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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Student at a Kerry event is Tasered

Naïve Americans who think they live in a free society should watch this video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

At the conclusion of Kerry’s speech, Andrew Meyer, a 21-year old journalism student was selected by Senator Kerry to ask a question. Meyer held up a copy of BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast’s book, Armed Madhouse, and asked if Kerry was aware that Palast’s investigations determined that Kerry had actually won the election. Why, Meyer asked, had Kerry conceded the election so quickly when there were so many obvious examples of vote fraud? Why, Meyer, went on to ask, was Kerry refusing to consider Bush’s impeachment when Bush was about to initiate another act of military aggression, this time against Iran?

At this point the public’s protectors—the police—decided that Meyer had said too much. They grabbed Meyer and began dragging him off. Meyer said repeatedly, “I have done nothing wrong,” which under our laws he had not. He threatened no one and assaulted no one.

But the police decided that Meyer, an American citizen, had no right to free speech and no constitutional protection. They threw him to the floor and tasered him right in front of Senator Kerry and the large student audience, who captured on video the unquestionable act of police brutality. Meyer was carted off and jailed on a phony charge of “disrupting a public event.”

-- Paul Craig Roberts, "America is No More", via Information Clearinghouse

In contrast to Paul Craig Roberts and Information Clearinghouse, the mainstream media hates you. There is no other explanation for the coverage of the police brutality in Florida. These businesses love their money masters -- the large corporations that buy the expensive ads -- and hate their audience -- me, you, us.

In news reports, such as the one from the Boston Globe this morning, there is more sympathy for John Kerry than for Andrew Meyer.

"I was trying not to have a riot started," he [Kerry] said. "I thought it was important to keep the place contained, I guess would be the best way to put it."


"He barged to the head of the line," Kerry said. "This wasn't someone who waited patiently for his turn and asked a question."

There is no clearer evidence, as if it was needed, that the media functions only to cover up, obscure, and even ridicule the legitimate concerns and questions of the people, in an effort to cover the ass of its corrupt clientele in business and government.

Newspaper reports, such as "Aiming to Agitate, Florida Student Got a Shock" in the Washington Post, find more "controversy" in the person of Andrew Meyer than in the horrifying behavior of the police. He was trying to ask a question even after Q&A time was up! He set up someone to film him! The publicity seeker was aiming to agitate! Poor John Kerry just wanted to prevent a riot! His questions, they were, they were, well golly gee, people just don't say things like that. Everyone knows that! Thank goodness he was tased. Don't tase me bro! LOL!

And that's just the attitude from the print media. In a moment of fatigue and weakness, I actually turned on cable TeeVee last night. Just for a moment, but that was enough. O'Reilly had Dennis Miller on. It was pathetic, and chilling. The two were beside themselves with pleasure at the thought of one of the the great unwashed being disciplined by police. They smiled and joked their way through their discussion of the incident. It was funny! It was on youtube! Let's download it and make it a screensaver! (Dennis Miller actually said he would like to do that.)

I switched over to CNN and Nancy Grace. While Ms. Grace attempted to keep intact her image of suburban mom bewildered at the crazy things people do, one couldn't help but notice that she too was pleased with the police action. Again, the focus was on the odd young man, an obvious publicity seeker, who, of course, needed to be manhandled lest he start a riot.

But what can we expect when the mainstream media has cheered the police goons of Bush, also known as the military plus mercenaries such as Blackwater employees, as they have turned Iraq into a slaughterhouse in pursuit of colonial conquest. More than one million excess deaths in Iraq since the invasion. For the media, that's a story of the odd inability of Iraqis to appreciate our gift of "democracy" and their regrettable penchant for "sectarian violence."

Kill your television, if you haven't already. I know it's a bumper sticker slogan, but it is one of the most positive things you can do. It's a medium filled with hatred and disdain for people, and worship for authority. If your experience is anything like mine, you will begin to see and feel a different world. And you will look back with horror and disgust.

You'll look at the headline above, "Student at Kerry Event is Tased," and you'll know the writers have already begun to bury the truth. By using the passive voice, the headline writer has removed the police from the incident, shifting the focus of guilt away from the authorities. The student "is Tased," not, "Police Tase Student at Kerry Event."

Can we blame the working stiff who wrote that? Yes, but we should realize, you can't have such a job unless you "Support the Troops!"


Hell yeah!

I've never had the pleasure of watching our Law Enforcement Professionals take down one of these stupid liberal hippie disruptors, but I'll be damned if there isn't some primo footage on YouTube to show just how it's done right. Watch how this stupid liberal hippie tries to get Senator John Kerry to answer a question about that supposedly "mysterious" group that Senator Kerry belonged to at Yale, that "Skulls and Bone" group that the great George W Bush belonged to before he became President of our great nation. I don't get what the hippie hates about Skulls and Bone. That Skulls and Bone group has given us a whole lot of Presidents and other dedicated, intelligent public servants like Cabinet Officers and Presidential Advisers. Obviously they're doing something right.

But I guess whale-saving Mr No Nukes Liberal Hippie Guy doesn't like Skulls and Bone for some reason. Maybe he had a bad Halloween one year and got skared by someone in a skeleton suit or something. Who knows. Maybe it's just cause he's a stupid hippie liberal and he doesn't get that the reality is our country is in great shape, it's Number One on Earth, and Skulls and Bone helped us get that way.



I really didn't want to tell you this, but police tasered a 56-year old, wheelchair-bound woman to death last year. Tasered her more than 10 times in a two-minute period. She died of a heart attack. Her crime was that she was a paranoid schizophrenic, just like our entire fucking country.
You made up that "Hell Yeah" story, didn't you .. just to scare me and the likes of me.

I am definitely never again pretending that I am an aging hippie again ... heck my hair is even cropped short and no way will I grow any facial hair ever again (the edges of my ears don't count as facial, do they ?)
Marc, thanks for not telling me that, at least until now.

Jon, take a tip from the world's oldest curmudgeon: fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

(sorry, can't resist quoting "The Big Chill"; of course, by now, it's "The Big Deep Freeze" or is it, "The Big Bzzzzt"?)
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