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Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 10:56 AM PST

Taking advice from Harry Truman

by DCBlue

"Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-square for the American home — but not for housing.

They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights.

They favor minimum wage — the smaller the minimum wage the better.

They endorse educational opportunity for all — but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.

They consider electrical power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They think American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn't spread to all the people.

And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it."

- Harry Truman October 13, 1948

Give em hell

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Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:39 AM PDT

Mitt's Comments = GOP Policy

by DCBlue

Recently released videos of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser are sending shock-waves through Mitt Romney's campaign, and the larger political establishment.

The comments contained on the secretly recorded tapes show a candidate that is dangerously out of touch with reality, and they dovetail nicely with the narrative that the Obama campaign has been developing since Romney became the Republican standard bearer.

But, these comments - on his fellow Americans

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
...and on possible peace in the Middle East...
I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, "There's just no way." And so what you do is you say, "You move things along the best way you can." You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.
on a larger and just as important level, represent the dogma of the Republican Party.

This video may prove to be devastating to Romney's campaign, as it should.  But, the danger of the policies enunciated by Romney on this tape  - towards 47% of Americans, or towards peace in the Middle East - are still being furthered by Republican legislators on Capitol Hill and in state houses across our country every day.

If the GOP is able to gain the majority in the Senate and retain the House, the feckless disregard Romney displays on this tape will infect every piece of legislation.

We must tie Mitt's comments and the underlying policies contained within them to every Republican running for office in 2012.

"Obamacare has been repealed," Willard Mitty exclaimed to those assembled to watch the 2014 State of the Union address.  

The cold winds of a January evening in Washington swooshed outside, but inside, Willard Mitty felt the warm cheers and hoorahs of conservative lawmakers and dignitaries in attendance.  Every Democrat, and a few, more moderate Republicans, were sitting and did not clap or cheer.  Willard Mitty had a slight grin, "Next, we will repeal Roe, make the Bush tax cuts permanent, and cut capital gains to zero!"  Conservatives roared.

"Mitt.  Are you awake?  Let me repeat," Gingrich challenged, "You stated in an interview in June of 2009 that you supported the basic premise of President Obama's healthcare bill.  In fact, many facets of the bill are almost identical to the Massachusetts healthcare bill you signed in 2006.  You, sir are a political opportunist.  Are you a character from a James Thurber short story?   I'm the only true conservative in this race," Gingrich said.  

Willard Mitty shook his head slightly and realized he wasn't giving his first State of the Union address, but was on stage, debating Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, in yet another Republican debate.



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Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 09:11 AM PDT

OWS: 1 Bank of America: 0

by DCBlue

Bank of America is dropping its controversial $5 debit card fee, Bloomberg reported citing a bank spokesperson.
The proposed $5 dollar fee was first announced on September 29.
The Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank initially blamed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill on the $60 annual fee.
Following the fee announcement, there was a backlash from the bank's customers.
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The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning that Bank of America will follow in the path of JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, which announced Friday they would forgo fees for the popular service -- both of those banks had been testing $3 monthly fees.
Bank of America announced last month that it would begin rolling out a $5 monthly fee for basic checking account customers who wanted to use their debit card to make purchases. Customers reacted angrily, and a movement that sought to mobilize bank users to switch to credit unions on Nov. 5, dubbed Bank Transfer Day, had more than 70,000 RSVPs as of Tuesday morning.

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Former Los Angeles Police Department officer, a highly commended cop who "did street time on the streets of South Central," would like a word with mayors and police of occupied cities, towns, and villages of the world:

For those without video capability, I'll try to summarize the almost 20 minute video.  

In it, Officer Ruppert basically recounts what a bad ass cop he was while serving on LAPD.  Ruppert, an "expert pistol shot" and training officer, a cop who trained new recruits on the force, takes to task, the police who have beaten and shot peaceful protesters.  He clearly lays out his cop bona fides.

h/t middleagedhousewife:

To add a snippet of salient transcript:
Ruppert has several times been in situations where people have aimed loaded guns at him.  He has never killed anyone.  He states ~ 5 min into the video,

    Why didn’t I shoot?  Because I didn’t have to. This is one of the most basic codes of honor any true warrior observes, you don’t use force unless you have to, and then you use only what is necessary to control the situation, and then you stop.  That is the honor of a true warrior, and this honor brings with it the power that Shamar Thomas had to shut down 30 aggressive, looking for a fight NYPD cops.  It is that honor which gave me the power to shut down a CIA director at a public hearing in 1996 and caused the crowd to erupt in cheers.

Ruppert makes it clear that being a cop does not mean you get a free pass to harm people.  He comes just short of calling the cops who take pleasure from hitting and hurting peaceful protesters cowards.

Ruppert speaks truth to police misdeeds.  His is a voice we need.


This is just breaking:

Mohammed Maree

Egyptians have inspired the protesters in #OccupayWallstreet, #OccupayOakland so let us send them a supporting message from #Tahrir Tomorrow

Egyptians revolutionaries announced they will march in #Tahrir on Oct 28th in solidarity with #OccupyOakland. Cairo and Oakland are 1 hand!
Mohammed Maree
Tomorrow in #Tahrir we will march towards #USA Embassy calling them to stop crackdown their people and stop supporting #Scaf #OccupayOakland
In Oakland, occupiers are chanting "We Are Tahrir Square."

On Tuesday, the Guardian published a letter from the some of the Tahrir Square activists.  Here's part of it.  Check out the link to read the full text.

...we are now in many ways involved in the same struggle. What most pundits call "the Arab spring" has its roots in the demonstrations, riots, strikes and occupations taking place all around the world, its foundations lie in years-long struggles by people and popular movements. The moment that we find ourselves in is nothing new, as we in Egypt and others have been fighting against systems of repression, disenfranchisement and the unchecked ravages of global capitalism (yes, we said it, capitalism): a system that has made a world that is dangerous and cruel to its inhabitants. As the interests of government increasingly cater to the interests and comforts of private, transnational capital, our cities and homes have become progressively more abstract and violent places, subject to the casual ravages of the next economic development or urban renewal scheme.


Update: 10-27-11 - 10:38am EDT:

More information on this event.  

Here is an updated Facebook page referencing the Egyptian march to the American Embassy in Cairo in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, Occupy Wall Street, and the worldwide Occupy Movement, tomorrow 10-28-11.

Text translated from Arabic into English:

March tomorrow, Friday 28 October at the third evening of Tahrir Square to the headquarters of the U.S. embassy in Cairo in solidarity with protesters in Oakland, California to protest the use of U.S. police last Wednesday violence and methods of repression, beatings with the use of tear gas and sound bombs and clashes between demonstrators and police forces to the injury of many of the protesters and taken to hospitals in addition to the arrest of dozens of protesters in the state of Atlanta, where U.S. police arrested 53 demonstrators and prevented them from demonstrating peacefully - the movement of the occupation of Wall Street is a movement started, New York, U.S. on 17 September last year to condemn the world financial system
Egyptian Revolution inspired the peoples of the world, demonstrations on Wall Street when it began on Sept. 17, demonstrators raised slogans was of them to pretend to the Egyptian way - the least that enable that support them faithful to send them a message of solidarity from the field of editing and Ndawaovernmh U.S. to respect human rights and refrain from the use of violence with demonstrations peaceful


This was the first Facebook page up for Tahrir Square march, linked by the same Egyptian activist.  It did not mention Oakland solidarity.  It appears a march was scheduled, but when news of the police brutality in Oakland spread, Egyptian activists added the solidarity aspect with Occupy Oakland and the larger Occupy Movement to the marches stated goals.

This is simply amazing.  

The whole word is watching.  The 99% of the world are standing in solidarity.  The people.  United.  Will never be defeated.

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Lois Clark, 89, gets what Occupy Wall Street is about.  She has a message for the world:  "Wake up."

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I noticed Mrs. Clark as she slowly made her way into the middle of McPherson Square and looked over the Occupy DC encampment and the protest signs hanging around the iron fence surrounding the statue of Major General James B. McPherson.

She took out her camera from the bag hung around her walker and snapped a photo.  She smiled and nodded agreement to the sentiments expressed on the hand drawn signs.   "Reinstate Glass-Steagall."  "Stop the Wars."  "Love."

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson stopped by the OccupyDC camp at McPherson Square today.  He said, "it's time we take a hard look at economic injustice."  He then made a clear link to past struggles for justice in our country.

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A NYPD cop punched a legal observer from the National Lawyer's Guild while he was being arrested this morning.

The NLG observer was already subdued.  There was already another NYPD officer holding him down with a night stick pushing his neck and face into the ground.

Did I mention that he was a legal observer, not taking place in the protest?  Observers don neon green hats to differentiate themselves from protesters or bystanders.  

NLG observers have been on the scenes of protests in New York since 1968.  Police in the past have said they appreciate their presence because they have been used to vindicate false charges of police brutality.

The incident is clearly visible at the 4:00 mark in this video:

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I didn't see a diary about this unfortunate revelation:

Urszula Masny-Latos, the National Lawyers Guild's executive director for the northeast regional office, an observer on the scene of Occupy Boston as police raided a second, non-sanctioned encampment, was roughed up then arrested last night.

“They really attacked,’’ Masny-Latos said of police. “They used force that was completely unnecessary. … It was just brutal. I have no idea why they arrested us with such force.’’

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Right-wing analysts have compared #Occupy Wall Street and hundreds of other #Occupy demonstrations building across the nation with the Tea Party Republican "movement."  There has been an attempt to seize the narrative and frame OWS as the Left's Tea Party, or worse, in clearly hypocritically delusional analysis, as a growing mob.  

Many in the OWS movement scoff at this attempt to align or compare OWS with a party, be it with Tea Party Republicans, the Democratic Party, another 3rd party - or further, with any particular interest group.

What are the motivations for the comparison?  

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As Occupy Wall Street blossoms, and protests sprout up across the nation, political pundits, and most recently, Vice President Joe Biden, have sought to define it in some way.  One current theme compares OWS with the Republican Tea Party movement.

On the surface, it's easy to make comparisons between the two movements.  Seen through the lens of the current political spectrum, it may seem an apt comparison.  Both movements, on the surface, consist of political outsiders demanding fundamental change in the way that government operates.

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