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» Tuesday, May 31, 2005

AfterDowningStreet.org

Big Brass Alliance
   

Coalition of Veterans' Groups, Peace Groups and Political Activist Groups form "AfterDowningStreet.org" :: link

WASHINGTON - May 27 - A coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups announced a campaign today to urge that the U.S. Congress launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war. The campaign focuses on evidence that recently emerged in a British memo containing minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.

John Bonifaz, a Boston attorney specializing in constitutional litigation, sent a memo to Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President Bush.

Bonifaz's memo, made available today at www.AfterDowningStreet.org, begins: "The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution."

In February and March 2003, John Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of United States soldiers, parents of U.S. soldiers, and Members of Congress (led by Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Dennis Kucinich) in a federal lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush’s authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action. Bonifaz is the author of Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush (NationBooks-NY, 2004, foreword by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.), which chronicles that case and its meaning for the United States Constitution.

The organizations forming the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition include: Global Exchange, Gold Star Families for Peace, Democrats.com, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, and Democracy Rising. These organizations, beginning today, will be urging their members to contact their Representatives to urge support of a Resolution of Inquiry.

http://www.AfterDowningStreet.org/

Sign Conyers' Letter

John Conyers' Tip Line

impeach central's petition to impeach bush

"AfterDowningStreet.org" :: links

global exchange.org democrats.com
gold star families for peace veterans for peace.org
progressive democrats of america code pink
democracy rising.us rainbow push coalition
velvet revolution bradblog
justice through music do not concede
citizens for legitimate government true blue liberal
peace majority.org backbone campaign
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metaphors for life world prout assembly
tom joad california for democracy
wellstone democratic renewal dennis mansker
a tiny revolution yowling from the fencepost
truth telling project lets try democracy
veteran intel pros for sanity mfaw.org.uk
911 truth liberal kids.org
Thomas Paine's Corner iraq timeline
montgomery county progressive alliance mike hersh
thom hartmann outrage radio
orange county grass roots joe london
rise of the neocons the heretik


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628 Blogs have joined the BBA
128 Congressional Leaders have signed John Conyers' Letter
560,000+ Citizens have demanded an investigation


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» Sunday, May 29, 2005

DeLay shielding MTBE polluters

How Congressional Republicans have shielded MTBE polluters from liability
    It is hopeful that the senate will continue to oppose any excuses for the companies responsible for the pollution of ground water by MTBE.   Please contact your senator and make sure they continue this battle against corruption.

Getting Away With It :: link

By Erik Kancler

May 24, 2005

Since the late 1970s, gasoline producers have been adding a fuel additive known as Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, or MTBE, to American car fuel. Its use rose steadily through the late 1990s, part of an effort to create cleaner-burning gasoline and improve the general air quality. But as a result of leaky underground fuel-storage tanks, MTBE has found its way into the water supply of over 45 million Americans. Although the substance itself isn't considered a health hazard, it does help transport known carcinogens like benzene that otherwise wouldn't pose a threat to humans. What’s more, a few drops of MTBE can make an entire water supply undrinkable. The cost to clean up public water supplies across the country has been estimated at $30 billion.

Seventeen states have now voted to ban the use of MTBE in gasoline, but the battle over phasing it out nationwide has been held up in Congress by disagreements over who should pay for the mess. Companies responsible for MTBE pollution are counting on congressional allies, not least House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, to make sure things stay that way.

In late 2001, the California Supreme Court heard a case, South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District vs. Atlantic Richfield Co., to determine whether twelve oil and gas companies—including ARCO, Shell Oil, and Lyondell—knowingly distributed MTBE-laced gasoline that they knew would contaminate drinking water and pose health risks for millions of Americans. During the trial, a slew of incriminating documents and depositions forced the oil companies to admit they had deliberately kept the dangers of MTBE secret, even as they were lobbying Congress to draft laws that would increase production of fuel laden with the stuff. Caught in the act, the twelve defendants finally agreed to pay $69 million in cleanup costs. In 2003, 18 companies were again brought to court by the city of Santa Monica, and eventually settled for what would ultimately amount to close to $300 million in cleanup costs. A precedent was being set.

:: http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2005/05/mtbe.html

Rep. Peter King backed Tom Delay rather than NY

Double Talking Simmons and ARMPAC Members

Energy Bill Offers Loophole for MTBE Polluters, Government

Pelosi: 'Republicans Are Not Even Giving MTBE Polluters a Slap on the Wrist;
They Are Giving Them a Pat on the Back'


Tom DeLay Polluter Lapdog Scorecard

Schumer calls gas additive cleanup bill 'giveaway to polluters'

Energy Bill Is Passed By House

MTBE immunity for oil companies? No way, victims say

http://www.citizenscampaign.org/news/news042205.htm

http://www.ewg.org/issues/mtbe/20031021/index.php

fc

» Saturday, May 28, 2005

Kossack headed to Iraq

Nameless Soldier : Leaving for Iraq
    This Nameless Soldier is headed to Iraq.   It will be interesting to follow his journey (hopefully safe and sound) thru Iraq.   He has some very interesting views which you can find at his DailyKOS dairy.   He also has his own blog :: American Hajji from which he expects to post a few times a week.   I wish him the best and hope for his safety as well as all the other folks on the ground in Iraq, fighting Bush's Illegal War.

My Conflict :: link

I got orders yesterday that tell me that I'm officialy going to Iraq. I've known for awhile that it was going to happen, and I'm not leaving for awhile, but it still gave me a strange feeling. I joined the army right out of high school the summer after 9/11. I expected to fight terrorism, but I haven't seen any real connection between Iraq and terrorism in the years before the attack. I've looked too, trying desperately to justify our prescence their.

When I joined it was for, honestly, fery patriotic reasons. When the planes hit I was a senior in highschool with no idea what I wanted to do. I was interested in music and politics, but I didn't know if I wanted to pursue a career in either. The day of the attack I decided that I should join the army. A lot of my close friends and family told me that it was the wrong choice, that I could do more good somewhere else, but I joined anyway so that I could protect our freedoms.

http://americanhajji.blogspot.com/

http://nameless-soldier.dailykos.com/

http://www.dailykos.com/user/Nameless%20Soldier
fc

» Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Blogging : the future

Is it hype or hip...
    As the this medium is getting more and more attention, it is also being scrutinized by the ad agencies.   As many people have noticed, it is still dirt cheap to advertise on the blogs.   Limited audiance but highly sought after demographic.   Things have started to change and the liberal advertising network has been created to take advantage of it.   Sites like DailyKOS and MyDD and others provide a community of liberals and progressives with much to contribute to the present political arena.   TalkingPointsMemo's Josh Marshall is creating another community at the TPMCafe and should be online soon.   As you can see from the quote from the liberal ad network below, it is not just a matter of a few hundred hits per day that the major blogs are drawing nowdays.   Through comments and diaries (blogs within a blog community) people are afforded a outlet that carries more weight than individual blogs like mine that do not get as much exposure.   This also means diversified content and more meaniful reactions than message forums and bulletin board systems considering the extra exposure to more people.

The Liberal Advertising Network :: link

    By bringing together more than fifty of the most highly trafficked, regularly updated and politically focused liberal and progressive blogs, the Liberal Blog Advertising Network now makes it possible for advertisers to reach virtually the entire liberal and progressive political blogosphere at once. Simply put, no other advertising opportunity can offer an audience so dedicated to liberal and progressive causes. Advertise here, and reach the people who manufacture the liberal and progressive zeitgeist.

    Combined, these blogs receive more than one million page views per day from highly informed, dedicated, and influential liberals and progressives. Over 75% of the audience of these blogs either donated to or volunteered for a campaign in 2004. With a median income of $75K, and a median age of 40, readers of these blogs tend to be affluent and young. Click-thru rates also tend to be twice the typical online average.

Note : A very interesting list of blogs on this page...

fc

» Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Nukular Deal

Win, Lose or Draw?
    I think it was a win for america.   For one thing it cemented the filibuster into the Senate.   By giving it legitamacy in their acceptance of the deal, it will be harder to be dismissed as un-constitutional.   Another point is emphesizing that it only be used in extraordinary circumstances, it may stand a chance of weathering a showdown when it is brought up again when the expected scotus position comes open in the future.   It can be argued that this case (scotus) is a more appropriate "extraordinary circumstance" thereby making a more stable presentation to preserve the filibuster.   I am not one to really assign much weight to the Win - Lose contest type frame.   As was pointed out by Olbermann tonight, one of his first thoughts last night was that a republican party with such a large majority to have conceded anything is a loss.   The flip side of that coin is that a democratic party with such a small minority to have gained any deal has to be looked at as a win situation.   My way of thinking says that working things out is much preferable to destrucion of rules meant to protect a minority.   To me the public is the winner.   This is only the end of the beginning and a reference point for the further unfolding story to be played out in the future.   The affect the deal has on the factions within the republican party is not to be dismissed either.   Although both parties are affected, the dobson constituancy that backs frist can only be disappointed.   How this plays out for the republicans will be very interesting.   Their further self destruction from within can only be viewed as a victory for all of us.  
fc

» Monday, May 23, 2005

HISTORICAL, PICTORIAL proof of WAR CRIMES

Links from my friend 'Desperado'
    Thise pages are not for the squemish!   Those offended by the war crimes need to see what the people of Iraq see and feel from the receiving end of these atrocities.

    HISTORICAL, PICTORIAL proof of WAR CRIMES...

http://robert-fisk.com/
http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=2444
http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/iraqis_tortured/
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6316.htm
http://www.albasrah.net/images/iraqi-pow/iraqi-pow1.htm

...the pictures covering the TORTURE by the Bush Coalition can also be "Yahooed" to reliable and credible sources...Vanity Fair being the first (?) to publish said proof of torture

http://www.albasrah.net/index1.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2884769.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/photo_gallery/2888307.stm
http://www.ccmep.org/iraq.html
http://www.iraqvictims.com
www.marchforjustice.com

OTHER PHOTO LINKS:

Photo Gallery: www.theage.com.au
Click Here for Pictures from www.scoop.co.nz
http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=warimages

Click here for Weapons of Mass Destruction

http://www.marchforjustice.com/shock&awe.php
http://www.thenausea.com/usa-iraq.html

WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN IRAQ

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3450.htm
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/index.html
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3458.htm

The Evidence File

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2604.htm
http://www.thefourreasons.org/crimes.htm
http://www.ccmep.org/iraq.html
http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

Murder Weapons

Death & Destruction of 'Operation Iraqi Freedom":

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/wallofshame/index.html
http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/gulfwar2/civilians.htm
http://www.einswine.com/atrocities/misc/
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3458.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/photo_gallery/2944387.stm
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00005.htm
http://www.rense.com/general37/taji.htm

WAR CRIMES COMMITTED IN AFGHANISTAN

http://www.robert-fisk.com/pictures_civilian_casualities.htm
http://www.robert-fisk.com/pictures_destruction.htm
http://www.robert-fisk.com/pictures_afgan_refugees.htm
http://www.robert-fisk.com/pictures_murder_arabs.htm
http://www.robert-fisk.com/with_love_from_america.htm

Google the following (include 'video')

IRAQ: CIVILIAN CASUALITIES - APRIL 2003 >>Video
MORE THAN 50 CIVILIANS KILLED IN BAGHDAD MARKET >>Video
TEARS, DEATH AND ISRAELI TERROR >>Video
PEOPLE AND THE LAND >>Video
THE APARTHEID WALL >>Video
ISRAELI TERROR SQUADS >>Video
IRAQ: THE WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE >>Video
ON THE STREET IN BAGHDAD >>Video
US MILITARY KILLING IRAQI CIVILIANS >>Audio
DAILY VIDEO REPORTS FROM THE GUARDIAN >>Video
REPORT ON DEATHS OF IRAQI CIVILIANS >>Audio
MASS GRAVES AT BAGHDAD HOSPITAL >>Video
BODIES STACKED AT BAGHDAD HOSPITAL >>Video
AN IRAQI CITIZEN SPEAKS OUT ON THE US/UK LED WAR ON IRAQ FROM BAGHDAD >>Audio
The reality of Iraqi children >>Video
An Iraqi ambulance under fire >>Video
Civilian bus attack near Baghdad >>Video
Plundering a hospital in Baghdad >>Video

Thanks again to my friend Desperado for the above links...

More info :

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links to articles on US Torture
Body and Soul : Torture
http://newsfare.com/no-to-gonzales/
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/1/25/15437/3930
http://www.hermes-press.com/impintro1.htm


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Prosecute George W. Bush for War Crimes

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More online petitions and activism links

fc

» Sunday, May 22, 2005

Petitions and Activism

Do More Than Vote Every Four Years!
    This petition at MoveOn is time-limited!   Please act now!
This is it - they've pulled the trigger.

On Tuesday May 24th, the Senate will vote on a motion to end debate on judicial nominations, and when that motion fails Senator Bill Frist will launch the "nuclear option" - an unprecedented parliamentary maneuver to break the rules of the Senate and seize absolute control over lifetime appointments to the highest courts in the land. The vote is going to be incredibly close, and there are as many as 6 votes still up in the air - more than enough to win. We must act now.

We've launched an emergency petition and, starting Monday, we'll deliver your signatures and comments to the Senate floor every three hours until the vote is complete. As the debate rages on, Senators fighting to preserve our independent courts will read your statements from the floor of congress. And every senator, every 3 hours, will receive thousands of pages from their constituents demanding that they stand up and do the right thing.

We have less than 72 hours to win this vote and save our courts. Please sign today.

MoveOn Petition Link
fc

» Saturday, May 21, 2005

Desecrating The Qur'an

The Beginning
   
    On Anderson Cooper 360 Khan was asked about his statement concerning the Newsweek article that he quoted as confirming the desecration of the Qur'an.   His news conference is supposedly the beginning of the Newsweek ordeal and was and is still being reported by some news outlets as the major reason for the rioting there and the following riots and deaths in Afghanistan.   Asked if he thought mentioning the article was the major contributing factor, he said : (paraphrased)
No.   The statements about the abuse of the Qur'an was public knowledge and had been raised by former prisoners for months, a fact widely known thoughout the middle east.
Asked if he felt responsible for the rioting, he responded : No.   He said he felt he had a responsiblity to speak out about the issue.

Juan Cole :: link

There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Most Muslims were not upset by the news or took no action about it. Pakistani politician and ex-cricketer Imran Khan couldn't get out more than a couple hundred people in Lahore, Pakistan, for a peaceful demonstration. Nobody much cared. Even in Afghanistan, go back and read the reports (links at the bottom). A lot of the people killed were not killed by rioters. They were demonstrators shot by local Afghan police, police who may have been over-reacting in some cases, and who had been installed in power by the United States. For this, you blame the Muslim religion per se and the whole Muslim world?
Imran Khan :: wikipedia   ::   answers.com

Wikipedia :   Since retiring from Pakistani Test cricket, Khan has been devoting most of his time to the Shaukat Khannum Memorial Hospital, a state-of-the-art charitable Cancer Hospital that he established using donations in Lahore. In recent years he has started a socio-political movement in Pakistan known as 'Tehrik-i-Insaf' or 'Movement for Justice' and ran for office in the National Elections. He became a Member of Parliament for Mianwali in the October 2002 elections.
Newsweek :: link

The spark was apparently lit at a press conference held on Friday, May 6, by Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend and strident critic of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Brandishing a copy of that week's NEWSWEEK (dated May 9), Khan read a report that U.S. interrogators at Guantánamo prison had placed the Qur'an on toilet seats and even flushed one. "This is what the U.S. is doing," exclaimed Khan, "desecrating the Qur'an." His remarks, as well as the outraged comments of Muslim clerics and Pakistani government officials, were picked up on local radio and played throughout neighboring Afghanistan. Radical Islamic foes of the U.S.-friendly regime of Hamid Karzai quickly exploited local discontent with a poor economy and the continued presence of U.S. forces, and riots began breaking out last week.
From timesonline.co.uk :: link

Although the original report in Newsweek was small, it was re-broadcast by television networks such as al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya and in Pakistan it was quoted by Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician, at a press conference. He said it would strengthen the impression that America's War on Terror was against Muslims.
newsweek :: wapo :: cnn :: bbc :: bbc :: afghania portal :: afgha.com

Tehrik-i-Insaf : Movement for Justice

rediff.com   ::   global security   ::   newsline.pk   ::   economist

Pakistani Politics

dawn wire service   ::   pakistan link   ::   middle east institute
pehchaan.com/forum   ::   pakistan facts   ::   khaleej times
khilafah.com   ::   jang.com.pk   ::   1947 - 1958
fc

» Thursday, May 19, 2005

Iraq : The Untold Story

Their Catch 22
   

I think we have set them up just like we did Iran under the shaw. When he fell we left dozens of F-14 Tomcats in their hangers. We took the techs that kept them flying along with their support equipment and spare parts. They are still in their hangers, rusting to the ground.

What was the first thing we destroyed in the Shock and Awe...? Their communications system. We replaced their telephones with GE and other american company equipment. We only allow certain cellphones to work there. We redid all the Electric system (stil working on that one). We have got them exactly where we want them. We are building 12-14 airbases which the insurgency cannot get to.

Why did we send more troops over there? To protect the arab street? I think not. We are protecting the things we are working on and the oil infrastructure. It's simple... If they tell us to leave they go back to living in tents and riding camels.

I am sure you have heard of "back doors" in software. A means for a networked component to be accessed by the makers of the software without the user knowing. Microsoft went thru a flap where the pentagon/cia wanted them to build back doors into their products so the government could eavesdrop on people without them knowing it. I suspect everything we have done over there can be un-done in a heart beat.

There is little likelyhood that will happen if the puppets that are in the gov over there now stay in power. That is the 64 thousand dollar question. If it turns into a vietnam like exit, they have no idea what is coming down the pike to them. I posted on Election04 bbs an overview that a poster at digby wrote and our friend Juan Cole has even more info on the forces that are working to tear them apart as we speak. They are no longer a soverign nation. They are a puppet state completely dependant on our technology.

fc

» Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Newsweek Flap

Scapegoat for Bush
   

From an article By Thomas L. Friedman
The best way to honor the Koran is to live by the values of mercy and compassion that it propagates.

If that aint the pot calling the kettle black...
Where is the indignation of our supposedly religious leaders that choose an illegal invasion of iraq, killing thousands in the process. "Thou shall not kill".

The reality that is not being addressed is that the fundie muslims do the same thing that our religious people do.   They pick and choose verses of their holy book to justify desecrating the rest of it's teachings.   Very few in the world understand this or just choose not to.   As stated in the Koran and the fatwah of bin Laden, as long as there are foreigners on their land, they are justified in fighting with any means available.   This includes anyone who aids the infidels even if it means killing other muslims.   The muslim world understands this, therefore we have not one arab nation in our coalition of the gullable, nor any arab/muslim condemnation of these acts.   The muslim world has more sense than we give them credit for.

Our fundie warmongers are no better than they are.   "Bring me bin Laden's head in a box packed in dry ice and cut the heads off the rest and put them on pikes."   We have no high moral ground on which to stand.   As an athiest it seems to me that both sides are in a deadly pissing match that will never end.   Being brought up in a southern baptist environment it seems that I have more respect for the holy books than most of the people that profess to be saved by their god.

Change must come from within. (Another statement by Friedman)

Man did he hit the nail on the head with this one.

"Let he who is free from sin cast the first stone."

fc

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