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The [Thursday] Papers

The Obama re-election campaign sent out this e-mail on Wednesday:

Last night, the American Jobs Act was filibustered by Senate Republicans. There was no vote on the actual bill.

But it would have succeeded: the American Jobs Act has at least 51 votes - a clear majority - to pass the Senate. And a new poll shows that 63 percent of Americans support it, too.

Today the President recorded a message he wants you to see, laying out where we go from here in the fight for jobs.

I finally got to it this morning and I thought, Oh yeah, the jobs bill! Remember that?

The next e-mail in my inbox was this one:

This afternoon, day three of the Take Back Chicago Week of Action (Taking Back our Schools), more than 100 people marched through the lobby of Bank of America's headquarters at 135 S. LaSalle to demand that the bank renegotiate its toxic financial deals with Chicago's schools that deprive children of millions of dollars in funding annually. (Background: "Toxic Swaps Deals Sinking Cities")

Has the president ever sounded more irrelevant? The country has tuned you out, sir. You are no longer where the action is.

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Also landing in my inbox: Truthdig's daily links, including an Amy Goodman column titled "A New Bush Era Or A Push Era":

While President Obama has made concession after concession to both the corporate-funded tea party and his Wall Street donors, now that he is again in campaign mode, his progressive critics are being warned not to attack him, as that might aid and abet the Republican bid for the White House.

Enter the 99 percenters. The Occupy Wall Street ranks continue to grow, inspiring more than 1,000 solidarity protests around the country and the globe. After weeks, and one of the largest mass arrests in U.S. history, Obama finally commented: "I think people are frustrated, and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works." But neither he nor his advisers - or the Republicans - know what to do with this burgeoning mass movement.

That both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy movement have occurred on Obama's watch is a tremendously profound indictment of his presidency; his coddling of Wall Street has enraged folks across the spectrum, and to paraphrase Loudon Wainwright III, there's nothing in the middle of the road these days but dead skunks.

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Obama will not win the 2012 election, though the Republicans may certainly lose it. The president, though, is yesterday's news. The followers are now leading.

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Rahm Emanuel released his first budget proposal as mayor on Wednesday. Ho-hum. Maybe they're all becoming less relevant. Here's the rest of that Take Chicago Back e-mail:

At a press conference held on the sidewalk outside the bank, Jackson Potter of the Chicago Teachers Union pointed out that the Los Angeles City Council stood up to such toxic swap deals when it passed the "Responsible Banking Initiative" last year, setting an example that Chicago could follow. The press conference also featured a special education teacher's aide who was recently laid off.

After the press conference, participants in the action marched from the bank to the Chicago Board of Education and taped pieces of paper on the building's wall with the words "I Am a Teacher and I marched today to Take Back Our Schools!"

The march culminated at the Chicago Board of Trade, where the crowd chanted "Banks Got Bailed Out, Schools Got Sold Out."

Despite Bank of America receiving billions of dollars in federal aid to weather the financial crisis, the bank only returns a portion of the money it has taken from the schools, leaving the district in continual financial crisis.

With CPS facing a $700 million deficit and Chicagoans facing cuts to parks, public safety and neighborhood services, renegotiating these toxic deals would step up efforts to help fix the financial crisis that Bank of America and other large financial institutions created.

Renegotiating the swaps would save the schools $5 million immediately and help break the cycle of school budget deficits that have led to record layoffs, ballooning class sizes and program cuts that undermine the education of more than 400,000 school children in Chicago.

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And here's what's on tap for today:

Today's Take Back Our Jobs Day of Action: Struggling Chicagoans Set Up Casino to Protest Financial Industry Gambling in a Series of Actions and Press Conference Calling for Job Creation

Days after thousands of financially struggling families converged outside the Modern Wing of the Art Institute to take back our jobs, homes, and schools, the Take Back Chicago Week of Action is coming to a close with a day of action focused on Taking Back Our Jobs. Hundreds of concerned Chicagoans will protest at a series of locations throughout the city in actions calling for good jobs.

Low-Wage Employer Protests

WHAT: A series of protests at low-wage employers.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Low-wage businesses through the downtown area.

WHY: To send a message - that businesses that fail to pay a living wage hurt our families and hurt our economy.

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Take Back Our Jobs Rally

WHAT: A rally and series of direct actions to take back the jobs that have been lost to the greed of big banks and to corporate welfare.

WHEN: 12 to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Starting at the Chicago Board of Trade at 12 p.m., then moving on to various locations in the Loop to draw attention to big banks and corporations that have received millions in corporate welfare, but failed to create - or save - jobs.

WHY: To demand that rich banks and corporations invest in meaningful job creation and stop unnecessary layoffs.

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Press Conference: Stop the Gambling, Start Investing in Community Jobs

WHAT: A press conference and action on the recently released Community Jobs Fund to put 40,000 unemployed Chicagoans back to work. Speakers include Elizabeth Parisian, researcher and author of the Community Jobs Plan report, a Chicago Political Economy Group economist who helped to shape the jobs plan, Rev. C.J. Hawking with Arise Chicago (speaking on the community needs the jobs plan will address) and an unemployed Chicagoan who would benefit from the plan.

WHEN: 3 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Chicago Board of Trade at Jackson and LaSalle

WHY: To offer a solution to the jobs crisis that puts 40,000 Chicagoans back to work by enacting a negligible $.25 per transaction speculation fee to be paid by the buyer and sellers of the high risk "gambling" transactions that brought on the recession and thrust millions of Americans into poverty and unemployment

VISUALS: An impromptu casino will be set up in a high-traffic area in front of the Board of Trade, to graphically depict how financial institutions wrecked the economy with risky financial transactions that are essentially high-stakes gambling bets.

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Sponsoring organizations:

Action Now | Albany Park Neighborhood Council | Brighton Park Neighborhood Council | Chicago Teachers Union | Chicago Jobs with Justice | Arise Chicago | United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) | Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) | SEIU | Stand Up! Chicago | Grassroots Collaborative | Illinois Hunger Coalition | Chicago Coalition for the Homeless | Lakeview Action Coalition | Northside Power | National Peoples' Action | Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP)

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Maybe the conversation should start with those folks instead of these.

Occupy CNN
"But what about intrepid reporter Anderson Cooper?" reports RT on the lame MSM coverage of the Occupy movement. "He'll surely pitch a tent with the rest, right? After all, he went to Haiti and Japan after their major earthquakes. But alas, he's been too busy with his new daytime talk show, interviewing Paula Abdul and learning how to brush a dog's teeth."

True story. Watch the video.

Why No One Believes The Banks
"Surely no bank would be so reckless as to accept dodgy collateral these days," Jesse Eisenger writes for ProPublica. "It would hold out for something unassailable, like, say, Triple A mortgages on American homes."

Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report
"If Lovie Smith ever slaps you with a glove and calls for a ten-pace showdown, accept his challenge regardless of circumstance," our very own Carl Mohrbacher writes.

Because, as Bears fans know, Lovie rarely wins a challenge.

To wit:

* Smith Not Up To The Challenge

* Lovie Smith's Challenge Backfires

* Lovie Smith's Missing Challenge

* NFL Lockout Comes To An End; Lovie Smith Already Misuses Two Challenge Flags

* "Throwing the challenge flag hasn't done much but cost the Bears timeouts recently."

* Do You Think Lovie Understands The Red Flag Challenge?

* Has Lovie Ever Got A Challenge Right?

* I Challenge The Bears To Take Away Lovie's Red Flag.

* "Every part of this laughingstock seemed to synthesize on that fourth down against the Lions. The Bears couldn't get half a yard on third down, which is bad enough for the drafting and development, not to mention an offensive coordinator who never established a go-to play. But that's nothing compared to what followed.

"The Bears went for it on fourth down at the Lions' 26. They could've kicked a field goal and taken the lead on the road, but no. They were going for it. Except they didn't seem to know they were going for it on fourth down. They lined up, but were running out of time. So, they called timeout. Then they ran a play that got nothing because the sub-sub-sub right tackle got absolutely torched and should've been waived right there.

"But wait. There's more incompetence. The head coach challenged the spot. He lost his challenge and lost his last timeout. The Bears were out of timeouts before they were out of the first quarter."

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Challenging.




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Posted on October 13, 2011


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