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More on Those Damned Leftist Protestors in Denver

The first video shows more of the ‘Fuck Fox News’  chant with the second video showing “Department of correction vehicles near Capitol where protesters held demonstrations.  National Guard in residential neighborhood six miles from where DNC held.”


Those Damned Leftists are on the Move!

Crooks & Liars has video of Fox Faux reporter, Griff Jenkins, attempting to get some kind of a story out of a protest in Denver, sponsored by Recreate 68.   Nicole Belle writes:  “…..out amongst the riff-raff to ask them if they believe in freedom (of speech).  Dude, they’re protesting.  That IS exercising their freedom of speech. ”

Exactly.  Refusing to answering the idiotic questions of some jackass reporter isn’t about freedom of speech.   The boy needs some lessons in civics. The pure expression of freedom of speech is mightily expressed in their protest.

The question: Do you believe in freedom of speech?  The response:   “Fuck corporate media.

I especially like the chant – Fuck Fox News!  Fuck Fox News!  There’s another video of Jenkins being confronted by a bunch of guys who tell him it’s about corporate media (Rupert Murdoch), corporate greed (Haliburton) all the lies, cover-ups – but that’s not news.  It’s the cursing…..  then the chant goes up: “Fox is Slander”  and is disgraceful.

For variety, here’s the scoop from the USA-Today team in Denver complete with a tad bit of audio for ambiance, and Al-Jazeera’s take on the anti-war protestors.

Final Day of Beijing Olympics

Over the past few weeks, I’ve caught some parts of the Olympics.   I’ve not made a point of watching them.

The women’s softball team from the USA played Japan for the gold medal and lost.   I thought this picture too celebratory to not share.

Japanese coach Haruka Saito was thrown into the air after the game on Thursday.

Photo:  Natalie Behring/Bloomberg News

Hallmark Playing the Gay Card?

While in Nampa yesterday, I caught a glimpse of the front page of the Idaho Press Tribune in the news box outside of the eatery where we ate lunch.  The headline read “Hallmark’s same-sex cards stir debate.”  We were in a bit of hurry or I would’ve deposited some coins to read THAT story.   After thinking for a few seconds, I thought – now why do I just know who’d be behind that ‘stirring of the debate?’

In an apparent rather bold capitalistic move, Hallmark has decided to venture out in testing limited markets for the cards below.   The Idaho Press Tribune article from the AP says there are four designs; I could only find three.  As far as ‘catching my eye’ none of these three would set my checkbook on fire.  They’re kinda cutesy – in a sappy sort of way.  Oh yeah, that’s the Hallmark way.

Mountain Goat has it right.

Cards.  These are greeting cards.  Cards don’t promote anything.  This is the equivalent of saying that sympathy cards promote death.

The thing with Fischer that outside of the hateful tone there is the cloaking this as a ‘medical issue’ rambling on about HIV and transfusing of blood products with the admonition that ” it’s simply inexcusable and irresponsible for Hallmark to glorify a lifestyle which has so many health risks.” Mountain Goat points us to the remarks from managing editor, Vickie Holbrook, from the IPT blog ‘From the Editors’:

Whether you believe in gay marriages or unions, the stores will make their business decisions based on demand. Just because someone sells or buys these cards doesn’t make gay marriage legal. We don’t need Bryan Fischer to force his values on everyone. Who appointed him our God?— Vickie

Late last night I found this story on local Hallmark shops.  They will not be carrying these specific cards when they become available to the broader national market.

A couple of side notes.  While over on the coast I saw this write-up regarding the recognition of same-sex marriages by the Coquille Indian tribe.

The Coquille Indian Tribe, based on the southern Oregon coast, recently adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage, and its first such wedding is set for next spring.

Oregon voters amended the state constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. But as a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution.

Native Americans are “sensitive to discrimination of any kind,” said Ken Tanner, chief of the Coquilles.

“For our tribe, we want people to walk in the shoes of other people and learn to respect differences. Through that, we think we build a stronger community,” he told The Oregonian newspaper.

And, we stayed here while in Lincoln City.  We noticed quite a few rainbow type flags while driving around, but somehow missed this when making arrangements because the flag is right out front on their signage.

Huckleberries on Line has a question up.   ‘Would the introduction of same-sex wedding cards at the local Hallmark store bother you?” Quite a discussion has ensued there as well.  But this comment just takes the cake:

Doesn’t matter who’s getting married, they’re getting a sympathy card from me, anyway… Posted by Aliasjax  |  22 Aug 1:17 PM

Yep, there ya go…

Small Tributes to Stephanie Tubbs Jones

One of the stories I saw and surely read in 1999 when Stephanie Tubbs Jones became my Congress rep while living in Ohio.  It began with this mighty sentence.

Ohio has its first black congresswoman.

The 11th district included the township of Bedford where I lived and worked; it also included parts of Pepper Pike, the location of the college where I finished my degree.

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones is the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. Congresswoman Jones is a lifelong resident of the 11th District, which encompasses most of the East Side of Cleveland and parts of the West Side of Cleveland and includes parts of 22 suburbs.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a brief time-line outlining Tubbs Jones’ political career.   A concise biography that manages to go from her roots to her place in Washington, D.C. – Channel 5 in Cleveland.   WCPN has a program, ‘The Sound of Ideas,’ that is dedicated to those members of Congress including fellow Clevelanders who wanted to honor Stephanie Tubbs Jones.  Sherrod Brown is one of those.   Brown’s wife, PD columnist Connie Schultz, wrote about Stephanie as well as calling into WCPN during the tributes to Tubbs Jones.

It’s just going to be so difficult finding a replacement for her seat.  There is, however, no replacing her.

Prayers on the Wind for Stephanie Tubbs-Jones


This is very grave news

Cleveland, OH – Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones has reportedly had a massive aneurysm and remains on life support Wednesday morning at Huron Road Hospital.

WOIO 19 is reporting “life support will be withdrawn some time this afternoon.”


And, What’s Up with Ms Tubbs-Jones?

All kinds of questions floating around tonight and into the wee hours.

While living in the Cleveland area I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.   We were at the annual Komen event and my friend (the columnist), who is also a breast cancer survivor, was speaking to Ms Tubbs-Jones, and then mayor, Jane Campbell.  I liked her immediately.  Very boisterous, very animated.  (Jane Campbell was undoubtedly a bit more reserved.)

Tubbs-Jones was taken to Huron Road Hospital in East Cleveland last evening following an incident of some sort.  Huron Road is a relatively small hospital.  I’m surprised Tubbs-Jones didn’t go to the University Hospital which is near East Cleveland. The story from WOIO-19 in Cleveland is from the AP wire.  But – I don’t know what to make of this part of the story.

The Cleveland Heights police department is to put out a news release in the morning about the incident.

WOIO Channel 19 is reporting that Tubbs Jones was behind the wheel of a car moving fast in Cleveland Heights. Police tried to pull her over but she was unconscious.


Now this makes more sense.

About 9 p.m., a police officer noticed a Chrysler driven by Tubbs Jones driving erratically eastbound on Mayfield Road. The car turned left on Lee Road and the officer tried to pull over Tubbs Jones’ car.

The car stopped near Burlington Road near Forest Hills Park. When the officer approached the car, it began slowly rolling forward and veered into the opposite lane. There was no oncoming traffic.

The officer caught up to the car and saw Tubbs Jones unconscious but breathing. She was taken to Huron Hospital by emergency personnel.

There are several medical conditions that can manifest themselves into losing consciousness, the most common of which is diabetes-related.  I don’t know if Tubbs-Jones has diabetes or any medical condition that hindered her driving.  I wish a speedy recovery.