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Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.

9/1/08

Veterans Protest the DNC

A group of Iraq war veterans marched the streets of Denver in protest to the war. They wanted to show that the Democrats are just as responsible for the war in Iraq as the republicans. They also had a letter that they wanted read at the convention. The letter was a plea to stop the war, and make reparations to the Iraqi people, and for health care for all of the veterans that have served.

Instead of protesting in Denver's "free-speech zones", the veterans took their protest to the streets, and encountered Denver's anti first amendment police, who tried to attack a group of peaceful people.



This is exactly why we have the right to assembly anywhere, not in some fenced in parking lot 5 miles away from what you are protesting. What I don't understand is how come this went unreported. I heard about it on a tech podcast. Hopefully when they take their protests to the republican convention it will get a little more air time.

2 Comments:

amy said...

I'll admit (even to you) that I watched the DNC convention with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. And I'm still pretty excited about the Obama/Biden ticket.

That said, I CAN'T FREAKIN' BELIEVE THE DEMOCRATS HAD A FREE SPEECH ZONE! We're supposed to be the party that understands that the entire country is a free speech zone.

I don't mind taking a few notes from Rove & Co. on framing the discussion, but this is one page from the play book that I want nothing to do with.

I hope it was set up by Denver and not at the request of the DNC.

Sigh.

DJ Hobby said...

Don't get me wrong Amy, I hope that Obama is a real change. But my skeptical self is just not buying it yet.

As far as protest and the DNC goes, you could mark it up to the Denver police, but it seems to me more like a national mind set against protests, and I am worried about that. Everyone needs a voice, no matter how feeble.

Hopefully the press will pick up on protest at the republican's convention.