Sometimes you just have to test things, that’s all.
Now this is what free speech is all about:
According to ACLU legal papers, local police, acting at the direction of the Secret Service, violated the rights of protesters in two ways: people expressing views critical of the government were moved further away from public officials while those with pro-government views were allowed to remain closer; or everyone expressing a view was herded into what is commonly known as a âprotest zone,â leaving those who merely observe, but express no view, to remain closer.
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In one example, retired steelworker Bill Neel, 66, was handcuffed and detained by local officials at a rally in western Pennsylvania last year after he refused to be herded into a remote âdesignated free speech zoneâ located behind a six-foot chain-link fence.
Here’s a tip: if it’s behind a fence, it’s not free.
Just heard that another former Iraqi official has been rounded up. That brings the total up to 39 collected from the infamous deck of cards. At this point, however, I have to say “who cares?” I find it hard to believe that these captures will have any impact on security in Iraq, and I doubt any of them will have information to help yank Dubya’s cojones out of the fire as far as WMD’s go. I can’t help thinking that this is kind of like the Beanie Baby collector who keeps buying the latest toys even after the collecting craze is gone and folks have moved on to the next hot thing.
As some readers may be aware, in addition to writing in this fine blog, I also have a small business. Income has been sporadic of late, and there is a chance that I may have to seriously look for a “real job” in the near future.
However, I have hit upon a sure-fire new business plan. I just came across an item at The Agonist that gave me some hard numbers to work with. Turns out they’re working on a legal system in Iraq, and the company selected to head this up is one of Bush’s big campaign donors. They “donated” a total of $41,350 to the Bush campaign. I say “donated,” because a better term would probably be “invested,” as you’ll see. This same company has received a contract “worth up to $79.6 million.” So, I did a little math:
$79,600,000 contract / $41,350 “investment” = 1925.03
So, I figure that if I donate $2000 to the Bush campaign for the 2004 election, I should be entitled to a contract of, let’s see…
$2000 “donation” x 1925.03 = $3,850,060
Of course, given the ballooning budget deficit I can probably realistically only expect a contract worth about $3 million, but I can live with that. Hey Dubya– the check’s in the mail!
Some French dudes played a practical joke on Bush’s chef, offering him a job working for Chirac.
M Chirac, [a look-alike for Mme Chirac] said, was sick of French food. He had once mentioned that he liked calves’ head and he had been eating snouts and lips at official dinners ever since. What he longed for was some good American cooking, hamburgers and barbecue. Would Mr Scheib agree to leave Mr Bush and come to work at the Elysee?
not able to post suddenly—testing