David Swanson at Jonesborough

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David Swanson, cofounder of AfterDowningStreet.org spoke in Jonesborough, Tenn., on October 27, 2007, preceding a march to Aerojet Ordnance, manufacturers of Depleted Uranium weapons. The text of Swanson's remarks is at http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/28066 , a newspaper story is here http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/28121 and photos of the event are here http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=image/tid/98 Swanson discusses Iraq, Iran, impeachment, depleted uranium, and what Americans can do about it.

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Depleted Uranium and Depleted Democracy

By David Swanson
Remarks at October 27, 2007, rally in Jonesborough, Tenn., preceding march to Aerojet Ordnance, manufacturers of Depleted Uranium weapons.

There are those who think Congress should keep shelling out our grandchildren's money to continue our occupation of Iraq, and there are those who think Congress should pass a bill opposing the occupation. And they are both wrong. Any decent bill on any issue, much less this one, will be vetoed. The way to stop funding the occupation of Iraq is for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to announce on Monday that they will not bring to the floor any more bills to fund the occupation.

What Is Rahm Emmanuel Talking About?

By David Swanson

Here's a recent transcript

Congressman Rahm Emanuel is chairman of the Democratic Caucus. Congressman, people out there are wondering why did they elect the Democrats to end the war in if the war is still going?

Lt. Governor John Garamendi, SB City Councilmember Helene Schneider, AfterDowningStreet.org's David Swanson

Until 2005 multimillionaires could make the Forbes 400 richest Americans, but for 2006 it took $1.3 Billion. The economy's doing great for a few folks. Cheney says the US won't let Iran "go nuclear" and we accuse them "directing missions in Iraq." The run-up to the Iran War is the same as the Iraq War and we buy it. Sen. Chris Dodd calls for new leadership in the Senate, and Verizon and AT&T give over $42,000 to Sen. Jay Rockerfeller to buy legal immunity for participating in the NSA spying scandal thet was up and running BRFORE Sept. 11. Oh...9/11 Rudy's top CA fundraiseer is resusitating the June ballot measure to steal 20-22 of California's electoral votes.

We're Sorry Too, Pete

By David Swanson

We're at least as sorry as you are, Pete. You can be sure that your apology hurts us more than it hurts you. And it's a safe bet it'll hurt Iraqis and Iranians even more.

On Monday a big group of us packed into your DC office, Pete, and presented your Chief of Staff Debra Curtis with a Spine Award to present to you. We discussed scheduling a time to present you with a full blown backbone statue from the Backbone Campaign, an award given out only to those in public life who display exceptional backbone. Usually congress members show even more backbone after receiving an award. I don't know if Curtis knew that you were, even then, preparing to bend your weak back down to the ground and plead with the president and the media to please deliver some swift kicks to your sorry apologetic ass. If so, she didn't let on.

Events in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Venice, Los Angeles

Friday, November 2

6:30 p.m. - Impeach Bush and Cheney Meetup http://impeachbush.meetup.com/378 with Ann Wright, David Swanson, and Augustin Aguayo. Veteran's Memorial Building, 112 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Auditorium, first floor, Santa Barbara, CA. Contact DinahMason@aol.com, 805-895-8030. Here's flyer.

Peace Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

By David Swanson

If you haven't already, you really should read Chris Hedges' book "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning." The portrait of war and wartime propaganda and emotion is brilliant and deadly accurate. But the headline is misleading. War does not give us lasting solid self-assured meaning. War gives us a temporary high that is rooted in desperate self-deception. Hedges' book carries on the cover a photo of people with candles and U.S. flags, holding hands, eyes closed, mouths open. These people are smoking crack, they're taking a two-week cruise of the Caribbean, they're on stage at American Idol, they're kneeling in church, they're tapping shoes in airport men's rooms. These people are escaping from their lives, not building lives that mean something to them.

It Was Never About Children's Health

By David Swanson

Beginning last November and ever since, I have repeated a standard conversation with many Congress Members and staffers. It starts out with me urging them to impeach Bush and Cheney. They then stress all their other priorities that this would supposedly distract from, including often children's health insurance (SCHIP). I then tell them that any decent bill on any issue will be vetoed. They then get a very clever strategerizing look in their eyes and say something like "I know, but then we're not a do-nothing Congress. Bush is a do-nothing president."

Hillary, Weapons, and Cash


Clinton Bucks Trend, Rakes in Cash From Weapons Industry
By Leonard Doyle, Independent UK

The US arms industry is backing Hillary Clinton for President and has all but abandoned its traditional allies in the Republican party. Mrs Clinton has also emerged as Wall Street's favourite. Investment bankers have opened their wallets in unprecedented numbers for the New York senator over the past three months and, in the process, dumped their earlier favourite, Barack Obama.