What to Wear to the Revolution October 6, 2011Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics.
Tags: Keith Olbermann, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park
We (my sister and I) decided it was time to go downtown and see what the Occupy Wall Street Protest was all about. So, decked out in the usual protest gear (jeans and a black turtleneck), traveling light (just in case we got arrested), smiles on our faces, we hit the streets. My first impression was that tiny Zuccotti Park looked like a street fair that had just broken up. Cartons everywhere, tables of food in no particular order, and the oh so gentle smell of marijuana in the air. It was generally a sloppy, disorganized mess, and seemed to be filled with rag tag characters out of a 70’s hippie movie.
We wandered around for about an hour, criss crossing the small park. We read all of the posters, spoke with a few people and generally felt a cheeriness throughout the air despite the gloomy signs and ocassional creepy outfits. We saw people getting free haircuts. They asked me, or I thought they asked me, if I wanted a muppet? A muppet? I said. They laughed and laughed. No they wanted to know if I would like a mullet! Then we all laughed heartily.
We spoke at length with a guy who had a scary beef with Johnson & Johnson. Really serious accusations about attempted murder, etc. Being J&J shareholders, we did not like what we heard. Oy!
The street was theater and felt like performance art.
Then again, was it the beginning of a movement? We donated some money here and there and hoped against hope that this was, indeed, the start of something big.
The Left needs to lift its voice and get its air time back from the Right.
Did we get arrested? No we did not. In all my years of placard carrying, bra burning, women’s rights, war protesting and then some – I have never even gotten close to being arrested and today was not going to be my first arrest.
When I got home after 8 PM there were a couple of voice messages from my dear friend Carol and her husband Matt, the Police Officer. Did I get arrested? Why wasn’t I home? Worry, worry, worry. When I phoned them back I realized that I had failed to tell them that after the Protest we went up to the Museum of Modern Art to see the DeKooning show and then went to The Paley Center for Media to hear Susan Orlean speak about her new book on Rin Tin Tin. For some reason, Carol and Matt found this incredibly funny. What?
Keepin’ the faith….
Zoos and Bold Faced Names February 15, 2010Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Photography, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: Benny the dog, Central Park Zoo, Daily Kos, Gus and Ida the Polar Bears, Keith Olbermann, Markos Moulitsas, Oakland Zoo
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Zoos are a great place for spotting bold faced names. Having been a volunteer at the Central Park Zoo for over 20 years I can attest to that fact. There is an anonymity about a zoo that works for a celebrity because most of the people are looking at the animals and not at the other zoo visitors.
Anyway, while out walking my dog, Benny around 7PM last night I missed a phone call from my nephew in-law. (Anyone know what you actually call a guy who is married to one’s niece)? It was Mike, excitedly calling from his car on the way home from the Oakland Zoo, that he just e-mailed me a photo of someone he met at the zoo. I immediately opened my trusty MacBook Pro to find the above photo of Mike smiling along with Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos.
MIke told me when I phoned that the family, after completing their Zoo visit, was taking advantage of the kiddy rides directly adjacent to the zoo, when he spotted what he thought was someone he knew. After a closer inspection he realized in was Markos Moulitsas and uncharacteristically approached him. He acknowledged the fact that it, indeed, was the Daily Kos guy, and Mike’s sister, Jen took this photo. Mike, his sister Jen and I are big fans of Markos. Very, very cool.
FYI – Markos used to be a Republican but changed his allegiance after a stint in the army.
My own favorite Zoo happenstance was a few years ago when I spotted a scruffy looking Keith Olbermann and his lady friend by the polar bear habitat. I took a photo through the glass at the other side of the exhibit and then approached them. We had a long chit chat about our polar bears, Gus and ida, and then I told him I was a BIG fan and thanked him for his work.
Joy on K Street January 22, 2010Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: Alan Grayson, Barney Frank, Jonathan Turley, K Street, Keith Olbermann, Supreme Court
You cannot underestimate the staggering blow to democracy that was accomplished by the conservative side of the Un-Supreme Court yesterday. Their 5 to 4 decision to grant corporations a new and uber-powerful status will change everything that you know and love/hate about our political process. The Roberts Court has granted corporations the same status as ‘people’ and therefore has First Amendment privileges. Corporations can now, without limits, abort the democratic process by throwing as much money as they want in support of or against candidates that do not do their bidding. Watch out for those now joyful lobbyists on K Street who will threaten any politician that does not do their bidding. They can outspend, outwit and outlast any candidate’s pocket.
– Alan Grayson of Florida has already floated five bills to help thwart this insane decision and you can go to his new website, savedemocracy.net and sign the petition to ‘Save Our Democracy.’ I did. Barney Frank intends to also try to put some roadblocks in the way of these corporations.
– Keith Olbermann goes a bit far with his opinion but it is worth watching. Be afraid — be very afraid.
– Here is Keith speaking with Jonathan Turley on the subject. I did not agree with Turley and his ‘free speech’ advocacy, but thought you should listen:
Eyes on the Prize October 11, 2009Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: Al Gore, Alan Grayson, Andrew Sullivan, Keith Olbermann, Maureen Dowd, Nobel Peace Prize, polar bear, Rachel Maddow
What is wrong with so many people? Why can’t we all be proud (even for just a short while) that our young President won the biggest prize of all – the Nobel Peace Prize. I did not expect the virulent Right to say anything positive about this honor (although I never can figure out what crazy shit will actually come out of their collective mouths). However, I was a bit taken aback by the Left side of the spectrum. The man has been in office for only eight months. Did you think he was going to give you everything you wanted in those first few days? Weeks? Months? Or even years? Were you listening to his campaign speeches? Or were you simply so excited that we were finally getting rid of the Bush thugs that your thoughts were clouded.
True, I have been horrified by some of the previous Nobel Peace Prize winners. Often the committee awards the Prize as encouragement for positive steps even if the end goal has yet to be reached. For instance, Yassir Arafat‘s prize made my blood boil and no one was surprised to see that he proceeded to back out of the Middle East Peace ideas, take all the money and run. My ire still enrages at the Peace Prize award that was given to Henry (top of my war criminal list) Kissinger, during the Vietnam War. President Obama has created a new international climate, the committee declared, and the world cheers that effort. Insulated Americans, have no idea how horrified most of the rest of the civilized world has been by the thuggish, brutal, go it alone approach of the Bush Administration. Obama’s international efforts to start speaking through diplomatic channels to undo those wrongs cannot be taken lightly. Or, maybe they awarded the prize to Obama simply because he can pronounce the word ‘nuclear’ correctly.
Here is an alphabetical listing of all previous Nobel Peace Prize winners. Check out who you hate on this list.
Andrew Sullivan chimes in with some interesting thoughts about the prize. “I don’t think Americans fully absorbed the depths to which this country’s reputation had sunk under the Cheney era. That’s understandable. And so they also haven’t fully absorbed the turn-around in the world’s view of America that Obama and the American people have accomplished. Of course, this has yet to bear real fruit. But you can begin to see how it could; and I hope more see both the peaceful intentions and the steely resolve of this man to persevere. This president has done a huge amount to bring race relations in this country to a different place, which is why the far right has become so vicious in attacking him and lying about him. They know he threatens their politics of division and rule. He has also directly addressed the Muslim world, telling some hard truths, and played a small role in evoking a similar movement of hope and change in Iran, and finally told the Israelis to stop cutting their nose off to spite their face.”
I must say when I heard the news early on Friday morning that Obama had won the prize, an audible gasp could be heard throughout Casa Lobo. Little Benny the dog, came over to see if my gasp involved a treat for him. Madison, the cat – yawned. I was torn between racing thoughts about the prize and watching NASATV as we were about to bomb the moon in our search for water moon sources. I thought that the decision by the Olympic Committee to choose Rio over Chicago now probably seemed like a ‘who cares.’ I thought that Bill Clinton is probably blowing a fuse about not being chosen for the Nobel Peace prize. In fact, Maureen Dowd has one of her funny columns today about a fictional conversation between ‘W’ and Bubba. A fun read.
So, I say, bravo to President Obama. Perhaps this Prize will elevate his goals even higher. Nuclear disarmament is a fine goal, as is peace between arch enemies. Did anyone ever think that Northern Ireland would get over ‘the troubles?’ This President was handed a fine mess on every front. It couldn’t hurt to try to support his International efforts, could it? How about let us all sit back and congratulate the President on this encouraging award. We can always go back to criticizing him next week.
– If you want to follow Keith Olbermann‘s lead and donate to the National Association of Free Clinics here is the website. I have donated, how about you?
You can make your tax deductible online donation to the National Association of Free Clinics by mailing a check directly to them at:
The National Association of Free Clinics
1800 Diagonal Road Suite 600
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– Rachel Maddow Goes After Idiot Republican Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert
– My new favorite Congressman of the week is Alan ‘I’m not apoligizing’ Grayson:
– Former vice president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is calling President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win extremely well deserved and an honor for the country. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.
– And you must watch this:
What’s the matter with Kansas? June 2, 2009Posted by judylobo in Politics, Religion, Videos.
Tags: Frank Schaeffer, Keith Olbermann, Naral, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Choice, Rachel Maddow
What’s the matter with Kansas and the other 24 states that have allowed the conservative religious nuts of this country to hi-jack a woman’s right to choose? The availability of information, education and access has eroded in the last 20 years to such an extent that in many states a woman’s right to choose barely exits. This is my hot button issue. Yes, I rant about loads of stuff but this right was too hard to obtain and it makes me crazy to see it appear and disappear in my own lifetime. I am old enough to remember the wire hangers, the secret flights to Puerto Rico of friends who had the money and support of parents to get an abortion without fearing for their own lives. I remember the advent of the birth control pill and the freedom that one fabulous day was available to us young women. It was a great day, a great time and we thought we had it all. Fast forward forty years and it is drip, dripping away. The combination of religious nuts and their soul saving bullshit and the real issue, which is the quest to keep women down, the permanent underclass and as they used to say ‘barefoot and pregnant’ is knocking at our door. The door is closed on my uterus days but I fear for all of my younger sisters out there whose very lives depend on the ability to Choose. What can you do? You can put your money where your mouth is and double your support for Planned Parenthood and NARAL. I know I will.
– Rachel gives a fine background history of what is going on now in the under-served States that lack Choice on last night’s program. Very informative table pounding stuff.
– How did this all happen? Rachel’s guest, former Right-To-Lifer Frank Schaeffer tries to explain.
– Randall Terry needs a muzzle. His comments on the murder of Dr. George Tiller make me sick:
– Keith Olbermann had another idea as to how to quiet the right wing nuts jobs. He suggests that it was Fox News – by emphasizing the phrase “Tiller the Baby Killer,” for example – that instigated the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller. With that, he says an advertiser boycott isn’t enough of a solution, but rather to “quarantine” Fox News by encouraging people to tell others not to watch. In that regard, he has even volunteered to retire his Lou Grant-esque caricature of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
Dueling Banjos May 22, 2009Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Videos.
Tags: Dick Cheney, ducks, Indefinite Detention, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow
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Yesterday was a media frenzy. The hype about Obama v Cheney was everywhere. The talking heads were frothing at the mouth. Two visions of our current world. Of course one of the visions is our Presidents world view and the other vision is the diabolical one that started all of the problems that we are now in and belongs in a straight jacket or locked up in one of those maximum security prisons. I certainly do not agree with everything Obama is doing but I do trust him. I believe he understands the sanctity of our Constitution (except for that unsettling part about ‘indefinite detention’) and is doing his best to attempt to unravel the mess that he found when he moved into the Oval Office. The other guy needs to be stifled and perhaps thrown inside his man-sized safe. The combination to this safe should be lost. The New York Times addresses this issue on its editorial page today. “For seven years, President George W. Bush tried to frighten the American public — and successfully cowed Congress — with bullying and disinformation. On Thursday, President Obama told the truth. It was a moment of political courage that will make this country safer. Mr. Obama was exactly right when he said Americans do not have to choose between security and their democratic values. By denying those values, the Bush team fed the furies of anti-Americanism, strengthened our enemies and made the nation more vulnerable”.
– For those of you that like your news in snippets, here are the dueling speeches in 100 seconds:
– Here is Rachel’s take on the most troubling issue of Obama’s speech (Indefinite detention?) Are the thought police coming to get you too?
– Here is the entire Obama 50 minute speech. The President speaks at length on how American values and security are intertwined, touching on issues from closing Guantanamo to State Secrets.
– Here is Keith Olbermann’s rapid special commentary about Dick Cheney:
– And here is that requisite feel good conclusion: