Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dennis Kucinich Responds to State of Union
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=156831770&blogID=353074354

[Duchess Note: Bravo Dennis! America needs more people like you. A presidential and congressional candidate who brings truth, compassion, intelligence and courage to everything he does for his constituents and ALL Americans. He’s a true progressive and a true Democrat. Join me and others in a new, exciting “movement”, go to http://www.integritynow.org/ ]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Kucinich Presidential Campaign Thanks The Viewers!
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=156831770&blogID=353068687

PERSONAL NEWS #135
On Thursday, November 22nd, I joined other volunteers at St Paul’s Church on Westside of Manhattan to help out with “Project Find” and homebound seniors. I learned of this wonderful charity service via Marble Collegiate Church. Last year I volunteered via City Harvest and helped out at an upper Westside women’s shelter on Turkey Day. City Harvest never got back to me regarding Turkey Day volunteering, so when Marble Collegiate called I offered my time. Turkey Day itself turned out to be a sunny, balmy day and I had to be at St Paul’s around 9:30am. Once I got off the subway at Columbus Circle stop I had to work my way through the parade crowds. Due to the nice weather large numbers of families attended the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Checked in with “Project Find” at the church and was paired up with a driver [Pearl] and another volunteer [Kevin]. Both were really nice people and we enjoyed some terrific conversations. After some waiting around in the great hall, we got the allotted “Project Find” tote bags filled with goodies for the homebound seniors. Each driver and their team had 12 bags each, and then it was time to get the Turkey dinners to go with those bags. Another long line and wait, then we headed out to Pearl’s car with the goodies and drove up to West 71st Street with the windows down. The balmy air felt so good. Felt more like a late summer day with the sun warming our faces. We made the rounds and out of the 12 stops only 8 people were at home. Pearl knew some homebound folk in her neighborhood and would bring the remaining turkey dinners to them. Back at St Paul’s Church the festivities were in full swing and a band was playing 1940s style music. The volunteers had a choice of either staying or heading out with a free “Project Find” goodie tote bag. I chose the latter, nibbled on free goodies and headed home via subway to relax rest of the day.

Friday through Sunday, November 23rd/25th; I visited my family in upstate NY for the remainder of the holiday weekend. The weather turned cooler and typical of November. Over the weekend I helped my parents put icicle lights on front of the house, beads & Xmas shopping, visit hairdresser, help Mom around the house, dinner with relatives, reading and watch some cable TV. It was nice to get out of the city for a few days.

Tuesday, November 27th, was a special NYC Kucinich Team meeting to deal with the signed petitions and get them prepped for Board of Elections. The deadline in handing in signed petitions was Thursday, December 6th, in Albany. Yep, it was crunch time, and this petition organizing seemed to take on a life all its own. Yeah, I guess you could say it got abit stressful. David Bright [Kucinich campaign ballot access director] came to NYC to help with the procedure and headed up to Boston the following day. I’m so thankful to David for all his help, support and guidance during this time. I’m also thankful to Phoebe and Thomas in getting us the space at New School near Union Square. On Thursday many volunteers showed up to the meeting and we spent 2 hours processing the signed petitions. In the end we tallied 4300 signatures and need 5000+ by or before December 6th. Asked everyone to pitch in and work hard over next week to bring in more signatures for the campaign. We need another 1000 signatures to put us in the clear. When I got home that evening I sent out an urgent email to all.

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On Thursday evening, November 29th, many of us New Yorkers got to see and hear Kucinich speak at two events. I missed the first one, which was a two-hour rally held at COSM in the Chelsea area. Heard from some volunteers that it was a terrific turnout with about 300 people packed into CosMosis and many petition signatures were garnered. The crowd was so appreciative of DJK, which is always heartening. That evening, at Community Church on East 35th Street, I attended a fundraiser hosted by the New York Iranian/American Community. Several members of this community worked on DJKs campaign back in 2004. While waiting at the entrance for some of the NYC Kucinich Team volunteers, Dennis showed up with two members from his campaign staff. He had to walk past me to get into the elevator. I smiled warmly and greeted the Congressman. Before Dennis got into the elevator, he turned around to me and said “I remember you from an event you organized in Long Island two years ago”. Needless to say, I was stunned that he remembered me from an event in April 2005. An event I organized with a fellow NYC Kucitizen [Ellen J] and it was very much a success. Dennis and I spoke briefly about that event and then he gave me a hug, plus said “thank you for all you do”, then he popped into the elevator. WOW! Could have knocked me over with a feather after that and a fellow Team Member [Lane] was thrilled to view the exchange. DJK gave a 25 minute talk on many important issues/topics, plus did a Q&A segment. He was in good form, very personable, sincere and it was standing room only at the event. Team members got more signatures on their petitions and I was kept very busy talking to, plus instructing new petition volunteers. Was exhausted when I left with Linda G after 9:30pm and we headed to the subway. It was a good day for Kucinich and a productive day for our Team Members.

[Duchess Note: A courageous vote for Kucinich during "Super Tuesday" is the only vote worth casting. Strength, truth and justice through peace.]

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

LIVE FROM NYC – THE LATEST IN REAL NEWS

The Murdering of the Kucinich Campaign
Jack Balkwill, Online Journal [Jan 28, 2008]
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2886.shtml

Kucinich: Trashed By His Own Democratic Party
Bill Willers, OpEdNews.com
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_bill_wil_080127_kucinich_3a_trashed_by.htm

Dennis Kucinich – A Can’t Lose Campaign
Jack Balkwill, Online Journal [Dec 14, 2007]
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_1523.shtml#top

[Duchess Note: A courageous vote for Kucinich during the primary is the only vote worth casting. All three commentaries above speak truth about what is really going on in this country; in regards to mainstream media, corporations and many of the presidential candidates. The majority of American voters are being pushed, brainwashed and scared into making wrong choices during the primaries. When I talk to folk over past month or so, I can hear the doubts and fears in their voices. This is what the corporations and media want ... control and manipulation. The MSM dislike people like me who don't buy into their BS and see right through them. See them for what they really are ... imperialist war mongers. Many Americans want peace and an end to war(s). We can work towards that goal, if we all work together as one and overthrow "big brother". It can be done. I know it can. Won't you join me and others......strength & truth through peace.]

Mark Morford Commentary
Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle
http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/morford/archive/
Stop thinking this is all there is. Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation and bogus Iraqi attack plan, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral.

Resist the temptation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel. Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious... there's your opening.

Remember magic! And, finally, believe you are part of a groundswell, a resistance, a seemingly small but actually very, very large impending karmic overhaul, a great shift, the beginning of something important and potent and unstoppable.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Message from Kucinich Campaign: Corporate media strategy: silence Kucinich, then remove him from office

Over the past several weeks, the alphabets of corporate media dug their heels in the court system and in the federal agency established to protect and advocate fairness on the public airwaves (FCC), to keep Dennis Kucinich from bringing his ideas “your ideas” to the Democratic Presidential debates: ABC ... NBC ... GE ... MSNBC ... CNN.

On Sunday, another major media corporation, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer newspaper, followed the lead established by the national media, and demanded that Dennis Kucinich should be removed from his office as Congressman in the 10th District of Ohio. Why? "his defiance" of Congressional go-along, get-along policies. It's time to fight back against the powers that are trying to steal your power as citizens of the United States of America. http://kucinich.us/contribute.html

So far, the corporate media have succeeded in setting the agenda. They have argued, for their own profit-driven and self-serving interests, that private corporations are exempt by the First Amendment from providing full and fair and non-pre-selected information to you, the people -- even though freedom of speech is your right under the U.S. Constitution. They have manipulated the political and judicial process to ensure that private media corporations will decide what you can hear, what you can see, what you can read, and what you are allowed to know.

But, when media influence over news and information becomes media control of our government, it's time to rise up in protest in defense of ourselves. http://kucinich.us/contribute.html

Please, watch this video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMYxKkOz8k

Let your family and friends know that it was not enough to keep Congressman Kucinich out of the Presidential debates. Now, they want to remove him from the U.S. Congress. The only way to fight back is to contribute to his re-election campaign so he can continue to represent you: ending the war in Iraq and bringing those trillions of dollars back home; a national health care system for all Americans, an end to NAFTA and other trade agreements that have outsourced millions of American jobs; restoration of our civil liberties; an environmental program that will ensure our energy independence and create untold new jobs.

Don't let the corporate media take everything away from you. Help re-elect Congressman Dennis Kucinich. The strongest and truest voice you have is the one they are trying the hardest to silence: Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich.

Progressive Shutout: Kucinich Banned, No Real Debate
Black Agenda Report
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=500&Itemid=1

The Coming Financial Collapse of America (and Why Today’s Market Bloodbath is Only a Small Taste of Things to Come)
Mike Adams, News Target.com
http://www.newstarget.com/022528.html

Friday, January 25, 2008

Press Conference Earlier Today with Ohio Congressman Kucinich in Cleveland
http://www.wkyc.com/video/player.aspx?aid=53211&bw

URGENT NEWS FROM THE KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN!

Kucinich Drops Presidential Bid
Mark Naymik, Cleveland Plain Dealer
http://blog.cleveland.com/plaindealer/2008/01/kucinich_drops_presidential_bi.html
Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich is dropping out of the Democratic race for president. Kucinich will make the announcement Friday at a news conference in Cleveland. In an exclusive interview with Plain Dealer editors and reporters, Kucinich said he will explain his "transition" tomorrow. "I want to continue to serve in Congress," he said. Kucinich said he will NOT endorse another Democrat in the primary. Kucinich is seeking a seventh term in Congress, but his long-shot bid for the White House has drawn four Democratic opponents.

MESSAGE FROM DAVID BRIGHT, BALLOT ACCESS DIRECTOR FROM KUCINICH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, ON RECENT EVENTS
Kucinich is still the ONLY candidate who is right on the issues. Kucinich is still on the ballot in most states, and one can still caucus for him in caucus states. If he was your candidate yesterday he should still be your candidate today. You NEVER have to vote for your second choice in a primary, and people who think so have been fooled by the educational system, the media, and the other candidates solicting your vote.

The purpose of a primary is for a rank-and-file voter to tell the party leadership and the press/pundits which candidate best represents that voter's' views. In a primary one should NOT worry about who one's party or another party might or might not nominate six months from now. When you leave the primary voting place you should be holding your head high, not feel like you've just had a colonoscopy from a used car dealer. The only wasted vote is a vote for someone you don't want to vote for. Voting your second choice is voting for someone you didn't want to vote for. You never have to do that in a primary. In primaries you vote with your heart. It's the general election where you sometimes have to hold your nose and vote with your stomach, although having once fallen for the "gotta vote for Kerry to end the war" scam I'll never do that again. Kucinich had my vote yesterday and he'll have it in my caucus next month.

Kucinich to Introduce Impeachment of Bush Before State of the Union Address on January 28In a brazen show of courage, Congressman Kucinich took to the House floor yesterday and called Bush & Cheney the liars that they are. Read full article below http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19148.htm

Is the 2008 Election Rigged for Hillary Clinton?
NewsTartget.com
http://www.newstarget.com/022540.html

Thursday, January 24, 2008

DENNIS KUCINICH 2008 – SOUL MEETS BODY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njXD5kd6vvU

[Duchess Note: The following commentary by Amy C, regarding the above YouTube video … “This pretty much melted my cynical heart of ice into a large puddle. It would be an absolute travesty if this man were not elected to lead this country and I challenge all of you to work twice as hard this week, to get out of your comfort zone and expose your heart and the truth about Dennis Kucinich”. As Kucinich says, and the Duchess does too, “a courageous vote is the only vote” Vote for Kucinich during the "Super Tuesday" primary on Feb 5th.]

New Hampshire Starts Ballot Recount After Candidates Challenge
EarthTimes.org
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/174616,new-hampshire-starts-ballot-recount-after-candidates-challenge.html

Was Kucinich Excluded for Political Views?
Amy Goodman
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080117/OPINION01/801170353

Kucinich Campaign Weekly Update Week of January 21st
http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2479705:2541917256:m:3:155700169:27B5F5FE0D809E55576CA384F45C2DAE

Dennis Kucinich’s Fight to Bring Credibility to the Democratic Party
Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer
http://www.alternet.org/stories/74268/

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CAMPAIGNING OVER THE WEEKEND - KUCINICH 2008 FOR PRESIDENT [And yes, he is still very much in the race. Don’t believe the lies of the corporate mainstream media.]

Many thanks to NYC Kucinich Team member, Devery D, for being “point person” on this project for January 19th. Sincere thanks to the NYC Kucinich Team members who came to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg to table, flier and talk with Brooklynites about Kucinich's platform. It was a great afternoon! Though abit on the overcast, chilly side; we all stayed fortified with tea and/or hot chocolate. Including Devery and I, we had a total of 6 volunteers canvassing the area near L train stop. As you can see from the photo below, we had great signs, balloons and handed out hundreds of fliers. The NYC Kucinich Team will be tabling over remaining two weeks leading up to “Super Tuesday” on Feb 5th.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

IN HONOUR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING – Quotes By This Great, Compassionate Man

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community, 1967

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

In the spirit of MLK, another speaker of justice and peace ... "I can tell you that we are at a moment in American history where we are in danger of losing our country. That is what causes me to defend the Constitution. It is what causes me to seek strength through peace, to propose peace for the violence in our own society, domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse, violence in the schools. I do not only reject war as an instrument of policy. I reject the inevitability of war. I believe peace is inevitable if you are ready to work for it. If you examine the underlying structures in our society, they have not really challenged this notion of the inevitability of violence, whether it is domestic violence, child abuse, spousal abuse, violence in the schools, gun violence, gang violence, racial violence, violence against gays, police/community clashes. It is as if we don't believe that our culture be non-violent. Violence is learned; so is nonviolence. I am looking at helping to create a social transformation here. This isn't just about winning an election. Elections come and go. Where is the country? What happens to our nation? What happens to the people? Politics cannot just be an inside game between competing corporate interests. It amounts to the condition under which people live and survive. I see a much higher purpose to what it is we do. That is why I continue to participate." – Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to fellow NYC Kucitizen, Amy C, in sharing the above. I have a feeling that MLK would be proud of the work DJK has done over the years. He'd be proud of DJKs devotion to peace, truth, justice and humanity. Also, some new commentary over at "Friends of Friday Forum". Website link is in column to the left. Be peace!]

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

News On The Kucinich 2008 Presidential Campaign – Yes, He Is Electable & Still In The Race

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Democracy Now! Re-Hosts NBC Las Vegas Debate to Include Kucinich After NBC Wins Appeal to Exclude Him
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2008/01/16/primary_recount_begins/

A Disgrace Kucinich Banned! The Best Positions By Far
Blake Fleetwood, Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-fleetwood/a-disgrace-kucinich-banne_b_81663.html

Primary Re-Count Begins
Boston.com
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2008/01/16/primary_recount_begins/

QUOTE OF THE DAYAlways vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. John Quincy Adams

[Duchess Note – Anyone who tells you a vote for Kucinich is a "wasted" vote is a brainwashed fool who believes the foul lies of Corporate Mainstream Media. I tell these fools that it's my vote and I get to use it to vote for the candidate that best represents my views, concerns and issues. That is what the primary is all about. It seems to me that half the problems in this country are caused because too many people vote for the person whose "electable", based on what the Corporate Mainstream Media tell them is electable! Rather than thinking for themselves, doing the research and voting in their own self-interests. They want the easy way out and not realizing there is NO easy way out.]

QUOTE OF THE DAYIt’s not a real choice. It’s an apparent choice. Like choosing a brand of detergent. Whether you buy Ivory Snow or Tide, they’re both owned by Proctor & Gamble. Arundhati Roy

Kucinich Falls Behind In ‘Corrupt System’
ZAID JILANI
When the time came for the Nation magazine, the country's top liberal rag, to give a presidential endorsement, they responded decisively … "In his stands on the issues, Dennis Kucinich comes closest to embodying the ideals of this magazine. A vote for him would be a principled one."

That's unsurprising. Kucinich is the only one running who, not only voted against the war, but voted against funding it 100 percent of the time. He has a 100 percent pro-labor, pro-gay rights, pro-environment, pro-fair trade voting record. No candidate wins more blind-polls based on positions; no other candidate is proposing creating a European-style single-payer universal healthcare system - which 65 percent of Americans want.

Yet the Nation went on to write, "But for reasons that have to do with the corrupting influence of money and media on national elections," they cannot endorse Kucinich. The Nation's concerns are valid. Kucinich received almost no press coverage from the corporate-run media which, according to a recent study, spent only 6 percent of this election's coverage actually talking about the issues and only 1 percent on candidates' records. In debates, he already was never allowed to even speak. Since he has never taken corporate donations - he grew up homeless, watching his parents count coins to make ends meet and has vowed never to be bought off by wealthy interests - he has been unable to raise the money necessary to run a large campaign. Still, he raised millions of dollars from the grassroots and recruited thousands of volunteers.

Yet he can't compete with Sen. Barack Obama, who put $9 million dollars into Iowa and received constant media attention. Don't get me wrong - I am as wowed by Obama's speeches as anyone else, and I find him to be a brilliant young Senator. Yet his presidential run is uninspiring. He triumphs "change," yet his campaign takes more money from the insurance industry than any other candidate except Sen. Hillary Clinton. His health care plan is crafted with that in mind - it gives billions of taxpayer dollars to the HMOs and leaves millions of people uninsured to keep alive the for-profit beast. While reminding us that he gave a speech calling the Iraq war "stupid" in 2002, he went silent on the issue when he reached the Senate, constantly voting to fund it and against withdrawal. When ultra-hawk Joe Lieberman was facing an antiwar challenger, Obama appeared at his side, calling Lieberman his "mentor."

At a recent debate, he wouldn't promise to end the Iraq occupation by 2013. His policy team is a Wall Street wet-dream: Lehman Brothers financiers, Citigroup, defense contractors, insurance lobbyists. Edwards and Clinton have assembled similar policy teams packed full of corporate insiders and entrenched military-industrial interests. They talk about change, but they represent Bushism without Bush. They represent the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, whose President Clinton passed the horrific NAFTA and "welfare reform," and whose embargo against Iraq murdered more than 500,000 children.

Some people wonder why Kucinich chooses to run in such a corrupt system. When I met him, I finally understood. In his mind, he's still just Dennis from west Cleveland, working three jobs to pull his family out of poverty. And he sees us - this country, the world - as his family. And maybe one day, we'll live in a truly democratic country, where someone can win on the strength of their ideas, not on their ability to please corporate financiers and media. Until the day comes, I say give 'em hell, Dennis. You have my vote.

** Zaid Jilani is a sophomore from Kennesaw majoring in international affairs.
© Copyright 2008 The Red and Black

Monday, January 14, 2008

CAMPAIGNING OVER THE PAST WEEKEND - KUCINICH 2008 FOR PRESIDENT [And yes, he is still very much in the race. Don’t believe the lies of the corporate mainstream media.]

Many thanks to NYC Kucinich Team member, Amy C, for being “point person” on this project for January 12th. Sincere thanks to the NYC Kucinich Team members who came to Union Square to table, flyer and talk with New Yorkers about Kucinich's platform. It was a great day! Including Amy and I, we had a total of 11 volunteers canvassing the park. As you can see from the photos below, we had great signs, balloons and handed out hundreds of fliers. Lastly, Devery and I were interviewed on video by two different groups, one of which is “Farewell Mr President”. The NYC Kucinich Team will be doing this a lot over next 4 weeks leading up to “Super Tuesday” on Feb 5th. Also, we definitely out-shined the Obama volunteers on Saturday! We so rock! Hell yeah!

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[Note: Linda and Devery with banner in Union Square on a sunny Saturday]

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[Note: Duchess making a presence while campaigning for the congressman]

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[Note: Devery and Amy spreading the Kucinich message]

Compassion and Fight: The Personality of Dennis Kucinich
Joel Wendland, Political Affairs.net
http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/6356/1/308/

Kucinich Says He’d Pull Out of Iraq In 3 Months
Sandra Armbruster, HometownLife
http://www.hometownlife.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080113/NEWS22/801130456/1039/rss15

Friday, January 11, 2008

LIVE FROM NYC – IT’S THE NEWS

Kucinich Treated Like a Rock Star in Troy Campaign Stop
Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080110/NEWS15/80110086

Actor Viggo Mortensen Endorses Dennis Kucinich for President
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvMl_Kie-is AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-uJ2aJv2hI&feature=user

Bhutto Knew Too Much About Bin Laden, 911 & the CIA
Len Hart, OpEdNews
http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/print_friendly.php?p=opedne_len_hart_080109_bhutto_knew_too_much.htm

Barack, Hillary – Sinister Nothingness of “Change”
Glen Ford, Scoop Independent News
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/print.html?path=HL0801/S00077.htm

I Smell Barack Obama Baloney
Juan Gonzalez, NY Daily News
There was Sen. Barack Obama the other night, surrounded by his legions of young supporters, proclaiming the Iowa primary a "defining moment in history."

Maybe I'm getting old, or have watched too many silver-tongued politicians promise heaven on Earth only to shatter our hopes, but count me a doubter of the Obama revolution. Anyone who delves past his soaring speeches and mesmerizing gaze and follows the money trail will find plenty to question.

The Democratic candidate of "change," for example, has raised nearly $100 million in campaign contributions, nearly as much as the Hillary Clinton money machine. Three of his four largest group of bankrollers are executives of Wall Street giants Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and JPMorgan Chase. What kind of change is that?

Among his other top contributors are executives of Exelon Corp., the largest nuclear power operator in the nation. In 2005, Obama talked in a Senate hearing of leaving "on the table" the building of new nuclear power plants - the kind of change that has Exelon ecstatic. There is much to admire in the Obama campaign, but his attempt to be both champion to the downtrodden and cultivator of corporate titans is not one of them.

The first year I could cast a vote was 1968. That year, thousands of college students flocked to New Hampshire to back the anti-war primary campaign of Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. No one gave McCarthy a prayer against incumbent President Lyndon Johnson, but the horror of Vietnam galvanized my generation. Some of us took to the streets; others headed for New Hampshire. McCarthy jolted the establishment with a strong second-place finish. Within a few weeks, Bobby Kennedy jumped in the race as a second anti-war candidate and Johnson decided he would not seek re-election.

The McCarthy youth army was mostly white and middle-class, but it reflected a huge social movement - for civil rights, for an end to the war, for a change in the old style of politics. The months that followed were the most tumultuous period in America's modern history - the assassinations of Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., an epidemic of urban riots, scores of university strikes and the tear-gassing of thousands of demonstrators at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Those of us who lived through those times have never forgotten that real social progress requires enormous personal sacrifice.

Today's Obama supporters are convinced they can bring about a whole new era with Facebook networks, BlackBerrys, a big "Change" banner and phone banks. For all their many flaws, at least Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have no illusions about how fiercely contested the presidential race of 2008 will become. In a nation suffering from the greatest wealth disparity in its history, those who tell us we can all get along are selling snake oil.

[Duchess Note: Juan Gonzalez is so right ... Barack is a smooth talker and great at speeches that are mostly filled with empty phrases. He is beholden to those who backed his campaign with the most money. Big Corporations who are anti-American and anti-Democracy! He is beholden to them, not “we the people”, the average American. It’s sad when I hear some of my friends and acquaintances think Obama’s “the one". They are fooled and hoodwinked like others by this smooth talker. This lady isn’t fooled and can see right through his scam. (As well as the scams of Edwards & Clinton.) Like Kucinich, I will vote my values, heart and conscious. DJK is not beholden to any corporations. His campaign funds are from folk like you and I. DJK is a real Democrat and a firm supporter of the US Constitution. Vote for real change … vote for Kucinich during your states primary. To learn more about the Kucinich campaign, go to http://www.dennis4president.com/ ]

[Duchess Note – Many thanks to Linda Z and Judith B for their contributions to this Blog. Strength, truth and justice through peace…………….]

Press Release from Defenders of Wildlife … Holiday Gift in Kansas: US Fish & Wildlife Service Releases Native Black-Footed Ferrets
http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2007/12_20_2007_fws_releases_black-footed_ferrets_in_kansas.php

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Awesome, Powerful Video of Kucinich Speaking in New Hampshire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7niHh4QqP_s

[Duchess Note - He is electable and viable. I'm sure his platform totally resonates with many of your values. If DJK does, then vote during your states primary for him and send a strong message to the Democrat Party. Tell them you want a true progressive and not one who is imperialistic with corporation backing. We need to convey to DNC and Wash DC whom we want ... we want real change, we want a real Democrat, we want Kucinich. Also, go to "Friends of Friday Forum" and see some updated comments.]

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

MORE IMPORTANT ARTICLES ON CONGRESSMAN KUCINICH'S 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Etheridge Misses Kucinich
Sarah Wheaton, NYT – The Caucus
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/05/etheridge-misses-kucinich

Melissa Etheridge Objects on Kucinich’s Behalf
Yahoo! News
http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20080106/cm_thenation/45266583

Film Star Viggo Mortensen Campaigns with Dennis Kucinich in NH Today
American Chronicle Newswire Services
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=48124
"When a television network has the power to decide which candidates are 'worthy' of addressing the American people, it robs the American people of their most precious right to the free flow of information and dissenting points of view," Mortensen said. "I am an actor, but I am also a citizen and a voter who resents the control that big money, big media, and entrenched political interests have in deciding what I should see, what I should hear, and what I should be allowed to think."

In NH Angry Kucinich Fans Protest ABC
Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times
http://washingtontimes.com/article/20080105/NATION/504236468/1002

Kucinich Still The Best
Commentary by Daniel Geery, OpEdNews.com
http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=5452

Kucinich Believes Campaign Energized As Primary Approaches – Candidate Says Democrats Shouldn’t Shy Away From Voting for Him
WMUR Channel 9 New Hampshire
http://www.wmur.com/politics/14989759/detail.html?rss=man&psp=news

[Duchess Note - Only on the Internet, and through many blogs, plus word of mouth, will the American people and voters hear the truth. Truth about many issues, corporations, insurance companies, big pharma, etc. Real change must happen in this country, and that can be unsettling, but it must take place OR all we hold dear will be lost forever. It can be done and "big brother" can and will be overthrown forever. We can do it if we ALL pull together and make it happen. Join me and others in making it real. Let's tell "big brother" to go to hell. Also, many thanks to those who share the above articles with me. Your all awesome!]

Monday, January 07, 2008

URGENT WEEKEND UPDATE ON THE KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN

Great New Kucinich Commercial
http://www.usalone.com/kucinich_tv.php

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Kucinich Contests Debate Exclusion by ABC News
Seattle Times News
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004108723_campdig05.html

Kucinich Forges Ahead
James Ridgeway, Guardian Unlimited
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/usa/2008/01/kucinich_forges_ahead.html

Green Democratic Alliance Endorses Kucinich
Burlington Free Press
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20080107&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=80107015&SectionCat=&Template=printart

Welcome to the United States of Disney – Why Was Dennis Kucinich Left Out of the ABC Democratic Debate
Best Syndication
http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=010708_dennis_kucinich_democrat_debate.htm

Rep Mike Michaud Writes Strong Letter to Conyers Calling for Cheney Impeachment Hearings
Let’s Try Democracy, by David Swanson
http://www.davidswanson.org/?q=node/1041

Kucinich Protests Absence from Debate
Bryan Bender, Globe Staff
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/kucinich_protes.html

Kucinich Campaign: ABC is violating public interest and endorsing 'chosen' candidates
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=48054

Commentary from Doug Biviano [NY State Kucinich Coordinator] on Recent Events
I just heard Dennis on C-Span and he was asked this question. Dennis reiterated that his recommendation to his supporters caucusing in Iowa to go to Obama's table as a SECOND CHOICE ONLY IF THE 15 PERCENT THRESHOLD WAS NOT MET and was NOT AN ENDORSEMENT of Obama. He also said outright he was not competing in Iowa. He was shutout of the debates in Iowa.

He said instead, he was competing hard and fast in New Hampshire. Given his limited campaigning in Iowa and what he has said, I believe that his recommendation was nothing more than a strategic response to a requirement of the Iowa caucus process itself. If any candidate's caucus goers do not meet 15 percent of the total number of caucus goers in the meeting hall for that district at the end of the first round, the candidate's caucus supporters are ordered by the caucus chair to move to a different candidate's table. They must move to a different table.

Now I want to make this clear that it is my analysis that this was a strategy and a rather good one. I will explain why. Recently, I listened to Dennis speak on Air America Radio and incidentally I was also given a short segment after Dennis spoke. Richard Greene invited Dennis to a lengthy segment on his show "Clout" (which, by the way, is one of the best Air America Shows). Dennis was genuine and dynamic as usual. More specifically, Dennis was asked what does it mean that Obama won Iowa. Dennis responded that it simply meant that the race was wide open. Dennis also provided a little more insight on this today on C-Span saying that he did not believe that any Democratic candidate would obtain a majority of delegates by the time of the convention. Therefore, the race would remain wide open and the delegates that he wins as we move through each state would keep him very viable and significant.

Now if you think about this it makes a whole lot of sense. Obama needed to score near home and he did. Edwards is going to continue to pull well, especially in the south. Clinton is going to win some too. Therefore, the pot will be split many ways. Imagine if Dennis didn't send his supporters to Obama's table and Clinton won. Would she have headed for a Kerry 2004 style sweep of the primaries as Obama fell from grace? God forbid. My guess is that Dennis understands the politics as much as policy. I do not know this for sure but this is how I see it. And as the other candidates knock each other down, have inconvenient details of their policies exposed and lose momentum, Dennis will breakthrough and gain momentum.

Lets give Dennis the benefit of the doubt this time. And after the inexcusable exclusion of Dennis from the debates by ABC harping on his recommendation seems small potatoes. The decisions of ABC executives are what undermined and belittled the hard work of Dennis Kucinich supporters in their participation.

A Real Democrat Keeps Fighting – Message from the Kucinich Campaign Staff
We want to keep you updated with everything that is happening with the ABC situation. As you know, they have excluded Dennis from Saturday night’s debate. On Friday, the Kucinich for President Campaign filed an emergency complaint with the Federal Communications Commission claiming that the ABC television network is violating its obligation to operate in the public interest by excluding Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich from Saturday’s scheduled debate in Manchester, NH. The filing points out that Kucinich is the only Democratic presidential candidate who has qualified for Federal matching funds who is being excluded by
ABC. Further, the complaint charges, the televised event is not a true presidential primary debate without including all credible candidates, but instead is effectively an endorsement of the candidates selected by ABC.

Besides fighting this in court, we are fighting on the airwaves by purchasing TV and radio time.
Supporters gathered outside the location of the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire Saturday to hear Dennis speak. But he should have been inside at the debate. Mainstream America needs to hear about the one real Democrat - Dennis Kucinich. We need your support to get the word out that Dennis has the platform that America needs and wants. The mainstream media won't tell you. Did you know Dennis just won another straw poll? It was held by the Washington State Democratic Party, but you will have to look hard to find it!

Please contribute $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can so we can get our message to more Americans ...
http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2423514:2457073074:m:3:155700169:4F967333FB1367CDDD8F8DC6D0DE4DAE

Locked Out: Kucinich Excluded from NH Debate – Brilliant Protest in Manchester, NH
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQo5ZrYbSM

Great Message from NYC Kucinich Team Member – Thomas Gallagher – "The Times Square ABC Protest was GREAT!"
We had 5 REALLY LOUD and ENTHUSIASTIC people with Kucinich signs in front of the dark ABC studio. Amazing what a small group of voices can do to a cloak of silence. We got a lot of attention (people taking pictures from all over the square, people chiming in, giving the thumbs up, etc) chanting:

ABC can't stop the debate - Dennis Kucinich 2008!

ABC don't pick the President - You do! We do!

It's your vote's gonna pick the President - Dennis! Kucinich!

I led a chant calling out our platform with Phoebe, Charlene [Duchess], Barbara, and Aaron enthusiastically responding each time with - "You gotta vote Kucinich!"

You want real change? (You gotta vote Kucinich!)
You wanna end war?
You want health care?
Not for profit health care?
An end to Nafta?
Worker's rights?
Immigrant's rights?
You want Peace?
Alternative energy?
Impeach Dick Cheney?
And George Bush too?
You gotta make some noise!
You gotta get out and vote!
On February five!

It was great! I feel sooooooooo much better. Thanks for coming out and Being the Change.
P.S. The police were friendly, asking only how long we would be there (I told them until the Democratic Debate began at 8:45pm), and for us to stay close to the building (I told him we would not block the sidewalk). Two officers jokingly asked later, "You're not voting for Giuliani?" and then professed that they liked Kucinich.

In case you missed it here are two links to Dennis and supporters raising hell in New Hampshire ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyQo5ZrYbSM OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB3JgbsddrQ

An Open Letter to ABC News
Kathryn Smith, OpEdNews.com
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_kathryn__080106_an_open_letter_to_ab.htm

The Dennis Kucinich Interview
Rachel Dowd, The Advocate
http://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?2008/01/03/1

Dennis Kucinich: Strength Through Peace, A New National Security Doctrine
Hosted at 92nd Street Y in NYC & Interviewed by Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now”
http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T%2DLC5SE25
[Note: All tickets are $26]

[Duchess Note: Many thanks to Linda, Thomas, and other NYC Kucinich Team members in contributing the above info and articles. People have the power! If you see some links or articles you wish to share with like-minded friends and family, please share the wealth. As Americans we must vote our ideas and conscious. We must vote for candidates that best represent our values and not those of the Corporate Mainstream Media. Listen to what your heart and soul tell you and make your choices based on knowledge, not fear. Strength through peace and justice.]

"THE POLICE" REUNION TOUR UPDATE

Got 'em Covered, says Police Man
The Australian
http://theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,23018249-16947,00.html?from=public_rss
When his band begins the Australian leg of its hugely reunion tour, Andy Summers will be exhibiting more than his guitar skills.

Meet Jeff Ament: Pearl Jam’s Ament Plays for Love of Game
John Heaney, The Missoulian
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2008/01/07/sports/sports05.txt

Saturday, January 05, 2008

We All Can Make A Difference
Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida [member of the house judiciary committee] is looking for support of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Bill HR 333 (impeachment of VP Cheney).

In order for the committee to vote "yes" and have open hearings on the matter they need to hear from us, THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY NEED TO SAY A RESOUNDING YES!!!

GO TO THE LINK BELOW AND VOTE FOR A HEARING! It's our democracy [what's left of it] and we need to make it work for us!!! Remember, we voted them into the House and Senate. They work for us, not the other way around. Click on this link ... http://www.wexlerwantshearings.com/

[Duchess Note: I have already gone to the above link and voted, will you? Congressman Kucinich first introduced HR333 many months ago, along with announcing his run for President. The Congressman is still very much in the race for President. The Primaries have started ... vote for a true progressive and a real Democrat during your state's Primary. A vote for Kucinich is a vote for impeachment, healthcare for all, getting our troops out of Iraq, a Dept of Peace, jobs, education, election reform, upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights.]

MESSAGE FROM "KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT" CAMPAIGN
Help America hear from a real democrat. It's happening again ... they're excluding Dennis Kucinich from tomorrow's debate! ABC News announced yesterday that Dennis Kucinich will not be allowed to participate in tomorrow's nationally televised debate from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

The Democratic Debate tonight is about figuring out what real Democrats care about. Real Democrats want to vote for someone who:

* has opposed the Iraq War from the beginning
* has defended the Constitution from the Bush Administration
* will give our country single payer not-for-profit health care.

Mainstream America needs to hear about the one real Democrat - Dennis Kucinich.

Tonight, during the debate, we want to air a message from Dennis Kucinich as a paid advertisement. To do that, we need your support to purchase an advertisement during the debate. Click here to see the ad ... http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2421067:2454681778:m:3:155700169:21688253406C160BD16303CBDBD2767A

Please contribute $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can so we can air our commercial during Saturday's Debate ... http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2421068:2454681778:m:3:155700169:21688253406C160BD16303CBDBD2767A

Together, we can overcome the media blockade. Together, we can let mainstream America hear the message of the one real Democrat Dennis Kucinich.

http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2421068:2454681778:m:3:155700169:21688253406C160BD16303CBDBD2767A

P.S. You can tune in to the debate tonight at 7pm EST (see local listings) on ABC News for the debate to see Dennis' message.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

!!HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

LIVE FROM NYC … IT’S THE LATEST NEWS ON KUCINICH FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008 CAMPAIGN

Dennis Kucinich: A Peace-Seeking Idealist to the Core - The congressman from Ohio makes his second run for the White House, wanting healthcare for all Americans and peace for the world.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1231/p01s02-uspo.htm
Amanda Paulson / Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Kucinich Back in New Hampshire Through Primary Day
PRNewswire
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-28-2007/0004728628&EDATE

Don’t Overlook Kucinich in Democratic Primary
NH Primary.com
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071230/NEWS08/620637602/-1/news08

Kucinich Campaign Weekly Report 12-31-07
[Kucinich Campaign Team]
The latest weekly update is now available, click here
http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/2409865:2439452590:m:3:155700169:1F2F97FEB95D9B3C84F4A2851F2091DB
Hear about Dennis' latest poll victory and the California Peace Train trip. Davis Fleetwood and Rick Overton share their musings on 2008 and the update ends with a flurry of celebrities [ie: Sean Penn].

Kucinich Airs Two Radio Ads
NH Presidential Watch Blog
http://nh2008.blogspot.com/2008/01/kucinich-airs-two-radio-ads.html

Kucinich Focuses on New Hampshire
Foon Rhee, The Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/01/kucinich_focuse.html

Commercial Ad’s and Video’s From Kucinich 2008 Campaign

Video Message from Kucinich on January 1, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZbn5lqW3IQ&feature=user

Kucinich Commercial – Message for My Brother
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIvV7sy1ejM

No More Blood for Oil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRl4YLVW0b4

“Only Dennis”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VgmT-NZTUA&NR=1

“Imagine” - 2008 Ad Response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLhCrTpYpAs&NR=1

[Duchess Note – Sincere thanks to fellow Kucitizen, Linda Z in TX, for the above contributions.]