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"Democratic Dinosaurs" and Republican ground losers

By Remy Benoit

From Arianna Huffington atThe Huffington Post Democratic Dinosaurs Turn D.C. into the Land That Time Forgot. Perhaps the incumbents need to remember that they "represent" their constituents who made their position very clear.

From Noam N. Levey and the Los Angeles Times at Truthout Approval of Congress Lowest in a Decade. Are there any Statesmen out there? Somewhere, anywhere?

From Howard Berkes at NPR Poll: Rural Vote No Longer a Lock for Republicans.

From Keith Olbermann of MSNBC at Truthout Restoring Habeas Corpus. This is a major move to protect our rights! Let your Reps and Senators know that.

From Robert Parry at Consortium News Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus: January 19, 2007 - In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American

From The Independent UK, Johann Hari: What makes us think we can entrust the future of the human race to these people?
The G8 was a slap-in-the-face reminder that we can't leave it up to our leaders to choose a sane path.

Without active and continual work by the PEOPLE of democracies, it is left to others to determine not only their rights, but their, and their children's future. Who do you know that you would entrust such precious things to? If you are not an active voice in your world, then you are doing just that - letting others shape your life. Let me put it this way - simple and to the point: of all the incumbents, here and abroad, is there anyone who you would let babysit your young children, or grandchildren? But when you think of it, in a round about way, that is exactly what you are doing - letting "them" make decisions for you and yours unless you speak out and demand what is right for not only you, but what is universally right for all.

From Stephen F. Cohen at The Nation The New American Cold War.

Those of us who are the first line Boomers, well, we remember - we remember the drills, sitting in the hallways - we remember the guns of October - we remember MAD ( Mutually Assured Destruction ) - we remember all the insanity of putting the entire planet in the hands of a few with such lethal consequences possible.

We remember - but the real question is, do we want to do this again? Do we want escalation of nuclear weapons, or do we want something different?

Anti-Nuclear Movements Links. We are caretakers of this planet and of each other, though we do forget that choosing to live with fear, rather than reaching out and learning - and communicating. We have this Internet - it is a great gift, not only for convenience, but for speaking up.

There comes a time when you just have to stand up - there comes a time when you have to get off the couch and stand up. Now is one of those times.

We are making Veterans and not caring for them. What are you going to do about that?

From Robert Parry at Consortium News For the past several months, the Washington press corps has dutifully reported George W. BushÂ’s attack on Democrats as politicians who wish to impose their Iraq War judgments on the military commanders in the field.

Here are some thoughts from another Granny What Do Subsidized Corn, A Militarized Border, and Finance Reform Have To Do With It? by Doris "Granny D" Haddock. What are your thoughts on all this?

And here are a few questions on unrelated topics. One - why does it take 7 days for first class mail from Baton Rouge to come the 60 miles to me? At $.41 a letter, well, first class delivery should be just that! Two - if, as the polls indicate, food prices, related to gas prices, are up 4%, then why was a type of meat I could buy for c. $23 ( enough for 8 days suppers) now about $65 - no, I did not, would not, and could not, buy it. Three - when are we going to say - Enough and do something about a lot of things.

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