I Swear...I Didn't “Tear down this Reagan statue”

Bring it down! A bronze Ronald Reagan statue in Newport Beach was damaged early Sunday morning, as an unidentified driver tried to tear it down like we did the statues of Saddam Hussein. According to witnesses – at around 5:30 am – the man walked up to the statue, put a rope around Reagan’s neck that was also attached to his pick-up truck, and then tried to drive off – either to tear the statue down or to take it with him.

The man may not have held a political grudge against Reagan – as police noted that there has been uptick in copper and bronze robberies as a result of the poor economy…thanks to the economic damage of 30 years of Reaganomics. Ultimately – the man was unsuccessful in his heist to “tear down this Reagan statue” – but he did manage to flee the scene before police arrived.

Let me save the investigators some time here – I was nowhere near Newport Beach at the time of the crime…I swear.


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Pat Prachter 11 years 20 weeks ago

Thom: I remember when the religious fanatic called for the end of the world sometime in May of this year. On your show you stated that you planned to stand by Reagan's grave just in case the resurrection had arrived -- just so you could smack him one and show him the damage he'd done. That was priceless. Hope the man who tried to take the statue down was making a political statement rather than just being down and out.

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untaxed 11 years 20 weeks ago

September 17th is the day Occupy Wall Street began. If you look back to occurrences on that day in the history of the United States and the world, it is THEE perfect day for it to have started as so many very important beginnings happened on that particular date. If September 17th history is any indication, we may someday be making it into a national holiday. We will be remembering September 17th fondly and trying to forget all the damage that Reagan and the next 30 years of Reaganomics caused. Here’s the list of events occurring on September 17th that goes back almost 400 years that seems to have an amazing thread to it.

September 17th Events in History:

1630- The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded, which will become the cradle of the American Revolution.

1787- The U.S Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the hope that a government and nation was created that truly responded to the will of just WE THE PEOPLE.

1814- Francis Scott Key finishes his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry”, later set to music to become “The Star Spangled Banner”. (All countries need "theme music." I wish ours was changed to "America the Beautiful.")

1858-The black slave Dred Scott dies. The year before the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that Scott, and by extension all black slaves, were ruled property and not people and that slaves did not in fact become free in a free state. (The Supreme Court would again turn logic on its head in the 2010 Citizens United decision to rule that property, corporations, are essentially people.)

1862- The American Civil War Battle of Antietam is fought. The Confederate Army is forced to retreat back into Virginia. It is the victory Lincoln and his cabinet decided they needed earlier that summer to announce the Emancipation Proclamation. All black slaves thus begin the road to freedom and equality. It is the beginning of Dred Scott's vindication as well. The Battle of Antietam is the bloodiest single day in American history with over 25,000 casualties. Not to discount their sacrifice in any way, but the 1% American oligarchy has been bleeding us dry far too long. They have caused needless pain and suffering that has led to things like the lack of healthcare, that could be easily given to everyone, that annually costs the lives of 45,000 people.

1978-The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt, the needed first step to ultimately one day achieve peace in the Middle East.

1980- After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk. Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established. This is probably the first step in the ending of Soviet domination over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union’s ultimate collapse.

1993- 13 years to the day later, the last Russian troops leave Poland.

2001- The New York Stock Exchange Reopens for trading after the September 11 Attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

2011- 10 years to the day later, the Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City. Hopefully, it is the beginning of the movement that truly establishes the government the U.S. Constitution intended, a government and nation of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE and for the PEOPLE that will never perish from the earth. Hopefully, it is also the beginning of eliminating greed, social and economic inequality, poverty and creating a better, greener, renewable sustainable earth with peace, harmony, plenty to eat and all are free to pursue happiness and their dreams.

Jim L

Sonora, California

P.S. One other date I didn't include as it probably can't be viewed as a really significant beginning:

1778- The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed. It is the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe, the Delaware Indians. (I think corporate "personhood" could have started at this much earlier date. The Delawares had to have traded something to the U.S. in the treaty. Perhaps it was those notoriously lax Delaware corporation laws that to this day Delaware is most famous for?)

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stonesphear 11 years 20 weeks ago

11/11/11 -------

That is a lot of oneness, an opportunity missed is an opportunity lost. ??

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TomShafShafer 11 years 20 weeks ago

I hear that there is a new statue of Reagan at National Airport (I refuse to call it by any other name.) For the record, I do not propose destruction or defacing of the statue.

However, as an act of counterprotest, I would welcome the placement of a marker commenorating the 1981 firing of PATCO members (the airtraffic controllers union) by Reagan. That act made the renaming of National an even more ironic and bitter pill to swallow for organized labor in this country.

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Gene Savory 11 years 20 weeks ago

"A rising tide lifts all boats" except those that are anchored to the bottom.

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bipolar 11 years 20 weeks ago

Two questions

1. Why do you raise your voice when you are trying to make a statement?

2. You seen to hate America. Why don't you move out?

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carriehonigman 11 years 20 weeks ago

We should all claim that we attempted to tear down the Reagan statue in Newport Beach. I am Sparticus.

dianhow 11 years 20 weeks ago

I admit I voted for ' Shining City on a Hill ' Reagan ' I like many was taken by his charm ..Now I see that Reaganomics 1981 deregulation - 1986 total amnesty for cheap illegal wages with wide open borders , huge unfunded debt and top tax rate going from up to 75 % to 35 % ..Reagan selling guns to Iran.. was the start of a long slow road to total disaster... 2008 global crash / depression 700 billion TARP scam on taxpayers Housing crash .. much of it due to deregulating of Banks / lenders Banks became predatory, labelled their JUNK mortgages as TRIPLE AAA ! Then they sold them to unsuspecting investors world wide -making billions on ' scam mortgages ' . Wall St's Greenspan agreed with that policy as did Rubin Sommers & all the Goldman trained Fed boys who ran our economy.. into the ground Bush even told Fannie Mae to make more loans to low income buyers Zero down Interest only ARM mortgages became wildly popular as lenders told naive first time buyers ' Not to worry values will keep going UP / you can just refi in a year Most of those loans defaulted I saw it all up close as a Realtor . Lenders called them ' Liar loans ' Buyer Beware

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Pat Prachter 11 years 20 weeks ago

bipolar: in response to question 1, people often raise their voices when they want to emphasize something. This is natural. In response to question 2, Thom is a patriot who clearly loves America. If you listen to him and research the points he makes, you will necessarily conclude that Thom has a very clear understanding of the concepts this country were built on. Concepts such as true freedom, democracy, the ability to realize dreams. These concepts have been seriously corroded in the last few decades. Criticizing the ugly path that the corporate cleptocrats have put us on is not hating America; it is a perfectly justifiable response to the criminal erosion of what America was and could have still been. I hope I have not overstepped my bounds by speaking on Thom's behalf. For what it's worth, I think you need to pay closer attention to the message.

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2950-10K 11 years 20 weeks ago

Nowhere in the area, suuure!..... My advice Thom, next time make it 3:00AM and use a Peterbilt 379 with a logging chain attached.

By the way, each penny minted before 1982 contains about 3 cents worth of copper.....just saying!

Chubbell 11 years 20 weeks ago

I have an autographed picture of Nancy and Ronald Reagan... he was a friend of my father in law and a nice man and a mediocre actor. And seriously, Reagan signed it in pencil! That act alone says something about the man. Clueless.

As much as we think Bush was a cypher for Cheney and Rove et al. Reagan was an empty vessel to be filled by the likes of Milton Friedman (the true villian of the past 30 yrs) and all of the politicians (mostly GOP but plenty of Dems) and corporate "citizens" who decided to destroy our great country in the name of patriotism (greed).

A star on Hollywood Blvd was pushing Reagan's limits, but now we have libraries, hospitals, schools, highways etc, named after the star that vicariously has destroyed our economics. Most likely for good... unless you can convince your neighbors that they will have to pay $40 for an American made sweatshirt, instead of one for ten bucks at Target that is made in, pick 'em: Pakistan, sri lanka, china , mexico, india, malaysia, etc, etc, etc...

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Progressive Rep... 11 years 20 weeks ago

I don't normally pull for criminal activity, but I'm glad he got away. A shame about the lack of success, though...

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Palindromedary 11 years 20 weeks ago

Convince Americans to buy a $40 American made sweat shirt? First of all...do they even really make sweatshirts in America anymore? Thanks to the greedster corporate bandits, that value profit more than their own country, we are left with buying only what we can barely afford....because many of us have no other choice because we can no longer to afford to pay "premium patriotic" prices for things.

Besides it isn't beneath the criminal corporate greedsters to trick us into thinking something is made in America when it is actually made in a foreign sweat shops using child labor. They've been doing that for many years now. They'll call a car an American car even though most of the parts come from China or elsewhere. One thing is certain..that the American CEOs are selling out their country and then they blame the poor for a condition that they created..

The criminal elite started this economic war against their fellow Americans at least 30 years ago and I believe that they have committed both economic treason and violence culminating in thousands of American deaths when they planned, engineered, and carried out the 911 "attacks". I believe that 911 was very much related to our economic downfall. These people knew that their schemes were going to be very public and needed to make the people very afraid of some foreign bogey man to be able to institute more controls over the people that they swindled.

The failed Laissez Fair casino capitalism system has let us all down and we need to return to a highly regulated capitalist system. We have to convict and force these criminals to give back what they stole and throw the bums in jail.

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Palindromedary 11 years 20 weeks ago

You know those bronze statues are hollow...just like Reagan was. He may have started out on the correct path but unfortunately he got influenced, as his mind degenerated, by rapacious capitalists. I think he ended up with as much space between his ears as the statue has. Somehow, I don't think we have heard the last of attacks on that statue. They'll probably have to post an around the clock guard which would end up costing them a lot of money to keep people from attacking it.

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rolerae 11 years 20 weeks ago

...if at first we don't succeed...!

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eddar6@embarqma... 11 years 16 weeks ago

excellent - a true citizen - intelligent too - certainly NOT a repub !!!!!


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