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Sep 282011
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We’re setting sail
To the place on the map from which no one has ever returned
Torn by the promise of the joker and the fool
By the light of the crosses that burn
Torn by the promise of the women and the lace
And the gold and the cotton and pearls
It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you meet
You sail away from the light of the world

Listen baby – you will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow

Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
Oh-oh-oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
I want to run and hide
Right now – right now yeah

Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
They will leave you drifting in the shallows
Or drowning in the oceans of history
Travellin’ the world, you’re in search of no good
But I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like I knew you would
Using all the good people for your gallant slaves
As your little boat struggles through the the warning waves

But you will pay, you will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You gonna pay tomorrow

Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no no no
Oh-oh-oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no no no

Where’s it comin’ from or where’s it goin’ to?
it’s just a ship of fools

 

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Sep 272011
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Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Last night after dinner, I clicked the streaming link to see what’s happening at the Occupy Wall Street movement just in time to see Michael Moore speaking to the crowd.  I played some of his speech on the show this morning, and found the video for those of you who did not tune in to see it:

Lock up the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

This morning, I spoke with Jesse LaGreca – known to many of Daily Kos readers as Ministry of Truth – who’s been at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) since day three of the occupation.  He set the scene for us, and answered my myriad of questions about what’s happening down there.  Read his accounts of how Fox is reporting on the occupation and more as he liveblogs the occupation.

You can follow him on twitter (@JesseLaGreca) and email him at MinistryofTruth@live.com.

Of course, you can help the protesters by following Jesse’s instructions:

1. Get this message out there. Can we do it? YES WE CAN!2.    Use the twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and follow on facebook and twitter accounts related to the ongoing protests. Help put this video on your facebook pageand any other social media that you use. Make it viral.

3.    Make a donation to WeAreTheOther99%’s media fund. They need funding to stay active, and without huge corporate interests backing us up like the Teabaggers have, the only way this works is with your small donations.

4.   Go to OccupyWallSt.org and make a donation to our General Fund to support the ongoing protests.

5.   Get the word out about these protests of Wall Street’s greed to everyone you know. Raise awareness, even if it is via word of mouth, every little bit helps.

GottaLaff joined in from The Political Carnival as she does every Tuesday morning, to dish on the news.  We got to a few of these stories today:

Twisted Twofer: Cain nearly quit, Fox’s Ailes rejected Pawlenty

John Boehner: House GOP not “mean-spirited.” These 19 links suggest otherwise.

VIDEO- Fox’s Brit Hume: “Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate.”

VIDEO: Rick Perry claims he never suggested Texas might secede. Oops! There’s audio.

Rick Perry’s Texas prisons end special last meals before executions

VIDEO- “Librul” CNN’s “librul” Candy Crowley, short version: President Obama, what a losery loser he is.

VIDEO: First GOP applauds death, boos U.S. soldier, now cheers Rick Scott’s unemployment “success”

GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen becomes 1st Republican Congress member to cosponsor Respect for Marriage Act

Remember the dreaded “Ground Zero Mosque”? It opened… without a whiff of “refudiation”.

VIDEO- Bristol Palin: Do you hate my mom “because you’re a homosexual?”

Tomorrow on the show, a Keystone XL pipeline protester, and Kevin Zeese - one of the organizers of the October2011 movement!

Hand out the arms and ammo**
We’re going to blast our way through here
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together
Now

** Although I agree with most of the sentiment of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air” , I disagree with the “arms and ammo” part.  This must be a peaceful, non-violent “revolution”… No arms or ammo necessary.**

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Sep 262011
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I’m still in shock over the NYPD’s brutality this weekend.  I grew up learning about the unique rights we have here in the United States. Chief among them is our freedom of speech, which includes our rights of peaceful assembly and protest.

This weekend in NYC the police brutally assaulted young people exercising their rights, and corralled a group of women who were breaking no laws while a police captain – Anthony Bologna -  violated them by spraying them with pepper spray.  The video is below, in an entry posted Saturday evening.

This morning, I came upon USLaw.com, who slowed the video down to show us exactly what happened in slow motion:

Are you outraged yet? If not, read this account given to the Village Voice by the woman with the long hair. Her name is Chelsea Elliott.

I heard screams near me, and this young girl near me was shoved down [by the police] — their hands were on her head until she reached the pavement (she was yelling because the cops were beating up some 19-year-old kid). I screamed something like, “Stop! Why are you doing this?” There was blood and shit; it was terrifying. I looked at the cop I’d been talking to, and he had a blank but worried expression. Then this cop in a white collared shirt came around and just sprayed us, not even one steady stream, more like you were spraying a plant — me and three or four other girls. I fell to the ground, and the girl behind me, this pretty, thin girl, a total hippie, with short hair and a gray tank top, they got her so bad! We were just lying on the ground, it was extremely painful. The cop I was talking to, he talked to the cop who sprayed us, and was like, “Thanks for the warning.” I think he got maced in the eye, too.

What happened then?
We lay on the ground like little worms. One of the other girls was a medic, and was able to pour milk in her eyes. The cops left. They moved the net. All I know from what happened afterward, I watched on YouTube. For like 15 minutes, I couldn’t see; I couldn’t breathe at first. It was so out of the ordinary and unprovoked. Our medical group poured milk into my eyes for like 10 minutes, and apple cider vinegar on my face.

Read more here... But the police claim they used the pepper spray “appropriately“.

Meanwhile, many people are gearing up to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. beginning on October 6 -the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. One is a regular listener of my show, Carrie Stone, who is walking the walk!  She joined me on the show this morning, as she’s heading out tomorrow morning beginning at 8am ET, walking from her home in West Virginia to Washington DC.   Follow her on twitter @papercrete.

On her “Walking the Walk”  facebook event page, she explained what it’s all about:

On October 6, 2011, people from all walks of life and areas of the country will gather on Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to begin what organizers hope will be America’s version of the occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt and other cities across the Middle East.

To help publicize this event and inspire others to join in the occupation of the plaza, a group of us are planning to WALK 200 MILES from Clarksburg West Virginia to DC.

We will begin walking from the K-Mart parking lot, Eastpointe Shopping Center, Emily Drive, Clarksburg WV on September 27 at 8:00 am.

If you can only walk with me “in spirit” please consider contributing a bit to help with my expenses!

To donate visit http://www.builtfromtrash.com/ and click on the ‘Chip In’ button on the left side of the web page.

We mapped the route and determined – if we average 22 miles per day we can make it in 9 days, arriving the late afternoon or evening of October 5th.

A large majority of the American people support the following:

–Tax the rich and corporations
–End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
–Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security –Improve Medicare for all
–End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
–Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
–Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
–Get money out of politics

The government, dominated by elite economic interests, is going in the opposite direction from what the people want. The American people’s agenda is our agenda.

For more information about the Walk (and to see a map of the route), please visithttp://builtfromtrash.com/take-action/38-walking-the-walk. If you would like to join us for all or part of the walk, or if you live along the route and want to cheer us on or bring us water and/or sustenance, please send an email to walkthewalk@builtfromtrash.com.

For more information about the occupation of Freedom Plaza, visit http://october2011.org/

This morning’s show continued with Karl Frisch, syndicated columnist, Democratic strategist, and progressive radio personality.  We talked about the Occupy Wall Street movement, today’s politics, and his latest column, “Forget Class Warfare, Republicans Engage in Class Genocide”.

And as we do every Monday morning, I chatted with Crooks and LiarsNicole Belle about the Sunday talking head shows in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”.

Every week I become more discouraged by the failures of our media to even have an honest conversation, much less an honest reporting of the issues of the day. The media doesn’t want to discuss populist movements, like the OccupyWallStreet protests, doesn’t want to offer a point of view that doesn’t favor the very wealthy or the status quo or point out the contradictions or hypocrisy in politicians’ spin. In fact, often they are the very purveyors of these partisan narratives.

Like Chris Wallace, who did his level best while talking to WH adviser David Plouffe to keep that “class war” meme pointed at those below the poverty level. Listen to him tell Plouffe that the rich *are* paying their fair share of taxes.

And while we’re on the subject, can we just dispense with that notion that the very wealthy are paying their fair share altogether? On his sophomore weekend, Chris Hayes points out how that particular Republican talking point is not actually painting the real picture.

David Gregory can also always be reliably pushing Republican memes. On Meet the Press, he actually wasted three minutes grilling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he liked Obama as much as he liked Bush. No, seriously.

Of course, Bill Kristol, Brit Hume and AB Stoddard agree that they would like Barack Obama a whole lot more if he would just go back to that capitulating and accommodating politician willing to give just about everything for a “grand bargain.” Let’s hope Obama doesn’t take their advice.

And finally, Lamar Alexander made news this week by resigning his leadership positions within the Senate GOP. I had hoped that it was because he was just tired of the caricature that the tea party has made of his party, but based on this appearance on State of the Union, I think that was overly optimistic of me. After Mark Warner bemoaned the tea party antics bringing the country back to the brink of yet another government shutdown as the Democrats try to get much needed aid to Hurricane Irene victims, Alexander said that it was actually Harry Reid’s fault, for creating a crisis that doesn’t actually exist.

 

 

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Sep 192011
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If you’re wondering what’s going on in NYC near Wall Street and in other cities around the world in the “global revolution”, you’re probably looking in the wrong places.  To see what’s happening in New York City, you’ll have to go to Al Jazeera or find the live feed online.  (I’m happy to assist you with that live feed here):

Unfortunately,the stream is not very reliable, but it’s better than the coverage you’ll get watching any of the major networks or even the cable news channels.

If you’re wondering why there seems to be a media blackout, look no further than the owners of the networks, cable channels and local stations.   I’m trying to find someone involved to come on the show tomorrow…

Today on the show, I was joined by Rob Boston, senior policy analyst at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.  I invited him on the show last week after seeing a Los Angeles Times article that confirmed my worst fears about the role evangelical preachers are taking in the 2012 elections.  But they’re not alone.  Slate’s Dave Weigel reported on last week’s loss of the Congressional seat by the Democrats who had occupied it for almost a century that the issue of gay marriage got Orthodox Rabbis involved:

The first wedge issue, getting a little less attention on Tuesday, was gay marriage. Earlier this year, Assemblyman David Weprin voted for the successful bill that legalized same-sex unions in New York. He explained his vote by explaining the tenets of his Orthodox Jewish faith. “I think everyone here would agree that we should not be outlawing marriages between Jews and non-Jews or interracial marriages,” he said.

That was dangerous. At least 40 Orthodox rabbis in the district signed a letterpronouncing it “forbidden according to Torah law” to vote for Weprin; this in a district where perhaps one-third of ballots would be cost by Jews, many of them Orthodox. The National Organization for Marriage, which had failed to stop the gay marriage bill, trained its death ray on Weprin, organizing direct mail and robocalls to spread the rabbis’ message, and targeting the district’s Hispanic voters – about 15 percent of the population – with a robocall from conservative State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.

If preachers preach politics from the pulpit, their churches ought to lose their tax-exempt status!

It’s Monday, that means I get to dissect the Sunday talking head shows with Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill.”  Here’s what Nicole brought us today:

First, we have a brand new show on the weekend…and this one seems made for the liberal desperate for some reasonable discussion of the issues: Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. I have to say that so far, it’s been a pretty auspicious debut. And since it’s in all of our best interests to promote liberal voices on the air, I’ve got a clip from Chris’s show that has echoed our discussions for the last year. In previewing the Sunday shows, Hayes asked his panel what questions they would ask the scheduled guests. But instead of directing her question to the guests, NY Times Rebecca Traister wanted an answer from the producers and bookers for the shows: Where are all the Democratic representatives? (just the last minute of the video)

We got plenty of Republican representation on the Sunday shows. Like Herman Cain, who Fox News is still curiously taking seriously as a Republican candidate. Cain was on Fox News touting his absurd 999 plan. When Chris Wallace pointed out that the numbers in his plan didn’t quite add up, Cain claimed his plan was approved by leading economists, though he wouldn’t release their names because he didn’t want to “compromise their confidentiality”.

The ultimate in Republicans we should never have to hear from again is Dick Cheney, still be enabled for his revisionist history press tour by the mainstream media. This time Cheney is not denying any kind of war crime or extra Constitutional act. No, this time, the same man who pushed the notion that you were on the side of the terrorists to even question the actions of the president denies that he was “sowing discord” by pushing for an Obama primary challenge.

Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday to tell Chris Wallace that his “Buffett Plan” is nothing more than “class warfare” against those poor, downtrodden millionaires and billionaires. Oh wait… And if that’s not enough, he supports a plan to let the unemployed work for FREE. If that’s not the Objectivist ideal, I don’t know what is. Ayn would be proud.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt (who must defend his company against anti-trust allegations before Congress) told Christiane Amanpour that it’s demand—not tax cuts—that creates jobs. The GOP is absolutely right in saying that uncertainty is hurting us economically, but they’re focusing their attention on the wrong side of the equation. As long as people fear losing their jobs or worry about their underwater mortgage, they’re not going to spend money on unnecessary things. And as long as they’re not spending, there’s no demand and no reason for companies to hire more staff.

 

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