Archive for June, 2012

DC City Council Budget Hearing on Human Services

DC City Council Budget Hearing on Human Services – Child Care Testimony – March 1, 2012

Gina Rinehart

Get the feeling that she is a little too much James II and too little William III?

Occupy Washington, DC

Mark Steel on the Brittish Queen’s Jubilee

Shorter Mark Steel: Bah, humbug. And frankly, I see his point. I am surprised that he did not mention the unpaid River Pagent workers. Presumably that story emerged after he wrote his post. Of course, slavery has nothing to do with monarchy, a republic can be perfectly happy to steal labor.

So, while we are on the subject of Mark Steel, might as well make a thorough job of it. Take this article about David Cameron’s refusal to enter the Euro. Cameron may be doing the right thing for the wrong reason, but he is still doing the right thing. A fiat currency is a huge plus for the UK and they would be crazy to give it up. If Steel knew anything about Modern Monetary theory, or at least do some occasional reading, he would know better.

To make a complete job of it, lets talk about Mark Steel on Oliver Cromwell. It is an entertaining look at Cromwell, full of all sorts of personal tid bits you don’t get from Christopher Hill. But like most people, and almost all atheists, Steel can’t get his mind around the fact that the whole quarrel was about religion. I think in a post-Jefferson world, where we have wisely agreed to disagree, it is difficult to comprehend that religion could ever have been the central organizing principle of life. Even those of us old enough to live through the civil rights movement, and seen it in action, still have difficulty. But in the 17th Century, organizing your life around your religious beliefs was as natural as breathing.

Readers of this blog know that I am no fan of Charles I, but Oliver Cromwell is why British Monarchy survives. The revolt against Charles I started over abuse of power that the power to tax. But when Cromwell seized power with Pride’s Purge he began an era of arbitrary rule that Charles I could have only dreamed of. Instead of setting up a committee to write a constitution to establish a permanent Republic, Cromwell simply set up shop as a military dictator. So, after his death it was only natural that the British reverted to the monarchy, and why they remain monarchist to this day. Cromwell botched the best chance to dump monarchy.


Bill Clinton and Tom Barrett – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Complete Speech

Bill Clinton and Tom Barrett – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Complete Speech

Former President Bill Clinton and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaking at Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 06/01/2012.

Hands off Deborah Harris’ home

UPDATE: Dawn Butler’s Eviction #oohdc #occupydc


Occupy Our Homes

Monday, June 4, 2012
12:00pm in EDT

Freddie Mac 325 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

After 23 years of saving lives as a Paramedic EMT with the DC Fire Department, and then getting seriously injured on the job, Deborah Harris just wants to have a quiet retirement. After her injury and surgery, Ms. Harris got behind on her mortgage, and JP Morgan Chase bank moved quickly to foreclosure, auctioning her home to Freddie Mac in Dec. ’09.

In 2011, Deborah stood her ground and fought back but Chase continued to ignore her so Freddie Mac went on requesting that the court evict her.

On June 4th at 12pm, Deborah, Occupy Our Homes DC and other supporters of Deborah Harris will rally at Freddie Mac to demand that they desist in their eviction efforts and for JP Morgan Chase to give Deborah a loan modification that will allow her to stay in her home. We will not accept these two institutions blaming the other one and letting Ms. Harris take the consequences. BANKS DON’T NEED HOUSES, PEOPLE DO

Please sign the petition to keep Deborah in her home:

Contact us at if you want to get involved or have any questions.