Archive for August, 2007
Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on August 30th, 2007 2:02 pm by HL
Posted in Jennifer Ziemann's Blog, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2007 7:02 am by HL
Rebels In Hell by Michael O’ McCarthy
A Guide to Revolution
By: Jennifer Lynne Ziemann
From the beginning Rebels in Hell by Michael O’ McCarthy was a book I could not put down. It was that riveting, that exciting. It invoked a rebellious nature in me that I had believed was long dead.
The story begins in 2008 where we meet an assassin named Miguel who has been hired to kill a political writer that has shamed a man of power connected to the government of the United States of America. It becomes the story of a boy dealing with the tragic murder of his father and mother who meets and falls in love with a girl that was abused and then eventually raped by her stepfather. After years of living assumed identities apart the two find each other again. The boy, who is now known as Coilean, a rock and roll guitarist, realizes it is time to avenge the death of his parents after witnessing on national television the horrible death of a friend at the hands of the security police at a protest. Shortly after this decision he reunites with the girl now known as Petra. Together, they decide to bring justice down upon the nation that is making so many suffer through its quest for world domination.
This nation is the United States of America, which has entered the Third Petroleum War as the wars in the Middle East have become to be known. The events in the story are eerily similar to present day events in real life. In the story the government has now become a dictatorship just like it is on its way to becoming now. People are not allowed to protest, martial law has been declared, and rendition has become a way of life. The United States foreign policy is you’re with me or you’re dead.
As the book unfolds we get to see the plans laid for a strike that will send a loud and defiant message to the dictatorship of the United States of America. It lays the foundation for how a revolution can be built. The thing I found most thoughtful about this story was that after the strike was through, others around the United States and the world rose up to strike back at the heart of imperialism. After I finished reading the book, it is this message that I took with me: It only takes one to stand up against the face of tyranny, one defiant act to lead a revolution. If your cause is just others will follow.
Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on August 29th, 2007 10:47 am by HL
Here are some videos of the people in New Orleans, victims of Katrina 2, showing and explaining what they have been up against for the past 2 years.
Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2007 9:51 am by HL
08/28/05 If You Live In New Orleans….
President Bush and his trusted advisor closely monitored the situation (so he knew how bad it was) At a crucial juncture when Bush’s point man began to realize that Bush had no desire to do anything at all, Bush had this to say to the frustrated and confused assistant.
8/29/05 Big Easy Memories
The Next day the pictures of the devastation began to come in
Meanwhile Bush decided to pull a Nero, and pulled out his gee-tar
On August 31, Bush decided that maybe it was time to end his vacation a couple of days early and like maybe try to like do something, or something.
08/31/05 He’s Baaack
But before he got back he decided to buzz New Orleans in Air Force 1, for a close up look and some hands on help for the masses
9/1/05 Presidential Response
On Sept. 2, we got these before and after aerial photos in.
This is from Global Security.org
Then finally, 5 days after the strom hit. When Bush had let thousands of people die, it was time for something to be done. He got his daddy, and Bill Clinton to bail him out.
09/02/05 The Sunshine Boys, Together Again.
Posted in Email, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2007 9:46 pm by HL
This Friday, August 31, marks the three year anniversary of the day I along with over 1500 other people were arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Here is an email from the RNC Defense site commerating the event.
Happy third anniversary everyone!
It has sure been a crazy three years since being arrested, and although it sure sucked bad, it taught me a lot, hardened my resolve, and introduced me to some great friends. I have continued to do the Manhattan CM every single month, as well as joining the Brooklyn CM’s. This has proven to be very surreal – one month the police are willing to chase you into oncoming traffic over a horn or light, the next month they are friendly helpful human beings.
I would like to thank all of the reporters, legal observers, lawyers, film people, bloggers, activists, organizers, and just kind folks who have kept this in the public eye, and made the experience as good as it could be. Thanks to the guy on the prison bus who gave me the chili patch. Months after the arrests, I remember standing in St. Marks church after a CM ride while Rev Billy “exorcised” the evil spirits from a group of arrestees. The place was packed, and everyone there cheered and showed us love. It was such a warm positive vibe, while outside the police sat huddled in their cold vans. I knew that we had already won, and that greater victories lay ahead.
In my case all charges were dropped the day after it made the paper that police had illegally edited video in a case almost identical to mine. I got my bike back, as well as my friends. Of the people I was arrested with, no one had worse then an ACD, and some were dismissed completely. I’ve gone through my 50-H, and look forward to finishing the next step in this process.
If anyone still reads these, please post something about the experience, what you’ve done since, where your case stands, whatever.
PS I still remember the feeling of getting out of The Tombs, and finally out of those damn zip-cuffs, hand-cuffs and daisy chains. The feeling of freedom was something that I had never appreciated so much in all of my life. My next meal was the best I had ever eaten. When other aspects of my life get bad, I’m always concious of how good it feels to at least have the freedom to move and be free.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 28th, 2007 5:35 am by HL
Ok heres todays installment of Gay Republican Hypocrite News.
The Nation – Republican Idaho Senator Larry Craig is the latest Conflicted Conservative in Crisis to be caught with his pants down. According to Roll Call , Craig was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom. He pled guilty to the misdemeanor crime he was charged with.
Craig has faced pointed rumors of same-sex affairs in the past. Craig responded to these allegations with strident denials. Now, as details of Craig’s recent arrest emerge, he looks increasingly cock-eyed, so to speak.
This story would not matter if Craig had never used his position to advance the Republican Party’s officially homophobic agenda. But he has. Over and over. In November, 2006, Craig flamboyantly endorsed Idaho’s successful anti-gay constitutional amendment, HJR 2, which banned gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships in his state. Pam Spaulding has more background on Craig’s anti-gay voting record here.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 27th, 2007 8:56 am by HL
This morning, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reported that “very senior level sources” inside the administration are telling her that Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff will replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Additionally, these sources say Chertoff will be replaced at Homeland Security by Clay Johnson III, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget.
Johnson, who has no homeland security experience, is a professional Bush loyalist. While Johnson may have familiarity with some aspects of DHS’s budget, he appears to have no experience in the many responsibilities of the department, including immigration, air travel security, disaster response, and other aspects of our nation’s homeland defense.
He is one of Bush’s oldest friends, having attended both prep school and college with the President. Johnson served as Bush’s gubernatorial chief of staff in Texas before heading up the Bush-Cheney transition team.
When Bush first chose Johnson as his chief of staff in Texas, he said it was specifically because of his friend’s loyalty to him:
“I want someone whose primary interest is me — George Bush
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 27th, 2007 8:12 am by HL
NATCHEZ — A private prison on U.S. 84 is the first big project to come to Adams County in years, but it won’t be the last, the governor says…
Barbour, who supported efforts to bring the facility to Adams County, was enthusiastic about the $105 million project.
The governor’s hometown of Yazoo City plays host to three federal prisons, and Barbour said a county couldn’t ask for a better industry.
“There’s no pollution and they don’t have recessions,” Barbour said with a laugh…
Grennell said he completely agrees with Barbour’s assessment of the area’s future.
“We’ve got several projects we’re working on,” Grennell said.
“This represents a step in the right direction on the road to industrial recovery in Adams County,” West said. “This and other things happening will fuel the economy for southwest Mississippi.”
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 27th, 2007 8:02 am by HL
Arizona Daily Star
After serving in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago — and receiving the Bronze Star for it — the Tucson soldier was called back to active duty in Iraq. While there, he awoke one morning with a sore throat. Eighteen months later, Army Sgt. James Lauderdale was dead, of a bizarrely aggressive cancer rarely seen by the doctors who tried to treat it….
As a mining engineer, Lauderdale knew exactly what it meant when he saw the thick black smoke pouring nonstop out of the smokestacks that line the Iraq/Kuwait border area where he was stationed for three months in 2005.
“He wrote to me that everyone was complaining about their stinging eyes and sore throats and headaches,” Dixie said. “For Jim to say something like that, to complain, was very unusual.
“One of the mothers on the cancer ward had pictures of her son bathing in the brown water,” she said. “He died of kidney cancer.”
Stationed in roughly the same area as Lauderdale, yet another soldier — now fighting terminal colon cancer — described the scene there, of oil refineries, a cement factory, a chlorine factory and a sulfuric acid factory, all spewing unfiltered and uncontrolled substances into the air.
“One day, we were walking toward the port and they had sulfuric acid exploding out of the stacks. We were covered with it, everything was burning on us, and we had to turn around and get to the medics,” said Army Staff Sgt. Frank Valentin, 35.