My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
Wow. I dare anyone to read this and not get fired the fuck up about Occupy Wall Street. It is infuriating to yet again see protestors in this country abused by police officers on a power trip. Someone call the ACLU.
It’s hard not to mourn, but when you’re ready to start organizing, here are four groups redoubling their efforts to abolish capital punishment in the US in Troy Davis’s name. Each organization was deeply involved in the fight to save Davis, and each group requires volunteers and financial support to survive.
Click here to find out about organizations working, now in Troy Davis’s name, to abolish the death penalty.
Now, there are two things you should know about the Blitzer-Paul exchange. The first is that after the crowd weighed in, Mr. Paul basically tried to evade the question, asserting that warm-hearted doctors and charitable individuals would always make sure that people…
It was frustrating (though not surprising) to me the way Blitzer framed this hypothetical, as if said man would actually be making this choice. Last I checked, most people who don’t have health care forgo coverage because they can’t afford it, not because they’re DAREDEVILS.
My world is my mind, but I'm not locking myself inside any more.
One week. One week until the day I’ve been waiting for, literally, since I was 14. The Descendents are playing Roseland Ballroom on September 23rdwith the Suicide Machines & H20, and to be totally honest I had given up any hope of seeing them live for a long time.
I was a teenager in the late 90s/early 00s and I grew up on punk rock. Through Green Day, Blink 182, and Sum 41 I found my entry way into a glorious world of rage and emotion, spending hours laying on my bed with headphones on listening through Lagwagon, Bad Religion, and Dead Kennedys records. Yet out of all of these bands, none of them struck quite the chord that the Descendents did.
I love Star Wars. I have been watching since I was 5 years old. And like any upstanding, long time Star Wars fan I was upset about the newest round of changes to my favorite movies.
Then I went to dinner with my friend Jesse. We started talking about the release of Star Wars on Blu-ray and I mentioned that this would be the 5th version of the trilogy I have owned. Each time I have purchased it (save one - 2006 DVD) George Lucas has changed the films in some way.
It has gotten to the point where there is very little record of the original films. I’d bet that most people probably own either the 1997 VHS version or the 2004 DVD version. Neither of which contain the version I watched, on repeat, as a child. (the 2006 DVD release contains both the 2004 SE and the theatrical releases but it was never sold as a trilogy so it didn’t sell nearly as many copies)
In the midst of talking about versions and changes Jesse said something that totally blew my mind. “Lucas is this commercial director, who is inadvertently taking a hugely progressive and modern art take on these giant commercial movies. Star Wars is still in progress! It’s become modern art. It’s not about the movie anymore, the production is the art now.”
While this is an excellent post, I can’t help but disagree that Lucas should keep doing what he’s doing. It may be true that George Lucas is something of a “pioneer” in what he does with the Star Wars films, but I can’t help but be heartbroken by the constant adjustments he feels the need to make. I can relate to his obsessive compulsive perfectionism - when I’m recording and editing new songs, I can be a bit of a pill too. It’s hard to let go of a work of art.