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Friday, October 12, 2007






Al Gore and the Mission of the Nobel PrizesThe odds-on favorite is former vice president Al Gore. If Gore is indeed the recipient, this choice, more than any other Nobel Committee selection, With Nobel in Tow, Will Al Gore Run? FOX NewsAfter Oscar and Emmy, Gore lands a Nobel Peace Prize Nuevo MundoAnalysis: Odds Against Gore Run The Associated PressCNN International - Sydney Morning Heraldall 1,872 news articles »

"Winning a Nobel Peace Prize is a life changing event," said Dylan Malone, who runs a Web site called, which advocates a Gore presidential run. "If he wins (the Nobel), he will undoubtedly reassess the situation and think, 'Where do I go next?' He's done the slideshow, made the movie, won every accolade that our society has to give.

There's nowhere else to go to take it to the next level in my mind." On Wednesday, the Web site Draft Gore paid for a full-page open letter to Gore in the New York Times. "You say you have fallen out of love with politics, and you have every reason to feel that way," reads the letter. "But we know you have not fallen out of love with your country.

And your country needs you now -- as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save." The ad said that 136,000 people have signed a petition asking Gore to run for president.

Whither the impeachment movement?OpEdNews - Newtown,PA,USAby Carol Wolman Many in the impeachment movement are suffering from burnout. It's been a long haul these past 6 ½ years, and we're all tired, See all stories on this topic



Please read below about today's march to Fox News at 5:30 pm to demand no Iran War, as well as a protest at noon denouncing the rash of ICE raids against immigrants.


Several years ago, the U.S. media told lie after lie after lie in helping lead the country into an utterly unjust and criminal war against Iraq:

Weapons of mass destruction? LIE!

Iraq linked to al-Qaeda? LIE!

Iraq was capable of acquiring nuclear weapons in the near future? LIE! The Bush Regime was committed to diplomacy and viewed military action as a last resort? LIE!

While all major media outlets happily beat the propaganda drums, Fox News led the procession. Well, THEY'RE AT IT AGAIN. The media, once again led by Fox News, is pushing the U.S. towards yet another illegal war, this time against Iran.

Without offering a shred of evidence, they tell the American people that Iran is trying to acquire nuclear weapons and providing weapons to insurgents in Iraq. They are NOT telling the American people, despite PLENTY of evidence, that the United States is the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against civilians; that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has condemned the U.S. for lying about Iran's nuclear program; that Iran is cooperating with IAEA inspectors; or that the country in the Middle East who actually refuses to confirm or deny it has nuclear weapons is Israel.

And they have the nerve to expect us to swallow this propaganda ? NO WAY! Today, for Orange Friday, take to the streets and march to the headquarters of Fox News. Come wearing orange and ready to make some noise!! Demand no attack on Iran and denounce Fox News for telling vicious, systematic, and criminal lies in an effort to promote an attack on Iran.

We will gather at 5:30 pm at the military recruiting center at 43rd and Broadway. From there, we will march to Fox News, with a contingent of "detainees" in orange jumpsuits and black hoods leading the way. Once outside the studios, we will broadly distribute the WCW Iran quiz, which puts forth the powerful truth that Fox and other media outlets are determined to keep from the American people: That the real nuclear threat is the U.S. government!

The World Can't Wait is trying to create a political atmosphere to prevent an attack on Iran. Students, the anti-war movement, and all the people horrified by the Bush regime’s crimes-- including the recent revelations that the White House has secretly returned to using “extreme” interrogation measures-- must come to see this as their responsibility. One major part of creating such a political atmosphere is broadly exposing the lies that have been told to the American people, and getting out the truth.

Be at Times Square today at 5:30 to march to Fox News...


From a recent New York Times editorial: "Armed squads bursting into homes in the dead of night with shotguns and automatic weapons, terrorizing families and taking away anyone who lacks identity papers, even if they have raided the wrong house. It may sound like Baghdad, but it is the suburbs of New York City, the latest among hundreds of communities around the country where federal agents have been invading homes and workplaces in search of immigrants to deport."

That's right, it's happening here. And it is only going to get worse if we do not resist. Everyone who can should go to 26 Federal Plaza at 12pm today, to join a protest and press conference denouncing the ICE raids sweeping New York City and throughout the country.

Also, demand political asylum for Victor Toro, a highly influential Chilean activist and supporter of The World Can't Wait who was himself victimized by one of these raids after being snatched off a train in July.

(To get to 26 Federal Plaza, take 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge or N train to City Hall stop )

See you today!
The World Can't Wait Drive Out the Bush RegimeNYC Chapter

Links to collaborators and allies

People's Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition (PHRF/OC) is a broad coalition of Survivors of Katrina and Rita and supporters around the country. PHRF is working to ensure that the people most affected – poor Black communities who were disenfranchised long before the storms – have a voice in reconstruction; and that those responsible are held accountable for the destruction of homes, communities and lives.

Stop Funding Racism: Build Levees, notWalls! Al-Awda's call to fund Gulf Coast recovery, not Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

INCITE! Women of Color Against ViolenceINCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and their communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

Critical Resistance New Orleans Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Safe Streets / Strong CommunitiesSafe Streets/ Strong Communities mission is to transform the New Orleans Criminal Justice System into one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.
Sign the Petition

Petition to President George W. Bush

Whereas between August 29, 2007 and September 2, 2007, a Tribunal of 16 esteemed jurists from nine countries, including Algeria, Brazil, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States, convened in New Orleans to hear testimony by experts and survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita;

Whereas after considering the testimony and evidence, the jurists issued preliminary findings that the US government committed crimes against humanity by its failure to maintain functional levees that should have protected the City of New Orleans from flooding.

Whereas, the jurists made the following additional preliminary findings. The federal government is guilty of violating these human rights: to life, human dignity and recognition of persons; to be free from racial discrimination, especially at the hands of law enforcement personnel and vigilantes; to the right to return, to resettlement and reintegration of internally displaced people; to be free from degrading treatment and punishment; right to freedom of movement; to adequate housing; to education; to vote and participate in governance; to fair trial, liberty and security of persons and right to equal protection under law. All these violations had a disproportionate devastating impact with respect to race and gender.

We the undersigned demand the following as remedies to the violations listed above:

1. Recognition of dispersed hurricane survivors as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

2. Support for the rights of IDPs to return

3. Reparations for IDPs for the losses they incurred due to government abandonment and negligence.

4. Support for a massive federal public works project in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.


Saturday, October 13, 2007Time: 1:30-4:30pm at The Thurgood Marshall Academy200 West 135th St, Manhattan NY

Charges of Genocide, human rights violations and gross mismanagement of the government and it’s agencies are just some of the abuses victims of hurricanes Katrina & Rita that will examined by examined on October 13, 2007, by the New York Solidarity Coalition with Katrina & Rita Survivors, and supporters as they host a report back and working session on The International Tribunal on hurricanes Katrina & Rita previously held in New Orleans on August 29 2007, the 2nd Anniversary of the storm.

On August 29 through September 2, the International Tribunal convened hosted by the Peoples Hurricane Relief fund which brought together a team of 16 esteemed jurists from nine countries, including Algeria, Brazil, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States, in New Orleans to hear testimony by expert witnesses and survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

After almost 30 hours of testimony ranging from government neglect in 15 areas, police brutality, environmental racism, misappropriation of relief to gentrification, the preliminary findings, announced by Jill Soffiyah Elijah, the Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, stated "It is our view that the US Government has committed crimes against humanity particularly in relation to its failure to maintain functional levees that should have protected the City of New Orleans from flooding….it was the reckless disregard and, in some instances, negligence of the US government, the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans that created the devastation we continue to see today.”

The final verdict won’t be delivered until December 8, 2007—the second anniversary of the Katrina Survivors' Assembly. The prosecution team boasted experienced attorneys from well respected legal associations such as NY ACLU, US Human Rights Network, National Conference of Black Lawyers, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, the Washington DC Legal Defender, the Mississippi Disaster Relief Coalition, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the Legal Empowerment Center and the Louisiana Justice Initiative .

The NY Solidarity Coalition with Katrina & Rita Survivors is a conglomeration of many other social justice movements, religious institutions, labor unions and community organizations that came together after the shocking scenes portrayed by the media of our gulf coast brother and sisters left on roof tops for days without food and water, the lack of government response, the criminalization of a people plagued not by the storm but the rising waters produced by the questionable broken levees, the lack of a viable evacuation plan that would have addressed the needs of the poor, elderly and infirm, as well as woman and children that led to the death of about 2000 innocent people, with 8000 still missing and hundreds of thousands displaced throughout 48 states including Canada, without the right of return.

This report back session’s aim is to continue to solidify the work and bring together activists from the various struggles to address the issues such as housing as a human right, gentrification, mental health, education and labor (giving credence to the theme “Same Struggles/Different Fronts), to further examine the problems and come up with concrete strategies and solutions to maximize our efforts, but more importantly to let the voice of the survivors be heard, to build stronger levees, and to fight for the right of return.



With the support of you and thousands of others the ImpeachBush movement joined together with the anti-war movement for a spectacular mass demonstration in Washington DC on September 15. Led by Iraq war veterans and parents whose children died in Iraq, more than 100,000 people marched together.

The demonstration culminated in a resounding demand at the doors of Congress to End the War Now and Impeach Bush. The momentum from September 15 is evident as people have returned to their towns and communities energized and are organizing impeachment actions.

We are hitting the streets again on October 27 as mass actions sweep this country in mass regional demonstrations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., Chatanooga, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Jonesboro, and others.

ImpeachBush is mobilizing buses, printing posters, placards and leaflets for October 27. Please join us on that day and let the message of impeachment appear in the streets from one end of the country to the other.

This movement is growing. The people can make the difference. The politicians provide cover for Bush’s criminal war in Iraq, his illegal spying on the people, his creation of secret torture facilities and his other illegal and impeachable offenses. But the people are organizing to demand that Bush and every elected official be held accountable for illegal activity. Impeachment can never be “off the table," and the impeachment movement is making it clear that we won't let it be. The pressure on Congress to act is building.

Please make an urgently needed donation today to help us mobilize for October 27 by clicking this link. This is a huge, grassroots movement but it can only succeed with the donations of individuals who understand that impeachment is the critical test for whether high government officials will be held accountable for their lawless conduct. Please make a donation today by clicking this link.

We have gathered over 970,000 signers at the web site and we can make it one million in the next weeks with everyone’s help. Tell your friends, neighbors and family members to sign up today.

See you on October 27th where we will demand Impeach Bush and Cheney/End the War Now!

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Dear Friends of NRCAT,

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture is working actively on a number of fronts to stop U.S. sponsored torture. We now have staff people to make us more effective, but our strength lies in what you can do. With Congress in full gear for the next few months, NRCAT has three important requests of you.

1. Send an email to your Members of Congress and tell them to stop the CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques" program.

On July 20th, President Bush issued an Executive Order on the CIA's interrogation techniques for U.S.-held detainees. The order made clear that the program of "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the CIA will continue. The military, under the Army Field Manual, is prohibited from using interrogation techniques that violate the Geneva Conventions. The CIA is not subject to the limits of the Army Field Manual.

Two administration officials told the Washington Post that under the new Executive Order "suspects now in U.S. custody could be moved immediately into the 'enhanced interrogation' program and subjected to techniques that go beyond those allowed by the U.S. military ."

To stop U.S. sponsored torture, the CIA should stop the enhanced interrogation program. Please
click here to send an email to your senators and representative, telling them to stop the CIA enhanced interrogation program -- stop the torture -- stop cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of all detainees. You may also wish to send a letter or call their Washington offices. The Capitol Switchboard number is 202-225-3121

2. Sign Up for Spotlight on Torture

Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary Ghosts of Abu Ghraib received the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Non-Fiction Film last weekend. If you have not had a chance to sign up your congregation to show this powerful and challenging film between October 21 and 28, please do so by close of business on Friday, September 14. If you
sign up online by Friday, you should receive the DVD and supporting materials by the end of September. If you are unable to sign up by Friday, but do so by the end of the month, you’ll receive the DVD and materials in mid-October.
For more information, visit the Spotlight information page.

3. Help NRCAT "win" $100,000

We have 48 days left in the Peace Primary, a special fundraising effort provided by the Ploughshares Fund. NRCAT is one of 12 organizations invited to participate in a project in which visitors to the
Peace Primary web site during the months of September and October are encouraged to make financial gifts between $10 and $1000 to one or more of the selected organizations.

The organization receiving the most money between September 1 and October 31 is awarded a gift of $100,000 in addition to the funds contributed to the organization during the month. For those committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture, the Peace Primary provides an opportunity to increase the capacity of NRCAT to bring the moral and religious voice to an issue that has tarnished the moral fabric of the U.S.

If you are able to contribute during the week of September 10, your gift to NRCAT will be matched up to $1,500 with funds given by two contributors to the Peace Primary. Thank you for any contribution you are able to make. Please also consider telling your friends about the Peace Primary.

Thank you for all you do to end U.S.-sponsored torture.

Sincerely,Linda Gustitus, President, NRCATRichard Killmer, Executive Director, NRCAT

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Tony Duncan
to northeast, dlindorff

Another bit of news that does not make the mainstream press. ( I am starting to CC the authors of these articles, so that they can correct or amplify my comments if they so desire)

It is things like this that make me believe the administration is totally focused on pursuing their agenda. And it seems very clear that the overarching pattern is maintaining control by secrecy and intimidation. Any scandal that comes along they are confident they can wait out or confuse or counteract in ways that minimize the ability of anyone to resist them.

So if past actions are any indication, they may lay off NASA for a little while, but do something similar in the Securities and Exchange Commission or Bureau of Land Management. They will do whatever they can get away with to integrate control and loyalty to the administration and not to The Constitution or legitimate authority.

It is very similar to techniques that Lenin used before and after the Russian Revolution, when the Bolsheviks were a small minority among the revolutionary parties, but knew how to use propaganda and would act in ways that flagrantly violated agreements they had made with the other groups.

In every instance they would bluster and make counter accusations and then do something else outrageous because "the people demanded it". In fact the people never supported the Bolsheviks more than maybe 20-30%, except when Trotsky became a hero during the civil war against the White Russians.

They were able to secure power because the other groups continued to play by the rules of the game, whereas the Bolsheviks used the rules to attack other parties for the slightest transgression, and then cloaked themselves in proletarian idealism when they used the most opportunistic methods. They skillfully made alliances with competing groups and would sneak someone loyal to them into positions of authority, who would disregard the desires of the legal constitutional assembly and follow the order of the Central Committee.

Initially, until the consolidation of the Revolution, there were an incredible array of creative and effective experiments in social and economic activities, many of which were enacted by the Bolsheviks, but as soon as the civil war started and then when Stalin started to gain overwhelming power, these things all disappeared as threats to central control and political discipline.

If there is another major terrorist attack, I am sure the Administration will do everything it can to take control of every governmental power center, and they will act with impunity, and immediately and the opposition will be sputtering and demanding that they not do it. In such a case the Supreme Court will be meaningless, because by the time any legal action could be considered the cards will all be on the table, and real power will have been secured.


Rousseau had it backwards. We are NOT born free. We are born in the chains of the random and the reflexive, and are ignorant and unreasonable by simple nature. We must learn to be free, to organize the random and detect the reflexive, to acquire the knowledge of particulars and the powers of reason. The examined life is impossible if we cannot examine, order, classify, define, distinguish, always in minute particulars.

-Richard Mitchell-

October 8, 2007
From NASA to Lt. Watada
Finally, a Good Day for the Constitution


So it turns out that there are still honest, thinking judges in the federal court system who take their Constitution seriously, despite seven years of Bush administration court packing (and years more of such packing under two prior Republican presidents).

The first sign of Constitutional life in the federal system came on October 5, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California issued an emergency injunction against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), saying the space agency "could not require Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists and engineers holding non-sensitive positions to sign waivers of their privacy rights." As lawyers for the scientists put it, "If the Court had not issued this injunction, thousands of scientists would have had to choose between waiving their privacy rights and keeping their jobs."

Scientists at JPL and at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, which was also facing the waivers, had been picketing their worksites, getting the staff to agree to hold off on submitting to the invasive security check. Some of these protesting scientists have said that the heavily politicized leadership of NASA is trying to take a scientific agency that by law only does public research that is meant to be available to all, and clamp a lid on their work-largely in order to quash word about evidence of global warming.

None of the scientists at NASA are involved in national security work, and there is no reason for them to be subjected to national security scrutiny.

"We are grateful for the court's action. This is another egregious example of the Bush Administration's assault on the Constitution. Our clients are exemplary employees who have spent their work lives bettering this Country. This shows the court will not stand by and let this attack on the right to privacy take place," said Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, the civil liberties law firm in Los Angeles that is representing the scientists at NASA.

"We are ecstatic," said Robert Nelson, an astronomer who works on the Cassini space probe project, and an organizer of the protest against the security-screening program.

A second defense of Constitutional rule came the same day, when US District Judge Benjamin H. Settle in Seattle, WA took the unusual step of intervening in a military proceeding, ordering a halt to the second attempt by the Army to court-martial Lt. Ehren Watada, while he considers the merits of Lt. Watada's claim that he is being subjected to double jeopardy by being re-court-martialed a second time.

Watada, who in June, 2006 refused orders to ship out to Iraq with his Stryker brigade, claiming that it was an illegal war and that it would subject US military participants to participating in war crimes, made his argument last February at a court-martial proceeding that ended in a mistrial when the military and the military trial judge realized that the young lieutenant was winning his case. Rather than risk losing on a claim of the Iraq War's legitimacy, the judge in the prosecution sought, and the hearing officer granted a mistrial.

However, under established precedent, all the way to the US Supreme Court, it has been accepted that it is not appropriate for prosecutors to declare mistrials and then seek another trial, for the obvious reason that prosecutors would always resort to such a tactic if they found themselves in danger of losing a case. Only when the defense wins a mistrial ruling can the prosecution seek a second trial.

Precedent notwithstanding, the Army decided it couldn't let Lt. Watada walk away from the war claiming it is illegal, so it has attempted to court-martial him again.

Having taken the unusual step of injecting the civilian legal system into this case of military justice, Judge Settle made it clear not only that he was confident that he had jurisdiction in the case, but that Lt. Watada had a good argument. "The irreparable harm suffered by being put to a trial a second time in violation of the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment stems not just from being subjected to double punishment but also from undergoing a second trial proceeding," Settle wrote in quoting case law," he wrote.

Watada had appealed within the military system, but had received no answer from higher military authorities to his call for a second court-martial to be blocked.

The Army has been given until October 16 to present its arguments to the judge justifying a second court-martial.

The Army had apparently been hoping that media interest in the Watada case had faded away, and that he could be quietly convicted of a charge of refusing to deploy, and packed off to the brig. But Judge Settle's order has scuttled that plan.

The gutsy Watada himself has also refused to be quiet. Earlier this year, at a Veterans for Peace convention, with dozens of Iraq War vets standing by him, he called on other soldiers to take a stand against the war saying:

"Today, I speak with you about a radical idea. It is one born from the very concept of the American soldier (or service member). It became instrumental in ending the Vietnam War - but it has been long since forgotten. The idea is this: that to stop an illegal and unjust war, the soldiers can choose to stop fighting it ...

"I tell this to you because you must know that to stop this war, for the soldiers to stop fighting it, they must have the unconditional support of the people. I have seen this support with my own eyes. For me it was a leap of faith.

"For other soldiers, they do not have that luxury. They must know it and you must show it to them. Convince them that no matter how long they sit in prison, no matter how long this country takes to right itself, their families will have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, opportunities and education."

Dave Lindorff is the author of
Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's newest book is "The Case for Impeachment",co-authored by Barbara Olshansky.

He can be reached at:

Nancy, look at what we did! We got in the Manchester Union Leader

an NH Insider

NH is so close, the foliage is beautiful, the candidates are up there, & the press is up there. Great opportunities for getting our message out.

Bookmark this site: . NH beckons us.

Monday, Nancy, and I and several other impeachment activists went to hear Elizabeth Edwards speak in Amherst, NH. We were spread out in the room. During the Q& A, I brought up impeachment and Nancy made some great points, and then a mean man popped up and interrupted her by raising his voice and authoritatively rousing the rabble to change the subject. Afterwards, he made a beeline for me and attempted to rip me a new one for bringing up impeachment.

He told me it wasn't going to happen. I asked him if he thought it wasn't going to happen, why was he so angry? He tried to get away without answering, but I held out my hand and introduced myself in a friendly way and attempted to discuss impeachment with him.

I wanted to pick his brains to figure out why he was so upset about impeachment. He insisted that the Iran war would go on, whether or not impeachment happened. Bingo! The common thread, the war in Iran, between him and the chain smoking, talking cue ball, with whom I waged a war of words, unfortunately inches away from peace activist, Granny D, in Hanover.

Who are these people? I know at town mtg., sometimes when I speak, the powers-that-be have a shill stand up and call a frivolous point of order to waste my minutes and distract from the points I make. I think that this may be what is happening here. It is very instructive to figure out why, and it's clear it's the Iran War they're after. Verrrry interesting! He also repeated over and over again that Bush wouldn't leave office for anything, and nothing we could do would make him leave. That didn't make him sound much like a Democrat. No one in the room knew him, which is a clue.

On a positive note, many of the good folks gathered there came over to us to let us know they agreed with us and thanked us for bringing it up.

The reward for our efforts: The Manchester Union Leader did a story on the I-word, and the & NH Insider echoed it. The cranky jack-in-the-box may have helped get the I-word into the paper by creating controversy & providing the reporter an "out" to get the story past the directive against talking about impeachment: Oscar the Grouch, by emerging from his can, let her report this story "fair & balanced."


By NANCY FOSTERNew Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007

Amherst – Though Elizabeth Edwards was in town to talk about her husband's universal health insurance plan, once she turned the floor over to the audience, the conversation quickly turned to impeachment.

Several people from the audience of nearly 100 who packed into the clubhouse at The Fells of Amherst pressed Senator John Edwards' wife about the presidential contenders stance on impeachment.

Edwards said that her husband opposes plans to impeach President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney.

She said that devoting valuable time and money to ousting the administration would tie up Congress and wouldn't likely have the outcome pro-impeachment are hoping for.

Cheney would have to be impeached first, she said, "because none of us wants to end up with a President Cheney."

And once Cheney was impeached, Congress could go after Bush, but the result could be a President Condoleeza Rice or Michael Chertoff.

"We'd end up like a dog chasing its tail ... " Edwards said."I know there's frustration. I can see it on your faces. But it's better to attack the problem after the fact."

Though some wanted to push the issue, the crowd overwhelmingly demanded that impeachment supporters let Edwards move on to other issues.

However, after Edwards' finished speaking on subject, including the war in Iraq and education, the conversation about impeachment continued.

State Rep. Betty Hall (D-Brookline) said that she is prepared to submit a resolution in the State House asking legislators to send a message to Congress that impeachment is necessary.

Hall called Edwards' response to the impeachment question "the canned response of the Democratic establishment. What right do they have to take impeachment off the table?" she asked.

Hall said that impeachment was necessary to rein in the unchecked powers the Bush administration has enjoyed.

"I don't want the next president to have the powers that Bush has usurped," Hall said. "This usurpation will continue until Congress stops it."

Amherst: Edwards backers seek impeachment

Nancy Foster of The Union Leader reports, "Though Elizabeth Edwards was in town to talk about her husband's universal health insurance plan, once she turned the floor over to the audience, the conversation quickly turned to impeachment."

"Several people from the audience of nearly 100 who packed into the clubhouse at The Fells of Amherst pressed Senator John Edwards' wife about the presidential contenders stance on impeachment."

"Edwards said that her husband opposes plans to impeach President George W. Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney..."

Okay, we've done Edwards, now we need to show up at the other candidates' events & talk up impeachment.

Oh, and we also need to develop some good retorts to the oft repeated toxic anti-impeachment propaganda:

1. The Senate will come to a standstill (and that is a bad

2. Condi may become the next President, and Smirky will appoint another V.P. just as bad or worse than Snarly, so what is the point?

3. It will be just like the Clinton impeachment, and we don't want that.

4. We'll take care of it in 2009. We have to win 2008 first, and impeachment could jeopardize the election.

5. We just don't have the votes.


AND THIS IS A REAL LOAD! Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in a determinedly good mood when she sat down to lunch with reporters yesterday.

She entered the room beaming and, over the course of an hour, smiled no fewer than 31 times and got off at least 23 laughs.

But her spirits soured instantly when somebody asked about the anger of the Democratic "base" over her failure to end the war in Iraq........Unsmilingly, she continued: "If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have 'Impeach Bush' across their chest, it's the First Amendment." ........

It seemed that only the antiwar advocates had the power to wipe the smile off Pelosi's face.

Speaking about ethics legislation, she boasted that "we have drained the swamp" in Congress and pleased government watchdog groups. "At last," she added, "some advocates from the outside who are satisfied."

Let's parse Nancy's diatribe against We the People, who dare speak truth to her power(lessness).

1. "If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering..."Does Madame Speaker think that it's okay to arrest homeless people sleeping on her sidewalk? Shouldn't she be outraged that this is the way our society treats the homeless? Shouldn't she be lamenting the fact that the most powerful country in the world has so many people living on the streets, and instead of providing them shelter, we arrest them?

2. ", but because they have 'Impeach Bush' across their chest, it's the First Amendment." ..."No, she doesn't stop and think about how wrong it is to arrest poor souls sleeping on the sidewalks, she's just angry that she can't call the cops and have folks holding "Impeach Bush" signs carted away likewise.

She is royally enraged that the pesky Firsts Amendment allows the sign holders to be out on the public sidewalk, instead of being sent to the gallows.

She took an oath to defend the Constitution, but she clearly hates that document from its very beginning: the 1st Amendment.

Why? Because the rights it gives We the People are inconvenient for her. Her majesty's comfort and vanity trumps our system of government, the balance of power, and the rule of law.

No wonder she has taken impeachment off the table, she and Bush are birds of a feather: they both feel that the Constitution is getting in the way of their supremacy.
She really reminds me of "Queen Grimhilde," a Disney cartoon character,

"Mirror, mirror, on the Wall, who's the fairest in the land?"

"O Lady Queen, though fair of face ye may be, "Show Right" with 'Impeach Bush' on her chest and the Constitution in her pocket is far fairer than thee."

Unsmilingly, she continued: "If she were poor and she were sleeping on my sidewalk, she would be arrested for loitering, but because she has 'Impeach Bush' across her chest, it's the First Amendment.


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