Saturday, September 20, 2008

Quote of the Day, Week & Month...

This Says More About the State of ‘Our’ Nation than Most Things.
by ‘Cernig’ at Crooks and Liars.

[The following original quote may be found at Crooks and Liars, linked here.]

Charges Dropped Against Reporters Arrested At RNC
By: Cernig on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 at 10:00 AM - PDT

Charges are being dropped against over two dozen journalists, including Amy Goodman and her two producers, arrested during the crackdown on protests at the Republican convention in St. Paul. Goodman’s charge of “obstructing the legal process” has been dropped, as have felony riot charges against her colleagues Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.  Other dropped charges are mainly for “unlawful assembly”.

The city’s mayor had a truly gag-worthy Orwellian statement on the subject:

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Friday that the city attorney’s office recommended against prosecuting reporters for the misdemeanor charge.

“This decision reflects the values we have in St. Paul to protect and promote our First Amendment rights to freedom of the press,” Coleman said in a statement.

He added, “At the scene, the police did their duty in protecting public safety.  In this decision, we are serving the public’s interest to maintain the integrity of our democracy, system of justice and freedom of the press.”
One has to wonder if this was the plan all along, and the real intention was simply to inhibit reporting of abuses against protestors.  Or maybe they’re hoping that with the reporters out of court, the media won’t be so interested in covering the 800 or so other arrests.  With over forty journalists arrested, there should surely be at least some investigation of police officers involved for trumping up charges too:

Upon learning of the news, Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman said, “It’s good that these false charges have finally been dropped, but we never should have been arrested to begin with.  These violent and unlawful arrests disrupted our work and had a chilling effect on the reporting of dissent.  Freedom of the press is also about the public’s right to know what is happening on their streets.  There needs to be a full investigation of law enforcement activities during the convention.”
But I’ll bet that won’t happen.

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A reprising of past videos that you might have missed, that convey the big picture.

First two of my own quotes...

“Those Inside History, See It The Least.”

“Every Successful Political Conspiracy is now referred to as... The Government Of...”

Now the videos...

Zeitgeist - The Movie
[ The link to the official site. ]

The following is a “Below The Fold” Bonus video...
A presentation of Sara Thomsen’s beautiful, sad and haunting, yet inspiring song.  A song she created as a question... before Bush was “selected” after the 2000 national election.

Is It For Freedom?...

Maybe this video will help to put your “allowing” of their crimes into perspective?

A “Below The Fold” bonus -related- Video...  Enjoy...

Barack Obama, “They Must Think You’re Stupid”  [5:08]

A “Below The Fold” Bonus - The 6/20/08 “Inside USA” interview with Noam Chomsky.



A “Below The Fold” bonus -The Most IMPORTANT Video You'll Ever See- (part 1 of 8)
“And probably the most boring.  But then again, when I told that to my students
and had them give me feedback, most said that if you followed along with what
the presenter, (a professor emeritus of Physics at Univ. of Colorado-Boulder,)
is saying, it's quite easy to pay attention, because it is so compelling.”
- Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8

[Each ‘Part’ is approximately 10 minutes, and well worth the time.  Enjoy an excellent lecture...]

A“Below The Fold” bonus video...
“The Constitution is Just a Goddamn Piece of Paper”  -- G. W. Bush

THE definitive documentary about the Iraq debacle


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