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Impeach Bush/Cheney! (Video Blog Repost)

Posted by jeremiasx on June 29, 2007

This is an oldie but a goodie…

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Kids!!! Put Your Anti-Bush T-Shirts On For School!

Posted by jeremiasx on June 29, 2007

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Or…Friday…is “anti-Bush T-shirt day” so uh…you can wear that and a pair of blue jeans… (OfficeSpace, anyone?)

No, seriously, you can actually wear a T-shirt with political speech on it without worrying about being kicked out of school. So uh…wear ’em if you got ’em.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Putting its recent ruling on student speech into practice, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected a school district’s appeal of a ruling that it violated a student’s rights by censoring his anti-Bush T-shirt. A seventh-grader from Vermont was suspended for wearing a shirt that bore images of cocaine and a martini glass—but also had messages calling President Bush a lying drunk driver who abused cocaine and marijuana, and the “chicken-hawk-in-chief” who was engaged in a “world domination tour.”

After his suspension, Zachary Guiles returned to school with duct tape covering the offending images.

Williamstown Middle School Principal Kathleen Morris-Kortz said the images violated the school dress code, which prohibits clothing that promotes the use of drugs or alcohol.

An appeals court said the school had no right to censor any part of the shirt.

On Monday, the court said schools could regulate student expression if it advocated illegal drug use. Justice Samuel Alito cautioned that schools could not censor political speech.

The case is Marineau v. Guiles, 06-757.

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Brit Hume Punks Out For The Government

Posted by jeremiasx on June 29, 2007

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I honestly wanted to title this post, “How To Be A Good Little Bitch-Boy By Brit Hume” but I was afraid that might be somewhat crass, or in poor taste. I wanted to at least hold myself to the same standards as Fox News itself. So…what happens when a government shill talks about what it’s like to be a target of CIA surveillance? Do you think it might look something like this? I’m sure the government would LOVE it if most folks felt this way. They DON’T.

(Excerpted from Fox News interview)

Q: What were you doing at the time that attracted the CIA’s attention to you?

BRIT HUME: I was working for Jack Anderson, the syndicated columnist, who had received a large collection, a really large collection, of highly-classified documents, among which were documents that made it clear that the Nixon administration, while publicly neutral in the conflict that was then ongoing between India and Pakistan, had secretly tilted toward Pakistan, which was a very controversial development and was obviously not known to the public, and these papers disclosed a number of things, but they disclosed that.

And, um, there was considerable alarm about these documents. I actually hadn’t had any role in the story but they didn’t know that, so everybody in the office, not everybody but I think all of us who were reporters and Jack himself got spied on.

Q: Did you know at the time that you were being watched?

HUME: I had no idea.

Q: And when did you find out?

HUME: We found out about the outlines of it sometime thereafter, and then we found out a lot of details when there was a production of documents pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act suit that somebody filed. I didn’t, I wasn’t party to it, but when the stuff came out I saw the documents, and there were photographs that the CIA operatives had taken from a nest across the street from Jack’s office on K Street, and there were pictures.

We found out they surveilled my house and followed my wife and kids when my wife was driving them to school and they followed me to work apparently. And I guess they tapped the phone although I don’t remember the details well enough to know that.

But I was leading a pretty humdrum life in those days, and I didn’t have any skeletons in my closet or any girlfriends on the side or any secret drug habits or anything so I was not much alarmed when I heard about it. It seemed so farcical, in a way, and I knew I wasn’t the guy who — that they couldn’t have learned anything about it from me because I didn’t know how he got those documents.

So basically Brit doesn’t mind people sticking a camera up his ass and his wife’s ass…maybe they should have been in po—oops…there I go again, being crass. Anyhow Brit LOVES the camera on him. No wonder he has no problem being “The Truman Show” as a young fellow…never mind what his wife or kid might have thought about government agents stalking them for no good reason. Brit is a good little boy and doesn’t ever want the big, powerful government ever suspecting him of ANYTHING…why he even denied having anything to do with finding this stuff out…good boy, Brit…good boy. You’ll go far.

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ALERT: US Federal Judge Wants Gestapo Tactics

Posted by jeremiasx on June 29, 2007

We better not forget this guy said these things…especially if he’s supposedly on the short list for the next right-wing authoritarian to hop on the Roberts court posse. And someone needs to take him to task for it now rather than later.

Judge Posner: Get out of Jack Bauer world, dumbass. This is reality calling. We want you to wake up now.

Everyone Else: DANGER…DANGER…this guy needs a reality check!!!

(reposted from The Australian and Raw Story)

Secret trials for terrorists, says US judge

* David Nason, Chicago
* June 29, 2007

A TOP-RANKING US judge has stunned a conference of Australian judges and barristers in Chicago by advocating secret trials for terrorists, more surveillance of Muslim populations across North America and an end to counter-terrorism efforts being “hog-tied” by the US constitution.

Judge Richard Posner, a supposedly liberal-leaning jurist regarded by many as a future US Supreme Court candidate, said traditional concepts of criminal justice were inadequate to deal with the terrorist threat and the US had “over-invested” in them.

His proposed “big brother” solutions flabbergasted delegates at the Australian Bar Association’s biennial conference, where David Hicks’s lawyer, Major Michael Mori, is to be awarded honorary life membership.

“We have to fight terrorism with our strengths, and our strengths evolve around technology, including the technology of surveillance,” said Justice Posner, a prolific legal scholar who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

“Are there terrorist plots that are at a formative stage among the large US Muslim community of two to three million people? In the 600,000 Canadian Muslim population, are there people planning attacks on the US?

“What we have to do is discover the extent of the terrorist threat to the US. There is a danger, and it demands a rethinking of some of our conventional views on the limits of national security measures.

“We should think of surveillance as preventative, not punitive. We should think of controls that have nothing to do with warrants or traditional criminal justice to prevent abuses.”

Judge Posner said the US temper and culture could not sustain repeated terrorist attacks.

Melbourne QC Tim Tobin said it was a shock to hear such hard and isolationist positions coming from a judge known as a liberal thinker. While he was disturbed by the judge’s proposed crackdown on US and Canadian Muslims, he suspected the sentiment would be welcomed by the Howard Government.

Judge Posner raised the prospect of secret trials as a “tailored regime” to prosecute terrorists in cases where there was a concern about classified information going public.

Queensland SC Glenn Martin said he had been “jolted” by the address: “I hope we never have secret trials in Australia.”

Judge Posner said the US was “a law-saturated society where even non-lawyers tend to think ofproblems in terms of legal categories”.

“Criminal justice and war are the two responses we have to terrorism. Each comes with its own legal institutions and doctrines and regimes but the struggle against international terrorism doesn’t fit either very well.”

He said it was “quite misplaced” to suggest national security measures in force or contemplated in the US could endanger liberty and undermine the political system. This was because governments could no longer conceal what they did: “We have a very aggressive media and a huge and complex government where many people in the government are quite willing to talk to the press.”

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Rainbow Gathering 2007: Further Commentary

Posted by jeremiasx on June 28, 2007

So what do you get when you gather a couple thousand people in the forest for the promotion of world peace? A pretty good time so far, that’s the word from the “regs” attending the “national” gathering of the Rainbow Family of Love and Light.

Other than the usual delays in getting set up for the event which have largely come in the form of undue police harassment and inclement weather, things seem to be going pretty good down there. In my time at the gathering I didn’t witness anything negative happening at all, as a matter of fact. I would have liked to have seen more tarps up by the time a torrential downpour sent my family scrambling for cover to “Kiddie Village.” We DID find shelter and fire and plenty of friendly folks, though. Nice people, indeed.

I suppose it vexes the imaginations of those who sit in a nine-to-five routine to try to comprehend the lifestyle that most of these people lead. Many of them have no permanent residence, they don’t participate in the credit culture (system), and they don’t aspire to be the world’s next millionaire. Some might label that as giving up but sometimes I wonder if it’s not good plain sense. We certainly seem to live in a world gone mad. Why not just drop it all and head for the hills? LOL

Rainbow Family members come from all walks of life and various socio-economic backgrounds, but the one thing I’ve found that they all have is a consensus that peace, not war, is the way to human evolution (seems to make sense, we can’t very well evolve if we’re all dead) and that there is another way of living this time we’ve been given on Earth which I have found to be quite fascinating.

The regs don’t really deal with money that much. They mainly barter, just like in the “good ole days.” But like any person who actually had to haul cartons of eggs down to the general store to get dry goods will tell you, it’s really not all it’s cracked up to be if your main concern is CONVENIENCE. I feel that most folks in this country are obsessed by the concept of convenience, so bartering doesn’t work for most people. It’s just easier all the way around to throw out stuff you bought and don’t like in a yard sale and take the old credit card up to the Wal-Mart and buy new schtuff. Fabulous.

Have there been reports of malfeasance on the part of individuals who have come to the gathering? Sure…about 198 of them (violations), according to the last figures I saw. Are these offenses “serious” or not? I suppose if you think it’s worth the taxpayers money to house hundreds of extra law enforcement officers at a Best Western (roughly 40 miles from the gathering, at the SUV rate of fuel consumption that works out to about twenty bucks a day per vehicle, just for SHUTTLING the LEO’s out there…) to issue a couple hundred tickets for minor drug charges, unlawful parking, on a forest road, and using park services without a permit…do you see what I’m getting at here?

Do we really need to have the Forest Service spending what will certainly be tens of thousands of dollars to prevent these terrible “crimes?” Is that reasonable, or logical in any way? Need I remind you that while they were busy covering this Rainbow event that a campground host at the Buffalo National Forest DIED AND WAS NOT FOUND (IN HIS RV, AT THE CAMPSITE) FOR A WEEK by park officials who were too busy checking if people had “all four wheels fully off the forest service road when they parked.” I haven’t seen this story in the MSM yet. Maybe someone will talk about it.

There have been limited (extremely limited) reports of theft from local businesses, but I’m going to wager they will make their money back and more from the money being pumped in from all sides of this issue. The LEO’s need gas and supplies. So do the Rainbows. Money is being made here in the county…bottom line. Keep in mind, that besides the tourism and forestry industry there is virtually no other “industry” here at all. I’m surprised we didn’t put up a welcome sign at the front gates for these folks. We need their money to boost our economy, undoubtedly.

The Rainbow Family still thrives after nearly 40 years of protest, and hearkens back to the anti-war and counterculture movement of the 60s, of which it is the natural progression…many of you remember those glory days. I don’t. My mother was a hippie, though, and she spoke consistently throughout her life on behalf of the ideals of world peace and brotherly love throughout her life. I say that she was a Rainbow at heart.  Perhaps I am as well?

 

 

 

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The Arkansas Skateboarding Ruckus: With Open Letter To HSPD

Posted by jeremiasx on June 28, 2007

Open Letter To Chief Southard, Hot Springs PD

First of all, let me preface this letter by explaining to you that I don’t feel obligated to write ONLY due to the current controversy (by itself) that surrounds the methods of code enforcement within your jurisdiction. In all honesty, I should have done so long ago. This is a longstanding problem in the Spa City, apparently.

For a short time in my life I lived in Hot Springs, on Violet Street, when I was a younger man with more time on my hands…and I spent a great deal of time hanging out at the park down by the Arlington. I remember that the enforcement measures against any type of local congregations of young people seemed to be biased, contemptuous, and generally abusive of civil rights in general. This action that was videotaped just brings it to light for the rest of the world to see.

My friends and I weren’t breaking any laws…we weren’t bothering anyone…yet the HSPD seemed intent upon our arrest and removal from the public eye. However, we were never arrested and never removed from the park because we knew our rights. It sounds like these kids do as well. Good for them. But must the average citizen remain ever vigilant to defend themselves from official tyranny? Perhaps this proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that we MUST.

It seems things have not changed for the young people in the park in Hot Springs. I find this to be a sad statement about the lack of evolution by law enforcement officers to deal with the obvious concern in this country about the right-wing authoritarian tactics of law enforcement in general, and on a national level this issue extends far beyond your own department. However, I’m SURE the police would have a more positive image if they didn’t concern themselves with prosecuting and harassing children…and focused on the REAL criminals instead.

Now you have a black eye. You have videotaped evidence of Hot Springs PD officers acting irresponsibly and possibly outside the bounds of the law itself…or at least the spirit of the laws concerning police enforcement. I hope you wake up and do something about your department. Speak out to your country and tell them that you know this was wrong. In your heart, you know it. Be a man. Speak up for what is right. It is in your power to do so.

“What man is a man who does not make the world in which he lives a better place for him having been there?”

Sincerely,

Jeremias X

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Skateboarding Kid Gets A Beat-Down By Bad Beat Cop In Arkansas

Posted by jeremiasx on June 27, 2007

So the beautiful “Spa City” is in the news again…this time for law enforcement officers being unconscionable jerks to teenagers.

If you follow the video and note the rabid enforcement by Officer McFuckhead (Williams) of a minor skateboarding ordinance, one must assume that the priorities for “serving and protecting” seem to have been long forgotten down in the Spa City…or at the very least…extremely confused.

Bottom line: Even though it is expected for law enforcement officials to enforce the law…it is NEVER necessary to rough up kids during an arrest process. It’s not ok to choke people…and it’s not ok to show utter disregard to the safety of their person and property.

I know that they generally enforce the laws and most cops aren’t necessarily “Bad People” but some of them…including this guy…give all the others a big ole freaking BLACK EYE because they don’t know how to control their temper. This is national news today. I hope the Hot Springs Police Dept. is proud of the new image that the country has of one of our more fair cities and tourist draws. Good job, boys.

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National Rainbow Gathering: Good Times, Good People!!

Posted by jeremiasx on June 26, 2007

I’ve been posting a bit about the Rainbow Family gathering which is happening about 20 miles from my house for the last few days and hope to continue to bring you more information as I continue my reports on the national convention of the world’s largest “unorganized organization.” The event will continue to run from now until about the 7th of July…the largest event is the group prayer for peace on the 4th of July.

Last night I went out to the campsite, which is located at the headwaters of the Buffalo National River near Fallsville, AR. It’s a stunningly beautiful location for a gathering, right along the banks of the river which is the economic lifeblood of Newton County. While the forestry service has a serious interest in controlling the environmental impact of the campsite, it seems that they have a much KEENER interest in the “LEO” aspect of their duties. LEO, by the way, is Rainbow-speak for “law enforcement officer.”

How have the Forestry Service treated the Rainbow Family? Roadblocks, strip-searches, armed sniper teams in ghillie suits spying on them from the forest, and generally trying their damnedest to make their life and their gathering a much less enjoyable experience. For the last few days they have reportedly given a “wake-up call” around 7am (some reports were as early as six) by blaring the theme from the TV show “Cops: Bad Boys” over their PA system on their SUV patrol vehicles. Nice folks, eh?

Alas, the usual draconian “LEO” roadblocks were not in place last night, and I have no idea whether they just gave up for the evening by the time I got there or whether my writing to their P.R. officer and informing them of the questionable constitutionality of their roadblock had anything to do with it. I hope they took it down to do a little studying on it and possibly consider wasting a LITTLE less of the taxpayers money on this obvious “War on Drugs” dragnet which serves little purpose and has resulted in the over-taxing of our local law enforcement capabilities and detracted from what I assume SHOULD be the goal of the Forestry Service which is protecting forests…not playing Elliot Ness.

But anyhow, let’s talk about the Rainbows themselves a bit.

In an interview with a long time Rainbow member who is a contributor to the “Info” efforts of the group, which is not an official or endorsed effort but is an effort nonetheless, complete with a new “Info Tent” for the benefit of Rainbow Gathering newcomers…lol…you catch my meaning yet? Things get accomplished in a mix of people whose backgrounds and beliefs vary widely across generational spectrums by a method which I would have to consider to be the closest thing to functional anarchy that I’ve ever seen.

The will of the group imposes itself through the voices of the individuals and the collective agreement or disagreement in a loosely tribal democracy, which is all that I can say at the outset because I’ve never been privy to any of the council meetings; if there are any…I don’t know yet. It’s very different yet it seems to work quite well for them.

During my visit I checked out the “A-Camp” which is inhabited by anyone who wanders in and wants to drink alcohol. Alcohol use is highly discouraged outside of “A-Camp”, and this consensus was agreed upon by the Family after it was observed that things generally ran smoother when the drinkers didn’t do their partying in other areas where people are trying to congregate for other reasons, such as drum circles or workshop areas.

Yes…there are many things happening at the Rainbow Festival…there are rumors (because there are no schedules and there is no group itinerary to speak of) that there will most likely be workshops on everything from glass blowing to Hindu mythology discussion groups…you never really know what will be brought to the group by visitors but it seems that MOST everyone has something to offer for the benefit of the gathering.

There are many who work the camp kitchens, donating their efforts cleaning the crockery and preparing meals…some work as campfire guards, some as cleanup crew, and there is even a group of (extremely) unofficial security for the group, who manage to take care of disturbances among visitors, and always with peaceful conflict resolution as the ultimate goal.

All in all, I was amazed at the ability of such a large group of people to make a go of something that if run by a business interest…would involve thousands of dollars in preparations and paid labor to conduct…that is, a gathering of up to 10,000 people in one spot. Yet there is no charge for admission, everyone is welcome, and if you bring a cup and a spoon you’ll probably get to dine for free as well. They pass the “magic hat” to cover expenses, and they seem to lack for nothing…that which they lack, they don’t tend to bitch about either. I never heard anyone complain of being hungry or not having what they needed, other than one young man who was hard up for a band-aid for a few minutes…but even that issue was handled by a quick trip to CALM (which is the unofficial medical station.)

I didn’t see people littering. I didn’t see people fighting. I didn’t see vulgar displays of public nudity. I didn’t see rampant drug use. And I was there until 3am.  Maybe it was because it was on a Monday, perhaps? LOL

So…I must admit I find it very HARD to believe a lot of the bad press that the forestry service puts out through the rumor mill to the locals. I am a local. I think these folks are A-OK. How about them apples?

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National Gathering of Rainbow Family (Map and Directions)

Posted by jeremiasx on June 25, 2007

Directions:

Just in case any of you thought the website directions were kind of vague…try this. I live here and have “mad Google Maps Skillz!”  LOL

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From Clarksville (On I-40) drive north on 21 till you get to the AR-16 split, go east about a mile and three quarters till you see the turnoff to the left for the USFS 1463

From Deer (on Hwy 7) Go West on AR-16 till you hit Edwards Junction, then you are only a couple miles away look for the turnoff to be on your right on USFS 1463

There are roadblocks. Don’t be stupid. Use Common Sense.

Hope to See You There!!! Peace.

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South Central Protests Illegal Immigrants

Posted by jeremiasx on June 25, 2007

Hey Mr. Bush…tell these people that we need amnesty for your 12 million amigos…if you DARE.

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