Demonstration Turns Ugly at the RNC

By: Friday August 31, 2012 4:33 pm

“USA!!! USA!!!” they chanted at us to drown out our own chants of “DREAM ACT AND FULL EQUALITY!” The gay priest was at the front of our little group, and a balding man with a red face and sunglasses got within a few inches of his face to scream. Balding Guy, a member of Gay Priest’s former congregation, grabbed the priest and pushed him back violently. The next thing I knew, a man in a cowboy hat and large, crooked, cigarette-stained teeth that he was baring bulled his way into our priest. Erika was behind him, and took a misfired punch in the face as Cigarette Teeth barreled forward, cursing, swinging and pushing. A few people were sent back into me, and for a minute there he stood in front of me in the open. I wasn’t sure if I should take a swing or not to slow the guy down for my friends.

 

Liveblog: Occupy the Republican National Convention (#OccupyRNC)

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:40 am

Kevin’s asked me to stop over from myFDL to create a liveblog of direct action and protest at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida today. Despite the weather & heavy police presence, actions have already begun there with banner drops, marches, and a late night dance party for freedom in the streets in the first days of protest. Two Occupy-style encampments are in place on private land to support occupiers and other activists, including the original unevicted Occupy Tampa camp and a new one called Camp Romneyville.

Rape Party’s Poster Boy Is Grounded and Can’t Come Out and Play

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 7:35 am

Pimp-faced dork and contributing factor in why Andrew Breitbart’s heart exploded like a rear-ended Pinto, James O’Keefe, was supposed to go to Tampa this week to get some kind of award given by some kind of organization that supposedly does something or other, probably about socialism, yeah let’s say socialism. Anyway O’Keefe will now not be going to Tampa because Barack Nobama is personally making sure O’Keefe is grounded and must stay in his bedroom at his parents house while everyone else is out having fun with hookers and strippers.

Protests and Security at the Republican National Convention

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 10:00 am

A security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI garnered wide media attention over the past twenty-four to forty-eight hours, raising the specter of possible “anarchist” violence or “terrorism.” The bulletin was largely state propaganda designed to whip up fear ahead of the convention. Given that there has been no preemptive raid against activists there to protest, the publicizing of this bulletin could be aimed at giving agencies cover if something happens.

I appeared on RT America on Friday night to discuss the bulletin, the possibility that drones will be used to police the RNC and what I predict could happen with protesters and security forces during the convention.

Todd Akin Is the Embodiment of the Modern GOP Platform

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 9:00 am

In 1976, Jack Danforth was running for the US Senate in Missouri; in 2012, Todd Akin is running for Danforth’s old seat. In 1976, the GOP platform noted a wide diversity of opinion about abortion and the wisdom of Roe v. Wade; in 2012, the GOP platform demands adherence to One Right Answer. In 1976, the GOP platform pushed for adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment; in 2012, it pushes for a human life amendment.

In 2006, as this religiously-motivated shift in GOP politics unfolded, Danforth lamented it, much to the amusement of conservatives like the SBC’s Richard Land. But Danforth also predicted “The more people think about it, the more people will resist it.” Today, people are realizing that Todd Akin is the embodiment of the GOP platform, not the exception to it. The reaction to him and his comments makes it appear that Danforth may have been right.

I sure hope so.

Sunday Late Night: Tampa Strip Clubs Gear Up for Family Values Crowd

By: Sunday July 29, 2012 8:01 pm

Three times as much on average. That’s the estimate of per-customer spending at strip clubs by the Association of Club Executives, from cities hosting the last GOP conventions, compared to cities hosting Democratic conventions. Don’t say the two parties are exactly the same!

Occupy the Blog! Occupation Reports from February 20, 2012

By: Monday February 20, 2012 1:40 pm

You might have seen the post from Jane Hamsher inviting folks to the Tent Party on Saturday at Occupy Delaware. Here’s a slideshow from the event, plus updates and pictures from Occupy Buffalo, Newark, Monterey, Littleton, Tampa and more.

Occupy Tampa for the Long Haul

By: Monday February 13, 2012 4:15 pm

I decided to join FDL’s Occupy Supply project after defending the OWS movement to some friends on Facebook. I figured if I felt so strongly about it, I’d better walk the talk. I also realized that my fair city was the site of the Republican National Convention this year, and I wanted to see Occupy Tampa survive to welcome them.

Gulf Residents Now Have Daily Oil Slick Forecast

By: Monday May 24, 2010 3:15 pm

While those who monitor the live feed of the oil spill are debating whether the flow worsened on Sunday, the sad reality of what Gulf residents now face is driven home by the fact that along with weather forecasts, forecasts of the oil spread are now a daily event. Television station WKRG in Mobile, Alabama now hosts the spill live web cam, but also is posting a daily “Oil Forecast”.

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