Metaphorical tea-bagging befalls moonbats who become overconfident and register activist ".org" sites without a ".com" version. Which is exactly what happened to Cindy "campout" Sheehan and David "Gloria" Swanson when they started peaceoftheaction.org as part of a new scheme to lure the unwashed progs into a tent camp in front of the White House, to shake fists and demand a surrender of America's "imperial forces" to all enemies, foreign and domestic.
A People's Cube member who discovered their omission immediately bought peaceoftheaction.com for us to play with. Why is it important? He who never automatically typed ".com" while looking for a ".org" site, hasn't really experienced all the wonders of the Internet. Typing ".com" is a shared human trait and it has been taken advantage of by many before us.
Long story short, our new peaceoftheaction.com looks much like peaceoftheaction.org, only it calls things by their real names. That includes describing the fist-shaking organizers as "fisters" - which, according to our recent discovery, is what they really are. That, of course, involved some recycling of our old material.
Special thanks to our heroic Space Dog Laika for promptly preparing and transmitting the new, decoded version of the site to our tinfoil hat.
This feature falls under a new category "Tea-bagged by the People's Cube." We even made a special stamp for it, which we are hoping to attach to more similar projects in the future.
And now, without further delay, Fist of the Action!
Quote:And YOUR--well, you get the idea.
Commissarka PinkieSend a message to those corporate thugs, and either let your nose run, or use the back of your hand.
Brother GoodyYes, but what does this doo for us in the Black Panthers? :(
Publius ValeriusCan repeated fisting cause electoral blindness
Red SquareTed State - I can make the shirt, but wouldn't wearing it be like saying you've been tea-bagged? I'll be happy if you prove me wrong, then I'll surely post it for sale.
Comrade W. SmithComrades it seems Cindy may be on to the ruse as peaceoftheaction.org is currently in some sort of maintenance mode and won't be back online for 100 minutes.
Quote:We are looking for many coordinators, helpers and hell raisers and are hoping to house, (or tent) and feed everyone until Peace happens.
Quote:What do hell raisers do, anyway?
PinkieWhat do hell raisers do, anyway? Is that anything like a community organizer?Community organizers start before hell raising. They pave the road.
Quote:Robby Diesu (DC Coordinator) and Cindy Sheehan hung the banner while
Quote:Yet they're still hanging banners and dressing up in orange jumpsuits and black hoods in hopes that maybe THIS time, it'll work!
Commissarka PinkieAnother example of hell raising:
Quote:Robby Diesu (DC Coordinator) and Cindy Sheehan hung the banner while
Quote:– We would like to see a general sense...of promoting the search for solutions outside of the establishment and the status-quo.
Quote:To win Pinkie's prestigious Beet of the Week Award, all you have to do is write a brief essay explaining what the hell you think this means:
Quote:Cindy Sheehan is about to start another anti-war camp. This one will be in Washington, and it could conceivably last for months. The problem?
Quote:Five years and a new president later, however, Sheehan will be sleeping under the stars again, and for the same cause. Her new coalition, Peace of the Action, is launching the Camp OUT NOW! tent city at the base of the Washington Monument next week in an effort to get President Barack Obama to pull troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately. (Sheehan concedes that this time around, she will rent a bedroom in which to store her belongings, take showers and occasionally sleep.)
Quote:Cindy Sheehan, myself, and others walked through the crowd until we reached the barrier closest to those laying down on the sidewalk. As you can see in this video, the barrier failed, and Cindy Sheehan walked across. As soon as she entered the “arrest zone,” the Park Police immediately grabbed her, and handcuffed her. They were literally manhandling her. (Pinkie: Aside from the question of how one would figuratively manhandle anyone, if they're "literally" doing it, then doesn't that indicate she's not a woman?)
Quote:It is very hard to sleep in jail. (Pinkie: All together now everyone, one-two-three: "AWWWW!") Someone told me the guilty sleep well, and the innocent do not. I could only sleep an hour here, and an hour there. It didn’t help that some of my cellmates were talking, or that my neighbor sang and banged on the wall for all hours of the day. (Pinkie: Where does this guy usually live? This was standard when I was in the military and lived in the barracks. I imagine it's the norm in college dormitories and homeless shelters. Oh wait, now I get it--since he still lives with Mom and Dad, Jon has to go beddy-bye at 8 pm every night, and no getting up after that for wa-wa or ba-boo.)
Quote:I was often asked if I would do it again. My answer is without hesitation.
Quote:For quite awhile, I have been having problems with marches on Saturday, anyway. It seems like we march past empty buildings and shake our fists at them and promise that if those empty buildings don’t change their ways, we will be back next year to do the same thing.
Quote:As soon as I crossed the barrier, I was slammed by a couple of cops, handcuffed and then actually run around the front of the White House while the cops tried to find a paddy wagon to stick me in—about 50 people were running with the cop and I, yelling: “Let her go, let her go.” When the officer and I finally got to the paddy wagon, I was surprised to find that only two others had followed me. One other crossed the line to bring our detained numbers up to eight
Quote:I was, to say the least, very disheartened that hundreds of people didn’t join us. Watching the video of my “crossing over,” you can see a couple of people go over and then run back when the police come—but most of the people step back like the downed barrier is a livewire.
Quote:Well, those two days were some of the most miserable days of my life! We were taken to a lock-up and Elaine and I were put into a freezing room and I had a t-shirt and flip-flops on, being unprepared to be arrested. For four women, our cell had one cement block bench that was about 7-8 feet long, so at least one of us always had to be on the stone-cold floor. Sleeping was fitful as it was very chilly all night—and very noisy!
Quote:Many times during the 50 hour ordeal, Elaine and I were asked if we thought it was “worth it,” to go through so much hardship for so little gain.
Quote:AND this never happened to me when Bush was president.
Commissarka PinkiePart II: Cindy's Ordeal
John GaltI second the praise for Laika's excellent work.
Quote:FROM THE LAW OFFICE OF KATHLEEN D. KIRWIN, ESQ.
Quote:Clearly, the nice Officer Wilkins did not want to have any part in arresting me even though the stalemate between he and I had been firmly established. At that point, he asked me if I wanted to talk to his lieutenant. I leapt (on the sidewalk) at the chance. Whether the lieutenant had watched Officer Number Two physically grab me, I don’t know. Whether he watched Officer Wilkins and me discussing the situation, I don’t know. But when I approached him, he seemed to be waiting for me. Before I had even gotten too terribly close to him, he shouted at me to get off the sidewalk. I think he even put a “Ma’am” in front of his command which, even at 55 years old, is not the best way to get my attention. I figured it must be DC Metropolitan Police protocol to address the subject politely before subjecting them to unlawful arrest. It probably goes without saying that the lieutenant and I immediately engaged in a verbal fistfight.
Quote:Finally, I had pushed his testosterone level well past the brink and he was not going to let this middle aged woman emasculate him any more than I already had in front of his colleagues. He triumphantly called his underlings to “bring the cuffs.”
Quote:I meditated and sang in my holding cell and prepared for the long haul. However, about eight hours later they kicked me out on my own recognizance even though I lived past the 30 mile limit outside DC to do so.
Quote:Well, our great experiment didn’t go as well as we planned here in DC. My vision was a Peace Camp that would serve the needs of the campers as far as housing and food were concerned (that part worked) and the campers would then commit aggressive acts of civil resistance (that part didn’t) in the nation’s capital to shut down the violent military-corporate empire that we live in. In the opinion of members of Peace of the Action, living here in the US gives us special responsibilities for stopping it.
Quote:The thing that we were hoping that would happen and never did—was that hundreds of people would stay and help us claim the camp as a permanent presence on the mall.
Quote:To take advantage of the energy and enthusiasm of our young people, we are planning on returning in June to set up Camp and start our actions again.
Quote:I allegedly crossed the police line when I saw Cindy Sheehan being grabbed by police. I plan to plead the “damsel in distress” defense, I mean, what’s a gentleman to do when he sees a lady being surrounded and threatened by armed, uniformed men?
Quote:The cells were, as fellow arrestee Jon Gold has written, like dog kennels. Maybe seven feet long, five feet wide, with a toilet and sink and a stainless steel bunk bed with no mattress, and of course no pillow. Try getting comfortable laying on a steel slab. Try getting comfortable laying on that slab for 36 hours straight, with no windows and no clocks to tell you what time of day it is and lights on 24/7. (More violins, please.) Try eating baloney-on-white or processed-cheese-on-white for two days , three times a day. No mayo. When I asked a guard “what about that phone call we are supposed to get?” I was told “that’s only on TV”. When I asked “aren’t we supposed to get an hour of exercise outside of our cells each day?” I was told “that’s only on TV.” They had the heat cranked up to , I would guess, at least 85 degrees the entire time we were there. In the women’s section, I was told, they had the heat turned way down so that they suffered from cold. (Does anyone have a sleeve I can borrow? My red headscarf is soaked.) When I asked a guard if he couldn’t turn the heat down, he replied that it was automatic, they had no control over it. Another guard came closer to the truth when he told me ”if you didn’t get arrested, you wouldn’t be here. We want the experience to be unpleasant so you don’t come back”. I refrained from arguing that we had not been convicted of anything and yet were being punished and mistreated. I know what they would have said had I mentioned that quaint notion that citizens are “innocent until proven guilty”, they would have said “that’s only on TV”.
Quote:I had asked the guards in jail for a couple of ibuprofen because my shoulder joints hurt from the way they had handcuffed my hands behind my back, twice, as we were shuttled first to one police station then to another. I was told that I had to request to go to the Hospital if I wanted ibuprofen. (Because that’s what John McCain did when he was a guest of honor at one of Victor Charlie's famous "roasts.") So I did so request, I figured I could also get a doctor to examine my thumb, which was numb from the cuffs purposefully being put on too tight. (This posed a special hardship because that was Deerth's sucking thumb.) At a non-violence training a few days earlier I had learned that when the police are hurting you, you should tell them, you should say “you are hurting me”. So I was pleased with myself that I remembered that useful advice. “You are hurting me” I told the black-clad SWAT dudes, “the cuffs are too tight, and I have bad shoulder pain”. So they tightened them further. Evidently the police training for responding to a prisoner’s complaint of pain from too tight cuffs is “tighten cuffs further, with smirk”. (Now that’s what THEY call “useful advice!”) After maybe 6 hours they finally came to take me to the hospital. As we walked out of the cell block and into the administrative room, I suddenly could breathe real air! No 85 degree stale air for the administration, just for the prisoners. What a relief to be able to breathe real air again.
Quote:By and by two doctors visited me, I again said that I must know the fee before consenting to treatment, one doc told me “since you came into the Emergency Room it will be at least $500 to $600″. I said “no way, I have no health insurance, I refuse treatment”. The doc told me I would be receiving a bill anyways because I had walked through the Emergency Room door, I replied that nobody at the jail told me I was going to the Emergency Room OR that I would have to pay for treatment of injuries that the police themselves had inflicted on me. And aren’t the police responsible for my well-being, including medical treatment, while they hold me against my will in detention although I have not been convicted of any crime?
Things could be worse. You could be in China, where your next-of-kin gets billed for the bullet.
Quote:You have a lot of time on your hands being in jail. You already had a lot of time on your hands, Deerth, or you wouldn’t have gotten tangled up with Cindy and her Sheehanigans to begin with.
Quote:One day after being released I came down with asthmatic bronchitus, which I attribute to the jail conditions, particularly the hot, stale air. Two weeks after my arrest my right thumb is still numb from the too-tight plastic handcuffs, but my doctor assures me it is only a pinched nerve and will heal itself. Whoa, whoa, wait a minute! HIS doctor? But I thought Deerth had no health insurance!
Quote:Did I leave all this feeling sorry for myself and feeling down? No way, I left feeling energized and more aware.
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