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Excerpt: "Michael Bloomberg, you have now, indeed, become the symbol of the Occupy movement. You are ready to take your historic place with Mayor Daley and Governor Wallace and Senator McCarthy and Prime Minister Grenville and every other idiot who has made the fateful and fatal mistake of thinking that - just because he had power and money - that this was a nation in which everything has a price tag on it."

Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' on Current TV, 06/02/11. (photo:
Keith Olbermann's 'Countdown' on Current TV, 06/02/11. (photo:

Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

By Keith Olbermann, Countdown/Current TV

17 November 11

Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns

EITH OLBERMANN: First, as promised, a special comment on the events of Monday night at Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park:

For the entirety of the life of our nation, democracy has been protected -- not merely by the strenuous efforts of those of us who cherish it, but mostly, and most profoundly, by the limitless stupidity of those who would ration it, keep it for themselves and themselves alone, or destroy it.

The protests that ended the war in Vietnam reached critical mass only in 1970, when Governor James Rhodes of Ohio pounded on a desk at a news conference and called the student protesters at Kent State University un-American. They were not un-American, they were unarmed. And the next day, four were shot and killed by the National Guard and 10 days later, two more were killed at Jackson State.

Those protests had themselves only gone mainstream 20 months earlier, when Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago overreacted with mindlessness and sadism to the massing of demonstrators outside the 1968 Democratic convention and the whole world watched.

A century of the institutionalized, codified, legalized, pseudo-slavery that followed the real thing was fatally stricken only Governor George Wallace of Alabama used his inaugural address to promise, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." Within two years came the marches on Selma and the atrocities at the Edmund Pettus Bridge. And ten weeks after the first violence, the president had proposed the Voting Rights Act to Congress.

The mounting paranoia of three decades of scapegoating of -- and fear mongering about -- liberals, only ended when its last white knight self-destructed on the national stage of televised hearings, when Joe McCarthy questioned the loyalty of the US military and -- towards one junior attorney -- he revealed the depths of his cruelty and megalomania. And he revealed that -- at long last -- he, indeed, had no shame.

Pick any moment in our history -- our history as a country founded by and invigorated by and re-invigorated by protests -- and you will find men like George Wallace and Joe McCarthy and Jim Rhodes and Richard Daley. Go back further -- to men like the owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company or the officials who sent the police to the Haymarket Square and the troops to the Pullman town or John Brown or George Grenville, the British politician who had a bright idea about the American colonies, an idea called the Stamp Act.

American freedom has not flourished in spite of these morons of history, it has flourished because of them -- because they overreacted, because they under-thought, overreached, under-understood. We owe them our traditions of protest. We owe them our freedoms. We owe them our very independence. None of them ever understood that -- around these parts anyway -- suppression always creates the opposite of the effect desired.

Such a man is Michael Rubens Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and -- as of today -- the most valuable, the most essential, the most irreplaceable man inside the Occupy movement.

Who else but a cliché like Bloomberg could take a protest beginning to grow a little stale around the edges and vault it back in the headlines, complete with mortifying scenes of police dressed as storm troopers, carrying military weapons, using figurative bazookas to kill figurative mosquitoes?

Who else but an archetype like Bloomberg could claim a group of protesters was making too much noise in a residential area and then choose to try to disperse them by bringing out LRAD audio cannons, machines that send painful waves of sound indiscriminately over the very same residential area?

Who else but a cartoon like Bloomberg could have become rich creating a multi-billion-dollar media and news company and then authorize illegally preventing reporters from witnessing police actions he claimed were utterly legal, and then authorize the arrests of four reporters at a church?

Who else but a human platitude like Bloomberg could have just gotten back from Jerusalem -- and the dedication of a ten-million-dollar medical facility for which he generously paid -- and then enabled the image of policemen seizing 5,500 books from the Occupy Wall Street library, and throwing them in a Dumpster as if the cops were book burners?

Who else but a hypocrite like Bloomberg could have overridden -- by a backroom deal with the New York City Council -- the results of two separate referendums, limiting those in his office to just two terms as mayor, so he could serve a third term? And then had police arrest, beat up and incarcerate a member of the New York City Council?

Who else but a putz like Bloomberg could have insisted protesters were not above the rule of law and yet -- when the courts ruled he could not sees the protesters' tents and sleeping bags, nor kick them out of Zuccotti park, nor keep them from returning with their tents and sleeping bags -- who else could have stalled for hours until he could find another judge to give him the ruling he insisted upon?

Who else but the epitome of tone-deafness that is Bloomberg could have better illustrated the fundamental issue of Occupy, when he puts the entire weight of the most people-driven city in the history of the Earth behind already-crushingly rich and their efforts to grab themselves still more advantages from those people and he, himself, is the 12th richest man in America?

Who else but a publicity addict like Bloomberg could have enabled the arrest of 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge and yet, two months later, frozen 20 square miles of New York City in gridlock traffic over two days, so somebody could film another goddamned Batman movie on the 59th Street Bridge? Leading to the inescapable conclusion that -- if you want to tie up a little traffic during a protest for equality and freedom from corporate domination on a bridge in New York City -- you will be arrested. But -- if you want to tie up all of the traffic during a goddamned movie shoot for the financial benefit of corporate domination -- the city of New York will embrace you and give you tax breaks.

Michael Bloomberg -- no such a figure, no such a living, breathing embodiment of all that is wrong and all that is stupid in the establishment in this country could be ordered up from the works of fiction, or the casting calls of that goddamned Batman movie they filmed the weekend before he ordered the raid on Occupy Wall Street.

Obviously, Mayor Bloomberg, you should resign and your little bully of a police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, should go with you. You have overstepped all reasonable interpretations of your rights and responsibilities and you have made Americans and people around the world realize that you are simply smaller, more embarrassing versions of the tin-pot tyrants who have fallen around the globe in the past year.

But -- as some of us first thought you might be, back on that fateful afternoon that sadistic cops pepper-sprayed four women who had already been trapped inside a police overreaction, and as we thought again the following weekend during the arrests on Brooklyn Bridge -- Michael Bloomberg, you have now, indeed, become the symbol of the Occupy movement. You are ready to take your historic place with Mayor Daley and Governor Wallace and Senator McCarthy and Prime Minister Grenville and every other idiot who has made the fateful and fatal mistake of thinking that -- just because he had power and money -- that this was a nation in which everything has a price tag on it.

We need you, Michael Bloomberg. We need you to keep making these mistakes -- tone-deaf, sensibility-offending, world-changing mistakes -- like the pepper spray and the Brooklyn Bridge and the paramilitary assault on Occupy Wall Street last night.

Hell, Mike, the freedoms of this wonderful and transcendent nation-- corrupted by the endless greed of you and the other dozen richest people in it, and the corporations who nevertheless have still managed to own you somehow -- these freedoms will not be restored to us in just the next two years. I am endorsing you for a fourth term! Your nation needs you, Mr. Mayor! Occupy needs you!

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+87 # John Locke 2011-11-17 10:55
Well said,
+42 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-11-17 13:21
I agree with John. Well said, Keith, per usual.

FYI, Keith. As I gathered documents for the Obama administration' s DOJ (no big suprise, the much needed investigation went nowhere) I learned things that directly relate to today's OWS traumas. I'll always revere you for being the only one at the national level to cover one of the events so needing investigation - the foreshadowing of current OWS brutalization/t orture by cops.

Recall what happened to the 65 year old, fully disabled former nun who wore her green shirt with peace sign on it, asked for the name/badge number of the bad cop who was brutalizing her parade permitted friends, had the bad cop grab, trip, then drag her in the street (past parade onlookers, including kids) until she was bloody and raw? Google: Colorado Springs Independent, Jan. 21, 2010, "No Peace or Justice".

While investigating, a retired local big whig in the Colo. Spgs. P.D. revealed to me that local authorities are, since birth of Homeland Security, told what to do and how to do it (i.e. tear gas, intimidate brutally, etc.) by fed. govt. operatives. Local pols. (i.e. mayors, etc.) are also so directed.

Then, there's the C.I.A. retired operative who told me how he and other agents gathered kids for sex purposes for visiting v.i.p.ers. Bet you can get more info., please.
+65 # daddydt 2011-11-17 11:18
Rave on Keith, rave on! Couldn't have said it better myself.
+102 # globalcitizen 2011-11-17 11:20
Olbermann interviewed an 84 year old woman, my mother's age, who was pepper sprayed by the totalitarian, proto fascist police. She is my mothers' age, who lived in Germany when the Fascists, and the police acted like ours today. She is Jewish and had some choice warnings to the fascist Police thugs, reminding how Nazi Germany came into existence with lots of parallel reminders of our militarism, police violence and wars, plus economic capitalist tyranny to make the case we are proto fascist.

She is my mother's age, who lived in Berlin when Hitler came to power, at the age of 13. While Dorili Rainey was a humanist, and socialist, my mother was clueless about Fascism in Germany, just as most Americans today are. The Weimar Republic, socialist only in name, appeased German militarism, wars, police fascism, just as Obama, and the democrats today.

Then as now, the central right wing capitalist policies by German Fascists, nationalists, class appeasers was Fascist austerity, now the mantra and agenda of the whole Western economic elites. This was also linked to military fascist alliances, and today's AXIS of fascist military alliances, and its fascist militarism is NATO and the U.S. Empire itself.

We are moving towards a global fascist Matrix, with its Western fascist, military, and police alliances. We are a proto Fascist entity. Smash Fascism.
+63 # Carolyn 2011-11-17 12:18
Thank you for your statement. Although I live in America, I was a teenager when Hitler came into power. How the people cheered! just as we cheered when Obama came into power.
The lives of people now in their 80's are forever stamped with the horror of the holocaust. And, while in these times, we have no FDR, no JFK, there are fearless voices who speak on our behalf. One who is steadfast is Keith Olbermann,
+32 # krispykremeyum 2011-11-17 14:44
Well said. The Tea Baggers are frighteningly reminiscent of the Brown Shirts. Following blindly...not questioning, worshipping those in unjustified authority. It's sad, pathetic and very dangerous. Let's not repeat dark history.
+54 # NanFan 2011-11-17 11:35
The weakest fall by on their own swords and show their true selves in times they do not understand because they cannot truly control those times, those people.

The real success of a movement like Occupy will come in winning over the minions who do the bidding of the main madman Bloomberg.

Rock on, Occupy Wall Street! Take the hits...they will propel you forward to justice.
+46 # Virginia 2011-11-17 12:00
Wouldn't the emails and phone calls in the Mayor's office prove interesting? "Save the banks, save your ass and retirement funds they stole. Give them long enough to recoup and pay back the state." Yeah, right. They just want to get by the statute of limitations for fraud and it's business as usual.
Things will only get worse for Amerika. Unemployment will drive down hourly wage because just to find a job at any salary is better than starving. There are no provisions to save the American Dream, just how to stimulate trade worldwide while bailing out the crooks on the backs of the taxpayers for hundreds of years to come. Solution: Find Independents to run in 2012 and "Vote EVERY politician out of office." And then shut down the money printing machine. The New American Dream (too Pollyanna, huh?).
+17 # NanFan 2011-11-17 12:08
No...right on!
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-17 14:51
Why not start a phone campaign I just off one about Fracking. Not hard takes maybe 10 minutes, operators are mostly volunteers in this case so no need to say more than what is happening
Tell the Mayors Office, Kellys Office to resign. Tell them you do not approve on Nazi Terrorism and will fight against it. Then say thanks and hang up. Get it going, put number on one of these blogs and get it going around USA. Call Seattle and ask who was the Police Officer(s) who did this harm to the woman, priest, pregnant woman. YOu have the Right to that Information.
For all you write on here I wonder how much you could be doing to help OWS
White House Number is 202-456-1111 or you can go to web site and do contact there. With all the words used here, a thousand petitions could be signed, sealed and delivered
+38 # Mouna 2011-11-17 12:00
Keith Olberman, I LOVE YOU!
+42 # Dbratton 2011-11-17 12:23
Readers should watch the Keith Olbermann video since the above text contains a number of errors. Keith Olbermann is the only living journalist who can bring tears to my eyes for his honesty, integrity, intelligence, and courage. There is nothing more inspiring than listening to him in full rage, in this instance with righteous indignation at the autocratic arrogance of Michael Bloomberg. Long live Keith Olbermann!
+43 # mountainmama42 2011-11-17 12:26
If the 99% want to really make an impact on the corporations and politicians all they need to do is one thing. Do not spend one single penny anywhere unless it is absolutely necessary. Move your money to credit unions. Do NOT shop for any Christmas items. Buy only basics like food etc. Boycott all businesses that are not helping the 99% of the people in this country.
If you do not give them your money they cannot continue to abuse you. Just do it. Make it a Black Christmas for real.
+9 # Karlus58 2011-11-17 13:00
..I beleive you are right. But how do we change our ways....change the mindset of the sheeple...
+17 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-17 15:00
You have to set example Buy American, Buy from Local merchants who make their won goods, wine, jam, bread. We have made in America sites, and etsy has nice American artisans, my friends are some.

You can do a lot to change by taking small steps. There are plenty of websites to teach sustainability, living responsibly.
Go Green
+26 # Mike Farrace 2011-11-17 13:43
While your sentiments are appreciated, I think you are throwing out the baby with the bathwater. A very large percentage of that 99% are small business owners -- the actual small businesses, not the multi-million dollar "small" businesses politicians are always talking about. Sure, move your money out of the big corporate banks, but not the local banks. Spend your money at mom and pop stores and locally-owned small chains, buy from individuals on eBay, at the local farmer's market. Buy American. But don't stop buying. If everyone did that, it would make things worse, not better.
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-17 15:05
People have to look into what they are buying, Plenty of help on here or Websites. We all promote buying locally, farms, wineries, bread shops. One must take the time to rethink, look.
Small banks have to be looked at, many have higher affiliations. Some look small but.
Mom and Pop businesses need all the love and help they can get..Walmsrts kill them I know. Etsy, small shops that sell used. Bird Feeders, Bird Houses Audubon sell American.
We are asking people to stop buying imports, stop wasting money. Change must come.
Businesses did better when they had to order rather than having waste on hand?
Cars were ordered, people had jobs not robots making millions of cars we do not need.
People must look at labels, look where things come from or are made. Imagine actually having money in your pocket after Christmas than in debt to credit cards?
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2011-11-17 14:58
If You cannot pay today LayAway! (read the small letters on agreement first) Buy from local grocers, local farms.
Buy American (Canadian as they are sending letters to all about boycotting imports and bad companies, I am so proud of them getting on our wagon) Buy from American Indians. But no more imports..even Euro Countries that are not allowing people to take Control.

Make your own gifts, homemade cookies are always welcomed, Nice Bottle of wine from local winery, they usually have nice jams. Local Bread. Local Cheese. Let your imagination work. Make some cds, dvds... There are lots of great crafts on etsy, most American.
+5 # Okieangels 2011-11-17 19:12
Exactly! Good old American ingenuity. I'm making candles for gifts this year. And get the word out!
+20 # Capn Canard 2011-11-17 12:30

Thanks Keith.
+33 # shortonfaith 2011-11-17 12:40
Keith has had many shining moments on TV. This was just another reminder of why he's able to single handily start his own network. Thanks again Keith.
And of course Al Gore, for giving Keith the platform to continue reporting the truth.
+32 # thirby 2011-11-17 12:43
The capitalists have a lot to lose. They will fight.
They will beat up their own mothers for the sake of commerce
+17 # jwb110 2011-11-17 13:50
Quoting thirby:
The capitalists have a lot to lose. They will fight.
They will beat up their own mothers for the sake of commerce

The 1% has already lost. Nothing they do to protect their $$$ will work.
+21 # Dave_s Not Here 2011-11-17 13:03
Keith Olbermann is a saint. Michael Bloomberg is the span of Satan.
+20 # pernsey 2011-11-17 13:13
Go Keith Go!!!
+26 # cynnibunny 2011-11-17 13:15
Just as the right took advantage of generational memory loss when they started their wars of conquest, they are also falling prey to thuggism when they behave like Bloomberg and the Oakland Police Department. They do not remember the '60s and '70s, when protests were spontaneous, daily increasing, and not co-optable by a partisan leader. The movement now is more legitimate, more democratic, more representative of the majority, and more urgently needed than before!
+14 # Mike Farrace 2011-11-17 13:24
Or, as Lenny Bruce would say, "Without Polio, Salk is a putz."
+14 # LessSaid 2011-11-17 13:37
The 1%, Michael Bloomberg and inhumanity is one and the same.
+16 # Pufferly 2011-11-17 14:55
There are a few print/TV journalists who have the cojones to stand up to the plutocratic eunuchs and Keith is one of them.
Others can be found in small magazines with struggling economics that have not been bought out by the financial bullies. We may be looking at the end of another empire--no doubt a good thing.
+5 # Okieangels 2011-11-17 19:15
Don't insult eunuchs like that...
+9 # mrgrtmorris 2011-11-17 15:15
Olber the top. Bloomberg as McCarthy or Wallace? I don't think so.

The one voice of sense --boycott Xmas. Or if that is too much for you, boycott any store whose corporate offices are not in your locality. Hit the 1% in their souls, their pocketbooks.
+2 # William Bjornson 2011-11-17 15:29
Until M. Bloomberg and ALL of his ilk and ALL of their sycophants (e.g. corrupt police chiefs) are hanging from the lightposts, nothing will change. It's all just hot air. Our elite is out of control and will use all available force to maintain their dominance. We must talk to our neighbors who are the police, who are the local military, and convince THEM. They are the key because they are the elite's power. Let them know we know who they are and expect them to protect the People, not the elite and their corporate machines or we will have civil war and they will be the first to know it.

BUT, take a good, hard look at the state of the average American mentality and what they believe and what they fear and optimism spontaneously dies. As you might know the state of the economy by the amount of leg a human female uses to snag males, know the national servile mentality by the length of male hair.

There is one weapon we have as a people which may be effective without resorting to IEDs and the guillotine. A national payment strike, nothing gets paid for a month (except rent). A simple withholding for, say, a month of all payments to the 'system'. No change? Two months. How long can the system stand to starve? You want "nonviolence", this is the best option. We can also destroy the slave collar 'credit score' at the same time. Just sayin'...
+6 # satx 2011-11-17 15:43
absolutely nothing will come of these Occupy X's until 1000s of pro-99% legislators are elected at state and national levels.

Anybody see that happening?

Anybody see any national or state legislators marching as dissenters?

The 1% super-wealthy, the VRWC, the United Corporations of America, the corporate media have a stranglehold on the country (legislators, governors, judiciary, the WH). A fully militarized police force can and will be "good Germans" crush the protests. Street demos will not break the stranglehold.
+2 # Doubter 2011-11-18 01:19
Hope is the Last to Die...
+14 # William Bjornson 2011-11-17 15:44
My respects to mountainmama42. I did not see your comment before entering mine. And MichaelAngelo makes the point I suggested with (rent). Rent is most often local. But, only to local businesses that also support such a national action. The credit score, for sure, must be destroyed as a means of corporate control. A month (or two) of no cash entering the system and the point would be well made that America has had enough of these thieves and murderers. Alas, my personal view is that America is not collectively intelligent enough to act collectively for our own good. Just look to the republican debates and the fact of ANY of THOSE people being on the stage at all, each with a credible following. What kinds of people could find competence in any of these candidates? Sigh, a lot. This is our curse and our failure. The democrats are no better. This is our national mirror and it's all warts.
+22 # moby doug 2011-11-17 15:53
What's laughable is Bloomberg's longstanding public image as a "moderate" Republican. When the Wall Street so dear to his billionaire's pea-sized heart is threatened, he strips off the moderate mask and calls for the cops to do some thumping of the other 99%. If you're wondering why the jillionaires have bought Congress and the Supreme Crt and the mayorality of NYC, look no further than campaign financing. Until it's radically reformed, the wholesale whoring of politicians will go on.
+13 # Peace Anonymous 2011-11-17 16:20
Great aricle Keith.
As the raid on Zuccotti Park was underway my thoughts turned to Kent State as well. I remember that somber day as if it were yesterday. Why is it when the only recourse it to accept the fact that things need to change, and then busy creating that change, do these guys do everything imaginable to avoid their elected duties? Why??? Your right Keith: Follow the money!!

Stay Peaceful....But Stay!!!!!
+6 # mikid54 2011-11-17 16:44
I love Keith Oberman! He can really rant with the best of them!
+12 # HerbR 2011-11-17 17:00

As we said in the old country, "From your Mouth to God's Ear"

Keep on keeping on,Keith; we are counting on you.
+7 # dquandle 2011-11-17 20:18
I on the other hand would rather see him drawn a quartered.
Bloomberg and his execrable predecessor are our versions of Mussolini.

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."

This is their credo.

New York is filled with empty lampposts.
+6 # piro39 2011-11-17 20:39
Dear Mayor Bloomberg, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you as a member 0f " The Assholes Hole of Fame" . You really deserve this honor which is only reserved for the rare and special individual who imagines that they are different and are somewhat a privileged member of the human race and is also incapable of experiencing any kind of organic shame. May your children and their children and their children remember you for the asshole you are. Congratulations .
+3 # disgusted American 2011-11-18 00:53
Occupy Bloomberg!
+2 # Doubter 2011-11-18 00:54
Good 'ol Keith;
Glorious, Inspired!
+7 # boudreaux 2011-11-18 10:29
I wish that we had more journalist that would speak up about everything that is going on. I can't stand to even watch the national news anymore b/c they are bought and paid for and all of that news is censored so the public won't see what is really going on...and Keith nailed it about the batman film, IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY AND GREED IN CORPERATE AMERICA.
Stay on them Keith....
+2 # Sweet Pea 2011-11-19 07:56
How can we expect anything but protest. We sent our industry overseas. We are no longer productive. Many of the older people are living off of the service industries or our union-won benefits. If we have nothing to sell, we have no money to buy even necessities. We can thank the corporations for this.

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