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Winter Woes Threaten Wall Street Occupiers
Post Date: 2011-10-22 12:15:45 by Brian S
They put on a gritty war face and insist they are more determined now than ever, but the Occupy Wall Street campers now face the slow advance of an unrelenting enemy: the New York winter. As freezing winds blew Friday over the epicenter of their protests, Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, the demonstrators were already huddling in significantly reduced numbers. At night, the several hundred people who sleep on site in the financial district bundle up as best they can under plastic tarps, hunkering down in sleeping bags and emergency blankets as tents are forbidden on the plaza. Many sleep with bonnets and scarves. But the worst has yet to come. So far, we have been extremely ...
Cain's Stumbles Fuel Doubts On Electability
Post Date: 2011-10-22 12:13:32 by Brian S
(10-22) 04:42 PDT ATLANTA (AP) -- Herman Cain is learning the hard way what it means to face the glare of the national spotlight. After captivating Republicans hungry for an alternative to Mitt Romney, the presidential hopeful has made a series of stumbles that have left some questioning if he's ready for the White House. The Georgia businessman has been on a media blitz since a rise in the polls catapulted him into the top tier of the race for the Republican party nomination. But Cain has sometimes appeared to be in over his head. In the last week, he: _Suggested a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico should be electrified to kill illegal immigrants trying to pass into the ...
Confirmed: Bachmann's NH Staff Left
Post Date: 2011-10-22 12:00:19 by Brian S
It doesn't bode well for Michele Bachmann's campaign that no one knew the entire New Hampshire paid staff had left. The resignation of Bachmann's team was first reported Friday by New Hampshire television station WMUR, but when asked about it, Bachmann called the story shocking and denied it was true. But Bachmann's former New Hampshire campaign director, Jeff Chidester, said he quit a week ago and told the national campaign. At least three, and possibly four, other staffers left. One, Carolilne Gilger, Bachmann's southern state field director, is joining Rick Perry's campaign. Read it at CBS News October 22, 2011 7:29 AM
NJ GOP Mayor Has ‘No Idea’ How Rentboy Got Sexy Pictures of Him
Post Date: 2011-10-21 15:06:59 by Brian S
Ah, the old probably it was some guy who broke into my hotel room and took pictures of me sleeping in my underwear excuse. Medford, New Jersey mayor Chris Myers is here to fill the weekly news slot reserved for the outing of one or another garden variety self-loathing, escort-loving closeted Republican politician with a weak claim that he is totally clueless as to how a California rentboy got all those photos of Myers and his magical Superman-sized briefs asleep in a hotel bed (along with pictures of his IDs and his cell phone number). Or, uh, Photoshop maybe? Probably it was the terrorists with their Photoshop. The photos appeared on a website started by the anonymous angry ...
Halloween Decoration Removed From Brooklyn Home After Being Called Racist
Post Date: 2011-10-21 14:23:56 by Brian S
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) A Halloween display at a home in Brooklyn has been taken down after some called it a symbol of racism. A scarecrow painted to have dark skin was hanging by a rope from a tree in front of a home in Kensington. Some neighbors say the homeowner gets in the spirit of Halloween every year and believe he meant no harm by the display. But one councilman argued it was reminiscent of a lynching. Its unacceptable, said Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn). You aint speaking for this whole community because some people on this block came by and said it was offensive. They came and said it was offensive. Its not a cool decoration. ...
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor Cancels Wharton Speech (Because It Was Going To Be Open To The Public)
Post Date: 2011-10-21 14:17:37 by Brian S
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business because if was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up. Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience. "The Office of the Majority Leader was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met," Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said in an email. "Wharton is a educational ...
Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Changes to 9-0-9 Plan for Poor Americans
Post Date: 2011-10-21 13:36:36 by Brian S
Herman Cain has made some changes to his 9-9-9 plan, telling an audience in Detroit Friday that the poorest Americans would get a "9-0-9" plan and be excluded from his tax proposal. Cain has been getting hit on all sides for his 9-9-9 plan, something he repeats constantly during GOP presidential debates. The plan calls for a nine percent corporate, national sales and income tax to replace the current tax system. The 9-9-9 plan also calls for elimination of capital gains, estate and payroll taxes. Tax experts and groups that have analyzed the plan concluded that the proposal would shift the tax burden onto low-income Americans and away from the rich. Others have said it is an ...
Sen. Marco Rubio Embellished Story Of ‘Cuban Exile’ Parents
Post Date: 2011-10-21 12:19:52 by Brian S
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a tea party favorite, embellished the facts surrounding his parents emigration from Cuba, according to The Washington Post. Rubio has been claiming for years that his family joined an exodus from Cuba in 1959 after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. In a 2010 campaign ad, for instance, he referred to himself as the son of Cuban exiles. But naturalization papers and other official records show that his parents arrived in the United States in 1956, well before Castro took power. And they returned to Cuba several times after Castro declared the island a socialist state. His parents waited 15 years to seek naturalization. ...
Stewart on Gaddafi’s death: ‘What the f*ck is wrong’ with Republicans?
Post Date: 2011-10-21 11:20:00 by Brian S
Comedy Centrals Jon Stewart pointed out Thursday that there seemed to be no conservatives willing to give President Barack Obama and the United States any credit for the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The [Obama] administration reacted to todays victory with relief and amazement, the Libyan people with gratitude and jubilation, but for one group, the death of Gaddafi, the dictator and major sponsor of international terrorism, would require more reflection, time to process and figure out how this good news could actually be bad, Stewart explained. Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros complained that we dont know what these rebels are going to ...
Trump Upset Gadhafi Killed Before U.S. Got Libya’s Oil
Post Date: 2011-10-21 11:19:02 by Brian S
Real estate mogul Donald Trump released a video on YouTube following the death of Muammar Gadhafi in which he complained about the fact that the Libyan strongman was killed before the United States had a chance to take the countrys oil reserves. Libyas National Transitional Council announced Thursday that Gadhafi had been captured and later died during the assault on his hometown Sirte. Big deal, he said. What do we get out of it? They have the oil. The rebels would have given us everything if we had some leader that knew how to negotiate. GA_googleFillSlot('RS_V3_STORY_EMBEDDED_300_2');The rebels were being routed four months ago, ...
McCain: Qadhafi Death 'Victory' For Obama
Post Date: 2011-10-20 17:03:13 by Brian S
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hailed the reported death of Muammar Qadhafi as a victory for President Obama. This is a victory for the president, the Obama administration but most importantly for the Libyan people, McCain said on Fox News Thursday morning. At the time that the senator make these remarks, the White House had not yet confirmed reports of the former Libyan rulers death. McCain said he believed theres very little doubt that Qadhafi had been killed. In a statement released earlier in the day, the Arizona senator said Qadhafis death marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution but didnt mention ...
Whoops: Rush Limbaugh Mocked For Defending Genocidal Militia
Post Date: 2011-10-20 15:14:39 by Brian S
Conservative opinion-maker Rush Limbaugh talks like he knows everything about everything, but this week he really stepped in it. Sensing a chance to attack President Barack Obama, the Republican talk show host defended the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and claimed that Obama had deployed a small number of troops to Africa to wipe out Christians. A few moments later he was backpedaling, after someone informed him that hed just stuck up for one of the most brutal militia movements in the world. LRA rebels are accused of terrorizing, murdering, raping and kidnapping thousands of people in the four nations, and tens of thousands of people died in their 20-year war with ...
Occupy Wall Street Updates: National Convention In the Works? More Occupy Songs and Clashes Overseas
Post Date: 2011-10-20 13:01:28 by Brian S
Occupy Wall Street and its sister occupations around the world continue to gain steam. At home, the protesters have directed the national dialogue away from "deficit" and towards distribution of wealth, a major win.Here are some updates from around the web.A new working group has formed to try to convene a national General Assembly to meet in Philadelphia just like the original Founding Fathers did--on July 4th, no less. The goal would be to petition congress with a list of grievances. It's quite a fascinating idea, and worth reading the proposal at length. UPDATE: However it should be noted that this is in no way an official plan nor is necessarily endorsed by the ...
Occupy Wall Street TV Commercial Set to Hit the Airwaves
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:57:24 by Brian S
Conservative groups are currently running ads on cable news accusing Occupy Wall Street of anti-Semitism. Right-wing media, and even the Republican National Committee, are piling on those attacks.Soon, however, Occupy Wall Street will begin running a television ad of its own. The ad features a diverse set of protesters speaking directly into the camera what they hope the movement will achieve. Here it is:Business Insider has some background:Last week, we wrote about Occupy Wall Street's commercial, which features a montage of protesters explaining what they would like to get out of the movement. Since then, we've been contacted by the commercial 's ...
Clinton, Karzai Share Laughs Over Herman Cain Comments On Uzbekistan
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:31:53 by Brian S
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai shared some laughs Thursday over GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain's recent dismissive remarks about Uzbekistan. At the start of a meeting in Kabul, Clinton said Karzai had seen a news clip in which Cain said he didn't "even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries." In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network earlier this month, Cain was asked how he would deal with "gotcha questions" from the media. He replied: "When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I'm going to say: `You ...
Santorum Says Cain Misleads Voters On Abortion
Post Date: 2011-10-20 12:24:26 by Brian S
(10-20) 09:10 PDT Concord, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says rival Herman Cain has been misleading voters about his position on abortion. In a CNN interview late Wednesday, Cain said he personally opposes abortion in all circumstances but that the government shouldn't try to tell families or women what to do. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Thursday, Santorum told The Associated Press that Cain's position is the same as virtually all politicians who favor abortion rights. Santorum also says that Cain's view shows that he is untested as a candidate. Santorum says it's now obvious that Cain's personal views don't apply to his public ...
Tea Party Blogger Calls For No New Jobs
Post Date: 2011-10-19 23:34:24 by Brian S
Yesterday, Melissa Brookstone, a Tea Party blogger, called for a strike of small business owners against what she believes is a global socialist movement working with President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate. The strike would be accomplished by these small business owners refusing to hire any new workers until "this war against business and [the United States] is stopped." Ms. Brookstone, in this post and others on the same website, accused President Obama of having dictatorial powers. She has also accused the media and Hollywood of working with so-called progressive socialists against business, the free market, individual rights, and capitalism. Melissa Brookstone is ...
GOP Senators Angry About Reid Claim That They're Rooting For Economic Failure
Post Date: 2011-10-19 23:31:28 by Brian S
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is trying to bring comity back to the upper chamber, has broken protocol by accusing Republicans of rooting for the economy to fail. The accusations from the blunt Nevada Democrat have irritated Republicans, and complicated Reids effort to hold a bipartisan meeting with senators in the near future. In the Senate, where lawmakers routinely address their adversaries as my friend, Reids attack on GOP motives is a jarring break from traditional decorum. Reid said Republican opposition to President Obamas $447 billion jobs bill is based purely on politics, and has cited their votes against the measure as evidence they want ...
U.S. Israel Lobby Little More Than GOP Front Group
Post Date: 2011-10-19 16:24:04 by Brian S
This is just shameful. As a Jew (if not a particularly practicing one), watching how the American-Israel lobby gives a horrible name to Israel (and Jews for that matter) becomes more embarrassing every day. And since Republicans have decided to make believe that Obama is "vulnerable on Israel" --- they will say anything for perceived political gain, no matter whether it's actually true or not --- I suspect this sort of thing is only going to get shamefully worse as the 2012 election nears. Two recent examples, both detailed below, demonstrate the desperation and willingness of these folks to use the State of Israel as little more than a propaganda bludgeon for Republican ...
Romney Steals Spotlight From Cain
Post Date: 2011-10-19 13:05:35 by Brian S
Herman Cain quickly found himself being pummeled at Tuesday nights CNN debate, even as his rivals preceded their punches with words of praise, and his read my plan defense was strikingly weak. But after those opening moments, it was Mitt Romney who took over the event with a series of toe-to-toe exchangeswith Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and, most vociferously, Rick Perryin which he stood his ground and refused to be talked over.Perhaps such things shouldnt matter, but by keeping his cool and forcing his rivals to stop interrupting him, Romney projected an image of strengthand cemented his status as the man to beat. He undoubtedly bested the Las ...
Koch Iran Ties Cause New York Candidate to Send Contributions to Charity
Post Date: 2011-10-19 12:42:18 by Brian S
Dan Maffei, a New York congressional candidate and former member of the U.S. House, said he is giving $3,500 in political donations from Koch Industries Inc. to charity because the company profited from business in Iran. I not only will never take another cent from them, but I am giving their past donations away to charity, said Maffei, a Democrat, in a statement e-mailed by his campaign yesterday. He said he would donate the funds from Kochs political action committee to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which helps families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Maffei cited a report this month in Bloomberg Markets that Koch sold millions of dollars of ...
Great-Grandmother Becomes Object of Dispute in Ohio Union Referendum Fight
Post Date: 2011-10-19 12:40:37 by Brian S
Before the fight over Ohios restrictions on state workers collective bargaining, 78-year- old Marlene Quinn was never involved in politics -- just the Girl Scouts and PTA. Now each side contesting a Nov. 8 referendum on the law has produced commercials featuring Quinn, a Cincinnati mother of three, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of 23 with No. 24 on the way. Quinn initially appeared in an ad for We Are Ohio, the coalition seeking to repeal the measure. She said firefighters who saved her son and 3-year-old great-granddaughter in November wouldnt be able to negotiate for safe staffing levels. Then, the group backing the law ran an ad with the same footage to ...
Occupy Wall Street Speaks For America: A "Centrist" Hit Job's Polling Data Helps Prove It
Post Date: 2011-10-18 15:41:15 by Brian S
Thanks to a hit piece by one of those Beltway pseudo-"bipartisans" we can now state conclusively what many of us have long suspected: Occupy Wall Street speaks for the American majority. We've got the polling numbers to prove it. We now know where the real center lies. It's easy to understand why people like Douglas Schoen are lining up to attack OWS. It shines a spotlight on their cardboard centrism - that think-tank designed, artificially-inseminated, vat-grown corporate ideology so widely rejected by the public at large. OWS represents the real American consensus, and that has them running scared. But Schoen's Wall Street Journal editorial falls so far ...
Panicked Conservatives Are Labeling The Occupy Protests As 'anti-Semitic' In An Attempt To Break Up The Movement
Post Date: 2011-10-18 12:27:45 by Brian S
An ugly old tradition is back: Exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest one per cent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic.I don't know the first time the tactic was used, although it dates back almost to the beginning of the Jewish diaspora.Perhaps its most famous use was by the viciously anti-Semitic Czar Nicholas, whose supporters concocted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion at the start of the 20th century to prevent Russians from joining socialist movements and other reform efforts that were fighting to get the czar to cede ...
Cain Used Campaign Funds to Buy Autobiography
Post Date: 2011-10-18 11:35:58 by Brian S
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show. Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc., Cain paid Stockbridge, Georgia-based T.H.E New Voice Inc. $36,511 for books. His campaign spent $4 million through Sept. 30, including more than $64,000 paid to his motivational speaking company for airfare, lodging and supplies, as well as the books. They are buying my books and my pamphlets, Cain said in an interview in between appearances in Arizona yesterday. The campaign is buying them from T.H.E New Voice. ...
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