Monday, April 30, 2007


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[Above photo taken on April 28th in Central Park, NYC, during the World Can’t Wait nationwide “Impeach” project. Part of the letter A … Duchess participated in this event in northwestern part of Central Park. It was such a blast.]

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[In the above photo, many Liberals and Progressives headed out to Coney Island, NYC, to spell IMPEACH in the sandy beach. Photos are from World Can't Wait website.]

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[In the photo above, Liberals and Democrats from San Francisco spell out PEACE NOW! on the beach. Such a beautiful, happy sight to behold.]

[Duchess Note – To view more photos from around the US and read accounts of what took place, go to]

Bill Maher Interviews Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich on April 27th - This was an awesome interview!

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Democratic Hopefuls to Debate in Orangeburg at South Carolina State University TONIGHT on MSNBC at 7pm

Kucinich Statement on the Iraq Supplemental Conference Report HR 1591
WASHINGTON, DC — Following passage of the supplemental conference report this evening, Congressman Dennis Kucinich released the following statement:This “Supplemental” is a plan to extort Iraq’s oil wealth under the guise of a plan to end the war. Funds for the security of the Iraqi government are contingent upon Iraq giving up control of oil. This legislation is a repugnant, high pressure tactic to force Iraq to pass a “hydrocarbon act” which will effectively privatize the oil wealth of Iraq. The key deception is that the hydrocarbon act, which sounds like an environmental law, lets Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds “share” whatever is left after US oil companies take unconscionable profits. This bill is not a plan for peace. It is blood for oil. It is a guarantee of more war and the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Media Advisory: Kucinich to Move Forward with Impeachment News Conference
April 24th at Cannon Terrace in DC

Kucinich Announces Impeachment Charges Against VP Cheney
Michael Roston, Raw Story

The Impeachment Chronicles: Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Cheney
Bill Hare, Political Cortex
Dennis Kucinich has taken a meaningful forward step that is essential for the preservation of democracy and world stability. Kucinich today introduced articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.

Congressman Kucinich Spoke Recently at University of CT

When Others Where Silent……

A Massacre is a Massacre Where Ever it is Performed!
Commentary by Earl Prignitz

Kucinich at the Hearings of the Tillman Family

Evidence of Army Cover-Up Key To Tillman Hearings
Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Congress to begin investigating death of former NFL star and soldier -- government reports suggest U.S. military falsified facts of his killing.

Senator Calls On Treasury to Investigate if Halliburton Move to Dubai Linked to Iran Deals
Mike Sheehan

Do “U.S. Corporations” Really Exist?
Dave Lindorff, Baltimore Chronicle
What’s good for Halliburton (and Cheney) is good for…Dubai

[DUCHESS NOTE: Many thanks to Linda Z in TX for the articles and her continued support of Congressman Kucinich. Bravo Linda!]

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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Why Are Americans Afraid of Being Naked?
Dara Colwell, AlterNet

Farmworkers Bring Down the Golden Arches
Kerry Kennedy

Hounded by Insurgents, Abandoned by Us
Kirk Johnson

QUOTE OF THE DAYObserve good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington

The Feminine Face of Poverty
Raine Eisler, AlterNet

Bill Moyers on Why the Press Bought the Iraq War

Climate Change: Why We Can’t Wait
James Hansen, The Nation

The “Silent” Ninth Amendment Gives Americans Rights They Don’t Know They Have
Daniel A. Farber, Basic Books

U.S. Has Lost in Iraq
Joshua Holland Commentary

Rudy Gets Earful At Stop Here – Some FDNY Survivors Rally AGAINST Him
David Saltonstall, Daily News

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is keeping a low profile in his hometown these days, perhaps with reason - protesters who lost loved ones on 9/11 are picketing him whenever they learn his whereabouts in the city. The small but determined band oflocal parents and widows greeted Giuliani yesterday as he attended theNew York Republican County Committee Lincoln Day Dinner at Cipriani, a posh midtown eatery.

The former mayor slid in the back door, avoiding the 20 or so protesters with signs that read, "Rudy for President? Not in my son's name!" and "America's Night Mayor." The group, made up mostly of FDNY veterans, families and union leaders, says its goal is to educate Americans about what it sees as the tragic mistakes Giuliani made on 9/11 and the mythical image that has grown up around him from that day. "The bitter truth," said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son, Christian, died on 9/11, "is that Rudy Giuliani is building a path to the White House over the bodies of 343 firefighters."

The protesters offer a litany of criticisms, chief among them Giuliani's failure to provide firefighters with adequate radios on 9/11, even after years of complaints. Many believe the inability of the firefighters to communicate effectively prevented scores from being warned about the impending building collapses. "He didn't properly outfit our men," said active FDNY Battalion Chief Jim Riches, who lost his firefighter son, Jimmy, on 9/11. "I'll go to whatever event he has if I know I can get that word out."

Last night was the first time Giuliani had attended a widely publicized event in the city since a March 16 fund-raiser in midtown, where the same protesters also greeted him. Giuliani aides responded to questions about the protesters' criticisms by offering up a testimonial from another firefighter. Retired FDNY Capt. John Vigiano praised Giuliani for making sure rescuers' families were taken care of. "Rudy Giuliani was a great mayor for New York City, before Sept. 11, on Sept. 11 and afterwards," said Vigiano, who lost two sons on 9/11. "Because of his efforts on behalf of my family, I never have to worry about my daughters-in-law or my five grandchildren."

[Duchess Note – Bravo to those who are protesting against this thug. The truth needs to be told, not only about 9/11, but about Rudy G career in NYC. He's using and abusing 9/11 ... just like the Bush Regime. The abuse has to stop!]

Friday, April 20, 2007

On Tuesday evening, March 13th, NYDoP had our first “core team” conference call since January 2006. Many new members to the “core team” were inquiring about it, as some live outside of the NYC parameters and cannot attend the monthly meetings in person. If National DoP can do informative, interesting monthly calls, so can the NY chapter. Oh yeah, we so rock the house!

Thursday evening, March 15th, we held separate, back-to-back meetings for NYDoP board and core team at Adriana’s office [ie: conference room] in the Empire State Building. Both meetings went well and we covered many topics … such as … materials cost, monthly contributions, anti-war events, bylaws, list serve, September peace building, strategy day and student peace groups. I utilized the wonderful mini tape recorder and took notes. After the meeting, while doing a wee bit of shopping in Duane Reade, it dawned on me I left my checkbook/bills in desk drawer at work. Geez! Duh! So had to trek all the way back to the office, grab my things, and then head home. I arrived in time to watch last 25 minutes of CSI Las Vegas.

Early Friday evening, March 16th, I attended the Granny Peace Brigades “endless war memorial & vigil” (names of dead American soldiers, journalist & Iraqi were read). The readings were so moving. It’s important to pay homage to these individuals. Only about 25 people [including Dawn, Bill & Linda] were there and we braved the cold snowstorm. The closing ceremony consisted of a woman singing an Iraqi lullaby, lady read a soldier’s letter, and young man playing of taps; jazz singer song of peace and a Moslem chanted the “call to prayer”. Reuters was there as well to video tape and interview some of the Granny Peace Brigade. Afterwards, the four of us briefly went to a nearby Starbucks for something warm to drink and discussion of ceremony. Then Linda headed off to an appointment, while I joined Dawn and Bill for dinner at Appleby’s on 42nd Street. During dinner we had enjoyable, interesting conversation on diverse topics, as well as some good laughs. Appleby’s food is okay … I had fish & chips … where as Dawn and Bill had a lot of French fries as they are vegans. At that point, I think all we cared about was a warm, dry place with hot food.

Late Sunday morning, March 18th, I took the Long Island railroad out near Great Neck [NY], where Joe picked me up at the station. We were joining Liz and Adriana for the “Expect the Miraculous” event. This was held at Leonard’s La Dolce Vita; which looks like it mostly caters to weddings, special events and social functions. “Expect the Miraculous” was sponsored and hosted by Enchantment Industries, which is run by Elly and Sarah, who are new members of NYDoP. Upon arrival Joe and I set up our NYDoP table; which was sandwiched between “The Money Profit” and “Fire Your Diet”. The gents [ie: John Alexandrov & Joe Kasper] at these tables were also guest speakers, along with our dear Liz, who gave a wonderful 10 minute presentation on Dept of Peace. Along with a nice lunch and champagne; there were dance performances by MMestre Ombrinho and capoeira Angola Quintal. Plus musical performances by Katia Zallas and Reuben Drummond. The latter got everyone up and grooving to the music. Overall an enjoyable afternoon and great talking to folk about the Dept of Peace campaign.

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[Duchess Note: Several members of NYDoP attended the event. Liz [on right] gave a presentation, while Joe and I tabled at back of room]

Monday, March 19th, after work I joined other New Yorkers for a candlelight vigil in Union Square. This was to mark the 4th anniversary of the horrible invasion and occupation of Iraq by the Bush Regime. We want our troop’s home now and universal peace. While down there I ran into Harry, whom I know from Rob Jereski’s congressional campaign in 2004. It was great seeing him and catching up on news.

New Targets for Kucinich: 9/11 & Handguns
Sabrina Eaton,
The press release also asserted that two of Kucinich's longtime pet causes -- establishing a universal health care system and creating a cabinet-level Department of Peace and Nonviolence -- "directly relate to the events of Blacksburg."

Kucinich to Launch Cheney Impeachment Push on April 25
Michael Roston, The Raw Story

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda Z from TX in sharing these great articles on Congressman Kucinich. Bravo DJK! Yah know, we haven't had an "red or orange alert" from the Bush Regime for quite some time. There were so many in 2004 ... prior to the November election. It was ALL done to scare Americans into voting for W and not Kerry. And there were folk who fell for it. Fools! Will Cheney do something similiar to that to get out of being impeached? I'm sure Cheney and Rove will think of something. . . . .]

BUMPER STICKER QUOTE"Pull Cheney, Flush Bush"

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Constitution in Crisis" Questions Dennis Kucinich on 9/11

An Open Letter From Congressman Kucinich to Residents of Nagasaki, Japan

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent an open letter to the residents of Nagasaki, Japan offering his deepest condolences upon the death of the city’s mayor, Iccho Itoh:

Washington, April 18th

My Dear Friends:

I write to you to offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers upon the death of Iccho Itoh, Mayor of Nagasaki, and I mourn with your country during this difficult time. I am proud to have called Mayor Itoh a colleague in the quest for a more peaceful world, and I have long been an admirer of Mayor Itoh’s dedication and commitment, especially in his endeavor to achieve total nuclear disarmament. He always seized on opportunities to educate about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and looked forward to the day when the world would be free of the nuclear threat. His voice has resonated throughout the international peace community for over twenty years.

Through his work with Mayors for Peace, Mayor Itoh zealously pursued a world that rejected violence and aggression, and embraced an ethic of peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. His Nagasaki Peace Declaration is a call to action for all who dare to hope for a world free of violence. Japan has lost a giant, but his spirit of peace will be a powerful protector of Japan and the world. I sincerely hope others will join with me in carrying the mantle of disarmament and nonviolence that Mayor Itoh’s legacy might endure in our efforts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Kucinich Offers Comprehensive Plan to Address Violence in America
Press Release

CNN Recognizes Dennis Kucinich’s Leadership on Iraq

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda Z in TX for her contributions on DJK articles.]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Birthday Greetings to Sean Bean
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[Photo of Sean taken while filming "Outlaw" in the UK - 2006]

‘New’ Tolkien Novel Goes on Sale
BBC News
A new book by The Lord of the Rings author, JRR Tolkien, has gone on sale 34 years after the writer’s death. The Children of Hurin has been completed by his son Christopher from a series of unfinished manuscripts.
Message from The Peace Alliance & Dept of Peace Campaign - Virginia Tech Our Hearts Go Out

We write to you today with heavy hearts. The devastating events at Virginia Tech affect us all. Shock, outrage, anger and deep sadness are present as we recognize the great loss suffered, in truth, by all of us. We face yet again another painful reminder of the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to reducing and preventing violence in our nation and the world. In dark moments such as this, shock, anger and denial are natural and normal reactions that can camouflage our deep pain and sadness. Grief takes a variety of forms, unique to each individual. The important thing is that we take the time to grieve—whenever we do it, however we do it.

Many of you have already asked how our local grassroots members have been affected, and what is being done to provide support in the area. We have supporters who live in Blacksburg, VA, the town neighboring Virginia Tech, including Congressional District Team Leader for Virginia CD-9, Tom Marano. At this time, we have no reports that our grassroots members have friends or family directly involved in this devastating event. Virginia State Coordinator Christine Johnson is working with the local team to define ways to support the Virginia Tech community. When the Virginia team identifies ways for those of us living outside the region to help, we will let you know. In the meantime, they know we stand with them in loving support.

This event also has direct implications to our work in the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. Many of you have asked for guidance on communicating the vision of the Department of Peace in light of these tragic events. It is entirely appropriate—in fact necessary—for us to speak in this time of heartache, to address the ongoing question of how we prevent this type of violence from ever occurring again. We know that as a nation we have concrete tools to resolve conflict before it escalates into violence. The bipartisan call for a moment of silence in the House and the Senate yesterday to acknowledge the worst mass shooting in U.S. history indicates our elected leaders' desire to put aside political interests and become part of the solution. We can help our government leaders understand the need for institutions that address the root causes of violence so that we never suffer another Virginia Tech.

We encourage you to respond to this tragedy thoughtfully and compassionately. Please consider calling your members of Congress today and reminding them that we can take a fresh approach to dealing with violence. Share with them your deep concern about the shootings at Virginia Tech, and remind them that violence is a global and national public health and safety crisis that is preventable. Help them see, as you do, that we currently have the programs and practices needed to resolve conflict before it escalates into violence. If you've previously met with specific staff members, be sure to share this vision directly with them. You can reach your members through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. You may also find your members' direct contact information at and for more info on the Dept of Peace campaign, check out

Ray Ramos of the NY NG 442nd MP Unit, who tested positive for depleted uranium exposure through testing supported by the Daily News after his Unit's 2003 deployment in Samaweh, Iraq. The town where they buried and stored vehicles armored in and destroyed by depleted uranium weapons in 1991. The town which the Dutch Army, which was to replace the NY NG Unit, tested with geiger counter and rejected for quartering their troops. Ray Ramos, who with 8 other NY National Guardsmen is suing the V.A. for malpractice. Will be featured on The Montel Williams Show, Friday, April 20, at 4:00 P.M. on Channel 9. Spread the word and show your support for those suffering DU exposure.

Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed on Cheney
Mary Ann Akers, The Sleuth

[Duchess Note: The majority of Americans must learn that just impeaching Bush will leave us with Cheney in total power. Behind the scenes for past 6 years he pretty much has been pulling the strings of Puppet Dictator Wannabe Bush. Along with Cheney, we need to impeach Rove, Rice and ALL those other thugs. Starting with Cheney is a smart move on Kucinich’s part and why I admire the man so much.]

Message from the Business Council for Peace
You are cordially invited to come hear how Bpeace members are using their business skills to foster global peace through economic empowerment.

The Rwanda Action Team Open Meeting - From Peace to Prosperity

Wednesday, April 25th
6:00PM to 8:00PM
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP
125 West 55th Street, Manhattan

Agenda includes ... "X 13th Anniversary Genocide Commemoration "X Field Report "X Mentoring Program "X Volunteer Consulting Opportunities "X August 2007 Mission "X Q&A Panel Speakers Include:"X Eugenie Mukeshimana, Genocide survivor, Bpeace member "X Richard Niwenshuti, Bpeace Program Manager, Kigali

Please RSVP with names of attendees for security list to: Anne Kellett or Lee Rubinstein, Rwanda Action Team Co-Chairs, or

About Bpeace ... Bpeace is an international network of business volunteers who help women inwar- torn countries grow sustainable businesses. Our belief is that when women are stronger economically, they have a stronger voice for peace in their local communities and societies. For these women, Bpeace provides business and marketing consulting, distance mentoring, training, networking opportunities and builds global awareness of their courage and commitment to peace.

The People Vs Richard Cheney
GQ Magazine
Resolved, that Richard B. Cheney, vice president of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that these articles of impeachment be submitted to the American people.

[Duchess Note: In the polls, over last 3 years, the majority of Americans loath Cheney more than Bush. Personally, I firmly believe that both should be impeached. The list of their crimes is long, very long. Which means we'd be left with House Speaker Pelosi as head of state. I'm not thrilled with that notion, but its a helluva lot better than Bush and Cheney.]

Monday, April 16, 2007

2008 Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich – Discussion about Iraq & Iran
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Grassroots Support ‘out polls’ Mega-Millions Campaign Treasuries

Despite a cash advantage of tens of millions of dollars, the heavily financed Democratic Presidential frontrunners are struggling to muster any significant advantage among grassroots Democratic activists, while under-rated Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich catapulted to a stunningly strong third-place finish in a nationwide poll among likely Democratic voters. According to the results of a poll released today by, a 3.2 million-member organization, Kucinich drew the support of 17.18% of members who participated in the poll. That was only about 10 points behind Illinois Senator Barack Obama, and only seven points behind former Senator John Edwards. Kucinich came in ahead of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (12.26%), New York Senator Hillary Clinton (10.7%), Delaware Senator Joseph Biden (6.19%), and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd (1.05%). The specific question asked of the members related to an out-of-Iraq strategy.

In a statement issued by his campaign, Kucinich, the only candidate who voted against the original Iraq war authorization in 2002 and every war-funding appropriation since, said, "No matter how many millions of dollars they spend, the candidates who supported going to war and consistently voted to fund the continuation of the war will not be able to hide their records. The American people want this war to end, and they want our troops brought home. Anyone who agrees to give George Bush even one more dollar for a war that threatens the lives of our best and bravest will need to answer for that decision."

Kucinich, campaigning in Iowa today, said the other Democratic Presidential candidates are engaged in a "fake debate" over the Congressional war-funding bill on its way to the President’s desk. He is expected to veto the measure, putting the pressure back on Congress to support continued funding or to cut off funding. "You don’t support our troops by approving a hundred billion dollar spending bill that lets the President continue the war through the end of his term. You support our troops by cutting off additional spending and bringing our troops home.”

E-Mails Contradict Testimony in US Attorneys Scandal

Message from Ben Kroetz from TrueMajority
Well, it's tax time again. You know, wrangling with our federal tax forms might feel a lot less frustrating if we knew Congress and the President were using our money to create stronger families and communities, and a more peaceful world. This year, don't let Tax Day get you down. Instead, send Congress a message, [see link below] and tell them how you want your tax dollars spent.

You've probably seen the Oreo Cartoon where our founder, Ben Cohen, shows how the federal budget stacks up cookie by cookie. Now you can build your own federal budget with stacks of virtual Oreos. THEN, e-mail YOUR sensible budget to your Senators and Congressperson and tell them how you want your money spent.

FDA Regulators Using Legal Trickery to Kill Alternative Procedures and Products

The FDA is using legal maneuvering to end your access to natural health products (like vitamins, minerals and herbs) and natural health therapies of all sorts. Again. This time, their ploy is to declare the therapies are "Medicine", so any non-physician who uses them will be practicing medicine without a license. Since these practices are "Medicine", any products used would be untested drugs and therefore forbidden.

Your Comments are Vitally Important ... Public, professional and industry comments are being accepted on the FDA proposal to "capture" alternative procedures and products as "medicine" and then make them illegal. The history of these repressive attacks by the FDA makes it clear that public outcry, IN HUGE NUMBERS, is the only effective tool that natural health supporters have to change this disastrous outcome. Comments will be accepted until April 30. By contacting everyone you can reach to ask for their participation in this comment campaign, we can kill this assault on personal health freedom. Again, please check out link and sign the petition. As well as passing it on to others! Our deepest thanks!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Want to Change the World? Then Change Your Mantra! -- Message From A MySpace/Supporter of Dennis Kucinich 2008 Presidential Campaign

If I hear one more progressive, vegan, animal-rights person say to me that Dennis Kucinich can't possibly win, I think I am going to bust. Its one thing if unenlightened and uninformed people like David Letterman, who knows nothing about Kucinich want to poke fun at his campaign, but there's no excuse for such defeatism by progressives, particularly at this stage of the game. If this is what you believe, then I believe you. Since your thoughts create your reality, then you will end up with the leader you focus your attention on. I know in my heart that there is no other politician in Washington (or anywhere in this country) who more closely represents everything I care deeply about: peace, compassion, economic justice, social equality, and access for all to quality healthcare ... the list goes on and on. So I am focusing all of my energy and attention on Dennis Kucinich.

When I was growing up, I remember being told over and over again that anyone could become President of the United States. Well, we see now, that that is true. The one thing they didn't tell us though is that anyone with BIG MONEY behind him or her can become President. Still, we all continue to dream of that little guy, that person who is really "one of us" occupying the Oval Office. Dennis Kucinich is that guy! He's the person we've been waiting for all of our lives. After 40 years of public service, his record for representing the best interests of his constituents, his integrity, his voting record on the war, animal rights, the environment, and issues of equality are unparalleled! Do you know that he is the only Presidential Candidate who voted against the war in Iraq and who also voted against funding the war 100% of the time? (Both Clinton and Obama have voted to fund the war 100% of the time, Edwards 87% of the time, and Clinton even voted for us to go to war.) There was no confusion about whether or not we should have invaded a country which had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, and had neither the intention nor the capability to attack the United States. Don't let anyone in Congress tell you that they were "fooled" by the Bush Administration. Dennis Kucinich knew better, voted his conscience, and stood his ground.

If you care deeply about creating peace here at home and in the world, animal rights, environmental protection, global warming, developing healthy, safe, and renewable sources of energy, healthcare, economic justice, and equality, there is no better choice. The time is now to support a man who will bring these ideals to the forefront of American politics, and lead us back on the path of becoming a partner in the family of nations. Dennis Kucinich represents the greatest hope for our future. I refuse to buy into a defeatist line of thinking, which tells me that you don't believe we deserve to have such a man leading our country. I do believe we deserve it. Not only do we deserve it, we desperately need it. For without such leadership, we are doomed to more of the same. If you truly want to create change in the world, then change your mantra! Start saying he can and will win! Start believing that we all deserve something far better than what we have become accustomed to in Washington. Support Dennis Kucinich for President in 2008 NOW! Visit the official website at

[Duchess Note - Bravo! Well said ... truth is empowering. What this supporter is saying is what I've been feeling and thinking since 2003. We do deserve better! We should vote with clarity and intelligence. Not what the corporate mainstream media propaganda and rightwingers lies dictate. Trust your heart and support Dennis Kucinich today. Our country needs a positive, caring, progressive leader like DJK. Peace is the only way!]

Kucinich Says It’s Not About Him, It’s About Peace
Mary Ellen Hettinger, The Cabinet

QUOTE OF THE DAY"It is your mind that creates this world” Buddha

Divide & Rule: Bush’s Doomed Plan for Baghdad
Robert Fish, The Independent
Revealed: a new counter-insurgency strategy to carve up the city into sealed areas. The tactic failed in Vietnam. So what chance does it have in Iraq?

Will Women Ever Get Paid What They Deserve?
Martha Burk,

Democrats Prevent Kucinich from Speaking Against Supplemental
Benjamin Arnis,

Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack, John and Whitewash
Norman Soloman, Media Beat

[Duchess Note – Many thanks to Linda Z from TX in sharing some of these articles. It doesn’t surprise me that there are Democrats in DC who’ll pull right-winger, suppression antics. It’s disgusting and embarrassing. They should be ashamed of themselves. I applaud Congressman Kucinich in sticking with his goals, values and principles. Bravo congressman and I proudly support your 2008 presidential candidacy.]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Suburbia: America’s Unseen Poverty
Eyal Press, The Nation

Medicare Policy Keeps Door Shut on Disabled
Prema Polit, AlterNet

Huge Protest in Iraq Demands U.S. Withdraw

'Granny D' Pushes 'Politics of Love'

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Friday evening, March 2nd, I joined my friend BC and her son Harry for drinks/dinner at Dewey Flatiron Grill on 5th Avenue. We drank martinis, supped on chips/salad and engaged in enjoyable conversation. Afterwards we strolled over to Baruch College to see the play “War Zones”. Two of BC’s younger children [teens] were in the production. In the program, under the ‘director’s notes’ it states … “War Zones explores both literal and metaphorical wars. Some of the questions we have been exploring are: What is it about human nature that drives us to war? What is worth fighting for? How do we make peace? All the material is original, devised or written by the company.” There were 16 short skits [ie: Killing Fields, Blood Trail, Class Wars, etc] in the 1 ½ hour play and some of these were deeply moving. BC’s daughter Amelia had a monologue called “Memorial” that had her Mom in tears. If only our government politicians and lawmakers could hear what is on the minds of our youth. Would it surprise them? Would they work towards making a better country for the up and coming youth? Under the Bush Regime, I’d say they wouldn’t give a damn and only want them for cannon fodder in a war. Whether one has children or not, that is not the kind of future we want for them or anyone. Give them peace and security.

On Sunday, March 4th, I joined other NYDoP board and core team members for Strategy Day. Our group [ie: 14 in attendance] met for four fun, interesting and very productive hours in the afternoon. We worked on setting up new committees and brainstorming exciting ideas and activities for 2007/2008. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … this Dept of Peace team is made up terrific, inspiring, warm and very caring individuals. I’m blessed in working with them.

Friday evening, March 9th, I joined my friend Cielito at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the Tiffany exhibit. We started off the evening at the Petrie Restaurant for some delicious dessert and catch up on news. [During the day, one is afforded a nice view of Central Park from the restaurant windows.] Then we were off to the exhibit on the second floor of my favorite museum in NYC.

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The Louis Comfort Tiffany & Laurelton Hall exhibit was such a delight and so exquisite. The exhibit is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until May 20th and is well worth the visit. Laurelton Hall [Long Island] was the Tiffany country estate in the early 20th Century and tragically burnt to the ground in 1957. Some of the architectural elements and interior features were salvaged. Tiffany also had collections of Japanese, Chinese and Native American works or art.

On Sunday, March 11th, I joined my friend Linda G and the Granny Peace Brigade in front of the Army Recruiting Office in Times Square at 3pm. It was a windy, chilly day in that area, but I managed to hold firm to the banner. [Photo below from AMNYC newspaper.]

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The banner conveys a singular message [“We Will Not Be Silent”] and is a statement from The White Rose resistance movement in Germany during 1942. What applied then during Nazi Germany, applies now during the Bush Regime here in the US. From dawn to dust; starting on March 11th through March 16th, people of conscience began reading the names of the war dead. This included thousands of soldiers, journalists and Iraqi civilians. We bear witness to the tragedy and suffering. We honor the dead, since the Bush Regime will not and continue to ask more soldiers to die for lies. Be part of a growing resistance movement in this country. Demand an end to the illegal occupation of Iraq and say NO to an attack on Iran. Stop the endless war and bring all our troops home now. At 4:30pm Linda and I took our leave. Linda had her car and we drove to Carroll Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn. Strolled along Court Street and ended up at Sweet Melissa’s for an early, leisurely dinner. I haven’t dined at this wonderful, charming establishment since 2001. Sweet Melissa’s desserts are terrific. So many cool, hip places to check out along Court Street and I haven’t done so since leaving Body Elite gym in 2003. It’s like visiting an old friend. This was Linda’s first time in visiting Sweet Melissa’s and she liked it. If the rents for apartments weren’t so high, I’d love to live in the area. Along tree lined Clinton Street, and other streets, there are many lovely Brownstones.

The following evening, March 12th, I attended the weekly Peace Circle at Mary’s home in Park Slope. Those attending were Joyce, Aaron, Nina, Mary and I. Lovely seeing Mary and Joyce again, as well as meeting two new folk to the group. I find the 20 minute mediation segment very soothing and also the sharing of thoughts/ideas. Left there about 10:15pm and due to subway troubles it took me over an hour to get home. NYC transit can be a pain in the buttocks at times.
Dennis Kucinich on Deplete Uranium
The United States must order an end to illegal use of depleted uranium munitions and lead an international effort to recover depleted uranium. We must promote environmental remediation. Also, we must develop a program to provide care and restitution for people suffering as a result of the United States' use of depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons production, nuclear testing, and uranium mining. Continued at:

Monday, April 09, 2007

Peace Task Force Panel Discussion at All Souls Church on April 25th
From the growing rate of domestic incarceration to increasing problems of international violence, the U.S. has no more serious problem in our midst than the problem of violence itself. Prison-building is our largest urban industry, and we spend over 400 billion dollars a year on military-related expenditures. Yet within the workings of the U.S. government, there is no platform from which to seriously wage peace. At least, not yet. Currently, there is a bill before Congress (H.R. 808) to establish a U.S. Department of Peace as an all-systems response to the problem of violence at home and abroad. Domestically, the DOP will develop policies and allocate resources to effectively reduce levels of domestic, school, and gang violence. Internationally, the DOP will advise the President and Congress on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation among nations.

Join friends of the Peace Task Force for an exciting panel discussion with Joe Allegro, Kevin Fagan, and Marianne Perez … state coordinators of the citizen lobbying group, New Yorkers for a Department of Peace. [] The panelists will present different aspects of the bill, clips from the recent Peace Alliance conference in Washington D.C. and information to anyone who wants to participate in the campaign. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 25
7:00-8:30 p.m.
All Souls Church
80th Street & Lexington Avenue
Reidy Friendship Hall

Humane Society's (HSUS) Info Page - 10 Things you should know about the pet food recall

Questions Linger About Bushes and BCCI
Lucy Komisar, Inter Press Service

Police Back on the Beat
The Japan Times
After his breakthrough soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish" in 1983, Copeland has scored any number of great movies for directors like Oliver Stone, Ken Loach and John Waters.
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[Andy, Sting & Stewart from the early 1980s as The Police]

Bushies Remember They Can't Recall
Marianne Means

New Police CD
Reunited rockers THE POLICE are planning to follow their comeback world tour with a new album. STING, ANDY SUMMERS and STEWART COPELAND recently announced they will perform a string of gigs this year (07), 23 years after they split.

Ohio's Election Protection Movement Wins Two Big Victories
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman

In Sight/Music & Arts: Rare Pre-Breakup Footage Shows the Police Off-Duty
Here's an arresting thought: The British rock band the Police didn't break up because they hated one another.

An Army of Christian Right Lawyers Is Waging War on the Constitution
Sarah Posner, Washington Spectator

American Dream Ends in Property Market Crash

First in the War, Then in the Oil Grab - Congressional Complicity
Richard Behan
And Congress has agreed to this. That is complicity. Was Congress ignorant of the consequences of the deceitful "benchmark?" No. Representative Dennis Kucinich offered an amendment to eliminate it from H.R. 1591. In a letter to his Democratic colleagues, Mr. Kucinich said, "By requiring the enactment of this law by the Iraqi government, Democrats will be instrumental in privatizing Iraqi oil." And so they were. With Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, the benchmark survived- essentially a prescription for theft.

Dennis Kucinich Speaking On 9/11

"My Name Used to Be #200343"
David Phinney, IPS News

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

UK Paper: Botched U.S. Raid in Iraq Led to Hostage Crisis
Democracy Now
The Independent of London has revealed that the recent stand-off between Iran and Britain over the captured British sailors may have its roots in a botched U.S. military raid in Iraq. According to the paper, the U.S. military attempted to abduct two senior Iranian security officials in northern Iraq on January 11th. The officials have been identified as Mohammed Jafari, the powerful deputy head of the Iranian National Security Council, and General Minojahar Frouzanda, the chief of intelligence of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The men were in Iraq on official business to meet with the Iraqi president. The U.S. failed to seize the two officials but they did capture five relatively junior Iranian officials. The U.S. has been holding the five Iranians since Jan. 11 at an undisclosed location.

How to Live a Low-Energy Lifestyle
Kelpie Wilson, TruthOut
Americans can cut consumption and keep their affluence, but it will take a change in priorities.

Excerpts of Dennis Kucinich Speaking in Oregon over Past Weekend

Nixon, Kissinger Admitted Vietnam Unwinnable: Book
Richard Sisk, Daily News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger admitted to each other privately that it was "impossible" to win the Vietnam War, yet called Democrats the "party of surrender" for wanting to pull out, according to a new book. "Using language that has a painfully contemporary echo," Nixon and Kissinger talked tough on Vietnam in public while secretly preparing to withdraw, according to historian Robert Dallek. "In Saigon the tendency is to fight the war to victory," Nixon told Kissinger as early as 1969, Dallek writes, "but you and I know it won't happen - it is impossible." Nevertheless, the two agreed they should label the Democrats "the party of surrender" even as they maneuvered for a withdrawal, Dallek writes in "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power." Excerpts from the book appear in the May issue of Vanity Fair. Other revelations in the book, based on diaries, tapes and transcripts, include:

1] Kissinger ranted in 1971 that former President George H.W. Bush, then Nixon's UN ambassador, was "an idiot." In response, Nixon later suggested to another aide that Kissinger might need "psychiatric help."

2] Kissinger often kept Nixon out of the loop on major foreign policy decisions, fearing that he might be drunk. Told that the British prime minister was on the phone, Kissinger said, "Can we tell them no? When I talked to the President, he was loaded."

[Duchess Note - Well, at least Kissinger was right about one thing, GHWB is an idiot and his son (current dictator wannabe) is even more of an idiot. The latter is also a spoiled rich bully. Also, many thanks to Linda Z & Judith in sharing the above articles.]


'No More Iraq War,' Kids Cry - Youngsters Lead Peace Parade Through Brooklyn
A member of Iraq War Veterans Against the War, Bouthillette said he was studying at the naval academy when war broke out and was later stationed on a destroyer in the Arabian Gulf where three of his shipmates were killed by suicide bombers. “I’m sick of seeing yellow ribbons and ‘support our troops’ bumper stickers,” he said. “They mean nothing. This idea that anti-war is anti-troops is completely backwards. Bush has been more detrimental to our Constitution that anything else.” The Iraq war veteran blasted the billions of U.S. dollars already poured into the conflict - 10 percent of which he charged could have been used to restore hurricane ravaged New Orleans. Reps. Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velazquez, however, faced a rough time addressing a crowd unhappy about their support of the latest supplemental spending bill that allocates more money for the war. But the representatives maintained that the vote was necessary to avoid giving President Bush a “blank check” and empowering Republicans in Congress.

[Duchess Note: I am so disgusted that Congresswoman Velazquez (my district 12) voted in support of the Supplemental Spending Bill. Very little of that “supplemental” will go to our soldiers; instead a majority of it will go to Halliburton and Blackwater. Those two congresswomen should be ashamed of themselves in supporting money that will go into the rich, greedy wallets of America’s top 1%. Those bastards don’t need another dime. Americans all over the US need that money for schools, healthcare, jobs, recovery efforts in New Orleans etc. Instead, it’ll mostly go to making more weapons to kill innocent people and lining the pockets of rich buggers. Enough! We need to create and support peace. Support the Dept of Peace legislation (HR808) and get your congressional representative to co-sponsor it. I’ve been trying since February to get Congresswoman Velazquez to co-sponsor the bill again. She’s becoming more of an embarrassment and disappointment to me and others in District 12. We’ve had enough & we want peace now.]

Will Vermont Secede From The Union?
Ian Baldwin & Frank Bryan, Washington Post

Baghdad Merchants Astounded at McCain's Claims of Security

Supreme Court Rules Against Bush in Global Warming Case

'US Ready to Strike Iran on Good Friday'

Iran: A Policy of All Stick and No Carrots Will Not Work – Message from Friends Committee on National Legislation
The Iranian government's detention of 15 British sailors and the announcement that Iran may stop cooperating with international nuclear non-proliferation inspectors has led some in Congress to conclude that the U.S. must escalate its campaigns to pressure Tehran into compliance with international community demands. But the fact that a small border dispute has turned into a major diplomatic incident that could lead to war is more evidence of the need for face-to-face diplomatic negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. Read why Executive Secretary Joe Volk believes a policy of all sticks and no carrots will not work:

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Wednesday evening, February 21st, I attended a free 3-hour Landmark Education seminar with Elly and Sarah [ie: new members of NYDoP] in Manhattan. It was great seeing Elly and Sarah again, after that delightful car ride back from DC on the 4th. I was amazed at how popular this seminar is and was told it’s always “standing room only”. Not only were Landmark Forum graduates there, but folk like me who expressed interest. The seminar is basically about Landmark Education, forums and courses []. The weekend workshops sound awesome, but are abit pricey and I just don’t have the funds right now. I’m saving up to move to new apartment end of this year. I did take away some advice on relationships with friends, family and future beaux.

On Thursday, February 22nd, I participated in a NYDoP board member conference call and guest speaker [ie: peer advisor] was Lynn McMullen from National DoP. Great call that lasted over an hour and Lynn is always supportive, plus full of information/ideas. She mentioned that our three main goals should be about our broad base, grassroots and congress. Structure within the group is important, as is our vision. I took notes and also recorded the call, so that I could transcribe for our board members.

Saturday, February 24th, was the 4th Annual Grassroots Media event at the New School in Manhattan. I attended with Joe and Marianne, as we were tabling for New Yorkers for a Dept of Peace. Along with other media and grassroots organizations … event officially started at 10am and ended at about 5pm. I brought my bead style earrings to sell and make some money for NYDoP. 50% of all sales on peace related earrings and bracelets go to NYDoP. Joe and I arrived before 10am to set up our table and make it presentable. I’d say there were, including our table, at least 25 groups, organizations, and two radio stations. [One of which is a fav of mine … WBAI.] Lots of free information and many items [ie: books, t-shirts, buttons, etc] for sale. Over the course of 7 hours the three of us conversed with folk who came to our table about Dept of Peace []. Plus I had numerous fascinating conversations with folk at other tables. One memorable conversation was with Janna at Guttmacher Institute on women, job interviews, female rights, politics and religion. We exchanged email info, so as to continue conversation and such at a later date. Sadly, I didn’t sell a lot of my earrings, as it seemed the majority of young women attending were into the Rasta, grunge, and funky look. I need to branch out and get funkier with my creations, plus take some workshops. I also want to set up a website, where I can display and sell my creations.

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[Duchess Note: Joe & I (photos) tabled at the Grassroots Media event along with fellow NYDoP member Marianne]
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Next day, February 25th, I whacked my lower back while cleaning the apartment. So took a “personal day” on Monday to get treatment at my chiropractor. After work on Tuesday I got massage therapy treatment for the lower back. Slowly improving. . . .

Monday, April 02, 2007

Saturday, February 10th, I headed up to Yonkers on Metro North to do volunteer work at Joanne’s ferret shelter. Quite a few furkids were in the shelter and only two adoptions since my last visit. I brought up two paper shopping bags from my grocery store, with old smelly socks in them, for the wee ones. They love to scamper inside, dig, sniff and jump about in excitement. Especially in regards to smelly old socks. Ferrets just love them. During our tea break, I was telling Joanne about that chap Walter and how things tanked between us. Hum, haven’t even thought of him since then. Not worth it, besides, there are other “fish” in the sea.

On Monday evening, February 12th, I joined others from the weekly Peace Circle at Mary’s home in Brooklyn to work on the “Valentine Peace Project”. Mary had a full house and some folk brought delicious goodies for everyone to nosh on, plus indulging in wine. Got to meet some new faces and engage in diverse conversations, and many laughs, while we worked on assembling the project. We had an assembly line going of printing out excerpts from poems, wrapping them around stems of white roses and tying with multi color ribbon. Around 10pm I left the festivities with my bundle of roses ready to distribute to my co-workers on the February 14th. Made it through the snowstorm on the 14th and surprised many on my floor at work with a rose. Many were very touched and expressed thanks for the thoughtful gesture. It was a great feeling and I couldn’t stop smiling.

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Thursday, February 15th, I participated in the NYDoP board and core team meetings. This was a first for our group, in that; we held them separately on the same evening. Also, it was to be our last meeting held at this particular location in the Empire State Building. We need to find new, larger accommodations. Those in attendance for the Board meeting was Kevin, Joe, Carol, Dawn, Karen, Howard and Liz joined us via conference call. Sadly Marianne couldn’t make it. We had a productive meeting and I took notes in long hand, plus utilizing the mini cassette recorder. Howard left after we concluded the Board meeting and on the conference call we were joined by Gay, Susan, Jade and Priscilla. Majority of the conversation and feedback was on the recent Peace Conference in DC. We also talked about the upcoming Grassroots Media event and working with CDTLs in NY state. We wrapped up at 8:15pm and for once I got home by 9pm. In time to watch CSI Las Vegas, which is one of my few fav programs on the telly.

Saturday evening, February 17th, Jackie came over to watch LOTRs FOTR cast commentary and we noshed on Chinese take out. As always, we had a nice relaxing time and also chatted on several topics [ie: work, immigration & current events]. Of the three LOTRs extended versions, I have to admit that FOTR is my fav and some of that has to do with my admiration of British actor, Sean Bean.

On Tuesday evening, February 20th, I listened in on the monthly PDA [Progressive Democrats of America] conference call. This was my first time participating in these calls and it was really fascinating. There were 40+ folk from all over the US on the call. Cool! Tim Carpenter hosted the call and actress/activist Mimi Kennedy was guest speaker. Another guest speaker was John Bonifaz from PDA. Many topics were discussed and the main one was on voter rights. Legislation is in Congress at this time and its bill HR811. It was mentioned that a key player to network with is Congresswoman Diane Feinstein and Congressman Conyers. Other references to HR811 was regarding “vote pad” for disabled individuals, Optical scan, election protection, mandatory paper ballot/trail, etc. I plan on being part of these conference calls in future, as they are so informative.

Mythopoeic Society
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How is Withdrawal in Iraq a 'sellout'?
Peter Marshall

Regarding "A sellout over Iraq" (Tuesday, Opinions) … Cal Thomas continues to spout the conservative cultists' line about the Dems' "sellout of American troops in Iraq." How can anyone believe that trying to bring the troops home according to an orderly timetable is selling them out? Thomas and his jingoistic ilk sold them out years ago by wasting the lives and limbs of these young people in this illegal and useless war. Thomas calls "pork" the projects the Democrat leadership used to get their gun-shy members to pass the Iraq timetable. None of the projects Thomas himself mentions come close to the "bridge to nowhere" and other unworthy budget-busting pork his fellow Republicans tried to reward themselves with over the last six years. As for the usual ranting mantra about the Islamofascists' ultimate aim of destroying the United States: If we had spent the billions used in Iraq to secure our borders, ports, territorial waters and airspace, al-Qaida and its followers would pose little threat to our homeland. But then there would less juicy contracts for Halliburton and Blackwater, which are the true Republican constituencies.