Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Social security (Katrina vanden Heuvel & Rep. Bernie Sanders), Buzzflash, Democracy Now!, Why Are We Back In Iraq?

Please take a moment to read "Assault on Precincts In Ohio" ( where Why Are We in Iraq? is synthesizing important points.

And please continue to check Why Are We In Iraq? for additional coverage on this issue.

Rachel Maddow and Lizz Winstead are talking about the protests in D.C. tomorrow. There's a lot going on. (Maddow & Winstead are the co-hosts of Unfiltered on Air America Radio.)

Democracy Now! has it's usual outstanding reporting today.

Headlines for January 5, 2005

- Tsunami Toll Reaches 155,000, Powell Says Devastation 'Worse' Than War
- Aceh Resistance Accuses Indonesia Army Of Killing Aid Distributors
- Children Are The Biggest Victims
- Thailand Sacks Top Weather Official
- Multiple Car Bombings as Violence Rocks Iraq
- Saudi Paper Says Saudi Student Behind Mosul Mess Hall Bombing
- Pentagon: US Wounded Passes 10,000 in Iraq
- NY Times: U.S. May Send Advisers to Aid Iraq's 'Military'
- Abu Ghraib Torture Continued After Scandal Broke

Retired US General on Alberto Gonzales: "He Has Endangered Our Soldiers"

As the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings on White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales as the next attorney general, we speak with retired Brigadier General James Cullen - one of 12 retired Admirals and Generals who are calling on the Judiciary Committee to scrutinize Gonzales' role in setting the stage for U.S. torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

Tsunami Warning Systems: Why Didn't Scientists Notify the Press About the Impending Disaster?

We speak with Australian journalist Peter Symonds about the lack of warning systems in Asia that could have prevented tens of thousands of people from being killed in the tsunami disaster.

Shakeup: Doctors Without Borders Tells Tsunami Donors to Give to Other International Relief Efforts

The medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) urged donors Tuesday to stop sending it money for Asian tsunami victims, saying it had collected enough funds to manage its relief effort there and to focus on "humanitarian needs in war-torn Darfur, Sudan, and elsewhere in the over 70 countries where MSF is working around the world."

Five stories found on Buzzflash (

Journalists petition FCC to challenge Fox-13 license renewal 1/5

Helen Thomas Quotes from the BuzzFlash Interview with Bill Moyers 1/4

Ickes and Kirk pull out of DNC race 1/5

Inside Texas' federally funded abstinence-only sex-ed programs 1/4

Death Reports Rising in Fallujah, Doctors Say 1/5

That's five stories that caught my eye. What did I miss that you might have seen if you'd checked Buzzflash this morning?

That's a question Tony wants asked. So if you haven't checked it today and you do have time, please check Buzzflash ("Web Site You Should Visit" in our year in review for 2004)

Katrina vanden Heuvel addresses the social security issue in her "Editor's Cut" at The Nation (

Bush's privatization scheme--he calls it his #1 domestic priority--has clear winners and losers. The winners: the financial industry which is lusting after the hundreds of billions in fees and commissions it stands to earn if it can hold Social Security funds in individual accounts. The losers: tens of millions of retirees and surviving spouses and children, plus some ten million disabled workers and their families, who will lose the dignity of a guaranteed income and the financial security that the system currently provides.

House Representative Bernie Sanders also addresses the social security issue on his web site (

The truth is that Social Security is perhaps the most successful federal program in the history of our country. Since 1935 it has helped to lift millions of seniors out of poverty. And today, the good news is that with only minor funding adjustments Social Security will be able to provide all promised benefits for every eligible American for the indefinite future. And we can do that without having to raise the retirement age or scale back the benefits that people receive.

[Note: This post has been edited to correct link to Why Are We In Iraq?].