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In reaction to yesterday's attack on the British Embassy in Tehran, Britain is "evacuating" its entire diplomatic mission from Iran, the British Foreign Secretary announced today.  Further, Britain is requiring the "immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London."

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Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 04:06 PM PST

I Tire of OWS

by Plubius

I tire of OWS.

First, OWS lacks a leadership that makes concrete proposals for reform. It has nothing to say about the jobs bill, extending unemployment insurance, or the proposed Wall Street transaction tax.  Some in OWS may have a lot to say, but OWS does not. Because it has no leadership.

Somewhere along the line, OWS became more interested in OWS than the 99%.  Rather than regarding its increasingly ineffective means of organization as an impediment to achieving real goals, OWS regards itself as an end in itself.

I, along with the vast majority of the 99%, are not interested in reorganizing society or revolutionary change.  We care little about OWS's process.  We want results.  

Second, when I and others point this out, we are either dismissed or enjoined to come on down to a GA.  Well, we don't want to participate in OWS. We are partisan reform Democrats.  

Third, when we point this out, we are often attacked in the most juvenile and dishonest manner.  Few supporters of OWS call out these purile attacks.  Many support them.

This is not a way to win people over to your cause.

These three make me skeptical about OWS. The thing that makes me sick of it is how OWS supporters come here, to this partisan Democratic reform blog, proudly proclaim they are not Democrats and then accuse critique of OWS as attempts to 'co-opt' their "movement."

While the truth is, they are trying to co-opt this site.  This partisan Democratic Reform blog, which is about electing more and better Dems.

That is why I tire of OWS.

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Thu Nov 24, 2011 at 05:34 PM PST

Simply Put, Thank You

by Plubius

To all of you, thank you.

Happy Thanks giving!

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Tue Nov 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM PST

Dear Markos: Consider Hiring Jesse/MoT

by Plubius

Dear Markos,

I'm writing this to encourage you to consider hiring Jesse LaGreca.  I think hiring Jesse would be a good move for this site because Jesse does a great job of explaining OWS to OWS fence-sitting partisan reform Democrats like myself.  

I leave it to you to determine the best way to do this. If I may offer a suggestion, I think Jesse could be promoted to be a liaison between this community and OWS.  The nice thing about that arrangement is it does not require OWS to compromise on its principles.

Anyways, please consider this proposal.  Jesse is doing some great work, and could really use our support.

He could really use your support.

Respectfully,

Plubius,

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All this Super Congress, deficit reduction talk obscures the simple fact that Social Security does not contribute to the deficit.

Did I mention, Social Security does not contribute to the deficit?  Well it is true, Social Security does not contribute to the deficit.

I will repeat:  Social Security does not contribute to the deficit.

Below the fold, some other interesting things about Social Security

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Every now and then on an open thread I post Life is Good comment.  I post "Life is Good", with a random thing that came my way that reminds me how life is, indeed, good.  Examples have been food, drink, political events, my dogs, music, family and just good things that just happen to come along.  

Well, it's was beautiful day here in the South Bay of San Francisco.  I've been working from home, puttering about with the family and feeling pretty damn good.  It occurred to me we all have good reasons to realize that life is good, particularly tough times like these.  

Because Life is Good.

So, I invite one and all, to join this open thread of Life is Good, Mega Tip-apalooza Madness!!

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Below the fold, I offer a critique of the "9 Demands From the 99%."  But first, I would like to clear a few things up and tell you where I'm coming from.

I am one of the 99%.  OWS does not speak for me.  OWS fails to speak for me primarily because it speaks about host of liberal/left grievances which are non-essential to the core issue that makes the 99% the 99%: income inequality.  

OWS claims to speak for the 99%.  It does not.  OWS speaks to a major concern of the 99%: gross income inequality.  That OWS claims to speak for me, and the dismissive attitude that more that a few here have shown towards me, that I am deluded, or a traitor or a troll, will not persuade me that you speak for me.  It annoys me, in fact.

Further, I am neither interested nor inclined to participate in OWS.   Let me repeat: I do not wish to join your movement.  

I am much more left of center on nearly all domestic issues than most.  If you can't persuade people like me, you're not gonna persuade Middle America.

Y'know, the 99%.

One final point before the critique below the fold:  I do not support OWS.  But I am not against it.  The two are not the same.  I want to support OWS.  OWS does not speak for me, or the 99%.  I am showing you a way it can.

You may not like my position.  But you should understand it.  If you want to take back your country.  

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It is always the time to have the big conversation about what kind of country we want America to be.  I can answer that very easily:

I want to live in a neighborhood with safe streets and steady employment, good affordable schools for my kids, and clean air and water. I want affordable health care.  I want to take modest vacations once a year.  I want to be able to buy my wife a new dress.  I want to be safe and secure.  

I want the American Dream.  

Actually, all I really I want a fair shake to fulfill that dream.  And I want all Americans to have a fair shake to fulfill that dream.

And now, because of concentration of wealth, we don't. Big Money and their bought politicians hurt 99% of Americans.

It is that simple.

I am of the 99%.  I did not support OWS Phase 1.  Nevertheless, it has succeeded in putting income inequality on the map.  A great success.  That is what Phase 1 should have been all about IMO.  

Be that as it may, I do not support Jesse's articulation of Phase 2.  Follow me below the fold to find out why.  You may not like my position.  But you should understand it.  If you want to take back your country.

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Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 04:34 PM PST

UPDATE! You Heard It Here First

by Plubius

There are two diaries currently on the rec list. The first, in part,  promotes the conspiracy theory that "Federal officials" are behind the OWS crackdown.  The second debunks it.    

I think it very important for all of us to be much more careful about what we rec, about what we promote as true, as opposed to what we suspect may be true.  

It all gets down to the kind of thinking that can only be described as the paranoid style of thinking.  The paranoid style of thinking asserts a conspiracy and demands its refutation.  It goes like this:

I hold  X.  Prove me wrong.

The problem with that logic is plain, as the following example shows:

There are aliens in Area 51. Prove me wrong.

Relatively harmless, to be sure.  But often not.   A recent example of that kind of thinking in action went like this:

Saddam has WMD and he's gonna nuke your baby's face.  Prove me wrong.

I despise and fear that kind of conspiracy thinking.  So should you.  It is the kind of thinking that allowed Bush to take us into Iraq.   It is the kind of the thinking at the root of demagoguery.   Of Hitler's "Stab in the Back."   It is the brick and mortar for the Enemies of Reason.

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Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 02:27 PM PST

Why I am A Partisan Democrat

by Plubius

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According to a recent Rasmussen poll,  a whopping 79% of Americans think the big banks got bailed out but the middle class got left behind.  

79%. That is 4 out of every 5 Americans.  My guess is the same 4/5 hate the banks.

And yet, also according to the Ras,

Americans are divided on the protestors themselves. Thirty-three percent (33%) have a favorable opinion, 27% hold an unfavorable view, and a plurality of 40% have no opinion one way or the other.  Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats have a favorable opinion while a plurality of Republicans (43%) say the opposite. Among those not affiliated with either major party, a solid plurality (45%) have no opinion. Most unaffiliateds are not following the story.

I'm part of the plurality.  Well, kind of. I have an opinion about #OWS, and  I'll tell you below the fold.  You may not like it. In fact, you probably won't.

But you should understand it.  If you want to take back your country.

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Sun Sep 25, 2011 at 05:15 PM PDT

Top 10 Reasons Why I Hate America

by Plubius

I hate America.  Well, at least that what my good friends over at Red State tell me.  See, I'm a liberal.  And liberals hate America.  Here's why:

1) We hate God

Totally true. 85% of Liberals believe in god. Those 85% of must really hate him.  

'Cause the rest of us, like me, don't.  I don't hate god, 'cause it is really hard for me to hate something I don't think exists. Just like I don't hate Darth Vader. Though I do hate George Lucas for totally fucking up the whole Star Wars back story.  

Midi-chlorians?!?  Asshole.

Maybe George Lucas is the god my good friends over at Red State think I hate?  

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