In Case Anyone Heads Into Protest Territory … Good Information

This is all good advice. I would add, bring goggles, and yes this is part of the reason we mask up.. learn to deal with it..oh yeah pack a $20 bill away somewhere.. if you get arrested you might have to use it to pay for phone calls .we had to have that at the ready in ND. Oh.. and do consider adult protective underwear. You seriously might need that if you get too much tear gas. Oh yes.. never bring weapons of any kind including a pocket knife, and if you need inhalers or other medicine make sure they are clearly marked from a prescribing pharmacy.


1. Water makes pepper spray worse. Use milk or liquid antacid* and water. Don’t wear contacts.


2. If you get tear gassed, when you get home, put the contaminated clothes in a plastic bag for later decontamination and shower with cold water to avoid opening your pores.


3. Come with friends and don’t get separated. Avoid leaving the crowd and watch out for police snatch squads.


4. Beware undercovers, but beware snitchjacketing and collaborator ‘peace police’ even more.


5. The far right is very good at combing through pictures and doxxing people. MASK UP.


6. Write any necessary phone numbers you may need directly on your skin in sharpie.


7. Have an offsite plan for emergencies if you have not been heard from by X time coordinated with someone offsite.


8. Make sure all mobile devices are charged!!


*liquid antacid can scratch your cornea but it’ll work in a pinch, milk is better
*bring a cold water bottle /leave one in the car for rinsing your face


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What Net Neutrality Means To Me

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Battle For The Net

St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775. – x-post from Colonial Williamsburg History Website

(the original content can be found here, though I have done my best to reproduce it verbatim) —>


Patrick Henry


MR. PRESIDENT: No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfil the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves, and the House? Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask, gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending²if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Source: Wirt, William. Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry . (Philadelphia) 1836, as reproduced in The World’s Great Speeches, Lewis Copeland and Lawrence W. Lamm, eds., (New York) 1973.

All The While McConnell Laughed At Them

Bleeding Flag on Fire

One of the reasons I worked so hard for Obama, for over 15 months, knocked on doors, registered voters, was part of the Human Wall at Cashman Field, arranged events, became a Nevada State Delegate, was because of his Blueprint for Change.


One of the things in that little ten page booklet, was his PROMISED support for SINGLE-PAYER healthcare, among other things. That was the most important thing to me, because I have two very expensive, pre-existing conditions and I’d already been without health insurance for 3 years.


After Obama was elected, when OFA called, I was there, every time they called, I showed up. When it came time for the Healthcare Debates, before Biden said it was a ‘BIG FUCKING DEAL’, OFA called and asked me to bring people to support Healthcare reform. So I did and when I showed up with my H.R. 676 sign, for all the world to see, I was told that OFA was not supporting that bill and that as a representative of OFA Nevada, I wasn’t allowed to use my sign. I was outraged and yet I stayed, because there was the promise that this Healthcare bill, was the road to Single Payer.


I watched C-SPAN while the House Debated 9 different Health Care bills. H.R. 676 was among them, until Mitch McConnell had the Representatives for H.R. 676, removed from the building, by Congressional Security. All the while McConnell laughed at them, as they were being dragged from the House Floor.


I read all the Healthcare bills, including all 3000 plus pages of the Healthcare bill that we use today, because I had to do a live radio broadcast, about which bill would be the best. H.R. 676 was/is the best, BAR NONE.


I am tired of broken promises and center right compromises. I will no longer believe or listen to, ANY corporate supported (bought and paid for) politicians AT ALL. There is no kinder, gentler, softer way to say this … there is no time left, to let these Corporate WHORES dilly dally around with our lives!



Not Germane To The Conversation

Clean Up After Your God

I’ve heard it said and I have read, certain entities and/or ideologies, are unimpeachable, not political, not germane to the conversation.

Let me make my opinion of the observations I have had, perfectly clear.

I have noticed, ever since President Obama declared his preference for Arugula lettuce over any other kind, EVERYTHING is political. From politically correct speech to the color you wear to support your cause, even the shape of the ribbon and that’s just in the U.S.A.

Until the Chinese government stops persecuting the Dalai Lama and his followers, for their belief system, religion is political. Until Evangelical Christians stop trying to declare the United States of America, a Christian based nation and stop trying to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, religion is political. Until all countries stop using their officials’ particular brand of Centrism, to decide the clothes people wear, the caste they belong in, if a human being is allowed to read, write and eat, religion is political. Until Israel stops persecuting the Palestinians and vice versa, while still being separate branches of the same tree, religion is political. Until there are no more ‘Religious Police’ in the world, no more female genital mutilation, no more democratically elected Popes, land grabs, nation based religious coercion, gender-biased and color based, exaction and extortion of humanity, religion is political.

I have news for EVERYONE.

IF there is a Deity, we are ALL chosen or NONE OF US ARE.

Amon Bundy Domestic Terrorist

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Brought to you by your friends in Pahrump, NV.

I came across this sign today, on my way to one of my favorite local haunts, Building 160. Affectionately known as “Rosie’s” to the residents, of which I am one.

So I turned to my husband to ask what this was all about … he tells me that Ammon Bundy is currently being housed in the C.C.A. of Southern Nevada Prison. I decided to take a picture on the way back from Rosie’s and I made sure I got the “WTF in the photo too, because you just can’t make this stuff up.

I turned to my husband and said “the sign they posted seems appropriate. He is after all, a Domestic Terrorist.”

WHY am I doing this? Guest Post by Teresa Frene for #Nevada Congressional District 1

Green is the New Blue


We have had one heck of a year. A year ago at the State Convention, local democrats found out what the world is realizing today: the Democratic party is only democratic by name. We found out our news stations were full of lies, such as the big one started by Jon Ralston, that chairs were flying in a violent situation. No chairs were ever thrown. That was later spread throughout the world.   (I heard one apology in the aftermath  from Anderson Cooper.) This journey began with a broken heart and many broken dreams.


A small group of us started gathering in my backyard, we decided to take what we had learned and build a coalition of diverse people to work together, to make Las Vegas a haven, from the wrongs of our government, by getting people to work together. We were determined to use our lives to do what ever it takes, to make at least some small contribution to the greater good.


We hosted rallies, protests, gatherings, cook-outs, drum circles and trips for causes like the North Dakota Pipeline, education concerns, racism and inequalities among our friends. We gathered just to support peace and our environment. People became empowered,  groups formed all over Las Vegas, even in Boulder City and Northern Nevada. One of our activists even started a group in Yakima, Washington.


Not all of us fared well. We have seen PTSD, Depression, illness and other symptoms of DIS-ease. In September, my co-founder died from an asthma attack that surely could have been prevented, with a health care system that worked for all of us. That same day, my daughter was in ICU having been diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) an illness that has been financially devastating to us. We then met Amy Vilela and heard of her daughter’s death and the tragic consequences of not having healthcare. My fellow activists then vowed to support the implementation of H.R. 676.  We continue to question any elected official, that will not support our efforts to save humananity from unnecessary death and suffering.


We were left, shaking our heads, at the special meeting to approve money to be funneled into a stadium, after years of barely having education funding, even discussed. I watched as my teacher pay check, remains stagnant. I see the best teachers leave, due to the constant difficult and even hostile working environment.



Finally, I see too much human suffering. Delivering food to ANY alley, where you can easily locate people living in squalor. My son in tears, worried his Mexican family members would be deported. Our friends who have recently been able to marry, because of laws that allow gay marriage, are terrified their union will be nullified. Even more suffering, brought about by others, for being unlike themselves, be it race, religion (or lack thereof), gender, sexual identity, poverty, age, and a long list of our other “isms”. While Mainstream Media guide people to be divided and misled to even greater degree.


So, enough is enough. Surely there must be away to SHOUT loudly enough, to be heard by the government. Our government is made up of people who are NOT like us. Who do not understand us. Who do not care about us. We havetwo “parties” that betray and fleece us. Now is the time to unite and build a third party: The Green Party. The people’s Party. I am the Green Party. I am one of us and I won’t remain quiet. I am here to speak loudly and clearly: WE ARE THE PEOPLE! WE are the 4th Branch of Government and we are reclaiming what is rightfully ours, what represents us: we are also the other three branches!


My name is Teresa Frene and WE are looking forward to being represented in Congressional District 1 in Nevada. WE will no longer tolerate anything less than the BEST that our City, State, and Country can do for ALL OF US.



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