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  • Vigilius Haufniensis
    I moved here from Northeast Wisconsin three years ago, and I am disgusted and astonished at my own experiences. I have experienced nothing whatsoever like
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 2, 2008
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      I moved here from Northeast Wisconsin three years ago, and I am disgusted and astonished at my own experiences.  I have experienced nothing whatsoever like Mary has, but two years ago I got a "seat belt" ticket WHILE WEARING MY SEAT BELT!  I tried to fight it and the clerk of courts lied to me outright for two months telling me the ticket "hadn't been turned in yet" by the officer, so I couldn't fight the ticket.  Then the last time I called, they told me I didn't the challenge the ticket, so they sent my license up to be suspended. 
      The whole system is based on racketeering. 
      I tried to send a summary of all that happened to Lawyerdude's discussion group as well as Dan Quackenbush's group and law-discuss.  WOULD NOT GO THROUGH.  I send a blank email, it goes through.  Email before and email after, it goes through.  But not a description of what I was experiencing.  Same from all different email address.
      I tried posting it to Lawyerdude's group directly on the yahoogroup's site.  That went through, but ONLY to the archive.  It didn't actually get sent to anyone's email.  Finally I posted it on my myspace and some other people cut and pasted it into an email and it went through.
      I thought that was odd, and everyone said, "Why would they do all that just for one traffic ticket?"  How many do you think they write out on a daily basis? 
      Anyway, its nothing like what Mary experienced, but I was very disgusted with the whole situation.  Governor Pawlenty's staff were very interested in what I had to say, though.  I'll grant them that.  They wanted me to send them all my documentation, but then two days later the bridge fell, so I didn't send it.  Heh.
      Pawlenty's staff take a list of everyone who calls and what they wanted to say and he sees it at the end of every day.
      Amy Goodman is a left gatekeeper, btw.  I'd go down and bail Cynthia McKinney out, but I'm not so hot on Amy Goodman.

      Mary Hartman wrote:
      If you call the jail number from the outside you might get the message that the number is no longer valid: happened to three of us here.  If you call 651-266-8500 and ask to be transferred, you can get through.

      There is a serious problem within this state and it appears to stem from our Sheriff's Department's.  There was a major COINTEL program conducted when residents of Racine, Rochester and surrounding areas threatened to disrupt a money laundering operation at BEARCAT Hollow, a sham "sanctuary".  We did not understand why the Sheriff's Departments, FBI and local police would not respond appropriately to the blatant civil rights violations until an aide to Congressman Tim Walz alleged that he watched and listened as "bricks of cocaine were moved from used car vans and into bakery vans" under the watchful eyes of an area Sheriff and a Chief Deputy.  Coincidentally, this particular bakery delivered day old donuts to the "sanctuary" and supplied the jelly filled donut that was brought to the home of Clyde Boone when an escaped bear attacked his son, his porch, and his neighbor, Ed Irlbeck. 

      Law enforcement in Minnesota is not about enforcing the law and the Constitution is a meaningless scrap of paper.  There's a lot of talk about creating a Constitution for Iraq.  Let's just give them ours....we're not using it. 

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      Subject: [cia-drugs] Fwd: Journalist Amy Goodman Unlawfully Arrested At RNC; actions to take...

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      From: Evan Ravitz <Evan@...>
      Date: September 1, 2008 8:19:12 PM PDT
      Subject: Journalist Amy Goodman Unlawfully Arrested At RNC; actions to take...



      September 1, 2008

      Dennis Moynihan 
      Mike Burke

      ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

      Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.

      Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul.

      Democracy Now! is calling on all journalists and concerned citizens to call the office of Mayor Chris Coleman and the Ramsey County Jail and demand the immediate release of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar. These calls can be directed to: Chris Rider from Mayor Coleman’s office at 651-266-8535 and the Ramsey County Jail at 651-266-9350 (press extension 0).

      Democracy Now! stands by Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar and condemns this action by Twin Cities law enforcement as a clear violation of the freedom of the press and the First Amenmdent rights of these journalists.

      During the demonstration in which they were arrested law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force. Several dozen others were also arrested during this action.

      Amy Goodman is one of the most well-known and well-respected journalists in the United States.. She has received journalism’s top honors for her reporting and has a distinguished reputation of bravery and courage. The arrest of Goodman, Kouddous and Salazar is a transparent attempt to intimidate journalists from the nation’s leading independent news outlet.

      Democracy Now! is a nationally-syndicated public TV and radio program that airs on over 700 radio and TV stations across the US and the globe.

      Video of Amy Goodman’s Arrest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ

      From my friend Tam:

      Well, it looks like we have a case of good-ole fashioned political repression on our hands in Saint Paul at the RNC.  Amy Goodman, producer of Democracy Now was just arrested for trying to free two of her journalists as police arrested them at the RNC.  They were interviewing protestors.  Democracy Now is about as good journalism as it gets.  This follows the "kick in the door" raid and harassment of protest organizers just days ago.  

      Do we have a constitution?  Yes.  YES. yes. 

      Here's what I think would be the best response.  Call or email your state Republican headquarters and ask if there is a policy to suspend first amendment rights of citizens near the RNC. Or you could say it more politely or whatever...http://www.50states.com/2000/ has all Republican state party contacts.

      Dick Wadhams
      Party Chairman
      (c) 720.377.1600
      Michael Britt
      Executive Director
      (w) 303.758.3333 x107
      Ryan Call
      Political Director / In-house Legal
      (w) 303.758.3333 x108

      Call or email the gov of Minnesota to ask the same.  Ask if the state of Minnesota officially supports the Republican party and its candidate.  tim.pawlenty@state.mn.us

      Vote at Vote.org
      Let's take the "mock" out of democracy!
      Evan Ravitz, founder EvanRavitz.com 
      Photos by Evan Ravitz
      "Participation, that's the salvation of the human race."
      -Pete Seeger


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