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AdLib On January - 30 - 2011

Courtesy of the fantastic folks at Common Cause, we are pleased to be able to present a live feed of the panel discussion and the pro-democracy rally being held in Rancho Mirage today, literally right across the street from where the Kochs and their cronies are simultaneously plotting to further undermine our democracy and economy.

The live broadcast of the panel is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am and run until 12:45 pm. Speakers at the panel will include:

  • Robert Reich – the former Labor Secretary
  • Erwin Chemerinsky – UC Irvine Law Dean
  • Lee Fang – Center for American Progress blogger and Koch Brothers expert
  • Van Jones – Founder and Former President of Green for All,
  • DeAnn McKewan – California Nurses Association Co-President

After the panel, there will be a rally featuring a performance by The Billionaires and an introduction by Jim Hightower of activist leaders and regular citizens who will share stories that expose the real world harm done by the Koch brothers and their cabal.

I will be at the event and live blogging here at The Planet so here’s hoping everything works as it should!

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Chernynkaya says:


    New York Times:

    Protesters take on conservatives’ retreat


    25 Arrested at California Conservative Meeting



    Washington Examiner (gets #s wrong)



    Guardian (UK)

    San Francisco:


    The Nation:


    Washington Monthly:

    And thousands of blogs!

  2. Chernynkaya says:

    Hi Gang! Just got home, but it was awesome. Hubster took lots of great pics and I will upload them tomorrow afternoon.

    • kesmarn says:

      Can’t wait to see ’em, Cher! Rest well.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Hi kes. I hope I can figure out how. AdLib gave me a quick tutorial, but those margaritas kinda interfered. 😉

        • kesmarn says:

          😆 Sounds like you had fun!

          Hey, if you could get those bullfighting pix into your article, you can do anything! I still struggle with images. b’ito had to supply the image for his own anniversary tribute! 😀 How’s that for incompetent?

          And without the help of margaritas, either!

  3. bito says:

    A short video of the rally from USStream

    Video streaming by Ustream

  4. bito says:

    From Raw Story:

    Greenpeace blimp buzzes Koch brothers’ strategy meeting

  5. bito says:

    This is the report from the local TV station on the rally

    Nearly One Thousand People Protest Republican Meeting in Rancho Mirage


    As wealthy, conservative business people met Sunday inside a Coachella Valley resort, members of a liberal political action and open access group rallied to complain that corporations were being given unfettered control of the nation.

    Common Cause rented a hotel ballroom for about 350 activists to discuss the conservative political agenda being furthered by Charles Koch and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own an oil conglomerate that is the largest privately-held corporation in the U.S. The brothers and their company, Koch Industries, are hosting an invitation-only strategy session in the Valley this weekend.

    • choicelady says:


      Choicelady was there, too -- and I dispute the numbers! We KNOW there were 1500 people on the various buses, so add in the rest of us who drove and flew in, it had to be at least 2000, not 1000. Then add in local folks, and…

      The panel was really solid, the rally was, well, spectacular. Why? We were so damned CIVILIZED, unlike the Kochs. There were flower gardens on either side of the driveway, manned (all male so this is appropriate terminology) by some local sheriffs and police. They smiled (they’d have laughed, but it’s not allowed) as we all cautioned one another, “Oh! Don’t step on the flower!” And we did not. Not property values, values for how pretty nature -- even cultivated nature -- was. Not one flower got squished.

      Hats off to the several dozen utterly non-violent folks doing civil disobedience. They took good care of the police -- they walked up, turned around, put their hands behind them, got busted with NO hardship for the cops. Yeah -- the observers from the retreat laughed at us. Don’t they know that we are Americans and that we did this to liberate THEM as well as ourselves?

      The price that is paid for total control lies in what is happening in Egypt. The cost to the oppressor is HUGE -- it takes a powerful lot of money to keep yourself on top. It means paying for protection, and losing the support of all the people. In all of history, no autocracy has ever survived. Don’t these folks get it? We know if Marie Antoniette had been there (and who’s to say she wasn’t, in modern garb) she’d have dismissed the folks with the “let them eat cake” lingo. The cluelessness of the temporary occupants of the top. But we’re the people, and we say “NO!” to their lies and scrabbling to have it all. Not just 90% -- ALL.

      Back in the days of feudalism, a time that is not held in high esteem for it’s fairness, there were nonetheless checks on the degree to which lords could exploit their serfs. Why? If the serfs produced the food and bounty by which the Lord survived, there was only so much the Lord could extract, only so much oppression he could inflict, before he started cannibalizing his own sources of bounty. There is always a limit, no matter what the Kochs think.

      The big question -- and only one rather strange woman asked it -- is how do the Kochs tie in with the Dominionists of “The Family”. The woman had a sign equating the two: Kochs = Dominionists. I wanted to ask her how she knew, but I never got the chance. And she was holding a rubber chicken which kinda put me off with its oddness. But yes -- are they part of “The Family”? I would not be surprised if they were and are.Then they are pseudo-Christians, who actually don’t believe in anything, who use religion to justify their domination. How pathetic. And how scary.

      What got accomplished? The end of secrecy. Never again will these new feudal Lords have their meetings without somone “outing” them and their paid-for political running dog lackeys. We KNOW there were federal people there -- we saw the federal marshalls who provide protection for only federal folks.

      But unlike the real feudal lords, the Kochs have not yet figured out that you cannot dominate the serfs forever. They will either stop producing or will revolt. I think yesterday was the beginning of the latter. The Kochs had better re-think their roles here. The whole world is looking at their respective oppressors and saying, loudly and clearly -- NO MORE!

      When the people talk, the whole world listens. WE started the push back yesterday. Let’s keep the momentum for truth alive!

  6. bito says:

    This is the report from FDL

    Thousands Converge on Koch Brothers Billionaire’s Caucus; 25 Arrested


    • Kalima says:

      Good Lord, what a cheap media whore, and doing what “Brightspark” does best, lying through his teeth.

      “In addition, conservative provocateur Andrew Breitbart, resplendent in shorts and roller skates, mulled around the crowd with a couple lackeys and a small video camera, talking to (and arguing with) attendees. I asked Breitbart exactly who necessitated the riot police, the lady with the papier-maché puppet or the Code Pink lady’s umbrella, and he claimed to have seen unspecified “internal emails” proving the potential for violence and the need for security. Surely that will come out in the next few days. I didn’t want to keep him from his workout, so I wrapped up the interview.”

  7. bito says:

    This is the first report I have seen on the rally. Not exactly the NYT, but this their report.

    1,500 People Against the Koch’s Dirty Money, Dirty Energy

    The brothers, Charles and David, stayed inside their posh resort at a meeting to plot the downfall of climate law and takeover of the Supreme Court (oh, they already did that) with their corporate buddies.

    But attendees at the meeting, an event the Kochs host a couple of times a year, couldn’t help hearing the ruckus outside. I’m sure it reached the big ears of Rep. Eric Cantor, the new House majority leader and a probable attendee.

    Of course, we know that Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia attended at least one earlier meeting, and led the charge in the Citizens United decision overturning a ban on direct, anonymous political funding by corporations. (See Common Cause’s letter pointing out this conflict to the Justice Department.)

  8. bito says:

    Is this where AdLib, C’Lady and Cher are sipping drinks?


    • choicelady says:

      NO -- nothing quite that sybaritic! We were at a lovely but vastly more middle-of-the-road Mexican restaurant. We are but modest people, after all. Food was VERY good though, I must say. And by the time we left the rally, it was getting freaking COLD. No lounging by the still waters. Sorry!

      • bito says:

        C’Lady, 😆 that photo was from the “Guardian” telling about the rally and it was of the resort where the Koch meeting was held, beyond what you guys got to see, I’m sure. You guys did great yesterday, my many thanks!!

        • choicelady says:

          Yes bito -- I finally saw a photo of the BACK of the spa resort, and I guess that’s their pool. We were on the street side, much less impressive I must say.

          The lines of folks who came out of the conference to watch us picketing them were pretty unimpressive, although there were a few (fairly overweight) older men who might have been “somebody”. Hard to tell. We never saw Cantor and the other Rich and Famous among the scattering of younger men and women, the sycophants of the day.

          I guess I saw Breitbart and did not know it was he. Too bad. LOL!!! If he was the only skater, I chalked him up as a part of the GLBT crowd!!! Bet that would have had his knickers in a twist!!! The RWers always say they have “inside information” about violence, etc., but it’s because they dream it up, so of COURSE it’s “inside” because it did not come from outside. Have to give him points for creative lying I guess. He must be sorely disappointed that nothing violent at ALL occurred. It wasn’t MOSTLY peaceful. It was ENTIRELY peaceful.

    • Kalima says:

      Cushy job if they are. 😉

      I’ve just checked the weather there, gives rain and 16C, they won’t be shinny-dipping in that pool I think.

  9. Kalima says:

    “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

    Mohandas Gandhi

    • bito says:

      They said at the conference that they were planning on having these gatherings around the country. I hope it does snowball into something bigger.

      • Kalima says:

        Me too bito, I just hope the trouble causers stay home the next time, if it turns out that they really were a tad too aggressive. Peaceful demos means peaceful demos. Once something happens, it just spoils it for the others who are more committed to a cause.

        • bito says:

          Kalima, This on the arrests at the rally.

          A dozen or so protesters in hazmat suits (“Quarantine the Kochs!) got themselves arrested for walking up to the police line in the driveway of the Rancho Las Palmas resort. But mostly the group was dancing in the street, from toddlers in strollers to elders with walkers. A surprising number of cars honked support as they passed by in this wealthy, conservative town, the retirement home of former President Gerald Ford.

          • Kalima says:

            Thanks bito. Well that was rather stupid, those suits could have concealed anything, and I presume that the driveway was the private property of the “Ugly Brothers” or someone connected, right?

  10. bito says:

    shannynmoore Shannyn Moore
    The #Koch Bros own Flint Hills Refinery in Fairbanks AK. Palin tried to bail them out once. http://bit.ly/f4xuPW #uncloakkoch

  11. bito says:

    derekjjohnson Derek Johnson
    @shannynmoore I heard Glenn Beck was in the bathroom snorting #Koch before his speech.

  12. bito says:

    25 people arrested today at Quarantine the Kochs. PLEASE donate to help bail them out of jail. http://bit.ly/hW0qY1 #koch…

  13. bito says:

    I can’t get this to play, but it shows all the police guarding the Koch’s confab.

    I got it to play, Wow, bunch of police.

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