Those who died in Iraq from Jul 15 to 21:
Eric M Holke 31 Crestline CA
Cpl Shawn Stankovich 20 Arlington WA
Maj Jaroslav Pozadzy 39 Poland
Pvt Brandon Bobb 20 Orlando FL
Pvt Ron Joshua Jr 19 Austin TX
Sgt Nathan Barnes 23 American Fork UT
CPO Patrick Wade 38 Key West FL
PO Jeffrey Chaney 35 Omaha NE
Pvt James Harrelson 19 Dadeville AL
Spc Zachary Clouser 19 Dover PA
Spc Daniel Gomez 21 Warner Robbins GA
Spc Richard Gilmore III 22 Jasper AL
Sgt Luis Gutierrez 38 Bakersfield CA
Sgt Ronald Coffelt 36 Fair Oaks CA
Cpl Brandon Craig 25 Earleville MD
Air Peter McFerran 24 Wales UK
Air Christopher Dunsmore 29 Leicester UK
Air Matthew Caldwell 22 Birmingham UK
Cpl Rhett Butler 22 Fort Worth TX
Cpl Timothy Flowers 25 No Ireland UK
Sgt Jacob Schmuecker 27 Atkinson NE
Cpl Christopher Scherer 21 E Northport NY
5 were seriously wounded.
105 wounded were returned to kill fields.
492 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed.
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ONLY PATHWAY FOR CHANGE
THE CONSTITUTION IS IN JEOPARDY
THE BEST OPPORTUNITY AMERICANS HAVE:
READ AND PAY ATTENTION THE “GIG” IS UP!!
Former John F. Kennedy adviser and speechwriter Ted Sorensen says the similarities between JFK’s candidacy in 1960 and Barack Obama’s candidacy today are “striking.”
Both Kennedy and Obama entered the race for the Democratic nomination as first-term U.S. senators in their 40s, and both were faced with obstacles many observers deemed insurmountable, Sorensen writes in an opinion piece in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
For Kennedy, the obstacles were his lack of experience when compared to other Democratic candidates, and his Catholic heritage — no Catholic had ever been elected president up until that point.
Obama faces the same criticism for his lack of experience, and must overcome the reluctance of some to vote for a black presidential candidate.
The “subtly bigoted phrase” most often heard during Kennedy’s campaign was that it was “too early” for a Catholic president, Sorensen recalls. “No doubt Obama will hear — or has already heard — similar sentiments about the color of his skin.”
Kennedy and Obama were both Harvard-educated, and both entered the political limelight as the result of starring roles at the Democratic convention preceding their candidacies — Kennedy in 1956, when he nominated Adlai Stevenson, and Obama in 2004.
Both also gained national attention through their best-selling inspirational books — JFK’s “Profiles in Courage” and Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope.”
“Both men immediately stood out as young, handsome, and eloquent new faces who attracted and excited ever larger and younger crowds at the grass-roots level,” Sorensen writes.
“Both were cerebral rather than emotional speakers, relying on the communication of values and hope rather than cheap applause lines.”
Sorensen concludes in the Guardian: “Above all, after eight years out of power and two bitter defeats, Democrats in 1960, like today, wanted a winner — and Kennedy, despite his supposed handicaps, was a winner.”
Regarding civil rights, the Cuban missile crisis, the space race and moon landing, and other issues, Sorensen added, Kennedy “succeeded by demonstrating the same courage, imagination, compassion, judgment, and ability to lead and unite a troubled country that he had shown during his presidential campaign. I believe Obama will do the same.”
To the American voters:
BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW, WHITE.
MALE, FEMALE, RELIGIOUS OR NON-
OUR CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN IN JEOPARDY
FOR THE LAST 7 TO 15 YEARS.
We need to unite and defend our Country.
It is our country, our Constitution, Not Mexico’s, China’s, India’s, or Israel’s. We can not continue
under the present policy’s.
To insure that change will come about, we need to
vote for the most promising candidates.
Senator Barrack Obama in all aspects should be
our choice for 2008. Please listen to his message,
and seriously follow his campaign. We the American
people are “HIS SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP”.
John Edwards should be our Vice President, One
America for ALL AMERICANS. He stood up and
said his vote on Iraq was wrong, he was the first
to admit he was misled. HE was not forced into
taken that position like many other polarized
candidates, that follow special interest policy’s.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has taken a
position against War, has led toward Impeachment
of the Crime Bosses now in office. He is a man
of character & values that we need representing us
with in our next administration.
Senator Biden has been a great leader, has proven
knowledge in Foreign Affairs, and would protect
our borders against “TERRORISM” with out
attacking another Country. Would defend our Country
when and only when absolutely needed take
proper military action. He would make the best
Secretary of Defense, we could ever ask for.
There are candidates, that may make an announcement of running for office, but only after
special interest groups commit tons of money to
them, prior to announcing. Our answer, too late,
stay home. We don’t need you or want you.
All republican candidates should stay home with you,
they all supported this past administration, even
many Democrat candidates rubber stamped Bush.
One candidates husband traveled the World with
Bush 1, all for Bush 2 and his policies. NOW
they take a position against this administration.
WHAT TO HELL kind of over-sight, or accountibility
It certainly wasn’t just Republicans that sat on their
hands when it came to Katrina.
Barrack Obama and John Edwards stepped up
immediately for our fellow Americans in New
Orleans. All our minority Americans should
step up and support who they knew fought for
them, and continue to.
We all need to unite now, BASE your vote by
your Heart and Mind, not the wallet’s of these
special interest groups & propaganda paid
for by them. Look at all the Atrocities, domestic
For the benefit of our Country and our people
with unpresidented happenings. The above
mentioned candidates know we need unpresidented
leadership and unity. Step up and do what
is best, and how you can best serve the Country,
not yourself or the conglomerates presently
Barrack Obama’s campaign is and has been
supported by contributions of individual citizens,
us the American people. Why, he brings his campaign to us, average America. NOT AIPAC
or 60 other such organizations, or corporations.
That is the only pathway to change………..
WE CAN HAVE AN IMPEACHMENT BREAKOUT
The mainstream corporate media would like to pretend that there is
nothing going on, but a 15th member of the House just signed on to
Kucinich’s H.Res. 333 to impeach Dick Cheney first. 95,000 people
have already voted in the National Cheney Impeachment Poll, and no
matter how many times Pelosi protests that impeachment is off the
table, we can drive it like a truck right through the front picture
window. And this is how we are going to do it.
It is difficult to believe that with the U.S. establishment having all but conceded defeat in Iraq, and with the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group having signaled that the United States needs the help of its rivals Iran and Syria – as well as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other influential Middle Eastern nations – to contain the Iraqi civil war, the U.S. and Israel are still pursuing the war and building permanent military bases in the disintegrating nation. Yet, this is precisely what the Pentagon is doing.
Whether the U.S. retains five or 15 “enduring bases,” its goal is clear: to keep its military hand on the “jugular vein” of global capitalism – as former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Maxwell Taylor described Middle East oil. This requires an intimidating infrastructure of deadly high-tech fortresses and the warriors that go with them.
All U.S. troops must be brought home if there is to be a chance for peace in Iraq. If the region’s nations are to have any hope of finally exercising self-determination, and if the United States wants to regain the trust and support of the international community, its military bases must be closed – quickly and permanently.
It all depends on how submissive the rest of the WORLD is. Right now there is no notable objection.
Every Republican candidate for president is trying to distinguish himself from Bush, but the major candidates would carry forward Bush’s core agenda:
President Giuliani would support a second escalation of the war in Iraq.1
President Romney would double the size of the Guantanamo Bay prison.2
President McCain would bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.3
President Fred Thompson would have offered Scooter Libby a full pardon.4
We can make sure the Bush era ends in 2008. But it means starting now, not next year: building strength in key neighborhoods, creating cutting-edge tools for volunteers, and designing the most sophisticated voter turnout effort progressives have ever run.