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David Sirota on what his wife faces in a local school board race. Unfuckingbelievable!


Making a crustless quiche with fresh Jersey tomatoes and asparagus. Yum!

People have the power

The power to dream, to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it’s decreed the people rule
it’s decreed the people rule
I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth’s revolution
we have the power
People have the power …

How about a little Patti Smith to kick off today’s Occupation?


I’m sure this will make for great morale and improved working conditions for staff!

Oh dear

A climate change skeptic admits he was wrong.

‘Happy are the hands that feed’

I try to find good news whenever I can, and this story about a new restaurant supported by Jon Bon Jovi really gave me a lift. I hope it does for you, too:

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — In three decades as one of the world’s biggest rock stars, Jon Bon Jovi has eaten in some of the world’s best restaurants, savoring the best food the planet has to offer.

Yet there’s no place he’d rather have dinner than The Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant he and his wife Dorothea established in a former auto body shop near the Red Bank train station in central New Jersey.

The restaurant provides gourmet-quality meals to the hungry while enabling them to volunteer on community projects in return without the stigma of visiting a soup kitchen. Paying customers are encouraged to leave whatever they want in the envelopes on each table, where the menus never list a price.

The restaurant is the latest undertaking by the New Jersey rocker’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which has built 260 homes for low-income residents in recent years.

“With the economic downturn, one of the things I noticed was that disposable income was one of the first things that went,” Bon Jovi told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday before the restaurant’s grand opening ceremony. “Dining out, the family going out to a restaurant, mom not having to cook, dad not having to clean up – a lot of memories were made around restaurant tables.

“When I learned that one in six people in this country goes to bed hungry, I thought this was the next phase of the Foundation’s work,” he said.

It started several years ago when Dorothea Bongiovi (she uses the legal spelling of her husband’s name) and Jon started helping out at a food pantry at nearby St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. They later moved their focus to the Lunch Break program, which feeds 80 to 120 people a day, dubbing it “The Soul Kitchen.”

They brought that name with them to a former auto body shop down the street from the Count Basie Theater, where Jon and his self-titled band have played many fundraising shows for local charities.

Instead of admitting he wrongly supported deregulation of the financial services industry, former NYT executive editor Bill Keller chooses to ridicule the long-overdue public backlash against Wall Street crooks. More here.

Stevie Wonder:

La la love you


Michael Moore urges all Americans to Occupy

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