The Race Of Citizen Cain

Big Media never fails to race-bait on behalf of Barack Obama. But for a black Republican like Herman Cain any slur is allowed if not encouraged and repeated.

Herman Cain is repeatedly referred to as the “flavor of the month.” Presumably the flavor is chocolate. Hillary Clinton supporters know if Barack Obama was disparaged as the “flavor of the month” Big Media would call that a dog whistle, racial code, ‘racism at its most blatant’!

Talk about a “black cloud” of debt over the economy and Big Media declares it racist code. Everything is “racist code” to Big Media and Obama Dimocrats if it in any way reflects the truth – that Barack Obama is a corrupt treacherous Boob.

Today, Obama lovin’ JournoLister Ben Smith once again deploys the race card on behalf of Barack Obama and Obama Dimocrats:

“A reader sends over this striking mailer from the campaign for Ohio Issue 2, a Wisconsin-style measure to roll back public employee unions.

The contrast — between the shadowed president and the bright white citizens — is hard to miss, and the details of the proposal are buried by the clear anti-Obama message.”

“The shadowed president” reeks of the same false accusations made by the DailyKooks (a.k.a. The Kook Klutz Klan) against Hillary Clinton’s campaign – that it had darkened Obama’s skin color in advertisements and was engaged in RACISM.

As we have repeatedly written Barack Obama is poison and the Republicans know it and are smart to take advantage of Obama’s lack of popularity to push issues and candidates. JournoLister Ben Smith somehow does not understand this simple idea and persists in race-baiting on behalf of Barack Obama and his diminished band of loser Obama Dimocrats.

It does not enter into JournoLister Ben Smith’s mind that calling Herman Cain a “flavor of the month” is disparaging and that such language deployed against Barack Obama would have made front page headlines and manufactured outrage against the RACISM.

It is difficult for JournoLister Ben Smith and the Obama lovin’ Big Media to acknowledge that Herman Cain is a black man and a Republican and a top tier candidate for the Republican nomination. In June of 2010 we tried to clue the dolts as to how the Republican Party has adapted to circumstances and demographics while the Obama Dimocrats and JournoListers are still peddling race-baiting:

“Consider, yesterday the Hopium Guzzler dream of 40 years of Dimocratic rule due to demographic changes in the American electorate was shattered. In primary elections yesterday Republicans nominated a 38 year old woman as their nominee for Governor in the state of South Carolina. That she is a former Sikh and of sub-continent Indian heritage shows that Republicans will, as we predicted, adjust to whatever demographic realities develop. The future belongs to the swift, not the corrupt. In addition, black Republican Tim Scott, also endorsed by Sarah Palin, beat the son of long dead segregationist Strom Thurmond in a big victory and will likely become the next congressman from the South Carolina district. It’s not just Nikki Haley and Tim Scott – there are others. Louisiana Governor (and Indian-American) Bobby Jindal might be joined by “rainbow” candidates such as Susana Martinez (New Mexico governor nominee), Marco Rubio (Florida Senate nominee), and lots of women.”

Race Baiter and JournoLister Ben Smith needs to read our article “Mistake in ’08 Part VI – The Republicans React“:

“In earlier Mistake In ’08 installments (see HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE) we have outlined the massive historical mistake the Democratic establishment inflicted on the now dead party of FDR/Hillary Clinton by gifting Barack Obama the nomination. The Mistake in ’08 is coming home to roost this November.

The crackpot theories espoused by “strategists” such as Ruy Teixeira assured the Democratic establishment that if Barack Obama became the 2008 Democratic nominee there would be an endless vista of Democratic control of Congress and the White House for generations unto generations. What we call the Obama “situation comedy” demographic strategy was the future, according to these crackpot theories that have so destroyed the party of FDR/Hillary Clinton.

Instead of endless victories and a “cemented” and expanded Democratic majority in 2010, Obama has led the party to an electoral Waterloo. Not only will Republicans expand, if not cement their majority in 2010, they will do so in a post census redistricting year.”

In that article we discussed Marco Rubio (still the likely Republican VP) and the Latino vote:

“How would Obama Dimocrats counter such a candidacy – with low level Latino functionaries at the OD DNC or with Latino movie or singing stars? Certainly Obama Dimocrats could not produce a powerhouse Latino Dimocrat to counter Rubio because there is no powerhouse Latino Dimocrat.”

This past week Politico competitor The National Journal (Ben Smith should read them) caught up with our analysis from years ago:

“Obama looking to shore up his standing with Latinos, but it would help to have high-profile Hispanic candidates by his side.
President Obama’s numbers are cratering with nearly every demographic, but the latest Gallup weekly tracking poll shows his approval dropping most steeply among Latinos. It portends poorly not only for the president, but for a Democratic coalition that increasingly depends on their strong support.

Obama’s support among Latinos dropped 20 points since his election, with only 47 percent of Latinos approving of his job performance, according to the poll. [snip]

Talk to enough Democratic strategists about the 2012 landscape and one sees the problem extends beyond the presidency. They say a dearth of viable statewide Latino candidates is hurting the party’s chances.”

National Journal reports that Barack Obama is desperately trying to recruit some token Latinos to try and spice up the Obama Dimocratic Party. It’s more Obama flim-flam to try to help himself in 2012:

“Obama’s involvement strongly suggests that the White House is acutely aware of the need for Democrats to have a Latino candidate running for statewide office—at a time Republicans will be showcasing their own talent. [snip]

Obama’s reelection team also has been routinely highlighting Arizona as a state it feels it can win, thanks to the growing number of Hispanic voters. What would it say about Obama’s own prospects in Arizona if Democrats don’t have a credible candidate to run in a winnable Senate seat?

But Arizona-based Democratic strategists aren’t nearly as optimistic about Obama’s prospects in the Grand Canyon State. Its economy is struggling and many white voters are still mad that his administration sued to prevent the state’s immigration law from taking effect.

Making matters worse is the escalating Operation Fast and Furious scandal.”

The Obama Dimocratic Party is trying to flim-flam Latinos. The flim-flam is to sucker some sad-sack to be window dressing for Barack Obama (who continues to be irked by Hillary Clinton and the persistent rumors). Meanwhile the Republicans continue to expand their team of minority members running for public office and actually having a chance of victory. the latest Latino to add to this group is Ted Cruz, “the GOP secret weapon for 2012”.

Ted Cruz was a big hit at this months Values Voter conference of conservatives. Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz is more evidence that the Ruy Teixiera Obama Dimocrat nonsense about a bright Obama Dimocrat future due to demographics is a phony dream that will likely turn into a nightmare.

For now the nightmare (is “nightmare” racist code? You know, night is dark and shadowy so that could be a dog whistle to racists right?) for Obama Dimocrats is chocolate Herman Cain. The dark chocolate Cain now has money and in his words “it’s time for me to be a job creator” and build up an organization.

We first wrote about Herman Cain in 2010 in One Dumb Black Man, One Smart Black Man (Cain is the smart one):

“We’re not fans of multi-millionaire Cain but he is playing a very shrewd game. As a successful business owner of a very popular food product (we’re not fans of his pizza either but sales figures tell us it is tasty to many), he can easily vault to the top ranks of Republican grassroots leadership as a voice that potentially reaches black voters as well as Tea Party activists. And Cain can do so with a non race based appeal even as his race will certainly be a matter of discussion.”

We’re bigger fans of Herman Cain now but we still don’t like his pizza. We still don’t think he will be the nominee. We were right that “he can easily vault to the top ranks of Republican grassroots leadership” and that he is a Tea Party favorite (weren’t they supposed to be racists?).

Fate has kissed the hard working Herman Cain sweetly on the top of his chocolate head. The “flavor of the month” proud black man who does not race bait is sitting pretty atop the polls.

First it was the PPP poll that had an “oh my” Cain 30, Romney 22, Gingrich 15, Perry 14. Oh my indeed.

Then today, lightning strikes twice with Cain at 27, Romney 23, Perry 16, Paul 11 All this without having to race-bait the way Barack Obama does. Oh my my.

[And consider this: “Perry’s lost 22 points since the last poll — and not a single one went to Romney. That’s how reluctant base voters are to back him over some other conservative in the field.”]

Herman Cain, the once ridiculed 9-9-9 flavor has proved he is the little engine that could. Herman Cain is taken seriously and many are now asking “should conservatives back the 9-9-9 plan?”

Cancer survivor Herman Cain is changing the face of the Republican Party. Like it or not, he is more than just a flavor of the month. Herman Cain is a Tea Party favorite and a black man in the Republican Party who has reached the top. Yes, he can. And he did it all without race-baiting.

Hooray for Herman Cain!

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154 thoughts on “The Race Of Citizen Cain

  1. Grouchy and sensitive aren’t they?:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/10/13/white-house-irked-by-rumors-obama-plans-to-drop-biden/

    MSNBC’s “Today” attracted a little Twitter ire from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, after “Today” hosts asked both Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton whether Barack Obama might not strike Biden from the 2012 ticket and add Clinton instead:

    White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer posted this on his Twitter account Tuesday morning:

    “I have noticed a weird @todayshow obsession with faux story of Sec. Clinton replacing @VP…Have asked both about it last 2 days on the show.”

    Mr. Biden said he will be on the ticket again.

    “Absolutely, positively yes,” the vice president said. “There’s never been a question about that.”

  2. Grouchy and sensitive aren’t they?:

    http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/pres-obama-to-ed-henry-i-didnt-know-you-were-the-spokesman-for-mitt-romney_b92595

    FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry got the first question at today’s joint news conference between Pres. Obama and Lee Myung-Bak, President of South Korea. Henry asked the president about the alleged Iranian terror plot, and used a quote from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney who had criticized Obama’s leadership.

    Obama responded with, “I didn’t know you were the spokesman for Mitt Romney.”

    In an interview later with Megyn Kelly, Henry explains, “I was trying to put it in the broader context of not just Mitt Romney, but there are a lot of Republicans out there who would charge that this president leads from behind.”

    “He decided not to engage with Mitt Romeny,” said Henry. “Instead, he decided to go after me a little bit.”

  3. Race-baiting is Obama’s favorite flavor:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/10/12/obamas-subtly-play-racial-politics/

    The Obamas Subtly Begin to Play Racial Politics

    Are you a Republican? Are you a racist? Because if you ask the Obamas, the answer is that you just might be.

    Ever so subtly, the Obamas – yes, her too – appear to be playing the race card. They are turning this into a “values” election, and one of the values they are suggesting, ever so subtly, that Republicans hold is a distaste for people who aren’t white.

    Take the remarks made today by President Obama before the administration’s “Forum on American Latino Heritage,” a transparent attempt to placate Latino voters.

    I ran for President for the same reason many people came to this country in the first place: Because I believe America should be a place where you can always make it if you try; a place where every child, no matter what they look like, where they come from, should have a chance to succeed.

    I still believe in that America. I believe we can be that America again. The truth is, the problems we face today were a long time coming and solving them will take time. In a global economy, it will require us to have the best-educated workforce, the strongest commitment to research and innovation, the most reliable communications and transportation networks.

    But with so many people hurting today, there are things we can do right now to make a difference. There are things we should do right now to put more people back to work and to restore a sense of security and fairness that’s been missing for too long.

    So that’s why I put forward the American Jobs Act. That’s why I sent Congress a jobs bill made up of the kinds of proposals that, traditionally, Democrats and Republicans have supported. Independent economists who do this for a living have said the American Jobs Act would lead to more growth and nearly 2 million jobs next year. No other jobs plan has that kind of support from actual economists — no plan from Congress, no plan from anybody.

    But apparently, none of this matters to Republicans in the Senate.

    If Obama “believes” in an America where children should have a chance to succeed “no matter what they look like,” and we are no long “that America,” then who changed it? The implication is clear that it happened under George W. Bush.

    To use this viewpoint as the set up for Republican opposition to Obama’s jobs legislation completes the thought: We are becoming a racist society in which the color of your skin can hold you back, and Republicans not only are at fault but are resisting Obama’s noble attempt to correct this.

    That this message was delivered to an Hispanic audience makes it all the more transparent.

    Mrs. Obama was working of the same script Tuesday night during a fundraiser in Washington.

    Who are we? Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right, but are struggling a little bit — will we tell them, tough luck, you’re on your own? Who are we? Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper — (applause) — and if one of us is hurting, then all of us are hurting? Who are we? (Applause.)

    Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top? Or will we give every child — every child — a chance to succeed, no matter where she’s from, or what she looks like, or how much money her parents are? Who are we? That’s what’s at stake here.

    Who are we indeed. Are we Republicans, who would deny a child because she is from somewhere else – i.e. a Latina – or because of “what she looks like?” Is that who you are?

    If you are a Republican, the Obamas think so.

  4. Hulk wakes up – no more Hopium:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/1011/Obama_loses_Hulk_Hogans_support.html?showall

    Hulk Hogan isn’t buying into Obamamania anymore.

    The wrestling legend appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Thursday and explained why he’s no longer a fan of the president.

    “I was a big Obama supporter and kinda, like, believed everything he said he was gonna do,” said Hogan. “But now that nothing’s happened,” he said he’s had a change of heart.

    Hogan also said he was bothered when Obama borrowed his theme song, “Real American,” to make his entrance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year. (While the song played, an image of Obama’s birth certificate flashed on screens in the room.)

    “I kinda was a little upset that he didn’t ask me permission to use my music,” he said.

    Hogan went on to joke that he’d make a great president himself, proposing “a flat tax across the board.”

  5. All you’ve mentioned here, plus a quick recollection about Pelosi recently having said “Republicans want women to die on the floor” and tah dah this has got to be panic moment predicted by James Carville.

    Ya know. They could have avoided all this by just quietly accepting the signals given by the people during the past few elections. I can hardly believe how low they’ve gone.

    PS: I see that admin never runs out of stellar titles.

  6. not sure if this has been posted yet…

    Solyndra CEO resigns

    By James O’Toole
    October 13, 2011

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It’s lights out for embattled Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison.

    The head of the bankrupt energy firm has resigned, according to documents filed in Delaware court this week, as the company finds itself embroiled in a mounting scandal that may leave the US government on the hook for over $500 million.

    Harrison stepped down last week. The company proposed R. Todd Neilson of Berkeley Research Group to take his place, serving as “chief restructuring officer”. His appointment to the position is subject to the bankruptcy court’s approval.

    “The CRO will assist the debtors in their ongoing efforts to sell estate assets, winding down the debtors’ operations following such sale or sales, and otherwise managing the cases,” the documents state.

    Solyndra is a California solar panel manufacturer that had received $535 million in federal loan guarantees before it was forced to halt operations and file for bankruptcy at the end of August, putting more than 1,000 workers out of work.

    Before its failure, the company had been touted as an example of the benefits of creating green jobs by the Obama administration. But since then, it has become the center of congressional criticism and a probe by the FBI.

    Harrison and fellow Solyndra executive W.G. Stover were called before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations last month to testify on the case, maintaining that no wrongdoing took place at the company but repeatedly invoking their 5th amendment right not to answer questions.

    Lawmakers are using the company’s failure as a case study highlighting the danger of government funding for private firms. They want to know why one month before it filed for bankruptcy, the executives told them and the Department of Energy that the company was doing just fine.

    Following last month’s hearing, the Justice Department asked a judge to install a trustee in the case, saying the top executives’ refusal to testify in the probe of the company made the additional oversight necessary.

    Jason Kilborn, resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute, said Harrison’s departure was par for the course in bankruptcy cases.

    “It’s the rare Chapter 11 reorganization where the CEO or whoever was really in charge of the show doesn’t step down or isn’t removed,” Kilborn said.

    Analysts say the government may be able to recover some portion of the $535 million loan guarantee, whether through some form of buyout of Solyndra by another firm or a liquidation of its assets.

    Neilson, Solyndra’s proposed restructuring officer, is a former FBI agent and a seasoned reorganization professional, having served as bankruptcy trustee for clients including boxer Mike Tyson and hip hop mogul Suge Knight. He has also negotiated sales of ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators hockey teams, according to his bio on the Berkeley Research Group website.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/10/13/technology/solyndra_ceo_resigns/index.htm?hpt=hp_t2

  7. What a bummer… that Barry will only have to debate against one of the Rethug candidates…

    I would rather see him debate against Trump, or at least Ron Paul…both are not stupid and polite.

    Wilber will pretend to be tough against the fraud.

    Perry will pull all the Texan slogans, like big hat, no cattle and the others will snipe at his heels like pampered purse dogs.

    No popcorn for a ‘G’ rating of Fight Club.

    So far, the race and debates will be boring as heck.

  8. democrat1
    October 13th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Big Dawg on OWS

    “I think that, on balance, this can be a positive thing, but they’re going to have to transfer their energies at some point to making some specific suggestions or bringing in people who know more to try to put the country back to work,” he said.
    _____________________

    That’s putting a finer point on the pencil!

    Maybe someone will take the hint and get in there and lead the ‘Peter Pans of NY.’

  9. Prescott Bush must be spinning- His dream of a NWO and that of the Federalists will go by the wayside. good article
    _______

    Is the New World Order unraveling?

    October 13, 2011

    © 2011

    With Greece on the precipice of default and Portugal and Italy approaching the ledge, the European monetary union appears in peril.

    Should it collapse, the European Union itself could be in danger, for economic nationalism is rising in Europe. Which raises a larger question.

    Is the New World Order, the great 20th century project of Western transnational elites, unraveling?

    The NWO dates back as far as Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, which a Republican Senate refused to enter. FDR, seeking to succeed where his mentor had failed, oversaw the creation of a United Nations, an International Monetary Fund and a World Bank.

    _________

    Read more: Is the New World Order unraveling? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=355405#ixzz1ahlwh1Gn

  10. I hope the NWO is unraveling. And I hope I am still around to see its final curtain.

    I can’t help wonder why FDR is so popular with so many people in this country. Even now when we know his role in setting up the UN and promoting the NWO.

  11. The problem with dreams is if the Dreamer, in this case FDR, isn’t the one who converts the dream into his own reality; it usually doesn’t work out. It is similar to someone has a great idea, another person steals the idea because they too think it is something that will make them famous or rich.. the odds of failure are much greater because it wasn’t their idea/concept in the first place and they lack the passion for altering the concept making the idea a success. I guess the most common example is Obama reading someone elses’ thoughts/words from a teleprompter. He hasn’t a clue of how to begin his proposal, putting it in motion, turning it into reality because it wasn’t his mind that thought of it in the first place… He has to depend on the person who conceived the idea to make it work. And why he cannot explain how to bring a new idea to fruition. He usually tells a joke or uses some other evasive tactic sidetracking the explanation.
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    Just for the sake of asking-

    Does anyone think a 100% vegan diet is a good nutritious thing to sustain brain power?

  12. Mrs Smith
    Dark Chocolate, green tea, blueberries, beans, wheat germ, nuts, seeds, avocado. whole grains and COFFEE are considered smart foods.

  13. henry
    October 13th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    The Dk Chocolate, green tea and blueberries are all antioxidants- right.. Are all cooked/raw vegetables a given with the rest of the examples you mentioned allowed in a strictly vegan diet?

    I am allergic to coffee. I can only drink Tea.

  14. Mrs Smith
    Brief synopsis
    http://www.brainready.com/blog/thetop5brainhealthfoods.html

    Lots of argument about it but it seems to me that lots of the educational/behavioral problems in young kids can be attributed to the excessive consumption of high fructose corn syrup.

    Wow — watching some of the live feed from the OWS camp. Kind of sad as some to mean well and have valid points but most are just name calling and demanding.

  15. Prescott Bush must be spinning-
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    Prescott, investor in the Nazi war machine, started spinning after Germany lost the war.

  16. henry:

    [hemp]: #1 on the list of Brain Food… that it may qualify as one of the best brain health-boosting & anti-aging foods on the planet.

  17. Current status of OWS:

    “The student loan bubble, along with the shrinking job market has made newly poor white hipster kids mad enough to stage 24/7 street corners protests in scores of US cities, where they have connected with longtime leftist and community activist types, often older and not always white. These are helping keep them focused on the connections between the warfare and prison states and the unavailability of funding for anything else. Establishment Democrats try hard to co-opt them into narratives that place exclusive blame on those awful Republicans and Tea Party scoundrels blocking our brave president. Toward this end, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have showed up at street corner occupations, and the likes of Warren Ballantine and Michael Baisden have reportedly done segments from the same. The president himself has issued carefully worded statements that those still thoroughly drunk on hope may interpret as endorsing or even taking credit for the street corner protests. Democrats desperately need to contain this protest, to make sure its message of disgust for both the two parties is not communicated to its own disillusioned base (black) voters. ”

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/occupying-financial-districts-occupying-goods-our-hoods

  18. …add Joe Scarborough to that “flavor of the month” crowd…big time…cannot stand to listen to that loud, blowhard any more…caught his obnoxious ego rant this morning while getting ready for work…omg…what an msnbc suck up…he has lost it…

  19. We don’t won’t Cain as he cannot beat Obama. Arguably, none of the current republicans can beat him . With an economy this bad and 9.1% unemployment, an amoeba should be able to defeat Obama, but the republicans do not have an amoeba running.

  20. Occupy Wall Street Fatwa Threatens Terror Against Ivy League Tech Workers

    Arthur Hu – October 10, 2011

    People say that the Occupy Wall Street folks don’t have a coherent message, but that’s because the “peaceful protests” are just as mask over what they really stand for. You have to research who is behind this movement and what else they have been promoting to understand that is ultimately not about corporate greed or unfairness, but the Global War of 9/11, the “Global Resistance” against the West of which the “Arab Spring” was a big part of Al Queda’s goal of eliminating “corrupt” governments hostile to Islamic fundamentalists and non-belligerent towards Israel. They have declared war on the United States, not just what they are identifying are the 1% of American who should be demonized and punished even though they themselves truly represent the 1-5% of American who want to destroy America.

    h… w.. asianweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Days-ofRaage-232×300.jpg

    10/12: What they really want

    End to Islamaphobia
    End to capitalism
    End to (aid to AND nation of ) Israel
    US troops stop attacking Al Queda and Taliban in Afghanistan and Iraq
    US drones stop attacking Al-Qeda terrorists
    Greedy zionists/Jewish bankers out of Wall Street
    Freedom for Arabs and Muslims through Islamist Arab Spring

    Can it be a coincidence that these are also positions of the militant Islamists in Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran?

    Tons more info here: (I haven’t verified the info as true or accurate.. use your own judgement- would like to hear feedback as I haven’t been following as closely as some of you..)

    http://www.asianweek.com/2011/10/10/occupy-wall-street-fatwa-threatens-terror-against-ivy-league-tech-workers/

  21. This video of defines the OWS organizers of this protest and what their goal is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avcJq8jDSUY#!

    Sep 23, 2011

    Organizers met with President Obama FOUR times in White House!!! What exactly is a Days of Rage??? Organizers hoping for 20,000 people to flood into Manhattan and occupy fro months. Kill the Rich, Kill your Parents Weathermen co -founder Bill Ayers and Steven Lerner SEIU International Leader and Acorn Founder Wade Rathke behind this movement they hope will eventually “FORCE” Obama “White Knight” to ride in and save the day – declare Marshall law and onto “Fundamentally Transforming” America. Socialists, communists, Islamists, Unions and the Radical Left in America have United to “Fundamentally Change” Western Culture and create “The One World Order”. Alynsky & Karl Marx would be proud!!

  22. Interesting. Andrew Breitbart was on FOX Business channel claiming that he has hundreds of emails from various leftist groups coordinating, prior to the “spontaneous” protests.

    He says it was a Google group they were all a part of, similar to journolisters, and he has all the documentation of them conversing, planning, and talking about real violent unrest and crashing the markets as their goal. He says he’ll start releasing it soon.

    If so, this will get very interesting.

  23. The problem with dreams is if the Dreamer, in this case FDR, isn’t the one who converts the dream into his own reality; it usually doesn’t work out.

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    that’s my problem with Palin. If she were POTUS and had enough good people and enough power, she could make the conservative approach work. But as it is, I’m afraid she’d be swimming in quicksand.

  24. why all of a sudden is BO is threatening to use Federal Law for closing down licensed medicinal MJ Clinics. I don’t get it- why the change of heart. When legalizing MJ was a partial plank of his 08′ campaign ?

    ================

    His usual phoniness. He’s been at it a while. About the same time he made a big announcement about telling Holder/DOJ not to prosecute med mari — he appointed an anti mm crusader to the departmetn that actually does the raids.

    As for motive…. I know a disabled veteran who got a licence for med mar — and was able to discontinue 70 PAIN PILLS PER DAY. Pharma must not like the competition.

  25. More from Bill Clinton on OWS:
    “I think what bothers people is the country has gotten so much more unequal under the last, over the last 30 years, and now that we’re in this fix, an enormous number of people have been out of work for more than six months, some of whom can’t get interviews because they’ve been out of work for more than six months, who always worked hard, always paid their taxes, did everything they were supposed to do, and made no contributions to the financial meltdown that caused their current distress,” he said. “I think that is the heart of what they’re saying on Wall Street.”

  26. ” or bringing in people who know more to try to put the country back to work,” [ Bill Clinton said ].

    =======================

    Heh. Some people might read that as a plug for his book. Or for ‘bringing in people who know more’ — like him and Hillary. 😉

  27. Article title at OWS forum; no comments yet:
    OWS aproval rating higher than Obama 54% (User Submitted)

  28. Poll with some interesting answers. The majority thinks the country is on the wrong track, disapproves of Obama, says neither party represents them (35%) — and approves of OWS.

    http://swampland.time.com/full-results-of-oct-9-10-2011-time-poll/

    Generally wrong track – 81%

    Obama job approval – 44% approve, 50% disapprove

    ARE YOUR VIEWS BEST REPRESENTED BY THE (DEMOCRATIC PARTY), (REPUBLICAN PARTY), THE TEA PARTY, ANOTHER PARTY, OR DO NONE OF THE PARTIES REALLY REPRESENT YOUR VIEWS?
    DEMOCRATIC PARTY 30%
    REPUBLICAN PARTY 17%
    TEA PARTY 12%
    NONE 35%

    IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, A GROUP OF PROTESTORS HAS BEEN GATHERING ON WALL STREET IN NEW YORK CITY AND SOME OTHER CITIES TO PROTEST POLICIES WHICH THEY SAY FAVOR THE RICH, THE GOVERNMENT’S BANK BAILOUT, AND THE INFLUENCE OF MONEY IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. IS YOUR OPINION OF THESE PROTESTS
    VERY FAVORABLE 25%
    SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE 29%
    SOMEWHAT UNFAVORABLE 10%
    VERY UNFAVORABLE 13%
    DON’T KNOW ENOUGH 23%

  29. Breitbart has e-mails showing the organized plans for OWS.

    http://www.breitbart.tv/breitbart-i-have-e-mails-showing-organized-plan-for-occupywallstreet-protests-to-destabilize-government/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    Hey, I believe in having a good, healthy debate about issues that bother us. A peaceful demonstration is always useful. But I wouldn’t want to know that I am being used as a tool in some sinister plot to destroy our system.

    We have to be careful these days.

  30. Talking to a business friend of mine yesterday. He’s a member of The National Guard Reserves… guess where he is being deployed next.. Not A-stan, Not Iraq.. but to UGANDA..

    Obama sending 10,000 troops home from Afghanistan on this morning’s news report.

  31. holdthemaccountable
    October 14th, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Koreans are very modest. The giantiss shows up in a half bare, sleeveless skin baring outfit. The CIC looks higher than a kite. The ear to ear grin, eyes wide shut. Earlier photos of him speaking with the ‘nobody home’ look in his eyes.. and the stilted detached eyebrows..definitely symptomatic of drug intake.

  32. Thanks henry for ruminating with me about vegans last night. My personal feelings about a 100% vegan diet are basically this. Needing protein to feed the brain, beans, legumes, seeds and tofu seem to be a recipe for intermittent fulfillment as you would with a snack instead of a piece of cake if you are on a vegan diet.

    Asians eat tons of fish, veggies and rice. They as a rule, do not have high cholesterol problems because their diets are so devoid of trans fats and limited amounts of unsaturated fats. In my hypothesis, you still need the protein nutrients from fish and other low fat foods like white meat chicken, eggs and turkey to maintain good enough protein levels to feed the brain as you get older… this is just an opinion based more on observation and logic. I might be way off base understanding the 100% vegan approach but meat is protein.. specifically, the ones mentioned above and necessary for good brain health and thinking patterns to sustain us.

    Everything in moderation is the way to go.

  33. Oh my- Isn’t Jeff Imelt former CEO of GE working for Obama? Two or three federally funded solar business go BK- How strange is that? If the Chinese can undercut pricing for producing solar panels, even selling their products at a loss, how can GE compete? This stinks to hi-heaven…
    _______

    General Electric picks Colorado to build biggest US solar factory

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/general-electric-picks-colorado-for-site-of-biggest-solar-factory-in-the-us/2011/10/13/gIQAtGNXiL_story.html?wprss=rss_national

  34. Lugar was an Obama supporter for his presidency. Now it looks as if he is involved with an Ayers project. The corruption knows no end-
    __________________

    GOP’s Lugar Resigns from Occupy Wall Street Support Group

    Republican US Senator from Indiana Richard Lugar resigned from the board of a radical left activism group called the Campus Network after the Tea Party endorsed challenger in the GOP Senate primary, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, accused Lugar of supporting the big government agenda of the group, including support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    “Lugar’s presence and involvement on this organization’s board unmasks him as a willing participant and a supporter of big government,” said Mourdock. “The fact that so many of the posts on the website are directly supporting the agenda of the Democrat Party should have caused the Senator to resign from the organization long ago.”

    The blog contains articles that oppose US energy development and school choice, while it advocates for the GLBT community and “reproductive” justice, whatever that means.

    The Campus Network is a project of the Roosevelt Institute, which also maintains a blog called New Deal 2.0.

    Amongst the featured titles on New Deal 2.0 are these left-wing eye-rollers:

    Occupy Wall Street Emerges as “First Populist Movement” on the Left Since the 1930s

    Occupy Wall Street: Not Anarchy, But Beautiful Sincerity

    What Would Our Founding Radicals Have Thought About Occupy Wall Street?

    “Hoosier Republicans, like me, who voted for Dick Lugar in the past,” continued Mourdock, “have wondered why he has not taken an active role in promoting the cause of conservatism across Indiana and the nation for many years. Now, we know why. No true conservative could be a board member of an organization like the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.”

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2011/10/14/gops_lugar_resigns_from_occupy_wall_street_support_group

  35. The Occupiers are intent on bankrupting the cities where they are protesting… Tough Love is needed with the Occupiers- Send them all to DC and let Obama deal with the monster mash he created- Occupy the White House- there’s plenty of room there-
    _________________

    Costs of the Occupiers

    Michelle Malkin

    The trash generated by the “Occupy Wall Street” protests keeps piling up. So do the bills. Liberal media outlets claim the anarchic, anti-capitalist movement is more popular than the tea party. But wait until Americans across the country get a full picture of the costs of the aimless occupiers.

    In New York City, government officials estimate the month-long siege of Zuccotti Park has now imposed $3.2 million in overtime police costs on the public. On Thursday, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office pressured left-wing activists to vacate the park for cleaning, Occupy Wall Street urged sympathizers to flood the city’s customer services lines: “Call 311 and tell Bloomberg not to evict us!”

    In Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter told the press that demonstrators outside city hall have incurred $164,000 in overtime public employee costs and $237,000 in regular time. “At the current rate, if Occupy Philly continues to the end of the month, the city would spend another nearly $690,000 on police overtime alone,” the local NBC affiliate reported. “Besides the extra police presence being dedicated to the Occupy Philly protests, other city departments have also incurred costs.”

    In Seattle, police have so far billed $30,000 in overtime, and the parks department racked up nearly $4,000 in additional costs related to the protests there. Occupiers have blocked traffic, assaulted an officer and pitched illegal tents. Merchants in the area have been hurt as the riff-raff deter customers. One business owner in Westlake Park, where hundreds of protesters remain camped out, told Seattle TV station KIRO: “There’s definitely fewer people you can identify as people out, just walking through the area.”

    Seattle’s pushover mayor, Democrat Mike McGinn, now faces even greater demands from the insatiable mob — which wants a “guaranteed parking space near City Hall Plaza that allows for around-the-clock parking,” “24-hour access to the first floor of City Hall for restroom access, and a written statement from the mayor approving the protesters’ long-term occupancy of City Hall Plaza.”

    In Boston, City Council President Stephen Murphy anticipates a $2 million hit to taxpayers if the protests refuse to disband by the end of October. The local Fox affiliate notes the tab represents 8 percent of the yearly budget for police overtime. “While we’re all sympathetic with our protesters down there,” Murphy said, “Wall Street isn’t picking up the tab on this thing. It’s the Boston taxpayers.”

    When fiscally conservative tea party activists held protests over the past two years, they filed for all the required permits and paid for their own power. Occupy Boston, by contrast, neither sought nor obtained any proper permits at any level, according to the Boston Globe. Instead, city and park officials have been cowed into providing them gratis electricity and camp space lest there be “conflict.”

    Many of these occupiers are primarily occupied as paid rent-a-mobsters for unions, left-wing think tanks and the radical Working Families Party. While one collective hand soaks the taxpayers, the other hand is busy soliciting free stuff. Occupy Los Angeles activists took to Skype on their laptops to solicit donations of iPhones and iPads.

    Occupy Wall Street members on Twitter organized an ongoing “#needsoftheoccupiers” drive for everything from batteries and tarps to “gently used” coats and sweaters, wool socks, sleeping bags and energy bars. Occupy Austin organizers publicized their wish list, including a free barbecue grill, portable toilets, extension cords, a Bobcat forestry cutter for clearing brush and network cameras for a livestream.

    These are not principled advocates of fiscal responsibility. They are professional freeloaders.

    Unlike tea party activists who focused like a laser beam on politicians in both parties responsible for redistributing wealth to Big Business cronies by force, the Occupy Wall Street movement is everywhere and nowhere. The entitled Kamp Alinsky Kids are poaching WiFi and trespassing on private property under the guise of “social justice” but in plain service of themselves.

    Their T-shirts and speeches glorify Marxist radicals Che Guevara, Emiliano Zapata and Chairman Mao. They lionize convicted death row cop killer Troy Davis and WikiLeaks collaborator Bradley Manning. They condemn “Nazi Bankers,” Jews, Fox News, the American Legislative Exchange Council, Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, the Koch family and the New York Police Department (“Pigs!”). They promote the illegal alien DREAM Act and 9/11 Trutherism.

    They spout bumper-sticker profanities and inanities: “F**k banks.” “Unf**k the world.” “Fuuuuu*k.” “Free education.” “Smash nationalism.” “People not profits.”

    They flash peace signs while celebrity supporter Roseanne Barr calls for beheading financial industry workers and fellow marchers call explicitly for “violent revolution” or for Obama to “Send SEAL Team 6” to Wall Street.

    Then they huff and puff (preferably in a creepy uniform chant they call the “human microphone”) that we just haven’t taken the time to understand what they’re all about — as they hawk $20 “Eat the Rich” polo shirts and license their protest photos to Getty Images.

    Viva la revolucion! Up with people! Stop the greed! (Cha-ching. Cha-ching.)

    http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2011/10/14/costs_of_the_occupiers

  36. I really don’t think this is a newsworthy piece, but it might be worthy of a Big Ooopsy-daisy on TGIF-
    __________

    Ron Paul’s ‘eyebrow toupee’? Droop at debate prompts suspicion.

    Has Ron Paul been wearing fake eyebrows?

    That’s what the New York Times wonders, pointing to an incident at Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate in which the candidate’s right eyebrow appeared to droop a bit under the hot lights:

    pic at link:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/ron-paul-droopy-eyebrow-prompts-suspicion-184456720.html

  37. Seen on Twitter:

    Let it be known that #OWS’s very 1st public victory was against… Big Hygiene. Awesome. #tcot #p2

  38. It appears Bloomberg is being led by the nose by Obama. People afraid for their safety and their children’s safety should deluge his office with citizen protests. There is nothing fair and equitable to the rest of the people who live in the area unable to use the park for it’s intended use or walk the streets without fear.

    The week-end will bring out of state people in, bused in from anywhere and everywhere joining in the numbers with more problems to deal with if Bloomberg doesn’t get off the dime and do something fast-

  39. This is a sequel to the destruction of property that happened in the UK.. Bloomberg will be held accountable for his weakness in disbanding the protest as it should have been this morning in an orderly manner. This is a disaster-

  40. votermom
    October 14th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Also, check out what Breitbart found.
    Email archive of OWS planning:
    ______________

    No, votermom- your link is not the same as Leonora’s. I uncovered this link and posted it last night. This protest is going to do nothing but get Bigger and more dangerous as the “dupes” are replaced with HARD CORE anarchists ready to reek mayhem and possibly stir this crowd up enough to do serious harm to persons not willing to go along with their program.

    I’m going back to read your link votermom…

    http://www.asianweek.com/2011/10/10/occupy-wall-street-fatwa-threatens-terror-against-ivy-league-tech-workers/

  41. Breitbart has released the emails. Evidently there are over 1000 pages of them. Here’s how he got them. Enjoy.

    Then, at the end of August, we were alerted by a fellow researcher that information about USDoR (U.S. Day of Rage, to which Occupy Wall Street is connected) had been posted on Shamuk and Al-Jahad, two Al-Qaeda recruitment sites. We began to take the “Occupy” protest more seriously, and dedicated more time to research and monitoring.

    Days later, Anonymous announced that it would be releasing its new DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) tool. Because of the Al-Qaeda posting, we contacted the New York Field Office of the FBI so they could investigate the potential threat. From that point on, we decided we needed to include the Human Element of Intelligence (HUMINT), and to infiltrate the protestors to map their ties to Anonymous, and to the postings on Shamuk and Al-Jahad.

    A few of us had attended several of the pre-protest meet-ups and
    training classes. The Civil Disobedience training was taught by Elliot “Smokey” Madison, a New York-based anarchist who is a member of the People’s Law Collective, a voluntary group that advises protesters on legal issues arising from their actions. The Media training was taught by Vlad Teichberg, a New York based anarchist who is a member of the Glass Bead Collective, an artistic activist group.

    After attending these meetings and socializing with those present, several of our team members were added to all the mailing lists of the “Occupy” group. That is how we created the email archive that we are sharing with you (see below). In addition to the involvement of socialists, anarchists, and other radicals, the emails also reveal heavy union involvement from the beginning of the “Occupy” movement, as well as discussion about the role of the Democratic Party, and how the movement should respond to President Barack Obama.

    The emails also reveal that the Occupation attempted to provoke the New York Police Department prior to some of the clashes that occurred with activists.

    Additionally, the emails reveal the many failed efforts of the hacker collective Anonymous. If those efforts had succeeded, they may have damaged the global economy.

    http://biggovernment.com/thomasryan/2011/10/14/the-email-archive-of-the-occupywallstreet-movement-anarchists-socialists-jihadists-unions-democrats/

  42. Well, I can only hope that the sympathizers taking orders from stupid loud mouth people are not still sending over refreshments and blankets to make them more comfortable with their Day of Rage!

  43. An English professor wrote these words:

    “A woman without her man is nothing.”

    on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

    All of the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

    All of the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

    Punctuation is powerful.

  44. the month-long siege of Zuccotti Park has now imposed $3.2 million in overtime police costs on the public.

    ==================

    Then maybe the police should stop besieging them? Get a dictionary.

    Actually, as I posted recently, the city is renting cops out at iirc $37/hour each.

  45. Perfect timing!

    Hillary Clinton to lay out her “doctrine on economic statecraft” in New York speech Friday

    By Laura Rozen

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give a major address on her vision for economic statecraft in New York Friday. In the address–which The Envoy exclusively previewed last week–Clinton will lay out what her aides say she sees as a major strategic legacy of her tenure as Secretary of State: a doctrine calling on the U.S. diplomatic corps to make advancing United States economic interests a central mission of the U.S. diplomatic agenda.

    “It’s a wide-ranging speech and covers all the ground,” one Clinton aide told The Envoy Thursday. At bottom, Clinton will lay out the case that “foreign policy and economic interests and economic policy are indivisible,” the official said. The message is especially timely, the source added, when “you’ve got economic realities driving so much of the foreign policy headlines”–from the Eurozone debt crisis, to the Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama passed by Congress Wednesday, to the Arab spring uprisings, to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    Clinton tested out some of the key themes of the address at a small gathering of outside policy experts and economic thinkers invited to the State Department Wednesday, State Department officials told The Envoy.

    Clinton will deliver the address Friday morning at the Sheraton on 53rd Street in New York, at a gathering hosted by the Economic Club of New York. Invited to attend are several key economic policy and statecraft thinkers–“a critical mass of believers”–as the aide put it. Among them: economists Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Roach, currency guru Stephen Jen, and former senior Pentagon official and Council on Foreign Relations president emeritus Leslie Gelb. (Gelb has long been making a related case in foreign-policy circles–see, for instance, his 2010 Foreign Affairs piece, “GDP Now Matters More Than Force: a U.S. foreign policy for the age of economic power.”)

    As the Envoy reported last week, the Clinton ‘”doctrine” on economic statecraft draws on a growing consensus on the convergence of diplomatic and economic interests. Officials at the State Department, White House, Pentagon and intelligence community are increasingly mindful of the centrality of the global economy to the core challenge of managing global diplomacy. The struggle to manage U.S. economic interests, these thinkers agree, cannot be neatly separated out from America’s national security strength and ability to project foreign policy power and the nation’s influence in the world over the coming decade. This is especially the case, they concur, in the power shifts already underway including the rising economic power of such countries as Brazil, Turkey, India and China.

    “As we pursue recovery and growth, we are making economics a priority of our foreign policy,” is how Clinton put it at a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Shangri La conference in Hong Kong in July. “Because increasingly, economic progress depends on strong diplomatic ties and diplomatic progress depends on strong economic ties. And so the United States is working to harness all aspects of our relationships with other countries to support our mutual growth.”

    “The trading floor is increasingly replacing the battlefield as the forum for state contacts,” one State Department adviser further explained it last week to The Envoy, speaking on condition of anonymity so as to describe the department’s internal thinking on the economics speech more freely. “This is coming from a sense that we are seeing the lines between national security and economic security blur as emerging powers are doing more to advance their economic power, and fitting their national security strategy more around economic interest.”

    A key precept in Clinton’s effort is addressing a kind of cultural lag in the sprawling Washington bureaucracy. Lead policy makers may recognize the pivotal role that economics plays in global diplomacy–but in many ways, the diplomatic bureaucracy needs to catch up. Clinton’s planned speech will be in large part a call to her own agency’s ambassadors, diplomatic staff and analysts to shift their thinking.

    And as Clinton lays out that vision in more detail, she will stress two main bulwarks. First, she will highlight the need to advance relations with the wider world as part of the effort to revive the American domestic economic order. And second, she will stress that State Department diplomats and foreign policy thinkers need to work harder to understand how market forces are driving first-order national security challenges in hot spots such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

    Clinton explained the logic behind the new economic initiatives in speeches over the summer that started to lay out her thinking. “All of us here today recognize that a strong economy at home is vital to America’s leadership in the world,” Clinton told the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition conference in July, before sounding a retrospective note about her tenure at State. “After spending two and a half years as your Secretary of State, traveling nearly 600,000 miles, I have reached one overarching conclusion: Simply put, we need to up our game.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/hillary-clinton-lay-her-doctrine-economic-statecraft-york-210222704.html;_ylt=AlxSlKWeLlCh.RneXGffC.EWP5Z4

  46. the emails also reveal heavy union involvement from the beginning of the “Occupy” movement, as well as discussion about the role of the Democratic Party, and how the movement should respond to President Barack Obama.

    ===============

    What, it’s not all about how Obama is funding them and how they’re taking his orders setting up a plot to re-elect him?

  47. This is a sequel to the destruction of property that happened in the UK.

    =================

    You might notice that no such destruction is happening here. One nut was caught shitting on a police car. Better that than burning cars and buildings (as happened in Canada recently — about a ball game).

    Maybe the Secret Masters of OWS are doing something right?

  48. This thread at OWS forum, suggesting cooperation with Tea Party members, has now got more comments. Some think it’s worth trying, some think the Tea Party has already been co-opted. No one is calling them Teabaggers.

    Here are some excerpts from comments at
    http://occupywallst.org/forum/a-new-political-party-ows-the-tea-party-together-a/

    In short, it’s not about any political party label, name, and whether it’s called a left or right ring movement, etc… Focus should be maintained on the issues at hand that both movements want to solve and NOT the differences of each party.
    [….]
    We regularly get former TP members join this movement, most in the hopes,as they have told me, it doesnt get co-opt too.
    [….]
    If you read MikeK’s post, his short list of items is not altogether different from what many core tea party members believe.
    [….]
    Who cares about their funding? We need to build bridges with their membership. We’re all interested in the same basic cause of ending corruption and corporate bribes in our government.

  49. SUV in Oregon was found set on fire with anarchist symbols and Occupy graffiti. But I’m sure that’s just coincidence and had nothing to do with the protests.

  50. Good thing they couldn’t spell ‘PUMA’.

    Here’s the story. No crowd, no witnesses. No links to OWS except some of the graffiti — which was in fact mixed, and included profanity against Eugene’s mayor, who is actually liked by OWS.

    http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27021462-41/eugene-police-occupy-fire-arson.html.csp

    Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said it would be “unfair to blame any one group” for the arson.

    “The graffiti is all over the map,” she said.
    [….]
    along with an anarchist symbol and a profanity directed toward Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, police said.

    The graffiti against Kitty Piercy was unlikely to come from real OWS people. An OWS spokesman said Kitty was “on our team” and “we love her.”

    Elsewhere an OWS supporter who has corresponded with Piercy says “She has been very helpful and supportive so far.”

    Her wikipedia page looks pretty good. 😉

  51. The scapegoat strategy

    By Charles Krauthammer
    October 13, 2011

    What do you do if you can’t run on your record — on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see? How to run when you are asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago and you are compelled to answer no?

    Play the outsider. Declare yourself the underdog. Denounce Washington as if the electorate hasn’t noticed that you’ve been in charge of it for nearly three years.

    But above all: Find villains.

    President Obama first tried finding excuses, blaming America’s dismal condition on Japanese supply-chain interruptions, the Arab Spring, European debt and various acts of God.

    Didn’t work. Sounds plaintive, defensive. Lacks fight, which is what Obama’s base lusts for above all.

    Hence Obama’s new strategy: Don’t whine, blame. Attack. Indict. Accuse. Who? The rich — and their Republican protectors — for wrecking America.

    In Obama’s telling, it’s the refusal of the rich to “pay their fair share” that jeopardizes Medicare. If millionaires don’t pony up, schools will crumble. Oil-drilling tax breaks are costing teachers their jobs. Corporate loopholes will gut medical research.

    It’s crude. It’s Manichaean. And the left loves it. As a matter of math and logic, however, it’s ridiculous. Obama’s most coveted tax hike — an extra 3 to 4.6 percent for millionaires and billionaires (weirdly defined as individuals making more than $200,000) — would have reduced last year’s deficit (at the very most) from $1.29 trillion to $1.21 trillion. Nearly a rounding error. The oil-drilling breaks cover less than half a day’s federal spending. You could collect Obama’s favorite tax loophole — depreciation for corporate jets — for 100 years and it wouldn’t cover one month of Medicare, whose insolvency is a function of increased longevity, expensive new technology and wasteful defensive medicine caused by an insane malpractice system.

    After three years, Obama’s self-proclaimed transformative social policies have yielded a desperately weak economy. What to do? Take the low road: Plutocrats are bleeding the country, and I shall rescue you from them.

    Problem is, this kind of populist demagoguery is more than intellectually dishonest. It’s dangerous. Obama is opening a Pandora’s box. Popular resentment, easily stoked, is less easily controlled, especially when the basest of instincts are granted legitimacy by the nation’s leader.

    Exhibit A. On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed punitive legislation over China’s currency. If not stopped by House Speaker John Boehner, it might have led to a trade war — a 21st-century Smoot-Hawley. Obama knows this. He has shown no appetite for a reckless tariff war. But he set the tone. Once you start hunting for villains, they can be found anywhere, particularly if they are conveniently foreign.

    Exhibit B. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin rails against Bank of America for announcing a $5-a-month debit card fee. Obama echoes the opprobrium with fine denunciations of banks and their hidden fees — except that this $5 fee is not hidden. It’s perfectly transparent.

    Yet here is a leading Democratic senator advocating a run on a major (and troubled) bank — after two presidents and two Congresses sunk billions of taxpayer dollars to save failing banks. Not because they were deserving or virtuous but because they are necessary. Without banks, there is no lending. Without lending, there is no business. Without business, there are no jobs.

    Exhibit C. To the villainy-of-the-rich theme emanating from Washington, a child is born: Occupy Wall Street. Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs, corporate titan, billionaire eight times over.

    These indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees have decided that their lack of gainful employment is rooted in the malice of the millionaires on whose homes they are now marching — to the applause of Democrats suffering acute Tea Party envy and now salivating at the energy these big-government anarchists will presumably give their cause.

    Except that the real Tea Party actually had a program — less government, less regulation, less taxation, less debt. What’s the Occupy Wall Street program? Eat the rich.

    And then what? Haven’t gotten that far.

    No postprandial plans. But no matter. After all, this is not about programs or policies. This is about scapegoating, a failed administration trying to save itself by blaming our troubles — and its failures — on class enemies, turning general discontent into rage against a malign few.

    From the Senate to the streets, it’s working. Obama is too intelligent not to know what he started. But so long as it gives him a shot at reelection, he shows no sign of caring.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-scapegoat-strategy/2011/10/13/gIQArNWViL_story.html?hpid=z2

  52. HillaryforTexas
    October 14th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    SUV in Oregon was found set on fire with anarchist symbols and Occupy graffiti. But I’m sure that’s just coincidence and had nothing to do with the protests.
    ________________

    It never fails- some can just not absorb evidence staring them in the face from research done by people unwilling to go along with the crowd. They favor the “emotional” experience of it all rather than an application of good common sense and reading both sides of the story before making an informed decision. Those are the same people in wheelchairs who jumped into a strange pool head
    first.

  53. LMAO! So, the picture of the guy writhing on the ground after being brutally “run over” by an evil cop that the occubaggers are salivating over?

    Here’s the video. You can see the police scooter, which is not even moving other than an inch or so at a time. Hardly a threat of running protestors down.

    At around .08, you can clearly see the guy lie down with his leg at the FRONT wheel of the scooter. The scooter does not move at all from here on out.

    Then watch him figure out that putting his leg at the BACK of the scooter will look much more dramatic, plus there’s a nice hollow there to stick it in. He very obviously scoots his body down to the other wheel, and shoves his leg under the back wheel – all done by HIM.

    And then he and his friends begin screaming bloody murder and “He RAN OVER HIS LEG!!!” You know, the one he laid down and shoved up under the police scooter. 😀

    Pitiful.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/good-grief-occupy-wall-street-protester-being-run-over-by-cop-was-totally-staged-video/

  54. Woohoo! We now have war number FIVE. The boob is now sending troops into Africa.

    Who was supposed to be a “peace” president again, while Hillary was a warmonger? Executing the wars is about the only damn thing that the public is giving Obama decent marks on right now, so watch him ramp it up.

    Never put a narcissist in charge of your military. They tend to use them in a personal popularity manner, rather than a reasoned manner.

  55. Re: the video above, I’m a nurse. I know how people behave when injured. That is just a freaking hilariously bad acting job.

    Let’s see, so far I’ve seen at least two incidents claiming “police brutality” that wasn’t, at least 4 episodes of rank anti-semitism, a communist calling for bloody revolution to cheers, a Marxist guy yelling epithets and accusing a polite teapartier of racism, communist and Che flags gaily marching, shitloads of stoned vaguely enraged hipsters who cannot for the life of them explain why they are there, and lots of masked anarchists too chickenshit or deceptive to show their face.

    But the proponents of OWS want me to continue to believe that unless every single member of a movement is doing those things, I have no right whatsoever to judge it, and am being unfair. Bullshit.

    I’m well aware that one person in a crowd of 10,000 is not enough to condemn all. This is way way way more than that. It’s much easier to find pics and videos of idiots from OWS than to find pics and videos of sane people. They are not the minority, they are the majority.

    Ya know what? At some point you OWS supporters need to wake up and realize that there are enough data points now that it’s not just a few outlier bad apples, or one freak or two. This is who and what your movement is, whether you realized it or not. Own it.

  56. It’s much easier to find pics and videos of idiots from OWS than to find pics and videos of sane people.

    =====================

    SAme with the Tea Party.

    That’s not a statement about those movements. It’s a statement about how easy it is to find pics. Which depends on who is posting them. Silly pictures do get posted more, by most people.

  57. I watched about an hour of the uncut livestreams last night, put out by the protestors themselves. Laughable.

  58. “Ya know what? At some point you OWS supporters need to wake up and realize that there are enough data points now that it’s not just a few outlier bad apples, or one freak or two. This is who and what your movement is, whether you realized it or not. Own it.”
    _____________

    Nah, they’ve been in withdrawal since they found out ‘people’ are NOT the cause of Global Warming because it’s a natural phenomenon in the cycle of evolution. Not to be deterred from loser causes, they are uniting with Anti-Capitalists in the OWS Protest… to make the world a better place..

  59. A lot of normal people — and the photographer focused on one holding a mask.

    Some info on polls in the story, though again unfair. 38% favor, 24% disfavor — so LAT headlines 35% undecided as “a broad swathe.”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/10/occupy-wall-street-public-opinion-poll-reuters-democrats-gop.html

    a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
    Eighty-two percent of Americans have heard of the protest movement, and while 38% view it favorably, 35% are undecided. A minority — 24% — views the protests unfavorably.

  60. Barack Obama, the Quintessential Liberal Fascist

    When Saul Alinsky began building his community-organization movement in 1930s Chicago, observers were watching Alinsky with one eye, while with the other eye observing the building of communist and fascist movements in Europe. It wasn’t hard then to see in Alinsky’s programs at home, elements of the people’s revolution from Russia, as well as some of the same “in your face” tactics being employed by Hitler’s Brownshirts.

    What Alinsky’s critics saw was the burgeoning of a national movement, the carefully manipulated construction of people’s organizations, which all had two elements in common: (1) a collectivist creed, which denied the existence of personal responsibility; and (2) an amoral dogma, in which all means were justified by an imaginary utopian end.

    While most modern Americans remember well Hitler’s Holocaust and the Cold War waged by a solid U.S.S.R., many of these same Americans have swallowed some false history regarding the movements that spawned such widespread, horrendous results. In what may be regarded as the most triumphant propaganda victory of our time, fascism has been scrubbed of all its Marxist roots, while communism has been scrubbed of its millions of callous murders.

    This post-WWII propaganda coup undeniably set the stage for the early Alinsky critics’ most feared eventuality, that the massive organizations could be shrewdly adopted by a fascist demagogue, someone who could “seize leadership and control” and turn them into a “Frankenstein’s monster against democracy.”

    But perhaps the most cunning propaganda feat in history has been undertaken for the past 8 years. As Jonah Goldberg expertly expounds in his book, Liberal Fascism, American left-wing ideologues have managed to dissociate themselves from all the horrors of fascism with a “brilliant rhetorical maneuver.” They’ve done it by “claiming that their opponents are the fascists.”

    Alinsky himself employed this method, quite deviously. Alinsky biographer, Sanford D. Horwitt provides an anecdote using precisely this diabolical tactic to deceive the people. From Horwitt’s Let Them Call Me Rebel:

    “…in the spring of 1972, at Tulane University…students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest of a scheduled speech by George H. W. Bush, then U.S. representative to the United Nations – a speech likely to include a defense of the Nixon administration’s Vietnam War policies. The students told Alinsky they were thinking about picketing or disrupting Bush’s address. That’s the wrong approach, he rejoined, not very creative – and besides causing a disruption might get them thrown out of school. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.’ And that is what they did, with very successful, attention-getting results.”

    In what may eventually prove to be a devious rhetorical feat of monstrous proportions, while the left has been indulging and fostering the “Bush Is Hitler” meme, they may have just put a genuine ideological fascist heir in the White House.

    There is inherent danger in making scurrilous comparisons (as were perpetrated unceasingly against George W. Bush), but there seem to be some very worrisome signs in the rise of Barack Obama that we Americans would be foolish to ignore.

    comparing Obama at link:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html

  61. Someone on Breitbart (Jenb) is beginning to go through the OWS organizing emails. This is what she says she’s found so far:

    jenb58p · 2 hours ago

    I am going through the emails right now, while it is slow here at the office. I decided to look at all the ones who are the organizing arm to see who they were and how they are connected. Interestingly the very first name I looked up on Facebook using his email address is an attorney who is a member of the Middle East and Islamic Finance Practice Group at King & Spalding. He appears to be part of the organizing arm of this nonplanned movement. Of course, I have only been looking at this for about 5 minutes. So I don’t have any more information than that. I thought it was interesting, especially after seeing the one video of the man calling for a violent revolution.

    ——

    jenb58p · 1 hour ago
    So wow…been looking up the the people who have been organizing through these emails (I am still on the A’s), what a bunch of nutty people!

    I came across the website of Alexa O’Brien.. .www.alexaobrien.com. I don’t even know what to make of her website. It made my head hurt, so I moved on.

    Right now, I am just try to confirm who these people (initiating the emails…not the responses yet) are via facebook and their websites in order to connect the dots. I see a lot of pro-Palestinian interests and Islamist interests. As I said, I haven’t even gotten through the A’s yet. These are not ordinary Americans by any stretch of the imagination.

    All I can say is…wow</blockquote

  62. Here’s another infiltrator posting at DU advising:

    absolutely agree

    I love the guerilla warfare aspect of it. However, I think it works best without a fixed schedule or any public announcement of each dislocation.

    Imagine Z. Park just dissolves all of a sudden, then another place is occupied suddenly 8 hours later. Do that several times and the elites won’t have a clue what to do.
    _________________

    They are planning to go after the Rich- Burn their houses down and business they own- NICE!

  63. Glad I moved to the mountains.
    ________________

    Hypothetically, the movement could:

    Occupy one of the many troublemaking banks, whether it be Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan or whichever, until it agrees to let people fighting foreclosure stay in their homes and offer meaningful debt forgiveness. Or target a bank whose casino capitalism deals left municipal coffers broke, demanding that they cut indebted cities and counties some slack.

    Occupy a home where a family is fighting eviction. Millions of American homes have been foreclosed upon, and another wave of foreclosure is now upon us. ( sure, takeover and use families to hide behind )

    Occupy an exploitative company and demand they stop funding the right-wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, or link up with a labor struggle like that of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) against Verizon’s attempt to roll back benefits and retirement. Unions across the country are fighting anti-worker lawmakers and businesses that say America can no longer pay decent wages and benefits for a hard day’s work. Occupy Wall Street should join that fight, and ask workers how they can help.

    Occupy a statehouse that is slashing education and welfare funding or, like in Wisconsin, eliminating collective bargaining rights. The mass protests in Madison earlier this year set the tone for today’s occupations.

    Occupy the office of a congressman who refuses to raise taxes on the rich and end the war, or who denies the existence of global warming, or who refuses to take concrete action to create good jobs now.

    Occupy where the 1 percent “live, work and play.” The super rich all belong to country clubs and other exclusive institutions. If the movement is targeting a specific bank, a picket of the CEO’s country club will hit them one place it hurts: their easy comfort amongst high society.

    An overlapping but not formalized set of coalitions could launch this series of occupations. A movement of ongoing protest would maintain the direct action excitement and community building built around today’s occupations so that it feeds into particular movements with concrete demands. Occupy Wall Street need not further organize or formalize itself, or even enter into formal coalitions: that will inevitably cause division and sap the movement of its radical democratic energy.

    Occupy Wall Street still has plenty of steam. Here in Philadelphia, the number of tents in front of City hall has doubled since Saturday. But the occupation can continue once the snow begins to fall: blockading the entrance to corrupt banks and exploitative corporations, and defending families fighting foreclosure, will keep the movement moving until springtime. And most importantly, it could win concrete victories for the vast majority of Americans who have been forced from their homes and robbed of their jobs and retirement funds.

    http://www.alternet.org/economy/152721/6_places_to_occupy_next%3A_protest_the_1_where_they_live%2C_work_and_play?page=2

  64. Told ya- Obama has been smiling while doing his fundraising… and before the end of this year, announce Marshall Law!

    And… on the same page as the above link and ad to sign Obama’s petition DEMANDING House Republicans Pass Obama’s JOBS BILL!

  65. From Ulsterman: (You’ve been HAD Dummies!)

    Occupy Wall Street’s Shocking Truth Uncovered

    As the mish-mash of misfits continue residing in New York’s Zuccotti Park and other assorted locations across the United States, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog has released bombshell evidence of the real powers behind Occupy Wall Street – a collection of anarchists, socialists, labor unions, and foreign terrorists – all of whom are currently being supported by some within the Democratic Party – including President Barack Obama.

    On September 11th, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States. It has now been confirmed that ten years later, those attacks have began anew in the form of the Occupy Wall Street protests and its apparent desire to further cripple the American economy and send the United States into a downward spiral of chaos from which it may never recover.

    Sound far-fetched? Most recently I would have agreed – but today’s blockbuster evidence published at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog lays out the chilling communications linking an assorted grouping of anti-American interests who are the primary powers behind Occupy Wall Street and tomorrow’s scheduled “Global Revolution/Day of Rage” day.

    Shame on any who lend support to this abomination of supposed grass-roots activism. The people milling about aimlessly at locations such as Zuccoti Park are mere pawns in a much larger and far more sinister movement of which they have no understanding. Greater shame lies with President Obama and other Democrats, as well as the idiotic mush-mouthed sycophants of the mainstream media who continue to label Occupy Wall Street as something honorable, when in fact the newly disclosed information by Andrew Brietbart reveals the insidious and overtly anti-American goals of those truly responsible for these protests.

    The link to the Breitbart story is here – please take the time to read it and share with all those who share concern and understand the true nature of Occupy Wall Street and its intended goal of destroying America:

    http://biggovernment.com/thomasryan/2011/10/14/the-email-archive-of-the-occupywallstreet-movement-anarchists-socialists-jihadists-unions-democrats/

  66. I know the focus seems to be on “occupy wall street” and nothing else, but I still thought I would post the following…

    The Clinton’s Spend Weekend in LA to Raise Money for Foundation

    The former first family will host several events to celebrate the foundation’s 10 years of work for global change

    By Ashley Gordon | Friday, Oct 14, 2011

    The Clinton’s weekend-long stint in Los Angeles will be one centered on philanthropy.

    The former first family will host a gala celebrating Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday and a celebrity-filled benefit concert, all with the aim of raising money for the William J. Clinton Foundation.

    This year marks 10 years of the foundation’s global efforts on a host of social causes, including health, economies and the environment.

    “In the past decade, commitments to my Clinton Global Initiative have improved the lives of more than 300 million people around the world,” said President Clinton in a statement. “We’ve lowered the cost of AIDS and H.I.V. treatment, combated climate change, strengthened economies, increased access to education and healthcare, provided financing and mentoring for small businesses. This celebration marks 10 years of these efforts and demonstrates how much we can do to make a difference in the years ahead.”

    But before the fundraising begins, the Clinton’s are tentatively scheduled to attend the late philanthropist Edie Wasserman’s memorial service Friday at the University of California Los Angeles’ Royce Hall. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may make remarks at the service scheduled for 5 p.m.

    Wasserman, who died of natural causes at 95, and her husband Lew Wasserman were lifelong democrats and dear friends of the Clinton family.

    President Clinton spoke kindly of the couple in a speech at Lew Wasserman’s memorial in 2002.

    “But the times I valued most were the private visits I had,” he said. “We had a great one not too long ago where Lew and Edie just sat at the table and fed me breakfast and fed me stories. Great stories about movies and politics. Triumph and tragedy. Love and loss. Sacrifice and selfishness.”

    Then it’s off to the Hollywood Palladium Friday evening for the gala celebrating Bill Clinton’s birthday. Tickets for the event, which will include a performance by singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks and other special guests, went for $6,500 per couple.

    Daughter Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinksy will host a private brunch Saturday morning. However, star power will be in full display at the “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation” at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Hollywood Bowl.

    The benefit concert will feature performances by superstars Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bono, Usher and other artists, and can be viewed live online on Yahoo. Tickets start at $1,000 per person.

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/The-Clintons-Weekend–LA-to-Raise-Fundraise-Money-for-Foundation-131886833.html

  67. and this…

    Disputed Signatures Enough to Force Obama Off 2008 Ballot

    Both state party chairmen call for probe of possible fraud, forgery

    By Eric Berman
    10/14/2011

    Indiana Election Division figures indicate questionable petition signatures made the difference in getting Barack Obama on the Indiana primary ballot in 2008.

    Presidential candidates need 500 signatures from each of the nine congressional districts. Obama submitted 534 signatures in the Second District, but a handwriting expert hired by the Howey Political Report and the South Bend Tribune has suggested dozens of Obama signatures in Saint Joe County were forged, enough to drop him below the threshold.

    Obama narrowly lost the primary to then-Senator Hillary Clinton, picking up 34 Indiana delegates. Even without those delegates, he would have had enough to win the nomination.

    But state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb contends Obama wouldn’t have won Indiana if he hadn’t poured time and money into the primary battle. And he says it’s possible Obama’s coattails could have affected races further down the ballot.

    Republicans swept state offices in 2008, but Democrats gained one Indiana House seat for a 52-48 majority. Democrats won three seats by fewer than 500 votes each

    Holcomb says he’s mailed a promised four-page letter to federal prosecutors in northern Indiana, calling for an investigation. He says the evidence suggests possible felony charges of election fraud or forgery.

    In a written statement, state Democratic chairman Dan Parker echoes the call for an investigation, calling the apparent forgeries an “isolated incident” and saying the person responsible should be held accountable.

    The reports by Howey and the Tribune indicate suspicious signatures on Clinton’s petitions as well, but Holcomb’s letter notes that only in passing. Holcomb says the Obama signatures are more problematic because Clinton had more margin for error, turning in 704 signatures in the district.

    It’s unclear whether enough signatures are in question to have knocked both candidates off the ballot.

    Obama campaign officials say they could have easily made up any gap in signatures if the county election board had told them they were short.

    In 2008, a Democratic blogger filed a challenge to eventual Republican nominee John McCain’s signatures, contending he was a handful short in the Fourth District. Republicans said their count showed McCain with enough, and the election commission unanimously ruled in their favor.

    http://www.wibc.com/news/Story.aspx?ID=1555625

  68. “Obama campaign officials say they could have easily made up any gap in signatures if the county election board had told them they were short.”
    ___________________

    David Axelrod- countering with the Blame Game!

  69. Transparent my ass…….

    Obama administration appeals ruling on White House visitor logs

    The Obama administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell’s August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.

    The decision to appeal the ruling to the D.C. Circuit would appear to be in tension with Obama’s repeated pledges to operate the most transparent administration in history. The White House announced in Sept. 2009 that it was voluntarily releasing the names of most White House visitors from Sept. 15 forward. However, the conservative group Judicial Watch sought information on visits before that date.

    The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush.

    Howell did not rule that every White House visit had to be disclosed. However, she concluded that all the data had to be made public unless the government asserted a specific exemption from FOIA, such as provisions protecting national security and privacy.

    There was no immediate comment on the appeal from the White House or the Justice Department.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/1011/Obama_administration_appeals_ruling_on_White_House_visitor_logs.html

    ………………….

    What they scared off then?

  70. More from Breitbart’s discovery of the email trail leading to OWS.
    Anyone who believes this is an authentic grass roots American movement, well, there’s this bridge in NYC . . . .

    Even LSM has grudgingly begun to report on the Adbusters/Canada connection.

    Per the 8800+ pages of emails (3900+ emails), the Occupy movement has been in the works for some time. Its leaders apparently intend for it to broaden out and intertwine with the Days of Rage global initiative, which is set to begin on Saturday, October 15th. They also intend the demonstrations to continue indefinitely, as suggested in the following email, dated Monday, October 10:
    ******************************************************************
    The true purpose of the Occupy movement appears to be further economic and governmental destabilization, at a time when the world is already facing major financial and political challenges. By embracing the Occupy movement, President Barack Obama, the Democrat Party, and their union allies may be supporting an effort to harm both the domestic and global economies; to create social unrest throughout the democratic world; and to embrace other radical causes, including the anti-Israel movement. Ironically, the emails suggest that the President and the Democrat Party may soon find their friends in the Occupy movement to be a political burden. The email below calls for the Occupy movement to begin “executing higher-risk actions, civil disobedience and arrests,” and suggests: “We must draw a line, disavow the Democrats explicitly, make our messaging a little uncomfortable.”

  71. So now it has come to this – Blame The Jews. Why do they get blamed for everything?

    In the 6-minute video, the man is seen standing in Zuccotti Park ranting against Israel and Jews while holding a sign reading “Hitler’s Bankers”.

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/12/wall-street-protester-proclaims-the-jews-control-wall-st-in-zuccotti-park-rant/

    What I find strange is the “Hitler’s Bankers” sign. How does that fit in with his rant about Jews controlling Wall street? It’s either one or the other. It can’t be both!

    This 6 minute actor needs to rewrite his script!

  72. How does that fit in with his rant about Jews controlling Wall street?

    ===================

    Because either he’s a nut, or someone has hired him to say nutty things to discredit OWS.

    And the video is getting attention because he’s a nut.

    Someone in an Uncle Sam costume should attack him. 😉

  73. “We must draw a line, disavow the Democrats explicitly, make our messaging a little uncomfortable.”

    ===================

    In this movement that was planned by Obama for Obama….

    Or maybe it wasn’t?

  74. He told them, instead, to go to hear the speech dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, and whenever Bush said something in defense of the Vietnam War, they should cheer and wave placards reading, ‘The KKK supports Bush.’

    =================

    And, updating the idea, go to a Tea Party site posing as raaacists — and to an OWS site posing as anti-Semites.

  75. WH refuses to hand over ALL documents on Solyndra.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/14/source-white-house-will-not-turn-over-all-solyndra-documents/

    On Solyndra: President’s Blackberry Off Limits

    Washington (CNN) – Congress isn’t getting a glimpse of what’s on President Barack Obama’s Blackberry – or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.

    House Republicans investigating the loan controversy had requested all internal White House documents about the issue. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns said that includes emails on the President’s Blackberry.

    On Friday the White House Counsel sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee explaining they won’t comply with the request because it “implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”

    The response is hardly a surprise given past administrations’ refusal to comply with similar congressional requests. The difference here? President Obama is the first Chief Executive to carry a Blackberry, so it’s the first time a White House counsel has – even indirectly – turned down an attempt to peek at his email. Neither the Blackberry nor his personal email is explicitly mentioned in the letter.

    On October 5, Republican Chairmen Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns requested “all communications among White House staff and officials related to the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra” because they believed “the White House was closely involved in the monitoring of the Solyndra loan guarantee after it was issued.”

    They said these documents are necessary “to better understand the involvement of the White house in the review of the Solyndra loan guarantee and the Administration’s support of this guarantee.’

    In her letter Friday, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said, “the three federal agencies most directly involved in the Solyndra loan guarantee, the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury, are all cooperating with the Committee’s investigation into the Solyndra loan guarantee.”

    Together she says the three agencies have turned over 70,000 pages of documents and are continuing to do so “on a rolling basis.” The letter states the White House has turned over another 900 pages related to communications between the White House and Solyndra, its representatives and investors. She offers to cooperate further with the investigators.

    CNN has attempted to reach the Chairs of the Energy and Commerce Committee for comment. Expect some kind of political fallout.

    Solyndra is a California solar panel manufacturer that had received $535 million in federal loan guarantees before it was forced to halt operations and file for bankruptcy at the end of August, putting more than 1,000 workers out of work.

    Before its failure, the company had been touted as an example of the benefits of creating green jobs by the Obama administration. But since then, it has become the center of congressional criticism and a probe by the FBI.

    Brian Harrison, the CEO of Solyndra, resigned Wednesday amidst the scandal.

    ………………….

    bald face cheek.

  76. OWS has been discredited- Suggest you read worthwhile reports aside from private blog opinions to educate yourself on what is real and what are emotional fabrications.

  77. Sorry to waste bandwidth on something obvious, but “emotional fabrication” describes statements like “They are all trust fund babies” or “They are all living in their parents basement” etc.

    I post facts, figures, links to statistics or polls, or images.

  78. I can’t find Hillary’s “economic speech” anywhere today…sure thought someone would post it here…but I don’t see it…oops!

  79. Hillary Hits the Mark

    Oct 14, 2011

    Buried in a dull speech Friday, the secretary of State gave D.C. a major reality check: in today’s world, economic power matters more than military might, says Leslie H. Gelb.

    In a long speech drowning in State Departmentese that will not garner the attention it deserves, Hillary Clinton said something of surpassing importance on Friday—in today’s world, economic power counts more than military punch. That point has been obvious to most leaders around the world for 20 years now, since the end of the Cold War. But it has not registered in Washington. There, in the home of the non sequitur, the inaccurate fact, the seven-second “truth bite,” and the economics-challenged, the talk is all about how much will be cut from the precious Pentagon budget over the next 10 years.

    That budget is all the Washington political and media elite know about. For legislators, it’s their political honey pot. For foreign-policy experts, it’s their way to show their toughness. For media, the planes and tanks are visual lollipops.

    But in the 21st century, money talks louder than the size of one’s military budget. So as not to offend anyone in Washington, Hillary’s speech on Friday to the Economic Club of New York did not rhetorically nail this point down. Indeed, she almost buried the applause line in diplo-speak: “Today, our foreign and economic relations remain indivisible. Only now, our great challenge is not deterring any single military foe, but advancing our global leadership at a time when power is more often measured and exercised in economic terms.”

    But let’s hammer her great point to the masthead. Today, the United States is the sole global military power, and yet our influence is waning. Why? Because our economy is declining. Today, China is the first global power in history not to be a global military power. Its military might is pretty much restricted to its borders; its money travels everywhere. Today, Brazil, India, and Turkey top the list of emerging powers. Why? Not because any of them is a regional military superpower, but because all now carry market weight. Hillary put it this way: “And everywhere I travel, I see countries gaining influence less because of the size of their armies than because of the growth of their economies.”

    The secretary tries to help the Washington uncaring comprehend the vast array of economic connections between America and the world—on which rise or fall America’s prospects, standard of living, and international power—trade, investment, currency exchange rates, the role of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, aid, technology transfers, the roles of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, the sale or withholding of natural resources, the debt and banking crises in America and Europe, and on and on. In those transactions and in those venues, the fates of nations and people are being sealed. Hillary still needs to do more to tie the pieces together and show the connections to American power.

    She’s right. Everything comes down to the strength and vibrancy of the U.S. economy—the fate of American democracy and, yes, U.S. military punch itself.

    China possesses global power today because of the dynamism of its economy. It is systematically buying up resources—copper, oil, and the like, from around the globe. Businesses must have access to the expanding China market. Countries seek Chinese investment, and Beijing has well over $1 trillion to invest. China can help or harm other nations without firing a shot, just by passing its money around, or not. Nations around the world already see China as the future No. 1 economic power, even though it still lags behind the U.S. substantially in most categories. It’s the perception of them going up and us going down. And upon such perceptions, power is based.

    Here’s how Hillary puts this essential punch line: “A strong economy has been a quiet pillar of American power in the world. It gives us the leverage we need to exert influence and advance our interests. It gives other countries confidence in our leadership and a greater stake in partnering with us.” She’s right. Everything comes down to the strength and vibrancy of the U.S. economy—the fate of American democracy and, yes, U.S. military punch itself. The main reason Washington has to cut defense spending is that it can’t begin to afford $750 billion yearly in military expenditures anymore.

    This should compel every last foreign-policy expert and political leader to face the new 21st-century reality—that gross domestic product matters more than military might. And as Hillary has been trying to do for some time now, we have to rethink and center U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy on economics. Sure, we have to remain first and above all others in military power, but the main business of international affairs will be conducted on this new and complicated economic plane. Secretary of State Clinton is to be congratulated for pointing the Washington blind to where they must walk to protect and advance U.S. interests.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/10/14/hillary-clinton-speech-to-economic-club-of-new-york-a-brilliant-moment.html

  80. “On Friday the White House Counsel sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee explaining they won’t comply with the request because it “implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”

    ———————

    Bull!

  81. Mrs. Smith
    October 14th, 2011 at 9:03 pm
    OWS has been discredited- Suggest you read worthwhile reports aside from private blog opinions to educate yourself on what is real and what are emotional fabrications.

    ————–
    Amen!

  82. I just do not understand obsessing over how much one person makes compared to another. I just don’t. Class envy leaves me cold. I have never spent my life comparing my situation to others and fuming about how they have it better than me.

    I understand being angry at the bailouts, or not wanting the banks and the govt in bed together, with some getting special treatment. I understand wanting more jobs in this country – which only the private sector is going to be able to provide. But this bullshit of acting like it’s a bad and evil thing for someone to be rich is just that – bullshit.

    It is not “unfair” to have disparate incomes. It’s just not. There is a lot of unfairness that needs to be addressed in this country. A lot of lawbreaking and corruption. Fine, yell about that. I do. But using that as merely a jumping-off-point to start screaming about forced income redistribution in the interest of “fairness” is the WRONG solution to a misidentified problem.

  83. HillaryforTexas
    October 14th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Gee, this is what, the 4th or 5th video that pops up with anti-semitic crap from OWS?

    ——————————–

    It doesn’t take much to bring out the crazies and the worst in people.

  84. So I get a point of someone else’s opinion on Hillary’s speech….where’s the whole thing? I like to make my own opinion.

    My guess the media is still stopping anything she says….

    Obama can’t be outdone….I did notice the “dailybeast” says the speech that droned on and on….I think Obama’s and many rethugs speeches do…I love Hillary’s speeches in 07′ why are bad now?

  85. It doesn’t take much to bring out the crazies and the worst in people.

    ====================

    A newsworthy crowd with NO microphone or megaphone, such that any crazy can shout and appear to be part of the Tea Party, er, the group.

  86. Obama accusing opponents of ‘raaacism’ was bad — but accusing opponents of anti-Semitism is much worse.

    http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/exploiting_anti-semitism_to_destroy_occupy_wall_street_20111014/#When:18:34:24Z

    An ugly old tradition is back: exploiting anti-Semitism to break the backs of popular movements that threaten the power of the wealthiest 1 percent of our population. It is being used to undermine the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has conservatives in a state of near panic.
    [….]
    Because utilizing anti-Semitism directly would not succeed in this country today, the reactionary defenders of the economic status quo are using the flip side of the coin: the fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. They are accusing Occupy Wall Street of anti-Semitism, relying on the old myth that Wall Street is Jewish and hence that opposition to Wall Street’s agenda is just opposition to Jews.

    Not surprisingly, the first right-wing commentator to use this formulation in the Obama era was Rush Limbaugh. In 2010, Limbaugh told his radio audience that Jews might be having “buyer’s remorse” about having voted for President Barack Obama because “[h]e’s assaulting bankers. He’s assaulting money people. And a lot of those people on Wall Street are Jewish.”

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned those remarks, labeling them a “new low” for Limbaugh. ADL National Director Abe Foxman explained that Limbaugh’s references to “Jews and money” were “offensive and inappropriate.”
    [….]
    And now the “age-old stereotype” is back, flipped on its head by right-wingers who seek to discredit Occupy Wall Street by accusing it of anti-Semitism [….]

  87. I’m laughing my ass off at those struggling so hard to make equivalencies between the teaparties and the OWS.

    I mean, really. I’ve closely watched both, and there is just no comparison as to the sheer number of crazies, actual radicals, the attitudes, the peacefulness, the respectfulness shown in not trashing their protest areas, the clarity in communication, the prevalence of rude, boorish behavior, the deliberate provoking of police, etc.

    All of that has nothing to do with their message, BTW. It’s just an observation as to the character and behavior of those participating. Who would I rather have as a neighbor, or as an employee? Your average teapartier or your average occupier? Easy answer.

  88. And BTW, I keep hearing that “there were a few racists at the teaparties too….”, yet no one has yet to produce any video showing them.

    Please find one. Find me some videos of racists at the teaparties spouting racist crap. Because I’ve posted several of the anti-semites, communists, and anarchists at OWS.

  89. Heh. If I were near an Occupy site, I’d be tempted to go and stand up and rant that Bacon wrote Shakespeare — and see how many videos claimed that was an OWS position.

    Pretty easy to appear ‘one of the group’ when NOBODY has a microphone.

  90. The huge email dump by Breitbart (being cloudsourced now) is already yielding some interesting facts.

    Like the whole “stacked assembly” thing was not some organic idea, but was a planned structure by professional activists. Like the organizers commenting to each other how many hard-core activists and leaders there actually were behind the scenes, which is why this thing was going to be great. Like actual concerted efforts to get some black faces in there for photo ops. Like sending out instructions to push people of color and women to the front in any clashes with police.

    Oh, those emails are going to be a treasure trove.

  91. We’re in this for the long haul. There are no “solutions” that can be presented quickly to make us go away. And so there will be moments where our presence is no longer an uncomfortable and unknown variable, but rather is normalized and integrated. It’s in those moments that we have to push the envelop [sic], pry open the space of possibility even farther. We go as far as we can to destabalize [sic], but maintain momentum. And when that’s the new “normal” then we go farther. That’s how change happens, how we shift the terrain and the terms of the game.
    – Email in “Occupy” archive, “Re: Can OWS be turned into a Democratic Party Movement?”; Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Oh, yeah, there are no determined activists behind the OWS movement. It’s all just everyday citizens who happened to come together……

    What’s their goal?

  92. There are no “solutions” that can be presented quickly to make us go away.

    ======================

    Not sure of the larger context here, but I do think they’re right not to get pinned down to particular ‘bandaids’, even something as important as de-personalizing corporations (if that were possible). Don’t go away just because Congress throws you a bone LABELLED ‘UHC’ or ‘Lily Ledbetter’ or whatever.

    Keep up the pressure till the actual facts change: till there’s Hillary’s HOLC and people are back in their homes, till students are really free of debt, etc. And till voters on both sides are so familiar with these issues, and so much on the watchout, that the abuses can’t sneak back in.

  93. Let’s say that corporations were “de-personalized” tomorrow. Yay! Got your wish!

    You do realize that any and all lawsuits against any corporation would immediately cease and become impossible? That no one, anywhere, would have standing to sue a corporation? That in order to sue, you’d have to sue every individual stockholder? Which is why the idea of corporate “personhood” was put in place to start with – not as an evil plot, but to give them a single “identity”, and thus force some accountability in the courts for their wrong actions?

    People really ought to look into a) the reasons why a thing was imposed, and b) the results of rescinding it, before they spout off about ending it.

  94. That in order to sue, you’d have to sue every individual stockholder?

    =================

    Hey, that might have some good effects. No more ‘limited liability companies.’ Enron stockholders wouldn’t just lose their investment, they could lose their own luxuries.

    Responsibility, corporations have consequences….

    Might be practical with computers.

    Do you REALLY think corporate law was established to protect anyone other than the executives/large stockholders? Look up “limited liability company.”

    I’m going to bed.

  95. No, I don’t think that. But I do think that one has to look at both the benefits and the downside of legal corporate structure before going off half-cocked to tear it all down.

  96. I understand limited liability, thanks. I’ve been a partner in a couple of them. Who are the evil stockholders you say are being so evilly and unjustly protected? You do realize that MOST stock in corporations is held by normal everyday people in things called 401K’s, pension plans, and retirement accounts?

    Pardon me if I don’t want my retirement savings wiped out because the CEO of a company decided to do something bad, that I had no say over whatsoever. Some of those laws protect ME. Some likely need some adjustment.

    Try THINKING. Preferably in something other than happy/angry slogans.

  97. Re: Mrs. Smith 5:32 pm
    —————
    From PUMAPAC FECK Team, This just out:

    The 2nd Quarterly FEC Reports are available.
    BO is racking in the bucks snip And “naughty” Hillary has still not paid her debt and closed her campaign fund:
    About two thirds of BO’s bucks are listed as Unitemized again. There do not appear to be any in the 2012 Q1 report, but the Q2 report shows: $21,654,739.64 (with a total of $33,247,657.35 in individual contributions).
    BO Unitemized donations, 3rd Quarter: $19,625,386.40
    Total: $32,162,458.28
    http://pumapac.org/forums/feck-obama-team/comment-page-4/#comment-479163

  98. Email from Richard Mourdock, Republican primarying US Senator from Indiana Dick Lugar:

    Until yesterday, Senator Dick Lugar served on the board of the Roosevelt Institute, an organization dedicated to supporting the “progressive values” of the architect of big government, President Franklin Roosevelt. Board members of the Roosevelt Institute include prominent liberals like John Podesta – Clinton’s Chief of Staff, Jim Dean – Howard Dean’s brother, several liberal Congressmen, and a who’s who of liberal D.C. organizations. Lugar’s presence on this organization’s board unmasks him as a willing participant and supporter of big government. In an exasperated article on Townhall.com, John Ransom writes, “Lugar’s part of the problem in the GOP.” If you’re offended that Indiana’s senior Republican Senator saw nothing wrong with this organization, [dontate].

    Faced with a dozen articles asking the question “Why did Lugar join an Occupy Wall Street Support Group?,” Lugar promptly resigned from the Roosevelt Institute. Recent articles published on the Roosevelt Institute’s website include “Occupy Wall Street: Not Anarchy, But Beautiful Sincerity,” and “Occupy Wall Street Emerges as ‘First Populist Movement’ on the Left Since the 1930s.” Pressure forced Senator Lugar to resign, but there Is still no answer from Lugar on why he joined the group to begin with?

    It’s time Republicans got serious about sticking to conservative principles.

  99. HillaryforTexas
    October 14th, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    I just do not understand obsessing over how much one person makes compared to another. I just don’t. Class envy leaves me cold. I have never spent my life comparing my situation to others and fuming about how they have it better than me.
    ______________________

    Thank you for saying that. I do so agree!

    I don’t even know what my friends, neighbors, or other people make. I consider it none of my business!

    I’m not a doctor and I don’t really know what makes the difference in people, but I am very glad that – although I have many faults – envy is not one of them. It must be terrible to go through life resenting what others have. It can not make for a very happy person.

  100. Not too long ago I reported here that long term care insurance for seniors was disappearing. I’d received a mailer from my pension provider saying so. Now AP is also saying so:

    Health overhaul law suffers first major casualty
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s signature health overhaul law, under relentless assault by Republicans, has suffered its first major casualty – a long-term care insurance plan. The program, expected to launch in 2012, had been dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency. Proponents, including many groups that fought to pass the health care law, have vowed a vigorous effort to rescue the program, insisting that Congress gave the administration broad authority to make changes. Long-term care includes not only nursing homes, but such services as home health aides for disabled people.

    “This is a victory for the American taxpayer and future generations,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate. “The administration is finally admitting (the long-term care plan) is unsustainable and cannot be implemented.”
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LONG_TERM_CARE_PROGRAM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-10-14-15-24-47

  101. I don’t want my retirement savings wiped out because the CEO of a company decided to do something bad, that I had no say over whatsoever.

    ====================

    It’s your responsibility to invest your money where you DO have a say. Or, to invest it in a company whose CEO’s have a record of doing good things, instead of bad things.

    Don’t invest in Exxon, Enron, BP. Find clean, harmless businesses to invest in. YOur limited liability means you can cause unlimited harm to, for example, the Gulf fishermen.

  102. No, I don’t think that.

    ===============

    Fine. Let’s not waste bandwidth on qualifiers and disclaimers. I know you don’t mean anything ridiculous, and you know I’m not “going off half-cocked to tear it all down.”

    In a casual blog post, everybody uses over-simplifications all the time. 😉 When something would really be impossible, don’t pretend to take it literally.

  103. “Full of yourself much????”

    Come on, Jan, we all know the answer to that! 😉

    BTW, San Francisco “protesters” getting paid $11.44 an hour.

  104. Leanora October 13th, 2011 at 7:24 pm:

    “I hope the NWO is unraveling. And I hope I am still around to see its final curtain.”
    ************

    Excuse me, but this statement makes no sense. What are you pining for, exactly? Some Old World Order? The world gone to pot and utter chaos? Death all around?

  105. democrat1
    October 13th, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    Big Dawg on OWS

    “I think that, on balance, this can be a positive thing, but they’re going to have to transfer their energies at some point to making some specific suggestions or bringing in people who know more to try to put the country back to work,” he said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/65846.html#ixzz1ahmozxJ9
    *******************************
    Gee, maybe Bill doesn’t realize how evil these protestors are and how their ultimate goal is to bring down this country. I’d take the word of Andrew Breitbars over BC’s anyday of the week to expose OWS’s darker purposes, right?.
    How about we get some perspective on here and stop with the fear mongering and over the top rhetoric?

  106. The Sierra Club now involved in OWS:

    Here is an e-mail received from a friend this am:

    Dear xxxx,

    Sierra Club National has officially endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the executive committee of the xxx Chapter stands in solidarity with the local affiliate, Occupy Providence.

    Here is Occupy Providence public statement of intent:

    Dear People of RI,

    We the people of the Occupy Providence movement respectfully convey our intent to gather in Burnside Park on Saturday, October 15th at 5:00 pm and remain there for howsoever long it takes to build a society by, for, and of the people. Occupy Providence is a completely non-violent movement that seeks to give voice to the 99% of Rhode Islanders who have been disenfranchised as the economy and governance of our country has been increasingly ceded to powerful corporate interests.

    The “occupation” of Burnside Park is an act of free speech which we feel compelled to resort to in order to have our voices heard. Occupy Providence will act with all due respect for the people and the property of the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island, and we intend to leave Burnside Park in better condition than we found it. Occupy Providence is inclusive for all people and families of all ages: drugs, alcohol, discrimination, harassment, and violent behavior are NOT WELCOME.

    We welcome your support in our efforts to come to a consensus on how best to challenge corporate greed, which places profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality.

    Sincerely,
    Occupy Providence

    I hope to see you there tomorrow, but if you can’t make it on day one, be sure to drop in at some point during the occupation. In the meantime, you can still further the cause of economic and social justice by sending a letter to your local leaders telling them to preserve public transportation. Thanks.

    Respectfully,
    Abel Collins
    Program Manager, Sierra Club
    ___________________________

    Here’s an image of the Occupiers in ROME from msnbc:

    http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/g-111015-cvr-rome2-7a.grid-8×2.jpg

  107. Obama plans to turn anti-Wall Street anger on Mitt Romney, Republicans

    (…and ALL the supporters of this abomination are FOOLS and DUPES repeating the same mistakes they did when they voted for Obama in 08′)

    By Peter Wallsten, October 14

    President Obama and his team have decided to turn public anger at Wall Street into a central tenet of their reelection strategy.

    The move comes as the Occupy Wall Street protests gain momentum across the country and as polls show deep public distrust of the nation’s major financial institutions.

    And it sets up what strategists see as a potent line of attack against Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, a former investment executive whom Obama aides plan to portray as a wealthy Wall Street sympathizer.

    Many Democrats consider Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, the greatest threat to Obama when it comes to wooing centrist independents next year, and Romney this week has begun to present himself as a champion of middle-income Americans.

    Obama aides point to recent surveys that show anger at Wall Street spanning ideologies, including a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which 68 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans say they have unfavorable impressions of the big financial institutions.

    But the strategy of channeling anti-Wall Street anger carries risks. Many of Obama’s senior advisers have ties to the financial industry — a point that makes Occupy protesters wary of the president and his party.

    In recent days, Obama has ramped up his rhetoric. He took the unusual step of targeting an individual company when he attacked Bank of America for its new $5 monthly debit-card fee, calling it “exactly the sort of stuff that folks are frustrated by.” And his campaign and the White House have distributed messages blasting GOP candidates and lawmakers for wanting to repeal Wall Street regulations pushed by Obama and opposing the confirmation of a leader for the consumer protection bureau created as part of the overhaul.

    “We intend to make it one of the central elements of the campaign next year,” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said in an interview. “One of the main elements of the contrast will be that the president passed Wall Street reform and our opponent and the other party want to repeal it.”

    “I’m pretty confident 12 months from now, as people make the decision about who to go vote for, the gut check is going to be about, ‘Who would make decisions more about helping my life than Wall Street?’ ” Plouffe added.

    GOP stance

    Romney, no doubt anticipating the White House’s new attack line, sought to show solidarity with the demonstrators during this week’s GOP candidates debate.

    “The reason you’re seeing protests . . . is middle-income Americans are having a hard time making ends meet,” he said.

    GOP leaders say the Wall Street law is government overreach, and Romney’s economic plan calls for replacing it with a “streamlined regulatory framework.”

    Obama has tried this line of attack before, railing in 2009 against “fat-cat bankers” who he accused of taking excessive bonuses in the wake of the financial meltdown. But after complaints from Democrats on Wall Street and business leaders, the president has spent much of the past year courting companies — even hiring a new chief of staff, William Daley, from the banking industry.

    And many on the left have attacked Obama and his administration for its ties to Wall Street, arguing that the financial regulatory overhaul fell far short of an industry makeover that many critics believed necessary.

    Much of his top economic team has roots in the financial services industry, and in recent months Daley and top campaign aides have devoted much of their time improving the relationship with big-dollar donors on Wall Street.

    That relationship helps explain the brewing tensions between Democratic officials and the Occupy Wall Street protests. The growing movement is adding new energy to a disaffected left that the party has been trying to excite — but it is largely separate from traditional party institutions.

    “The fact that Obama has been so close to Wall Street makes this tough going for him,” said Van Jones, a longtime liberal organizer and former Obama aide.

    Tea party echoes

    The situation mirrors the choice Republican Party officials confronted in 2009 as the tea party movement found its footing and began challenging establishment figures in the GOP hierarchy. Over time, a series of establishment groups such as Freedom­Works began coordinating with the activists, and the tea party insurgency began to more closely resemble the energized GOP base.

    Liberal activists, though, see the Occupy groups as a potentially more unwieldy phenomenon resistant to traditional politics and resentful of the Democratic Party’s reliance on corporate money.

    That distrust was evident at an Atlanta demonstration last week, when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a legendary protester in his own right, was denied the chance to speak. A video of the incident, in which Lewis looks on uncomfortably as activists rise to debate whether allowing a congressman to speak violates the spirit of the protest, became an Internet sensation.

    Other disputes have been raging online and in person at demonstration sites across the country. At Occupy D.C., the McPherson Square encampment inspired by Occupy Wall Street, a shouting match erupted this week when a woman describing herself as a longtime Democratic campaign worker encouraged the young protesters to express their concerns by voting, only to be told that voting was not enough.

    An Obama strategist from Florida, Steve Schale, posted on his Facebook page that “clamoring for change is hollow unless you vote.” He linked to an image from the liberal Think Progress blog calling on activists to “Occupy the Polls.”

    A former Obama volunteer from central Florida, Madison Paige, retorted on Schale’s page that voting alone could not fix the system, saying, “We have to be willing to do the hardest work — and that means taking a look in the mirror when necessary.”

    How demonstrators channel their activism could depend on what they see and hear from Obama in the coming months — meaning the protests present opportunities and perils for the president as he starts to strike a more populist tone on the campaign trail.

    “It’s not a danger — if [Obama] handles it properly,” said Steve Hildebrand, an architect of Obama’s 2008 grass-roots organization who is not affiliated with the reelection effort. “I would encourage him to carefully listen to the people who are passionately protesting Wall Street, big corporations and CEO pay.”

    Obama and his aides have been cautious in discussing the demonstrations. The president said last week that the protesters were “giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.”

    But Obama also defended his support for bailing out distressed banks after the 2008 financial crisis, saying he “used up a lot of political capital, and I’ve got the dings and bruises to prove it, in order to make sure that we prevented a financial meltdown and that banks stayed afloat.”

    Obama and his campaign are now ramping up efforts to portray the Wall Street overhaul he signed last year as a key rallying point. A campaign e-mail sent last week — as the demonstrations gained momentum — urged supporters to pressure the Senate to confirm former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created as part of the law.

    “The goal of this campaign — and this President — is to make sure people who work hard and play by the rules get a fair shake, whether that means being able to get a loan to buy a house and send your kid to college, or not having to go bankrupt when you get sick,” the e-mail said.

    Polls suggest that pressing such issues and going after the banks could be a winner, both with liberals and centrists. But it could also become uncomfortable next year — particularly if Obama continues to single out institutions such as Bank of America.

    His party will hold its convention next year in Charlotte, a major banking city known nationally as the firm’s corporate home town.

    Polling analyst Scott Clement contributed to this report.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-plans-to-turn-anti-wall-street-anger-on-mitt-romney-republicans/2011/10/14/gIQAZfiwkL_print.html

  108. FWIW- I think the OWS escalated their plans as a slap to the Clintons enjoying themselves so much.

    The Clintons are celebrating something every other week. Bill’s Birthday this weekend, the 10yr Anniversary of the Clinton Foundation, the celebration of his announcement of his presidency, the opening of the foot bridge in Arkansas. President Clinton’s new book coming out November 8, 2011, at Amazon,”Back to Work.”… heh- I’m sure Obama isn’t liking all the attention going to Bill and Hillary instead of media focusing on himself and what he has to say-

    Bill Clinton has been in the news just about every day for the last 2 months. Talking about politics, talking about his Foundation. And I think, the Narcissist in Chief is a little jealous the Clintons are stealing the spotlight appearing to be the Go To guy for solving Americas problems.

    I mean, jeeze, If Bill can help put people back to work, whats wrong with that, really- Wouldn’t he be doing Obama a favor turning the economy around and getting the country back on the upswing? I should think M/M Obama would be grateful for all the help and free advise they can get seeing Obama’s poll numbers are circling the rim.

  109. That distrust was evident at an Atlanta demonstration last week, when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a legendary protester in his own right, was denied the chance to speak. A video of the incident, in which Lewis looks on uncomfortably as activists rise to debate whether allowing a congressman to speak violates the spirit of the protest, became an Internet sensation.

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    Oh, so THAT’s why they didn’t want him to speak. They had a thing about Congressmen in general. Even Democratic Congressmen. Even Black Congressmen.

    And because they treated him like any other Congressman — they’re raaaacist!

  110. “I hope the NWO is unraveling. And I hope I am still around to see its final curtain.”
    ************

    Excuse me, but this statement makes no sense. What are you pining for, exactly? Some Old World Order?

    ====================

    WWIII?

  111. San Francisco “protesters” getting paid $11.44 an hour.

    ====================

    Then there’s no real unemployment?

  112. The posters who have been following this movement closely from both aspects simultaneously knew early on the OWS Protest was a creation of Obama’s consorts tied to subversive activities under cover of AD-Busters.

    It seems that some commentators post here fail to read the title posts written by admin over the last week or so designating the OWS Protest as a tool for use by the Obama campaign to further his goals of degrading our country while running for a second term/.

    Ulsterman is in full agreement with admin and the few of us here who can see the trees for the forest knowing this OWS Protest is a bad thing for the people of our country. Where Obama is using the good faith and the suffering of our citizens as a pretext to have as many boots on the ground as possible, who in the end, will support his re-election. As people realize they have been used, the provocateurs will replace them and this protest will be a re-run of the violence we saw in the UK coming to a deadly end…

  113. Mrs. Smith,

    I will never buy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream again after seeing the pic of his fool mug serving ice cream to the Zuchhini Park crew. Also, I see the violence against police offices as shown in the Daily Mail pix has gotten ZERO coverage.

  114. Just goes to show ya, how many people aren’t aware of who and what is behind this protest. Hadn’t Ben and Jerry sold their ice cream business some time ago? I was really surprised to see them there…

  115. holdthemaccountable
    October 15th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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    This is when bambi thinks he will become God again. His oratory will come with halo effects…etc… He thinks this will turn everything around…oh and don’t forget the race card…

    And maybe, just maybe…the celestial choirs will appear at last…

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