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Waiting… 17 May 2012

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Mexico.

Guatemala City, Guatemala: Vultures are perched on top of graves at the municipal cemetery – Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Or, it looks like they are waiting…

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1. marisacat - 17 May 2012
2. ts - 18 May 2012

Mike Whitney writes about the plan to kick Greece out of the Eurozone.

I’m not so sure there is such a plan, though no doubt the EU is pulling all the stops to threaten Greece with financial Armageddon, or at least get Syriza to play ball. They count on the 70% of Greeks that say they want to stay in the Euro.

I’m also not sure it’s “endgame” yet. Philip Pilkington suggests it’s just one more revolution around the porcelain fixture.

I do think its coming though. EFSF funds can be used to bail out banks or bail out the government. Now that there’s a pretty steady drain on cash out of banks, the more that’s siphoned off to shore up capital requirements, the less that can be used to pay the Greek Government’s bills. I don’t know where the breaking point is, but its out there.

One thing that I don’t hear much commentary about, is WHY Greeks don’t want to leave the Euro. I don’t think its much about any affection for the EU as it is about most citizens having no protection against the massive immediate devaluation. For example, a labor union might get wage increases equal to the inflation rate tied to the Euro, but that won’t cover inflation due to leaving the Euro. Pensioners are in the same boat, as are any businesses contracting with the government. Rich people can buy stocks or spirit their money out, but that’s the 1%.

This is why money is disappearing from banks. You can’t have virtual Euros – stuff that can get forcibly converted to Drachmas at your loss – when the devaluation hits, you have to keep the hard stuff.

So the public now thinks it’s over, and it probably is, but who knows how many governments Greece will cycle through before the end.

ts - 18 May 2012

I think I’m going to research a longer piece along these lines this weekend. I’ll let you know when its done.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

Yes please! Post with a link and snip when it is up….

And somehow i never made it to Cpunch all week… time to drop in… 😉

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2012

What we teach children about police

Visiting the local library yesterday my son picked out a book all about police. I was stunned when, after pages and pages of info about police cars and police offices, there were these two pages about Riot Control Trucks and SWAT Vans.

Even after months of tracking conflicts between police and the press I still have a profound respect for much of law enforcement and the jobs they do in our communities. However, the descriptions of water cannons being turned on protesters and the taunting opening on the SWAT page, “Someone’s causing a lot of trouble…,” all seemed out of place. Given the increasingly militarized response we have seen to citizen protests, seeing Riot and SWAT teams portrayed this way in a children’s book was troubling.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

wellll we have been told now for several months, it has been a chosen mantra of this latest Lifetime movie in FL, the conversation that black and brown parents have wtih their children about cops. Maybe it was news to some..

ANY white parent who does not have a well informed sit down with their children is an idiot. Was, is, and will be.

Just because it is worse now, does not mean it was ever good, the policeman was not your friend. He might be depending on circmstances – and if you are lucky….. it was always hit or miss, depending on the cop you ran into.

brinn - 23 May 2012

Was just having a conversation with my newly minted 13-year-old yesterday:

“If you get arrested for any reason, just say, I want a lawyer/my mom”. Say nothing else. At all. Even if you have done nothing wrong. Treat police with respect, but know your rights at all times.”

marisacat - 23 May 2012

Too true….

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2012
marisacat - 18 May 2012

ugh I am so worried he will squeak thru.

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2012

me too, they’re flatout making up unemployment numbers, with the local paper changing stories and headlines to match the campaign here in Milwaukee. LOTS of money pouring in from wingers/big bidness all over the place, and the donks as a party are nearly as clueless here as they are locally. Oh, and the DNC apparently is being tightfisted with money to help.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

The Righties just bluntly say the DNC has pulled out. A few weeks ago the triumphalism on the Right side seemed a bit nervous, but lately it is very assured. They expect to win – no question…

Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2012

I think Obbie wants to run against Walker, or something. Hell, I don’t know.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

I had not thought of that… but sure, I could see that.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012

People here need to tell the party to go fuck itself. Half of the Senate recalls have been pursued despite the donk party, and the recall against Walker went forward despite the party as well … they wanted to postpone the filing to time it to the fall election.

marisacat - 19 May 2012

Oh I so agree…. in most states…but esp in WI. Such a long sustained struggle and for the party to be cheap and churlish… I hope it is a big mistake.

ms_xeno - 19 May 2012

There’s still time for that General Strike. Sorry I can’t bus in and join you.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 18 May 2012

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Preemptive Police Raids & Unlawful Searches

Chicago, IL 5/17/12 — The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns a preemptive police raid that took place at approximately 11:30pm Wednesday in the Bridgeport neighborhood, and instances of harassment on the street, in which Chicago police are unlawfully detaining, searching, and questioning NATO protesters. The Bridgeport raid was apparently conducted by the Organized Crime Division of the Chicago Police Department and resulted in as many as 8 arrests.

According to witnesses in Bridgeport, police broke down a door to access a 6-unit apartment building near 32nd & Morgan Streets without a search warrant. Police entered an apartment with guns drawn and tackled one of the tenants to the floor in his kitchen. Two tenants were handcuffed for more than 2 hours in their living room while police searched their apartment and a neighboring unit, repeatedly calling one of the tenants a “Commie faggot.” A search warrant produced 4 hours after police broke into the apartment was missing a judge’s signature, according to witnesses. Among items seized by police in the Bridgeport raid were beer-making supplies and at least one cell phone.

“Preemptive raids like this are a hallmark of National Special Security Events,” said Sarah Gelsomino with the NLG and the People’s Law Office. “The Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies should be aware that this behavior will not be tolerated and will result in real consequences for the city.”

In another incident, 3 plainclothes police officers unlawfully stopped, handcuffed, and searched a NATO protester on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive at approximately 2pm today. According to the protester, he did not consent to a search and there was no probable cause to detain him. The police also photographed and questioned him about where he was from, how he got to Chicago, how long it took, what he was doing here, where he was staying, who he was with, and how long he was planning to say in Chicago. The protester refused to answer any questions and was eventually released.

The NLG has received reports that at least 20 people have been arrested so far this week, and two people are still in custody, not including the Bridgeport residents who are still unaccounted for. One of the protesters currently being detained, Danny Johnson of Los Angeles, has been accused of assaulting a police officer during an immigrant rights rally on Tuesday afternoon. However, multiple witnesses on the scene, including an NLG Legal Observer, recorded a version of events that contradict the accusations of police.

During the week of NATO demonstrations, the NLG is staffing a legal office and answering calls from activists on the streets and in jail. The NLG will also be dispatching scores of Legal Observers to record police misconduct and representing arrestees in the event the city pursues criminal prosecutions.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

ugh I think they do whatever they want… and the NLG is but a small dam against it being worse. They at leeast document…

Between Immigracion and the many levels of the drug wars, then the Age of Terror, we are in deep trouble.

marisacat - 18 May 2012

ugh speaking f that sort of thing… I saw this over at Talk Left (she links back to the SL Trib):

The DEA and two sheriffs are asking permission to install stationary license plate scanners on the freeway in Beaver and Washington counties [Utah]. The primary purpose would be to catch or build cases against drug traffickers….

….Gary Newcomb, a supervisory IT specialist from the DEA, flew in from Virginia to testify Wednesday. He said the scanners are already in place on drug trafficking corridors in California and Texas, and the DEA is considering placing them on interstates near the Arizona cities of Kingman and Flagstaff. . . . . .

Eventually they will have all surveillance everywhere….

6. marisacat - 19 May 2012

Can this get more boring? I guess it can. Yes yes thank you Cornell. So. great. of. you.

CORNEL WEST LOSES FAITH WITH OBAMA: From a Financial Times feature on the Princeton professor:

“His primary target is President Barack Obama, a man for whom he campaigned in 2008’s election but now describes as ‘a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.’ …

I ask him if he is hopeful that a second term for Obama will be more fruitful, once freed from the political tyranny of re-election to the White House. He is not optimistic. ‘I think at this point he’s obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore, he wants to be a great figure in the pantheon of American presidents,’ he says. Obama, West believes, has not been willing to listen and evolve – he should have been listening to progressive economists such as Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz and Sylvia Ann Hewlett – in the way that Abraham Lincoln listened and changed his views on slavery. ‘If you’re thinking about Mount Rushmore, you’re thinking about your legacy, your legacy, your legacy. Puh-lease.'” http://on.ft.com/L22GFT

(banging head against brick wall)

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012

he’s just racist /obama fanboy>

ms_xeno - 19 May 2012

I’m pretty sure that expecting self-absorbed predators to “evolve” after you give them your blessing for being exactly that is a really, really bad strategy, Cornell.

Nice crocodile tears, though. Maybe you can squeeze another book out of it.

marisacat - 19 May 2012

He s so dreary. If it is not Cornel, then it is Tavis, if not Tavis then the Dyson rambler.

We have equal opportunity jerk offs. The line-up of whties is long.

One of the times I was hassled coming back intothe US… and held for ove an hour, three absolute tubs of lard I mean wider than they were tall! Not chubby not plump, not even just old fashioned fat, presided over me. a White an Asian and a Black. I dubbed it Equal Opp SLoth.

ms_xeno - 20 May 2012

The real reason these wankers are unhappy is because they thought they’d get cushy gigs from Hopey after they worked so valiantly on burnishing his rep, but of course he’s far too “post racial” to be seen doing that sort of thing.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012
8. marisacat - 19 May 2012


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); roundtable with Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Republican strategist Mike Murphy, CNBC’s Jim Cramer and the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel

–ABC’s “The Week“: Speaker John Boehner (R-OH); House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); roundtable with ABC News’ George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, political strategist Matthew Dowd, syndicated radio show host Laura Ingraham and Current TV host Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); foreign policy roundtable with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, CBS News’ Clarissa Ward and Sen. Graham; political roundtable with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell and CBS News’ John Dickerson

–“Fox News Sunday“: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and former Obama White House Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee; roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove and former Howard Dean presidential campaign manager and Democratic consultant Joe Trippi

–CNN’s “State of the Union” (SUN 9am ET / 12pm ET): Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX); Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; roundtable with CNN’s Dana Bash and the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny; NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: (SUN 10am ET / 1pm ET): Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti; Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini; New York Times columnist Paul Krugman

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources“: (SUN 11am ET): Roundtable with the National Review’s Ramesh Ponuru, RealClearPolitics.com’s Erin McPike and Newsweek / Daily Beast columnist John Avlon; USA Today president and publisher Larry Kramer; former Daily Show producer Mike Rubens

–C-SPAN: “The Communicators” (SAT 6:30pm ET): FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, questioned by Communications Daily’s Jonathan Make. “Newsmakers” (SUN 10am ET / 6pm ET): Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), questioned by the New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum and the National Journal’s Major Garrett. “Q&A” (SUN 8pm ET / 11pm ET): Author Robert Caro (“The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power”) (part two of two).

marisacat - 19 May 2012

so bad. so so so bad.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012

Scott Walker Cornered — Criminal Defense Fund Reveals Answers

Madison — Governor Scott Walker has refused to describe the conditions under which his criminal defense fund has been created. Newly released documents from the Government Accountability Board, obtained by state Senator Jon Erpenbach, show definitively that Walker must be either a target of the investigation and /or he is bankrolling the defense of heinous crimes.

Who Might Scott Walker Be Supporting Financially?

Walker is probably not bankrolling the defense of Darlene Wink, who has plead guilty under a plea deal with the District Attorney, to two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. It could be Kelly Rindfleisch, who in the course of her employment with Walker’s administration, engaged in political activity on taxpayer time, running the fundraising operation for Brett Davis, Scott Walker and the GOP’s preferred Lt. Governor candidate.

Another candidate could be Tim Russell, Scott Walker’s former Deputy Chief of Staff and close political ally, who faces several serious felony and misdemeanor for embezzling funds from various campaigns and from a charity that helps military veterans and their families.

It might be Brian Pierick. It was when the District Attorney seized Tim Russell’s work and home computer, as part of the investigation into Russell’s embezzlement of funds from a charity for military veterans and their families, prosecutors discovered what appeared to be child pornography and sexually explicit online chats with a minor, leading to charges that Brian Pierick (and male partner) allegedly attempted to entice a minor into exposing a sex organ.

Last but not least is Kevin Kavanaugh, Scott Walker’s close friend and political appointee to a Veterans Commission, who faces several serious felony and misdemeanor charges for embezzling at least $42,232 from the Military Order of the Purple Heart between 2006 and 2009. He is also alleged to have stolen money earmarked for children of Wisconsin military service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Capper at Cognitive Dissidence had this to say about the possibility Scott Walker is bankrolling one of his former minions.

Based on a discussion that I previously had with Michael Maistelman, one of the state’s leading election law attorneys, it is pretty unlikely that Tim Russell, Darlene Wink or Kelly Rindfleisch could be considered an agent, since they were county employees at that time, not campaign workers. If Walker is indeed using his legal defense fund for any of these people, that would be yet another violation of the law.

marisacat - 19 May 2012

Last but not least is Kevin Kavanaugh, Scott Walker’s close friend and political appointee to a Veterans Commission, who faces several serious felony and misdemeanor charges for embezzling at least $42,232 from the Military Order of the Purple Heart between 2006 and 2009. He is also alleged to have stolen money earmarked for children of Wisconsin military service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oh just lovely.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012

I’m just amazed how little effect all of these revelations have had on his supporters.

marisacat - 19 May 2012

Politics now is a complete cult of personality. Like being a Mickey Mouse Club member. It s utterly disgusting.

ms_xeno - 19 May 2012

Did Newsweek really just declare Hopey the “First Gay President” ?

Where are Silber and IOZ when you need them? I’m fighting back some serious fucking nausea here.

marisacat - 19 May 2012

Wasn’t that astonising? And a slobber piece by Sully, cabana boy extraordinaire. Even if it was a ‘change the subject’ play it was massive weird overkill.

Madman in the Marketplace - 19 May 2012

yup, complete tribal thing

marisacat - 19 May 2012

Be sure and wear your mouse ears to show your support. It really is down to that…

10. marisacat - 19 May 2012

hmmm I almost did not read this as in the opening graf the writer says he voted for Jerry here in Cali and is disappointed (call an ambulance! Hankies at the ready…) but then he goes on to touch on WI and Slobby and and and….

Here is a snip from the grafs on WI:

[T]oday, in Wisconsin, in the massive Recall Governor Walker campaign, following FDR’s betrayal scenario [of Upton SInclair] almost exactly to the letter, President Obama is back-stabbing progressive Democrats by refusing to say a single word against the ultra-reactionary, union-busting, social-services-slashing Walker, a way far out Republican financed by the sinister billionaires the Koch brothers.

Obama is afraid or unwilling to come to Wisconsin to back up his most fervent supporters. With only a little more time to go, in a finely balanced contest, with the Republicans outspending progressives 20-to-one, Obama’s Democratic National Committee stubbornly refuses to invest a penny in the battle to unseat Walker. . . . . .

ms_xeno - 20 May 2012

This dipshit seriously wants to know why Obama does what he does?

Uh, because he knows you’ll still vote for him no matter what he does, you moron. So will every last backstabbed Dem in WI, most likely.

ms_xeno - 20 May 2012

P.S.- I just saw the Wash Post article from 5/8 in which a “top rated” commenter blames Occupy for “sullying” the reputation of the Democrats and depriving them of a movement to coalesce behind or some shit like that.

I desperately need some of what the average Democrat smokes.

marisacat - 20 May 2012

I think they smoke some sort of Nader weed!


ms_xeno - 20 May 2012

:p Oh, silly me. I thought Occupy was deliberately trying to avoid yoking itself to any one person’s political fortunes. I thought they/we were all on communal weed. Locally sourced, of course.


Madman in the Marketplace - 20 May 2012

I seriously think it’s a strategic decision for the election in the fall. Obby’s campaign thinks they will benefit if people are still pissed off. I think on the other hand that a lot of people will say “fuck it” and drop out, and the rest that stay motivated will turn hard against the democrats as being ineffectual.

ms_xeno - 20 May 2012

The election is his to lose, and that means he can deliberately shit all over an entire state and its people just to score a couple of moral points sometime before November.

So typical. What a fucking asshole. How did this guy ever pass himself off as a fucking “community activist”? It’s been clear for ages that he loathes true “community activism” and the people involved in it. He doesn’t respect them, doesn’t trust them, doesn’t understand them.

He’s not their friend. Never was.

marisacat - 20 May 2012

Stupid white people and gullible church-slap-happy black people. The biggest thing Slobby did was kill “racist” of having even a shred of meaning anymore. So I guess he wins for “post racial”.

‘Course I am re watching The Wire… LOL on disc one season one.

marisacat - 20 May 2012

It’s been clear for ages that he loathes true “community activism”

oh but we live in the era when the Democratic party is happy to push Sharpton as a professor emeritus of activism. A man who works for whoever pays him… an operative of the Dems, no prob!, An operative paid by Roger Stone to trash the Dem conv in 2004, no prob!!

It is all so fucked up. They all so deserve each other. The pity is they all take a Fleet Enema on the rest of us (think I stole that from Last Exit to Brooklyn!)

marisacat - 20 May 2012

People should “drop out” withhold the vote. Only thing that works.

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 May 2012
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 20 May 2012

UPDATE: CNN Confirms Nat’l Guard on ‘Stand-by’ in Chicago

9:15: Worth noting that WGN shut down their live feed and switched to an episode of “Friends.”

Occupy NCSU ‏@OccupyNCSU
“@ElPaso_Anarchy: @Timcast EVERY stream is goin down. WATCH OUT FOR UNDERCOVERS putting a yellow sticker on you. #NoNATO #NATO RT RT RT”

7:45: Via Twitter:
JeffSharlet ‏@JeffSharlet
Chicago crowd now small, bloodied. Most protesters have fled. This really is what a police state looks like. Exactly.

7:35: Via Twitter:
Chicagoist.com ‏@Chicagoist
Via our reporter in the field: “people lost teeth, have been bashed in the face, have broken ribs.”

7:30: CNN television confirms that the Gov. of Illinois has put the National Guard on stand-by.

marisacat - 20 May 2012

oh thank you for posting that… sorry it was snagged in Mod for a bit…

marisacat - 20 May 2012

oh and

Let’s remember this is a BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO state, Blooooooooooo mayor and Bloooooooooooooo Governor. Home of our very own Black Lincoln.

(and fuck them all)

Madman in the Marketplace - 20 May 2012

and current uber-donklephant mayor, don’t forget.

marisacat - 20 May 2012

who thinks protesters are Palestinians and Arabs (in his mind).

I went to Google News and I see print stories began coming in on the injuries and whathaveyous about and hour and a half ago…

ms_xeno - 23 May 2012

Chicago Indymedia has some good info up now.

I saw that wretched AP excuse for “coverage” a couple of days ago (buried on Page 3 of the Boregonian, which really needs to be put to sleep at this point) and almost laughed out loud. I especially loved their dogged refusal to call the vets who threw their military directions at NATO by the proper term. Instead these extreeeeeeeeme offenders against the State were “people in military costume” or something like that. Also, they mentioned twice in a three-paragraph article that all those protesters extreeeeeeeme protesters were in extreeeeeeeeeeme black regalia. Like the police weren’t, I suppose.

I can deal with quasi-journalistic fuckery, but does it have to be so
half-assed, so thuddingly transparent? It’s like they don’t even try anymore…

marisacat - 23 May 2012

You don’t understand! It is just so hard to write with your knees, when still wearing the kneepads. Spare a moment to feel for the reporters!!


In other news, Slob short notice canceled his am event a fundraising breakfast in Palo Alto set for 8 AM tomorrow. Supposedly to gin up support with the “Asian and Pacific Islander” crowd. Somehow I bet “crowd” is the not the right word.

He IS keeping to an event in a private Atherton home this evening… and a later threee tiered event at the renovated old Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

whoopee, he leaves sooner than originally planned…

13. marisacat - 20 May 2012

Gambling in Casablanca… 😆

White House visitor logs show lobbying going strong

More than any president before him, Barack Obama pledged to change the political culture that has fueled the influence of lobbyists. But a review of records released by the administration shows that the industry Obama vowed to constrain is a still a regular presence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The visitor logs also suggest that lobbyists with personal connections to the White House enjoy the easiest access. . . . . . .


14. marisacat - 23 May 2012

Wow… No Shit! How hard is it to see what is happening?

TOP STORY — “Facebook Stock Collapse Contributes To Mistrust Of Wall Street,” by HuffPost’s Mark Gongloff:

“[T]he Facebook IPO had examples of pretty much everything that is wrong with the stock market today.

Media and analyst cheerleading? Check.

The destructive influence of high-speed trading? Check.

A system built for insiders to profit while retail investors pick up scraps? Duh.

‘This constantly erodes the confidence of the average investor,’ said Joseph Saluzzi, co-head of stock trading at Themis Trading. ‘It’s why we see money coming out week after week from stock mutual funds. People are tired, frustrated.” http://huff.to/Kcj9Gn

Zenga, much chatted about in SF and much touted a few months ago upon its IPO, kept Facebook company on its inaugural day and lost too.



ms_xeno - 23 May 2012

I’m forced to “invest” all my surplus [snerk] income in the stockholders of various archaic medical interests.

Tell Zucker-kins to go hit them up for a few bucks. Ppphht.

marisacat - 23 May 2012

I have to laugh at people who felt “lucky” to get online and buy a few shares… at this point all they really can do is hold them and hope at sometime in the future… etcetera!

ms_xeno - 23 May 2012

Well, they are lucky to feel they have a long-term future, or at least the idea of one.

Some of us feel like the evidence points in another direction. :p

marisacat - 23 May 2012

I think the future looks positively terrifying…

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 May 2012

Five Arrested As Occupiers in MN Successfully Defend Home from Second Eviction Attempt

Platoons of sheriffs descended on the Cruz family home in a 4 am raid today, arresting five nonviolent supporters in the second failed eviction attempt in 48 hours. Fifty protesters mobilized to defend the home and outflanked the sheriffs by marching through the alley into backyard, causing the sheriffs to retreat without fully securing the home. Members of Occupy Homes MN remain inside the home as of 7 am this morning.

“An army of sheriffs marched in military-style and busted down the door in the dead of night,” said Ben Egerman, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN. “It’s unconscionable that Sheriff Stanek ordered the violent eviction of this home a second time, especially when he is fully aware of active negotiations between the family and the bank to resolve the situation peacefully.”

Several protesters, who had locked themselves to structures in and around the home, sustained minor injuries as sheriffs forcibly removed them from the balcony and roof with jackhammers and electric saws. The condition of arrested persons remains unknown.

Occupy Homes MN has been defending the home in a round-the-clock eviction blockade since April 30 to demand PNC Bank negotiate with the Cruz family, who fell into foreclosure when the bank failed to withdraw their online payment.

The second eviction attempt came hours after Occupy Pittsburgh delivered a giant letter to PNC Bank Executive Vice President Dan Taylor, who committed to working with the family to modify their loan.

“It’s clear that Sheriff Stanek would rather kick families out of their homes than work with our communities,” said Martha Ockenfels-Martinez of Occupy Homes. “We’re still here and we will not be moved from this home until we see a good faith negotiation.”

16. Madman in the Marketplace - 26 May 2012
marisacat - 27 May 2012

Did you watch the debate?

I noticed a polll the other day, I forget whose, and the pt spread between the two seemed large….

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

I watched some of it, but Walker’s absolute refusal to answer anything directly just got exhausting, so I didn’t get through the whole thing. Barrett put up a much better fight than he did in the last campaign. He’s really hammering Walker on the out-of-state money thing.

Polls after the debate are showing a dead heat, with Walker in a slight lead within the margin of error. That poll that showed the wide gap last week was done by Marquette’s law school … it’s sample was skewed heavily towards Republicans (compared even towards Marquettes own sampling for earlier polls) and conducted in Republican-leaning areas.

It’s all going to come down to turnout. From what I understand, the last several elections showed wide swings in the turnout of Democratic Party voters, so “likely voters” might not be an easy thing to define.

There is some hope that the Senate recalls will be successful, and one of the protest leaders, Mahlon Mitchell, is running against the Lt. Gov (who’s WI’s version of Michelle Bachman … a complete anti-abortion loon).


marisacat - 27 May 2012

oh good to know the polling pulled up for Barrett… I will keep my fingers crossed then…. It’s not over yet… 😉

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

there was similar polling and reporting before the petition drive was completed, that they were falling short, etc, which all fell apart at the end.

I’m choosing to believe that the early polling stories and other reports were just a PR campaign in support of Walker.

marisacat - 27 May 2012

I’m choosing to believe that the early polling stories and other reports were just a PR campaign in support of Walker

Yeah so common… OK! I am back on the HOPE wagon, for this one!


Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

yeah, if only to avoid that little extra bit of gloom that comes with contemplating that asshole winning. I’ll deal with that if it happens.

marisacat - 27 May 2012

I cannot tell you how sickened I was when Arnold won… and i held no hope for the feckless Democrats – even in this state where they have numerical power they are merely handmaidens to conservative power and game the people … but oh it was AWFUL. AND the bitch with him.

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

Greenwald: The Authoritarian Mind

the post before it on the Imperial mind is good, too.

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012
marisacat - 27 May 2012

oh that is stunning!!

19. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

This brings to mind the thought of Hitler stating his disgust with Japan for the Bataan death march: Netanyahu ‘revolted’ by Assad’s massacre of 108 in Houla

marisacat - 27 May 2012

I read a few weeks ago that Bibi’s father was an extreme extreme right wing… he considered Irgun and … oh I forget the oher well known Israeli gang but the era of Begin and Shamir as paramilitary gangsters… he considered them pussy cats who barely got the job done.

I am really sick of the ISreali /US /Jewish wars. Which we relish.

marisacat - 27 May 2012

STERN gang was the other one…

marisacat - 27 May 2012

OH!! I knew the Hitler reference reminded me of soemthing… you should have heard the ex Cubans in this area, screaming as Castro’s daughter was invited to participate in a medical panel here last week… her speciality is LGBT medical care. A Cuban spokes man said that “Castro was a worse human rights abuser than Hitler”.


Knocked that out of the park! We must invade and immediately check for ovens!

Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

outrage is almost always so selective, and political, especially when it comes from authoritarians.

20. Madman in the Marketplace - 27 May 2012

Quebeckers take to the streets with pots and pans: a charivari

Beautiful video at the link.

“I’m very surprised at what’s happened,” said Kevin Audet-Vallee, a 24-year-old history student who had attended tuition fees protests before bill 78 was introduced.

“Now that the ordinary citizens are in the streets I think the government is really in trouble, because the middle class is in the streets. At first [critics of student protesters] were saying we were radicals. These are not radicals.”

Indeed, at the pot banging near the Jarry subway on Friday night the age range of the crowd was strikingly diverse. Sensibly dressed fortysomethings wearing hiking boots and kagools intermingled with long-haired students wearing only shorts. Men and women pushing young children in prams were flanked by hipsters on fixed-gear bikes.

The range of protesters was matched by the diversity of utensils they chose to create noise. Some had reached past the saucepan and wooden spoon, with the Guardian spying such unlikely pairings as a colander and a drumstick, a pan lid and a pair of chopsticks, and a barbecue lid and a pair of tongs all being put to alternative use.

As the protesters marched for more than four hours through various Montreal neighbourhoods, many people had taken to their balconies in support, bringing their own kitchenware and adding to the din.

marisacat - 27 May 2012

i think that is so smart….lots of women in Italy came out to the streets with pots, pans and spoons against Berlusconi…

21. marisacat - 28 May 2012



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