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Fourth of July Protest: At A State Capitol Near You

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118986124854492

 

TIME:    Monday, July 4 · 12:00am – 11:30pm

 

LOCATION:    State capitals nationwide (and participating countries!)

 

MORE INFO:    “The most powerful force on earth is the human soul set on fire.” -Unknown

 

This July 4th, 2011, we are taking a stand.

www.Facebook.com/4thofJuly protest

 

What are you protesting about? (in case you have more questions from the info below) http://www.facebook.com/4t hofJulyprotest/posts/15321 0548082872?notif_t=feed_co mment

It’s time to take a stand against the injustice inflicted upon the American people by our own government. In the words of Jesse Ventura:

“To the Ruling Elite,

You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!

Sincerely,
The Serfs”

My fellow brothers and sisters, it is time to take a stand. No more will we wait to elect corrupt politicians to represent us, we will speak our opinions. The members of Congress, the Pentagon, and parts of our government have abused their power at our expense. They have insulted and failed soldiers, working-class America, families, the elderly, our schools, health, our rights, our savings, our jobs, our Constitution, our country, and our future by taking away our choices and having us believe we are a democracy. We the People say no more.

We are young and old, men and women. We are civilians, soldiers, and veterans. We are of every color, faith, and political party. We are Americans, fighting for our freedom.

Our mission is to stand up for our rights July 4th, 2011. In a civil and non-violent protest to be held at city capitals across America, and let our voices be heard loud and clear.

Alabama, Montgomery (AL)
Alaska, Juneau (AK)
Arizona, Phoenix (AZ)
Arkansas, Little Rock (AR)
California, Sacramento (CA)
http://www.facebook.com/ev ent.php?eid=149392351798546
Colorado, Denver (CO)
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214615298573219
Connecticut, Hartford (CT)
Delaware, Dover (DE)
Florida, Tallahassee (FL)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206594199376715 (Tampa)
Georgia, Atlanta (GA)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215680218466599
Hawaii, Honolulu (HI)
Idaho, Boise (ID)
Illinois, Springfield (IL)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169148769814245 (St. Charles, Aurora, and Geneva area)
Indiana, Indianapolis (IN)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136218859786910
Iowa, Des Moines (IA)
Kansas, Topeka (KS)
Kentucky, Frankfort (KY)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=223270504369095
Louisiana, Baton Rouge (LA)
Maine, Augusta (ME)
Maryland, Annapolis (MD)
Massachusetts, Boston (MA)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156159424450083
Michigan, Lansing (MI)
Minnesota, St. Paul (MN)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150666228339955
Mississippi, Jackson (MS)
Missouri, Jefferson City (MO)
Montana, Helena (MT)
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114235875332041
Nebraska, Lincoln (NE)
Nevada, Carson City (NV)
New Hampshire, Concord (NH)
New Jersey, Trenton (NJ)
New Mexico, Santa Fe (NM)
New York, Albany (NY)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127958487281634&ref=ts (NYC)
North Carolina, Raleigh (NC)
North Dakota, Bismarck (ND)
Ohio, Columbus (OH)
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City (OK)
Oregon, Salem (OR)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215805678454422
Pennsylvania, Harrisburg (PA)
Rhode Island, Providence (RI)
South Carolina, Columbia (SC)
South Dakota, Pierre (SD)
Tennessee, Nashville (TN)
Texas, Austin (TX)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178983018823518
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215324085154317 (Dallas)
Utah, Salt Lake City (UT)
Vermont, Montpelier (VT)
Virginia, Richmond (VA)
Washington, Olympia (WA)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215107088522731 (Seattle)
West Virginia, Charleston (WV)
Wisconsin, Madison(WI)
Wyoming, Cheyenne (WY)

UK:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189762757741033&pending (London)

Paris, France:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=115818158504824

To make your state/country’s page, go here, and then send me the link to see it up here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=151985461538714

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“Power To The People”:Proof That Political Activism Can And Does Work!

Texas Moves to Bring Back Anti-TSA Groping Bill

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Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
May 31, 2011


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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who played a pivotal role in sabotaging a bill that would have criminalized TSA groping in the state’s airports, has written a letter to Gov. Rick Perry asking for a special session.

Only the Governor may call the Legislature into special sessions, unlike other states where the legislature may call itself into session.

Dewhurst wants a number of legislative issues taken up in the special session, most notably redistricting and Rep. David Simpson’s bill making groping without probable cause a felony.

After federal intimidation – threatening to shut down air traffic in Texas – Simpson’s bill failed to get the two thirds vote necessary. The Western Texas Division U.S. District Attorney’s office sent the threatening letter prior to a vote on HB 1937.

“The Texas Sam Houston fought for and governed apparently is learning submission,” Simpson said after the bill went down in flames.

In response to federal intimidation and meddling in state politics, Alex Jones spearheaded a rally at the capitol in Austin. See his video covering the event below.

 

For more on Dewhurst’s effort to sink the bill, see Paul Joseph Watson’s Republican Lt. Governor Killed TSA Bill For Obama.

It looks like the Lt. Gov. is attempting an about-face on his effort to sink the bill.

Dewhurst spokesman Mike Walz told the Houston Chronicle Dewhurst “always supported the goals of the legislation which is why he brought it up twice for a vote.” He said he thought it was worthy of attention during a special session since it would no longer need two-thirds support for passage in the Senate.

Dewhurst’s letter to Perry follows.

Dear Governor Perry,

Unfortunately, despite the very hard work and determination of the majority of Members of both the House and Senate, the Legislature was unable to pass a number of important bills, including SB 1811 needed to fund the budget, before the deadline of midnight last night.

Still, there is still an outside possibility that SB 1811 could pass the Texas Senate today with the bipartisan support of four-fifths of the Members. However, if this vote should fail − forcing us into Special Session − I believe that it would be in the best interest of all Texans to start tomorrow and ask you to consider including the following bills in your call:

SB 1811 – Relating to certain state fiscal matters and making necessary appropriations; providing penalties;

SB 8 – Relating to improving the quality and efficiency of health care;

SB 23 – Relating to the administration of reforms, efficiency, cost-saving, fraud prevention, and funding measures for certain health and human services and health benefits programs;

HB 5 – Relating to establishing an Interstate Health Care Compact;

HB 12 – Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities;

HB 272 – Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association;

SB 12/HB400 – Relating to the flexibility of the Board of Trustees of a school district in the management and operation of public schools in the district and theflexibility for public schools to administer primary and secondary education efficiently;

HB 1937 – Relating to prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression by the intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation; and

HB 900/SB 308 – Relating to the composition of the congressional districts for the State of Texas.

As you know, certain Senate procedures – such as the two-thirds tradition – exist to bring Democrats and Republicans together, encouraging Members to work in good faith in order to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Texas. Given that a small number of Senate Democrats have demonstrated their unwillingness to find consensus on these important legislative items, I can see no other alternative than to operate under a simple majority vote in the Special Session.

I look forward to working with you and Speaker Straus to finish the important business Texans elected us to accomplish.

 

 

The Government Versus Their Opposition: Freedom Of The Press No More!

Obama is now limiting the press! This is a dictatorship quality. The issue here isn’t this reporters methods but the reporter covering a protest however this article kind of alludes otherwise.  This is how they are slowly infringing on the rights of the American people (In this case our first amendment rights) and disguising it under other reasons.  Don’t be fooled. America has been slowly falling into open dictatorship and it already is one hidden in plain view!

Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia

The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci – who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times – pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel.

She was part of a “print pool” – a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues – which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as “pen and pad” reporting.

But that’s a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons. Video is every bit a part of any journalist’s tool kit these days as a functioning pen that doesn’t leak through your pocket.

In fact, Carla and her reporting colleague, Joe Garofoli, founded something called “Shaky Hand Productions” – the semi-pro, sometimes vertiginous use of a Flip or phone camera by Hearst reporters to catch more impromptu or urgent moments during last year’s California gubernatorial race that might otherwise be missed by TV.

The name has become its own brand; often politicians even ask if anyone from Shaky Hand will show at their event. For Carla, Joe and reporters at other Hearst newsrooms where Shaky Hand has taken hold, this was an appropriate dive into use of other media by traditional journalists catering to audiences who expect their news delivered in all modes and manners.

That’s the world we live in and the President of the United States claims to be one of its biggest advocates.

Just the day before Carla’s Stone Age infraction, Mr. Obama was at Facebook seated next to its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, and may as well have been wearing an “I’m With Mark” t-shirt for all the mutual admiration going back and forth.

“The main reason we wanted to do this is,” Obama said of his appearance, “first of all, because more and more people, especially young people, are getting their information through different media. And historically, part of what makes for a healthy democracy, what is good politics, is when you’ve got citizens who are informed, who are engaged.”

Informed, in other words, through social and other digital media where videos of news are posted.

The President and his staffers deftly used social media like Twitter and Facebook in his election campaign and continue to extol the virtues and value. Except, apparently, when it comes to the press.

So what’s up with the White House? We can’t say because neither Press Secretary Jay Carney nor anyone from his staff would speak on the record.

Other sources confirmed that Carla was vanquished, including Chronicle editor Ward Bushee, who said he was “informed that Carla was removed as a pool reporter.” Which shouldn’t be a secret in any case because it’s a fact that affects the newsgathering of our largest regional paper (and sfgate)and how local citizens get their information.

What’s worse: more than a few journalists familiar with this story are aware of some implied threats from the White House of additional and wider punishment if Carla’s spanking became public. Really? That’s a heavy hand usually reserved for places other than the land of the free.

But bravery is a challenge, in particular for White House correspondents, most of whom are seasoned and capable journalists. They live a little bit in a gilded cage where they have access to the most powerful man in the world but must obey the rules whether they make sense or not.

CBS News reporter, Mark Knoller, has publicly protested the limited press access to Obama fundraisers, calling the policy “inconsistent.” “It’s no way to do business,” wrote Politico’s Julie Mason, “especially [for] a candidate who prides himself on transparency.”

A 2009 blog by the White House Director of New Media states that “President Obama is committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history.”

Not last week.

Mason referred to the San Francisco St. Regis protest as “a highly newsworthy event” where “reporters had to rely on written pool reports…”

Except, thanks to Carla’s quick action with her camera, they didn’t.

I get that all powerful people and institutions want to control their image and their message. That’s part of their job, to create a mythology that allows them to continue being powerful.

But part of the press’ job is to do the opposite, to strip away the cloaks and veneers. By banning her, and by not acknowledging how contemporary media works, the White House did not just put Carla in a cage but more like one of those stifling pens reserved for calves on their way to being veal.

Carla cannot do her job to the best of her ability if she can’t use all the tools available to her as a journalist. The public still sees the videos posted by protesters and other St. Regis attendees, because the technology is ubiquitous. But the Obama Administration apparently wants to give the distinct advantage to citizen witnesses at the expense of professionals.

Why? Well, they won’t tell us.

Some White House reporters are grumbling almost as much as the Administration about Carla’s “breaking the rules.” I can understand how they’d be irritated. If you didn’t get the video because you understood you weren’t supposed to, why should someone else get it who isn’t following the longstanding civilized table manners?

The White House Press Correspondents’ Association pool reporting guidelines warn about “no hoarding” of information and also say, “pool reports must be filed before any online story or blog.” While uploading her video probably was the best way to file her report, Carla may have technically busted the letter of that law.

But the guidelines also say, “Print poolers can snap pictures or take video. They are not obliged to share these pictures…but can make them available if they so choose.”

Then what guidelines is the White House applying here? Again, we don’t know.

What the Administration should have done is to use this incident to precipitate a reasonable conversation about changing their 1950’s policies into rules more suited to 2011. Dwight Eisenhower was the last President who let some new media air into the room when he lifted the ban on cameras at press conferences in 1952.

“We’ve come full circle here,” Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Foundation’s Project for Excellence in Journalism told me today. “A newspaper reporter is being punished because she took pictures with a moving camera. We live in a world where there are no longer distinctions. The White House is trying to live by 20th century distinctions.”

The President’s practice not just with transparency but in other dealings with the press has not been tracking his words, despite the cool glamour and easy conversation that makes him seem so much more open than the last guy.

It was his administration that decided to go after New York Times reporter James Risen to get at his source in a book he wrote about the CIA. For us here in SF who went through the BALCO case and other fisticuffs with the George W. Bush Attorney General’s prosecutors, this is deja vu.

Late today, there were hints that the White House might be backing off the Carla Fatwa.

Barack Obama sold himself successfully as a fresh wind for the 21st century. In important matters of communication, technology, openness and the press, it’s not too late for him to demonstrate that.