July 5, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: A Thing To Remember re Impeachment
Downing Street, the White House Plame leak, and the Iraq War itself, have already led to many articles on the legal reasons to impeach Bush & Associates. But we should also recall that impeachment is as much a political act as a legal one.
To all the legal reasons for impeachment, we must add the political ones: The disenthronement of BushCo would open a window for us to get out of Iraq, offer a "New Deal" to our allies and the Muslim world, reduce the strength, appeal, and recruitment of terrorists, while at the same time demonstrating to the world what a free country really looks like.
We can start our come-back as the beacon of nations, not the laser-painter. Politically, impeachment is all pluses for America. It's the failure to do so that threatens us.
Subject: Dems should poison the well now ... say GOP will no doubt appoint a judge that will make abortion illegal
Put the onus on the Republicans. Come right out and say that the GOP will appoint a right-wing nut who will make freedom of choice illegal. They will now outlaw abortions and will try and put doctors in jail who perform abortions and perhaps even women who have them. Complications from back-alley abortions will be the new disaster of the Republican decision to appoint a fundamentalist Christian to Supreme Court. The only way to save this right for women is to throw out the Republican congress people ... Representatives and Senators. Remember, 65% favor a woman's right to choose. Highlight the fact that Republicans and their ilk ... want to get rid of a woman's right to choose. Scare the Republicans! Tell them that the Democrats will not stand in the way of the Republicans' attempt to enforce their Taliban-like ideology. Let the Republicans hang themselves with their own rope.
Don't be obstructionists. Taunt them into doing the nasty deed and then make them pay for it in 2006. Don't save them from themselves. Women have always thought the Democrats were paranoid. Well, let the true colors of the rethuglicans shine. Let them commit political suicide ... and don't forget to mention the Schiavo case and the republicans' attempt to interfere with her husband carrying out her wishes. Mention Bill Frist and his frist flops and his lies about his Senate floor diagnosis of Terri Schiavo ... just needed a little more therapy and she would be fine. God, what a fool. Yes, just let the fools out in the sunlight and watch them do their thing.
We can't stop their appointments, so let them pay for them by losing the House and Senate. And then it's Impeachment time!
Subject: Where Are the Women in BuzzFlash?
In any discussion of the Christian Right takeover of America it's vitally important to expose their exploitation of men's resentment to the progress of Women's Rights. One of the main ways they reach out to these Middle Americans is through efforts to assert male dominance. If BuzzFlash and its readers really want to rile the Bushies, rally against the so-called "right of conscience" issue pharmacists are pushing (with the funds of the Christian Right). In Wisconsin a pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for birth control. In Illinois 3 pharmacists are suing the Governor for ordering them as professionals to fill all prescriptions efficiently, without judgment, and without lecture. Who do you think the first pharmacist to start this was? Where do you think the idea came from? Who do you think is paying for the Illinois suit? I need more coverage of women's issues from you, since their subversion is a fundamental tenant of the evildoers, read: Radical Right.
Subject: Training Iraqis Outside of Iraq
"We've learned that Iraqis are courageous and that they need additional skills," said Mr. Bush in his television address. "And that is why a major part of our mission is to train them so they can do the fighting, and then our troops can come home."
Why hasn't anyone ever challenged Bush on this statement? Why can't the Iraqis be trained in some other venue? Even German Chancellor Shroeder has volunteered to train them in his country. If that's all that's holding up our troops from coming home, then why isn't this plan being carried out? It would be a helluva lot cheaper than pouring in 1.5 billion dollars a week to sustain our presence there, and the Iraqis and our troops would not be subject to violence while carrying out the training.
Subject: Tongue-tied By a Yellow Ribbon
In reference to Ellen Goodman's column "tongue-tied by a yellow ribbon," I have a comment particularly referencing this sentence: "He tied the terrorists of September 11 to the suicide bombers of Baghdad without ever acknowledging what had made Iraq the fetid center of the global war on terror."
Well, indeed they are tied together by Saudi Arabia. That was the origin of 15 of 19 of the terrorists from September 11, as well as most of the suicide bombers in Iraq. We need to unhinge our country from such dependence on Saudi oil, that the unspeakable becomes the unspoken. Saudi Arabia is the home of execution by beheading, unimaginable treatment of women, a ruthless monarchy whose Crown Prince is kissed by our president and led, hand and hand, down Bush's garden path. "Untie ourselves from foreign oil dependence" ought to be the rallying cry of Democrats. Alternative energy sourcing is the key to our future. Gore was right! Look at the consequences.
Subject: : Translators
A caller on the Ed Shultz show today, friday july 1. had some interesting information. He said he was a retired Navy translator that specialized in Arabic and tried to volunteer his expertise and was ignored except for some defense contractors that tried to make money with his talents. Wish you could get hold of him.
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Subject: 4th of July and Thomas Jefferson
A snippet of an e-mail I recieved from Family Research Council; The Declaration of Independence was our birth certificate, Thomas Jefferson's great charter of liberty, and it was unanimously approved by Congress. George Washington had it read to his troops in the field. Later, at Gettysburg, Lincoln pointed to our nation's birth and said we were "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." As we defend the right to life, we can look with confidence to the Declaration for inspiration. The man who wrote those immortal words said it clearly, for Jefferson also wrote: "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." Rather than research the entire quotation I pulled up a few more quotations by Thomas Jefferson. Hope all had a renewed feeling of fighting for our rights on this holiday weekend. Please read more on what Mr Thomas Jefferson had to say about life in these United States of America.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. --Thomas Jefferson
I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. -- Thomas Jefferson
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. -- Thomas Jefferson
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson
Subject: What kind of Mistake is it? Does it matter?
The American invasion of Iraq was a mistake. Somewhere below the level of the mainstream press, a debate continues, focused on whether it was an honest mistake.
On several levels, mostly for domestic purposes, it is important for us to sort out whether the mistake was honest or dishonest.
However, for the purposes of resolving the Iraq crisis and violence, bringing the U.S. into compliance with International Law, and returning our troops home, it is only important to admit that a mistake was made. The consequences of this admission are as follows:
1. The U.S. admits responsibility for what we now know to be an illegal invasion of a sovereign country in violation of the UN Charter and prevailing International Law. 2. The U.S. agrees to pay reparations for the destruction of life and property in Iraq. 3. The U.S. gives up control of military operations in Iraq, yielding this position to an international peacekeeping force. 4. The U.S. abandons any idea of maintaining permanent military bases in Iraq. 5. The U.S. releases any prisoners of war (ALL captives) held from the mistaken invasion of Iraq, whether held in Iraq or illegally transported elsewhere. 6. The U.S. promptly withdraws military forces from Iraq, except for whatever commitment might be made to an international peacekeeping force. 7. The Iraq Constitution of 1990, illegally put aside during the American Occupation in violation of the terms of the Geneva Convention of 1949 is restored, with the freedom of Iraqis to modify sections that can no longer be fulfilled or enforced on their own schedule. 8. Prisoners of the Iraqi government captured by the U.S. occupation force shall be promptly released. 9. Technical assistance for restoration of infrastructure shall be provided at the request of the Iraqi government, with necessary equipment, supplies and labor costs borne by the U.S. as part of the reparations. 10. Fairness and compliance of terms shall be monitored by an impartial international body, under penalty of international trade sanctions against the U.S. should it fail to comply.
These steps seem appropriate and fair. The cost of reparations and reconstruction will not exceed the burden of maintaining military operations at the current level, with no end in sight. The probability of order with an end to occupation seems higher than at present. Abandonment of U.S. military control of Iraq would reverse a flood of ill-will in the region and in world at large.
Discussions of criminality, mendacity and other matters of concern to the preservation of the American democracy need to occur. It is possible that some people need to be removed from positions of power, or even imprisoned. But, pursuit of these important matters need not await the admission of error and the use of international institutions such as the UN as we seek to make reparations owed to the people of Iraq, and take our troops out of harm's way by returning them home.
John F. Williford
Subject: It's Nice To Know We're Not Alone
Greetings, BuzzFlash and readers,
I just wanted to issue a personal "Thank you" to Marie-France Germain of Canada for taking the time to answer my letter. I am the BuzzFlash reader you referred to in your last letter. Marie I want you to know that when I was a small child, my mother took me to Canada. Maybe it's because I have happy memories from there but I have ALWAYS had a deep love for Canada. Not just because of your country's exquisite natural beauty but also for the Canadian people well known for your peace-loving ways and especially your generosity. Thank you also for your encouragement in urging us to "take our country back" Believe me Marie, we're trying ... we're trying. Many Blessings to you and your fellow Canadians.
Dominie K. Robinson
Subject: Mourning in Savannah
It must have seemed like bombs had been dropped upon Savannah itself after folks there found out that seven Night Stalkers were blown to kingdom come in Afghanistan where their helicopter was shot down. Know what's on the minds of the powers that be? Vengeance, that's what, and retribution. How to get those ba***rds who done it which will lead to more bloodletting; what with their "no matter how many of our finest and brightest end up being martyred we're going to stay the course, united we stand, in God we trust."
But from what's just taken place in Savannah it looks like vengeance doesn't make it for empire-USA any more, at least not against a conquered people; especially not when said people accept martyrdom if that's what they figure it'll take to rid themselves and their land of invaders. Some binding commitment, that. Boom and one's done for. Unbeatable strategy, too, as long as the supply of volunteers holds out, which to date it has. Which means it's a quagmire. How to get out? - by popular demand.
Death of downed helicopter crew stuns Savannah's Army community (AP/Stamford Advocate)
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Subject: Karl Rove
The Rove thing should be your top story. If true, that is arguably the worst news yet for Republicans and the Bush White House.
The DEMS. BETTER NOT roll over and play dead this time re. the Supreme ct replacement for O'Connor. If they do, it's the end of the Democratic party and rightly so ... they deserve to be booted and a new party should be formed immediately.
Everyone is sick of their weakness and constant backing down with apologies ... nauseating.
Subject: "Revenge Proves Its Own Executioner!" -- John Ford
The Bush Administration culprit has gone undetected in the Valerie Plame Case, while everyone who recognized this act of revenge a long time ago, has wondered if the concealment of the crime of outing a CIA agent would ever be punished! Only an arrogant corrupt, majority-controlled group of politicians could believe continued concealment was possible.
Time magazine may be the vehicle where poison will recoil back on itself! If we let the Bush Administration deflect attention away ONCE AGAIN from them, using the ploy of reporters revealing confidential resources, our Democracy will continue to devour itself under their watch!
MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case (Editor & Publisher)
From an excerpt in the article by Editor and Publisher, senior analyst Lawrence O’Donnell revealed he believed Karl Rove was Matt Cooper’s source. Ambassador Joseph Wilson also mentioned Rove!
This investigation has been stonewalled, and justice has been delayed from the start, despite false promises made by George Bush to get to the bottom of this CRIME! The public has NOT FORGOTTEN as they had hoped we would, we abhor the act of cowardice and the deception perpetrated by the Bush Administration in NOT coming forward, once again, they have chosen “CYA” over their sense of duty!
Subject: Documents Said To Reveal Karl Rove As Source In Plame Case
I read this and thought how treacherous these people are! It simply defies belief that the very government that Wilson and Plame served throughout their lives would be the very source of their betrayal. These are the same ones who declare that I, because I have not supported the administration's tyranny and criminal behavior, am the traitor. All I can do is shake my head and promise to continue to stand against the injustice and inhumanity the BushCo continues to perpetrate in this world.
Regardless of whether or not Rove perjured himself to the grand jury, he should be sent to jail and incarcerated for the remainder of his life. He is a traitor and a liar and the worst of this very bad bunch.
I was in a store today, wearing my (slashed) Bush button and the clerk said that I ought to support my president even though he is wrong !! Can you imagine? So I said that would be the lowest form of anti-Americanism. That the REAL patriot works to improve the government when it's wrong. I don't think he understood. (He will probably be the next person to be used as cannon fodder by this group of murderous thugs we call the executive branch.)
This gets worse and worse, doesn't it?
Reports Reveal Karl Rove Named in Matt Cooper Documents (Editor & Publisher)
G. Bush, D. Cheney, K. Rove and all of them should be impeached. They are the most corrupt and nasty administration I have seen.
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Subject: Mr. President, You Lied And You Know It
From Fort Bragg in your address to the Nation Tuesday, June 28, you said: "We have a clear path forward. As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." Mr. President, no one is standing up. Iraqis and Americans are falling. Between July 1st and July 3rd, 58 Iraqis died. The rise of civilian deaths by US fire is a fact and a worry as expressed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and 1,746 US soldiers have died since you bombed Iraq.
You lie, and you know it.
You asked: "Is the sacrifice worth it?" but did not wait for an answer. This July 4th weekend in Philadelphia, a pair of boots symbolizing each U.S. military casualty and a field of shoes memorializing the fallen Iraqis have been displayed on the ground of Independence Mall. You should have come and listen to the parents who lost a child in Iraq, you should have come to the reading of the list of those who died, to hearing the sound of the bell following each name of the people you have massacred in Iraq. There is no sacrifice in murder, Mr. President. You said: "It is worth it and it is vital to the security of our country."
You lie, and you know it.
With "EYES WIDE OPEN," The American Friends Service Committee have brought awareness to many people in Philadelphia during the weekend of the celebration of independence. "BRING THEM HOME NOW" is a growing campaign among military families, veterans and American civilians. There is another campaign going on, it is for your impeachment. Why? Because YOU LIED AND YOU KNOW IT.
Subject: Two Comments
Re: Plame outing. Has President Bush made public comment regarding this high crime which appears to have been committed by his administration?
Re: Paraphrase of partial crawl aired on CNN Headline news early Sunday morning (7/2). US and North Korea forces in conflict ...
The station then went to a commercial; I waited for it to air again. Nada.
Subject: Paul Harvey
Letter sent to John E. McConnell of ABC Radio and Paul Harvey:
ABC/Disney executives and Mr. Harvey should wrap themselves up in small pox-infected flags and head off to the big sleep. And "Fahrenheit 9-11" was too upsetting for your consumers' delicate sensibilities? What a despicable example of ignorance, bias and prejudice by a despicable man and an equally despicable company that would give him a voice! Or was this just about getting attention? Then it's even more reprehensible for its cynicism. I will never again knowingly purchase or consume any product or diversion with the ABC/Disney name attached to it.
Subject: The state of affairs
Tom Cruise saw an opportunity and rushed in to fill the void left open when Michael Jackson was acquitted and the camera of America had no other eccentric to divert attention from illegal wars, corrupt government, corporate malfeasance and flagrant news quackery.
Time magazine is outing Karl Rove. How delicious.
Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring and there are no doubt more to follow her in this path. It is going to be war and I am looking forward to it. Who would want to be appointed by Bush for anything at this stage of the game? How ashamed their families and friends would be.
Best to Buzz,
Subject: Party hats
No investigator is obliged to tell a suspect he is the target of an investigation, so you needn't put the party hats away. I think Rove got someone else to drop the dime on Plame and then called his press whores the split second the story surfaced on the wire services. On the other hand ... hubris. He might have gotten careless. On the other - other hand, when O'Donnell was saying what he said, it was during that pundit prediction moment where they are trying to soothsay. Even so, his reputation is on the line. On the other other other hand, who gives a d**n about reputation any more?
Subject: Omaha Paper Targets Atheist for Persecution
As a progressive citizen of Omaha, Nebraska, I am often annoyed by the conservative bias of our local paper's editorial staff. The news section of the paper has always been pretty fair and balanced, though. Today, I saw a news story on the front page of The Omaha World Herald that I find utterly despicable. It's an article about the Plattsmouth, NE atheist who is the plaintiff in a lawsuit trying to remove a ten commandments memorial in a Plattsmouth park. The article is fairly well written, but gives the man's many enemies too much information about him. The man, Ron Larsen, and his lawyers, had asked that he remain anonymous for obvious reasons. He has already been threatened repeatedly while remaining anonymous. The Plattsmouth city attorney had agreed to refer to him as John Doe, but The World Herald fought the silence and won in federal court.
So today, all of Larsen's enemies were treated to, not only his name, but a picture of Mr. Larsen. But that apparently wasn't enough for World Herald writer John Ferak and photographer Jeff Bundy. Ferak went on to describe Larsen's vehicle as a Toyota with the custom license plate ATHEOS. The article also has a two-color picture of the car. So now Larsen-haters know his name, what he looks like, as well as the make, color, and license plate number of his car. Since Plattsmouth is a small conservative Christian town, this amounts to painting a big red bullseye on his back. The Omaha World Herald has just done the American Taliban a big favor, and the country should know about it. I ask you to please provide a link on your website to this article.
The URL is:
Plattsmouth controversy timeline (Omaha World-Herald)
Thanks for all the great work you do.
Subject: George Stephanopoulos' This Week on ABC
Has anyone else noticed when someone liberal/environmentalist/atheist/etc. person dies, there’s very little news about them? Certainly no Larry King show with all their friends on? I didn’t know until I watched The Week with George Stephanopoulos’ in Memoriam that Gaylord Nelson, Senator from Wisconsin and the Founder of Earth Day had died. That might have warranted at least some film footage on the cable channels, maybe about what Earth Day is and why Mr. Nelson believed it was important. There was only a crawler across the bottom of the CNN screen that Shelby Foote had died. No film footage on him or other stations, but I did get to catch the amazing 3 hour interview of him with Brian Lamb repeated on C-Span. It was the same with wonderful Ann Bancroft. Where were Dustin Hoffman, Patty Duke and her friends talking about her life?
I think we should all write about the extreme conservative stance in King’s guests, for example, as well as other news clips of this. Why? Because it is educational to the millions of Americans who only get their news from places like CNN, MSNBC and their corp.-controlled newspapers rather than the Internet, and they vote, too. We’ve got to put constant pressure on these channels many of us would rather not watch, only because so many others do watch and vote.
George S. also showed a video of Bush saying something like "if someone in the White House gave the name of a CIA agent then I’d want to know about that and he’d be taken care of." Notice Bush didn’t say he or she (let’s Condi off the hook), and that he said "he’d be taken care of." What a Freudian Slip! ...Yeah, right, Dubya, I’m sure you’ve been already taking very good care of Herr Rove, and knew yourself what was going on, giggling with him all along the way.
Subject: Supreme Lie and Other Court Thoughts
O'Connor’s retirement wasn’t a surprise to Bush and others of his PACs whose only job in life is the next Supreme Court nominee. This was all planned and known ahead of time. I mean, O'Connor selling her DC home after all these years was NOT a big secret. Then [White House Counsel] Harriet Miers' meetings with Karl Rove the week before the announcement, please! O.K., so they had to make it look like it was a surprise by not telling her sons, big deal. How many “journalists” knew and didn’t say a word?!!! Then she announced it on the day before a national holiday when everyone was gone, the hours before Bush left the country for a week? Please!! Then A. Gonzales just decides to go on a quickly arranged trip overseas?
I am torn between two things here: Back in Texas, when Bush was Gov., Gonzales was always talked about as a “future” Supreme Court Justice, even when he had to hold Bush’s hand when he went to an average jury summons for a day (where he told Bush he had to lie by omission on the form). So the national media now picking up the Justice Gonzales bandwagon is not new.
However, I still think this might be a decoy because I don’t see how he can get past the torture memos, and his short rise to the top. He was only appointed SC in Texas in 1999 (In Texas we elect SC Judges). His resume is so thin, but then I guess O'Connor’s was too, except she had a broader wealth of wisdom of law and experience.
I just wonder if he’s a decoy for someone like Ted Olson. I think Ted is more ultra conservative, but has the SC experience. He’d be payback for representing Bush before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. And loyalty trumps all in Bushworld. Besides, since 9-11 is Bush’s signature, how could those old mean Democrats vote no against this man who’s final conversation with his wife was when she was on the hi-jacked plane going into the Pentagon?
Besides, Olson is best friends with Scalia and Thomas. I just think he needs Gonzales as AG right now.
However, I also don’t think this rabid response about how all these ultra conservatives are against Gonzales is true. That’s just the media repeating Rove’s talking points, like they did about the Gang of 14 when they actually loved it that they got what they wanted. Back in Texas, back then Rove could have advised Gonzales on doing something now to set the stage to make him appear to be “moderate.” That’s his whole M.O, like joining the Methodist church, for example, or speaking out strongly against something but finally voting for it, or voting against something when you know it’s going to pass anyway. This was the case with the little Gonzales’ votes on parental notification about abortion. He knew that was going to pass in their ultra conservative chambers so he was safe being the lone voice. There was little reaction to his vote anyway at the time. He really hasn’t done anything that is pro-choice anywhere in his life that I know of, or rights for anyone, let alone women.
Subject: The Mayor's Inaugural Address
It was wonderful. Antonio Villaraigosa said all the correct things, pressed the right buttons, said it from the heart, poetically and in a bouncy, charming style. Very all-inclusive. He knows how tough it is to make it in America. He broke through, is smart, knows he had a hell of a lot of help along the way for which he is openly grateful. His intention is to respond in both spirit and kind, for the betterment of Los Angeles, for all Angelenos. The new mayor concluded with an appeal to Angelenos to join with him in making dreams come true. Very inspirational, well done and in style. The one thing Villaraigosa left out? "Oh, in addition to us all working together for the good and welfare of Los Angeles - there's this matter of changing the world."
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Subject: Carl Rove and Valerie Plame Leak
I listened to Lawrence O’Donnell June 3rd on the radio KPFK Los Angeles, calling Ian Masters from the airport in Washington D. C. at noon Pacific Time. The law as it is written for outing CIA agents is difficult to enforce because there are a number of conditions that must be met.
One of the necessary conditions is that Rove would have had to have a security clearance and be in a position to know she was working for the CIA. I do not believe Rove falls into this category, but he may. It is also not clear if Plame meets the conditions of an undercover agent. To enforce the law the agent must have a secret cover and be a covert employee. A number of CIA employees are not clandestine employees but merely technocrats. These are not covered by the law.
Possibly the easiest way to indict Rove is for lying to a representative of the government if he lied when he was initially interviewed about the leak. Perjury is more difficult to prove because he is reasonably intelligent and would probably not get caught lying under oath.
Lawrence O'Donnell: Rove's I-did-not-inhale Defense (Yahoo/Huffington Post)
Karl Rove: Using Reporters--and Abusing the First Amendment (Editor & Publisher)
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Subject: Looking For Clues As To Why Time Inc. Gave Up Reporter's Notes
Time, Inc.'s decision to give up its reporter's notes to the government in the case of leaking CIA-operative Valerie Plame's name to the press is itself perplexing. While reporters on daily deadline look for quick answers from government sources or visible members of the punditocracy, students of I.F. Stone look to disclosure records for some clues. The diligent record-keeping of the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a non-partisan fact-gatherer in favor of open government, yields a tantalizing clue. But first a bit of background to show the enormous stakes at risk for Time, Inc.'s business side of the house.
CRP lists Time Inc. as part of the Movie/entertainment industry, which industry is the 13th largest contributor to the 2004 campaign. The big issue is copyright protection, so anti-piracy laws, and the challenge from technologies like Napster loom large in the industry's legislative and lobbying calendar.
Meanwhile, unions like the Communications Workers of America poured $23 million into the 2004 election cycle, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers pumped in slightly less. In the 2004 race, contributions that were counted as related to Time Warner amounted to $177,450, of which 83 percent were to the Democratic Party side. But when you look at the contributions to the upcoming 2006 side, it appears heavily tilted to Republicans, and some of the Democrats listed have been criticized by Democrats for swinging to the Republicans on contentious votes. Thus, the statistics contain a clue that the executives are clearly voting their pocketbooks.
Now let's add a bit of competitive background. Within the industry, Time is a heavy political contributor, but Clear Channel and cable-operator Comcast are also significant forces.
In addition to the political contributions, CRP links show that the amount that Time, Inc. spends on lobbying in Washington, D.C. amounts to $3 million per year. Of that total, some $600,000 goes to law firm Akin Gump. Unfortunately, the links did not disclose what issues they were working on, so I leave that for someone else to follow up on. However, when you follow the links in the site to Akin Gump, and the list of who else the law firm lobbies for, that's where things get very interesting. Akin Gump also lobbies in D.C. for the Motion Picture Assn. It also lobbies for Exxon Mobil. And then, although for a relatively small amount of $20,000, is a client with a prominent connection to George Herbert Walker Bush, or Bush I, if you prefer--the Carlyle Group. Namely the privately-held investment firm that buys an interest in defense companies, including some security firms presently employed in the Middle East. Bush I has resigned from the Carlyle Group's board, if memory serves. But banker James Baker III, also representing the Saudi government in the World Trade Center 9/11 case, is connected with the Carlyle Group. And, finally, Akin Gump lobbies for Citibank, partly owned by investors of the Saudi Royal family.
It is not clear whether a conflict-of-interest exists in Time, Inc.'s decision to turn over the documents, but a preliminary look at the flow of money to Washington, D.C., once again hints at a potential conflict. It would be good for the First Amendment to clear up the matter while freedom of the press is still the nominal law of the land.
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Subject: Court's Liberal Bloc Stands Firm (LA Times)
Liberal? Earl Warren was a liberal. Even Stevens is a center right moderate. This is the court that installed a fascist coup!
Mark my words: K. Rove is not going to go DOWN, these pathological LIARS seem to have a KNACK of evading the honest TRUTH. This is a serious crime of Perjury to boot and it's NOT a 'Blow Job" perjury either !!!!!
Hopefully the DEMS will pursue this big time, and not back down subsequently with a 'tearful' apology. I rest my case.
Subject: Females Receive Right To Vote Fifty Years After Black Men
Recent article by Tang states:
"We also must not forget that the right to vote, the sacrosanct cornerstone of our democracy, was denied to non-landowning white males until the 1840s, to women until the 1920s, and to African-Americans until the 1960s ..."
This is incorrect. Following the Civil War, the right to vote was given to male citizens.
Amendment XV of the Constitution, dated 1870, specifically states that the right to vote shall not be abridged by "race, color or previous condition of servitude."
It does not refer to sex. Females--white and black--did not gain the right to vote until FIFTY years later, in 1920.
Writer is perhaps thinking of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which related to state disenfranchisement of voters based on race.
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Subject: There is only one next step for democracy in the US
The editorial sounded good, but the reality is that there is only one next step for demo.
We must have voting in every state that leaves a paper trail!
The Republican Diebold joke on Democracy in the US must never be allowed to happen again. All our efforts need to be devoted toward this.
If we don’t do this, we can forget all the other stuff.
Subject: Bush promises about Africa
... I was looking for the promises bush made re Africa. It was in 2000 or 2001 that he spoke before some African leaders and made a promise of 5 or 10 billion in aid. I remember how happy these guys looked and they applauded bush loudly. Then just before the last election he did it again, but the guys did not applaud wildly this time. I thought they knew he was just making empty promises in order to win the election. I have not found the articles that succinct, but these are eye openers anyway, particularly about bush going after the African oil and other minerals, gold, etc. The last article here is really good and toward the end it says about the amount of aid and what it is costing Africa.
Africa and AIDS: Bush promises (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The priority in Africa must be to make good on Bush's promise to give $15 billion to fight AIDS.
Bush has recognized the critical humanitarian crisis in Africa. An estimated 7,000 people die from the disease each day, and as many as 40 percent of the population is infected in some countries. Massive aid would pay for prevention programs and badly needed medicine.
Along with an additional $10 billion in funds already earmarked to promote economic development, it would amount to the beginnings of an African Marshall Plan. And it would fight terrorism in a new way.
When it comes to africa, bush has more on his mind than aid (Glasgow Sunday Herald/smirkingchimp)
... african oil
The US and Foreign Aid Assistance (globalissues.org)
... this is a good report of the africa situation.
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