Archive for December 21, 2011
Mic check. Mic check!
I’m there. I. AM. SO. THERE.
But let’s get off the balls thing. Let’s talk about courage.
So happy to see that Republicans are focused like a laser on creating jobs:
This is big: Apparently there is no issue Mitt Romney is unwilling to flip-flop on (this would be our headline of the day):
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd today, Mitt Romney asserts that “of course” invading Iraq was a bad idea now that we know Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. (“If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of mass destruction, if somehow we had been given that information, obviously we would not have gone in.”) Four years ago, Romney said just the opposite. (“It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.”)
Mitt Romney doesn’t have an ounce of courage. (Check out this article at AlJazeera.com titled: Courage in High Places in Short Supply — Avoiding Strong Stands and Pandering to Your Political Base is In.)
Geez. The more I hear about Texas, the more I never want to go there:
Seven Occupy protesters were indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in Houston on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office says, in connection with their demonstration at the local port as part of a national day of action by the movement.
The decision comes nearly a week after a judge initially dismissed the charges, saying the protesters could not be charged with possessing or using a “criminal instrument” – a felony in Texas – for their use of PVC pipe.
The protesters — three from Austin, four from Houston — put their arms through the pipe and used latches on it to connect together, making their arrest more difficult but not preventing it, said one of their attorneys, Daphne Silverman, of the National Lawyer’s Guild in Houston. Donna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, confirmed the indictment.
“They are feeling, ‘wow,’ is the word. … They’re in a lot of shock. They were very happy with the justice’s decision last week, they believed in her, they believed in the justice system,” Silverman said. “These people … are not criminals. These folks are out there attempting to make the country better for all of us.”
The protesters had joined with other Occupy outfits across the country that were conducting port shutdowns on Dec. 12 to economically disrupt what they called “Wall Street on the waterfront.”
Arrests on felony arrests were occurring in other cities, such as Denver and New York. Civil rights lawyers have suggested the use of felony charges was another form of crackdown on the movement.
The Houston Police Department has used the “criminal instrument” against protesters on previous occasions, according to Attorney Randall Kallinen, who is representing one of the seven protesters. The charge usually does not hold up in court in such cases, but because it is a felony charge it has a chilling effect on would-be activists, he said.
So they’re charging Occupy protesters with felonies for linking together with PVC pipe –it would be funny if it weren’t so serious — and now they face up to two years in prison. Last I looked, not one of the banksters who brought down the world’s economy have even been charged with so much as a misdemeanor. Gosh. Don’t you just love how “justice” is dispensed in the good ol’ US of A? And isn’t it interesting the way the judicial system seems to be working to intimidate the Occupy movement on behalf of the corporatocracy?
Ok, it’s break time folks and in keeping with the season, we have this:
IT MAY have been slightly scorched over the years but a letter to Santa written 100 years ago, which was later discovered in a Dublin fireplace, has the magic of Christmas written all over it.
On Christmas Eve 1911, a brother and sister, who signed their names, “A or H Howard”, penned their personally designed letter to Santa with their requests for gifts and a good luck message at their home in Oaklands Terrace, Terenure (or Terurnure, as the children spelled it) in Dublin.
They placed it in the chimney of the fireplace in the front bedroom so that Santa would see it as he made his way into the Howard household in the early hours of the morning.
The letter was discovered by the house’s current occupant, John Byrne, when he was installing central heating in 1992.
Since then, he has retained it as a souvenir of another time and place but with the stamp of childhood innocence which still exists today.
The message to Santa was warm but explicit.
“I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.”
“At that time, the fireplaces were made of brick with a shelf on either side,” said John Byrne who works in the building industry.
“The letter was found on one of the shelves.”
Such simple desires compared to what kids want these days. And I love the “Good Luck!”
This is NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewing Mitt Romney today in New Hampshire. Mitt appears to be in favor of abolishing any and all restrictions on campaign contributions:
Todd: Do you think Citizens United was a bad decision?
Romney: Ah, which is this?
Todd: The Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court…
Todd: Which essentially created this landscape.
Romney: I think the Supreme Court’s decision was following their interpretation of the, of the, ah, campaign finance laws that were written by congress. My own view is that now we’ve tried a lot of efforts to try and restrict what can be given to campaigns. It would be a lot wiser to say, you can give what you like to a campaign, they must report it immediately, and the creation of these independent expenditure committees that have to be separate from the candidate — that’s just a bad idea.
So, if anyone can give any amount, that means the rich will have even more influence on elections than they already do, because, obviously they can give more. Now, individuals can only give $2,500 and that’s because we don’t want any one person to be able to buy a candidate. But Romney seems to think that would be just fine, thank you very much.
Romney is a 1%er and apparently he wants them to control things around here more than they already do, the poor persecuted babies.
This would be Rick Santorum (R) yesterday in Pella, Iowa:
“The reason you see some sympathy among the American public for them is the grave concern — and it’s a legitimate one — that blue-collar workers, lower-income workers, are having a harder and harder time rising,” the former Pennsylvania senator said at a presidential campaign stop. “They talk about income inequality. I’m for income inequality. I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas and take more risk, and they should be rewarded for it. I have no problem with income inequality.
“President Obama is for income equality. That’s socialism. It’s worse yet, it’s Marxism,” Santorum said. “I’m not for income equality. I’m not for equality of result — I’m for equality of opportunity.”
Yo, Ricky: Nobody is saying that everyone should have the exact same income and you know it. People are pissed that there is such a humongus difference in the amount people do make, and you know that too. It’s charts like this that burn people up:
This is fascinating and what a great idea:
Hardened stares, averted gazes – these are the portraits documenting the changes war inflicts on its serving soldiers.
While the pictures – of Dutch Marines before, during and after deployment in Afghanistan – may not be shocking at first, they subtly hint at the soldiers’ inner transformations.
They are the work of Dutch photographer Claire Felicie, who followed 20 marines between October 2009 and September 2010 to see if their faces were altered by their experiences.
Each of the men, from the 1st Battalion, 13th infantry company of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, was photographed before, during and after six months service in Afghanistan.
Felicie, a photographer for ten years, started the project when her son Tristan joined the Marines and told her one of his friends was being posted to Afghanistan.
I thought, “Will there be a change on his face because of the war?” I decided to portray some Marines to see.’
Wow. Talk about stifling freedom of speech, on the hallowed floor of the United States House of Representatives no less, check out what happened there this morning:
During a quick pro-forma session of the House this morning, Republicans rebuffed a Democratic attempt to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed payroll tax holiday extension.
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who was serving as the speaker pro-temp, ignored shouts of “Mr. Speaker!” from Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Moments later, the mic appeared to cut out. A few seconds after that, the video feed switched away from the House floor to a still image of the Capitol Dome. It appears someone in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) office cut the feed, as C-SPAN tweeted afterwards: “C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras – the Speaker of the House does.”
Boehner is afraid of the American people knowing what he and his cronies have done. They want us to be ignorant so we’ll continue to vote for them. It’s called censorship.
Here is a really cool site: Philanthroper. Their mission is:
You know those daily deal sites? We’re another one of those.
But instead of selling something, we’re sharing the story of a new 501(c)3 nonprofit every day.
And if you’d like, you can give them $1 (or up to $10). We’re trying to make doing good a habit.
Every 24-hours they highlight a new 501(c)3 nonprofit. Today they’re highlighting InvisiblePeople.tv.
InvisiblePeople’s mission is:
You see, Invisible People doesn’t serve the homeless community by providing beds or meals; they travel America, collecting stories first-hand from people living on the streets, and they also connect people who are homeless to online networking through Gmail, Facebook and Twitter.
“Homeless services are broken. We don’t need to hear from another politician,” says founder Mark Horvath. “We need to hear from the single mom living in the van with two kids.”
Yes, Invisible People was founded by Mark Horvath, who was himeself homeless for years following a job loss in the entertainment industry. The organization’s social media is run by a woman who is currently homeless (who, thanks to several good samaritans, will have a roof over her head for the holidays). In other words, the people driving the service are the same people who’ve been there.
“We’re making everybody known. Those people down in an alley matter. They count. They’re just like us, and we forgot them for so long,” says Horvath. “That’s what we do, we bring them up to the forefront.”
Consider going to Philanthroper or to InvisiblePeople.tv (links above) and donating a dollar or two. Help a homeless person have a voice, get online, maybe start a blog and tell their story.
P.S. Here is a video produced by InvisiblePeople that I linked to a few days ago.