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Video -  Occupy Oakland Protest - Oct. 25, 2011

Find this cop and prosecute his ass from here to San Quentin.

UPDATE #2 - Olsen is now listed in CRITICAL condition

UPDATE #1 - The injured man is Scott Olsena Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq and member of Veterans for Peace.  He is in the hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile (believed to be a tear gas cannister) fired into the crowd.

After protesters run to the aid of the injured Marine, Oakland Police deliberately throw a flash grenade into the crowd.  Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted.

Address for the hospital where Scott Olsen is recovering, if you wish to send a card.

Highland Hospital
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602


Complete coverage of the Oakland police brutality is below.


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This is the clearest evidence yet that the U.S. has devolved into a fascist state. The only way to refute that conclusion is to point to the criminal investigation and prosecution of this cop.

Anyone willing to lay odds on that happening?
Oct 26, 2011 at 2:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Oct 26, 2011 at 2:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
Excellent photos of incident here.

Oct 26, 2011 at 3:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Oct 26, 2011 at 4:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This one is from the University of New Mexico. Reporter describes it as a "Combat Zone". Serve and Protect.

Police arrest UNM protestors

Oct 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
The vets and active duty boys are going to love this. Who do these pigs think is going to back them up when the local gangs, citizens, etc start lynching the oinkers?
Oct 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterShane
BEFORE deciding to Protest in your home town or city, maybe educating the police forces could help detain criminal behavior?

Many/Most are them selves "Useful Idiots", when ONLY, they never knew!! Never knew the w-h-o-l-e truth of the matter of WHY WE PROTEST!!!!!!! WHY, "you might rather BE (2,000 Other Places Than Here IF it wasn't SO IMPORTANT!!!), minding your own business, as normally"?

Maybe having more going for you, may help the movement? Did you know, about the "derivatives being dumped on the taxpayer"? It recently happened. And I couldn't find much about it, when I just Google-d it.But, it's very, Very TRUE.!

(Unforgettably, the Banksters want/did to "Ireland Us. You know, Greek", with Over 100 Trillion $$$ Added to the National Debt.) This'll mean A LOT MORE TAX, & LESS $$$ for YOU/The Police/Your Family/Your Fellows/Etc & Etc & Etc. Just the way, they want it..... You All are playing into all this, "by your very ignorance". So just to be fair, here's some education to share;


Here's some thing from the honorable William Black;


All this is nothing new to us. We've been watching it for many years, coming to a head. Like a slow motion train wreck. All Deja-vu. No conscience, no soul. No soul, no conscience. (Many Thanks, to William C. & Co.)

No Matter WHERE, you are in this world, "the gamblers debts, are NOT paid by ANY ONE ELSE, other than the gambler"..

We only let them, via our ignorance. Please Share These Links, with the Police in Your Communities. It's for Our Mutual Enlightenment. But then again, "it wouldn't be in the best interest of the Banksters, IF, the Police knew all about it beforehand".
WHY "shoot rubber bullets/tear gas, when the protesters are doing the actual protesting for You"!! IF, you only knew...

Now, I was just reminded of something else, you may want the local police to know MORE about. The F.D.I.C. actually took the derivatives. This so the banks could be more solvent. The F.D.I.C. is part of the U.S. CORP. This next link, will explain who the U.S. Corporation really is in this;


My conscience has been bothering me a lot lately!! It says that "the Galactics & their Earth Allies, have better things in store, so don't get too upset"! While my terrestrial self feels this is a matter that is "ONLY, Need To KNOW";


(If the you let this get published, then you know, where to find me. Thank You.)
Oct 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Willinais
This makes me so tempted to "fight back" but that is exactly the response they are hoping that happens, which would give them all the incentive to ramp up the violence even more and use as a propaganda ploy to discredit the movement. Fighting back would be so easy as well given that the general population out numbers the police by hundreds to one. Sadly once the "enemy" is defeated anarchy would rein and I am not so sure the replacement system would favor the people as we envision.
Oct 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterFred
Address for Hospital where Marine Vet Scott Olsen, shot by the Oakland Police last night, is recovering.

Highland Hospital
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
Oct 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
That is what happens when you try to spread anarchy. Get a real message first. What is it that the " movement" wants? Right now this is nothing but vandalism. The police should be even more aggressive
Oct 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Thanks for the clip Chunga.
Oct 26, 2011 at 9:03 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Rich Guy

Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and read this site. It's not anarchy. We have posted a list of demands from the protesters.


Oct 26, 2011 at 9:05 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Rich Guy--

The first 2 demands from the first official #OWS declaration are as follows:

"They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage."

"They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses."


Do you disagree with either of these, why? On what possible grounds could you disagree with the Rule of Law? Likewise, on what basis do you believe trillion-dollar bailouts for failed banks that engage in degenerate gambling is a good thing?

Please share with us. Pretty please?
Oct 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Ok then.

First of all, let me make sure you truly hate me. Not only am I in the Top 5% but I am also a Federal Lobbyist. But on balance, I am center right. I can't stand Rush Limbaugh, but I can't stand riotting leftist either.
But, I read your demands, I see your points and I just want to give you some advice.

A. Protests with Riots don't solve a thing in the developed world. In the developing world they might, since riots can develop into civil war and result in fundamental change. A developed country won't allow that (for all the reasons and for all the very powerful organizations and people you despise)

B. Beat the system by understanding and using the system. Get a PR guy. I am very well informed. I read two newspapers a day (WSJ and NYT) I constantly watch three to four news channels in my office. Yet, nowhere except your dailybail obscure leftist blog can one find your demands. Get a PR guy that gets these to all the news channels in a short, crisp way. America runs on 5 second sound bites. Not 3 minute diatribes. People tune out when you go too extreme. Sell.

Suggestion for shortening of demands without leftist conspiracy rhetoric (Again I do this for a living)

1) Pass comprehensive campaign finance reform that realigns Washington with the interests of the American People. Disallow PACs that circumvent the ban on corporate contributions. Increase access of citizens to elected officials by increasing personal non-pool able contribution limits

2) Create a non-partisan commission within the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute potential fraud committed by Senior Execuves of corporations that received TARP money.

3) The President through Executive Order shall make it illegal for any former Government employee to see employment in related industries for up to 5 years to avoid perceived or actual conflicts of interest.

4) Reduce the public debt through spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment. Pass legislation to reform the Federal Reserve and Treasury to rebalance interests of growth, spending, inflation and currency devaluation. (your idea of wiping out public debt is idiotic. The majority is in government bonds, which are held by the people, pension funds and would hurt the people you a trying to protect. Your idea of reinstating the gold standard is equally sophomoric. You would crash the world economy and would make sure America falls to number 50 in world trade. Might have been a nice idea in the 50 s though. Think about that ALL other countries wouldn't do that and what it would do to the US Economy)

4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts (good one)
This means moving ahead with Basel III capital requirements, re-institution of Glass-Steagall and adopting the Volcker Rule to limit banks’ ability to engage in risky and speculative investments. Whether this is done via HR 1489 (“RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT”) or another way, it must accomplish the main objective stated above.

5) Pass legislation or have DOJ litigate to reduce or eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
Corporations are not persons, they have no conscience, no moral and no single accountability. No corporation will go to jail from breaking the law. Corporations are held to the same standards and should therefore not deserve equal protection under the 14th amendment.

6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties (you are on your own on this one. I don't mind government snooping in my stuff, since I have nothing to hide. And unfortunately it also work. We have not had a terrorist attack in 10 years. Think about it)

7) Bring our troops home. Use the funding for engagement intended for two theaters of war to rebuild our great nation instead. Build roads, repair infrastructure, pay teachers, build schools and develop clean renewable energy for our future (don't use Imperial, you make many patriotic Americans mad.)

I could probably cut that down some more, but I bill $750 an hour :)
Back to advice

C. Hire a lobbyist to get this moving. A really good one.
D. Establish a PAC to gain some sufficient influence in DC
E. Find corporate sponsor to fund your PAC and your legislation. Now that would move the needle But to get that you have to deradicalize and demilitarize. And their are plenty that would join, if you are mainstream enough.
F. Get a lawyer to sue the government on your behalf to achieve some of your goals. How did corporations become persons? They sued. How did corporations get soft money ban declared unconstitutional? They sued.

Telling you, if you want to beat the system, join it.
Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

Rich Guy - need to stay low key, since some of my clients wouldn't be happy about this post. I get the cause, but you guys are doing it all wrong.

Good luck though.
Oct 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Cheyenne --

I do disagree on some points. They taken your houses, because you didn't pay your mortgage and because most likely they had a bigger house than they can afford. If I don't pay my mortgage they will take my house. BUT, I live within my means. My mortgage has never exceeded 10% of my income. doesn't matter who owned the original mortgage.

Bailouts were needed to avoid global collapse. The bonuses - you have a point with that.
Problem is, if US doesn't pay bonuses these bankers go to Europe, the middle east or Asia and do business as usual from there. Finance has gone global. But yes, limits should have been installed.

On what possible grounds could you disagree with the Rule of Law? - dont understand your point sorry

Likewise, on what basis do you believe trillion-dollar bailouts for failed banks that engage in degenerate gambling is a good thing? - well, let's see. Because if these bailouts would have not happened the world economy as we know it would have seized to exist. Banks would not have been able to lend. Payment systems would have stopped working, banks collapsed! SIPC would have collapsed, bottom 50% would have lost all their savings. Global trade would have seized and most likely a massive global war would have followed. That's why. Now, I agree with you, it wasn't executed the right way, but it had to be done.

It should have been tied to better regulatory reform and compensation caps.

PS - don't be condescending.
Oct 26, 2011 at 10:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
PS - just google OWS demands. Got four different versions of demands. Many of them crazy. Own your brand and your message
Oct 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Rich Guy wrote:

I can't stand Rush Limbaugh, but I can't stand riotting leftists either.


Where are they rioting. The only riots I see are from the police.

These are non-violent protests.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
I know I shouldn't be laughing at anything in this video but when that guy at the end started screaming "MEDIC!!!" I couldn't help but think of Starship Troopers. On a serious note though that police officer deserves jail time for what he did. He knew full well that the guy was injured but he found it hilarious to throw an explosive in to a crowd of people trying to help him. Do they do mental testing on recruits any more?
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterNJ Kuge
Rich Guy wrote:

Yet, nowhere except your dailybail obscure leftist blog can one find your demands.


That is a laugh. I'm more conservative than you are. This is NOT a leftist blog. I support drastic spending cuts and a balanced budget. You assume too much. I'm a former Wall Street analyst/trader who retired and after living a happy few years playing golf and enjoying my life became so incensed by the bailout lies that I launched this site to provide an outlet for the truth.

And it's not an obscure blog. It is the #2 ranked econ-finance blog in the U.S. by directly measured traffic (industry leader Quantcast), with an average of more than 500K unique visitors per month. Only Zero Hedge gets more traffic and they have more than a dozen writers. I run this site alone, with the help of amazing readers.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:02 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

So the unfair economic system that exists today would no longer exist if no bailouts. Where is the problem here? Most people of the world would welcome it. We can't all afford to retain our own lobbyists, lawyers and PR people. What an asinine suggestion that only a deluded rich guy could suggest.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:02 PM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist
Rich Guy wrote:

Bailouts were needed to avoid global collapse.


We've spent 3 years on this blog refuting this basic talking point. It is a false meme. Use the search box in the right column and type the word 'Fearmongering.'
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
News flash - rich guy defends system where a corporation pays him $750 an hour screw the system.

NJ Kuge - if they did this testing, this is exactly the anti-social, order following behavior they desire.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:07 PM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist
Rich Guy wrote:

PS - just google OWS demands. Got four different versions of demands. Many of them crazy. Own your brand and your message.


Trust me, I am aware of the diverse message of the #ows movement. I've been covering it daily for 6 weeks and even before it began. Read this story. Dylan Ratigan with David Degraw - the man who organized and launched the protests.


MUST SEE - Dylan Ratigan With David Degraw & Bill Black: "We Put The U.S. Treasury Up For Auction And Goldman Sachs Was The Highest Bidder!"
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:15 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
And that is why you guys will lose. This moment is the one that you should remember where you went wrong. Someone from the folks you despise took the time to provide serious advise, but you can't engage properly. If you are not able to have a intelligent discourse, how do you think you can make an impact.

Daily Bail - read my whole message and don't take my comments out of context. You are focusing on fringe issues.

Actual person - no bailout won't solve the issue. The system is always unfair. Name ONE system in the world that is fair. ONE. Democracy and Capitalism are certainly not the perfect solution, but it is the only solution that has endured. And yes you can afford lobbyists (clearly not me), but go to Universities and find your PoSci majors, find your law students, find your marketing students. Plenty of pro Bono PR and lawyers and lobbyist exist. Play the game or get played

Anyways. You guys will lose, because you cant engage properly, so the majority will think you can't be taken serious. Yes, the public will sympathize for a while, but they will lose interest. And once your little protests start to inconvenience them and their run to the local WalMart than you are done. Your riots (and they are riots - look up definition in Webster - public disorder, does not have to include violence) will end, be broken up, you will be arrested. And I will see you drying my Mercedes at the car wash.

Best of luck. Look back at this exchange in a year and you will think......"oh, that's where we went wrong"
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Anyone deluded enough to claim they are worth $750/hour is deluded enough not to be concerned with 'facts' or 'evidence'. Just whatever their leash-holder tells them to think.

This is a fed lobbyist telling how to 'fix' everything. The sheer irony is mind-boggling. What is he waiting for? a moral, a conscience, a soul? Nope, just a paycheck.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:21 PM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist
You are all very amusing. Good night
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Can I buy any of those?

Actual guy - try to read my post as advise. I know this is probably above your education level, but try.
And I agree with you, I can't believe either they pay me this much. But they do :)
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Last comment - if I would only do what my leash holders (like that term btw) would tell me i would have not spend $675 of my own time to write a legislative strategy for you. But I know you can't see that.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Very last question. So, what do you think will happen? All rich people will suddenly say "oh wow, yeah that was pretty unfair, let's give up all of our wealth and power and share it freely". Or that politicians are suddenly not worried about being funded and elected or that the government will turn on itself? Come on!!!

Change has to come from within. The Charlie Chaplin movies you quoted, change came from within, from the top. In another one Charlie defaets the machine by crawling inti the machine.

The system won't be defeated through riots. Work the inside
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Rich Guy:
Advice is a noun. Advise is a verb. 'inti' and 'defaets' are not words. Your obviously superior 'education' has failed you.

Your 'legislative strategy' isn't worth minimum wage. (Im a lobbyist, you should hire one if you want to succeed. Get corporate sponsorship). Seriously how high are you, guy? I hear your leash rattling.

There have only been police riots, no protestor riots.

There is no paycheck here, and nobody will bemoan the loss of your 'wisdom'.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist
Very last question. So, what do you think will happen? All rich people will suddenly say "oh wow, yeah that was pretty unfair, let's give up all of our wealth and power and share it freely".


You're still missing the main points of the protests. They are asking for a few basic things - an end to the trillions in stealth bailouts, and an end to corporate control over Washington. We don't have capitalism in the U.S. (I wish we did). We have a system where corporations write legislation, something I'm sure you're well aware of as a lobbyist. I worked on Capitol Hill right after my undergrad. I know K Street. I actually think the protesters are better off without a clear set of demands for now. Letting the movement grow first, then articulating a coherent agenda is likely a better strategy.
Oct 26, 2011 at 11:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
Actual person - you are clearly a loser and you probably make minimum wage. And sorry for typos, using an iPad. Still liking the leash comment, though. Will use that. Thanks
PS - what do you do for a living?

Daily Bail - I see your strategy. I dont think it will work, since the system will work very hard to protect itself. I recommend concrete demands and actions quickly. Take a look at tea party movement. They quickly mobilized from movement to election and legislative strategy, which almost shut the government down.
PS-Tea Party has lobbyists and corporate sponsorship, and look how much impact they had. Maybe my advice is not all that worthless after all
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
The whole point of the OWS strategy is to do an end-run around "the system." Tea party? Worked within the system and got ROLLED. Obama-ite progressives? Worked within the system and got ROLLED. Conservative Christians? Worked within the system and got Mitt Romney (LOL).

What "rich guy" doesn't understand (and btw, I find it immensely amusing that he doesn't know how to spell "advice" and yet touts his superior education -- let's just say I'm skeptical)...what "rich guy" doesn't understand is that it's precisely because of people like the founder of the Daily Bail, people like Yves Smith and Matt Taibbi, people like Dylan Ratigan and Cenk Uygur -- and a whole host of econ bloggers, that the groundwork for the occupy movements was ever laid. Credit also goes to the 16%+ U6. In any case, it is interesting to see how bewildered those firmly ensconced within the system are by a non-hierarchical, non-ideological protest movement that has no interest in "legislative strategies," candidates or focus groups.

And besides, we ARE winning.
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:09 AM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Daily Bail wrote
few basic things - an end to the trillions in stealth bailouts, and an end to corporate control over Washington. We don't have capitalism in the U.S. (I wish we did). We have a system where corporations write legislation, something I'm sure you're well aware of as a lobbyist.


I think you are missing the point. As to your point: corporations are not persons. Wealthy bankers, business managers, hedge fund managers and lobbyist will protect the Golden Cow. They are not basic things. These are the backbone of power. And they will require a coordinated fight to remove.
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Dr Pitchfork wrote -

And btw, I find it immensely amusing that he doesn't know how to spell "advice" and yet touts his superior education


Fair point. I'm about 50/50 on spelling. Normally have proof readers for this. And I don't think, I "touted" my superior education anywhere. Although it was superb :)

Dr. Pitchfork wrote:
And besides, we ARE winning.
Just like Charlie Sheen. Winning!!!!!!!! Lol
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterRich guy
Rich Guy said:

A. Protests with Riots don't solve a thing in the developed world. In the developing world they might, since riots can develop into civil war and result in fundamental change. A developed country won't allow that (for all the reasons and for all the very powerful organizations and people you despise)


BRUSSELS (AP) — Private investors agreed Thursday morning to accept losses of 50 percent on their Greek bonds, a European Union official said, removing the last apparent roadblock to a broad plan to solve the continent's debt crisis.


I guess they did that out of the kindness in their hearts, not because the Greek people refused to be on the hook for private banks shenanigans so they decided to take it to the streets until someone got the message.

I recall the Montebello, Quebec protests of the North American leaders summit in which that provinces police force sent 3 undercover cops in disguised as protesters to cause trouble but they were outed by a union leader:


Asked to comment on the protests, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say:

According to the Canadian Press, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked about the protest by members of the media they describe his reaction as - "Stephen Harper shook hands with George W. Bush and dismissed the protest as a "sad" spectacle."


When leaders of "civilized" countries have that attitude, people push back.

As was stated earlier here, the protests are overwhelmingly peaceful assemblies. You know, like the ones in the middle eastern countries which the US government officials like Hillary Clinton and Obama proclaimed "Human rights".

When they happen here in North America, they are met with police brutality which then turn them into riots as this short film perfectly demonstrates:


You were saying, Rich Guy?
Oct 27, 2011 at 12:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterTom
@ the Rich Guy, or Mr. 5% which ever you prefer.  As an observation your points have some interesting views.  
You ask not to be condesending and end  your guess work with "Good luck, You are all very interesting". (something contradictive like that). 

Putting your resume out there along with being 5% was an especially nice touch. Articulate, confident, perhaps a bit too much for my taste but in matters of such, some agree there is no dispute.   

A lobbyist?  Well done.  You may know this person or not but at any rate I have material you should take some time out for.  In lieu of the blatent egregouse action taken by persons sworn to uphold the law, serve and protect those who cannot protect them selves.  I say do not listen to anyone here.  Listen to your President.

Occupywallstreet Obama;


Then I would kindly ask you to listen to the protestors on wallstreet's message read by Keith Oberman.

Keith Olbermann Reads The Statement Released By The Wall Street Protesters - 2011-10-05


Then a fellow lobbyest's statement Jimmy Williams whom you may know. Last let your conscious be your guide.  Deliberatly hurting an American Citizen with arresting powers is grounds for punishment.  And certainly more than a fake loss of vacation.  They belong in general population as any citizen would have been for the same action. To think less is pitiful. To post anything in favor of it or post with the absence of care?  I feel strongly that person should not only be ignored.  But denied the rights of the injured as it is for them.

Last, a letter from the white house written by David Plouge asking for the opinions of the American people.  I suposse you may feel that it does not apply to you but it may to a lot of others that would like to see a new resident in the White House because of these very actions.  

Your approach list is nothing more than an assumption that people did not take those steps.  For myself, you'd be wrong more than you know. However that can always change. Even so I'm not one wish that shit on anyone.  Nor do I find it amusing.  I only see it for what it is.  Pathetic and sad that someone, anyone would. 

I'll post the rest below.
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterD.
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:37 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Sharing our own moments in history is real.  It’s humbling.

I remember a moment I had back in late July when I was sitting in my spacious office down on K Street.  I had just taken a call from yet another Member of Congress, asking me to raise him $25,000. My initial reaction was to smile and reflect on simpler but poorer times when I was a Senate staffer, MAKING $25,000 a year!

I spent almost seven years, the best years of my life by the way, doing policy in the Senate and I take great pride in my public service. Back then I did what was natural: I became a lobbyist, with the hopes of continuing my economic policy expertise from the outside. Key word here: policy.

But here's the rub: lobbyists today rarely get to use the policy they learned in the halls of Congress.  Instead they are forced to spend a majority of their time raising money and shuffling from cocktail reception to cocktail reception.

The "fundraising circuit" is deafening.  It's sick and it makes me nauseous to think of having to write check after check after check to a Senator or Representative just so I can get a meeting with him or her later.  Anyone that tells you that's not true is flat out lying to you.

So, back to my "moment in history." It began at my desk.   A physical chill came over my body. The smile of "making it" as one of the top lobbyists (apparently the Wall Street Journal thought so!) in Washington turned into something different.

That's when it hit me.  That's when I knew I had to stop.  I had two choices, be a cog in the wheel or destroy the wheel. I literally shuttered at the thought of losing everything I'd ever worked for: my home, my ability to travel, to live a life of luxury, to provide for my family, etc.

I left my lobbying firm and bunkered down on an island for the month of August and did some major soul searching.

Skip a couple of months forward and a new door opened: my friend Dylan Ratigan approached me to lead the Get Money Out Foundation.  Great offer but I needed a sounding board, so I picked up the phone and called my brother Robert down in South Carolina.  What I heard in my brother's voice was this theme that Washington, DC isn’t just broken but corrupt. He confirmed what I suspected: that the country at worst hates its capitol and at best thinks our politicians have no clue about what it means to live outside the echo chamber known as the Beltway.

My brother and I couldn't be more different; He's a Republican, I’m a democrat.  He's reserved and more cautious, yet I was the kid in the family that threw it all out there.  But there’s not a single person in this world whom I love or trust more than my brother, and when he tells me the country's pissed off at Washington, I knew I had to do this.

Robert asked me how I was going to make Washington wake up and give up its power; what's the strategy, he said.  Here's what I told him:

First, Get Money Out will debate openly and with the public's input. We’ll write the best Constitutional Amendment possible and put it forward to the people.  We wont always agree but if you have something to say, I’ll listen.

Second, we will take the best amendment language to Congress and find allies to introduce it for debate.  Do I expect Congress to debate this immediately? I’m not that naive but that’s where you come in.

Third, I need a wave.  As I write this, we know we have nearly 220,000 followers who believe in this mission.  We need more.  We need MANY more.   I wont be satisfied until we reach 2 million or more.  Why? Because Congress won’t listen unless the wave overtakes them.  I've said it before: Congress doesn't pro-act, Congress only reacts.  This is where you come in. We need your help (and your friends and family’s help) to get Congress to react.  Lets build a wave so big they can’t ignore by exposing the auction for this "government to the highest bidder" mentality for what it is: corruption through and through.

Fourth, if we can get Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment, then we turn our focus to the states, which have to ratify it to actually make it law.

Campaign finance reform isn't a new idea.  Congress has passed reform measure after reform measure.  Yet, the Supreme Court continues to insist that corporations are people and that money is speech. I just don't agree.  I don't think the Tea Party movement agrees. And I definitely don't think the Occupy Wall Street movement agrees that Exxon is a person.  What we all agree on is the system is broken, that Washington DC is nothing more than an auction house, with the highest bidder always winning.

There are others out there spearheading similar movements, many with good intentions. There are many roads to Rome.  Some want to take the back-roads, some want to take the interstate. In the end, if we all want to reach Rome and agree on the same goal, to Get Money Out of Politics, then I don't care how everyone gets there.  I just care that we all make it to the finish line and pass an amendment banning money in the halls of Congress.

That’s the strategy for the Get Money Out Foundation.  Its simple, its concise, and its honest.  We don’t need to complicate a solution to something so inherently and blatantly wrong.

As the executive director of the Get Money Out Foundation, I give you my word (and my word is all I have in this world) that I will run this movement to ban money in politics as openly, honestly, and transparently as I possibly can.  With your help, we will reach Rome.

Lets get money out and give America its government back.


Jimmy Williams

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Oct 27, 2011 at 7:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterD.
Good morning,

It's part of my job to make sure President Obama gets to hear the voices and perspectives of people outside Washington – and lately, that's not been difficult.

Everywhere the President goes, he gets the same message: Americans just want folks in Washington to work together to build an economy that works for the middle class, not just the wealthiest – and is based on rewarding responsibility, hard work and fairness.  

That's why the President has proposed the American Jobs Act, a set of bold but common-sense measures that will put up to 2 million Americans back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans. 

Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress keep blocking this bipartisan proposal, putting their party before our country.
We can't wait for Congress to act, so President Obama is moving ahead with executive actions to strengthen the economy, help middle class families and move this country forward. 

On Monday, he was in Nevada to discuss concrete steps we're taking, like removing caps for deeply underwater borrowers and eliminating fees, so that homeowners can refinance their mortgages and save money. On Tuesday, he announced new initiatives that will help put veterans to work in community health centers. And today, he's proposing to offer immediate relief to college students by making it easier to manage their debt while they get on their feet.

These policies aren't a substitute for the American Jobs Act, but they will make a difference. And we don't intend to stop there. 
The best ideas for growing this economy won't come from Washington – they'll come from Americans like you. So let me tell you about a new way to make your voice heard in our government.

More than 750,000 people have already used a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov called We the People to create and sign petitions calling on the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues. Learn more about We the People here:

The President's changes to the student loan program will make it easier for graduates to make their payments and avoid default. 

It's also a great example of We the People at work.

In the past month, thousands of citizens signed a petition about student loans. These individuals rightly pointed out that the weight of this debt is preventing graduates all over the country from achieving their dreams.

It's a message received loud and clear and one that President Obama – who spent almost a decade paying off his own student loans – understands. 

A new report shows that our investments in student financial aid have made a big difference for families, but too many students still struggle with debt. Today, the President announced clear actions to help young people who are doing everything right and living up to their responsibilities, but having a hard time making loan payments while the economy continues to recover.

So what else do you have? What's the next issue you think needs attention?  Make sure your voice is heard in our government:


We can't wait to see what you have to say.


David Plouffe
Senior Advisor to the President
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterD.
@John, ya, very possible. In a pinch that highend side goes turn coat and really apologetic. Not like a whistle blower anyway.
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterD.
Well, Mr Senior Adviser to the President, how about advising the President to RESIGN before our entire country is destroyed! Advise him also that a VERY large percent of the people in this country think he is a Muslim terrorist loving, Marxist. He is a Chicago thug criminal who has consistently ignored, stepped on, kicked and torn the Constitution to suit his own needs. He spends more time flying around the world and taking vacations than any other President. Sort of like Nero fiddling while Rome burns. He has NO plan to bring America back to solvency, he has no American birth certificate, no American school records, no record of actually voting on any issues that promote fiscal health for America. He is an enemy of this country and people like you are too stupid to see that.
You can tell these bored, drug raddled, clueless, RICH kids who are in the Occupy Movement that shitting and pissing on the street, tossing garbage around and causing problems while "protesting" about things they have NO clue about, and are too stupid to know they are being used by the communists and the RICH ELITE to create problems and that that they are viewed for what they are. Human garbage! Running their mouths about the rich when most have trust funds and come from wealthy families, walking around wearing expensive clothes, etc. doesn't wash with us.
Oct 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterFed Up
That was probably just a "behavior modification" bomb. The target's behavior gets modified right to the hospital. I bet it's approved by Homeland Security so you know it's safe and doesn't really hurt. Modern behavior bombs contain no hydrofluorocarbons so it's good for the environment too.

The cop is getting a bad rap. I wouldn't trust Dwight Evans (in his prime) to make that throw. Heck, it had to be 30'. I'm sure the officer did not intend the behavior bomb to land right in the small crowd directly in front of him.

Clear eyes recognize this guy for what he is. A true hero. /s

Everyone I show this to wants to either vomit or strangle someone to death.
Oct 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM | Unregistered Commenterchunga
Fed Up - Since you are such a great american patriot and so full of valuable information, why don't YOU educate the protestors in all the things they have "NO clue about". Too busy fiddling?

You would help yourself and your point of view if you didn't come across vitriolic and nutty.
Oct 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist

Please ask the president to explain the rationale for killing a US citizen who was also a child and who had not been charged, indicted, or given a trial - guilty only of sharing a last name with another US citizen who was murdered without trial. The rest of us would like to know what imminent threat this child posed.

Oct 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered Commenteractual person - not a lobbyist
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Rich Guy--

“you didn't pay your mortgage and because most likely they had a bigger house than they can afford. If I don't pay my mortgage they will take my house.”

Nice legal analysis—for someone who RENTS. For a renter, the only issue is if he pays. For an owner, by contrast, there is an additional issue: whether the foreclosing plaintiff can produce the OWNER’s promissory note to establish standing. Rather than do that, foreclosing plaintiffs have engaged in forgery and robo-signing to defraud the court into issuing void foreclosure judgments. Do you know how serious a CRIME that is? Like capital crimes (e.g., murder) fraud on the court carries no statute of limitiations.

You don’t support fraud on the court, do you?

“Bailouts were needed to avoid global collapse.”

There is no evidence of this, and indeed you cite none. On the contrary, the Federal Reserve itself published a paper contemporaneously with TARP explaining that of the four claims advanced to justify the bailout, “all four claims are myths.”


If you have a counter-cite, we’d all like to see it. Frankly, the absurd reasons given to rationalize the bailouts have been exposed as false for 3 years now. Your lobbying efforts to bring them back from the dead won’t work. Not even Jesus waited 3 years to bring Lazarus back.

I notice you're long-winded. So let's frame the issues that you raised and must cope with:

(1) You don't support fraud on the court, do you?

(2) Do you, or do you not, have any evidence to counter the Fed's conclusions that every rationale provided for the TARP bailout was a "myth."
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Rich Guy--

"I bill $750 an hour"

Who are your clients?

Also, I take it you're a lawyer. If so, your astonishing ignorance a basic legal prinicple like constitutional standing is appalling.
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Cheyenne, there's at least one article on Jack Abramoff citing his $750/hr rate. I'm assuming that's where rich guy got his figure from -- he's either a wannabe Abramoff or sitting at home making stuff up. But who cares.
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
@David Plouffe:

Thank you for the canned response Mr Plouffe, not buying it anymore. As an ex USSF soldier, I consider myself well read and informed as to the needs of Americans versus the actions of the administration.

I supported the President all along. I dismissed the racist birthers and worked to ridicule the silly accusations of him "being Muslim" as well as so many other inconsequential lame swerves. I made excuses day after day, month after month that the President had his hands tied by the Republicans who made it there goal to make him a one term president.

Not anymore. President Obama is ineffective and incapable of the tough leadership required in Washington. I do NOT CARE that he has "tough competition", he IS the President. He has shown that he is incapable of dealing with the leaders who strive to tear America apart with intentional dissension.

The last straw for me personally which has caused me to switch from working FOR your Boss, to working full time against him was his treason against humanity with the Palestinian veto.

How DARE your boss stand before the world one year ago both before the UN and in Cairo, triggering the "Arab Spring" with words of encouragement to the downtrodden and depressed in the world, only to LEAD the world in a Veto of the very Palestinian State he championed one year before.

As an American soldier who stood solidly behind the President until the realization that he is just another bought and paid for politician. His "peace prize" in unearned and undeserved. How DARE he support the very insurgents in Libya who have been killing American soldiers in Iraq the last 9 years.

NO EXCUSES, You have just permanently lost a solid member of your base and furthermore, I shall now work full time to see President Obama removed from office in 2012.

Seattle WA.
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterDemosthenes

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