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Putting Pundits to Shame: Protesters Know Exactly What They're Fighting For
Post Date: 2011-10-05 14:42:57 by Brian S
Their style may not have been as mainstream as the retirees attending a Glenn Beck rally, but they knew precisely what they were there for. By Joshua Holland It should come as a surprise to nobody that the corporate media's early coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement has featured an abundance of hippie-punching but very little about the substantive issues driving thousands of Americans to take over the streets of cities across the country. As I approached the 30 or so activists who have been camped out for weeks in front of the Federal Reserve Building as part of OccupySF a protest smaller than those in New York, Boston or Los Angeles I'd been primed by news ...
Ailes: 'I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings'
Post Date: 2011-10-05 13:01:42 by Skip Intro
Roger Ailes tells the AP that there was nothing political in his decision to hire Sarah Palin as a Fox News contributor. I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings, he told Frazier Moore, APs television writer, in a long and wide-ranging interview. A television producer at heart, he offers an equally apolitical explanation of why Fox News has so thoroughly dominated its cable news competition for so long. "The consistency of our product," Ailes sums up matter-of-factly. "I think we do better television than the other guys, and no matter how we do it, they don't seem to catch up. We seem to out-invent them and think ahead of them, and ...
Rumsfeld Feuds With Al Jazeera Reporter: It’s Your Nature To Be Pejorative
Post Date: 2011-10-05 11:41:52 by Brian S
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had a less than cordial interview with Al Jazeera reporter Abderrahim Foukara this week. Do you think the numbers of US troops that you went into Iraq with did absolve you from the responsibility of tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed by the coalition and those criminals you talked about? Foukara asked Rumsfeld. Give me a straight answer. You can characterize my answers any way you want, Rumsfeld responded. And you do it in a pejorative way. No, I do it respectfully, Foukara shot back. No, you dont at all, Rumsfeld said. Obviously, you ...
Anonymous Warns Against Planned Cyber Attack On New York Stock Exchange (false flag op?)
Post Date: 2011-10-04 19:12:37 by Brian S
Websites and Twitter accounts associated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous have warned that a planned cyber attack on New York Stock Exchange would be ineffective, hurt the image of the Occupy Wall Street movement and likely result in arrests. An Anonymous YouTube video began circulating on the Internet Monday that claimed the hacktivists had declared war on the New York Stock Exchange in an operation called Invade Wall Street. We can no longer stay silent as the population is being exploited and forced to make sacrifices in the name of profit, the video said. We will show the world that we are true to our word. On ...
AFL-CIO President: GOP ‘Started The War On Working Americans’
Post Date: 2011-10-04 19:05:03 by Brian S
Rallying attendees on the second afternoon of the Take Back The American Dream summit, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said of Republicans, If they want to have a debate on class warfare, well have that debate, because It wasnt our class that started the war on working Americans. Trumka used his time to illustrate many of the examples of what he termed the strange morality of the modern economy, from mass layoffs at Bank of America despite record profits to narratives in which the jobless are blamed for the unemployment crisis. He also noted that, The years from 1997-2010 represented the first protracted decline in family ...
The Pro-Hunger Lobby - GOP Frontrunners Fight Aid for Starving Americans
Post Date: 2011-10-04 18:50:12 by Brian S
"We don't want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls people to lives of complacencies and dependencies, into a permanent condition where they never get on their feet." -Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) "I get home and realize I'm hungry. No need to ask myself what I feel like eating. It will be Farina for breakfast - all week long." - Sheila Steffen, reporter attempting to subsist on food stamps for a week. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, is one of the most efficient, effective, penny-pinching programs in today's government-scape. Food stamps have cushioned the recession's blow for the 45 ...
Palin-Cain 2012? Palin independent ticket?
Post Date: 2011-10-04 17:12:50 by Brian S
In the near-absence of any sign that Sarah Palin is actively considering a GOP primary campaign, the good folks at Conservatives4Palin come up with this alternative scenario to keep hope alive: [T]he possibility of an independent run does make sense and to delay the anouncement of her candidacy may simply be part of a bigger plan. Sarah Palin promised this to be a very unconventional election cycle. Creating a third party fits that narrative. ... Continue Reading Political parties always fear a rogue third party challenge for one big reason it splits the votes. In the case of 2012, it is almost like handing President Obama a second term by default. This would certainly be ...
Tea Party Nation Stands With Hank Williams After He Gets Pulled From ESPN For Comparing Obama To Hitler
Post Date: 2011-10-04 13:27:46 by Brian S
ESPN dropped Hank Williams Jr.s well-known Are You Ready for Some Football? opening song for Monday Night Football last night after the country singer compared President Obama to Hitler earlier in the day and called the president and vice president the enemy. Shortly after Williams made the comments on Fox & Friends yesterday morning, ESPN said in a statement, We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonights telecast. Williams, a staunch conservative who is reportedly considering a GOP Senate run in Tennessee, said his comments were misunderstood, yet he ...
Christie Said to Have Decided He Won’t Run
Post Date: 2011-10-04 11:45:34 by Brian S
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce that he wont run for president in 2012, according to a Republican briefed by members of Christies administration. The person wasnt authorized to speak for the governor and declined to be identified. Christie, who has been contemplating entering the presidential race, has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference at the state Capitol in Trenton. Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the governor, declined to say the purpose of the meeting with reporters. The 49-year-old Republican has said repeatedly that he would have to commit suicide to convince people he wont seek higher office. While on a national round of ...
Madonna reportedly set to perform at Super Bowl XLVI halftime show
Post Date: 2011-10-03 17:15:37 by Skip Intro
Madonna reportedly set to perform at Super Bowl XLVI halftime show More than seven years later, it's safe to say the NFL has officially moved from the "wardrobe malfunction." For the second straight year, the Super Bowl stage is set to welcome a female performer with sex appeal as the 2004 incident with Janet Jackson continues to fade away. According to SBNation.com, it's reportedly another '80s and '90s pop queen -- Madonna -- who will get the nod to sing and dance in '12 at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. The Material Girl will be the follow up to Fergie, who performed as part of the Black Eyed Peas in Super Bowl XLV at ...
Marines To Stand With Wall Street Protesters
Post Date: 2011-10-03 17:03:25 by Brian S
In his speech to the Take Back The American Dream conference Monday, former Obama advisor Van Jones held up the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of what progressives could do to force change. Im not mad at [the tea party] for being so loud, he said. Im mad at us for being so quiet the last two years. Something just came across the news wire, Jones announced. Its an extraordinary thing. We know we have the young folks and the struggling folks who are down there on Wall Street
They went down there to the scene of the crime against our future. They went down there and they have been camping in ...
Christie Comes Clean on Trips as New Jersey Governor Seeks Cash Nationwide
Post Date: 2011-10-03 13:43:01 by Brian S
New Jersey Governor Chris Christies bid to raise money nationwide for Republicans as he considers a presidential run is forcing him to divulge details on out-of- state trips that he had previously kept secret. Christie, 49, has made at least 35 political appearances outside New Jersey since he took office in January 2010, according to a review of his public schedule, published reports and Republican State Committee finance records filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. Those trips became a political issue after Christies June attendance at a private Colorado gathering hosted by the Tea- Party-backing Koch brothers came to light. Christie, who pledged a ...
GOP Mega-Donor Koch Brothers' Company Tied To Global Criminal Misdeeds In Bombshell Article
Post Date: 2011-10-02 18:36:21 by Brian S
A just-published bombshell article in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine implicates Koch Industries, the company controlled by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch, in dozens of criminal acts around the globe over the past three decades. According the report, company officials have been caught paying bribes to win contracts, trading with Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo, price-fixing, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations. The billionaire brothers are major donors to FreedomWorks, the Cato Institute, and dozens of other conservative think-tanks and nonprofits. They have also been tied to several independent expenditure groups ...
Perry Suggests U.S. Military Role In Mexico Drug War
Post Date: 2011-10-02 13:46:54 by Brian S
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on Saturday he would get the U.S. military involved in Mexicos war with drug cartels, in comments likely to upset the Mexican government. The remarks appear to be a new misstatement on foreign policy by Perry, the Texas governor who is struggling to hold on to the mantle of frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Perry said that as president he would work with Mexico in the same way that the United States has worked with Colombia to combat drug cartels. The way that we were able to stop the drug cartels in Colombia was with a coordinated effort, he said in a campaign speech ...
Cain: Perry ‘Insensitive’ For ‘Niggerhead’ Ranch Sign
Post Date: 2011-10-02 13:44:11 by Brian S
Herman Cain on Sunday slammed fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry over a sign on his ranch that used a racial slur. The Washington Post reported Saturday that in the early years of political career, Perry had hosted hunting parties at his familys ranch, a place known as Niggerhead. A sign bearing that name had been at the entrance of the ranch when Perrys father painted over it in the 1980s. GA_googleFillSlot('RS_V3_STORY_EMBEDDED_300_2');That is very insensitive, Cain told ABCs Christian Amanpour Sunday. There are some words that do not basically inspire the kind of negativity like that particular word. I know that you ...
Herman Cain: Ron Paul Is A ‘Grumpy Old Man,’ Mitt Romney Has 'Good Hair'
Post Date: 2011-10-01 13:14:43 by Brian S
By Andrew Restuccia - 10/01/11 10:48 AM ET GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain offered his thoughts on his fellow Republican candidates Friday, calling Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) a grumpy old man and saying that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has good hair.In an interview on Friday's edition of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cain summed up each of the GOP candidates in a few words.Pressed by Leno for his thoughts, Cain laughed, saying, You know this is going to get me in trouble. Heres what Cain said about each candidate: Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Good governor. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: ...
Huckabee Looks Again At Republican Presidential Bid
Post Date: 2011-09-30 19:44:10 by Brian S
WASHINGTON | Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:55pm EDT (Reuters) - Mike Huckabee has been approached by conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of Republican and presidential hopefuls, sources told Reuters, but the former Arkansas governor said he is not seriously considering a run. Many polls show President Barack Obama ahead of his potential rivals in 2012, forcing Republicans to look outside the current field of candidates for a possible challenger, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. After Reuters reported that Huckabee had been approached recently, he said he was unlikely to enter the race. "I don't see it happening," Huckabee told Fox News, unless he said, ...
Tea Party Hypocrisy?
Post Date: 2011-09-30 17:13:44 by Brian S
Freshman Rep. Allen West, a Tea Party favorite, electrifies the conservative base with his impassioned arguments to cut federal spending. Just last week, the Florida Republican was lamenting on Fox News the Obama administration's decision to spend billions on green energy, declaring we have already have a question mark on some of these green energy programs and that's not the place where American taxpayer dollars should be. But letters obtained by The Daily Beast show West has appealed to two different agencies in his first months in office for federal largesse for renewable energy and transportation projects in his home state of Florida. Last month, West ...
Van Jones: October To Be Turning Point For Progressives
Post Date: 2011-09-30 12:04:12 by Brian S
Civil rights activist and attorney Van Jones said Thursday night on MSNBC that he planned to build a progressive counterbalance to the tea party movement. I think everybody should hold on to your seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back, he said. You can see it coming. When Warren Buffett comes out and says, look, weve got to do something to raise taxes and to do better by America, and youve got these young kids who are going out on Wall Street
there is a generation of Americans looking around saying, what is the American dreaming going to look like for me? ...
3Q Cable News Results: More People DO NOT Watch Faux News Than Do Watch
Post Date: 2011-09-30 10:13:27 by war
Q311 RATINGS (Nielsen Data) PRIMETIME: FNC: 1,894,000 in viewers (440,000 in 25-54) MSNBC: 756,000 in viewers (244,000 in 25-54) CNN: 676,000 in viewers (221,000 in 25-54) HLN: 669,000 in viewers (189,000 in 25-54) TOTAL DAY: FNC: 1,077,000 in viewers (280,000 in 25-54) CNN: 475,000 in viewers (158,000 in 25-54) HLN: 450,000 in viewers (149,000 in 25-54) MSNBC: 428,000 in viewers (149,000 in 25-54)
A Massive Union Just Voted To Side With The Wall Street Protesters
Post Date: 2011-09-29 12:11:54 by Brian S
According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night. A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM. Here's more about them from their website: The TWU has four main divisions: Railroad; Gaming; Airline; Transit; and Utility, University and Service. The Union has 114 autonomous locals representing over 200,000 members and retirees in 22 states around the country. Occupy Wall Street has been picking up some decent support from unions in the past few days. Yesterday we reported that the Teamsters Union declared their support for protestors, and we also found out ...
Hey everyone have a Great day.
Post Date: 2011-09-29 08:03:28 by A K A Stone
Enjoy the fall weather and have a great day. I'll be enjoying it as I work today. Hope you do too.
Cain Annoyed By ‘Stupid’ Questions From Ron Paul Supporters
Post Date: 2011-09-28 19:25:19 by Brian S
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain makes it clear in his new book that Texas Rep. Ron Pauls supporters annoy him with their stupid questions about the Federal Reserve. Cain, the former Godfathers Pizza CEO, writes that Pauls supporters are threatened by me and are trying to destroy me on the fact that I was once affiliated with the Federal Reserve. Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1995 and 1996. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of Cains book, This is Herman Cain, which goes on sale Oct. 4. In the manuscript, Cain claims Pauls campaign sends one of its ...
Republicans Cheer Murders of Colombian Labor Leaders
Post Date: 2011-09-28 18:31:51 by Brian S
Hundreds of executions in Texas -- Republican crowd cheers. An uninsured person in a coma -- Republican crowd shouts "Let him die!" And now, labor leaders murdered in Colombia -- Republicans say "A good start..." See the comments under an article at The Hill about how many labor leaders have been killed in Colombia -- 15 since the US signed on to a treaty: AFL-CIO President Trumka sends list of killed Colombian labor leaders to Obama - TheHill.com Republicans are swarming the comments. Example: What do you call a list of 22 dead labor leaders? A good start
BY TEA PARTY PATRIOT?on 09/26/2011 at 15:35 ...
Democrats Hope Tea Party Candidates Win GOP Primaries, Help Keep The Senate Blue
Post Date: 2011-09-28 18:22:56 by Brian S
WASHINGTON -- Democrats facing a difficult Senate landscape in 2012 are hoping the Tea Party comes to their rescue -- again. In 2010, all that stopped a GOP juggernaut from taking over the Senate was a string of losses in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada, where Tea Party insurgents Ken Buck, Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle all lost after bumping off more mainstream Republicans. Democrats have to defend 23 Senate seats next year compared to Republicans' 10 in a sour political climate. If the GOP can net four seats, they're guaranteed to control the Senate. So Democrats are looking for help anywhere they can get it -- and they're seeing signs over the last few days that ...
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