Friday, July 27, 2007

Vick vs War

Were lucky if we get 4 people holding signs protesting all the wars & all the other evil King George II & his Dick are doing against this country & it's people

But 1 millionaire sport idol gets busted for dogfighting & 100's of people show up with signs.

So this tells me the American people care more about a millionaire sprots idol touturing & killing dogs than they do about George Bush touturing & killing of humans.

Civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq
Min. 67945
Max. 74336
“Change the channel”- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt's advice to Iraqis who see TV images of innocent civilians killed by coalition troops.[NYT 12th April 2004]

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cheney Declares Himself National Monument

When I was told this & had to laugh, because I thought it was pure BS
I hope it's a joke!!! but King George II & his Dick will stop at nothing...

Cheney Declares Himself National Monument
It's the vice president's latest attempt to dodge a subpoena.

Mr. Cheney took the unorthodox step only after failing in his attempt to invoke a little-known legal principle called the separation of Cheney and state

cheney declares himself a National Monument

Monday, July 23, 2007

How to Create an Angry American

This videos should be used at their TRIALS! God damn liars

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Letters To The Editor

July 4 parade not for political statements

It was a beautiful day for a parade in Ann Arbor celebrating our nation's birthday on July 4. At the finish was a gentleman carrying a sign saying "The End.'' Unfortunately, some felt the need to piggy back after the end and spout political statements not fitting for family entertainment. One sign, in particular, had a bloody reference that was not "parade worthy.'' I urge the sponsors to monitor for such unauthorized entries.

To Ann Sutherland, in response to your July 11 letter to the editor:
I was one of the six people that "piggybacked'' at the end of the Ann Arbor 4th of July parade. When the man with the sign saying "The End'' went by, that signaled the end of the parade, thus turning Liberty Street back into a public road - a road that you don't need to be authorized to walk on. But I'm not sure what parade you attended, because not one of the six people walking were "spouting political statements.'' We walked in silence 10 feet back from the "official'' parade. The only time any of us said anything was to say thank you to all the thumbs ups and clapping we received.

As for the two signs that were held up, one said "End Corporate Warfare'' the other said "Trillions Would Be Better Spent On Peace.'' As for the "bloody reference'' sign, it was a cartoon depicting George Bush as a vampire. To me, war and occupation are not "fitting for family entertainment'' or "parade worthy.'' I can only hope that you would join us, because your child is next in line to die in an endless war that has more to do with profits and control than it has to do with freedom or democracy.

Parade offered chance for patriotic expression

In the 21 years I've lived in Ann Arbor, I've missed very few of the Fourth of July parades. I'll admit that I have enjoyed them mostly as slightly hokey entertainment - the juxtaposition of the drum and fife corps, Mothers of Multiples, politicians, peaceniks and Shriners showcase the funky small-town heart of Ann Arbor.

This year, I decided that I needed to mark our country's birthday in a more deliberate way. I allowed myself to cheer on the usual members of the parade from my favorite vantage point. Then, when the signal for the end of the parade went by, I joined the procession in silence.
I carried a U.S. flag affixed upside down to a pole, a symbol of the distress in which our country and its Constitution struggle these days. I wore a T-shirt with a picture of George W. Bush and the caption "Worst President Ever.''

Many of the people I passed clapped and shouted words of encouragement. I want to thank those folks for appreciating what was a thoughtful exercise in free speech in celebration of our country's founding.

A few people became angry. I want to remind those people that there have always been political and military elements to Ann Arbor's parade (e.g., campaigning politicians, jet fighters buzzing the route, etc.), and that, in the words of Mark Twain, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.''

Friday, July 20, 2007

3 Days At The Art Fair

Art Fair is winding down. But it's been 3 days of high foot traffic.

The Liberty Street Agitators were busy for 3 out of the 4 days of Art Fair
The response we got were mostly good, with a lot of people stopping to hold a sign with us.

Here's what day 1 looked like...

Ok I forgot my camera so you'll have to trust me that there was a good turn out.

There was a bunch of these newspaper boxes by the corner & most of them had nothing in them so.... I printed out some of my favorite pics & put them in the boxes. It was fun watching peoples reactions when they realized what they were really looking at.

This is what day 2 looked like

Here's what day 3 looked like

One lady did yell "Get A Life" & I had to stop & think about this statement. So I take it by "getting a life" I can no longer have my freedom ? or does "getting a life" mean sitting in front of the TV watching American Idol? if this is true I don't want a life.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The blogger awoke before dawn, he put his boots on.

He took a sign from his ancient gallery, & he walked on down the road.

He went to the fence where the cars go by & then he.....

Walked on down the road

Paid a visit to a overpass, and then he....
Came to a bridge & then he... hung a sign
Bush, Yes Mike.....I want to IMPEACH YOU!

It's Art Fair time in A2 & I thought it would be nice to welcome everybody coming to Ann Arbor for art fair with something to think about while spending all their $$$$$$.

It's Not Fair & It's Not Art, Now Leave Your $$$$$$$$ & Go Home

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Letter From An Agitator

This letter made it into the Ann Arbor News. It's from one of The Liberty St. Agitators.
In an era of polarized American politics, what defines a patriot?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Who are the patriots?

It is 1937, four years after Adolf Hitler became Germany's chancellor, four years before the U.S. and Germany were at war. American flags on standards surround the podium, flanked by swastika pennants. Every person in the room is in uniform, standing at rigid attention. Opening the session, they earnestly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag ... the American flag. It is a meeting of the German American Bund, an organization of Americans in America dedicated to close affiliation of the U.S. with Nazi Germany. They consider themselves patriots.

What is patriotism? Is it loyalty to one's countryfolk? Reverence for traditional precepts? Voluntary public service? Personal or financial sacrifice for the nation? Spiritual commitment? Political party affiliation? Ostentatious flag allegiance? Obedience to government? Willingness to lie to protect a vice president from prosecution, to cheat, steal, spy upon, sabotage or subvert foreign governments, assassinate their leaders, or destroy property as an undercover federal agent?

Is it "the last refuge of scoundrels''? "My country, right or wrong''? The cement by which nations endure? The soldier's license to kill? The censor's warrant to silence dissent? The police state's excuse to wiretap? The leverage presidents use to pry war funding from Congress? The imperial rationale to conquer and oppress?

In the past, someone has interpreted patriotism as each of these alternatives. Perhaps no other vehicle of human expression enables otherwise mature adults to work such tragic mischief, to assert preposterous values, talk tribal nonsense, commit heinous acts, inspire senseless sacrifice. At best, it joins religion and vengeance for this distinction, rivaling religion for sanctimony and vengeance for fanaticism.

Nicolas Chauvin, a soldier in Napoleon's army, is the prototype of "excessive and unreasonable nationalism mingled with xenophobia,'' the dictionary definition of chauvinism. Aggressive, bellicose chauvinists are dubbed "jingoists.'' Can we recognize such people inside the Beltway today?

Nathan Hale symbolizes American patriotism, along with celebrated war heroes. At the opposite pole is... Benedict Arnold, classic anti-patriot, notorious traitor.
Those who take up arms against the nation or "give aid and comfort'' to its enemies can be indicted for treason.
The aftermath of World War II spawned an atmosphere of distrust in Washington. Cold War politics conjured a new vision of treachery. Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy rose on a wave of ideological orthodoxy. Their victims were labeled "communist,'' "socialist,'' "fellow traveler,'' "pinko.'' Blacklists banned prominent national figures from employment. Public employees,
including schoolteachers, were required to sign loyalty oaths. Whistleblowers today face ominous echoes of that era.

Polarized politics evokes strong rhetoric. Superpatriot warmongers have no mental space for "loyal opposition.''
A president charges that citizens who protest against, or legislators who seek to deny funding for, the Iraq war do not "support the troops.'' Is it more patriotic to sustain, or to oppose, the exposure of Americans occupying embattled Iraq? Does keeping forces there weaken our nation, diminish homeland security? Is control of Iraqi oil a wise trade-off for war debt at the mercy of China?

Vietnam War protesters eventually prevailed over leaders who had sustained that war, although many voices impugned their patriotism at the time. Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has since acknowledged mistaken leadership. Who were the real patriots? Is anyone who acts in well-informed good faith, having the nation's best interest at heart, a patriot? Can democracy function in the turmoil of wartime if government will not hear dissent?

Would it ever be fitting to condemn an American president for being unpatriotic? Or does the president so personify the state that his whims define patriot and traitor? A royal prerogative? Imperial divinity? What if his actions "give aid and comfort'' to Osama bin Laden?

When courts, ultimate arbiters of treason, are not invoked, perhaps contentious times leave rhetorical definition of "patriot'' and "traitor'' in limbo, or the mind of each beholder.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Anthrax Attacks, False Flag Attacks?

Were the Anthrax Attacks on Congress the act of the U.S. Government?
By F. Vyan Walton

According to a report from a government Insider currently posted on, the Anthrax attacks on Senators Daschle and Leahy in 2001, just weeks after 9-11, may have been launched not by foreign or even domestic terrorists, unless (like Rosie O'Donnell) you count members of the U.S. Government as potential members such a group.

Francis A. Boyle, an international law expert who worked under the first Bush Administration as a bioweapons advisor in the 1980s, has said that he is convinced the October 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people were perpetrated and covered up by criminal elements of the U.S. government. The motive: to foment a police state by killing off and intimidating opposition to post-9/11 legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the later Military Commissions Act.

I admit I am wary of what might seem a bit of tin-foil haberdashery, but then again - we just had a President commute the sentence of someone who lied to protect the Vice President from possible Treason charges. We've seen our racial discrimination at the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ. Just how much lower can the Bush/Cheney Government go?

Based on what Dr. Boyle has to say it just might be that we haven't even begun to completely plumb the true depths of BushCo.

"At the time I myself did not know precisely what was going on, either with respect to September 11 or the anthrax attacks, but then the New York Times revealed the technology behind the letter to Senator Daschle. [The anthrax used was] a trillion spores per gram, [refined with] special electro-static treatment. This is superweapons-grade anthrax that even the United States government, in its openly proclaimed programs, had never developed before. So it was obvious to me that this was from a U.S. government lab. There is nowhere else you could have gotten that."

At the time of the attacks the Senate was contemplating the original version of the Patriot Act, which at the time included a complete striping of Habeas Corpus. Senator Leahy was one of the leading opponents of the bill.

Following the attacks, much of that opposition faded and the bill - with some modifications - was passed. Leahy even voted for it.

Boyle who had worked for years on Bioweapons and had been responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, which passed both Houses and was signed into law by George Herbert Walker Bush.

But wait, the plot sickens...

After realizing that the type and quality of the Anthrax used against Sen. Daschle indicated that it had to have been developed by U.S. Scientists, Boyle contacted the FBI and spoke with Agent Marion "Spike" Bowman.

Boyle and Bowman had met at a terrorism conference at the University of Michigan Law School. Boyle told Bowman that the only people who would have the capability to carry out the attacks were individuals working on U.S. government anthrax programs with access to a high-level biosafety lab. Boyle gave Bowman a full list of names of scientists, contractors and labs conducting anthrax work for the U.S. government and military.

Well, you'd expect that armed with this knowledge, trusty Agent Bowman would be after his man/men immediately? Well, not so much.

Bowman then informed Boyle that the FBI was working with Fort Detrick on the matter. Boyle expressed his view that Fort Detrick could be the main problem.

Fort Detrick receives it's cultures for bioweapon analysis and development from Ames, Iowa - but not long after these events the cultures at Ames were ordered destroyed by ... wait for it ... the FBI.

The alleged destruction of the anthrax culture collection at Ames, Iowa, from which the Fort Detrick lab got its pathogens, was blatant destruction of evidence. It meant that there was no way of finding out which strain was sent to whom to develop the larger breed of anthrax used in the attacks. The trail of genetic evidence would have leddirectly back to a secret government biowarfare program.

"Clearly, for the FBI to have authorized this was obstruction of justice, a federal crime," said Boyle. "That collection should have been preserved and protected as evidence. That's the DNA, the fingerprints right there. It later came out, of course, that this wasAmes strain anthrax that was behind the Daschle and Leahy letters."

It's not like Agent Bowman hasn't dropped the ball before. It was he along with FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Maltbi who decided it wasn't even worth trying to file a FISA warrant the contents of Zacarias Moussaoui's computer hardrive.

<>The Judiciary Committee has been investigating FISA problems at the FBI, including holding closed hearings where Mr. Bowman and others were questioned about the Moussaoui case.
<>Mr. Grassley said a 26-page electronic communication from the Minneapolis agents contained information that "a reasonable person would have concluded" was sufficient to obtain a FISA warrant.

He said the application should have gone forward to the Justice Department and the FISA court.
Instead, he said, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michael Maltbie concluded there was not enough information and that Mr. Bowman agreed, although he was aware Mr. Maltbie had "removed certain information before making a presentation of questionable accuracy and length to the national security law unit."

Mr. Grassley said if the application had gone forward and a warrant issued, the agents would have found information in Moussaoui's belongings linking him both to a major financier of the hijacking plot and to an al Qaeda boss who met with at least two other hijackers while under surveillance by intelligence officials.

After his stellar work on the Moussaoui case, Bowman was naturally given a Presidential Rank of Meritorious Service award. I suppose a fresh new Medal of Freedom wasn't available at the time.

It should also be noted that there are others with a different opinion and view of the source of that Anthrax used in that fateful 2001 attack. From the WaPo Sept 2006

What was initially described as a near-military-grade biological weapon was ultimately found to have had a more ordinary pedigree, containing no additives and no signs of special processing to make the anthrax bacteria more deadly, law enforcement officials confirmed. In addition, the strain of anthrax used in the attacks has turned out to be more common than was initially believed, the officials said.

As a result, after a very public focus on government scientists as the likely source of the attacks, the FBI is today casting a far wider net, as investigators face the daunting prospect of an almost endless list of possible suspects in scores of countries around the globe. "There is no significant signature in the powder that points to a domestic source,"

You wonder if any of these people have ever watched an episode of CSI and know what DNA is? Whether cultures from the Ames lab were or weren't a source for the Anthrax is now only a matter of speculation and supposition since the originals have been destroyed. Preserving them would have gone a long way to helping establish that Ft. Detrick or any other U.S. lab as suspected by Dr. Boyle clearly were not involved in the Attack.

So if it wasn't "weaponized" could it still have come from an Defense Lab or was it just run of the mill anthrax, the kind you find at your local Walmart? (More from Wapo)

Whoever made the powder produced a deadly project of exceptional purity and quality -- up to a trillion spores per gram -- but used none of the tricks known to military bioweapons scientists to increase the lethality of the product. Officials stressed that the terrorist would have had to have considerable skills in microbiology and access to equipment.

So who are the terrorist with "considerable skill in microbiology and access to equipment" - are they hiding out in the caves of Afghanistan or maybe they're somewhere North, South, East and slightly West of Tikrit by now? The lack of "additives" may not neccesarily mean that the Anthrax wasn't made at someplace like Ft Detrick, it simply means that additives that would have given it a more unique and distinctive signature weren't added (yet). Particular when the point of the Attack clearly wasn't to maximize leathality, it was to foment fear and help shift U.S. policy to a more fascist stance.

<>But again, this is mere speculation - proof one way or the other seems to be in short supply.
One may or may not believe Dr. Boyle, one may or may not feel that his cause for alarm and claims that this smacks of a "deliberate cover-up" are legitimate, I for one certainly have my doubts, but....

One thing is certain, in the wake of 5 Million Missing Emails, you just have to wonder...

UPDATE: As pointed out by a DKOS commenter - this doesn't have to be a "conspiracy" for Boyle to be largely correct about the possible source of the Anthrax. All it takes is one nutball with access to materials and the will to use them. Again from the WaPo.

"In my opinion, there are maybe four or five people in the whole country who might be able to make this stuff, and I'm one of them," said Richard O. Spertzel, chief biological inspector for the U.N. Special Commission from 1994 to 1998. "And even with a good lab and staff to help run it, it might take me a year to come up with a product as good."

Instead, suggested Spertzel and more than a dozen experts interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks, investigators might want to reexamine the possibility of state-sponsored terrorism, or try to determine whether weaponized spores may have been stolen by the attacker from an existing, but secret, biodefense program or perhaps given to the attacker by an accomplice.

Whether this was the act of one lone nut, followed by a botched investigation or something more sinister and deliberate - many questions remain and deserved to be answered.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A2's 4th Of July Parade

Got Junk? I have to laugh every time I see these guys... to me... Junk = Heroin
We went to the 4th of July parade with our flags upside down, a standard military distress signal.
Here's a true patriot

People cheered as this Armoured personnel carrier ( Ann Arbor's SWAT TANK) went by. It's never been used... not once!
I wonder how much $$$$$$$$$$$ it cost the taxpayers of A2?

This is the chest of some armyboy that got in my face (so close if I were to pucker up I would of kissed him) he didn't like the way I was waving "HIS" flag. I had to remind the hired killer (soldier) that it was my flag too & that it was made in CHINA!!! I didn't wait around long enough to hear his reply, as we (all 6 of us) started to march at the end of the parade. A cop keep us 10ft back from the "official" parade. Beleive it or not we got more cheers from the crowd than the usual "go home" 1 guy said that ONLY in America would we be able to do what we were doing. I had to remind him that America is not the ONLY country with a form of "free speech" & that under the so called patroit act OUR free speech can be taken away from us at any time.