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Robinson: Why I Love Occupy Wall Street

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:47 am by HL

Robinson: Why I Love Occupy Wall Street
Eugene Robinson: Occupy Wall Street and its kindred protests around the country are inept, incoherent and hopelessly quixotic. God, I love ’em. I can’t help but love that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called the protests “growing mobs” and complained about fellow travelers who “have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans.” This would be the same Eric Cantor who praised the Tea Party movement in its raucous, confrontational, foaming-at-the-mouth infancy as “an organic movement” that was “about the people.” The man’s hypocrisy belongs in the Smithsonian.



“How dare you be intolerant!”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

“How dare you be intolerant!”
Mitt Romney has declared. “Why can we not go back to hating the Indians Masons Irish Catholics Italians Blacks Chinese Suffragettes Evolutionists Socialists Jews Wets Communists Intellectuals Cubans India Indians the poor Mexicans Gays, hey did I mention Blacks? Muslims like the good ol’ days?” And on that last note, this looks like a good […]

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Mitt Romney has declared. “Why can we not go back to hating the Indians Masons Irish Catholics Italians Blacks Chinese Suffragettes Evolutionists Socialists Jews Wets Communists Intellectuals Cubans India Indians the poor Mexicans Gays, hey did I mention Blacks? Muslims like the good ol’ days?”

And on that last note, this looks like a good time for John Bolton (caution link has high “derp” factor) to get back in the race to demand Iran be bombed, it’s been like two months since he last demanded it.

Of course, we may have found the ultimate “new hotness” for a potential Republican dream candidate.  Literally a ‘missing link’ that is willing to deny evolutionary theory, sort of a furry Michelle Bachmann, or Rick Santorum who may well be a secret furry.

Late Late Night FDL: Another Brick In The Wall
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Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money
Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking. Ever mindful of the potential impact of the well-choreographed gesture, the elastic band of corporate antagonists has put out a call for supporters to pull their funds from big banks like BofA—which recently announced a new recession-friendly policy of charging customers a $5 monthly fee for the privilege of using their debit cards—and transfer them to the credit union or alternative financial institution of their choice. For maximum oomph, participants are encouraged to move their money and shut down their old accounts by Nov. 5. Anonymous has created a Facebook page devoted to the cause—check it out by following the link after the excerpt below. To keep up with the cause on Twitter, go here.  —KA BANK TRANSFER DAY on Facebook: WHY ARE WE BOYCOTTING? The Durbin Amendment is an add-on to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law No. 111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act allows the Federal Reserve to regulate debit card interchange fees of banks with over $10 billion in assets. Over the summer, the Fed released the final rule on the matter by limiting debit card interchange fees to a maximum of 21¢ per transaction. In response, these “major banks” have decided that beginning early 2012 any consumer with less than $20,000 in combined accounts will be charged a monthly $3-5 fee if they use their debit card at any point during the month. This is a blatant attack on the 99% that cannot & will not be tolerated. In a stand of solidarity, on November 5th we will transfer our money & close our accounts with these major banking institutions to take our business to credit unions (or local banks if a credit union isn’t available). Since #OccupyWallStreet began, these banks are donating our money (and money they’ve made with our money) to law enforcement agencies to heap abuse on our brothers & sisters. NO LONGER. Read more

Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking.

Ever mindful of the potential impact of the well-choreographed gesture, the elastic band of corporate antagonists has put out a call for supporters to pull their funds from big banks like BofA—which recently announced a new recession-friendly policy of charging customers a $5 monthly fee for the privilege of using their debit cards—and transfer them to the credit union or alternative financial institution of their choice. For maximum oomph, participants are encouraged to move their money and shut down their old accounts by Nov. 5.

Anonymous has created a Facebook page devoted to the cause—check it out by following the link after the excerpt below. To keep up with the cause on Twitter, go here.? —KA

BANK TRANSFER DAY on Facebook:

WHY ARE WE BOYCOTTING?
The Durbin Amendment is an add-on to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law No. 111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act allows the Federal Reserve to regulate debit card interchange fees of banks with over $10 billion in assets. Over the summer, the Fed released the final rule on the matter by limiting debit card interchange fees to a maximum of 21¢ per transaction. In response, these “major banks” have decided that beginning early 2012 any consumer with less than $20,000 in combined accounts will be charged a monthly $3-5 fee if they use their debit card at any point during the month. This is a blatant attack on the 99% that cannot & will not be tolerated. In a stand of solidarity, on November 5th we will transfer our money & close our accounts with these major banking institutions to take our business to credit unions (or local banks if a credit union isn’t available). Since #OccupyWallStreet began, these banks are donating our money (and money they’ve made with our money) to law enforcement agencies to heap abuse on our brothers & sisters. NO LONGER.

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Michael J. Hunt: ‘Mom, Dad: I’m Undecided’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Michael J. Hunt: ‘Mom, Dad: I’m Undecided’
The Chair of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans … offers a tip to any Republican who is listening: a strong Republican candidate with a strategy to curb unemployment could sway many of the same people who voted for Barack Obama last time around.

Alan Schroeder: Debate at Dartmouth: Jobs, Economics and the GOP
Rick Perry needed a big night and he didn’t have one. Cain needed to push his message beyond the 9-9-9 plan but he couldn’t do it. Romney needed to maintain the status quo — that he managed, and then some.

Christie Lashes Out At Perry Over Controversial Comments
Hours after endorsing Mitt Romney as the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came out firing against one of his key opponents….


Fox Attacks “99 Percent” To Support “53 Percent”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Fox Attacks “99 Percent” To Support “53 Percent”

While Fox News continues its attack on the Occupy Wall Street protests — mocking the protesters and baselessly claiming they do not pay taxes —  they are hyping a counter movement launched by CNN contributor and conservative pundit Erick Erickson, a website called, “We are the 53 percent.”

CNN’s Erickson Launches “Counterpunch” To “We Are The 99 Percent”

CNN’S Erickson Helps Launch “We Are The 53 Percent” Counter Protest.  The Washington Post blog Wonkblog reported:

Conservative activists have created a Tumblr called “We are the 53 percent” that’s meant to be a counterpunch to the viral “We are the 99 percent” site that’s become a prominent symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Tumblr is supposed to represent the 53 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes, and its assumption is that the Wall Street protesters are part of the 46 percent of the country who don’t. “We are the 53 percent” was originally the brainchild of Erick Erickson, founder of RedState.org, who worked together with Josh Trevino, communications director for the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation, and conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson to develop the concept, according to Trevino.

The overriding message is that the protesters have failed to take personal responsibility, blaming their economic troubles on others. “Suck it up you whiners. I am the 53 percent subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain,” writes Erickson, in the Tumblr’s inaugural post. “I don’t blame Wall Street because it doesn’t matter what Wall Street or anyone else does. I am responsible for my own destiny. I will succeed or fail because of me and me ALONE,” writes another contributor, who describes himself as a Marine Corps veteran. Another irate contributor writes: “I take risks so my kids can have a better life. Not so you can sit on your [expletive] at my expense.”  [The Washington Post, Wonkblog, 10/10/11]

And While Fox Has Relentlessly Attacked And Mocked The Occupy Wall Street Protests …

Kilmeade: Protesters “Sit In Their Own Squalor All Day.” On the October 11 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed Occupy Wall Street protesters “sit in their own squalor all day.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/11/11, via Media Matters]

Bolling: Occupy Wall Street Protesters “Do Seem Like Petulant Little Children.” On the October 10 edition of Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, guest host Eric Bolling hosted syndicated columnist Star Parker to attack the Occupy Wall Street protests. Bolling introduced the segment by claiming that “they do seem like petulant little children … how about going out and trying to find a job instead?” [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 10/10/11 via Media Matters]

Crowley: Protesters Are “Useful Idiots Who Probably Haven’t Paid Much In Taxes Their Whole Life.” On the October 10 edition of Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley called the protesters “useful idiots who probably haven’t paid much in taxes their whole life, have no concept — and all they know is, ‘Oh, profit is a four-letter word, corporations and rich folks — millionaires and billionaires are evil, they need to be taxed more.’ As if they don’t pay enough.” [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 10/10/11, via Media Matters]

Doocy Quotes NY Post To Claim “Number One Reason” People Attend The Protest Is “Free Food.” On the October 11 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Gretchen Carlson claimed she “wanted to give you a flavor of some of the people who are” at the protests. Fox & Friends then showed a picture of an alleged “fugitive” who they said “needs some methadone every day.” Carlson then showed an image of a man who was allegedly teaching protesters “how to pick a set of handcuffs with a bobby pin.” Co-host Steve Doocy concluded the segment by citing a New York Post article to claim that the “number one reason people are going — you know the crowd is growing — number one reason people are going to this thing: food, there is free food for everybody.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/10/11, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Trotta On Occupy Wall Street Website: “What You Will Read Is The Ravings Of What Sounds Like The Unabomber.” On the October 8 edition of Fox News’ America’s News HQ, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta claimed, “I advise anybody who has a sense of humor left about this to go to OccupyWallStreet.com and what you will read is the ravings of what sounds like the Unabomber … it’s certainly better going down there and carrying signs than going out and hitting the pavement for a job.” [Fox News, America’s News HQ, 10/8/11, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Johnson: Wall Street Protesters Are “The Little Rascals Gone Camping Down In Downtown Manhattan.” On the October 6 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. said of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, “We basically have the Little Rascals gone camping down in downtown Manhattan.” Johnson later claimed the protesters have become the “unintentional dupes of the 2012 election.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/6/11, via Media Matters]

For more on Fox News’ attacks on the Occupy Wall Street protests, SEE HERE.

… Fox Applauds Erickson’s “Counterpunch”

Kilmeade: “Taxpayers [Are] Launching A Counter Protest, Saying … ‘We Are the 53 Percent That Actually Pay Our Taxes.’ ” During the October 11 broadcast of Fox & Friends, Kilmeade said:

KILMEADE: All right, Occupy Wall Street getting some competition. Taxpayers launching a counter protest, saying, quote, “We are the 53 percent that actually pay our taxes and the protests are costing us millions.” All true. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/11/11, via Media Matters]

Doocy: “The Message [Of The 53 Percent Site] Is The Protesters Have Failed To Take Personal Responsibility … They Say, ‘Suck It Up, You Whiners.’ “ Later during the broadcasts, the co-hosts hyped the 53 percent site. Kilmeade claimed the people posting to the 53 percent site “have jobs, and they’re trying to earn a living,” in contrast to the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who “sit in their own squalor all day.” From the broadcast:

CARLSON: In the meantime, you know how this Occupy Wall Street stuff has continued into the fourth week? Well, now some conservatives are launching a counterattack on that, and they are calling this “We are the 53 percent.” What does that mean? That means that they say that they are the 53 percent that are paying the taxes that the 47 percent who don’t pay federal income taxes — they’re the other group in America who is actually paying federal income taxes. 

DOOCY: This is the brain child of Erick Erickson who runs the RedState.com website. And the message is the protesters have failed to take personal responsibility for blaming their economic problems on other — on others. They say, “Suck it up, you whiners. I am the 53 percent subsidizing you so you can hang out on Wall Street and complain.” He’s taking aim at those people right there, holding the signs.

KILMEADE: And people also — that’s the picture that they have and that’s their daily (unclear) — and some of the people that write, I don’t have health insurance, but I don’t blame Wall Street. Stop whining, suck it up, and God bless the U.S.A.  I don’t blame Wall Street, it doesn’t matter what Wall Street or anyone else does, I’m responsible for my own destiny, is another one of the messages. And in the big picture, I think it’s interesting that they put pictures and explanations, because they have jobs, and they’re trying to earn a living. And they cannot sit in their own squalor all day. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/11/11, via Media Matters]

Kilmeade: “The 53 Percent” Are “The People Who Actually Pay Their Taxes” And “Want You To Pay Your Fair Share.” Later during the show, Kilmeade said:

KILMEADE: All right. Wall Street occupiers meet their match. The people who actually pay their taxes are on their way. They call themselves the 53 percent. And they want you to pay your fair share. I’m optimistic that will be a good segment.

During the tease, the following text was aired on-screen:

F&F OWS chyron

[Fox News, Fox & Friends, 10/11/11]


Conservative Shock Jock Reels Off Islamophobia’s Greatest Hits

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Conservative Shock Jock Reels Off Islamophobia’s Greatest Hits
Conservative shock jock Bryan Fischer whipped out his best anti-Muslim rhetoric at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday.


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American Autumn, Corporate Fall

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:40 am by HL

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Major Defeat for Obama as Jobs Bill Fails

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Major Defeat for Obama as Jobs Bill Fails
“Nothing quite illustrates the depth of Barack Obama’s weakness in Washington better than the painfully public defeat the Senate handed him Tuesday by blocking his signature American Jobs Act,” the Daily Beast reports.

“The defeat was a sharp rebuke for Obama that amounted to a vote of no confidence on the economic policies of recovery spending that he’s championed for years, namely his idea that flooding the economy with public money will jump-start the private sector. But even Obama’s fellow Democrats seem to have developed sufficient spending fatigue to put the brakes on new outlays, while the most moderate Democrats say the economy will never recover as long as the deficit continues to spiral out of control.”

Los Angeles Times: “Now, Democrats will bring up individual elements of the bill that have widespread appeal in opinion polls.”

Weighing the Victim Card on the Campaign Trail
The Hill notes that while “All presidents are insecure about their standing and worry their power will be usurped by Congress… when it comes to Obama, whether because of his race, his name or his politics, the perception that he is being treated differently from his predecessors seems to be the largely unspoken belief in the White House and among the president’s fiercest supporters.”

As a campaign issue: “It’s possible that those people inspired by hope and change in 2008 could come to his defense if they feel like Obama’s efforts, and by extension their own, were constantly undermined by a Congress that never viewed Obama as presidential… It’s also possible that if that view is embraced by the left, it could hurt Obama. The left is viewed by swing-state independents as the same crowd as the Occupy Wall Street folks, and complaints Obama is being treated differently could lead voters in Peoria to see the president as a whiner trying to misdirect anger toward his ineffective policies by claiming to be a victim.”

Quote of the Day
“I just try to get up every day and do my job, and debates are not my strong suit.”

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New Hampshire Debate: Herman Cain Defends 999 Tax Plan; Bachmann Suggests it’s From the Devil

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

New Hampshire Debate: Herman Cain Defends 999 Tax Plan; Bachmann Suggests it’s From the Devil
After the spectacle of a weekend of Mormon-bashing by anti-Romney Christian evangelicals, Bachmann lays the anti-Christ trip on the only black guy in the race.


In Romney’s World, the Sky Is Falling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

In Romney’s World, the Sky Is Falling
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