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The resurrection of Habeas Corpus

 

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown on the Death of Habeas Corpus in the United StatesWe posted several articles in the past about the Republican Congress and the Bush Administration taking away the right of Habeas Corpus from American citizens in clear violation of the constitutional prohibitions against suspending it.

Nothing could be less American than a government that can indefinitely hold people in secret torture cells, take away their protections against horrific and cruel abuse, put them on trial based on evidence that they cannot see, sentence them to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and then slam shut the courthouse door for any habeas petition, but that’s exactly what Congress just approved. – Christopher Anders, an ACLU Legislative Counsel

Here’s a video clip showing what a difference having a Democrat controlled House and Senate will do for you!

No more and never again!

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George Carlin – The owners of this country

 

Comedian George CarlinGeorge Carlin can be profane but he has a real clarity of vision that’s sadly lacking in our national corporate owned news media. The following video is a commentary/rant about the owners of this country and what they really want. The owners of this country are not who you think. We’ve heard from the politicians tonight, now lets hear the truth!

Incase you missed my hint above it the following video contains satire, humor and profanity, if you are easily offended do not watch it. If you are a minor, please do not watch it. If you lack a sense of humor do not watch it. You have been warned….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL6ULruYjNA

Check out his most recent CD, or visit his web site!

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Frame Your Message

 

You are invited to a meeting on Framing Your Message on Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 10 am to 3 pm, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 419 Woodland Street (corner of 5th Street & Woodland in East Nashville.) This is being sponsored by the Common Message Project. A description of the Project is below.

Patrick Bresette of Demos, a New York-based network for action and ideas, will lead us in a comprehensive workshop on framing messages for maximum impact. We will be looking at framing in the context of the common progressive message that we are developing to test market across the state of Tennessee but the information Patrick will share is also useful if you are trying to get a message out about your issue or your campaign. «Read the rest of this article»

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Friends Of Clarksville in 2007

 

Citizens voters, and taxpayers have asked, “Where is Friends of Clarksville”. Remember the political forums? FOC was there. Remember the conflicting information concerning the City Court? FOC researched the city code and the audits to clarify the issue.

Did you know someone wanted to build a power plant in Clarksville? FOC did and provided your elected officials (County Commissioners and City Council) with a fact book. The power company quietly left town after refusing to participate in a question and answer forum open to the public. Did you know TVA may be planning to build an electrical power transmission line over your house? FOC does and we are still waiting for the final “Final” decision on the corridor. Did you participate in the City-County Consolidation forums to voice your questions and concerns? FOC was there but we didn’t see very many of you. Did you complete the County questionnaire? I did’t think so; otherwise the percentage of participation would have been higher. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Friends of Dunbar Cave Meeting/Local Historian Randy Rubel to talk about Civil War history and Dunbar Cave

 

Randy Ruebel, A Local Civil War HistorianOn Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m, The Friends of Dunbar Cave has arranged for local Historian Randy Rubel to talk about Civil War history and Dunbar Cave. This will take place in the visitor center, at the Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Amongst other stories, Randy will tell us about the Union soldiers’ barbecue at Dunbar Cave, and how the black community formed what was then known as African Town. He will also be presenting a slide show.

Upcoming news article about the Friends!

The Leaf Chronicle will be on hand at 5:30 before the 6:00 meeting this Thursday evening to talk to and interview Friends members about our organization and the different activities the Friends are involved in. Maria McClure is writing a special article for the Leaf for Sunday’s paper. If you are a member and would like to contribute to the article please come to the visitor center at 5:30 p.m. «Read the rest of this article»

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ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists

 

Don't spy on me - ACLUNEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.

Pentagon Tracked at Least 186 Anti-Military Protests

“It cannot be an accident or coincidence that nearly 200 anti-war protests ended up in a Pentagon threat database,” said Ann Beeson, Associate Legal Director of the ACLU. “This unchecked surveillance is part of a broad pattern of the Bush administration using ‘national security’ as an excuse to run roughshod over the privacy and free speech rights of Americans.” «Read the rest of this article»

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We invaded Iran last night

 

Anti-war Uncle Sam(Originally posted on 01/11/07)

We invaded the nation of Iran last night. Our troops entered an Iranian embassy located in the town of Irbil Iraq, and took computers, documents, and six members of the embassy staff into custody.

Iraqi officials said Thursday that multinational forces detained as many as six Iranians in an overnight raid on Tehran’s diplomatic mission in the northern city of Irbil….

The forces stormed the Iranian mission at about 3 a.m., detaining the five staffers and confiscating computers and documents, two senior local Kurdish officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information….

A resident living near the mission said the foreign force used stun bombs in the raid and brought down an Iranian flag that was on the roof of the two-story yellow house. – The Associated Press

Update: (01/17/2007) Now Sudan is claiming that we have invaded and searched their Embassy in Iraq as well..

KHARTOUM, Sudan (Reuters) — Sudan on Wednesday summoned the senior U.S. diplomat in Khartoum after it said American troops raided the Sudanese Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, violating diplomatic conventions, a foreign ministry spokesman said….

…”Nine American soldiers in four military vehicles forcibly went into the embassy after overpowering the guards and searched the embassy offices inside,” said Ali al-Sadig, Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman….

From CNN

Anyone else seeing a pattern here?

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Anti-war speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Whitehouse in 1964This is just as applicable today as it was in 1967. All you need to do is swap out the word Iraq with Vietnam, and Iraqi with Vietnamese. It’s frequently said that those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it. This is something I think is absolutely on target. We forgot…

Martin Luther King speaks out against the Vietnam War.

This speech was released by Black Forum records, a subsidiary of Motown, and went on to win a Grammy in 1970 for the Best Spoken Word Recording.

Excerpts of a Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967.

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Receiving on Martin Luther King day

 

The NAACP LogoMy husband and I and Bill Larson attended an Educational Workshop run by the NAACP before going to the Dr. Luther King Parade today. Here is my summary and highlights of the workshop….




Michael Harris, School Superintendent, encourages parents to get involved, show up at school events. He seriously wants to get more African American teachers in our system.

Dr. Jean Scott Murphy, a former educator, said that parents need to be active in their children’s lives. Many times parents are too tired or too busy to talk to the teachers and their children. Somebody: A parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, has to be there for the child. A child should not feel isolated in the school environment. At open houses, the children keep looking at the door. They are looking for us, the parents. Children do well in school to please us, nobody else. Our home should include a safe space for children to work, think and be. We have to give that to them. We have to care enough to establish limits and guidelines for our children.

As parents or caregivers, it is up to us to see the light in our children. We are in the position to bring out that light. We do that with encouragement and talking about what is positive. If we only talk about what’s negative, that’s what grows. We can cherish every accomplishment. Children don’t always do what it is that we wish they would do. We should celebrate their accomplishments. Their work can go up on our refrigerators. We can focus on their strengths. NEVER PUT THE LIGHT OUT IN A CHILD. We can make college a possibility by stressing that it is not just for people with money, but people who work hard. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Did Warmonger Bush Declare “Secret War” Against Syria and Iran?

 

Targeting Iran and Syria?Did the President Declare “Secret War” Against Syria and Iran?
by Washington Note for Indybay.
Thursday Jan 11th, 2007 6:27 PM


The President may have started a new secret, informal war against Syria and Iran without the consent of Congress or any broad discussion with the country.

Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran.

The President may have started a new secret, informal war against Syria and Iran without the consent of Congress or any broad discussion with the country. «Read the rest of this article»

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