[Mitt Romney] said in the debate, the last debate, that he wanted everyone to be rich. That seems to be the line from the Republican Party, which, of course, is just a complete fantasy. Herman Cain, of course, famously said recently that “If you`re not rich, blame yourself.” This is what really bothers me, this idea that somehow we can all be rich…that is one of the stupidest things I`ve ever heard any politician say. I want everybody to be rich. First of all, if everybody was rich, who would do the things that rich people hire people to do for them? Rich people need poor people to work for them.
And this idea that Herman Cain said “If you`re not rich, blame yourself” — this is what bothers me about rich people. They don`t, first of all, as Elizabeth Warren said, they don`t cotton to the idea they wouldn`t be rich if they didn`t have this great country that provides the roads and the schools and all the other things that allow them to be rich. But also this idea, they never understand - it`s a FLUKE mostly, that what you do is something that made you rich. Yes, if you throw a baseball 100 miles an hour or even what I do — I mean, I`m not humble about some things. But I`m very humble about the fact that telling jokes is something that gets you a lot of money. That is a complete fluke — and so is owning pizza parlors.
Yes, Herman Cain was good at business. Great. He became very rich from it. But what about teachers and cops and firemen? You know those people we always say are our “heroes”. They`re such heroes that we pay them like crap. Well, they do what they do very well. It just doesn`t happen to be something that is ever going to make you rich. So, this idea that if you`re not rich, blame yourself — oh, it really bugs me."
— Bill Maher on The Rachel Maddow Show - The Interview on MSNBC (10-11-2011)
Can you imagine the media circus that would ensue if police started treating conservative protesters as they’ve been treating Occupiers?
Really, can you imagine? If a cop so much as punched a Westboro Baptist Church wingnut while protesting at a gay soldier’s funeral, or if a cop even arrested a peaceful Tea Party protester, the media would be on fire with coverage decrying the police. Both sides would jump on it and make it a huge media circus.
But when liberal protesters (as well as peaceful, legal observers) get beaten, pepper sprayed, have their legs run over by police motorcycles, dragged out of crowds, and arrested for no reason, there’s little coverage of the brutality at all, and the protesters are made out to be a small fringe of insignificant hippies.
This double standard can kiss my ass.
I bet the thought of something like that happening makes Fox News’s dick hard.
— Howard Zinn (via cultureofresistance)
they both deny the innate human desire to screw someone else over for personal gain. To succeed at the expense of someone else’s failure. Honestly I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world either, within reason. The biggest problem we have right now (and really the heart of the Occupy Wall St movement) is that too few are extremely succeeding at too many people’s extreme failures. We do need to modify our system but any solution can’t exist under the delusion that everyone is going to play nice. There will always be haves and have nots but we can’t continue with so many have alls and have nones.
And this folks, is why we need regulation!
What Anthony Bologna did was awful. It was wrong. He’s a douche canoe of epic proportions. I am in no way supporting what he did. He should be fired, at the very least, and rightfully punished for what he did.
But I have to wonder how on earth anyone rationalizes putting his safety and well-being at risk by leaking all of his personal information out onto the internet, when in the same breath they are condemning him for his act of hate and violence?
People are furious about what happened—that’s understandable. But because of this extreme anger and emotion circulating, the man is in danger. He is referred to as “the Target.” This is not okay.
It even gives a list of his family members. His wife lives with him, along with their 13 year old son. YOU ARE ENDANGERING THEM. THEY DID NOTHING BUT BE MARRIED OR RELATED TO HIM.
Fucking THINK about what you are promoting, encouraging, or enabling others to do.
This is not okay.
You cannot fight police brutality with idle passive-aggression when the state supports violence against the citizens it swore to protect.
You cannot fight class oppression with the non-compliance of a minority when the majority conform, consent and comply to the capitalist Ponzi scheme.
Do not conform. Do not consent. Do not comply. Fight back.
Somehow I don’t think encouraging violence while calling out brutality is an entirely rational thing to do.
That seems like the worst idea possible. And they are fighting back, non-violently. Whether or not you agree, that’s realistically how India broke free from the British, and how King was able to march to Washington. It doesn’t have to be a repeat of the American Revolution. It’s a wake-up alarm, not some ‘V for Vendetta’ romance where we can change the world in a few days. And if it’s going to take time, why should it take our blood, too? All that violence would accomplish is to gain media coverage, and the worst kind at that. But I’m not going to pretend like I know what’s best for the movement… I just don’t think you do either.
Yeah, violence isn’t the answer, exposure is. This needs more coverage than it’s getting in the main stream media.
If it turns violent from the side of the protestors, it will blow their cause all to hell and they’ll just be seen as a bunch of low-life thugs starting shit.