Bring In The Drones: Provocateurs and Moral Protest

Mystery man & Howley CROP

Here’s a story from the annals of fools posing as journalists. After a pepper spray melee October 8th at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC in which several people I know were painfully sprayed, it was revealed that one of at least two provocateurs whipping up the guards and cops was a writer from a right-wing magazine, The American Spectator. "As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause … [Read more...]

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Press Passes

Cop walking 72 SQ

I spent a day recently in Freedom Plaza, a triangle of concrete adjacent to several high-end hotels with shiny black Mercedes limos out front three blocks from the White House. It's Washington DC’s entry in the Occupy America phenomenon. I came wearing two hats. One, I’m a Vietnam veteran member of Veterans For Peace who has actively worked for over a decade against our bankrupting wars. And, two, I’m an … [Read more...]

Is the United States a Police State?

NY-arrest

Honorable people like to debate whether the United States of America is a "police state," but when it comes to shutting down the expression of ideas on the political left, there's little room for argument. We are inundated in this country with propaganda boilerplate about being the greatest democracy in the world. No, we're not a police state like our friends in Saudi Arabia or our former friends, and current enemies, in … [Read more...]