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Submitted by Sisyphus on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 2:34pm.
Even though the ink wasn't dry on the Seattle City Council's resolution in support of the Occupy Movement, the Seattle Police pepper sprayed Occupy protesters in downtown Seattle, including the 84 year old woman above. The photos of the incident are astonishing. The police action reportedly also incapacitated a priest and a pregnant woman.
This isn't an isolated incident with evictions starting in Wall Street's Zucotti Park and occurring nationwide in what some are saying are a coordinated effort. After the jump I post a video with Rachel Maddow providing some important historical context for the Occupy Movement and the free speech rationale for the 'occupy' tactic. Tomorrow, November 17, Occupy Boise will hold a solidarity march with the other Occupy movements worldwide.
If you want to keep the country talking about the corruption of money in politics, or are simply outraged by the police action against peaceful protesters, make your lunch time tomorrow extra special. read more »
Submitted by MeAndG on Sun, 11/13/2011 - 9:13pm.
And other judgements are already being handed down. Tangible impacts of scandal starting to become clear.
First, A standout high school offensive lineman from Colorado has turned his back on his verbal commitment to attend Penn State, becoming the read more »
Before the Bitter Winds of Reagan and the Racist Southern Strategy Infected Idaho, the Teenagers Were Kind of Cool.Submitted by TUBOB on Fri, 11/11/2011 - 6:16pm.
Submitted by MeAndG on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 9:04am.
In a commentary today I discuss how Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner reached a deal to solve the debt ceiling crisis back in August. But the rest of the cutting will be done by a "Super Congress" made up of six Republicans and six Democrats.
We are being asked to believe that a committee of 12 will, effectively, run our nation.
How does that sound?
Submitted by MeAndG on Sun, 11/06/2011 - 10:17am.
There is a reason that so many of them need to support a Pizza guy, with no political experience, for President of the United States
"MeandG, I don't know if you've seen this or not. But I was interested in what your perspective was on it." Idaho State Journal Columnist and bannock County-based Republican Richard Larsen messaged me.
He was referring to:
Here is my response:
When I served on the faculty at Utah State University in 2003 - 2004, the College Republicans had a table doing this. They said that their purpose was to spur a debate about Affirmative Action. I'm all for debate, but there are better ways to create them, such as publicizing a formal debate and inviting voices from both sides. Granted, it is acceptable and desirable on college campuses to create tension and even confusion on controversial topics, and it is a common practice for professors to dress up to appear as something they are not (punk rockers, homeless people, etc.) to provoke student thought and conversation about stereotypes.
However, I didn't walk over to their table to debate, because I sensed a certain hostility, and Utah State College Republican's strategy that afternoon did nothing to dissuade that perception.
Simply put, the Republican Party, as a whole, has a problem:
Words from Congressman Raul Labrador sum it up:
He told the Wall Street Journal that his party's immigration rhetoric is a turn-off for many Latino voters who might otherwise be inclined to vote Republican on social and fiscal issues.
Submitted by MeAndG on Sat, 11/05/2011 - 8:25am.
Current and former elected officials also back Quintana
Boise City Council candidate Ben Quintana announced endorsements from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and several other current and former elected officials.
"Initially, I had not planned to weigh in on the Council races, and in particular the open seat,” said Mayor Bieter. “But having had the opportunity to get to know Ben Quintana better in the recent weeks and having looked closely at his positions on the key issues facing our city, I've come to conclude that Ben's vision for Boise is very much in tune with my own vision and priorities as Mayor. I heartily endorse Ben's candidacy and look forward to having his passion, energy, and commitment to promoting livability on the City Council."
Additional endorsements from current and former elected officials who support Quintana include: Boise City Council Member, TJ Thomson; State Senator, District 14, Chuck Winder; Ada County Sheriff, Gary Raney; Garden City Council Member, Kathleen Simko, State Representative, District 18, Phylis King; Former State Senator, District 19, Mike Burkett; Former Democratic National Committeewoman, State Senator and Assistant Democratic Senate Leader, Gail Bray; and Former State Representative, District 18, Branden Durst.
Boise City Council is a non-partisan office. Quintana is running a non-partisan campaign and has drawn broad-based support from the Boise community. For a full list of endorsements and testimonials, please visit www.ben4boise.com/endorsements read more »
Submitted by Sisyphus on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 3:59pm.
Individual participants from six Idaho communities, from all reaches of the state, join Marcia Franklin to discuss why they are taking action. Frickin' frick, when you get Harry, Rigby resident in his mid 60s, calling in support, this movement is definitely tapping a nerve. The link for these episodes is on the Dialogue website and also contains links to sites for each of these movements. The web extra segment follows after the jump. read more »
Submitted by Sisyphus on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 2:55pm.
In case you haven't heard, the fine folks at Occupy Boise helping to focus the traditional media on things that matter to 99% of us, have decided to elevate their profile by forming up a tent city on the site of the old Ada County Courthouse adjacent to the Statehouse. So far it appears there won't be much push back, but we're dealing with bright crimson state officials, so far.
Not sure how we as a society can deploy riot gear encrusted police armed with tear gas and other weapons on people whose only crime is camping. Its not like they ruined the economy. Here's the list of things they need to get going. Please note their number one need, and if that's not doable then do what you can. read more »
Submitted by Sisyphus on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 1:44pm.
Submitted by Sisyphus on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 2:23pm.
I'm not asking for money. I'm asking you for five minutes to do what you've always wanted to do. You get loads of supplications from banksters in the mail everyday. Take a minute to establish a dialogue. Tell them how you feel about junk mail or anything else that may be bothering you.
And for those who think that none of this is gonna make a bit of difference, it already has. If you believe this is just about dirty hippies wanting entitlements, Matt Taibbi pummels that media driven fallacy. Here's a quick and dirty report on the efforts and failures of your government in holding Bankster's accountable. And if you still doubt, know that this movement isn't necessarily divisive, the one percent agree with many of the objectives. Keep your eye on the prize. read more »
Submitted by MeAndG on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 8:34am.
and to the Republican Party.
So far, Monday is shaping up to be a long day for Herman Cain amidst the sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced, and his misfortune at having public events scheduled for today, writes Barbara Morrill.
Cain's campaign manager, Mark Block appeared on MSNBC earlier today and stated that Cain had "never sexually harassed anybody ever, period, end of story," but followed that up with a classic non-denial denial:
Further entertainment is scheduled for later today, when Cain will appear on Fox News and, no-doubt, spout off further complaints about the "liberal media."
"And what better venue then Fox?" Morrill said.
Now there are reports that Aides’ Corporation May Have Illegally Gotten Cain Campaign Off The Ground.
All of this reeks of a classic insider Republican hit job.
That's why the sexual harrassment allegations appeared in Politico.
Rove and Crew are scareder than Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, that this crackpot might actually win the nomination.
If that happens, it's Goldwater 1964 all over again. They needed to intervene so Shazam: opposition research is dropped into Politico's lap.
Submitted by TUBOB on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 9:55am.
we gave you video games
we gave you
Submitted by MeAndG on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 4:52pm.
También publicado en español. Véase el texto a continuación.
With Congress unable to agree on a comprehensive immigration overhaul, and with states taking immigration matters into their own hands, Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho thinks he has an idea that can draw bipartisan support, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Labrador, 43, who spent 15 years as an immigration attorney before riding the Republican wave to Congress last year, one of five Latino Republicans elected -- is right on the mark about some things:
Labrador said his party's immigration rhetoric is a turn-off for many Latino voters who might otherwise be inclined to vote Republican on social and fiscal issues.
"They don't feel welcome in the party, and I think that's a shame," he said. "I think we can change this."
Labrador said that if the party wants to remain relevant, it needs to welcome people of different backgrounds.
"I think it's happening nationally," he said. "We need to continue to have this conversation."
"Many of these students actually leave," he said in an interview. "They go back to their home country or to our competitors."
Submitted by jlsmart1957 on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:40am.
Occupy Boise invites the public to a “FREE! Bazaar” on Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM in Capitol Park.
Occupy Boise's mission is to build community among the 99% to address the problems caused by the greed and corruption of the 1%. The “FREE! Bazaar” will be an exhibition of some small-scale, practical ways to serve human needs right now while preparing to address the bigger problems down the road. Don't miss this chance to spend time with friends and neighbors in a completely noncommercial (FREE!) setting.
The “FREE! Bazaar” will feature games, music, zombie face painting, a really free market (where all goods are FREE!), a free-speech soap box, a mass meeting, arts activities, food to share with Food Not Bombs, and educational workshops such as “Know Your Rights,” “Herbalism,” and “Consent”. To experience what it might look like to focus on human needs instead of corporate greed, come to the “FREE! Bazaar” in Capitol Park this Saturday, between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. The park is located at 601 W. Jefferson Street (across from the People's House) in Downtown Boise.
The event is absolutely free of charge and open to folks of all ages and backgrounds. The public is also invited to attend all Occupy Boise meetings to discuss and plan next steps. On Thursday and Friday, Occupy Boise will hold General Assembly meetings from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the House Majority Caucus Room on the 4th floor of the People's House, at 700 W. Jefferson St. On Saturday, our mass meeting will assemble at 2:00 PM at the “FREE! Bazaar” in Capitol Park. Other assembly times can be found on the calendar tab here. read more »
Submitted by MeAndG on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 3:59am.
Here is some background.
According to the Idaho Press Tribune:
But what is Kren's real and complete voting history on Bujak?
June 1, 2009 - All council members voted Yes. Page 7. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Sept. 8, 2009 - No dissenting votes on Bujak contract. Page 8. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Aug. 16, 2010 - Kren finally votes Nay, twice. Page 10. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Oct. 18, 2010 - Kren makes the motion to approve the contract with Bujak, just two months after voting No. Page 4. Read the Nampa City Council Minutes.
Food for thought: What changed from Aug. 16 to Oct. 18 that changed Kren's mind and led him to vote in favor of the Bujak contract?
Submitted by MeAndG on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 3:50pm.
According to yesterday's Idaho Statesman:
Submitted by Sisyphus on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 2:36pm.
Submitted by MeAndG on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 5:51pm.
Dear fellow Boisean,
As your newly elected Boise City Council Member, I will focus on strengthening our local economy and supporting job creation initiatives – key ingredients that will make Boise the most livable city in the country. City leaders have the ability to assist in these efforts by building a great environment that allows businesses and communities to thrive. By working in partnership with key stakeholders, crafting innovative policies and legislation, and planning smart for the future, we can create a better tomorrow.
Through experience, I’ve learned that a small group of hard working citizens can accomplish anything. When people come together, ideas spread and solutions emerge. By working as a team with the City Council members, Mayor and citizens of Boise, I believe we will continue to discover new solutions to our unique challenges and implement plans to strengthen our local economy and create high paying jobs.
Over the years, I’ve spoken to thousands of citizens, businesses, and community leaders and listened to their concerns about our future. I’ve become passionately involved in the ongoing success of our city and want to do everything I can to preserve and enhance the qualities that make Boise unique. Below are just a few of the ideas I’ve developed and gathered by listening to our citizens. As I work to implement our ideas, I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts on city issues and communicating your vision for a better Boise. This is our city. Let’s make it great.
I will work aggressively, yet diplomatically to strengthen our local economy and support job creation initiatives by:
Attracting new companies to Boise
In addition to strengthening our local economy, we must also continue working to make Boise the most livable city in the country. To work toward accomplishing this vision, I will focus on:
Building on Boise’s strengths
Yours in service, Ben
Vote Ben Quintana for Boise City Council
These are Ben's ideas. What would you like to see? Share your ideas for Boise below.
Submitted by MeAndG on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 10:01am.
... exactly what America needs (snark):
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain came down hard on immigration Saturday on the campaign trail, telling crowds in Tennessee that part of his policy would be to build an electrified fence on the Mexican border that could potentially kill anyone trying to enter the country illegally.
The New York Times relays Cain's description of the fence: "It's going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you -- Warning.'"
He backed away from that proposal Sunday morning, however, saying he wasn't serious about the idea.
"That's a joke, David," he told NBC's David Gregory on "Meet The Press." "That's not a serious plan."
Submitted by MeAndG on Sun, 10/16/2011 - 8:19am.
The track record for Lauren McClean speaks for itself. She's worked to protect Boise’s foothills. McLean has worked hard to increase funding for schools. She has helped make new bus routes to meet neighborhood needs a reality. McLean has encouraged sustainable growth, community economic centers, urban agriculture and strong arts in Boise’s Comprehensive Plan. read more »
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