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Silent No Longer

by: poligirl

Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 14:56:16 PM EST

This is what they think of us. This is how they view us. To the 1-percenters and their supporters and beneficiaries in government - federal, state, and local - and the MSM, we are riff raff who are much better when we're not seen or heard. They prefer us to be invisible to them.

We don't have much, if any, representation in government: you may see a few of us run for office, but we are most often beat by the incredible 1 percent money machine. We don't have much, if any, representation in the MSM: you may occasionally see us, but only in token feel good stories occasionally or crime reporting. Many of the 1 percent rarely think of us, save for the examples above and maybe if and when they give to charity, but even then, those thoughts are fleeting.

We are completely controlled.

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Don't Pretend You Are Against Wall Street Crimes if You Excuse the Dirty Banker Deal

by: priceman

Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 00:04:15 AM EST

That's right. Unless you are on NY AG Eric Schneidermans' side here, one can't claim to care about the abuses of Wall Street and the overall fraud behind the subprime mortgage meltdown and the foreclosure crisis. It's really that simple. You have to criticize this White House for pressuring him to side with the dirty banker deal they still support or factually one really can't claim to care about a functioning financial system or economy at all.

For instance, it occurs to me that as our brave brothers and sisters are getting beaten and maced while occupying Wall Street, we must not forget that there is a real chance for some accountability.

original art by ┬ępriceman but feel free to share it with anyone you want. Make it go viral!

There is also a chance for us to submit the idea that more attention should be paid to this story among the protesters so the media can't say there is no unifying message. Like Susan Sarandon said, there should be some unifying messages that tie everything together like campaign finance reform and ending Too Big To Fail. I would argue the same not that I don't think there are already unifying messages by occupying Wall Street in general now that the movement is spreading to more cities. Prosecuting fraud is also at the core of all of which #occupywallstreet is protesting, so why not draw attention to the fight Eric Schneiderman is bringing forth against the banks?

NY AG Eric Schneiderman like Elliot Spitzer before him is not budging despite this administration's attempts to get him to basically sign onto the dirty banker deal and paltry 20 billion dollar settlement for crashing our economy and taking a big part crashing the global economy, municipalities and the like. This dynamic might rock the markets soon with the prospects of Greece defaulting causing insolvency with their bond holders in France and elsewhere as well. This is behind the joblessness and the sickening austerity measures prolonging it all of which is being protested.

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The Nation's Most Ambitious Energy Efficiency Program

by: Eddie C

Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 16:50:18 PM EST

It is not easy finding good news or working government information anymore. So seeing "New York can now claim the nation's most ambitious energy efficiency program" in a letter from the Working Families Party was thrilling!

Below the fold, check out "Green Jobs/Green New York." Check out a little bit of progress.  

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How to Murder a Third Party

by: Eddie C

Mon Oct 25, 2010 at 21:34:10 PM EST

Actually the list of ways to kill off competition from Parties that represent the people is endless. When it comes to getting things done, taking out Third Parties has been one place where the two power parties has always preformed to the utmost of their ability and this is just one New York story.

Some states have evolved Fusion Parties in an attempt to get out from under the scrutiny of these power happy keepers of the plutocracy. One of these upstanding parties is The Working Families Party that has some presence in New York State. They stand for progressive values and labor union rights but this party has endorsed Andrew Cuomo. Reading Cuomo Vows Offensive Against Labor Unions it seems mysterious that the Working Families Party would place Cuomo on the ticket.

Andrew M. Cuomo  will mount a presidential-style permanent political campaign to counter the well-financed labor unions he believes have bullied previous governors and lawmakers into making bad decisions. He will seek to transform the state's weak business lobby into a more formidable ally, believing that corporate leaders in New York have virtually surrendered the field to big labor.

By following the explanation of Celeste Katz who writes The Daily Politic at the New York Daily News the mystery is solved. Did you know that the Working Families Party has to receive 50,000 votes in the governors race this year to be on the ticket in 2010? Not getting those 50,000 (and it was because of Andrew Cuomo) was how the Liberal Party lost a column in New York State and later withered and died.  

The short version is that Andrew Cuomo used that 50,000 hurdle to blackmail the Working Families Party but below the fold I'll follow the full explanation by Celeste Katz to understand how a union hating gubernatorial candidate got the endorsement of a party that is suppose to represent labor.

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Remembering John Lennon

by: Eddie C

Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 21:00:40 PM EST

(can't think of a more appropriate Howl for tonight... RIP John.. - promoted by poligirl)

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
                      -John Lennon

If you live in or near New York City tomorrow would be a great day to come here. It will be around 72┬░ and sunny in Central Park and if you go to Strawberry Fields, you would witness an amazing event, people powered music.  

I like to think of it as the greatest cover band of all time because it is a gathering of people just singing and remembering the life and times of John Lennon. I like to think of it as a day of inspiration because some of those people singing lyrics for peace and love were not even born on John Lennon's final birthday.

I have trouble trying to capture the emotion and inspiration of these events in words but I've been to many and I've captured the event in photos several times. Below the fold are pictures from the last of these gatherings. In some ways it feels like going back in time.

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
                      -John Lennon
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Want Progress? Try Eric Schneiderman

by: Eddie C

Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 07:17:08 AM EST

Cross-posted at DailyKos.

In the quest to maintain a Democrat majority it seems easy to overlook the race for New York State Attorney General. Considering a powerful social and economic justice policy position where the jurisdiction includes Wall Street and the traditional influence this office has had over media and talk shows it's not about majority but justice vs. injustice.

Now Eric Schneiderman who is committed to "protecting homeowners and consumers from bad actors on Wall Street" faces a Republican who has suggested that he would "de-emphasize the high-profile securities fraud cases that defined the tenures of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer." In a nation where the banking lobbyist induced false claim that "sound economics means hands off Wall St." is too often heard, think back the early 1990's when nobody seemed interested in the big money crimes and Eliot Spitzer did much to change the national focus.

But Senator Schneiderman represents so much more that that. Not just a politician but a public servant with the energy and willpower to fight for the people. Looking at what this man has to offer in this high profile office with the power to steer the national debate, it seems obvious that a NY loss would be a setback for all Americans.

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Progress in New York City

by: Eddie C

Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 11:20:40 AM EST

Here in New York State progressive values won out over a law and order candidate in the highest profile statewide race. In the Democratic primary for Attorney General, a progressive candidate Eric Schneiderman won out over Kathleen Rice who is as close to a Republican as any Democrat can come. It was a narrow win for a progressive candidate but city voters made the difference.

My local news station just announced  that former Democratic mayor of NYC Ed Koch who is on a "Throw the Bums Out Tour" is expected to endorse Schneiderman's Republican opponent. Schneiderman was my representative in the state senate before running for AG and he was both a progressive and responsive to constituents. That just doesn't work for Democrats like Ed Koch.

As Ed Kotch works on undermining Eric Schneiderman's NYC stronghold, Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat garnered over 51 percent of the vote and is guaranteed  to replace Mr. Schneiderman in the 31st Senate district.

But there is even more positive progressive news right here in the Bronx. As the national media and blogs have other fish to fry like a Tea party win that is really a boon to Democrats, the big story here was that handing out school supplies to voters and an army of workers was not good enough for the very corrupt State Senate majority leader. Considering how he became majority leader, if he managed to stay it would have been a great blow to progress.

Bronx voters send state Sen. Pedro Espada packing!

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Will States Get the Shaft in Health Care Reform?

by: Eddie C

Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 15:43:04 PM EST

Cross-posted at DailyKos as an extremely low impact diary. I can't help but feel that this topic will have a great deal of impact in years to come.

I'm going to leave the politics out of this diary. This is an inquiry about the outcome of the Senate version of Health Care reform. I've been asking my Senate representatives for answers and even through press office contacts getting nowhere.

As a New Yorker, these are my questions;

I'm inquiring about the Senate plan to finance health care reform. That 40% excise tax that employers will pay on health care cost above $8,500 will include states as employers, correct?

Now I understand from Governor Paterson that our state will not be getting any Medicaid relief from the Fed because we already cover New Yorkers that are 133% above the poverty line.

Will even more money be going from the state to the fed for civil service employees who are above the $8,500 line?

And what about New York City? The city has a huge amount of employees.

If that's the case then this represents a lot of money that will force raised taxes, lowered services or the cost being passed to the workers.

And with inflation coming into play it will only get worse. I read the GAO report and there is nothing about inflation adjustments. Or did I miss something? Is there anything in the bill to protect workers from inflation?

I think these questions should be answered?  

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Once there were Prison Farms in New York

by: Eddie C

Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 17:58:09 PM EST

(no meaningful job skills? - promoted by poligirl)

Cross-posted at La Vida Locavore.

It's probably too late to do anything now. The cows are getting sold, the equipment too and all the barn doors are closing in a prison farm system where most of the farms have been operating for generations.

Prison farms, some nearly as old as the prisons they serve, were originally set up to provide food for inmates and give them vocational skills, while instilling a work ethic to help them to succeed outside prison walls.

"The aim was to help them to try to get jobs and become responsible citizens upon their release and to not go back to a life of crime which costs everybody more money in the long run," Kriss said.

As well intended as the program may be, Kriss says the prison farms across New York operate at a cost which is $3.4-million dollars more than the value of the goods they produce, and that in these modern times they no longer serve their intended purpose of providing meaningful job skills for inmates.

Now I think a good question to have asked would have been "Since when did farm skills become meaningless?" But there are a few more questions to ask.

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Please tell Governor David Paterson to cut the Bulls**t

by: Eddie C

Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 18:58:11 PM EST

(campaign finance reform should be one of the imperatives... - promoted by poligirl)

Note: this was already posted at Daily Kos and got the expected response. I really don't know what to make of that.

Believe me I get it, this is not the place for an objective look at an elected Daily Kos star that not only comes here but also picks out individual Kossacks to answer. Probably not my smartest action. Some unpleasantness if anyone can nit pick the smallest phrase and ignored if the topic is irrefutable truth but this is the truth I'm seeing and these are actions that are as harmful as any produced by Republicans.

David Paterson will not raise taxes on the rich and he has said over and over that the reason he will not is that "The rich will move away." This is one of the millions of examples that points out that this country is going nowhere until public campaign financing becomes law and what the governor is really saying is "Because the rich won't donate to my campaign."

I am a native New Yorker and David Paterson proved himself to be a very good man prior to ascending to state wide office. Ever since he took the very questionable route of giving up the possibility of becoming the first New York Democratic Senate Majority Leader in a long long time he has changed greatly and is unwilling to add needed money to a hurting state because "the rich will move away" I've got to scream bullshit and I think you should too.  


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Is Caroline Kennedy qualified to become the next NY Senator? Vote.

by: OneCarolinaGirl

Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 11:17:45 AM EST

The media is excited about the story that Caroline Kennedy is actively seeking to become the next Senator from New York.  She has been a resident of New York, she is an attorney (Harvard) although I don't know what her area of expertise may be and she is a very intelligent lady.  But you keep hearing the shouting that she isn't qualified.  Meet me below the fold and we'll discuss that issue a little more.

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