Daily Archives: November 4, 2011

Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes

Police used tear gas to drive back protesters following an attempt by the Occupy supporters to shut down the city of Oakland. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

The Guardian UK

Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland, a week after Scott Olsen was hurt. He says police beat him with batons.

A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland.

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to theOccupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.

On Wednesday night, police used teargas and non-lethal projectiles to drive back protesters following an attempt by the Occupy supporters to shut down the city of Oakland.

Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.

“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move.

“Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me.”

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Howard Zinn’s Words…

Wikipedia says it best:

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist. Before and during his tenure as a political science professor at Boston University from 1964-88 he wrote more than 20 books, which included his best-selling and influential A People’s History of the United States.[2] He wrote extensively about the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, as well as of the labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn’s life and work.[3]

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Grover Norquist: Alan Simpson is basically a senile drunk

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It’s hard to decide who you want to win in this one, Grover Norquist or Alan Simpson.

Here’s what Simpson said to bring this on: “If this guy is the most powerful guy in America, elect him president. He’s got ‘em. He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you is defeat you for reelection.” That “he’s got ‘em” presumably referring to congressional Republicans.

And Norquist’s response:

“Alan Simpson is old enough to have been in Congress and vote for the 1982 budget deal, which was supposed to get three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Actually spending increased more rapidly after that deal. Tax increases real, spending cuts weren’t. Then eight years later, having learned nothing in 1982, he did it again. Two dollars promised spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases. Tax increases real. Spending cuts weren’t. The rest of the modern Republican Party watched Alan Simpson vote in 1982 and 1990 for a budget deal which led to tax increases and spending increases—no spending restraint at all. And learned, don’t do that. Alan Simpson is old enough to have been there, but too old to have remembered what happened, and he missed what he’s talking about.”

That’s after telling the Wall Street Journal that “[h]e leaves the same things on my voice mail, and people wonder whether he’s been drinking.” In other words, Simpson’s a senile drunk.

No response from Norquist yet on what Speaker John Boehner is, for calling him just some “random person.”

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Walsh Gets Pro-Family Award Despite Child Support Allegations

 

Not only is this ironic, it’s the height of absurdity.  This epitomizes how the ultra-right wing of the GOP is absolutely out of their minds.

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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), whose ex-wife says he owes $117,437 in back child support, was honored by the Family Research Council Action on Thursday for his “unwavering support of the family,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom,” FRCA President Tony Perkins said. “Cong. Walsh and other ‘True Blue Members’ have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.”

“I am proud and honored to be recognized by the Family Research Council as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record,” Walsh said in a statement. “Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight.”

Walsh claims he had a “verbal” agreement with his ex-wife not to pay the money because, according to his attorney, “Joe and his former wife were both tired of court appearances and the resulting emotional and financial impact on the family. Neither party had the financial or emotional wherewithal to continue the battle.”

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650,000 Americans Joined Credit Unions Last Month — More Than In All Of 2010 Combined

The #Occupy movement played a huge role in convincing so many people to shift their money from commercial banks to credit unions…

Think Progress

One of the tactics the 99 Percenters are using to take back the country from the 1 percent is to move their money from big banks to credit unions, community banks, and other smaller financial unions that aren’t gambling with our nation’s future.

Now, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move  it backed down on this week.

To put that in perspective, there were only 600,000 new members for credit unions in all of 2010. “These results indicate that consumers are clearly making a smarter choice by moving to credit unions where, on average, they will save about $70 a year in fewer or no fees, lower rates on loans and higher return on savings,” said CUNA President Bill Cheney.

This Saturday, 99 Percenters are calling on Americans to move their money from big banks to credit unions and community banks on what is being called “Bank Transfer Day.” If you want to stand with the 99 Percent and take part in this action, use the Move Your Money project’scommunity bank and credit union finder tool to find out how.

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Friday Blog Round Up

Are Republicans Sabotaging the Economy?

Occupy Wall Street roundup: Day 48

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Pat Buchanan’s Worst MSNBC Moments

Herman Cain Campaign Considering Legal Action Against Politico: Report

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Woman Said to Feel Work Hostility After Complaining About Cain

Occupy protesters declare Goldman Sachs guilty, get arrested

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30 MAJOR CORPORATIONS PAID NO TAXES FROM 2008-2010

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A new bombshell report reveals that 30 major US corporations effectively paid no taxes between 2008 and 2010 as they raked in giant profits. The report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows that these companies all had negative effective tax rates, meaning that they earned more in profits after accounting for taxes than before.

This tax dodge occurs at a time when America needs revenue to keep the country running and Republicans have opposed Democratic efforts to get major corporations to pay up like citizens do.

Here are the 30 major corporations getting away with fiscal homicide and their effective tax rates. Yes, those are NEGATIVE tax rates.

Pepco Holdings -57.6%
General Electric -45.3%
Paccar -30.5%
PG&E Corp -21.2%
Computer Sciences -18.3%
NiSource -16.4%
CenterPoint Energy -14.7%
Tenet Healthcare -11.6%
Atmos Energy -11.6%
Integrys Energy Group -11.3%
American Electric Power -9.2%
Con-way -9.1%
Ryder System -7.3%
Baxter International -7.1%
Wisconsin Energy -4.9%
Duke Energy -3.9%
DuPont -3.4%
Consolidated Edison -3.0%
Verizon Communications -2.9%
Interpublic Group -2.6%
CMS Energy -2.2%
NextEra Energy -2.2%
Navistar International -2.0%
Boeing -1.8%
Wells Fargo -1.4%
El Paso -1.0%
Mattel -0.9%
Honeywell International -0.7%
DTE Energy -0.7%
Corning -0.2%

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Oh, You Mean That “Random Person” Sitting Right Next To Me?

Why are Conservatives such liars?  The real issue is that they are so bad at it, so why bother to lie?

Also, why don’t the news people who ask the question(s) call them out on their lies?

Right Wing Watch

Just [Wednesday], the Washington Post noted the bizarre stranglehold that Grover Norquist and his anti-tax zealotry has over Republicans in Congress.

[Yesterday], during his weekly press conference, House Speaker John Boehner was asked by NBC’s Luke Russert what he thought about Norquist’s influence on Republicans, to which Boehner responded with a bizarre dismissal:

BOEHNER: Our focus here is on jobs. We’re doing everything I can to get our economy going, to get people back to work. It’s not often I’m asked about some random person.

RUSSERT: To your conference, is Grover Norquist a random person?

BOEHNER: Listen, our focus is on creating jobs, not talking about somebody’s personality.

Ummm …really? Because the last time we checked, it was rather uncommon for “some random person” to be seated right next to high-ranking GOP leaders like John Boehner:

 

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Mitt Romney Explains His Inconsistency as Being ‘Human’

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Macy’s store mannequin and Republican frontrunner (just don’t tell Republicans that), Mitt Romney,  is notorious for taking a position, tergiversating on that position, and then choosing a new position on which to tergiversate to reflect the latest poll or Republican talking point de jour.

As Governor of a liberal blue-state, Mitt Romney was pro-choice (or multiple choice as Ted Kennedy once derided during a debate). He was also one of the lone moderate Republicans to actually heed the advice of celebrated climatologists (instead of the janitor at Exxon) regarding climate change, only to repudiate his belief in man-made activities contributing to climate change. And, most notorious, Romney has devoted most of his time on the stump –and debates– meticulously renouncing his mandate health plan he created in Massachusetts, which served as a template for Obama’sAffordable Care Act.

Regarding his abrupt change in philosophy, Romney said “‘What works in one state may not be the answer for another.”  It looks like the Gordon Gekko candidate is more like Gordon Chameleon, carefully changing and saying anything and everything that teabagger republicans want to hear in order to get elected. The Obama relection campaign has publicly cited plans to devote a portion of its campaign strategy on this very phenomenon.

Realizing his flip-flopping is an Achilles heel, Romney finally addressed this problem earlier today.

When pressed by a New Hampshire editorial board about his  famous vacillations on kep political issues over the last decade, Romney  this to say:

 ”I’ve been as consistent as human beings can be.”

Are you serious, Mittens? That’s the type of verbal gymnastics and philosophical expostulating one would expect from former president Bill Clinton when confronted with the meaning of blow jobs.

Romney has formally said that “corporations are people,” and since humans are prone to err, is he saying that he is about as consistent as a corporation. Or, is he making a commentary on human beings’ inability to be consistent.

I don’t think Lao Zsu himself could wax philosophical on the intrinsic meaning behind Romney’s justification for lying and changing his position on everything under the sun, including the sun. Then again, Romney can pretty  much say anything with the pizza perv receiving so much media scrutiny over his past sexual shenanigans.

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