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2011 November 05 — Why Now?
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Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’

The California gang known as the Oakland Police Department is attempting to start a war with veterans. If it happens, they will lose, badly.

Naturally the M$M don’t report on the activities of the “gang” so you have to read the UK’s GuardianOccupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes

A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland.

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.

There is more information from Reuters

Brian Kelly, who co-owns a brew pub with Sabeghi, said his business partner served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Sabeghi told him he was arrested and beaten by a group of policemen as he was leaving the protest to go home.

“He told me he was in the hospital with a lacerated spleen and that the cops had jumped him,” Kelly said. “They put him in jail, and he told them he was injured, and they denied him medical treatment for about 18 hours.”

Sabeghi is an Iranian-American, and given his pub ownership, I’m going to guess that he is among the large group of Ba’hai in the California Iranian community and not a Shi’ia Muslim. If his family still spoke Farsi at home, he would have been invaluable during his Afghan tour as Dari and Farsi are very close, and Dari is the most common language in Afghanistan.

As Badtux notes, if Sabeghi had decided to get hostile, there would be ‘gang’ members in the hospital with him. Army Rangers could go Rambo in a confrontation with the OPD and wouldn’t care about the outcome.

When you see pictures of violence and destruction at protests in the M$M these days you will note that the people involved are either dressed all in black with their faces covered [Anarchists, the remora of protests], wearing police footwear [agent provocateurs], or wearing their ‘gang colors’ [police uniforms].

November 5, 2011   9 Comments

US Clock Change This Weekend

Daylight Savings Time ends in the US Sunday morning, November 6th at 2AM. It becomes 1AM and you get an extra hour of sleep, unless you work the “graveyard shift”.

Most devices make the change automatically, although many, like my clock radio, change under the old system and have to be ignored for a couple of weeks.

“Fall back – Spring ahead”

November 5, 2011   7 Comments

Happy Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.

The British are celebrating the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.

A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.

As Robert Cecil was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.

Over here some people have dedicated this day to dumping the ‘too big to fail’ banks with the Move Your Money Project.

November 5, 2011   3 Comments