Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tancredo Calls Miami a "Third World Country"

Full-time racist, part-time Congressman, Tom Tancredo has told an online news site that Miami Florida "has become a third world country".
Recently, Tancredo visited Florida to attend Restoration Weekend, a gathering of conservative activists. Afterwards, he told the online news site, "Look at what has happened to Miami. It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you're in the United States of America. You would certainly say you're in a Third World country."
Tancredo's comments had Miami Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen reacting quickly, but in my opinion, not hard enough. She called Tancredo "flat out wrong", but then went on to offer him an invitation to Florida.
"I invite my friend, Tom, to visit beautiful Miami, my hometown, and experience firsthand our hospitality. Come on down, Tom, the water's fine!"
Tancredo, who chairs the House Immigration Reform Caucus & backed the fence along the Mexico border idea, said Monday in an email that his comparison was based on crime statistics that he believes "are deeply rooted in the immigration debate".
So Tancredo thinks that the majority of crime committed in the United States is done by non-Americans, immigrants.
And although Tancredo mentions in his email that the number of homicides in Miami county reached 200 for the year, he FAILS TO MENTION that the number has actually DECREASED since the 1980's.
Tancredo goes on to expose more of his ridiculous racist thoughts by saying, " Moreover, the sheer size and number of ethnic enclaves devoid of any English and dominated by foreign cultures is widespread. Frankly, many of these areas could have been located in another country. And until America gets serious about demanding assimilation, this problem will continue to spread."
And this asshole may run for President in '08! If he ignorantly decides to persue that idea I will happily join the millions who will laugh his ass all the way back to Colorado, for racists have no place in the White House, or any goverment position.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Bush/Blair Duet

Border Vigilante Found Guilty

On Wednesday, Roger Barnett, a border vigilante, was found guilty in the civil trial that stemmed from an October 30th, 2004 incident.
Roger Barnett, his wife & brother, stopped Arturo, Ronald, Vanese, & Angelique Morales & a friend of theirs while out on a hunting trip. Upon finding the group on land that Barnett leases for grazing livestock, Barnett yelled racist obsenities & pointed his AR-15 assault rifle at the 3 young girls (ages 9 & 11) & 2 men & threatened to kill them.
All hunters were Americans of Mexican decent. After testimony from other hunters who had previously been assaulted & yelled racist obsenities at by Barnett, he was ordered to pay $ 98,000 to the plaintiffs!

And the Minutemen would like you to believe this isn't about race.

For more on this story visit Migra Matters

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Quote/Pic Of The Day

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Charges Against A.N.S.W.E.R. Activist Dropped!!

Back on July 8th, 2006, I attended an anti-Minutemen/SOS protest in Hollywood & was disgusted at what I witnessed from the LAPD. They unleashed a fury of baton blows onto comrades simply videotaping the police actions. All was caught on tape, as seen above.
Jose Villa & Christen Westberry were beaten, & Jose was charged with felony "lynching".
The felony charges have been DROPPED against Jose!!!! This is great news, as the whole incident has not left my mind since that fateful day.
Also, the LAPD is going to file administrative charges, rather than criminal charges, against the officers involved. That is unfortunate, considering that the LAPD acted like criminal thugs that day.

Pictured above is Christen Westberry after the brutal LAPD beating, nursing her wounds.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Minutemen & Neo-Nazis: Continuum Of Hate

Excerts from ISR Issue # 50 Nov-Dec '06: By, Josh Gryniewicz

" In Texas, two men brutalize and sexually assault a Hispanic teenager, dousing him with bleach and stubbing out cigarettes on his skin. In Tennessee, a former Klansman and corrections officer is arrested with 5 pipe bombs intended to blow up a bus of Mexican workers, "They are over here illegally and nothing gets done to them," he argued. On the border, at the notorious Ranch Rescue-a group instrumental in establishing the Minutemen co-founder Chris Simcox's first group, the Civil Homeland Defense-two undocumented El Salvadorian immigrants are illegally detained at gun point, where, according to their testimony, they are pistol-whipped and harassed by trained attack dogs.
According to a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League, these are just a few examples of the more than 2,500 hate crimes against Latinos documented by the FBI since 2000; violence that has been spawned by a bipartisan-endorsed, media-driven climate of hate, bankrolled by right-wing forces.
Two contrasting currents are coursing through the country in the wake of the mega-marches last spring, polarizing the immigration debate and forcing the issue into mainstream American discourse. One embodies a million-strong, immigrant-led, grassroots mobilized civil rights movement, recently formed into a National Alliance for Immigrant Rights, which coordinated Labor Day actions throughout the country. The other is marked by a anti-immirant hysteria incessantly perpetuated by the political establishment and mass media alike-which has galvanized the Right-wing contributing to a dramatic increase in hate groups and the savage crimes they perpetuate.
Since 2000, this hysteria has given rise to far-Right hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations, increasing by 33% from 602 to 803. Festering like an open wound, white supremacist, skinhead and Nazi rallies are springing up throughout the country, using anti-immigrant rhetoric as their wedge issue. The Minuteman Project has spawned sixty spin off groups, drawing leadership directly from the extremist ranks of the Patriot militias that had collapsed after the Oklahoma City bombing, while continuing to increase their membership. The Minutemen and their defenders claim that linking them to Nazi hate groups is "guilt by association". As co-founder Jim Gilchrist put it, "We are not racists. We don't endorse racism, and we're not a hate group." The reality, obscured by a complicit media, is that the Minutemen--advocates of gun-toting vigilantism--have attracted to their banner a range of far-Right fanatics, including those who openly advocate for the assassination, lynching, and murder of Blacks, Latinos, and other minorities."

" Not even Gilchrist's 2005 congressional bid encouraged him to part ways with openly fascist groups. A number of his campaign volunteers were from skinhead and white nationalist organizations, working the phone banks & computers while distributing neo-Nazi propaganda. Cliff May, a former campaign volunteer, stated: "Gilchrist has assured the media several times he had a zero-tolerance policy toward white supremacists.But from what I saw from the inside, it was more like, 'Don't ask, don't tell."
Since the Mintuemen Project's coming out party in April 2005, when they first emulated the 1977 Ku Klux Klan Border Watch for a month-long "patrol" of the Arizona-Mexico border, it's ties to open white supremacists have been well-documented. At least six members of the National Alliance who openly recruited for the "border patrol"--and one from the Aryan Nation, were among the early all-white recruits."

" Johnny and Michael, two members of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, strapped with semi-automatic pistols and standing alongside Gilchrist, were more to the point: " We're in a race war, not a peace march." Michael elaborated on his own immigration policy: "You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line." Such savage sentiment was shared even by those who were not organized racists, "It should be legal to kill illegals," another volunteer outfitted with a revolver specially chambered to fire shotgun shells expressed, " Just shoot 'em on sight."
These truths about the nature of the Minutemen have been omitted from media coverage. A recent American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report that surveyed 581 articles and editorials about the vigilantes found "six areas of consistent misperception and innaccuracy", including "the extremist and xenophobib motivations" of the group; an underreporting of participation and promotion of the Minutemen Project from the white supremacist community"; and an almost complete omission of the "violence and illegal activity" perpetrated by the Minutemen and other vigilante groups."

"In fact, SOS had confederate flags, swastikas, and Hitler-era "seig-heil" salutes on display at a July 2005, demonstration at a day laborer center in Laguna Beach, CA. The groups leader, Joe Turner, justified lamely: "Just because one believes in white separatism, that does not make them a racist". In a chat room for the white supremacist Web site Stormfront, the story was painted somewhat differenly, as one online contributor wrote, groups like SOS are a "Trojan horse" for hardcore racists to enter more legitimated, "mainstream" anti-immigrant politics. "This is a movement every WN (white nationalist) should support and be active in." Underscoring this point, the sight has jumped to 52,000 users since 2005, even garnishing an uncritical nod from a FOX news affiliate."

"A number of other human rights groups have noted the parallels between the new Minutemen and militias as well. The Center for New Communities Building Democracy Initiative, an anti-nativist watchdog group, points out "The Minutemen of today and the militias of a decade ago have many commonalities ideologically. Despite all their 'law-and-order' rhetoric, they both rely on illegal paramilitary vigilantism and intimidation to push public policy.
Historically, this is the role vigilante bands have always fulfilled. Their violent rhetoric often accompanied by extreme action serves the system in an effort to terrorize those with the confidence to fight back, while attempting to push the mainstream argument further to the right."

For the entire article, which is amazing & well-written, visit the above link to ISR.

KKKramer Gives Mel Gibson A Run For His Money!

This racist ass totally lost control! I hope his career goes down in flames, if it wasn't already, as a result of this.
May this prove to all, that racism in this country is not dead, & needs to be dealt with. It starts with our children. We need to start incorporating into school's curriculum a class or program that will address racism, homophobia, & that teaches respect for all humans.

Info On Oaxaca

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Muslim UCLA Student;Victim Of Police Brutality

Pic Of The Day


Los Angeles reached 90 degrees today! Is it really mid-November?

Bush Appoints Contraceptive-Hater For Chief of Family Planning Program!?

The Bush administration has just appointed a new Chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services.
The new Deputy Assistant Secretary for population affairs will advise Secretary Mike Leavitt on things such as adolescent pregnancy & reproductive health. This position oversee's $ 283 million in annual family-planning grants that are designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies & information to anyone who needs & wants them.
So why the HELL would the Bush administration appoint Eric Keroack???
Keroack is a medical director of A Woman's Concern, a non-profit Chrisitan group out of Massachusetts, & an obstetrician-gynocologist.
Keroack also opposes contraception, refuses to distribute information promoting birth control, & supports sexual abstinence.
Marilyn Keefe, interim President of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association has said that Keroack's work "seems to really be geared toward furthering anti-choice, anti-contraception policies."
This is further proof that Bush is totally out of touch with reality & on a clear path to deny women not only the right to choose what to do with their own bodies, but to keep birth control & STD control unavailable to them.
A Women's Concern, the Chrisitan pregnancy-counceling organization that Keroack is Medical Director for, regards the distribution of contraceptives as "demeaning to women". The group also supports abstinence until marriage, opposes contraception & will not distribute any information on birth control at it's 6 centers in Massachusetts.
Their website states that distribution of birth control is "adverse to human health and happiness"!!
Asked if Keroack's transition to a federal program where provison of birth control is an intregral part, President of A Woman's Concern, Mark Conrad said, " I don't think it's going to be an issue for him".
Are you fucking kidding me?? After reading this I immediately scrolled to the source of this article to make sure it wasn't from 'The Onion'!!
One more reason that the White House must be fully exterminated of Republicans come 2008! We cannot afford to have people & ideologies like this in federal agencies as important as Family-Planning & Health.
This appointment did not require Senate confirmation, which is why we need a President in '08 that is anything BUT a Republican.
Bush promised bipartisanship after the recent elections, but this is just the opposite.
Once again, Bush injects his religious, Neo-Con, conservative, jurassic beliefs into this country's federal agencies, at the expense of all women.
Make sure this stops by voting against ALL Republicans in 2008. If your a woman, stand up for yourself & fellow women! These are your rights at stake--save them by voting out all Repugs in 2008!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Marine Gets Light Sentence For Murder & Coverup

Marine Private, John J. Jodka, who pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the killing of an innocent Iraqi civilian, was sentenced to just 18 months in custody today.
The military judge wanted to give Jodka a 5 year sentence, but was bound by the terms of the plea deal.
After reviewing evidence, including a video made by the Marine squad 2 days after the murder, where 20 year old Jodka made profane jokes about murdering more people in Iraq.
Jodka was part of a squad of 7 Marines & one Navy corpsman. They kidnapped 52 year old Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania, Iraq, taking him to a roadside hole, shooting him & then tried to cover up the incident.
This was outright murder of an innocent Iraqi civilian & was followed by a dirty attempt to cover up the disgusting crime. All of these military members should be sentenced to life in prison--in Iraq.
1 1/2 years for the murder of an unarmed man? Not only is this a mass injustice for this poor man & his family, but this sets such a bad example for the military in Iraq.
I wonder if Private John J. Jodka sleeps at night, or if Hashim Ibrahim Awad haunts his dreams?

Pic Of The Day

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Brown, The New Black: Texas Gives Green Light To Racism

Farmers Branch, a Dallas, Texas suburb has become the first Texas city to pass "tough anti-immigration measures", a move that will surely promote racism & discrimination.
City Council members approved fines for landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, allow the local authorities to screen suspects in police custody to check their immigration status, & makes English the official language.
Attorneys with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund told Council members prior to the vote that these proposals could violate federal housing laws that prevent discrimination, as well as the 1st Amendment. But the pricks at City Council paid no mind, boasting, " We passed this expecting to be sued," Council Member Tim O'Hare said.
Farmers Branch is 37% Hispanic, according to the Census. So these measures passed will most definately alienate them, as well as discriminate against them, regardless of legal status.
Also, it puts landlords in the position of ICE or Border Patrol, which they are NOT qualified to do. Landlords are not trained to recognize legal documents such as immigration papers, therefore cannot be allowed to determine if one is "illegal" or "legal".
And an "English Only" city?? Don't get me started. This is nothing but an ineffective symbolic measure that is xenophobic & discriminates, which is sure to promote hate & discrimination towards non-English speaking people.
Making English the "official language" of the US is about as urgently needed for as making hotdogs the official food at baseball games! The "English Only" measure has been proven to also imperil programs that can help non-English students & adults attain English proficiency.
Not a good move, Texas.

FDA Adds Warning On Bogus Bird-Flu Drug

Recently, more than 100 cases of hallucinations, delirium, & other unusual psychiatric behavior in patients treated with the supposed "Bird Flu" drug, Tamiflu, has prompted the FDA to add a new warning label to the drug.
The FDA updated the label after getting 103 reports of abnormal behavior, mostly from children in Japan. Japan used the most Tamiflu over any other country, with 30 million plus prescriptions since 2001.
Here in the U.S., it has been prescribed around 8 million times since 1999, at a rate of about 2 million times a year.
And although the number of reports of strange, bizarre behavior from people taking Tamiflu is increasing, the FDA & Tamiflu producers Roche, either blame the actual flu for the patients behavior, or state that there is no direct link between the odd psychiatric behavior & the drug Tamiflu.
The 103 new cases occurred between August 29, 2005 & July 6, 2006. This marks a sharp increase when comparing the 126 similar cases reported & logged for more than 5 years.
The number & nature of the newly reported cases, along with comments from doctors who believe the drug caused the strange behavior, keeps the FDA from completely ruling out Tamiflu as the cause.
Once again, the Pentagon's Bird Flu hoax makes headlines. Last year, against all scientific prudence & routine public health procedures, the world population was whipped up into a frenzy of fear that only the US goverment can provide. Irresponisble public health officials from the US administration & the USCDC warned the world of the dangers of a viral strain that might be spread from birds, similar to the flu pandemic of 1918. This led to billions in taxpayer money going to a handful of pharmaceutical giants positioned to profit big. One of them being the Swiss-US pharmaceutical company Roche Holdings.
The ONLY medicine we are told that reduces the symptoms of "Bird Flu" is the drug Tamiflu, produced by Roche.
Due to the fear & total media panic, Roche is overflowing still with orders for Tamiflu. The company has also refused a request from the US Congress to lift it's executive patent rights to allow other drug manufacters to produce Tamiflu, saying it's just too complex for others to rapidly produce....Yeah, right!
The real interest though, is the California company that developed Tamiflu & gave the marketing rights to it's patented discovery to Roche, Gilead Sciences Inc.
And who's tied to Gilead??? The recently "resigned" US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld!
Rumsfeld was once named Chairman of the Board for Gilead Sciences, but resigned in 2001 when he became the Secreary of Defense.
While Rumsfeld was Sect. of Defense, he purchased additional stock to Gilead Sciences Inc, worth $ 18 million, making him it's largest stock owners today.
So, Rumsfeld, the same man who supported the use of contrived intelligence to justify the Iraq invasion, now reaps the huge benefits of a flu panic his administration has done everything to promote.
And now, the "Bird Flu" drug Tamiflu is causing crazy psychiatric behavior, delirium, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, & suicidal thoughts from it's patients.
Coincidence?? I think not.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, or whatever. But this is one of the many reasons I refuse to take any "vaccine" promoted by the US goverment, or that it's administration reaps the benefits from. I shake my head at the countless sheep that stand in line every winter at their local pharmacy to recieve hell-knows-what injected into their arms by the goverment. Thanks, but no thanks.
Just follow the money.

"V" Meets The Secret Service

From: IndyMedia via We The People Foundation

" On Monday, November 6, 2006, "V" visited security checkpoints at the White House, the main Treasury, IRS and Justice Department Buildings and the Capitol. "V"'s purpose was to deliver the People's Petitions for Redress of Grievances relating to the Goverment's violations of the war powers, tax, privacy and money clauses of the Constitution, and to inform key goverment officials that at least 100 more "V" 's would be at their doorstep on November 14th (today) expecting a response to the Petitions.

When an agent asked if "V" would remove his mask for identification purposes, "V" explained that that would defeat the very purpose of the mask, which was to give expression to the fact that the nation was becoming a police state, that too many people were becoming afraid to be identified as dissenters or protestors, and that this was not in the long term interest of a free people. The agents accepted the veracity of "V" 's message and refrained from veering "V" from his vanguard visit as the vox populi.

Many law enforment agents dutifully responded to the first impression security concerns caused by "V" 's dramatic and startling presence at the seat of govermental power. All but one who confronted "V" were generally pleasant, professional and ultimately respectful of the voraciously valued Rights of peaceful protest, dissent and Petition that "V" was claiming and exercising. Unfortunately, there was one agent who, either out of vanity, vice, or emotional instability, believed his vows of service and badge would vindicate his use of violence where clearly none was justified.

One Secret Service agent near the White House, even after he and all the other agents had recognized that the toy daggers in "V" 's belt were plastic and part of the costume, and despite the clearly peaceful and non-threatening behavior of "V" the officer forcefully seized the plastic daggers from "V" 's belt. After a bit of mental gymnastics between the agent and "V", amid the growing public spectacle and peer pressure from his fellow officers(who voiced their agreement with "V" 's logic and assertion of his Rights), "V" eventually prevailed over the vexed officer and succeeded in securing the return of the toy daggers."

..."At "V" 's request, a Secret Service agent called up to the White House to ask if someone would come to the gate to accept service of the papers. After 20 minutes or so, word came to the gate house that the papers should be mailed to the President. This was done the next day."

Watch the streaming video documenting "V" 's visit to the Capitol and his valiant efforts to Petition the goverment.

Video Link

Monday, November 13, 2006

Bush Says We Should Be "Proud" Elections Weren't Cancelled!

According to Bush, you should be 'proud' the elections weren't cancelled!

" One freedom that defines our way of life is the freedom to choose our leaders at the ballot box. We saw that freedom earlier this week, when millions of Americans went to the polls to cast their votes for a new Congress. Whatever your opinion of the outcome, all Americans can take pride in the example our democracy sets for the world by holding elections even in a time of war."-Bush

Ummm, I had no idea that there were other options, even in a "time of war". And really, who's he kidding? It's an invasion, not a war!!
This statement by Bush is rather freaky.
Something tells me he may try & pull this card out in 2008. Imagine that? I don't even want to go there!
For someone who often shoots the word "Freedom" out of his ignorant mouth, he sure seems obsessed with taking it away!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pic Of The Day

Hat tip to PsychoticPatriot.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Democrats Win Senate!!!

The Virginia seat goes to Webb!

Don't let the door hit ya in the ass 'Macaca'!

Quote Of The Day

" Look, this was a close election. If you look at it race by race, it was close. The cumulative effect, however, was not too close. IT WAS A THUMPIN'."---Pres.Bush

S.O.S. Founder Loses School Board Election!

Joseph Turner, founder of the racist anti-immigrant group Save Our State (S.O.S.) (pictured above) ran for San Bernardino City Unified School Board member in California this election &.....LOST!!!!!
Turner received a pathetic 11.09% of the votes (4,305), while Lynda K. Savage sailed to victory.
Joseph Turner was hoping to implant his racist ass onto the school board in hopes that he could deny the children of immigrants, which he calls "anchor babies", equal rights in school. But, it looks as if the people voted to keep racism out of our schools!
Mysteriously though, some comments left on the S.O.S. website forum regarding Turner's upcoming "victory" have disappeared! Just days ago, S.O.S. members, including Turner himself, were openly discussing a post election victory get-together after this Saturday's Maywood 2 protest. That's right, S.O.S. failed to learn it's lesson the first time around (they're a little slow), so this Saturday they plan to invade the city of Maywood once again. The people of Maywood will be ready, no doubt.

Sidenote: Loretta Sanchez beat anti-immigration candidate Tan Ngyuen in the Orange County race!!!!

Poor S.O.S has had real shitty luck this election! First their leader Turner loses, then their anti-immigrant Nguyen gets beat out by Sanchez, a proponent of amnesty! Plus the Democrats win big in the House & Senate!

Hopefully S.O.S. will follow the Republicans down in flames!

Revolutionary Of The Week

Clara Fraser

Clara Fraser was born March 12th, 1923 in Boyle Heights, California, a working class, multi-ethnic neighborhood in East L.A.
Born to radical Jewish parents, her mother was a liberal socialist from Russia who worked in the garment industry & served as a business agent for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, & her father was an anarchist & a staunch member of the Teamsters Union.
Early on, in her teens, Clara was at the forefront of agitation for civil rights & socialism. She was a strong feminist way before the 60's women's lib. movement, & stood for lesbian/gay rights, race liberation, feminsim, & socialism. She welded these issues into the framework of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) & Radical Women, which she co-founded & led for many years as FSP Secretary, & at the time of her death, National Chair.
Clara combined Marxist theory, interracial solidarity, grassroots organizing, & emphasized building united fronts & a working class political party.
Clara found work as an electrician at Boeing Aircraft & successfully campaigned for increased involvement of women in the International Assoc. of Machinists, as well as first class union membership for blacks.
Although Fraser was hounded from job to job by the FBI, she still participated in many political causes throughout the 50's & 60's while raising 2 sons.
In 1965, Fraser helped lead the Seattle branch of the Socialist Workers Party in a cut to create the Freedom Socialist Party, which was committed to revolutionary socialism, African American rights,& women's liberation.
In 1967, Fraser joined radical Gloria Martin to form Radical Women. It's goal was to teach women the know-how, leadership skills & workingclass consciousness that many were denied in the male-dominated movements. She also helped lead Washington state's first abortion rights demonstration.
Fraser was arrested in an anti-apatheid protest at the South African Consulate in Seattle in 1985.
Fraser is best known for as the woman who beat Seattle City Light in a 7 year discrimination case. The utility fired her for her participation & leadership in a huge 11-day strike she designed to bring women into electrical trades..
Once retired, Fraser was able to be a full-time advisor for FSP & Radical Women. For 2 decades Fraser had been a columnist for the Freedom Socialist newspaper. Some of these writings, as well as other writings, are collected in her book, "Revolution, She Wrote". In the book's dedication, she wrote, " The act of fighting injustice is full of hope and joy when it is viewed, and properly so, as a slice of an innate historical tradition, an ancient reaching out for universal human fulfillment."
Clara Fraser died February 4th, 1998 in Seattle of emphysema.
Her vision, her tenacity, & her talents profoundly impacted social change movements in the United States & internationally, & for that she is this week's Revolutionary Of The Week.

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The Socialist Wins!!!!

Bernie Sanders, the only self-proclaimed Socialist in Congress, has won the Senate seat! Overwhelming the Republican newcomer Richard Tarrant, Sanders will add a much needed presence at the Senate.
Sanders, 65 years old, has served 8 terms in the House of Representatives for the state of Vermont.
On Tuesday night, he spoke to a roomful of supporters after his victory & said, " The time is long overdue for the United States Senate and House to start representing the working families of America and not just the rich and powerful. The time is long overdue to end the national disgrace of childhood poverty while we give hundreds of billions in tax breaks to people who don't need it." Adding, " And the time is long overdue for the United States of America to join the rest of the industrial world and provide health care to every man, woman and child as a right of citizenship."
Among the issues that Sanders has worked for over the years has been the price of prescription drugs. In fact, he led the first bus tour of senior's to Canada to buy discounted drugs. Sanders also pushes for Social Security, veteren's benefits, & raising the minimum wage.
Today, the country gains a great Senator, who promises to work for the working folk of this country & fight capitalism, as well as fight for better health care in the U.S.
Give 'em hell Bernie!!!

Bye, Bye War Whore!

The Republican's would like you to think that Donald Rumsfeld's resignation today was a well-thought out move by President Bush, made before the elections.
In reality, Bush has never wanted Rumsfeld to go, nor did Rumsfeld himself. Bush obviously felt backed into a corner by not only Democrats, but all involved, to get Rumsfeld out when he heard how the elections were going to turn out.
In other words: He Had No Choice!
Bush HAD to get Rumsfeld out in order to save his own ass, & whatever's left of his posse in Washington.
The country has spoken. We want change. We want the catastrophe that is Iraq to be dealt with, & dealt with properly.
Bush knew that with the Democrat's taking control of the House, & quite possibly the Senate (still waiting on Maccaca'a defeat), not only would Donald Rumsfeld's resignation be called for, but possibly the President's as well. Bush & his people were not willing to risk that, especially with the demise of the NeoCons in Washington.
The Republicans will continue to try & spin this to their advantage as always, but we all know that they have finally recieved the ass-kicking they have deserved for so long!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Update

Democrats Win House!

Democrats Need Just 3 Seats To Win Senate!

8:51 pm, Pacific Time

Sanctity Of Marriage???

Pic Of The Day

Lessons From Our Comrades In Oaxaca

This video is of the events in Oaxaca on November 2nd in front of the University of Oaxaca. The federal police were trying to break in & destroy the radio station, the people's main line of communication with each other. The entire town came out to defend this, fighting back & winning an amazing victory that we here in the United States should learn from.
The people of Oaxaca are not sheep. They refuse to stand by while a corrupt Governer resides in THEIR town. They want him removed. He refues to go. Therefore, the brave people of Oaxaca stand their ground & refuse to be ignored & bullied by their goverment.

*In this video, you first hear the voice of radio Oaxaca calling for citizens to come out & form barricades around the University to protect the radio station. Saying, "We cannot allow this important voice to be lost."
*You watch, as the people respond, creating barricades.
*You will watch as a man & woman scold the federal police & appeal to them as fellow Mexicans with families, reminding them that they are no different than the people in the streets that they are attacking.
*Watch as police helicopters drop tear gas onto the crowds & into the University.
* Watch as the people of Oaxaca reclaim their streets in victory.

One More Reason To Rid This Country Of E-Voting

Reports are already coming in regarding problems with the electronic voting machines being used in some precincts. I have never trusted these machines, nor will I ever. I used the Absentee Ballot method this year, & although that in itself is scary not knowing if your ballot actually made it by mail, it seems much safer than E-voting.
Today, reports are that "programming errors", & "inexperience" in dealing with electronic voting machines have messed with hundreds of precincts already.
The use of electronic voting machines not only increases the risk of corruption, but has also proven to be difficult for voters, especially the elderly. I refuse to vote from these machines, & maybe if all Americans did, Congress would outlaw these machines of corruption!
Hopefully, this has no bearing on taking the Republicans out of the House & Congress by their hair, & tossing them out onto the curb to be picked up with the rest of the trash! This country is in serious need of change, & cleaning up the House & Congress by taking out some stinky trash, is a good place to start.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bush Signs Police State/ Martial Law Acts

On October 17th, in a private Oval Office ceremony, Bush signed two very scary Acts which threaten the core of America as we know it.
The Public Law 109-364 or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R.5122), allows the President to declare a "public emergency" & station troops anywhere in America & take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governer or other local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder".
On the same exact day, Bush also signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The 2 laws complement one another. One allows for torture & detention in other countries, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence here at home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of the US. Nothing short of Martial Law & a Police State.
Section 1076 of the Authorization Act, which grants the Pentagon $500-plus billion for it's actions, is titled, "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies." Section 333, "Major public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law" states that " the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occured to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaing public order, "in order to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."
For Bush, "enforcement of the laws to restore public order" means to commandeer National Guard from any state, over the objections of local goverment, military & local police; ship them off to another statee, conscript them in a law enforcement mode; & set them loose against "disorderly" citizens--protesters, even, or those who object to forced vaccinations & quarantines in the event of a bio-terror event!
The law also facilitates militarized police round-ups & detention of "PROTESTERS", so-called "ILLEGAL ALIENS", " POTENTIAL TERRORISTS", & other "DESIRABLES" for detention in facilities already contracted for & under construction by Halliburton.
You read right. Detention camps are being constructed right under our noses designed for ANYONE who RESISTS the foreign & domestic AGENDA of the BUSH ADMINISTRATION!!
The new law, signed by Bush in a private White House ceremony, further collapses the divide between the military & police: A TALE TELL SIGN OF A RAPIDLY CONSOLIDATING POLICE STATE IN THE U.S., all accomplished by selling it as part of the "war on terror".
Despite the shocking & unprecedented nature of this act, there has not been an outcry by the American public or media, & little reaction from elected members of Congress.

What the hell is wrong with the sheep of this country to allow Bush to sign such a law???
We should all be out in the streets demanding the impeachment of Bush, & demanding we get OUR country back!
You need to fully understand the ramifications of this law/act, & take your I-Pods out of your damn ears, & the blindfolds off your eyes!

We, & when I say we, I mean those who protest against the goverment, those of us who practice our free speech rights regardless of whether it coincides with the goverments or not, those of us with a different color skin than the majority in the White House, those of us who blog a little too far to the Left------WE ARE ALL AT RISK!!!
This law means that Bush can just make a call & have the National Guard or military show up at the next protest you might attend, round everyone up, & shipped off to Dissenter Camp.
This is no joke. This is no conspiracy theory. This is no exaggeration. THIS IS REAL.

So What Will YOU Do About It?
Or follow the flock to slaughter.

Save Our State Hate

Upon review of Save Our State's website forum, where member's post comments, etc, I found some very disturbing, hateful speech. This talk does WONDERS for their "cause".

Here's what they say regarding Halloween:

" We might not be able to check the legal status of illegal aliens at the polls. But we sure can ask for proof of citizenship of all Trick or Treaters before we give them any candy."--Citizenparker 10/17/06

" I am going in "brown face" as an illegal alien. Wearing a Viva Mexico shirt and some dirty jeans and a hair net and I am going to call every white person I see a "bitch" and a "racist" and talk leek theeese, esee!!"--IronCross 10/31/06

" I just answer the door in my La Migra costume. It scares the snot out of them & they never come back. For the past 2 years I've watched the same group work the neighborhood but walk by my house without stopping."--Esteban de Aztlan 10/17/06

" We get Mexicans by the van load here, large groups of ADULTS come to the door without any children & expect candy, no costumes, they dont even say Trick or Treat. And they speak no english, of course. It's just one more American tradition that the culture of Mexico has ruined."--george haydukke 10/19/06

" I have a special batch of "candy" drying out in the backyard right now. I have to thank my two dogs for making the "candy". I'll still give regular candy to the really small illegal alien kids, they dont know any better. As for the teenagers & adults, dried dog candy."--Esteban de Aztlan 10/19/06

" I'm trying to bribe the grounds keeper at a local cemetary to program the sprinklers to come on in the middle of Dia de los Muertos. It would make a great Amazing Racist video..."--Esteban de Aztlan 10/19/06

" I know the feeling as we gave up on the candy as truckloads of illegals would be driven up from El Monte (illegal alien sanctuary) to Arcadia for candy. "Trick or Treat" seemed to be the only English these kids learn at school.--Dawes 10/19/06

" Why dont you print out a logo of the SOS or Minutemen onto an iron-on-transfer then iron-on the logo onto a children's size t-shirt. Pass those out to the little illegals."--IronCross 10/23/06

This makes me sick. These are little kids we're talking about, out to celebrate a holiday! And how the HELL can you tell if any of these children are " Illegal"??? And to even suggest that you will desecrate a gravesite of a families loved ones on a holiday to honor the dead is beyond disgusting!!!

Here's what they say regarding the murder of IndyMedia reporter, Brad Will in Oaxaca:

" Not sure where you put articles, for one of our opponents got whacked by the people they are trying to save."--Dawes 10/29/06

" Tough crap for him, what did he expect? To be a toughy like he and his goon troop act when they confront those who they disagree with in the states. Guess what, he bought the farm and good riddance to him. More of his indy goon troop should go down to Mexico and follow his lead."--A Floridian 11/1/06

" That's what happens in Mexico when you yell "Nazi racist" and "KKK go home". The Indy Media morons here dont know how good they have it."--Bowman 11/1/06

First off, the racist assholes of SOS obviously have no clue as to the happenings in Oaxaca, or the manner in which Brad Will was killed. He wasnt killed by those he was "trying to save", he was killed by right-wing paramilitaries supporting the goverment, while filming the story. This is no way to talk about a person who was brutally murdered.
Once again, Save Our State displays their rampant racism against those of Mexican descent. I thought they were just against "illegal immigration" from all races??? I think we all can see THAT is just a front to preserve their racist, anti-Mexican organization. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak.

Dia De Los Muertos

Photo # 2: Altar for killed US soldiers at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Photo # 4: Skeleton at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Taken by Sappho.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to remember & honor those loved ones who have departed. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st & leave November 2nd.
In order to celebrate, families make altars & place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muerto, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as Cempazuchitil, & photos of the departed soul, on the altar.
On this day in Mexico, the streets are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, & candy skulls.
It is a time to remember lost loved ones, but also a time of celebration. Death is respected greatly in Mexican culture & celebrated throughout.
Here in Los Angeles, Dia de los Muertos is widely celebrated. There are quite a few festivals, some which I attended & have posted my personal photos I took below.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetary in Hollywood has an amazing festival every year where families make altars for show & prize money. There's great food, shopping, music, & costumes---all in the fitting setting of the cemetary where many deceased famous people lie.

Dia De Los Muertos

Photos taken by Sappho at Hollywood Forever Cemetary's Dia de los Muertos festival. Included: altars, Ramones gravesite altar, & dressed up patrons.

Dia De Los Muertos

Photos taken by Sappho at the Boyle Heights Dia de los Muertos festival

Dia De Los Muertos

Photos taken by Sappho at the Boyle Heights Dia de los Muertos festival

Halliburton Corners The 3rd World Orphan Market


A poem by Rana El-Khatib, from her book, " Branded: The Poetry of a So-Called Terrorist"

" You can oppress an entire people.
Strip them of their history,
and throw a noose around their living.

But you cannot siphon the will to drink
from the well of self-determination.

It is a bottomless pit
made deeper
with every attempt
to bury it's existence."