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Showing posts with label Occupy Wall Street. Show all posts
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Operation American Spring: DUD! People Just Do Not Like Sedition

As we report on the newly formed and developing Operation American Spring (OSA) movement, our intent is not to ridicule. We are Americans and we can do what we wish as long as it doesn't endanger others and is within the confines of the law. Our time spent on OSA, is equal to the effort expended on the 2009 Tea Party, so we are not beating-up on what has started as an oasis.  

Deep scrutiny of OAS should become a law enforcement operational mission.  No matter the icing, open sedition against the US government should be considered without regard for constitutional rights. Our government is up for grabs every four years with opportunity to affect changer in the US House every two years. People who espouse revolt against a duly elected government are dangerous people. They are not so dangerous in relation to their collective ideology. They are dangerous regarding the potential actions of even one movement zealot or sycophant. Such movements provide fertile growth potential for people who strive for and spending lavishly to move towards oligarchy. 

As I viewed the following march related items, I notice not one person of color among the protesters. If I am correct we didn't see any people of color in the 2009 birth of the Tea Party. 

April 9th 2014, the birth of a movement.  Do you recall the 2009 Tea party Movement; the Koch brother brainchild born out of the election of Barack H, Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. 

The Kochs and their highly compensated operatives developed a movement that literally "shellacked' the Democrats in 2010. A shellacking that handed the GOP an opportunity that will shape the nation for many years. In fact, the Tea Party House of Oz may retain a solid hold on the House of Representatives until 2021. After the next US Census and a Democratic win in the House, DEM party leaders may have opportunity to re-district representative districts currently proliferating for the GOP like a front yard full of Dandelions in early May.

The Tea Party has fizzled as a viable social movement. Yet, angry white Americans, older angry white Americans, Fox News hosts and Koch operatives delivered a US Congress that the nation this and not much more.

Congressional Job Approval: Recent Trend

In essence, millions followed the Kochs down a path to a lowered national credit rating, deep and severe cuts in public sector employment, partisan politics unparalleled in US History, denied payments to the unemployed, and deep cuts in food programs that also benefit the elderly and low ranking military families. 

The Tea Party fizzled. Far-right malcontent with the loss of the 2008 election has metastasized post-2012 to full-blown sedition. Circa 2012 and forward we have witnessed a major cable network with at least one host who espouses open sedition against the US government. A host who literally rallied behind tax evading/racist Cliven Bundy until Bundy revealed his inner core.   We find weekly exhibition of overt racism, often aimed directly to our president.  And we are seeing new anti-government efforts to stoke anti-US fervor, Fervor that as of this April saw the birth of a seditious movement that should draw attention from the same authorities that so effectively infiltrated Occupy Wall Street.

Operation American Spring (OAS) is upon us.  A quick peep at  OAS will clearly show the extent to which its organizers espouses sedition.
The goal, according to retired Col Harry Riley, is the removal of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader.

If you want to see the extent to which Riley and his backers envision their movement to "Take My Country Back," you may want to check the OAS website. Linked

The following image had to have been the ( future perfect progressivevision of the OAS. The language tense reference has nothing to do with progressive thought; you can rest assured of that fact. 

Look close!

Image via Ilene Leftwing
Today's event apparently started with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Video streaming by Ustream

And the March proceeded...


Read more after the feed


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Whirlingwinds Dot Com ..Benjamin T. Moore Jr.: Hypocrisy Based In Race


(When Your Racism Blinds You To Reality)

How many times have you heard some Tea Party nitwit make the claim that President Obama is destroying our "American Way of Life?" It is a constant theme and the drum beat to whatever tune they're singing. If they open their refrigerator and the milk is sour, it's President Obama's fault.

When unemployment was high, that was President Obama's fault. Now that unemployment numbers have been dropping, well, those independent agencies that report on these matters, are fudging the numbers for him.

How many times have you heard some nitwit Tea Bagger declare, "I want my country back!" When I woke up this morning, I made a point to check on it and apparently it's still here. Nevertheless, for some reason, they believe that this country has changed... and it's all Obama's fault!

A great number of so called Libertarians and Tea Baggers are simply appalled that two people who love each other, regardless of gender can make a lifetime commitment to one another and marry. This seems odd to me because I was under the impression that Libertarians enshrined the philosophy of absolute personal freedom so long as the exercise thereof does not negative impact another.

"Obama's coming for your guns!" How many times have you heard that one? Never mind the fact that your gun rights have actually been expanded under President Obama, nevertheless, that one sure gets people up in arms - literally - and hollering about the decimation of our Bill Of Rights.

The Irony? While they're venting their spleens at President Obama, the United States Supreme Court - the majority appointed by Republican Presidents - has done more to change this nation from the comforting delusion they've embraced all their lives.

It wasn't President Obama who signed an executive order striking down the Defense of Marriage Act which led to Gay people finally being able to marry. That was the U.S. Supreme Court. It wasn't President Obama who struck down California's Proposition 8 which took away the legality of marriages between same sex couples. That was the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Land Of The Free?" The Supreme Court has held that police can seize your DNA without you being even charged for a crime. The Supreme Court has held that the police can strip search you if they arrest you for a traffic violation. Perhaps you didn't have your insurance card with you when you were pulled over?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations have the same rights as an individual citizen. I'm 56 and this isn't the America I remember growing up in. Hate the idea of everyone having health care - "Obama Care" - It was the Republican majority of the U.S. Supreme Court that declared "Obama Care" to be legal and Constitutional.

So, why aren't the Tea Baggers taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street Movement and marching on the U.S. Supreme Court? Because the real issue isn't all the things they claim. Their real issue is, there's a Black man in the White House. That's what has really changed in this country and some of them simply have no idea how to deal with this fact.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Morning Java: IRS Scandal? Really! How About Citizens United Scandal?

The issues surrounding the IRS and its "targeting" of conservative groups poses a bit of a dichotomy for me.  

First, I am not one who relishes government peeping at its citizenry unless that citizen has proven via their actions they are a direct threat to the greater society. All to often, we read or hear about a vile acts and wonder, "Now, why was that person not under arrest, or why was that person no being watched?"  I will grant backing away from my conviction regarding government scrutiny in that case and that case only.  In  fact, I found it most distasteful to read about the FBI's involvement in the psychical "squashing" of the Occupy Wall Street movement, even though I knew physical manifestation of the movement would be very short-lived. The FBI must have infiltrated, spied upon, and guided local authorities in strategies to rid cities of the physical encampments.

As a liberal, rest assured I would be mighty upset if the IRS targeted groups that carried "liberal" titles. I will add, however  conservative groups generally choose identifiers that denote themselves as conservative. 

On a secondary basis, I recognize that there are times when dynamics place pressure points of systems and those systems need additional "propping-up"; for lack of a more expedient term. One such dynamic was the Citizens United SCOTUS Decision in 2010.  It should be noted that the Koch Brothers are major contributors to the founding of citizen's United.  Do you think for one second the Koch Brothers have interest in so called, "social programs" regarding federal governance? Enough said on that point, for now. Post Citizens United the number of requests for 501 (c)(4) certification grew exponentially. despite Justice Alito's consternation and mouthing, "that's not true  at the President State of the Union Speech, the president's words became prophetic.

Ability to engage in politics
Not supposed to engage in any political activities, though some voter registration activities are permitted
May engage in political activities, as long as these activities do not become their primary purpose
Politics is what 527s are *required* to do
Endorsing Candidates
CANNOT Endorse Candidates
CAN Endorse Candidates
CAN Endorse AND Field Candidates
Campaign Spending
Permitted but taxed
Some lobbying
Substantial lobbying
No direct lobbying
General Political Advocacy (not related to legislation or the election of candidates.)
Yes, as an educational activity.)
Yes, provided it is not the primary activity of the organization
Able to accept unlimited, tax-deductible donations
Able to accept unlimited, non tax-deductible donations
Able to accept limited (based on FEC regulations), non tax- deductible donations.
Donor Reporting
Donors kept anonymous.
Donors kept anonymous.
Donors are publicly reported.
Must apply with the IRS

Outside the Beltway published the following analysis, and for me it seems very credible and laden with facts.
The following chart, included in the IRS audit, demonstrates that in the wake of Citizens United, there was a marked increase (~40% a year) in the number of 501(c)4 applications being submitted to the IRS.
Let me note that this period—2010 to 2012—also saw the maturation of the Tea Party. And research into Tea Party communities shows that the accepted wisdom was that new Tea Party chapters should immediately file as 501(c)4 organizations. Ironically, of the three organization tax designations in question—501(c)3, 501(c)4, and 527—only 501(c)4 allows for a group to self-declare their status without first filing with the IRS. The advantage to filing is official recognition, which is only necessary if an outsider challenges the group’s 501(c)4 status. Otherwise, for all intents and purposes, the only thing required to operate as a 501(c)4 is to say that you‘re a 501(c)4. 
Getting back to the IRS scandal, the broader point I’m trying to make is that, whether intentional or not, the very structure of 501(c)4, combined with the Citizens United decision, and the rise of the Tea Party, unexpectedly transformed the 501(c)4 from simply being about social welfare to being about politics. And that this was, generally speaking, a relatively rapid change.The scenario so far is as follows.
We have Tax law written as far back as 1959 without modification for post Ronald Reagan 1980s GOP politics.

We have a selectively crafted SCOTUS heavily stacked with judicial activist by GOP presidents. Heck, the SCOTUS could have included the Neanderthal Robert Bork. Did you know Bork was Romney's Chief Legal Advisers?

We have a Citizens United decision in favor of an organization the the Koch Brothers heavily support and fund.

We have  a Koch Brothers funded tea party replete with anti-government sycophants, armed  domestic terrorist brandishing weapons in public, racist signage and placards and a need for funding operations. As you know, people with people dislike two things about contributing. They generally do not want to be taxed, and in the case of political contributions they have no desire to have their names associated with their contributions. Thus, the circular and existential threat of Citizens United.

We have the coming 2011/2012 election campaigns with a green Citizens United light for secretive contributions.

What we really have is the smell of a rat!

I have read reports that progressive groups were also delayed in approval of certification. Moreover, there are reports not of one request was denied. They were to a point all approved.  

The IREHR, Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights published a detail piece on May 17th. The piece includes data related to certification denials. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Morphs For Humanity

The Occupy Movement is not only NOT dead, it has morphed into a viable delivery system for help to people. But, know Occupy is not about handing out silver spoons to any and all who seek help. The movement very appropriately recommends people seek help via 'assistance' agencies.
Nov 13 2012

However you feel about Occupy Wall Street, you can’t deny the good-hearted mensch-ness of this idea. Some of those nice protesters have created the Rolling Jubilee, a program that will buy distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) and FORGIVE it. This. Just. Rocks.

Mischa NachtigalMore from Mischa »

Note: If you have a lot of debt, you shouldn't just default and expect this to save you. They are choosing people at random for this program. If you have a real problem with debt, you should talk to a professional counselor. Here are some resources at the Department of Justice and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

ORIGINAL: By the Rolling Jubilee. Found on How To Sharpen Pencils. If you want to know more about this and how it works, read this article on Slate. If you think this is a good idea and have a few bucks to spare, consider donating to the cause.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

12 Ways to Tell Occupy Wall St from the Tea Party (Doug's Dozen VIDEO)


NOVEMBER 23, 2011 10:41 PM

Fox News's Megyn Kelly thinks cops pepper-spraying unresisting prisoners isn't so bad, because after all, it's "a food product, essentially."
My advice to Megyn would be first, to spell her name with a normal vowel.  Megyn Price gets a pass because she's funny, humane, and sexy.  Megyn Kelly is no funnier than she is humane, which is to say not at all.  
My second bit of advice would be not to eat out for a while.  Definitely not at any restaurant where the waiters aren't her fellow one-percenters.  Look, personally I love the snotty cheerleader act, but I can see where it might wear thin with less-masochistic personalities, even in ordinary circumstances.

And these are exceptionally emotional times.  As might be expected in a country whose populace is just becoming aware that their local peace officers can be turned into corporate goons who cheerfully gas grandmas and pregant women.  


Monday, November 14, 2011

60 Minutes Reveals Congressional Privilege But ‘Missed The Mark’

Cross Posted from

'60 Minutes’ Hit On Boehner, Pelosi Falls Short

As city officials all across the nation embark on dismantling Occupy Wall Street protest encampments,  a central grievance of the OWS was broadcast last evening ’60 Minutes’.

The main issue is the potential ‘privilege’ by members of Congress.  While the 60 minutes segment focused on House Speaker Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, HUFFINGTON POST POLITICS, Ryan Grim writes that ’60 Minutes’ was off-the-mark.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Tea Party vs Occupy Wall Street Who derives benefit?

A little something off  FaceBook.

No accompanying words necessary.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Growing to Order?

A group of activists hold a strategy meeting

I wrote earlier about Occupy Wall Street and potential donors. is reporting $300,000 in donations and food stuffs housed in a storage space in Manhattan. Verena Dobnik, MSNBC Correspondent, asks a relevant question.
Could this be the peak for loosely organized protesters, united less by a common cause than by revulsion to what they consider unbridled corporate greed? Or are they just getting started?
May I opine? OWS is not at its peak. It has room for growth and it factually has not spread as far as it will spread worldwide. Dobnik asks the question based on the following.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Hits Major International Capitals...and Moves Into Time Square (LIVE STREAM)

NYC Times Square, Police at Ready!!!!!
OWS Live Stream...activity in Time Square..... is reporting
Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters have now begun filing into Times Square for a massiveOccupation Party, in part to celebrate the spreading of OWS across the globe today. The police have begun setting up barricades to keep the protesters within certain areas, and portions of the sidewalks have become almost impassable.
Despite what looms as potential for violence or brutality, Gothamist is reporting that the mod among the protesters is joyous.  The OWS is celebrating a day when OWS saw simultaneous  groups protest in major international capitals .

While he protesters march and chant, apparently tourists are watching  from behind police barricades.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street, Class Warfare, and Russell Simmons

October 15, 2011
I find the recent flaps about class warfare typically convenient. Warfare in this context is nothing more that Right-Wing word-smithing for effect.  The very people (in congress and Right-Wing paid pundits) who preach that mantra are using it for purpose of induction. Induction into beliefs that help the Right indoctrinate people via ‘catchy slogans”. ‘Socialism’, death-panels, Momma grizzley’ moral majority, welfare (to denote poor black people), mainstream media, Obamacare, …just to give a few examples.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests: The Mystery Of The Missing Middle Age Masses

This post cross posted from the website

As I ran about taking photographs and video of the Occupy Wall Street march on Saturday, I noticed something odd; I was not well-represented.

I am a 38 year old, college educated parent of two. While I am currently a stay at home dad, I’ve worked full-time since I was 22. I was mostly alone at the protest. There was a dearth of people my age. I would say I felt old since the overwhelming majority of the protesters were college age 20 somethings but there was no shortage of 60 plus hippie types. What was missing was everything in between those two extremes: Middle Aged Middle Class types.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Day 15: The Brooklyn Bridge

This piece is crtoss-posted form the website

October 2, 2011

From the Occupy Wall Street Website

Mission Statement

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join us!    We’re now in DAY 15.

Occupy Wall Street has had a busy day!  At least that is a notation that is posted on one of their websites. See this website also.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Occupy Wall Street American Fall?

This article is cross posted from the website.

September 30, 2011

Did revolutionaries in Northern Africa occupy city squares?

I have recently observed the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and actions  in New York City from a couple of perspectives.  First, I wrote a piece about police brutality reaped upon members of the protesting crowd.  Second, I noticed that neither of the big three cable networks broadcast segments about the organization nor did either give proper day-to-day on-air coverage.  I heard nothing about the protest until the day before the first day of activities.