Highlights from a day of protest at the Texas State Capitol: teachers protesting budget cuts, the Thomas Jefferson dance party, and the "Come and Take It, TSA" rally. Speakers at the rally included Rep. David Simpson and my good friend Jack Blood.
The dance in the rotunda was briefly interrupted by an alleged assault which occurs at the 1:10 mark. I have been told that the incident occurred when a man (wearing glasses in the video) attempted to take a camouflage flag away from one of the dancers.
The Jewish Barber (Charlie Chaplin's character): Hope... I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business - I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men's souls - has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say "Do not despair".
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish...
Soldiers - don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you - who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate - only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers - don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written " the kingdom of God is within man " - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers - in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting - the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.
The soul of man has been given wings - and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope - into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up."
Forget the naked body scanners. The TSA will soon have a new toy to torment you with: FAST, a system to scan Americans for “malintent” (AKA “pre-crime”). DHS plans to use it in airports, shopping malls, and special events. No doubt there will be a great many false positives—innocent people identified as terrorists. You may be one of them. Is this the America our soldiers fought and died to protect?
I think this “malintent” technology should be used on all politicians, government officials, and other assorted Nazi swine. Sample questions:
“Do you intend to steal elections, conduct dirty tricks, and otherwise subvert the political process?”
“Do you intend to destroy the Bill of Rights, militarize the police, and set up Stasi-style citizen-spy programs?”
“Do you intend to wiretap, follow, harass, detain, and murder political activists?”
“Do you intend to gut the public school system and other social services while stealing trillions of dollars outright from the American people?”
“Do you intend to let Big Oil and other big corporations poison the environment, kill and deform our children, and make the entire planet unlivable?”
“Do you intend to set up torture camps worldwide, carry out assassinations, false-flag operations, illegal biological experiments, and commit genocide around the globe?”
Yeah, plenty of “malintent” on the part of the government—and not just intentions, we’re talking outright actions here—much of it performed right in the open for all the world to see—yet we’re the ones standing around like jackasses with our shoes off at the airport letting uniformed cretins stick their blue-gloved hands down our pants.
And now they’re going to set up mind-reading stations, of all things, to study OUR intentions!
Oh, and did you notice how one of the questions they ask you in the FAST station is whether or not you’re going to record anything. So, illegally recording a Lady Gaga concert is terrorism now? What a load of horse manure.
I’m surprised there’s not more outrage over all this. But I guess the frogs have been boiling too long by now to notice, and anyway it’s safer to get excited over “American Idol” or the Super Bowl than to care about something that really matters …
Well, that's my Memorial Day message. Sorry if it's a downer. Too bad all those brave service men and women died in all those wars for nothing. But it's the truth, so you better get used to it: Freedom is dead in America. Kinda' makes you choke on that Memorial Day hot dog doesn't it?