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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.06.07 1. Israel/labor/ctv 3.06 5pm 2. Nutrigenomics 3.07 11:30am 3. Immigrants/Katrina 3.07 12noon 4. Health care forum 3.07 6pm 5. Lurking law 3.07 6pm 6. Older women OWL 3.07 7. IntlWomensDay/KFAI 3.07 12midnight 8. Nobel/K-12 3.08 10:30am 9. Rwanda/Darfur 3.08 4pm 10. Eagan peace vigil 3.08 4:30pm 11. Northtown vigil 3.08 5pm 12. Africa/girls 3.08 5pm 13. Sami Rasouli/Iraq 3.08 7pm 14. Torture victims 3.08 7pm 15. IraqWar vets/play 3.08 8pm 16. Joshua Frank - Dump the Democrats and unite! 17. James Petras - Bush versus Chavez 18. Dave Lindorff - It's the people of Washington vs. Pelosi, et al 19. Beth Quinn - Time to create a little shock and awe in the streets 20. Michael Parenti - The stolen election of 2004 --------1 of 20-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Israel/labor/ctv 3.06 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN 15) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts at 5 pm and midnight each Tuesday and 10 am each Wednesday in St. Paul. All households with basic cable can watch. Below are the scheduled shows through March 14. 3/6 and 3/7 (R) "Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic: An Evening with Norman Finkelstein". Part 2 of a talk given in Nov. in Mpls. 3/13 and 3/14 "Labor and Sustainability: Globalization and Sustainability" 3-parts: Presentations from the Labor and Sustainability Conference: R. Dennis Olson of the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Bernie Hesse of the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW 789) and Karen Redleaf of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). -- Minnepolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" has begun cablecasting weekly in Minneapolis on MTN! The Minneapolis cablecasts are on Channel 17 Saturdays at 9 pm and the following Tuesday morning at 8: Sat, 3/10, 9 pm "Labor, the Climate Crisis and the War at Home" A talk given at the Labor and Sustainability Conference in January by Jack Rasmus, author of "The War at Home: the Corporate Offensive from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush". Sat, 3/17, 9 pm "Labor Confronts the Climate Crisis" Interview of Christine Frank of the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC) and Karen Redleaf of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Hosted by Eric Angell. -- "Our World In Depth" features analysis of public affairs with consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists. The show is mostly local and not corporately influenced! For information about future programing of "Our World In Depth", please send an e-mail to eric-angell [at] riseup.net. (PS It might be better than PBS.) --------2 of 20-------- From: lawvalue <lawvalue [at] umn.edu> Subject: Nutrigenomics 3.07 11:30am 2006-07 Lecture Series on Law, Health, & the Life Sciences Prof. Jose M. Ordovas, PhD (Tufts University) Nutrigenomics: Science, Regulation, and Policy Wednesday, March 7, 2007 11:30am-1:00pm St. Paul Student Center Theater Changes in diet are likely to reduce chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, but the question still remains: what is the optimal diet to achieve this elusive goal and how do individual genetic factors play into this? Individuals vary dramatically in their response to any type of dietary intervention. Genetic factors may help identify vulnerable populations/individuals that could benefit from personalized and mechanistic-based dietary recommendations. This lecture will present the scientific basis of the field of nutrigenomics and the regulatory and policy issues facing this interdisciplinary field, pooling from agriculture, medicine, genetics, nutrition, and public health. The regulatory and policy issues to be discussed include the role of the Food & Drug Administration in regulating foods and dietary supplements, the scope of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the role of the Federal Trade Commission in health-related advertising, and oversight of genetic tests by the Certified Laboratory Improvements Act (CLIA). Vice President Charles C. Muscoplat, PhD (Statewide Strategic Resource Development at the University of Minnesota) and Prof. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD (Director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics) will offer commentary after Prof. Ordovas' talk. Continuing education credit is offered (see below). The series is cosponsored by the University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, & the Life Sciences and Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, & the Life Sciences The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required if you wish to receive continuing education credits (CLE, CME, or CNE)--RSVP to lawvalue [at] umn.edu or 612-625-0055. St. Paul Student Center parking is available in the Gortner Ramp. Maps may be found at http://onestop.umn.edu/Maps/index.html. About Prof. Ordovas: Prof. Ordovas is the Director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Director of the Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His research focuses on the genetic factors associated with cardiovascular disease and their interaction with the environment. He has participated in the Framingham Heart Study for nearly 20 years and is carrying out multiple cross-cultural studies to determine cardiovascular risk in different populations around the world, with special focus on the Asian Pacific and the Mediterranean regions. Commentators: Charles C. Muscoplat is Vice President for Statewide Strategic Resource Development at the University of Minnesota. The focus on statewide strategic resource development supports the University's strategic positioning goal of being among the top three research universities in the world. Vice President Muscoplat holds a McKnight Presidential Leadership Endowed Chair. He also holds the positions of Professor of Medicine and Microbiology in the University of Minnesota Medical School and Professor of Food Science and Nutrition in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. He served the University as Vice President for Agricultural Policy and Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences from September 1999 until his new appointment in July 2006. He has been a leader in promoting the connection between agriculture, food and health. He organized the national "Foods for Health" conference in 2002 and played a major role in a 2004 National Research Council report on the subject. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH holds the Maas Family Chair in Bioethics and is Director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics and Professor in the Department of Medicine, Medical School; Division of Health Services Research and Policy, School of Public Health; and Department of Philosophy. He works in a variety of areas of bioethics exploring the intersection of ethics and health policy, including research ethics, ethics and genetics, and ethical issues in public health. Continuing Education Information: This lecture is intended for students, faculty, researchers, scientists, policymakers, and interested community members. Following this lecture, participants should be able to: * Understand current research investigating how genetics and nutrition can promote health and prevent disease. * Discuss how scientific and regulatory challenges in nutrigenomics affect consumers, health providers, and policymakers. Applications for CME and CNE credits have been filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credit is pending. Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys has been requested (1.5 hours). This is the third lecture in the 2006-07 Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences. This year's Lecture Series focuses on nutrigenomics, nutraceuticals, and direct-to-consumer marketing of genomic nutritional profiling. For more information on upcoming events, visit http://www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu/. --------3 of 20-------- From: "Barnes, Joan" <joan.barnes [at] wmitchell.edu> Subject: Immigrants/Katrina 3.07 12noon William Mitchell College of Law Public Square Lecture: Immigrants and Hurricane Katrina In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, critics claimed that the race of many of the victims contributed to the slowness and ineptitude of the response. Another, often invisible group, suffered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and no one seemed to care. On March 7, at 12:00 pm, Professor Kevin Johnson from the University of California at Davis will discuss how the treatment of immigrant victims of Hurricane Katrina is symptomatic of a larger problem in our democracy. He argues that the government treats immigrants, both legal and illegal, as second class citizens who are part of a low wage caste of color. Free and open to the public. Application has been made for 1 elimination of bias CLE credit --------4 of 20-------- From: Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council <betsy [at] mplscluc.com> Subject: Health care forum 3.07 6pm Town Hall Meeting with Representative Scott Kranz (District 51A, City of Blaine) How Can We Make Quality, Affordable Health Care Available to All Minnesotans? Minnesotans are paying more and getting less from our health care system. In 2006, we sent the message to our elected officials that we deserve a health care system that works for all Minnesotans. Join with other union and community members in Blaine to tell your personal health care story and to hear from union member and state representative Scott Kranz about what is being done by the Minnesota legislature on health care issues. Wednesday, March 7 6-8 PM Blaine City Hall 10801 Town Square Drive NE Cloverleaf Farm Room Sponsored by the Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council and Take Action Minnesota For more information, call Andrea Ledger, Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council, (612)379-4206. --------5 of 20-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Lurking law 3.07 6pm Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Community Pipeline on the Lurking Ordinance Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis CUAPB joins several other organizations cosponsoring this community meeting to discuss the repeal of the lurking ordinance. Minneapolis is one of only four cities in the country to have this ordinance (St. Paul is one of the other four). In the past few years, 100% of people arrested under this ordinance have been African American. Over 90% of these cases were dismissed without prosecution - meaning innocent people spend time in jail, at taxpayer expense. Clearly, this ordinance is selectively applied and it is time for it to go! Come learn about this ordinance, the forces supporting it, our plans for repeal and how you can help. --------6 of 20-------- From: erin [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Older women OWL 3.07 Wednesday, March 7: Older Women's League (OWL) of Minnesota presents proposed legislation of interest to senior women. Come with friends to learn the status of current bills in the 2007 legislative session. Information sign up for the Minnesota Women's Consortium Women Come to the Capitol on March 14 will be available. A light homemade supper will be served for $3. Call 651/228-9990 for more information. www.owl-mn.org. --------7 of 20-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: IntlWomensDay/KFAI 3.07 12midnight Wed,/Thur. Mar.7-8 Internaitonal Womens's Day, KFAI Radio Begun in the United States, International Woomen's Day (IWD) was born in the early 20th century, from struggles by women laboring in sweatshops and fighting for the vote. It's officially celebrated internationally, though is ignored here. For 15 years, KFAI Radio reminds us that women over half of humanity and more diverse than narrow corporate media depictions. This year's "Broad Band:Women Riding The Airwaves" includes: TC women doing relief in post-Katrina New Orleans (4am).Brazillian women's msuic (8am).Hip hop 'femcees'(6:30am). Women in the military(noon).Asian omwen's music (2pm). "What's the Verdict?" a raadio drama (4:30pm). Native American women's art.(5pm) TC women activists (8:30pm)Experimental music (11pm) FREE The 24-hours of IWD starts at midnight Wed.Mar.7th and continues to midnight Mar.8th. KFAI Radio, 90.3fm Minneapolis 106.7fm St. Paul Live streaming online. Schedule www.kfai.org or (612)341-3144 (Lydia Howell) --------8 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Nobel/K-12 3.08 10:30am Thursday, 3/8, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Nobel Peace Prize Festival, designed for K-12 students and honoring Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Si Melby Auditorium Augsburg College, Mpls. www.augsburg.edu/peaceprizefestival/ --------9 of 20-------- From: Stephen Feinstein <feins001 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Rwanda/Darfur 3.08 4pm Rwanda and Darfur: A Comparative Analysis Thursday, March 8, 2007 Nolte Library 125, 4 p.m. Professor Scott Strauss, University of Wisconsin-Madison will speak on "Rwanda and Darfur: A Comparative Analysis." Co-sponsored by CHGS and Institute for Advanced Study. Scott Straus is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at UW-Madison. Scott teaches classes on genocide, violence, human rights, and African politics. His book on the Rwandan genocide, The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda, wasd published by Cornell University Press. Another book on Rwanda was published by Zone Books in March 2006. The book, Intimate Enemy, includes transcripts of interviews Scott conducted with jailed Rwandan perpetrators and photographs taken by Robert Lyons. Scott also co-authored Africa's Stalled Development (Lynne Rienner), translated The Great Lakes of Africa (Zone Books), and has published several academic articles, including a recent piece on Sudan in Foreign Affairs. Before starting in academia, Scott was a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Stephen Feinstein, Director Event will be preceded by a tribute to Dr. Eric Markusen, Southwest State University who passed away unexpectedly in February. Markusen was a leader in genocide studies. --------10 of 20-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.08 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. --------11 of 20-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.08 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. --------12 of 20-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Africa/girls 3.08 5pm Thursday, 3/8, 5 to 8 pm, free Women's Day film series including "Educating Lucia" about girls' struggle for education in Zimbabwe and Africa, "Till Death Do Us Part" about widows struggle for property rights in Nigeria, "Credit Where Credit is Due" about microfinance, and "In the Name of Honour" about Kurdish women's rights in northern Iraq. Humphrey Forum of the Humphrey Center, U of M, 301 - 19th Ave S, Mpls. www.hrusa.org --------13 of 20-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Sami Rasouli/Iraq 3.08 7pm IRAQ TODAY: A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF WAR & OCCUPATION Thursday, 3/8 @ 7pm @ St. Joan of Arc Church 4537 3d Ave S, Mpls Sami Rasouli will share his day-to-day experiences in Iraq and his insights about the role of the U.S. military, the resistance, the political climate, social conditions and the aspirations, hopes, and dreams of ordinary Iraqi people. Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who grew up in Najaf. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States, living in the Twin Cities area for more than 17 years. In November, 2004, nearly 30 years after leaving Iraq, Sami returned home to Iraq to help rebuild his country. Since returning to Iraq, Sami has worked with the Karbala Human Rights Organization in Najaf and has started several Muslim Peacemaker Teams, groups dedicated to the principles of nonviolence. Sami returns to this country for 2-3 months each year to help build bridges between the peoples of his two homes. For information, call the Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq at 612-521861 or Women Against Military Madness at 612-827-5364. --------14 of 20-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Torture victims 3.08 7pm The Center for the Victims of Torture will be the topic of a discussion by James McKenzie on March 8th, 7 PM. Why is a Center for the Victims of Torture located in Minnesota? What services does it provide ... and to whom? What do we need to know about victims of torture or those who seek asylum in our country? Program sponsored by Northwest Neighbors for Peace and presented at the Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701 - 36th Avenue North at the corner of Boone, New Hope, 55427. For additional information please contact Eileen Moran, 763-545-3396. Free; all welcome. --------15 of 20-------- From: Dana Kassel <dana [at] southerntheater.org> Subject: Iraq war vets/play 3.08 8pm March 8-18 THROAT By Mando Alvarado Directed by Michael Ray Escamilla Produced by Allison Prouty With Raul Castillo, Todd Spicer, Lisa Sauber A powerful new play by Mando Alvarado, directed by Michael Ray Escamilla, THROAT enjoyed a three-week run in New York City amidst the tall buildings and the dingy streets that make up the world in which its characters live. The play follows Cesar Rodriguez, who steps off the plane onto the tarmac and ends up on the Upper East Side. He's trying to put the war behind him but he knows that promises made must be fulfilled. With the help of his best friend, a therapist, and love struck a pigeons in the park, Cesar goes to war with the demons of the past and the only victor is the truth. A dangerous confrontation, an unsuccessful hook-up, and an explosive order. How do you learn to forgive yourself when you know it was your fault? The Southern is proud to bring this unique production to Minnesota audiences, after its recent successful runs in Washington DC and Texas. The work has moved many viewers, critics and artists with its humanity and willingness to explore dark and emotional issues. March 8-10, 14-18 Wed-Sat. at 8 pm: Sun at 7 pm; Sat., March 16 at 3pm Tickets: $25Fri./Sat $22 Thurs./Sun. mat/Sun. Pay-as-able: Wed., March 14 $2 Military discount Dana K. Kassel The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55454 612-340-0155, ext. 15 dana [at] southerntheater.org --------16 of 20-------- Dump the Democrats and Unite! by Joshua Frank www.dissidentvoice.org March 5, 2007 We should have known it was coming. Even though the Democratic Party rode the antiwar wave in to Congress last November they've done little since to end the bloody war in Iraq. Just last week House Democrats met to discuss how best to halt Bush's request to send more troops into the region but couldn't come to an agreement on whether or not to put any restrictions on the administration's plea for an additional $93 billion to continue the occupation. The only way to stop the war, as Sen. Russ Feingold understands well, is to cease all funding for the ongoing tragedy. But the majority of Democrats, already preparing for the next round of elections, aren't about to step up and represent their constituents. Hate to say we told you so but we predicted this outcome long ago here at Dissident Voice. While some, including John Nichols at The Nation, claimed Washington was being taken over by progressive Democrats, we knew the numbers proved otherwise. Progressive Democrats did gain strength, however conservative pro-war Blue Dog and DLC patrons gained the most seats in last election cycle. Virtually all ran on pro-war platforms - guaranteeing that they would continue to support Bush's efforts to eradicate terrorism by terrorizing Iraqis and Afghanis instead. "The Blue Dogs are pretty unified in not wanting to micromanage how the Pentagon conducts the war," said Blue Dog Rep. John Salazar of Colorado. "None of us will support withholding funds from troops in the field." Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also refused to block Bush's call for additional funds by claiming it would be "immoral" for the Democratic Party to do so. Sen. Hillary Clinton won't apologize for giving Bush the authority to invade Iraq, nor will Sen. Dianne Feinstein acknowledge that her support for past reconstruction funds has fattened the pockets of her husband who has large stakes in several companies currently profiting from the war. We may as well call all of this what it is: a willful abandonment of ideals and purpose, which never really existed to begin with. The Democratic Party exerts the same hawkish fervor as the Republican Party. Indeed they have proven that despite the overwhelming opposition to the war nationwide they will not do a damn thing to end it. U.S. foreign policy has not and will not change direction as long as the Democratic Party continues to be dominated by corporate interests and tacit compliance to the neoconservative agenda. The antiwar movement needs to understand this reality or it is doomed to collapse like it did under the pressure of the 2004 elections. The time is now for us to come together under a unified antiwar banner despite what our political leanings may be. Liberal, radical, conservative, libertarian, it doesn't matter. Ending the war and our government's imperialist polices is just that important. We may be a minority, but we can be a successful one. Indeed if we unite we could have a profound effect on our political discourse and the upcoming elections. Let's not wait around for either party to come to their senses. Let's force them to. Joshua Frank is Co-Editor of Dissident Voice, and the author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush. He edits BrickBurner.org, the official blog of Dissident Voice. He can be reached at: joshua [at] dissidentvoice.org. --------17 of 20-------- El Pueblo y Chavez Contra los Presidentes Cipayos y el Emperador Bush Versus Chavez By JAMES PETRAS CounterPunch March 5, 2007 President Bush's visit to Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico reflects the 'two tracks' of US empire-building - military intervention and political-diplomatic instruments. Bush's visit to Latin America at this time is an attempt to gain support from client electoral rulers at a time when he has lost the support of over 75% of US public opinion, and is rejected by overwhelming majorities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Bush's advisers and principal propagandists are counting on publicizing the friendly receptions by Lula, Vazquez, Uribe, Garcia and Calderon to counter the reality and public image of Bush as a mass murderer of the Iraqi and Afghani people. Bush's escalation of the war against Iraq and threat to bomb Iran has further marked his regime as the deadly enemy of humanity. When electoral politicians like Tabare Vazquez and Lula Da Silva embrace Bush, they provide a decorative mask to an imperial monster who has been exposed as the principal enemy of Latin America's foremost anti-imperialist President Hugo Chavez. Bush's turn to a diplomatic approach toward consolidating imperial power in Latin America is the result of the failures and defeats of his military policies. The US attempt to conquer Iraq and Afghanistan by military force has failed: the resistance is stronger than ever. The US invasion of Haiti and the overthrow of the elected President Aristide has failed to defeat mass popular resistance. Washington's control over Haiti depends on the mercenary armies and officials of its client rulers in Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. The Bush regime's effort to overthrow President Chavez has suffered several major defeats. The mass urban uprising of April 2002 defeated the US backed coup. From December 2002 through January 2003 the Venezuelan workers and the Chavez government defeated the bosses' lockout of the petroleum industry, which had been backed by US oil companies and Washington. The great majority of popular classes defeated the US-financed referendum to impeach Chavez in 2004. With each failed effort, the prestige of Bush declined while Chavez gained the admiration of the vast majority of Latin America people. The 'Chavez model' of a generous social welfare state, a mixed economy based on a strong state sector, and direct democracy via neighborhood assemblies stood in stark contrast to the failed regressive and stagnant neo-liberal models in the rest of Latin America. Moreover Chavez' generous sale of oil at subsidized prices to the poor countries of the Caribbean, Central and South America undermined the appeal of rapacious US 'free trade' policies in the region. Venezuela's extensive trade and investment agreements with Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia attracted support from sectors of the 'national bourgeoisie' and weakened US efforts to isolate the Chavez government. In the Great Contest between Chavez and Bush, between national-popular welfare initiatives and the reactionary regressive neo-liberal status quo, there is no question that Chavez is winning and the US is losing influence. Bush's visit to Latin American is an effort to recoup declining imperial influence by consolidating ties with both the rightist client regimes (Garcia in Peru and Calderon in Mexico) and the pseudo 'center-left' neo-liberal regimes of Vazquez and Lula. The purpose is to integrate these client regimes into the US economic and diplomatic orbit and to construct an anti-Chavez coalition. Given that Bush has no popular support in Latin America, he will only meet with client rulers behind closed doors with heavy security protecting him. Parallel to Bush's visit, President Chavez will visit Argentina where tens of thousands of people will attend a mass public meeting to welcome him. The Chavez-Bush visits reflect the profound polarization in Latin America, in which the vast majority of the people and a few governments stand with Chavez while corrupt and discredited 'ex-leftists' embrace the emperor. Washington's clients, Vazquez, Lula, and Calderon will answer to their people who demonstrate in the streets that the governments who welcome Bush do no represent their opinions or interests. No government can claim to be 'progressive' which welcomes and signs military base and free trade agreements with the worst imperial President in US history. The future of Uruguay and Brazil will not be determined by the 'vende-patria' agreements signed by the Presidents behind the closed doors of presidential palaces, but by the huge bellicose parliaments of the streets who demonstrate their repudiation of Bush and who affirm their anti-imperialist principles. James Petras, a former Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, owns a 50 year membership in the class struggle, is an adviser to the landless and jobless in brazil and argentina and is co-author of Globalization Unmasked (Zed). His new book with Henry Veltmeyer, Social Movements and the State: Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina, will be published in October 2005. He can be reached at: jpetras [at] binghamton.edu --------18 of 20-------- Where the Constitution Still Matters It's the People of Washington vs. Pelosi, et al By DAVE LINDORFF CounterPunch March 5, 2007 In the State of Washington, it is the people versus Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party leadership. At issue is a bill, S8016, submitted in the state's senate by freshman state Senator Eric Oemig, which would call on the U.S. Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President George Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Constitution and the people of the United States and of the State of Washington. The measure, which would take the form of a joint resolution by the two houses of the Washington state legislature, accords with the instructions laid out by Founder Thomas Jefferson, who, in his Manual of the Rules of the House of Representatives laid out state joint resolutions as an alternative route for initiating presidential impeachment proceedings in the House in addition to the more usual route of a member submitting a bill of impeachment. Jefferson's prescient thinking was that if Congress, by reason of political cowardice or inattention, ever proved unwilling or unable to initiate impeachment when it was called for, state legislators, far from Washington and closer to the people, could do it for them. But two unprincipled and devious Democratic members of Washington's congressional delegation, Sen. Pat Murray and Rep. Jay Inslee, are undermining Jefferson's carefully designed fail-safe system by pressuring Democratic state legislators to kill Sen. Oemig's bill. The Seattle Times in a March 2 article, reports that Murray and Inslee are telling Democrats in the state senate to kill the impeachment bill on the grounds that it would lead to "divisiveness" in Washington, and that it would impede the "Democratic agenda" in Congress. Forget grave spinning! This wholly inappropriate interference in state affairs by the state's two leading national political figures must have Jefferson shitting in his mouldered pants! Clearly, Murray and Inslee have decided to abandon their constituents in the state of Washington, a majority of whom want this criminal president impeached, and are instead doing the bidding of US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who have completely lost touch with the nation's voters and with their own sense of principle. But this battle is not over. The grassroots movement in Washington that has led to Sen. Oemig's bill getting as far as a hearing in the Senate's Government Operations and Elections Committee, is growing rapidly. The Citizens Committee for Impeachment in Olympia, with almost no money and no press coverage, brought 900 people to a rally a week before the committee hearing, and hundreds more to the capitol building on the day of the hearing. A massive phone and letter-writing campaign to committee members and state senators is now underway to insure that the bill goes to a vote in the full Senate. If Democratic state legislators know what is good for them, they will send Murray and Inslee packing back to Washington and will vote to defend the Constitution and their constuents by approving Sen. Oemig's bill in both houses and sending his resolution to the House, forcing Pelosi to put impeachment back on the House agenda where it belongs. After all, what is this supposed concern about "divisiveness"? The nation is mired in a criminal war that has killed 3200 American troops and injured another 52,000, many of them from Washington state. The president has trashed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and is bankrupting the nation, wasting money that could be helping Washingtonians and other Americans. Washington today is not too divisive; it is not divisive enough! As for that Democratic agenda, just how do Murray and Inslee expect anything passed by the current Congress to make its way into law if the President is free to continue, in direct violation of Article I and II of the Constitution, to invalidate the laws passed by the Congress through his use of what he calls "signing statements"? Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His n book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's newest book is "The Case for Impeachment", co-authored by Barbara Olshansky. He can be reached at: dlindorff [at] yahoo.com --------19 of 20-------- It's Time to Create a Little Shock and Awe in the Streets by Beth Quinn Published on Monday, March 5, 2007 by the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, New York) I get occasional e-mail from readers complaining that they're sick of my writing about Bush's war. Well, by golly, me too. I'm entirely sick of writing about it. I'm sickened by it, too. I want to throw up I'm so sickened by it. Who can even keep up with each new Goal Of The Day this president claims to have in Iraq? I'm exhausted from trying to follow the bouncing ball as he careens from one rationale to the next. I was hoping I could take a nap from it all after the mid-term elections. Ah ha! I thought. The Democrats finally have some power - now they'll fix the mess! But here we are - four years from Mission Unaccomplished with most of America sick to death of this stupid, pointless war. And what have we got from the new Democratic Congress that we had such high hopes for? We've got a non-binding resolution. Whooee. We've got a compromise on war spending. Whoop-de-doo. We've got a debate about blah blah blah blah blah blah. They all sound like the grown-ups in a Charlie Brown special. Where is everyone's backbone? Where is the outrage over the 3,164 dead and 23,677 wounded American soldiers? Where is the remorse over the 650,000 dead Iraqis? Where is the despair over the $279 million per day we're spending on a war apparently planned with crayons, construction paper and a little Elmer's Glue to hold the glitter? Where are the congressional hearings about that smarmy, smirky little liar in the White House? About the missing money? About the torture and imprisonment without habeas corpus? Where is the impeachment? In case you haven't heard the news from the rest of Earth, Bush has caused half the world to hate us and he's put us into debt to the other half. Even Tony Blair has figured out there's no percentage in throwing more British bodies into the Iraqi civil war. Lithuania, for cryin' out loud - the vanguard of Bush's "coalition of the willing" with its army of 53 soldiers - they're pulling out, too. But not George Bush, Boy Genius. Despite the clear will of the American people to leave Iraq, Bush is escalating. He's sending more soldiers without armor to their death in a place that doesn't want them and where it's not even clear who the enemy is or what our purpose is. So now I gotta listen to my own self talk again. On and on and on. I'm sick of it. But I can't stop. You can't stop either. You shouldn't. We voted, and Bush ignored us. We gave the Dems our fealty and so far they've disappointed. So we have to take it to the streets. A protest march on the Pentagon is set for 11 a.m. on March 17. Busloads of Hudson Valley activists will travel to Washington to join thousands of other Americans as they bring their anti-war demands directly to Shock and Awe Headquarters down there. The protest will begin with a rally at Constitution Gardens at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, then head across the Potomac to the Pentagon for a rally calling for immediate withdrawal of the U.S. military from Iraq. Buses are slated to depart from Kingston, Poughkeepsie and New Paltz, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter. The cost is $50 with discounts for those on low budgets and students if they so request. To join the trip, contact organizer Jack Smith at jacdon [at] earthlink.net or call 255-5779. State your name, town, e-mail and phone number, and how many seats you want to reserve. Then mail a check to Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, Box 662, New Paltz, NY 12561. Smith will let you know the time (probably about 5 a.m.) and departure locations once he knows how many people are traveling with the group. By coincidence - or perhaps not - this is the 40th anniversary of the historic march on the Pentagon against the Vietnam War, a tipping point for what became a powerful anti-war movement. It's time for another tipping point. There are 687 days 'til Jan. 20, 2009. The devastating damage Bush has done to this country continues. Do you really want to wait until the clock runs out before we get rid of him? Not me. I'm sick of it. Beth's column appears on Monday. Talk to her at 346-3147 or at bquinn [at] th-record.com --------20 of 20-------- The Stolen Election of 2004 by Michael Parenti Published on Friday, March 2, 2007 by CommonDreams.org The 2004 presidential contest between Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry and the Republican incumbent, President Bush Jr., amounted to another stolen election. This has been well documented by such investigators as Rep. John Conyers, Mark Crispin Miller, Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Bev Harris, and others. Here is an overview of what they have reported, along with observations of my own. Some 105 million citizens voted in 2000, but in 2004 the turnout climbed to at least 122 million. Pre-election surveys indicated that among the record 16.8 million new voters Kerry was a heavy favorite, a fact that went largely unreported by the press. In addition, there were about two million progressives who had voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 who switched to Kerry in 2004. Yet the official 2004 tallies showed Bush with 62 million votes, about 11.6 million more than he got in 2000. Meanwhile Kerry showed only eight million more votes than Gore received in 2000. To have achieved his remarkable 2004 tally, Bush would needed to have kept all his 50.4 million from 2000, plus a majority of the new voters, plus a large share of the very liberal Nader defectors. Nothing in the campaign and in the opinion polls suggest such a mass crossover. The numbers simply do not add up. In key states like Ohio, the Democrats achieved immense success at registering new voters, outdoing the Republicans by as much as five to one. Moreover the Democratic party was unusually united around its candidate - or certainly against the incumbent president. In contrast, prominent elements within the GOP displayed open disaffection, publicly voicing serious misgivings about the Bush administration's huge budget deficits, reckless foreign policy, theocratic tendencies, and threats to individual liberties. Sixty newspapers that had endorsed Bush in 2000 refused to do so in 2004; forty of them endorsed Kerry. All through election day 2004, exit polls showed Kerry ahead by 53 to 47 percent, giving him a nationwide edge of about 1.5 million votes, and a solid victory in the electoral college. Yet strangely enough, the official tally gave Bush the election. Here are some examples of how the GOP "victory" was secured. In some places large numbers of Democratic registration forms disappeared, along with absentee ballots and provisional ballots. Sometimes absentee ballots were mailed out to voters just before election day, too late to be returned on time, or they were never mailed at all. Overseas ballots normally reliably distributed by the State Department were for some reason distributed by the Pentagon in 2004. Nearly half of the six million American voters living abroad - a noticeable number of whom formed anti-Bush organizationsdd - never received their ballots or got them too late to vote. Military personnel, usually more inclined toward supporting the president, encountered no such problems with their overseas ballots. Voter Outreach of America, a company funded by the Republican National Committee, collected thousands of voter registration forms in Nevada, promising to turn them in to public officials, but then systematically destroyed the ones belonging to Democrats. Tens of thousands of Democratic voters were stricken from the rolls in several states because of "felonies" never committed, or committed by someone else, or for no given reason. Registration books in Democratic precincts were frequently out-of-date or incomplete. Democratic precincts - enjoying record turnouts - were deprived of sufficient numbers of polling stations and voting machines, and many of the machines they had kept breaking down. After waiting long hours many people went home without voting. Pro-Bush precincts almost always had enough voting machines, all working well to make voting quick and convenient. A similar pattern was observed with student populations in several states: students at conservative Christian colleges had little or no wait at the polls, while students from liberal arts colleges were forced to line up for as long as ten hours, causing many to give up. In Lucas County, Ohio, one polling place never opened; the voting machines were locked in an office and no one could find the key. In Hamilton County many absentee voters could not cast a Democratic vote for president because John Kerry's name had been "accidentally" removed when Ralph Nader was taken off the ballot. A polling station in a conservative evangelical church in Miami County, Ohio, recorded an impossibly high turnout of 98 percent, while a polling place in Democratic inner-city Cleveland recorded an impossibly low turnout of 7 percent. Latino, Native American, and African American voters in New Mexico who favored Kerry by two to one were five times more likely to have their ballots spoiled and discarded in districts supervised by Republican election officials. Many were given provisional ballots that subsequently were never counted. In these same Democratic areas Bush "won" an astonishing 68 to 31 percent upset victory. One Republican judge in New Mexico discarded hundreds of provisional ballots cast for Kerry, accepting only those that were for Bush. Cadres of rightwing activists, many of them religious fundamentalists, were financed by the Republican Party. Deployed to key Democratic precincts, they handed out flyers warning that voters who had unpaid parking tickets, an arrest record, or owed child support would be arrested at the polls - all untrue. They went door to door offering to "deliver" absentee ballots to the proper office, and announcing that Republicans were to vote on Tuesday (election day) and Democrats on Wednesday. Democratic poll watchers in Ohio, Arizona, and other states, who tried to monitor election night vote counting, were menaced and shut out by squads of GOP toughs. In Warren County, Ohio, immediately after the polls closed Republican officials announced a "terrorist attack" alert, and ordered the press to leave. They then moved all ballots to a warehouse where the counting was conducted in secret, producing an amazingly high tally for Bush, some 14,000 more votes than he had received in 2000. It wasn't the terrorists who attacked Warren County. Bush did remarkably well with phantom populations. The number of his votes in Perry and Cuyahoga counties in Ohio, exceeded the number of registered voters, creating turnout rates as high as 124 percent. In Miami County nearly 19,000 additional votes eerily appeared in Bush's column after all precincts had reported. In a small conservative suburban precinct of Columbus, where only 638 people were registered, the touchscreen machines tallied 4,258 votes for Bush. In almost half of New Mexico's counties, more votes were reported than were recorded as being cast, and the tallies were consistently in Bush's favor. These ghostly results were dismissed by New Mexico's Republican Secretary of State as an "administrative lapse". Exit polls showed Kerry solidly ahead of Bush in both the popular vote and the electoral college. Exit polls are an exceptionally accurate measure of elections. In the last three elections in Germany, for example, exit polls were never off by more than three-tenths of one percent. Unlike ordinary opinion polls, the exit sample is drawn from people who have actually just voted. It rules out those who say they will vote but never make it to the polls, those who cannot be sampled because they have no telephone or otherwise cannot be reached at home, those who are undecided or who change their minds about whom to support, and those who are turned away at the polls for one reason or another. Exit polls have come to be considered so reliable that international organizations use them to validate election results in countries around the world. Republicans argued that in 2004 the exit polls were inaccurate because they were taken only in the morning when Kerry voters came out in greater numbers. (Apparently Bush voters sleep late.) In fact, the polling was done at random intervals all through the day, and the evening results were as much favoring Kerry as the early results. It was also argued that pollsters focused more on women (who favored Kerry) than men, or maybe large numbers of grumpy Republicans were less inclined than cheery Democrats to talk to pollsters. No evidence was put forth to substantiate these fanciful speculations. Most revealing, the discrepancies between exit polls and official tallies were never random but worked to Bush's advantage in ten of eleven swing states that were too close to call, sometimes by as much as 9.5 percent as in New Hampshire, an unheard of margin of error for an exit poll. In Nevada, Ohio, New Mexico, and Iowa exit polls registered solid victories for Kerry, yet the official tally in each case went to Bush, a mystifying outcome. In states that were not hotly contested the exit polls proved quite accurate. Thus exit polls in Utah predicted a Bush victory of 70.8 to 26.4 percent; the actual result was 71.1 to 26.4 percent. In Missouri, where the exit polls predicted a Bush victory of 54 to 46 percent, the final result was 53 to 46 percent. One explanation for the strange anomalies in vote tallies was found in the widespread use of touchscreen electronic voting machines. These machines produced results that consistently favored Bush over Kerry, often in chillingly consistent contradiction to exit polls. In 2003 more than 900 computer professionals had signed a petition urging that all touchscreen systems include a verifiable audit trail. Touchscreen voting machines can be easily programmed to go dead on election day or throw votes to the wrong candidate or make votes disappear while leaving the impression that everything is working fine. A tiny number of operatives can easily access the entire computer network through one machine and thereby change votes at will. The touchscreen machines use trade secret code, and are tested, reviewed, and certified in complete secrecy. Verified counts are impossible because the machines leave no reliable paper trail. Since the introduction of touchscreen voting, mysterious congressional election results have been increasing. In 2000 and 2002, Senate and House contests and state legislative races in North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Minnesota, Colorado, and elsewhere produced dramatic and puzzling upsets, always at the expense of Democrats who were ahead in the polls. In some counties in Texas, Virginia, and Ohio, voters who pressed the Democrat's name found that the Republican candidate was chosen. In Cormal County, Texas, three GOP candidates won by exactly 18,181 votes apiece, a near statistical impossibility. All of Georgia's voters used Diebold touchscreen machines in 2002, and Georgia's incumbent Democratic governor and incumbent Democratic senator, who were both well ahead in the polls just before the election, lost in amazing double-digit voting shifts. This may be the most telling datum of all: In New Mexico in 2004 Kerry lost all precincts equipped with touchscreen machines, irrespective of income levels, ethnicity, and past voting patterns. The only thing that consistently correlated with his defeat in those precincts was the presence of the touchscreen machine itself. In Florida Bush registered inexplicably sharp jumps in his vote (compared to 2000) in counties that used touchscreen machines. In sum, despite an arsenal of foul ploys that prevented people from voting, those that did get to vote still went decisively for Kerry - but had their votes subverted by a rigged system. Companies like Diebold, Sequoia, and ES&S that market the touchscreen machines are owned by militant supporters of the Republican party. These companies have consistently refused to implement a paper-trail to dispel suspicions and give instant validation to the results of electronic voting. They prefer to keep things secret, claiming proprietary rights, a claim that has been backed in court. Election officials are not allowed to evaluate the secret software. Apparently corporate trade secrets are more important than voting rights. In effect, corporations have privatized the electoral system, leaving it easily susceptible to fixed outcomes. The two-party monopoly threatens to become an even worse one-party tyranny. Michael Parenti's recent books include The Assassination of Julius Caesar (New Press), Superpatriotism (City Lights), and The Culture Struggle (Seven Stories Press). For more information visit: www.michaelparenti.org. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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