So I followed a link from Jill’s post about the proposed dildo ban to the General’s place and found this post about the arrest of five members of Congress at a demonstration calling for action on Darfur. And while the issue of Darfur, and the willingness of members of Congress to be arrested, deserves serious treatment, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw the news crawl at the bottom of this screen cap of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee getting arrested:

Poor Sen. Roberts. Can’t even buy it.

See here if you’re confused about what I’m talking about.

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5 comments for “Bwah.

  1. randomliberal/Robert
    May 1, 2006 at 10:50 am

    I’m going to claim Sheila Jackson Lee as my representative. She only lives one county over, and she’s probably the closest Democrat to me.

    I love her.

  2. Magis
    May 1, 2006 at 11:42 am

    Members of Congress arrested?

    Of course they probably wanted to get arrested, but don’t they have some kind of immunity? (Art I ยง6). Was this a breach of the Peace?

    As far as Sudan goes, they are far more responsible for the rise of Osama than Iraq. It would be nice to do something…if we still had an Army to do something with.

  3. May 1, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Yep, 5 members of the House got arrested for “disorderly conduct” after they refused to disperse from in front of the Sudenese embassy.

    I have some detail about the Congresscritters who got busted at The Boston Progressive. there were an additional 6 “religious and civil rights activists” arrested, but I didn’t immediatly find their names and affiliations.

    On the other hoof, two Massachussetts Reps got busted, including the guy from my district.

    I’ll take an arrest for disorderly in front of an oppessor’s embassay over indictments for campaign fraud and money laundering any day…

  4. Sally
    May 1, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    You’re not allowed to demonstrate within a certain radius of an embassy. During the anti-apartheid movement, a lot of people intentionally violated that law so they would be arrested. It gets publicity, and the embassy will never press charges, because a trial would get even more publicity.

  5. Sally
    May 1, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Here’s some stuff from the New York Times archives about the protests in the ’80s in front of the South African embassy:

    One article

    And one about Amy Carter.

    In all, over 6000 people were arrested in front of the South African embassy.

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