Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Bugsplat" : Obama's Ugly Drone Wars & Fox News Calls #OWS Protesters "Domestic Terrorists"

 Bugsplat is the official term used by US authorities when humans are killed by drone missiles. The existence of children's computer games of the same name may lead one to think that the PlayStation analogy with drone warfare is taken too far. But it is deliberately employed as a psychological tactic to dehumanize targets so operatives overcome their inhibition to kill; and so the public remains apathetic and unmoved to act. Indeed, the phrase has far more sinister origins and historical use: In dehumanizing their Pakistani targets, the US resorts to Nazi semantics. Their targets are not just computer game-like targets, but pesky or harmful bugs that must be killed.
 Quote from : 'Bugsplat': The Ugly US Drone War in Pakistan :It's time for the US to re-examine the consequences of its dehumanizing, deadly attacks in Pakistan. by Jennifer Robinson AlJazerra via,November 29,2011

Song for #OWS
No bigotry, racism or anti-semitism

Crosby, Stils, Nash and Young Teach Your Children
Uploaded by Speeno1 on Oct 22, 2011
" We Don't believe That."
A response to recent comments/negative propaganda made about the activities and message of Occupy Wall Street.

RT The AlyonaShow:Fireside: Millions go Hungry in US
From: TheAlyonaShow | Nov 25, 2011 | 2,114 views
We'll share with you some staggering statistics compiled by ThinkProgress that show how deep hunger runs in America. Last year, 17.2 million households in the United States were food insecure. That's the highest level on record, and a 30% rise during this Great Recession. That also makes up 14.5% of all households. Nearly 40% had to choose between paying rent or a mortgage and food. Don't forget, food prices increased by 3.6 percent last year alone

and in case you missed it here is Ratigan's Righteous Rant about the Financial meltdown in America and the politicians who are all in the pay of the Rich and Powerful, of Wall Street and the Lobbyists carrying bags of money for the pay-offs of those who claim to be working for the people when in fact they just want to get rich and to hell with average Americans.
Ratigan is also further enraged by President Obama playing politics with the Congress and Senate and a thousand Lobbyists and Wall Street etc.
Ratigan suggests that Obama should copy the action that Teddy Roosevelt took by going ahead with legislation to take on Wall Street and Big Business who were out of control and had too much power over the elected officials and unelected members of the government in Washington.
Ratigan says Obama should abandon the congress and go directly to the people to allow him to take on the 1% and their stooges and quislings on Wall Street or in Washington 
Dylan Ratigan (rightfully) loses it on air

Fox News continues with its demonizing of the Occupy Movement as unAmerican, lazy ,dirty hippies, Obama's foot soldiers and now " Domestic Terrorists " what's next will Fox News and GOP and the 1% insist that OWS protesters be rounded up and put in camps or just kill them all.

Fox News host calls Occupy Wall Street movement "domestic terrorists" by Robert Sobel Orlando Liberal examiner , november 28, 2011

With radical right-wing hosts like Sean Hannityand Bill O'Reilly, Fox News has cemented its spot as the home for Tea Party conservatives. Fox doesn't only give a home on television for conservatives, it also does across the radio air waves.
One of Fox's top radio shows is "Fox News & Commentary with Todd Starnes". Starnes has been a regular contributor on TV with FOX & Friends and Sean Hannity, but he makes his name on his radio show. Starnes fits the role of a Fox News employee, he's conservative, Christian and hates President Obama. Starnes has also decided to use the internet to voice his options through his twitter account.

#OWS :"Todd's #cnndebabte question "What should be done with the domestic terrorists who are occupying our cities and college campuses? #ows"
The question shouldn't be about the Occupy movement, but instead why can a "news" company claim to be "fair and balanced" when they are anything but that. Fox News and their "Fair and Balanced" slogan has become nothing more than a running joke across the country outside of the extreme followers of the channel. Fox News and their followers dislike the Occupy movement because they stand for everything that Fox doesn't. The Occupy movement wants economic fairness, the right for people to succeed without the most wealthy holding them back. Fox News will never support the ideology of the Occupy movement because it goes against their corporate agenda of protecting the wealthiest members of our country.
In other News President Obama still supporting the brutal military regime in Egypt sends shipment of tear gas to Egypt.
President Obama continues to commit atrocities and massacres in his "Drone Wars".

President Obama's administration still allowing massive shipments of tear gass to Egypt to be used on Egyptian citizens protesting against the military regime which protesters say is as bad as the Mubarak Regime.
So is there any doubt which side Obama and the American elite support in Egypt of course the status quo and to hell with the rights of Egyptian citizens.

So it looks like the American government is once again with President Obama's approval on the side of another brutal authoritarian regime which uses terrorist tactics against its own citizens.
So Obama is giving moral and material support to terrorists in the guise of Egypt's newly reformed government ..

Suez Port Employees Reveal 21-Ton US Tear Gas Order for Interior Ministry by Ahram online via,November 29,2011
Port workers in Suez refuse to receive initial seven ton shipment as the interior ministry looks to restock after firing tear gas at protesters in Egypt for six days last week
A group of customs employees at the Suez seaport have revealed that the Egyptian Ministry of Interior is in the process of receiving 21 tons of tear gas from the US.

The claim was supported by Medhat Eissa, an activist in the coastal city of Suez, who provided documents he says he obtained from a group of employees at the Suez Canal customs. The employees have been subjected to questioning for their refusal to allow an initial seven ton shipment of the US-made tear gas canisters enter the port.

Employees say the container ship Danica, carrying seven tons of tear-gas canisters made by the American company Combined Systems, has already arrived at the port, with two similar shipments from the same company expected to arrive within the week.
Another war crime has been and continues to be committed by the Obama Regime is the use of unmanned drones to carry out the targeted killings of alleged terrorist (ie summary executions ) In this next article writer Jennifer Robinson investigates these Drone attacks and it becomes personal when an innocent young Pashtun boy she met gets killed by one of Obama's Drones.

She points out that the pentagon and Obama regime by referring to those killed as "BUGSPLAT" are doing all they can to dehumanize the targeted individuals to make it easier for the Drone controller's to carry out with an easy conscience the murder of people thousands of miles away. They also refer to the innocent people killed as "collateral Damage" as if this makes all these murders somehow morally justifiable.

If American troops can be ordered to kill innocent civilians in the hope of also killing 1 or 2 terrorists well why not do the same in dealing with criminals and dissidents in America. For instance if the US government the FBI  wants to kill a known criminal like the head of a mafia Family well then why not bomb their homes and vehicles or wait for a family gathering as they do often in Afghanistan and Pakistan such as a wedding and thereby kill dozens of gang members and a few hundred innocent people. Is that what's next in America.
So to go further if the FBI or Homeland security becomes concerned about individuals or groups who are seen as a threat to law and order ie the Occupy Movement why not just use drones to target some of the leaders for assassination and unfortunately kill a few innocent people as well.
Sadly Americans and Westerners in general couldn't care less about these innocents their governments on their behalf murder each and every day as the Global War on Terror drags on while the U.S. continues to extend its hegemony and power around the world. And every day we are told that if we criticize the Mission of American, Western &NATO troops then we must be on the side of the " terrorists".

'Bugsplat': The Ugly US Drone War in Pakistan :It's time for the US to re-examine the consequences of its dehumanizing, deadly attacks in Pakistan. by Jennifer Robinson AlJazerra via,November 29,2011

This weekend, Pakistan ordered the closure of the US drone base after a US attack killed 26 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border. This news will be welcomed by the people of Waziristan, where communities have borne the brunt of the "collateral damage" of the US covert drone war. But for many, this decision comes too little too late. For too long, authorities ignored the deaths of innocent civilians being "bugsplat" by drones. After a recent trip to Pakistan to investigate the human consequences of the US drone attacks, I had no idea how close I was to come to understanding the horror of it.
In Islamabad I took part in a jirga - the traditional Pashtun forum for public discussion and dispute settlement - where tribal elders and villagers from the Pakistan tribal areas (FATA) came to meet with us to explain their personal experiences of US drone attacks. Sitting just two rows behind me was a 16-year-old boy named Tariq Aziz. Listening to story upon story of the extrajudicial murder of innocent civilians and children, the heartache for loved ones lost and the constant terror instilled by the now familiar roar of drones overhead, I could not have imagined that Tariq and his family would soon suffer the same fate.
Three days later Tariq was killed along with his 12-year-old cousin Waheed when their car was targeted by a Hellfire missile as they headed home to Norak, a village in Waziristan near the Afghan border.
Drones are described not only as the future of warfare, but as risk-free war. But Tariq's death - and the hundreds of other civilian deaths recorded in a recent Bureau of Investigative Journalism study - demonstrate that this PlayStation warfare is only risk-free for operators of these remote-controlled killers. From the safety of an office building in Langley, Virginia, CIA operatives play games with Pakistanis' lives.
As I landed at Heathrow, thousands of miles away from the dirt road where Tariq and Waheed now lay dead, a CIA operative in northern Virginia will have reported "bugsplat". Bugsplat is the official term used by US authorities when humans are killed by drone missiles. The existence of children's computer games of the same name may lead one to think that the PlayStation analogy with drone warfare is taken too far. But it is deliberately employed as a psychological tactic to dehumanize targets so operatives overcome their inhibition to kill; and so the public remains apathetic and unmoved to act. Indeed, the phrase has far more sinister origins and historical use: In dehumanizing their Pakistani targets, the US resorts to Nazi semantics. Their targets are not just computer game-like targets, but pesky or harmful bugs that must be killed.
It was Hitler who coined this phraseology in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. In Mein Kampf, Hitler refers to Jews as vermin (volksungeziefer) or parasites (volksschädling). In the infamous Nazi film, Der ewige Jude, Jews were portrayed as harmful pests that deserve to die. Similarly, in the Rwandan genocide, the Tutsis were described as "cockroaches".
This is not to infer genocidal intent in US drone warfare, but rather to emphasize the dehumanizing effect of this terminology in Nazi Germany and that the very same terms are used by the US in respect of their Pakistani targets. The US asserts that targeted killings are justified as a necessary counter-terrorism measure: Terrorists and militants are the pesky bugs that must be swatted.
The term "bugsplat" dehumanizes their targets - often innocent civilians - with families, friends, hopes and aspirations. I will never forget the pensive, yet curious look Tariq gave us as we joined the jirga, a look so reminiscent of my brothers at that same age. He had his whole life ahead of him. But two days later, "bugsplat", and Tariq and Waheed brought the known total of children killed by drones in Pakistan to 175.

and so it goes,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bush, Blair Found GUILTY of War Crimes in Malaysia Tribunal Obama Supports Military Rule & Bogus ? Election In Egypt & Michael Savage Defends 1% Calls Occupiers " Refuse of Society" Who Are "Work Shy"

Topics for today:
Songs for #OWS Third Blind Eye
                            Miley Cyrus???

Bush and Blair War Criminals                
US backed Egyptian Military on a rampage
Sally Kohn defends #OWS protesters
Michael Savage attack on #ows

and now for a song for #OWS & Zuccotti Park

If there ever was a time by Third Eye Blind

and one by Miley Cyrus
Liberty Walk
Sounds like Lady Gaga meets Pink.
As for her so called scandals they are overblown by a craven media which is not able to deal with these young singers maturing and going through changes after years of being treated as media's little darlings
For one thing who cares if she smokes weed and drinks -
The Mainstream Media and the American radical Family Values crowd think smoking weed is not just unhealthy but downright evil
Yes Bob Marley smoked weed
Did these people ever watch "That 70s Show" or the series "Weed"
Besides it seems odd to celebrate people doing a dozen or so shots of hard liquor in an evening and demonize those who use marijuana.
So did these people ever watch any rapper videos sex, liquor, drugs and rock and roll.
Rock and Roll traditionally was seen as an alternative life style and mode of thinking now the Mainstream Media and the pro-status quo crowd are insisting it should be tamed to suit Conservative consumerism Middle Class values preached to them by their overlords the 1% and their fascist police state.

as for the song; it like the one by Third Eye Blind needs more hard hitting and ironic lyrics and more insider references to the Occupy Movement .

If either performers are serious they should go to an Occupy protest and donate large sums of money to the #OWS or 99%.
And I would suggest the same actions by all those media stars who claim to be sympathetic to the movement as long as they don't let Rod Stewart or other rich rock and rollers like Gene Simmons & Mick Jagger join who have no sense of community social responsibility they just want the cash  -that my number one demand as it were-they love to take your money but never give anything back -if I'm wrong then correct me. And in what sense then is Miley Cyrus any better or worse than these phony aging  Pop Singers

Miley Cyrus Rock Mafia - IT'S A LIBERTY WALK!

Bush and Blair found guilty of committing genocide and crimes against humanity.
The Iraq War itself was a crime as a War of Aggression.
All nations the tribunal argues have an obligation under international law to arrest and put on trial Bush and Blair if they travel to these countries .

Bush, Blair Found GUILTY of War Crimes in Malaysia Tribunal

Uploaded by RevolutionNewsUS on Nov 24, 2011
Real News @ http://RevolutionNews.US — Former US president George Bush and his former counterpart Tony Blair were found guilty of war crimes by the The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal which held a four day hearing in the Malaysia.

The five panel tribunal unanimously decided that Bush and Blair committed genocide and crimes against peace and humanity when they invaded Iraq in 2003 in blatant violation of international law.

The judges ruled that war against Iraq by both the former heads of states was a flagrant abuse of law, act of aggression which amounted to a mass murder of the Iraqi people.

In their verdict, the judges said that the United States, under the leadership of Bush, forged documents to claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Egypt is just Another American backed brutal authoritarian Regime-
Clinton and Obama were big supporters of Mubarak until it became too embarrassing for them. Now they back the military regime . President Obama gave in on replacing Mubarak but as I have said Obama is not really in favor of a substantive change in government in Egypt.
So if anything the Obama regime has undermined the people's uprising in Egypt.
Obama like previous US presidents wants an American and Israeli friendly government in Egypt.

In the video below we get a good picture of how the present regime in Egypt is far from being supportive of human rights or civil rights or real democracy.
Note how peaceful protester are beaten , murdered in the streets and those apprehended are sent down an alley way to be processed through a violent gauntlet of soldiers and police.

U.S. Backed Egyptian Military Murdering Peaceful Protesters
RevolutionNewsUS Nov 22, 2011

Uploaded by RevolutionNewsUS on Nov 22, 2011
Real News @ http://RevolutionNews.US — Egyptian military junta carries out deadly crackdown on protesters...

The US-backed military junta in Egypt carried out a violent crackdown on protesters over the weekend, killing several and injuring over 700. The repression was in advance of the November 28 parliamentary elections.
Protesters have been demonstrating against state violence and the refusal of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta to hand over power, ten months after mass protests and strikes forced the resignation of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, 23, died in Cairo on Saturday after being shot in the chest by police firing live ammunition. Another protester was shot in the head by snipers in Alexandria. The death toll from the weekend police attacks is now five, but it is expected to rise.

Fox News fear mongering about #ows
Stephen Moore of Wall Street Journal insists that all the financial problems in America were caused by President Obama.

Sally Kohn attempts to bring reason rather than just hyperbole and twisted rhetoric to the debate over the Occupy Movement.

While Fox News tries to paint all protesters as being violent instead Sally Kohn says the Occupy Movement has to deal with the small destructive fringe element which does not represent the movement. Meanwhile Fox News tries to brand the occupy movement with the actions of the few and to demonize the movement as out of control and erroneously claiming few Americans support the movement.

Sally Kohn further argues that the Occupy Movement is upset with both parties and how Democrats and Republicans have become puppets for Wall Street and Big Business. As she puts it "Washington has become a wholly owned subsidary of Wall Street".

There is a group in Wall Street, Washington and in the Mainstream Media that want to use these isolated violent incidents to undermine the Occupy Movement itself.
Meanwhile Sally kohn says the OWS movement has changed the conversation in America because instead of talking simply about the deficit or just blaming the Obama administration the Media and average Americans are now talking about the income disparity between the rich and the rest of Americans.

Occupy Wall St Crackdowns -- Sally Kohn on Fox News
Uploaded by movementvision on Nov 28, 2011

In the last post we were discussing the different takes on Naomi Wolf's accusations about the Obama administration or federal agencies working behind the scenes to crush the Occupy Movement.
Given the rhetoric coming out of Fox News and the GOP /Tea Party in their references to the Occupy Movement there is bound to be some concern over how the federal government maybe or is involved in the crackdown of these protest .
What Joshua Holland in his critique of Naomi Wolf's article on the authorities response to these protests is that he is concerned that liberals and progressives should be careful in their arguments and rhetoric and not so easily adhere to some far fetched conspiracy theory for which there is little or no proof.

My own concern is that liberals and progressives and those who support the Occupy Movement not get too side tracked by arguing about rhetorical style or too easily buy into some conspiracy theory on the one hand or on the other to be so partisn in favor of Obama and the democrats that even proven facts are dismissed out of hand .
President Obama has shown that he is either too naive or too concerned about upsetting the republicans or the elites and so that the Obama Regime is not much different than that of former President George W. Bush. In the end there are millions of Americans who supported Obam who now feel betrayed by his policies.
Obama for instance has done nothing to bring George W. Bush and all be called to account for their crimes meanwhile Obama has continued and widened the dubious Global War On Terror and has supported various and sundry authoritarian regimes and was late in understanding the importance of the Arab Spring but Obama has also gone after whistleblowers and has allowed the use of torture techniques which he refers to as enhanced interrogation techniques while bailing out Wall Street and the Bankers while doing little if anything to help out average Americans who have or will lose their jobs, their homes and their dignity. It appears as if he has just written people off in the same way Glenn Beck or Michael Savage and Fox News have done .

Michael Savage and others on the right in the USA paints the Occupy Movement as being made up of what he calls "useful idiots' or the extras in life's play who are of no use to anybody.
Then he compares the Occupy movement to Hitler's NAZIS and to Lenin's Bolsheviks which led to the deaths of tens of millions .
So in his comparisons is Obama playing the role of an authoritarian leader using the mob as it were to drastically change America???
Glenn Beck and Limbaugh and Fox News since the 2008 presidential campaign have been comparing Obama to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Mussolini, Pol Pot & FDR and Woodrow Wilson etc.
So Obama has not just made some errors in judgement or different ideology from these conservatives but in fact is pushing ahead with some secret NAZI or Collectivist agenda and is therefore "Evil " incarnate.
Savage refers to these occupiers in terms equivalent to what Hitler referred to as the "Eaters" & the " Work Shy " that is those who do not contribute anything to society according to their definition.
Even when millions are unemployed in America Savage and Fox news etc. refer to those out of work as lazy bums . This attitude is similar to that held by Hitler and Mussolini and many Americans during the Great Depression . During the Great Depression there were many in America who had no sympathy for those thrown off of their farms or out of their homes by the bankers and the elite . First they took away their farms, their homes , their jobs and then attacked their dignity as citizens and as human beings.
So Michael Savage and his like minded pro-elite buddies at Fox News would like to see more heads cracked and more protesters mowed down by machine guns or tanks to get rid of this unwelcomed group of people in American society.

It is a bit hypocritical and ironic that Savage and other who claim to be in favor of free speech, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to present one's grievances to the government are in favor of these freedoms and rights when it is people on the right protesting but if they are construed as being liberal or progressives then suddenly they are no longer in favor of these rights.
Savage compares the protesters to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq whom he refers to as heroes but calls occupiers cowards and dirty hippies.
But one wonders aren't these troops fighting for the rights and freedoms of all Americans and not just those whom Michael Savage and others agree with.
Isn't the real test of these rights is a matter of defending the rights of those expressing an opinion which you do not agree with.

The other thing to note is the use of eliminationist style rhetoric or propaganda used by Michael Savage as in calling protesters "Society's human refuse" or the Work Shy or Lazy dirty unAmerican traitors-scum of the earth. So Michael would be all for putting these protesters in jails or in labor camps.

Michael Savage - Occupy Wall Street: The Occupiers Library

Uploaded by ModernAmericanThinkr on Nov 29, 2011 - Michael Savage plays a clip of an Occupy protester crying about the "library" he and his fellow Occupiers created being removed from the public space. Savage concludes with a powerful statement that illustrates the contrast between Occupiers and warriors. "Our young warriors fighting on the front lines, with privations, are starving for the company of real men in government.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Update: Joshua Holland Slams Naomi Wolf For Her recent Article ??? Wall Street & Washington Corruption VS The American People

UPDATE: 10:07 PM - Just came across Joshua Holland's article criticizing the article below by Naomi Wolf.
Holland goes through the article line by line claiming Wolf has distorted the facts to fit with her new evolving theory that Congress, the Whitehouse, homeland Security are behind the crackdown on the Occupy Movement in recent weeks.

Earlier today I republished Naomi Wolf's article only to later discover Joshua Holland's blow by blow critique of Wolf's article. So did she get it wrong or did I by naively accepting her version of events . Did Wolf allow her self to simply over state her case without some semblance of reservation ?

The stories Wolf refers to are more like rumors and exaggerations and confabulations according to Holland..
So her conclusions as such according to Holland are dubious.
The question would then be if he is right is whether Wolf did this knowingly or got her sources and facts wrong by accident or just sloppy investigative journalism or worse.
This sort of accusation can have serious consequences for  a professional journalist or writer.
Is it just a matter of interpretation between the two versions or is there more to it.
If Wolf was in error then she would be expected to retract the piece or at least amend it including noting where the facts in question may not be reliable.

His article can be read at this link to Alternet.
Holland is accusing Naomi Wolf of creating a conspiracy theory out of distorted and unrelated facts.
Naomi Wolf’s ‘Shocking Truth’ About the ‘Occupy Crackdowns’ Offers Anything but the Truth
Naomi Wolf's latest theory veers wildly from the known facts. by joshua Holland Alternet,November 26, 2011

There has been a flurry of speculation surrounding various reports suggesting that a “coordinated,” nationwide crack-down on the Occupy Movement is underway. The problem with these stories lies in the fact that the word “coordinated” is too vague to offer any analytic value.

The difference between local officials talking to each other — or federal law enforcement agencies advising them on what they see as “best practices” for evicting local occupations — and some unseen hand directing, incentivizing or coercing municipalities to do so when they would not otherwise be so inclined is not a minor one. It’s not a matter of semantics or a distinction without difference. As I wrote recently, “if federal authorities were ordering cities to crack down on their local occupations in a concerted effort to wipe out a movement that has spread like wildfire across the country, that would indeed be a huge, and hugely troubling story. In the United States, policing protests is a local matter, and law enforcement agencies must remain accountable for their actions to local officials. Local government’s autonomy in this regard is an important principle.”

But there has not been a single report offered by any media outlet suggesting that anyone – federal officials or police organizations – is directing or in any way exerting pressure on cities to crack down on their occupations

Also see discussion at: Naomi Wolf: reception, responses, critics
Naomi Wolf's article about the police crackdown on Occupy went viral this weekend. Many 'liked' it; others, not so much … The Guardian by Matt Seaton at The Guardian ,November 28,2011

" So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.

Sadly, Americans this week have come one step closer to being true brothers and sisters of the protesters in Tahrir Square. Like them, our own national leaders, who likely see their own personal wealth under threat from transparency and reform, are now making war upon us "
Naomi Wolf November 26, 2011

Naomi Wolf argues that the reason for such a coordinated crackdown on the Occupy Movement is that the Occupy's main agenda hits home revealing the extent of the corruption by the elites in America that is not just Wall Street but the lobbyists and legislators in Washington in Congress and the White House.
The Occupy movement is therefore seen as a threat to a corrupt system whereby insiders can make lucrative deals being paid to pass legislation which favors Wall Street and Big Business and stop legislation which is not favorable to Wall Street and Big Business.
The US government is therefore no longer responding to the needs of all American citizens or to doing what is good for America but rather what is good for Wall Street and Big Business and will allow elected officials to become wealthy while in office or as paid lobbyist or consultants or CEOs after leaving office.
A large portion of Americans are now fed up with this system of corruption which only rewards a small proportion the 1% while ignoring the needs of the 99%.

The Shocking Truth About the Crackdown on Occupy:The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class's venality By Naomi Wolf The Guardian via Information Clearing House November 26, 2011

US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park.
But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities? – the picture darkened. The National Union of Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that "New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers" covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that "It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk."

In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on "how to suppress" Occupy protests.

To Europeans, the enormity of this breach may not be obvious at first. Our system of government prohibits the creation of a federalised police force, and forbids federal or militarised involvement in municipal peacekeeping.

I noticed that rightwing pundits and politicians on the TV shows on which I was appearing were all on-message against OWS. Journalist Chris Hayes reported on a leaked memo that revealed lobbyists vying for an $850,000 contract to smear Occupy. Message coordination of this kind is impossible without a full-court press at the top. This was clearly not simply a case of a freaked-out mayors', city-by-city municipal overreaction against mess in the parks and cranky campers. As the puzzle pieces fit together, they began to show coordination against OWS at the highest national levels.

Why this massive mobilisation against these not-yet-fully-articulated, unarmed, inchoate people? After all, protesters against the war in Iraq, Tea Party rallies and others have all proceeded without this coordinated crackdown. Is it really the camping? As I write, two hundred young people, with sleeping bags, suitcases and even folding chairs, are still camping out all night and day outside of NBC on public sidewalks – under the benevolent eye of an NYPD cop – awaiting Saturday Night Live tickets, so surely the camping is not the issue. I was still deeply puzzled as to why OWS, this hapless, hopeful band, would call out a violent federal response.

That is, until I found out what it was that OWS actually wanted.

The mainstream media was declaring continually "OWS has no message". Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online "What is it you want?" answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.

The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process. No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.

No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors.

When I saw this list – and especially the last agenda item – the scales fell from my eyes. Of course, these unarmed people would be having the shit kicked out of them.

For the terrible insight to take away from news that the Department of Homeland Security coordinated a violent crackdown is that the DHS does not freelance. The DHS cannot say, on its own initiative, "we are going after these scruffy hippies". Rather, DHS is answerable up a chain of command: first, to New York Representative Peter King, head of the House homeland security subcommittee, who naturally is influenced by his fellow congressmen and women's wishes and interests. And the DHS answers directly, above King, to the president (who was conveniently in Australia at the time).

In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.

But wait: why on earth would Congress advise violent militarised reactions against its own peaceful constituents? The answer is straightforward: in recent years, members of Congress have started entering the system as members of the middle class (or upper middle class) – but they are leaving DC privy to vast personal wealth, as we see from the "scandal" of presidential contender Newt Gingrich's having been paid $1.8m for a few hours' "consulting" to special interests. The inflated fees to lawmakers who turn lobbyists are common knowledge, but the notion that congressmen and women are legislating their own companies' profitsis less widely known – and if the books were to be opened, they would surely reveal corruption on a Wall Street spectrum. Indeed, we do already know that congresspeople are massively profiting from trading on non-public information they have on companies about which they are legislating – a form of insider trading that sent Martha Stewart to jail.

Since Occupy is heavily surveilled and infiltrated, it is likely that the DHS and police informers are aware, before Occupy itself is, what its emerging agenda is going to look like. If legislating away lobbyists' privileges to earn boundless fees once they are close to the legislative process, reforming the banks so they can't suck money out of fake derivatives products, and, most critically, opening the books on a system that allowed members of Congress to profit personally – and immensely – from their own legislation, are two beats away from the grasp of an electorally organised Occupy movement … well, you will call out the troops on stopping that advance.

So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.

Sadly, Americans this week have come one step closer to being true brothers and sisters of the protesters in Tahrir Square. Like them, our own national leaders, who likely see their own personal wealth under threat from transparency and reform, are now making war upon us.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

FOR #OWS : " O'CHILDREN " Abattoir Blues " BY NICK CAVE & Arcade Fire's " Modern Man " & Twisted Megyn Kelly Pepper-Spray No Biggie???

For #OWS Sunday Sermon & Hymns 

O'Children By Nick Cave
One interpretation of the song could be that Nick Cave apologizing to the younger generation speaking for an older generation of Baby Boomers & YUPPIE Fascists who preferred their own comfort to working for a better more just and equitable and egalitarian society.
If not convinced listen to Nick Cave's Messiah Ward & Abbatoir Blues off of the same album.

Uploaded by gothgod on Jun 22, 2007
Music of Nick Cave 'O'Children'from the album Abattoir Blues /The Lyre Of Orpheus with some images I added of children & war & death combined with paintings of German expressionist George Grosz & Surrealist Rene Magritte & James Ensor as we move towards an authoritarian & theocratic state -by gothgod& gord for
From my blog Gord's Poetry Factory at
& my website gordscafe at
Note for some strange reason the song was used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 1 when Harry and Hermoine dance.

Abattoir Blues from album of the same name
"Mass extinction hypocrisy these things are not good for me"
" this culture of death"
"the need for validation 's gone completely berserk "
" I wanted to be a superman but I turned into such a jerk "
Abattoir Blues - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

And compare this song to those by Arcade Fire's songs on their album Suburbia especially City With No Children in it & Modern Man etc.

Arcade Fire - Modern Man | Reading Festival 2010 | Part 6 of 16

Arcade Fire - City with No Children | Bonnaroo 2011 | Part 5 of 15 | 1080p HDArcadeFireTube3
Uploaded by ArcadeFireTube3 on Aug 25, 2011Part 5 of 15 - Fire - "City with No Children" at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN - 2011-06-10

"Never trust a millionaire quoting the Sermon on The Mount"
"A millionaire inside a private prison"

Megyn Kelly of Fox News defends the use of Pepperspray by police on peacefully protesting students. She claims that pepperspray is just an edible food and so is not that harmful. She argues the police had the right to use such force on peaceful protesters.
One wonders what Megyn Kelly and O'Reilly would allow police to do if these students had been shouting or chanting or if they stood up would lethal force be next.

As has been discussed previously the courts have ruled that pepper spray is allowed to be used when dealing with someone or a group that is violent and out of control and not on peaceful protesters.
So for a lawyer Megyn Kelly missed that ruling besides ythe fact she and O'Reilly appear to be claiming that American citizens do not have the right to peacefully assemble or to voice their grievances against the government in public especially if they are liberals or progressives or part of a liberal university .

So would O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly and the rest of the gang at Fox News support police taking such actions of Tea Party protesters for instance at a Town Hall Meeting held by their legislative representative .
The Tea Party protesters went into public meetings and prevented members of the Senate or Congress from speaking. They caused a public disturbance and refused to be quiet while others spoke. So should police have pepper sprayed and dragged these protesters away.

One can only assume that Megyn Kelly and O'reilly would have the same reaction during the Civil Rights movement -if they and other Law and Order proponents had their way they would have insited police fire live rounds into demonstrators in Selm or Montgomery or used machine guns and tanks on the March on Washington to send a message to black Americans and others who believe they are being treated unjustly since in America non-whites and the poor and those who are liberal or progressives have fewer rights than the rich white Americans what these stooges call "Real Americans" that is successful white and Christian.

Anyway Sam Seder pokes fun at Megyn Kelly and O'Reilly for their disengenuous erroneous self-serving defense of the police pepper spraying students at UC Davis.
If they think Pepper-Spraying is so harmless we should challenge them to allow someone to pepper spray them and of course in the same measure the students at UCDavis were.
Like those who thought water-boarding wasn't so bad once they went through the procedure then agreed that it was a terrible and traumatic experience after less than a minute.
But it is disturbing that bit by bit step by step so many Americans believe that "torture" is OK along with pepper-spraying, arrests without warrants or without official charges or having their Miranda rights read or being allowed to call a lawyer or have their family or others notified about where they are being held-
Now if someone demands to know why they are being arrested they are then charged with resisting arrests and causing a public disturbance-welcome to the bizarre world of 2011 or George Orwell's 1984

Seder begins his commentary with more disturbing facts about the people who only watch Fox News they tend to know less than those who don't watch news at all.

Fox News' Megyn Kelly: "Pepper Spray? No Biggie!"

Uploaded by SamSeder on Nov 22, 2011
From the Majority Report, live M-F 11:30am EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM:
Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly discuss how pepper spray is "a food product, essentially" when discussing the UC Davis incident. And you wonder why a recent poll found that those who watch Fox News are LESS informed than those who watch no news at all?

and so it goes,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

America A Dream Deferred & #OWS Still Going Strong

For President Obama and his deferring the American Dream betraying the 99% to appease the 1%
Danny Glover reads Langston Hughes "Montage of a Dream Deferred"

For Americans celebrating their Thanksgiving Holiday here is a commentary by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg about America its promise versus reality.
America by Allen Ginsberg with music by Tom Waits

The economic and political systems in America is geared towards increasing the prosperity of the elites or 1% while penalizing the 99% according to the boom and bust economic model of the current deregulated Monopolistic Capitalist system. Both major political parties and the mainstream media are enablers of this corrupt unfair system.

When We Fight Back by Scott Tucker,, November 24, 2011

...The Democratic and Republican parties rig the rules of the electoral game to shut out and shut down anti-capitalist and socialist campaigns for public office. The professional pols in both corporate parties have as much shame as the UC Davis cop who held up his red can of pepper spray like a prize toy. And then strolled at leisure down a line of students sitting with arms linked, spraying them in full view of cameras. Gosh, that guy may not get rich, but he earns a living keeping the corporate state safe from college students. The same students scared of being buried alive by debt upon graduation.
The open criminality of the corporate state is founded upon such a cunningly complex system of dodges, tricks, traps, loopholes and tax shelters that any good corporate lawyer can be hired to convince us that this system is not criminal at all. No, the financial system is a marvelous Gothic cathedral of legalism, complete with gargoyles gazing down on the peasants. Even the Genius of the Market may be found ensconced in a sunlit rose window.

As the next article points out that the Occupy Movement or the 99% movement has had  its first big political win as Voters in a referendum to Repeal austerity legislation in Ohio won by a healthy margin. The Occupy movement has had a big impact on the public and media in their discussions over America's financial crisis. More people are now talking about the income gap between the 1% and the rest of Americans.

Chalk One Up for the 99% by Andy Kroll at Truthdig,com, November 26, 2011

...What a game-changing few months it’s been. Occupy Wall Street has inspired 750 events around the world, and hundreds of (semi-)permanent encampments around the United States. In so doing, the protests have wrestled the national discussion on the economy away from austerity and toward gaping income inequality (the 99% versus 1% theme), outsized executive compensation, and the plain buying and selling of American politicians by lobbyists and campaign donors.

Mentions of the phrase “income inequality” in print publications, web stories, and broadcast transcripts spiked from 91 times a week in early September to nearly 500 in late October, according to the website Politico—an increase of nearly 450%. In the second week of October, according to ThinkProgress, the words most uttered on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News were “jobs” (2,738), “Wall Street” (2,387), and “Occupy” (1,278). (References to “debt” tumbled to 398.)

And here’s another sign of the way Occupy Wall Street has forced what it considers the most pressing economic issues for the country into the spotlight: conservatives have lately gone on the defensive by attacking the very existence of income inequality, even if to little effect. As AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka put it, “Give credit to the Occupy Wall Street movement (and historic inequality) for redefining the political narrative.”

Wall Street in Ohio

The way Occupy Wall Street, with next to no direct access to the mainstream media, commandeered the national political narrative represents something of a stunning triumph. It also laid the groundwork for OWS’s first political win.

Friday, November 25, 2011

America's Heart Of Darkness Celebrated On Thanksgiving Day & Islamophobia"s " The Stealth Halal Jihadist Turkey"

This fearsome beast is the The Stealth Halal Jihadist Turkey which Islamophobe Pam Geller has been trying to warn her fellow Americans about. (see article below)

Massacre at Wounded Knee December 29, 1890.

It should be noted that the Massacre at Wounded Knee was just another tragic episode in European- Americans' on going four centuries of slaughter of the Aboriginal peoples of North America.

Anyway not to diminish the horrors of America's injustices committed against Native Americans or AfricanAmericans and others but there is an attitude or disposition in the American mind-set which is rooted in a militaristic outlook which when faced with any challenge to the status quo the first impulse is to use violence to settle the matter. From the get go in the history of  America and the Thirteen Colonies in the colonial period the reaction to an act of violence is met with even more violence. For instance a      Native American kills a white settler so the settlers wipe out a village of Native people sometimes is the most horrifying manner imaginable ie setting the village on fire then shooting anyone trying to escape.
And we see this repeated again and again played out at Wounded Knee and at My Lai in Vietnam or in Fallujah in Iraq destroying an entire city killing thousands to revenge the killing of four Americans.

This attitude or mind-set we see being played at the Occupy Protests but we have also seen in our lifetime played out in Vietnam but also in Selma and Montgomery during the Civil Rights era .

Those in positions of power and authority still believe in trampling on the rights of any who dare question the status quo and given America's ultraviolent history we wonder how far will they go. Will they just stop at arresting some 5,000 #OWS protesters or will they go beyond pepper spraying and tear gassing and a few hundred unwarranted beatings  will they next use lethal force. Will we see another Kent State or worse.
This is quite possible since President Obama for instance  is still backing the military in Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia as the respective regimes  crackdown on dissidents and protesters. The Obama Regime like the Bush Regime before it has little interest in establishing real democracy in any of these nations.
They only believe in the veneer of Democracy symbolized by the iconic purple thumb - having elections is only one part of the creation of a democratic state.

The sickness at the heart of the American Empire

"The Pioneer has before declared that our only safety depends upon the total extermination of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries, we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the earth. In this lies future safety for our settlers and the soldiers who are under incompetent commands. Otherwise, we may expect future years to be as full of trouble with the redskins as those have been in the past..."

Above Quote by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, editorial he wrote for the newspaper Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer on January 3, 1891.

The Wounded Knee Massacre

Wounded Knee Massacre Dec. 29 1890 from Wikipedia.

The Wounded Knee Massacre happened on December 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek (Lakota: Čhaŋkpé Ópi Wakpála) on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, USA. On the day before, a detachment of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment commanded by Major Samuel M. Whitside intercepted Spotted Elk's (Big Foot) band of Miniconjou Lakota and 38 Hunkpapa Lakota near Porcupine Butte and escorted them 5 miles westward (8 km) to Wounded Knee Creek where they made camp.
The rest of the 7th Cavalry Regiment arrived led by Colonel James Forsyth and surrounded the encampment supported by four Hotchkiss guns.

On the morning of December 29, the troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle claiming he had paid a lot for it.[3] A scuffle over Black Coyote's rifle escalated and a shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry opening fire indiscriminately from all sides, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers. Those few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed.
By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota Sioux had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. Twenty-five troopers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 of the wounded would later die). It is believed that many were the victims of friendly fire, as the shooting took place at close range in chaotic conditions.
The site has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

What is troubling about such a massacre is that those who carried it out were exonerated and some given medals for doing their duty.
It should always be noted that the settlers in the colonies had been committing massacres of Amerindians since soon after they first established their settlements

But it was not just native Americans whom the European Americans massacred but others as well including the peoples in Haiti , the Philippines , Hawaii and later the Vietnamese , the Iraqis, Libyans , Afghans and the Pashtun . America never seems to tire of killing and then finding a multitude of rationalizations for their actions.

The European settlers showed little or no respect not just for Amerindians but also Africans who were brought to America as slaves their humanity denied and once slavery ended the racism and bigotry continued with the passing of Jim Crow laws , the creation of the Ku Klux Klan , and lynchings and murder .

The American people also demonized other immigrants such as the Irish, Germans, Dutch, Asians , Hispanics, Catholics, Jews and these days a newer target has been people from the Middle East , Arabs and all Muslims. And still America claims it is a bastion of tolerance, human rights and freedoms and democracy.
But the real face of America we have seen recently in the police brutality meted out on the Occupy Movement  .
But we have also seen it in the images from Abu Ghraib of torture and humiliation of POWS or the massacre of Iraqis in Baghdad and Fallujah . Thousands if not tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens have been abused , tortured and murdered in the name of the 1 % to expand the American Empire. And like those Empires preceding America those in positions of power and authority have little concern for the lives of the peoples of those nations they bomb and invade or the citizens of  those nations run by  American friendly brutal regimes.

America is at heart a racist arrogant self-deluded nation which does not honor the dignity of all people but only of those they consider as "Real Americans" whatever that might mean.

It maybe that this racism and xenophobia would diminish if those in power in America refused to defend and promulgate such hatred of various groups such as Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Arabs or those of a different faith than Christianity ie Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus or even atheists. .

As in the War with the Indians America erroneously sees itself as besieged as the real victim . And so because of the tragedy of 9/11 America wants its revenge and the death of some one million Iraqis it appears is not enough so they are bombing more countries to get their pound of flesh. This is the trouble with such "Blood Feds" there is no end to them there is always another casualty to be avenged.

And now for something on the lighter side as it were  as the website Islamophobia Today takes a humorous swipe at the Islamophobic New Yorker Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs who is also the head of the organization "Stop The Islamization of America". So this is just part of the articele go to Islamophobia Today .org to read the rest.

The Stealth Halal Jihadist Turkey: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Muslim Trojan Horse by: Wajahat Ali, November 24, 2011

American Muslim communities celebrating Thanksgiving with a traditional Turkey feast represents an encouraging sign of integration with American values and rituals.

But, of course, we Muslims fooled you.

Yet again.

You should have known that our baked, brined, and deep-fried masala turkeys were simply veiling our nefarious, anti-American plots to replace McDonald’s arches with minarets and convert the White House to the United Colors of Benetton House.

Pam Geller, our anti-Muslim Paul Revere

However, not all patriotic Americans were gullible and naïve! Nay, some America-holic crusaders, like bloggers Pam Geller and her fearless co-horts, called out our “stealth jihadist turkey plot!” Like modern-day Paul Reveres, they blogged, tweeted and mass mailed our ingenious plot “to submit unassuming Americans to Islam by feeding them halal Turkey” this holiday season. (Halal meat is slaughtered according to Islamic custom, similar to Jewish Kosher laws.)

Our nation’s Cassandra, Pam Geller – the preeminent anti-Muslim blogger and conspiracy theorist aficionado – believes President Obama is a Muslim, illegitimate son of Malcolm X who once went to Pakistan for drugs and jihad. She also uncovered Arabic is not just a language, but actually a spearhead for anti-Americanism. Thanks to her, we discovered radical Islam has infiltrated our government, which is secretly being run by Islamic supremacists. She also accused Muslims of engaging in stealth cultural jihad by wearing their headscarves at Disneyland.

Truth be told, we’ve already converted Goofy. Donald Duck was always our Manchurian candidate. Mickey was the first to turn Benedict Arnold. As for Porky Pig, he better watch out; we’re coming for him next…with our scimitars.

Damn you, Pamela Geller, your anti-Muslim, detective nose is too evolved and sophisticated in sniffing out our dastardly plots!

I guess the feathered, red wattled bird is out of the proverbial bag. There’s no reason to hide the secret any longer.

It’s true. The turkey is our new Trojan Horse.

After spending decades learning to cook and enjoy the famously-dry turkey, we Muslims decided to use the bird to launch our turkey jihad after successfully conquering it in our respective kitchens. We’ve evolved from creeping sharia into states to creeping cholesterol and obesity into American diets. After taking over all the street meat vendors in New York, the Islamization of the turkey bird was inevitable.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

#OWS From William S. Burroughs -" The Thanksgiving Prayer " & NY Mayor Bloomberg Invents Terrorist Threat

William S. Burroughs - The Thanksgiving Prayer

#OWS UPDATE: This is how the Free Press is Treated in the Land of the Free


Even foreign Press are hated in the USA

NYPD white-shirt seizes press badge from Italian TV journalist
mtraceyvideos 18 videos

NYPD tries to prevent press conference for OWS 10/13/11

Press of Force: 'Police squash us like terrorists'

Like almost every figure in authority who has unleashed the police on non-violent protesters, including most recently Chancellor Katehi at UC Davis, Bloomberg has repeatedly used the argument that he is commandeering the NYPD to "protect people." Meanwhile, thousands are arrested and hundreds injured -- including police who get injuries trying to beat up or lift up protesters.

The only people Bloomberg and his status quo colleagues are trying to protect are their positions of authority and privilege.

Quote from: "The Billionaire Stumbles: Bloomberg Uses "Terrorism" Charge as Distraction and Gets Pepper Sprayed by the FBI" by MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT ,Novemeber 23, 2011

Thom Hartmann once again points out that the corporate run media are not interested in truth but rather with profits, rating and keeping their bosses who make up the 1% happy.
Thom Hartmann calls out Mitt Romney on his first campaign in which he lies about what Obama said in the run up to the 2008 election.
The quote used was that of Obama quoting the McCain campaign advisers in 2008.

Hartmann: If a politician lies on corporate TV...did he really lie? by Thom Hartmann The Big Picture... on 23. November 2011

As long as the corporations running the networks like your politics - and as long as they depend on access to you to keep viewership up and ad revenue coming in - then you can waltz in anytime you want - spew as many lies as you want - and no "news" person will ever point it out. At most, a network may allow on a third-party "strategist" from the other side who will call out the lie. And we can't expect these campaigns to police themselves - and not lie - any more than we can expect big multinational corporations to give a damn about keeping jobs in America.
The main way We The People can know the truth is through the gatekeepers known as the media - and without them - so much for having an informed electorate - one of the most important part of a healthy democracy. It's time to bring back news in the public interest. And time to promote REAL journalism - journalism that puts the facts over profits and access.

As we have noted the elites on Wall Street and in Washington DC are in a bit of a panic over the Occupy Movement which shows the movement has traction and staying power.
And as we saw recently in the Walk of Shame of the Chancellor of UCDavis the movement is well organized and disciplined in the way a large number of students were able to sit quietly and keep the silence during this impressive show of real concern by these young students.
The students and so many other young people taking part in the Occupy Movement are also putting to shame all those in the older generation who have over the decades compromised their principle if they had any to begin with in order to pursue more wealth and material goods while damning themselves to spend much of their Golden Years filled with regret if they don't start to take action and reclaim what we have let slip away.

Mayor Bloomberg of New York tries to paper over his mishandling of the protests of the #Occupy Wall Street movement by hyping a non-story about and not so dangerous terrorist threat.
In this recent incident even the FBI and Homeland security refused to press for charges .

"The Billionaire Stumbles: Bloomberg Uses "Terrorism" Charge as Distraction and Gets Pepper Sprayed by the FBI" by MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT ,Novemeber 23, 2011

Despite the attempt to create a sense of televised urgency with Michael Bloomberg starring as the savior of the public from an "imminent terrorist attack" by NYC resident Jose Pimental, this past Sunday's NYC news event -- co-starring the NYPD commissoner -- was another failed attempt to shore up the multi-billionaire mayor's plummeting image.

Bloomberg -- who wore a golf course orange sweater and khakis no doubt to emphasize that the "foiled" terrorist plot was so significant that he had just rushed from the links to "reassure" the public that his adroitness and tenacity as a "protector" of public safety extended beyond thousands of arrests of peaceful non-violent protestors, millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on using the NYPD as a thuggish security force for the 1%, and smashing Liberty Park to smithereens like a tin horn dictator on a rampage -- even wantonly permitting the destruction of the OWS library in a "1984" like gesture of contempt.

The only problem for Bloomberg was that the FBI -- and by implication the Department of Homeland Security -- pepper sprayed the notion that Pimental was any imminent threat to anybody. It is rather unusual for the FBI to actively take down a government official through the media over "terrorism," but in this case the Associated Press reported that the FBI thought Pimental was not worthy of arrest. In fact, terrorism charges almost always come through federal apprehension, which was a tip off that something was amiss in that Pimental was seized by the NYPD and charged by a New York City district attorney.

CBS News featured an Associated Press article entitled: "FBI declined to pursue NYC bomb plot."

The article states it simply in its first paragraph: "U.S. authorities declined to pursue a case against an 'al Qaeda sympathizer' accused of plotting to bomb police stations and post offices in the New York area because they believed he was mentally unstable and incapable of pulling it off, two law enforcement officials said Monday."

Furthermore, "The FBI concluded that Pimentel 'didn't have the predisposition or the ability to do anything on his own.' That the FBI did not believe Pimental an imminent threat to safety or even worth arresting went unmentioned in the Sunday Bloomberg conference.

No doubt seeing his image as respected "Mr. Third Way" deteriorating into something akin to a Manuel Noriega wannabee as a protector of the banks and the 1%, Bloomberg was champing at the bit for a little redemption.

Like almost every figure in authority who has unleashed the police on non-violent protesters, including most recently Chancellor Katehi at UC Davis, Bloomberg has repeatedly used the argument that he is commandeering the NYPD to "protect people." Meanwhile, thousands are arrested and hundreds injured -- including police who get injuries trying to beat up or lift up protesters.

The only people Bloomberg and his status quo colleagues are trying to protect are their positions of authority and privilege.

In the end, charges will be dropped against Pimental or he will be found not guilty. That's because the FBI just tossed cold water over the PR stunt. This is just Bloomberg trying to use Bush-style fear to stop his reputation from eroding further.

Unfortunately for Bloomberg, the feds don't want any part of it. The FBI doesn't like its reputation as an anti-terrorist watchdog slighted for political purposes.

So it just pepper sprayed Bloomberg with a heavy dose of hard knuckle reality.

also see in regards to people's freedoms and rights being taken away :

" Congress May Pass a Bill Similar to China's Internet Censorship, With Corporations in Charge " by ELLIOT COHEN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT , November 22, 2011

On the surface, the so-called "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) looks like it has a noble end, that of protecting criminal violations of copyright by foreign (non-U.S.) actors. However, on careful inspection, the Act has the potential to spawn a virtual (cyber) witch-hunt and dismantle the free and democratic edifice of the Internet.

Giant ISPs such as Comcast have already begun to block file sharing websites; and Comcast has already gone to court and gotten the legal green light to block or slow web content. Now, as the Federal Communication Commission sits on the sidelines, it is about to receive the authority from Congress to go after content providers if, pursuant to Section 104 of SOPA, it can claim a "reasonable belief" that they are hosting at least some material that is infringing the rights of copyright owners. And it can do so with complete civil and criminal immunity.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

#OWS Panicing Wall Street! Occupy Wall Street: Leaked Memo, Banks Plan Attack

Pepper Spraying students at UCDavis

The Rise And Fall of Hope: Shepard Fairey's OWS Poster via Huffington Post Nov.23,2011.

Cenk Uygur at The Young Turks argues that the memo leaked about plans by Wall Street to campaign against the OWS movement shows that the movement has managed to cause fear and panic on Wall Street.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

#OWS UPDATE: UC Davis Chancellor Katehi 's Walk of Shame & Apology For Pepper-Spraying OF Students & Ryan Harvey 's Version of Phil Ochs' "Cops of The World"

The performance below is Ryan Harvey's  original  adaptation and updating  of the Phil Och's song "The Cops of The World"  It is actually quite good. Though this version is not as nasty and crude as the original.

Cops of the World

a production of Portland indymediavideo collectiveand copyrite 2003.
Uploaded by  on Mar 1, 2007
Found from an indymedia site. Not made by me.


The 1% in America and their enablers would have pepper sprayed and then beat with batons someone like Rosa Parkes for daring to break an unjust law. They still appear to believe that the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s 1960s was some sort of commie plot . They said the same about the anti-war movement and the women's movement or the Gay Rights movement etc.

The conservative and  even their counterparts the liberal law and order crowd  have argued then and now that   the law even when unjust must be treated  as being sacrosanct.
They refuse to accept that what was thought of as good law or just law at one time is later considered an unjust and bad law ie the Jim Crow laws or laws that protect racists

This is a longer version of the Pepper-Spray incident at UC Davis which shows the police being forced out of the area by chanting students.

Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protesters

Would those who support this brutal over rection by police on students protesting peacefully would they now justify the brutality and abuse of participants of the Civil Rights Movement -being cynical I would say they would. For instance the Fox News channel and its loyal watchers often remark that the Civil Rights Movement was unnecessary that African-Americans had it good in America not just after slavery but even when they were slaves. If you doubt this just take a look at the screeds and fact challenged diatribes of Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage or Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham . They claim to support democracy and human and civil rights yet they are the ones proding authorities to take drastic draconian actions on American citizens execising those rights if the protesters are on the wrong ideological side . These vile conservatives are always at odds with any sort of positive change in which the rights and freedoms are extended to a larger portion of the populce.

So when African Americans insisted they be given equal rights with white Americans these uberconservatives were against such reforms as they have also been against equal rights for Asian Americans, Irish Americans, catholics or Muslim Americans.

The Walk of Shame- The Silence is chilling
UC Davis Chancellor Katehi walks to her car (higher quality)

Address on the quad Chancellor Katehi appologizes to students for the actions of police on Friday November 18, 2011

UC Davis Chancellor Apologizes from Joe Boydston on Vimeo.

also check out :
Katehi apologizes for police action; crowd calls for resignation by Cory Golden at Davis Enterprise,November 21,2011

and it appears the UC Davis Occupy Movement is up and running again except it has grown and is supporting by more people than before.
As with other movements in America the use of Police State style tactics often backfire especially these day when every other person is filming things as they take place and uploading    video and pics to social networks. So we no longer have to wait for the six o'clock news or what have you to find out what's going on. And when police attempt to prevent filming of their actions this media black out becomes the headlines except of course on Fox News which appears to be aligned most closely with the 1% ruling class and as being the enemy of the 99%. This is the case even though Glenn Beck Fox News  and Dick Army used average Americans to push for their agenda which would be at odds with the very  interests and concerns of the majority of  those who showed up at The Tea Party Rallies across the USA.

Many of the Tea Party supporters are part of the working class or lower middle class who are being negatively impacted by the policies of the GOP and the conservative Democrats who want to lower everybody's wages ; reduce any benefits they may have; make the schooling of their children more expensive and increase the costs of health care . Meanwhile these conservatives are exporting more jobs outside the US and are taking their money and putting it in other countries as investments while moving their money stocks and bonds to countries which act as tax havens for the rich and powerful. These callous members of the 1% are far from being patriotic since their loyalty is not to America or any other nation but rather their loyalty is to amassing wealth and increasing profits end of story.

Occupied again: Tents back up on UCD quad by Cory Golden at The Davis Enterprise ,November 21, 2011

Anyway as pointed out in the article below there is in fact a court ruling made in 2002 which banned the use of pepper spay in cases of peaceful protesters and allowed for it only when a crowd was violent and out of control. The students on the Quad of UC Davis campus on Friday November 18 were not violent nor a threat to anyone nor out of control and so the use of pepper spray was uncalled for and in fact against the law.

2002 court ruling limits use of pepper spray by Anne Ternus Bellamy at The Davis Enterprise, November 21, 2011

A federal appellate court ruled 10 years ago that police offers can be held liable for using excessive force if they spray nonviolent, seated protestors in the eyes and face with pepper spray.
That ruling, by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, involved the use of pepper spray on individuals protesting logging in old-growth Redwood forests in Humboldt County.
Protesters had linked themselves together using “black bears,” which were steel cylinders that protesters put their arms through and which essentially prevented them from being easily separated.

Why this is a Gettysburg Address moment for higher education By Cathy N. Davidson at The Davis, November 21, 2011

Where are the university leaders, today, who will take the moral high ground and side sympathetically with the rising tide of students who are occupying higher ed and protesting the current assault against higher ed and the subsequent rising costs of tuition and fees?
All of us — and university presidents more than anyone else — know the state of higher ed today demands critical attention. Yet, instead of working with the protesting students, too many university leaders are calling in police to “maintain order” or to preserve “safety” or “security” or “sanitation.” But the police don’t come to preserve order; they come in post 9/11 anti-terrorist SWAT gear and the result is brutality incommensurate with minor crimes such as camping overnight on university property.
There are real choices that need to be made about how to address the Occupy protests. We’re at a turning point, a Gettysburg Address moment, where moral authority and moral force needs to be eloquently articulated before this historical moment devolves into violence and polarization.
Our students are not wrong in the content of their protests. Calling the police does not address their issues; as we have seen too often, it can foster violence — with an ever-more imminent potential for tragedy.
The issues students are protesting today are not just student issues. They are wide social issues that hit students with particular force and emphasis. These issues include the radical economic disparity of rich and poor that leaves a depleted middle class, a compromised future of productive possibility for work, escalating educational costs and decline support for public education, and the irrelevance of much of the current educational system (K-20) for the 21st century that students today face.
I do not believe there is an administrator in America today who could not rattle off these issues. So why, when our students are peacefully sitting in the quads of universities all over America, expressing these serious concerns, are so many universities reacting by sending in the police? Equally important, why are some other universities willing to listen to the protesters — often with very good, “teachable” results from which everyone learns?