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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Thursday, January 06, 2005

BBC: Paper sorry for 'KILL BUSH' line


Paper sorry for 'KILL BUSH ' line
A UK newspaper has apologised for an article seeming to urge the assassination of the US president.
The Guardian apologised for the "flippant" final lines of a Saturday column written by Charlie Brooker but added that the tone had been ironic.

"JOHN WILKES-BOOTH, LEE HARVEY OSWALD, JOHN HINCKLEY JR, WHERE ARE YOU NOW THAT WE NEED YOU?" the piece had asked.

The former two assassinated Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy while Hinckley wounded Ronald Reagan.

Regretting Mr Brooker's "flippant and tasteless comments", the paper said the final line of the article was meant to be an "ironic joke, not... a call to action" against George W Bush.

"He [Charlie Brooker] believed regular readers of his humorous column would understand," the Guardian said in its corrections section on Monday.

The newspaper recently annoyed residents of Clark County in the US swing state of Ohio by encouraging its readers to contact undecided American voters urging them to vote.

The quest sparked a flurry of offended replies telling Guardian readers to mind their own business.

The newspaper called an abrupt halt to the campaign after its website was broken into by angry hackers.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/3952091.stm

Published: 2004/10/25 16:46:25 GMT

© BBC MMV

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Final Vote

Wed. 6PM 1-5-05

I just heard a live interview with Jesse Jackson on www.airamericaradio.com Jesse Jackson stated that he had met with the Senate Dem Leadership earlier today and that there would be Senate opposition to the electors tomorrow, Thurs 6th. If this is accurate then the dozen or so Reps along with a Senator or two will take the joint session of Congress to a 2 hour debate on election issues. Maybe the beginning of meaningful election reform and providing a little more public awareness. Another outcome if a Senator joins the Reps in objecting will be that after the debate then the House will have to vote for the president. Having Bush selected once by the Supreme Court and next by the Republicans in the House may take some of wind out of his political capital sails. The voters will have been taken out of the process twice. One way for any Dem with a spine to stand up. Kerry will be on the road in the Middle East tomorrow and won't be able to take part in the elector counting in Congress. Too bad he can not be there to stand up and start the debate on our crumbling and corporate voting system. What an oppportunity. The outcome will not be changed either way but serious debate and reform ideas needs to start now.

If you have the time you can call 800 839 5276 and ask for a Dem Senator's office and leave a voice message asking them to stand up and object on Thurs to a vote that cannot be certified if it cannot be verified. Objecting will allow debate and highlight the problems in Ohio which disenfranchised innumerable voters. Let the house pick the president. A selection of likely Senators to contact: Boxer, Feingold, Reid, Kennedy, Leahy among others.

Mark Adams