The stock market continues to be on a roller coaster ride as it slides and then rebounds as traders engage in fishing the bottom and making trading commissions, sliding a few bucks out of the pockets of the marks. Prez Obama is on the road in his magic bus talking about jobs and job creation. The NY Post (bastion of responsible journalism!@!) is reporting the bus was built in Canada. Well, job creation somewhere on the continent, I guess that's good, but it might have been a nice touch to have had the thing built here in the USA to go on tour and talk about jobs. It's always easy on the ear to listen to Barack talk and sometimes inspiring, but it's a bit like holding a shell to your ear and enjoying the sound of the ocean. It's largely theater, the connections between the sounds and any reality are pretty slight.
It looks like a mismatch at first glance. And of course, OPD won the first round with a reported body slam to the pavement. But this could turn out to be a long match.
You can read the background information here at Olyblog by searching under Yoos.
Wrinkles: A quick review of the Olympia Police Guild contract with the City of Olympia reveals the following interesting items:
ARTICLE 22 - DASH-MOUNTED VIDEO SYSTEMS
To enhance the ability oflaw enforcement personnel to accurately document events, conditions, and statements made during traffic stops, arrests, critical incidents and other related contacts dash-mounted video and audio systems will be installed in all patrol vehicles. It is further agreed that the labor-management committee will be responsible for writing the specific department policy that will govern the use, timing, recording, records retention and destruction ofsuch recordings. The video system shall not record at all times when the patrol vehicle is in use, but shall be in operation as dermed by the department policy for the purposes described above. Officers shall not be required to wear or carry a remote microphone at any time. Officers will be allowed to view any such video recordings before making any written or recorded statements and may view the recordings while
writing reports related to the recordings.
That's an interesting bit. Too bad it did not appear to be in place to "capture" the first round of OPD v. Yoos.
5. What Does Solidarity Mean, Especially with the Immigrant Justice Movement?
“We aren’t done, we’re not leaving, and we’re in this together.”1. What Is Organizing?
A. How to actually organize and build lasting radical organizations, particularly in terms of maintaining radical politics while reaching beyond insular communities
B. Without a sense of why they are there or a program about which to talk with people, door knocking will yield few productive results
C. Build Dual Power, Confront State Power. Building coalitions, political infrastructure, and visionary, alternative institutions that prefigure the types of social relationships we desire — while simultaneously confronting the state, right-wing social movements, and other forms of institutional oppression. One without the other is insufficient2. How Do We Build Intergenerational Movements? (A Challenge to Young and Old!)