Monday, July 31, 2006

Pic Of The Day


For a great post on Global Warming, stop by & visit Shelly & Co. over at Citizen Against Lies .

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Israel Massacres Innocents In Lebanon, Again

Israel has stopped it's airstrikes on Lebanon for 48 hours after widespread outrage ensued over an airstrike from Israel that killed at least 56 Lebanese, mostly women & children.
The disgusting airstrike even prompted the 'Harem of Hell', Condi Rice, to cut her Mid-East "mission" short.
The attack on the village of Qana not only brought Lebanon's death toll to more than 510, but it clearly showed Israel's lack of restraint, heart, & remorse.
Israel apologized for the major fuck-up that killed innocent women & children, but blamed Hezbollah for firing rockets into Israel from nearby. Typical. What happened to the "most sophisticated military/intelligence in the world"???
One thing is for sure: The massacre of innocents in Qana will not go unanswered.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

FEMA Dissenter Concentration Camps & Executive Orders

Care of IndyMedia:

" There are over 800 prison camps in the U.S., all fully operational and ready to recieve prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA should Martial Law need to be implemented in the U.S. and all it would take is a presidential signature on a proclamation and the Attorney General's signature on a warrant to which a list of name's is attached. Ask yourself is you really want to be on Ashcroft's list.

The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a "mass exodus" of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention centers by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into prisons.

Operation Cable Splicer and Garden Plot are the 2 sub-programs which will be implemented once the Rex 84 program is initiated for it's proper purpose. Garden Plot is the program to control the population. Cable Splicer is the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local goverments by the federal goverment. FEMA is the executive arm of the coming police state and they will head up all operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register also are part of the legal framework for this operation.

The camps all have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners. Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility, and can hold approx. 2 million people.

Now, let's review the justification for any actions taken...

Executive orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a presidential pen...

Executive Order 10990: Allows goverment to take over all modes of transportation & control of highways & seaports.

Executive Order 10995: Allows the goverment to seize & control the communications media.

Executive Order 10997: Allows the goverment to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, & minerals.

Executive Order 10998: Allows the goverment to seize all means of transportation, including personal cars, trucks, or vehicles of any kind & total control over all highways, seaports, & waterways.

Executive Order 10999: Allows the goverment to take over all food resources & farms.

Executive Order 11000: Allows the goverment to mobilize civilians into work brigades under goverment supervison.

Executive Order 11001: Allows the goverment to take over all health, education, & welfare functions.

Executive Order 11002: Designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

Executive Order 11003: Allows the goverment to take over all airports & aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

Executive Order 11004: Allows the Housing & Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, & establish new locations for populations.

Executive Order 11005: Allows the goverment to take over railroads, inland waterways, & public storage facilities.

Executive Order 11310: Grants authority to Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish a judicial & legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal & correctional institutions, & to advice & assist the President.

Executive Order 11049: Assigns emergency prepardeness functions to federal departments & agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a 15 year period.

Executive Order 11921: Allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production & distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit & the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for 6 months. FEMA has broad powers in every aspect of the nation."



Now, this is the same "Heckava job, Brownie" FEMA talked about here! FEMA couldn't even handle Hurricane Katrina, but the goverment wants them in charge if Martial Law were to take place???
Oh, Lord!
Look at it this way, at least us dissenters will know it won't be too difficult to escape the railroad cars & concentration camps they intend on sticking us in!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Pic Of The Day


Revolutionary Of The Week

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Pramoedya was born February 6th, 1925, in Indonesi, & at an early age became involved in the struggle against Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia. His opposition to the policies of founding President Sukarno, & successor New Order regime of Suharto, made him face extrajudicial punishment.

During WW11, Pramoedya first supported the occupying forces of Imperial Japan, thought of then as the lesser of two evils (Dutch/Japan). As the war went on, Indonesians were dismayed by wartime rationing & by the harsh measures taken by the Japanese military.

On August 17th, 1945, after news of an allied victory over Japan reached Indonesia, Sukarno proclaimed Indonesia's total independence from all colonialists. The Indonesian National Revolution against British & Dutch forces started.

In this war, Pramoedya joined a paramilitary group in Kanawang, Kranji, & was stationed in Jakarta. During this time, he wrote short stories & books, as well as propaganda for the Nationalist Cause.

Pramoedya was jailed by the Dutch in Jakarta in 1947 for his opposition to the colonial regime, & remained there until 1949- the year the Netherland's accepted Indonesia's Independence. While jailed, he wrote his first novel, " The Fugitive". Pramoedya went on to write several more works of fiction dealing with the problems of the newly founded nation, as well as seni-autobiographical works as wartime memoirs.

Back in Indonesia, Pramoedya joined the left-wing writers group, Lekra, & wrote for newspapers & journals. His writing became more politically charged.

Pramoedya was again arrested by Indonesian military & served 9 months for writing a series of letters addressed to an imagined Chinese correspondant discussing the history of the Indonesian Chinese. He criticized the goverment for being insensitive to the needs & desires of the regions & people of Indonesia. He was named a political prisoner, his books banned, & jailed without a trial.

When arrested, his library was burned. While in jail he was not permitted to have a pencil, so instead of physically writing, he narrated stories to other prisoners. He eventually was able to write his novels down, & although banned in Indonesia, copies were scanned & distributed to people inside the country. He was released from prison in 1979, but remained under house-arrest in Jakarta until 1992.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer was 81 years old when he died April 30th, 2006. His passing is a huge loss to the world of literature & of revolutionary politics. Even after years of repression, Pramoedya still held out hope for Indonesians. He remained a revolutionary to the very end, urging his readers, especially young Indonesians, to take up the struggle again.



MinuteKlan $cam


Pictured above: Simcox tending to his dinky fence that "couldn't stop a tricycle".

The Washington Times/July 20, 2006

" A growing number of Minutemen Civil Defense Corps leaders & volunteers are questioning the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars of donations collected in the past 15 months, challenging the organization's leadership over financial accountability.

Many of the group's most active members say they have no idea how much money has been collected as part of it's efforts to stop illegal entry- primarily along the US/Mexico border, what it has been spent on or why it has been funneled through a Virginia-based chairity headed by conservative Alan Keyes.

Several of the group's top lieutenants haev either questioned, or are threatening to do so, saying requests to President Chris Simcox for a financial accounting have been ignored. Other Minutemen members said money promised for food, fuel, radios, computers, tents, night-vision scopes, binoculars, porta-potties, & other necessary equipement & supplies never reached volunteers who have manned observation posts to spot & report illegal border crossers.

Gary Cole, Minutemen's former national director of operations, was chief liason to the national press corps during the group's April 2005 border watch in Arizona. He was one of the first to raise questions about MCDC finances. He personally collected "tens of thousands of dollars" in donations during the 30 day border vigil. But despite numerous requests- many directed at Mr.Simcox- he has never told how much money has been collected or where it went.

Mr.Cole said, " We can't demand that the goverment be held accountable for failing to control the border if we can't hold ourselves accountable for the people's money. It's as simple as that."

Mr.Cole said he was removed by Mr.Simcox as a national director after the April 2005 border campaign " for asking too many questions about the money". ...

Mr.Simcox, in an interview last week with the Washington Times, estimated that about $ 1.6 million in donations have been collected, all of it handeled through the Herndon-based Declaration Alliance, founded & chaired by Mr.Keyes. He said the donations, solicited on the group's website & during cross-country appearances, include $ 1 million directly to MCDC & $ 600,000 for a fence on the US/Mexico border.

But Mr.Simcox's numbers could not be independently verified, including claims in a 3,961-word statement issued after the inteview that he spent $ 160,000 on "our last 2 month long border-watch operations."

The Minutemen organization has not made any financial statements or fundraising records public since it's April 2005 creation. It also has sought & recieved extensions of it's federal reporting requirements & has not given the Minutemen leadership, it's volunteers or donors any official accounting. A financial statement promised to The Times by Mr.Simcox for May was never delivered. ...

In a statement, Mr.Simcox said that a "fully accredited independent auditor" had begun an accounting of income & expenses & that a final audit would be delivered to the IRS by November 15th. He told The Times that the audit was costing MCDC $ 50,000, but declined to say who was getting the money or identify other fees paid by the Minutemen organization to other "professional" entities. ...

Mike Gaddy, who helped organize the Minutemen's April 2005 border watch, said Mr.Simcox rejected his offer last year to personally pay for an audit to answer growing concerns among the ranks about the group's finances. " He told me what he did was his business." ...

Mr.Gaddy said he did not know how much money the organization had collected, but said, "It would be a substancial sum."...

Several Minutemen volunteers said questions concerning the group's finances intensified during October when money promised by Mr.Simcox & others for food & supplies never reached the volunteer's on the line.

Some of the MCDC leaders gathered at the time to discuss replacing Mr.Simcox but reached no concensus. At the meeting, attended by The Times, they said money promised for field operations was never delivered & questioned the role of "outsiders" with the Minutemen organization. ...

Mr. Gaddy said, "An awful lot of the equipment I saw was donated." Some Minutemen volunteers also said food was sent by the organization to some border sites, but it was not free. Others have also sought accountablity of the income MCDC has recieved through the sale of it's web page of hats, t-shirts, etc.

Even Mr.Simcox's much bally-hooed fence project on the Arizona/Mexico border has come under fire, from both within & outside the MCDC organization. Critics say vast sums of money are being collected to build what has been described as an Israeli-style fence to keep out illegals, but all that has been constructed is 3 miles of a 5-strand barb-wired range fence on 2 inch metal poles. One former Minutemen volunteer said the fence "wouldn't hold a tricycle."

Looks as if the Minuteklan's biggest enemy is themselves! If they keep up this current corruption within, there will be no need for an opposition, because they will eventually ruin themselves.

I can't wait to hear where all this money went to! Probably straight up Simcox's nose!!



Monday, July 24, 2006

Bush Inc. Delivers Bombs To Israel To Aide In Murder

The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision guided bombs to Israel. The decision to ship the weapons, which no doubt will kill many more innocent lives, came quickly after little debate within the administration. Which should come as no surprise. The Bush administration does not think before it acts.
It was mentioned by officials that this disclosure threatens to anger Arab goverments, among others, who may retaliate against the U.S. with another 9/11-style attack. Ya think?
Thanks, Bush! For not only aiding in the murder of many Lebanese & Palestinians, but for also placing the world's largest bullseye on the United States of Fascism!
For the entire scoop, click here

Pic Of The Day


Immigration Raid's Effects Reach Beyond Workers

In the conservative small town of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, smack dab in the middle of the 'Bible Belt', the community was disrupted last July, with the effects still felt today.
Just before 7:30 a.m., immigration agents arrived at the Petit Jean Poultry plant. They went straight to the room where more than 100 workers from Mexico were cutting up chicken, & shouted in Spanish for everyone to freeze.
As the plant manager watched, workers cried & made frantic phone calls to loved ones. 119 workers, half of the day shift crew, were bound with plastic handcuffs & hauled off to a detention center, where most would be deported.
Immigration officials stated that they were cracking down on illegal hiring & document fraud. But what happened after the raid last July came as quite a surprise to many from this conservative region--Instead of being pleased & reassured that immigration laws were being enforced, many in the area felt that their community had been disrupted.
The workers at the Petit Jean Poultry plant had come to be much more than low-wage chicked processors. They were the town's children's friends & classmates, fellow church-goers, neighbors, softball teammates,e tc. So many residents of this Arkansas town responded to the raid by helping the workers fight deportation. Many donated money, some drove the workers to court, wrote to lawmakers for help, & donated clothes & food to families of the workers detained or sent back to Mexico.
Now, a whole year after the immigration agents arrived at the poultry plant, the Petit Jean plant crackdown shows that the effects of an immigration raid reach far beyond the illegal workers & the businesses involved. Many residents are sympathetic towards the undocumented workers, & angry at the goverment. Even officials charged with enforcing the law in Arkadelphia have criticized the raid for removing people that belonged to their community.
The County Sheriff, Troy Tucker, said, " We take them into our public schools. We accept them into our churches. They play on our football, soccer teams. And then one day Immigration comes in and sweeps them all away."
The anger in this town comes amid new efforts by federal authorities to enforce laws against hiring illegal workers. There have been 2,100 arrested in workplace raids nationwide during 2006, up from 1,145 in 2005, & 845 in 2004.
Not only does the crackdown question the effectiveness of immigration raids, but also the effect it has on communities such as Arkadelphia.
Arkadelphia is a quiet city of around 11,000, where the sale of alcohol is forbidden. It has drawn Latino immigrants for around a decade.
The very first sign that immigration agents would face resistance came a couple of weeks prior to the raid, when they visited the county prosecutor, Henry Morgan. The agents wanted Morgan to charge Petit Jean workers with forgery, saying they knew someone had sold Social Security cards to some Petit Jean workers.
Morgan seemed an unlikely advocate for undocumented workers, but several years earlier he met the son of an immigrant at Petit Jean, & his views opened.
When the Immigration agents paid their call, Morgan remembered the son & his mother. " So I'm thinking: You're going to take a woman who's been here 13 years, worked hard, paid taxes, raised a family-- and these kids dont even know what Mexico's like--and you're going to send them back? Is that what we're doing? Is that Homeland Security?", Morgan asked.
Morgan called Sheriff Tucker across town, who backed him up. But when immigration agents raided the plant 2 weeks later, they did not warn Morgan.
Of the 119 detained workers, 7 were not deported. Due to the community helping, donating, & standing behind the immigrants, including prosecuter Morgan & Sheriff Tucker, they will have a chance to stay & are awaiting hearings.
One resident of the community & friend of one of the workers detained, said, "To me, the raid was foolish. It appears to be more of a political ploy to make people look like they're doing a great job. For us, it kind of backfired."
Governer Mike Huckabee, criticized the raid & said, " Our first priority should be to secure our borders. I'm less threatened by people who cross the line to make beds, pick tomatoes, or pluck chickens then by potential terrorists crossing the border."
Currently, at Petit Jean Poultry plant, plant officials say employee turnover is high. In the mornings, a dozen job applicants mill around the parking lot. But most of the hires do not last, according to Ronnie Farnam, plant manager.
So not only are immigration raids hurting the immigrants & their families, they are hurting the communities such as Arkadelphia, Arkansas, hurting it's businesses like Petit Jean Poultry plant, as well as the people of the community who want very much for their immigrant neighbors & residents to live & work side by side with them.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Pic Of The Day


Revolutionary Of The Week

Leila Khalid


Leila Khalid was born in Haifa, on April 9th, 1944, then part of the British Mandate of Palestine. When the Arabs rejected the 1947 UN Partition Plan, a fight ensued between the Jews & the Arabs.
In 1948, Leila's family moved to Lebanon, without her father, who was a member of the Fedayeen.
When Leila was 15 years old she became one of the first to join the Arab Nationalist Movement, a radical pan-Arab organization. Later, Leila also spent time as a teacher in Kuwait.
On August 29th, 1969, Leila was part of a group that hijacked TWA flight 840 from Rome to Athens. The flight was diverted to Damascus, where it landed after flying over Haifa. Leila wanted to see her birthplace, which she was not allowed to visit.
No one on board was killed or even injured, although the plane was blown up in protest. Some say that the PFLP thought that the plane was carrying the Israeli ambassador to the US, Yitzak Rubin, on board; it was not.
After this hijacking, Leila had the first of several plastic surgeries to conceal her identity.
Again, on September 6th, 1970, Leila Khalid, together with Nicaraguan Patrick Arguello, attempted to hijack El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York, as part of the Dawson's Field hijackings, which were a series of simultaineous hijackings the PFLP carried out. The hijacking was foiled when Israeli skymarshals killed Arguello & overpowered Leila, striking her unconcious. Leila had previously recieved strict orders not to kill or injure passengers on the flight, & never used the 2 grenades found on her.
The pilot landed in London, where Leila was arrested. About a month later, on October 1st,1970, the British goverment released Leila as part of a prisoner exchange.
The following year, 1971, the PFLP stopped their hijacking tactics.
While jailed in London, Leila developed a fondness for Britain. She had also developed a relationship of sorts with 2 police assigned to guard her, & later kept in contact with them. Leila even continued to return to Britain for some speaking engagements up until as late as 2002, but was recently refused a Visa by the British embassy.
Leila Khalid now says that she no longer believes in hijacking as a legitimate form of protest, but she is very upset & wary of recent Israel/Palestine conflicts. Leila has said, " It's not a peace process. It's a political process where the balance of forces is for the Israeli's and not for us. They have all the cards to play with and the Palestinians have nothing to depend on, especially when the PLO is not united."
Leila has become involved in politics, & has become a member of the Palestinian National Council & appears quite often at the World Social Forum.
Today, Leila Khalid lives with her husband, doctor Fayez Rashid, & her 2 sons Bader & Bashar in Amman, Jordon.
Leila Khalid shattered taboos & revolutionized the thinking of many other angry young women around the globe. Although many people feel Leila justified violence, & was a "terrorist", many more are inspired by her.
When asked if she was a terrorist, Leila replied, " Whenever I hear this word I ask another question. Who planted terrorism in our area? Some came and took our land, forced us to leave, forced us to live in camps. I think this is terrorism. Using means to resist this terrorism and stop it's effects---this is called struggle."
She adds, " The struggle of the Palestinians has taken many faces. Armed struggle, intifada, and now both. Which means as long as there is occupation in our country, the conflict will continue."

For a great interview of Leila Khalid by the BBC News Click

US Ambassador Feels Lebanese Deaths Not Morally Same As Israeli

US AmbASSador John Bolton said there was no moral equivalance between the civilian casualties from the Israeli raids in Lebanon, and those killed in Israel from "malicious terrorist acts"!!!!
So this DICK feels that Israeli lives are somehow more valuable than Lebanese lives. No wonder Bush appointed this asshole as US Ambassador! This makes me sick, can ya tell?
ALL lives are equally important, & for this prick to suggest the opposite gives the United States a bad name & image---as if it could get any worse!
We should all call for the resignation or firing of John Bolton immediately!! How can peace ever be achieved when you have the US Ambassador saying such things, while Bush sits back & lets Israel bomb the shit out of Lebanon & Palestine, not even calling for a cease-fire or intitiating peace talks!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Why We Have No Credibility Around The World



During the G8 Summit, George Bush would be expected to show some class & intelligence, as he IS representing the United States. But if you haven't noticed already, Dubya does not possess the ability to show either.
Bush made a complete ASS of himself at the G8, as shown in the points below:

***Bush neglects to notice that the microphone is turned ON, & proceeds to have a candid conversation with his pet, Tony Blair--complete with disgusting, open-mouth eating habits, nasty chewing sounds, & cussing.

***Bush comes up from behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel & grabs her in a Texas Shoulder Grope . The look on her face says it all!

***During Middle East crisis, Bush puts the situation on hold while he entertains White House visitor, Buddy Rice, winner of the Indy 500. See my previous post.

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment BOMBS In The Senate


" The House rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall's election."--from the Washington Post
The vote was 236-187. This is 47 votes short of the 2/3's majority needed to push it forward to a constitutional amendment.
Meanwhile, the world is going to shit, & we all are on the verge of WW3. The Republicans choose to keep fighting to make sure committed gay's never be allowed to marry.
I guess to Republicans, the threat of same-sex couples tying the knot is more significant & perilous than what is happening in the Middle East.
Thanks Republicans, for keeping America safe!!

Bush Puts Mid-East Crisis On Hold For Very Important Guest


During a time of crisis, such as the one currently happening in the Middle East, one would expect the President of the United States to be scrambling for peace talks, constantly on the phone to world leaders, & his time fully occupied to this devastating emergency, right?
Well, on Monday Bush put all that on hold while he entertained a very important White House guest---Winner of the Indy 500, Buddy Rice!
Yes, that's right! Bush had over race car driver, Rice, & his racing team (car included). Prior to the visit, Rice said, " It will be an honor to be at the White House and meet President Bush. I think it's a huge statement for Indy car racing that we'll have our Indy 500 winning car and the Borg-Warner Trophy at the White House."
Yes, It's also a "huge statement" to the entire world that Bush is a major tool that has no business in the White House & carries his priorities tucked safely up his ass.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Israel Says It Targets Hezbollah, But Innocents Pay The Price




Israel continues to kill innocent children in Lebanon. A single strike on a convoy of families trying to flee the carnage in a village near Tyre killed more than 20 people--most of them CHILDREN.
Israeli warplanes are bombing Lebanese civilian neighborhoods in Beirut, killing innocents & taking out an electricity plant.
Lebanon is accusing the U.S. of blocking a Security Council statement calling for a cease-fire.
Israel/US seem intent on trying to wipe out the Arabs in the Middle East.
Israel continues to bomb & attack civilian infrastructures that are vital to the people of Lebanon, such as the Beirut Airport, powerplants, apartment complexes, television stations, roads, bridges, etc.
Although Israel claims it is attacking important Hezbollah targets, the evidence speaks for itself. By bombing the International Airport, bridges, & the main road leading out of Lebanon, Israel traps & punishes the innocent civilians of Lebanon most--not Hezbollah.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

If Americans Knew...

Before blindly following in lock-step behind Israel, educate yourself. Please visit If Americans Knew for facts about the Israel/Palestine conflict. After all, you will want to know about the country that is taking us into WW3!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Pic Of The Day

Someone should tell Dubya this.

Revolutionary(s) Of The Week


The American Indians Who Took Alcatraz


Alcatraz Island was a federal penitentiary in San Francisco that closed in 1963, made famous not only for the famous criminals it once housed, but from movies like, "Escape From Alcatraz".
But on November 20th, 1969, the islands image has a major makeover. On that day thousands of American Indians began an occupation that would last all the way to June 11th, 1971.
Over the course of the occupation, over 5600 American Indians of mixed backgrounds, including, Indian college activists, families with children, & others disenchanted with the United States goverments social, economic, & political neglect--took part. Some stayed for only one day, while others stayed the entire 18 months.
Richard Oakes, a Mohawk Indian from New York, became the occupiers spokesman. He proclaimed, " We hold The Rock", which became their motto. " The occupation of Alcatraz was about human rights. It was an effort to restore the dignity of the more than 554 American Indian nations in the United States."
23 year old John Trudell, a Santee Sioux from San Bernadino, California heard all about the occupation, packed a sleeping bag & headed off to San Francisco. He became the voice of 'Radio Free Alcatraz", a pirate radio station broadcasted from the island with the help of local stations. Because of him hitting the airwaves, boxes of food & money came in from all over, including from rock groups like the Grateful Dead & Creedance Clearwater Revival. Creedance held a concert on a boat off Alcatraz & then donated the boat.
For the first time in modern American history, the plight of the Native Americans was finally making headlines.
The American Indian Movement (AIM) visited the occupiers & soon started a series of their own occupations around the U.S. One of the many important outcomes of the taking of Alcatraz was the making of a powerful multi-tribal protest organization from AIM.
Through all the chaos & factionalism, the taking of Alcatraz resulted in major benefits for American Indians. There were at least 10 major policy & law shifts stemming from the takeover, including:
***Passage of the Indian Self Determination & Education Act
***Revision of the Johnson O'Malley Act to better educate Indians
***Passage of the Indian Financing Act & the Indian Health Act
***Creation of an Assistant Interior Secretary post for Indian Affairs
Even today Alcatraz is part of Native American culture. Every November since 1975 on what is called "Un-Thanksgiving Day", Indians gather on the island to honor the occupation.

LAPD Brutality Press Conference

The NLG (National Lawyers Guild) & ANSWER L.A. will be filing multiple lawsuits & complaints against the LAPD for their disgusting conduct during the anti-MinuteKlan protest in Hollywood, Ca July 8th.
The press conference Tuesday outlined the reasons, including unprovoked beating of peaceful protesters & not allowing us to have a constitutionally-protected protest on the sidewalks of Hollyood Blvd., as well as statements from those most seriously beat & arrested.
The NLG has been very succesful in the past in sueing the LAPD for their conduct during the 2000 National Democratic Convention riot & were instrumental in forcing a consent decree upon the LAPD, as well as millions in financial damages.
To listen to audio from the press conference Click here
Thanks to Politics In The Zeros for the audio link!

Also up is a new video showing the police brutality from a new angle. It shows the LAPD clubbing the girl trying to tape & document the event, a person in a wheelchair being knocked over, officer on bike deliberatley smashing into the 2, other officers beating them as they fall to the ground & continue beating them while lying on the sidewalk helpless. Screams from a woman of "he's mentally retarded!" can be heard, as well.--Notice the officer who tries to stop another officer from unlawfully beating the people. This clearly shows the out of control, violent rage most of the LAPD displayed that day.

Here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUD0JRnW7oc



Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Quote Of The Day



Photo taken at July 8th protest against the racist MinuteKlan. Click to enlarge.

" When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered."---Dorthy Thompson







GOP Dosen't Even Want Anything To Do With The MinuteKlan!

From:
"Few Minutes With the Minutemen is Plenty of Time For GOP Group"
By, Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram

Bryan,Tx.-" The Texas Minutemen brought their boderline paranoia to the heart of Aggieland this week. A Republican club invited the Wise County based Minutemen to tell about their escapades guarding the Rio Grande. But what they heard was too looney even for Aggies.

When the Minutemen's quirky leader started rambling about:

1.) a secret plan to "merge Canada and Mexico with the United States", the good Republicans in the home of the George Bush Presidential Library started squirming in their chairs behind half-eaten barbeque plates.

2.) When a Minuteman from Dallas started complaining that ranchers can shoot diseased cattle at the border but not humans,

3.) and blamed permissive immigration on the "greedy business people" of America, their Republican host finally had enough and stood to cut off questions.

"Thank you", said Dan Garcia, 29, an Iraq war veteren and now a Texas A&M student. Almost apologetically he told the Brazos County Young Republicans, "Our goal was just to set up a forum where we could hear different opinions." Later he said that the discussion "got out of hand a little too quickly".

"I don't think disease should be part of the issue," said Garcia, a Brownsville native and the son of immigrants from Mexico who earned doctorates. "Some of the things they said, I totally disagree with. As Republicans, we're not Xenophobes. We just want to know who's coming into this country."

It was his idea to invite the Minutemen to draw more people to a meeting when some Young Republicans have gone home for the summer. It worked: Instead of five or six Republicans, the meeting drew 25 guests to C&J Barbeque.

Shannon McGauley, 42, a private investigator from Boyd, leads one of two factions of Minutemen volunteers in Texas. His faction reports to a California man who is affliated with the Bible-preaching fringe political party &,

4.) Who openly opposes allowing any other "cultures" or languages in America besides his own. That part bothered Garcia before the meeting.

5.) In Bryan, thier handouts included somehing about the Trilateral Commisson...

They bristled when McGauley's co-founder and retired Dallas software engineer named Sandra Beene, started talking about..

11.) Shooting "varmints"...

Lesson # 1: Some of these Minutemen don't want anyone of another clor or culture in Texas.

Lesson # 2: Republicans need to be careful about welcoming the Minutemen."

MORE HERE



Undocumented Immigrant/Welfare Myths

My fellow blogger & comrade Melissa over at Written Rebellion has a series of great posts regarding the MYTHS of economic drain undocumented immigrants are accused of putting on the US economy, & welfare MYTHS.
After reading parts 1 & 2 of a series of 4, I just had to link them here. They are just too great to go unnoticed, & I would love to promote them & her blog for the amazing writing, supported by hard facts, like:
**"Why poverty persists despite apparently enormous welfare expenditures",
**How much of the $1 Trillion in the goverments 'Social Welfare Expenditures' is actually left for the poor after deducting unemployment insurance, worker's comp, schools, & retirement systems for public employees & railroad workers,
**"How the goverment has not adjusted the poverty level to reflect the changing dynamics of spending patterns",
** & tackles the many public myths of who actually is recieving welfare.

I would like to thank Melissa for providing powerful ammunition against ignorant myths in regard to immigrants & welfare recipients.
Stop by Written Rebellion for more great writing regarding this & other issues.

Monday, July 10, 2006

This Just In...

Shocking video footage of the innocent elderly woman being beat by the LAPD as she stepped off a bus, unknowingly stepping into chaos. Watch as our fellow protesters run to her aide, & watch the LAPD reaction.

Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7u3L1gU0ng


Video courtesy of the racist MinuteKlan, once again! You can hear them egging the LAPD on & and laughing & hooting. Thanks again MinuteKlan for more video ammo to use against the LAPD in the coming lawsuit!

Shocking Must-See Video Of LAPD Brutality 7/8/06

For Shocking Video Coverage Of LAPD Brutality At The Hollywood Anti-MinuteKlan protest, click here for a direct link: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/07/167640.php

I would like to thank the racist MinuteKlan for providing us with this video proof of LAPD brutality to be used in the upcoming lawsuit! Justice Will Prevail!



Press Conference On LAPD Brutality At Anti-MinuteKlan Protest

Tuesday, July 11th @ 10am
@ National Lawyers Guild Office @ the Peace Center
8124 W. Third St., Los Angeles
(323) 464-1636

Join the National Lawyers Guild, ANSWER Coalition, Latino Movement USA, etc. to denounce Saturday's attack by the LAPD on immigrant rights protesters. Shocking video footage will be shown.

Anyone who attended Saturday's Anti-MinuteKlan protest that has video footage, photos, or eyewitness accounts of police brutality, please contact (323) 464-1636 or email answerla@answerla.org .

This will help those who were unjustly arrested & beaten. In addition, ANSWER & the National Lawyers Guild are planning to file a lawsuit against the LAPD.

For more on this : http://la.indymedia.org/news/2006/07/167823.php

For great reporting & photos on this issue, go to http://la.indymedia.org.



Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pic Of The Day

Can the S.O.S./MinuteKlan say the same thing???
Never!!

Police Brutality At Hollywood Anti-MinuteKlan/SOS Protest



Photo #1 shows an elderly woman after being beaten by the LAPD. What is really sad about this is-- this woman had nothing to do with the protest, she simply stepped off the bus just as the beating started, the police beat-the-shit outta her! Poor thing was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. More proof that the LAPD was out for blood, never looking or stopping to realize they were beating innocent women.
S.O.S./MinuteKlan websites & message boards have stated that they had an LAPD liason, who told them what to do & delivered the extra riot police the racists asked for. They were promised protection, while peaceful protesters were not.

Photo #2 shows LAPD beating young woman on the street.

Photo #3 shows LAPD beating & arresting same woman. This woman did nothing to provoke such an attack, as I witnessed this I stood in complete disbelief & total disgust. I no longer respect the LAPD, for they are brutal thugs. A.N.S.W.E.R. L.A. is not a communist organization as the racists & LAPD would like you to believe. The pro-immigration side was the most diverse set of people, including all walks of life. Whenever there is a protest, expect anarchists. But the LAPD should recieve better training & learn to recognize REAL threats when they see them & not beat the shit out of innocent bystanders. Very unprofessional!



More Of Hollywood Anti-MinuteKlan Protest



Photos by: Sappho

Photo # 1 shows MinuteKlan parading by.

Photo #2 shows more MinuteKlan.

Photo # 3 shows anarchists setting fire to flag.



Anti-Minuteman Protest, Hollywood



Photos by: Sappho

Photo #1 shows line of LAPD holding back our side, without reason. Notice who's recieving all the police protection?

Photo #2 shows the smiling pig who had a good time beating women.

Photo # 3 shows line of LAPD, with MinuteKlan behind.



Anti-MinuteKlan/S.O.S. Protest, Hollywood



Picture # 3 shows guy laying across girl as police beat them both.
Picture #1 shows girl being helped by others after beating.
Picture # 2 shows one arrest.

Anti-Minutemen Protest-Hollywood, Ca



Saturday, July 8th 2006
Photos by : Sappho

On Saturday I attended an Anti-Minutemen/S.O.S. protest in Hollywood, California. The MinuteKlan was scheduled to have a "parade" down Hollywood Blvd in the middle of Saturday tourist traffic.

Everything was going smoothly & peacefully until the LAPD in full riot gear rushed our side of the street & prevented us from leaving the curb as the MinuteKlan were preparing to start their so-called "parade".

From what I saw, & I was front row center, one individual attempted to cross the street up a ways from us, sending the LAPD into a baton-beating frenzy. They whacked their batons at anyone & anything, indiscriminatley. As soon as the crowd witnessed the police beating on a young man & woman, all hell broke loose. We were being beaten left & right, for no reason. We had nothing to do with that one individual who ran across the street, but the police were in the mood to beat people down that day, I guess.

The police were beating on a young woman, so a guy ran up & layed across her to protect her from some of the blows. As they arrested the guy, they continued to beat women, aiming mostly for their legs. We were able to "rescue" this one young woman, dragging her across the street because she was unable to walk after the severe beating she obtained. Her legs were beat to shit, literally.

After this disgusting behaviour by the LAPD, people were very unsettled. The police were preventing us from counter-protesting the MinuteKlan, not allowing us to walk on the opposite side of the street, as promised. A group of us, around 25-30, took to the streets & criss-crossed through Hollywood to catch up with the "parade". We shut down traffic & countered-back to greet the MinuteKlan as they returned. While waiting, some anarchists decided to take an American flag & set fire to it. The MinuteKlan returned, but so did their police escort. This time, the LAPD riot squad circled us & confined us to a small space. I was waiting for more beatings, thinking that was for sure their plan. The MinuteKlan were escorted to their cars, because they would not dare to confront the angry crowd without full police protection--cowardly racists! With the racists off our Hollywood streets, we called it a day.

A couple of arrests were made. Around 5-10 people, mostly women, were beaten by police. One girl's purse was taken by police, never returned.

I have attended many a protest, but this one truly left a bad taste in my mouth. The police brutality was disgusting. Beating defenseless women that were just trying to help their fallen friends off the street is wrong & unprofessional, & cowardly. The police treated us like criminals long before anyone attempted to cross the street. An investigation is underway into the police beatings, which is necessary after what I witnessed. I have no doubt in my mind that the MinuteKlan will try & spin this to their advantage. But I was there, & not one person provoked the police, or attempted to go after the MinuteKlan. The MinuteKlan/S.O.S. can claim they are not racists, but when you hold up toliet scrub brushes & talk about cleaning their toliets---Your a fucking racist! The MinuteKlan/S.O.S. were very immature, & often taunted us with racist slurs & middle fingers. If this is the voice of the anti-immigration issue, it will fail soon enough. They have showed themselves to be the racists we all knew they were prior to this showing--if they keep it up no one will listen to their "message", for it is drowned out in racism.



Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Save The Farm!


Quote Of The Day

" The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity."---Robert Anthony

Left Wins Majority Of Seats In Bolivian Elections


Although official figures have not yet been released, unofficial estimates have put Evo Morales' party, MAS (The Movement for Socialism) winning somewhere between 130-135 seats out of 255, giving them the majority.
Bolivia has been dominated by the Right for years, & with Evo Morales & this election, a sense of optimisn seems to be emerging.
After 10 years of struggle, with many wounded, killed & imprisoned, the movement was able to come together, build a mass support & become powerful enough to overthrow goverments. A party built out of social movements, MAS, has been able to show itself as an able alternative & actually win the Presidential election last year.
Morales has gained widespread support for his literacy & health programs, land redistribution, & renationalisation of the gas industry.
Although MAS won a majority of seats this election, it did not win the required 2/3 majority they needed to alter the constitution. The US has made this out to be a defeat for MAS, even though they won more seats than all the other party's, but this is typical of United States media.
Another topic this election was the voting for the Autonomy Referendum. This vote would give regions greater autonomy from central goverment. MAS has urged a 'NO' vote, & the 'Right' backs the referendum because it would allow the richest areas with the highest proportion of "Spanish" Bolivians to cut themselves off from "Indian" regions, & they want to have the power to oppose progressive taxation & other Left policies for areas where the rich & elite reside.
Right now, it looks as if the 'NO' vote has won with around 53% of the vote, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Success by Morales' MAS party in Bolivia has given hope to many that democratic socialism is a real viable alternative to U.S. imperialism & Bolivian capitalism.

Revolutionary Of The Week

Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

When many today think of an anarchist, or anarchy in general, their minds fill with images of bomb-throwing, chaotic, law breaking lunatics. But to Emma Goldman & her comrades being an anarchist was about equality, freedom from coercive institutions, lack of a centralized goverment, & the end of capitalism.

A Lithuanian immigrant, Goldman was not only an anarchist, but a feminist, agitator, & an organizer, as well. She was thrown into jail many times for her speeches, & as an outspoken critic of war. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during the war led to her 2 year imprisonment, followed by her deportation.

The hanging of 4 anarchists after the Haymarket Riot in 1886 drew the young Emma to the anarchist movement, & at the age of 20 she became a revolutionary.

Goldman's defense of Alexander Berkman's attempted assassination of Henry Clay Frick in July 1892 made her very unpopular with authorities. Berkman was jailed for 14 years, & released in 1906.

In 1893 she was jailed for publicly urging unemployed workers that they should, " Ask for work. If they dont give you work, ask for bread. If they dont give you work or bread, take bread." She was convicted of "inciting a riot", & served a one year prison sentence.

Goldman was arrested again in 1901 with 9 others in Chicago on charges of conspiracy to assassinate President McKinley. The President had been shot a few days earlier by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. Goldman had met Czolgosz breifly several weeks prior to the assassination attempt, & therefore was accused of conspiracy in a plot with Czolgosz. She was released after authorities could not connect her to Czolgosz's crime.

On Feb.11th, 1916, Emma Goldman was again arrested & jailed for her distribution of birth control literature. As a feminist she saw abortion as a tragic consequence of social conditions, & birth control was a means to avoid abortion.

Her 3rd imprisonment was in 1917 for conspiring to obstruct the draft. Goldman was involved in setting up the No Conscription Leagues & organizing rallies against WWI. She believed strongly that militarism needed to be defeated to achieve freedom, writing, " The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism. The very moment the latter is undermined, capitalism will totter." She was jailed for 2 years, then deported to Russia. There she witnessed the aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

After 2 years, Goldman left Russia & stayed with friends in England & France until funds were raised for a cottage for Goldman. In 1936, she went to Spain to support the Spanish Revolution & fight against Francisco Franco's fascism, the Spanish Civil War.

Emma Goldman died of a stroke May 14th, 1940 in Toronto. The U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service allowed her body to be brought back to the US & was buried in Illinois. Her tombstone reads, " Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to Liberty."

Emma Goldman always provoked a response. She dealt with issues like individual freedom, civil rights, birth control, feminism, fairness in the workpalce, & sexual orientation long before these topics were fashionable or popular. For her fearless & tireless efforts, Emma Goldman was censored, evicted, threatened, jailed, & even deported. She shattered the image of an anarchist by embracing art, music, nature, & drama.

Emma Goldman was a true Revolutionary, willing to risk her personal freedoms to stand up for causes she believed in.

" Indeed, conceit, arrogance, and egotism are the essentials of patriotism. Let me illustrate. Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others."

" We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that it will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations."--Emma Goldman in her speech in San Francisco, leading up to WWI.



South Central Farm Being Bulldozed!

Shortly before 7am this morning, bulldozers arrived at the 14 acre South Central Farm with LAPD escorts.
Greedy capitalist Ralph Horowitz had ordered the demolition of the farm WITHOUT a permit.
Around 20 farm activists jumped the fence & managed to monkeywrench the bulldozer, forcing it to stop.
There have been 8 Felony arrests, 1 battery on a police officer, & 1 battery on the driver of the bulldozer. The rest thankfully managed to escape police custody.
Do we really need or want another fucking Wal-Mart? The people of Los Angeles, not to mention-The World, need this 14 acres of green space in a city of concrete, freeways, & chemicals. It provided local, organically grown food to many families & the community, a sanctuary & safe place for families & children, education to children, community togetherness, & enviromental needs that spread far beyond just the county of Los Angeles.
Show your support for the South Central farm by emailing Council member Jan Perry at: councilmember.perry@lacity.org
Or call (213) 473-7009
Visit the South Central Farmers website