Decision Expected by 6 pm today by DNC to Replace Hillary Clinton

This morning Rebekah Worsham Tweeted this out at 7:12 AM.

She has a golden source within to the Clinton campaign and I trust her report from this source.

Keep an eye on this all day.  It seems like the key questions are;

A) Will Hillary actually decide to step away because it’s her call.  They cannot kick her off of the ticket.  She has to resign as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States via Article 2, section (c) of the rules.

B)  Who will they decide to replace her?   Some think it will be Joe Biden, while others think it should be Bernie Sanders.  There has been a lot of talk for the last 18 months or so of Joe Biden getting into the race late and “Saving the Day” for the democrats, so was this the plan all along? Doubtful, but perhaps they always knew they had that ace up their sleeves.

Bernie supporters still feel that he should be the nominee since he had more followers than Hillary, he never actually conceded to Hillary and other reasons here:

Some Bernie supporters have even said if they don’t select him, they will be voting for Donald J. Trump, which may have a huge effect on the final outcome.  I think Bernie supporters will get even more vocal than they have in the past, even more so than during the outside the DNC in Philadelphia back in July.

This should be another interesting day.  I’ve been saying all along that this General Election process was going to be very interesting and nothing like we have ever seen.

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Hillary Clinton Has Fainting Spell, Campaign claims its Pneumonia

Hillary Clinton attended the 9/11 Memorial event today in New York, but had to leave early as she was rushed out and helped by several people to get into a van.

Several videos have finally surfaced showing how she clearly had to be aided to move the few feet from the sidewalk into the van.  The one video clearly shows her feet nor working on their own and appear to be dragging.




Hillary’s campaign released the following statement from Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, M.D.:

If she indeed has pneumonia, she should be resting and not going anywhere.  I’m no doctor, but I know that much.  And if she was diagnosed on Friday, why are they just releasing a statement today?  I’m not buying it.

The media has come with every type of explanation for this incident, recapped by this tweet from Mike Cernovich:

So what happens if Hillary is found too ill to continue?  Here is the rules from the DNC Article 2:

So really what that says, in Section 1, part C is that they can replace Hillary with whoever they want?  Is Joe Biden next one in?  Tim Kaine?  Bernie Sanders?  I think the Bernie Sanders supporters would have a fit if it wasn’t him, don’t you agree?


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Joint Statement from Departments of Justice, Army and Interior about Dakota Access.

Department of JusticeOffice of Public Affairs


Friday, September 9, 2016

Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior issued the following statement regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
“We appreciate the District Court’s opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. However, important issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access pipeline specifically, and pipeline-related decision-making generally, remain. Therefore, the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior will take the following steps.
The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time. The Army will move expeditiously to make this determination, as everyone involved — including the pipeline company and its workers — deserves a clear and timely resolution. In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.
“Furthermore, this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations on two questions: (1) within the existing statutory framework, what should the federal government do to better ensure meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights; and (2) should new legislation be proposed to Congress to alter that statutory framework and promote those goals.
“Finally, we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely. We urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. Of course, anyone who commits violent or destructive acts may face criminal sanctions from federal, tribal, state, or local authorities. The Departments of Justice and the Interior will continue to deploy resources to North Dakota to help state, local, and tribal authorities, and the communities they serve, better communicate, defuse tensions, support peaceful protest, and maintain public safety. 
“In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to voice heartfelt concerns about the environment and historic, sacred sites. It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.”

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Breaking: Judge denies work stoppage in Dakota Access Pipeline. 

US District Judge James Boasberg has finally ruled today denying the request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline near Bismark, North Dakota. 

In his statement, the judge said, that the Army Corps of Engineers “has likely complied with the NHPA (National Historic Preservation Act) and that the Tribe has not shown it will suffer injury that would be prevented by any injunction.”

No reports at this point of what will happen now, if you recall from my previous report that the Governor has activated the National Guard to help local law enforcement with traffic, and whatever else they might be needed for.  It has been reported that the Guard are not scheduled to be near any protest areas. 

I expect more protests tonight and this weekend. Keep an eye on this story. 

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Ruling Expected Today on Dakota Access Pipeline, Governor Calls in the National Guard

U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg is expected to announce his ruling later today on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline which is scheduled to run through North Dakota, into South Dakota, Iowa and connect with another pipeline in Illinois.

The Standing Rock Sioux have expresses concerns that the pipeline will damage historical ancestry landmarks, put their water supply at risk, and that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Historic Preservation Act when it decided to run the pipeline through their lands.  They are being represented by lawyers from Earthjustice.  Last week a temporary moratorium was enacted to stop construction of the project and both sides were given time over the last week to state their side of the story.  They are hoping for a permanent stoppage in today’s ruling.

The project is being built by a Texas company, Energy Transfer Partners, and they claim that the Standing Rock Sioux had ample time before construction began to state their case. They claim the pipeline would carry 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken region of North Dakota to the existing pipeline already in Illinois.

People have been out protesting in this area for several weeks now, or even months,  and on September 3, of this year, attack dogs and pepper spray were used on the protesters.

Just yesterday, North Dakota’s Governor, Jack Dalrymple,  activated the National Guard to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s department with traffic at hot spots and support in other ways if needed. Just having the presence of the guard there, they hope, will have a calming effect on the protesters if things go badly.

“The Guardsmen will not be going to the actual protest site,” the North Dakota National Guard said Thursday afternoon. “The governor also placed additional Guardsmen on standby alert in the event they are needed to support law enforcement response efforts.”

Stay tuned on this one folks, as things may get crazy.  The announcement is expected today before noon central time, and I will update when news breaks.


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Hillary Wears Earpiece During Commander-in-Chief Forum

Last night during the Commander-In-Chief forum held at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, NBC’s Matt Lauer had a chance to interview both Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump back to back, while also getting questions from Veterans also in attendance.

During the hour-long event, it appears as if Hillary Clinton was wearing an earpiece in her left ear, and at times seems like she was breaking her sentences up as if she was trying to concentrate on listening to whomever was talking in her ear.

This Tweet from James Woods: You can clearly see what appears to be the earpiece.

Here is another Tweet from James Woods with a link to an email sent from Hillary’s top staff member Huma Abedin from September 24, 2009 asking Hillary “Did u take your earpiece or do I need to get it?”  So, its obvious she has used them in the past.

I have seen no evidence in the past that Hillary has any hearing problems, so the likelihood that this is a hearing aid is doubtful.  If indeed it is a hearing aid, then Hillary should come out and admit is as such, and admit that she has a hearing problem to debunk the claims that she was using an earpiece to receive help during the forum.

There have been other pictures circulating this morning of Hillary without and earpiece in, but NYPD did confirm that Hillary Clinton was indeed wearing one before the event began. “NYPD sources involved with the NBC forum’s security detail confirm Clinton was wearing an ‘inductive earpiece.”

Here’s another image, but included is what is being claimed as the room of people helping here out during the forum:  This information has not been confirmed by me.

So what do you think?  To me, it appears as if she did indeed wear the device, and probably received assistance during the event.

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Hillary Spits out Something Really Gross in her Water During Her Coughing Spell

Take a look at this video, but make sure you watch until the end with they slow it down and watch what she is spitting into her water glass.  What do you think it is?  A lozenge of some kind?  Phlem?  Mucus?

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Is Hillary drinking Thickened Water to Combat Dysphagia Resulting From Stroke or Parkinson’s Disease?

Yesterday in Cleveland Ohio, Hillary Clinton experienced another a 2 minute long coughing spell while on stage giving a speech and later had another one while attempting to take questions from reporters while on her plane.

During the first event, we witness Hillary drinking from a glass of water, and not from a bottle and someone coming up and handing her something that she puts into her mouth.

In the second incident on the plane, we see someone hand her a bottle of water which she refuses to drink, but instead waits for someone to hand her a glass of water instead.  Could it just be that she doesn’t trust bottled water hand to her by someone?  Is she trying to stay away from BPA plastic bottles?  I doubt either of those are the answer here.


After doing some research, I think I may have found out the answer.  Hillary is drinking “thickened water” due to Dysphagia which is (from Dysphagia is a medical term that refers to difficulty with swallowing. Dysphagic patients are at an increased risk for developing aspiration pneumonia because the foods and fluids that they consume may inadvertently enter their lungs.)  You can read more here:

More from that post:  This type of dysphagia is very common since it strikes nearly one-third of patients who have had cerebrovascular accidents (strokes), more than one-half of patients with Parkinson’s disease, and more than three-fourths of patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Also, more than one-half of all elderly institutionalized patients have some degree of oropharyngeal dysphagia.

So is Hillary drinking thickened fluids to help combat her issues swallowing regular water?  There has already been several links to her having a stroke, concussion, and perhaps even Parkinson’s disease, so this seems to make sense. Just putting puzzle pieces together here

This from the National Center for research Health.

Reducing Swallowing Problems by Making Liquids Thicker

Thickened drinks are normal drinks that have a thickener added to make them thicker. They are often recommended for people who can no longer swallow normal fluids safely, because drinks go into their lungs, causing coughing, choking or more serious risks such as a chest infection and aspiration pneumonia.

The goal of “thickeners” is to make all liquids, including beverages and soups, a thicker consistency that is less likely to cause aspiration. Thicker liquids travel more slowly down the throat and that makes them easier to control. If someone with swallowing problems drinks water, juice, or coffee, it can travel down the throat so quickly that the muscles and nerves used for swallowing don’t act quickly enough, and some of the liquid can get into the lungs. Thickened drinks move more slowly, giving the body more time to control and direct the fluid toward the stomach.

It is about time that we get some real answers about her health.  We’ve had way too many issues with the health of Presidents in the past, we shouldn’t be electing one who potentially has serious health questions even before voting begins.

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How I Got off of Daily Prilosec

Over the last 6 weeks I began a routine of getting off of taking a Prilosec everyday, and this is how I did it.

To begin with, I have been taking a daily pill for about the last 13 years to combat acid reflux, GERD, stomach pain or whatever you wish to call it.  If I didn’t take a daily pill in the morning, I would get a piercing pain in the middle of the day to the point where I would have to throw up, or it wouldn’t hit me until I went to bed and laid down.  I have tried several other options the last few years because I hated taking it everyday and wanted to find another solution.

I tried the obvious solution of watching what I ate, but that didn’t make a difference.  Yes, some things like spicy foods etc made it worse, but it was still always there whatever I ate.  After searching the web, I tried taking Licorice extract pills and couldn’t last a week.  I tried HCL and that didn’t work either.  I finally found a solution that worked for me and I tried it, and here’s what I did.

I bought myself a pill cutter (cheap device found at the local grocery store for a few dollars) and started by cutting them in 3/4 and 1/4 size.  For the first 2 weeks, I would take the 3/4 sized pill and every 3 days take 3 of the 1/4 sized pills.  Everything seemed to be fine. I had a couple of flare ups, but I supplemented those incidences with Tums.

For the next 3 weeks, I cut the pills in half and took one each day, again supplementing with a Tums a couple of times a week.

For the last week, I have only been taking 1/2 every other day and it’s going great so far.  I am so happy that I don’t have to take these things every day as I know they aren’t good for my overall health. There are long term side effects associated with taking this for years, that I won’t get into here, but you can read some here:

Serious Side Effects of Prilosec

You should contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical help if you experience any of the following severe side effects:

  • Rash, hives, or itching
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing or swallowing difficulties
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Muscles spasms
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Diarrhea with watery stools
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain

I began this journey after an episode of extreme dizziness while I was out driving for Uber.  Luckily I wasn’t driving at the time, but I was sitting in the shade smoking and started to notice that everything in front of me seemed like it was on large ocean waves, swaying up and down, back and forth.  I barely made it back to the car as I was extremely dizzy.  At first I thought it might have been related to the heat, as it was in the mid 90’s that day, but after researching, I came to the conclusion that the Omeprazole was not allowing vital nutrients to absorb in my body, most importantly, magnesium and B-12.  I ended up laying back in my seat for almost 2 hours before I finally threw up and felt fine enough to drive home.  Luckily my wife was able to stay on the phone with me the entire time, even though she wanted to send an ambulance to me, but I didn’t think that was necessary.

So the basic rundown again is:

Weeks 1-2:  Take 3/4 of a pill

Weeks 3-5: Take 1/2 of a pill

Week 6:  Take 1/2 pill every other day  (I’m planning on continuing this for another week and then try every 3rd day.  I hope to be totally off of it in the next few weeks)

Good luck if you wish to give it a try.  I would love to hear back if this worked for you.

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Update: RNC Flag Burner Joey Johnson Asks for Another Continuance

Updated on September 22, 2016 from original story posted on August 24, 2016.

Joey Johnson had another scheduled court appearance set up for this past Tuesday the 20th, and once again asked for another continuance.  The reason for the request in unknown at this time.  The next scheduled appearance is set for October 24, 2016.

Why does he keep postponing this?  Does he hope it will eventually get dismissed or the charges dropped?  He has a petition out to do indeed that, but it appears it has not been successful.  Per court records: “Motion filed by defendant joint motion to consolidate for the limited purposes of their motion to dismiss the complaints under the 1st and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution and Art.”

Here are the official records from the days court proceedings:

09/20/2016 Attorney of record is: ______ANDREW WHITAKER__________.
09/20/2016 Statutory period waived.
09/20/2016 Case continued at defendant’s request. The following event: Case scheduled for pretrial. scheduled for 09/20/2016 at 8:30 am has been resulted as follows: Result: Continued at Defendant’s request. Judge: Carr, Pinkey S. Location: 15th Floor Courtroom C $10.00
09/20/2016 Case continued to: Event: Case scheduled for pretrial. Date: 10/24/2016 Time: 8:30 am Judge: Carr, Pinkey S. Location: 3rd Floor Courtroom C
09/22/2016 Further proceedings concerning this matter are hereby ordered STAYED pending the ruling on the Joint Motion by the Administrative Judge, per Administrative Order.

Gregory “Joey” Johnson, of the Revolutionary Communists,  requested his case to be continued on Monday August 22, in regards to his assault charges from July 21, 2016 during the Republican national Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  Te next hearing is scheduled for September 20, 2016 at 8:30 am, 15th Floor Courtroom C with Judge Pinkey S. Carr.  Just today papers were filed with the court for a jury trial.

8/22/2016 Case continued to: Event: Case scheduled for pretrial. Date: 09/20/2016 Time: 8:30 am Judge: Carr, Pinkey S. Location: 15th Floor Courtroom C

The charges come after Mr.Johnson along with several other members of the Revolutionary Club formed a circle at 4th and Prospect in order to burn the American flag in protest of Donald Trump’s theme for the day’s events which was, “Make America #1 Again.”

“America No. 1? America first? It always has been first: at genocide… at slavery… at exploitation… of destruction of the environment… of torture… of coup d’états… of invasions. We’re standing here with the people of the world today.”  Stated Joey before burning the American flag.

He, along with several other members (15 from the Revolutionary Club) were arrested that day and held for 24 hours before being released on their own behalf.  You can read the “Fact Sheet” they released here:

From their website:

Johnson, backed up by members of the Revolution Club, set aflame the American flag. Johnson and 16 others were arrested (15 from the Revolution Club) and now face serious charges.

The Burning of the American Flag by Joey Johnson and the Revolution Club at the RNC in Cleveland

Video: @Lukewearechange

A great deal is at stake in the fight to force the state to drop ALL CHARGES IMMEDIATELY.

Burning the flag at the RNC was extremely timely and necessary. The speeches and chants at this convention were nothing if not Hitlerian. Yet Trump was being treated by the media and the Democrats themselves as a legitimate candidate—which shows the ILLEGITIMACY of the system itself. There was a great need for a political force to say how extreme this was and sound the alarm—and the Revolution Club stepped up to fill this need.

The assault on and arrest of Gregory “Joey” Johnson and the Revolution Club members is evidence of the repression that is bound to intensify if it is not resisted. The right to burn a flag in protest is a right ironically won by Johnson himself—in a Supreme Court case ruling on a conviction stemming from a protest at the 1984 Republican National Convention. If at THIS Republican convention you can’t burn a flag, in a setting where supporters lock arms to prevent any possible accident, then this right is meaningless. And if in suppressing this right, as the police did, brutality is used and people are denied rights and put in preventive detention, this is all the more outrageous. These injustices and this repression have to be brought to light, fought, and defeated.

Gregory “Joey” Johnson and the Revolution Club were in Cleveland fighting for a whole different future. They widely distributed the Message from the Central Committee of the RCP, USA, “Time To Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution,” clearly posing the need for revolution; the problems humanity faces and the solution to those problems; the leadership for that revolution in Bob Avakian; and what people need to do now to make that happen. They modeled a conscious and disciplined force, a force made courageous by their understanding of what was needed and the morality that grounds the Club (also put forth in the RCP Central Committee Message). And they put forward the stand: America Was NEVER Great, We Need to Overthrow This System! Everywhere they went—including as the flag went up in flames—they fought for the stand put forth by BA: “American Lives Are Not More Important Than Other People’s Lives.”

The following is a FACT SHEET being widely distributed to build support for Gregory “Joey” Johnson and the RNC 16:

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Burning the U.S. flag outside the Republican convention
Joey Johnson with the support of the Revolution Club burned the American flag outside the Republican National Convention to protest the toxic chauvinism and reactionary ideas of all stripes surrounding Trump’s nomination. Photo:

On Wednesday, July 20, outside the Republican National Convention, Gregory “Joey” Johnson, backed up by members of the Revolution Club, set aflame the American flag. Johnson and 16 others were arrested (15 from the Revolution Club) and now face serious charges. A journalist from Australia was arrested, reportedly for asking why the police protected Christian fascists from the Westboro Baptist Church, but attacked the revolutionaries.

On August 4, two of the 16 (the RNC16) were indicted by a grand jury—and even more charges were added to the already flagrant repression against this action and the individuals involved. The charges against one defendant now include two counts of felony “assaulting an officer.” Both defendants indicted by the grand jury had two misdemeanor charges added, including “resisting arrest.” This represents a serious escalation and shows the prosecutors’ intent to punish people for their powerful, peaceful political statement that day.

Given the egregious suppression of political rights involved, Johnson has vowed to not only continue to burn the flag as a point of political principle, but he and the Revolution Club plan to fight this case in court and to seek legal redress against the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland police and other associated government agencies that may well have been part of this suppression.

Johnson made clear in advance why he planned to burn the flag—to make a statement about the ugly American chauvinism being whipped up inside the RNC, where the theme that day was “make America #1 again.” Over a bullhorn, literally surrounded by hundreds of police and pro-Trump reactionaries, Joey boldly said, “America No. 1? America first? It always has been first: at genocide… at slavery… at exploitation… of destruction of the environment… of torture… of coup d’états… of invasions. We’re standing here with the people of the world today.” Then he lit the flag on fire.

  1. Revolution Club members physically formed a large circle by linking arms while facing outward to create a safe space for Johnson to burn the flag. The whole point was to enable Johnson to make the potent political statement conveyed by burning the American flag. Club members asked the media and onlookers to “please move back” as they effectively established a solid safety perimeter. Pictures and video taken at the beginning of Johnson speaking and burning the flag show this very clearly.
  2. Before burning the flag, Johnson, over a sound system, led chants and gave a short speech challenging the theme of the RNC that day to make America No. 1. Johnson had to cut his speech short because the police were pressing in. As one Revolution Club member put it, “rushing and pushing through the safety circle.” The police actions both compressed the circle and then broke up the circle. Police sprayed fire retardant, including into the face of an octogenarian. Police immediately assaulted Johnson after he lit the American flag on fire, grabbing his shirt and putting him in a chokehold to drag him to the ground.
  3. Contrary to Cleveland Police Chief Williams’ claim, Johnson did not set himself or anyone around him on fire. The mayor and the police chief persisted in this lie, spreading it in the media while Johnson was being physically detained and unable to set the record straight. If anything, the police’s physical assault on the protesters was what created a dangerous situation for Johnson and others.
  4. The prosecution claims Johnson assaulted two reporters who were allegedly burned by the flag embers. Police reports confirm these two were in fact not “reporters” but Trump supporters who intended to prevent the flag burning because it was “un-American.” In a video posted July 20, 2016 by Infowars, a website run by Alex Jones, the “reporters” brag about assaulting Johnson in a violent effort to stop him from burning the flag: “We ripped the guy’s [Gregory Johnson] shirt off and just punched him and kicked him…” These charges stem from allegations by people who by their own admission set out to prevent what is supposed to be legally protected speech, which is an illegal act on their part. On top of which they brag about committing assault and battery on Johnson, another illegal act. Yet it is Johnson who is charged with assaulting these two! (
  5. No permit was needed for this event. Protests and press conferences had been held in the area of 4th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland, including by the Revolution Club in the two days prior. None of these protests had permits. Johnson determined that this was the best location to make his statement, in juxtaposition to the toxic American chauvinism spewing out of the RNC. No other location in Cleveland would have had as much meaning as this one. The planned flag burning was well publicized for days in advance.
  6. There was no order to disperse that was audible to the crowd either before or after the flag burning. The National Lawyers Guild, Amnesty International observers, and legal observers who were present issued statements. Contrary to initial news reports, none of the RNC16 were charged with failure to disperse. This was probably due to the fact that there was no order to disperse that measured up to protocols that the Cleveland Police Department had agreed to in handling political protests. (
  7. A single police officer can be heard on video saying “you are on fire” as the police assaulted people. This was a pretext for stopping Johnson’s protected speech. The authorities knew that burning the flag is protected speech. Chief Williams acknowledges this in his statements. A faux safety concern (to wit: Johnson endangering himself) was the only way to circumvent the Supreme Court decision. By analogy, many people have seen videos of police yelling “stop resisting” to justify their actions when the arrestee is clearly not resisting.
  8. After Johnson was arrested, with many police piled on him, why did the police proceed to arrest many others over a whole period of time in the wake of the flag burning? All but two of those arrested wore the black T-shirts that are the uniform of the Revolution Club. The T-shirts read: “BA Speaks: REVOLUTION—NOTHING LESS!” In addition to Johnson and the 15 people associated with the Revolution Club, there was an Australian reporter who was arrested literally right after asking police why they were going after the revolutionary communists but protecting the hateful speech of the Westboro Baptist Church attacking gay people and condemning them to hell.

Joey Johnson, Revolution Club members, and other flag-burning defendants, just released from jail, rallied in front of the Justice Center, with supporters and Revcoms, who had marched from Public Square chanting "burn that flag!"
Joey Johnson (wearing torn shirt), Revolution Club members, and other flag-burning defendants, just released from jail, rallied in front of the Justice Center, with supporters and Revcoms, who had marched from Public Square chanting “burn that flag!” Photo: Special to

  1. Johnson and the other protesters charged with misdemeanors were held for more than 24 hours in what amounted to preventive detention to keep people off the streets during the RNC. The National Lawyers Guild and NAACP lawyers on the scene spoke out forcefully against this. The ACLU of Ohio issued strongly worded statements about it. The city had bragged that court dockets had been cleared so that it could process hundreds of arrestees if necessary, and yet it could not handle these 17 arrestees in a timely way. All were subsequently released on personal bond (no bail).
  2. Three people who had been part of the flag burning had to be seen at a hospital in the wake of the incident for injuries sustained when the police attacked the protesters. One protester was not given anything to eat for over 24 hours. A concerted effort had to be made over many hours by attorneys and health professionals to get a protester vital medicine that was not being provided.
  3. In pre-trial court appearances for misdemeanors, some defendants are being forced to appear in spite of their attorney’s efforts to appear on their behalf. This is purely punitive, forcing people to fly in from far away for a routine status hearing.

In summary, the confrontation began with and unfolded out of an unlawful, unconstitutional attack on and arrest of people by the police, which involved physical violence on the part of the police; and since it was unlawful and unconstitutional, it constituted an assault BY POLICE ON THE PROTESTERS. What was involved in these arrests/assaults on people carrying out what has been clearly established as constitutionally protected political activity—with the very same person involved as in the defining legal case—constitutes false arrest, assault pursuant to that false arrest, and violation of clearly established civil liberties and rights.


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