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In Jerusalem, ‘God’s Chosen People’ want it all

... 'Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has said that his government is unwilling to negotiate on the status of Jerusalem as a joint Israel-Palestinian capital.' See FOCUS: PLANNING FOR PEACE- Jerusalem's myriad divisions Today, the Jewish mayor of Israeli run Jerusalem comes to Colorado on a public relations visit to encourage the idea that Israel can have all of Jerusalem, even though part of it is by international law still Occupied Territory taken from Jordan by Israel through war. Democratic Party Governor Bill Ritter and President Barack Obama are behind this visit but there can be no real Peace without Justice. Thirty five per cent of Jerusalem's current inhabitants are Palestinians forced to live in a 'Jewish State' ethnic dictatorship. They are being ethnically cleansed and forced into isolated enclaves by the supporters of this public relations stooge, Nir Barkat the 'mayor of Jerusalem'. What will be the eventual 'Final Solution' though? Another forced mass exodus of Palestinians from their homes and lands? Watched over and rubber stamped with approval once again by supposedly majority 'Christian' USA? It doesn't have to happen this way, and if it does?... then beware Homeland Terrorists Department, Pentagon, US Government Agency, North Virginia. If you live by the sword then perhaps one should be prepared to die by the sword, too? But there is a better way.

Clean Coal is a fossil fuels Free Lunch

There's no such thing as Clean Coal. The concept is an ingenious public relations gambit like Clean-Skies, an No-Child-Left-Behind. Colorado's supposedly progressive Governor Bill Ritter is an dirty backer. The attempted makeover of the dark fossil fuel has prompted an equal and opposite public reaction. Laudably, the industry is trying to raise public awareness to "what lies behind the plug." They ask energy consumers to face the reality that lights --their television even-- have to be powered somehow. The image they use is a piece of coal being tapped by an extension cord. It certainly looks magically detached from any complication. Leaving alone that you have to burn the coal (imagine depicting steaks cooking on a stone cold barbecue grill), I'd defy anyone to handle the piece of coal without getting the orange plug completely smudged. Of course, clean or not, coal is a fossil fuel, the consumption of which is one of the primary causes of Global Warming, aka Climate Change. "Clean Coal" is just a way for the oldest energy industry to get in on the alternative energy gravy train. The Coen Brothers have directed a hilarious television ad which parodies the Coal Companies pitching their product as an air freshener, even as the aerosol spews pure smoke. It's absolutely dispiriting to see Barack Obama championing "Clean Coal" in a TV spot. Who would not like to think that American ingenuity can figure out a way to burn coal cleanly? If we can reverse osmosis, halt aging and make 0% fat fat, why disbelieve we can't strip carbon of its essence? At the America's Power website, the coal industry promises to use Clean Coal to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and of course, to provide jobs. A US map reveals several Clean Coal research sites in Colorado. They are Boulder, Denver, Englewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Nucla and La Vita. Even if the lipstick on pig research is just a boondoggle to snag Federal funded jobs, aren't there real alternative energy sources to pursue?

Meeting Senator-to-be Michael Bennet

COLORADO SPRINGS- Governor Bill Ritter introduced his appointment to the US Senate, political novice Michael Bennet, to an audience of Springs Democrats today. Judging just by Bennet's own words, this development is about as disappointing as it gets. Full report after this note: Both men spoke predominantly about education, considering Michael Bennet current position as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Before we contemplate Michael Bennet's qualifications for the US Senate, let's broaden the scope. Even though he lacks the experience of an elected office, his resumé reflects someone well connected in Washington DC and Denver. What appears to be a comforting pedigree could also cause skeptics to fear he's a Beltway insider. Bennet's previous work experience was as a lawyer, a mayor's chief of staff, and a counsel to corporate investment raiders. It might be informative for us to wonder what qualifications did Bennet have in the first place, to be appointed to lead Denver Public Schools? If that assignment smacked of a political payoff, for Bennet serving as aid to Denver Mayor Hinckenlooper during his ascendency, can we wonder if a similar incongruous motive was behind his startling promotion to the US Senate? Okay, okay, so get this: Bennet described his legacy with the Anschutz Corp. thus: they were turn-around specialists! He explained that Anschutz took businesses which had been gutted or neglected by unscrupulous owners, and rehabbed them to provide jobs for thousands. Is that rather at odds with what asset strippers actually do? But this wasn't a business savvy Republican crowd. This was an assembly of earnest Democrats who wanted to believe in honest politicians. Despite having to cross the protesters outside, and having to face our placards at the meeting, neither speaker addressed the crisis in Gaza. The nearest either came was Bennet's answer to a question about national security, in which he explained the need to draw troops down in Iraq and refocus our energies in Afghanistan. Though we had hands raised hoping to be called upon, we otherwise kept silent and held our posters in full confidence that many among the assembled were in full agreement with our cause. After their public addresses, Ritter and Bennet gave media interviews behind doors guarded by a short grey haired gentleman who kept his eyes on me. But this is an understatement. Throughout the public meeting, and afterward, this man maintained a steely confrontational gaze directly into my eyes, from across the room, or right beneath my nose. It's a technique I recognized from Secret Service agents, except they don't usually betray an angry scowl. This person was trying very hard to project an intimidating presence. A few minutes after this photograph was taken, when the governor and his charge were about to emerge, this fellow walked straight up to me and began directing me to move out of the way. I assured him I was blocking no one's path, but he simply repeated himself with amplified belligerence. I chided him about this being a PUBLIC library, and that I had no responsibility to

Dems: Stop backing Israeli death squads

REMINDER: Colorado Springs PENROSE LIBRARY, 11am Saturday JAN 10 Come speak to Governor Ritter and newly appointed Senator Bennet. Bring whatever message you want. Maybe you'd like to ask the Governor why he appointed a PRO LIFE school administrator to the state's highest legislative office? Or keep the pressure on about Israel's ongoing atrocity in Gaza. In addition to GENOCIDE IS NOT SELF-DEFENSE, and ISRAEL OUT OF PALESTINE, we have: and:

Opportunity to address new Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet on Saturday

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and his pick to replace Senator Ken Salazar, Denver School Superintendent Michael Bennet, will be visiting Colorado Springs on Saturday, Jan 10. You’re invited to meet the two at the Penrose Public Library at 12noon. COME AT 11AM, make them heed their constituents and stop the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and GAZA.   Let's show them that Colorado isn't just about soldiers and weapons contractors earning their livelihood from the expenditure of ordnance. From A.N.S.W.E.R.: The Red Cross has condemned Israel for violating international law by blocking ambulance and rescue efforts for wounded civilians. There are thousands of wounded people. The Red Cross rescue team had reported of one of many instances: [we] “found four small children next to their dead mothers in one of the houses. They were too weak to stand up on their own. One man was also found alive, too weak to stand up," the statement said. "In all, there were at least 12 corpses lying on mattresses" in one of the houses, it added. The Red Cross declared that Israel had violated international law in its failure to allow for care and treatment of wounded people. The Red Cross had asked Israeli forces to allow them to access these children for four days and the IOF, which remained within 80 meters from the houses, refused to allow the Red Cross through while also refusing to help the dying families. The Washington Post reports: “The United Nations on Thursday said it was indefinitely suspending all humanitarian aid deliveries in the Gaza Strip, citing a series of Israeli attacks on U.N. facilities and personnel during the 13-day Israeli offensive. “The suspension appeared likely to deepen a sense of crisis in Gaza, where more than half the territory's 1.5 million people live on food aid from the United Nations and where water, power and cooking gas are all in short supply.” The people of Gaza are enduring immense hardship. The must know that they are not alone. The world stands with them. The only thing that will end this criminal invasion and war is the massive outpouring of the people in Washington, D.C., and in countries around the world. It is the people who are making the difference. That is what January 10th is all about. From Students for Justice in Palestine: SJP condemns this Israeli escalation of violence against Gazans in the harshest of manners and highlights that it was forewarned by Israel's deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai as a "greater Shoah" the Hebrew word for the Nazi holocaust. Under International law and standing UN conventions, destroying a people in part or in full is considered ethnic cleansing. The full siege of Gaza is leading to deaths due to lack of access to medical essentials, sickness, lack of sanitation and lack of access to basic resources that are there and protected as basic human rights. The Palestinians dying in Gaza were pushed out by Israel, forcefully and illegally in an effort to ethnically cleanse Palestine. Now Israel is killing them inside the refugee camps. Peace

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