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  • [Article 3887]Get Rid of Corporate Rule! Direct TV Parody Compilation

    Get rid of corporate rule!

    The full campaign spoofing the Direct TV commercials, produced by Acronym TV for Move To Amend. All six spots, each about 30 seconds, are included here in this single video. 

    Written by Lee Camp and Dennis Trainor, Jr, and Directed by Trainor, these spots aim to hijack a popular meme to shine a seriously unserious light on the issues of corporate personhood and money as free speech. 

    Move to Amend is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

    We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

    Over 300,00 people have signed the Move To Amend statement that states:
    We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. 

    Links to each video as a stand-alone piece are below. We encourage you to share these far and wide.

    Move To Amend, Direct TV Parody Campaign:
    Don’t Be A Naked Hulk http://bit.ly/1eMqmeQ
    Don’t Do Interpretive Street Corner Dance http://bit.ly/IKi65g
    Don’t Miss The Supermodel Love Letter http://bit.ly/19fbNwm
    Don’t Get Ducked Taped To A Chair In The Yardhttp://bit.ly/1g3IG7b
    Don’t Do Cats http://bit.ly/1bdJL8P
    Don’t Be A Loser With No One At Your Birthdayhttp://bit.ly/18YCOI2

    Move To Amend’s Direct TV Parody Compilation
    Written by Lee Camp and Dennis Trainor, Jr
    Directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
    Editing, graphics, keying and color correction by AJ Russo
    Associate Producer Christopher Webb
    Costumes Lara de Bruijn

    Corporate personhood, Supreme court, Super Bowl Ad, Super Bowl parody ad, Super Bowl spoof commercial, Douche waffle, Douche Waffles, Money free speech, corporations are not people, corporate personhood, Lee camp, Dennis Trainor Jr, Acronym TV, parody, satire, comedy, spoof, Direct TV, Move To Amend, Amend the constitution, Legalize Democracy, End Corporate Rule.

  • [Article 3865]Obama Continues to Kick Ass as POTUS: U.S. Says Navy SEAL Team Captures Shabab Leader in Somalia

    From the NYTimes:

    A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility.

    The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago.

    The Shabab leader was believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEALS were forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.

    Read more here.

  • [Article 3860]Quash the Teabaggers! Reclaim America!

    The following is from Congresswoman Robin Kelly:

    This morning at 12:01am, Congressional Republicans shut down the government.

    Millions of Americans are going to suffer — seniors, veterans, students, businesses, and workers — while those responsible for the shutdown get paid.

    Democrats in Congress need to hear that the public is on their side in this fight and we need them to stand strong.

    Click here to call Rep. Robin Kelly and tell her to stand strong against Tea Party demands.

    This shutdown will end in one of two ways:

    1. Democrats will cave and cut vital programs like Social Security or
    2. Republicans will cave to immense public pressure. 

    Flooding Democrats’ offices with phone calls will make sure it’s not option 1. We’re also running online ads targeting Republican Speaker John Boehner to make sure he feels extra pressure back home. 

    Can you call Rep. Kelly and tell her that the American people need Democrats to stand strong? Click here.

    Thanks for being a bold progressive. 

    From Turning Left:

    Thank you, thank you all, for being bold progressives!

    Stay true, and reclaim America from the Tea Baggers!

  • [Article 3851]Oak Park Plays Annual Shell Game with Property Taxes

    Here’s the “big news” from Oak Park:

    Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved rebating a portion of the village’s property tax paid by homeowners this year.

    A total of $2.2 million is being earmarked for the program, with applications being accepted this fall. Postcards with application instructions will go out in late October or early November.

    Read more here

    Okay, here’s my problem with this.

    Rebating $2.2 million means that Oak Park levied $2.2 million too much.

    OR, let’s assume for the moment that they were levying exactly what they thought they would need, even on a conservative estimate.

    Why? why?

    Why not use the current $2.2 million surplus to “buy down” the levy for next year, so Oak Park residents don’t have to pay so much out-of-pocket, and then wait so long for this so-called “rebate?”

    That’s what Park Forest, and other wise municipalities, do, year after year after year after year.

    Sending a “tax rebate” and then levying more than you need, so that you can send a “tax rebate,” well, that’s just bad politics and a dishonest shell game.

    If you aske me.

  • [Article 3842]I Don’t Trust the Government with All This


    This has been going on for quite some time.

    I don’t trust the government with all this.

    Not. At. All.

    From the New York Times:

    The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

    The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.

    Read more here.

  • [Article 3831]Suffer the Soccer Children: Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta is a Real Piece of Work

    Village of Crestwood
    First the water, now the vindictive mayor.

    It wasn’t too long ago we were all saying, "If you go to Crestwood, don’t drink the water."


    "If you go to Crestwood, beware the mayor."

    Especially if you play soccer.

    Play soccer in a league that has been in existence for more than 40 years.

    A league that is its own not-for-profit (NPF).

    Do you get that?

    An independent corporation.

    In existence for more than 40 years.

    Feel so, so very sorry for this Illinois village, stuck with a mayor hell-bent on stepping on children for political gain, clawing his way to the headlines, making a name for himself as a perpetrator of political vendetta.

    The mayor wants to see the books.

    The mayor wants a cut of the pie.

    The mayor has a political vendetta.

    Suffer the children.

    Here’s some background from Phil Kadner’s recent contribution to the Southtown Star, Kadner: Mayor picks fight with soccer club.

    I like and enjoy reading Phil Kadner. Please make a point of reading him.

    Ahem. Yes. The background, from Phil Kadner:

    At issue are the soccer fields just south of 138th Street and Lavergne Avenue, which are on ComEd land overlooked by high-tension towers.

    According to soccer club board members, 32 years ago former Mayor Chester Stranczek agreed to let the club use the property rent-free after the village signed an agreement with the utility company for use of its easement.

    Volunteers with the soccer club leveled the land by hand, raised money to construct a $22,000 fence and gate, more money to buy soccer goals and an additional $13,000 to build a garage to house equipment.

    The village cuts the grass on the field. But, for 20 years, the field has been in use by the not-for-profit Crestwood Soccer Club, composed of "more than 500 children signed up for its fall season; about 70 percent Crestwood residents and the rest from the surrounding suburbs," according to Kadner.

    Seventy percent is an amazing figure for a club, and political suicide for anyone to mess with. Especially a 20-year agreement.

    But why should that stop Lou Presta?

    There are 40 recreation teams and five travel teams in the club.

    That’s amazing.

    So why, pray tell, is the mayor, Louis Presta, messing with this fine organization, and the 500+ children (70% from Crestwood) who are members?

    First, Crestwood Trustee John Toscas is president of the not-for-profit (NFP) Soccer Club.

    And Toscas, it appears, is not a strong-enough supporter of the mayor.

    The proposed solution?

    Again, from Phil Kadner:

    A proposed village ordinance would create a new seven-member parks commission appointed by the mayor, and create a new position of director of parks and recreation.

    Presta told me the position would be filled by a current village employee at no increase in salary.

    But the ordinance says compensation for the director “shall be established by the board of trustees annually.”

    Get this straight.

    Crestwood does not own the land. ComEd owns the land. Kids play under high tension wires. ComEd leases the land to Crestwood.

    Now Presta wants to call that land a park.

    A village park.

    Even though Crestwood does not own the land.

    And there’s more, and it’s about money:

    Not only that, Presta indicated he wants the soccer club to share the money it raises with the rest of the village’s recreational programs.

    “Some recreation programs make money and some don’t,” Presta said. “I believe the money should be spread around so that those that make money can help support those that don’t to provide opportunities to everyone.

    Of course. So this private corporation must now open its books to the village.

    And pay, pay, pay.

    Because Lou Presta, mayor of Crestwood, is a real piece of work.

    A real, real piece of work.

    Please read Phil Kadner’s entire column here.