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Archive: 2/07-1207

Saturday  12/22/2007

Shock and Tasers in New Orleans  12/22/2007 Alternet: "This is just one particular piece of this whole program. Public hospitals are also being shut down and set to be demolished and destroyed in New Orleans. And they've systematically dismantled the public education system and beginning demolition on many of the schools in New Orleans--that's on the agenda right now--and trying to totally turn that system over to a charter and a voucher system, to privatize and just really go forward with a major experiment, which was initially laid out by the Heritage Foundation and other neoconservative think tanks shortly after the storm. So this is just really the fulfillment of this program."

Friday  12/21/2007

Fury in New Orleans as housing demolition Okd  12/21/2007 LA Times: "The fate of the 4,500 public housing units has become a flash point as this city struggles to piece itself back together after Hurricane Katrina damaged more than 134,000 homes, many of them in poor, mostly black neighborhoods… City Council members -- some sipping water, others leafing through file folders -- looked on impassively as a man was tasered, handcuffed and dragged from the council chambers. Outside, dozens of locked-out people tried to force their way through iron gates and clashed with police, who used pepper spray and stun guns on them. One woman was taken away on a stretcher after being sprayed."

Saturday  12/15/2007

Videotape shows Sharpton cutting a deal  12/15/2007 Philadelphia Inquirer 

Thursday  12/6/2007

When NOT to Vote Black (At Least in Memphis)  12/6/2007 Black Agenda Report 

Wednesday  12/5/2007

The Hidden Truth About Genetically Modified Foods  12/5/2007 Common Dreqams: "Consider Dr Arpad Pusztai, the world’s leading scientist in his field, who inadvertently discovered in 1998 that unpredictable changes in GM crops caused massive damage in rats. He went public with his concerns and was a hero at his prestigious institute for all of two days. The director of the institute received two phone calls, allegedly from the UK prime minister’s office, and Dr Pusztai was fired after 35 years and silenced with threats of a lawsuit."

Thursday  11/15/2007

Hundreds March to Support Megan Williams  11/15/2007 NNPA: "In the aftermath of the successful national march and rally against hate crimes and racism last weekend, attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz, president of the Black Lawyers for Justice, says the next step will be to pressure the U.S. Justice Dept. to level federal hate crime charges against the six white suspects in the Megan Williams alleged rape/torture case. Shabazz says U.S. Attorney Charles Miller told him in a recent meeting that the federal prosecutor was directed not to file charges in the case, not even for alleged civil rights violations, by his superiors in Washington."

Saturday  11/10/2007

ICE's Julie Myers is latest actor in Great American Minstrel Show  11/10/2007 NarcoNews: "Myers, the leader of a federal law enforcement agency that has some 15,000 employees, was part of a three-member panel at the Halloween event that was assigned the holiday task of doling out awards for the best costumes. Some 50 to 75 people were at the Halloween gala, according to press reports, so the competition was fierce. But apparently, in Myer’s mind, one of the winners was a clear-cut choice. That individual played off the law enforcement theme of the gathering by donning a striped prison outfit as a costume. His originality was only outdone by his creativity. In a clever allusion to the century’s old history of slavery and its more recent Jim Crow cousin, the ICE employee also sported a dreadlock wig and blackface. Myer’s was so overwhelmed with the sheer brilliance of this individual’s attire that she and two other individuals on the judging panel selected this white employee’s Halloween getup for the most original costume award. Caught up in the excitement of the moment, Myers also sought to memorialize the moment by posing for a photo shoot with the blackfaced reveler."

Wednesday  11/7/2007

Hundreds rally for Gracia ‘BG’ Beaugris, 19, murdered by Miami police  11/7/2007 SF Bay View 

Monday  10/29/2007

Band on the run in New Orleans  10/29/2007 Salon: "On the evening of Oct. 1, some two dozen of New Orleans' top brass-band players and roughly a hundred followers began a series of nightly processions for Kerwin James, a tuba player with the New Birth Brass Band who had passed away on Sept. 26. They were "bringing him down," as it's called, until his Saturday burial. But the bittersweet tradition that Monday night ended more bitterly than anything else -- with snare drummer Derrick Tabb and his brother, trombonist Glen David Andrews, led away in handcuffs after some 20 police cars had arrived near the corner of North Robertson and St. Philip streets in New Orleans' historic Tremé neighborhood. In the end, it looked more like the scene of a murder than misdemeanors. "The police told us, 'If we hear one more note, we'll arrest the whole band,'" said Tabb a few days later, at a fundraiser to help defray the costs of James' burial. "Well, we did stop playing," said Andrews. "We were singing, lifting our voices to God. You gonna tell me that's wrong too?" Drummer Ellis Joseph of the Free Agents Brass band, who was also in the procession, said, "They came in a swarm, like we had AK-47s. But we only had instruments." "

Saturday  10/20/2007

The FBI's War on Black Liberation - COINTELPRO and the Panthers  10/20/2007 Counterpunch 

Friday  10/19/2007

AfroLatinos at TransAfrica Washington  10/19/2007 TransAfrica: "Keepers of the culture from Colombia and Venezuela were in Washington last Thursday to talk about the current conditions of African descendants living in the two South American countries. “Language has separated us,” said Marino Cordoba of Colombia to the mostly AngloAfrican (Englishspeaking Black) crowd at the K Street, NW offices of TransAfrica, the leading African American lobbying group for the African diaspora. “We need to learn each others language,” he continued. Cordoba also called for the support of U.S. House Resolution 618, sponsored by Congressional Black Caucus member Donald Payne (DNJ). The resolution calls for the Colombian government to do more to end the discrimination, marginalization and violence against Colombians of African descent. Cordoba, who had to flee his birth country after being threatened by the paramilitary, now works for a Latino advocacy group in suburban Washington. Joining Cordoba were Jesus Garcia, the editor of the journal Africamerica, and Geronimo SanchezGarcia, a faculty member of the Instituto niversitaro de Barlovento, one of the few historically Black institutions in Latin America. The later two are from Venezuela, whose President recently made an historic announcement that indicated the historic debt Venezuelan society owes the descendants of enslaved Africans. Unlike the American constitution that defined Africans as 3/5 of a human being (in ancient Egyptian logic five represented a whole human), many Latin countries never legally defined race. Therefore Garcia sees this as an “advance,” and, ironically, is seeking constitutional recognition of AfricanVenezuelans."

Friday  10/12/2007

Boot Camp Death Verdict Sparks Outrage - All-White Jury Delivers 'Not Guilty' Verdict in Beating Death of Black Teen  10/12/2007 ABC 

Sunday  9/30/2007

District unshaken by racial incident - But Gurnee teen's act tied by some to national tensions  9/30/2007 Chicago Tribune: "A Warren Township High School student was charged with disorderly conduct for making "racially charged" statements to two female students, police said. The student drove into a campus parking lot with a noose hanging from his rearview mirror and a Confederate flag displayed in his vehicle, officials said. In North Carolina last week, four nooses were found dangling from trees and a flagpole at a North Carolina high school, a local newspaper reported. A Louisiana man was charged with inciting a riot after two nooses were found hanging from the back of his pickup truck. Nooses were left this summer in the bag of a black U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet and in the office of a white female officer conducting race-relations training."

Tuesday  9/25/2007

And They Usually Get Away With It - A Pandemic of Police Brutality  9/25/2007 Counterpunch 

HUD's Wrecking Ball - Tightening the Noose Around New Orleans  9/25/2007 Counterpunch 

White supremacist backlash builds over Jena case  9/25/2007 Chicago Tribune 

Friday  9/21/2007

Over 50,000 People Flood into Jena, Louisiana to Show Support for Jena Six, Decry Injustice  9/21/2007 Black America Web 

Friday  8/31/2007

NAACP challenges Louisiana voter purge  8/31/2007 Anniston Star: "The NAACP filed a civil rights lawsuit challenging a purge of Louisiana voters believed to have registered in other states following Hurricane Katrina. In the federal court action, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contends that the purge has already begun without the necessary pre-approval of the U.S. Department of Justice."

Saturday  8/25/2007

Deep Politics III  8/25/2007 History Matters: several extracts from Peter Dale Scott's new writings on the assassination of President Kennedy

Friday  8/24/2007

Greg Palast: Hurricane George: How the White House Drowned New Orleans  8/24/2007 Buzzflash: "Why on earth would the White House not tell the state to get the remaining folks out of there? The answer: cost. Political and financial cost. A hurricane is an act of God -- but a catastrophic failure of the levees is an act of Bush. Under law dating back to 1935, a breech of the federal levee system makes the damage -- and the deaths -- a federal responsibility. That means, as van Heeden points out, "these people must be compensated." The federal government, by law, must build and maintain the Mississippi River levees to withstand known dangers -- or pay the price when they fail. Indeed, that was the rule applied in the storms that hit Westhampton Dunes, New York, in 1992. There, when federal sea barriers failed, the floodwaters wiped away 190 homes. The Feds rebuilt them from the public treasury. But these were not just any homes. They are worth an average of $3 million apiece -- the summer homes of movie stars and celebrity speculators. There were no movie stars floating face down in the Lower Ninth Ward nor in Lakeview nor in St. Bernard Parish. For the 'luvvies' of Westhampton Dunes, the federal government even trucked in sand to replace the beaches. But for New Orleans' survivors, there's the aluminum gulag of FEMA trailer parks. Today, two years later, 89,000 families still live in this mobile home Guantanamo -- with no plan whatsoever for their return. And what was the effect of the White House's self-serving delay? I spoke with van Heerden in his university office. The computer model of the hurricane flashed quietly as I waited for him to answer. Then he said, "Fifteen hundred people drowned. That's the bottom line.""

US-Cuba Relations Emerges as Presidential Issue  8/24/2007 The Havana Note 

Susan L. Taylor Calls for a ‘Day of Presence’ in New Orleans  8/24/2007 Final Call: "Enough is enough! It’s the shame of the nation,” stated Essence Editorial Director Susan L. Taylor to tens of thousands during the Essence Music Festival in the Crescent City in July. She was speaking of the still deplorable condition the city of New Orleans and the apathy of the United States government recovery efforts. “It’s a shame that the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have been abandoned and are suffering without the most basic necessary supports while our tax dollars are directed toward war.” She has called for the Day of Presence: A National Focus on Recovery of New Orleans and Gulf Coast for Aug. 29 during the 2nd Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

Thursday  8/23/2007

Echoes of 1927 flood seen in Katrina  8/23/2007 Toronto Star: "Canadian filmmaker shows similarities in appalling treatment of black residents"

Wednesday  8/22/2007

Clinton Takes the Bait on Cuba  8/22/2007 Yahoo News: "Rival Sen. Hillary Clinton said she would continue the Bush administration's hard-line stance, for the most part. Clinton's campaign said she agrees that exiles should be able to freely send money to their relatives but said she does not favor ''any wholesale, broad changes'' to the travel restrictions until Fidel Castro falls. Clinton did vote with Obama in 2005 -- unsuccessfully -- to ease restrictions on family travel in ``humanitarian cases.''"

Monday  8/20/2007

You can help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Katrina  8/20/2007 Food Not Bombs: "PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP! The people of New Orleans need drinking water. This is an emergency! Since the storm swept through the gulf we have been one of the only hot meals shared on a daily bases in New Orleans. We still need volunteers, tools and food to help the people displaced by Katrina. We need people to help us repair homes and cook meals for people volunteering to rebuild New Orleans. It's been difficult to locate our kitchens after the city kicked us out of Washington Square Park. We are now asking everyone to go to the Common Grounds in Algers. They can help you find Food Not Bombs. We also have a meeting place the Common Grounds 9th Ward Center off the Claiborne Ave exit on I-10 at the corner of N. Claiborne and Pauline in the 9th Ward."

You can help Food Not Bombs feed the survivors of Katrina  8/20/2007 Food Not Bombs: "PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP! The people of New Orleans need drinking water. This is an emergency! Since the storm swept through the gulf we have been one of the only hot meals shared on a daily bases in New Orleans. We still need volunteers, tools and food to help the people displaced by Katrina. We need people to help us repair homes and cook meals for people volunteering to rebuild New Orleans. It's been difficult to locate our kitchens after the city kicked us out of Washington Square Park. We are now asking everyone to go to the Common Grounds in Algers. They can help you find Food Not Bombs. We also have a meeting place the Common Grounds 9th Ward Center off the Claiborne Ave exit on I-10 at the corner of N. Claiborne and Pauline in the 9th Ward."

A House Divided - Infighting threatens efforts to reopen public housing  8/20/2007 New Orleans City Business 

Friday  8/17/2007

Commerce, Treasury funds helped boost GOP campaigns  8/17/2007 McClatchy 

Thursday  8/16/2007

Toxic FEMA Trailer Manufacturers Target of Lawsuit  8/16/2007 News Infermo 

Wednesday  8/15/2007

Sequoia Voting Systems Responsible for 2000 Presidential Debacle?  8/15/2007 Wired 

On U.S.-Cuba Relations, Chris Dodd Demonstrates What an "Adult Foreign Policy" Would Look Like  8/15/2007 Washington Note 

They Can Count on the Democrats - Why the Neocons Won't Miss Karl Rove  8/15/2007 Counterpunch: "The counties have responded to critics with an absurd array of "dog ate my homework" excuses reminiscent of Rove's laptop during his lighter moments. Some of the ballots were ruined by a coffee pot, says one county. Flooding hit others, they say. In one county, recyclers were to blame. In another, counterfeit ballots have been discovered. In short, the excuses for destroying Ohio's election records are every bit as credible as Rove saying he's resigning to "spend more time with my family." But far from reacting with outrage, the Democrats have merely shrugged, much as they've done with the continuation of the Iraq War and the shredding of the Constitution. Ohio's Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has told the media she sees "no evidence" this mass deep-sixing of official records was done "purposefully" by nearly two-thirds of the state's counties."

Saturday  8/11/2007

Shape of Things to Come?  8/11/2007 Brilliant at Breakfast: "If we were to depend on AP, we’d never know that Diebold machines were being used in Romney’s stunningly predictable “victory” in Iowa. (Free Market News has more on the Republican fuckuppery that AP and other news outlets will be too chivalrous to mention.) Ron Paul, who actually tried to poach votes by telling people to take advantage of Romney’s buses to the straw polls and paying the $35 registration fee so they could vote for him, is hopping mad so don’t think that this will gently go into that good night. They can't even have a one party straw poll without poking and slapping themselves like Moe, Larry and Curly. This is going to be a wild and wooly presidential election so make sure you bring seat belts to the polls next November."

Tuesday  7/31/2007

State: Fla. voting machines can be hacked  7/31/2007 Miami Herald: "Reversing an unofficial policy of denial, the Florida Secretary of State's office has conducted an elections study that confirmed Tuesday what a maverick voting chief discovered nearly two years ago: Insider computer hackers can change votes without a trace on Diebold optical-scan machines. The study by Florida State University found that, despite recent software fixes, an ''adversary'' could use a pre-programmed computer card to swap one candidate's votes for another or create a ''ballot-stuffing attack'' that multiplies votes for a candidate or issue."

Monday  7/30/2007

In Violation of Federal Law, Ohio's 2004 Presidential Election Records Are Destroyed or Missing  7/30/2007 Alternet: "In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been "accidentally" destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them -- it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen."

Saturday  7/28/2007

Red Cross Allegedly Hides Donations from Katrina Survivors  7/28/2007 Web Wire: "A Senior Associate for Communications and Marketing for the Red Cross spoke with Ms. Sommers. “I was hired by the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Recovery Program in April 2006. They didn’t want to promote the program. I had an issue with this. I’m a Katrina survivor and how were the people going to get help if no one was going to tell them about it?” Even more unsettling was a comment Ms. Sommers received from another Red Cross employee. “The program was going to sunset in August 2006. It was set up to help survivors of Katrina, Rita and Wilma. There was $71 million for this program and they were talking about shutting it down even though they hadn’t even given away $1,000,000.” "

Wednesday  7/25/2007

The Impeachment Imbroglio: Sheehan, Conyers, Pelosi, and Feingold  7/25/2007 The Progressive: Of course, the Democrats are saying no such thing. Instead, they talk about getting on with the important business of the Congress, and not wasting time on impeachment. The argument that impeachment would be a time-waster is, according to Nichols, “bullshit.” He points out that the same Congress that impeached Richard Nixon accomplished a great deal, in terms of dialing down the Vietnam war, raising the minimum wage, passing environmental legislation, and making other important, progressive gains. “The idea that taking up impeachment will keep us from acting on health care, gay rights, etc., is ahistoric,” Nichols says. “The fact of the matter is that during the impeachment of Nixon back in the 70s, the reason Congress was so effective and got so much done was that Nixon was scared and, in a calculated move, started cooperating with Congress to avoid impeachment. So the right thing to do is move immediately–see what you can get out of Bush.”

Cuba scores points as US medics graduate in Havana  7/25/2007 Guardian: "Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government's healthcare system. The first class of US graduates from the Latin American School of Medicine, a Fidel Castro brainchild on Havana's outskirts, plan to return home and take board exams for licenses to work as doctors in US hospitals. The Americans were among more than 2,100 students from about 25 countries who received diplomas this week in a high-profile ceremony at Havana's Karl Marx theatre. The six women and two men, all from US ethnic minority backgrounds, said they would use their skills to treat poor people, in keeping with the humanitarian ethos of the school."

Tuesday  7/24/2007

A Forgotten Black-Jewish Alliance  7/24/2007 Arutz Sheva: first published 1/05 - "The Bergson group was initially known as the Committee for a Jewish Army. From 1940 to 1943, it sought the creation of a Jewish armed force that would fight alongside the Allies against the Nazis. Black labor union leader A. Philip Randolph, president of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, was an early backer of Bergson's Jewish army effort. So was W. E. B. DuBois, the leading African-American intellectual of his era. Eventually, the British agreed to establish the 5,000-man force, known as the Jewish Brigade. It fought with distinction on the European battlefield in 1945, and many of its veterans later took part in Israel's 1948 War of Independence… Two of the most famous African-American authors of that period, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, were sponsors of the Bergson group's July 1943 Emergency Conference to Save the Jewish People of Europe. The conference, which was held in New York City, sought to counter the Roosevelt administration's claim that rescuing Jews from Hitler was physically impossible. More than 1,500 delegates listened to panels of experts on transportation, relief methods, military affairs and other fields, discussing specific, practical ways to save Jews from the Holocaust. One of the speakers was Walter White, executive director of the NAACP. In addition, the famous Black singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson was one of the stars of a Madison Square Garden "Show of Shows" organized by Bergson in 1944 to raise money for his campaign to rescue Jewish refugees… During that same period, Walter White and the NAACP worked closely with the Bergson group to help bring about the desegregation of theaters in Baltimore, which restricted African-Americans to less desirable seats. In 1946, Bergson ally Ben Hecht, one of the most prominent screenwriters in Hollywood, authored a Broadway play called "A Flag is Born", to rally American public sympathy for the Jewish rebels battling the British for control of Palestine. On the eve of the staging of "Flag" at the Maryland Theater in Baltimore, the Bergson group and the NAACP joined hands to pressure the theater management to abandon its discriminatory seating policy -- "a tradition-shattering victory," as White called it."

Monday  7/23/2007

CNN Censors #1 Youtube  7/23/2007 "CNN is congratulating itself profusely for its YouTube debate, and they showed a lot of excellent questions. But they refused to show the #1 video as voted on by visitors to CommunityCounts. The hands-down winning question was on impeachment."

Friday  7/20/2007

Overhaul Plan for Vote System Will Be Delayed  7/20/2007 NYT: "But critics say that while billions have been spent to improve voting since the disputed presidential election in 2000, the compromise would leave a patchwork and somewhat jury-rigged system that would still be vulnerable to tampering or computer malfunctions in next year’s elections. Many experts have criticized the add-on printers, which use thin rolls of relatively fragile paper, as too prone to paper jams and smearing to ensure that every vote is counted."

Tuesday  7/17/2007

Bush Government to Poor Voters: We Don't Want You to Vote  7/17/2007 Alternet 

Sunday  7/15/2007

Southern Gothic - NC Klan Cases Expose Seedy Underworld  7/15/2007 Southern Poverty Law Center 

Tuesday  7/10/2007

School Reopened in Lower 9th Ward, But Struggle Isn’t Over  7/10/2007 Common Ground Relief: "Following numerous months of arduous struggle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology finally had something to celebrate the morning of Sunday, June 10, at its rededication ceremony. Outside the school the jubilant crowd cheered as Joseph Recasner, dean of students, called on the community to “take pride in what has been done. Let the world know that the city of New Orleans is coming back and the Lower 9th Ward is already back.” King school is the first to reopen in the Lower 9th Ward since Hurricane Katrina. The Original Pin-Stripe Brass Band and the Zulu Walking Warriors paraded into the auditorium with dancing guests in tow. In front of an arc of yellow and white balloons with a large portrait of Martin Luther King on stage, they entertained nearly one thousand people in true New Orleans style. Parents and friends excitedly greeted one another and waved fans with images of Martin Luther King Jr."

Saturday  6/23/2007

NYC Police Brutalize Human Rights Attorney - A human rights attorney known for handling cases of police brutality became a victim of police abuse  6/23/2007 Indymedia: "Quickly, word of the Warrens arrest spread, and several hundred people descended on the 77th Precinct demanding his release. Organizations including the December 12th Movement, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, Malcolm X Grassroots, International Action Center, CEMOTAP, the Muslim community, the Haitian community and many others were present and several media outlets were on hand. NYC Councilman Charles Barron, Attorneys Roger Wareham, Reginald Haley, and Marisa Benton began negotiating their release with Brooklyn's top brass, including Community Affairs Chief Douglas Zeigler, Brooklyn Borough Commander Chief Gerald Nelson, and 77th Precinct Executive Officer Michael Marino. At approximately 10:30 PM Evelyn Warren was released with a DAT (desk appearance ticket), Michael Warren was released with a DAT at 11:30 PM. Councilman Barron and other community activists are demanding Talvy be fired and that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hines "drop the charges (against the Warrens) and charge the police." Barron further criticized recent NYPD policy of making cops who kill or assault people take Breathalyzer tests for alcohol. "We need to stop the killing. Police who murder and assault us must be charge with crimes and put in jail. That is the only deterrent." "

Christie blasts Rudy on WTC air  6/23/2007 Ny Daily News: "Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts. She also said city officials didn't want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they "didn't want this image of a city falling apart.""

Tuesday  6/19/2007

Dems Push for Voter Suppression Probe  6/19/2007 AP: "Senate Democrats urged the Justice Department on Monday to investigate whether one of its former prosecutors led attempts to suppress Florida voter turnout during the 2004 presidential election. The request by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island is the latest facet of Congress’ ongoing inquiry into whether politics played a role in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. One of the fired prosecutors, Bud Cummins in Little Rock, Ark., was replaced on an interim basis by Tim Griffin - a protege of presidential political adviser Karl Rove who worked at the Republican National Committee in 2004. The two senators Monday pointed to two e-mails to Griffin - titled “caging” and dated August 2004 - listing nearly 2,000 potential voters in Jacksonville, Fla. The e-mails were posted on a political Web site critical of the Bush administration, but a White House spokeswoman said the Democrats did not doubt their authenticity. “Caging” refers to efforts to disqualify voters who fail to sign for registered campaign mail sent to their houses. In theory, the practice identifies homes where voters no longer live."

Sunday  6/17/2007

Election 2004: The Urban Legend  6/17/2007 Global Research 

Tuesday  6/12/2007

Civil Rights Enforcement - Who Is Hans von Spakovksy?  6/12/2007 "During his tenure in the U.S. Department of Justice, Hans von Spakovsky made it harder for Americans to vote. Now the Bush administration has nominated him to the Federal Elections Commission. If confirmed by the Senate, he could influence election law in this country for the next three election cycles, a prospect that should alarm all who care about the right to vote. As an attorney in the civil rights division of the Justice Department from 2001-2005, von Spakovksy did everything in his power to minimize the vote, particularly of minorities and Democrats."

Sunday  6/3/2007

Rove’s Mini-Me Tim Griffin Resigns after Evidence Ties Him to Alleged Voter Suppression  6/3/2007 Pensito Review: "Palast recently obtained hundreds of emails sent by White House officials to Bush-Cheney operatives during the 2004 campaign. Among these were emails containing caging lists sent by Griffin, apparently in his role as communications deputy. Late last week, Palast agreed to show Griffin’s emails to Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. On Thursday, Griffin abruptly announced his resignation in Little Rock, citing an urgent need to work in the private sector. (Some sources say Griffin is in negotiations to join Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign; while one wag suggests Griffin resigned “to spend more time in jail.“)"

Thursday  5/31/2007

Conyers Requests Palast's "Vote Caging" Evidence  5/31/2007 TruthOut: " Experts have concluded the caging lists were designed for a mass challenge of voters' right to cast ballots. The caging lists were heavily weighted with minority voters, including African-American homeless men, students and soldiers sent overseas. Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee investigating the firing of US attorneys, met Thursday evening in New York with Palast. After reviewing key documents, Conyers stated that, despite Griffin's resignation, "We're not through with him by any means." Conyers indicated that he thought it unlikely that Griffin could carry out this massive caging operation without the knowledge of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rove."

Wednesday  5/23/2007

Goodling Says Dep. Attorney General 'Incomplete or Inaccurate' in Regard to 'Vote Caging' Allegations About Karl Rove Aide - Says DAG Paul McNulty Withheld Knowledge of Tim Griffin's Involvement in Challenging Minority Voter Registration in 2004  5/23/2007 Brad Blog: "From Monica Goodling's opening statement to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee this morning [emphasis added]: Despite my and others' best efforts, [Deputy Attorney General, Paul McNulty]'s public testimony was incomplete or inaccurate in a number of respects. As explained in more detail in my written remarks, I believe that the Deputy was not fully candid about his knowledge of White House involvement in the replacement decision, failed to disclose that he had some knowledge of the White House's interest in selecting Tim Griffin as Interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, inaccurately described the Department's internal assessment of the Parsky Commission, and failed to disclose that he had some knowledge of allegations that Tim Griffin had been involved in vote "caging" during his work on the President's 2004 campaign."

Monday  5/21/2007

Venezuela giving Danny Glover $18m to direct film on epic slave revolt  5/21/2007 Guardian: "Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against imperialism and western oppression. The Venezuelan congress said it would use the proceeds from a recent bond sale with Argentina to finance Glover's biopic of Toussaint Louverture, an iconic figure in the Caribbean who led an 18th-century revolt in Haiti."

Friday  5/18/2007

Will Al Gore Face His Inconvenient Truths About Our Stolen Elections?  5/18/2007 Common Dreams: "Gore’s actions on the 2000 recount might be discounted as a stategic failure. But they were followed by something much much worse. In January, 2001, the Black Caucus of the US House demanded a Congressional dialogue on the seating of the Florida delegation to the Electoral College. This procedure had been established in 1887, in response to the stolen election of 1876. It required the signature of one Representative and one Senator. Tragically, Gore prevented this from happening. As the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress gathered to ratify the election, Gore repeatedly gaveled down those Representatives demanding a discussion of the theft of Florida’s decisive electoral votes. This very ugly, politically catastrophic moment is forever memorialized in Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11. Staff from the office of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone have said Gore told those Senators inclined to join in that he would not recognize them if they tried. Senator Hillary Clinton told the Free Press Editor that Gore “begged” her not to sign on to such a challenge. The result: there was no Congressional challenge on the theft of the election of 2000. Ironically, with Dick Cheney presiding over Congress, there was indeed such a session on the stolen election of 2004, facilitated by Sen. Harry Reid. But following the cave-in of 2000, it again lacked the full weight of the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate."

Thursday  5/17/2007

Greg Palast, Author of Armed Madhouse, on How Rove May Have Already Stolen the 2008 Election  5/17/2007 Buzzflash: "By sending letters to the homes of soldiers, marked "do not forward." When they came back undelivered, they said: Aha! Illegal voter registered from a false address. And when their ballot came in from Fallujah, it was challenged. The soldier didn’t know it. Their vote was lost. Over half a million votes were challenged and lost by the Republicans -- absentee ballots. Three million voters who went to the polls found themselves challenged by the Republicans. This was not a small operation. It was a multi-million dollar, wholesale theft operation. They’re right that I’m a British reporter, because I put this story on British TV, not on American TV, which won’t touch it. [BuzzFlash note: Palast writes for British papers and reports on the BBC, but he is a product of the San Fernando Valley and the University of Chicago, 100% American.] But our election was a complete, total fraud. This is grand theft -- no question. It’s not a dirty trick; it’s a felony crime."

Friday  5/11/2007

Republicans fear defeat over Iraq  5/11/2007 FT: "The same growing unease applies with even greater force to Republicans in the Senate, who hold 21 of the 33 Senate seats that will be contested in next year’s congressional elections. Many Democrats believe that they could improve their narrow 51-49 Senate majority next year to a filibuster-proof 60 seats or more. Such is the Democratic party’s confidence that some Democrats are talking of bringing about the same kind of splits in the Republican party that so damaged their own party’s electoral fortunes following the Vietnam war a generation ago. “There are a lot of people on the Republican side who are not happy with the situation,” said Trent Lott, a normally hardline Republican Senate leader."

Tuesday  5/8/2007

France : élections présidentielle & législatives 2007 - Machine à voter, machine à truquer  5/8/2007 Reseaux Voltaire 

Monday  5/7/2007

RFK: Rove And Rove’s Brain, ‘Should Be In Jail,’ Not In Office  5/7/2007 Greg Palast: “Timothy Griffin,” said Kennedy,”who is the new US attorney in Arkansas, was actually the mastermind behind the voter fraud efforts by the Bush Administration to disenfranchise over a million voters through ‘caging’ techniques - which are illegal.”

Sunday  5/6/2007

A French e-voting "catastrophe" - Paperless direct-recording electronic (DRE) used in several cities  5/6/2007 Global Research: "Two types of machines were certified for use in France's election, both of which are of the paperless direct-recording electronic (DRE) variety now notorious (and hopefuly soon-to-be outlawed) in the States: an iVotronic model from American company ES&S, and another model from Dutch company Nedap." The following report published a week before the French presidential run-off elections on May 6 point to the use of e-voting machines in several French cities. The potential for electoral fraud in the run-off elections --in which Nicolas Sarkozy won with a four point margin-- cannot be dismissed and should be the object of an independent inquiry in the cities where e-voting was used."

Friday  5/4/2007

Breaking: RF Kennedy, Jr. Says USA Griffin Under Investigation  5/4/2007 Daily Kos: "Tonight in Montpelier, Vermont, Greg Palast announced that he received a phone call this evening from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that US Attorney replacement Timothy Griffin, Rove's former assistant, is under investigation for election fraud."

Sunday  4/29/2007

Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed  4/29/2007 Washington Post: "As the winds and water of Hurricane Katrina were receding, presidential confidante Karen Hughes sent a cable from her State Department office to U.S. ambassadors worldwide. Titled "Echo-Chamber Message" -- a public relations term for talking points designed to be repeated again and again -- the Sept. 7, 2005, directive was unmistakable: Assure the scores of countries that had pledged or donated aid at the height of the disaster that their largesse had provided Americans "practical help and moral support" and "highlight the concrete benefits hurricane victims are receiving." Many of the U.S. diplomats who received the message, however, were beginning to witness a more embarrassing reality. They knew the U.S. government was turning down many allies' offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina's victims. Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent."

Wednesday  4/25/2007

Don’t Fire Gonzales  4/25/2007 Greg Palast: "Griffin himself, after the December 7 firings, was appointed by Attorney General Gonzales, at Rove’s personal request, to one of the newly-vacated slots as US Attorney for Arkansas. The sleeper cell of Rove-bot US attorneys is now in place to bless voter suppression games in 2008. I’ve previously reported for BBC that Griffin was the Man in the Memos who directed the massive, wrongful purge of African-American soldiers in 2004 — the ‘caging’ list scam. Based on that expose, voting rights lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said, “Griffin and Rove should be in jail, not in office.” That, too is another story — But the important thing to pick up here is: 1. It’s all about the 2008 election. 2. It’s not about Gonzales. We’ve been here before. Gonzales is getting Libby’d. Takes the bullet for Karl Rove and the White House. If you wondered why the Republican jackals like the sinister Senator Specter piled on Gonzales — it’s because they were told to."

Tuesday  4/24/2007

Karl Rove's Jim Crow Voter Suppression Machine is Humming Along Just Fine, All Ready for 2008  4/24/2007 Buzzflash 

Saturday  4/21/2007

Benton Harbor and the Persecution of Rev. Edward Pinkney - Travesties of Justice in a Black City in Michigan  4/21/2007 Counterpunch: "In the fall of 2004, Pinkney and BANCO circulated recall petitions for Yarbrough, using his failure to discipline the Police Chief as the reason. Once the recall election was put on the ballot for February 2005, Pinkney used his grassroots and BANCO network to get out the absentee vote. He knew that, with his limited resources, he could never hope to compete with the Yarbrough "machine" on Election Day. BANCO was successful. There was a 42% absentee voter rate and Yarbrough lost the recall by 54 votes. Yarbrough immediately swung into action. He went to the County Clerk complaining about the absentee votes. She referred him to the Prosecutor, who personally called the Sheriff to have an investigation opened. Within days, Yarbrough had "found" a young man named Mancel Williams, who alleged that Pinkney paid him $5 to vote for the recall. A week later the same Mancel Williams went to City Commissioner Etta Harper and made a tape recording, indicating that Yarbrough had paid him $10 to claim that Pinkney had paid him $5. The tape was turned over to Mayor Wilce Cook, who turned it over to the Benton Harbor Police. Nothing happened. The County Sheriff's investigation did not mention it. Mancel Williams is in prison on another charge and has refused to testify for either side, fearing retaliation by the police and Prosecutor."

Thursday  4/19/2007

Arkansas U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins Was Fired Just After Reports Surfaced of Investigation into Law Firm of Top Level White House/GOP Operative and Close-Friend-of-Rove, Thor Hearne  4/19/2007 Brad Blog: "As BRAD BLOG readers know, Hearne is a top-level White House operative, a very close friend of Karl Rove's and the co-founder of the currently-back-underground "American Center for Voting Rights" (ACVR), the mysteriously-funded group behind all of the GOP's phony "voter fraud" claims and the accompanying push for disenfranchising "Voter ID" restrictions at the polling place. (See our Special Coverage page on ACVR scam here...) The first reports of Cummins' investigation into the Blunt/Lathrop Gage scandal were apparently in May of 2006. Cummins was removed from his position just afterwards in June of 2006 --- prior to all the other firings which took place later that year on the same day in December. He was replaced at that point with Karl Rove's personal aide Timothy Griffin."

Tuesday  4/3/2007

Colo. elections IT mgr. selling "voter data" to GOP candidates  4/3/2007 e Pluribus Media 

Thursday  3/29/2007

Bush's long history of tilting Justice  3/29/2007 LA Times: "By Joseph D. Rich, JOSEPH D. RICH was chief of the voting section in the Justice Department's civil right division from 1999 to 2005. He now works for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law."

Wednesday  3/28/2007

Bush’s New US Attorney a Criminal?  3/28/2007 Greg Palast: "But the Committee missed a big one: Timothy Griffin, Karl Rove’s assistant, the President’s pick as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election."

Friday  3/23/2007

Explosive New Vote Fraud Developments Continue To Rock Ohio and Florida  3/23/2007 Common Dreams 

Tuesday  3/20/2007

Blowback from Ohio's 2004 Stolen Election is Escalating  3/20/2007 Common Dreams: "In a bold move "to restore trust to elections in Ohio," Ohio's newly-elected Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, has requested the resignation of all four members of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The two Democrats and two Republicans were formally asked to resign by the close of business on March 21. Cuyahoga County includes the heavily Democratic city of Cleveland. Brunner is a Democrat who was elected to be Ohio's Secretary of State in November, 2006."

Saturday  3/17/2007

Nagin Suspects a Plot To Keep Blacks Away  3/17/2007 Washington Post: "New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has suggested that the slow recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- which has prevented many black former residents from returning -- is part of a plan to change the racial makeup and political leadership of his and other cities. "Ladies and gentlemen, what happened in New Orleans could happen anywhere," Nagin said at a dinner sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade group for newspapers that target black readers. "They are studying this model of natural disasters, dispersing the community and changing the electoral process in that community.""

Thursday  3/15/2007

They Finally 'KET'-ch Up to Him  3/15/2007 Queens Ledger: "For the past five months, an NYPD Special Investigations Unit has been gathering evidence against 36-year-old Alain Mariduena, a.k.a. "KET," who has been tagging trains and stations across the city since 2004. Last week, they served a search warrant at his Upper Manhattan apartment. In the raid, they seized spray paint cans and nozzles, markers, marijuana, and brass knuckles. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana."

Wednesday  3/14/2007

Graffiti Writer Gets Tagged By the Cops, Media Subtly Links It To Our Boss  3/14/2007 

Wednesday  3/7/2007


New Mexico Measures Impact of Domenici’s, Wilson’s Calls to Prosecutors  3/7/2007 CQ Politics: "But the sudden eruption of what might be the biggest controversy of Domenici’s political career — involving reports that he tried to pressure a federal prosecutor to speed up a corruption probe of a prominent Democrat during last year’s midterm election campaign — has put Domenici’s legacy in doubt and could drastically alter New Mexico’s political landscape. Domenici is dealing with allegations that he and another New Mexico Republican, Rep. Heather A. Wilson, pressured U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias in late October to produce an anticipated indictment of former New Mexico Senate President Manny Aragon. The fact that Iglesias was one of eight U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration after the 2006 elections has added fuel to the political brush fire."\

Monday  3/5/2007

Newt on New Orleans 9th Ward Residents: A "Failure of Citizenship"  3/5/2007 Blog for our future: "How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn't get out of the way of a hurricane."

New Orleans, Giant Alka Seltzer Tablet  3/5/2007 Huffington Post: "Land is dissolving into the Gulf of Mexico so quickly that unless major restoration projects get underway more or less now, the sinking coast may disappear altogether. That would be a multi-headed catastrophe - cultural, economic, ecological. The bayou country is a unique American resource. And losing it would also make it much harder to protect the city from hurricanes, large and small. Once marshes disappear and you get the Gulf lapping at your levees, you've already lost the battle. Sadly and unsurprisingly, the major obstacles are not scientific or logistical, but entirely political and bureaucratic. Coastal restoration was held up for years by a lack of attention from Washington, conflicting agendas, and special interests from national property-rights advocates to oystermen. Post-Katrina, things have changed a bit - more money is coming online, for one. But just approving the necessary programs can take years."

Sunday  3/4/2007

White supremacist gang gaining clout  3/4/2007 AP: "Police say the gang has compiled a "hit list" targeting five officers and a gang prosecutor — a sign of just how brazen Public Enemy has become. "They make police officers very, very nervous," said Cpl. Nate Booth, a gang detective with the Buena Park Police Department in Orange County."

Sunday  2/25/2007

Post 9/11, Islam flourishes among blacks  2/25/2007 AP: "Islam is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the September 11 attacks, according to imams and experts. Converts within the black community say they are attracted to the disciplines of prayer, the emphasis within Islam on submission to God and the religion's affinity with people who are oppressed. Some blacks are also suspicious of U.S. government warnings about the emergence of new enemies since the 2001 attacks because of memories of how the establishment demonized civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm X."

Thursday  2/22/2007

Texas Congresswoman Urges Bush to Reconsider Venezuela Arms Ban  2/22/2007 Venezuela Analysis: "U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told reporters that she was making the first U.S. congressional visit to Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez's December re-election with the message: "I want an immediate repairing of the relations between the United States and Venezuela." Jackson Lee described Venezuela as a friendly nation that the U.S. should cooperate with and said that the F-16 jets, which are built in Texas, was an issue of concern to her constituents in Houston… She said her fact-finding mission to Venezuela was part of an effort by a new Democrat-controlled Congress to show that "Venezuela has many friends in this new Congress.""

Thursday  2/15/2007

Breaking Ground - Winter 2007  2/15/2007 Common Ground Collective 

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