Wednesday, June 11, 2003


"There exists only the present moment...a Now which
always and without end is itself
There is no yesterday.. nor any tomorrow.. but only Now, as it was a thousand years
ago...and as it will be a thousand years hence."

Meister Eckhart


This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On.
by Bill Moyers

Text of speech to the Take Back America conference
sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future
June 4, 2003
Washington, DC

"....this is the oldest story in America:
"....the struggle to determine whether
"we, the people" is a spiritual idea embedded in a political reality – one nation, indivisible – or merely a charade masquerading as piety and manipulated by the powerful and privileged to sustain their own way of life at the expense of others..."



A beautiful place.
Learn about it.
Educate yourself on its history.
Its political struggles.
Its location between the great Caspian oil fields and the oil fields of northern Iraq.
You'll be hearing a lot about it in days to come.


SIMON JEFFERY, GUARDIAN - At least 5,000 civilians may have been killed during the invasion of Iraq, an independent research group has claimed.
As more evidence is collated, it says, the figure could reach 10,000. Iraq Body Count, a volunteer group of British and US academics and
researchers, compiled statistics on civilian casualties from media reports and estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 civilians died in the
conflict. Its latest report compares those figures with 14 other counts, most of them taken in Iraq, which, it says, bear out its findings.
Researchers from several groups have visited hospitals and mortuaries in Iraq and interviewed relatives of the dead; some are conducting surveys
in the main cities. Three completed studies suggest that between 1,700 and 2,356 civilians died in the battle for Baghdad alone. . . The Iraqi
authorities estimated that 2,278 civilians died in the 1991 Gulf war.,2763,976392,00.html


"At least 3,240 civilians died across Iraq during a month of war, including 1,896 in Baghdad,
according to a five-week Associated Press investigation."

"Even if hospital records were complete, they would not tell the full story. Many of the dead were never taken to hospitals,
either buried quickly by their families in accordance with Islamic custom, or lost under rubble.."


Since Baghdad fell two months ago, 44 U.S. troops have died, 12 from
hostile fire.

The Pentagon has about 150,000 troops in Iraq, mostly Army soldiers.

Collins predicted that it would require three to four divisions --
about 60,000 to 80,000 troops -- to maintain law and order long-term.


GW Bush has recommended (lifetime) appointment of William Pryor, former attorney general of
Alabama, to the Federal bench. (One step below Supreme Court).
Pryor is an advocate of ultraconservative causes.
The American Bar Association gives Pryor its lowest possible rating.
He is totally opposed to Roe v. Wade and wants it overturned at
the earliest possible opportunity.
He has an abhorrent record on gay civil rights.
He is totally opposed to federal laws that require
access to public buildings for handicapped people.
A group of Republicans has already announced that they will oppose
him. (Yes- I did say Republicans.)
He is very much in favor of permanent displays of religious
symbols in public buildings.
Pryor's record places him far out of the mainstream. In addition to his vocal anti-abortion stance, even in cases of rape,
Pryor has attacked federal environmental protections on the basis of his radical states' rights philosophy.
The court has two vacancies for Bush to fill.
The addition of this extremist seems the beginning of an ugly and obvious move to extreme right.

Voice your opinion...TODAY!
Contact your Senators!

If you don't tell them, you are responsible for allowing it to happen to your nation's Justice system!



"Speaking exclusively to the Guardian from his 31st floor office at the UN in New York, Mr Blix said: "I have my detractors in Washington.
There are bastards who spread things around, of course, who planted nasty things in the media. Not that I cared very much."