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International Reaction to the Syria Circus


John Cleese has it about right: "The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides." The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

"... a moral obscenity."

Thanks to DUer DeSwiss for posting this image as a reply to another thread.

Wisconsin: Steve Burns: Capitol police should stop ‘protecting’ us


During the first two years of the Solidarity Singalong, when the Capitol’s permit requirement was not enforced, how many people were hurt? Two, as far as I can tell: 1) A singalong participant, punched in the mouth by a gun enthusiast, 2) An assistant state facilities director who used his pocket knife to pop a red helium heart balloon and only succeeded in injuring himself.

Now, after a month of police actions to enforce the permit policy, how many people have been hurt? 1) A man falling down the stairs while handcuffed in police custody, 2) A retired minister, suffering an angina attack that required hospitalization, also while in police custody, 3 and 4) Two brothers, injured while being assaulted by police.

In short, the injury rate under the police crackdown is higher now than under the supposedly “anarchic” situation that preceded the crackdown.

The police may claim their permit policy is needed to maintain order and protect public safety, but it is now clear it is the police themselves who are the greatest threat to order and safety. Please, Capitol Police, stop “protecting” us.

– Steve Burns, Madison

This letter by Steve Burns originally appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal August 31, 2013. It appears here at bluecheddar.net with Steve’s permission.

on edit: you can contribute to the Singers Defense Fund here: Http://www.solidaritysingalong.org

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Today is perhaps the best day of my life as an American.

Today I became eligible for Medicare.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent ...

The Wisconsin School Bullies


Ten Years Later (not to be confused with the great band Ten Years After)


UNREST IN SCOTTWALKERSTAN "Pain compliance is polite torture."

Crosspost from the Wisconsin group, on request....


We have been keeping an eye on what's going on with the Solidarity Singers, the people who gather each day to sing in the rotunda of the capitol building in Madison, thereby inconveniencing Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. Walker very much would like to run for president and, therefore, does not like to be annoyed by people in the course of selling off the state piecemeal to the people who might one day fund his campaign. So his apparatchiks in the state government have sic'ced the capitol cops on the singers, resulting in the arrests of several dangerous grandparents. However, recently, this has ceased to be amusing. The capitol cops -- and tell me again that law-enforcement in this country has not been dangerous militarized at every level -- have taken to use "pain compliance" techniques to affect these arrests, which serves no other function except to scare people into Not Doing It Again. This is the kind of logic common to people nostalgic for the old South Africa,

The National Lawyers Guild has gone up the wall.

Two well publicized arrests of African Americans at the Solidarity Sing Along August 26 in the Wisconsin State Capitol showed Capitol Police officers using excessive force and pain compliance techniques. Christopher (C.J.) Terrell's arms were wrenched behind him and police applied to pressure to the front and side of his neck to immobilize him, after he sat down during his arrest, then he was dragged out with arms pinned behind him. Six officers tackled Damon Terrell, pinned him to the marble rotunda floor, twisted his wrist, and carried him out in a prone position face down; he was later charged with felony assault of an officer although he appears to be the victim. On August 21 a young woman was arrested using pain compliance as well.
And, of course, there's video.

This, I should remind you, is the 50th anniversary of what non-violent resistance can accomplish. Pain compliance is polite torture. It is the infliction of physical pain in order to achieve a political end. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, he's a nasty piece of work, Scott Walker is. He's the guy who gets e-mail spam from waterboard manufacturers.

Emphasis mine.
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