Tuesday edition - March 20, 2007




White House issues veto threat on Iraq pullout bill
CNN - 3-20-07
The White House sent a message to Congress on Monday that President Bush will veto a war funding bill if it requires the removal of US combat troops from Iraq by September 2008.

Poll: Fewer than 1 in 5 Iraqis has confidence in US-led coalition
International Herald Tribune - 3-20-07
LONDON: Fewer than one in five Iraqis has confidence in US-led coalition troops and they are evenly split on whether they have confidence in Iraq's government, according to a poll published Monday.

Afghan government met Taliban demands
Houston Chronicle - 3-20-07
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan government agreed to some Taliban demands in a deal to secure the release of a kidnapped Italian journalist, but one prisoner the militants wanted freed preferred to remain in jail, ...


I wonder what Osama is up to these days? I wonder if Bush wonders?



"The White House keeps changing its story about who fired these U.S. attorneys. First it was the Justice Department, then it was Harriet Miers ... and the new e-mails released yesterday suggest it's Karl Rove's idea. ... Of course the problem with e-mails is you think you've erased them and then they're still there. Which is why President Bush writes all his memos on an Etch-E-Sketch." --Bill Maher






The-World-Is-A-Safer-Place-Without-Saddam News



Please Impeach Me - YouTube



"Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, was admitted to a Washington hospital yesterday for a heart procedure. They said this is the first time in medical history that the patient had more blood on his hands than the surgeon." --Bill Maher

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Constructive Anarchy: The BlogFreedom of Speech: Use it or lose it. Bear witness. Tell somebody. And have some *!#? fun.



By Don Davis


Serve the President's Pleasures or Else!


While Patrick Fitzgerald was prosecuting the CIA leak case, his name appeared on a Justice Department chart that was the first step in an effort to identify U.S. attorneys who should be removed, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Justice Department ranking of Fitzgerald, which was sent to the White House in March 2005, listed him among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves" and put him below "strong U.S. attorneys . . . who exhibited loyalty" to the administration, but above "weak U.S. attorneys who ... chafed against administration initiatives, etc.,"



Disturbing News



Bush Editing Style


A former White House official accused of improperly editing reports on global warming defended his editing changes Monday, saying they reflected views in a 2001 report by the National Academy of Sciences. House Democrats said the 181 changes made in three climate reports reflected a consistent attempt to emphasize the uncertainties surrounding the science of climate change and undercut the broad conclusions that man-made emissions are warming the earth.



"The big rumor is that Newt Gingrich may run for president. Newt Gingrich has the best reason to stay out of the Mid East -- he knows they stone adulterers." --Jay Leno





Republican Shenanigans

David Corn Finds False Testimony


Victoria Toensing: By the way, Bob Novak was not the first person to say she was covert. That was David Corn, who printed that she was covert. All Bob Novak did was call her an operative.

...Stop the presses. I said Valerie Wilson was a "covert" officer? This is a canard that some Republican spinners have been peddling for years, in an attempt to get Novak off the hook while muddying the waters. I long ago gave up on persuading conservative ops like Toensing that this is nonsense they should drop, and I no longer routinely reply every time the silly charge is repeated. But when someone testifies falsely about you to Congress, you practically have a civic duty to call him or her on it...






"Valerie Plame is who Ann Coulter thinks she looks like" - heard on NPR



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Washington DC - 1/3 Are Illiterate

    DC Village idiot.


 About one-third of the people living in the national's capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.

Rock-The-Voter News


"For St. Patrick's Day, all the presidential candidates get into it. Have you noticed that? John McCain had a green tie on, Hillary Clinton had a green scarf, Rudy Giuliani was wearing a green dress." --Bill Maher



Biz-Tech News




"Military contractor Halliburton announced this week that it is moving its corporate headquarters from Houston, Texas, to Dubai. A Halliburton spokesman said Dubai was chosen because of its convenient location just outside the long arm of the law." --Amy Poehler



Use smoke, mirrors to combat global warming?
Those and other ideas are floated as ways to engineer a cooler Earth


Bush-Prison-Torture News


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Tour route:

March 28: Drinking Liberally, Kansas City
March 29: Faith & Life Bookstore, Newton, Kansas
March 30: Lawrence, Kansas, public library
March 31: Crossroads Infoshop, Kansas City
April 2: A Novel Idea Bookstore, Lincoln, Nebraska
April 3: Soul Desires Bookstore, Omaha, Nebraska
April 4: The Reading Grounds Bookstore, Omaha
April 6: Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska
April 6: Zandbroz Bookstore, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
April 10: Hill Avenue Bookstore, Spirit Lake, Iowa
April 12: Southeast Minnesota Peacemakers, Rochester, MN
April 14: Ritual Café, Des Moines, Iowa [afternoon]
April 14: Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa [evening]
April 15: Iowa City, Iowa, Public Library
April 16: Magers & Quinn Bookstore, Minneapolis
April 17: Magus Bookstore, Minneapolis
April 18: Duluth: College of St. Scholastica, 4 pm
April 18: Duluth Catholic Worker, 7 pm.
April 19: Mondragon Bookstore, Winnipeg, CA
April 21: Rainbow Books, Madison, WI
April 22: Cream City Collective, Milwaukee, WI
April 23: New World Resource Center, Chicago/530p
April 23: Unitarian Church, Park Forest [Chicago]/8p
April 24: Barbara’s Bookstore, Chicago
April 25: Volume One Books, Hillsdale, MI
April 26: Drinking Liberally, Indianapolis
April 27: Saginaw, MI, 303 Collective Bookstore
April 28: The Planet Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI [afternoon]
April 28: Drinking Liberally, Detroit [Oakland Co.] [evening]
April 29: Drinking Liberally, Cleveland
April 30: Boxcar Books, Bloomington, IN
May 1: Drinking Liberally, Pittsburgh
May 2: Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NY [afternoon]
May 2: Literary Café, Buffalo [evening]
May 3: Drinking Liberally, Rochester, NY
May 4: Bluestockings Bookstore, New York City
May 5: ETG Café and Books, Staten Island
May 7: AS220 Performance Space, Providence, RI
May 8: The Book Cellar, Brattleboro, VT
May 10: Lucy Parsons Center, Boston, MA
May 11: Elizabeth, NJ Catholic Worker House
May 13: Wooden Shoes Books, Philadelphia
May 14: Robin's Books, Philadelphia
May 15: Drinking Liberally, Wilmington, NC
May 16: McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro, NC
May 17: Internationalist Books, Chapel Hill, NC
May 18: Revolution Books, Atlanta
May 19: Beyond Your Ordinary Bookstore, Atlanta [afternoon]
May 19: Bound To Be Read Books, Atlanta [evening]
May 20: Koinonia Community, Americus, GA
May 21: Iron Rail Bookstore & Collective, New Orleans
May 22: That Bookstore in Blytheville, Arkansas
May 23: Monkeywrench Books, Austin, TX
May 24: Drinking Liberally, San Antonio
May 26: Peace Farm, Amarillo
May 28: Albuquerque, La Semilla Bookstore
May 29: Taos/Food Not Bombs
May 30: Tucson, Prescott College
May 31: Drinking Liberally, Las Vegas
June 1: San Diego Drinking Liberally
June 2: Metropolis Books, Los Angeles
June 6: Oakland Drinking Liberally/Oakland Green Party
June 7: San Jose Drinking Liberally
June 8: Sonoma Peace & Justice Center, Santa Rosa
June 9: Revolution Books, Berkeley [?]
June 11: Medford Oregon
June 13: Drinking Liberally, Corvallis OR
June 14: Bend, OR: Book Barn, 530p; Bend Brewing Co., 7p.
June 15: Tsunami Books, Eugene
June 16: Laughing Horse Books, Portland
June 18: Last Word Books, Olympia, WA
June 21: Revolution Books, Seattle
June 23: Village Books, Bellingham
June 25: Vancouver, CA
June 27: Northern Idaho, sponsored by The Oberver, Don Harkins
June 29: Free Speech Zone, Salt Lake City, UT
June 30: Off The Beaten Path Bookstore, Steamboat Springs, CO
July 2: Left Books, Boulder, CO
July 3: Drinking Liberally, Colorado Springs


[Times, local contacts, additional information, available upon request]

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write to me: mpalecek@rconnect.com .




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Odd News



The 'Pueblo Fantasma' or ghost town is seen at the Catorce sierra near the old mining town of Real de Catorce, Mexico, Feb. 23, 2007. Using just your driver's license or birth certificate, Americans can cross the border and spend a day buying trinkets and even tequila in one of Mexico's dozens of border towns, all scattered between Tijuana and Matamoros. Or, if you have a long weekend and want to explore farther south, you can take a bus or drive to old mining towns that seem untouched by time, like the mountain-top Real de Catorce. (Photo/Guillermo Arias)