Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, who inspired the rock band's iconic album The Wall, scrawled "tear down the wall" on the concrete panels of Israel's West Bank barrier on Wednesday.
The barrier was the first stop on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories for Waters, who had been criticized by some fans for planning to play a concert in the Jewish state.
"It's a horrific edifice, this thing," Waters told reporters as he stood beside a section of the barrier in Bethlehem.
"I've seen pictures of it, I've heard a lot about it but without being here you can't imagine how extraordinarily oppressive it is and how sad it is to see these people coming through these little holes," he added. "It's craziness."
Waters added to graffiti with red spray paint and a marker pen. Waters was lyricist, songwriter and singer for Pink Floyd, the former British rock group famous for The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon.Read More:
at 7/27/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
A grocery shopper will serve 45 days in jail for attacking an off-duty St. Paul police officer who warned her not to snack on grapes.
Tameca Sharrell Griffin said she sampled two grapes from the produce section when uniformed officer Laura Syring, who was working security for Rainbow Foods, told her to stop.
Witnesses at the store in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood said Griffin was grazing.
In June, a jury convicted Griffin of felony assault and obstructing legal process after it heard conflicting accounts of the confrontation in the produce section and the ensuing melee that included hair pulling, tussling and the use of pepper spray, a nightstick and a Taser.
Read more @the Pioneer Press.
at 7/27/2007 Posted by EastWing
Dateline: Hudson, Jan.2008.
Criminals beware! Law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system in Hudson, WI. have demonstrated that they’re not pussy footing around with lawbreakers. Fourteen members of the feared HHS gang were convicted of first -degree felony spray painting and second- degree herbicidal murder for their involvement in what the gang considered a high school prank.
Commenters on the popular Hudson Star Observer website expressed elation after hearing that the courts handed down the convictions for these violent offenders.
The HHS members were given the maximum sentence permitted by law and won’t be eligible for parole until the cows come home.
Members of local motorcycle gangs stood outside the courtroom and cheered as well.
A spokesperson for their group stated. “It’s good to see the Hudson police get serious about serious crime and not wasting time prosecuting minor offenses like heroin possession and aggravated assault.”
at 7/26/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
Hey, it's not exactly full frontal nudity, but evidently there are enough sex starved viewers of C-SPAN to get a rise out of Hillary's cleavage. I heard about this on a show on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning. I listened to approximately two minutes of the show and decided to switch to Lynyrd Skynyrd on my CD player.
Since Hillary will turn 60 on October 26 this year, she should be happy that she still attracts attention with a little harmless cleavage. I hope these people skip over the ladies underwear section of the Herberger's flyer.
Here's a Google of the ogling over Hillary's cleavage. Let's face it, Republican's have cleavage too. As in the case of Hillary above, there ain't much to get excited about...unless your name is Mark Foley.
at 7/25/2007 Posted by EastWing
"These people are not stupid. They can read the law, they can read the newspapers and they use the weaknesses they see. When you can threaten the life of someone's small child and only get a year in prison for it, it is easy to be a criminal."
By Ivar Ekman Published: July 9, 2007
STOCKHOLM: Three and a half years after first receiving threats from members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang at his Iranian restaurant in Goteborg, Massoud Garakoei lives in fear.
Biker gangs like the Bandidos, the Hell's Angels and the Outlaws have grown rapidly in recent years, the Swedish police say. The gangs engage in extortion and drug running, among other criminal activities.
When he was targeted, Garakoei, 43, who was born in Iran but is now a Swedish citizen, did what most people threatened by the gangs choose not to do. He went to the police, denounced the extortionists and testified in court.
The result, he said, has been three years of "life as catastrophe and hell" - his car torched, his two small children threatened and his finances in tatters.
Is this what is coming to Hudson? Read more...
In a continued effort to stomp down outlaw biker mayhem in the St. Croix Valley, the Hudson City Council tentatively approved an ordinance that would ban the use of full-automatic toaster in the cafe at Dibbos in downtown Hudson. Mayor Jack felt the amendment was needed and said citizens would be much safer with semi-automatic toasters in a cafe like Dibbos that is ruled by outlaw bikers.
The loon environmental fascist on the city council, Mick Jagger O'Malley tried unsuccessfully to add a rider to the amendment that would have banded the use of white bread in the making of toast at Dibbos. The other members of the council said that the added fiber from whole wheat toast wouldn't be needed with the death of the pukatorium planned for the end of the dike.
Only one citizen spoke out against the amendment. A lone jogger wearing a pink head band going only by the name of Mr. Peanut said the US Constitution allows citizens to have any kind of toaster they want. In a fit of passion not seen since the gathering of our nation's Founding Fathers, he pounded on the podium, as spittle showered those present and said, "Give me white bread or give me wheat toast, but personally I prefer fruitcake." He then went on the babble something about a superintendent and a golf. As he was led from the chambers, he shouted something about returning with duct tape.
Although it wasn't mentioned at the council meeting, it is believed that Mr. Peanut was half of the organization formally known as RAFT. It is believed the RAFT stand for Ridiculous Agitators Fomenting Trouble.
The morning after the meeting, when asked for comment on the toaster ban, Bertha at Dibbos said, "Mayor Jack better start buttering me up or his buns are going to be in a homemade jam. Before the mayor knows it, he won't have a sea wall to piss from or a pukatorium to poop in."
A regular reader of this blog sent in the following e-mail he received from the Republican National Committee. I noted what are sure to be the main Republican anti-Hillary talking points below in red.
Hillary is criss-crossing the country raising tens of millions of dollars from Hollywood elites, Big Labor, and trial lawyers. She's dispatched her husband, the Fundraiser-in-Chief, to headline events and remind liberals of the "Two-for-One" package you get if the Clintons are in the White House.
And you know what that would mean:
The return of Hillary-Care -- the one-size-fits-all health care system Hillary tried to force through in 1993 that would put bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health care choices instead of your doctor.
Higher taxes for all Americans to pay for her big government plans. As Hillary said earlier this year on the campaign trail, "Fairness doesn't just happen. It requires the right government policies."
The appointment of more liberal judges and the further expansion of the federal government into your daily life.
Curt, we cannot allow a return of the big government, high taxes, anything goes style of governing that Hillary Clinton embodies.
...blah, blah, blah...
The $63 million Hillary now has for her presidential campaign is just the tip of the iceberg. Your immediate support is crucial to countering the Clinton money machine.
Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
Chairman, Republican National Committee
P.S. Curt, you can be certain Bill and Hillary will be hitting up their liberal special interest allies for tens of millions more as the primaries near. The RNC is counting on your continuing generous support to help us lay the foundation for electing a new Republican president in 2008. Your donation of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 is vital to our cause. Thank you.
How do you spell "hoax?"
Max News -- Spins its version of Hillary and the Black Panthers and the fish at OnTheBorderline blog suck it up...
"I can't take it anymore. If one more person sends me that e-mail about Hillary and the Black Panthers, I'll have to be dragged away screaming in a straitjacket.
You know the e-mail I'm talking about. It accuses Hillary of helping the Black Panthers get away with torture and murder during the early 1970s. With the 2004 presidential race drawing near, the spam mills are creaking to life, flooding the Internet once more with this agitprop classic.
Unfortunately, the e-mail mingles good information with bad, sowing more confusion than enlightenment. Some versions, for instance, carry the byline of radio talk jock Paul Harvey, who says he did not write it. Such misrepresentations help Hillary defenders dismiss the e-mail as a hoax. "
Read more...from the right-wing spin machine, as they dig up bullshit and turn it into the kind of baloney that ignorant thugs can drool to their toothless friends on the annual Deliverance canoe trip.
Is it true?
Not so says Urban Legends. At the time of the trial Hillary Rodham was not a lawyer. She was a law student. The Urban Legend link has lots of good information on this story.
at 7/23/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
"She's got a deeper bench of big money and corporate supporters than her competitors," says Eli Attie, a former speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. Not only is Hillary more reliant on large donations and corporate money than her Democratic rivals, but advisers in her inner circle are closely affiliated with unionbusters, GOP operatives, conservative media and other Democratic Party antagonists."
Read more at "The Nation".
at 7/23/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
Pictured above, recent graduates of the OTBL Sex Ed academy:
In an effort to stem government schools from taking over the role of the Free Market sex education industry, OTBL will be sponsoring "age appropriate" sex education sessions shortly. A spokesperson for OTBL commenting on the upcoming sessions said. "We won't allow the socialist government schools to institute sex ed classes in classrooms. We are firm believers that sex education is best left in it's traditional location, on the street, where it's free from government interference."
Sessions will start early in Aug. with the first session open to 5 and 6 year olds entitled, "I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours".
Parents can sign their youngsters up in advance by calling 1-800-SexEd or online at
at 7/22/2007 Posted by Andy Rand
Motorcyle madness has awaken fears and paranoia in the sleepy little town of Hudson, Wisconsin, a small town on the St. Croix River borderline of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It like only yesterday, the only noise coming from Hudson was the sound of property taxes shooting skyward and belching of bureaucrats of the building of a pukeatorium at the end of the dike. Those days are now lost like a butterfly fart in a hurricane. Over night, Hudson has been over run by fierce, outlaw gangs of burly bikers -- and that's just the girls. Suddenly motorcycle colors are suddenly everywhere in Hudson turning the town into a veritabler gay pride parade from Hell. The Hudson city council has pledge to bring back law and order to this once decent town -- even if they have to triple property taxes.
In order to keep you up-to-date on the motorcycle violence and mayhem hanging over Hudson like a Hiroshima dust cloud of despair, we here at ATBL will be posting up-to-the-minute news updates on what has transpired in the motorcycle madness thundering throughout the St. Croix River Valley.
Below are reports of this weekend's outlaw motorcycle gang attacks report. Rumour has it the Mayor Jack of Hudson is in secret negotiations with local motorcycle gangs and is trying to strike a compromise that allows the outlawed bikers to hold their meeting on the failed sea wall. More on that later.
Below outlaw bikers are seen crashing a party being hosted by former members of the Somerset police force and some nuns who recently returned from a road trip to Sturgis, South Dakota.
Mayor Jack working his way through the city hall parking lot to get to his reserved parking spot for the regular council meeting. This picture is especially telling, considering the main agenda topic for the meeting is the expansion of the city sewer treatment plant. The picutre on the bottom right shows Mayor Jack passing a news tip to his pet reporter Meg Hotone.
at 7/22/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
Associated Press - July 21, 2007 2:25 PM ET
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) - Motorcycle club members are protesting their ban from a Hudson bar.
The bar's owners and city have reached a deal that says the bar will lose its liquor license if it serves club members wearing gang colors or allows meetings or private parties for motorcycle groups.
They say the deal was needed after members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club took over Dibbo's bar one night in April and started a fight at another bar nearby.
But Outlaws members attended a recent Hudson City Council meeting and said they weren't trying to start trouble that night.
And Dave Anderson, treasurer of the 1,100-member Saint Croix Valley Riders, says the ban unfairly affects all motorcycles clubs. He says his group used to meet monthly at Dibbo's -- and members don't wear colors.
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty says bars and restaurants have the right to set their own dress codes, but the city's involvement raises questions.
at 7/22/2007 Posted by Kitty