Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Tuesday Demonstrations

600 Arrested As Protests Continue in New York
Democracy Now reports:

Monday, August 30, 2004
Bush's Ultimate Flip-Flop
"Can we win?" the war on terror, Bush said, "I don't think you can win it. "
-- G.W. Bush on NBC's Today Show, August 30, 2005

"This battle will take time and resolve. But make no mistake about it: we will win."
-- G.W. Bush, Sept. 12, 2001

Highlighted by Kos on DailyKos.

"In this great struggle, we need a commander in chief who is a beacon, not a weather vane," said Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico in remarks prepared for delivery to delegates gathered four miles from the site where terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001.
--"GOP Assails Kerry As Convention Begins," by David Espo AP Special Correspondent

Gay Marriage Equated To Holocaust By RNC Opener
The opening invocation at the Republican National Convention will be given by a Mormon woman who has equated support for gay marriage to support for Hitler and the Holocaust. Sheri Dew is President of the Mormon-owned Deseret Book.

"At first it may seem a bit extreme to imply a comparison between the atrocities of Hitler and what is happening in terms of contemporary threats against the family--but maybe not," Dew said in a recent speech.

Her remarks ignored the fact that gays were among the first victims of Hitler, while Mormon Church leaders supported him. Helmuth Hubener, a Mormon youth who secretely fought against Hitler, was excommunicated by the Mormon Church for "conduct unbecoming a member of the church" before the Nazis executed him. Deseret Book has sold three different books about Hubener.

It seems Ms. Dew doesn't know which side she's on.

More at Eschaton and Jesus' General.

Sunday, August 29, 2004
Monday Demonstrations Protesting RNC

400,000 March In NYC Against War

Overview of Sunady's march

This is what democracy looks like.

One Thousand Coffins...

Vastly exceeding expectations of 250,000 partipants, the march organized by United for Peace and Justice drew 400,000 people to streets and sidewalks of New York. A Continuous update of events is available at the Portland Indymedia site, as the New York site went down.

In a move widely condemned by civil libertarians, organizers were denied their request to hold a rally in Central Park, a denial of First Amendment rights that was upheld by low-level courts.

In a pre-march gathering, filmmaker Michael Moore addressed the crowd. "We are the majority," Moore told them. "A majority of this country opposes this war ... a majority of this country never voted for this administration."

"We are saying 'no' to the Bush agenda, 'no' to the war in Iraq, 'no' to the regime change by our government, 'no' to preemptive war, 'no' to the economic policies," said Leslie Cagan, national coordinator for United for Peace and Justice.

Although the permit for the after-march rally was denied, thousands of people are gathering in Central Park in an informal show of strength and defiance of the war on American civil liberties.

Reporting by cell phone just after 4 p.m. New York Time, an Oregonian demonstrator told Portland Indymedia there were 'lots of people' in the part, with only 4 officers watching over people as she approached from Columbus Circle.

First hand reports and comments are available here and here from DailyKos.

Sunday Demonstrations
Demonstrations planned for Sunday in New York City include:

Critical Mass Bike Rally Draws 5,000; 264 Arrests
New York City (NYC) saw its largest Critical Mass bike rally ever on Friday, August 27, with over 5,000 participants in the 2-hour event, highlighting a week of activities hosted by Time's Up, an NYC-based environmental organization. During and after the event, New York police arrested 264 participants, according to a report in Newsday.

"Video of the evening being processed by the Indymedia Center right now shows the regrettably predictable violent nature of the arrests," according to an early report on the New York City Indymedia website. "Caught on tape are images of protesters being thrown off their bicycles, heads beaten into the asphalt, then cuffed with plastic flexi-cuffs. Pedestrians milling about also unfortunately fell victim to the cops, getting pulled off the street and arrested too," the report stated.

Founded in 1992, Critical Mass holds monthly bike rallies on every continent except Antarctica, with the vast majority in Europe (139 rides) and North America (208 rides). Cyclists ride through the streets disregarding traffic signals in a form of non-violent civil disobedience, creating a temporary liberated space and reclaiming the streets from the monopoly of fossil fuel car traffic. (Article on Critical Mass's 10th Anniversary here.)

Although technically illegal, it is now commonplace for police to accompany and facilitate Critical Mass rides. There were scores of arrests of Critical Mass participants in Los Angeles during the 2000 Democratic National Convention, when police suddenly, without warning, switched from facilitating the ride to arresting participants.

Thursday, August 26, 2004
Swift Boat Lies Compiled
A comprehensive list of the Swift Boat Liars, with refuting evidence for their main claims is available here, in a diary entry at Daily Kos. Read this piece, and you'll know more about the issue than all the talking heads on cable.

New Yorkers Support Protesters Over Mayor, Courts
"The city is rolling out the red carpet for the Republican delegates, but most New Yorkers would roll out the green carpet of Central Park for the anti-Republican demonstrators," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The Mayor and the courts have denied permission for demonstrations in Central Park, effectively repealing the First Amendment.

A just-released Quinnipiac Poll found that:
In February, 2002, 68 percent approved, and just 23 percent disapproved.

Moral: Go to New York when you are hot, not when it is hot.

MoveOn Is NOT A 527
Atrios reminds us that, unlike the so-called "Swift Boat Veterans For Truth," :
But, of course, Atrios is not real journalist. What does he know?

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
GOP Delegates Meet With Anti-Bush Signs
"In case their discontent isn't already clear, protesters are spelling it out. "Stop Bush Now" signs and other anti-GOP messages are appearing throughout the city well before delegates arrive for the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday," reports Sara Kubler for Associated Press here.

"Bright blue tarps, painted with glaring yellow letters, are going up on dozens of rooftops in Brooklyn, under the flight paths into busy New York airports. Thousands of delegates and convention guests peering down at the city might see messages like 'No more years' and 'Re-defeat Bush.'"

A wide variety of signs are going up everywhere...

"'Let no Republican look anywhere in this city without seeing our message,' says one site, promoting an image of a black 'W' inside a red circle with a slash through it. 'Let's make the entire city our canvas and let the RNC know that they've grossly miscalculated their choice of venue.'"

Sunday, August 08, 2004
Political Timing of Terror Alerts
JuliusBlog has a snapshot overview chart and detailed timeline looking at the timing of terror alerts.

The work is far from scientific--though the chart clearly shows that Bush's popularity spiked three times: just after 9/11, just after the invasion of Iraq, and just after Saddam Hussein was captured.

The relationship of terror alerts is murkier, though their increased frequency is clear. The timeline does show that terror alerts frequently appear soon after some really bad news for the Bush Administration. But there's been a lot of bad news for the Bush Administration for the last year and a half. Still, seeing all the events placed in a timeline context gives a very clear sense of how terror alerts have regularly distracted attention when the Bush Administration was feeling some heat. It also highlights how often the alerts have been issued on dubious grounds.

Freedom Takes A Beating In The New Iraq
Three recent stories highlight the embattled nature of freedom in Iraq: