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The Morning After

Posted by Cindy Sheehan  

12:00 AM Oct 28, 2007

As I sit sipping my morning cup of coffee and reflect on the anti-war protests sponsored by the Oct27 coalition (where I saw some good collaboration between UFPJ and ANSWER---at least in San Francisco---yea!), I have a few thoughts. Yesterday, tens of thousands of activists from around Northern California, Northern Nevada and some from Southern Oregon attended the rally in my new hometown, San Francisco. Despite weather in the Eastern part of the country, I hear that the rallies all over the rest of the country were extremely well attended and the energy was high. The throngs of humanity in San Francisco stretched out between the Civic Center to Dolores Park in a line that was over two miles long and it took over an hour for the last marcher to reach the endpoint. However, what does this all mean? We have marched. We have done sit-ins in Congress Reps offices all over the country. We have written letters, emails and sent faxes. Some of us have camped in ditches in Central Texas for weeks at a time. CODEPINK is doing a marvelous job of keeping the pressure on in DC. We have had countless numbers of rallies, teach-ins and candlelight vigils, but the occupation is continuing and people are still dying and are forced from their homes by the ongoing and unremitting violence. In November of 2006, the peace movement scored a major coup but we later discovered that the Democrats had only used our vibrant, angry and deeply committed movement to regain both Houses of Congress. Some of us erroneously thought that we could relax a little and allow the 110th Congress to take some of the slack from us hard-working activists to end the war and hold BushCo accountable. After all, that’s what we pay them for, isn’t it? I, and my organization, was roundly criticized by many people for going to Congress in January to demand that the Dems do the job we elected them to do. “Give them a chance.” “Shut the f**k up.” These and harsher epithets were hurled at us. I understand, because we wanted to relax, too. In November, we were as shocked as everyone else was, though, when Nancy and Harry (Bush Enablers Number One and Two) took impeachment “off the table.” We knew there would be no rest for the weary with this Congress, and, unfortunately, I think we have been vindicated…very regrettably for democracy around the world. Where do we go from here? George has asked Congress for 45 billion (to add to the 200 billion Congress already handed him) more Chinese lent dollars for 2008 to sustain his bloody occupations and Congress will unconditionally yield to his request because they are puppets of the Supreme Puppet. Coincidentally, this will keep the bloody mess going until the ’08 elections where the Dems can point their blood-stained fingers at the Repugs not even realizing that we are not buying that load of crap anymore. Both parties are culpable; both parties are supporting war crimes; both parties must be held accountable. We need to run Peace Candidates against the Bush Enablers and we need to support the Peace Candidates we already have like Dennis Kucinich that are floundering on the decks of the USS Main Stream Media. The peace movement must also be held accountable. We wrangle for a limited amount of funds and guard our “listservs” jealously and fiercely. It is way past time that the peace movement share resources, gifts and talents to force the established elite in DC to do our will. We are the moral majority in this country; we are in the right; we need to work together to funnel and focus our energies. So many times we are on parallel paths going the same direction but rarely walking together towards our common goals. We can be sure that the Corporatocracy is walking lock-step toward their goal of US global hegemonly which is neither peaceful nor benevolent. In March of ’08 we will be mourning the 5th anniversary of a “war” that was going to take six months (Donald Rumsfeld), 50 billion dollars (Paul Wolfowitz) and zero American lives (George Bush). Obviously, this is unacceptable. The Camp Casey Peace Institute is calling for a Peace Summit in San Francisco on the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday to bring the leaders of the movement together so we can find ways to support each other to our common goals of peace, sustainability and accountability and to plan for relevant and effective actions all around the 5th anniversary. With US aircraft carrier groups in the Persian Gulf and Turkish forces poised on the border of Kurdistan, if there ever was a time to put differences aside and celebrate similarities, as BushCo in tandem with Congress, Inc has brought our world to the brink of World War III, it is now.

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How to donate

— 02:53 PM Oct 28, 2007

Hi Cindy, I sent in a check. But, I must say, if you can set up an account with paypal, the donations are going to come rolling in. Many of the others use paypal. Just a suggestion.
Gene

Fight Congress

— 03:49 PM Oct 28, 2007

I'm trying! Support 'Redick for Congress-08', in WI Dis. 2. An Anti-war, anti-bush Reform Republican. Read the whole story at www.Forward-USA.org. Stop Emperor George and his gang!!
Regards, Dave

The Morning After

— 04:26 PM Oct 28, 2007

Dear Cindy,

You're so right about the need for an alternative route. The Christopublicans and DINO's no longer represent those of us committed to a more peaceful world (although I have my doubts about the majority of American's willingness to sacrifices their creature comforts - and the hegemonistic control of the world's resources that would entail).

To that end, the formation of a 3rd party is the only Constitutional option. The U.S. peace & justice movement provides the core of such a party but to organize it would require that (as you imply) all the separate organizations must abandon their separate fiefdoms and agree to form, participate in, and subjugate their organization�s personal agenda to a larger agenda formulated by a democratic committee of their representatives (if you doubt that can work, read the history of the Religious (not) Right over the last 30 years).

Dennis Kucinich provides an ideal Presidential candidate and, depending on the numbers the peace & justice movement can generate, may become a truly viable candidate - sorry to say, but in truth he�s currently just a protest vote and we all know it - we must view the world realistically.

Even if Dennis didn�t win, a strong (and it would have to be very strong) showing might help form a mandate for change that the next President would have to consider when forming policy (presuming the next President cares about policies other than their own).

You have the public platform and entr�e to all the groups that need to come together. You wouldn�t necessarily have to lead but might be able to cause them to coalesce.

I recommend formation of the Peace & Justice Party of the United States - The PJP.

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— 04:29 PM Oct 28, 2007

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The Morning After

— 04:51 PM Oct 28, 2007

You're so right about the need for an alternative route. The Christopublicans and DINO's no longer represent those of us committed to a more peaceful world (although I have my doubts about the majority of American's willingness to sacrifices their creature comforts - and the hegemonistic control of the world's resources that would entail).

To that end, the formation of a 3rd party is the only Constitutional option. The U.S. peace & justice movement provides the core of such a party but to organize it would require that (as you imply) all the separate organizations must abandon their separate fiefdoms and agree to form, participate in, and subjugate their organization�s personal agenda to a larger agenda formulated by a democratic committee of their representatives (if you doubt that can work, read the history of the Religious (not) Right over the last 30 years).

Dennis Kucinich provides an ideal Presidential candidate and, depending on the numbers the peace & justice movement can generate, may become a truly viable candidate - sorry to say, but in truth he�s currently just a protest vote and we all know it - we must view the world realistically.

Even if Dennis didn�t win, a strong (and it would have to be very strong) showing might help form a mandate for change that the next President would have to consider when forming policy (presuming the next President cares about policies other than their own).

You have the public platform and entr�e to all the groups that need to come together. You wouldn�t necessarily have to lead but might be able to cause them to coalesce.

I recommend formation of the Peace & Justice Party of the United States - The PJP.

Please visit my website:
http://www.impeachforpeacemarshall.org

The Morning After

— 07:08 PM Oct 28, 2007

Yes, we've marched, vigiled, rallied, emailed, contributed, called, written articles, and done so much else, but still the war and the military-industrial-congressional-media complex grinds on. It's time for monthly General Strikes, starting Nov. 6. See "Specific suggestion: General strike" by Garret Keizer http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/10/0081720.

Money

— 07:42 PM Oct 28, 2007

We pissed Dems keep stressing the need for Congress to stop funding the war. We can practice what we preach. On a letter from the DNC asking for money, I wrote in red ink: NOT ONE RED CENT UNTIL YOU GET RID OF PELOSI!. Everybody can do the same.

thank you for a clear statement

— 10:27 PM Oct 28, 2007

Cindy. your usual forceful unembellished direct style. refresshing. One disagreement though. I believe the participation of the Answer group distracts from what should be the main focus of these protests. Americans who are concerned are concerned about not just war but the evaporation of our Constitution. OUr responsibility is to save our country not protect the Palestinians. The injection of that issue into these rallies has a dampening effect. If this group is to participate they should be subject to the dicipline of the organiing group, not be provided a forum for their particular issue. Which although significant is not the danger we face from our current leaders.

End the Hegemony

— 11:26 PM Oct 28, 2007

Hello Cindy,
Thank you for the work you are doing, but ending the war is just the beginning. We must end it, but we must bring our troops home from all over the world as well. There is only one individual, running for president, who is working toward that goal. He is the only presidential candidate from his party who voted against the war. He has also been working to try to stop the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz gang from attacking Iran. Such an attack would almost certainly cause a reinstatement of the draft. There is only one antiwar candidate who raised $5 million last quarter, who voted agaist the Patriot Act, the REAL ID Act, and the Military Commissions Act. Hillary is saying she will not get the troops out of Iraq until 2013; Ron Paul will get them out as quickly as possible.

Now I know it might be hard for you to trust someone from the other party. However, if I understand you correctly, both parties are the problem. Right now Dr. Ron Paul is the only antiwar, anti-hegemony, anti-interference in other countries affairs candidate who has a chance of winning.

Why do I say that? He has 1,000 meetup groups all over the country, a supercharged base, a 20 year history of consistantly supporting peace, and more money than any other antiwar candidate.

I will help support you and try to get as many members of my Ron Paul meetup group to support you as I can. With luck, "We the People" can take our country back, end this empire of hegemony, restore sound money to the people, and live in peace with the rest of the world. Isn't that what we all want?

Liberty & prosperity at home and peace abroad,
Will from El Paso

Cindy, please run for real

— 11:51 PM Oct 28, 2007

Cindy, you have made a commitment to run. Please run like you mean to win. You will have to do some things you'd rather not, because you will have to chase after money. Yuck. But, you know what, DO IT ANYWAY.

Because of your national exposure, you are in a position to mount a credible challenge to an entrenched incumbent in a single-party district. But it will take an immense amount of organizing, and did I mention raising money? At the local level, you will have to reach out to other groups than the anti-war constituency you already own. Except you don't own them. Many antiwar people will still only give you lip service and not their full support unless they are convinced that you have a shot to win.

I'm really tired of being part of the "virtuous left" which goes home after each loss with a "moral victory" because we fought "the good fight." Winning a moral victory is like eating the picture of a turkey dinner.

I'm hungry. I hope you are too.

I can paint without tape!

— 12:00 AM Oct 29, 2007

See you, hermanita.

Hey, I can paint without tape!

— 12:01 AM Oct 29, 2007

So glad you're in town. Let's go!

The Morning After

— 06:14 AM Oct 29, 2007

We don't get much reporting in the UK media of peace effort in the USA, and it is easy to think that all Americans are gung-ho about the war, so it is good to know that there is plenty of opposition. Mind you, there is in the UK too, but that is not much reported either.

Occasionally something interesting pops up in the UK press.

Have a look at

www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article2752429.ece

Andrew Sullivan cannot be described as a left wing journalist, and the Times is of course a Murdoch Newspaper. Interesting.

In the third paragraph down there is a reference to the false intelligence used in waging war on Iraq.

A BBC journalist, Andrew Gilligan, did say something about this on BBC radio early one morning, and the Blair government kicked up one hell of a rumpus, saying that Gilligan was lying.

We now know that Gilligan was not lying. Yet he, and the Director General at teh BBC, John Birt, were both forced out of their jobs - for telling the truth!

Anyone read Orwell's 1984 recently? Well, don't worry if you haven't, we're till living in 1984. (A nice little irony is that George Orwell's real name was Blair.)

Here's another one:-

www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article2741225.ece

Stealth bombers to carry 30,000 bombs?

It can only mean one thing, I fear.

Keep up the good work!

Paul Grayshan.

The Morning After

— 11:01 AM Oct 29, 2007

You're so right about the need for an alternative route. The Christopublicans and DINO's no longer represent those of us committed to a more peaceful world (although I have my doubts about the majority of American's willingness to sacrifices their creature comforts - and the hegemonistic control of the world's resources that would entail).

To that end, the formation of a 3rd party is the only Constitutional option. The U.S. peace & justice movement provides the core of such a party but to organize it would require that (as you imply) all the separate organizations must abandon their separate fiefdoms and agree to form, participate in, and subjugate their organization�s personal agenda to a larger agenda formulated by a democratic committee of their representatives (if you doubt that can work, read the history of the Religious (not) Right over the last 30 years).

Dennis Kucinich provides an ideal Presidential candidate and, depending on the numbers the peace & justice movement can generate, may become a truly viable candidate - sorry to say, but in truth he�s currently just a protest vote and we all know it - we must view the world realistically.

Even if Dennis didn�t win, a strong (and it would have to be very strong) showing might help form a mandate for change that the next President would have to consider when forming policy (presuming the next President cares about policies other than their own).

You have the public platform and entr�e to all the groups that need to come together. You wouldn�t necessarily have to lead but might be able to cause them to coalesce.

I recommend formation of the Peace & Justice Party of the United States - The PJP.


How citizens can withdraw funding support for the war

— 03:44 PM Oct 29, 2007

Supporting Cindy Sheehan in her bid for Congress is not the only thing we can do to stand up against this war and future wars. For a clear picture of how our tax dollars are lining the pockets of private corporations while our soldiers are provided with the bare minimals, see the 2006 documentary "Iraq for Sale; The War Profiteers". Then follow up with http://www.nwtrcc.org which is the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee to protest your tax dollars being spent on war.

Your tax dollars and the war

— 03:46 PM Oct 29, 2007

Supporting Cindy Sheehan in her bid for Congress is not the only thing we can do to stand up against this war and future wars. For a clear picture of how our tax dollars are lining the pockets of private corporations while our soldiers are provided with the bare minimals, see the 2006 documentary "Iraq for Sale; The War Profiteers". Then follow up with http://www.nwtrcc.org which is the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee to protest your tax dollars being spent on war.

next pres election

— 05:16 PM Oct 29, 2007

it is a shame to see the pres.candidate frontrunner h. clinton advocating an attack on iran and siding with joe " the wacko " lieberman. it should not surprise us if she asks lieberman to be her running mate . what is really happening to the democratic party ??!!

— 05:54 PM Oct 29, 2007


Peace Summit

— 07:56 PM Oct 29, 2007

I think that is a great idea, I would also include Truth, Justice, Impeachment.
Carol Wolamn's idea of a "Clean Sweep" pro-people, pro-peace coalition of candidates willing to challenge the corporate clones shredding our Constitution, attacking democracy and dissent around the world in service to the war mongering control freaks who are passing legislation against free thought and opposition to their own violence.

Last year on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Perty, Boston 9/11 Truth organized a Tea Party for truth and tossed copies fo the flawed Commission Report into the Boston Harbor. This year they also want to toss the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, all these awful pieces of legislation which threaten and harm all of us, while institutionalizing torture, pre-emptive war...and other atrocities abroad. Organizing actions in solidarity with Boston to dramatize and wake up the population of the US, before January, is also a good idea. Let us continue to build an unstoppable movement whom Congress must heed and listen to, which also means we have to work even harder for fair elections since they have also been stealing them even more and more blatantly- so that they don't have to respond to public opinion and pressure.

Funding the war with our tax dollars

— 12:53 AM Oct 30, 2007

Supporting Cindy Sheehan in her bid for Congress is not the only thing we can do to stand up against this war and future wars. For a clear picture of how our tax dollars are lining the pockets of private corporations while our soldiers are provided with the bare minimals, see the 2006 documentary "Iraq for Sale; The War Profiteers". Then follow up with http://www.nwtrcc.org which is the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee to protest your tax dollars being spent on war.

The Morning After

— 06:36 AM Oct 30, 2007

We don't get much reporting in the UK media of peace efforts in the USA, and it is easy to think that all Americans are gung-ho about the war, so it is good to know that there is plenty of opposition. Mind you, there is in the UK too, but that is not much reported either.

Occasionally something interesting pops up in the UK press.

Have a look at

www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/andrew_sullivan/article2752429.ece

Andrew Sullivan cannot be described as a left wing journalist, and the Times is of course a Murdoch Newspaper. Interesting.

In the third paragraph down there is a reference to the false intelligence used in waging war on Iraq.

A BBC journalist, Andrew Gilligan, did say something about this on BBC radio early one morning, and the Blair government kicked up one hell of a rumpus, saying that Gilligan was lying.

We now know that Gilligan was not lying. Yet he, and the Director General at the BBC, John Birt, were both forced out of their jobs - for telling the truth!

Anyone read Orwell's 1984 recently? Well, don't worry if you haven't, we're still living in 1984. (A nice little irony is that George Orwell's real name was Eric Blair.)

Here's another one:-

www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article2741225.ece

Stealth bombers to carry 30,000 bombs?

It can only mean one thing, I fear.

Keep up the good work!

Paul Grayshan."

Thank you, Cindy!

— 06:13 PM Oct 30, 2007

Thank you, Cindy, for all that you do. I am praying that your personal health and happiness will always be on your agenda, too. I appreciate how approachable you were on Saturday and look forward to seeing you out and about in the Bay Area. Have you really moved to San Francisco?

Web Page contents.

— 09:15 AM Oct 31, 2007

On each of the web pages that you put forth there should be an easily found box with the words "Contact Me!" It is a bitch when I have to go through all your pages looking for some way to contact you or to make my wishes known. Please make it easy for anyone to contact you, unlike our representatives that will take only comments from constituents approaching death.

I Was There!

— 08:18 PM Oct 31, 2007

Boston was muted, but still 10-30k showed up despite the rain:

http://www.paxamericana.net/2007/10/national-mobili.html

— 07:48 AM Nov 01, 2007

Good Luck Cindy! We Need You.

Reclaiming the government

— 03:39 AM Nov 03, 2007

It has become quite apparent that we as a democracy are standing on the brink of a precipice of which there is no bottom and we will not be able to climb out of. We are sending our young men and women into an endless war that is only going to escalate into a worldwide conflagration the likes of which the human race has never witnessed. We are spending trillions of dollars on this fiasco while our infrastructure is disintegrating at an alarming pace; millions of us cannot afford healthcare: millions of babies are dying every year from lack of healthcare and starvation and neglect; jobs are being shipped over seas while the jobs here are given to illegal immigrants who will work for slave wages trying to support their families in countries that are worse off than ours; and our school system has become the laughing stock of the world. Hundreds of billions for death, destruction, and national suicide; table scraps for health and education and maintaining the national infrastructure.
The individuals who are benefiting from this debacle make up less than five percent of the world�s population and control around ninety percent of the world�s wealth and are doing nothing to solve the world�s problems. They make war, cause famine and disease, and exploit the poor and middle class while reaping trillions in blood profits. They have built a corporate machine that makes them immune to the laws of society. They are a new breed of royalty that crushes history and remakes it into a travesty of lies that support their twisted view of how things should be. They corrupt religion to use as a battery ram against any constructive discourse of a just community. They have no conscience. They have no shame. They only care about themselves and the bottom line.
Our elected officials, many of who is a part of this corporate oligarchy, seem to have abandoned the people who have put them there. Their only interest is to keep getting elected so they can keep their jobs which seems to be shoveling the people�s wealth back into the corporate pockets so the people who control the machine can buy another mansion over-looking a national park being exploited by said machine.
The people are too busy trying to make a living and tuning into the twenty-four hour �news� channels to see what Paris Hilton is doing, if Britney has shaved her head with a broken champagne bottle, or if OJ Simpson is still �not guilty�. We, as a nation, have become fat, stupid, and irrelevant. We are over-worked and under-educated. Our only functions are to work and to spend at Wal-Mart while making babies as fodder for endless war. It is no wonder the rest of the world laughs at us and holds us in disdain. They fear us too. Boy do they fear us. I don�t blame them, I fear us. Our government is out of control and we are giving them free rein to do as they feel.
We do have enemies in this world and our government is making these enemies more numerous and stronger every day. Our enemies do not include the Iraqi people, the Iranian people, the Cuban people, or any other populace whose leaders are as insane and out of touch as the leaders of our own country seem to be. We are only experiencing the same conditions that they have been experiencing for years. The only difference is that our insane leaders are more powerful than their insane leaders and wreak more death and destruction while doing the corporations� bidding. And we simply turn on the TV to catch the latest mindless mayhem of �Ultimate Warrior� and �American Idol�, the debate over politicians� haircuts and cleavage, and how many times Guiliani can utter �9-11� in one breath without fainting.
We are left with voting for the candidate that has the most money to spend to keep their re-election machine running and themselves out of jail and on the gravy train. They only serve themselves and their corporate owners. They have convinced the American people that they own the government and that the people�s vote doesn�t count, so more and more people don�t bother to vote, thus rendering the vote useless. The apathy feeds the monster and the democracy is destroyed.
What would happen if we, the people, at least the ones who are paying attention, put our heads and resources together and organized caravans originating from several different points across the nation? They could progress fifty to one-hundred miles a day, fanning out and convincing people to join them, and converge on the Washington D.C. and reclaim our government. It�s time to take Junior and his gang of enablers, Republican and Democrats alike, to the woodshed to face up for their deadly shenanigans. The nation, the entire human race, cannot take much more of this.
I know this all sounds like a pipe dream and the rantings and ravings of a very frustrated individual, but if you scratched the surface you would find a few more like me out here in the forgotten America. I bet there are plenty people out here in the country that aren�t working for Macdonald�s and Wal-Mart and have nothing better to do than go to our national�s capital and reclaim our government. Then after that we might have plenty of jobs rebuilding our infrastructure, our schools, our parks, our cities and towns, reopening the factories and plants left vacant by the corporations who have shipped all our jobs overseas, and marketing the products that we already have the manpower and the know-how to make from those factories. In other words, take care of business without the corporations littering the way.
I think it is time we marched on Washington, kicked out the corporations, prosecuted the criminals, and take back our country to rebuild it to the great ship of freedom it once was.
WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING!!

Terry Blakstad
tblakstad1@netzero.net

Cindy's Heroism

— 10:42 PM Nov 03, 2007

Cindy is and always will be my hero. I use her book Dear President Bush in my American Rebels class. I am sure when Pay Pal is set up, millions of us will contribute. I know I have been putting aside money weekly for this. In any event, as a Code Pinker I was proud to see Desirae approach Condie Rice with bloodied hands and listen to Bush put Code Pink down. Any time Bush puts someone down I consider it the highest of compliments. So, Cindy, Bless you with the highest good and the noblest of warm wishes. We all march ahead to a peaceful, cooperative, sustainable future.

Joining Cindy's campaign

— 12:53 AM Nov 05, 2007

We wholeheartedly endorse Cindy 4 Congress !

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Coming soon to help out at your campaign office on Mission St, SF !

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Run, Cindy, Run!

— 11:40 AM Nov 05, 2007

Go get Pelosi and Reid out of office!

Instead of Pelosi, why not recall Dianne Feinstein?

— 02:33 PM Nov 05, 2007

Hello Cindy,

I am flabbergasted by Dianne Feinstein's decision to support the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general. As I heard this morning on Diane Rehm's radio show on NPR, Feinstein's husband, Richard C. Blum is a financier involved in defense contracts and she is on the chairman of the rules committee but, "for many years, Feinstein has been beset by her own ethical conflict of interest, say congressional ethics."

So instead of running against Nancy Pelosi, why not start a campaing to recall Dianne Feinstein and why not run for her seat.

For more details about Feinstein's husband involvement with defense contracts, please click on http://www.metroactive.com/feinstein/

Thank you Cindy.

Heat, CO2, Global Warming, Ice Ages, Pelosi, and Cheney

— 03:12 PM Nov 05, 2007

Drive out Pelosi for denying the House the opportunity to impeach Cheney!

SF Chronicle's Heidi Benson covered the marriage of anti-war politics and the environmental movement in her "Rally Pushes Higher Awareness of Climate Change" column Sunday. Sadly, the virtuous anti-war spouse is saddled with a ne'er-do-well global warming partner.

CALPIRG, Greenpeace and you Cindy, are misinformed on carbon dioxide's impact on Earth's climate*.

Water, appearing naturally in Earth's atmosphere, not CO2, accounts for about 95% of the total greenhouse effect. CO2 is only responsible for about 4% of the greenhouse effect. The human role is trivial within the CO2 miniscule greenhouse factor. Some 97% of the total annual emission of CO2 rises naturally from land and sea. No more than 3% of CO2 emission is anthropogenic. Human beings are responsible for only 0.12% of total greenhouse effect (about one-tenth of one percent). Nature, not man rules the climate.

Even more deflating to anthropocentric conceit is the scientific knowledge that short-term (geologically speaking) climate change on earth is predominantly the result of fluctuations in solar activity. In the longer term, natural cosmic factors have produced some 20 Ice Ages on Earth's northern hemisphere during the past 2 million years. Each Ice Age has lasted about 100,000 years interspersed with warm interglacials of approximately 10,000 years. We have been blessed with a present interglacial of longer duration than average. The last Ice Age ended about 10,500 years ago. Sometime in the coming decades, centuries or even millennia, the new Ice Age will arrive on stage. It is nearly time to get your thermal long-johns out of the closet.

The Kyoto Protocol may cause enormous harm for the global economy and for the well-being of billions of people. But it can do nothing for the climate. This we shall learn in the near future.

Cordially,

Michael Moberg

* Zbigniew Jaworowski, M.D., Ph.D, D.Sc.
EIRScience, March 16, 2007
www.21stcenturysciencetech.com

My diary on Daly Kos - Sending Pelosi a Message

— 02:07 PM Nov 06, 2007

I'm sure by now we are all, at least to some degree, disappointed with Nancy Pelosi, who called us "advocates," which we are, and herself "leader," which, arguably, she is not.

Instead of learning a lesson on how to use power from the Republican Crime Family, she begs off that she doesn't have the votes, it's too late for impeachment, and doesn't dare stop a war funding bill from getting to the floor. What she does instead is bring bills she knows the president will veto. She knows she hasn't got the votes to over-ride, so she cannot be blamed for the failure.

What to do?

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I'm sure by now we are all, at least to some degree, disappointed with Nancy Pelosi, who called us "advocates," which we are, and herself "leader," which, arguably, she is not.

Instead of learning a lesson on how to use power from the Republican Crime Family, she begs off that she doesn't have the votes, it's too late for impeachment, and doesn't dare stop a war funding bill from getting to the floor. What she does instead is bring bills she knows the president will veto. She knows she hasn't got the votes to over-ride, so she cannot be blamed for the failure.

What to do?

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Correct me if I'm wrong, because as a San Francisco resident my view has its limitations. But it seems to me that both Feinstein and Pelosi are pretty much invulnerable. Nobody runs against them in the primaries, and the local Republican Party is, thank God, a joke. And that, of course, is the only reason there is a "D" after Feinstein's name. She didn't start out as a senator, you know.

Anyway, a statement needs to be made.

This brings me to, gulp, Cindy Sheehan. I have nothing against Cindy. As a matter of fact I like her--alot. But her attempt to run as an independent against Pelosi is a joke. Her web site is lame, she has no money, no organization, and little following. She is a national character, not a local favorite. Frankly, if she was at all serious, she would be spending her time in Pelosi's district, speaking in public at every opportunity, getting her name in the papers--all that local candidate stuff.

This is a callout to all those who have web, political, and organizational acumen. Can we somehow get Cindy to become more serious about running?

If the world turned upside down and Cindy did win, she would not be speaker of the house. That's a matter of personal congressional seniority, and we'd wind up with Hoyer or Emanuel. But hey, Nancy has shown us that THAT would not be much worse than what we have now.

Nancy's big problem is that she is living in the past. She thinks that another year of Mr. 24% will drive voters further into the Democratic camp and give her the voting margins she wants to secure her grasp on power. She is playing safe for now. If she does anything dramatic, the big bad Republican Crime Family will call her names and she could lose her little toe-hold on power.

What she fails to understand is that, Republicans be damned, she would be nationally acclaimed if she would just do those dramatic things required to DO HER FREAKING JOB and reign in the most lawless administration in American history. But bold scares her.

I certainly don't believe for a minute that Cindy can possibly win the seat, but if we could get her to at least take the race seriously, she might garner enough votes (remember we ARE talking about San Francisco, here) to put enough of a dent in Pelosi's armor to send a message.

Is it not worth it? Am I better off spending time at the movies? Help me out here, kids.

Let's Shock and Rock this Town.

— 08:38 PM Nov 06, 2007

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME.
LET'S GET IT ON.

We're Glad That You're Back Engaged!

— 05:01 PM Nov 07, 2007

Dear Cindy,

So many people are glad that you are back in action and engaged in the activities that you are undertaking!... As an aside, you might enjoy the writings at these links: www.countercurrents.org/spence010607.htm, www.countercurrents.org/spence200807.htm and www.countercurrents.org/spence110907.htm (The first is an open letter to you.)

In solidarity,

Emily

Initiative

— 03:02 AM Nov 08, 2007

Cindy you have the Initiative and I thank you for all you do. Now, you (we) need the US Initiative & Binding Referendum, so the people (you) can initiate and DECIDE by binding referendum what this country does and does not do. With Initiative and Binding Referendum, we (U.S.) could have stopped this war-ring. I ask you to support I&BR. tks, Bruce
doinggovernment.com

Nov 8, 200SIX

— 05:18 AM Nov 08, 2007

I wrote the following two days after the Dems stepped into the majority last year.

I suggest a six month report card for the new leadership as follows:



THE PEOPLE'S REPORT CARD
For New Democratic Leadership

Grading to occur May 7th 2007

(circle one)

A B C D F Impeached the President and his entire cabinet
A B C D F Ended the war in Iraq and stabilized Afghanistan
A B C D F Repealed Patriot Act
A B C D F Repealed Military Commissions Act
A B C D F Closed Gitmo
A B C D F Stopped the wire tapping of Americans
A B C D F Cleared Iraq, and all regional countries, of our depleted uranium.
A B C D F Put its full weight and power behind the acceptance of Kyoto agreement.

Uh...like...I think these things were the mandate.

50,000 watt message

— 11:15 PM Nov 08, 2007

cindy, please have someone on your staff contact the producers of the bernie ward show (kgo) he has been one of your biggest supporters and would love to have you on...you go girl...

How About Sheehan for Senate? OUST FEINSTEIN!

— 02:03 PM Nov 09, 2007

Cindy, please don't let the man get you down. I have an idea: why not go for Feinstein's seat instead? Senator Feinstein, among other incredibly obvious crypto-Republican votes of late:

voted for additional funding for the war;

voted for the Cornyn Amendament opening up the possibility of war with Iraq;

voted for the confirmation of Leslie Southwick for fed judge. Southwick is an unabashed rascist and openly homophobic.

voted for confirmation of Mukasy, who wouldn't admit waterboarding is torture.

I know Pelosi's not ideal, esp. keeping impeachment off the table before investigations could commence, but at least she's not falling into the conservative column on most of her votes. Please consider ousting for the most egregious offender in California instead.

Thanks for your work and devotion. We are pulling for you!

YOUR CAMPAIGN

— 04:51 PM Nov 10, 2007

Ms Sheehan,
There are other issues besides the war. I know where the speaker stands on these issues and she is 100% .
What is your stand on Reproctive Choice ? What is your stand on health care? What is your position on immigration? What is your position on ENDA and same-sex marriage? What is your stand on education ? What is your stand on outsourceing ? Although I SUPPORT your stand on the war, I know nother else about you.

The DC Polka - Nancy Pelosi

— 10:26 AM Nov 12, 2007

Thought you might like this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKQUoB0f1cc

The Reasonable Access Law

— 10:25 PM Nov 12, 2007

You may not be aware of this. Could be useful.

FCC-licensed Radio stations have to carry a federal candidate's ads without altering or censoring them in any way. Why?

Because the Reasonable Access Law requires stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to carry the TV and radio ads of federal candidates without editing the content - AT ALL. In fact, the law provides that if a radio or TV station censors or alters the content of such a radio ad, then the license for the station is awarded to the federal candidate whom they censored.

There was an "iron-clad" Washington DC circuit court case ruling in 1996 (Becker v. FCC), in which this court, one below the Supreme Court, ruled that a station must give it's license to the candidate if they don't run her ads without censorship, and at the time of the day she designates, just as they do for any business which advertises.

Keep up the good work!

— 09:31 AM Nov 13, 2007

While I am not a citizen of California, Speaker Pelosi's actions, (or lack thereof), affect all of us.

Keep holding her feet to the fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2nzIQ1eWMg

Wishing for a shared reality of a passionate nation

— 03:10 PM Nov 13, 2007

Cindy,

I first must apologize - I meant to write sooner and convey my sincere appreciation of your efforts to move an apathetic nation.

Today, I guest lectured in a class of about 60 students, and as I referenced your activist era, I realized you are among the few people who instill me with hope.

In the lecture -- as I referenced Suzanne Pharr's "Common Elements of Oppression" and Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (both of which I think you would greatly appreciate) -- I thought of how much you transformed your life, and how you did it with such passion and conviction!

Unfortunately the Isolation you faced, the Invisibility of the problem, the Stereotyping of activist work, and the idea that we must seek Individual Solutions -- all of these -- continuously keep the Defined Norm from recognizing that the Institutional Power that pervades and the Economic Power that keeps building Ivory Towers -- oppress us and hold us, "The Others," at bay... Isolated, Invisible, and Stereotyped -- while we each fight our own struggles.

Yours in the struggle for a shared reality of a passionate nation....

Impeach Dick

— 12:52 PM Nov 14, 2007

Hi Cindy,
Just wondering if you would have an email link set up to your office to have people send letters supporting Impeachment electronically. Snail mail is such a drag, on time and resources. Response would be easier if people could sign up with a link on your site, or just an email address to send individual letters in support of Impeachment.

Instead of 11 major protests how about 100,000 minor ones? Miniprotesting

— 03:56 PM Nov 14, 2007

What if the 20,000 or so people in Boston split up into 1,666 groups of 12 with each of those divided up into groups of four on three consecutive street corners as a "protest string?" This is what miniprotesting

http://miniprotests.com

is all about. Drivers would see the first group of four, then at the next corner another group, then ultimately the third. Three times to make a statement, expose a truth, even offer hope for change.

Those 1,666 protest strings could blanket the entire Boston metro area so that virtually everyone traveling by car that day would see several protest strings, learning more about the Bush/GOP travesties of justice. Every major street could have several protest strings throughout its length. How many more eyes would see our messages, experience them directly, compared to seeing them for a few seconds on TV or flipping past page A26?

Same number of people, just orchestrate them differently. Miniprotests can be set up by neighborhoods so people don't have to travel that far. And in the future, they don't have to all happen at the same time. Flexibility. Locality. Personality. That's what the miniprotesting concept delivers to any organization from the local groups of 12 to 50 to the national groups with hundreds of thousands.

The goal is for miniprotests to all share the same look: one person in the middle holds a 30" by 40" central sign with handholds at waist level while the other three have their signs overhead in the usual manner. Imagine if the main sign in the first group for the Code Pink miniprotests would say, "Code Pink Urges: Support the TRUTH" while the nearest Veterans for piece protest string a few blocks away would have their first main protest sign saying, "Veterans for Peace Urges: Support the TRUTH."

Now each of a protest string's main signs could be the same. This puts the focus on the other signs for the second and third groups. But as MoveOn PDX in Portland, Ore. did on 9/11, the main protest signs had a running message like the old Burma Shave ads along the two-lane highways 50 years ago. For MoveOn PDX the three main signs read in order:

1) "MoveOn.org Urges: Support the TRUTH"
2) "Saddam and Osama were Bitter Enemies"
3) "Noble Cause: Iraq Oil Production Sharing Agreement"

Millions in the US are ready to protest. Let's take the barriers of distance and months of planning out of the process.

Miniprotests aren't meant to attract TV cameras. They're meant to show the Donny Dittoheads out there that:

-credit card lobbyists wrote the bankruptcy bill
-CIA officials testified that Valerie Plame was covert
-losing a limb in combat doesn't guarantee lifelong medical coverage

When the Dittoheads all know too, Bush and all the rest will be flushed down the drain in the GOP whirlpool of lies. We'll all know, so they'll all go.

Impeachment

— 10:22 PM Nov 14, 2007

Is it true that Pelosi will put impeachment back on the table if she receives 10,000 handwritten letters asking her to do so? Is this a baseless statement or is it for real? I also heard that Cindy Sheehan wants the letters sent to her for accountability and so that she can deliver them to Pelosi by the sacks full. Is any of this true??

Why do I not see you on the FEC candidates list?

— 08:51 AM Nov 15, 2007

While it would be great to have you run for Pelosi's seat, are you sure you're actually registered to run for that district? You may want to confirm ...

www.ae911truth.org

— 10:15 PM Nov 15, 2007

Hi Cindy,
Thought you would be interested in this development:
There was a government hearing on terrorist groups using the Internet
to recruit and radicalize their followers. The link is below.
The ae911truth.org site is shown in the presentation at 43:37 minutes.
ae911truth.org is being listed as a sponsor of terror.
It appears that an effort to quash the 911 truth movement has officially begun.
EC Knightingale

http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php?main_page=product_video_info&products_id=202123-1

dianne feinstein

— 11:33 PM Nov 18, 2007

Cindy,one way to get congress to pay attention is to start recall proceedings against some of the more unresponsive ones.dianne feinstein should be the first,90% of her constituents do not agree with her actions.If recall is started they will notice.

ARE YOU RUNNING OR NOT

— 09:42 AM Nov 19, 2007

Are you really running? How much support do you have? I would like to see some stats or something. Best of luck!

Clear statement, deep understanding and principled positions

— 04:09 PM Nov 19, 2007

As UFPJ says, OCCUPATION: WRONG IN IRAQ, WRONG IN PALESTINE.

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. financial aid in the world. U.S. support�military, economic and political�of Israel's ongoing brutal occupation of historic Palestine is central to U.S. efforts to dominate the oil-rich Middle East. Rather than muffle ANSWER, as one comment above suggests, the whole of the anti-war movement ought to open its ears�hearts and minds�to ANSWER's deep understanding of and principled positions on all the various issues surrounding the U.S. drive to conquer the Middle East, and the world.

Suggested websites concerning Israel/Palestine:

www.RighteousJews.org
www.Al-Awda.org
www.FreePalestineAlliance.org

And then, concerning the U.S. drive for empire:

www.PSLweb.org

The 8th Congressional District

— 08:35 AM Nov 20, 2007

Hi Cindy, and thank you for your recent articles in Dissident Voice. I have posted a couple of comments to them there, and I guess I just want to sort of repeat them here.

We need Pelosi out of office. "We" is the country of course, but Pelosi isn't running for national office (yet? ha ha), and she can only be beaten in San Francisco.

It may well be that the most effective campaign strategy against Pelosi in 11.007 is to continue campaigning and traveling outside of San Francisco; and it was especially heartening to read your article in Dissident Voice today, in praise of John Conyers, Jr. And it is an incredibly long time to 11.008. Still, I'm concerned that SF is far less Cindy-friendly than many of us hope.

To paraphrase the last post: Good Luck Cindy! We Need You (here in SF)!




come to Salt Lake February 9?

— 09:08 AM Nov 20, 2007

Hello Cindy,
can you come to Salt Lake City on February 9 to talk with us about what happened at the MLKing Holiday weekend conference you are organizing?
Dayne Goodwin
daynegoodwin@gmail.com
secretary, Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice <www.wasatchpeaceandjustice.org>
treasurer, We the People for Peace and Justice (which organized August 30, 2006 protest when Bush came to Salt Lake, and you were going to join us)

Is BushJr the Antichrist?

— 01:32 PM Nov 20, 2007

Cindy,
could Junior be the Antichrist, 666?
i am not joking, and i value your opinion.
Thanks

Cynthia McKinney

— 09:57 PM Nov 22, 2007

Looks like Cynthia McKinney is going to run for President as a Green.

More and more real people are stepping forward to do what the current gaggle of corporate lackies refuse to do.



Conyers

— 01:40 AM Nov 24, 2007

FYI: Cindy, here's a copy of a letter I recently E-Mailed to Reps. Conyers & Pelosi, as well as my own Sen. Murray. Hope my recent (very) small contribution helped. Keep at it, every day, OK?

Dear Chairman Conyers,

In every single election for Federal offices from 1972 through the present, I have always voted for the Democrat because the Democratic Party had a history of consistently standing up for working people and shielding the non-wealthy from the greed and abuses of the mega-rich elite and their corporate minions who barely give lip service to respect for the law.

In taking impeachment of Cheney and Bush "off the table" claiming the commitee is "too busy," despite brash violations of criminal law by both of them which match or exceed those of "Tricky Dick," the current spine-challenged Democratic leadership appears to be fixated on ending the party. And less than two years after it seemed to find its spine following the near-death experience of eight years of Clinton-led "Republican Lite" strategy that led to loss of its House majority.

If you do not reverse your course on impeachment - a course you appear to have taken from a purely unprincipled, jaded and horribly wrongheaded supposedly pragmatic perspective - you may as well change the name of the party to "Gutless Craven Corporatists," because the real Democratic Party will be as dead as the men who saved it, FDR and HST. And the nomination of yet another Republican Lite candidate such as Ms. Clinton will merely be the final nail in the coffin for a once-heroic party. Like our troops in Iraq becoming de facto recruiters for those who oppose immoral wars, the party of my late State Senator (AZ) grandfather will become a recruiter for Greens and others who are disgusted with Democratic spinelessness.

Unless you and other Democratic House and Senate leaders have a prompt change of heart - including an EARNEST commitment to oppose the corporatists' War Against the Middle Class & Poor (as well as a commitment to oppose their shills such as Ms. Clinton), you and the Party will have lost many lifetime supporters like me and gained many potential lifetime opponents, not to mention contributions for Cindy Sheehan and others like her from all over the country.

I hope you and your staff don't turn a blind eye to this missive. But if you do, I will do my best to make sure everyone I know understands what you and other Democratic leaders really are doing to undermine the Party's longstanding principles and its genuine heroes, like Mr. Kucinich and Mr. Edwards. (FDR, HST and LBJ must be spinning in their respective graves!)

You have a chance to be a real hero for the country right now, Mr. Conyers, to step out from behind the lazy-thinking near-cowardice of current Democratic Congressional leadership. But I hope you'll have a change of heart simply because it's the right thing to do for the survival of our country and the survival of respect for the Constitution. It's the only truly just way for the country simply to BEGIN to repair the horrific damage still being done each and every day by Bush and Cheney and their own corporatist minions.

The entire country - including the almost 4,000 who have died in an unnecessary war - deserves for them to be held accountable BEFORE they leave office; it will never happen otherwise.

(Surprise & shock: no responses from any of them, so far...)

Pelosi

— 03:22 AM Nov 24, 2007

Do you think that Pelosi is going to do anything? Ha!
With her husband making millions off this war - no way.
They want to keep Cheney/Bush in there till the election.
I am fed up with the Dems's tactics. For example, when they quietly and quickly passed the last surveillance bill before their August break, gave no time for opposition to react. Their continued excuses they can not stop the funding for the war. They are in bed with the Adm. What a joke they are.

Winning doesn't necessarily mean winning

— 12:57 AM Nov 25, 2007

God bless you Cindy, keep fighting, this run is an excellent idea! Simply by running, you will be applying some much needed pressure to Mrs. Pelosi, she has truly blown it. And don't worry, you're on my link roll tonight! We're out here, we support the troops and you. The majority want the war over, we speak with one voice on this.

Right on!

— 07:11 PM Nov 27, 2007

You go girl!

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