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Vermont Town Wants To Arrest Bush And Cheney

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:20 PM MST

MONTPELIER, Vt. – President Bush may soon have a new reason to avoid left-leaning Vermont: In one town, activists want him subject to arrest for war crimes.

A group in Brattleboro is petitioning to put an item on a town meeting agenda in March that would make Bush and Vice President Cheney subject to arrest and indictment if they visit the southeastern Vermont community.

“This petition is as radical as the Declaration of Independence, and it draws on that tradition in claiming a universal jurisdiction when governments fail to do what they’re supposed to do,” said Kurt Daims, 54, a retired machinist leading the drive.

As president, Bush has visited every state except Vermont.

The town meeting, an annual exercise in which residents gather to vote on everything from fire department budgets to municipal policy, requires about 1,000 signatures to place a binding item on the agenda.

The measure asks: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictment for consideration by other municipalities?”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. The press office did not immediately respond to an e-mail.

Support for the measure is far from universal, even in Vermont, where the state Senate voted earlier this year to support impeaching the president. Anti-war rallies are regular occurrences here, and “Impeach Bush” bumper stickers are common.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 3:00 PM MST

“Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007

Guess how many of these are current candidates for president…..

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Bush’s Sham of Democracy in Pakistan (and Iraq)

by Geezer Power …1:08 pm

OpEdNews

December 30, 2007 at 07:50:35

by Ron Fullwood

“Democracy don’t rule the world, You’d better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence. But I guess that’s better left unsaid.”–Dylan

Democracy in Pakistan doesn’t exist, any more than it does in Iraq. It hasn’t existed in Pakistan since the 1999 coup by Musharraf. Yet, the Bush administration is calling for the ‘democratic process’ to be ‘restored’ in Pakistan after the killing of the leader of the most popular opposition to the U.S. supported dictator there — much like their insistence that an end to their occupation of Iraq and restrictions on U.S. assistance to the installed and propped-up Maliki regime would threaten ‘democracy’ in the sovereign nation Bush invaded and overthrew.

For the Bush regime, democratic government is defined, more by an ability to seize and hold onto power, than by any recognized and accepted instigations of actual democracy. For Bush in Iraq, the ‘elections’ which brought the Maliki regime to power — and, were held under an increased military occupation and widely boycotted by many of Iraq’s population which wasn’t aligned with the Shiite majority who voted in overwhelming numbers — were enough to justify any and all actions by the U.S. enabled regime; including military assaults on rival communities before, during, and after the voting took place.

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Behind the Edwards Surge: Right Message at the Right Time

By- Suzie-Q @ 11:30 AM MST

What could turn out to be the most critical comment of the campaign came from John Edwards in the last debate between the Democratic contenders — and the former senator from North Carolina may well claim the caucus-night victory that is the reward for delivering the right message at the right time.

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Note:  Thanks to Swopa for asking what Edwards comment was!

This is what Edwards said: “take this country and democracy back.”

Hat Tip to NYTexan for the chart! :)

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Revolutionary Thoughts From 80 Years Ago?

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:37 AM MST

From- OpEdNews

Revolutionary Thoughts from 80 years ago still hold true for America and Progressives

I found a book, at the book auction I go to, written by the former president of Columbia University. Here’s what he said that inspired me:

The American Revolution.. had completed itself in the hearts and minds of men before it gained expression in overt and obvious acts. When the time came for these acts, they were done so easily that those who brought them about were themselves surprised. To become effective the American Revolution had to plunge into a war for independence, but the revolution itself was already over when that war began.
–Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University, October 13, 1924, in The Faith of A Liberal

I believe the same is true not just for Revolution, but also for ending the war, impeachment, taking back America from corporatists and turning America Blue and progressive. The work we’re doing now, that we’ve been doing, does not always appear to bear immediate fruit. But inside, underneath, like roots growing before the sapling bursts from the soil, essential, powerful things are happening, developing, so, when the time is ripe and the force of our efforts emerges from the soil, we are ready and primed. That’s a big part of what OpEdNews is about– preparing the soil.

Oh god, did I just sound like Jerzy Kosinkski’s Chaunce the gardener in Being There? Actually, Robert Thurman’s Inner Revolution is my preferred book, if you’re going to compare me.


The Beatles- Revolution

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CHAOS & ANARCHY!

GEF @ 9:08 AM MST

Pakistan ‘in grip of chaos and anarchy’

Hopes for Jan. 8 vote dim as electoral offices torched, opposition renews call for boycott

Asia Bureau

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan slumped deeper into chaos and recrimination yesterday as the death toll climbed and the prospects for a decisive Jan. 8 election in this blood-soaked country appeared to grow ever more remote.

Officials said at least 46 people have now died in riots, looting and shooting following the Thursday night assassination of charismatic opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Early today, two suspected suicide bombers prematurely detonated their bomb near the residence of a senior leader of the ruling party in Bahawalnagar in eastern Pakistan, police said. The men were not far from the residence of Ijazul Haq, a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q party, when their bomb exploded and killed them, district police chief Zafar Abbas Bukhari told Associated Press.

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Bugs Bunny to Mainstream Media: “This Means War Doc!”

GEF @ 07:08 AM MST

‘Tis The Season To Fight MSM

In 1984, I was the 18-year-old candidate for U.S. President – independent, maverick, mercurial, and “practical idealist.” I was a cute back-page news story in a year when Ronald Reagan was coasting to his re-election landslide over the Democrats’ Walter Mondale. I became a footnote or an asterisk in that year’s election.

Of course, it meant more to some than to others. For those who paid attention, I decried the two-party system and made “People Are Important” into the bumper sticker slogan for a platform of Practical Idealism, which I described as “better ideas for a better future.”

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