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"Well Shut My Mouth," Scott Brown Is Told In New Hampshire

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Well, well, well. Looks like former Senator Scott Brown, defeated by Senator Elizabeth Warren in the last Senate elections in Massachusetts has been stirring up quite a controversy in neighboring state, New Hampshire.

Scott Brown, a Massachusetts resident is about to go carpet bagger. He's planning on running for the US Senate but from the Granite State just north of his legal residence.

People move all the time. Some even do it for political reasons, say, Liz Cheney. There's an election for the senate in Wyoming so she decided to carpet bag herself there to run against Mike Enzi. She doesn't stand a chance, but she needed some place to run and her family does have some tangential connection to the state. Her father was a congressman there before he became Vice President and creator of an illegal war. So perhaps an argument can me made for her choice.

But then you get to Scott Brown. He was once the darling of the Senate, a GOP newbie who had star written all over him, until he opened his mouth and Elizabeth Warren slammed it shut. But you can't keep a determined ex-centerfold nude model down for too long. So he's openly stated his interest in running as the GOP candidate against first-term Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). He's going to do it, take my word for it. And if you want to know my record at predictions like this, I called both Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren's runs six months before they each announced. I'm a New England boy, I know these things in my backyard.

You may be wondering how well the Republican golden boy's future announcement is going over? Not well. Not well at all. But the outspoken opponents are not the Democrats who think he's border jumping just to upset the apple cart. Brown's opposition is coming from his own party. And they're mad.

How mad? If I were Scott Brown I'd start wearing a bullet proof, Kevlar vest.

Huffpo reports:

During an interview with conservative podcast Granite Grok's GrokTalk on Saturday, New Hampshire state Rep. J.R. Hoell (R-Merrimack)suggested that it may some day be necessary to use "firearms and ammo" against the government if its policies continue to be shaped by elected officials like former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Yikes, that's pretty scary. There's already too much gun violence, so to start putting out hints that guns and ammo might be necessary is outrageous.

Hoell was discussing plans to protest outside a state GOP fundraiser that is scheduled to feature Brown, who is rumored to be considering a run for one of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate seats. Hoell has characterized Brown as too liberal for the state, and accused him of supporting laws that encroach on the Second Amendment. Hoell then invoked the armed uprisings of the Revolutionary War.

Progressive thinking in New Hampshire does go back to the Revolutionary War and Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. And sadly, that's the last time they had any sort of solid footing alongside contemporary thought or forward thinking. It's been a march backward in time since then.

When asked whether protesters should bring weapons to the rally, Hoell responds: I'm never going to tell a person not to carry a firearm ... I will recommend people carry firearms concealed. Tactically it's a better solution; it doesn't make you out to be a target.

The message needs to get out that Scott Brown does not represent New Hampshire. If things continue the way they are, there may be a day or a time where firearms and ammo are necessary. It happened in the Revolutionary War. I'd like to think we're not there yet, but as things continue to unravel, that may be the next step.

Protestors. Guns. Ammo. Concealed weapons. Targets. Revolutionary War. Firearms. Tactics. New Hampshire. Next step. Does this sound like peaceful discourse to you or a trip back down Memory Lane to 1776?

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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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Video Mid Day Distraction- Bastille Day fireworks in Paris

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The Book Booth: Bastille Day Edition‏

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

Good weekend wishes to you all as we head into Bastille Day! And not is Sunday the celebration of the fall of that dreaded prison, it is also the 101st anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth. And when you throw in that our own SeattleTammy was also born on July 14th, it is, indeed, a remarkable day for revolution and freedom.

Of course The Guardian would list the top ten French Revolution novels. And, yes, Dickens is there. As is Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety, which I read several years ago and liked. And The Scarlet Pimpernel. They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere.

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing finds the greatest stuff. Here is a bookstore in a train car, just outside Paris. And not the same train car that both the French and Germans signed armistice agreements in. H/T to Paddy once again for sending this to me.

Speaking of anniversaries, our good friends at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle have now been open for forty years. If you ever get to Seattle, and you should, it is well worth your time to stop there and peruse the shelves and take in the ambiance.

The movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Enders Game is about to be released amidst a great deal of controversy. Card has been quite vocal in his opposition to gay marriage and the group Geeks Out is calling for a boycott of the film.

Card himself has asked people not to boycott the film, calling the question of gay marriage now moot. And like many conservatives, he tries to turn the tolerance issue on its head. You can read his statement here from Salon.

In more fun book to film news, it seems Slaughterhouse Five may be re-made with Guilliermo del Toro directing and Charlie Kaufman doing the screenplay. I'm a big fan of Kaufman and I think he could be the ideal writer to wrap his skills around Vonnegut.

And it seems that one of our favorite books, Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, has also been adapted for the silver screen and will get an earlier than expected release date.

The quest to find the great American novel continues. The Millions asked nine esteemed critics to choose and explain their choices. An interesting read here, and not just because The Godfather is one of the choices. But that helps.

For those of you that have not much to do this afternoon, you may want to check out Real Simple's list of fifty great books that will change your life. And, no, most of these are not self-help books.

Good news that we suspected but nice to have confirmed! Reading and writing help slow cognitive decline in those of us getting older! The Smithsonian via Salon has the story.

Finally, please enjoy your Bastille Day with Judy Collins singing four songs from the production of Marat/Sade. Happy Birthday to Woody! And a very happy birthday to SeattleTammy and so many more books and years to enjoy.

ED. NOTE- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAMMY!!!

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Video- Jon Stewart "Captured" On Egyptian TV With Bassem Youssef

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This is so great, on so many levels. More about it here.

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Nearly a Third of Americans Believe Armed Revolution Against Government May Be Necessary: Return of the KKK

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Remember this video  from the Rachel Maddow Show? “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!” It's worth another look.

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And with that, here's your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Farleigh Dickinson University conducted a poll released on May 1 that implies that much of the pro-gun sentiment has nothing to do with self-defense, but rather with anti-federal government rage:

Overall, the poll finds that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years [...]

But let's be clear that the willingness to take up firearms allegedly "to protect liberties" is occurring after a long right wing-fomented Tea Party siege against a black president. Furthermore, it is – as BuzzFlash at Truthout has often noted – a rebellion of whites who can't separate the image of America as a Caucasian-ruled nation from the legal basis of a democracy as enshrined in the US Constitution.  Theirs is a racist fantasy that a democracy should look like the skin color of the "founding fathers," not about the legal framework of the nation that they created.

As the demographics of the United States have changed, the white Alamo contingency has come more and more to define the empowerment of a multi-cultural society as the alleged "taking away of their liberties."

What is in their head is a return to guaranteed white sovereignty.  It is the clash of a vision of a white patriarchal society versus the constitutional guarantee of rule by the majority.

It's starting to feel like the US has a solid 1/3 Afrikaner mentality contingent, and the gun has become the symbol of defiance.  Most of them, according to the poll, are in the Republican Party. [...]

So get ready for more militia, NRA, gun guy and survivalist brandishing of firearms on behalf of white supremacy (because that is what it amounts too, only in coded words).

Please read the entire post here.

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