Friday, August 18, 2006

"There Are No Hereditary Kings In America" - Judge Rules NSA Warrantless Spy Program Unconstitutional
Amy Goodman - Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/18/1352240
[Duchess Note: I say bravo to Judge Taylor in her straight-foward, intelligent ruling on this horrible NSA warrantless wiretapping by Bush & Co. This judge, in a noble way, is defending our Constitution and rights as Americans. So please take a moment to call Judge Anna Taylor to give her your support! Judge Taylor is the wonderful, 75 year old judge who, yesterday, protecting our Constitution and our country, and correctly ruled regarding NSA Warrantless Spy Program. Her office phone number is 313-234-5105 ... I just called her office at 11:40am to convey my support of the judge's ruling. Judge Taylor is being viciously attacked by the Right Wing and she has also received death threats. She needs to hear that people do support her ruling. Please pass this info on to others. Thanks to Judith for sharing the link and number. Peace, Justice & Hope are the way]

BUMPER STICKER QUOTE OF THE DAY ... ANNOY A CONSERVATIVE: THINK FOR YOURSELF

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE JONATHAN TASINI CAMPAIGN FOR NY STATE SENATE
NY1, the Time Warner-owned news station in New York, is continuing its undermining of democracy and fair political debate. In response to the flood of emails and calls criticizing the stations refusal to let Jonathan Tasini participate in a scheduled Town Hall meeting for the U.S. Senate race because Jonathan had not raised or spent $500,000, the station has quietly CANCELLED the event. In one sense, the stations action is a direct result of the outpouring of grassroots outrage to the stations suppression of political debate.

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NY1 feared the power of the grassroots, the power of regular citizens like you. Unfortunately, rather than rescind its undemocratic and anti-free speech position, the station is closing off debate.But, you have two ways to make sure there is a full debate in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. You have a chance to ensure that our progressive message is heard and that voters get a chance to hear the different views on the future of our state put forth by Jonathan Tasini and Hillary Clinton.

#1: Would you pay $5 to safeguard democracy? Would you like to show Big Media giants like Time Warner that they can’t control our democratic debate? Justifying the stations money-buys-democracy policy, Steve Paulus, senior vice president at NY1, told the Associated Press, There are 5.5 million registered Democrats in New York. All Tasini would need is for each one to send him a dollar.

So, we issue a challenge to voters across the state: make sure Jonathan has a fair shot at getting his message out. Donate $5 at our website www.tasinifornewyork.org/donate (our system won’t accept less than $5!!!...try it!).

#2: Do you believe Hillary Clinton has an obligation to the voters of New York to explain her vote to go to war in Iraq, as well as many other positions that are out-of-step with the majority of Democrats in New York? If you do, call Hillary Clinton’s campaign office NOW. Tell her that she cannot hide from the voters and undercut democracy by refusing to engage in an open debate with Jonathan Tasini. Call: 212-213-3717

ABIT OF LIBERAL NEWS TO START OFF YOUR WEEKEND

NINE WAYS REPUBLICANS ARE RUINING THE COUNTRY
Larry Beinhart, BuzzFlash
Republican are unimaginably bad on national security. Say it loud, say it often, it's the truth.
http://www.alternet.org/story/40438/

Federal Judge Halts Bush's 'Unconstitutional' Wiretapping http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-09.htm

Top Chinese Diplomat Tells US to 'Shut up' on Arms Spending
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-08.htm

Bush is Crap, Says Britain's Deputy PM
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0817-04.htm

THE CLINTON DOCTRINE
Arianna Huffington, AlterNet
...and why there is no third way in Connecticut.
http://www.alternet.org/columnists/story/40486/

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