#OWS Protesters Plan Direct Actions Thursday To “Take Down Wall Street, Subways, Foley Park, and Times Square”; Unions Plan To Shut Down US Bridges (UPDATED- Will Storm Wall Street in Business Suits)

#Occupy activists on Wall Street are going ahead with the much proclaimed International Day of Action threatening to take down Wall Street, subways, Foley Park, and Times Square. The official OWS site encourages other OWS encampments and groups to take similar action. A breakfast on Wall Street, and a luncheon on various key subway platforms. Sounds lovely. BTW, it’s another peaceful event touted as a celebration. The whole world’s watching.

On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!
BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street – 7:00 a.m.

Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It’s time we put an end to Wall Street’s reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.
LUNCH: Occupy The Subways – 3:00 p.m.

We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the “People’s Mic”.

Bronx
Fordham Rd
3rd Ave, 138th Street
163rd and Southern Blvd
161st and River – Yankee Stadium
Brooklyn
Broadway Junction
Borough Hall
301 Grove Street
St Jose Patron Church,185 Suydam St, Bushwick
Queens
Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave.
Jamaica Center/Parsons/Archer
92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights
Manhattan
125th St. A,B,C,D
Union Sq. (Mass student strike)
23rd St and 8th Ave
Staten Island
St. George, Staten Island Ferry Terminal
479 Port Richmond Avenue, Port Richmond

DINNER: Take The Square – 5:00 p.m.

Read More Here from the @OWS Official Site

John E at AoSHQ watched the #occupy “general assembly, last night, and said it was every bit as creepy and bizarre as you’d expect.

The tone on their websites is much more up-twinkly benign occupation talk, but there were multiple calls to “shut down” this or that and to “confront the fascist police forces” in the streets during the assembly (check out the #N17 hash for more). That message appears to be resonating. Like he says, they want to “burn the city to the ground”. When Occupy Wall Street started many on the right were warning Democrats to avoid encouraging or embracing it, not because it was going to end up being a political liability to them, but because it had the potential to spiral out of control. Democrat mayors and politicians are attempting to dial it back, but it may be too late. Within 24 hours, I think we’ll have our answer.

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Meanwhile Obama’s union shock troops  are planning a pro-Obama “Bridge Action Day” – Will Shut Down Bridges & Harass US Workers on Thursday.

Hot Air: OWS Day of Action: Storm Wall Street disguised in … business suits:

So this has been the marketing strategy for Mens Wearhouse all along, huh?

The “day of action” is to begin early, with protesters converging on Wall Street camouflaged in business suits hoping to blend in with office workers trooping out of the subway.

“We will rise from beneath. They can’t stop all of us. It’s going to get crazy,” vowed one organizer. “They took the first shot Tuesday night. [Thursday] we return fire. We will be peaceful, but we will resist.”

The city said it was bracing for tens of thousands of people in the streets.

“The protesters are calling for a massive event aimed at disrupting major parts of the city,” said Howard Wolfson, deputy mayor for governmental affairs. “We will be prepared for that.”

  WABC’s live video feed shows police cordoning off the Wall Street area and providing only limited access today, a task for which they are well rehearsed — and thanks to the loose lips in the Occupy movement, well prepared.

Chances are good that this will be another Occu-FAIL.

See Hot Air for more.

Cross-posted at Moonbattracker

 

Audio: Newt Explains His Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Consultancy on Laura Ingraham Show: “As a former Speaker, I’m a private citizen, and I am allowed to offer strategic advice”

The big news, this morning, via Bloomberg was the fact that Newt Gingrich had scored mega bucks over the course of eight years in a series of consulting contracts for Freddie Mac, earning him as much as $1.8 million.

Ed Morrissey wrote at Hot Air,  “the fact that Gingrich had such a lengthy consulting relationship with such a toxic organization might be enough to turn off Republican voters”:

The Bloomberg account makes it clear that Gingrich never lobbied for Freddie Mac, but the subject of his consultations remains in dispute. Gingrich has stated that he tried to advise Freddie Mac executives to reform their lending practices and advised them on historical problems with loose lending. According to Bloomberg’s sources, in the first few years he provided written support for their initiatives, which they used to argue for support from Congress in the early years of the bubble.

What about later? Bloomberg’s report contains this curious passage about his 2006 contract, which lasted until 2008, just as the bubble popped:

Former Freddie Mac officials familiar with his work in 2006 say Gingrich was asked to build bridges to Capitol Hill Republicans and develop an argument on behalf of the company’s public-private structure that would resonate with conservatives seeking to dismantle it.

He was expected to provide written material that could be circulated among free-market conservatives in Congress and in outside organizations, said two former company executives familiar with Gingrich’s role at the firm. He didn’t produce a white paper or any other document the firm could use on its behalf, they said.

Newt did some damage control on The Laura Ingraham Show, this morning, making the distinction that it was as the former Speaker that he was involved with the company, unlike Frank and Dodd who are still members of Congress.

Partial Transcript:

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Newt Says Gingrich/Cain or Cain/Gingrich Ticket “A Real Possibility”

Newt Gingrich sat down with Newsmax, Tuesday, for an interview in which he stated that a Gingrich/Herman Cain or Cain/Gingrich ticket in 2012 is a “real possibility”.

Asked about a Gingrich-Cain ticket, or a Cain-Gingrich ticket, Gingrich asserted: “I think that’s a real possibility. I think there are other possibilities. There are several very good candidates running for president.” He went on to mention other possible VP candidates including Marco Rubio. He’d say he’d do anything to help defeat Obama.

Other topics covered included the ObamaCare challenge in the Supreme Court, and the super-committee:

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear the challenge to Obama’s healthcare reform bill. Gingrich was asked whether Justice Elena Kagan, who was solicitor general under President Obama, should recuse herself.

“Absolutely,” Gingrich declares. “It is unconscionable that a person who actually advised in the writing of Obamacare will now sit in judgment on what they help write.

“I think clearly Kagan should recuse herself. It’s clearly a conflict of interest, and I think a very bad judicial setting for her to now be rendering judgment on the bill she helped write.”

As to how the high court will rule in the case, Gingrich says: “You never quite know, but my hunch is that they are going to decide that it is unconstitutional to have a mandate” to buy health insurance.

Gingrich also discussed another hot topic: the supercommittee charged with cutting the federal budget deficit.“I think the supercommittee is a very bad idea. You take 535 House and Senate members, you shrink them down to 12. The 12 are handpicked by the political leadership of the two parties so they’re guaranteed to be partisan. You then have too few meetings, no public meetings that matter, you come up with some gigantic bill that you try to ram through using fear tactics. I think it’s a terrible way to govern.“My advice to the supercommittee is: First, reform the Congressional Budget Office, whose bureaucratic models kill innovation and growth. Second, look at really big solutions to modernize the federal bureaucracy.

“Third, look for more revenue, not higher taxes. If you open up more oil and gas exploration, you get more federal revenue. If you open up the land we own in Alaska and Nevada, you get more federal revenue. If you get people back to work, you get reduced costs because they’re not getting food stamps, unemployment, public housing, Medicaid. On the other hand, they are paying taxes.

“There are things they could do that would enable us to have a positive outcome. I don’t see any sign that they’re moving in that direction. I see every sign that it’s kind of a standard partisan bickering, and frankly not a very creative project that’s under way.”

Read the whole thing, and watch the video at Newsmax.com: Newt: Gingrich/Cain Ticket ‘A Real Possibility’ .
The Newt surge continues in a McClatchy-Marist Poll released Tuesday shows Gingrich scores best vs. Obama among voters today.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives is neck and neck with the incumbent president, back just 2 percentage points among registered voters. Obama leads 47 percent to 45 percent.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is next closest, trailing Obama by 4 percentage points. In that matchup, Obama leads 48 percent to 44 percent.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is the third best bet for the Republicans right now, 8 points back from Obama. No other Republican is within single digits of Obama. The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll, coming as Gingrich has surged within the Republican field, could boost Gingrich’s argument that he would be the party’s best voice to debate Obama in the general election.

“He runs better,” said Lee Miringoff, director of Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the national survey. “It’s a closer race with him than with Romney or the others.”

I could live with a Newt candidacy. I’m not leaving any possibilities out, with exception of Ron Paul, who Yid With Lid tells me, really is an anti-Semite.
Like RS McCain, I like Rick Santorum and wish he were doing better in the polls, as I stated not too long ago, here.
For the primaries – anyone but Mitt (and Paul). For the election anyone but Obama. So yeah,  I’d vote for even Mitt or Paul if it came down to that.
UPDATE:
For those of you who have been wondering about this:
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I once thought the Newt/Cain ticket couldn’t happen since both are from GA, but Newt is registered in VA now, I think
Hat tip: Charles B.
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