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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

strange fruit: torture and the war on terror

just a reminder of the things being done in my name… and that you should do something about.

strange fruit: torture and the war on terror

and there is a convenient set of links to do something about it

i don’t do enough. you probably don’t either.

posted by roj at 10:03 pm  

Friday, February 3, 2006

t-shirts are dangerous around congress

where possible, i like to get to the source. in this case, it’s not difficult to find.

cindy sheehan has her story about being ejected from the state of the union address.

this counts as personal, just a few days ago, a congressman complimented me on a t-shirt, i wasn’t using my civil rights anyway

probably a good thing i wasn’t invited. arrests, even short ones, on the basis of political protest in america take the panic level to orange.

posted by roj at 10:30 pm  

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

it’s ok to wear t-shirts in pennsylvania again

A Pennsylvania student is off the hook after the American Civil Liberties Union defended his right to wear a political T-shirt to school.

Chris Schiano’s T-shirt said “International Terrorist” and had a picture of President Bush.

my t-shirts are a little more subtle, so i haven’t been in court. yet.

posted by roj at 9:53 am  

Monday, September 26, 2005

read something dangerous


posted by roj at 4:36 pm  

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

despots among us?

an exercise in critical thinking…


what kind of community do you live in?

it is also the problem of us all.

[via joi via greg]

posted by roj at 8:42 am  

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

meet with cindy rally – august 10

a personal political statement from the mother of a fallen soldier, meet with cindy.

if only cindy would sign a loyalty oath, maybe her president would deign to meet with her. bush does make a nice show of visiting with injured soldiers once in a while, but i guess the dead ones and their families aren’t worth the time.

(current american body count, 1835, which is almost precisely 2/3rds of the revised wtc 9/11 death toll of 2,752)

posted by roj at 1:44 am  

Monday, July 4, 2005

the unanimous declaration

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

posted by roj at 7:10 pm  

Thursday, June 23, 2005

let’s burn a flag

with the house passing another version of the flag-burning amendment, it’s time, once again, for me to toast a flag for free speech. the vibe on the net is that this is going to be close in the senate.

i guess the first time i did this was sometime in 1991 or 1992 or so.

we’ve apparently solved all the great problems in our country, so this gets another shot of attention from the patriots in congress.

join me on this coming fourth of july, and toast a flag because good people have died to preserve your right (and mine) to do things that are unpopular and controversial and stupid.

i know the flag is a symbol of increasingly threatened american values and not the sole and vulnerable embodiment of those values. then again, i’m a minority.

(previously here and here)

posted by roj at 12:22 am  

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

extreme democracy indeed

in case anyone wondered what i was up to this past spring, you can now see my contribution to extreme democracy (chapter 16).

6.4 billion points of light [pdf].

and if anyone’s interested, i am making a push on my little “eat your own dogfood” approach to democracy and technology, so if you’re a geek with some time on your hands, an interest in political discourse, and feel like making a run at a project that might just re-enfranchise people starting in washington, dc… get in touch. we’ll do lunch (or maybe not lunch) and take a stab at changing the world.

posted by roj at 6:20 pm  

Monday, November 15, 2004

i’m down with the coalition of the willing

bob dylan, masters of war

You might say that I’m young. You might say I’m unlearned, but there’s one thing I know, though I’m younger than you, even Jesus would never forgive what you do … And I hope that you die and your death’ll come soon. I will follow your casket in the pale afternoon. And I’ll watch while you’re lowered down to your deathbed. And I’ll stand o’er your grave ’til I’m sure that you’re dead.

why on earth would i quote bob dylan here?

School Talent Show Draws Secret Service [ap via abc news, november 15, 2004]

[Boulder High School principal Ron] Cabrera said Secret Service agents questioned him for 20 minutes and took a copy of the lyrics. They did not ask to speak to any of the students but they did question a teacher who had supervised a student protest that was held at the school last weekend.

so when they come to question, threaten or harasss allysse wojtanek-watson (singer), forest engstrom (“leader”), their bandmates, teachers, school administrators, or fans, they are questioning, threatening and harassing me.

surely, if singing the lyrics is worthy of an investigation, copying them to a web server is equally threatening. where’s your copy?

posted by roj at 4:08 pm  
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