Monthly Archives: March 2012

In the Middle of the Bank, Our House

As a prologue to a March 15 action against bank foreclosures, a crew of Occupiers moved into a Bank of America lobby carting their couch, coffee table and potted plant. More.   “Bank of America took our homes, so we thought we’d move in here.” Source Article from http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/03/13-0 Continue Reading

Steve Jobs and American Jobs

The economy added another 227,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday. That’s good news, sort of. It means that the recovery is slowly progressing. At this rate, we will be back to pre-recession employment levels sometime around 2018. However, this growth in jobs was not enough for wages to keep place with inflation;… Continue Reading

Obama’s Still Muslim

A new survey of southern Republicans from Public Policy Polling finds that about half – 45% in Alabama, 52% in Mississippi – still believe Obama is a Muslim.  A majority do not believe in evolution. And about a quarter – 21% in Alabama, 29% in Mississippi – think interracial marriage should be illegal. Oy: Wake… Continue Reading

NYPD: Making the Crime Numbers Look Good, Seemingly At Any Cost

The incredible story of Adrian Schoolcraft, an NYPD officer in the 81st Precinct who after whistleblowing on corruption and under-reporting of serious crimes was, for his trouble, taken in handcuffs to a psychiatric ward, served with administrative charges and suspended without pay for two years, during which time the NYPD was, in fact, sitting on… Continue Reading

Encore Broadcast: Crony Capitalism

BILL MOYERS: This week on Moyers and Company. DAVID STOCKMAN: Money dominates politics. And as a result we have neither capitalism or democracy. We have some kind of — we have crony capitalism. BILL MOYERS: And… GRETCHEN MORGENSON: The big powered, moneyed institutions are in control in Washington, there’s no doubt about it. You and… Continue Reading

Cracking Down on Secret Campaign Funding

The I.R.S. is questioning some Tea Party groups about their tax-exempt status. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Super PACs might get all the attention when it comes to secretive political spending, but this week another type of political organization is getting a little (unwanted) time in the limelight: 501(c)(4) groups. Some groups claim this tax-exempt status,… Continue Reading

Kucinich Blasts Targeted Killings, Says Defeat "Has Never Had Power Over Me"

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has blasted targeted killings by the U.S. as a chilling “assault on the Constitution.” Having just lost a brutal primary battle, he says he’s not sure what he’ll do next but is feeling peaceful and open to “whatever possibilities are out there.” More on what one admirer calls “the conscience of… Continue Reading

Super Tuesday, Super Stats

Newt Gingrich’s campaign is mostly kept alive by his well-funded super PAC. Credit: Wikimedia Commons We know that a lot of big money went into yesterday’s ten Republican presidential primary elections and caucuses. There’s been a plethora of statistics and superlatives about the money spent in the 2012 election so far,  most of it thanks… Continue Reading