Thursday, December 30, 2004

Christmas is Over the Spirit has Gone

"We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries," he said. "And it is beyond me, why are we so stingy, really. ... Even Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least how rich we have become."
Criticisms by U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland on Monday.

Thursday world governments have pledged $500 million in aid to quake-tsunami disaster victims.

"Let me say that in this particular instance the response has been very good," said Annan.

One measure by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that none of the world's richest countries donated even 1 percent of its gross national income. The highest, as of April, was Norway, at 0.92 percent; the lowest was the United States, at 0.14 percent.

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Tsunami, Truthfulness and Obligation

The people of the Asian coastal regions it is said they were without warning, and no warning systems exist. No buoys to monitor the ocean swells of a tsunami therefore no warnings were given, it only took me a few minutes to find warnings from NOAA on its web sites. Warnings were not issued but however potential risk were given because of the earthquakes in that region.
An earthquake with such furry as to displace an island 100 feet, kills up to and possibly beyond 23,000 people millions homeless, injured, widowed, childless.

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 002
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0204Z 26 DEC 2004

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

.............. TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ..............

ATTENTION: NOTE REVISED MAGNITUDE.
THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING OR WATCH IN EFFECT.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0059Z 26 DEC 2004
COORDINATES - 3.4 NORTH 95.7 EAST
LOCATION - OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATERA
MAGNITUDE - 8.5

EVALUATION REVISED MAGNITUDE BASED ON ANALYSIS OF MANTLE WAVES.

THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC.
NO DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS FOR THE PACIFIC BASIN BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.
THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A TSUNAMI NEAR THE EPICENTER.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE BULLETINS FOR ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

*****************************************************

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0114Z 26 DEC 2004

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

.............. TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ..............

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING OR WATCH IN EFFECT.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0059Z 26 DEC 2004
COORDINATES - 3.4 NORTH 95.7 EAST
LOCATION - OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATERA
MAGNITUDE - 8.0

EVALUATION THIS EARTHQUAKE IS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE PACIFIC.

NO DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE BULLETINS FOR ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.

As my cat slumbers from tryptophan overdose, as soon I will also the Asian people are homeless, widowed, childless, injured, or dead. Viewing the devastations on the evening news I can’t help but wonder how much help our troops would be at this time, if they were not detoured by a lie. Someone should have called their governments, warned them, not just left a obscure possibility of a threat on a website. Officially there were no warnings, no way to monitor the possibility of a horrific tsunami that would take so many lives, last count 23,000+ and growing.

My observations of the great white way is that large numbers of killed in war or tragedy invokes not much more emotion as a tragic drama played on the tv screen. Whether it is 200,000 Iraqi civilians, 24,000 Asians, 2,000 American soldiers it is different .... why? .... it wasn’t 3,000 American civilians, seems self centered to me but still perfectly the Great White Way.

Good ol’ Rummy spilt the beans, showed the cards, told the truth, should we admire him now?
It does little to change my views of Rumsfield’s war, body armor, ‘go with you have not with what you would like’, we got Rummy.

"I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples' heads on television to intimidate, to frighten –– indeed the word 'terrorized' is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a surprise visit to Iraq Christmas Eve 2004, referring to Flight 93.

Reading Rumsfeld’s words he seems to refer to those whom ‘shot down’ Flight 93 were terrorist, as were those who ‘attacked’ the Pentagon. Witnesses who seen Flight 93 go down also seen a military style aircraft, as seen near the Pentagon. Official facts says that Flight 93 passengers took the plane down in self sacrifice, and the Pentagon was hit with a jet liner. It is easy to find the evidence to back what he just said to the soldiers whom listened, that Flight 93 was shot down by a military aircraft belonging to the USA, and that the Pentagon was hit with a missile instead of the official hog wash everyone was told.

Being a vigilant viewer of Sunday morning news programs I will never forget this interview on September 16th, 2001 hearing Cheney in the Tim Russet interview make these statements. I just never thought I would see or hear them again, but the ends of years brings out the wash to sort and separate, even in cooperated US of A.

On the Sept. 16, 2001, edition of NBCs "Meet the Press," Vice President Dick Cheney, while not addressing Flight 93 specifically, spoke clearly to the administration's clear policy regarding shooting down hijacked jets.
Vice President Cheney: "Well, the –– I suppose the toughest decision was this question of whether or not we would intercept incoming commercial aircraft."
NBC's Tim Russert: "And you decided?"
Cheney: "We decided to do it. We'd, in effect, put a flying combat air patrol up over the city; F-16s with an AWACS, which is an airborne radar system, and tanker support so they could stay up a long time ...
"It doesn't do any good to put up a combat air patrol if you don't give them instructions to act, if, in fact, they feel it's appropriate."
Russert: "So if the United States government became aware that a hijacked commercial airline[r] was destined for the White House or the Capitol, we would take the plane down?"
Cheney: "Yes. The president made the decision ... that if the plane would not divert ... as a last resort, our pilots were authorized to take them out. Now, people say, you know, that's a horrendous decision to make. Well, it is. You've got an airplane full of American citizens, civilians, captured by ... terrorists, headed and are you going to, in fact, shoot it down, obviously, and kill all those Americans on board?
"... It's a presidential-level decision, and the president made, I think, exactly the right call in this case, to say, I wished we'd had combat air patrol up over New York.'"

We have payments all of us do, we pay somebody somewhere for something, and always pay the government. Now on top of the Iraq war, policing against our civil rights and freedoms, covert crimes to support government coups, companies to rob our natural resources, still our jobs and our retirement we are paying for cleaning up the oil spill in Alaska.

The Bureau of Land Management has collected just $132 million in bonds from oil and gas companies responsible for more than 100,000 wells on federal lands. The government estimates it costs between $2,500 and $75,000 to cap each well and restore the surface area.
In the past five years, the BLM has spent $2.2 million to clean up 167 wells where operators defaulted on their bonds.
At that average rate of $13,066 per well, the shortfall between the bonds and the actual cleanup costs could leave taxpayers with as much as a $1 billion potential liability if companies reneged on their cleanup responsibilities, the AP analysis found.
The Bush administration this fall quietly shelved an eight-year effort to increase the minimum bond requirements for oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
The current rates were set in 1960, and gas and oil companies are the only federal mineral lease holders that aren't required to post full reclamation bonds. Coal and hard rock mineral companies must post bonds equivalent to the estimated cleanup costs.
Bush administration officials say they don't want high bonds to discourage oil and gas exploration on federal lands in the midst of an energy crunch and believe the risks are minimal given that relatively few companies have reneged on cleanup obligations in recent years.
In the past five years, 17 companies defaulted on their cleanup, causing their bonds to be revoked.

Wonder

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Harmonic Resinating of Evil

A survey by Cornell University finds Republican and Religious Americans feel the civil liberties of Muslim American should be restricted, more so than Democrats and Americans of less religious fever. A noted figure calls on them to ‘tone down’ such fever and refuses their method and calls for a kinder persuasion a stop to the threats.


As the illustrated cover of Time magazine shows a Farris wheel seemingly powered by the pipe organist commands while human corpses dangle from the wheel as if it were a processor.


The Man of the Year article portrays Bush as the commander of the free world, while he processes resistant Iraqi citizens into Terrorist to the occupying forces. Could these events be illustrative to an named cycle, of our metaphysical natural world as a physical theory outlined in the book of revelation as the apocalypse. I am very sure life these days resemble something apocalyptic to the Iraqi that are wounded seeing around them so much death and destruction and clearly see who it is that inflicts it. The oppressors can’t fool the Iraqi, they only fool those they command, with weapons of deception here, we are blinded to the weapons of mass destruction there.


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Links:


Opening statement before the Iraq tribunal hearings at Tokyo http://207.44.245.159/article7475.htm


The Lord Finally Smites the Bush Regime

Muslim’s Civil Liberties

Adolph Hitler, Man of the Year Jan. 2, 1939

George W. Bush, Person of the Year Dec. 19, 2004 http://www.time.com/time/personoftheyear/2004/story.html

For faith and country: insurgents fight on http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1374581,00.html

Fiddling as Iraq Burns

Bring the troops home http://www.smartvoter.org/2004/11/02/ca/sf/meas/N/

related:

http://www.globalexchange.org/
http://www.arlingtonwestfilm.com/
http://www.thegroundtruth.org/
http://www.mfso.org/
http://www.ivaw.org/
http://www.freecamilo.org/
http://www.objector.org/
http://www.nationalpriorities.org/
www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1105-21.htm
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/
http://www.jumpstartford.org/
http://www.globalexchange.org/
http://www.codepinkalert.org/
http://www.occupationwatch.org/
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1213-20.htm


Something to Wonder about this Winter Solstice Day

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Ohio Surprise O

Disenfranchisement: It Happened
December 07, 2004

Ralph Neas, president of People For the American Way Foundation, said that the idea that the 2004 elections ran smoothly was "a crock." His organization, along with the NAACP and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, have released a preliminary review of a report that shows just how much of a crock that idea is.

The report, titled "Shattering the Myth: An Initial Snapshot of Voter Disenfranchisement in the 2004 Elections," describes incidents of massive voter registration problems, voter suppression and intimidation, voting system errors, a dearth of provisional ballots and more. The report targeted 17 states that were either known for election problems in the past or potential swing states this time around.

SEE THE REPORT


When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding. Proverbs 28:12

Will Kerry fund real probe if House member seeks Ohio elector challenge?
by Tom Flocco

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Ohio Electors Pick Bush, Despite Challenge The Associated Press
Tuesday 14 December 2004


Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio delegation to the electoral college cast its votes for President Bush on Monday, hours after dissident groups asked the state Supreme Court to review the outcome of the state's presidential balloting.


As members of the electoral college met across the nation to affirm the results of last month's election, Ohio's 20 GOP electors voted unanimously for Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.


"The vast majority of people understand this election is over," said Republican Gov. Robert A. Taft, who was at the electors' voting session in the state Senate chamber.


The challengers who went to the Supreme Court question whether Bush won the swing state by 119,000 votes, guaranteeing his victory over Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry.


The court did not act on the request before the electors cast their ballots.


The Rev. Jesse Jackson and attorney Clifford Arnebeck of the Massachusetts-based Alliance for Democracy accused Bush's campaign of "high-tech vote stealing." Jackson said the challengers noticed Bush generally received more votes in counties that used optical-scan voting machines and questioned whether the machines were calibrated to record votes for Bush.


Critics of the election charge that there were disparities in vote totals for Democrats, too few voting machines in Democrat-leaning precincts, organized campaigns directing voters to the wrong polling place and confusion over the counting of provisional ballots by voters whose names did not appear in the records at polling places.


The challengers allege unlawful ballots were added to the total and that legally cast ballots were altered. Without listing specific evidence, the complaint alleges 130,656 votes for Kerry and Sen. John Edwards in 36 counties were switched to count for the Bush-Cheney ticket.


The complaint also cites several reports of election day problems, including people who allegedly saw their votes "hop" to Bush on touch-screen machines after they voted for Kerry.


If the court decides to hear the challenge, it can declare a new winner or throw out the results.


"While the existence of anomalies could possibly be explained by human error or technical malfunctions, the fact that, in every case in Ohio known to the contesters, the error favored the Bush-Cheney ticket, strongly indicates manipulation or fraud," the challengers said in a court filing.


Congressional Democrats sent a letter to the governor on Monday, asking him to delay the electoral vote or at least consider the results unofficial until the disputes were resolved.


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More Questions for Florida By Kim Zetter Wired.com
Monday 13 December 2004


A government watchdog group is investigating allegations made by a Florida programmer that are whipping up a frenzy among bloggers and people who believe Republicans stole the recent election.


Programmer Clint Curtis claims that four years ago Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Florida) asked his then-employer to write software to alter votes on electronic voting machines in Florida.


He said his employer told him the code would be used "to control the vote" in West Palm Beach County, Florida. But a fellow employee disputed the programmer's claims and said the meetings he described never took place.


Many questions have been raised about Curtis, the 46-year-old programmer, who said he doesn't know if anyone ever placed the prototype code on voting machines. But this hasn't stopped frustrated voters and bloggers from seizing his story. Daily Kos mentioned the allegations, and Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog has written extensively about them.


Staff members for Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) met with Curtis last week to discuss the election allegations. Representatives for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) inquired about other allegations from Curtis that his former company spied on NASA.


The FBI in Tallahassee, Florida, has set up a meeting with Curtis, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, said it was trying to corroborate his claims about possible election fraud and NASA spying.


The group hopes that even if the election allegations aren't proven, they will inspire legislators to pass a law requiring voting software to be open to public inspection to help deter fraud and restore public confidence in the election process. The software code used in voting machines is considered proprietary and it is protected from public examination - an issue voting activists have been trying to address.


"I think Mr. Curtis helps make that issue a little more difficult to shunt aside," said CREW Executive Director Melani Sloan. "You don't even have to believe what he says (in order to be concerned about voting machines), just that he created a program. If he can do it, anyone can."


In September 2000, Curtis was working for Yang Enterprises in Oviedo, Florida, a software design firm that contracts with NASA, ExxonMobil and the Florida Department of Transportation, among other clients. According to Curtis, Feeney met with him and Lee Yang, the company's president, to request the voting software.


At the time, Feeney was Yang's corporate attorney and a registered lobbyist for the company as well as a member of Florida's legislature. A month later, he would become speaker of Florida's House of Representatives. In 2002 he was elected to Congress.


Curtis said Feeney asked for code that could go undetected on a voting machine and be easily triggered without any devices by anyone using the machine. Curtis had never seen source code for a voting machine, but in five hours, he said he designed code in Visual Basic that would launch if someone touched specific spots on the voting screen after selecting a candidate.


Once the code was activated, it would search the machine to see if the selected candidate's total was behind. If it was, the machine would award that candidate 51 percent of the total votes recorded on the machine and redistribute the remaining votes among the other candidates in the race.


Curtis said he initially believed Feeney wanted the code to see if such fraud were possible and to know how to detect it. The programmer told Feeney that such code could never be undetectable in source code, and he wrote a paper describing how to look for it. But when he gave the paper and code to his employer, Yang told him he was looking at it all wrong. They weren't looking at how to find code, Curtis said she told him. They needed code that couldn't be found.


"Her words were that it was needed to control the vote in West Palm Beach, Florida," Curtis said. "Once she said, 'We need to steal an election,' that put me back. I made it clear that I could not produce code that could do that and no one else should."


Curtis says he left the company in February 2001 because he found its ethics questionable. He doesn't know if his code was ever used.


Neither Feeney's spokeswoman nor election officials in Palm Beach County returned calls for comment. But a man who identified himself as Mike Cohen, Yang's executive assistant at the time whom Curtis said was in the meeting, told Wired News the meeting never occurred. Cohen said Curtis was "100 percent" wrong and that Cohen didn't attend such a meeting. He added he knew nothing of any meeting on the topic that occurred without him.


Yang attorney Michael O'Quinn called Curtis' assertions "absurd and categorically untrue." He said Curtis is an opportunist and a disgruntled former employee furthering an agenda by telling lies. According to O'Quinn, Curtis tried the same tactic in 2002 when he leveled other charges against Yang and Feeney.


Some details of Curtis' statements don't check out. West Palm Beach city didn't use touch-screen machines in 2000, something Curtis didn't know when Wired News spoke to him. It was the pregnant chad controversy in that year's presidential election that led Palm Beach county, where West Palm Beach resides, to replace its much-maligned punch-card system with touch-screen machines made by Sequoia Voting Systems in December 2001.


But Curtis said the program could have been adapted for use in the counting software used with punch-card machines and optical scan machines, or it could have been used on the new touch-screen machines in 2002, the year Feeney was elected to Congress.


Adam Stubblefield, a graduate student in computer science at Johns Hopkins University who co-authored a now-famous report about Diebold's voting machine code last year, thinks the chances that Curtis' code was used in a voting machine are nil.


"(Curtis) clearly didn't have the source code to any voting machine, and his program is so trivial that it would be much easier to rewrite it than to rework it," said Stubblefield.


Stubblefield also found fault in Curtis' statement that any malicious code would be detected in a source code review. This would be true only for unsophisticated malicious code, like Curtis' prototype.


Despite Curtis' concerns about statements Yang and Feeney supposedly made regarding election fraud, Curtis didn't tell the FBI or election officials in West Palm Beach about them, even after the 2000 election thrust Florida into the international spotlight.


He said he didn't worry about the code or Yang's statements because he believed if anyone installed malicious code on a voting machine authorities would find it when they examined the code. It wasn't until he read a news story last spring indicating that voting software is proprietary and is not open for inspection once it's certified that the earlier conversations began to concern him.


He claims he did later tell the CIA, the FBI, an investigator for Florida's Department of Transportation and a reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal about the voting issues when he gave them other information about Yang and Feeney. But so far this has not been corroborated. The FBI did not return calls for comment. The Department of Transportation investigator is dead.


And writer Laura Zuckerman who worked closely with Curtis on several stories for the Daytona paper, told Wired News he never mentioned the voting software code.


In 2002, Zuckerman wrote about allegations Curtis made that Yang Enterprises overcharged the Department of Transportation for work it never performed. In addition, Curtis told Zuckerman that Yang employed an illegal Chinese national while working on government contracts for NASA, and that the company was possibly spying on NASA by downloading documents from the NASA computer system.


"I didn't get a hint of anything like that at the time that I was writing any of these stories," Zuckerman (who no longer works for the newspaper) said.


However, other information provided by Curtis has been somewhat corroborated. The overbilling charge was confirmed by a Department of Transportation employee, although an official state investigation found no wrongdoing. Curtis thinks pressure from Feeney and others helped squelch the investigation, charges that Zuckerman did not find implausible from her own research.


And Last March, the Chinese national that Curtis discussed, Hai Lin Nee, was arrested in a 4-year-old Immigration and Customs Enforcement sting operation for trying to mail sensitive computer chips to Beijing in 1999 in violation of export rules.


But no one at Yang has been arrested for spying on NASA or stealing documents, despite a letter Curtis sent to a NASA investigator in February 2002 suggesting the company might be doing so. Curtis believes Feeney squelched that investigation as well to protect Yang. Both CREW and staff for Sen. Nelson's office are looking into those charges.


Curtis recently signed an affidavit and says he's willing to take a polygraph test. In the affidavit, Curtis stated that Feeney once "bragged that he had already implemented 'exclusion lists' to reduce the 'black vote'" and discussed ways of further impeding the black vote through strategic use of police patrols on Election Day.


His willingness to go on record with his vote fraud allegations is what makes some believe him.


Jon Kaney, a prominent Florida attorney who represents the Daytona Beach News-Journal and sparred with Feeney over articles the paper wrote about the lawmaker in 2002, said the affidavit does take things up a notch.


"You don't casually go around swearing under penalties of perjury unless you think you're right," Kaney said. "The affidavit struck me as something somebody ought to be looking at." But he said his first reaction to the affidavit was: "Gag. This can't be believed."


It remains to be seen if any new investigations can uncover the truth.

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The Election Ran Smoothly, Didn't It?
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
December 13, 2004

The judgement is now in from the advocacy groups who monitored the 2004 election.

A new report released last week substantiates many of the concerns raised on TomPaine.com and elsewhere. To see the report, click here. Today, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., D-IL, argues that the lesson of 2004 is that our right to vote is not secure——we need a federal right to vote with standards and the enforcement of those standards by the attorney general of the United States, rather than the patchwork, chaotic and unequal administration by states that we now have.


Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., is a Democratic congressman from Illinois.


It was a heated campaign and George W. Bush handily defeated John Kerry. America demonstrated that its democracy is still the best in the world. And it was a relief 2004 wasn't a repeat of 2000.

The 2004 election ran smoothly——didn't it?


Well not quite. A preliminary review issued by a coalition of groups——including People for the American Way, the NAACP and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law——concluded, "the myth that the 2004 elections ran smoothly has become conventional wisdom for pundits and politicians, but nothing could be further from the truth.

"Shattering the Myth: An Initial Snapshot of Voter Disenfranchisement in the 2004 Elections argues that "In addition to the long lines and unreasonable waiting times that kept many people——disproportionately urban minority votersvfrom being able to vote, the top five problems overall were registration processing, absentee ballots, machine errors, voter intimidation and suppression and problems with the use and counting of the new provisional ballots mandated under new federal law."


Many problems surfaced before Election Day. Just as Katherine Harris——Florida's Secretary of State and a co-chair of the Bush-Cheney Campaign in 2000 used various means of suppressing the minority vote——so did Ken Blackwell, Ohio's Secretary of State and co-chair of the Bush-Cheney Campaign. Blackwell absurdly proposed accepting only completed voter registration forms printed on 80-pound card stock instead of regular printing paper. Katherine Harris' replacement in Florida, Glenda Hood, attempted to implement another "felon purge" based on a faulty database until exposed by the press. Voter suppression in minority communities was again evident: flyers and phone calls advertising Election Day as November 3 instead of November 2; threats that if you illegally vote you could be imprisoned and your children taken away; and if you voted in other elections during 2004 you couldn't vote for President.

Why can we land people on the Moon, machines on Mars and transfer trillions internationally, but can't figure out how to run efficient, accurate and fair elections?

What's wrong?


Just below the dysfunctional U.S. election system there's a very basic democratic question being discussed or fiercely debated among academics, civil rights leaders and politicians from both political parties. The question? Is the individual right to vote even guaranteed in our Constitution?


Bush v. Gore (2000) said, "the individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States." Thus, the simple answer appears to be "no."


Others, Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe among them, argue that the "equal protection" and "non-discrimination in voting" clauses of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments respectively and Supreme Court precedents since Brown (1954) can be construed to grant the individual citizen the fundamental right to vote in the Constitution.


The current Constitution allows state legislatures——not individual voters——to select electors to elect the President through the Electoral College. This is what Florida's legislature threatened to do in 2000 if Gore had won the most popular votes. It would be especially wise for Democrats but, indeed, anyone who believes in democracy, to see the value of adding an individual voting rights amendment to the Constitution and no longer allow "states' rights" almost absolute control over our election process.


Last July——during a Q & A session at the RainbowPUSH Coalition Convention in Chicago——former President Bill Clinton, after careful questioning, acknowledged, constitutionally, we have a voting system largely based on "states' rights" and he supported adding an individual voting rights amendment to the Constitution.


On August 6, at the UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention, Roland Martin asked President George W. Bush: "In your remarks you said that 8 million people in Afghanistan registered to vote, and as you said, exercised their God-given right to vote...That may be a right from God, but it's not guaranteed in the U.S.

Constitution...And in this age of new constitutional amendments, will you endorse a constitutional amendment guaranteeing every American the right to vote in federal elections?" President Bush responded: "I'll consider it."


I'm convinced that if Congress had the will, under our current Constitution, it could do much more to strengthen the administration of a unitary voting system, and protect and fully count all votes. Most Americans are unaware, however, that, nationally, according to a joint study by Cal-Tech and MIT, somewhere between four and six million votes were not counted in 2000 because many states had similar problems to what occurred in Florida. My state of Illinois was the worst. Ohio is the Florida of 2004 but nationwide massive voting problems were again very evident.


But I'm unconvinced, absent a voting rights amendment, that any solutions to our most pressing voting rights problems will be universal or sustainable. How can we achieve equal protection in 13,000 separate and unequally administered voting jurisdictions? We can't!


For example, I was born in South Carolina, raised in Illinois and went to college in North Carolina. While a resident in each of those states, the simple fact that I'm an American entitled me to representation by two Senators and a Representative.

However, while working in Congress I live in DC where American citizens——with the same obligation to pay taxes and willingness to fight and die in defense of our nation——experience taxation without voting representation in Congress. They are equal American citizens in obligation but treated unequally politically. They've tried political enfranchisement through a constitutional amendment, an "equal protection" and "non-discrimination in voting" lawsuit, and statehood through the Congress, only to be rejected. An individual voting rights amendment would give them equal citizenship status and entitle them to equal representation in Congress.


Most Americans are aware that in 2000 Florida removed over 50,000 voters claiming, erroneously, they were ex-felons. Nationally, nearly five million ex-felons, who have fully paid their debt to society, are permanently barred from voting. As a legacy of slavery, such laws are disproportionately in the South where 53 percent of African Americans live. Only a voting rights amendment can overcome many states determination to exclude them.


Without an individual voting rights amendment, any law Congress passed would only apply to federal elections, not state and local elections.


And if the individual right to vote is already in the Constitution, why didn't it take precedent over Florida's arbitrary December 12 deadline to count all the votes? In my view, constitutionally, states' rights overruled the individual's right to have their vote counted.


Finally, wouldn't individual voting rights be stronger and more secure if the right to vote was explicitly in the Constitution rather than implicitly construed to be there?




A Watchdog Muted

The United States Commission on Civil Rights cannot legislate or regulate. What it can do is hold hearings and make a terrible racket if the government is not enforcing the laws of the land forbidding discrimination in voting, employment and housing.


The panel helped created momentum for the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and for the creation of civilian review boards to ease tensions between the police and minorities in the 1970's.


Very important and related issue from nytimes


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Los Angeles Times

Appeared: December 14, 2004

Re "Some Find Strong Pulse in Social Security," Dec.12:

Those seeking radical restructuring of Social Security use the word "bankruptcy" to mean that the day will come when the program's trust fund will be exhausted and its earmarked tax revenue will be insufficient to pay all entitlements. By that definition, the military is bankrupt today. We spend about $500 billion per year on the military, including veterans' payments. Yet the Pentagon has no earmarked tax revenue and no trust fund. If our indefinite entitlement to national defense were treated analogously to Social Security, the Pentagon's "unfunded liability" would be on the order of $15 trillion to $20 trillion ­ that's trillion! Yet no calls for radical restructuring of the "bankrupt" military are heard. Daniel J.B. Mitchell Professor of Management and Public Policy, UCLA

http:/www.theocracywatch.org Important information as to who it is that is driving the issues that have fooled the nation into false talking points, false paths of action, and will cause everyone to rethink the logic behind privatization of Social Security.


Find your congress at http://www.congressmerge.com/ and get in contact, tell your concerns about the Ohio and Florida voting fraud, get active.

Federal Election Commission
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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Seasons Ignored

It usually snows in parts of Ohio in the winter, but lake effect snows blanket the eastern parts of the state leaving the rest just cold, ignored. We people, so few it seems now that are fallowing the vote recount news out of Ohio know that they should dress for cooler weather. For the most ignored populace by the media, most being a very large percentage of Americans are just cold with defeat, isolation, and acceptance. They have been ignored, their right to know has been ignored. Those who should know that there are even hearings proceeding has been ignored. Left in the dark cold, ignored, and people everywhere do not even know to ask the press to tell them, and why should they ask, it is over. On December 12 the electors go to Washington to place the presumed peoples isolated votes in officialese, today the people’s vote seems still isolated, segregated, and unaccepted by the likes of great courageous men in Ohio. Mostly Democratic, Independent but not one Republican seeming refusing to recognize the coming changes of seasons, they ignore the vote recount hearings. Efforts not only in Ohio, but in Washington state, Florida, Nevada votes tallies are being challenged, votes placed on Diebold, American Information Systems, and optical scanning machines, some electronic vote tally programs. All hack able electronic at some point, non traceable but not completely, but the guardians of the machines, software and computers to compile the votes are partisan and ignore the request to test said encrypted software, republican. The voters right to know how their vote is, was and will be counted is ignored.

Rice has her job, Bernard Kerik sited personal reasons for stepping down as Bush’s appointee to head Homeland Security. Immigration status of a former house keeper, private holdings in Taser International estimated at around $6 million, being senior vise president of Giuliani Partners a consulting firm for securities industry. The Taser International stock value has multiplied over the past year sense sales of stun guns to police forces around the country have gone thru the roof, despite the debates about proper use and public outrages of misuse.

Rice already has painted face toward the world, from the inside out, to restitute relations with the world, but can she shake the cobwebs of lies she broadcasted from the bull pit. Seasons bring change, sometimes great changes, and we really never know when or how great until we are in the thick of it. The reality of the threat thru evidence pre-911 was ignored, the truths for war were ignored, the coming storm from our falling dollar is now ignored. I guess the real Bush supporters voted to ignore reality, and live in la la Bushla land, which is nicely fitting you I must say. Lies paint your world as you would have it. Muslims just see your hatred, racism so you are so afraid of your hatred, because you blame them for it. You must liberate them from your painted la la Bushla world into your Bushla hell for freedoms sake. Nah., I don’t believe all republicans are that naive, or ignorant.

One of the main manufacturers of these optical scanners and electronic touch-screen voting machines is Diebold, Inc. More than 35 counties in Ohio alone used the Diebold machines on Tuesday, and millions of voters across the country did the same. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Diebold gave $100,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2000, along with additional contributions between 2001 and 2002 which totaled $95,000. Of the four companies competing for the contracts to manufacture these voting machines, only Diebold contributed large sums to any political party. The CEO of Diebold is a man named Walden O'Dell. O'Dell was very much on board with the Bush campaign, having said publicly in 2003 that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Truthout

We can wake all those Bushla supporters from their slumber in la la land on January 20, Blue Flu Day. I bet they get to count those dollars, and do not dare use Diebold, or GEM or AIS systems.

plus à temps

Wonder

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

When it Became OK to Tell a Lie

I remember a pointed question after a nice quiet thanksgiving dinner, ‘When did it become ok to lie"? I took that at first without saying a word a history quiz, for I had no answer. I pondered a moment on the political aspects of the question being raised just after the conversation became Clintonia, reminiscing the nineties and the Y2K flashed visual recollections of Star and his felonious secret agent Linda Trip. I attached this era’s religico politico tones to my answer, "Young people learned to lie in tent revivals, churches and Sunday morning evangelistic sermons. They lied to them about why and what they would do with the money if you gave so graciously." People have forgotten so much of the eighties, and seventies even the sixties, maybe memories washed out by a blue dress. Another lie told even to children, as I know as I heard the ‘hellfire and damnation’ warnings myself is the hellfire and damnation of the old time sermons as my uncle refers to that evangelistic blood lust cult part of American Christianity. Tomorrow you might wake up to Armageddon, the rapture and be left behind, so today you must profess ‘I am saved’, I was forced to say those words in tears. It was not a gracious, glorious moment for me being only ten, but it seemed glorious to my sponsor a woman about thirty five, who had whipped me for telling her daughters who were visiting our home about the monkeys in my science books, not text books, I had my own bookshelf almost full. I loved science, at that moment I felt I betrayed everything reasonable, good, non-emotional which is great that I had learned from all my reading. I felt I had betrayed myself, my parents and everything I might have become. I made an oath, so I kept that oath and read only from the bible for fifty two days. In fact I did nothing else other than eat and sleep.

Emotion can guide our love, hate and fear where reason guides our logic even in those areas. It didn’t take me long to come full circle back to the safe place in my own mind where I had so learned myself was reasonable enough to stay. I am not anti-Christian I am anti-Christian militant, as I felt my experience was forced where if there was a God spirit guiding Jesus he did not wish such emotion be enforced to gain his souls, as they would only be slave like.

Back to the lies and the origin of lies are ok, I will add to lies are ok as long as the end justifies the means. Im reading about an organization that was founded by James Dobson and others The Alliance Defense Fund, and the lie they have told. It is not the first time I have read about prominent Christian leaders, organizations and groups spreading lies and twisting the truth of matters just to obscure our secular peaceful ways. When did it become ok to tell a lie?

In a press release the school district in Cupertino, CA tried to lay rest to rumors and lies carried out by The Alliance Defense Fund thru Fox news daytime, prime time and its even ok to lie on Sunday. I guess if that were to happen in my little holler in these Tennessee mountains there would be School districts bombarded with preachers and Bibles. I am sure if our news announced the Declaration of Independence was no longer allowed in school because of the mention of god or the creator, and we were so gullible and so foolish to believe it there should be uproar. But when was it ok to lie, or even to back a lie?

You have to read the story and links to get the full picture as these Christian militants have fog, smoke and mirrors, even lies hidden in their battle gear, and they are good at it too, they fooled Fox although that might not say much about their skill it is telling about their tactics. That is what I am talking about, when it became ok to tell a lie.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Journalistic Grit vs Impunity for the Evangelicals

Ethics in media mattered, way back whenever time we lost ethics of the media. Corporate control culminated near pre-Powell post to the FCC, and each day holds its greedy fists over our ears and eyes. It seems what every talking head is avoiding, and every functioning mind is thinking. I missed the sentence in question in the article, ‘Kerry and the Gift of Impunity’ By Naomi Klein, because I couldn’t read further than the description of the Marlboro soldier, nausea set in. It is far past the point to define danger, as we believed the miscues, unarmed masquerading armed with weapons of mass destruction tele-viewed weapons of mass deception. As Klein describes, we see danger in telling truth, in free speech, we traverse our own principles. The idea of impunity is what caused the nausea, I like most reasonablely balanced people with a slight tendency too be intolerant of injustice once aware are sick of impunity freely practiced by those in situations of power.

The places of power we expect to be also sensitive to impunity are the journalists in the press. Some are fighting to keep their sources hidden, and some seem to have laid down to the fight to uphold ethics concerning their public service only a few speak out. I do not buy into the false objectivity claim, but agree with Morley Safer "This war is going to be more of a lingering disease than Vietnam. I do not see any resolution."

Calling it nonpartisan, "Voting in 2004: Report to the Nation on America's Election Process," with moderators, special speakers, congress mostly democrats will gather today and report to the nation. Where are the nations most watched media, where will we hear or see what this group declares? Noticing the sponsorships results will be also online, as that is where rumors and innuendoes begin. I would be surprised if they agreed on the defining number of votes to define a true mandate, as I think it should be well more than 75%.

Talk about where has the grit gone in true grit journalism, I think I found it, it resides in those braving the storm in Iraq, but residues in Russell Mokhiber. It was a legitimate question, one that should have been repaid with an answer, I sure as hell would like to know.


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Sunday, December 05, 2004

Humorous Hoaxes and Tragic Truth

I haven’t the time to wonder with you about what my mind has been so hysterically exposed to today, but I will tell you this there are countless rude, crude Wright Wingnuts willing to fight Canada to see the return of their crusading messiah burning in a Bush Whacked state of flaming rage that Canada has such nerve as to accuse such a righteous man as his Wrighteousness. It is just satirical sweet almost justice juice, I have no idea if the people that forwarded me the CNN article even knew themselves, but if they read the links I sent in Reply I apologize for getting serious and raining on ‘our parade’, OH what a parade that would have been even in the rain.

First float must have glided by before the crowds gathered ....

- Humor - If Only It Were True News - Humor -

Canadian authorities arrest US president George W. Bush
Paul K. J. Copyright: PKJ - pkj@pkj.ca

Finding some truth to the spoof in the blog world ....

just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to screw with your blog

boffoblog points out some strange coincidence about skippy's site today, and if we were the type to believe in a nation-wide conspiracy to silence criticism of the ruling elite, we'd be worried.

last night we linked to boffoblog, who informed us of a great spoof on the nets about awol in canada. the spoof is in the form of a cnn web page, and the graphics make it look oh-so-authentic. boffo warns everyone to go check it out before cnn's lawyers get a smell of it, and go all cease-and-desist on the spoofer's ass.

the spoof story, accompanied by a pic of a bruised awol, goes thusly:

bush arrested

canada charges president with war crimes

on the first of his two-day planned visit to canada, george w. bush was taken into custody by canadian authorities citing war crime charges. under canadian law, even a non-citizen can be charged for crimes committed outside of canada once that individual enters the country.

the arrest claims that president bush has been "party to the crime of torturing prisoners held in guantáánamo bay and abu ghraib."

canadian prime minister paul martin released a written statement indicating that "proceedings have commenced against president george w. bush under the crimes against humanity and war crimes act (s. 9(3)).

" irwin cotler, minister of justice and attorney general of canada, had began an investigation into the alleged crimes of the bush administration on the basis of reports prepared by human rights organizations, journalists and scholars as well as recent decisions by u.s. courts.

"let this serve as a warning to any current or former official of the bush administration, like secretary of defense donald rumsfeld," said cotler, "that they enter canada at their own risk."and it goes on. ...(see above links)


But hang on a sec, why can't it be true, just for a few days, please oh please, please.


BBC Falls for Bhopal Hoax

The hoaxing of the BBC has now been all over the news. In case you haven't heard, on Friday the BBC broadcast an interview with a man claiming to be a representative of Dow Chemical, Jude Finisterra (is the guy's last name supposed to mean 'the end of the world'?). During the interview the man said that Dow had decided to accept full responsibility for the chemical disaster that killed thousands of people in Bhopal twenty years ago, and in addition it would pay $12 billion in compensation to the victims. The BBC broadcast the interview twice, causing Dow's stock value to promptly drop. Later that same day it became clear that the man wasn't a representative of Dow, and the BBC apologized for falling for a hoax. Though it tried to duck responsibility somewhat by claiming that it was the victim of an 'elaborate deception'. Was the deception really that elaborate? According to this NY Times article, the BBC was actually the one to make first contact with the hoaxers via a website that 'appeared to be Dow Chemical's web site'. So they fell for a hoax website. That's not that elaborate a deception. The man they interviewed was reportedly (in reality) Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men (a movie about them).
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Bush Arrested in Canada
A
mock CNN page with news about Bush being arrested in Canada and charged with war crimes has been doing the rounds, and apparently fooling quite a few people. It's pretty well done. The url even looks like it could be the real thing.Axis of Logic also has a satirical article about Bush being arrested on their site. Apparently the Axis of Logic article got picked up by the Google newsbot and was temporarily posted as a real headline on Google News. Hairy Houdini, as he promised in the Hoax Forum, sent me a screen cap of this (Thanks, HH, though unfortunately it doesn't look like your christmas wish will come true). I'm not sure if the mock CNN page and the Axis of Logic article are related in any way.
Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2004
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Now True News, Tragic Truth

‘Save the world, not the Empire‘
Printed on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 @ 00:00:58 CST

By Ramzy Baroud YellowTimes.org Guest Columnist (Qatar)
(YellowTimes.org) -- If the invasion of Iraq was indeed a desperate attempt to guard the interests of the ill-defined American empire, then the experience of the last 20 months might’ve been the needed historical imperative that classically precedes the disintegration and demise of great empires.


No single factor leads to this grim reality, but a combination does.

The American public was duped into backing two dreadful wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, thinking that by preemptively eliminating the ‘‘gathering dangers’' in these extremely poor countries, another 9/11 scenario might be thwarted. The elite coalition in Washington, however, had another scenario in mind, one almost of no relevance to the subject of averting terrorism altogether, but in fact one that is likely to spur the intensification of violence and counter violence. This is neither to suggest that the war in Afghanistan was devised on the same pretexts of the latter war, nor that the ruling class in Washington adheres to the same political, ideological or self-motivated philosophy.

The increasingly prevailing narrative now indicates that Iraq was the prize sought by the neo-conservative elements in US administrations as early as a decade prior to September 11, 2001. While the justifications for the war were modified according to the political atmosphere in Washington, Israel’s security was, and remains a focal point. This in part explains why neo-conservatives are often labeled the ‘‘Likudists’’ on Capital Hill, referring to Israel’s right wing Likud party. The allegation is equally strengthened by the incontrovertible fact that some neo-cons –– as they are often called - have served as advisors to past Israeli governments.

But the war party’s interests are, of course, not limited to that of Israel, or even to any other lone factor, be it strategic control over oil reserves, obstructing the growing Chinese economic force from encompassing the Middle East, defending the reputation of a weakening empire, or simply hunting for some Pentagon contracts. Added to that is the religious fanaticism and its rampant fervor that has more institutionalized and far-reaching influence in Washington than anywhere else in the world, with the possible exception of Israel and Iran.

To preserve these interests and widen them to reach other troubled (read exploitable) spots around the world, the average American must be kept under the watchful eye of state propaganda: Mission: Be Very Afraid.

Indeed, when in fear, people huddle, seeking salvation and deliverance; they learn to trust and become more gullible and are easily manipulated. In fear, presidents like George W. Bush achieve prominence, get reelected, rise to the status of the modern-day Messiah in the eyes of some, or many. It is, indeed, telling to see how Bush’s popularity fluctuates according to the variation of the terrorism scale alert. The nearer America is to the stage of ‘‘imminent threat,’’ the more worthy and trusted he becomes.

And in fear, easy explanations are sought as common sense peters out of the public discourse. Context, history and cultural sensibility are abandoned in favor of Bill O’Reily’s "factor", which now sets the stage, influences the agenda and dishonestly relates the truth as seen by hateful fanatics. Racist talk show hosts ride the wave to the end: "Nuke the Arabs", France or any other who dares question the way of the righteous, the mighty, the proprietors of manifest destiny.

In a state as dismal as that, "shoot to kill" becomes the only prevailing doctrine that precedes in its significance the profusion of international law that was forged as a result of a century of conflicts and war. Only the war general has the exclusive right to decide who is to live and who is to die, what city is to be destroyed and when: thus, the massacre of Fallujah. Peace is no longer the ultimate objective, but death for its sake, thus: "We didn’t get rid of the insurgency in Fallujah, but we definitely killed a lot of them," according to a US commentator.

But Americans, even if too frightened by the uncertain future, cannot be allowed access to information on the ongoing genocide in Iraq or any other battles for democracy. Full details must be hidden from the public. Even such a tactic is canonized somewhere by a neo-conservative publication. Robert Kaplan, a leading neo-conservative, writes in the Atlantic Monthly: "the best information strategy is to avoid attention-getting confrontations in the first place and to keep the public's attention as divided as possible. We can dominate the world only quietly, so to speak.

The moment the public focuses on a single crisis like the one in Iraq, it becomes a rallying point around which lonely and alienated people in a global mass society can define themselves through an uplifting group identity."

Therefore, by exposing the public to a controlled narrative, while blending the half-truths of the self-censoring corporate media to that of the propaganda-driven official account, the "rascal multitudes" can be kept under control. Add to that the occasional and well-calculated manipulation of terrorism alert levels and unleashing racist media pundits who insist that only by mass-murdering distanced and little understood "rag-heads" can Americans live in peace.


But even in conquest, common sense shouldn’t be altogether discarded. Why agitate a conflict with Iran if the Pentagon is struggling to locate a meager 5,000-7,000 additional troops to deploy to Iraq to fight an already lost war, which has kept 139,000 US troops busy fighting a few thousand lightly armed Iraqis? Why would a ‘‘moderate’' like the resigning Secretary of State Collin Powell insist on provoking the Iran front without any evidence of the latter’s ill intentions? Hasn’t America had enough of his ruse about Iraq’s ‘'stockpiles’’ of weapons of mass destruction? Why is the Israeli media –– the Jerusalem Post in particular - frantically trying to prove that Iran was the actual security threat to Israel, not Iraq? (Oops, we invaded the wrong country again). It won’t be long before serious talk about the army draft is introduced to this repellent discourse, not to secure America, but to secure the narrow interests of Washington’s war coalition.

September 11 didn’t break America. In fact, it constituted an opportunity to make it stronger and to rally world solidarity. What is in fact hurting America, diminishing its spirit, its reputation and its chances of maintaining its relevance and prominence, is this endless lust for war by a coalition of Armageddon-crying fanatics, neo-conservative pro-Israeli ideologues, aging war generals who are adamant about bringing democracy by killing everyone who dares to question their motives, and a president who must truly believe that he is God’s gift to humanity. To make this wretched discourse more digestible to the public, we are inundated with the wisdom of numerous ‘‘experts’’ who keep justifying why it was necessary for the US to take on (or take out) half the world and, like stock market experts, only rationalize a debacle after it unfolds.
The insurgency in Iraq is not nearing an end. In fact, "the daily number of attacks and incidents in Iraq is now running more than 100 per day, or double what it was before the Fallujah offensive began," according to a Knight Ridder article. What is equally perpetual is the desire in Washington to go after other ‘‘rouge states,’’ for the neo-conservatives’ "total war" cannot possibly achieve its full potential in Iraq and Afghanistan alone.


What that means precisely for the future of the empire is unclear. But it is out of the question that a positive scenario can possibly stem from this ongoing calamity. And since there is one percent more Americans who voted for Bush than for John Kerry, then the president has the needed mandates - that of God and of the people - to carry on with the fight against forces of darkness and the "axis of evil."

Nothing else shall bring an end to the international chaos and disorder, ensued and nurtured by fundamental and right-wing elements, but the course of action on the internal fronts in both Iraq and the United States: continued resistance in Iraq, and popular opposition at home. The focus here should neither be to salvage a disintegrating empire or a faltering reputation of a superpower, but to reclaim this world of ours, ruled by rogue fanatics and equally rogue states.

[Ramzy Baroud is a veteran Arab-American journalist. A regular columnist in many English and Arabic publications, he is editor-in-chief of Palestine Chronicle and head of the Research & Studies Department at Aljazeera.net English.] http://www.YellowTimes.org


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The Ohio recount is going on now and needs help

Unlike John Kerry who folded before looking to see what cards he had been dealt, Green Party candidate David Cobb didn't concede the race in Ohio, and can complete a recount if the people can come up with the green. David Cobb and Michael Badnarik raised $150,000 in 4 days in order to make a recount possible and now they need help in the form of 1400 additional volunteers to make it happen! Read a Nov 22nd update from Michigan IMC on the recount effort in Ohio


Electoral Problems here, Electoral Victories in South America

Evidence of vote tampering include: ballot tricks, machine problems, hacking, and vote skimming. While some stew in anger towards Kerry, others are calling on him to "unconcede." While some strive to impeach Bush, others are preparing for the Counter Inauguration. Various new orgs such as Voters Unite along with the two factions of BlackBox Voting (1, and 2), both want your money and assistance to continue to probe Diebold. Meanwhile Mother Jones can say "we told ya so."
Things beneath the equator are going in a different direction, with elections in
Uruguay, Brasil and Venezuela (English) further establishing a leftist opposition to IMF policies. For more info, see indymedia Brazil Indymedia (Portuguese) and Uruguay Indymedia (Spanish),


What Now?

George W. Bush was re sElected president of the United States of America on November 2nd, amid widespread voter disenfranchisement, and concerns about electronic voting systems. Across the nation people took to the streets in protest. In Columbus Ohio, people stormed the statehouse, In San Fransisco, 5,000 people took to the streets, In DC a hundred people had a snake march through downtown, and in Portland police used pepper spray on the more than one thousand people who took to the streets. People protested in dozens of other American cities Here in Houston, Beyond the Ballots called for protests on the second and third. On the third a dozen or so Houstonians meet at the Federal building. While some marched, other felt frustrated and alienated. Much though has been put into why Kerry conceded the election so soon, who is to blame for Kerry's loss, and whether democracy comes out of the electoral system or from the streets. People in Houston and around the world are trying to figure out what to do next. There has been a call for a community meeting on November 14th at the Diedrich Coffee Shop on Montrose, to strategize future action here in Houston. In December the Radical Encuentro Camp is going to be hosted in Houston, and activists from across Texas will be coming to share skills, and learn strategies and tactics to create a better world, from non-violent direct action, and making our own media to anti-racist tools, and affinity group organizing. The theme of this 7th REC camp, is moving beyond electoral politics. In February the Austin IMC is hosting the IndyConfrence. Keep publishing your ideas, reports of actions and events, and announcements to Houston Indymedia. Many people are looking for ways to participate and transform our community and world.


Cacerolazo march, rally and protest against the War Profiteers

In the end of the December of 2001 the people of Argentina took to the streets banging pots and pans, and with the cry of "Que se Vayan Todos" or "throw them all out". Popular resistance in the streets forced 5 presidents out of office and limited the grip of the International Monetary Fund and the business class on the sovereignty of Argentina. Here in Houston on October 28th, citizens took to the streets, adopting the tactics off the Cacerolazo and demanding that the War Profiteers Halliburton and KBR and the Bush regime be thrown out of our community and out of office. The march against the War Profiteers met on October 28th at 4pm at Midtown Park, with more than a hundred people armed with signs, puppets, chants, a Free and Radical marching band and lots of people banging pots and pans. See Pictures: 1 2 3 4 5 Quick-time Video 5.9 Mb A group of Houstonians also brought War Profiteering to the attention of Houstonians on the 27th when they dropped 7 banners around Houston.


Got a reply to my reply to the CNN page, they do NOT want to believe it is NOT true. Nor do I but what do you do but Wonder.


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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Resistance Preserves One Conscious

You Jane and John Q Public have been encrusted with the Right wingnut slung lube grease usually called propaganda, disguised misinformation, spun so the toy of truth they are allowed to play with entertains your consciousness within their sphere of toxic villainy.

I played army thru my preteen years, 1960's. The Vietnam War often entered our evening television time, making us somewhat conscious of our soldiers fate. In this, a time of media overexposure how else is it possible for a public willing to sacrifice its children so easily, if not for fine-tuned media betrayal to the truth. That spin being beyond the general publica conceptions and beyond acquiescence with fair and balanced reporting. I share with you a few opportunities to wake up, becoming conscious, befriend in a sense those who see this battle so encouraged, and give our loved ones so easily for.

http://fallujahinpictures.com/

I struggle each day trying to rationalize what it is that justifies the American Christian support for Bush and his agenda of war. The two in my mind don’t meld well, they are opposing principles, or is that the Christian character, holding contradictory principles for life (morals). Am I so wrong in just asking this question about the character of most Christians, as some have expressed with such hatefulness?

This phenomenon is not just a phantom ghost who haunts only the middle eastern states, the shadowy presents’ of this ghost, shades our cumulative cognizance of clear vision like an epidemic, a viral plague. It is from racist conception, it is emotionally born and is nurtured thru hate eventually maturing in violence. Some see this, but thru circumvented efforts of those whom harbors this phantom our view is blurred. The very evil we claim to fight has invaded and taken control, resist taking steps to self exorcize for goodness sake.

Our soldiers will die and have died by more than a thousand now, our efforts to stop this have not been enough, our shame in the estimates of 100,000 to 200,000 civilian deaths (not counting Fallujah) is out of distribution and I presume will be damned to be forever covered. I say here and now I feel deeply ashamed and as guilty as those whose commands effectuated their deaths and injury.

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Friday, December 03, 2004

Wandering without focus

Intentions are intended to be good things, unless they are wasted, as I feel my intentions for the past few days has been. My direction has been skewed from its original intent thru over indulging in reading. I am a news junky, I can’t get enough and if I posted links to all I read I am sure you would agree, as it overwhelms me it would also you. This file I edit from is titled Out Of Oil, and one day I will post it when it is fully edited. This talking to self dialogue goes without such scruples excepting spell checks.

A much seen movie was 9/11 another must see is Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War, I have intentions to see them both but have of as yet. Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War was produced by MoveOn.org and the Center For American Progress both I visit often online. I buy into the so called ‘liberal’ press news and views, and find it utterly insane those who find discord with those who are critical of the Bush administration.
The transcript for Uncovered: pdf download to read till I can see the dvd.


An 'Out Of Oil' pre-link
David Goodstein: The End of the Age of Oil

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