Friday, April 30, 2004


"Just look at these people. Look at their names. And look at their ages. Consider what they've done for you. Honor them. I truly believe that people will take away from this program the reflection of what they bring to it.'' Quote by Ted Koppel

Commentary Below By Jude at iddybud Blog. Well said girlfriend and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Many of you may not be aware of my Honor Roll website/blog. I went there today to add what I consider to be a shameful headline: Sinclair Broadcasting refuses to air Nightline reading of the list of our fallen. I applaud any network that would devote its time and effort to honor the men and women who gave their lives for the cause and commitment they made for this nation, regardless of politics.

Whatever brought Sinclair Broadcasting to this decision..I don't understand it, but silencing mention of our dead is f*cking shameful! Those men and women fought for American values and freedoms that are being stepped on by the likes of Sinclair. Jane Bright of Military Families Speak Out is the mother of Sgt. Evan Ashcraft, who died July 24, 2003, near Mosul, Iraq. She said: "The Sinclair Broadcast Group is trying to undermine the lives of our soldiers killed in Iraq. By censoring Nightline they want to hide the toll the war on Iraq is having on thousands of soldiers and their families, like mine."

Sinclair's soft money political contributions will probably tell you exactly what they're afraid of. The hard money tells the same sordid tale. I'm right on this. I know it clearly. Our soldiers know it. Their families know it. If we cannot distinguish public mourning from making statements against a war, then we have failed as a free and civil people. We are no longer beholding of the American ideals on which our nation was founded.

Never Say Die
by Daryl Gale

On a roll, Kucinich lets loose when asked about the war's connection to terrorism. "We know that the war on Iraq was planned prior to 9/11," he says. "War creates a redistribution of wealth, and that's precisely what the current administration had in mind. They claim to be saving us from terrorism, but who's going to save us from the people who create terrorism by bombing other countries for their oil? Bush is both the fireman and the arsonist at the same time. He creates terrorism in order to save us from terrorism." It's time to reawaken the Democratic Party and take it back to its liberal roots, says Kucinich, who claims Democrats have knuckled under to pressure from Republicans on domestic issues. "We need the government to challenge the terror of unemployment, homelessness and substandard education right here at home," says the energetic congressman from Ohio. "We need to challenge the terror of the Patriot Act, not just accept the erosion of our liberties. True patriots don't give up their rights without a fight."

[Cherry Blossoms in the lovely, peaceful Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in early Spring.]

Message From True Majority On Voting Machines

We're making waves and the tide is turning. The last week has been a big one for the Computer Ate My Vote campaign and I wanted to share with you some of the progress we've been making. In California, 50 TrueMajority members filled a Sacramento sidewalk last week calling for accountability from paperless electronic voting terminals. It was a fun event -- our "hungry computer" prowled around for votes to eat and TrueMajority balladeer Laramie Crocker sang his ode to paperless voting, "Little Black Box," while the crowd urged state officials to dump California's unverified voting machines. The very next day California's Voting Systems and Procedures Panel said that's exactly what should be done. The panel recommended to California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley that he revoke the certification of the model TSx paperless electronic voting machine, made by Diebold Election Systems.

This is big news. California is the biggest market for election equipment in America. A rejection of paperless electronic voting terminals there will have ripple effects throughout the country, and we expect California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to issue that decertification any day. We continue to work in California to extend the decertification of the Diebold TSx machines to *all* paperless electronic voting machinies. On the day of the California announcement, TrueMajority members in Canton, Ohio gathered outside the annual shareholders' meeting of Diebold Corporation. Ironically, Ohio is considering buying the very same Diebold TSx machines recommended for decertification in California.

A banner reading "Diebold Devours Democracy" floated from three helium-filled weather balloons outside the auditorium where Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell addressed shareholders and media. Activists gathered around a smoking, flashing mock-up of a malfunctioning Diebold voting terminal as TrueMajority organizers detailed the long list of failures by Diebold's machines in states across the nation. The event made news not only in Ohio newspapers and on Ohio television and radio but also throughout the country due to coverage by the national wire services.

Our work continues in Ohio, where the legislature is still debating a bill to require a paper trail (a TrueMajority organizer testified in favor of it). The bill doesn't go as far as we'd like -- some counties would still be able to purchase paperless machines this year, and retrofit them later -- but it's still a turnaround for a state which had been on the verge of locking *every* county into paperless voting for the foreseeable future. Diebold, meanwhile, seems to be changing it's tune. nstead of claiming that paper trails are difficult to produce, as they did at the beginning of our campaign, company spokespeople said last week they'd be happy to make paper-capable machines for states who want them.

We reported to you earlier that eight states have required paper trails for their electronic voting terminals. Here's more good news -- Maine just joined the club April 22, when Governor Baldacci signed LD1759 into law. State Rep. Hannah Pingree, the chief sponsor of the Maine bill, tells us that your messages to the secretary of state there softened the ground and were important in getting the law passed. We're not stopping there, though. In addition to pushing on in Ohio and California, we'll soon be taking on the new federal Election Assistance Commission. That's the new board tasked with writing the standards for electronic voting machines. We'll be asking them to write "voter verified paper trail" into the federal standards, so all those states who are waiting until next year to buy voting machines will buy the right ones.

[The Duchess at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY back in 2000]

Thursday, April 29, 2004


Dennis Kucinich Still Running
by Patricia Guth

Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich: We Need Peace Now!
by Gary Allen

American Hero
by Don Hazen

On Thursday, April 29, the innovative, progressive Los Angeles community foundation Liberty Hill is honoring Tom Hayden for his 40 years of dedication to social change. As an effective leader and long distance runner for progress who has never let up in the struggle to make our country and world better, Tom Hayden may very well be the best we have.

NYC Denies Permit For Huge Anti-War Rally During GOP Convention
by Sara Kugler

Support For War Is Down Sharply, Poll Concludes
by R.W.Stevenson & J.Elder

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

This Just In From Blog ... Daily KOS

This is an interesting catch by David Sirota ... The White House today announced it will be spending another $18 million of taxpayer money on television ads promoting its new Medicare bill. Not only was the last round of ads criticized by government regulators as misleading, but the White House is on track to spend more Medicare money on television ads ($80 million) than its own FDA commissioner says is necessary to create a safe system to import cheaper, FDA-approved prescription medicines from abroad ($58 million). Of course, the ads aren't designed to help seniors understand the new Medicare law. They are designed to aid the Bush/Cheney'04 campaign.

Kucinich Spreads Message
by Shawn Day

Medals Of Honor
by Wesley Clark

Important Message From NARAL Pro-Choice America

The White House tried as hard as it could to denigrate the March for Women's Lives. Dick Cheney's top advisor, Mary Matalin, said it was "Out of touch and irrelevant." President Bush's closest confidante, Karen Hughes, compared pro-choice Americans to terrorists. When asked by CNN about the March, she responded: "I think that after September 11, the American people are valuing life more and we need policies to value the dignity and worth of every life....Really, the fundamental issue between us and the terror network we fight is that we value every life."

But even George Bush can't ignore it when 1.15 million pro-choice Americans walk past his front yard. Yesterday, he had his Justice Department withdraw its outrageous demand that thousands of women who'd had abortions turn over their private medical records for John Ashcroft's perusal. Everyone who marched, or sent a message to the marchers, or contributed to help make it happen should feel enormously proud. You helped stop Bush and Ashcroft! Now, it's time to turn the pressure up another notch. They've retreated on one front, but they're still pressing forward with the rest of their anti-choice agenda. That's why we need you to take these two important steps today:

1] First, sign up to be one of the first of the 250,000 pro-choice precinct captains we need to recruit this year, to work online and in your community to keep spreading the word about how to protect our right to choose - click here:

2] Second, make a special donation today to keep the pro-choice momentum alive click here:

The March has already brought us one important victory, the withdrawal of the intrusive subpoena for abortion records. If we keep our movement growing and active, we can keep government out of our private decisions for the next generation. We think Karen Hughes' comments are pretty outrageous. For a touch of humor, see how Jon Stewart summed it up. Click here to hear audio clips at Americablog:

Message From ACT FOR CHANGE - President Bush: Don't Destroy Iraq in Order to Liberate It

Heavy fighting has begun again in Fallujah and the Shiite holy city of Najaf. The fighting is likely to be so brutal that we will destroy the cities in order to save them. And it seems certain that hundreds of American soldiers will die and thousands of Iraqis -- both insurgents and civilian bystanders -- will die uncounted. Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. Special Envoy to Iraq, is hard at work attempting to piece together a coalition government that can take sovereignty from the United States. He has argued that this is not possible if American troops go on the offensive again. There must be a political solution, and the negotiations now under way must be given sufficient time to succeed. Click here to take action!

The attacks on Najaf and Fallujah will serve no one except the most extreme elements, cost lives unnecessarily, and work against the Bush Administration's stated goal of transferring power to an interim government on June 30th. Click below to tell President Bush to stand down the troops and leave Iraq's holy sites and mosques alone.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

[Duchess Note ... Special thanks to Rob, Harry & Felix for banner & group photo assistance. You fella's are fantastic! The group photo was taken at small fundraiser gathering at Rob Jereski's home April 23rd. Rob is wearing a blue shirt, his father is to the left and the Duchess is wearing a pink turtleneck on the right. Smile and say Progressive Democrat! More news on the Jereski campaign to follow over next few days. Stay tuned...............]

What Do We Do Now?
by Howard Zinn

The suggestion that we simply withdraw from Iraq is met with laments: "We mustn't cut and run. . . . We must stay the course. . . . Our reputation will be ruined. . . ." That is exactly what we heard when, at the start of the Vietnam escalation, some of us called for immediate withdrawal. The result of staying the course was 58,000 Americans and several million Vietnamese dead. "We can't leave a vacuum there." I think it was John Kerry who said that. What arrogance to think that when the United States leaves a place there's nothing there! The same kind of thinking saw the enormous expanse of the American West as "empty territory" waiting for us to occupy it, when hundreds of thousands of Indians lived there already. The history of military occupations of Third World countries is that they bring neither democracy nor security. The long U.S. occupation of the Philippines, following a bloody war in which American troops finally subdued the Filipino independence movement, did not lead to democracy, but rather to a succession of dictatorships, ending with Fernando Marcos.

Making Videos On Their Own Terms

by Bija Gutoff


You can also help the campaign by ordering ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN MEMORABILIA such as cups, travel mugs, t-shirts, and buttons and in the Official Campaign Store: These designs are limited stock; once these quantities are gone they will be no longer available.

SIGN PETITIONS: We will be delivering signed petitions to the Democratic Party Platform committee before the National Convention in Boston this July. The petitions focus on the critical issues this campaign has stood for. Petitions to end the war in Iraq, repeal critical sections of the PATRIOT Act, and to establish a cabinet-level Department of Peace are among those available. You can sign the petitions online right now, or print and circulate them. Deadline for getting them back to us is June 1st, so please don't delay. Get the petitions here:

Democratic National Convention News is here:

"DENNIS TALKS ABOUT" is a series of 2 to 5 minute reports of Dennis on the campaign trail. In these clips, Dennis discusses in detail his current thoughts on specific issues. You can watch the video online, hear the audio, or read the text transcript on each of the issues.

The Environment:
Oil and U.S. Politics:
Military Draft:
Affordable Housing:

It was truly amazing. By our counts over a MILLION pro-choice Americans marched in Washington on Sunday. It was the biggest march -- for choice, for equal rights, for ANY cause at all -- in U.S. HISTORY. Whether you were marching with us in body or in spirit, we want to say thank you for all you did to help make the March for Women's Lives a reality. Sunday was about getting the pro-choice movement energized and organized. We're counting on you to help us tackle our next challenge: mobilizing citizens across the country to elect a pro-choice president. The Presidential election is winner take all, with a woman's right to choose at stake. The effort of the 31 years since Roe v. Wade can be undone if we lose in November. Here's what we need you to do:

If there was ever a time to turn the energy of the March into action, now is it. Set up your own pro-choice webpage to get your friends and family involved in the pro-choice movement for the long haul! Share your March stories and energy and ask 10 friends to take action on the latest campaigns to protect our right to choose. Check it out here:

More than anything, we need EVERY pro-choice voter to be out at the polls in November. Make sure you -- and everyone you know -- is registered to vote:

Monday, April 26, 2004

[Hundreds of thousands rally on the Mall in Washington on April 25th for Abortion-Rights Rally & March]

Massive Protest Decries Bush Abortion Policies
BY Deborah Zabarenko

It's Personal
by Skye Perryman

Pro-Choice March Largest In History
by Allison Stevens

[With the US Capital in the background, hundreds of thousands of pro-choice supporters take part in the "March for Women's Lives"]

Pennsylvania Senator Jim Ferlo extends the ultimate "olive branch" to Congressman & Presidential candidate Dennis autographed Pittsburgh Steelers football. Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Dennis' home town, have a long-standing football rivalry. The presentation over the weekend was done in front of an audience of hundreds at the Iron City Brewery in Pittsburgh.

Personal News - Part XVIII

Yesterday was a big day for women's rights and pro-choice here in the US. Reading on the Internet about the huge turnout down in Washington DC of the "March for Women's Rights". Some time ago I'd planned on going down for the rally, but due to shortage of funds for transportation, I unfortunately had to pass. Sigh!

However, here in NYC, I did participate in a worth while charity walk [ie: 7 miles] with my fellow E&Y co-workers and thousands of other good folk. It was in support of the "March of Dimes" organization and one of their long time supporters is legendary NY Jets football player Joe Namath. I arrived at the general meetup location in the Lincoln Center area at about 8:35am Sunday morning. Found my E&Y co-workers at a table near the main stage. Weather was abit cool, some sun and clouds. Not as nice as the day before which was a lovely Spring day. At one point we had a company group shot and I hope to have that pix up online sometime soon. Then the "ceremonies" began and barfy bitch Rosanna Scotto from Fox News was the MC. Everytime Fox News was mentioned I boo'd loudly and naturally cheered, plus flash the peace sign, when my own company was announced. The "walk" itself finally started just before 9:30am. Overall it took me two hours to walk the seven miles and this included two bathroom pitstops. The walk route takes one thru Central Park and it was great seeing all the lovely greenery sprouting forth. Down Lexington Avenue to Madison Square Park, back up Madison Avenue, across 53rd Street to 10th Avenue and finishing at 64th Street behind Lincoln Center. Along the way we were given some freebies, some of which were edible, plus more freebies at the finish line. Even tho E&Y group started out "together" ... at some point in Central Park we broke up into smaller groups or venture on our own. As for this gal, I ventured on my own and listened to Pearl Jam tunes on my walkman. Yeah baby ... keep on walking in the free world!

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Abortion Activists On The March
Thousands of activists from the US and some 60 other countries have arrived in Washington for a rally to try to ensure that abortion remains legal in the US.

When Kerry Was Liberal
by Ruth Conniff

Racism & Reoproductive Rights
by Ginger Adams


Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who has been sounding warning alarms regarding electronic voting systems since he began his campaign last year, today called on federal, state and local election officials to suspend immediately the implementation of any voting systems that do not provide a 100 percent reliable paper-trail back-up to corroborate results. A decision yesterday by the eight-member California Voting Systems and Procedures Panel that 15,000 electronic voting machines in four counties be banned in the November election because of glitches in the March primary election is more than enough evidence that these systems could undermine the integrity and affect the results of November's general election, Kucinich said.

Especially in terms of the Presidential election, Kucinich said, we cannot entrust the future of our country to technologies that are flawed, suspect, and proven to have failed, especially when those technologies have been developed by companies that have their own political agendas. Diebold Election Systems, which came under the harshest criticism from the California elections panel, is headed by Chief Executive Officer Walden O'Dell, who last year became active in the re-election effort of President Bush, even attending a strategy meeting with wealthy Bush benefactors at the President's private ranch in Texas. Soon after, O'Dell wrote a fundraising letter where he said he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Contribute now to help Dennis take the message to the Democratic National Convention that we will not accept electronic voting machines with no auditable paper trail.

Although Diebold is the most embattled voting equipment company, Newsday reported that paperless systems made by Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. and other competitors also expose elections to malicious attack, software glitches and mechanical errors that could delete or alter millions of ballots. The story went on to report a variety of other problems in Indiana, Maryland, and other states. According to Newsday, Because votes that only exist in electronic form can be altered or deleted, Oregon, New Hampshire and Illinois require paper ballots; and California, Missouri and Nevada will require paper backups on touchscreen terminals by 2006. The newspaper also reported that Secretaries of state in Washington and West Virginia are calling for paper trails, while Ohio is reconsidering the switch to new machines.

Kucinich said he will take his challenges to the newly created federal agency charged with overseeing electronic voting, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, established in January, which will conduct a May 5 public hearing in Washington, D.C. on May 5. The technological problems are real, Kucinich said, and the potential for further problems, mischief, and outright fraud is equally real, and far more dangerous.

A Controversial Choice For The Position Of Archivist Of The United States: Part Of The Bush Administration's Secrecy Strategy?
by John Dean

Is Military Draft In The Works?
by Andrew Greeley

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Personal News - Part XVII

What a gorgeous, sunny, breezy spring day here in Brooklyn. The flowers are blooming, grass is growing and the trees are sprouting their soft little green leaves. Its all so delightfully precious to gaze upon ... but lord it do wreck havoc on the allergies and sinus. Right now I have the windows wide open to let in the fresh spring air and clean out the stale air of winter. This morning I went to the Farmers Market again and picked up another plant. [Plus other errands.] Spring and Autumn are my favorite times of the year. I'm lovin it!

After a slow day at office Monday and Tuesday ... rest of the work week was busy and productive. Yesterday I was taken out to lunch by one of the Senior Managers I support in recognition of Administrative Professional Day. Debra and I went to Arno's on West 38th Street [fine Italian dining]. We spent 1 1/2 hours dining on delicious cuisine and talking about all sorts of topics. During her freshman year in college she backpacked throughout Europe with college buddies. [I had a tuna fillet with a yummy dijon mustard sauce, green salad & glass of white wine.] Several other E&Y employees come to this restaurant and several were there entertaining their admins.

Yesterday evening was Rob Jereski's friend and fundraiser party in Tudor City [Manhattan]. Even tho I was tired after a long, busy, productive week I couldn't miss out on the party. I had a wonderful time and engaged in fascinating conversations with those who attended. [I also brought my homemade hummus and chocolate chip cookies.] I'd say about 25 showed up [even Rob's father] for the event and everyone made contributions. Group shots were taken by Harry with his digital camera and these will be shown eventually on Jereski for Congress website. Halfway thru the evening [party started at 7pm] there was some terrific poetry reading and Rob made a long speech, plus answer questions, regarding his campaign. Finally I had to leave around 10:45pm, as I was just too tired. Some folk had left at this point, but others were showing up and I'm sure the party continued until midnight. Naturally the subways don't run regularly at that time of night, so I didn't get home until 11:45pm. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going outdoors to enjoy somemore of this great weather. Peace & Solidarity!


In the last week, the Bush Administration has launched a public relations blitz in an attempt to improve the image of the widely-detested PATRIOT Act, arguing the act is necessary to protect American in the war on terror. Fortunately, the American people know better and the civil liberties-shredding legislation has been met with impressive resistance. Providing an excellent example of what citizens can do to better their government, resolutions opposing the PATRIOT Act have been passed in 291 communities, in 39 states, including four state-wide resolutions; representing 49.8 million people. Despite this resistance, few Democratic leaders have insisted on repealing the legislation. Kucinich, campaigning in Oregon, said "It's unmistakably clear" from his travels across the nation "that there is an almost universal rejection of the PATRIOT Act. He called on his own Party to end its silence, "show some backbone," and call for the law's repeal. Read press release:


Join us in our campaign to petition the Democratic Party on the PATRIOT Act and other key issues! To help align the party platform with the values of most Democratic voters, we are collecting signatures for 5 petitions, reflecting our most urgent national priorities:

Health Care
The PATRIOT Act (Civil Rights)
Jobs/Trade (NAFTA/WTO)
A Department of Peace and Non-Violence
All at

Our goal is to present a million signatures to the Democratic Party Platform Committee when they meet at the end of June, as a complement to our efforts on the ground at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. As a Democratic candidate, Dennis Kucinich is in a unique position to be a voice for these issues inside the Convention, when they might otherwise only be seen in protest zones outside. Help us reach one million signatures! Click here to sign or download these petitions and to learn more about our petition campaign.


Congressman Kucinich has also been outspoken in his opposition to new legislation in Oregon that places a ban on gay marriage. Kucinich recently attended the wedding of Bonnie Tinker and Sara Graham in Oregon. The newly married couple said: "As one of the few lesbian couples in this country whose marriage is legally recognized, we urge you to support Dennis in carrying this vision to voters." For more info and pictures from the wedding click here:


Kucinich had an impressive showing in Colorado, garnering between 31% and 35% in Boulder, Larimer, and El Paso counties. A large percentage of the county level delegates are uncommitted and final results are not yet in, but Kucinich is expected to pull delegates. [Hurray!] In North Carolina, Kucinich beat both Senator Kerry and North Carolina's own Sen. John Edwards in three counties: Watauga, Orange, and Buncombe. In Watauga County, Kucinich received just over 50 percent of the votes, easily outpacing Kerry, who had 20.6 percent and Edwards, who had 21.2 percent. Kucinich is likely to pick up three convention delegates from North Carolina. Read press release:

Friday, April 23, 2004

"I would make the argument that trying to hide the photos of these people who gave everything for their country is actually dishonoring them. They went over there in all of our names and died, and then when they come back home, they're hidden behind a curtain. I think that's wrong." Quote by Russ Kick @ The Memory Hole website

[Duchess Note ... Thanks to Shaun at "Upper Left" blog]

Humiliating Our Friends
by Marc Lynch

Ducking Responsibility
by Ruth Rosen

Images Of US Soldiers' Coffins Released
Pictures given to activist under freedom-of-information laws

[Duchess Note ... Its photos like this that the goddamn US Government, Shrub the Lesser & his corrupt administration (empire) don't want Americans to see. We should see them! To remind us of this illegal occupation of Iraq, which had no WMD or connections to Al-Qaeda. NONE!!!! This administration doesn't give a damn about America's sons and daughters. If Bushie cared he'd attend ALL the funerals of those fallen in combat. He hasn't attended one funeral ... he'd rather be in Crawford, TX fishing for bass. What a moron! Now the government is planning to set up the draft, which will go into effect next year and take all our sons and daughters to fight illegal wars. Oh, don't worry, the government won't draft rich bastards brats, just the poor and middle class. Stop the Bushies from getting elected in November. Come out and vote for Democrats all the way. Take back our country and make it a true democracy.]

Comments From Blog "iddybud" On Saudis, Bushie & 9/11

Regarding Bob Woodward's book about the inner sanctum of the Bush war council, Marie Cocco [link to article listed below] states:

I want more pages, but not from Woodward. Twenty-eight of them, to be exact........after 9/11, we learned of another part of the unspoken pact: We are supposed to avert our eyes from the Saudi nurturing of radical Islamists and the royal family's slush funds for terror. Congressional investigators wanted a hard look and wrote a chapter with their initial findings. The president says we can't see it.

Since when does the President have the uncheckable right to tell the people that they can't see or know anything about these 28 pages? Even the Saudi government long ago asked Bush to declassify the 28 pages and Bush continues to refuse. He obviously has something he needs to keep in the shadows...he can't be proud of whatever lies in those pages. Perhaps the information runs against the interests of the American people. Perhaps it shows allegiance to Saudi Arabia over the United States. After all, we now know that Bush gave his country's trusted secrets to Prince Bandar before his own cabinet members. If this is looked at too closely, I think the President will know he will be (appropriately) impeached. The 28 pages are all about CYA. America is not securely in the hands of the American citizenry where it has always been meant to belong.

[Thanks Jude!]

Open 28 Secret Pages On Saudis
by Marie Cocco,0,5476330.column?coll=ny-news-columnists

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Personal News - Part XVI

Sit down for a spell you all ... cause its been busy for this gal in the work/social/volunteer commitments. I'll do my best to recap it all for you and try not to leave out any tidbits.

Back on Monday, April 19th, it was a slow day at the office so I was able to catch up on personal stuff. I also got a phone call from BC [ie: NYC Kucitizen] and she was wondering if I wanted to hangout after work before heading to Kucinich General Meeting. Absolutely! A much better plan than staying at work and killing time before going to meeting. We hooked up outside my office building at 5:30pm and walked across 42nd Street to Grand Central Station area. After debating where to hangout, we finally decided to crash at Tequilaville on Vanderbilt. We had a drink or two ... talked about politics, movies, women’s issues and religion. Fascinating and fun chatting with her. Before we knew it ... it was 6:55pm and we had to haul ass to the general meeting [ie: 777 UN Plaza], which started at 7pm. Naturally we were late and abit tipsy.

The meeting was in the middle of introductions when we arrived. The following Kucitizens were there ... Efram, Thomas, Cielito, Rob, Paul, Mike, Jessica, Stephanie, Bill, Beth, Linda, James, Ken, Gregory, Helen, Seth, Eric, Kim, Ellen, George, BC, myself and Frank Barbaro who is running for Staten Island congressional district. Then Rob Jereski spoke about his congressional campaign and flyers were distributed, plus he announced the fundraiser for Friday, April 23rd, at his place. Next up Thomas spoke on several Democratic issues, one of which was regarding August 29th protests at Republican Convention here in NYC. Several Kucitizens brought up the topic of setting up a Candlelight Vigil during August for military families and those who protest the Iraq war/occupation. Much discussion on how to proceed with organizing a vigil or something along those lines. The subject of working with Deanies on Democratic Platform was also discussed. Both Kucinich and Dean are on same wavelength right now when it comes to Iraq/healthcare/environment. Then Jessica Flagg gave a passionate speech on why she's campaigning for congress in Congressional District 17. There is a weekend event [ie: May 14th & 15th] being sponsored by THE NATION, check out their website for more details and tix are $33. [Thru all this I mostly listened and a few times voiced some brief input.] Some of the final discussions, before we broke up meeting at 9:30pm, was possibly setting up a debate forum between Dean/Kucinich/Nader/Sharpton. The next general meeting was announced for May 10th at 7pm, which is a few days after a Kucinich meetup. Afterwards we broke up into smaller groups for different discussions. I spoke with Bill, Cielito, Thomas, Paul and Stephanie. BC had to leave meeting about 1/2 way through and Rob left early after making his pitch for congressional campaign. Outside the building more discussions were going on and I chatted with Stephanie/Mike about their recent trip to Italy & Slovakia. They both looked great, tanned and relaxed. Some folk headed off to their cars and I joined a smaller group who strolled towards 42nd Street and 3rd Avenue. One of the chaps I was chatting with was James, who bears a somewhat close resemblance to John Kerry. Took two subways to get home and arrived around 11pm.

On Tuesday, April 20th, I attended a "Tea Meetup" down in Greenwich Village at Saint's Alp Teahouse on Bleecker Street [#170]. I highly recommend this restaurant ... great atmosphere, good service, food is delicious, tea is lovely and prices aren't too bad. Was expecting several people to show up, but it was just I and a very nice lady named Jill. We got along very well, talked about all sorts of topics and partook of a lovely food. I had a strawberry black iced tea with tea eggs, crisp veggie dumplings and spring rolls. Hopefully next meetup will yield more folk. The weather on both Monday and Tuesday were lovely, warm, sunny spring days.

On Wednesday, April 21st, it was Administrative Assistant Day in the workforce. So far I received a few lovely items from E&Y and co-workers. The company gave us Admins a $25 gift certificate to shop of our choice. I can't decide if I should go to Barnes & Noble or Linen & Things. Plus E&Y also gave us special, no spill coffee/tea mugs. Mitch and Donna from TAS Group gave me a charming oriental tray with three votive candles to go with it. And finally from a Senior Manager that my co-worker Barbara handles [and whom I've helped on a few occasions in the past] gave us both pretty tins filled with Neuhaus cookies. I tried one or two and they are divine! This morning I heard from two other senior managers I cover and they want to take me out to lunch at place of my choice. Oh yeah!

Finally, on the evening of April 21st at 7pm, I attended a Democrat Party Meetup in Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn. About 11 people showed up ... some of the names I gleaned were David, Matt and Eric. In comparing a Democrat Party meetup to one for Kucinich ... well ... these folk on April 21st aren't as vocal or passionate. I'm thinking ... where is the enthusiasm et al. Also, whenever I mentioned anything that hinted of Liberalism or Progressive, the vibe I got was kind of distancing themselves. Anyhow ... topics of discussion were on Kerry [naturally], New York Times abysmal coverage, Democrat base in NYC, Elliott Spritzer running for Governor in 2006, voter registration [ie: youth & poor folk], swing states and religion in politics. Two of the meetup attendees were once Independent before switching to Democrat. The meeting broke up at 8:30pm and I came home on the G subway. I bumped into my good friend Larry when I got off subway and we talked for abit. He was in the 'hood to attend a co-op board meeting. And there you have it ... the latest and greatest.

George Bush, Self-Deluded Messiah
by David Corn


Some of the Rob Jereski exploratory committee members were out in force today lobbying the City Council to challenge the cuts in the Parks Department budget and supporting the DC 37 unionized workers employed to maintain parks and keep them safe. We enjoyed meeting with some of you there and hope you will join our efforts. The Jereski campaign is mobilizing for peace, the defense of our Constitutional Democracy, jobs at a living wage, universal health care, investments in housing and education (including after-school music and arts programs), and environmental sustainability. We are working to advance a thoughtful and progressive agenda on behalf of the 14th Congressional District and the U.S.A.!

You are invited to Rob Jereski's Exploratory Committee Fund & Friendraiser on April 23rd, Friday, at 7 p.m. $25 Contribution - (Or what you can afford) WHERE ... 2 Tudor City Place, Apt. 9AS (East 41st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue). Potluck food - Bring a healthy dish to share. Please send this invitation on to your friends and R.S.V.P. by calling 212.973.1782 for more information OR writing to

If you are unable to attend, please write a check for $10, $15, $25, and $250 or $2000 (federal law prohibits donations of more than $2000 per donor). You can make it out to the "Exploratory Committee to Elect Robert Jereski to Congress" and send it to ... 2 Tudor City Place, Apt. 9AS, New York, NY 10017. Please join our efforts to explore winning a Congressional seat and help us advance our thoughtful and progressive ... in peace and solidarity.

Shifty Tax Cuts
by Sean Gonsalves

Amazingly, in 2002, Americans in the bottom 20 percent of households paid 11.4 percent of their income in state and local taxes, while those in the top 1 percent paid only 5.2 percent of their income in state and local taxes – less than half the rate of the poorest fifth.


Many thanks to all of you for helping to inspire and create the Kucinich Campaign for President. Our nationwide efforts are still energizing Americans in support of the Kucinich vision of a stronger, healthier, and more secure country. Yes, the direction of the nomination was decided months ago, but, as we begin to rally behind the nominee, the direction of the Democratic Party Platform remains to be determined. Dennis Kucinich has continued on the presidential campaign trail to give voice to those who want a new policy in Iraq which will result in bringing our troops home, a new health care policy which will result in a national health care plan that covers every citizen, a new trade policy which will stop the loss of millions of jobs, and the repeal of the Patriot Act without jeopardizing our national security.

All over America, Democrats are expressing gratitude to Dennis and the campaign for keeping these critical issues in the debate as we move on to the Democratic National Convention in Boston this July. The campaign is working hard to strengthen our party by demonstrating an inclusiveness that attracts young Americans, progressive Democrats, Greens, Natural Law Partymembers, Libertarians and Reform Party members. This is the way to unify the Democratic Party and win in November. Dennis continues to represent a progressive message that must be carried to Boston. Visit the Kucinich
convention pages:

Nearly two months have passed since our primary, and many of us are still working steadfastly in New York with the Kucinich campaign to support our vision of a transformed nation! Our commitment to major change in November compels us to ask for your help and input to maintain a foundation in New York from which to continue our national organizational efforts. Please join us in gathering petition signatures on the major issues facing this nation as we continue to work to get the US out of Iraq, restore our constitutional rights and civil liberties, create universal health care for all, and utilize our resources to ensure jobs and basic services for our families and communities. Please sign our petitions online, refer your friends, and download PDF petitions to print hard copies for signatures in your community. Here is a link to our
petition page:

The Nation Institute is co-sponsoring a two-day conference WHAT WE STAND FOR: IDEAS and VALUES TO TAKE BACK AMERICA

Friday, MAY 14 and Saturday, MAY 15 at New York Universities SKIRBALL CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS, NYC

This event, being presented by the New Democracy Project, is a two-day gathering of advocates to lay out a "program of progressive patriotism." Participants include Katrina vanden Heuvel, Paul Krugman, Sandy Berger, Gary Hart, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Kevin Phillips, Robert Reich, Joe Trippi and many others. A complete conference schedule is available at:

TICKETS: $33 ... This includes admission on both days, lunch on Saturday and copies of two new books ... What We Stand For: A Program for Progressive Patriotism (Newmarket Press) AND Taking Back America - And Taking Down the Radical Right (Nation Books). To order tickets, visit OR call Ticketweb (866) 468-7619.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

[Its these types of photos that a lying and thoroughly corrupt Bushie Empire doesn't want Americans to see.]

Rows Of Coffins
by Lakshmi

An Important Message From On Bush Empire Wanting To Cut Low Salary American's Overtime

Yesterday the Bush administration is formally introducing new rules that will make millions of people ineligible for overtime protection when they work more than 40 hours per week. This change has been in the works for months, and thousands of MoveOn members have called on Congress to oppose the new rules. Congress has responded -- bipartisan majorities in both houses have voted against rolling back overtime. Bush is feeling the heat, but his corporate-CEO backers are determined to fatten their profits by shortchanging working people, so the White House is pushing ahead with the new rules, accompanied by an aggressive spin campaign. Already, stories in the AP and the Washington Post have suggested that Bush had a last-minute change of heart, and acted to extend overtime protections to more people, rather than gutting them.

Don't be fooled. The rules introduced today would in fact take away overtime pay from workers earning as little as $23,660 a year. This would be a huge pay cut for potentially millions of working Americans and their families. It's urgent that we get the real story out. You can help, by sending a letter to the editor of your newspaper today? Writing a letter takes only a few minutes, and we've made it easy with tips and talking points, below. Please take a few minutes to send a letter to your editor today.


1] Tips on how to get your letter published. Your own words, written from the heart, are always best. Brevity is the soul of wit. The key to publication is to pounce on something specific you've seen in the newspaper -- an article like the AP's, falling for the Bush spin, is perfect. Be sure to include your name and address, and especially your phone number when submitting your letter. Editors need to call you to verify authorship before they can print your letter. They don't print your phone number. Your newspaper's letters page should give you an email address or fax number to use, or you can try this website: Click here:

Democratic National Party Announcement On Ole Shrub The Lesser

Journalist Bob Woodward has revealed that President Bush has a secret deal with the Saudi royal family to influence the November election by manipulating gas prices. Once again we see that President Bush and the Republicans will say or do anything to win the election in November -- even strike secret deals with foreign governments. [Duchess Note - Reagan pulled similiar crap like this in regards to the hostages in Iran 24 years ago. And tried to make Carter look like the fall guy, which he wasn't.] Bush also revealed secret Iraq war plans to the Saudi government before he told his own Secretary of State. Take Action! Click the link below to help us spread the word about the latest Bush outrage by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Click here:


EPA Plans to Reduce Air Pollution Controls - Have Your Voice Heard

Does this make sense? The government agency that looks out for food safety urges that we limit how much fish we eat because of mercury contamination. Meanwhile, another agency responsible for preventing mercury from getting into the fish (and the rest of the environment) proposes relaxing controls on releases of the poison. Mercury is known to damage the brains of children growing in the womb. This heavy metal comes out of smokestacks at coal-fired plants, falling back to earth and poisoning its creatures. Like other toxic materials that don't break down, mercury concentrates up the food chain. Because high levels of mercury are now found in many fish, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning this month advising pregnant women and children to stay away from swordfish and to limit the amount of "chunk white" canned tuna they eat to no more than six ounces per week.

Yet just as the FDA urges people to eat less otherwise-healthy food, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes delaying the regulation of mercury in coal-plant emissions - the largest source of mercury contamination, but the only one unregulated by our government. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set limits on power-plant pollution such as mercury, taking into account what can be done using current technology. The EPA said it could require a 90 percent reduction in mercury emissions by 2008 using current technology. But instead, the Bush administration proposed dragging out the process until 2018, and even then cleaning up only 70% of mercury emissions. To weaken the current standards, the EPA will have to change its own rules.

This is where you come in. The EPA is required to accept public comments on this proposed rule change. TrueMajority is joining the Environmental Working Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Council of Churches, the Mercury Policy Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Health Care Without Harm to oppose these changes. To tell the Bush Administration's EPA that you want mercury out of our environment so we can feed fish again safely to our children Click here:

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Rural North Carolina Sets Example for Nation
By David Swanson - April 19, 2004

Senator Kerry has the Democratic nomination wrapped up. I and many others for whom he was not the first choice are now working as hard as we can to win him votes. So is Dennis Kucinich. While most people never knew Kucinich was in the race, those who follow progressive politics closely know that he is STILL in it, pushing to make Kerry's platform more progressive. What many progressives understand is that this is the politically smart move for the Democratic party. Surveys suggest that the number of people who will register and vote for a candidate who takes a clear position for any one of the following outweighs the number who will be drawn away from Bush by quasi-Republican equivocating:

1. Ending the occupation through UN involvement and a halt to war profiteering,
2. Creating universal single-payer health care,
3. Repealing the "PATRIOT Act,"
4. Replacing NAFTA and the WTO with fair trade agreements,
5. Taxing corporations more and working people less, or
6. Creating free preschool and college.

If Kucinich can push Kerry to one or more of those positions, he will have done Kerry a tremendous favor. Kucinich can't do that alone. He needs the help of people who understand our political system. This means not just refusing to treat the general election like a primary by voting for Nader or another third party candidate, but also refusing to treat the primaries (as most Americans have already done) like a general election by voting for whoever won the previous primary in order to show a united front. Primaries – and there are still primaries to be held, still states where people have not had a chance to speak – are the time for voting for the strongest platform. A vote for Kerry in the remaining primaries means nothing. A vote for Kucinich sends Kerry a message.

Rural North Carolina this weekend sent a message to Kerry and to those in Oregon and other states that have not yet had their say. Kucinich won Saturday's caucus in Orange, Buncombe, and Watauga Counties, N.C. Statewide, according to unofficial early reports, Senator Edwards won his home state, followed by Kerry, Kucinich, Dean, and Sharpton. Kerry received 27 percent, but 73 percent of North Carolinian primary voters seized the opportunity to say something else. Most of those 73 percent will probably back Kerry from now on. Many of them want to also do what they can to make sure they are backing a winning candidate. The Democratic Party is not the you're-with-me-or-you're-with-the-terrorists party. This is the party in which people's voices must be heard.

The Ashville Citizen-Times reports:

"Buncombe County Democrats participating in the state's first presidential caucus Saturday came out big for Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich won 643 votes, while Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina garnered 507 votes and presumptive presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts took 257. Vermont Gov. Howard Dean won 149 votes, while 15 went to the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York….Buncombe County Democratic Party Chairman Max Haner said 1,577 voters filled out paper ballots at four caucus sites, where people were waiting at the doors when they opened at 8 a.m. 'It's never stopped the whole day,' said volunteer poll worker Robin McConnell. 'I've been very pleasantly surprised.' Lines were out the doors at some sites, as voters ignored the fact Kerry will be the nominee and exercised their right to have their issues represented by other candidates at the national convention this summer in Boston.

'There's a party plank to be made, and we want to be heard,' said Robin Clark, a carpenter and builder who was stumping for Kucinich at the West Asheville Library caucus site. 'We're hoping to get a percentage (of the caucus vote) so we can get a delegate or two at the convention.' Kucinich's win in Buncombe came on the heels of a visit he made to Asheville two weeks ago, drawing some 500 supporters to City-County Plaza. None of the other major candidates visited the region during the primary campaign." To my knowledge that is the first newspaper article during the entire campaign that has referred to Kucinich as one of the "major candidates."

Don't forget that Thursday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! A day chosen annually to focus attention on the state of our environment and on ways we can ALL pitch in to improve it. The Earth Day tradition was begun in 1970, and is still going strong today, with activities throughout the world involving thousands of people. Check out Earth Day activities in your neighborhood, town or city and get involved.

Kucinich Cinches Local Democrat Nomination
by Scott Nicholson

Interesting News & Stats From Blog "iddybud"

If you've wondered just how few peace-keeping soldiers the Iraq coalition-supporting nations have sent, read this brief article. [Multinational Peacekeepers In Iraq Scramble To Deal With Spanish Announcement Of Pullout] I have to admit even I was surprised. The U.S. has 130,000 troops. This article contains the following info:

Poland- 2,400
Albania- 71
Honduras- 370 (soon to pull out?)
Italy- 2,700
Ukraine- 1,650
Slovakia- 105
Portugal- 128 (rumors of pullout)
Great Britain- 12,000

According to a web-based not-for-profit project based in Melbourne, Australia titled Perspectives on World History and Current Events, the statistics read as follows:

Iraq Troop numbers March 2004

1 USA 130,000
2 United Kingdom 9,000
3 Italy 3,000
4 Poland 2,460
5 Ukraine 1,600
6 Spain * 1,300
7 Netherlands 1,100
8 Australia 800
9 Romania 700
10 Bulgaria 480
11 Thailand 440
12 Denmark 420
13 Honduras 368
14 El Salvador 361
15 Dominican Republic 302
16 Hungary 300
17 Japan 240
18 Norway 179
19 Mongolia 160
20 Azerbaijan 150
21 Portugal 128
22 Latvia 120
23 Lithuania 118
24 Slovakia 102
25 Czech Republic 80
26 Philippines 80
27 Albania 70
28 Georgia 70
29 New Zealand 61
30 Moldova 50
31 Macedonia 37
32 Estonia 31
33 Canada 31
34 Kazakhstan 25

*Spain is pulling its troops out within next 3 to 6 weeks.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Recent Commentary From Blog "onegoodmove" On "60 Minutes in 30 Seconds"
Bush takes money Congress has approved from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War and uses $700 million for planning the Iraq war without informing congress. Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia then gets a detailed briefing on the coming war including "Top secret No foreign" maps detailing the plan of attack. And this happens before the President even tells the Secretary of State. Bandar promises the president that Saudi Arabia will lower oil prices in the months before the election - to ensure the U.S. economy is strong on election day. Grounds for impeachment? You'd better believe it. [Reference link below from CBS News.]

Woodward Shares War Secrets

Show Me The Jobs
by Judith Gorman

'Lawrence of Arabia' Redux
by Frank Rich

Bush Losing Ground In Rural America
by John Glionna

Voters in struggling outlying areas tend to identify with his values, but economic concerns are alienating some lifelong Republicans.

Duchess Note ... As always the Bush Administration [ie: thoroughly corrupt empire] is lying through their teeth [AGAIN & AGAIN] in many of their campaign statements. The true facts are located on a very reliable website called "Annenberg Political Fact Check". Below is the latest:

Treasury Tax Expert To Bush ... Clinton's Increase WASN'T The Biggest! Study published by Bush's Treasury Department contradicts Bush's campaign.

Now comes a thorough study of every tax bill enacted since 1940, showing that the Clinton tax increase was indeed large, but not the largest. A tax increase in 1942 boosted federal revenues by 71%, for example, as the US geared up for war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Measured in inflation-adjusted 1992 dollars, Roosevelt's wartime increase amounted to $73 billion a year, while Clinton's increase averaged $35 billion a year (average for the first two years.)

The study said that inflation-adjusted "constant dollars" is probably only the second -best measure of the size of a tax increase. "The single best measure for most purposes is probably the revenue effect as a percentage of GDP." That's Gross Domestic Product, the way we gauge the size of the economy. Clinton's tax increase isn't the biggest by that "best" measure, either. In the period since 1968, the study said, "the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 was the biggest increase." That was the tax increase signed by Ronald Reagan, rescinding some of the effects of his huge tax cut passed the year before. That 1982 tax increase only slightly exceeded Clinton's in inflation-adjusted dollars ($37 billion a year vs.. $32 billion) but it was much bigger in relation to the size of the economy. The '82 increase amounted to 4.6% of GDP (average for the first two years) while Clinton's was 2.7%.

Personal News - Part XV

Yesterday was the annual MS Walk in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The weather was a lovely, sunny, warm spring day. [Tho it did get abit breezy at times.] I didn't even need to wear the sweatshirt I brought ... just a t-shirt with jeans and sneakers. Lovely! [I've been participating and volunteering with MS Society since 1993.] Over last 6 years or so for NYC MS Society, instead of doing the actual walk, I volunteer my time and collect pledges for this worthy cause. [Two acquaintances of mine in the UK have had MS for last 20 years.] It may not seem like much, but so far I've collected about $185 from co-workers and my goal was for $200. Which I may obtain and hopefully surpass, as the pledges don't have to be submitted until end of May.

As in the past 6 years, I volunteer at the 3rd rest stop area, which is located in Brooklyn Heights at Cadman Plaza. Got there just before 12 noon yesterday and the truck with supplies was waiting. A few folk were standing around trying to get info via the walkie-talkies when I strolled up. The two people [ie: Lynn & a chap who's name I can't recall] "in charge" were new to all this and had no idea about setup or certain procedures. When I told them I'd volunteered at this "rest stop" many times in the past, they asked me to supervise. Sure ... you betcha! More volunteers [ie: high school seniors] showed up and we opened the truck. Setup took no time at all, collected everyones volunteer cards, hand out MS volunteer vests [pink] and then waited for the "walkers". The walkers started showing up around 12:30pm and the last scragglers ambled along at 3:30pm. Clean up took no time at all and there were leftover supplies [ie: water, oranges, raisins, chips & power bars]. We all took our share of goodies, plus received a free MS Walk t-shirt and other items. I left around 4pm, took two subways back to my 'hood, stopped by Internet Cafe to briefly check emails et al online and waltzed home around 4:50pm. Its still nice, sunny outdoors and I have my windows open to air out the apartment. Overall it was a good day. I hope everyone enjoyed this lovely spring day and please donate to the national MS Society. Thanks!

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Personal News - Part XIV

Back on Wednesday, April 14th, was the fourth exploratory committee meeting at Rob Jereski's place in midtown Manhattan and it was very productive. I arrived shortly after 6:30pm and Harry greeted me at the door. Always a pleasure seeing him and he was in the process of whipping up vegetarian goodies in the kitchen. Those that showed up were Glenn, Anne, Carol, Barry, Ed, Jesse, Harry and of course Rob. Two new ladies [ie: Carol & Anne] I'd seen before at Kucinich meetings. We started the actual meeting around 6:50pm ... did brief introductions and then discussed what had been accomplished in the past week. Much has been accomplished; such as infrastructure, web work, endorsements, research, handing out of flyers, scheduler, announcment of first fundraiser, bank account, etc. I'm helping out with endorsement database, sending emails out to Kucinich folk and helping out with flyer edits.

We then discussed all the many different topics that need to be accomplished over next few weeks. Connecting with folk in Astoria area and Ed talked about demographic research neighborhood by neighborhood [60/40 manhattan/queens]. Need web designer person or team ... [I contacted a few people I know who'd be good in this area]. Links to many web sites or bloggers and I made some inquiries with groovy folk that I'm acquainted with. I also volunteered to upload images to web site as I compile them and create endorsement form. Rob provided numbers of Community Boards in Queens that he wants me to attend and get a feel of whats "hot or cold". When main meeting was done we broke to partake of the delicious food that Harry had prepared in the kitchen. Yummers! Barry and I worked on an endorsement form, plus Harry took some group photos for the future website. I left around 10pm.

To be held on Friday, April 23rd, at 7pm. Located at 2 Tudor City Place, Apt. 9AS. Please come and bring a friend or two. There will be good food and some entertainment. Please RSVP with Rob Jereski at See you there! Peace & Solidarity!

Between yesterday and today we here in NYC are finally getting some awesome, sunny springtime weather. Seems like all of NYC is out and about. Very crowded at the two Farmers Markets I shop at ... the bigger of the two is situated down at 14th Street in Union Square. I picked up a lavender plant and some goat cheese. Then went into Barnes & Noble to look for that new John Dean book [Worse Than Watergate]. FOUND IT!! WooHoo!! Well people ... I'll be heading back out into the warm sunshine very shortly. Remember to keep on rockin in the free world!

Speaking to students in a philosophy class at Oregon State University yesterday, Congressman Kucinich discussed the potential in new sustainable industries for strengthening our economy by creating new jobs, improving our health, and lessening oil's impact on politics. Reducing dependency on oil could also result in fewer military conflicts, says Kucinich. "As we develop the sustainable energy, we diminish the impact that oil has on our politics." Watch the video, hear the audio or read the text transcript:

Progressive voters have voiced their support for Dennis Kucinich in their primaries and caucuses across the country and continue to work in and with states that have not yet voted. For the states that have voted, let's talk about STAYING TOGETHER WITH THE MESSAGE AND INTENT! Click at the following link to join discussions on our Forum!

Dennis Kucinich continues to give voice to issues important to us such as the war in Iraq, universal health care, fair trade, and civil liberties within the Democratic Party. Even if your state has already held its primary or caucus, there is still plenty you can do to help this campaign in coming months. Connect with other Kucinich supporters in your area and plan local action to help promote these issues locally. Visit the MeetUp Aenda Page for examples of activities that you can engage in. Click on the following link:

Though not always perfect, the media is finally beginning to give Kucinich the respect he deserves. On a national level, Kucinich is getting recognition for the wisdom of his positions and being asked to debate Republican leaders on major network programs. Likewise, Kucinich is receiving great media coverage on a local level, thanks in large part to a strong network of hard-working supporters on the ground. Check out these rcent articles from North Carolina, Oregon, and Colorado:

The Mountain Times Boone, NC 4/08:

Newport News Times Newport, Oregon 4/14:

The Daily Camera Boulder, CO 4/10:,1713,BDC_2422_2797482,00.html


Candidate Puts Issues Above Win
by Beth Casper
Rep. Kucinich sees Oregon primary as an opportunity to influence the party.

Sorry Mr President, It Is Imperialism
by John Nichols

Kucinich Lesson - Activism
by Jesse Sowa
Presidential candidate tells CHS students to pursue interests.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Hear No Evil, Read No Evil, Speak Drivel
by Sidney Blumenthal

On April 21 1961, President Kennedy held a press conference to answer questions on the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban exiles that he had approved. "There's an old saying," he said, "that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan ... I am the responsible officer of the government and that is quite obvious."

On Wednesday, President Bush held only his third press conference and was asked three times whether he accepted responsibility for failing to act on warning before September 11. "I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but it hadn't [sic] yet," he said. "I just haven't - you just put me under the spot here and maybe I'm not quick - as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one."

[Duchess comment on above two presidents ... Kennedy always came across as an intelligent, responible, sophisticated man. Which he was and a wonderful Democrat too. Then there is Shrub the Lesser ... who always comes across as uncultured, uncouth, irresponsible, spoiled and is a stupid ass.]

"Fear Has Covered this Country"
by Daniel Schreiber

A Sanctuary For Dissent
by Amy & David Goodman

The following is excerpted from "The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers and the Media That Love Them" ... for more info visit DEMOCRACY NOW website.

How The "NewsHour" Changed History
by Norman Solomon

Lehrer's refusal to correct his evident error is especially striking because he had emphasized his incorrect statement on the air by immediately adding: "I just want to get that on the record." (My request to a NewsHour spokesperson for a direct comment from Lehrer did not yield any statement from him.) When I asked whether a decision had been made, one way or the other, about doing a correction on the NewsHour to set the factual record straight, the last piece of stone in the damage-control wall moved into place. I got the message: "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer stands behind the 'Iraq: What Now?' discussion segment from April 7 and will not be making a correction." Journalists should scrutinize U.S. government spin, not contribute to it. Here we have what some people believe to be the nation's most credible news program compounding a factual error by refusing to make a correction. First-rate journalists change history. But not this way.


I am thrilled to be putting up another message for Dennis Kucinich. I've had the wonderful opportunity this year to go around the country and not so much speak for Dennis, but for what Dennis represents. I never did this before. The idea that a candidate runs on the peace ticket, and getting out of the WTO and NAFTA, and is for Universal Coverage Single Payer health care, and to really try to derail the vulgar greed and power-hungry corporate world. I'm there for Dennis in every way, and I entreat anyone who wants a country by the people, for the people and of the people to vote for Dennis. Contribute by calling 866-413-3664 or online at:

You can also support the campaign by ordering original campaign items from our Official Campaign Store - we have a limited stock of t-shirts, buttons, books and more:

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Personal Voices: Setting The Record Straight
by Michael Moore

Important Message From ACT FOR CHANGE Activism

End Insurance Discrimination -- Pass the Wellstone Mental Health Parity Bill Contributed by Wellstone Action

The Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act would close loopholes in federal law by requiring group health plans to stop using arbitrary limits on mental health parity benefits different from those used with medical and surgical benefits. With 69 co-sponsors, this legislation is sure to pass if brought to a vote, but Senate leaders have reneged on their commitment and are blocking the bill from a vote on the floor of the Senate. Click here to take action!

It's up to us to keep the pressure on those key senators that have the power to allow a vote. Ask your senators to contact Senators Gregg and Frist and tell them to bring the Wellstone legislation to a vote.

No More Corporate Tax Holidays -- Make Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

While April 15 is no tax holiday for millions of individual American taxpayers scrambling to get their returns in, it might as well be for many U.S. corporations. At a time of exploding Federal deficits and unmet public needs, we cannot afford corporate tax evasion. Recent reports from the General Accounting Office show that more than 60% of large U.S. corporations paid NO federal taxes from 1996 through 2000, and in today's weaker economy, tax receipts from companies have fallen even steeper -- corporate taxes now account for a mere 7.5% of overall federal tax receipts, the lowest rate since 1983. For a comparison, during WWII corporate taxes accounted for about 40% of federal tax receipts. Fortunately, there are two easy solutions that do not even involve raising tax rates -- better enforcement and closing loopholes. Click here to take action!

The IRS estimates that the U.S. Treasury may be losing billions of dollars each year due to aggressive tax avoidance, and it's time to make corporations pay up. Individuals shouldn't be the only ones to get a tax bill due this April 15. Urge your representatives to get tough on corporate tax cheats and close the "Bermuda Triangle loophole" by supporting the Corporate Patriot Enforcement Act (HR 737) and increasing the funding and authority of the IRS to get tough with corporate tax cheats through a substantial increase in audits and other enforcement measures.

An Important Message From Democrat Candidate Dennis Kucinich

Hi everyone ... this is Dennis ... there is a lot at stake at this moment. The President has said that he intends to stay the course in Iraq. That course is one, which will increase the number of deaths and injuries, not only to our troops but also to many innocent people in Iraq, ultimately making Americans less safe at home and less welcome around the world. If we continue on this course, spending upwards of $200 billion in Iraq, America will continue to sacrifice a domestic agenda that is already failing to provide sufficient funding for education, health care, housing, job creation, veterans, and environmental protection. People ask me why I continue to run for president when the nomination's already been decided. Someone has to be offering alternatives to keep our troops in Iraq from an indefinite future. Someone has to say that the Democratic Party must offer a course of action, which will enable America to connect with the world community, stop the waste of our precious tax resources, stabilize Iraq, and bring our troops home. Someone has to be the voice for universal, single-payer, not-for-profit health care so universally supported, and so desperately needed.

Someone has to say that NAFTA and the WTO must be replaced by trade structures, which enshrine ethical principles of workers rights, human rights, and environmental protection. Someone has to say the PATRIOT Act must go. The nomination's been decided. Now we must decide what we stand for as a party. If we offer real choices, real alternatives, show how people will really win something when they vote Democrat, we will win in November. I'm pledged to that outcome. We cannot, and we must not, let our party sink into indecision and indifference on matters of war and peace, as we prepare for the November elections. That is why I will continue on this campaign, and that is why you are needed too. I can continue doing what I'm doing as long as I have your help. Our campaign has had amazing success over the last year in keeping alive hopes of millions for peace, for health care, for fair trade, for renewal of our civil liberties. We recently once again made our fundraising goal for the 4th consecutive quarter.

Help keep alive the debate about Iraq. Help keep alive the hopes of people for a single-payer, national health care system. Help keep alive workers' rights, human rights, and environmental quality principles and trade agreements. Help keep alive the efforts to repeal the PATRIOT Act. Help keep alive the progressive movement inside the Democratic Party. The next few weeks are crucial, as we wind up the primaries and caucuses, draft a Democratic Party platform, and prepare for the convention. There is a lot at stake in this moment. Please help us bring forth the best that is in all of us. Thank you so much.

Voters Need Quality News to Make Informed Decisions in a Democracy Tell the FCC to Require Broadcasters to Air Election News

A coalition of citizens' groups, including Common Cause, Alliance for Better Campaigns, Media for Democracy, and, has been formed to request that the Federal Communications Commission ensure that TV broadcasters better fulfill their obligation to serve citizens by offering at least three hours per week of programming about important local issues, candidates, campaigns, and elections. This may not sound like much, but it's actually an eternity in the world of broadcast television, where mayhem and fluff dominate and issue-based news is neglected. And stations would not be allowed to relegate this programming to the middle of the night. Broadcasters, with their eyes on maximizing profit at the expense of democracy, will fight this proposal with an army of lobbyists. They want to continue serving news consumers a diet of mayhem and fluff; even at election time, when getting real news about our communities matters most. What broadcasters have forgotten is that they're broadcasting for free over publicly owned airwaves. It's a broadcast spectrum that's worth tens of billions of dollars. And they're getting to use it for free, courtesy of you and me, the American taxpayers. It's time we got something in return. If you want to send the FCC a fax or you'd like to customize the message to the FCC, click here:

The Ballad Of G.W.Bush - Sung to the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies

Come and listen to my story
'bout a boy named Bush.
His IQ was zero and
his head was up his tush.
He drank like a fish
while he drove all about.
But that didn't matter
'cuz his daddy bailed him out.

DUI, that is.
Criminal record.

Well, the first thing you know
little Georgie goes to Yale.
He can't spell his name
but they never let him fail.
He spends all his time
hangin' out with student folk.
And that's when he learns
how to snort a line of coke.

Blow, that is.
White gold.
Nose candy.

The next thing you know
there's a war in Vietnam.
Kin folks say,
"George, stay at home with Mom."
Let the common people
get all maimed and scarred.
We'll buy you a spot
in the Texas Air Guard.

Cushy, that is.
Country clubs.
Nose candy.

Twenty years later
George gets a little bored.
He trades in the booze,
says that Jesus is his Lord.
He said, "Now the White House
is the place I wanna be."
So he called his daddy's friends
and they called the GOP.

Gun owners, that is.
Jesse Helms.

Come November 7,
the election ran late.
Kin folks said "Jeb,
give the boy your state!"
"Don't let those colored folks
get into the polls."
So they put up barricades so
they couldn't punch their holes.

Chads, that is.
Duval County.

Before the votes were counted
five Supremes stepped in.
Told all the voters "Hey,
we want George to win."
"Stop counting votes!"
was their solemn invocation.
And that's how George
finally got his coronation.

Rigged, that is.
No moral authority.

Y'all come vote now. Ya hear?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

[Photo taken Friday, April 9th, at the IMPACT Awards Show in Seattle. From left to right ... Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Matt Cameron, two unknowns and Eddie Vedder. Go Pearl Jam Go ... Rock On Dudes!!!]

Trust, Don't Verify - Bush's Incredible Definition Of Credibility
by William Saletan

My First War Protest: The Perspective Of The Girl Photographed By Reuters
by Christine Brozyna

[Christine is the blonde holding "Money for Jobs" sign]


APRIL 13TH 2004 ... President Bush failed again to answer the one most crucial question that is on the minds of most Americans: "When will our troops come home from Iraq?" Ohio Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich says Bush promised more of the same no-end-in-sight vision that has marked this unjustified and illegitimate war from the beginning. "The President's answers to questions about how long our forces will remain were as vague as ever and wholly predictable," Kucinich emphasized. The President's statements that, "We'll stay the course. We'll complete the job. We must not waiver. The United States will continue to occupy – his word – Iraq as long as necessary," makes it clear that this election is about world leadership and who is telling the truth to the American people. "It is not George W. Bush," says the Democratic Presidential challenger.

"Bush is prepared to escalate American involvement in the region," says Kucinich. "This administration is going to sacrifice the lives of our soldiers." The statements made by this President are alarming. "If more troops are needed," Bush said. "He will send them. Any concession or retreat," he went on, "will embolden the enemy." Kucinich has some questions for the President. "When will Bush realize that our very presence in Iraq has become a lightning rod for increased hostility and increased violence?" The economic impact is profound. "We can't afford to stay the course. We need a new course – a reasoned and responsible way out, not a political rationalization for keeping our troops at risk indefinitely, and sending even more troops into harm's way."

"Given the President's unhesitating willingness to send more and more of our young men and women to a war that was launched on lies and exaggerations, how long will it be before he resorts to a reinstatement of the draft to feed the demands of a thoroughly flawed and totally failed foreign policy?" The Ohio Congressman who lead the vote against the invasion is emphatic, "We went to war for the wrong reasons. We continue to be at war for the wrong reasons. And it's time to ask the United Nations to assume responsibility so our troops can come home! This can only come about when the US takes an entirely new direction, reconnecting with the world community through the United Nations, letting go of ambitions to control the oil and the contracts, trying to privatize Iraq, and run the government by remote control."

Important Message From MoveOn.Org

The effort to stabilize Iraq is out of control. It's time to face the facts squarely, and recognize that America, acting alone, is no longer capable of reaching the hearts and minds of Iraqis. We've got to transfer management authority over Iraq to the United Nations, to enable a real transition to peaceful Iraqi self-rule. Join us in calling for this change, at:

60 Americans and reportedly hundreds of Iraqis have been killed in just the past week; 677 Americans have died in Iraq since the war began. A religious leader hostile to the United States now controls two cities, and has sparked uprisings in two others. Dozens of foreigners have been taken hostage. The growing opposition to American rule among the Iraqi population "probably runs in the tens of thousands", consisting of people who "have jobs in vegetable shops, offices, garages, and schools." These are the very people who should comprise the civil society we're hoping to build as the basis for peaceful Iraqi self-rule. Instead, they're arming themselves and awaiting the call to attack Americans.

Our troops in Iraq are stretched thin -- many reservists have been serving there for more than a year, with no end in sight. U.S. commanders are asking for more troops, and Senate leaders like John McCain share the concern that our current troop levels are inadequate. There's talk of a draft, perhaps to be announced just after our November elections. But instead of simply redoubling our commitment to the present course, we should support our soldiers by taking the bull's-eye off their backs. At its core, the challenge our troops face in Iraq is about legitimacy:

Iraqis see us increasingly as an occupying power, not a liberating one. To send a credible message of stewardship and transition to self-rule, we need a truly international coalition, including key Arab nations like Egypt and Saudi Arabia. As Thomas Friedman put it, "If it is America alone against the Iraqi street, we lose. If it is the world against the Iraqi street, we have a chance." Of course, transferring control to the U.N. would also enable many other nations to share the logistical and financial burdens of helping Iraq transition to peaceful self-rule. This isn't a partisan issue. "In both parties, members are concerned," according to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) "There's not abject panic, but there's deep concern, and there should be."

Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Off The Ticket
by John Nichols

Unfortunately for Rice, however, her testimony will be remembered for a single exchange. Commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste asked Rice if she could recall the title of President Bush's daily briefing document for August 6, 2001, which crossed her desk more than a month before operatives associated with Osama bin Laden's al-Queda network attacked the world Trade Center and the Pentagon. After several inept attempts to avoid the question, Rice finally answered, "I believe the title was, 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States." Rice knew she was in trouble; she claimed immediately that the August 6 briefing paper was a speculative document, not a real warning. The administration's defenders then spent the rest of the day trying to convince Americans that they had not heard what they had, in fact, heard. But, as 9/11 widow Lorie Van Auken correctly noted after the title was revealed, "That pretty much says it all."

New Reports On US Planting WMDs In Iraq

An Autopsy Of A Failed Occupation
by Christian Parenti

Arrogance, incompetence and homicidal racism are becoming the signature aspects of U.S. military rule in Iraq. Exhibit one is the siege of Fallujah, where more than 600 hundred have died within the past week. A British commander told The Telegraph, "My view and the view of the British chain of command is that the Americans' use of violence is not proportionate and is over-responsive to the threat they are facing. They don't see the Iraqi people the way we see them. They view them as untermenschen." (The phrase "untermenschen" was used by Adolf Hitler in "Mein Kampf," to describe "inferior" peoples such as Jews.)

Administration Hides Reality Of War
by Rabbi Daniel Weiner

O Canada: Oy Vey United States
by David Morris

Decoding The PDB
by Larry Johnson