March 16th, 2006

Chris Keeley

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

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Date:    Thu, 16 Mar 2006 04:29:50 +0000

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold
and ES&S.

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the
U.S. voting machine industry.
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Chris Keeley

must reading.. A British View on Iraq - Confidential Memo

Subject: ## must reading.. A British View on Iraq - Confidential Memo
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 06:45:50 EST

*'An unbelievable mess': Memo from John Sawer, Blair's special envoy to
Iraq after Saddam's overthrow*

*Tuesday March 14, 2006
The Guardian <>*


*Personal from special rep for Iraq*


*No 10: Powell, Manning, Campbell, Rycroft*

*FCO: PS/SOS, PS/O'Brien, PUS, Ricketts, E m, Chaplin, Chilcott*

*Subject: Personal: Iraq: What's Going Wrong?*

1. A Baghdad First strategy is needed. The problems are worst in the
capital, and it is the one place we can't afford to get it wrong.
But the troops here are tired and are not providing the security
framework needed. We need a clear policy on which Ba'athists can
return, a more concerted effort on reconstruction, and an
imaginative approach on the media. For all this, money needs to be
released by Washington. The clock is ticking.


2. Four days in Iraq has been enough to identify the main reasons
why the reconstruction of Iraq is so slow. The Coalition are widely
welcomed, but are gradually losing public support.

3. *Garner*'s outfit, *ORHA*, is an unbelievable mess. No
leadership, no strategy, no coordination, no structure, and
inaccessible to ordinary Iraqis. Bremer's arrival is not a day too
soon. Garner and his top team of 60-year old retired generals are
well-meaning, but out of their depth. *Tim Cross* is widely seen as
the only senior figure offering direction ...

4. It is clear that Baghdad is the biggest problem. Other parts of
Iraq are getting organised: there are minimal Shia/Sunni tensions;
town councils have been agreed in the sensitive cities of Mosul and
Kirkuk; and so on. But Baghdad has the worst security, a poor level
of essential services and no information flow ...


5. No progress is possible until security improves. Crime is
widespread (not surprising as Saddam released all the criminals).
Car-jackings are endemic. Last week the Ministry of Planning was
re-kitted out ready to resume work; that night it was looted again.
The evening air is full of gunfire. There is still a climate of fear
on the streets and that is casting a shadow over all else.

6. A big part of the problem is the US Third Infantry Division. They
fought a magnificent war and now just want to go home. Unlike more
mobile US units they are sticking to their heavy vehicles and are
not inclined to learn new techniques. Our Paras company at the
embassy witnessed a US tank respond to (harmless) Kalashnikov fire
into the air from a block of residential flats by firing three tank
rounds into the building. Stories are numerous of US troops sitting
on tanks parked in front of public buildings while looters go about
their business behind them. Every civilian who approaches a US
checkpoint is treated as a potential suicide bomber. Frankly, the
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Chris Keeley

He's deep into folk, bluegrass, jazz, electronica, rock, and old-timey

Greg Fleischut's teenage folktronica and bluegrass

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Greg Fleischut is a 14-year-old guy I know who lives in Menlo Park, California. I am blown away by his relationship with music. Not only is his taste exquisite, but it's all over the map. He's deep into folk, bluegrass, jazz, electronica, rock, and old-timey. And when I say "into," I don't just mean that he listens to it on his iPod. Greg actually writes, records, and performs original music across all of those genres. He's in a bluegrass band called The Lil' Billies but his solo work is recorded under the name Sir Gerg And The Juvenile Dukes. Greg plays all of the instruments. Link
Chris Keeley

The Bolton Archipelago

* **Extracts* from latest,
*Full text* at

The Bolton Archipelago

Ian Williams
(The Nation 15 March 2006)

A complete American isolationist may congratulate the Bush
Administration and United Nations Ambassador John Bolton on his
grandstanding vote
Wednesday against the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council.
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Chris Keeley

Overview of America’s National Security Strategy


The White House, President George W. Bush

I. Overview of America’s National Security Strategy

It is the policy of the United States to seek and support democratic
movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the
ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. In the world today, the
fundamental character of regimes matters as much as the distribution of
power among them. The goal of our statecraft is to help create a world
of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their
citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international
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Chris Keeley

People Across the Globe Stage Readings of Rachel Corrie's Words on Third Anniversary of Her Death

People Across the Globe Stage Readings of Rachel Corrie's Words on Third Anniversary of Her Death
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
American peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer three years ago today. To celebrate her life, people around the world are staging readings of her words. We hear some of the organizers from New York, Bethlehem, London, Amman and more. Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Best quote you've heard in a while

Gene Stone: A Rare Moment of Sense

Gene Stone Wed Mar 15, 12:50 PM ET
It's so rare, given the basic tenor of most arguments in politics today, but every once in a while someone says something so remarkable that's it's worth noting, without any comment at all.
Such a situation took place on March 1st in Annapolis, Maryland, where a he! aring on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was taking place. The far right wing was doing its usual best to frighten, anger, and intimidate the witnesses who dared disagree with them.

Then Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, testified as to why the amendment should not be passed.

At the end of his testimony, one of Maryland's most insane ultra-far-rightwingers, republican Senator Nancy Jacobs, stood up and shouted: "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?"

To which Mr. Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."
Chris Keeley

War-Loving Pundits

War-Loving Pundits
    By Norman Solomon
    t r u t h o u t | Perspective

    Thursday 16 March 2006

    The third anniversary of the Iraq invasion is bound to attract a lot of media coverage, but scant recognition will go to the pundits who helped to make it all possible.

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