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Fleetwood Mac

My first visit to the University of Minnesota as a perspective student eleven years ago was the day after a Fleetwood Mac concert.  

Guess what.  Guess who I saw last night ……  Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John.  












Totally blew me away.  Teri and I walked, skipped, jumped and ran our way into the arena as Tusk was playing; unbelievable.  Don’t Stop, Gold Dust Wom[y]n, Landslide, and Silver Springs were just a few songs played.  Mick totally knocked my socks off with his loony, tripped out drumming tactics and little red shoes.  Lindsey’s voice, incredible.  John rocked it.  And Stevie, amazing.  A full set and two encores later even for an arena show,  I was was not let down, not even a little bit.  

The house was packed, mostly with…..the Minnesota nice who sit real still in their seats.  WHO SITS STILL AT SUCH A SHOW?

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The Final Night’s footage

This video does a pretty good job of showing what was experienced in the Sears parking lot in St. Paul on September 4th, 2008


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Twitter saved my life

Twitter is one of latest crushes.  I was introduced to Twitter during spring semester in Michael Stephens Library 2.0 class.  I have been using it pretty much since class.  However, over the last week, user-ship in the Twin Cities really increased.  I would like to say that Michael Stephens was the cause of this, but I think this article sums it up.  Library 2.0 out in the real world…yeaaaaaaaaa!

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RNC Day 4, can we have our city back?

The do gooders are back at it.  Link and continued discussion at this original link


Images from the anti-war march.  The march started at the Capitol marching towards John Ireland.

Love The Lawyers Guild in the neon green



Chalking the intersection “Arrest Bush Not Us”

Once John Ireland was blocked, the crowd headed over to Cedar but was stopped at 12th

Sewer covers secured for the week

The first set of protesters to be detained.  The police surrounded the organizers of the Anti-War Committee.



After the arrests and not getting anywhere on Cedar, the crowd turned around and headed towards Marion


The group took a right on University from Marion.  The intention was to find a route to the Xcel.  This became difficult as the overpasses were blocked

And then the concussion grenades and gas were deployed.  Couldn’t tell if the police gave a warning, the helicopters were low enough to drown out everything.  The police wouldn’t disperse the group in this manor unless they had given a warning, right?  The green cloud in the lower center is gas and concussion grenades.

Surrounded by police on horse back in the Sears parking lot.  Tried to go one way, police said to go the other way.  Turned around and the police on the other side were closing in.  Tricky, tricky.

Those unfortunate to be in attendance may think twice about doing that again.

Those poor horses.  No one asked them.

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RNC Day 3: Calm before the storm

Today was a little more quiet.  I rode my bike over to Rice Park where MSNBC is filming live as well as the east entrance into the River Centre/Xcel Center.  Boring, boring, boring.  Three people approached me with questions.  Nothing much to look at.    As I was walking towards 7th Place Park I saw

The park was closed off, a young person had thrown a firecracker out their window and was cuffed once he walked out of his apartment.  Tensions are running high.  


After watching the RNC on TV, I was appalled after hearing the chant “Drill Baby Drill.”  Wow.  I am not one to talk/yell at the tv, but it happened for most of the “speeches.”


Please check out this video by gnooze that was posted on twincities.indymedia.org

The video is just some of the Tuesday Night Poor Peoples March aftermath.

The police had blocked off all side streets and forced us back to the capitol after the march.  From there you really had to know the area to get back downtown if you lived there due to several of the streets being blocked by riot police.  The police were there to protect, but they did a great job of intimidating too.


PS, I know you all read that Palin was interested in banning books from her city’s library.  She never followed through….

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RNC Day 2: gas masks, the latest fad

Ripple Effect provided a day of music and activism


Group hug during Matisyahu’s set

Michael Franti

Police not letting Rage Against the Machine play.  The police think RATM may incite a riot.  Perhaps the police are attempting to incite a riot if they don’t let RATM play.  In the end RATM is not allowed to go on stage.  Instead they go to the front of the stage with a megaphone and perform a couple of songs while the crowd kneels down to let everyone else see.  Amazing.

Poor Peoples’ March (group had permit)

When is the last time you saw police on bikes with gas masks?


and more gas masks

and more, scary police on top of cars with rubber pellet guns.

Thanks to Twitter we learned that the police had notified area hospitals that they would begin using gas soon.  That was our cue to leave.

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RNC 2008 Day 1 St Paul – Holy Shit

Yes, I participated in the rally and the march today in St. Paul.  And no I am not an anarchist.  How could I be, I  am way too much of a capitalist.  But  I would like it known that regardless of what the media says, not all those who participated are anarchist.  Others who are not anarchists have ideas too.  Regardless, I am really happy about participating today, and I am really happy to share my experience.

@ the rally getting lined up for the march

sign @ the rally

exercising the right  to mock the ridiculousness that has become the 1st  amendment right.

This is who was watching us march.  Totally awesome, totally necessary [please read sarcasm]


After the march (actually like a couple of hours after the march) this is Mucha talking with the police to find out how we can get back home since downtown St. Paul was blocked off completely.  It was virtually impossible to cross over I 94 on foot.

Once we able to go home, we found the arrest area a block away from where we live.  Lots of civilians cuffed and lots of riot police standing around

the people who are not police are arrested in this image

and more arrestees

Obviously  what I witnessed today is nothing compared to what take place in other countries, none the less it was still a really intense day.  I started the day by providing Street Reference via Radical Reference; we were even interviewed by Congressional Quarterly but we ended up witnessing some pretty intense safety measures taken by the  St. Paul police department.

End  of day one.  What will tomorrow bring?  No one knows.  But I must say that Twitter really kept  us informed with what was going on and where not to go if we wanted to be safe.  Use Twitter.  Don’t know what Twitter is? Look it up at google and get to it.


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RNC updated indymedia info

Please keep yourself up to date with what is going on in St. Paul and Minneapolis.  Even though CNN and NBC is in town, there are still choices as to what is made public.  For the real stories, the ones they don’t want you to know about, go to Twin Cities Indymedia

Staying informed will help keep us aware and  safe.

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RNC Events

 I am making a list of all the events I am aware of durning the RNC.  I will update this list as I learn of more events.  If you know of something and its not listed here, please let me know.

  • Now – Thursday September 4th, Leaning Tower of Pizza $3 off large Pizza for Democrats

Leaning Tower of Pizza locations in Stadium Village (2501 University Ave S.E) and Uptown (2324 Lyndale Ave S. will offer $3 off large pizzas for thos Democrates and full price for Republicans

  •  High Noon, Saturday August 30th, 2008 22nd Annual Tea Party and Hempfest, State Capitol

Rally at the capitol at high noon and then March to Xcel Center.  Music by The Lost Marbles, The  Limns, and Black Magic.  Sponsored by MN abNORML.

  • 5pm Saturday August 30th- 5pm Sunday August 31st, Peavey Plaza Spark24

spark24, founded by Scott Mayer, is a newly formed organization comprised of members of arts organizations, business representatives, and the hospitality industry. The organization is committed to showcasing the award winning Minneapolis Saint Paul arts scene to a global audience.

A non-stop marathon of free entertainment called “spark24” will kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2008 and will continue until 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 31 (the days just preceding the start of the Republican National Convention).

Peavey Plaza and Orchestra Hall on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will be filled with theater, music and dance performances. Plus, over 60 venues, ranging from restaurants and bars to hotels and retail stores, will also feature live entertainment during the 24-hour period. The festivities, offered free to both visitors and local residents, offers something perfect for adults and families.

The IDS center will be reserved during the entire event for visiting media and credentialed VIPs. Globe University is hosting a media center in the IDS Center to facilitate communication for members of the press.


  • Sunday August 31st – Wednesday September 3rd Amnesty International Guantanamo Cell Tour

In St Paul  September 1- 3, at 7th Street West and Walnut Street. Opening event with Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA on Sunday August 31st at 5 pm, and the cell will be open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 7:30pm

  • Sunday, August 31st-Tuesday September 2nd Black Dog Block Party
The Coup, Ill Chesmistry (Carnage, Desdemona), Los Nativos, M.anifest, Kill the Vultures, Aviette, Anthony Cox,Dean Magraw & Friends, Big Quarters,Junkyard Empire, The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Back Street Boogie Band,Soul Tree, The Brass Messengers, Pocket of Resistance… 
  • 1pm Sunday, August 31st  Liberty Parade down Nicollet Mall to Loring Park.  Parade begins at 4th and Nicollet.  Following the parade there will be music and activities in the park                  Dillinger Four
    Retribution Gospel Choir
    Happy Apple
    The Brass Messengers
    Mama Digdowns Brass Band
  • September 1st -4th, Various downtown St. Paul locations Takin’ it to the Streets
The McNally Smith initiative, “Takin it To The Streets”, will feature musicians from the college who will perform live on six strategically located street corners throughout Downtown St. Paul. The street musicians will showcase their musical talents to entertain an estimated 45,000 delegates, party officials, members of the media, as well as the general public who will gather in the Twin Cities for the RNC. 

In addition to the “Takin It To The Streets” initiative, McNally Smith College of Music and the History Theatre will host Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart during the show’s coverage of the Republican National Convention, broadcasting live September 2-5, 2008. During the week, the school will also host an outside venue for the public to congregate and relax while listening to live music and enjoying` food and beverages. Food vendors include BBQ from Famous Dave’s (NASDAQ: DAVE); Gyros from Dino’s (The Greek Place); Dunn Bros Coffee, and hotdogs, desserts and assorted beverages will also be available. 

Over 200 musicians from the McNally College of Music are expected to participate in the celebration. The musicians will perform daily at six key locations throughout the week: World Trade Center (Wabasha Street at Seventh Place); Seventh Place; Lawson Commons (St. Peter Street and Fifth Street); Ecolab Plaza (Fifth Street and Wabasha Street); City Hall (Wabasha Street and Kellogg Boulevard) and at the McNally Smith campus (Exchange Street and Cedar Street). All of the locations and performances are listed below, as well as Google Map directions and the performers’ MySpace pages.

  • September 1st -4th, Rice Park MSNBC Live Taping
  • Monday Sept 1, 3:30pm-4:30pm Revolutionary Love 2:  I’m Your Best Fantasy, Minnesota State Capitol

“Conflating grassroots political activism, performance art, queer theory, and national politics, New York–based artist Sharon Hayes is staging two large-scale, public performances at both the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions as part of Creative Time’s summer-long, national program Democracy in America: The National Campaign. Hayes is collaborating with 75-100 citizens in each city to recite in unison, a text written by Hayes that addresses the relationship between political desire and romantic desire. The speakers, will recite the 1 -minute texts approximately 3 times over the course of an hour.

Revolutionary Love 2 is presented by Creative Time with the Walker Art Center and The UnConvention.

Hayes’ performance is intended to be a spectacle, and is designed to mirror the spectacular nature of the National Conventions. Reacting against the tendency of groups to polarize feelings about homosexuality for political gain, Hayes describes these performances as personal addresses to the power structure, or a group of people speaking their hearts as one.”
To Sign Up and Participate:

  • 11am-2pm, Monday September 1st U of M campus, Church St and Washington Ave C-SPAN Election 2008 Campaign Bus

C-SPAN’S Road to the White House Tour is visiting communities, schools, and political events around the country to inform voters, empower teachers and enrich civics education.

  • Monday Sept 1, 12pm-7pm Take Back Labor Day Festival

Hip Hop acts Atmosphere and Lupe Fiasco, actor/ musician Mos Def and British rocker Billy Bragg are joining the line-up at the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Take Back Labor Day Festival at the foot of the Republican National Convention.

On Sept. 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul, Minn., the musicians will share the stage with already-announced performing artists Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, and Tom Morello & friends. The Take Back Labor Day Festival, sponsored by SEIU, will include a concert, a You Tube station, a children’s area, and a large audience-participation art project. Joining the performers will be SEIU leaders Andy Stern and Anna Burger and other special guests.

The festival will both celebrate workers’ achievements and promote a New Vision for the 21st Century that includes:

  • Affordable, quality healthcare for everyone;
  • Wages that can support families;
  • Freedom to join unions without intimidation;
  • Retirement security.


Tickets also available @:
Fifth Element
2411 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

  • Tuesday Sept 2nd-Thursday Sept 4th 2:30pm-7:pm each day Rock the Vote, Electric Fetus

From Sept. 2-4, during the Republican National Convention, the Minneapolis Electric Fetus will be acting like the Electorate Fetus, with the help of the LMV Mpls (League of Women Voters) and Rock the Vote. From 3-6 p.m. on those days, it will register 1,000 new voters. It will be made easy with the help of Rock the Vote and the LMV Mpls, who will have staff on-hand to register new voters and help all voters find out more about their polling places. Even if you are already registered to vote there are plenty of reasons to stop by and see your friends at the Fetus.

* Staging a Movement: A variety of bands will be playing special in-store performances to support The Electorate Fetus Political Happy Hour events. The shows will take place Tuesday through Thursday. Check HERE for the schedule of bands.

* Sound(off) Check: The Fetus is offering an open mic to anyone interested – including the candidates, who have been invited – in discussing the importance of voting. The forums will take place between band sets. Political candidates or their representatives will have microphone priority and certain restrictions apply (obviously). Bring your guitar, a beat, or just yourself and be heard.

* Rocking Refreshments: The Fetus will be offering cookies and juice to anyone who stops by to take part in The Electorate Fetus events.

* Political Records: During the three-day span, the Fetus will be naming ten important political albums and will feature them at 20% off, with a portion of each sale going to support the Rock the Vote movement.

  • 12pm-2pm Tuesday September 2nd, U of M Northrop Mall CNN Election Express Yourself

Election Express Yourself will allow citizens to express their own political views through “shout out” video portraits, on-line interaction and numerous on-site activities, including political trivia and the chance to design personalized election memorabilia

  • Tuesday September 2nd 12:30pm-7pm State Capitol Lawn (Ripple Effect)Day Festival 

FEATURING: MICHAEL FRANTI, ANTI-FLAG, DEAD PREZ, WOOKIEFOOT w/MATISYAHU, I SELF DEVINE, INDIGO, THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING ROADSHOW, WINONA LADUKE (indigenous rights and environmental activist), MEDEA BENJAMIN (co-founder of CODEPINK & Global Exchange) WILL STEGER (polar explorer and global warming activist) and many more to be announced! 7-10,000 people will gather at the state capitol lawn to engage in trainings, educational workshops, community building activities, music, and art in the name of positive social and environmental change.  Ripple Effect 

  • Tuesday September 2nd 6pm Varsity Theatre, Policy and Pint:  Youth and Politics

As the Republican National Convention takes place across town, the Current and Citinzens League will ask how young people today are changing politics, elections, and public discourse.

  • 7pm, Tuesday September 2nd, Fitzgerald Theatre Provention Concert

The Republican National Convention is coming to the Twin Cities in September, and wouldn’t it be a shame if there was no one to play some deafening power chords in celebration? Our line-up will offer relief from the constant trumpeting and stampedes of agitated elephants. Maybe you should come down and do some trumpeting yourself!  Provention
Nellie McKay
Dan Wilson
The Honeydogs
The New Standards
Haley Bonar
Matt Wilson and John Munson are “The Twilight Hours”
Jeremy Messersmith

Warning! This roster is subject to the addition of super-secret guests!

  • Thursday September 4th, 4pm  MN State Capitol No Peace for the War-Makers Protest

Rally at the MN Ste Capitol followed by a march to the Xcel Center

  • doors 1pm Thursday September 4th, Station 4 Concert for Change

Free, non-partisan event at Station 4 in St Paul.  18+.  Entertainment:  Drift Effect, 3 Pill Morning, Black Days Down, Far From Falling, Between Two Skies, Through the Static, Undone, Tepetricy, Sika, and more to be scheduled.  Station 4


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St. Paul, drop it like its hot

Just in case you were not aware, Barak Obama is visiting St. Paul, the Xcel Center to exact.  All day I debated whether or not to go check out the rally.  So on my way home, I decided I would go see what Obama has to say.  Instead of exiting on 7th, I took the 5th St. exit, just to see what was going on outside the Xcel two hours before the Obama was scheduled to speak.  Two hours prior to his speech, 7pm, the doors were scheduled to open.  I  knew it would be busy, but I was impressed with the amount of people in the streets.  The line was out of control, the line was not just down the street, but it was winding through downtown and ending on Roberts St. which is not close.

The video below was taken on the 5th St exit as I was approaching the Xcel Center.  Now this video is by no means George Lucas quality, and keep in mind I am moving, the people are moving and I have a measly flip camera.

So I was pretty impressed.  But then I drove a few more blocks and the line was still there.  All the way down to Alary’s.  There is a revolution taking place!  Lets keep the momentum going!

I think the guy in the green shirt is waving people down to let them know where the beginning of the end of the line is.

Who ever your candidate is, I think it is important to recognize how brilliant it is of the Obama campaign to have his “acceptance” rally in the very city and venue that the NRC will be held.  Smart people running that campaign.  September is going to be an exciting time for the 651 and I hope the green hats are ready!


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