Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Count Every Vote Act of 2005

I got an email from Hillary Clinton that I have to share:

Dear voicesrising,

It's time to tell those who celebrate elections and voter participation in countries around the world that we must make sure every vote is counted in elections right here at home!

That's why I am asking you to sign on now as a citizen co-sponsor of vitally important election reform legislation.

www.friendsofhillary.com/CountEveryVote

Next week, I will introduce the Count Every Vote Act of 2005, co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer. This comprehensive election reform bill will:

*Provide a verified paper ballot for every vote cast in electronic voting machines.
*Set a uniform standard for provisional ballots, so that every qualified voter within the state will know their votes are treated equally and will be counted.
*Require the Federal Election Assistance Commission to issues standards that ensure uniform access to voting machines and election personnel in every community. It's outrageous that some people in predominantly minoritycommunities had to wait up to 10 hours to vote, while people in other communities often voted in minutes!

In 2004, I introduced legislation similar to the Count Every Vote Act. But it never saw the light of day. I couldn't even get a hearing for my bill before the Senate Rules Committee.We can't allow this new legislation to suffer the same fate.

The Republicans who control Congress don't want to address this issue. So we've got to build grassroots momentum to make sure they don't have any choice but to act. That's why I am determined to keep moving forward-- on the Hill, with advocacy groups, and with all of you!

www.friendsofhillary.com/CountEveryVote

Will you join me in calling for action to Count Every Vote? Will you sign up to become a citizen co-sponsor of this bill, so that we can demonstrate that the American people won't sit still for inaction on legislation so essential to our freedom?

Please forward this e-mail to your friends, and ask them to join us. Together we will restore the credibility of American democracy, and make sure that we count every vote.

Sincerely,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

P.S. ... Now, as we say goodbye to the outstanding leadership of my friend Terry McAuliffe, I look forward to working with Governor Howard Dean and the new DNC leadership. Let's make sure that our hard work counts on Election Day!


So, take a look at the webpage, add yourself as a citizen co-sponsor, and we'll keep up with the progress of the Count Every Vote Act of 2005.

It's time.

PS: check it! Win number 1: Dr Dean is in the house! All of his opposition in the race for the DNC chair have pulled out of the race.

As soon as I can find it on Pop and Politics, I'll add my reasons for Dean.




Tuesday, February 08, 2005


voicesbowling Posted by Hello

The Empire of Vulgarity

by Mike Carlton,
Sydney Morning Herald
Friday, January 21, 2005

George Bush's second inaugural extravaganza was every bit as repugnant as I had expected, a vulgar orgy of triumphalism probably unmatched since Napoleon crowned himself emperor of the French in Notre Dame in 1804.

The little Corsican corporal had a few decent victories to his escutcheon. Lodi, Marengo, that sort of thing. Not so this strutting Texan mountebank, with his chimpanzee smirk and his born-again banalities delivered in that constipated syntax that sounds the way cold cheeseburgers look, and his grinning plastic wife, and his scheming junta of neo-con spivs, shamans, flatterers and armchair warmongers, and his sinuous evasions and his brazen lies, and his sleight of hand theft from the American poor, and his rape of the environment, and his lethal conviction that the world must submit to his Pax Americana or be bombed into charcoal.

Difficult to know what was more repellent: the estimated $US40 million cost of this jamboree (most of it stumped up by Republican fat-cats buying future presidential favours), or the sheer crassness of its excess when American boys are dying in the quagmire of Bush's very own Iraq war. Other wartime presidents sought restraint. Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address in 1865 - "with malice toward none, with charity for all" - is the shortest ever. And he had pretty much won the Civil War by that time.

In 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt opened his fourth-term speech with the "wish that the form of this inauguration be simple and its words brief". He spoke for a couple of eloquent minutes, then went off to a light lunch, his wartime victory almost complete as well.

But restraint is not a Dubya word. Learning nothing, the dumbest and nastiest president since the scandalous Warren Harding died in 1923, Bush is now intent on expanding the Iraq war to neighbouring Iran.

Condoleezza Rice did admit to the US Senate this week that there had been some "not so good" decisions. But the more I see of her gleaming teeth and her fibreglass helmet of hair and her perky confidence, the more I am convinced that back in the '60s she used to be Cindy Birdsong, up there beside Diana Ross as one of the Supremes of Motown fame. I don't think it's a good idea to let her make a comeback as Secretary of State.

The war in Iran is under way already, if we believe Seymour Hersh, the distinguished investigative writer for The New Yorker magazine. Hersh reported this week that clandestine US special forces have been on the ground there, targeting nuclear facilities to be bombed whenever Bush feels the time is ripe.

"The immediate goals of the attacks would be to destroy, or at least temporarily derail, Iran's ability to go nuclear," he wrote, quoting reliable intelligence sources. "But there are other, equally purposeful, motives at work. The government consultant told me that the hawks in the Pentagon, in private discussions, have been urging a limited attack on Iran because they believe it could lead to a toppling of the religious leadership."

Naturally, Pentagon flacks rushed out to deny all. But then they did that when Hersh broke the story of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968, and again when he revealed the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. A tussle for the truth between Hersh and the Pentagon is no contest.

What terrifies me most is the people planning this new war. The CIA professionals have been frozen out: too weak and wimpy for the Bushies.

The Defence Secretary, the incompetent Donald Rumsfeld, has seized control, aided by two Pentagon under-secretaries. One is Douglas Feith, a mad-eyed Zionist largely responsible for the post-invasion collapse of order in Iraq, a civilian bureaucrat memorably described by the former Centcom commander, General Tommy Franks, as "the f---ing stupidest guy on the face of the Earth".

The other is army Lieutenant General William G. (Jerry) Boykin, whose name also rings a bell. Jerry is a born-again Christian evangelical, a three-star bigot who, in his spare time, stumps the country in full uniform, preaching that America's enemy is Satan, Allah is a false idol, and that George Bush has been ordained by the Lord to rout evil.

"He's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this," Jerry told a prayer meetin' in Oregon just a while back.

Be very afraid.

C 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald

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Iraqi Vets are coming home, some face homelessness and massive waits for services from the VA. Come on, yo, we all need support and ears to hear us, counselling sometime! Imagine the needs of these young kids.

See Gimme Shelter, by Rose Aguilar, at alternet.org.

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And, from the Dreyfuss Report, at tompaine.com, February 7:

The unjustified euphoria over the Iraq elections still has not worn off. That will happen, no doubt, when the final results are tabulated, showing how few Iraqis actually voted. (In Mosul, a city of two million, only 10 percent went to the polls—and that in a city that has a significant Kurdish population.)

Meanwhile, there is important news about the resistance. On Sunday, the Post reported that the CIA is leaking more information about the Iraqi insurgency. Two important bits of news emerge here: One, that Zarqawi’s fanatics, the Al Qaeda branch in Iraq, “are now described as lesser elements,” i.e., the truth is finally coming out that the hooded killers and beheaders are not the true face of the resistance, which is in fact a popular movement with tens of thousands of supporters. That’s clear from the second tidbit in the story: that in 2004, U.S. forces killed or captured 15,000 “suspected insurgents,”—and that obviously does not count the many thousands killed or captured this year, including in the two battles of Fallujah.

read more at http://www.tompaine.com/archives/the_dreyfuss_report.php