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May 1, 2007
The drive to bring impeachment into a national discussion really seems to have taken a step forward in the last week. I was shocked to see Senator Hagel bring up impeachment several weeks ago but even more shocked that I saw no mention of a Republican Senator considering the impeachment alternative against a president of his own party when there has been so little discussion of this issue in the mainstream media to date. It's as though he was begging for the discussion to begin...and it fell silent.

I've witnessed John Murtha bring it up to deaf ears several times and then last week, Congressman Kucinich actually introduced a resolution to the house. I watched the evening news shows and saw nothing about it. The next day, I asked my co-workers if they had seen anything and they looked at me as though I was from another planet.

So, this morning, I opened my email to find one encouraging me to call and thank Murtha for his effort since he tried to bring impeachment into the discussion once again the last week. There was also a link and a request that I follow it to request that polling companies start asking the questions about impeachment. It seemed like the logical thing to do since the mainstream (liberal ) media has been totally ignoring it. So...I did and thought it wouldn't hurt to share my letter here.



It is dumbfounding that so many people are discussing the need to consider impeachment and yet the major media outlets seem oblivious to the notion. On April 29th, Bob Schieffer (CBS News-Face the Nation) appeared shocked to hear John Murtha discussing the fact that impeachment of George Bush is an option - even though Mr. Murtha has brought this up several times in the past and it was publicly aired.

Shortly after that discussion, Roger Simon of politico.com, the site that several of the networks have advertised as 'the' place to find out what's happening in politics, appeared on the show and when asked about the '
revelation' that Murtha had brought up impeachment, Mr. Simon discharged the idea saying that an impeachment would only leave Mr. Cheney in the Whitehouse. Despite the claim that his site new 'everything', he failed to even mention that Congressman Kucinich had just introduced articles of impeachment against Mr. Cheney (HR 333) earlier this week....another event that as hardly touched by the mainstream media.

When else has there been active, serious discussion of impeaching both a president and vice-president in the history of this country and yet the mainstream media doesn't feel this is news? Of course it is and those taking polls should be soliciting the desires of the populace since the media seems intent on serving only those controlling the purse strings.

(end of letter)


Even if the US somehow managed to change the description of a 'win' in Iraq to something that it can mark this blunder up as a 'victory' in the minds of some, if the leaders that drug us into this with their lies and manipulation are allowed to walk away without answering to their crimes and the shame they have brought upon this country, what is to prevent some other egotistical personality from doing the same thing in the future? We need to say 'This is wrong and we don't want it done in our name' very publicly. Please follow this link and add your comments.

http://tinyurl.com/ys4yax


*update* Shortly after I posted this, I just happened to catch Murtha on NBC news. The interview began with discussion about Ex-CIA director Tenet's book but it quickly turned to Murtha's mention of impeachment the day before. Just maybe they are feeling the pressure to actually give this the attention it deserves.  ....keep up the pressure...
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Posted: May 1, 2007 3:07am
Apr 22, 2007
Capitalism is thriving.

We keep hearing that the media is ignoring the good news - the positive things that are happenning in Iraq. Several commentators have spoken defensively concerning their apparent neglect of the 'good things' that are happenning in Iraq. Usually, they allude to the orders/threat/warning to not travel outside of the 'green zone' since their safety can not be ensured. Despite this, this evening, (Earth Day, 2007) NBC managed to find a 'good news' story to share with us.

The story was about a young entreprenuer who saw an opportunity that couldn't be ignored. Body tatoos. Tatoos are a form of personal expression throughtout most of the western world and of social significance in many other parts of the world, but in Iraq, they have taken on a new importance. It seems that the current state of events has made it difficult to identify loved ones when they are caught up in rampant violence. This enterprising individual has determined that the one thing people carry with them, no matter where they go, is their skin and has gone into the business of providing tatoos and registering them in a database that can be used to help identify their bodies.

Link to video is near the center of the page: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/

Thank goodness for Capitalism

before anybody misunderstands this post, yes, I am saddenned and outraged by this...
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