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Condoleezza Rice Confronted by "Blood-Stained" Anti-war Activist

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Anti-war protestor Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz of the Code Pink organization was detained on Wednesday after confronting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a congressional hearing.

As Rice approached the podium, Farooz placed blood-colored hands in her face and shouted "war criminal" before being escorted form the chamber along with several other activists.

Reuters reports: "Capitol Police said later five people were arrested, including Ali-Fairooz, who was charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. She was also charged with defacing government property for smearing the red paint from her hands on the hallway wall outside the hearing room. The other four protesters faced disorderly conduct charges."

Halloween, of course, is next week, but in the Bush administration it's scary all year.

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  1. Condi is thinking "Gawd, I should be shoe shopping and seeing a Broadway play right about now instead of dealing with this crap".

    Posted by: Malibu Boy | Oct 25, 2007 11:20:11 AM


  2. Condi thinks, "Damn! Now everyone going to the NeoCon Party will know my Halloween costume!"

    Posted by: homer | Oct 25, 2007 11:22:23 AM


  3. The sad thing is, nothing is going to change with the war or anything else in this country until there are hundreds of thousands of people on the Mall in Washington DC screaming the same thing.

    If this administration has actual factual information to support their war, then show it to us. Period. Otherwise, "Send em to the Hague!"

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Oct 25, 2007 11:31:49 AM


  4. Yes, while Halloween is next week, it's always April Fool's Day on this blog. I wish you would just report the news minus your personal slant. You are getting about as bad as Fox News for adding your own personal bias. Let the people read the article and make their own choices.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 25, 2007 11:36:35 AM


  5. I love the look on Condi's face in the second pic, she's like "son of a..."

    RE "Send em to the Hague", good thing the US never signed on the whole UN war crimes tribunal ;)

    Posted by: Meeg | Oct 25, 2007 11:39:58 AM


  6. Robert, "I wish you would just report the news minus your personal slant". What the hell kind of site do you think this is? No opinions (unless they agree with mine)?

    Posted by: ger | Oct 25, 2007 11:50:48 AM


  7. Uh, Robert, including personal bias is the whole point of having a blog, you fucking retard!

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 25, 2007 11:52:04 AM


  8. Sorry, noteasilyoffended, but thousands of people marching is not effective anymore, especially since those marching are usually of the patchouli-scented and unkempt-looking variety, not unlike Ms. Farooz.

    Politics is theater, but theater is not politics. What will change things is if all these so-called activists stop staging theatrics and do what the right-wing nutjobs have been doing for years: getting out to vote, lobbying like hell, and being a real force for political change.

    No, voting for Nader doesn't count as voting. It's just removing your voice from the process: he'll never win, so those who do can (and do!) easily ignore his voters.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 25, 2007 11:55:10 AM


  9. NotEasilyOffended is, apparently, EasilyOffended.

    It seems to me that this blog is free of charge, and isn't supported by public funds. It's a privately owned and run business. If one doesn't like the particular political slant of the commentary on this blog, one can easily choose WorldNetDaily, Fox News, or some other fair and balanced media outlet.

    Funny how fairness is defined by the Bush adminstration supporters (of which there are literally hundreds in the United States) as being either supportive of their policies or being completely unreasonable. Such is the treachery of idealogues.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 25, 2007 12:10:24 PM


  10. My bad, NotEasilyOffended. My comment was for Robert, not you. I apparently need to adjust my bifocals.

    Seems Michael made the same goof!

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 25, 2007 12:11:36 PM


  11. Coming across as a mouth-frothing loonie is hardly helpful to those in the anti-war movement. Putting more pressure on the spineless congressional leadership is a better route.

    Posted by: Jack Scribe | Oct 25, 2007 12:11:58 PM


  12. Sorry, Michael, I disagree. What a blanket statement. There is still power in numbers, not just in the halls of our government. And stop the hippie bashing. 100,000+ people (no matter what they look like) voicing dissent will have an affect on policy. We DO agree that voting is a MAJOR first step to re-gaining populous power.

    Voting for Nader may not win a Democrat the election, but if the Democratic Party was smart they would see that those who do vote for Nader are dissatisfied with the "leadership" of the Democratic party and address those issues. Instead, they continue on the same lame road they have for the past 20 years. Democratics have become Republicans have become......

    I am afraid that it is going to take physical activity, protest and other very visible efforts to affect any change in the situation of our government. The foxes are in the henhouse. Then again, we as a population have become spoiled, lazy and apathetic. Satisfied with our "middle class" lives that we are pretending is something more, satisfied with our spotty insurance company-run health care system, satisfied with our shrinking two-week per year vacation, satisfied with self-ingratiating people managing our moneys and our futures, eating ourselves into the grave and self-obsessed beyond belief. Americans have become to busy living our own lives to realize our own power. We just don't seem to care any more. Care enough to do something about it, that is....even disrupt a Congressional hearing with theatrics.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Oct 25, 2007 12:14:30 PM


  13. No problem at all, Brian. No offense taken. (teehee)

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Oct 25, 2007 12:18:16 PM


  14. Dear Robert:

    STFU and get your own blog.

    Thanks in advance.

    Love,
    Me

    Posted by: Tread | Oct 25, 2007 12:20:26 PM


  15. I completely agree with noteasilyoffended.

    It is our apathy that is our undoing. While I don't always agree with their tactics, I have great respect for these protesters. The problem with the Iraq war is that the pain and cost is being hidden from most of us -- we will feel it eventually, but we are not feeling it immediately. If we were all taxed to actually pay for the war (instead of borrowing the money for the Chinese) and if there were a draft to fill our armed services, you would see a very different attitude -- people would be spilling into the streets.

    Hopefully, $5/gallon gasoline, which is just around the corner, will finally get Americans to take notice. If all this money that has been wasted on the Iraq war had instead been spent on alternate energy research, we might be in a very different place today.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 25, 2007 12:26:59 PM


  16. I completely agree with noteasilyoffended.

    It is our apathy that is our undoing. While I don't always agree with their tactics, I have great respect for these protesters. The problem with the Iraq war is that the pain and cost is being hidden from most of us -- we will feel it eventually, but we are not feeling it immediately. If we were all taxed to actually pay for the war (instead of borrowing the money for the Chinese) and if there were a draft to fill our armed services, you would see a very different attitude -- people would be spilling into the streets.

    Hopefully, $5/gallon gasoline, which is just around the corner, will finally get Americans to take notice. If all this money that has been wasted on the Iraq war had instead been spent on alternate energy research, we might be in a very different place today.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 25, 2007 12:29:22 PM


  17. Condi looks like she's about to slap a bitch -- and it would have been justified. There are better ways to deal with this than played out theatrics like this.

    Posted by: Nita | Oct 25, 2007 12:46:49 PM


  18. Michael says, "Politics is theater, but theater is not politics. What will change things is if all these so-called activists stop staging theatrics and do what the right-wing nutjobs have been doing for years: getting out to vote, lobbying like hell, and being a real force for political change."

    I agree with Michael. Theatre has its place. But the theatre above just moves people away. It's not effective. How many returning vets has Code Pink spoken to, provided shelter and assistance for, lobbied for, presented their stories? I honestly don't know -- and I'm not going to know, through a run-of-the-mill 'blood stained hands' stunt.

    One of the greatest stunts remains the Yippies tossing dollars on Wall Street back in the 60s. Brilliant, simple, effective.... and it accomplished its goal by getting the subjects involved in their own asskicking. What would be the equivalent kickyourownass moment, towards warmongers?

    Posted by: Nita | Oct 25, 2007 12:53:39 PM


  19. The first photo is totally dishonest. If you watch the video, Condi had been talking to someone behind her and had yet to see the protester. The photo -- unfairly -- makes it look like she is recoiling, which as you can see in later photos is not what happens. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    PS Now that the news is getting better out of Iraq, is anyone reporting it? Nope. How anyone trusts anyone in the media is beyond me.

    PSS I want Bush out, but I hate the Islamofascists more.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 25, 2007 1:11:25 PM


  20. Bravo Desi, you rule.

    The american people as a nation will never wake up and they are powerless to do anything even if they did. Their self interests are too diverse and contradictory. Also, they are cowed by the powers that be and their military might. The powers that be (via the media) know very well how to manipulate the masses through fear, ignorance and superstition, playing one group (black, hispanic, gay, straight, x-tian, etc.) against the other. It’s the old game of divide and conquer and they play it very well and it works. You can see it quite plainly on a blog such as this where even 5 queens can’t agree on anything.

    Posted by: the queen | Oct 25, 2007 1:12:46 PM


  21. Stunts like this make paranoid pols even more paranoid. Capitol Hill is already turning into a fortress because of one lone gunman ten years ago (to the tune of a half-billion dollars in fortification work), and access to the public has been greatly curtailed. This will make matters worse.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Oct 25, 2007 1:15:18 PM


  22. I was waiting for the pink girls to scream, "Don't taze me bro!"

    Oh and Michael, I will continue voting for people like Nader and Kucinich because that's who I want to lead this country, not Hillary. Kind of makes sense, doesn't it?

    Posted by: jake | Oct 25, 2007 1:59:09 PM


  23. That picture of Condie near that woman's "blood" stained hands is very powerful. Sure, it's theater and it surely hasn't made a whiff of difference to Condie as her only loyalty is to her boss, not her country. But, Condie is pure theatrics herself. Has this woman told us the truth about anything?

    Remember her defense of Bush regarding the dismissal of the damning august PDB during the 9/11 hearings? She's fake to the core. A acting dynamo.

    Posted by: Marco | Oct 25, 2007 2:06:40 PM


  24. The caption should read "Talk to the hand!"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 25, 2007 2:15:37 PM


  25. Considering the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in Iraq, a pair of blood-stained hands in Condi's face seems a bit of an understatement. Theatrical this is not - I'd bet that many an Iraqi has lost countless family and would do the same with more honesty than we can comprehend.

    Posted by: scientitian | Oct 25, 2007 2:41:18 PM


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