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Saturday, February 14, 2004

 
Update On Bush's Military Record.

I was mistaken in my earlier post. As Jeff of SpeedKill pointed out in the comments to that post, the documents the reporters were given only 20 minutes to browse through were the medical records. The rest of the documents can be found here. Thanks Jeff.




 
Marriage In San Francisco.

665 gay couples have been married in San Fran. as of Friday night. 500 more couples lined up today to get licenses. Alright, now we're getting somewhere.

I have a feeling the semi-new "defense of marriage" law in California -- passed by voters four years ago -- is going to be ruled unconsitutional by the end of this thing. And possibly all "defense of marriage" laws.




 
We Interrupt Your Regular Scheduled Programming.

Fuck Valentines Day!

You heard me. Fuck it. Fuck it in it's tight rosy asshole. I hate valentines day. You should all hate valentines day. It's another bullshit consumer holiday. If it ain't toys made in China at Christmas it's Roses grown in South America by workers employed by fuckers who don't give a shit about their workers' health and safety.

Just say "no" to Roses. Cook her or him a nice romantic dinner. Give them a massage or something. (Maybe I should have given this advice a few days ago, eh?) Roses are so passe anyway.

I hate valentines day for other reasons, mostly because I'm always alone on valentines day. Nothing to do but get drunk and feel depressed. Maybe I should get myself a hooker.




 
Monkey Mail!

I forgot to post this the other day:
You are a damn dirty commie faggot shit-eater tersest. You should be a shamed of your self. Your grandfather is a hero among American people. If it was not for people like hem you would not be able to speak all the SHIT!! You talk all the time. I personally think you are a closet red blooded American that is why you spit off at the mouth like you do, you love American and all it stands for so much you have to yell at the top of your lungs LOOK AT ME!, I'M DEFERINT AND THAT'S OK GOD BLESS America!!!! That is what I hear when you start your shit.

Lee [last name withheld]

In all honesty, this is from my brother-in-law. And he's mostly kidding. I think.

Equality, Justice, Freedom... I'm not American, I actually believe in these things.

Clarifying note: My grandfather served two tours in Korea and two tours in Vietnam.




 
Who Supports The Marriage Amendment?

Not that polls are all that accurate, but they do give us an idea:
More support than opposition for an amendment was also registered by Republicans (64 percent in favor to 32 percent opposed), people who attended church more than once a week (58 to 38 percent), conservatives (54 to 40 percent), and people 30 to 44 years old (48 to 42 percent).

The strongest opposition to an amendment came from liberals (65 opposed and 24 percent in favor), Democrats (62 to 28 percent), young people 18 to 29 years old (58 to 35), respondents with a college degree or more (58 to 36 percent), and those who attend church a few times a year or never (56 to 32 percent).

[Link]




 
Imagine My Surprise.

So, while I was washing dishes last night I heard on the news that George Bush "released" all of his military records. I was immediately skeptical. They must have been stalling in order to erase any embarrassing information I thought to myself.

Imagine my chagrin when I learned the rub: reporters where given only 20 minutes to look through a two-inch thick stack of paper. That's fucking bullshit. That's not "releasing" anything at all. "Releasing" entails that anyone can look through the documents without any time-limit. This is giving the public a quick flash of the documents in order to stave off criticism and embarrassment. It's bullshit.

So,anyway, anything new? No. At least, not according to the NY Times article linked above -- which says the only documents placing Bush in Alabama are a dental exam -- and the AP white house correspondent -- which says there are no knew documents placing Bush in Alabama. It's hard to go through a two inch thick stack of paper in twenty minutes. It's even harder to find out the truth from the 2,500 articles written by people who only got twenty minutes each to look through a two inch stack of paper. Here, try it yourself, I dare ya.

UPDATE! -- Nothing new from the Washington Post and CNN.





Friday, February 13, 2004

 
Okay, I'm Takin' The Rest Of The Day Off.

I got house cleaning that I really need to do today. And then I think I'm gonna get high and try to get some recording done. Back tomorrow. Peace and Good Health.




 
Gay Marriage In San Francisco.

Always fight on more than one front. Here's an AP story, reprinted at Infoshop, on the situation in San Fran. 100 marriage certificates have been issued. The bigots are in court today to stop it all and take away these individuals' rights.




 
Mommy, Why Can't We Go To Walmart?

Jeanne D'Arc has a more personal look at the California strike, as she recounts a trip to the grocery store with her daughter. A nice article from a consumer's perspective.





Thursday, February 12, 2004

 
Action Alert! -- Women's Rights In Iraq.

Via Ampersand, head over to the Feminist Majority Foundation to send a letter to Resident McFuckhead in support of women's rights in Iraq. Democracy, after all, has to protect the majority in a society. And as Amp says: "it'll only take you a minute [...] and it's possible it'll do some good."




 
The Deficit.

Via Kash over at AB's place:
WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Thursday that current budget deficits, while unwelcome, were necessary because the United States was pushed into a war against terror when it was unprepared for it. [Link]

And as I said -- in not so many words -- in the comments to Kash's post: The way these fuckers talk you'd think that two years ago they weren't estimating this years deficit at a measly $14 billion. Ol' Winston's working hard to scrub the past of those inconvenient numbers.

Cold, hard fact -- This excuse for the deficit is a pile of dogshit.




 
Well Ain't That Cute.

Act For Love -- personals for activists.

Har. Sounds like a good alternative to the evil -- E-V-I-L -- RateMyFace.Com. Maybe I'll put myself on the market. Heh. I wonder who thought this up.




 
Anti-Patriot Act News.

New York City passes anti-Patriot Act measure.




 
Action Alert! -- Support Civil Rights!

Via Demagogue, head over to the PFAW website and sign this petition.
"We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the adoption of an amendment to the Constitution that would require discrimination against any specific group of Americans. The Federal Marriage Amendment is a betrayal of the American principles of equality and fairness. We oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment."

Stand up for the rights of others, they're the only ones that matter.

And if you're up for it, send a message to your local media outlet.




 
UPDATE! -- Victory In Des Moines.

Victory I say!
DES MOINES, Feb. 10 — Facing growing public pressure from civil liberties advocates, federal prosecutors on Tuesday dropped subpoenas that they issued last week ordering antiwar protesters to appear before a grand jury and ordering a university to turn over information about the protesters.

Link, via MouseMusings

The backstory here, here and here.






Tuesday, February 10, 2004

 
Welcome Back To Bizarro World Mr. Lavigne.

My whole world is turning upside-down. Did someone slip me a large amount of some kind of hallucenogenic substance or something? This isn't reality -- this is some freakish parallel dimension where Elton John is straight and Tool disbanded after their first EP. What the fuck is going on here!!! Am I going to have that delusion about being the Jesus-like figure at the end of the Universe again?
Conservative television news anchor Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he was now skeptical about the Bush administration and apologized to viewers for supporting prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

The anchor of his own show on Fox News said he was sorry he gave the U.S. government the benefit of the doubt that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's weapons program poised an imminent threat, the main reason cited for going to war.

Link, via Hesiod.

I can't handle this, man. I'm having some kind of bad trip. Somebody, anybody, talk me down. Oh, happy thoughts, happy thoughts. Fuzzy bunnies for lunch. Having sex with the hot-goth-chick-who-works-at-the-corner-store. Good drugs. No! Not drugs, not right now. Guns! Shooting TV's with the AK. Ice cream. Whipped Cream. Whipped Cream covering the hot-goth-chick-who-works-at-the-corner-store's body. Family Guy. Futurama. South Park. Sealab.

Ah, I feel better now. What was I talking about again? Huh? Bill O'Reilly? Apologized for....? Oh, Fuck! Not again. Bluh.... Ahh.... Fu.... [edit. -- Mr. Lavigne has lapsed into some kind of coma. Any well-wishers can send cards or hookers to Patty's House of Care, Cross Lanes, WV.]




 
Behind The Scenes.
Headline news: in a new clip from the Meet the Press interview with George W. Bush, Tim Russert is recorded as saying to the President, after the interview was over, "Can I be your bitch?"

[Link]




 
Marriage: A Secular Or Religious Matter?

Stephen at To The Barricades hears John Kerry talking about supporting the marriage amendment:
Kerry was asked whether he would support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual matter between a man and woman (redundant, I know). His answer: "It depends." He went on to state that he wants the partnership rights of all protected. His point was that "marriage" is a religious matter, a church matter, and the term "marriage" is what has many people up in arms. He contends that "marriage" in the religious sense came first, and that the state (i.e., the government) got involved later. (I can't verify the historical accuracy of this, but it makes sense). Therefore he says that "marriage" as a religious matter can and should be heterosexual, but "union" and "partnership" as a civil matter and as a matter of partnership rights must be equal for all relationships.

But Ringworm answered this question several days ago:
Professor Hala observes that despite religious customs today, marriage has historically been a secular affair. Marriage was in fact a legal contract combining the legal property of two people. In the Middle Ages, these contracts (vows) would be read aloud outside the doors of the church; the church being the center of the town, and thus providing an audience of witnesses (written contracts were not the habit because, frankly, nobody could read). Priests did have a habit of blessing the couple's bed, so that it would be fertile and multiply God's flock.

It was not until later that the Church got involved in the business of marriage, made a couple rules, and invented a sacrement. "The Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 declared it obligatory for a marriage to be blessed and witnessed by a priest. ... Prior to the declaration of the Lateran Council, the presence of clergy at weddings was not only unnecessary, it also seems to have been rare. The original role of the priest in a wedding celebration was to give a blessing to the couple."

When a German monk decided to nail a list of complaints to a church door. "Hang on a minute!" he said, in not so many words. Martin Luther maintained that "the regulation of marriage was a proper matter for the civil authority rather than the Church" (qtd. in Searle and Stevenson 210)." Medieval and Renaisaance Marriage

So, in conclusion, John Kerry is a moron pandering to "moderate" Christian Extremists.

[I can't believe I fucking remembered where I read that history of marriage post. I'm always forgetting where I've read things and thus end up spending large amounts of time just trying to find what I've already read in order to link it here or in comments on another site. I tried bookmarking, but that gets unwieldy.]




 
Update On The Des Moines Fight.

[Note: Click here and here for previous developments.]
Feb. 9, 2004 | DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An activist group asked a federal court Monday to block a judge's subpoena ordering Drake University to turn over names of its local members and others who took part in an anti-war gathering.

The judge's subpoena, linked to a grand jury probe, seeks records relating to the Drake chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, including names of officers and the current location of offices. It also orders the university to turn over records about a Nov. 15 forum for anti-war activists.

The forum offered sessions on the war in Iraq and nonviolence training for those planning to participate in a protest the following day at the Iowa National Guard headquarters.

Bruce Nestor, an attorney for the lawyer's group, wrote in his request Monday that the subpoena "has no purpose or effect other than to harass and intimidate persons engaged in constitutionally protected advocacy and expression."

[Link]

UPDATE! -- The AP has the alternate reality version, where this is all about some trespassing charge (I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbert.) Evidence? The break-in at a National Guard installation occurred on the same day as the anti-war rally.

And two from Common Dreams' Progressive Newswire here (Feb 6) and here (Feb 9.)




 
An Update On The Last Action Alert.

Yesterday's anti-racist action alert was a wonderful success! The hotel in PA that was to be the meeting place for several racist, authoritarian organizations was so flooded with phone calls that the hotel staff pulled their reservation. Your hate-rally has been canceled, fuckwads. Go eat shit.

I'd like to thank any readers who participated. It's cool to win the little fights every now and again. Pat yourselves on the back for me.




 
Labor News From Iraq.

The Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) has officially recognised the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU). A good step. Now, let's hope the Americans stop fucking with the IFTU.




 
KaZaa Fights Back.

Sharman Networks, makers of the popular file-sharing program KaZaa (but don't use it -- it's got spyware -- use KaZaa Lite,) are fighting back against the RIAA's recent assault in Australia.
On Tuesday, Sharman launched a legal counter-attack, accusing MIPI of not disclosing all "material facts" to the court when it applied for the order. If that charge is proven, the order could be rendered invalid. The company claims MIPI did not tell the court there had been similar proceedings against Sharman in other countries, which it claims is an omission serious enough in nature to have the order struck down.

--snip--

Sharman's U.S.-based trial counsel, David Casselman, who has flown to Sydney to assist in proceedings, believes the recording industry is targeting the company in Australia because legal attacks in other countries have failed. He further claims MIPI made misrepresentations to the court in seeking the order. "(MIPI) failed to acknowledge that the only two courts to address that issue have found that the P2P software company does not have control," he said.

Buuuurn!




 
Nyah, Nyah, We Told You So!

A War-Liberal Betrayed! -- Writer Mary A. Mitchell has taken some shit for being a dumbass, and now she's taking her frustrations out on $hrub. Boo-Yah.





Monday, February 09, 2004

 
Action Alert! -- Fuck Censorship!

From the Drug Policy Alliance:
The IRS and FEC are considering rulings that could severely restrict the free speech rights of the Drug Policy Alliance and other issue advocacy groups. The proposed rulings are vague in that they do not clearly state exactly which communications would be illegal. This means that the federal government could selectively enforce the rules in order to clamp down on any speech or advertising it does not approve of or considers politically threatening. Even though the Drug Policy Alliance does not endorse or oppose specific candidates for public office, the proposed IRS and FEC actions could hamper our efforts to contact fellow reformers like you about candidates’ stances on drug policy reform issues during election campaigns. Any member of Congress up for re-election could be able to push their legislation into law without hearing the voice of the American people.

The IRS ruling (Revenue Ruling 2004-6) could penalize drug policy reform and other nonprofit organizations that are publicly critical of any elected official who is running for re-election. Non-profit educational organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance cannot work to defeat or support federal candidates, but can educate voters on where politicians stand on certain issues. So long as the Alliance and other organizations do not explicitly call for the defeat or re-election of a politician we do not run afoul of the law. However, Revenue Ruling 2004-6 muddies these regulations to make it illegal for advocacy group to do anything that the IRS determines to be an attempt at defeat or support a candidate for federal office. The change appears minor but in fact makes the regulations more vague, giving the IRS a wide scope to call many advocacy-group actions illegal.

E-mail Your Senators and Representative Now.




 
Oooooo, Buuurn!

Scott Ritter tears into Bush:
Bush's decision to limit the scope of any inquiry to intelligence matters, effectively blocking any critique of his administration's use -- or abuse -- of such intelligence, is absurd, especially when one considers that the Bush administration was already talking of war with Iraq in 2002, prior to the preparation of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) -- the defining document on a particular area of the world or specified threat -- by the director of Central Intelligence.

According to a Department of Defense after-action report on Iraq titled "Operation Iraqi Freedom: Strategic Lessons Learned," a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times in September 2003, "President Bush approved the overall war strategy for Iraq in August last year." The specific date cited was Aug. 29, 2002 -- eight months before the first bomb was dropped.

The CIA did eventually produce a National Intelligence Estimate for Iraq, but only in October 2002, after Bush had already decided on war. The title of the NIE, "Iraq's Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction," is reflective of a predisposition that was not supported either by the facts available at the time, or by the passage of time.

Damn, I think Scott Ritter is my favorite Republican ever (I know, I know, not saying much at all.) Read the rest -- there's a hell of a lot more.




 
Take Action! -- Stop Racist Fuckheads!

From Infoshop:
Several white supremacist organizations, including the Aryan Nations, Creativity Movement (formerly the World Church of the Creator), the Ku Klux Klan and Volksfront, have made plans to join forces for a national meeting and recruitment drive in York, PA on Saturday, February 14th. Over the past several years, neo-nazis have made a concerted effort to gain a foothold in York, and time and time again, dedicated anti-fascists and community members have stood up to tell this nazi trash that they are not welcome in York, or anywhere else for that matter.

This time around, the fascists have scheduled a meeting in a local Comfort Inn, reserving a conference room for under the name Empire Publishing. They are attempting to hide the true nature of their meeting - scheduled on a day that is being du! bbed "Love the White Race Day" by the leadership of the National Alliance - knowing full well that the citizens of York would not stand for such a meeting in their city. We must notify the hotel of the true nature of this meeting, and demand that their reservation be cancelled. These groups are responsible for heinous violent crimes, and we must not let them organize and recruit within our communities.

Click Here to take action against these racist fuckheads.




 
Welcome Back To Bizarro World.

Bush is campaigning on the economy? What fucking planet am I on right now? This is like a quarterback asking to stay in the game because he threw a dozen interceptions in the first half.

Anyway, it's actually kinda funny -- he's touting one of his paid-for-reports that claims there's 2.6 million jobs coming this year. I assume the report comes from the same people that promised us 5.5 million new jobs from the last tax cut, of which we've seen 350,000 or some such miniscule number.

It's funny like going to church and pretending to have tourettes.

It's sad like watching a fish flop around suffocating on dry land.

I almost feel sorry for the little shit.




 
This Is Fucking Bullshit!

Sometimes I wish these dumb fucks had won the civil war, that way I could just laugh at the stupid foreign country. I hate having to deal with this crap. Check it:
The Ten Commandments are back in the Alabama Judicial Building, this time in an exhibit that opened Thursday and features seven other historical documents.

--snip--

The new display includes the Ten Commandments as one of many sources of Western law, an arrangement that courts have found permissible.

Attached to a black Velcro background about 10 feet long and 8 feet tall are photocopies of the oldest known manuscript of the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta, the U.S. Constitution and other documents. A 31-page booklet containing the text of all eight documents is in the display.

Pop Quiz! How many of the Ten Commandments are represented in modern American Law? Anybody? Anybody? Three. And as is pointed out in that link, breaking the tenth commandment -- about coveting thy neighbors goods -- is the basis of capitalism. Following the 10 Commandments to the letter would lead to a complete breakdown of our system.

This message brought to you by People For Freedom From All Religious Totalitarians (PFFFART.)

[Edited for maximum humor.]




 
A Poem.
ANARCHY.

Ever reviled, accursed, ne'er understood,
    Thou art the grisly terror of our age.
"Wreck of all order," cry the multitude,
    "Art thou, and war and murder's endless rage."
O, let them cry. To them that ne'er have striven
    The truth that lies behind a word to find,
To them the word's right meaning was not given.
    They shall continue blind among the blind.
But thou, O word, so clear, so strong, so pure,
    Thou sayest all which I for goal have taken.
I give thee to the future! Thine secure
    When each at least unto himself shall waken.
Comes it in sunshine? In the tempest's thrill?
    I cannot tell--but it the earth shall see!
I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will
    Not rule, and also ruled I will not be!

JOHN HENRY MACKAY.

Thanks to Rudolf for dropping this in my inbox.




 
An Update On The Des Moines Subpoenas

From DKos:
Yesterday, February 3, Detective Jeff Warford of the Polk County Sheriff's Office-FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force came to Catholic Peace Ministry's office here in Des Moines with a subpoena for me to testify before a Federal Grand Jury next Tuesday, February 10. Mr. Warford also served papers on Elton Davis at the Catholic Worker House and Patti McKee, who was coordinator of Iowa Peace Network until last month. The Grand Jury process is shrouded in secrecy. We do not know who or what the object of this investigation may be, beyond "possible violations of federal criminal law in the Southern District of Iowa."

The proceeding will be behind closed doors. We may not have an attorney present. We have the right to plead the Fifth Amendment, refusing the answer questions that might incriminate us. The government, then, can offer us immunity from prosecution, in which case we will obliged to answer under threat of contempt of court and could be imprisoned for the length of the Grand Jury session, 18 months, should we continue to refuse to answer. This immunity would be limited to our own testimony and anything any of us say could be used against the others.

Whatever is going on, this is definitely an escalation on the part of the government's war on dissent and clamp down on civil liberties. The fact that anything that we three and the peacemaking communities we represent could possibly attract the notice of a "Terrorism Task Force" is reprehensible. Please spread the word, express concerns you have with Federal and Polk County authorities. Keep us in mind and prayer.

Brian Terrell
Executive Director
Catholic Peace Ministry

Welcome to the past.

Also read this.




 
A Moment Of Silence Please.

For our fallen comrades, killed in the line of duty.





Sunday, February 08, 2004

 
Support Our Troops! Fire Bush!

If this is supporting the troops, what the hell are the anti-troop people doing? Bludgeoning their fathers to death and anally raping their mothers, wives, sisters, and/or daughters? Pissing in their breakfast? What?
Bush: "Fuck you guys."
The Bush Administration's 2004 budget proposed gutting Veterans Administration (VA) services, including health care funding. Proposed cuts included: denying at least 360,000 veterans access to health care; $250 annual premiums; increased pharmacy co-payments; a 30 percent increased primary care co-payments; and increased waiting time for a first medical appointment.

Because of budgetary shortfalls, the VA suspended the enrollment of veterans not injured in service earning between $24,450 and $38,100 annually. VFW officials estimated the administration's VA budget is at least $2 billion short of meeting the demand for quality health care.

The FY 2004 budget approved by Congress calls for reducing VA funding over a 10-year period by $6.2 billion. Cuts are in the areas of veterans' health care and disability benefits.

The cuts affect VA discretionary funding, which could mean discontinuation of burial benefits for veterans or delays in the cost-of-living adjustment for disability benefits.

Some veterans must pay a new $250 annual enrollment fee to join the VA healthcare system. The VA believes 1.25 million veterans nationwide, already under the VA healthcare plan, may no longer be able to participate because of the new fee.

I'd heard it was bad, but these numbers are just staggering.

Thanks to Blah3 for the link.




 
Can I Get Some Hate-Mail Here?

I just realized that I haven't gotten a single peice of hate-mail in quite some time now. Where the hell are all the retards? I miss getting letters telling me what a damn dirty commie faggot shit-eater I am. Let's try something new and see if it stirs up the barbarian hordes:

Reagan was a criminal. 30 people in his administration went to jail. He supported Saddam Hussein's atrocities. Ayn Rand was a stupid bitch. My three-year-old nephew has more sense than that dumb fuck. Milton Freidman is a fucking idiot and a tool. The Pulitzer Prize was never given to a bigger moron. Cuba really isn't that bad of a place, relatively speaking. The "Free" market leads only to the tyranny of the capitalist class. "Free" is not even a word that can be used to describe a capitalist market. George Bush is a lying monkey, which is weird, 'cause monkeys can't talk. Some people in this administration better be going to jail. Religion is stupid. Abortion isn't murder, it's the death penalty. Homosexuality is a completely natural thing -- anyone who has ever seen one male dog fucking another male dog knows this, why don't you? Drugs are good -- I'm on drugs right now, but I buy mine from a legitimate dealer, I don't have to "doctor shop." I'm thinking about taking some ecstacy and a viagra and having sex with a complete stranger -- maybe two or three even. My dick is bigger than yours, which isn't saying too much, pinky. If I were Justin Timberlake I would have bent down and given Janet's nip a good sucking and then pulled off her pants and tongued her twat. Only fags run away from nice titties. I take that back, if I were Justin Timberlake I would kill myself. The RIAA are a bunch of evil fuckheads and stealing from them -- but lawd knows why anyone would want to -- is a righteous act of civil disobedience. All corporations are evil -- they exploit workers, destroy the environment, control the government and fuck consumers in their tight conservative asses. Andrew Sullivan is only conservative on issues that don't affect him personally, which is why he supported the Iraq war (his gay ass wasn't in any danger of being thrown into the meat grinder) but doesn't support a ban on gay marriage (which will turn him into a permanent second class citizen.) I think it would be a good thing for Andy to lose all his money and live poor for a bit; he'd be a raging liberal in less than a month.

Hoo, that was fun. I might have to start doing that more often. Okay, bring it on FReeper scum! Bwahahahahahaha. Gimme some hate-mail!!! Come on!




 
Another Laugh For Ya.

Bush Military Record

Thanks to Rook.




 
This Is Funny.

Will Durst takes on the Supa Bowl Nip Slip Incident Thingy -- whatever.




 
Welcome To Bush's America.

Dissent will not be tolerated:
DES MOINES, Iowa - In what may be the first subpoena of its kind since the Communist-hunting days of the 1950s, a federal judge has ordered a university to turn over records about a gathering of anti-war activists.

In addition to the subpoena of Drake University, subpoenas were served this past week on four of the activists who attended a Nov. 15 forum at the school, ordering them to appear before a grand jury Tuesday, the protesters said.

Federal prosecutors refuse to comment on the subpoenas, served by a local sheriff's deputy who works on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In addition to records about who attended the forum, the subpoena orders the university to divulge all records relating to the local chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild, a New York-based legal activist organization that sponsored the forum.

The group, once targeted for alleged ties to communism in the 1950s, announced Friday it will ask a federal court to quash the subpoena on Monday.

"The law is clear that the use of the grand jury to investigate protected political activities or to intimidate protesters exceeds its authority," guild President Michael Ayers said in a statement.

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Rift In The Israeli Government.

Israel's National Religious Party (NRP) has threatened to leave the government if Sharon's plan to disengage from Gaza is approved. Boo fucking hoo.

Here's a few facts about the NRP. The party believes in peace, prosperity, and the complete realization of Greater Israel -- all the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River under the control of the State of Israel. Standard Zionism.

They claim that they "will take action to ensure the strict protection of the dignity, heritage and culture of the Israeli Arabs." Yeah, right, 'cause Zionism has treated the Arabs real gawdamn well so far, eh?

I say: good riddance.