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Somebody Is Insane Here

By David Swanson

First John Lewis tells us that choosing between Clinton and Obama was harder than walking across the Edmund Pettis Bridge and getting his head beaten in.

Now John Dean lets us know that the Clinton and Obama contest is the greatest drama in history.

A Yale law professor is promoting the argument that there are only a few months left until one of them is president.

Excuse me, but my calculator must be broken. There would seem in my apparent madness to be nearly a year left before Diebold and ES&S may possibly permit one of these two to move into the White House, a year in which millions will die unnecessarily, in which global warming will advance, in which the Constitution will continue to disintegrate.

Am I in the Twighlight Zone episode where EVERYBODY ELSE goes insane, or am I insane?

Both of these candidates in yet another imminent but distant MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN HISTORY support but dislike NAFTA, oppose but wish for universal health coverage, dislike but won't end the occupation of Iraq, reject impeachment, deny the existence of election fraud, and promote more militarism.

Am I watching the same channel the rest of the country seems to have tuned into? How did Howard Zinn get stuck in this padded cell with me?

Five Years Too Many in Iraq FILM FESTIVAL

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Join us on March 13-16 for a film festival marking five years of occupying Iraq. Discussions will follow each film.

The Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, OFFSCREEN, and University Democrats, are sponsoring. The film screenings will all be free and open to the public. The sponsors encourage everyone to come, regardless of their opinions on the Iraq occupation or political affiliations.

WHERE: Kaleidoscope Room in Newcomb Hall, on the main grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. (#30 on this map.)

WHEN: March 13, 14, 15, 16. Events begin at 7 p.m. on the first three nights and 5 p.m. on the final day.


March 13 at 7 p.m.: The Ground Truth
The film's director and producer Patricia Foulkrod will lead a discussion following this stunning look at the lives of veterans of the occupation of Iraq.

March 14 at 7 p.m.: In the Valley of Elah
This Academy Award nominated film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon, and is based on a true story of veterans of the Iraq occupation. A discussion will follow.

March 15 at 7 p.m.: Leading to War
This just-released film shows us how the architects of the invasion of Iraq led a nation into war. Here is an opportunity to hear them make their case for war in their own words. A discussion will follow.

March 16 at 5 p.m.: The Power of Nightmares (three one-hour films with intermissions)
This BBC film trilogy draws comparisons between Neocons and Islamists and argues that the threat of al Qaeda is largely a myth used by politicians. A discussion will follow.

CONTACT: David Swanson

New Hampshire Has Impeachment Fever

By David Swanson

New Hampshire State Representative Betty Hall is the chief sponsor of a resolution to be voted on this week in the state legislature, a resolution to petition Congress to impeach Bush and Cheney. Hall asked people to Email her their thoughts, and she is receiving more than one Email per minute, almost all of them from New Hampshire, but some from other states and countries, and every single one of them supportive of impeachment. Here's a sampling:

You Don't Need a Weatherman

By David Swanson

Do you support the right of the people of Iraq to fight back against a hostile foreign occupation? If so, why are you at peace, fat and happy and not risking your precious little life? Why are you not joining in the fight against the empire by striking violent blows in the homeland?

Or do you support the use of nonviolence as a superior tactic for achieving lasting peace? Then why are you not actively trying to persuade the Iraqis to make more use of nonviolent resistance and abandon the use of violence? And why are you not sitting in your congress member's office, or lying across the doorway of a recruiting station, or traveling to Iraq to join a peaceful resistance movement?

Vermont Towns Vote to Indict Bush and Cheney

By David Swanson

Brattleboro, Vt., voted today in support of a measure calling on the town's police force to arrest and indict Bush and Cheney. The vote was 2012-1795.

Marlboro, Vt., passed a similar measure at its town meeting today at which the vote to indict Bush and Cheney was 43-25-3. That's 43 in favor and 3 abstaining. Thus Marlboro beat Brattleboro to it by a few hours. In Brattleboro, the indictment question was on the primary ballots for both parties.

The Top 10 Reasons Not To Impeach Dick Cheney

10. If we just wait one more year, only a couple of more hundred thousand Iraqis and some hundreds of US troops will die - nothing to get excited about.

9. In the next year we'll probably only launch at most one more foreign war beyond the ones we're running now.

United for Peace and Justice Finally Says Filibuster

I was quite happy to receive the following Email from UFPJ's new legislative action coordinator John Bruhns:

Here is a draft of proposed legislative asks for meetings:


Nixon, Cheney, and Le Deluge

By David Swanson

Congressman Dennis Kucinich's resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney now has more cosponsors signed onto it than any resolution to impeach President Richard Nixon ever had. But separate resolutions to impeach Nixon, some with a handful of cosponsors, many with no cosponsors at all, were filed by the dozens. Today, Kucinich's resolution stands alone.

Will Police in Brattleboro VT Arrest Bush and Cheney?

By David Swanson

When citizens and voters go to the town meeting and primaries in Brattleboro, Vermont, on Tuesday, there will be a question on the back of all ballots, and a circle to mark Yes and one to mark No:

Building Our Own Media

By David Swanson

We will never succeed without media, and we will never succeed at media by criticism and legislation alone. We must build our own.

One small way in which I'm working on that is by hosting a weekly radio show online at