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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.11.07 impeach bush & cheney 1. PlannedParent 6.11 5:30pm 2. Your own blog 6.11 6:30pm 3. Somalia 6.11 6:30pm 4. Pray for peace 6.11 6:30pm 5. Labor vs war 6.11 7pm 6. Climate crisis 6.11 7:30pm 7. Rsvl lot split 6.11 8. DoubtMedia/CTV 6.12 8am 9. Turkey/slavery 6.12 12noon 10. HealthCare/CTV 6.12 5pm 11. Poetry salon 6.12 6:30pm 12. Impeach &$#@ 6.12 7pm 13. M Albert/CTV 6.12 8pm 14. Kip Sullivan - John Marty's new "single-payer" bill 15. Monica Benderman - Fight back: reading Tom Paine in a time of crisis 16. Fred Reed - Why the US government is hated all over the world 17. Ward Boston - Searching for the truth about the USS Liberty 18. Ray Laymon - I-ROC (poem) --------1 of 18-------- From: Erilann Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: PlannedParent 6.11 5:30pm More on June 11: Planned Parenthood Goes to Court. 5:30PM-7PM at the home of Susan Engel, Minneapolis. Address provided upon registration. This spring's Supreme Court decision upholding the federal abortionban is only the most recent court decision threatening to shape the future of the abortion debate. Join Planned Parenthood to learn about the current state of the judicial system. Speakers include: Esther Tomljanovich, Time Branson and Sarah Stoesz. RSVP to Alissa. -------2 of 18-------- From: Tim Erickson <tim [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: Your own blog 6.11 6:30pm Upcoming workshops in the Electronic Classroom at Rondo Community Outreach Library (University and Dale): MONDAYS IN JUNE 6:30-8:30 pm June 11 - Blogs: How to set up and maintain your own blog June 18 - Wiki June 25 - Show and Tell: New Tools (Cool Tools) for Public Participation --------3 of 18-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Somalia 6.11 6:30pm Meeting on Somalia: Women of Africa Resource and Development Monday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. Plymouth Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Hear Somali women from the Women of Africa Resource and Development Association (WARDA). WARDA's mission is to empower African women locally and in Africa, and they firmly believe that the complete love and generosity they express will ultimately triumph over the lawlessness and violence in their homeland. WARDA's inspirational leader and well-known speaker, Nadifa Osman, who risks her life on her trips back to Somalia and the refugee camps in Kenya, will share with us her experiences as well as some of the photos she has collected in her travels and the deep research she has conducted with over 300 Somali women here who have survived the violence. Halima Ibrahim and other members of WARDA will be at the meeting to provide their perspectives and give us a chance to meet them in private conversations. Join an uplifting example of the power of the human spirit! WAMM encourages you to attend to educate yourself about the Horn of Africa. Sponsored by: Network of Spiritual Progressives. FFI: Email <brucelissem [at] aol.com>. -------4 of 18------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Pray for peace 6.11 6:30pm Monday, 6/11, 6:30 to 7:15 pm, Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet present 11th day prayer for peace, Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave, St Paul. www.csjstpaul.org or 651-690-7079. --------5 of 18-------- From: Teddy <tyimenu2005 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Labor vs war 6.11 7pm BUILD LABOR'S OPPOSITION TO WAR! MN Labor Against War Meetings 2nd Monday of Each Month Merriam Park Library in St.Paul - Basement At the Corner of Marshall and Fairview Contacts: Teddy Shibabaw 612-807-3196 - tyimenu2005 [at] yahoo.com Corey Mattson - 612-298-0920 - correymattson [at] maydaybookstore.org --------6 of 18-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Climate crisis 6.11 7:30pm Regular meeting of the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC). EVERY 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:30 pm. The Freight House Dunn Brothers, 201 3rd Ave S, next door to the Milwaukee Road Depot, Downtown Minneapolis. Stop global warming, save Earth! In solidarity w/people and the planet, Eric 651-644-1173 --------7 of 18-------- From: Tim Pratt <tim.pratt [at] ci.roseville.mn.us> Subject: Rsvl lot split 6.11 Are you concerned about single-family residential lot splits in your neighborhood? Do you have comments on the recommendations made in the Single-Family Residential Lot Split Final Report? The Roseville City Council invites you to a public meeting on Monday, June 11. They want your comments on the May 14 report prepared by the Single-Family Residential Lot Split Advisory Group. The report is the outcome of the group's three-month study on residential lot splits in Roseville. The City Council wants to hear from all community members regarding this report and its recommendations prior to its acceptance by the Council. If you are unable to attend the meeting you may email your comments ahead of time to city.council [at] ci.roseville.mn.us. If you are interested in learning more about the study visit the Lot Split Study page http://www.ci.roseville.mn.us/development/planning_zoning/lot_splits.htm or contact Economic Development Associate Jamie Radel at jamie.radel [at] ci.roseville.mn.us or 651-792-7072. Tim Pratt Communications Specialist City of Roseville 2660 Civic Center Drive Roseville, MN 55113 (Phone) 651-792-7027 (Fax) 651-792-7030 Visit our website http://www.cityofroseville.com --------8 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Doubt media/CTV 6.12 8am Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts weekly on MTN Channel 17. Households with basic cable can watch. "Our World In Depth" is on Saturday at 9 pm and the following Tuesday at 8 am (as well as other times). ** 6/9 and 6/12 ** "Questioning the Media" w/Lydia Howell of The Pulse of the Twin Cities and Jeff Nygaard of Nygaard Notes. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. --------9 of 18-------- From: Human Rights Events Update <humanrts [at] umn.edu> Subject: Turkey/slavery 6.12 12noon Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights present Women's Human Rights Speaker Series Human Trafficking and Women's Rights in Turkey Dr. Ilknur Altuntas Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Briggs and Morgan, Minnesota Room 2200 IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., Minneapolis Application will be made for one CLE credit. As a modern-day form of slavery, human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. It affects every continent and region of the world and continues to sustain annual growth. After drug smuggling, human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest-growing. It is the most profitable criminal activity for funding transnational organized crime. Turkey, serving as a bridge between Asia and Europe, is a destination country for trafficking in persons. This presentation will address the core elements and root causes of human trafficking, its consequences and solutions, and Turkey's effort to combat human trafficking. The presentation will also provide an overview of women's rights in Turkey. Ilknur Altuntas, a judge in the Ministry of Justice in Ankara, Turkey, is also a 2006 - 2007 International Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She has been awarded first-class judge status in Turkey, where she is recognized for her expertise in human trafficking, child abduction, and refugee issues. She is also a representative from the Ministry of Justice on the National Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings and is a national representative on the Ad Hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which is responsible for drafting the text of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. She has served on numerous international committees and worked with such organizations as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration. Free and open to the public (registration required). Please RSVP to Tina at shouareau [at] briggs.com or 612-977-8126 by Friday, June 8th. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. This is one in a series of lunchtime speakers dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. Please join us the second Tuesday of August, October and December for additional presentations. For more information, contact Mary Hunt at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, mhunt [at] mnadvocates.org or 612-341-3302, ext. 107, or see our website at www.mnadvocates.org <http://www.mnadvocates.org/> . --------10 of 18-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Health care/CTV 6.12 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. ** 6/12 and 6/13 ** "The Health Care Mess" w/author and organizer with Physicians for a National Health Plan, Kip Sullivan. Hosted by Eric Angell. --------11 of 18-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Poetry salon 6.12 6:30pm The Salon for Next Tuesday June 12, will be Open Poetry. Come and share your own, your favorite poets or just listen. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------12 of 18-------- From: Impeach <lists [at] impeachforpeace.org> Subject: Impeach &$#@ 6.12 7pm ~ Impeach for Peace - http://ImpeachforPeace.org ~ Impeachment News and Local/National Organizing ~ * New Meeting Location Our weekly meeting location has changed. We still meet Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. But now we meet at: Joe's Garage (Restaurant along Loring Park) 1610 Harmon Pl Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 904-1163 New energy has been pumped into the impeachment movement as 7 cosponsors have signed onto Kucinich's House Resolution 333 calling for the impeachment of Cheney. Also, John Conyers (the head of the committee responsible for writing up articles of impeachment, and who currently is in possesion of H.Res. 333) has voiced his support for the impeachment movement. Come help us finish the job! - It will take more than emails to accomplish our goal. We need people to get out into the world and get involved. Calling all concerned citizens...Activate! We need leaders. Ask yourself if you're willing to put in the time to help make this happen. No hiearchy, no egos. Our organization is proud of the fact that anybody who has the desire can step up and make things happen. There are a few of us who started things initially, but we're all in agreement that this movement must be democratic, and open to all. Anyone who wants to step up and make this happen, is free to. We'll provide you any resources to which we have access to help make your dreams of Bush-Free America come true. We do need your help. This can't happen without people stepping up to demand Bush step down. Please contact us about starting a chapter, or come to a meeting (info on the website), and become a player in this movement. We have plenty of projects which are as-of-yet undone. We know how, and can provide you the resources necessary. - Become a sponsor... Organizing requires resources. So far, most of the funding of this cause has been borne by those attending the meetings. However, we will obviously not be able to afford the costs associated with this whole movement as it grows. Please think of how important this effort is, and ask yourself if you can contribute to this cause of ours. Even $10 or $20 can really make a huge difference to us. You can do so on our website by clicking on the "Donate" button. Or, feel free to come to a meeting, and donate in person. We'd love to mention you as a sponsor on the website, or feel free to remain anonymous. You may choose to sponsor a specific cause. Perhaps a freeway banner? We'll be posting some specific needs related to our October protest soon. We are not-for-profit, so every dollar goes to Impeach Bush. Help us to reclaim our democracy. http://impeachforpeace.org/donate.html - Recurring event Every Tuesday Minneapolis World Can't Wait Meeting For 1.5 hours. For details: http://impeachforpeace.org/board/viewtopic.php?p=638#638 - Other Impeach For Peace Resources... Do-It-Yourself Impeachment: http://impeachforpeace.org/ImpeachNow.html See all the events at http://impeachforpeace.org/cgi-bin/activistlistwcw.cgi Join us for discussion at http://impeachforpeace.org/board/ See Mikael's blog at http://impeachforpeace.org/blog/ Impeachment Partners: http://worldcantwait.org/ http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=taxonomy/term/17 http://pledgetoimpeach.org/ http://pdamerica.org/ http://impeachbush.tv/ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/impeachment/petition2.htm http://impeachforchange.org/ --------13 of 18-------- From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: M Albert/CTV 6.12 8pm Tuesday, June 12, 8 pm on Minneapolis (MTN) cable channel 16, Altera Vista presents author and social activist Michael Albert, on book tour with "Remembering Tomorrow: From SDS to Life After Capitalism," speaking at Macalester College May 23, 2007. Albert talks about the failures of the progressive movement, and how it can be more effective. A witty and thought-provoking speech. --------14 of 18-------- Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 05:16:56 -0500 From: Kip Sullivan <kiprs [at] usinternet.com> Subject: John Marty's new "single-payer" bill I just saw the announcement Greens met with John Marty this morning. A big new issue has arisen since we spoke last. John introduced a bill (SF 2324) during the waning hours of the last session that he believes is a "single payer" bill that isn't a single-payer bill. It isn't a single-payer bill because it permits insurance companies to continue to operate. My guess is John doesn't understand that and sincerely believes his bill is a single-payer bill. The bill has opening language that is quite similar to the opening language of the single-payer bill I and all other single-payer advocates have supported in MN since 1991. Currently that bill is SF 460 (Sen Leo Foley is the chief author and John is a co-author). The opening language in SF 2324 would lead any casual reader to think the bill is a single-payer bill. But the text of the bill calls for huge provider networks (hospital-clinic chains) and authorizes these chains to act just like insurance companies, including accepting a lump sum payment from the state to provide "comprehensive medical services" to citizens who "enroll" with the network. Have you ever heard of someone "enrolling" with the Mayo Clinic? Of course not. One "enrolls" with HealthPartners or Medicaid, but not a clinic or hospital. So "provider" in John's bill means insurance company. My interpretation was confirmed by House DFL Caucus Research today. That office released a three-page summary of SF 2324 and its House companion (HF 2522) which states that SF 2324 permits the state to contract with "health plans." Any proposal that lets "health plans" contract with the state is not a single-payer bill. The best course for you at this late date is to simply ask John why he wrote a new "single-payer" bill when SF 460 already existed and John is listed as a co-author. The advocates of SF 2324 have yet to say anything publicly about the bill other than it is a wonderful single-payer bill. If you could get John to agree to write up an explanation for why he wrote a new "single-payer" bill and specifically what provisions in SF 2324 are superior to which provisions in SF 460, that would be a great help. Here's a brief explanation of how John may have been misled into thinking SF 2324 is a single-payer bill. The bill is modeled on SB 840 in CA, a bill that the CA single-payer movement calls a "single-payer" bill. (This bill passed the CA legislature last August and was vetoed by Schwartznegger.) Unfortunately, the single-payer movement in CA deliberately wrote an exemption in SB 840 to permit Kaiser Permanente, a huge HMO in CA, to continue to operate. I have been told by two people involved in drafting SB 840 that they exempted Kaiser Permanente not because it is a virtuous HMO that does all the wonderful things HMOs were supposed to do, but because it is big and powerful in CA. But the exemption they wrote is so broad and mushy that virtually any insurance company that can claim it "manages" doctors will squeeze through that loophole. By using the same mushy loophole SB 840 uses, John has imported into MN the identical problem SB 840 has. There are other problems with SF 2324, including a provision that prohibits citizens from seeing specialists unless they visit their primary care doc first and persuade the primary care doc they need to see a dermatologist, neurologist, etc. But the huge fundamental problem is that SF 2324 permits health insurance companies to feed at the public trough. If you permit that, there's no way you can save on administrative costs, which is single-payer's principle advantage over all other proposals. Kip --------15 of 18-------- Reading Tom Paine in a Time of Crisis Fighting Back By MONICA BENDERMAN CounterPunch June 9 / 10, 2007 "These are the times that try men's souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly" (Thomas Paine, The American Crisis. Dec. 19, 1776.) In the 1700's a group of angry patriots dared to spark a revolution. They did all they could by diplomatic standards - going so far as to leave the "civilized" country they were born and raised in, simply wanting to live in peace unencumbered by the insecurities of a ruling class who sought to restrain their dreams. Willing to migrate across treacherous seas, to trade the "comforts of home" for a wilderness setting filled with unknowns, these rebels had a cause; a desire for freedom from tyranny, taxation and the oppressive rule of a king who cared little for his subjects and all for his capital gains. Freedom doesn't come easily, nor can it be given. The early American revolutionaries did not rely on the efforts of others; they did not wait for a savior to rescue them from their plight. They saw the futility of holding out for the empty promises of the ruling parties in their fatherland and took matters in their own hands knowing the standards and principles on which they based their actions were worthy of the sacrifice. Fear struck the hearts of the sophisticated gentry who had been left behind as they came to realize they might have to learn to fend for themselves; to make their beds, clean their yards, tend their children - give up the "good life" for the reality of Life. As red coated aristocrats stepped across open fields with arrogance befitting the ignorance of those highly pampered elitists who believed their money left them invincible and able to conquer and manipulate a world which must have been created for their pleasure, the carefully laid rebellion began in earnest; lessons of survival adding to the strength of will of those who had tasted freedom for themselves and understood what was needed to remain free. What the leaders of the lords of London failed to recognize were the character and strength of the rebels whose disrespect to the "king" they had hoped to quell. They could not understand the drive and commitment these rebels held for preserving their individual freedoms. They had little respect for the meaning of those freedoms; their sense of freedom having been bought, not earned. Yet the fear they held for the strength of men they did not understand caused them to raise their weapons to destroy what they feared, and freedom loving revolutionaries were left with no other option but to defend themselves in kind, even as they continued to hope for peace. "It is easy to perceive that individuals by agreeing to erect forms of government, (for the better security of themselves) must give up some part of their liberty for that purpose; and it is the particular business of a Constitution to mark out how much they shall give up. " (Paine, Letter IV, Four Letters of Interesting Subjects, 1776.) It was not an ill-conceived love of country or nationalist pride that gave these revolutionaries the right to be called patriots. They were patriots for having laid a foundation for the way of life they envisioned, and believed in it enough to be willing to defend it with a commitment only others like them could understand. They worked tirelessly to create a set of laws which would serve as a guideline for their vision, Laws of Humanity incorporated into a Constitution which they believed to be just and fair to all even as the authors admitted to flaws which would only be tempered by time. Each was willing to give up something so that all could live in the greatest freedom possible. They were patriots because they stood their ground for the right to live with their own high standards and principles, and their individual sacrifices were deserving of their expectation that those standards be maintained in the actions of all who chose to live in the new nation founded on their blood. Where have all the patriots gone? We have hired defenders for every action under the sun; lobbyists in Congress, advocates in business, in school, in healthcare, and soldiers at war. What was once a new country formed by the vision of independent thinkers is now a nation of followers passing the buck to anyone who craves publicity - although today's "buck" barely scratches the surface of the price followers pay for someone else to be their voice of "truth." The patriots of 1776 were willing to fight with all they had for the freedoms defined in their newly penned Constitution simply because it had been their hands which had done the work to establish the nation whose laws were represented by that constitution; they were their own voice of Truth. They did the work and earned the right to declare their freedom. Now, with every day that passes United States citizens lose a little more of their freedom, at least on paper. But did they have that freedom to begin with? Certainly not the freedom they demanded, nor had they earned; not as a nation and not in recent history. United States citizens have been living with the illusion of freedom for generations now. With nothing much more than a slap on the wrist, they allow the administration's actions of corruption and deception to continue; "sunshine patriots" and "summer soldiers" giving lip-service to the words of the Constitution but little attention to their meaning, willingly conceding more of their freedom to avoid the hard work required to deserve what freedom really means. Freedom is not free - and United States citizens are losing more of their freedom every day as they freely choose to allow others to make their decisions for them; justifying their actions from the safety of their living rooms saying "it's not that we don't care, it's that we don't know what else to do." What else to do? STAND UP AND FIGHT!!!!!! Fight back with a willingness to sacrifice comfort for the principles of law which give us all our freedom. Fight for what you have earned. Wait. What has been earned? This freedom you speak of has no meaning, no value; it remains illusion - words spoken from the podiums of a thousand different protests and a hundred different congressional caucuses as if giving a dramatic soliloquy from the center of a spotlight on an otherwise dimly lit stage - freedom earned by the sweat of those on the frontlines is only real to those willing to sweat. Oh, how Americans seem to be so afraid to sweat. Our soldiers are dying, our veterans have suffered the lasting effects of fighting for an unjust, undefined cause. Our country is fading from a once proud new nation of rebels with revolutionary ideas, willing to sacrifice their luxuries for the right to live in freedom, to a land of elitists willing to sacrifice their freedoms for the right to live in luxury. Where are the revolutionaries? We do not need more self-proclaimed "patriots" re-enacting pages from a history book - we need revolutionaries. Revolutionaries are determined to maintain high standards, strength of character and demonstrate their respect for others as our Constitution demands, even as they stand for change in a corrupt, increasingly immoral shadow of a country once founded on standards, strength of character and respect for others. Revolutionaries know they must be, within themselves, all the changes they want to see. Revolutionaries are willing to fight for their freedom with everything they have, giving up nothing of themselves in the process, earning the right for that freedom by living the cost. Where are these rebels who understand the depth of the cause? "Every man who acts beyond the line of private life must expect to pass through two severe examinations. First, as to his motives, secondly, as to his conduct." (Paine, Letter I, Four Letters of Interesting Subjects, 1776.) The conduct of United States citizens clearly defines their commitment to the cause - it is past time for a revolution - the final exam is scheduled to begin. Will our conduct reflect the high standards true freedom demands? Or are our motives simply a cover to hide the fact that we have not yet learned what freedom really means? Monica Benderman is the wife of Sgt. Kevin Benderman, a ten-year Army veteran who served a combat tour in Iraq and a year in prison for his public protest of war and the destruction it causes to civilians and to American military personnel. Please visit their website, www.BendermanDefense.org to learn more. Kevin and Monica may be reached at mdawnb [at] coastalnow.net --------16 of 18-------- Why the US government is hated all over the world By Fred Reed PUBLIC AFFAIRS journal Something is wrong with the United States. I think most of us have noticed it. There is a mortal rot in the country, made manifest by many little rots that are hard to integrate mentally yet are, I think, somehow related. The change is grave, accelerating, probably irreversible, and fascinating. Things are not as they were. The United States is the most hated country on the planet, followed by, to the extent that there is a distinction, Israel. So far as I know, there are no other contenders. You can say "Who cares?", as many will say, or "Screw'em if they can't take a joke" or "I'd rather be feared than loved". All very droll. Still, it is an interesting datum. No country ever lives up to its own PR, but there was a time when America was widely admired. Now, almost universally, it is seen as a rogue state. And is. This carries a price. The US consulate in Guadalajara is part fortress, part prison, with barriers and cameras and bars and rentacops, and they take away a woman's lipstick if she is going to enter. Maybe a country that fears lipstick needs to think. The French consulate around the corner is wide open, like all others that I know of. The French, Chinese, Japanese and so on aren't hated. (1) The US government now lives in its own, strange, insulated world. (2) The United States is the most militarily aggressive country on the planet, followed closely by Israel. I am aware of no other contenders. Some of this combativeness is obvious - attacking Iraq for no good reason, occupying Afghanistan, threatening Syria and Iran, attacking Lebanon by proxy, bombing Somalia, putting troops in the Philippines to hunt Moslems. The US is also looking for trouble with Venezuela, threatening North Korea, moving to "contain" China (Doesn't a container need to be bigger than its contents?), embargoing Cuba, pushing into Central Asia, increasing the military budget, and pushing NATO ever closer to Russia. (How stupid can you get? Very! Stay tuned.) And the Pentagon now has Africom, African Command. Africa is now America's business. (3) Powerful domestic hostilities grip the United States. Maybe you have to be outside of it really to see it. I live in Mexico. You can go for, well, five years and counting, without hearing angry talk about this or that group. In America, women hate men and men are getting sick of American women. Blacks hate whites hate Hispanics. "Affirmative action" engenders intense hostility that doesn't go away. It isn't the normal friction found in any country. It is serious antagonism quashed by federal force. And the black-white-brown thing has very real potential for getting nasty. This we don't talk about. (4) A curious state of fear prevails in America, but it is a governmental creation, a calculated manipulative Disneyland. Perhaps soon we will have Terror Mouse. Recently I was in Washington. Everywhere there were the artificialities of fear. The steel pop-up barriers in the roads, the stop'em-bombs steel poles on sidewalks, the endless warnings to report suspicious behaviour on loudspeakers in the subway. The searches of everything, the metal-detecting doorways even on buildings of county governments, of schools. (Schools, for Chrissakes. What is wrong here?) And of course the confiscation of shampoo at the airport. This is nuts. (5) The bullying of people entering the US. Any country has the right to determine who enters. Fine. If you don't want them to enter, don't give them visas. If you issue a visa, try to be courteous. Violeta had a visa, issued by the consulate, both times when we went to the US. Still she got bullied by the border Nazis. It was ugly. I am obviously not a Mexican, but I get the same hostile questioning as to where I am going, why I was in Mexico, and so on. It is none of their business where I go in my country. Or shouldn't be, but there are no limitations on governmental powers now. A friend, married to a Mexican, again with a visa, got separated from her, and both got abusive questioning. She came out crying. America was not like this. Now it is. Compare this with the real world: I land in Beijing - evil commie Beijing, right? Maybe twenty seconds to see whether my visa was valid, clonk of stamp, thank you, no baggage search, into a taxi. Vi and I land in Paris, en route to Italy. Glance at passport, yep, it's a passport, no stamp, no nothing, on we go. Italy didn't even look at our passports. Grown-ups. I am not ashamed of the United States. It is a hell of a country. Been there, done that, loved it. In two weeks in DC with Violeta, although she is clearly not American, she was everywhere, always, treated with perfect courtesy and friendliness, whether on Capitol Hill or Farmville, Virginia. Americans really are good folk. The government isn't. It's the gravest problem we face, both internationally and domestically. (6) The Constitution really is going away, or has gone. It never did work as well as it should have, but few things human ever do. Habeas corpus is dead, right to an attorney, congressional right to declare war - it's not even worth listing the list. Joe iPod in the burbs doesn't care because it doesn't affect him, yet. Git them Hay-rabs, ain't no draft, plenty sushi. Urg. (7) The increasing, detailed, intrusive regulation of life, the national desire for control, control, control. Everything is the business of some form of government. Want to paint your shutters? The condo association won't let you. Let dogs in your bar? Never. Decide who to sell your house to? Racial matter. Own a dog? Shot card, pooper-scooper, leash, gotta be spayed, etc. Have a bar for men only, women only, whites or blacks only? Here come the federal marshals. What isn't controlled by government is controlled by the crypto-vindictive mob rule of political correctness. This wasn't always in the American character. Add the continuing presence of police in the schools, the arrest in handcuffs of children of seven, the expulsions for drawing a picture of a soldier with a gun. Something very twisted is going on. How much of the public knows what is happening, or even knows that something is happening? I don't know. But I don't think that it's going to go away. In ten years it will be an entirely different place with the same name. Almost is now. Fred Reed is author of Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down a Well and the just-published A Brass Pole in Bangkok: A Thing I Aspire to Be. --------17 of 18-------- Forty Years Later Searching for the Truth About the USS Liberty By WARD BOSTON CounterPunch June 9 / 10, 2007 Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel's June 8th 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty. On that sunny, clear day 40 years ago, Israel's combined air and naval forces attacked our American intelligence-gathering ship for two hours, inflicting 70 percent casualties. Thirty four American sailors died and 172 were injured. The USS Liberty remained afloat only by the crew's heroic efforts. Israel claimed it was an accident. Yet I know from personal conversations with the late Admiral Isaac C. Kidd - president of the Court of Inquiry - that President Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of "mistaken identity". The ensuing cover-up has haunted us for forty years. What does it imply for our national security, not to mention our ability to honestly broker peace in the Middle East, when we cannot question Israel's actions - even when they kill Americans? On June 8th, survivors of Israel's cruel attack will gather in Washington, DC to honor their dead shipmates as well as the mothers, sisters, widows and children they left behind. They will continue to ask for a fair and impartial congressional inquiry that, for the first time, would allow the survivors themselves to testify publicly. For decades, I have remained silent. I am a military man and when orders come in from the Secretary of Defense and President of the United States, I follow them. However, attempts to rewrite history and concern for my country compel me to share the truth. Admiral Kidd and I were given only one week to gather evidence for the Navy's official investigation, though we both estimated that a proper Court of Inquiry would take at least six months. We boarded the crippled ship at sea and interviewed survivors. The evidence was clear. We both believed with certainty that this attack was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew. I am certain the Israeli pilots and commanders who had ordered the attack knew the ship was American. I saw the bullet-riddled American flag that had been raised by the crew after their first flag had been shot down completely. I heard testimony that made it clear the Israelis intended there be no survivors. Not only did they attack with napalm, gunfire, and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned at close range three life rafts that had been launched in an attempt to save the most seriously wounded. I am outraged at the efforts of Israel's apologists to claim this attack was a case of "mistaken identity." Admiral Kidd told me that after receiving the President's cover-up orders, he was instructed to sit down with two civilians from either the White House or the Defense Department, and rewrite portions of the Court's findings. He said, "Ward, they're not interested in the facts. It's a political matter and we cannot talk about it." We were to "put a lid on it" and caution everyone involved never to speak of it again. I know that the Court of Inquiry transcript that has been released to the public is not the same one that I certified and sent to Washington. I know this because it was necessary, due to the exigencies of time, to hand correct and initial a substantial number of pages. I have examined the released version of the transcript and did not see any pages that bore my hand corrections and initials. Also, the original did not have any deliberately blank pages, as the released version does. In addition, the testimony of Lt. Lloyd Painter concerning the deliberate machine-gunning of the life rafts by the Israeli torpedo boat crews, which I distinctly recall being given at the Court of Inquiry and including in the original transcript, is now missing. I join the survivors in their call for an honest inquiry. Why is there no room to question Israel - even when they kill Americans - in the halls of Congress? Let the survivors testify. Let me testify. Let former intelligence officers testify that they received real-time Hebrew translations of Israeli commanders instructing their pilots to sink "the American ship". Surely uncovering the truth about what happened to American servicemen in a bloody attack is more important than protecting Israel. And surely forty years is long enough to wait. Ward Boston served as chief counsel to the Navy's Court of Inquiry into the attack on USS Liberty and as a naval aviator in World War II on the carrier Yorktown, and as an FBI agent prior to his assignment to the Navy's Judge Advocates General Corps. He is a graduate of the Law School of the College of William and Mary, and a resident of Coronado, California. For more information see this story in Navy Times by Bryan Jordan. --------18 of 18-------- I-ROC or How my Blood-Red Camaro Loves You to Death by RAY LAYMON CounterPunch June 9 / 10, 2007 Now hear this sand-niggers We've got some awfully big plans For your small country So we won't be going Anywhere anytime soon (about 50 years). We're the newest sovereignty And you're our newest Subjects (think Japan Korea Germany Israel England The Philippines Columbia Transylvania etc., etc.). Transylvania? Any deals or any treaties We might offer Will be as keenly deceptive As those we once made With the Native Americans And not worth spit! (you really should pity those dumb-ass Kurds). We've got a new embassy And new military bases And new streams of crude And new "non-funding" of the PLO And new means of persuasion (so you can kiss our royal poop-deck if you think we'd leave all this behind). We'll also sabotage any Alliances your silly little In-sects might be considering Then, without much care Divide you with Great walls of humiliation And conquer you with Pecks and pounds of pacification (it's an age-old process and it's futile to resist). But And it's a mighty big but Should anything go wrong (sic) Should we need to vamoose We'll slam you hard like a door Cut the fruit from your tree Stab you from behind And call your next evacuation A virgin birth (it's the tragedy and the madness of pre-emption). Ray Laymon lives in San Diego and can be reached at ralaymon [at] cox.net ------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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