FRIENDS, I AM RESENDING THIS PETITION TO EVERYBODY IN MY FRIENDS SHARELIST BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR VOICES ARE HEARD ON THIS ISSUE. WE NEED REAL REFORM IN OUR COUNTRY'S PRISON HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, AND ONE OF OUR OWN CARE2 MEMBERS NEEDS YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT. GREAT HEADWAY HAS BEEN MADE, BUT WE NEED TO KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF PRISONERS TO SEEK AND RECEIVE ADEQUATE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.
Published: November 14. 2006 3:00AM Michigan NEGLECT IN CUSTODY: Fix prison health care now, judge says ....
He rips some state workers for deaths
Referring to Timothy Joe Souders, the 21-year-old who died in August in an isolated cell in Jackson as "T.S.," the judge wrote: "God bless T.S. and the others." Their lives "were short, but their legacies may be long."
Enslen is enforcing federal oversight of the Jackson facilities established under the Hadix case, a civil rights class-action, brought by prisoners in 1980 to correct conditions that ultimately led to prison disturbances. It is named after one of the plaintiffs, Everett Hadix. The suit led to a consent judgment against the state Department of Corrections.
"This is an extraordinarily important decision," Elizabeth Alexander of the ACLU National Prison Project said of Enslen's 39-page opinion. She is one of three lawyers who represented prisoners in the long-running lawsuit against the corrections department for allegedly abusing prisoners' constitutional rights.
THIS SHARE'S ORIGINAL MATERIAL CAME FROM BARBARA MUTINY'S POST ON THE GROUP SAVE IRAQ'S CHILDREN: PLEASE SIGN THIS WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS AND FORWARD TO EVERY ACTIVIST THAT YOU CAN THINK OF FOR THEIR SIGNATURE. WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING OUT OF IRAQ, AND WE WANT IT DONE SOON, WITH THE HELP OF THE COALITION IN THE UK. THIS PETITION BRINGS THE WITHDRAWAL SOUGHT IN IRAQ TO THE ATTENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A UNITED STATES CITIZEN TO SIGN THIS PETITION, EITHER:
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This week the American people voted overwhelmingly to reject President Bush's war in Iraq, and yesterday the key architect of the war, US military chief Donald Rumsfeld, announced his resignation. The winds of political change are sweeping the US, and the US-led Coalition in Iraq may -- finally -- be realising that they cannot win the war, and that they lack the legitimacy to bring stability and peace to the country without more help from the international community.
To seize this opportunity, we want to place ads in US and UK papers with a new global petition calling upon the Coalition to accept a larger role for the international community and a phased withdrawal of all its troops from Iraq. We'll publish the number of signatures we get in the ads, so we need AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to sign the petition in the next 48 hours. Please tell all your friends and family, and sign below:
Is Bush Lying About Taxes and the Democrats Non-Existent Plan for Iraq? 10:36 PM
Proof that Bush lies every day about Dems lack of security plan
Posted by Bob Geiger at 1:39 PM on November 3, 2006.
The same Republicans who killed the Democratic plan now walk around saying the Democrats have no plan.
If there's one thing you can count on right along with death and taxes, it's that every day between now and November 7 -- and probably multiple times a day -- George W. Bush will grab a microphone before a large crowd and lie about the lack of ideas coming from Democrats on national security.
Here's Bush just today in Missouri: "If you listen carefully to what the Democrats say about Iraq, you think about what they're saying about their plan for success, there isn't one. This is a major political party that has no plan for success in Iraq."
But unlike some of the half-truths and distortions that come out of the White House and the Republican National Committee, where the sheer slipperiness of them makes getting the truth out kind of a dicey proposition, this one is as easy and clear-cut as it can be.
It was just two months ago that Democrats rolled out the Real Security Act of 2006, a plan whose legislative description left no doubt that Democrats had a plan, saying that it was designed "to provide real national security, restore United States leadership, and implement tough and smart policies to win the war on terror."
"The Real Security Act of 2006 marks a major change from status quo Bush Republican policies that have left America less safe than it must be," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in introducing the plan. "Unveiled against the backdrop of a new White House media offensive, the legislation spells out the tough and smart path to make America more secure and to deal more effectively with threats that confront America at home and abroad."
These days, you would never know that such a plan exists for two reasons. The first it that it was killed by the Senate GOP leadership on September 13, 2006 on a roll-call vote that went almost straight down party lines. The same Republicans who killed the Democratic plan now walk around saying the Democrats have no plan.
The second reason that the Democratic strategy is so hard to find is that the corporate media continues to let the no-plan nonsense go unchallenged because, I suppose, it would be too much like real work to read the 528-page piece of security legislation that the Democrats tried to pass.
The key points of the Real Security Act of 2006 include the following:
Begin a new era of sensibly dealing with the quagmire that is the U.S.'s occupation of Iraq. Democrats would begin redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq to face terrorist threats around the world, including the new countries hosting Al-Qaeda since the Iraq war began. It also provides for real Congressional oversight to avoid further big-money losses to crooked defense contractors, accustomed to no-bid contracts and a tolerance for fraud and abuse.
Refocus America on the real war on terror by making sure the U.S. continues to pursue Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice and increase levels of Special Operations forces to kill and capture the terrorists where they are and to better protect Americans at home.
Provide updated tools, consistent with true American values, so we can bring terrorists to justice, while also following the law and the Constitution and work to revise the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act as needed to ensure intelligence agencies have the tools needed to defeat the terrorists.
Implement all 41 recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, including providing adequate resources for first responders, distributing homeland security funding based on risk, improving intelligence oversight, bolstering Congressional oversight of homeland security, strengthening public diplomacy and improving tracking of nuclear weapons material.
Equip the intelligence community to fight against terrorists by passing the Intelligence authorization bill, giving the CIA the resources to conduct aggressive and effective intelligence gathering. For the first time in 28 years, the Republican-controlled Congress has failed to pass the bill providing these desperately-needed resources.
Invest additional money to secure America's ports, rails, roads, airports, chemical and nuclear plants and mass transit systems by improving and increasing screenings and increasing security of containers and radiation screenings.
The first time you've heard about this stuff? I thought so. But the facts and the Congressional Record don't lie.
You can get the entire text of the Real Security Act of 2006here -- but be warned, it's a 1.1 megabyte PDF file of ideas Democrats allegedly don’t have -- and you can see the video of Harry Reid describing the plan here.
So if you've always sensed that Bush, Cheney and the Republicans were lying about the Democratic stance on national security, here's your proof -- please spread it around.
Is Bush Lying About Tax Cuts to Everybody? 10:42 PM Candidates Ignore $1.35 Trillion Minimum Tax `Bomb' (Update1)
By Ryan J. Donmoyer
Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Congressional candidates this fall are furiously debating Iraq, Medicare and extending tax cuts. Most are staying quiet about an imminent legislative challenge: how to stop a tax increase that will hit more than 20 million households next year, some with incomes as low as $50,000.
Unless Congress acts, the alternative minimum tax will gradually impose $1.35 trillion in additional taxes over the next 10 years. Yet only six candidates in the 28 most-competitive House and Senate races across the country even mention it on their campaign Web sites.
Most candidates are avoiding the subject because the cost of stopping the tax increase would obstruct key elements of their agendas, such as the expansion of prescription-drug benefits for the elderly planned by Democrats, or Republicans' plan to make permanent President George W. Bush's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
``It's a ticking time bomb,'' said former Senator John Breaux, a Louisiana Democrat who was vice chairman last year of a presidential panel that recommended abolishing the minimum tax. ``No one wants to recognize it. No one wants to pay for it.''
In many of this year's most closely contested races, discussion on the AMT is absent. In Pennsylvania, for example, incumbent Republican Senator Rick Santorum calls for making Bush's tax cuts permanent, while his Democratic challenger, State Treasurer Bob Casey, vows to ``fight for middle-class families.'' Neither addresses the AMT.
In the race for Missouri's Senate seat, neither Republican incumbent Jim Talent, nor his Democratic challenger, Claire McCaskill, mentions the tax on their Web sites.
The opponents in the race for the House seat in central Ohio, Republican incumbent Deborah Pryce and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, are sparring over Iraq, college tuition costs and energy policy. Neither candidate mentions the minimum tax, though about 120,000 Ohioans paid it in 2004, according to IRS data.
In the southwestern Indiana House race, neither the Republican incumbent, John Hostettler, nor his Democratic challenger, Brad Ellsworth, has raised the issue.
``I can't think of any race where that's a relevant issue of focus,'' said Ed Patru, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington. None of the party's advertising mentions the tax, he said.
The minimum tax was created as a parallel tax system in 1969 to prevent 155 wealthy people from reducing their liability through excessive exemptions, credits, and other deductions. Because it wasn't indexed for inflation, the tax increasingly affects people with modest incomes by denying deductions such as personal exemptions, property taxes, and medical expenses.
45 Million Households
The tax affected 3.8 million households this year; that number will grow almost six-fold in 2007. By 2016, about 45 million American households face higher bills if changes aren't made, according to an estimate this month by the nonpartisan staff of the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
Still, the issue has played little role in this year's campaigns. Only a few Republicans, such as Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. in New Jersey and Representatives Tom Reynolds of New York and Chris Shays and Rob Simmons of Connecticut, discuss the minimum tax on their campaign Web sites.
Priority for Pelosi
Among Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said this month that fixing the AMT was a priority for her party. Yet only a few Democratic candidates, including Representatives Charles Rangel of New York, Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, John Barrow of Georgia and Melissa Bean of Illinois, emphasize the issue.
``I don't know why it hasn't caught fire,'' said Phil Singer, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Those candidates who do mention the minimum tax offer few specifics for fixing it. Reynolds, for example, says he will ``fight for middle-class relief'' from the tax. Duckworth calls for ``permanent reform.'' Neither says how they would pay for any changes to the tax.
Congress has limited the impact of the minimum tax over the past five years through a series of temporary measures intended to keep the number of affected households under 4 million. Lawmakers passed such temporary ``patches'' in 2001, 2004 and this year, at a cost to the government of $66.5 billion in tax revenue over the five-year period.
``They're just pushing the day of reckoning down the road, but the day of reckoning is going to be here one day,'' said Breaux, 62, now a senior counsel for Patton Boggs LLP, Washington's biggest lobbying firm by revenue.
Congress isn't slated to consider the AMT during a lame-duck session next month after the elections.
Breaux's panel, led by former Republican Senator Connie Mack of Florida, recommended abolishing the AMT last year as part of an overhaul of the tax code. To pay for it, the panel recommended repealing or reducing popular tax breaks such as a deduction for mortgage interest and for state and local taxes.
Those recommendations are being evaluated by the Treasury Department. Ed Lazear, chairman of the White House Council of Economic advisers, said in an interview last week that Bush may take up tax overhaul next year.
Rangel, who is in line to become chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee if Democrats win control of the House, has said fixing the minimum tax is Congress's ``responsibility.'' Some of Bush's tax cuts, especially those for investors and multimillion dollar estates, would have to be pared or abolished to pay for a permanent fix without worsening the budget deficit, he said.
``Clearly we're going to have to raise the money within the system,'' Rangel, 76, said in an interview last month.
Bush and other Republicans have responded that Rangel and other Democrats are planning tax increases if they take power.
`Taxes Are Going Up'
``If the tax cuts we pass are not made permanent and they are left to expire, your taxes are going up,'' Bush said at an Oct. 26 fund-raiser for Republican House candidate Jeff Lamberti in Iowa.
John Buckley, chief tax counsel for the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the minimum tax reclaims many of the benefits provided by Bush's tax cuts. That is because the tax cuts lowered rates under the normal system, without altering the alternative minimum tax rates. By law, taxpayers must calculate their liability under both systems and pay whichever is higher.
As a result, twice as many households will pay the minimum tax if Bush's tax cuts are made permanent than if the cuts are allowed to expire.
For now, Congress may continue to postpone confronting a permanent fix for the AMT, though the yearly patches will become an escalating burden on the federal budget starting next year. Limiting the reach of the AMT in 2007 would cost $49.2 billion, a 59 percent increase from this year, according to the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. Extending the patch in 2008 would cost $60.4 billion.
``It becomes a catastrophe next year,'' Buckley said.
BUSH'S STUMPING FOR GOP CANDIDATES IS BECOMING NAUCEATING 10:52 PM
Bush has been traveling the country on Air Force One, spending the taxpayers money, I might add, strumping for the Do Nothing GOP-controlled Congress. How can he lie to the people about national security and taxes, while spending our hardearned tax money on shuffling from state to state campaigning for people who are notorious for working a two-day week when they are in session?
His quotes today have gone something like this: Democrats want to tax you for breathing, moving, working, eating, blah, blah, blah. If you vote for Democrats, "your taxes will go up." Does this man not know what the federal budget deficit looks like now? Has he seen an actual graph of the largest federal deficit in history, created by him and his Do-Nothing Congress? Iraq, to date, will become a 2 trillion dollar war. It is shameful to think that he can speak so rudely about people who have been oppressed and repressed to stomach these unreasonable demands, while giving him unprecedented power over all three branches of our government, a free reign to convert our democracy to an autocracy. How STUPID does he really think that we are?
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THERE IS TESTIMONY IN THIS PARTICULAR DEATH/TORTURE CASE BY WITNESSES WHO STATE THAT THIS MEMBER'S SON WAS KILLED FOR SIMPLY ASKING PERMISSION TO TAKE A SHOWER, THAT HE GAVE THE OFFICER, WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BRUTAL TREATMENT, NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO SHACKLE, ABANDON, AND NEGLECT HIM IN AN ISOLATED CELL WITH TEMPERATURES RISING AS HIGH AS 106 DEGREES FOR FOUR SOLID DAYS, UNTIL HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD FOUR DAYS LATER WHEN HE WAS UNSHACKLED.
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HERE'S SOMETHING IN "PINK" FOR ALL ACTIVISTS. PLEASE SIGN 9/11 WIDOWS PETITION TO HOLD THE ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE TO RELEASE DOCUMENTS ON POSSIBILE 9/11 USG FOREKNOWLEDGE:
[Fwd from 9/11 Widows: Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken -- Please help us break the 100k mark with this important petition and use it to build support for a new investigation in the new year. Please forward and post widely]
All American Citizens,
Please join us by adding your name to the online petition at the link below. If you experience problems with the link, copy and paste into your browser.
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Public's Right To Know - Declassification and Release of Documents
To: U. S. Congress; Press/Media
We, the undersigned, demand the immediate declassification and release of all transcripts and documents relating to the July 10, 2001 meeting that took place between former CIA Director George Tenet and then National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice. It has been alleged that this urgent and out-of-the-ordinary meeting was called to discuss the increasingly dire warnings of an imminent al Qaeda attack within the U.S.
Given that much of the July 10, 2001 meeting has already been made public in Bob Woodward’s newly released book, “State of Denial”, it is unacceptable to continue to keep these documents and transcripts hidden from the American public’s view.
In addition, we again call for the declassification and release of both the redacted 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (JICI) and the CIA Inspector General’s report, “CIA Accountability With Respect To The 9/11 Attacks”.
The disastrous nature of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks warrant the release of all of this information so that the American public may learn what its government did or did not do to protect them. Had this nation been properly warned of the looming and imminent terrorist threat, life saving choices could have been made that day.
HERE'S ANOTHER SHARE TO ADD TO THE STEM CELL ISSUE. NOW THAT A VOTE CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE IN OCTOBER, WITH FRIST MAKING A "DEAL" WITH COBURN FROM OKLAHOMA, WHO WILL SURELY TRY TO PANDER TO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT ON THIS VOTE, GOOD OLD DUBYA HAS THREATENED TO VETO THE BILL, JUST LIKE HE THREATENED TO VETO THE McCAIN ANTI-TORTURE BILL. OF COURSE, A VETO CAN BE OVERRIDDEN BY A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, BUT WE NEED TO GET TO WORK NOW, KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON AND KEEPING THIS IMPORTANT VOTE IN THE FOREFRONT. REALIZING THAT THE VOTE WILL BE HELD RIGHT BEFORE THE UPCOMING MID-TERM ELECTIONS, PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS, WRITE YOUR SENATORS, AND FIND OUT THEIR STANDING ON THIS MOST IMPORTANT FUNDING MATTER. COBURN ALSO VOTED AGAINST THE McCAIN BILL, AND IT WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME IF SOMEONE DOESN'T TRY TO PUT A MONKEY-WRENCH IN THIS VOTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CATERING TO THE "RELIGIOUS RIGHT'S VOTES" STAY ALERT, PLEASE:
DefCon America is an online grassroots movement dedicated to combating the growing power of the religious right on all fronts, including their assault on stem cell research.
Congratulations! You have done something incredible.
Yesterday, we learned that Senator Frist was poised to bring embryonic stem cell legislation to the floor in a package deal, requiring all 100 Senators to approve the move. Unfortunately, we also learned that one senator -- religious right sweetheart Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma -- was committed to rejecting the package, dashing our hopes for the vote we've been fighting so hard to achieve.
DefCon, along with an array of stem cell advocacy groups, leapt into action. In a matter of hours you sent nearly 18,000 emails, calling on your senators to demand that the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act -- which provides federal support for embryonic stem cell research -- be given a real chance.
Your amazing work put immediate pressure on Senators Frist and Coburn, who, at the eleventh hour, brokered a deal to allow this historic legislation to come to the floor.
Thank you for your hard work. Nearly 50,000 DefCon members have taken action over the past month calling on Frist to deliver on his word, and now victory is in sight.
Last night on the Senate floor Sen. Frist promised to bring the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act to a vote before the Senate adjourns in October. This is a real victory and you played a critical role in this unprecedented legislation. But, our work is not over yet.
We must ensure that Sen. Frist keeps his word to hold a vote on the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. President Bush is next: despite a bi-partisan coalition that will likely pass in the Senate, the President has pledged to veto the bill should it arrive on his desk -- his first veto in six and a half years in the White House. We cannot and will not let that happen.
Our campaign is roaring forward. Please stay tuned for ways that you can take action and demand the President put our health and hope above the agenda of the religious right.
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TELL OKLAHOMA SENATOR TO STOP DICTATING OUR HEALTH AND WELFARE TO US. IT IS OUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOICE OUR OPINIONS AND RAISE OUR VOICES IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESEARCH. THE SENATOR FROM OKLAHOMA HAD RATHER "PANDER" TO INTEREST GROUPS WHO WANT TO DICTATE OUR VERY LIFE DOWN TO OUR EVERY MOVEMENT, OUR HEATH, AND OUR WORKPLACE.
We have to have all 100 senators vote for funding stem cell research. This does not make any sense at all to me. Usually, there is a two-thirds vote, but the far radical right has an advocate from Oklahoma, the lone ranger who will dissent on this vote and stiffle this most important legislation. I suggest an overhaul of these undemocratic ideas in the Senate and to change the parliamentary procedures to PREVENT one "dictator" from Oklahoma stiffling and blocking such an important and "bipartisan," I might add, piece of legislation to fund this most important research for the 21st century:
The package includes the Stem Cell Enhancement Act, which would rescind President Bush's unconscionable ban on federal support for embryonic stem cell research. The religious right has been working furiously to keep this bill from the floor or at least amend it to support Bush's ban.
PLEASE TAKE IMPORTANT ACTION TO BLOCK CONGRESS FROM PASSING SUNSET LAWS THAT WOULD TAKE CONTROL OF IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS OUT OF THE HANDS OF OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR AND GIVE BUSH-APPOINTED SUNSET COMMISSIONS SOLE AUTHORITY TO TRASH PROTECTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CITIZENS:
White House, GOP Leaders Plan All-Out Assault on Federal Protections
Apparently rushing to lock in a long-sought goal before the fall elections, GOP congressional leaders may bring to a vote within weeks a proposal that could literally wipe out any federal program that protects public health or the environment--or for that matter civil rights, poverty programs, auto safety, education, affordable housing, Head Start, workplace safety or any other activity targeted by anti-regulatory forces.
With strong support from the Bush White House and the Republican Study Committee, the proposal would create a "sunset commission"--an unelected body with the power to recommend whether a program lives or dies, and then move its recommendations through Congress on a fast-track basis with limited debate and no amendments.
Three leading proposals have been introduced and are being winnowed into a final version. They would give the White House some--or total--authority to nominate members to the commission. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has confirmed that his office is coordinating development of a final version for prompt floor action.
Sunset commissions have been proposed, and defeated, before. But public interest veterans say the current situation is unlike any in the past, because the House Republican Study Committee, which includes some of the most anti-regulatory members of Congress, has secured guaranteed floor consideration of a sunset bill.
If such a bill should become law, the sunset commission could be packed with industry lobbyists and representatives from industry-funded think tanks, and could conduct its business in secrecy. Two of the sunset proposals under consideration would mandate that programs die after they are reviewed, unless Congress takes action to save them.
Several environmental programs have been targeted during past sunset attempts. Experts predict those would be among the first a sunset commission would review. Among them: the Energy Star Program; federal support for mass transit; the State Energy Program, which supports numerous state and local energy renewable efficiency programs; the Clean School Bus Program; the Land and Water Conservation Fund; federal grants for Wastewater infrastructure; a national children's health study that examines factors leading to such problems as premature birth, autism, obesity, asthma, and exposures to pesticides, mercury and other toxic chemicals.
A coalition of public interest groups is fighting to block enactment of a sunset commission. Information is available through the Sunset Commission Action Center at OMB Watch.
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