47 Percent Distancing Themselves from the 99% of Which 52% Don’t Identify With the One Percent

47 Percent Distancing Themselves from the 99% of Which 52% Don’t Identify With the One Percent

We’re 77 percent sure this article will clarify things for about 47 percent of you The lines between the haves and have nots are still a bit blurry, meaning the 1% pretty much have it … Read more

Pre-Bastille Day Backyard Concert with Singer/Satirist Dave Lippman, July 13th, Sacramento

Pre-Bastille Day Backyard Concert with Singer/Satirist Dave Lippman, July 13th, Sacramento

Pre-Bastille Day Backyard Concert: 99%er Dave Lippman appears with 1%er Wild Bill Bailout in a “Fairly Unbalanced Cabaret,” July 13, 2012, 7pm, in Sacramento.

dave lippmanAudiences of all ages have thrilled to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman.

As a 99-percenter, Lippman takes the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. On the extreme other hand, Lippman’s evil twin Wild Bill Bailout, the Bard of the Bankers, employs anti-folk songs and pro-financial collapse anthems to explain (and enforce) that the business of America is none of your business, that those too big to fail are also too big to jail, and that the jobless and foreclosed must bail out their own boats.

Friday the 13th special ticket price: $13. No-host bar & snacks. 5609 V Street, Sacramento. Doors open 6:30pm, show starts 7:00pm. Limited seating. A portion of the proceeds will support Sacramento BDS.

Reservations/tickets & more info: 916-448-7157 or SacramentoBDS@gmail.com.

Dave Lippman has toured widely in the United States, Europe, Australia and Central America in a 35-year musical career.

He gained some notoriety in 1969, when he was named an unindicted co-conspirator for singing about the “Guatemala sweepstakes” at a rally that preceded the escorting of a recruiter from the United Fruit Company off the campus. After having a song recorded by Country Joe MacDonald, Lippman joined with a San Francisco comedy group to create the Reagan for Shah Campaign, in which he introduced George Shrub, the Singing CIA Agent. Shrub then toured as security detail for the Ladies Against Women.

In the eighties, Lippman performed in war zones in Central America and toured from Birmingham Alabama to Birmingham England, then on to Belgrade. In Germany he sang for squatters and anti-nuclear activists. Stateside, he joined a caravan of Salvadoran refugees through Texas. Ex-CIA agent John Stockwell declared Lippman prescient for writing a song about the Grenada “rescue” a year before it happened; Lippman declared it manifest destiny, based on the size of the island.

After campaigning as George Stump, Moderate Clearcutter, with Earth First! in the Redwood country, he toured with Yippie founder Paul Krassner and the British anarchist comedian Tony Allen, as well as performing in theatrical runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Lippman brought Shrub to the School of the Americas in Columbus, Georgia, CIA Headquarters, the White House, and countless rallies and benefits for peace, global justice, living wages, fair trade, environmental sanity, and apple pie. In 2009, Shrub went back into the cold, only to be replaced by Wild Bill Bailout, the Bard of the Bankers, who rode in from the west to bail out the rest.

Dave Lippman has ten releases to his credit, not counting jail. The latest is Shrub and Lippman Live in Manhattan Kansas. Previous releases include the 1987 LP Shoot from the Lipp and 1998’s I Hate Wal-Mart, which features “Guess Who’s Coming After Dinner,” and “All My Friends Are Semi-Famous.” Other tunes: “Brother Can You Spare a Diamond,” “The Sport Futility Vehicle Tango,” “Your Car is Disgusting,” “Battle Him in Public.” and many more endearing titles. Lippman receives airplay on anti-commercial radio throughout the country, and his concert videos are widely sampled.

“Lippman is a national treasure” — L.A. Herald-Examiner
“Viciously funny” — Guardian (England)
“One of my favorite political satirists. This is a very funny man.” — Erich Lee Preminger
“The Dean felt that more harm than good would come from your visit” — student, Skidmore College, New York
“God, that man can talk! What a great writer!” — Utah Phillips

You may follow Dave Lippman on Twitter here.

What Does Wisconsin See in Scott Walker?

What Does Wisconsin See in Scott Walker?

Scott Walker’s big-money backers, including the Koch brothers, are making a mockery of this once proud, citizen-powered state, and pulling the wool over the eyes of much of the electorate

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

One consistent set of characters on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show are the characters Carol and Mr. Henderson. Carol is an office secretary, and Mr. Henderson is her abusive boss. Carol always finds herself somehow stimulated by Dan’s constant verbal abuse and berating her for everything from her weight, the way she smells, her lack of fashion and the way she talks. Carol not only continues to work for Dan, but is actually turned on by his constant bullying and abuse. The same comparison could be made for the half of Wisconsin that still wholeheartedly supports Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, 04/13/12. (photo: AP)

To make it perfectly clear that he planned on rewarding corporations by sticking it to the middle class, Walker called a special session on his first day office for “job creation,” where he passed $117 million in state tax breaks to corporations before telling teachers they were the cause of the deficit because they had union wages and benefits. And despite the 14 Democrats who left the state in protest of Walker’s union-busting budget bill to deny a quorum, Walker and his fellow servants of the rich forced the bill through anyway. The corporations got their big tax break at the expense of health care for sick children and the jobs of qualified teachers. And those corporations still aren’t hiring. In fact, Wisconsin has the worst jobs record in the nation despite Walker’s tax breaks, and lost 5,900 jobslast month alone.

If putting a corporate boot on the necks of working families to spite his political opponents isn’t enough to convince Walker’s supporters they’re voting against their own best interests, Walker is also an outspoken criminal who lies under Congressional oath. When asked, while testifying under Congressional oath, if he had any ulterior political motives behind his Budget Repair Bill, Walker, of course, said no. Walker argued his bill was written to respond to unions’ proposals submitted in December. But his staff started work on the bill just 20 days after his election, and told a billionaire campaign donor he would “use divide-and-conquer” strategies to pit private- and public-sector Wisconsin workers against each other to make Wisconsin “a completely red state.” Lying under oath is perjury, which is a criminal act. And criminals belong in jail, not the governor’s mansion.

In 2010, the year Scott Walker was elected and the Tea Party took over Congress, the top 1% took in 93% of all income. Taking everything Walker and his ilk say at face value, the only reason our economy is still struggling is because those in the obscenely wealthy top 1% still don’t have enough money to create jobs. This underlying belief explains contemporary Republican governance. If the rich only had more money, things would improve. Now, 1 percenters and corporate executives from out of state are pouring in money by the truckloads to help Scott Walker beat the recall attempt, hoping such governance will continue because workers’ wages be damned, their profits are all that matter.

Wisconsin has become the epicenter of politics right now, and is rightfully seen as a proving ground for all future Republican politicians. If an unlikable, pasty white guy with a personality akin to a piece of wood and a forgettable name like Scott Walker can turn a Northern blue state red by taking a dump all over the bottom 90 percent to reward the top 1 percent, and survive 100,000 people occupying the state capitol and a recall election brought about by 1,000,000 signatures to boot, this Republican strategy can be replicated anywhere. And it will, if Walker wins on June 5th.

I’ll have to assume Wisconsinites who like Scott Walker like him for the same reason Carol likes Mr. Henderson. Even though he calls her a cow, makes crude sexual advances and throws coffee in her face without provocation, Carol still goes to bed at night dreaming lovingly of Mr. Henderson. Wisconsin Republicans simply must get off on the abuse Walker happily bestows upon them and their children.

Carl Gibson, 25, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nationwide creative direct-action movement that mobilized tens of thousands of activists against corporate tax avoidance and budget cuts in the months leading up to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary “We’re Not Broke,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He currently lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut. You can contact Carl at carl@rsnorg.org, and listen to his online radio talk show, Swag The Dog, at blogtalkradio.com/swag-the-dog.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

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