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White House Petition: Recognize the men and women who are occupying Wall Street

This is a whitehouse.gov petition asking President Obama's Administration to recognize the protest movement, #OccupyWallStreet. .

Go to WhiteHouse.gov and sign the petition. http://wh.gov/gPv

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we petition the obama administration to:

Recognize the men and women who are occupying wall street

Mr.Obama, this is a petition for you to publicly recognize, whether in a live speech, or in one of your weekly youtube addresses, the #occupywallstreet movement that is currently taking place in NYC.

These men and women are trying to send a message to their fellow Americans and to the world- the big banks and the super-rich, who is "buying out congress", are the primary drivers of the ongoing recession.

Unfortunately, they are largely being ignored by the media in the United States due to the "small size" of the protests. Note that "small size" has not deterred Fox, CNN and other US news channels/newspapers from covering, and even putting on the front page, Tea Party and other far right protests, some of which have had as little as 100 people (#occupywallst varies from 500-3000)

Created: Sep 23, 2011
Signatures needed by October 23, 2011 to reach goal of 5,000 - 4,209
Total signatures on this petition - 791
 
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Go to WhiteHouse.gov and sign the petition. http://wh.gov/gPv

 

Revolutions Know No Color

By Michael Collins

The legitimate demands of the people everywhere have no color, nor do their revolutions.  These are not the revolutions arising from staged events by the White House, the National Endowment for Democracy, and other meddlers.  We are witnessing what Mark Levine called human nationalism.  The people of Tunisia, now Egypt, are, "taking control of their politics, economy and identity away from foreign interests and local elites alike in a manner that has not been seen in more than half a century." (Image)

Somehow, we are supposed to believe that the English speaking peoples have a corner on democracy.  The rest of the world is still learning.  When the oppressed of a nation, particularly of the third world, stage an uprising, it is neatly packaged and color coded.  That way it's easier to follow.  The Western leaders and press assume an avuncular pose and pass judgment on how the various colors pass along the path to self-determination -- not too fast, not to0 rowdy, and certainly not to0 disruptive to first world markets, especially oil.

Can you dig it?

Now what could this mean? TV crew stopped from taking samples from polluted Florida beach. Pat Gonzales, US Fish and Wildlife (to WEAR ABC 3 reporter taking a sample from polluted beach): "You can not come out here and do your own investigation if you're looking for oil product." WEAR ABC 3

Is the government protecting the sovereign state of BP? Is a pattern emerging?

It seems so. In addition to chasing off WEAR-ABC off the beach, federal officials discouraged scientists from taking samples in the Gulf, other federal officials confiscated samples gathered by scientists at LSU, and state officials refused to test fish for pollution claiming they'd seen no oil in the area in question. Who benefits?

Reichwing Rug Rant Fail

Reichwing -- er, I mean "right-wing" -- crazies are up in arms again, this time making a stink about the recent renovation of the Oval Office. They've keyed in on one particular element, and apparently think it's as damning as any GOP hypocrisy. Nay, worse, in their minds.

The charge? That the a quote on the rug, attributed to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, isn't correctly attributed, and thus a subject for controversy. The hate-mongers on the right claim that the quote originates with nineteenth-century Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker.1 That claim isn't wholly without merit -- anyone who reads Parker's words can see that the quote draws upon the words and meaning of Parker's work.

But it is not a quotation from Parker's piece. It's a paraphrasing of his words, and a summation of the point made in a paragraph.

For those who can read and make actual judgements on their own, here are the words of King and the words of Parker for comparison, in the context in which they appeared.

King's use of the words, in context:

__________

"I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth crushed to earth will rise again.

"How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.

"How long? Not long, because you shall reap what you sow....

"How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

__________

Parker's use of the words, in context:

__________

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."

__________

King paraphrased Parker's words, making it his own within the context of his speech and creating the actual quote "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." That's King. It's what Parker was driving at, but compare the words -- King's quote is a summation, a paraphrasing and contraction of the point Parker was making. King made the words short and memorable, creating a quote in the process that can be attributed to his words, his context, and yet providing a hat-tip toward Parker's thoughts.

Parker made the point, but did not provide the quote.

Hat-tip Pilkington on DailyKos for providing and linking to both original quotes, thinkexist for the Parker quote and Arthur Howe on Salon for the King quote.

1 phrase identifying Parker's name and position taken from here.

 

Gibbs Outed as Republican Mole

Michael Collins
(Satire)

White House Press Secretary, Robert "the mole" Gibbs, was outed last night for his lead role in throwing the 2010 congressional election to the Republican Party. The White House refused to return calls to comment on the charge or verify the outline of the carefully orchestrated plot. But a variety of off the record sources spoke as one - the plot is real and has been going on long before the 2008 general election. The scope of the plot goes well beyond the upcoming congressional contests.

In a recent interview for The Hill newspaper, Gibbs used an entirely new technique in election tactics - offend and humiliate a key element of your voting block right before a critical election. Gibbs ridiculed progressives as part of the "Professional Left" and said, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” Research indicates that this approach has never been used within 90 days of a general election.

But the story goes much deeper than simple electoral politics. The planned outburst has a short term benefit for Republicans but, as we will see, Gibbs is reporting to a higher authority.

Slow Walking Repeal of DADT

Arguably and the way this legislation is set up, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policies that discriminate against the gay and lesbian communities and their ability to serve in the military will take time to do it this way. It could be done instantly with the wave of a presidential pen but the problem with that is that what the presidential pen giveth, the presidential pen may just as easily taketh away under the next discriminating and homophobic president. So, in a way, this slow walk may be better:

Like it is: Dr. Margaret Flowers talks with Amy Goodman after another single-payer lockout, from the WH Healthcare Summit

Amy Goodman's coverage includes talking with Trudy Lieberman of Columbia Journalism Review, who has paid careful attention to the issues. 

Lieberman closes her portion of the health care discussion segment with the topic on which President Obama chose to conclude the White House Healthcare Summit, yesterday. 

It's what I think of as the morality versus profits paradox that is concerned with the unwillingness of the world's richest nation to secure for its citizens the most basic assurances provided the constituencies of the rest of the civilized world.

Excerpted from transcript of DemocracyNow!

Trudy Lieberman: ...But I think we really still have no agreement on whether everyone in this country, every citizen, should have healthcare and the ticket to buy it. And I think the President was getting to that point at the very end, when he admitted, quite candidly, he does not know whether we can bridge the gap. And the gap that he identified was how are we going to cover the 30 million people that the government wants to cover and deal with getting everyone into a risk pool, dealing with the pre-existing conditions issue, which keeps people out of this, because in a private insurance market you really—insurance companies can’t really choose people who are sick, or they will go out of business eventually. So that is really the question that has not been resolved.

Of course, it is that paradoxical need which single-payer advocates suggest is answered with the sorts of "Medicare-For-All"-based solutions they have been striving to tell our lawmakers about. 

Hitting bottom at the top - White House forgets to lead on Haiti

People are dying in Haiti because they can’t get out, Dr. Green said. Shala Dewan, New York Times, January 29



Many of us wanted to think that the dreadful behavior during the Bush
administration was some sort of aberration. We had a relatively clean
election and ended up with a more intelligent and compassionate
president who would reflect our views. There would be no more foreign
invasions (wrong); we'd take care of the people before the Wall Street
failures (wrong); and there would be no more Katrinas, without any
doubt!

MIAMI — The United States has suspe

nded its medical evacuations of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims until a dispute over who will pay for their care is settled, military officials said Friday. NYT

Why are "military officials" saying anything in a situation where
the lives of people are involved and the reputation of the United
States is on the line. Where's the White House?

"Conspiracy or cock up?" White House reaction to ersatz bomber

Michael Collins

The underpants bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is a curious
terrorist.  He became disillusioned with his privileged life as the son
of a bank chairman and member of the Nigerian elite, it would seem. 
Rather than pursuing his studies in London, he retreated to Yemen to
learn the ways of al Qaeda inspired terrorism.

Farouk was so indiscreet that his father reported him
to the U.S. Embassy as a potential terrorist in November.   A month
later, he managed to get on a jumbo jet headed for Detroit to complete
a terror mission.   Despite his training in engineering at the
prestigious London School of Economics, Farouk failed
in his mission.  He couldn't  mix his explosives to achieve the desired
effect.  He apparently forgot to detonate the explosive device in mid
flight, waiting until just before landing in Detroit to start his
task.  He retrieved and set off the chemicals to create the explosion
in full view of passengers.

What kind of terrorist is this?  He doesn't know when, how or where to conduct his criminal enterprise.

Is this the best al Qaeda can do?

White House shoots down trigger rumor again

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-10-24 02:31:45 -0400. -- GH

The White House has specifically refuted the TPM report that they are pressuring Reid to switch from the opt-out to the trigger. Dan Pfeiffer: "The report is false. The White House continues to work with the Senate on the merging of the two bills. We are making good progress toward enacting comprehensive health reform." The White House denied it once already, but the denial was vague so they denied it again. That is actually the first time the White House has come out overtly and said they’re working to get the public option passed.

The trigger notion would have flown in the face of the White House’s clear effort to (a) get a good bill, by (b) letting the legislators figure it out for themselves and do their own nose-counting.

Keep in mind that the original rumor had a bad smell from the start – it was also rumored that Pelosi was secretly seeking the trigger too, which we know is bullcrap. Some janitor or pastry chef with a White House extension is making mischief with some leakage.

Give Weiner a Noodge in Battling AHIP Stoopid

Rep. Anthony Weiner talks about AHIP managing to make the argument for the public option for us with their really stoopid report:

At the website Rep. Weiner mentions in the interview with Dr. Nancy, countdowntohealthcare.com, he is looking for a little help in noodging healthcare reform in the right direction:

A Message From Congressman Anthony Weiner 

Today
was another big day on the road to health care reform.  The Senate
Finance Committee approved Senator Max Baucus’s health care proposal,
bringing a reform bill one step closer to a full vote on the Senate
floor.

I’ve been pretty critical of this proposal in the past.  It doesn’t
include a public option, which is the only way to provide real
competition to big insurance companies and bring down costs so that all
Americans can choose quality, affordable health care.

But this is progress.  Even the insurance lobby isn’t happy that this bill is moving forward.  As I mentioned yesterday,
that’s probably as good a sign as any that we’re taking the right steps
towards a health care system that helps American families instead of
insurance company shareholders.

This slow march won’t be complete without a true public option.  It
may not be center stage today, but like a specter in a Shakespeare
play, it looms large.

Anthony

P.S. New York Magazine calls me the “loudest and noodgiest” supporter of the public option.

Help me “noodge” my colleagues and the White House in the right
direction.

Go here and tweet or Facebook the site to help Noodge the White House in the right direction for Rep. Weiner. :)

While We Look At Prop 8, More Iraqi Gays Die

This morning I wrote a rather in-depth commentary about the continuing plight of LGBTs in the Middle East, in particular Iraq, where more Iraqi gays have been found murdered recently.


I waited until today to let most of the Prop 8 writeups and blogger op-eds dry up so this piece could surface in the LGBT blogosphere.


For those you have not followed any of the articles (few and far between), Network news coverage (little if any) in regards to one of the fallouts of the invasion of Iraq, this may come as quite an eye opener.

Obama's great choice for Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The New York Times is reporting what had been until now a rumor too good to be true. Dr. Tom Frieden, currently the hard-driving activist NYC Commissioner of Health, will be the new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Disclaimer: I have personal history with Tom.

Secrecy and Obama

This topic isn't getting anough attention, at least in my mind. By far, Glenn Greenwald details all that is wrong on this subject. I've included links below to some of his writings, including a before and after look at public statements made by Obama on the very topic of secrecy. It's more than just disturbing. Nothing is changing. 

How do you get this cart back on to the correct track?