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Poll: New Yorkers Support OWS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:46 am by HL

Poll: New Yorkers Support OWS
Anti-Wall Street protests have won broad support among New York City voters, who would overwhelmingly favor tougher regulations on the financial industry, new poll results showed on Monday. Sixty-seven percent of those who responded to a Quinnipiac University survey said they agreed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are upset that banks were allowed to earn huge profits after being bailed out during the recession, while average Americans remained under financial strain.



Late, Late Night FDL: Walk Tall

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Walk Tall
John Mellencamp – Walk Tall

John Mellencamp – Walk Tall (Lyrics)

Walk Tall, ya’ll…!

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Sure, you’d think the 99 percent would be get a little higher support, but there’s a lot of conservatives self-loathing out there. In any case, it could be a lot worse, it is among the most popular political movements in the country, unlike the least popular, tea partiers

The few, the proud, the one-percent.

No wonder the remaining 99% are so popular.

By a 67 – 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 – 10 percent that it is “okay that they are protesting,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 – 11 percent and independent voters 58 – 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 – 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.

Sure, you’d think the 99 percent would be get a little higher support, but there’s a lot of conservatives self-loathing out there. In any case, it could be a lot worse, it is among the most popular political movements in the country, unlike the least popular, tea partiers

But child model Eric Cantor has the solution for what ills conservatives — more of the same.

The Virginia congressman, the most recent and prominent Republican whipping boy for Democrats, is heading to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about income disparity and how Republicans believe the government could help fix it, an aide said. The speech will zero in on how Washington could help a “a single working mom…a small business owner…and how we make sure the people at the top stay there,” the aide said.


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The Case You Go to Law School For

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

The Case You Go to Law School For
Meet the woman who spent 22 years working alone and without pay to set free a convicted serial killer who, in all likelihood, is innocent.

By Bill Blum

Meet the woman who spent 22 years working alone and without pay to set free a convicted serial killer who, in all likelihood, is innocent.


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WATCH: Former Carter Aide Calls For List Of Wealthy People Who Hide Their Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

WATCH: Former Carter Aide Calls For List Of Wealthy People Who Hide Their Money
Two years ago, Zbigniew Brzezinski predicted that rising unemployment rates and the growing inequality between the classes could lead to clashes in the streets. Today,…

Ted Kaufman: The Volcker Rule and Occupy Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are being characterized as to the left on the political spectrum. But there is nothing left-wing about wanting what was for many years seen as a very conservative approach to bank size and risk. I have no doubt that Glass Steagall or something very much like it will eventually once again become the law of the land. The only question is how much agony all Americans have to endure before it happens.

James Moore: Rick’s Perry Tales
Mitt Romney has not pressed Perry on this question because Romney knows that his religion is an issue for southern evangelicals and the less it is discussed the less harm is done to his campaign, which is why Perry’s surrogates will not drop the subject.

Ismael Hossein-zadeh: An Insidious Threat to the Occupy Movement
On the face of it there is nothing wrong with the Democratic Party expressing support for the protesters. In light of their actual economic policies, however, that support can be characterized only as hypocritical.


Wash. Times Ignores Employer Protection To Attack Jobs Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Wash. Times Ignores Employer Protection To Attack Jobs Act

In an October 14 editorial, The Washington Times attacked a provision of President Obama’s American Jobs Act (AJA) aimed at preventing discrimination against the unemployed, claiming it would expose employers to “frivolous lawsuits if they decide against hiring someone who has been jobless for an extended time.” But the Times failed to note that the AJA also protects employers’ right to consider “reasons underlying an individual’s status as unemployed.”

Washington Times Suggests Jobs Act Puts Employers At Risk For Not Hiring Long-Term Unemployed

Washington Times Claims Jobs Act Creates Punitive “Disincentive For Companies” To Hire Unemployed. An October 14 Washington Times editorial suggested that a provision in the AJA would expose employers to “frivolous lawsuits if they decide against hiring someone who has been jobless for an extended time.” From the editorial:

The longer a person is unemployed, the harder it is for him to find a job, as job skills erode and potential employers question whether it might be more prudent to hire someone else without big gaps in their work history.

Mr. Obama’s solution involves having the federal government declare the long-term unemployed a legally protected class. His American Jobs Act would subject businesses to frivolous lawsuits if they decide against hiring someone who has been jobless for an extended time. Doing so would serve as one more disincentive for companies to hire or hold interviews for open positions, making it even harder for the jobless to find work. [The Washington Times, 10/14/11]

But The AJA Only Prevents Discrimination Based Purely On Employment Status

AJA Prevents Discrimination “Because Of The Individual’s Status As Unemployed.” The portion of the AJA titled the “Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011” prevents hiring discrimination against an unemployed person “because of that individual’s status as unemployed.” From the American Jobs Act:

(1)  to prohibit employers and employment agencies from disqualifying an individual from employment opportunities because of that individual’s status as unemployed;

(2)  to prohibit employers and employment agencies from publishing or posting any advertisement or announcement for an employment opportunity that indicates that an individual’s status as unemployed disqualifies that individual for the opportunity; and

(3)  to eliminate the burdens imposed on commerce due to the exclusion of such individuals from employment. [American Jobs Act of 2011, 9/12/11]

The AJA Further Protects Employers’ Right To Consider Applicants’ Reasons For Unemployment

AJA: “Nothing In This Act Is Intended To Preclude An Employer Or Employment Agency From Considering An Individual’s Employment History.” The AJA protects employers’ right to “examin[e] the reasons underlying an individual’s status as unemployed.” From the American Jobs Act:

Nothing in this Act is intended to preclude an employer or employment agency from considering an individual’s employment history, or from examining the reasons underlying an individual’s status as unemployed, in assessing an individual’s ability to perform a job or in otherwise making employment decisions about that individual. Such consideration or examination may include an assessment of whether an individual’s employment in a similar or related job for a period of time reasonably proximate to the consideration of such individual for employment is job-related or consistent with business necessity. [American Jobs Act of 2011, 9/12/11, emphasis added]


Appeals Court Partially Blocks Enforcement Of Alabama Immigration Law

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Appeals Court Partially Blocks Enforcement Of Alabama Immigration Law
Updated: Oct. 14, 2:35PM A federal appeals court on Friday blocked parts of a controversial Alabama immigration law. The provisions that were enjoined — section 10 and section 28 — make it a crime for illegal immigrants to not have…

Kevin Ring: Gov’t Wants ‘Grossly Disproportionate’ Sentence In Abramoff Scandal
A legal team for Kevin Ring, the member of “Team Abramoff” who the feds want to send to prison for two months longer than Jack Abramoff himself, is arguing that he doesn’t deserve to spend four years and two months in prison for giving tickets to a former Justice Department official and two Senate staffers.


Gandhi Won and So Will the OWS Protestors

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Gandhi Won and So Will the OWS Protestors


Iowa Caucuses Set for January 3

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Iowa Caucuses Set for January 3
Iowa Republicans, instead of waiting until they know exactly what date New Hampshire will pick, voted to rein in the calendar chaos by locking in Janurary 3 as the date for the Republican caucuses, the Des Moines Register reports.

With Iowa’s date now set, a good date for New Hampshire would be January 10 — a week later. But New Hampshire’s Secretary of State has rejected that date as long as Nevada’s caucus date remains January 14.

“The ideal is to have at least a week between votes to give residents of the next state time to examine the winners, and to give the candidates the biggest bang for their victory. Anything less doesn’t give candidates, especially those who are lesser known or less monied, time to break through with their message, to raise money and to create commercials to help them capitalize on their success.”

Supercommittee Posts Big Fundraising Numbers
Lawmakers serving on the “supercommittee” charged with reducing the deficit “have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from special-interest groups, including a significant chunk from healthcare interests that want the panel to fail,” reports The Hill.

“Healthcare political action committees gave more to the deficit panel members than political action committees (PACs) representing energy, defense and agriculture interests, which could also be under the knife… Good-government watchdog groups have called on lawmakers to suspend all fundraising activity while serving on the supercommittee, but, so far, only Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has agreed to a moratorium. He raised only $25,575 in the third quarter of 2011.”

Obama’s Teleprompter Stolen
A truck used for President Obama’s bus trip in Virginia was stolen from a hotel parking lot, NBC News reports.

“Inside the vehicle were presidential seals, several podiums, $200,000 worth of audio equipment and President Obama’s see-thru teleprompter.”


Occupy Wall Street is a Movement Too Big to Fail

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Occupy Wall Street is a Movement Too Big to Fail
The movement spreading around the United States and the world is simply too big and too radical to be co-opted by political parties or establishment groups.

Bishops Are Behind the ‘Let Women Die’ Act and the Push Against Birth Control–Even As They’re Under Fire for Sex Abuse Scandals
The first bishop in the US is indicted for child sex-abuse coverup; meanwhile, his colleagues push for laws that will intrude on our sexual freedom.

20 Years After Anita Hill’s Testimony Changed Gender Relations in US Politics, Let’s Remember Her Whole Legacy
In 1991, Anita Hill made history by the simple yet terrifically courageous act of standing up to an arrogantly gender-biased political culture. But she’s done more than that.


Sanctioning Iran

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 18th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Sanctioning Iran
From reading the last couple days’ coverage of the US and international response to the Iranian assassination plot, you can get a pretty good picture of the wide gulf that often separates American domestic politics from international politics — and,…


American Pie: A Cautionary Tale About Three Sixth Grade Misfits
We were bad. Incorrigible, they said. We had curious minds, awkward bodies and awakening hearts. When we disrupted the class with our chattering and chaotic behavior, the teacher asked us to leave the room and stand in the hall…