Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Just as I have feared that privatizing the logistics of war will encourage private war-service industries to lobby for a hot war or long occupation to keep their industries viable, there has emerged a group of prison industries, state and federal legislators, and other players who will continue to benefit from our disgraceful ranking as the world's largest warden.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
How beautiful #SleepfulProtest is! Their trials and tribulations are very familiar, to me: law enforcement stealing their property, intimidating them out of their rights, citing the law to officers while being (falsely) arrested and incarcerated, dealing with hearings, etc. My one regret is that the appeals process is so slow; if only we were done, so any Californian SleepfulProtest could avoid 647(e) and 602 abuses (hopefully, after the UC Davis pepper spray scandal, physical abuses are a reduced risk).
I wonder if they are aware of the 9th Amendment...
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
At least 10 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested last night during a large demonstration across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Forced off the sidewalk on Broad Street earlier in the day, Occupiers sought refuge on the steps of Federal Hall, which is U.S. government property. For the most part, U.S. Park Police tolerated their presence, provided they didn't violate a "no sleeping or camping" rule.
Meanwhile, back at the flashback...
[...] Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind [...]
Monday, April 16, 2012
Meanwhile, back at the big apple...
At 6AM this morning, NYPD -- including high ranking officials (white shirts) -- surrounded and raided the corner accross from the New York Stock Exchange where Occupiers have been sleeping on Wall Street. This police action appears to be in direct defiance of the 2000 decision Metropolitan Council Inc. v. Safir, which held "public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression" to be constitutionally-protected speech. Occupiers read text from the case to police as they were being removed.