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Nicole Sandler

Jun 192011
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It was a great time at Netroots Nation! I’m finally home and able to post the show we did live from the exhibit hall Thursday morning.

Once things got rolling, it was a non-stop parade of wonderful guests including Sam Seder, Truthout.org’s Jason Leopold, Progressive Congress’ Darcy Burner, Adam Bink of Courage Campaign, consultant/pundit Cliff Schecter, Teacher Ken (of Daily Kos), Sally Kohn, Mark Levine, Democracy for America Executive Director Ashad Hasan, congressional candidate Norman Solomon, and comedian Matthew Filipowitz.

I’ll share more with you on the show tomorrow and the rest of the week.  Stay tuned for my conversations with Gov. Howard Dean, Dan Choi, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, the two Democrats who are running against Allen West, and more.

And I’ll tell you the whole story about my encounter with James O’Keefe and my attempt to get him to answer some questions.

 

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Jun 182011
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I’m in Minneapolis this week for Netroots Nation.  I’ll have lots of interviews and observations to share with you when I’m back in the studio Monday morning.  But this one couldn’t wait.

As you may know, the right wing follows us each year and schedules their “Right Online” conference in the same town at the same time we have Netroots Nation.  This year, their conference is in the hotel many of the NN participants are staying, while our conference is at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

When I got back to my hotel this evening, I noticed James “Pimp” O’Keefe sitting in the lobby.  I knew he was on probation for trying to enter Senator Mary Landreau’s office posing as a telephone repair man and the conditions prohibited him from leaving New Jersey.  So I took his picture.

Then his posse starting taking pictures of me and asking what I was doing.  I asked if he was breaking the law by being here, and he said he had gotten permission from the court to travel here.  He then invited me over for a conversation.

I said no, but they insisted. So, I pulled out the flip cam and began asking questions.

And, for the record, this video has not been edited, even once.  This is the entire video I shot, with the entire conversation we had until I just couldn’t take the smug hypocrisy for one moment more.

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Jun 092011
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I’m so sick of the dysfunction in this country today.  A broken media that accentuates the slimy and salacious in their quest for ratings over news and integrity.  A government so broken that elected officials are more concerned about appeasing their wealthy benefactors than in representing the people they were elected to help.

We’re setting sail to the place on the map
from which no one has ever returned
Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
by the light of the crosses that burned.
Drawn by the promise of the women and the lace
and the gold and the cotton and pearls
It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you need.
You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby.

We have a president who was elected with promises of hope and change, but has instead continued to disappoint by giving us more of the same… the same of the republican rule that brought this country down over the previous eight years.  Today, we have a president who scolded House Democrats who dared to suggest he take a tougher tone with Republicans; one who seems to capitulate to their demands with each new threat they make.

You will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow

Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools. No, no
Oh, save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
I want to run and hide right now

We’re in crisis mode right now. Not because of the terror the fear mongers are intent on instilling in you because of the national debt. It’s a problem, but we have much bigger problems facing us today.  We’re in danger of falling into another deep depression that was just barely averted when President Obama took office and somehow managed to get a stimulus plan through.

Unfortunately, Obama sided with the Republicans when he caved in to their demands to cut much of the actual stimulative spending in his plan and replace it with non-stimulating tax cuts. The “stimulus” was too small to begin with, and was virtually neutered by turning it in to what caused much of the problem in the first place: tax cuts for the already wealthy.

Today, the Republican leadership in the House is holding our nation hostage.  The right has come up with a despicable plan to kill Medicare as we know it and replace it with a voucher program that they euphemistically call “premium support.”  If they get their way (and go against the will of the majority of Americans to do so), instead of seniors being able to rest easily, knowing that their medical needs will be met, they’ll have to worry about buying private insurance on the for-profit market along with the rest of us.

Oh sure, they’ll get their vouchers — from $6000 to $12000 each year.  The question I was trying to ask my congressman (Allen West) at a town hall meeting last month (when I was kicked out for daring to ask a question, and subsequently arrested for daring to try to speak up) was “Please give me the name of the insurance company who will write a policy for a 75-year old with high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity!” — because that company does not exist.

If this plan were to go into effect, all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act would go away, including the requirement that insurance companies sell policies to all, regardless of pre-existing conditions.  So, even if Granny could find a company to sell her the policy, I can guarantee even the largest voucher of them all would not be enough to pay the premiums.  Thus “premium support” I suppose… it’s just a little support for the vast fortune you’d have to some how come up with to buy said policy.

Let’s take it a step further with this scenario:  The woman living next door is a widow.  She has no children, and no family left.  She’s now 89 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s.  Today, she has Medicare, and will be taken care of.  In the post Ryan-plan voucher instead of Medicare world, somehow this woman is supposed to navigate the brutal world of the for-profit insurance industry and buy herself a policy that would get her the care she needs?  Sorry, I think that woman would likely die before that ever happened.

Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
They will leave you drifting in the shallows
or drowning in the oceans of history
Traveling the world, you’re in search of no good
but I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like you knew you would
Using all the good people for your galley slaves
as you’re little boat struggles through the warning waves, but you don’t pay

You will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow

But that’s not even the worst of it.  Right now, the economic future of the United States of America is being held hostage by terrorists.  No, not the Al Qaeda kind. The Republican kind. The Republican party in Congress is threatening to let the US go into default by voting against raising the Debt Ceiling if the Democrats and the President don’t give in to their demands, one of which is to kill Medicare!

Those who are screaming the loudest against raising the debt ceiling are the ones who are listening to the fear mongers at Fox and on right wing radio.  So, what exactly is the debt ceiling? It’s actually quite complicated and quite simple at the same time.  From CNN:

What is the debt ceiling exactly? It’s a cap set by Congress on the amount of debt the federal government can legally borrow. The cap applies to debt owed to the public (i.e., anyone who buys U.S. bonds) plus debt owed to federal government trust funds such as those for Social Security and Medicare.

The first limit was set in 1917 and set at $11.5 billion, according to the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget. Previously, Congress had to sign off every time the federal government issued debt. (Take CNNMoney’s deficit quiz)

How high is the debt limit right now? The ceiling is currently set at $14.294 trillion. The country’s accrued debt hit that mark on the morning of May 16.

But by taking various extraordinary measures like suspending investments in federal retirement funds, Geithner will be able to bring total debt down enough to allow the government to continue borrowing until Aug. 2.

Hence, by the end of trade on May 16, total debt subject to the limit was a mere $25 million shy of the official cap — or $14,293,975,000,000. Total debt can fluctuate up or down on any given day.

How is the ceiling determined? They don’t admit it, but lawmakers tacitly agree to raise the debt ceiling every time they vote for a spending hike or tax cut.

“Congress has already passed and the president has already signed legislation that increases spending or decreases revenues. Those decisions have already been made,” said Susan Irving, director for federal budget issues at the Government Accountability Office.

So in reality arguing over the debt ceiling is essentially arguing over whether to pay the bills the country has already incurred.

Congress has already raised the debt ceiling 10 times in the past decade.  They’ve done it under Democratic administrations and under Republican administrations and they’ve always been passed with no strings attached.  

What would happen if we don’t raise the debt ceiling to, as quoted from the above CNN article, “pay the bills the country has already incurred”?  Just read this letter, sent by Matthew Zames, chairman of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner which details the “severe,” “long-lasting” and “catastrophic” effect it would have on our nation.

But instead of putting our national interests first, the Republican party is threatening to let the United States go into default if their demands aren’t met.  Here’s my demand for President Obama and the Democratic Party:  Tell the Republicans “WE DON’T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS!”

Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
Save me. Save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools
Where’s it comin’ from?
Where’s it goin’ to now?
It’s just a It’s just a ship of fools

—- World Party “Ship of Fools” (music & lyrics by Karl Wallinger)

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This morning on the show, as I was asking many of the same questions I posed in this missive, I noticed a tweet from Dave Weigel of Slate.  He retweeted  @AriBerman’s “AFL-CIO urges recess appointment for Elizabeth Warren to CFPB http://bit.ly/kWhUbi with the added comment “But there’s no recess!”

I replied to him “There will be, eventually” to which he replied “Why, if you’re the GOP, would you ever let there be a recess as long as O is president?”

I wrote back “I guess they won’t. But that begs the question: Will our govt ever be able to accomplish anything or is stalemate permanent?”  I then invited him to come on the show to discuss this dilemma, and he did.

I also spoke with Raven Brooks, executive director of Netroots Nation about what we can expect next week at the 11th annual gathering of progressive activists and bloggers in Minneapolis.  Even if you can’t physically be there, most of the sessions and all of the keynote addresses will stream live.  And of course, you can follow the #NN11 twitter hashtag.

The wonderful Shane-O from the Funked in the Head show will fill in for me Monday through Wednesday of next week.  I’ll broadcast live from Netroots Nation Thursday morning.  Talk to you then… radio or not!

***Update*** I just realized that I forgot to give you the links that prove that Rush Limbaugh is a big fat liar!  On the show, I played a call made by Mike Stark to Mr. Limpballs (listen here).  As for proof that he did take a trip with five buddies to the Dominican Republic and was arrested on his return when customs found a bottle of 29 Viagra pills in a prescription bottle in the name of his doctor, just click here.

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Jun 082011
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That’s what I try to do every morning on my show.  Unfortunately, the news has been cancelled in favor of ratings, and the media is obsessed with appealing to the basest of instincts – peoples’ preoccupation with the sex lives of others.

Yes, we’ve been talking about Anthony Weiner too, as his fall from grace and his stupid propensity for thinking with his little head instead of his big one is THE most talked-about piece of “news” today.

Rachel Maddow covered the hypocrisy of the right’s demanding his head (so to speak), by pointing out their obvious flawed belief: IOKIYAR (It’s OK if you’re a  Republican).

What’s really important is finding true progressives to run for elected office, and doing everything in our power to get them elected and keep them in office!  If Weiner had done anything illegal, I’d join the calls for his resignation.  But for his stupid preoccupation with sex… well, find me a man who isn’t preoccupied with sex and we can talk about it.

This morning, I spoke with Rob Zerban, who’s challenging Paul Ryan in a race for the congressional seat from Wisconsin’s 1st district.

I had a great conversation with author/pundit/consultant Cliff Schecter about his latest HuffPost piece, “Our Own Private Mumbai,” based on this Al Qaeda video urging American jihadists to easily stock up on guns by taking advantage of the gun show loophole, and how Republican/NRA hypocrites dodge the issue.

If you haven’t yet seen the video, this should send chills down your spine:

 

And finally, Tim Karr of FreePress.net told us about what went on at the Personal Democracy Forum conference in NY this week after I noticed the #PDF11 hashtag on his fascinating tweets.

A little more food for thought on this Wednesday morning…

 

And finally, last night I appeared with Susie Madrak on her Virtually Speaking Susie show.  We had quite a lively conversation about Weiner’s weiner problem, and veered of into our flawed criminal justice system too.  You can listen to it here.

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Jun 072011
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As Jon Stewart said last night, “This is the weirdest fucking story I’ve ever seen in my life.”

But it gets even weirder.  Apparently, the photo that Andrew Breitbart released and has been making the rounds was turned upside down and cropped. Here’s the version we’ve all seen:

 

And here’s the alleged original picture, before it was cropped and turned upside down

Now I get why Weiner said it was intended to be a joke that he would DM to a friend.  It certainly looks like an arm and balled-up fist stuck down the shorts.  Yes, funny, in a twisted way.  (And yes, I’m twisted and it would be funny if it were sent to me by a good friend with the last name of Weiner)….

I’m just wondering why he didn’t clarify that it wasn’t an actual “weiner” shot at all…

Obviously, there’s more to the story that’s frankly none of our business… Yes, we’ll talk about it a bit on today’s show.

But we’ll start the show with a guy who I wish was still in Congress, Alan Grayson.   When I posted on facebook last night that he’d be joining me today, I asked what you wanted me to ask him.  Overwhelmingly, you want to know if he’ll run again (actually you want me to ask him to run again…either for Congress, Senate, Governor or higher office.)

I will, and will also ask his opinion on so many issues that we could use his energies to help fix!

In hour two, as we do every Tuesday morning, I’ll be joined by Gotta Laff from The Political Carnival to talk about these stories and more….

VIDEO- Rick Santorum: “Our founders… FOUNDEDED a great country.” But wait! There’s more!

Rick Santorum: “I don’t just take the pledge. I take the bullets.”

John Boehner’s spokesman: Auto industry revival “nothing to celebrate”

Video- Fox News uses Tina Fey photo for Sarah Palin report

Video- Sarah Palin: “I Didn’t Mess Up About Paul Revere … I Know My American History”

On the road, Palin’s tour a rolling menace

Quickie- Rod Blagojevich: The worst witness in the world

VIDEO- Middle school yearbook’s “Top 5 worst people of all time”: Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Charles Manson… GW Bush & Dick Cheney.

George Allen fake “apologizes” for “Macaca” slur

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Jun 062011
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That’s the question we’ll attempt to answer in the coming months.  I think we can all agree that our government is broken.  Perhaps the founders had good ideas but, in practical terms, they knew that as conditions change so must our constitution.

That’s why the amendment process exists. That’s why the US Constitution was written after the articles of Confederacy were scrapped.  This country is a grand experiment, and perhaps the time has come to adjust the way it works…. because it’s certainly not working now!

This morning on the show, I’ll speak with David Swanson, one of the organizers of what we all hope will be a huge event in Washington DC on October 6… and continuing until we can effect some change.  Read David’s account of it here, and visit the website at www.october2011.org.

In hour two, as she does every Monday morning, Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle will join me to dissect the Sunday talking head shows in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”:

It’s a slow news week, so the media has to content themselves with their bright shiny distractions like Sarah Palin and boy, was she only too happy to take the spotlight.

In fact, Fox News Sunday basically devoted the entire hour to their employee, Sarah Palin. After her bizarre word-salad description of the historical significance of Paul Revere. Quitty McHalfGovernor decided to double down on her story and insist that she didn’t get anything wrong. Uh…sure.

Now I want you to listen to the telltale sign of that dreaded liberal bias. Haley Barbour comes on Face the Nation and gets the ultimate softball interview, culminating in him actually saying that Obama is actually raising gas prices to keep people from driving. This is just more of the Obama Derangement Syndrome that personally blames Obama for anything and everything, but Bob Schieffer doesn’t blink. Now listen to how much more accusatory Schieffer is with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. As in minority party. And he asks her where are the jobs. Luckily, Pelosi is a pro and she deftly puts that back on the Speaker of the House for setting an agenda with no jobs bill.

The unemployment rate was also of discussion on This Week, who had WH adviser Austan Goolsbee on to put a positive spin on a fairly dismal jobs report. But what struck me more than that was the roundtable of “experts”. Luckily, it did include Paul Krugman, but it also had Martin Regalia, chief economist for the US Chambers of Commerce, who stuck steadfastly to his GOP talking points that jobs will come when the US government gets “out of the way” of businesses by keeping taxes low (or non-existent) and getting rid of regulations. (It’s an ABC embed. If you go to the middle of the segment, you’ll get a good soundbyte of Chrystia Freeland telling Regalia that we DID do those things and that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.) Proving once again, there are no conservative ideas that are ever discredited out of the conversation. How many more times do we have to be told that lowering taxes will cure all ills before someone calls them on it?

It’s especially galling when even conservatives know it’s a lie. Bill Kristol – who was having an off day in terms of demagoguery—actually admitted what we all know: corporate tax rates are not what’s killing the economy in the US.

And finally, if we have time, since it’s not strictly a Sunday show, but Hannity’s Friday night program, I just want you to hear the level of insanity over at Fox News who worries greatly that the evil, liberal influence of Sesame Street is leading us down the primrose path to an evil, liberal authoritarian, totalitarian government. No, seriously. (Linking the YouTube on this, my post will go up later Monday morning).

 

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Jun 052011
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Andrew Gold died this week.  Perhaps he never rose to the level of fame that some of his friends and collaborators like Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Jackson Browne and others, but all of us knew many of his songs.

“Thank You for Being a Friend” became popular as the theme song for The Golden Girls, and “The Final Frontier” was used for Mad About You.

I first “met” Andrew online in the early 90s, as the internet was in its infancy, and he would participate on the AOL message boards. He was funny and flirty, and we became friends before Facebook made it so simple.

In 1995, when he joined forces with his friends and collaborators Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman and Kenny Edwards to release an album as a band they called Bryndle, I was honored to host them on the air in the KSCA “Music Hall” in Los Angeles. I’m sure someone out there has a recording of the session; I’d love to get a copy of it.

I didn’t keep in touch with Andrew, and now it’s too late.  Andrew Gold died from a heart attack on June 3, 2011. He was 59.

 

 

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Jun 022011
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Not much time for a lengthy commentary today, so I’ll let today’s program speak for me…

We started with a replay of yesterday’s crazy interview with Adam Kokesh, who got arrested last weekend for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial.  What I thought would be an interesting conversation about police abuse of power, but quickly degenerated as he showed the absurdity of the libertarian ideology of government is bad.

I reached out to Pakistan to chat with journalist Kaswar Klasra about the recent murder of an investigative journalist.  Unfortunately, even though he speaks very good English, it’s still tough to understand him through his thick accent.  But I think it’s important to try to keep the lines of communication open between citizens.   Click here to read a recent piece of his on the spate of murders of Pakistani journalists.

Deborah Newell Tornello is an email buddy of mine, and a Florida-based blogger. While talking about the Anthony Weiner story (that shouldn’t be a story, but is), she emailed this fascinating commentary:

In the last couple of hours two different gay male friends emailed me with the same sentiment re: the “cannot say with certitude” comment. To paraphrase them, they said they would know damned well if they were looking at a photo of a well-known member in good standing, as opposed to just some dick they’d never met before.

A question: have any women reps or senators or governors or presidential candidates ever been in trouble for sending photos of their ladybits to Twitter followers? Or had their parents pay off a lover to keep him quiet only to have it all explode in the media anyway? Or fucked around on a husband while he was struggling with chemo and conceived a child with the lover and then tried to buy his silence with a nice house? Or hell, fucked around on a husband, conceived a child with the lover, then served as governor, and then admitted to the out-of-wedlock sex and child several years later?

I don’t think this is a partisan issue as much as it is a gender-based one. Maybe it’s because we women have had to fight so bloody hard for the right to make 70 cents on the dollar while dancing backwards in high heels all this time, and we are just not about to risk it all for a few moments of pleasure*; maybe we women are just slightly less impulsive and slightly more worried about what people might think (that need for approval again); who knows. One thing is certain, though, and I say this as the lone female in a house full of boys and men, all of whom I love very much: some of you gentlemen need to exert a smidgen more control over those things. Just a smidgen. And if you’re an elected official, two or three smidgens more.

Meanwhile, stay away from these buildings: http://litbrit.blogspot.com/2007/07/attack-of-phallic-thingies-this-is-not.html

Great points…

And we ended the show as we end most Thursday mornings (and my broadcast week), talking about the week’s news with comedian John Fugelsang.

As always, thank you so much for your support… Radio or Not!

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Jun 012011
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Sometimes things aren’t as they appear.  Today’s show contains proof of that…

But I start with the hypocrisy from the right.  I’ve long had a theory about the GOP living in some sort of Opposite World or, if you will, their own private Idaho.  The people who preach about shrinking government until its so small it cannot do anything yet want to legislate what you can and can’t do with your body, and want to ignore the constitution’s directive of separation of church and state.

In fact, a prime example comes courtesy of Sen. Rand Paul – a supposed supporter of our civil rights who voted against the extension of the Patriot Act and, for that, I applaud him.  But he also thinks that anyone who even attends a political speech by someone who suggests an overthrow of the government should be imprisoned or deported!

I guess that means that Allen West should be imprisoned or deported for attending a rally with crazy talk show host Joyce Kaufman who screeched “If ballots don’t work, bullets will” and more…

Feel free to fast forward to the pertinent parts at beginning at about 5:00 in.

Yesterday I told you about Adam Kokesh who, along with four others, was arrested for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial.  Today, he’ll join me on the show to talk about the insanity of his arrest and the dance party at TJ’s planned for this Saturday!

I’ll also speak with prolific author Frank Schaeffer, the son of Frank Schaeffer – widely regarded as the “pope” of the religious right movement, about his new book  Sex, Mom,  & God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics — and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway.

***Update*** The show just ended, and my conversation with Adam Kokesh turned out to be intellectually challenged.  I still support his right to dance at the Jefferson Memorial without being arrested and attacked by police.  But his political views are idiotic.

In response to Mr. Kokesh, he should go live here:

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May 312011
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I sent out an email yesterday with more details on my arrest last month.  Most of the responses were from people who understood what’s at stake when you can be forcefully ejected from an event billed as a “Town Hall Meeting” with YOUR congressman for daring to ask a question or openly disagreeing with said congressman.

I did get one response from someone who considers himself a “progressive independent” yet apparently doesn’t believe in our rights of free speech:

It sounds like you went there looking for a fight…and you got one. If you expected treatment of a different manner, I’d suggest that you’re naïve, or if not, feigning naivety.

It reminds me of an incident in San Francisco a few years ago when some ill-behaved teens were harassing a tiger in the city zoo…you know, poking sticks and such. Then the tiger leaped out of his enclosure and mauled one of the kids to death. The family of the deceased had the gall to sue the city. So much for taking responsibility.

Not having heard both sides of the story, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and imagine that the police in this case were out of line. But it reminds me of a scene from “Jackie Brown” where De Niro and Bridget Fonda were in a mall parking lot after committing a crime and she wouldn’t get off his back about misplacing their car. The incessant mocking and belittling finally became to omuch for him and he shot her dead in the face. He too was out of line, but everybody in the theatre was glad to see it happen. Members of law enforcement have enough on their plates without someone deliberately causing a disturbance to further such a misguided agenda.

Arrested for committing democracy? This isn’t the kind of democracy I went to war for; it is behavior fitting of a segment on “Cops” or “Locked Up.” Were you and your progressive colleagues not on the radio condemning the Republican thugs who went around disrupting democrats’ town hall meetings last summer? Incivility is unbecoming on either side of the aisle, Nicole.

If you pursue litigation in this matter, I’ll just chalk you up as one more piece of the problem…certainly not a contributor to the solution.

Really?  I was at a Memorial Day party on Sunday and, when the topic of my arrest came up – with a personal injury lawyer – he suggested that the charges should NOT have been dropped, and that Allen West doesn’t represent me because I didn’t vote for him!  And this guy made it through law school without understanding how our representative form of government works?

I wonder what those two geniuses think of this… A group of people were arrested, violently, for dancing at the Jefferson Monument. I kid you not.  Here’s the video proof:

The last guy wrestled to the ground then held down by a cop who put his hands around his throat was Adam Kokesh, host of RTtv’s Adam VS The Man. He plans on another dance party at the Jefferson Memorial next Saturday.

This is getting crazy. When did police officers become judge, jury and executioner? The Washington Post reports that the US Park Police are investigating whether or not the officers used excessive force in arresting the five dancers.

If the US Park Police are anything like the Broward Sheriff’s Office, their investigation will find nothing wrong.  You might recall that while I was held overnight in the Broward County Jail, the deputy (guard) took issue with the fact that I asked for an apology for locking myself and three other women in a cell that was being used to store mattresses, ostensibly while they were cleaning the other cells and the “day room” area.  They then forgot about us for over an hour.

When I explained the Deputy Bevin England that we are human beings, and were locked in a cell used to store mattresses with no air circulation, no room to sit or move around, he put me in solitary confinement for around three hours.

At lunch time, when I asked to be let out, he refused.  He brought me my tray – the cell door opened slightly, enough for him to hand it to me, and it slammed shut and locked.  A moment or two later, the door opened, so I thought my excessive punishment was over.  I emerged through the OPEN door, and sat on the step in front of the cell – the step at the top of the flight of stairs.

The guard noticed I was out and shouted at me to get back in.  I begged him not to make me go back inside, but he demanded and asked “Are you disobeying a direct order?”  I again implored him not to make me go back inside…  but by that time he was in front of me, spraying pepper foam in my eyes and all over my face until I somehow managed to crawl back inside the cell, screaming in pain.

I filed a complaint with the BSO internal affairs, who told me they would look into the matter.  On Thursday afternoon, I received a letter from them stating

Please be advised that after carefully reviewing the circumstances surrounding your complaint filed with this office on May 5, 2011, it has been determined that no employee misconduct has been identified.  Therefore, this matter has been closed in our office and no further action will be taken.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

Sincerely,

Lt. Gregory S. Gordon, Operations Supervisor

Division of Internal Affairs (954) 321-1100

After carefully reviewing the circumstances?  They never spoke with me, never asked my side of the story.  The fact is that the BSO Deputy (Bevin England) LIED on his incident report.  See it for yourself.  (Click image to enlarge)

IF there truly was a “careful review” of the incident, don’t you think someone should have asked me what happened?

The abuse of power exhibited by these people charged with protecting innocent citizens is astounding.  We seem to be living in a police state, and that’s not the country I grew up in.

This is far from over.

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Today on the show

Sally Kohn, community organizer, political commentator and founder & chief education officer of the Movement Vision Lab will join me to talk about her USA Today piece “Don’t Believe the Hype About US Debt”  and whatever else we veer off in to.

And Gotta Laff joins in from The Political Carnival with this week’s stories:

Roger Ailes. ClusterFox. “Those gays.” ‘Nuff said.

At budget signing, Rick Scott indoctrinates our kids and kicks out non-supporters

Employees retire early to avoid Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts

Sarah Palin: “I love that smell of the emissions!”
plus PhotOh! A helmeted Sarah Palin at the Rolling Thunder event… wrote on her hand again

Statement from student re: faux scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner

70% of science award finalists are children of immigrants

TPC commenter: “You liberal fools are DISGUSTING! The only good abortionist is a DEAD one!”

Shades of BP: Fukushima tsunami plan a single page.

IRS okays nonprofit status to James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas”

was forbidden to leave his home state + facing a civil suit in California

 

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