Milwaukee Organizer Gets Bonked by Bill O’Reilly’s Umbrella

Congratulations Bill O’Reilly. You just made yourself look like an ass and gave a little more lime light to Wisconsin protesters in the process.

Basically what happened is that Branden Lane of Wisconsin Jobs Now was in DC for the Occupy Congress action with about 150 other Wisconsinites [actually I think he might still be there?]. They were protesting outside a Newt Gingrich fund raiser when they spotted O’Reilly walking out to go to a White House holiday party. Branden Lane caught up to O’Reilly and was trying to get an answer out of him to the question, “Were you at New Gingrich’s fund raiser?” Instead of giving an answer, “Papa Bear” O’Reilly gave a menacing look and then jammed an open umbrella at Brendan’s camera. The two walked about 1 block to the White House where O’Reilly then pointed at Branden and called for his arrest.

Of course it’s all on video and includes the exposure of O’Reilly’s carefully concealed bald spot by a timely gust of wind.

Hat tip to the excellent blog Teamster Nation, where I first saw video of this.

Backup link to umbrella assault video.

This kind of charm is exactly what you’d expect from the guy who once did this:

Here Keith Olbermann interviews Branden. This contains some surreal Fox footage of O’Reilly rationalizing his umbrella attack:

Please watch. I think he’s right. Countdown with Keith Olbermann – Special Comment – Our Broken System

This statement from Keith Olbermann is brilliant. I also believe his level of alarm is correct for the situation at hand. Below I’ve summarized the leading points and then I follow with a transcript of Keith’s closing words.

I agree that whatever window we have to our representative government is closing. We must pry it open and keep it open.

– Unproductive wars have led to this debt situation

– The recent drama of the debt crisis is an artificially created crisis

– The appointed “Super-Congress Committee” is unconstitutiontal, it won’t cut defense, and it is a vehicle to palm off responsibility for cutting programs that serve people. It exposes how hypocritical the Tea Party is: They’ve been bawling for two years about the need for constitutional government

– A mandated balanced budget by constitutional amendment is idiotic and can have catastrophic results if we need money for a war, a natural disaster, or terrorism

– We are reliving the economic mistakes of the Great Depression and Hoover. We learned then that when the consumers and the businesses are not spending, the government must spend.

– Corporations and the wealthy are further indemnified and given further license to buy political power

– A new stealth ‘tax’ is placed on the backs of average Americans – 99 out of 100 Americans – in the debt deal as they get less of their needed services while they continue to pay their taxes into the system

– The media won’t risk its position to express outrage
– Politicians won’t express outrage.
– The “middle ground” obsessed with entertainment won’t express outrage.

You are the one responsible for expressing outrage.

He concludes:
“The betrayal of what this nation is supposed to be aobut did not begin with this deal and it surely will not end with this deal. There is a tide pushing back the rights of each of us and it has been artificially induced by union-bashing and the sowing of hatreds and fears and now this ever more institutionalized economic battering of the average American.It will continue and it will crush us. Because those who created it are organized and unified and hellbent. And the only response is to be organized and unified and hellbent in return.

“We must find again the energy and the purpose of the 1960’s and early 1970’s and we must protest this deal and all the god damn deals to come in the streets. We must arise nonviolently but insistently. General strikes, boycotts, protests, sit-ins, non-cooperation, takeovers. But modern versions of that resistance facilitated and amplified by a weapon our predecessors did not have: the glory that is instantaneous communication. It is from an old and almost cliched motion picture that the wisdom comes: First you’ve got to get mad. I can not say to you meet here or there at this hour or that one and we’ll peacefully break the back of government that now exists merely to get its functionaries reelected. But I can say that the time is coming when the window for us to restore the control of our government to ourselves will close and we had damn well better act before then. Because this deal is more than a tipping point in which the government goes from defending the safety net to gutting it. This is WRONG and while our government has now declared that it has given up the concept of right and wrong, you and I have not and will not do so. Good night and good luck.”

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Keith Olbermann Premieres Monday on Current TV. Will you watch? Can you?

Keith Olbermann will be back and on Current TV. He premieres Monday, June 20, at 8PM Eastern, 7PM Central. Do you get Current TV? Pop your zip code into their channel finder and see.

I’m seeing some grumbling on the net about Verizon forcing some of their markets (or all of their markets?)  to upgrade to a higher cost cable package to get Current TV and Olbermann’s show.

By the way, if you subscribe to Charter Cable, you won’t get the show. But click that channel finder anyway. Keith has some ways to help you rabble rouse and demand that Current be carried by Charter.

You won’t be able to get legal and full episodes of Keith’s new show online, though it’s a good bet a there will be some illegal streaming and copying going on.

In reviewing the show’s FAQ, I see that only excerpts from the show will pop up on Youtube etc. But the network is in discussions with Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, and others about making full episodes available online in the “near future”. Also, there will be no podcast versions offered.

And in case you missed it, Keith appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show Friday. He discussed Anthony Weiner and said that the Democrats should have held back from their condemnations and allowed Weiner to run again in a special election, letting his local district voters decide his fate.

Meanwhile, confirmed prostitution consumer and Republican David Vitter is still in the Senate. It’s not right.

3 Essential videos: Keith Olbermann’s Sign off, Keith condensed, & the Mad as Hell scene from Network

These are essential Keith Olbermann videos. First, his good-bye. Second, Keith condensed into 1 minute. Third, the scene from Network he mentions:

“I think the same fantasy has popped into the head of everybody in my business who has ever been told what I’ve been told, that this is going to be the last edition of your show,” Olbermann says during his final episode. “You go directly to the scene from the movie ‘Network,’ complete with the pajamas and the raincoat, and you go off Continue reading

Olbermann’s exit: Why Comcast pushed Keith out & MSNBC held the door open

I wasn’t Olbermann’s biggest fan, but I was glad he was on the air giving Bill O’Reilly and FOX hell. Last night he gave a hasty sign-off days after the feds allowed the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, and hours after the completion of the paperwork.

I went searching for explanations a bit stronger than timing Continue reading

Keith Olbermann says Scott Walker cut off his nose to spite his face: Wisconsin high-speed rail rejection

Wisconsinites already know too, too much about this story. It’s not a fun video to watch. Seeing Keith Olbermann laughing about our Tea Party Governor-Elect Scott Walker confirms that I live in a laughingstock red state.

He shows footage of Ohio Governor-Elect Kasich boldy fabricating, saying the train in Ohio would run at 39 mph. Olbermann mentions that Ohio’s outgoing Governor Ted Strickland begged Kasich to reconsider. He marvels that Walker said his decision to reject the train was a “win” done because the “right kind of jobs” would not be created, because they would be created under a “subsidy”.

Olbermann talks with Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post A roughly paraphrased conversation follows:

Olbermann:We really have a couple of governors who have cut off their noses to spite their faces?

Robinson: [Laughter] It’s amazing, but we keep on saying elections have consequences… There is an active discussion – a lot of voices are saying fiscal restraint is one thing, but hey we have this here, we have a Spanish company- Talgo –  set up here to build these train cars in Wisconsin, then Walker kills the train, so they say if there’s no rail here, we’re not staying here. How can that be good for the state?

Olbermann: The Koch Brothers-funded Cato institute weighed in to say that:

“The federal government is like a crack dealer, and he’s giving states a free hit of crack to get them hooked and then of course, in the long run, the cost of the crack gets worse. In the long run, you are going to wind up losing out.”

– Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow, CATO Institute

Olbermann: Would the Eisenhower Interstate system have been developed if we had this mindset?

Robinson: Anybody who has ever travelled abroad knows that the American infrastructure is way behind everybody in rail. Go to China, France… The idea that we could ever do something as grand and as productive as the interstate highway system now with these Tea Party governors seems so grand. Like a fairy tale.