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If the Washington Post says it

You can be pretty sure it isn’t true. Like that piece of shit story on Social Security they just ran on Page 1

Breaking news

Republicans lie! And the media repeats those lies!

If there was any doubt in your mind to just how indifferent the 1% is to the needs of the 99%, or whether Bloomberg sees Occupy Wall Street only as a mere nuisance, I think this news will clear that right up:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host an intimate dinner at Gracie Mansion on Sunday night that brings together a bipartisan group of senators, Xerox chief executive Ursula Burns and other business and labor leaders to discuss how to pave the way for the Super Committee to “go big” and cut $4 trillion in federal spending, according to a source familiar with the dinner.

The Washington contingent includes Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Warner and Republican Sens. Bob Corker, and Saxby Chambliss, among others. The meeting will be a much smaller, more strategic affair — 10 to 20 people — than a similar dinner Warner threw at his home in September, which had a guest list of 60.

Sunday’s dinner is another in a series of conversations that lawmakers, policy makers and business and labor leaders have been having since last summer to make a business case for big cuts in spending. A number of senators and business groups, including the Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, having been urging the Super Committee to cut more than the $1.5 trillion it is charged with finding.

But Occupy Gracie will be there with a message of their own:

To eliminate the budget deficit, the SuperCommittee could simply tax the top 1% through a Millionaires Tax and a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street speculation.

But instead they plan to slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and everything else essential to the survival of the 99%.

Their joyful champagne toast will be “Let them eat cake!”

Naturally, the 99% were not invited to dine with the 1% at Gracie Mansion. So we’ll just have to @OccupyGracie.

At 6 p.m. we’ll gather at 88th Street and 1st Ave (outside the Bagel Mill) and march 2 blocks to Gracie at 88th and East End.

Come dressed as Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, or a Peasant – and bring the family. We’ll vote for the best costumes and they will serve us all cake!

Love

Joni Mitchell:

Nothing but a miracle

Diane Birch and Daryl Hall:

Once in a very blue moon

Nanci Griffith:

I learned the hard way

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings:

See?

I saw this as a reporter. If kids dropped out after a certain deadline, the school districts still collected their state funding but didn’t have to spend it on kids who weren’t there. They considered it a smart way to fund the smartest students.

Weather

Maybe it’s worse than it used to be. Maybe someone should do something about it?

The unusually early snowstorm bringing heavy, wet snow to the East Coast has knocked out power to more than 2.3 million customers.

More than 665,000 people are without power in New Jersey, including Gov. Chris Christie, who declared a state of emergency Saturday. Two hospitals that lost power are operating on generators.

Utilities in Connecticut are reporting more than 550,000 without power, while utilities in Pennsylvania are saying more than 560,000 are without power.

In New York, more than 260,000 have lost power, and in Massachusetts, more than 270,000 are without electricity.

Western Maryland has more than 26,000 outages.

Witch of the Westmoreland

Stan Rogers:

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