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Fascism in MN

No one here doubts that the Constitution is officially a piece of toilet paper, I hope. In case there are still a few bitter dead-enders on this point (heh), Glenn reminds us of just how far we've come from "free speech zones." Now, the only point I'll add is that they has been happening to little old Black grandmothers and disabled Latinas and suchlike for a looong time. But Nice, Polite People from MN? Hell no! We're all Niggers now, people! (video below) Pre-emptive Freedumb! Savor the term, you could be next, hippy!

Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets. Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff's department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than "fire code violations," and early this morning, the Sheriff's department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.
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The Other Drug War, or "Meanwhile, Over There"

I'm just all about linking and not saying anything tonight. Still...Your Prozac Army:
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All Great Neptune's Ocean

The Impossible Dream has been realized. Welcome, Northwest Passage. buffy character voice "It's here!"

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Sunday, 31 August 2008

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Heavy Metal In Baghdad

Odd, weird, kewl, something else? I guess I don't know.

This is one of those 'posted without comment' thingees, but I think I'll add it to m y Netflix list, just for fun. Read below the fold...

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Maintaining My Creds as a Tasteless, Sex-Obsessed Queer Blogger Who Fails on the Real Issues

If there's a "valid" point here, it's that I really wish some investigative bloggers would follow up on this and find out more about just who has the hard-on for Twink Love. I bet it's a looong list of them in St. Paul. wonkette via Joe:

Via Wonkette, this latest in a string of Craigslist Twin Cities M4M ads:

Discretion Required - m4mm (Upscale Hotel)

ATTN: discretion is mandatory. must be willing to submit to background check and strip searches. absolutely no recording devices or wireless communication devices allowed. you will be examined and scrutinized by security before you make contact.

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Amy Goodman, COINTELPRO, and the RNC in St. Paul

So it's been bothering me for a long time now: what is it going to take? This country has tolerated the travesty that is the "Drug War" for decades; ok, I grok that as it's "only" brown and black and poor people who suffer AIDS and rape and death as a result of imprisonment. This country has also come to sleep in and miss the fact that we're bombing/shooting/raping/killing brown non-xtians in a war of choice; again, I sort of understand as that war is far away and not often on teevee, from which most people construct their 'reality.' Obama, unlike MLK, felt the need to surround himself with 000s of "security" folk in a mass grouping of fellow democracts; I guess that's a statement on how far we've (not) come since the glory days of the Civil Rights movement. But St. Paul? MN? Some of you do/have lived there; you must know how gentle and "neighborly" most of MN really is, and how infrequently it's upset by security theatre. Amy Goodman got arrested. I guess that's not surprising or worthy news to most people. But gosh, I really do wonder what it will take. Armed camps? Mass arrest of suburbanites? Shooting xtian babies and their moms?

Wake up America. Or rather, how do we wake up America? That whole logic of "I was not a [x], so I didn't speak up when they came for [x]" is starting to seem like so much more than distant memory. Is it just me? Video (one of many from the links)

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I'm Proud of This Website (Palin & Family)

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Mostly, I'm very proud that this website has not joined in the woman-bashing trend that is the so-called "progressive" blogosphere's response to news of Palin's various family issues. Like Sean-Paul, I agree that her family's private issues are not worthy of my attention. Her Hypocrisy? Wingerism? Cronyism? Yes, let's talk about that. But leave her kids out of it. Period. SP speaks for me:
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In Which I Formally Apologize to FrenchDoc

For a comment on her last post in which I used a deplorable word. I am sincerely and completely sorry. You don't have to forgive me. I have always appreciated your work. I'm sorry you won't be around often anymore. I don't have your email, so this will have to do by way of apologizing. I hope you read it someday. Read below the fold...

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Obama as the New Reagan

No, that's not what I'm saying. But recently, Obama lost an intellectual heavy hitter, our friend Mr. Newberry. SN's got his detractors, but one thing no one ever says about him is that he doesn't understand economics. A sample:
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Alaska Blog

Just got an email with some blogs from a friend I trust on such matters, and I thought I'd share, for those of you looking to do oppo research.

Mudflats. Newer, but high quality.

Progressive Alaska by Phil Munger, who's worked with FDL and other progblogs.

Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis who was a credentialed blogger in Denver. Read below the fold...

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Flooring it Yourself

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So, sadly, the growing season is winding down and harvest time will soon be here. I expect many of us will be very busy. But after the last of the cans and dried herbs have been put up, it'll be time for me to return to the indoor project list. This year's first job: putting a proper floor on a 10x12 concrete basement surface. It's my office, and it's damn cold in the winter. I'd like to change that. Read below the fold...

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Palin: A Dangerous and Intelligent Choice

I hope you can forgive me, despite my undeserving nature, for some unspecific and overly personal posting of late. I'm going to try to correct that, and here I'll start.

Resolved: Palin was a hit out of the park sort of choice for McCain and his team.

Why do I say this? I have many reasons, and I'm perversely glad and disturbed by his choice. Lemme share some reasons and links which may help you understand. Read below the fold...

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Funny Anecdote at the Grocery Store

Of course this was plastered to a gargantuan, gas-guzzling SUV. I couldn't help but laugh and take a shot. Feel free to leave similar ones here if you come across them.
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If I hadn't had to run home, I think I would've stayed to ask the driver if he (I just assume it was a man) had noticed the defacing. It's probably for the best; I don't really have time to get into random fights just now. Read below the fold...

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Racing in Denver

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[update: fixed the link, sorry about that] Fear and Loathing (or not) in Denver:

Another pause. Then: "If Obama wins, I just hope that black people don't start thinking they're superior."

You all can hate on me for this, but I really wish we could discuss this more here. If this doesn't hook you, try this, from the same post:
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