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Jimmy Breslin

On Occupy Wall Street and the media:

I am starting the day reading the paper while I’m walking to the subway to go downtown to cheer a new gathering of the Wall Street protesters. The entire city is just starting to be convinced that these crowds are going to change things and forever. Just follow the numbers and energy of the people.

Still, the people you thought would be first to tell the country all about this are news people. But they have stayed seated in the office. These desks in a warm office save some newsmen from going out to the site where they would have to get cold and push through the crowds of protesters. That is work — and they are not so busy at that.

Instead, they’re telling another kind of story.

The New York Post had a front-page headline on Thursday for the city:

“Enough! Post Editorial. Mr. Mayor, it is time to reclaim Zuccotti Park — and New York City’s dignity.”

The paper’s ownership comes out of Australia and LondonEngland. The owner is Rupert Murdoch, who is friendly with New York politicians who fall down when they get a glimpse of his money.
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A wedding at Occupy Philly

View more videos at: http://nbcphiladelphia.com.

And for their honeymoon, they plan to visit other East Coast Occupy sites. Aww!

Two members of the Occupy Philadelphia protest movement put politics on hold for a day to form a more perfect union – their own.

Alicia “Ally” Nauss, 24, of Philadelphia and Adam Hill, 27, of Norristown, who met a month ago while working at the information tent at the Occupy Philadelphia encampment next to City Hall, were wed Sunday afternoon before scores of fellow protesters and other onlookers.

“It just made sense,” Nauss said before the ceremony at the encampment. “We met here, we fell in love here, and this is our lives right now. We really believe in this movement.”

Minister Michael Pierce, a fellow Occupy member who officiated as the couple exchanged vows and rings, invited all to witness as the two vowed “to occupy each other.”

“One day you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren that on the day you met was the day the world changed, the day the world woke up,” he said as the couple exchanged rings and read vows promising respect, honor, kindness and compassion.

“I now pronounce you two ‘occupied,’ Pierce said to the cheers of onlookers and the silent hands-aloft, finger-waggling movement’s gesture of approval.

The bride wore a backless champagne-colored gown, the groom a dark suit, and her daughter Rhys, 2, who reposed in her mother’s arms as vows were exchanged, a pink and white dress and brown boots while clutching a white bunny.

Nauss said the couple have lately been spending about half of the week at the encampment, retreating indoors when Rhys is with them so as not to expose her to any harsh weather. But they probably wouldn’t be spending their wedding night there.

“Too many people know where our tents are,” she said.

Daydreamin’

Diane Birch and Daryl Hall:

How often have great literary works been made into great movies? Certainly more often than the Eagles have won the Super Bowl (never), but only slightly more often than the Phillies have won the NL championship (seven times). More here.

Tars sands action at White House today

Surrounding the White House (photo from Joe Sudbay):

Here’s the livestream:

Watch live streaming video from tarsandsaction at livestream.com

Feels like home

Bonnie Raitt and Randy Newman:

Stacking the deck

http://www.youtube.com/v/wu1X6T5DThk?hl=en&fs=1 (h/t Mark Fiore)

Now, you knew they weren’t going to allow any more cuts to the military, right? They’ll tie themselves in knots to cut anything but. And why the hell are we talking about deficit reduction during a depression, anyway? (Call it a recession if you want, but I don’t agree.) So if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that any deep cuts will come out of things that benefit people like us, because Democrats are compulsively cooperative with their oppressors:

WASHINGTON — As pessimism mounted this week over the ability of a bipartisan Congressional committee to agree on a deficit-reduction plan, lawmakers began taking steps to head off the large cuts in Pentagon spending that would automatically result from the panel’s failure.

Members of both parties and both chambers said they increasingly feared that the 12-member committee would be unable to bridge deep partisan divisions and find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction as required under the law that raised the debt ceiling and created the committee in the summer.

As talks sputtered, one panel member publicly lamented that the process was not working, and the group was chastised by a bipartisan group of budget experts (Editor’s note: No progressive experts invited, of course!) at a public hearing for failing to show progress. Several members of Congress, especially Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, are readying legislation that would undo the automatic across-the-board cuts totaling nearly $500 billion for military programs, or exchange them for cuts in other areas of the federal budget.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has drafted a bill that would replace the military reductions that would occur under a process known in Congress as sequestration with 5 percent cuts to other, unspecified parts of the federal budget, and a 10 percent decrease in pay for members of Congress. In the House, similar measures are being assembled.

Homes of the candidates

Makes you understand why these people think cutting taxes for the rich is a good idea.

Too bad the piece doesn’t mention that Michelle Bachmann used a government-backed loan to buy her new home right before calling for the dismantling of Freddie and Fannie.

You’re aging well

Dar Williams:

Anonymous strikes again

I can’t get too angry about this.

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