Terrific article by Russ McSpadden from the Earth First! Newswire. Tomorrow (July 3) is Rod Coronado’s birthday, so I’ll probably be posting my own thoughts (and an anecdote of a highlight of my life–meeting and shaking the hand of Rod just outside the courtroom at his 2007 San Diego trial.
by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News
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Most of the heroes of the Wild West, the rootin’ tootin’ movie cowboys, sheriffs, miners, ranchers, saloon owners and cavalry generals, had a real knack for replacing all the wild land they got a hold of with profiteering schemes. These are the folks that actually killed the Wild West, bought it up, fenced it in, murdered and incarcerated many of its indigenous people, destroyed its communities with alcoholism, stripped its land, averted and drained its waters, blasted its mountains, decimated its wildlife, made extinct its wolves and jaguars and generally can be thanked for the Bone-Dry SuburbanTame West of today. I’m saying, as far as wild goes, these boys paved the way for the wild-ass time you are having…
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This is probably the best overall documentary I’ve seen about the environment; it is uncompromisingly militant and very entertaining to boot. It is available in 9 parts on You Tube. Here’s part 1. I cannot more highly recommend it.
I’ve also transcribed the video in English, in case anybody wants to subtitle it in their native language; I did this for a friend in the Czech Republic and he then added subtitles and showed it at hardcore shows! Let me know if you want a copy of the transcript.
So I’d like to share a personal update and some information about my impending stay at an Illinois State Prison.
Once my disabling severe chronic knee and back pain got worse and worse, my activism had to gradually shift so that writing and educating people, and helping to take care of rescued animals, like me and my fiance’s dog, 2 cats, and 6 rats (we had 7, but our sweet darling Trenton just passed away a few days ago ), were my sole forms of trying to affect social change.
I was recently arrested after an illegal traffic stop and illegal search and seizure in Illinois involving medical marijuana, of which I am a patient. I have been in dire financially straights for over 2 years now, and did something stupid and desperate, being unable to work both physically and mentally (read concentration shot), disabled according to my doctors but denied for disability twice; I was also motivated out of compassion for humans and animals; many people, myself included, receive enormous relief from medical marijuana (in my case, that means flower buds from a 100% organically grown PLANT) and people are often able to reduce or even ELIMINATE their dependence on Big Pharma(ceuticals), thereby helping animals as well.
The plea deal on the table is 7 years (reduced to 3.5 for good behavior, how kind!), but with NO CHANCE of reducing that through educational credits or anything else. This for a first time offender with no prior record, a university graduate, and a person with disabilities. I would be pleading to a Class X felony, which includes three other types of offenders: 1) armed robbers. 2) attempted murderers. 3) rapists. So apparently transporting a PLANT with medicinal properties that is not physically addictive is on par with violent offenses that most likely severly harm or destroy lives. HOWEVER, if my family can pay an extra ~$35,000 (probably able to be negotiated down a little) on top of the $16,000 already paid (!!) to bail me out of jail, my plea deal can be reduced to a Class 3 felony, where I will be in a minimum instead of medium security facility, surrounded by other nonviolent offenders, for 4 years, reduced to 2 for good behavior and with the chance of working off further time with educational credits, so that I may be able to get out in 18 months or even less. My mom is able and potentially willing to come up with most of the money, but it is going to be very difficult and we need all the help we can get. My doggie soulmate Rikki whines just when I go outside my solar powered cabin to pee, we know she is going to be unimaginably devastated to be without me for so long; please help make sure we get to be reunited (along with me and my fiance) 2 years sooner or more.
As my good friend said today, I’m one of the least deserving persons in the universe for this to happen to. I need to be out of jail as soon as possible where I can receive decent medical care for my disability and where I can most effectively fight for animals, the natural world, racial/ethnic/sexual equality, and other social justice issues. Please help us make this happen! Everything helps, from small donations to large donations to kind words to letters and books sent to me in jail and contributions to my commissary fund so I can purchase necessary writing/etc. supplies and adequate (or as close to adequate as possible) vegan food.
Visit my support site at [link removed b/c it now redirects to rightwing trash]
On facebook, join the group “Support Jan” where updates, like my address, will be made as soon as we know, and information about my condition and how you can help us out.
Thank you so much! Love and rage (mostly rage at this corrupt, heartless, classist, racist, unjust “justice” system),
❤ Jan Austin Smith
Now given my recent interaction with police officers (www.SupportJan.com) and more you’ll read about in forthcoming blogs, there is no love lost between myself and the filth. Since I don’t have much time on the computer right now, I’m going to make a short post with a few hilarious videos and my descriptions/commentary thereof. They relate to the burgeoning police state, which threatens to ensnare us all, whether guilty or innocent (as it already does. See, for example, prisons). And just how fucked up and iditioc (moreso, that is) things will get as the police and their corporate thug buddies have more and more power.
In this one, Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn from Jackass are shown being pulled over by a cop for speeding, and they commence to make him look like the dumbass tool he undoubtedly is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij0iReXKCC0
This one’s pretty fucking hilarious. The cop forgets to put his car in PARK when he pulls a person over. His car starts to roll backwards. Halarity ensues:
This one just takes the cake. A DEA Agent (generally not known for their intelligence already) SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FOOT DURING A DEMONSTRATION IN FRONT OF A CLASSROOM OF KIDS!! It is perfect reflection of the bullshit macho-posturing attitude of the dominant culture’s “law” enforcement personnel (aka hired bullies): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmRN00KbCr8
Drug Enforcement Agency officers are some of the most pathetic freedomn-killing scumbags in the entire government. Drugs should be a personal choice; liberty literally means the ability to do whatever you want so long as you don’t infringe on another person’s liberty. In other words, my freedom to swing my fist ends where your face begins. Yet it is expressly the DEA’s GOAL to stop people from purchasing and consuming drugs–drugs that are often-arbitrarily illegal. Tobacco and alcohol are perfectly legal, yet they are inarguably (if you have studied drug research the slightest) two of the most physically harmful and addictive drugs in common usage. But they are taxed. They want you to do those drugs. But not the illegal, untaxed drugs you can often create or grow yourself: they want you to stay away from those baaad drugs. And so we have the Drug War. Which has proved to be a catastrophic failure and waste of money, as well as blatantly unconstitutional and fucked up. Yessir.