Civil Liberties

Why no one should ever pay to enter the taxpayer financed Glazer Welfare Stadium – Reason number 132:

September 14, 2005

The civil liberties of 65,000 Tampa area residents will be violated Sunday. Because we don’t want to be the only ones not violating people’s rights. Oh, and “it’s only a matter of time” before the fear monger’s wet dream – an attack against a stadium full of middle class white people – occurs. For the [...]

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A letter to Doris

September 13, 2005

Dear Mr. Doris: Having read the recent St. Pete Times article about your quest to quash the nascent Homo Haven at Newsome High School, I was moved to write these words of encouragement. First of all, I agree with your central thesis that it is truly shocking that high school kids might want to talk [...]

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NO: While wealthy wield weapons, less affluent disarmed

September 9, 2005

NY Times Mr. Compass, the police superintendent, said that after a week of near anarchy in the city, no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to carry pistols, shotguns, or other firearms of any kind. “Only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons,” he said. That order apparently does not apply to the hundreds [...]

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St. Pete fights the power

August 13, 2005

Last week, St. Petersburg cops arrested several peaceful protesters for trespassing on a public sidewalk. This week, St Pete for Peace will be back at BayWalk. Saturday, August 13th from 7:30-9:30pm Baywalk, downtown St. Petersburg (map) Tell Baywalk that the public sidewalk is for the people, not for the corporations! Speak out against imperialism, torture, [...]

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St. Pete Antiwar Protesters Arrested

August 8, 2005

The St. Pete Police came down hard on some peaceful protesters Saturday night. Mel Sembler’s BayWalk has been complaining about the protesters, who occupy (but do not block) public sidewalks on Saturday nights. Apparently, the war in Iraq is bad for business, so Bush lackey Sembler wants to suppress free speech and support the troops [...]

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BlogWood Redux: SP Council: We like music. Just not this kind of music…

July 28, 2005
BlogWood Redux:  SP Council: We like music.  Just not this kind of music…

Note: as promised earlier, during the next week or so of light blogging, I’ll be re-posting some stuff that may be relevant to current events. This post first appeared in November 2003. More on this controversy here and here. November 12th, 2003 SP Council: We like music. Just not this kind of music… The City [...]

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BlogWood Redux: Right-to-work… for less money and an early death

July 25, 2005
BlogWood Redux: Right-to-work… for less money and an early death

Note: Continuing my place holding trend of recycling old junk, I am presenting some classic BlogWood posts that may have some relevance to today’s headlines. The following post first appeared on February 8. February 8, 2005 Right-to-work… for less money and an early death Unions have been on my mind lately, for a variety of [...]

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Schiavo case finally dies

July 8, 2005

Parents insist “Wait! It’s not dead yet!” Funny thing: Jeb! cut short his Maine vacation to return to Florida in order to deal with Hurricane Dennis. He should have been out of town this weekend, but once he came back and saw the news dominated by hurricanes and terrorist bombs, he decided to quietly release [...]

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Bring it on?

July 7, 2005

London rocked by explosions Wow. That whole strategy of swaggering “bring it on,” and “we’ll draw them to Iraq and fight them there” is really working out, aint it? Free societies will always be susceptible to attacks like this, but attacks grow much less likely if an effort is made to reach out to the [...]

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Terrorists force closure of last Palm Beach clinic

July 6, 2005

Federal agents looking into abortion clinic fire Federal investigators are looking into a fire that damaged an abortion clinic where protesters have staged weekly demonstrations for more than a decade. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined local authorities in investigating the Monday night blaze at the Presidential Women’s Clinic. [...]

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