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Seems many people may be too late to show their support for SOPA on this day, January 18th, 2012. Although many people were planning to protest SOPA by not visiting sites as well as blackout sites that they are in control of, Obama has already stopped this bill from progressing as of now.
Many people who do not support the bill feel this is a success thanks to the online community that showed they would not stand for such a law and grouped together to share their disdain for such a bill.
“The voice of the Internet community has been heard,” said Issa. “Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”
Protect IP (the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act) is a similar bill though that still must go before Senate. This legislation is scheduled to be heard by the Senate on january 24th, 2012.
For more information on this subject, please feel free to read the ORIGINAL ARTICLE. Also, enjoy the internet today since we are celebrating a success thanks to Mr. President Obama.
Former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis was arrested during the Occupy protests in full uniform. Lewis was fed up with the way his former co-workers were handling the protesters and felt that what they were fighting for was justified. Unfortunately, he, like the protesters, were not viewed in a great light by the police and they decided to take action against their former Captain.
Startling footage posted on YouTube shows his uniform blending in with a dozen other officers – before they grab him and haul him away.
It’s really nice to see people from a different point of view who still agree with the issues at hand. This man didn’t approve of the way that New York was handling the Wall Street Protests and brought a sign to share his disgust with the police’s actions towards these people. He makes very obvious points about why our bickering about dirty parks and traffic due to the amount of people gathering, is utterly ridiculous.
‘They complained about the park being dirty,’ he said.
‘Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they’re concerned about a dirty park.
‘That’s obnoxious, it’s arrogant, it’s ignorant, it’s disgusting.’
Lewis was just one of the 300 hundred people who were arrested on November 17th, the ‘Day of Action’. The reason for this particular protest was because people didn’t agree with the way New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was handling the situation.
Mr Lewis lambasted his fellow officers as being ‘workers for the 1 per cent and they don’t even realise it’, a reference to what the protesters claim are the few who run the U.S.
He also attacked the harsh tactics of the NYPD as unacceptable and said that they had to end.
Speaking after the Day of Action, he said: ‘You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured.
‘If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force.
‘And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation – continue to talk, and talk and talk to people.
‘You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush – what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.’
- Meanwhile, in New York City . . . (philly.com)
- Occupy Movement News Update of the Day: Special “Day of Action” Edition (thedailywh.at)
- Occupy day of action brings clashes and arrests in New York (guardian.co.uk)
- Day of action sees dozens of Occupy protesters arrested – video (guardian.co.uk)
- Occupy Wall Street roundup: Day 61 (dailykos.com)
“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.
There are Muslim and Christian groups staging protests and rallying against the Minister, but he is still enforcing his laws and the lives of homosexuals are still in jeopardy. It is estimated that there are around 8,000 gays and lesbians in this district and they are being hunted out like animals.
Reading this article I am reminded of the holocaust and Adolf Hitler hunting the Jews out and disposing of them as if they were garbage. I am horrified that this can be happening again, but to something that I am so closely involved in. People who are aware of their presence are being encouraged to come forward, just like they were in Nazi Germany.
Let’s hope that the rebels and laws claim victory to this unjust man.
This video doesn’t make me angry so much as it makes me laugh. It is ironic how they speak over this individual, and yet stop him in his tracks when he speaks after thinking they have finished. The things that they mention or discuss make no sense, and they give NO ONE an opportunity to speak to them about THEIR opinions. They are so brainwashed that they know if they listened to anything logical, they may call into question their whole sense of self-worth. Pathetic.
Their website (which I only put on here for your curiosity. I rarely visit to try and deter popularity): http://www.godhatesfags.com
Well, for now, at least, because a panel of three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled unanimously today in favor of the Log Cabin Republicans’ Lawsuit asking for an injunction stopping any and all discharges of openly gay servicemembers.
“Appellants/cross-appellees state that the process of repealing Section 654 is well underway, and the preponderance of the armed forces are expected to have been trained by mid-summer,” they wrote in their decision. “The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed, and appellants/cross-appellees can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay.”
Activists from coast-to-coast are thrilled with the news, especially since the military has continued discharges, even after DADT was officially repealed.
“Today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is most welcomed. It’s the hope of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network that this favorable ruling will not be challenged by the Defense Department,” said Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
Alexander Nicholson, executive director for Servicemembers United, also released a statement, “With the wait for certification dragging out beyond a reasonable time frame, the Court has once again stepped in to require the Pentagon to stop enforcing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and this time it very well may be for good.”
He was sure to warn, however, that “servicemembers should still remain extremely cautious with information regarding their sexual orientation for the time being. The issue remains in a state of flux, although guarded optimism is certainly warranted.”
Human Rights Campaign, meanwhile, had this to say: “Today’s decision is a harbinger that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is on its way out. With troops trained on the new policy and senior military leaders having said the process is working without significant disruption, DADT is on its last legs. The time for certification is now in order to clearly and plainly wipe this damaging law off the books once and for all.”
A different set of judges had previously ordered a stay of LCR’s injunction. The court has also set oral argument appeals for the week of August 29th.
This is an awesome accomplishment for many of those out there fighting for this cause! For far too long have gays and lesbians been serving in the military to fight this country that allowed freedom and rights to its citizens. Unfortunately, they were fighting for a country that would rather not acknowledge who they were, and if they did, they would be dismissed (dishonorably) from duty. I never understood how a country that was gaining so much from people could treat those same individuals so poorly. I feel a little better about the America that is forming than the previous country that was stuck a century behind.
Another reason I find this particularly great is because there are so many young gay/lesbian kids whose parents refuse to speak with, or help once they discover that they are homosexuals. Some of these kids don’t know where to go and don’t have a place to go. The military seems like a great solution because it gives a sense of purpose, food, clothing, shelter, companionship, and things that they had lacked from their parents who brought them into this world. In some cases, it may be the only solution out there for young gay teens. Congratulations to those gays/lesbians in the armed forces!