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Ok Richard, I guess this Iraqi War Veteran is an UN-AMERICAN Leftist too, heh? Where do you get your hate from? Hate rightwing radio? The fear-mongering Fox News Network? Your claims that these protesters are some Socialist, Marxist, Communist-inspired conspiracy laden with anarchists is ridiculous and partisan.
The occupy Wall Street protesters who have spread throughout all the major cities in America and YES now all over the world is not based on one issue or supported by one political party. The main issue though is how the top 1% of the richest Fat Cats are now controlling our economy and enriching themselves, while the working class and the poor continue seeing their real income and benefits [if they’re lucky to have benefits] steadily decline over the years. It’s also about unemployment. The influence of politics by the few Rich Fat Cats. The reckless behavior and gambling of the Financial Institutions and Wall Street, which destroyed our economy.
There’s no doubt that we need MORE, not LESS regulations of the large institutions that enrich themselves and destroys our quality of life in America. Capitalism alone….. without regulations is as nasty as Communism. The Republicans have lost their way and no longer represent the “We the People” and only represent the top 1%.
Southern California — this just in
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Occupy Oakland regroups; injured Iraq war veteran recovering
October 28, 2011 | 1:14 pm 299
Flowers and thousands of cards for recovering Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen — whose injury during a confrontation with police has become a national rallying point for Occupy movement protesters -– have flooded Oakland’s Highland Hospital.
Meanwhile, in Oakland’s city center, about three dozen tents had sprung up by Friday morning on the lawn where an Occupy encampment was razed earlier in the week. That mirrored action in San Francisco, where city officials had removed tents only to see them return.
“For every action there’s a reaction,” Saiid Shabazz, 35, of Oakland, said of the razing of the camp early Tuesday and the massive protests that followed. “The people are going to continue to use this camp as a training facility, an educational facility, a healing facility and a place to live facility.”
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Olsen, 24, a Marine lance corporal who served two tours of duty in Iraq, suffered a skull fracture when he was struck during the Tuesday night protest by a projectile fired by police officers.
Highland Hospital spokesman Curt Olsen — no relation -– said Scott Olsen was experiencing pressure on a lobe of his brain that controls speech, but “he is able to understand everything that is said to him” and can write. Doctors do not anticipate a need to operate and are optimistic about his recovery, Curt Olsen said.
Hospital staff can’t bring the bouquets of flowers into the intensive care unit, but are photographing them for Olsen and then donating them to other patients.
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“He’s surprised by it,” the spokesman said. “He doesn’t really understand why everyone is making such a big deal of it.” Olsen “lit up” when his parents arrived at his bedside, the spokesman said. His condition was upgraded Thursday from critical to fair.
Hundreds of officers in riot gear arrived from more than a dozen regional departments Tuesday night to try to control a crowd gathered in opposition to the dismantling of the Occupy Oakland encampment. The clearing of the camp earlier that day had resulted in about 100 arrests.
The crowd was largely peaceful. But when some in the crowd of protesters started throwing bottles, rocks and paint, police responded with tear gas and other projectiles -– including what appeared to be rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades.
Olsen, who lives in Daly City and works as a systems analyst, is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He had spent many nights at the Occupy SF encampment and was in the Oakland crowd with other vets Tuesday to show his support.
Video shows Olsen lying crumpled on the ground as tear gas billows. An apparent concussion grenade or “flash bang” grenade then explodes as others are trying to help him.
Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said his department does not use rubber bullets -– they were banned after protesters opposed to the Iraq war were injured in a 2003 demonstration — but are investigating whether other assisting departments used them. Jordan also said that the “gas balls” his department uses are rolled, not launched overhead. But video shows airborne projectiles.
Jordan and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have vowed an investigation into Olsen’s injury and all other claims of excessive force. City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said the body will meet Thursday to discuss the incidents and “evaluate next steps moving forward. “As Oakland’s citywide councilmember, I will be proposing to reclarify city policy so that we do not allow the firing of dangerous projectiles into crowds of peaceful protesters,” she said in a statement.
Quan visited Olsen in the hospital Thursday and sought to address the group’s evening general assembly. But Shabazz said that when she attempted to do so before her turn, she was booed. She then left.
“There were more people who did want to hear her speak than didn’t,” Shabazz said. “But we could not overrule the procedure and put her first.”
Quan issued a statement to demonstrators late Thursday, thanking them for Wednesday night’s “peaceful protest,” when about 1,000 people gathered in the plaza and many later marched through city streets.
“I cannot change the past, but I want to work with you to ensure that this remains peaceful moving forward,” said Quan, a longtime activist who said she supports the main points of the Occupy movement but felt that health and safety concerns and poor communication had left the city no choice but to remove the encampment.
Quan said she and Jordan would meet with members of the group and asked that they maintain “healthy and safe conditions,” and give public safety employees “access when there is an emergency.”
She also asked demonstrators “not to camp overnight,” a request that was flouted.
A young man dozed on a mattress on the plaza lawn Friday morning amid a sea of new tents. A fresh “Kid Zone” awning was erected to replace the one torn down earlier in the week.
The movement is expected to get a boost at 3 p.m. when filmmaker Michael Moore joins the protesters at the plaza along with representatives of the California Nurses Assn
The rich get richer at the expense of the working class. AND the Republicans think the rich need more tax cuts?
US income disparity, economic anxiety grow: studies
(AFP) – 1 day ago
WASHINGTON — Income for the richest Americans has grown 15 times faster than for the poor since 1979, a government study showed, as a poll out Wednesday highlighted deep anxiety over uneven wealth distribution a year ahead of US elections.
The income disparity, and concentration of more than 80 percent of US income wealth in the top 20 percent of earners, highlights the volatility in the race for the White House as President Barack Obama’s Republican challengers push plans to reduce taxes for the wealthy as a way to prime the sluggish economy.
From 1979 to 2007, the wealthiest one percent of Americans more than doubled their share of the nation’s income, from nearly eight percent to 17 percent, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Tuesday.
“Income after transfers and federal taxes for households at the higher end of the income scale rose much more rapidly than income for households in the middle and at the lower end of the income scale,” it said.
Government policy over the years has become less redistributive, and “the equalizing effect of transfers and taxes on household income was smaller in 2007 than it had been in 1979,” the CBO added.
For the wealthiest one percent of the population, average after-tax household income grew by 275 percent during the period, compared with just 18 percent for the poorest 20 percent.
It was also a far greater increase than for the six tenths of the population in the middle of the income scale, who saw their average after-tax income grow by just under 40 percent during the same period.
Meanwhile a new poll by The New York Times and CBS News found that the vast majority of Americans fear a stagnation or deterioration of the economy, and showed that two thirds of the public believe US wealth should be distributed more evenly.
And in a critique of Obama as he attempts to position himself as the candidate best-placed to improve the status of the nation’s working class, 28 percent of poll respondents said his policies favor the rich, compared with 23 percent saying they favor the middle class and 17 percent saying they favor the poor.
By contrast, 69 percent of respondents said Republican policies favor the rich, nine percent said they favor the middle class and two percent said they favor the poor.
The October 19-24 telephone poll of 1,650 adults had a three percent margin of error.
This poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans think the Republican Party favors the rich. As I said, the Republican Party is either being bought and sold by the rich FAT CATS or are just a bunch of morons.
The Republicans want more tax cuts for the rich. Today’s Republican Party has lost touch with the working class and it’s becoming quite obvious that the Republicans are being bought and sold by the top 1% of the economic oligarchs
Look who agrees that the Republicans are becoming too extreme!
The list of senior terrorists killed during the Obama presidency is fairly extensive.
There’s Osama bin Laden, of course, killed in May.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki as of today.
Earlier this month officials confirmed that al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed in Waziristan, Pakistan.
In August, ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al Qaeda was killed.
In June, one of the group’s most dangerous commanders, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in Pakistan. In Yemen that same month, AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan were killed. In Somalia, Al-Qa’ida in East Africa (AQEA) senior leader Harun Fazul was killed.
Administration officials also herald the recent U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta.
Going back to August 2009, Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud was killed in Pakistan.
In September of that month, Jemayah Islamiya operational planner Noordin Muhammad Top was killed in Indonesia, and AQEA planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan was killed in Somalia.
Then in December 2009 in Pakistan, al Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id were killed.
In February 2010, in Pakistan, Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Beradar was captured; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani was killed; and Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar was killed.
In March 2010, al Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni was killed in Pakistan, while senior Jemayah Islamiya operative Dulmatin – accused of being the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings – was killed during a raid in Indonesia.
In April 2010, al Qaeda in Iraq leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were killed.
In May, al Qaeda’s number three commander, Sheik Saeed al-Masri was killed.
In June 2010 in Pakistan, al Qaeda commander Hamza al-Jawfi was killed.
Remember when Rudy Giuliani warned that electing Barack Obama would mean that the U.S. played defense, not offense, against the terrorists?
If this is defense, what does offense look like?
Let’s not forget Moammar Qadaffi of Libya. President Obama who was called a Muslim and Muslim supporter has actually done more killing Muslim terrorists than the Bush/Cheney administration.
You have to wonder whether the Republicans or their partisan supporters are playing with a full deck?