Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Protesters Blockade Rep. Ackerman's Houseboat

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:52 PM
Original message
Protesters Blockade Rep. Ackerman's Houseboat
WASHINGTON - A flotilla of peace protesters in canoes and rafts attempted to blockade the houseboat of Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Jamaica Estates) early Wednesday morning in reaction to legislation he submitted that would impose sanctions on Iran.

The Queens Democrat emerged from his home on the Potomac River smiling and clapping after the demonstrators, known as Code Pink, had been chanting for nearly 30 minutes. They want Ackerman to withdraw the legislation because they believe it symbolizes the first step on a path to war. Instead of force, Code Pink is calling for direct talks with the Iranian government.

"This is not an embargo," Ackerman told the protesters. "We're not calling for a blockade. It is basically what the UN is doing. The UN has imposed sanctions on Iran."

---EOE---

NEWSDAY: http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-liack0710,0,699369...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:56 PM
Response to Original message
1. I've met Gary Ackerman.
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 12:57 PM by Bleachers7
He's a really great guy. He totally understands what the last few years of republicans have meant to this country. I bet he'd get a laugh out of the "blockade."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 02:47 PM
Response to Reply #1
8. I hope he chokes on it. Code Pink is one of the few groups with real
backbone in this country and they put it on the line going to jail if they have to. Don't mock them.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:21 PM
Response to Reply #8
9. One could hope for the same for you.
Your hatred is making you cruel. I'm not mocking them and neither is he. Ackerman is one of the people that actually get it, which is more than can be said for you.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 04:17 PM
Response to Reply #9
12. boo hoo hoo. I am so injured by your hating. have a good day.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 12:59 PM
Response to Original message
2. Sanctions should be imposed on the U.S.
Preventing it from exporting any munition or article of war beyond its continental limits. Without a continuous supply of munitions from the U.S., conflicts all over the globe would wither and disappear.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Lifetimedem Donating Member (652 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:03 PM
Response to Reply #2
3. Except
Now China and Russia are in the weapons business too
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:07 PM
Response to Reply #3
6. Yes, China and Russia are now in the weapons business because we've shown them how profitable
warmongering can be! Not only that, the US has gone from being the world's policeman to the world's terrorist and chief bully. What choice have we left Russia and China?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:05 PM
Response to Reply #2
4. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:05 PM
Response to Reply #2
5. Abso-fucking-lutely!!! The good ol' US is the NUMBER ONE manufacturer AND SELLER

of weapons and warfare infrastructure on the entire planet. US made guns, ammunition, missiles, etc. are present in EVERY conflict around the world. The Pentagon and its corporate warmongering minions and providers--collaborators and accomplices--have become a country unto themselves.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:24 PM
Response to Reply #5
10. Are you saying that Chinese and Russian made weapons AREN'T in every conflict?
Cuz if you were that would be wrong.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 03:31 PM
Response to Reply #10
11. No I'm not. I am saying that the US is the number one manufacturer and provider of weaponry.
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 03:34 PM by Raster
No strawmen need apply. I said what I said.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-09-08 01:31 PM
Response to Original message
7. Either he hasn't read his own Bill, he's ignorant of the term "blockade", or he's lying.
Edited on Wed Jul-09-08 01:36 PM by leveymg
HR 362 calls for the US Navy to stop all vessels going to Iran to halt deliveries of gasoline and other refined petroleum products.

That's a blockade. It's an act of war. The UN has not forbidden gasoline deliveries to Iran.

WIKI: "A blockade is any effort to prevent supplies, troops, information or aid from reaching an opposing force. Blockades are the cornerstone to nearly all military campaigns and the tool of choice for economic warfare on an opposing nation. The International Criminal Court plans to include blockades against coasts and ports in its list of acts of war in 2009."




Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 04:20 PM
Response to Original message
13. A blockade for a blockade! Good going Code Pink! Well done! n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-10-08 04:22 PM
Response to Original message
14. That's perfect!! LOL!
:D
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Dec 29th 2014, 02:11 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC