Protester Removed From Hillary Clinton’s Speech

Her speech was condemning governments who arrest protesters.

From Al Jazeera:

As the messages of condemnation emanate from Washington, DC – directed at various foreign governments – the story of Ray McGovern appears to have gone largely un-noticed.

McGovern is a former CIA analyst and occasional contributor to Al Jazeera English.

His silent protest at press conference for US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and the violent treatment he received as Clinton calmly continued with her speech, is documented by Democracy Now.

(via TYWKIWDBI)

TSA Searching Passengers Getting OFF a Train

From the YouTube description:

The only bad thing on our trip was TSA was at the Savannah train station. There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and coralling everyone in a roped area AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN! This made no sense!!! Poor family in front of us! 9 year old getting patted down and wanded. They groped our people too and were very unprofessional. I am all about security, but when have you ever been harassed and felt up getting OFF a plane? Shouldnt they be doing that getting ON??? And they wonder why so many people are mad at them.

And from TSA’s own blogger bob:

The screening shown in the video was done in conjunction with a VIPR operation. During VIPR operations, any person entering the impacted area has to be screened. In this case, the Amtrak station was the subject of the VIPR operation so people entering the station were being screened for items on the Amtrak prohibited items list as seen in the video.

It should be noted that disembarking passengers did not need to enter the station to claim luggage or get to their car.

Signs such as the one shown here are posted at the entrance to the impacted area.

However, after looking into it further, we learned that this particular VIPR operation should have ended by the time these folks were coming through the station since no more trains were leaving the station. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused for those passengers.

(via TYWKIWDBI)

The Doors on Ed Sullivan

Fire! from Zoltan on Vimeo.

Dangerous Minds found the Door’s performance from Ed Sullivan that got them banned from the show when Jim ignored the producers who asked them to change the lyric from Light My Fire from “higher” to “better”.

When the producers told them that they would never do the Ed Sullivan show again, Jim reportedly replied, “Hey man. We just did the Sullivan Show.”

How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong

NY Times op-ed on McDonald’s new product:

The oatmeal and McDonald’s story broke late last year, when Mickey D’s, in its ongoing effort to tell us that it’s offering “a selection of balanced choices” (and to keep in step with arch-rival Starbucks) began to sell the cereal. Yet in typical McDonald’s fashion, the company is doing everything it can to turn oatmeal into yet another bad choice. (Not only that, they’ve made it more expensive than a double-cheeseburger: $2.38 per serving in New York.) “Cream” (which contains seven ingredients, two of them actual dairy) is automatically added; brown sugar is ostensibly optional, but it’s also added routinely unless a customer specifically requests otherwise. There are also diced apples, dried cranberries and raisins, the least processed of the ingredients (even the oatmeal contains seven ingredients, including “natural flavor”).

A more accurate description than “100 percent natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”

WI Police Requests That State Capitol Remain Open and Joins Protesters

A release from The Wisconsin Professional Police Association:

MADISON—Following action by lawmakers to approve a rule change that clears the way for closing down the State Capitol and ejecting the people protesting Governor Walker’s bill to curtail union activity, the head of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association called on the governor today to keep the capitol building open and allow the peaceful protesters to remain.

“The law enforcement officers from across the state that have been working at the Capitol and have been very impressed with how peaceful everyone has been,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer.

“As has been reported in the media, the protesters are cleaning up after themselves and have not caused any problems. The fact of that matter is that Wisconsin’s law enforcement community opposes Governor Walker’s effort to eliminate most union activity in this state, and we implore him to not do anything to increase the risk to officers and the public. The costs of providing security can never outweigh those associated with a conflict.”

Palmer also announced that, beginning tonight, the WPPA is formally requesting its members from across the state to come to the Capitol to sleep amongst the throngs of other union supporters.