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Democracy Now! Host and Producers Arrested at Republican Convention

By Holly Watt
ST. PAUL -- Democracy Now! radio host Amy Goodman and two producers were arrested while covering demonstrations at the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn. Goodman was released after being held for over three hours, but is still waiting to hear when Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar would be released.

"I was down on the convention floor interviewing delegates when I heard that two of our producers had been arrested," said Goodman. "I ran down to Jackson and 7th Street, where the police had moved in."

Goodman said that when she ran up to find out what was going on, she was also arrested.

"They seriously manhandled me and handcuffed my hands behind my back. The top ID [at the convention] is to get on the floor and the Secret Service ripped that off me. I had my Democracy Now! ID too. I was clearly a reporter."

Goodman, who was released after being charged with a misdemeanor, said that Salazar had been hurt in the face, while Kouddous had been thrown up against a wall and hurt his elbow.

"Nicole told me that as they moved in on three sides, she asked them 'How do I get away from this?' and they jumped on her."

Both Kouddous and Salazar could be held for up to 36 hours.

"One of the police kept shouting at me 'Shut up, shut up," she said. "It was extremely threatening."

Posted at 9:29 PM ET on Sep 1, 2008  | Category:  Conventions
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when it's this newspaper's reporters who get dragged off facedown it will warrant headlines in the paper edition. but til then, toss it on a "blog", "allow" comment, thus pretending it's coverage rather than the opposite -- obscuring, burying the truth and belittling blog-readers as blogreaders and thus not "mainstream" but fringe and thus per force irrelevant.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 6:33 PM

Most U.S. cops are routine perpetrators of violent assaults. When are we going to realize that we've accepted enough of their legalized gang behaviour, line them all up and put a bullet in their heads?

Posted by: Doug | September 8, 2008 3:44 PM

It seems that there are a lot of people who are soaking in ignorance. The battle for the White House is being fought via blogs & comments. How foolish so many are to think that these arrests are warranted. Our voices are being stifled through fear of arrest. This IS Nazi Germany in so many ways - one day they will come for you and who will speak out.

Posted by: avoice | September 8, 2008 1:45 PM

I have witnessed Ms Goodmans work. I am not impressed. She is as far to the left as the spectrum will allow. I saw her "INTERVIEW" with the CONVICTED cop killer Mumia. If poor journalistic skills were a crime, MS. Goodman would be on death row right next to her interview.

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 8, 2008 1:32 PM

re Posted by: PMOSGM | September 7, 2008 5:07 PM"Why is Amy Goodman not required to obey the law as are other members of the United States. "

The Bill of Rights grants a free press. The reporter was with other reporters who'd been arrested/detained/prevented from doing their job but who had broken NO law as they have a RIGHT and a CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY to cover events, especially those that people in power wish to suppress, such as protests against their policies and the arrests of the press who'd publicize them --

Is telling the very officers who have the detained reporters with them that they are mistakenly detaining reporters with a right to be there in any way interfering with those cops' business, which is to arrest those who are committing crimes?

Why did the cops choose to arrest/harrass/detain/interfere with non-violent non-protesting reporters instead of going after violent protesters? Maybe it's safer to arrest reporters who you know won't hurt you.
Very brave.

Reporters were arrested for no other known legitimate peace-keeping reason, no known reason EXCEPT that they were reporters, which the cops knew.

See also the footage of arrests of Univision reporters -- dragged out of their press tent --obviously no impediment to the police -- during the LA demonstrations for immigrants' rights last year.

There is no law except martial law (our de facto martial law, if we acquiesce in this) that makes it a crime to report the news as it happens.
Or are we at war with those we disagree with and, for the "right people", the cops are their personal army?
Yes.

This is exactly how dictatorships operate. In some countries, the government makes no bones about controlling what stories make it to the public. In this one, we the people acquiesce in de facto control -- just as most Chinese, ex., acquiesce to official control.

In a democracy, the people themselves hand over their rights through their silence, or through cheerleading.
Apparently some prefer censorship of views they dislike.

If the police have the right to tell non-violent reporters to leave the scene of a newsworthy event, it is the police who decide what the public will see.

If the person who posted the comment is OK with having cops decide what he or she will see, then fine. Censorship by taser, fine. Such persons should contact their legislators and argue to have it codified that the police should determine what does and does not get covered. If they get their wish, they can live in the openly, legally enacted government- imposed ignorance they desire.

Meanwhile, it is an example of a preemptive strike by the cops to hide their own actions from scrutiny, secure in their knowledge that powerful Americans have decided that reporters are the enemy and as such are subject to jailing for reporting on dissent and police actions in response: making it a crime to report on arrests as they happen.

Making arrests subject to censorship-by-cop seems a lousy idea to me -- but I'm old school, not a bleating sheep who is looks on approvingly because folks I don't agree with are routinely being rounded up.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2008 11:39 AM

Why is Amy Goodman not required to obey the law as are other members of the United States. The police were responding to a riot situation with destruction of private property by several hundred people. She was told several times to step back and she refused and then pushed past the police officer into the area they were attempting to secure. I personally believe she should spend a couple of months in jail and work 200 hours of community service as a police officer.

Posted by: PMOSGM | September 7, 2008 5:07 PM

It is very sad to learn about the arrests of my colleague Mrs. Amy Goodman and other journalists and even an AP photographer because they only have covered some protests against war.

All people in America should support liberty, democracy and the free press. "Liberty is right...", said Abraham Lincoln. As many of us know, the president said more important things. In Germany we have a similar serious situation for journalists. Neo-Nazis have shot two times in August 2008 with deadly force at the office of a left wing journalist, the journalist Mrs. Ulla Jelpke. More information you will find on www.menschenrechtsreporter.blogspot.com . If you want to have a FREE press and safety for journalist in GERMANY also, then PLEASE sign the petitions, also, PLEASE: 1) www.petitiononline.com/aug082/petition.html 2) www.ipetitions.com/petition/journalist 3) www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/safety-of-journalists-in-germany-2993.html . And what are the dangers of dictatorship. REMEMBER or watch the photos of 1945 after only 12 years of dictatorship, Germany has in many places completely destroyed. As America is still a super power. Who in the world will rebuild America after it has got destroyed as the result of total dictatorship. For some reason it seems, that no many people will be able to answer a question like this. Perhaps it is easier to be peaceful active for liberty, religious freedom for every one and democracy. For well known reason I do believe the FREEDOM of the press should be granted in America and in Germany, too.
There has been published a petition in concern of the journalist Amy Goodman also, which can be found on: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/amy-goodman-arrested---stand-up-for-democracy People should be aware then journalist are NOT allowed anymore to cover FREE stories just because people are against war. Is it a crime to protest against war? Every one which has got some education perhaps knows about the crimes which have taken place in 1933 to 1945 in Germany followed by other crimes in EASTERN GERMANY behind the WALL in the years 1945 to 1990. Dictatorship leads always into total destruction of entire nations or even Empires, as we have learned from history so many times. Therefore it is good to support liberty, peace, democracy, the freedom of speech and of journalists not only in America but in Germany and in other countries which claim to have a democracy. -- Andreas Klamm, journalist, author, anchor of IBS Independent Broadcasting Service Liberty (Leeds, est. 1986), British Newsflash Magazine and 3mnewswire.org, Germany and the United Kingdom

Posted by: Andreas Klamm Journalist | September 6, 2008 10:28 PM

I would just like to inform "Had Enough" that Pelosi (I assume you are mistakenly referring to speaker of the house of representatives Nancy Pelosi) was never the governor of Alaska and is not John MCain's running mate. You stated
"Pelosi obviously ran a good executive leadership role as governor of Alaska, so she gets my vote and approval also"
Before you vote I suggest that you research her policy decisions during her term as governor of Alaska and mayor of Wasilla or at least learn her name. Perhaps this was a simple typo, but if not, do not profess the "obvious" merits of someones term as governor when you're not even sure of their name.

Posted by: PJo | September 6, 2008 2:46 PM

I saw the interview with this woman and the video. I don't agree with the protestors, but if the establishment keeps wiping their butt with the constitution then our grandchildren will start to wonder what kind of spineless people we are. Freedom of the press is a serious matter. The video they have clearly shows thugs against the constitution plain and simple. Chilling is the word I would use to describe the whole thing. Wake up America!!

Posted by: Chad | September 6, 2008 11:59 AM

The email of the police chief of St Paul is john.harrington@ci.stpaul.mn.us , in case anyone wants to complain

Posted by: Dave | September 6, 2008 11:48 AM

Most people don't realize that this is America and there is only one side to the story. If you want to understand a problem in detail you can listen to Fox News. There is also Rush and Bill O' to explain things.

Posted by: Kizzy | September 6, 2008 11:01 AM

I hate people who don't think like me.

Posted by: Wilson | September 6, 2008 10:42 AM

Anything other then thinking the way politicans in power tell us to think is totally wrong and unAmerican.

Posted by: Bill | September 6, 2008 10:33 AM

Well all in all; the civil, rational, and pathetic, I have witnessed. I would like to sum my opinion with the following quote:

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable." - JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

Posted by: anonymous for political reasons | September 6, 2008 4:51 AM

Man, she is in for a real Tramatic experience.

on a side note, I want to get Sarah Palin on the oprah winfrey show. I have a website for it www.getsarahpalinonoprah.net
if that happens to get pulled. getsarahpalinonoprah dot net.

Posted by: I Love It | September 6, 2008 12:46 AM

To say that you will vote for McCain/Palin because they will not be led by their party is shortsighted and completely erroneous. Palin was put on the ticket to energize the conservative Christian faction who were not happy with McCain. In fact , they all but threatened to sit out the election almost assuring Obama a victory. She preaches "intelligent design" as science in our schools, overthrowing Roe v. Wade, abstinence over birth control and no rights whatsoever for same sex unions. Sounds an awful lot like the current occupant of the White House and his Veep. We're all Americans , if you act and look like us.

Obama, although a newcomer and rookie to the scene, shows far more compassion for the everyday man and not just the ones who happen to subscribe singularly to his beliefs or ideology.
Please take the next few weeks and seriously study the candidates issue by issue and their history in the senate vote by vote. Ignore the talking points of the commentators and use that gray matter between your ears instead of the leash around your neck!

Posted by: phil the indy who supports a change! | September 5, 2008 3:51 PM

Hello Anonymous for Political Reasons.

thank you for the comments of your last post. I am gratefull that we have some civil people commenting here. BOTH SIDES have some Civil people here.

First "The Patriot Act" this is a fishy act at best,.. some good points when needed but it seems too much power in one place without checks and balances.

Second "A Police State" The ultimate police state will be when owning and operating a personal firearm(responsibly) for protection, or hunting is outlawed. Hitler removed civilian arms and the world lived happily NEVER after.
Reading and understanding your constitutional rights is very important,.. The Understanding part is more important.

The constitution was supposed to be a way for the people to control the government, not the government control the people. Any situation not construed in the constitution should be considered legal,.. unless it violates someone else's rights. This is why we have judges.

Anonymous you briefly touched on religious freedoms. Our country has never been too big on that a few cases in point. Native American Religions, The Missouri Extinction Order of the Mormons, Ill Treatment of the Amish, there are many many more. This shows that even though our land is supposed to be free of religious persecution(any religion, including peaceful muslim activities) it is rarely given the weight that it deserves.

Anonymous to further a point of yours, you also mentioned business' being shut down or illegally searched and siezed. When the government tries to control free-market-economy the economy will always suffer.

Politics: Obama=Carter, McCain=Bush, Obama=Bin Laden,.. all crap only history will tell the truth. We can't accurately say someone will act a certain way, unless you have a crystal ball. I like to think that anyone who get's elected will want to do what he/she/them/it/us thinks is morally and ethically right and just.

Right to Assembly: Peaceful yes, illegal NO,.. I agree there are people who should be ashamed of their actions and YES their actions did infringe on the rights of the peaceful protestors. I personally feel that had these hooligans not caused the issue maybe we would only see a handful of arrests and no charges. The people who pushed the flaming garbage dumpster into a police car should be charged with a felony. Just a personal thought, no law degrees to back that one up.

"Fair Trade" doesn't really sound like you have law degrees.

"Instigator" shame on you. c'mon some people are trying to have an adult discussion here.

now all that being said I will probably vote for McCain/Palin. Just a personal choice, not a party politic.

Posted by: Interesting Comments | September 5, 2008 1:40 PM

To Fair Trade:

How does one have "several" law degrees? I can see having two, a J.D. and an LL.M., but several. Do you have a LL.D.? If so, that's pretty amazing, since there are only a few schools that award them, and there probably only a few hundred people who have them. Are you from a foreign country, and you decided to collect different degrees from the different systems? In all my years as an attorney, I have never met an American with more than two law degrees, so I have to conclude you are lying, or you are counting some paralegal certificates as "law degrees". I really hope that you are lying, because the latter option is just kind of sad.

Posted by: Matt in NYC | September 5, 2008 9:32 AM

Constitution Now: Thank you for the civil responses, much appreciated.

Now in response.

I am not quite sure what you mean about bipartisan. Yes I agree it is ruining our nation when the political parties work together to write laws that benefit the elite and themselves and do not serve the nation. If they actually wrote bipartisan laws that benefit our people then it wouldn't be so bad.

As for no bipartisan politics during the time of our founding fathers, I think is quite wrong. The founding fathers were from different views and different parties for example: No Party Affiliation at all to, Federalist, to Democratic-Republican, to National Republican and probably a few other radical views. The bipartisan laws they wrote were such documents that I think we are still familiar with...maybe.

Now I have to say you are a little biased, but don't worry I have no need to arrest or hang you for it. It is fair for the Democrats to compare McCain to Bush for they are representing the same Republican Party. Although given, McCain is of a different faction. As for Obama being another Carter is just as much speculation as McCain being another Bush. Although there is more evidence of the last statement. Actually it wouldn't surprise me if Obama is another Bush just with a different flavor.

Well, we don't exactly have the SA marching down my street at this time. doesn't prove that there is not a police state growing. We did put the Japanese in Camps and kept civil liberties from blacks in the past. Now what we are witnessing is the increase of a police state. For example the Patriot Act which I believe violates the constitution (Actually we are under an emergency status and the American flag is often flying with Gold Fringe, the constitution may not apply for anyone's case at this time)

The law enforcement is getting a lot of practice to mobilize with many of the recent disasters and legal actions, that we very seldom saw in the recent past. For a few examples, full out mandatory evacuations, and the raiding and mass removal of people from religious groups, which by the way was ruled unjust by our current judicial system. I am not saying we shouldn't evacuate in disaster or remove people from certain harmful situations. I am just saying the methods that are practiced under these circumstances are overzealous and look very much like a police state action.

My personal experiences are the police actually raiding business buildings and locking them down, preventing business owners from legally operating, just because someone thought there may be terrorism occurring. No evidence, no warrant, no probable cause, but just because someone had no respect for their rights.(They probably hated them)

And for this recent event, this is nothing new, just something that is scary at this day and age. War protesters in the 60s and 70s were often arrested for conspiracy, they were never convicted because they did nothing wrong, often released, but definitely stripped of their freedom because of their beliefs and rights practiced.

As for the protesters in the recent event. Some of them should be ashamed of themselves for causing the damage and harm; the crimes they committed.
Now I am sure there were many that did nothing at all wrong. All they did was attempt to politically challenge the current establishment, for this they were stripped of their rights. Now this is very similar to a police state. I didn't witness this personally but the facts will hopefully come out in the near future.

I would be careful what one says anywhere because you can be arrested for it if you say they wrong thing. It can be used against you. And if this country becomes a full on fascist state in the future it is possible for some to be even killed for what they represent. I will try hard to not allow this to happen. Even for all the people here breeding hate.

Posted by: anonymous for political reasons | September 5, 2008 2:42 AM

Meant to say "constructive conversation" not "construction conversion"... though that sounds somewhat intriguing.

But seriously "frightened american"... I'd like to hear some of your views...

Posted by: IEB | September 4, 2008 8:57 PM

to "frightened american"

Perhaps instead of simply dismissing what everyone on this board has said you might enlighten us with your acumen (i.e. say something constructive regarding the "issues")

Some people on this forum are actually trying to have a constructive conversion... despite a good deal of snarkiness from many.

Posted by: IEB | September 4, 2008 8:52 PM

Having spent the last half hour reading the comments posted to this article, I am now disheartened and frightened by the hatefulness the comments contain. The comments in no way contribute thoughtfully or meaningfully to any debate.

Posted by: frightened american | September 4, 2008 8:09 PM


From DemocracyNow --> http://www.democracynow.org/2008/9/4/eight_members_of_rnc_activist_group

Ramsey County prosecutors have formally charged eight members of a prominent activist group with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. The eight members of the RNC Welcoming Committee are believed to be the first persons ever charged under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal PATRIOT Act. The activists face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

BRUCE NESTOR: These charges are very significant for any political activist or anybody that cares about the right to organize politically or for freedom of speech. By equating plans or stated plans to blockade traffic and to try to disrupt the convention with acts of terrorism, the conspiracy nature of the charge, where you punish people for what they say or advocate, but not for what they do, really creates a possibility that anybody organizing a large-scale demonstration, at which civil disobedience may be a part of it or where other individuals may then engage in some type of property damage, creates the potential that all those organizers can be charged with these conspiracy charges and face significant penalties.

~~~~~~~~

This is significant guys and gals and not in a good way. I'm sure there will be more than a few of you saying they deserve it. Well, I would argue those who were not promoting or planning violence and did not participate in violence do not deserve to be charged "preemptively". This is a troubling precedent.

But again, some of you will not agree... that is until you personally decide to demonstrate and are unfairly imprisoned because of what others are planning to do.

It all follows the chipping away of our civil liberties after 9/11 aided by the patriot act which encourages preemptive police action.

I'm totally against it.

And for those who argue there were bad people who were part of this group... arrest the bad people when they actually break the law.

Posted by: IEB | September 4, 2008 7:19 PM

have you noticed how Obama/Biden sounds kinda like Obama Bin Laden?

I like to instigate stuff so let's hear those whiny Libtardo's say something about that.

BTW, the Hippy Biyatch got what she deserved.

Posted by: The Instigator | September 4, 2008 6:10 PM

I agree, there is way too much name calling and hatred sparking hatred in here.

I am not a liberal, Democrat, Republican, Nazi, or a communist, I am an american Citizen who wants someone who will rise above the party politics.

Given the two choices I will vote for McCain/Palin. They will not be led by the nose, or by their party.

I will NOT vote for Obama/Biden they are led by thier party.

I want our country led by the majority vote, and surprise,... The majority is the people in-between who are neither Democrats, or Republicans.

We The People NOT We the Minority vote!
We The Proud, We The Brave, We The Heroes,. We The Responsible, We The Just.

Not Just US, Not We the Whiny!

Posted by: We The People | September 4, 2008 6:07 PM

oh boy,.. lots of name calling, and lots of ill will FROM BOTH SIDES.

ok people what we need to remember here is that we are not Democrats, or Republicans,.. we are citizens of the United States of America. The Key word there is UNITED.

first to the Democrats: It is patently unfair to accuse someone who is not yet in office of the crimes of the previous person in office.

Second the Republicans: Their candidates can say what they want, let them tout change all they want. If they get into office we will see if it's a "Carter" repeat.

Now in regards to this video.
The police may have acted a bit too hasty, and no doubt there are citizens who were peaceful protestors that were arrested.
Amy Goodmans mistake was not listening,.. did the cops do wrong? That can only be adjudicated(I hope that's the right word) in a court by a judge.

There are a lot of personal attacks on this blog by one party or the other. so let's stop the personal attacks and get down to brass tacks.

fact 1. The police wre charged with keeping the peace.

fact 2. There were members of the protest that were not peaceful (throwing bottles, breakign windows, the kind of thing that would get you arrested no matter who is in town.)

fact 3. She was asked not to continue her actions several times.

fact 4. a senior officer commanded the arrest, not the officer in front of her.

fact 5. Undue force was not used,.. she was summarily arrested and detained. She was neither bleeding or unable to speak.

fact 6. we are not viewing a police state. if we were you would be arrested for writing on this blog, and so would I.

Now the postulations:

P1. There will be legal repercussions against both the civilians, and the police(another support against there being a police state)

P2. If you don't want to be arrested move to the side of the road and act non-threatening, it won't guarantee you won't be arrested, but you will have better chances.

now for responses to what I have read.

"These aren't they same parties our founding fathers believed in." posted by Anonymous for political reasons. -- rebuttal -- our founding fathers did not have bipartisan politics,.. they were united in finding the best president at the time. it was after that that things changed.

"Fair Trade: you, sir or madam, do not have "multiple law degree's." You would never get a single degree (let alone a law degree) when murdering the English language like you do." posted by Tom C -- rebuttal -- my mother is a paralegal, and her attorney she works for has horrible grammer, he is a great speaker though, and a commanding presence. Most attornies and doctors have horrible grammer. So do I, gosh I hope you won't tear me down for it. "Fair Trade" probably does have the law degrees he claims, and he probably has them in something other than being an attorney,.. that's kind of funny. I like and dislike some of his points.

So all in all - let's stop being so petty here, and let's acknowledge that Bipartisan politics is ruining our nation.

Posted by: Constitution Now | September 4, 2008 5:23 PM

Fair Trade: you, sir or madam, do not have "multiple law degree's." You would never get a single degree (let alone a law degree) when murdering the English language like you do. Normally I don't do grammar flames, but when they attest directly to the point at hand -- whether or not you have the degrees you claim, to give you the authority you desire -- it's relevant.

The police acted at best like ham-handed thugs, and at worst like jackbooted enforcers of the apparatchik. This is becoming increasingly common; as the Republicans (and, increasingly, and sadly, the Democrats) become aware of just what they can get away with -- with a populace that seems to agree that the Constitution is "just a ***-damned piece of paper" -- this kind of unconstitutional police state behavior is on the upswing.

For what it's worth, this is the kind of behavior (suppressing peaceful protests and arresting journalists on the job) that we used to condemn China for. Now, I guess, we do it too.

January 20, 2009 cannot come soon enough. Get these thugs away from the levers of power.

Posted by: Tom C | September 4, 2008 3:35 PM

Communist are idiots, Communist are idiots,
Communist are idiots, we all fall down! Democrates love Communist, Democrates live Communist, Democrates love Communist, we all fall down. Marxist just live to lie, love to lie love to lie, Marxist just love to lie, we all fall down.
liberals are unkind, are unkind, are unkind, liberals are unkind, thats why they hate us.

Posted by: wisecracker | September 4, 2008 2:07 PM

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Posted by: wisecracker | September 4, 2008 1:31 PM

TEETERING SAID:

"Yellow Star says: "The USSR was founded by Communist Jews. Most of the 60's radicals and militants were Communist Jews. Amy Goodman and most of her organization are Communist Jews. The list goes on and on.
I think there's a pattern here."

Yellow Star is a F&&^$$%#*g idiot!"

=============================

Why? Because he dared to speak the truth?


Posted by: teetering | September 3, 2008 8:39 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 8:46 AM

Congratulation!! This policemen are now no better the Hitlers SA (Sturmabteilung = Storm department). Too bad thats once the SA was not usefull anymore for Hitler, he had the SA head persons killed and many more arrested, so the oppresor becomes the oppresed. Really ironic how history repeats. I can no longer separate 2 terms now "Banana republic" and "USA" somehow, they start to come closer and closer with time. I hope you can get your country back, mostly you are really nice people who deserves better.

Posted by: Ismael | September 4, 2008 6:44 AM

Oh my God!

Most of the people in this column should be ashamed of themselves. Thanks for helping me decide on which party to vote for. Neither. These aren't they same parties our founding fathers believed in. Vote for whoever you wish because when it comes down to it, the new revolution will begin.

Posted by: anonymous for politcal reasons | September 4, 2008 1:41 AM

Oh my God!

Most of the people in this column should be ashamed of themselves. Thanks for helping me decide on which party to vote for. Neither. These aren't they same parties our founding fathers believed in. Vote for whoever you wish because when it comes down to it, the new revolution will begin.

Posted by: anonymous for politcal reasons | September 4, 2008 1:35 AM

This is disgusting--all of it. While many of those commenting are busy making fun of each other and all of these worthless politicians, most Americans still don't have decent health care; now we're up to our, ahem, necks in ill will throughout the world, and (thanks to the most recent additions on that growing list of inept leaders) the portion of this country that China doesn't already own, they can buy after we've paid them what we owe them. Yet, we, evidently continue to believe that anything is going to change because we vote one way or the other? Only when the top 1% of our spoiled American asses can AFFORD to shop at Walmart, only then will we stop being divided and DEMAND change. Who knows, maybe it won't be too late.

Posted by: Wilson | September 3, 2008 11:42 PM

As a senior citizen I have, over the year's, watched our civil right's being stripped away a little at a time and I have observed police brutality nationwide, all in the name of law & order. What is a "Law" ? In my opinion it's one group of people forcing their will upon another. In this day and age city council's, Mayor's,Governor's and most politician's are engaging in and dreaming up scheme's that we sentence mafioso type's to prison for, but for some unknown reason, when an elected official doe's it, it's all legal...go figure ! For example, suppose you were arrested for DUI, the cop say's, blow in this machine or lose your license for 6 month's or a year, well...that would be, in a normal person's mind, criminal coercion....acording to Black's law dictionary...."threatening to accuse that person of having comitted a criminal act", but the supreme court say's not so...try that on joe citizen for any other type of crime and see what you get ! Leader's ? We don't have leader's, they have follower's.

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 9:57 PM

Wow! 'Had Enough' is a F%&%&#&*g idiot too! Lots of idiots here!

Posted by: teetering | September 3, 2008 8:41 PM

Yellow Star says: "The USSR was founded by Communist Jews. Most of the 60's radicals and militants were Communist Jews. Amy Goodman and most of her organization are Communist Jews. The list goes on and on.
I think there's a pattern here."

Yellow Star is a F&&^$$%#*g idiot!


Posted by: teetering | September 3, 2008 8:39 PM

Pigs will be pigs.

Lank is a f*%&^*g idiot!

Posted by: teetering | September 3, 2008 8:31 PM

Welcome to America.
Her mistake was trying to push against the officers.
But to her defense, cops will be cops.
They all got that "I've got a badge and a gun, so that means I have power," mentality.
In my opinion, the U.S should, over a period of extended time, replace the entire police force of the U.S with a new batch of recruits with a new mentality. And a way to make sure that the cops we get on the force aren't the power-hungry egomaniacs running around nowadays, calling themselves protectors of the law.
Bunch of hypocrites, all of em.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 7:01 PM

Several members of the press have been detained or stripped of their press identification, including a reporter from the NY Daily News. There were raids which preceded the Convention during which personal computers and documentary film equipment were seized. As for the "violence," you obviously are unfamiliar with agent provocateurs. (In contrast, there was no violence in Denver.) Silence from the mainstream media, except about the "violence, of course. Welcome to civil liberties, Republican version.

Posted by: desertwillow | September 3, 2008 6:18 PM

AMy is not above the law. Why do these people think they are? How is that Social Justice" when others are arrested, but this dip stick thinks she won't be. SShe ignored the officer, she was arrested, as she should have been. There is a difference between protesting and breaking the law. Book her Daniel! And give her a big fine to boot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:12 PM

In response to "Fair Trade"

I respect your viewpoint from the wisdom of several law degrees. However my perception of the events as they unfolded (based, I must admit solely on the video footage) is different from yours. It appeared to me that Goodman was asking to speak with an officer in charge. Her movement did not suggest aggression to me but the search for someone in charge with whom to speak. In my view, and it is only my viewpoint, had one of these officers agreed to seek out someone in charge she would have waited there without incident.

My perception is that the police in these situations tend to over react more than not. If, as you state, this is within the law, the law would well be reviewed. Or at the least the procedure of the police. Fine, there is a line people are warned not to cross. But to have officers arbitrarily state this without having a liaison to speak with is frankly troubling. Mistakes are made.

In a side note, hemming people in and arresting everyone within the "trapped" area is also a questionable practice. It happened during the RNC Convention in NY 4 years ago. People who happened to be on a particular block and not participating in a demonstration were arrested anyway.

Again, all just my perception. One could argue there was over aggression at Kent State and this is nothing new. Still, I think talking about it is important in order to keep everyone, myself included, honest.

I appreciate your comments.

Posted by: IEB | September 3, 2008 3:30 PM

Dear IEB,

I have read 'Had enoughs' comments and I have read yours. I decided to do some research of my own.

I am an independant, I am still looking for a side,.. however. that has nothing to do with your comments on "Had Enough" He was not commenting on the way the producers of Democracy Now were treated, he was commenting on how Amy Goodman was treated.

From an outside point of view the police acted toward Amy in a normal manner. Two people were being arrested, Amy kept pushing, trying to get past the police officers. She was gently pushed back several times.

A higher-ranking officer told them to arrest her, they followed the orders. I have several law degree's and can tell you that I wouldn't defend her. Her actions were aggressive, her defense of don't arrest me, don't arrest me, came after the fact.

The proper action would have been first asking to speak with the Officer in Charge. Next asking the officer what has happened to her producers who are members of the press(but not the associated press). then the conclusive action should have been taking the names and badge numbers for proper filing of a formal complaint. ANY OTHER ACTION in these circumstances constitutes an act of aggression on her part.

You can argue bush/chaney are causing a police state all you want,.. this case does not support that. You may want to pick your battles, this one is lost.

Posted by: Fair Trade | September 3, 2008 2:26 PM

In response to comment by "Had Enough"

The views you express do not reflect the reality of what happened to the two producers of DemocracyNow and amy goodman. Go to the DemocracyNow website and listen to the step-by-step discussion of what happened (watch it even on their televised program. It would be the September 2, 2008 segment). The two producers were following a large group of police and were exercising their rights as the Press to do so. They were nonviolent and simply documenting the proceedings. From the video footage and their accounts they were not in the middle of a large, violent splinter group of protesters. (These splinter groups did exist in the area however). Lest you forget, the Press is crucial for our system of Checks and Balances of Power. I for one find it perfectly reasonable for amy goodman to seek out a commanding officer to talk to in regards to the arrest of her producers. The fact that Goodman was arrested for simply "asking" to do this is completely wrong. Had she been wielding a dangerous weapon, it would be a different story. But she wasn't... wasn't even threatening. Its all on tape. Watch it. Listen to their accounts.

What has become more and more evident over the last 8 years (very much exacerbated by the Bush administration) is an abuse of power. Preemptive action (raids or arrests) BEFORE people do anything wrong has become more and more commonplace. This is incredibly dangerous. Perhaps you could argue that these police felt that these journalists "might" be violent so arrested them first. Wrong and, in my view, unconstitutional. No one, press or private citizen alike, should be treated this way. Remember, "innocent until PROVEN guilty".

Again, if an individual is being violent and destroying property that is a different story. But these journalists and many protesters in addition were not acting violently and still they were arrested. How could anyone claim this is constitutional? Our we a third world country? Maybe not yet, but we're getting there.

We must... all of us... insist on the freedom to exercise our rights here in the US without unlawful arrest. And we, all of us, must hold the authority figures accountable (praise their good actions but also insists they act within the law). If not, we all lose.


Posted by: IEB | September 3, 2008 12:24 PM

I have had enough,.. OK democrats, liberals, or lefties(you decide which you are)

I don't subscribe to putting a label on me. I vote for who I feel will do the best job, and I am now convinced that it is McCain. Not because he is the best candidate but because he is the better candidate. Pelosi obviously ran a good executive leadership role as governer of Alaska, so she gets my vote and approval also.

NOW for the juicy stuff:
Democrats that shout for Democracy, news flash we don't have a democracy we have a republic, recite the pledge of allegiance.

Democrats shouting about police brutality:
She was handled as gently as could be. She broke the law by not follwing instructions 3X. That gives the police probable cause to arrest her(check the legal books)

Democrats Right to Assembly: The right to assembly does not include throwing bottles, and lighting garbage bins on fire to block streets. And what did the shop owners do to deserve getting their windows broken?

according to the best reports I can gather form the web there were about 10,000 people who were peaceful protesters(they have the right to do so)

There were about 1,000 people who were promoting anarchy and violent acts. The same arrests would happen at a democratic convention so stop whining and accept the fact that the law is the same for you, me and everyone around.

I have been arrested twice, and if you cooperate with the police they are gentle. if you don't you are manhandled. She tried to force through a police line 3X and that is twice more than I would have recieved because I am a man. She was given many chances to behave.

Stop whining, stop thinking you are victims. get up, hold yourself high, and say I will act more responsibly than she did. I will react with pride and posture. everybody will respect you more for that then if you react with foolishness.

legal facts: She acted and reacted with poor judgement, or she wanted to be arrested, it's not the first time she has been arrested.

They only charged her with a misdemeanor, so there was not overcharge for her crime.

next time you have an assembly protest, act responsibly and tell others that they will not be affiliated with you if they begin damaging property and putting people at risk.

NOW- there were no personal attacks in this post, so any rebuttals or name calling will show your true colors.

Posted by: Had Enough | September 3, 2008 11:43 AM

"Also, what law gives police, who are publicly employed, the authority to kidnap reporters, and thus conceal evidence of police activity that occurs in broad daylight, i.e., in public?"

This argument makes not sense. No one was "kidnapped" - Ms. Goodman was arrested. There's a huge difference. Kidnappers don't make formal charges and don't turn people over to the custody of the courts. Ms. Goodman has already been released, and everything about this incident is being minutely dissected in broad daylight. The propriety of the arrest will be adjudicated in court - which is a pretty significant difference between kidnappers and law enforcement officers.

Posted by: wildsmit | September 3, 2008 11:18 AM

People keep talking about "manhandle," abuse, abusive etc.

What exactly did those cops do that constitutes "manhandling" or "abuse"? They handcuffed her, and didn't let her walk off.

Do we really think that's abuse? If not, what else (worse) did they do? Honestly, I'm not seeing it in the clip.

Posted by: wildsmit | September 3, 2008 11:04 AM

So, the police instructed her to stay away...she refused. Where's the story here?

Posted by: huh? | September 3, 2008 9:35 AM

"Welcome to the Republican police state. They could give a fig about democracy or peaceful protests."

Posted by: donna

Donna, are you retarded? Seriously, you have got to be one of the dumbest gals I've seen on here. PEACEFUL PROTESTORS? Obviously, this is the only (slanted) article you've read on the matter. Bus windows have been smashed. Storefronts have been demolished. Chemicals have been sprayed upon delegates (now that screams democracy, eh?). Noxious gas was released on a different crowd of delegates. I have watched over a dozen videos which show "peaceful protestors" clashing with police. Extract your head from your bum before you say something this stupid again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:33 AM

The USSR was founded by Communist Jews. Most of the 60's radicals and militants were Communist Jews. Amy Goodman and most of her organization are Communist Jews. The list goes on and on.


I think there's a pattern here.

Posted by: Yellow Star | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM

The real story here is how the liberal "reporters" LIE through their teeth about how they behaved in front of the police. These "reporters" were attacking the police and going off in unauthorized areas. For those things, yes, you get arrested and cuffed. Deal with it in a method other than lying about it!

Posted by: Marcia | September 3, 2008 8:34 AM

Dan, you are so deluded it's not funny. Just like Hitler adopted the symbol (swastika) which had previously meant things like health, happy home, etc. and then perverted it, the liberals have adopted what USED to be the meaning of liberal and twisted it 180 degrees. Same with the term progressive. If you really open your eyes, you will see what you have fallen for. But I suspect you'll remain ignorant forever, because most libs love to remain in denial as ignorance is bliss.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 3, 2008 7:57 AM

CONGRATULATIONS LIBERALS~ You are successfully scr*wing yourselves out of one more presidential election win! Keep up the good work. Just a little on the slander Palins kick, and you'll lose in one huge landslide. We love ya for helping us win the election. And you NEVER fail to come through. Thanks again!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 3, 2008 7:54 AM

I would like to see the police arrest footage. This subject domestic spying and ridged aggressive police tactics. According to our constitution pubic gathering and protest are guaranteed rights.....ask yourself ...Why? The coverage of the GOP's in St Paul...like the Dem's in Denver....focused on everything but the controversial (al la the big tent)(police riot).

Posted by: Ben | September 3, 2008 6:27 AM

Concise Oxford English Dictionary definition of a political liberal, "for democracy and the abolition of privilege.'.

Not a hard word to defend.

The definition was developed over centuries out of the necessary response to the Kings and aristocrats who thought they were better than everyone else, and who did not have to listen to public protests. Instead their so called police murdered many thousands. They died to get our liberties I hear so many of you so lightly and meanly demean.

Police in our constitutional republic do not have the right to manhandle anybody on a public street, especially when they are not being attacked, as Amy Goodwin was clearly not doing. Instead they literally have a positive duty to see that protests are allowed.

Political Liberals insist that all views be heard, so they can expose wrong headed ones in open public debate.

Clearly, a large number of you posters here on this matter are not political liberals. You speak like mean spirited, abusive, right wing, pseudo conservatives who support extra constitutional powers for the government to use against our hard fought for liberties, especially Free Speech = right to protest peaceably and be loud doing so; as specifically described in the Bill of Rights.

Our founding fathers were all political liberals and thus liberals fought our revolution. I was in the Marine Corps. I took an oath to protect our constitution, not a piece of geography.

Those of you who have attacked defenders of the protesters are showing that you are anti-liberal, mean spirited, and ignorant of our constitutional liberties. Your ignorance comes from being deliberately ill educated by our 'establishments' who hate the idea of real political liberalism.

I suggest you so called conservatives, grow up and actually read the Declaration of Independence and our constitution before you open your yaps again. Do you really want to show honest citizens that you are not honest, and do not understand our constitution? Or does being a conservative mean you do not care to learn?

Perhaps you do not realize that your words above show many of you to be mean spirited, abusive, and ignorant. In short a scarily bad citizen. Please wake up and help protect OUR liberties from an abusive government.

Posted by: Dan | September 3, 2008 3:23 AM

I am a conservative. I've never seen anything like this. This has turned my opinion. My father fought against the fascists and the nationalists in WWII. He'd be very disappointed with the state of America today. I've noticed a militarization of the police and also the criminalization of protest or dissent. That is not my America. This needs to change.

Posted by: Free | September 3, 2008 12:56 AM

We CLEARLY need to stop police from treating people like this.
It only shows they are nothing but bullies... and we do NOT need bullies "protecting" us. -_-

There needs to be a LOT more outrage over occurrences like this... And police who act in such a way need to SERIOUSLY lose their jobs! And I'm not saying that lightly either.

Posted by: Nik | September 3, 2008 12:34 AM

This is the "Patriot Act" at work. You are just beginning to see what it means to have our constitutional rights suspended or just taken away. Welcome to the new America! Welcome to the POLICE STATE! I have spent a good 8 hours looking at videos and following urls-- I have yet to see anything that would justify any of the police actions and excessive force. I'm totally agitated just sitting in my home, I can't begin to fathom what my reaction would be to see what appears to be "storm troopers" marching in my streets. For all of you who seem to embrace this kind of treatment to our citizenry--remember it's a loss of your rights too! I wonder what you'll do when they come for YOU!!

Posted by: dvlach | September 3, 2008 12:23 AM

"rsmatesic,

The Bill of Rights does not require the police or any other law enforcement to figure out who is press and who is not or who is causing trouble and who is not during a protest or riot . . . ." Posted by Citizen Soldier.


There was no "riot." Except, of course, for the one that the police tried to start. If you can't tell the difference between peaceful protest, intermittent acts of disobedience, and a crowd that is rampaging through the streets looting stores, burning cars, and beating cops, you need a vacation. From us.

Also, your soldierly training apparently didn't include a seminar on prior restraint of the press. You should sign up for some more training. Try reading New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971), for starters. That should hold your interest for a while.


"And let us not forget, anyone can forge or steal a press badge and operate under guise for far more sinister purposes . . . ."

Okay, so now you've just established that members of the press lose their First Amendment rights the moment that some cop at a rally gets agitated. Which is false, of course. But more to the point, this wasn't even a case of some cop getting agitated. The FBI and the St. Paul Sheriff's Office together game planned the entire affair, and made a conscious and premeditated decision to round up and arrest everyone in a given area, press credentials be damned.

"And who are we to question what took place? If there was a breaking of the law by the police then the alleged victims can deal with it through the courts ... that is a guaranteed right."

You've got your rights and privileges mixed up. It IS your guaranteed right, and Amy Goodman's, to question what took place, and to demand that illegal policing in prior restraint of the First Amendment cease, immediately.

Do us all a favor, the next time some poor fool tells you s/he's enlisted in the military to go to Iraq or Afghanistan to defend your rights, tell him/her that what would really make you tear up is if they died defending your privileges. You know, the ones that mean so much to you that you're ready to abandom them and run away anytime someone with a badge yells "boo."

Courage, my friend. It isn't just for the heavily armed anymore.

Posted by: rsmatesic | September 2, 2008 11:44 PM

The social idiots of Democracy now and their cronies will never understand this republic, nor it cannot be expected to act in any manner other than the support of violent thugs and morons, self proclaimed as freedom fighters.

You halfwit malcontents who support violence do so because your ideas & dialog are as bankrupt as your honor and commitment to your fellow americans.

Go protest Putin and his war machine & see what happens!

Simpletons who blame Bush/Cheney or Clinton/Gore need to look in the mirror and see the true horror of the state of the nation. Spoiled brats who can only blame...but never serve.

Screw you people

Posted by: 22yr Vet | September 2, 2008 11:36 PM

This is news? Gal didn't obey the cops, crossed the police line, was warned again, still didn't obey, and got arrested. That's what happens when you break the law. Guess it's a slow news day.

Posted by: Joseph | September 2, 2008 11:21 PM

Wow. Some of the arguments here seem to circumvent logic.

Why is the challenging of authority anti-American? My goodness, we became a country by challenging authority.

Posted by: nick | September 2, 2008 11:15 PM

The anarchists come to do harm, and the cops come to stop them. This is news! The media comes to report about it and they get hauled in?

Some pea-brain in law enforcement must be ashamed of what they are doing with their $34 Million grant. If law enforcement is defending liberty, why arrest the people reporting about it? The CNN site shows student photojournalists, cameras raised and press credentials in view, getting sprayed and later arrested! What is going on in MN, and who would want to visti there after seeing this?

Posted by: Fred Miranda | September 2, 2008 11:09 PM

Wow! divide and conquer! It's working! It is obvious from reading these pathetic comments here that we are truly divided against ourselves. Meanwhile, the march away from freedom continues unabated by both parties. They are laughing at all of you! You fools!

Posted by: amazed | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM

"The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance."

No resume? No accomplishments? etc?
As they might say on the intertubes, "wat."

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Illinois Senate 1996-2004

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Mr. Baker, if that is indeed your name, you can sow empty propaganda and pray that enough slack-jawed yokels will fall for it, but I ASSURE you, it will not take you or McCain very far.

Posted by: CC | September 2, 2008 10:55 PM

rsmatesic,

The Bill of Rights does not require the police or any other law enforcement to figure out who is press and who is not or who is causing trouble and who is not during a protest or riot. And let us not forget, anyone can forge or steal a press badge and operate under guise for far more sinister purposes.

And who are we to question what took place? If there was a breaking of the law by the police then the alleged victims can deal with it through the courts ... that is a guaranteed right.

Posted by: Citizen Soldier | September 2, 2008 10:51 PM

I saw nothing peaceful or lawful about these protests as windows were shattered and delegates were attacked as they left their bus to attend the convention! Since when did the First Amendment support the right of these anarchists to physically harm 80 year old women? And why shouldn't law enforcement be there to control the situation when overzealous miscreants use this opportunity to wreak havoc on St. Paul in the name of a war protest?
This reporter also overstepped common sense
when she didn't listen to a direct order from the officer. They don't have time to sort out the good from the bad in a tense situation... they take them all in and sort it out later!

Posted by: Kay | September 2, 2008 10:50 PM

jewish ho didn't obe the cops. she will listen next time.

Posted by: ncwelcom | September 2, 2008 10:46 PM

The ones who really need to be arrested are the politicians and their benefactors.
They are the ones fleecing America.

Posted by: J | September 2, 2008 10:43 PM

"If she hadn't insisted on being an annoying nuisance who thought she should have special privileges, she wouldn't have been arrested. She got what she deserved." Posted by: Taijiguy

Taijiguy:

Please explain how a demand that police not arbitrarily arrest those who are recording the former's misdeeds--and those of the St. Paul Sheriff and the FBI--constitutes a special privilege. Last time I looked the Bill of Rights was entitled just that, and not the List of Privileges We the Law Enforcement Community Can Revoke at Our Sole Discretion.

By the way, your right to publish nonsense on a privately-owned website IS a special privilege. Nice to see you making such good use of it.

Posted by: rsmatesic | September 2, 2008 10:34 PM

rckayla,

Why should a female be treated any different than a male by the police in a protest situation that was clearly out of hand? I know plenty of women that can do as much physical violence as a man and definitely seen many a woman that definitely hurt men in the sparring ring. How about personal responsibility here?

And what are these people protesting - the Iraq war? Why? Have they been over there and seen what is really going on or just read the newspapers that do not get it right?

Me - been there twice and lived with Iraqis, both Sunni and Shiite the second time for 4 months. They definitely have a different view than these protesters and definitely want to live free.

My opinion - liberal thinking is very good - it is what stood up to the Nazis in WWII and is good for survival. Self styled "liberals" are not necessarily liberal thinkers but are usually co-dependent people whose egos cannot accept being wrong to the point of putting others down personally when they start losing a rational argument. And those that turn violent are probably suffering from BPD since it is at this level of mental health illness that the ego cannot take being wrong to the point of violence.

So drop the emotion and deal with the reality. It is a violent world and the arrest here is nothing compared to the heads of the citizens of Hadditha that had their heads cut off in front of the littlest children by the insurgents in Iraq and put on the spires of Haqlania (Agent's) Bridge. Ask any Marine that was there and hear how the children cheered when there was a double beheading.

As bad as Phase IV of the Iraq war was handled after Cobra II, Bush turned it around and in the end, Iraq will be an important ally in the Middle East to counter the real terror - Iran. Thank God there was a man like Bush with backbone to stand up against the weak minded and see it through.

Posted by: Citizen Soldier | September 2, 2008 10:29 PM

after reading all the comments from the Dems, Libs, Communists and Socialists posting here I have just one question. What color is the sky in your world???

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:29 PM

The only reason these people were arrested is because the people who arrested them were violent Republicans who did not like the fact that Democrats were doing their work. Most Republicans are violent liars who tell lies saying this country is prospering. They know nothing about the economic suffering of the common man. McCain gets all his votes from greedy wealthy people, racist people, uncle tom people, hipocrit evangelical people, and satanic worshippers. Obama gets his votes from true christian people, poor income people, medium income people, and philanthropists. Obama will win win win and the whole world other than his haters will be rejoicing. Even other countries know that as long as Bush policies stay in effect they will negative affect other countries. So these other countries are just waiting for a change from Obama and they will see peace in the world and no more war involving America. May God bless Obama as our next President.

Posted by: lclon | September 2, 2008 10:26 PM

Wow, lots of Republicans here today. It's fairly guaranteed that some of their children or grandchildren are or will be democrats or other varieties of lefties. I guess they don't mind if their kids get abused by the police. Goes to show what kind of morons they are and why practically the entire planet would kick them in their millions of arces if they could make it past those illegals fences.

Posted by: Trel | September 2, 2008 10:17 PM

rckayla, maybe this is indicative of a white woman thinking she has special privleges? She obviously was very surprised when the arrested her, even after she told them not to, a couple times. How dare they? They should know that a white, soft spoken woman means no harm. Perhaps someone not white would not have tried to "handle" the situation, like she obviously assumed she could.

"Oh, no, officer...you see...I'm special...can't you see that?"

Isn't this the same premise Father Fledger was talking about?

Posted by: steve in k.c. | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM

"The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively."

Now we've really wandered into the idiot fever swamp. Did you know that Arabic names are fairly common in central Africa, because of extensive Arab trade activity
in that part of the world? Of course not, because you're an idiot. And if he were of Arab descent, just how would that make him unacceptable as a candidate? "Gee," you say, "I don't hate him because he's half-black; I hate him because he's an Arab!" Well, that's an improvement. My God, that you and idiots like you are able to vote! It puts my faith in democracy to a hard test; it really does.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | September 2, 2008 10:07 PM

This is an idiotic, old, dirty, outdated hippie actually looking for it.
Go home and take a bath; then look for a nursing home!
Fed up with your shows!
Go McCain/Palin!!!

Posted by: Mihaela | September 2, 2008 10:02 PM

All you Republicans on this board scare the hell out of me; God help America if McCain becomes the next president! Do you really think it is okay for the police to push and manhandle a WOMAN?!? No matter what your political views are, forcefully pushing a woman is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG and should NOT be tolerated by anyone; the Minnesota police ought to be ashamed of themselves! Amy Goodman was doing NOTHING WRONG NOR ANYTHING ILLEGAL; prior to the Minnesota police forcefully pushing and manhandling her, she was just concerned about her collegues who had been arrested, and wanted to find out where they were and if they were okay. That's illegal, and a reason to be arrested?!? Give me a break!Think about what YOU are saying Republicans on this board...

Posted by: rckayla | September 2, 2008 10:00 PM

If she hadn't insisted on being an annoying nuisance who thought she should have special privileges, she wouldn't have been arrested. She got what she deserved.

Posted by: Taijiguy | September 2, 2008 9:59 PM

Couldn't have happened to a better moonbat...Her show should be called Democrats Now as she constantly bashes the right with her left wing propaganda.

Posted by: RockyMtn | September 2, 2008 9:59 PM

Oh, and by the by, "manhandled" is exactly the right word here.

And what a "stupid hippie loser" to confuse ties with handcuffs! I mean, it's not as if they have anything like the same effect.

I'm curious: whence comes all this hostility to hippies, a group of people who hardly exist anymore? As I recall it, back in the 60s, the hippies, for all their chemical indulgence, still managed to get the two major controversies of the day right: civil rights and Vietnam. Even completely stoned, they were smarter than you are, Bernice.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | September 2, 2008 9:59 PM

“Is black or white America Ready to Embrace Obama?”

Do you want a President that...

As an Illinois state senator, he voted to permit infanticide. ... Infanticide is a bracing word. But in this context, it’s the only word that fits.

Or

Contends that he's black (key word contends) but did not speak of Dr Martin Luther King or the anniversary of his famous "I have a dream" speech, he only eluded to it.

The facts about Mr. O.

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is 'African-American,' the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

It's something Hillary doesn't understand - how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.

Thus Obama has become the white liberals' Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.

Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.

His candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any straight thinking American.

Posted by: Al Sharpton | September 2, 2008 9:55 PM

I love her cracking voice and the tears welling up from nowhere. This is a grown woman?

Posted by: White | September 2, 2008 9:52 PM

The war pigs in action! remember...if it come down to it...there is more of us than them.

Posted by: catboxing | September 2, 2008 9:51 PM

Please note I said that IF the police had no good reason for their actions, they were likely to deserve a civil rights suit. The video doesn't make clear the rights and wrongs of this incident; thus the IF. I was reacting to comment after comment to the effect that Goodman got what was coming to her. People who see the police manhandling a middle-aged woman and automatically assume Ah! She was asking for it! are simply are not thinking.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | September 2, 2008 9:51 PM

Xcuse ME!!????, wouldn't "the world's most vulnerable people" actually be the unborn fetus'?

Posted by: steve in k.c. | September 2, 2008 9:50 PM

After almost 50 years of voting Republican, I have had enough. Bush and Cheney have set this country back 100 years.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 9:49 PM

This and the last two elections are, simply put, between the ignorant and the intelligent.

Posted by: Donna S | September 2, 2008 9:48 PM

this is so stupid. I consider myself able to see both sides of the story, but this lady didn't get "manhandled", and she states she had "handcuffs" put on her. Look at what's on her hands when they put here in the Police Van. They aren't cuffs, but plastic ties. What a stupid, hippie loser.

Posted by: Bernice | September 2, 2008 9:47 PM

What's with all this elitism?? All you neo-cons are seriously in for a surprise come November. NOBODY cares about your agenda anymore, and Palin is as outdated as Olivia Newton-John. Anybody who knows anything about politics knows that the neo-cons are facists Walter. Take a closer look at this video.

Posted by: Xcuse ME!!???? | September 2, 2008 9:46 PM

Way to go Aaron Baker!! You'd think with all that Assistant Attorney stuff you know, you of all people wouldn't jump to conclusions about a story coming from a nutjob like Amy Goodman. If cops could only write news columns about incidents like you can. "Oh, no...we weren't doing anything...we were just standing there and these big, mean, white cops started beating us, and tazering us, and shooting at us...all for no reason."

Give us all...and yourself...a break.

Posted by: steve in k.c. | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM

Fascists. support change.

Posted by: Cameron | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM

"They are always yelling about police brutality, nothing has changed since 68.
I only wish that the police could be allowed to really knock the heads of the leftists."

Here's the authoritarian reptile brain in a nutshell (probably literally). They (whoever I happen not to like) are always whining (falsely) about police brutality. But I'd be getting some REAL police brutality on if I ran the world.

Well, loser, you don't run the world, and you're never going to run it because, well, you're a loser. But here's a consolation: your misfortune is everyone else's gain.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM

P.S. The correct spelling of HIPPIE IS "HIPPIE" WITH AN "ie" AT THE END.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 9:34 PM

Reviewing the truly moronic quality of some of these comments, all I can say is that Obama's trouncing of McCain won't come a moment too soon.

I'm sorry, far-right idiots, but the police do not have the intrinsic authority to bar people from any public place that it suits them to declare off limits. They have to have a good reason, and if they didn't in this case, they're looking at a hefty civil rights suit.

How do I know these things? I'm a former Assistant State's attorney. To put it differently, I actually learned a profession and some expertise while most of you were websurfing in your mother's basement.

Posted by: Aaron Baker | September 2, 2008 9:30 PM

The Leftists in this country are always crying when they don't get their way. They are always yelling about police brutality, nothing has changed since 68.
I only wish that the police could be allowed to really knock the heads of the leftists. Anyone who knows anything about politics knows that Democracy Now is a anything but, it is a Marxist/Socialist group that likes to whine alot.

Posted by: Walter | September 2, 2008 9:22 PM

Wow a real woman, not just a feminist with a strapon... O yea the subject was stupid liberals that like to get arrested on film.
That was soooo staged it was hilary-ous.

O yea Palin is a real woman with actualk experience running somthing, other than an ego trip...

Posted by: Palins 2 Cool | September 2, 2008 9:15 PM

Why did we not hear anything about the pro life demenostrations during the Democratic Convention????

Posted by: Greg Wells | September 2, 2008 9:15 PM

"he hurt his elbow" hahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 9:01 PM

WHO is living off the backs of WHO here anyway?? (to the gentleman who accused liberals of living off the backs of the "rest of us"). You have been brainwashed to believe that it is your god-given right to steal from the world's most vunerable people and deny them the same rights morons like you take for granted!! "Liberals" like Amy Goodman apparently are driven by higher ideals (like a functioning Democracy!) than the unsophisticated money-grubbing conservatives. Perhaps you would rather play a round of golf....

Posted by: Xcuse ME!!???? | September 2, 2008 9:00 PM

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAAAA!


MORE PLEASE!

Posted by: Woof | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM

Is it just me, or does this woman need a bath? It seems strange that all liberals appear to be unkempt, and actually dirty.

Posted by: Eddie | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM

Why do liberals think their rights trump the rights of everyone else in society?

The police were not out of control or acting out of line to do what they did.

She broke the rule of law and she was arrested.

But a liberal will never take responsibility for anything... she knows what she did was wrong, but it has to be someone else's fault... it's always someone else's fault.

It's Bush's fault...
It's Cheney's fault...
It's Reagan's fault...
It's McCain's fault...

No, it's the stupid liberal's fault for thinking her rights are above everyone else.

I say let her rot in jail... the world would be better off without her.

Posted by: RichardCheney | September 2, 2008 8:48 PM

Lock up the old hippy. "Don't cross this line or you'll be arrested" and she ignored them.

Posted by: Stan | September 2, 2008 8:39 PM

This event is an obvious scam put on by an over the hill Hippy. The ABC photographer that was roughed by the Cop in Denver was the real thing. All that photographer was doing was taking pictures of Fat Cat Demokratz as they met in a hotel to shovel cash at the DNC. Where is the outrage, or the reporting period, over that? Typical media bias. Journalism is Dead. Liberals are Nazis.

Posted by: Ray | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM

What a phony bunch of BS. That broad was begging to be arrested, and then went into high school level drama to play the victim. Even the Police were giggling at her. Anyone who buys into this obvious scam is a idiot and: "I am calling You Out! You are a Liar!". For real.

Posted by: Ray | September 2, 2008 8:24 PM

DONT CROSS THE POLICE LINE YOU STUPID ARROGANT DOLT AND YOU WONT BE ARRESTED !..LIBERALS ARE COWARDS WHO LIVE OFF THE BACK OF THE REST OF US

Posted by: TOXIC | September 2, 2008 8:22 PM

"This is great..

'Do not arrest me. Do not arrest me.

Don't taze me bro, Don't taze me'

Anyone notice the similarities? She was intent on getting arrested. Mission accomplished.

Who in their right mind tries to force their way through a police line.

This was a complete set up on her part."

Since when does a reasonable request to speak with the commanding officer to explain that the arrestees are credentialed journalists, and that the police have erred, cross the line into obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct?

She tried to force her way through a police line? What cartoon were you watching?

It appears that you believe the police have the right to render sentence (no more reporting for you, missy, or your audience) at the point of arrest, regardless of how illegal that arrest might be.

Since you haven't read it, I suggest that you hang the constitution from your toilet paper dispenser, and get wiping.

Posted by: rsmatesic | September 2, 2008 8:22 PM

@Sotiredofitall

Yes, there was an ABC producer arrested at the DNC for daring to shoot footage of Demos and the Fat Cat Lobbyist they CLAIM to be against.

As far as this nutjob of a 'journalist' (I have a journalism degree. When I went to college, I learned that when reporting, you must be unbiased. That is why I no longer work in that field.) is concerned, she was treated with kid gloves. She FORCED her way past a police line, after being told REPEATEDLY to get back. And then as they take her away she starts blabbing about a bloody nose (which you can see from the video is not bloody at all). The stupid idiot got what she deserved. The police are there to keep the peace and yet, the libtard nutjobs want to cause problems and then file lawsuits because they break the law and get arrested. She should have been throw to the ground, maced (none of the wimpy PC pepper spray) and drug off to the pokey for resisting arrest and violating a lawful command from a LEO.

Posted by: JOhn | September 2, 2008 8:21 PM

Posted by: HA HA! | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM

Hypocracy now.. Used to listen @ work when NPR broke into our morning music.. until someone got close enough to turn the channel.. Why can't people who obviously hate America & all we stand for just leave.. & go live w/ everyone else that they love so much.. terrorist.. drug dealers.. socialist..

Posted by: JCM | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM

Amy's got the fever and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL. Those cops are lucky that Chuck Norris isn't a liberal ACLU radio host. Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

Posted by: Bruce Dickinson | September 2, 2008 8:07 PM

I was sympathetic until I watched the video. He asked her to back up and she wouldn't comply - then she tried to physically push back against him.
Just because she's a female doesn't mean she has special rights. She basically asked to be arrested. And now she's a 'hero'.. Hardly.

Posted by: A.J. | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM

Hey Ivan, last time I checked, people ARE innocent until it's actually proven that they threw bottles, slashed tires, and shattered windows.

Posted by: Ray | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM

Can we put together a collection plate and send Amy Goodman to a hair salon to get that salt & pepper hair taken care of?? Why do so many Libs have salt & pepper hair?? It is one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Posted by: Austin Powers | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM

This is great..

"Do not arrest me. Do not arrest me."

Don't taze me bro, Don't taze me"

Anyone notice the similarities? She was intent on getting arrested. Mission accomplished.

Who in their right mind tries to force their way through a police line.

This was a complete set up on her part.

Posted by: Stripez | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM

Republicans borrowing money from China will soon turn America into China.

Posted by: Limbaugh | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM

By what logic have the majority of the posters here concluded that a reporter, camera operator, and producer who are covering a newsworthy event are essentially indistinguishable from the event particpants? Also, what law gives police, who are publicly employed, the authority to kidnap reporters, and thus conceal evidence of police activity that occurs in broad daylight, i.e., in public?

Posted by: rsmatesic | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM

hey meg, people cease to be innocent when they start throwing bottles, slashing tires, and shattering windows.

Posted by: ivan | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM

Pigs will be Pigs.
They can't help themselves.
I hope Amy wins a billion $ in what is obviously a must sue situation.

Posted by: olo | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM

I would have never believed that journalists could be treated like this in my country. Isn't a free press the cornerstone of our Republic?

No matter which side of the fence you're on, you should be outraged at these unconstitutional acts.

Pray for our country. Pray that our leaders and the enforcers of our laws have wisdom. Most of all stand-up for the Constitution of these United States.

Posted by: garyadams_cnla | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM

Poor widdle republonazis! Can't make an argument without resorting to the strawman logical fallacy. Why every liberal, including members of the media is a bomb throwing anarchist or socialist, and therefore deserving of brutality and arrest! Talk about lack of ability for critical thinking.

The Rethuglian abuse and namecalling seen here simply indicates that they do not like the clearly defined right to assembly, protest, petitioning the government for redress of grievances. Put simply, they define themselves as fascists: love MY america or go get killed. They are the ultimate in political correctness...

...and hypocrisy. Such fascists show up at every Dem event to "protest" (i.e. hurl abuse at and threaten participants), but don't feel that anyone else has the right of free speech, as when, as I saw personally, they show up to taunt and throw rocks at peaceful anti-war protesters in DC in the spring of '03.

Posted by: NoMoCain08 | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM

FORCE CONGERSS TO IMPEACH GEORGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEY, call Nancy Pelosi @1-202-225-0100 and DEMAND IMPEACHMENT. DC business hours only, call often, and spread it around.

Posted by: Mike Meyer | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM

The only reason Amy Goodman ran the scene where her co-horts were being arrested was so that she could join in the melee. What better coverage for her than being arrested for a cause!! What cause? Who knows! The only thing she tauts is Democracy NOW! Of course, that is only for those who believe as she does. The rest of us know -nothings deserve to be SILENCED!!

Now she has truly earned her liberal stripes.

BTW...why does it seem that violent demonstations only happen at RNC conventions? Is it that Conservatives actually have more respect for free speech than libs do?

Posted by: lisab | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM

I am ashamed that my countrymen don't realize that innocent people are voicing their opinions outside these conventions and getting arrested for it. That's the bottom line. Cops aggressively provoke protesters. If you don't think that's true then observe a protest like this, from start to finish. If cops weren't at these events violence would not ensue. Apparently I live in a country where freedom of speech is only allowed if you agree with the people in power.

Posted by: Meg | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM

Robert,

True! Hippies are no good at protesting, thats why i dig the anarchist.

Like holding up a sign ever changed anything!LOL!

Sometimes you just gotta get your hands dirty and fight it out.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM

I still can't stop laughing!

Posted by: Chad | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM

Hippies should be smoking pot, not protesting.

Posted by: Robert | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM

IN one hand we want a peaceful protest, but in the other it doesn't matter to us if the police arrest violent protestors because we don't like them either.

Hey, maybe they should call it 'Democracy When?' or 'Democracy for us, none for others.' or 'Look at our cheap TV show. Isn't it pathetic?'

Posted by: Doug Ramsey | September 2, 2008 7:18 PM

All you conservatives are using the wrong term to label yourselves.

I believe Fat Lazy Complacent Ignorant Jingoists works better.

Dismissing Democrats as commies. Geez is that what you learned in school?

You guys suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. and you don't know how to party either! Can't trust a person or a group of people who don't know how to throw a party.

Posted by: earth to earth to conservatives | September 2, 2008 7:15 PM

I think the police did a very horrible mistake, they RELEASED HER!
McCain - Palin '08

Posted by: Chad | September 2, 2008 7:15 PM

Pop quiz. Ask a liberal to define sacrfice. And I don't mean cleaning your own house because your house keeper was deported. Welcome to the REAL world. To liberals patriotism is a punch line.

Posted by: Walk Hard | September 2, 2008 7:14 PM

Couldn't happen to a better person than good old Amy "Che Guevara" Goodman and her "Marxist America Now" program producers. Let these reds sit in jail awhile; Bravo Police!!!!

Posted by: Patriot Dave | September 2, 2008 7:13 PM

"If I were in that situation #1 I'd go back to the sidewalk and ask for an officer to come and speak to me there."

You really believe the police would follow a person back to the sidewalk if asked? LOL, wow, you're not just stupid and out of touch, you're also pretty friggin gullible.

Posted by: Earth to earth to elizabeth | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM

The liberal moon bat nut case got what she asked for. The law should have used their dart firing stun guns on her.

Posted by: GBA | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM

Ashamed? I learned in self-esteem class that I should always be proud. These are very confusing messages.

Posted by: Bot | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM

Another angry white woman. She was probably angry the pepper spray wasn't purchased via Fair Trade. So sad.

Posted by: Jason | September 2, 2008 7:08 PM

The libs posting here don't seem able to connect the fact that the protestors turned violent and the resulting arrests. Are you all really that shallow?

Posted by: Chris | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM

You people are terrible. What ignorance, what hatred. Amy Goodman is one of very few journalists working to uphold YOUR Constitution, YOUR democracy and YOUR freedoms. She is internationally known and respected along with the rest of the Democracy Now team. In terms of knowledge of American history, domestic and foreign policy, she is miles ahead of every person commenting here.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves for celebrating police brutality.

Posted by: Jane | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM

The republican's distrust of the public lead them to implement a police state - the communists have nothing on the republicans

Posted by: Steen | September 2, 2008 6:58 PM

This is what the troops in Irag are fighting for, American liberty, freedom and spraying pepper aerosols into women's mouths.

Posted by: Tommy | September 2, 2008 6:58 PM

I wish they had pepper sprayed her right in the mouth..

Posted by: Billy | September 2, 2008 6:53 PM

Sick N Tired, I could not agree more

Posted by: anonynous | September 2, 2008 6:50 PM

peace
(?)

Posted by: Angry Hippy | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM

Typical white woman.

Posted by: BHO | September 2, 2008 6:44 PM

How come their are never any conservative protests. It's simple you liberal, commie,
scum, we are at work making the money that the goverment takes from us so the libs can get a handout.

Posted by: PM | September 2, 2008 6:44 PM

True we do live in a Republic,.. just recite the pledge of allegiance.

However it is the responsibility of the police to keep the peace. Refusing their requests repeatedly, under the circumstances makes her a threat. I have been arrested twice, and if you do what they say they will treat you well. If you don't do what the police say and continue to struggle they will use measurable means.

Amy Goodman did not comply (3X) and she was arrested, without undue force. She ha sno bruises, cuts, lascerations, there was not a use of undue force.

Her failure to respond does constitute an act of aggression and the charge of a misdemeanor is commesurate with the act.

Had she chosen to comply with the first or second request she would not have been arrested.

Those are FACTS, argue them all you want.

Posted by: Sick N Tired | September 2, 2008 6:35 PM

So much for being "concerned" about hurricanes. I guess liberals only cover hurricane stories when they can make political hay from them. Why were these people protesting at a hurricane fundraiser anyway? What exactly were they protesting and why was Amy Goodman covering it for?

Hey, country first! Let's go break some shop keepers windows out!

Posted by: I Art Laughing | September 2, 2008 6:34 PM

Weren't reports also arrested at the Democratic convention? Is it possible not all media are unbiased saints in waiting? I've seen five year olds carry on a more informed argument. The internet has become the land of "If you don't agree with me your the devil"

Posted by: Sotiredofitall | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM

HA! HA! That was AWESOME! God Bless the police for taking such care with that rickety old liberal! This is a free country but, tread lightly my friends!

Posted by: Walk Hard | September 2, 2008 6:31 PM

The brutishness and name-calling of so many of the anti-liberal comments here are frightening.

Posted by: mossie | September 2, 2008 6:26 PM

oh, and R.J.

The USA is the land of the Free, and the home of the Brave,.. not the land of the needy and the home of the whiny.

Stick up for yourself, forget about the government controlling everything and forget about the government giving you a living.

For your information I have compiled a list from 25 political blogs out there are there are 72%-McCain supporters and only 28% Obama supporters that are blogging,.. there is a direct correlation between the blogs and the number of voters.

You had better hope to hell that Obama wins California, and Florida,.. if he loses either one he will most likely lose.

And Why is he a Super Star? What has he ever done that is spectacular? So he's an African American,.. so what so am I does that mean that I can be a Super Star?

He has never stood behind any significant piece of legislature in his entire time as a Senator.

He talks the talk(when given cue cards) but he doesn't walk the walk.

I watched all of Saddle-Back and I am going to vote for McCain. He will overcome party politics and do what is right for the nation, not the parties!!!

If anyone agrees please let me know.

Posted by: Sick N Tired | September 2, 2008 6:26 PM

Those of you crying the blues over a citizen being arrested for not following a reasonable request from a police officer are delusional.
She was told what to do and she refused. The police have no idea of her intent and concidering the mayhem that has been happening the police are to protect life and property. Theirs and hers.
So stop your whine assing and grow up. No ones rights where violated and she shouldn't have struggled with the police.

She did get what she deserved.
Constitutional and civil rights and the freedom they give us are not a suicide pacts for the anarechists to thrive against.

Posted by: profbacchus | September 2, 2008 6:25 PM

You have the right to protest, scream profanities, and generally make asses out of yourselves right up to the point of my nose, my property line, or at the point you start destroying public property. After that, all bets are off.

Posted by: the_troll01 | September 2, 2008 6:20 PM

First arrest is always brutal. One more elitist learning what poor people have known for many years.

Posted by: Roy Bercaw | September 2, 2008 6:20 PM

Hey R.J.

I am part of the Mushy Middle, not part of the liberals, Democrats, or the Republicans. I am the thinking feeling person who has got to say what's on my mind. Not what is politically twisted in any way. you said

"I want to thank the neoCON fascists for all their ugly comments about liberals, hippies and anyone that doesn't subscribe to the the mean, hateful ideology they try to promote. You are showing what America has to look forward to if Republicans get another four years. The so-called Raygun dems aren't buying it any more. And with out them you loose in November. Thank God that there are only 30% of you ugly pukes in this country."

Good News, there are more of us guys in the middle that are sick n tired of you guys on the left always trying to make a case for big-government. I don't want your social programs, I want to earn what I can. Just to give you an idea, I went through open-hear-surgery, Knee-surgery, Two Ear-Surgeries, and accidentally being stabbed(losing the use of my left hand. I went through all of this before my 19th birthday, and I still have succeeded in doing everything on my own. I have a great career, I have several degree's and I paid for everything on my own.

Take your socialistic programs and your Fake-Hate messages and put them where they belong.

Posted by: Sick n Tired | September 2, 2008 6:20 PM

Geez!! What a freakin bunch of right wing ideological demigod idiots are speaking out on here.....
You have the right to spew this hate and blather. Whether you agree or not, does the reporter not also have the right?

Posted by: easydoesit | September 2, 2008 6:18 PM

Dear John,
Pleased to see that your fellow Republican pigs attending the RNC Convention needed the help of Right-Wing Pigs in police uniforms to beat their message into the skulls of journalists..."Welcome To McSame's Amerika!"
Who woulda thought that my little McBush was, at heart, just a sneering coward? I'm so proud!
Keepin' your seat warm,
Satan

Posted by: Satan | September 2, 2008 6:15 PM

Quote: "We, in a democracy, depend on a free press. It looks like we are losing our democracy with the complicity of many of the commentators in this conversation."

For those elitist intellectuals, we, in the U.S.A. love in a representative republic. It is *NOT* a democracy.

It is sad, some have lost their critical thinking skills because of public school and college. They have been indoctrinated in radical left-wing philosophies that do not work. It has so infected society at all levels, very few people think correctly. Just watch, when the mainstream is far-left, middle-of-the-road becomes the far-right. Whatever happened to common sense?

Instead we elect leaders, who soon become infected with a lust for power. These same leaders then take on a command and control elitist mind-set that they are really smarter than all. They forget, it is the governmnet who serve the people, not the other way around.

For those who do not like what we have and consider this a police state, may I suggest a home in CHina or Cuba?

If you disobey the lawful order of any officer entrusted to enforce the law, you may be arrested. Perhaps if more people understood this simple fact, society would be a lot better off.

But, I think it is easier to pull out the victim card, it plys better to the dolts who's only news sources are network TV and newspapers.

Wake up America, the Marxists are here! Vote smart (i.e. not Democrat), the freedoms you lose will be your own!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:10 PM

Gosh, could Republicans get any more lovable?

Posted by: tweety | September 2, 2008 6:04 PM

Now, she has a taste of how the thought police under Obama will react if they don't like what you are saying, doing, etc. Wasn't it just last week Obama's was trying to shut someone up using Gov't controls; ah huh.

Posted by: Yohanan | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM

Wah, wah, wah... we're just trying to set cars on fire. It's my right as hippie trash. Wah, wah, wah. Police brutality. Wah, wah, wah. Go to North Korea.

Posted by: no sympathy for hippies | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM

Now, she has a taste of how the thought police under Obama will react if they don't like what you are saying, doing, etc. Wasn't it just last week Obama's was trying to shut someone up using Gov't controls; ah huh.

Posted by: Yohanan | September 2, 2008 6:03 PM

Quote: "Amy Goodman is a voice of the People."

Amy Goodman is a Marxist.

Posted by: 1DeadManWalking | September 2, 2008 5:58 PM

The libs own the victim mentality. Regardless of how the cops handled the situation, she was clearly the victim.

Posted by: Poor Libs | September 2, 2008 5:54 PM

I love this... Democracy now is reaping what they sow by supporting the likes of Joe Biden. They see nothing wrong with supporting individuals who promote a police state and denial of due process as long as men are oppressed via injustice to promote illegal immigration and radical women's advocacy groups.

Democracy now needs to oppose the likes of Joe Biden if they oppose what happened to Amy Goodman. I believe this arrest was kharmically justified.

Posted by: Sean | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM

R.J. - "mean, hateful ideology"

Would you classify the following as mean and/or hateful?
smashing windows
throwing glass, rocks and other heavy objects
covering delegates in bleach
spraying noxious gas into crowds of delegates
restricting movement and commerce within St. Paul

I doubt you would as it's always a one-way street for you guys.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM

To all the pseudo-intellectual, knee-jerk, kool-aid drinking, ACLU card-carrying, Commie, Pinko emotional basket-cases! Yes...YOU...LIBERALS!

You may be entitled to your own opinions (no matter how poorly informed); however, as long as I have a pulse, you are NEVER going to be entitled to your own set of FACTS!

St. Paul is not controlled by Republicans and neither is their police force!

And that's just for starters! Keep your ignorant comments coming. I'm in the batters cage and ready for ACTION!

PS....that producer is one butt-ugly lady.

Posted by: heyyous | September 2, 2008 5:52 PM

Eliz 77:

I checked and could find no refernce to comments made (or not made) by you in Denver when the ABC reporter was arrested for reporting on the fat cat being courted by the Dems. Hypocracy or Demtardation. I wonder

Posted by: Johnny R | September 2, 2008 5:50 PM

Was she crying as they loaded her onto the party bus?

Posted by: CDales | September 2, 2008 5:47 PM

I want to thank the neoCON fascists for all their ugly comments about liberals, hippies and anyone that doesn't subscribe to the the mean, hateful ideology they try to promote. You are showing what America has to look forward to if Republicans get another four years. The so-called Raygun dems aren't buying it any more. And with out them you loose in November. Thank God that there are only 30% of you ugly pukes in this country.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 5:47 PM

It would have been far more entertaining had they fired a 12ga beanbag into her abdomen.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM

Kevin Said:

"Hate is a mental disorder. Fear is a mental disorder. Oppression is a mental disorder. Violence is a mental disorder. Greed is a mental disorder.

Reactionary politics must be medicated.

Authoritarianism must be erradicated.

Fascism must die."

---------------------------
And all of those nasty nouns you mention are embodied in the modern, progressive, secular movement. LIBERALISM.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:44 PM

I love the way that the Democratic party, who is supposed to be accepting of all ideas, likes to smear and discredit anyone who doesn't believe in what they preach. They spew more intollerance than the Republicans, but the media calls it freedom of speech. If the shoe was on the other foot, it is called racist or insensitive.

Posted by: Chris | September 2, 2008 5:42 PM

really you bleeding heart liberal weenies.

The internet is the news media of 21st century,.. if it wasn't you wouldn't see this on the internet. You are crying your eyes out about the lack of coverage, and yet you morons found it so anyone else can.

points:
1. She is not even an independant reporter, she is part of a propoganda dog and pony show.
2. she should never even have made it inot the convention, she would have been ejected soon.
3. The police asked her to move several times, she resisted. Had she moved she wouldn't have been arrested.

I have studied law, and all of the points in her case are enough to get her arrested. She claims to be trying to help her friends, listen to the cops and help them once they are arrested. Trying to help them while the are getting arrested will only get you arrested.

She can speak, walk, and doesn't even have a bruise, NO POLICE BRUTALITY THERE.

Case Closed!

Posted by: sick n tired | September 2, 2008 5:40 PM

My advice from a friend down under to Ms. Goodman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:37 PM

Hmm, rioters always seem to be just minding their own business and then they are suddenly manhandled and arrested by the police. For some reason, when I am minding my own business the police leave me alone. Weird.

Posted by: K Jones | September 2, 2008 5:35 PM

The organization is misnamed... it should be COMMUNISM NOW!

Posted by: 1DeadManWalking | September 2, 2008 5:35 PM

"Democracy Now! Host and Producers Arrested at Republican Convention"

UNTRUE - in other words a lie.

No one was arrested at the convention - they were arrested in the city where the convention was being held.

Can you people ever get it right?

Posted by: hhunt | September 2, 2008 5:33 PM

Git 'er done !

Posted by: Iam Noone | September 2, 2008 5:32 PM

Many of you may not be aware of this, but before you were trained to swallow tabloid sensationalism as pablum, one of the main functions of the press was to watch and report on what Government was doing. In other words one of their functions was to inform the electorate, because without that, there can be no Democracy.
It is pretty sad to see how many people are willing to close their eyes to what is going on and follow blindly down the road to slaughter.

Media bias pervades our daily lives. The First Amendment assures freedom of the press and allows all opinions to be expressed. Historically, various perspectives were viewed as thought provoking and a source of stimulation for ideas or actions. However, a new type of journalistic attitude has taken hold of much of the media. Ideas become fact, and these "facts" are manipulated to produce a more scandalous version of the truth and spun into sensationalized stories to boost sales. There are serious topics and issues being misrepresented by this tabloid media with little concern for accountability or consequence for the "public lynchings" they orchestrate.--
"Truth Hurts"

Well, since you seem to think you know it all about journalism, Ms. Goodman does not fall into the category of journalist one bit. She just has a radio and TV show because she could actually buy Pacifica if she wanted to.

However, as one who practices journalism daily--without the "ideas" being presented to me--for a known Marxist to call herself a journalist is an insult.

I railed on bias at last week's convention, because of people applauding speeches when in media rooms. I railed on the stupidity of not standing for the national anthem. I don't care which slant they have, there are some ethics that should be followed.

Ms. Goodman wouldn't know "journalist ethics" if they bit her on her prodigious ass.

Posted by: Reporter? | September 2, 2008 5:30 PM


Be Aware of Local, State and Federal officials writing disinfo and smear blogs on this site and elsewhere.

Amy Goodman is a voice of the People.

The St.Paul/Minneapolis police made a grave error in aggressively arresting her.

Posted by: Lucus | September 2, 2008 5:28 PM

It really appears that Elizabeth has the most logical and well grounded understanding of the riot situation. Some of you could benefit from her insights if you would just consider what your actions would be if you were given the responsibility to protect community from rioters/destruction. And it would be too easy to just say I would never be a "cop".

Posted by: mlfetters | September 2, 2008 5:27 PM

I'm still waiting to hear, as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest of the story..."

Posted by: twinstick | September 2, 2008 5:26 PM

Eliz 77 - please set this particular incident aside for a moment. These officers and soldiers have been challenged by mobs since this convention started. They're on alert and the adrenaline is pumping. In a situation like this, you cannot fully assess each, single threat and react accordingly. They simply detained someone who chose to ignore their commands.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:25 PM

I never said I was Conservative. I am not even sure of the definition of Conservative these days. I mean, what are they conserving... American values? American service memebers lives? the environment? small government? our national treasure? our taxes?

What are Liberals? tree huggers? socialists?

No, I don't believe either of the above fit anylonger. Here is what I am. I am ex-Air Force 10 years, 18 years in business. I own guns, like shooting, hunt a bit, like my baja bug, and believe in regulated capitalism. Unregulated it fails as can be seen in the savings and loan events 20 years ago and housing isssues of today, as well as the rampant profiteering in the O&G markets and in the war industries. Greed is slowly poisoning our country and making people think of only themselves.

No, I don't subscribe to the labeling system the parties have created to put us into nice, neat voting boxes. That is killing out country. These ugly words and attacks by people here on either side break down our ability to meet and solve problems and only inflame and drive a deeper wedge between us as Americans.

Posted by: Binki | September 2, 2008 5:22 PM

To Eliz77: that's not what Goodman did. The first officer called her "Ma'am" and pointed in the direction of the sidewalk several times. She was deliberately interfering with the police, and pretty obviously was prepared to do anything she could to ignore their directions and get herself arrested.

She wanted to be arrested. As someone who has watched Democracy NOW! on many occasions, Amy Goodman is a person who clearly understands the English language and she chose deliberately to disregard the instructions from the police to go back to the sidewalk.

And why? Even as a stunt, it was a dumb stunt: Goodman could have made a much better presentation of the police treatment from the sidewalk by claiming that she was prevented from seeing her friends who had been arrested. Instead she decided to join them. That's not journalism, that's just stupidity.

Posted by: Kunstler | September 2, 2008 5:19 PM

I find it ironic that morons who call the US a policy state easily forget that she'll was released rather quickly but charged with a legitimate offense.

Unlike China, Myranmar, and Tibet...were you'll actually disappear (DIE) if you disagree with the government.

This only highlights how spoiled the libtards are. They know absolutely nothing about sacrifice, patriotism, and real facisism and police states.

They just want to ensure they can burn down stores, and throw urine on people that disagree with their warped sense of reality. If they can't do that...then they live in police state. LOL, liberals are so very stupid.

And you libtards wonder why the normal, real Americans, won't vote in line with your "platforms."

NOBAMA doesn't have a chance with supporters like Amy "hatchet face" Goodman and her idiot mob.

Posted by: Frank Rizzo | September 2, 2008 5:18 PM

A) She's not a real journalist and should not have been allowed into the convention.
B) Democracy Now is an advocate based propaganda tool not a real radio show.
C) She has no ID on so it looks like a legal arrest to me.

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 5:16 PM

It seems to me that her being arrested for crossing the police line is more of a distraction than the allegation that her convention badge was taken by a secret service officer. Everything else is just procedural and sort of nonsensical since she is being followed by a videocamera. The question should be how, why or if her credentials were taken and why?

Keep it logical people.

Posted by: Bill | September 2, 2008 5:16 PM

"By your logic one could NEVER call anything a police state because police would always be protecting someone's property, therefore their actions would always be just."

That's just plain silly. Kristallnacht wasn't "protecting someone's property." China's Cultural Revolution wasn't "protecting someone's property." The Bolshevik revolution wasn't about "protecting someone's property." Stalin's Great Purge wasn't about "protecting someone's property." (These may arguably have been motivated by "APPROPRIATING" someone else's property, but that's a different issue.)

Have we forgotten that there is a legitimate role for police to play in protecting public health, safety and order?

Posted by: wildsmit | September 2, 2008 5:16 PM

I think a man in full armor should not be afraid of a small, older woman asking for help. I think, as a former law enforcement training coordinator, that the people I saw dressed in riot gear have not had good training. It makes me so sad to see my fellow citizens so ignorant of the First Amendment and the necessity for freedom of the press. Ms. Goodman was not running at the police screaming. She addressed the officer as sir and asked where the commander of their force was. She was concerned, as any good employer would be, about her associates being injured in an illegal arrest of those who were well identified journalists. Her ID also was very visible. Any red blooded American who saw this would be shocked and upset. As an American citizen who loves my country, I am so disappointed in some of the nasty, unintelligent comments here. We, in a democracy, depend on a free press. It looks like we are losing our democracy with the complicity of many of the commentators in this conversation.

Posted by: Eliz 77 | September 2, 2008 5:13 PM

LOL, Libtards are hilarious. Kick an officer in the pants and expect not to get arrested?
Disrespect an officer during a riot and not expect to be detained?

HAHAHA

I'm very happy that the entitlement mentality of the left will receive it's 3rd blow come November.

There is nothing fascist about police gaining control during a riot.

You want someone to blame, then blame yourselves for the childish and destructive mob behavior.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:12 PM

The RNC has the right to hold their meeting in a safe environment. These rioters are trying to disrupt that meeting through violence and fear. If a few pseudo-reporters get detained in the process, big f'ing deal. I'd say the exact same thing if some FOX NEWS d-bag was arrested for crossing a police line in Denver.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM

Please focus ,

I can agree to a point. The problem is that we don't talk enough anymore. I really feel that. These officers do have families. But I know several cops and I can tell you, many are driven by the need to control things. Being ex-military, I can tell you that there is a mentality associated with suiting up in armor and carrying weapons.

I do agree the anarchists need to be rounded up. Sadly, the excuse of not knowing them from the others is lame. When reasonable people are asking to talk to the officer in charge, and it was clear in the video things were not "out of control", then an effort should be made to do so. None of this need have happen. Putting all the blame on Amy alone is disingenuous.

Do I think it is a direct frontal attack on 1st Amendment rights? No, it is more subtle than that. I do feel there has been much more police violence in our country in the last few years. For example, several hundred people have been exonerated in New York based on video evidence. Now, the argument from the police is that these people were doing bad things. But the actual fact is the opposite... the cops were. So what is happening here? The NY cop body checking the cyclist? Is that an aboration or is he just doing what seems acceptable? No, I believe there is shift to the use of force in our country.

One last thing. Authority should always be questioned, held accountable and challenged. Otherwise, we do end up with a police state under Fascist leadership. Unilateral leadership is what our Revolution fought to stop.

Posted by: Binki | September 2, 2008 5:11 PM

Anonymous said in response to Anonymous:

To awacky and all others using common sense:

Please refrain from further explanation. Facts don't matter, phrases like "police state, nazis, facists, etc..." will prevail, regardless of the irony

-------
When you are being attacked and your property is being destroyed, then you want the police there. If it's another persons property being destroyed, or if someone who don't agree with politically is being attacked it's then a police state. Obviously you got an A in logic.

___________________________________

dude i'm on your side, i was trying to be sarcastic but believe I quoted the wrong person... my bad

Binki i dont buy for one minute that you were a conservative. It's the oldest political trick in the book for both parties to identify themselves as being from the other party (or as a "independent") and saying you support the other side. Plus once peoples brains actually form to adult stage, the brain should transform from liberal to conserative, not the other way around. As the famous quote from Winston Churchill goes:

If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain

Well said Winston

Posted by: my bad | September 2, 2008 5:07 PM

They clearly gave Ms. Goodman a command she didn't wish to follow in the name of Democracy Now! They told her to get back on the sidewalk, and the video shows that she tried repeatedly to turn around, ignored their directions, and attempted to do exactly what they told her not to do. So she gets arrested.

Well, folks, if the cop tells you to move and you keeping doing the exact opposite of what they told you to do, repeatedly, you can get arrested too. Stupid move on Goodman's part, and deliberate. Boo Hoo for Amy Goodman.

Posted by: Kunstler | September 2, 2008 5:06 PM

Binki - your response to Elizabeth was the most reasonable argument you've made today. If these "protestors" are really there for those reasons, then what does smashing up a business have to do with that? What does physical violence have to do with it all? I don't know too many people who are happy with the status quo. Painting up your same-sex partner and inciting a riot is not the answer. I'd rather have some fresh faces run for political office. Start small (municipal offices) and climb the ranks. That'd be the only way to defeat the current system.

Posted by: GreatGordo | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM

Loved them getting maced. They hate the country. F'em.

If Obama gets elected nobody will riot because they'll all be waiting by their mail boxes for their "wealth re-distribution" check.

Ahhhhh the "victims". Get a freekin' job!

Posted by: Jack | September 2, 2008 5:04 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...they should have kept the commie boob locked up!

Posted by: LibHater | September 2, 2008 5:03 PM

"When you are being attacked and your property is being destroyed, then you want the police there. If it's another persons property being destroyed, or if someone who don't agree with politically is being attacked it's then a police state. Obviously you got an A in logic."

By your logic one could NEVER call anything a police state because police would always be protecting someone's property, therefore their actions would always be just.

Posted by: CharlesPeirce | September 2, 2008 5:01 PM

Yay! Amy Goodman got herself arrested like I was trying to do in Manchester, New Hampshire. Gotta hand it to those cops, at least they didn't whack her in the face with a truncheon.

Posted by: Jason Bermas | September 2, 2008 5:00 PM

My right to toss rocks through storefronts has been oppressed, man! I can't even walk the streets of St. Paul while smashing windshields. This is an outrage! Where's my freedom, people?

Posted by: JerryBearHugMan | September 2, 2008 4:58 PM

Elizabeth,

You may be right, but those cops all around there don't seem to be out arresting anarchists. It seems to me they are singling out the journalists. Amy Goodman does not look like a hardened criminal (they were at the convention, giving speeches).

I will concede that it is better to sort these things out later. BUT, if the cops arrest the journalists, and they are targeting them, who are there documenting these events, and put them in jail for up to 36 hours, who will do the journalism?

I mean, all the major channels just pretend it is not happening. We are talking about 10s of thousands of people protesting a failed government and its policies and the man that party is presenting.

I am moderate, socially liberal, fiscally conservative. I have watched a slow devolution of the Conservative party over the last 20 years, watched it spend us to the brink of broke. We will have a 9 trillion dollar debt when they are through. Trillions more to support our vets when the come home. That is what people are unhappy about. Many people in our country have a feeling that they don't matter in the political discourse. Maybe they don't. Parhaps it really is the corporations that run our country now, through lobbies and money and jobs when you leave government service. Maybe we need more Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, which is what the Right pushes. Maybe the Lefts push for Change is just silly. But the direction we are headed is not pretty.

Posted by: Binki | September 2, 2008 4:55 PM

Anonymous said:

To awacky and all others using common sense:

Please refrain from further explanation. Facts don't matter, phrases like "police state, nazis, facists, etc..." will prevail, regardless of the irony

-------
When you are being attacked and your property is being destroyed, then you want the police there. If it's another persons property being destroyed, or if someone who don't agree with politically is being attacked it's then a police state. Obviously you got an A in logic.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:51 PM

This is just the beginning of the police state. Just wait until McCaniac or Obamalama gets elected. Boosh and Tricky Dick will seem like boy scouts.

Posted by: lurker | September 2, 2008 4:49 PM

Binki - If you were tasked with crowd control at this event, would you wear any protective gear? Some of the protestors here are aiming for a full-blown riot here. They could succeed in mere seconds. That does not leave much time to suit up for a scuffle. Quit reading too much out of their attire and think of their safety. They have wives and children at home who would love to sit and talk to "daddy" tonight. No it's not some free speech suppression machine that's gunning for your rights! They are keeping the streets of St. Paul safe for it's citizens. That is their job, after all.

Posted by: Please focus | September 2, 2008 4:49 PM

Manhandled?

Posted by: jack | September 2, 2008 4:43 PM

I don't see any rough behavior in that video. In fact, I'd label that handling method as "kid gloves". You must use restraint when arresting liberals. Their soft skin and non-competitive nature makes them some of nature's most fragile creatures. Save the libs!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:43 PM

There was no rampaging anarchy going on where she was located. This is police intimidation. Why do we have cops dressed like stormtroopers all over the place. Militarization of the police. Hey, cold war is over, gotta sell armor to the cops.

Right/Left it does not matter. More and more press are being targeted, except the mainstream corporate press that just say what they are told. Investigative journalism is dieing. Remember that Constitution, the Free Press and all?

And the Left all all whiners? lol. I hear nothing but crying from Right about the Left. Those bad old Liberals. You know, they fight for silly things like weekends, eight hour work days, vacation, fair wages. Man, what are they thinking.

Posted by: Binki | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM

Binki,

10,000 people peacefully protested Monday. The reaction by the police was to the rioting that was going on by a small number of people.

Anarchists were destroying property, starting fires, attacking people, and laying down in the streets blocking traffic. Amy Goodman's team was covering the small group of rioters and were in the middle of the destruction. It's not hard to understand how they were detained. Many of the anarchists had video equipment so telling the difference between a true journalist and a random person with a camera is best to be determined at the police station. The police need to keep order so things don't escalate. Several days earlier this same group was found to have gallons of urine they were going to dump on convention goers. Knowing that, the police were on high alert for anything.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 4:42 PM

Why no writeups about groups protesting at the DNC?

Posted by: Kay B. Day | September 2, 2008 4:41 PM

Binki- Have you not read of the attacks in the past 24 hours? Several busses were attacked and the delegates were covered in a bleach/water mix. Bus windows were smashed with rocks. The police force is attempting to prevent/stop these behaviors. To you, this is just some kids stretching their constitutional rights? Come on, man. Take your partisan glasses off for a second and look at the potential for death and injury here. A few protestors could get out of hand and start a massivs riot.

Posted by: Are You Serious? | September 2, 2008 4:38 PM

To awacky and all others using common sense:

Please refrain from further explanation. Facts don't matter, phrases like "police state, nazis, facists, etc..." will prevail, regardless of the irony

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM

"That is what these cops should have been doing, Serving and Protecting. Letting these people actually practice their First Amendment rights."

They were - serving and protecting everyone, not just protesters; allowing people to practice their first amendment rights on the other side of the police line; and, making formal arrests so that everything they did gets sorted out in front of a judge. If the video clip does in fact capture any real police misconduct, it will be handled in open court - just the way the system was designed to work.

Posted by: Demos | September 2, 2008 4:37 PM

hang on...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!
DUMB LIBERALS DESERVE TO BE MANHANDLED!!!

Thanks for the comic relief..I needed it.

Posted by: marcus | September 2, 2008 4:36 PM

Did you know that most liberals have purple lips, and their skin color is a sort of blue hue. It's due to holding their breath for extended periods of time leading to oxygen deprivation. This explains their lack of cognitive brain functioning. Next time you get close to a liberal check it out. I don't recommend getting too close to a liberal if you are alone. It's not their fault. They were born with an inability to cope with the lassitudes of adult life. We should help them with their infirmities, it's the humane thing to do...Mccain/Palin will blaze the trail...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:35 PM

Awacky,

The first amendment allows for people to peacefully assemble, and nearly 10,000 people peacefully assembled in St. Paul for an anti-war march and protest. When anarchists decide decide to attack 80 year old women, destroy property, and start fires there is going to be a police backlash.

A sensible person wouldn't push the police any further in this type of situation and she was not wise to cross a police line. This has nothing to do with Freedom and Liberty. Everyday Amy Goodman freely practices her first amendment without governmental backlash. She clearly is wrong in this video, she's crossing a police line and told to go back to the sidewalk so the police can contain a chaotic area and she refuses to do so after the policeman tells her around three times. What don't you understand?

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 4:33 PM

I just watched the video again. How exactly was she "jumped on"? When I first read the text I assumed she'd been tackled at some point. Is there anything in this clip that can honestly be described as manhandling, roughing up or being "jumped on"? Had she simply stood still while they handcuffed her it probably wouldn't have even been uncomfortable.

Posted by: Demos | September 2, 2008 4:32 PM

She's an idiot. Let's blame the police?!

This is why some animals eat their young.

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2008 4:29 PM

How sad that this turned into Ad Hominen attacks, not focused on the issue or what they are protesting about, but instead about how they looked. I guess there is a dumbing down of American... they certainly posted here today.

Most of these people were protesting, using this silly little thing called the 1st Amendment, you know, that quaint piece of paper they call, oh, what is it, tip of my tongue, oh, yeah, the Constitution. I know, many of you can't read, but you should learn how too.

That is what these cops should have been doing, Serving and Protecting. Letting these people actually practice their First Amendment rights. 1984, where are you? Thank God the Ministry of Peace was here to help these people.

The sadest part is that all of you on the right want to talk about freedom, as long as it fits your narrow definition and is what you want to hear. These people are American's who actually had the courage of their convictions, in the face of stormtrooper clad cops, to go and say what they feel. Shame on you. You are no different than the people in Germany who kept turning away, until it was too late.

Posted by: Binki | September 2, 2008 4:28 PM

She violated a direct police order and resisted. She undoubtedly will sue and that is her right. She broke the law plain and simple.

Posted by: jmichaels | September 2, 2008 4:28 PM

These people are nothing more than Nazi Brown shirts. There is no difference between their violence and their so called "resistance" (which is just oppression and aggression toward those who don't agree with them) and that of Hitlers Youth! Obmama is their god, just as Hitler was the German peoples.

Posted by: Ephoc | September 2, 2008 4:27 PM

Please tell me that cow-ess Goodwin was strip searched and waterboarded.

Posted by: tenletters | September 2, 2008 4:24 PM

earth to earth to dave,

Watch the video, it's right in front of you. She's told to stay on the sidewalk. She wouldn't go back.

If I were in that situation #1 I'd go back to the sidewalk and ask for an officer to come and speak to me there. #2 Like I said before, once your buddies are arrested there is little to be done on the scene. Go to the station where they're being held and you can state your case there. In a riot situation where people are being hurt and property is being destroyed you can't count on very many people to "listen" to you. Cooler heads will prevail at the station.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 4:23 PM

If you are told not to cross a line or you will be arrested, don't "act" surprised that you are being arrested for crossing said line.
BTW, I must have missed the beat-down and the rough treatment. She should do a few stories on real life to learn what rough is. Come along on a DV, rape capture, meth head bust, or any number of arrests, this was just for show as the LE treated her with kid gloves.

Posted by: Kent | September 2, 2008 4:22 PM

earth to earth to dave said:

"Anarchists are not about "peaceful protests", so quit trying make them out to be hypocrites.

Second of all, the "meany" police did not even bother to listen to the journalist. They did what they always do. Start yelling, flexing their "muscle" and pushing people around.

Maybe one of these days you'll stand for something other than complacency."

_____________________________________

I have to admit you lot always seem to be protesting together, so its difficult to distinguish who's an anarchist and who is just bat-shiat insane. Once more, it is not the police force's job listen to the protestors concerns or to distinguish peoples motives, but rather to keep things civil in the face of said anarchists destroying property. So if you going to go about disobeying direct commands from them when anarchists are running amok then you can expect to get summarily arrested. Just because your protesting doesnt mean you are above the law for that period of time. Once again, why is this so hard to understand?

If you think that's arcane or indicative of a police state then you are just a sad demented individual.

Posted by: earth to earth to earth to dave | September 2, 2008 4:22 PM

Civil disobedience can be a great strategy for urging social change, but it only has meaning if you have the courage and conviction to accept the consequences. Otherwise, it's just silly posturing.

Crossing a police line is a serious matter - do it if you feel you must, but recognize that it will (appropriately) result in arrest and an opportunity to "tell it to the judge." Working for a news organization doesn't give you a pass from the rules that apply to everyone else.

And last but not least, being required to stand on the other side of the street is in no way suppression of the press (haven't these guys heard of telephoto lenses?) or intollerence of dissent. If it were, Ms. Goodman would be heading out to a re-education camp along with those two elderly ladies in China.

Posted by: Demos | September 2, 2008 4:19 PM

sanmigmike - so, in the name of freedom, we should turn a blind eye to riots and vandals? I'm glad you were too busy getting a liberal arts degree to gain any form of power/wealth.

Posted by: tiredoflibs | September 2, 2008 4:18 PM

The cops told her to leave, she did not, she got arrested.

When the police tell you to do something, like leave, leave. You will not be arrested then.

DUH?!?!

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2008 4:18 PM

Is this Minnesota 2008 or Chile 1973?

Posted by: James | September 2, 2008 4:16 PM

No makeup
wearing $8.00 in clothes
followed by a handycam

Gee, I don't know why they didn't buy her press credentials.

Posted by: SimpleOne | September 2, 2008 4:14 PM

Funny how so many of the right wing flag wavers are against protest and insist on following the rules. Good thing people didn't listen to them back around 1776...following their lead we would still be singing "God Save the Queen"!

Posted by: sanmigmike | September 2, 2008 4:14 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Oh.....God, that is funny. Serves the Pinko right. Stay in the boob tube where you belong you leftist goon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYuhNqj0hFQ

Posted by: The Shadow | September 2, 2008 4:13 PM

Do any Republicans even know what Liberty of Freedom is?

Posted by: Awacky | September 2, 2008 4:13 PM


jamman wrote:
Damn those Cops! Look at her face..they beat the crap out of her.

NAW, she just hasn't washed for a week.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 4:11 PM

Anarchists are not about "peaceful protests", so quit trying make them out to be hypocrites.

Second of all, the "meany" police did not even bother to listen to the journalist. They did what they always do. Start yelling, flexing their "muscle" and pushing people around.

Maybe one of these days you'll stand for something other than complacency.

Posted by: earth to earth to dave | September 2, 2008 4:10 PM

She'll be dining out on this for years.

Posted by: Don Winslow of the Navy | September 2, 2008 4:10 PM

That is great. That video makes me want to join the force. I pray that Helen Thomas thies to waddle past my post someday.

Posted by: Awesome | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM

The policeman clearly tells her to back up, but she continues on. Her demeanor was obviously confrontational.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM

Wallace Fard wrote:
Did they waterboard her? Is there video?

OH, I DO HOPE SO. I'd love to watch it, repeatedly.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 4:09 PM

Waahhhh! The little liberal provoked a confrontation and got hauled off. Should have emptied out the pepper spray on these useless maggots. I have no time for these people and the cops shouldn't either. they want the confrontations, but don't like being man-handled. Like a liberal guy can be man-handled. Not many liberal men are manly to start with.

Posted by: Timmeh | September 2, 2008 4:08 PM

Socialist Jew said

"All you people who got a happy seeing the video of Amy being arrested, there's a tropical island pretty close to Florida that you would love. They deal pro-actively with dissent too. They have phoney elections and a state-run media. You people would love it there in Cuba. And hey, if the restrictions on the free market in Cuba are too much for you, then move to China! It's a little far, but you can do business with anyone there for the right bribe, and boy howdy do they know what to do with demonstrators."

Yeah thanks. What types of governments are those Socialist Jew?

Posted by: EndMarxismNow! | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM

For the ILLITERATES among you, HIPPIE is spelled HIPPIE, with an "e" on the end. Geez.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 4:07 PM

Did they waterboard her? Is there video?

Posted by: Wallace Fard | September 2, 2008 4:06 PM

Damn those Cops! Look at her face..they beat the crap out of her.

Posted by: jamman | September 2, 2008 4:05 PM

Too bad they don't have OSHA training for idiot "journalist" idiots running into a police operation.

Posted by: SmarterthanMostISuppose | September 2, 2008 4:04 PM

publicity stunt, maybe?

Posted by: Brad | September 2, 2008 4:00 PM

davewebe...

also the difference is that the protestors weren't rounded up and sent in front of a firing line but thats probably too much nuance for you.

I swear you'd only be happy if the meany policemen would have left well enough alone and allowed the anarchists to burn the city to the ground -- that'd be so progressive!!

Heres some common sense -- if you dont want to be arrested: 1) obey police orders, such as "stay on the sidewalk," 2) don't hang out with anarchists who burn and destroy property in the name of a "peaceful protest." Why is that so hard to understand?

Posted by: earth to dave | September 2, 2008 3:58 PM

She tried to cross a police baracade. If that isn't grounds for an arrest, I don't know what is. Quit acting like she's a victim, people. These police are charged with the task of keeping order throughout the convention. There are thousands there with the opposite in mind.

Posted by: lemmesee | September 2, 2008 3:58 PM

davewbee,

There were around 10,000 people who were protesting. The police didn't try to stop the protest, they only reacted when anarchists started to destroy property, block roads, and attack people. For the most part the protest was peaceful.

This is nothing like China.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 3:55 PM

Its clear looking at some of the comments below that the Ku Klux Klan is still alive and well. Conservatives conceal their hate in public and let it go on the blogs. Scary to think that there are so many psychopaths among us.

Posted by: Graeme | September 2, 2008 3:53 PM

should of smacked her up side the head, several times.

Posted by: southern | September 2, 2008 3:52 PM

So... the U.S. is as open to protest as China is. But the U.S. denounces the Chinese for cracking down on protests during the Olympics? Hmmm... what was that about glass houses? Or perhaps those American glass houses all went in to foreclosure any way.

Posted by: davewbee | September 2, 2008 3:50 PM

I love it when liberals blame Republicans and Bush for their own stupidity.

Posted by: GT | September 2, 2008 3:50 PM

Never try to talk to the police once the police have arrested one of your friends. It's best just to go to where they are being taken and talk about it there. In a situation such as this where there is a lot of civil disobedience going on, the cops are human and are in fight or flight mode. Going down to the holding station where your friends are to be kept is your best bet for stating your case. I learned this long ago (college) when one of my stupid friends was being drunk and disorderly and was causing all sorts of trouble (normally a very sweet guy, just had a really bad night). I tried to intervene on his behalf to say he was just having a bad night and we could get him home without being arrested. My stupid intervention (as I was also too drunk to make much sense) caused two people to get arrested. If I would have just asked what station he was going to be held at a lot of trouble could have been avoided.

Her crew was already being arrested; she needed to back off because in the chaos of people being attacked and property being destroyed the police just need to get the crowd under control. Many of the protesters had cameras and video equipment so it's not easy for the police to discern journalists from trouble makers if they're all in the same group.

Posted by: Elizabeth | September 2, 2008 3:49 PM

I'm a fan of "Democracy Now!", but this looks like Goodman planned to be arrested. Buys her a little left-wing cred and a little free pub for her show.

Posted by: Tim1979 | September 2, 2008 3:48 PM

Oh, those poor dears. Note, the Washington Post doesn't cover the fact that the peaceful "protestors" they love so much were dropping cinderblocks off freeway overpasses in an apparent attempt to kill the drivers of the buses carrying Republican delegates.

Posted by: Ex-Reader | September 2, 2008 3:47 PM

Masked anarchists smaching windows and throwing projectiles at police officers does not appear peaceful to me.
Reminds me of the violence that erupted in Kenya after Barak Hussein Obama's Communist/radical Islamist aligned buddy lost the elections in December 2007.
Thank you to all the brave police officers who were there to prevent murder and rape by those anarchist pigs who think they speak for all of middle America.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:45 PM

Posted by: scrivener | September 2, 2008 3:45 PM

i consider a hippi more of a crack-head type personality except their confusion and anger is turned toward the nearest authority figure. first it was mom & dad. next it's police, and finally an elected official.

yes... they peddle like crazy, but being called 'homeless' isn't accurate. i would call them lsd-heads, or crack heads at best.

still a bunch of clowns.

Posted by: crack heads... | September 2, 2008 3:43 PM

"...Democracy Now! ID too. I was clearly a reporter..."
reporter? more like non-commercial drain of tax dollars.
wonder if she posted her own bail, or if it was also supported by me.
what a joke.

Posted by: William | September 2, 2008 3:42 PM

I can tell your first hand. Argue with a cop, go ahead and be stupid and see what happens to you. Especially argue law with a cop in the middle of a riot and lucky you don't wind up with a few stitches in your head. Good work by the cops taking lil' miss high horse into custody. She ain't special. Listen to the cops or enjoy the cuffs.... Raider Cool!

Posted by: rebraider | September 2, 2008 3:41 PM

I am very proud of my country & feeling secure the people who wanna overthrow our goverment & way of life are kept in check.
god bless the usa

Posted by: boromystery | September 2, 2008 3:40 PM

Nothing surprises me from the Republicans since they love to Torture innocent people who have their hands tied! State sponsored terrorism comes from the Republican Party and the American people will not stand for it! Republicans will learn and it will be loud and clear! Obama by a LANDSLIDE!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM

hippi's have never changed. not everyone wants to bend over backward for our enemies, and worship a flower.

when hippi's are around HIDE YOUR MONEY... they peddle better than most homeless.

it's laughable.

Posted by: LOOK! It's a real old fashioned Hippi! | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM

St Paul is a liberal city. Why are liberals here crying poilice brutality? I guess the republicans somehow replaced all the cops in town, took their identities, and will return them back to their jobs in a couple of days.

Liberals = mental disorder

Posted by: bob c | September 2, 2008 3:35 PM

I say round these Leftist vermin up and ship them all to Uganda or Zimbabwe and let the Cannibals sort them out. While were at it, we could also send the Natives a couple crates of A1 or Lee & Perrins steak sauce, I'm sure the Natives would appreciate that. We could then write it all off as Foreign Humanitarian Aid, it would be a twofer.

Posted by: Major Bat Guanno | September 2, 2008 3:35 PM

These comments remind me that fascism was/ is a mass movement. Good thing the Republicans weren't in charge of the American Revolution -- there wouldn't have been one, since they'd be kissing the King's soldiers' boots and buying up all the tea they could, to preserve the glory of the free market and the sacredness of property.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:34 PM

Once a Hippi always a Hippi.

Some became producers.

Hippies felt alienated from middle-class society, which they saw as dominated by materialism and repression, and they developed their own distinctive lifestyle. They favoured long hair and casual, often unconventional, dress, sometimes in “psychedelic” colours. Many males grew beards, and both men and women wore sandals and beads. Long, flowing granny dresses were popular with women, and rimless granny glasses with both men and women. Hippies commonly took up communal or cooperative living arrangements, and they often adopted vegetarian diets based on unprocessed foods and practiced holistic medicine. For many The Whole Earth Catalog, which first appeared in 1968, became a source for the necessities of life. Hippies tended to be dropouts from society, forgoing regular jobs and careers, although some developed small businesses that catered to other hippies.

Hippies advocated nonviolence and love, a popular phrase being “Make love, not war,” for which they were sometimes called “flower children.” They promoted openness and tolerance as alternatives to the restrictions and regimentation they saw in middle-class society. Hippies often practiced open sexual relationships and lived in various types of family groups. They commonly sought spiritual guidance from sources outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, particularly Buddhism and other Eastern religions, and sometimes in various combinations. Astrology was popular, and the period was often referred to as the Age of Aquarius. Hippies promoted the recreational use of hallucinogenic drugs, particularly marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), in so-called head trips, justifying the practice as a way of expanding consciousness.

"It's the system man.... the system"

Get off the pipe loser!

Posted by: HIPPI's !! Get real! | September 2, 2008 3:28 PM

Foxhunter said:
"Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels."

What you so you think that those in your lot who wish death on everyone at the GOP convention is a civil debate? Puh-leez

Posted by: interesting | September 2, 2008 3:28 PM

You can see her pushing the cops. I guess cops should just let havoc reign and this would be a better country?

Posted by: Jimmy D | September 2, 2008 3:25 PM

no ! don't taser me bro !

Posted by: bro | September 2, 2008 3:25 PM

What is lacking from the article, and what many on here have willfully overlooked, is what led up to the arrests. While they might have had badges, were they in areas that were restricted? Did they impede delegates who were trying to reach their posts? Were they being verbally abusive? There is a lot more to this story than what is being provided in the 13 sentences provided.

Posted by: U.S. Common Sense | September 2, 2008 3:24 PM

How many US soldiers died today?

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 3:23 PM

I'm sorry, I didn't catch that - liberalism is a what?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:21 PM

China and the Republican Party make good partners! They both root out dessent by the use of force! The only fascists I see are the police and the Republican Party! Lucky the Gangstas from the hood were not there then the police would have their hands full!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:21 PM

Why isn't Amy in the country of Georgia ??Never goes where she is needed !!

Posted by: Suwaniman | September 2, 2008 3:20 PM

Hate is a mental disorder. Fear is a mental disorder. Oppression is a mental disorder. Violence is a mental disorder. Greed is a mental disorder.

Reactionary politics must be medicated.

Authoritarianism must be erradicated.

Fascism must die.

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 3:20 PM

Interesting video of the Republican version of spreading democracy. Their version unfortunately begins with "spread 'em" and ends with arrest. This is the city where they took down the ad in the airport in favor of nuclear disarmament - because Northwest Airlines, the official airline of the Republican convention, complained that the ad was "scary". Yes folks - freedom is on the march in St. Paul. Odd how the marchers are goose stepping tho.

Posted by: Barry Nolan | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM

Foxhunter said:
"Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels."

What you so you think that those in your lot who wish death on everyone at the GOP convention is a civil debate? Puh-leez

Posted by: interesting... | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM

So,
Lets see, I’m a cop working a riot and someone comes running at me screaming. Hmmmm…. What should I do. As always, get everyone under control and then let the Judges and Lawyers sort it out. This is how it works.

Posted by: phaser | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

So,
Lets see, I’m a cop working a riot and someone comes running at me screaming. Hmmmm…. What should I do. As always, get everyone under control and then let the Judges and Lawyers sort it out. This is how it works.

Posted by: phaser | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

So,
Lets see, I’m a cop working a riot and someone comes running at me screaming. Hmmmm…. What should I do. As always, get everyone under control and then let the Judges and Lawyers sort it out. This is how it works.

Posted by: phaser | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

I think its funny all those that comment on this blurb say police brutality has stepped up during Bushies term. What an intellectually lazy laugh. Puh-lease. Cops have been running rough shod over folks for decades, no matter who's in charge. Its a local thing nimrods. Wake up you socialist dolts.

Posted by: biffula | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

Foxhunter said:
"Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels."

What you so you think that those in your lot who wish death on everyone at the GOP convention is a civil debate? Puh-leez

Posted by: interesting... | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

*** Look, it's simple. Cross the line and you're busted. Start bending the rules in this chaos and you end up with a lot more unmanageable chaos. Who here thinks it was not her choice? Why did she, above anyone else, have a right to cross the police line? By the way, the cops are just cops, they're not republican cops, you dopes. ***

Posted by: Rob | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

Foxhunter said:
"Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels."

What you so you think that those in your lot who wish death on everyone at the GOP convention is a civil debate? Puh-leez

Posted by: interesting... | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

Foxhunter said:
"Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels."

What you so you think that those in your lot who wish death on everyone at the GOP convention is a civil debate? Puh-leez

Posted by: interesting... | September 2, 2008 3:18 PM

for Foxhunter -

Drudge also linked this story the other day.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Conventions/story?id=5668622&page=1

Seems rather fair to cover both. The ABC producer, Asa Eslocker, in Denver was choked by the Denver police. One has to wonder if they hauled him off to the "secret prison" which was set up for the DNC convention.

Posted by: forparity | September 2, 2008 3:17 PM

liberalism is a mental disorder liberalism is a mental disorder liberalism is a mental disorder liberalism is a mental disorder liberalism is a mental disorder

liberalism must be medicated

liberalism must be erradicated

liberalism must die

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM

ChingarraSan, hasn't school started yet? I though I heard the bell ring. Better get in before they hit you up with a detention. This is going to be a good year for you as I think civics is taught in the 7th grade.

Posted by: mccordp | September 2, 2008 3:07 PM

What part of "Stay behind the line," did Ms. Goodman fail to understand?

Posted by: Chester | September 2, 2008 3:06 PM

Drudge must have linked...the stench has risen to above average levels.

Posted by: Foxhunter | September 2, 2008 3:06 PM

"She was trying to tell the officers that her producers were press."

Oh. I thought she was telling them about her sick cat.

Both would be equally relevant to her arrest.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 3:06 PM

why didn't she stay on the sidewalk as instructed ? does she think she above the lawful request of a police officer ? video says...guilty. it is that simple. same to ya.

Posted by: fexl | September 2, 2008 3:05 PM

OH, I see. So everytime Republicans win, they HAD to have stolen it, cheated or otherwise fooled 55 million people. Is that about right? Otherwise, if conditions were "FAIR," Democrats would win EVERY election by what....say 20 pct points??

Hah! And you guys think the conservatives are simple-minded! LMAO!
***************************************

oh my...that's hilarious! u are so right becuz i have friends who actually say almost this very thing! but they can't quite admit to it becuz even they know how ridiculous it sounds! what a bunch of whiners...can't accept that they get their butts beat all the time in national elections, fair and square! politics ain't bean bag, y'all!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:05 PM

Hahahahahaha...this is what happens when you don't do what the police tell you to do when they tell you to do it. If she had done what she was told the first time she whould not have been arrested. Even when she is being detained she is resisting arrest by trying to pull away from the officer. She's lucky she didn't get body slammed into the asphalt.

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 3:04 PM

Ryan said:

I'd love to turn on the news and hear the GOP convention burned to the ground, no survivors. Oh that would be a GOOD day.

My how progressive of you Ryan! Good to know where the left stands on things.

If the anarchists had there way it would happen -- thats why police step in, to prevent the uncivilized from being uncivil.

Posted by: Creep | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM

Do people actually think saying things like "Amy Goodman has a mustache" proves some kind of point? She wasn't trying to get arrested to "look like the victim." She was trying to tell the officers that her producers were press. They weren't protesting. What exactly did you see those "crazy liberals" protesting in that clip? The officers didn't even take the time to look at their ID badges.

And even if they were protesting.. what are you so afraid that they are going to say??

Posted by: proudliberal | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM

OH, I see. So everytime Republicans win, they HAD to have stolen it, cheated or otherwise fooled 55 million people. Is that about right? Otherwise, if conditions were "FAIR," Democrats would win EVERY election by what....say 20 pct points??

Hah! And you guys think the conservatives are simple-minded! LMAO!

Posted by: Ahhh! Epiphany! | September 2, 2008 3:00 PM

Boo Hoo...don't arrest me, I'm just the organizer of this insult to political process.

Posted by: MMONROELIVESON | September 2, 2008 3:00 PM

Peace, love, and brotherhood...no wonder the fascists hate hippies. In their past lives, they were the ones the crucified Christ, and can't wait to try to do it again.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 2:58 PM


• Wake up people of America! If these recent incidents of police abuse, against the citizens of this country, don't make you pay attention, nothing will! This type of police activity has been on the rise for years, especially the last eight years. The people voted in 2006 to change the direction in which the country was headed. Nothing has changed! The killing in an illegal war continues! People are still being illegally wiretapped! The assault on the Constitution continues with reckless abandon! The Justice Department is dysfunctional! And, the public continues being ripped off by out of control corporations who are engaging in war profiteering! It's up to the citizens of this country to protect the constitution! The politicians will not do so! They take their marching orders from the corporations which are responsible for protecting their lofty positions. The police take their marching orders from the bought and paid for politicians. Their orders are to quell any voices of dissent that would disrupt the agenda of the corporate power structure which controls the government. What a sad state of affairs for our once proud democracy, which is now, nothing more than a fascist police state!Hitler would be proud! The comments I see here illustrate the true nature of the badly tarnished Republican brand. First many of the posters here blather about how Democrats are racists, and in the next breath, begin spewing hate and racism toward a black women who is a well respected media personalty and activist. And now, the arrest of Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! A direct attack on journalists and the constitution! What hypocrites! The Republicans then go on to spew the propaganda they are so famous for by saying that Democrats have it all wrong, when in fact, 80% of the public think the country is headed in the wrong direction after eight years of failed Republican policy! The hate filled sniveling by Republicans on this post show just how desperate the party has become, as they flail, grasping for any straws they can reach. The sad thing is Republicans who are not multi millionaires, are so stupid, that they vote against their own best interests! Any astute observer of politics knows that in order to benefit from Republican policies, you have to be very wealthy. The Democrats will sweep the Republicans into the dust bin of history come November! And Democrats! To make sure that happens, keep a close eye on this election to make sure it is not stolen by the crooked Republicans, who at this point, will do ANYTHING to stay in POWER, and out of PRISON!


Posted by: ChingarraSan | September 2, 2008 2:57 PM

Media Confessions-- Marxists Are Behind the Antiwar Protests


Reuters reported that the two main groups organizing the antiwar protests on Iraq. ANSWER Coalition and Troops Out Now are associated with the communist World Workers Party:
http://multimedia.heritage.org/content/lehrman-083005b.ram

Saturday's protest, sponsored by the Troops Out Now Coalition, came two weeks after an antiwar event sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, which drew roughly 10,000 people. ANSWER also sponsored a rally in March.

The groups' agendas are similar, opposing what they call "imperialist" U.S. policy not only in Iraq but toward countries like Cuba and Iran -- which has alienated some supporters.

"There's all of these peripheral issues that you're going to be associated with, whether you want to or not," said Hamilton College history professor Maurice Isserman.

Both groups' leaders were associated with the Workers World Party, which advocates a shift toward a Soviet-style planned economy. But a 2004 dispute prompted some members to form the splinter Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Members of the splinter group stayed active in the ANSWER Coalition, and the remaining members of the Workers World Party formed the Troops Out Now Coalition, Troops Out Now spokesman Dustin Langley said.
WOW! The media finally outs the Communists!
They must be really be pi$$ed about the dwindling protests.
Those topless moonbats probably didn't help much either.

To describe current anti-war protest as a reaction to the invasion of Iraq or an anti-Bush phenomenon is to miss the point. A closer look at the protestors and their associations reveals a pedigree going back at least to the Vietnam era and beyond to the "progressive" and protest politics of earlier decades. The leaders of the "anti-war" movement today are leftists in ideology. Almost all oppose capitalism and believe in socialism; many are Communists. At root, they are anti-American rather than anti-war. Anti-war groups comprise an authentic political movement. They have distinctive forms of organization, outlets for propaganda, favored strategies and tactics, and access to information technology that increasingly allows their communications to be instantaneous and global. In short, they are a political force.

In The Politics of Peace – just published by the Capital Research Center – Professor John Tierney, Jr., focuses on the individuals and groups who lead and coordinate the demonstrations, orchestrate media stunts, network across the Internet, and provide the organization and direction to what he describes as a permanent, full-time cadre of professional operatives.

Posted by: Sam | September 2, 2008 2:56 PM

This country is almost gone. When Mcdonalds runs out of burgers, there's a lot of people gonna be very suprised.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 2:56 PM

The Republicans should get the wrath of American people! They hide behind gestapo police lines looking like Robo Cops and arrest an unarmed woman! Wow! really tough guys! I'm surprised they didn't shock her with a taser! Republicans are losers and if they steal the Election it will be a very violent and ugly day in America!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:56 PM

Hey, Ivy League man! Yeah, You! Everybody knows that the Ivy Leagues are a place where rich, white kids have the honor of mixing with their poorer, darker brothers and sisters(on grants, of course paid for by rich, white folk) so that they, the rich elite, can feel sooo superior while expressing their "concern" for the plight of their less fortunate brothers. PUHLEEEZE! Go back to your Ivory Tower and spare me your sanctimony! Besides, everybody also knows that there are at least 20-30 non-Ivy schools out there that regularly produce graduates who not only EARNED their 3.8 GPAs (no grade inflation like at Harvard) but who can easily out-think your students on any given day! Ivy Leagues--a club for the legacies, the rich, the half-wits. The Ivy Leagues--producing grade-inflated, ego-inflated, well-connected (by family and birth) future leaders of America. God help us!

Posted by: thinkervsivyleague | September 2, 2008 2:55 PM

I say let the war begin.

The conservatives have guns with permits to carry and the liberals have buckets of urine and feces.
(who's more uncivilized there?)

Let's end this once and for all.
Liberal Fascism will not stand.

Posted by: the monk | September 2, 2008 2:52 PM

Posted by Jesus: "R.J., I know you not, you are a worker of iniquity."

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

Typical fascist, pretending to be God. Thanks for proving my point.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 2:52 PM

I hope they gave her a shower while she was locked up; making her wash that nasty, stringy hair.

Why is it that radical leftists have such an aversion to personal hygene?

Posted by: beallda | September 2, 2008 2:51 PM

"Number eighteen in 1988, Charlie Babbitt squeezed and pulled and hurt my neck in 1988."

~Rainman

Posted by: Sam | September 2, 2008 2:49 PM

I'd love to turn on the news and hear the GOP convention burned to the ground, no survivors. Oh that would be a GOOD day.

Posted by: Ryan | September 2, 2008 2:48 PM

Thinker, proving he's not, cites, ahem, Wikipedia as a source for what a Republic is. Wikipedia? The online joke for idiots who can't find their World Book Encyclopedia? That one? Yup, that one. No need to tell me (a retired Ivy League American History professor) what YOU think a Republic is--I already know, I live in one, not your democracy. And maybe you should invest in a REAL encyclopedia. And an education--you'll find you're quite incorrect in your grammar assumptions--I have another degree in English. You clearly don't, but then, Thinker, as the saying goes, "those who can't think, use Thinker as a pseudonym.

Posted by: american patriot | September 2, 2008 2:46 PM

Secularequalsrelativism wrote this:

The secular progressives will destroy this nation in the end. Moral relativism, the dumbing down of our classrooms, the lowering or elimination of standards of achievement, the mandate for an officially multi-lingual nation, completely open borders, nuclear disarmament, legalized drugs, 80 percent top tax bracket, redistributionist tax policies, socialized medicine, abortion-on-demand, eugenics, fairness doctrine, restrictions on private property ownership, gun control or elimination, etc. Is that what you really want??? Wake up, America!

__________________________________________

Indeed! And in order, we will therefore end up with debauchery/increased crime, idiots for children and teachers, the loss of our uniquely American culture, an unstable economic base/terrorists flooding in, a defense network in shambles/the loss of a deterrant, a lost generation/increased crime/joblessness, the loss of the middle and upper classes/loss of the employers of America/loss of millions of jobs, a 6 month wait for an MRI, the loss of a generation unborn/the loss of our humanity, the loss of our freedom of expression/the denigration of the competitive market place, the loss of a basic American freedom and right and the ceding of power to government....etc. Sounds like a heckuva lot of losses. But I'm just a simpleton, so don't mind me!
And Bravo for your poste, dude dudette!

Posted by: ohyesurright | September 2, 2008 2:45 PM

When you get arrested, expect to kiss some concrete or a hood. Especially if you are in a unsettled situation. You see the police are only interested in calming things down, not who you are, what you are, or who or what you think you are. To them you're just another trouble maker who can sort it out with the judge.

DOn't make a simple thing difficult. Go get your boys later.

Posted by: old geezer | September 2, 2008 2:43 PM

When I watch liberals protest, either in MN or elsewhere, I am reminded of the “Island of Misfit Toy’s” from the kids Christmas movie “Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer”. Why is it none of them ever seems balanced or reasonable. Most of them cannot even speak intelligently about what they are protesting about. It’s a self image as a crusader they are after. Fortunately most of them will grow out of it in 20 – 30 years as they get older, start working and making money and paying taxes. Rest assured more than half will become conservatives eventually. But until then, they really annoy me.

Posted by: Russell | September 2, 2008 2:43 PM

Non-Offensive Facts and Data as follows:

What Do You Know About Obama? To check the factual, history of Barack Hussein Obama. Go computer then find out. enter: out Obama/Saul Alinski”, “Obama, Bill Ayers Bernardine Dohrn”, “Obama/Jerry Kellman”, “Obama/Pro-Palestinian Arab-American Group”, “Obama/Rashid Khalidi”, “Obama/Betrayal of Alice Palmer”, etc.
We forget the euphoria of 1958-59-60, surrounding the quick rise of Castro. We were all euphoric when Castro took over Cuba. Castro promised CHANGE. Castro…a Marxist fooled us all. Such a fine poster-boy as Obama was a guarantee of 80% to 90% of all black voters for starters…why not Obama? The formula is working. “neighborhood organizer”. Obama's Job: listen to the people’s troubles and travails. dig for information and listen with a sympathetic ear and keep track of their annoyances, complaints and information. “RUB THE WOUNDS AND RESENTMENTS UNTIL THEY’RE RAW AND BRING ON MORE COMPLAINTS” AND THEN PROMISE“CHANGE”! It worked for Castro! In 1958-59-60. Castro’s spoke of freedom and great things to come for all the Cuban people. Castro promised “CHANGE” JUST THE SAME AS Obama is doing now! It was straight out of the writings of Karl Marx.the ambiguous word “CHANGE” became the “BIG LIE”. “Obama was a self proclaimed student of Karl Marx since he was young in Hawaii and continued on with his beliefs and studies. He continued his preparation until he was at Harvard and proudly displayed a Russian Communist Flag in his dorm room”.

Posted by: mcneticbob | September 2, 2008 2:43 PM

"Do not arrest me! Do not arrest me!"

Haha.

Posted by: Mike | September 2, 2008 2:42 PM

The secular progressives will destroy this nation in the end. Moral relativism, the dumbing down of our classrooms, the lowering or elimination of standards of achievement, the mandate for an officially multi-lingual nation, completely open borders, nuclear disarmament, legalized drugs, 80 percent top tax bracket, redistributionist tax policies, socialized medicine, abortion-on-demand, eugenics, fairness doctrine, restrictions on private property ownership, gun control or elimination, etc. Is that what you really want??? Wake up, America!

Posted by: secularequalsrelativism | September 2, 2008 2:36 PM

COPS are unconstitutional. I say to hell with these pigs with their extraordinarily safe jobs and good pay.

Learn some history

http://www.constitution.org/lrev/roots/cops.htm

Posted by: rick | September 2, 2008 2:21 PM


Rick, the founding fathers "Framers" also did not envision this country at 300+million people. The invention of "police" came out with any populous nation with large cities. This country hardly had that. Also, the values that people had: personal pride, honor, humility, etc etc, is alien to a good portion of people today, or "60 years ago" as referenced by your link. The police system was also put in place because of the will of the majority of Americans. To bottom line it: People want someone specific to soil their hands and get dirty.

Do not get me wrong. I would love the opportunity to 'police' myself and others and able to do so freely. But, the reality is, this can't be accomplished.

Just my three cents worth.

Posted by: Erik M-of the long winded | September 2, 2008 2:34 PM

to all you liberal wusses:

If you can't take the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Earth to all of you, if you hang out with rabble-rousing anarchists, the cops might arrest you for disturbing the peace. Its not a police state, its the St. Paul police dept's prerogative so quit having a effing cry about your elbow for god sakes. At least your in the US where you'll be released and cry on the interweb about it, cause if you were in China or Cuba, you'd never see the light of day again so be grateful that your American and we tolerate your sorriness

Posted by: Common sense | September 2, 2008 2:33 PM

The beeyotch got what she deserved! All they have to do now is throw the key in the Mississippi River.

Posted by: BarackObama | September 2, 2008 2:32 PM

"Please enlighten us on how peaceful these protesters are?

Last I heard, cars were smashed and businesses were destroyed.

Is this your idea of lawful, peaceful protests?"

Happy to enlighten you:

The violence occured AFTER the march. It was committed by a small group of self-styled 'anarchists' who have become famous for causing violence at otherwise peaceful demonstrations.

So, no - the property damage is not my idea of peaceful protest. The peaceful protest itself was.

And grabbing Amy Goodman by the arm (notice the cop does not let go of her arm even when he is pushing her back) and arresting her because she is asking about her employees is not peaceful either. And it sure as hell ain't American.

All you people who got a happy seeing the video of Amy being arrested, there's a tropical island pretty close to Florida that you would love. They deal pro-actively with dissent too. They have phoney elections and a state-run media. You people would love it there in Cuba. And hey, if the restrictions on the free market in Cuba are too much for you, then move to China! It's a little far, but you can do business with anyone there for the right bribe, and boy howdy do they know what to do with demonstrators.

Seriously, my point is that if you don't like protests and dissent, if you get a special feeling seeing riot police and armed troops in the streets of our cities, then get the hell out of the United States of America.

Posted by: Socialist Jew | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM

As a survivor of the Nazi jack boot occupation in Europe. I can see tactics used by "democracy now" and the Democrats have similar over tones.
The Nazi's used their brown shirt goons to intimidate, threaten and create chaos. The style and modus operandi reflecks the Nazi policies. Further to this during the Democrat convention a speaker who I forgot his name, a Senator was using the headline comment of "Wake up America" This was the same headline used by Hitler during the Nuremberg rallies of 1935, 1936. So America, better wake up before you make a grave error by supporting the Democrats and Obama.

Posted by: Frans Halls | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM

the country wont split, however we will have a civil war and the neolibs will lose big time because they have no weapons....due to their own stupidity in doing away with the second amendmnent!

Posted by: bryon | September 2, 2008 2:30 PM

Makes me feel good inside! Her "PRODUCERS" were probably on the wrong side of the fight.

I noticed int he LA riots in 92 .. the news crews were on the RIOTER'S side until it got ugly and then they slinked over behind the cops..

You wouldn't think that any of these lefties would start out on the side of the cops trying to protect property and life.. naw.. they're with the anarchists..

Posted by: josef | September 2, 2008 2:28 PM

She said: "And I'll be supporting the teacher who teaches that we must respect the rule of law. We don't get to change the rules as we go simply because we don't like them. What part of that concept don't you understand? Protestors do not have any constitutional right to unfettered access to facilities, to obstruct or to impede. The police have the absolute right (and duty), by law, to protect the non-protesting public from the throngs. That's why the protest-free zones or buffer zones have been upheld in court after court. If you don't like the law, you need to write to your congressman. Or, if you're a liberal, you just sue and hope that the courts will "write" new law from the bench."
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Amen. OH, I'm sorry. Am I allowed to say that here?

Posted by: ruleoflaw | September 2, 2008 2:28 PM

COPS are unconstitutional. I say to hell with these pigs with their extraordinarily safe jobs and good pay.

Learn some history

http://www.constitution.org/lrev/roots/cops.htm

Posted by: rick | September 2, 2008 2:21 PM

I think that the St. Paul police might consider waterboarding them in addition to the arrest. The deeper connections between "journalists" and the Left Democrats should be discovered and publicized.

Posted by: BoogersTyah | September 2, 2008 2:20 PM

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I swear to god Eric Cartman must written half these posts. This one though, sounds more like Mr. Garrison. Sounds like you'd love to manhandle you're students if they don't respect your authori-tay.

Posted by: Socialist Jew | September 2, 2008 2:19 PM

""They could give a fig about democracy or peaceful protests.""

Please enlighten us on how peaceful these protesters are?

Last I heard, cars were smashed and businesses were destroyed.

Is this your idea of lawful, peaceful protests?

Oh. And this has NOTHING to do with the war that we are now winning, no thanks to you neolibs... It's all about the hatred for Bush, PERIOD.

Posted by: achak | September 2, 2008 2:17 PM

Actually I think this log shows it, the country is just so divided. Sometime in the future i look for a split up of the country.

Posted by: marv | September 2, 2008 2:14 PM

Have any of you actually traveled outside the U.S.? I don't mean Europe or Canada. I mean the Middle East, Far East, Africa or Latin America? If you haven't, please do. Go see how the rest of the world lives. Especially you younger women out there. Go alone, unaccompanied by any man. Learn what you cannot learn any other way. Then come back home and apply the lesson to how you feel about your country with all it's many faults. Please, I ask you. Do this. It's important.

Posted by: J.Frazer | September 2, 2008 2:14 PM

I have done my homework well. And do you know why? Because, they are TIRED of REID, MURTHA, DURBIN, PELOSI, KENNEDY,...I could keep going and going. What THEY don't like is the Republicans are doing the SAME tactics played upon them for decades. Do I say this is right for America? Hell no! But, the Republicans are FINALLY using fire with fire.

The majority of us however are saying enough-just get s*** done. But, if it means being obstructionist? How about Pelosi being completely OBSTINATE in not even hearing any sort of bill about drilling for oil or even just repairing the existing ones that are STILL broken from Katrina/Rita? Why is PELOSI and ilk obstructioning repairs to the main vein of the Alaskan pipeline? It is fine to be opposed to oil, but to not perform the duties of HOUSE SPEAKER?!?! Sorry, I don't bite on it. So, go Republicans go! Use fire with fire. Hopefully you all will BURN.

I do however like your nickname of me..the long winded. I just like to be as clear as possible making points across.

Posted by: Erik M of the long winded-I like that | September 2, 2008 2:14 PM

I missed a step here: she says the Secret Service ripped off her RNC floor ID. Is there any corroboration that she was accosted by agents of the US Government, or was it just the local yokels and she is misstating?

Posted by: zenwick | September 2, 2008 2:09 PM

Poor babies. If you go to rabble rouse you have to expect being arrested, so stop the whining. Surely there is a sleazy slip and fall lawyer out there or the ACLU that can obtain a nice generous financial settlement for you.

Posted by: Typical white woman | September 2, 2008 2:09 PM

To all of you simpletons that have a bandana over faces( to afraid to show you tired butt faces or are you as ugly as your tactics) come on over to my house and try to get in. I will show you what the Second Amendment is all about. What a bunch of cowards.

Posted by: DocinMPLS | September 2, 2008 2:09 PM

The democrats are nothing but bullies. They went there with one purpose, to cause EVERONE problems, not just republicans. These egoist and elitists are like the Husseins who are being promoted by the radical media and the will do anything to cause problems for the GOP.

Posted by: Mel Mack | September 2, 2008 2:08 PM

oh, nearly forgot: what's the difference between a republican sex scandal and a democratic sex scandal? The GOP scandal involves homosexuality, EVERY TIME.

Posted by: hans | September 2, 2008 2:08 PM

Definition of Arrest according to this link: http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&defl=en&q=define:arrest&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title


An arrest is made when a law enforcement officer charges an adult with a criminal act, or violation of law and takes the adult into custody based on probable cause. A juvenile is not "arrested", but "taken into custody" under the identical circumstances. top


Key: Probable Cause. In looking at this video, she does give that as well as her two idiots. Again, "Here's your sign" Goodman

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:07 PM

posted by Erik M, of the long wind:

Speaking of attack machines and establishment, it is your given Demoncrats that have held the Senate since the 60's with an aristocratic grip. When the Republicans came in, their ONE mistake was underestimating the damage done by these fools and the control mechanisms in place to make the new Congress fail. THAT, is the source.

YOU need to do YOUR homework. The Republicans are knowingly and unflinchingly playing the obstructionists in the Senate, with more than eighty filibusters and counting. A top GOP spokesman in the senate, one that hasn't been arrested yet, but has stepped down from his leadership post, said "sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. this time it's working."

This is NOT just about judicial appointments...everything from energy to v-a benefits failed a cloture vote.

Blame the do-nothing republicans...the minority party...and then vote the rascals out of office.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:07 PM

Reasonable Person said: "We are still a nation of laws, aren't we? We can't just round up people and chuck them in jail because of what they think or believe."

Good point--and she wasn't arrested because of her political beliefs. She was arrested for disobeying a police order. So, based on your argument, you obviously agree she should have been arrested. I couldn't agree more.

Posted by: mccordp | September 2, 2008 2:06 PM

hey.. The twin cities said they weren't gonna take any crap from retard hippies & protestors.. one and the same.. hang with the hippies..then you better be prepared to live like the hippies.. here here for the cops of St. Paul, MN.

Posted by: Rhonda T. | September 2, 2008 2:04 PM

oh please.. democracy now.. what a bunch of losers.. you were arrested cause they know what your type does.. they destroy people's personal property and yell stupid facist words... ha ha .. serves you right for hanging out with the loser hippies that you are.. hope your jail cell was cold and wasted on. God I despise hippies

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:02 PM

So, lots of you seem to think it's okay to throw people in jail for their political beliefs? Media should be locked up because of the way they cover events?

Um...what about, you know, freedom?

Look, some boneheads got out of control, nobody's denying that. But that doesn't give police the right do indiscriminately arrest, detain, and endanger all participants, media, and even passers-by. We are still a nation of laws, aren't we? We can't just round up people and chuck them in jail because of what they think or believe. Otherwise we might as well call ourselves Saudi Arabia and be done with it.

Posted by: Reasonable Person | September 2, 2008 2:02 PM

by the way...let's get the facts straight here. She was already under arrest when the officer ordered them not to cross the line. Clearly, OBVIOUSLY, the officer was talking to others, not to AMY.

I don't see how these guys got any more press than anyone else in St Paul (ie none). A hurricane, however downgraded, will trump politics EVERY TIME.

I don't see any police brutality here, but Amy and her crew were innocent, as evidenced by the lack of charges when they were released. The officers have that prerogative though, if they feel their lives are in danger, etc. The courts are the key.

Posted by: hans | September 2, 2008 2:01 PM

And I'll be supporting the teacher who teaches that we must respect the rule of law. We don't get to change the rules as we go simply because we don't like them. What part of that concept don't you understand? Protestors do not have any constitutional right to unfettered access to facilities, to obstruct or to impede. The police have the absolute right (and duty), by law, to protect the non-protesting public from the throngs. That's why the protest-free zones or buffer zones have been upheld in court after court. If you don't like the law, you need to write to your congressman. Or, if you're a liberal, you just sue and hope that the courts will "write" new law from the bench.

Posted by: rkrenhkewhatkindanameisthat? | September 2, 2008 2:00 PM

oh please.. democracy now.. what a bunch of loosers.. you were arrested cause they know what your type do.. destroy peoples personal property and yell facist words... ha ha .. serves you right for hanging out with the looser hippies like your are

Posted by: Rhonda T. | September 2, 2008 2:00 PM

did you REALLY say check out a narcotics anonymous book to find out there's nothing wrong with pott? IDIOT! Of course marijuana is addictive and dangerous. Of course there are 12-step programs for users. Clearly you are a junkie in denial.

Posted by: hans | September 2, 2008 1:58 PM

What was this woman protesting in the video? All I see her doing in going where the cops told her not to go.

Posted by: Alexis | September 2, 2008 1:58 PM

Let's see. "Don't cross this line or you'll be under arrest." She crosses line saying "Don't arrest me, don't arrest me." She should be arrested if for nothing else than demonstrating she's a complete idiot. Just another stunt to get attention. The sad thing is there are people in this world that will actually believe she shouldn't have been arrested. Common sense and reason have left the country.

Posted by: mccordp | September 2, 2008 1:58 PM

My my. I love to see how you libs classify conservatives as beer drinking gun toting fat unclassed people. I for one, hate beer, sport a fairly good physique, and never owned a gun in my life. I am not a liberal. To those of you following the Obamanation saying he's centrist, have no clue or definition of the term in conjuction and reference to Obama. Obama is portraying 'centrism' now in hopes to get the 'majority vote'. Let me break it down for you.

Let us break down the US in simple terms. 33% conservative, 33% independant, and 33% liberal with a 1% wiggle room for 'error'. Now, with liberals and conservatives, you have the left kooks and the neocons. Both of these groups make up about 20% of each respective group. So, in these terms, you have at best, 7% neocons and 7% left kooks. Take a round number of the US population at 300 million, you are talking about 21 million per group. That is 42 million. THE REST of the US population at 258 million are TIRED of BOTH of you subgroups. YOU BOTH are whiners, finger pointing, parasitical people that all of you need one hell of a reality check. THE MAJORITY of America at 258 million are SICK of all of you.

Goodman got what she and her two idiots deserve. The police are people, tensed and nervous. And given the unpredictability of how terrorists act, the police were EXTREMELY civil and practicing good restraint. Proof that "Here's your sign" was nicely invented by Jeff Foxworthy..wait, can I mention him? Oh gawd, here come the lib attack machine.

Speaking of attack machines and establishment, it is your given Demoncrats that have held the Senate since the 60's with an aristocratic grip. When the Republicans came in, their ONE mistake was underestimating the damage done by these fools and the control mechanisms in place to make the new Congress fail. THAT, is the source. Libs, don't want to believe me? Investigate and educate yourself in the Library of Congress and put together the laws passed and who passed them since 1967. IF YOU keep an open enough mind (hard for libs to do I know since Liberalism does not recognize itself as a disease), you will find out just how hardcore and bull****ed we the American people have been.

Now, with that out of the way, this is why Obamanation is doing a changeling and appearing 'centrist' to appeal to the MAJORITY of America. The problem is, BHO is too far left. He can't appear centrist even with Jerry Falwell's help of pulling back the fulcrum. Also, the problem is, he is not a smooth talker like Bill Clinton is without a script and teleprompter (Saddleback forums). Also, the campaign promises that Obama is saying can not be done in the real world at all. The US is too entrenched in the world market to make any of it happen.

Before Palin's appointment, I was resigned to not vote at all this election. But at least McCain chose a running mate that will challenge him when he gets one of the 'ol crazy man' ideas. She doesn't prescribe to party lines-her own history and record clearly shows that. Her down to earth, common sense views and values are values the MAJORITY of Americans can, should, and will identify with. One GOOD class act that BHO did do is denounce the use of MSM (Many Senseless Morons) attacks upon Palin's family. That, is a class act and one I will give credit to BHO.

So, again, to both sets of idiots on here, shut up. George Carlin said it best: Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half are below the curve (paraphrased).

Posted by: Erik M | September 2, 2008 1:57 PM

What is Truth? What is THE Truth? How do you know for sure? Because you were there and saw it? I was in Vietnam for a year. My daughters high school history book had a large section dedicated to the Vietnam War. Nothing, and I mean nothing, related to what I saw and experienced while there. Does that mean it was all lies? There are many truths and all of them added together may not add up to THE truth. My point is that "truth" is an illusion that can only be made official by those in power. That's why the Democrats and the Republicans vie for the power, the power to define for all of us....the truth.

Posted by: J. Frazer | September 2, 2008 1:56 PM

Watching these left wing loons is always good entertainment. Amy truly is at the top of the loon hierarchy.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:56 PM

The "protesters" are there only there as condescending elitist smart-asses, to provoke disturbance, play the role of victim, and create an America-hating controversy. They don't deserve the time of day.

Posted by: wadwizard | September 2, 2008 1:55 PM

You libs pull out the constitution & wave it in our faces when YOU want. When WE want to use it like in the 2d Amendment, you say its a "living document" that can be altered anytime we "NEED" to. Free demonstrations allowed in the 1st Amendment have to be peaceable by the lawmens interpretation, not yours.
Goodman is an agent provocateur & should have been clubbed with a billy club, just like they would do in Saudi Arabia where they likely would do worse like decapitating her.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 1:55 PM

Keep it open forever!

Posted by: gtmorocks | September 2, 2008 1:55 PM

Hmmmmmm. . .a teacher who doesn't understand the difference between disrepecting authority and a person's right to protest has no business teaching other people's children.

I agree that I would not want this individual instructing my child, nor presenting himself as a role model.

Posted by: rkrenke | September 2, 2008 1:54 PM

Some of the posters have obviously never dealt with a pissed off police officer before. Otherwise they'd realize it has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats, it has to do with poor policing & police officers over stepping/abusing their authority. Democrats and Republicans both need to stop and realize the amount of power the state posses over the individual in our country. It's a bit scary, but what's even more frightening is the citizens, in most cases, have freely given that power over to the state.

Posted by: Justbecause | September 2, 2008 1:53 PM

Ideology trumps gender! Ideology trumps race! Well, at least it does for one political party. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Posted by: ucansayanythingaslongasu | September 2, 2008 1:52 PM

EXCELLENT!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo&feature=related


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Send Amy and the rest of her communist pus bags to GTMO and throw away the key.

Posted by: Nelson Muntz | September 2, 2008 1:52 PM

I hate Americans

Posted by: shawnareuthatnaive? | September 2, 2008 1:50 PM

Are you really that slow, Shawn? They WANTED to be arrested. Think Sharpton, Jackson, et al. Geesh. Where have u been since the 60's? They wanted to play victim to draw attention to their agenda! Just look at all the press coverage! They succeeded!

Posted by: shawnareuthatnaive? | September 2, 2008 1:49 PM

What the hell is democracy?

Posted by: OhNoNoName | September 2, 2008 1:49 PM

They said, "If you cross this line you'll be arrested.", and she disobeyed their instructions. She might as well have just askedn them to arrest her.

Posted by: Dave | September 2, 2008 1:49 PM

They should have arrested her for being an enemy of the state..a liberal

Posted by: Jim Roberts | September 2, 2008 1:46 PM

Look carefully here and you'll find another left wing fascist among us! She wants to have this teacher--this public servant--....gulp...fired(!) because he won't tow the liberal NEA line. Folk, if you'll just let these guys keep talking (Biden and Obama, included) we'll have this election sewn up by election day.

Posted by: lookseeanotherleftwingfascist | September 2, 2008 1:46 PM

I think Goodman wanted to get arrested. There are left and right wing reporters who, instead of reporting on existing stories, try to create the kind of stories they want to report. Based on this video and the actions of the police and Goodman, who appeared to be trying to force her was past the police, it seems like it was only an attempt to create a headline.

Posted by: A | September 2, 2008 1:43 PM

Everybody on here saying that liberals or protestors got what they deserve sound EXACTLY like the regimes of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan. Seems we all need to spend some time reading the Constitution and stop watching Deal or No Deal.

Posted by: Shawn | September 2, 2008 1:43 PM

The only fascists I see in this country are the radical, secular, kool-aid-drinking leftists and their Thought Police wanting to enact the unconstitutional "fair"ness doctrine. Yeah, I don't see those supposedly fascist conservatives running around proposing to "shut down" left wing radio. Oh, wait a minute...what left wing radio? Um, yeah...they would have to actually have an audience first. LMAO!!!!

Posted by: callingallfascists | September 2, 2008 1:42 PM

Misdemeanor obstruction is not in the First Amendment.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 1:41 PM

I watch Democracy Now all the time...

It's great for those times when you need a good laugh.

Democracy Now is to journalism as Bill Clinton is to monogamy.

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 1:41 PM

It's astounding how many so-called conservatives believe that:
a) "rockerfeller" was a conservative and that
b) all media are liberal.
ASTOUNDING.

We have a constitution...some of you should read that too!

Posted by: hans | September 2, 2008 1:41 PM

They didn't arrest this idiot for free speech, they arrested her for being a jackass and not obeying a police officer. I just wish they would have pepper sprayed her right in the eyes..

Posted by: Harry Wins | September 2, 2008 1:41 PM

Steve B wrote: I plan on showing the kids in my class this video...It's a great example of what happens when you disrespect authority..
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You would better serve your students by teaching them about our First Amendments rights - if you were a teacher in my child's school, I and many others would do all we could to have you removed from your job.

You're a very good example of why our educational system has devolved to such an abysmal state.

Posted by: rkrenke | September 2, 2008 1:38 PM

Just a bunch of 60's radical wannabes. Who cares?

Posted by: MAC | September 2, 2008 1:37 PM

These extreme leftists wanted to be arrested, exactly. Isn't that the goal of all protests? Isn't that good PR? And what did they expect? Pedicures, massages and lollypops from the police?

Posted by: takeemalldown | September 2, 2008 1:37 PM

We had a World War to try and get rid of the Nazis, and it looks like they're back. The Rockerfeller-Neocon wing of the GOP have destroyed our party as they have our nation's economy. A few of GWB's base (the investor class and the elite) think they are immune from the overstepping of their fellow citizen's rights (while they continue making good $profits). Sadly, they are misinformed and in the end will be treated as well as those who'se rights have been trampled by those they support.

Posted by: Kerry McCarthy | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

R.J. wrote: "Many will come to me on the last day and say, DIDN'T I CAST OUT DEMONS IN YOUR NAME, AND DIDN'T I PROPHECY IN YOUR NAME?" And Christ will answer them, "I know you not, you are workers of iniquity."

Posted by Jesus: "R.J., I know you not, you are a worker of iniquity."

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

With your first sentence, you attempt to lead us to believe that your are fair, balanced and bright. Well, nice try on all three counts.

Posted by: heytheQ | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

No surprise here, everyone knows liberals think they're above the law..throw away the key boys.

Posted by: Peter | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

LOL

Posted by: bg | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

OOOOH, Amy got pushed around & manhandled, thats teeeeerrible, Handle the protesters as the Dems did. Shoot EM!!(just like they did Lenny Rosenblum last week, MSNBC didnt tell ya about that one,didnt they, they covered it up, I was there)) Jail em,. warehouse 'em keep em so far away, they need a plane to get to the convention hall...their just a bunch of anarchist bastards

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 1:32 PM

Oooooh...yes, you've got it so right, Alex! The moms of America are shaking in their pumps. Long and sleepless nights. Night Terrors! Sirens! Bull Horns! Flashing Lights! Screams of bloody murder! Every day and every night these moms see their fellow moms being raided in the dark of night by jack-booted thugs with a big, bad gun and a shiny brass badge! "Rape!" "Assault!" "Misogyny!" They cry for help but no one is listening. As the scene is repeated over and over again all across our blood-stained plains!

Posted by: heyuyeahualex! | September 2, 2008 1:26 PM

AbuBakerSmith wrote: Amy is a good supporter to Islam in Amrica and many times has allowed progressiv Islamist thinkers to spak directly to the American Popl and further the cause of Tru Wrld Pace. She should b given consideration because of that.

OMG, THANKS ABU FOR THE INFO ON THE BEATCH AMY. NOW WE HAVE MORE REASONS TO ARREST HER. HOW STUPID CAN SOMEONE BE TO GIVE VOICE TO ISLAMISTS WHO ARE JUST USING YOU UNTIL THEY CAN TAKE YOUR VOICE AWAY? SHE IS A TOTAL MORON. AND AS FOR YOU, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "PROGRESSIVE ISLAMIST". ALL ISLAMISTS (NOT MUSLIMS) ARE REGRESSIVE. THE 7TH CENTURY ALREADY PASSED, LONG AGO. GOING BACK THERE IS NOT PROGRESS.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 1:26 PM

Poor Lucifer and the fascists aren't allowed to know the consequences of their actions.

"Many will come to me on the last day and say, DIDN'T I CAST OUT DEMONS IN YOUR NAME, AND DIDN'T I PROPHECY IN YOUR NAME?" And Christ will answer them, "I know you not, you are workers of iniquity."

All these so called "SAVED" neoCONs like Shrub think they can treat liberals the way the nazi's treated Jews. And the Jews treated Jesus like a liberal, and he is. What you give is what you get.

And isn't it funny how the fascists say this isn't a democracy, it's a republic. Yet they try to force democracy on the Muslim world? Fascists will get what they give.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 1:26 PM

To Donna - the extreme liberal fascists like you started a riot. Perhaps the Republicans should have followed the democrap fascist playbook and locked the people away preemptively. And extreme left wing reporters should stay back rather than running in the middle.

Posted by: steve | September 2, 2008 1:25 PM

Hey, 'Truth', Your precious Democrats did the same thing to an ABC reporter last week.

Posted by: Brad | September 2, 2008 1:23 PM

These "protests" are such BS. This isn't about changing policies or legitimate protest. It is about a bunch of malcontents trying to disrupt the convention. If it were really about changing policies, they wouldn't get violent because that only hurts their credibility. Also, if it were about changing policies, they would be out raising money to lobby congress and run commercials. Marching around and yelling like idiots doesn't change anything. This is just an attempt to disrupt the convention and the police should crush these illegitimate "protests" with force.

Posted by: Jack | September 2, 2008 1:22 PM

DemocracyNow is boring garbage...

We all know that...give it up. It is terrible...

Posted by: Matt | September 2, 2008 1:22 PM

I plan on showing the kids in my class this video...It's a great example of what happens when you disrespect authority..

Posted by: Steve B. | September 2, 2008 1:21 PM

Goodman, don't cops have a tough enough job as it is?

Why do you have to make their job harder with your silly grandstanding.

She was not even asking a question.

They tried to turn her back, and she physically resisted.

They have to worry about terrorist attacks and she gets in the way of them doing their job.

They are honest guys doing a tough job and she has to go be a grandstanding drama queen.

How selfish is that?

Posted by: Matt | September 2, 2008 1:21 PM

Amy Goodman is a reporter who is very well known in the smart people circuit. Her reporting is more honest and relevant than any network media outlet. If i want to hear the truth, I listen to Democracy Now!
You right wing retards are beyond stupid. Watch the movie Idiocracy if you want to see YOUR future.

Posted by: Truth | September 2, 2008 1:20 PM

Amy is a good supporter to Islam in Amrica and many times has allowed progressiv Islamist thinkers to spak directly to the American Popl and further the cause of Tru Wrld Pace. She should b given consideration because of that.

Posted by: AbuBakerSmith | September 2, 2008 1:20 PM

Goodman wanted to get arrested. It was so obvious.

The police said "anyone who crosses the line will be arrested"

Either Goodman is stupid or just grandstanding.

This video makes the cops look good and her stupid.

When a police officer asks you politely to step back, you have to obey.

Her crime: disobeying a direct request of a police officer.

Goodman proved herself a hack journalist...weak.

Posted by: Matt | September 2, 2008 1:17 PM

Drama queens see Nazis everywhere, like paranoid crybabies.

No wonder so many are gay. What woman wants that around?

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 1:17 PM

"Right Wing clowns?" This coming from the camp whose "top" has dumbo ears and whose "bottom" has scalp follicles that can be seen from outer space?!?!

Posted by: heyuleftwingtosser | September 2, 2008 1:16 PM

It is amazing to me how the whole dystopian bipolarism of lib/conservative has poisoned political discourse in this country.

I suppose if I were in China or the old USSR, the police tactics of stifling debate or protest by violent oppression would be most appreciated, since after all they are/were totalitarian dictatorships.

But for anyone in this country to make the vapid comment that if "you don't won't to be arrested, just don't protest" is leading us straight down the path to fascism.

Protest is as American as the Boston Tea Party or the War of Independence.

Stifle, mitigate, ban, outlaw or arrest peaceful protesters, then have the non thinking populace support you is surely the first sign that we need to seriously rethink the poison spewed from the airwaves and bloggers from each extreme.

Posted by: the Q | September 2, 2008 1:15 PM

Sara C...yes that's right, because every order the police every give is legal because THEY GIVE IT and you'd better do what they say or the pepper spray in your face is your own damn fault.

Those guys who dared to fight the Brits back in the day? They'd only look at us and cry.

Posted by: Alex | September 2, 2008 1:14 PM

The police could not have been more courteous.

They told her not to cross the police line, and she disobeyed a directive from an officer!

What a cheap PR stunt. Goodman is a shameless pandering loser.

I thought she was supposed to report news, not make it.

She was disrespecting public safety and police officers everywhere.

The cops were very professional...

Posted by: Matt | September 2, 2008 1:14 PM

"Brutalforce" sounds like a real tough...I'm sure he won't sue when the police illegally raid his mom's house to arrest him and take his paintball gun away.

Posted by: Alex | September 2, 2008 1:13 PM

Why didn't she just go back on the other side of the line like the cops told her to do..this isn't about free speech its about disobeying the police..she's an idiot

Posted by: Sara C. | September 2, 2008 1:12 PM

Ron Paul is suffering from dementia. It's sad, but that's what happens when you get old and lonely. U return to the infantile state--sucking fruit loop cereal balls off the living room carpet.

Posted by: ronpaul | September 2, 2008 1:11 PM

"First they came for obstructing perpetrators. I said nothing, because I wasn't obstructing."

Then.... nothing. If convicted, she will pay a fine for her misdemeanor, and that's all.

OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 1:11 PM

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney: Emmie1, Maybe you poor rednecks in TX didn't see any powder, but the rich kids up in the northeast sure had plenty of it. Starting about early 70's, cocaine ran rampant along the East Coast. That's where Connecticut is - Northeast US, near the Atlantic Ocean. Generally speaking, it sounds like you come from a sheltered, albeit dirty and experimental, background that's conservative by way of poor education. That sucks. Can I get you a40 0oz, perhaps a Pabst Blue Ribbon?
Just like Daddy used to drink while he cursed hippies, the French and people who looked different.

NOPE, HONEY, IT WASN'T THE EARLY 70'S, IT WAS LATER IN THE 70'S. I KNOW CUZ MY FRIENDS ARE THE DEALERS WHO BROUGHT THE DRUGS INTO THE COUNTRY. MOST OF THEM FINALLY SPENT TIME IN PRISON. APPARENTLY YOU DID TOO MUCH OF SOMETHING SINCE YOUR MEMORY IS VERY FAULTY. AND BY THE WAY, I THINK IT WAS YOU WHO APPARENTLY LIVED THE LOW LIFE AND NEEDS THE 40OZ LIKE YOUR DADDY USED TO DRINK. HELL, MY DADDY NEVER DID THAT.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 1:11 PM

Hey you right-wing clowns...if they can arrest people you don't like for nothing, they can arrest YOU too. NOBODY should be happy with people getting their homes raided, or people getting arrested, who are simply engaged in their Constitution rights to gather and protest, whatever they're protesting.

Posted by: Alex | September 2, 2008 1:09 PM

Typical Washington Post. No comment from the police, not even a "no comment", so we have no idea what laws were broken (if any) which resulted in arrests.

Any story with less than half the facts is not a story. Get the complete details first, Washington Post, before trying to whip up a frenzy.

Posted by: GlobalObserver | September 2, 2008 1:09 PM

"Solutions?" What are Obama's "solutions" for ending radical, Islamic fundamentalism's attacks on both Western societies and on their own people? I listened intently to his speech but didn't really detect that he was aware of this issue at all?

Posted by: heyarrestbushandcheney | September 2, 2008 1:07 PM

That brought a big smile to my face..a libtard getting arrested..lmao

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 1:07 PM

If you play the youtube video backwards it says
Paul is Dead!

Posted by: Rick | September 2, 2008 1:05 PM

Who the hell is Amy Goodman? A blogger?

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 1:05 PM

You know Brainiacs, try to wrap your brains around the notion that every citizen who is illegally arrested (yes, including progressives ) makes you that less safe in this country.

First they came for... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came...

Amy was trying to talk to police to determine why her crew were arrested while shooting video of the demonstrators.

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2008/9/1/update_democracy_now_s_amy_goodman_sharif_abdel_kouddous_and_nicole_salazar_released_after_illegal_arrest_at_rnc

Posted by: thinking for myself | September 2, 2008 1:04 PM

"They handcuffed me and put my hands behind my back" Oh deary me! How horrific! How apalling! FYI, hands behind the back is the customary practise for hand cuffing, don't act so shocked. You wanted the scoop and I'd say your nose stuck in the middle of the action got you what you wanted. Flippin Whiny Baby!

Posted by: Glynrd Skynrd | September 2, 2008 1:04 PM

Back to my original thesis - the political machine continues to oppress free speech and other Constitutional freedoms, and no matter who gets elected in November those of us who truly care about this country need to remain vocal and take our concerns to Capitol Hill. We must hold our representatives accountable, starting today, regardless of party affiliation. After all this is my country, our country, and anyone who loves it like I do will take ownership of all our problems and help work on real solutions.

God Bless America.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 1:03 PM

awww...waah, waaah, waaah...u pooor little baby...emotionally so fragile, so weak....did the big, bad policeman hurt you? did his horrible order to "shut up" scar you for life? so threatening, so menacing, so big, so bad...oh my goodness....how did you control your bladder?! Are u gonna sue?! Sure you will, cuz that's all you pinko, liberal, commie sob's know how to do. When the country is under attack, you'll be sniveling and cowering in a corner somewhere while this big, bad policeman will be doing more than just shouting "shut up" to our enemies in defense of your sorry arse. ur pathetic.

Posted by: brutalforce | September 2, 2008 1:01 PM

How did we go from "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it" to "...put all these people in a special camp"? America, where are you now?

Posted by: greblek | September 2, 2008 1:00 PM

Well we can see that there are many Republicans that do not protect and defend the Constitution and in fact think it is a joke to be peed upon and that many Americans fought to defend. You guys should go back to England where you belong.

Posted by: EJS | September 2, 2008 1:00 PM

The fact that anyone condones this type of police behavior simply reinforces how uninformed and uneducated our society has become.

This isn't about right or left, it's about our First Amendment freedoms. If you don't speak up now, the day may come when there's no one to speak for you.

Posted by: rkrenke | September 2, 2008 1:00 PM

Emmie1,

Maybe you poor rednecks in TX didn't see any powder, but the rich kids up in the northeast sure had plenty of it. Starting about early 70's, cocaine ran rampant along the East Coast. That's where Connecticut is - Northeast US, near the Atlantic Ocean.

Generally speaking, it sounds like you come from a sheltered, albeit dirty and experimental, background that's conservative by way of poor education. That sucks. Can I get you a 40oz, perhaps a Pabst Blue Ribbon?

Just like Daddy used to drink while he cursed hippies, the French and people who looked different.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 12:53 PM

I hear they wouldn't let them have Starbucks either. What torture.
These dopes BROKE THE LAW they should be throw in jail. It wasn't for reporting. It was for BREAKING THE LAW! While I understand liberals don't like laws made by the people only the ones made from the bench they still clearly violated the law. So have a nice day in jail. And if you don't want to go to jail STOP BREAKING THE LAW. And when your rating slip yet again, don't be too surprised.

Posted by: Rick | September 2, 2008 12:49 PM

Yeah Libs Suck, What a great idea! We could call them concentration camps.

Posted by: I hate Nazis | September 2, 2008 12:48 PM

That's why it's so hilarious when libs claim Bush was doing coke at ..... la la la la. Because those who lived back then and were involved in those circles, KNOW that coke was not even around back then.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:47 PM

ArrestBushAndCheney wrote: Emmie1, Bush went to Yale - that is in Connecticut, where he was BORN. Nice work, space cadet, you are really the political aficionado.

HEY, KNOW-IT-NOTHING, IT DOESN'T MATTER A HOOT WHERE HE WENT TO SCHOOL. DENTON, TEXAS WAS THE "DRUG CAPITOL OF THE WORLD" AT THE TIME AND THEY HAD MORE OF EVERY DRUG THAT WAS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. COCAINE WASN'T EVEN USED AT THAT TIME, CERTAINLY WASN'T THE POPULAR DRUG OF THAT TIME, AND WAS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE BLACK MARKET UNTIL LATER. HASH, LSD, MSD, ETC WERE THE POPULAR DRUGS THEN. LIKE I SAID, GET A FREAKING EDUCATION WOULD YOU?

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:46 PM

Hilarious. Like my only two choices are allowing lunatic hippies to masquerade as journalists or the creation of a police state. She is a legitimate jornalist much the same as the fat dropouts in Hollywood jamming cameras in the face of celebrities are legitimate photographers. She offers nothing to the cause of protecting civil liberties.

Posted by: Darius | September 2, 2008 12:45 PM

If only we could put all people like these wacko libs in a special camp. Lock the door and leave - never to come back. The world would be a better place.

Posted by: Libs_suck | September 2, 2008 12:44 PM

The media isn't satisfied with reporting the news - No, they want to make news. This is another example of a radical using our civil liberties to undermine our wonderful society.

Posted by: Mike Jefferson | September 2, 2008 12:35 PM

Emmie1,

Bush went to Yale - that is in Connecticut, where he was BORN. Nice work, space cadet, you are really the political aficionado.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 12:35 PM

Looks to me like she was not following the directions of the officer and is therefore subject to arrest.

IMO this is exactly what she WANTED to happen. What I saw looked pretty SOP to me and this is making a mountain of a molehill.

She got what she wanted, a little footage to go with it, but to say she was "seriously manhandled" is a ridiculous statement - anyone can see that was definitely not the case.

I don't care where you, who you are, what you are doing - if you do not follow the directions of the officer, then they may arrest you.

That's the problem with a society ruled by laws, but there's also MANY benefits which is why I can sit here in my large home (gee, 8 years ago I was working a $9 an hour job and now I make over 100K - Bush's policies really hurt me) and write this post.

Posted by: LOL | September 2, 2008 12:35 PM

Any evidence that the cops were not democrats? Goodman and her crew agitate for this type of response, they encourage it. Sometimes, you get what you wish for.

Posted by: Prospector | September 2, 2008 12:34 PM

The marijuana plant is not so similar to the poppy plant because it is not physically addictive and there is need to process a part of the marijuana plant to use it to get "high." It is similar in that there are many medical uses for both, just the derivatives from the poppy plant are physically addictive, as much as alcohol. Do your research or even pick up an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous book. I have nothing against pot. It's 2008, for crying out loud! How many people under 50 have not tried it or knows someone who has tried it? I would guess maybe .5%. I have known people who were former coke and crack dealers and they tell me that their main customers were CEOs and the like. Makes sense because poor people can't afford it! Coke and that other junk is what the war on drugs should be about. Legalize it! I never saw anyone get angry or violent under the influence of pot. I have seen it many times under the influence of alcohol. Consider that.

Posted by: underdog | September 2, 2008 12:34 PM

I love how the radicals on the left are constantly threatening a revolution. Its as though the overwhelming majority, R,D, or I, who get up everyday and go to work to support their family, pay their health insurance premiums, pay their taxes and actually contribute to their fellow citizens, are going to sit by and watch. Fat, stoned, and dilusional is no way to go through life. Here is an idea...stop letting the likes of Amy Goodman and Democracy Now fill your head with their marxists spew and go get a job.

Posted by: mariner | September 2, 2008 12:33 PM

Hope how can anything with the name Deomocracy now instill a sense of trust in me. Heck the USA isn't even a Democracy , its a Republic.

Posted by: gljvd | September 2, 2008 12:33 PM

Finally empirical prrof there is a God.

Posted by: Mark | September 2, 2008 12:33 PM

Jesus does not approve of this message.

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 12:31 PM

ArrestBushandCheney wrote: Emmie1,
What are you admitting to having experienced, then? Seriously, do you even know what comes from opium? Or have any idea what kind of black market trades result from opium production?

YEAH, HONEY, I DO. SO NEXT TIME YOU LIGHT UP THAT JOINT, JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON THE 'GOOD STUFF'. Hell, if you're going to rot your brain with drugs, you may as well use the REAL ENJOYABLE ones, and not just the poor-man's choice.

Having graduated from high school in the year of the SUMMER OF LOVE, I have spent plenty of time around "pot-smoking hippies." You know, the real ones from the 60's, not this generations reproductions.

"Also remember Your Boy Bush was a coke fiend while he posted an impressive C average in college." SHOWS YOU WHAT YOU (DON'T) KNOW. COKE WASN'T EVEN AROUND AND POPULAR IN TEXAS AT THAT TIME. BELIEVE ME, I KNOW BECAUSE I DID PLENTY OF IT AND LIVED IN TEXAS for 30 years. DRUGS THAT WERE POPULAR AT THAT TIME WERE HALLUCINOGENICS, COKE CAME LATER. Get an education. You're showing your naivety.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:31 PM

Quite possibly one of the most polite arrests I have ever seen. The cop even called her "maam". Tip to Reporters: Police in riot gear are not there to answer your questions.

Posted by: Gregory | September 2, 2008 12:30 PM

I have watched her show. Obviously she is the victim of a cheney/space alien consperacy.......waaaaaaa!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:30 PM

republicans are inhuman creeps.

Posted by: philip Burke Price | September 2, 2008 12:30 PM

"Anyway, I'm just grateful we are better at grammar, or else I would be in the Rebublicanic Party."

Posted by: american patriot | September 2, 2008 11:24 AM
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Is "Rebubliacnic" related to Titanic?- because the GOP boat is sinking fast, GOPers just don't realize it yet. Most of America has been yelling "Iceberg straight ahead" for about eight years now...but as usual, GOPers brought their rose-colored goggles and not their lifeboats...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

"gotta love how she ignores what she had been told walks back towards the cops and then BAWWWWWWWWW i'm arrested"

You watch these Scientology protests where people gleefully try to get others arrested for assault (it's rarely anything more than pushing someone's camera away).

But where there's politics involved, they scream brutality and wrongful arrest, despite that it's neither.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

"The contrast between DemocracyNow and All Things Considered and NPR news is particularly shocking."

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Holy crap! She actually wants you to tune in for "Demo Crazy Now" because National Public Radio isn't liberal ENOUGH! I gotta hand it to you liberals. Every time I think I've heard the limits of human stupidity, you just push that envelope back a little more!

Posted by: p3orion | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

darn, i was hoping that they would use those hippie beating sticks...

Posted by: jason | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

Be careful what you wish for: POLICE STATE

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 12:27 PM

Wouldn't it have been cool to see her thumped on the head a few times?

Posted by: Joe F | September 2, 2008 12:26 PM

great idea to disobey orders from police when they are already tense

gotta love how she ignores what she had been told walks back towards the cops and then BAWWWWWWWWW i'm arrested

Posted by: DF | September 2, 2008 12:24 PM

Good article here about the "Securocrat" -

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/bruno_waterfield/blog/2008/08/07/eu_plan_the_rise_and_rise_of_the_securocrats

another form of unelected technocrat with a vested interest in assaulting freedom and mis-trusting we the people, as if we alla re criminals for traveling...

These unelected "legislators" are popping up all over the world. Democracy is a dying fad b/c the people do not seem to care. Taking our country back starts at the local level - get invloved and VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE. Biden BTW, is part of the cabal that supports the Mil. Ind. Complex and more war, more loss of freedom.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:24 PM

Emmie1,

What are you admitting to having experienced, then? Seriously, do you even know what comes from opium? Or have any idea what kind of black market trades result from opium production?

Or have you just heard the term "pot-smoking hippie" and liked it so much you decided to incorporate it into your vernacular (vocabulary/words)?

Also remember Your Boy Bush was a coke fiend while he posted an impressive C average in college.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 12:23 PM

"Dumb broad"...these are the people who approve of Sarah Palin. Just reinforces the right-wing view that strong women like Goodman are dumb broads who don't know their place, while irresponsible parents like Palin are "brave".

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 12:23 PM

The right to a free press benefits everyone, and everyone can defend it. It doesn't matter if you think she is a "dumb broad" or should have "GTFO". One reason we don't have a Putin in the US is because our journalists are not assassinated and their newspapers aren't shut down. There is no reason to cheer this on - none.

Posted by: Steven | September 2, 2008 12:23 PM

Whiny spoiled cry babies, that's what Goodman and her cronies are. I can think of many countries to ship her off to -- she'd be homesick for the enormous amount of democracy we have here compared to those places.

Posted by: Eric | September 2, 2008 12:22 PM

Hey everyone, I was just kidding. I'm a liberal, just playing devil's advocate. OBAMA '08!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:17 PM

NOW WE REALLY HAVE AN IMPOSTER HERE. You couldn't make me an Obama supporter if you tortured me like McCain got it in Hanoi. Can't you find something constructive to do with your time besides learning how to impersonate someone on an internet board? Oh, I guess not. You're just not that astute.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:22 PM

I have watched/listened to Amy for the past year or so and can recommend that this is the only (almost) completely trustworthy source of news in the US. If you want to hear the truth then listen to DemocracyNow. The contrast between DemocracyNow and All Things Considered and NPR news is particularly shocking. It is not surprising that those who seek to show the truth will be arrested. I and the thousands who rely on Amy to understand the truth in the US are shocked by the behavior of the Minneapolis police and the people of Minnesota who would allow this to occur.

Posted by: Hope | September 2, 2008 12:19 PM

ArrestBushAndCheney wrote:
"Emmie1, Pot is a plant, much like the opium that we are allowing warlords to grow in Afghanistan."

OH, HA HA HA. POT IS LIKE OPIUM? YOU NOVICE. YOU KNOW NOTHING, OBVIOUSLY.

"Unlike the prescription drugs that a doctor will force down your throat to pad his pockets, the same drugs that are the products of one of the most powerful industries on Capitol Hill, represented by PHRMA. I bet every time you catch a cold, you run to the doc for a scrip - not to mention whatever you're takin for your head case. Careful - those things ruin your liver."

JUST FYI SWEETIE, I NEVER TAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS UNLESS IT IS NEEDED TO SAVE MY LIFE. NATURAL CURES ARE ALWAYS OUT THERE. BUT IF YOU THINK THAT POT AND OPIUM ARE THE SAME, GOOD LUCK! YOU'LL BE USING MORNING GLORY SEEDS IN YOUR PEPPER SHAKER.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:19 PM

Somebody please edit this video so that she yells:

"DON'T TAZE ME BRO!"

Then put it on YouTube.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 12:18 PM

Hey everyone, I was just kidding. I'm a liberal, just playing devil's advocate. OBAMA '08!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:17 PM

Mike,

I'm goin down swingin, I won't be pleading with any cop or fed or merc for "justice" and "peace" that's for sure. Fightin fire with fire, and I consider myself a liberal. I don't play those wussy DEM party games.

Posted by: SC Native | September 2, 2008 12:14 PM

SC Native: GO FOR IT HONEY! The fewer voters we have voting for the globalists' puppet Obummer, the better for our sovereignty.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:14 PM

Hey she fought against the police and resisted being asked to move.
She gets what she deserves.

Posted by: Ken | September 2, 2008 12:13 PM

I like how she thinks she's above the law. Good for the man putting her in her place.

Posted by: Jack Mehoff | September 2, 2008 12:13 PM

Emmie1, Pot is a plant, much like the opium that we are allowing warlords to grow in Afghanistan.

Unlike the prescription drugs that a doctor will force down your throat to pad his pockets, the same drugs that are the products of one of the most powerful industries on Capitol Hill, represented by PHRMA. I bet every time you catch a cold, you run to the doc for a scrip - not to mention whatever you're takin for your head case. Careful - those things ruin your liver.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 12:12 PM

Emmie1isaFatChick wrote: Emmie1 you're so gross and disgusting, and that's just your views. Your looks, I'm sure, match your intelligence. I bet you listen to Toby Keith in your SUV in the fast food drive-thru, all the while comin up with reasons why guys are missing out on dating you.

OH MY, JUST ONE MORE LIBERAL SEWER RAT AFRAID TO SHOW HIS REAL IDENTITY. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz Next time, could you post something of significance? I'm falling asleep here.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:12 PM

SC tard. You'll wind up dead before you finish your thoughts if you were to do that. Stupid rednecks.

Posted by: Mike Huntstite | September 2, 2008 12:11 PM

I'm originally from South Carolina, voted for Obama and I can tell you one good thing about livin' in the South - our gun laws are lax, and if any cop or fed sets foot on my property with the kind of mentality I just watched - I'm personally seceding from this "union" and firing on the poor souls.

Posted by: SC Native | September 2, 2008 12:09 PM

ArrestBushandCheney wrote: Try some pot sometime, it might make you less anxious and constipated with right-wing propaganda.

YIKES! That explains it. Pot makes you STUPID. Another brain bites the dust.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:08 PM

She got PWNT. Dumb broad. When the Poe leece tell you to GTFO, you go. You dont argue with them.

Posted by: Dixie Normis | September 2, 2008 12:06 PM

Get video or it doesnt count. You should know this by now.

Posted by: adam russell | September 2, 2008 12:06 PM

Emmie1 you're so gross and disgusting, and that's just your views. Your looks, I'm sure, match your intelligence. I bet you listen to Toby Keith in your SUV in the fast food drive-thru, all the while comin up with reasons why guys are missing out on dating you.

Posted by: Emmie1isaFatChick | September 2, 2008 12:05 PM

Freaks!!Thx For helping us conservatives get in the Whitehouse again.

Posted by: Ray | September 2, 2008 12:03 PM

If I were the cop I would have tazed her in the face!

Posted by: DK | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

"if you do believe that completely innocent people just get thrown in jail, then you've never been arrested or do not know any officers personally"

Correct, I have never been arrested. That's UNTHINKABLE to someone like you.

My dad must be a judge or a congressman, right? He must have bribed every chief and sheriff in the state. It was a lot of money, but it was all worth it to cover my crimes.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

You can see why the right-wing is so hung up on wanting to appear religious. They commit the most sins.

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

Lynne,

You're right about one thing - us liberals will hold Obama, who's more of a centrist (esp compared to fascist Bush) accountable. The revolution is just beginning and no, it won't be televised.

P.S. Try some pot sometime, it might make you less anxious and constipated with right-wing propaganda.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

What kind of moron would insult someone by calling them a "looser". Maybe go back to school first before you dispense your pathetic wisdom on others.

Posted by: George | September 2, 2008 12:02 PM

BigErns wrote: Liberals don't hate America -- they hate americans who behave like fascist a$$es. When right wingnuts complain about liberals what they are complaining about is someone criticizing their uber fascist wet dreams.

AH, SO YOU ARE SAYING THAT LIBERALS HATE THEMSELVES! YES, I AGREE. LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL/EMOTIONAL DISORDER CHARACTERIZED BY THAT AMONG OTHER SYMPTOMS. However, moving on, I think you're on the wrong website. Click on "back" and there you'll find the porn website you were on when your cursor accidentally scrolled over a news ad and you ended up here.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 12:01 PM

To all those shouting: "She clearly broke the law" -

Watch the recording. They told her to step back. Before she could, she was grabbed and dragged back to the sidewalk. There, she clearly stopped pushing forward, but the officer did not let go of her. She didn't scream at the police but asked politely what her producers had been arrested for, or tried to. Unfortunately all she could get out before the officer dragged her off was "Excuse me, Sir, I'm trying to talk to you." Now, I don't think it's illegal to ask a police officer a question. Nevertheless the officer clearly spoke over her and then had her arrested for, apparently, trying to ask a question.

Police are people. They are not automatically heroes and they are not automatically right. That's not to say their jobs are easy or that they should not be respected. It just means we as citizens still need to think sensibly and critically about what we see and are told.

To "american patriot" re: "Hey, why is it that dems are always referring to their party as the Democratic Party? I it just that their grammar is as bad as their politics? Maybe they think the US is a democracy? As a reminder (for liberals, this will come as a shock) we live in a Republic.

In a democracy, citizens vote on laws for themselves. In a Republic, we elect those who vote on laws for us.

Anyway, I'm just grateful we are better at grammar, or else I would be in the Rebublicanic Party."

First: "Democrat" is a noun. "The Democrat party" makes no sense. Perhaps in the third grade, you may have learned that to modify a noun you need an adjective. To turn "democrat" into an adjective, you need to add the appropriate ending - here "-ic," which is a proper construction out of Greek, where the word was borrowed from to begin with. "Republican" can function as a noun OR as an adjective. The grammar of the two words is, therefore, different. Moron.

Gold star, discovering that the US is a republic. Last I checked, political parties in this country were allowed to name themselves whatever they wanted - Libertarians, one presumes, want liberty. Socialists want socialism, progressives want progress. Democrats believe that democracy - particularly representative democracy, which is the form of government you flail towards a description of - is a worthwhile standard to hold our government to. Is that so ridiculous?

For the record: "A republic is a state or country that is not led by a hereditary monarch,[1][2] but in which the people (or at least a part of its people)[3] have impact on its government.[4][5] The word originates from the Latin term res publica, which literally translates as "public thing" or "public matter"."

That's from Wikipedia.

Posted by: thinker | September 2, 2008 12:00 PM

"***Wow, As im reading these comments left here I now realize why this country is so messed up. It amazes me that people on the right just cant except ANYTHING on left and the ones on the left just hate EVERYTHING on the right. If you people would get your facts stright before shooting off at the mouth you would realize you all are wrong on mostly everything. Do you understand how hate just destroys us. You people are oozing hate. That is why this country is where its at today. Whats wrong with fighting others that screw with our way of living and whats wrong with helping American citizens when they need it. Why cant we satify both sides, I know why! You people live on drama and hate and you cant function on anything else.

Posted by: Tyson | September 2, 2008 11:56 AM***"

Tyson, truly, I could not add one word or letter to better what you just said. Shows me there is hope for this country of ours after all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:59 AM

I cannot stomach the liberals in this country. Isn't getting arrested @ a "peaceful" demonstration like a spiderweb tatoo for you people anyway? Look @ all the dirt you losers are digging up on Sarah Palin....ooooh my she HUNTS! Oh her 17 yr old daughter is pregnant! Here is the best one.....I don't think that last child is really Sarah's! I think it's their daughters & she is covering for her!! You wacked out pot smoking criminal rights freaks need to have your heads seriously checked. NOTHING makes you people happy. Even if Obama was to get into the white house, you will turn on him & eat him alive.

Posted by: lynne | September 2, 2008 11:59 AM

I love how some people think this is "police brutality."

Seriously . . . you probably would get more "manhandled" at the security check at your local airport.

Love it too how the typical paddywaggon has been replaced with a luxury, air-conditioned, limo-van. How much more "torture" is there to endure? No lattes served on the bus on the way to the police station?!

LOL!

Posted by: Tom | September 2, 2008 11:58 AM

Liberals don't hate America -- they hate americans who behave like fascist a$$es. When right wingnuts complain about liberals what they are complaining about is someone criticizing their uber fascist wet dreams.

Posted by: BigErns | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

And, going by the strict definition of fascism with what you just said, liberals hate themselves. Truly then, the Demoncrat Party is where hate lies and breeds.

Posted by: Erik M | September 2, 2008 11:57 AM

Wow, As im reading these comments left here I now realize why this country is so messed up. It amazes me that people on the right just cant except ANYTHING on left and the ones on the left just hate EVERYTHING on the right. If you people would get your facts stright before shooting off at the mouth you would realize you all are wrong on mostly everything. Do you understand how hate just destroys us. You people are oozing hate. That is why this country is where its at today. Whats wrong with fighting others that screw with our way of living and whats wrong with helping American citizens when they need it. Why cant we satify both sides, I know why! You people live on drama and hate and you cant function on anything else.

Posted by: Tyson | September 2, 2008 11:56 AM

The police were yelling "shut up" and it was "very threatening? Have you ever heard the vile, offensive and threatening chants these "protesters" yell at police? For those not "in the know" the radio show "Democracy Now" is a radical left wing, anti-American program. Go listen to it then read this article again.

Posted by: Bryan Abbott | September 2, 2008 11:56 AM

Emmie1 wrote:
NOW SAM, PLEASE PLEASE DON'T GET SO COMPLICATED. THIS IS MUCH TOO COMPLEX A CONCEPT FOR THESE LIBS WHO HAVE IQ'S THAT MATCH THEIR AGES, TO COMPREHEND. WE'RE LUCKY THEY EVEN REMEMBER THEIR NAMES. DON'T PUSH THE ENVELOPE.

Maybe if we tried to teach them..... Oh nevermind.

Posted by: Rob | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

Hey, all these fascist apologists are the same people who will feed their children to the 'Oil R Us' military. "Go, son, and die for my creature comforts". What do you expect from this immature, instant gratification society? Let them be. They won't be for much longer.

Posted by: NoPeople | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

The level of ignorance in this forum is staggering.
It's actually frightening that so many people don't know history and appear to only know the latest talking point or bumper sticker slogan.
Yes, police arresting protesters just began with the current administration. It's a police state. Vote democrat to stop this from happening! Unbelievable. Do you actually believe this, or are you just throwing out anything you can to try to win votes from the un-informed?
Ignorant.
9/11 "truth". Enough said.
Ignorant.
"Bush lied and people dies" (Yes, I know it should be died, but it wasn’t my quote)
Of course, Bill Clinton signed 1066 making it US POLICY to remove Hussein. You won't find that on any lib bumper sticker.
Ignorant.
But, Bush Lied...and so did the CIA, the King of Jordan, Egypt, Russia, MI6, The UN, Bill Clinton and everyone else in the WORLD who thought he had WMDs. Yes, and of course the video footage of Saddam using them on his own people was faked for Bush's agenda. The real lie here is the lib's "Bush Lied". Say it enough and it becomes true! Show one shred of proof. And no, not “we didn’t find any”. If you base your thought on that, then every weatherman who say’s something based on the best intel they have is a LIAR if it doesn’t come true. Every time you heard something and repeated it, if it wasn’t true, you are a LIAR. Get it now? Prove the intent, idiot, not what you want to believe so your party gets into power. If you still don’t get it, call Clinton and Kerry liars as well then. You won't of course, because you love them verse hate Bush and that’s the basis for your logic. You never let the facts get in your way, do you?
Ignorant.
"It's a war for oil!!" So, where is all this oil we're getting from the war?
Ignorant.
"The surge will never work!" 3 months later, violence has dropped incredibly. Same people now saying, "I was never against the surge". Oh, that's Obama saying both things.
Ignorant.
"This morning I'm going to protest against saving the lives of innocent unborn children, then later, I'll be protesting the death penalty for mass murderers."
Ignorant.
"They say Palin tried to get a trooper fired". Still being investigated. No proof whatsoever. Surely that’s worse than "Obama began his political career in the home of an unrepentant and proud terrorist". Ayers. The Lovers of Free Speech besieged a radio station to stop a well known, and often called “fair” by both parties, researcher from telling what his research showed. Just more “Yes to free sppech!! (unless I don’t like it).
When the story was just breaking, Obama said "He's just a guy who lives up the street." When asked about his association. Similar to the preacher story, don't you think? "I could not disassociate him any more than I could the black people". Video of the preacher bashing our country and making racial comments comes out. Immediately, "He's not the man I knew". Now disassociated.

McCain is another 4 years of Bush? Do you even know McCains platform? Just another bumper sticker quote, and it doesn't matter if it's true or not. Say it enough and they'll believe"
Can't you debate honestly and with substance, or do you know your ideas can't stand on their own merit? I’m talking to you, extremeist.
Is that why you rely on judges to legislate from the bench, because you couldn't possibly get your agenda past the voters?

"Any woman who votes for McCain/Palin just because Palin is a woman is an idiot".
Agreed. People should vote based on beliefs. I do wonder, however, why the libs weren't bashing any black people who said they would be voting for Obama based on race alone?
Of course, just like free speech, only when it suits you.

What would have happened if a high ranking Republican asked protesters if he could drill their heads? Outrage! But SanFranNan says it, and a muted reply.
But it's the Republicans who are divisive. Another bumper sticker slogan. Say it enough, it will become true!
Ignorant.

There is no liberal bias in the news! Surely, the 90% of the news media registered as Democrats are professional enough to not let bias affect them. It's simply natural that Obama is covered twice as much as McCain, specially on MSNBC.

Yes, ignorant.

What happened to being able to debate on the facts, and not speak innuendos and outright falsehoods to try to steal the votes of those who only have the time between watching reality TV and eating to read headlines and bumper stickers? Sad.

Posted by: GetEducatedPeople | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

Americans who support police brutality and harassment of the press need their citizenship revoked. These morons should be prevented from voting.

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

Liberals don't hate America -- they hate americans who behave like fascist a$$es. When right wingnuts complain about liberals what they are complaining about is someone criticizing their uber fascist wet dreams.

Posted by: BigErns | September 2, 2008 11:55 AM

Oh, one other thing I left out.

Basically, every single person has some sort of condition or disease. This is based upon Chris Rock's explanation. If you watch the infomercials, chances are they have a condition and a fix for everyone.

What people need to understand, is that liberalism is a disease that doesn't recognize itself.

Posted by: Erik M | September 2, 2008 11:54 AM

i finally figured it out - liberals are all the loosers fron high school holding grudges on the world ...you can tell from the comments

Posted by: liberalssmiberals | September 2, 2008 11:53 AM

Emmie1 is a fat chick who never gets any and orders a house salad with extra ranch dressing to "offset" all her fried appetizers and porterhouse steak....then leaves without tipping.

What a miserable girl.

Posted by: Emmie1isaFatChick | September 2, 2008 11:52 AM

To quote Mr. Seinfeld, "that's a shame."

France is only a plane ride away Ms. Goodman. Take the Muslim with you while you're evacuating and don't let the door hit you on your way out of the USA!

Posted by: drl7 | September 2, 2008 11:52 AM

Sam, KUDOS! FINALLY, someone who is well versed and knowledgeable speaking!

To further the explanation of the problems of liberalism, we need to understand some acronyms:

NBC: Nothing But Crap (Jeff Dunham)
MSNBC: More Stuff-Nothing But Crap
ABC: All Basic Crap
CBS: Crap Bolshevik Style
Newsweek: Newsbleat
MSM: Many Senseless Morons

I think, once people accept today's definitions of these acronyms, people will better understand the angle on things.

Posted by: Erik M | September 2, 2008 11:52 AM

We ship our jobs to China while China ships their values to the Twin Cities. Way to go, "law enforcement". You make the Chinese proud.

Posted by: Kevin | September 2, 2008 11:52 AM

I don't believe this is an accurate portrayal and if you do believe that completely innocent people just get thrown in jail, then you've never been arrested or do not know any officers personally.

Don't believe the hype.

Posted by: quiz | September 2, 2008 11:51 AM

Can't stand that woman. They should have clobbered her over the head with a night stick.

Posted by: khun rum | September 2, 2008 11:51 AM

Sam wrote: I wonder if anyone told these idiots that America is a republic, not a democracy?

NOW SAM, PLEASE PLEASE DON'T GET SO COMPLICATED. THIS IS MUCH TOO COMPLEX A CONCEPT FOR THESE LIBS WHO HAVE IQ'S THAT MATCH THEIR AGES, TO COMPREHEND. WE'RE LUCKY THEY EVEN REMEMBER THEIR NAMES. DON'T PUSH THE ENVELOPE.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 11:49 AM

93Metro,

Our entire Armed Forces is deployed right now on two fronts. Plus, National Guard soldiers who are state militias, not even regular troops. Plus, many are serving multiple tours. We sent more than just a few specialists into both of those countries.

The problem does start at the end of the CLINTON era when we should have been amassing intelligence on al Quaeda. Then Bush takes over, 9/11 happens and we basically don't know who in the world, literally, could be responsible. What we have is an intelligence failure, and the response has been to use blunt force rather than a precise intel. instrument.

Not to mention the false motives ie WMD for going into Iraq, which originally had NOTHING to do with 9/11.

Saudi Arabia is infinitely more to blame than Iraq, but the Bushs and the Saudis are business partners.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:49 AM

Anyone with half a brain can see in the first 10 seconds of the video that she resisted the officers CLEAR instructions to move back across the line. But she tried to argue she had floor credentials which somehow magically gives her the right to barge on through. You can see she was physically resisting moving before they arrested her. The police have to hold firm in these situations when people do not follow instructions because in the heat of the moment, when one or two people start ignoring the orders of the police, then the mass will quickly take ofver the situation and it will turn into a street brawl and the possiblity of people getting shot.

Posted by: Mick | September 2, 2008 11:48 AM

Cameron - we became a police state 7 years ago and it will get much worse regardless of who wins in November. What's scary is the level of enthusiasm on the right to relenquish the few freedoms that remain, and defend the persecution of true patriots. The terrorists were elected by republicans.

Posted by: lasux | September 2, 2008 11:48 AM

Watch the video closely - you can actually see the frames where she pees her adult diapers.

What an old nag.

Posted by: Ztt | September 2, 2008 11:47 AM

And the winner is Scott:

The fact isn't that liberals hate America, the fact is that it's obvious that America can use a lot of improving, and that the last 8 years has halted and actually reversed progress in this country.

Improvement and progress isn't measured by how many social programs are created. Nor, should it be measured by how many rich and poor people there are. It should be measured by how much opportunity there is. I'm not rich or poor, but I do realize that my position is what I have CHOSEN. You know, personal choices.
It isn't that liberals are not American, its just that I don't appreciate someone telling me what I should and shouldn't be expected to pay for beyond what the constitution states.
The opportunity in this country is available to anyone who is willing to work for it.
This is why it's the greatest country in the world.

So Scott, although it is true there are problems in this country, I don't think that taking my liberty to satisfy yours is appropriate.

The glass is half full !

Posted by: Rob | September 2, 2008 11:46 AM

Just a teaser for the police tactics that will be employed by McCain against the media when he's president.

Posted by: Timmy | September 2, 2008 11:46 AM

Letter to McShotgun wedding:

Dear McShotgun wedding: Billy Ayers here. My side of the story is this: I am proud of the violence I committed and wish I had done more. I hate Amerika, and so do my friends. You don't really think I would associate with anyone who liked this piece-o-carp country now do you? Get a reality check, kid. Me and my hippie babe Berna would be out there bombing right now if we didn't have arthritis and other semi-restricting aches and pains as a karmic result of being such pains-in-the-arses to all of Amerika. Now get off my back, and quit asking me to help out that louse Obama. He was only being used by me, and I don't need him anymore. He's just a stupid puppet.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 11:43 AM

Can you name one of the other "hundreds of Peaceful" Journalists who have been arrested in St Paul?

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 11:43 AM

R.J., you really shouldn't call Obama's mom "trailer trash".

Posted by: mikey | September 2, 2008 11:43 AM

It sounds like you didn't get my drift. We sent in a few specialists here and there, but we didn't send in the "army". I know that's hard for you to understand, but there is a difference. Let's make this a little easier for a leftist/elitist like yourself. It's like sending in 4v4 football (soccer) team against a full 11v11 team.....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:43 AM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahawelcome to the twin cities you bunch of A-HOLES......hahahahaha!!

Posted by: DocinMPLS | September 2, 2008 11:40 AM

With HUNDREDS of peaceful protesters and reporters arrested already in St. Paul fork basically, BREATHING, it is no wonder that a number of people associated with Democracy Now! have been targeted -- not only those mentioned in this article, but also those detained from I-Witness Video, a group that works with DN! and documents abusive behavior by police, among other things.

Civil Liberties in this country are quickly going the way of the street phone. Extremely serious violations of the Bill of Rights are becoming the norm -- and they're rationalized by apologists for BOTH the Republicans as well as the Democrats. (Remember Obama's recent vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act and in favor of the new FISA law that even some Republican Senators like Arlen Specter opposed.)

The question that Amy Goodman and Democracy Now pose every day is Which way do you want this country to go? I, for one, applaud the reporting that Amy Goodman and the DN staff engage in, and that includes querying police officers when they act absusively, as seems to be the case here.

Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens / Green Party of NY

Posted by: Mitchel Cohen | September 2, 2008 11:40 AM

They arrested her for the production quality of her Democrazy Now show. Did you ever watch that thing?

Posted by: MikeC | September 2, 2008 11:40 AM

Republican police state? What an oxymoron. The Republican Party was not responsible for this. Anyone who knows anything about St. Paul, MN knows that it is a northern bastian of liberalism. These are LOCAL police doing this you idiots! I can tell you that when it comes to these anarchist morons saying they were "peacefully protesting" they are pathetic liars. Their whole protest plan is based on getting in a fight with the police so they can claim we liver in a facist "police state" and drum up more supporters. Trust me, I have lived in a facist police state overseas and those who would do this tyle of "peaceful protest" would have been shot and thiur bdies dumped at their relatives homes as a warnign of waht happens when "peaceful protest" gets out of line.

Posted by: Mick | September 2, 2008 11:40 AM

93metro:

Are you kidding me? We DID send in the troops, almost 6 YEARS AGO into Iraq and YES we have been bullying those people to no avail ever since! STILL NO BIN LADEN, partner! He's in Pakistan, and Bush's buddy Musharaff has been covering for him!

Also, we should have a real intelligence agency a.k.a SPIES to find that evil man, not contracted mercenaries who torture, only to get false info from people in agonizing pain.

That's why we've been on a wild goose chase.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:38 AM

Watch the video: she ignored the orders of the police officer and then resisted arrest. Maybe Amy Goodman should just report the story and stop trying to be part of it.

Posted by: RM | September 2, 2008 11:37 AM

We understand that about the 2 party system, we just don't want a socialized country to live in.....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:37 AM

After watching Amy's interview with Mumia, I can understand how someone would want to "ARREST HER". If poor journalism skills were a crime, she'd be on death row right next to MUMIA!

Posted by: Gary P | September 2, 2008 11:37 AM

"Why is it that dems are always referring to their party as the Democratic Party? ...As a reminder... we live in a Republic."

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Good point, Patriot.

Also, which party is it that has hundreds of so-called "superdelegates" voting in the primaries, just in case the votes of the rabble start to go the "wrong" way? Superdelegates drawn from the party elite, who of course "know better" than the commoners. How democratic does that sound?

It's the "Democrat Party," not "Democrat-ic."

Posted by: p3orion | September 2, 2008 11:36 AM

Why did she run through the police baracade? That is why she got arrested. They told her to stop or they would arrest her and then she was suprised that they did? Come on, she got her story she was looking for.

Posted by: Alan | September 2, 2008 11:35 AM

The DEMS are equally responsible for turning a blind eye to these same injustices last week.

You right wing nuts don't understand that us liberals recognized that our two-party system is just like two corporations vying for the same CEO job - corrupt.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:35 AM

So, you want us to play the big bully all the time? Or are we allowed to play the political game? If you think we can't find Obama, I mean Osama, if we decided to send in "the" troops, you're sadly mistaken.......

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM

LOL, too funny. Perhaps she could use those Communist manifesto's democracy now peddles on the air to form a shank and escape.

Posted by: Mark | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM

Quick, somebody call the "WAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH-mbulance"!

Put your big girl panties on Amy...wtf did you think would happen to you by interferring and not obeying lawful commands? dumbsss...

Posted by: rick james | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM

Why were none of this comments posted during the "caged" DNC protest?

Posted by: galinohio | September 2, 2008 11:33 AM

A Police-State? Where? Maybe in Denver where the police set up the warehouse jails for the protesters last week....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:31 AM

I wish they would keep her in jail for 10 years. she is the worst kind of Un-American trash as well as her followers.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:31 AM

Ahoj???

Sounds like ahol to me. At least the same thing comes out of it.

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 11:31 AM

Freedom of speech for the CONs is like abstinence. They preach it, but when their trailer trash gets knocked up it's off limits.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 11:31 AM

93metro And if you think the right is too soft to fight back, ask al qaeda about that one.....

Ask bin Laden what he thinks of Bush killing Saddam, one of bin Laden's most despised enemies (and Saddam thought bin Laden was a dangerous radical too)

You can ask bin Laden 'cause he's still alive, cause Bush can't find him and won't enter Pakistan cause he was pandering to Musharaff and somehow Israel.

US policy panders to Israel no matter what.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:30 AM

This is very disturbing. Anyone who defends this kind of fascist behavior is in denial. The Republicans once again prove that we are only a few steps away from a police state.

Posted by: Cameron | September 2, 2008 11:29 AM

is this a democracy? no. should we be limiting the progress to democracy? no. We have a responsibility to enlighten the populous as citizens of this country. Not merely on political and ethical grounds, but on just general education. If we bring people to awareness then we can move away from the mob rule that governs the country under both parties at present.

And to straighten it up, no one is this country is advocating national socialism. If anyone who equates socialism with fascism by merely a name you would think the democrats were for full blown democracy (which is laughable). National socialism is the flawed principle of all industry working towards the good of the state. While socialism has the state run everything.

Communists believe in a totalitarian state. Communism is what I think most people were looking for here. A mix of the police state of Fascism (to ensure the corporations cooperation with the state, but in this case to prevent the populous from getting uppity) and the industry control of socialism.

Anarchist don't care about taking over the state, they just want the state from controlling them. They are like you libertarians in this thread except they don't care about hoarding their wealth as much.

Amy Goodman is not a democrat, and not a republican. Sure she falls under the blanket of leftism (which ironically covers socialism, communism, and anarchism, three groups that think each other are totally wrong (see spanish civil war)).

there is a whole ton of nuance here that most people are missing. this isn't left or right. If the reverse had happened at the dem convention this argument would be revered almost. The right would still be calling the dems (who are actually pretty centered and as anti-leftist has most of the right) socialists and the liberal dems would be saying how bad they felt about the infraction but the guy still broke the rules.

listen to amy goodman, she may be biased but she is also honest. She has interviewed many leaders in the world (I loved the interview with evo morales) and still ask them the tough questions. As an American I still am creeped out by what they do in the name of democracy, but I also see where they are coming from. I don't agree but I am better for understanding it

Posted by: ahoj | September 2, 2008 11:28 AM

Sounds like they should have cordoned off several blocks and only invited the elite to the party like Barack did so they could have avoided all of the trash.

Posted by: yawn | September 2, 2008 11:28 AM

Scott, the Demogawd/Socialists elitists will have no problem enslaving those of us that don't believe like you......

And if you think the right is too soft to fight back, ask al qaeda about that one.....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:27 AM

Big Government - no one does it better than the GOP

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:26 AM

One of Amy's "producers" was/is staying at a house that was raided, so is Amy a journalist or a reporter?

Amy also decided to join in and get arrested at the White House once, I believe it was a Cindy Sheehan party.

Goodman is a millionaire Marxist activist, not a journalist. An activist with a radio show, not a journalist.

Not surprised that the WaPo can't make that distinction, but then they more often than not are activsist themselves instead of reporters.

Posted by: Raoul | September 2, 2008 11:25 AM

Emmie1, you are welcome.

Hey, why is it that dems are always referring to their party as the Democratic Party? I it just that their grammar is as bad as their politics? Maybe they think the US is a democracy? As a reminder (for liberals, this will come as a shock) we live in a Republic.

In a democracy, citizens vote on laws for themselves. In a Republic, we elect those who vote on laws for us.

Anyway, I'm just grateful we are better at grammar, or else I would be in the Rebublicanic Party.

Posted by: american patriot | September 2, 2008 11:24 AM

NPR producers hanging out with left wing anarchists! SHocking! NPR is so objective, right? RRIIIIGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTT

Posted by: Ray Robison | September 2, 2008 11:23 AM

And todays complete MORON award goes to SCOTT.

Who can't read and only listens to Democrat/Liberal/Socialist news.

The 9/11 report was published.

What an idiot.

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 11:22 AM

Awe.........his elbow got hurt. Man, I feel soooo sorry for him. Hey buddy-this is what happens when you get in the way of people who are working in trying to keep pieces of trash from disrupting commerce and destroying public and private property. If you didn't want to get hurt, stay out of the way of the police-who, BTW, are working at keeping scum from hurting people.

Posted by: Craig | September 2, 2008 11:22 AM

About time they locked up that nutcase. But I'm sure she was COMPLETELY innocent in the whole thing...

Good thing she was released so quickly, though. Her three listeners would have been disappointed if she had to miss a show.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM

Should have just shot them.

Posted by: steve russell | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM

Amy Goodman is an American hero!

Posted by: Jerm | September 2, 2008 11:21 AM

Fascism - a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Now, who want's a centralized government? The Demogawds/Socialists, that's who.....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM


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Yeah!

Thats exactly what i want!

You're gonna be my first slave!

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 11:20 AM

Responding to Anonymous:

"They arrested an ABC News producer last week for taking pictures of DEMS with lobbyists and big named donors. Read that once more, fools. What do you say to that?"

You are leaving out a very important fact....It was democrat senators and lobbyist and donors who complained about the ABC crew and had them arrested!

Posted by: John Casey | September 2, 2008 11:20 AM

For all of you idiots that are complaining about Bush and Cheney...

You have no clue. No one who does not have a security clearance and a need to know has any idea...

The Bush/Cheney whitehouse will go down in history as one of the greatest saviors of the United States. In many years, when the files are declassified and released you will find out that they saved your butt. You will learn that they inherited an arned forces that had been stripped by Bill Clinton, and an international policy where the U.S. was the worlds laughing stock. They have confronted evil at every turn and thwarted it's attempt to destroy the U.S.

We need strong leadership that won't back down from the tough decision, even when that decision seems to be unpopular.

Obama won't do that. He wants to hold hands and sing cumbayaa with the evil people of the world. We need someone who can in Teddy's words "speak softly but carry a big stick". We have it with Bush. We will have it with McCain.

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM

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Today's retard award goes to M&M. If only he knew there's reasons bush and cheney wouldn't go under oath for the 9/11 report, and the report still hasn't (and never will) been publicized.

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 11:19 AM

Pu-leeeeze! She's loving it. Now she's got her liberal street cred: "I was arrested for protesting at the Republican Convention." She can use that line at cocktail-and-coke parties for the next 20 years.

It's nearly lost at the very beginning of the tape, but the policeman clearly tells her to "get behind the line." It's not until she continues mouthing off at him that he (quite correctly) defuses the situation by taking her into custody. The police are there to maintain order, not to debate the well-established rules.

It's worth noting that the cameraman who took the video was also warned back from the line: "Anyone who crosses this line will be arrested." I guess he didn't feel a burning need to martyr himself, because he backed off, and was allowed to continue to film the scene; so much for the authorities suppressing freedom of the press.

Moral of the story: if a policeman gives you an order, follow it. If you don't think it's lawful and refuse to follow the order, you'll (rightly) be arrested. He's not interested in (or impressed by) your floor pass and press credentials, nor should he be. You can argue the finer points of law at your arraignment, but don't whine that your rights were violated just because you didn't get what you wanted, when you wanted it.

Posted by: p3orion | September 2, 2008 11:17 AM

Cartoon people. Cartoon rebels. Cartoon revolutionaries. Cartoon thinking. This woman is Eloi.....

Posted by: Suibne | September 2, 2008 11:16 AM

Fascism - a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Now, who want's a centralized government? The Demogawds/Socialists, that's who.....

Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM

Well, we certainly saw people handled in a worse way in Denver. This woman was given many warnings and she deliberately crossed the police line. And then the leftist supporter yells "Arrest the accredited journalist now."

Appears like these lefties wanted to manufacture something to compete with arrest of the TV producer in Denver, that guy was pushed into the street and choked first.

With her unwashed, greasy looking, unkempt hair this woman looked like a crazed vagrant. Here's the deal lady: Wash your hair. Comb your hair. Don't act like a weirdo. Follow lawful orders of policemen. Don't cross the police line.

I am a white guy and, as you all know, when a white guy gives the evil "Republican" cops the secret nod... they pretty much leave us alone. Yet there are times when the cops say put your hands behind your head... and guess what, I comply. That's right... even as a clean cut white guy with no criminal record I don't make sudden moves, I don't lunge at the cops, I don't cuss and spit at them or ignore lawful orders. So far so good-- Never arrested, no bloody noses, no rough handcuffing.

I just wish you dirty hippies, 60's throwbacks and certain minorities could learn this lesson.

Posted by: Judge Dread | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM


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Maybe if you were passionate about something you'd be in the same situation.

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM

For all of you idiots that are complaining about Bush and Cheney...

You have no clue. No one who does not have a security clearance and a need to know has any idea...

The Bush/Cheney whitehouse will go down in history as one of the greatest saviors of the United States. In many years, when the files are declassified and released you will find out that they saved your butt. You will learn that they inherited an arned forces that had been stripped by Bill Clinton, and an international policy where the U.S. was the worlds laughing stock. They have confronted evil at every turn and thwarted it's attempt to destroy the U.S.

We need strong leadership that won't back down from the tough decision, even when that decision seems to be unpopular.

Obama won't do that. He wants to hold hands and sing cumbayaa with the evil people of the world. We need someone who can in Teddy's words "speak softly but carry a big stick". We have it with Bush. We will have it with McCain.

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 11:15 AM

it's about time the arrogant self-important anti-American Democracy Now crew got what they deserved.

Posted by: dunky | September 2, 2008 11:14 AM

Don't be taken in by these pathetic protestations. They couldn't be more thrilled to be arrested. Yeah man, it's like the 60's all over again. For the love of ... GROW UP!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:14 AM

"******************************************** Amy Goodman is one of the most respected journalists in this country and one of the few remaining members of the press who actually knows what her job is and does it!
While reporting on the random and mass killings in Rwanda she was severely beaten by the thugs there.

It is unfortunate that we don't have more people post on the blogs that actually have an understanding of what is going on in the world, instead of reactionary, rote quips that mean nothing. Amy Goodman is one of the most courageous people in public life today."

Signed,
Amy Goodman's Mom.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 11:14 AM

WAY TO GO POLICE!!!! Liberal kooks always believe they are above the law, and have special dispensation to be anywhere they wish.

Posted by: Joe Strephaloupolous | September 2, 2008 11:13 AM

Boo hoo. "They put my hands behind my back." "They told me to shut up."

Lady, I hope one day you are in charge of controlling rioters. We'll see how well you handle to situation.

Your political affiliations MAY lead one to conclude that not only were you and your people not just innocently covering the riot, but that your reporting of your behavior and the police's beahvior may not be objective.

Since you and your friends are hoping for massive civil unrest and scandal at the Republican Convention, don't expect America to shed any tears for you.

Somehow, you people always wind up turning Americans back to voting Republican- no matter how incompetent Republicans get.

Keep up the great work.

Posted by: publius | September 2, 2008 11:12 AM

To the people who are spouting such cruel, self-righteous hatred. What would you think if your children were reading your posts? You couldn't possibly be proud.
I love my beautiful country, as does my family. There is no way that intimidating a free press is anything but bad. This is the kind of stuff that we were proudly sure only happened in the USSR when I was a kid.

Posted by: Wendy | September 2, 2008 11:11 AM

With her unwashed, greasy looking, unkempt hair this woman looked like a crazed vagrant. Here's the deal lady: Wash your hair. Comb your hair. Don't act like a weirdo. Follow lawful orders of policemen. Don't cross the police line.

***********************************************That is right folks. Do everything based on image and perception. Look and behave exactly like the rest of the sheep so you won't be singled out. Never take risks, don't do what you believe is right, don't ever stand up for anybody else if you believe this is injustice. Just meekly and quietly go off to slaughter.

Posted by: Truth Matters | September 2, 2008 11:11 AM

Wow! Seems like a lot of folks are comfortable with fascism.

Posted by: Bartolo | September 2, 2008 11:10 AM

Excuse me: who? :)

Posted by: Admiral | September 2, 2008 11:10 AM

The fact isn't that liberals hate America, the fact is that it's obvious that America can use a lot of improving, and that the last 8 years has halted and actually reversed progress in this country.

Another fact is that being happy with your country is a good way to allow the government to walk all over you and pass legislation that infringes your rights, which is what has been happening for the last 8 years.

Liberals are more patriotic than bahh bahh sheep republicans because they question their government and stand up for human rights and growth of society. Republicans like to sit around and criticize those that are less fortunate and feel that they should make decisions for other people such as pro-life, anti gay marriage idiots. They oppose federal funding for such things as hurricane katrina (look it up) and social programs. The values and goals of republicans are ludacris, and why anyone still endorses this money mongering blood shedding party is beyond me. Its time to take your cowboy hats off and come back to reality.

This country was founded on a group of separatists who presently would probably be referred to as terrorists.

Be okay and happy with America, that's fine with me. It just goes to show how far away from the actual truth and reality of things you really are.

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 11:10 AM

Oh poor babies! Resisting arrest, interfering with law enforcements'ability to do their jobs, and not following lawful orders are ALL illegal. Typical liberals who just love being the victim!

Posted by: Cory | September 2, 2008 11:09 AM

yas'suh judge dred scott, i's a behave!

Posted by: uppity | September 2, 2008 11:07 AM

judge dread, you are a good, compliant citizen who never questions authority. thomas paine would be proud, i mean mao.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:06 AM

So, it's o.k. for someone to RUN at the police, pass the lines she was told not to by those officers, and continue to disrupt police business. Arresting people that do that is how the police keeps peace in this country. She should be thankful that she's not being penned up like a dog like protesters at the DNC were.

I would love to see her make an attempt to sue the police for doing their job. The judge would laugh so hard he'd fall off the bench. In fact, I say charge her with inciting a riot, resisting arrest, failure to comply with police orders, and interfering with police business. Now, if you have a defense against those charges, let's see it. She broke all those laws, and still was only charged very lightly.

Posted by: Chris | September 2, 2008 11:05 AM

at least the so-called "conservatives" have stopped acting like they actually believed in "liberty" and "freedom" that bs was really getting on my nerves.

Posted by: benjoya | September 2, 2008 11:05 AM

Yeah George Bush and Dick Cheney. You guys rock!!!

Posted by: Darrell | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM

Well, we certainly saw people handled in a worse way in Denver. This woman was given many warnings and she deliberately crossed the police line. And then the leftist supporter yells "Arrest the accredited journalist now."

Appears like these lefties wanted to manufacture something to compete with arrest of the TV producer in Denver, that guy was pushed into the street and choked first.

With her unwashed, greasy looking, unkempt hair this woman looked like a crazed vagrant. Here's the deal lady: Wash your hair. Comb your hair. Don't act like a weirdo. Follow lawful orders of policemen. Don't cross the police line.

I am a white guy and, as you all know, when a white guy gives the evil "Republican" cops the secret nod... they pretty much leave us alone. Yet there are times when the cops say put your hands behind your head... and guess what, I comply. That's right... even as a clean cut white guy with no criminal record I don't make sudden moves, I don't lunge at the cops, I don't cuss and spit at them or ignore lawful orders. So far so good-- Never arrested, no bloody noses, no rough handcuffing.

I just wish you dirty hippies, 60's throwbacks and certain minorities could learn this lesson.

Posted by: Judge Dread | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM

The lack of objectivity, logic and clear thinking from both sides of these opinions sadly amazes me. The only views being presented are canned responses based on extreme presuppositions. Is there no free thinking objectivity anywhere today? The words 'diatribe', 'tirade' and 'harangue' run through my mind. Why are those of an opposing viewpoint totally dismissed? Do you honestly think that all your categorizations are truly as you see them? I'm talking to both liberals and conservatives here. There are no thinkers anymore, just knee-jerk reactionaries. No wonder our country is where it is today.

Posted by: JP | September 2, 2008 11:04 AM

I was having a bad day until I read this and got an awesome laugh out of it.

WAY TO GO POLICE!

She made a dumb move when she injected herslef in the middle of police business. Just because you wear a reporter's badge doesn't make you immune to the law or give you the right to get in an officer's face while he/she is do their job. Those officers were in a tense situation because you left wing nut jobs can't protest in a peacful manner. Amy comes running up, gets in their face and starts yelling. I'm glad she was arrested for not respecting the situation or the condition in wich her own people put these brave officers in.

Keep her in prison with the rest of these left wing loons.

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

Your spelling is ridiculous

Posted by: Devin Hester | September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

Let's see here: Goodman is known to have been staying in one of the houses raided Sunday by St. Paul Police, because of what the believed protesters inside were hoarding in preparation for the RNC.

Guilt by association, esp. since her "reporting" is the impetus for much of their protesting.

She is no "journalist" but rather a rabble rouser.

Posted by: Reporter? | September 2, 2008 1
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Many of you may not be aware of this, but before you were trained to swallow tabloid sensationalism as pablum, one of the main functions of the press was to watch and report on what Government was doing. In other words one of their functions was to inform the electorate, because without that, there can be no Democracy.
It is pretty sad to see how many people are willing to close their eyes to what is going on and follow blindly down the road to slaughter.

Media bias pervades our daily lives. The First Amendment assures freedom of the press and allows all opinions to be expressed. Historically, various perspectives were viewed as thought provoking and a source of stimulation for ideas or actions. However, a new type of journalistic attitude has taken hold of much of the media. Ideas become fact, and these "facts" are manipulated to produce a more scandalous version of the truth and spun into sensationalized stories to boost sales. There are serious topics and issues being misrepresented by this tabloid media with little concern for accountability or consequence for the "public lynchings" they orchestrate.

Posted by: Truth Matters | September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

The democratic convention spent a record amount for the same purpose but some how it is different now? Anarchist are just failures who don't want to admit it. What are you talking about a peaceful protest...I saw video of people breaking store windows and a bunch of stuff for no reason...you libs are worthless and rediculous.

Posted by: chris | September 2, 2008 11:01 AM

The biased media has caused me to distrust everything I read, or view, from NBC, MSNBC, CBS,ABC,CNN,Newsweek, Time. How can Tom Brokaw,NBC stooge, honestly moderate a debate between McCain and Obambi?
McCain repeatedly asked Obambi, the community organizer, to appear with him at any town meeting Obambi wished so the "folks" could compare answers directly from both candidates but Obambi repeatedly was unwilling to meet the town meeting format because he is lost without the cue cards and teleprompter. This has not been covered at all as far as I can see.

Posted by: Florida Jim | September 2, 2008 11:01 AM

Waterboard Bush and Cheney

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 11:00 AM

The mainstream media doesn't want to cover this because if they did, then they might have to show all of the leftists smashing windows, attacking busloads of convention-goers with rocks and chemicals (including old folks and cub scouts), starting fires, and generally creating havoc. Then we'd all see how the leftists are making use of their cherished freedom of speech.

Posted by: bobdog1 | September 2, 2008 11:00 AM

Bush and Cheney being war criminals is just another looney left misconception of the law. Your "relative" rule of law doesnt' exist in this country......

BTW, here's the definition of NAZI -
A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.

The key word is "Socialist". You liberals here in the USA are as close to a socialist as you can get without being called one.....


Posted by: 93Metro | September 2, 2008 11:00 AM

I wonder if anyone told these idiots that America is a republic, not a democracy?

Not only did our Founding Fathers establish a republic, they greatly feared democracy. James Madison, known as the father of the U.S. Constitution, wrote in "Essay #10" of The Federalist Papers: "... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

Although such an attitude will surprise most Americans, it is accurate.

The United States Constitution does not contain the word democracy. It does "guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government...." Also, when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, we say, "to the Republic for which it stands," and not "to the Democracy."

The difference between a republic and a democracy was once widely understood in America. The U.S. War Department (superseded by the Department of Defense) taught that difference in a training manual (No. 2000-25) published on November 30, 1928. This official U.S. government document, used at the time for the training of American military personnel, said of democracy:

A government of the masses.

Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of 'direct' expression.

Results in mobocracy.

Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights.

Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation

or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.

Results in demogogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."

It went on to state: "Our Constitutional fathers, familiar with the strength and weakness of both autocracy and democracy, with fixed principles definitely in mind, defined a representative republican form of government. They 'made a very marked distinction between a republic and a democracy and said repeatedly and emphatically that they had founded a republic.' "

Don't be deceived. America is a republic - not a democracy!

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

Posted by: Sam | September 2, 2008 10:59 AM

Should have waterboarded her.

Posted by: Tim | September 2, 2008 10:58 AM

Most people that hate America are actually angry with themselves, maybe they're too ugly, don't have enough money, maybe they even hate the fact that they're turned on by the same sex. The easiest target are the folks that are happy with themselves, that is why Republicans are always the easy target.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 10:57 AM

She ran down off of the floor (into a riot) to see what was going on???

What a complete idiot...

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 10:57 AM

It sounds like many posters are linking the anarchists along with peaceful protesters as well as journalists. It actually would require a bit of a thought process to understand the difference.
My best guess is the journalists were arrested because they were getting video of some heavy handed police tactics and as we have learned from the last Republican Convention the police were caught and sued for falsifying the arrest records and splicing there own video to "prove" what they did was legit. They don't want to have to worry about evidence again.

Posted by: Truth Matters | September 2, 2008 10:56 AM

Oh no your producer hurt their elbow...cry! What injustice!

Maybe when someone tells you to stay on the sidewalk you should do as they say.

Posted by: Dan | September 2, 2008 10:56 AM

I think part of the misunderstanding is with Amy thinking that her Democracy Now ID clearly identifies her as a reporter. It identifies her as a radical left wing fringe dweller who hates capitalism, loves socialism, and someone who insists that 9/11 was an inside job.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 10:55 AM

"Democracy Now": "Wayne's World" meets Al Jazeera.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:55 AM

americanpatriot: AMEN! Thank you!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:54 AM

SARAH PALIN TRIED TO BAN AND BURN BOOKS WHILE GOVERNOR. THE LIBRARIAN REFUSED SUCH A RIDICULOUS REQUEST AND GOT FIRED.

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1837918,00.html

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 2, 2008 7:02 AM

Jesus! Did you even read this article because it states nothing about burning books nor about the librairian getting fired. It states she was threatened, but not fired.. you have shown us you are being a true lib. One of your hippie freinds who has come to join us in the 21st century and learned how to use a computer probably sent this to you via "email" and you ran with it with out checking it out first.....what a winner. How is this a reflection of your life? Always spouting off something before you do your research...Good job. Throw rocks-run and hope they land somewhere.

Posted by: virtusscot | September 2, 2008 10:54 AM

Letter to Bill Ayres,Dear Bill,we Obama
supporters have been caughting a lot
of flak,by the arch neo conservative,and
I ask why can't you come out with your side
of the story and defend him or just let
us know what your relationship is all about
and your alledge actions in the 60's, We
are tired of looking,at Homo Hannity,mouth
and Kiddie Porn Limabaugh,please stand up
like the man we know you are and tell
us your side of the story,instead of being
defined by the reich wing,At least Rev.
Wright did defend himself,and his postion
Now is the time, to support your friend
if you were really his friend.


CHANGE(08) OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: McShotgun wedding | September 2, 2008 10:54 AM

I am glad she was arrested. She is a trouble maker.

Posted by: NeoCon | September 2, 2008 10:53 AM

Like so many others, I LOVE reading about liberal socialists decrying Republicans as Nazis. I mean, c'mon already, you HAVE to laugh. What is a Nazi? Last time I checked, it was a contraction of the term National Socialist--that's right, Socialist. Remember, Republicans, when liberals point at us as Nazis, there are four fingers pointing right back at them, only difference of course is that REAL Nazis were, of course, socialists, just like Amy.

Posted by: american patriot | September 2, 2008 10:52 AM

Hey Mark it's Democrat convention you wing nut. It's also the Democrat party. Both conventions are part of the American democratic process and both parties are democratic. We also live in a democtratic republic, that is our form of government.

Only idiots write and post in all caps.

Posted by: M&M | September 2, 2008 10:52 AM

Posted by: Marty: WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!

Marty, I think you better rephrase that: SOME OF US ARE BETTER THAN THIS!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:52 AM

They probably deserved to arrested. In the middle of those insane demonstrators, they were probably part of the pack. The lying liberal press probably instigated those lunatics who didn't know what they were demonstrating about.

Posted by: MLG | September 2, 2008 10:51 AM

Keep her in prison for life, ugly biaaatch.

Posted by: darek | September 2, 2008 10:51 AM

Jack booted thug stormtroopers. The evil empire is starting to crumble. The force is weak on the dark side and its starting to show up everywhere. Be strong amy and everyone else who have endured all the injustices of the last 40+ yrs.

Posted by: auggie | September 2, 2008 10:50 AM

Poor baby. I'm sure she did nothing wrong, or she would have told us about it.

Posted by: Zot | September 2, 2008 10:49 AM

There is a REAL REASON why the animal symbol for the Dem party is an a**! And never forget it!

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:48 AM

Posted by: Bad Karma: Disgraceful. The police are just arresting anyone on the street for reasons that they make up as they wish. They have no concept of civil discourse. ..... because we aren't going to stand for this much longer.

OH, AND DO YOU THINK DURING A TIME OF ATTEMPTED VIOLENCE AND DESTRUCTION THE POLICE SHOULD JUST STOP AND HAVE A CIVIL DISCOURSE WITH SOME THUG WHEN THE OTHER THUGS ARE TRYING TO ATTACK AND HURT/KILL HIM? Give me an f-ing break! And just what do you plan to do (ie "we aren't going to stand for this much longer") Maybe you need to be reported to the FBI.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:46 AM

I meant to sign my last comment - Arrest Bush and Cheney. They are war criminals and should be serving life in Guantanamo or just plain exiled.

Send them to the front lines.

Posted by: ArrestBushandCheney | September 2, 2008 10:46 AM

For those of you who haven't seen Democracy Now -- and I know that's hundreds of millions of people -- it's Wayne's World meets Al Jazeera: a zero-budget America-hating clap-trap generating "news" "show".

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 10:46 AM

They arrested an ABC News producer last week for taking pictures of DEMS with lobbyists and big named donors. Read that once more, fools. What do you say to that?

You right-wing nuts should be alarmed that anytime there is potential for dissent in this country - in the truest sense of participatory democracy - the powerful elite throw our Constitution out the window. Free speech "zones?" What are our men and women fighting for overseas if we can't have our freedoms here?

All of you will be hiding behind the rest of us with real guts when the Day of Reckoning comes and Blackwater mercs are patrolling our streets. Get real, you mindless sheep.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:45 AM

Did anyone see any boots stomping on anyone in this video? Did I miss part of it?

I saw an arrogant trouble maker try to push her way past the police twice. After asking her nicely twice to not enter the area, they gently restrained her and put her in the police van.

Where did all of the Nazi, Jack Boot Stomping, abuse happen? Oh, I forgot someone said pepper spray too. They must have really censored this video! I didn't see any of that!

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 10:44 AM

DEMOCRATIC convention, wingnut moron--CALL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BY ITS CORRECT NAME!

And "partisan" is not capitalized and "bandwagon" is one word, moron. How about learning proper spelling and grammar, trailer park trash.

Posted by: Mark Jeffries | September 2, 2008 10:44 AM

Posted by: Bad Karma: Disgraceful. The police are just arresting anyone on the street for reasons that they make up as they wish. They have no concept of civil discourse. ..... because we aren't going to stand for this much longer.

OH, I SEE, AND THOSE CROWBARS THROUGH STORE WINDOWS BY THUGS WITH FACE-COVERING BANDANAS, AND TURNING OVER OF CEMENT TRASH CANS, DAMAGING CARS, ETC. ARE just insignificant and should be allowed just because the scumbags doing it have IQ's of the same numbers of their ages. Get rid of them. We'll all be better off (including the stupid liberals defending them).

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:44 AM

Remember folks, if you don't stand up for basic rights now, there may be nobody left that cares enough to stand up for you when you are stripped of your rights.

Amy Goodman went to the aid of her 2 producers who were being arrested. Because she insisted on some answers, she was manhandled, arrested and held several hours against her will.

Yes, there were some anarchists there earlier causing trouble and they had already been arrested.

We taxpayers got to pay out millions of dollars after the Republican Convention of 2004 because of all the false arrests, police and officials caught falsifying arrest records, splicing video tapes, etc.

Fortunately in this day and age with easy recording equipment, it isn't as easy for them to over power people and lie about it.

Posted by: Truth Matters | September 2, 2008 10:43 AM

They should arrest all of the liberal journalists in the country for extreme bias, lack of journalistic ethics, distorting the news and trying to unfairly influence the election. Pick up Dan Rather and the morons at MSNBC while you're at it!

Posted by: rjross | September 2, 2008 10:43 AM

I don't believe that this was necessary just another threat to the close minded "Nazis" the republicans have become. I voted for Bush the 2nd in 2000 and have regretted it all 8 years of his tyranny.
Do I believe Mcain will continue the atrocities of Bush the 2nd? Yes, because he promise to WIN and un-winable war.

One can only hope that democracy will prevail...... oh and that we'll have a national health care ;)

Posted by: Obama4prez | September 2, 2008 10:43 AM

You should have seen what they did to protestors and even major News media like ABC reporters at the Democrat convention. Some of you need to get off of your Partisan band wagon.

Posted by: Noamie | September 2, 2008 10:41 AM

There is no excuse for the violence that I've seen. We are better than this. What message of peace could possibly be conveyed by the beatings, the smashing, and the destruction of property? Our voices should be loud, our passion and dedication should be undeniable, and our fists should be unclenched. All of our efforts are clouded by the hate we brought, our message lost in the headlines drenched in violence.

WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!

Posted by: Marty | September 2, 2008 10:41 AM

I am truly shocked... not by the so-called news article, but shocked at the people posting anti-USA rhetoric on a blog from one of the the top ten liberally biased news rags in this country.

Does anyone here question the validity of the information in the article?

I suspect not, because the so-called Democrat Party (and liberal media) is so intent on taking power they will do or say anything to get elected.

Posted by: SteveNkc | September 2, 2008 10:40 AM

Amy Goodman's reporting in Rwanda alone gives her credibility that O'Reilly and the rest of the overpaid mainstream fake-journalist elites will never have. Agree with her or not, this is the work of city bosses and crooked local politicians trying desperately to make the RNC run smoothly. They screwed it up and started arresting journalists.

Posted by: Brett | September 2, 2008 10:39 AM

These rabble rousers do their best to get arrested, then complain when they get arrested! Nobody gives a rat's @ss.

Posted by: David123456 | September 2, 2008 10:38 AM

Only idiots believe in free speech. Stalin was right, Chairman Mao was right, Putin is right, and the Republicans are right. Shut up and obey the police!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM

I hate America

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM

These anarchists are so unbelievably stupid! Do they really think that the cops, when they're facing brutality and danger are going to stop and allow some liberal nutcase to have a chit-chat with them and attempt to negotiate a solution? HA HA HA. Get a reality check Ms. Goodman. When the cops tell you to shut up, SHUT UP! That way you can avoid being arrested.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM

Mike, what is a "real conservative"? I guess according to you, a "real conservative" believes in protecting a biased and propaganda-spewing media?

To me, a BROKEN MEDIA that is LIBERAL-leaning is not something worth defending or protecting. It's broken and useless, so let's toss it aside. ENFORCE the LAWS and PUNISH those who break them. Once we start doing that, you won't see these animals running free and causing chaos.

Posted by: Daniel | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM

PS. Amy was not "roughed up" she was handcuffed and escorted to the idiot wagon.

Posted by: Dave T. | September 2, 2008 10:36 AM

Wow, way to support your fellow American's right to expression. "Take your punishment"? Bravo, bravo. Adolf would have been proud. This must be the Freedom™ our troops are dying for over in Iraq eh? The freedom to shut the hell up and do what we're told by people we don't agree with.

YAY! Happy Freedom™ Day! Lets all take the Freedom™ Train down to Freedom™ Circle and toast the arrests of reporters for violations of Freedom™ with Freedom Juice!™

But I'm glad you right wingers are setting the rules of engagement. When it's a black police boot stomping the throat of Johnny Republican under the administration of President Barry Hussein Obama I'll be sure to remember everything you've said and remember to post "Take your Punishment" back for ya.

Happy Freedom™ everyone!

Posted by: Nice Comments | September 2, 2008 10:35 AM

Democracy Now! is probably the best news show you are not watching.

Actually check it out, you Fox rubes, before opining about it. Show some intelligence:

http://www.democracynow.org/

Posted by: Santa | September 2, 2008 10:35 AM

I just love watching this country eat itself in the final days of the American empire. I got my popcorn and I am in a nice comfy chair, on with the show.

You idiots are doomed, this is just the beginning of the end of this once great Democracy, just remember in the end you people lets this happen, hell soem of you are even cheering for it.

Posted by: Love it | September 2, 2008 10:35 AM

I hate socialism and Communism. However, picko hippies have a right to protest and say what ever they want. This is wrong!

I hate the beliefs of Democracy Now but they have a right to cover the RNC. They are just standing there filming when a wall of cops walk at them backing them away from where they have every right to be. They have done nothing wrong. Why should they have to move? Then when they dont' move fast enough they pepper spray them and beat them. Then when they fight back they call it a riot and really start beating them. The cops are the ones who start the fight.

The police and military are insighting these riots so they can quiet political unrest.

There are no good guys. The republicrates democpublicans are all the same party. They all violate the 10th amendment and now the 1st amendment too. The constituion is lost.

check out www.patriotunderground.blogspot.com to find out the truth

Posted by: Patriot Underground | September 2, 2008 10:34 AM

Let's see here: Goodman is known to have been staying in one of the houses raided Sunday by St. Paul Police, because of what the believed protesters inside were hoarding in preparation for the RNC.

Guilt by association, esp. since her "reporting" is the impetus for much of their protesting.

She is no "journalist" but rather a rabble rouser.

Posted by: Reporter? | September 2, 2008 10:34 AM

Whaaa whaaa whaaaa, oh, those words "shut up" are so dam* scary to a running-off-at-the-mouth liberal anarchist. Nothing like bottom-land-sucking amoeba, is there?

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:14 AM

******************************************** Amy Goodman is one of the most respected journalists in this country and one of the few remaining members of the press who actually knows what her job is and does it!
While reporting on the random and mass killings in Rwanda she was severely beaten by the thugs there.

It is unfortunate that we don't have more people post on the blogs that actually have an understanding of what is going on in the world, instead of reactionary, rote quips that mean nothing. Amy Goodman is one of the most courageous people in public life today.

Posted by: Truth Matters | September 2, 2008 10:34 AM

Looks like the same two people are logging in and posting conservative crap over and over.

I repeat--you guys are not real conservatives. Real conservatives don't want a police state.

If you had a brain, you'd be able to distinguish between a violent protester (deserves to be arrested) and a journalist (does not).

Trust me. In 2012, it may be Fox News or World Net Daily correspondents getting jailed. Don't set a dangerous precedent by supporting this. Don't turn into China.

Posted by: Mike | September 2, 2008 10:33 AM

McCain's candidacy can be summed up as:

Noun + Verb + POW
Noun + Verb + Victory
Noun + Verb + Energy Independence

Unfortunately, he is an empty suit with no fully thought out working policy, though he did his duty for his country. The fact that he is exploiting it is smarmy in a John Kerry kind of way.

Posted by: Santa | September 2, 2008 10:33 AM

Amy Goldman rolled out of bed with the intention of doing whatever it takes to get arrested. She's a hack!

I'm pretty sure that most of the GOP bashing here is one person with a lot of baggage!

Posted by: Dave T. | September 2, 2008 10:32 AM

Shawn Fassett wrote: I have yet to see video/photographic evidence of any protest violence. Where is it??

WELL, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA MUST NOT BE SHOWING IT, BUT THERE'S SOME CLEAR FILM OF IT ON FOX NEWS ON-AND-OFF ALL DAY, AND IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE JUST THERE FOR CHAOS AND DESTRUCTION. It's disgusting.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:32 AM

I have yet to see video/photographic evidence of any protest violence. Where is it??

Posted by: Shawn Fassett | September 2, 2008 10:29 AM

Amy Goodman is as much a lady as I am a maple tree. And yes, she does have a moustache.

You lefties who keep spewing the word 'Nazi' have no clue what a Nazi is. For you, it's your catch-all put-down for someone who doesn't follow your bizarre line of logic, and you think that by branding someone with it it makes you more superior. Keep believing that. It shows how clueless you truly are. Thank God I matured out of my own brainless liberal days long ago.

If anyone still thinks that the GWOT is about oil - that ship has sailed. Find another meme.

Why all the angst and hand-wringing over Fox News? Angry that there's at least one media outlet that isn't 'servicing' the Democrat/Socialist party lemmings? 90% of the print and electronic media are in bed with the quasi-Socialist B. Hussein Obama, isn't that sufficient?

Posted by: Dave-o | September 2, 2008 10:28 AM

What part of "Don't cross this line" did she NOT understand? I guess she thinks she could do whatever she wants. There was no abuse there as she was simply restrained, handcuffed, and put on the vehicle. Too many people are making a mound of a molehill here.

Posted by: Steve | September 2, 2008 10:28 AM

Wow, the police doing their job. Anyone who criticizes this, ahem, the LEFT, are for anarchy.
Stop listening to the LEFT distort law and order. Break out of the cycle, break the brainwashing. STOP giving the LEFT your ear.

Posted by: jake | September 2, 2008 10:27 AM

When I see those fools on my TV it makes me run not walk down to my local McCain office who I have been luke warm about to work phone banks and walk precients. It is times such as these that I wish I could be the Judge when these freaks are slaped on the hand and relised back onto the streets.

Posted by: Rod Ferroggiaro | September 2, 2008 10:27 AM

Who is amy Goodman and Democracy Now anyway? Do you really think the police have any idea who she is? It didn't look like reporting to me, it looked like she wanted to interfere with the police trying to stop a disturbance.

And, if that is being roughed up, I will eat my keyboard. My 7 year old son roughs me up worse than that when he wants to wrestle in the living room. They looked pretty gentle to me.

I think Amy "whatever her name is" wanted some attention and some recognition. What a joke!

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 10:26 AM

Shut up and take your punishment.

Posted by: GinsuVictim | September 2, 2008 10:26 AM

This story has warmed my heart.

Posted by: LOL@LIBS | September 2, 2008 10:26 AM

If you're a journalist and you, in a time of war, choose to promote and showcase these protesting rats, you deserve to be arrested. You have to put the State first in a time of crisis like this. There shouldn't even be an election this year. Thank God for the GOP. They are keeping this country strong and safe from terrorists like Amy Goodman.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 10:26 AM

Have you ever been around hippies and their childish, whining, kooky ideas for more than an hour?

It's enough to make anyone mad.

Oh... and how bout those anti-war protestors smashing things and kicking cops. "Hey man, it was the pigs that attacked us! We just happened to show up in all black clothes by coincidence!"

Posted by: Boon | September 2, 2008 10:22 AM

Dogsdyout wrote: Go Roadside Bagdad on them


SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN TO ME!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:22 AM

Freedom of speech, that was shredded by Shrub along with the constitution.

"What we have here, is failure to communicate."

The Third Reich lives! All those dough boys died for nothing, just like in Vietnam, Korea and Iraq.

Posted by: R.J. | September 2, 2008 10:22 AM

Amy Goodman is one of those jilted rpe victims who got an abortion when she was 30. I hope she got boinked by prison guards.

Posted by: Marsha Blackburn | September 2, 2008 10:21 AM

Have you nut-whacks seen the tapes of the DNC - remember you were put in cages. Settle down and learn to speak with words and not with violence.

Posted by: kt | September 2, 2008 10:20 AM

If these people really had good intentions at heart it would be one thing. But everybody knows they're only really interested in breaking laws and causing chaos and damage. The only ones they're fooling are themselves. I'd probably be arrested if I posted what I think should really be done with them. They are nothing but scum which will never contribute positively in any way to society, but are destined to always be a drain on the rest of us. We are WAY TOO lenient with this group of disease-infested sewer rats.

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:20 AM

If only they would have given her a good B-Slap too!

Posted by: crowswor | September 2, 2008 10:20 AM

Go Roadside Bagdad on them

Posted by: Dogsdyout | September 2, 2008 10:20 AM

Down with the left. Imprison all of the animals. Drop a 500pounder on their next "peaceful protest".

Posted by: ST333 | September 2, 2008 10:18 AM

I think it's funny that the conservatives in this forum all seem so pro-police. All I can say: There may come a time when marginalized conservative journalists are in a similar situation. It's a dangerous precedent to set, charging journalists covering a protest with "conspiracy to riot." I'm a real conservative, and real conservatives know that these journalists should never, ever have been arrested. Wake up from the McCain-Bush machine and fight for freedom and real conservative values.

Posted by: Mike | September 2, 2008 10:17 AM

haha, and you guys complain about China during the olympics... just putting this into context...

Posted by: maimai | September 2, 2008 10:16 AM

I encourage the use of any and all kinds of force to handle these animals and their rioting. I won't be offended at all if some "don't make it"

Posted by: ST333 | September 2, 2008 10:16 AM

When the cops tell you to move, move or be arrested. This was a political stunt on the part of Democracy Now.

Posted by: Walt | September 2, 2008 10:16 AM

Brodway Carl ask Q:What if it had been someone from FOX?

He obviously hasn't watched the Fair and Balanced reporting of the FOX news team. They did reporton the demonstrations at both the RNC and at the DNC. The difference was that the right wing protestestors at the DNC were law abiding while the Left wing protestors at the RNC have been a bunch of violence prone thugs who don't even know what they are protesting about.

Posted by: Ted | September 2, 2008 10:14 AM

Whaaa whaaa whaaaa, oh, those words "shut up" are so dam* scary to a running-off-at-the-mouth liberal anarchist. Nothing like bottom-land-sucking amoeba, is there?

Posted by: Emmie1 | September 2, 2008 10:14 AM

Re: Fascism is alive and well.

And Marxism is alive and well in the Democratic party.

Posted by: Tony | September 2, 2008 10:12 AM

Hope the cops got to kick, punch and arm twist these filthy lefties. Now watch the liberal media scream bloody murder because one of their own got manhandled at the Republican convention.

We need to give police a hell of a lot more power, so that anyone that acts up, the police have authority to beat the snot out of such trash and teach these wackos to respect authority.

Posted by: Daniel | September 2, 2008 10:11 AM

Anyone who runs out to get involved when the police are in riot mode and tries to get passed them is just looking to get arrested. Haven't you ever watched the show Cops? When a cop tells you to move it, move it! Don't stand their arguing with them. The whole thing reaks of intention.

Posted by: Phoebe | September 2, 2008 10:11 AM

Democracy or Republic, let's get it right people!!!

Posted by: Rusty43752 | September 2, 2008 10:09 AM

BUSH CHENEY MCCAIN!
BUSH CHENEY MCCAIN!
BUSH CHENEY MCCAIN!

WHITE IS RIGHT!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:07 AM

It's not complicated...whenever you don't do what law enforcement says- PARTICULARLY a highly secured convention- with police in riot gear- you can be assured of being "manhandled" LOL

Posted by: Matt B | September 2, 2008 10:03 AM

Only 2 hippies roughed up ?....this is unacceptable. I want dogs, fire hoses and tear gas used on these pukes.

Posted by: auh2o | September 2, 2008 10:01 AM

Amy Goodman has a moustache.

You heard me.

Posted by: Acirema | September 2, 2008 9:59 AM

The Democrats were good at hiding any protesters in Colorado, and they were there! I hope we see tons of coverage of the nuts on left, rioting and looting in their usual peaceful way.
Interesting how it's always leftists who use violence as a way of protest.
I don't know what transpired between Amy Goodman and the police, but she can hardly be considered a news reporter. She's just a leftist polemic.

Posted by: Chad | September 2, 2008 9:58 AM

Sorry to whoever I plagarized this from. But whoever wrote it...it's too good not to repeat:

Next surprise could be a commercial for the MasterRace card, offered by the AIP (Alaska Independent Party) through its former member, Sarah Palin.
Lying about opposing the Bridge to Nowhere…worth 1 mooseburger
Abuse of power as governor…worth 2 mooseburgers
Opposing birth control and trumpeting abstinence only….worth 1 pregnancy
Claiming international experience as head of the Alaska National Guard because Russia has not attacked Alaska….PRICELESS!

Posted by: playa | September 2, 2008 9:58 AM

These hippies are getting so old, soon they will need to have their signs mounted on their wheelchairs.

Posted by: Kenny | September 2, 2008 9:55 AM

I'd rather be waterboarding.

Posted by: Buster Hyman | September 2, 2008 9:55 AM

Hmmm... overzealous cops beating on overzealous socialists. Get a haircut and take a shower, you get a lot more respect that way. I guess the Republicans forgot to erect CHAINLINK PENS for these people? Lord knows the Dems had that all hooked up way ahead of their convention!

HYPOCRITES.

Posted by: CoCoLopez | September 2, 2008 9:52 AM

Where was all this outrage when the ABC producer was arrested in Denver for the high crime of standing on a public sidewalk trying to film big money lobbyists meeting with Senator Obama's people?

CC

Posted by: jim | September 2, 2008 9:51 AM

I am not so much "pro-Republican" as I am convinced that the Dems should not ever be in power.

One thing that struck me about Obama's Iowa speech is there doesn't seem to be a damn thing he can say he agrees with Republicans about.
With Hillary at least, she sees some common ground on foreign policy issues.

How is the "politics of change" defined? Rigid partisanism against the party of the sitting executive?

It strikes me as an amusing trend, that so many "liberals" will march lock-step against any policy favored by more conservative minds.

Are the conservatives really wrong about everything?
And if not, is it wise to give power to Obama who speaks as if they are?
Is it wise to let the soulless minions of liberal orthodoxy be swept into power?

Posted by: Darth Marley | September 2, 2008 9:48 AM

Q:What if it had been someone from FOX?

A:Not a possibility. They wouldn't cover protests against Republicans, only against Democrats.

Posted by: Broadway Carl | September 2, 2008 9:18 AM

c spam was showing the protests, they were pretty lame.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:11 AM

disgusted by local & fed cops treatment of Amy & her crew. I witnessed their arrest and manhandling. No excuse to treat working journalists that way. If this is the way journalists are to be treated, what does that say about our democracy? Can you hear what it is said?

Posted by: hal muskat | September 2, 2008 9:04 AM

AsperGirl, your posts don't relate to the story they are in - St Paul police arresting members of the press. Do you condone this if they were not protesting but there to report on it? What about the fact that the police officers refused to give name and badge number when asked? Can you address the issue, or do you prefer to hide behind your off-topic screeds against Democrats, liberals, etc?

Posted by: hitpoints | September 2, 2008 9:01 AM

Your country is messed up... This sounds more like Belarus than Minnesota...

Posted by: Ronan in Dublin | September 2, 2008 8:56 AM

fricken cry baby whining socialists! Take your lumps scummers you got more coming..;)

Posted by: new york | September 2, 2008 8:43 AM

Fascism is alive and well.

Posted by: Dr. Dunne | September 2, 2008 8:14 AM

Thought it was the '68 DEMOCRATIC convention in Chicago that was having some kind of anniversary this summer. Wasn't that the event that prompted the descriptive "Police Riot"?

Posted by: 2mature2bHornswoggled | September 2, 2008 8:06 AM

9/11 truthers have been debunked for years, the only politician whose desperate enough to be associated with these nuts is Ron Paul.
WHen anarchists show up & deliberately riot, interrupting peaceful demonstrations they will be met head on by law enforcement.
Poor Anne Goodman, she was roughed up.Ha!
Compared to what the leader of the troofers- sociopathic Alex Jones, did to Michelle Malkin, joining in the chorus of screaming vipers 'KILL MICHELLE MALKIN" - no one is crying for Anne Goodman.

Asper Girl is right:

"The DailyKos online forum trolls have burst through their levees and are spewing their ghetto ignorance in these sexist and Republican-bashing gleeful hate screeds and incoherent dehumanizing memes."

These would be the voices of insanity that would become mainstream under an Obama Presidency and his Armed civilian security force -- but no worries - because Obama WON'T get elected. No Way! No How! NOBama!


Posted by: Trillian | September 2, 2008 7:59 AM

Looks like the geezer didn't ask local hair dressers all they knew about the Palin family.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | September 2, 2008 7:58 AM

So much for democracy. "Ve vas only following orders"! The press is and should be picking this up. In a city that has been known for freedom of association, speech and the home of such notables as Humphrey, Mondale and others, it's a disgrace and a warning of what a McCain administration would look like.

No McCain doesn't control the police, but his campaign's actions since naming Palin as Veep reveal a deep lack of "due process", research and little tolerance for those who disagree.

Posted by: The Whole World's Watching | September 2, 2008 7:54 AM

AsperGirl wrote: "Hatred and bile aren't 'causes'".

Please explain Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and all the other leading conservative intellectuals. Please explain "Rev." Hagee, Robertson, and Fallwell.

The only "hatred and bile" here is the conservative hatred of the truth and bile they spew forth.

Posted by: Garak | September 2, 2008 7:41 AM

So much for Freedom of speech. Goodbye America. Your Burma has set in.

Posted by: George Wasintown | September 2, 2008 7:38 AM

SARAH PALIN TRIED TO BAN AND BURN BOOKS WHILE GOVERNOR. THE LIBRARIAN REFUSED SUCH A RIDICULOUS REQUEST AND GOT FIRED.

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1837918,00.html

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | September 2, 2008 7:02 AM

"I suppose the GOP is trying to upstage China's handling of the Olympics?"

The people who were discouraged and retaliated against for protesting at the Olympics weren't like the hateful, ugly and ignorant "activists" who have no real agenda or objective except to be disrupters of the business of people they hate.

Hatred and bile aren't "causes".

These people don't have a cause, dignity or anything real to communicate or teach the public with their actions.

They're just the creepy sociopathic underside of a free society that has losers and dregs who use "free speech protests" to vent and spew hate.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:31 AM

The DailyKos online forum trolls have burst through their levees and are spewing their ghetto ignorance in these sexist and Republican-bashing gleeful hate screeds and incoherent dehumanizing memes.

These are the voices that will be empowered if Barack Obama gets elected. The voices that you see on this forum, the racial resentment, the hatred and the ignorance, will come spilling out of DailyKos where the worst of the sociopathic anarchy is concealed under the surface in hidden threads, and become the stream of consciousness of the new electoral power base of America.

If Barack Obama gets elected, the kind of voices you see on this forum, will become mainstreamed.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 5:17 AM

Bush’s illegal war for oil in Iraq -- and the ensuing fascist police state described in this article -- continues only because of the jingoistic flag-waving of the corporate controlled media like the WaPo.

Bush Lies and People Dies.

The neocons based their illegal war for oil in Iraq in part on the official propaganda of 9/11. The really cool progressives do not accept the corporate controlled media propaganda of 19 hijackers and jet airplanes. There are many really cool progressive Web sites that show it was squib charges and holograms used on 9/11.

The Internet has allowed the 9-11 Truth Movement to gain a foothold on the Internet. The really cool progressives are now using the Internet to put forth our stories about what really happened that day.

Posted by: Scott Laughrey | September 2, 2008 5:11 AM

As an evil master of stormtroopers myself I applaud the particularly forceful stomping of the troops on the heads of the citizenry. Sieg Heil for Coleman! Sieg Heil for Pawlenty! Heil the New World Order!


Posted by: Darth Maul | September 2, 2008 4:58 AM

I suppose the GOP is trying to upstage China's handling of the Olympics?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 4:36 AM

Scott Koontz, A nominee has no legal authority. He/she can not legal compel a host city to do anything one way or the other.

Request can be made, but that is about it.

Posted by: Syrah | September 2, 2008 4:10 AM

9/11 truth will end this police state.

Posted by: Kameelyun | September 2, 2008 3:36 AM

Couldn't have happened to a nicer communist. My opinion of Tim Pawlenty just went up significanty, that's one heckuva state you're running guv.

Posted by: Dunkin | September 2, 2008 3:36 AM

Welcome to the National Socialist Police States of America!!! I just finished reading the arrest warrant for the house these reporters were occupying. The police were looking for, among other things: urine and feces (I'm serious), gasoline, hand tools, cell phones, etc. In other words, things that could be found in ANY household across America. I highly recommend people read this warrant in PDF form. The judge who issued this farce of a warrant should be arrested, tried, and imprisoned. We'll afford him that "luxury," though it appears he won't do the same for us. What is America coming to? Wake up, we are in deep, deep trouble!

Posted by: PSYOP | September 2, 2008 3:25 AM

The cops have been "preemptively" detaining (no rights are read, no charges filed) independent journalists throughout Minneapolis. These are the few folks actually willing to report the truth and are therefore targets. This is unlawful in the extreme.

The highest law in the land is the constitution and our law enforcement people are walking all over it. It may, in fact, be too late to save our country from the military-prison-police state it is fast becoming. Make sure you have a passport and start learning a new language.

Posted by: Matthew Hall | September 2, 2008 2:40 AM

Federal laws requires Police to have a badge number and a name identifying each officer.

Did you see any badge or tag name on the street of Denver, Colorado for the DNC? I was there and I didn't see any.

The thing is, if you are a criminal, doing illegal stuff, you don't want to be identified. Because if you are identified doing illegal stuff, you can get in trouble.

Criminals do not want to be identified.

Police do not want to be identified.

This is already a Police state. The independent media is intimidated by the Police for taking pictures, interviewing people, or videotaping.

Is this America, a developing country in Africa, or a banana republic in central America?

Posted by: Marcus | September 2, 2008 2:31 AM

Just like the liberals,extreme anger towards their own country,empathy to everyone else and I mean everyone.Is a Obama victory the beginning of the Anarchy era in America.I'm leaning,yes

Posted by: washburn | September 2, 2008 2:12 AM

MPLS pigs join the proud ranks of PG County's "finest". Cops are the enemy, now.

Posted by: sglover | September 2, 2008 1:53 AM

Cynically, I doubt much will happen, but in a proper world I think the city of Minneapolis just gave Democracy Now a couple million dollars worth of pledge money when they get sued.

Posted by: RppPolyp | September 2, 2008 1:46 AM

Disgraceful. The police are just arresting anyone on the street for reasons that they make up as they wish. They have no concept of civil discourse. This video proves how absurdly out of control they have become with their "authority". People are getting fed up with their loss of civil liberties. Every single Republican thug that thinks they can use their power to abuse citizens better catch a clue because we aren't going to stand for this much longer.

Posted by: Bad Karma | September 2, 2008 1:41 AM

Everybody here knows that a reporter - Asa Eslocker from ABC - was arrested at the DNC too right? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QaIrut9rTc

I'm not saying the RNC won't be worse, but the police behavior at the DNC wasn't anything to be proud about.

Posted by: dean | September 2, 2008 1:38 AM


Watching this from Overseas, is this the democracy you talk about spreading. Not interested. Atleast, women up here are not threatened and pushed like dogs.

Posted by: Clark L. | September 2, 2008 1:31 AM

What a country! Armed police beating up middle aged ladies.

Posted by: Joe Blow | September 2, 2008 1:19 AM

Big mistake, Police Goons. Arresting Amy Goodman was a very big mistake.

Posted by: 6is9 | September 2, 2008 12:59 AM

For all you "They got what they deserved" types, think a little more about what freedom means. And, please, read this post:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/31/raids/

Posted by: DoYouLikeFreedom | September 2, 2008 12:57 AM

Copy and paste:

http://confusanation.blogspot.com/2007/01/early-warning-signs-of-facism.html

Please read and take to heart. It can happen here and it already is.

Posted by: Bill | September 2, 2008 12:54 AM

Amy Goodman is to 2008 as Dan Rather is to 1968. Goons sent out to manhandle journalists who make the mistake of reporting what's going on at a convention.

But in '68 the goon masters had the help of George Wallace siphoning off Humphrey's votes. This time around they're less likely to find it a winning tactic.

Posted by: nicteis | September 2, 2008 12:46 AM

Folks, the video of Amy's arrest is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ I suggest we find out the identity of the Police personnel responsible for her rough treatment... and help Amy with her lawsuit. Corporate media or not, I've got friends in the cities, and with pigs like that [Sorry, jacksticks like that aren't honorable enough to be called "Police"}, I certainly don't feel safe for my friends. I suggest someone find out their identities and use the media to run those jacksticks into the ground. Let's make sure the only thing they ever "police" again will be their own two-bit houses. The only way Journalists will be allowed to do their jobs are if the rest of the citizenry protects them, as they watch the government (and big business) for us. AS for someone who asked me earlier, "What if that had been someone from Fox," my comment still stands; let's protect the journalists. The liars and propagandists like those at Faux? Let 'em fend for themselves. [They're usually in cahoots with the jackbooted thugs anyway.]

Posted by: Silversmith | September 2, 2008 12:42 AM

Goodman deserves to go to jail, she was interfering in police work.

Posted by: Lank | September 2, 2008 12:26 AM

The media and decent officials must take a huge stand on this one.

I've felt like McCane--who I used to like--had kind of lost it in the last while and really lost it when he picked Palin. But he has to take a stand on this one too--arresting respected journalists and taking away their passes?

This is a sad day.

Posted by: Harry | September 2, 2008 12:08 AM

those cops should be tasered or worse, waterboarded for what they have done to Amy Goodman.

it's not inhumane after all, since the bush people said its not torture.

Posted by: ameet sarpatwari | September 2, 2008 12:06 AM

Hahahahaha!

Posted by: Lance Boyle | September 2, 2008 12:00 AM

I seriously doubt that Amy Goodman is going to be arrested in this manner and we're not going to see a Bill Moyers special on this and an ACLU lawsuit. Goodman is real media and beloved. I think this will turn out to be a hugh mistake.

Posted by: xargaw | September 1, 2008 11:57 PM

It's sad that there are no news media to really cover the news..like this one..........if people knew what really is going on andall the rights we have been losing, there would be more protests.......corporate media is the most powerful weapon.....

Mir

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 11:47 PM

Amazing how you let your police act. Hopefully the lawsuits for wrongful arrest and injury and mental stress will curtail future activities of this type. I do believe your rule of law will sort this out. I do not think the Constitution has been completley trashed

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 11:46 PM

I guess Amy wanted to boost her ratings so why not get arrested.
It always works for Al Sharpton. way to go Amy,make sure you sue for big bucks.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | September 1, 2008 11:45 PM

Politicians have very direct control over police activity, in terms of force and presence. I can't tell you how many times on the hill I have seen a congressman talk to a cop and suddenly a protester is let go. And You have no right to happiness, what the hell is that, life-yes, liberty- yes, but no right to happiness, if that were true we would have to let all the pot-heads go free. You also have a clearly defined right to assembly, protest petition the government for redress of grievances.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 1, 2008 11:22 PM

If we had a real news media here in America to provide massive coverage of political arrests of independent news journalists like Amy Goodman, there would be fewer such atrocities.

Posted by: julian c. holmes | September 1, 2008 11:16 PM

And if you believe any of what Morons posted than you are an even bigger moron.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 1, 2008 10:54 PM

Welcome to the GOP....the nazis of the 21st century.

Posted by: the racist mccains | September 1, 2008 10:37 PM

the cops have nothing to do with the gop...they're independent morons. linking the two is ignorant...and seriously, if your rights end when you infringe on the happiness of another citizen...so if you're in the and won't move, you're gonna get arrested....bloody knee jerk liberals are is ridiculous as flag waving gop....

Posted by: your morons | September 1, 2008 10:35 PM

How shameful for all of us in the USA. There is no truer a "lady" than Amy Goodman. People wake up!! We must take our country back. Do you think if these people had a FOX id on they would have been manhandled and arrested? Let's see what our media does with this, probably a mention or nothing. God help us.

Posted by: karen | September 1, 2008 10:35 PM

Duh,

wah happend to da hairycane?

and remember,

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Posted by: John Rowland | September 1, 2008 10:23 PM

Duh,

wah happend to da hairycane?

and remember,

shop waterbury, ct!

Posted by: John Rowland | September 1, 2008 10:23 PM

the level of depraved idiocy needed to violently and illegally attack peaceful protesters, and journalists is evidence of the ethical bankruptcy of the GOP and the criminal actions of the thugs in uniform and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To do otherwise is to undermine our constitutional rights to free assembly and free speech. If you just can't understand the concept, read some Tom Jefferson, if you can read.

Posted by: pretzel logic | September 1, 2008 10:17 PM

McCain's Republican Convention, Hookers & Blow:

First McCain can't control the Republican 527's, now he can't even control his own Republican party.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rni6G7RRFkk

Posted by: Bush + Cheney = McCain | September 1, 2008 10:14 PM

Let's hope that there are repercussions, how low do we have to go before there is public outrage?

Posted by: J. Fred Muggs | September 1, 2008 10:12 PM

How long till we see this reported on TV or in a Paper? Place your bets.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 1, 2008 10:09 PM

Both sides are taking us the same way, Bush and Cheney just were not subtle about it.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 1, 2008 9:58 PM

People, this is what Bush and Cheney have turned America into and this is what McCain want's to continue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9mYCU0mH7w
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Posted by: Bu$h Wacked | September 1, 2008 9:55 PM

I would most likely be arrested if I witnessed this happening.

Does anyone know if a presidential candidate has any say or sway over how the convening city is to behave towards demonstrators? Can Obama ask that the police simply monitor and behave, or that McCain ask that preemptive strikes occur? Or is this the workings of a mayor about to lose his job?

Posted by: Scott Koontz | September 1, 2008 9:53 PM

Sadly I remember extreme police presence like this in 2004 and 2000. Nothing new they are just dumb enough to arrest a reporter at this one.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 1, 2008 9:43 PM

Welcome to the Republican police state. They could give a fig about democracy or peaceful protests.

Posted by: donna | September 1, 2008 9:40 PM

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