Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gingrich leads in Iowa, South Carolina and is closing the gap in New Hampshire

A new poll shows Newt Gingrich leading the GOP Presidential field in South Carolina with 38% followed by Mitt Romney who receives 15% and Herman Cain trails with 13%. Cain led the field in South Carolina a few weeks ago. A South Carolina victory for George W. Bush in 2000 secured the nomination for the then Texas Governor and John McCain in 2008.

Gingrich leads in Iowa with 28% followed by Ron Paul with 13% and Mitt Romney with 12%. Gingrich has been appealing to social conservatives in Iowa and is making a hard push to win the state's caucus in 4 weeks. Paul is the surprise here, he's appealing in Iowa and has moved into second. Romney concentrated his efforts on New Hampshire, conceding Iowa to Michele Bachmann who was the early favorite. Romney is now realizing that was a mistake and is making a strong play for Iowa.

In New Hampshire, the state's largest and most politically influential newspaper made their choice for the Republican nomination for President known over the weekend, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is now neck and neck with favorite son Mitt Romney trailing Romney, 31% to 27%.

If Gingrich wins the GOP nomination for President, it will be a huge political comeback.

Frank to retire from House

Barney Frank came to the House in 1980 a young political aide, he will leave the House in 2013 an accomplished distinguished statesman. Frank's long political career which included Chairing the influential House Financial Services Committee and once had promise of making Frank Speaker of the House will come to an end in 2013. Frank announced yesterday that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the House.

Frank has been an ardent liberal voice in the House and will be missed. In 2004, he came close to entering the US Senate race for John Kerry's seat had Kerry become President. Kerry didn't become President and Frank once again considered the Senate upon the death of Ted Kennedy but choose to stay in the House where Democrat's held the majority and Frank had Chairmanship of the influential House Financial Services Committee.

Since Democrat's lost the House in 2010, life in Congress hasn't been that appealing for Frank according to aides. Frank will go back to teaching upon leaving the House in 2013 and will be missed in Washington.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Newt Newt Newt!

Newt Gingrich is now the leading Republican candidate for President roughly 5 weeks before the first in the nation caucus in Iowa. Gingrich who was considered dead on arrival when he entered the Presidential race has come out of no where to overtake the lead nationally and in the key caucus state of Iowa.

Gingrich trails Romney in New Hampshire and Cain in South Carolina but not by much.

Republicans who clearly do not want Mitt Romney to represent the party in 2012 as the nominee have been searching for an alternative. After failing to convince Paul Ryan and Mitch Daniels to run for President, they settled on Rick Perry who opened his mouth and ended his chances of becoming President.

Then they turned to Tea Party favorite Herman Cain who has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks over sexual harassment allegations. Now there turning to the former US House Speaker who has been out of public life since leaving office in 1999.

The question is can Gingrich keep the political momentum going, pull it off in Iowa, finish a strong second behind Romney in New Hampshire and secure the nomination by winning South Carolina and Florida....God the Obama campaign hopes so.....

Koch endorses Bloomberg 2012 bid

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is endorsing a Bloomberg for President 2012 bid saying he thinks the New York City Mayor should mount a Presidential bid to address the "lack of leadership in Washington".

Bloomberg was rumored to be a third party candidate for President in 2012 however he took himself out of the running. While it is unlikely that the Mayor will run, his choice for President will be interesting.

How The U.S. Is Quickly Becoming A Third World Country

By Ron Hera

The United States is increasingly similar to a 3rd world county in several ways and is accelerating towards 3rd world status. Economic data indicate a harsh reality that obviates mainstream political debate. The evidence suggests that, without fundamental reforms, the U.S. will become a post industrial neo-3rd-world country by 2032.

Fundamental characteristics that define a 3rd world country include high unemployment, lack of economic opportunity, low wages, widespread poverty, extreme concentration of wealth, unsustainable government debt, control of the government by international banks and multinational corporations, weak rule of law and counterproductive government policies. All of these characteristics are evident in the U.S. today.

Other factors include poor public health, nutrition and education, as well as lack of infrastructure. Public health and nutrition in the U.S., while below European standards, stand well above those of 3rd world countries. American public education now ranks behind poorer countries, like Estonia, but remains superior to that of 3rd world countries. While crumbling infrastructure can be seen in cities across America, the vast infrastructure of the United States cannot be compared to a 3rd world country. However, all of these factors will rapidly deteriorate in a declining economy. read more at Hera Research

After Feeding Thousands, OWS Sits Down in Liberty Square

Today, Occupations across the U.S. have shown that the 99% Movement can do more than protest—we can also take care of one another. Across the world, people still reeling from homelessness, poverty, foreclosures, and economic inequality have a lot less to be thankful for. But today, we reminded ourselves -- and the world -- that we can still be thankful for our mutual solidarity. From D.C. to Oakland and everywhere in between, Occupiers sat down for communal meals. Others marked Thanksgiving by honoring indigenous Native communities and First Nations who continue to fight for their land and sovereignty against colonialism and corporate greed.

In New York, Occupy The Hood dropped off hundreds of meals at shelters across Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The OWS kitchen cooked enough warm meals for 4000 people and handed them out at Liberty Square. Meals were also delivered to churches that have sheltered displaced residents from Liberty Square and to the Occupations at New School and Rockaway. Following dinner, there was a spontaneous sit-in in solidarity with the many people who lost their place of rest when OWS was raided on November 15th. click here to read more

John Fogerty - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Morton's Float

Outside my window...

I can see John Fogerty having a blast in the middle of the Ginger Breads and Cupcakes ... We love you John! The Concert at the Beacon was AMAZING!

John & Shane Fogerty-Old Man Down The Road Beacon NY 11.18.11

from John Fogerty TV's Channel on YouTube


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Former first lady of France and human rights campaigner Danielle Mitterrand passed away

Danielle Mitterrand in 2005.
Danielle Mitterrand in 2005. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

In the last interview Danielle Mitterrand gave before her death at the age of 87, the former French first lady recalled berating her friend Fidel Castro for the torturing and killing of Cuban political prisoners. Surprised he did not tell her to shut up or throw her out, she asked why he put up with her nagging. "Because I like you a lot," replied the Cuban president.

Mitterrand was liked and admired by many, as much for her ability to take world leaders to task as for her unwavering support for minority and humanitarian issues, from the death penalty and discrimination to the lack of water or education in impoverished African villages. She was also respected for breaking the first-lady mould and refusing to be defined by either her husband's role as head of state or the humiliation he heaped on her through his infidelity.

She was born Danielle Gouze in Verdun, the daughter of two leftwing academics. During the second world war, her father, by then a secondary school headteacher, was sacked by the Vichy administration after refusing to hand over a list of names of Jewish pupils and teachers in his school to the Nazis.Click here to continue to read The Guardian Article

Patriotic Millionaires take on Grover Nordquist

I received this email this morning form Erica Payne , the founder of the Agenda Project
I hope you are well and are looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving. I am sending along a link to a meeting held last week (Nov 16th) between the Patriotic Millionaires and Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. You can see an un-edited video of the meeting HERE. I think it should be required viewing for anyone engaged in the public debate around taxes.
Grover is one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington and is almost single-handedly responsible for the gridlock in Congress. A recent 60 Minutes piece explored his influence on Washington Republicans in depth. According to a recent article in the Guardian, Grover has secured a written pledge from 238 out of 242 Republican House members and 41 out of 47 Republican senators that they will not vote for a single tax increase. Any Republican who fails to sign the pledge is highly likely to face a grueling primary challenge. All six Republicans on the Super committee were signatories.
As you are likely aware, the Super Committee failed to reach an agreement about how to find $1.2 trillion to pay down the national debt. As is often true in politics (and in business for that matter), no deal was the best deal possible. However, much of the reason no good deal was possible is that Republicans are locked into this anti-tax pledge - even when it comes to the 0.1% of the country who make more than $1 million a year.
The Patriotic Millionaires believe that any long-term fiscal plan must include an increase in taxes on people (like themselves) with annual incomes of over $1 million. Specifically, they would like to see tax rates on incomes over $1 million return to 39.6% - the level they were before we had our current problems. They met with Grover to share their perspective on taxes with him, but were ultimately unsuccessful in convincing him that raising taxes on millionaires was the right thing to do.
I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your Thanksgiving to watch the exchange between Grover and the Patriotic Millionaires. And then maybe take a moment to be grateful that Democratic members of the Super Committee were smart enough to understand that no deal was the best deal for America – given that their Republican counterparts on the committee care more about their pledge to Nordquist than their pledge to the United States Constitution.
Take care,

Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? ...a proposal from Michael Moore

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement's "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:
We Envision: [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society; [2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus; [3] where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making; [4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others; [5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments; [6] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few; [7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings; [8] where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible; [9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.
The next step will be to develop a specific list of goals and demands. As one of the millions of people who are participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement, I would like to respectfully offer my suggestions of what we can all get behind now to wrestle the control of our country out of the hands of the 1% and place it squarely with the 99% majority.
Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

10 Things We Want
A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street
Submitted by Michael Moore

1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).
2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.
3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.
4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.
5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.
6. Reorder our nation's spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that improves our lives.
7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.
8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.
9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out at this idea because you think workers can't run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)
10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:
a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.
b) A constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This amendment should also state that the interests of the general public and society must always come before the interests of corporations.
c) A constitutional amendment that will act as a "second bill of rights" as proposed by President Frankin D. Roosevelt: that every American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and full education, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.
Let me know what you think. Occupy Wall Street enjoys the support of millions. It is a movement that cannot be stopped. Become part of it by sharing your thoughts with me or online (at OccupyWallSt.org). Get involved in (or start!) your own local Occupy movement. Make some noise. You don't have to pitch a tent in lower Manhattan to be an Occupier. You are one just by saying you are. This movement has no singular leader or spokesperson; every participant is a leader in their neighborhood, their school, their place of work. Each of you is a spokesperson to those whom you encounter. There are no dues to pay, no permission to seek in order to create an action.
We are but ten weeks old, yet we have already changed the national conversation. This is our moment, the one we've been hoping for, waiting for. If it's going to happen it has to happen now. Don't sit this one out. This is the real deal. This is it.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Michael Moore

Sunday, November 20, 2011

John Fogerty- Beacon Theatre,11/17/2011-Up Around the Bend

John and band were awesome. We have been with you thru time and distance, Keep on Rockin..

Occupy Wall Street protestors outside Mayor Bloomberg's Upper East Side townhouse

Occupy Wall Street protestors plan to demonstrate for 24 hours outside Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side townhouse, starting this afternoon. Organizers are bringing musical instruments, food, banners and sleeping bags to the "Occupy Bloomberg's Mansion Drum Circle Protest And Love-In Art Show" on 79th Street, near the billionaire mayor's home. A spokesperson for the mayor says protests outside Bloomberg's home are nothing new and that anyone can express their views in any area of the city, as long as they do it legally and do not infringe on the rights of others. Click here for video and more

84-Year-Old Woman Now the Pepper-Sprayed Face of Occupy Seattle

March from OWS to DC

UC Davis Protestors Pepper Sprayed

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nancy Gair at the Amazing Thing Art Center

If you are in the Boston Area on February 12th 2012, don't miss Nancy Gair at the Amazing Thing Art Center

Nancy Gair hails from Arlington, Mass. She graduated from Yale before heading to the Central School of Speech & Drama in London England, where she then lived for the next 26 years! She spent the first year out of drama school in a company called Bedside Manners which toured musical revues to hospital wards across Greater London. Nancy particularly enjoyed seasons at the Liverpool Playhouse, as Claudia in "Nuts", Elaine in "Arsenic & Old Lace", Lady Macduff in "Macbeth". She also toured the regional premiere of the one woman show "Second Lady", directed by Julian Webber, for which she won the Liverpool drama critics Best Actress Award. Other regional theatres have included Southwold Summer Theatre for Jill Freud, the Wolsey Theatre Ipswich & the Library Theatre in Manchester, followed by an exciting tour of India, Singapore & Malaysia in "Barefoot in the Park".

Nancy has made fleeting appearances in a few films and played the first wife of the first of Barbara Huttons seven husbands in the TV biopic "Poor Little Rich Girl" with Farrah Fawcett. She has been in several radio plays, most notably the World Service's Globe Theatre production of "Glass Menagerie" as Laura, with Liz Bell and Colin Stinton. West End plays include "The Normal Heart" as Dr Emma Brookner opposite John Shea, "Marvin's Room" and "900 Oneonta". Nancy is proud to have taken part in several revues as part of the Swell Party Company, with her great friend and mentor, George Hall, including stints at the Covent Garden Arts Festival, the Theatre Museum, the Henley Arts Festival, and the festive though short-lived cabaret season at the Connaught Rooms in London.

More recently, having returned to the Boston area with her sons William & Jonathan, Nancy has established her cabaret career on this side of the Atlantic. Following 2010 International Cabaret Conference at Yale, she began with fundraisers at her sons schools. This past July she and George Hall, with Michael Chance, performed her revue Do It... Or Not! as part of the Monday Music Nights series in The Mahogany Bar at Wilton's Music Hall in London - the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall. It has been reprised as part of the Swell Party Company's Sunday Series at Cafe L'Aroma in West Newton. She is currently compiling a new revue with Wayne Fritsche as well as working with Doug Hammer on her first CD. Nancy is delighted to be appearing at Amazing Things!

Mayor Bloomberg, Nucky Thompson: fiction or reality?

Occupy Oakland: Adam Gabbatt on video of Iraq veteran Kayvan Sabehgi’s attack

From Current TV

Keith’s Special Comment: Why Occupy Wall Street needs Michael Bloomberg

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Europe's Insult Diplomacy

From Bloomberg Business week


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Texas Judge William Adams beats daughter for using the internet


What a disgrace....Shocking!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Herman Cain-The Tangled Web We Weave...