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Oct 122011
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I have to spend most of the day on the phone fighting with health insurance companies.

I started today’s show explaining what that’s all about…

I spoke with emptywheel‘s Marcy Wheeler about Occupy Wall Street, the latest bullshit thwarted “terror plot” and our experience in Washington DC at Rep. Dave Camp’s office…

Crooks and Liars‘ founder, and one of the three members behind the Blue America PAC, John Amato joined me to talk about the C&L Occu-Pie pizza deliveries to 25 occupations around the country and lots more.

And I played Ted Rall’s speech calling for a revolution Thursday night from Freedom Plaza in Washington DC.

Now, back to the phones…

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Oct 102011
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A sign I saw in Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza read “The Beginning is Near!”.  It’s obviously a play on the paranoids’ “the end is near” theme.. but it was wrong.

The Beginning is HERE!

This morning on the show, I told about my trip to DC to participate in the Take Back the American Dream conference, sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, Rebuild the Dream, and MoveOn.org, plus the Stop the Machine – Create a New World October2011.org occupation of Freedom Plaza.  I was straddling both worlds of the progressive movement to change this country for the better…

I spoke with Greg Basta of NYCC (New York Communities for Change) , who has been working with the folks at Occupy Wall Street to help grow the movement, and bring organizations to help grow the movement.  Follow some of the actions planned in NYC in the coming week on their facebook page: facebook.com/beyondMay12.

I also got hold of Kevin Zeese, one of the October2011 organizers, still at Freedom Plaza in DC, intent on continuing the occupation, even after their permits expired last night at 10pm.  We spoke about the peaceful protest, Thursday’s events and march (in which I participated), the agent provocateur who created the conflict at the Air & Space Museum on Saturday, and what they’re planning going forward.  I also asked him about their fear of being “co-opted” by establishment progressives.

Although I don’t agree with Kevin on that last part, I am quite supportive of what they are doing.  I just believe there’s room for all of us on this side  in this fight for what’s right.

In hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined me for our weekly “Fools on the Hill” segment, in which we recap the Sunday (and other) talking head shows.  This week, she brought us this:

One of the things that I find so disheartening about living in this country at this particular time is the triumph of stupidity over knowledge. There’s a whole lot of stupidity happening on the Sunday shows and sadly, the media—whom the public expects to inform—contributes to the stupidity constantly.

For example, David Gregory proves his complete lack of worth as host of Meet the Press in an interview with Paul Ryan. Ryan pulled some interesting facts out of his P90Xed posterior—that the House has passed “dozens” of jobs legislation that the Senate refuses to consider– which makes no sense if you think about it even a little, yet David Gregory completely abdicated his responsibility to exercise a little journalistic skills and ask Ryan to explain.

Sometime the truth isn’t what even the media wants to hear. On the new Fox Channel show “The Five”, they agreed that it’s just terrible that Sesame Street has created a new Muppet character to introduce the concept of food insecurity in a prime time special. I mean, who wants children to be aware that some of their classmates may be going to bed hungry and malnourished? That might make them empathetic and they’ll be less likely to be Fox News viewers.

As the Perrys and Palins fall by the wayside in the Republican primary race, the other candidates are jockeying around, trying to find frontrunner Mitt Romney’s weakness. It appears that Romney’s faith may be that Achilles’ heel. After Pastor Robert Jeffress told John King that he couldn’t—as a God-fearing Christian—support a Mormon candidate like Mitt Romney, because Mormonism “is a cult,” Candy Crowley used that as a launching off point to question fellow candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann if they agreed that Romney was not a Christian. Way to kneecap your candidate ahead of the general election, folks.

Surprisingly, the only host that actually practiced some halfway decent journalism was Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday. “ Wallace asked Rick Santorum about his pledge to revoke the revoking of DADT. Wallace reads a quote to Santorum about “using the military for a social experiment” and asks him if he agrees with the sentiment. Santorum says that he basically does and then Wallace tells him it’s a quote from a 1941 treatise regarding racial integration. Santorum then has to backtrack and say that the difference is that homosexuality is a “learned behavior”. Uh huh…all science to the contrary, but hey, let’s not let that bother us.

Finally, we had one of our own on the news shows this week…finally. Jesse LaGreca, better known as Ministry of Truth on DailyKos, was on “This Week” to give his perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protests. And he stood toe to toe with the inane stupidity that is Village wisdom from George Will and made him and the whole status quo protectors look pathetic. If we have enough time, Van Jones and Naomi Klein were on “Up with Chris Hayes” to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests and for all their talk of lack of message clarity, Jones reminds DC and Wall Street that the protesters have the MORAL clarity.

 

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Oct 092011
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“I Lost My Job, But I Found An Occupation” – That’s one of the many creative signs I saw at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC at the start of the October2011.org – Stop the Machine, Save the World occupation.

This action has been in the planning stages for a few months now.  I was one of the original signers of the pledge that reads

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

Well, we are still in Afghanistan, and I was in DC.  I was in the picture at the top of the page (that’s me, near the bottom of the bottom circle in the % sign), and I took lots of pictures, video and taped some interviews.   We’ll hear the interviews this week on the show… and here are the video highlights:

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Sep 302011
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I do a lot of talking every day, but I’d never ask my listeners to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.

For a few months, I’ve been spreading the word about the October 2011 movement. And recently I’ve been telling you about the Take Back the American Dream conference, organized by the Campaign for America’s Future, Van Jones’ American Dream movement, and MoveOn.org.

I’ll be attending both next week, as I head to Washington DC.

In my absence, Shane-O of the Funked in the Head show will be filling in for me, and I’ll check in with him every morning to let you know what’s happening.

This morning on the show, I spoke with Robert Borosage, president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future about the conference and the recent protests that have started around the country.  He and Katrina vanden Heuvel addressed the issue in a piece for The Nation, “Can A Movement Save the American Dream?

Comedian John Fugelsang went down to Liberty Plaza to check out the Occupy Wall Street goings on, and he joined me to help wrap up the week.  Next week promises lots more activity and, more media attention, as many union workers will join the action in NY and other occupations begin – most notably on Oct. 6 at Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza.

 

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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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