Did you know that Thomas Jefferson collected sheep from all over the world (sheep were the only gift he would accept from visitors) and they just chilled in a big ol’ herd on the White House lawn until one particularly grumpy one killed a dude? I didn’t either until I did and then I had to draw it.
April Fools day is coming up and I’d like to remind everyone that -Screamers aren’t funny -asking people out as a joke is not funny -a suicide note iS DEFINITELY not funny -things that mess with your mind (severely, I mean, like pretending you don’t know someone that you’ve known forever) -pretending to hate someone is not funny -April fools day is supposed to be fun for everyone not you and your sick pranks. -Please keep the pranks clean -If Thomas Sanders wouldn’t do it, you shouldn’t either.
“Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be. […] My bad habits aren’t my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.” - Layne Staley
“Layne wore his soul on the outside. He was luminous…too tender for this world. We are all very sad too lose him, but happy that he’s not sick anymore. He’s free on his own journey.” -Ann Wilson
Anonymous Calls for World Wide Wave of Action on April 4th to Re-Occupy Public Spaces Where Protests Took Place
The activist group, Anonymous, has called for a Worldwide Wave of Action on April 4th 2014, to coincide with the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.
This Wave of Action seeks to re-occupy the public spaces that the Occupy movements used during their previous protests.
For those in New York City it means the masses will likely gather at Zucotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the “Occupy Wall Street” movement was based.
The movement is said to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, however in the original binary message released by activist group Anonymous, there’s no mention of Dr. King and instead calls for a three-month cycle of protests.
“Together we will fight for freedom and begin engaging in a relentless campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. People will pledge to take part in whatever tactics they are interested in throughout a sustained three-month cycle.”
-Mass gatherings, demonstrations, marches, parades, flash mobs and swarms
-Shutdown harmful corporate and governmental operations
-Leak information on corruption
-Strategic defaults, debt strikes
-Move money out of the “big” banks and the stock market - using alternative currencies
While it is our First Amendment right as Americans to engage in peaceful protest in “traditional public forums” such as streets, sidewalks or parks, in some cases the government can impose restrictions on this kind of activity by requiring permits. Courts throughout the US have ruled that this is constitutional as long as the permit requirements are reasonable, and treat all groups the same no matter what the focus of the rally or protest.
The government cannot impose permit restrictions or deny a permit simply because it does not like the message of a certain speaker or group.
Generally, people have the right to distribute literature, hold signs, collect petition signatures, and engage in other similar activities while on public sidewalks or in front of government buildings as long as you are not disrupting other people and their rights, forcing passerby to accept your leaflets or disrupting traffic.
The First Amendment does not protect speech that is combined with the violation of established laws such as trespassing, disobeying or interfering with a lawful order by the police. Also unprotected are malicious statements about public officials and obscene speech.
Although an inflammatory speaker cannot be punished or taken into custody for merely arousing an audience, a speaker can be arrested for incitement if they advocates imminent violence or specifically provokes people to commit unlawful actions.
Demonstrators who engage in civil disobedience – defined as non-violent unlawful action as a form of protest – are not protected under the First Amendment. People who engage in civil disobedience should be prepared to be arrested or fined as part of their protest activity. New York City Police and the courts have routinely done this and have “tactical patrol officers and squads” that have been specially trained to deal with just this type of scenario.
No one has the right to endanger others while protesting, if so, you can be arrested. A protest that blocks vehicular or pedestrian traffic is illegal without a permit.
Anonymous also suggests hosting teach-ins, taking part in community organizations such as food banks, mass meditation / prayer sessions, using alternative energy, even canceling your cable television, are peaceful and legal.