Friday, November 04, 2011

How Wall Street Games the System

This is a nice explanation of the Occupy Wall Street movement and a very clear and simple explanation of how Wall Street has manipulated the financial system.  It is surprising that is comes from an Episcopalian Bishop, Gene Robinson. Watch it and you will understand more about Occupy Wall Street and Wall Street itself.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Michigan Law Approves Bullying - Video Explains Why

The new law passed by the Michigan legislature , "Matt's Safe School Law" is a carefully worded blueprint on how to get away with bullying in Michigan schools.  Senator Whitmer explains why this is a disgrace.

Perry Campaign Claims It Did Not Leak Cain Harassment Info

I heard a story on NPR this morning stating that Rick Perry's campaign denied leaking the Herman Cain sexual harassment charges, but I think they "protesteth too much". Perry has everything to gain and nothing to lose from bringing this matter to light. Perry's campaign is stumbling badly, especially after that Cornerstone speech in New Hampshire in which he appears drunk or high or both.

When you have a failing campaign you pull out all the guns, and that might include dragging out any dirt you have on a competitor who has made an unexpected surge in the polls.  The final explanation of both his weird behavior in New Hampshire and the Herman Cain scandal have yet to be told but I expect the real story wil be even stranger than we could imagine.

For those who have not seen Rick Perry going off the rails, Rachael Maddow has a good analysis of the whole debacle.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Raising Cain - Now "Thinks Back" and Might Remember?

Herman Cain surprised everyone when he came out of nowhere to lead the polls in many states in the Republican race for nominee. After Michele Bachmann ran out of steam and crazy, it seemed Rick Perry would be a shoe-in, but Cain, a former head of Godfather's Pizza surprised pundits by winning crowds over with his straight talk and geniality.

Now that straight talk seems like a fond memory for the true believers in the GOP.  Cain is embroiled in a sexual harassment  mess that threatens to derail his juggernaut.  Charges surfaced a few weeks ago that while he was head of the National Restaurant Association he sexually harassed two women.  The charges were later dropped in exchange for a cash settlement and a vow of silence so the story goes.  Cain denied this up and down until this week.

Now that NBC has trotted out confirmation that cash settlements were paid to at least one woman, Cain is starting to remember what happened, at least his version.

If this all sounds a bit like the Clarance Thomas affair think again.  The only similarities are Cains race and the charges, but these are much more damming than a "pubic hair on a Coke can".

For more on Cains sudden memory flash, CBS news has more.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Is Rick Perry High?

These excerpts from a speech given by Texas Governor Rick Perry recently really make me think the man is either drunk or high.  If not, it's just another example of how poor a public speaker he is when forced to improvise.

Occupy Oakland Calls for General Strike November 2

Occupy Oakland has called for a genera strike and day of action on November 2, 2011.  Here is the official release from their website:

We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.
We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city
All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.
While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.
The whole world is watching Oakland. Let’s show them what is possible.
The International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union has announced that they will stand in solidarity with this general strike. Occupy Oakland will march on the Port of Oakland and shut it down.  The idea being to stop the flow of capital into the coffers on the 1%.