Monday, November 21, 2011
November 21 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Super-Committee Super-Fail - Congress Should Be Working On It But They Ain't Working At All
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November 21 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Super-Committee Super-Fail - Congress Should Be Going To Work On It But They Ain't Going To Work At All
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[After the commentary, Rage Against The Machine notes ONE THING everyone in congress (and their cronies) end up doing a lot of... Typically, they get paid for it too. Visual Aid Here. Courtesy of the respective artists.]
«o» They couldn't even agree on the brand of cat food - The "super-committee" of selected members of congress created to come to some sort of bipartisan agreement on the $2.1 trillion dollars in federal budget cuts deemed necessary over the next decade has failed. They haven't even generated a page of paper in agreement, and Congress has already gone home for Thanksgiving recess leaving... More on that in the commentary. The House of Representatives also failed to make a required 2/3 vote on a "Balance Budget" Constitutional Amendment.
«o» The New York City Police Vs The Terrorists - The NYPD jumps the gun(sic) on a person who was apparently a follower of the now-deceased Anwar al-Alwalaki who decided to make a bomb he read about in a magazine. He hadn't even gotten around to doing anything yet besides some common 'plumbing' work, but the city in conjunction with the FBI pulled the plug on him.
«o» In Davis California, a couple of UC Davis police officers decided it was OK to simply pepper spray a group of students with their arms locked to protect their #Occupy encampment on the campus Quad. That's it. The students weren't 'resisting', or armed, or violent.
The officers who did that are now on paid leave and the Chancellor of the campus was boo-ed as she came out to issue a statement. Later when she tried to retreat from her office to her car with a Tac Squad escort, she was surrounded on both sides of the street by masses of students, who just stared silently at her.
The University of California Regents are now under INTENSE pressure to review what UC Police are, and aren't allowed to do in the way of 'policing'.
To show us how out of touch with law the average police officer is (and to add to the extensive list of why one should NEVER ask a law enforcement official for legal advice), simply read the words of UC police Capt. Margo Bennett who said:#OpManning channel @ Twitter RTs
Turns out cops really are concerned abt our health & safety! "Food & Drug Admin Declare Pepper Spray a Vegetable"...and yours truly posted a couple of items on-site worth reading in regard to this incident, the laws in regard to it, and a profile of one of the sociopaths involved in attacking unarmed, and un-resisting protesters.
More... below the fold... In The OTHER News.
«o» Speaking of #Occupy, the people of Egypt have returned to Tahrir Square in the days before this weekend's upcoming elections. The military government seemed to have an issue with that and tore down their tent encampment. In the resulting fracas that spread through other parts of Cairo as well, thirty people were killed and hundreds injured.
«o» Italy has a new government today. The media is calling them Technocrats... which is just a modern way of referring to Fascists.
In OTHER News:
One of my friends involved in the Spanish Plaza Occupation movement Retweeted this last night:
RT Turns out cops really are concerned abt our health & safety! "Food & Drug Admin Declare Pepper Spray a Vegetable"http://t.co/5GveOwxO #OWS
Campus BasementWhat led the FDA to do that?
Food and Drug Administration Declares Pepper Spray a Vegetable
November 19, 2011
The US Congress and the Department of Agriculture have collectively agreed that pepper spray, an inflammatory agent commonly used in riot control and personal self-defense, is now publicly recognized as a member of the vegetable food group.
With this declaration, pepper spray now joins the ranks of carrots, arugula, chickpeas, and broccoli as an official FDA-approved vegetable. [Read More]
Could it be... The government's fear of their own laws when they act in favor of their own citizens?
From my site:
Non-Violent Protests: "And they are met with fear..."
The Atlantic Senior Political Editor On #Occupy-Related Police Violence
Too Much Violence and Pepper Spray at the OWS Protests
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Senior Politics editor
Nov 19 2011, 6:58 PM ET
The dousing of seated, non-violent students with a chemical agent at U.C. Davis should provoke a call for restraint. These images show their experience is not unique.
[Pepper Spray in use @ #OccupySeattle]
Police dressed in riot gear at U.C. Davis on Friday afternoon used pepper spray to clear seated protesters from the university quad where they had set up a small Occupy encampment, pro-actively and repeatedly dousing the passively-resisting students with a chemical agent designed to cause pain and suffering in order to make it easier to remove them.
[UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike from the RECORDS DEPARTMENT gets his chance to 'kill commies']
It is hard to look at this kind of attack and think this is how we do things in America.
And yet it is all too American.
America has a very long history of protests that meet with excessive or violent response, most vividly recorded in the second half of the 20th century. It is a common fantasy among people born in the years since the great protests movements -- and even some not so great ones -- that they would have stood on the bold side of history had they been alive at the time and been called to make a choice. But the truth is that American protest movements in real time -- and especially in their early days -- often appear controversial, politically difficult, out-of-the-mainstream, and dangerous. And they are met with fear...
A profile of one of the perpetrators here:
D0Xing the Abusers: Introducing Lt. John Pike, UC Davis Pepper Spraying "officer"
«o» Pertinent California Codes & Rulings in re the official use of Pepper Spray:
United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit
HEADWATERS FOREST DEFENSE v. COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT
"Viewing the facts in the light most favorable to the protestors, we conclude that Philip and Lewis are not entitled to qualified immunity because the use of pepper spray on the protestors' eyes and faces was plainly in excess of the force necessary under the circumstances, and no reasonable officer could have concluded otherwise." (source)
California Penal Code Section 12403.7(a)(8)(g):The code goes on to add further sanctions if, lets say someone knowingly pepper sprays a police officer etc, but the above, based on the 9th Circuit Court's ruling in a civil case ought to go a long way towards convicting ANY official in California who commits, or perhaps even authorizes such an act.
"Any person who uses tear gas or tear gas weapons except in self-defense is guilty of a public offense and is punishable by imprisonment in a state prison for 16 months, or two or three years or in a county jail not to exceed one year or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment,"
To show us how out of touch with law the average police officer is (and to add to the extensive list of why one should NEVER ask a law enforcement official for legal advice), simply read the words of UC police Capt. Margo Bennett who said:
"The individuals who linked arms and actively resisted, that in itself is an act of violence,"
And remember... Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you're alive:
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