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"The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is…A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza."

Where does he come up with everything he says?

Herman Cain (via cajunboy)

(Shorter Cain: “No homo!”)

(via motherjones)

— 2 years ago with 463 notes

Clearly the police are doing a good job of keeping the peace. Oh wait, they’re the ones who were creating the violence…

thepoliticalnotebook:

Police arrest about 70 protesters in a nighttime raid of Zuccotti Park. Hundreds of police, some in riot gear, cleared the park over the span of three hours. Protesters will apparently be allowed to return, but with no tents, and I’m assuming no intention of mass encampment. 

Above are photos of an officer clashing with a few protesters. Many of the protesters resisted the raid, some chaining themselves to trees. All photos taken by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty.

(via pantslessprogressive)

— 2 years ago with 835 notes

buzzfeed:

Occupy Wall Street at Duarte Park in Lower Manhattan this morning. This is where a lot of protesters relocated after last night’s raid on Zuccotti Park.

  • A few hundred protesters
  • 30-40 police
  • BIG media presence
  • Counted 6 helicopters circling above!
  • Protester message focused on going back to Zuccotti Park (“We have lawyers down there right now!”)

Check this out: Timeline Of Occupy Wall Street’s Eviction From Zuccotti Park

— 2 years ago with 417 notes
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Last night, billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent a massive police force to evict members of the public from Liberty Square-home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months. People who were part of a dynamic civic process were beaten and pepper-sprayed, their personal property destroyed.

Supporters of this rapidly growing movement were mobilized in the middle of the night, making phone calls, taking the streets en masse, and planning next steps. Americans and people around the world are appalled at Bloomberg’s treatment of people who peacefully assemble. We are appalled, but not deterred. Liberty Square was dispersed, but its spirit not defeated. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday. Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.

We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.

Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope. It has revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced.

Join us as we liberate space and build a movement. 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at Sixth Avenue and Canal we continue.

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— 2 years ago with 541 notes
"Once on the corner I immediately launched into action and again started reading from the OWS POETRY ANTHOLOGY. Someone in the crowd said the cops wouldn’t respond to the poems but I countered, it’s not about the cops, it’s about making the voices of all those that have sent poems to the anthology heard."
Stephen Boyer, one of the librarians at Zuccotti Park, giving a first-hand account of last night’s events (via scribnerbooks)
— 2 years ago with 21 notes
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hipsterlibertarian:

Herman Cain clearly indicates he hasn’t the foggiest idea of what went down in Libya.  Especially at the beginning, his response is akin to when a child has to recite something from memory or answer a test question verbally and, having not studied at all, they try to coerce the teacher into verifying that they’re heading in the right direction. 

As the source for this video put it, “This is not a man who has any business polling as high as he does in the presidential race. This is a man who has no business polling at .0001 percent.”  Indeed, his inability to give an informed, on-topic answer is probably matched only by Sarah Palin’s debate performances in 2008. 

Well, and Santorum on foreign policy. 

And…well, a lot of them.  But still.  This is ridiculous.

— 2 years ago with 23 notes
motherjones:

How the US Just Did Away With its Biggest Nuke
10,000 pounds. Nine megatons. 600 Hiroshimas. The B53 atomic bomb could have annihilated millions in a blink…but it couldn’t survive the Obama administration’s zeal for nuclear disarmament. Full story of the civilization killer’s retirement, with pics and video, here.

motherjones:

How the US Just Did Away With its Biggest Nuke

10,000 pounds. Nine megatons. 600 Hiroshimas. The B53 atomic bomb could have annihilated millions in a blink…but it couldn’t survive the Obama administration’s zeal for nuclear disarmament. Full story of the civilization killer’s retirement, with pics and video, here.

(Source: Mother Jones)

— 2 years ago with 168 notes
#bombs  #nuclear  #end of the world 
"Like I said, Tweet ‘em. Tweet ‘em. They’re all Tweeting all over the place. Tweet ‘em back."

I’m all about using social media as a means for change, but I think we’re gonna need more than a few tweets.

President Obama, telling students at a rally at the University of Colorado how to get Congress’s attention. (via dcdecoder)

(Source: politico.com, via dcdecoder)

— 2 years ago with 100 notes
#social media  #change  #congress 
As if we didn&#8217;t already know this, just more evidence in support.
motherjones:

New Congressional Budget Office data confirms what we’ve been saying for a while: There’s an income inequality gap, and it’s growing.

As if we didn’t already know this, just more evidence in support.

motherjones:

New Congressional Budget Office data confirms what we’ve been saying for a while: There’s an income inequality gap, and it’s growing.

— 2 years ago with 223 notes
#economy  #budget crisis  #middle America  #middle class