Feb
10

Will War Ever End?

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

I wrote recently about the possibility of outgrowing the use of war. Today I got a book in the mail that makes a strong argument intended as a tool for ending war. The book is called "Will War Ever End: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century" by Captain Paul K. Chappell, U.S. Army. It's short, more of a hardcover pamphlet than a book, but it is packed with ideas.

Feb
09

Nicole Sandler Takes on Washington

Tag: Political Ideas

I had a great time on Nicole Sandler's radio show this morning. check out her blog with a podcast link at the bottom.

Feb
09

Building a Bush Memorial

Tag: Political Ideas

A letter to the editor in my local newspaper, the Charlottesville Daily Progress, has persuaded me to rethink the truly remarkable accomplishments of President George W. Bush and inspired me to join the movement to erect a Bush Memorial on the National Mall.

Feb
08

Abandoning Torture But What About War?

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

If we can move beyond torture, do we not have a responsibility also to think for a moment about the obvious fact that torture is not the cruelest thing we do? Torture offends us, in part, because the torturer is not at risk, but neither are most pilots dropping bombs. And how exactly does the risk taken by ground troops mitigate the suffering of those they wound, kill, and terrorize? Hanging someone by the wrists offends us, and yet we might rather have it done to us than be kept in 23-hours-a-day isolation for a decade, a practice that is part of our accepted justice system. Clearly our morality is a scrambled hodge-podge of reactions that could use some improvement.

Feb
08

Eliminate Filibuster and With it the Need to Debate Republicans

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

From the pains Democrats take to out-argue and/or to compromise with the fringe minority party called the Republicans you'd think no other course of action was available, specifically you'd have to assume that the filibuster -- the power of senators representing 11 percent of us to block all work by the House and Senate -- is written in stone. In reality, 51 senators could eliminate the filibuster or change the number of votes required to use it. This nation got along for many years without the filibuster and could do so again. It is no more a part of our Constitution than the CIA, enemy combatants, corporate persons, or the political parties that allow the filibuster to wreak such havoc with our so-called democracy.

Feb
07

Healthcare in Crisis: A Public Forum on Monday, February 23rd

Tag: Civil Rights

An open public forum in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Rd.

How can we guarantee healthcare for all? What can you do to help?

Admission: free Parking: free Healthcare in case of injury: you're on your own, for now

SPEAKERS: Donna Smith, California Nurses Association, seen in Michael Moore's "Sicko" Steve Cobble, Progressive Democrats of America Dr. Susan Miller, Physicians for a National Health Program Larry Rousseau, Public Service Alliance of Canada Lynn Hassman, American Medical Students Association, UVA Dr. Wm. Ferguson Reid, Virginia Coalition for Guaranteed Health Care

SPONSORS: Virginia Coalition for Guaranteed Health Care Healthcare-NOW! California Nurses Association Progressive Democrats of America Physicians for a National Health Program American Medical Students Association, UVA Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice

FOR MORE INFO. OR TO VOLUNTEER: Email: donnagoings@gmail.com

We need volunteers to distribute flyers and to help on the night of the event. We need a videographer to tape the event.

FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FAR AND WIDE.

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Feb
06

Bush's Last Day in Office

Tag: Peace and War
Feb
06

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Tag: Peace and War

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Feb
04

Putting War Waste on the Chopping Block

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

In the ordinary course of things in Washington, D.C., and on television, there are two separate conversations. In one conversation, everything that the government spends money on (schools, transportation, police, etc.) must be trimmed back to save money. In the other conversation, the expenses of wars and the military must be unquestioned. After what he said this week on ABC, it will be interesting to see whether Congressman Barney Frank is permitted on television anymore. He combined the two conversations.

Feb
04

General Betray Us Is Well Named

Tag: Peace and War

That little dork who came up to the shoulderpads of the players as he flipped the coin to begin the Super Bowl, that pathetic genocidist whom Admiral Fallon famously derided as an "ass-kissing little chickenshit," that hero to morons capable of intimidating small children and Congress members, General David Petraeus is now opposing the decision of our president to do exactly what we elected him to do and get out of Iraq within 16 months.

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