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Three guys try to make it big
Hope it works out, man
Stand by your man, honey.
Would you still prop up your spouse in the face of all the evidence?
She should throw his ass out.
But no, she'll be a good, submissive Southern Babtist wife.
I should feel sorry for her, but I don't. Because she won't stand up for herself, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that Squirmin' Herman has lived a lie for YEARS.
How could you continue to live life through a lie?
As promised, except maybe not.
My brother's malignant brain tumor has shrunk.
My wife still loves me after 30 years, and it hasn't been easy.
I still have a job that pays shitty wages, but it's a job.
This fellow, I'll call him Ken, was in a tight spot.
He's completely broke and has a daughter who lives with her mother, his estranged girl friend. I guess Herman Cain would say that it's his own fault. Tonight, he found out he has to work Friday which coincides with his visitation with his daughter.
So he'll make about seventy bucks that day and pay someone fifty bucks to sit his daughter, and get maybe two hours with her.
This guy is my coworker.
He works fifty hours a week. He literally has nothing but his visitation with his daughter, a cheap motel room, and the thirty bucks I gave him. He told me he had no money for turkey dinner.
I couldn't let that happen.
In previous years my wife and I made good money, so I could afford to help him out a bit. But it's not sustainable. She is retired, and I make 1/3 what I used to.
So I'm thankful that I was able to help someone, but sad that it was so desperately needed in a nation swimming in wealth hoarded by the 1%
In better times, I had a boss who was from Sweden. She told me that money is like manure. If it piles up in one place, it stinks and it doesn't do any good. If you spread it around instead, things grow and the stink goes away.
I think spreading a bit around is good advice.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Mike O'Brien pitched his tent in front of the Gresham Best Buy Monday, four days before the consumer electronics retailer's midnight opening on Black Friday.
The camping trip, his third pre-Black Friday sojourn at Best Buy, made him the chain's first Black Friday customer in line across the Pacific Northwest. It also makes him quite the hero at home.
"My wife made me do it," said O'Brien, 43, who spoke from the warmth of his car Tuesday night, as he watched a movie and rain pelted his windows. His wife delivers dinners and although she had to work Tuesday, she plans to join him in the tent tonight.
It's not all bad, he said, except it was kind of loud when the blue portable toilets were dropped just outside his tent early Tuesday morning.
Jeezus H. Christ. I need a drink.
The gas masks are coming out now.
Live stream: http://www.kgw.com/home/related/Live-Strea...
Arrests happening now.
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Anti-Wall Street protesters and their supporters flooded a city park area in Portland early Sunday in defiance of an eviction order, and authorities elsewhere stepped up pressure against the demonstrators, arresting nearly two dozen.
Crowds converged on two adjacent downtown Portland parks where protesters decrying economic injustice are camped after city officials set a midnight Saturday deadline to disperse. Hours later, protesters remained though by dawn Sunday the crowd had thinned and obeyed police orders to clear the street.
At one point overnight, the crowd swelled to thousands.
Organizers said they hoped enough people will join them to make it difficult if not impossible for police to carry through on any eviction.
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Portland officials and Occupy Portland protesters each claimed victory as dawn broke Sunday on Downtown Portland.
Many protesters, who have been living in Lownsdale and Chapman squares since Oct. 6, remain in the downtown parks despite a large police presence and a 12:01 a.m. deadline set by Mayor Sam Adams. At 7 a.m., protesters remained in both squares, which were both littered with the remains from campers who left in advance of Sunday morning's deadline.
"This has regalvanized our movement," said Madison Dines, 25, a Portland State University engineering student. He said the overnight protests were made up of dedicated Occupy Portland protesters.
He said the movement's focus has been on keeping the parks "We won," Dines said. "We were evicted and now we're staying."
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We are winning. I can't say enough good things about Occupy Portland and the city leaders and even the cops.
Thieves attempt to steal Ronald Reagan statue in Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH – A life-size statue of Ronald Reagan was damaged during an attempted theft from a memorial at Bonita Canyon Sports Park early Sunday, police said.
The bronze statue was found by authorities at about 5:30 a.m., broken off its foundation and tilted forward with other damage, after thieves apparently tied a chain around it and tried to pull it away using a pickup truck or other vehicle, police said.
"Either someone really didn't like Reagan or they tried to steal it so they can sell it for scrap metal," said police Sgt. Kirk Jacobi.
The statue has since been removed by city crews from its concrete base.
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Okay, if tweekers aren't the culprits, then it's either someone who hates St. Ronnie very badly, or some freepers who want to sleep with it, I'm thinking.
MOSIER, Ore. -- It's one of the smallest towns in the Northwest. But it's now home to Oregon's newest Occupy movement.
The Occupy Mosier camp began Friday in the tiny town on the Columbia River between The Dalles and Hood River. And not surprisingly, there are some who like the addition to Mosier's First Avenue and there are those who don't.
Just beyond the sign that show's Mosier's modest population is another sign. It reads, "Mosier is already occupied by hard working people." That terse message is directed across the street at the people setting camp, christened as 'Occupy Mosier.'
"Maybe this is the spark here in Mosier, for Occupy The Gorge and the torch can get passed to other communities, such as Occupy Hood River," said Occupy Mosier organizer Corie Lahr.
I love that small towns are joining in.
The Oregonian, once a great newspaper and now just a bunch of Libertarian derp, brings you the following wisdom about Occupy Portland:
Four weeks after Occupy Portland planted itself in the heart of downtown, forces are colliding inside and outside the camp.
The most significant is Occupy's effort to spread its general message of political and economic fairness while providing food, shelter and sanitation for its downtown occupation encampment, where an undetermined number of residents are chronically homeless, physically ill, mentally ill or abusing illegal drugs and alcohol.
The inaugural Occupy Portland march Oct. 6 ended at Chapman and Lownsdale squares, and about 500 people have been living in the two full city blocks. Through the Internet, talk radio, livestreaming and daily discussions, the movement has engaged the city in high-flown abstractions but also in the nitty-gritty of managing the commune it established, including bathrooms and rats.
The city's elected government walks day by day on a fine line to protect government property and personnel while creating space for free speech on a spectrum of political causes that fall under the sound-bite umbrella of "We Are the 99 Percent."
No wonder this formerly excellent newspaper now owned by discredited libertarian idiot N. Christian Anderson III, who wore out his welcome at the OC Register a very long time ago.
I've lived in the Portland area 56 years. This idiot publisher and his minions and their nice offices are within sight of Occupy Portland.
Here's how they choose to deal with it.
I just want my fair share for working hard for 40+ years.
So after the 40 years I've worked so far, why do the rich want to take my modest earnings away from me?
I don't want a pony or a Maybach 57.
I just want Ms. D and I to keep our home and leave it to our kids and to have enough money to eat and stay warm in winter and maintain and give back after we retire by volunteering. You know, give back some of what we earned to the community that made it possible.
I don't want the kids to have to have shitty jobs and work for half what they are worth. They are college-educated. We paid for that, not Wall Street.
The Greedy Old Pig Party wants to take away the American Dream from our kids and grandkids to further enrich themselves.
Is that too simple an explanation?
Or are they going to wimp out?
Do we have to do this without them?
I'm sick of the prevarication.
Dems in Congress: Get off the fence!
Dammit. We have the support of 70% of Americans.
We should be kicking Republican ass. This vehicle is perfect. Any Democrat should be embracing this.
I'm thinking we have to do this independently.
What do you think?
‘Incensed’ Moynihan Fights BofA Critics in Letter Campaign
Bank of America Corp. (BAC) Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan said he’s “incensed” by public criticism of his company and is pushing back by reminding local leaders of its contributions to their economies.
Moynihan, 52, told employees in a global town hall meeting last week from the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina, headquarters that the “place to win the battle” over the bank’s battered public image is at the state and municipal level.
Bank of America’s outreach campaign is part of Moynihan’s effort to turn around the lender since he took over as CEO in January 2010 following two taxpayer bailouts. His plan to charge some debit-card users a $5 monthly fee drew reprimands from President Barack Obama and lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who said customers should withdraw their deposits in protest.
“I, like you, get a little incensed when you think about how much good all of you do, whether it’s volunteer hours, charitable giving we do, serving clients and customers well,” Moynihan said during the Oct. 18 gathering. To the bank’s critics, he said, “You ought to think a little about that before you start yelling at us.”
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