Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Impeachment by the People

Impeachment by the People

By Howard Zinn

Courage is in short supply in Washington, D.C. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nation’s capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about “unity” and “bipartisanship,” in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present course.

01/30/07 "Progressive" -- -- These are the Democrats who were brought to power in November by an electorate fed up with the war, furious at the Bush Administration, and counting on the new majority in Congress to represent the voters. But if sanity is to be restored in our national policies, it can only come about by a great popular upheaval, pushing both Republicans and Democrats into compliance with the national will.

The Declaration of Independence, revered as a document but ignored as a guide to action, needs to be read from pulpits and podiums, on street corners and community radio stations throughout the nation. Its words, forgotten for over two centuries, need to become a call to action for the first time since it was read aloud to crowds in the early excited days of the American Revolution: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and institute new government.”

The “ends” referred to in the Declaration are the equal right of all to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” True, no government in the history of the nation has been faithful to those ends. Favors for the rich, neglect of the poor, massive violence in the interest of continental and world expansion—that is the persistent record of our government.

Still, there seems to be a special viciousness that accompanies the current assault on human rights, in this country and in the world. We have had repressive governments before, but none has legislated the end of habeas corpus, nor openly supported torture, nor declared the possibility of war without end. No government has so casually ignored the will of the people, affirmed the right of the President to ignore the Constitution, even to set aside laws passed by Congress.

The time is right, then, for a national campaign calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Representative John Conyers, who held extensive hearings and introduced an impeachment resolution when the Republicans controlled Congress, is now head of the House Judiciary Committee and in a position to fight for such a resolution. He has apparently been silenced by his Democratic colleagues who throw out as nuggets of wisdom the usual political palaver about “realism” (while ignoring the realities staring them in the face) and politics being “the art of the possible” (while setting limits on what is possible).

I know I’m not the first to talk about impeachment. Indeed, judging by the public opinion polls, there are millions of Americans, indeed a majority of those polled, who declare themselves in favor if it is shown that the President lied us into war (a fact that is not debatable). There are at least a half-dozen books out on impeachment, and it’s been argued for eloquently by some of our finest journalists, John Nichols and Lewis Lapham among them. Indeed, an actual “indictment” has been drawn up by a former federal prosecutor, Elizabeth de la Vega, in a new book called United States v. George W. Bush et al, making a case, in devastating detail, to a fictional grand jury.

There is a logical next step in this development of an impeachment movement: the convening of “people’s impeachment hearings” all over the country. This is especially important given the timidity of the Democratic Party. Such hearings would bypass Congress, which is not representing the will of the people, and would constitute an inspiring example of grassroots democracy.

These hearings would be the contemporary equivalents of the unofficial gatherings that marked the resistance to the British Crown in the years leading up to the American Revolution. The story of the American Revolution is usually built around Lexington and Concord, around the battles and the Founding Fathers. What is forgotten is that the American colonists, unable to count on redress of their grievances from the official bodies of government, took matters into their own hands, even before the first battles of the Revolutionary War.

In 1772, town meetings in Massachusetts began setting up Committees of Correspondence, and the following year, such a committee was set up in Virginia. The first Continental Congress, beginning to meet in 1774, was a recognition that an extralegal body was necessary to represent the interests of the people. In 1774 and 1775, all through the colonies, parallel institutions were set up outside the official governmental bodies.

Throughout the nation’s history, the failure of government to deliver justice has led to the establishment of grassroots organizations, often ad hoc, dissolving after their purpose was fulfilled. For instance, after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, knowing that the national government could not be counted on to repeal the act, black and white anti-slavery groups organized to nullify the law by acts of civil disobedience. They held meetings, made plans, and set about rescuing escaped slaves who were in danger of being returned to their masters.

In the desperate economic conditions of 1933 and 1934, before the Roosevelt Administration was doing anything to help people in distress, local groups were formed all over the country to demand government action. Unemployed Councils came into being, tenants’ groups fought evictions, and hundreds of thousands of people in the country formed self-help organizations to exchange goods and services and enable people to survive.
More recently, we recall the peace groups of the 1980s, which sprang up in hundreds of communities all over the country, and provoked city councils and state legislatures to pass resolutions in favor of a freeze on nuclear weapons. And local organizations have succeeded in getting more than 400 city councils to take a stand against the Patriot Act.

Impeachment hearings all over the country could excite and energize the peace movement. They would make headlines, and could push reluctant members of Congress in both parties to do what the Constitution provides for and what the present circumstances demand: the impeachment and removal from office of George Bush and Dick Cheney. Simply raising the issue in hundreds of communities and Congressional districts would have a healthy effect, and would be a sign that democracy, despite all attempts to destroy it in this era of war, is still alive.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Media Downplays Anti-War March

New York: January 28:

This past weekend anti-war march was big, say the organizers and I have no reason to doubt them.

They made this claim: Washington, D.C. -- In a massive showing of public opposition to the Iraq war, 500,000 people filled the streets around the Capitol today, completely surrounding the building. Participants converged on the National Mall from all over the country to voice their support for an end to the conflict in Iraq.

Three hundred buses rolled in early this morning, coming from more than 40 states and including at least 20 buses filled by New York City trade unions. United For Peace & Justice, the march coordinator, called this one of the the largest and most diverse demonstrations since the war began.

According to UFPJ National Coordinator and veteran peace and justice leader Leslie Cagan, This is a decisive moment in the history of this country and of our peace movement. In November, the people of this nation voted for peace. We are here today, all ages, from all walks of life, to hold our elected officials to the mandate of the people. Add in protests in the rest of the country and it was even bigger.

But is that the picture most of America received? I didn't see any report Saturday night on the front page of the Sunday NY Times online but by the morning in the print edition, the Times wrote:"Tens of thousands of protesters converged on the National Mall on Saturday to oppose President Bush's plan for a troop increase in Iraq in what organizers hoped would be one of the largest shows of antiwar sentiment in the nation's capital since the war began." The story was carried as headline at the bottom of the page, not prominent positioning. No Photo. A story about tennis got bigger play.This was not the coverage "organizers hoped" for. Actually the organizers said it WAS the largest show of force since the war began with 500,000. The Time only acknowledged "tens of thousands." Does this matter?

It doesn't if the numbers game doesn't matter, and sadly it does in country where perception trumps reality. Years, ago the National Park Service which initially always underreported crowd sizes and then began having aerial photos taken that were analyzed by experts using grids, decided not to provide police estimates which were routinely reported. Perhaps that's why the march did its own count

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DC Pictures

This is the banner I ended up with, it got a lot of "great sign" & tons of ppl taking photos of it. Here's 1 of my favorite signs! there were alot of great hand made signs.

I gave away the 3 other banners, here's 1 before it was gone into the mass of ppl.

All the news (paper, web sites, & TV) say Tens of Thousands (some even say " tens of thousands of people angry about the war") but I was there & I say that it was more like HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of happy ppl were there! all voicing their opinions on this illegal war!

Here's some pics from my DC trip... now I'm off to bed ZZzzzzzzzzz

Friday, January 26, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.
~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

(Update) This was still up 2 days later!) The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
~Marie Beyle

The great error of nearly all studies of war... has been to consider war as an episode in foreign policies, when it is an act of interior politics...~Simone Weil

Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly.
~Senator Robert M. La Follette

Monday, January 22, 2007

Laser Guided Democracy

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
~George Washington

Imperialism is an institution under which one nation asserts the right to seize the land or at least to control the government or resources of another people.
~John T. Flynn

I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.
~Mary Roberts Rinehart

Friday, January 19, 2007

Automatic Scanning Of Every License Plate

Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face Prison

Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face PrisonBill would allow rounding up and imprisoning of non-registered political writers

By Steve Watson

You'd be forgiven for thinking that it was some new restriction on free speech in Communist China. But it isn't. The U.S. Government wants to force bloggers and online grassroots activists to register and regularly report their activities to Congress in the latest astounding attack on the internet and the First Amendment.

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, a website dedicated to fighting efforts to silence grassroots movements, states:

"Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself."

In other words Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats may redefine the meaning of lobbying in order that political communications to and even between citizens falls under the same legislation.

Under current law any 'lobbyist" who 'knowingly and willingly fails to file or report." quarterly to the government faces criminal charges including a possible jail term of up to one year.
The amendment is currently on hold.

This latest attack on bloggers comes hot on the heels of Republican Senator John McCain's proposal to introduce legislation that would fine blogs up to $300,000 for offensive statements, photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards.

McCain's proposal is presented under the banner of saving children from sexual predators (whats new) and encourages informants to shop website owners to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who then pass the information on to the relevant police authorities.

Despite a total lack of any evidence that children are being victimized en mass by bloggers or people who leave comments on blog sites, it seems likely that the proposal will become legislation in some form. It is well known that McCain has a distaste for his blogosphere critics, causing a definite conflict of interest where any proposal to restrict blogs on his part is concerned.

In recent months, a chorus of propaganda intended to demonize the Internet and further lead it down a path of strict control has spewed forth from numerous establishment organs:

During an appearance with his wife Barbara on Fox News last November, George Bush senior slammed Internet bloggers for creating an "adversarial and ugly climate."

- The White House's own recently de-classified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.

- The Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror.

- In a speech last month, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills." Chertoff pledged to dispatch Homeland Security agents to local police departments in order to aid in the apprehension of domestic terrorists who use the Internet as a political tool.

- A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America and other global trade organizations seeks to criminalize all Internet file sharing of any kind as copyright infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web - and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.

- A landmark legal ruling in Sydney goes further than ever before in setting the trap door for the destruction of the Internet as we know it and the end of alternative news websites and blogs by creating the precedent that simply linking to other websites is breach of copyright and piracy.

- The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.

- The EU also recently proposed legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video without a license.

- We have also previously exposed how moves are afoot to clamp down on internet neutrality and even to designate a highly restricted new form of the internet known as Internet 2.

Make no mistake, the internet, one of the greatest outposts of free speech ever created is under constant attack by powerful people who cannot operate within a society where information flows freely and unhindered. All these moves mimic stories we hear every week out of State Controlled Communist China, where the internet is strictly regulated and virtually exists as its own entity away from the rest of the web.

The phrases "Chinese government" and "Mao Zedong" have even been censored on China's official Web sites because they are "Sensitive phrases". Are we to allow our supposedly Democratic governments to implement the same type of restrictive policies here?

Under section 220 of the lobbying reform bill, could be required to seek a license in order to bring this information to you. IF we were granted a license we would then have to report our activities to the government four times per year in order to bring you this information. Does that sound more like free speech or more like totalitarianism?
Take action:
As well as calling the Senate you should go to which has a petition that you can sign against Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill.


"War is an instrument entirely insufficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
-Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

“Patriotism Is Supporting Your Country All The Time,
& Your Government When It Deserves It” Mark Twain

Dissent is not only patriotic It’s a necessary part of a DEMOCRACY!!!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Cold & Ice...

President Bush has decided not to renew a program of domestic spying on terrorism suspects, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Wednesday, ending an law-enforcement tactic criticized for infringing on civil liberties.

"The president has determined not to reauthorize the Terrorist Surveillance Program when the current authorization expires," Gonzales wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

Bush has reauthorized the program every 45 days, and the current authorization is mid-cycle, a senior Justice Department official said. Gonzales said a recent secret-court approval allowed the government to act effectively without the program.
Secrecy Promotes Tyranny

It was so cold (15'f) when I put this sign up that my camera stopped workin' so I only put 1 up & went home so I could start to feel my fingers.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007



By Derry Brownfield

We have published several articles in past issues of the Chronicle and I have spent considerable time on the air discussing the PATRIOT ACT and how our fourth, fifth and sixth Amendments to the Constitution have been victimized with the passing of this unconstitutional piece of legislation. The government can now search and seize without probable cause.

With the passage of this Act, our government may infringe upon our right to counsel, reasonable search and seizure, and the right to a speedy trial. Due process of law is now out of the question. Anyone being a terrorist "SUSPECT" can be held indefinitely, without legal counsel, in a secret facility. The past Attorney General, John Ashcroft, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee stated that anyone failing to embrace "HOMELAND SECURITY" as passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, is not only unpatriotic but enablers of terrorism. Does the fact that I don't want to see our Bill of Rights destroyed and our Constitution emasculated, make me an "enabler of terrorism?" Any citizen can now be considered an "enemy combatant"

Gene E. Franchini is a retired chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. On September 12 he addressed an awards banquet in Albuquerque. He stated:

"A fearful people are the easiest to govern. Their freedom and liberty can be taken away and they can be convinced to believe that it was done for their own good - to give them security. They can be convinced to give up their liberty voluntarily. The passage of the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act (& now military commision act) have resulted in the most direct attacks on the Bill of Rights that I have seen in my lifetime. These acts are passed without any meaningful opposition and still have considerable public support. Government may suspend or eliminate as much of our Constitution and it's Bill of Rights as it can, without court oversight or intervention, so that we will not be at a disadvantage in the war against terrorism. That's the idea. Why would we voluntarily do to ourselves that which our enemies over the last 200 plus tears have not been able to do to us by force? Why would we be so willing to give up our God-given rights that have been verbalized in our Constitution, when we have so hard to preserve them?"

Sergei Hoff writing an article titled POLICE-STATE-PATRIOTISM, OUR EMASCULATING YOKE OF NATIONAL FEAR, states that his "enthusiasm is lacking for this police-state-patriotism that John Ashcroft so eagerly prescribed for the masses. John Ashcroft's abuse of power is too obvious to be ignored." While I don't agree with the Patriot Act, I don't give John Ashcroft all the credit for it's existence. The law was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President of the United States. Congress passed the bill before those voting saw it.
What kind of lawmaker would vote to pass any legislation they were not totally familiar with? Apparently most Congressmen and Senators. Except for 66 individuals members of the House and Senate, the bodies of both houses are spineless puppets that operate on command like the animals in a dog and pony show. In fact, this destruction of our liberty and freedom is a dog and pony show.

Mr. Hoff closed his piece by stating that John Ashcroft (to bad he got away scott free) should be impeached and receive well-deserved prosecution. I contend that Ashcroft did not do this alone and that every lawmaker that voted this bill into existence should receive the same fate, and remember a certain President signed it into law.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The IceMan Cometh

This is my backyard
I spent most of the morning cutting the branchs off the wires so I haven't lost power...yet
You can stand in the backyard & listen to wood cracking all round me.
This missed my truck by about 2 feet

The sun has come out & turned my backyard into a crystal forest & wind chime these pictures don't do it justice.

34,452 Dead Civilians

Latest figures from the UN in Iraq show a total of 34,452 civilians were killed in the country last year and 36,685 wounded as a result of sectarian violence and unrest.

In its latest update Tuesday, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, UNAMI published figures for November and December which showed 6,376 civilians were killed and 6,875 were wounded.
This shows a very slight fall compared with the previous four months when the violence heightened.

UNAMI figures showed 6,599 people were killed in July and August with numbers peaking in September and October when more than 7,000 people died, the majority in Baghdad.

The report said the situation remained 'particularly bad' in Baghdad where most bodies bore signs of torture.

Revenge killings, lack of accountability for past crimes and impunity for current human rights violations were identified as the 'root causes' of the violence.

'It is essential that the State and Government of Iraq are seen as united in their efforts to contain and eventually eradicate sectarian violence.' said the report.

This was the only way 'to ensure the rule of law' and remove the 'popular basis for the perpetrators of this violence

How many more must die to avenge 9-11? Iraq & the Iraqi people had NOTHING to do with 9-11
George W. Bush proclaims himself a born-again Christian. However, Bush and fellow self-anointed neo-Christians like Tom DeLay, John Ashcroft, and sports arena Book of Revelations carnival hawker Franklin Graham appear to wallow in a "Christian" blood lust cult when it comes to practicing the teachings of the founder of Christianity. This cultist form of Christianity, with its emphasis on death rather than life, is also worrying the leaders of mainstream Christian religions, particularly the Pope.

One only has to check out Bush's record as Governor of Texas to see his own preference for death over life. During his tenure as Governor, Bush presided over a record setting 152 executions, including the 1998 execution of fellow born-again Christian Karla Faye Tucker, a convicted murderer who later led a prison ministry. Forty of Bush's executions were carried out in 2000, the year the Bush presidential campaign was spotlighting their candidate's strong law enforcement record. The Washington Post's Richard Cohen reported in October 2000 that one of the execution chamber's "tie-down team" members, Fred Allen, had to prepare so many people for lethal injections during 2000, he quit his job in disgust.

Bush mocked Tucker's appeal for clemency. In an interview with Talk magazine, Bush imitated Tucker's appeal for him to spare her life - pursing his lips, squinting his eyes, and in a squeaky voice saying, "Please don't kill me." That went too far for former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, himself an evangelical Christian. "I think it is nothing short of unbelievable that the governor of a major state running for president thought it was acceptable to mock a woman he decided to put to death," said Bauer.

I'm starting to believe Alex Jones, that Bush & his gang are part of a Cult Of Death. Check Out Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Good News?

Liberal lawmakers seek end to Iraq war


WASHINGTON — The House's most liberal lawmakers, ignored while Republicans were in charge, are emerging to push resistance to President Bush's plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq.
The Progressive Caucus members, who've long advocated withdrawing troops from Iraq, seized the chance to offer a gentle "I told you so" to those who are just now coming to that position.
"We were labeled dissenters," declared Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., caucus co-chair. "We have changed enough minds that ours is now the mainstream position."

More than a dozen House members and dozens of onlookers gathered Friday for the group's first forum in the new Democratic-controlled Congress. They were there to hear from George McGovern, the liberal former senator and presidential candidate, on his plan for withdrawing from Iraq in six months.

But first, they took time to delight in their new digs: the big, well-appointed Cannon Caucus Room across the street from the Capitol. It was a far cry from the out-of-the-way basement rooms allowed them when Republicans were in power.
"Look where we are today!" Woolsey said.

McGovern, a South Dakota Democrat who ran for president in 1972 on an anti-Vietnam War platform, said he thought at the time there was one silver lining to that war.
"'This Vietnam situation is so outrageous we'll never go down that road again,'" he recalled saying. "And here we are."

With Congress grappling with its response to Bush's plan to add more than 20,000 troops to the forces already in Iraq, several Progressive Caucus members made their stance clear: They want Democratic leaders to use Congress' power of the purse to block the move by refusing to fund it.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate intend to hold votes within a few weeks on nonbinding resolutions to show their opposition to any troop buildup. Action on trying to block funding for a buildup could wait until the administration submits a supplemental war spending request later this year.

Some progressives want to attach conditions to that bill that would block the funding from going for a troop increase. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has indicated she's open to that but hasn't committed to it.

"This is all great, but the real test is going to come on the supplemental," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. "It's not clear that Democratic leaders are prepared to bring an end to the war fairly quickly."

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who chairs a key Appropriations subcommittee, said Friday he'd like to add other conditions to the war spending measure as well, such as requiring more troop training and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"If he wants to veto the bill, he won't have any money" for the war, Murtha said.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., won McGovern's approval for a suggestion that Congress amend the war spending request to specify it only could be used for force protection, withdrawal and diplomacy.

"I'd endorse that all the way," McGovern said.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Rehangs & One New Sign

This one was ripped down by the wind, so I rehung it.

I seem to have run into a Bushbot that likes to rip down my signs, but being a Bushbot he's not smart enough to throw them away, he just throws them into the woods next to where they were I rehung them BOTH!
This one is the new big ass sign as you can see I needed to use ladder technology.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

The Word Is Spreading

This sign was seen on a walk way that I have hit more than once... the thing is I didn't post this sign, it looks like someone else is blogging too! Keep up the good work whoever you are!

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Let The People Decide

Hey Nancy
This is a government for the people by the people

Not a government by Nancy Pelosi for Nancy Pelosi. Let the people decide!!!

You teach your children that lying is wrong... so is it wrong for a president to lie?

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Laser Guided New Year

Here's my start to a new year
Dear Mr Bush
The american ppl are not the terrorist!!!
Please stop this invasion into OUR privacy.

If you ask me, with King George's latest invasion into OUR privacy, it's a pay back because the american ppl voted against his party & his war, & like a spoiled child he's going to punish us for it, by adding another layer of bullshit laws on top of all the other laws that invade OUR lives.