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  • oleeb commented on the blog post Olbermann Fired From Current TV

    2012-03-30 21:41:53View | Delete

    You’ve got some good points there Ryan! People should also keep in mind they could only fire him by buying out his contract to some extent. For Keith, losing one’s job isn’t the same as for most of us. He was paid quite handsomely to exit MSNBC and paid handsomely again at Current. He won’t be starving and won’t be begging for work at all costs anytime soon. And all the better! He’ll be back and with any luck, he’ll be in a stronger and more influential position.

  • oleeb commented on the blog post Olbermann Fired From Current TV

    2012-03-30 21:26:59View | Delete

    People can say whatever they want about Keith Olbermann but allow me to just remind everyone of this: when everyone else was shaking in their boots and pissing their pants in fear of the right wing bullshit the Bush adminstration wrought upon this nation it was Keith Olbermann ALONE out of any other major news personality/reporter/anchor who spoke out: and forcefully against it. Not only did he speak out against the assinine wars, the demolition of the New Deal, the giveaways to the rich and everything else those right wing bastards cooked up, but he did so with great eloquence and he did so fearlessly. It can be said in no small sense that without Keith Olbermann there would be no liberal voices at all in the media, let alone left wing voices. Olbermann is the best news anchor in the USA bar none and should he be a prima donna, difficult to work with or whatever my feeling is that people ought to bow to his prowess and run the show the way he says because he knows what the fuck he’s doing! I pray Keith emerges somewhere soon with a major platform (unlike Current which half the country doesn’t get).

  • oleeb commented on the diary post Who, Me? Limbaugh Regrets Not Slurring American Women With a Better Euphemism for Slut by RHRealityCheck.

    2012-03-05 18:23:50View | Delete

    Very true that his apology is merely a reaction to try and stop the bleeding of his sponsors but it gets worse. Look at the abomination the Republicans plan to install in the MO state capitol:
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/rush-limbaugh-to-be-honored-in-state-capitol-s-hall/article_36b99152-66fb-11e1-af45-0019bb30f31a.html

  • oleeb wrote a new diary post: Occupy The Midwest Conference: March 15-18th, St. Louis, MO

    2012-01-10 18:56:58View | Delete

    Occupy St. Louis and numerous other Occupies from dozens of cities throughout the midwest are working hard to make this conference in March a success. The conference will be fun, but it will also be about organizing, developing strategy and ideas for the future and making it clear the Occupy movement is here to stay. [...]

  • oleeb and Picturefreewayblogger are now friends

    2012-01-08 22:57:58View | Delete
  • oleeb commented on the blog post Post-Iowa Caucus, CBS/AP Dwell on Occupy’s Impact on Outcome

    2012-01-04 19:00:17View | Delete

    I don’t find this too surprising as most of the young people now have been trained to believe that nothing can be done to change the way things are: ever. That is how many, if not most, young people felt in the late 50′s and early 60′s. Back then it was, in the beginning, the pointless efforts to integrate public accomodations and to protest the war in Viet Nam. But after a while those same young people could see that their peers who they snickered at had actually made a difference and so many of them joined the “pointless” efforts and more change came about. The current situation is no different except that it’s hard to see since we’re at the beginning of that process and not much has happened yet.

  • oleeb commented on the blog post Post-Iowa Caucus, CBS/AP Dwell on Occupy’s Impact on Outcome

    2012-01-04 18:53:50View | Delete

    The thing is, CBS/AP wants to fit Occupy neatly into it’s worldview. Therefore, it has a need for Occupy to be the counterweight to the Tea Party whether or not that is accurate or in accordance with reality. Their reporting world is very narrow. It does not allow for honesty except in rare circumstances. Everything corporate media reports must comply with the parameters of corporate media. Thus, the Tea Party is not merely another incarnation of the extreme right wing, racist faction of the Republican Party known at various times as “the new right”, “the Christian right”, etc… In corporate media world there is no left. There are only liberals who are part of or an adjunct to the Democratic Party. The allowable political spectrum does not include “left” or anything further left than the Democratic “mainstream” which means centrist, barely liberal Democrats controlled by corporate money. The corporate media reporters cannot grasp that any group might exist that rejects both parties as corrupt and is looking for a vast and extraordinary reordering of the political and economic landscape of this country which it also considers irredeemably corrupt because it is. Corporate media sees the corrupted corporate controlled government, political and economic systems as nearly ideal and needing only to be occassionally tweaked. The Occupy movement is a very round peg and they keep trying to shove it in a very square hole but they are completely unable to discern the difference between the round tea party peg that fits into the round hole on the right and the square Occupy peg that cannot and never will fit in the round hole on the left. It’s sad but true and the corporate media will insist upon reporting on Occupy in this manner no matter how obvious it is to the entire world that they are wrong.

  • oleeb commented on the diary post Martin Luther King 1967 Speaks To Occupations Everywhere In America in 2011 by oleeb.

    2011-12-30 10:49:28View | Delete

    I agree with you about the churches and believe that one of the most important things we must do is challenge them to reinvigorate themselves, to stand up as so many did before and become a moral force in the nation. But there is a heavy price to be paid for assuming the burden of [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post What do we charge the oil companies for the 5th Fleets Services? by oleeb.

    2011-12-30 03:24:04View | Delete

    The reason why is becuse they can only charge so much for their product before sales fall off. They can’t just keep hiking the price for any reason. We’ve seen this repeatedly when oil prices hit a certain level and they instantly try to gouge consumers then consumption falls dramatically and so does the price [...]

  • For those of us who understand the critical historical moment we are in and who also understand that the Occupy movement represents the best hope we have as a people for fundamental changes in how our economic and political system works I recommend listening closely to the words of the man considered by many, including [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post What do we charge the oil companies for the 5th Fleets Services? by oleeb.

    2011-12-29 19:23:45View | Delete

    I understand your point. It is an oft stated one, but respectfully I think it is very flawed thinking. We should welcome higher oil prices! And don’t think for one moment that charging for our security services would or could be passed along in price to the consumers. There is only so much the public [...]

  • oleeb commented on the blog post Ron Paul and Mitt Romney Lead in Iowa

    2011-12-29 10:47:47View | Delete

    In caucuses that isn’t the case. The votes are literally counted out in the open as people clump together in groups supporting one candidate or another. There’s no way to falsify a caucus vote count unless everyone except those counting are blind.

  • oleeb commented on the blog post Ron Paul and Mitt Romney Lead in Iowa

    2011-12-29 10:46:08View | Delete

    Jon, Iowa, like all caucus states, ALWAYS comes down to turnout demographics. That is why polls of all kinds are so vulnerable to inaccuracy in caucus states. Endless factors can impact the outcome. Bad weather is the number one wild card of course and particularly so given the timing of the Iowa caucuses. If there is bad weather of any kind it will keep the less committed away from caucuses and exponentially increase the power of those who are more highly committed and show up no matter what. The only votes that count at all in a caucus are those that are present on caucus night. It is definitely a grass roots mobilization game and a trick bag par excellence! It’s impossible to know or predict the outcome in a situation as fluid as the Republican primary has been this year, but it stands to reason that Ron Paul’s extremely committed core is going to show up and those numbers will translate into higher support in the caucus counts than the opinion polling is picking up because so many who say they will attend the caucuses will end up, for whatever reason, not actually going. Romney’s real vulnerability is how luke warm even his own voters are for him. If there’s a big snowstorm the night of the caucus with really low temperatures Ron Paul and Rick Santorum could easily take the top two spots leaving Romney looking a weak third or worse. Frankly, I hope that happens because despite the fact that Paul and Santorum are crackpots and loons, Romney is the slimiest sort of politician. If Obama’s critics accurately point out that he has few, if any, actual convictions of substance, then certainly Romney is at least as bad as Obama if not worse. If I was a betting man I’d say look for Ron Paul and his highly committed fan base to outperform, perhaps considerably, what the political surveys are showing now.

  • oleeb commented on the diary post What do we charge the oil companies for the 5th Fleets Services? by oleeb.

    2011-12-29 10:22:58View | Delete

    You have a point there, but isn’t one of our prime interests as citizens now to support the efforts of the Occupy movement to remove all corporate money from our politics? If we succeed at that, we can free our government leaders to start acting on behalf of the national interest instead of maintaining the [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post What do we charge the oil companies for the 5th Fleets Services? by oleeb.

    2011-12-29 10:21:14View | Delete

    Actually, I think that kinda misses the point in a way. Providing free security services (costing taxpayers trillions of dollars)for the oil industry keeps our nation vulnerable, weak and dependent upon foreign powers. If we continue to protect the oil companies interests without looking out for our own national intersts either in the form of [...]

  • Thumbnail As the pre-war propaganda against the infinitely threatening and evil regime in Iran heats up the US today beat its chest loudly around the world that the US Navy’s 5th Fleet would make sure that the waters of the Gulf and all shipping lanes will remain open to make sure that the flow of oil [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post ‘Why Occupy Wall Street’ Video and: The 1% Fights Back by wendydavis.

    2011-12-22 15:10:17View | Delete

    Hi Wendy! Good to see you here! What are talking about when you say you “fear” the Occupy movement will be taken over by the far left? The Occupy movement IS the far left! Are you hoping the Occupy movement will be taken over by the idiot middle of the road corporate Democrats? I find [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post The Occupy Movement Must Also Become a Voters’ Rebellion by Scott McLarty.

    2011-12-20 14:58:00View | Delete

    Oh, and one more thing… you wrote: Nonvoters have no effect on the political landscape. That is demonstrably untrue not only here at home but abroad. All legitimate political power comes from the consent of the governed. Withdrawing from the electoral process, avitvely and pointedly refusing to participate in a corrupt process and driving the [...]

  • oleeb commented on the diary post The Occupy Movement Must Also Become a Voters’ Rebellion by Scott McLarty.

    2011-12-20 14:54:22View | Delete

    With respect: you are dead wrong. Plunging into electoral politics will kill the Occupy movement. Individuals can and will participate in the electoral system how they like. The Occupy movement should stay outside it, condemn it and have nothing at all to do with it. That’s where the power of the people resides: not inside [...]

  • oleeb commented on the blog post We Can’t Afford This Oligarchy

    2011-11-27 20:19:38View | Delete

    Bravo! Au superbly written piece that gets right to the heart of the matter: we can no longer afford our masters. We need to get them off the payroll right now!

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