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McCain’s Bubble Burst On CNN/YouTube Debate…

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:30 PM MST

From C & L:

More Boos At Republican YouTube Debate As McCain Re-Writes History

The Republican CNN/YouTube debate looked more like an episode of Jerry Springer than a presidential debate. Senator John McCain was asked a question about taxes and decided to go way off topic and attack Rep. Ron Paul for his stance on Iraq and wanting to bring the troops home.

McCain accused Paul of what he called the same sort of appeasement that allowed Hitler to take power and WWII to happen, and told him he’d just returned from Iraq and said he had a message for Ron from “the troops” — and the audience let him have it. Paul put it right back in his face by reminding him that he has received more donations from active duty military personnel than any other Republican candidate. Oh, did anyone notice Chuck Norris in the audience? This stuff just writes itself…

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Reverend Billy Goes To Congress

by Geezer Power …11:28 am

Reverend Billy and his choir preach to the congregation on Buy Nothing Day. So infectious that even the NY1 reporter grooves along toward the end.

For almost a decade, the activist Reverend Billy has spent a lot of time outside New York City stores spreading the gospel on the evils of consumer culture. He delivers his message as a louder-than-tarnation, brow-mopping, toe-tapping, Elvis-inspired evangelist; he’s a hard guy not to notice. For Bill, there’s no better way to get attention than giving a rousing sermon on a public street. But don’t be fooled by his hair, the Reverend is very pious about the core of his message. Before sitting down with Luke and Alison on last week’s show, he invited me to a Starbucks around the corner to watch him preach. Here’s how the revival went down.

Video by: Win Rosenfeld

If you like this road warier , you will also enjoy….Reverend Billy Goes To Congress

Reverend Billy of the Stop Shopping Church and CODEPINK go to the halls of Congress to sing “Don’t Buy Bush’s War”

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Impeachment Resolution passes at National Lawyers Guild!

by GEF @ 11:18 AM MST

Impeachment Resolution passes at National Lawyers Guild Convention

The National Lawyers Guild voted unanimously and enthusiastically for a resolution calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at our national convention in Washington, DC on November 2, 2007.

“the war of aggression, the secret prisons, the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, the use of evidence obtained by torture, and the surveillance of citizens without warrants, all initiated and carried out under the tenure of Bush and Cheney, are illegal under the U.S. Constitution and international law.”

The resolution lists more than a dozen high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush and Cheney administration and “calls upon the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately initiate impeachment proceedings, to investigate the charges, and if the investigation supports the charges, to vote to impeach George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney as provided in the Constitution of the United States of America.” For the full text see here.

National Lawyers Guild President Marjorie Cohn and Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner were among more than a dozen cosponsors. In a news release about the resolution issued by the NLG Marjorie Cohn said,

“the war of aggression, the secret prisons, the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, the use of evidence obtained by torture, and the surveillance of citizens without warrants, all initiated and carried out under the tenure of Bush and Cheney, are illegal under the U.S. Constitution and international law.”

The resolution provides for an NLG Impeachment Committee open to all members that will help organize and coordinate events at the local, state, and national level to build public participation in the campaign to initiate impeachment investigation, impeachment, and removal of Bush and Cheney from office without further delay.

NLG members wishing to participate in launching this committee should immediately contact Ian Head in the National Office at nlgno@nlg.org

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John Ashcroft: I’m Willing To Be Waterboarded

anthony @ 17:45 GMT

Last night, former Attorney General John Ashcroft delivered an address on national security at the University of Colorado. The event was marked by heated protests. About 20 student protesters wearing “shirts with ’shame’ written on the backs and wearing American flags over their faces, welcomed Ashcroft to the stage by standing up and turning their backs to him.”

During the speech, Ashcroft caused an uproar when he declared Guantanamo Bay was a “good place” for detainees. In addition, he defended the torture tactic of waterboarding:

Ashcroft also responded to questions from the audience. The first question came from a woman who asked if Ashcroft would be willing to be subjected to waterboarding.“The things that I can survive, if it were necessary to do them to me, I would do,” he said.

Ashcroft apparently believes that torture should be allowed as long as it doesn’t kill him.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and William Delahunt (D-MA) have introduced the “American Anti-Torture Act of 2007” to make clear no U.S. government agency feels it can apply the Ashcroft standard while interrogating detainees. They write:

Waterboarding is not “simulated drowning.” It is drowning. It involves restraining a detainee — usually by strapping him or her to a board — with the head placed lower than the feet. The face or mouth is often covered or stuffed with rags and water is poured over the face to force inhalation. The victim’s lungs fill with water until the procedure is stopped or the victim dies. Waterboarding has been considered torture — even by our own government — until recently. Indeed, we prosecuted Japanese officers for subjecting prisoners to waterboarding in World War II.

Jessica Evans, a student who protested during Ashcroft’s speech, “said the angry outbursts from the audience was evidence that the Bush administration did not give enough voice to the concerns of the public.” Indeed, as John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales go around the country defending torture, they are being forced to confront the public disapproval that they did not heed while in office.

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by GEF @ 7:28 AM MST

Is it time to drop Amazon.com ? You do know the Govt will try again right?


Feds withdraw subpoena seeking Amazon records

Judge says DOJ request would have ‘frost keyboards across America’

By Benjamin Pimentel, MarketWatch

Last Update: 5:33 PM ET Nov 27, 2007

The U.S. Attorney’s Office had asked for Amazon.com’s (AMZN: Amazon.com, Inc records in August 2006 as part of a grand jury probe of Robert B. D’Angelo who was being investigated for tax evasion and mail fraud in connection with his sale of about 24,000 books over four years through Amazon’s Web site to third-party buyers, according to court records, copies of which were provided by Amazon.com.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office withdrew the grand jury’s subpoena in July after Judge Stephen Crocker of the U.S. District Court in western Wisconsin, expressed concerns about the government move.

D’Angelo was indicted in October, and the judge unsealed documents related to the Amazon subpoena this month.

“If word were to spread over the Net — and it would — that the FBI and the IRS had demanded and received Amazon’s list of customers and their personal purchases, the chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America,” Crocker wrote in June.

Crocker added: “Fiery rhetoric quickly would follow and the nuances of the subpoena would be lost as the cyber debate roiled itself to a furious boil. One might ask whether this court should concern itself with blogger outrage disproportionate to the government’s actual
demand of Amazon. The logical answer is yes, it should.”

That’s because the government subpoena would send a disturbing message to book buyers, he added.

“Well-founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon’s customers could frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases, now and perhaps forever,” Crocker wrote. End of Story

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Annapolis and the ‘merry-go-round’

Sudhan @15:30 CET

By Dr. Marwan Asmar | Commentary, Online Journal, November 26, 2007

 

It is being described as a “merry-go-round” peace process, because it keeps going round and round with actors going on and off, but doesn’t lead anywhere. It has new faces all the time but it does not move on substance.

The latest peace conference on the Middle East due to be held [was held] in Annapolis on 27 November is seen as another brave but diluted attempt to put the peace process, which has been on a life support machine for the last seven years, back on track.

Annapolis is sort of a last ditch attempt by the Bush administration to tell the world, and probably the Arabs and the Palestinians especially, ‘we are trying, we are trying, but its is up to you guys, including of course the Israelis to sit together and sort out your differences.’

For the Bush administration Annapolis is a face-saving attempt to tell the Arabs to support US policy in Iraq, as if they really need to. Privately Washington knows the Arab world has long become the careless sick man of Europe, but argues a little pandering now and then would not do any harm.

It sends public blessings to the Israelis to carry on their business-as-usual with the Palestinians, while embroiling them in a continuous hand-shaking formula that means much political-speak but no practical action on the ground.

Keep reading . . .

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