Wednesday, 9/28/11, Public Square

After more than nine months in the majority, Speaker Boehner and his Tea Party Congress still have not passed a single bill to create jobs and grow our economy. Instead, they’re fighting tooth and nail to make sure millionaires and billionaires never have to pay their fair share.

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27 responses to “Wednesday, 9/28/11, Public Square

  1. It’s coming. I understand it’s well planned, organized, and BIG!

    Stop the Machine! Create a New World!
    A Call to Action – Oct. 6, 2011 and onward

    October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

    We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

    A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.

    Forty-seven years ago, Mario Savio, an activist student at Berkeley, said, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”

    Those words have an even greater urgency today. We face ongoing wars and massive socio-economic and environmental destruction perpetrated by a corporate empire which is oppressing, occupying and exploiting the world. We are on a fast track to making the planet unlivable while the middle class and poor people of our country are undergoing the most wrenching and profound economic crisis in 80 years.

    “Stop the Machine! • Create a New World!” is a clarion call for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. We will encourage a culture of resistance—using music, art, theater and direct nonviolent action—to take control of our country and our lives. It is about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow edible natural food and live in peace.

    As Mother Jones said, “Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!”

    http://october2011.org/

    • This is what the Tea Party Movement could have been if they’d had leaders with intelligence, worthy goals and if they hadn’t sold out to the Koch brothers and corporate greed.

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

      • I have some friends who were a part of the original Tea Party. These are folks who are just as concerned and angry at how our government has been corrupted.

        But I don’t think people realize the Tea Party did sell out. Whenever you see the name Tea Party Express – that is the Koch/Dick Armey trojan horse.

  2. GOP = Gridlock, Obstructionists, Pharisees

    Politics is bad enough but when mixed with religion – it is a cancer that will eat our country alive.

  3. If this doesn’t make you stop and think, and contemplate… It really does boil down to “follow the money,” doesn’t it!?

    The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-reported

    The media’s inscrutable brush-off of the Government Accounting Office’s recently released audit of the Federal Reserve has raised many questions about the Fed’s goings-on since the financial crisis began in 2008.

    The audit of the Fed’s emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media – albeit the results are undoubtedly newsworthy. It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/traceygreenstein/2011/09/20/the-feds-16-trillion-bailouts-under-reported/?feed=rss_home

  4. Report: Florida eyes early primary, sparks chaos for GOP

    Florida reportedly is planning to move its GOP presidential primary to Jan. 31, which will spark a revolt from early states and move up the entire nominating calendar by about a month.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/09/florida-gop-primary-presidential-calendar-/1

    • I find it more than telling that Rick Perry lost his flavor of the month card in last week’s debate when he said Republicans have no heart.

      That is basically when this current cheering for Christie to jump in the race came back. But I still remember when Perry jumped in the race, he was the golden boy of the moment.

      Republicans are crowing about Christie’s inspirational speech at the Reagan Library and now Christie is the flavor of the month – that golden boy.

      But I wonder how they are going to overlook Christie’s defense of that Muslim judge and when Christie himself said that all this Sharia Law nonsense was crazy.

      Those GOP purity tests are getting harder and harder to pass….LMAO

      • Pass the popcorn. 🙂

        And with Florida mixing it up for the primary schedules, who will be ready? Would Florida pick one while each of the ‘early’ primary states chooses another and different candidate? Since none of them both passes the purity test and stands a chance of appealing to anyone but their own wingnuts, maybe each of them can win one primary state!

        I remember well when the republicans had crowned McCain late in the winter (wasn’t it March?), and we went into the summer of 2008 with Hillary and Obama each trying to secure the nomination how the republicans hooted an hollered about the democrats couldn’t even decide on a nominee thus they shouldn’t be expected to _____________ (fill in the blank with whatever negative you choose, they used them all).

        Of course if their nomination process is long it will be because they have so many qualified candidates, because they’re being careful in choosing… IOKIYAR!

      • Indecision 2012 – The Great Right Hope – The Ideal Candidate
        The Republican primary is playing out like a season of “American Idol” in reverse.

        http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-september-26-2011/indecision-2012—the-great-right-hope—the-gop-finds-another-ideal-candidate

  5. Stupid people get elected from BOTH major political parties!

    N.C. Gov. suggests suspending congressional elections

    North Carolina’s Democratic governor suggested this week that the U.S. suspend congressional elections for two years so the people’s representatives won’t have to focus on reelection while they work to solve the nation’s budget woes.

    “You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things,” Gov. Bev Perdue (D) told the Cary Rotary Club in North Carolina yesterday. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/28/n-c-gov-suggests-suspending-congressional-elections/

  6. I just saw where the big announcement from Pompeo was that Brownback endorsed him.

    Wow, I guess I can continue to breathe now that I know the state is safe.

    Heavy sarcasm///

    BTW – Pompeo has about $500,000 in his campaign fund? Why on Earth would it – or should it – take that much money to win a district in a Red State like Kansas?

    Seriously, folks, for all these Tea Party Republicans so hellbent on saving money and spending cuts – start on these damn campaigns. Just think what $500,000 could do to help put people back to work?

    But, no, we would rather spend that on red, white and blue balloons filled with all the hot air from Republicans yammering about how fiscal conservative they are .

    Yeah, I’ll believe that one if and when they ever find a proven fiscal conservative Republican!!

    • BTW – that $500,000 is what Pompeo currently has on hand – and the election is more than a year away.

      God help us all – things in this country are just totally NUTS…

    • Pray for a challenger that is worthy so Pompeo will have to spend that money here in Kansas. Better than entertaining Washington DC lobbyists, etc. with it!

      • But, but….Pompeo presented himself as a Washington outsider……doesn’t that mean he does not know any Washington DC lobbyists?

        I’ll wait until you stop laughing…….

  7. Looks like Rick Perry’s wife is defending her husband’s performance at the last debate. (which is great, because I think all wives should be proud of their husbands).

    But if she thinks she is going to turn the tide of these TeaPublicans running away from her husband simply because he told them all last week that they have no heart, I think she does not know the current TeaPublicans.

    There used to be a Republican Party that was of different political ideas but at the end of the day, these folks were cordial and even friends with their Democratic counterparts.

    But since the cancer of that Evangelical Christian religion has been mixed so heavily into the GOP , those days are gone.

    I firmly believe that the partisan politics has been made worse by the so-called religious Right. To these people, anyone who is against them are their sworn enemies and they must fight the war to the death.

    But, good luck Mrs. Perry, if you think you can educate some of these current GOPPERS, then you’re a better person than I am.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/28/8012935-in-iowa-anita-perry-defends-her-husband

    • — snip —

      Wait a minute. Not believing in God (or, more precisely, not believing in a very specific version of God) makes me a bad American? How does that even work? This country was founded on religious freedom and the explicit separation of Church and State, wasn’t it? And that’s when I became acquainted with Republican Jesus™.

      Who the hell is Republican Jesus™?

      Republican Jesus™ is very different than the Jesus you and I are familiar with. First off, he is White. Not just white, but White. Republican Jesus™ has a special place in his heart for America. Specifically, White America. Do you doubt this? Ask yourself why anyone who believes in a colorblind Jesus would even conceive of praying for the death of Obama? No, only those who follow Republican Jesus™ would even think that such a prayer could, or should, be answered. If you are currently thinking that racism has nothing to do with the unprecedented hatred of Obama, go away, I’m talking to the grownups.

      http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/01/10/republican-jesus/

  8. I ran across this in my websurfing just now and thought I would share.

    If you read through this article, the same things that these younger generations around the world are protesting sounds alot like our own country’s problems – unemployment, inequality, poliiticians only serving special interests and the list goes on.

    Maybe we older generations should join these younger generations and create that new world that was spoken to in the first post on this thread.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/world/as-scorn-for-vote-grows-protests-surge-around-globe.html?_r=1

  9. This isn’t America, is it!? It isn’t the one we believe in!

    Observations of a Jailed Journalist

    A PBS journalist was detained for 9 hours after trying to interview #OCCUPYWALLSTREET protesters that were peppersprayed by police.

    http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/news/2011/09/observations-of-a-jailed-journalist/

    • These cops are exceptionally good at making enemies. As I posted to someone I know on FB, Wall Street is the Establishment of the ’60s. These rogue cops need to be weeded out and never get a job beyond doormen.

  10. According to the latest poll (and several previous ones with the same results), a majority of Americans want to see the wealthy be taxed and even 2/3 of the Republicans favor the proposed Buffet tax rule.

    So, I guess the Republican Congress Critters are fighting for those Wall Street types that the protesters are getting pepper-sprayed for having the nerve to take the grievance of the American people to their doorstep?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/buffett-rule-poll_n_985154.html

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we bail out these Wall Street types because they ran their companies into the ground?

      This country has gone totally NUTS – …