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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 02:51:49 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.15.06 1. Religious violence 10.15 1pm 2. Green Gov/houseparty 10.15 2pm 3. Anti-stadium 10.15 2pm 4. Amnesty International 10.15 3pm 5. YAWR/plan march 10.15 3pm 6. Vote fraud 10.15 3pm 7. Palestine 10.15 4pm 8. KFAI/Indian 10.15 4pm 9. IRV lit drop/ 10.15 6:30pm 10. Antisemitism? 10.15 7pm 11. Coffee farm/film 10.15 7pm 12. Venezuela benefit 10.15 8pm 13. John Walsh - Election 2006: the fix is already in 14. Mickey Z. - Eroding freedom: from John Adams to George W. Bush 15. J VanBergen - Soulless new world --------1 of 16-------- From: August Berkshire <augustberkshire [at] gmail.com> Subject: Religious violence 10.15 1pm 1pm - Hector Avalos "Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence" Professor Hector Avalos, author of Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence, will be speaking at the Minnesota Atheists meeting this Sunday afternoon at the Roseville Public Library. Prof. Avalos views the problem of religious violence from a new angle: that of scarce resources. That humans fight over demonstrably scarce resources, such as food, money, oil, and land, is understandable, if regrettable. However, that humans fight over "spiritual" resources, such as "salvation," "holy books," or "holy land," is inexcusable. Dr. Hector Avalos is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His talk was one of the highlights at the Atheist Alliance International convention in Kansas City this past spring. Minnesota Atheists will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting (hardcover $30). Prof. Avalos will sign books after his talk. Afterwards, at 4 p.m., those who wish can join us for dinner at the Panda Garden Buffet. --------------------------------- Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006 Meeting: 1:00-3:30 p.m. Roseville Public Library 2180 Hamline Ave. N. (Hamline Ave. & Co. Rd. B) Roseville, MN 55113 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Social time. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Presentation. 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. - Break & Book signing. 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. - Business. Dinner: 4:00 p.m. Panda Garden Buffet 1706 Lexington Ave. N. (Lexington Ave. & Larpenteur Ave.) Roseville, MN 55113 (Cost: $8.78 + tax) --------2 of 16-------- From: tom [at] organicconsumers.org Subject: Green Gov/houseparty 10.15 2pm The election is coming right up and now is a good time to find out why The Green's have a candidate in the governor's race and why you should vote for him. This Sunday, October 15th Ginny Sutton and Steve French and hosting a house party in support of Ken Pentel and Danene Provencher's run for Governor and LT. Governor. Starts at 2:PM - Come find out why it is STILL vital to vote Green this November. Fundraising House Party for the Green Party endorsed candidates Ken Pentel and Danene Provencher. Sunday, October 15, 2-4 p.m. Home of Ginny Sutton and Steve French, 340-23rd Avenue Northeast. Questions? call 612-781-1516 or 612-824-8492. Unable to attend the house party? Send your donation to: Ken Pentel for Governor, P.O. Box 583091, Minneapolis, MN 55458-3091. Thank you. For more than 20 years Ken Pentel has worked tirelessly as a community activist and organizer. He brings a fresh perspective to the Governor's race in 2006. Ken's Vision for Minnesota: Stable, livable-wage jobs Single-payer healthcare to cover all Minnesotans Increased funding for education Affordable low-cost housing Clean water, air and soil Clean publicly financed elections Instant Runoff Voting Proportional Representation Corporate accountability Rewards for efficient and sustainable energy Tax breaks for local family farmers and organic agriculture An economically and ethnically diverse administration Ken Pentel for Governor P.O. Box 583091 Minneapolis, MN 55458-3091 Kristina Gronquist, Treasurer --------3 of 16-------- From: Gayle Bonneville <catspj [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Anti-stadium 10.15 2pm "Vote the bums out" fundraiser on Oct. 15 The Citizens Against Stadium Taxes (CAST) will hold a fundraiser "Vote The Bums Out'' with music and entertainment at Stub & Herb's bar at 227 Oak St. S.E. in Minneapolis. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. CAST will use the funds raised to defeat Hennepin County commissioners Mark Stenglein and Peter McLaughlin of Minneapolis and Mike Opat of Robinsdale in the general election. It will be on Tuesday, Nov. 7 The three men and Commissioner Randy Johnson of Bloomington, who isn't up for reelection, sought and got from the Minnesota Legislature an exception to the state law requiring a voter referendum for a sales tax. Legislators gave them permission to levy a tax without a referendum to build a new Minnesota Twins stadium. The tax would raise more than $1 billion in public funds over 30 years to build a stadium. There is no end date on the tax. According to Forbes Magazine, Twins owner Carl Pohlad is one of the richest men in America, with a net worth of nearly $3 billion dollars. Donations may be mailed to CAST at 6820 Wooddale Ave. So., Edina, Mn. 55435, or contributed at the fundraiser. The chairman of CAST is Dr. Laura Lehmann, an Edina physician. Her e-mail is ljlehmann [at] pobox.com. http://www.pulsetc.com/article.php?sid=2756 --- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Yes, we're still at it. The tax has been passed. But we can still make the November election OUR referendum on the Twins stadium tax. So we're working to get rid of the three pro-stadium County Commissioners: Peter McLaughlin, Mark Stenglein, and Mike Opat. And it's not just for revenge (though that would be sweet): If we can unseat any one of these, the new County Board could have a 4 to 3 majority AGAINST the stadium tax - they could still repeal the tax and stop the construction of the stadium. We CAN defeat these commissioners, but to do it we need VOLUNTEERS and we need MONEY. First, the money: *** Sunday, October 15, 2:00 - 6:00pm. Fundraiser party to raise money for CAST (Citizens Against Stadium Taxes). Music and other entertainment. At Stub & Herb's Bar, U of M East Bank campus on the NE corner of Oak St. and Washington Ave. (227 Oak St. SE, Mpls) Suggested donation $20, but we'll take whatever (more or less) that you can afford or want to give. It will be a fun party with like-minded folks from all political parties. We'll have two local stand-up comedians. Eskit will perform a few of his great satirical songs. And my band, Nice Driveway, will be playing a variety of fun dance music (waltzes, polkas, Eastern European and Klezmer, maybe even a tango). We will also be playing some video clips: the "best of" the public hearing testimony. These are not to be missed - passionate, articulate, sometimes funny as well. The voice of the people is a wonderful thing! Please come. This is family-friendly despite being in a bar. If you can't come, you can send donations to: Citizens Against Stadium Taxes <--(make check out to C.A.S.T.) 6820 Wooddale Avenue South Edina, MN 55346 Money will be used for printing literature which we are distributing in the three County Commissioner's districts. Which brings me to: VOLUNTEERS Yes, you! We need as much help as possible to get the word out. This is how elections are won. The magnitude of our impact is almost totally dependent on how many people are willing to spend how much time to distribute the literature. We have already started our lit drops. We have the literature printed, and we have maps and directions to guide you. I'll tell you more in a later email. For now, if you have the time and inclination, please call me at 612-276-1213 and I'll get you going. This is easy to do - it is not like door-knocking where you actually have to talk to people. We just need you to go from door to door leaving our literature. In suburban areas, you can drive from house to house, leaving literature tucked into the newspaper boxes. So you don't even have to be athletic! I know that many of you are already working hard on other campaigns, and I don't want to take you away from that. But if you have some time and energy to spare, please consider helping us. Citizens Against Stadium Taxes is an independent political committee, not connected to any candidate's campaign. Of course, our efforts help the campaigns of these Commissioners' opponents, including Farheen Hakeem, the Green Party opponent of Peter McLaughlin. Please help us bring accountability to these County Commissioners who so richly deserve it. Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 --------4 of 16-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty International 10.15 3pm GROUP 37 OCTOBER MEETING REMINDER: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH - 3 TO 5 P.M. Join Group 37 for our regular meeting on Sunday, October 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This month's meeting will focus on final planning for our anniversary celebration and forum coming up on October 27th. If you would like to play a role in making that event a success, stop by to see how you can help. All are welcome at the meeting, and refreshments will be provided. Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis (corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot behind the center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn). A map and directions are available on-line: http://www.twincitiesamnesty.org/meetings.html. --------5 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: YAWR/plan march 10.15 3pm Sunday, 10/15, 3 pm, YAWR meeting to plan the big march on 10/28, Ty's house, 3024 Chicago Ave, Mpls. www.yawr.org --------6 of 16-------- From eric-angell [at] riseup.net Sat Oct 14 18:09:15 2006 From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Vote fraud 10.15 3pm Ideas to Mobilize People Against Corporate Tyranny (IMPACT) hosts a discussion / short film program: "Privatizing Elections: Is There Hope for Democracy?" - On vote fraud and possible actions Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 pm Twin Cities Friends Meeting House 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul From an 18-minute video, "Help America Vote...On PAPER: A Citizen Call for Election Ingtegrity," a summary of recent problems with electronic voting and possible avenues for action will be shown. We will also include a short presentation on the politicization and privatization of state election systems, especially focusing on the Secretary of State's office, what Minnesota is doing regarding its election machines, and what we can do in the forthcoming election. There will be much time for discussion! --------7 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine 10.15 4pm Sunday, 10/15, 4 to 6 pm, Palestinian peacebuilder Sulaiman Khatib shares his stories at Simchat Torah Gathering, home of Rabbi Amy Eilberg and Louis Newman, 681 Ivy Falls Court, Mendota Heights. RSVP 651-450-7772. --------8 of 16-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 10.15 4pm KFAI's Indian Uprising for October 15th DEADLY BIRD FLU NOT IN ALASKA - YET by The Associated Press, Indian Country Today, September 20, 2006. BARROW, Alaska (AP) - Hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, biologists working in the frosty marshes of Alaska's North Slope are keeping a lookout for migratory birds that might bring a deadly avian flu strain to the United States. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, visiting a bird nesting site outside Barrow, reported Aug. 29 that 13,000 bird samples have been tested. While some less virulent forms of the flu were found, there has been no sign of the deadly H5N1 strain, linked to the death of at least 141 people, mostly in Asia. http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413678 MOHAWKS TAKE LEAD IN PANDEMIC PLANS by Jim Adams for Indian Country Today, September 20, 2006. ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. - The Akwesasne Mohawk community is used to relying on itself in emergencies. With about 25,000 members stretching on both sides of the U.S./Canada border, its two governments support each other when cut off from outside help. With experience in being isolated, they've put a remarkable degree of advance planning into the potential disaster of an avian flu pandemic. http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413682 AVIAN FLU PLANS NOT YET READY IN THE PLAINS by David Melmer for Indian Country Today, September 20, 2006. PIERRE, S.D. - Tribes in North and South Dakota have partnered with the states to establish plans for any possible flu pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security and related offices in each state are charged with developing overall plans, but within each state and reservation the planning has become a multi-tiered effort, with the health departments of each state most directly involved. The offices of Emergency Services on the reservations and in the states are mostly ready to accept any emergency with the first response mechanisms that are currently in place. http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413683 NAVAJO PREPARE FOR H5N1 by Brenda Norrell for Indian Country, September 22, 2006. PHOENIX - While states prepare for the possibility of an avian flu pandemic, the Navajo Nation veterinary program, with its expertise in zoonotic diseases, is the lead agency for H5N1 detection and control in bird species on the Navajo Nation. http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096413685 * * * * Indian Uprising is a one-half hour Public & Cultural Affairs program for, by, an 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. --------9 of 16-------- From: Darrell Gerber <darrellgerber [at] earthlink.net> Subject: IRV lit drop/ 10.15 6:30pm Lit Drop for IRV this weekend If you HAVE NOT been out to lit drop for Instant Runoff Voting yet, this is the weekend to do it! If you HAVE been, please join us in doing another route. Our goal is to finish neighborhood lit dropping this weekend - or come as close as possible. So, if this weekend doesn't work for you, please pick up a packet and do a route this coming week. You don't need to live in Minneapolis to help - everyone who wants IRV to pass in Minneapolis is welcome - and needed! IRV lit dropping is REALLY easy and convenient. You can pick up a packet anytime at a pick up location in your ward. A route takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. Go with a friend and halve the time or double the routes! Pick up locations: Ward 1: Mandy Tempel's: 1706 Tyler St NE Ward 2: Tony Solgard's: 2509 34th Ave S Ward 3: Dakotah Johnson's: 319 12th Ave SE Ward 4: David Wiesner's: 3346 Knox Ave N Ward 5: Antonio Rosell's: 2319 Sheridan Ave N Ward 6: Customized routes due to large number of apartments. Contact info [at] betterballotcampaign.org to get literature to distribute in your building or neighborhood. Ward 7: Brian Melendez's: 1777 Dupont Ave S Ward 8: Eric Pusey's: 4006 Blaisdell Ave S Ward 9: Rebekah Smith;s: 3113 14th Ave S Ward 10: Mary Hartnett's: 2533 Colfax Ave S Ward 11: Jason Stone's: 1508 57th St E (enter the fenced back yard and pick up lit from the back porch) Ward 12: Ron Leurquin's: 5106 41st Ave S (part of a condo unit) Ward 13: Lynnell Mickelsen's: 4233 Linden Hills Blvd NOTES: 1) If you live in an apartment, contact info [at] betterballotcampaign.org to get literature to distribute in your building. 2) If you have apartments on your route, you can distribute inside if you can get in the building. If not, leave a few in the front area or pin/tape one up. 3) DO NOT PUT LIT IN MAIL BOXES. Join us at the end of the day for some IRV fun: Sunday, October 15, 6:30 - 8:30 Home of Charley Underwood and Mary Ann Crolley 3500 40th Ave S 612-722-1545 Appetizers and desserts are on the menu - and the ballot. Help elect a winner using Instant Runoff Voting. Questions? Contact info [at] betterballotcampaign.org or 612-850-6897. -- From: Better Ballot Campaign <info [at] betterballotcampaign.org> Dear Instant Runoff Voting Supporter, Minneapolis voters are getting to know Instant Runoff Voting and the more they know, the more they like it. These are the results of a survey by FairVote Minnesota of 1,454 likely voters from September 25 to 27. Forty-two percent of voters know about Instant Runoff Voting and those who said they were "somewhat familiar" with it answered "yes" to the question of how they would vote on the November ballot question by a 2-to-1 margin. That margin went up to 7-to-1 among voters who said they are "very familiar" with Instant Runoff Voting. The survey results are good news for the Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign, but they also show a large number of likely voters who have not yet heard about the Instant Runoff Voting campaign. The Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign is stepping up its efforts to educate undecided voters about Instant Runoff Voting before the November election and I am writing to ask for your help. Even if you do not live in Minneapolis, there are several ways you can support the campaign: 1) If you live close to Minneapolis, please consider coming for a morning, afternoon or evening to help distribute literature. You can pick up a literature packet anytime it's convenient for you and do a route anywhere in the city. Come with a family member or friend and halve the time it takes to do a route, or do two routes! Literature and a route can be picked up at a location in each ward. Pick up locations are listed here: http://www.betterballotcampaign.org/BBC/lit_drop 2) Sign up to help phone bank the final week of the campaign. We will be calling voters to get them out to vote YES for IRV November 7th. If you can help phone bank, please respond YES to this email and we will follow up with details. 3) If you can't contribute time, please consider making a donation to help us reach undecided voters before November 7th. Sponsor a precinct lit drop for $75, a ward lit drop for $750; or a newspaper insert in a local paper for $2,100. You can contribute on line at http://www.betterballotcampaign.org/BBC/Contribute. Or, you can mail a check made out to "Better Ballot Campaign", 3606 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55409. For the latest on the Better Ballot Campaign, see our October 10th update at: http://www.betterballotcampaign.org/node/493. Thank you for your support in helping plant the seed for better democracy in Minnesota. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like any additional information about the Minneapolis campaign. Jeanne Massey Better Ballot Campaign Organizer info [at] betterballotcampaign.org www.betterballotcampaign.org <http://www.betterballotcampaign.org/> 612-850-6897 --------10 of 16-------- From: margaret <hope4peace22000 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Antisemitism? 10.15 7pm Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic? An Evening with Norman Finkelstein Norman Finkelstein is one of the more provocative, thoughtful, and actively critical voices speaking out against Israel's policies toward the Palestinian people. Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University, for a thesis on the theory of Zionism. He currently teaches political theory at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author of five books, including Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History and The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering. The son of Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein is known for his writings about the policies of the state of Israel, especially in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for his view that the Holocaust is being exploited for personal financial gain and pro-Israel political ends. Sunday, October 15, 7:00pm St. Joan of Arc Church 4537 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis Free and open to the public Sponsored by the WAMM Mideast Committee, 612-827-5364 --------11 of 16-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Coffee farm/film 10.15 7pm October 15 - Film: Black Gold. Time: 7:00 p.m.. Cost: $7 to 14. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy presents film "Black Gold" about Ethiopian coffee farmers. FFI: www.iatp.org Location: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis --------12 of 16-------- From: Tim Jordan <jord0199 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Venezuela benefit 10.15 8pm REVOLUTION ROCK: A BENEFIT FOR THE TWIN CITIES FUNDRAISER for the INTERNATIONAL VENEZUELAN SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH LOCATION: Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Avenue on the West Bank in Minneapolis, MN. Near the intersection of I-94 and Cedar Avenue. TIME: Doors open at 8pm, show at 9pm FEATURING: Pachamama Band, Thank You, The Gamut, and DJ Nikoless This show is 21+ and costs $5 at the door, with proceeds going to the organizing committee for the International Venezuela Solidarity Conference to cover cost of hosting this event. Please show your support and come on down for the cause. The International Venezuela Conference is November 17-19 at Macalester College. Venezuela has its presidential election on December 3, 2006. Venezuelans have endured many obstacles: Coup dŽetat, Oil Strikes, Referenda, and any kind of threats from the Venezuela oligarchy and the Imperialism forces. For that reason we have decided to organize this event for the first time in the heart of the Midwest, Minnesota, to analyze the Venezuela revolutionary process and to be alert to the attacks of imperialism. We are expecting a lot of speakers, political and social activists and musicians from every where. We may need your solidarity collaboration for such important event. For more information: venezuelasolidarityconference.org --------13 of 16-------- How Rahm Emmanuel Has Rigged a Pro-War Democratic Congress Election 2006: The Fix is Already In By JOHN WALSH CounterPunch October 14-15, 2006 "In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: 'Elect me president, and I will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the population into concentration camps and turn the country into a wasteland.' But Lyndon Johnson said: 'No! No! No! Don't you dare do that. Let ME do it.'" Characterization (paraphrased) of the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson presidential race by Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority." "Democrats Split Over Timetable For Troops; In Close Races, Most Reject Rapid Pullout," the headline atop page one of the Sunday Washington Post informed us as the election season got underway (8/27). Stories like this abound these days, and they should all be prefaced with the single word, "betrayal." Only 17% of rank and file Democrats are for "staying the course," 53% want immediate withdrawal and another 25% are for gradual withdrawal. Among all voters, only 30% want to stay the course, 37% want immediate withdrawal and 26% a "gradual withdrawal (Gallup poll - 9/24/06). According to recent Pew Polls, 52% of voters want a timetable for withdrawal while only 41% oppose setting a timetable. In contrast to voters' sentiment, 64% of the Democratic candidates in the 45 closely contested House Congressional races oppose a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Note carefully: not only do these Democrat worthies oppose the Murtha or McGovern bills for rapid withdrawal or defunding the war; they oppose so much as a timetable. (The number of Dem candidates supporting the Murtha or McGovern proposals is vanishingly small.) The position of these Dem candidates is indistinguishable from that of George W. Bush. How did this betrayal of the Democratic rank and file come about? Who chose these Democratic candidates that oppose rank and file Dems on the number one question on voters' minds, the war on Iraq? How could such candidates get elected in the primaries? Two primary campaigns, now largely forgotten, give us the answer. They are near perfect case studies, and they deserve some reflection although the Dem establishment would dearly like us to forget them. The first case is the Democratic primary race between Christine Cegelis and Tammy Duckworth in Illinois's 6th CD, a Republican District, which has elected the disgusting Henry Hyde from time immemorial. Then in 2004 Christine Cegelis, who is only mildly antiwar (1), ran as the Democrat with a grass roots campaign and polled a remarkable 44% against the hideous Hyde in her first run. It was not too long before Hyde decided to retire, and the field seemed to be open for Cegelis in 2006. Enter Rahm Emanuel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who dug up a pro-war candidate, Tammy Duckworth. Although she had both her legs blown off in Iraq, she has remained committed to "staying the course" in Iraq (2). Duckworth had no political experience and did not live in the 6th District, but Rahm Emanuel raised a million dollars for her and brought in Dem heavyweights Joe Lieberman, Barak Obama, John Kerry, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton to support her. Despite all this help and with the Cegelis campaign virtually penniless, Duckworth barely managed to eke out a victory by a measly four percentage points. According to a recent Cook Report, Duckworth is not the smashing success that Rahm Emanuel had dreamed of; she remains tied at 41% of the vote with her rookie Republican Rival, Peter Roskam, the same percentage that Cegelis had against the entrenched Hyde in 2004! Recently (9/30), Duckworth was pushed onto the national scene to help her campaign, providing the "rebuttal" to Bush's weekly Saturday radio address. AP, in its story on the exchange where Duckworth was supposed to differ with W on Iraq, concluded thus: "She offered no proposal for an immediate withdrawal or a timetable for withdrawal." But in one case, and sadly in only one of the 22 districts, which Emanuel selected for intervention, he did not prevail; but that is also instructive. The second case study is CA's 11th CD Dem primary where Emanuel poured in money, much of it apparently coming from his own district in Illinois, to bankroll Steve Filson, essentially a political unknown, who opposed immediate withdrawal from Iraq. But in this primary battle the grass roots prevailed and the strongly antiwar candidate, Jerry McNirney, who supports the Murtha bill for immediate withdrawal, defeated Emanuel's minion, Filson. It is noteworthy that McNirney, strongly antiwar, won, whereas Cegelis, weakly antiwar, lost. Now in the general election McNirney is pulling ahead of his pro-war Republican opponent by 48 to 46% in the most recent poll even though his opponent has outspent him by $1.6 million to $303,000! MicNirney has raised a total of only $452,000 to his opponent's $2.5 million. Some cash from Rahm would ensure McNirney's victory it would appear, but it is not forthcoming. It seems that Rahm Emanuel is stanching the influx of money in this very competitive race. Meanwhile, even though Duckworth has been the recipient of Rahm's largesse, to the tune of $1.8 million, the same amount as her Republican opponent, her campaign has not taken wing. You get the picture. If you toe the line for Rahm on the war, the money rains on you like manna from heaven and you are elevated to national celebrity status. But if you are anti-war, Rahm cuts you off at the wallet. Note that in each of these two cases Emanuel did not pick candidates based on a proven ability to raise money. Nor did he pick them for their ability to win. In Duckworth's case she damned near lost despite the cash infusion, and McNirney did win despite the money that Emanuel funneled to his opponent. Emanuel is not choosing proven fundraisers or winning candidates; he is choosing pro-war candidates. Rahm Emanuel's Stable. To win the House, the Dems must win 15 seats from the Republicans. Here are the 22 candidates hand picked by Emanuel to run in open districts or districts with Republican incumbents, according to The Hill (4/27/06): Darcy Burner (WA), Phyllis Busansky (FL), Francine Busby (CA), Joe Courtney (CT), John Cranley (OH), Jill Derby (NV), Tammy Duckworth (IL), Brad Ellsworth (IN), Diane Farrell (CT), Steve Filson (CA) defeated in primary by Jerry McNirney (see above), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Tessa Hafen (NV), Baron Hill (IN), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH), Ron Klein (FL), Ken Lucas (KY), Patsy Madrid (NM), Harry Mitchell (AZ), Chris Murphy (CT), Lois Murphy (PA), Heath Shuler (NC), Peter Welch (VT). If we group these 22 candidates by their positions, it is much worse than one might have imagined. Here it is: U.S, must "win" in Iraq (9): John Cranely(OH); Jill Derby (NV); Tammy Duckworth (IL); Brad Ellsworth (IN): Teresa Hafen (NV); Baron Hill (IN);Ken Lucas (KY); Lois Murphy (PA); Heath Schuler (NC). More troops should be deployed in Iraq. (1): Diane Farrell (CT); Bush (or Congress or Bush and Congress or someone other than the candidate) must develop a plan or timetable for exit. This means that the candidate does not offer a timetable or other withdrawal plan and amounts only to a partisan criticism of Bush without a plan offered by the candidate. (6): Francine Busby (CA); Joe Courtney (CT); Kirsten Gillibrand (NY); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH); Patricia Madrid (NM); Harry Mitchell (AZ). Biden's 3-state solution. (1): Phyllis Busansky (FL). No position. (1): Chris Murphy (CT). Not for immediate withdrawal (3): Steve Filson (CA) (He lost Dem primary. See above.); Ron Klein (FL); Harry Mitchell (AZ); Withdrawal in 2006. (1): Peter Welch (VT). (In VT, you could probably not get elected dog catcher without calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Still it is a bit mysterious why Rahm is backing Welch who for that reason probably deserves a bit of scrutiny. Perhaps something "worse" like a Green is waiting in the wings.) So only one of Rahm's candidates is for prompt withdrawal from Iraq. And it is notweworthy that Rahm found prowar candidates in both red states and blue, like CT and CA. Check out these candidates for yourself. If you live in their districts, pressure them to change their positions and do so publicly with letters to the editor, withholding of funds and most importantly support for third party antiwar candidates where they are to be found no matter how slight the establishment media regards their prospects. Ask what UFPJ, The Nation and other branches of the peace and justice complex are doing to expose Emanuel's candidates. The question arises. Who is Congressman Rahm Emanuel? From what does he derive his power? What are his thoughts on the future for the Dems? And where is The Nation in all this. More on that coming shortly. John Walsh can be reached at john.endwar [at] gmail.com Notes (1.) Cegelis was against the war on Iraq but only in a very timid way. She opposed it before it started, but it was only 4th out of 6 issues on her web site, and she was not for immediate withdrawal. Here is what she said on her web site at the time of the primary. "I have opposed this war from the start. But revisiting what brought us to this disastrous point does not solve the problem. It is time for us to bring our troops home. The Bush Administration must provide a comprehensive timetable for withdrawal of the majority of our combat troops at the earliest possible date. " Notice she does not say "Out Now," like Murtha or Lamont. She leaves it all up to Bush to set a timetable, which is the standard copout for pro-war Dems. Although good enough for PDA (!), it was too much for Rahm Emanuel and company. (2.) Duckworth says of Iraq on her web site: "The fact is we are in Iraq now and we can't simply pull up stakes and create a security vacuum. It wouldn't be in our national interest to leave Iraq in chaos and risk allowing a country with unlimited oil wealth to become a base for terrorists." Not even a mention of a timetable. --------14 of 16-------- Eroding Freedom: From John Adams to George W. Bush by Mickey Z. October 14, 2006 ZNet Put a frog into a pot of boiling water, the well-known parable begins, and out that frog will jump to escape the obvious danger. Put that same frog into cool water and heat the pot slowly, and it will not react until it's too late. The survival instincts of a frog, we're told, are better designed to discern abrupt changes. Gradual transformation like the measured raising of water temperature can sneak up on the little croaker. I was reminded of the proverbial frog as I considered how the recently passed Military Commissions Act (MSA) managed to get lost in a shuffle of naughty e-mails and bipartisan accusations. This isn't meant to downplay the MSA. As Michael C. Dorf, a professor of Law at Columbia University, explains: "It immunizes government officials for past war crimes; it cuts the United States off from its obligations under the Geneva Conventions; and it all but eliminates access to civilian courts for non-citizens - including permanent residents whose children are citizens - that the government, in its nearly unreviewable discretion, determines to be unlawful enemy combatants." Nasty stuff, indeed...but since fiddling with human rights has long been a hobby for America's power elite, it'd be misguided to assign all the blame to the current administration. The erosion of freedom has been a slow steady process.not unlike boiling a pot of water. President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Act in 1798. Under this ugly bit of legislation, I might've receive a fine "not exceeding two thousand dollars" and/or "imprisonment not exceeding two years" simply for writing an article such as this. Woodrow Wilson got his own Espionage and Sedition Act in June 1917. Here's a sample of that law: "Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty in the military or naval forces of the United States, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than 20 years, or both." Alleged liberal Bill Clinton signed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act into law on April 24, 1996. This USA PATRIOT Act prequel contained provisions that Clinton himself admitted "makes a number of ill-advised changes in our immigration laws, having nothing to do with fighting terrorism." This unconstitutional salvo did little to address so-called terrorism but plenty to limit the civil liberties of anyone-immigrant or resident-who disagrees with U.S. policies, foreign or domestic. Of course, there was Abe Lincoln suspending habeas corpus during the Civil War. The FBI's notorious Counterintelligence Program, COINTELPRO (1956-1971), was in place through four presidential administrations - two from each party. Also, Japanese-Americans in the 1940s just might have something to say about Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concept of freedom and human rights. FDR signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, thus interning over 100,000 without due process. In the name of taking on the architects of German prison camps, he became the architect of American prison camps. Coming on the heels of other recent legal machinations, the MSA might best be viewed as adding a few degrees on that little thermometer stuck, well, you know where. Is it me, or is it getting awfully warm in here? Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net. --------15 of 16-------- Soulless New World Bush's Military Commissions Act and the Future of America By JENNIFER VAN BERGEN CounterPunch October 14-15, 2006 "The legacy of Nuremberg and the solemn undertaking that Justice Jackson gave for the United States at the opening session, are under assault by the Bush Administration, which has embraced a radical world view that rests on a cult of power and a disdain for law." Scott Horton, When Lawyers Are War Criminals Before Congress recessed, it passed, amid much criticism, the Military Commissions Act (MCA). The Act has consequences for citizens and non-citizens alike. Among its worst features, it authorizes the President to detain, without charges, anyone whom he deems an unlawful enemy combatant. This includes U.S. citizens. It eliminates habeas corpus review for aliens. It also makes providing "material support" to terrorists punishable by military commission. And, once again, the military commissions procedures allow for coerced testimony, the use of "sanitized classified information" (where the source is not disclosed), and trial for offenses not historically subject to trial by military commissions. (Terrorism is not historically a military offense; it's a crime.) Finally, by amending the War Crimes Act, it allows the president to authorize interrogation techniques that may nonetheless violate the Geneva Conventions and provides future and retroactive immunity for those who engage in or authorize those acts. Given the troubling new broad powers Congress has given the President, what will happen now? While the President has consistently insisted these laws are necessary, it is becoming increasingly clear that, in addition to a huge up-swelling of anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, the administration's approach to terrorism has led to a tremendous number of false arrests and imprisonments. It is hard to imagine that the MCA will not lead to more and greater mistakes of law and judgment. Although the Act provides for trial by military commission, it is unlikely very many will even be tried. As Michael Ratner points out: "As detainees can now be held forever without trial, why try them?" Here's the picture: Citizens and non-citizens alike will be rounded up and detained without charges. Alien detainees in America will fall into the same legal black hole the Bush administration created at Guantanamo, the same hole the secret CIA "Black Site" detainees fell into. From all the evidence we have, a large percentage of these "disappeareds" will be innocent. They will be innocent but they will be subjected to interrogation methods developed by the CIA and preserved by the MCA which only a sociopath could view as anything other than torture and which violate long-standing laws of war. Citizen detainees will sit in detention for months or years. New detention centers will spring up across the country (and reportedly already are being built) to house the influx of what will essentially be an entire new colony of inmates, a massive new world of souls declared unworthy of basic human rights or judicial notice. In fact, the Act envisions and institutionalizes a whole new worldview. In this new world, there is no longer a distinction between a criminal and an enemy combatant. Think what this means. Traditionally, an enemy combatant is a soldier of those against whom we have declared war. Or, as Guantanamo defense attorney P. Sabin Willett says, "When you declare a war you make of your opponent a soldier, which is to say, a person of honor." Under the MCA worldview, all soldiers who do not fight for America are now criminals. (The administration's distinction between lawful and unlawful enemy combatant is a red herring. The administration has completely refused to acknowledge the existence of any lawful enemy combatant in their "war on terror." All are unlawful combatants, which means they are terrorists, which means they are criminals. The "war on terror," then, is actually a massive criminal manhunt and prosecution, except without the legal safeguards.) The blur also works in reverse: terrorist criminals can now be tried by military commissions. Thus, we now have a world in which criminal laws are just obsolete inconveniences that prevent the state from protecting national security during an endless undeclared war on an emotional state (terror). It's a world of ever-increasing state fear conjoined with ever greater need to control all means and ends, all free-breathing thoughts, anything outside of the ever-shrinking box which the state has allocated as our Free Speech Zone. It's a world in which torture is a matter of semantics, not humanity or morals. It's a world in which sociopaths -- those who are unable to feel for others or see how their decisions affect others -- make all the decisions. What do good elementary schools matter in this world? What does education matter at all? Or medicine? A living wage? Social services? Public transportation? A roof over our heads? Voting rights? Does society's infrastructure matter at all? War is all that matters. The enemy is everywhere. All our resources and energies must be directed against him. Those who protest against this new regime become as much the enemy as terrorists. ("Those who are not with us are against us.") Those who stand up for common decency and basic human rights are the enemy. The MCA worldview precludes listening to the populace; it is intent, rather, on controlling it. Greater and greater numbers of the populace feel unheard and powerless, encouraging more fear, which in turn opens the door for more government intervention: "You have good reason to fear. The danger is real, but WE will protect you." The hidden agenda is: "Give us more power." The promise of protection is empty, though, because, vampire-like, it thrives on fear, and it sucks the spirit out of Americans. With the populace silenced and paralyzed, lawyers will have to take up the cause of preserving our freedoms. At minimum, then, the near future will bring legal challenges. The MCA will be challenged in court. Over 500 cases already on federal dockets will be affected by the MCA. And when will all this end? The MCA does not sunset. Although Congress never formally declared war on al Qaeda or the Taliban or Saddam or Afghanistan or Iraq or anyone anywhere else, the Authorization to Use Military Force passed by joint congressional resolution in November 2001 provides the President with open-ended and (what he, at least, deems as) endless authority to carry on this nebulous "war," which he does avidly without either standing firmly on the laws of war or resorting finally to the criminal laws. He picks and chooses what he finds useful and convenient for his task of creating this new worldview, the consequences of which neither he nor his Cabinet fully comprehend for the future of America. P. Sabin Willett asks: "We need to acknowledge, if we are thoughtful people, that terror is everywhere, and has been with us always, and involves all kind of people who later get called men of peace.'" "Does any single thoughtful person . . . think she will live to see the end of terrorism? And thus the end of the global war against it? Do you think you'll watch on TV as the Emperor of Terror comes aboard a Navy warship to sign the instrument of surrender? A phenomenon that has run down from the 1st Century to the 21st, you think George Bush is the measure of? Your grandchildren will never see that ticker-tape parade." Willett concludes: "So can we at least be honest with ourselves? When we say the President has special powers during the global war on terror, we are saying he has them forever. Always and forever can the President lock people up at Guantanamo without meaningful judicial review. Always and forever he can ignore the Congress's ban of torture, as he vowed to do last December 30." Always and forever. It's a long time to spend in the soulless new world created, with Bush's persuasion, by the Military Commissions Act. --------16 of 16-------- Bush endarkenment spreads like wild feuhrer. 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