harnage Sr., the president of the American Federation of
Government Employees, a union representing 600,000 federal workers,
said Bush had "declared all-out war on federal employees."
Distributor to Pay Widow $1.2M
A jury ordered a weapons distributor Thursday to pay $1.2 million
to the widow of a teacher gunned down by a 13-year-old student,
largely sparing the company from blame in the closely watched case.
in 3 say Bush is biggest threat Dictator George Bush is seen
by a third of Britons as a bigger threat to world safety than Saddam
Hussein, according to a
new poll conducted by a senior US Republican and due to be broadcast
Presses Bush to Avoid a Rush to War
Secretary General Kofi Annan said today that the United States
seemed to have a lower threshold for going to war in Iraq than other
nations on the United Nations Security Council. [That's because
the US wants a war with Iraq no matter what! The war is written
into the script called "Bush, The Sequel: Idiot Usurper of the World"--Michael
a menace to world: Chomsky
The real axis of evil is the United States, Israel and Turkey, not
North Korea, Iraq and Iran, Noam Chomsky proclaimed last night.
"The U.S. is becoming a menace to its own population and the
world, and much of the world is rightly frightened."
signs of early US invasion of Iraq
In the wake of Iraq’s formal acceptance Wednesday of the United
Nations Security Council resolution imposing a new weapons inspection
regime, the Bush mis-ministration is continuing to prepare a war
against the Arab country, which could begin as early as next month.
prepares psychological warfare campaign for Iraq Sometime after
the first of the year, residents of Baghdad could find some new
programming on their FM radio dial: a soothing Arabic voice urging
them to remain in their homes or away from the approaching U.S.
troops who will liberate them from Saddam Hussein.
Laden is back, now as defender of Iraq
Osama bin Laden has proved he is still alive with his taped message
broadcast Tuesday. He has also stood himself foursquare beside Iraq,
amid mounting US preparations for an assault on Baghdad. [More
lies from the Bush dictatorship trying to conflate bin Laden and
Hussein in the American mind. The fact remains that Iraq and Al
Queda are not connected. Iraq is a secular state; Hussein opposes
Islamic fundamentalism in the state. Wake up America! These people
are writing fiction! -- Michael Rectenwald]
OKs Homeland Security Dept.
The recharged effort to create a Homeland Security Department passed
its first congressional tests Wednesday as Dictator Bush neared
his goal of responding to last year's terrorist attacks with the
biggest restructuring of government in half a century.
Appoints Company's New Homeland Security Director Microsoft
Corp. today announced that it has appointed Thomas Richey as its
new Federal Director of Homeland Security. Richey will be responsible
for developing and executing Microsoft's strategy as a partner in
the U.S. government's evolving Homeland Security policy.
Are a Suspect -- by
William Safire "If the Homeland Security Act is not amended
before passage, here is what will happen to you:... This is not
some far-out Orwellian scenario. It is what will happen to your
personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter gets the
unprecedented power he seeks."
Seeks U.S. Surveillance Records
The American Civil Liberties Union asked a judge on Wednesday to
order the Justice Department to release information on increased
surveillance in the United States under a law passed after last
year's terrorist attacks.
drug makers accused of bullying
The US government and the giant pharmaceutical companies are continuing
to bully poor countries to tighten up their patent rules, hampering
efforts to obtain cheap medicines for people with diseases such
as HIV/Aids, according to a new report.
and Tweedledee: Mass Murderers -- by Kurt
Nimmo -- Either the
corporate polltakers are lying, or there's something terribly wrong
with the American people. [While we don't agree with the author
that Democrats and Republicans are the same in principle, we must
acknowledge that they have become nearly indistinguishable in practice.
Either we can restore Democrats to their principles, or they must
be by-passed and removed for real liberals in practice. -- Michael
World This Week: An Open Letter to Deadbeat Dems
One party, one leader, one miserable failure. -- by Alan
Bisbort "Dear Democrat Party Leaders, Congratulations. In the
past two elections, you have achieved two seemingly impossible milestones.
First, you let George W. Bush steal your presidential victory, one
that was said to be impossible to lose. Then, you let Republicans
have unprecedented mid-term gains in, and control of, the U.S. Congress.
In neither case did the Republicans actually win; no, you gave them
power through sheer spinelessness." [In
other words, the Democrats are our only hope. And they suck."--Michael
must get back to their grass-roots
-- by Robert Steinback "By attempting to create McBride out
of thin air, Florida Democratic leaders showed they didn't trust
white Democrats to vote on principle, took black voters wholly for
granted and turned a tin ear to Hispanics."
threat to globalization
(YellowTimes.org Power and Interest News Report) "Since September
11, the United States has been pursuing a policy of coercion in
order to destroy any threats to the current global economic order."
Reveal Enron's Clout on Energy Agenda
In its highflying days, Enron Corp. sought to guide the new Bush
mis-ministration toward a sweeping energy agenda, ranging from creating
a national electricity grid to opposing protection of domestic steel
products, according to documents made public Tuesday by congressional
Panel: FERC Missed Enron Clues
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ignored or missed early
clues that Enron Corp. might be manipulating wholesale electricity
prices in California and Western markets, Senate investigators
said in a report issued on Tuesday.
Signs Bill on God References
Dictator Bush signed into law on Wednesday a bill reaffirming --
with a slap at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- references
to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and national motto.
House Wages Stealth War on Sex Health "The
only 100 percent effective way to avoid nonmarital pregnancy and
STD infection is to avoid sexual activity outside a mutually faithful,
lifelong relationship - marriage," says the Texas-based Medical
Institute for Sexual Health. The group's founder, Dr. Joe S. McIlhaney,
Jr., now sits on the presidential AIDS panel.
Launch Tour to Promote Books
Al and Tipper Gore launched a 12-city tour to promote their two
new books examining the American family -- but made no mention of
another possible run for the White House.
Fertik of Democrats.com responds to Nicholas Kristof's attack on
the CLG: "
I read with interest your attack on the
'intelligent left.' I note that when reporting on Saudi Arabia,
you take the time and trouble to actually visit Saudi Arabia and
talk with a few of its citizens. But when you report on the 'intelligent
left', you exert no more effort than grabbing a few titillating
headlines for rhetorical effect. Exactly how is that different from
what you accuse us of doing? If you're interested in actually interviewing
a member of the 'intelligent left,' I'd be delighted to oblige.
Here's what you'll learn - there are millions of Americans who will
never 'get over' the stolen election of 2000. If this happened in
another country, I am confident you would be on the side of pro-democracy
activists. But in your own country, you side with those who stole
the election, and dismiss pro-democracy activists with rhetorical
contempt. I have a simple question: why?"
Iraq accepts U.N. resolution
President Saddam Hussein has accepted a new U.N. resolution on the
return of weapons inspectors to Iraq, an Arab diplomat said
Wednesday, two days ahead of the deadline set by the Security Council
for Iraq to respond to the resolution.
The Hard Questions On Iraq
-- by Paul Vitello "The news conference was getting ugly. 'Do
you even like America?' asked one member of the press corps. 'It
seems like you have a lot of complaints.'
warns Iraq after parliament rejects UN resolution
-- Vote greeted with derision by US Dictator -- The shadow-boxing
between America and Iraq continued yesterday when the parliament
in Baghdad recommended rejecting the United Nations resolution on
weapons inspections and Dictator George Bush said such a decision
would lead to war.
Tripwire for War (The Christian
Science Monitor) "President [sic] Bush failed over the summer
to provide enough hard evidence of Iraqi support for Al Qaeda to
justify a war against Saddam Hussein. But rather than retreat in
the face of international doubts, Mr. Bush instead launched a new
'The Quiet American' Speak
-- by Brett Dakin "Australian director Phillip Noyce's film
adaptation of Graham Greene's 1955 novel, 'The Quiet American,'
is set in Saigon during the early years of America's involvement
in Vietnam... 'The Quiet American' has been finished for more than
a year, and it was a hit at the Toronto Film Festival. Critics at
home and abroad have raved. But Americans still can't see it."
military role less than glorious
(letter to The Boston Globe) -- by John Hamilton "Now that
President [sic] Bush is preparing to order young Americans into
battle, he should reflect on his own less than courageous behavior
when America was asking young men to kill and die for 'freedom.'
probes former Ford officials for links to murders
An Argentine judge said on Monday he had opened a probe into allegations
that former executives of U.S. automaker Ford's local unit
were implicated in the "disappearances" of employees during
the 1976-83 dictatorship. Up to 30,000 suspected leftists died or
disappeared -- a euphemism for being kidnapped, tortured and murdered
-- under Argentina's brutal military dictatorship. Many victims
were thrown out of planes into the Atlantic Ocean while still alive.
Scolded for Lack of Oversight
The federal agency charged with policing the nation's energy markets
to prevent price gouging continues to shirk its enforcement duties,
a congressional report to be released today concludes. The Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission has promised reforms to prevent a repeat
of the abuses that marked California's 2000-2001 electricity crisis.
says submits 200,000 documents to SEC Halliburton
Co. (NYSE:HAL) said on Tuesday said it has submitted about 200,000
documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission as part
of an ongoing inquiry into the accounting practices at the oilfield
proceeding on several fronts Bulging
boxes holding thousands of Enron documents line the walls four high
in the offices of the Energy Task Force on the 18th floor of a downtown
building leased to the California Attorney General's Office.
US companies 'expect to cut jobs'
Executives from some of America's leading companies are expecting
to cut jobs and delay investment over the coming year, in the latest
sign that the US economic recovery is struggling to gain momentum.
shift on trees, oil and air
When Republicans settle into chairing the Senate’s 14 committees,
it’ll be hard to find any changes starker than those in the two
panels that decide energy and environmental policies. Under Democrats,
those committees were pulpits for critics of Bush mis-ministration
policies on logging, air pollution and oil drilling. Now they
are about to become pulpits for those who say that environmental
regulations often outweigh any benefits and hurt the economy.
Vs. Bolivia - Time to Open Up Secret Trade Courts
-- by Jim Shultz "Sometime in the next few weeks, behind closed
doors at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., panelists
in a secret trade court will decide if the people of South America's
poorest country will have to pay $25 million to one of the world's
most wealthy corporations."
Said to Pick Boston Over New York for Convention
The Democratic National Committee was moving tonight to bypass New
York as the site of its 2004 presidential convention, settling instead
on Boston as the location for its quadrennial meeting, officials
familiar with the deliberations said.
Plan to Allow Confirmation of 2 Judges
Democrats who had been using their slim majority in the Senate to
block several of Dictator Bush's judicial candidates are expected
to give way some on Thursday and allow the confirmation of two appeals
court nominees, senior Congressional aides said today.
raised funds for the GOP
(FL) In a sign of the increasing influence of money in Tallahassee,
Gwen Margolis, an incoming Democratic state senator from Northeast
Miami-Dade, raised campaign contributions for the new Republican
Senate president -- money that he used to help defeat Margolis'
fellow Democrats seeking Senate seats.
days are here again? Right
-- by Tom Brazaitis "But beware, Democratic appeasers. Learn
a lesson from Sens. Jean Carnahan of Missouri, Max Cleland of Georgia
and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, all of whom went along with Bush's
2001 tax cuts and Iraq war resolution only to have Bush hunt them
down like a serial sniper in the closing days of the campaign."
Checks: Random stops begin today in Michigan Federal
agents will begin randomly stopping traffic today, looking for illegal
immigrants, terrorists and drug or weapon smugglers. Cars will
be stopped at unannounced, rotating checkpoints within Michigan,
including metro Detroit. U.S. Border Patrol
agents at the checkpoints will ask passengers their citizenship
and will have leeway to ask a host of follow-up questions.
war hits home -- Detroiters caught in widening investigation
Convinced that Al Qaeda terrorists are hiding in southeast Michigan,
federal investigators have focused much of the government's secret
war on terrorism in metro Detroit neighborhoods. The result is a
massive, extraordinary network -- with undercover agents infiltrating
Arab and Muslim communities, street informants feeding information
to investigators, and cooperative, but wary, community leaders acting
as cultural guides into the local Arab world.
Hopes to Check Computers Globally -- System Would Be
Used to "Hunt Terrorists" A new Pentagon research
office has started designing a global computer-surveillance system
to give U.S. counterterrorism officials access to personal information
in government and commercial databases around the world. The Information
Awareness Office, run by former national security adviser John M.
Poindexter, aims to develop new technologies to sift through "ultra-large"
data warehouses and networked computers in search of threatening
patterns [?!?] among everyday transactions, such as credit card
purchases and travel reservations, according to interviews and documents.
[Are we not edging toward military dictatorship??? -- Lori Price]
GOP candidates all win races with same number of votes
Officials in Comal County in Central Texas can only shake their
heads at a statistical oddity from Tuesday's elections. After all
the votes were counted, Republican County Judge Danny Scheel had
received 18,181 votes in defeating
Democrat Lois Duggan. Republican state Senator Jeff Wentworth
also got 18,181 votes in Comal
County in beating Democrat Joseph Sullivan and Libertarian
Rex Black. And Republican Carter Casteel got 18,181
votes in Comal County in her victory over Democrat Virgil
Yanta in the race for state House District 73 race. [*Shake our
heads?* How about *Raise our fists???* -- Lori Price]
vote totals uncanny in Comal
(TX) What are the odds? Let's just say it's the proverbial "astronomical."
Comal County elections officials noticed an extreme oddity after
the final votes were tallied in Tuesday's general election. [Uncanny?
No, it's the Coup of 2002!]
Dollars Yielded Unanimous UN Vote Against Iraq
Friday's unanimous vote in the U.N. Security Council supporting
the U.S. resolution on weapons inspections in Iraq was a demonstration
of Washington's ability to wield its vast political and economic
power, say observers. ''Only a superpower like the United States
could have pulled off a coup like this,'' an Asian diplomat
told IPS. [all sorts of coups...]
Wide Launch Of 'Collateral Damage' Report - Forecasts Huge Death
Toll A US-led attack on
Iraq is likely to result in between 48,000 and 260,000 deaths
during the first three months of combat, according to a study
by medical and public health experts launched in Parliament House
by the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) today. Post-war
health effects could take an additional 200,000 lives.
Parliament Rejects U.N. Call, Leaving Decision to Hussein
In a surprising public display of rejection, the Iraqi Parliament
today voted against cooperating with a United Nations Security Council
resolution on resuming arms inspections. It put the final decision
in the hands of President Saddam Hussein, where it always rested
in the first place.
Iraq, Bush will attack his real target
-- by Eric Margolis " One poignant photo said it all: Georgia's
defeated Democratic senator, Max Cleland, sitting in a wheelchair,
missing both legs and an arm lost in combat in Vietnam. This highly
decorated hero was defeated by a Vietnam war draft-dodger who had
the audacity to accuse Cleland of being "unpatriotic" after the
senator courageously voted against giving Bush unlimited war-related
powers. I do not recall a more shameful moment in American politics."
House defends CIA killing of US citizen in Yemen
Having confirmed reports that one of the six men killed in a CIA
missile strike in Yemen November 3 was an American citizen, US government
officials are defending the action as a justifiable use of force
and making clear that it will be replicated elsewhere.
government must not sanction extra-judicial executions
(Amnesty International press release) Amnesty International has
today written to the President [sic] of the United States, George
Bush, to express its deep concern at reports that the six men blown
up in a car in Yemen on 3 November were killed allegedly by a missile
launched by a CIA-controlled Predator drone aircraft.
Rescuers' Voices, 9/11 Tape Reveals a Gripping History
To the abject frustration of family groups that had lobbied hard
for such an inquiry -- a national commission to investigate possible
lapses by the intelligence services the plans have stalled: the
Bush mis-ministration has been concerned about exposing intelligence
methods, [and about its role in 9/11 being revealed] and
objected to the terms of an inquiry that had been agreed to by Republicans
and Democrats in Congress. This week, the matter will again be debated
when Congress takes up next year's budget for intelligence. "The
American people must know the full story has yet to be told," Senator
Richard Shelby, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee,
said at a hearing last month.[Petition
to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html
surpasses 17,075 signatures
-- please add yours!--
mis-ministration approves more snowmobiles in national parks
The Bush mis-ministration plans to allow more snowmobiles in Yellowstone
and Grand Teton national parks on average, while cutting numbers
on the busiest days. The decision reverses one taken during the
Clinton presidency that would have banned them by next winter.
famine stalks Ethiopia Ethiopian
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has warned that his country faces a
famine worse than that of 1984 which killed nearly one million people
and sparked a big international relief effort.
glitch [?!?] hands victory to wrong candidate (TX) A Scurry
County election error reversed the outcomes in two commissioner
races. A defective computer chip in the county's optical scanner
misread ballots Tuesday night and incorrectly tallied a landslide
victory for Republicans. Democrats
actually won by wide margins.
had election lawyers poised
If Tuesday's election had not turned out for the best for Gov. Jeb
Bush , Florida Republicans were prepared for the worst. With lessons
learned from the bitterly fought 2000 pResidential
s-election [coup d'etat], Republicans crafted
a legal battle plan that they were prepared to carry out with military
precision. [I think they carried it out *before* the 2002
elections, by refusing to reveal the source code of the computerized
voting machines which are owned by Republican-run corporations such
Systems & Software in Nebraska. -- Lori Price]
in Alabama Dealt Setback
Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman's call for a statewide recount suffered
a blow Friday when the Republican attorney
general said sealed ballots can't be opened just because
the governor trails his GOP challenger. [Holy coup d'etat, Batman!]
the Smile -- by Bob Herbert
"Driven by its right wing and aided immeasurably by George
W. Bush's genial smile, the G.O.P. is putting in place profoundly
conservative policies that will hamper progressive efforts for decades
to come, no matter what happens in upcoming elections."
concedes to Napolitano
(AZ) After five days of counting, Republican Matt Salmon called
Democratic rival Janet Napolitano tonight to concede in one of the
closest and hard-fought governor's race in Arizona history.
Diplomats Say Iraq to Agree To Resolution
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein intends to accept a recently passed
U.N. Security Council resolution that requires his nation to disarm
and mandates rigorous weapons inspections, Arab foreign ministers
and diplomats said today.
will attack without approval
-- 'Zero tolerance' policy by Bush mis-ministration -- The Bush
mis-ministration yesterday said it would not wait for the UN security
council to approve an attack on Iraq if it fails to comply with
weapons inspections, casting new light on leaked battlefield scenarios.
matter of time before US hit by terrorists: Ridge
Dictator George Bush's Homeland Security Adviser Tom Ridge said
in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Sunday that it was only
a matter of time before America was again attacked by terrorists.
[America was *attacked* by Rove, et.al., via the rigged voting
machines on 11/5 -- Lori Price]
braced for massacre of civilians in terror attack
(UK) Emergency security measures, including a rapid reaction force
of Army reservists and a squadron of fighter jets on permanent stand-by,
have been set up to cope with a terrorist strike in Britain, The
Observer can reveal.
Discusses Germ - Warfare Plan
A 146-nation conference looked for new ways Monday to reduce the
threat of germ warfare, meeting for the first time since the
United States scuttled a plan to enforce the 1972 Biological
Battleground Fiercer, Gulf War Veterans Worry
-- Anti-Chemical Gear Considered Weak -- Many Gulf War veterans
worry about the cost of returning to the Middle Eastern nation,
which is armed with chemical and biological weapons. [Simple
solution: do not go to war in Iraq!]
Vaccines Haunt Gulf Vets
Ruling in the 1947 trial of 23 Nazi doctors and medical administrators
charged with crimes against humanity during World War II, judges
of the American Tribunal in Nuremberg set forth 10 conditions for
permissible medical experiments. Did the Pentagon obey this directive
during the Gulf War?
Veterans Gather To Stop A War
-- "Angry military veterans attack 'an administration of chickenhawks'
that demands the blood of another generation of US soldiers and
marines -- blood these macho-posturing, drum-beating hyper-'patriotic'
middle age warriors refused to shed in their youth." -- by
questions in Bali bombing investigations
Within Indonesia, speculation about military involvement in the
Bali attack has been so rife that Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)
Armed Forces chief General Endriartono Sutarto felt compelled to
convene a special press conference on October 24 to deny a series
of rumours—including one that implicated two generals who were in
Bali prior to the bombings.
Authorized Yemen-Style Strikes, Rice Says
Dictator Bush has given broad authority to "a variety of people"
in his mis-ministration to launch attacks like the missile strike
that killed six suspected al Qaeda operatives in Yemen last week,
his national security adviser said on Sunday.
Ban -- Bank on It, Lott Says
The new Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott of Mississippi, says
not only will important legislation dealing with homeland security
and the economy be moved along quickly, but also a key issue of
importance to Christians: a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Expected to Accept U.N. Text
Iraq was expected to accept the U.N. resolution to disarm, Egypt's
foreign minister said early Sunday. But if Baghdad fails to follow
through, U.S. officials said a Pentagon plan called for more than
200,000 troops to invade Iraq.
invasion force mobilised (UK) Thousands of British troops
will be ordered to the Persian Gulf this week, sending a clear message
to Saddam Hussein to give up his weapons of mass destruction or
face military action.
Plan in Iraq Sees Large Force and Quick Strikes
Dictator Bush has settled on a war plan for Iraq that would begin
with an air campaign shorter than the one for the Persian Gulf war,
senior mis-ministration officials say. It would feature swift ground
actions to seize footholds in the country and strikes to cut off
the leadership in Baghdad.
Plans 250,000 Troops for Iraq
A Pentagon plan for invading Iraq, should the new U.N. arms inspection
effort fail, calls for a land, sea and air force of 200,000 to 250,000
troops, officials said Saturday.
Child Unrecruited -- Should the military be given the names of every
high school student in America?
The principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington,
Vermont, was shocked when she received a letter in May from military
recruiters demanding a list of all her students, including names,
addresses, and phone numbers... The recruiters cited the No
Child Left Behind Act, Dictator Bush's sweeping new education
law passed earlier this year. There, buried deep within the law's
670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools
to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities,
but also with contact information for every student -- or face a
cutoff of all federal aid.
set for GI smallpox vaccine
The Pentagon has readied a plan for vaccinating some U.S. troops
against smallpox and is awaiting White House approval before giving
the first shots, said a senior defense official.
of thousands march against war in Iraq in Italian rally
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through Florence
to oppose a war on Iraq in what could prove to be the world's
biggest street protest yet against US sabre-rattling toward
Baghdad. Between 400,000 and one million
people -- according to respective police and organizers'
estimates -- braved the cold to march through this heavily policed
Renaissance city, but the mood remained festive with no reported
incidents. [One million people! See? *Everyone*
hates the Idiot Usurping Lying Weasel (sorry, Mr. Kristof -- I can't
resist.) -- Lori Price]
March in Anti-W-ar Rally in Italy
More than half a million anti-W-ar
protesters from across Europe marched through this Italian Renaissance
city on Saturday in a loud and colorful demonstration denouncing
any possible U.S. attack on Iraq. "Take your war and go to hell,"
read one banner, in a forest of multi-colored and multi-lingual
placards. "Drop Bush, not Bombs" read another. Some placards
depicted pResident Bush as Hitler
and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as Mussolini.
Democrats Want Recount in Governor's Race Supporters of
Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama on Friday began filing
petitions for a recount of the state's gubernatorial race, setting
the stage for one of the most contentious vote-counting battles
since the 2000 presidential ballot in Florida. [Actually, that
would be, "since the 2000 coup d'etat in Florida".
-- Lori Price]
Governor's Recount Hopes Dim
With a 3,000-vote deficit and the Republican
attorney general blocking his request for a recount,
Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman may be running out of options to stay
ballot count in Pima County likely to favor her
(AZ) Republican Matt Salmon narrowed the margin by about 3,000 votes
in the governor's race Friday, but Democrat Janet Napolitano is
expected to win a bigger prize today when Pima County counts 27,000
ballots that likely will go heavily Democratic.
to videotape protesters
Chicago police are expected to videotape anti-globalization demonstrators
today under intelligence-gathering powers they have regained from
the courts after a two-decade ban. Department rules that
took effect Oct. 25 also permit officers to pose as members of
groups as long as the intelligence-gathering has a legitimate
law-enforcement purpose. And the rules let officers surf the
Internet to scan groups' Web sites for information about them.
Massacre Claims A British
documentary claims to have proof that American troops watched as
Northern Alliance soldiers allegedly slaughtered thousands of captured
Taliban fighters during the Afghan war. The programme claims soldiers
loyal to the local Northern Alliance commander General Rashid Dostum
loaded many of the 8,000 captives into sealed containers for the
journey, in which many suffocated. One soldier admits in the documentary
that when the prisoners called for air he and others fired in to
the containers to ventilate them, killing more.
the New Imperial Empire: Will America's Past Become America's Future?
-- by Sidney M. Willhelm "Will the Court tolerate an Attorney
General who massively trashes civil liberties, a president [sic]
with the privilege to deny all legal rights by declaring even citizens
'enemy combatants' and repressive measures such as the USA Patriot
Act? Although the evidence is, at present, too tenuous to assure
prediction, we simply must anticipate general compliance by the
Supreme Court to the demands forthcoming from the Bush Cabal."
brace for changes led by GOP
With Republicans controlling the House and Senate as well as holding
the White House, environmental groups are bracing for an onslaught
of business-friendly policies they fear will threaten hard-won environmental
Industry Poised to Reap Political Dividends
Few industries campaigned harder than pharmaceutical manufacturers
to elect Republicans to the new Congress, and few industries are
better positioned to reap the rewards of the election returns, analysts
Nebraska Problem ES&S,
according to the Nebraska Elections Division, is the ONLY vote-counting
company certified to sell machines in Nebraska. ES&S counts 80 percent
of the votes; the remaining 20 percent are hand counts. ES&S is
owned by the McCarthy Group; Michael McCarthy runs the McCarthy
Group; Michael McCarthy is the Campaign Treasurer for Republican
Senator Chuck Hagel; The FEC designates Michael McCarthy as a Primary
Campaign Committee for Candidate Chuck Hagel; and Chuck Hagel's
financials list the McCarthy Group as an Asset, with his investment
valued at $1-$5 million.
Democrats Want Recount in Governor's Race Supporters
of Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama on Friday began filing
petitions for a recount of the state's gubernatorial race, setting
the stage for one of the most contentious vote-counting battles
since the 2000 presidential ballot in Florida. [Another coup
d'etat? -- Lori Price]
Tape Raised Added Questions on Radio Failures
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's analysis of its
78-minute tape of firefighter communications from Sept. 11 flatly
contradicts the city's version of what went wrong. It also raises
questions about the thoroughness of the city's investigations into
the worst loss of life any fire department has ever experienced
— 343 men.
Panel's Vote Is Unanimous
After more than seven weeks of diplomatic wrangling and finessing,
the United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed today on
a resolution requiring that Iraq show that it has abandoned its
weapons of mass destruction or face "serious consequences."
Warns Iraq Not to Threaten U.N. Inspectors
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iraq not "to take or threaten
hostile action against inspectors or coalition aircraft upholding
U.N. inspections" under the U.N. Security Council resolution signed
resolution on Iraq: a cynical cover for US aggression
With its unanimous vote Friday on
a US-British resolution threatening "serious consequences"
if Iraq does not comply with a new weapons inspections regime, the
United Nations Security Council has given the Bush mis-ministration
an international cover for the war it is planning against the Arab
quietly builds up around Iraq
Heavy equipment, 63,000 troops in position, awaiting word -- While
the United States waged a very public battle at the United Nations
to win support for a tough resolution on Iraq, the Pentagon has
been quietly and steadily sending equipment to the region.
Chill Eases Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld declared the mis-ministration's frosty relations
with Germany to be "unpoisoned" last night after Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder moved to make amends with Dictator Bush. National security
adviser Condoleezza Rice made the mis-ministration's anger plain,
telling the Financial Times that some statements in the German campaign
were "beyond the pale." "How can you use the name Hitler
and the name of the president [sic] of the
U.S. in the same sentence?" Rice said. [Well! It's
the quintessential, If The Shoe Fits, Wear It! -- Lori Price]
drops out of House leadership race
Acknowledging that he lacked enough votes to win, Rep. Martin Frost,
D-Texas, dropped out of the race for House minority leader Friday
and predicted that a liberal colleague from California would win
Here's What We've Got To Do
-- by Carolyn Kay "We’ve had a few days to lick our wounds
now, so let’s get over that and get cracking. One of the things
the right wing does very successfully is to take a licking and come
back kicking. We can learn from that. We have to..."
of oil riches begins US
plans to ditch industry rivals and force end of Opec -- The leader
of the London-based Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, has
met executives of three US oil multinationals to negotiate the carve-up
of Iraq's massive oil reserves post-Saddam.
midterm election: the meaning of the Democratic debacle
(WSWS) "The Republican
sweep in the November 5 midterm election sets the stage for an enormous
intensification of the social and political crisis in the United
States. The attempt by the media to present the election result
as a vindication of George W. Bush and an expression of popular
support for his policies is an exercise in cynical propaganda."
Activists Arrested at UN
(NY) Eleven activists with local anti-war group No Blood for Oil
were arrested outside of the United Nations today while trying to
hand deliver a letter to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Drop Giant Anti-Ashcroft Banner in Soho
(NY) If you happened to be downtown Tuesday night, you might have
seen a 20-by-50-foot demonic spectre of Attorney General John Ashcroft
overtake the giant billboard at the corner of Houston and Lafayette,
usually splashed with slinky models in tight jeans.
Gov. Asks for Statewide Recount
Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman demanded a statewide recount in Alabama's
disputed gubernatorial election Thursday, saying the outcome is
so close it needs a second look. According to unofficial returns,
Siegelman trails Republican Rep. Bob Riley by 3,195 votes out of
more than 1.3 million cast.
losses bolster Gore by default
President Al Gore, who won the popular vote but lost the pResidential
s-election in the 2000 coup
d'etat, has yet to announce whether he will run for reelection.
But the apparent failure of senior Democrats in Congress to inspire
the electorate has bolstered Mr Gore's position as Democratic leader
Race for Gephardt's Post
In a post-election shakeup, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a California liberal,
is the front-runner in the race to succeed Rep. Richard A. Gephardt
(Mo.) as the House Democratic leader, key lawmakers said yesterday.
Makes Bid to Succeed Gephardt
Rep. Harold Ford, saying House Democrats crave "a clean break" from
the party's legislative and political strategy, on Friday threw
his name into the mix of candidates vying to succeed House Minority
Leader Dick Gephardt.
Pushes His Agenda Dictator
Bush yesterday demanded international action against Iraq's Saddam
Hussein and congressional action on other mis-ministration priorities.
Bush insisted on immediate action from the current Congress on legislation
creating a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security. Floating
an array of policy ideas from tax cuts early next year to the partial
privatization of Social Security, he also urged the Senate to
reconsider previously rejected judicial nominees.
Fear GOP Gains Democrats
weren't the only ones who watched this week's election results with
mounting discomfort. Environmentalists also were alarmed by the
GOP's tightened grip on Congress.
Homeland Sec. Is Top Priority
Dictator Bush, outlining a legislative agenda after his party captured
both the House and the Senate in midterm elections, said Thursday
his top priority was legislation to create a new Department of Homeland
Security. He said he wanted it this year.
Object to Bush's Rhetoric
Democrats See Disconnect Between Rhetoric and GOP Actions -- Democrats
were particularly incensed yesterday about Bush's claim Wednesday
that Republican candidates had succeeded because of their clean
campaigns [?!? ROFL!] Some of Bush's hand-picked candidates
used images of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden to try to
tar Democrats as soft on national security. Bush occasionally
joined in the attack. Rep. C. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) used an
ad featuring videotape of Osama bin Laden in his successful campaign
to unseat Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.), who lost both legs and his right
arm in a grenade explosion while serving as an Army captain in Vietnam.
Reviewing Options for Troop Vaccinations
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld presented recommendations on the
possible inoculation of U.S. troops against smallpox to Dictator
Bush on Thursday but no decision has been made, the White House
Sailors Refuse to Take Anthrax Vaccine
Twenty-three sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt
have been demoted, fined and given extra duty for refusing to take
anthrax vaccinations, according to the U.S. Navy.
Extremists Plot to Seize Power, South Africa Says
The police say that Thomas Vorster and his co-conspirators — including
three white army officers — hoped to restore white rule in South
Africa by seizing military bases, freeing jailed apartheid-era killers
and chasing blacks out of the country.
"Finds" Additional 104,000 Votes
More than 100,000 votes went
Tuesday between the time they were counted by electronic machines
and the time they were reported on cable-access television and on
the Supervisor of Elections web site. A
the vote reporting system left a 104,000-vote difference between
Tuesday night's totals and those reported late Wednesday.
Governor Results in Dispute
-- Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman and Republican challenger Bob Riley
both claimed victory in the Alabama governor's race Wednesday, with
Siegelman charging that a GOP-dominated county altered its vote
totals in the middle of the night.
problems in two counties
-- (TX) Problems with the early-voting ballot stopped the ballot
count dead in its tracks for much of the night in Bexar County.
Bexar elections administrator Cliff Borofsky said election counters
are having to inspect each of the 128,000 early votes cast.
County Polling Problems
-- (MI) A northern Michigan county's polling problems hold up final
tallies to state elections. A ballot shortage in Manistee County
delayed election results in both local and state races.
Election Bungled, Again
-- (CA) It's the story San Francisco elections officials were hoping
not to hear. Problems, big problems, during Tuesday's voting...
There were no more ballots. Poll workers said more ballots were
on the way. So they waited and waited and waited some more. Finally
at about 9 o'clock, people started leaving.
Abandons US Exit Poll Operation
-- Voter News Service abandoned its state and national exit poll
plans for Election Night, saying it could not guarantee the accuracy
of the analysis which media organizations use to help explain why
people voted as they did.
Vote Doesn't Matter"
(.pdf) -- by John Kaminski "Your vote does not matter. It might
not even be counted, assuming you're allowed to vote to begin with."
to Forgo House Leader Post
-- Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt intends to announce Thursday that
he is stepping down as House Democratic leader after eight years,
senior aides said, one day after his party suffered historic losses
in midterm elections.
Roundup: Democrats Get A Few Big Wins --
On a disappointing day for their party, Democrats yesterday salvaged
some solace by capturing the governorships of three key states --
Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan -- but watched as allies of
Dictator Bush secured the Sun Belt bastions of Florida and Texas,
where Democrats had hoped to embarrass him.
Fastow Pleads Innocent to Massive Enron Indictment
-- Former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow pleaded
innocent Wednesday to a 78-count federal indictment charging him
with masterminding complex financial schemes that enriched him and
helped doom the energy trading powerhouse.
Eyes Quick Approvals --
Judicial Nominees Focus of Plans -- The Bush mis-ministration and
congressional Republicans immediately began to map out yesterday
how they could use the GOP's sudden ascendancy in the Senate to
accelerate the approval of judicial candidates, possibly including
a pair of nominees who were rejected in recent months.
Wants Prints Of Muslim Visitors
-- Arab Rights Groups Denounce Plan -- The Justice Department announced
yesterday that it will require thousands of students, workers and
other men from five Muslim countries who are temporarily residing
in the United States to be fingerprinted and photographed, the latest
step in its program to register visitors from countries linked to
Has Smallpox Plan for Troops
-- The Pentagon has readied a plan for vaccinating some U.S. troops
against smallpox and is awaiting White House approval before giving
the first shots, according to a senior defense official.
Criticizes Sweden for Comments
-- A senior U.S. official sharply attacked Swedish Foreign Minister
Anna Lindh on Wednesday for comments critical of a U.S. missile
strike that killed a senior member of al-Qaida and five other suspects
in Yemen. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick objected to
Lindh's characterization of the strike earlier this week as a "summary
execution that violates human rights".
has always been at war
-- by Ash Pulcifer "Americans fail to realize that, for the
last 50 years, their country has been at constant war. Since World
War II, the American government has been pressuring countries across
the globe to join the economic system of free trade capitalism."
American Idol -- by Thomas
L. Friedman "...If you think Germany is turning anti-American,
pay attention to what happened here last month when the president
visited Berlin. No, not President [sic] Bush — President Clinton.
Mr. Clinton, who helped unveil the refurbished Brandenburg Gate,
was swarmed as Germans clamored to see, hear or shake hands with
him. Elvis was in the house. If Mr. Bush visited Germany today
there would also be street riots — the sort they use tear gas to
delaying Tarrant results
(TX) A voting machine bungle [?!?] in Tarrant County and
a deluge of early ballots in Bexar County have delayed final results
in Texas' third- and fourth-largest counties until as late
as Wednesday evening. "This is horrendous," Tarrant County Commissioner
Dionne Bagsby said of a programming mistake that caused vote-counting
machines to ignore straight party selections. "This is a
system that has been used successfully for a number of years."Art
Brender, chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, said that
about 40 percent of local Democrats traditionally vote the straight
Supreme Court Voids Order to Keep Polls Open The Arkansas
Supreme Court tonight voided an order keeping the Pulaski County
polls open until 9 p.m.. The GOP went before the high court to
protest an earlier order by Judge Collins Kilgore. Kilgore granted
a request by Democrats and extended Pulaski County poll hours 90
minutes to 9 p.m..
House Maps Ambitious Plans With Republicans gaining control
of both the White House and Congress, Bush mis-ministration officials
last night began to prepare an ambitious legislative agenda to press
their new -- and somewhat unexpected -- advantage.
Dictator George W. Bush's plan for speeding up confirmation of his
nominees to the federal judiciary -- and Sen. Orrin Hatch's reasons
for supporting it -- misidentifies the problem and who is responsible
masses forces for war on Iraq
While Washington goes through the diplomatic motions of moving a
resolution on weapons inspection through the United Nations Security
Council, the Pentagon continues its systematic buildup of forces
in preparation for a military attack on Iraq.
marshal "poll watchers" to intimidate Democratic voters
The Republican Party, with the backing of the Bush mis-ministration,
will post thousands of party functionaries at polling stations in
various parts of the country on Election Day, November 5, to intimidate
working class and minority voters from casting their ballots. This
anti-democratic operation is being carried out under the cover of
"poll watching." [Republicans
are attempting to make the Coup permanent! Don't be intimdated!
INSTEAD, INTIMIDATE THE REPUBLICAN POLL WATCHERS WHO TRY TO INTIMIDATE
poll service fails on election night The exit polling system
used by media organizations to anticipate the outcome of elections
failed Tuesday, the night of the midterm elections, leading news
networks to announce that they would not call races, except on the
basis of votes actually counted.
Watching US Vote The choice, as most of them see it, is between
the very bad situation they have now, with an American foreign policy
torn between the macho hawks of the Pentagon and the emollient wimps
of the State Department, or an even worse situation in which the
hawks reinforced by Republican control of both House and Senate
carry all before them.
to Watch Polling in 14 States
More than 400 federal observers and Justice Department attorneys
will monitor polling places in 14 states, the largest federal Election
Day effort since the civil rights era.
News Service Tests Poll Info.
Hours before Election Day, Voter News Service said Monday it still
hadn't worked all the bugs out of a new system designed to provide
media organizations with exit polling information from voters.
Campaigns For Curry (CT)
Former President Bill Clinton rallied supporters of Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Bill Curry in Hartford, CT, on Monday. Clinton told a
crowd of more than 600 people at the Connecticut Expo Center to
call 10 to 12 friends when they got home and urge them to support
both Curry and 2nd District candidate Joe Courtney. Clinton said
such an effort could affect 20,000 to 30,000 votes. "...Make
it an investment in Connecticut's future," he told the crowd.
"If you want to win bad enough, you're going to win tomorrow."
Expected to Draw Voters
For Tim Oliver, an Alabama convenience store worker, going to the
polls isn't really a choice. It's simply a fall tradition and duty,
guided this year by his concern for the stumbling economy.
to Coleman: 'You're not listening'
Whether the United States should go it alone against Iraq, help
for paying for prescription drugs and Social Security took center
state Monday in the only debate between Democrat Walter Mondale
and Republican Norm Coleman in the whirlwind campaign for Minnesota's
U.S. Senate seat.
Appoints an Independent as Interim Senator
Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota named a fellow Independence Party
member, Dean Barkley, as interim senator today, in a move that could
affect the balance of power on Capitol Hill, at least for the near
on trial in Iraq attack- Archbishop
A military attack on Iraq by the U.S.-led anti-terror alliance risks
destabilising the region and could rake up the past, The Archbishop
of Canterbury-elect, Rowan Williams, said on Tuesday.
Harbor ships to join armada in Persian Gulf
At least seven of Pearl
Harbor's 30 home-based ships and subs are — or soon will be — part
of an armada the U.S. Navy is massing in the Persian Gulf and Arabian
Sea. The aircraft carrier USS Constellation battle group left San
Diego on Saturday to join the build-up of forces.
'preparing to mobilise reservists'
(UK) The Government is reportedly preparing to announce the compulsory
mobilisation of up to 10,000 reservists in preparation for a war
on Iraq. Ministers are preparing to issue Queen's Order - not used
since the Korean War - giving defence chiefs wide powers to mobilise
large numbers of reservists indefinitely, according to the Daily
in S.D. - People Kicked out of Hotel Rooms
(Rumor Mill News Reading Room Forum) "I thought this was
a free country not a Dictatorship. The Secret Service came in
and decided they wanted a 40 room squared block at the Ramkota
hotel. They took all the luggage of those who already paid for
their rooms and left their belongings in the hall... The secret
service only started their security checks about 45 minutes before
the President [sic] arrived to let the people in... One woman who
was in line had to go to the hospital because of frostbite after
waiting so long."
GOP Ad Uses Trade Center Images
Infuriated Democrats on Sunday called for Ohio Republicans to pull
a television ad using images of the destroyed World Trade Center
and New York City's Ground Zero area in an ad against Ohio Democratic
congressional candidate Tim Ryan, calling it "disrespectful"
and "a new low."
protesters arrested; ticketholders kept out
Seven protesters were arrested Saturday outside the USF Sun Dome,
where pResident Bush was speaking at a political rally for his brother,
Gov. Jeb Bush. Several Bill McBride supporters who had tickets to
the rally were denied entrance because they were wearing McBride
makes the vote-counting machines?
Election Systems & Software [ES&S], according to the Nebraska Elections
Division, is the ONLY vote-counting company certified to sell machines
in Nebraska. ES&S counts 80 percent of the votes; the remaining
20 percent are hand counts. ES&S is owned by the McCarthy Group;
Michael McCarthy runs the McCarthy Group; Michael McCarthy is
the Campaign Treasurer for Republican Senator Chuck Hagel; The
FEC designates Michael McCarthy as a Primary Campaign Committee
for Candidate Chuck Hagel; and Chuck Hagel's financials list the
McCarthy Group as an Asset, with his investment valued at $1-$5
Election Mistakes (So Far) Thirty-one
city newspapers have documented voting errors that only add
to the ballot-stuffing, dead-people-voting, hide-the-ballots-in-your-trunk,
absentee-faking problems of the past. The rush to computerized counting,
and the consolidation of the "voting machine industry" into just
three major players, who try to keep identities secret, fail to
mention conflicts of interest, and shrug off criminal records has
added new worries about the security of our voting process.
has a new online service to immediately report voting problems.
vote early in Broward With
absentees, it's 15% of projection Broward voters casting early ballots
Saturday in hopes of avoiding long lines on Election Day found that
perhaps they'd already waited too long. ''People are outraged.
We want Jeb Bush out,'' said Patrick Jabouin, president of the
Caribbean-American Club of Broward.
Key for McBride in Florida
Democrat Bill McBride needs a huge turnout from blacks and retirees
if he hopes to stop Jeb Bush from becoming the first Republican
governor re-elected in Florida, political experts say.
stumps in West Palm On
the 10th anniversary of his defeat of George Bush, Bill Clinton
stood before more than 1,000 supporters in Currie Park Sunday urging
them to do the same thing to Bush's second son.
helped Wellstone with advice and fundraising
Lamenting U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone's death in a campaign ad running
this weekend, Walter Mondale mourns the loss of "a great champion"
and a "dear friend." But the two Democrats were more than friends.
During Wellstone's 12 years in the Senate, Mondale was a frequent
to the Supremes -- by James
Hall "...where do Republicans run to when they have electoral
problems? You guessed it --- the Supreme Court. Republicans argue
the switch of candidates in New Jersey violates election laws and
sets a bad precedent. But the precedent had already been
set --- by Republicans themselves. In 1990, only 8 days before
the election for Minnesota's governor, Jon Grunseth, a Republican
candidate riddled by a sex scandal, resigned from the race after
finding himself hopelessly behind in the polls. Republicans appointed
another candidate, Arne Carlson, who won the election."
Court: Protesters Can Sue over Pepper Spray
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for two California
sheriff's officers to stand trial for using pepper spray on the
eyes and faces of environmental activists at three peaceful protests
Clears Protestor, Then Scolds Police
-- by Regis T. Sabol "A Pittsburgh area district justice, the
lowest level in America’s jurisprudence system, demonstrated Thursday
that she understands the First Amendment of United States Constitution
better than U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Shirley Rowe Trkula
threw out a disorderly conduct charge against Bill Neel, a 65-year-old
demonstrator who stood outside a fenced-in 'Free Speech' zone holding
up a sign lampooning George Bush when the president [sic] appeared
at a Labor Day picnic on Neville Island, south of Pittsburgh."
Appoints Former Criminals to Key Government Roles
Since becoming pResident, George Bush has brought back into government
service men who were discredited by criminal involvement in the
Iran-Contra affair, lying to Congress, and other felonies while
working for his father George Bush senior and Ronald Reagan.
To Author: Your Book Is Unpatriotic
Gabe Hudson's new collection of short stories, "Dear Mr. President
[sic]" (Knopf, $19), has made him a favorite of book critics, fellow
writers and lots of readers. But the book, it seems, has had the
opposite effect on George W. Bush... Hudson says FBI agents have
been hanging around at his recent book readings, and the book's
is apparently being monitored by the government.
House Rejects North Korean Offer for Talks
The White House today rejected an offer from North Korea to open
negotiations over the North's newly disclosed nuclear weapons program,
with its spokesman saying there could be no talks until the program
in for the kill on Iraq
A little way off the Californian coast, near the island of San Clemente,
the men of the USS Constellation's squadrons were last week going
through their paces to ready themselves for war.
reportedly helping with U.S. war preparation
Israel is secretly playing a key role in U.S. preparations for possible
war with Iraq, helping to train soldiers and Marines for urban warfare,
conducting clandestine surveillance missions in the western Iraqi
desert and allowing the United States to place combat supplies in
Israel, according to U.S. Defense and intelligence officials.
Says It Will Not Help Any U.S. Strike on Iraq
Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. regional ally, said on Sunday it would
not allow the United States to use its facilities for any attack
against neighboring Iraq even if a strike was sanctioned by the
oppose war, push causes, remember Wellstone
About 300 people representing a variety of causes took up stations
across the street from the arena, using signs, chants and cheers
to urge "No blood for oil" and "Make jobs not war." Earlier a slightly
smaller crowd gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown
Minneapolis for a rally organized by Women Against Military Madness
(WAMM) as a supplement to the demonstration in St. Paul.
Upholds Ban on Exxon Valdez
An appeals court upheld the federal law that bans the Exxon Valdez
tanker from the Alaskan sound where it spilled nearly 11 million
gallons of oil over a decade ago.
Voucher Program Examined
More than one in four students who took a voucher to attend private
school in Florida this semester have transferred back to public
education, a newspaper reported.
Give Up Votes Twice, Clinton Tells Floridians Former
President Bill Clinton took to a palm-lined stage on the sands of
Miami Beach on Saturday to rally support for Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Bill McBride, who trails Republican Gov. Jeb Bush ahead
of Tuesday's election in Florida, the decisive battleground state
in the 2000 election. "If they took it from you once, don't give
it to them twice," Clinton told hundreds of cheering people
gathered at a park on glitzy neon-lined Ocean Drive.
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Bill McBride, right, gestures as former President Bill Clinton cheers
him on during a "Get Out the Vote" rally at Miami-Dade Community
College on Saturday. (AP/CHRIS O'MEARA)
asked to assist Broward in obtaining paper ballots Hoping
to ease the anticipated lengthy delays at polling places on Election
Day, two U.S. congressmen from Broward County have asked federal
officials to encourage Florida to allow paper ballots at precincts.
State officials told all elections supervisors Thursday that paper
ballots would not be available to relieve long lines. "With the
glide path we are on, we're going to have a disaster Tuesday," Rep.
Peter Deutsch, D-Fort Lauderdale, said. "The wait times will
be extreme if something isn't done now. People will leave in droves
_ in the thousands and tens of thousands _ without voting."
fraud charges hit mom, daughter
A mother and daughter working as election judges on Chicago's Northwest
Side in the March primary have been indicted on vote fraud charges
for allegedly spoiling 66 ballots, Cook County State's Atty. Richard
Devine said Friday. Geraldine Rossler, 48, and Michele Rossler,
22, both of the 3100 block of North Newland Avenue were working
as Republican election judges in the 36th Ward.
voting notice misleading, state official warns
(NM) The state Bureau of Elections has criticized claims by the
Republican Party of New Mexico that pushing the straight party button
will cancel out individual votes for another party. The claim appears
as a notice on several Republican mailers targeting Democratic congressional
candidate John Arthur Smith and promoting Smiths opponent, Republican
says column was inaccurate
After refusing to comment for a week on speculation about whether
he was on a short list of potential U.S. Senate candidates after
Sen. Paul Wellstone's death, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan
Page broke his silence Friday. Angered by a syndicated column by
Robert Novak, which ran in Friday's Pioneer Press, Page said that
though reluctant, he had to comment.
turns back to liberties
Skepticism of government is back. In public opinion polls, the courts
and Congress, there is an emerging resistance to what a growing
number of critics say is an extraordinary assault on civil liberties
by the Bush mis-ministration.
secret 'people zapper' plans
Britain has been involved in secret talks with the United States
over the development of so-called non-lethal weapons, including
lasers that blind the enemy and microwave systems that cook the
skin of human targets.
Doctor's Suicide Leaves Many Troubling Mysteries Unsolved
There were the suggestions that Dr. Larry C. Ford was working for
the C.I.A. Several people close to him — including Dr. Hunter Hammill,
a Baylor University professor who collaborated on papers with him
— say he sometimes told them so. "We had heard that he had worked
for the government, worked at Fort Detrick," said Dr. Daniel
Knobel, a senior official in Project Coast. He was referring to
the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick,
Md., where the government did biological weapons research.
Weighs Privatizing Close to 214,000 Jobs
The Army is considering whether to contract out nearly 214,000 military
and civilian employee positions in what would be the largest transfer
of jobs to the private sector by a government agency, Pentagon officials
said. Federal unions denounced the Army plan as a thinly veiled
attempt to do away with their jobs and benefit defense contractors.
Under Fire for Not Telling All He Knew About Webster
Three investigations began today into the Securities and Exchange
Commission's choice of William H. Webster to head a new board overseeing
the accounting profession. House and Senate Democrats called for
the resignations of both Mr. Webster and Harvey L. Pitt, the commission's
Pitt Principle -- by Paul
Krugman "So Harvey Pitt decided not to tell other members of
the Securities and Exchange Commission a small detail about the
man he had chosen to head a crucial new accounting oversight board,
after turning his back on a far more qualified candidate. William
Webster, reports Stephen Labaton of The Times, headed the audit
committee at U.S. Technologies. Now that company is being sued by
investors who claim that management defrauded them of millions.
And what did Mr. Webster's committee do after an outside auditor
raised concerns about the company's financial controls? That's right:
It fired the auditor."
consumer confidence plummets in October
Worries about jobs and a possible U.S. attack on Iraq pummeled consumer
confidence to its lowest level in nine years in October, a report
said on Tuesday, a grim omen for the holiday shopping season ahead.
blasts Bush's 'cowboy' Iraq policy -- Global goodwill already squandered,
he tells S.F. boosters In one of the most
forceful Democratic condemnations of George Bush's foreign policy,
President Al Gore warned in San Francisco on Monday that a pre-emptive
strike on Iraq would distract America from its war on terrorism
and "weaken our ability to lead the world." "After Sept. 11,
we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world,"
Gore told about 500 people at the Commonwealth Club of California.
"That has been squandered in a year's time and replaced with
great fear, anxiety and uncertainty around the world, not at what
the terrorist network is going to do, but at what we are going to
pilot had felony record
Richard Conry, the chief pilot who flew U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone,
his wife, daughter and three aides on last Friday's fatal flight,
had a felony record for mail fraud and served at a federal prison
camp in South Dakota in 1990, according to court records and attorneys.
played minor role in story of Moussaoui The co-pilot who
died in Friday's plane crash with Sen. Paul Wellstone played a minor
role in the story involving Zacarias Moussaoui, the accused Sept.
11 conspirator who briefly attended an Eagan flight school.
deadline looms for Cheney energy papers Judge admonishes White
House for slow review process -- Seven days before a court-imposed
deadline, the Bush mis-ministration said Tuesday that it has fully
reviewed only two out of 12 boxes of documents at issue in lawsuits
over Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force.
Orders Investigation Into Webster Appointment The Securities
and Exchange Commission today ordered an investigation into the
appointment of William H. Webster to head a new board overseeing
the accounting profession after Mr. Webster's disclosure that he
told the S.E.C. chairman, Harvey L. Pitt, that he had headed the
auditing committee of a company facing fraud accusations.
Republican Joins in Criticism of S.E.C. Chairman The political
troubles of the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
deepened today when the senator who will become the senior Republican
on the banking committee supported calls by Democrats for hearings
into the selection of an overseer of the accounting profession.
Must Go Latest in a String of Controversies Surrounding Harvey
Pitt -- Thoroughly Compromises His Leadership of Securities & Exchange
Commission -- Judicial Watch Seeks Full Disclosure of Records
Fastow indicted on federal charges Former Enron Chief Financial
Officer Andrew S. Fastow was indicted Thursday on 78 counts of wire
fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the collapse
of the Houston energy trading company.
job cuts continue to mount The official US unemployment rate
increased slightly to 5.7 percent in October (from 5.6 percent the
month before) as businesses continued to carry out substantial layoffs,
resulting in a net loss of 5,000 jobs. More than 8 million people
are currently registered as unemployed, while another 4.3 million
work part-time although they would prefer full-time employment.
profit rates decline despite productivity growth The latest
calculations of labour productivity growth highlight the emergence
of a deepening contradiction in the US economy, and by implication,
the world economy. While productivity has sharply increased over
the past five years, profit rates have declined and, in the aftermath
of the high-tech and stock market bubble of the late 1990s, the
economy has entered a period of "jobless growth," if not
Races Give Hope to Democrats More than a dozen races for governor
remain neck-and-neck in this election's final, furious days as Democrats
push to win back control of a majority of the states' top offices.
issues apology for vote-fraud mailing (SD) The Republican National
Committee is apologizing for dramatizing a direct-mail piece on
voter fraud by using a headline from a story that didn’t relate
to the subject.
targets poll watchers -- Democrats sue to block group Citing
fears of voter intimidation and a repeat by GOP operatives to ''barrage
polling places,'' local Democrats -- including former U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno and U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek -- are suing to block
Miami-Dade County from allowing a Republican political action committee
to put poll watchers inside the county's precincts Tuesday.
Bush's Secret Weapon (revisited)
Coup 2000, the Sequel: Jeb Bush to Use Fellonious and Fallacious
Voter Purge List of 94,000 (mostly Democratic voters) to rob voters
of voting rights, again. Greg Palast reports.
Slated to Pay Top Dollar for Libby Pataki’s Florida Land -- Jeb
& George -- by Wayne Barrett "Libby Pataki, the governor's
wife, is part owner of a canker-ridden parcel of citrus groves in
southeast Florida that state and local officials are negotiating
to purchase at three times the price the Pataki-tied company paid
for it in 2000. Jeb Bush's administration has already cleared the
way for the acquisition by giving the parcel a top ranking in
the Florida Forever preservation program, even though it does not
meet the pristine wetlands standard ordinarily applied to state-financed
Bush surfaces in schools' quagmire -- by George McEvoy "I
couldn't believe my eyes. There it was in black and white, in the
public prints, the name that never was heard spoken aloud in top
Republican circles -- Neil Bush... It seems that Neil has found
a new business interest. He is heading up an educational software
company -- Ignite! Learning Inc. -- and hopes to sell its training
programs to all of Florida's public schools."
on urban warfare points to US plans to destroy Iraqi cities
A new report on urban warfare by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff is
a blueprint for the use of America’s overwhelming military and technological
supremacy to brutalize and terrorize a far weaker opponent into
submission. It suggests that in any invasion of Iraq, American military
planners are prepared to use massive firepower to destroy Iraq’s
Home Again, to Rumors of War -- A Vietnam veteran returns home
to a president in the hysterical grip of a serious mistake, to a
congress as the cheerleader, and to chickenhawks wielding the big
stick of patriotism. Sounds like deja vu. -- by Igor Bobrowsky
clears Bush opponent 'I think they went a little too far.
He has the right to protest' -- Bill Neel, the 65-year-old man
arrested for carrying a sign that lampooned pResident Bush, walked
out of court a winner yesterday. District Justice Shirley Rowe Trkula
threw out a disorderly conduct charge against Neel, saying he was
guilty of nothing except trying to peaceably exercise his First
Amendment right to free speech. [Read the Bill Neel protest
report; read "Neville
Island on Labor Day 2002: First Amendment Behind Bars "
by Michael Rectenwald]
Death of the Internet -- How Industry Intends to Kill the 'Net As
We Know It The Internet’s promise as a new medium -- where text,
audio, video and data can be freely exchanged -- is under attack
by the corporations that control the public’s access to the 'Net,
as they see opportunities to monitor and charge for the content
people seek and send. The industry’s vision is the online equivalent
of seizing the taxpayer-owned airways, as radio and television conglomerates
did over the course of the 20th century.
(Possible) Assassination Of Paul Wellstone: George W. Bush's Legacy
of Cynicism and Contempt George W. Bush and his henchmen stole
the presidency. They threw thousands of innocent people into prison
without even charging them with a crime. They're gearing up to invade
Iraq without bothering to come up with a substantial justification.
Now some Democrats and progressive Americans are asking the unthinkable
about an administration they increasingly believe to be ruled by
thugs and renegades. Did government gangsters murder the United
States' most liberal legislator? [This
is on YAHOO News, folks!]
'02: Senate control may not be decided Tuesday As with
2000, when Florida's vote-counting fiasco delayed the outcome of
the presidential race for 36 days, several races next Tuesday may
take days or weeks to resolve. Control of the US Senate, in particular,
may hang in the balance until December.
draft resolution by U.S. will delay action until after election
The United States is preparing to revise its proposed U.N. resolution
on Iraqi weapons inspections in a move certain to delay Security
Council action past the midterm elections. The political effect
would be that pResident Bush will be able to hold back on announcing
whether he intends to go to war with Iraq - a potentially explosive
issue - until after Tuesday's elections.
Grow on Bush's Resolve for Business Reform The mis-ministration's
latest misstep in handling America's corporate crisis has convinced
many people on both sides of the political divide that pResident
Bush does not take the business scandals of the last year all that
seriously. [Of course not--everyone realizes that Bush himself
is one of the villains, and the best friend of the rest of them.]
and U.S. economies desire opposite outcome in Iraq (yellowtimes.org)
- A successful invasion will drop the oil prices on the free
- A successful invasion will give profits to American oil companies
who have secured drilling rights from the new Iraqi government--
perhaps the Iraqi National Congress
- Hussein, fearing his end, is giving large oil deals to Russia
and other members of the Security Council in hopes that they will
put pressure on the United States not to invade.
- The Bush mis-ministration and U.S. oil companies are worried that
they will lose all the lucrative oil deals since most of them have
already been given away to other countries.
than 100,000 troops OK'd for invasion of Iraq The commander
who is planning a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq has won Secretary
of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld's support for a ground force well
in excess of 100,000 American troops, said senior defense officials
and military analysts.
and American humble pie Candidate George Bush promised to treat
foreign countries with humility. But since his inauguration, and
especially since Sept. 11, he has acted otherwise.
scolded as Bush protester acquitted A man arrested during
a local appearance by pResident Bush got his protest sign back,
and police got a scolding, at a hearing this morning. District Justice
Shirley Rowe Trkula dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against
Bill Neel, 65, of Butler, without any defense witnesses having to
testify. Neel was arrested because he refused to move to a fenced-in
area for protesters before Bush's Labor Day appearance at a union
picnic in Neville. "This is America," said Trkula during the hearing
at her office in Coraopolis. [Well, that's NEWS to us at the
CLG. At the same protest, CLG Founder and Chair Michael Rectenwald
faced threats of a felony charge by the Secret Service for holding
a sign that read "Citizens For Legitimate Government".
Anti-Bush protesters have been routinely denied their First
Amendment Rights by being relegated to so-called "First Amendment
Zones," often behind fences or police ribbons, and guarded
by police like prisoners. Read the original
report by Bill Neel submitted the to CLG, and Michael
Rectenwald's report from the same protest. This one should
embolden protestors to reclaim their lost rights.]
to monitor American elections Amid the worldwide outbreak
of Schadenfreude that accompanied America's chaotic presidential
showdown in 2000, senior members of the Russian Communist party
sarcastically offered to send election monitors to Palm Beach to
help the nascent democracy find its feet. Albanian politicians echoed
the joke, as did President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. But the line
between jokes and reality in Florida has always been a blurred one:
now, America has accepted the offer.[The whole world knows that
Bush was not legitimately elected to office. Only US Republicans
are in denial and "think" otherwise.]
Poll: Mondale leads Coleman 47% to 39% Paul Wellstone's likely
replacement on the ballot, former Vice President Walter Mondale,
leads Republican Norm Coleman by 47 to 39 percent -- close to where
the race stood two weeks ago when Wellstone led Coleman 47 to 41
percent.[Despite Republican hopes regarding Wellstone's untimely
and strangely coincidental death as well as their attempts to spin
the Wellstone memorial service as a party rally, Democrats will
still win Minnesota. First a dead man beats the soon-to-be Attorney
General, now a 74 year old retired politician will beat Bush's
Ask for Equal Time Minnesota
Republicans are asking Minnesota broadcasters to provide them with
free airtime to compensate for the airing of Tuesday's memorial
for Senator Paul Wellstone. [These people
are either hypocrites or ignoramuses, or both. AFTER ALL, IT WAS
REPUBLICANS WHO FOUGHT TO REPEAL THE FAIRNESS IN BROADCASTING ACT
THAT GUARANTEED EQUAL TIME TO POLITICAL INTERESTS. SINCE THIS REPEAL
(circa 1986), THE MEDIA HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY RIGHTWING IDEOLOGUES
AT THE BEHEST OF THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS WHO BENEFIT DIRECTLY FROM
REPUBLICAN POLICIES, AT OUR EXPENSE!!!]
returns to triple-digit budget deficits The Bush mis-ministration
announced October 24 that the federal budget deficit for the fiscal
year ending September 30 was $159 billion. If excess receipts for
Social Security, supposedly earmarked for paying future benefits,
were excluded, the latest federal deficit would top $300 billion.
for military action against Iraq slipping, poll shows Just over
half, 55 percent, support military action against Iraq to replace
Saddam Hussein, according to the poll by the Pew Research Center
for the People & the Press. That is down from 64 percent in
mid-September. And support for such action drops by half - to
27 percent - if the United States is not joined by allies in such
Fe Joins Growing List of Cities in Condemning War and Resisting
Patriot Act The Santa Fe City Council voted Wednesday to pass
a resolution opposing military action against Iraq... The Council
also voted for a resolution directing police to not cooperate with
federal authorities under the Patriot Act in cases where in their
judgment it violates civil rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
on the efforts of cities nationwide to protect and restore their
residents' civil liberties. 10+ cities have passed civil liberties
resolutions; more than 30 other cities and counties in 22 states
are working on them.]
and Web Sites are Computer Terrorism, Says Government A
truly bizarre new web site at www.intelligence.gov
claims to represent the U.S. Intelligence Community as a whole.
Examining some of the statements on this site, its slogan, "Uncovering
the Truth," must refer to some special definition of "truth"
that we aren't yet aware of. [Using e-mail and websites to organize?
Isn't that all of us?]
Issues Travel Advisory Against US Ottawa has issued a travel
advisory warning Canadian citizens born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria
and Sudan to "consider carefully" whether they
need to travel to the United States
. Canadian citizens are
Canadian citizens and that both the United States and Canada are
countries that are multicultural in nature and based on immigration,"
Graham said. "It would be inappropriate under both our constitutions
-- our Charter and even the U.S. Constitution -- to do this."
Gets Low Grade for Press Freedom The United States ranks number
17 for press freedom, below most Western European countries and
Costa Rica, according to a new global index drawn up by journalists,
researchers, and legal scholars and released by Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) last week.
was told of risks before Bush stock sale One week before
George W. Bush's now-famous sale of stock in Harken Energy Corp.
in 1990, Harken was warned by its lawyers that Bush and other members
of the troubled oil company's board faced possible insider trading
risks if they unloaded their shares. [But the criminal Bush did
Wellstone, Cheers and Tears. They came straight from work
with kids in tow. They came early, waiting patiently in lines wrapped
around the Williams Center, packing the 20,000-seat venue to the
rafters. Some sat on the floor and those who couldn't get in stood
outside listening to stories about the late Sen. Paul D. Wellstone,
chiming in with their own about how the scrappy senator with a short
frame and big heart had personally touched their lives.
Says He Will Run! Walter Mondale formally announced Wednesday
that he will accept the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination
for U.S. Senate.
and France Near Deal on Iraq Attack The United States and France
are moving toward a compromise on Iraq that would oblige the Bush
mis-ministration to consult the United Nations Security Council
before embarking on military action against Saddam Hussein but still
leave it the freedom to act alone.
training links string of serial killers ["The chicken
comes home to roost," "you're gonna reap what you sow..."
What other truisms come to mind to describe this most obvious pattern?
However, the rightwing doesn't care! In fact,
they WANT domestic terrorism. It helps justify their repressive
Media Rigged Journalists from major media outlets bemoan the
fact that big corporations and advertisers dictate their stories.
dismisses voting-machine case DALLAS - A state district
judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday that was filed last week by the
county Democratic Party over early voting, saying that she did not
have jurisdiction to hear the case. The Democratic Party filed the
lawsuit after receiving dozens of complaints from voters who said
that when they tried to vote for a Democratic candidate, the
voting machine cursor instead landed on the Republican candidate.
Election officials said some machines had become miscalibrated because
of being moved. [The GOP is setting the stage for Coup
Connecticut Elections (The New York Times) "One of the
most serious arguments against [GOP] Governor Rowland is his refusal
to provide any real explanation for the loss of almost $200 million
in state funds in what amounted to an unsecured loan to Enron from
the state's trash authority. Shortly after the loan, Enron made
an $80,000 contribution, since returned, to the Republican Governors
Association, which Mr. Rowland now heads... It is hard to imagine
that he heard nothing about this deal. But not knowing how his co-chief
of staff was handing out so much state money is also no way to run
a state government. We endorse Bill Curry for governor of Connecticut."
Get your souls to the polls AUSTIN - The Texas NAACP has a message
for black voters: Get your souls to the polls. This Sunday, pastors
across the state are planning to educate members of their churches
about the importance of voting and provide vans to drive people
to the polls.
says results of Senate election will likely be challenged
Gov. Jesse Ventura said today he fears the results of the U.S. Senate
election on Nov. 5 will be challenged in court and questioned the
fairness of how absentee ballots already cast for the late U.S.
Sen. Paul Wellstone will be treated. "It’s
very difficult to say that it’s a fair election when they’ve already
said that anyone that voted absentee with the name 'Paul Wellstone'
won’t be counted, and anyone who voted absentee with the name 'Norm
Coleman' will be counted. That to me right there creates
an unfair election."
accuses Republicans of voter harassment Senate Majority Leader
Tom Daschle, D-S.D. has accused Republicans of attempting to suppress
voting by American Indians. "In my state of South Dakota, we
are now seeing a concerted Republican effort to make allegations
and launch initiatives intended to suppress Native American voting.
These efforts appear to be motivated more by partisan politics than
a concern with clean elections," Daschle said.
Democrats File Complaint with Attorney General (NH) Manchester
City Democrat Chair Raymond Buckley today announced that he planned
to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s office concerning
the Republican City Committee’s violations of election law. The
Manchester Republican Committee has not, to date, filed a finance
report with the Secretary of State, which is mandated by law. [Gee,
is there any state in which Republicans *are not* violating election
laws? Just curious.]
of outside observers at polls fuels fears, skepticism Members
of the Election Reform Community Coalition, which has been monitoring
election preparations for the Nov. 5 election, said they are skeptical
about the U.S. Justice Department sending monitors into Miami-Dade.
They gave Attorney General John Ashcroft a ''no confidence'' vote
for making the offer. The Justice Department ''has refused to
act when presented with overwhelming evidence of disenfranchisement
from one of the most egregiously flawed elections in U.S. history,''
said Gihan Perera, executive director of the social action organization
the Miami Workers Center, in reference to the 2000 presidential
Accusations Come Under Scrutiny -- Leading the GOP charge against
likely Minnesota senatorial candidate Walter Mondale, former House
Speaker [and rightwing hypocritical nutcase] Newt Gingrich accused
the former vice president Sunday of supporting Social Security privatization
and raising the retirement eligibility age, but it appears the allegations
are false. [Gee, is there any Republican that can tell the
truth? Just curious.]
Weigh Establishment Of Interstate Communications System The
Bush mis-ministration is exploring the possibility of creating an
"interstate communications expressway," patterned after
the interstate highway system, to quicken the exchange [?!?]
of homeland-security information among federal, state, and local
governments, [of the full-blown Bush Fascist Dictatorship]
the CIO of the White House Office of Homeland Security told attendees
Monday at the annual conference of the National Association of State
CIOs in St. Louis.
weapons secrets exposed Respected scientists on both sides
of the Atlantic warned yesterday that the US is developing a
new generation of weapons that undermine and possibly violate international
treaties on biological and chemical warfare. The scientists,
specialists in bio-warfare and chemical weapons, say the Pentagon,
with the help of the British military, is also working on "non-lethal"
weapons similar to the narcotic gas used by Russian forces to
end last week's siege in Moscow. Among the projects:
· CIA efforts to
copy a Soviet cluster bomb designed to disperse biological weapons
· A project by the Pentagon to build a bio-weapon
plant from commercially available materials to prove that terrorists
could do the same thing · Research by the Defence Intelligence
Agency into the possibility of genetically engineering a new strain
of antibiotic-resistant anthrax · A programme
to produce dried and weaponised anthrax spores, officially for testing
US bio-defences, but far more spores were allegedly produced than
necessary for such purposes and it is unclear whether they have
been destroyed or simply stored.
Want Terror Report Kept Secret A classified document describing
terror suspect Jose Padilla's multiple contacts with top al-Qaida
leaders should remain secret, federal prosecutors said in court
papers filed Monday. [Yes, we can't find out that the "multiple
contacts w. top al-Qaida leaders" include Bush/Rove/Cheney/Rumsfeld
cronies, can we?]
Nerve gas killed Russian hostages Footage aired on independent
television in Georgia shows doctors reputedly with hospitals in
Moscow saying the several dozen hostages who died in Saturday's
dramatic rescue ["rescue?" OMG. The quintessential
Nixonian-Vietnam moment: "We had to destroy the village
in order to save it."] were poisoned by the gas Russian
forces used to wrest control of the Chechen-held theater. The doctors
in the footage described the gas as being a neuro-paralyzing agent,
one that disables the body's nervous system.
Cronkite warns against war with Iraq Walter Cronkite, the veteran
newsman who covered almost every major world event that took place
during his six-decade career, on Sunday warned that if the United
States takes action against Iraq without support from the United
Nations it could set the stage for World
issues warning on Iraq as UN deadline nears France is privately
warning the US and the UK that they will be left alone in the political
and economic task of reconstructing Iraq if they press ahead with
a war on Saddam Hussein without UN support.
Only "Regime" Change Needed -- by Ed Lewis "...Bush has
lied multiple times while under oath to the American people. His
lies are costing hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of
lives, both which may escalate well into the billions if the man
is allowed to continue as he has."
a Killing: The Business of War At least 90 companies that provide
services normally performed by national military forces – but without
the same degree of public oversight – have operated in 110 countries
worldwide, providing everything from military training, logistics,
and even engaging in armed combat.
the blueprint for United States of Europe The blueprint for
a new constitution for Europe, unveiled yesterday, paves the way
for sweeping changes to the EU but provoked instant British opposition
by suggesting the bloc could be renamed "United States of Europe".
from wildlife treaty sought for military Some members of Congress
are upset that the Bush mis-ministration wants to exempt the military
from a wildlife treaty. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., in a news release
this week, accused the Bush mis-ministration of "setting its anti-environmental
sights on the nation's oldest conservation law, the Migratory Bird
Treaty Act of 1918."
confidence plummets U.S. consumer confidence plunged in October,
as Americans continued to worry about a stagnant employment picture
and the prospect of armed conflict with Iraq. [I hope this does
not portend another act of terrorism from the Bush junta, to distract
Sees Net Borrowing of $76 Billion for Quarter (Bloomberg) --
The U.S. Treasury said it will borrow a net $76 billion during the
final three months of the year, the most for that period in nine
years, as slow growth curtailed tax collections and spending rose.
[PLEASE let us awaken from this nightmare and find Al Gore in
his rightful home -- White House.]
Bans Cable News From Air Force One Before pResident Bush boards
Air Force One, his staff makes sure that the plane's TVs are tuned
to nearly anything other than cable news. Otherwise, Bush might
spot CNN or FOX NEWS and demand, as he has in the past,"Who turned
that on?!" [We don't want to interfere with the Idiot Usurper's
Hungry Caterpillar cartoon programs, LOL!]
clues lost ["lost"] in Wellstone crash The mangled
remains of the plane in which Sen. Paul Wellstone died were so badly
damaged by the impact and subsequent fire that some key clues to
help investigators understand the cause of the crash appear to have
been lost. [What a surprise...]
Absence Draws Scrutiny [scroll to second article] pResident
Bush does not plan to attend tonight's memorial service for Sen.
Paul D. Wellstone (D-Minn.), and some Democratic officials are asking
why. The matter seemed straightforward when White House press secretary
Ari Fleischer told reporters Sunday that the administration would
send "an appropriate official," but not the pResident.
to attend Wellstone services Former President Clinton's scheduled
visit to Honolulu on Tuesday will be delayed a day so he may attend
services for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone in Minnesota, a spokesman
Hillary Clinton to Crowd at Fund-Raiser in Los Angeles: Bush
Was 'Selected' President, Not Elected; Says Bush's Machine
Has Raised Far More Money to 'Ruin the Reputations of Our Candidates'
-- Bush Dispatching Money and Lawyers to Help with Brother Jeb's
Florida Governor Campaign; Former President Bush Got Updates
from Jeb's Campaign Manager During Debate with Opponent Bill McBride,
Then Relayed Them to Washington [in preparation for the coup of
Feels Heat of U.N. Debate, U.S. Elections During a brief question-and-answer
session with Mexican President Vicente Fox, Bush broke protocol
by cutting off the interpreter trying to provide the English version
of Fox's answer for viewers around the world. "I know what he
said," snapped Bush, whose aides say he is not fluent in Spanish.
[LOL, pResident Moron needs an interpreter for the *English*
version of any questions. George W. Bush is an *international*
Takes Aim at Mondale in Minn. Race Ex-Vice President's Record
Already Under Fire in Battle to Replace Wellstone -- With former
vice president Walter F. Mondale likely to carry the late Sen. Paul
D. Wellstone's torch into the Nov. 5 election, Republicans today
took aim at the popular elder statesman in what is likely to be
a remarkable, and remorse-filled, one-week Senate campaign.
Struggling to Keep Arkansas Senate Seat for GOP Race Against
Ex-Senator's Son is Nasty, Expensive and Close -- The most recent
independent poll for the Arkansas News Bureau and Stephens Media
Group, showed Pryor -- the son of former senator David Pryor (D-Ark.)
-- with 48 percent, and Republican Tim Hutchinson favored by 43
percent of those surveyed. Others polls have had the race a dead
honors FBI chief "There is a continuum between those
who would express dissent and those who would do a terrorist act,"
declared FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III at Stanford Law School
on Friday night. [Emendation: there is a continuum between Bush's
military-industrial-security complex and those "who would do
a terrorist act," i.e., 9/11.]
Handily Wins Brazilian Presidential Race Brazil took a decisive
turn to the left on Sunday, electing as its new president Luiz Inácio
Lula da Silva of the Workers' Party, a former factory worker, labor
union leader and political prisoner who has never before held executive
office. The margin of victory for Mr. da Silva was the largest in
Big Brother to extend reach Ottawa — A huge database of personal
information on air travellers — slammed as illegal by the federal
Privacy Commissioner — will be expanded to include people who arrive
in Canada on cruise ships, ferries, trains and buses, government
documents say. Customs officials will soon screen all Canadian travellers
and visitors before they arrive to assess the potential risk of
terrorism and other [?!?] crimes say documents obtained
under the Access to Information Act. ["Crimes" -- such
as US draft evasion -- when Bush invades Baghdad, circa 2003? Just
Tells Bush It Won't Support Iraq Resolution U.S. Favors pResident
Bush left a summit conference here today without a pledge from Mexico
to support the American resolution in the United Nations Security
Council to disarm Iraq. Mexican officials made it clear that Mexico
is siding with France in the debate at the United Nations.
Call-Up for an Iraqi War May Equal 1991's If pResident Bush
orders an attack against Iraq, the Pentagon has plans to mobilize
roughly as many reservists as it did during the Persian Gulf war
in 1991, when about 265,000 members of the National Guard and Reserves
were summoned to active duty, mis-ministration officials and military
March October 26, 2002 Washington, DC
the memory of Senator Paul Wellstone, who tragically died October
25, 2002" -- by Jim Macdonald
Rally, March Against War in Iraq (D.C.) Tens of thousands of
people marched in peaceful protest of any military strike against
Iraq yesterday afternoon, in an antiwar demonstration that organizers
and police suggested was likely Washington's largest since the Vietnam
of thousands in US protest Iraq invasion plans Rallies and marches
to oppose the Bush mis-ministration’s plan to launch an unprovoked
war against Iraq brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators
into the streets in Washington DC, San Francisco and several other
US cities on October 26.
Rally Around World Against Iraq War Tens of thousands of anti-W-ar
protesters marched peacefully on the White House on Saturday to
express opposition to a possible U.S. attack on Iraq, some chanting
slogans accusing pResident Bush of planning genocide.
rally in St. Paul draws thousands (MN) Silver-haired Jim Steinhagen,
a combat Marine in Korea a half-century ago, and Omar Jamal, a Somali
who came to Minnesota seven years ago, stood shoulder to shoulder
Saturday afternoon. Along with several thousand other Minnesotans,
they marched from the St. Paul Cathedral to the State Capitol to
voice their opposition to a war with Iraq and to mourn Sen. Paul
rally draws 4,000 (CO) Civic Center crowd rips potential war
-- Organizers estimated about 4,000 attended; police declined to
estimate the number of protesters.
Denver, CO Photo provided: courtesy Janet Salmons
protest possible war with peace march (TN) Hundreds opposed
to a war with Iraq marched from east Nashville to the downtown Metro
courthouse yesterday in a peace rally timed to coincide with similar
gatherings across the country and around the world.
Demonstrations The anti-war protestors came -- largest gathering
since the Vietnam War -- yet the news media hardly noticed; but
Intervention was there -- by Regis T. Sabol "I was dumbfounded.
Well over 100,000 Americans were barred from anywhere close to the
White House, the home of their nation’s ostensible president [sic],
to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom
of speech and freedom of assembly, yet these British tourists could
walk right up to the fence."
Anti-War Protests, U.S. Decries UN Iraq Delays Tens of thousands
of protesters took to the streets of Washington and other cities
to voice opposition to a possible U.S. war against Iraq, while the
United States decried a U.N. "debate that never ends" over a tough
new resolution to disarm Iraq.
Illinoisans not ready for war A Chicago Sun-Times/Fox News Chicago
Poll puts Illinois somewhat at odds with the nation as a whole.
More than half of Illinois voters want additional proof that Saddam
is developing weapons of mass destruction before the United States
launches an attack. And they want the U.S. military to take action
only as part of a broad international coalition of allies. An additional
18 percent want no attack at all.
Vidal claims 'Bush junta' complicit in 9/11 America's most
controversial writer Gore Vidal has launched the most scathing attack
to date on George W Bush's pResidency, calling for an investigation
into the events of 9/11 to discover whether the Bush mis-ministration
deliberately chose not to act on warnings of Al-Qaeda's plans. Vidal's
highly controversial 7000 word polemic titled 'The Enemy Within'
argues that what he calls a 'Bush junta'
used the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a pre-existing
agenda to invade Afghanistan and crack down on civil liberties at
home. [Petition to Senate -- Investigate "Oddities"
of 9/11: http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html]
Likely To Yield to Pleas To Run for Senate Former vice president
Walter F. Mondale is likely to yield to pleas from Democratic leaders
and step in for the late Sen. Paul D. Wellstone in Minnesota's critical
Senate race, several party officials said today. A top White House
official said Mondale would be tough, if not impossible, to beat.
Other Republicans were hoping Mondale would forgo a run.
set to lose governorships -- by Robert Novak "George W.
Bush may defy historical precedent Nov. 5 by avoiding the usual
midterm congressional losses endured by a new president, but he
is almost sure to suffer heavy losses in governors."
up by 12 points (IL) Democrat Rod Blagojevich is holding on
to his double-digit lead over Republican Jim Ryan as the governor's
race moves into its crucial final days.
thin race Poll's 1-point difference shows it's anybody's race
-- (CO) Democratic challenger Tom Strickland has edged slightly
ahead of incumbent Wayne Allard for Colorado's pivotal U.S. Senate
seat, according to a poll released Friday.
Poll Says 53% Rate Economy Poor pResident Bush’s approval rating
has also dropped -- from 65% in August to 61% today, according to
the poll. Democrats hold an edge over Republicans, with almost half
(47%) of those surveyed saying they would vote for Democratic candidates
in the Congressional race in their districts, while just over four
in ten (43%) said they would vote for Republican candidates in their
Voice Recorder Is Focus of Search for Cause of Crash Federal
investigators today sorted through the wreckage of a plane crash
that killed Senator Paul Wellstone and seven others, but efforts
to determine the cause of the crash could be hampered by the absence
[?!?] of a cockpit voice recorder.
[Senator Paul Wellstone,
58, died in plane crash. We have lost one of our best, brightest
and most consistently progressive Senators. And now Senate control
is in serious jeopardy. We mourn the terrible loss of a true Patriot
Wellstone, Fighter -- by John Nichols (The Nation,
May 9, 2002) "Paul Wellstone is a hunted man. Minnesota's
senior senator is not just another Democrat on White House political
czar Karl Rove's target list, in an election year when the Senate
balance of power could be decided by the voters of a single state.
Rather, getting rid of Wellstone is a passion
for Rove, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush and the special-interest lobbies
that fund the most sophisticated political operation ever assembled
by a presidential administration. 'There are people
in the White House who wake up in the morning thinking about how
they will defeat Paul Wellstone,' a senior Republican aide confides.
'This one is political and personal for them.' "
Fears Tenacious, Popular Wellstone -- by John Nichols (Madison
Capital Times, April 24, 2001) "Let there be no doubt
as to the identity of George W. Bush’s least favorite Democratic
U.S. senator. It’s Wellstone, the rabble-rousing Progressive who
represents not just Minnesota but what remains of the fighting populist
spirit of the Upper Midwest... The Bushies despise Wellstone, who
unlike most Senate Democrats has been fighting spirited battles
against the new administration’s policies on everything from the
environment to the tax cuts for the rich to military aid for the
'Plan Colombia' drug war boondoggle. Other Democratic senators
who face re-election contests in 2002 are, according to polls, more
vulnerable than Wellstone. But the Bush
camp has been focusing highest-level attention on "Plan Wellstone"
— its project to silence progressive opposition."
group spends $1 million on anti-Wellstone campaign Americans
for Job Security, a Virginia-based interest group that opposes the
reelection of Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, has made an unprecedented
$1 million ad buy that will fill the airwaves in the last two weeks
before the election, according to Wellstone campaign officials.
Sets Pace, Declares Support for Action on Corporate Reform (Oct.
24, 2002) Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota today became the
first Member of Congress to support a pledge to work for top
to bottom reform of corporations and to provide new tools for
federal regulators to protect taxpayers, consumers and investors.
The 12-point pledge is being circulated to all 535 members of the
Senate and the House of Representatives by Ralph Nader in an effort
to build momentum for major reforms in the wake of the corporate
fraud exposed at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphi, Arthur Andersen
and many other businesses.
Senator Is Among 8 Dead in Crash Senator Paul Wellstone
of Minnesota was killed Friday when his campaign plane crashed
in a wooded region in the northern part of his state, officials
said Friday. Mr. Wellstone, 58, a Democrat who was one of the Senate's
most liberal members and was in a fierce fight to win re-election
to a third term, perished along with seven other people when the
aircraft went down near Eveleth. Mr. Wellstone had opposed the
resolution giving pResident Bush the authority to invade Iraq.
[This is a terrible loss and one of the most inauspicious coincidences
Sen. Paul Wellstone dead in plane crash in Minnesota
Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Democrat from Minnesota, was killed in a
small plane crash Friday about seven miles east of Eveleth-Virginia
Municipal Airport, authorities said. Eight people were reported
aboard the plane -- a twin-engine turboprop King Air manufactured
by Raytheon Aircraft.
wants to help in investigation of senator's plane crash [Holy
Cover-Up, Batman!! I am *SURE* they
do! ] Wichita-based Raytheon Aircraft Co. said it is willing
and able to send an investigative team to examine the cause of the
plane crash that killed U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone along with his
wife, daughter and five others in northern Minnesota Friday.
to search for crash causes -- Investigation: The FBI will determine
whether Friday's crash was caused by bad weather, mechanical problems
or human error. The Beech King Air that Sen. Paul Wellstone boarded
in St. Paul Friday morning had a solid track record as one of
the most popular workhorses in the sky. But something went wrong
the right-wing or CIA or someone close to Bush tamper with Sen.
Wellstone’s plane? By Jackson Thoreau "My first hunch about
Sen. Wellstone's tragic plane crash less than two weeks before this
pivotal election is that the plane was tampered with by right-wingers,
possibly the CIA. Raytheon Co., one of the biggest U.S. military
contractors and manufacturer of the plane that crashed, is a huge
donor to Republicans - U.S. House Republican Majority Leader
Dick Armey of Texas, for instance, received $48,201 alone from Raytheon
in 1997-98. The Republican National Committee received at least
$170,000 from Raytheon since 1999."
Paul Wellstone July 21, 1944 - October 25, 2002 (Bush Body Count)
"The talking heads mentioned 'bad weather', but weather.com
reported light drizzle, unlimited visibility and 3 mph winds just
2 hours after the crash. There was light snow reported earlier,
but what Minnesota pilot could not fly under those conditions? ...Is
Paul Wellstone is dead because his seat was critical to Democratic
control of the Senate?"
-- Strategic Business Areas The company's four strategic business
areas are aligned to provide customers with solutions that draw
upon the capabilities of the entire company. These strategic business
areas are: Missile Defense; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance;
Precision Strike; and Homeland Security. Raytheon
Backgrounders: Raytheon - Experienced Partner in Homeland
Security; Raytheon - Airport Security; First Responder Command and
of Wellstone, Carnahan deaths send shudder through body politic
It was all too similar: A fatal plane crash days before an election
in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race [killing key Democrats].
The accident that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Minnesota Democrat,
members of his family and three of his staff on Friday chilled political
figures from Missouri, coming as it did almost exactly two years
after the death of Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan. "Senator
Wellstone was a champion for the working men and women of our country.
He always spoke from his heart and stayed true to his beliefs.
A proud and passionate voice for working people has been silenced
today." [And that is EXACTLY what the murderous Bush mis-ministration
wanted all along!!!!]
Death Throws Senate Race Into Chaos The sudden death of incumbent
Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone threw a tight Minnesota race that
could decide control of the Senate into chaos on Friday, little
more than a week before the election.
Gulf War syndrome a factor? Sniper suspect may have been
exposed to chemical weapons -- The alleged Washington sniper, John
Allen Muhammad, may have been exposed to chemical weapons that have
been linked to Gulf War Syndrome, an illness which experts said
can result in unexplained bouts of intense violence. [Yes,
the chicken comes home to roost. When you breed a culture of violence
and destruction, as in the first Gulf War, and initiate chemical
warfare against others and your own soldiers, you get terrorism
and violence in return, to wit: Timothy McVeigh and now,
John Allen Muhammad.
Imagine what further damage the second Gulf War will bring. GET
TO D.C. (or San Francisco) TOMORROW!!!! -- Michael Rectenwald, CLG
Founder and Chair]
sought on smallpox shot suits Officials look to head off
issue of injury compensation The Bush mis-ministration is preparing
to ask a lame-duck Congress to address one of the stickiest issues
in the smallpox vaccine debate: how to compensate people who
are injured or killed by the vaccine itself. [Do you ever
get the feeling that you are living in Nazi Germany, circa 1939?]
heroin crop spikes this year Poppy cultivation increased nearly
19-fold between 2001 and 2002 in Afghanistan, the world's
leading exporter of heroin, according to a new U.S. study of poppy
cultivation in the post-Taliban state. [Wow! A prompt infusion
of funds for the CIA's drug-weapons-smuggling crew and the Bush
mis-ministration. Another Rove goal attained when Bush "hit
the Trifecta" on 9/11.]
Groups Massing in Washington Tens of thousands of demonstrators
from around the country are expected to converge here on Saturday
to tell the Bush mis-ministration that they oppose its strategy
for a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq.
Is Troubled by Economy As growth sputters and war looms, the
board weighs another rate cut. With the U.S. economic recovery losing
steam and the outlook clouded by the possibility of war with Iraq,
a volatile stock market and corporate accounting scandals,
Federal Reserve officials appear likely to cut short-term interest
rates before the end of the year.
Tax Returns Still A Mystery (CT) No Disclosure Yet Of 1991-1994
Filings -- Nearly two months after his campaign said he would do
so, [GOP] Gov. John G. Rowland still has not released his federal
income tax returns for the four-year period when he operated a lucrative
Meat Comes To Local Stores (IA) Hy-Vee stores across the area
are now stocking irradiated ground beef. The meat is processed by
a company called Sure Beam. [Mega-double barf alert: the Bush
mis-ministration's uninspected meat and radiation!]
House: 2002 Deficit Hits $159B The government ran a $159 billion
deficit in the fiscal year just ended, the Bush mis-ministration
said Thursday, punctuating one of the federal budget's worst
nosedives ever just 12 days before elections for control of Congress.
Cost Billions, GAO Says Study Confirms Effect on Stock Value
-- A new congressional study adds statistical support to what most
shareholders already know: Inaccurate corporate financial statements
have cost investors billions of dollars in recent years.
Halliburton face deadline today on suit Vice pResident Dick
Cheney and his former employer, Halliburton Co., face a deadline
today to respond to a lawsuit charging them with accounting fraud
that cost shareholders millions of dollars.
Accused of Undermining Corporate Reform Law The Bush mis-ministration
is seeking to limit protections for government whistle-blowers who
cooperate with lawmakers, undercutting the landmark corporate reforms
pResident Bush signed into law after a wave of boardroom scandals,
key lawmakers said on Thursday.
Is Wrong Person For SEC Chief -- by Helen Thomas "In the
middle of his own political self-destruction, [chairman of the Securities
and Exchange Commission, Harvey] Pitt proposed that his agency be
raised to Cabinet level. You have to admire his chutzpah... It's
time for Pitt to return to lobbying for Wall Street. Some critics
say he never actually left."
Democrats pull ahead of GOP The race for majorities in Congress
is still too close to call, but Democrats are being boosted by what
voters see as a weak economy and inadequate attention to the issue
by pResident Bush, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows.
Describes Jeb Bush as the Democrats' Top Target Terry McAuliffe,
the Democratic national chairman, said today that his No. 1 goal
in the Nov. 5 elections was to defeat Gov. Jeb Bush in Florida and
that his No. 1 worry was whether Senator Jean Carnahan, Democrat
of Missouri, could hold her seat.
remarks not all wrong Last week, The Washington Post reported
a series of comments made by Curry just prior to Bill McBride
appearing on his morning radio program. According to The Post story:
Curry charged on the air that the Bush family and the bin Laden
family are business "partners" seeking to profit
from war. "These people are on a neo-Nazi, right-wing mission
against the American people,'' he continued, adding that the
Bush administration is a "godless, wicked regime."
Greets Early Voting Early voters were met Monday at the Jefferson
County Courthouse by poll watchers from the Republican Party of
Arkansas who demanded identification and challenged voter ballots.
The Under the watchers' eyes, both voters and county officials received
what they called unexpected - and unnecessary - scrutiny of the
election process. Trey Ashcraft, chairman of the Jefferson County
Election Commission, said it was obvious the Republicans'
actions were targeting African-Americans.
Business Wants to Buy a House Oh, And a Senate To Go With It
(The Daily Enron) "ExxonMobil thinks the vote a week from next
Tuesday is so important that it has its own well-financed get-out-the-vote
effort rolling. And it is not the only large corporation showing
a sudden interest in the democratic process. Many of America's large
industry groups see this midterm election as the best chance they've
had since pro-industry Gingrichistas swept the House in 1994."
say Bush hostile toward environment The Bush mis-ministration
took office [literally, *took* office]
in 2001 with a "predetermined hostility" toward federal rules that
protect the nation's air, land and water, according to a report
released on Thursday by Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
Urges Health Care Changes President Al Gore urged passage of
a "national defense public health act" on Thursday, citing a heightened
risk of biological attack if the United States goes to war with
of Controlled Demolition at the WTC -- by Jerry Russell, Ph.D.
"Steel frame towers are built very strongly. They need to withstand
the pressure of gale-force winds, the violent rocking motion of
earthquakes, and the ravages of time. For this reason, they are
almost impossible to destroy." [For more 9/11 "Oddities,"
including Mike Rectenwald's classic commentary on the topic, click
Next Attack Could Top 9/11 [Oh, is Rove getting busy again?]
The United States remains "dangerously unprepared" to deal with
another major terrorist attack, said a report by former top government
officials, academics and business leaders.
security plans Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has ordered
all military bases in the United States to draw up emergency plans
for responding to large-scale attacks by mid-December, sources say.
The plans are needed on an urgent basis because of concerns that
U.S. bases could be attacked in retaliation for any U.S. military
action against Iraq, defense officials said. [A regime change
is desperately needed in the United States.]
Of Dying Iraqi Children Vent Rage At Bush If pResident George
W. Bush believes that ordinary Iraqis will welcome U.S. troops with
open arms he may be in for a rude surprise. However much they fear
to say what they think under the ruthless rule of President Saddam
Hussein, their feelings of deep-seated hatred toward Bush are only
Americans were dying in Vietnam and demonstrating in America, our
hawkish President [sic] did neither. He went AWOL! -- by Frederick
Sweet "Lt. George W. Bush's October 1, 1973 discharge papers
from the Texas Air National Guard reveal that, although under the
Guard rules he had originally signed up for six years of service
obligation, this fighter jet pilot had only 'completed 5 years,
4 months, and 5 days toward this obligation. …' Signed by his commanding
officer Major Rufus Martin, Bush's discharge papers also note that
at the time of his discharge he was 'not available for [his ] signature.'
Sets Up Intelligence Unit Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
and his senior advisers have assigned a small intelligence unit
to search for information on Iraq's hostile intentions or links
to terrorists that the nation's spy agencies may have overlooked,
Pentagon officials said today.
Other Groups Sue Government The American Civil Liberties Union
and three other groups sued the Bush mis-ministration Thursday,
demanding information about expanded Justice Department surveillance
in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Fear Sniper Backlash The arrest of a Muslim man on charges connected
to the deadly Washington-area sniper shootings has the Islamic community
bracing for another round of threats and attacks like those that
followed the Sept. 11 terrorism.
sniper suspect 'expert' Army marksman John Allen Williams, one
of two men being held by police in connection with the serial sniper,
qualified as an expert marksman with the M-16 in the U.S. Army,
according to a defense official. Williams, a veteran of the Persian
Gulf War, was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait
Liberation Medal for his participation in the Persian Gulf War,
the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Service Ribbon, the National
Defense Service Medal, and the Non-Commission Officer Professional
Does a Torturer Tell His Kids? -- by Richard Thieme "It
would be interesting to know about the moment in a torturer's life
when he or she tells the kids what they do for a living. State-sponsored
torture is being debated as a viable option, and lawyers such as
Alan Dershowitz suggest that torture warrants [?!?] should
be issued by judges if evidence suggests that a situation is time-critical."
Economy Is In A Funk The United States was struggling with
a "sluggish" economy over the past two months with weak retail sales,
tough times in manufacturing and a lackluster job market, the Federal
Reserve reported Wednesday. [Not a chance of hearing about this
story in the national media: Sniper TV cannot be preempted. Isn't
Bush *lucky* that these issues are NOT being discussed, two weeks
prior to the elections?]
jurors eye Lay $70 million in stock sales focus of probe
-- The Houston federal grand jury investigating Enron has heard
from several witnesses this week about the personal finances of
former Chairman Ken Lay.
Surge in N.J. Senate Race Democrats have pushed ahead in New
Jersey's crucial Senate race. Their last-minute fill-in for Torricelli,
Frank Lautenberg, is leading in polls, skirting debates and hammering
Forrester about newspaper columns written years ago.
governor's race tightens with stakes high While the cumulative
InsiderAdvantage tracking poll -- which has surveyed Florida voters
every day since Oct. 2 -- has shown an ever-dwindling lead for Bush,
the survey's latest weekly ''horse race'' numbers show an unexpected
development: Democrat Bill McBride now leads.
for Senate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) "Missouri voters have
a clear choice on Election Day: the relentless moderation of Sen.
Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., or the staunch conservatism of her GOP opponent,
former Rep. Jim Talent. They should choose Mrs. Carnahan because
of her stands on the issues, her efforts to bridge the partisan
divide and the grit she has demonstrated since stepping into her
husband's Senate seat."
blames Simon for negative campaign Gov. Gray Davis, defending
a campaign defined by months of negative ads, insisted Tuesday that
he has acted in self-defense in response to Republican attacks.
"I don't cast the first stone. I just have to fight back," the Democratic
incumbent told The Chronicle editorial board about the barrage of
negative ads in his campaign against Republican Bill Simon.
to deliver major health care policy address President Gore's
speech will address health care issues of concern in the current
elections as well as issues that he feels should be part of a future
political dialogue - - especially given the national defense challenges
Industry Financing Fuels Pro-GOP TV Spots Spending Swamps
Donations for Liberal Ads by 3-1 Margin -- With strong backing
from the pharmaceutical industry and other businesses, pro-Republican
"independent" television advertising is overwhelming traditional
big-spending liberal interest groups. One new organization that
declined to reveal its funding sources -- the Council for Better
Government -- has spent about $1 million for ads on black radio
stations urging African Americans to consider voting Republican.
Enlists Government in GOP Campaign Cabinet Members, Memos to
Workers, Photo Ops Employed to Push for Midterm Success [Rove
is taking a page out of the Goebbels playbook.] -- pResident
Bush has harnessed the broad resources of the federal government
to promote Republicans in next month's elections.
Is Expanding Domestic Operations More Offices, More Agents With
FBI The Central Intelligence Agency is expanding its domestic
presence, placing agents with nearly all of the FBI's 56 terrorism
task forces in U.S. cities. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III recently
described the new arrangement as his answer to MI5, Britain's internal
employs lies and maneuvers to pave way for war against Iraq
Amid signs of dissent within military circles With the preferred
D-Day for a US invasion of Iraq barely three months away, there
are growing signs of unease within sections of the US ruling elite
over the implications of the Bush mis-ministration’s plans for a
preemptive war of conquest and a protracted military occupation
of the Arab country.
boxed in by Bush's strike-first doctrine --by James Rubin "The
problem with the Bush document is that it appears to make first
strikes the rule rather than the exception... Teddy Roosevelt once
counselled America to 'speak softly and carry a big stick'. Unfortunately
the current administration has forgotten those wise words, choosing
instead to accompany its big stick with a loud voice."
call for civilian review of police actions 150 protesters marched
through downtown to spread the word of their boycott of conventions
and meetings in St. Louis. The Coalition Against Police Crimes
and Repression says it will move to enforce its boycott effective
May 1 if the city doesn't create a new citizens board that can investigate
allegations of misconduct. "We are going to shut down St. Louis,"
veteran protester Zaki Baruti shouted through a bullhorn during
the group's stop in front of City Hall. "We will contact all businesses
and conventions here and tell them, 'If you come to St. Louis,
you will feel the wrath of the people.'"
Signs $355B Military Spending Bill; Largest Budget Boost Since Reagan
Wednesday, pResident Bush signed into law a bill giving him the
tools he wants to wage an expensive, no-end-in-sight global fight
against terror and possibly Saddam Hussein. The $355.4 billion defense
bill, approved with overwhelming support to provide most of what
Bush requested, increases spending by more than $34 billion over
the previous fiscal year.
Vaccine Scares Off Top Troops Highly trained and experienced
pilots and crews in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve
are leaving or have left military service in part because of the
Pentagon's anthrax vaccine, congressional investigators say in a
report released Tuesday. Randomly selected guard and reserve troops
surveyed in 2000 by the General Accounting Office also reported
adverse reactions to the vaccine at double the rate claimed by the
manufacturer, BioPort Corp., the GAO said.
Says It Won't Regulate Implanted ID Chip Sales of an identification
chip intended to be implanted in a person's body will resume immediately
now that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed
its review of the device, the chip's maker Applied Digital Solutions
Inc. announced Tuesday. [Oh, but the FDA is hot on the case of
burned books in warehouses on the all-natural sweetener so that
does not have any "competition."]
Takes Boy's Internet Privileges Away A Missouri boy was kicked
off school computers for the rest of the year after teachers said
that he accessed "pornography" [?!?] WhiteHouse.org
online, KMBC reported Tuesday. 13 year-old Matthew Schooler's mom
is fighting the school's action against her son because she said
safeguards weren't in place and that the website wasn't pornographic,
but a Web site that parodies
the official [mega-heinous, perverted] White House Web
site. [The actual pornography in
question is the actions of the illegitimate Bush regime, which promulgates
the perversion of murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis
every year with immoral sanctions, and an impending W-ar-for-oil.]
controversy Election video opens old wounds A controversial
documentary about Florida's voting problems during the 2000 presidential
election stirred the emotions of those who saw it Sunday at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte. "We need political
reform. The government in this country is for sale," Joan Karatzas
said after watching "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election."
Other viewers said the 50-minute video reinforced their opinion
that George W. Bush is not the legitimate president of the United
States, having won the office by questionable means.
Voters Report Problems Some North Texans heading to the polls
for early voting say there are problems with some voting booths
in Irving. They say they're frustrated by the new electronic machines
that have replaced the traditional paper ballots. [Coup 2002,
falling into place...]
march, blacks urged to vote early A band of black voters --
still smarting from Florida's flawed 2000 pResidential s-election
-- marched from a historic Overtown church to the Miami-Dade County
Government Center on Monday to cast their ballots on the first day
of early voting for the general election.
Party could play role in a few tight races The Green Party,
boosted by Ralph Nader's presidential run two years ago, has fielded
its most candidates ever this year and could play a role in deciding
several key Senate and governor's races on Nov. 5. Republicans attempted
earlier this year to give
Greens $100,000 in an attempt to swing the races toward the
GOP in New Mexico.
Asks Voters: 'Are You Better Off?' House of Representatives
Democratic leader Richard Gephardt said on Tuesday that voters in
next month's congressional elections should ask themselves if they
are better off today than they were two years ago.
stresses the 'struggle is not over' Civil Rights leader takes
on Bush -- ''He[Colin Powell]'s not on our team,'' Jackson told
a packed house at Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church,
which celebrated its 110th anniversary Sunday. ''If he wins, Trent
Lott wins. We're not on that team. If he wins, we lose. If he wins,
poor folks lose.''
Say Ganske Campaign Over (IA) In his race against Tom Harkin,
Greg Ganske's already down in the polls and down in campaign cash.
Harkin's folks say Ganske could soon be down and out.
McBride comes from behind A look at the Florida lawyer who may
unseat Gov. Jeb Bush -- One of the most closely watched elections
this year is again taking place in Florida, where a virtual unknown
is neck-and-neck against the incumbent governor who has instant
name recognition — Jeb Bush.
Gov. Race Surprisingly Close A year ago, Republican Sen. Frank
Murkowski's campaign for governor looked like a breeze: He had an
established political network, and the top Democrat was unknown
to a quarter of Alaska. But Murkowski now finds himself in a close
battle against Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, a relentless campaigner
who packs a gun on the road and has climbed in the polls.
Actual thread on
freerepublic.com, regarding the sniper: "The terror will
stop in a minute if the Syrian capital and Iraq were nuked
off the map..." "STOP the dealing and declare
marshall [sic] law instead. Shoot ten Gitmos, for each American.
Prick this boil now!" [Nuke cities off the map. Declare
Martial Law. Shoot people at random... Karl Rove's sniper is
getting quite a bit of the Bush Fourth Reich's goals accomplished
prior to the 2002 elections. Next on Rove's agenda: a terrorist
with smallpox. Hello, pharmaceutical company windfall and
welcome "quarantined areas" for those who refuse Ridge's
deadly vaccine. At that stage, we will be under a full-blown military
dictatorship. Just a hunch...]
muffs a chance at justice for veterans -- by Thomas Oliphant
"Washington a few months ago, Senator John Kerry handed President
[sic] Bush a golden opportunity to begin treating veterans decently
and get credit for doing the right thing. The president [sic] blew
it then, and he's blowing it again now..."
Won't Preclude Iraq War Unlike in 1991, analysts say, new technology
means the Pentagon is prepared to battle Saddam Hussein in the spring
or even summer. The Pentagon is prepared to invade Iraq even
if political negotiations and Saddam Hussein's maneuvers drag on
into winter and rule out action during the coolest months, defense
officials and military analysts say.
Anti-War Rallies Planned Information and analysis of the massive
demonstrations planned in Washington and San Francisco and the world
this weekend to "Stop The War Before It Starts" -- by Regis
T. Sabol "Now that Congress has given George Bush carte blanche
approval for war with Iraq, it’s time for the American people to
Guantanamo detainees to be freed The American authorities
say they are going to release a small number of detainees from
the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Defence Secretary
[and outright lunatic] Donald Rumsfeld commented thusly: "If
you don't want them for intelligence and you don't want them for
law enforcement and you don't need to keep them off the street,
then let's be rid of them." [Well, a lot of us
want to be rid of the ENTIRE rat-infested,
maggot-ridden Bush junta!]