I had a meeting that morning, and I was going to be late. I frantically ran around the house until I found my keys, and managed to get out the door about half an hour after I planned to. I jumped on the number 2 express and planned to transfer to the 1 at Park Place. I'd only end up being 15 minutes late that morning.
But Park Place was the end of the line. Forever.
An announcement came over the loudspeaker - there was no southbound service, this train was out of service, last stop, no passengers, yadda. No explanation was given. Hardened NYC straphangers grumbled and bestirred themselves from the commuter-trance, preparing to exit and make other transportation arrangements. "Fuckin' trains."
A woman ran the other way screaming, "They're blowing up the city! Get out! Run!" as we all exited the subway car. Seasoned NYC subway travellers shook their heads. "Fuckin' subway crazies."
Jodie Evans disrupts Palin's speech at the RNC. In this photo by Paul Sancya of the AP, she unconsciously evokes another famous political image. However, "Vive le difference", as they say... CodePink is dedicated to nonviolent forms of protest only.
The power of this image rests in it's grim, tacit reminder that those who ignore the lessons of history ARE condemned to repeat them.
Medea Benjamin and Jodie, two of the founding members of CodePink, were given VIP tickets to the RNC by a frustrated Republican delegate. They entered the convention dressed extremely conservatively with their hair up, but had the classic "pink slips" under their clothing. 20 minutes into Palin's speech they climbed up on the stage.
Rocky Mountain News has the video provided by George Kochaniec Jr. of an unidentified Denver... "cop", and I use that word as lightly as it applies, brutalizing 24-year-old Alicia Forrest of CodePink and then later arresting her for no known reason, dragging her off as she tries to respond to interview questions.
Alicia was arrested on Tuesday and held for five hours, then went through another two hours of questioning with the Denver Police Internal Affairs Department. CodePink was told that the "cop" has been pulled from protest duty and will not be permitted to interact with protesters, but no other known discipline against the piece of work is pending. Alicia is reportedly fine physically and in touch with a lawyer from the People's Law Project.
I hate this time of year, and I have good reason. I start getting ready around now - I turn off the phone. I avoid the news. I take a long walk in the big blue and green room away from the computer, away from the flag-waving hype from loudmouthed Republican talking heads that makes me want to hurl my guts up for days because I know how shallow and temporary it is.
What makes me a little queasy is that August 13, 2001, is my own particular anniversary. Seven years ago today, blissfully unaware of whatever might have landed on Bush's desk, I suddenly decided that making backups of all my files to CD would be a Real Good Idea(tm). All my email, stuff I was working on, scripts and tools, etc. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. I burned 3 CDs worth of data and took them home.
As our civil liberties erode, the most obvious targets for related harassment are going to be Democratic politicians. We already see how the Bush administration is abusing it's abilities to perform domestic spying with the revelation that Elliot Spitzer was client #9, in that hardly anyone in the wingnut camp seems to think it's strange that we have yet to find out the identities of clients 1 through 8. Yesterday's "breaking" "news" of an affair that occurred and (as per the wife of the man in question, was also ended) in 2006 is another fine example of a scandal bomb. Just as a reminder 2006 was two, count 'em, TWO years ago.
Meanwhile, ABC - joining those bulwarks of intelligent and responsible journalism, the National Enquirer (eyeroll) to "break" this stale "news" - is STILL sitting on the client list of the DC madam, but we have yet to learn of any Republicans who might be on that list.
On Saturday the 26th, CodePink was asked to cosponsor and/or participate in the "Global Peace Festival", which will be held on August 9th in Washington DC.
At the time, I was a bit alarmed by the representative's focus on "monotheistic/Abrahamic religion as a unifying reason to support peace". I happen to be a polytheist, and expressed concern that this event would have more of a "religious right" focus than a true interest in supporting a peace initiative or a celebration of the world's diversity. And I was correct to have those reservations, because it subsequently came out that this event is being primarily sponsored by Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Yep, that's right kids - the Moonies came to call this weekend at the CodePink house, and we are not the only peace activist group they are likely to approach in this manner.
This morning approximately 110 people lined up outside Rayburn 2141 hoping to get into the hearing. We were initially told that there were 40 seats available to the public, but ultimately only SIXTEEN people were allowed inside. There were two overflow rooms, both of which were rendered standing room only as staffers and interns also attended in force. There has been one hallway arrest so far. Here are Laurie Arbeiter from World Can't Wait and Jenny Heinz of CodePink, who both came down from NYC to attend the hearing.
I grew up in Long Island, NY which at the time was probably the most conservative place of any significant size in America. I still have roots there to this day and while Queens is technically Long ...