Mike Royko, Art Buchwald, and the old Mayor Daley Walk into Ben Franklin’s Bar to talk about Chris Christie

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 9:00 am

Imagine the scene: an old-school neighborhood tavern, with Mike Royko and Art Buchwald sitting on their stools nursing a couple of beers and Ben Franklin washing glassware behind the bar. A neon sign in the window proclaims the name of this heavenly establishment — “Poor Richard’s Pub — and a smaller handwritten sign is taped up beneath it reading “No Editers Allowed.”

Then imagine what they’d have to say about Chris Christie . . .

 

Austin Police Department May Drop Charges Rather Than Reveal Undercover Officers

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 2:49 pm

The Texas fusion center enabled Austin Police to entrap activists in Houston, but apparently it can’t help settle a dispute when that entrapment comes to light. The Austin Chronicle reports that the Austin Police Department would rather drop the charges against the Gulf Port 7 than reveal their undercover officers.

Also a Tar Sands Blockade Update.

TransCanada Tarsands Blockade Call Reports

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 5:08 pm

You can sign the petition demanding TransCanada CEO Russell Girling denounce the torture of the Keystone XL Blockaders. We’ll be working with the Tarsands Blockade folks to have them delivered to TransCanada representatives in Texas. Then call TransCanada’s corporate offices to demand immediate action.

Here are some of the comments from preliminary call reports. Thanks to everyone who called. It sounds like TransCanada is getting the message:

Sign the Petition: Tell TransCanada to Stop Brutalizing Keystone XL Blockaders

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 9:32 am

Two brave activists named Benjamin Franklin and Shannon Bebe chained themselves to heavy machinery to delay construction on the toxic Keystone XL pipeline. Police were initially respectful towards them, but when a TransCanada supervisor named “John” arrived on the scene and asked to privately huddle with the cops, things got ugly.

According to Benjamin and Shannon, police immediately put them in stress positions and used chokeholds, violent arm-twisting, pepper spray and even repeated tasering until they relented.

Afterwards TransCanada staff congratulated the police on “a job well done.”

Sign our petition demanding TransCanada CEO Russell Girling denounce the torture of the Keystone XL Blockaders – then call TransCanada’s corporate offices to demand immediate action.

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