Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Phone Transcript / Santorum Campaign Donor Revealed!

Exclusive [sarc] by Gabrielle Price

Partial phone transcript from one of Santorum's donors 
after this 2008 recorded speech flooded the internet the week of 02/12/12:
[Transcript below]


[Campaign staffer's name withheld for her protection.  Only half of the conversation was recorded, but we thought it worth sharing.
You heard it here first.]
 
"Hello, Rick Santorum's office? 
I have a message for Mr. Santorum. 
Yes.
I'm with the ACME straight-jacket company...uh huh...seems there was a mix-up, um, miscommunication about the campaign funds we allotted.
Well, ACME management decided they already have enough models for one party...[inaudible] but if he would please come in for a fitting, then we
could avoid the company asking for a refund.
Yes, I understand Mr. Santorum doesn't want bad press, but he has an obligation.
 Correct, they skipped over him before as we were busy fitting Mr. Romney and Mr. Gingrich took longer to make, as you can imagine.
Yes, Mitt is very tall.
We didn't realize Mr. Santorum would still be in the running and do understand Mr. Santorum is busy bringing crazy back - but ACME would like to get our money's worth from the campaign fund checks that were already cashed.
I see.
What's that?  Yes, they do come in different sizes but many must be
custom fitted, as with Mr. Gingrich.
Wait, I have an idea...[inaudible] put you on hold?
Thank you.
[Gnarls Barkley - 'Crazy' - on muzak]
Thanks for holding, [name withheld].  I spoke with management.
They mentioned that Mr. Santorum may be the same size as Mr. Perry and since there are time constraints, we could send that jacket over if there wasn't time for Mr. Santorum to come in for a fitting. 
 What's his jacket size?
Thank you, this should work nicely.
Mr. Perry? No, we didn't donate to his campaign, he just showed up
for a fitting.
Yes, that is pretty crazy.
Management told us to hang on to it in case we needed it, since Perry won't be back.
Not a problem.  Can I ship it to your attention?
Wonderful, thank you.
What's that? Mr. Paul? No, he wouldn't take a donation.
Well, between you and me, him wearing anything solid white is a bad move.
Sorry? 
Oh, yes! Actually, we are hiring! 
Business is great!
There is a lot of job security in this line of work, currently.
ACME is always looking for intelligent people who can spot crazy.
So your work with the Santorum campaign will look great on paper here.
Let me get a pen.
I'll give your name to our PR, [name withheld].
Sorry?  Oh, good question.
If Santorum doesn't win the next primary, you can ship the jacket back here.
We never know who else will jump into the race or show up for a fitting.
Well, I don't like to gossip but Palin and Trump?
Yes, like I said, we are very busy!
Nice talking to you, too.

Have a great day!
[end transcript]

[/sarc]

Public Service Announcement / Leonard Cohen

Monday, February 20, 2012

Global Bank Rat Resignations

by Gabrielle Price


February has been a busy month for jumping ship.  The time for rearranging deck chairs is coming to an end -- are you prepared?



1) Feb. 6, 2012 / Bank of India CEO Chaturvedi resigns

2) Feb. 10, 2012 / Tamilnad Mercantile Bank CEO resigns

3) Feb. 13, 2012 / Kuwait Central Bank CEO resigns

4) Feb. 15, 2012 / World Bank CEO Zoellick resigns

http://business.time.com/2012/02/15/...llick-resigns/

5) Feb. 15, 2012 / Anz Bank CFO Australia resigns

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/anz...fle-2012-02-15

6) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nicaraqua Central Bank Pres Rosales resigns

7) Feb. 15, 2012 / Royal Bank of Scotland Austrailin CEO Stephen Williams resigns

8) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nova Kreditna Banka Maribo CEO resigns

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...s-resigns.html

9) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nova Ljubljanska Banka CEO resigns

10) Feb. 17, 2012 / Credit Suisse Chief Joseph Tan resigns

http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...n-resigns.html

11) Feb. 18, 2012 / GERMAN PRESIDENT Christian Ruff resigns

12) Feb. 18, 2012 / GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Blankenfein Asked to resign, says No.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Two Updates and a MIC CHECK

With spring fast approaching and a lot of plans to be made, much of what I've been doing here over the winter has been to forge connections with my fellow occupiers-in-arms, the folks on the street, the citizen media and other writers and activists who have made this movement such a joy to witness...even when there is sadness and setback...they are there to help keep discussion alive and well and focused. 

That is what community is about. And that's what democracy looks like...in case anyone has forgotten.

I'm still working on the documentary film from the December Occupy Fear and Loathing Media Tour, which has been an interesting leap into the unknown territory of editing, not to mention a lot of writing to go along with it.  The news feeds are fast and furious and sometimes draining and breaks must be taken to recharge the soul.

One great recharge was a recent re-release of the online report that started the amazing occupy journey, and which coined the meme, the 99%, has been made available in book form with added information since Sept. 17th to now.  I was honored to be asked to contribute to this book as a commentator, along with many others who have long been admired by this writer/activist and mother.

Mama is just getting warmed up...

Yesterday, I was interviewed by a wonderful woman who works on a news show specifically for Occupy, which airs in many countries [not much here in the US, since we're only supposed to hear the spin] but this show reaches millions of viewers who watch with great anticipation what the occupy movement will accomplish here.  The world is looking to us to be that bright light.  Not our government - but the people!  You'll be hearing more about this show going into March.


Our new logo is being made now, too -- I can't wait for you to see it.

So much of American culture is loved by many [not particularly our current culture - oh no, that bar is too low] but the gritty westerns, the soulful music and the rock 'n roll, the incredible artistry of telling stories of determination, humor, creative genius, honorable journalism and hard truth delivered with care.

Do you remember?  It's the America I know and love, too -- and miss like hell.  I visit it a lot online because it doesn't exist on the television or the radio anymore.  And it's exactly why I do what I do and why my blog reflects a different time...full of ingenuity.  The current corporate culture bores me silly because it kills creativity - so I want to be part of helping to create a new one.

There are people not unlike you or me in other countries who love our country's creative spirit, too.  Many are struggling far more than we are -- but not for long unless we DO SOMETHING CREATIVE.  The people of the world want Democracy because they have never tasted it.  Here we are the supposed beacon of it, so we better shine -- we damn well better flame -- if we don't want to lose that precious thing that the world needs.

NOT what our government is selling.  

It is time to dust our cowboy boots, get up off the couch and let's rock some Democracy like an encore.  Intermission is over and we may not have another shot at this.

In order to embrace opportunities and continue to manifest more of them, I need your help to sustain The Refreshment Center.  

I have had numerous offers of assistance, talent and suggestions, as well as space provided to me -- only to see work waylaid by personal [or political] agendas, negativity and short-sightedness.  As much as we all complain about our government, we are still relatively free to speak, write, create and push back.  Maybe you feel you can't because of your family, employer, spouse or even your church -- but I CAN.  

I want to do that for you because I am in a unique position to do so. 

I do not work for a party, a candidate, the status quo or the 9-to-5 matrix -- I am giving this my last, best shot.  Sponsor a strong voice and keep it steady moving forward.

Opportunity is knocking and so let's all swing that door wide open together.  I'm not ready to close the blinds, are you?  I've got boots for hire and they are ready to kick some ass for democracy and freedom.

This Chip-In is open-ended as far as an amount.  I'm not going to put a cap on my worth or your generosity.  Give what you can until the deadline.  [May 1st - I found it appropriate since it is globally recognized as 'International Worker's Day' - which IS the 99%]. 

Spring is on it's way...let's make it one the world will never forget.

Rockin' for a free world ~ Gabrielle
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