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  chessnut1134
 
11:54pm 03/03/2006
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Liar, Liar. 
  hisflamingrace
 
02:49pm 26/12/2005
  I was watching this German news station/show (that was actually in English) at about three AM Saturday morning, and the un-biased reporting almost made me cry. No seriously, I haven’t enjoyed watching the news so much since I was in England. I’d kill to live in Europe, I’m lucky I’m in a profession where it’s very possible that I could move to anywhere in Europe for vocational training. Anyways, yeah the news show as really good and I enjoyed it a lot. While I was watching it three things bugged the hell out of me, 1. The United Nations had a conference and decided to put a budget cap on the organizations spending so that it could fix conflicts and such faster. One of the main countries behind this was the U.S. See I had no problem with this, I thought it was a good idea, I blame the U.N. for not resolving things quickly enough and not taking the reins away from the U.S. and be the world police entity it should be, so when I heart this I could have cared less, but then they said that the smaller, more impoverish countries had no say in the whether or not to have a budget cap because they didn’t contribute enough money. See I have a problem with that, the seven or so main countries that make the U.N. should not be having all the control, the point of having a world governing body was so that everybody policed everybody fairly and that no one country had all of the controlling power. This proposition (it got passed by the way) is basically a loop hole for the richest countries to have all the say, that’s bullshit. The second thing that bugged the hell out of me was that the European countries put out eleven warrants on CIA operatives because they kidnapped a Muslim whom they believed was a leader of a terrorist cell that feeds money to Al Qaeda and took him to Egypt to question him. First of all, what the fuck is the U.S. kidnapping people for (apparently this has happened more than you’d think), isn’t that a terrorist activity? I mean isn’t that a shared complaint with us and a lot of other countries? Aren’t we tired of the terrorist kidnapping people and killing them or ransoming them? Yet we do the same thing. That’s bullshit. Oh and the reason for all of Europe issuing the warrants is because apparently they use their air fields as prisoner trade off sites, so that they can get rid of the evidence (the abductees) before any police or military personnel can stop them. Finally the third thing that bugged me was why didn’t we hear a damn thing about either of these news stories? Now I was being naive, I was being coy, I know the reason why. The reason is that our media (as liberal as all of you Republican scum claim it is) cover up everything and refuse to broadcast certain stories. That’s bullshit. Someday I hope I can get in some position of power where I can get the U.S. population some real news. Although there is a place, www.capitolhillblue.com, that has some good news that is condemed by the New York Times. Later on the New York Times said that they were bribed not to tell the story that Capitol Hill Blue did. Coincidence?, that's for you to decide.  
     

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The Controlled Demolition Of The WTC 
  tommymalice
 
06:25am 09/07/2005
 
mood: crappy
watch the video.

i'm telling you...
 
     

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revision of the "zen" thing 
  ex_peacock902
 
09:44am 10/06/2005
  i am not free
i do nothing to quiet
my inflamed mind

war wipes out
another thousand
tearing humans
limb from limb
while i sit and try zazen

i never sleep anymore
i smell burnt flesh
my eyes sting
startle response is like a knife
cutting through my routine

i remember those monks on fire
how still how serene
until one last wisp of green fire
drifts and is gone


i can't close my eyes anymore
 
     

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poem 
  ex_peacock902
 
01:43am 10/06/2005
  ahh i guess this was too political for the zen community (tho i thought it was sort of tame) anyways here if you want to read it

the zen within

war rages on
blood is shed for oil
i try to find my zen within
and when i close my eyes
i see the burning flesh
the eyes full of flies
the stench of death
i never sleep anymore
they say to start with peace within
to still my bipolar unquiet mind
and i feel like
one of those monks on fire
only not really, just internally
i want to do
but i don't do
i want to be
but who is free
 
     

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  ex_peacock902
 
07:47am 09/06/2005
  this is from my journal, i am new here, i am a communist and i am disabled and struggling songwriter and poet, thought i would share

here is one of my old horror songs. i have lightened up some but i am feeling mad again. i wrote this during the first gulf war. i was thinking about that drunk dalai lama. there had been a drunk dalai lama once and he liked poetry, i was thinking what if a bodhisattva went to where the pain was, to understand the suffering, and what if he went to viet nam and then had flashbacks during following wars.

Drunk Bodhisattva

There's another drunk bodhisattva
crying into his beer
he asks "how long does it take
to get to the mountain?
just how far is there from here?"

Some catch the sun and the moon and the stars
how one may catch the flu
you could collapse on hot asphalt,
and noone would notice you

Outside the bar there's a procession
they carry an empty throne for you
join the parade, bodhisattva,
they wave their flags for you

"Their flags they stink bloody murder
they collect blood in gas cans
I'd rather be swallowed by a bear
than die like a dog in the gutter,"

"I could rest my head in green velvet
bleed in the moss by the stream
but I'll always hear that crying mother
scooping up her baby's brain,"

"She tried to put it in a hole in its head
split open by a bomb
and along the road were 10,000
10,000 crushed human bones..."

!0,000 arms 10,000 legs
10,000 crushed human bones

!0,000 eyes 10,000 ears
10,000 crushed human bones

"have another drink Bodhisattva,
shoot another game of pool
The drinks on me Bodhisattva
you can sleep by the river down the road..."
 
     

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Some things that might be of interest to members here 
  cpqueen
 
01:57pm 27/04/2005
  Back by popular demand:
Discovering Community and Developing Identity: The Fifth Annual Retreat for Disability Activists & Allies
will be held August 26 - 28, 2005, at The Leaven Center near Lyons, Michigan. Join us for this weekend of community building, dialogue, and shared reflection among disability activists and allies who are experiencing the radical and transforming power of the Disability Rights Movement. Retreat Leaders: Peg Ball and Sarah Triano. For information about the retreat and how to register, visit our web site: http://www.leaven.org/upcoming.htm or email leavencenter@leaven.org or call 989-855-2606.

Making it's first run for this year:
Uprising for Change: The Third Annual Gathering of Young Activists will be held
June 23-26, 2005, at The Leaven Center, in Lyons, between Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Uprising for Change is created by and for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have a passionate commitment to social justice. This annual event serves as a meeting place for a new generation of activists who work in a wide variety of social change movements including disability rights, feminism, LGBTQ rights, and racial, economic, and environmental justice.  For registration information, visit our web site:
http://www.leaven.org/upcoming.htm or email leavencenter@leaven.org or call 989-855-2606.
 
     

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  dr_dyslexia
 
06:13pm 14/03/2005
  communsim is for losers and homeless schizofrnic people. trust me i'de know.Mediocre people do exceptional things all the time, but now that it's over it's just embarrassing to know I told her.You know what sounds really fun?Renting out an empty white room, full of cardboard boxes, any size, and those tubs that you use for the water machines; you know those clear big blue barrels? That would be kickass. But on one side of the room, which would be pretty damn big, you'd have some stairs, leading up to another room, but there would be no door, just a blank balcony with more cardboard boxes, and you could just look over the edge and you'd see the downstairs, but there would be like no roof, no windows, just a tall white room with tile and white paint. Couldn't you imagine you and your best friend just screwing around in there? That would be crazy. veruy dyslexic.  
     

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  comradestalin
 
02:16pm 17/02/2005
  Hello, if you're tired of the CPUSA, then you may find the new community revolutionarycp interesting. The community is dedicated to, in case you hadn't guessed, the RCP and Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Hope to see many of you there soon.  
     

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good website 
  tommymalice
 
12:43pm 19/01/2005
  http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/  
     

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  sulph
 
12:42am 07/01/2005
  Just to let you all know, Free Speech UK now has a world history :)

Enjoy!

http://freespeechuk.cjb.net where you can have your say!
 
     

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If you love communism, you'll LOVE this new community!! 
  metal_immortal
 
09:40pm 23/12/2004
 

 

comunist_antics is the new community that everybody's talking about.
If you think communism is really fucking funny, or you had sex qwith Lenin once, or you bleed red, then come!
It's like a party where everybody has an equal amount of fun, or else!!! WHOOO!

 
     

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any one up for political discussions? 
  sulph
 
08:01pm 19/12/2004
  a forum has been created for people who fall in into any political category that would like to discuss political matters and current events. The forum also contains an entertainment section for having a chat about the latest video games, music and films as well as a religion and news section. We’re all friendly and everyone is welcome

if your interested have a look and sign up, the more the merrier you might say…

http://freespeechuk.cjb.net
 
     

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Reproductive choice 
  tommymalice
 
12:30pm 08/12/2004
 
mood: disappointed
'President' Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W.David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)Reproductive Health/Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee has not met for more than two years, during which time its charter lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling all eleven positions with new members. This position does not require Congressional approval.

The FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics, gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception, treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination.

Dr. Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women:Restoring Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ healing Women with case studies from Hager's practice. His views of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream for reproductive technology. Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives to unmarried women.

In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife, entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from reading the bible and praying. As an editor and contributing author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality Reproductive Technologies and the Family," Dr. Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient.

We are concerned that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assessment of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to! preserve and promote women's health. Hager's track re cord of using religious beliefs to guide his medical decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate to serve as chair of this committee. Critical drug public policy and research must not be influenced by antiabortion politics. Members of this important panel should be appointed on the basis of science and medicine, rather than politics and religion. American women deserve no less.
 
     

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  tommymalice
 
03:12am 08/11/2004
  "...and the people that *really* need to see it... refuse to."

it's so fucking true. the right-wing, pro-life, pro-god, closed-minded individuals in this country are too afraid of anything new. new ideas, new facts.. on my own grave i believe that some of these people would swear up and down that the planet earth was flat if it would have been stated as such in the holy bible.

it makes me physically ill to think of how stupid people can be.. even in this day in age. so naive.. so american.




i think i'll start a revolution...

but i will also use god as my scapegoat.

i'll say he talks to me twice a day.. they'll have no choice but to choose me... Dubbya only speaks with him once a night.

i'll be posting some communique on protests and demonstrations in the near future. tah tah! conservative filth. tell your friends and stay tuned.
 
     

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The U.S. Government Does Not Want You To See This... 
  tommymalice
 
03:34pm 04/11/2004
  The following is the full English transcript of Usama bin Ladin's speech in a videotape sent to Aljazeera. In the interests of authenticity, the content of the transcript, which appeared as subtitles at the foot of the screen, has been left unedited.


Praise be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one to retaliate against the oppressor in kind. To proceed:

Peace be upon he who follows the guidance: People of America this talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan, and deals with the war and its causes and results.

Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom.

If so, then let him explain to us why we don't strike for example - Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters don't possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 - may Allah have mercy on them.

No, we fight because we are free men who don't sleep under oppression. We want to restore freedom to our nation, just as you lay waste to our nation. So shall we lay waste to yours.

No one except a dumb thief plays with the security of others and then makes himself believe he will be secure. Whereas thinking people, when disaster strikes, make it their priority to look for its causes, in order to prevent it happening again.

But I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes. And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occurred.

So I shall talk to you about the story behind those events and shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the decision was taken, for you to consider.

I say to you, Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind.

The events that affected my soul in a direct way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorised and displaced.

I couldn't forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy.

The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a conversation that doesn't include a weapon? And the whole world saw and heard but it didn't respond.

In those difficult moments many hard-to-describe ideas bubbled in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling of rejection of tyranny, and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.

And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

And that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy. Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance.

This means the oppressing and embargoing to death of millions as Bush Sr did in Iraq in the greatest mass slaughter of children mankind has ever known, and it means the throwing of millions of pounds of bombs and explosives at millions of children - also in Iraq - as Bush Jr did, in order to remove an old agent and replace him with a new puppet to assist in the pilfering of Iraq's oil and other outrages.

So with these images and their like as their background, the events of September 11th came as a reply to those great wrongs, should a man be blamed for defending his sanctuary?

Is defending oneself and punishing the aggressor in kind, objectionable terrorism? If it is such, then it is unavoidable for us.

This is the message which I sought to communicate to you in word and deed, repeatedly, for years before September 11th.

And you can read this, if you wish, in my interview with Scott in Time Magazine in 1996, or with Peter Arnett on CNN in 1997, or my meeting with John Weiner in 1998.

You can observe it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania and in Aden. And you can read it in my interview with Abdul Bari Atwan, as well as my interviews with Robert Fisk.

The latter is one of your compatriots and co-religionists and I consider him to be neutral. So are the pretenders of freedom at the White House and the channels controlled by them able to run an interview with him? So that he may relay to the American people what he has understood from us to be the reasons for our fight against you?

If you were to avoid these reasons, you will have taken the correct path that will lead America to the security that it was in before September 11th. This concerned the causes of the war.

As for it's results, they have been, by the grace of Allah, positive and enormous, and have, by all standards, exceeded all expectations. This is due to many factors, chief among them, that we have found it difficult to deal with the Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half which are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.

Our experience with them is lengthy, and both types are replete with those who are characterised by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation of wealth. This resemblance began after the visits of Bush Sr to the region.

At a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by America and hoping that these visits would have an effect on our countries, all of a sudden he was affected by those monarchies and military regimes, and became envious of their remaining decades in their positions, to embezzle the public wealth of the nation without supervision or accounting.

So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act, under the pretence of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors, and didn't forget to import expertise in election fraud from the region's presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.

All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

All Praise is due to Allah.

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.

That being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise, because when one scrutinises the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.

Rather, the policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations - whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction - has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.

And so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats that the White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.

And it was to these sorts of notions and their like that the British diplomat and others were referring in their lectures at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. [When they pointed out that] for example, al-Qaida spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost - according to the lowest estimate - more than $500 billion.

Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs.

As for the size of the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

And even more dangerous and bitter for America is that the mujahidin recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of the success of the bleed-until-bankruptcy plan - with Allah's permission.

It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is ... you.

It is the American people and their economy. And for the record, we had agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the operations should be carried out within 20 minutes, before Bush and his administration notice.

It never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the time when they most needed him.

But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers, we were given three times the period required to execute the operations - all praise is due to Allah.

And it's no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him: "All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction - assuming they exist - is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome."

But the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.

So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future. He fits the saying "like the naughty she-goat who used her hoof to dig up a knife from under the earth".

So I say to you, over 15,000 of our people have been killed and tens of thousands injured, while more than a thousand of you have been killed and more than 10,000 injured. And Bush's hands are stained with the blood of all those killed from both sides, all for the sake of oil and keeping their private companies in business.

Be aware that it is the nation who punishes the weak man when he causes the killing of one of its citizens for money, while letting the powerful one get off, when he causes the killing of more than 1000 of its sons, also for money.

And the same goes for your allies in Palestine. They terrorise the women and children, and kill and capture the men as they lie sleeping with their families on the mattresses, that you may recall that for every action, there is a reaction.

Finally, it behoves you to reflect on the last wills and testaments of the thousands who left you on the 11th as they gestured in despair. They are important testaments, which should be studied and researched.

Among the most important of what I read in them was some prose in their gestures before the collapse, where they say: "How mistaken we were to have allowed the White House to implement its aggressive foreign policies against the weak without supervision."

It is as if they were telling you, the people of America: "Hold to account those who have caused us to be killed, and happy is he who learns from others' mistakes."

And among that which I read in their gestures is a verse of poetry. "Injustice chases its people, and how unhealthy the bed of tyranny."

As has been said: "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

And know that: "It is better to return to the truth than persist in error." And that the wise man doesn't squander his security, wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White House.

In conclusion, I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of Kerry, nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No.

Your security is in your own hands. And every state that doesn't play with our security has automatically guaranteed its own security.

And Allah is our Guardian and Helper, while you have no Guardian or Helper. All peace be upon he who follows the Guidance.

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(source [full video])
 
     

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random shit. 
  babyfirefly
 
10:39pm 08/10/2004
 
mood: aggravated
a few things that just stuck out amongst many things right now after watching the debate tonight, aside from BUSH IS A FUCKTARD.

Okay, stem cell research, What about the thousands of embryos frozem for women with fetility problems, who end upo having like 5 babies at once, or have a few seperate children, and have empryos stored and will probably not use? What are they going to save them til the woman is 80 and her uterus has since fallen out? No they'll probably be disposed of. Thats perfectly ethical, Kerry agreed but to Bush, thats still life. So what's Bush want us to do, go impregnate a bunch of rednecks so those "lives" dont go to waste? Of course he cant do that, so COME ON.

Abortions, bravo to Kerry when after they went through discussing contacting parents, he said, should we make a young girl, raped by her father and pregnant about to get an abortion contact her father? No! (obviously not a direct quote). I mean in general, Bush neds to learn that not everyone in the damned country reads their bible after milk and cookies every night. If a woman is raped she should be able to get an abortion, its wrong to make a young girl impregnated by her uncle or grandpa keep the child. Or a women raped in general. It should be the womans choice, not the freaking governments.

Oh and the environment? Lets not even go there.

Oh and whats everyone stance on proposition 68? An arguement against it states "Beware: Their "fair share" claim is a scam. 68 lets its FUNDERS--RACETRACKS and CARD CLUBS--operate LAS VEGAS-SIZED CASINOS throughout California--NEAR FREEWAYS and 200 SCHOOLS. MORE TRAFFIC. MORE CRIME. ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO INDIANS. Governor Schwarzenegger, fire- fighters, sheriffs, police, tribes, taxpayers, labor, educators say: NO on 68!"

So basically a Yes vote will allow racetracks and card rooms to have slot machines, which normally exist in indian casinos primarily. No means it woudl stay that way. Honestly I'm not a big gambler but I'm voting no, honestly we stole enough shit from the indians, let them keep their income. Supporters say indians dont pay their fair share and should give up their slot machine monopoly. Okay, let us give up our land and let the indian men rape our women too then.

I mean sure, it could help California make some bucks, but then opponents argure the revenue could not be used to blance the state budget.

What does everyone else think? Here's 2 sites arguing either side for some information, for 68: afairshareforcalifornia.org and against: stop68.com
 
     

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What do you think about the policestate? 
  tommymalice
 
07:49am 29/09/2004
 
mood: angry
Washington Post | September 28 2004

Sakinah Aaron was walking into the bus area at the Wheaton Metro station several weeks ago, talking loudly on her Motorola cell phone. A little too loudly for Officer George Saoutis of the Metro Transit Police.

The police officer told Aaron, who is five months pregnant, to lower her voice. She told the officer he had no right to tell her how to speak into her cell phone.

Their verbal dispute quickly escalated, and Saoutis grabbed Aaron by the arm and pushed her to the ground. He handcuffed the 23-year-old woman, called for backup and took her to a cell where she was held for three hours before being released to her aunt. She was charged with two misdemeanors: "disorderly manner that disturbed the public peace" and resisting arrest.

Those are the facts on which both sides agree.

They interpret the events of Sept. 9 very differently.

Transit Police and some Metro officials say Saoutis was protecting the peace by removing a woman who had overstepped the boundaries of civil behavior because she was loudly cursing into her phone.

They say that cell phones have become just another instrument of loutish behavior in the public space and that they are fighting a dramatic deterioration of manners in the transit system.

"We need better enforcement to allow people to know we are serious and want to maintain the high-quality level of the system," said Robert J. Smith, chairman of the Metro board, adding that "ranting youth" have become a plague on the subway. "This isn't Montana. We live in a very dense region, and people are on top of each other all the time."

Smith, who refuses to carry a cell phone, said he thinks Metro riders need to use the devices with care. "We wouldn't allow someone to come into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and shout obscenities into a cell phone," he said.

But Aaron and some defenders of free speech say the Transit Police are the ones who overstepped boundaries by making a crime out of conversation and pushing a pregnant woman to her knees. The incident took place out of doors and not in the confines of a rail car or bus, they note.

And they point to a string of other incidents, including the July arrest of a 45-year-old woman for chewing a PayDay candy bar and the 2000 arrest of a 12-year-old girl for eating a french fry, that are earning the Transit Police a national reputation as an agency itching to lock up riders.

"Technically, the police officer is right, but the result is wrong," said D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who represents the city on the Metro board. "How do we prevent minor transgressions escalating into major problems? It's not what any of us want. We don't want pregnant women booked for loud cell phone conversations. We don't want 12-year-old girls in handcuffs for eating a single french fry. Whether it's training or guidance to our officers, we have to do something."

Johnny Barnes, executive director of the Washington area chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, called Aaron's arrest "troubling."

"There seems to be an unusual attention paid to activities of patrons," Barnes said. "One should be able to ride the Metro and exercise a range of rights without fear of intervention from Metro police."

Aaron, who lives in Silver Spring and works as a clerk at the Food and Drug Administration, said she was talking to her fiance on her cell phone as she walked toward the bus bay about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 9 to catch the Route C4 Metrobus.

"Our phone conversation had ended," she said. "I'm walking down the stairs and the transit cop said, 'You have to lower your voice, ma'am.' I said, 'You can't tell me how loud I can talk.' He said, 'I can arrest you,' and he grabbed my arm. I said, 'What are you doing? I'm pregnant! Oh, so you want to flex some muscle today?' He grabbed my hand, and we struggled."

Aaron acknowledged that she was loud on the phone but said she wasn't cursing and lobbed a profanity only after Saoutis grabbed her. After her release that night, Aaron went to Holy Cross Hospital and was treated in the emergency room for a bruise she said was a result of Saoutis's pushing her to the ground and placing his knee on her upper back.

Saoutis, who is about to complete his first year on the job with the Transit Police, was not available for an interview yesterday, according to Deputy Chief Tim Gronau.

Gronau said his officer properly enforced the law and arrested Aaron because it was clear she wasn't taking his warning seriously.

"We're not either pro or negative cell phones," he said. "The issue is [that] the volume of her conversation, coupled with the language, is not conducive to socially accepted standards of behavior."

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  eradicatehumans
 
12:06am 27/09/2004
 
mood: creative
i wrote this in 2002 so it may be poorly written "lol"

The ideas that this country were built on were great ones. However, they are yet to be realized. For example, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." When do I get to pursue MY HAPPINESS? When the government decides? It's my LIFE. I should have the LIBERTY of living how I want. People should be able to live how they want without preventing others from realizing their pursuit of happiness. Laws, such as the drug laws of America, should not be based on a few dead presidents ideas of what is right for the people. The people should decide what is right for them. Should they make bad decisions and become a victim of addiction, they should NOT be incarcerated and caged with murderers, rapists, and the like. How about using our tax dollars to do some good? How about OUR GOVERNMENT making a POSITIVE CHANGE in someones life? I am a firm believer in karma. If you help others, help will get back around to you when you need it the most. I am not a terrorist, however, I do believe that the victims of 9-11 died for a reason. I feel it was a hidden blessing. Look at what it did to our nation. To our WORLD. I don't think we should be over there killing as they did to us. How much better than them are we if we turn around and do the same damn thing? Better because it was provoked? The guilty persons will be brought to justice, in time though... and not by their fellow humans hand. It seems I got a bit off on a rant, back to the subject in which I started with.

The was for legalization has been long and tedious. Spanning many generations, but I feel now is the time. With small "victories" in Europe and Canada, hell, even being CONSIDERED for decriminalization is a small victory. We need to band together and hit the government harder than ever. The U.S., in the past, followed Canada and Europe with such matters. The United States are followers, not leaders. Especially during prohibition. We have to pour on the pressure, this may be our only chance to take advantage of this situation. The world is more or less united, and rallying behind one another... (with exceptions). The dream can finally be realized. Let's flash back for a few seconds and I'll tell you how and why this can be won. First off, the pioneers were oppressed by British Parliament and WON. African Americans were oppressed by a prominent white society, twice even, and WON. Females were oppressed by men for many years, and WON. Homosexuals were oppressed and WON. All that have been oppressed have overcame their oppressors. We have been looked down upon, shunned, and labled "stoners". Which we have turned around on those who gave it to us. Fine. It suits me just fine. Peace.
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  tommymalice
 
07:47am 26/09/2004
  ...making it very clear that millions of people are determined to say NO to Bush and everything he stands for, and that whatever happens on election day, the fight for a whole different direction in the country and the world will continue.

^that is the part that stuck out to me the most.

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