Archive for November, 2011

(VIDEO) Sunday’s Occupy Augusta Protest, Arrests

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

From Kennebec Journal:

About 100 Occupy Augusta members and supporters marched to the governor’s mansion to protest instructions from the Department of Public Safety to end the encampment in Capitol Park and obtain a permit to use the park during the day.

Most of the protesters stood on the sidewalks, holding signs and waving to passing vehicles on State and Capitol streets.

Several protesters, however, entered the Blaine House grounds through unlocked gates or by hopping the fence. They built a snowman, set up a small tent and chanted slogans from the yard. Some threw snowballs.

One woman climbed the portico on the State Street side of the mansion and hung a banner from the balcony that read “Human Needs Not Corporate Greed.”

Next to the official American flag, protesters raised another American flag with the stars rearranged to form “99 %” — the portion of Americans whose interests the Occupy movement claims to represent, as opposed to the wealthiest 1 percent.

Law enforcement officers began arriving gradually. More than a dozen officers eventually responded from the Capitol Police, State Police, Augusta Police, Hallowell Police, Kennebec County Sheriff’s office and Maine Warden Service.

Some protesters left the Blaine House grounds and returned to the sidewalks when asked, but others refused. Some stood with their hands behind their backs before officers even produced their zip-tie plastic cuffs.

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BREAKING: Nine Occupy Augusta Members Arrested At Blaine House

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Via Bangor Daily News:

Nine Occupy Augusta members were arrested when they refused to leave the grounds of the Blaine House during a rally Sunday afternoon.

Occupy Augusta protesters took down their tents and packed their camping gear earlier in the day after being told to get a permit or move their shelters out of the state-owned Capitol Park.

By the afternoon, more than a dozen of the protesters relocated across the street to the governor’s mansion, where they held signs near the entrances and banged on a large drum. State troopers maintained positions near the Blaine House doors before making arrests.

Kennebec County deputies transported the protesters to the county jail,according to the Kennebec Journal. They have been charged with criminal trespassing and failure to disperse.

Capitol Police had allowed the protesters to stay in the park near the State House since Oct. 15, but Capitol Police Chief Russ Gauvin told the demonstrators Friday they need to apply for a permit by Monday.

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Iowa GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum: Some Thoughts

Posted on November 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Thought for the day: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana

This seems to be the case in America, as a presidential candidate’s religious views appears to a viable measuring stick for eligibility to lead. Latest example: These 6 GOP hopeful participating in last night’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” in Iowa.

From all accounts, it appears to have been quite the sob-fest, as many of the candidates got quite emotional and copiously turned on the waterworks, in a blubbery display that would have made John Boehner envious.

(What a bunch of turkeys…)

Candidates for the Republican nomination for president shed tears and traded heart-rending personal stories in the sanctuary of the First Federated Church of Des Moines, at an event dubbed a Thanksgiving Family Forum. Neither of the two Mormon candidates, the front-runner Mitt Romney nor the back-of-the-pack John Huntsman, took part.The forum, sponsored by The Family Leader and livestreamed by the political arm of Focus on the Family, featured right-wing pollster Frank Luntz in the role of a tear-jerking talk-show host, played with the sort of aplomb that would give Barbara Walters a run for her money.

Video links of each individual candidate here and for the entire event here, for those who can stomach it.

How far America has come since the days of 1960, when candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) assured the Greater Houston Ministerial Association that his Catholic faith would not interfere with his duties as Commander in Chief. Some important portions of that address:

While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election: the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers 90 miles off the coast of Florida; the humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; the hungry children I saw in West Virginia; the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills; thefamilies forced to give up their farms; an America with too many slums, with too few schools.These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues – for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.

But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured – perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in – for that should be important only to me – but what kind of America I believe in.

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew- or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist.  Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you – until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.

I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so. And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test – even by indirection – for it.

This is the kind of America I believe in, and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we may have a “divided loyalty,” that we did “not believe in liberty,” or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened the “freedoms for which our forefathers died.”

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Herman Cain: Taliban Are Taking Over in Libya

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Sigh. I have seen smarter bowls of oatmeal than this year’s crop of GOP contenders.

Roll the film…



Do I agree with siding with the opposition?
Do I agree with saying that [Qaddafi] should go?

Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government?

Do I agree with not knowing the government was going to- which part was he asking me about?

I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.”

Waitaminute, I do not remember Cain asking the interviewer to be more specific, and that wasn’t what he said yesterday- he told us “we need a leader, not a reader”.

Let’s review the original clip:


Cain’s camp appears to be equally inept, blaming either the candidate’s exhaustion or possibly editing of the clip.


“He was on about four hours of sleep after flying from Atlanta to Wisconsin. He just took a moment to get his bearings. He just had to take a moment to articulate his ideas,” Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said. “He didn’t say anything wrong. He didn’t say anything inconsistent with his beliefs. It may be how the video was edited.

Yup. Oatmeal.

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Tx Gov/ 2012 GOP Prez Hopeful Rick Perry in NH: “Show Us Your Papers”

Posted on November 16, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |


According to an Associated Press reporter, the Perry campaign refused to let foreigners attend a town hall event with the candidate in New Hampshire today. Campaign staffers inquired about reporters’ citizenship status at the door, explaining that only U.S. citizens were allowed.

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VIDEO: Karl Rove Flips Out on OccupyBaltimore

Posted on November 16, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Watch for yourself

“Karl Rove is the architect of Occupy Iraq, the architect of Occupy Afghanistan!” yelled the demonstrators. Occupy Baltimore had infiltrated the crowd and began chanting against Rove.“Who gave you the right to occupy America?” asked Rove to the protesters, apparently unaware of the Bill of Rights.

As they repeated their slogan, “We are the 99 percent!” Rove petulantly responded, “No you’re not!”

He snidely added, “You wanna keep jumping up and yelling that you’re the 99 percent? How presumptuous and arrogant can you think are!

More via WBAL:


Several protesters affiliated with the Occupy Baltimore encampment disrupted a talk by Karl Rove on the campus of Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday night.University spokeswoman Tracey Reeves said about 15 people disrupted Rove’s speech and were asked to leave Tuesday evening. Some were forcibly removed by campus security.

No one was arrested.

Reeves said there were no students among the protesters.

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Cain and Perry: More Fun than Martin and Lewis!

Posted on November 11, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

picture is indeed “worth a thousand words”!

You know, when thrice married/serial adulterer Newt Gingrich manages to pull himself out of Tiffany’s long enough to criticize Herman’s “Anita Hill endorsement” joke, you know the clock is ticking for Cain’s chances for winning the GOP nomination.

Meanwhile, Rick Perry’s debate trainwreck left the Texas governor scrambling for a way to get back on his horse. So he tried to utilize a maneuver similar to “Comeback Kid” Bill Clinton’s 1988 move:




Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a cameo on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ to read the Top 10 List, which pokes fun at his famous flub during the CNBC Republican presidential debate.

So he can’t count to three- but Perry can count to ten? To misquote his fellow Texan, the late Lloyd Bentsen, Rick Perry is no Bill Clinton.

Oh man, is this fun to watch.

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MDP Statement on Victory for Yes on 1

Posted on November 9, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

MDP Chairman Ben Grant released this statement last night:


“Today, Mainers sent a clear message – the GOP made a terrible miscalculation when it rammed through this measure to limit access to the ballot. Voting is sacred to people of every political persuasion, and no secretly-funded campaign of lies can convince Mainers otherwise. This is a huge victory for Maine and for the country. In at least 30 states, the GOP is pushing voter suppression laws because they know the only way for them to stay in power is to keep people away from the voting booth. Today, Mainers did their part in turning back these shameful attempts to weaken the voice of the people in our elections.”For months, Charlie Webster has been attacking and intimidating voters. He started this campaign with baseless accusation of voter fraud and ended it with homophobic advertisements and mailers. All the while Republican leaders stood on the sidelines silently condoning this behavior. And today, Mainers told them they would not stand for it. I’m proud of every Mainer who voted “yes” today and protected their constitutional rights.

“Webster, LePage and his allies have blown through all their credibility in this campaign. Mainers are not going to forget that next year and they won’t forget who the Maine Democratic Party is working for. This isn’t the last vote of 2011, this is the first vote of 2012.”

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VIDEO: Are the Koch Brothers Denying Your Vote?

Posted on November 8, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Check it out

Through their web of political influence, billionaire political operatives Charles and David Koch have bought access to democracy’s lifeblood: free and fair elections. The Kochs have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states.

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LePage: “5 Casinos Too Many For Maine”; Plans to Raid Efficiency Maine, and More

Posted on November 4, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

In the past, Governor LePage has stuck with a position of preferring that Maine voters decide whether or not to support various gambling issues (be it racinos, slot machines, casinos or what have you).In fact despite strong House support, LePage threatened to veto 2 bills this past legislative session. Legislators were forced to pull both bills and now the Maine voters will ultimately decide the fates of the proposed Biddeford and Washington County facilities (Question 2) and Lewiston casino (Question 3) onto the November 8 ballot.

But last night during an open event at Waterville’s Colby College, the Governor jumped off the fence and put himself squarely against Questions 2 and 3 on next week’s ballot:


Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he doesn’t think Maine can support five gambling facilities, just days before voters are set to decide the fate of two gambling-related referendum questions.”I don’t see how the state of Maine can afford five casinos,” he said during a speech at Colby College. “I’m also very, very comfortable in saying five casinos will never be built in Maine. The population can’t support it. One or two, maybe three, at the outside.”

Spokesperson Adrienne Bennett backed up LePage’s statement that seemed to suggest that having 5 casinos would create TOO many jobs for Maine.


LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said after the event that the governor is raising questions about whether a state with 1.3 million people can support five gambling facilities.”It is a fair question,” she said. “Do we have enough people to sustain those jobs if we have five casinos in the state?”


Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert understandably reacted strongly to LePage’s statement: 

Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert, who is campaigning for Question 3, said he was “very disappointed” with LePage’s comments. He said they run counter to the governor’s strong faith in the free-enterprise system and his desire to improve the state’s business climate and create jobs.”I think he put up a sign that said, ‘Open for business.’ Well, this is a business. This will bring economic development and jobs. Let the free market determine how many casinos suffice. Let the free-enterprise system work, and see what happens,” Gilbert said.

He said he suspected that lobbyists from Black Bear Entertainment, which is building a casino in Oxford, are influencing the governor.

“I smell a rat,” he said.

He’s not the only one smelling that rat.

Another revelation came in how the Governor plans on making up for the decreased LIHEAP federal assistance:


Government professor Sandy Maisel selected and read the questions, which included inquiries about how the governor plans to address an anticipated shortfall in federal funds used to pay for heating oil for the poor.“I am going to ask the Legislature to take some money out of Efficiency Maine to help with this,” he said.

Efficiency Maine, which is funded through a surcharge on electricity bills, regional greenhouse gas funds and federal money, is a program that offers incentives for businesses and homeowners to reduce energy use. LePage said there are long-term projects that have been funded, but the money for the home heating program is an immediate need.

I found this non-answer to a question regarding how to encourage college students to stay in Maine after graduation very oddly phrased; is this in part why his daughter Lauren (shown here channeling her best “Liz Cheney”) is raking in $41k a year as a state employee, with free room and board at the Blaine House?


“What we need to do is keep more of the parents here,” he said. “If you’re really stable in an area, you will get your kids to come back. And when they come back, you can’t get rid of them.

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