Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Bush Flip-Flopping + Day 1

W. on The War on Terror yesterday:

“I don’t think you can win it but I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.”

W. on the War on Terror today:

“In this different kind of war, we may never sit down at a peace table. But make no mistake about it, we are winning and we will win,” Bush said, pausing to grin slightly. “We will win by staying on the offensive, we will win by spreading liberty.”

If it flops like a fish…

Meanwhile stuff from yesterday:

“I hope the media are responsible enough to report the numbers honestly, but I am not sure they will. How would they know if they weren’t there?”

Margaret Cho

“They have spent $80 million on just security for seven days. Do you know how many people we can feed with $80 million?”

unnamed protester at the Poor People’sCampaign March

“New York City is a fortress, and I love it.”

Joseph Kyrillos, the New Jersey state Republican chairman


scroll down for the anti-RNC links to the mayhem in the streets…


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Monday, August 30th, 2004

Me and Chuck D Down By The Barricade

I’m late on posting this, but hey, I’ve been busy. Anyway, more wisdom from the master.


For news, updates, and everything on the week’s events in New York, scroll down or just click here.


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Monday, August 30th, 2004

Accounts of Protest Sunday

From Davey D’s coverage of yesterday’s events:

“Actress Rosario Dawson was shooting a film during the march. Her film company was given a permit to do their movie and use the protest as a backdrop, but the police didn’t like the fact that she wore a scarf which covered her face while the march was taking place. New York has some sort of law on the books that says you cannot shield your identity during protests. Dawson was arrested and jailed. A few minutes later the film’s director who attempted to show the police the permits was also arrested and jailed. By the time the evening news came on, Dawson was still in jail.

The other thing that took place was the Republicans who sent out a group of protestors who dressed like anarchists and carried signs called ‘protestwarriors.com.. The signs had slogans like ‘Communists For Kerry’ and ‘Osama For Kerry’.

I interviewed these people who claimed they were trying to use satire. but instead they actually tried to pretend to be marchers and at one point encouraged people to storm the police.”

From the NY Times:

“A quarter of a million people made a commitment to a peaceful legal march,” said one of yesterday’s marchers, Ronald Kuby, the civil rights lawyer from New York who gave his own unofficial estimate of the crowd size. “They were the ones who kept the peace. They were the ones who were well behaved. So this notion that the police did a good job is true only to the extent that the demonstrators themselves had a powerful commitment to keep this demonstration peaceful and legal.”

From Democracy Now:

“Well, yesterday was a historic day. More than half a million people took to the streets of New York in a march organized by the nation’s largest anti-war organization, United for Peace and Justice. March organizers said the numbers far exceeded their expectations. In fact, it was so massive that the lead contingent had finished marching long before thousands of people could even move from the starting point at Union Square.”

Stuff that caught J-Schmoove’s eye. Plus this:

We ran into a small contingent of right-wing christian zealots with serious anger management issues, but they got more than they bargained for when confronted with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog(!!), who interrogated them on what exactly they think is wrong with sodomy. Triumph’s appearance soon inspired a rousing “Poop on Bush!” chant, and he also took a moment on 34th street to lead us in an “H&M makes shitty clothes!” side-protest.

A picture of ma peoples!

From Esther Kaplan for The Nation:

And then there were the signs. Lots of scatological ones involving the words “Bush” and “Dick,” some suggestively lettered in faux fur. Then “Peace is Bootylicious” in lavender sequins. “Stolen elections are so 2000,” bordered in blue feathers. And the haughty, “Goodbye, GOP. You’re not on the list!” I selected a tasteful one in black and hot pink that read, “Tax cuts are tacky, darling.”

Meanwhile, today is the Still We Rise march.


For news, updates, and everything on the week’s events in New York, scroll down or just click here.


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Sunday, August 29th, 2004

Go Get Em!

Important info from the helpful and incredibly riveting minute-to-minute updates at NYC Indymedia:

“08/29 07:34 PM

For everybody’s information: All delegates are identifiable by the bright red bags, (gifts from the NYTimes) they are carrying.”


For news, updates, and everything on the week’s events in New York, scroll down or just click here.


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Sunday, August 29th, 2004

A Preview of Bush’s Acceptance Speech

“The last three years have been a time of unparalleled economic calamity. They have been years of greater suffering and hardship than any which have come to the American people since the aftermath of the Civil War. …

“If we look back on the disasters of these three years, we find that three quarters of the population of the globe has suffered from the flames of revolution. Many nations have been subject to constant change and vacillation of government. Others have resorted to dictatorship or tyranny in desperate attempts to preserve some sort of social order. …

“Our measures have repelled these attacks of fear and panic. … “As a nation we are undefeated and unafraid. Government by the people has not been defiled.”

Herbert Hoover accepting the presidential nomination at the 1932 Republican Convention

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Sunday, August 29th, 2004


Your Cantstopwontstop Anti-RNC Desktop Guide to The Streets of New York, an armchair entryway into all the joy and mayhem your corporate media is missing:


+ NYC Indymedia

+ Democracy Now


+ Pop and Politics!

+ Davey D

+ Jay Smooth

+ Prometheus 6

+ Josh Clover’s Guns of Brixton


+ Talk Left blog

+ Mojoblog

+ The Nation Rapid Response blogs

+ Village Voice: James Ridgeway’s Blog

+ Village Voice: Anya Kamenetz’s Blog


+ Village Voice RNC Coverage

+ Alternet

+ Mother Jones

+ City Limits

+ Counterpunch


+ United For Peace and Justice

+ Bushville-Kensington Welfare Rights Union

+ Still We Rise

+ Immigrant Solidarity Network

+ RNC Not Welcome

+ Virtual Sit-In

+ Billionaires For Bush

+ Counterconvention

+ Shut It Down

+ Not In Our Name

+ RNC Watch

+ A31.org

+ The People’s Guide to the Republican National Convention

+ Life After Capitalism conference

+ National Lawyer’s Guild

+ People’s Law Collective


+ No RNC Art Gallery

+ Yo! What Happened To Peace?

+ Partisan Project

+ I Raq

+ Center for the Study of Political Graphics

+ Make No Mistake

+ Roberta Smith’s NYT overview (includes slide show)

This guide will be updated through the week…

Best of luck to the all the people in the streets!

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

The iPod Shuffle

Yeah, there’s a lot of politics going on this week. So here’s an article I’ve been waiting for–a look into the iPod Shuffle function.

Just got back from LA where I spent 13 hours on the road with the little thing. Here’s the last 50 songs it coughed up:

Passover Joy Division
Isisu Somhambi (Music Which Feeds The Guests) Mahotella Queens
Justice Tonight/Kick It Over The Clash
Waimanalo Blues Billy Kaui & Country Comfort
Why (Feat. Anthony Hamilton) Jadakiss
Just Another Soldier Minutemen
Adelita Trio Mocoto
Losing My Edge LCD Soundsystem
Mr. Nine Buju Banton
Everything’s Disappeared Steinski & Mass Media
Home Is Where The Hatred Is Gil Scott-Heron
Be Thankful For What You Got Donovan Carless
Night Nurse Gregory Isaacs
Straighten It Out Pete Rock & CL Smooth
Rat Race Gift Of Gab
Kid Charlemagne Steely Dan
Please Stay (Once You Go Away) Marvin Gaye
Wave Of Mutilation (U.K Surf Mix) Pixies
Intro: Live At Sting Ninja Man 0:51
Blackjack Tortoise 4:07 Standards
Freedom Suite I: Freedom II:Wanting III:To Be Free Young Disciples
Incredible M Beat Feat. General Levy
Guararey De Pastora Los Van Van
Solo Soy Un Van Van Los Van Van
Flowers Ghostface Killah F. Raekwon, Method Man & Superb
Holy Thursday David Axelrod
Sax Hoodlum Major Force Productions
It Serves Me Right John Lee Hooker
Chorou, chorou João Donato
Maggie’s Farm Rage Against The Machine
Me And Jesus The Pimp In A ’79 Granada Last Night The Coup
Finally Got Myself Together (I’m A Changed Man) The Impressions
Disc Jockey Skank King Tubby 3:41
There You Go Fania All-Stars
Paid Not Played Buju Banton
Down In Rwanda smith&mighty
Time Bomb Rancid
The Demon Pt. 2 Catalyst
London David Axelrod
Sean Flynn The Clash
A rã João Donato
Bummed Out City Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros
Positron Island Drexciya
One Session (Featuring Altered Egos) Lyrics Born
Fire Fire T.O.K.
Hora Derezar (1974) Mestre Nago
Naima Maulawi
Babylon Ah Listen Sizzla
Red Bus Needs To Leave! DJ Shadow
Ndongoy Daara Orchestra Baobab

I guess if the iPod favors Buju, Brazilian, Axelrod, Quannum, and Joe Strummer, who am I to complain?

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Jane and Naomi on Iraq

Josh Clover’s great post on dancing and fighting in Iraq reminded me to big up Naomi Klein’s piece in Harper’s this month. (Not online, because Harpers is so old school their website has the cover from two months ago as their current issue.)

Klein argues that the line that Bush and the neocons went into Iraq without a plan is patently WRONG. They went in to Iraq to turn it into a neocon free-market wet dream: no trade or capital restrictions, no unions, no wages, no jobs, no nothing. Basically opening the place up for Halliburton-Bechtel-Walmart-McDonald’s-Starbucks to plunder. A Baghdad Year Zero with Bush’s man Paul Bremer on the reset button.

Klein describes how Bremer attempted to do through the CPA everything the IMF would like to do in every other country, but can’t, because of those funny ideas commonly known in international circles as self-determination and self-governance.

She then traces–in her usual brilliant way–how the invisible hand turns into a Fallujah-to-Najaf pimp-slap, encouraging the armed resistance that now, in very real terms, threatens the neocons in military, political and even ideological terms.

It’s fucking definitive. If you need to read one article explaining everything about Iraq, this is the one.

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Let Em March

Today’s poll from NYC ABC affiliate: 71% of New Yorkers think the Central Park protests should be allowed.

Also an updated link below in the last post on this topic.

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Jack Ryan Beware!

From Greg Palast’s website comes this headline: Prostitutes with AIDS to seduce Republican visitors.

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