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Honest Den * Drugs & Dean * Protest Occupation


02 October 2003


"Right now, there are two truth-tellers among the Democrats -
Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich."
Ellen Ratner - 9/29/03
(News Analyst at the Fox News Channel)


1) American Politics - Honesty is a Rare Policy
- - Kucinich Shines in New York Democratic Debate
- - Why Dennis Kucinich is Electable - from a former Republican
- - Kucinich Grassroots Phone Bank into New Hampshire
2) Howard Dean on Drugs
3) Thousands in U.S. Protest Iraq Occupation

- - Just Another Day In Bush Land

Editor's Notes:

Flyby News is reporting extensively on the Kucinich campaign for US President due to the opportunity for resolving many issues of crises confronting the world today. Uniting on such efforts is simply exhilarating and full of potential. As mentioned in the first item, New Hampshire is key for a successful campaign in reclaiming democracy in the US. In New Hampshire registered Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and other party members have only until October 31 to change their party affiliation to Democrat or un-enrolled to vote in the first-State-primary election January 27, 2004. A campaign begins October 6 to call US citizens living in NH. Right now, as the first item shows, sophisticated news analysts and insiders are awakening to the powerful Kucinich platform in opposition to the Bush regime and the play-along members of the Democrat Party. Yet the media is still keeping Dennis unknown to the mainstream consciousness. The time for a powerful grassroots action is just beginning, and time is of the essence. Please join this phone banking campaign to call into NH and expose the reality of a solution from the terror and harm US policy is creating for the world and itself. We need many individual actions, united, to make a difference. All for one, and one for all, which is the only way one person can truly make a difference!

Item 2 covers Howard Dean's take on the war on drugs. As Governor, Dean supported the mainstream direction on this issue, which has been shown to lead to more problems and a cycle of harm affecting millions of people. It is a time for resolving this and other issues. Later today I will be going to a public hearing on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant's interests for an increased generation output, which would result in much greater risks. This nuke plant sits along the Connecticut River near the borders of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. A doctor keen on preventative issues for health would have ended this damaging legacy for corrupt power while Governor of Vermont. Yet Dean has proven to be in alliance with the nuclear power industry, who supported sending nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain. Instead of decommissioning this aging nuclear generator, it is now threatening millions of people more than ever! Former Governor Howard Dean enabled this tremendous health risk.

Item 3 is on the US occupation of Iraq and Dennis Kucinich's statement regarding the refusal of spending $87 million dollars of US taxpayers for a continued policy harming the people of Iraq and America. As Kucinich stated, it's time for the US out and the UN in, and to stop the privatization of Iraq's oil resources. The use of fear as a policy can only do more harm than good no matter what sordid reality spin doctors try to convince us to believe.



1) American Politics - Honesty is a Rare Policy

Three cheers for the losers by Ellen Ratner
September 29, 2003

Honesty is a rare policy anywhere, but virtually unknown in that Fib-A-Thon we call American Politics. If the U.S. electorate is like some Capt. Ahab, in search of the Great White Whale of honest politicians, then it best start looking for them among the ... the losers. Yep, the only place you'll hear the genuine news are from politicians destined to lose the races they're in and, thus, have nothing left to lose by telling the truth.

Right now, there are two truth-tellers among the Democrats Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Dennis Kucinich. In the Democratic debate this week, these two colorful and I must say it losers carried the evening by making it clear the Democrats aren't running against themselves, but against George Bush, and if the American people are going to vote to return a Democrat to the White House, they need to be given a better reason than Howard Dean's latest faux pas on the Middle East or "gotcha'" tactics against Lieberman, Kerry, Gephardt, et al. As far as I'm concerned, the only candidates who made a compelling case against Bush were the Rev. Al and Kucinich.

It's important to make distinctions. Remember the last presidential election? By the end of the campaign, there wasn't a dime's bit of difference between Gore and Bush except that one knew Bill Clinton better than the other one. The press judged the candidate debates like it was a Ms. America pageant you know, Bush's poise, how Gore looked in a bathing suit, etc. and completely omitted any serious discussion of policy differences.

In fact, the press wasn't given many differences to highlight, except counting each candidate's beads of sweat, how many molars appeared in each phony smile, Bush's malapropisms and who seemed more "sincere." The election resembled that election you remember for president of your high school except your class president didn't have the authority to declare pre-emptive war, bankrupt the economy or give his friends hundreds of millions of dollars in "no-bid" contracts.

Let's face it: By the standards of the election of 2000, Washington with his bad teeth and Lincoln with his ugly looks couldn't have been elected dogcatcher.

But now it's 2004 and the stakes have changed. Thousands of Americans have been murdered by terrorists, Saddam and Mullah Omar have been dispatched to the dustbin of history and our domestic economy has lost over 3,000,000 jobs so a handful of Bush-O-Crats can keep 50 percent more of that 12-cent quarterly dividend.

In spite of this, most of the mainstream candidates you know, the "serious" guys, the "players," the guys "who can win" try to out-Bush by seizing a safe middle ground and thereby obliterate any serious differences with the president, and likely any chance to beat him.

But you better believe there are serious differences. Only don't listen to Kerry, Gephart or Dean if you want to hear them. Try spunky Dennis Kucinich. He proudly reminds everybody he didn't vote to give China most-favored-nation trading status, in return for which the Chinese have blessed us with a $100 billion trade deficit.

Just as proudly, he proclaims his vote against the North American Free Trade Agreement. If elected, he would repeal it the day he takes office, thereby closing a $435 billion dollar trade deficit and creating more U.S. jobs with the stroke of a pen than FDR did during the 1930s. He led the coalition in the House to stop the war in Iraq and lately, has begun to demand that we pull out and turn it over to the United Nations. He says the $87 billion is "just the beginning. We need to reorder our priorities. Support our troops by sending them home."

At the dinner following the debate, Al Sharpton earned the only standing ovation from the group of Democratic contributors. Rev. Al conceded he was a long-shot, but he likened the field of Democratic candidates to a choir. In a church choir, he said, you have tenors, baritones and sopranos and some who can't sing at all they just move their lips and pretend.

Out of 10 candidates, he went on, there were going to be nine losers, but everyone has a responsibility to make a vigorous case for opposition. Instead, the good reverend pointed out this crop of candidates amounted to a bunch of elephants running around in donkey suits. And he quoted his grandmother who once said that to get a donkey to move, you have to slap it!" His role was to slap that donkey and get it to move.

Abe Lincoln's homilies couldn't put it any better.

2003 WorldNetDaily.com
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34829

Ellen Ratner is a White House correspondent and bureau chief for the Talk Radio News service. She is also Washington bureau chief and political editor for Talkers Magazine. In addition, Ratner is a news analyst at the Fox News Channel.

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- - Kucinich Shines in New York Democratic Debate

Kucinich Shines in New York Democratic Debate, Should Take On Clark
by Matthew Rothschild
http://www.progressive.org/webex03/wx092603.html

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NYC Democrat Candidate Debate (Transcript)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A433-2003Sep25.html

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Which Democrat will face Bush in '04?
From CNBC - Squawk Box Poll -

Ten Democrats are running for president. Which do you think will win the party's nomination? Most Democrats are just now turning their attention to the field of 10 candidates vying to be the party's standard bearer in 2004.

Voters participating in the party's primaries will be looking for the candidate with the best chance of bouncing another President Bush out of the White House after a single term.

Which candidate do you think will emerge from the primaries? Squawk Box is asking who you think will represent the party in next year's election, not who you want to win the nomination.

This vote has been closed. The final results are below:

Total Votes 6200

Clark ---------- 27%
Sharpton ------ 04%
Dean ---------- 22%
Edwards ------ 02%
Gephardt ------ 03%
Graham -------- 01%
Kerry ---------- 06%
Kucinich ------- 30%
Lieberman ----- 03%
Mosely Bruan -- 01%

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/Promos/P61967.asp

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For a monthly ongoing Presidential poll featuring
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to find the candidate
preferred by a majority in a multi-candidate race...
with one vote, one ballot, visit: http://www.potuspoll.com
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- - Why Dennis Kucinich is Electable - from a former Republican

More Reasons Why Congressman Dennis Kucinich is Electable and CAN Beat Bush

* Dennis can win all the states Gore did, Plus Ohio...

* With Ohio's 20 electoral votes, we don't even need Florida.

* Every Republican president elected, has won Ohio.

* Dennis defeated a Republican incumbent to win his congressional seat

* Dennis has been re-elected 3 times, the last two times with 74% of the votes

* Though Dennis tried hard, he couldn't carry Gore along on his coattails

* Only Dennis Kucinich can win Ohio....no other Democrat can

On the Presidential Election, itself

* Bush popularity will continue to erode as we move into 2004

* By election time...there will be tremendous dissatisfaction with Bush

* Almost any "reasonable" Democrat will be able to defeat Bush.

* Dennis stands apart from the pack as "the quality candidate", so a "reasonable" one won't bechosen.

* Dennis will have enough to money stay in the race, not the most, but he won't need the most.

* Money won't matter then.... Bush will spend $300 Million and it won't be enough.

* Without the support of top three newspapers, the president/prime minister of South Korea won, primarily because of the Internet.

* Dennis has a large and growing, enormously devoted, group of hard working grass roots supporters.

* Because of Dennis positions and actions, sooner or later he will begin getting media coverage, and he will snowball

* Dennis with supporters, with word of mouth and the Internet, will win the election!

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*Contributed by Vince Scarich, Palo Alto, CA -- Former Republican
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- - Kucinich Grassroots Phone Bank into New Hampshire

A Grassroots Happening !!! National Phone Bank into New Hampshire

New Hampshire, the First Presidential Primary-Election State is CRITICAL for Ending the Debate on Dennis Kucinich's Electability - and on getting major media coverage!!!

Dennis has asked us to take on a major telephone action in calling New Hampshire.

We need thousands of volunteers across the nation (and world) to participate in the first statewide phone bank into New Hampshire.

We need volunteers who will agree to make introductory calls to 100 New Hampshire voters beginning in the week of October 6-11.

Call or Email Donna Fox at the National Headquarters of Dennis Kucinich for US President at
1-866-413-3664 or donna@kucinich.us, when you know how many telephone numbers to request.

She'll send you a list of phone numbers by Email or fax in groups of 100 that you can distribute to volunteers. A script and instructions will come with each list. Each volunteer can make the calls on their own, or you can get together in groups to do a phone bank.

Callers will need to do some basic reporting on each call and send their report back to Donna Fox in the National Headquarters.

The New Hampshire campaign is taking off and this grassroots project will help us reach new heights. Please help join this effort, and find as many people as you can in your area who will make these calls. Thanks for your help! If you have any questions you can also call the New Hampshire Headquarters at 888-700-2004, or amy@kucinich.us; but for the voter list for 100 names and numbers with instructions, contact donna@kucinich.us

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Talking about grassroots activism, western Massachusetts volunteer, Carl Doerner, is willing to send a powerful video of Dennis Kucinich's opening presentation in NH for his 2004-Presidential campaign for public viewing in every town in NH. This includes Kucinich's opening speech and dialog at Memorial Hall in Manchester, NH on 30 May 2003. Can you help us? If so, contact Carl by email at cdoerner@surfglobal.net

Such activism can make all the difference. Please join the campaign. Help New Hampshire be the first to break the spell end the corporate-media's strangle hold and reclaim democracy in the US!

For more on Dennis Kucinich for President, visit: http://www.kucinich.us

Also to download and view critical Kucinich Resources, including Flyby News flyer for
Kucinich-Democracy Film/Discussion Program in Nashua, NH on 15 October, 2003,
see: www.massforkucinich.us/flyers.htm




2) Howard Dean on Drugs

[Thank you Tami for sending this to Flyby News]

"If you like the war on drugs, you'll love Howard Dean!"

More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War.

Dean adopted the National Governors Association policy:

To reduce the presence of illegal drugs, drug-related organized crime, and the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse in society requires a comprehensive strategy involving federal, state, and local governments. The Governors believe that one of the most severe public health threats is the recent rise in substance abuse among children.

The Federal Role

The profits from illicit drug trafficking can be effectively used to help state efforts to dry up the demand for these drugs. The nations Governors urge the President and Congress to fully fund drug and alcohol abuse education, drug courts, treatment, prevention, and law enforcement efforts, including the initiative to combat and clean up methamphetamine production laboratories, at the state and local levels of government.

Intensified Eradication and Interdiction

Federal funding for use of the National Guard in drug and border enforcement deserves continued support. The Governors urge the President and Congress to utilize the role of U.S. military forces in interdiction efforts.

High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.

The HIDTA program provides additional federal funds to those areas to help federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations invest in infrastructure and joint initiatives to dismantle drug trafficking organizations. Governors support the HIDTA initiative and urge Congress to continue supporting the program.

The Federal Role in Reducing International Drug Trafficking.

The nation s Governors urge the Administration and Congress to significantly tighten procedures for certifying foreign countries for eligibility to receive U.S. aid based on their cooperation with U.S. surveillance, interdiction, and eradication efforts.

Drug Legalization

The nations Governors believe illicit drug legalization is not a viable alternative, either as a philosophy or as a practical reality.

http://www.issues2000.org/2004/Howard_Dean_Drugs.htm

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For Kucinich's issue statement on the drug war, see:
http://www.kucinich.us/issues/issue_drugwar.htm

Support the candidate that would end the war on drugs, that would empty the prisons from the slave-work force and would treat use of drugs as a "health" and not a "criminal" issue.



3) Thousands in U.S. Protest Iraq Occupation

- - Just Another Day In Bush Land


Thousands in U.S. Protest Iraq Occupation
By PAUL CHAVEZ, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Thousands took to the streets of Hollywood on Sunday to protest the occupation of Iraq in one of several weekend demonstrations around the world criticizing the Bush administration.

An estimated 3,000 people took part in the peaceful march and rally, some chanting, "George Bush, Uncle Sam, Iraq will be your Vietnam," while walking down Sunset Boulevard.

At the rally, Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich said U.S. troops should be pulled out of Iraq and replaced by international forces.

"We need to get the U.N. in and the U.S. out," Kucinich said. "There can be a way to extricate this nation from the quicksand of Iraq."

For the full article go here

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/iraq_protest

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Statement by Dennis Kucinich (9/28/03) BRING THE TROOPS HOME!

"My Fellow Americans: I ask you today to have hope that your voices can and will be heard. In great numbers, you and I opposed the build-up to this war and have opposed the war and the occupation. The President has asked for another $87 billion with which to sink us further into the quicksand of a U.S.-occupied Iraq, even though a majority of you oppose spending that money. I am with you, and we can win. It is time to demand 'U.N. in, U.S. out!' There must be no privatization of the oil that belongs to the Iraqi people.

This unjustified war has already cost thousands of Iraqi and American lives. U.S. soldiers are continuing to be killed and wounded. More Americans have died in Iraq since the President declared the mission accomplished than prior to that point.

Now is the time to raise your voices, Americans. Hold peaceful demonstrations. Do not be intimidated! And call your Congress members to tell them to vote against another $87 billion for this misadventure."

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The Congressional Switchboard telephone number is 202-224-3121
This following link goes to more information on contacting US Congress:
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html

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- - Just Another Day In Bush Land

Compiled on 30 September 2003 by Mary M. < XMJMac@optonline.net >

When Bush came to Washington, DC he said he would restore morals, integrity to the presidency. No, he just restored greed, oppression and elevated lying to new heights. And we are supposed to respect this man?

Below is just what happened on this day under Bush's watch. Oh, I can't wait to see what he has in store for us all in the future. I meant that using extreme sarcasm.

Mary!

AOL Poll:

How do you feel about the economy?

Bad -- I don't see signs of recovery -------- 57%
So-so -- it's still tough, but turning around -- 26%
Good -- things are improving -------------- 17%

How confident are you Bush can revive the economy?

Not at all - 62%
Very ------ 25%
Somewhat 13%

Total Votes: 202,875

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Millionaires on the rise

Stocks and diversification drive number of wealthy households, study finds.
September 30, 2003: 3:09 PM EDT
By Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money Senior Writer
(Snip)
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The number of millionaire households in the
United States by mid-year 2003 grew to the highest level in 20 years, a
study said Tuesday.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/29/pf/millionaire/q_millionairesmultiply/index.htm?cnn=yes

Personal Comment: Perhaps they can help the uninsured, the homeless, those without jobs, those without health care and help pay for the rebuilding of Iraq.

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Consumer confidence stuck

Survey shows consumer confidence welcomes the fall the same blah way it spent most of the summer.
September 30, 2003: 6:39 PM EDT
(Snip)
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Consumer confidence showed no enthusiasm in the first week of autumn, the same way it spent most of the summer, according to the latest ABC News/Money magazine poll published Tuesday.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/30/news/economy/abc_money/index.htm

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Paychecks feel the pinch

The prolonged job market slump has slowed wage growth, and surveys say the pain will linger.
September 24, 2003: 3:29 PM EDT
By Mark Gongloff, CNN/Money Staff Writer
(Snip)
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Even if you've managed to keep your job during the nation's longest labor market slump since World War II, you've probably felt some of the pain in your paycheck -- and there's a good chance you'll keep feeling it through 2004, according to recent surveys of employers.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/24/news/economy/wages/index.htm

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Campaign account expected to hit roughly $82 million
(Snip)
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- President Bush pledged to finish what his administration had begun, both abroad and at home, as he raised $6 million more for his re-election campaign with visits to two electorally pivotal Midwestern industrial states.

Personal Comment: While the numbers of those without health insurance rise and those going without jobs rise; I am sure glad (NOT) that he has raised this amount for his re-seating campaign.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/30/elec04.prez.bush.trip.ap/index.html

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Time to flee America?

The United States might not be a very good place to put your money anymore.
September 30, 2003: 5:13 PM EDT
By Justin Lahart, CNN/Money Senior Writer
(Snip)
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Throughout the 1990s some of the worst advice you could give U.S. investors was to put their money anywhere but home.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/30/markets/overseas/index.htm?cnn=yes

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Appeals court backs "victim fund" in 9/11 lawsuit

Panel finds no bias in awarding compensation
>From Phil Hirschkorn
CNN
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 Posted: 8:36 PM EDT (0036 GMT)
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Families of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, lost another battle Tuesday as a federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of their lawsuits against the administrator of a government compensation fund.[Image]

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the victim-compensation fund was being administered fairly and was not designed "to compensate each victim's full economic losses."
http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/09/30/sept11.compensation/index.html

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More Americans lack health insurance

Census survey shows increase in those without coverage for second straight year.
September 30, 2003: 12:04 PM EDT
(Snip)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ranks of Americans without health insurance grew by an estimated 2.4 million in 2002, the second consecutive yearly increase, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/30/news/economy/health_insurance.reut/index.htm?cnn=yes

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AOL Poll:

Did senior White House officials deliberately leak a CIA agent's identity?

Yes --------- 61%
No ---------- 24%
Not Sure ---- 15%

Total Votes: 84,858


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