Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

Email of the Day: “Subject: Occupy Our Homes”

Here’s an email sent out yesterday by Bank of America regarding today’s “Occupy Our Homes” day of protest. Full text below.

For context, Matt Taibbi on foreclosure fraud here.

On Tuesday December 6th there is a potential nationwide protest planned that could impact our industry. We believe protests will likely take place tomorrow at auction sites, homes that are being foreclosed, homes in the eviction stage and vacant homes. We need to be prepared.

  1. Your safety is our primary concern, so do not engage with the protesters.
  2.  While in neighborhoods, please take notice of vacant BAC Field Services managed homes and ensure they are secured.
  3. Remind all parties of the bank’s media policy and report any incidents to 800*796*8448 or email at pressroom@bankofamerica.com

The website occupyourhomes.org has a story posted of a Bank customer we are researching. The web site has an event finder that can help identify upcoming protests. You can find additional information at the following link: http://occupyourhomes.org/blog2011/dec/5/join-national-day-action-tomorrow/

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Perhaps this latest action by OWS will satisfy those who insist that the movement has no aims, policy or program.

We’ll be providing a further update on Occupy activity shortly.

Video of the Day: “My mommy doesn’t need fixing”


Michelle Bachmann gets exactly what she deserves from an 8 year old boy. Her expression at the 35 second mark says it all.

Unfortunately, it turns out that embedding this video here means that the annotations function cannot be activated. Watch it with subtitles here.


0:00 Michele: What’s your name? Elijah: Elijah.

0:04 Michele: Elijah? It’s really good to meet you— what?

0:08 Lora: (To Elijah) Don’t you have something you’d like to say?

0:15 Elijah: (Quiet whispering) Michele: I can’t hear him.

0:19 Lora: You can say it louder, go ahead. Michele: No, it’s alright. You said it, but

0:24 you know, I- I think I, my ears were too far away. Do you wanna come over real quickly?

0:32 Elijah: My mommy— Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need any fixing.

0:36 Michele: … Ba-bye.

Frye on Democracy 4

Frye’s observations below regarding the inimical effects of religious fundamentalism upon democracy are currently being demonstrated by the transformation of the Republican Party into a doomsday cult. Canada has nothing to compare to it yet, but Stephen Harper’s furtive intrusion of his own sheep-and-goats fundamentalist belief into the political and legislative agenda is an indication that it can happen here.

In the course of time the movement begun by the Reformation did achieve one major victory: the gradual spread throughout the Western world of the principle of separation of church and state. Something of the genuine secular benefits of democracy have rubbed off on the religious groups, to the immense benefit of humanity, and depriving religion of all secular or temporal power is one of the most genuinely emancipating movements of our time. It seems to be a general rule that the more “orthodox” or “fundamentalist” a religious attitude is, the more strongly it resents this separation and the more consistently it lobbies for legislation giving its formulas secular authority. Today, in Israel and in much of the Muslim and Hindu world. . .we can clearly see that these religious attitudes are the worst possible basis for a secular society. (CW 4, 174-5)