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FILIBERNIE! Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont took to the Senate floor at 10:25 am on Friday and then put in a good full day's work on behalf of the people of Vermont and the United States, spending the next 8+ hours explaining why the Obama-Republican tax-cut "compromise" was such a disaster. He brought out charts, he read emails from struggling constituents, he explained how the O-R proposed "tax holiday" (it reduces the employee deduction to FICA AND the employer's matching fund by 2%) was a Trojan Horse to de-fund and ultimately kill Social Security, explained the bad trade policies that led us here and basically told it like it REALLY IS. From the Friends of Bernie website: At the end of the nearly nine hour speech, Bernie concluded, "If the American people stand up and say, we can do better than this, that we don’t need to drive up the national debt by giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, that if the American people are prepared to stand – and we’re prepared to follow them – I think we can defeat this proposal. I think we can come up with a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class and working families of our country and, to me, most importantly, the children of our country. And with that, Madam President, I would yield the floor." If you missed any of it you can watch it all at the C-SPAN Archives site HERE and the full transcript is on Bernie's Senate website HERE. While all this was going on Commander-in-Absence Obama called in BILL CLINTON for a presser and then announced "I have to go to a holiday party" and left Big Dawg to deal with the press for another 30 minutes! Flashback to 1999! While Julian Assange is still in a London jail awaiting charges and/or extradition to Sweden (see update from his atty below) web group "Anonymous" began Denial-of-Service attacks against Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and others who have closed down donation channels to wkikleaks. We get from Anonymous Posts Video Describing “Operation Payback” In Defense Of WikiLeaks Now, in eerie and awesome fashion, a new video has been posted that describes Anon’s agenda in the most historic terms. with the video! You can read their latest "press release" in PDF form ANON OPS: A Press Release December 10, 2010. Across the pond folks aren't so happy with the attacks on Assange. Steve Erlanger @ NYT explains in Europeans Criticize Fierce U.S. Response to Leaks, "While the Obama Administration has done nothing in the courts to block the publication of any of the leaked documents, or even, as of yet, tried to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for any crime, American officials and politicians have been widely condemned in the European news media for calling the leaks everything from “terrorism” (Rep. Peter T. King, Rep.-New York) to “an attack against the international community” (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton)." Stateside most of the punditry and even some lawmakers are still calling for Assange's head, even though he has not been charged with any crime although ERIC HOLDER claimed "We are looking at all the things we can do to try to stem the flow of this information." (Salon). What it boils down to is a First Amendment protection of free speech of the press, since wikileaks and specifically Assange are only REPORTING the information they've been given from "leakers" of unknown origin. If Washington can silence wikileaks then they can (and should, by their logic) silence the New York Times for publishing the wikileaks docs. H/T Maddy for these related items worth your time! Robert Scheer: From Jefferson to Assange, Ian Welsh: Why Assange and Wikileaks have won this round, Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda: Assange, Pinochet, Wikileaks: Prosecution or Persecution?. Freakin PRAVDA!! We go to The Blueprint at FutureStreetConsulting who ably point out "It’s this triviality which has angered those in power. The mythology of power – that leaders are somehow more substantial, their concerns more elevated and lofty than us mere mortals, who must not question their motives – that mythology has been definitively busted. This is the final terminus of aristocracy; a process that began on 14 July 1789 came to a conclusive end on 28 November 2010. The new aristocracies of democracy have been smashed, trundled off to the guillotine of the Internet, and beheaded." An emailer to Malloy pointed out (paraphrasing) "Compare the JA case with VALERIE PLAME's. People DID DIE when her cover was exposed for the Middle East CIA front company "Brewster Jennings". " In this light the WH Limo picks up Senior White House Advisor DAVID AXELROD for appearances on This Anampour, Face the Bob and State of the Candy to tell anyone who'll listen that Bill Clinton is NOT the president again, giving the top 0.3% a tax cut that will add BILLIONS to the debt is a GOOD THING and they'll get that rat-bastard Assange just like they did OBL! Catch Paul Krugman on This Anampout to tell GEORGE WILL he needs a haicut. The WH Scooter takes WH Econ "Advisor" AUSTIN GOOLSBEE to Meet the David to counter everything Bernie said in 8+ hours into easily-digestible sound-bite bullshit. Look for HOWARD DEAN and JERRY NADLER on FTN too. Save all yer bricks for OrangeMan JOHN "Crybaby" BOEHNER on 60 Minutes where he will tell America "Tax cuts create Jobs!" BWAAAHAHAAA! Plenty of GOOD STUFF below so click on ANYTHING and you'll be instantly smarter! And get a cool MAX KEISER Silver 1-oz. coin too! The Brick TeeVee Crew is hunkering down for a giant snow storm alleged to last from Sunday night to some time Wednesday: food -check, beer -check, whiskey -check. Stay warm and have a great week!

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»»» Glenn Greenwald @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Glenn Greenwald on the Arrest of Julian Assange and the U.S. "War on WikiLeaks"
»»» Guardian UK's John Vidal @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal on WikiLeaks Cables and U.S. Manipulation of Climate Talks RELATED: Guardian Reporter John Vidal: With Climate Talks on Verge of Collapse "You Could Argue that America Has Done Very Well Out of This"
»»» Marcus Stephen, president of Nauru @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW "Countries Least Responsible for Climate Change are the Ones Most Threatened by It": Island States Urge Binding Emissions Cuts at U.N. Climate Summit
»»» Assange’s attorney in London, Jennifer Robinson @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Attorney: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Endangered by Bail Denial in London; Still No Charges Filed in Sweden
»»» Anne Petermann, Executive Director of the Global Justice Ecology Project. @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Is REDD the New Green? Indigenous Groups Resist Carbon Market-Based Forestry Scheme to Offset Emissions
»»» Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on WikiLeaks, the September Coup, U.S. Denial of Climate Funding, and Controversial Forest Scheme REDD
»»» Bolivian President Evo Moraless @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Bolivian President Evo Morales at Cancún Climate Summit: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Diplomacy of Empire"
»»» Lucia Green-Weiskel, of the China-based organization Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW China Faces International Criticism at Nobel Ceremony in Oslo and Climate Talks in Cancún
»»» Daniel Ellsberg @ Democracy NOW! WATCH NOW Pentagon Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Julian Assange is Not a Terrorist
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»»» Senator Bernie Sanders @ GRITtv WATCH Bernie Sanders: Get Out There and Fight RELATED: Bernie Sanders, Conspiracy Tactics and Defunding the States
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»»» Alexander Cockburn & Vince Warren @ GRITtv WATCH Alexander Cockburn & Vince Warren: Prosecuting WikiLeaks
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1 comment:

Druid Morrigan Conway said...

I thank you, especially for the "brick" idea... ;)