The Occupy Wall Street movement marked May 1, International Workers Day, with demonstrations and gatherings across the country. It was the movement's most visible day since last year, when encampments in major cities were forcibly dismantled.
Crowds of varying sizes manifested in a number of cities, while reports of scuffles with police, arrests, and vandalism came in throughout the day.
In New York, protesters gathered at various places across the city, from Midtown to Union Square to Wall Street. By 11 a.m., "many hundreds" of people were in Bryant Park, across the street from the Bank of America tower (earlier in the morning, several dozen people marched in front of the tower itself shouting "Bank of America, hey hey, who did you foreclose today?"), according to The New York Times.
A rally and concert in Union Square attracted a crowd of thousands, according to The Atlantic Wire, and featured, among other things, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello leading a sing-along of "This Land Is Our Land."
By late afternoon, police were telling the Times that 30 people had been arrested in the city in connection with the protests, all on disorderly conduct charges.
On the other side of the country, in Oakland, police fired tear gas and used flash-bang grenades on several hundred protesters near City Hall, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. Three people were detained and a Taser was used on at least one person. Protesters threw plastic bottles at police, and reportedly broke windows on an unmarked police van and a TV news van. (Late last night, between 50 and 100 people in San Francisco smashed windows and threw paintballs on a city street.)
"We are here today because capitalism has destroyed basic human need," a 20-year-old protester in Oakland, who identified himself as Connor, told the paper.
In Chicago, protesters, anti-war demonstrators, and union supporters held a series of rallies and marches in the city's business district. A rally of about 1,000 people wrapped up at Federal Plaza, and police reported no arrests to The Chicago Tribune.
Things did not go smoothly in Seattle. Protesters broke a window, lit a small fire, and fired paintballs at the U.S. Court of Appeals building, according to The Seattle Times, and a number of storefronts had windows broken. Mayor Mike McGinn announced that he would sign an emergency order authorizing police to seize items that can be used as weapons.
Occupy Cleveland cancelled its activities Tuesday after the FBI arrested a group of five alleged anarchists who allegedly plotted to blow up a bridge.
Why is the snap resignation of Mitt Romney's openly gay foreign policy spokesman so damaging?The Obama campaign has spent days hammering the claim that Mitt lacked the fortitude to make the risky choice to launch a commando raid to kill Osama bin Laden. [...]
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Providence, Rhode Island is a place that I know well. So unlike some of the other places I have been writing about, my tea explorations here go beyond stopping at a place just once. I will share just two of several good tea spots that I have become very fond of over the years. These two places have some significant differences, but complement each other quite nicely as tea experiences.
The differences between the 99% and the 1% don’t end with income. An up-close look at the distinctions between the haves and the have-not-so-muches. (Per my last post, pay particular attention to the credit card portion: despite the huge difference in income (average: $51k vs. $717k) and net worth, the average American has more than half of the average 1%?s credit card debt. — Wow.)
O made a secret -and surprise- trip to Afghanistan and gave a "win one for the Gipper" speech to the troops. (That sound you hear is wingnut heads exploding. I think he is "spiking the football" in the end zone. )"I could not be prouder of you...there is a light on the horizon because of the sacrifice you have made". Good for you, O. The troops needed a pep talk from their CIC.
Unfortunately, it looks like we will be in Afghanistan for at least two more years. That is not what I wanted to hear. One more day in Afghanistan is one day too much as far as I am concerned, so I will have to jump off the O train when it comes to his Afghan policy.
But enough of all this foreign policy talk. Let's talk about a little national politics.
Did you know that President Obama won the election because he is black?
"He was a historic figure. He?s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self. I?ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature. " [Source]
Yes, because God forbid a black man actually got something on merit.
I love these comments:
" Never happened to the good old days when being black wasn't so cool? I bet they miss slavery, Jim Crowe, the 50's...Good times...Good times...
· 95% of blacks voted AGAINST Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Alan Keyes, Shirley Chisolm, Lenora Fulani, in favor of Carter, Mondale, Kerry, and Gore. Those are the facts....· So Obama won because he was black ? Is it safe to assume that the 43 white president won because they weren't ?· I'd rather be elected because I was black; than be elected because I lied about being a dead-beat dad.· Boehner was only elected speaker of the house because he's orange. · thought Clinton was the first black President. Obama is the first white black President.· We elected 1 black guy because he's black ? Why did we elect 43 white men in a row ? Yes, because every other Black person who's run for President has been extremely successful!We all fondly look back on the Presidencies of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Alan Keyes, Carol Moseley Braun, Cynthia McKinney, and Herman Cain, right?I mean that's all you need to be is Black, right?Black folks vote for Black folks right? Who cares if John Kerry got 90% of the Black vote in 2004? That must mean he's a secret Black!"
Oh yes, there is that "dead beat" thing. Isn't this the guy who owes his wife over $117,000.00 for child support? Owed field. He settled with her.
Well that explains it. No wonder he is chirping off about O's race. There is nothing like clearing up those child support issues to help you get your voice back.
Anywhoo, I took a trip to Negromerica today, and I have some thoughts:
First, you Negroes need to stop sending your children off to school with soda pop and potato chips. That is not a "breakfast of champions". No wonder your kids can't learn in school.
Second, it's called a child safety seat for a reason. If you have a damn toddler in your car they should be strapped into a child safety seat. Their little bodies need all the protection they can get in case of a sudden impact. This device really doesn't cost that much. I see some of you with handbags that are worth twice as much. Invest a little of that money into your child's safety.
Third, why are there so many satellite dishes? It seems like every other house in Negromerica has a satellite dish. That cannot be a good thing.
Finally, if I ever get elected to city council, the first bill I will introduce will be one limiting the amount of churches and liquor stores within certain areas. Why? Because driving through Negromerica you would think that all Negroes do is drink and pray.
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Gov. Scott Walker raised an unprecedented $13.2 million over three months to fight off the recall bid against him, outdistancing his Democratic challengers and driving home the challenge they will have in beating the Republican incumbent.There's a nice chart of comparative fund-raising at the link. Here's another.
Crisscrossing the country on fundraising trips, Walker has raised more than $25 million since January 2011 and has $4.9 million in cash on hand - numbers unlike any that have been seen for a political candidate in Wisconsin. Two-thirds of Walker's money came from out of state.
His stores of cash dwarf what his Democratic rivals have raised. ... Walker's fundraising is on par with that of second-tier presidential candidates. For instance, Rick Santorum raised $18.5 million between Jan. 1 and March 31, and Newt Gingrich raised a little less than $10 million during that period.
Normally, donors can give a maximum of $10,000 to a candidate for governor. But from the time recall petitions are taken out to the time a recall election is called, donors can give any amount.I don't blame Republicans for using a law like that ? I sure would ? but it's some law.
No fundraising limit was in place for Walker for about two-thirds of the period covered in the latest report. The Democrats had to follow the normal fundraising limits the whole time because they were not the targets of a recall.
In addition to the $500,000 donation from Hendricks, Walker received two $250,000 donations in the latest period. One came from Las Vegas Sands president Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino mogul who, along with his wife, put $17.5 million into Winning the Future, a super PAC supporting Gingrich.Adelson? He's this guy (and you really do want to click; Rick Perlstein at his researching and writing best).
Also giving $250,000 was Richard DeVos, the co-founder of the parent company of direct marketing firm Amway. DeVos has been active in the school voucher movement, and Walker last year expanded Milwaukee's voucher program and established a similar one in eastern Racine County.
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The latest in the Rupert Murdoch/News of The World/News Corp/News International Phone hacking scandal finds the much-awaited release of the findings of the Leveson Inquiry damning of Rupert Murdoch and the Editors in charge at News Of The World.
In short, the Members Of Parliament found Rupert Murdoch had a curious habit of "looking the other way" with regards to the Phone Hacking Scandal. And as a result, was deemed by the panel to be "unfit to run an International Business".
Although the panel was split along Partisan lines - with four of the Conservative Members of Parliament voting not to include the "unfit to run a company" disclosure, they were unanimous in their agreement that Murdoch had mislead and deceived the Leveson Inquiry as to the true nature of the scandal.
In the report findings, aired over BBC Radio 4 's program PM, it was considered by some to be not all that earth shattering and that the scandal as a whole had more interest in Westminster than it did on the street.
Whether or not that's true remains to be seen. It's interesting to note that calls on this side of the Atlantic for an FCC inquiry into the operations of Murdoch's Fox News seem to have made more newsworthy headlines in the UK than over here. The move may be regarded as more symbolic than anything else, judging by the somewhat punchless and ineffectual state the FCC is in. However, there is still the ongoing DOJ Investigation of Phone Hacking and Bribery charges involving News Of The World related cases over here.
And all that lurks somewhere in the future.
But for now, Westminster has spoken and Rupert Murdoch's school of Tabloid Journalism received a slap on its faux-incompetent wrist.
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I've noticed for a long time that in different cities, the "LGBT" community?which in reality is an amalgam, a coalition, of different communities?is run by different sexes. If I'm reading it right, for instance, the major homos in DC tend to be men. Up here in the Boston/Cambridge area, ladies run the show. Mary Bonauto, Sue Hyde, Arline Isaacson, Elyse Cherry, Maura Healy, Susan Love (okay, she's moved west, but you get the picture): Yes, we have the likes of Barney Frank, but within the city, the LGBT table is set and run by the ladies. (And for everyone I left out, it was unintentional! I know you're powerful! My brain just fizzled for a second!).
All of which is to say, I was anything but surprised when I found out that the city's premier power couple, Romeo and Juliet, turned out to be lesbians. The devoted swan pair is scheduled to return to the Public Garden this week. They've been together for 22 years, and came out as gay just one year after same-sex marriage was made legal in Massachusetts.
I'm just saying.
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That was as pretty a picture as the President could paint of Afghanistan, where the situation remains very tenuous and there is no real long-term political solution in sight. [...]
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