Saturday, September 10, 2005


Doctor Ben A. Marble, Physician, artist, musician, hero. Dr. Marble is the man who spoke for much of America when he told Dick Cheney just what Dick Cheney has told Congress and in fact all of us, when he was asked for some sort of accountability.

The news hasn’t carried much about how he was surrounded by men with automatic weapons, handcuffed and held for about 20 minutes before they had to admit there was (still) no law against telling off our government.

Marble, having lost his house and having a newborn daughter, thought he could use some money so he took the video his friend shot of the incident and put it up for sale on eBay. Some time yesterday evening, eBay removed the listing. The bidding was at $670 with 62 bidders.

So far neither eBay nor the seller has responded to my enquiries, but I smell a rat. The listing contained no profanity and it was certainly legal to sell such a thing, but it’s been quietly removed with no explanation.

You can see Dr. Marble’s website here with a link to some additional video. You can read an interview with him at the Mobile Alabama Harbinger here.


Capt Fogg has just learned that the eBay listing has been re-entered with a different title. Ebay had objected to "F***" as being obscene. You can see it - and bid on it- for yourself.

Evening update

Unfortunately, eBay, a company I had associated with a free market now seems to be acting as an enforcer for the Republican Party. Doctor Marble's video has been removed again. Being an eBay stockholder, Capt. Fogg may have a slight chance of being listened to, otherewise it will be a 21 gun broadside and away all boarders - I'll teach 'em to mess with ol Fogg, I will.


d.K. said...

I'm so glad you're an early riser :) so I can start my day with interesting stories like this one. Regrettably, I didn't see the good doctor telling the VP to put it where the sun don't shine - I hope that the footage somehow becomes one of those internet Mpegs that makes the rounds and becomes a sort of cultural meme.

Interesting point that telling off your government isn't a crime - yet. I guess that's why most of the appearances of #1 and #2 (he he) are carefully scripted to include only the applauding automatons who've been pre-selected for admission.

Capt. Fogg said...

Apparently the link to another video on Marble's site is no longer working, but I did find a site that blames the removal from eBay on that company's "owners" support of Bush. That's something I have yet to see documented and of course it's a publicly traded company owned in part by people like me.

At noon today, Saturday, the bidding passed $2000. I believe it will go much higher.

Crankyboy said...

F*** ebay

Crankyboy said...

The item was removed again. As Carlin said there is an illusion of freedom here. An illusion of choice. It's hopeless.

Crankyboy said...

Like my new signature photo?

Crankyboy said...

this one.

Capt. Fogg said...

George Carlin is starting to sound like Noam Chomsky, only more vulgar.

Neither is as cynical as Fogg.