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By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 8:12pm PT  

Velvet Revolution's rolling billboards rolled out tonight.

Please help the effort to keep rolling, and with more banners, by donating here...

To see what was on the other side of the billboard, click here...

We can report that the truck was pulled over by Capitol Police at least 3 times in the first hour it was rolling. Turns out, they've got no good reason to ticket it however. Freedom of speech wins...for a few hours anyway...

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Was to Attend State of the Union Address! Was Already Seated in Gallery When Arrested by Capitol Police!
EXCLUSIVE DETAILS...'T-Shirt' Story Confirmed by AP...Media Fighting over Sheehan for Morning Show Appearances...Protesters Rallying for Sheehan's Release...Police push protesters away from Capitol...Sheehan Finally Released, Says She was 'Roughed Up...PHOTO OF THE 'T-SHIRT' FINALLY...
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 5:52pm PT  

CNN is now reporting...

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan --- who was invited to attend President Bush's State of the Union speech --- has been arrested, Capitol police say.

Invited by Rep. Lynn Woosley [sic] (D-CA) to attend the State of the Union, reports are that she was arrested inside the Capitol chamber.

MORE... 9:08p ET - CNN's "Breaking News" banner announcing the arrest at their website now removed, shortly after CNN reported arrest on air. No further news available currently at their site on the arrest...

9:14p ET - AP reports on CNN's report. Says, "Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol".

9:30p ET - The BRAD BLOG has confirmed the arrest moments ago with David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet.org.

According to Swanson, Sheehan was "arrested for wearing the shirt she was wearing all day, which had the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq...She was lifted out of her seat [in the Capitol Chamber gallery] by the Capitol Police and taken away."

Swanson told The BRAD BLOG moment ago that Sheehan is "now under arrest and lockup by Capitol Police." He confirmed that moments ago with Gael Murphy, a co-founder of CodePink, an organization which has been working Sheehan. Murphy spoke by cell with Sheehan after the arrest, and they are currently arranging for an attorney for her.

"This not the Park Police," said Swanson. "We're used to getting arrested by them. This was the Capitol Police....She didn't even want to go to the speech, she said she couldn't stand to listen to Bush, but she went. She didn't even protest, she was just wearing the same shirt she'd be wearing all day, a black shirt with the number of troops killed. It was already 'out of date' and she had to add 3 more to the previous number."

9:40p ET - Reports we are receiving are in conflict with AP's updated report that Sheehan had a protest banner prepared to be unfurled. It was, according to our sources, her T-Shirt which seems to be the given reason for her arrest... According to AP:

A Capitol police official reportedly said Sheehan had unfurled a banner, which is a violation of House rules.

We cannot confirm the "banner" reports, and have been told by several sources the arrest was due to the T-Shirt she was wearing after already being allowed into the Capitol chamber where Bush was to deliver his State of the Union address just moments later...

Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.

9:50p ET - Reuters confirms arrest. Few details given.

9:55p ET - Photo of the arrest from Reuters...

10:02p ET - CNN files its story. Sticks to "banner" reporting:

WASHINGTON (CNN) --- Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Tuesday in the House chamber after she unfurled an anti-war banner before President Bush's State of the Union address.

Capitol police arrested Sheehan and questioned her for about an hour in a separate area of the House, a senior House official said.

Sheehan, who became a vocal war opponent after her son was killed in Iraq, was an invited guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-California, who has called for a withdrawal of troops in Iraq and supports legislation for the creation of a Department of Peace.

10:20p ET - AP updates their report. Confirms original exclusive BRAD BLOG report that it was a T-Shirt, not a banner that led to Sheehan's arrest:

[Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly] Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived.

10:39p ET - Sheehan still in jail, Morning Shows "fighting over her"...

David Swanson, in D.C. tells The BRAD BLOG that Sheehan is still in jail. Swanson had been previously arrested along with Sheehan at earlier protests.

He tells us, "Attorneys are trying to get her out. Media is fighting over here...Today Show, Good Morning America, they all want her...but she has to get out of jail first."

11:30p ET - Bob Fertik reports:

There are 200 protesters standing outside the Capitol Police HQ between 1st and 2nd on D St NE (between Hart SOB and Union Station). They are chanting and demanding Cindy's release. Tell the DC media to cover the protest!

He also suggests...

Call the White House Comment Line 202-456-1111,1,1 and express your outrage that the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq was arrested for wearing a t-shirt with the number of soldiers killed in Iraq!!!!!

11:49p ET - Village Voice has more on Sheehan's recent arrests, including this evening's.

11:54p ET - CNN's Ed Henry finally corrects their report and confirms it was a T-shirt that was the reason for Sheehan's arrest.

He just reported during Anderson Cooper:

"She entered the gallery wearing a shirt with some sort of anti-war slogan...they were afraid she was going to do something with it in front of the cameras".

What, like wear it? The only opinions allowed in the people's Capitol tonight are George W. Bush's, we guess.

Here's another opinion on the "State of the Union" from outside the capitol tonight.

12:05a ET - Police Surround HQ to fend off Protesters... More from Fertik...

David Swanson reports by phone on the scene: During the protest in front of the Capitol Police HQ, 2-3 dozen police locked arms and pushed the crowd across the street. A protester named James from World Can't Wait was arrested for chanting "Free Cindy Now" with a megaphone. As the police grabbed the megaphone, they hit a woman protester in the head, but she is ok. They also kicked Aliska from World Can't Wait in the head, and she required treatment in an ambulance before she was released. Cindy is now being taken to the Central Processing Center in Judiciary Square, and the crowd is following her.

World Can't Wait is an organization that held a protest near the Reflection Pond on the elipse today, calling for Bush to step down.

12:18a ET - MSNBC now has an online poll on whether the Capitol Police should have arrested Sheehan for wearing a T-shirt. Go register your opinion...

12:22a ET - SHEEHAN FINALLY RELEASED! SAYS SHE WAS "ROUGHED UP"...According to Fertik who is in touch with David Swanson...

David reports Cindy has just been released. She was filmed by 3 networks and answered a few quick questions and mentioned she was "roughed up" - David said she looked tired and frustrated. She went off to sleep and will appear on the Today show in the morning.

12:44a ET- NBC reports the shirt in violation of the "law" read: "2,245 Dead - How Many More??"

Attytood points out:

Did you know that in 1971, the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to arrest a man who wore a "F--- the Draft" T-shirt into the courthouse? (Cohen v. California, you can look it up.) So now Alito's on the court for 45 minutes and your civil liberties are already going down the toilet. You were warned.

1:21a ET - MBare gets the money shot!

Note the hand-corrected number on the shirt, as we reported previously, since 3 U.S. troops had been killed in Iraq since Sheehan put the short on earlier today.

Mbare points out that moments later, in Bush's speech, just after Sheehan's arrest, he said (without a hint of irony):

"Every step toward freedom in the world makes our country safer --- so we will act boldly in freedom's cause. Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time.

No one can deny the success of freedom, but some men rage and fight against it.
...
We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it."

So will we, Mr. "President"...

2:41am ET - David Swanson, now safe and sound back home, has details and more photos of both Sheehan wearing the shirt earlier in the day, as well as VR's Impeachment Truck (NOTE: Who is that debonair gent behind Sheehan in this photo? ;-)

3:13am ET - One final thought for tonight. Also with a hat-tip to MBare...

U.S. Constitution: First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Good night America.

NEXT DAY UPDATE: More on Sheehan's arrest, her own words, and the Republican Congressman's wife who was asked to leave for wearing her own T-shirt in support of the troops now posted here...

MORE UPDATE: Acceptable State of the Union protest...

FURTHER UPDATE: Capitol Cops admit they "Screwed up"! NBC reports they will be dropping all charges!

NOTE: We've now restored the Comment link that we had to temporarily turn off previously while this site was getting pounded with hits, making it impossible to update the item. Thanks for your understanding.

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By John Gideon on 1/31/2006 5:17pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Vote-PAD has been accepted for use in Wisconsin after the state got a favorable opinion from the DoJ. California is now looking into contingency plans so they are not caught "with their pants down" if the Diebold interpreted code decision goes against the vendor. (Note: I have been told no decision has been made yet by the ITAs and EAC) The new Hart Intercivic was proven to have 'bugs' in testing in Illinois. New lawsuits are being added to the list in Pennsylvania and support for these lawsuits is growing. Action Alerts are being pointed toward legislation in NM, VA and WA. ...

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Once-Reputable Cable News Channel Continues its 'Fair and Balanced' Lurch to the even Harder Right...
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 4:15pm PT  

According to TVNewser, CNN plans to continue their "Liberal" ways by featuring 3 "Conservative" analysts/Bushies and just one countering voice.

From Media Matters' coverage:

According to the weblog TVNewser, CNN's January 31 coverage of President Bush's State of the Union address will feature three conservative commentators but only one progessive commentator. The January 31 TVNewser post, which detailed the State of the Union "coverage plans" for the major cable and broadcast news networks, indicated that CNN will feature former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, former Bush administration official Victoria Clarke, and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK). Democratic strategist Paul Begala is the only progressive commentator scheduled to appear on CNN, according to TVNewser.

CNN has recently come under criticism for their continued lurch to the far right as they've hired both Bennett and Watts as a "analysts", and contracted with Right Wingnut/Radio Personality Glenn Beck to provide him with his own primetime show on the formerly-reputable-ish CNN Headline News channel.

...CONTACT...
CNN
Phone: 404-827-1500

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Jim Cramer on Diebold: 'A House of Pain'
By Brad Friedman on 1/31/2006 3:33pm PT  


"That company is just not for me. ... I think it's a House of Pain"
-- Mad Money's Jim Cramer on Diebold, Inc., 1/12/06

Today we begin to seem more evidence of that pain as Diebold, the unAmerican mega-corporation that believes in privatizing our public elections, and keeping the results of those elections as their own "trade secret", had their quarterly earnings call today.

AP reported on their announced "76% decline in fourth-quarter earnings". What a shame.

You can listen to the audio from the 4th quarter conference call here. I haven't had time to listen yet as I'm climbing a mountain of things I'm working on and catching up with. If you listen to it, and hear anything notable, please let me know!

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By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 4:20pm PT  

Samuel Alito owes a debt of gratitude to the following Democrats who have allowed his confirmation to proceed to a vote tomorrow, virtually guaranteeing that he'll become the next new Justice of the Supreme Court where he will sit for decades.

What you owe the following people, we'll leave for you to determine...

Akaka (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dorgan(D-ND)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)

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Fourth Quarter '05 Earns Them Largest Profit EVER for a U.S. Company!
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 3:30pm PT  

Who says America isn't a great nation?!

From AP...

Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year as the world's biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from high oil and natural-gas prices and solid demand for refined products.

Keep pumpin' America! And be happy about it!

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Open Thread to Take Your Country Back!
[UPDATED] Cloture Passes, Filibuster Fails...72 to 25
By Brad Friedman on 1/30/2006 11:05am PT  

UPDATE: Only 25 Senators voted to continue the debate over Sam Alito by voting NO on "Cloture". Thus, the filibuster ends, and Samuel Alito will likely be confirmed tomorrow morning in time for King George to shove him up America's ass in time for the State of the Union speech tomorrow night. Bless all of you patriots who care about our country and were willing to fight for it no matter the outcome. In particular, thanks to The Young Turks for setting an example of what a "noble cause" actually looks like. Still busy in large part today, but I'll try to post a list soon of those Senators who deserve the support of nobody in America ever again. History will not forget them. Shame.

.....

Unfortunately, I've got some pre-scheduled appointments throughout the day, which is going to make it difficult for me to cover the play-by-play of the attempted filibuster of Alito. So please feel free to use comments in this thread to Be the Media today, while I do my best to come in and out.

If ever there was a time for Dems to step up and fight for this country, to draw a line in the sand against George W. Bush's extremist takeover of the government and his hatred of American Values it is now!

Keep listening to The Young Turks who continue to filibuster on air. You can watch their live video feed here. Live audio feeds are here and here.

At this hour (1:58p ET), C-SPAN lists the tally of announced intentions for Alito Confirmation as YES: 57 NO: 35. The vote for "Cloture" (ending of the debate, and thus ending the filibuster) is scheduled for 4:30p ET. It takes 60 YES votes by Republicans and turncoat Democrats to end the filibuster.

Keep calling Senators constantly to share your opinions if you care about the future of this country and feel that George W. Bush does not deserve unrestrained Executive powers! Phone numbers are available here.

Add any other thoughts or info you have here in comments...

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By Brad Friedman on 1/29/2006 3:17pm PT  

This toon ran today, but is a flashback from 2004 as I recall. Unfortunately, it's still as appropriate today as it was then...

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The Young Turks Save America All Weekend Long!
Brad Guests Hosts LIVE Again Sunday Night 9p-Midnight PT (Midnight-3am ET)
By Brad Friedman on 1/29/2006 12:26pm PT  

Had a great time Guest Hosting Saturday for The Young Turks who are staying on air around the clock --- filibustering for a filibuster --- until at least Monday afternoon.

SPREAD THE WORD!!! "We the People!" Remember?!

I'll be sitting in again for them on Sunday night from 9p-Midnight PT (Midnight-3am ET!), so they can get a few hours rest. Please stay up for a little late-night filibuster with Brad! Watch me via the video-cast from the Turks website if you dare, or listen to the Audio-only via CrystalOne.net or WhiteRoseSociety.org (Where they've got lower bandwidth streams for dial-up users as well)! Call into the show to help filibuster at 323-866-8201!

But, more importantly, call into the Senate and let your Senators know you expect them to stand up and fight for America! 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. More info and number at Democrats.com, TheDemocraticDaily.com and DailyKos.com.

Also, Sunday, hosts from Air America, Thom Hartmann will be Guest Hosting from 1p-3p PT, followed by Mike Malloy 3p-5p PT. Young Turks sprinkled in between (I think) until I show up for the 9p PT shift.

Spread the word! We're making the world's first ad hoc MSM network this weekend! :-)

UPDATE: Guests tonight to include David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet.org/CensureBush.org, Democratic Communications Consultant Richard Greene & Larisa Alexandrovna of RAW STORY!

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By John Gideon on 1/29/2006 8:18am PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon, of VotersUnite and VoteTrustUSA

The "DVN Top 5" is a feature in the weekly voting newsletter of VoteTrustUSA. The January 23 edition can be found here. The selection of what will be the "Top 5" for each week and where it goes on the list is all mine. The fact that you may disagree with my choices is great because it shows that you have been reading the DVN articles that I've posted throughout the week here on The BRAD BLOG!...

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By David Edwards on 1/29/2006 8:05am PT  

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Chris Wallace interviewed Howard Dean on Fox News Sunday earlier today.

Dean sticks to his guns on illegal wiretaps and calls for the President to release all Abramoff records from the White House.

Chris Wallace, once again, asserted that Democrats are largely tainted with Abramoff money. Of course, Wallace ignores this non-partisan study that the great majority of contributions from Abramoff clients largely went to Republicans


Video in Streaming Flash format...
Video in QuickTime format...

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By John Gideon on 1/28/2006 5:33pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

There is not much news on the web today. The big news may be the filing of legislation in Maryland to require a voter verified paper record. This after the news that the State Election Director is beginning to question Diebold regarding their software security problems. Note: 'Daily Voting News' will be on hiatus Sunday and Monday. We will be back on Tuesday evening....

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Brad Guests Hosts Saturday from 5p-8p PT (8p-11p ET)
Call-In# is 323-866-8201
By Brad Friedman on 1/28/2006 12:53pm PT  

The Young Turks, a daily radio program which broadcasts nationally from out here in Los Angeles, has been on the air "filibustering" since last Thursday evening. They have vowed to do so until they get 41 votes needed to keep a filibuster going in Congress over Sam Alito. They are now webcasting a video stream of the show.

I learned about it this morning (via host Cenk Uyger's Huff Po item), and gave them a call to see if they could use a break. It turns out they could. So I'm gonna head over there in a few hours and sit in as Guest Host for them for a number of hours.

Looks I'll be sitting in over there beginning at 5pm PT (8pm ET) and will go through at least 8pm PT (11pm PT).

Currently, Thom Hartmann has just come on to guest, he'll be followed by Peter B. Collins, and I'll follow at 5pm PT.

You can follow all the action at their website at TheYoungTurks.com and click on the video monitor graphic to WATCH their video stream. (NOTE: The link on the site to their audio stream is, apparently, not the live stream, but rather the video stream is).

More later...Hope all of you BRAD SHOW fans who have been missing it lately, will help spread the word!

UPDATE: Thanks for all the support guys. Had much fun! I'll be back on sitting in for the turks tomorrow on the late-shift! Sunday 9p-12a PT (Midnight to 3am on the East Coast!) Keep making noise! Details now here.

...And...Thanks to my guests for jumping in at the last minutes today! Pam Leavey of The Democratic Daily (audio from of our interview now posted here), Pokey Anderson of KPFT in Houston, the legendary Freeway Blogger (MP3 audio from our interview tonight is already up on his cyber-based blog!), Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake, and author of Fooled Again, Mark Crispin Miller!

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By John Gideon on 1/27/2006 8:55pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org and VoteTrustUSA.Org

Does AccuPoll have problems? They had a sure contract with Lebanon Co., PA but notified the county that they could not supply the machines required in the contract which forced the county to turn to their second choice in ES&S iVotronic. Are some of these companies over extended and might they all get to a point where none of them can supply all of the voting machines they are contracting for?...

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