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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.28.06 1. Sustainable ag/city 6.28 6pm 2. Fetzer/911/CTV 6.28 8pm 3. CRA public comment 6.29 8am 4. Green roof tour 6.29 8:30am 5. Eagan peace vigil 6.29 4:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 6.29 5pm 7. Choice 6.29 5:30pm 8. Marketfest/GP 6.29 6pm 9. Venezuela/MN 6.29 7:30pm 10. Labor picnic 6.30 9am 11. Greens on Almanac 6.30 7pm 12. Resist! 6.30-7.04 7pm 13. Project earth fest 6.30-7.01 Geneva MN 14. Ken Pentel - Pentel for Governor campaign announcements 15. BushGreenwatch - GOP all-out assault on federal protections 16. Dennis Persica - When the FBI raids the Times --------1 of 16-------- Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 06:39:38 -0500 From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Sustainable ag/city 6.28 6pm FARM SCHOOL THE WOMEN'S ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE ORGANIC FARM SCHOOL At the Amazon Bookstore Wednesday, June 21, 6 - 8 p.m. General introduction to Farm School. Wednesday, June 28, 6 - 8 p.m. Sustainable Agriculture Movement: Regional and International Beginning June 21 and scheduled for Wednesday evenings through August 2, WEI has a farm school in the city. Guest lecturers include Mark Ritchie (former director of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy), Meg Moynihan (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Courtney Tchida (Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture), Atina Diffley (Gardens of Eagan). Readings include selections from Fatal Harvest, Women and Sustainable Agriculture, The Farm as a Natural Habitat, Seasonal Eating, and The new Organic Farmer. All required readings are available at the WEI Library and for on-site reading at Amazon bookstore, as well as on sale at Amazon Bookstore. To register for the WEI Organic Farm School, send your name, address, telephone number and e-mail to WEI, P.O. Box 128, North Branch, MN 55056. Cost $10 per class or $100 full tuition (does not Include books); current WEI members can select any three classes for free; WEI Farm Interns are required to register and are admitted free charge in exchange for 20 hours farm work per month. Drop-ins are welcome. The full syllabus will be posted on-line at www.w-e-i.org prior to the first day of class. Amazon Bookstore Cooperative 4755 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-821-9630 http://www.amazonbookstorecoop.com contacts: Barb Wieser at 612-821-9630 --------2 of 16-------- Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 10:54:48 -0500 From: altera vista <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Fetzer/911/CTV 6.28 8pm Jim Fetzer's 911 talk given at University of St. Thomas will be aired tonight 6.28 on Minneapolis cable (MTN) station 16 at 8 pm (the Altera Vista show time) and will air next week in St. Paul on SPNN channel 15 on Thursday, July 6, at 8:30 pm. If you have cable, you can listen again. Tell your friends. --------3 of 16-------- Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 08:24:08 -0500 From: Cam Gordon <camgordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: CRA public comment 6.29 8am (Sorry about the late notice. Note that comments can be made in writing.) Please spread the word. This group has been working very hard and I acticipate that some additional significant reforms to the process will be made in the weekend ahead. Feel free to email me if you are interested more details or opinions. Stay tuned. Cam Gordon Seward City Council Member, Ward 2 Public invited to comment on Civilian Review changes The Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority Working Group invites the public to comment on activities of the Working Group and on ordinance changes the group is recommending. The details are as follows: CRA Working Group Public Comment Opportunity 8am, Thursday, June 29, 2006 City Hall, Room 319, 350 S. 5th St. The following changes have been decided by the CRA Working Group: The City will proceed with an audit of Internal Affairs, target date in 2007. A staff group has been directed to work on an Early Intervention System for the Minneapolis Police Department. Deputy Chief Sharon Lubinski has been appointed as MPD liaison to the CPRA. There are now new formats for the Civilian Review Authority Staff Investigative Summary and the Civilian Review Authority Board Findings of Fact and Determination. The hearing is open to the public. Please sign up with the Working Group staff to be called upon to offer comments. Written comments also may be sent to Natalie Collins at natalie.collins [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us or 350 S. 5th St., Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415. The City will hold at least one additional public hearing (date to be announced) associated with any recommended ordinance changes. Reports to the Council: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2006-meetings/20060512/HEE20060501agenda.asp Item #6 http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2006-meetings/20060630/HEE20060619agenda.asp Item #9 A Study of the Policy and Process of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority - 02/01/06 --------4 of 16-------- From: Corrie Zoll Subject: Green roof tour 6.29 8:30am Thursday, June 29, 8:30am-12noon Green Roof Tour at Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District http://greenspace.greeninstitute.org/default.asp?active_page_id=59 --------5 of 16-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 6.29 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------6 of 16-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 6.29 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5 to 6 pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------7 of 16-------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Choice 6.29 5:30pm Also June 29: Pro-Choice Resources Garden Party and Silent Auction. Home and Gardens of Krista Twesme, 32 N. Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul. 5:30-8pm. Rain or Shine. RSVP: www. prochoiceresources.org. --------8 of 16-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Cc: Linton Suzanne <bahiabaubo [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Marketfest/GP 6.29 6pm Suzanne Linton, from the White Bear Lake area, has secured a booth space for Greens starting this Thursday night at the MARKETFEST street festival in downtown White Bear Lake. The event is from 6 to 9pm each Thursday, now through July 27. She has an immediate need for volunteers to set up, staff, and take down the booth. Please contact her at 651-429-3529 or bahiabaubo [at] hotmail.com to assist with these tasks. Here is how Suzanne describes the spot: We have a G R E A T location. Just perfect!! It is very close to the entrance intersection of Fourth St. and Highway 61. It is near the Gazebo where the live musical entertainment is, and people mingle around there for that. We will be able to hear the music, and people can visit our booth and listen too. We are in a location that was vacated last Thursday because the previous people did not like that they sell spices in the booth next door, but I guaranteed the woman that it couldn't be too spicy for the Green Party and the spices next to us would not bother us a bit. If anyone has been to the Farmer's Market in White Bear Lake, it is in that location ... on the OLD MAIN STREET (Washington) across from the historical buildings. Our booth is number 11. It is a Prime location. Just what we deserve. Actually it is very possible that we are more in the forefront than either the Democratic or Republican boothes. They do not put the political booths together .... but scatter them around. We will have a table THIS Thursday. The Marketfest Festival goes from 6:00 to 9:00. --------9 of 16-------- From: August H Nimtz Jr <animtz [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Venezuela/MN 6.29 7:30pm A Proposal for an International Conference in Solidarity with Venezuela in Minnesota: This is an invitation to all organizations and individuals for a meeting to discuss the possibility of hosting a conference in the fall here in the Twin Cities in solidarity with the revolutionary process underway in Venezuela. The proposal was made publicly at a meeting two weeks ago at the University of Minnesota by William Camacaro of New York on behalf of the Bolivarian Circles, the Cuban Solidarity Committee and Pastors for Peace in NYC. The purpose of the meeting is to decide if there is enough energy and commitment to hold such a conference and when in the fall it should take place. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 29, 7:30, at Holy Trinity Lutheran church, 2830 E. 31st St. Minneapolis. Again, all individuals and organizations are invited to partake in the discussion. August Nimtz, on behalf of the MN Cuba Committee --------10 of 16-------- From nwasolidaritymsp [at] hotmail.com Wed Jun 28 14:44:40 2006 Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 21:20:24 -0500 From: Solidarity Committee <nwasolidaritymsp [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Labor picnic 6.30 9am Solidarity day picnic Due to the tremendous success of our last solidarity day we are happy to announce that we are doing it again on Friday, June 30, at Highland Park in St.Paul. So please come out and bring the family and friends Come enjoy some comradery on the picket line, and get an early start on your July 4th fun. Come walk the picket line Fill up on good food Enjoy the company of friends. AMFA DAY OF SOLIDARITY PICNIC--the strike is in its 10th month We will be running our picketing operations out of Highland Park from 9am-7pm. Please contact Sue at the local to let us know how many people to expect, everyone is welcome Contact person: admin33 [at] qwest.net --------11 of 16-------- From: DoriJJ [at] aol.com Subject: Greens on Almanac 6.30 7pm It is my pleasure to announce that Green Party Endorsed Candidates Michael Cavlan, for US Senate and Ken Pentel, for Governor will be interviewed on Almanac on Twin Cities Public Television Channel 2 at 7pm this Friday, June 30. Be sure to watch the show this week. It should be exciting and for some, an eye-opening interview. --Dori Ullman Campaign Manager The Committee to Elect Michael Cavlan to the US Senate 2006 --------12 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Resist! 6.30-7.04 7pm Particpate this REAL celebration of resistance! Friday, June 30th @ 7 pm Potluck and a Movie Breaking the Spell -documentary/riotporn about the riots in Seattle Bring veggie/vegan food for all to share Jack Pine Community Center 2815 Lake St. E., Minneapolis Saturday, July 1st from 2-5pm Workshop/Discussion Blocs, Black and Otherwise General discussion about the purpose and use of the black bloc Open to the public @ the Jack Pine Community Center 2815 Lake St. E., Minneapolis Sunday, July 2nd from 2-5 pm Workshop/Discussion Affinity Groups- Organization and participation in the black bloc Jack Pine Community Center 2815 Lake St. E., Minneapolis Monday, July 3rd @ 2 pm festival d'ennui Free Market/Potluck/Dance Party/Drum Circles/Workshops Bring food, stuff to give away and trade, drums and didgeridoos There will also be a few workshops on making instruments (so bring some 3-4 PVC)! Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Ave S July 3rd @ 6 pm, $5 door Requiem Murder of Crows Black Plague Walker Community Church 3104 16th Ave. S. Don't miss these bands playing the show following the festival July 4th International Day of Resistance Whatever you make it! For more information, secret plans, or ways to help out, contact: doubleplusungoodthink (at) yahoo.com --------13 of 16-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Project earth fest 6.30-7.01 Geneva MN Environmental, Peace and Social Justice organizations: The band WookieFoot is sponsoring the Project Earth Festival at Harmony Park in Geneva, MN this year from June 30 - July 1. If you are interested in tabling for free at this event, please contact Megan at the email/phone number below. PROJECT EARTH FESTIVAL Project Earth Festival, presented by WookieFoot Productions, is a two day camping and music festival to be held in Geneva, Minnesota on June 30th and July 1st. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to ARC (American Refugee Committee) as well as three other international relief organizations. The event's aim is to bring greater global awareness through workshops, speakers, music, and creativity. It's a unique interactive experience where the festival goers will co-create the entire event. Harmony Park in Geneva, Minnesota (just north of Albert Lea) is a magical campground set amidst an ancient oak grove forest on the shores of a Lake Geneva. The event patrons are coming together to co-create eight "Playgrounds" where everyone can become an entertainer, or just be entertained - the entire campground becomes the stage. These eight stages will include an outdoor movie theater, an acoustic stage, a vaudeville stage, and a solar/bio-diesel stage, as well as many others. All of the production, music, and entertainment is being volunteered and organized by the festival community as a whole. Technology is being used in new ways to create this level of symbiosis between the fans and the producers. The Project Earth website is a series of "message boards" designed to open the creation of the event to all who attend - a new vision for future festivals - a truly "fan designed" event! In 2005, Wookiefoot began fund raising for international relief and sustainable development causes. To their delight and astonishment, they were able to raise almost triple of their projected goal, thanks to an outpouring of support from their fans. In January 2006, the Wookies went on a four month mission across Nepal and Southeast Asia to find smaller non-profits where they could see the positive effects first hand. They discovered many visionaries who were strongly affecting change at the community level, with responsibility and sustainability. Wookiefoot is currently funding a de-land mining program and amputee orphanage in Cambodia, an organic farm whose proceeds go to building libraries in Laos, and a fair trade, anti-child labor, school building project in Nepal, as well as the American Refugee Committee. Other information: Only 1000 tickets will be sold - Tickets are $35 available on-line only at www.wookiefoot.com/ProjectEarth - The event is expected to sell out quickly - Tabling for Non-Profits and Social Justice Groups is free - Children 12 and under are free For more information, please visit these websites... PROJECT EARTH - www.wookiefoot.com/ProjectEarth WOOKIEFOOT - www.wookiefoot.com WOOKIE CHARITIES - _www.wookiefoot.com/WookieFootCharities/main.cfm_ (http://www.wookiefoot.com/WookieFootCharities/main.cfm) Harmonypark.com Contact: _project-earth [at] hotmail.com_ Phone: 612-865-8083 --------14 of 16-------- Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 02:10:48 -0700 (PDT) From: Ken Pentel <kenpentel [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Ken Pentel for Governor Campaign Announcements Dear Ken Pentel for Governor Campaign Supporters, This note includes: 1. Lieutenant Governor announced 2. Call For petitioners 3. Next meeting location 4. Donations 5. Sign-up to the listserve 6. Media appearances 1. I would like to announce Danene Provencher; longtime activist and Green Party of MN Coordinating Committee Member has joined the ticket as Lieutenant Governor. Danene's early activism included: working on the MN power-line struggle of the late 70"s as well as working as a volunteer to help enforce child support payments. Danene became the Green Party of MN Events Coordinator in 2001 helping organize many tabling activities including the State Fair. Then she ran for the Mound City Council in 2002 (In a highly Republican area)getting 26% of the vote in 3-way race while spending only only $200. She is a single mother for 23 years and an independent business woman. Danene has consistently embraced the Green Party values and has shown the discipline to see our values become policy. She inspires people to take action; she follows throuth on tasks and is fearless standing-up for justice and democracy. I am confident that Danene, if called apon, would be a great Governor of Minnesota. It is an honor and privilege to have Danene as part of the ticket. 2. WE NEED PETITIONERS. If the Pentel/Provencher Campaign and other Green Party of MN endorsed candidates want to be on the ballot we will need to get enough signatures on the petitions. Your help is needed to achieve this. Please contact Tori or Mark if you can help collect signatures. Petitioning begins July 4th. Tori- tori_j [at] msn.com, 612-824-8492 Mark- momelia [at] minn.net, 612-237-5696 3. THE NEXT Ken Pentel for Governor planning/volunteer MEETING. The goals of this meeting are to continue to add organization, creativity and excitement to our goals for a healthier world. Your help is needed to make this happen. Agenda: --Prepare for petition drive --Inventory supplies (i.e.Petitons, lit, clipboards, voter reg. cards, instructions.) --Identify list of volunteeers ready to go. --Select locations to petition Day: Monday, July 3rd Time: 7pm Location: Sue Leskela's, 2880 Irving South #2, Mpls, MN (Next to the Mall in Uptown) Contact: Ken (612) 387-0601 For those in greater Minnesota, let's organize. Please call or e-mail. Going deep-green statewide. 4. DONATIONS NEEDED People can send donations to: Ken Pentel for Governor, PO Box 583091, Mpls, Mn 55458 First $50 is refundable. (If not yet used in 2006.) 5. LISTSERVE If you want support the campaign, and help with organizing-get on the Ken Pentel for Governor listserve by contacting Aaron at: aaronklemz [at] yahoo.com 6. Ken Pentel MEDIA APPEARANCES --Friday, June 30th on Almanac channel 2 TV at 7pm with Micheal Cavlan. (The show also replays later that night at 1am, Saturday at 7pm on channel 17, and Sunday 9:30am on Channel 2.) --Saturday, July 1st at 9:30am, KSTP TV Channel 5, On the Media with Tom Hauser. --Monday July 3rd at 7:20am, KAXE Radio from Grand Rapids with Scott Hall In the service of the earth, Ken (612) 387-0601 --------15 of 16-------- From BushGreenwatch White House, GOP Leaders Plan All-Out Assault on Federal Protections June 23, 2006 | [Fascism in action -ed] Apparently rushing to lock in a long-sought goal before the fall elections, GOP congressional leaders may bring to a vote within weeks a proposal that could literally wipe out any federal program that protects public health or the environment - or for that matter civil rights, poverty programs, auto safety, education, affordable housing, Head Start, workplace safety or any other activity targeted by anti-regulatory forces. With strong support from the Bush White House and the Republican Study Committee, the proposal would create a "sunset commission" - an unelected body with the power to recommend whether a program lives or dies, and then move its recommendations through Congress on a fast-track basis with limited debate and no amendments. Three leading proposals have been introduced and are being winnowed into a final version. They would give the White House some - or total - authority to nominate members to the commission. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that his office is coordinating development of a final version for prompt floor action. Sunset commissions have been proposed, and defeated, before. But public interest veterans say the current situation is unlike any in the past, because the House Republican Study Committee, which includes some of the most anti-regulatory members of Congress, has secured guaranteed floor consideration of a sunset bill. If such a bill should become law, the sunset commission could be packed with industry lobbyists and representatives from industry-funded think tanks, and could conduct its business in secrecy. Two of the sunset proposals under consideration would mandate that programs die after they are reviewed, unless Congress takes action to save them. Several environmental programs have been targeted during past sunset attempts. Experts predict those would be among the first a sunset commission would review. Among them: the Energy Star Program; federal support for mass transit; the State Energy Program, which supports numerous state and local energy renewable efficiency programs; the Clean School Bus Program; the Land and Water Conservation Fund; federal grants for Wastewater infrastructure; a national children's health study that examines factors leading to such problems as premature birth, autism, obesity, asthma, and exposures to pesticides, mercury and other toxic chemicals. A coalition of public interest groups is fighting to block enactment of a sunset commission. Information is available through the <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=142873289&url_num=5&url=http://www.ombwatch.org/sunset>Sunset Commission Action Center at OMB Watch. Take Action <http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=142873289&url_num=3&url=http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/ombwatch/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3855&t=Sunset%20Action.dwt> ### BushGreenwatch | 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW #600 Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 783-7400 Web site comments: info [at] bushgreenwatch.org Copyright 2006 Friends of the Earth [The corporations and the rich are the seedbed of fascism and hell on earth. When are we going to declare independence? -ed] --------16 of 16-------- When The FBI Raids The Times Dennis Persica June 28, 2006 http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/06/28/when_the_fbi_raids_the_the_times.php Dennis Persica is a staff writer and editor at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. He has worked at the daily newspaper for the last 20 years. To paraphrase Alice's walrus, the time has come to talk of scary things. The New York Times has spurred the anger of the Bush administration by reporting on a program to monitor international banking transactions as part of the government's counterterrorism program. Critics argue this is the equivalent of reporting on troop movements or disclosing the existence of secret weaponry. You don't have to look too hard online to find posters of the World War II "loose lips sink ships" variety that pretty much blame the Times for the deaths of American soldiers. The National Review urged the administration to revoke the Times' White House credentials. U.S. Rep Peter King, R-N.Y., said the Times should be brought up on charges of treason. The current climate leads me to ponder a what-if scenario. One that I hope is as far-fetched as I believe it to be. But imagine the possibility suggested by the recent rhetorical attacks and threats of prosecution. What if the U.S. Attorney's office in New York - bolstered by a cadre of federal marshals or FBI agents - entered the offices of The New York Times, looking to rummage through the paper's files and computers either to find the source of the leaks for the banking story or to make sure the Times isn't about to publish another story allegedly damaging to national security? In raising this possibility, I am not suggesting the administration would do this to shut down all news media and establish an authoritarian regime. Let's just assume the government has good intentions - guarding the nation's security - when it orders the raid. But historians and polemicists of all political stripes know that since the dawn of humanity the road to catastrophe has often been paved with good intentions. Far-fetched? Remember, we are talking about an administration that has angered even some members of its own party in Congress with its my-way-or-the-highway approach. Republicans screamed the loudest when the FBI raided the office of Democratic Rep. William Jefferson (who, coincidentally, is my congressman). Critics say this administration has seized the powers of the imperial presidency and expanded them farther than ever before. There are echoes of the Cold War here, when we were engaged in a similar debate: To defeat the totalitarians of the Eastern Bloc, do we have to become more like them or can we win without sacrificing our democratic soul? Conservatives have long warned citizens to be careful about what powers we allow the central government to arrogate because we'll likely never recover what we've given up. Yet conservatives - and some not-so-conservative people - are up in arms over the fact that The New York Times and other newspapers have revealed major federal spying programs. Consider the implications of this hypothetical scenario: Agents search the files inside The New York Times building. Perhaps some of those files are carted out; maybe even computer drives are taken. Such a scenario would make the Pentagon Papers dispute look like a minor disagreement among gentlemen. In that case, the government tried to stop the Times and other newspapers from printing a particular story. A raid, on the other hand, would shut down the entire paper. If it wanted to get really tough, the government could treat the Times as an enemy collaborator, seal off its headquarters and move toward seizing its assets. Meanwhile, the administration could count on a portion of the blogosphere - as well as talk radio and cable TV personalities - to cheer on the raid. Sure, other journalists would be outraged. But what could they do besides write a few editorials and columns? Perhaps a small majority of the American public would think the government had overstepped its bounds as well. But what can they do outside of expressing their opinions? Remember, we are talking about the power of the federal government arrayed against that of the press and the people. While the latter may win in the end, their victory will be a long time coming - if it comes at all. And there's reason to be skeptical about the likelihood of ultimate victory. After all, the federal government has an arsenal of weapons - both figuratively and literally. And to be honest, I've never quite bought into the notion that the pen is mightier than the sword. Or the M16. Since the days of Spiro Agnew's "effete corps," the press has been portrayed - with some success - as a liberal elite with a political axe to grind. Many of us in the media view these barbs as an occupational hazard. We are accustomed to being criticized for doing our jobs, so we tend to ignore the criticism if it strikes us as baseless. But in recent years, the criticism has taken on an ominous tone. There are the famous statements by Ann Coulter about how Timothy McVeigh or the 9/11 plotters should have targeted The New York Times building. There was the ad I saw recently linking to a conservative website for t-shirts that featured a noose and some comment about journalists that I've since forgotten. I haven't forgotten the implication, however. This is more than just an attack on perceived bias; this is demonization. Journalists have now been caricatured as a group of people who are siding with a fanatical, barbaric enemy. Once Americans believe that, it then becomes easy to support our arrest. Those who would grant the Bush administration extraordinary powers today must ask themselves whether they would be comfortable with the same authority in the hands of a President Clinton (Bill or Hillary), a President Kerry or a President Gore. That is one test of whether the grant of a certain power is a good idea: Are you comfortable with the government having that power no matter who is at the helm? Let's hope this scenario of raids on news outlets is nothing more than conjecture; one that can exist only in some made-up Bizarro World - a dark, hellish Wonderland of a society lacking the freedoms its leaders proclaim to uphold - and nothing that could ever happen in this America, our America. © 2006 TomPaine.com ( A Project of The Institute for America's Future ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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