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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Unity Fair Takes a Serious Turn

posted by on May 29 at 13:40 PM

Posted by news intern Chris Kissel

There were more cameramen than students at the Broadway Performance Hall this morning when I showed up to cover the “Speak Out Against Police Brutality” rally at Seattle Central. When I got there, Jason Farbman from the International Socialist Organization was speaking to a row of empty seats about yesterday’s tussle between an SCCC student and Seattle police.


As Farbman cited the Jena Six and talked about police accountability, students gathered around the food stands set up away from the stage. I asked the student next to me if he had heard about what had happened. “Yeah,” he said. “The one guy got punched.”

Farbman, a 30-year-old student, told me when I caught up with him afterward that he was selling socialist newspapers in the main hall at SCCC yesterday when the SPD-student scuffle broke out in front of him. He said the police “definitely came down brutally,” and that he wants to organize more events to draw attention to the incident. “We should at least have a forum so we can talk about this,” Farbman told me. “Lots of people are really angry.”

After Farbman left the stage, the Unity Fair emcee said, “Let’s just be here to have fun. Let’s talk about unity today.” Then he introduced Macklemore, the local hip hopper, who was booked for the nearly-empty Unity Fair.

The cameramen who’d gathered next to the stage slowly sneaked away.

“This song is called ‘White Privilege,’” Macklemore said. “Word,” said the student next to me.

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I always get that guy confused with the former M's second baseman. Always, "WTF does Mark McLemore have a second career as a rapper?"

Posted by joykiller | May 29, 2008 1:52 PM

No wonder you are a fucking unpaid intern. Listen kid-ya wanna make it at the Stranger you need to write about eating shit or lickin' assholes or --well that's all been done over and over and anyway that's Dan Savage's turf.
Ya gotta be creative kid. Think of the most juvenile stupid disgusting thing a person could do. Do it, write about it, and advance your career at The Stranger. With a little persuasion you can probably even convince Jen Graves that it was art. She thinks everything is art!

Posted by Paid intern | May 29, 2008 1:54 PM

No Communists in my car! No Christians, either!

Posted by Big Sven | May 29, 2008 2:10 PM


We'd rather not moderate your comments, but off-topic, gratuitously inflammatory, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate remarks may be removed, and repeat offenders may be banned from commenting. We never censor comments based on ideology. Thanks to all who add to the conversation on Slog.

Posted by I see your boobie | May 29, 2008 2:12 PM

I don't think I'm going to take the word of anyone dumb enough to sell socialist newspapers.

Posted by Giffy | May 29, 2008 2:20 PM

Why are they selling them? They should be giving them to the masses.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 29, 2008 2:22 PM

Socialists need money too!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 29, 2008 2:23 PM

Groups like the Socialist Alternative have no place in a civilized society. It's a shame that these organizations prey off college students, a batch of often-ignorant saps who can't look past the idealism to see the true faults of this "movement."

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 29, 2008 2:25 PM

Come on, it wasn't that bad of a turnout. There were a helluva lot more people there by the time Geologic came on.

The Unity Fair MC kept saying really sensible stuff about how people should wait until they have solid information about the incident before they base their opinion on rumors. Seemed a lot more level-headed than the second socialist guy that came up and implied the police were lying about trying to serve the beat-down dude any papers at all.

They need to have some kinda public meeting where there can be an open discussion between the students, SPD, and faculty.

Posted by errrk | May 29, 2008 2:34 PM

The Comments # was 0 when I started this string... can you prognosticate what the number will be by the end of the hour while I fill in some postings and professional samples?

I walked past this spot earlier today... the taste of blood still in my mouth.

That's the metaphor for incarceration today as I also had a run in with the law.

Piffle for a moment... as I would first like to say a few words about experiential training and coaching in the 21st century.

( the extra caps are mine as this is a shout out!)

Shannon Evans gives us the last word word in the June 2008 issue of Seattle Woman.

She rallies an passionate speach and support for some of well known cuniforms of cartoon gossips that we as over-populated people live in today's society.

We all know our favorite uses for duct tape and the usual boundries for 9-10-11 year old sports boys who's testosterone is on the verge of turning 5'3" coaches into the latest old school video joke at a moments notice thanks to today's rapid advancment in telecommunications.

I am grateful to Coach Evans for her lucid thoughts and forceful conjoining of shock values and the stereo-typical sidetracks of the mundacities that slow down gainful mirth.

I'll name drop for a moment, though it surely won't be 20.

AARP, and Helen Mirren on the cover issue of April 2007.

Golf and Royalty : LINKS The Best of Golf
July August 2007.

Oprah's New Passion Volume 9, Number 4 April 2008.

John R. Purcell
Nancy S. Purcell
Timothy Carr


These are some of the rarified " res-em-bella-nces... that entertain some of the editors and legislators and advertisers who under-research the cost benefit ratios of small town gossip in exchange for large corporate donorships and the pen-ultimate game....

"Steal thy poor-mans fun."

"To me it matters not"... may be the sound of a legalist who is safe in the reduction of transient wave files and the shuffle of the homeless and over-exploited youth bound by a systematic self destructive force feeding of inner-city apathy.

Lisa Kogan is connections... with a photo illustration by John Ritter.

Page 207.

Well that is that.

You all surely know the "dish", but do you really know how connected or dis-connected you are?

Today, early in the morning before sun up, I started my usual walk after waking.

Along that roadside I found the usual trash that is scattered all over the world in an unusually non-coincidental string theory.

Specialized Medical Egg Yolk Bottle, Hypodermic Needle, other assorted identifiers....

What did I do?

I put my experiance with Dr. Len Horowitz's book : Aids, Ebola and the New Emerging Viruses to the 2008.

Yet I digress again....

For our coach from Bainbridge Island had a few between the lines memories for me to remind this readership about.

One is... Alaska... be careful with your putters.

Knives on the wall and burning trash in the body is a bad business practice to sustain.

Another rememberance.... is that one of infinate fear to some people...

...that being that women have always had lovers.

The Challenge for men and women who gossip is to reflect on the fact that in any and every relationship with children, not all husbands are capable of being their wives lover at all times.

Take the gender calssification out of that statement and you have truth and maxims of why men and women with bombs and money go to war with each other and the reasonings to argue over churches and mines and minerals, food and shelter and the trash.

I threw the "test" on the bricks in front of the Federal Building in Seattle earlt this morning and this time the gaurd came out and I ran.

Last time with the sleeping bag I walked and he didn't chase me.

This morning he chased me.

Does any body see the immediate significance in this example?

What about today's front cover picture of George. W. Bush and the airforce airman, cadet/officer(?){name/rank/pose and posture}
on Investors Business Daily?

Do you easily dismiss the excitable fantasies of the low educated "genius" over the awards and ailent dusty dilomas of all the grinders just gutting it out in corporate america?

How much do you want the vitality and firm vigor of youth and the fist of power?

Are your secret machines and weather gods in alignment and can you foster the harmony of your branded label before the bottom falls out of the market again?

How about a flight of fancy to mars or venus or a trip back through time?

Maybe you all should know how the charges were assigned.

I was arrested today for "littering" on Federal Property.

The " ticket officially said " preservation of property..."

It was trash found on the street and posters from musical bands with a note for Senator Eric Oemig of Washinton State.

The second ticket was for " possession of narcotics."
The official ticket read that phrase.

It was my marijuana pipes. No Green buds or shake.

Just ash in the bowl.

I was not in the room when the lone officer Brown did his toxicity check by himself on the pipes and during that process I asked him if he had a witness in the room when he did was doing the test on my personal belongings without my attorney present and a witness there to watch him.

His answer when I asked him if he was alone or in company of a witness was vauge and lead me to believe he had someone in the room with him.

Later I asked the question again and he then called on his walkie talkie shoulder mic and another officer came in after the test was administered on my medicinal contents.

There was no other narcotics on or in my possesion.

The needle was trash from the street for my demonstration earlier.

We discussed ( the officers present ) the internal listening devices that surely are present and duely noted in a Federal Containment Space while under arrest for suspcion of terrorism.


There is no end game for losses at the
World Series of Putt Putt Golf.

Posted by daniel bennett kieneker | May 29, 2008 2:40 PM

Why cann't someone bash the commies who sell those socialist newspapers and leave the gays alone?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 29, 2008 2:48 PM


Oh, grow up. Every last one of those students will abandon the "movement" once they actually have to work for a living.

Posted by keshmeshi | May 29, 2008 2:53 PM

What if dbk is the only one making sense and the rest of us don't realize it?

Posted by PopTart | May 29, 2008 2:54 PM

heaven knows that Communist and Socialist States never have brutal or oppressive police forces...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | May 29, 2008 2:56 PM

That event looks painfully bleak. So much for unity. Even those seaking to promote unity oppose it, apparently.

Posted by tabletop_joe | May 29, 2008 2:59 PM

All I know is that overly long post by dbk meant I didn't read it ... we need a "below the fold" option for long posts.

Here, let me lay out my 25-point plan for how to do it ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 29, 2008 3:07 PM

I love this post. The anomie, the empty chairs.

Posted by Fnarf | May 29, 2008 3:10 PM

We'd rather not moderate your comments, but off-topic, gratuitously inflammatory, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate remarks may be removed, and repeat offenders may be banned from commenting. We never censor comments based on ideology. Thanks to all who add to the conversation on Slog.

I'm curious, why is Mr. Poe allowed to treat the comment section as his personal blog, but others get their comments deleted?

Seriously, you need to address this.

Posted by Jeff | May 29, 2008 3:10 PM


Mr. Poe can't be off topic because Mr. Poe is the topic. I don't know about others, but I think of him as the unofficial Slog mascot.

And I believe I read that off topic post earlier. I think it was just the copy-and-paste-don't-forget-about-teh-warz guy.

Posted by tabletop_joe | May 29, 2008 3:17 PM

I suspect it takes a li'l bit of white privilege to have time to sit around and write songs about... white privilege.

Posted by CP | May 29, 2008 5:04 PM

I can't think of anything more endearingly stupid than college activism.

Posted by laterite | May 29, 2008 5:49 PM

#13 - ha ha ha.

I actually think signing anything with your three full names should set off the Spam filter. Unless you're Jan Michael Vincent. He can post here if he wants to talk about Airwolf. If he'd rather talk about something else, ban him too.

Posted by Dougsf | May 29, 2008 6:12 PM

If they start blocking DKB's comments I'll stop reading Slog.

R. E. S. E. C. T., indeed.

Posted by Fnarf | May 29, 2008 6:44 PM

For the record, there were a couple hundred students in attendance.

Posted by Truthiness | May 31, 2008 1:12 PM

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