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Luna Compares Foes To Occupiers

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna believes that opponents of having for-profit companies deliver online school courses in Idaho have a mentality not unlike protestors in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Luna also said that those worried about for-profit education companies providing online school courses might be anti-capitalist in nature. The superintendent was interviewed last week by IdahoReporter.com. “This undertone that somehow because for-profit companies are going to want to compete for educations dollars is the end of public education as we know it, that is an Occupy Wall Street argument that we see going on all across the country,” Luna said, “where there’s this attack on capitalism and an attack on profits”/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Is Luna right in comparing opponents of online education in Idaho to online foes? Or is he simply creating a straw man to marginalize opponents in the referendum campaigns next year?

GOP Strategist: Occupy Makes Impact

The The Republican Governor’s Association met in Florida this week and featured pollster Frank Luntz, who offered a coaching session for attendees about how they should communicate to the public. Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody was there, and captured some of Luntz’s comments on Occupy Wall Street. Luntz told attendees that he’s “scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death.” The pollster warned that the movement is “having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” So the pollster offered some advice for them about how to fight back/Zaid Jelani, ThinkProgress. More here. (AP photo of angry Occupy Raleigh, NC, protestor)

Question: Has the Occupy movement changed your idea about capitalism?

Occupiers Reach Wall Street

Police officers stand guard next to the Bull as protestors affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march in the financial district earlier today. Two days after the encampment that sparked the global Occupy protest movement was cleared by authorities, demonstrators marched through New York's financial district and promised a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Question: Are you bullish or bearish on Occupy Wall Street movement's future?

Poll: More Like Tea Party Than OWS

The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country. Only 33% now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45% who say they oppose them. That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction for the movement's support compared to a month ago when 35% of voters said they supported it and 36% were opposed. Most notably independents have gone from supporting Occupy Wall Street's goals 39/34, to opposing them 34/42. Voters don't care for the Tea Party either, with 42% saying they support its goals to 45% opposed.  But asked whether they have a higher opinion of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement the Tea Party wins out 43-37, representing a flip from last month when Occupy Wall Street won out 40-37 on that question/Public Policy Polling. More here. (AP photo: Occupy Wall Street protester is arrested near The New York Stock Exchange in New York today)

Question: Are you surprised that Tea Party is now better liked than Occupy movement?

Bennett: Team USA

Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Mary Lou: Occupy Isn’t Going Away

The Occupy Wall Street spirit is circumnavigating the globe. Demonstrations have popped up like rabbits out of the hat in London, Paris, Rome and the Great Beyond. Off to a quiet start on Sept. 17, the youthful protest has morphed into a Movement with a capital M. The momentum has been building — acquiring the enviable Big MO — and it’s only a guess as to whether it will explode, implode or die a lingering death.My money’s on an explosion. We witnessed the Arab Spring earlier in 2011. I think we’re in the midst of the Occupation Fall/Mary Lou Reed, Inlander. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Mary Lou that Occupy Wall Street struck a note around the world — and it's not going away soon?

Hucks Poll: Tea Party Or Occupy?

  • Wednesday Poll: 121 of 182 respondents (66.48%) said they wouldn't frequent a business that obviously supported an opposing political party or candidate. Only 51 of 182 respondents (28.02%) said they would. 10 (5.49%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Which movement are you more sympathetic with — Occupy Wall Street of Tea Party?

‘Occupy’ Protest Births Catchphrase

Occupy Wall Street has inspired campaigns, spoofs and headlines that have nothing to do with the social protest in Manhattan. Some occupy "movements" live on the Web, like "Occupy Sesame Street" with its digitally altered pictures of Elmo, Grover and the gang being hauled off by New York City police. Others are on social networking sites. Facebook has Occupy Lego Land with little Lego demonstrators. The catchphrase has become so popular that the American Dialect Society is considering it for its "Word of the Year," chosen every year. It could join the recent winners "app" and "tweet"/Michael Hill, AP. More here.

Question: When it's all said and done, will the most lasting legacy of the Occupy Wall Street movement be the "occupy" catchphrase?

Sunday Spin: Treat Occupiers, Tea Partiers the same

OLYMPIA – As the news media lurches between ignoring and overexposing the Occupy Wall Street/Spokane/Seattle/Everywhere movement, is it too much to ask for the pontificators to show a little consistency in their love or disdain for populist rebellions that spring up in the 21st Century?
Conservative commentators are complaining that the Occupy (fill in the blank) protesters are inexperienced at best and ignorant at worst. Liberal commentators have essentially alibied the protesters by saying the movement is young, diverse and still in its nascent stages.
Funny thing is that two years ago when the Tea Party movement sprang up, the conservatives and liberals were taking the opposite stances. So here’s a thought:
If you criticized Tea Partiers two years ago for saying they opposed government-run health care, then pointed out some of them were on Medicare, you can ding Occupy Wherever for complaining about capitalism while wearing Nike logo clothing or using their ATM cards to get cash for a latte at Starbucks. If you ignored the first, you should ignore the second.
If you razzed Tea Partiers bizarre attire that included tea-bag festooned hats and Colonial tri-corners, you can toss verbal bricks at the 99 Percenters for dressing like they shopped at a Haight-Ashbury Value Village. If you gave one a pass on weird fashions, do the same to the other.
If you suggested that Tea Partiers didn’t understand health care reform, tax policy or the democratic process, you can suggest that Occupiers don’t understand banking regulations, international finance or the democratic process. If you thought the one provided a refreshing new perspective on old tired issues, don’t accuse the other of being foolishly naïve.
And don’t pop out that Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about a foolish consistency may be the hobgoblin of a small mind. A consistent lack of consistency is the hallmark of an even smaller one.

Seeger Helps Occupy New York

Activist musician Pete Seeger, 92, center, sings before a crowd of nearly a thousand demonstrators sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street protests at a brief acoustic concert in Columbus Circle Saturday in New York. The demonstrators marched down Broadway singing "This Little Light of Mine" and other folk and gospel songs while ad-libbing lines about corporate greed and social justice. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Question: Who is your favorite folk singer?

Protests 100 years from now

While watching the Prohibition series on PBS recently, I was struck with how passionate people were on the issue — the wets and the drys. There were protests in the streets and people pouring out liquor on the streets and women doing sit-ins at bars.

I thought, as I often do when watching history, "All the people in those prohibition protests are dead."

It's not as depressing of a thought as it sounds. It puts things in perspective. We are all just flowing through history and most of what we get worked up about solves itself in time.

What is your biggest worry today? In 100 years, the person sitting where you are sitting (if the building or house you're sitting in still exists) will have a big worry about something but yours will no longer matter.

Look at the faces in this Occupy Wall Street photo taken by my husband in New York last week. (Notice the asshole countersign to the Zionist sign.) In 100 years, all those folks will be gone. But what will happen with their causes? Will they change history? We won't be around to find out.

Humbling yet gratifying, too.

(Tony Wadden photo)

Michael Moore Joins Occupy Protestors

Filmmaker Michael Moore is among the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors streaming into Times Square the day after they successfully resisted a potential eviction from their camp in Zuccotti Park Saturday in New York. Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled Times Square on Saturday night, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Question: Do you love/hate Michael Moore?

Labor unions to join “Occupy” protests

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Labor Council says it will  join with various local versions of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests next week.

The council is in line with national labor leaders who are praising the protests from New York City to Seattle and Spokane for "capturing the imagination and passion of millions of Americans who have lost  hope that our nation's policymakers are speaking for them."

Unions are planning a "Week of Action" starting next Monday, and want to hook up with Occupy demonstrations for some joint efforts. They haven't yet announced an agenda for their coming week.

Occupy Spokane protests have all been peaceful so far, but Occupy Seattle demonstrations at the Westlake Park resulted in 25 arrests Wednesday after protesters refused a city order to remove their tents. The tents have come down and but protesters remain in the downtown park…

High Noon: Occupy Moscow Today

Taking a page from the protests on Wall Street over the last several weeks, a local group of protesters plan to take to the streets of Moscow this afternoon. A Facebook event called Occupy Moscow has at least 38 people scheduled to attend its protest of corporate America with about a half hour before its scheduled noon start. Protesters are anticipating taking over Moscow’s Friendship Square until 7 tonight. Similar protests are planned around the state today, including in Boise, where The Associated Press reports dozens of people will take to the streets of downtown to protest against Wall Street/Brad Gary, via Lewiston Tribune Twitter. More here. (Dan Pelle SR photo: Jessica McPhail, of Occupy Spokane, tearfully tears down signage, ordered by the Spokane Police Department, near the Spokane Club Sept. 30)

Question: Izzit just me, or is this Occupy Wall Street one of the lamest. Protests. Ever?