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Bernie Sanders Interview

By Ruth Conniff
December 2005

Bernie Sanders, the independent, socialist Representative from Vermont, is poised to win the Senate seat vacated by Jim Jeffords in 2006. According to the Associated Press, Sanders has received donations from 100 times as many Vermont supporters as his likely opponent, the self-financed, Bentley-driving corporate executive Rich Tarrant.

An outspoken critic of the Patriot Act, the first lawmaker to take a busload of constituents to Canada to buy prescription drugs, the leader of a successful effort to block the Bush Administration’s plan to slash worker pensions, and an economic populist with crossover appeal to Vermont’s rural dairy farmers as well as liberals in Burlington, Sanders is the kind of down-to-earth grassroots candidate willing to oppose the Republicans in no uncertain terms. Without taking corporate PAC money, he has managed to win against better-financed Republican opponents again and again. In 1996, when Newt Gingrich put up a well-financed candidate to unseat him, Sanders won reelection with 55 percent of the vote. -- Bernie Sanders Interview Full Story...

Recent Quotes [link]

I cannot support a mission that leads to corruption, human rights abuse, and liars. I am sullied. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored. Death before being dishonored any more.
—Colonel Ted S. Westhusing, suicide note written in Baghdad, June 5, 2005.


Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag – greeted by a color guard. But in reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners – stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.
—Family Upset Over Marine's Body Arriving As Freight, 10News, Dec. 9, 2005.


"Now we got to get this thing right. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best, power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love."
— King, Martin Luther, Jr.

Where Do We Go from Here? Address at the Eleventh annual convention of SCLC
Atlanta, Ga.-16 August 1967

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‘practice liberal expressions of grace’



Throw The War Profiteering Bums Out NOW

2006 Elections

The Bully Boys or as we call them the Reptilian Republicans in the United States Congress have send a message to the working poor and the lower middle class: Tough Luck. The nineteenth century is quickly approaching as the Republicans take us back to the good old days. Charles Dickens’s readers will recognize the follies that are Republican made in the U S Congress.


The Honorable John P. Murtha on the War in Iraq

(click to read this very important speech)

Senator John Kerry Speaks Out Against Alito Nomination see story...

Contact DC Senator Telephone List [open list]

Kristof’s India analysis is way off [link]

Senator Boxer on the war in Iraq her floor speech...

 Re: Lies, More Lies And The Moral Equivalent Of Lies. full story...

It's his 250th anniversary, but Mozart is too 'chocolate-boxy' for Radio 3--see story....

Listen Radio 3 BBC listen here...

The Nation's "It Wasn't All Bad" (2005) by Katha Pollitt (click link)

Meditation- Joao Gilberto play me

.Castro's 'miracle' cures the poor of blindness full story...

"Memory is a prerequisite for morality. see story...

Re: Problems With And Of George The Disconnected full story...

"Iraq Election Spells Total Defeat for US" (see story...)

It happens 23,000 times a year...see full story

'Anti-imperialist' wins presidency in Bolivia---see story....

"Rumsfeld Spies on Quakers and Grannies" see story....


In the footsteps of Che Guevara: Democracy in South America see story...

Free the Captives Now see updates...

Reader: "I love stars" see some...

Young At Heart full story...

Al Franken Interview at The Progressive Radio listen...

Secular Democracy Goes on Trial full story...

Re: Bob The Bore And His Immodesty full story...

Point-of View full story...

Latin America's political map see map...

--Wily Python’s Winter Aromatic Soup -- January 2006 [link]

Bob's Worldview Today full story...

"French Erotic Film" By Too Much Spare Time full story...

The Llama Song full story...

Martin Buber’s I and Thou (Ich und Du, 1923) see link




10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
    By Medea Benjamin

    As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq war, attacks on our civil rights, and Mother Nature's fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons to feel bruised and beaten. But to start the New Year with a healthy determination to keep on fighting, we need to reflect on the good things that happened. And there are plenty.

    One continent alone - South America - could provide more than ten examples of wonderful progressive victories, but I'll just list some of the highlights. (see story)



The Supreme Court Nominee

The standards that we believe our Supreme Court nominee must meet are those that were set during the tenure of both Justice Wm. J. Brennan and Justice Wm. O. Douglas:

1.) That the liberty and the privacy of each American shall be respected.

2.) Standing in Court shall expand to all who need the protection of the Federal Courts.

3.) That a government of the people shall serve all the people and that the Supreme Court shall insure that promise.

In our view, the humanity and intelligence of Justices Brennan and Douglas are the qualities that Americans demand of Supreme Court justices with lifetime appointments.

The nominee should be forward-looking with understanding and compassion for the average American...a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States who sees that when liberty and privacy are protected in America, it is a better place for us now and in the future.

This benchmark set by Justices Brennan and Douglas is difficult to equal, but it is one that can be met with a thorough search for the candidate that aspires to those standards that they set. It is without doubt that the diligence of hard working people in the coming months will find a candidate that has these qualities.

With respect for the importance of this permanent decision, taking time to find a justice of the caliber of Brennan and Douglas is well worth the effort. "A job worth doing is worth doing right," we teach our children. This is the message that we need to send to the President and the Senate of the United States of America.




Re: The Times And Alito

From: Dean Lawrence R. Velvel 


Dear Colleagues:

A few days ago it was said here that The Times’ news and editorial pages had...see story



*****Emergency Campaign to Stop Alito***** [link]


"We have monetarized our United States of America’s Constitution over the last forty years; we are trading all of our precious time and rights for things."

 Re: Congress And The Constitutional Coup D’Etat.

From: Dean Lawrence R. Velvel 

Dear Colleagues:

Almost daily it becomes ever more clear that we are faced with an attempted constitutional coup d’etat, an attempted constitutional revolution. It is spurred on by the Yale flunk-out, Dick Cheney, and his personal minions. see story....



 January 13, 2006, 11 a.m

 Re: The Times’ Editorial Page Should Adopt The Position That Alito’s Nomination Should Be Filibustered And Democrats Should Simultaneously Say They Would Instantly Vote To Confirm Arlen Specter Were He Nominated. see story...

January 12, 2006, 1:00 p.m.

Re: If The Democrats Are Still Serious About Trying To Defeat Alito, They Had Better Adopt Allard Loewenstein’s Principle That You Can’t Beat Somebody With Nobody, And Had Better Say That They Would Gladly Vote For Arlen Specter Or A Similar Reasonable, Moderate Republican. see story...



Throw The War Profiteering Bums Out NOW

2006 Elections

The Bully Boys or as we call them the Reptilian Republicans in the United States Congress have send a message to the working poor and the lower middle class: Tough Luck. The nineteenth century is quickly approaching as the Republicans take us back to the good old days. Charles Dickens’s readers will recognize the follies that are Republican made in the U S Congress.


Mars Pictures from NASA

Republican offers cash to students who inform on left-wing professors [link]

Re: Notwithstanding Phony Claims By Roberts and Alito...see story...

"I'm Ready" - The Hitmen listen....

Risen Publishes Wiretap Book
But Times Beats Him [link]

"Blogs From The Liberal Standpoint: 2004-2005," Re: Epilogue To 2004-2005. Prologue To 2006 see story...

George's Imperialistic War For Power and Wealth full story...

Civil Disobedience full story...

A Donor Who Had Big Allies
* DeLay and two others helped put the brakes on a federal probe of a businessman. Evidence was published in the Congressional Record.[link]

Belafonte Calls Bush 'Greatest Terrorist' [link]

 Re: The Times’ Inexplicable One Year Delay In Disclosing The Warrantless Surveillance. see story....

Alito: A Defeat for Working Women- Martha Burk [link]

Stardust lands at 10am today. What secrets will it reveal?[link]

Filibuster Bush, Impeach Alito[link]

Chile gets first woman president [link]Michelle Bachelet [link]

Iran’s nuclear path is a challenge see story...

Judicial Gag Rule [link]

Ortigoza, Paraguay's 'Mandela', dies aged 73 [link]

Memo stokes 'terror flights' row [link]

Osama bin Laden: Is it him? Almost certainly. [link]

Why the life and times of the broadcast pioneer still matter.[link]

Tackle nuclear waste disposal first, warn advisers [link]

The rape of Darfur[link]

Feingold: Alito Would Be "Dangerous Addition" to Court [link]

Re: An "Extraordinary Circumstance." From: Dean Lawrence R. Velvel see story...

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan considers run against Sen. Feinstein [link]

Stop War

With a Sharp Eye and Acid Tongue: Eugene McCarthy [link]

Kerry Steps Up [link]

Prochoice Puritans [link]

Greenland: Love in a very cold climate [link]

Jimmy Carter & the Culture of Death [link]

"Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes." [link]


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