The Militarized Police State and the Pepper Spraying of an 84 year Old Woman

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Author DonnaMM:


Were I am not in full agreement with the occupy Wall
Street movement, I find the actions of the police forces to be despicable,
uncalled for and violate the very Constitution of the United States. As far as I
have seen, there has been no excuse for the pepper spraying or the violence
directed at the protesters. This is a peaceful movement that is demanding
justice, which is the right of every American. I personally, did not see the
need for camping out or blocking off streets, for me this was was not the right
approach to get people on our side, but looking at past protests, there is a
history of the media under reporting or just ignoring liberal protests. If the
occupy people had not resorted to these tactics, it is likely that most people
would not have heard of the protests. So, I conclude that these methods have
been productive, considering the severity of the problem brought upon us by
reckless conservative Republican spending.

It is clear that corporate
America does not appreciate seeing the media giving peaceful protest such as
visible coverage. Wall Street would love nothing more than to be able to bury
these stories on the back page of every newspaper and having very little said on
the nightly news. For it has been the deregulation of Wall Street, the banks,
and corporate America which has brought upon us, this great economic downturn.
Wall Street is nervous as they see so many people joining these protests and
it’s because of this nervousness that Wall Street is putting pressure on law
enforcement agencies and political offices to end the occupied
movement.

Even though some of the means of the occupied movement may not
be in agreement with all Americans, no one can justify the violence used against
them, it is UN-American, unpatriotic and is illegal. Is there any wonder that
some have fought back?

There is no excuse for the pepper spraying of an
84 year old woman, whose only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong
time. The problem goes back some 15 years, when there was a move to militarize
the police forces. Our police departments are not occupying armies, but rather
fellow citizens who have taken oaths to serve and protect their fellow citizens.
The occupying movement has shown one thing very clearly, those controlling our
government are not interested in the will of the people but rather in what that
richest 1% wants. It is about time we put America back in the hands of all
Americans.

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Republicans and Corporate Democrats, You Will Lose!

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Author: Frankie B

To all Republicans and Corporate
Democrats you can hit us with sticks, spray pepper spray in faces, you
can take us to jail, but you will never change our resolve. 
What you are seeing is not just demonstrations, what you are seeing
isn't something orchestrated by the likes of the Koch brothers, this is
not an artificial astroturf movement; this is though real
thing!  This is the beginning of a revolution the beginning of
a change in our society, this is a rebirth of the progressive movement
which will change our society in ways you cannot imagine.  As
you will see in this video, Wall Street's guard dogs attack innocent
protesters, but it is the police who were forced to turn tail and
run.   This is the future for all who oppose the what
the 99% of Americans need.

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GOP Parrots ~ End the Propaganda

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Author: Marty Martorella

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

One Nation
Under God
For all!
This is not a Republican nor a Democratic Party nation, this is one nation. Those hot button slogans, propaganda and talking points have no place in a democratic republic. If any individual or political party will not work for the betterment of the nation as a whole, that individual or political party has exhausted it's usefulness and will pass away as the green grass does in the winter.

This video is based on Gingrich's confession that the GOP has relied on talking points, buzzwords and propaganda rather than on fresh ideas. This is why the Internet is full of right-wing trolls who cannot discuss the issues pass 1 or 2 talking points. This also is why the Republicans in Congress are impotent when it comes to real solutions and ultimately will lose. They forget that they are employed to serve the People, all the people and not just rich Republicans.

 

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The reason for reproducing this video.

In the original video I placed in the credits a rather lengthy disclaimer which explained that the music used was of in public domain. I cited the sources and why these were in the public domain. The reason for doing this is because YouTube is plagued with those issuing false copyright claims. If any had bothered to check the video they would've seen that all the work was in the public domain yet companies like the GoDigital MG, Orchard music and IODA repeatedly make fraudulent claims to works that they had to have no rights to. They have claimed the Star-Spangled Banner, America the beautiful and the Drum Cadence. These are all in the public domain and as of such claiming as one's own works is an act of fraud. Below is all the copyright information:

 

Copyright information

America the Beautiful is a free, open standard container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation. America the beautiful / Samuel Ward [sound recording]

Note(s): Taken from CD entitled: “Remembering the Navy Hour.” Featuring the Navy Band and Sea Chanters. Recorded by Sheffield Recording, Ltd., Inc. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Credit: Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress.

This Composition is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 “COPYRIGHT BASICS” from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 are now in the public domain.

This composition is also in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris) in this case Katharine Lee Bates (words), (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929), Samuel Augustus Ward (tune) (28 December 1847 – 28 September 1903), and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31 of that date.

This media file is a work of a U.S. Department of Defense employee, made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the media file is in the public domain.

Drum Cadence 6/8 Time VBR MP3 1.4 mb, Drum Cadence 6/8 Time OGG format 977.6 kb which is a free, open standard container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation. The OGG format is unrestricted by software patents and is designed to provide for efficient streaming and manipulation of high quality digital multimedia.

Navy Bands aren't just about ceremonies – we play all types of music. Enjoy the sounds of some of the finest musicians in the world!

1. This is a World Wide Web site for official information about Navy Personnel Command. It is provided as a public service by Navy Personnel Command. The purpose is to provide information and news about Navy Personnel Command to the general public.

2. All information on this site is public domain and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 “COPYRIGHT BASICS” PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office.

This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio

Artist/Composer: U.S. Navy Band

Keywords: Drum Cadence

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Keeping America Free

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Author: Frank Bennett

Long before the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR crumbled, FDR defeated
both fascism and Communism in America.  This was the first step to their
destruction worldwide.  For 12 years of Republican rule Fascism (which
is the merger of state and corporate power) devastated the American
economy, which brought on the Republican Great Depression.  As many fell
victim to the results of Republican economics, they turn to the
Communist/Socialist party. 

FDR was the greatest President because he was a truly Constitutional
President.  He also did something that Republicans wouldn't or
couldn't do, he beat both the fascists and the communists. 
Roosevelt came into office with Fascists on one side and Communists on
the other.   The fight wasn't just oversea, rather it
was a fight right here at home.

Three
Republican presidents occupied the White House during
the 1920s. Warren Harding, a conservative, was swept into office by a
landslide victory in 1920. He proved an inept president, and his
administration was racked by scandals, including that of Teapot Dome.
Calvin Coolidge, who succeeded to the office on Harding's death (1923),
worshiped business as much as he detested government. Herbert Hoover,
an engineer, brought to the presidency (1929-33) a deep faith in the
essential soundness of capitalism, which to him represented the fullest
expression of individualism. Link

The Secretary of the
Treasury for these three Republicans was Andrew Mellon, who cut the top
income tax rate from 77 to 24 %, with the goal of lowering it to
10%. 
The Republicans embraced a laissez-faire policy in the economy during
the
1920s. In Harding's “hands off” policy, the government did not intervene
with
people's businesses and helped them profit. Anti-trust laws were
avoided, and
the United States was in debt from the first Great War. The Secretary of
Treasury, Mellon, tremendously reduced taxes, which would have caused an
economic crisis much sooner if it had not been for the enforced a large
tariff that was meant to encourage Americans to buy domestic products
instead of buying imported goods from foreign nations.  Those
tariffs
helped to feed the treasury, that is until Americans stopped buying and
they stopped buying when the money ran out.  The Republican
plan was a
ticking time bomb.

Many of the economic procedures of
Mellon within a decade lead to a dangerous condition especially in
the stock market. The nation's total income rose from $74.3 billion in
1923 to
$89 billion in 1929. However, this was not shared evenly among all
Americans. In 1929, the top 0.1
percentages of Americans had a combined income equal to the bottom 42%.
That
same top 0.1 percentages of Americans in 1929 controlled 34% of all
savings,
while 80% of Americans had no savings at all.

This
flirtation
with fascism which Benito Mussolini defined as: “Fascism should more
appropriately be
called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power”
that Corporatism or fascism created a great disparity between the top
few and the rest of
Americans, in today's lingo, the Haves had it all while the Have-Nots
had nothing.  This set the stage for the rise of Communism in
America.

The Socialist Party in America was
born and grew dramatically between 1900 and 1912. Under the charismatic
leadership of Eugene V. Debs in 1912, 160 councilmen, 145 aldermen,
one congressman, and 56 mayors, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Berkeley, California, and Schenectady, New York, were elected as
Socialists. At the time, Socialists published 300 newspapers, including
the Appeal of Reason, which was a Kansas-based publication with
700,000 subscribers. Membership in the Socialist Party totaled
125,000.  Link

Scores
of Americans were interested in communism between the 1920s and 1930s.
This was due in part to the Soviet Union funding attempts to woo the
citizens of the United States over to their way of thinking. In
addition, many artists, and likewise a portion of average Americans,
joined the Communist Party because of the ideals that it touted,
including wealth-sharing and support for the working man. During World
War II, when anti-fascism led many to dabble in
communism.

Communism was alluring in the days when
workers had little rights. The Communist Party gave workers a voice to
address the injustices of the oppressive working conditions that they
faced at factories and elsewhere.  The average American could
fight back against the 12 years of Corporatism that had placed them in
the Great Depression.  They organized workers, creating unions
to combat the dangerous working conditions of the 1930s, especially meat
packers. In addition, they organized schools, fraternities, language
centers and libraries to support the communities of the workers, and, in
doing so, attracted a number of people who would never have considered
membership.  In addition to giving support to the working
class, they also attempted to garner support by getting involved in
civil rights, particularly focusing on African Americans. If the plight
of the average worker was difficult in this era, it was nothing compared
to the brutal treatment faced by African Americans. The Communist Party
was active in the early civil rights
movement.

The aim of the Communist
Party wasn't to support America's workers, nor to help African
Americans gain rights. Since the early days, when Communist journalist
John Reed was given $2 million to infiltrate America and gain a
foothold, the Communist Party's aims were decidedly anti-American. They
chose civil rights and worker support because that gained them support
in large urban areas and furthered their attempts at espionage. The
goal wasn't to support Americans, but to overthrow the capitalist
giant. Link

Fascism
had failed America and now FDR was faced with a dilemma, how to pry the
false hope of Communism from those suffering from the Republican Great
Depression.  So, Franklin Roosevelt set out to restore and even
create a middle class in a land that kept the Constitutional promise of
equality.

What he came up with –
largely by pragmatic, trial-and-error work – was a synthesis of
controls on previously-uncontrolled capitalism which, quite
literally, saved American capitalism from itself. The Wagner Act of
1935, mandating unions when 51 percent of workers voted for them. The
Social Security Act. Minimum wage and maximum hour laws. Child labor
laws. The government as employer of last resort through the WPA,
CCC, etc.

Republicans are fond of arguing that
World War II ended the Republican Great Depression, not FDR's
policies, but in that argument they ignore a central economic
reality: When money is invested in infrastructure like roads, bridges,
dams, hospitals, and schools (as FDR did), that infrastructure
produces a return on that investment for generations to come. When
the same number of dollars are put into bombs and then dropped on
Dresden or Tokyo, those dollars vanish along with the bombs, never to
be recovered.

While gearing up for the war did
stimulate and alter the American economy, it's much easier to argue
that WWII actually slowed our recovery from the
Republican Great Depression, because it forced FDR to shift so many
resources from infrastructure and into disposable instruments of
warfare.  Link

As a result of FDR's providing for the domestic tranquility and
common defense, he offered real hope to the American people which
destroyed the false allure of Communism.  By defeating
Communism at home, FDR set the stage for the final fall of
Communism.  Today, we can end the vestiges of Communism and
Fascism by promoting a strong and growing middle class.  When
faced with the irrationality of the Far-Right lets remind them of the
Liberal words found at the beginning of the
Constitution.

We the People of the
United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic
Tranquility, provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the
Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the
United States of America.

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I also recommend the books:
America: Who Pays the Taxes
America:
What Went Wrong?

America:
Who Stole The Dream?

A People's History Of The United States
A
People's History of American Empire

Facing Up
There are valuable bits of information in each one of these books.

The 4th ~ the Birth of a Liberal Nation

Friday, July 1st, 2011

No attempt
by the extremists to rewrite history will change the fact that America
was founded on the Liberal principles of Liberty, Justice and
Equality.  No amount of political spin by the Conservative
media will change the fact that the majority of Americans identify with
those ideals of the Liberal movement.  No amount of lying
will change the fact that Liberals love this nation and are proud to
call themselves Americans.  Click
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Two Gay Men Attack, but Why?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Author: Marty Martorella

I find it to be amazing how some will signal out one group or
individuals.  When it comes to morality, God sees sin as sin
and doesn’t say, “Well, at least it was heterosexual sin.” 
Many a time I have seen fellow Christians display a very un-Christ like
attitude when it comes to gays.  I have had some ask how I as a
Christian can support the Democratic Party’s “pro-gay agenda” by which
they mean how can I treat gays in the same way that Jesus would
have.  I do not believe that Jesus would have condone the
harassment, persecution or physical attacks upon gays.  God
looks at mankind and sees His Children, all His children and I believe
sheds a tear.  Nothing hurts the heart of God more that when we
hate our brothers or sisters. 

My answer
to these people is that I and the Democratic Party is not promoting or
in favor of special rights for anyone, just the same human rights for
all.  If there is a question of morality, that is between the
individual of God.  We each are responsible for our own actions
and attitudes before the Almighty.

To attack and
beat up someone because they are gay is not only the act of a coward,
but also demonstrates that lack of real understanding of what it means
to be an American and a Christian.

A detective from Portland’s bias crimes
unit is looking for suspects who police
said assaulted two men after they walked together holding
hands.
 
Sunday night around 8:30 police said the two men were walking
from the
Hawthorne Bridge down to the Eastbank Esplanade. They heard people
talking and
laughing behind them but weren’t sure it was directed at
them.
 
The two had previously been holding hands during their walk,
police
said.
 
As they continued on, one of the men was pushed and punched
from behind by
several people. He was able to break away and call 9-1-1.
 
At the same time, the attackers punched and kicked his
partner in the head,
face, back and ribs.
The attackers finally ran away when they heard the first man
calling
police. Link

For those who protest
that homosexuality is wrong, I submit to you so is attacking
them.  We all have things in our lives which need improvement,
things which are between us and God.  Do we want to be like
some middle eastern countries where you can be attacked for no other
reason than being different?  I think not, so lets fight
against hate crimes.  Report them when you see them or hear
someone talking about committing or having committed one.  Most
cities have a hate crimes department.

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The Gift to America ~ Unions

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Author: Marty Martorella

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The purpose of this video is to gives some facts and figures of how Unions have and are helping working America.  This is especially important in the day when Organized Labor is under attack.  This video is based on a report at the http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/briefingpapers_bp143/ Economic Policy Institute, called “How unions help all workers” This report is far more informative than the video, with many table graphs.  To include all this information in a video would have made it three times as long.  Our hope is that this video will inspire some to explore the data in the report.  It is clear that Organized Labor or Unions have made life better for the majority of Americans.  With all the attempts destroy Unions, we need to be alarmed at what that would do to the life standards of most Americans.  For without Organized Labor, America would not be a good place to live for all but the extreme rich.

Rigging Yet Another Election

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Author: Marty Martorella

 

   On April 5th, 2011 progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg beat incumbent David Prosser for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat by 204 votes.  The Progressive won, but Republicans are still playing games.

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Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Morgan Spurlock tours the Middle East to discuss the war on terror with Arabic people.

 

 

When Morgan Spurlock and his wife find out they are expecting a child in an unsafe world that faces multiple terrorist and environmental threats, Morgan decides to track down the world's most wanted and dangerous terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, undergoes self-defense training, takes all required medical shots, and sets out to travel to Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan amongst others to try and locate the man who has managed to elude the American army for nearly a decade. His fears, generated due to biased media coverage that Muslims and Arabs are hostile, are laid to rest when he does encounter friendly, and quite refreshingly well educated, hospitable, politically matured men and women, who are well aware of America's faulty 'foreign policy', and do not subscribe to Jihad nor to the Taliban nor Osama's terror-tactics. But he does encounter some hostility, quite ironically…

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Burning Ice

Monday, March 28th, 2011

 Burning Ice which was broadcast on Sundance Channel in the USA on 25th May 2010.

 

 

Burning Ice is the new feature length film produced by Cape Farewell in partnership with Cactus 3 in New York. The film was commissioned by Sundance Television and is scheduled for broadcast in the USA on the 25th May 2010 with numerous repeats.

Directed by Chicago based Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams and At the Death House Door), Burning Ice documents the Cape Farewell expedition to Disko Bay in 2008 which included the musicians Laurie Anderson, KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robyn  Hitchcock, Leslie Feist, Martha Wainwright, Shlomo, Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, Artists Chris Wainwright, David Buckland, Sophie Calle, architect Sunand Prasad among the forty five artists and scientists who joined this extraordinary expedition.

Peter Gilbert's film follows the artists and scientists as they tackle a collective response to climate change in the High Arctic and their subsequent performances at Latitude Festival and recording new material.

Burning Ice's Producer and Director of Cape Farewell David Buckland stresses the cultural responsibility of climate change and how the music and art can inspire new and original thinking and involvement in tackling climate and help vision a new cultural future.

 

Burning Ice is the new feature length film produced by Cape Farewell in partnership with Cactus 3 in New York. The film was commissioned by Sundance Television and is scheduled for broadcast in the USA on the 25th May 2010 with numerous repeats.

Directed by Chicago based Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams and At the Death House Door), Burning Ice documents the Cape Farewell expedition to Disko Bay in 2008 which included the musicians Laurie Anderson, KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robyn  Hitchcock, Leslie Feist, Martha Wainwright, Shlomo, Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, Artists Chris Wainwright, David Buckland, Sophie Calle, architect Sunand Prasad among the forty five artists and scientists who joined this extraordinary expedition.

Peter Gilbert's film follows the artists and scientists as they tackle a collective response to climate change in the High Arctic and their subsequent performances at Latitude Festival and recording new material.

Burning Ice's Producer and Director of Cape Farewell David Buckland stresses the cultural responsibility of climate change and how the music and art can inspire new and original thinking and involvement in tackling climate and help vision a new cultural future.

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