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Friday, November 25, 2011

SCOTUS took away our right to regulate money in elections. We need it back. Support a constitutional amendment.

The Supreme Court took away our right to regulate money in elections. We need it back. Support a constitutional amendment.

Stand with Senators Dick Durbin, Jeff Merkley, Chuck Schumer, Tom Udall & Sheldon Whitehouse

118170 signatures

“I support the constitutional amendment to give Congress and states the authority to limit corporate and special interest money in our elections.”

We must put the American people back in charge of our democracy. If the Supreme Court refuses to allow Congress and individual states to regulate the role of money in our elections, we must amend the Constitution to change that -- and together, we are beginning the amendment process.

Sign our petition to amend the Constitution so Congress and the states can enact common-sense campaign finance reforms.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

FREE SPEECH in America 2011...under the 1%


Funded and managed by the KOCH Bros, Grover Norquist, Dick Armey, ALEC, "Prosperity",TeaParty, corporate conglomerate.
Brought into your homes by Rupert Murdoch's FOX News, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limpbaugh, Glenn Beck and other assorted RightWing 'hosts'

With this years supporting cast of :
Mayor (forlife?) Michael Bloomberg, billionaire extraordinaire
and his seemingly private thieving PoliceGoonSquadrons of the NYPD.

Mayor Jean Quan,Oakland, and 17 BayArea PoliceSquadrons

Mayor Sam Adams, Portland, leader of 18 cities conference call with PERF
the Police Executive Research Forum  www.presstv.ir/usdetail/211193.html
   a little-known but influential private membership based organization has placed itself at the center of advising and coordinating the crackdown on the encampments. The Police Executive Research Forum, an international non-governmental organization with ties to law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been coordinating conference calls with major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs to advise them on policing matters and discuss response to the Occupy movement. The group has distributed a recently published guide on policing political event


and another 22 city Mayoral conference call with ?? FBI, DHS, DOJ?

These people allowed ARMED Tea Party rallies.. in fact sponsored and manned them.

But if the 99% want a voice here is their answer





And this courtesy of the Davis, CA Police Department. with special Bully Master Lt. John Pike.

And this courtesy of the Seattle Police Department




Saturday, November 19, 2011

BIG BANKS finally served with their PAST DUE Notices

OCCUPY OAKLAND marchers busy today. 
They first gathered at the 5 recently closed schools, (cost to keep them open just equals the money spent by the City on the recent OccupyOakland crackdowns! )
Then they marched to their new (and city approved) camping site @ 19th & Telegraph. 
Along the way they posted PAST DUE NOTICES on all the big banks. There are 38 major banks in Oakland.


It doesn't matter what her message is....

It doesn't matter what her message is, she has as much ... on Twitpic
She has as much right in America, under our First Amendment, to say it
as the Westboror Baptist Church does.

.......DOESN'T SHE?

Friday, November 18, 2011

POPULARITY of Congress at ALLTIME Low!

The Popularity of Congress Today ...

Adding Cartoon that perhaps explains the graphs below better:

                                Share top graph via Twitpic link  http://twitpic.com/7fwela




This graph found on Sen Bennet's website  http://bennet.senate.gov


GRAPH from CO Sen Michael Bennet .. it is in Congressional Record.

Please remind all your GOP/ Teaparty friends, these guys are losers!
And no one wants to be on the side of a loser!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

BOSTON COMMON Tents can stay...form of FREE SPEECH

Here is copy of newspaper archive story on ruling:
found here  http://tinyurl.com/79n7zn9


Spokane Chronicle - Oct 27, 1982


#OWS #foleysquare NOW off LIVESTREAM Dinner being served. Blo... on Twitpic

#OWS #foleysquare NOW off LIVESTREAM Dinner being served. Blo... on Twitpic

Welcome to PHASE 2 of Occupy Wall Street, now here is a message

Welcome to PHASE 2 of Occupy Wall Street, now here is a message

Great piece on DailyKos. Must read! Contains a lot. Here is gist.

It is time to have the BIG conversation about what kind of country we want America to be, and the lobbyists and corrupt career politicians and the corrupt corporate media are NOT going to hijack our conversation. Do we want America to be a nation where 1 out of 5 children live in poverty while the wealthiest among us get ever more wealthy and more powerful? Do we want to live in a nation with crumbling infrastructure that can only reward the rich with ever decreasing tax rates while our schools go unfunded? Do we want to live in a country that can always fund these never ending wars but must cut spending on everything else?
Now, I know the corrupt media, the corrupt politicians and the massive wealth of corporations do NOT want us to have this discussion. They would rather call OWS childish names or talk about socialism or death panels or ANYTHING else, but we WILL have this conversation whether they like it or not, and they can throw our bodies in jail, they can throw our books in a dumpster but they can NOT evict this idea, this idea that We The People should have the power, not the corporations or the special interests or the politicians who take bribes to do the bidding of billionaires.
We WILL have this conversation. Reform is coming whether the powerful want it or not.

When did we lose our FIRST AMENDMENT Rights?



In AMERICA  Protestors Have the Right to Protest


UPDATE: Do They?  It appears that  OBAMA's DOJ has unleashed the DHS and FBI on American Citizens.  Do you have any Rights anymore? or have we let the Teaparty GOP turn the 'Patriot Act' around! Now when you attempt to exercise your supposedly FEDERALLY PROTECTED First Amendment rights you are forcibly arrested as a 'terrorist' and all your possessions are confiscated (that's Fourth Amendment by the way Protection from unwarranted Search and Seizure)

WAKE UP AMERICA!  Wake UP lawyers? Defend these people.
See some of the rights you are supposed to have below. Use them before they are gone forever.


Carl Rove stated very clearly yesterday that he did not think you had any of the following rights. Who else thinks this way? I know the FBI and DHS apparently do.
Are they being allowed to by OBAMA's DOJ? Why should we reelect him then?

General Colin Powell and Supreme Court Support Right to Protest

by Washington's Blog 




In response to comments from those supporting the police crackdowns on peaceful protesters exercising their constitutional rights but violating local ordinances, reader Purplemuse writes:
The Constitution supersedes LOCAL ordinances that are being used to OBSTRUCT 1st Amendment Rights. The camping ITSELF is in order to Make a Statement of Free Speech – a First Amendment Right. Protesters are not camping because it is fun to expose yourself to the elements and hardship and you want to roast wienies and marshmallows and drink beer while swapping ghost stories.
Would you listen to Colin Powell, retired four-star general in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993) when he says, “It isn’t enough just to scream at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. We need our political system to start reflecting this anger back into, ‘How do we fix it? How do we get the economy going again?’” He also states that the Occupy Wall Street Protests are “As American as Apple Pie.”
Does he go on to qualify his statement by saying, “as long as they obey local (misdemeanor) ordinances. No, he does not. He actually goes on to say that he “gets” it.
 
Gen. Powell's statement here
 http://tinyurl.com/86roalx


Here is a brief reminder to us all of our federally protected First Amendment rights. (from WIKI)  As they stood before the 'Patriot Act', which apparently now overrides all your rights!

 'The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.'   
 
 'Assembly' has no limits as to time or space, and must enable safety of those Assembled, from the elements (tarps, tents, food, sanitation). 
 Petitioning includes others citizens opinions, not just govt. e.g. Freedom to use SIGNs, posters, marches, shouted slogans etc.    
TENT citation here notes that the tents themselves are deemed Free Speech
 (This is 1982 SPOKANE paper archive, see right page, lefthand column. http://tinyurl.com/79n7zn9 )
 
Now, originally, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress. However, starting with Gitlow v. New York, 268 US 652 (1925), in a series of cases,  the Supreme Court has held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.  The city, county or state CAN MAKE NO LAW, policy or code  that can supersede our Federal Right to Assemble and Petition for Redress of Grievances.     
 
But does the First Amendment still hold? Why are our nations Police forces being given advice from the FBI and DHS about how to suppress our RIGHTS? Why, 
President Obama, Why?

 Note: To all 'Occupiers' 
in order to maintain your First Amendment Status you must not let your group 'vote' to break any other federal laws, such as trespass in buildings or becoming a sanctuary. That would invalidate your protected status. In fact, allowing in illegal drugs etc can too, so you must be able to POLICE yourselves! Not easy. Find out from OccupyWallStreet and OccupyDC how that is done.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy CAL is serious.


Here from Joshua Holland  @joshuahol   pics from the OCCUPY camp for 1,267 allowed at CAL and set up just after Robert Reich gave the MARIO SAVIO Memorial Speech on the steps of Sproul Hall about 9PM last night.  It ended with him noting that the 'big boy' that had saved small Robert from bullying was brutally tortured and murdered in the Summer of Heat in Alabama in l964. ... Don't give up if you are in the Rights as to your Constitutional Rights.

But looky.. Tents, bookcases, books, rugs and even a piano! You Rock CAL!

GO BEARS GO!



But then there were rumors there were police at the edge of this field. 
Not to worry. Just telling them to walk their bikes!



NOTE: To the WHITEHOUSE 11/16/11


I am being forced to leave this comment under a lot of blogs today that seem so irrelevant now...  What is the use of 'Having Rights under our Constitution' if

'Now that Obama's DHS has decided that anyone in US who wants 'rights' is a terrorist and is liable therefore to warrantless arrest at any moment!

WAKE UP AMERICA. Join the 99% or be in Guantanamo or another private Concentration Camp like the 61 ICE camps we already have here!'

Don't like to have to do it. But after suffering through Mayor (Chancellor) Bloomberg's NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES... excerpted here

'Instead it seems Chancellor Bloomberg chose his version of Night of the Long Knives, 11/14/11, as his goons (those weren't NYPD, they were acting as agents of the DHS who apparantly not having other ones to chase now, has decided that all American citizens who actually want Constitutional Rights are 'terrorists'.)

 Doing this they violated not just First Amendment Rights, but also Fourth Amendment as they 'perfomed' brutal warrantless seizure of all of OWS possessions. For example stealing the tent, clothes, sleeping bag, food, backpack and 3 years of art drawings of one young man.. all he owned in the world. He saw them tossed in a dumpster right before his eyes at 1:30 AM.

They destroyed all the winter tents that OWS had purchased at a cost of $1,000 each via slashing and rending. They cut into the medical tent when there were still patients inside, no care being taken for their welfare. They then, without warrant, seized all the worldly possessions of the protestors and threw them all into dumpsters, including over 5,000 books of their catalogued library. They destroyed all the kitchen equipment and food. Then proceeded to UNLAWFULLY arrest these peaceful protestors after destroying their belongings.

Then subsequent to buying a Judge into ruling an ILLEGAL 'No Camping' law for Zuccotti Park, they proceeded to set up perimeter guards and would not let those in this new Concentration Camp, have adequate clothing, lie down, have any food or water  or cover the meager books they had recollected.

And you wonder why there is an Occupy Movement? Just you wait."

Are we repeating 'How Hitler Consolidated His Power'?


I had read this just the other day as the crackdowns on encampments had begun to remind me of Kristalinacht the beginning of the pogrom against Jews, but that occurred in 1938.

Instead it seems Chancellor Bloomberg chose his version of Night of the Long Knives, 11/14/11, as his goons (those weren't NYPD, they were acting as agents of the DHS who apparantly not having other ones to chase now, has decided that all American citizens who actually want Constitutional Rights are 'terrorists'.) 


 Doing this they violated not just First Amendment Rights, but also Fourth Amendment as they 'perfomed' brutal warrantless seizure of all of OWS possessions. For example stealing the tent, clothes, sleeping bag, food, backpack and 3 years of art drawings of one young man.. all he owned in the world. He saw them tossed in a dumpster right before his eyes at 1:30 AM.

They destroyed all the winter tents that OWS had purchased at a cost of $1,000 each via slashing and rending. They cut into the medical tent when there were still patients inside, no care being taken for their welfare. They then, without warrant, seized all the worldly possessions of the protestors and threw them all into dumpsters, including over 5,000 books of their catalogued library. They destroyed all the kitchen equipment and food. Then proceeded to UNLAWFULLY arrest these peaceful protestors after destroying their belongings. 


Then subsequent to buying a Judge into ruling an ILLEGAL 'No Camping' law for Zuccotti Park, they proceeded to set up perimeter guards and would not let those in this new Concentration Camp, have adequate clothing, lie down, have any food or water  or cover the meager books they had recollected.  


And you wonder why there is an Occupy Movement? Just you wait.

Here is summary of Germany's fall into tyrannical fascism. I recommend learning it for:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it..George Santayana

And just as an aside New Yorkers, I don't recommend a Fourth Term for Chancellor Bloomberg.

Excerpted from http://tinyurl.com/af62xj


In January 1933 Hitler became chancellor of Germany and by August 1934, he had declared himself Führer - the leader of Germany. What happened during this time that allowed Hitler to take the ultimate position of authority?

27 Feb 1933
Reichstag Fire - the Reichstag building is set on fire. A Dutch Communist, van der Lubbe, is caught red-handed in the burning building.

Hitler used the fire to his advantage in two ways:
1.It gave him an opportunity to imprison many communist leaders, which stopped them campaigning during the election.
2.It allowed the Nazis to say that the country was in danger from the communists during its election campaign.
Both these actions helped the Nazis to win more seats in the election.
When the courts convicted Dutch Communist van der Lubbe, but did not convict other Communist leaders, Hitler was furious and replaced the courts with the Nazi People's Courts.

5 Mar 1933
General Election - only 44 per cent of the population vote for the Nazis, who win 288 seats in the Reichstag.
Although it did not give the Nazis the majority that Hitler had hoped for in the Reichstag, it gave them enough seats - after Hitler had arrested all the communist deputies and the other parties had been intimidated by the SA - to get the Enabling Act passed, which is all Hitler needed to do.

23 Mar 1933
Enabling Act - the SA intimidates all the remaining non-Nazi deputies. The Reichstag votes to give Hitler the right to make his own laws.
Arguably the critical event - it gave Hitler absolute power to make his laws.

26 April 1933
Local government is reorganised - the country is carved up into 42 Gaus, which are run by a Gauleiter. These Gaus are separated into areas, localities and blocks of flats run by a Blockleiter. Hitler sets up the Gestapo.
This put the Nazis in control of local government, and allowed the Gestapo to rule by terror.

2 May 1933
Trade unions are abolished and their leaders arrested.
Abolishing the trade unions allowed Hitler to destroy a group that might have opposed him. It also gave Hitler the opportunity to set up the German Labour Front, which gave him control over German workers.

20 June 1933
Concordat - Hitler makes an agreement with the Pope who sees him as someone who can destroy communism. This agreement allows Hitler to take over political power in Germany as long as he leaves the Catholic Church alone.
Hitler's agreement with the Pope was a temporary truce that allowed Hitler to ban the Catholic Zentrum party without opposition from the Catholic Church.

14 July 1933
Political parties are banned - only the Nazi party is allowed to exist.
Banning political parties made Germany a one-party state and destroyed democracy in the country.
After this action, Germans could no longer get rid of Hitler in an election.

24 April 1934
People's Courts - Hitler sets up the Nazi people's courts where judges have to swear an oath of loyalty to the Nazis.
These were set up to give Hitler greater control over the judgements made in courts. Hitler was furious because the courts did not sentence the communists to death for starting the Reichstag fire.

30 June 1934
Night of the Long Knives - some SA leaders are demanding that the Nazi party carry out its socialist agenda, and that the SA take over the army. Hitler cannot afford to annoy the businessmen or the army, so the SS murders perhaps 400 of the SA members, including its leader Röhm, along with a number of Hitler's other opponents.
This destroyed all opposition within the Nazi Party. It gave power to the brutal SS. It also showed the rest of the world what a tyrant Hitler was.


19 Aug 1934
Führer - when Hindenburg dies, Hitler declares himself jointly president, chancellor and head of the army.

Hitler and the army
It is important to note that in 1934, the army was not subject to Hitler's authority. At this point, he still needed the army's support, which is why he destroyed the SA in the Night of the Long Knives.
In 1938, army leaders hoped Hitler's plan to conquer the Sudetenland would fail and give them an opportunity to depose him. When he suceeded, their attempt to get rid of him fell apart, and Hitler dismissed the chief of staff and 60 other generals. Thereafter, the army was also subservient to Hitler.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DAN SIEGEL Interview with RACHEL MADDOW

MUST WATCH if you are involved in any OCCUPY or are part of 99%.

In her INTERVIEW segment she has on Dan Siegel renowned civil rights Attorney. He resigned as Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's unpaid rights advisor at 2AM night prior when she let pressure from OAKLAND BANKS push her into evicting Occupy Oakland.

 In this interview he totally validates all the Occupy Movement  stands for and is doing!  GET OUT THERE AND HELP THEM!

First minutes of video are an Elizabeth Warren ad. Dan starts at 5:00. See TRANSCRIPT below.



Here is transcript:  from  http://tinyurl.com/7bl6hzg


There were a lot of arrests today at "Occupy Oakland" again. Before 
dawn this morning, hundreds of Oakland police officers armed with batons
entered the park that has been the site of "Occupy Oakland." They arrested
people. They took down about 100 tents.
Oakland`s mayor, Jean Quan, who ordered the park to be cleared, toured
the former site of the encampment. This raid was far less confrontational
than the last one three weeks on October 25th. Then police violently
cleared out protesters only to see a mass revulsion at their tactics.
There were a number of injuries, including the serious wounding of an
Iraq war veteran, a Marine named Scott Olsen, whose skull was fractured by
a blunt object, allegedly by a projectile fired by police officers. Scott
Olsen was released from the hospital this weekend. He posted this picture
of himself online as of last night.
"Occupy Oakland" protests came back from that October police action
bigger than they had been before. This right now is a shot of what "Occupy
Oakland" looked like just moments ago, reports of between 500 and 1,000
people reconvening after they were cleared out this morning, reconvening in
downtown Oakland.
Joining us tonight for the interview is a man who resigned his
volunteer advisory position with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and protest of the
police action today at "Occupy Oakland." His name is Dan Siegel.
Mr. Siegel, thanks very much for your time tonight. I appreciate the
chance to talk with you about this.
DAN SIEGEL, RESIGNED AS ADVISOR TO OAKLAND MAYOR: My pleasure.
MADDOW: Why did you choose to resign at 2:00 a.m. this morning?
SIEGEL: You know, I was very unhappy with the police raid on the
"Occupy Oakland" camp on October 25th, and in a conversation with some of
the protesters after that raid. They challenged me about continuing to
work for the city administration. And I said I was really thinking about
it, but I decided to stay and hope that the policy of allowing the camp to
resume would be followed.
But when it became clear early this morning that 600 or 700 riot
police were on their way to downtown Oakland to take 100 people out of
tents they`d been occupying, I wrote an e-mail to the mayor and said I
couldn`t be part of that.
MADDOW: Obviously, you disagree with the mayor`s decision. But
having worked closely with her and having known her for many, many years,
do you have any insight into why she believed that the protest must go?
She said her words tonight, I`m paraphrasing, that the movement will
continue but keep cannot sleep out in Oakland anymore in order to make
their point.
SIEGEL: Well, the movement will continue. I certainly agree with
that. And I think people will sleep out, if not in city hall plaza, in
some place elsewhere they choose to stay.
I think that`s really where I disagree with Mayor Quan and other city
officials. They just don`t see, in my opinion, the scope of this movement.
This is a tremendous movement. It`s a productive movement.
It`s a progressive movement of people who have been passive for years
in the face of economic attacks, homelessness, joblessness, foreclosures,
crushing student debt and so on. I think it has the potential to really
remake American society. And if that`s true, then people who run cities
and particularly cities like Oakland, where the 99 percent live and face
all the problems I mentioned, should be supportive of those movements and
should not think that they can control them.
You know, the other piece, Rachel, is beyond just the politics of
whose side are you on. To me, it seems like a totally useless and futile
activity to spend millions of dollars to take people out of tents, to
create situations where there was bloodshed in our streets and lots of
chaos for days because they`re going to come back. This is a movement that
can`t be stopped. I think it makes no sense to waste the meager budgets
that we have in places like Oakland in fighting with folks who are trying
to make things better.
MADDOW: What can you imagine -- as somebody who helped try to take
responsibility for the way that Oakland is governed, and your advisory role
with the mayor, until you resigned, what can you imagine in terms of a
reasonable accommodation that the city could make to stop confronting the
protesters and instead to allow them to stay in order to say their piece?
SIEGEL: Well, you know, I think the first thing is that people in
city hall have to get to know the protesters. I spent many, many hours
with them at the general assemblies and other activities and the vast
majority of them are incredibly reasonable, intelligent, thoughtful,
tolerant people. And I believe that if there had been more of an effort on
the part of the city government to actually get to know them, they would
have been successful in persuading the occupiers to meet the city`s demands
in terms of making sure that the park was clean and the sanitation was
maintained and the police and fire departments would be allowed access when
it was necessary for them to come in.
But I think there was just an attitude that got created very early on
of people stereotyping each other. I think that`s what created the
problem.
And then in the last week, there was tremendous pressure,
unfortunately, on Mayor Quan from some of the more conservative members of
the Oakland City Council and from people in the Chamber of Commerce and
others who used the fact that there was a shooting near the camp last
Friday as, in my view, an excuse to demand it be shut down.
And at the end of the day, the mayor was just unable to stand up in
the face of that kind of hostility.
MADDOW: Dan, I guess, city mayors and other authorities around the
country look to the experience of Oakland to make their own decisions about
what to do with their own occupy encampments. There are a thousand of
these across the country.
Obviously, you advocate local officials get to know the protesters,
and so, they`re not making decisions based on stereotypes. From what
you`ve done and what you think Oakland has done wrong, is there advice you
have for local authorities, local police departments, local mayors in
making decisions on what to do about this movement?
SEIGEL: Well, I think people do have to understand that this movement
is the 99 percent and that the goals are really important goals that we
should all be working for.
And I think there has to be a spirit of compromise. Go to the general
assemblies. Wait your turn to speak. Address the people who were there
and spend time with them, because at the end of the day, we should be
making common cause with the occupy movement to make the sorts of changes
that are necessary to have a fair taxation system, to curb the power of the
big banks, to deal with student loans and foreclosures and so on.
MADDOW: Dan Siegel, civil rights attorney who was a volunteer legal
adviser to the Oakland Mayor Jean Quan before his resignation early this
morning -- Mr. Siegel, thanks for taking time to explain this to us. I
really appreciate your time, sir.
SIEGEL: Thank you for having me on.