“[The Washington Establishment] believes that if you have the freedom to keep what you earn and take care of yourself, you won’t do it. They want to do it for you–and they’ve been trying for the past 70 years, since the Great Depression. But we’ve learned that government can’t do it, either.”
|Sleep well, my girl.|
|LOL. Who loves irony? Not the UC Berkeley Police...|
Great news for the youth of America: the government, which may very well be run by cheese-loving 12-year-olds, has decided that pizza totally counts as a vegetable.
A spending bill pushed through this week with a little help from frozen food manufacturers, the salt industry, potato growers and conservatives who don't think the government should be telling kids what to eat declares the following: two tablespoons of tomato paste shall count as a vegetable, and the USDA can't limit the number of starchy vegetables a kid crams down his gullet every day. In other words: more mushy pies and
Frenchfreedom fries for all!
About an hour ago, news broke that the police began a surprise sweep of Zuccotti Park to destroy the Occupy Wall Street encampment. According to NBC News, “hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters.” The raid, only days before a two-month anniversary march in New York City for the 99 Percent Movement, was justified by police because of what they said were health and fire hazards.Not (entirely) about "Meat Space"
|Source: Think Progress|
Me: Of course, the sick truth of this is that we wouldn't be in this position in the first place if the Democrats had any sack whatsoever when they controlled both houses of congress and the white house and never entered into a deal to create the anti-democratic uber committee devil. Jeezus, so incredibly not smart...
Hugh: *Sigh* Same old shit
Patrick: *Sigh, aussi*... I second the notion that it is indeed the same superannuated feces we behold.
Now, I was gonna say that until some of them Dems nut up, it's really pointless to even try to articulate the issues they could take advantage of in the next election (e.g., embrace the growing resonance of the #OWS message with the preponderance of the public by introducing meaningful tax/ mortgage/ public spending/tuition/health insurance reforms).
And then I had second thoughts: it's pointless to point out this pointlessness.
Because you have to take into account that even a reenergized Democratic majority in both houses in 2012 (miracle of miracles) is not likely to even consider changing things for the better because we have to remember that Democratic Congressmen are just that: Congressmen. --And Democrats way second.
This here's where that good ol' Sociology 101 standby comes into play: where your average Democratic representative stands depends upon where s/he sits. And what s/he sits on is a barrel o' cash.
Do I know you? You look familiar...
What does it mean to be a "representative" these days?
It means you are likely to be rich. Roll Call found that fully 244 of the 435 members of the House (including 106 Democrats) are millionaires, placing them among the One Percenters. The average Senator was worth $7.8 million 2010 (up from $6.5 million in 2008). Net worth of all 535 members of Congress was estimated to be $2.04 billion in 2010. It increased 25% just between 2008 and 2010.
And the median household income for the rest of us in 2010? $49,555 (the lowest since 1996).
So how do you draw a meaningful contrast between: a) the cornhole-the-99% policies of the GOP congressional cabana boys ever ready at the drop of a lobbyist's checkbook to parade around in their ideological assless chaps for the edification of the East Hamptons arbitrageur crowd; and b) the Dem members' facile support for common people, when they are at least two generations and one trust fund removed from their blue collar roots? It's increasingly difficult to tell the difference between the two expensive flavors on offer.
I fear that Democrats can no longer speak for us because they no longer are us.
|Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): 2009 Net Worth |
[Source: Open Secrets]
|Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): 2009 Net Worth |
[Source: Open Secrets]
|From the Third Edition: Occupied Wall Street Journal|
"...the movement has already changed the public debate in America. Consider, for example, last week’s Congressional Budget Office report on widening disparities of income in America. It was hardly news – it’s already well known that the top 1 percent now gets 20 percent of the nation’s income, up from 9 percent in the late 1970s. But it's the first time such news made the front page of the nation's major newspapers...Why? Because for the first time in more than half a century, a broad cross-section of the American public is talking about the concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the top."A quick Google search on Occupy Wall Street within last 24 hours revealed the following links in the top 12 or so hits. Yeah. I'd say the narrative is changing....
|Read all about it here: http://occupywallst.org/article/occupy-oakland-calls-city-wide-general-strike-nov-/|
The movement started with Rick Santelli’s call on CNBC for a tea party of city traders to dump securities in Lake Michigan, in protest at Obama’s plan to “subsidise the losers”(6). In other words, it was a demand for a financiers’ mobilisation against the bail-out of their victims: people losing their homes. This is the opposite of the Observer’s story. On the same day, a group called Americans for Prosperity (AFP) set up a Tea Party Facebook page and started organising Tea Party events(7). The movement, whose programme is still lavishly supported by AFP, took off from there.
So who or what is Americans for Prosperity? It was founded and is funded by Charles and David Koch(8). They run what they call “the biggest company you’ve never heard of”(9), and between them they are worth $43 billion(10).
Koch Industries is a massive oil, gas, minerals, timber and chemicals company. Over the past 15 years the brothers have poured at least $85m into lobby groups arguing for lower taxes for the rich and weaker regulations for industry(11). The groups and politicians the Kochs fund also lobby to destroy collective bargaining, to stop laws reducing carbon emissions, to stymie healthcare reform and to hobble attempts to control the banks. During the 2010 election cycle, Americans for Prosperity spent $45 million supporting its favoured candidates(12)."They are radical libertarians..."
|One of the tools you'll need? A shovel, to dig|
out of the mountain of bullshit debt...
An Iraq war veteran has a fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile.
Scott Olsen is in a "critical condition" in Highland hospital in Oakland, a hospital spokesman confirmed.
The Guardian spoke to people with Olsen at the hospital. Adele Carpenter, who knows Olsen through his involvement with anti-war groups, said she arrived at the hospital at 11pm on Tuesday night.
Carpenter said she was told by a doctor at the hospital that Olsen had a skull fracture and was in a "serious but stable" condition. She said he had been sedated and was unconscious.
"I'm just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force," Carpenter said.
|But not before they damage you, apparently...|
|A woman in a wheelchair in a cloud of tear gas. (Source: http://yfrog.com/h8dgtfxjj)|
|So, while bankers enjoy bonuses made possible by taxpayer bailout|
money, people who protest this inequality are dealt with HG Wells style.
That seems fair.
|Putting Together Minutes Takes Hours|
|Laundry Logistics: Even revolutionaries |
need clean clothes (Source: Flickr)
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