Sneak attack on Social Security!

Bush’s Social Security Sleight of Hand
By Allan Sloan
Wednesday, February 8, 2006; D02

If you read enough numbers, you never know what you’ll find. Take President Bush and private Social Security accounts.

Last year, even though Bush talked endlessly about the supposed joys of private accounts, he never proposed a specific plan to Congress and never put privatization costs in the budget. But this year, with no fanfare whatsoever, Bush stuck a big Social Security privatization plan in the federal budget proposal, which he sent to Congress on Monday.

His plan would let people set up private accounts starting in 2010 and would divert more than $700 billion of Social Security tax revenues to pay for them over the first seven years.

If this comes as a surprise to you, have no fear. You’re not alone. Bush didn’t pitch private Social Security accounts in his State of the Union message last week.

First, he drew a mocking standing ovation from Democrats by saying that “Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security,” even though, as I said, he’d never submitted specific legislation.

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AOL vs. free speech

From Norman:

Subject: Stop AOL from blocking our email

I just signed an important online petition because the very existence of civic and political organizing online is under attack by America Online, and we need to fight back quickly.

The petition’s at: http://civic.moveon.org/AOLemail/

AOL just announced plans to charge groups with large membership lists every time they send an email. Online political groups, issue groups, charities, and other non-profits who have large memberships will essentially be censored off the Internet.

AOL basically wants to blackmail organizations with large email lists. The only way for groups to be sure members receive their emails would be to pay what the New York Times calls the “electronic equivalent of a postage stamp” for each email address every time an email is sent.

If they don’t pay, your emails could go into a black hole-or be “stripped of images and Web links.” If AOL succeeds, other companies will follow-so we need to fight back today.

The petition to AOL is located at:
http://civic.moveon.org/AOLemail/


A vigil and a rally in PA

AMERICA FREEDOM VIGIL & RALLY

TO SAVE, SECURE, & PROVE OUR VOTE

PROTECT THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY!

  • IF YOU CARE THAT EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED ACCURATELY & CAN BE PROVEN
  • IF YOU WANT A SYSTEM OF CHECKS & BALANCES FOR THE INTEGRITY OF OUR VOTE
  • IF YOU BELIEVE THE ELECTED MUST SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE
  • IF YOU BELIEVE AMERICA DESERVES THE BEST FROM OUR REPRESENTATIVES É OUR VOICES HEARD & HEEDED

COME TO HISTORIC BUCKS COUNTY (OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA) & STAND FOR THE PRINCIPLE THAT

NO LAW- NO GOVERNMENT- SHOULD FORCE US TO VOTE ONUNSECURE, UNRELIABLE, UNAUDITABLE VOTING MACHINES

OUR OWN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (GAO) FOUND “significant concerns about the security and reliability of electronic voting systems” “some of these concerns have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes.”

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE IN OUR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

WE MUST HAVE VOTER-VERIFIED PAPER BALLOTS WITH AUDITS TO

PROVE OUR VOTE, THEN FIX THE SYSTEM TO ENSURE INTEGRITY!

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD ÉTIME IS RUNNING OUT – STAND UP NOW!

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, Thursday, February 9th, 5:30 p.m.

RALLY, Saturday, February 11th, 2 p.m.

Bucks County Courthouse, Main St., Doylestown, PA

Meet Paul Revere at a vigil and rally for America’s founding principles!

ONGOING VIGILS BEING PLANNED, STARTING THURSDAY, FEB. 9TH AT 5:30 PM

WE NEED PEOPLE EVERY DAYÉPLUS PUT A LIGHT IN YOUR WINDOW AND OUTSIDE

A LIGHT FOR FREEDOM É FOR OUR VOTE É FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY!

SIGN UP FOR VIGIL HOURS www.CoalitionforVotingIntegrity.org, 215-357-5206, 215-345-7783

Why BushCo can't fail on Election Day

February 6, 2006
Study: New Machines Await 4 in 5 Voters
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 9:41 p.m. ET

Fewer voters will cast their ballots by punching a card or pulling a lever in this November’s elections as the country continues to turn to newer, electronic machines, according to a study released Monday.

While the study says old systems that were prone to error are on their way out, experts also note that means many Americans will be voting on unfamiliar equipment this fall.

At least four out of five registered voters will use the newer generation of machines — either ATM-style touchscreen machines or ones that ask voters to fill in the blanks, a vast change from the contested 2000 presidential election that spurred states and Congress to push for improved equipment.

Back in 2000, just over half the voters had access to the latest technology.

By this fall, however, only one out of 33 voters will be asked to use the system that raised the most objections in Florida — punch cards — and just one in 10 will use a lever machine, according to a survey by Election Data Services, a political consulting firm that tracks election equipment. Six years ago, one in six voters used punch cards and one in five used levers.

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Mary Mapes and MCM tomorrow night!!

A great new readings series at
McNally-Robinson Bookstore!!!

50 Prince St.
(between Lafayette and Mulberry)
New York, NY

Tuesday, February 7th, 7pm

FIRST TUESDAYS READING SERIES
Hosted by MARK CRISPIN MILLER

Guest MARY MAPES Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power

This new monthly series features writers who have been overlooked or ostracized because their books are just a bit too troubling for the mainstream press. Their work is especially precious in these troubling times. Mary Mapes’ book recounts the surreal fallout that transpired when she dared to raise questions about Bush’s military service. Reading, discussion, and signing.

Thursday, February 9th, 7pm
CRISTINA PAGE Introduced by MARK CRISPIN MILLER
How The Pro-Choice Movement Saved America
In her pointed critique of the pro-life agenda, Page argues that the abortion issue is a cover for a fundamentalist “anti-contraception” and “anti-sex” movement. Relying on thorough research and intellectual tact, Page presents a book that will fuel heated debates everywhere. Reading, discussion, and signing

(212) 274-1160

Brutalized and busted in Ohio

Brutalized & Arrested in Cleveland for Posting “Bush Step Down” Posters

The following is a first-hand account of police harrassment and brutality against a World Can’t Wait organizer in Cleveland. If anything like this happens to you, let us know asap! Contact
info[at]worldcantwait.org.

My name is Carol Fisher, and I am on the staff of Revolution Books in Cleveland OH. At the bookstore we have been immersed in building and supporting the initiatives of World Cant Wait. Yesterday, 1.28.06, while putting “Bush Step Down” posters on telephone poles along a
major thoroughfare on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I was brutalized by Cleveland Heights police, charged with 2 counts of felony assault and held incommunicado under police custody in the hospital! This outrage and others like it must be exposed and opposed by all who hate the
direction that the Bush regime is taking this country and the world.

Here is what happened:

I had set out from my house with a full agenda, to contact lots of people and get out materials about our upcoming Cleveland event to Drown Out the State of the Union address, and the call to march around the White House on Feb. 4th. My first stop was the an area known for its community of artists and progressives, where I stapled up posters for blocks and was greeted warmly by those who saw and appreciated what World Cant Wait is doing. I talked to an artist, and a Palestinian store owner who took fliers to distribute to customers.

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More on the darkness at VA

Update:

Hi Mark,

I take my dad to the VA and I have never been in the building without noting that FOX is on all the tv’s in all the waiting rooms. I have never seen anything but Fox. I asked a nurse once if they had a policy and she said no, sometimes they put the ball games on.

Matthew B.

From a patriot:

Here are a few links on Nicholson, who placed several GOP operatives in top VA slots, including public affairs, with an eye toward making Bush look good, rather than promoting the needs of veterans. When the world was focused on the incompetence of “Brownie” for failing to prepare and respond to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Nicholson remained the Secretary for the
second largest U.S. government department, with a budget of $70 billion and more than 200,000 employees.

Official VA Biography

VA’s massive new spending on “Faith Based” initiatives for veterans, which is a huge plug for religion and Bush… http://www1.va.gov/opa/fbci/index.htm

VA gives free press and promotes large corporations (also major GOP donors) who hire veterans for low-paying, dead-end jobs without healthcare and retirements benefits
http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/PressArtInternet.cfm?id=940

Official State Dept. Biography, New:
http://www.state.gov/outofdate/bios/n/6090.htm

Revised

Catholic-related biography

Daniels Fund biography
http://www.danielsfund.org/news/newsdetail.asp?nID=52

Nicholson gives more speeches to Catholic groups than to veterans groups…
http://www.archmil.org/events/ShowEvent.asp?ID=3397
http://www1.va.gov/OPA/feature/secyspchs/
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week815/interview.html

Nicholson Stumps in FAVOR of Pre-emptive war

Ironically, Nicholson failed in his mission in the first few months, leaving VA $2.6 billion short to take care of 120,000 Iraq War veterans already diagnosed by VA after their return from combat.

The VA is in dangerous hands

Mr. Carmichael:
You wrote a superb article about Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, and their likely connections with intolerant political extremist Catholic groups, such as opus dei.

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/story.php?sid=02030620848

Off the record, here is another rarely-reported fact to connect the dots: Robert James Nicholson, an ardent Catholic and the former national chairman of the GOP, was the ambassador to the Vatican for four years who brokered the Bush-Papal meetings that torpedoed the Kerry campaign (along with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth).

Nicholson was richly rewarded in early 2005 with a plumb political appointment as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, even though he has no background in healthcare or disability benefits, save the fact he is a veteran. Nicholson is now gutting government workers (one measure seeks to cut 30,000+ union workers at hospitals) from VA and replacing them with contract workers supplied by larger GOP corporate donors.

In addition, Nicholson is preparing to merge VA with DoD, thus making 4 out of every 7 federal workers DoD employees, few of whom are actually government workers or soldiers, but rather corporate mercenaries. Nicholson is also widely reported to be testing the waters to become Governor of Colorado.
The ominous implication of the merger of Church and Corporations and State is that the U.S. is witnessing the rise of both fascism and theocracy, yet most are blind to this development or the dire consequences it portends.
A patriot