Oakland Cop Reprimanded by Judge

Officer John Hargraves suspended for hiding his nameplate for OWS protestors.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson has handed down a scathing opinion to Officer Hargraves and his Lt, Clifford Wong, for Hargraves act of taping over his nameplate during interactions with Occupy Oakland on November 2nd of last year.

At the time, Lt. Wong noticed the obscured nameplate and removed the tape but failed to report Officer Hargraves for the violation of police policy. The department then suspended Hargraves for 30 days but allowed him to remain on duty pending an appeal. That appeal did not go well. [Read more...]

Sen. John Thune Asserts that Millionaire Mitt Romney is not One of the 1%

And neither is Michael Moore… ;)

It is very telling in how prominent political figures of all persuasions are shying away from being labeled as wealthy even as they push policies geared to support the rich. If nothing else, OWS has at leased made us all take note of the ever increasing income inequality in America.

As OWS shifts towards the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have to work hard to avoid the bad optics and press that encounters with the Occupy movement tend to create. [Read more...]

OWS Starts to Shift the Democratic Message

Former Super Committee co-chair attempts to dispel the GOP’s “Job Creator” myth.

It’s good to see that Occupy Wall Street has done what protest movements need to do, shift the discussion within our society to focus on uncomfortable truths that were previously ignored by politics and the mass media. Before OWS in the republican sphere, you couldn’t even call the rich “rich” anymore, today they are “job creators” (after extensive control group testing of the phrase). And the moniker has mostly been unchallenged by democrats, leaving the top 1% of Americas to receive remarkably tax rates lower than the middle class. Because the majority of the populous is deceived into believing that any tax increases amongst the super-wealthy will cause either an upturn in unemployment or the vengeful “job creators” to pull out of the American economy in protest this meme replicates in ernest. Never mind that history shows this to be untrue, since perception is more important than reality most of the time. [Read more...]

The Cost of Free Speech

Wisconsin Administration drags its feet on controversial new protest law.

We Americans are having to slowly adjust to the uncomfortable reality that money now equals free speech and that the more money you have, the more “free” speech you can use to push the opposition into irrelevancy. In a system of government that is supposed to protect the rights of the minority, most who visit and write at FtB see the citizens united decision as an infringement on American freedom.

But compared to the new protest laws under consideration in Wisconsin, citizens united somehow seems downright fair. At least C.U. gave the minority the slimmest chance to dissent, now in Wisconsin you might not even be able to exercise you right to free speech against the government without forking up cash beforehand. Any gathering of four or more persons espousing a political message will have to file for a permit 72 hours prior to the protest. [Read more...]

Showdown at Zuccotti Park

My Twitter feed is ablaze.

As I write this, NYPD are in the act of evicting the OWS protestors from Zuccotti Park. And the cops must feel justified in the rightness of their actions because they are doing it at 2 am under the cover of darkness, barring any reporters from getting near the scene, and telling nearby residents that they are unable to leave their homes until the repression is complete. [Read more...]

Al Jazeera English on OWS

Well versed from the Arab Spring, AJE devotes a section to OWS.

 

Al Jazeera English has been covering the events of the Arab Spring in great detail, giving each country a section where live blogs are created and maintained, social media is congregated, and commentary is provided. This had led to some of the best reporting of events in the region. Everything from the stance of Islamists to post regime change politics is covered in detail. I mean, how many of us are aware that in Egypt, former political opponents of the deposed president might be restricted from voting because they a technically criminals? [Read more...]

Conservative Bloggers Get Trolled

Right Wingers Quote Satirical OWS Story.

FreedomBunker.com, AdventuresInCapitalists.com, SayAnythingBlog.com (North Dakota’s “Most Popular” blog), Rick Perry, and others recently got trolled. Hard.

Anxious for any news to belittle the Occupy Wall Street movement, conservative writers jumped on a satirical piece published one week ago by Mark Schatzker, a writer for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, thinking that the outlandish OWS “quotes” were real. [Read more...]

Investigation Under Way in Scott Olsen Shooting

Internal Affairs in the hizzle

The City of Oakland has started a Tier 1 investigation into the shooting of Iraqi War Vet Scott Olsen, who has now be upgraded to stable condition and will soon undergo brain surgery, reportedly to reduce the effects of swelling on his brain.

Scott is now conscious and able to communicate via writing on a notepad. Since returning from Iraq, Olsen has become involved in veterans’ affairs, specifically the high rates of suicide among returning warriors. He became involved in politics after the recent public sector cuts in Wisconsin.

The Tier 1 investigation will be treated as if the police had been using deadly force and IA will work with the city prosecutors to see if any of the guidelines on use of less than lethal munitions were violated as videos continue to surface of the crackdown. Oakland Police spokespersons continue to play down the extreme methods that were employed on the Occupy Oakland protestors, time will tell on what exactly happened and who will be blamed. [Read more...]