Saturday, September 06, 2008

High Fructose Corn Syrup

I just saw a commercial touting how good and natural High Fructose Corn syrup is. Don't eat that shit! Here are two excellent articles on the health hazards caused by HFCS:
I LOVE Kerry Washington...and her writeups in O!

Friday, September 05, 2008

I think it is outrageous that the United States has just given $1 billion dollars to the sovereign state of Georgia!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Republican National Convention

That crowd listening to Sarah Palin is so old and white I thought someone had taken a great big fan and just blown powder over the entire room. Otherwise, boring and I wasn't impressed. What will she do when the questions come?
From: Leslie Cagan, UFPJ National Coordinator [mailto:webmaster@ ]

We are sending you this message because the situation in St. Paul is very grave and we're concerned that the real story is not being told by the mainstream media.

Over the past few days, the heavily armed and extremely large police presence in St. Paul has intimidated, harrassed and provoked people; and, in a number of instances, the police have escalated situations when they used excessive force. They have used pepper spray, including spraying at least one person just inches from her face as she was held down on the ground by several police officers. They have freely swung their extra long night sticks, pushed people around, rode horses and bicycles up against peacefully gathered groups, and surrounded people simply walking down the streets. On Tuesday evening, they used tear gas on a small group of protesters in downtown St. Paul.

The massive police presence and the uncalled-for actions by the police on the streets has not been the only problem. The police raided a convergence center and several locations where people are staying over the weekend and they have stopped and searched vehicles for no clear reason. http://www.counterp html
Randy Rowland, from PepperSpray Productions, here. Instead of sending you an announcement about a screening, this email is unusual for us, it is a call for help.

Two PepperSpray collective members, Lambert Rochfort and Joe LaSac, on assignment in St Paul covering the protests associated with the Republican National Convention, were both arrested on Sunday while covering the story. Both are still being held without charges or an opportunity to go before a judge.

Lambert was swept up in a mass arrest of peaceful citizens who were surrounded by cops and all arrested. Joe was arrested about the same time as Amy Goodman and two other journalists from "Democracy Now!" were arrested. In fact if you watch the footage of Amy Goodman standing in handcuffs, the fellow sitting on the ground at her feet is Joe.

Lambert and Joe had covered the DNC in Denver, and were in St Paul to cover the protests. They both had their cameras with them when arrested and were clearly doing nothing illegal, just trying to get the story that corporate media tends to overlook. There have been several other attacks on journalists there, including a raid on an indymedia hospitality center, and a raid on the house of a group that documents police brutality. It goes without saying that there is no freedom of the press if reporters are jailed for covering the story.

We want our people released without charges, and we want our equipment back. If you value indymedia and the role of independent journalists- -and I know you do, or you wouldn't be on our announcement list--then please take some or all of the following actions to secure the timely release of these PepperSpray videographers.

If you are in the St Paul area or can ask those you know who are in that area, please join the 24 hour vigil at the Ramsey County Jail, 425 Grove St., St Paul (24 hour vigil)

Please call some or all of the following numbers, demanding that our reporters be freed:

Chris Coleman, St. Paul Mayor: 651.266.8510
or Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman's office at 651-266-8535
Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0)
Ramsey County Sheriff: 651.487.5149

Here are the names and numbers of St Paul City Council people to call as well:
Melvin Carter - Ward 1 - 651- 266-8610
Dan Thune - Ward 2 - 651-266-8620
Pat Harris - Ward 3 - 651-266-8630
Russ Stark - Ward 4 - 651-26-8640
Lee Helgen - Ward 5 - 651-266-8520
Dan Bostrom - Ward 6 - 651-266-8660
Cathy Lantree - Ward 7 - 651-266-8670

PepperSpray Productions is an all-volunteer independent media collective based in Seattle, WA. Among other things, we produce a weekly access TV show called "Indymedia Presents" which airs on 20 channels, from Seattle to New York, including in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

For more info about our work, we invite you to visit our website: www.peppersprayprod


Randy Rowland
PepperSpray Productions
John McCain could have picked Brittany Spears for all its worth.

Poem I just started to write-in Part

...and I'm carrying all my shit and we have 3 minutes to get to class.
I told you to move--asked you nicely, but you thought it was your
god-given privilege to stand in the in the middle of the hallway-
Did my french horn case hurt your chin?--Oops, Im sorry-
next time you'll get the hell out my way.
-did I step on your toe? My pardon,
I didn't realize you were standing their talking to your friends....

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Republican Family Values-Sing Along

Oh, lets hear it for those Republican family values! Shack up when you're not even eighteen, pass off your baby as your mama's kid. But as long as you don't use condoms and talk about SEX who cares?! We're moral, righteous, and worthy!
After hearing about what is happening at the RNC in terms of protests and crackdowns, I am convinced ever more that we in the United States are living in a police state.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Amy Goodman and Other Democracy Now Journalists Arrested at RNC

Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested at the RNC

www.democracynow. org

September 1, 2008

Denis Moynihan 917-549-5000
Mike Burke 646-552-5107,

ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfully detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman's office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0). First # in-box full, holding the line results in busy signal; pressing # also results in busy signal - Diane

Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amendment rights of these journalists.

During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States. She has received journalism's top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation's leading independent news outlet.

Democracy Now! is a nationally syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

Video of Amy Goodman's Arrest: v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

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Cindy Mccain at the RNC

Cindy McCain looked like an Ice Princess today at the RNC Convention.
I so love Tyra Banks! Her show today with Carnie Wilson rocked!
Blackwater should be nowhere near New Orleans. Erik Prince should be castrated.