Occupy is back…

And so is police repression of the movement. Yesterday, Occupy celebrated its one-year anniversary with demonstrations in New York City and more than 30 other cities nationwide. But in New York, the police were in full force to crackdown on the movement. More than 180 people were arrested by the NYPD on Monday – including some journalists – mostly for disorderly conduct or behavior that used to be allowed under the 1st Amendment.

Coincidentally, this police crackdown against free speech and free association also occurred on Constitution Day – the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who understood the importance of dissent and periodic revolution would be horrified at the way peaceful Americans have been treated since the Occupy Movement began a year ago. It’s time to throw banksters in jail, not activists.


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Palindromedary 4 years 26 weeks ago

Throw banksters and crooked politicians in jail!

I can't believe that people still want to vote for Obama...he is just another right-wing Republican who pretended, once apon a time, to be a Democrat.

Chris Hedge's lawsuit against President Obama over Section 1021(b)(2) of the NDAA, which authorizes the military to detain US citizens indefinitely, strip them of due process and hold them in military facilities, including offshore penal colonies...has won his lawsuit...thanks to US District Judge Katherine Forrest. The government couldn't believe it! And they are now taking it to a higher court.

“This may be the most significant constitutional standoff since the Pentagon Papers case,” said Carl Mayer, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

“The administration of President Obama within the last 48 hours has decided to engage in an all-out campaign to block and overturn an order of a federal judge,” said co-lead counsel Bruce Afran. “As Judge Forrest noted in her opinion, nothing is more fundamental in American law than the possibility that journalists, activists and citizens could lose their liberty, potentially forever, and the Obama administration has now lined up squarely with the most conservative elements of the Republican Party to undermine Americans’ civil liberties.”

"The request by the government to keep the law on the books during the appeal process raises a disturbing question. If the administration is this anxious to restore this section of the NDAA, is it because the Obama government has already used it? Or does it have plans to use the section in the immediate future?"

"Liberal apologists for Barack Obama should read Judge Forrest’s 112-page ruling. It is a chilling explication and denunciation of the massive erosion of the separation of powers."


The Obama regime wants the ability to arrest "future protestors" ie: a preemptive arrest on those who are planning to protest. Their argument is that because of the violent protesting abroad that there are possible Muslims, or non-Muslims, in the US that could rile up the people and bring the violence to the US. Problem is that the only real violence, so far, has been the police actions against the peaceful protestors. Maybe we citizens should do a citizens arrest on some of those police and politicians that are instigating violence against peaceful US citizens? The biggest reason why peaceful demonstrations turn violent is because the police use violence first....at the behest of their chain of command all the way up to the President.

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Palindromedary 4 years 26 weeks ago

But, it was overturned..for 10 days anyway....a temporary victory stepped on by the powers that be. Maybe Obama can declare himself Supreme Dictator for Life.


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ken ware 4 years 26 weeks ago

(9/17/2012) Every movement that has been used to accomplish good for our society has been under surveillance of some kind. The police dept., the F.B.I. and Homeland Security have all actively infiltrated O.W.S. as well as groups that have sprung up from this movement. This is no surprise to anyone, but the severity that the local police have used is not called for. These people as a whole have not been violent protesters; they resemble the peace in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movements of the sixties. And, if you recall or are old enough to have participated you can remember that they were battered by the various factions of police as well as being infiltrated by the separate police agencies. It should be no surprise that it is happening today. Unlike Canada and different European countries the protesters are not throwing objects or Molotov cocktails at the authorities that are using force against them. My main concern is that somewhere along the road of these protesting someone may become violent and the response by the police will be extremely violent. They have to be vigilant in their efforts to make sure this doesn't happen by one of them or by an infiltrator trying to stir things up to the point of no return. We live in a free nation with a democracy for most if not all, and the fight must continue in a peaceful manner or the message will be lost and the movement will lose support by the everyday hard working Americans that witness on a daily basis the struggles we are going through to regain our rights and freedoms from assault from the 1 presenters and the politicians that support their effort to destroy the middle class.. Not all politicians in Washington and in our State Capitals are out to destroy the middle class, those are the people we need to support this election year.

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chuckle8 4 years 26 weeks ago

Well said. Thanks.

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ken ware 4 years 26 weeks ago

So your hatred of Obama would justify letting Romney win the election by pulling votes away from the President and voting for the Green Party, which has no chance of winning. Do you think through your words or are they just a compulsion you cannot control? Now respond by putting down someone who has a different point of view, like you usually do in this type of situation. Why don't you run for President, you seem to have all the answers? I still think you’re an agent out to destroy democracy through your contempt of anyone in political power and the fact you only seem to distract people from the real issues facing us this election year. This is just my simple take on your words that are always directed at discrediting everyone. You must be one unhappy individual with a great deal of empty time on your hands. I almost feel sorry for you, almost. Why haven't you ever mentioned what the Republican candidate does or says?

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js121 4 years 26 weeks ago

LMAO....did you volunteer through brierbart? What a bunch of B.S.. Not even going to dignify answering your crap. Troll some other site!!

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js121 4 years 26 weeks ago

Occupy the Voting Booths. Fighting ELECTION FRAUD!! Voter Fraud is a smoke-screen - it doesn't exist. Election fraud is rampant. MI, McCotter, 2012; FL, Bush, 2000; OH, Bush, 2004; WI, Walker, 2012 Proven in court that FL machines counted Gore's vote Backwards. OH, Diebold voting machine CEO guarantees Bush victory in OH. Had to resign his position - court case, Won. Romney owns preferred shares in Diebold. No machines are made in the USA - VERY suspect software! Malaysian manufacturer of machines/software is a casino magnate - wants casino in FL. Iceland, Ireland, Germany have just banned the machines. True the Vote to mobilize 1,000,000 to intimidate voters on election day. Look up what machines are used in your county (blackboxvoting.org) and push to get them banned! Site also tells you how to be active in catching when they are rigging the votes. Also, CO just passed HB1036 and it will be boilerplated to other "New Right" (Weyrich) states. Curtails our ability to verify election ballot votes which is a guaranteed right under the constitution. They hid it in an unrelated bill. WI tried to burn the ballots from Walker's recall election so we couldn't verify the votes. We need to know our Rights and how to help ensure that our votes are NOT stolen! If they can mobilize 1,000,000 to intimidate us....WHY can't we mobiize 2,000,000 to ensure we verify the votes as Constitutionally guaranteed. You can bet if romney is elected, that will be amended!!!

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chuckle8 4 years 26 weeks ago

Thom, I am looking for a gold star or corrections to my error in thought.

During the Repug convention (I listen to you on podcast, so I am always behind) you were having a discussion with a Romney econmic surrogate about the need for demand in our economy. He said the Romney plan would increase demand by encouraging entrepreneurship. He then gave an example of the iPhone and how it increased demand. I think that you then described how Apple was taking jobs out of the country, and we should tariffs by getting out of the WTO. I agree with what you said, but it does not directly point out how ignorant the surrogate was. My point is that the iPhone did not increase demand at all. All it did was redistribute the little demand we have. Demand is only increased by raising wages or increasing private debt.

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fatfax 4 years 26 weeks ago

Im constantly putting forth the positve's of progressive democratic reform via verbal exchange's with my stubborn mostly wealthy Republican relative's. They make abusive comments about reduceing/deleting my share of the family inheritance. When Im winning the arguments they hate me. They inherited their fortune's from WWII era democratic leaning parents. Go figure !!

Gordon Gekko & Eddie Munster


Obama & Biden

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ken ware 4 years 26 weeks ago

I live in S. California and the county I live in uses the "old" style punch card ballot. So it is almost impossible to rig the machine. I guess because of the severe financial situation our state is in, they never opted for new equipment here! The state votes for the Democrat party in almost every county, except for the Orange county area that is widely Repub. so we are all pretty sure who will win our state in the election. It is like Texas who generally always goes Republican. Still we are volunteering at call centers to make sure no one that can vote stays at home. There is too much riding on the election this year, including Prop.32 which we hope fails; it gives more unaccountable power to PAC's and Prop. 30 to raise taxes on the wealthier Californians for 7 years to help with the schools and other public needs. The Repug's are out to kill the tax bill, hopefully they won't win. Thanks for the info...keep up the fight. We know what will happen if Romney wins, death of the middle class and greater poverty for the poor.

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chuckle8 4 years 26 weeks ago

I also live in So Cal. The reason we do not have machines for voting is because of Debra Bowen our Sec of State. She declared the voting machines already purchased to be warehoused and never used. The financial situation had nothing to do with it. She knew the machines could be unreliable.

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Jacqui Georgi 4 years 26 weeks ago

Thank you.

And thank you again for this (from a Vietnam era "peacenik" who believes in non-violent demonstration and our political process) - "We live in a free nation with a democracy for most if not all, and the fight must continue in a peaceful manner or the message will be lost and the movement will lose support by the everyday hard working Americans that witness on a daily basis the struggles we are going through to regain our rights and freedoms from assault from the 1 presenters and the politicians that support their effort to destroy the middle class.. Not all politicians in Washington and in our State Capitals are out to destroy the middle class, those are the people we need to support this election year."

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John Steinsvold 4 years 26 weeks ago

An Alternative to Capitalism (OWS Goal?)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:


John Steinsvold
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein

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bluedog 294 4 years 26 weeks ago

"I can't believe that people still want to vote for Obama.. he is just another right-wing Republican who pretended, once upon a time, to be a Democrat." ??? ...........To me, that sounds like what a paid GOP disinfo agent might say......If you had any guts, you'd answer Ken Ware's question: "Why haven't you ever mentioned what the republican candidate does or says?".......I agree with js121, "Troll some other site."

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