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Nov. 3rd, 2011

caspar david friedrich


OWS link dump - 2011-11-03 afternoon edition

LOL-ccupants are least popular, least interesting to lowest income groups - the lowest income group polled - those making under $30,000 - had the least favorable view of the movement, at 26 percent, while those making over $100,000 gave the highest favorability rating to the movement, at 36 percent. - with the media trying to portray this as a populist movement, it's worth noting than two-thirds of those earning under $30,000 either haven't heard of the movement or have an unfavorable view of it. - http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/poll-ows-least-popular-among-lower-income-groups

The breakup of the OWS old fighters begins. Original OWS protesters leaving due to strife, dissent and violence. Two people who have been at Zuccotti Park from day one discuss how the internal order hasn’t worked for them. Sage: I’m leaving today, because this is no longer safe. Like, I had somebody– Q: I’m still recording. Sage: Sure. I had somebody in our sanitation team take a swing at me. And then I had like three really calm, friendly individuals telling me that they–that they didn’t just take a swing at me. It was, like, I was just ... Channing: Yeah. I had beef with sanitation ’cause they took my s*** down. They took my, like tent thing down that I made. Sage: Oh, sure, sure, I was just saying that. Q: But yeah, yeah, all I– Channing: Yeah, no–they took my stuff. They–I had like a little tarp tent at the end of the park. Their whole thing was they were trying to clean out some of the people that were doing, like, drugs and stuff. But they started with– Q: Drugs? Channing: Yeah. Oh, my God. But they started with my tent. And, like, they threw away my toiletries, my food, and, like, a bunch of papers I had, that were really important from the hospital. And then, like, I tried to get them to help me, like, rebuild the tent or something, and they’re like, “We didn’t do it, it wasn’t us,” and I’m like, “I saw you doing it.” Like, I got called from direct action because they doing it. Q: But I’ve got– Sage: Yeah, so– Q: –let me get you to just finish that, because– Sage: I’m just gonna say the same thing. I don’t call it corruption anymore, ’cause corruption is when a good thing goes bad. And what I think this is–people go, “Oh, they’re so stupid.” No, they’re not. They’re smart, for their purposes, which are not for this camp to function as a community. Q: Who’s “they”? You say, “they.” What do you mean–who’s “they”? Sage: Well, once you start pointing fingers, you get–you’re already co-opted. Q: Well, I mean, just general–I don’t know who you mean. I don’t know who you mean. Sage: It’s an entire–it’s an entire attitude and community of apathy, and focusing on problems. And focusing on–and I’m a part of it, and that’s why I’m leaving, ’cause I can’t get out of it. Like, just by being here, I’ve started focusing on good things, and then all of a sudden I get integrated. Q: How long have you been here? Sage: My name is Sage. I’ve been on the ground since Day One. Q: Since the 17th [of September]. Sage: Yeah. - http://biggovernment.com/publius/2011/11/03/unhappy-campers-at-occupywallstreet-im-leaving-today-because-this-is-no-longer-safe/ H/t Nh Tea Party

A pamphlet from a group calling itself the “Oakland Liberation Front” has surfaced that mocks any pacifists in the Occupy Oakland movement and calls for violence to achieve the “complete annihilation of capitalism.” - click to read quite a bit moreCollapse )

Occupy Anarchists ‘Bent On Creating Problems’ - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/11/02/general-strike-protesters-shut-down-port-of-oakland/

For those who thought Occupy might be libertarian: Occupy comes out with their One Demand: they want an international Tobin tax: http://biggovernment.com/laborunionreport/2011/11/03/unions-occupywallstreet-reveal-their-hidden-agenda-a-worldwide-financial-tax/ c/o Nh Tea Party [My comment: Idiots. Trade needs to be smoother, not less efficient and bumpier. Fake paper money made money run around too much.]

10/31: HOMELESS MAN DIES IN TENT at Occupy OKC (Video) - http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/10/homeless-drug-addict-found-dead-in-tent-at-occupy-okc/

Mar. 13th, 2010

caspar david friedrich


my new facebook group

"The 'Coffee Party' Is Astroturfy"

We seek a good, honest brew.

A lot of sincere people want something better in U.S. politics, but Annabel Park's "Coffee Party" isn't the place to go. This Facebook group is for those who want more factual scrutiny into the establishment roots of this "Grass Roots" movement.

- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=359936598963

join up, and tell people who want an honest cup of coffee to join too!

[ x-posted, for importance ]

Mar. 17th, 2009

caspar david friedrich


if there is anything you repost in '09 ...

this may be it. i've ganked this wholesale, typesetting and all, from melvin_udall - which is the place to go for highly incisive links and analysis. now, check this out.

You know those AIG bonuses making national news that the Democrats are all upset about?

Chris Dodd: For AIG bonuses before he was against them

"While the Senate constructed the $787 billion stimulus last month, Dodd unexpectedly added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. That amendment provides an 'exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009, which exempts the very AIG bonuses" they are outraged, OUTRAGED about.

To review, Democrat Dodd added an amendment specifically protecting those bonuses, the Democrat Congress passed the bill, and Democrat President Teleprompter signed it into law days later.

And now Democrats are outraged that AIG has done this?!?

Here's a bonus:
"Sen. Dodd was AIG’s largest single recipient of campaign donations during the 2008 election cycle with $103,100"

If our mainstream media wasn't dishonest and blindly partisan this would be a national scandal.

- c/o http://melvin-udall.livejournal.com/627536.html

this needs to get out to the MSM and everyone else. write your media, and tell friend and foe alike. the BS must end!

[ x-posting heavily ]

Feb. 25th, 2009



SF wants to be a sanctuary for Chandra Levy's murderer....

Supe Wants Sanctuary for Levy Suspect
David Campos of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today called on the city to offer sanctuary to Ingmar Guandique, the youthful Salvadoran immigrant now suspected of murdering Chandra Levy in 2001 in Washington, D.C. Campos was elected to public office for the first time last November as part of “the progressive slate.” He was immediately appointed chair of the board’s influential Public Safety Committee, despite being a rookie with no seniority.

Campos is a staunch defender of providing sanctuary to young undocumented immigrants suspected of committing felonies. He recently attacked Mayor Gavin Newsom for stopping such a practice after two benefactors of the policy were implicated in the murder of San Franciscans. “Young immigrants suspected of murdering Americans should not be discriminated against,” shouted Campos into a megaphone at a packed news conference in the ornate rotunda of City Hall. “They have special needs, and the city of Saint Francis has a long tradition of opening its heart to people with special needs.”

Campos got support from fellow progressives. Rafael Mandelman spoke for the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, of which he is president. The club has recently become popular with members of the Circumference of Sweetness. This is a PR group for suspected felons that models itself after the Axis of Love’s PR work for drug dealers. Mandelman’s remarks today reflected the growing clout at the club of both the Circumference and the Axis. “Defending the rights of suspected felons and drug dealers was what Harvey Milk was all about,” proclaimed Mandelman, smiling broadly.

Next to speak was progressive trophy-lawyer Cris Arguedas, best known for her work in helping O.J. Simpson beat a double murder rap in the slaying of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Arguedas has just been hired, for an undisclosed fee, to defend city officials from a current F.B.I. probe into their practice of harboring accused felons under the recent sanctuary policy. According to rumor, a number of prominent politicians and bureaucrats are up for indictment.

“Murder suspects have feelings just like anybody else,” declared Arguedas. “We should all rally to their defense, especially the ones who can afford high-priced lawyers, or who have a high profile in the media, or - best of all - both.” Arguedas was followed by her partner of many years, Carole Migden. Last November, Migden was defeated while running as “the progressive alternative” in her re-election bid to the state senate. Migden lost after a state ethics panel imposed a substantial fine on her for illegal campaign activities. Not to mention an incident where she rear-ended a stopped car while talking on a cell phone. For all that, Migden has proved to be one of the most resilient politicians in California. After her election defeat, she landed a lucrative appointment from the governor to the state’s Consolidated Garbage Board. The perks include a big increase over her previous salary, a staff of personal publicists, and a 20-foot stretch-limousine with a Jacuzzi in the back. And all at a time when the state’s budget is in free-fall.

“I’m as excited as Cris is about giving sanctuary to little Inggie,” she said, referring to Ingmar Guandique. “Harvey Milk would be proud of us all today!” Before she left the dais, however, Migden was doggedly questioned by a skeptical reporter. How could the progressives justify all their support for suspected felons, Migden was asked, when crimes of all kinds now went unpunished in the city, the murder rate was sky-rocketing, and marginal neighborhoods were being overwhelmed by drug thugs?

“Just remember,” Migden shot back without missing a beat, “this is San Francisco, and in San Francisco you can always put lipstick on garbage and call it progressivism.” Migden’s many supporters in the cavernous rotunda, led by a beaming Rafael Mandelman, broke into loud applause.

Arthur Evans
San Francisco


Feb. 24th, 2009



(no subject)

HEARST Plans to Sell or Close SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Newspaper...


Troubled San Francisco paper in danger of closing
San Francisco Chronicle to be sold or closed if owner can't lower expenses dramatically

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Chronicle joined the lengthening list of imperiled newspapers Tuesday as its owner set out to purge the payroll and slash other expenses in a last-ditch effort to reverse years of heavy losses.

If it can't reduce expenses dramatically within the next few weeks, the Hearst Corp. said it will close or sell the Chronicle, northern California's largest newspaper with a paid weekday circulation of 339,430.

Hearst didn't specify a savings target nor a deadline for wringing out the expenses. A Hearst spokesman didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday.

But management made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs.

"Our current situation dictates that we accomplish these cost savings quickly," Chronicle Publisher Frank Vega wrote in a memo to the staff. "Business as usual is no longer an option."

The Chronicle has given Hearst financial headaches since the New York-based company bought the newspaper in a complex deal valued at $660 million. The late 2000 acquisition proved to be ill-timed. Shortly after Hearst took control, the San Francisco Chronicle was hard hit by a high-tech bust that caused its advertising revenue to shrivel.

Also Tuesday, the chief executive of Philadelphia's largest two daily newspapers pledged Tuesday to roll back a $232,000 raise while his company tries to reorganize in bankruptcy court.

Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday, 2 1/2 years after a group of local investors bought the company for more than $500 million.

Chief Executive Brian Tierney and other executives have insisted the company, while strangled by debt payments, remains profitable despite falling circulation and revenues. But some lenders balked at that analysis at Tuesday's initial hearing on the bankruptcy petition and questioned decisions being made by Tierney, a former public relations executive.

Meanwhile in New York, Journal Register Co., publisher of the New Haven (Connecticut) Register and other newspapers, won approval to continue paying basic operating costs, including employee salaries and benefits and newspaper delivery contracts. Lawyers representing lenders made no objections.

The Yardley, Pennsylvania-based company sought bankruptcy protection a day before the Philadelphia newspapers' filing and said then that JP Morgan Chase & Co. and 26 of the company's 37 lenders had agreed to a reorganization plan to cancel its stock and become a closely held company controlled by its lenders.

Lawyers for the lenders said they were unaware of any objections from any debt holders to that plan, although they did not say why the remaining lenders had yet to sign on.

Besides Journal Register and the Philadelphia newspapers, Los Angeles Times publisher Tribune Co. and owners of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis have made separate Chapter 11 filings for bankruptcy protection amid steep declines in advertising revenue.

Feb. 19th, 2009



Why I hate San Francisco Liberals






Oct. 29th, 2008

caspar david friedrich


huge and long and x-posted all over the place ...

because it is that important. read it, and repost it all over. this needs to be known. an important voice has emerged.

Mr. Obama,

Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).

I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.

2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.

A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.

Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.

Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys' (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.

You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn't want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.

What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.

You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.

Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce "politically motivated"), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else's money you are giving to them. I won't say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden. combined (don't you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.

In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.

God help us...

Cory Miller

just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.

P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com

- http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3069303.html

Oct. 26th, 2008

caspar david friedrich


so obama never believed in wealth "redistribution"?

negative rights versus positive rights: here it is. the philosophical issue is joined.

a moderate, eh?

i strongly suggest you forward this as widely as you can. wealth redistribution is not american. not yet.

[ c/o http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3065491.html ]
caspar david friedrich


this is a disaster waiting to happen - spread the word, broad and wide

ladies and gentlemen, i don't do alarmism or conspiracy theories, but this is an absolute catastrophe - and it is obscene that it is even being discussed.

Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?

House Democrats recently invited Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School of Social Research, to testify before a subcommittee on her idea to eliminate the preferential tax treatment of the popular retirement plans. In place of 401(k) plans, she would have workers transfer their dough into government-created "guaranteed retirement accounts" for every worker. The government would deposit $600 (inflation indexed) every year into the GRAs. Each worker would also have to save 5 percent of pay into the accounts, to which the government would pay a measly 3 percent return.

- http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2008/10/23/would-obama-dems-kill-401k-plans.html

more (somewhat more partisan/inflamed) at: http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2008/10/24/obama-dems-seek-to-end-401-k-plans/

originally found in http://community.livejournal.com/conservatism/3064509.html

do i even need to adumbrate what withdrawing trillions of dollars of investment from the stock market would do to individuals and to the american economy? how many fewer business startups and expansions would find funding (in a time when india and china are rising)? what the consequences would be of turning trillions of investment funds over to government keeping - which would then pay in the form of more taxes - at a miserable return hardly even up to the present rate of inflation, not to mention the higher inflation under a more left-tending mixed economy?

says j. mcdermott (dem-wa, chairman of the house ways and means committee's subcommittee on income security and family support): "we have to start to think about whether or not we want to continue to invest that $80 billion for a policy that's not generating what we now say it should."

well "we" can decide what "we" want to do with our money ourselves, thank you. how about you stop addling the economy with your interventions?

these idiots think there's some sort of golden fountain from the exploitation of the poor oppressed workers that can just be infinitely siphoned from. they do not seem to know that the system is already battered and on its knees from their bad "management." this is yet another smashing blow. how long can a complex system endure such massive distortion?

this is insane. if this comes to pass, i might just started taking thomas jefferson's line about what's good every now and then. enough is enough.

[ horrifiedly x-posted all over ]

Oct. 16th, 2008

caspar david friedrich


even cnn admits: obama's ACORN denial syndrome

Fact Check: Was doing legal work Obama's 'only involvement' with ACORN?


The Verdict: False.

- http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/16/fact-check-was-doing-legal-work-obamas-only-involvement-with-acorn/#more-24908

[ variously x-posted ]

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