When economic trends create recessionary employment conditions one very important freedom has historically been protected to everyone negatively affected by those conditions. We once had the choice to declare bankruptcy. That freedom is being chiseled away in political maneuvers by corporate financial robber barons. Credit card debt,student loan debt, unpaid medical charges, are all becoming exempt or partially exempt from bankruptcy. However, we have all seen that those same CEO’s in the investment banking office suites who lobbied for those restrictions have raided the public funds to not only avoid a company bankruptcy filing themselves, but also con our elected officials into “paying off” the debts. I hope the Occupy Movement can change public opinion against the concept of eternal debt servitude and re-energize lawmakers to put restrictions on risk investment behavior for the common good of all Americans. Make that (or something similar) the OWS movement’s “singleness” of purpose and stick to it.
Non-violent activists have always been and will continue to be targeted. That actually helps your movement in swaying public opinion against the capitalist/corporate power establishment. Those battles are fought in the courts and hopefully can be used as “reasons” for people to demand an end to the stifling free speech and assembly. History is on the side of protesters here. You have to endure the police interference long enough for the public to witness the wrong they are inflicting upon freedom-loving citizens.
I agree with Knox. I was involved with the Vietnam War Protests in the early 70′s. There were a lot of distractions that became competing causes. They were very legitimate causes- Women’s Equality, Student’s Rights (minors), Housing Discrimination, and other issues. However, the success of the anti-war movement was primarily due to it’s (to borrow a phrase from a 12-step tradition) “singleness of purpose”. Maybe to those actively involved there is a “tedium” moment where other issues seem more pertinent. I would suggest studying the anti-war movement and observing it’s tireless pursuit. Stay focused on the capitalist/corporate abomination of our nation’s way of life.
Actually, my most difficult post puberty discovery about “girls” was how much smarter they were than the guys who were mentoring me through relationships. LOL :=)
I usually don’t confess to putting any books down, but I have done so several times. Here are two most memorable put-downs.
You Can’t Go Home Again- Thomas Wolfe
The Winter of Our Discontent- John Steinbeck
TBogg’s post graphically depicts a child appearing to hug Tim Tebow or another interpretation could be to perform oral sex on the Quarterback. Pasting “press” on it makes it all fit as a media “suck off” orgy I suppose. The subject has no value in progressive messaging. It is simply TBogg’s “edgy” humor. But, alas I see his writing days just as doomed as he sees Tebow’s career in the NFL. My argument is based on the FDL mission statement below where it is pretty clear that TBogg does not have the messaging ability to viably contribute. His pathetically low readership numbers shown from very few commenting responses is a convincing statement to his relative worth in the art of blogging. He is apparently as incompetent at writing as he claims Tebow is at quarterbacking.
TBogg fails in this specific post to fulfill any of the values FDL promotes as central to their purpose. So, TBogg can keep writing Tebow crap or make an honest stab at developing pertinent blog contributions. He might not have the ability to do it, so he has no choice except to post Tebow rants. I am sorry if you have discovered your limitation, but please keep loving those basset hounds. It might be your very best quality in life skills.
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TBogg garners about 25 comments per blog post in his best days. Not a great impact in the scheme of ideas. By comparison, let’s just look at one post by Duncan Hunter- Eschaton. All he does is write Afternoon Thread and will get over 400 comments.
Tebow ( with whom I have no socio-political commonality with ) won a Heisman in his Sophomore year in college. That is quite an athletic achievement. I hope he enjoys a successful football career for his effort.
It also my hope that FDL will find a more successful and less vindictive blog author who will have a readership worthy of the FDL web real estate space.
You don’t get it and I suspect never will. So, let’s just disagree and move on. I doubt Jane will let it go. You have I suspect moved your commentary into territory that is somewhere way afield of FDL progressive dialog.
I repeat. You don’t get it and probably never will. Good luck in the future with your blog as it is pretty much doomed.
Letter to FDL
I have been an FDL member since the days of MediaWhoresOnline.
My hope for the Progressive movement was that we would begin to persuade the conventional wisdom of American political and social thought with rhetorical artistic fervor. What I mean is that we would prevail on our “smarts” and by way of rhetorical humor. Neo-conservative rhetoric is in my view abominably weak. We need new Carvilles and Krugmans and Jane Hamsher’s.
That said- please consider the impact of TBogg’s Tim Tebow rants. I see this as moving into rhetorical territory that is specifically vicious, graphically unforgiving, and totally out of bounds for what the rhetorical endeavor of FDL and the Progressive movement is about. You endorse it because it is a part of your sites “masthead”.
Someone from FDL owes Mr. Tebow an apology fast and without delay. I think Jane should do it herself.
This site- of which I am a signed on member- but not yet contributing due to unemployment is a part of my rhetorical persona or identity. Please don’t infect that identity with photos of children kneeling in front of NFL QB’s for the purpose of Christian bashing- (I am a Unitarian Universalist agnostic) or for some ingenuous personal TBogg crusade. I am uncomfortable with the content, the tone, the insignificance of the topic to Progressive rhetoric, and most assuredly the out-of-bounds graphic the author unwisely chose.
If he is trying to get himself “fired” then let him have his wish.
DKos reports Pasch 47 percent Darling 52 percent. Still waiting for another 19 precincts to report. 12 of them in Milwaukee County.
This breaking item is posted on DKos
“BREAKING: Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski calls a press conference and accuses Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of “tampering” with votes for Menomonee Falls. He said she is “sitting on” the votes, and he will be back with more details.”
Four counties in district 8- Washington, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Milwaukee
It would have been a great Coen Brothers moment if Justice Bradley had exercised her Wisconsin conceal and carry rights and put two caps into Prosser’s privates.