We will not go quietly.

84-year-old Dorli Rainey was pepper-sprayed in the face by police Tuesday night for exercising her First Amendment rights at the Occupy Seattle protest – ostensibly, she was a “threat to public safety”.

For the entirety of the life of our nation, Democracy has been protected – not mearly by the strenuous efforts of those of us who cherish it – but mostly, and most profoundly by the limitless stupidity of those who would ration it, keep it for themselves and themselves alone, or destroy it.
– Keith Olbermann

AP photo of 84 yo. Dorli Rainey after police pepper-sprayed her in the face Tuesday night at Occupy Seattle.
84-year-old Dorli Rainey was pepper-sprayed in the face by police Tuesday night for exercising her First Amendment rights at the Occupy Seattle protest - ostensibly, she was a "threat to public safety."

Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.
– Lewis H. Lapham

Keith Olbermann on the “Ground Zero Mosque”

“What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?”

 
“The Terrorists who destroyed the buildings from which you could only see 45 Park Place as a dot on the ground wanted to force us to change our country to be more like the ones they knew. What better way could we honor the dead of the World Trade Center than to do the Terrorists heavy lifting for them?” – Keith Olbermann

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.” – Pastor Martin Niemöller, former prisoner in Sachsenhausen and Dachau Concentration Camp.

Olbermann & Savage on DADT Crazies, McCain Dishonesty

Great coverage and commentary from Olbermann & Savage on the incredible display of hatred and bigotry that’s erupted since the DADT compromise started to gain traction in the Senate and House.

Here’s some great coverage and commentary from Keith Olbermann Dan Savage on the absolutely incredible display of hatred and bigotry that’s erupted since the DADT repeal compromise started to gain traction in the Senate and House. The wackos on the far right have pulled out every specter in the closet: Gay Nazis murdering Jews, battlefields drenched in HIV-positive blood, burly gay bears raping poor defenseless Marines in the showers, platoons of fashionista soldiers running from Kalashnikov-wielding Al Qaeda terrorists, and more.

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Both Olbermann and Savage rightly take aim at John McCain, who has now demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that all he cares about is being reelected to his cushy, powerful Senate position. He’s gone all the way from “let’s repeal DADT when the Military says they’re ready” to “I will filibuster any attempt to even give the military the chance to repeal DADT.” That’s well past a flip-flop.. Close reelection race, John?

It’s sad to see how far McCain has fallen from his days as a courageous former POW-turned-maverick Senator. I actually used to like the guy. I encourage all of my readers (all 5 of you), to jump on over to John McCain’s website and tell him to stop letting money and power destroy his ethics.

You should also call or send an email to tell your elected officials how you feel about DADT. Every single official in the Senate is going to be deluged with hateful messages about the LGBT community in the weeks and months to come. It’s important that they also hear from reasonable, decent people like you. It’s also not as difficult as you think – just go to this website, use the drop-down to select your state, and call or email both of your Senators.