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Direction of Fit (Progressive President Edition)

In a recent Change You Can Believe In piece, I linked to this video, tagging it with a rather bitter joke: Man, this guy sounds pretty awesome. I hope he runs for President in the next election, so we can have a chance to change this Administration’s increasingly repressive policies.

Barack Obama (2007)

Over on Twitter, Kevin Carson (@KevinCarson1) re-worked the joke into 140 characters or fewer, like this:

Charles Johnson: Vote — to replace Obama with this guy!

But of course the real bitterness of the joke comes from the fact that it is a trick. The real trick is that actually you could not possibly vote to replace President Obama with that guy. You can only vote to make that guy into President Obama. And that has made all the difference.

Show me what a police state looks like… (2012 edition, part 1 of ????)

These are from the streets of Tampa, Florida. The first is from Brian Miller, via Radley Balko (August 28, 2012) (via my cousin Emily): it’s a picture of the out-of-town police brought in to Tampa to guard the 2012 Republican National Convention. The others are from many sources, collected in Examiner.com’s article on the use of the newest technology in civilian surveillance and police weaponry in Tampa and Charlotte.

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Show me what elected government looks like…

(A photograph of a line of State Troopers in heavy body armor and riot gear.)

This is what elected government looks like.

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Show me what a police state looks like…

(A photograph of two police officers on a boat with a mounted carbine pointing off toward the top of the photo.)

This is what a police state looks like.

(A photograph of a huge crowd of bicycle cops arresting a young man in a Misfits t-shirt, while other bike cops hold onlookers off at a distance.)

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From the Examiner.com article:

Officials in Tampa are preparing for mass arrests; Orient Road Jail has been vacated to ensure that the 1,700 beds can be utilized if needed. It has been reported that an Occupy Tampa protester was arrested on August 27, 2012, for refusing to remove his mask at the request of the police. Occupy Tampa has also reported that homeless people are being arrested near the convention by ??secret service.??

Tampa received a $50 million federal grant just for security. Tampa bought high-tech security cameras, body armor, and an armored tank. During the RNC, Tampa will have boat patrols armed with fully automatic .308 caliber rifles. Trapwire surveillance systems have also been installed throughout Tampa . . . .

. . . According to 2012Tampa.com ??The Convention is designated by the Department of Homeland Security as one of only four National Special Security Events (NSSE) to be held in 2012; other examples of potential NSSE events include G-8/G-20 Summits and the World Bank/IMF meetings.?

— Chris Time Steele, Examiner.com (August 27, 2012): From the DNC in Denver to the RNC in Tampa, the surveillance state grows

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(A photograph of a crowd of sheriffs walking past an MSNBC pavilion.)

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Here is what I wrote a few years ago, during the paramilitary occupations of the Twin Cities during the last Republican National Convention.

. . . Remember that so-called electoral democracy ?? in fact, nothing more than an imperial elective oligarchy ?? never means that we (meaning you and I and our neighbors) are respected as sovereign individuals or left alone to manage our own affairs. What it means is that a highly organized, heavily armed elite insists on the privilege of representing us, ruling over us, and ordering us around, on the excuse that, once every several years, we are given some minimal opportunity to select which of two tightly regimented political parties will take control of the ruling apparatus. It is, in other words, not freedom, but rather a Party State, in which we are given only the choice of which of two bureaucratic political parties might control our lives and livelihoods, with their authority supposedly justified by the ritual of elections and the mandate of popular sovereignty. And if the people (again, meaning you and I and our neighbors) should dare to think that we might challenge the authority of the regime supposedly representing us, you??ll find that it??s the people that go out the window, not the rigged electoral system or the parties’ grasp on the authority supposedly derived from those people.

— GT 2008-09-03: This is what a police state looks like (part 1 of ???)

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(A photograph of a line of police in body armor and riot gear standing in front of a group of seated, unarmed protesters in casual dress.)

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From 2008.

Wednesday Lazy Linking

<li><a href="http://daringfireball.net/2010/02/winer_flash_open_standards">?? What if Flash Were an Open Standard? John Gruber, <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2010-02-01)</a>. <q>Some good questions from Dave Winer regarding Apple, Adobe, and Flash: What if Apple were trying to erase something that??s not company-owned? Either a formal or de facto standard? Further, what if their alternative were something that was locked-down and owned by a company? Further, what if the company was...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2010-02-01.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.blagnet.net/2010/01/25/campaign-finance-reform-is-pretty-simple/">Campaign finance reform is pretty simple. John, <cite>Blagnet.net</cite> (2010-01-24)</a>. <q>Many of my friends and millions of people in the blogosphere/social-mediasphere have expressed their outrage and indignation at the Supreme Court??s ruling that corporations can spend as much as they want to promote or oppose whatever political candidates or causes that they want. One of my friends said she was...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-02-02.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2009/12/02/food-trucks-get-booted">Food Trucks Get Booted - Hit &amp; Run : Reason Magazine. <cite>reason.com</cite> (2010-02-02)</a>. The War on the Informal Sector (Cont'd.): Government Force Vs. Affordable Lunch <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-02-02.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive/2472">DS Web: Lunar Compression Artifacts. <cite>Diesel Sweeties webcomic by rstevens</cite> (2010-02-02)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-02-03.)</em></li>
<li><a href="http://cherylcline.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/30-is-the-new-20-might-the-brain-follow/">30 is the New 20: Might the Brain Follow? <cite>der Blaustrumpf</cite> (2010-02-03)</a>. Perpetual State of Supervision and its consequences. Cheryl Cline drops some philosophy on pop "brain science" in the press. Also, via the psychologist Richard Epstein: "American teens are subjected to more than 10 times as many restrictions as mainstream adults, twice as many restrictions as active-duty U.S. Marines, and even twice as many as incarcerated felons." <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-02-03.)</em></li>

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