It's Hard To Be A Pimp

A few things:

-- The South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is having a panel on blogging -- titled "The Incredible Blog" -- on the evening of October 19 at the Sun-Sentinel's Deerfield Beach office. I know this mainly because I'll be on the panel along with Politics1.com founder (and general counsel for the Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish) Ron

Gunzburger, Rebecca Wakefield (who is starting two Internet pubs at the present time), and Phoebe Flowers, Sun-Sentinel movie critic and blogger.

So if you've been wanted to scream profanities at me for any reason, there's your chance (click here for more information).

-- Also, wanted to point out that tomorrow (Friday) night, there will be a benefit at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale to support free speech. Called "Speak Up!", it's being put together by local activist Val Silidker. Like any lefty event worth its salt, there'll be music, poetry, and drumming. And what more, really, is there to live for? The press release is produced below.

Speak Up! a benefit to support Free Speech

This event is Friday, October 6th, at the Culture Room in Ft Lauderdale. Doors open at 8pm. Entrance is $7. The line-up includes: Crazy Fingers w/ Jeff Lloyd from Heavy Pets, Fourth Dimension, Ana Kanpa, Teri Catlin, Joel DaSilva from Hep Cat Boo Daddies, Xavier Hawk, and Alonso the poet doing his poignant and powerful spoken word. We will also have speakers, drumming, and raffles! It is sponsored by Rattle the Cage Productions, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and FLPSN, an all-volunteer grassroots collective striving to protect unjustly targeted activists from the harsh reality of government persecution. All proceeds are going to the SHAC7 SUPPORT FUND. www.Shac7.com

Join us for a beautiful night of music, drumming and education. The whole point of throwing this benefit is to raise awareness, to empower people to speak up for their rights, and to support people who do. The great philosopher Voltaire once said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." And thats really what it's all about: the RIGHT to say it.

From the Miami demonstrations against the FTAA, the infiltration of peace activists, the direct arrest and excessive prosecution of environmental and animal activists, to the suppression of scientific data through intimidation and fear, our civil liberties are quickly being eroded. It is time to stand together, time to speak up, in support of our democratic rights to free speech and assembly.

Culture Room 3045 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale FL 33306 (954) 564-1074

*All Artists are donating their performances to this cause.

Val Silidker 954-562-4981 Valkyrie333@aol.com www.RattletheCage.org www.AnaKanpa.com

-- Oh, and one more thing while I'm at it: I'll be on Barry Epstein's radio show, as usual, on Friday morning at 10 a.m. on 1470 AM or here on the Internet. Palm Beach Post gossip columnist Jose Lambiet and Palm Beach political guru Andre Fladdell are also gonna be on. You can guess the topic?

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