Wednesday, May 30, 2007

NEWS FROM THE POLICE REUNION SUMMER TOUR

The Police Confess Comeback Conflict
ContactMusic
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/the%20police%20confess%20comeback%20conflict_1032106
THE POLICE reunion is suffering "heated discussions" but guitarist ANDY SUMMERS insists they're giving the band a positive "edge".

Reunited Police Thrive on Tension
Reuters via Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070525/music_nm/police_dc_1
The members of reunited rock band the Police are at war with each other -- and they couldn't be having more fun.

The Police Argue in Tour Rehearsals
Digital Spy
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a58294/the-police-argue-in-tour-rehearsals.html?rss
The Police star Andy Summers admits that the group have been arguing.

The Police a Force, Again
The Ottawa Sun
http://ottawasun.com/Showbiz/Music/2007/05/27/4211561-sun.html
30th anniversary reunion tour set to become biggest musical event of the summer.

Fans Ecstatic as Police Strut Their Stuff
Vancouver Province
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=c493d041-1fd3-4aa8-b2ce-d6235149dcdf&k=95924
Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting and are no longer young punks, but legions of Police fans outside their special preview concert in Vancouver last night couldn't have cared less.

Reunited Police Start World Tour
BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/entertainment/6697809.stm
Fans in Vancouver await the first concert on a five-month world tour by reunited rock group The Police.

Reunited Police Start World Tour
Moldova.org
http://music.moldova.org/stiri/eng/49907/
Reunited rock group The Police begin a five-month world tour in Vancouver on Monday, 21 years after their last large-scale concert appearance, informs BBC news. Singer Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers drifted apart in the mid-1980s but have been rehearsing together since March. They arrive in the UK on 8 September, playing at London's Twickenham Stadium.

The Police Play First Gig In Over 20 Years
ContactMusic
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/the%20police%20play%20first%20gig%20in%20over%2020%20years_1032375
Reformed rockers THE POLICE played their first concert in 21 years last night (27May07).

The Police Give Fans Preview Of Reunion Tour
ContactMusic
http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/the%20police%20give%20fans%20preview%20of%20reunion%20tour_1032397
Reformed rockers THE POLICE wowed fans in Vancouver, Canada, last night (28May07) when they played a private show for their devotees on the eve of the world tour.

The Police kick off Reunion Tour
ITV.com
http://www.itv.com/news/entertainment_f64a89139f39fc9e1b13fba2e3829193.html
Reunited rockers The Police have kicked off their first world tour in more than 20 years. Opening in Vancouver, Canada at the GM Place, frontman Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland delivered classics like Message in a Bottle and Roxanne.

Police Back on Duty for First Tour Since 1984
AFP via Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070529/ts_afp/entertainmentmusic_070529113200
Legendary rock band The Police on Monday staged their first major public concert since breaking up in 1984, kicking off a reunion tour and drawing fans screams from a bedazzled crowd.

Police Answer the Call
Vancouver Province
http://www.canada.com/cityguides/vancouver/story.html?id=81c63496-cb3b-4061-bfe6-3e9f10764a0c&k=45049
Lead singer Sting, lead guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland of the band The Police perform onstage to open their world tour at General Motors Place May 28, 2007 in Vancouver.

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The Police in Vancouver on Monday, May 28th

First Look: The Police are Back!
rediff.com
http://www.rediff.com/rss/redirect.php?url=http://www.rediff.com/movies/2007/may/29police.htm
Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers kick off The Police world tour in Vancouver.

An Open Letter to the Democratic Congress – Why I Am Leaving the Democratic Party
Commentary by Cindy Sheehan at CounterPunch
http://www.counterpunch.org/sheehan05282007.html

[Duchess Note - Bravo Cindy Sheehan! Well spoken ... truth must be heard loud and clear. Those in Congress and the Senate who continue to "supply" the Bush Regime have American soldiers and Iraqi blood on their hands. We voted these Democrats into office to do this to us?!? Mon dieu! Weak, spineless buggers! Cindy is right, they have betrayed us. Many, not all, of them obviously feel no pain nor shame. None!]

Campaigning for a Bargain
Evelyn Theiss, Plain Dealer Reporter
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/other/1180514241194890.xml&coll=2&thispage=2

Rep. John Conyers Backs National Effort Calling for Impeachment of Bush/Cheney
By David Swanson
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/23088

Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Important Message from DFA on Impeachment
You've done it! Over 41,000 signatures in just two days! How long will it take us to get to 75,000? We need your help to do it. Please ask at least one more person you know to sign the petition today! Don't just rely on e-mail. Call them. Think of who in your social network would like to see the Bush administration held accountable. Who do you know that is sick of President Bush getting away with it? Be it family or friends, maybe a co-worker or neighbor, please reach out to them today, right now, and ask them to sign the petition. ttp://www.ImpeachGonzales.org

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

US Theft of Iraq's Oil: On House Floor Wednesday Morning
WASHINGTON DC - WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd
At approximately 11:00 a.m. today, Congressman Dennis Kucinich will invoke a rarely used procedure to offer a privileged motion claiming one hour of time to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives about current legislative plans to privatize Iraq's oil. This will be the first time in Congress that there has been a full discussion of the covert efforts to accomplish privatization of Iraq's oil through the supplemental spending bill. As with all House sessions, this speech will be televised on C-Span. http://www.kucinich.us

BUMPER STICKER QUOTE ... That's OK, I Wasn't Using My Civil Liberties Anyway

Rep. Conyers to Participate in Impeachment Town Hall
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., is expected to take part in an impeachment town hall discussion in Detroit next Tuesday, May 29th at 5 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. The event will feature jazz great Spencer Barefield & Friends, and these panelists: Jack Lessenberry, Detroit Metro Times editorialist; Bill Goodman, Former Legal Director of Center for Constitutional Rights, local Detroit NLG attorney; JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council Member; Maureen Taylor, State Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Malik Rahim, Co-founder Common Ground, New Orleans, and Green Party Candidate for NO City Council in 2002, and former Black Panther Party member; Ann Wright, U.S. Army Colonel and diplomat who resigned in protest the day before the war began; Ray McGovern, Former CIA analyst who prepared the President's Daily Brief and chaired National Intelligence Estimates, Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity member; Debra Sweet: National Coordinator, World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime. http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/mi

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Police Presence – Legendary Trio Improving ‘New Music’, Friendship for Reunion Tour
Dan Aquilante, NY Post
http://www.nypost.com/seven/05202007/entertainment/music/police_presence_music_dan_aquilante.htm

The Police Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary with the Release of "The Police"
Market Wire via Yahoo
http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/070522/0255874.html
The Police will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their recording debut with their first double-disc CD "Best of" collection entitled "The Police", to be released June 5, 2007. The 28 songs bring together the biggest hits from the band's five original studio albums and include their very first single, 1977's "Fall Out.”

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[Sting, Stewart & Andy at the Grammy Awards in February 2007]

Copeland Wants Police to Break Rules at Bonnaroo
Reuters via Yahoo! Music News
http://au.launch.yahoo.com/070522/11/18ux3.html
He may not be able to convince his bandmates, but Police drummer Stewart Copeland wants "the rules to be completely different" for the reunited trio at its upcoming Bonnaroo performance, including possible guest appearances from other artists.

Kucinich: While Washington Sleeps, Effort to Privatize Iraq’s Oil Continues
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=65420

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Kucinich: United States Must Support Aid to the Palestinian Authority
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=65432

Essex Girl Fills White House Race With Lurve
Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1813550.ece
If Dennis were elected, they would make a great team, Elizabeth said. “Can you imagine what it would be like to have real love in the White House and a true union between the masculine and the feminine?” [photo below of the Congressman & his wife.]

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Kucinich: Present & Accounted For
Paul Kane, Capital Briefing
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/05/kucinich_present_and_accounted_1.html

[Duchess Note – Following comment by Shirley in Michigan … “the media pretends he doesn't even exist. They refuse to give him the time of day, as they start every item with the words Clinton and Obama. The press thinks it's decided, and limited the race to, the nominees it feels will or should succeed. (Or not) The people I KNOW believe in Kucinich's message, in the appropriate reasoning of the man, and the reason we believe anyone but this man should not hold the office. Intrinsic honesty is no longer the measure of a candidate, it seems. There's nothing iffy about his always and present stance on the war, which is still the BIG REASON so many of us voted Democratic. It's a throw-the-Bums-OUT-time which is not recognized by the corporate media”. Bravo Shirley! We The People should not let corporate media decide our candidate. We The People are the ones who will decide. NY State primary is February 2008 … join me and other Democrats in voting for a candidate whose values/issues reflect ours. I am voting Kucinich all the way. Many thanks to Linda in TX for sharing so many wonderful articles on DJK.]

W Stands for Wisconsin Impeachment Summer
David Swanson
http://www.davidswanson.org/?q=node/824

Gore Blasts Bush in 'The Assault on Reason'
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/21/1331/

Maine Campaign to Impeach Bush Presses Case
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/21/1350/

Who's Afraid of Jimmy Carter? George Bush
John Nichols
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/21/1346/

[Duchess Note: Carter speaks the truth with such clarity, insight and intelligence. One should never apologize, especially to the friggin demented Bush Regime, in speaking the truth. Carter is by far more intelligent, hard-working, noble and honorable man than any in the Bush Regime.]

Friday, May 18, 2007

MESSAGE FROM DFA [Democracy for America] Regarding 2008 Presidential Candidate Congressman Kucinich

Democracy for America members have been keeping the pressure up on the candidates for President. Starting with a primary petition in January demanding a strong Iraq plan and then again in April calling for action on the climate crisis, many of the democratic candidates have been responding directly to you. Today, I'm excited to bring you two great responses from Representative Dennis Kucinich: http://www.DemocracyforAmerica.com/kucinich

First, Representative Kucinich details his comprehensive plan to fight climate change. Kucinich wants "to make everything in this country about energy conservation" including international policy and trade agreements. In the second video, Congressman Kucinich hits hard on Iraq: "I voted 100% of the time against funding this war, because I understood that – you fund this war – you reauthorize it all over again."

You won't hear responses like this at the primary debates or in a T.V. commercial. The mainstream media acts like it doesn't have time and won't pay attention to the specifics. But we will. http://www.DemocracyforAmerica.com/kucinich

There are many great candidates running for President. It is up to each of us to find the candidate that best represents our views and do everything we can to help them win. A healthy primary challenge will make our eventual nominee stronger and the progressive movement more powerful. That's why DFA brings these videos directly to you as an honest broker in your decision making process. This is NOT an endorsement of Representative Kucinich's campaign. However, if you like what you hear today, you can join his campaign at: http://kucinich.us Also check out: http://www.dfalink.com/kucinich.php

The Police to Perform at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey
PR Newswire via Yahoo!
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070518/nyf016.html?.v=97
The Police World Tour will come to Atlantic City, the city that is always turned on, this November, presented by Best Buy, in association with Trump Entertainment Resorts.

The Disturbing Truth About Doctors and Your Medical Safety
Atul Gawande, AlterNet
One of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of hospital infections is also one of the most neglected.
http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/51949/

American Corporations Getting Rich Abroad
Robert B. Reich, TomPaine.com
Bottom line: The Bush tax cuts have delivered for Wall Street but done zilch for America’s Main Streets.
http://www.alternet.org/workplace/51399/

Thursday, May 17, 2007

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – LIBERAL NEWS

Message From The Peace Alliance & Dept of Peace Campaign On Recent Events
Congratulations to our New York grassroots activists! Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (NY-22-D) and Rep. Michael R. McNulty (NY-21-D) both signed on as co-sponsors this week! Please call the Congressmen's offices and thank them for their courage and commitment! Congressman Hinchey: (202) 225-6335 Congressman McNulty: (202) 225-5076

[Duchess Note: Congratulations to David H in upstate NY in your patience and persistence in getting these two congressmen to sign onto the bill. Bravo!]

The Police Rehearse in Vancouver for Summer Tour
CTV.ca News
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070517/police_Vancouver_070517/20070517?hub=Entertainment&s_name

Sitting Out the Obama Dance in Iowa City
Paul Street, Zmag
I recently witnessed a disturbing event. I was among the ten thousand predominantly white Iowans who listened to Barack Obama speak at the scenic “Pentacrest”, on the University of Iowa campus.
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=72&ItemID=12687

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Lee Iacocca
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/08/1056/

Deadly Dust: Study Suggests Cancer Risk from Depleted Uranium
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/08/1059/

Raging Grannies Favor Soft Hats, Tough Lyrics
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/08/1057/

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

TAKE A MOMENT TO VIEW A VIDEO AD BY THOMAS GALLAGHER AND VOTE ON IT
2008 Presidential candidate Kucinich ad at campaignads.org ... votes needed to get it into their top 20! Here's the link for it there: http://www.campaignads.org/video.php?videoid=57

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

PERSONAL NEWS #121
On Sunday afternoon, March 25th, I attended the annual Tolkien Reading Moot at Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill in Manhattan. The previous year it had been held in Poughkeepsie at a charming restaurant called Frodo’s. This year, in the Greenwich Village area, the pub sort of resembled the “Green Dragon” from the LOTR books. I showed up around the same time as Jessica, Anthony and Tim. There seemed to be some issues, but Anthony resolved things and we had a back room for the group. I talked briefly with Tim outside the pub before he went to get his Gandalf attire and I waited for Jackie. Weather wasn’t too bad and was delightfully sunny. About twelve of us finally assembled in the back room, which was hobbity and cozy. Lighting wasn’t the greatest, but it’ll have to do. We then made our way into the main area for some refreshment and conversations. I had some interesting discussions with Jessica and Kaleena. The wine loosened up our tongues and we spoke freely on language, biblical meaning, ancient writings, etc. Once we paid our tabs, we took our drinks and headed back to the other room. In the small room next to ours was a couple playing billiards and occasionally listening in to our “readings”. They had to know it was about Tolkien and LOTRs, as Tim was dressed as Gandalf the Grey. Jackie and I positioned ourselves on the comfy sofa and sipped our wine. Halfway through the readings Jessica and Anthony held a raffle for prizes. I was the second winner and received “Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review” from 2006. It’s the third volume and will need to hunt around for the first two at bookstores. Maybe I can find it at The Strand. I’m not good at reading in public, so I asked Tim with much charm if he’d do the honors and he gladly accepted. I handed him “The Two Towers” book and he read of the “Departure of Boromir” with such eloquence and feeling. Most know my nickname of Lady Boromir, as the eldest son of Gondor is my fav, not only in the books but also in Peter Jackson’s films.

Then it was 6pm and everyone started making ready to leave. This usually takes awhile, as we all love to chat. Tim came back into the pub and inquired if I wanted to see his newly purchased Boromir figurine. Absolutely! I grabbed my things and headed out with him. His truck was parked at the curb and he showed me the figurine looking handsome in its lovely box. He also had a new figurine of Legolas. By this time Jackie, Jessica and Anthony came out … we all ohhhh’d and ahhhhh’d over the goodies. I’d love to purchase a Boromir figurine, but funds are abit tight right now. From there Jackie, Jessica, Anthony decided to hangout for sometime and walked over to The Strand on Broadway. Us ladies chatted, gossip and browsed through books, while Anthony went to find a particular book. From there we headed over to 4th Avenue and partake of refreshment at Cosi’s. We enjoyed a few more hours of much socializing, laughter, stories, etc. This is such a cool Cosi; as it has a bar, many over stuffed chairs and East Village funkiness to it. Subways weren’t cooperating that well and I finally got home around midnight.

Tuesday evening, March 27th, started off with doing some volunteer work for City Harvest at their main office on 8th Avenue. The volunteers that showed up pretty much stuff envelopes for a large mailing [ie: Skip Lunch Fight Hunger]. And City Harvest did provide bottled water and pizza for us. I headed home after 7pm for a NYDoP board member conference call to discuss locating new space for monthly meetings. We have several options for decent, affordable locations, but the clincher is that our group has certain requirements. Such as storage space and conference calling for members who cannot make the meetings.

Saturday evening, March 31st, was movie night at my place and my friend Jackie joined me. We noshed on yummy Chinese take out, caught up on news and watched “Gangs of New York” movie on DVD. I’d never seen this movie before and it was really quite good. Daniel Day-Lewis gives a sterling performance as Bill the Butcher. Liam Neesom makes a cameo appearance in the beginning that is passionate and terrific. Sets and costumes are fantastic. This film is based on some real life people during early to mid 19th Century incidents in lower Manhattan near Five Dials. Overall, I’d recommend this film to others.

Pix From RHCP Concert in NJ - October 2006

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[Duchess Note – I celebrated my birthday at the above concert. The RHCPs really rocked the house that night and the following evening. Bass player, Flea, is a firm supporter of the Dept of Peace campaign and legislation (HR808). New Yorkers for a Dept of Peace were allowed to table at both concerts. We talked with young and old alike about DoP. Many were jazzed by the legislation and concept, as well as learning that Flea supported it.]

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[Duchess Note – A fellow NYDoP members daughter, Danielle, hanging out with me at the concert.]

LIVE FROM NYC – IT’S THE NEWS

‘Honk for Peace’ Case Tests Limits on Free Speech
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/14/1181/

Mothers See the Tide Turn toward Peace
Susan Paynter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/14/1192/

Video: Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard Teach Us the True Story of Mothers Day
Robert Greenwald, Brave New Foundation
http://www.alternet.org/stories/51680/
The original Mother’s Day was not conceived to sell us stuff we don’t need, it was a day started by mothers to bring warfare to an end!

Why an Ultra-Conservative Texas Grandmother Hates the GOP
Cyrus Dugger & Jordan Fogal, Drum Major Institute
http://www.alternet.org/rights/51885/
What could make Jordan Fogal, a 61 year old ultra conservative Republican grandmother from TX, refuse to vote for a single Republican in the last election? Two innocent sounding words: mandatory arbitration.

Raise Your Voice, This Mother’s Day – A Note to Everyone Who Values Life
Commentary by Ann Marina
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/13/1165/

Kucinich on Supplemental: It’s About Oil
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=64901

What’s A Mother’s Worth?
Riane Eisler, AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/stories/51680/

Election Theft Goes Global
Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Free Press
http://www.alternet.org/rights/51757/
From Ohio to Scotland, the controversy over electronic voting machines has become a global phenomenon.

On YouTube Presidential Candidate Dennis Kucinich Rejecting War as an Instrument of Policy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPQLyhhf8HI&mode=user&search

Kucinich Impeachment Measure Gets Fourth Co-Sponsor
http://blog.cleveland.com/openers/2007/05/kucinich_impeachment_measure_g.html

The Impeachment Chronicles: Where is the Black Caucus?
Bill Hare, Political Cortex
http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2007/5/12/194737/640

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

MORE NEWS ON KUCINICH 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Kucinich (Koo-sin-ich) for President 2008
Great video by fellow NYC Kucitizen & friend of mine - Please feel free to share with others
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZR3TvgXgpgo

Russell Simmons Backs Dennis Kucinich, Calls Obama a “Mouse”
http://rap.about.com/b/a/258155.htm

Democratic Excess – Media Find Too Many Candidates at Only One Debate
Reclaim the Media
http://reclaimthemedia.org/media_literacy_bias/democratic_excess=5208

Truthdig Interview: Kucinich Blasts Democrats
http://www.truthdig.com/interview/item/20070324_kucinich_blasts_democrats/
“The Democrats should have been voting—or come up with a plan to get out of Iraq. Not one that’s going to keep us there a year or two. It’s the same kind of thinking that led us into Iraq—that we didn’t have any alternatives. It’s the same thing that caused the Democrats to construct a plan that will keep us there at least for a year, and saying, well, we don’t have any other alternatives. I can tell you something, we could have come up with a plan that would have called for the troops to come home in the next few months. But we didn’t do that, so I, no one can tell me it’s a time for celebration. It’s a disaster.”

Kucinich: President’s Veto Treat Means War Funds Should Be Cut Off Now
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=64720

[Duchess Note – Many thanks to Linda Z and Thomas G in sharing articles and videos on Kucinich. To learn more about DJKs presidential campaign, go to http://kucinich.us ]

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

THE TRUE HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY IN AMERICA – Brought to You By Arizona Dept of Peace Advocates

Mothers Day was born from the passionate work of two women in particular: Julia Ward Howe ("Battle Hymn of the Republic") and Anna Jarvis (flowers to honor mothers). On May 8, 1914, after many years of their successful activism, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The main focus here is on Julia Ward Howe.

Julia Ward Howe envisioned Mothers Day as a day of solemn council where women from all over the world could meet to discuss the means whereby to achieve world peace. They would also convene as mothers, keeping in mind the duty of protecting their children. Julia nursed the wounded during the American Civil War, 1861-1865. During the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s, Julia began a one-woman peace crusade and made an impassioned "appeal to womanhood" to rise against war. She translated her powerful Mothers Day Proclamation (written in 1870, Boston) into several languages and distributed it widely. Julia Ward Howe also went to London in 1872 to promote an international Woman's Peace Congress. Her powerful Proclamation is below. http://www.juliawardhowe.

On May 11, 2007, for the 3rd year in a row, on the Friday before Mothers Day, inclusive and friendly Arizona Department of Peace advocates will deliver very popular apple pies to the local offices of Senators McCain and Kyl, as well as Representatives Grijalva, Giffords, Flake, Mitchell, Pastor, Shadegg, Franks and Renzi. Our message is that Mothers Day originated as a Peace Day and that "Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie", meaning allocating a portion of the federal budget to create a cabinet level Dept. of Peace. The legislation (HR808) is currently in the House of Representatives. Our Dept. of Peace colleagues across America will do the same with their elected representatives. [Duchess Note: New Yorkers for a Dept of Peace campaign will be doing likewise.]

On May 10, 2007, the Thursday before Mothers Day for the first time, we AZDOP Campaign advocates will also host "Mothers Day, Apple Pie, and Peace" at the Arizona State Legislature (10 am to 12 noon, if still in session) in gratitude for their growing bipartisan movement to send a Memorial to Congress urging them to create the cabinet level Department of Peace, which first became part of the consciousness of our Founding Fathers (& Mending Mothers) in 1792.
We invite you to join us as we honor mothers and promote peace.

Proclamation of Julia Ward Howe (1870):

"Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.”

Monday, May 07, 2007

Police Heading to Vancouver for Final Tour Prep
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Billboard News
http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003581543

Bill Moyers Video – Buying the War
http://www.turthout.org/docs_2006/042707H.shtml

Kucinich Reveals Dem Funding Bill Includes Privatization of Iraq Oil & Carte Blanche to Invade Iran
June Caldwell, American Chronicle
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=26308

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Candidate Kucinich Stumps in T.O. – Democratic Hopeful Covers War & Healthcare
Colleen Cason
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2007/may/07/candidate-kucinich-stumps-in-to/

Obama’s Military Plans Conflict with Progressive Values
Randy Shaw
http://www.beyondchron.org/news/nucleus/plugins/print/print.php?itemid=4445

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda Z in sharing articles. Also, an update of "Personal News" will be posted online by Friday. Stay tuned..................]

The Nuremberg Principles Today – Torture & Civilian Deaths in Iraq
Nancy Oden, Counter Pouch
http://www.counterpunch.org/oden01192005.html

Cheney is Wrong About Me, Wrong About War
George McGovern Commentary
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/24/716/

Friday, May 04, 2007

LIVE FROM NYC – IT’S THE NEWS

Kucinich's Impeachment Train
Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch
http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff05032007.html

The impeachment train is starting to roll. Last week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), started things off by filing a three-article bill of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. Initially largely ignored by the mainstream media, and even ridiculed by some leading Democrats in Congress, that bill, HR 333, today garnered two co-sponsors, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), the latter a deputy whip and senior member of the House congressional leadership. The two co-sponsors signing on to the bill give it a much stronger chance of being taken seriously in the House Judiciary Committee headed by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and follow a week of intense impeachment activities across the country.

Olbermann: Rudy Giuliani Exploits Fear for Power & Personal Gain
http://www.alternet.org/stories/51153/

QUOTE OF THE DAYRepetition does not transform a lie into a truth. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bloggers Who Crave the Mainstream Media’s Attention
Christopher Hayes Commentary
http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/51400/

[DUCHESS NOTE: Check out “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS every Friday evening at 9pm. I’m so glad Moyer’s has a regular program on PBS. Last week he talked with and interviewed Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show”. Moyers show follows “NOW on PBS”, which starts at 8:30pm EST. Two awesome programs back to back and I’m loving it.]

We Shop Until Chinese Workers Drop
Johann Hari – The Independent/UK
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/05/03/936/
She was expected to work 360 days a year from 7:30am to 9:30pm with only a half-hour break.

[Duchess Note: This is one of the main reasons I don’t shop at places like Wal-Mart. Because their cheap products are made by Chinese slave labor and also Wal-Marts horrible treatment of its US employees. Its disgusting and more Americans need to be made aware of these atrocities. Pay abit more for good products and try to purchase items that are made in the US of A.]

How Much Iraqi Crude Oil is Being Stolen? Mystery of the Missing Meters
Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/51218/

Kucinich: You Cannot Deauthorize a War While Funding It
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-03-2007/0004580828&EDATE

In response to reports that Senator Hillary Clinton plans to support a bill deauthorizing the Iraq War on October 11th, Congressman Dennis Kucinich said: "Now that Senator Clinton supports deauthorization, will she support defunding the war? When someone votes to fund the war 100 percent of the time and then says she supports deauthorization, it looks like a gimmick. Last week she voted to fund the war again. Every time she votes to fund the war she reauthorizes it. The true test of her commitment to ending the war is whether she'll vote to stop funding it. Congress will soon be faced with yet another decision on whether or not to fund the war. Let's see how Senator Clinton votes, to see if she is to be believed.” Congressman Dennis Kucinich opposed the war from the start and has voted 100 percent of the time against funding it. When President Bush vetoed the recent funding bill, Kucinich was the only member of the House to vote Present. He did so because he objected to the Congressional Democrats' position and to Bush's position. Kucinich has a plan to end the war: HR 1234.

Who Will Stop the US Shadow Army in Iraq?
Jeremy Scahill
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/30/861/

Why There Was No Exit Plan
Dan Hamburg
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/30/853/

NATIONAL IMPEACHMENT DAY - "Pelosi, Conyers, the People, and Impeachment"
David Swanson
http://www.maineimpeach.org/Events.html

Women Lead the Climate Change Fight
Laura Orlando & Linda Carty, Ms Magazine
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/50536/

[Duchess Note – Many thanks to Linda Z and Judith B in sharing some of the news articles.]

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Kucinich: President’s Veto Means War Funds Should Be Cut Off Now
http://kucinich.house.gov/News/documentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=64054

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1) — Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement after President Bush vetoed the Iraq supplemental spending bill today:

“This President has made it clear from the start that he has no intention of withdrawing from Iraq. The President’s refusal to recognize that the occupation is fueling the insurgency compounds the tragedy of the U.S. presence in Iraq. He refuses to recognize that the war, which he declared successfully completed four years ago, has been a colossal failure. The White House has equated continued funding of the war with support for the troops. This is a totally false equation which exploits the presence of the troops in Iraq as a means of keeping the war going forward. The war can go on forever on the pretext of supporting the troops. The fact is that the only principled way to support the troops is to bring the troops home. Keeping the troops in Iraq supports the interests of Halliburton, defense contractors and oil companies, not the troops.

“With the Presidential veto, Congress has one more opportunity to end the war. We should tell the President that we will not provide any more funds for the war. He must then use the money in the pipeline to bring the troops home. The Administration will then be forced to close the bases, end the occupation and bring the troops home. The Administration will then be obliged to reach out to the nations of the region to put together a peace keeping and security force to stabilize Iraq. Congress must not give another dime for this war. We have an obligation to the American people to bring the troops home now.”

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

GREAT NEWS & UPDATES ON DENNIS KUCINICH

Dennis Kucinich at San Diego Dem Convention
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16kVxnNHaDw

Kucinich for President in 2008
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Kucinich2008

[Duchess Note – Lots of great videos on this website of DJK speeches. To learn more about this candidate who can win, check out these links and share with others. Don’t let corporate mainstream media dictate what you think or feel. Form your own thoughts and opinions. Peace is the way………….]

Randi Rhodes Talks With Congressman Dennis Kucinich
October 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN21aHNUkFQ

Kucinich Challenges Obama Assertion during S.C. Debate that Iran is Developing Nuclear Weapon Technology
http://kucinich.us/node/4415

Check Out “Worcester Activist” Blog Today!
http://www.worcesteractivist.org/aggregator/categories/3

Another Great Website to Glance Over is “Peace Treaty International Inc.”
http://www.peacetreatyinternationalinc.org/

[Duchess Note – Many thanks to Linda Z in TX for sharing so many wonderful links and articles.]

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