Saturday, October 07, 2006

Protesting the Ohio GOP Headquarters 2006

Facing Constitutional Ave at Camp Democracy Sept 2006

Dearest Readers, Prissy is really bogged down with election stuff but wanted to tell you all about the World Can't Wait event in Columbus, Ohio this past Thursday.

The organizers did a good job and the event was peaceful. The crowd which was a wide variety of people, old the young and in between. It was a small crowd of maybe 100 people. The crowd got larger after 4 pm.

The highlight was the protest which took place on the large sidewalk in front of the Ohio GOP Headquarters. Some of these people are ashamed of what support and the crowd made certain of they should be if they weren't. Our very way of American life has been put at risk, with their full support.

In times like these, when lawmakers, an executive branch and a judicial branch are known to hold to ideology over constitutional matters, they leave a caring public little choice but to protest with action.

Oh the geers "You support perverts", the chants, "Gross Old Perverts" and "Troops Home Now"

Frightened and ashamed of confronting protesters for peace, republicans peek through the blinds.

It took a while, but the police eventually got there. Prissy doesn't think they were in too big of a hurry-they know these people promoting peace mean it.

The police don't glare at the peace protesters anymore- they stay a respectful distance. They kept an eye on things from across the street. They too, have been hurt by Dubya's policies. An angry but peaceful crowd in front of the Ohio GOP headquarters. It is interesting to note in their parking lot full of vehicles-many foreign made-only one still had a W sticker on it. The rest had no stickers...

The crowd then made its way to the Ohio Democratic Headquarters. Chants were a little different for them. "Wake Up! Time to Wake Up!"

The Dems all looked out the windows at first. They were quite puzzled-were we Bushies? No...why, why look at the messages they carry-but we agree with them. One dem came out and said why are you guys here when we are on the same side?

One protestor said to him "We are?" and proceeded to explain about the voting machine problems here in Ohio and how the democrats failed to acknowledge the problem.

Besides, hardly anyone in the crowd thought the democrats did much of anything except enable the's really silly to say an Independent "People for the American Way" type party will not flourish in American democratic society. Maybe not this election cycle, but look for it in the next. Below: World Can't Wait in front of the Federal building in downtown Columbus.

Very positive reactions from the cars going and pedestrians.

Very strange, blogger won't upload any of Prissy's photos which show some of the more controversial signs or the crowd. She will try again later.

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Dearest Readers, don't buy any of the hoopla about Scooter's case getting dismissed.

The tactic he is using is common and Fitz took this into account when presenting his case. Nothing to worry about-unless you are Scooter.

Susan Ralston, Rove's aide that just quit is another matter. There is something major going on there with her known connection to Abramoff.

Don't be surprised to see her in front of the special prosecutor again soon. Sounds like she may some 'splainin' to do...

CNN Quick Poll: Are you satisfied with the way Republicans are handling the Foley-congressional page scandal?

Yes-21% 26754 votes

No-79% 98137 votes

Total: 124891 votes

The Hill Hastert expresses mild contrition as ethics panels launches inquiry

The House ethics committee has subpoenaed "four dozen" documents and individuals in its probe of the alleged cover-up of ex-Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) inappropriate email exchange with a former page.

Committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat, announced the creation of an investigative subcommittee Thursday afternoon.

Moments later, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) again denied his knowledge of Foley’s "overly friendly" contact with a former page and pledged to run for another term as Speaker if Republicans can hold the House majority.

"Well, you know I’m going to run and presumably win, and when we do, I expect to run for leader, for Speaker," Hastert said.

Reuters Russian war reporter found shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an outspoken critic of the war in rebel Chechnya, was found shot dead on Saturday at her apartment block in central Moscow, news agencies reported.

Politkovskaya was well-known for exposing rights abuses by Russian troops in Chechnya, where she won the respect of many Chechens.

Looks like Russia has turned back the clock too...

International Herald Tribune U.S. House speaker says he won't quit in scandal

Hastert moved to squelch speculation that he would step down in response to suggestions that he and his staff had failed to heed warning signs about Foley.

"Any time that a person has to, as a leader, be on the hot seat and he is a detriment to the party, you know, there ought to be a change," Hastert said, answering a question at the news conference about whether he had become a drag on Republican election prospects. "I became speaker in a situation like that."

Hastert got his job in 1998 after disappointing midterm election results for the Republicans led Speaker Newt Gingrich to step down in the face of a challenge from Robert Livingston of Louisiana. But Livingston's extramarital affair became public, and Hastert became the fallback choice.

Hastert was neither the leader of a revolution, like Gingrich, or a brash deal maker like Tom DeLay of Texas, his sponsor. Hastert has since endured a number of crises, in part by staying more in the background while higher- profile colleagues, particularly DeLay, plunged into the partisan fray.

WIS tv Foley could face charges in some states

Federal law generally requires a person to meet, or attempt to meet, a minor for sex before a crime has been committed. But in some states where the Florida Republican communicated with children, attempting to seduce a minor might be enough to bring charges.

A senior Justice Department official who didn't want to be identified says federal prosecutors investigating Foley are examining whether Florida authorities might be better positioned to seek charges against him.

Its just too obvious, law enforcement knows they have to handle this. We know too much about this type of crime. If one looked at "red flags" analysis this situation would have raised all of them to probable cause, not mere suspicion.

And the example child molestor "Drew" from Prissy's case in point Wednesday blog post- yes, several law enforcement agencies are alert to your "teen years" activities...and have been for quite some time.

The Age Foley's folly sets off huge backlash

When President George Bush signed into law a bill that outlawed online sexual solicitation of minors, Mr Foley was standing there behind Mr Bush, beaming with pride, for he had championed the legislation as the chairman of the congressional caucus on child exploitation.

"If I was one of those sickos who did this, I'd be nervous," he said at the time. At the time, Mr Foley had spent seven or eight years messaging and emailing teenage congressional pages — high school students who spend a school term of work experience working for members of Congress — with graphic and sexually explicit suggestions.

The film clip of a smiling Mr Foley vigorously shaking hands with President Bush that day two years ago when the online sex legislation became law has been played over and over again by all the television networks.

For some, what the clip shows is the tragedy of men such as Mr Foley who live secret lives, self-hating men who express their self-hatred by campaigning against gay rights and "sickos" like themselves.

The article ends stating "there is no evidence Foley molested anyone." No? Well there is plenty of evidence he solicted minors to molest...verbally if nothing else.

American Bar Assoc news ABA Urges Congress to Ensure Guantanamo Detainee Trials Comply with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

On July 11, ABA President Michael S. Greco sent letters to the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary , the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Armed Services urging their Committees to ensure that trials of Guantanamo detainees comply with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Greco also expressed grave concerns over the revelations that military investigators, in the course of investigating the deaths of three Guantanamo detainees in June, seized from Guantanamo detainees more than a half-ton of documents, including a large number of highly privileged attorney-client communications. He urged the Committees to request that the Inspector General for Departments of Defense and Justice and the Office of Professional Responsibility in the Department of Justice to investigate the matter further. Finally, he urged the Committee, in drafting any legislation, "to be particularly sensitive to the need to preserve and protect the attorney-client privilege against any intrusion into communications between detainees and their lawyers."

McPaper-and since there are two wars going on- Bush weekly address focuses on school safety

"Our goal is clear: Children and teachers should never fear for their safety when they enter a classroom," the president said in his weekly radio address.

In the past two weeks, three schools in three states have been hit by deadly attacks and several others have faced threats.

A gunman killed himself and five girls Monday at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania. A 15-year-old Wisconsin student was arrested Friday in the shooting death of his principal. On Sept. 27 a man took six girls hostage in Colorado, sexually assaulting them before fatally shooting one girl and killing himself.

Schools in Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin have been closed or locked down in the past week because of threats of violence or guns on campus.

Gee Dubya, now who would give those children the idea that violence is a problem solving method?

Quotes of the Day

“He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan”--Abe Lincoln

“Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.”--Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Without justice, courage is weak.”--Benjamin Franklin

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late”--Yevgeny Yevtushenko