I have a lot of people sending me things.  Most of the things they send are pretty interesting, some left, some right, some middle, and some out-in-space.  I appreciate reading them all (well, almost all).  Here are a couple having to do with reporting, information that is put out for the public in various venues and what is happening to reporters in the media, main stream and alternative.  Read; then stop and think.  –GFS


What’s a Word for the Opposite of Progress? Palin.

by: Cynthia Boaz, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Cynthia Boaz asks if voters have been duped, once again, by the Rovian rhetoric machine. (Photo: Getty Images)


    Late last week, the first round of post-RNC convention polls showed that John McCain was the beneficiary of a generous 11-point bump in public approval. Most of this shift is attributable to previously undecided voters who’ve broken in McCain’s favor. The reason given by the vast majority as to what precipitated their decision: Palin. Amongst these voters, three subgroups emerged as overwhelmingly shifting to the McCain/Palin ticket over the Obama/Biden one in the past week: women, Catholics, and self-identified moderates. At first glance, these changes in opinion might seem unsurprising given the intensely populist tone that pervaded every convention speech from Monday through Thursday. But look below the surface, and these shifts seem positively surreal. Is it possible that voters have, once again, been duped by the Rovian rhetoric machine? Are we really as gullible as the GOP seems to think? Apparently so.


    Let’s start with women, most of whom we can reasonably presume are adherents of some form of feminism (which in the most general sense is simply the belief that rights and liberties should not be distributed on the basis of sex.) Many are disaffected Clinton supporters; many others have never – for one reason or another – felt completely at home in the Republican Party. Until now. Given that Palin’s positions on “women’s issues,” from reproductive rights to health care, are 180 degrees from the mainstream feminist base, one can only conclude that for many women, sharing a piece of anatomy is a more powerful source of solidarity than shared beliefs, values or principles. With all due respect to my fellow fairer-sex sisters, those of you for whom the idea of a woman in office is more exciting than good public policy are doing all of us a disservice. Palin, no matter how you slice it, will not represent us when it comes to the issues that feminists from every stripe and for every decade have worked to promote. And to add insult to injury, it could not be more obvious that Sarah Palin is being used by the men in her own party to galvanize disgruntled female voters. Is there anyone out there who could argue with a straight face that Palin would have been picked if she’d been a man? Despite the degrading nature of this strategy, to my astonishment (and apparent naiveté) the polls suggest that it is working. So I feel compelled to ask. Do we really want to legitimize the worst anti-feminist stereotypes about women as a group? People (not just women) who genuinely care about so-called women’s issues have simply no alternative but to vote against the McCain/Palin ticket. It really is as simple as that.

    The surge of Catholic support for McCain/Palin is less shocking, but equally disturbing. The obvious explanation for this support is Palin’s adamant opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is at risk. But historically, Catholics, who tend to favor the Democratic Party, have never been single-issue voters, and the larger theme around which they have organized their ideological distribution is human rights. And on that question, there is no debate. Palin fails miserably. This is the woman who said that the war in Iraq was “a task from God.” Oh really, Governor? The Catholic faith preaches that it is only priests and saints who have a direct line to the will of God. So which of these is Sarah Palin? Catholicism is the source of liberation theology, whose adherents are some of the most dedicated social justice activists in the world. To grasp the magnitude of the gulf between the rhetoric of the very progressive Catholic human rights stance and the positions of Sarah Palin, I suggest watching the film “Romero” and then following it up with a screening of Palin’s convention speech. Then explain to me how Catholic support for Palin is rational. Seriously, someone please do that.


    Which brings us to self-identified moderates. Frankly, this one baffles me the most. There is nothing – repeat, nothing – about Sarah Palin that could be described as “moderate.” By adding her to the ticket, McCain the Maverick moved himself ten clicks to the right. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that Palin’s views on most issues tend towards extremist. So what is her appeal to moderates? It has to be the populist draw of her “small-town girl makes good” story. But while that storyline makes for a popular Hollywood blockbuster, it is hardly the basis for a real-life presidency. I understand that it’s verboten to bring up McCain’s age, but we have to get real. John McCain is 72-years-old and has a history of health problems. There is more than a miniscule chance that if he won the presidency, Sarah Palin would, at some point, be asked to replace him. This is a woman whose main foreign policy credentials (according to her own party) consist of living in a state that borders Russia. Setting aside what this does to McCain’s credibility on the question of judgment, it is utter madness to put Palin’s folksy appeal above our long-term security and wellbeing.


    I’ve had it with the GOP (Karl Rove, I’m talking to you) bringing down the state of discourse in this country. And I’m tired of it working. Voters are not the complete morons that the GOP takes them for – they’re just overworked and uninformed. But the recent polling results once again beg the question: Are we capable of doing better, or are we going to continue to live down to the GOP’s cynical expectations of us?

    In recent weeks, I have heard talk-radio incessantly repeating the mantra that in 2008, no matter who wins the presidential election, we will have “progressed” as a political culture. That logic is not only simplistic, it’s patently untrue. A McCain/Palin victory would be a clear step backward for all voters of conscience, and would likely be the final shameful cleavage in the ever-widening gap between the United States and the global community.



From “America First Blog”


The First amendment is gone: Journalists were arrested at both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. .com/targetfreed om/2008/09/ first-amendment- is-gone-journali sts-arrested. html

Do you still think you live in a Constitutional Republic, allowing First amendment rightsfree speech, freedom of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble???

The United States Constitution

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Tyranny is bi-partisan.

Journalist Producer Asa Eslocker was arrested outside the Brown Palace at the Democratic National Convention for taking pictures on public property:

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. com/targetfreedo m/2008/09/ journalist- producer- asa-eslocker- was-arrested. html


ABC Reporter Arrested While Trying to Take Pictures of Lobbyists and Donors Partying at Democratic Convention


http://jonathanturl ey.org/2008/ 08/28/abc- reporter- arrested- while-trying- to-take-pictures -of-lobbyists- and-donors- partying- at-democratic- convention/


Here is the actual video of the arrest of ABC reporter for taking pictures on public property:

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=1QaIrut9rTc 


http://abcnews. go.com/Blotter/ Conventions/ story?id= 5668622&page=1


http://vodpod. com/watch/ 975406-denver- cops-arrest- abc-crew- outside-lobbyist -meeting? pod=nunoftheabov e 


You will notice that Journalist Producer Asa Eslocker was forced into the street by  police, AND THEN told that he is “impeding traffic”. Police can be heard telling the others, who are filming, to “Shut it off”. What happened to the pictures that Asa Eslocker was arrested for taking?


http://abcnews. go.com/Blotter/ Conventions/ Story?id= 5678763&page=1


Journalists arrested at the Republican National Convention:

According to our constitution, what is “Unlawful assembly“??

Better WAKE UP! Rest assured… YOU will be next!

Please pass this to others who are uninformed. This is important.
List of journalists arrested at the Republican National Convention

 This list is still growing. Courtesy of freepress.net

Sharif Abdel Kouddous 

Democracy Now

Suspicion of felony riot and unlawful assembly


Nicole Salazar 

Democracy Now! 

Suspicion of felony riot


Amy Goodman 

Democracy Now! 

Obstruction of legal process/ interference w/ peace officer.

Matt Rourke 

Associated Press 

Gross misdemeanor riot charge


Edward Matthews 

U of KY (journalism student) 

Riot charge


Britney McIntosh 

U of KY (journalism student) 

Riot charge


Jim Winn 

U of KY (journalism advisor) 

Riot charge


Lambert Rochfort 

PepperSpray Productions 

Held without charge


Joe LaSac 

PepperSpray Productions 

Held without charge


Stephen Maturen 

Minnesota Daily 

Peppersprayed and ziptied – only held momentarily.


Jonathan Malat 

KARE 11 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Tom Aviles 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Amy Forliti 

Associated Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Jon Krawczynski 

Associated Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Dean Treftz 

U-Wire (national college wire service) 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Jeff Schorfheide 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Matt Snyders 

U of IA / frm. reporter for Daily Iowan 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Christopher Patton 

Daily Iowan 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Rick Rowley 

Big Noise Films 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Jon Wise 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Alice Kathloff 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Art Hughes 

Public News Service 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Jerry Snook 

Westwood One 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Ben Garvin 

St. Paul Pioneer Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Jason Nicholas 

New York Post 

Unlawful assembly and obstructing the legal process


Wendy Binion 

Portland IndyMedia 

Felony conspiracy to riot


Geraldine Cahill 

The Real News 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Ania Smolenskaia 

The Real News 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Suzanne Hughes 

The Uptake 

“Unlawful assembly”??


Ted Johnson 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Alice Kalthoff 


“Unlawful assembly”??


John P Wise 


“Unlawful assembly”??


Eileen Clancy 

I-Witness Video 



Anita Braithwaite 

Glass Bead Video Collective 



Olivia Katz 

Glass Bead Video Collective 



Nick Brooks 

Downtown Express 

Unlawful assembly and interfering with legal process


Sam Stoker 

ASSC of Alt. Newsweeklies 

“Unlawful assembly”??



Naomi Wolf Celebrated Author of “The End of America”

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. com/targetfreedo m/2008/09/ the-american- recipe-for- holocaust- –a-startling- video-by- naomi-wolf- author-of- the-end-of- america.html 


http://www.youtube. com:80/watch? v=RjALf12PAWc 


http://www.youtube. com:80/watch? v=i0LvtQAQ6sc 


See what Naomi Wolf said that it would mean when they started arresting journalists.


Freedom of speech – use it or lose it

When they took away the 4th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we didn’t deal drugs.

When they took away the 6th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we were innocent.

When they took away the 2nd Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we don’t own guns.

Now they have taking away the 1st Amendment,
and very soon,
if we continue to be quiet,
we will have no choice,
but to be continue to be quiet.


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