Sunday, October 30, 2011

Keep Wall Street Occupied


This is an Absolutely Brilliant Idea which only involves making use of the Postage Paid Business Reply Envelopes which can be found inside the 1000's of unsolicited credit card offers that the Big Economy-Ruining Banks inundate our mailboxes with...

*Now, you can freely and non-violently confront those Criminal Banking Corporations without having to confront the threats posed by violent police officers.

1000 Americans Spell Out "TAX THE 1%" on San Francisco Beach

... This gorgeous group of humanity is only the latest in the countless number of reasons I simply LOVE San Francisco.

Here's the story from

1000 Americans Spell Out "TAX THE 1%" on San Francisco Beach

Friday, October 28, 2011

Strange Bedfellows: Militias Exercise Their 2nd Amendment Rights To Protect Occupy Phoenix!

Now I'm Stepping Into The 'Twilight Zone'...

Dateline: Phoenix, Arizona...
*Now hold on, just give me a moment, here. Don't start rolling those eyes just yet...

This is Truly Awesome:

"The whole point of the militia movement was to defend the People against gross violations by the Government of the Peoples’ Constitutional Rights.  For instance: suppressing Peoples’ 1st Amendment Right to Peacefully Protest with pepper spray, beatings, tear gas and flash-bang grenades."

And (Believe It Or Not) in the great city of Phoenix, Arizona, armed militias are doing just that!
The militia members are exercising their Constitutional 2nd Amendment Right To Bear Arms...
Solely In Order To Protect The First Amendment Rights Of Occupy Phoenix Protesters!
(*Regardless of whether they agree with the protesters or not.)

... Like I said, "This is Awesome!".

Here's the Link to this truly remarkable story by Justin Rosario at

Strange Bedfellows: Militias Exercise Their 2nd Amendment Rights To Protect Occupy Phoenix!

From RawStory: Doctors Say Scott Olsen Suffered Brain Damage, Is Unable To Speak

Still ~ Some Good News Also Arrived With This Announcement...

Iraq Veteran Scott Olsen, who was critically-injured by Oakland Police On Tuesday night, is now awake and lucid, yet he is currently unable to speak. He is able to communicate by writing notes, although his ability to spell has been damaged. Scott's doctors did determine that he has suffered brain damage from the force of the blow of the police projectile that was fired at him using a shotgun from a few feet away, still they are very confident that Scott will eventually make a full recovery.

(Nationwide, Collective: "Whew!" of relief... Followed by a raucous roar of Cheering.).

Dear Scott: We're Absolutely Thrilled To Hear You're Out Of The Woods and Well On Your Way To Healing!

Here's the Link to the The RawStory's front-page article (by Stephen C. Webster):

RS ~ Doctors: Scott Olsen Suffered Brain Damage And Is Unable To Speak

10/27/11 Rachel Maddow Show: Continuing Developments At Occupy Oakland

The Rachel Maddow Show continues to cover the recent violent police actions which targeted Occupy Oakland.

Maddow reported that the condition of the hospitalized 22 year old Iraq War Veteran, Scott Olsen, has been upgraded from 'critical' to 'fair'. Also included was video taken at a press conference, held Thursday, of the Oakland Police Department's Interim Chief as he announced that a full investigation of the actions of the police that led to Scott being shot in the head with a projectile was underway. The interim chief said that this investigation is considered a top priority and that it would be handled in the same manner as an officer-involved shooting (which it basically was).

Also speaking at the press conference was Oakland's Mayor Jean Quan, whose attitude towards the Occupy Oakland protesters has softened, noticeably. Mayor Quan is scheduled to speak before the assembly at Occupy Oakland tonight (Friday).

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10/26/11 Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Parks and Demonstration: Oakland Police Attack Occupy Oakland

I Stand With Scott Olsen. I Stand With Occupy Oakland. Stop Police Brutality.

After two weeks of Peaceful demonstration, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Police Department had, apparently, had enough of Occupy Oakland.

Between them, the two parties decided that Occupy Oakland's camp in Oscar Grant Plaza had become "a Public Safety Threat".

And so, on Tuesday, armed with the allegation of some looming threat to public safety (which, apparently, was hidden somewhere within the peaceful camp) the Oakland Police Department moved in and did this...

*I'm rather thrilled to see that the Oakland Police Department's unnecessarily-brutal assault on Occupy Oakland is finally receiving coverage - and criticism - on both national and international news reports.

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10/26/11 Rachel Maddow Show: Coverage Of Violent Police Response To Occupy Oakland.

The Rachel Maddow Show Segment On The Oakland Police Department's Violent Attacks On The Occupy Oakland Protesters On Tuesday.

Hurray!!  The OPD's Criminal Response (and others like it) To Peaceful American Protesters Is Garnering Not Only National, But International Press Coverage.

The World IS Watching... the Oakland Police Department, the San Francisco Police Department, etc.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two Tour Iraq War Marine Veteran Scott Olsen Shot By Police At Occupy Oakland

"To Protect And Serve?"
The Oakland Police Department has now surpassed the LAPD in the Annals Of Police Brutality:
On Tuesday, Riot Gear-Clad OPD officers attacked Occupy Oakland Protesters with Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas and Flash-Bang Grenades. The assault resulted in the arrest over 100 people and in serious injuries to many of those present as well. Scott Olsen, a Two-Tour Iraq War Marine Veteran, was hospitalized in Critical Condition after he was shot in the head with a projectile by an Oakland police officer. (A growing number of photos and video of this heinous act as well as other brutal offenses by Oakland Police are being posted online.)
Police "Policy" specifically prohibits the firing of such weapons at people's heads. But, since when have people who have been bestowed with the means to wield excessive power over others refrained from excessively-abusing that power?

"According to Keith Shannon, a friend who served with Olsen during his time in Iraq, Olsen was hit in the head with a tear gas or smoke canister, and he has the scar on his head to prove it."
It would have been an exceptional idea if someone in a position of authority in the City Of Oakland had actually explained to their police officers - in the simplest of terms - what is expected of the Oakland Police Department... As well as how their officers are expected to carry out those sacred duties/responsibilities... And especially - in emotionally-charged situations such as the events which unfolded on Tuesday at Occupy Oakland: How To Do So without Critically-Injuring Unarmed Constitutionally-Protected (though, alas, not rubber bullet- nor flash-bang grenade-proof) American Protesters... And, How-To Do So without turning public opinion even more against them at every conceivable instance/opportunity...
Oakland Police Department continues to deny that they used flash-bang grenades on protesters, but as more and more eyewitness videos are posted online, it's becoming plainly obvious who is telling the Truth and who is Lying...

Police Attack Occupy Oakland Camp - Uprising

Here's A Breaking And Significantly Newsworthy Event - And It Still Hasn't Appeared In Any Of The Usual News Outlets...

Early Morning Police Attack On Occupy Oakland:

Hundreds of riot gear-clad Oakland Police Department officers amassed at Frank Ogawa Plaza/Oscar Grant Plaza at around 4:40 am Tuesday and began firing rubber bullets and tear gas to break up the Occupy Oakland protests. After labeling the area a "crime scene", police demolished the camp, clearing tents, a "kitchen" and designated first-aid area.

At a press conference, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan admitted to the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by the officers involved. Jordan also referred to the use of open-flame cooking by protesters at the site.

Oh... O.K. That explains Everything! So, it was Occupy Oakland's heinous act of cooking-food-while-protesting (Gasp!)...

That's why the Oakland Police Department went all SWAT on their fellow Americans...

That justifies their use of tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades...


Police Attack Occupy Oakland Camp - Uprising

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bill O'Reilly Sends America's Troops What They Need Most: His Books. (*Please Do Not Re-Gift)

Bill O'Reilly supports America's troops by sending them what they need most on the battlefield: his book "Pinheads & Patriots".

Upon learning of "Papa Bear" Bill O'Reilly's generous gift to our brave military, Stephen Colbert said, "It is a Perfect Gift for these warriors. I know reading his books always makes me want to kill somebody.".

An American soldier serving in Afghanistan posted a photo on Tumblr of a barrel full of Bill's burning books and added: "Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap...".

Here's the awesome video clip from The Colbert Report... Enjoy!

Semper Fi: Occupy Marines Bringing Reinforcements To Occupy America

Semper Fi.

Breaking (Good!) News...

A major mobilization has begun whose sole purpose is to facilitate the participation of U.S. Marines (and the various other branches of our beloved military) in the Occupy America Movement.

"Their website, is calling for “Non-Active ‘Occupy’ Military Supporters Only” and they are organizing a dress code which will help identify their branch affiliation. So, we should be seeing Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel dressed to impress at Occupy events across the country. Their goal will be to talk sense into police officers and recruit them into supporting the cause."

Initially, Occupy Wall Street was a lone, marginalized and ignored protest. It has since not only gone nation-wide, but also world-wide.

This inspiring development was - for me, at least - an unexpected one.

That said, it's also amazing and no less than awesome.

I hope you enjoy reading the story.  Here's the link:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Shake Out. Don't Freak Out." Was Brought To You Today By The State AND Cali, Herself.

Today, Thursday October 20, 2011, at 10:20 am California held its statewide "Great California Shake-Out" to remind Californians that: A.) We live in earthquake country. and B.) What they should do before, during and after an earthquake.

Then, at 2:41 pm today, Thursday October 20, 2011: Mother Nature hosted an earthquake in the vicinity of Berkeley (3.9 to 4.1 magnitude) to remind us that we live in earthquake country, etc., etc.

Needless to say, we were shaking here in San Francisco...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

G.E. Strategies = $ Billions In Profits And Zero $ In Taxes. Gee, G.E....

General Electric is America’s largest corporation and it (yes, that's "it" and not "he" or "she") had a very good year in 2010: G.E. reported $14.2 billion in international profits and declared that $5.1 billion of those profits came from its U.S.-based boffo biz.

So, a great question to ask is this...

"What Did General Electric Pay In Taxes for its $5.1 Billion In American-Made Profits?"

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Absolutely Nothing.

Sadly, I kid you not.

In fact, General Electric actually claimed it was owed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

The corporate motto of General Electric is "Imagination At Work".

In "light" of this information, how 'bout we change that motto to: "General Electric: Tax Evasion At Work".

Here's the link to the New York Times article entitled "G.E.'s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether", that describes how they do it (Hint: It involves lots of $$$, lots of  lobbyists and large corporate (ahem) "contributions".):

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CitiGroup Posts 3.4 Bln Profit & Arrests OWS Protestors in TS; Barney Frank on Rachel Maddow

It's only been a mere 3 years since they received a $45 Billion taxpayer paid bail-out after contributing to our nation's massive economic disaster... and "too-big-to-fail" (still) Citigroup's earnings are up 74%, to 3.4 Billion. This was their seventh straight quarter of growth. (Er, "yippee"?)
And, this past Saturday, about 20 or so Occupy Wall Street protestors were summarily arrested at Citibank in Times Square... including some Citibank customers who had come in to close their Citi accounts.
Hurray for them! (... for closing their accounts, not for the 'getting arrested' part)
(Sh*tty) Citi actually locked the doors w/protestors still inside.
Citigroup: You CitiSuck!
*Enjoy this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show. Rachel talks with Congressman Barney Frank about the importance of regulations which protect consumers from corporate swindles and how these interests are represented in the Occupy Wall Street Protests.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(GOP) Machine Against The Rage (Occupy Wall Street, et al). In Other Words: It's Working.

Fox & Co. (I won't call Fox "news" - it isn't) conservative bobble-heads, GOP presidential wanna-Be's, right-wing talk-show hosts (rodeo clown glenn beck still breathes piss & vinegar on radio), etc. have entered "Full Panic Mode" and are getting hysterical over the Occupy Wall Street protests and its Occupy spin-off protests across America.

(That said, there's no better proof than this that the Occupy Wall Street Protests are effective/working.)

Their Methods?

Same as Always: Derision, Demonizing, Infiltrating, Instigating, embedding Provocateurs of Pepper Spray...

And yet, just listen to what the eloquent former Senator Alan Grayson said to PJ O'Rourke on Bill Maher...

Mr. Grayson received a Standing Ovation (deservedly so).

(From: The Rachel Maddow Show.)

Americans Are Fighting Back Against GOP War On Voting... And Winning!

*Urgent Plea: America, Please Don't Take Your Right To Vote For Granted!

There's an organized, law-changing (GOP) attack on American voting rights (minorities, early voters, troops overseas, etc.) across the country.

Also, the various recent attacks on union-rights are no less than attacks on both the middle-class and the Democratic Party.

How do you combat these utterly Anti-U.S. Constitution/Anti-American attacks?

Be Aware:  Pay attention to/Know what is going on in your State Legislature. Look for changes/new laws that affect your County Clerk's Office, especially.

Be Informed: Find out if and/or how the new laws might alter; impede; or take away your right or your neighbors' Right to Vote.

Fight Back: Thousands of Americans have rallied together to fight back against various state-wide GOP attacks on Voting Rights. They've gathered thousands of signatures and successfully made legal challenges, which have resulted in judicial-holds being placed on state measures intended to keep people from being able to vote.
Thousands of Americans have succeeded in getting Citizens' Repeal/Citizens' Recall Initiatives added to their upcoming ballots in order to remove blatantly un-American politicians from office as well as to repeal laws that had been put into effect without their input/consideration/vote in order to take away various Americans' rights.

Fighting Back is Important Because Fighting Back Works.

Because Every American Has the Right To Vote.

Even if you feel that any recent changes to voting laws/union-rights won't affect you, personally - Please understand this: If the changes affect other Americans in your state, eventually, they will affect you, too.

(*Unless, you simply don't care that other people are abusing the power of their political office to take away your rights...)

Making it Harder To Vote and/or Taking Away Any Americans' Right-To-Vote is blatant Abuse Of Power and 'utter disdain for the U.S. Constitution', two actions which - if left unchecked - will tilt the playing field in order to create an unfair advantage for those who have implemented the changes.

And to do that, my dear friends, is to attack our Democracy.

Enjoy this brief clip from The Rachel Maddow Show.
Rachel's guest is Mr. Gilbert Ortiz, County Clerk of Pueblo County, CO.
He is also, now, one of my Heroes who will, I hope, become one of yours, too.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Rachel Maddow Connects Dots On Pakistan's Role In Attacks On US Troops

(Ooh... Trust me: This is a Really Good One.)

I now present you with a brief clip from TRMS whose subject is a most rare beauty: It's actually Newsworthy!

And yet, despite possessing one of the most uncommon of qualities, this little diamond-in-the-rough remains - presently at least - a huge story of great and growing importance which - for unknown reasons - goes on widely-unreported (TRMS excluded, thankfully).

The crux of the item (and this will be on the test, later) is this:

The existence of certain direct links between our long-time anti-terrorist/anti-terrorism ally Pakistan and certain well-informed and well-armed groups which have carried out a number of coordinated and deadly military attacks on U.S. troops/Americans are no longer just being suggested nor merely hinted at...

No more guessing: The-aforementioned certain direct links have also been uncovered, confirmed and acknowledged publicly by top U.S. military leaders, like Admiral Mike Mullen speaking before the Senate.

I don't know about any of you, but... I'm hearing a clock ticking... Somewhere... Off in the distance...

(As in: "Tick... Tick... Tick... Tick... Tick... Tick... Boom!")