For an hour or so prior to the start of this morning’s show, I was simulcasting the live video stream from Spencer (@OakFoSho) as the Oakland PD and law enforcement from surrounding cities once again raided the Occupy Oakland encampment at Oscar Grant Park.
My friend Joshua Holland (senior writer and editor at AlterNet) lives in San Francisco and was once again on the scene as the raid happened. He joined me by phone at the end of the first hour to discuss what went on during the pre-dawn hours this morning, and wrote about it: “Thousands of Riot Cops Descend on Occupy Oakland, 32 Arrested”.
Tina Dupuy is the managing editor at Crooks and Liars, and has visited numerous occupations in a few countries. She’s in the Bay Area now, and last night visited Occupy Oakland. She also joined me this morning to talk about this morning’s raid, as well as the other weekend raids – all detailed at occupyamerica.crooksandliars.com.
I told of the Occupy with Aloha “musical occupation at Saturday night’s APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) gala in Hawii, attended by President Obama and a number of other world leaders.
During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw…. And until they are purged, we won’t withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We’ll occupy the streets, we’ll occupy the courts, we’ll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.”
Those who could hear Makana’s message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state.
As she does every Monday morning, C&L’s Nicole Belle joined me in the second hour for our “Fools on the Hill” segment, in which we dissect the Sunday talking heads shows. This week, she gave us these clips:
If it’s Sunday, it’s time for more Republican stupidity. And boy, is there a whole lot of stupidity to share.
Michele Bachmann—who advocated turning this country into China at the foreign policy debate—actually crammed so much stupid into a minute and a half that it’s hard to believe that she hasn’t been marginalized completely off the national stage. When David Gregory asks her about her advocating to bring back waterboarding, she sides with Dick Cheney, saying that she—unlike opponents Colin Powell, John McCain and the generals on the ground—is interested in winning. She also re-asserted that Iraqis need to repay GIs for their service. This time she put a price tag on it: several million dollars each.
Meanwhile, Candy Crowley really, really wants her viewers to blame Democrats for all ills in this country. After asking on a reliably Blue Dog bipartisanship fetishist like LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to comment on national politics and the Super Committee –which he does in a storm of Republican memes of “necessary” entitlement cuts and everyone sacrificing—she asks him what he thinks of the environment in Washington DC (the mayor of Los Angeles, mind you, 3,500 miles away) and he makes the entirely non-controversial statement that it’s the most partisan it’s ever been. Crowley follows up inexplicably with the skeptical “Do you think that the Democrats are blameless in this?”
RNC Chair Reince Preibus also spoke with Candy Crowley and assured us that it’s simply “not true” that the Republicans takes the side of the wealthiest. It’s President Obama that is waging the class war…which Crowley thinks is clearly working.
Bill Kristol—who is never, ever correct—spent a little of his regular air time on Fox News Sunday to trash the Occupy Wall Street movement, because you know, it could hurt liberal causes. ‘Cause he cares.
And George Will—who is actually documented to be the least correct person on the Sunday shows—gets something right when he pronounces Herman Cain a test for Republicans, because those four women (actually, I think it’s five) could mean that there are far, far more.