Occupy Houston is holding a meeting later today about the next steps of the movement here in Houston. I won’t be able to attend, but you should try to attend if you are able. There is so much to be hopeful about as we move ahead. Here are details of the meeting— Nov. 19th from [...]
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Don?t be freaked out by the ?frozen face? of former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich here ? God, I wish he was in the Obama Administration (and in a related vein, as they say)?
?and ?start spreading the news? indeed?
??Worst Persons? (State rep Josh Byrnes of Iowa tries to call the unemployed ?lazy,? parroting ?Goodhair? Perry of course ? nice try, asshat; a trio from Fix Noise get the runner-up for propagating the lie I noted earlier that the White House shooter was tied to the ?Occupy? movement ? I guess we?ll be trying to debunk this crap for as long as we?ve had to do the same thing about Al Gore supposedly saying he invented the Internet and Bob Casey, Sr. being denied the right to speak at the ?92 Democratic convention supposedly because he was ?pro life?...sigh; but Moon Unit Bachmann really takes it for claiming that she supposedly hasn?t had gaffes during the presidential campaign?no, I?m serious, she actually said that ? um, does this count too?)?
...and I just have one question; didn?t somebody make a movie out of this (I heard of having a ?bang-up time,? but this is ridiculous...ba-dump!).
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Here's a video of a beautiful sequence of light projections that appeared on the side of the Verizon building - "Bat signal style" - while tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street participants marched across the Brooklyn Bridge tonight. It's the latest thing, called "laser gaffiti," it was quite breathtaking and you really must see the whole thing. Still images at Grave Wisdom.
Open thread below...
If you've been following the Republican debates, you probably have become acutely aware of two things. First, that references to Ronald Reagan have become considerably more precarious things then they once were, and second, that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the root of all evil. Who was the moron that decided that we should encourage more people to own homes? What socialist, anti-Republican twit would come up with such a thing?
Let us hearken back to yesteryear, or in this case, 2008, when I hear tell people were still hearkening back to 2004:
Remember the ownership society? President George W. Bush championed the concept when he was running for re-election in 2004, envisioning a world in which every American family owned a house and a stock portfolio, and government stayed out of the way of the American Dream. [...]
Such a country would be more stable, Bush argued, and more prosperous. "America is a stronger country every single time a family moves into a home of their own," he said in October 2004. To achieve his vision, Bush pushed new policies encouraging homeownership, like the "zero-down-payment initiative," which was much as it sounds?a government-sponsored program that allowed people to get mortgages without a down payment. More exotic mortgages followed, including ones with no monthly payments for the first two years. Other mortgages required no documentation other than the say-so of the borrower. Absurd though these all were, they paled in comparison to the financial innovations that grew out of the mortgages?derivatives built on other derivatives, packaged and repackaged until no one could identify what they contained and how much they were, in fact, worth.
As interesting as these historical texts are, we have to remember that they are from the before-times, when conservatism meant ... well, the same things as now, really, but nobody is allowed to point that out. Let's just agree that Fannie and Freddie were rogue agents?the very names sound suspicious, a little too American not to be a pair of Soviet-era spies, if you ask me?and that we have learned the prime lesson here, which is not that banks should not reduce the entire American real estate market to a set of ever-more-complicated, ever-more-dangerous gambling bets among themselves, but that people really ought not own homes anymore. That was a mistake.
Top Comments for today are here.
From Linda P.B. Katehi Chancellor of UC Davis
The group did not respond to requests from administration and campus police to comply with campus rules that exist to protect the health and safety of our campus community. The group was informed in writing this morning that the encampment violated regulations designed to protect the health and safety of students, staff and faculty. The group was further informed that if they did not dismantle the encampment, it would have to be removed.
Following our requests, several of the group chose to dismantle their tents this afternoon and we are grateful for their actions. However a number of protestors refused our warning, offering us no option but to ask the police to assist in their removal. We are saddened to report that during this activity, 10 protestors were arrested and pepper spray was used. We will be reviewing the details of the incident.
We appreciate and strongly defend the rights of all our students, faculty and staff to robust and respectful dialogue as a fundamental tenet of our great academic institution. At the same time, we have a responsibility to our entire campus community, including the parents who have entrusted their students to us, to ensure that all can live, learn and work in a safe and secure environment. We were aware that some of those involved in the recent demonstrations on campus were not members of the UC Davis community and this required us to be even more vigilant about the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We take this responsibility very seriously.
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As you've perhaps already heard, Cain today chose to tackle head-on the questions raised by his obvious brain freeze when asked about Libya earlier this week (see the video above: "OK... Libya... President Obama... supported the uprising, correct?"). [...]
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The latest The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv featuring Matt Lewis and I on the rise (and, let's face it, the eventual fall) of Newt Gingrich. Watch it below.
Anyone out there who watches Fox and doesn't understand why people say they're nothing more than an arm of the Republican party, please read this story, look at what Fox claims, and then click through to the original story that Fox is basing this allegation on - Fox lied. This is why so many people have a problem with Fox. Not that they get stories wrong and everyone gets stories wrong. It's that they blatantly lie in order to help Republicans and hurt Democrats, and this story is a perfect example.
And if that wasn't enough, here's a second story from Fox in which they try to mislead their audience. They claim that Obama's evil regulations will make your car cost $2000 more. They don't tell you that the same regulations will be saving you around $5000 to $6000 in fuel over the lifetime in the car, so actually the new regulations will save the average consumer $3000 to $4000. Kind of relevant to the story, you think?
Title: Love You RightArtist: Cherub
Hooray for the weekend. Get your party on with this super catchy tune from Nashville's Cherub. What songs get you in the party mood?
Despite being raided, Occupy Dallas is not giving up. You can bet that no Occupy effort in the nation will give up because they have been raided. Here is the Occupy Dallas website. Hard work and sticking to it is what made this nation great. This is the etchic that will lead Occupy Wall Street [...]
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