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Saturday, 12 October 2013
Lone Vet Report Back on October 10 2013
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: There are times that make me smile, that happened during Monday the 7th of October
Topic: ACTIONS !

 {Report was copied from Facebook}

Joseph Walsh-Lone Vet

There are times that make me smile, that happened during Monday the 7th of October when we were at City Hall about 0745 with a big sign saying, “Nick Fish got to go” and I was wearing a shirt with a picture of Comm. Fish sucking milk from the corporations. I was having fun when I saw “The Fishman” and he was coming straight at me. He walked up to me, said good morning and put his hand out, we shook hands and we both smiled. I wondered what he was thinking as he went into the building---it was very strange.
The next day, Tuesday, was taken up by going to the County building for a protest against the policy or lack of a policy of the sheriff’s department concerning holds put on prisoners by the county cops. There are about 350+ inmates who have ICE holds on them and only about 10% are or have been released. The County Commissioners thought that the sheriff was going to alleviate some of the over-crowding in our jail system—Nope!
Wednesday morning it was back to see the 3 S---s. I used to call city council members the 5 S---s but two of them have been taken off the list for good behavior and/or actions. The City Council is getting harder to speak during communications due to the number of people who want to tell the city something. I was not signed up officially but there were a few items I wanted to say something about. I ended up speaking on three different items and was doing ok until the last one and man did I hit an open nerve with Fish, Novick and even the Mayor having a go at me. It had to do with a mobile home that was up at the Butte. The city had to move it and get rid of it; Fish wanted to just sell it off and Individuals For Justice recommended they try to utilize it during the R2D2 move, maybe put it under the Broadway Bridge for use by the people who may live there someday. My suggestion fell on deaf ears; one of the things I have become aware of during my monitoring of the city council hearings is that our perception of reality is very different. I don’t mean a little, I mean a lot. I still think they do something to their brains and souls when they take the oath of office or they secretly drink water with fluoride in it and their ability to deal with reality is diminished. They went off on tangents about the PUD for god sakes; they compared the criticism of building a million dollar house and now putting it on the market for around $400,000 and taking a $600,000 loss to saving a $13,000 mobile home and use it for the houseless? My mind just can’t make this stuff up. The thing I notice the most, their anger at the idea of losing the water department. Hey, guys---I am not the power behind this move, I may support it, but I am not the instigator for this project.
Thursday would be more fun, the county is always more pleasant than the city, the commissioners there know how to treat an old guy who may be a pain, but is worried about our country. Thursday was good. Lightning and I monitor the Board almost every week now and we have been joined by Charlie Johnson and that is a compliment to both of us. Lightning and I do not always agree on everything and that is interesting during the meetings, so far we have kept our friendship intact and I hope that continues. Well, we have our Friday on the Bridge Day tomorrow and Saturday we have two events we want to attend, one a celebration of R2D2 two years of existence, 12-5 PM and the other, The Fred Otis memorial for his son who was shot down by the Portland PD.

Fred is in the hospital and has asked his family and friends to do the vigil and we will. It is on 6th and Glison at 6:00 PM.
So, many things to do and we are busier than ever, feel free to join us on our journey to do good. I have a new shirt that I wore to the County Board meeting, “My Country is the World and,( on the back) My Religion is to do good” Thomas Paine. He is my favorite of the founding fathers, always honest and did not change with the blowing of the winds. That’s all folks!
See ya in the streets---soon I hope.
PS Did you see where 6 Congressional Representatives gave up some of their liberty so we could have more. Wow! That will keep me going for another month or so!

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Sitting on the lobby floor at Oregon Senator Merkleys hideout
Mood:  energetic
Topic: ACTIONS !


Report of the Adventures of Individuals For Justice and Noble Friends      


Barbara, Malcolm and I met Tuesday at 2:45 PM at The World Trades building. It was going to be an interesting meeting with the staff of Senator Merkley.


The day before, I, Judith, and José were also refused entrance to his office to drop off a letter telling the Senator what we Individuals For Justice wanted him to do concerning a pending vote on using air/missiles to attack Syria.  The security guard told me the same thing he told Robert, Pam, and Barbara last Friday when they wanted to drop off a Pam’s letter to the Senator.


I told the security guard that I would be, “over-there,” pointing to the middle of the lobby.  I sat down in the middle of the lobby and started to hand out copies of the Constitution I had picked up from Rep. Blumenauer’s office just before going to Merkley’s office to see what the hell was going on with access.


After about 30 minutes, Merkley’s constituent-service director Joel Corcoran came down and tried to tell me that they were glad to see us, but we needed an appointment to go upstairs.  I said that was unacceptable and was prepared to remain on the floor handing out copies of the Constitution.  Joel arranged a conference room off the lobby and offered to meet with us for about 20 minutes. After a vote with José and Judith, Judith and I went into the conference room where he and I got into a screaming match about access with Joel telling me not to scream at him.


We got almost nowhere except on Monday, Joel emailed me and said that if we wanted to, they would be willing to meet on Tuesday and they would make the arrangements.  How many would be there and they needed our names. I polled everyone and nobody would agree to that.


So there we were Tuesday at 3 in Merkley’s conference room, the three of us, Joel, and a staffer in charge of access, Merkley’s state director Jeanne Atkins. Because I’d emailed Joel our agenda about access and Syria, they’d arranged for us to skype with Merkley’s senior foreign relations adviser, William L. White to tell us how the Senator Merkley would vote on attacking Syria.


We were not prepared to present our arguments about Syria because we were there mostly to protest access to the Senator’s office and that his staff in Portland were hiding, (in our view) from his constituents.  We did a good job presenting what has been our opposition to President Obama’s insistence that the way to peace is bombing.  We told White that bombing was foolish and would cost more lives and get us in the middle of a civil war.  That the opposition to Assad was worse than he is.  And the fact that Senator Merkley was saying he was undecided was most distressing.


We also told Joel and Jeanne  and White in DC that we want leadership from Merkley and not some person who tests the wind before making up his mind.  We have Senator Wyden, we said, and do not need another one. 


Bottom line, did we accomplish anything by spending an hour with the staff.  Yes!


Barbara suggested that because building security isn’t going to change its policy, that the office be moved out of the WTC. And we talked about moving to the Federal building where once people go through the metal detectors, that’s it. We also reminded them about how open Rep. Blumenauer’s office is and how constituent friendly the staff is.  I don’t know of any Congressional office that is like going to see the President.  Security must serve more than just keeping people safe, we kept emphasizing. It must include a way for constituents to stop and get something, to ask a question, drop something off, or just visit the office.  We shall see.


Malcolm got in his concern about what is happening in Japan with its leaking reactor at Fukushima.  White seemed up-to-date and shared our concern.  When we departed the office we felt OK. Not great. But OK.  I have not met this staff and meeting them was good in itself. They now know who we are and how we think.  There will be follow ups by Individuals For Justice to see how they are doing.  Life is so strange sometimes, but as I told the staff of Senator Merkley, you cannot just hide, or protect other staff members 24/7. 


We have had very little contact with this staff, so it may take some time for them to change any access policy.  We will watch and keep an eye on things and let you know.  Meanwhile, please call their office (503-326-3386) and ask that easy and immediate access to the office be open. Tell them they should not be hiding behind some security guard who will tell constituents that they need to make an appointment and cannot go upstairs to drop off anything or just visit to say hello.


I was tired, so off we went home. I was scheduled next day to attend the City Council meeting and a high noon protest about drones. So, we had some fun, took some knocks, laughed a bit and enjoyed every minute of the last few days.


The  Council meeting was cool. They acted like human beings and even passed a resolution to send a letter to the FDA about their regulations excluding some people from donating blood.  Here’s the URL about it:




We came out of the Council feeling good. Did not yell at anyone and had that high-noon drone protest.  I saw José and Cheeto so went over to say hello. But from across the street a guy started yelling at José.  Thing were looking OK until this guy came over and went face to face with José.  José turned away. I thought the guy was going to sucker punch Jose because he twisted his body to hit hard.


 I got in between them and yelled, “Stop!”


The guy picked me up and slammed me down on the concrete. Unfortunately, the first part of my body to hit was the back of my head.  I reached back to feel my head and came back with a hand full of blood.  I said “shit” a lot.


I asked David who works for the city attorney to call for an ambulance. The bleeding continued until the ambulance arrived along with the fire department and lots of cops.  Everyone was concerned because I had a head injury and that is not something to mess with.


But I did not want two things: one, no arrest; two, no hospital unless I had to go.  We sat for a time. The ambulance paramedics put me though some memory exercises and left it up to me.  I did not go and feel OK, and will watch myself very carefully.  Thanks to Charlie for escorting me to the car so I could be driven home by a kind and noble lady.       


Tomorrow I fully expect to go to the County meeting and ask them to join our City Council in this wonderful resolution to allow people who are gay to donate blood.


Keep the pressure on concerning the new war they want to get us into, laugh and enjoy life. It is a lot shorter than you think.  Thanks, Barbara, Malcolm, Judith, José, the staff of Senator Merkley, the City Council for making me proud to know ya.  Thanks David for being so concerned and calling 911 and, yes, I am still an Assho--  Ha!



Posted by individuals4justice at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 September 2013 10:23 PM PDT
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Saturday, 2 March 2013
the Columbia Gorge Protection Brigade (neé North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade) on distributing coal-fires at terminals in Boardman
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Organizations opposed to coal transit through the Columbia River Gorge
Topic: ACTIONS !

Report From Barbara Ellis & Taizz Medalia 



Columbia Gorge Protection Brigade 

(neé North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade) on distributing coal-fires at


terminals in Boardman





February 25, 2013

To: Organizations opposed to coal transit through the Columbia River Gorge

From: Barbara Ellis and Taizz Medalia

Two of us veterans of the North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade—did that  165-mile trip to Boardman to distribute 100 anti-coal-terminal fliers Sunday, Feb. 24. A lot of pre-trip research was done on Boardman itself in preparation for this combination posting/canvassing direct-action effort.

We arrived around noon accurately figuring that’s when the most people would be in the downtown area on both sides of I-84.

In posting fliers, we lunched at the hugely popular C & D burger eatery, posted the flier on its bulletin board, atop Nickel Ads stack, handed out a half-dozen, and left a pair in the uni-sex bathrooms. From there, it was posting it on the sides of 3 food-carts on Main street, distributing them to patrons of Boardman's busy laundromat, people outside the town’s outside the only supermarket and on its community billboard. Other spots were slipping fliers under the doors of the Senior Center and Head Start headquarters, and posting them on the door and on an inside bulletin board of a super-busy bodega.

We then went down to the fire station to hand a flier to one of the 7 paid firefighters (they have near ly 60 volunteers scattered from 11-50 miles away in Ione, Irrigon, Lexington, Hermiston, etc.). He and a colleague seemed totally unaware about information on the flier and admitted they had never had training in quenching a coal-fire. This well-known common hazard from stored coal evidently has never come up in public or private discussions/forums in Morrow County about Ambre’s proposed Boardman terminal. At least a half-dozen national companies are involved in quenching coal fires and training programs for firefighters.

He ensured the flier would be in the hands of the chief first thing Monday; hopefully, that will stir city officials to recognize either Ambre Energy provide a team of coal-fire specialists or that they’ll have to spend a small fortune on training the firefighters and buying the equipment/chemicals vital to putting out fires.

The last half of our nearly four-hour expedition was spent in canvassing nearly 40 houses/apartments in the low-income north side of I-84. Boardman has a heavy Latino/Pacific Islander population that seem to be working as part of the 500 employees at the ConAgra frozen potato complex; others may well be part of the staff of the two newest major plants in town: Pacific Ethanol (2007) and the ZeroChem cellulosic ethanol complex (2010) touted recently (2-18-13) in an Oregonian op-ed).

We counted only about four residents who were aware that a coal storage terminal was in the offing for barging it down the Gorge. They certainly had no idea that Morrow County officials/Port Commissioners were supporting a coal terminal at one of the two sites that’s near a railroad (the rendering of the small, covered plant suggests a spur off the present set of tracks will be carrying the coal to its conveyor belts).

One man, a pedestrian, took 2 fliers. He was super knowledgeable about the terminal deal and the most vocally opposed to the project. “Whatever Gene wants, Gene gets, “ he said. “ We were never asked about those two plants that came in here.” This “Gene” is not listed by google as either the mayor or member of City Council or Chamber of Commerce.  He said he was told that Ambre was going to bring in a special coal-fire team. That has to be news to the fire fighters, of course.

In almost all instances, we were greeted warmly and well. Everyone took the fliers except one lady going to her car at the supermarket.

The intention of this project was to make townspeople aware of the coal-fire dangers inherent of this proposed Boardman terminal—and to force the issue into the public eye in Ambre having to reveal how it plans to han! dle this all-too-common hazard.

The architectural rendering shows a covered terminal and Ambre has sent letters of intent to two Portland  companies (Vigor Industries, Gundersons) to build 15 covered coal barges. However, east of the Mississippi River, no coal barges/trains/terminals are covered seemingly because of the danger of spontaneous combustion setting off explosions and unquenchable fires. Because most coal fires are started by oxygen, enclosing coal suggests even greater danger of explosions/fires.

Too, considering that the coal Ambre plans to store at a Boardman terminal is sub-bituminous and, therefore, twice as volatile as from other eastern coal fields, it would appear that the fire hazard is twice as likely to happen as at eastern terminals.    -posted here on 3.2.13

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Updated: Saturday, 2 March 2013 4:53 PM PST
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Saturday, 1 September 2012
I am going into total retirement ...by Joe Walsh
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: I am finally worn out and will no longer try to make this system better.
Topic: ACTIONS !

[Joe Walsh]  I am going into total retirement;

I am finally worn out and will no longer try to make this system better. After learning that the DOJ will not hold anyone accountable for the torture, including murder, I want this system to fail and cannot support it anymore.

I am going into total retirement; I am finally worn out and will no longer try to make this system better.

After learning that the DOJ will not hold anyone accountable for the torture, including murder,

I want this system to fail and cannot support it anymore.
I have fought against injustice since 1980 over 32 years of protests, sit-ins and fighting with politicians from every walk of corruption.

I want to spend the time I have left with Patty, walking near the river, going to the sea for a dinner.

For me the fight is over, this Friday, August 31, will be my last protest.  Joe Walsh-Lone Vet




{email from Joe Walsh}




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Thursday, 8 March 2012
The judge Nobody Wanted: The Lone Vet Reports Back on Wednesday
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: IFJ: dedicated to bringing all the war criminals to some level of Justice
Topic: ACTIONS !

Wednesday in front of the ninth Circuit Court in Portland Oregon

Joe Walsh from IFJ [Individuals for Justice] reports back on 3.7.12

Today was Wednesday, we were there to witness one of our leaders take his place on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a man who will decide cases ranging from an inmate’s right to legal representation in our prison system to a whole range of other issues. 

 One day he may have to decide whether a person will get his freedom or stay in prison.  Maybe there is a contract issue that one party does not like the conclusion of a lower court and is appealing; kind of important stuff if you are paying the cost of appealing a decision that you just know is wrong.  This is what the 9th does day in day out, they make decisions that affect the very foundation of our judicial system.  This may be the last place one goes for Justice and in my opinion, the most important court because if you lose at this level, after some attempts to have the Appellate Court think again about the case, you can only go to the Supreme Court and they only take very important cases, about 100 per year.  So, what does it mean when you get a defective judge, a judge that has in the past sold his soul for a seat on the court;  it means a lot. 

Most people walking by our small group do not know who this monster is, never heard of Judge J. bybee.  That is why we stand in the rain and cold, to tell them a story that is very hard to believe.  Our biggest problem is getting people to believe the saga of this man who came close to destroying our Department of Justice and turning it into a Department of Torture.  This man who said it is ok to beat children, to drive people insane, to make prisoners think they are going to die,  allow a president to think he and only he has the power to allow the CIA to make families believe their children will be beaten to death unless we get the correct answers.  All who played a part in this indefensible reign of terror must be brought to Justice, not for some political concept but because we must get our souls back as a nation. 

We will annoy the court for two more days, Judge j. bybee will leave Portland on Friday and our protest will end, others will protest in their own way when he arrives in San Francisco, Nevada or maybe Seattle.  We are dedicated to bringing all the war criminals to some level of Justice and sitting on the Court of Appeals is not one of our options, sitting in prison is definitely on the top of the list.             

For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”

* Why laughter??  Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”  

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
           and I am a citizen of the world."
               Eugene V. Debs  



Cell Phone Video from the 3/7/12 anti torture judges protest:




Posted by individuals4justice at 12:09 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 25 March 2012 4:15 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Judge bybee is in town - Tuesday
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Tuesday - at The Bug Judges Protests
Topic: ACTIONS !

Tuesday 3/6/12 at 11:30 until 1:30


Judge j. bybee came to Portland and we were there to meet him.

We, of noble intentions were there, we stood for an hour starting about 0800 and left after court started.  Malcolm flew his VFP flag with the stars and stripes and we told our story of the “Bug” Judge to be repeated during the time he is in Portland, March 5-9.  You all know of the water boarding, the way he got his name by saying it is ok and legal for the President to order torture but you must not call it torture. 


This once great country can hurt and kill without punishment because we are so powerful.  All countries that have sought empire have been invincible for a short time, but justice is always close as the British found out.  The Germans were among the strongest of nations until people said enough.  America tried judges, lawyers, and politicians for war crimes after WW2 and someday bybee, yoo, cheney, bush and the rest will look over their shoulder and see a prosecutor with guts and they too will stand before the bar of justice and their fate will be sealed. 


We will be there tomorrow at 1130-1:00 PM, stop by for a bit to join byee for lunch. 


We did not see him today, he is hiding from us---fits with his personality of cowardice.  We will decided each day what time we will take up our watch the next, I will try to get word out to you each day.  This person of shame who calls himself j. bybee, we call “The Monster of the Desert.”  Come join us or just stop to say hello.  Many people stopped by to ask about this torture judge and when we told them who he is they could not believe that he is out and about, free, sitting on one of the best courts, but someday history will be written and he will read it in a dark place of shame.  




Monday 3/5/12 at 0830 until 0930

This is the person who signed off on the torture memos and gave the cheney/bush administration the legal basis for torturing prisoners in our custody. He was given a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, as a reward. He is a disgrace to the legal profession. Individuals For Justice will protest him coming to Portland to sit in judgment of others when he should stand trial for war crimes. His nickname is the "Bug Judge."

He got the nickname the "Bug Judge" from his position that it is OK to put a prisoner in a closed box and put live bugs in with him/her during questioning. He thinks it is legal to bang the prisoners heads against the wall. Torture by humiliation, you must have seen the naked prisoners piled high and our soldiers laughing at them--just fine with this monster. Just go google bybee-torture and learn what a real monster looks like.

We will protest his arrival at the 9th Circuit Court this coming in front of the old courthouse, 700 SW 6th Ave (across from Pioneer Square.) Will you join us in telling this War Criminal to get out of our city. He is scheduled to be here all week




Posted by individuals4justice at 9:00 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2012 9:13 AM PST
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Monday, 27 February 2012
Come Meet The Bug Judge From The 9th
Mood:  party time!
Now Playing: The man who justified torture of prisoners. Monday March 5 at 0800
Topic: ACTIONS !

Come Meet The Bug Judge From The 9th

Monday March 5 at 0800

The man who justified torture of prisoners.




come and tell the judge he is a mass murder
come and tell the judge he is a mass murder

Judge **j. bybee of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is coming to Portland, Oregon.

Judge ** bybee will be here to hear cases at the Pioneer Court House during the week of March 5th and ending Friday March 9th. This person, in my opinion, is a mass murderer and should be told to his face he is like a skunk, nice to look at but causes one to vomit. This is **bush's judge who wrote or approved the justification for the torture of prisoners in foreign lands including Iraq and other Middle East countries. He is a scoundrel of the first order, a man who belongs in prison, not sitting on one of my favorite courts. We must welcome him to our city with a protest to let him know this veteran and you despises everything he stands for, and does not want him here to smell up our city. Will you join us in front of the 9th Circuit to welcome him on Monday March 5 at 0800 and every day he is in Portland? Many, many soldiers were killed because of what he and professor **yoo justified in the treatment of prisoners who were in our custody. Have you heard of Abu Ghrib--he is the man that said it was ok to beat, torture prisoners with water-boarding, hanging them up with chains, putting humans in closed boxes and inserting bugs, mocking them with nudity, etc. He was appointed to the 9th Circuit as a reward from **bush for justifying the terrible treatment of Iraqi prisoners and anyone else.

Charges against this war criminal are:

From World Can't Wait

The man who justified torture of prisoners.

Ninth Circuit Judge Jay "Bugs" Bybee continues to hear
immigration cases despite charges of incompetency
You may recall the judgeʼs nickname - this is the same legal
counselor who authorized placement of a prisoner in a closed
box with live insects as one of some dozen interrogation
methods employed by the Bush administration at CIA prison
camps that amounted to torture. But chilling as contents of his
2002 memos were, Bugsʼ role in crafting the U.S. torture
program has been largely ignored:
Bybee is generally the forgotten man in torture studies of the
Bush era. The best known of the legal architects of the torture
regime is John Yoo, who was a deputy to Bybee. For better or
worse, Yoo has been a vocal defender of the various torture
policies, and he remains outspoken on these issues. But
whatever happened to his boss? Today, Bybee is a judge of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was
confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 2003--some time before
any of the "torture memos" became public. He has never
answered questions about them, has never had to defend his
conduct, has never endured anywhere near the amount of
public scrutiny (and abuse) as Yoo. It is an understatement to
say that he has kept a low profile since becoming a judge. Itʼs a
lesson in the vagaries of politics, and timing, that Bybee could
slip through the cracks of this story so easily. - Jeffrey Toobin,
New Yorker magazine
Last year the New York Times called on Congress to impeach
Jay Bybee over his role in authorizing the "torture memos",
writing "these memos make it clear that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a
job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the
Jay Bybee, the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel,
justified and authorized clear acts of torture by the CIA during
the Bush Era. Bybee was confirmed as a federal judge to the
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in March 2003, well before his
now infamous torture memos came to light. A lifetime
appointment, he sits in a deciding position on the bench when
there is clear evidence that his judgment is tainted.
More recently, judge Bybeeʼs contributions to the legal
framework underpinning Arizonaʼs draconian immigration bill SB
1070 have come to light. Considering the disrepute those
interpretations have occasioned with Bybeeʼs legal peers, one
has to wonder why the hell he has not recused himself from the
cases he presides on in the courthouse in front of you today.
In a document, written in 2002 by the Justice Department's
Office of Legal Counsel, Bybee concluded that state police
officers have "inherent power" to arrest undocumented
immigrants for violating federal law. The author of the Arizona
law has cited this authority granted in the 2002 memo as a basis
for the legislation. While the bill has been condemned by
President Obama and received intense opposition from civil
rights groups, Bybeeʼs memo complicates challenge of the
hated Arizona immigration law.
ACLU's Cecillia Wang calls for the Obama Justice Department
to withdraw the 2002 memo, which she finds legally incorrect,
saying "The fact that this memo is lurking out there gives cover
and comfort to people in Arizona and other states who want to
pass these overbroad and extraordinary anti-immigration
measures." What really has to happen is to have the author of
these cruel and illegal opinions removed from the bench.


For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
**No caps do to disrespect/or disgust.
Individuals for Justice http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

"Funding these wars is killing our troops"

* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, "Henry, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?"

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs




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Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Report Back from the Candidate forum at the Red and Black
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Out and About - an unpleasant vist to the Red and Black cafe
Topic: ACTIONS !





Out and about with my friend and fellow trouble maker/activist Roberto to bring Justice to where we live.  Going backwards Sunday, we were at the call to action around the country to stop the war with Iran before it goes hot.  We joined members of OP, Veterans for Peace, members of Oregon Progressive Party, Individuals for Justice and many more groups and individuals to yell, "No War with Iran!" 

There were many good people gathered at Shemanski Park to march around Portland to let the world know we do not want war with Iran or anyone else.  I got to carry the VFP flag for a time and that always makes me smile.  Friends and fellow activists were in and around the park, we were there because all the signs by obama are now saying we are preparing to bomb Iran and maybe Syria. 

I cannot imagine another war or maybe two, if there is a God she must be weeping for us, because we are too stupid to learn to live in Justice and Peace.  The music was good, some of the speeches were good, I was dancing and pleased that so many came out with a last minute call to action on a Sunday afternoon; I was happy. 

I was talking to someone and one of the speakers mentioned the peace monitors.  I dislike people who go around telling other people to stay on the sidewalk, or not so loud. or don't yell "F..k the cops" or whatever reasons they are there.  I don't want to argue the point.  Just saying...


Roberto and I had come from another meeting at the Red and Black Cafe that was billed as an interview with two candidates here in our wonderful city.  Mary Nolan, (candidate for commissioner) and Eileen Brady (running for mayor).  We went mostly to listen to Brady as I have heard what Nolan had to say a few weeks ago. 

I was taken back by the place for this interview, the Red and Black is one of my favorite places, they make good mochas there and Roberto and I often go there after a protest.  They advertise themselves as a place of:
About the Red & Black Café:
"We are a worker-owned, collectively–managed, IWW-member vegan café. We are open from 9 am until 10:30 pm, and host performances and events in the evening. We were located on SE Division Street from October 2000 – September 2007, and after a 3 1/2 month hiatus, we reopened at 400 SE 12th in January 2008." From their website.

The interviews started with Nolan, so I was talking to people and noticed people were starting to gather around where the interview was happening, cutting off half of the café.  The manger did not look happy. 

Roberto came over to tell me that the manger said that the café had not been informed of the interviews and was not happy that Ms. Brady was in their place of business.  I thought, Oh Shit.  I got a chance to ask Brady if her store was union, did the employees belong to a union, she said no--I asked why?  Her answer was cut off by a member of the Green Party who asked me if I was a representative of the Oregon Progressive Party as they were a sponsor of this event, I went ballistic!

{{ Video Report Back HERE from after event with Joe Walsh }}


First of all, The café was not notified that we were going to even have an interview, never mind have cameras in the place.  Second,  to have Brady in the place is almost as bad as a cop in uniform come in and order a cup of coffee. 

Brady is anti-union and the store New Seasons, just fired a ten year employee for defending the right of other employees to express an opinion.  One of the regular customers at Red and Black asked about him and this ex-CEO/founder of New Markets said she has nothing to do with the stores now and may look into the matter but has given up any policy making ability.

Here is what happened:

My reaction to all of this:
  Whoever was the representative of the Green Party and Oregon Progressive Party should call the Red and Black Café and apologize for not requesting their approval “BEFORE” the interviews, cameras, and event happen.

2.  OPP do not join in anything that the Green Party is involved with until they also apologize to the Red and Black Cafe.  Roberto and I want to return and not hide our heads in shame.  Fix this mess very soon!

I asked Roberto to write something up about what he saw so that this report is not just this old activist’s opinion, here is what he sent me, without  editing:


Report from Roberto:

"Joe,  Yesterday we attended a Q & A with Portland Mayor and Council candidates. Unfortunately, this was not a well organized or thoughtful event (the Green Party). This caused some friction with the Co-op employee-owners of the cafe because no one checked in with them to arrange the use of the cafe for this event. Some us there apologized to the Red & Black Cafe owners for this inappropriate behavior. Hopefully, they will forgive us for abusing their space with political stuff.

Anyway, we asked candidate Mary Nolan about her opinion on JTTF and she gave a standard politician answer. We asked her about about the Portland City Charter Review commission and she said that she would support it every four years, but not every two years which actually would be better for the citizens of Portland. I spoke with her that as a council member the people would be knocking on her door for redress of the current status quo. I told her that the US Congress is no longer responsive to the citizens of America and that the battle for change will be on the local level. She responded with the answer that we should elect new Congress people. The US Congress is bought & owned by the corporations. What redress there?

I spoke with Eileen Brady candidate for Mayor of Portland. She said if elected that she would support and fund the Portland City Charter Review Process. And I spoke with her about the topic of sustainability. I said that without justice there is no sustainability and this drew a blank stare from her and she walked away because she was in a hurry to get some where else. My point to her was that sustainability is a generic white elitest term that moves gentrifying development for the upper-middle class and the 1%. I was born in Santa Barbara, California, 65 years ago. The Environmental movement started there (remember the first major coastal oil well spill was there), the solar movement started there and community Gardens were started there in the early 1970's. Sustainability jargon has gentrified Santa Barbara so that the original inhabitants can no longer afford to live there, where's the justice in that? The elitist 1% now owns Santa Barbara, California and Portland , Oregon is following in those same steps. What happens is that in these high-end sustainability development zones the poor and people of color get moved out because of the value of the land to the 1% and developers. Thus, I say, Without Justice there is No Sustainability! We need to change the status quo in these movements and to shake up the whole mess.


Roberto Lovato" 

Roberto Lovato www.progparty.org

PS We did go to the Hawthorne Bridge last Friday and stand our watch from 3:30 to about 5:00PM  to remind people we are still at war and may invade Iran and/or Syria!  "If there is a god she must be pissed at all of us!"  It was raining and cold, Malcolm and Sara stopped by to say hello and talk about Iran.  Again I want to be wrong of what may happen, please let us be wrong and the wars will be over and we will stop killing people in the Middle East! ~joe walsh
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice  http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,  http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”

* Why laughter??  Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.

Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”  

Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
           and I am a citizen of the world."
               Eugene V. Debs  

Posted by individuals4justice at 7:51 AM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2012 8:12 AM PST
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Sunday, 8 January 2012
Out & About with Individuals For Justice and Oregon Progressive Party
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: "Our insanity continues" - The Lone Vet 1.8.11
Topic: ACTIONS !


Our Wars are not over
Our Wars are not over


Our insanity continues

author: Lone Vet e-mail:e-mail: lonevet2008@comcast.net

Roberto and I were out among the people who try to do some good for others, working for justice or just letting people know that the wars are still going on in the Middle East. Among the first politicians to feel the impact of the decision of the Supremes were the very people who cheered when the high court decided corporations were entitled to all the protections of the Bill of Rights. If you've been following what is happening with the primaries in the GOP you already know that Michele Bachmann is gone, only to be seen late at night flying on a broom and yelling, "Why do you not love me?" Rick Perry should be out of the race but it would seem that the people of Texas would rather he stay away for a time so he is still in the race to be embarrassed for a few more weeks. Jon Huntsman, the closest to a human being, is way back and should get out.


We were on the Hawthorne Bridge about 4:00 PM and enjoyed our outside shower. The rain and cold caused both of us to ask, what the hell were we doing, but we did get the sympathy vote. We did have a few people who were walking in the rain thank us for doing what we are doing. The bicyclists were with us and gave us the V sign or rang their bells in support. This was our second protest of the day.

About 11 in the morning we were at the Governor Hotel over on 11th Avenue to protest the exclusion of all candidates except the "democrat and the republicon" running for the open seat in the 1st District due to Rep. Wu's resignation. This event was particularly offensive to me because many of the people I kind of like were in the audience. When you go to these make believe debates, unless you are there to report on the BS, you encourage this kind of exclusion. I saw Steve Novick, and many other democrats; they lost my vote. I wanted to go in and disrupt the event but respected the person who called this protest, I was not the organizer, just there to support the call for action.

The other meeting we went to was a Labor Committee that is attempting to submit a people's budget to the City Council sometime in the future, trying to do more than just whine about lay-offs and reduction of benefits. This is a fun group and I like being around them. The other meeting I attended was the East Side Democratic Club, last Tuesday.

Jefferson Smith is running for mayor. I went into the meeting remembering our last get together when I was pissed at Smith for talking about a Public Option when the rally was about Single Payer Health Care. He remembered me and we talked some. His presentation or talk was very good. I did some research and he is an interesting guy, he may get my vote! I give him credit for showing up. The East Side Democratic Club was expelled from the democratic party for some reason like being independent or some terrible thing like calling for the end of wars, I like them, they do good stuff for others.

The warmongers are at it again with let's bomb Iran,
the latest craziness coming out of DC is that we are moving anti-missiles to Israel. This stuff never ends.

Roberto and I, along with others, want to have a City Council who will listen when their constituents speak. When they invite us to give our opinions but end up doing what they want, that is most frustrating.

Almost forgot, went to a council meeting, Mayor Sam Adams is working on a resolution to declare that corporations are not people and the Supreme Court ruling was terrible. This decision must be overturned or ignored by the States.

There are some good people running in the upcoming elections, please don't vote for the lesser of two evils, vote for someone who just might make things better.

If you think the wars are over--WRONG!




Posted by individuals4justice at 10:53 PM PST
Updated: Sunday, 8 January 2012 11:08 PM PST
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Monday, 2 January 2012
Free the Police Horses - Let them Eat Hay
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Portland Oregon - Indivuals For justice demand that the horses be free
Topic: ACTIONS !

Freedom for the Police Horses





When I was at the eviction of Occupy in Portland and the police horses were forced into the crowd, the first thought that went through me was the horses were going to hurt someone. The second thought was why the hell are the police using animals to hurt other humans. Now my thoughts are to take the horses away from the cops. Seems like a good project for us to take on.

Want to "take a ride on the Justice side?" This is something all of us can give some time to, maybe we can see these beautiful horse retired to a farm, enjoying life. I know we are all busy but I got really pissed at the cops for making these animals move into the crowd and risk being hurt, when all the horses wanted to do is eat some hay.

E-mail me and after some ground work, if enough of you feel bad for those horses as I did that night, let's work to... ..."Free the Police Horses."

by Joe Walsh

WEBSITE: http://individualsforjustice.com

EMAIL: FreeThePoliceHorses@IndivualsforJustice.com

FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/loveportlandhorses/

Posted by individuals4justice at 3:38 PM PST
Updated: Monday, 2 January 2012 6:58 PM PST
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