What came to be known as the "Indian Territory" was established by Congress in 1830 by the "Indian Removal Act." The Act was aggressively pursued first by the "Great Democrat," Andrew Jackson, and then by most of his successors to the end of the Indian Wars in the 1880s. The Indian Territory itself was primarily located on what eventually became the state of Oklahoma. Although there were many Indians living on that arid land -- what became the Great Dust Bowl of the 1930s -- it was nevertheless opened up to "white" settlement in the land rush of 1889. It eventually became a state in 1907, when the Indian Territory was formally abolished.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Thank goodness for Rep. Henry Waxman, he is gooooood!
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"COSTELLO: To sum it up, the only way President Bush can be impeached is if he violates the law. That's right. The Constitution makes it very clear, you can dislike a president all you want, but the only way a president can be impeached, is if he's found guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors ..." Uhh, Ms. Costello, obviously you haven't heard: "WILLIAM COHEN, FMR. DEFENSE SECRETARY: I would only take issue with the notion that a president could only be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. It doesn't necessarily mean a crime as we define a felonious crime, but rather it could be an abuse of power"! Now, we've all heard George Bush is an "abuser," hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that was about his abusing animals as a child and not power! Is it at all possible that a child who abuses animals will grow up to abuse power????
Strap on your seat belts and nuke some popcorn because we got ourselves a Battle Royale between the two gnarliest branches of government that a tree has ever seen. In the left hand corner, back from wandering in the wilderness, the Democrats are just itching to exercise their rediscovered clout. Over in the right hand corner, after six years of unchallenged rule, the Executive branch is not taking kindly having to answer to mere mortals. It's Countdown to a Crisis! The stoppable force versus the movable object.
WORLD ENERGY WATCH
Edited by Gloria Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Burt Hall
PART II - TERRORISM VS. THE WAR IN IRAQ
After 9/11, the President and his key advisors used a public relations campaign to allege that Iraq was linked to 9/11 and a threat to the U.S. because of its weapons of mass destruction. They presented selective intelligence, known to be inherently uncertain, as absolute fact. Since the President was not forthcoming with the public, our only line of defense was Congress and the media. Neither came to our rescue.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Another week has passed with most of the progressive community mesmerized by the political game playing in Washington. Don't we realize yet that a totally compromised political process in Washington, built around wheeling and dealing, will not have the courage or the consciousness to do what must be done to stop the Iraq War?
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Fitzgerald should wear his Bush GOP "fair-to-Midland" rating with pride, as a badge of excellence that sets him apart, when compared to the garden-variety Bush GOP loyalists who choose to do the bidding of the Bush White House rather than doing their jobs for the simplistic reasoning that it's just the right thing to do.
The poem you're about to read ran exactly four years ago today in a paper I used to work for in West Los Angeles. I was pretty pleased with how it came out and mailed it to some people I admired.
Bill Moyers was not only kind enough to write back but also said he sent it to everyone he knew. This was awfully encouraging.
I wrote this when my family was living in Studio City, California and I was convinced that Jim, the guy next door, was a big right winger. Jim's a lawyer and when I once mentioned something about the guys who ran Enron, he said he wasn't sure they'd all wind up behind bars.
I figured he thought they didn't deserve to either and concluded Jim was surely a die-hard Republican.
This inspired me to imagine what it would be like if Jim and I took a page from the White House playbook and declared war on each other.
In September of 2004 -- right around when I began here at BuzzFlash -- Jim's wife was walking to her car as I was heading towards mine. Pat casually pointed to my lawn and said, "I see that you have a Kerry-Edwards sign."
I felt a "You wanna piece of me?" moment coming on and fully expected hostilities to break out right then and there. "Yeah," I warily shot back.
Pat replied, "Can you get us one? We can't stand Bush and Cheney."
So, I have to admit that this poem is based entirely on bad intelligence. But there's been a lot of that going around lately, hasn't there?