Samstag, 12. Januar 2008

It's important to examine Republican tactics to win over Hispanic Americans

Latino Voters

On PBS, NOW goes "to Florida just weeks before its important primary to examine Republican tactics to win over Hispanic Americans."

Prankster May Be Responsible for Radio Threats Against Navy

The Navy Times' Andrew Scutro and David Brown say: "The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the 'Filipino Monkey.'"


Threats to US ships in Gulf came from “heckler?”

Raw Story


Threatening comments heard at the end of a Pentagon-released audio recording designed to prove harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a local heckler known as the ‘Filipino Monkey,’ The Navy Times reported. The 36-minute video aired Friday included footage of Iranian boats following the US ships at some distance. It includes a shot of a dark object floating in the water, but it could not be determined whether this was one of the box-like objects that the Pentagon claims were dumped in the path of a US warship by two speedboats...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Der Bundestrojaner fürs Volkäuble

Real ID Standards Set Stage for Showdown With States

Matthew L. Wald, writing for The New York Times, reports: "The federal government issued national standards on Friday that states would have to meet in order for driver's licenses they issue to qualify as identification at airports and federal buildings, setting the stage for a confrontation with states that have voted not to cooperate."

NBC Rewrites its Own Rules to Prevent America from Hearing Kucinich

The article about Kucinich is very important to seen how the American public does not even get the chance to see all of the candiates in the election.



Urgent Action: Tell NBC To Put All Remaining Candidates Back In The Debates

We have two advocacy missions for our participants this weekend. The first is very easy and we are hoping everyone will do it, to submit an action to send a message to NBC demanding that they all remaining candidates back in the debates.

NBC Debates Action Page:
(anyone can use this link)

Facebook Version: (for this link, you must be a member of Facebook and logged in)

The second is to do anything you can to support the Kucinich call for a recount in New Hampshire, so please read on and we'll tell you why we think this is so important.

How Dare NBC Presume To Determine Which Candidates Are Worth Hearing From?

We are sick and tired up to here of having the corporate media with their fist on the scales during our election process. It is a self fulfilling fix to feature certain candidates over others in their coverage, and then crowd out those cheated of effective visibility in the first place.

All candidates who meet the criteria must be allowed to participate and be given fair and equal time. If candidates want to drop out, that is their personal decision, as quite a number already have. But it is outrageous, undemocratic and unpatriotic for NBC to play judge, jury and executioner at this still early juncture. We have ready seen multiple huge shifts in expected candidate rankings in just the first caucus and first actual primary election. They can project a winner in a particular race AFTER all the votes have been cast, not before.

If the voice who you believe best represents you on the issues is being excluded from the debates, we need to tell NBC to back off, and stop meddling with our democracy. So please submit the action page above, and you can also call their programming department on the phone at 212-664-4444.

Why A Recount In New Hampshire Is So Important

We've barely completely the first actual primary election in this cycle and already there are huge suspicions on the blogs and on the radio about the veracity of the results. Maybe it's because there is so must hard evidence after the fact that the last two presidential elections were stolen outright.

As reported by election protection watch groups, in particular there appears to be a consistent pattern of discrepancies between the optical scan counted and machine counted votes.

These doubts must be dispelled.

If we want people to turn out and actually vote in record numbers like a healthy functioning democracy, people must have confidence to believe that their votes will actually count. There must be a recount in this case, and every other such case, and one of two things will happen. Either 1) the count will be demonstrated accurate, in which case that confidence is enhanced, or 2) we uncover problems and we start fixing them now. Either way, this is a very worthy endeavor.

Only Dennis Kucinich has demonstrated the leadership on the Democratic side to call for this needed recount, even though another candidate, who we do not need to name, with tens of millions in the bank, could have it done for much less money under NH law because they were within 3 points of the declared winner. If you can do so, won't you make a contribution to help finance this recount.

Kucinich Donations:

The special edition Kucinich campaign pocket constitutions have arrived from the printer, they are just gorgeous, and we will be working all weekend to ship them out. You can have one too with your donation of just $100 on the page above. And if you can contribute $1000 Dennis will personally autograph your copy along with a personal thank you letter suitable for framing.

Yes, why is it that Dennis Kucinich and Dennis Kucinich only is out there demonstrating leadership on absolutely every issue? What would we do without him? Why don't we just all vote for the candidate we really like on the issues, and stop letting the corporate media pick the front-running horses before even the first race.

New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State, David M. Scanlan, was quoted yesterday as saying.

"Perhaps the best thing that could happen for us is to have a recount to show the people that the votes that were cast on election day were accurately reflected in the results."

We agree.

Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind that every vote was counted, recorded and reported. Nothing will strengthen our democracy more than the certainty that the process is working and faithful.

And for those concerned about the expense, what is the expense of putting the wrong people in and getting saddled with a two trillion dollar (already) illegal and generational foreign occupation and quadrupled oil prices? We say election recounts are true democracy on the cheap.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and distribute this alert to everyone you know.


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Restrictions on masts planned

By Alex Lewis

THERE could be a complete ban on new mobile phone masts within 50 metres of any home or school in St Albans if the district council gets its way.

The authority is drawing up guidelines to cover future planning applications, and is considering imposing rules to protect the public.


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Only impeachment can right Bush administration wrongs

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Is Hillary the Preferred Republican Candidate?

What the Neocons want: On how a phony attack from Iran might be staged

Attack Iran! Attack Iran!

Informant: Lew Rockwell

The Film About Vaccines You Simply Must See

Shanghai police detain anti-maglev rail protesters

Rising middle class fuels Shanghai maglev protest

Well-heeled protests hit Shanghai

FACTBOX-Five facts about Shanghai's high-speed Maglev train

Citizens challenge new maglev route in Shanghai

Shanghai seeks more views on maglev

Extension of maglev railway to be further studied

Protests delay work on Shanghai maglev

Shanghai puts maglev train line on hold

Middle-class Chinese protest high-speed train project in Shanghai

China’s Middle Class Derails New Link

US War Plans and the "Strait of Hormuz Incident": Just Who Threatens Whom?

Informant: Romi Elnagar

Kucinich: Surprise Hillary Victory A "Mystery That Needs To Be Solved"

When Will Global Warming Reach a Political Tipping Point?

Sierra Magazine says that although historically the environment has not been a top election concern, in a recent poll that asked voters how important global warming will be in their vote for US president in 2008, more than half of respondents answered "extremely" or "very."

Climate Change: The Real New Hampshire Story

Adam Markham, The Telegraph UK: "The result of New Hampshire's first in the nation primary is likely to be a watershed for the debate on climate change in America."

US Corporate Elite Fear Candidate Edwards

Kevin Drawbaugh, Reuters: "Ask corporate lobbyists which presidential contender is most feared by their clients and the answer is almost always the same - Democrat John Edwards."

Judge Allows Suit Charging VA Denies Some Vets Health Care

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle, "Veterans' advocates can proceed with a lawsuit claiming that the federal government's health care system for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan illegally denies care and benefits, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Thursday."

Protesters Demand Guantanamo Close: 80 Arrested

The Associated Press: "Eighty people were arrested at the Supreme Court Friday in a protest calling for the shutdown of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

Help Protect Polar Bears as Endangered

Paulson Sees `No Evidence' Housing Decline Is Ending

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the housing decline will continue, and a program aimed at heading off a wave of foreclosures may need to be expanded beyond subprime borrowers.

From Information Clearing House

Will Your Vote Be Counted in 2008?

Every vote counts. But will every vote actually be counted? One-by-one, states across the country are finding critical flaws in the accuracy and security of electronic voting machines.

From Information Clearing House

Diebold Again: Did Hillary Really Win New Hampshire?

More Questions About Diebold Voting Machines

From Information Clearing House


Diebold Again: Did Hillary Really Win New Hampshire?

Blair accused of taking blood money

Gets over £1m job with US bank profiting from Iraq war.

From Information Clearing House

US Admiral Says Iran Risks Gulf Conflict

The top U.S. military commander in the Mideast said Friday that Iran runs the risk of triggering an unintended conflict if its boats continue to harass U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

US Navy threat may not have been Iranian

THE US navy says there is "no way to know" if a threat radioed to US warships in the Strait of Hormuz came from Iranian speedboats, casting doubt on the earlier US version of Sunday's confrontation.,21985,23036718-5005961,00.html

From Information Clearing House

US would 'regret' Pakistan operation

President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview published Friday that U.S. troops would be regarded as invaders if they crossed into Pakistan to hunt al-Qaida militants.

Any action in Pakistan territory could be taken as attack: Musharraf

President Musharraf has warned US coalition forces that any unilateral action taken against militants along the Pakistan-Afghan border will be regarded as an invasion.

Musharraf: U.S. May 'Regret' Covert Ops

President Pervez Musharraf said the United States would "regret the day" its forces entered the Pakistani mountains in search of Osama bin Laden.

From Information Clearing House

Blackwater dropped blinding tear gas on Iraqis, US soldiers

Use of CS gas in war is prohibited by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (signed in 1993).

From Information Clearing House

Civilian Deaths Massive by Any Measure

How many Iraqi civilians have lost their lives as a result of gunshots and bombings since the U.S. military invaded that oil-rich Arab nation nearly five years ago?

From Information Clearing House

Ron Paul Forcefully Responds To Racism Charges

Ron Paul explain his dislike for collectivist racist views.

You Can't Do Anything Unless You Try

By Mary Pitt

The progressive movement turned out in force in 2006, defeated many of the hard-core Bushites and installed "liberal" Democrats in their stead. It didn't help. They were stymied at every turn by their business-as-usual senior colleagues of both parties who really understood "how the game is played".

The Winning Ticket: Hillary and Diebold in 2008

By Mike Whitney

Something doesn't ring true about Hillary's "upset" victory in the New Hampshire primary. It just doesn't pass the smell test.

Religion-Politics Mix Gives Rise to Fear

Welcome To The Persian Gulf

By Daniel M Pourkesali

According to a report published in the New York Times, unnamed Pentagon officials are saying that the threatening voice heard in the audio clip which was recorded separately from the video images and merged together later by the Navy, "is not traceable to the Iranian military".


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