Rev Phelps clan, Code Pink and Anarchists all together

All the crazies in one place.

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Code Pink protester still in jail after skirmish

Originally published 04:13 p.m., August 26, 2008
Updated 05:18 p.m., August 26, 2008

Code Pink protester shown on video being shoved to the ground by a police officer’s baton and later hauled away remains in jail on a charge of interfering with an arrest but should be released tonight, Code Pink officials say.

Alicia Forrest was arrested outside Civic Center after confronting officers and asking them questions about another arrest they were making, said Sally Newman, legal liaison and spokeswoman for the group.

“She was one of a number of people trying to find out where this person was being taken,” Newman said. “They just arrested her along with him.”

The video shows an officer quickly shoving Forrest with the length of his baton, forcing her to the ground with a smack. Later, as she was speaking with reporters, the video shows police coming behind her and dragging her away.

Lt. Ron Saunier, a police spokesman, said the 30-second video is “kind of jumpy” on his computer and doesn’t give the full context of the situation.

“Just shown in that context, you don’t get what the whole dynamics or the full situation is,” he said.

Richard Rosenthal, Denver’s independent monitor, who saw the video online at the request of the Rocky, said the incident warrants additional review.

“Obviously, looking at that, I’d want to look at the use of force report. I’d want the department to look and evaluate,” he said.

Rosenthal declined to share his initial thoughts on the officer’s actions.

“I can’t do that,” he said. “My job is to maintain objectivity until the completion of an investigation. What I can say is I think that that warrants additional review … But I have to maintain objectivity on anything because you can’t rush to judgment.”

Code Pink posted a $500 bail for Forrest, and the group expects her to be released in four to six hours, Newman said.

“It’s really frustrating that we have this incident of violence now,” she said.

Forrest is consulting with an attorney from the People’s Law Project, which has been representing protesters arrested during this week’s Democratic National Convention.

Saunier said he recommends that the protester contact the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau or the Office of the Independent Monitor if she feels that the officer used unnecessary force.

During the DNC, officers have had many interactions with protesters and overall, police have reacted professionally, he said.

“There’s been hundreds of contacts with officers that have gone very well. We may have an isolated instance here and there and the department is committed to fully looking into those instances, and if it’s deemed inappropriate, we’ll take the appropriate actions,” he said.

Dan Rather the crybaby. We need to see the bodies of dead Military Service people

Jerk

From the DENVER POST

Dan Rather got a standing ovation in the Big Tent’s DIGG stage on Tuesday after castigating the current structure of the media and the resulting weak news coverage.

“Much of the press is rolling over and playing dead,” the former CBS newsman said. “The American media is in need of a spine transplant.” As he often did on the air at CBS, Rather welled with tears when speaking of American casualties in the war in Iraq. — Joanne Ostrow

Document drop gives clearer picture of Obama and Ayers

FOX NEWS

Documents released Tuesday by the University of Illinois at Chicago shed some light on Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a founding member of the 1960s and 1970s radical group the Weather Underground.

Obama’s association with Ayers, who now teaches at the university, has become an issue in the Illinois senator’s presidential campaign. The Weather Underground took credit for several nonfatal bombings on targets that included the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, and critics accuse Obama of rubbing elbows with an unabashed 1960s radical.

Obama has said that, although he knew Ayers as a professor involved in community outreach efforts in Chicago, he doesn’t share Ayers’ extreme views.

The massive collection of newly released documents — 140 boxes full of them — includes agendas that clearly put Obama and Ayers in the same room for meetings of Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational initiative that Ayers was instrumental in starting and that Obama chaired in the 1990s.

The initiative was funded by $49.2 million from the Annenberg Foundation with the intention of establishing community partnerships that would improve schools.

FOX News was among several news organizations that reviewed the university’s records by appointment. In one agenda, a March 15, 1995, meeting featured Obama making introductions and Ayers giving a briefing.

But more than a year later, Obama pushed the group to be bolder in its reforms, according to the Associated Press, which also reviewed the documents. Minutes from an October 1996 gathering show Obama, a guest at a meeting of the collaborative, raised questions about what the group should be doing.

The Associates Press reports the minutes characterized Obama’s concerns as twofold: Whether the group was raising additional money and whether money was being used “to prop up existing organizations as opposed to creating fresh educational practices in the schools?”

“At the end of five years, will we have broken the mold? Not much seems to be bubbling up that is inspiring or substantive,” the minutes say, paraphrasing Obama.

Even so, Stanley Kurtz, a contributing editor for the conservative magazine National Review, thinks Obama’s association with Ayers should raise questions in the mind of voters who wonder of Obama is as mainstream as he claims to be.

“The fact that Obama and Ayers were working together stems from the pretty sharp left-leaning ideology that both of them shared to some extent,” Kurtz said.

Ayers did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment.

The Obama campaign, meanwhile, is fighting a conservative group called the American Issues Project over a TV commercial that links Obama to Ayers. The campaign argues that the nonprofit group is violating federal laws regulating political ads by nonprofits.

The group filed a document with the Federal Election Commission last week identifying Texas billionaire Harold Simmons as the lone financier of the ad, contributing nearly $2.9 million to produce and air it. Simmons is a fundraiser for John McCain and was one of the major contributors to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which aired ads in 2004 against John Kerry.

The Obama campaign issued a response ad to the group’s ad, which says, “With all our problems why is John McCain talking about the ’60s trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers? McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes committed when Obama was just eight years old. Let’s talk about standing up for America today.”

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said if “McCain’s consultants are going to go out and make ads that are misleading about Barack Obama we are going to make sure that they are answered we have to make sure that the truth is out there and that we are answering with force.”

McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers released a statement responding to Burton that said, “It’s absurd and disingenuous for the Obama campaign to say we are running this ad. They are trying to blame us and use a straw man to take this issue off the table. If he thinks having a relationship with an unrepentant terrorist is not an issue that concerns the American people, he is deluding himself or being naive.”

Fear the PUMAs !

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Sobbing Dan Rather “Why wont our spineless media cover our poor dead troops !”

Maybe because they respect the dead Dan unlike you ?

Love to find video of this will keep looking

From the DENVER POST

Dan Rather got a standing ovation in the Big Tent’s DIGG stage on Tuesday after castigating the current structure of the media and the resulting weak news coverage.

“Much of the press is rolling over and playing dead,” the former CBS newsman said. “The American media is in need of a spine transplant.” As he often did on the air at CBS, Rather welled with tears when speaking of American casualties in the war in Iraq. — Joanne Ostrow

Murder trial of young girl transfixes Israel

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Michelle Obama gave a speech. Where is Cindy McCain ?

She is a Georgian today

Gang of Mexican hit men loose in the US

Border Security Tight After Reports on Mexican Hit Men in U.S.
08-26-08 at 7:45AM

Local police and federal agents along the U.S.-Mexico border are tightening security after learning about a new threat from Mexican drug cartels.

Recent intelligence reports suggest the cartels have approved sending hit men into the U.S. to kill their enemies.

So far this year, thousands of people have been killed in violence related to Mexico’s drug cartel.

I drove my car into them because I wanted to kill as many Americans as I could for Muslims

VIDEO HERE

WRAL

UNC ‘Pit’ attacker gets up to 33 years; victims share their stories

A judge Tuesday sentenced Mohammed Taheri-Azar to 26 to 33 years in prison for plowing into a UNC crowd and injuring nine people in March 2006.

Taheri-Azar, 25, pleaded guilty to nine counts of attempted murder earlier this month for the March 3, 2006, attack at The Pit, a popular outdoor gathering spot at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The sentence came after several victims had taken the stand to tell Superior Court Judge Carl Fox how the attack has affected their lives. Other victims sent prepared statements that Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall read for the court.

Taheri-Azar’s younger sister, Lida Taheri-Azar, 22, also spoke at the hearing and cried while reading her written statement.

Victims speak

The first to speak was Betty Hood, who was in court on behalf of her son, Larry Michael Allsep. He was unable to attend the hearing. Allsep, a former professor at UNC, suffered multiple injuries, including a broken wrist and tail bone.

“When (Taheri-Azar’s Jeep) got close, (my son) smelt the fumes and the gas, and it accelerated,” Hood told the court. “He went up on the hood and was thrown off.”

Hood said she first heard about the attack when a professor called her. The professor didn’t want her to be surprised when she saw the footage on TV, she said.

“The most horrifying sight you can see is your son on a stretcher,” she said. “I feel like (Taheri-Azar) should be put away for life.”

Susan Burgin said she was walking to class when Taheri-Azar’s rented Jeep Cherokee came toward her. She was able to jump out of the way without being directly hit, but she suffered a sore elbow and spasms in her neck, she said.

“I never fail to think about (what happened) when I walk by that spot,” she said. “I’m never going to be 100 percent sure again that I’m completely safe.”

Burgin said she still feels tense when there is a vehicle behind her when she’s walking.

Karen Harman told Fox specific details of what happened that day.  

“(Taheri-Azar) hit the gas. I heard the engine roar. … I heard and felt the thud as the car hit me,” she said. “I was on the ground clutching my knee in pain.”

After the attack, Harman said she was frightened of any car movement or sound. She still feels nervous when she sees a Jeep Cherokee, she said, a sentiment other victims shared.

“This incident made me feel isolated and vulnerable,” she said. “I no longer feel as safe in the world.”

Woodall read statements from several other victims, who shared similar stories.

Sister speaks

Taheri-Azar declined to speak during the hearing, except to say: “The defense rests.” However, his younger sister, Lida, took the stand.

“I promise, he’s one of a kind,” she said. “In high school, he was the smartest kid on the football team (and) he saved my life when I was drowning once.”

Lida partially blamed her brother’s actions on a family friend who was a “bad role model” for him, she said. The friend was a doctor, she said.

Lida also told the judge how the crime affected her life. At one point, she was scared to go back to school, where she was studying criminal justice. In several classes, professors and a guest speaker talked about her brother’s case, which made her cry, she said.

Lida said she knows her brother did wrong, and she expressed relief that no one was killed.

“I just, I’m sorry,” she said, fighting back tears.

Taheri-Azar’s mother and father, who were at the hearing, declined to make statements to the court.

Sentencing

Woodall urged Fox to give Taheri-Azar the stiffest punishment possible because of the harm his actions did to his victims and the community as a whole.

“The defendant used this occasion to terrorize an entire community,” Woodall said. “The victimization reached far and wide in this case. He should pay dearly for that.”

Taheri-Azar’s public defender, James Williams, argued that he should not get the toughest penalty because he took responsibility for his actions, including calling authorities after the incident and later pleading guilty.

“While I don’t want to minimize what happened, this is not a situation where anyone was killed,” Williams said.

Taheri-Azar did not kill anyone, but he was trying to, Fox said while making his ruling.

“None of these people are dead, but it’s not through your kindness or change of heart,” Fox said, addressing Taheri-Azar.

Fox expressed hope that Taheri-Azar would someday feel remorse for what he did.

“By doing this act, you have robbed yourself and your family of what would be the best years of your life,” Fox said.

Why he did it

Taheri-Azar previously said that he drove the Jeep into the crowd to avenge the killings of Muslims by the U.S. across the world.

After the attack, he told police he expected to die as a result of his actions – either by people at the scene attacking him or police shooting him.

Since he expected to die, he left a letter at his house. He told authorities about it after his arrest.

“He’s very clear in this letter that his intent was to kill people,” Woodall said.

Taheri-Azar rented the Jeep SUV because he thought it could do the most damage, Woodall said.

Interveiw with Obama assassination suspect