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  1. October 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    for anyone who worries that unions or the American Dream Movement do not support the President – here is a god article


    The American Dream Movement started by Van Jones is having a 3 day conference in DC, Trumka spoke to the folks who attended.

    • 2 a4alice
      October 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      This is good – I’m glad to see Trumka is voicing his support for the AJA. As goes Trumka so goes the union. I’ll tweet it


  2. October 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    A video of day 2 of the conference – speakers from AFL-CIO and SEIU

  3. 7 dotster3
    October 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Just heard Mark Kelly and Gabbie Giffords will be at the WH tomorrow for recognition of Kelly’s retirement.

  4. 8 Bobfr
    October 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Chicago Traders Respond To Protesters With Signs Reading ‘We Are The 1%’


    My response:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Show this to the #Teabaggers bit.ly/prls9Y And, Tell’um to stop being #KOCHSTOOGIES and Vote #Obama2012 #Democrats2012 #PRESSON


  5. October 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Look what next at whitehouse .gov
    Next Up…
    October 05, 2011 3:00 PM EDTShare
    First Lady Michelle Obama Harvests the White House Kitchen Garden

  6. 13 edp4bho
    October 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Chips, I just viewed this over at POU by Lamh. I hope you don’t mind posting this for us all.



  7. 14 dotster3
    October 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This is how ridiculous the new voter ID laws are going get. A 96 yr. old black lady in Tn. was denied when she went to get her new Voter ID card under new restrictions. She had voted in every election except one. She presented her rent receipt, copy of her lease, her vote registration card, her birth certificate. The reason she was denied?—-she didn’t have a copy of her marriage certificate. This is criminal:

    • 15 utaustinliberal
      October 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Hey dotster email this to the Justice Department and also tweet it to them @TheJusticeDept so they’re made aware of local case by case situations of voter suppression. You might also want to tweet it to @OFA_HQ, @BarackObama, and send it to http://www.attackwatch.com so they know how insidious these voter suppression tactics are.

    • October 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Just saw this few minutes ago on my FB. It was posted by one of our local TV stations (CBS). I shared it and added a comment.

  8. 17 Bobfr
    October 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @vanjones68 Thank you for your commitment. Suggest #YesWeMustDOMoreTogether & Full throated support of #OBAMA2012 #PASSTHEBILL #PRESSON


  9. 18 utaustinliberal
    October 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve been watching the #OccupyWallStreet movement and I’ve hesitated to comment about the cause because I wanted to give it more time to roll out and define itself. My problem with the movement is that is has no PHILOSOPHY. Everyone has a philosophy. Every organization has a philosophy. Every educational institution has a philosophy. Every community outreach program has a philosophy. Every professional entity has a philosophy (doctors, lawyers, nurses, engineers, teachers, etc.) Your philosophy is what you believe in. What you stand for. A defined set of beliefs that is your core. The movement doesn’t have one. I understand that they’re angry at WallStreet and the fat cats. Ok. Good for you. Now tell me how you’re going to go about making sure they pay attention because right now despite occupying wallstreet for however long; wallstreet isn’t paying attention Wallstreet is more concerned with the European debt crisis, the American economy, their millions and billions of dollars, the stock market and so on and so forth. You want Wallstreet to stop screwing over the middleclass? How about you get behind President Obama’s American Jobs Act which has concrete plans to put the middleclass back to work and grow the economy and while you’re at it; tweet, call, fax, facebook, and email your congressmembers and DEMAND they pass the AJA. You’re pissed off that hedge fund managers get paid an obscene amount of money whereas teachers are getting laid off by the droves? How about you get behind the AJA which puts teachers back to work. You’re pissed off that the banks got bailed out and are now withholding lines of credit to small businesses and are trying to charge ridiculous fees to debit and credit cardholders? How about you march right up to Capitol Hill and demand for them to approve Richard Cordray’s appointment as the head of the CFPB so that he can get to work and stop big banks from screwing over the middleclass. You’re pissed off that unregulated money is allowed to flow into elections and corporations can fund candidates annonymously due to Citizens United; how about you find a way to get the case back into the judicial or legislative system and do what you can so that special interest money can be gutted out of the electoral system. You’re pissed off that republican governors and republican legislatures through ALEC and the Koch Brothers are busting up unions and labor; how about you join your local OFA chapter, your local Democratic chapter; canvass, inform people about the destructive nature of the GOP, spread the Democratic message of hope, look for Democrats to run against republicans and do whatever you can to turn your district and state as BLUE as possible.

    And while you’re at it, how about you find grassroots leaders that can represent your cause and have a concrete well defined message whenever he/she is interviewed by the media. Being called the lefts version of the teaparty is not a compliment because the teaparty was NEVER a genuine grassroots movement; so have your OWN leaders come out and refute that dangerous comparison. Also, weed out the teaparty members who are trying to co-opt your movement. Stop allowing them and the emoprogs to infiltrate the media and make this another bash fest of President Obama. That will just turn your already fragmented movement into a lost cause. My underlying point is be PROACTIVE, have a CLEAR message. Do SOMETHING concrete. Don’t just park your gear day after day at Wallstreet and yell and scream; because you’ll just be regarded as a joke or a flash in the pan. That is not how a revolutionary movement works. A revolutionary movement at the end of the day has a list of accomplishments that help REAL people.

    • October 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      You’re right on target, UT. Did you see that scum Dylan Rattigan being interviewed by Tamron Hall? He has inserted himself into this movement pretending to know what they want. While he discusses it, he takes every opportunity to bash the President. I tweeted him and Tamron and called him a phony who never supported the Pres and didn’t have any complaints about money in politics until a black candidate was able to raise some. Yeah, I went there.

      I don’t for a minute believe there are t-pty people involved. If they are, they are trolls there to discredit this movement and somehow make the President look bad.

      This is the problem with the left. They’re all trying to be the face of …what? American Dream Movement, OWS. Why not just get behind your liberal democratic president? Put pressure on Congress to make the laws, regulations, that would reign in Wall Street.

      • 20 Me4obama
        October 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Well said UT, am in a wait and see stage regarding occupy wallstreet, until they get behind AJB, and registering voters. Obama-Bidden 2012.

      • October 5, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        Ratigan and people like Michael Moore and Cornell West have found an audience to insert themseves in to push their agenda against PBO. I did not see any of them organizing any marches on their own. Rhandi seem to give him kudos, but I disagree with her on this one.

        • October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

          Yes, Randi is pushing Rattigan’s Get Money Out campaign which is just another way for him to get noticed. I don’t understand her on this, but I too disagree big time. Rattigan is just what his name says: a rat.

        • 23 edp4bho
          October 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

          I think we need to flood Randi’s site (s) and let her know how much we depend on her to be lucid in her progressive support. She is too damn loyal, and forgive me for saying, she is the bomb when it comes to facts and fairness, but I still see her as a white chic who has the privilege of being able to hold on to her spot where someone like Rev Al has to be labeled a racist for stating the same facts.

      • 24 hopefruit2
        October 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

        proudofobama I think you hit the nail on the head. Dylan Ratigan’s new-fangled issues with Wall Street stems from the fact that a Black politician was able to play the same game that white politicians have been playing all along – and beat them. Mr. Ratigan is a tea-party supporter and I don’t trust anything with which he associates. He is the male version of Huffington.

    • 25 symmetry11
      October 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      YES! YES! YES! I have been relucant for the same reasons as you. To make matters worse, they aren’t even trying to make sure that people are registered to vote. Protesting will mean absolutely nothing if these same people don’t show up at the ballot box.

      • October 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

        More reason to be skeptical. This tweet from Chris Hayes. The usual PL trouble makers are at OWS.

        I see @jeremyscahill @RichardKimNYC and @NaomiAKlein hanging out in the MSNBC live shot of #occupywallstreet.

      • 28 a4alice
        October 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm

        i understand your reticence. (sp?) At first I was wondering what it was about. It seems pretty organic which means to me that it could be malleable. My thought (respectfully) is this: here’s a big group of people maybe we can somehow influence them to bring the AJA into their sphere of things they talk about. I am still hopeful. It sure would be great for so many people to be an active part of our democracy. I got that Jesse’s twitter account I don’t know about others who are involved but these guys are using social media. why not meet them on that playing field and try to convince them that supporting PBO’s AJA is good for them as well. The PL left is certainly imposing themselves. Why not us, I say?

        Holy Mackeral. Well. I’m at work but as soon as I can get some time, that’s what I got. thanks for listening 🙂

  10. October 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Chips, here’s a story about a new Christian survey that rated Pres Obama, Romney and Perry. Americans view the President as the smartest, the most honest and had the best government philosophy. Somehow Romney topped the Pres on leadership. Stupid people. Why would you think a man who is not honest or smart or whose philosophy you don’t agree with as a good leader? Evangelicals gave our Pres the lowest marks. Amazing since they call themselves Christians.

    “A new survey reveals how Americans view the current top tier presidential candidates when it comes to honesty, intelligence, philosophy of government and leadership ability. And who came out on top? President Barack Obama was chosen as the most honest and most intelligent.”

    The Barna survey, released Wednesday, asked Americans to rate Obama and two of the top Republican candidates – former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry – on those four attributes. The public gave the best ratings to Obama on every attribute except leadership ability.”

    Nearly half (48 percent) of those surveyed rated Obama’s honesty as “excellent” or “good” on a five-point scale; a majority (68 percent) gave the same ratings to Obama on the intelligence factor; and 45 percent found Obama’s philosophy of government to be excellent or good.


    • October 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Interesting poll. What has Romney done lately to lead with all of his flipflops? It appears that a lot of folks have bought into this republican meme that PBO can’t lead although he has done the most for this country in decades. I am really puzzled over this Romney leadership result. How can he lead when no one knows what he stands for.??

      • October 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        Exactly, and again, you have the President rated the most highly in the other three categories. How many different ways has he shown leadership? OBL, Libya, Hurricane Irene, auto bailout, health care. But you have the media led by hateful, bigoted Morning Joe yelling he can’t lead. How can people buy this when the results stare them in the face?

        And as you say, Romney has done absolutely nothing but try to be president for years. I don’t get it.

      • 32 edp4bho
        October 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        ” What has Romney done lately to lead with all of his flipflops”

        He’s THE WHITE MAN !

    • 34 hopefruit2
      October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      These respondents just outed the REAL reason why President Obama is not perceived as a “leader.” relative to Romney They simply aren’t used to and are uncomfortable with the idea of a Black person in a leadership position – regardless of that person’s true qualifications and abilities.

      Bottom Line: He’s honest, smart and has a good philosophy, but his skin ain’t the right color, therefore he can’t lead. This meme has been echoed by both Republicans and left-wing liberals (e.g. “caver-in-chief”). And the media has pushed this narrative by always framing issues as “Obama’s failure to lead”. Whenever Obama’s leadership yields a good result, the media is quick to either have Republicans take credit or simply ignore and move to a new story. America as a country HAS to come to grips with this subtle and persistent devaluation and invalidation that comes with modern-day racism. we’re not talking about birtherism or “socialist kenyan muslim” (I’m looking at you Chris Matthews who keep harping on birthers, etc while ignoring or even participating in the more vile and insidious forms of racism).

      • October 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        Beautifully said, hopefruit2! That’s it in a nutshell. Pres Obama has success after success. he’s brilliant. Wise. But white society always wants to see AAs as the subservient No 2 or No 3. Look at George Bush’s presidency. Colin Powell and Condi Rice, while I don’t agree with thir philosophy, were way more intelligent and qualified to be president than he was. He even had the nerve to joke about it, admitting she was brilliant but look who’s president.

        It goes back to AAs have to be 10x as good to be considered maybe even with a white colleague. You are right. This must change. I think I will go back to the site were that article is posted and see if I can post a comment. It’s needed.

    • October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      good find. thank you

    • 37 Fred
      October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      I sure as hell the President mentions Bain Capital over and over again from now until November of 2012 since the MSM will cover Romney’s ass for him

  11. 38 Ladyhawke
    October 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Schumer

    Senate Democrats Press Conference on President Obama’s Jobs Bill


    Senate Democratic Leaders spoke to reporters on President Obama’s Jobs Plan. President Obama has been traveling the country urging Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs package.


    • 39 Bobfr
      October 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Important news conference, thank you!

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Very important to listen to @SenatorSchumer in this video cs.pn/q4ss6c Outstanding support of #PresidentObama & the JobsBill

      And, Senator Reid called out McConnell perfectly.

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      @McConnell Are you still willing to kill the American Economy as your Anti-American strategy to defeat #PresidentObama? FAIL


  12. 41 Doris
    October 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Obama losing jobs argument with Congress — but winning it with the public
    By Greg Sargent

    I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by this. But even as it’s becoming official that Obama’s jobs bill in its current form is doomed in Congress, new polling shows that Obama is clearly winning the argument over it with the public.


  13. 43 FiredUpInCA
    October 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hundreds of protesters outside Capitol calling for “jobs not cuts” and for Congress to pass Obama jobs


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