Free speech and the anarchic convergence of irony

Wow. Like most of us on the generally quiet West Side of Saint Paul, I was shocked to wake up this morning and learn that my neighborhood had been the site of a giant police raid, claims of anarchist rabble-rousing, and midnight mayhem even before a well-heeled Republican invasion of our city. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Adding to the discomfort are other reports of semi-arrests, shakedowns and seeming police state actions coming in from throughout the Twin Cities. Of course, maybe we shouldn’t be all that surprised given what we’ve seen in the last eight years of Bush Administration disregard for civil liberties, Gitmo, wiretaps and god knows what else. Continue Reading