May 162012

On Wednesday, a downtown protest is planned that will call for a year-long moratorium on home foreclosures. ( So expect more arrests )

Reverend Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission is arrested after refusing to leave Immigration Court Building property during immigration detention rally in Chicago. — Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2012

See Day Two

About 130 protesters marched north through the Loop from the Board of Trade on Wednesday, stopping outside a Citibank branch and setting up a makeshift living room. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

About 130 protesters marched north through the Loop this morning calling for a moratorium on mortgage foreclosures.

The group walked from the Chicago Board of Trade and stopped briefly at a Citibank branch at LaSalle and Madison streets just before 11 a.m.

See Video of Loop marchers call for moratorium on foreclosures

A protester at the Anti-Capitalist militant march reaches for a Chicago Police officer’s baton at 14th and Halsted Street in Chicago. A band of several dozen protesters marched up Halsted Street from the South Side through Bridgeport, where some engaged in a shouting match with residents. The marchers, some of whom covered their faces with hoods or bandanas, began their protest at about 51st Street and Halsted. — Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2012

A California man in town for protests during the NATO summit was charged with a felony for allegedly assaulting a Chicago police officer during a pro-immigration rally downtown on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Danny L. Johnson, 31, of Los Angeles, was ordered held today on $10,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, a felony, and obstruction of traffic, a misdemeanor.

During the immigration rally, Johnson was seen “jumping up and down,” yelling obscenities and obstructing traffic, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.

When a Chicago police sergeant working a bicycle team told Johnson to move up the street, Johnson punched the sergeant in the chest, causing him to fall off his bike, Scaduto said.

Scaduto said Johnson is currently on probation in California for a misdemeanor conviction for remaining at the scene of a riot.

Johnson appeared in court with his hair in braids and wearing a black T-shirt inside-out. Scaduto told the judge the T-shirt is emblazoned with an obscenity.

~ But it’s okay, he’s a college grad bused in, probably paid to usurp! ~ JP

Notice the masks being they are preparing to need them IMO:

Chicago police use bicycles to keep anti-capitalist marchers toward the sidewalks as the protesters march north on Halsted Street in Chicago. — Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2012

The Anti-Capitalist militant march reaches 14th and Halsted Street in Chicago after marching from 51st Street. About 20 bike-riding officers repeatedly rode to the front of the crowd of about 40 demonstrators and formed an angled line across Halsted Street to funnel them back onto the sidewalk. Then officers would walk their bikes next to the sidewalk to enforce the restriction. When protesters slipped in front again, the whole process would start over. — Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2012

~ This one says it all:

Anti-capitalist protesters wait to begin their march at 51st and Halsted Streets, in Chicago. — Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2012

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* Leaders expected to attend 2012 NATO Will Sarkozy still attend? I hope Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland and Mr. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland address my Polish community.


* Summit Events Open to the Public


Don’t You Feel Safer?

A Chicago police boat helps block traffic on the Chicago River near the Michigan Avenue Bridge as a person walks past on the River Walk path. — Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard personnel stand at the stern of a patrol boat on the Chicago River as they enforce a temporary river closure after a suspicious package was reported in the area. — Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2012

~ How does bankrupt Chicago afford all of this protection for dignitaries and punks?

More Images

May 162012

My other Favorite…He also needs to work on eyes

Luiz Meneghin:

She will BLOW you away! No Granny I’ve seen except:

Granny G:

Another Trio of Good…

Jarrett & Raja, Micah Gregorio, Mike Price

Very good…

Dave Burleigh:

May 162012

You know da drill, I post what I feel is worthwhile seeing…

This was Un-Real! Creepy but great :)


Who said you need a traditional instrument?

Michael Nejad:

Wow where did THAT come from? Needs to learn to keep his eyes open…

Tim Hockenberry:

A trio of good…

Emily Anne Band, Kellen Erskine, Lion Dance Me:

ONE of my TOP Two for the night…

There are no words to describe David Garibaldi and His CMYKs:

May 162012

A senior White House official attended a secretive meeting with a cadre of left-wing organizations last week.

Jon Carson, a 2008 Obama organizer and current head of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, reportedly attended a meeting with the Democracy Alliance, a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005.

Politico reports:

Carson was scheduled to deliver remarks to Democracy Alliance members, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting. The White House didn’t respond to questions about the subject of Carson’s remarks or whether he helped raise money for the super PACs, but the source said Carson did not attend a Saturday morning session at which Democracy Alliance officials and members made pitches for the super PACs.

At that session, which was presided over by Democracy Alliance co-founder Rob Stein, members were given a presentation on the roles and fundraising of various Democratic super PACs and other outside groups. Hedge fund financier Donald Sussman, who is married to Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)—was slated to make the case for donations to House Majority PAC, to which he has contributed at least $150,000. …

Ahead of the Alliance meeting, Soros, who has already donated a combined $175,000 to Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, pledged $1 million each to American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that provides opposition research, and America Votes, a nonprofit group focusing on state-based organizing. Though America Votes does not disclose its donors, Soros has donated to it in each of the past three years.

- source

May 162012

House committee probing possible arrangement to get health care law passed. Rep. Michael Burgess weighs in on ‘America’s Newsroom’.

May 162012

Details emerge about training sessions for congressional members, staffers

House Democrats received training this week on how to address the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being charged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.

May 162012

by Joel B. Pollak

A student at Barnard College, Ayelet Pearl, has written a stirring protest to President Barack Obama’s commencement speech yesterday. Noting that the president’s words were “beautiful,” Pearl nonetheless objected to the use of the historic women’s college as a political prop, and said that the event left her feeling “stereotyped, simplified, and used.”

Pearl, a junior, pointed out in her article in the Columbia Political Review that while many Barnard students shared President Obama’s enthusiasm for “change,” they did not necessarily agree with his policies:

..what if our way is not his way? More importantly, what if my way differs from the woman sitting next to me in my art history class or my English class or my computer science class? What if the change I think we need is a different brand of education reform and a more conservative economic plan?

She also objected to the assumption by Barnard administrators that “all” the women at Barnard shared Obama’s political agenda, and the same conformist liberal orthodoxy:

Barnard President Debora Spar, in an interview on MSNBC, boldly told the show’s hostess that “they’re [Barnard students] all huge fans [of Obama].” Is that true? Can the president of Barnard College say, in good faith, that every single one of her students is a fan of President Barack Obama? Are we that unindividual? Or are we just a liberal student body, and, as women, a key component of the Democratic vote? Too often, the assumed answer is yes.

Whereas feminism had meant a struggle for women to be able to make their own choices, the president’s speech implied a new kind of conformity. Pearl noted that the so-called “war on women,” which has been a staple of Democrat attacks on the GOP, denies the world that women live in today, and the choices women are making:

But what can this possibly mean, in a world where women make their own decisions and form their own opinions outside the confines of their gender? Some women are pro-life; some women are pro-choice. Some women are advocates for universal health care; some women are not. Some women support gun rights, others do not. Some women will vote for Barack Obama in 2012, and other women will not.

The speech at Barnard, she said, was “the perfect political platform” for the president–yet ironically, the speech was held on the campus of Columbia University, Obama’s alma mater, and he left not “setting foot on our campus.”

That, in itself, was evidence of disregard for women’s equality: “It is telling that he did not have the time to cross Broadway, the street itself increasingly symbolic of the gap between Columbia and Barnard that we as students have been trying for so long to close.”

Update: Pearl writes to clarify that she was not protesting the president’s visit:

I just want it to be clear that I am not criticizing the president’s speech, but rather commenting on the idea that has become prevalent throughout politics today that women generally hold one opinion. Obama delivered a very inspiring apolitical speech, but the entire process of him coming to speak here as a campaign stop is what bothers me, because of this implication.

She also notes that there have been different reactions to the president’s address among the students.


May 162012

At the Time Warner Inc. shareholder meeting on 5/15/12, Project 21 member Oscar Murdock questions company chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes about what can be done about actors — Morgan Freeman, in particular — whose radical political statements drive away potential customers. Bewkes’ response: “Not much.”

This small excerpt of the Time Warner Inc. shareholder meeting on 5/15/12 featuring National Center for Public Policy Research volunteer Oscar Murdock has been posted under fair use guidelines for the purpose of non-profit, educational public debate by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation under the Internal Revenue Code.

Citing the Tea Party and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell specifically, Freeman says that, “Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” and that, “It’s a racist thing.”

– featured image: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AF

May 162012

Come on now! There were TWO that couldn’t dance as good as Maria! How is it as good as Donald Driver is that he got more votes then Maria?! FIX! JUST Fuming…

May 162012

By Jim Kouri

Newly released, declassified files released by the United Kingdom reveals U.S. officials’ concerns that Kenyans studying in America, including President Obama’s father, may have had ties to Kenyan terrorist groups that were supported by communist nations in the 1950s and early 1960s.

As yet the documents exist only in physical form at the National Archives in Kew, Southwest London – but they are open to the public, a British police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Sunday.

Documents released in April by the British government — but ignored until the left-leaning, London-based newspaper The Guardian printed a story – reveal that the President’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Senior, was the target of an international investigation due to his ties to Kenyan terrorist groups in the 1950s such as the group responsible for the so-called Mao-Mao Uprising in Kenya.

The declassified documents, which had been kept secret for decades, “were privately condemned by Obama administration officials,” a British source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.

Obama’s White House and re-election campaign teams feared the documents could hurt the struggling president, especially with independent voters, as polls showed Obama trailing Republican contender Mitt Romney in several key states by a few points, according to a Gallup Poll also released in April.

Sadly, except for the blogosphere and European news organizations, the story regarding the British intelligence documents is being conspicuously ignored, said political strategist Mile Baker.

This undated photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama, 10, and his father, also named Barack Obama. Obama’s father left the family to study at Harvard when Barack was just two, returning only once. Obama wrote poignantly about this visit in his memoir, remembering the basketball his father gave him, the African records they danced to, the Dave Brubeck concert they attended. Obama, then 10, never saw his father again. (AP Photo/Obama for America)

On September 1, 1959, one British ambassador penned a highly classified communiqué that stated, “I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white,” according to the Daily Mail report.

The British documents revealed that Barack, Sr., and Ann Dunham, a 17-year-old white American from Kansas, traveled to Hawaii or Indonesia where the President was allegedly raised with a traditional Muslim education, complete with Imans and Madrasas.

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