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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.09.06 1. War on terror 11.09-10 1:15pm 2. Eagan peace vigil 11.09 4:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 11.09 5pm 4. CivilLib/Gitmo 11.09 5:30pm 5. CO status 11.09 5:30pm 6. FBI/WoundedKnee 11.09 7pm 7. Steger/peace 11.09 7pm 8. Kristallnacht 11.09 7:30pm 9. Hinchcliffe/white 11.09 8pm 10. Coffee/film 11.10 7:15pm? 11. Afterwar/photos 11.10 7pm 12. Cockburn/StPlair - Voters say No to Bush, war and free trade 13. Joshua Frank - The Democrats won, big deal 14. Dave Lindorff - What's next? Election postmortem 15. Dr Susan Block - American voters say, "Bush sucks!" 16. Charles Sullivan - Now kick out the corporate interests --------1 of 16-------- From: "Human Rights Center @ the U of MN" <humanrts [at] umn.edu> Subject: War on terror 11.09-10 1:15pm November 9-10 - War on Terror: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Cost: $50, free for U of M Students and Faculty. 2006 Minnesota Journal of International Law Symposium War on Terror: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives November 9th & 10th 2006 University of Minnesota Law School Walter F. Mondale Hall Room 25 7 CLE credits applied for Tentative Schedule: Day 1 (Thursday November 9, 2006): 1:15-1:45 Registration 1:45-2:00 Welcome -University of Minnesota Law School -Minnesota Journal of International Law -Transitional Justice Institute -Minnesota Center for Legal Studies 2:00-2:30 Keynote Address -Tom Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Minnesota Law School 2:30-4:30 Panel: International Law and the Use of Force in the 21st Century -Ruth Okediji, Moderator -David Wippman, Cornell University Law School -David Luban, Georgetown University Law School -Oren Gross, University of Minnesota Law School 4:30-6:00 Reception (Auerbach Commons) Day 2 (Friday November 10, 2006): 8:30-9:00 Registration 9:00-10:45 Panel: Law, Repression, and Social Movement Theory -Brian Bix, Moderator -David Kennedy, Harvard Law School -Christian Davenport, University of Maryland College Park -Colm Campbell, University of Ulster School of Law 10:45-11:00 Break 11:00-12:45 Panel: Hegemony, Conflict, and the War on Terror -David Weissbrodt, Moderator -Achilles Skordas, University of Bristol School of Law -Ian Lustick University of Pennsylvania -Fionnuala Ni Aolain, University of Minnesota Law School 12:45-2:00 Lunch (Robins-Kaplan Concourse) 2:00-3:45 Panel: Peace and Exit Strategies -David Kretzmer, Moderator -Shane Darcy, University of Ulster School of Law -Christine Bell, University of Ulster School of Law -Brendan O Leary, University of Pennsylvania 6:00-9:00 Banquet (Campus Club) *Please direct any questions to Stuart Nostdahl, Symposium Editor at stu_noz [at] hotmail.com Location: Room 25, University of Minnesota Law School (Mondale Hall), 229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 --------2 of 16-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 11.09 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. --------3 of 16-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 11.09 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. --------4 of 16-------- From: "Human Rights Center @ the U of MN" <humanrts [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: CivilLib/Gitmo 11.09 5:30pm November 9 - Civil Liberties at [Guantanamo] Bay. 5:30-8pm Cost: students: $15. 19th Annual Awards Celebration with guest speaker Joseph Margulies Please join the Minnesota Justice Foundation to honor this year's winners of the Annual Awards for Outstanding Service and hear speaker Joseph Margulies - a leading lawyer working to protect the rights of Guantanamo detainees. Joseph Margulies is an attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center and a clinical professor at Northwestern University Law School. He was lead counsel in Rasul v. Bush, involving the detentions at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station and is the author of "Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power" (Simon and Schuster 2006). In 2002, Margulies was the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell University Law School. He joined the faculty at the MacArthur Justice Center in 2004. He remains actively involved in post-9/11 detention litigation, and writes and lectures widely both on the Administration's detention policy and on the state of civil liberties in the wake of September 11. Presented by the Minnesota Justice Foundation. Student tickets are $15, non-student tickets start at $40. To purchase tickets, please contact Kerry Walsh at 612-626-9366 or kerry [at] mnjustice.org Location: International Market Square Atrium, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis, MN --------5 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: CO status 11.09 5:30pm Thursday, 11/9, 5:30 to 8 pm, Vets for Peace classes to prepare families for conscientious objector status, basement of St Stephens school building, 2123 Clinton Ave S, Mpls. $10/family. RSVP Kim at 612-721-6908. --------6 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: FBI/WoundedKnee/book 11.09 7pm Author, Steve Hendricks will be at BirchBark Books on Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. to talk about his new book,/ *The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country*/*.* BirchBark Books <_http://www.birchbarkbooks.com/_> is at 2115 West 21st Street, Minneapolis. Contact Susan White, 612-374-4023. "An excellent book that reopens the wounds of Wounded Knee/In the Spirit of Crazy Horse../. A blistering, important work..."</Kirkus Reviews/ (starred review) "Hendricks's swift narrative is riddled with judicial travesties, coverups, vigilantism, COINTEPRO-style tactics, mounting paranoia and lawlessness on both sides... Hendricks is careful throughout this harsh, heart-thumping account never to lose sight of the larger context."<*/Publishers Weekly/* (starred review) --------7 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Steger/peace 11.09 7pm Thursday, 11/9, 7 pm, Friends for a Nonviolent World director Phil Steger speaks on "If Not War,What? A Nonviolent National Security Strategy for the United States," Parish Community of St Joseph, SW corner of Boon and 36th Ave N, New Hope. carydberg [at] comcast.net --------8 of 16-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Kristallnacht 11.09 7:30pm "Kristallnacht Commemoration." Thursday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. Saint Paul Jewish Community Center 1375 Saint Paul Avenue St Paul, MN 55116 The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies along with CHAIM, JCRC and Saint Paul JCC and Special Events Fund from the University of Minnesota's Special Events Fund will present a special commemoration for the memory of Kristallnacht, the first organized pogrom against German and Austrian Jews in 1938. A short commemorative ceremony featuring Berlin survivor Henry Oertelt and members of CHAIM will be followed by a poetry reading by Charles Fishman. Charles Fishman created the Visiting Writers Program at the State University of New York at Farmingdale in 1979 and served as director until 1997. Fishman's books include "The Firewalkers" (Avisson Press, 1996), "Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust" (Texas Tech University Press, 1991, re-release planned for 2007), "Country of Memory" (Uccelli Press, 2004), "5,000 Bells" (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2004), and "The Death Mazurka" (Texas Tech, 1989), which was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and listed by ALA Choice as one of the outstanding books of the year (1989). His sixth booklength collection, Chopin's Piano, was published by Time Being Books in February 2006. Event is free and open to the public. For more info contact: Marijana Mladinov, St Paul Jewish Community Center www.stpauljcc.org --------9 of 16-------- From: Ellen Hinchcliffe <ehinchcliffe [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Hinchcliffe/white 11.09 8pm Please join me for my solo performance piece...Dirty the Bones- On Being White and Other Lies (History as Medicine) that is part of the amazing Naked Stages program at Intermedia Arts. I am sharing the night with another great performer- Katie Herron. See attached flyer for more info on her show too. Please forward to anyone who might be interested. Hope to see you there! Peace, ellen marie Naked Stages New Performance Work November 9-11, 2006 8pm Thursday November 9Th is sliding scale $1-$12 The 10Th and 11Th are $12 ($6 Intermedia Members/youth) 2822 Lyndale Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN (612) 871-444 http://intermediaarts.org Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe Dirty the Bones-On Being White and Other Lies (History as Medicine) With humor, history, an eye towards the spirit world and 37 years experience living as a white person in a white supremacy in hand, Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe uses video, surrealist game shows, dancing, ritual and stories to go digging in her closet for skeletons. Dirty the Bones-On Being White and Other Lies (History as Medicine) is neither a confessional piece- a place to admit racial "sins" and ask for redemption from people of color- nor a piece where the "good white" can tell the "bad white" how really bad they are. Laugh your ass off, cry your eyes dry, tell yourself the truth the best you can, all together now survive. --------10 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Coffee/film 11.10 7:15pm? 11/10 to 11/14, film "Black Gold" about eye-opening contrast between impoverished coffee growers and $3 cappuccino, Bell Museum, 10 Church St SE, Mpls. www.mnfilmarts.org --------11 of 16-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Afterwar/photos 11.10 7pm Friday, 11/10, 7 pm, panel discussion including Lori Grinker and others regarding MN Center for Photography exhibit "Afterwar" about wounds of wars from WWI to current Iraq conflict, 165 - 13th Ave NE, between Marshall & University, just north of Boradway, Mpls. www.mncp.org --------12 of 16-------- Santorum Gone! Pombo Gone! Burns Gone! Rumsfeld Gone! Count Your Blessings: NeoCons and NeoLibs Take a Big Hit, as Voters Say No to Bush, War and Free Trade By ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch November 8, 2006 Wherever they were given the opportunity, voters across the country went strongly for antiwar candidates. True, the national Democrats, led by Rahm Emanuel of the Democratic Congressional Campaign, had tried pretty successfully to keep such peaceniks off the ballot, but in a few key races the antiwar progressives romped home. The Democrats won, despite Emanuel. If the Clintonites weren't still controlling most of the campaign money, and more openly antiwar populists had been running, the Democrats today would probably be looking at a wider majority in the House and one committed solidly to getting out of Iraq. Take the sixth district in Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs. This was where the national Democrats threw money at Tammy Duckworth, the prowar double-amputee running in the primary against antiwar Christine Cegalis, who almost took down Republican Henry Hyde in 2004. Flush with Emanuel's campaign cash, Duckworth narrowly beat Cegalis. But yesterday Duckworth's clouded message on the war failed to rouse the voters and she went down to defeat. In northern California, another of Emanuel's Democrats was Charlie Brown, an Iraq vet. The race looked like a landslide for the Republican but in the last weeks it began to tighten up. Then in a debate, Doolittle, the Republican, tried to bait Brown with supposed ties to Cindy Sheehan. Instead of standing his ground and denouncing the war, Brown quavered that he had no ties to Sheehan and Mrs Brown later told Sheehan to stay away. Confronted with this craven performance voters gave up on Brown and the awful Doolittle cantered home. In the nearby district around Modesto it was a different story. Here was a ripe target, an implacable foe of nature called Richard Pombo, who had spent his entire career campaigning against the Endangered Species Act, and any enjoyment of nature other than the enrichment of cotton and rice farmers. In the primary season Rahm Emanuel and George Miller put the party's resources behind a Pombo lookalike who was duly trounced by Jerry McNerney, an antiwar foe of corporate agriculture. National Democrats chafed at McNerney's effrontery and predicted victory for Pombo. But on Tuesday the voters leaped at their opportunity. They booted out Pombo and sent McNerney to Washington. In the upset's aftermath, the Contra Costa Times marveled, "It will go down in California history as a massive upset in a congressional district where the incumbent held a 6 percentage point party registration advantage. No other district in the state has ever flipped parties with such a large registration gap." In northern Kentucky another progressive Democrat opposed by the Emanuel Machine, John Yarmuth, an alternative newspaper publisher, was nonetheless able to survive the primary. On Tuesday he defeated Anne Northrup, a popular Republican incumbent. So the Democrats have taken the House, but Emanuel should not be crowing too loudly. The Democrats' victories were clearly driven by antiwar sentiment across the country. Furthermore the contour of success in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, send a very clear message that if the Democrats keep on pushing the old Clinton neoliberal recipe as now purveyed by Emanuel and the others, they will not recapture the White House in 2008, or even bolster their position in the Senate. If you look at where the Democrats picked up their seats, there's a line running from Pennsylvania, through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Montana. The common thread is economic populism. In Indiana, the most Republican state, three seats turned over to Democrats. all of whom offered roughly the same political silhouette: fairly conservative on social issue, anti-globalization, tough on illegal immigration, and helped to victory by general hostility to the war on the part of many voters. What happened to Kansas? It's been crushed by the Clinton-Bush economy and by the war. Two red flags for the Democrats, who are already disdaining the clear message. Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean mumbled in victory's aftermath, "We can't leave Iraq now. We need to stabilize the situation." They never learn. If there's one single object lesson for progressives to follow, it's Sherrod Brown's successful bid for the US Senate in Ohio, a state Democrats have to win to capture the White House. Brown was vehemently against the war in Iraq and an economic populist who zeroed in on those very counties in Ohio where Kerry feared to tread and where Bush won in 2004, despite the fact that one in three people had been laid off during Bush's first term. These were mostly in coal country along the West Virginia line and up towards lake Erie. Brown stormed through, calling for a jobs plan and railing against the free trade pacts that have desolated the region. He romped to victory, overwhelming two-term Mike DeWine. Tuesday's polling results have confronted and answered two questions that the national Democrats tried to dodge throughout Campaign 2006. They didn't want to take a clear position on the war and they didn't want to attack the Clinton-Bush free trade consensus. On Tuesday antiwar and anti-free trade candidates prospered. The voters want the US out of the Iraq and they want decent jobs. Who are the Democrats who will speak to these concerns? Not Hillary Clinton. Not Joe Biden. Not Barack Obama. Maybe John Edwards, if he listens to his wife. What triumphed on Tuesday was not the Rahm Emanuel platform but something far closer to what Ralph Nader spoke for in 2000 and 2004. The furthest the national Democrats have wanted to go on the war has been to attack its management. Not the principled position of Cut and Run as urged by Jack Murtha just over a year ago. Not Howard Dean's "stabilize" message on Wednesday morning. What may well happen now is what we satirically predicted at the start of the week: a bipartisan consensus by the national leadership of both parties around the McCain position, calling for fresh troops and better manangement of the war. This is what Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden all endorse. What's need now is a de facto alliance between the antiwar Democrats bolstered by Tuesday's results, and the antiwar Republicans led by Chuck Hagel who no longer have to be beholden to the neocons and who have no desire to go the way of Santorum or Burns. Hagel-Edwards in 2008! (We mean Liz Edwards of course.) -------13 of 16------- Election Hangover The Democrats Won, Big Deal By JOSHUA FRANK CounterPunch November 8, 2006 Thank goodness it's finally over. Well almost, anyway. Recounts are still going on out in Montana where Jon Tester holds a slight lead over incumbent Senator Conrad Burns. The Democrats swept the House last night and now they are oh-so-close to controlling the United States Senate. And the message voters sent Bush is being heard loud and clear: the Republicans and this war are not popular in America. Pundits are claiming that it was the antiwar vote that helped usher the Dems back into power. It's just too bad that the Democrats aren't going to repay their constituents with anything worthwhile. For the war in Iraq will rage on. Third party antiwar candidates didn't fare as well as they would have liked. Aaron Dixon, who ran as a Green in Washington State, garnered a little over 10,000 votes. Green candidate Howie Hawkins, who ran against Sen. Hillary Clinton in New York, scored a little over 51,500 votes. Independent candidate Kevin Zeese of Maryland, who made his way into a series of debates in the state, cashed in over 23,700 votes, while Green Todd Chreiten of California topped 106,000 in his bid to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Overall, it could have been worse - as all aforementioned candidacies were virtually ignored by the mainstream antiwar movement. Whether or not you're feeling good about last night's results, you can rest assured that the Empire is still intact. Impeachment of this outlaw administration isn't going to fall down within the next two years. Nancy Pelosi, the new House leader, has promised as much. Deaths in Iraq will continue to mount and no exit strategy will play out in the coming months. Global warming will still not be addressed. Nor will our position on Israel, the war on drugs, free trade, or privatized health care. Basically things are still damn bleak despite the liberal take over of Washington. As I sat at the bar last night watching the tallies roll in, cheers from across the room would interrupt my daydreaming - another Democrat had won. I have to admit, I too felt good about the defeat of Rick Santorum and a few other filthy Republicans. It's nice to see a rabid homophobe go down in flames now and again. But it is just too bad that nothing substantial will come out of it. Bob Casey, Santorum's replacement, is pro-life and anti-gay himself. But the lesser-evil won, so shut up and be happy about it. In New York, K Street watchdog Eliot Spitzer was victorious in his quest for the governorship. And like Barack Obama, Spitzer is seen as a beacon of hope within the Democratic establishment. But like Obama, Spitzer has his sour issues. Aside from supporting the death penalty and the war in Iraq, Spitzer was one of the chief architects of New York's own version of the PATRIOT Act. It was an exhibit of what's to come in 2008. Centrism in the Democratic Party is back. Not that it ever left, it's just in power again. The Democrats won last night, not because they offered voters any real choices - they won because people were fed up with the Republicans and their deceitful ways. Joshua Frank is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush and edits www.BrickBurner.org. --------14 of 16-------- What's Next? Election Postmortem By DAVE LINDORFF CopunterPunch November 8, 2006 Here's the way to look at the Election Day outcome: If the U.S. were a parliamentary democracy, Bush would be history. Our self-proclaimed "war president" has lost a vote of confidence, not by the members of his party, but by the people of the United States. Of course, we don't live in a parliamentary democracy, so we're still stuck with the same megalomaniacal leader, even though the control of the Congress appears to be passing to the opposition party. (As of this writing, the new House will be firmly in the hands of the Democrats by a bigger margin than the current House is in the hands of Republicans, and the Senate appears headed towards Democratic control also, albeit by the narrowest of margins: 1 Lieberman.) So the question is: what next? We're already hearing a lot from the mainstream media about how this was all about voters wanting less extremism and more civility in government. Bull! This was about voters who have had it with neocon imperialist militarism, had it with government lying, had it with corruption, and had it with campaign tactics that equate opposition to the president with support for terrorism. We'll also be hearing a lot about how a change of 30 or 32 seats in the House from one party to another is no big deal. Nonsense! Not only is it a big deal by historical standards - it is an especially big deal given the historically unprecedented extreme to which the Republicans in control of state legislatures had gerrymandered districts over the last decade to insure their candidates' re-election. It is also an unusually big turnover to occur at a time when the nation has over 160,000 troops tied down in bitter fighting in two countries - Iraq and Afghanistan. To have the public undercut the president at such a time is an extraordinary act by the voters, who normally tend towards jingoistic support of presidents when American troops are dying. Of course it's true that some of the Democrats who will be replacing Republican office-holders are conservative (some are liberal, too). That's not the point, though. They are almost all honorable people who entered their races as underdogs earlier this year, not expecting to win, and who ended up winning because the voting public, whether liberal or conservative, wants them to clean the Stygian Stables, which have filled up with six years with of crap and bullshit. Now the Democratic leadership in Congress doesn't see it that way. They seem to be buying into the media illusion that what the public wants is civility in government and respect for the president. That's certainly how Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the likely new House majority leader, puts it (even though her home district in San Francisco voted 61 percent for an impeachment resolution). But civility and respect are not going to get the job done. First of all, let's consider that there are still two possibilities: one is that the two houses of Congress both go narrowly Democratic; the other is that only the House goes Democratic, while the Senate ends up more narrowly Republican, or perhaps tied, with Dick Cheney holding the tie-breaking vote as President of the Senate. In the latter two scenarios civility would be death, since Senate Republicans would be anything but civil. The only way Democrats could have any power would be by acting as obstreperously and obstructively as possible, to prevent more damage, by using their investigative power in the House to lay out the crimes of this administration as clearly as possible. If both houses of Congress end up in Democratic hands, they will be in the position to start passing legislation. But they will not be able to undo the damage caused over the past six years to the Constitution and to the nation because Bush will be able to veto their bills. Worse yet, even if they can manage in some cases to get enough Republican support on some issues to override a veto, Bush will use his "signing statement" ploy to block them, as he has already done over 800 times to legislation passed by a Republican Congress. Clearly, in either event, the only appropriate response is for a Democratic House to initiate serious investigations into administration abuse of power, criminality, deceit and incompetence, and ultimately, to initiate impeachment proceedings. It is perhaps wishful thinking to believe that Bush, as richly as he deserves it, will be impeached for war crimes. We can leave that to future prosecutors, either in a better post-Bush America or in other nations, since war crimes don't have a statute of limitations, and Bush has a good 20 years left in him if he manages to stay off the bottle. That said, there are crimes and constitutional violations that even Republicans should agree call for his impeachment (and in some cases Cheney's). Among these are: * The signing statements, in which Bush claims that as commander in chief he does not need to accept or enforce laws passed by the Congress. This is such an egregious abuse of power and undermining of the Constitution that if it is allowed to continue, with future presidents continuing the practice and citing Bush as precedent, Congress will cease to have any real constitutional function. * The NSA warrantless spying. Democrats need to take a leadership role and demand to know what this program is all about. Clearly it's not about spying on suspected terrorists, as Bush claims, because the secret Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court judges would have no problem approving warrants for that. It has to be something so outrageous that Bush is afraid to present it to those famously accommodating judges. The case needs to be made that this is a flat-out felony and a breach of the Fourth Amendment, and that it has already been so ruled by a federal judge. * The outing of CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame and the selective release of the Iraq National Intelligence Estimate in an effort to damage a critic - Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson. This was exactly the kind of abuse of government power that led to an impeachment article being voted in the House Judiciary Committee against President Richard Nixon. Moreover, Democrats need to make the case that this attack on Wilson was motivated by a darker goal: the need to discredit someone who was exposing one of the Bush administration's gravest crimes - namely faking evidence of an active Iraqi nuclear weapons program. * Lying the country into a deadly, costly and interminable war in Iraq. It is clear now that Bush knew the uranium ore story, the aluminum tubes story, the Saddam links to Al Qaeda story and the germ weapons story, were all lies. It is clear that Bush had plans to invade Iraq from before he even assumed office in 2001, that 9/11 was just a pretext to do it, and that his claims to the American people and to Congress that he wanted a "diplomatic solution" to Iraq's alleged WMD threat was a lie and a fraud. He must be impeached for this bloody travesty. * Obstruction and lying to the Congress and the 9-11 Commission. The president, in what is an abuse of power and possibly even an act of treason, refused to provide testimony and evidence demanded by the Senate Intelligence Committee and by the 9-11 Commission, and himself refused to testify under oath or with any record being made of his answers, and had members of his administration lie to both bodies. This willful obstruction has put the nation in jeopardy, since without knowing what went wrong or even what went on before and on 9-11, there is no way to prevent another such attack. This is a clear impeachable crime. * Bribery. For some time it was not clear whether the stench of money scandals would reach into the White House. Bush claimed he didn't even know Jack Abramoff, even as members of Congress were falling like 10-pins. Now, however, we have learned that there are myriad pictures of Abramoff and his buddy Bush together, that Abramoff visited the White House so often it was practically a second home, and that he even managed to have his own secretary move over to work for Bush's closest confident (and "brain" by some accounts) Karl Rove, the better to facilitate the money-for-favors exchanges. This is corruption on the scale of the Warren Harding administration, and it calls for impeachment, not respect. While they"re at it, Democrats in the House should also investigate the oil industry's and Halliburton's financial tentacles in the White House and Blair House. * The Loss of New Orleans. Bush's disastrous inaction as Katrina headed for New Orleans, and his even worse inaction after the disaster was apparent, is a classic violation of the presidential oath to "take care" that the laws are faithfully administered. The president had a duty to initiate drastic emergency action that only he could authorize, and instead he campaigned, played golf and guitar, and entertained Sen. John McCain, while over a thousand Americans were allowed to die and a major US city drowned. That is a clear impeachable offense. American voters don't want politeness. We want our country back. We have just proved to Republicans that we will punish lying and corruption. In the next election, Democrats should be on notice that we will also punish cowardice and inaction. A great start for newly empowered Democrats would be to revoke or rephrase the September 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which was passed to authorize Bush to invade Afghanistan and to pursue Al Qaeda. Bush has been claiming ever since that the 2001 AUMF made him permanent "commander in chief" in an unending "War" on Terror, with the right to ignore the courts and acts of Congress. It is clearly in Congress's power to redefine that AUMF more clearly, to make it unambiguously clear that it did not authorize the president to be generalissimo, that it was referring exclusively to combat outside the U.S., that it expects him to stay within the law and the Constitution under the resolution, and that the AUMF itself in any case has an expiration date. This is a move that even some Republicans - especially after their recent drubbing - will support. The new Congress should also promptly revoke the military commissions law, and especially the parts that revoke habeas corpus, that grant the president and his gang retroactive immunity from prosecution for authorizing torture, and that undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, making it easier for a president to declare martial law. Again, it should be possible to get significant Republican support for this effort. Although it doesn't deserve it, the Democratic Party has by default been given a chance in this off-year election. So far, the leadership is showing every sign of preparing to blow it. That means it's up to us voters to make sure elected Democrats in Congress get the message, first by voting them into power, and then by riding them hard to make sure they take aggressive action to put the administration in the dock and rescue the Constitution and the country. A good start would be to go to Starting an Impeachment Movement. Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's new book is "The Case for Impeachment", co-authored by Barbara Olshansky. He can be reached at: dlindorff [at] yahoo.com -- [The respect for the president we must all have means we must NOT say: Bush smells bad Save us from the criminal president Up Bush's butt Bush sucks big time George is a clueless cretin or anything like them, even though many of us may think them every day and twice on Sunday. No, this is all about superficial bourgeois niceness, so that we don't start using similar blunt words about the ruling class. If we disrespected them more, we might give them the finger (crude!) whenever they attempt to pick our pockets to pay for champagne and caviar. And we all know that God wants the rich to have lots and lots of champagne and caviar, paid for out of our rent and bread money. Imagine if people were running around saying "Eat the rich!" - what would happen to Carl Pohlad's billion dollar "gift"? Why, we'd probably spend the money on schools and libraries instead, clearly *disrespecting* Carl and his waiting tribe of heirs. And we wouldn't want that. -ed] --------15 of 16-------- [The following is a good example of what happens when you let people liberate their language and speak outwardly as they think inwardly. It leads pretty directly to the unforgivable sin of disrespecting the only unelected US president we have right now. I am shocked, and I hope you are too. I mean, what if you or I actually *said* what we *think*? I cringe to think of it. -ed] The Table Turns American Voters Say, "Bush Sucks!" By Dr. SUSAN BLOCK CounterPunch November 8, 2006 The votes are in. America has spoken. And what do we say? Bush sucks! Let's hear it for Blue Values! Let's hear it for Eros over Thanatos! Hope over fear. Yes indeed, Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners. America has spoken. If we can't get a divorce, we'll just sit on your face, George. Amen and Awomen. Eat Me, Bushites! Eat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Just seeing a woman (even if she isn't exactly Emma Goldman) poised to take over control of the United States House of Representatives saying "Today we have made history, now we must make progress!" makes my cheeks wet with possbility. Good old South Dakota came through too, rejecting a proposed law that would have banned nearly all abortions. And seeing Republican Senator Rick "Man-On-Dog-Sex" Santorum forced to get down on his knees to Bob Casey Jr. in my home state makes me want to sing, "Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, land where liberty was born, Pennsylvania the keystone state where the bonds of tyranny were shone!" Then there was the fabulously flamboyant Republican Gay Sex Scandal Double-Hitter of Mark Foley and Ted Haggard which made a considerable number of well-spanked Evangelicals hold their noses and eat Democratic Party Pie. But yesterday's election was not so much about the individuals running for office in the House and Senate, and it certainly wasn't a vote of great love for the Democratics. This was a Lesser of Two Evils rally. It was a referendum on the flabbergastingly evil reign of George II, the craven Bushites and the putrid, crony-riddled, page-diddling, mostly Republican War Machine. Several months ago, I asked America (and myself), "How much longer are we going to suck Bush's Dick?" For six years, America has just been swallowing this bastard's lethal lies, as he pushed our heads down on his blatant load of crap. Many have died from this political throat rape. Others contracted political herpes. Some just kept their mouths shut. But not now! Not this election. At least, now - finally! - the tables are turned. Maybe, if we can help them locate their spines, these Democrats can get the Bushman into a nice cozy headlock and make him eat some humble pie. Make him stop the war. Stop the torture. Stop the killing. At least, make him fire Rummy NOW. Make him get his head out of the hayseeds (where the few Bushites left are still scattered) and go downtown. And stop the Peeping Tomfoolery. Stop all the hypocritical faith-based baloney. Yes, indeed. Praise the Lord and the Lady. Hip, hip hooray for the USA, at least for today. My bush tastes better than your Bush. I know, I know, my democratic-secular-humanist-ethical-hedonist-anti-war chochita ma is too good for Dubya's lying lips to even graze. After all, the President is not a very cunning linguist. But table-turning is sweet, and I'm enjoying this Bush-licking even more just knowing that he'd rather be sucking Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert's manly military-style republican member. This election renders Dubya a truly lame duck, a Presidential limp dick, and we ladies know what a guy like that can do: Swallow our squirt (though it's too way good for you). Perhaps I will have to eat these words, if and when the Dems disappoint. Perhaps that's why, in the sweet afterglow of victory, I say let's celebrate! Let's spread our legs and our wings and savor the pleasure. It's a little late in coming, this popular slap in George Jr.'s smug little Common Chimp face, especially for those of us who have opposed his bullying, bankrupt policies from the first Crusade. But better late than never. So let's enjoy the electoral orgasm of the moment, Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners. Because it feels good, yes indeed. Then let's see if we can make our new representatives follow through on their promises to change, which does involve politically sitting on Bush's face and not let him get up for air. Of course, we should do this with "civility," like Nancy says. But we should do it now. It's time for America to follow the Bonobo Way of peace, pleasure, diplomacy and community. It's time to wash the blood off our hands. Dr. Susan Block is a sex educator, cable TV host and author of The 10 Commandments of Pleasure. Visit her BRAND NEW BLOGGAMY & POST COMMENTS at http://www.drsusanblock.com/blog/blog.asp Send comments to liberties [at] blockbooks.com. [ed trusts that, if you ever see him flipping Bush the bird, or calling him degenerate mildewed pondscum, you know that he means it only in a good sense. -ed] --------16 of 16-------- Now Kick Out the Corporate Interests Voting in the Absence of Choice By CHARLES SULLIVAN CounterPunch November 8, 2006 Too many Americans harbor the illusion that we live in a democracy simply because we have the right to vote. But let us be clear about something: voting matters only where real choices are allowed. It is universally understood that special interest money runs the American political system and thus defines what the choices will be. So we are left to choose between candidates who are financed by special interest money, which any fool can see, is no choice at all. The system is purposely designed to require enormous expense from its participants. According to the very mainstream USA Today, the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics predicts that $2.6 billion will be spent on Congressional races this year alone, which thus precludes any third party candidate, as well as ordinary people, from all but token participation. It requires big money to win political office and big money comes from the deep pockets of corporate America. In effect, special interest money has rendered the political process as we know it null and void by restricting our choices to candidates that have been pre-chosen for us by corporate America. The choice is more illusory than real. Plutocrats and workers have nothing in common. People of ordinary means can no longer ascend to the presidency or even Congress. The composition of both the state and federal governments are very different from the socio-economic demographics of the populations they are supposed to represent, and it is no accident. Regardless where you look the rich are represented and the great majority is excluded. So if the Democrats wrest control of the government from the hands of the Republicans, it will be because conservative Democrats won some important races, precluding any progressive mandate from coming into play. On the whole the nation will remain well to the right of center, and certainly will not progress toward the left. The bulk of the corporate money will reverse direction and flow from the Republicans into the coffers of the Democrats. The corporations will retain control. One can cast protest votes, as I often do, for candidates who do not accept special interest money, but they are rarely, if ever, contenders. It requires huge sums of money to get media exposure, and to get on state ballots, yet alone contend for the prize. The system is designed to preclude challenges to the status quo, which leaves us to choose between Republicrats fielded by corporate backers. Corporate money so owns the political process that voters are left to choose only between the finer nuances of the capital system, and between degrees of corruption. Ultimately the choice is between lesser evils, which speak volumes about the state of decay of American politics. Good never springs from evil, so we witness the steady moral decline of a nation mired in corruption and confusion. There is nothing benign about corporate financiers who hedge their bets by supporting candidates of the major parties. Corporate CEOs are not philanthropists interested in the well being of America. They are motivated by greed and profits, and when they finance political campaigns, make no mistake about it; they are renting or buying politicians who will help them achieve their objectives. Special interest money is a malignancy that grows in the bowels of government, and it must be removed lest it kill the host. A system in which the high rollers and fat cats feed upon the bloated corpses of the tax payers and is accountable to no one should be an affront to all decent people of every political stripe. Let us see the political system in America for what it is, and for the cruel hoax that it has always been. The corporate financing of political campaigns is, in fact, a capital investment in the status quo that benefits the wealthy and marginalizes those with neither wealth nor property. That explains why substantive change is rarely accomplished through the vote in America. It also explains the remarkable consistency and homogeneity of governmental policy through the decades; domestic and foreign, regardless of which party is in power. Those policies have consistently accrued wealth and influence to the rich by exploiting the working class, and with disastrous results for the world. It has resulted in war after war, occupation after occupation; and the systematic overthrow of democracies everywhere. The corporations and their puppets in government are realizing enormous profits from the system, and they will not allow significant or radical change from within the existing order. The system cannot and will not be reformed; the money changers will not allow it. Now the great majority of the population is disenfranchised and left out of the equation. Only those with wealth are allowed to play. Money talks and those who do not have an abundance of wealth are without voice in a political system awash in cash and corruption. If working class people were running the government, rather than wealthy Plutocrats, we would not be in the current predicament that threatens to engulf us, and we would have avoided many of the pitfalls that have trapped us in the past. We would never have experienced a Viet Nam War, there would have been no invasion and occupation of Iraq; and we would have socialized health care and decent schools like other industrialized nations, rather than tax cuts for the rich and massive corporate welfare. There is a huge difference between a government of the people and corporate 'for profit' governance. America would be a much better place without corporate rule, and unquestionably the world would be better off and much safer. I am not sure what the solution is to the dilemma we have created for ourselves through detachment, indifference and apathy. I do know, however, that doing the same thing over and over will assure a similar result to what we have gotten in the past. At some point we must acknowledge the illegitimacy of the political process, and see it for the prostitution and the sham that it is. It is incapable of producing just results or the change we need in order to become a Democracy. There are no easy ways out of the morass we have created. It may be that another tea party similar to the one enacted at Boston Harbor over two hundred years ago is the only cure for what ails us. I survive on the hope that eventually enough good people will arrive at a similar conclusion, and that we will effect change directly in the streets of America. That is what I would call participatory Democracy, and it would be a thing of beauty to behold. Charles Sullivan is a photographer, free lance writer and social activist living in West Virginia. He welcomes your comments at csullivan [at] phreego.com. [How about, instead of a tea party, a TP party? Rolls and rolls of the white stuff in all the White House area trees and bushes and powerlines? 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