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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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6-19-14 Nicole Sandler Show - From Rio with Love...and Balls

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This is the lead banner for Sunday's protest that was gassed by Brazil’s military police. June 15, 2014. (Photo by Dave Zirin)

I am not a soccer fan. That makes me in the distinct minority among the world's population, as most of the planet is is in the throes of fútbol mania as the "FIFA World Cup" is underway in Brazil.

My favorite sports writer, Dave Zirin of The Nation, has been ready for this global event for a while now, as he'd been working on his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy in anticipation of the agony and ecstasy now underway.

His dispatches at The Nation are fascinating and required reading and, as is the case every time I speak with Dave, it was a fascinating conversation that also covered the racist name of the Washington DC NFL team, and the latest news surrounding the calls for the team's owner to change it!

For more background information on FIFA, we turn to John Oliver:

I started the show today with a two-fer of awards for the World's Biggest Asshole.

Award #1 went to former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer who, in a far-reaching profile called "The Gonzo Option" at National Journal, said some pretty unbelievable things!

The first one that got people asking, "Did he really say that?" was this, in response to Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia last week:

"Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

And another, this on the subject of Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein

She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," Schweitzer says of Feinstein, "and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!"

Wow!

For the second day in a row, we had to call out the biggest Dick of 'em all, Cheney. He and his daughter Liz co-penned an op-ed published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal in which the war criminal actually wrote, among other incendiary statements

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.

When asked about it by ABC's Fox correspondent wannabe Jonathan Karl, outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney merely responded by asking

Which president is he talking about?

Hell froze over for a second day in a row, as Megyn Kelly challenged the evil Cheney duo about their self-righteousness in an interview last night

"But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir," Kelly said. "You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.'"

"Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?" she asked.

"No, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan -- Megyn," Cheney responded. "You've got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody's mind about the extent of Saddam's involvement in weapons of mass destruction."

Kelly continued to grill the Cheneys on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. At one point Liz Cheney said that Kelly's line of questioning demonstrated why she and her father formed a nonprofit organization, the Alliance for a Strong America, to combat Obama administration policies they believe undermine American security.

"There's no surprise, frankly, that there are a lot of people now who would like to say let's blame the Bush-Cheney administration for what happened," she said. "That's a pretty routine thing we hear from this administration."

That sound you hear is heads exploding all over Faux News land!

Also on the show today, Amy Simon of She's History with some fabulous pacifist female facts about Jeanette Rankin, Bella Abzug and Barbara Lee.   If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can go see a reading of the new version of the play "She's History"

And we wrapped things up with our weekly NO MORE BULLSHIT MINUTE with Stephen Goldstein, author of The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit.   Today, we discussed the truly bullshit term "Boots on the Ground." It's not boots we're concerned with, it's human lives.

We'll be back tomorrow with the Friday edition of the show, featuring your calls and, from the archives, my interview with Randy Newman, plus performance, from 1999. See you then, radio or not!

 

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The success of the #Occupy movement: "Invisible suffering was made visible" #OWS

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Rebecca Solnit wrote an inspiring op-ed in today's L.A. Times, one I've been waiting for someone to write. If you need a morale boost, please read it in full. Solnit is an author who spent time at Occupy San Francisco, Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street in 2011. A longer version of the op-ed can be found at tomdispatch.com.

In her piece, she traces movements, activist groups, a unique person here and there, and identifies their transformative moments. She identifies milestones and special people who have made a meaningful difference and changed the world because they galvanized others with their mission.

Real change may at first be incremental, halting, and sometimes frustratingly imperceptible to those who aren't really paying attention, but eventually, it takes hold in ways unimagined.

In other words, the efforts can result in achievements that have lasting impact. And that impact can be on the whole wide world, a country, a legislative body, or on the very participants of a movement. And then those participants pay it forward.

[T]he moment that counts is the one where civil society is its own rule, improvising the terms of an ideal society for a day, a month, a season [...]

Almost as soon as Occupy Wall Street appeared in the fall of 2011, the national conversation changed and the brutality and obscenity of Wall Street were suddenly being openly discussed. The suffering of ordinary people crushed by the burden of medical, housing or college debt came out of the shadows.

California passed a homeowner's bill of rights to curtail the viciousness of the banks, and in late 2012, Strike Debt emerged as an Occupy offshoot to address indebtedness in creative and subversive ways. Student debt suddenly became (and remains) a topic of national discussion, and proposals for student loan reform began to gain traction.

Invisible suffering was made visible. And, though Occupy was never primarily about electoral politics, it was nonetheless a significant part of the conversation that got Elizabeth Warren elected senator and prompted a few other politicians to do good things in the cesspit of the capital.

Change often happens when the brutality of the status quo is made visible and therefore intolerable. [...]

Occupy Wall Street allowed those silenced by shame, invisibility or lack of interest from the media to speak up. ... [T]he media and politicians had to change their language to adjust to a series of previously ignored realities.

Part of what gave Occupy its particular beauty was the way the movement defined "we" as the 99%. That phrase (along with that contagious meme "the 1%") entered our language, offering a far more inclusive way of imagining the world.

Occupy is still working behind the scenes. I know this because I communicate regularly with those who are deeply involved, and I see reports of their impressive accomplishments. The tents are now gone, the drums stopped beating... but Occupy's heart didn't.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin bans rallies and demonstrations during Winter Olympics

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I wonder if Pooty-Poot is secretly gay, because he sure doth protesteth way too mucheth.

Oh but I kid President Bigotin. He's actually just a small-minded, mean-spirited, homophobic relic. And he's reinforcing that image by banning all rallies and demonstrations during the Winter Olympics that dare to protest his disgusting anti-gay laws.

Well, to be more precise, he's banning any that take place between January and March. The Olympics are in February.

The Hill:

The Russian government newspaper on Friday published a Putin decree prohibiting “gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” in Sochi between Jan. 7 and March 21.

May there be a sea of rainbow colors be telecast and clearly visible for the world to see during every second of every Olympics activity. And may every gay athlete take home a medal.

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Teen: "Before #Trayvon, we didn't have that kind of feeling of injustice." Plus VIDEO of Tracy Martin.

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Demonstrators are participating in nationwide “Justice for Trayvon” rallies, and as of this writing, despite what you may hear from the trolls among us, the gatherings have been 100% peaceful.

Responding to the trial, Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks had a great piece up last week, “Heartsick and numb over the Zimmerman verdict… George Zimmerman’s paranoia became Trayvon Martin’s crime.”

Today's column was equally insightful and covers a relevant topic that I haven't seen mentioned in depth anywhere else: Teen protesters and how they differ from their protesting predecessors. Their mindset and needs differ from those who marched before them for a number of reasons that she explains beautifully.

They feel they are not being listened to by adults. Banks points out how their civil rights battle is different from previous ones, and how they see don't see Trayvon Martin as "a product of centuries of racial injustice or a cry for policy changes," but for them, this is more of a cultural issue about how they dress and look, about guns, and about being profiled because they are young and black.

She makes it clear that "youths ache for adults to let them speak for themselves."

President Obama said this yesterday:

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African-American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African-American boys are more violent -- using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain...

So -- so folks understand the challenges that exist for African- American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or -- and that context is being denied. And -- and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different. ...

We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?

Sandy Banks takes it from there. Quoting Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who heads the Community Coalition who has worked with hundreds of young people in that education and community program:

"This is not your grandmother's civil rights movement … walking slowly, carrying signs... They don't do things the way we do. And we don't know how to organize or control it."

Banks also quoted Timothy, 16, who has been working with the coalition:

"We see the adults talking for us, and we don't really get a chance to be at the forefront. Then when we do get a chance, it comes out kind of violent, like we saw on Monday night."

The civil rights establishment is going to have to change its tactics and its focus to get this younger generation on board.

"Everybody who was born after the riots, we've never really been through this," Timothy pointed out. "Before Trayvon Martin, we didn't have that kind of feeling of injustice."

Banks ends with this:

They're more concerned with getting guns off the streets than putting Zimmerman on trial again. And they don't need to gather in Leimert Park, when they've got hundreds of like-minded friends as near as the apps on their cellphones.

The people of this country have a lot to learn, but only if they're willing, would pay attention, and would take the time.

Please read the entire article here.

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Video- Fox Promotes Conspiracy Theory That New Black Panthers Were Impetus For Zimmerman Trial

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Honest to dog, can't they think of anything fresh? Does it all have to be retreads? Via MM.

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PhotOH! San Francisco Says "No" to Keystone XL tar sands Pipeline

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Tar Sands Pipelines won’t bring the dirtiest oil on earth TO America, they bring it THROUGH America.

A whole lot of people agree:

Big fat major credit goes to @wizardkitten for these. We are posting them with permission.

Her post is here. Please read it:

Some choice shots from the Forward on Climate Keystone protest in San Francisco that drew over 4,000 today. ... Tens of thousands across America raised their voices in concern.

She also linked to this information at HuffPo:

A Nebraska utility says the new route for a proposed oil pipeline that would carry Canadian crude oil through the state will delay work on electric transmission lines for the pipeline. Nebraska Public Power District officials said they won't be able to build the transmission lines by the deadline TransCanada set for the end of 2014.

NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent said there's no way the transmission lines will be ready by 2015, the Columbus Telegram reported. [...]

Environmentalists oppose the project because they worry the pipeline could contaminate groundwater reserves and threaten ecologically sensitive areas in Nebraska and other states along its 1,700-mile path.

Here's a link to some photos of the DC protest.

And here are more PHOTOS: 35,000 Protesters Demand Immediate Climate Action At ‘Largest Climate Rally In U.S. History’

One argument for the pipeline project is, of course, profit. However, all the money in the world is meaningless if 1) nobody is around to enjoy it, and 2) it's spent on health care that will become increasingly necessary to treat symptoms and diseases resulting from a toxic environment.

The “Earth may be near tipping point.” However, we know why the GOP insists that there’s no climate change. Nevertheless, the GOP insists on pushing a dangerous project like Keystone despite the fact that it would create very few long term jobs, gas prices would increase, dependence on foreign oil would not lessen, and Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go ahead.

This is a potentially catastrophic project, and once in awhile, it would be nice if people trumped profits, if human lives and health concerns trumped corporate interests, and if *real* pro-life attitudes trumped political "pro-life" bull pucky.

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