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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.04.06 1. Guantanamo teach-in 10.05 9am 2. World can't wait 10.05 11:30am 3. Bioethics in Asia 10.05 4pm 4. New Hope vigil 10.05 4pm 5. Eagan peace vigil 10.05 4:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 10.05 5pm 7. Small is beautiful 10.05 5pm 8. Empower women 10.05 5:30pm 9. Terrorism 10.05 6:30pm Duluth MN 10. Peace candidate? 10.05 7pm 11. Muslim concert 10.05 8pm 12. Law/religion/conf 10.06 10am 13. Ken Pentel/MPR 10.06 11:05am 14. Ffunch lunch bunch 10.06 11:30am 15. Global women 10.06 6:30pm 16. Full moon walk 10.06 7pm 17. Boddhisattva peace 10.06-09 7pm 18. Mark Crispin Miller - Rigged elections: elephants in polling booths 19. Bill Moyers - Lincoln weeps 20. John R MacArthur - Clinton Democrats want money more than votes 21. ed - Door stops, paper weights (poem) --------1 of 21-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Guantanamo teach-in 10.05 9am October 5 - Guantanamo Bay Teach-In: How Should We Respond?. 9am-6pm Cost: Free. Location: Room 25, Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN Seton Hall Law School is hosting a teach-in on the Guantanamo Detentions on October 5th, which will be webcast to law schools across the nation. The University of Minnesota Law School is one of the participating institutions in this important event - the proceedings will be shown in Room 25. All who are interested in the detentions and concerned about their legal and ethical implications are encouraged to attend. This National Teach-In is a work in progress created by a group of individuals organized as the National Guantanamo Teach-In Steering Committee. The core of their collaboration is a virtual teach-in which will be simulcast to participating colleges and universities around the country from Seton Hall Law School. But each participating institution is free to omit or supplement the simulcast to explore whatever issues interest its students and faculty. The Project will also provide support for as many efforts as possible on participating campus. With more than 200 schools in at least 44 states already participating, "Guantanamo: How Should We Respond? is an unprecedented collaborative effort of academia, journalism, religion, medicine and even the military in exploring the Government s detention policy and practices in the "war on terror." On October 5th, Seton Hall will host an all-day conference available at academic institutions across the United States to study the national and international implications of indefinitely detaining hundreds of individuals deemed "enemy combatants." Guantanamo: How Should We Respond? has taken on increased importance since President George W. Bush's announcement on September 6 that fourteen suspected terrorist previously held in secret United States facilities abroad will be transferred for trial by military commission at Guantanamo. This decision casts into question both what it means to have a fair trial in such a setting and the failure of the Government even to bring charges against the vast majority of the present detainees. The Guantanamo Teach-in will offer participants incisive analysis with diverse perspectives. Across America, from Maine to New Mexico, from Florida to Hawaii, and from Texas to Montana, law schools, colleges, universities, community colleges and seminaries will be linked in a national dialogue on the lessons of Guantanamo, sparked by, but not limited to, the broadcast presentations. Unique to "Guantanamo: How Should We Respond? is the ability of participating schools to mix and match simulcast sessions from Seton Hall with their own on-campus programming. Beginning at 10:00 EST, the Teach-In will be available via high-quality video streams accessed through this website. Schools in earlier time zones can pick up the sessions in progress or, by accessing a recording of the earlier sessions, view the whole program from the beginning. And, of course, participating schools can schedule their own programming instead of or in addition to some of the nationally broadcast sessions. --------2 of 21-------- From: admin <lists [at] impeachforpeace.org> Subject: World can't wait 10.05 11:30am Oct 5 Invite On the morning of October 5th, 2006, people all over the Twin Cities will walk out of school, take off work, and meet in downtown Minneapolis to protest the illegal and immoral activities of the Bush Administration. Concerned citizens will gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Minneapolis Federal Building, 300 S. 4th Street, to protest for accountability. Shortly thereafter they will march along Hennepin Avenue to Loring Park, after which they will enjoy a free concert from 3 p.m. until sunset in Loring Park. Special guest artists will include Donal Hinely (Visiting from Austin, Texas), and Voice (Visiting from Phoenix, AZ). Local favorites include Cadillac Kolstad, Harsh Reality, the Peace Sisters, Zacc Frikke and more. The protest, march, and music are organized nationally by World Can't Wait and locally by Impeach For Peace.org. Simultaneous protests will be taking place across the United States. Bush and his administration have repeatedly flouted the law and shown contempt for democracy. He has unnecessarily hurt or killed a great many people. Three courts have ruled against Bush so far. What is it going to take before politicians start listening to the American people? It's time for impeachment! Bush is guilty of warrantless wiretapping, lying to justify an illegal war, reserving the "right" in signing statements to violate hundreds of laws, leaking classified information, refusing due process and trial to arrested American citizens, violating the Geneva convention, and even going so far as to allow torture. If this isn't impeachable, I don't know what is. So join us on Oct 5, and help bring accountability to our government. -- Volunteer! To anyone interested in helping to make the October 5th Minneapolis World Can't Wait/Impeach for Peace protest a success: One of our greatest needs for Oct. 5th is volunteers to serve as marshals during the march from the federal building to Loring Park. The role of the marshals will be to help direct the flow of people and traffic so that everyone gets from point a to point b safely. No experience necessary! If you are planning on participating on Oct. 5th and are willing to help out as a marshal, please meet us outside the Federal Building that morning at 11:00 am. We will meet near the grassy mound closest to the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 4th Street to get organized, distribute arm bands, and explain in more detail what you will need to do during the march. Joe of Joe's Garage donated $10 gift certificates to our cause to be shared with the volunteers who help out with the events of October 5th. Please reply to this email if you can help us out with the marshaling so we can keep track of how many volunteers we have. Many thanks to any and all willing volunteers! Dave Jacobi Marshal Coordinator for Oct. 5th Impeach for Peace/World Can't Wait http:/Impeachforpeace.org -- It will take more than emails to accomplish our goal. We need people to get out into the world and get involved. Calling all concerned citizens...Activate! We have a great opportunity in front of us with the upcoming nation wide protest against this withering regime (Oct 5th). Here's our chance to hammer in the final nail in this administration's coffin by swinging the November elections in favor of political leaders who demand accountability. But, it can't be done without organizing. This is where all you great folks come in. We need leaders. Ask yourself if you're willing to put in the time to help make this happen. No hierarchy, no egos. Our organization is proud of the fact that anybody who has the desire can step up and make things happen. There are a few of us who started things initially, but we're all in agreement that this movement must be democratic, and open to all. Anyone who wants to step up and make this happen, is free to. We'll provide you any resources to which we have access to help make your dreams of Bush-Free America come true. We do need your help. This can't happen without people stepping up to demand Bush step down. Please contact us, come to a meeting (info on the website), and become a player in this movement. We have plenty of projects which are as-of-yet undone. Which one of you would like to head up the project to get the Minnesota Legislature to pass an impeachment resolution? We know how, and can provide you the resources necessary. -- Become a sponsor... Organizing requires resources. So far, most of the funding of this cause has been borne by those attending the meetings. However, we will obviously not be able to afford the costs associated with this whole movement as it grows. Please think of how important this effort is, and ask yourself if you can contribute to this cause of ours. Even $10 or $20 can really make a huge difference to us. You can do so on our website by clicking on the "Donate" button. Or, feel free to come to a meeting, and donate in person. We'd love to mention you as a sponsor on the website, or feel free to remain anonymous. You may choose to sponsor a specific cause. Perhaps a freeway banner? We'll be posting some specific needs related to our October protest soon. We are not-for-profit, so every dollar goes to Impeach Bush. Help us to reclaim our democracy. http://impeachforpeace.org/donate.html For details: http://beingism.org/cgi-bin/activistlistwcw.cgi -- Other Impeach For Peace Resources... Do-It-Yourself Impeachment: http://impeachforpeace.org/ImpeachNow.html See all the events at http://beingism.org/cgi-bin/activistlistwcw.cgi Join us for discussion at http://impeachforpeace.org/board/ See our blog at http://impeachforpeace.org/blog/ Our parent organization: http://worldcantwait.net -- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> National organizing under the banner of "World can't Wait" intensifies protest of the current agenda of an endless "war on terroism", endless war on our civil lib erties, endless war on every progressive gain since the 1930s New Deal. Thursday OCT,5 cities across the country will witness protest. Here's the TC info: THURSDAY, OCT, 5, 11:30a,, new Federal Bldg, 4th St/3rd Ave, downtown Minneapolis. Rally, then, march (around 1:30pm) down Hennepin Ave. to Loring Park. From 3pm to 6pm, multiple TC musicnas give a free concert with speeches by many differnt people. Local contact: www.impeachforpeace.org LH Our World Can't Wait by Stephen Zook http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_stephen_060921_our_world_can_t_wait.htm The first reaction I had when I was told that the "world can't wait" was "sure, it can." I certainly can. My papers will still be due, my professors will still lecture, and my alarm clock will still jar me from sleep whether or not George Bush is in office. My world can wait another two years. But, this world is not mine alone. There are other people, people whose worlds cannot wait. People who cannot afford to just go on telling themselves that it won't happen to them. Because it is happening to their families, their hometowns. Its happening to them. They are being, quite literally, dragged off in the dead of night. They are being tried without evidence. They are being forgotten by the people who claim to be protectors of freedom. They are being forgotten by us. And we cannot forget them now. There is an element of every human atrocity that people don't hear about a lot. This element doesn't bleed or cry in the streets. It doesn't make propaganda speeches while it blows up cities and lives. And far too often, it never even makes a noise. It is the "unattached" third parties. It is the people who watch the news and read the papers. The element is us. And all the while, we tell ourselves that we can't change anything. We are deceiving ourselves. We, the disconnected masses, are the crucial element in changing anything. The victims of atrocities cannot change anything. The perpetrators certainly aren't going to change anything. But we can. It was not the massacre of Colorado mining families that brought reform. It was the public outcry that rose from the "disconnected masses" who were appalled that brought change. And it was not the students who endured beatings and jail who ended segregation. Again, it was the outraged public that put pressure on those in power to bring change. And it will not be the victims of unlawful interrogation, torture and bombs that will stop the atrocious actions of our government. It will be the people, the disconnected masses, the bystanders. It will be us. If we sit in our cafes and coffee shops and don't make any noise, we repeat the same sad mistakes that we have been repeating. We will wake up one day and realize "Hey, that was pretty nasty, huh?" And so we will make some apologies, and maybe a movie. Let's make some noise on October 5th instead. Because our world can not wait. I am a student at Temple University. -- From: Nuzhat Haneef <nuzi.haneef [at] comcast.net> Please note that 911Truth.org is strongly supporting this nationwide protest and march by World Can't Wait and other related groups. See http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20060927142052300. Note that the MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group has been invited to speak at this event for about 5 mins; we will probably be sending two speakers. We will also distribute fliers and urge other 9/11 activists to do the same. (The organizer of the event prefers that our 9/11 info be more factual and leave the inference to the audience rather than provide conclusions. So, keep that in mind if developing flyers.) (Ms.) Nuzhat (Nuzi) Haneef nuzi.haneef [at] comcast.net Organizer, MN 9/11 Questions Meetup Group, http://9-11.meetup.com/253/ 651-688-2355 -- From: Jo Johnson <boxesofrocks [at] yahoo.com> (Music/Politics) 5 October, 2006 Protest, March, and Concert in Minneapolis, Ford Bell (D) and Michael Cavlin (Green Party) speak at Loring Park, sponsored by Impeach for Peace (local chapter of national World Can't Wait), and Veterans for Peace, chapter 27. IMPEACH! Minneapolis Protest, March, and Concert October 5th, 2006 (Part of a nationwide protest as seen in the NY Times, USA Today, and as heard on Air America Radio) Protest for Accountability 11:30 a.m. at the Minneapolis Federal Building, 300 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN Justice March From the Federal Building to Hennepin Avenue and Loring Park Musical Celebration for Peace and Justice 3 p.m. until sunset in Loring Park featuring speakers Ford Bell (D) and Michael Cavlin (Green Party) and musical guests. Minneapolis October 5th events are part of a nationwide protest to unleash a wave of outrage. Moving together across the nation, protesters hope to make a statement that cannot be ignored - they are determined to bring the disastrous direction of the Bush administration to a halt. The administration has violated the laws and Constitution (in the areas of war, torture, spying, detention, and release of classified information) and must be held accountable. Demonstrations will take place in cities across the country. Organizers encourage people to take time out from work and school to attend their local demonstration. They assert the importance of making it known that the Bush government does not represent them. Goals include: empowering people to become involved with the governance of the country, demanding accountability and transparency from elected officials, and calling for a change the course of action on national and international fronts. In Minneapolis organizers are planning a protest, a march, and free concert. Artists include Donal Hinely (visiting from Austin, Texas), Tristan James (visiting from Chicago, Illinois), Voice (visiting from New Orleans, Louisiana) and local musicians Cadillac Kolstad, Harsh Reality, and Zacc Frikke. Sponsors: Impeach for Peace, the local chapter of World Can't Wait, calls non-violent means to hold the Bush administration accountable for its illegal actions. Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, works to increase awareness of the full costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the internal affairs of other nations, end the arms race and abolish war as an instrument of national policy. We pledge to use democratic and non-violent means to achieve our purpose. For details, information or interviews: Mikael Rudolph Minneapolis Chapter of World Can't Wait http://WorldCantWait.org Impeach for Peace http://ImpeachforPeace.org minneapolis [at] impeachforpeace.org (612) 302-9252 Other contact information: Daniel Fearn Veterans for Peace Chapter #27 http://twincitiesvfp.org/ --------3 of 21-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Bioethics in Asia 10.05 4pm BIOETHICS IN ASIA: Thursday at 4 pm, October 5, 2006. Nolte 125 (Just next to Folwell) Special talk by Dr. William LaFleur, "Bioethics in East Asia: Where Lee Silver Gets it Right ... and Wrong" http://events.tc.umn.edu/event.xml?occurrence=396266 ABSTRACT: "Is Asia really in the passing lane in biotechnology? Lee M. Silver asserts in Challenging Nature that it is, thus driving scientific nationalism into the center of bioethics. William LaFleur will assert that Silver is mistaken on multiple levels. William LaFleur is E. Dale Saunders Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, author of Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan (Princeton University Press 1992), and principal editor of the forthcoming Dark Medicine: Rationalizing Unethical Medical Research (Indiana University Press, 2007). Professor LaFleur is a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Fall 2006 and will be teaching a seminar on Internationalizing Bioethics: The Japanese Case (BTHX 5000 and GLOS 5900)." (Quoted from http://events.tc.umn.edu/event.xml?occurrence=396266) --------4 of 21-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: New Hope vigil 10.05 4pm NW Neighbors for Peace, Carole Rydberg, carydberg [at] comcast.net Weekly demonstration at the corner of 42nd Avenue N. (Cty. Rd. 9) and Winnetka in New Hope. Many signs available ... just bring yourself. Come and go when you please. --------5 of 21-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.05 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 21-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.05 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, 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 21-------- From: Jesse Mortenson <jmortenson [at] Macalester.edu> Subject: Small is beautiful 10.05 5pm First and third Tuesdays of the month 10.05 5pm Cahoots coffeehouse Selby 1/2 block east of Snelling in StPaul Limit bigboxes, chain stores, TIF, corporate welfare, billboards; promote small business and co-ops, local production & self-sufficiency. http://www.gpsp.org/goodbusiness --------8 of 21-------- From: "Mathiowetz, June L" <June.Mathiowetz [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us> Subject: Empower women 10.05 5:30pm October 5th: Women's Actions for New Directions (WAND) Chapter Start Up Meeting Please join us in starting up the first Women's Actions for New Directions (WAND) chapter in Minnesota from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th. WAND is a national organization dedicated to its mission of empowering women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. Meet at the BIHA house at 1830 James Avenue North, Minneapolis. Food will be provided. For more info, please call: 612/387-4774 or check out the website at www.wand.org <http://www.wand.org/> . --------9 of 21-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Terrorism 10.05 6:30pm Duluth MN Thursday, 10/5, 6:30 pm Duluth town meeting on terrorism, Chester Bowl Chalet in Chester Park at bottom of the ski jump, Duluth. Kathy at 218-724-1891. --------10 of 21-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> From: "Wayne Kassera" <wjkassera [at] boutwellslanding.com> Subject: Natl peace candidate? 10.05 7pm CAN A PEACE CANDIDATE EVER BE ELECTED TO NATIONAL OFFICE? How can people of peace work together politically? How can those of us who are very concerned about peace meaningfully engage in the political process? Should there be an effort to develop a peace party? How can my vote for peace be best used? Can a two party candidate defy the military industrial complex and be for peace? Can progressive candidates survive their party? What are the dangers and problems of being a peace candidate? Are you tired of never being able to vote for a candidate that truly reflects your values regarding peace? These and other questions will be pursued 7:00 PM Thursday evening Oct 5th at the Ascension Episcopal Church 214 N 3rd St. in Stillwater. Candidates with differing views from various political parties will help us find answers to these perplexing questions. --------11 of 21-------- From: Susu Jeffrey <susujeffrey [at] msn.com> Subject: Muslim concert 10.05 8pm "Beyond the Crescent Moon" Music & Dance of Muslim Cultures October 5-8, 2006 Thurs.Fri.Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 2 PM The Ritz Theatre 345 13th Avenue NE, Mpls Adults $25, Seniors $22, Children under 12 $12, Tickets 651-209-6689 Presented by Ethnic Dance Theatre & Ritz Theatre Foundation --------12 of 21-------- From: Student Student Worker <sw-lawfacsec [at] gw.hamline.edu> Subject: Law/religion/conf 10.06 10am I am writing to encourage you to save the date for this year's Symposium on Law, Religion and Politics, Religious Americans and Political Choices, co-sponsored by the Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Religion and Hamline Law School, on Friday, October 6 2006, from 10am to 5pm at Hamline University. This conference is particularly important for anyone who has been concerned about the division among religious Americans, often captured in the popular media as the "Red State/Blue State" divide. This conference is framed as a series of conversations to explore what religious Americans from across the spectrum and their secular counterparts may, in fact, share by way of values and a vision for America and explore why religion has divided Americans in recent years and what we can all do about that. Three structured conversations during the day will ask what common ground religious and secular Americans might share on issues such as race and poverty, environmental protection, and restorative justice. Our keynote and wrap-up presentations will be given by Dr. David P. Gushee, a noted evangelical theologian and scholar from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and Dr. James W. Lewis, the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute, one of the key monitors of the influence of religious institutions including higher education on American life. On Thursday evening, October 5, 2006, we will also honor Dr. Howard Zehr, a founder of the modern restorative justice movement, as this year's winner of the Journal of Law and Religion Achievement Award. You may obtain multiple paper copies of the brochure by calling Deb Lange at 651-523-2122. Our website, http://www.hamline.edu/law/jlr/Symposium/index.html, contains more extensive information about programs, speakers and other information about the program including registration materials. Marie A. Failinger Professor of Law Hamline University School of Law 1536 Hewitt Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 U.S.A. 651-523-2124 (work phone) 651-523-2236 (work fax) mfailinger [at] hamline.edu (email) Journal of Law and Religion website at www.hamline.edu/law/jlr --------13 of 21-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Ken Pentel/MPR 10.06 11:05am Hip Hip Hooray!! Thanks to all of the Greens who made phone calls to MPR to insist that the other Green candidates to be heard. Ken will be on the Midday show on October 6th at 11:05am - noon with the other minor parties, American Party and Quit Raising Taxes Party --------14 of 21-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch lunch bunch 10.06 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! Certified all-natural, sustainable, biodegradable; cures warts and the heartbreak of psoriasis! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet in the private room (holds 12+). Day By Day is non-smoking; has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------15 of 21-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Global women 10.06 6:30pm Friday, October 6: Global Women's Network Heritage Night - Ode to Holiday & Parks, an evening of history, storytelling, song, music and dance. Features Thomasina Petrus as Billie Holiday, Trena Bolden Fields as Rosa Parks, and Amoki Kubat. 6:30 PM. Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, 1795 Holton Street, St. Paul. $15 in advance; $18 at door. Half price for member of GWN and the MN Black Chamber of Commerce. Reserve now. info [at] mnwomen.org or call the GWN hotline 651/224-0400. www.gwnv.org. --------16 of 21-------- From: Sue Ann <mart1408 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Full moon walk 10.06 7pm Coldwater Full Moon Walk - Harvest Moon Friday, October 6, 2006 7:00 pm. Shine on harvest moon! And sing harvest songs. Comments to stop the sale of coldwater are due on October 24th. We need your help. Let Coldwater inspire you to write a comment to save this beautiful and sacred place! Let's restore Coldwater to Coldwater Park, as it was known from 1920 to 1950! Gather at 54th St. & Minnehaha Ave. at the parking lot, just off Highway 55 and 54th St. at the far south end of Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. www.friendsofcoldwater.org info [at] friendsofcoldwater.org What is a Green Museum? How does the Friends of Coldwater Green Museum fit in with the future of Coldwater, the Environmental Impact Statement, and other visions and dreams held for Coldwater's future? What is the role of citizen action in saving Coldwater? ". . . Coldwater could become an urban wilderness, a place among burr oaks and prairie grasses, where people have gathered for centuries around an ever-flowing spring." -from Green Museum Directions: from Hwy 55, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at East 54th Street, follow the road around (to the left) into the parking lot. If you don't have a parking sticker, park and pay at the meters in the lot or on the frontage road, or find alternative free parking across Highway 55 and walk to the lot. On October 6, the moon will rise at 6:28 pm and the sun will set at 6:44 pm. The moon reaches its fullness at 10:13 pm. Sometimes Minnesota full moon dates are a day different from standard calendars, which are based on Eastern Standard Time or Greenwich Mean Time. The dates and times above are the actual times that full moons occur in Minnesota and are from "Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac." --------17 of 21-------- From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] mppeace.org> Subject: Boddhisattva peace 10.06-09 7pm AWAKENING WISDOM AND COMPASSION: PEACE TEACHINGS FOR ACTIVISTS WITH LAMA SHENPEN DROLMA For the power of peace to touch every person, community and nation on this earth, it must radiate out from a profound peace within our own minds. The Bodhisattva Peace Training - developed by Tibetan meditation master H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche - makes accessible to people of all religions and walks of life profound methods of the Buddhist tradition for awakening the positive qualities of wisdom and compassion - the basis of enduring peace - inherent in each of us. Come join us! ~The Importance of Pure Motivation in Benefiting Others - A Public Talk~ Friday, Oct. 6, 79pm Carondelet Center 1890 Randolph Ave, St. Paul ~Bodhisattva Peace Training~ 3 days: Sat. & Sun., Oct. 7 & 8 95pm and Mon., Oct 9, 9Noon Univ. of St. Thomas, Summit Classroom Building (Old McNeely Hall), Room 324 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul **Attendance at Friday's talk is required for participation in the weekend teachings** Lama Shenpen Drolma is a North American woman ordained in 1996 by her teacher, Tibetan meditation master, H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. She is the resident lama at Iron Knot Ranch in Grant County, NM, as well as of Chagdud Gonpa L'hundrub Ling in Flagstaff, AZ. She has taught the Bodhisattva Peace Training extensively since 1991. Suggested Donation: Friday - $10 Weekend Training - $90 No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register for the weekend training, please call 651-206-5271 or 651-207-9682 or email bodhisattvapeacetraining [at] yahoo.com --------18 of 21-------- Our Rigged Elections: The Elephant in the Polling Booth by Mark Crispin Miller Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 by The Washington Spectator To say that this election could go either way is not to say that the Republicans have any chance of winning it. As a civic entity responsive to the voters' will, the party's over, there being no American majority that backs it, or that ever would. Bush has left the GOP in much the same condition as Iraq, Afghanistan, the global climate, New Orleans, the Bill of Rights, our military, our economy and our national reputation. Thus the regime is reviled as hotly by conservatives as by liberals, nor do any moderates support it. So slight is Bush's popularity that his own party's candidates for Congress are afraid to speak his name or to be seen with him (although their numbers, in the aggregate, are even lower than his). It seems the only citizens who still have any faith in him are those who think God wants us to burn witches and drive SUVs. For all their zeal, such theocratic types are not in the majority, not even close, and thus there's no chance that the GOP can get the necessary votes. And so the Democrats are feeling good, and calling for a giant drive to get the vote out on Election Day. Such an effort is essential - and not just to the Democrats but to the very survival of this foundering Republic. However, such a drive will do the Democrats, and all the rest of us, more harm than good if it fails to note a certain fact about our current situation: i.e., that the Democrats are going to lose the contest in November, even though the people will (again) be voting for them. The Bush Republicans are likely to remain in power despite the fact that only a minority will vote to have them there. That, at any rate, is what will happen if we don't start working to pre-empt it now. Even though this election could go either way, neither way will benefit the Democrats. Either the Republicans will steal their "re-election" on Election Day, just as they did two years ago, or they will slime their way to "victory" through force and fraud and strident propaganda, as they did after Election Day 2000. Whichever strategy they use, the only way to stop it is to face it, and then shout so long and loud about it that the people finally perceive, at last, that their suspicions are entirely just - and, this time, just say no. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. That Bush/Cheney stole their "re-election" is not a "theory" but a fact that has by now been proved beyond the shadow of a doubt. The case was made, first, by the House Judiciary Committee - or rather by its Democratic members, who conducted a meticulous inquiry into the debacle in Ohio. (The Republicans boycotted the investigation, and obstructed it.) Its findings were released on January 5, 2005, in the so-called Conyers Report, after Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the committee's ranking Democrat. The Republicans attacked it, and the press and leading Democrats ignored it; yet that report was sound, its major findings wholly accurate. In July of this year the Democratic National Committee came out with its own study of Ohio, which offers still more evidence of fraud - before concluding, weirdly, that there was no fraud but rather much "incompetence" (all of which somehow helped only the GOP). Despite its stated contradiction of the House report, the DNC analysts disprove not one of Conyers's findings. A few months later, the House report was bolstered by a thick volume of evidence compiled by the investigators who had helped the Democrats conduct their research in Ohio: Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman and Steve Rosenfeld. Their book How the GOP Stole America's 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008 reconfirms the House report with rich documentation, and evidences further fraud as well. Although the book went largely unreviewed, its findings proved unassailable; as did my essay in the August 2005 issue of Harper's, "None Dare Call It Stolen" (this was the first time any major medium addressed the issue). While such works dealt only with Ohio in 2004, others soon appeared, demonstrating that Team Bush, that year, defrauded the electorate nationwide. My book Fooled Again documented the ultra-rightist crime wave that undid countless votes not only in Ohio but in Florida, Pennsylvania, Oregon, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, New Jersey, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and the Carolinas. It also detailed the interference of Bush/Cheney with the votes of millions of Americans abroad. Despite a national media blackout - no reviews in any major U.S. dailies or newsmagazines, no interviews on network TV or radio, or on NPR or PBS - Fooled Again eventually found a large readership through the Internet, C-SPAN, Air America, and broad local radio coverage. This past June, the case against the Bush regime was expanded by three major works. Steve Freeman and Joel Bleifuss's Was the 2004 Election Stolen? devastates the fiction that the exit polls conducted on Election Day were wrong. Despite Freeman's scrupulous research, that book too went unreviewed. Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse dissects the huge fraud(s) whereby the Bush/Cheney ticket "won" New Mexico despite the strongly Democratic inclination of the state's Hispanic voters, who turned out in record numbers to dump Bush. (Somehow, over 17,000 of them cast no vote for president, according to the e-voting machines deployed in Democratic precincts.) More noticeably, Rolling Stone ran Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s, comprehensive study of Ohio, "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?"a piece the media could not ignore because its author was too famous. Thus Kennedy appeared on some shows that had been closed to all us other analysts, although his piece relied explicitly on our research; and even he was treated like a fantasist, or a felon, by the likes of Neil Cavuto, Tucker Carlson, Wolf Blitzer and Charlie Rose. Aside from those interrogations (and a decent head-to-head with Stephen Colbert, who let him finish several sentences), Kennedy too was disrespected by the media, which either blacked him out or put him down. In short, the awful truth about 2004 has been denied by right and left alike and, strange to say, more loudly on the left. Indeed, whereas the right has largely chosen to avoid the issue, the only journalists who have purported to "debunk" the "theory" of Bush and Cheney's stolen re-election have been liberals and progressive (and, ordinarily, excellent reporters): Mark Hertsgaard at Mother Jones; Russ Baker at TomPaine.com; David Corn at The Nation; and, above all, Farhad Manjoo at Salon. Their "refutations" of the case are largely based on the mere exculpatory say-so of a few unconscious (or complicit) Democrats. And yet, although the work of these debunkers has itself been thoroughly debunked (and Manjoo, therefore, quietly assigned to other topics), it has done much to propagate the myth that there's "no evidence" that Bush & Co. subverted our democracy. Such denials have been persuasive not because they are well argued but because the truth is terrifying, and a lot of people (including those reporters) very badly need a reason to believe that all is well. Such wishful thinking has kept "the liberal media" from dealing with the direst threat that our democracy has ever faced. And yet most of our fellow citizens sense that threat. A Zogby poll in August found that only 45 percent of the American people felt "very confident" that Bush was re-elected "fair and square," while the rest either doubted it or were "not at all confident" about it. The numbers of the blithe have been decreasing as the people have learned more and more about BushCo's fascistic antics in 2004 - and, as well, about the fatal flaws in the e-voting systems that the Republicans have been aggressively promoting since 2000. (Some Democrats have abetted them.) The flaws of such systems have been exposed repeatedly by activists like Bev Harris, Brad Friedman, Clint Curtis, Lynn Landes, Earl Katz and Bruce O'Dell, and have also been solemnly detailed in many academic studiesfrom, among others, NYU's Brennan Center for Justice; Princeton's Center for IT Policy; RABA Technologies; SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation); the U.S. Government Accountability Office; and a cohort of computer scientists at Johns Hopkins, Rice and Stanford universities. (See previous issues of the Washington Spectator, here and here.) Read together, all those exposes and studies tell of a close and wholly illegitimate relationship between the corporate vendors of those voting systems and Bush/Cheney's GOP. Three of the four firms that sell those systems - Diebold, ES&S and Hart InterCivic - have tight links with the party. The fourth, Sequoia, has also tended to malfunction in Bush/Cheney's favor. Now we have strong evidence of a covert partnership between those interests that "count" some four-fifths of U.S. votes and the party that controls our government. In a follow-up piece for Rolling Stone, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., quotes the shocking testimony of a Diebold whistle-blower who, along with other employees, took part in the surreptitious placement of a software "patch" in the company's machines in Georgia (whose electoral system had, just weeks before, been privatized through a secret contract with the Secretary of State). The order came directly from Bob Urosevich, president of Diebold's e-voting machine division. "We were told not to talk to county personnel about it," says Chris Hood, a consultant to the company. And what about that patch? "We were told that it was intended to fix the clock in the system, which it didn't do," Hood noted. "The curious thing is the very swift, covert way this was done." All this happened one sticky day in August 2002. On Election Day, some ten weeks later, the official outcome of the vote baffled everyone: Senator Max Cleland, a Democrat whom polls showed had been leading his opponent, Saxby Chambliss, by five points, lost by seven points. In the race for governor, Democrat Roy Barnes, who had been leading Republican Sonny Perdue by eleven points, lost by five. Both losses were inexplicable, and Cleland's was especially poignant. A war veteran and triple amputee, Cleland was quite popular in Georgia, whereas Chambliss was unknown.and a chickenhawk to boot, a "bad knee" having kept him out of Vietnam. Chambliss's attack ads had cast Cleland as a traitor, because he had voted against establishing the Department of Homeland Security. And now the people of the Peach State had apparently been swayed by their fear of terrorism into believing that those ads were right. That year there were other such anomalies, induced, perhaps, by what some wags called "Diebold magic," as the company's product figured heavily in those other states where far-right candidates won upset victories: Colorado, where Republican Wayne Allard, down by nine points against Democrat Ted Strickland, won by five points; and New Hampshire, where Republican John Sununu, down by one point against Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, won by four points. As odd as such reversals seemed, and as conspicuous a role as Diebold evidently played in them, there were no calls for inquiry, as it was easier to say that "terrorism" - or maybe "family values" - had simply grabbed the voters' hearts and minds in Georgia, Colorado and New Hampshire. (Diebold, in fact, had no hand in Republican Norm Coleman's startling victory over Walter Mondale in Minnesota - the born-again New Jerseyite having trailed the favorite son by five points, then winning suddenly by three.) Thus did the Bush Republicans take back the Senate, thereby canceling out the Democratic edge enabled briefly by Jim Jeffords's controversial exit from the GOP. SAVING OUR DEMOCRACY. We must delve into the recent past, not to quibble over ancient numbers but to find out where we really are today. For what happened in some states four years ago, and in most states two years ago, is still happening now, and in more states than ever: a vast, complex and incremental process of mass disenfranchisement - which is, in fact, the only way the Bush Republicans could ever get "elected," as their program is not conservative but radical, irrational, apocalyptic: i.e., unacceptable to most Americans, liberals and true conservatives alike. This is why they've gerrymandered Texas and (less visibly) Virginia - and also why they've packed the Supreme Court with comrades disinclined to outlaw gerrymandering (unless it's Democrats who try it). This is why they are dead-set against repealing state laws disenfranchising ex-felons - and also why they've used the "war on drugs" to jail as many likely Democrats as possible. (This would also help explain the post-Katrina diaspora, and especially the out-of-state internment of over 70,000 Louisianans.) And this is why the Bush Republicans push e-voting machines in every state, and program them to flip votes cast by Democrats into votes "cast" for Republicans, and systematically provide too few machines to Democratic precincts, and keep on arbitrarily removing Democrats from voter rolls, and "challenge" would-be voters at the polls, and simply throw out countless ballots of all kinds, and spread disinformation on Election Day. These are just some of the devices that were used not only in Ohio to ensure Bush/Cheney's "re-election," but in every state where they could pull it off - on both coasts, in the Midwest, and throughout the South. In the next issue of the Spectator, I'll elaborate on the GOP's two likeliest moves in November's mid-term elections. For now, we must do all we can to make everyone aware of what's been going down - and, most important, what is now at stake. As the press and the Democrats have failed to call for any actual reform of the election system, Bush and Co. are now in a superb position to retain their legislative power, regardless of how people vote (or try to vote). We need a massive turnout in November - but not because it will put Democrats in power. We need the biggest turnout ever, as a protest on behalf of free and fair elections in America. Such a turnout will make it that much harder for the Bush Republicans to spin their victory as legitimate. (This is why the GOP in several states, including Maryland and Colorado, is urging people to vote absentee next month: to make the opposition appear that much smaller.) But more important, such a turnout will prepare people for the crucial fight to come - the effort to save our democracy. If we get millions out to vote, without informing them they may well "lose" anyway, the blow will devastate them, just as Kerry's abrupt concession did in 2004. It took two years to get Americans mobilized again. If Bush and his allies steal the next election, we won't have years to start resisting. The resistance must start on Day One, just as in Ukraine and Mexico; and so the people must be ready for the fight - and so they need to know enough to wage it, and to win it. Mark Crispin Miller has authored many books, including Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order and The Bush Dyslexicon, and is a professor of culture and communication at New York University. --------19 of 21-------- Lincoln Weeps by Bill Moyers Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 by CommonDreams.org Back in 1954, when I was a summer employee on Capitol Hill, I made my first visit to the Lincoln Memorial. I have returned many times since, most recently while I was in Washington filming for a documentary about how Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist, among others, turned the conservative revolution into a racket.the biggest political scandal since Watergate. If democracy can be said to have temples, the Lincoln Memorial is our most sacred. You stand there silently contemplating the words that gave voice to Lincoln's fierce determination to save the union - his resolve that "government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth." On this latest visit, I was overcome by a sense of melancholy. Lincoln looks out now on a city where those words are daily mocked. This is no longer his city. And those people from all walks of life making their way up the steps to pay their respect to the martyred president - it's not their city, either. Or their government. This is an occupied city, a company town, and government is a subservient subsidiary of richly endowed patrons. Once upon a time the House of Representatives was known as "the people's house." No more. It belongs to K Street now. That's the address of the lobbyists who swarm all over Capitol Hill. There are 65 lobbyists for every member of Congress. They spend $200 million per month wining, dining and seducing federal officials. Per month! Of course they're just doing their job. It's impossible to commit bribery, legal or otherwise, unless someone's on the take, and with campaign costs soaring, our politicians always have their hands out. One representative confessed that members of Congress are the only people in the world expected to take large amounts of money from strangers and then act as if it has no effect on their behavior. This explains why Democrats are having a hard time exploiting the culture of corruption embodied in the scandalous behavior of DeLay and Abramoff. Democrats are themselves up to their necks in the sludge. Just the other day one of the most powerful Democrats in the House bragged to reporters about tapping "uncharted donor fields in the financial industry" - reminding them, not so subtlely, of the possibility that after November the majority leader just might be a Democrat. When it comes to selling influence, both parties have defined deviancy up, and Tony Soprano himself couldn't get away with some of the things that pass for business as usual in Washington. We have now learned that Jack Abramoff had almost 500 contacts with the Bush White House over the three years before his fall, and that Karl Rove and other presidential staff were treated to his favors and often intervened on his behalf. So brazen a pirate would have been forced to walk the plank long ago if Washington had not thrown its moral compass overboard. Alas, despite all these disclosures, nothing is happening to clean up the place. Just as the Republicans in charge of the House kept secret those dirty emails sent to young pages by Rep. Mark Foley - a cover-up aimed at getting them past the election and holding his seat for the party - they are now trying to sweep the DeLay-Abramoff-Reed-and-Norquist scandals under the rug until after Nov. 7, hoping the public at large doesn't notice that the House is being run by Tom DeLay's team, minus DeLay. All the talk about reform is placebo. The only way to counter the power of organized money is with organized and outraged people. Believe me, what members of Congress fear most is a grassroots movement that demands clean elections and an end to the buying and selling of influence - or else! If we leave it to the powers that be to clean up the mess that greed and chicanery have given us, we will wake up one day with a real Frankenstein of a system - a monster worse than the one created by Abramoff, DeLay and their cronies. By then it will be too late to save Lincoln's hope for "government of, by, and for the people." Bill Moyers is a veteran television journalist for PBS and the president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy. This week, Bill Moyers returns to investigative journalism with MOYERS ON AMERICA, taking on crucial issues facing our nation. Previews available at www.pbs.org/moyers. October 4, "Capitol Crimes" investigates the Abramoff lobbying scandal, revealing the web of relationships, secret deals and political manipulation and opening a disturbing window on the dark side of American politics. October 11, "Is God Green?" looks at the implications of a debate among politically powerful conservative evangelical Christians over the handling of the environment. October 18 "The Net at Risk" reports on how mega-media corporations could restrict the democratic possibilities of the Web's new future. --------20 of 21-------- Clinton Democrats Want Money More Than Votes by John R. MacArthur Published on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 by the Providence Journal (Rhode Island) Ever since George Bush's take-it-easy response to Hurricane Katrina, the chattering classes have been trumpeting Republican "vulnerability" and the likelihood of the Democrats' retaking one, if not both, houses of Congress. Disappointed that the Iraq catastrophe has so far failed to bring about Bush's destruction, angry liberals seemed almost cheered by the destruction of New Orleans. At last, they cried, Americans of every political stripe would wake up to the criminal incompetence of "the worst president in history." I'll grant that Bush is down, at least in the polls. But for the Republicans to lose the House or the Senate, the Democrats would have to win, and to date the party of the opposition has still not discernibly entered into opposition. Indeed, the Democratic Party, dominated by Bill and Hillary Clinton, often behaves as though it's trying to squelch the passion for throwing out the Republicans. In August, a CNN poll found that 57 percent of Americans favored setting a deadline for complete troop withdrawal from Iraq. Yet not long before that, when Sen. John Kerry introduced an amendment calling for just such a timed pull-out, his Democratic colleagues overwhelmingly voted no, 32 to 12 (the withdrawal amendment was defeated in the Senate, 86 to 13). We've heard the stand-pat argument ad nauseam - the supposedly "pragmatic" anti-anti-war position. The Democrats, it's said, can't be seen to be "weak on national security." But now we have the decidedly mainstream National Intelligence Estimate saying that the U.S. presence in Mesopotamia encourages terrorist attacks and America hatred: an unoriginal observation but very useful campaign ammunition for nervous Democrats. Nevertheless, the party bosses still think it best to avoid gestures that might fire up the anti-war movement. A perfect example of the Democrats' Iraqophobia occurred in East Hampton, N.Y., in August, at the height of the Clinton-driven fundraising season. Simultaneous with the boss couple's swing through the richest precincts of Long Island's East End, a Clinton lieutenant, Gen. Wesley Clark, appeared at a separate fundraiser on behalf of six out-of-town Democratic House candidates, all veterans of the military. Invited to help promote the event, a local group of anti-war veterans wanted to display panels of photographs - inoffensive head shots only - of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the group was told that Clark and the six candidates would cancel if any such photographs were posted, so the pictures didn't go up. Trudy Mason, a state Democratic Committee member from New York City and Clinton foot soldier, explained the decision to The East Hampton Star: "You have to first be elected. We don't need to do anything that might hurt these candidates." Whatever Mason's tactical expertise, the immediate result of the no-picture decision was to alienate local Democrats. The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee voted, 23 to 7, to boycott the fundraiser, and a Marine veteran of Vietnam, Joseph Giannini, took the panels of dead soldiers to a nearby peace vigil. The Democratic Party's top-down strategy of killing voter excitement isn't limited to Iraq. In July, the Democrat-owned Chicago City Council passed a "living wage" ordinance to force "big box" stores such as Wal-Mart to increase their paltry compensation for thousands of workers. People cheered in the packed council gallery when the roll was called, presumably because poor black Chicagoans are desperate for a raise. The ordinance wasn't radical; it would merely have required mega-stores to pay at least $13 an hour in wages and benefits by 2010. But it was too much for Mayor Richard M. Daley, Clinton loyalist and heir to the Cook County Democratic machine. Last month, Daley vetoed the ordinance, and the council's attempt to override failed by three votes, 31 to 18. Daley spouted the usual University of Chicago economics claptrap about the wage guarantee's "hurting people who need the jobs the most," but his motive was political. The mayor and his brother, former Commerce Secretary William Daley, were crucial actors in both of President Clinton's big "free-trade" wins, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Permanent Normal Trading Relations (PNTR) with China. Wal-Mart and the other giant retailers love "free trade," because it guarantees that most of what they buy and sell gets made by cheap labor in foreign countries where the workers can't form unions. As industrial America collapses, Wal-Mart's political clout grows ever more immense (former Sen. Ernest Hollings, the South Carolina Democrat, tells me that the big-box-retail lobby killed his port-security bill, because of its $15 fee on each ship container), and the Clintons follow the money. It is not a coincidence that Hillary Clinton sat on Wal-Mart's board from 1986 to 1992. Why this self-defeating strategy? Well, the Clintons and their allies don't see it that way. For the ex-president and the junior senator from New York, fundraising always comes ahead of vote getting (even Rupert Murdoch has joined the Hillary cash wagon), and the big money is evidently counseling caution on Iraq. Centrist Southern Democrats and the party's fundraisers-in-chief, the Clintons have never been comfortable with class issues or had much use for labor unions. After all, NAFTA and PNTR finished off organized labor as a serious political force in the United States. Moreover, Hillary probably thinks she'll run better for president from the minority, co-starring with her husband in a Restoration drama. If, miraculously, the Democrats win the House this year, many of the new Democratic committee chairmen will be to the left of the Clintons, and might start causing trouble. At judiciary, John Conyers Jr. (D.-Mich.) wants to explore impeachment of Bush, which dredges up Monica Lewinsky. At Ways and Means, Charles Rangel (D.-N.Y.) could try to raise the income-tax rate on the Wall Street plutocrats who fund the Clintons. Meanwhile, John Murtha (D.-Pa.), the leading congressional critic of the war, might become majority leader and press hard for withdrawal from Iraq, which would force the Clintons into a corner: They criticize the management of the war but not its alleged goals. Who needs the bother when Hillary's pro-war, anti-populist platform works well enough to keep the money piling up for 2008? It's a great way to maintain control of a minority party, and to keep it that way in Congress. John R. MacArthur, a monthly contributor, is the publisher of Harper's Magazine. 2006, Published by The Providence Journal Co. --------21 of 21-------- To be of some use, top Dems pledge to act as door stops and paper weights. They will undergo extensive training for this more challenging role. They're now skilled at sitting doing nothing; this is just for more months. So let's not slam our Dems as good for nothing - here's what god made them for. November, vote the door stop/paper weight party! They'll be glad you did! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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