WASHINGTON — Protesters from Occupy DC, facing a clampdown on their encampment on Monday, stripped down for a topless street party outside a black-tie gala for Washington’s biggest movers and shakers. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle topped the guest list for the 99th gathering of the exclusive Alfalfa Club, which convenes once a year in a five-star hotel for a lavish dinner and some witty speech-making.
Outside, up to 200 members of the local offshoot of Occupy Wall Street pogo-danced to Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” as bemused police officers looked on behind barricades. Leading the revelers were several young women who gleefully bared their breasts, including one who wrote “freedom of expression” on the belly of another. Several men also stripped to the waist despite the winter chill. But there was a flash of tension as well when some Alfalfa Club invitees passed through the protesters, including one man who found himself in a staring match with a female protester before he was hit with a handful of glitter.
.. “I’d never heard of the Alfalfa Club before,” said protester David Varrows, 64, a Washington artist who turned up in tuxedo, a pig’s nose and a sign that read “Brother, can you spare a billion?”
Here you can see Joe Lieberman get his by a glitter bomb.
These "topless" activists protested yesterday in Davos, Switzerland.
I have been to Turkey. My favorite writer (Lawrence Osborne) lives in Turkey and was just saying last night that the snowfall there made it look like a fairytale. They have McDonalds, for crying out loud! It could be a European city except it has better spice markets.
Perry predictably says we should cut off foreign aid to Turkey.
"Obviously, when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that type of activity against their own citizens," Perry responding to a question about the rise in violence against women in Tureky. "Then yes, not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong to be in NATO, but it's time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it".
Idiot. In Republican debates, it's a contest for who can be the biggest racist, homophobe, sexist - and they're preaching to the converted. It looks embarrassing when this appears in the world press, and when it's realized that one of these nut cases could be the next GW Bush.
Turkey lashed out at Perry earlier Tuesday, saying his comments were "baseless and improper", and adding that "the unfortunate views of Perry are not shared in any case by Republican party supporters, considering the weak support he has received in public polls and primary elections."
It's good that they realize this - we do not need him already causing international incidents.