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Saturday, July 3rd, 2004
11:30 pm
[phantom2004]
Ralph Nader And Picketing Police In Boston?
I recently contacted Ralph Nader and Thomas J. Nee, President and Executive Director of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (IUPA #16807 AFL-CIO.) As many of you may know, the Police in Boston have been working without a contract for approximately two years, and are forbidden to strike by law. They are asking for raises on par with those received by the fire department in Boston.

I think it would be great if Ralph Nader joined these police officers on the picket lines in Boston during the Democratic National Convention in Boston so that working people across the country could watch Democratic mucky-mucks cross picket lines on nataional television with Ralph Nader sticking up for their rights -- OR -- watch those same Democratic mucky-mucks not crossing picket lines, not having a good time in Boston, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino looking like a chump.
Monday, June 28th, 2004
8:15 pm
[phantom2004]
Hats Off To John Kerry!!!
I think I just became a John Kerry fan.

I just saw Sen. John Kerry stand up for something, and perhaps disappoint an important audience on principle.

In Boston, where the DNC convention will take place, the police are working without a contract, and they have been picketing public meetings for support. And today, John Kerry chose not to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors so that he would not have to cross the picket line. When asked about his decision, he said, and I quote:

"I don't cross picket lines. I never have."

You don't have my vote yet, John Kerry, but you certainly have my attention! Way to go, John Kerry! Way to go! :)
Saturday, June 26th, 2004
12:43 am
[phantom2004]
Will Gov. Dean Cross Picket Lines?
As Webmaster of the Shadow Protest, and after having my Democratic credentials insulted by one Ms. Laura Gross, Director of Communications for Democracy for America (did she know that I went to Iowa for Howard Dean?) I blasted Howard Dean in a press release that I posted on their blog, Democracy for America.

She had my home address. She had my phone number. It's clear that I'm not her type of team player, and yet, another solicitation for money arrived in
the mail today, which means…

OPEN SEASON ON DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA!!!

Okay!

I have an "Air Gram" from Howard Dean asking me again to open up another vein so that he can blow some more of my cash.

For what, Howie?

I mean, it was an awful short letter you sent me. Almost as short as your emails. I want facts, not factoids. I want YOU to tell ME what YOU are going to do with MY money.

I want a budget.

I want poll numbers.

Don't tell me that you have to publish donor numbers and total donations on June 30th -- if you want my money, you tell me now!

Too much work? Fine. Earth to Howard -- you're not near as charismatic as you think you are, and my checkbook is not near as easy for you to open as it once was.

And who are these people you keep shilling for? John Kerry? Why can't he open his mouth and say "Health care for everyone?" You did. I just did. What's the hold up? Why do I get email from YOU asking for money for HIM when HE can't say that?

"Health care for everyone."

No, not buried in a policy statement, on the stump, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over….

I live in Pennsylvania. I keep getting these emails from you telling me what a great guy this Joe Hoeffel is, and how I ought to slip him some cash.

How do I know he's not gonna go primal like you on national television and blow my dough away like you did? I'm tired of hearing about HIM from YOU, Howard. I want to hear about HIM from HIM.

Hey Howard, is it asking too much that next time you email me saying "Give money to this person 'cause they are so good" you also ask "CAN THEY CONTACT YOU DIRECTLY AND TELL YOU THEMSELVES?" It's the least you could do. Maybe they could start a letter writing campaign to undecided or fed up voters like me.

I don't care if you were first, Howard. What you are doing now bites.

Hey, Howard, you gonna cross picket lines in Boston at the convention? Or you gonna stomp on hard-working Americans on your way to the party to defeat Bush?

Tell ya what -- I'll give you $20 if you promise not to cross picket lines.

$30?

$40?

Real money, governor. And all you have to do is stick up for labor unions in Boston. Or is that asking too much?

$50? Going once? Twice?

Should I photocopy the "Air Gram" you sent me and send it to city workers in Boston working without a contract? Do you want their money, too?

$100?

Are you gonna cross the picket line, Howard Dean? And if you won't tell me now, why not?

If the DFA folks are really savvy with technology, then their Communications Director would have the smarts to remove me from your mailing list after telling me I'm not a true Democrat (was I a true Democrat for you in Iowa, Gov. Dean?) They don't look real smart right now.
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
3:01 am
[shadohfax]
Letter in the Daily News
What an extremely silly political stunt

IN "SNEAKY plan to disrupt GOP," the Daily News looks at efforts by local activist David Lynn to disrupt the Republican convention by encouraging volunteers to sign up and then skip out on their assignments.

This "phantom volunteer" endeavor was originally meant to target the Democratic convention as well, but those efforts came up woefully short - as will the rest of this flawed plan.

Lynn identifies himself as a former volunteer for the Howard Dean presidential campaign, but as a volunteer organizer for Dean during the primaries, I have to wonder if we were working for different candidates.

Dean's campaign was about encouraging individuals to participate in politics and work for changes in government, not trying to disrupt the process through some sort of silly armchair protest.

If we learned anything when the last presidential election was decided by a margin of a few hundred votes, it's that everyone needs to be involved and make sure their voices are heard.

This time around, we cannot act as though the outcome of the election is not important - we know better than that. We cannot afford the luxury of cynical and counterproductive games.

In 2004, the stakes are too high.

Mike Carvalho
Chester Springs

Current Mood: shocked
Wednesday, June 16th, 2004
8:52 pm
[phantom2004]
What Happened To The Original Colin Powell?
Anyone remember Colin Powell?

No, not the guy shilling for Bush. I'm talking about the original Colin Powell. The one most of us used to respect.

Remember the guy who used to work for Reagan, then wouldn't tell us what party he belonged to, and thought about running for President? He would have forced the Democrats to actually work for the Black vote (wouldn't that be a step in the right direction?) Remember the day he held the press conference to announce that he wasn't going to run, and CNN carried it live?

It was as if he mattered.

And then he stopped mattering.

He was scheduled to be on Meet the Press last Sunday. I didn't even bother to set the alarm. I slept through it.

Some say Condoleeza Rice marginalized him, but I don't think she had (or has) anything to do with it.

I think it started when he became willing to lie.

Sometime back in March of 2004, he was talking to the BBC about the possibility of torture at Guantanamo Bay. Perhaps you remember this quote:

"We have watched Guantanamo Bay very carefully knowing of the interest of a number of nations, including the United Kingdom, and knowing that we have responsibilities under the Geneva Convention and BECAUSE WE ARE AMERICANS, WE DON'T ABUSE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN OUR CARE." (Emphasis mine.)

Willing to take his word on this one now since Abu Ghraib?

How 'bout his speech to the United Nations on weapons of mass destruction?

Or his daily "We are winning the war on terror" statements?

I used to be a Democratic Committeeman, but there was a time when I would have changed my voter registration to Republican to go to the wall for Colin Powell. That time has long passed. I'm not even willing to watch Colin Powell on television nowadays, because I do not want to listen to him lie to me anymore.
Thursday, June 10th, 2004
7:28 pm
[phantom2004]
Parking Perks For Piggy Politicians
A little off the beaten path today -- According to today's Philadelphia Daily News, three people have been indicted for fixing 125,000 parking tickets in the city of Philadelphia.

125,000 parking tickets.

Assuming that they were all for the garden-variety expired meter type of $20.00, that's $2,500,000 of lost revenue to the city.

One of the men is a city official, Joseph F. Hoffman Jr. The second is a defense attorney deputy city commissioner and the third owns several taxicab companies.

Also in the article are the names of a few politicians who appear to have had many more than a few tickets cleared through Hoffman's office. According to the Daily News "Hoffman had favored some of the city’s leading politicians, including U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah; Register of Wills Ronald Donatucci; the mayor’s son, Sharif Street;"

I got a parking ticket last week. So did my girlfriend. Now, I had already paid mine, but I called Congressman Fattah's office today to see if my girlfriend could get hers fixed. I was told to call someone else who didn't return my call. Then I called back, and Tia Watson of the Congressman's office said the Congressman never received the tickets -- his son did, and that the tickets cleared through Hoffman's office were those received by his son. Oh, by the way, Chaka's brother works for Hoffman at the agency responsible for clearing the tickets.

Yeah, like that passes the smell test.

If it turns out that Congressman Fattah had a few bogies fixed, I'll be sending him a bill for $20 for the price of my girlfriend's ticket. If he's going to slop like a piggie at the public trough, the least he could do is pass out a few bennies for the rest of us who are trying to play honestly.
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Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
11:30 pm
[phantom2004]
Who Is Sen. John F. Kerry?
Out of respect for the passing of Ronald Reagan's passing, Sen. Kerry has suspended a number of campaign activities. Out of respect for Sen. Kerry, a number of those close to him are pretending to see a noticeable difference between Sen. Kerry campaigning and Sen. Kerry not campaigning.

What should Kerry do with his week off? Why, he could do a number of things. He could visit a neighborhood anywhere in the United States where people live below the poverty line, making him the first of the two major-party candidates to pretend to care about people who live below the poverty line

He could take a Berlitz course in Spanish, and learn to communicate with people who are Hispanic. At least he would be able to communicate clearly with some Americans in their native language.

Sen. Kerry might study up on the economy and health care -- issues that are important to regular Americans, and are actually safe to talk about without inflaming passions about Iraq. He also might try meeting a few regular Americans and try just relating to them. Now that the cameras aren't on Sen. Kerry, this is a great time for him to practice and fall on his face without everyone watching.

Better yet, this is perhaps the best time for him to fire his entire campaign staff, and start over. It would show some leadership ("I can make tough, bold decisions") and prove that he is willing to surround himself by people who are not just sycophantic yes-people. Kerry could reassemble a crack team of managers and pollsters to get his campaign going again.

I know what kind of President Bill Clinton was, notwithstanding lying to a grand jury about a fling with a White House intern, be cause I know where he stood on a number of issues such as deficit spending and nation building. I know where George Bush stands on a number of issues, including deficit spending and POW treaty obligations.

I have no clue who Sen. John Kerry is. As a registered Democrat, and as someone who vigorously supported Howard Dean, I would like to know. I would like to give Kerry the opportunity to reach me, to relate to me, to find common ground with me, but even though I was getting spam from both Howard Dean and Mary Beth Cahill until recently about the man (I got off the lists -- nothing worth reading) I don't know much about him.

The Republicans say that he's a wishy-washy spineless product of the beltway. I haven't heard much from Sen. Kerry to suggest otherwise. Unless Sen. Kerry finds some way to communicate to me that he is worth voting for -- and I like to think that I am reasonably well informed -- then I may be voting for myself as a write-in here in Pennsylvania, a swing state. If he has a problem with that, then he needs to have a conversation with me. Something tells me that I am not alone in this regard.
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Saturday, June 5th, 2004
10:24 pm
[phantom2004]
In Memoriam: Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States
Former President Ronald Reagan passed away today. As 40th president of the United States, he served from 1981 to 1989.

According to CNN, "he died of pneumonia, described as a complication of Alzheimer's disease, a condition he made public in a stirring letter in 1994. His wife, Nancy Davis Reagan, and their two children, Ronald Jr. and Patty Davis, were with him at 1:09 p.m. (4:09 p.m. ET) when he died at his home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles."

Much can be said by those on either side of the political fence about the 40th president, his effect on world affairs, his dominance over domestic policies, and of his wife's Nancy's efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease from which the President later suffered and of her advocacy for stem-cell research.

At this moment, however, I feel ill equipped to debate or judge his legacy. Instead, let our prayers be with his family as they pass this time of grieving, and with our country as we find our land slightly emptier; and may our words to friend and foe alike be civil if not kind in honor of a man who prided himself as a communicator. Like never before, we need talk in tones less strident and phrases less harsh, so that we may to understand one another again, and begin, finally, to heal.
10:39 am
[phantom2004]
How are they doing in New York? Who knows!
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Scott Purvines in New York yesterday about the Shadow Protest and about the Bill of Rights in Philadelphia. Scott said that he had called the RNC and asked how many volunteers they had recruited, and how their volunteer efforts were going. Wouldn't you know, they wouldn't tell him much. What a surprise.

Scott has done some work for the History Channel for "Underwater Detectives." Some of his other work has involved documenting the status of native American tribes in America.
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Sunday, May 30th, 2004
12:13 pm
[phantom2004]
In Memoriam: Archibald Cox, Former Watergate Special Prosecutor
I was truly saddened to learn of the death of Archibald Cox. Cox represented everything that was right with America at a time when so much was going wrong with America. He was one of those rare public servants whose interest truly lay in serving the public.

Cox was appointed to investigate the Watergate break-in and other related activities. When he learned that Nixon had a taping system in his office that might have recorded conversations about the break-in, he requested access to the tapes. President Nixon refused, so Cox subpoenaed them.

In a landmark ruling, The United States vs. Richard Nixon, the Supreme Court voted 8-0 that President Nixon was required to turn the tapes over to Cox. In effect, the court ruled that the President was not above the law.

Still, Nixon refused to turn over the tapes, and Cox decided to ask the Supreme Court to hold Nixon in contempt. Nixon was furious, and ordered then Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General, William D. Ruckelshaus, to fire Cox. He also refused and resigned. Third in line was Robert H. Bork, who as Solicitor General of the Justice Department dismissed Cox. The incident became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."

The rest, as they say, is history. More than one million telegrams poured into Washington calling for Nixon's ouster, and 22 bills pertaining to impeachment were introduced in the House of Representatives.

Through it all, Cox refused to grandstand. He did hold one press conference before his showdown with President Nixon for which he was coached (he was not a natural media persona) and he later admitted that he cried just before he went before the reporters. After he was dismissed, he issued this one line statement:

"Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people."

Cox is survived by his wife Phyllis Ames, and their three children, Phyllis, Sarah and Archibald Jr.
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Friday, May 21st, 2004
8:56 pm
[phantom2004]
Dedicated To John Street, Lynne Abraham, John Timoney, and Janet Reno
Many people have indicated that they do not believe that I am really an equally opportunity rabble rouser. I have received a number of emails indicating that I did not really intend to sabotage the volunteer efforts of both conventions, but only the Republican convention.

Hogwash.

I got the idea for the Shadow Protest in late 2000 after I witnessed the suppression of civil rights in Philadelphia during the Republican convention. I was furious with Mayor John Street, District Attorney Lynne Abraham, and Police Commissioner John Timoney for their actions. I wanted to fight back. I wanted to fight back against Republicans who benefited from their actions, and I wanted to fight back against Democrats, like Mayor John Street and District Attorney Lynne Abraham who were responsible for illegally arresting and jailing law-abiding citizens. Finally, I wanted to fight back against United States Attorney General Janet Reno, who stood by and did nothing.

And I have failed.

I went to Iowa as a Perfect Storm volunteer for Howard Dean in January 2004. After he lost, I came home, a bit burned out. I lost some valuable time. By the time I purchased the shadowprotest.org domain name on April 1, 2004, the DNC in Boston had already recruited more than enough volunteers. I lost a great deal of valuable time.

Am I kicking myself? Daily.

But there is still the RNC in New York, and as far as I can tell, they are still in the process of recruiting volunteers. They benefited from the suppression of civil rights in Philadelphia in 2000, and they did not speak out when they had the chance.

My hope is that Republicans organize early in 2008 to fill the ranks of the 2008 DNC convention with Phantom Volunteers. I will be happy to act as an advisor without pay, although I doubt they will need my assistance. My goal is chaos on a large scale during the DNC in 2008 due to a breakdown in volunteer operations. In the midst of it all, when delegates from Philadelphia introduce themselves to delegates from other states, I hope they are met with scorn and derision, and remarks such as "Oh, you're the ones who made this happen. Thanks."

Enjoy Boston, folks. The Shadow Protest will be ready in 2008.

David A. Lynn
Webmaster, Shadow Protest
http://www.shadowprotest.org
phantom@shadowprotest.org
May 21, 2004
Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
12:19 pm
[phantom2004]
Vote For George!
I've made up my mind.

I'm voting for George -- as a write-in.

No, not that George -- my friend George.

Y'see, so many folks are saying that I should vote for Kerry 'cause he's not George W. Well, that's not such a great reason in my eyes. Lot's of people aren't George W., like, oh, Ralph Nader, but he's become so dreadfully boring. And Kerry, well, a former co-worker of mine recently suggested that Sen. Kerry and Lurch of the Adams Family were separated at birth, and he may be right (if he's wrong, then I believe that my co-worker owes the Adams Family an apology.)

But we must have alternatives. Instead of voting for Kerry, I decided to see if there was a way that I could find another Republican named George to vote for here in Pennsylvania -- a swing state -- and perhaps take votes away from the real candidate, George W. Bush. And I have settled on my friend George.

George is, and has been for years, a "card-carrying Republican" (his words, not mine.) He was into Nixon back when he was in diapers, and he's still not sure if Nixon did anything all that bad (we don't talk 'bout this much -- it leads to unpleasant conversation.) However, unlike many Republicans, he is pro-choice -- extremely pro-choice. He makes NARAL look reactionary by comparison. He doesn't give two shakes about what two consenting adults do in the bedroom together. He doesn't care if those two adults are two men, two women, or one of each.

But George is not the libertine type -- no, not George. George is a man of faith who wholeheartedly believes in marriage. And if two loving, honest, ordinary adults wish to marry each other, George and his wife would marry them, for George and his wife are practicing ministers.

But not Christian ministers. George and his wife are a pagan priest and priestess. At the rise of each full moon (and a host of other events -- eclipses, equinoxes, solstices, change of season -- whenever possible, it seems) they lead a small group of gatherers in songs, ceremony, and feasting like you wouldn't believe (none of this bread and wine prison fare stuff -- these folks know how to eat!) And unlike Catholic bishops who are threatening to refuse elected officials communion for their views on abortion, birth control, and the missionary position, George, his wife, and his fellow worshipers have always made me feel welcome in their circle -- and at the meal afterwards. They have never questioned my beliefs, nor have they tried to convert me. And they have always invited me back.

I can't help but wonder who is more like Jesus and his disciples -- George and his astronomic band of merry revelers, or Catholic "we hide pedophile priests under the statute of limitations" archbishops who want to ban politicians from communion for making them look foolishly irrelevant. Note -- this comparison to Christ will make George cringe, not because he is anti-Christian, but because he is humble enough to know who he is -- and who he is not.

SO -- Instead of voting for Lurch II, I'm voting for George, a card-carrying Republican family man of faith, who, with his wife by his side, preaches to his flock about love, justice, and good food every possible solar event. Vote for George! Vote for George! Vote for George!
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4:07 am
[phantom2004]
Phantom Gossip
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Ok, time for a little inside Shadow Gossip. I was invited by Bob Laird, op. ed. page editor of the New York Daily News to submit a piece to the newspaper concerning the treatment of Republicans in New York at the RNC. I wrote my piece, yadda yadda yadda, it got published, I was very pleased. I was very happy -- and still am. The link to my piece, and the opposing op. ed. from Ed Koch (answering for the RNC) can be found by clicking at http://www.shadowprotest.org/presscov.htm.

SO THEN I get an email from an anit-Republican group saying (and I'm quoting here):

"David. I respect your general style, but I have to tell you that I think your editorial should have been much stronger. Below is the version [NAME DELETED BY ME] and I co-wrote at Bob Laird's request - I guess he solicited multiple pieces. In the future, I would suggest that you defer to New Yorkers if the task is speaking to New Yorkers about how they should represent New York."

I guess they were jealous that my piece got chosen, and their piece did not. Let's all take a moment and feel bad for them.

Okay moment's over. MOVING ON….

Another protest group based in New York got upset with me when I posted information about my death threat. They had this to say:

"David, DONT make a big deal of this. We have a folder of 150 emails that call us
'fags, commies etc'
by releasing a press statement, you are essentially showing they got to you.
save the emails, save their headers and IP addresses, track down their hosts or upstream providers but when you release this info, you invite freepers and other right wingers to mess with you and others. think about it. you should see what they send to us."

Jeepers, creepers, what’s a freeper? Furthermore, my site, my first amendment, my death threat. I'm paying for this. I do the work. They don't like it, they don't have to participate. Besides, as I said in my statement (which I'm not sure they read through until the very end) I don't mind being called nasty names -- I get hate mail on a daily basis. Death threats, those are a problem. I also know just enough about domestic violence to know that this person might be threatening others, and might be in a position to make good on those threats. I wonder if the group that is begging me not to let the world know that the person threatening my life "got" to me would like to explain their position to any one of a number of women's groups that deal with this kind of thing. 'Nuff said.

OKAY! Post away!
Friday, May 14th, 2004
12:19 pm
[phantom2004]
SHADOW PROTEST WEBMASTER STATEMENT ON RECENT DEATH THREAT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2004
Contact: David A. Lynn, Webmaster, Shadow Protest
Email: phantom@shadowprotest.org

SHADOW PROTEST WEBMASTER STATEMENT ON RECENT DEATH THREAT

The following statement was made by David A. Lynn, Webmaster for the Shadow Protest, http://www.shadowprotest.org/, on May 13, 2004 concerning a death threat he received on April 27, 2004, and the lack of response from law enforcement organizations to which he has reported the threat:

On April 27, 2004 10:58 pm I received the following message in my inbox at the email address phantom@shadowprotest.org from an individual unknown to me:

Please, please, please show up at the NYC GOP convention!
This way we can beat you to death!
I'm calling everyone I can know to show up, with their friends, for a good old head bashing!
We'll have a contest "the one with the most brains on his bat wins".
This is actually for your own good. The resultant brain injury and death will save you from a future Islamic regime which would rape and then kill you. Then again, faggots like you would relish a good fudge packing by a mullah.
Oh well, wishful thinking, you faggots will be too weak from AIDS to attend anything by November.

US Marine tired of spineless faggots

I saved the message. I did not respond to the individual who sent it. After considering the matter for several days, I sent certified letters to the following individuals: Hon. Lynne M. Abraham, District Attorney, City Of Philadelphia; Hon. Jerry Pappert, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Hon. Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General, State of New York; Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, District Attorney, Borough of Manhattan; Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Hon. John Ashcroft, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice; General Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps. The letters, along with their confirmation numbers and dates of receipt are posted at the Shadow Protest site at http://www.shadowprotest.org/deaththreatinfo.htm. To date I have received no response of which I am aware.

I chose to report the threat in writing for multiple reasons. I wanted to make clear that I was reporting a death threat, one that I took seriously. I wanted to make clear that I understood that whoever investigated the threat would need to look at the traffic at my site (which before April 28 had been negligible) but ONLY TO LOOK FOR THAT MESSAGE. I wanted to be clear that, despite the differences that any of these organizations might have with my political beliefs or methods for carrying them out, I wanted the same protections due any other citizen. I wanted to make clear that I would cooperate fully and quietly -- unless I saw a need to do otherwise. And I wanted a paper trail, one that spelled out what kind of assistance I was requesting, and, perhaps just as important, what kinds of assistance I was not requesting.

To date, I have heard nothing from the offices of the seven organizations I have contacted. I would like to think that perhaps this is due to a bureaucratic accident, but I cannot say that I fully believe this. Lynne Abraham, District Attorney of Philadelphia, is perhaps best known as the architect for repression of civil rights during the Republican convention in Philadelphia in 2000. The FBI and Department of Justice are currently using broad powers under the PATRIOT act to brand dissenters as terrorists and traitors at the slightest provocation. On April 27, I received one blank email from the domain oag.state.ny.us, the office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, indicating they had been visiting my site before it had been well publicized. Although I replied to this email, I received no response. It appears that the people responsible for protecting me may view me as “one of the enemy.” It is difficult not to see them in a similar light.

I receive a lot of hate email from my site -- much of it decidedly anti-Islam, anti-Arab, anti-gay, anti-poor, and anti-liberal. This surprises me, for I fit none of these categories. I have made it my policy not to respond to such email, and I have gotten pretty good with the Delete key. Not everyone will agree with me, which is okay. I feel no need to shout back.

Why, then, am I so interested in finding the person who sent this murderous email? Because I do not know who else this individual has threatened, or will threaten. I do not know if his next threat to another individual will be made in person, nor do I know whether s/he will be foolish to carry it out. Although this threat was received well before the horrific pictures from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq burned across our television screens, I would like to know if this person is indeed a United States Marine, and how they are representing me to the rest of the world if they are stationed in another country, especially if, heaven forbid, s/he is responsible for the care of Iraqi prisoners of war.

The battle for an open yet lawful society is a daily struggle -- one not made any easier by the post 9/11 world fashioned by the many law enforcement entities entrusted with guarding our freedoms, be they controlled by Democrats or Republicans. However, I am just naïve enough to believe that this should not matter. Someone claiming to be a United States Marine has invited me to the Republican convention in New York this summer to murder me with a bat, perhaps with a few of his/her friends. I would like to know who this person is; whether they are truly a United States Marine; and I would like them to understand that their email to me was unacceptable -- in the strongest possible terms. And I’d like a little help -- I think I’m entitled.

I will be happy to make copies of the threatening email -- complete with the email address and full name, my letters to law enforcement, and my certified mail paperwork available to members of the media upon request.

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Saturday, May 1st, 2004
3:06 am
[phantom2004]
Three reasons convention planners are really dumb
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How dumb are convention planners? Let me count the ways....

First of all, they should have seen the likes of me coming years ago. The labor union sickout is a tried and true tactic, and when used on the scale of thousands, it can have devastating effects. The folks on the (D) side in Boston got lucky -- their volunteers are all recruited. The folks on the (R) side are in a bind. Look for me on Sunday in the New York Daily News, promoting my website once again. I don't have to convince a city of umpteen-gazillion people to agree with me; I only have to sow doubt, and maybe get a few thousand people on my side. Very doable.

Second, did'ya notice that both conventions are in northeastern cities that are easily accessible from other northeastern cities that are chock full of malcontents that will be more than happy to do whatever they can within legal means to disrupt the events of the two conventions? Both cities have old, narrow streets -- easy to block with marches (not that I'm in favor of that -- just an observation.) And New York even has a Subway system to evade street level roadblocks. Brilliant, people. Just brilliant.

And what were the Republicans thinking going to New York, anyway? Okay, so, George Bush is going to run as a wartime president -- that's a great idea, assuming he's doing a good job at it. No way is he gonna get New York's 31 electoral votes. And since Massachusetts is a slam-dunk for the Dems, what are they doing in Boston?

Third -- and this is a biggie -- I keep hearing about Ohio as a must win. 20 electoral votes in Ohio. Ohio.

Ohiiiiiiiiiiiiiio.

Ohio.

Um, excuse me, but, why isn't anyone holding their convention in Ohio?

I'll grant that it may not be the tourist Mecca of the United States, but you must admit, if you brought the convention to Ohio, you might have a better chance of winning the state. And it's a much longer trip for all the malcontents from New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington. And no way would something like the Shadow Protest get off the ground in Ohio.

Think about it. The announcement is made: "This year, we're going to be in the great state of Ohio!" The Republicans could reaffirm their base, or the Democrats could avoid looking like a bunch of Northeastern ninnies. And unlike Boston and New York, the very, very, very small businesses would benefit. Whether in Columbus, Cincinnati, or Cleveland, every hotel room would be booked, every car for hire would be rented, and delegates would eat at the local restaurants instead of Sardi's and Tavern on the Green.

Heck, you might even have delegates sleeping on people's couches. People in Ohio would just love the attention (Iowa or New Hampshire, anyone?) and when it was all over, they would be won over by those very nice people who came to town, spent money at the local places with the local people, all while taking a moment to nominate the next president of the United States in the most important swing state of the Union.

Tell me I'm wrong. Go ahead, tell me.... :D
Thursday, April 29th, 2004
9:59 am
[phantom2004]
Game on!
Hey, hey, hey!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

PLEASE -- Join the Shadow Phantoms Blog and post at will!!! Go to https://www.livejournal.com/create.bml and create a new account. Once you have created your new account, join this blog and you will be able to post whenever you like on any subject you like!

Apparently, the Shadow Protest has provoked some interesting discussion, some very uncreative hate mail (delete, delete, delete) and one death threat. I take those very seriously, folks, i.e. I plans to have a sit down with local law enforcement real soon. So if you're feeling homicidal, get a therapist, m'kay?

I will be creating a press page soon, and updating my links page (that's this weekend's project.) At the moment, you can find me in a recent New York Times article (I think that started everything), the Philadelphia City Paper, and the Boston Phoenix. I am very grateful to them all. On Sunday, I am slated to appear on the op. ed. pages right next to the host committee of the RNC.

And if you're REALLY LUCKY you may get to hear a voicemail from a reporter who blacklisted me from his paper because I gave an exclusive to someone else.

Special thanks to the folks at the New York branch of Indy Media and RNC Not Welcome. I don't think I've ever met any of them before, but they seem like good people.

Keep it coming, people! Three months to Boston, four months to New York! Woo-hoo!
Monday, April 19th, 2004
1:34 am
[phantom2004]
Welcome to the Shadow Protest!!!
Hi everyone! I'm David. For the next few months, I'll be your host for the Shadow Protest as we stack the volunteer ranks of the two conventions with no-shows and force chaos on the convention planners. I hope you will join me in this effort.

PLEASE -- Join the Shadow Phantoms Blog and post at will!!! Go to https://www.livejournal.com/create.bml and create a new account. Once you have created your new account, join this blog and you will be able to post whenever you like on any subject you like!

This part of the site is set up specifically for those of you who may want to "volunteer" for either convention and may want a partner to join you; or perhaps you have already "volunteered" for either convention and you have a few insights to share with the rest of us; finally, you may know of a group of people with an axe to grind who may wish to "volunteer" en masse, and you may want to alert us all so that we may contact them to solicit their help.

You all can help me by remaining on the lookout for convention websites. As far as I know, they currently do not exist for either convention, nor have volunteer hotlines or recruitment email addresses been posted. If you see them, please let me know as soon as possible -- I will need to alter this site as well as my PDF fliers.

If your organization would like to be listed on my site, and you are willing to list me on yours in return, please email me.

A few quick rules to keep everyone comfortable:

1. No flame wars. Everyone is welcome here, and if you have a disagreement that you can't solve amicably, take it elsewhere. I mean it.

2. No profanity. My Kansas blood won't allow it.

3. While I am all in favor of sticking it to the two-party system, I am not in favor of violence and lawlessness. I believe we can cause tremendous problems for the two parties this summer without breaking the law. Let's do that.

Questions, comments, concerns, or words of encouragement can be sent to phantom@shadowprotest.org. Thanks so much for stopping by.

David A. Lynn
Philadelphia, PA
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