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Best Presidental Quote EVER

Better than Nixon saying (as Vice President) “you won’t have Dick Nixon around anymore” Of course he lied. Later he said “I am not a crook!” Again, he perjured.

Trump was very succinct. To the point. “I’m fucked” … actually, he’s sodomized with a shovel, sideways so it would hurt more.

Occupy Denver: not as badass as they pretend to be

DPD interrupt Occupy Denver protest at the Tattered Cover Bookstore
DENVER, COLORADO- Occupy activists were making their usual cacophony on Friday night when Denver police cruisers began converging into a familiar disproportionate show of force. Experienced skirmishers though Occupiers are, we couldn’t help whispering to each other as we watched more DPD officers accumulate on foot from vehicles yet unseen. The unintended effect of course was that our chanting diminished as the tension rose and Denver onlookers were treated to a literal illustration of the chilling effect of police intimidation. To make matters more embarassing, Occupy was shouting that we would not be silenced! By the time police were trooping upon us there was no sound but DPD boot steps and our “cameras on, everybody, cameras on.”

Our Friday night boycott of the Tattered Cover Bookstore is part of an OD operation to pressure downtown businesses to withdraw their support for the city’s urban camping ban, an ordinance which in effect criminalizes the homeless. The Tattered Cover claims to have asserted neutrality on the city’s decision to forbid sleeping and sheltering in public, but OD stands with Howard Zinn when he claimed “you can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Silence is consent. Injustice prevails when good people say nothing, yada yada. So it’s the Tattered Cover’s turn to step up to what is everyone’s responsibility. OD invited the Tattered Cover to sign a letter rescinding their support for the inhumane ordinance, but the Tattered Cover’s owner held to her obstinence. She was confident that her customers would have sympathy for her business’s precarious balancing act with the community’s unchristian conservatives. If the Tattered Cover wants to put business over doing the right thing, OD concluded that a boycott could provide the commensurate incentive.

A boycott strategy has worked twice before on this campaign. Actually, boycotts and pickets seldom fail. The global have-nots owe everything to street protest. Grown prosperous, middle America has been shorn of this wisdom. Most Americans do not know what protest is about, thus Friday nights in downtown Denver are also a teaching moment for Occupy. Pardon the inconvenience people of Denver, you’re welcome.

To be fair, for the uninitiated, protests are a messy, noisy thing.

As this Friday evening progressed, occupiers suspected the police were going to make an issue of the serenading, it was self-evidently less melodious than the previous weeks. Earlier we noticed officers dispatched in pairs into multiple directions seeking interviewees from among our audience. But we did not expect a DPD delegation to descend upon us at troop strengh. We began shouting down the DPD as their commander shouted “Can everybody hear me?” What authority had officers to interrupt our constitutional right to assemble? It is amply documented that when activists attempt to interrupt the meetings of others, with Occupy’s “mic check” for example, we are escorted from the room with rough haste.

In Occupy’s defense Friday night, we didn’t submit ourselves to being lectured about “what you are free to do etc, etc.” We knew our rights. We also suspected a noise complaint before the hour of 10pm was of dubious legitimacy. We did however accept an abridgement of our free speech, for the sake of, let’s call it, detente. Because it was dark and we were outnumbered.

A few Occupiers were not happy about being made to relinquish megaphones and drums on the trumped-up premise of signed noise complaints. The officers had obviously solicited the complaints; they had not been dispatched in response to any. Some Occupy wild cannons threatened to upset our disarmament truce. Our hushed reproaches become the next inadvertent impediment to regaining a chant momentum.

In debriefing it was agreed that the more impertinent among us are precious resources Occupy should not make a habit of quashing. When demonstrator numbers are enough to effect unarrests, we’ll have occasion to reject civil liberty infringing ultimatums and encourage the pushing of limits beyond the habitual collective consensus comfort level. This security culture indiscretion about protest strategy is tendered here as an encoded call to action.

BUT SERIOUSLY, what do you make of the Denver Police Department’s exagerated show of numbers at the Friday night action? It was the usual DPD MO in the heydays of Occupy, and it’s what they are throwing now at the Anonymous “Every 5th” resurgence, but what about OD’s campaign -to repeal the Urban Camping Ban- could have provoked a law enforcement surge aimed at its decisive truncation?

WHO KNEW a picket of such limited scope could draw such ire. We aren’t threatening Capitalism or banks or energy infrastructure, or DPD’s favorite, FTP.

However hypocritical and exceptionalist the Tattered Cover is behaving, I don’t believe they requested DPD’s move. But I don’t doubt the Downtown Business Partnership is fearful that the famed independent bookstore might cave to protester demands at which point the DBP’s mandate will lose its liberal cover. They know the inevitability of boycott victories, they’re business people.

A brief pictorial of protest in Colorado Springs and with Music

Done by Ed and with music courtesy of Rage Against the Machine I still have to get the embed code right. But that’s a youtube link. Anyhow, I’ve thought of that a lot, how is it that everything is “protest” against the actions of others? Granted that the others happen to be in the wrong virtually all of the time, but still, sometimes I think that their actions are the protest, a protest against everything considered civil and good and righteous. Sometimes some of the local rednecks will drive by and scream really stupid shit out of (usually the passenger side) windows of moving cars… like “get a job” at the recent Union support rally. Where, again, it wasn’t protesting AGAINST the thieving lying son of a goat and a whore Scott Walker and his actions, but in support of the would be victims of his latest assault.

One such “leanin’ out the passenger side of his best friends ride” screeched at us when Camp Casey CS was still up,

He: “Hey, you Hippies, This ain’t the 70s”

Me: “you’re right!”

That was in 2006 and the 70s had been over for 25 years. It took him that long to find out.

The screeched insults, the pathetic assaults by whoever was stupid enough to do their bidding, those were more protests against the fact that we happened to be RIGHT.

The wars ARE predicated on lies and run by cowards who would never once think of participation in the dirty work of getting their family fortune.

But, yeah, that does force us into the position of having to Rage… against the Machine. I still get to call it a Peace Rally rather than an Anti-War.

Wall Street Journal in Anti-Mosque Rant.

Saying that moderate Islam doesn’t exist, that al Qa’eda and Taliban operatives would kill anybody who expressed in the Arab Countries any non-extremist position.
What a Fat Load Of Shit.
Again painting Islam as a monolithic entity, no differences between nations or even PEOPLE.
Let’s put that in Christian Western Moderate terms yes? Since the Crusades pitted Christian against Christian more often that Christian against Muslim, and every war since then, German chaplains instructing their soldiers in Both World Wars to go into battle screaming “Gott Mit Uns” meaning, God is on OUR side, and the British Chaplains same way instructing their Cannon Fodder to scream “God and King!” as they marched in an orderly fashion through the portals of Hell…
There must not be any such thing as a Moderate Christian because the Radicals, like for instance Michelle Malkin, and Sarah Palin, and Glenn Beck, would have us all killed if we expressed any form of moderation. Although that IS the ultimate logical end of their truly screwed up mindset.

There’s an internet rule that nobody is supposed to be compared to the Nazi regime no matter how much their plans for a New World Regime goose-steps right along with the Nazi philosophy. That’s a huge benefit for Sarah and Glenn and Michelle and Pam Geller and similar Nazi-think-alikes.

Do they consider the import of their making war against ANY religious belief? Especially in the name of what many other churches would consider Fringe Elements in for instance Sarah Palin’s AOG church or Glenn Beck’s LDS church, or Hannity’s Catholic Church. The reason they’re writing Slave Owner Thomas Jefferson as being not really a Founding Father is because he actually wrote a treatise on Separation of Church and State. Something they deny was the Holy and Unquestionable “original intent” of the Holy, Saintly and of Course Unanimously Christian (even though the first four presidents and Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams were Deists, not Christian)

They’re writing off Jefferson not because of his slaves, a position of which they approve, National Burn the Confederate Flag Day 9/12 but because of his position on Religious Freedom implicitly and explicitly being dependent on No National Religion. He lived in Virginia, which before and even after the Revolution exchanged shots with the Catholic contingent in Maryland. Not a coincidence, but the very names Virginia and Maryland reflect the ongoing war in England at the time over Catholic-versus-Protestant.
Neither name has anything to do with the Virgin Mary. It’s Mary Stewart, Catholic, and Elizabeth Tudor the Virgin Queen of England who never married and officially never had sex,

Their bloody little Christian-on-Christian Crime Spree was just one corner of a Vast anti-Christian Christian Crusade which still goes on.
Both Virginia and Maryland not only each banned the other’s Major Denomination but also Jews, Quakers and Native American religions. Thomas Jefferson opposed that.

If the Muslim Countries had even HALF that kind of track record of Militancy there would be probably only two Muslim fellows left in the entire world, playing a mad game of Heavily Armed hide and seek, maybe peering at each other through sniper scopes as they each squeezed the trigger…

I can’t paint any human, not even me, as being a Perfect and Saintly type (although I come close)

(hey, flaunt what you got)
Neither can I demonize wholesale a quarter of the human beings in the world.
One thing I’ve learned, since I was old enough to choose and chose Christian, of all the religions in the world the one that probably has the Very Least room for casting stones is Christianity.

By the way, TeaBags, even if Obama WERE a Muslim, he’d still be the president. There’s no law requiring anybody to be of any religion in order to hold any public office. And there’s explicit Constitutional Law prohibiting any such a statute ever being passed. Bite me.

Also there’s a provision in Christian churches, because of the massive Christian on Christian ongoing crime spree, for somebody being secretly catholic or secretly protestant, or even secretly Jewish (view the book of Chadassah)(Esther) but there is NO such provision in Islam.

Guess opposing him on the strength of your Racial and Religious bigotry is a lot easier than opposing his continuance of the War, right? Especially since your TeaTard leadership supports the Continual War Everlasting.

Also if you did manage to have him arrested, deported, impeached, whatever, Joe Biden would be President. Not Sarah Palin.

Pentagon and State Dept Call leaked information Crimes

Just, you know, not the CRIMES committed by their agents and soldiers, it’s the revelation of those Crimes that’s ‘criminal’.
No word yet on any prosecution against the Rove-Bush Kartel for making false statements that have directly led to the deaths of thousands of United States servicemen (each one a capital offense, according the the Bush Doctrine) and a literally uncounted number of Afghan and Iraqi civilians. Although the Wikileaks reports did add a substantial number to that count.
No, the people who told massive lies to support starting and continuing the Mass Murder Campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, they’re not the subject of the Criminal Investigation, run in large part by Investigators who ARE Criminals.
It’s once again come down to prosecuting people for telling the Truth.

If War ended Fascism, as our Redneck Detractors say…

Then why does one of our major partners and Torture Contractors, Egypt, pull stunts like this?
They’re trying a blogger in a military tribunal, with a chance at one of those indefinite sentences like the Bush Administration first imposed in their War Of Terror, complete with Torture. Since the law they’re using is a direct copy from the so-called “patriot” act. And that Egypt was our primary source of Torturers until the Bush Regime identified and hired enough Sick Bastard PedoNecroSadoPhiles to staff our own torture centers like Bagram AFB, Abu Ghraib, and of course Guantanamo.
Actually the reason the War Proponents say that war ended Fascism, Communism, Slavery, etc etc..
Is because they’re liars as well as cowards. It’s kind of like when the British,French, Dutch, Russian and Belgian EMPIRES declared early in World War One that they were fighting to end Imperialism.

Using State Sponsored Terrorism to “combat terror”. Yeah. Right.
Fight Fascism by becoming fascists.

CU lawyer thinks it was Ward Churchill who may have violated 1st Amendment

Colorado State Court Room 6
DENVER- CHURCHILL TRIAL, DAY TWO. University of Colorado defense attorney Patrick O’Rourke wanted the jury to understand that Freedom of Speech was a complicated matter. He asked Dean of CU’s law school, David Getches, to confirm “Is First Amendment Law hard?” “Yes it is.” “Are you an expert on First Amendment law?” “No, I am not.” O’Rourke also got former Governor Bill Owens to admit the First Amendment concept was “tricky.” But no one could have conveyed it better than O’Rourke himself. He described how CU scoured Professor Ward Churchill’s work “to look for First Amendment violations.” Pretending to detail the school’s concern for protecting Churchill’s academic freedom, O’Rourke explained that when it was concluded that Churchill’s 9/11 Little Eichmann essay was protected speech, CU set about to find other instances where “what he said might violate the First Amendment.”