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FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘Terrorism’ Threat, Internal Documents Show
According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”
According to the documents, the FBI coordinated extensively with private companies, including banks, that feared they could be affected by Occupy protests. Occupy, which took root in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread to cities across the country, targeted corporations and other forces it believed to perpetuate social inequality. The FBI’s investigation included the movement’s manifestations in New York; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; and Memphis, Tenn., among others.
According to the new documents, the FBI began meeting with representatives of the New York Stock Exchange and other businesses as early as August 2011, a month before the Zuccotti Park protests.
I get it. The FBI is protecting the corporatocracy. Tea Partiers are essentially on the side of the corporatocracy, so they’re good.
Imagine how the media would laugh (its ass off) if a founder of the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement got an $8 million buyout:
Dick Armey left the deep-pocketed tea party group he helped build over a clash with a top lieutenant who Armey and others in the organization believed was using the group’s resources to pad his pockets, POLITICO has learned.
Armey received an $8 million buyout to step down as chairman of FreedomWorks at the end of last month…
Let’s stop playing this game. The Tea Party is not a “grassroots” organization; it just uses the grassroots to push its pro-corporate, anti-grassroots agenda.
Hah! I can only imagine the kind of “news” the Tea Party News Network will carry:
Tea Party conservatives are getting their very own news site.
The Tea Party News Network, self-described as “the only trusted news source and the antidote to mainstream media bias,” is already live but will announce its launch tomorrow morning, with plans to start live video on election day. TPNN claims to have a “war room of 40-plus volunteers” who will operate out of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and has established partnerships with the Talk Radio Network and radio host Rusty Humphries, who will be co-anchoring the election night coverage.
So, this band of “40-plus volunteers” is operating out of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas? Sounds so grassrootsish.
Food for thought tonight (warning to those who are science and fact adverse):
From a stretch of rocky shoreline on this tiny island [Tatoosh Island, Washington], one can, on any given morning, watch otters floating on their backs, elephant seals hauling out of the water and a bald eagle flying past murres huddled along a cliff face. The startled birds perform a synchronized dive into the sea, their ovoid black-and-white bodies resembling miniature penguins.
But for over four decades, with the blessing of Makah leaders, Tatoosh has been the object of intense biological scrutiny, and scientists say they are seeing disturbing declines across species — changes that could prove a bellwether for oceanic change globally.
Cathy Pfister and Timothy Wootton, both biology professors at the University of Chicago, have been trekking to the island since the 1980s, often accompanying their former graduate adviser, Robert T. Paine, a nominally retired zoology professor from the University of Washington. At 79, Dr. Paine still returns to Tatoosh several times a year to continue the ecological research he began in the 1960s.
Among the declines the researchers are noticing: historically hardy populations of gulls and murres are only half what they were 10 years ago, and only a few chicks hatched this spring. Mussel shells are notably thinner, and recently the mussels seem to be detaching from rocks more easily and with greater frequency.
Goose barnacles are also suffering, and so are the hard, splotchy, wine-colored coralline algae, which appear like graffiti along rocky shorelines.
While not entirely understood, the declines are not entirely mysterious. Biologists suspect that the shifts are related to huge declines in the water’s pH, a shift attributed to the absorption of excess carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in ever-greater amounts by the burning of fossil fuels for energy.
“You can predict change,” Dr. Paine said, “and most of the changes are going to be in a direction we don’t want.”
I guess the Discovery Channel is turning into the Discover Racism, Hate and Bigotry Channel. Check this out: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: Discovery Channel To Air Special Starring Ted Nugent.
More evidence of what a mess Mr. Fix It’s campaign has been:
Thanks to Ryan’s Medicare plan, Medicare may well be eclipsing Obamacare — which was supposed to be one of Obama’s leading liabilities — as an issue. Today’s new Post poll finds that Ryan’s scheme is overwhelmingly opposed in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. The poll finds that this opposition is powering a 19 point advantage for Obama in these states on who is more trusted to handle Medicare. Republicans won a huge victory in the 2010 elections, largely because of Obamacare, by claiming (falsely) that the health law cut Medicare benefits for seniors. The GOP ticket reprised that attack this year.
Whoda thought? No, seriously, this was a predictable result of picking Ryan, which makes his pick seem like an impulsive, knee-jerk attempt on Mitt’s part to endear himself to “the base,” but the thing is the base is on, and likes, Medicare too.
Oops! Sh*t happens when you live in the Fox bubble.
An apparently desperate Romney, who has been whining for weeks about how mean Democrats have been to his poor self, went birther today:
I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place that we were born and raised.
Romney knows Obama was born in the U.S. but — really? — he just joined the folks who believe Obama perpetrated an elaborate plot to fake his birthplace and ascend to the presidency. Really?
We have bipartisanship in D.C. Woohoo:
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved $607 billion in defense spending for next year after two days of debate that saw lawmakers from both parties line up to condemn the ongoing war in Afghanistan as a waste of lives and money.
Yet they voted to keep the war going anyway.
What I want to know is how the “deficit hawks” justify this. Why isn’t the Tea Party throwing a fit?
Ever wonder what the big fuss over on the right is about seeing President Obama’s college records? Me too.
Now we know:
In context of the “mounting pressure” for Mitt Romney to provide more tax and employment records, a reporter recently asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney whether President Obama would set an example in transparency and release some of his records that critics have asked for.
When the reporter got specific and asked if Obama would release his college records, Carney replied: “Right, this is the Donald Trump question. It is preposterous. This is from the guy who insisted he didn’t believe the president was born in the United States.”
Asking for college records is preposterous?
Writing for the TheBlaze.com, Jason Howerton suggests:
Carney was obviously trying to lump those who are interested to see what types of college courses Obama took in college into the same category as ‘birthers.’ However, many who want to see the president’s college transcripts say wanting to see the president’s transcripts has nothing to do with his citizenship. Rather they argue it could help provide insight into the types of courses Obama sought out while in college, which some believe promoted radical ideologies.
Yes, many want to see Obama’s college records for grades and courses (as with G.W. Bush and others). But in Obama’s case, the primary reason to see his college applications is to learn whether the president applied for college in the U.S. as a foreign student.
Imagine thinking that’s the most important, urgent thing going on around here.
Colorado Springs Begging for Our Tax Dollars — Tea Party No-New-Taxes Policy a Failure in Light of Waldo Canyon Fire
I’ve written extensively over the years about how Colorado Springs — a Tea Party haven — has slashed its budget (turning off street lights, deputizing cabbies as “police officers,” letting the grass in parks die, etc.) because of its obsessive adherence to the Tea Party way of governance, i.e., no new taxes.
I hate to kick the second largest city in the state when it’s down, but now they’re begging for help from the federal government (meaning they want our tax dollars) because of the Waldo Canyon fire and frankly, that ticks me off. You get what you pay for folks, now live with it. Or at the very least, learn from this please.
Wildfire Tests Police Force in Colorado Anti-Tax Movement’s Home
As Colorado Springs battles a rash of burglaries after a wildfire that still licks at its boundaries, it does so with fewer police and firefighters.
The city where the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 346 homes and forced more than 34,000 residents to evacuate turned off one-third of its streetlights two years ago, halted park maintenance and cut services to close a $28 million budget gap after sales-tax revenue plummeted and voters rejected a property-tax increase.
The municipality, at 416,000 the state’s second-largest, auctioned both its police helicopters and shrank public-safety ranks through attrition by about 8 percent; it has 50 fewer police and 39 fewer firefighters than five years ago. More than 180 National Guard troops have been mobilized to secure the city after the state’s most destructive fire. At least 32 evacuated homes were burglarized and dozens of evacuees’ cars were broken into, said Police Chief Pete Carey.
“It has impacted the response,” said Karin White, a 54- year-old accountant, who returned home June 28 to a looted and vandalized house, with a treasured, century-old family heirloom smashed.
“They did above and beyond what they could do with the resources they had,” she said. “If there were more officers, there could have been more manpower in the evacuated areas.”
Colorado Springs, which depends on sales tax for about half of its revenue, was hit harder than most. The city — the birthplace 20 years ago of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which later passed statewide and has been pushed around the country to restrict government spending — became a high-profile example of cost-cutting. The law restricts government spending to the previous year’s revenue, adjusted only for population growth and inflation.
The city, home of the evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family, is known for being conservative and libertarian. It “was the Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool,” Dunn said.
Six of the nine candidates in last year’s nonpartisan mayoral election, including the victor, Mayor Steve Bach, signed the no-tax pledge pushed by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Richard Skorman, one candidate who didn’t, was flooded with angry e-mails after saying in a debate why he opposed such a pledge. What, he asked, if the city got hit by a major wildfire?
And here we are.
The city has been aggressive in applying for federal grants, too, which have funded wildfire mitigation efforts, said Bret Waters, emergency management director.
Dunn notes that the city, where there is strong anti- federal government sentiment, is now turning to the U.S. for assistance. Before visiting Colorado on June 29, President Barack Obama declared the state a disaster area, which frees aid for communities affected by the wildfires.
“Ironically, Colorado Springs is going to rely heavily on federal funds for rebuilding,” Dunn said. “But it won’t cover everything.”
It isn’t “ironic.” It’s totally predictable.
What did I tell you? That the neocons would start railing against “activist judges” because they don’t like SCOTUS’s decision on health care?
Well, thank you very much Michele Bachmann:
These guys are so boringly predictable.
Oh, and look at the time on that screenshot (see larger version at the link above). It says 8:37 PT. That means she was doing the “activist judges” thing at 10:37 ET, roughly 90 minutes after the decision was announced. She obviously turned to the GOP talking points manual and looked under disagree-with-court-decision and found: Scream: Activist judges!
Checkout the tweets Buzzfeed assembled sent by people who are fed-up with the United States and all the “socialism” going on around here thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare this morning.
Here’s a taste:
Now, welcome to the Canadian Health Care’s website:
Canada’s health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.
Under the health care system, individual citizens are provided preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. With a few exceptions, all citizens qualify for health coverage regardless of medical history, personal income, or standard of living.
Here are some things I heard about today that I thought were interesting but I’m too tired to put an individual post up about:
France’s new government will flesh out plans to cap the pay of top executives at state-controlled companies by mid-June, laying down a marker in a Europe-wide debate fuelled by waves of austerity and rising unemployment.
Elected this month promising to curb the privileges enjoyed by France’s wealthy and powerful, Socialist President Francois Hollande pledged during campaigning to limit senior executives’ salaries [paid by taxpayer's money] to a maximum of 20 times that of their lowest-paid employee.
The tax dollars French citizens are paying are funding these “state” firms so no question about it. Executives shouldn’t reap huge salaries paid for by tax dollars. A no brainer imho. I mean, let’s cap the executive pay of defense contractors wo suck off of the boob of the U.S. tax payer. The scary –yikes! – Socialism can be a good thing.
Ah yes. Republicans. Always looking for a way to protect the corporatocracy and to rip We the People off:
North Carolina science people have determined that coastal sea levels are expected to rise 1 meter [3.28 feet] by 2100 — far more than they’ve traditionally risen, due to the expected impacts of climate change. But developers in 20 coastal counties, see, have determined that such a rise would be bad for development prospects. So they’ve lobbied the state to lower that forecast to only 15 inches instead, because why not? Fifteen’s a nice number. Arbitrary, sure, but can’t the scientists just shut up already?
The difference between 3.28 feet and 15 inches isn’t all that much right? [Yikes!] So hey, WTF. Everyone involved will be dead and buried (w/millions passed on to their ALEC-member-kids who will control the world my neighbor’s 3-year-old boy will live in.)
The sound of casseroles, or banging on pots and pans, has become a common sound of Montreal’s nightlife for the past week or so.
Tonight, the sound is spreading to the rest of the nation as protesters in over 60 cities across Quebec and Canada (and some international locations like Brussels, London and Madison, WA). Organizers want to emulate Quebec’s casseroles movement, which has its roots in the Chilean cacerolazos, anti-goverment protests in the 1970s and ’80s. Tonight’s Facebook page humourously dubs the event “Casseroles Night in Canada.”
The movement in Montreal was sparked by the ongoing opposition to tuition fee hikes and the introduction of Bill 78. Protesters gather on neighbourhood street corners during the evening, clanging pots, pans, and anything else they can grab, and march all over Montreal. Supporters along the way join in by making noise from their balconies, front doors and windows.
One of the things Canadians are protesting is a new law — designed to quash protests (crazy gets normalized) — requiring them to submit a map outlining their protest route eight hours in advance.
This is the map they submitted last Wednesday:
Thumbs up casserole people oh, and if I were you, I wouldn’t buy a home on the Florida coast.
Wow, North Carolina is moving back to the 1950s with lightening speed. Having just passed a constitutional ban on gay people loving each other, now every single white person is invited to a good ol’ fashioned cross
KKK Flier in Reidsville Invites ‘White People Only’ to ‘Cross Lighting’
The Ku Klux Klan protested in Eden last week, and this week some of its members have been passing out fliers inviting people in Reidsville to a cross-burning.
The fliers were placed in and around Sherwood Drive, Linville Drive, Reids School Road and Poplar Street in the city.
Annie P. Pinnix and her husband were among the residents who received the flier.
“I’m a little bothered by it,” Pinnix said.
Pinnix said the flier was found in her and her neighbors’ driveways, rolled up like a newspaper and tied with a yellow rubber band. Reidsville Police Chief Edd Hunt confirmed other residents found the fliers in a similar fashion.
The flier reads: “Join us, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, for a rally and cross lighting, Saturday, May 26, Harmony, North Carolina. Free Admition (sic)-White People Only. No alcohol, drugs, fighting, glass bottles or weapons. Free on site camping-all major motels in area. Souvenirs. Vendors. Food and beverages for Sale. Cross lighting at dusk-a white unity event. Live country band. Security provided by LWK.”
The flier also provided contact information for those wanting to attend the event.
North Carolina is reminding us of what the mythical “good old days” that the Republicans want to take us back to looked like.
Remember when Teapartiers were rallying against “government handouts” and bailing out the banks and then in 2010 they elected all those ahem, patriots to congress who were going to kick some ass?
Well lookie here. What a difference two years make:
Tea Party favorites such as Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were swept into Congress on a wave of anger over government-funded bailouts of banks.
Now those incumbents are collecting thousands of dollars for re-election campaigns from the same Wall Street firms whose excesses they criticized. They have taken no significant steps to curb them or prevent future taxpayer-financed rescues.
Republican freshmen have made clear their disdain for expanding government, and openly opposed a financial regulatory overhaul enacted by Democrats in 2010 before the newcomers arrived in Washington. Their ranks include ten Tea Party-backed freshmen on the House Financial Services Committee, part of a force that won election in a populist backlash to government spending that included emergency lending to major banks and bailout of firms including U.S. automakers.
The political action committees of those institutions have distributed $169,499 through March 31 to the campaign coffers of the ten freshman Tea Party-backed lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee, according to an analysis of campaign finance disclosure records.
Fincher, a gospel musician from Frog Jump, Tennessee, has received $11,500 from the political action committees run by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Citigroup’s political action committee had not contributed to the lawmaker through the end of March.
Two other members of the committee not listed as members of the Tea Party Caucus yet who won election to the House with Tea Party support are Representatives Steve Stivers of Ohio and David Schweikert of Arizona. Both ran ads attacking bailouts.
A group of Tea Party House members had a little get-together on Tuesday to talk about conservative issues and the 2012 election:
And when Texas Representative Louie Gohmert [R] chipped in his two cents, he not only confirmed the lack of excitement and growing desperation, he accidentally slammed Romney for his excessive flip flopping on the issues.
“If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re liberal, or whether you’re very conservative, you ought to be excited, because he’s been on your side at one time or another.”
Talk about dumbed down. I can see the new political strategy now: Be for everything at one time in your life (flip flipping is good!) so you can appeal to virtually everyone because you’ve been on everyone’s side “at one time or another.”
Aye yie yie.
If you care about the Constitution, Michigan is blinking red right now.
The Republican-controlled legislature and the Republican governor are literally operating in an unConstitutional manner — “radical, over radical, over radical” — though natch, they’re wrapping themselves in the flag while doing it.
And if the media is so “liberal,” how has this been allowed to go on for soon long without it being front page news? Michigan is like a separate country, being run by dictators. Liberally. It’s Un. Believable.
To all of you who oppose the “individual mandate,” here’s my Tweet of the Day:
Really? REALLY? My Tweet of the Day:
We’re supposed to believe that? That there are “many places in this country” where people “proudly” call themselves a “coon ass?”
Heehee, I’m a coon ass.
I don’t think so.
Andrew Breitbart is a leader of the American right-wing
[Ohio Governor] John Kasich’s not getting any more popular. 33% of voters approve of him to 53% who disapprove. Only a little more than half of Republicans think he’s doing a good job (58/25), while Democrats (9/80) are almost universal in their disapproval. If voters could do the 2010 election over again they’d vote for Ted Strickland by a 20 point margin, 56-36, numbers that not coincidentally track closely with the Senate Bill 5 repeal result from last fall.
-John Boehner’s approval was 26/52 on our last national poll and it’s not much better in his home state of Ohio at 28/54. Boehner has a similar situation to Kasich where Republicans are meh to him (53/28) while Democrats pretty much all dislike him (8/74). He also does badly with independents at 28/55.
In 2010 Ohio voters elected a Republican Governor and went GOP in many House races, helping to elect a new Republican Speaker of the House from their state. Now they regret the Governor and don’t like the Speaker. It’s hard for me to imagine that buyer’s remorse isn’t going to work to the benefit of Barack Obama and other Democrats in the state this fall.
These guys will probably have unlimited money when they run again (thank you Republican activists on the Supreme Court) but hopefully — fingers crossed! — the people will vote them out anyway. Then again, Ohio isn’t known as the fairest, most transparent place to cast a vote…
Last week the New York Times published an article titled: Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot:
Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights.
What struck me about the article wasn’t the UN conspiracy theory angle; that’s been around for a long time. What I noticed was the accompanying photo:
Check out the age demographic.
Figures made available to The Associated Press showed Romney was spending $2.8 million to air television commercials in the final week of the Florida campaign. In addition, a group supporting him, Restore Our Future, was spending $4 million more, for a combined total of $6.8 million.
By contrast, Gingrich was spending about $700,000, and Winning Our Future, a group backing him, an additional $1.5 million. That was about one-third the amount for the pro-Romney tandem.
Only nine more months to go!
* It isn’t like me to refer to the former head of the Grand Old Party (i.e., the GOP) as the “former Republican party leader.” But given that 50% of Republicans have no idea who the GOP is, I’m thinking it’s a good idea to refer to Republicans not as the GOP, but as Republicans. I mean, if I have to hold their little hands so they’ll know what their party’s up to, I’ll do it.
Sarah, you’re kidding right?
Seems like just yesterday that Palin was the “grifter” who hadn’t “been properly vetted.”
Herman Cain will deliver the Tea Party Express response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Tea Party Express, a political action committee, announced on Thursday that the former presidential candidate would be the speaker. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who also ran for president, was the Tea Party Express speaker in 2011.
“We are excited to have Herman Cain deliver the 2nd Tea Party State of the Union response next week,” Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo said in a statement.
So, in other words, per the corporate lobbying groups who fund the Tea Party Express, Herman Cain is their guy.
I wonder who the grassroots members would pick. Maybe Cain. Maybe not.
(* Snark alert: How is it that the Tea Party folks bought a bus, they hired a company to create the graphics on the outside, they reviewed and approved those graphics, they hired a company to paint the bus, and yet that chain missed the fact that the word judgment was/is misspelled? Oy.)
Last week, “Americans for Prosperity” the Tea Party group founded and funded by the Koch Brothers, released its “112th Congress Mid-Term Review Key-Vote Scorecard.” The review, “ranks Members of Congress based on their votes on the most important free market issues,” meaning it ranks members of congress based on votes that will benefit the billionaire Koch Brothers.