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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.11.06 1. Kip/Health care 11.11 9:30am 2. Youth & peace 11.11 10am 3. Health/artists 11.11 10am 4. Salvador/photos 11.11 10am 5. Vs army con job 11.11 10:30am 6. CAMS/vs mil 11.11 10:30am 7. Armistice bells 11.11 10:30am 8. NWpeace vigil 11.11 11am 9. Socialist conf 11.11 11am 10. StP Green Party 11.11 12noon 11. Northtown vigil 11.11 1pm 12. Planning peace 11.11 1pm 13. Kertzer 11.11 2pm 14. Left elections 11.11 3pm 15. Karen Clark 11.11 4pm 16. Picket ShellGas 11.11 5pm 17. Climate change 11.11 6pm 18. Afterwar/recep 11.11 6pm 19. BigBox swindle 11.11 8pm 20. Chante/peace 11.11 7pm 21. AWC new members 11.11 7pm 22. Palestine/film 11.11 7pm 23. Joshua Frank - Bye-Bye Coke, hello Pepsi: Blue Dog group 24. Robert Rodriguez - No to Bushworld: A thumpin' or a whippin'? 25. Mike Whitney - Cheney in a box 26. John Chuckman - Watching the US elections from Canada 27. Robert Jensen - The 2006 elections and the coming train wreck --------1 of 27-------- From: Kip Sullivan <kiprs [at] usinternet.com> Subject: Kip/Health care 11.11 9:30am November 11, 9:30 to 11:30 am, City Council Chambers, St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park. The Wayzata/Plymouth League of Women Voters and District 3 Minnesota Nurses Association are co-sponsoring this event. Kip Sullivan, on behalf of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, will explain the health care crisis and why a single-payer (or Medicare for all) system is the best solution to the crisis. --------2 of 27-------- From: Doris G. Marquit <marqu001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Youth & peace 11.11 10am Minnesota Metro Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom invites you to its November 2006 COFFEE WITH Program "Youth Views on Peace: Report Out from PeaceJam" with Angie Martinez and Shivani Bhatt Sat. November 11 10 am to noon Van Cleve Community Center, 901 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis FREE DISCUSSION & REFRESHMENTS--EVERYONE WELCOME Hear firsthand reports from PeaceJam, an international education program built around Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. Hear from a new generation of peacemakers who can transform the world! Sponsored by MN Metro WILPF FFI: 651-458-7090; wilpf [at] earthlink.net; www.wilpfmn.org; www.peacejam.org; www.nylc.org --------3 of 27-------- From: joel michael albers <joel [at] uhcan-mn.org> Subject: Health fair/artists 11.11 10am MN UHCAN will be tabling at the Health Fair For Uninsured Artists, Nov 11, 2006, 10AM - 2PM (info below). We will be distributing literature, doing a powerpoint workshop/discussion on HC Reform, and doing health screenings, (including total-cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure) for about $10. We need 1 or 2 people to help table and w/ health screenings. We especially need a health practitioner who has experience w/ fingersticks to help w/ blooddraws from which to do the screenings. If you can help, and it will be fun, let me know very soon. A lot of artistes are expected to attend. thanks, joel Health Fair for Artists Basic Information Our Health Fair is intended for uninsured and under-insured artists and their families as well as arts organizations looking to explore heath insurance options for their employees. Our Health Fair will feature resources and information about programs offered by low-cost providers of medical, dental insurance and health and wellness care. The event is sponsored by Springboard for the Arts and Intermedia Arts. Our media sponsors are City Pages and Drive 105 Radio. We expect 300-500 artists and their families to attend. November 11, 2006 10:00am-2:00pm The event takes place at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis and is FREE of charge to all attendees, but reservations are preferred. Joel Albers Minnesota Universal Health Care Action Network 612-384-0973 joel [at] uhcan-mn.org www.uhcan-mn.org Health Care Economics Researcher, Clinical Pharmacist --------4 of 27-------- From: Mary Turck <mturck [at] americas.org> Subject: Salvador/photos 11.11 10am Saturday, November 11 El Salvador: Photography's Power to Heal - featuring Laurie McGinley and Terry Gydesen. War ended in El Salvador in 1992 but the wounds of war are still fresh today. Long after the bombs stopped echoing there is destruction of spirit that is caused by the fear and pain that war created in the Salvadoran people. Come hear how El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen uses photographs to create community forums where remembrance, healing and reconciliation are encouraged, and how you can help Salvadorans heal for less than the cost of lunch. [Part of weekly coffee hour series, with a talk by a featured speaker and discussion. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. $4 includes first cup of coffee. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788] Friday, November 17, 6 p.m. Opening Reception-Rites of Passing Works by Aaron Johnson-Ortiz. Artist's statement: "My current work explores surveillance and resistance. The artwork is informed by several pressing concerns: racial profiling in public spaces, the theatricality of war news coverage, the warmongering rhetoric of 'terrorism,' and the growing corporate and governmental scrutiny in search engines and online networks. My Passing Series is composed of movie stills from Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 film 'The Battle of Algiers,' interpolated with my own photographs. The carefully selected stills present my fictitious autobiography. The film took on new political meaning in 2003 when the Pentagon screened the film to military officers to discuss insurgency and counterinsurgency tactics in Iraq." Lower level gallery, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis. October 25-December 1. FREE NOCHE CULTURAL. 6 p.m. Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis 55406 FFI: 612-276-0788. --------5 of 27-------- From: "Murphy, Cathy" <CMurphy [at] analysts.com> Subject: Vs army con job 11.11 10:30am [ed head] Army opening "Career Center" in Knollwood Mall Knollwood is a community meeting place. Our kids spend time there, sometimes alone or with friends. Army recruiters, who are increasingly desperate, aggressively target them, using lies & coercive tactics. What can we do about it? ProtectAction is a group of local folks working to protect our kids. You can help. Raise awareness in the community: Join us - Every Saturday - 10:30 a.m. Meet under the large Knollwood Mall sign (Hwy7 & Aquila), where we put on white shirts with ProtectAction on the back. We walk into the mall via several entrances and meet at the recruiting center, each carrying a sign with the name of a Minnesotan killed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003 (49 so far) We stand briefly in front of the recruiting center and then depart (total time commitment = 20 minutes) www.ProtectAction.blogspot.com <http://www.protectaction.blogspot.com/> --------6 of 27-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: CAMS/vs mil 11.11 10:30am Saturday, 11/11, (and 2nd Saturday of each month), 10:30 am, Coalition for Alternatives to Military Service (or CAMS, a counter-recruitment group) meets at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand, St. Paul. Contact Mary at wamm [at] mtn.org --------7 of 27-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Armistice bells 11.11 10:30am Saturday, 11/11, 10:30 to noon, Veterans for Peace bell-ringing program for Armistice Day at First Shot Memorial, Capitol grounds, St. Paul. Wayne Wittman at 651-774-4008. --------8 of 27-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWpeace/vigil 11.11 11am The NW Neighbors for Peace On Saturday, November 11th, we will begin having our weekly demonstrations every Saturday between 11 AM and noon along Vinewood, near Rockford Rd. (also known as 42nd Avenue or Cty. Rd. 9) and just east of 494. This is the entrance to Target, Rainbow, and other stores. --------9 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Socialist conf 11.11 11am Socialist Minnesota - Conference to Confront Capitalism Saturday, November 11 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Walker (Uptown) Library, Meeting Room 2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis Organized by Socialist Alternative www.SocialistMinnesota.org <http://www.SocialistMinnesota.org> / 612-226-9129 Complete conference schedule below With each passing year, global capitalism is lurching deeper into crisis. Poverty and exploitation, war and violence, environmental disasters - these are just a few of the headlines defining the lives of a growing majority of humanity. As elsewhere, here in Minnesota the CEOs are making record profits - the result of growing attacks on working peoples' living standards and the social programs we rely on like public education and public health. But as Karl March explained over 150 years ago, capitalism creates its own gravediggers. A new wave of mass revolt is sweeping the globe, from Lebanon to Mexico, France to Chile, and even here in Minnesota. We cannot forget that the largest demonstration in Minnesota history took place last April 9th, when 40,000 immigrant workers descended on the Capitol to demand their rights. "Socialist Minnesota - A Conference to Confront Capitalism" will be an opportunity for local worker and youth activists to come together, discuss some of the pressing issues of the day, and develop ideas to organize an effective fight-back! 11am: Coffee and Bagel breakfast FORUMS 11:30am - 12:45pm The End of the American Dream Growing class divisions and perspectives for mass struggle Recent reports show that the class divide in America is growing while social mobility is declining. What does this mean for working people in the US? Does this mean that the American Dream is over? Will this lead to mass struggle? Speaker: Bryan Koulouris, national organizer for Socialist Alternative, from Boston 1:00pm - 2:00pm Four Breakout Workshops 1. The War on Terror 2. Employed and in Poverty 3. Mexico Rising 4. Abortion Rights Under Attack (---See below for workshop details---) 3:00pm - 4:20pm DEBATE: Left electoral strategy Should we support progressive Democrats like Keith Ellison or struggle to build a political alternative? Between Ed Felien, editor of The Pulse, and Ty Moore from Socialist Alternative Between the war in Iraq, attacks on civil liberties and the ideological offensive of the Neo-cons, many people on the left are asking themselves: Even though we don't like the two-party system, should we vote for left Democrats in order to stop the Republicans? 4:30pm - 5:45pm Reform or Revolution? How can we ultimately end war, poverty, sexism and racism? Is socialism possible in the United States? Can we introduce socialism little by little through smaller reforms? Or is it necessary to confront capitalism directly? Speaker: Katie Quarles, University of Minnesota School of Nursing student WORKSHOPS 1:00pm - 2:00pm Four Breakout Sessions 1. The War on Terror Five years of deception and slaughter Five years ago, Bush and the Neo-cons took advantage of the tragedy of September 11th to launch their 'war on terror' - which they have used to attack civil liberties, gain access to oil and to attack regimes who are less friendly to US imperialism. In that time, they have managed to, among other things, get over 2,500 US troops killed in Iraq and bring that country to the brink of civil war. Can the attacks on our civil liberties and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be stopped? What are the next steps for the anti-war movement? Facilitated by Theodros Shibabaw & Brandon Madsen* 2. Employed and in Poverty Organizing a fight-back in the low wage service sector* 36% of all workers in the US are employed in the retail or service sector. These jobs are amongst the lowest paid in the country. Most of these workplaces will stop at nothing to keep their shops from being unionized. Is there any way to organize the low-wage sector? What kind of tactics are necessary? Facilitated by Canyon Lalama & Sheryl Raygor 3. Mexico rising Lessons from the unfolding revolution The past months have seen mass protests against rigged elections, and a huge strike that has taken over much of Oaxaca, which was recently attacked by federal troops. Will these mass movements continue? Will they be successful? Facilitated by Ryan Timlin & others 4. Abortion Rights Under Attack Strategies for revitalizing the resistance The recent attacks on women's right to choose in South Dakota have brought the struggle to defend abortion rights to the forefront. How can we stop these kinds of attacks and the eroding away of the right to choose? Facilitated by Katie Quarles & Laura Madsen FOR MORE INFORMATION on Socialist Alternative, or to find out about our local meetings and campaign activities, contact us at: mn [at] socialistalternative.org <mailto:mn [at] socialistalternative.org> 612-760-1980 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LINKS Socialist Alternative's national website is: www.socialistalternative.org <http://www.socialistalternative.org> We are linked to socialists around the world through the Committee for a Workers' International: www.socialistworld.net <http://www.socialistworld.net> --------10 of 27-------- From: ed Subject: StP Green Party 11.11 12noon All people interested in finding out more about the Green Party of St. Paul are invited to: Our monthly meeting Mississippi Market, 2nd floor Corner of Selby/Dale in St. Paul noon until 2 pm --------11 of 27-------- From: Lennie <major18 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northtown vigil 11.11 1pm The Mounds View peace vigil will be peace vigiling EVERY SATURDAY from 1-2pm at the at the southeast corner of the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE in Blaine, which is the northwest most corner of the Northtown Mall area. This is a MUCH better location. We'll have extra signs. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. For further information, email major18 [at] comcast.net or call Lennie at 763-717-9168 --------12 of 27-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Planning peace 11.11 1pm Saturday, 11/11, 1 to 4 pm, Peace First think tank session "Planning the Peace," Friends for a Non-violent World, 1050 Selby Ave, St Paul. 651-917-0383. --------13 of 27-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Kertzer 11.11 2pm A Conversation with David Kertzer Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m. Nolte Library -- room 125 Moderator: Paula Rabinowitz East Bank Campus next to Bell Museum of Natural History Parking at nearby lots Please join us for an informal conversation with historian and anthropologist David Kertzer. Kertzer's 1997 book "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" has been made into the play "Edgardo Mine" by Alfred Uhry, which opens at the Guthrie Theater on November 10. David I. Kertzer is Provost and Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science at Brown University. --------14 of 27-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Left elections 11.11 3pm [See #9 above for the socialist conference of which this is a part -ed] D E B A T E Left Electoral Strategy Should the left support progressive Democrats or struggle to build a political alternative? B E T W E E N Ed Felien, editor of The Pulse, and Ty Moore from Socialist Alternative SATURDAY, November 11 3:00pm Walker (Uptown) Library, Meeting Room 2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis This debate is one highlight of a day-long conference put on by Socialist Alternative. For more information on "Socialist Minnesota - A Conference to Confront Capitalism" check out _www.SocialistMinnesota.org_ (http://www.socialistminnesota.org/) --- Left Electoral Strategy Is Transforming the Democrats Possible? By Ty Moore This Saturday, at the Socialist Minnesota Conference, The Pulse editor Ed Felien has graciously accepted our invitation to bring his experience and ideas into a debate on left electoral strategy. And to initiate the discussion, Ed invited me to summarize in this week's edition of The Pulse a socialist perspective on the elections and the role of the Democratic Party. For us, the central question is this: Is it possible to transform the corporate controlled Democratic Party into a vehicle for peace and justice, or should we struggle to build a working class political alternative? The entire history of attempts to transform the Democrats shows that, far from transforming the Party, the social movements that have made the attempt find themselves transformed into weak hollow shell organizations, their activist bases embittered and demoralized by the endless compromises and betrayals this "sensible" strategy always entails. [It ends with us being insensible, emotionally and mentally dead, deaf, blind, mute, castrated. Just what the bosses ordered. I flip the bird to the bosses. -ed] In this light, we think the approach advocated in The Pulse - supporting left Democrats like Keith Ellison or the so-called "populist" Mike Hatch (alongside Greens in mostly uncompetitive races) - points in the wrong direction. After all, why would big business give Democrats their millions when the Republicans will more nakedly pursue their agenda? Because corporate America understands that their imperialist agenda abroad and war on workers at home inevitably stirs up rebellion. They need the Democrats to contain and manage working class anger, providing a safety valve. For example, in 2004 Kucinich and Dean rallied the strength of the antiwar movement behind them. But when the corporate media and Democratic leadership predictably crushed their campaigns in the primaries, they dutifully rallied the ranks behind John "The War Hero" Kerry's miserable "challenge" to Bush. Noble intentions aside, what is the actual role of left Democrats like Keith Ellison, Dennis Kucinich, or Howard Dean? Through raising the utopian prospect of transforming the Party, they use their influence to draw social movements into the safe channels of the corporate controlled two-party system. When the 2008 election rolls around, will Keith Ellison use his political influence and access to the media to help us mobilize mass antiwar demonstrations calling for troops out now? Or will he dutifully back Hillary Clinton's pro-war campaign? Instead of following these left Democrats into the dead-end trap of corporate politics, we should urge them to join the growing struggle to build a political alternative, consistently standing up for working class interests, in this country and internationally. -- [If Kucinich had not buckled to the pro-war Dem bosses, they would have cut all support for his next election, and financed an opponent. I'm sure he knew that; I knew it when he was campaigning. It is elementary politics 101. Ellison has to know it too. Be for Hillary (war, PAC $$$) or be ruthlessly brought down. Dem bosses don't mess around, and they don't allow alternatives. You do what you're told, or else. Ellison could reject Hillary et al only at the price of being a one-term Representative. I doubt he will choose that path. So he has, really, no freedom not to back Hillary. No wannabe-reelected Dem does. Long knives will be out for rebel Dems; examples will be made - you just don't do this, see, and we're the boss not you. The DP is one-half of the bipartisan grave of peace. -ed] --------15 of 27-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Karen Clark 11.11 4pm Saturday, 11/11, 4 to 5:15 pm, MN Rep. Karen Clark reflects on "Harvest of Gratitude" at 11th day prayer for peace, Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave. St Paul. www.csjstpaul.org or 651-690-7079. --------16 of 27-------- From: Mike Whelan <mpw4883 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Picket ShellGas 11.11 5pm We will picket the Shell station on 94 and Riverside on Saturdat Nov 11, from 5 PM to 6PM--Bring banners and friends. November 10th is the anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni anti-Shell activists by the Nigerian state for campaigning against the devastation of the Niger Delta by oil companies, especially Shell and Chevron. The production, transportation and processing of oil and gas has polluted many parts of the world. Tanker spills, refinery emissions, gas flares, oil well blow-outs, and pipeline explosions have spilled highly toxic fluids and gases into the atmosphere, across land and into rivers and oceans around the world. Many people who live in countries where the big energy companies operate have seen the land despoiled, their neighbours imprisoned, their governments corrupted. In our own country we are currently witnessing the conflict between Shell and the peaceful residents of Erris in north Mayo. Last year my father was one of the five men imprisoned in high-security conditions for more than three months in Cloverhill Prison, because they refused to undertake not to protest against Shell. This year, on November 10th, people from around the country are asked to join in a peaceful mass protest to stop Shell contractors from getting into and working on the site of the giant raw gas refinery that they seek to impose on the people of Mayo. We ask people to show solidarity with the residents of Erris, and commemorate Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Eight through peaceful direct action. We also wish to bring to national attention the appalling situation whereby the natural resources of Ireland are being given away to multi-national companies, with no benefit to the people of Ireland. The following is a quote from Saro-Wiwa at Port Harcourt prison on the eve of his death by hanging: "I'll tell you this, I may be dead but my ideas will not die". --------17 of 27-------- From: david unowsky <david.unowsky [at] gmail.com> Subject: Climate change 11.11 6pm Saturday, November 11, 6:00pm - Magers And Quinn Booksellers 3038 Hennepin Ave. South Minneapolis. 612-822-4611 www.magersandquinn.com Robert Henson discusses "The Rough Guide to Climate Change" The Rough Guide to Climate Change is a complete, unbiased guide to one of the most pressing problems facing humanity. From the current situation and background science to the government sceptics and possible solutions, this book covers the whole subject. The guide looks at: Visible symptoms of change from a warming planet How global warming works The evolution of our atmosphere over the last 4.5 billion years What computer simulations of climate reveal about our past, present, and future The sceptics: Who are they? What are their grounds for disagreeing with the crowd? Battle of the titans: The oil industry vs. the global commons Global warming in the media: A review of the last few decades Global solutions: What governments and scientists are doing to try and solve the problem Plus much, more The guide also includes lifestyle advice and tips for consumers who want to make a difference in tomorrow's climate, and comes complete with a glossary of websites for further information. For further info: David Unowsky 612-822-4611 davidu [at] magersandquinn.com --------18 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Afterwar/recep 11.11 6pm November events at MN CENTER for PHOTOGRAPHY include the opening of AFTERWAR: Veterans from a World in Conflict by Lori Grinker, with several surrounding events and workshops AFTERWAR: Veterans from a World in Conflict Exhibit Dates: November 4, 2006-January 7, 2007 Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 6-9pm. Lori Grinker's AFTERWAR: Veterans from a World in Conflict is a 15-year project of photographs and interviews, documenting the physical and psychological wounds of frontline war veterans, from World War I to the present-day war in Iraq. Grinker's photographs transcend the personal tragedy of these individuals to become something universally symbolic and understood. This tour de force chronicles the scars left on people around the world as a result of armed combat. In the past century, over 100 million people have died in over 150 conflicts, in places as globally prominent as Germany, and as remote as the Falkland Islands. --------19 of 27-------- To: MGCC [at] Macgrove.org Subject: BigBox swindle 11.11 8pm Stacy Mitchell Presentation of new book Macalester College Chapel Saturday, November 11, 2006 Please join the Metro Independent Business Alliance (MetroIBA) this Saturday night, November 11th, to hear Stacy Mitchell discuss her new book, "Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses." Ms. Mitchell's research not only tells of the rise of chain stores, the demise of local businesses and the affects of these on the local economies but also what citizens are doing to reclaim their local retail community. Ms. Mitchell will begin her talk at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a question and answer period. There will then be a reception, books for sale and time for book signing. The event takes place at the Macalester College Chapel, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 See these sites for further information: www.metroiba.org <http://www.metroiba.org/> www.bigboxswindle.com <http://www.bigboxswindle.com/> --------20 of 27-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Chante/peace 11.11 7pm Saturday, 11/11, 7 pm, photographer Chante Wolf describes her transformation from Air Force warrior to Veteran for Peace, St Martin's Table, 2001 Riverside Ave, Mpls. lhowell [at] visi.com --------21 of 27-------- From: Jess Sundin <jess [at] antiwarcommittee.org> Subject: AWC new members 11.11 7pm AWC New Members Meeting Thursday 11/11 @ 7pm @ 1313 5th St SE, Rm 102A, Mpls We meet every week to organize events and actions to oppose the war in Iraq, and US intervention around the world. New members are welcome everyday, but this week's meeting is planned with you in mind! --------22 of 27-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Palestine/film 11.11 7pm Movies @ Mayday: "I Know That I'm Not Alone" SAT NOV.11, 7pm: Mayday Bookstore (301 Cedar Ave., West Bank, Minneapolis) "I Know I'm Not Alone" debut film from SPEARHEAD's Micheal Franti a journey to Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine with a guitar and a camera crew $5 All goes to Youth Against War & Racism/YAWR who do counter-military recruitment in TC high schools Michael Franti: Spearhead singer/songwriter goes global by Lydia Howell PULSE, Grassroots Alternative Newspaper of the Twin Cities October 25, 2006 Contact the store directly at 612-333-4719, or email us at coreymattson [at] maydaybooks.org. --------23 of 27-------- Bye-Bye Coke, Hello Pepsi Blue Dog Group By JOSHUA FRANK CounterPunch November 10, 2006 It's going to take a little time to get used to it. The Republicans will no longer control Congress come January. Voters on November 7 stormed the polls to denounce the Bush administration's scandal-laden entourage and the occupation of Iraq. One by one they went down. Even so, the defeat of the neo-cons certainly doesn't mean Republican values are on the skids. You would guess that with the massive anti-Bush uproar the Democrats would now possess a progressive mandate to reshape the corruption that engulfs Washington. But you'd be wrong. Many of the Republicans' substitutes are anti-choice, pro-war, socially conservative centrists. Of the newly elected House Democrats at least 9 will be joining the conservative Blue Dog caucus. According to the coalition's spokesperson Vicky Walling, the organization had endorsed 16 new candidates this year. The difference between the Democratic Leadership Council liberals and the Blue Dogs is marginal. Whereas New Democrats tend to be socially liberal, Blue Dogs maintain traditionally conservative ideals. They may oppose free trade but the majority, like the DLC patrons, voted to limit access to bankruptcy protection and see social programs as expendable in the quest to balance budgets. Of the 37 current Blue Dogs in Congress, 36 were reelected with the exception of Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee. Not one had opposed the invasion of Iraq. All supported the Bush tax cuts as well as the wall along the border of Mexico. None support impeachment. All support Israel unequivocally, and if Bush moves ahead with a military intervention in Iran, they'll all be on board. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had chosen 22 pro-war candidates to run this election season in open districts or against Republican incumbents, 9 of which were victorious. Of the 9 winners, 4 are Blue Dogs: Brad Ellsworth (IN), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Baron Hill (IN), and Heath Shuler (NC). That means of the 29 new Democratic Representatives, 13 are staunchly pro-war. Of the rest, only a handful hold moderately decent positions on US foreign policy, yet the small group will continue to remain a minority within their party. Not surprisingly, none feel our relationship with Israel should be altered. Clearly, that is the direction the Democratic leadership in Washington is looking for in its candidates. The Blue Dog caucus will no longer have minority status in the House, and will bump their numbers to at least 45 next year. If Christine Jennings wins her recount in Florida that total could reach 46. To put this in perspective, the Blue Dogs are on their way to being on par with DLC's strength in the House and could outnumber the Black Caucus. The Blue Dogs will soon make up at least 20% of the Democrats in the House of Representatives. The future looks bleak for progressives in the Senate as well. Of the 6 new Democrats who won Senate races, none plan on challenging the Bush administration's war on terror. Aside from Jon Tester of Montana who supports Murtha's call for redeployment, virtually every new Democratic Senator-Elect opposes a timetable for troop withdrawal and believes the Bush administration, not the Democrats, should come up with an alternative course for Iraq. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island was quoted in October 2005 by the Brown Daily Herald as saying, "[by] disclosing an exit strategy ... US leaders would be compromising troops' safety." Senator-Elect Jim Webb of Virginia, who served as Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, "opposes a timetable for withdrawal." Democrat Bob Casey, who knocked off Sen. Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, does not support a timetable to get troops out of Iraq. And while Sherrod Brown of Ohio supports a timetable for Iraq, he believes Bush should put more pressure on Iran, noting that while we've been occupying Baghdad, Iran has "gained ground in their effort to posses weapons of mass destruction." And if you think Vermont's big Bernie Sanders has what it takes, don't forget he supported the bombing of Serbia. Every new Democratic Senator-Elect also supported Israel's invasion of Lebanon. >From the Blue Dog take over of the House to the Democratic saturation of the Senate, Election Day 2006 may have brought change to Washington. Sadly it was only in name, not in policy. Joshua Frank is the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush, and edits http://www.BrickBurner.org --------24 of 27-------- No to Bushworld A Thumpin' or a Whippin'? By ROBERT RODRIGUEZ CounterPunch November 10, 2006 The people have spoken. They have voted a resounding no to Bushworld. Translated, this means: No to the Iraq war. No to a United States of Fear. No to corruption, and, Yes to the U.S. Constitution. In Bushworld, however, the president's faith and delusion have not been shaken: His take on the election is that now that Democrats are in control of Congress, their primary responsibility is to say yes to his thoroughly discredited agenda. This means yes to his Iraq war, yes to his war on terror, yes to his fear-mongering and yes to allow him to continue his policy of disregarding the law. It comes as no surprise that many equally deluded conservative talking heads and Republican operatives not only agree with the president's interpretation, but all of a sudden find themselves empowered to lecture majority Democrats as to how they must govern. They must avoid hearings and investigations of the administration, steer to the middle, which in conservative lingo means moving toward Bushworld and on some issues, such as immigration, move to the fanatical right of the president. What's mind-boggling, is that some Democrats (New House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi & Rahm Emmanuel of the Democratic National Campaign Committee) actually are signaling agreement with this advice. Most amazingly, they have already stated that impeachment hearings are "off the table." (Perhaps they have not read John Nichol's book: The Genius of Impeachment). Maybe this is what is meant when analysts say that politicians are out of touch with the people. The thumpin' the president and the Republican Party suffered means a total rejection of Bushworld. Perhaps an interpretation of this whippin' requires elaboration. A no to Bushwold also means no to: o the Bush war doctrine: This 2002 illegal and dangerous doctrine calls for preemptive and permanent worldwide "w on terror" that ensures U.S. world domination. o unilateralism. This means rejecting the Bush policy of ignoring international treaties & obligations and ignoring the rest of the world in making decisions that affect the entire world. This includes a no to the president's desire to employ smaller tactical nuclear weapons. o an imperial presidency. This has led to the illegal usurpation of power and excessive secrecy. o one party rule. This is what has led to both to a rubber-stamp Congress, but also to unbridled corruption. o tax breaks and the subsidizing of the military-industrial complex and global corporations. o the exemption of global corporations from health, labor, environmental and safety regulations o the blurring of church & state. o the rejection of science, particularly in matters relating to our fragile environment. o scapegoat politics. Blaming illegal aliens became the failed Republican strategy of "energizing" the base. o the demonization of one's opponents. The president created the discredited "Either you're with us or against us" politics which he has used both at home and abroad. It also means yes to: o adhering to the International War Crimes Tribunal, ensuring that no one is above the law and that there is no refuge for war criminals. o governmental checks and balances. This is what a rubber-stamp Congress has failed to provide the past 6 years. o tax relief for those that actually need it (as opposed to tax breaks for the super-rich). Incidentally, the Iraq war is proving to be the "Mother of all taxes" upon the people, with some analysts estimating a cost of 2 trillion dollars. o fair-minded justices. o a raise in the minimum wage (and hopefully leading to a living wage). o affordable universal health care. o a genuine solution to the issue of immigration - without the demonization of the hardest working sector of society. All this is a complete rejection of Bushworld. It's true that Donald Rumsfeld as head of the Defense Department has already been given the boot, but former CIA director, Robert Gates, of Iran-Contra notoriety, will be charged with continuing the president's failed war policies. It bears repeating. The will of the people, via this election, is a clamor not simply for heads to roll (such as UN ambassador, John Bolton), but more importantly, for policies to change. Indeed, Congress must focus on finding solutions - on undoing all the damage this administration has wrought upon the world. Yet, to preemptively take hearings and investigations off the table is to essentially abscond from one of its primary responsibilities and to essentially get free Congressional passes back into Bushworld. Roberto Rodriguez can be reached at: XColumn [at] gmail.com --------25 of 27------- Cheney in a Box By Mike Whitney 11/10/06 "Information Clearing House" It was the worst outcome imaginable. They lost the House and the Senate in one night with one savage blow. Even the Confederate flag at Senator "Macakaw's" house was flying at half-mast. Suddenly the Reich that was "built to last a thousand years" had been reduced to small blocks of dusty-rubble extending from sea to shining sea. At the very epicenter of the twisted-iron and smoldering wreckage; was George W. Bush, President Hologram, the celluloid executive whose smirking puss had appeared daily on every American TV and in every American newspaper spreading the "good news" of domestic repression and nonstop war. Now, here he was, once again, convening a news conference, dazed and ashen, propped up amid the scattered debris of a midterm massacre; his party left in utter ruins. Ouch! In a moment worthy of Shakespeare, the Fraudster-in-chief had been scuttled by his own party; knifed in the back by his own friends and family who knew that it was finally time to extract the drunken driver from behind the wheel of a Mack Truck. The Democrats didn't win anything; that's all hogwash. Bush was buried beneath an avalanche of bad news which was timed to begin with the release of Bob Woodward's book "State of Denial", followed by the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), Lancet's Iraqi casualty report, the Mark Foley page fiasco, and a barrage of ethics-scandals, corruption investigations, and intensified coverage of the war. It was a carefully-coordinated coup intended to install "adults" (like Robert Gates) in positions of power, change the policy in Iraq, and remove Rumsfeld and Cheney from office. One down; one to go. The "vanilla" Democrats had nothing to do with Tuesday's results. It was a "planned demolition" from the get-go. Robert Dreyfuss said it best in a recent article when he opined that Bush was handled in the same way "a family confronts an alcoholic. You bring everyone in, and you say, 'Look, my friend, it's time to change.'" (And then you remove the bad influences) Elite powerbrokers and Republican Party kingpins extended their hoary grip all the way into the Oval Office and took the country back from the teenagers. But the boulder is still only half way up the hill. After all, what are their plans for Cheney? Cheney wisely decided to go hunting when he discovered that friend Rumsfeld was being led to the gallows. Cheney's no fool. He knew that if he hung around, he'd be blamed as the co-conspirator of the Iraqi debacle and the subsequent destruction of the Republican Party. So he did what Cheney always does; he skedaddled. He suddenly discovered that he "had more important things to do"; just like Vietnam. He said he was going hunting, but that's rubbish. He wanted to be as far from the political fallout as humanly possible, so he vamoosed. There's nothing more to it than that. Besides, there've been no reports of "downed lawyers full of birdshot" this week in Wyoming so we know that Cheney's firearms are still safely tucked-away in the family vault. Right now, Cheney is probably huddled somewhere with his national security team, rubbing his sweaty-hands together, figuring out how he can get back in the game and keep his fetid plan moving forward. Cheney is smart; real smart. Smart like a cobra. He's not going down without a fight and he doesn't give a damn if he takes the whole country with him. This is all about Cheney now; Dick Cheney, political survivor and skilled bureaucratic infighter. If anyone thinks that he's going to sit around waiting for the Democrats to start sniffing around the Republican corruption-cesspool; they're crazy. He knows what's going on. He knows that Bush Senior, and Brzezinski, and Baker, and the rest of the "old order" Republicans have muscled in and are taking over. He knows he won't be able to bomb Iran, kill another 650,000 Iraqis, or declare martial law at home. And, he also knows that Conyers and the rest of them will be nosing-around the Halliburton "no bid" contracts; going through every sordid detail with a fine-tooth comb, and dredging up new scandals on a daily basis. He grasps all of that. He understands the political climate and he knows that he only has two choices left; offense or defense? Either he steps down or he collects his wits, gets his team together; Addington, Abrams, Chertoff, Gonzales etc; all the guys who are "one step ahead of the hangman"; and slaps together one "last-ditch" effort to establish absolute-dictatorial power that will put him forever beyond the reach of the law or of any future accountability for his war crimes. It's a tough task. Bush is teetering and he's probably left the Cheney-Rumsfeld orbit already. Robert Gates' job is to influence Bush, to win him over with reason and, thus, move the country away from the brink of disaster. Cheney has been removed from the policy- making apparatus and he knows it. So, what'll he do next? What will Cheney do now that he's been backed into a corner and his power is oozing away like the blood from a sucking chest-wound? Will he quietly retire and disappear into the political vapor or "lock-n-load" and go down with both guns blazing? Here's a clue: Cheney is "dead-ender". He won't go peacefully. --------26 of 27-------- Watching the US Elections from Canada As I Lay Dying By JOHN CHUCKMAN November 9 CounterPunch Sadly, little coming from America's politics can fire my enthusiasm. During my lifetime, America has busied itself with the task of burying liberalism, reminding one of October's frenetic squirrels hunting and burying acorns. The nation is pretty much at ease with ugly imperial government. Liberalism, and I mean liberalism in the broadest, richest sense of the word, is a topic of bathroom humor. We read and hear a great deal about the Democrats' sizable victory in mid-term elections, and I suppose after six years of Bush's near-insanity, people have a right to a little excitement, although one is sobered by the recollection that the same people returned him to office just two years ago. At least, the world can be grateful that Bush has been hobbled for his last two years. The Democratic Party has been all but dead for years as a meaningful national alternative. The party has no recognized national leader. It has no cause, no fire in the belly. It has been largely silent for six years while Bush rampaged through the world and literally peed on American liberties like a grotesquely-smirking, small-town sheriff. No President in history has shown so little respect for human rights, and with so little excuse, yet all the would-be defenders of the Republic, whether Congressmen or the Don't-Tread-on-Me crowd, have been no where to be seen. And Democrats like Lieberman or Kerry can hardly be distinguished from Republicans. The Democrats have been elected because Americans are now sick of Iraq. Their enthusiasms die quickly. American expectations for the wars they start are perfectly captured by the image of Bush landing on an aircraft carrier with a big banner behind him saying Mission Accomplished. It's a blockbuster version of the Homecoming Game with guys in uniforms and cheerleaders and flags, and there is no hint of death or decay. Anything beyond that kind of performance is welcomed like the kid who couldn't make the team. I doubt there is widespread concern that Iraqis still huddle in homes with no reliable electricity or clean water, no jobs, and fearful to step into murderous streets. I doubt there is much guilt over having killed half a million of them. I doubt there is guilt about running a secret gulag and torturing helpless captives. I doubt there is guilt about blood-spattered holes like Abu Ghraib. Because if there were such guilt, there would have been a revolt against Bush's criminal government. The American tendency to quickly tire of things is mightily reinforced by the depressing consciousness of having lost. Americans are conditioned in the great booming engine of Social Darwinism they call society that there is no substitute for winning, and winning in a chest-thumping way. Losing is for losers, and loser is a favorite American expression of contempt for others. They hate losing, and yet the simple fact is that many of the conflicts into which they thoughtlessly are led end up lost. I am sure Americans are tired of images and commentary about Iraq on television, tame as they have been deliberately kept. They're tired of knowing that cute little Steve and Susie graduating high school this year can't just join up to have their college paid and be heroes in uniform without risking their health. The greatest horror Bush has inflicted on humanity, the suppurating body of Iraq, is unlikely to be attended by Democrats. They want the White House in two years, and they do not want to be left holding Bush's "tarbaby." Instead, they will scrutinize and highlight every twist and turn of Bush's bumbling, murderous efforts as he struggles to leave Iraq. American politics are just that brutal. No wonder there are so many wars. John Chuckman lives in Ontario. --------27 of 27-------- The 2006 Elections and the Coming Train Wreck Blood on the Tracks By ROBERT JENSEN CounterPunch November 9, 2006 As I stood in line for coffee on the morning after election night, a Democratic Party supporter ahead of me in line said, "Thank God this country is finally switching trains." If only that were true. On Election Day 2006, the U.S. public didn't switch trains but simply ratified a different group of conductors. It's the same old train, on the same tracks, heading in the same direction. This isn't an argument that there are never any meaningful differences between politicians; sometimes it does matter who is giving the orders on the train. But on this day after the morning-after, it's crucial for those with a critical perspective to highlight that this train -- contemporary U.S. society -- is barreling forward toward disaster, no matter who's punching tickets. Here's the unavoidable reality: Our train is on an unsustainable course in cultural, political, economic, and ecological terms. In a predatory corporate capitalist economy in an imperial state -- a system that values the concentration of wealth and power, and devalues people -- certain things are inevitable: --Our deepest values concerning justice and solidarity will be undermined by the anti-human values of capitalism and empire. --Truly democratic politics, in which ordinary people have a meaningful role, will be subverted by the concentration of wealth. --An increasingly fragile economy mired in self-indulgent deficit and debt, with an artificially inflated currency, will start to collapse when our military and political power are unable to keep the rest of the world in line. --The ability of a finite planet to sustain life as we know it will diminish dramatically in a system based on fantasies of unlimited growth marked by the glorification of domination. The train moves forward, as the vast majority of Democrats and virtually all Republicans avoid these realities. Where can such a train take us? Pick your metaphor. --It could be that the train tracks end at a cliff, or --it might be that the train is heading for a brick wall, or --perhaps the train will derail along the way, or --maybe the tracks will simply end abruptly and the train will run into the ground. If we don't take radical action relatively soon, every ending we can imagine is likely to be brutal and violent, deadly not only for most of the world's population but also for the non-human world. This isn't irrational apocalypticism but a rational approach to the evidence in front of us. No one can predict how this will play out, but it will most certainly play out ugly unless we change the trajectory. Many who would agree in some fashion with such an assessment will say, "Yes, but at least electing Democrats might slow down the train." With a reactionary right-wing Republican Party in total control, the train is hurtling forward at 100 miles per hour, according to this position, but with Democrats in charge the train might slow down to 90 miles per hour. Theoretically they could, though I hear little coming from Democratic Party leaders that suggests they will pursue policies that will significantly turn from an unsustainable capitalism or a profoundly immoral empire. Instead, they talk of different strategies and tactics for managing those systems. But, for the sake of argument, let's assume that Democratic Party rule could slow down the train and buy us more time. If nothing is done to change the direction of the train, the end remains the same. So, the important question is, what can we do with that time -- not off in an abstract future, but now? The small amount of time we might gain will be meaningful only if we confront the harsh reality that the systems that shape our world -- capitalism and empire, rooted in white supremacy and patriarchy -- are fundamentally bankrupt and indefensible, yet deeply rooted in our culture. When I make this point, I'm often told by liberals and progressives that I'm not being realistic, that ordinary people won't listen to such analysis. That's not my experience. When I have tried to articulate this worldview in plain language in recent political talks, I have found that a growing number of people not only will listen but are hungry for such honesty. Of course not everyone agrees -- not anywhere near the number needed for a mass movement right now, and certainly not a majority -- but one wouldn't expect that in this affluent society in which many people are still insulated from the consequences of these systems. But more and more people, from many sectors of society, are facing these realities, and we are searching for a community in which to confront this together. Our political work should focus on connecting with people on common ground, and then working to shape a radically new vision of justice and sustainability. The time for that is now; the direction and speed of the train dictate that we not put it off any longer. It's time to dig in for what one writer has dubbed "the long emergency." I think that in the two years to come before the presidential election, pressing this kind of analysis is the crucial political work for those committed to left/feminist/antiracist values and progressive politics. Rather than fussing about how to persuade Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean of the need for radical action, let's take that message to ordinary people, who are more likely to listen. This isn't about who can be most radical for the sake of being radical -- it's about whether we can be realistic. Such an approach cannot promise political transformation in the short-term, but I believe it is the only hope for our future. Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the board of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity. He can be reached at rjensen [at] uts.cc.utexas.edu. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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