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Friday, September 10, 2004
Hurricane(s) in the Imajica

Happy happy tree on house
If you have visited Thunderstorms in the Imajica in the last several weeks, you know that we've actually been dealing with Hurricanes in the Imajica.  You can go back to Friday the 13th (of August) and see what hurricane Charley did in Florida.  While Charley created some pretty rough weather around here, like spawning happy-happy tornadoes, we actually dodged the bullet with its storm track making landfall at Punta Gorda and then cutting through Florida south of us.  Since the eye wall of Charley didn't hit our area, the direction of its storm track kept us on Charley's good side.

Relatively speaking, the good side of a hurricane in Florida is typically the western in-flow area of the storm because of its counter-clockwise rotation.  The northern and eastern areas surrounding a hurricane are the outflow region where powerful bands of squalls, thunderstorms and tornadoes continually frolick.  While the wind speed of the eyewall of a hurricane is not a fast a typical tornado, it can be just as destructive.  A tornado will be created and then lose its destructive power in minutes while hurricanes, obviously, continue their destruction for many days.  The sustained winds from any category of hurricane can be very devasting.

Just weeks later, hurricane Frances was said to be the "size of Texas".  Its storm track made landfall on the Atlantic coast of Florida and sliced across the peninsula in the opposite direction as Charley.  Its agonizingly slow forward speed created more anxiety for those people already trying to recover from Charley and also made it dump a lot more rain on everyone from here to Canada.  When I'm able to do so, I'll tell you all about our hurricane Frances fun. I have some pix. I'll likely backfill those dates in the blog when I can. Until then: we evacuated, half a tree clipped the house but we're fine.

Somehow, my modem fried sometime on September 1st.  Today is the 10th.  While we don't have potable water post-Frances yet, we did get the electrical service back on the other day and our local (phone) land line works.  Unfortunately, until we get another modem, there's nothing I can do here on Thunderstorms.  I'm hoping to be able to post this quick text entry from a neighbor's house.
Huge old oak smashed by Frances

One reason for posting something here is to let anyone concerned that we're okay after hurricane Frances. Another reason, unfortunately, is to say that we may get hit by hurricane Ivan in a few days.  I'm still working to get the tree off of the house.  Depending upon Ivan's storm track and strength when it comes through our area and the damage it causes, I honestly can't make any predictions as to the next time I'll be able to publish another blog entry here on Thunderstorms.

However, you should know by now that my sincere hatred for everyone and everything will motivate me to get back online as soon as possible -- so I can once again irritate, offend, and anger people on a regular basis.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
TAG board archive - August 2004

Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it is wise or terribly, terribly wrong -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.

Read 2004 Archive: [ August ] [ July ] [ Prior to July 2004 ]
JfZ My TAG board is Bush World FCC-free. Talk about anything you want. God, no God, Liberal, Conservative, or just chocolate ice cream.
Duke well I wasn't going to continue with the "pissing contest" as you put it, I was done...I said my bit...besides, that kind of discussion doesn't belong on a tag board
JfZ Hi Dennis, Casmin Girls, Toulon! Long time, no hear (here). I appreciate EVERYONE's thoughts on the TAG board. Unfettered First Amendment fun for free.
JfZ My old Imajica SysOp trick of inserting humor into a pissing contest seems to still work. Liquid Generation can be crude, but effective humor. Heh. <VBEG>
tazz I liked the vision test must go change pants
Duke Anyone else take that vision test? It's pretty cool on Bush supporter? below...
The ladies at Casmin Doesn't anyone study history any more as to why this country was founded. The separation of Church and State was put in to effect for a reason.
Brandon Starr Hey, as long as you keep your "God" or "gods" out of my laws, I'm happy to let you believe anything you want.
dennis Hey JfZ! This storm coming in is the first one to give me hee-bee-jee-bees! Watch out, eh? Miss ya guy!
dennis I used to "defend" God - then I discovered he's good at it without me - even better maybe, eh?
Toulon Remember, I too used to think that very same thing, until I found God and now share in the love and mercy that has been freely given to me because I believe. PRAISE JESUS, and pray for Brandon!
Toulon Duke & Tazz: I wouldn't worry about Brandon Starr's comment on "no unconditional love" because there is "no God". - continued...
Bush supporter? <<-- Take this simple vision test.
J f Z Yeah, that's likely my problem. I still think I'm 25. I need lots of therapy, I guess ... Meh.
BrokenChaos Ha, I call everyone sir. Bad habit I guess. Drives my boss crazy but that's just because he's hitting his late fifties and still refuses to admit he's getting older. It's all good
John Furie Zacharias Wow. I guess I can't leave you guys alone on the blog for a day ... Did you guys just come back from a bad week at a GOP Bible Camp and they showed Fahrenheit 911 on the flight home or something? LOL
Duke uh Tazz, please refrain from getting nasty, it's no way to help someone see they are wrong...he has every right to his opinion, God gave him the freedom to not believe in Him if he so chooses
tazz I guess you cant see god becuse yr head is up your ass A brandon
Brandon Starr Yes, because there is no "God." Wake up.
Duke So I guess God's unconditional love for us is irrational?
Brandon Starr I love how Duke thinks "unconditional" love is the best kind--just like an irrationalist.
J f Z Hehw. Don't worry. Everything's fine with me -- I have chocolate ice cream.
sare peace and love and all that!
Nysh i saw the "bashing" on your tagboard. some people should really learn to read before they get angry about certain things...
J f Z Heh. I'll try, chaos. Sir? (looks over shoulder) Meh. Yeah, I can't wait to archive the August TAGboard, now ... *sigh*
BrokenChaos Thanks, the interview went ok. HaHa. I saw your tagboard, some people. Enjoy your weekend sir.
The Queen B Mayday!! Mayday!!
J f Z Yeah ... I can't go anywhere without that pesky bright green digital background following me. ROFL.
atticus is that a real pix of u @ top???
atticus um.. hey
J f Z Hi Pandie! Yeah ... tick-tock, eh? Only about 5 weeks left to register to vote in most states now.
Pandora Hiya sweets! Someone I missed your link before. wicked place! & kewl you got the email about online registering? I was just getting ready to add mine!
J f Z Anyone else notice the little [edit] link on their blogdrive blog today?
J f Z There the Mel! Yay! But now, you'll have to use the calendar to see me worrying about Melicious y Mondo. Heh.
BrokenChaos Awesome blog, very unique. Thank you for tagging me. Hope you find your way back sometime
Meliciraptor Hi everyone <waves> I'm fine, cable's been out for over a week and my i-net is cable modem. talk more another time xoxo
J f Z Are you two hitting on each other? Get a motel room! LOL.
Duke That's a pretty good point and I must say I agree since a childs love is unconditional while an adults love is VERY conditional
Brandon Starr All this reminds me of something Al Franken said...conservatives love America like a four-year-old loves his mommy; liberals love America like adults love adults.
Duke That was basically my point...but people should use caution when lashing out during times of sure of what you are lashing out about
JfZ No, they have a right to hate everything and everyone right now. I know I certainly would want to lash out. Some just totally missed my point in 191.html
Duke oh, gee I'm sorry, are people being a little too sensitive?
JfZ That's probably an inappropriate metaphor to use under the circumstances.
Duke Wow, Thunderstorms is under heavy fire
JfZ A point of /191 is to remind people that news media images/stories depict REAL people despite the smiling 5-second blurb Fox News will air. There are 958 soldier's friends and family grieving.
JfZ Brandon, I appreciated 'Amy' clarifying the info on the 31st medic image from their /news page (or helping me undistort it, as 'Sharon' might want to say)
Sharon Houghton Gras Hey Brandon look up the definition of civil - when one distorts facts and uses a soldier's name to slam our country, one should be prepared for the soldier's friends and family to "reply" :'
Brandon Starr Looks like Thunderstorms on the tagboard. Happily, most except "Revelation" and "Sharon Houghton Gras" are being civil and adding to the discussion instead of just detracting.
JfZ I agree that Andy is an American patriot. I was also an American soldier. No where will you see me saying Andy Houghton was anything but how you describe him, those that knew him personally.
West Pointer Andy Houghton was the definition of compassion and caring. Those qualities made him a leader and a good soldier. He did not take freedom, his or others, lightly.
Vigilauntie Stan is Andy's uncle. Andy is an American patriot. He believed his job as an American soldier was the most important line of defense against powers and pricipalities seeking to annihilate our country.
JfZ Then I was mistaken about that. Thank you for clarifying the info. The blog entry is about real people caring for other real people when they are in need, not the way the TV news glosses over it all.
Amy Houghton AGAIN,The article IS DATED 06-12-04 and the link is only referring to the 31st Combat Hospital itself... not the fact that the picture is indeed Andy "being off loaded"...
JfZ That ABC news photo was linked to the 10 July 2004 entry on and depicts the 31st Combat Support Hospital, or no?
Amy Houghton Amazing that I found the very same pic that you claim is Andy Houghton being unloaded from a "Seahawk" was actually on taken from an article dated 06-12-04 about a month before he was injured.
Sharon Houghton Gras The only waste is this web page.
Revelation The comments made on this site about the war and those who gave their lives protecting free speech are disgraceful. The men and women who make that sacrifice DO NOT deserve that kind of disrespect.
JfZ (pix) Done. I'm sorry for your loss, Stan.
Stan Mathews the picture of CPT Andy Houghton on page y-2004_m-08_d-11_y-2004_o-0.html is copywrited, please take it down
JfZ Dennis, I'll email the BP address and the Sandbox info to you.
JfZ Okay *shrug* It's just that people think (on your TAG) you're giving them a virus when that java code automatically installs itself on visitor's PCs from your page. And in a way, you are.
erica hey, thanks for the advice, but if i take that code outta my template, i won't have my music. and i gotta have my music.
dennis Hey JfZ, wht is the address of BlueParrot? I've lost it and need it. Thankx
dennis No excuse for that destruction - three homes I've built, been through hurricanes and two direct tornadoes and no damage. Mobile homes and houses built like mobile homes. Greed and graft in the build
JfZ Mel y mondo are doing okay, I heard. Waiting on hearing from her directly, tho.
JfZ Thanks DWstumps. Good to hear from you! We got lucky -- no need to do 'the paintball dance of death' -- how are you? 'Contact me' someday so I can have your address
tazz jfz did you get melicious on the cell yet?
persecution smith glad you survived dude. we were prayin for ya!
JfZ Can one of you phreeks call Melicious' cell today? Charley hit her area as a cat 4 hurricane w/ 145mph winds yeaterday afternoon.
JfZ I think I'm staying up as long as can this morning. Poor Helleena has been at work since 2pm, and isn't expected to be able to leave until 6-7am. Blech!
JfZ Thanks Dennis ... all the little tinfoil houses here are fine, near as I can tell. I went up to the pool/club house around midnight and people were still there. They asked me if it was raining. LOL.
dennis Good for you - See what good livin' can do for you? chuckle I'm relieved you are OK - got up at 2:30 am to check on you.
JfZ Dodged the bullet in Northern Lake county. I went out for a spin in my chair earlier and it was nice. No wind or flood damage in this 'hood tonight.
dennis JfZ, let us know how you are as soon as you can. They are comparing this to the one that destroyed south Miami - that's awesome. Be careful, you are loved, my friend.
Rainchild100 anybody from Daytona area here?
JfZ Bye for now ... I think they're going to mandatorily make us evacuate ... I'm going to bring my camera
tazz avp starts at 12:01 tonight at AMC
JfZ Yeah, it's a bad week to stop smoking crack. I'm moving the PCs from the FL-room and into the great safety of the tinfoil house.
Meliciraptor Auntie Em, Auntie Em it's a .... no wait, Mommy Mommy help!!! It's CHARLEY!!!!!! So far so good, it hasn't hit yet but i'm a lil scairt about tomorrow!! But we're plannin to hit the beach for swells
dennis I can't find my username and password for deviantart to download my book. You can put it here if you wish. Thanks!
dennis I still can't reach you directly. My "contact" e-mail doesn't let me use it and I don't have a personal e-mail for you - lost it when crash occured.
dennis Take care of yourself, my friend. I'm sending a sincerely, caring "groan" to tell you I feel for your losses and pain. Friggen' bummer, man!!!
tazz jfz do you plan come up soon
skennedy you should get a (free) livejournal account so that I can give you access to the truly nitty-gritty of my life. You don't even have to post.
tazz what's in Illinois
JfZ I think there are millions of people in Illinois still. Why?
xrayz anyone in illinois?
xrayz sup
splat DOOM 3 for pc
JfZ Can you imagine what those pesky rounds from a real weapon must feel like? I'd want to re-elect Bush if everyone was just playing Baghdad Paintball.
splat The paintball arena sucks you have 2 pay 80 for a 30 dollar case of paint their like little supper balls they just hurt like hell
dennis That's "tongue"
dennis chuckle! That tree frog may mutate - then you are in deep do do - at the end of a long, sticky tounge (no, don't go there!)
JfZ My soul is fine, it's my teeth that hurt occasionally. I'd have a quieter morning if one of God's mute birds would eat Satan's noisy tree frogs and cicadas and then fly away, though.
JfZ I like quakers, Dennis. And I like spinners - blondes, brunettes and redheads...
dennis Difference between a farmer and a redneck. They both raise pigs, but the red-neck gets emotional involved.
dennis Hey Poptart - how is your firery furnace today? The Quakers (of which I'm one) would say, "How is thy soul today, brother?"
dennis O' Goodie!! Where was the controversy on that Kerry thing? This is awful - I don't like anybody - I'm an equal opportunity disliker. But, I "love" everybody. (chuckile)
Hallie another entry about bush; everybody but two ppl said they didnt like bush when it was in one of my entries
JfZ For you, Mel -- I'll put the run in any rant you'd like.
Meliciraptor How does one go about making a request for a [rant]?
Helleena That pic of Zoe was really not the one I was thnking of using but it will work. Thank you
Helleena hey here you go new topic for you the Taxation of food. I saw it on Daily Buzz on WB
JfZ Hi tazz! DId you check out some of Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs (blog entry in between my Bush-bashing ones) Heh. His pix are very cool. Got to go -- Stargate Atlantis on in a few minutes!
tazz Yes dennis it is true about Kerry
JfZ HI dennis! So, that was you! I thought it was a current neighbor. That helped spark a lot of comments in that entry. Don't get mad at me -- e-hugs!
dennis And what about that thing I sent you. Was Kerry really given an award by the N. Vietnamese for his meeting with them during the "war"?
dennis Fess up, child. Do you really have "friends" that tell you about your being "toast"? I'd give them a hearty forgiveness and a Hi O Silver, Away! Kemosabi
JfZ Okay. Let me know. I gathered from your blog that you're busy this week.
Brandon Starr Good stuff, JfZ. I want to include some of the stuff you mention, but it's going to have to wait a while.
JfZ Thanks Rikku
Rikku hey! nice
JfZ Hi Hallie ... how's the BLeather around your neighborhood, this morning?
JfZ Thanks, Spanner ... don't be a stranger! (or a Strangergirl, even) Heh.
JfZ LOL! Strangergirl: Spotty is the dalmation puppy in my DHS parody, not *that*
Hallie hi jfz! it's been a few days since i've been here
Strangergirl Wow! I love your blog@ Great HTML! And yes... I AM on my Period! Thanks for noticing! Luv YA!
Spanner Great blog! thanks For checking me out!
JfZ Heh. Ams, you're always scratching at something in Photoshop. WTF is a tree scratchy? Hi Carebear ... thanks for stopping by!
JfZ Sorry, Lorianne, I try to irritate and agitate everyone equally. *pouts* I can't wait for a less political environment ... then I just post entries about art, TV, and other mind candy.
lorianne uninspired* is uninpired? jeez
lorianne Rock The Vote! go you!! im so uninpired on the topic of politics lately..i came looking to get inspired or agitated..good reads but no luck. 'sigh" maybe ill blog about puppies...
Carebear Just stoppin by to say hello! ^.^
~Ams How did your sleep fast work out for you? How long did you go without? **TAKING UP BANDWIDTH**
~Ams Accept my heart warming gift of tree scratchies! I absolve thee!

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Monday, August 30, 2004
RNC@NYC: Pig Lipstick

RNC officially began
The Repuplican National Convention officially began Monday evening with a jumbotron screen video montage of RNC director Ed Gillespie commuting his way through the night-time bustle of NYC to Madison Square Garden and a delegate announcing a take on the familiar cultural phrase, "Live from New York -- The Republican National Convention!"  Of course, since I have been a fan of Saturday Night Live since my (very) high school daze when we would sometimes actually leave a party early on a Saturday night, wait for our friend's parents to go upstairs and go to bed, spark up a fatty, and laugh our asses off watching John Belushi jump around the SNL stage in a cocaine-induced frenzy -- the RNC was a comedic disappointment -- but overall, it was still a joke.

I call it a joke because I honestly have some moderate respect for the two prime-time RNC speakers, Arizona Senator John McCain and former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani.  McCain lambasting Michael Moore when he readily admits never even seeing Fahrenheit 911 is about as funny as the lock step boos from the GOP faithful in MSG who I think haven't seen the friggin' movie either.  In related Boo-news, the Dubya Daughters were also booed during their appearance at the MTV awards show in Miami.  But, had I less respect for McCain and Guiliani, I'd call the GOP starting the RNC with two popular moderate public servants something like -- Bait and Switch, Fraud, False Adverstising, or simply a Big Fat GOP Lie -- when they are campaigning for the re-election of a president that has shown no political moderation and is leading his administration with an uber neo-con foreign policy and an ultra right-wing socially conservative domestic agenda.

So, the RNC found two acceptable speakers. In related news, NASA announced the discovery of two new extra-solar planetary bodies.  I was thinking, "GOP Pig Lipstick," listening to two pro-choice candidates supporting a president who has been trying to further erode the rights of all americans and dismantle constitutional rights and civil liberties with discriminatory faith-based initiatives and 19th-century social engineering zeal. Then, I read this op-ed in the Boston Globe by a fellow Republican, Patrick Guerriero, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans:
Having primetime convention speakers such as Giuliani, Pataki, Schwarzenegger and McCain won't convince American voters this is a big tent party. Putting lipstick on a pig doesn't fool anybody -- it's still a pig. The 2004 Republican platform calls not only for a Constitutional amendment that imposes a federal definition of marriage on all 50 states, it goes even further by opposing civil unions, domestic partnerships, and indeed any benefits or protections for gay and lesbian families. The platform's language makes clear the radical right's true motives. They want to marginalize part of the American family.

For this election, there are clear signs that the radical right controls the Republican agenda. Aside from the anti-gay platform, pro-choice Republicans also seem to be left out of the ever shrinking tent. While Log Cabin takes no position on abortion, we recognize that in order to win, the GOP must have support from millions of prochoice Americans. Furthermore, members of the Bush controlled platform committee rejected a plank saying that Republicans of good faith may disagree on issues dealing with abortion and gay and lesbian issues. This obviously sensible plank was left out of the platform in favor of watered down welcoming language.
USA Today picked this up and had some additional quotes from other Republicans. "I don't think we should ever use the Constitution to drive a wedge between us," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Sen. Arlen Specter, who is running for re-election this year in Pennsylvania, said that support for gay rights may not win votes but added, "It's morally correct."

Looking ahead to the rest of convention week, the RNC is likely to maintain a don't-ask-don't-tell policy in regard to the hypocrisy of the GOP platform placating the radical right and the televised speeches wooing the moderate, undecided and swing voters.  GOP disingenious flip-flopping.  Nothing new.

I'm John Furie Zacharias and I endorse this blog entry.

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Sunday, August 29, 2004
RNC@NYC: United March

saying NO
In the 2000 election, a whopping 82 percent of New York City voters said NO to George W. Bush.  It should be no surprise then that a few years after an election tainted by high jinx in the state governed by Dubya's brother, Jeb, some New Yorkers may want to take the opportunity of the Republican National Convention in their own city to once again express their politically negative opinion of the man trying desperately to get another four years at the top job.

So, there's the conundrum.  How does NYC protect the despised emperor from his own peasants?  In a striking and surreal similarity to the reason hundreds of thousands of protestors marched in NYC today -- Iraq -- Mayor Bloomberg has provided the RNC with a corporate and civilian equivalent of a Baghdad Green Zone.

Stephen Wisnia described the Madison Square Garden Green Zone in a post to
The streets around Madison Square Garden are lined with concrete barricades, thigh-high highway dividers with dark metal grilles bolted onto the top. The air is sticky, polluted, miasmic, the most uncomfortable summer weather New York has to offer. Half the street is blocked by the barricades, forming an alley guarded by police. The Garden area looks like an outer-space military base, a mix of high-tech satellite-broadcast gear and white concrete bunker. The sophistication of multigigahertz graphics processing units and the crude brutality of clubs and guns. Well, if Mayor Bloomberg wants to bring George Bush into a city where three-fourths of the people can't stand him, they've got to put him in a fortress. The normal upscale cocoon of midtown Manhattan isn't enough.
Bringing the Green Zone to NYC
Nonetheless, several hundred thousand United For Peace and Justice protestors marched along their permitted route, past the MSG Green Zone, and patriotically expressed their opposition to George W. Bush.  Despite corporate media, like Fox News, trying to equate marchers with anarchists to marginalize their message of opposition to Bush World policies and create an expectation of violence, the march was peaceful and effective.


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Saturday, August 28, 2004
RNC@NYC: weekend

Learn more about Bush's Iraq
Not completely unrelated to the popular grass-roots protests many groups are planning to organize during the Republican National Convention in NYC, which are many, I'd like to interject my observation about the Najaf crisis that was avoided

Did you happen to notice how quickly after our U.S. media broadcast images of the massive Iraqi convoys following the grand ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to Najaf, and peace was restored, you see and hear nothing now?  It's as if the media was ready for the shit to hit the fan and civil war to erupt, but when it didn't happen, they packed up and scurried back inside the green zone -- as if there's no friggin' story to be told now.

Coming up next on Fox News -- some in-depth live reporting on some excrutiatingly minute detail of the Scott Peterson murder trial -- Fox News asks the tough questions -- Did Amber Frey's hair stylist also have an affair?

Back when Moqtada al-Sadr first took his Mehdi militia into Najaf, I made a quick comment about how I thought the media, or the Bush administration, seem to scoff and call them 'radicals' and 'insignificant insurgents'.  Also, despite published material from our own U.S. Army War College, the Bush administration couldn't seem to grasp the inherent importance of Iraqi clerics to the Iraqi people they so repeatedly take credit for 'liberating' -- or the huge significance that Iraq's grand ayatollah Ali al-Sistani got involved and reigned in Moqtada al-Sadr and his anti-occupation campaign.  Had al-Sistani not done so, civil war or a large-scale civilian uprising in Iraq was more than a possibility.  While time will tell if al-Sadr respects al-Sistani enough to keep his word on the cease-fire, it certainly should show anyone paying attention that Bush's occupational puppet prime minister of Iraq, Allawi, has no power with the Iraqi people.  But, at the end of the day, I said in Cooler Heads Prevail For How Long? that al-Sistani undoubtedly saved many lives, both Iraqi and U.S. military, and thank [insert-deity-here] al-Sistani has done it again.

Who dies when Bush lies?

On August 29, United for Peace and Justice will hold an impassioned, peaceful, and legal march past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican Convention.  When the Republicans descend on New York City with their agenda of war, greed, hate and lies, they will be met by a massive, diverse, peaceful outpouring of dissent, as huge numbers of us join together in a spirit of nonviolence for a legal, permitted march on August 29 to say NO to their destructive and divisive policies.

More than 360 groups including Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and September 11th families have endorsed the August 29 protest and will be marching with us on that day. We will also be joined scores of prominent people, including Danny Glover, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., UNITE/HERE President Bruce Raynor and Congressman Major Owens.

If you're alarmed by the direction that the Bush Administration has taken this country, and disgusted by the efforts to marginalize and stifle our calls for change, you will want to make your voice heard on August 29.

Thousands ride in NYC

According to multiple reports coming into, even though TIMES UP! conducts a typically traffic-slowing Critical Mass Ride every month, several thousand bikers, skaters, and pedestrians took the opportunity to voice their opposition to the Bush administration.

Unfortunately, some 264 participants in last night's event rode straight into Bush World compassionate conservatism and were arrested.

March for Womens Lives
"In a show of unity and strength, we will gather in the birthplace of reproductive freedom - New York City - to support global family planning; real sex education; accessible, safe and legal abortion; birth control options; the right to privacy regarding sexuality; and access to health care."

Saturday, many thousands of women representing a number of women's groups marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and took part in the NY Planned Parenthood March for Womens Lives.

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