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The Ministry of Love (because non- compliance must be CRAZY right?)

In the book "1984" Winston Smith is arrested, and taken to the Ministry of Love, which in DoubleSpeak meant a Prison with a brainwashing facility. AKA, a psychiatric torture chamber. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, held in a similar facility, in the Soviet Union, was described as Mentally Ill by the Soviets and the Western Propaganda Media called it a Gulag, a Concentration Camp and ... Ministry of Love. When Massimo Tartaglia busted Berlusconi in the face by throwing a Church at him (literally, it was a model of the main cathedral in Milan), The GodlessFather Berlusconi first had a press release where Signor Tartaglia was taped begging his forgiveness, a "Ring Kissing" ceremony if ever I saw one. Berlusconi said he forgave him. And said two days later, as he was being bundled into his car, that "Love conquers hate". 18320

Right Wing Puppet throws shoe at al Zaidi

In Paris... Differences, this one was staged by Stooges of the Former Bu'ush Regime, and the Stooge who threw the shoe did so knowing full well he wouldn't be Tortured by U.S. Soldiers and their Iraqi Puppet Gestapo. Real "Courage" there. al Zaidi = REAL hero Paris Stooge who Risked Nothing to support Bush's Meat Puppet= real ZERO.

Iraq slipper thrower killed outright

Poor Ahmed Latif, killed in Fallujah this week for throwing his slipper at a US patrol. News reports are calling Latif a copycat of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, on the occasion of the Iraqi shoe thrower's release from custody. Reporters are also suggesting Latif was "mentally disturbed," instead of simply profoundly disturbed, by a development that might disturb you too. 9266

One man dared

I'd like to revisit photographs of George Bush. On everyone pictured standing next to him, I'll stamp "NOT AL-ZAIDI," meaning, NOT A HERO. The tag would apply to all of us of course, but in particular, to those who had a chance -but didn't- to confront the naked emperor. The single bravest man in the world, Muntadhar al Zaidi, was released from prison this week, to recount the torture he endured for his act. Is your courage bolstered or tempered by his example? We are inspired by the unbroken Al Zaidi, but his keepers, our governments, know how to repress our audacity. We're let to celebrate Al Zaidi as a hero, but he has also been made an example, for rule by state terrorism. 9138

Who says there is no good news?

1. Celebrity activists have joined to condemn the Toronto Film Festival's celebration of the movie industry of Tel Aviv, inappropriate while an Israeli regime ruthlessly exterminates its Palestinian Problem by seizing their lands, driving them into exile, and interning those who refuse to leave in the ghettos of Gaza and the West Bank, then making warm fuzzy movies about it. 2. Iraqi Bush Shoe-Thrower Muntadhar al-Zaidi has been freed! He says he was tortured for his act, but he didn't regret it. "I got my chance and I didn't miss it," he said, now missing a few teeth. The US media is equating Joe Wilson's affront to earnest debate to al-Zaidi's internationally-hailed angry repudiation of a lying mass-murderer. Good luck with that. 3. Activists have been arrested for protesting war recruiting in a Philadelphia mall where children were being offered an "Army Experience Center". Alright, arrests are not good news, in particular when they include the OpEdNews reporter covering the action, but it's always encouraging to see Americans stand between Army recruiters and their prey. 9075

Obama to free Iraqi hero early!

Iraq shoe thrower's jail term cut! ...Now, at long last, we do see a small change coming about in the US occupation of Iraq because of the election of Barack Obama! A man who terrorized McGeorge the Clown will be freed early thanks to Abraham Obama!   It only goes to show that Allah U Akbar! In God We Trust

Activism heroics and roadkill

This is by no means a complete list of contemporary populist heros, but I'd like to start with comedian Stephen Colbert, who roasted President Bush at a Washington Correspondents Association Dinner, like a court jester gone rabid. With celebrated White House correspondent Helen Thomas's help, Colbert belittled the decider-in-chief to his face right in front of his friends. 6501

Who has the famous al-Zaidi Bush shoes

Everyone's clamoring for the shoe heard around the world. The several manufacturers who claim to have cobbled the offending black oxfords are deluged in orders. A Saudi man has offered ten million dollars for Muntadhar al-Zaidi's original pair. But the NYT reports: "Explosives tests by investigators destroyed the offending footwear." Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! 5833

Papieren Bitte? Just your shoes please

Most people can easily conjure the cinematic image of Gestapo officers blocking train passengers, demanding "Your papers please." That such a scene could ever develop in America, haunts citizens opposed to national identity cards or embedded microchips. But with modern surveillance methods as pervasive as cellphones, perhaps today's state security services have less need to verify who we are. I'll assert the US Department of Homeland Security is charged more with making Americans feel the heavy boot print of authoritarianism. 5822

US media takes shoe, makes lemonade

Muntadha al-Zaidi's shoe may have missed George Bush, but it left a figurative black eye on the warrior emperor, and, a literal shiner on White House spokes- gidget Dana Perino. She was hit by a microphone as secret service agents rushed to protect the president. Which could not have worked out better for the US media. 5771

Bush Iraq press conference hits the fan

"THIS IS A FAREWELL KISS, YOU DOG!" --yelled al-Baghdadia news journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, as he hurled his first shoe. Finally someone brave enough to have at our obscene Reprobate-in-Chief! What does this say about reporters, officials and celebrities who have access to President Bush but take their shoes off only to show fealty? Homeland Security has all of us removing our shoes, but it took an Iraqi to know what to do with them. If the world needed a sign of hope, that someone would at last stand up to America's miserable criminality, new-detainee al-Zaidi is the one. 5748

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