Nov 212011
 

By Dave Lindorff, This Can’t Be Happening

Through his silence alone, Obama is condoning the police abuse of demonstrators of the Occupy Movement

The scenes of riot-gear-clad police assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club, have made a bad joke out of claims that America is either the land of the free or the home of the brave.

Scott Olson, a veteran of America’s Iraq War, suffered a severe brain injury that nearly killed him, and left him with difficulty speaking, thanks to a shot to his head by an attacking police officer in Oakland with a gun-fired teargas canister. Olsen is lucky to be alive. A comrade, veteran Kayvan Sabehgi, who was retreating from advancing police that same night with his hands tucked in his pockets, was chased and so brutally beaten by another attacking thug cop that he had to be hospitalized for treatment of a lacerated spleen. Continue reading »

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Nov 212011
 

Annals of the peudo-left: Sins of omission

Melissa Harris-Perry has become a staple of “progressive” venues, from MSNBC’s stable of liberal hosts to Bill Maher, but the message is always truncated when it comes to Obama’s multitude of sins. 

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Melissa Harris-Perry, the political scientist and columnist for The Nation, blames “white liberals” that hold Barack Obama to a “higher standard” for the president’s dwindling white support. Yet all the evidence indicates that Obama’s white support is evaporating most rapidly among ‘independents’ – the white ‘swing voters’ he caters to so slavishly – not reliably ‘liberal’ white Democrats. For some Black Obamites, preserving the icon in the White House is paramount, no matter what his crimes. Continue reading »

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Nov 212011
 

Veterans Day 2011 – Former St. Louis Officer Patti March Speaks for OcPo at Occupy St. Louis

This is a copy of the speech OcPo supporter and former St. Louis County Officer Patti March delivered to the crowd at Occupy St. Louis just minutes before the 3pm raid was called off on Veterans Day- We will update on this story when our new website is up tomorrow – officer March was shot in the face in 2003 by another officer within the department, she is a victim of Police brutality, and we have teamed up to put an end to violent tactics – More to come on this -

Patti March Former St. Louis Co. Officer & OcPo Member – Kiener Plaza Stage St. Louis 2pm

Hi, and Happy Veterans Day :) ….my name is Patti March, and I’m a former St. Louis Co. Police Officer, a member of Occupy Police and a long time citizen of St. Louis. I come before you today on behalf of Occupy Police, Myself, and the citizens of a city I’ve both protected, and called home for many years. I also came here today to stand openly with the 99% of St. Louis. There’s a misconception that Police aren’t part of the 99%, well I’m here to end that misconception. Continue reading »

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Nov 212011
 

By Stephen Lendman, Senior Contributing Editor

Early reporting was scant, dismissive, and offensive. Much still belittles, denigrates and marginalizes a significant movement.

Fox News claims protesters don’t pay taxes or know what they want, are supported by Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and Hugo Chavez, and represent the lunatic left wing.

Bill O’Reilly (left) quipped, “Do we have all kinds of crackheads down there.” He added that Zuccotti Park is “dirty and filthy. There’s rats running all over. There’s dope all over the place. They’re having sex outside at night and all of this stuff.”   Continue reading »

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