Day: October 28, 2011

Herman Cain: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Should ‘Go Home And Get A Job And A Life’

I suggest that the very ignorant and narcissistic Mr. Cain do the same…go home.

The Huffington Post

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain shot down the efforts of the Occupy Wall Street protesters Thursday, telling them to “go home and get a job and a life” while speaking to a crowd in Arkansas.

The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza made the comments in response to more than a dozen Occupy protesters who were gathered outside the event, according to the Tolbert Report. “Nobody knows what their cause is,” Cain said before telling the activists to go home.

Cain also had harsh words for the left in general during the campaign stop, saying “the American dream has been hijacked” by liberals, “but we can take it back.”

This isn’t the first time Cain has blasted the Occupy protests. In a Wall Street Journal interview from early October, Cain said the protesters who don’t have jobs have no one to blame but themselves:

“I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! … It is not a person’s fault if they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed.”

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10/27/11 – Keith Olbermann: Occupy, w/ Sgt. Shamar Thomas (and re: Scott Olsen) – Democratic Underground

OWS stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the Iraq Marine veteran who was struck by a possible tear gas cannister or rubber bullet by Oakland police.

Maddow explains how Wall Street firms defrauded investors

When I saw The Rachel Maddow Show last night, I knew I had to post this particular segment.  It’s thorough, easy to comprehend and as usual, Rachel gives an awesome delivery…

The Raw Story

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained how dishonesty and fraud in Wall Street tanked the U.S. economy. Internal emails show that Wall Street firms told their investors to purchase stocks in certain companies, but not because those stocks had good potential. The stocks were owned by companies that were paying the firms giving the advice.

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below:

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Injured soldier spurs veteran support for “Occupy”

I’m one of those people that believe everything happens for a reason.  I’m also one who believes that even the most devastating circumstance can sometimes bring a positive outcome…

Reuters 

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A former soldier wounded in a protest on the streets of Oakland after surviving two tours in Iraq has put a new face on the ‘Occupy’ movement by galvanizing veteran backing for the push against economic inequality in the United States.

Former Marine Scott Olsen, 24, was sent to the hospital in critical condition after a clash on Tuesday night with police, which authorities blamed on provocation by protesters. Demonstrators have rejected blame.

A video of the bloodied young man being carried to safety by other protesters has eclipsed images of dirty tent camps and people dressed in costume that have dominated national coverage of the occupy demonstrations.

“A lot of people are now doing this for Scott,” said Claire Chadwick, who works in nearby Berkeley. She was at the Tuesday demonstration and said she was the first to aid Olsen after a projectile hit him.

“I moved here a month and a half ago from Dayton, Ohio. I’m only 20 years old! And I’ve never been so disappointed in my government,” she said on Thursday outside the Oakland hospital where Olsen is receiving treatment.

He was upgraded to fair condition by Thursday morning.

Occupy Wall Street, which has spread to cities across the United States, protests high unemployment and an economic system demonstrators see favoring the rich. They often call themselves the “99 percent” — a reference to the wealth enjoyed by the top 1 percent of the economic pyramid.

Veterans have not been high-profile members of the movement in New York, California, and many U.S. cities.

But many veterans returning from Iraq are scrambling for jobs and sympathetic to, or outright supporters of the Occupy movement, said Vincent Emanuele, an Indiana-based veteran and organizer of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Olsen’s wounding “went viral” in the veteran community, energizing many to join the ‘Occupy’ groups, he said. The irony of a soldier who served two tours in Iraq being wounded while protesting at home was a shocking message that was affecting people of all backgrounds, he said.

“Right off the bat, on the surface, folks can see there is something wrong with that situation,” he said.

Veterans are holding vigils across the nation at 7 p.m. local time in honor of Olsen, he said.

Jackie Smith, a professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh who is studying the protests, said the response by authorities in Oakland had the opposite of the intended effect.

“It sounds like it has somewhat backfired in Oakland and generated support for more protests there,” Smith said.

Emily Yates, 29, an Iraq veteran who recently became acquainted with Olsen, said the Tuesday incident had pushed her off the fence and into Occupy movement. The police action had stunned her, she said. “The friggin’ police are the 99 percent, too,” she added.

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‘Tired’ Cain Slows Down Campaign

Well Mr. Cain, as the old adage goes (paraphrased:)

Cant’ stand the heat? Then stay out of the presidential campaign…

The Daily Beast

After weeks of missteps, Herman Cain’s strategists are slowing the pace to give their man a chance to focus. Howard Kurtz on the downshift—and how Cain is defying political gravity.

Herman Cain has made one high-profile blunder after another since his unlikely surge to the top of the GOP presidential polls. By the normal rules of political discourse, he should be back to peddling pepperoni any day now.

He has somehow managed to emerge unscathed—but his team is determined to stop the bleeding.

“We’re trying to slow down a little bit, make sure he’s rested, make sure he’s focused,” says J.D. Gordon, the campaign’s vice president for communications. The goal is to achieve a “more deliberate pace…so we don’t make those kinds of mistakes.”

Gordon says his boss has been doing as many as seven or eight events a day, “and when you do that and don’t use a Teleprompter, sometimes you can make a mistake… People understand he’s not a career politician; he’s very spontaneous, they know how fast he’s going. People give him more leeway than they would someone who’s in Congress or a governor.”

If the polls are any indication, that’s probably true. In a Fox News poll out Wednesday, Cain was still leading the pack with 24 percent, with Mitt Romney at 20, Newt Gingrich at 12 and Rick Perry at 10.

Continue reading here… 

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