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Columnist, former speechwriter for the elder George Bush and frequent talk-show guest Peggy Noonan urges conservatives "Now's the time to put a dagger 'tween their teeth, wave a sword, grab a rope and swing aboard the enemy's galleon. Take the president's issues, steal them--they never belonged to him, they're yours!" ... "Really, it's pirate time." Essentially, Noonan urges right-wingers to take a page from the Democratic playbook and to stand for the little guys, the working and middle classes, against the rich.

How's that working out for Republicans?

Well, let's see, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's bold, fresh, new idea is to eliminate state income taxes and to boost the sales tax instead. What would that do?

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The pressure is growing in the face-off over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington.

The president put his plan on the table. Republican Speaker John Boehner rejected it out of hand. And then . . . nothing. Republicans refused to make a counteroffer.

They are apparently waiting for the president to make another offer. Obama made that mistake before and got nothing in return. He is not likely to make the same mistake again.

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Republicans are demanding that to get any increase in revenue to bring down deficits, Democrats have to agree to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
 
They have not said how much they want cut, but Senate leader Mitch McConnell suggested raising the eligibility age for Medicare by two years, and changing the cost-of-living index for Social Security so the benefits lose value over time. Republicans have also voted for a budget in the House that would turn Medicaid into a block grant to the states and dramatically cut the federal payment. These changes, we are told, are part of a “balanced” agreement.
 

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Corporate executives should "take a haircut" when the companies they supervise go into bankruptcy.

And on precisely the same note as in my previous post, Hostess is asking their bankruptcy judge to distribute bonuses to executives on the logic that giving out $1.8 million in bonuses to just 19 executives of a bankrupt company (While discharging 18,000 workers) means they'd be able to keep those executives on the job during the year or so that it would take to properly and effectively close the company down. The argument on behalf of the executives is that "In January, Hostess filed for its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than a decade, citing steep costs associated with its unionized work force" while the counter-argument is that "The company's demise came after years of management turmoil, with workers saying the company failed to invest in updating its products."

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This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The channel will also feature live stream from solidarity protests and events in Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Iceland and other places around the globe.

Live Video Reports and Content about the Global Revolution which started with the North African Spring, and is extending to every country around the World.

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The dialogue device used in this traditional media piece is cute and reasonably useful for explaining the political issue, but it's just infuriating to see how American citizens are so poorly served by this really amateurish analysis that's so full of wishful thinking and what the advice columnist Miss Manners referred to as "mind-reading."

I saw this WaPo piece courtesy of Dean Baker’s Beat the Press blog and the illogic was so extreme I couldn’t even get past the first few paragraphs of the fictional exchange between “Barack” and “Paul” (Gee, I wonder who those two names could be representing? /snark) 

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"Richard and I am meeting with senior executives at a large US Bank tomorrow regarding Wikileaks. We want to sell this team as part of what we are talking about. I need a favor. I need five to six slides on Wikileaks - who they are, how they operate and how this group may help this bank. Please advise if you can help get me something ASAP. My call is at noon."
Thu, 2 Dec 2010 20:50:30 -0500

I am sending you this complete story of mine becuase you already have a hacked version of it that completely undermines my intent. Please delete these previous efforts, that include numerous spam links that slipped through your filter. The fact that they have indicates a security problem.
Here are the links to the hacked versions of my story that appear on your site:
http://www.phillyimc.org/en/large-us-bank-hires-hackers-hit-wikileaks
http://www.phillyimc.org/en/node/88970/translation
please remove them.

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middle class destruction

Corporate Media's Version of Economic Justice - by Stephen Lendman

Besides misreporting on Obama capitulating to Republicans, major media op-eds and editorials expressed support for a deal only the devil and super-rich love.

On December 7, a New York Times editorial headlined, "Voting for an Odious Tax Deal," saying:

No matter how disgraceful, "Democrats should vote for (it), because it is the only one they are going to get....Without this bargain, income taxes on the middle class would rise. Unemployment insurance for millions of Americans would expire. And many other important tax breaks for low-and middle-income workers (wouldn't) be possible."

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Fourteen Philly residents — ranging in age from 24 to 72 and including several grandparents and two members of the clergy, public school teachers, and life-long Philadelphians — lined the entrance to the SugarHouse construction site on the Delaware River last fall and refused to move. They were promptly arrested and held for more than 12 hours.

On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, these individuals will stand before a judge and defend their First Amendment rights.

UPDATE:
Judge tosses case against SugarHouse protesters

Learn more about your neighbors on trial for a casino-free Philadelphia.

Join us on Tuesday to support those who put their bodies on the line to keep casinos out of Philadelphia. It's not easy to stand for trial and your presence will make a big difference.

Pre-Court Rally for a Casino-Free City
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9:00 AM (court starts at 10:00)
Meet at the Arch Street United Methodist Church, SE corner of Broad & Arch
Read more about the event and download the flyer

event details

posted by: Casino-Free Philadelphia

begins: Feb 16, 9:00 am

ends: Feb 16, 5:00 pm

location: Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA

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Fourteen of your brothers and sisters — ranging in age from 24 to 72 and including several grandparents and two members of the clergy, public school teachers, and life-long Philadelphians — lined the entrance to the SugarHouse construction site on the Delaware River last fall and refused to move. They were promptly arrested and held for more than 12 hours.

On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, these individuals will stand before a judge and defend their First Amendment rights.



event details

posted by: Campaign for Working Families

begins: Dec 8, 6:00 pm

ends: Apr 15, 7:00 pm

location: Eleven Sites all over Philadelphia

Help Working Families.  Volunteer at Tax Time!
Learn how you can join our tremendous city-wide effort to:
 
Ø save families hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees,
Ø ensure that they receive important tax credits worth thousands of dollars and
Ø connect them to valuable public benefits such as food stamps and heating assistance
 
No experience necessary; all training provided.  There are many ways that you can help at the tax sites: greeting customers, organizing paperwork and folders, completing tax forms, filling out applications for benefits such as Food Stamps, and other administrative tasks.
 



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