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05:06 pm: Sunday, Quiet, As Usual
If there's one day I really don't want to go out on, it's Sunday. Besides the fact that the paper is much larger (and I'm down to four days of paper now, although one is Sunday), it gives me a regular day of not-putting-shoes-on.

No call or IP address from Verizon.

In my catching up with the WashPost, I found a couple of interesting things:

In the process of a free speech suit, the ACLU managed to get the "Presidential Advance Manual" in which not only are volunteers at each speaking site supposed to keep protestors out of the sight of the president and the press, but they're supposed to have "rally squads" to out-shout protestors or maneuver them out of the way. The specificity is amazing.

The WashPost has a columnist named Dana Milbank who writes "Washington Sketch" most days. It's a political column and he adds some humor to it. This piece is a mash-up of Congress & the White House and Batman. Exceedingly funny. (A lot of people who write the Post think this column should be op-ed, but the humor is bipartisan.)

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From:the_changeling
Date:August 26th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Land of the Free...?
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From:mjlayman
Date:August 26th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Bush has been very careful to keep most of his events at private sites so normal landowner rules can be used. In this case, he was in public, and as the article says, the couple were released and apologized to. They shouldn't have been arrested to start with, but we don't know what White House apparatus told the local sheriff to do it. Maybe free speech advocates need to do advance work with the police when Bush is in public.
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From:the_changeling
Date:August 26th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if you saw it at the time, but we had a sort of similar with UK Gov, at the Labour Party Conference about 2 years ago. 'Security' had orders to deal with hecklers, and a labour party member, of decades standing, shouted out against Jack Straw on an Iraq statement. He was physically dragged backwards over the seats, which at 83 years old, wasn't the best thing. When another member went to aid him, he too was man handled out of the hall. He was then held under the prevention of terrorism act, before Labour realised they'd shot themselves in the foot and back tracked very fast on the 'poor training and briefing' of the security men.

It was very useful that the cameras saw the initial assault as he was pulled backwards over the seats....

Of course, huge fuss, huge apologies, and the man was elected to stand on a committee on freedom of speech, in the party.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/29/nlab29.xml

I'm beginning to think youtube is a major hope for freedom of rights...in the West.
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