Archive for October, 2008

Oh my comments

Y’all, that post yesterday is getting some serious comments.  Albeit, they are only from 5 people, but still very impressive!  You should read them, readers!

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Worried

I need to say something that I’ve been scared  to voice:

I’m afraid that Barack Obama is going to be assassinated.

I’m hoping that by saying that it means it isn’t going to come true.  This isn’t necessarily something that I truly believe is going to happen, but I worry about it.  Really worry. 

Mom, do you remember ages ago, I think when Clinton was still president, when we were sitting around the dinner table talking about Colin Powell potentially running for president?  You said that you really liked him, but you hoped he wouldn’t run because you were afraid that some racist would kill him.  I can’t get that conversation out of my head.  I can’t even believe that I still remember it, but here I am.

I was especially struck by this yesterday because I spent some time reading the comments at a Sarah Palin support site.  They scared me.  Not because there were outright threats or even outright racism, but because those people are delusional.  They were posting all these comments about Obama being a terrorist (WTF?), not being an American citizen (Really.  Have y’all heard this ludicrous idea that he was actually born in Kenya to a different father?  It’s so bizarre and ridiculous), that he’s some communist Manchurian Candidate who’s going to rule this country like he’s Stalin…it’s scary.  The worst are the people who believe that Obama winning would be an insult to their “Christian” God.   They believe that God doesn’t want Obama to win and if he does it is somehow are perversion of his will?  (I seriously don’t understand these people…if they believe that everything is God’s will, then wouldn’t that show them that God wanted Obama to win?)

I’m scared that ultra-conservatives are able to justify anything in order to put their cause forward.  And to defend their cause. 

And these aren’t even the people who hate him just because he’s a black man.  At least their hatred is predictable.  I’m still worried about what they will do, but they don’t scare me like the ultra-conservatives.

Y’all calm me down.

You think THIS is a dirty election…

Daily Kos posted a link to this Hilarious article from Cracked about vile election tactics. 

You think this is the dirtiest election we’ve ever had.  You are so wrong.  I know they were famous for being honorable and straightforward, but the fact is that many of our forefathers were dirt-slingers that would have made Karl Rove proud. 

This is not only a good history lesson, but also hilarious.  The McCain campaign quietly spreads the feeling that Obama is a secret terrorist Muslim?  That’s nothing!  John Quincy Adams one released a pamphlet while running against Andrew Jackson that said, seriously, “General Jackson’s mother was a COMMON PROSTITUTE!”  Why, McCain’s campaign is positively decent compared to some of our forefathers!

Here’s another choice section about President Harrison (a very wealthy man, thought I don’t know if he owned quite as many homes as McCain) who was running as “the common man.”

There were fliers of Harrison positioned next to log cabins to demonstrate his down-to-earth authenticity. They had parades full of log cabin floats to celebrate Harrison. The business of log-cabin-shaped whiskey flasks fucking exploded. Had “I keep my shit real” been a relevant expression at the time, Harrison would’ve been widely acknowledged for the extreme realness with which he kept his shit.
The people absolutely loved it.

But here’s the thing: Harrison’s shit was far from real; it was practically hologram shit. Harrison didn’t live in a log cabin or drink hard cider. He had acres and acres of land. He lived in Ohio. In a mansion. Did that stop anyone from praising his log-cabin-ness? Absolutely not.

This is an awesome article, especially for those history lovers among you.   It’s NSFW due to language, but you need to read it.  If you don’t, I’ll release a broadside calling your mother a COMMON PROSTITUE.  Thy campaign will be wrecked as surely as a hogshead of fine claret fallen off the rear of a spooked-mule drawn cart!

Iraq veterans abused by police during the debate

A few months ago, I posted about a former class-mate of mine, Matthis Chiroux, who was refusing to be re-deployed to Iraq.  Matthis is an active member of the anti-war group Iraq Veterans Against the War, who staged a small, peaceful protest during the last debate, hoping to approach both John McCain and Barack Obama with questions that were especially relevant to the thousands of veterans in America.  They were refused, then shockingly abused by the Nassau County Police Department after they were arrested for disturbing the peace.  Please read this account of the incident as told by Matthis.  No matter what your political beliefs (and I will remind you that they were there to ask questions of BOTH candidates), I think we can all agree that there is no excuse for our police to abuse honorable, brave veterans.

I think it’s really important to get this story out, because it has been ignored in the media.  If you find it compelling, please repost it on your own blogs or send it to your friends.

Hooves of fury stampede veterans/U.S. Constitution Oct. 15
Matthis Chiroux of the “Hempstead 15″ recounts his debate experience

Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2008, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War and supporters gathered near the Hempstead, N.Y., train station to march on the final presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Our intent was made clear in a letter to Bob Schieffer, the debate moderator, one week prior. We wanted two members of our organization inside the debate where they would ask one question of Obama and one of McCain. If CBS and the candidates failed to meet our demands, we would march on Hofstra at 7 p.m. in a peaceful attempt to enter the debate to have our voices heard.

I planned on asking Barack Obama if he would back up his assessment of the occupation of Iraq as illegal by supporting service members who would thus be required to refuse service there. Kris Goldsmith planned on asking McCain about his history of failing to vote in favor of V.A. funding, especially since the beginning of the occupation of Iraq.

Non-violence was stressed in every stage leading up to this action. It was stressed by me and Kris to Det. Thomas J. Calvert and Det. Robert Annese of the Nassau County Police Department the day before the action. Calvert and Annese were in charge of security for the debate, and they assured us they would instruct their officers to respect the non-violent spirit of the action by using restraint towards peaceful veterans and demonstrators.

In every stage of planning, IVAW made every effort to keep all planned tactics and actions “above the table” so that the candidates, the media, the police and the country would know exactly what would happen if our demands were not met.

We were at Hofstra to force the issue that veterans and service members are not being cared for or heard from by our government, and the candidates, CBS and the Nassau County Police Department couldn’t have proved us more correct.

We, the veterans and our supporters, stood together in solidarity, knowing the stakes were high. But a resolve echoed deep from with us to stand our ground and be heard. Twice these candidates had brushed us off, and thrice just wasn’t going to happen.

So at seven p.m. when we’d heard nothing from the moderators, IVAW made good on its promise to the candidates and Det. Calvert. We marched to the front gate of Hofstra, read our questions and peacefully proceeded into police lines.

Because these candidates cared more to hear from “Joe the Plumber” than veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, ten veterans went to jail and five civilian supporters joined us.

This upsets me, but I knew the risk, and if I must fall in defense of democracy, peace and justice, I offer my sacrifice willingly.

What infuriates me is the GROSS MISCONDUCT of the police in the process, much of which I believe to be illegal.

After my arrest, the police charged their horses onto a sidewalk and, unprovoked, knocked my friend Nick Morgan, a veteran of Iraq, to the ground and trampled his face. They then arrested him, put a piece of gauze on his facewound and loaded him onto a bus headed for jail with the rest of the Hempstead 15.

After they brought Nick onto the bus and we the veterans identified him as exhibiting signs of a concussion and as needing immediate medical attention, our arresting officers laughed at us and told us Nick would receive no help unless he himself asked to go to the hospital, though Nick was barely conscience and completely disoriented at the time AND THE COPS KNEW IT!

We pointed out that as a result of a serious head injury, Nick wasn’t aware enough to speak for himself. The police responded with, “too bad.”

After Nick stirred enough for us to instruct him to ask for medical attention, he was taken to a hospital, diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone, given nothing more than Motrin for the pain and brought to the Police Station where he sat chained to a bench for 5 hours with no further medical attention at all.

Additionally, police pulled other members and supporters of ours from the sidewalk and arrested them while horses spun in circles causing injury to most who couldn’t escape their paths.

All of this, I observed after arrest through the large windows of a bus we were detained in which was parked parallel to the demonstration and subsequent atrocities.

While on the bus, the officers mocked us, calling us idiots and whiners. When we arrived at the Nassau County Detention Center, the hazing did not cease.

One officer, when I brought up the prospect of speaking to a lawyer, threatened to, “put me in the back (jail),” where, “the big boys will pop your cherry!” When I asked this officer if he had just threatened an honorably discharged veteran of Afghanistan with prison rape and told him I wanted his name and rank, he refused and told me to look it up on the police report which the Nassau County Police Department has refused to provide us a copy of.

While detained, the three females who were arrested with us, including Marine Reserve Capt. Marlisa Grogan, were sexually harassed by the police who went so far as to hold Ids next to the chained women’s faces and make comments like, “you look like you came out of a Barbie magazine.”

All night, they didn’t stop. “You’re cowards, you’re idiots,” they said. The hostility was thick and unwarranted.

“This non-violent protest stuff is retarded,” they said (as if they’d prefer the alternative). “See how it got your friend’s face fucked up?”

Literally, they said this when they brought Nick in and chained him to the bench. The harassment only increased from there.

“Look at you friend’s face,” said one officer. “You’re responsible for that.” As if I gave to order to charge horses onto a crowded sidewalk.

I saw this same officer in the Colony diner where we went to eat after we were charged with disorderly conduct and released. He was with the one who threatened me with prison rape, and when I approached them respectfully and again asked for their names, he leapt to his feet, threw his finger in my face and began threatening to “beat my ass” if I didn’t drop it.

Afterward, one of his friends, also a police officer, approached me, accused me of being drunk and said I was about to get arrested again. I retorted that his accusations were false (considering I’d only gotten out of jail 30 minutes prior) and that I was only interested in learning the names of the officers who arrested and harassed us as I have the legal right to do. He responded with only his name, which he said was Peter Sikinger, but refused to reveal the names of his partners, though to his credit, he did back down from threatening me with arrest.

I am outraged at the egregious conduct of the Nassau Country Police Department and the failure of Det. Calvert to make good on his promise to “make things go as smoothly as possible.”

But mostly, I must put this on the candidates.

Barack Obama and John McCain, you have failed to properly address the occupation of Iraq and veteran and service member issues in this campaign. You failed to hear from us, the veterans and service members, at the conventions. Your overwhelming concern for “Joe the Plumber” at the final debate while veterans are killing themselves at a rate of 18 per month is inhumane to say the least.

The fact that you allowed your veterans to be arrested, brutalized and harassed for simply trying to be heard by you is inexcusable. Forever should your consciences be scarred for what you allowed to take place to veterans on American soil.

But our questions still stand, and we still demand answers.

Obama, are you ready to support members of the military refusing to participate in the occupation of Iraq which you have termed “illegal?”

McCain, as a veteran, how can you account for your abysmal failure to vote in favor of post-2003 legislation to fund the V.A. which provides life saving services to men and women who gave all to serve this nation?

Besides which, you both owe the Hempstead 15 an apology. You owe Nick Morgan an apology for the reconstructive surgery he’ll be receiving and the permanent, violent altering of his face that is a result of your failure to hear from us.

You owe every veteran in history a public statement condemning the sidewalk trampling of Nick and Carlos Harris, an Iraq veteran, who also had his foot broken by a horse. As well Geoff Millard, a disabled veteran of Iraq with degenerative spine disease who was knocked to the ground, dragged from the sidewalk and arrested, and Nadine Lubka, one of our supporters, who was kicked in the face by a horse.

And we the people are not done forcing this issue.

I encourage every person who reads this to contact both the Obama and McCain campaigns and demand they answer our questions and condemn the actions of the police Wednesday night.

They don’t own this election, the media doesn’t own this election, we the people own this election, and we deserve to have our voices heard. Any candidate who disagrees with that statement is unworthy the Presidency of the United States of America.

Peace and Solidarity,

Matthis Chiroux

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Y’all!  I just bought gas for $2.97/gallon!

$2.97 a gallon!

That’s so cheap here!  I can’t remember seeing gas under $3/gal in about year!

Are you bored of politics yet?

Dear god, I sure as hell am.

I started watching the debate last night, but about 10 minutes into it I went to bed to go read.  It just bored me to tears.  And there really isn’t any point.  I could see straight through everything McCain said.  It’s easy to spot his lies when you listen to him a lot.  And Obama wasn’t anything terribly inspiring.  He’s best in sweeping speeches that allow him to orate for long periods.  Those little two minute bursts waste his inspiring qualities. 

And I didn’t particularly like listening to John McCain’s sad “zingers” (really?  Like Jello to a wall?  Lame.) and listen to him beat the “My Friends…” horse to death.   Anyway, it’s no surprise who people were going to say won the debate…McCain is a  tired old man who’s lost his independent streak and honor running a disgusting campaign just because he can’t stand the idea of losing.  People will never respect you again, John McCain.  I hope it was worth it.

And I also wanted to point out an excellent article I read today in Rolling Stone about everyone’s favorite liar, Sarah Palin. 

Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins “Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.

You should go read this article, especially those of you who claim to inexplicably respect Sarah Palin.   Seriously, go read it and then refute how you can possibly think anything even vaguely positive about her.  Please.  I really, really want to hear it.

Sarah Palin frightens me

If John McCain wins the election, I will turn into someone who prays.

I will pray every single night that he stays healthy and he doesn’t die in office.

Because the alternative is frightening.

I was wrong about her: she isn’t stupid, she’s an evil genius

All her gosh-darnin’ and gettin’ and hopin’ and Maverickin’ and winking (disgusting!  You are in the middle of a goddamn vice-presidential debate.  Try to show a little class.) made my skin crawl.  I could see straight through her, but there are millions of people out there that were probably just charmed right plumb to death.  That’s scary.  Really, really scary.