Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Protesters plan to file for a federal injunction that would prevent police from dismantling the Occupy L.A. encampment around City Hall.
The complaint, which was to be filed at 10 a.m. Monday in federal court, names the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, alleging that the protesters' civil rights were violated. The three protesters who planned to file the suit would be seeking a court order to prevent the city from evicting the camp from the City Hall lawn.
The complaint accuses the city of engaging in "arbitrary and capricious action in violation of the 1st and 14th Amendments by first approving the Occupy presence for 56 days before suddenly revoking permission through the unilateral action of defendants."
Chief Deputy City Atty. William Carter said the city attorney's office was reviewing the complaint and was ready to respond or appear if necessary.
Carter said the city was prepared to file three declarations in opposition to a restraining order. One is from a Los Angeles Police Department officer relating to enforcement of the city ordinance that bans people from being in parks overnight.
The protesters' complaint points out that the City Council passed a resolution of support for the protesters and states that an aide to Villaraigosa told two of the plaintiffs, protester Mario Brito and Jim Lafferty of the National Lawyers Guild, that the municipal code section prohibiting overnight camping in city parks would not be enforced.
The complaint also pointed out that the city has made other exceptions to the anti-camping provision, including for people waiting at Exposition Park to be eligible for free medical services and for an estimated 500 fans of the "Twilight" vampire movies who "camped out on the sidewalks of Westwood Village for several days to be first in line for the midnight showing of the first 'Twilight' sequel."
Earlier this month, protesters did give notice that they would seek an emergency restraining order on Nov. 18. But the issue was put on hold when protesters failed to show up in court to file for the request.
On that day, civil rights lawyer Carol Sobel, a legal advisor for Occupy protests across the country, appeared in court and said she planned to argue that the protesters seeking the injunction did not represent Occupy L.A. Sobel is listed as the attorney on the new complaint.
Protesters had expected to be forcefully evicted after the mayor announced that the park would be closed at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Instead, after a night of largely peaceful protests, police arrested four people who refused to clear the streets. Overnight, about 1,000 protesters blocked the intersection of 1st and Main streets until about 5 a.m., when police issued an order to disperse.
Most returned to the encampment at City Hall Park, but a few were arrested.
Villaraigosa and Beck said that the 12:01 a.m. deadline marked the time when the encampment became illegal, not when eviction would occur.
Although protesters said they were happy with the outcome, officials stressed that the encampment cannot continue.
"We will enforce the park closure," Villaraigosa said in an interview with KTLA-TV. "We thought talking through this was the best way to proceed and we've done that. But it's become crystal clear … that it wasn't sustainable to be there indefinitely."
Villaraigosa praised the protesters for shining a light on problems facing the middle class and forcing people to listen.
"My hope is that we will be able to conclude this chapter peacefully," he said.
Well, it looks like the lid is about to blow in the City Of The Angels.
Mayor Villaraigosa's deadline has come and gone, and a good number of protesters have failed to leave. Indeed, many of the ones who did leave are expected to return in the daytime. They'll be day protesters instead off occupiers, which is better than giving up altogether.
Now why haven't the cops gone in yet? The reason is that the hard-core occupiers have made it clear they aren't going to leave without a fight. When the cops come in, the riot begins, and the mayor knows it. Things are pretty ugly in L.A, and will only get uglier. GOOD, it's about damn time America!
Comrades, the ANP has been criticized by a few other groups for supporting a movement that the American Communist Party and other Marxist groups also endorse.
Just because OWS is endorsed by Marxists, doesn't mean WE must oppose it. To oppose OWS simply because some of our other enemies support it seems pretty stupid and pig-headed to me.
BTW, I'm speaking for myself, not the ANP. Now I don't deny that communism goes completely against the principles of National Socialism. But then again, so does Judeo-Capitalism. The Communists and National Socialists have a common enemy: Wall Street. If we can BOTH bring down Wall Street by fighting on the same side, then let's do it. After we defeat the greatest enemy of the White Working and Middle Classes (ie the fat cat corporations), then we can concentrate on our other enemies - including all Marxists.
One of the reasons Hitler lost WW II was because he was fighting a war with too many fronts. We mustn't make that mistake as well. One battle at a time whenever possible.
I say anything that gets America to wake up and oppose the system is a GOOD thing.
Someone recently pointed out that one of the differences between Marxism and National Socialism is that Communists oppose ALL free enterprise, while we do not. I agree. They said we should not support OWS because this country was built on free enterprise, and that's what Wall Street is about: Free enterprise.
But I must point out that while Judeo-Capitalism is free enterprise, not all free enterprise is Judeo-Capitalism.
When huge corporations exploit the Working and Middle classes, manipulate money, and engage in stock investing, debt manipulation, and any kind of usury, that's Judeo-Capitalism. When someone works hard, opens his own business and makes a go of it with his own sweat, that's NOT Judeo-Capitalism, but it IS free enterprise. The latter is what made America great. The former is destroying it.
Some of you may disagree with me, and that's your right. You are free to let me know your thoughts on the matter. Remember, comments with obscenities and insults will NOT be published. Speak your mind, but speak as adults, and not a bunch of middle school kids arguing in the school yard.
Monday, November 28, 2011
America is a "battleground," says South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
The US government has been slowly eradicating the Posse Commitatus Act of 1878. That act banned the US government from using the US military in domestic law enforcement. Over the past few decades the US government has repeatedly violated the act. However, many Republicans have insisted that the Posse Comitatus Act needs to be respected to protect the rights of American Citizens.
South Carolina's left-wing Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, however, is supporting provisions to eradicate Posse Comitatus and dramatically expand the powers of the Federal government.
The US Senate Armed Forces Committee, led by Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), held a secret closed door session to insert ominous new Federal powers into the Defense Authorization Bill. This is the annual bill to fund the US military. These new powers were requested by the Obama administration.
The provisions would give the Federal government the power to insert the military into domestic law enforce and detain suspects indefinitely. While they claim that it will help "fight terrorism," there is no limits to how the new powers could be abused. Critics call it an explicit creation of a police state.
American citizens would be denied all constitutional protections and there would be no oversight to prevent abuse. This is the same Federal government that intervened on behalf of the "underwear bomber" to get him on a plane to the US, even after his own father warned that he was a terrorist. This is the same US government that shadowed two of the 911 highjackers all the way from Malaysia, yet did nothing to stop them. We would be trusting the same people to decide who's constitutional rights to suspend.
Several Democrats and Republicans have come out against the provisions. Republicans neo-cons like Lindsey Graham and John McCain have sided with the Obama administration and support the new powers.
Lindsey Graham, however, is enthusiastically supporting it. He wants to give Obama dramatic new powers to detain US citizens indefinitely with no oversight. Lindsey Graham stated that our "homeland is part of the battlefield." He confirmed that American citizens could be detained indefinitely.
Obama has already declared his intentions to use US troops in domestic law enforcement. Do you have faith that neither Obama nor any future US president will not abuse this power?
The new powers are included in sections 1031 and 1032 of the Defense Authorization bill. It will be voted on next week.
Mark Udall (D-CO) has proposed an amendment to strip the provisions out of the Defense Authorization bill. It is Amendment 1107. Americans who oppose these provisions should immediately contact the Senate switchboard and tell your Senators to vote yes on Amendment 1107 of S. 1867
United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. This number will connect you to any Senators switchboard.
Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a charismatic and power-hungry politician, is elected President of the United States on a populist platform, promising to restore the country to prosperity and greatness, and promising each citizen $5,000 a year (approximately $80,000, adjusted for inflation). Once in power, however, he becomes a dictator: he outlaws dissent, puts his political enemies in concentration camps, and creates a paramilitary force called the Minute Men who terrorize the citizens. One of his first acts as President is to make changes to theConstitution which give him sole power over the country, rendering Congress obsolete (in real life the President is not part of the Constitutional Amendment process at all). This is met by protest from the Congress as well as outraged citizens, but Windrip declares a state of martial law and, with the help of his Minute Men, throws the protesters in jail. As Windrip dismantles democracy, most Americans either support him and his Corpo Regime wholeheartedly or reassure themselves that fascism "can't happen" in America (hence the book's title).
The few who openly oppose Windrip's regime form a secret protest organization called The New Underground, establishing a secret propaganda periodical under the alias The Vermont Vigilance. Journalist Doremus Jessup, Windrip's loudest detractor, becomes a major contributor to these publications, writing editorials decrying the state's abuses of power. Shad Ledue, head of the state police and Jessup's former employee, terrorizes him, eventually putting him in a camp; he also goes after Jessup's family, attempting to seduce Jessup's daughter, Sissy. Eventually, however, Ledue falls out of favor with Windrip, and he is put in the same camp as Jessup, where he is murdered by the angry inmates he sent there. After Jessup's friend bribes a guard, Jessup escapes from the camp, rejoins his family, and goes to Canada to join a resistance movement.
In time, Windrip's hold on power begins to weaken; the economic prosperity he promised has not materialized, and more and more people (including his own Vice-President) are fleeing to Canada to escape his government's brutality. Windrip's lieutenants stage a coup; Windrip's right-hand man, Lee Sarason, becomes President and has his former boss exiled to France. In the ensuing power vacuum, Windrip's lieutenants fight among themselves for control, setting the stage for the regime's self-destruction. After another coup, ousting Sarason in favor of General Haik, the Corpo Regime's power slowly starts seeping away and the government desperately tries to find a way to keep the people content. They decide to stir up patriotic fervor by slandering Mexico in the state-run newspapers, with the idea that an all-out invasion of that country will rally the American people around the government. But the resulting draft of 5 million men for the invasion splits the country into factions: those pro-war and loyal to the Corpo government, and those anti-war who now see that they have been manipulated for years. A half-Jewish general, Emmanuel Coon, launches a civil war against the regime. The story ends with Jessup as a guerrilla in Minnesota, operating under Walt Trowbridge, the leader-in-exile of the opposition movement.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
An extra big thanks to Comrade Raymond Bxxxxxxx for sending me this story.