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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 02:23:24 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.28.08 1. Composting 7.28 6pm 2. Peace walk 7.28 6pm RiverFalls WI 3. LRT vs parking 7.28 6pm 4. Vs Frankenfoods 7.28 6pm 5. Americo-trash/f 7.28 7pm 6. AI 7.28 7pm 7. E-workshops 7.28 7pm 8. Boyte/action 7.28 7:30pm 9. Banner/WAMM 7.29 4:30pm 10. Susu/peace 7.29 6:30pm 11. Abortion/life 7.29 7:30pm 12. Dem Underground - Why I'm NOT voting for Obama 13. John Pilger - Obama, the prince of bait-and-switch 14. Alex Cockburn - How Bush is wiping out McCain 15. David Macaray - Steve Forbes' new anti-union crusade 16. Green Party CCC - Campaign consultant job --------1 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Composting 7.28 6pm Composting - Monday July 28th Class Time: 6-8 pm Class Location: Soo Line Community Garden , 2845 Garfield Ave S , Minneapolis , 55408 Class Description: Pile Biology: "It's a Jungle in There." Discussion focuses on two types of compost methods and is a three part class. First component discusses different types of organic matter cycled in a compost pile, i.e. Greens & Browns. Pile composition/arrangement, and water management. Second component; pile biology discusses the "jungle within" & the passive pile. Third component; deals with location, site management and 'the hot pile'. [X-rated?] Caution: These hands-on discussions are not for the faint of heart and may cause a breakout of goose bumps and or the eebie geebies. [Pictures of Bush? Better the dark side of mold. -ed] Derek Schumacher is a horticulture industry professional, who works for J.R. Johnson Supply overseeing sales to greenhouse operators and organic growers as well as providing technical expertise in matters such as I.P.M. and plant fertility management. Derek has worked as a soil science/horticulture instructor and loves to discuss all things related to soil biology and the symbiotic relationships between plants and micro-organisms. Discussions tend to be informal as Derek prefers to use the Myles Horton Method of instruction in which a foundation of facts is first laid down and from there participants are then free to share there experiences and needs. Workshop sponsored by Mother Earth Gardens . For more information call GardenWorks at 612-278-7123 or register online at www.excotc.org. --------2 of 16-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 7.28 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------3 of 16-------- From: Steve Boland <steve [at] steveboland.com> Subject: LRT vs parking 7.28 6pm As astute readers of this forum will know, the latest plans from the Central Corridor office includes a drastic change in the projected street parking on University Avenue after the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line is constructed. For years, the projection was a loss of - at most - 40% of the current street parking. The new projections include elimination of nearly 90% of all street parking on University. This very serious change could have a ripple impact on businesses in our area. Even with additional off-street parking and shared lots, the impact on "landlocked" businesses with no direct parking could be enormous. I'm a transit advocate and a transit user, but I'm also a realist about what happens to businesses when street parking is removed. These designs need to be submitted for Federal Transportation Administration Approval the first week of September. There is very little time to understand and respond to these changes. We have requested the Met Council project engineers meet with our Board of Directors and community members to get more details on these projections. The meeting will be held at the Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 Dale Street, on Monday, July 28 at 6:00 PM. Come when you can, you do not need to be present for the whole meeting to learn more. You can read the Metropolitan Council's recent presentation about parking, their most recent traffic study summary, and the "Translations" project from U-Plan that shows where the parking will remain, on our web site - http://GreaterFrogtownCDC.org. Steve Boland Working in Frogtown Living in Summit-U Hoping neither one becomes "fly-over" territory [I think LRT on University Av is a developer scam and disaster for small business and citizens and St Paul as a city. Routing along I94 would solve many of the problems, but not make as much money for the developers or clear out as many small businesses (to be replaced by friendly low-wage big boxes sending profits to Arkansas.) -ed] --------4 of 16-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Vs Frankenfoods 7.28 6pm July 28: Women's Environmental Institute Organic Farm School. "Fighting Frankenfoods: How Social Activists are Changing the Trajectory of Agricultural Biotechnology Around the World" with Rachel Schurman, University of Minnesota Sociology Department. 6 - 8 PM at Open Book, Minneapolis. Register. --------5 of 16-------- From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at] visi.com> Subject: Americo-trash/f 7.28 7pm THE NEXT 3CTC ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM There will be a free screening of two films dealing with consumption and waste. The Story of Stuff, narrated by Annie Leonard, is an animated short produced by the Tides Foundation and Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption. It cleverly outlines the waste stream and its external social and environmental costs. Trashed: The Story of Garbage-American Style is about the trashing of Earth, one day at a time by our throwaway society. The second feature was the official selection at the 2008 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival and the 2007 Greenbuild Film Festival. There will be a discussion after the films about how to reduce consumption and prevent waste. The event will be held on Monday, July 28th at 7:00 PM, Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South, West Bank, Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities. The Clean-Energy Vigil to Cool Down the Planet will take place out on the plaza at 5:00 PM and the 3CTC Business Meeting is at 6:00 PM. All are welcome. SAVE MOTHER EARTH! See you there. --------6 of 16-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: AI 7.28 7pm Amnesty International groups Augustana Homes Seniors Group meets on Monday, July 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the party room of the 1020 Building, 1020 E 17th Street, Minneapolis. For more information contact Ardes Johnson at 612/378-1166 or johns779 [at] tc.umn.edu. --------7 of 16-------- From: Jonathan Barrentine <jonathan [at] e-democracy.org> Subject: E-workshops 7.28 7pm E-workshops at both the Rondo Library in St. Paul and the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis. Rondo workshops: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm. July 28 Staying Safe Online July 30 E-Participation and Real-World Politics Brian Coyle workshops: Tuesdays from 10:30am to Noon. July 29 Building Your Own Website --------8 of 16-------- From: James J Lewis <lewis006 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Boyte/action 7.28 7:30pm Harry Boyte discusses his new book The Citizen Solution: How You Can Make a Difference At Magers and Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Avenue South in Uptown on Monday, July 28 at 7:30 PM. Nationally known community organizer and activist Harry C. Boyte incites readers to join today's "citizen movement," offering practical tools for how we can change the face of America by focusing on issues close to home. Targeting useful techniques for individuals to raise public consciousness and effectively motivate community-based groups, Boyte grounds his arguments in the country's tradition of "populism," demonstrating how mobilized citizens can be far more powerful than our frequently paralyzed politicians. He offers practical tips on identifying potential citizen leaders and working through cultural differences without sacrificing identities. Each point is illustrated by inspiring real-life examples of Minnesotans who have prompted change: An immigrant community that created a cultural wellness center. An organization of multiracial, multifaith congregations that is tackling tough social problems. A cluster of suburban neighborhoods that came together to take back Sundays from overzealous youth-sports organizations. For readers doubting their ability to make a significant difference in our world, this how-to book will show the way. Harry Boyte is founder and co-director of the Institute's Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and founder of Public Achievement, a theory-based practice of citizen organizing to do public work for the common good which is being used in schools, universities and communities across the United States and in more than a dozen countries. Boyte is author or co-author of a number of books including /Closing the Citizenship Gap: The Civic Populist Movement in Minnesota/ (Minnesota Historical Society Press, forthcoming); Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life <http://www.magersandquinn.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1041464&isbn_id=3241606> (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); /Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work/, with Nan Kari (Temple University Press, 1996); /Free Spaces: The Sources of Democratic Change in America/, with Sara M. Evans (Harper & Row, 1986; University of Chicago, 1992). His writings have appeared in over seventy publications, including the /New York Times, Los Angeles Times,Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Christian Science Monitor, Democracy, Policy Review, Dissent/, and /PS: Political Science and Politics/. His political commentary has appeared on CBS Morning and Evening News, and National Public Radio. Boyte earned a doctorate degree in political and social thought from the Union Institute. --------9 of 16-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Banner/WAMM 7.29 4:30pm Bannering Action Followed by WAMM New Member Meet-Up Tuesday, July 29, 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Corner of Nicollet Avenue and Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. Join former FBI agent and Time magazine "Person of the Year" Coleen Rowley in highly visible bannering against war. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Caribou Coffee, 12601 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville. New, current and re-activating WAMM members welcome. Meet with an experienced WAMM member and peace activist who was once a part of Peace Fresno, the group featured in Michael Moore's "Farenheit 11" and who began a Cindy Sheehan solidarity rally in St. Paul. Receive a WAMM packet with bumper sticker, button, activist info and hear about upcoming local opportunities to be involved. FFI: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364. --------10 of 16-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Susu/peace 7.29 6:30pm Tuesday, July 29, Susu Jeffrey will be our guest. She will tell us about Peace Island Conference, a solutions driven 2 day event taking place during 2 of the 4 days of the Republican Nat'l Convention. It is titled "Hope in a Time of Crisis." If all seems bleak w/the Republicans coming to town, this should give us sustenance to get through it all. 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. --------11 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Abortion/life 7.29 7:30pm Jennifer Baumgardner reads this Tuesday, July 29, 7:30pm at Magers and Quinn Books, 3038 Hennepin Avenue in uptown Minneapolis. Hear an interview with Jennifer Baumgardner on Catalyst, archived at http://www.kfai.org Jennifer Baumgardner's "Abortion & Life" shatters common silence By Lydia Howell , TC Daily Planet July 26, 2008 "I think abortion is so controversial because it's been separated from people's lives," says author and third wave feminist, Jennifer Baumgardner. "We talk about it as an 'issue'- instead of something that happens to us personally or to our sisters, friends, mothers, grandmothers.' Baumgardner, 38, a Fargo, ND native and writer for Ms. magazine, is most known for Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future (2000), co-authored with Amy Richard. With her new book Abortion and Life (Akashic Books, $16.95), Baumgardner excavates one of 1960s-70s second wave feminism's greatest strengths: the undeniable power of women simply telling the truth about our lives. Researching the book, Baumgardner was often surprised by who had had an abortion, from a friend's conservative mother to a grandmother. This deceptively simple and moving book has 15 women and one man tell how they faced unplanned pregnancies and chose abortion. Actual names are used with black and white portraits by Tara Todras-Whitehill. All wear a black t-shirt with white letters that echo the title of the film Baumgardner co-created with Gilliam Aldrich: "I had an abortion." "People don't know how common abortion is. How many people I met who are pro-choice who thought they didn't know anyone who had had an abortion!" Baumgardner relates that her assistant believed that. Then, the assistant's mother revealed she'd had an abortion five years earlier. One in three women experience abortion : 92% in pregnancy's first 12 weeks, 50% in the first eight weeks. These stories have incredible range from the decades before abortion was legalized in 1973 to young women in the 1990s. An African-American woman, Florence Rice, was a 17-year-old single mother in 1930s Harlem, easily able to find an understanding mid-wife - but, was "treated nasty" by nurses when she became infected. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem had a mid-1950s abortion done by a London doctor, who demanded two promises: to never reveal his name and to "do what you want with your life." Denise Oswald and George Monos, give a complicated double-perspective of a couple going through an abortion. A Brazilian exchange student returns to college after a visit home - reuniting with her boyfriend - to discover she's pregnant. Women realize that they or their partner is too unstable for parenthood. Lesbian women struggling with identity find themselves pregnant. Anti-abortion rhetoric assumes female irresponsibility about contraceptives, but Baumgardner reveals that many women get pregnant due to contraceptive failure. "Generic birth control pills have only 80% of the hormones of name-brand pills - primarily given to poor women. I find it shocking and disturbing. Once again, making a woman feel it's her fault - even when you're being responsible," Baumgardner states emphatically. "Another issue is that poor women have higher obesity rates and need higher hormones, so the generic pill is even LESS effective! Pro-choice and pro-life people could find some common ground by taking this on." Baugardner puts abortion into historical context and unearths the fight to legalize contraceptives and abortion. She doesn't shy away from controversy, taking on second-term abortion, science making it possible for babies to survive at earlier points in pregnancy, women having multiple abortions, and the contradictory feelings some women have after abortion. A wonderful resource guide is included. This important, deeply necessary book opens up the reality-based conversations missing from debates about abortion, sex education, and women's sexuality in a culture that veers between pornographic objectification and puritanical repression. Baumgardner quotes singer-songwriter Ani Di Franco from her abortion story. "Our bodies are animal and beautiful." Strongly pro-choice and mother to a three-year-old son, Baumgardner says she thinks it's time for what she calls "reproductive justice". "Our bodies are sometimes stronger than birth control," Baumgardner says. "We'll always need abortion to be available." Baumgardner creates critical space for honesty about women's complex lives: women with dreams that an unplanned pregnancy would deny, women with hopes to be good mothers while knowing they're not yet ready. Abortion and Life breaks the silence of unacknowledged emotions: relief and regret, liberation and loss, revealing that women can feel all of them after an abortion. I had an abortion and I felt all those feelings. Jennifer Baumgardner reads Tuesday, July 29, 7:30pm at Magers and Quinn Books, 3038 Hennepin Avenue in uptown Minneapolis. Hear an interview with Jennifer Baumgardner on Catalyst, archived at http://www.kfai.org Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis journalist writing newspapers and on-line journals, winner of the 2007 Premack Award for Public Interest Journalism for her reporting on homelessness. She produces and hosts "Catalyst: politics & culture," Fridays, 11 a.m. on KFAI Radio. --------12 of 16-------- Why I'm NOT voting for Obama Obama's voting record - Democratic Underground http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=334 x10842 Below is Obama's 2005 and 2006 voting record. This was collected by a national liberal Democratic organization. The news team at Creative Youth has thoroughly checked it out in Thomas.loc.gov and found it to be accurate. 1/06/05: Obama voted for Bush's Ohio electors. Roll Call 1 1/26/05: Obama voted to confirm Condoleeza Rice for Secretary of State. Roll call 2 2/01/05: Obama was part of a unanimous consent agreement not to filibuster the nomination of lawless torturer Alberto Gonzales as chief law enforcement officer of the United States (U.S. Attorney General). No roll call is available to view but the unanimous consent is noted in Thomas.loc.gov 2/10/05: Obama voted for an act known as The Class Action Extreme UnFairness Act of 2005 (S 5) that makes it much more difficult, if not impossible, for victims to seek and obtain damages in class action suits filed against wrongdoers who have harmed multiple victims. Roll call 9 2/15/05: Obama voted to confirm Michael Chertoff, a proponent of water-board torture, an individual connected to the financing of 9/11 and the man behind the round-up of thousands of people of Middle-Eastern descent following 9/11. By confirming him, Obama, in effect, endorsed terrorist attacks on America, water-board torture and racism. One consequence of Obama's vote to confirm Chertoff was the Katrina disaster. Roll call 10. (In May, 2005, Obama voted to give Chertoff the authority to waive all laws with no judicial review and no relief. See below.) 4/21/05: Obama voted to make John "Death Squad" Negroponte the National Intelligence Director. In Central America, John Negroponte was connected to death squads that murdered nuns and children in sizable quantities. He is suspected of instigating death squads while in Iraq, resulting in the current insurgency. Instead of calling for Negroponte's prosecution, Obama rewarded him by making him National Intelligence Director. On 4/17/05, the California Democratic Party unanimously passed a resolution discussing the death squads and calling on Senators to reject the nomination of John Negroponte. Roll call 107 4/21/05: Obama voted for HR 1268, war appropriations in the amount of approximately $81 billion. Much of this funding went to Blackwater USA and Halliburton and disappeared. Roll call 109 5/10/05: Obama voted to give the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to waive all laws (inclusive of murder, kidnapping and rape and all other heinous crimes) with no judicial review and no relief, and to essentially eliminate the ability of refugees to seek political asylum in the United States. This bill was was a combination of two bills (HR1268/HR418), both of which were harmful to life and freedom. HR 1268 was an appropriations bill which gave profits to contractors who benefitted from wars. HR 418 presumed to override Articles I,II and III of the U.S. Constitution. This bill allowed Chertoff to legally commit any crime he wanted to commit in New Orleans, and elsewhere, with the result being the Katrina disaster. It also set up the basis for a national ID Card, similar to the ones issued by Hitler's regime. Obama voted for all this in Roll Call 117. 5/24/05: Obama voted for cloture on Priscilla Owen for the 5th Circuit. Torture-proponent Alberto Gonzales even called Owen extreme in her right-wing stances. Her record shows that she is anti-environment, anti-labor, anti-civil rights, anti-human rights, pro-discrimination and pro-polluter. Activists tried to stop cloture as the confirmation vote was a sure thing once the Senate voted for cloture. Roll call 127 6/14/05: Obama further stabbed the women's movement in the back by voting to confirm Thomas B. Griffith to a lifetime appointment as a justice on the DC Circuit, a court often used as a stepping stone for the U.S. Supreme Court. Griffith, who is not licensed to practice law in Utah (his home state), believes that equal opportunity for women violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In February, 2007, thanks to Obama's backing of Griffith, the DC circuit has now ruled that Guantanamo detainees have no right to habeas corpus. Roll call 136 6/23/05: Obama voted for cloture on HR 6, considered by environmental groups to be a sellout of the environment to the nuclear, coal and automotive industries. It provides for rewards for unsafe, pollution-ridden fuel sources and car makers who wanted to continue making inefficient cars. It also gave Bush the power to destroy the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Roll call 152 6/28/05: Obama voted to pass HR 6, the sellout of the environment to the nuclear, coal-burning and automotive industries discussed above. Roll call 158 7/01/05: Obama voted for H.R. 2419, termed "The Nuclear Bill" by environmental and peace groups. It provided billions for nuclear weapons activities, including nuclear bunker buster bombs. It contains full funding for Yucca Mountain, a threat to food and water in California, Nevada, Arizona and states across America. Roll call 172 7/20/05: Obama voted to punish countries opposed to the death penalty. Under Roll Call196, funds and assistance would no longer be made available to any country which refused to extradite individuals to the United States because of a moral objection to the use, by the United States, of the death penalty. The United States is essentially alone among Western nations in its use of the death penalty. S. Amdt 1271 to HR 3057. 7/29/05: Obama voted for the conference report on the Energy Bill (HR 6), which was a boon to Halliburton and subjected Americans to the risk of exposure to lethal levels of radiation and mercury poisoning. Roll call 213 9/15/05: Obama voted to allow the use of low-cost foreign labor, in violation of labor laws, in New Orleans following Katrina. He opposed the Dorgan Amendment to the appropriations for science, state, justice and commerce. The amendment attempted to stop the use of appropriated funding for low-cost foreign labor in violation of labor laws to rebuild New Orleans. Obama's vote stabbed American workers in the back and further damaged laborers hurt by the loss of their homes and businesses in New Orleans. Obama's vote resulted in the importation of under-paid foreign laborers to displace American workers. Roll call 232. S Amdt 1665 to HR 2862. 9/26/05 & 9/28/05: Obama refused to place a hold on the nomination of John Roberts, a supporter of permanent detention of Americans without trial, and of torture and military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees. John Roberts's wife worked for Operation Rescue, an organization that uses extreme measures (including violence) to oppose women's doctors. John Roberts has questioned the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act and of the Endangered Species Act. He has also expressed opposition to equal pay for women. Roberts was responsible for a plan to disenfranchise tens of thousands of African-Americans in Florida in 2000. In his confirmation hearings, Roberts refused to say whether he would uphold legislation that overrode a presidential veto. A unanimous consent agreement was necessary to take Roberts's nomination to the floor, and Obama could have placed a hold on the nomination but would not do so despite the opposition of over 80% of the American public to the Roberts nomination. 10/07/05: Obama voted for HR2863, which appropriated $50 billion in new money for war. Roll call 2 10/27/05: Obama voted to confirm Susan Blake Neilson for the Sixth Circuit. She had a history of being a judicial activist against plaintiffs in civil rights, employment, personal injury and government negligence cases and a tendency to dismiss claims that present triable issues of fact. Both of her state Senators felt she was so extreme that they blue-slipped her. Roll call 277 10/27/05: Obama voted to slash funding for health care, education and other programs., such as those to help the uninsured by backing cloture on HR 3010 and then voted for the bill . Roll calls 275 and 281 11/14/05: Obama voted again for "The Nuclear Bill" in Roll Call 321. This was the vote on the Conference Report on the Nuclear Bill (HR 2419). As the House had already approved the Conference Report, this was the last opportunity for anyone in Congress to say "no" to this disastrous bill which threatened California's water and food supply and provides billions of dollars for the kind of nuclear weapons activities violative of international law. 11/15/05: Obama voted for continued war, again. Roll call 326 was the vote on the Defense Authorization Act (S1042) which kept the war and war profiteering alive, restricted the right of habeas corpus and encouraged terrorist. 12/21/05: Obama confirmed his support for war by voting for the Conference Report on the Defense Appropriations Act (HR 2863), Roll call 366, which provided more funding to Halliburton and Blackwater. 2/2/06: Obama voted to extend the USA-PATRIOT's attack on the Constitution for five weeks to allow Congress time to put together the support to adopt the renewal of USA-PATRIOT act. Roll call 11 2/16/06: Obama voted for cloture on "USA PATRIOT Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006," S2271. The USA PATRIOT Act The act still contained the most objectionable provisions from 2001 and had a new provision allowing the government to collect lists of people and kids suffering from colds and allergies. The renewal still allowed the government to do all the other really bad stuff it had been doing under the PATRIOT Act, and it could still obtain library records (even though the public was misled into believing otherwise). Those voting on the bill knew that it was worse than the original but worked to deceive the public about how much more freedom had been taken away. This cloture vote guaranteed passage. Roll call 22 3/1/06: Obama voted to pass S2271, the USA PATRIOT Act. Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006, which strengthened and made worse the original USA-PATRIOT Act. Roll call 25 3/1/06: Obama voted for cloture on the USA-PATRIOT Act (HR 3199), Conference Report. This was the last real chance to stop the Act. It was known that there would not be enough votes to stop the act and so stopping cloture was the most important issue. Obama voted NOT to stop cloture. Roll call 28 3/2/06: Obama voted for the conference report on USA-PATRIOT, itself, made worse than the original by changes that removed more freedom from the American people and gave more power to agencies trying to deprive Americans of their Constitutional Rights and making most of the most intrusive provisions permanent. This was the last chance to stop USA-PATRIOT. Roll call 29. 3/27/06: Obama voted to confirm pro-nuclear war profiteer Dennis Spurgeon as Assistant Secretary of Energy. Spurgeon's appointment will likely lead to Chernobyls in the U.S. and to more wars. Roll call 76. 5/2/06: Obama voted for money for more war by voting for cloture on HR 4939, the emergency funding to Halliburton, Blackwater and other war profiteers. Roll call 103 5/4/06: Obama, again, voted to adopt HR4939 the emergency funding to war profiteers. Roll call 112. 5/8/06: Obama didn't care enough about the sick to show up to vote on the cloture vote on S. 22, AKA the Legalize Medical Murder by Capping the Malpractice Damages Bill. Roll call 115 5/16/06: Obama voted to confirm Milan D. Smith to the 9th Circuit. The appointment was part of Bush's effort to turn the 9th Circuit (West Coast) from moderate to extreme right wing by adding justices to the Circuit who would support the Bush Agenda. Roll call 120 5/25/06: Obama voted against immigrants by backing S 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which was less fair to immigrants than the previous system or no bill at all. Roll call 157. 5/25/06: Obama voted for cloture on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be a justice on the D.C.Circuit, placing him in line for a future Supreme Court nomination. The trouble is that he is another right-wing extremist who will undercut human rights on the cases he judges. A result of his confirmation is the recent decision to deny Guantanamo detainees the right of habeas corpus. Roll call 158 5/26/06: Obama, again, opposed environmentalists in voting for the cloture on anti-environmentalist Dirk Kempthorne, who was nominated for Secretary of the Interior. Roll Call 161 6/13/06: Obama voted to commend the armed services for a bombing that killed innocent people and children and reportedly resulted in the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a person unlikely ever to have existed and who was reported killed three times previously. Michael Berg, whose son was reportedly killed by al-Zarqawi, condemned the attack and expressed sorrow over the innocent people and children killed in the bombing that Obama commended. Roll call 168 6/15/06: Obama voted for the conference report on HR4939, a bill that gave warmongers more money to continue the killing and massacre of innocent people in Iraq and allows profiteers to collect more money for scamming the people of New Orleans. Roll Call 171 6/15/06: Obama, again, opposed withdrawal of the troops, by voting to table a motion to table a proposed amendment would have required the withdrawal of US. Armed Forces from Iraq and would have urged the convening of an Iraq summit (S Amdt 4269 to S. Amdt 4265 to S2766). Roll Call 174 6/19/06: Obama voted to confirm Sandra Segal Ikutu, another opponent of human rights, to the 9th Circuit. This was part of Bush's stacking of the 9th Circuit in a seeming effort to turn the 9th circuit from moderate to right-wing. Roll call 175 6/22/06: Obama voted against withdrawing the troops by opposing the Kerry Amendment (S. Amdt 4442 to S 2766) to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment, which was rejected, would have brought our troops home, ended the fighting and forced the Iraqi people to take charge of their security. Roll Call 181 6/22/06: Obama voted for cloture (the last effective chance to stop) on the National Defense Authorization Act (S 2766), which provided massive amounts of funding to defense contractors to continue the killing in Iraq. Roll Call 183 6/22/06: Obama again voted for continued war by voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (S 2766) continued war funding. Roll Call 186 6/29/06: Obama voted to adopt the United States - Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (S. 3569), which gave American jobs to foreign child slave laborers and eliminated environmental requirements for industries. Roll call 190 8/2/06: Obama voted to use $1.8 billion to build a fence along the Mexican border to satisfy an anti-immigrant group. Roll call 220 8/3/06: Obama voted to gut pensions of American workers in voting for HR4, AKA the Pension Destruction Act. Roll Call 230 9/7/06: Obama voted to give more money to profiteers for more war (H..R. 5631). Roll Call 239 9/19/06: Voted for United States-Oman Cut Jobs for American Workers and Send them to India Trade Implementation Act (H. R. 5684). This and similar bills perpetuate the use of child slave labor and undercutting the environment while sending US jobs to foreign low-cost labor. Roll Call 250 9/29/06: Obama voted for the conference report on more funding for war, HR 5631. Roll Call 261 11/16/06: Obama voted for nuclear proliferation in voting to pass HR 5682, a bill to exempt the United States-India Nuclear Proliferation Act from requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954. Roll Call 270 12/06/06: Obama voted to confirm pro-war Robert M. Gates to be Secretary of Defense. Gates is a supporter of Bush's policies of pre-emptive war and conquest of foreign countries. Roll Call 272 12/07/06: Obama voted for cloture and confirmation of the confirmation of Andrew Von Eschenbach to be Commissioner of the FDA. Eschenbach favors unlabeled use of genetically-modified and cloned food products, Obama voted for cloture and confirmation (Roll Call 274). Roll Call 273 and 274. 12/8/06: In Roll Calls 275 and 276, Obama voted for cloture and confirmation of another of Bush's right wing Circuit Court nominees, Kent A. Jordan (A note about cloture: often, with the Republicans in a majority in 2005 and 2006, the only way to stop nominees or bills was through opposing cloture. This frequently made Obama's votes FOR cloture worse than his vote for the bill itself. Sometimes, there was no role call on cloture and only the roll call to confirm or adopt the bill or nominee is available. Opposing cloture allows a minority party to stop a bill.) Obama's voting record in 2007 establishes that he continues to be pro-war. On March 28, 2007 and March 29th, 2007, he voted for cloture and passage of a bill designed to give Bush over $120 billion to continue the occupation for years to come (with a suspendable time table) and inclusive of funding that could be used to launch a war with Iran. Roll calls 117 and 126. Obama's record shows a minimum of 20 major pro-war votes. After voting 20 times for war, how dishonest is Obama when he claims to be for peace? He's voted for the Republican agenda so many times, it's getting hard to believe the man is a Democrat... --------13 of 16-------- Obama, the prince of bait-and-switch John Pilger www.newstatesman.com/media/2...tan-news Published 24 July 2008 74 comments Print version Listen RSS I interviewed a woman who had lost eight members of her family, including six children to a US bomb - but mass murder in Afghanistan isn't news On 12 July, the Times devoted two pages to Afghanistan. It was mostly a complaint about the heat. The reporter, Magnus Linklater, described in detail his discomfort and how he had needed to be sprayed with iced water. He also described the "high drama" and "meticulously practised routine" of evacuating another overheated journalist. For her US Marine rescuers, wrote Linklater, "saving a life took precedence over [their] security". Alongside this was a report whose final paragraph offered the only mention that "47 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed when a US aircraft bombed a wedding party in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday". Slaughters on this scale are common, and mostly unknown to the British public. I interviewed a woman who had lost eight members of her family, including six children. A 500lb US Mk82 bomb was dropped on her mud, stone and straw house. There was no "enemy" nearby. I interviewed a headmaster whose house disappeared in a fireball caused by another "precision" bomb. Inside were nine people - his wife, his four sons, his brother and his wife, and his sister and her husband. Neither of these mass murders was news. As Harold Pinter wrote of such crimes: "Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest." A total of 64 civilians were bombed to death while the Times man was discomforted. Most were guests at a wedding party. Wedding parties are a "coalition" speciality. At least four of them have been obliterated - at Mazar and in Khost, Uruzgan and Nangarhar provinces. Many of the details, including the names of victims, have been compiled by a New Hampshire professor, Marc Herold, whose Afghan Victim Memorial Project is a meticulous work of journalism that shames those who are paid to keep the record straight and report almost everything about the Afghan War through the public relations facilities of the British and American military. The US and its allies are dropping record numbers of bombs on Afghanistan. This is not news. In the first half of this year, 1,853 bombs were dropped: more than all the bombs of 2006 and most of 2007. "The most frequently used bombs," the Air Force Times reports, "are the 500lb and 2,000lb satellite-guided . . ." Without this one-sided onslaught, the resurgence of the Taliban, it is clear, might not have happened. Even Hamid Karzai, America's and Britain's puppet, has said so. The presence and the aggression of foreigners have all but united a resistance that now includes former warlords once on the CIA's payroll. The scandal of this would be headline news, were it not for what George W Bush's former spokesman Scott McClellan has called "complicit enablers" - journalists who serve as little more than official amplifiers. Having declared Afghanistan a "good war", the complicit enablers are now anointing Barack Obama as he tours the bloodfests in Afghanistan and Iraq. What they never say is that Obama is a bomber. In the New York Times on 14 July, in an article spun to appear as if he is ending the war in Iraq, Obama demanded more war in Afghan istan and, in effect, an invasion of Pakistan. He wants more combat troops, more helicopters, more bombs. Bush may be on his way out, but the Republicans have built an ideological machine that transcends the loss of electoral power - because their collaborators are, as the American writer Mike Whitney put it succinctly, "bait-and-switch" Democrats, of whom Obama is the prince. Those who write of Obama that "when it comes to international affairs, he will be a huge improvement on Bush" demonstrate the same wilful naivety that backed the bait-and-switch of Bill Clinton - and Tony Blair. Of Blair, wrote the late Hugo Young in 1997, "ideology has surrendered entirely to 'values' . . . there are no sacred cows [and] no fossilised limits to the ground over which the mind might range in search of a better Britain . . ." Eleven years and five wars later, at least a million people lie dead. Barack Obama is the American Blair. That he is a smooth operator and a black man is irrelevant. He is of an enduring, rampant system whose drum majors and cheer squads never see, or want to see, the consequences of 500lb bombs dropped unerringly on mud, stone and straw houses. Also see: Obama Lays Out Plans for Continued War by Steven Argue http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/14/18516240.php --------14 of 16-------- How Bush is Wiping Out McCain By ALEXANDER COCKBURN CounterPunch July 26 / 27, 2008 Amid these very bad weeks for Republican John McCain's hopes for victory in November, the cruelest blow of all is surely that President George Bush has decided to let McCain sink, without even pretending to toss a life belt to his fellow Republican. Two mean-spirited men by nature, Bush and McCain have never liked each other much and this natural animosity was fanned by the vicious nomination fights of 2000, when Bush routed McCain with salvoes of slurs, including one about a black "love child" supposedly disfiguring the senator's escutcheon. Both are now in poor political shape, with contradictory strategies for rehabbing their fortunes. The president is saddled with an approval rating bumping along in the 20s. Each day he is served another platter of contemptuous stories about "the worst presidency of modern times", the lack of any enduring "legacy", the approaching Democratic landslide that will put the Republicans in the wilderness for at least two terms. For his part, McCain trails Obama by anywhere from 4 to 9 points. Often he seems a forgotten candidate. Only one reporter turned out to cover his arrival at an airport in New Hampshire last week. He flails wildly, whining that it's Obama's fault that the price of oil is bankrupting Americans. He is cursed with misfortune. A scheduled photo-op flight to an oil rig to call for more offshore drilling had to be cancelled because of a tropical storm. His plea for more refineries had to compete with news reports of a catastrophic oil spill on the Mississippi. Supposedly versed in foreign affairs, he refers to "Czechoslovakia" and the "Iraq-Pakistan border". Reporters with McCain realize gloomily that their candidate will probably not be leading them into a coveted slot in the White House press corps. So their reports get splenetic and morose, in distinction to the ecstatic bulletins from Obama's campaign planes. Aside from the race card, McCain's last best hope has always been a steady pounding of the war drum against Iran. Then he could strut about on the poop deck as a man seasoned in the grim business of putting Americans in harm's way, in contrast to his wimpish opponent. And indeed all through the first half of this year the drum rolls were unceasing. But then, in the last ten days, to McCain's mortification, they stopped. Suddenly the air is fragrant with talk of a possible new dawn in relations between the US and Iran. Bush sent a senior State Department official, William Burns, to join Washington's allies at a negotiating table with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator (though Burns was told to keep his own mouth shut). In step with this shocking demonstration of sanity, the White House made no serious attempt to upend Obama's trip to Iraq or excessively ridicule the harmonies from the Democratic candidate and Iraqi prime minister Maliki on schedules for US withdrawal. Indeed noises that could be construed as acceptance of an accelerated schedule emanated from the White House. If it had so desired, the White House could easily have made Obama's trip extremely uncomfortable. All it would have taken was something such as a provocative overflight of Teheran, with subsequent flexing of muscles. As final testimony to the huge disaster for the McCain campaign of Obama's trip to Iraq, the floundering Republican candidate managed to shoehorn himself into talk about a rate of withdrawal from Iraq a good deal brisker than the 100 years of occupation he was talking about in the spring, or even the 2013 deadline he subsequently settled on. The fact is that the peace lobby in Washington has scored another victory over the war party, just as it did with the joint assessment of the intelligence services last year that war on Iran was a rotten idea. This time, wiser heads than Dick Cheney's have acknowledged the fact that the price rises for fuel are savaging an already weak economy and tottering credit system. War on Iran would be the coup de grace. At the Republican convention in Minneapolis at the start of September, Bush is being given the first day. Of course he could use it as a trumpet blast, draping the warrior's mantle around McCain's venerable shoulders. But it's more likely now that Bush will announce yet again, "Mission Accomplished". What does that leave McCain with, against the candidate of hope and change? --------15 of 16-------- Steve Forbes' New Anti-Union Crusade Organized Labor Makes a Convenient Target By DAVID MACARAY CounterPunch July 26 / 27, 2008 "People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices". -Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations One would have to be a dyed-in-the-wool Pollyanna or plain fool not to recognize that labor unions in this country, despite all the good they've done and continue to do, are fighting for their collective lives. Indeed, it requires every resource at labor's disposal just to keep their heads above water. Things are grim. On one side, unions face a deadly, triple-threat combination: Corporate America looking to outsource everything that can be manufactured or digitalized; Joe Citizen buying into all the anti-labor propaganda he's being bombarded with; and Republican lawmakers seeking to further marginalize unions through the courts and government agencies. Alternatively, on the other side, unions face their traditional allies and benefactors, the Democrats, who continue to embarrass themselves and disappoint the Movement by pretending to be organized labor's staunch supporter, yet rarely go out on a limb to help. Meanwhile, the once proud and healthy middle-class continues to be chipped away. This is not to say the battle is over, or that, despite their woeful current predicament, unions aren't capable of making a dramatic comeback. In fact, given the climate of the country and the fundamental dichotomy and tension that has always existed between labor and management (in spite of those slick "We're all on the same team" slogans), it can be argued that labor's eventual resurgence, in one form or another, is almost guaranteed. Still, just when it seemed that organized labor had been battered, slandered and beaten down about as much as it could be, we find that there's no end to it. New plots continue to be hatched, new enemies continue to be recruited. For those wondering whatever happened to Steve Forbes, the one-time Republican presidential candidate and radical flat tax disciple, he has recently resurfaced as a shill for a virulently anti-union organization called the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTWLDF). In a letter dated April 28, 2008, Forbes implored the readers on his mailing list to heed the dangers posed by America's labor unions, and urged them to fill out the enclosed questionnaire and mail it back immediately. His 4-page letter is filled with anti-union diatribe. Here's a sample: "Fueled by massive forced-dues dollars seized from employees as a condition of employment, union bosses are now on a legislative rampage to help the new far-left majority. Big Labor is pulling out all the stops to: block the appointment of qualified judges on the nations' Federal courts; further reduce parental control over their children's education and hand it to unaccountable teacher unions and government bureaucrats; stop lawsuit and medical malpractice reform needed to restrain greedy trial lawyers retain the unfair federal "Death Tax" and cancel the Bush tax cuts; and seize new powers to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in forced union dues". The questionnaire (titled "Voter Opinion Survey on Big Labor") consists of nine questions, most of them emotionally loaded, categorical and wildly misleading. Some examples: Question #1: "Do you think American workers should be fired for refusing to pay dues to a union?" Question #6: "Do you think union violence should continue to enjoy legal immunity under federal law and the laws of more than 15 states?" Question #8: "Do you believe that public employees such as police and firefighters should be forced to join labor unions?" Very weird stuff. Instead of focusing their outrage and fury on the federal government - for wantonly violating the civil liberties of American citizens, spending billions of dollars a month on an unpopular war, propping up maggoty oligarchies all over the globe, and bailing out greedy Wall Street investors (not to mention engaging in perjury and every other manner of deception) - this NRTWLDF group feels compelled to go after working men and women. Of course, these are the same folks who opposed the establishment of a mandatory federal minimum wage and the creation of OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration), and who favor privatizing social security. By and large, they're the same closet-plutocrats who claim to "respect" working people but try to conceal the fact that the average American worker hasn't received an actual (allowing for cost of living) wage increase since 1973. Because these anti-union zealots can't come out and honestly say what they really feel - i.e., that the notion of common working people getting a substantially larger slice of the pie makes them ill - they attack the organizations representing these workers. They use lurid, smear tactics in their attack, depicting labor unions as corrupt, dictatorial and greedy. The following paragraph is taken from the second page of Forbes. letter: "For America's workers, it's not much of a choice. Either pay tribute to labor chieftains or lose their jobs. But for union bosses, it's like cashing in a giant lottery jackpot every day of the year. And their lust for money is nearly endless". If the ideology being peddled here weren't so scary and potentially dangerous, that paragraph would actually be funny . . . funny in the same way the movie "Reefer Madness" was funny. Unfortunately, the stakes are too high to appreciate the humor. It's hard to understand why class distinctions remain so powerful in America. People don't flinch when they hear of a hedge fund manager, like John Paulus, who made $2.5 billion in 2007 via the quasi-legal manipulation of money, yet they get downright resentful when they hear of a group of janitors asking to be paid $14/hour ($29,000 annually). It's hard to understand. And it ain't fair. David Macaray, a Los Angeles playwright and writer, was a former labor union rep. He can be reached at dmacaray [at] earthlink.net --------16 of 16-------- The Coordinated Campaign Committee (CCC) of the Green Party of Minnesota is seeking a campaign consultant to assist Green state legislative campaigns in the Twin Cities on a full-time basis from August 20 through November 4, 2008. The Green Party of Minnesota is a political party founded upon the four coequal principles of ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice and nonviolence. The party seeks to implement these principles in public policy by, among other activities, running candidates for public office. The anticipated duties of the consultant include: - Supervise, train and motivate field organizers to achieve the CCC's daily,weekly and monthly organizing and outreach goals - Execute the CCC's voter contact program, including recruitment and oversight of volunteers - Maintain a voter identification database in the targeted geographic areas - Conduct issue research and writing tasks oriented toward production of campaign statements and literature - Attend relevant events on behalf of the party and build relationships with organizations and activists - Track progress toward CCC goals and report back to the committee regularly Desired qualifications for the position include: - Previous organizing experience with political and/or nonprofit organizations, including management, recruitment, and training experience - Ability to communicate effectively, motivate others, work as part of a team, and be detail oriented - Strong conversational and writing ability in English and conversational fluency in Spanish - Access to an automobile and willingness to travel within the Twin Cities area on a regular basis including Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis and the state fairgrounds in St. Paul. - Commitment to work in a fast-paced campaign environment through the November election [- Ability to walk on water; turn water to wine, stones to bread, and lead to gold - Mastery of time-travel and bilocation - Ability to sleep while driving. -ed] Although the consultant's assistance will be directed toward state legislative candidates, the consultant will be expected, during the contract period, to put a consistently positive public face on the Green Party of Minnesota and refrain from publicly supporting any candidate competing against a Green Party candidate at any level of government. This position will be funded at a rate of $900 per week during the contract period. The consultant will be an independent contractor and expected to pay vehicle expenses and any other expenses not pre-approved by the CCC or one of the state legislative campaigns. A cellular phone and campaign literature will be provided. The Green Party of Minnesota offers this position on an affirmative action, equal opportunity basis. To apply, please deliver a letter of application to ccc [at] mngreens.org by August 9, 2008, and attach a resume and contact information for three individuals who can testify as to your abilities and trustworthiness. Once the deadline has passed, the CCC will invite selected candidates to interview for the position. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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