The group known as Anonymous has selected one of the longest standing continuous Occupations in the US for a gathering the week before the G8 in Chicago this Spring.
Which Occupy is this you ask? You’ll never guess… Cleveland, Ohio.
That’s right, Cleveland, home of the Browns, the Rock Hall of Fame, and weather bad enough to rival Buffalo, is also the home of one of the longest continuously Occupied Occupy encampments in the United States.
Ohio’s newest claim to fame appears in this video by the group “Anonymous” that surfaced on Social Media late Friday evening with the cryptic lettering “A28-M5CLE“.
A28-M5CLE seems to refer to the dates of an Occupy Cleveland Street Festival starting April 28th. I’m not sure if Occupy Cleveland planned on hosting Anonymous Party Crashers, but for a town that boasts of it’s own “Factory of Sadness”, I can definitely see an Anonymous/Occupy Street Festival being just the ticket to lift Ohio’s spirits. And in Rock and Roll style if history is any indication.
And the political Junkie in me is well aware of the implications for the Occupy movement.
Ohio is shaping up to be the swing state to end all swing states this year, crawling with candidates and the media trail that accompanies them. If you ask me Cleveland has an opportunity to put on one heck of a Festival (Wonder if they’ll have a burning man?) and really create an amazing, inspirational, non-violent, community Festival showcasing Occupy Cleveland.
I certainly hope so, for Ohio’s sake. But I will at least say this, The Anonymous video is certainly a better “tourism promotion” than this Cleveland gem ;D
What do you think? Will it be a beautiful festival of love and community? Will you stop by?
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Whitney Houston is dead at 48.
If tomorrow is judgement day?
Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters Remix) Full Version
Does birth control matter to you? Have a socially progressive pet issue? Chances are it’s covered in this weeks Up With Chris Hayes.
1960 called, they want their politics back
Most of my regular readers know I watch every weekend (DVR and online baby! I like to get my beauty-sleep!) and I’m never dissapointed by the
dissection discussion. It mimics the feel of coffee with friends after college classes. When all the nerds my friends and I would gather to add to our professors latest insight, or have a running commentary on the economic impact of default student loans over cheap beer at Becky’s.
Long story short, I dig it. What can I say? I’m a fan.
I’ve read a few books based on show guests, and I haven’t been dissapointed yet.
Baratunde Thurston’s How to Be Black was drop dead hilarious. I listened to it through my audible account while insomnia/packing and guffawed rather loudly a number of times. I was able to grin while packing (no easy feat) and learn a few things along the way, and according to How to be Black I’m well on my way to cafe au lait. (Happy February, lol, Wink Wink @baratunde )
Next on my list is Going Solo by one of Saturday’s guests, Eric Kinenberg. He sold me when he commented on our culture’s conflation of “Living alone, being alone, and being lonely” .
Huzzah sir, you’re right on point!
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Going Solo- Kindle Edition
–> CAN.NOT.WAIT. For Melissa Harris-Perry’s show next week. She nailed her analysis of marriage, religious controls, and women’s control of their fertility! She’s such a smarty pants!
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Tagged 2012, Chris Hayes, Contaception, GOP, Melissa Harris Perry, MHP, Mitt Romney, msnbc, News, Occupy, people, politics, Politics shows, Up with Chris Hayes, Video
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“John Kasich is selling out Ohio to the Frackers and Wall Street. We will not be silenced. We will not be bought. We are the people. People power not corporate profits.”
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Tagged fracking, Kasick, Mic Check, Occupy Cleveland, Occupy Youngstown, Ohio, ohio earthquake New Years Eve, OWS
Maher says he find himself “almost in agreement with Newt Gingrich” and tells them to “get a job.”
He has a bit of a point. Throwing a chair through window… That’s more Kristallnacht than revolutionary imo.
The groups in heavy media rotation right now are not the basic “Occupier”, the kids with shields, etc are not regular Occupiers, they are a group of Anarchists referred to as Black Block (or more accurately, Black bloc)
Remember when the media was saying all the Tea Partiers are racists and used images of white supremacists etc. at rallies while ignoring the majority?
Tea Party Racism
The mainstream media showed the more racially motivated signage people made, and the minority of Tea Partiers who happened to be racists. A more militant and fringe element was used to paint the entire movement.
I know a number of Tea Party peeps who really bristled at the media’s willingness to lump them together and sell them as a package deal.
I tend to share those feelings when I see media paint the entire Nationwide (Worldwide) Occupy movement with the anarchy brush.
The 2 groups are not mutually exclusive, but painting the anarchists as representative of the whole is inaccurate. Bill should know better.
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Tagged anarchist, anarchy, Back Bloc, Bill Maher, Maher, Newt, Newt Gingrich, Occupy Wallstreet, OWS, Tea Party
For my “Anti-Occupy” friends: What Fox News Isn’t Showing You.
I know you disagree with a lot of what Occupy stands for, and I respect your right to have those ideas. I’m asking you to try to put that pov aside for 10 minutes to watch this raw unedited video you won’t see on MSM.
Please ask yourself what was accomplished? How much taxpayer money was spent to surround a group of protesters who simply wanted to have a protest march through public space.
Also ask yourself if you think it is morally, ethically, or legally right to prevent any exit route for peaceful protesters, declare the entire group under mass arrest, and stick the taxpayers with the bill.
Even if you disagree with why they are assembling, they have a right to assemble without being herded and corralled like cattle, beaten, intimidated, shot at, gassed, etc.
NOT because I agree with what they are protesting about, but because I believe they have a constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and express dissatisfaction with their Govt.
As does the Tea Party, and the NRA, and Westboro Baptist. (JustSayin)
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According to the eye-witness who captured this footage, an Occupy march was stopped by Oakland PD at Telegraph Avenue and William Street. There protesters were asked to leave but were surrounded. Cops used flash grenades, pointed guns at protesters and used batons against the unarmed demonstrators. Eventually the protesters find a way out.
This video courtesy of @ryanj
Watch the original video @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfhrmtNXrOk
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What on earth is a “belligerant act” anyway?
From Latin belligerēns (“waging war”), present active participle of belligerō (“wage war”), from belliger (“waging war, warlike”), from bellum (“war”) + -ger (from gerō (“wage, carry on”)).
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Tagged 1st amendment, Anonymous, Belligerent, Belligerent Act, Censorship, detention NDAA, freedom of the press, Indefinite detention, people, protest, Video
Mitt Romney – Mic Checked at Ormond Beach, January 22, 2012.
Mic checked at a rally in Florida, Mitt Romney was “interrupted” with shouts of
“Corporations are not people, We are the people. USA USA USA USA USA USA “
His response, delivered with a furrowed brow, was followed by the trademark Awkward slimey Romney smile, although it was drowned out by the chants of the OWS crowd shouting USA! USA!
“Actually, these are the people…These are the people, you’re the interrupters!…We believe in the Constitution. We believe in the right to speech. And you believe in interrupting. Take a hike!”
Although he surely meant it as an insult, snapping at the OWS protesters “You believe in interrupting” was anything but.
I must say I take that as a compliment.
Isn’t an interruption a good thing from time to time?
I assert that OWS is attempting to interrupt a runaway train.
Not just the runaway train of GOP idiocy, but the runaway train called America,we’ve all been chained to, seemingly hijacked by the corporate elite from which Romney has emerged. (Swamp thing visual)
In any event, I can’t wait for Romney to come to Ohio in March. (muahhahaha)
Make way for the interrupters Mittens, their voice will only grow louder!
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Tagged 1st amendment, Florida, GOP, income inequality, Mic Check, Mitt Romney, Occupy Wall Street, OWS, people, protest, Romney, Video
Occupiers: The Rant Vault Stands With YOU
Change is coming to America
Great show. Probably the best intellectual conversations on MSM today. I was raised on “Crossfire” every night, imo, nothing stimulates the grey matter like defending your position against valid critiques. ♥ it!
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