Assembled on the platform and around it were top union officials and local Democratic Party officials.
John Samuelsen, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100 representing the city’s bus and subway workers, made clear before the rally began that the bureaucracy’s main agenda was to steer the anti-Wall Street protests behind the Democrats and President Barack Obama.
“There may be some criticism of Obama,” he said, “but I think when you look at the Republicans, there’s really no choice.”
Asked if he thought that the young people who have mounted the Occupy Wall Street protests should get behind the Obama reelection campaign, Samuelsen responded, “Yes I do. The alternative spells disaster for the United States of America.”That's disgusting. Know what else is disgusting? Libby Liberal.
Oh my God. Can she just stop already.
She's written two bad articles this week, no surprise.
I always hope she'll get better and click to read her (at Corrente) but she never gets better.
Someone needs to ask her, "Where the hell are the women?"
I am so damn sick of her non-stop, never-ending shout outs to men.
In her latest garbage, the only woman cited is dead (Margaret Mead). She quotes five living man. Does she not understand that, for example, Ava and C.I. go out of their way to avoid critiquing her but it is precisely this s**t that enrages so many women.
I'm sorry she's so stupid.
As C.I. has often noted, "If I don't note women, how can I expect anyone else to? If I don't include women, how can I expect men to?"
It's about using and owning your power. Ava and C.I. use females as reference points in their TV commentaries (most often The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Roseanne or the songs of Carly Simon or Joni Mitchell). Look at their incredible piece from Sunday "TV: The perverts still drool over Shirley Temple." They are not two women trying to get into the male world on a pass.
They are two women who refuse to accept a male defined world that is judged on male standards and takes male to be the norm.
They fight every time to expand the online universe and people's understanding.
So it really pisses a lot of us off to see Libby -- a voice for peace -- go on and on in column after column about this man and that man and this man's movie and this male identified culture reference and that and blah, blah, blah.
C.I.'s a ground breaking woman. When she packs up shop online, she'll be able to look back at what she accomplished online and it's considerable. A piece she and Ava did last month had an immediate effect on NPR or the coverage they did of the sexism at The Nation, that resulted in The Nation going out and hiring women. But outside of the real impact she and Ava have on media, there's the fact that she's been the strong voice for women. And that's why what started with her amazing site The Common Ills went on to spawn 12 more websites -- 7 of which are sites run by women, 1 of which is a group website and 4 of which are sites run by men who identify with and as feminists. C.I.'s the one who put that out there. While others wasted time.
And Libby could be doing that too but won't.
It upsets so many of us. Because, to her credit, Libby does try to tackle big issues. There are a lot of women who don't. And she seems like someone who is smart and funny. But over and over, she keeps accepting the world as it is instead of the world that we need.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: