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Amy Goodman of Democracy Now being arrested.

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Scenes from St. Paul -- Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested
-- Glenn Greenwald

Following up on this weekend's extreme raids on various homes, at least 250 people were arrested here today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 -- with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gassed and injured. I'll have video of the day's events posted shortly.

Perhaps most extraordinarily, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now -- the radio and TV broadcaster who has been a working journalist for close to 20 years -- was arrested on the street and charged with "conspiracy to riot." Audio of her arrest, which truly shocked and angered the crowd of observers, is here. I just attended a Press Conference with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Police Chief John M. Harrington and -- after they boasted of how "restrained" their police actions were -- asked about the journalists and lawyers who had been detained and/or arrested both today and over the weekend. They said they wouldn't give any information about journalists who had been arrested today, though they said they believed that "one journalist" had been, and that she "was seemingly a participant in the riots, not simply a non-participant." I'll have video of the Press Conference posted shortly.


Miscellaneous / Stereo Repair
« on: 07-28-2008, 05:12pm »
We have a receiver/tuner component unit that needs a simple fix-up, the left channel is out.

Can anyone recommend a stereo repair place in the area?


Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Marow Deli
« on: 07-09-2008, 11:29am »
Marow Deli
514 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ

There seems to be a new bodgea/deli going up on the corner of Jersey and Columbus where Shoe Fetish used to be. They look like they have some stock in there already and they seemed to be getting a delivery from Boar's Head this morning. I imagine they'd have to be opening up soon.

Moderator's note: Edited thread title and added business details above.

Music / Hey! Bo Diddley!
« on: 06-02-2008, 03:11pm »
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<a href=>Bo Diddley, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 79</a>

Published: June 3, 2008
The cause was heart failure, a spokeswoman, Susan Clary, said. Mr. Diddley had a heart attack last August, only months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa.In the 1950s, Mr. Diddley — along with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and a few others — helped reshape the sound of popular music worldwide, building it on the templates of blues, southern gospel and rhythm and blues. His original style of R&B influenced generations of musicians. And his Bo Diddley syncopated beat — three strokes/rest/two strokes — became a stock rhythm of rock ’n’ roll.

It can be found in Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” Johnny Otis’s “Willie and the Hand Jive,” Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride,” The Who’s “Magic Bus,” Bruce Springsteen’s “She’s the One” and U2’s “Desire,” among hundreds of other songs.

Yet the rhythm was only one element of his best records. In songs like “Bo Diddley,” “Who Do You Love,” “Mona,” “Crackin’ Up,” “Say, Man,” “Ride On Josephine” and “Road Runner,” his booming voice was loaded up with echo and his guitar work came with distortion and a novel bubbling tremelo. The songs were knowing, wisecracking and full of slang, mother-wit and sexual cockiness. They were both playful and radical.

So were his live performances: trancelike ruckuses instigated by a large man with a strange-looking guitar. It was square, and he designed it himself, long before custom guitar shapes became commonplace in rock.

Mr. Diddley was a wild performer, jumping, lurching, balancing on his toes and shaking his knees as he wrangled with his instrument, sometimes playing it above his head. Elvis Presley, it has long been supposed, borrowed from Mr. Diddley’s stage moves; Jimi Hendrix, too.

Still, for all his fame, Mr. Diddley felt that his standing as a father of rock ’n’roll was never properly acknowledged. It frustrated him that he could never earn royalties from the songs of others who had borrowed his beat.

“I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob,” he told The New York Times in 2003.

He was revered by those who had learned from him. He was a hero to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and a generation later he became a model of originality to post-punk bands like the Clash and the Fall.

In 1979, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of the Clash asked that Mr. Diddley open for them on the band’s first American tour. “I can’t look at him without my mouth falling open,” Mr. Strummer, starstruck, told a journalist during the tour.

For his part, Mr. Diddley had no misgivings about facing a skeptical audience. “You cannot say what people are gonna like or not gonna like,” he explained later to the biographer George R. White. “You have to stick it out there and find out! If they taste it, and they like the way it tastes, you can bet they’ll eat some of it!”

Mr. Diddley was born Otha Ellas Bates in McComb, Miss., a small city about 15 miles from the Louisiana border. He was reared primarily by his mother’s first cousin, Gussie McDaniel, who had three children of her own. After the death of her husband, Ms. McDaniel took the family to Chicago, where young Otha’s name was changed to Ellas B. McDaniel. Gussie McDaniel became his legal guardian and sent him to school.

He was 6 when the family resettled on Chicago’s South Side. He described his youth as one of school, church, trouble with street toughs and playing the violin for both band and orchestra, under the tutelage of Prof. O.W. Frederick, a prominent music teacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Gussie McDaniel taught Sunday school there. Ellas studied classical violin from the age of 7 to 15 and started on guitar at 12, when his sister gave him an acoustic model.

He then enrolled at Foster Vocational School, where he built a guitar as well as a violin and an upright bass. But he dropped out before graduating. Instead, with guitar in hand, he began performing in a duo with his friend Roosevelt Jackson, who played the washtub bass. The group became a trio when they added another guitarist, Joseph Leon (Jody) Williams, and later a quartet when they added a harmonica player, Billy Boy Arnold.

The band — first called the Hipsters, then the Langley Avenue Jive Cats — started playing at an open-air market on Maxwell Street. They were sometimes joined by another friend, Samuel Daniel, who was known as Sandman because of the shuffling rhythms he made with his feet in sand sprinkled on a wooden board.

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Music / The Slip
« on: 05-05-2008, 05:31pm »
So, I guess the experiment with <a href=>Ghosts</a> went well enough and now, NIN are going one better and offering their new album with out any notice or press are releasing it for <a href=>free</a>.

(thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me)

Take that Radiohead.

Government & Politics / 2008 Presidential Election
« on: 04-21-2008, 05:30pm »
Just what we need in a time of war then a president who flies off the handle but one whose rage leads him to be spiteful, petty and borderline violent. Fantastic.

McCain: A Question of Temperament
By Michael Leahy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 20, 2008; Page A01

John McCain cupped a fist and began pumping it, up and down, along the side of his body. It was a gesture familiar to a participant in the closed-door meeting of the Senate committee who hoped that it merely signaled, as it sometimes had in the past, McCain's mounting frustration with one of his colleagues.

But when McCain leaned toward Charles E. Grassley and slowly said, "My friend . . ." it seemed clear that ugliness was looming: While the plural "my friends" was usually a warm salutation from McCain, "my friend" was often a prelude to his most caustic attacks. Grassley, an Iowa Republican with a reputation as an unwavering legislator, calmly held his ground. McCain became angrier, his fist pumping even faster.

It was early 1992, and the occasion was an informal gathering of a select committee investigating lingering issues about Vietnam War prisoners and those missing in action, most notably whether any American servicemen were still being held by the Vietnamese. It is unclear precisely what issue set off McCain that day. But at some point, he mocked Grassley to his face and used a profanity to describe him. Grassley stood and, according to two participants at the meeting, told McCain, "I don't have to take this. I think you should apologize."

McCain refused and stood to face Grassley. "There was some shouting and shoving between them, but no punches," recalls a spectator, who said that Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey helped break up the altercation.

Grassley said recently that "it was a very long period of time" before he and McCain spoke to each other again, though he declined, through a spokesman, to discuss the specifics of the incident.

Since the beginning of McCain's public life, the many witnesses to his temper have had strikingly different reactions to it. Some depict McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, as an erratic hothead incapable of staying cool in the face of what he views as either disloyalty to him or irrational opposition to his ideas. Others praise a firebrand who is resolute against the forces of greed and gutlessness.

"Does he get angry? Yes," said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who supports McCain's presidential bid. "But it's never been enough to blur his judgment. . . . If anything, his passion and occasional bursts of anger have made him more effective."

Former senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican, expresses worries about McCain: "His temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind, it should disqualify him."

A spokesman for McCain's campaign said he would be unavailable for an interview on the subject of his temper. But over the years, no one has written more intimately about McCain's outbursts than McCain himself. "My temper has often been both a matter of public speculation and personal concern," he wrote in a 2002 memoir. "I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public's."

That temper has followed him throughout his life, McCain acknowledges. He recalls in his writings how, as a toddler, he sometimes held his breath and fainted during moments of fury. As the son of a naval officer who was on his way to becoming a four-star admiral, McCain found himself frequently uprooted and enrolled in new schools, where, as an underappreciated outsider, he developed "a little bit of a chip on my shoulder," as he recalled this month.

During a campaign stop at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, the most famous graduate of the Class of 1954 opened a window on what swirled inside him during his school years. "I was always the new kid and was accustomed to proving myself quickly at each new school as someone not to be challenged lightly," he told students.

"As a young man, I would respond aggressively and sometimes irresponsibly to anyone who I perceived to have questioned my sense of honor and self-respect. Those responses often got me in a fair amount of trouble earlier in life." (More)

BTW, this is totally being stolen from <a href=>Dan Savage</a> over at <a href=>The Stranger.</a> But, I wanted to see the wiredjc opinion on this important matter of our times. Feel free to discuss your answer.

Movies & Television / In Treatment
« on: 02-12-2008, 09:35pm »
So has anyone else been watching this on HBO?

I just started catching up on it today with Tivo and man, it's a lot better then I thought it would be. I have to be careful not to go thru all the ones that I have saved up all at once. Really intense and great character studies.

Wanted / All your cardboard boxes.
« on: 12-19-2007, 06:02pm »
Hey there kids,

So it has finally happened. We are finally moving. And that means that we're going to need lots and lots of boxes seeing as how we have lots and lots of crap. So, please think of us before you crush up and recycle all the cardboard boxes you will be getting in the next two weeks and save them and give them to us.

TIA.  ;D

(Now, who wants to recommend movers? ;) )

Dining / Thanksgiving Recipies
« on: 11-12-2007, 09:22pm »
So, I figured since it's almost a week away that we can start trading recipes. I propose one rule: No turkey recipes. Side dishes, salads, soups, desserts, etc. Anything but turkey.


Movies & Television / Robots in Disguise!
« on: 07-12-2007, 01:02pm »
So last night AB and I say perhaps one of the coolest movies I've seen in ages. (which is a feat seeing as how I hate movies.)  Definitely the best Micheal Bay film ever. (which is an even bigger feat since his movies blow.)

And so I just wanted to start up a thread for all those who have had all their childhood dreams come true by seeing Transformers and who became giddy the first time they heard the noise on the screen.

Please feel free to discuss the awesomeness that is Optimus Prime here:

Dining / Savour the Flavor... Enjoy the Warmth Later!
« on: 07-05-2007, 06:39pm »
For all of you who came over for some Stolen Back Yard Fun tm and marveled over our jerked pork chops, here is how to get your own jar of Grandpa Eddie's Gourmet Jamaican Jerk Sauce!

The man now has a website!

or you can just email his directly:

Dining / Home delivery of Carbonated Water
« on: 05-30-2007, 03:15pm »
Ok, so this might be a bit of an odd thread, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a company that delivered their own seltzer and tonic waters. I know in San Fransisco and other metro areas have companies like this, so I thought there might be someone near here too. And not like poland spring or fresh direct, but real glass returnable bottles, with the spigot and everything.


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