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Capitalist Tool: Meet Jesse LaGreca, Disney's Audio-Animatronic revolutionary

Talk about projection!

James Taranto writes for the Wall Street Journal, the ultimate capitalist tool shed.  After reading his dull rant against LaGreca, I can see that JT clearly isn't the sharpest tool in their shed.

You know that Jesse LaGreca scored big for OWS when WSJ deploys shills to smear him.

Wall Street would prefer to change the subject from their coterie of fraudsters and bankstas to a nasty fight against Ministry of Truth by slinging mud pies, hoping that the demands of Occupy Wall Street will get lost in the mess.

Therefore, let's step out of their down and dirty arena and shower the American people with the top 3 demands of Occupy Wall Street:

1.CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT" ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. --- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed the separation that previously existed between investment banking which issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here's detail on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: .

2.USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis in the following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear cut criminal actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a clear group of people who got away with millions / billions illegally and haven't been brought to justice. Boy would this be long overdue and cathartic for millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the bow for the financial industry. If you watch the solidly researched and awared winning documentary film "Inside Job" that was narrated by Matt Damon (pretty brave Matt!) and do other research, it wouldn't take long to develop the list.

3.CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The result is that corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. This legislation should also RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should extend to other media.

If the American people could hear these reasonable demands even half the time they hear the MSM propaganda against OWS, Wall Street would be in real danger of being held accountable for robbing 99% of us of our hard earned savings, hijacking our jobs, and attempting to murder the American dream.

OWS is lucky to have Jesse as a spokesperson.  He is eloquent and telegenic, which shouldn't matter, but does.  

I am so used to hearing the propaganda against OWS that I was actually shocked to hear the MSM finally legitimizing the protests of the disenfranchised 99% and acknowledging the looting of the middle class by the top 1%. Jesse's ability to communicate well in front of the camera is largely responsible for this long overdue coverage.  

After watching ABC's This Week discuss the objectives of Occupy Wall Street, instead of depicting it as an undisciplined mob without a message, it's no wonder Wall Street bullies are calling LaGreca names.

Originally posted to Cindy Casella on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:14 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  That piece is so full of non-sequiturs (8+ / 0-)

    that it is beyond my comprehension.

    As I said the other day, the conservative mind is like a junk drawer in which any two things are related because they're in it.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:27:44 PM PDT

    •  As a right wing acquaintance once told me... (3+ / 0-)
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      Major Tom, marina, hannah

      "we're wired differently".

      My response was immediate... "With lots of short circuits!"

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 02:02:14 PM PDT

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    •  Taranto is a low-IQ propagandist (0+ / 0-)

      Although the quality of smear from a Brooks or a Will wouldn't be much better.  Conservatives go straight for the ad hominem smear, without bothering to discuss the content of Jesse's words.  That's because they don't like to fight battles they'll inevitably lose.  

      Best rejoinder to smearmerchant conservatives:

      Before you impugn your opponent's character, you must first refute his argument.

      Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe. --Meteor Blades

      by Dallasdoc on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 11:52:38 AM PDT

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  •  I heard a very cogent and inspiring definition (8+ / 0-)

    of the word "occupy" from one of OWS participants yesterday.  "Occupy" has taken on a number of meanings in our modern political discourse, many of them negative.  To occupy, argued this woman, was "to be present" in a physical sense, to assemble, to be heard and respected in the spaces we inhabit.  The antonym to occupying in this sense would be ceding  -- ceding the argument, ceding the common, ceding the synergies of collaboration, ceding the leadership of society.

    Occupying is tantamount in this meaning to standing in front of the tank.  It can't be done with money, it can't be done digitally.  It's a physical act that requires staking a claim to our shared public space for a more common repurposing.

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 01:37:22 PM PDT

  •  Huh (3+ / 0-)
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    And we all know what backbreaking work it is to push narratives! In the bad old days before trade unions and labor regulations, children would earn just pennies as they toiled for 14 or 16 hours a day, shoving heavy narratives through dirty, dangerous vignette-shops.
    This mockery brought to you from a media machine that does nothing but push coordinated talking points from hacks like Frank Luntz 24/7.  Wingnut projection at its most hypocritically ironic.

    Very few is able to beat thro all Impedements and Arive to any Grat Degre of superiority in Understanding. - Jane Mecom 7/4/1786

    by Fed up Fed on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 02:00:57 PM PDT

  •  Geeze, MoT, I think you have arrived! (3+ / 0-)
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    Major Tom, G2geek, cachola

    When you have appeared on their radar screen to an extent them needing to address your issues by smug dismissal, you know you've burrowed under their skin.


    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 02:08:02 PM PDT

    •  now let's make that a paid position! (2+ / 0-)
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      bobdevo, tardis10

      Remember, our beloved MoT still has major economic struggles on his hands.  We need to find a way to solve that issue ASAP so he doesn't have to give it a second thought.  

      One thousand Kossaks, $5 per month each, will do the trick.  There's a type of 501 entity that is not tax exempt but can be used for targeted donations of this kind.  We need a lawyer who handles this type of thing to set it up (so he can get a regular paycheck with appropriate tax withholding), and then a PayPal link and a means for people who don't use PayPal to send $$ as well.  

  •  This is about the only way to break free (1+ / 0-)
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    of this fucking descructive corporate media illusion. I honestly can't believe Jesse is getting so much airtime in such a short period.

    This gets better and better every day. Now I understand why media wasn't covering it for so long, they had to scramble and figure out a way to frame it and how to formulate their fake arguments, poll people, see what may work in the long run, etc.

    MoT is doing a great job of just getting seen and telling a story, I'm sure there are others on the scene as well. He must be "marketable" and he is easy to relate to.

    But OWS is actually hunkering down and infaltrating the media. I fucking love it. People have no idea the extent of this illusion we are all in, even changing politics, changing Washington, none of that even matters much it is an entire big picture, with entire industries literally writing movies and legislation and shaping the very way we think and see the future, how we vote, how we speak, everything.

    They have literally set up a "truth camp", it's the only way and even then it may not even matter. But it is global and growing now. I just hope and pray that it gets so big that it will outweigh the illusion. Just fucking unleash a worldwide movement of an educated populous that can see what is going on but until now have had no voice or sense of being able to do anything about it.

    Just man, Fox, Washington, Wall Street, television, just FUCK YOU we are in 2,000 cities and every single country we know how you fucking operate and we are stopping it right now!

    Keep it up. Please. Thanks.

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