30 Nov 2011

A Tale of Two Governments: Occupy Santa Cruz (Part II)

Occupy Santa Cruz’ encampment lies uniquely on both city and county government.  Until recently both governments responded with similar disdain that many cities have shown toward their citizens rallying against vast economic inequality.  Now though a split has emerged between these two governments.  The city filed an injunction against the

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30 Nov 2011

How to file a federal whistleblower complaint (flowchart)

Please note: this chart is not exhaustive of all remedies or avenues available under law. See 5 U.S.C. 7121(g) and 5 U.S.C. 1214(a)(3) for other avenues.

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30 Nov 2011

Dems don’t have to lift a finger: Ron Paul ad decimates dirtbag Newt Gingrich

As each GOP Clown Car occupant falters —  the latest was Herman Cain — they try to run for cover and say their troubles are the result of some left-wing conspiracy. But why should the left even lift a finger when fellow occupants in the off-the-rails Clown Car are doing such

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30 Nov 2011

Watercooler: Alternative Christmas Tunes 1

I just LURVES me some Christmas music. I also lurves me getting some new Christmas music into the MP3s as well as my own repetoire – and I’m adding this to the MP3s. This 16 year-old  Dutch phenom Maikel van den Boomen does a fabulous job on a Harry Potter Theme-Medley

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30 Nov 2011

Late Night FDL: Ruth Marcus, Lickspittle Courtier to the Corrupt

They say you can judge a person by his or her enemies, and if that is the criterion to use, then Emma Sullivan belongs on the United States Supreme Court. Not only did she get the Great and Powerful Brownback and his internet-scouring minions ticked off enough to try and squish her via her own high school principal (and the latter personage is a true profile in spinelessness for letting Brownback’s machine lean on him in that way), and not only has she likely ticked them off even more by exposing their jackassery to the world with such thoroughness that they were forced to backpedal big-time, but she’s managed to cause Ruth Marcus to bestir from a befogged slumber long enough to lob a truly stupid column Emma’s way.

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30 Nov 2011

It’s Not Speculation, It’s a Sure Thing: When the Treasury is in your wallet

The financiers of Wall Street believe fervently in Social Darwinism. They make so much money (watch out for those January 2012 bonuses) because they are better. [Circular reasoning: also, they are better because they make so much money.] Not that they’re lucky. Or that they have a sure thing in

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30 Nov 2011

Occupy LA: Reports of LAPD Violence

This media pool drew mainstream media into the inner circle, where they were treated to a display of courteous policing and nonviolence by the police. Even I was impressed by the police. The operation was smooth and efficient and tactical.

“Then the pool media was divided from the regular media, and kept in the inner circle. They were not present to witness the brutality and violence enacted by LAPD officers who were kettling and running after protestors in order to beat them outside the park and mainstream media attention. LAPD smoothly kept MSM from witnessing this, and tried to control other media by constant kettling and dividing of the crowd.”

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30 Nov 2011

I’ve Been Healed

Like many FDL members I’ve been extremely disappointed with the direction our great country has been headed. To say it has been an assault on my fundamental philosophical underpinnings is being kind. This attack by so called political friends and allies on principals I hold dear and have fought for

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30 Nov 2011

Washington and Rhode Island Governors Ask Feds to Reschedule Marijuana

In a big move today for medical marijuana, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire (D) and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) requested that the federal government re-schedule (reclassify) marijuana. The policy change would allow marijuana to be legally prescribed as a medicine under federal law.

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