Wednesday, September 03, 2008

U.S. Police Violate RNC Protester's Rights

RNC "Protesters" Looked For Trouble & Cops Provide It

"Some May Respect The Badge, But All Fear The Gun"

For International Readers, in the United States, the police are used to infiltrate political groups, break into homes without warrants, detain and arrest people on false charges, confiscate political materials, arrest journalist, arrest lawyers. Sound familiar? Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

Now all of this is in addition to the general state of surveillance that Americans live under including having every aspect of their lives under review by the State.

In America we are allowed to work in order to pay taxes, to serve the police, and military, and make more children to hand down our way of life to the next generation. In the mean time we storm ass all over the world, and want to promote our "freedoms".

In the videos you are about to see I couldn't be more proud of these young people. Twenty years ago, and this would never have happened, but there are tens of millions of young Americans who detest what has become of their nation. These young people have the courage to stand up for their country, and hopefully, we pray, that it isn't too late.

As the Bush administration gasps its last stinking rotting breath the GOP hopes to somehow maintain its sleazy corrupt grip upon the reigns of power. Stay tuned folks, it's about to get interesting.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some Protesters (Protesting is not a crime) broke the law, and the police were only doing their jobs arresting. Having said that the methods and techniques employed by law enforcement violated hundred's, if not thousand's, of citizen's constitutional rights - which makes the police law breakers too.

Live Feed Uptake Journalist Video Of RNC Cops Arresting Hundreds!

Watch As Live-Feed Uptake Journalist Narrowly Avoid Arrest

The following text was lifted from here.

In the months leading up to the Republican National Convention, the FBI-led Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force actively recruited people to infiltrate vegan groups and other leftist organizations and report back about their activities. On May 21, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted." Law enforcement sought to preempt lawful protest against the policies of the Bush administration during the convention.

RNC - Police Raid On "Convergent Center" Finds No Weapons

Since Friday, local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted preemptive searches, seizures and arrests. Glenn Greenwald described the targeting of protestors by "teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets." Journalists were detained at gunpoint and lawyers representing detainees were handcuffed at the scene.
"I was personally present and saw officers with riot gear and assault rifles, pump action shotguns," said Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who is representing several of the protestors. "The neighbor of one of the houses had a gun pointed in her face when she walked out on her back porch to see what was going on. There were children in all of these houses, and children were held at gunpoint."

RNC Police Raid Homes - Gather People For Detention Centers

The raids targeted members of "Food Not Bombs," an anti-war, anti-authoritarian protest group that provides free vegetarian meals every week in hundreds of cities all over the world. They served meals torescue workers at the World Trade Center after 9/11 and to nearly 20 communities in the Gulf region following Hurricane Katrina.

Also targeted were members of I-Witness Video, a media watchdog group that monitors the police to protect civil liberties. The group worked with the National Lawyers Guild to gain the dismissal of charges or acquittals of about 400 of the 1,800 who were arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. Preemptive policing was used at that time as well. Police infiltrated protest groups in advance of the convention.
Nestor said that no violence or illegality has taken place to justify the arrests. "Seizing boxes of political literature shows the motive of these raids was political," he said.

RNC - Police Continue To Win Hearts And Minds

So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protestors who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do," Greenwald wrote on Salon.
Preventive detention violates the Fourth Amendment, which requires that warrants be supported by probable cause. Protestors were charged with "conspiracy to commit riot," a rarely-used statute that is so vague, it is probably unconstitutional. Nestor said it "basically criminalizes political advocacy."

RNC - Police Round Up Journalist And Lawyers

Further evidence the political nature of the police action was the boarding up of the Convergence Center, where protestors had gathered, for unspecified code violations. St. Paul City Council member David Thune said, "Normally we only board up buildings that are vacant and ramshackle." Thune and fellow City Council member Elizabeth Glidden decried "actions that appear excessive and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation for those who wish to exercise their first amendment rights

On Sunday, the National Lawyers Guild and Communities United Against Police Brutality filed an emergency motion requesting an injunction to prevent police from seizing video equipment and cellular phones used to document their conduct.
During Monday's demonstration, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. At least 284 people were arrested, including Amy Goodman, the prominent host of Democracy Now!, as well as the show's producers, Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. "St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city to be," Greenwald wrote, "with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations."
Bruce Nestor said the timing of the arrests was intended to stop protest activity, "to make people fearful of the protests, but also to discourage people from protesting," he told Amy Goodman. Nevertheless, 10,000 people, many opposed to the Iraq war, turned out to demonstrate on Monday. A legal team from the National Lawyers Guild has been working diligently to protect the constitutional rights of protestors.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

David's Mother's Quilt Dream

Being the Tuesday evening after a three day weekend, a weekend in which I stayed up entirely too late, I felt very sleepy, and wanted a nap when I came home.

And so I took one, and actually wasn't interrupted!

The nap was so long that I actually experienced some REM sleep, and had one or more dreams.

The last dream had a snippet which was odd, but only because it referenced my friend, Dave of Actually it made reference to one of his mother's quilts.

I was in a different time and place, and so I am assuming it wasn't the now-when, but perhaps the recent past, or seeing through the eyes of another person (yes, I believe in that).

I was at a home in which everything was being moved, or actually had already been moved.

It was empty, except for some scraps of some cardboard boxes, and perhaps some moving tape.

But there was a desk, or some kind of pedestal sitting in the middle of the room - where I guess many boxes had moved through - a command center for the family which just moved.

Upon the squat little table lay a quilt - or perhaps it was an old comforter with patchwork.

I looked at it, and I felt I knew that I had seen it before, that it had belonged to my friend Dave's mother. It was a quilt, but not really a quilt as much as it was a heavy duty patchwork type comforter that was old. Something from the 1950s perhaps, and it had a pattern which I totally recall having seen at Dave's house perhaps on an old comforter at his house years ago.

Something I believe Dave would have used during his college years in the extension room which he blogged about.

I asked the mover, did I say there was a mover, who had just moved out of the house, and he said that he didn't know.

I said I knew who had just moved out, and that before he continued to move someone into the house that I wanted that old blanket.

He began to speak Spanish, but I believe I understood that he objected to me just taking the blanket, and I realized I was going to just take it anyway, and then

I realized I was dreaming, and decided I wanted to remember the dream and so I deliberately awoke.

Dream Ends

I went to see my daughter - no longer dreaming here folks - and she asked me about Sigmund Freud. She had just learned about Freud for the very first time today.

I told her that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and that Freud had some interesting ideas about dream interpretation, and I saw the coincidence in my half dream like state (which I still was in) while telling my daughter about dream interpretation, and considered it

more than just a coincidence

So I decided to write about my quilt dream, and post it.

That's it. Dave, where's that old blanket?

The Chrysler Conquest SRi

Springfield, Illinois - The Chrysler Conquest SRi

Click on the photo to enlarge it. I just thought this car looked very retro in a Mid 1980s kind of way. In fact I had never even heard of this car until today. I gave it the walk around, and snapped some photos of it. I then looked it up on Wikipedia. Made by Mitsubishi, and sold in the U.S. by Chrysler. The rear of the car (I didn't post the pic due to license plate) has wording that it is a "European Import", but I'm not sure how that could be.

Someone has taken very good care of this little red sports car for the last nineteen to twenty four years. If you check out the rims they look original, and are in perfect condition along with the rest of this car. Sort of as if someone had just transported it to 2008 from 1985!

A Red Chrysler Conquest SRi

The Chrysler Conquest doesn't shout luxury, and is an odd looking car from my perspective here in 2008. Some slight modifications, and this car would have been sex on wheels, but there's too many straight lines for me. Still I find the style peculiar to the 1980s, and therefore interesting in a historical kind of way.

Red Chrysler Conquest SRi in Springfield, Illinois

The front turn lights and air intake make the front of the car look like a squished fish face. No front license plate completes the sporty look. Definitely Japanese in style. Chrysler stopped making Conquest SRi at the end of the 1980s, and so I guess it was a kind of "New Wave" sports car for those who couldn't afford a porche.

By the way, the suped up version of this car took many victories in various races at the time.

I took this photograph from the parking lot of the Super Walmart off Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, Illinois on Labor Day 2008.

Monday, September 01, 2008

These Are Your Rights

Little Video On Youtube About Your Rights When Dealing With U.S. Police

Your Rights (The Clash)

  • The right not to be killed (unless done by a policeman or an aristocrat).
  • The right to food money (provided you are willing to submit to harassment and humiliation).
  • The right to free speech (as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it).

Sunday, August 31, 2008

My "Plan" For U.S. Energy Independence

My "Plan" For U.S. Energy Independence

Thank you CubConn for the idea.

Summary: Think plug-in flex fuel hybrids operating on biodieselhol made right here in the USA. The biodieselhol would be a mix of cellulosic and algae derived Biobutanol, and algae-biodiesel.

Such a mix would burn cleanly, be carbon neutral, domestically produced, renewable, and priced at today's fuel prices. It would not drive food prices up. It would be used in small super efficient diesel engines that would charge plug in hybrids (which use electric motors) when needed - thus achieving up to 100 MPG in an average sedan, or about half that in a full sized truck or SUV.

Think 80-100 MPG (easy to achieve, and already has been with a battery pack, and plug in kit using a Toyota Prius) for sedans, and 40-50 MPG for full sized flex fuel plug in hybrid trucks and SUVs.

Biodiesel and ethanol could be used to heat homes, and power factories.

The technologies are all converging on providing a solution to the problem of oil, and it is just a matter of having a government on the people's side long enough to help industries to convert.

Any solution will take time. No one can snap their fingers, and suddenly replace imported oil. Any solution will take decades. Existing automobiles will take up to thirty years to eliminate from the nations roads, and my plan would accelerate that to twenty years.

I recommend that the U.S. government take the major role in the transition toward a carbon neutral economy. Industry will do the work, but government needs to play an important role in getting the process started.

First, this will cost money, lots of it, so no balanced budget for awhile.

I don't pretend to know all of the details so I'm going to keep my proposal very rough.


I would implement a cap and trade program for green house gas emissions.

I would implement tough CAFE standards on cars, suvs, and trucks so that within ten years such fleets must average 45 MPG, within fifteen years 55 MPG, and within twenty years 70 MPG.

I would provide tax breaks to homeowners, landlords, developers, etc., to increase the energy efficiency of their commercial and residential buildings.

I would also restore, and triple tax breaks on the purchase of hybrid automobiles.

I would triple federal tax breaks for businesses, and homeowners which install solar voltaic systems.

I would provide federal grants to rural school districts which purchase solar systems and wind turbines to provide power for their schools.

I would mandate that all federal automobile fleets, including the postal service, use hybrid vehicles, and run on flex fuels.

I would mandate that every federal building install photovoltaic, and/or solar heating systems.

I would provide federal grants to each state to subsidize the installation of solar heating and electric systems to heat and power every state's governmental buildings, all the way down to the municipal level.

I would provide federal grants to any university, community college, secondary, and elementary school in the nation to help pay for the installation of photovoltaic systems.

I would provide grants to State, County, and Municipal governments to replace their fleets of automobiles and trucks with hybrids.

I would promote the use of biodiesel, cellulosic-ethanol, and biodieselhol in all military land, ships, and aircraft with the exception of nuclear powered craft. Jet aircraft fuel would also be derived from renewable sources.

I would pass laws which encourage municipalities to allow homeowners, and businesses which produce more electricity than they need to sell it to the utility companies, and force utilities to purchase that power.

I would provide tax incentives to investors in green companies.

I would provide low interest rate loans to businesses seeking to develop cellulosic ethanol.

I would provide low interest rate loans to businesses seeking to develop bio diesel.

I would fully fund mass transit programs, and high speed rail programs.

I would provide grants to governmental bodies to switch their mass transit systems so as to rely upon renewable domestically produced carbon neutral forms of fuel and energy.

I would fund cash rewards programs to businesses which pass milestones in the development of technology and processes which lead to energy independence.

I would fund carbon sequestration pilot programs (clean coal).

I would authorize the building of the next generation of nuclear power plants, and begin the process of moving and processing of spent nuclear fuel to the Yucca Mountain long term storage facility.

I would subsidize a proof of concept program on cracked rock geothermal, and provide tax breaks to companies starting such power plants.

I would provide grants to each state which could be used to build very large energy projects of their own choosing as long as they were carbon neutral, and use domestically produced energy.

I would encourage through grants and tax breaks the development of small scale hydroelectric plants.

I would require that all fuel service stations in the country offer ethanol based flex fuels, and biodiesel. Such stations would receive grants and tax breaks to pay for the cost of the installation.

I would provide for tax breaks for households and businesses which would install LED lighting, replacing less efficient forms of lighting. Less efficient forms of lighting would become illegal to sell after ten years.

I would make the standard gasoline engine illegal to sell (new) within ten years. Engines would need to be able to burn flex fuels, including: ethanol, biodiesel, or biodiesalhol.

I would make the sale of gasoline illegal within twenty years.

I would cut red tape, and reduce approval time for use of federal lands to be used by corporations, and municipal power companies for the development of those lands for photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power plants.

It could take ten or twenty years to break our dependence upon foreign oil, but it could be done in a way that creates jobs, and helps our economy. We're going to have to do it anyway, so why not do it in a way the benefits the people of the U.S. instead of waiting until the oil economy collapses.

CNN Calls Sarah Palin Maverick Pioneer

But I Thought McCain Was "Maverick"

CNN, ever concerned about bringing in additional oil and big pharma industry advertising has been spinning as best they can for their team - so much so that at times it gets a bit confusing

Can McCain and Palin Both Be Maverick?

We see in the screen capture above that CNN fails to indicate if their story title is a quote, an opinion piece, or simply a CNN pronouncement of a legal, or scientific fact. CNN, the advertising slut that it is, has continued its downward spin into the realm of such "news sources" as FOX, and the Globe. When it's not talking about politics it's filling its airtime with missing toddlers, and missing white women.

Why any real red state American simply knows that Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska is both a pioneer and a Maverick. It's even in children's books.

Every red state child knows the story of Sarah Palin. When she settled in Alaska she had to fight huge polar bears, and fly around in her helicopter using her machine gun to kill giant moose. She was a real pioneer, killing wild bears, and helping lumberjacks and oil company executives to build an oil and natural gas pipeline.

Oh yes, and she's a game changer. By the way, there's no identification at all in the article that the piece is quoting a source, or that it is a opinion piece. Therefore we must consider this article to simply be a statement of fact - without sources. CNN has endorsed the McCain Palin ticket! It's official!

Hurricanes To Increase Gasoline Prices

Hurricane Gustav Will Lead To Higher Gasoline Prices

With Hurricane Gustav headed toward the gulf at least a few oil related facilities will be disrupted, and with even a hint of disruption will come speculation on the oil commodities market - which means higher gasoline prices at the pump.

Unfortunately gasoline prices are already high, and with the labor day weekend anyone wanting to top off their tanks in preparation of even higher prices won't get much of a break. However, there's no telling how high gasoline prices could go.

Average Price of Regular Gasoline 08/30/2008 Springfield, Illinois Was $3.80/Gallon

Depending upon the track of the hurricane, and the amount of damage to offshore facilities, and coastal refineries I'd say we should expect to see prices over $4.00 per gallon by the middle of next week - perhaps even higher.

We in the U.S. might get lucky, and the hurricane may be made to veer off toward Mexico, but from all indications the time needed to make major changes in hurricane Gustav's course is rapidly coming to a close.

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