Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Video "no Police Allowed on any Caracas Venezuela campus"
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: No Police Allowed
Topic: Venezuela Trip



 No Police Allowed on any Caracas University Campus



Posted by Joe Anybody at 2:43 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 26 September 2009 2:46 PM PDT
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: The Protest is ALIVE in Pittsburgh Pa. Just follow the links













http://twitter.com/g20imc  Twitter Account at the G20


http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/getting-out-the-anti-globalization-message/?hp   NY Times article “Getting Out the Anti-Globalization Message”


http://indypgh.org/g20/#k-877a0dc3afd39bbf  Indy Media in Pittsburgh

(RSS FEED) à http://ginfinity.pghimc.libsynpro.com/rss


http://radio.indypgh.org/  Streaming Radio from Indy media in Pittsburgh

G-Infinity Radio Stream
MP3 Hi

 MP3 Lo


http://twitter.com/SocialistZine Socialist Twitter account LIVE at G20


LIVE at G20 fell free to add any related links in the comment section below 

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 -- twitter reposts posted at 10:20am (PST) 9.24.09  --

cops loaded into budget rent-a-vans 14 minutes ago from web

protest march headed to upitt 14 minutes ago from web     

march of 100 protesters from Schenely Plaza 16 minutes ago from web     

huge group of riot cops at Schenely Plaza 21 minutes ago from web

Street medics and legal observers have arrived at Schenely Plaza - G20 Pittsburgh  34 minutes ago from web


Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:00 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 September 2009 3:21 PM PDT
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
POLICE - 3 ass holes in Portland Oregon
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: jerk cops in portland oregon: their story is in the Oregonian newspaper
Email: I received on Sept 23 2009
Subject: Bad Media Morning for Police in Oregonian...

So Steve Duin ripped the police in the case we're trying on behalf of 3 African Americans below AND the same officer who arrested Joe Walsh (officer Nice) was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Chasse murder by the police review commission on front page of oregonian...

for anyone that would like to watch, we will be in room 308 cross examining the police this morning and will be doing final arguments this afternoon post 2pm

'One peep away from getting shot'

By Steve Duin, The Oregonian

September 23, 2009, 6:51PM
To truly appreciate why three Portland cops acted the way they did that 2007 night in the downtown Smart Park garage, city attorney Bill Manlove told a Multnomah County jury Wednesday, you have to understand "the action-reaction principle."

"The aggressor, the person who is acting, always has the advantage," Manlove explained, and we need to allow an officer the leeway "to control the situation so he's not placed at a tactical disadvantage."

Does that leeway include mocking and ridiculing three men who have been pulled from their car at gunpoint and who are, according to eyewitnesses, so "terrified" that they are in tears and begging passers-by to hang around?

Does it mean that when a 26-year-old man hands police his concealed weapons permit at 2:40 a.m. and tells them he's "carrying," officers should promptly draw their firearms, point them at the heads of the men in the car, and tell the guy in the back seat, "Shut up. And if you say another thing, I'm gonna shoot you."

And does it license the police -- as attorney Greg Kafoury alleges -- to subsequently conjure up a fanciful back story to justify their actions?

What we expect and demand of the police is back on trial this week as three men -- Alex Clay and brothers Harold Hammick and Richard Booth -- bring a $300,000 suit against the city claiming assault, battery and false arrest.

The three men are black. Sgt. Chris Davis and Officers Leo Besner and Brian Hubbard are white. However the jury eventually rules, I imagine many readers will view this through the subjective filters of race, past experience with the police and, Kafoury notes, 40 years of TV movies featuring heroic cops and hostile, drug-dealing street punks.

Let's set the stage: Hammick, Booth and Clay went downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2007, returning to their white Chevy Trailblazer after the bars closed down.

They tell the same story in lengthy depositions, confirmed by two witnesses in the garage. Hammick and Booth returned to the SUV first because Clay -- who works for the Portland Public Schools' Head Start program -- spun off to get a pizza.

As Clay came up the parking garage stairwell, he met Portland police officers, who told him they were trying to clear the garage to ease tensions between two groups of African American males-- one in white T-shirts, the other in black T-shirts -- who'd recently collided on the busy city streets.

The cops followed Clay to the Trailblazer, where they asked the three men for identification. Going by the book, Hammick promptly announced, "I'm a registered carrier, and here's my license and insurance."

Hammick's loaded Glock 23 was in the holster at his right hip. When he told police he was armed, Besner -- the lead officer -- yelled, "He's carrying! He's carrying!" and the three cops drew their weapons.

After Besner sliced through Hammick's seat belt with a knife, the three men were pulled from the car and handcuffed. Hammick said he was punched twice in the groin. All three say they were scared to death and kept asking what they'd done wrong. "I thought," Clay said, "that I was one peep away from getting shot."

After approximately 40 minutes, the police were informed there were no outstanding warrants on the three men and they were finally released from the handcuffs. The cops departed, everyone agrees, without explanation or apology.

The police, not surprisingly, tell a different story about the confrontation. They claim in depositions that they saw Hammick and Clay among the troublemakers on the street in the white T-shirts. They argue that they told the three men to leave the garage and grew concerned when they were still sitting in the SUV 20 minutes later. And they insist the men were angry, belligerent, argumentative and, to quote Manlove, "bumping gums" when they were approached.

The police version of events was contradicted by Kafoury's first two witnesses, Adam Ganer and Nicole Furlong. The two Portland State grads were sitting in a car 50 feet away from the Trailblazer. They were so unnerved by the cops' aggressiveness, Ganer told me, that they dropped their seats back so they could watch the drama play out.

There are several odd twists in the cops' story. Although the police claim they followed the three men into the parking garage as a result of their behavior on the street, Besner, Davis and Hubbard admit they never asked them about that behavior in the 40 minutes the trio were handcuffed.

Then there's the bizarre addendum to Besner's police report. Besner took Hammick's Glock and concealed handgun license back to the station and was writing his report when he said Officer Brett Hawkinson happened by and glanced at Hammick's permit photo.

Hawkinson immediately identified Hammick as a guy he'd spotted -- from a half block away -- earlier that night in a white T-shirt, displaying a black object under his belt and mouthing the words "gat" and "my piece."

As Kafoury told the jury, Hammick had a 7-inch Afro on St. Patrick's Day 2007. In his handgun permit photo, his hair is closely cropped.

"People go to prison every day in this very courthouse based on the testimony of police officers," Kafoury noted.

And setting the record straight about what happened that night and what is acceptable police behavior, Clay said, is precisely why the three men decided to sue the city over the way they were treated.

What he found most chilling about the whole affair, Clay added, was how angry and disappointed Besner seemed when the cops' aggressive actions weren't met with an equally dramatic reaction.

-- Steve Duin

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:58 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 September 2009 5:23 PM PDT
Nuclear-Free Seas ...a NY Times article brings up a good point
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Stopping Nukes on the High Seas

Nuclear-Free Seas


Published: September 23, 2009

9.23.09  President Obama is scheduled to preside over a United Nations Security Council meeting on nuclear nonproliferation. He should use the occasion to address a critical weakness in the effort to halt the spread of nuclear weapons: the international community’s inability to stop and inspect a ship suspected of carrying nuclear materials without first getting permission from the country whose flag the ship is flying.

Despite a host of United Nations nonproliferation initiatives like this year’s Resolution 1874, which calls on countries to allow such inspections, international law still prohibits interfering with another nation’s ship in international waters without permission. Additionally, the resolution does not authorize the use of force if a country refuses to let its ship be inspected. Thus, if a North Korean ship is transporting nuclear weapons to Myanmar, little can be done to stop it in international waters without North Korea’s permission.

This principle of “flag-state jurisdiction” has generally been accepted since the 17th century, when Hugo Grotius wrote “The Freedom of the Seas,” arguing for Holland’s right to use trade routes monopolized by the Spanish and Portuguese. It’s codified in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. And it has meant that a number of ships suspected of carrying nuclear materials have not been stopped.

Flag-state jurisdiction should now be amended to allow exceptions to combat nuclear proliferation and terrorism. A precedent for this already exists: in the Law of the Sea, the principle does not apply to ships involved in piracy or the slave trade, which can be detained. The freedom of the seas has to be balanced against modern security needs.

Today, the Security Council should discuss how to go about changing the law. But potential proliferators may not agree to a treaty allowing their ships to be boarded. Fortunately, there is another means of changing maritime law: state action.

While there is no precise analogy in domestic law, a new maritime law can come into being simply through general international consensus. For example, in 1945 President Harry Truman declared that the United States would have exclusive use of its continental shelf. Other states accepted this and made similar declarations, and this principle became an accepted part of maritime law.

A comparable approach should be taken if proliferators block United Nations efforts to amend flag-state jurisdiction. When the threat is great enough, the United States or one of its allies should notify the Security Council and board a ship that it has reason to believe is transporting nuclear materials to dangerous recipients, without the permission of the flag-state.

The danger, to be taken very seriously, is that the offended country will respond aggressively. To minimize this risk, the first interdiction must be one whose moral logic is so strongly compelling to the international community that there is near universal support. Additionally, a system of liability should be established. If a ship is wrongly stopped, the owner should be compensated justly for the trouble.

While there can be no guarantee of how the flag-state will respond, if the ship is chosen wisely and there is a promise of compensation, both the offense taken by the flag-state and its motivation to respond with violence will be reduced. If the ship resists, force may be necessary to ensure nuclear weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands.

There are already exceptions to flag-state jurisdiction. The United Nations meeting today should spur thinking about how nations can work together to devise a similar exception to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Wise diplomacy must allow for this before it’s too late.

Thomas Lehrman was the director of the State Department’s Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism from 2005 to 2007. Justin Muzinich is an adviser to a nonprofit group focused on nonproliferation.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: CANADA PANICS AT AKWESASNE – CSIS/CBSA extort Mohawk Cars


MNN. Sep. 20 2009. The Everett Report of March 17, 1922, found that, no attempt has ever been made to control the Indians on the St. Regis Reservation [Akwesasne] residing within the boundaries of Canada. The Chairman firmly believes that the St. Regis reservation lying within the boundaries of the State of New York is a separate and distinct territory from the control of the United States or State of New York as is the Canadian reservation. [p. 317]. This pertains to all of Great Turtle Island.

Just what are the rights of the aliens? Only what we gave them under the Great Law. Aliens are temporary. Should they cause loss, wrong, suffering or endanger the peace, the War Chiefs reprimand and expel them. [Wampum 74]. They have no voice in council. [Wampum 76]. Canada, US, Mexico or any foreigners cannot interfere with us.

The invaders washed up here with nothing. They stole, created money and intend to take everything from us. Their puppet band and tribal councils are more than willing to help them.

Red Jacket, Corn Planter and other Iroquois told Washington that they’re fighting over something that doesn’t belong to them - our lands, resources and waters. We own all the beds of all the waters of Great Turtle Island. [p. 186-7]

Their judicial and military hocus pocus shows they know that we never gave up anything. Canada, US, Ontario, Quebec and New York State promised to protect us from them.

International law provides that title to land is never taken away from the lawful, legal owner except in a legal and lawful manner. If it’s stolen and used for twenty years or a million years, they never get title.

At Akwesasne Canada Customs goons are desperately grabbing our cars and demanding $1000. Mohawks going home or visiting each other don’t have to report to foreign goons. It’s not enough these hoods grab us as we come over the bridge, take us out to the back and beat us up. We hear they might be advancing with a fleet of armored tow trucks to haul away more of our vehicles? Canada is threatening unarmed people with heavily armed RCMP, OPP, Cornwall and Akwesasne police forces.

CSIS mans the shack which illegally stops us. Like the Chinese water torture, Canada is trying to extort protection money from us one drop at a time.

Some of those community members who carry purple cards identifying themselves as Camel Toe Treaty people say it was signed in Central Park in New York City in 409 AD where Egyptian tombs were left behind. Their passport provides that we were signatories to the treaty that brought down the Roman Empire! This apparently gives Rotinoshonni:onwe freedom of movement. It has no basis in the Great Law or in history.

We hope Canada and US strategists are not thinking about bringing in the military that are probably hiding in the bushes. Before putting the boots to us, they want us to be confused, lost, angry and afraid. As always, we are giving a measured response. We want peace, not another 1990 Mohawk Oka Crisis style attack by 5,000 soldiers of the Canadian army. What are they afraid of? You can’t shoot the truth!

Canada, give it up. That imaginary line [border] doesn’t belong here.

We never renounced our Rotinshonni’on:we birthright. The three recent Federal Court of Canada rulings found that, because we live in Akwesasne and Kahnawake, we are not residents of Canada, and are not entitled to an investigation of brutal attacks and human rights violations by their agents. It is impossible for us to renounce our Ongwehonwe birthright. We cannot be citizens [another fancy word for slave] of Canada or the US. Who would want to be anyhow?

The Peoples Fire is purchasing lumber and materials to erect a building on the tent site. A phone list is available in case of attack or harassment.

Canada’s using mainstream media, or the hanging press, to try to turn people against us because we don’t want guns in the our community.

These attacks and threats show weakness and impotence, not strength. The predatory ruling class and their agents want to keep plundering the world with impunity. They need to steal from us, sell it and then buy more things for themselves.

Two party deals for our land signed between foreigners are illegal. The squatters of Canada and the US are afraid of being defined and giving an accounting. Hey! Show us a deed for one acre of land anywhere on Great Turtle Island that you got legally. Everybody in the world knows you can’t do it!

To help contact Akwesasne Peoples Fire 613-937-1813 akwpeoplesfire@bell.net;

Kahentinetha MNN Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnews.com kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Note: Your financial help is needed and appreciated. Please send your donations by check or money order to “MNN Mohawk Nation News”, Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Or go to PayPal on MNN website. Nia:wen thank you very much. Go to MNN AKWESASNE category for more stories; New MNN Books Available now!

Report of New York State Indian Commission to Investigate the Status of the American Indian Residing in the State of New York transmitted to the Legislators, March 17, 1922, also known as the Everett Report].
Helen Upton. The Everett Report – Historical Perspective. Albany Library.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: President Manuel Zelaya returns to Honduras and is met with violence



President Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed on June 28 by a right-wing pro-U.S. coup, has returned home to his beloved country. Reports indicate that he is secure at the Brazilian embassy. His return is a victory for the people of Honduras and is a direct result of their non-stop and daily struggle for over 80 days.

There is however, currently a very dangerous situation in the country that demands the immediate solidarity from the movement in the U.S.

The illegal government of Roberto Micheletti is carrying out a violent wave of repression at this very moment.

Blogs report: “TeleSur is showing images of uniformed National Police members, with billy clubs, shields, helmets and guns, surrounding the zone near the Brazilian Embassy, apparently to close access to the area, blocking anti-coup demonstrators from entering or leaving. The network is also broadcasting live images, from Channel 36, of two helicopters circling over the Embassy.”

The internet and cell phone signals have been blocked hindering the people and the movement from getting information out about the repression.

People in Honduras report that at 5:20 in the morning a wave of repression began against the people gathered around the Brazilian Embassy. The Micheletti government has thrown tear gas and other tools of repression have been used.  One blogger stated:”The fascist repression is upon us.”

Another Honduran reports: "Just like Mel (President Zelaya) was able to get to the Brazilian embassy after being exiled, every Honduran should get to Tegucigalpa from whatever part of Honduras they are at.”

An unidentified individual told Radio Globo “We urge the International Community to come and count the dead.” They went on to say that the Resistance is not afraid and will not give up.

People from a neighborhood called Kennedy in Tegucigalpa declared massive civil disobedience and do not recognize any tax imposed by the coup government. They have taken to the streets in a massive spontaneous march that began at 9:30 at night and ended later that night.

The march started with a few dozen and ended with 3,000 in one neighborhood alone.

Solidarity with the people of Honduras more urgent than ever.

The IAC urges everyone to take part in an emergency alert. Here are some things you can do:

1)      If you are in NYC take part at the demonstration Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7pm in front of the Honduran Embassy 48th St. and 1st Ave. If you are outside NYC, organize an emergency action in your city.

2)      On Wednesday afternoon at the Bail Out the Unemployed Tent City protesting the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, PA,  Rev. Lucius Walker of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, who has been in constant direct communication with the leaders of the resistance in Honduras, will be giving  an extensive briefing on the  Honduran situation. The Tent City is at Soho St and Wylie Ave. in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. Participate if you can.

3)      Call the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately and demand an end to the repression (202) 647-3482 or 202-647-5291 or email

Sign Online Petition to Obama Administration

4)      Support the work of the IAC by giving a generous donation.  You can donate online at http://iacenter.org/donate/

5)      The IAC is organizing a solidarity delegation to Honduras from October 7 through October 11 to participate in a Solidarity conference organized by the National Front of the Resistance. You can support this delegation with messages of solidarity or by inviting Hondurans and the other delegates to report back on that conference or with a donation.


Update from the National Front Against the State Coup:

Wednesday, September 23rd @ 2:00 a.m. EST

"The National Front Against the State Coup has organized peaceful demonstrations in almost all the neighborhoods of the Capital to demand the return of Constitutional Order and the establishment of a National Constitutional Assembly.  The police and the army have proceeded to move frenetically all over the city trying to control the demonstrations.  The police and military violently enter into neighborhoods attacking protestors with sprays of live bullets and tear gas bombs.

The repressive forces aren’t satisfied with displacing the protests and they forcibly, illegally enter private houses looking for protestors, specifically young people.  The detained persons are brutally beaten with night sticks, sticks, kicks and punches.  The result of this violent, nocturnal persecution is dozens of persons injured, hundreds detained and various people killed by bullets.  In spite of the repression, the organized resistance continues in the residential zones. 

The National Front Against the State Coup repudiates the violent repression carried out the by the police and the army, condemns the assassinations effected by the coup regime."

The Front has called for a big demonstration on Wednesday, September 23rd.



La manifestación el miércoles 23 de septiembre en Nueva YORK cobra mayor urgencia



El Presidente Manuel Zelaya, quien fue depuesto el 28 de junio por un golpe de estado de la extrema derecha pro-estadounidense, ha regresado a su amado país. Los informes indican que se encuentra seguro en la Embajada brasileña. Su regreso es una victoria para el pueblo de Honduras y es un resultado directo de su lucha diaria y sin interrupción durante más de 80 días.    

Sin embargo, actualmente hay una situación muy peligrosa en el país que exige la solidaridad inmediata del movimiento en los Estados Unidos.  

El gobierno ilegal de Roberto Micheletti está realizando una violenta ola de represión en este momento.   

Informe de Blogs: "TeleSur está mostrando imágenes de miembros de la policía nacional con macanas, escudos, cascos y armas, rodeando la zona cerca de la embajada brasileña, aparentemente para cerrar el acceso a la zona, bloqueando la entrada y salida de los/as manifestantes contra el golpe. La televisora también difunde imágenes en vivo del Canal 36, de dos helicópteros sobrevolando la Embajada."  

Las señales de internet y telefonía celular han sido bloqueadas obstaculizando el acceso a información sobre la represión.   

Personas en Honduras informan que a las 5: 20 de la mañana comenzó una ola de represión contra el pueblo que se reunía alrededor de la Embajada brasileña. El Gobierno de Micheletti ha lanzado gases lacrimógenos y han utilizado otras armas de represión.  Un blogger declaró: "Se viene la represión fascista".

Otro hondureño informa: "Lo mismo que  Mel (Presidente Zelaya) pudo llegar a la Embajada brasileña después de ser exiliado, cada hondureño debe llegar a Tegucigalpa desde cualquier parte de Honduras".  

Un individuo no identificado dijo a Radio Globo "Exhortamos a la comunidad internacional a venir y contar los muertos". Continuó diciendo que la resistencia no tiene miedo y no va a renunciar.  

Los habitantes de la populosa colonia Kennedy en Tegucigalpa se han declarado en desobediencia civil y desconociendo el toque de queda impuesto por el gobierno de facto golpista, han salido a las calles en una espontanea marcha que inició a las nueve y treinta de la noche y concluyó cerca de la media noche.

La marcha comenzó con unas docenas de personas y terminó con 3.000 sólo en un barrio. 

La solidaridad con el pueblo de Honduras es más urgente que nunca

 El IAC-CAI exhorta a todos/as a participar en una alerta de emergencia. Éstas son algunas cosas que pueden hacer:

1) Si usted está en Nueva York, tomar parte en la manifestación del miércoles 23 de septiembre, de 5-7 pm frente a la Embajada hondureña calle 48 y 1ra avenida. Si está fuera de NYC, organice una acción de emergencia en su ciudad.

2) Llame a la Casa Blanca y a la Secretaria de Estado Hillary Rodham Clinton inmediatamente y demande poner fin a la represión. (202) 647-3482 o 202-647-5291 o email a
Firme la petici
ón Online:

3) Apoye el trabajo del IAC-CAI dando una generosa donación. http://iacenter.org/donate/

4) El IAC-CAI está organizando una delegación de solidaridad a Honduras del 7 al 11 de octubre para participar en una Conferencia de Solidaridad organizada por el Frente Nacional de Resistencia. Usted puede apoyar esta delegación con mensajes de solidaridad o invitando a hondureños/as y a los/as otros/as delegados/as para que reporten sobre la Conferencia o puede dar una donación.   


Martes, 22 de Septiembre de 2009





Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 September 2009 9:11 AM PDT
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Why I threw the shoe (at Bush)
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: My country is still a prisoner of war
Topic: WAR
Why I Threw the Shoe

I am no hero. I just acted as an Iraqi who witnessed the pain and bloodshed of too many innocents

By Muntazer al-Zaidi

September 19, 2009 "
The Guardian" -- I am free. But my country is still a prisoner of war. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act. But, simply, I answer: what compelled me to act is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

Over recent years, more than a million martyrs have fallen by the bullets of the occupation and Iraq is now filled with more than five million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. Many millions are homeless inside and outside the country.

We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shia would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ. This despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than a decade.

Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression. But the invasion divided brother from brother, neighbour from neighbour. It turned our homes into funeral tents.

I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

As soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies, while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the blood that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

The opportunity came, and I took it.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: do you know how many broken homes that shoe which I threw had entered? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I apologise. All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day. The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism needs to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains. All I wanted was to defend my country.

Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:58 PM PDT
Charlie and a bus ride videos from Caracas Venezuela
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: 3 videos from Caracas Venezuela
Topic: Venezuela Trip
3 videos from our Venezuela Trip
Paint My Masterpiece
Caracas Venezuela Bus Ride
Carlie Hardy and the US Media
Charlie Hardy 1989 in Caracas

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:21 PM PDT
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Fox in the Henhouse - Media (broadcasters) take it in the shorts
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: gordon smith heading the broadcasters organization spells trouble
Topic: MEDIA

Gordon Smith to head broadcasters' organization

by The Associated Press
Friday September 18, 2009, 9:47 AM

Gordon Smith

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith has been named the new president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters.

The broadcast trade organization announced Friday that Smith will start November 1. The group, which was founded in 1922, represents more than 8,300 radio and television stations nationwide.

Continue reading "Gordon Smith to head broadcasters' organization" »

The 57-year-old Republican represented Oregon for two terms in the Senate. He lost a bid for a third term to Democrat Jeff Merkley in November.

Smith returned to Washington after his defeat to work for Covington & Burling, a leading law firm.

Although Smith has no broadcasting experience, the trade group said his experience as "a lawyer, a statesman, and as an entrepreneur -- coupled with his extensive knowledge of broadcast issues from having served many years on the Commerce Committee" made him the perfect fit for the job.

Since May, Janet McGregor has been acting CEO of the organization, taking over for David Rehr, who served about three years.

-- Staff and wire reports

Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
IvySea Tips: outburst and dignified responses
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Outburst and Your Inner Self

(This was copied from an email) 

First, the crazy outbursts.

I imagine most of us are aware of the story about a U.S. Congressman whose outburst during the President's speech caused quite a stir, for better or worse depending on which 'side' one is on.

Congressman Wilson's outburst (and perhaps various reactions to it) is a great example of a couple of things, not the least of which is this:

1. Nothing gets done when people are screaming at each other.
2. Freak-outs and outbursts are not the most, um, skillful or effective choice for any of us, and it doesn't feel all that great to be in that state, either.
3. Losing our cool, freaking out, etc. is really expensive, in a whole lot of different ways.
4. There is definitely a better way. Probably more than a few of them.

Similarly, I once heard (directly, from someone who was there) about the shocking temper-tantrums and screaming-episodes of the leader of a large, well-known insurance corporation -- one that has since been in the news headlines.

This leader would apparently go red-faced, screaming, name-calling, and humiliating whomever it was who'd drawn his ire at any particular executive meeting.

Ya know, , I have to say, I don't even find any of these examples even remotely funny. It all seems kind of pathetic and very, very sad.

And yet all of us, me included, can no doubt remember times when we 'lost our cool', didn't stay centered, and let our reactions fly out of our mouths in ways that, in hindsight, we regretted.

In my many years providing strategic communication counsel, I was too-often called in to 'help straighten a mess out'. In the majority of situations, there was a lot of incivility, outbursts, unproductive interactions, murky vision, and confused leadership at the core.

For most of these groups -- large companies or small businesses -- that general culture of incivility, and lack of clarity and collaborative-spirit was costing a lot of money, time, wellbeing, and creativity.

So I also know -- as you may as well -- that there is a high value to being dignified, gracious, and civil, in whatever style is uniquely ours. And I know from my work in both professional communication *and* energy and mindset-management, that it takes certain practices to come from that more productive, calm, inspired place.

It's really a choice we make, a commitment or vow we make to ourselves, and perhaps to the Divine is we're so inclined. It's a way of holding ourselves and moving through the day in a dignified way, endeavoring to have a certain grace that ripples through us into all of our interactions.

Dignity and grace didn't seem exemplified in Congressman Wilson's recent episode, and perhaps he regrets it. Who can really say but him? I don't know if the insurance executive regrets exercising his addiction to the adrenalin boost that came from humiliating other people.

But these are all just mirrors for us, because it reflects something that lives within us, and having it reflected, we get to ask ourselves, "Hmmmm, is this something I want to choose to be, to model? Is this how I'd want others to feel? Is this what I want to be known for?"

And as earnest as it all sounds, there's a certain joy to taking that responsibility back for ourselves -- rather than pointing fingers, we see reflections in the mirror.

Rather than blaming or finger-pointing (or name-calling), we choose a more dignified, kind response, and we see the outbursts of others as simply their not being in their own center; they're not coming from the Higher Angels of their nature, as Abraham Lincoln might have said.

This is cultivating a whole new response-ability, rather than  habitual (and not very helpful, to anyone, including ourselves) reactivity -- re-acting old stories, in ways that don't get much done that's worthwhile.

So thanks to both -- the Congressman, the insurance executive -- and any others who are very visible reminders of the healing that needs to be done, and of the more gracious, dignified choice that we can all make.

We can invite something else out to play -- another part of ourselves, and other aspects of people around us.

It starts with us, and as always, it starts within and expresses outward from there.

This was an excerpt from Ivy Sea online “Crazy Outbursts, Priestesses in Bluejeans, and a few other things"


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:04 PM PDT

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