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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:29 PM
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War opponents arrested at White House (incl Daniel Ellsberg)
Source: Alternet

War opponents arrested at White House

Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Thursday at the White House as they protested the Afghanistan conflict and defended WikiLeaks.

As President Barack Obama unveiled a war review strategy inside, more than 100 war opponents -- many of them veterans -- marched through snow to the White House, chanting "Peace now!" and refusing to step down from the fence's ledge.

Police waited before gradually sealing off the area and escorting remaining protesters -- who had vowed to stay until their arrest -- into two waiting buses.

Daniel Ellsberg, who as a government consultant leaked the Pentagon Papers that revealed war planning in Vietnam, saluted Bradley Manning, the young army officer suspected of leaking secret US documents to website WikiLeaks.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/rss/breaking_news/397631/war_op... /
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:30 PM
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1. What happened to free speech? nt
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:33 PM
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2. They can use it to call their lawyer. n/t
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:34 PM
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4. But they couldn't protest the war in front of the WH? nt
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BenzoDia Donating Member (375 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:43 PM
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8. They were standing on the fence ledge. They apparently knew that was illegal.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:45 PM
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10. LOL - they were standing on the LEDGE?! Wow, are they bad...
Edited on Thu Dec-16-10 03:55 PM by polichick
Maybe they wanted to get arrested in order to get some press.
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FailureToCommunicate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 05:15 PM
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20. Maybe they had threatened to jump!
Like the scene from Blazing Saddles - "He just might shoot...better do what he say... he crazy!"
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:06 AM
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46. yet if this happened under Bush...
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 11:07 AM by awoke_in_2003
you would be up in arms.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 12:20 PM
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56. I doubt it...
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 12:20 PM by liberation
:-)

Authoritarian is as authoritarian does...
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 12:32 PM
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58. you're probably right...
I just have to laugh or join the insanity.
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:33 PM
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3. Georgie took it with him and Obama has not requested its return. nt
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:35 PM
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5. The air in the WH must be contaminated, causing the prez to act like someone else. nt
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:09 AM
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48. he is acting like himself....
some time people here will judge him by his actions, not his words.
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smiley Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:39 PM
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6. Free speech in this country
disappeared a long time ago.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 07:18 PM
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67. Is dead
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:40 PM
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7. I so wish that I lived on the East Coast
I would be there.

Many thanks to the activists who stood for what is right. :thumbsup:
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:43 PM
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9. Heroes are arrested, while those inside
work to continue the failed policies of war criminals and see to it that the criminals are protected. Disgusting.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:45 PM
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11. Pretty sad alright. nt
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:56 PM
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14. I share your disgust. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a thing 2 yrs ago.
:hi:
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 04:02 PM
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16. I know that all too well, I would have staked my
life that none of this bullshit would be going on. We were so wrong. :hug: Instead the nightmare just took a different twist.
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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:53 PM
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12. Give Peace a Chance
All we are saying, is give peace a chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkZC7sqImaM&feature=rela...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNU7jb1Syjs&feature=rela...

We can't let this important work of John Lennon be for nothing.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:54 PM
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13. Awesome protest.
They are all very brave to protest these wars at the White House. These folks all look very cold.

Is that Pete Seeger to the left of the man in the right jacket? Pete is 91 an still going strong.

:kick:



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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 12:56 AM
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25. I saw a PBS special on Seeger and semi-fell in love with him.
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 01:12 AM by No Elephants
But I can't tell if that's him in the OP photo. I wouldn't be surprised, though.

Part of what I saw--Seeger so happy after Obama's election. Me, too. I'm disappointed, but at east I'm not 91.

After a lifetime of fighting for this country, including WWII, it would be hell to this disappointed AND 91. Hope?
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PhillySane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 01:21 PM
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60. Yea, where are the youngins
Use to be a youth movement, when 18 year olds were getting drafted. Need to see more young people participate in this.
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 03:57 PM
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15. Way to go WH! Way to go. n/t
"Daniel Ellsberg, who as a government consultant leaked the Pentagon Papers that revealed war planning in Vietnam, saluted Bradley Manning"

From one hero to another. Beautful. Is there a picture of that?
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:11 AM
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49. here ya go...
he was smiling and throwing the peace sign with his hands cuffed:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:25 AM
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54. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous! Thank you n/t
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 04:04 PM
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17. Wow, that creates some new symbolism for the fence ledge.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 04:20 PM
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18. Obama = LBJ
Dim witted and totally Clueless



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Roy Rolling Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 04:52 PM
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19. VVAW
Edited on Thu Dec-16-10 04:55 PM by Roy Rolling
When the VVAW stepped into the ring, the Vietnam War was knocked out but still on its feet. One of the proudest moments in U.S. history was to hear the truth from those who had a stake in the argument and not just hear from those who were making a buck from the killing. The VVAW were true heroes----their sacrifice saved countless lives. :patriot:
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:12 AM
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50. complicit. nt
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DerekG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 06:04 PM
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21. Goddamn hippies! Disrupting Obomb'ems 3D chess match!!
If I voted for the bastard, I'd be really angry right now.
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egoclothes Donating Member (110 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 02:42 PM
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62. Ha Ha.
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Puregonzo1188 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 08:58 PM
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22. One critical piece of information missing--it was initiated and led by Veterans.
See the organizer's site.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 10:48 PM
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23. I love voting this kinds of posts up......
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-16-10 11:55 PM
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24. Anyone see the show on decorating the WH for Christmas?
Edited on Fri Dec-17-10 12:48 AM by No Elephants
Versailles comes to mind.

An the decorating theme was, not without unintentional irony, "Simple gifts," 'cause, as Mrs. Obama said, "The best things in life cost nothing."

Nineteen 20 foot high pine trees, lavish decorations, 20,0000 fresh baked cookies, some BO-shaped and a huge white chocolate coated gingerbread White House with interior electricity for the miniature chandeliers later.... 100 interior decorators from all oer the country--volunteers, but airfare, hotels and meals....80 pounds of brie for one party..and a highly skilled staff big enough to populate a town,,,because the best things in life cost nothing. Possibly the most tone deaf TV show in history.

Meanwhile...most of the rest of America is either jobless or terrified of becoming jobless and seniors and disabled have not had an increase and will not get one next year--as food prices skyrocket. Simple gifts indeed--for them.

And war protesters get arrested for standing on a ledge.

Let 'em eat drones.

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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:15 AM
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51. Oh, but I bet the first couple...
were "dreamy" :sarcasm:
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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26. FBI's 9/11 Whistleblower Coleen Rowley Arrested Protesting Against War, for Exposure of War Crimes
Source: BRAD BLOG



FBI's 9/11 Whistleblower Coleen Rowley Arrested Protesting Against War, for Exposure of War Crimes
TIME's 2002 'Person of the Year' detained along with fellow whistleblowers, former intelligence agents, military vets
Rowley set to appear live with Brad on the 'Malloy Show' Friday...

Snow-covered peace activists and military veterans --- as well as legendary whistleblowers and former intelligence officers --- were arrested today in front of the White House while protesting the War in Afghanistan and rallying in support of WikiLeaks and for the exposure of war crimes.

The BRAD BLOG spoke with one of those arrested, the FBI's 9/11 whistleblower and TIME's 2002 Person of the Year Coleen Rowley, within the past two hours, shortly after she was released from custody by the Capitol Hill police. Rowley had traveled some 22 hours with a group of about 17 fellow Minnesotans to participate in today's protest and paid a $100 fine for the charge of "refusal to obey a lawful order."

Also arrested at the protest today were Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg (who we recently interviewed about WikiLeaks), 27-year veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern (who we recently wrote about after last weekend's appearance on CNN telling host Don Lemon that CNN should "following example" by "seek out secrets" and Putlitzer prize-winning former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges.

"We were protesting against war crimes and for exposing war crimes," Rowley explained earlier tonight

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8250

NOTE: I'll be filling in again tomorrow night (Friday) as guest host on the Mike Malloy Show. Coleen Rowley will be one of my guests. Please tune in at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Listen links will be available tomorrow at http://BradBlog.com or http://MikeMalloy.com - Brad


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8250
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Graybeard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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27. And not one word on any news show.
At least not any MSM that I saw. Rowley was
2002 Person Of The Year, Daniel Ellsberg is
a significant figure in our history. And yet
no coverage.....zip.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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30. Rowley was on Olbermann last night.
I didn't listen closely, though.

We ought to ask why there is no coverage.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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38. we know why there is no coverage. n/t
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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28. the only place I heard this mentioned was on Malloy who
said it chilled him with a sense of fear. It's coming faster and harder than we anticipated.
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True_Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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36. I think we all sense what is coming. n/t
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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39. The Greek word apocalypse means "lifting of the veil".
The masks are coming down for all to see.

Well, I take that back. All who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:18 AM
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52. and once they get rid of net neutrality...
which they will, no doubt, we won't be able to even talk about it on the internet. You know what I just realized- a hell of a lot of modern computers come with built in webcams. That just dawned on me as I was looking at the top of my monitor. I am stunned I have not really noticed that fact much before.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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29. Anything about Pete Seeger?
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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31. It is glaringly obvious that there needs to be a new media delivery method. Soon. Wikileaks
as well as many recent events have dictated we not sit on our asses. Time is neigh or they will shut us all down.
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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32. 131 people were arrested, including many of my friends.
Here are pictures - http://picasaweb.google.com/ellen.rachel.davidson/Civil...
I'll post more when I find them.
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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33. kas125 thanks for taking so many pics. Some are my friends also








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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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34. some of them dragged away is heart breaking
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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35. so many pictures
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 09:31 AM
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45. Media is still not covering like the should
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 12:25 PM
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57. Next time they need to claim they're teabaggers...
... you will see the media crews show up in droves like an army of flies at a cow pie festival.
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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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37. Oh, they aren't my pictures. One of my friends posted
them on facebook, I just posted the link. We have amazing friends! Lori, who is on the right in this picture -

says shes proud to have been arrested and is out, fed and happy. And here's one with Daniel Ellsburg in the background in the grey hat

These two are from http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/News/Veterans-For-Peace-... /

My facebook friends are posting more pictures and a few videos, let me know if you want to see them.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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40. Yes please please keep the pictures coming to us.
Today was the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.

So it is appropriate that patriotic actions like these be taken.

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kas125 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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41. Here are some videos friends have posted on fb -
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 04:23 AM
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42. Thanking you in part so I can watch them with a
Fresh eye in the morning.

I am looking forward to it.
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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 09:30 AM
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44. Media is still not covering like the should
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:07 AM
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47. Thanks! nt
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:24 AM
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53. land of the free. nt
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 11:27 AM
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55. and thanks for the pics...
they are look so dangerous :sarcasm:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 08:07 AM
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43. Kick
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davidthegnome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 01:09 PM
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59. i agree with
who ever it was that said "let them eat drones". Our friends in the WH, that is.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 01:30 PM
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61. K&R n/t
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JonLP24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 02:52 PM
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63. kr
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-17-10 10:19 PM
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64. right, if these were corporate war loving
teabaggers, the media would be all over it, even if less than ten showed up.
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 01:15 AM
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65. I wish I could have been there with them today. Thank you for posting - n/t
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buckrogers1965 Donating Member (515 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-18-10 06:40 PM
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66. The deafening silence from corporate media
is chilling and scary.

I often wonder if this is how German citizens felt in the early 1930's?
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