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El Jefe

God bless, Lance. I love the messiness of it too: not this pernickety-church-social style of snippish little groups of overeducated upper-middle leftists too common in the last twenty years or so, one-upping each other with overweight acronyms and chopping up a Big Show into their fussy (or brawly) little bits. An old-fashioned mass grumble in the streets by fairly 'ordinary' people is long overdue. When the longshoremen went out in San Francisco, a year or two before FDR was elected in one of the first mass grumbles to kick-start popular pressure for something like the New Deal, much of the town found its way to back them. In that case it was mostly spontaneous closures (even of small businesses that saw these guys and their families on the other side of the counter each day) with signs up saying "Until The Boys Go Back." If there's an equivalent we can manage, let us know. In the meanwhile I'll be taking some time to feed some of the folks going to Occupy Everything in PDX. Loved the teamster comment (one of these PDX guys, as sweet a man as you could hope to find and a one-time bench warmer for Tha Iggles in a different life, is one.)

Earl Bockenfeld

The great thing about these protests is that they have wrested the PR machine away from the Right-wing. Finally we have left-wing issues being discussed in the media. And these protesters need to keep it up, for that reason.

For the last two years its been nothing but right-wing topics. Thirty retired tea baggers get together in a park and the MSM treats it like a Nuremburg Rally in the "Heartland."

The TEA Party won their coverage the old-fashioned way- "they won their coverage the old fashioned way, they bought it with the koch bros. money."

Many journalists, it seems, pay lip service to the First Amendment, but turn their backs or grow disdainful when people actually exercise these rights in the streets. In such a climate, idealistic activists such as those at the tar sands pipeline and Wall Street protests, obviously, can be safely ignored by the major news media or condescended to as not being rooted in the practical, real world.

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