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Posted by bleever in Political Videos
Sun Nov 20th 2011, 02:48 PM

 
On Saturday, Chris Hayes revealed a memo prepared by a lobbying firm which detailed a strategy to discredit and defeat the Occupy movement. Written by the firm of Clark, Lytle, Geduldig and Cranford, it was discussed here: (Link). The original memo can be seen here: (Link). Newly discovered footage shows a pitch meeting between a firm member and a prospective customer from the financial services sector. They discuss key elements of the memo, while making some candid, behind the scenes admiss...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Fri Nov 11th 2011, 09:24 PM
I'm just sayin'. It isn't even Thanksgiving yet and we're hearing all the Christmas marketing, mostly from (wait for it) large corporations. And I think about what really has meaning for us as a nation this year and season, and I realize that it's the awakening of the Occupy movement, and the shift in our national dialogue it has produced such that we are now actually talking, even in the generally obtuse mainstream media, about previously "taboo" topics: The income gap, and how it's grown in...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Sat Oct 29th 2011, 09:00 PM
This is a close up of the shrine at Occupy Oakland where people are leaving their thoughts and wishes for Scott Olsen, who is now a hero of two wars - one overseas, and one here at home. (Image) Best wishes, Scott. :patriot:
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Posted by bleever in Editorials & Other Articles
Wed Oct 19th 2011, 02:21 PM
This is a very interesting article by long-time activist and social scientist David Graeber about what went right with OWS, and the social and political factors involved. He looks at the history of various protest movements, and what makes OWS different, and powerful. ...as I paced about the Green, I noticed something. To adopt activist parlance: this wasn’t really a crowds of verticals—that is, the sort of people whose idea of political action is to march around with signs under the control o...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Sat Oct 15th 2011, 02:14 AM
Dateline October 14, 2011: Despite initial negative reactions to her newly premiered program's ostensible stance regarding the massive citizen protests in defense of Wall Street, a significant portion of the inaugural viewing audience still held out hope that Erin Burnett would splash some cold water on her face when she wakes up early the next morning, and bring her journalistic curiosity to bear on the questions thrust into her face. Literally, almost: giant billboards featuring Burnett'...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Oct 12th 2011, 10:19 PM
Only in their own minds, of course. But the question is, how can anyone, ever, think is this fair? I think I've figured it out. To them, it's fair play, and just part of the "game", to take the phantom menace of "voter fraud", and use it to spearhead, across the nation, laws to make it harder to vote. To some of us, it's been hard to believe that they could actually get away with advocating making it harder for American citizens to cast a vote. And the more attention you've paid, the more yo...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Tue Oct 11th 2011, 10:31 PM
But still, I couldn't help but think about the parallels between their motives and methods.... (Image) (Image) Maybe it's nothing. But still...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Sun Oct 02nd 2011, 03:11 PM
Via RawStory: "The New York City General Assembly — the decision-making body for the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan — approved a statement of purpose on Friday amid concerns that the movement lacked a clear message." ... [div class="excerpt"As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your all...
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Posted by bleever in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Jul 02nd 2011, 02:59 PM
"...for no good reason, other than engaging in a political hatchet job." A nice concise commentary on the real take-away lesson of the ACORN/O'Keefe/Breitbart debacle. (Link) An organization devoted to helping the poorest and least powerful wasn't destroyed by a couple of political hoodlums; it only happened because of the complicity of MSM flagship The New York Times, which it still has not fully acknowledged, let alone correcting the falsehoods it printed that fueled the grass fire of "outr...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidency
Sun May 01st 2011, 09:44 PM
and it ran out. Mission Accomplished.
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidency
Fri Apr 29th 2011, 11:43 PM
Sent out with talking points, training, and confidence. Can't close the deal when they meet the actual people at their town hall meetings. In fact, they should Always Be Closing... In fact, these town hall meetings should be victory laps. And yet, the leads, they don't seem to be that good, in that there's some skepticism, even resistance. Are the talking points, the "leads" given from above, perhaps weak? Or are the reps the ones who are weak, failing to sell what is an obvious Sure Thin...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Apr 16th 2011, 12:52 PM
A real portait in principles, Mr. Ryan is. From Jonathon Chait, at The National Review: The Republican pose toward deficit projections under the Obama administration is one of pure hysteria -- we face an existential civilizational crisis that requires us to remake our welfare state. Ten years ago, the Republican pose was surplus hysteria. The surplus is huge, we must eliminate it it lest the government pay off the entire national debt and start buying up private industry. As part of this argum...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Tue Apr 12th 2011, 11:27 PM
It's been discussed for so long, it's hard to believe that this might really be the time. I mean, THE time where we actually see it happen. But so many factors have come into confluence, it would be folly to turn away from acknowledging what opportunity is really presented here. After all, we've waited so long. It's time to stand up, speak up, and make sure this monstrosity is finally put down. We must starve the beast. The Beast we speak of is known by its many marks: It claims that Am...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Tue Feb 08th 2011, 06:54 PM
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion
Sun Jan 23rd 2011, 07:57 PM
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Jan 12th 2011, 10:50 PM
Please vote: (Image) Or: (Image)
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 02nd 2010, 02:30 PM
At least, that's what I assume. But reading responses over at FR to the One Nation Rally doesn't do much to support that assumption: "I love it. Black folk, union mafia gangsters, gays and whacko commie environmentalists. They should let Charles Manson out to speak for a few minutes. We're all One Nation-- as long as you're either black, a felon, trannie or crazed. Good luck with that!" "Looks like a Black 1930’s Germany." "What's funny is, none of these people work!! HAHAHAHAH They shou...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 26th 2010, 10:41 PM
"Some said, it couldn't be done: create a second earth-shattering disaster they could use to reshape the world to their own designs. But anyone who said that did some serious misunderestimating..." "Coming, this summer, the blockbuster motion picture starring Dick "Tin Man" Cheney and George W. Loonie: Just when you thought they'd done all the damage they could, It turns out they've left... A little surprise." {Insert scene of rig workers being tossed against walls by explosions, gene...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jan 24th 2010, 12:06 AM
I was looking at a paint brush just now, and because paint brushes figure into my life, I was looking at it while thinking about the recent SCOTUS decision that decided that corporations have the rights of people. The paint brush had natural bristles, which are really the best in a lot of applications. They come from pigs, traditionally. I wondered whether the bristles came off the pigs while they were alive, or after. Then I realized that basically, it was an economic decision. All the par...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 31st 2009, 03:20 PM
Great piece at Emptywheel analyzing how Cheney's testimony, beyond being a set of implausible blanket denials, actually puts Libby in the position of holding the bag for each and every potential crime involved in the whole Plame affair: If I were Scooter Libby right now, I’d be seething. I’d be utterly disgusted with the way Dick Cheney hung me out to dry, over and over and over, in his interview with Fitzgerald. Cheney denies any knowledge of issues he and Libby worked on together repeatedly a...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Sep 03rd 2009, 07:59 PM
If you're going to present an alternative school program for people who think that letting kids hear a pep talk from the President is akin to sending them to Mao's re-education camps, you'd think you'd at least demonstrate a sixth-grade understanding of grammar and punctuation. But over at the teabagger-backed website ((Link)) offering their own program for people fearing the power of Obama's mind-ray on the tender gray-matter of little Caitlin, Madison, Landry, and their unsuspecting classmate...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Apr 05th 2009, 01:35 PM
(Image) (Posted yesterday, but I thought more people might like to see it.)
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Feb 18th 2009, 11:41 AM
He said "wrecking havoc", when in fact the correct expression is "wreaking havoc". However, he did this while demonstrating towering leadership and captaining a course out of a worldwide economic catastrophe. Also, he did it while NOT torturing people without discerning their guilt or innocence, starting an illegal war, shredding the Constitution, or skewing national policy to circumvent all of the safeguards that keep the wealthy and powerful from profiting at the expense of the rest of us. ...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 22nd 2009, 10:29 PM
Dan Rather and his Texas Air National Guard story being set up for immediate shoot-down in the right-wing blogosphere; The miraculous 2004 "re-election" of a "president" with an approval rating below 50%; Silence of the media and outright complicity in the Iraq War, and the 9-11 Commission's serial obstruction by the Bush Admistration; Silence of key Democrats responsible for oversight of the Executive Branch; Compliance of Congressional Republicans who fell into line like whipped puppies, a...
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 15th 2009, 07:07 PM
You fucked up the world, our country, and now you're patting yourself on your fucking back. Fuck that. That is all.
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Nov 15th 2008, 11:31 PM
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Veterans and Supporters Celebrate 70th anniversary of Despedida Farida Jhabvala-Romero, Nov 13, 2008 The 70th anniversary of the farewell or despedida to the Spanish Civil War’s International Brigades - thousands of volunteers who fought for the Spanish democratic government from 1936 to 1939 - was celebrated last Saturday November 1st in San Francisco. “They were people who wanted to fight for international social justice,” said Richard Bermack, 58, author of The Fro...
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Posted by bleever in Election Reform
Fri Oct 17th 2008, 09:47 PM
I believe that after a series of elections stolen in various ways, resulting in a small group of incredibly frustrated, angry, but very determined people (present company included first and foremost), today's action by the Obama campaign requesting that the special prosecutor for the U.S. Attorneys scandal include the GOP's co-ordinated effort to whip up a "voter fraud" scandal regarding Acorn indicates that the terrain has changed. Obama and his exemplary campaign aren't the battered spouse. ...
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Posted by bleever in Election Reform
Tue Oct 07th 2008, 01:13 AM
November 4th, for all you've done to date. (Image) But we'll all taste the rewards for the work done, and for having the courage to say that we knew that even when the laughter of the bullies rained down on our heads, and the frustration of feeling alone was infuriating and seemed to leave each of us helpless, alone, and without a way to overturn the crime that had happened right in front of everyone, there would come a day like the first Tuesday of next month, when we would be repaid for the ...
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Posted by bleever in Political Videos
Mon Sep 08th 2008, 10:46 PM

 
These guys blow the socks off of people who don't even have feet yet! Enjoy.
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Posted by bleever in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 06th 2008, 04:14 PM
(Image) From the good folks at electoral-vote.com. :)
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