Herman Cain; America Has Got To Learn To Take A Joke

Herman Cain responds to his idea to create an electrified fence at the Mexican Border which would KILL anyone trying to cross it. His response? America has got to learn to take a joke. Yes, a joke is made at the expense of those who would be trying to enter the country through the fence. But is he really joking? At first he seemed to be serious, then when called on the carpet by many other Republican organizations he stepped back a bit on this statement. Then still later he toned it down to a joke level. I ask, is this anyway to run a campaign for President by joking about others incineration at a border fence or by talking about the immigration problem?

Smashed Windows and Torched Cars: Occupy Protests Turn Violent in Rome

ROME (The Blaze/AP) — Protesters in Rome smashed shop windows and torched cars as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital, part of worldwide protests against corporate greed and austerity measures.

Police officers shelter from firecrackers during clashes in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Protesters in Rome smashed shop windows and torched cars as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital, part of worldwide protests against corporate greed and austerity measures entitled Occupy Wall Street.

Police officers shelter from firecrackers during clashes in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Protesters in Rome smashed shop windows and torched cars as violence broke out during a demonstration in the Italian capital, part of worldwide protests against corporate greed and austerity measures entitled Occupy Wall Street.

The “Occupy Wall Street” protests that began in Canada and spread to cities across the U.S. moved Saturday to Asia and Europe, linking up with anti-austerity demonstrations that have raged across the debt-ridden continent for months.

HAS ‘OCCUPY WALL STREET’ BEEN SUCKED INTO A GLOBAL SOCIALIST MOVEMENT?

This video makes connections between the Occupy Wall Street protests and:

Geithner to ‘Occupy’ Demands for Action Against Wall Street: Heads Will Roll

 

In a CNBC interview Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters who feel no action or charges have been filed against Wall Street for their role in the financial crisis should stay tuned.

VIDEO: Republicans Change Their Tune On The 99 Percent Movement

ThinkProgress has already reported on the disdainful reaction the 99 Percent Movement initially received from the mainstream corporate media, as well as the notable double standard in the right-wing media’s coverage of the movement versus the Tea Parties. But as the protests have demonstrated their staying power, and polls have shown Americans support the movement, a number of Republican politicians have come around on the 99 percent. After leading the denigration and belittling of the movement, some softened their tone, offering understanding and compassion for those in the 99 percent movement. ThinkProgress has the video report.

LIVESTREAM THE GLOBAL 99 PERCENT MOVEMENT

Tens of thousands of people are holding demonstrations in dozens of countries today protesting for local democracy and against socioeconomic inequities. An activist sympathetic to the global 99 percent movement has set up Occupystreams.org. Go there to find links to video livestreams of demonstrations and occupations ranging from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Philippines.

Times Square Now Occupied

Watch a livestream of the events in Times Square here.

 

Occupy Wall Street Inspires Worldwide Protests

Taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, protesters across the world took to the streets Saturday to demonstrate against the banks and what they say is corporate greed.

Progressive Groups Launch Occupy the Board Room

 

A coalition of progressive organizations are launching a virtual march on big banks to "Occupy the Boardroom" in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The groups created a website,OccupyTheBoardroom.org, that will gather stories from Americans who have been foreclosed upon or had to file for bankruptcy. Occupy the Boardroom will then print out those stories and deliver them to the executives at the huge banks that played such a big role in the financial crisis that has hurt so many Americans.

Today is the biggest action yet – the #OccupyWallStreet Global Day of Action. Today the 99% are joining together to stand up to Wall Street and the 1% who control it. In a world where the 1% prospers obscenely while the rest of us fall behind, we are demanding accountability for their crimes and telling them exactly how their actions have affected our lives.

New Poll: #Occupy Message Twice as Popular as Tea Party

Greg Sargent informs us that not only do most people understand what the Occupy movement is about, the majority of them support it:

Americans favor Occupy Wall Street far more than Tea Party: Despite nonstop GOP and conservative disparagement of the Wall Street protests, the most detailed polling yet on Occupy Wall Street suggests that the public holds a broadly favorable view of the movement — and, crucially, the positions it holds.

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