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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 04:12:14 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.21.06 1. Rove in Stillwater 7.21 11am 2. Vietnamese festival 7.22 9am 3. NE farmers market 7.22 9am 4. Artcar parade 7.22 2pm 5. PeaceGarden/950AM 7.22 3pm 6. Community housing 7.22 7pm 7. NV peace/brunch 7.23 10:30am 8. Holocaust 7.23 12noon 9. Peacnik picnik 7.23 3pm 10. KFAI uprising 7.23 4pm 11. Leftist Spanish 7.23 7pm 12. Ralph Nader - US responsibility for Israeli war crimes 13. Jonathan Cook - Israelis are dying: it must be an escalation 14. Helen Kennedy - Hil, Rupert sly as Fox at fund-raiser 15. Kennedy/White - Was the 2004 election stolen? 16. ed - Half-worm in apple (poem) --------1 of 16-------- From : "Sarah Burt" <sarah.burt [at] gmail.com> Subject: Rove in Stillwater 7.21 11am Karl Rove - the evil boy genius behind this disasterous administration will be in Stillwater on Friday, July 21 at a luncheon fundraiser. I don't need to tell you about how evil this guy is, and how his influence on this administration has led us down the path to war. Not to mention the greedy corporate bullies they let run everything. AND THEN there's everything they've done to the environment, our schools (no child left behind - what a disaster), the economy and health care. So I am asking you to join a group of us who are meeting at Pioneer Park in Stillwater to protest Rove and the Administration's policies. We'll be gathering at 11am. Bring signs and friends. Pioneer Park is at Cherry and North 2nd street - just up the hill on the North side of Downtown Stillwater. So let's make sure our voices are heard on July 21st!! Pioneer Park Corner of Cherry and North 2nd Street Friday, July 21 11am --- From: Jesse Mortenson <teknoj [at] gmail.com> Fellow Stillwater Area High School graduate Liza Baer informs me that Karl Rove will be in town campaigning for Michelle Bachmann today (Friday) and there is a protest planned. Join them if you can: ebaer [at] macalester.edu wrote: just wanted to let you know that karl rove is going to be in stillwater tomorrow, campaigning for michele bachman, the republican state senator from my district who's running for the 6th district congress seat (as if you didn't know). anyway, there are going to be at least a few people protesting down at the waterstreet inn, right by the bridge, which is where the event is being held. --------2 of 16-------- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: Vietnamese festival 7.22 9am Vietnamese Community Festival. It will be open 9 am through 9 pm and is at Phalen Park in StPaul. --------3 of 16-------- From: tom [at] organicconsumers.org Subject: NE farmers market 7.22 9am COME AND GET IT!!!! While the heat has broke the NE Farmers Market is still heating up more than an over taxed Edsel radiator! Ok, you may not know what an Edsel is but trust me, that's pretty dang hot ~ at least I think it is. While the thermometer rose into the triple digits last week the Northeast Farmers Market was graced with the first local sweet corn of the season. Those bi-colored beauties were gone in no time at all! All bets are off if there will be more this week but it would be worth your time to come see if they are because there is always the beautiful selection of other produce, cut flowers and the sustainable pork products raised from the Trebesch farm to select from and MAN, their cottage bacon makes for a BLT that you will not soon forget. Speaking of tomatoes, none were in as of last week but they should not be far behind. The fusionTastic sounds of Tri Tipo will be there this week and you MUST stop by and visit with Chowgirls - those purveyors of killer catering, who last week not only had iced sweet tea (take me back to my home in Georgia!) but iced coffee too AND that great selection of lovely savory pastries that make for a delicious breakfast, RIGHT THERE AT THE FARMERS MARKET. Mark your calendar for our annual CORN FEED and Brat-A-Palooza that is coming up on Aug 12th where we will be featuring the brats from the Trebesch's farm as well as the legendary organic sweet corn from Gardens if Eagan. We will be serving up those ears with local herbed butter so come support the NE Farmers Market and COME HUNGRY!!! If you would like to volunteer for the Aug. 12th Corn Feed you can call me at the number below or come see Rod Stevens or me at the Market. We are conveniently located at the corner of University AVE and 7th AVE, in lovely lower NE MPLS. There is plenty of free parking and we got SHADE too! 9:AM till 1:PM EVERY Saturday; your direct connection to all of summer's rewards from the earth. Please feel free to spread this message around, like manure, it does not do a lot of good sitting in one place, Tom Taylor 612-788-4252 --------4 of 16-------- From: Lisa Fink <lisa [at] intermediaarts.org> Subject: Artcar parade 7.22 2pm INTERMEDIA ARTS PRESENTS 12th ANNUAL ARTCAR PARADE Saturday, July 22 2pm Free Minneapolis Lyn-Lake Neighborhood ArtCar Artist Exhibit at Outsiders and Others Gallery Opening reception: Friday, July 21, 7pm On Saturday, July 22, ArtCar artists will hit the streets in full force for the 12th Annual ArtCar Parade, a highly successful annual parade in South Minneapolis organized by a grassroots affiliation of artists who creatively alter cars and other wheeled vehicles for display and everyday use. More than 80 wildly decorated cars, bikes, scooters, chairs and other wheeled vehicles will be on display by local and national ArtCar artists. Drivers and ArtCars are revving their engines and ready to burn rubber-at a speedy 10 mph. Our very own home-grown MTN cable celebrities Viva and Jerry return for their third year as Grand Marshals, giving the parade a "thumbs up" all around! The parade route begins at Lake Street and Grand Avenue and goes west on Lake Street to Lyndale Avenue. It turns north onto Lyndale and ends at 28th Street. Announcers will be located at Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue and will announce in English and Spanish. Parade goers can meet the artists and view cars up close after the parade at Intermedia Arts and Salem Lutheran Church (both near the intersection of Lyndale and 28th Street). On July 21 (the evening before the parade), ArtCar enthusiasts can view their favorite ArtCar artists' works at the Outsiders and Others Gallery, located in downtown Minneapolis at 1010 Park Avenue South. The next day, art rumbles down Lake and Lyndale for the 12th Annual ArtCar Parade. ArtCars - often humorous, sometimes surprising and always inventive - spark a creative impulse. The ArtCar Parade helps bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to create, participate and enjoy as a community. It has become a phenomenon in the Twin Cities and beyond. For more information on ArtCar events call (612) 871-4444 or visit www.intermediaarts.org or www.artcarparade.com. Intermedia Arts is a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art. Sponsored by 89.3 The Current and Pizza Luce PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: ArtCars on Parade Diverse Crowd of Parade Attendees ArtCar Artists Intermedia Arts' spokespeople CONTACT: Theresa Sweetland Phone: 612-874-2813 E-mail: theresa [at] intermediaarts.org www.intermediaarts.org --------5 of 16-------- From: Burt Berlowe <bberlowe [at] mn.rr.com> Spirit Road Radio will travel Saturday to the Lyndale Peace Garden in Minneapolis to discuss the upcoming commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing and its current meaning during a time of nuclear threats. The show runs from 3 to 4pm on Air America Minnesota 950 AM. For more info, call 612-722-1504 or visit www.spiritroadradio.net --------6 of 16-------- From: David B. <dboehnke [at] macalester.edu> Subject: Community housing 7.22 7pm A Flicker of Light in the Belly of the Beast: Benefit Get-Together for Rise Like Lions Community Housing 7pm Saturday 7/22 1709 Selby Ave. We (Rise Like Lions Community Housing) doth hereby cordially invite thee to Ye Olde Rise Like Lions Inaugural Fundraiser and Evening of Camaraderie, on the Twenty-Second Day of July, in the Two-Thousand and Sixth Year. Enough of the huff-puffery. In case you aren't fluent in the parlance of Medieval times, Rise Like Lions Community Housing will be hosting a fundraiser and back-patio cookout on Saturday, July 22 to raise money to establish a housing cooperative in St. Paul. We're gathering at 1709 Selby Avenue (at the corner of Selby and Aldine) in St. Paul. The evening will begin at 7pm with tasty organic (and, of course, both vegan and non-vegan) food for you, and at 9:30pm, self-described "acoustic-core" sensation Ba Ba Blacksheep and another, yet to be confirmed, musical act will grace us with their fine tunes. There will also be hookahs set out for your enjoyment (yes, they are legal), and copious amounts of merriment will surely ensue. The goal of this benefit is to begin the work of fundraising to make a down payment on a house to turn into a housing cooperative. We're asking you for a donation (and suggesting $10, with a sliding scale) in order to help make this vision more possible. Bring friends and loved ones; we'll enjoy getting to meet them as well. For more information both on the event and Rise Like Lions, visit our website at www.riselikelions.org. --------7 of 16-------- From: Nonviolent Peaceforce <MelDuncan [at] NonviolentPeaceforce.org> Subject: NV peace/brunch 7.23 10:30am You are invited to a Brunch at St. Stephen's Church, 2211 Clinton Ave. S. (near Franklin and 35 W) in Minneapolis Sunday July 23 from 10:30am-1pm A Fundraiser for the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Sliding Scale donation: $5.00-$25:00+ Put on by Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates of St. Stephens. This brunch is truly delicious and a great community event. --------8 of 16-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Holocaust 7.23 12noon Sunday July 23 Minnesota History Center Family day for LIFE IN THE SHADOWS: HIDDEN CHILDREN OF THE HOLOCAUST, 12-4PM Activities including Holocaust survivor Sabina Zimering, accordian player Dee Langley, vocalist Natalie Nowytski and Partners in Praise Girls Choir with David Harris and Friends. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children (6-17) information: 651-296-6126 --------9 of 16-------- From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> From: Peace In The Precincts <info [at] peaceintheprecincts.org> Subject: Peacnik picnik 7.23 3pm Please join other peaceniks at the Potluck Picnic this Sunday. Bring toys - croquet, frisbee etc. if you have them. Dunning Rec Center just off 94 and west of Lexington 1221 Marshall Ave St. Paul MN 55104 Sunday, July 23rd 3-6pm Exit Lexington south, go to Marshall, turn right, go past Central High School to rec center (Griggs St) turn right into parking lot. Proceed thru or around building to back of building for picnic! We will have tables and folding chairs, kitchen access and indoor shelter if the weather's bad. Bring games, lawn chairs and blankets if you want to be more comfy! No grills available. We'll look at this year's accomplishments at the conventions, plan for important events ahead, and just plain have fun! THE PEACE IN THE PRECINCTS STEERING COMMITTEE Phil, Cathy, Sharon, Santwana, Maggie, Brian, and Tim --------10 of 16-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI uprising 7.23 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising, July 23, 2006 WHY ARE INDIGENOUS (AMERICAN INDIAN) SOLDIERS SERVING IN IRAQ? by Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Sahnish and Hidatsa First Nations citizen), Letters to the Editor, Dakota Lakota Journal, July 7-14, 2006. Open Letter to all indigenous peoples: As the United States prepares for its annual Independence Day celebrations, I strongly urge all of our nations to hold critical and independent discussions n why we are committing our young people to serve the U.S. military in its occupation of Iraq. The recent reporting (including revelations of a cover-up) of the murders, executions, and massacres of innocent Iraqi citizens by United States troops prompts me to ask, "Why are Indigenous (American Indian) soldiers serving in Iraq? I wonder why our tribal communities have not had critical debates on the immorality of this war, on the lies of the present Bush Administration that got us into this war, and on the spiritual, economic, social, and psychological costs that both our people and the Iraqi people will pay for this war. It is clear from the history of many of our tribes that our people understood the grave costs of war and so took this act very seriously. Before engaging in war, many of our tribes initiated peace councils and sent emissaries to negotiate goodwill and friendship with the "enemy" in order to avoid war. As sovereign Indigenous nations, we did not to this before or during the invasion of Iraq. We instead let the United States make the decision for us as to whether we should or should not enter into this war. I wonder when was the last time that the United States asked our people for our opinion about war and its costs. Our history tells us that because war was so... Dr. Yellow Bird, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director, Center for Indigenous Peoples' Critical and Intuitive Thinking and Associate Professor, Indigenous Nations Studies Program, The University of Kansas, Lawrence. E-mail mybird [at] ku.edu, http://www2.ku.edu/~insp/ * * * * Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs program for, by, and about Indigenous people broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55454, 612-341-3144. --------11 of 16------- From: Corey Mattson <coreymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org> Subject: Leftist Spanish 7.23 7pm Mayday Books hosts... the Leftist Spanish Conversation Group Are you looking for a place to speak in Spanish about political issues that matter to you? Are you interested in discussing the mass movement for immigrant rights in the United States? Or the current political situation in Latin American countries? Come to Mayday Books on Sunday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm for a meeting to kickoff a Spanish conversation group that will focus on these issues from a Leftist perspective. Location: Mayday Bookstore (301 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota) Sunday, July 23, 7pm For more information, contact Lisa at 651-636-3769 or email her at starangel187 [at] hotmail.com --------12 of 16-------- From Amy Goodman & Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/20/1434256 Thursday, July 20th, 2006 Ralph Nader: U.S. Carries "Inescapable Responsibility" for "Israeli Government's Escalating War Crimes" Former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader wrote a letter to President Bush this week that harshly criticized the White House for its response to Israel's bombardment of Lebanon. Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has issued an urgent appeal to the international community to intervene saying his country has been "torn to shreds." While many countries have called on Israel to halt its military assault, the Bush administration has so far openly rejected calls for a ceasefire. U.S. and Israeli officials have reportedly agreed the bombings will continue for another week. In a letter to President Bush this week, former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader harshly criticized the White House for its response to the crisis. Nader is perhaps the most well known Lebanese-American in the world. He ran against George W Bush for president twice - in 2000 and 2004. He is also the most prominent consumer advocate in the country. RUSH TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: In a letter to President Bush this week, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader harshly criticized the White House for its response to the crisis. Ralph Nader is perhaps the most well known Lebanese American in the world. He ran against George W. Bush for president twice, in 2000 and 2004. He is also the most prominent consumer advocate in this country. Ralph Nader joins us on the telephone right now. We welcome you to Democracy Now!, Ralph Nader. RALPH NADER: Good morning, Amy. AMY GOODMAN: Tell us what you wrote to President Bush. RALPH NADER: I wrote him a letter that basically described the need for him to get advice from his father and Brent Scowcroft and James Baker about how he should deal with this Israeli invasion of Lebanon, which of course violates a whole range of international treaties and Geneva Conventions, to which the United States has been a longtime signatory. And the first priority that Bush should adopt is to recognize that the U.S.'s indiscriminate support of Israel's indiscriminate bombing of Lebanon - ports and hospital and roads and wheat silos and residential areas - puts a responsibility on the President, who is shipping a lot of tax dollars to Israel, as well as a lot of weapons, to put a stop to this through a ceasefire and to take a stronger initiative in resolving the core problem, which is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. AMY GOODMAN: You also take on the issue of President Bush's father and where he should go for advice. RALPH NADER: Yes, I wanted to draw a contrast as to just how extreme and messianically driven President Bush is, even in comparison with his father and his father's key advisers, Jim Baker and Brent Scowcroft, both of whom opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Bush, in 2004, was quoted as saying, quote, "I trust God speaks through me," end-quote. We're dealing here with not just a phenomenally ignorant man, but a messianically driven man, and so when the Prime Minister of Israel visits the White House, he, Bush, knows who the puppeteer and who the puppet is, but he doesn't like to appear like a puppet, so he embraces messianically anything that Israel chooses to do militarily and to, in the words of the combat reservists who have refused to serve in the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli combat reservists, they refuse to serve in Gaza and the West Bank and in their words they, quote, "We shall not continue to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people," end-quote. And that is exactly what George W. Bush's unqualified support, weaponry, diplomatic cover, vetoes in the UN against UN resolutions, is providing the Israeli military regime an opportunity to do, the Palestinians and anybody in the area that the Israeli military regime wants to dominate, damage. What's interesting here is that the Israeli peace movement, just like the peace movement in our country, was cowed when the hostilities began a few days ago. But that doesn't mean that the Israeli peace movement and leading commentators, former ministers of justice and defense and intelligence officials, who in prior months and years spoke out against the occupation, colonization, domination, destruction of the West Bank and Palestine cannot reassert themselves. But when they're up against George W. Bush and a supine congress and an absurdly compliant Hillary Clinton, and others, it's very hard for the Israeli peace movement, in the Knesset and elsewhere, to reassert itself. And that's the cardinal failure of the Bush regime, that they have sided their positions with the militarists in Israel, but not with the broad, deep and prominent Israeli peace movement. Read or listen to the rest here: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/07/20/1434256 --------13 of 16-------- Israelis are dying: it must be an escalation By Jonathan Cook The Electronic Intifada - 17 July 2006 http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article5056.shtml Here we go again - another "serious escalation" has begun in the Middle East, or so BBC World was telling audiences throughout Sunday. So what prompted the BBC's judgment that the crisis was escalating once more? You can be sure it had nothing to do with the more than 130 Lebanese dead after five days of savage aerial bombardment from at least 2,000 sorties by Israeli war planes that are making the country's south a disaster zone and turning Beirut into a crumbling ghost town. Those dead, most civilians and many of them women and children, hardly get a mention, their lives apparently empty of meaning or significance in this confrontation. Nor is it the Lebanese roads and bridges being pounded into dust, the petrol stations and oil refineries going up in smoke, the phone networks and TV stations being obliterated, the water and electricity supplies being cut off. The rapid transformation of a modern vibrant country like Lebanon into the same category of open-air prison as Gaza is not an escalation in the BBC's view. No, the BBC proffered a first, hesitant "escalation" on Thursday night when Hizbullah had the audacity to fire a handful of rockets at Haifa in response to the growing Lebanese death toll. The worst damage the Katyushas inflicted was one gouging a chunk of earth out of the hillside overlooking the port. But the BBC felt confident to declare the escalation had turned "serious" on Sunday when Hizbullah not only fired more rockets at Haifa but one killed a group of eight railway workers in a station depot. Now that Israeli civlians as well as Lebanese civilians are dying - even if in far smaller numbers - the BBC's battalions of journalists in northern Israel finally have something to report on. So BBC World's broadcast at 9:00 am GMT (noon Israel/Lebanon time) hardly veered out of Haifa or Jerusalem. After the presenter's headline declaration that the Hizbullah strike on Haifa was a "serious escalation", the news segued into a lengthy and sympathetic interview with an Israeli police spokesman in Haifa by Wyre Davies; followed by another lazy interview, lasting the best part of five minutes, with an Israeli government spokesman in Jerusalem; followed by Ben Brown in Beirut interviewing a British holidaymaker about her night of horror in her hotel. And in those 15 minutes that was about as close as we got to hearing what the Lebanese had been enduring from a night and morning of Israeli aerial strikes on Beirut and the country's south. If there was any mention of the suffering of Lebanese civilians - and doubtless the BBC will tell me there was - the reference was so fleeting that I missed it. And if I missed it, then so did most BBC World viewers. The true nature of the "serious escalation" was soon apparent - or at least it was if one watched Arab TV channels. They showed an urban wasteland of rubble and dust in the suburbs of Beirut and Tyre that was shockingly reminiscent of New York in the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attacks. They cut intermittently to local hospitals filled with Lebanese children, their faces a rash of bloody pockmarks from the spray of Israeli shrapnel. More terrible images of children burnt and lying in pools of blood arrrived in my email inbox from Lebanese bloggers. But in the BBC's lexicon, escalation has nothing to do with the enormous destruction Israel can unleash on Lebanon; only the occasional, smaller-scale blow Hizbullah scores against Israel. Switching from the Arab channels back to the BBC for their 11:00 am broadcast in the hope of finding the same images of devastation in Tyre and Beirut, I stumbled on yet another timid interview with Israel's ubiqitious spokesman Mark Regev. It was followed by the two headlines: Nine dead in Israel after a "barrage" of attacks on Haifa; and foreign governments prepare to evacuate their nationals out of the region. At noon James Reynolds as good as gave the game away: the Hizbullah strike on Haifa, he said, proved that the rockets are "no longer just an irritant". Now it was clear why a "serious escalation" had begun: Israel was actually being harmed by Hizbullah's rockets rather than just irritated. Until then the harm had been mainly inflicted on Lebanese civilians, so no escalation was taking place. As I regularly flicked to the BBC's coverage all afternoon, I found almost no mention of those dead in Lebanon. They had become "non-beings", irrelevant in the calculations not only of our world leaders but of our major broadcasters. It wasn't till the 7:00 pm news that I saw meaningful images from Lebanon, as Gavin Hewitt followed a fire crew trying to put out an enormous oil refinery blaze in Tyre. Although we saw some of the suffering of the Lebanese population, the anchor felt obliged to preface the scenes from Lebanon with the statement that they were Israeli "retaliation" for the Haifa attack, even though Israel had been launching such strikes for four days before the lethal rocket strike on Haifa. In the same broadcast, an Israeli cabinet minister, Shaul Mofaz, was given air time to make the claim that parts of the rockets that landed in Haifa were Syrian-made. Allegations by the Lebanese president, Emile Lahoud, widely shown on Arab TV that Israel had been using phosphorus incendiary bombs - illegal under international law - received no coverage at all. On the 8:00 pm news, one of the headlines was a menacing quote from Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the Hizbullah leader, that "Haifa is just the beginning". Mike Wooldridge in the Jerusalem studio made great play of the quote, taken from a broadcast Nasrallah had made several hours earlier. The BBC may have lifted the sentence from the Israeli media because they missed out the important conditional context inserted by Nasrallah - it was only the "beginning" of what Hizbullah could do if Israel continued its attacks. They could have found this out even from the Hebrew media if they had taken the care to look more closely: "As long as the enemy pursues its aggression without limits and red lines we will pursue the confrontation without limits and without red lines," Nasrallah was quoted as saying by the daily Haaretz newspaper. In other words, Nasrallah was warning that Hizbullah would give back as good as it gets - a standard piece of rhetoric from a military leader in times of confrontation. The BBC is no worse than CNN, Sky and, of course, Fox News. It is possibly far better, which is reason enough why we should be outraged that this is the best international broadcast coverage we are likely to get of the conflict. The reporting we are seeing from the BBC and the other broadcasters is racist; there is no other word to describe it. The journalists' working assumption is that Israeli lives are more precious, more valuable than Lebanese lives. A few dead Israelis justify massive retaliation; many Lebanese dead barely merit a mention. The subtext seems to be that all the Lebanese, even the tiny bleeding children I see on Arab TV, are terrorists. It is just the way Arabs are. That is why the capture of two Israeli soldiers is more newsworthy to our broadcasters than the dozens of Lebanese civilians dying from the Israeli bombing runs that have followed. The eight Israelis killed on Sunday are worth far more than the 130-plus Lebanese lives taken so far and the hundreds more we can expect to die in the coming days. There is no excuse for this asymmetry of coverage. BBC reporters are in Lebanon just as they are in Israel. They can find spokespeople in Lebanon just as easily as they can find them in Israel. They can show the far vaster scale of devastation in Beirut as easily as the wreckage in Haifa. They can speak to the Lebanese casualties just as easily as they can those in Israel. But they don't - and as a fellow journalist I have to ask myself why. My previous criticisms of British reporters over their distorted coverage of Israel's military assaults in Gaza a few weeks back appear to have struck a raw nerve. Certainly they provoked a series of emails - some defensive, others angry - from a few of the reporters I named. All tried to defend their own coverage, unable to accept my criticisms because they are sure that they personally do not take sides. They are not "campaigning" journalists after all, they are "professionals" doing a job. But the problem is not with them, it is with the job they have to do - and the nature of the professionalism they so prize. I am sure the BBC's Wyre Davies cares as much about Lebanese deaths as he does about Israeli ones. But he also knows his career at the BBC demands that he does not ask his bosses questions when told to give valuable minutes of air time to an Israeli police spokesman who offers us only platitudes. Similarly, we see James Reynolds use his broadcast from Haifa at 12:00 noon to show emotive footage of him and his colleagues running for shelter as Israeli air raid sirens go off, only to tell us that in fact no rockets landed in Haifa. That non-event was shown by the BBC every hour on the hour all afternoon and evening. Was it more significant than the images of death we never saw taking place just over the border? These images from Lebanon exist because the Arab channels spent all day showing them. Matthew Price knows too that in the BBC's view it is his job as he stands in Haifa, after we have repeatedly heard Israeli spokespeople giving their version of events, to repeat their message, dropping even the quotes marks as he passionately tells us how tough Israel must now be, how it must "retaliate" to protect its citizens, how it must "punish" Hizbullah. This is not journalism; it's reporting as a propaganda arm of a foreign power. Can we imagine Ben Brown doing the same from Beirut, standing in front of the BBC cameras telling us how Hizbullah has no choice faced with Israel's military onslaught but to start hitting Haifa harder, blowing up its oil refineries and targeting civilian infrastructure to "pressure" Israel to negotiate? Would the BBC bother to show pre-recorded footage of Brown fleeing for his safety in Beirut in what later turned out to be a false alarm? Of course not. Doubtless Brown and his colleagues are forced to take cover on a regular basis for fear of being hurt by Israeli air strikes, but his fear - or more precisely, the fear of the Lebanese he stands alongside - is not part of the story for the BBC. Only Israeli fears are newsworthy. These reporters are working in a framework of news priorities laid down by faceless news executives far away from the frontline who understand only too well the institutional pressures on the BBC - and the institutional biases that are the result. They know that the Israel lobby is too powerful and well resourced to take on without suffering flak; that the charge of anti-semitism might be terminally damaging to the BBC's reputation; that the BBC is expected broadly to reflect the positions of the British governmment if it wants an easy ride with its regulators; that to remain credible it should not stray too far from the line of its mainly American rivals, who have their own more intense domestic pressures to side with Israel. This distortion of news priorities has real costs that can be measured in lives - in the days and weeks to come, hundreds, possibly thousands, of lives in both Israel and Lebanon. As long as Israel is portrayed by our major broadcasters as the one under attack, its deaths alone as significant, then the slide to a regional war - a war of choice being waged by the Israeli government and army - is likely to become inevitable. So to Jeremy Bowen, James Reynolds, Ben Brown, Wyre Davies, Matthew Price and all the other BBC journalists reporting from the frontline of the Middle East, and the faceless news executives who sent them there, I say: you may be nice people with the best of intentions, but shame on you. [Jonathan Cook, based in Nazareth, is the author of Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State, published by Pluto Press and available in the US from University of Michigan Press. His website is http://www.jkcook.net.] --------14 of 16-------- Hil, Rupert sly as Fox at fund-raiser BY HELEN KENNEDY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/436080p-367343c.html Two of the most public people in the world had a chummy breakfast yesterday, but media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) tried to keep their political get-together as secret as possible. There were no Fox News cameras to record the odd couple breaking bread together at Murdoch's News Corp. headquarters in midtown, where, after years of attacking her, the conservative Murdoch hosted a fund-raiser for Clinton's Democratic Senate campaign. The campaign refused to even confirm the time or location of the controversial fund-raiser. No estimate of the take or number of people who attended was released. New York's junior senator did not make an appearance on "Fox and Friends" on her way out of the building just after 10a.m. She didn't even go through the News Corp. lobby, slipping out a side door onto W.48th St., where the CBS show "Without a Trace" was filming up the block. Fans of Clinton and Murdoch were shocked and upset when the fund-raiser was announced, and the senator and the mogul have since sought to downplay the event. Murdoch insists he is stuffing more cash into Clinton's overflowing coffers simply because she's an effective senator. After hosting Clinton, Murdoch was expected a few blocks north at a Republican Senate campaign fund-raising luncheon featuring Clinton's rival in the 2008 presidential opinion polls, Arizona Sen. John McCain. Asked whether Murdoch was playing both sides of the street, McCain said with a smile, "He's a great American." Former Sen. Al D'Amato, who hosted the GOP fund-raiser, said the Clinton-Murdoch coziness was just good business. "She's a force to be reckoned with and if you're in the business community, you have to understand that," he said. Originally published on July 18, 2006 [With money, you can control both major US parties. If you control both major US parties, you control the US. If you control the US, you control the US military. If you control the US military, you can try to control the world. Hillary and the Dems know this, but let themselves be bought anyway. The only question is, Why do we put up with it? -ed] --------15 of 16-------- Was the 2004 Election Stolen? Summary of an article by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Rolling Stone, June 15, 2006 By Mary White, Twin Cities Peace Activist Overview Any election will have anomalies. The U.S. voting system is a confusing patchwork of polling rules run by 13,000 counties and municipalities. But what is suspicious about the election of 2004 was its decidedly partisan bent. Almost without exception, the anomalies of the presidential election in 2004 hurt John Kerry and benefited George Bush. Despite the lack of interest from corporate media and the general public, these facts have emerged: · The first signs that something was gravely wrong were the discrepancies between exit polls and actual voter counts. · Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad did not receive their ballots or received them too late to vote after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down the Web site used to file overseas registrations. · Sproul & Associates, a consulting firm hired by the Republicans National Committee to register voters in six battleground states, was discovered shredding Democratic registrations. · In New Mexico, malfunctioning machines failed to register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots. Bush won New Mexico by 5,988 votes. · Nationally, as many as one million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment. · It was in Ohio, the critical battleground state that clinched Bush's victory, that the reports were most disturbing. *Tens of thousands of eligible voters were purged from the polls. *Registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives were not processed. *Democratic precincts were short changed in the allocation of voting machines. · A recount that could have given Kerry the presidency was derailed. The Exit Polls Exit polls in 30 states deviated from actual tallies to an extent that cannot be accounted for by their margin of error. On election day, exit polls showed Kerry winning in four crucial states: Nevada, New Mexico, Florida and Ohio. Bush's odds of winning were less than one in 450,000. However when the ballots were counted, the four states went for Bush, depriving Kerry of 57 electoral votes and the presidency. In examining the discrepancies in three states, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Steven Freeman, a specialist in research methodology at the University of Pennsylvania, said, "the odds against all three of these shifts occurring in concert are one in 660,000. As much as one can say something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual votes counted in these three crucial states could have been due to chance or random error.. When you look at the numbers, there is a tremendous amount of data that supports the supposition of election fraud." (Freeman is the author of the forthcoming book, Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud and the Official Count). Freeman says of himself, " I am not even political. I despise the Democrats." The Case of Ohio The evidence of wrongdoing is especially strong in Ohio. The man in charge of vote counting in Ohio is Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell who was the co-chair of President Bush's Election Committee. · Frustrated by the Democrat's failure to follow-up on the widespread evidence of voter intimidation and fraud, Representative John Conyers (D) held public hearings in Ohio where they received 50,000 complaints from voters. The Conyers report concluded that the problems were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Blackwell. · A total of at least 357,000 voters in Ohio-most of them Democratic-were prevented from casting ballots or didn't have their votes counted in 2004. *174,000 were unable to vote because of long lines. *72,000 were disenfranchised by avoidable registration errors. *66,000 had ballots invalidated by faulty machines. *30,000 were purged from voter lists for failing to vote in two previous elections. *10,000 had ballots discarded because they stood in the wrong line. *5,000 were turned away by Republican challengers. · Caging Prior to the election, registrations were up 250 percent in traditional Democratic strongholds, compared to 25 percent in Republican leaning counties, according to a New York Times analysis. To stem this tide, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican party attempted to disenfranchise minority and urban voters through illegal mailings known as "caging". Caging involved sending registered letters to over 200,000 newly registered voters in 65 counties, targeted by zip code. Voters who failed to respond to this mailing or whose letter came back as undeliverable were stricken from the rolls. · Registration Forms On September 7, less than a month before the deadline for new voters, Blackwell announced, citing an arcane election law, that only registrations printed on 80 lb. unwaxed paper would be processed. This decision threw registration efforts into chaos. Under the threat of court action, Blackwell withdrew his order on September 28, just six days before the registration deadline. His revocation was too late. Election Boards already backlogged, were unable to process all the new registrations in time. · Provisional Ballots Under the Help America Vote Act, would be voters whose registration is questioned at the polls must be allowed to cast provisional ballots that can be counted after the election if the registration proves valid. Blackwell worked to prevent thousands of voters from receiving provisional ballots. He decreed that poll workers could judge whether the voter would be given a provional ballot. This ruling was challenged in federal court where Judge James Carr ruled that this was illegal, a decision upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the ensuing confusion caused untold number of voters to be turned away. · Long Lines Many voters were prevented from reaching the polls because of long lines. The Democratic National Committee concluded that three percent of all Ohio voters who showed up to vote left without casting a ballot. Voters in inner city precincts in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo-- which were voting for Kerry by margins of ninety percent--often waited up to seven hours. At Kenyon College, students stood in line for up to 11 hours. The Conyers report concluded that the vast majority of the lost vote was in urban, minority and Democratic leaning areas. Republican officials created the long lines by reducing the number of precincts and by failing to distribute enough voting machines to inner city precincts and to places like Kenyon College. By mid-morning when it was already apparent that people were dropping out of line, precincts asked for the right to distribute paper ballots. Blackwell denied the request. · Faulty Machines Voters who made it through the hurdles, often found that the voting machines didn't work properly and produced errors. Of the 5.6 million votes in Ohio, 800,000 were cast on electronic voting machines. Some voters who entered "Kerry" on the screen saw "Bush" pop up instead. Others saw Kerry's name light up but it had disappeared by the time they completed their ballot. In addition to problems with electronic machines, Ohio's vote was skewed by old-fashioned punch-card equipment. All but 20 counties relied on antiquated machines. Many of these counted the ballots by automatic tabulators, which were manufactured by Triad Governmental Systems (the same company that supplied the butterfly ballots used by Florida in 2000). Some 95,000 ballots recorded no vote for President; most of these were on punch-card machines. The vast majority of these ballots would have been discernable, if counted by hand. However, only one county hand counted its votes. Black districts had more than twice the rate of spoiled ballots than white districts. In April 2006 a federal court found that Ohio's use of punch-card ballots violated the equal protection rights of the citizens who used them. · The Case of the 12 Rural Counties An examination of election data strongly suggests widespread fraud in these 12 rural counties: Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Darke, Highland, Mercer, Miami, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, and Warren. Key indictors of voter fraud are large discrepancies between the presidential vote and other races on the ballot. In each of the 12 counties, Kerry's numbers were low and Bush' were unusually high. For example, stateside Kerry received 667,000 more votes than a defeated Democratic Supreme Court candidate, Ellen Connally. In the 12 counties, Connolly out-polled Kerry by 19,621 votes and Bush's vote appears to be inflated by almost the exact same number of votes. He outpaced Connolly's opponent by more than twice the rate he did elsewhere in Ohio. If Kerry had maintained his statewide margin in the 12 counties, he would have won by 81,260 votes. That's a swing of 162,520 votes from Kerry to Bush in a race decided by fewer than 119,000 votes. Freeman, the expert in poll analysis said: "This is very strong evidence that the vote is off in those counties. To me this provides every indication of fraud." · False Terrorist Alert The most transparent incident of fraud took place in Warren County where a fraudulent Level Ten Terrorist Alert allowed officials to count votes behind closed doors. Under the threat (which was subsequently declared to be false by the FBI), reporters and election observers were kept away from the polls and the ballots were counted in secret. Warren County was one of the last counties in Ohio to announce its results. The results showed that Kerry received 2,426 fewer votes than Ellen Connally. This was a large departure from statewide patterns. Later the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the alert was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. · Rigging the Recount After Kerry conceded the election, his campaign helped the Libertarian and Green parties pay for a recount of all 88 counties in Ohio. Under state law, three percent of each county's precincts were randomly selected for a recount by both hand and machine. If the two totals were exactly the same, machines alone could be used to tally the rest of the recount. According to charges brought by a special prosecutor in April, election officials in Cleveland fraudulently and secretly recounted precincts by hand to identify those that would match the machine count. These pre-screened precincts were then used to select the "random" sample of three percent. Prosecutor Kevin Baxter stated: "If it didn't balance, they excluded those precincts." Voting machines were also tampered with prior to the recount. An employee of Triad in Hocking County was reported by Deputy Elections Director Sherole Eaton for making unauthorized changes to a tabulating machine. Eaton told the Conyers Committee that this same Triad employee also provided county officials with a "cheat sheet" so that " the count would come out perfect and we wouldn't have to do a full hand recount of the county." After making the report, Eaton was fired. The same Triad employee was dispatched to work in five other counties. What's At Stake After the election, there was almost a complete blackout in the corporate media regarding the many allegations of fraud. The only news anchor who seriously questioned the outcome was Keith Olbermann of MSNBC who was stunned by the lack of interest by investigative reporters. He attributed the lack of coverage to self-censorship by journalists. Even more alarming is the failure of federal officials who are charged with safeguarding the vote to contest election results. In Ohio, the time frame for contesting results is fast closing. On November 2, 2006, state officials will be allowed to destroy all ballots from the 2004 election. To help prevent a repeat of 2004, Kerry has co-sponsored an election reform act, Count Every Vote. The legislation would provide these protections: voters would be allowed to register at the polls on election day; provisional ballots would be given to voters who show up at the wrong precinct; paper print-outs would be required from electronic voting machines; election officials like Blackwell would be required to resign if they joined a political campaign. However, Kerry is fearful that if the Democrats push these reforms, the Republicans will use their majority to create even more obstacles to voting. U.S. history is filled with examples of voter fraud. But instead of cleaning up the system, we have allowed the problems to become even worse. The greatest threat to our democracy is the failure of our voting system. If people no longer believe that their votes will be accurately recorded, they will stop voting. The entire idea of a government by the people is at stake. As Thomas Paine put it: "Voting is the right upon which all other rights depend." Unless we safeguard that right, everything else in our form of government is in jeopardy. --------16 of 16-------- Half-worm in apple. Piss in pool. Crap in diaper. Rove in Stillwater. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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