Archive for October, 2011

Whirlpool Workers Go Down The Drain

Posted on October 31, 2011 by

It’s sad and ironic to see the decline of manufacturing in the American southeast.  Those states – Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia – lured industry from the rustbelt (Milwaukee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) in the 70s, 80s and 90s – with promises of nonunion wage rates and compliant labor.  It turns out, of course, that many of [...]

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Baseball and Politics

Posted on October 29, 2011 by

My team lost the world series in an especially agonizing way.  I was rooting for the Texas Rangers, indifferent to their home state’s conservative politics or even the presence of former team owner George Bush in the seats behind home plate.  In that respect, at least for me, sports transcends politics.  But I do associate [...]

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Dear Antonio:

Posted on October 28, 2011 by

Dear Antonio: We hear you’re getting impatient with the guests hanging out on your lawn.  It’s like when out-of-town relatives overstay their welcome.  You don’t want to create a family incident by asking them to leave, but they’re disrupting your routine and eating too much of the food in the refrigerator.  Plus your neighbors are [...]

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Newt’s Shot

Posted on October 27, 2011 by

Newt Gingrich is very smart.  His ideas are well-developed and his policy proposals are thoughtful.  Fortunately, he has a narcissistic disorder, an unpleasant personality and a reputation as an immoral guy who failed as house speaker.  If he were to become the republican nominee, he would be a tough debate opponent for Barack Obama but [...]

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It Can’t Happen Here?

Posted on October 26, 2011 by

Unlike Oakland, political leaders in Los Angeles would not allow police to use tear gas and “bean bag rounds” to contain, move or discipline Occupy LA protesters.  Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor’s staff, council members and civic authorities deserve enormous credit so far for their handling of the occupation outside city hall.  Support for the demonstrators [...]

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All in the Family – 2011

Posted on October 24, 2011 by

We overheard this phone conversation recently between tea party activist Bill Francis and his 19-year-old daughter and Wall Street occupier Serena:  Bill:  I understand why you’re protesting but I think you’re missing the point. Serena:  What’s that? Bill:  You’re mad at rich people and upset that you can’t get a job. Serena:  True. Bill: And you think that [...]

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The Post-Obama Era

Posted on October 19, 2011 by

The American Left’s jubilation over Occupy Wall Street relieves some of the frustration and anger progressive democrats are feeling toward Barack Obama.  No longer obsessed with every concession and compromise by the president, activists are focused on moving the “big picture” message: That our nation is being corrupted by elite financial interests.  This diverts attention from [...]

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American Public Supports Protests

Posted on October 14, 2011 by

A Time Magazine Poll finds 54 percent of adult Americans are very or somewhat favorable toward the Wall Street protests around the country while 23 percent are very or somewhat unfavorable.  More numbers from the October 9 – 10 poll:  86 % agree that Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington  [...]

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NBA Players: Rooting For These “One-Percenters”

Posted on October 12, 2011 by

A principal message of Occupy Wall Street is that America’s wealth and politics are being stolen by a small fraction of the nation’s population.  The rest of us are counted among the “99 percenters,” regular folks victimized by unemployment, debt and corporate greed.  The protests are tapping a powerful progressive populist sentiment which has been [...]

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A Winter “Occupation” in L.A.?

Posted on October 10, 2011 by

Will Occupy Wall Street migrate west as temperatures drop in the northeast and midwest?  The serene setting and good vibes of Occupy L.A. [link here to webpage and photos] could draw protesters who see their chance to “split for the coast.”  The grounds around L.A. City Hall are reaching capacity and we’re not likely to see [...]

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“Mainstreaming” the Wall Street Protests

Posted on October 7, 2011 by

Progressive organizers and “thought-leaders” are working quickly and smartly to focus and frame the message of the Wall Street protests.  To blunt the notion that these demonstrations are “radical,” labor unions have done a good job “mainstreaming” the issues. That’s why I wasn’t too deflated by Barack Obama’s press conference reply on the protests that [...]

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Madison, Wall Street and L.A.City Hall

Posted on October 5, 2011 by

Six months after “Madison,” community, union and political organizers are sizing up the potential of the “Wall Street” and related protests.  Following the inspired take-over of the Wisconsin statehouse, republicans imposed their anti-union measures and the focus by democrats shifted from direct action to court and legislative recall elections.  Did the political campaigns dissipate the movement’s [...]

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Hooked on the Numbers

Posted on October 2, 2011 by

Worried about Obama losing in 2012, democrats pay close attention to those end-of-the-week government reports on unemployment claims, consumer spending and housing starts.  Looking for a signal that the economy is “recovering,” we know this is a charade to give the president cover against republican attacks.  If those numbers don’t budge, the white house could [...]

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