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You think it's not true, you think it's not coming, you think "it can't happen here." But it can, and it is, right before your eyes.
George Bush's United States is clearly in a proto-fascist condition. Of course, there's no such thing as direct equivalence between historical events. The same dangers never come around again -- not in the same form nor with precisely identical content. At every point in time, a new set of elements and circumstances coalesce to create the unique reality of that particular historical moment.
But if you take the general definition of fascism provided by its founder, Benito Mussolini -- "the merger of corporate and state power" -- and apply it to the elements that are coalescing in America at this historical moment, you could hardly find a more apt description of the Bush Regime. Couple that with the Bushists' radical transformation of party politics into a quasi-religious cult of militarism and leader worship, and you have not an equivalence but certainly an ever-deepening resonance with the malevolent spirit that swept Germany and Italy during the first half of the 20th century.
Oregon political and environmental activist Lloyd Marbet has announced the filing of a defamation suit against as-yet unknown individuals operating a website called RetainOurBoard.org. The name of the website refers to the Board of Directors of Columbia Credit Union of Vancouver, Washington which has been the subject of a recall effort from credit union members, including Mr. Marbet. Marbet is running for a position on the Columbia Credit Union's supervisory committee in an election scheduled for September 15.
In November 2003, Columbia Credit Union held a vote on whether the nearly 70,000-member financial institution should convert from a credit union to a bank, a move which would take away members' voting rights ("one member, one vote") and move the power and control more firmly into the hands of the board of directors. Since that time the vote, in which the voting members, acting on the advice of the credit union's board of directors, narrowly elected to convert to a bank, has been declared unlawful by state and federal regulators. The incumbent board of directors also narrowly escaped a recall vote held on March 28, 2004.
The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe have called for a "War Dance" to be held at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, California, beginning September 12th through September 16th. The tribe is alarmed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's proposal to raise the dam because they lost much of their homelands, and their salmon, when the dam was first constructed. "Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River," sites we still use today," says Caleen Sisk-Franco, Winnemem Spiritual and Tribal Leader. "Village sites, burial grounds, and ceremonial grounds will all be lost forever," she continued.
The last time the Winnemem invoked the War Dance was in 1887 when a fish hatchery on the McCloud River was the enemy and protecting the salmon and the Wintu way of life was the focus...
The criminal "justice" system in America is a two party system, just like the rest of American politics currently. It was bad enough when we were given only the choice between very expensive Democratic or Republican white male candidate tickets for president. With that system, somehow another white elitist male attorney named Nader was considered some kind of wild leftist "alternative!" But now they have perfected this thing. Now we can choose from *this* Skull and Boner or *that* Skull and Boner. Finally, Skull and Bones is in the White House no matter *who* wins and it seems like a perfect fruition of decades of political streamlining efforts.
So what am I talking about when I say the criminal "justice" system is a two party system? I am saying there are two parties doing all the mischief, giving an illusion of a two-sided fairness and equity in representation between the state and the accused: the prosecutor and the public defender. There really is nowhere a poor person can go outside that two party system for help once criminally charged. The public defenders do a strange song and dance with the prosecutors to such a deep extent, that they are very much like this year's presidential campaign... if you are poor and charged with a crime, you will most probably be abused by prosecutors and you will most probably not get decent help from a public defender. And no, there is nowhere else for you to turn. Just like this year's elections.
Vancouver citizens are outraged over racist hostilities, and the lack of accountablility in thier local governemt. Now is the time for fundamental, change. Join us in solidarity, and protest.
Eugene--The calm late Summer night brought out perhaps 200 people to stand in silent solidarity to mourn the senseless deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, a vigil to mark that the death toll has reached 1000 this week. Let us not forget the tragic murder of nearly 13,000 innocent Iraqis, who are caught in a, as a few signs read, *quagmire*.
Many observed strict silence while pockets of others chatted about things totally unrelated to what brought us together. It made me wonder if they really understood the seriousness of the state of affairs.
Many passerbys honked in approval; only one SUV load of people yelled out: "Go Bush". Surprisingly there was not more of that given an article in this weeks Eugene Weekly that says that local Eugenians have donated twice as much to the Bush campaign as Kerrys. And we thought we were so liberal here in Eugene...
Portland--Several hundred people appeared at 8pm at Pioneer Courthouse Square to share a somber hour of subdued intermittent conversation and to share in a community of concern for the thousands of deaths in Iraq. Bush lied and thousands died. A year and a half from now, will we again gather to observe the 2000th American death?
There were also about 90-100 people gathered at 33rd & SE Belmont... We occupied all 4 corners of the intersection. After 30 minutes or so, some of us began to sing, which brought some unity to the gathering. Then after about an hour, most of us walked up to the sunflower intersection (CIty Repair, thanks!) at 33rd and Yamhill and made a big circle in the intersection; many put their candles in the middle. It was very moving.
The Honorable Paul J. Lipscomb, Presiding Judge of Marion County, today ordered the Secretary of State to "forthwith certify the Nader nomination as an independent candidate" for the November election.
The Court found that the Secretary of State made up "novel" rules for the purpose of applying them to the Nader Campaign. These "unwritten rules" which were "inconsistent" with the law and "not supported by the written administrative rules," and that such rules were "not applied either uniformly or consistently." The Courts specifically noted that the practice of directing the counties to withdraw signature sheets from consideration based on new criteria was unlawful, as was the Secretary's review of signatures which had already been verified as valid by the counties.
related: [ Nader Restored To Oregon Ballot ]
Susan Matlock had a court hearing and arraignment today at the Washington County Court House in Hillsboro OR. Matlock gave up ownership of the 6 horses and has plead "Not Guilty" to 6 counts of Animal Neglect. Her next court date is Oct.18 at 9am.
When Humboldt Sheriff deputies Q-tip swabbed chemical pepper spray into the eyes of forest defenders, the collective vision of people everywhere was blinded with searing pain. People who see the problems caused by corporate logging (Maxxam/Pacific Lumber) are using their bodies to protect the trees. The pepper spray eye swabbing response by the Sheriffs shows their fear of our collective vision, they want people to be blinded to the truth..
Something about the importance of both collective and personal vision occurred to me while heading to the Q-tip pepper spray trial in SF. Though i was unable to attend the solidarity rally on Weds at the courthouse, i had time to rest and think while waiting out the daytime heat of the valley in Cache Creek Wildlife Refuge..
Log Cabin Republicans are withholding their endorsement from President Bush for 2004. "Log Cabin's National Board has voted to withhold a Presidential endorsement and shift our financial and political resources to defeating the radical right and supporting inclusive Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives," said Log Cabin Board Chairman William Brownson of Ohio. The Log Cabin Board of Directors voted 22 to 2 not to endorse the President's re-election.
September 9th. We need something like World War I. Those types of revelations always happened at curbs. The light changed 10 seconds later. She crossed 39th and Hassalo, a normal juncture on her way home from the Hollywood MAX. An autopilot route charted incrementally by desires to A. walk by pretty things B. be left alone C. not get lost.
The Biscuit wildfire area has again been spared by the courts. In a ruling late Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted an injunction stopping ancient forest reserve logging in the Biscuit. More than 4000 acres of ancient forest outside the injunction, however, remain under threat of logging.
Please donate your unwanted items to a garage sale fundraiser. All proceeds will be divided between the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) campaign* and to buy animal costumes for demonstrations. If anyone has costume-making skills or costumes to donate, that would be wonderful too!
Drop off any items at 2907 NE Weidler Street, Portland. This is across from the parking lot of the Hollywood Fred Meyer. This is an office, and if no one is there to take your donations, please leave them on the porch in front or on the wheelchair ramp. If you need further information about drop-off, please call Kit at the office at 503.493-9155. The sale will be Saturday September 25th and Sunday the 26th, so ideally donations will be received by Friday the 24th. Every day on average 500 animals are killed inside of HLS. Visit the SHAC websites and learn about the campaign at www.insidehls.com, www.shacamerica.net, and www.shac7.com. [ Read More ]
Over 120 supporters of John Kerry for President rallied outside the Pendleton Convention Center during VP Cheney and Gordon Smith's visit one day after the RNC. "We wanted to show the world that Eastern Oregon is not solidly in the Republican's pocket," said rally organizer, Benjamin Talley.
Don Butcher, one of the marchers, responded after the rally, "I was deeply moved today by the more than one hundred people showing up to demonstrate that a substantial population in our area demand that we move beyond the politics of militancy, cronyism, monotheism, etc., to an America of vision, wisdom, equality and inclusivity."
As the Cheney meeting ended, many attendees leaving the Convention Center walked across the parking lot to join the Kerry supporters lining the street. The gathering reflected the diversity of Eastern Oregon -- retired folks, young people in dredlocks beating drums, Native Americans in tribal regalia, veterans, working people, professional people, young mothers and their children, and high school students.
It is hard to imagine but as Labor Day passes, not a single tree in the 500,000 acre Biscuit area has fallen under the extreme Bush Biscuit logging project. The campaign is fraught with peril and damage has been done, but this is a time to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate a job well done so far and a forest well into its third year of natural recovery.
The most diverse National Forest in the American West still faces the largest timber sale in modern history, but the rivers, rare plants and serpentine forests of the Biscuit will remain largely intact for another winter.
We will be marching to end the wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Marching for the funding of health care, job creation, housing and education rather than our military. Marching to defend civil liberties and democracy which we have fought so hard to achieve for years, and nurture from the time our honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired us all and the Civil Rights Movement, and which to this very day we are still fighting to defend.
So, please, join us at our Rally & March for Peace & Justice, Sunday October 3rd at 2 P.M, on the North Park Blocks at NW 8th and Everett in downtown Portland.
Chuck sits in our restaurant booth, looking down at his untouched plate, elbow on table, hand shielding his eyes. Last night, Chuck and a buddy went to an After Hours Club. He had a few drinks and then began yelling at the Disk Jockey: "I wanna hear music about people blowing people's brains out, cutting people's throats," he screamed.
People around them began to stare, and his buddy whispered pointedly, "Shut up, Chuck." But this made him angrier. Louder.
"No! I wanna hear about shit I've seen." Threw his glass on the floor and stalked out, shoulders shaking.
"Well, I don't remember that," he mutters, "But, yeah, I was involved in eleven firefights, seven of them "major." And it didn't stop. And then, pretty soon, we were doing roadblocks, and wound up killing a lot of people. A couple of times it was women and children, and I don't know why." This is the first time I've heard him say stuff about blowing people's brains out. Most of the time, he just sits still and stares.
Are you reading yet another sad story about some substance-abusing, guilt-absorbed Viet Nam Veteran who can't seem to get over it, can't seem to get a life? Nope, you are not. You are reading about Chuck, who just came back from Iraq, who obviously has a rough case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and who has not yet been able to get assistance or counseling from the VA.
America is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in its history. An Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack is being contemplated as a "trigger mechanism" for carrying out a coup d'etat. Whether it is going to be carried out is another matter. The statements of the Bush administration regarding the possibility of a red code alert must, nonetheless, be taken seriously. The coded terror alerts and "terror events" which have been announced by DHS are part of a disinformation campaign carried out by the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department and Homeland Security. US intelligence is not only involved in creating phony terror warnings, it is also firmly behind the terror groups, providing them with covert support. ( See: http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO301B.html ) Documented by official police sources, at least two of the DHS's high profile post 9/11 terror alerts were fabricated. ( http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO402A.html ) The possibility of a code red terror alert has been announced time and again since September 11 2001, with a view to galvanizing public opinion across the country in support of an emergency situation, if and when it occurs. The terror alerts have become part of America's day to day life: "at each threat condition [yellow, orange, red], federal departments and agencies would implement a corresponding set of 'Protective Measures' to further reduce vulnerability or increase response capability during a period of heightened alert." See: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/security.pdf.
Supported by a barrage of media propaganda, these repeated terror alerts have created an environment of fear and intimidation, a wait-and-accept attitude, a false normality. US citizensare led to believe that a military solution is required to protect democracy. In other words, the possibility of an impending attack on America by this "outside enemy" has been accepted by the American public; this tacit acceptance has set the stage for the adoption of "the highest threat level": code red alert. What the US public is not aware of, is that a code red alert suspends civilian government; it triggers a whole series of emergency procedures; it is tantamount to a coup d'etat -- although in many regards the coup d'etat has already taken place under the post-9/11 anti-terrorist legislation and the rigging of the 2000 elections which brought George W. Bush intothe White House. [ What Elephant? ]
Code Pink, Women for Peace and Justice do not approve of National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice's deception and complicity in the invasion of Iraq. Code Pink, Women for Peace and Justice do not approve of National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice's deception and complicity in the invasion of Iraq. This Tuesday, While Condoleezza speaks at a luncheon inside the Portland Room at the Convention Center, Code Pink, will Get their Pink On, and display their disapproval of Condi's behavior in a street protest at the South End of the convention center on MLK. Code Pink invites you to join them in unity against war, and injustice at 11 AM at MLK and Lloyd. Condi will be speaking in the Portland Room upstairs at the south end of the convention center. [ Read More | Code Pink | Code Pink - Portland] [ Come protest the coverups of 9-11 and the Iraq War. ]
Call to all 8/31 arrestees: The RNC legal team needs your info!
If you were arrested on August 31st, the legal team needs to collect some
information from you. This info will be used in court in a few days to
determine how much the NYPD will be fined.
Please send the info below, even if you've already given some of it when
you left jail. And please forward this to all your friends who were
arrested! Together, we can rock the system.
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