Scottie Pippen, Jon Bon Jovi Among Top 1% Collecting $30 Billion in Government Largesse Yearly

Just when many on the right are dismissing the Occupy Wall Street movement, Newsweek published an article stating Americans earning more than $1 million collect more than $30 billion in government largesse each year. That’s according to a report assembled by Sen. Tom Coburn and is backed up by the Internal Revenue Service’s data showing how much money was going to the much-referenced top one percent.

Among the list of wealthy recipients are Scottie Pippen, who reportedly to $210,520 in agricultural subsidies while making a fortune in the NBA; Jon Bon Jovi, who took federal cash to raise honeybees on his property and media mogul Ted Turner, who accepted half a million dollars in farm payments, the Daily Beast reports. Then they say the Occupy Wall Street Movement is made up of a bunch of rabblerousers.

The rich will continue to hit paydirt at the expense of the middle class and the poor in this country. Count how many middle class lawmakers you have sitting in Congress.

 Scottie Pippen, Jon Bon Jovi Among Top 1% Collecting $30 Billion in Government Largesse Yearly

Media Mogul Ted Turner Says "KGB Honorable Place to Work"

Ted Turner, who recently released a new book “Call Me Ted,” put his foot in his mouth once again. This time, on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” during which he blamed the U.S. for starting the battles with Vladimir Putin “by putting the Star Wars system in Czechoslovakia and Poland,” and when host Tom Brokaw recalled that Leonid Brezhnev reacted to Jimmmy Carter’s outreach by invading Afghanistan, Turner retorted with so-called moral equivalence: “Well, we invaded Afghanistan, too, and it’s a lot further — at least it’s on the border of the Soviet Union.” Brokaw called it “naked aggression on the part of the Russians at the time,” prompting Turner to charge: “Well, going into Iraq was naked aggression on the part of the United States.” But here’s the part that hit a nerve with me, Turner said that “the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work” with “worthwhile” achievements.” Ted, are you still eating bison meat dude?

Mr. Turner, defended Putin’s KGB background by comparing it to someone who worked for the FBI:

We have an FBI and, and, and, and, and we’re not prejudiced against somebody who’s worked at the FBI. It’s an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work. And it, it gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country, an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile. Yeah, like oppressing people in captured nations and running gulags to suppress political dissent.

This is nothing new with Ted Turner. A few months ago, he applied similar moral equivalence in his description of Iraqi insurgents as “patriots” who simply “don’t like us because we’ve invaded their country” and “if the Iraqis were in Washington D.C., we’d be doing the same thing.” In the same interview on PBS, he predicted global warming will soon lead to cannibalism. Wow, has this man lost some marbles or what?

From the pre-recorded interview run on the Sunday, November 30 Meet the Press

TOM BROKAW: You met Vladimir Putin when he was just an aide to the mayor of St. Petersburg. He picked up you and Jane Fonda, to whom you were married at the time. But as you have watched him since then, most people see not in his eyes a soulful person, but the eyes — three letters, as someone has put it: KGB. That he is-

TED TURNER: Well, he had that background. But you know, we have an FBI and, and, and, and, and we’re not prejudiced against somebody who’s worked at the FBI. It’s an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work. And it, it gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country, an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile.

BROKAW: But in the meantime, it appears that he’s very much more interested in just causing difficulty for the United States, getting in our face in a manner of speaking.

TURNER: Well, wait. We’re the ones — in my opinion, we’re the ones that started that. We’re the ones that started by putting the Star Wars system in Czechoslovakia and Poland when they wanted to be part of it. We’ve said that that system is only to protect us from Iran or protect Europe from Iranian missiles. So why didn’t we cooperate with the Russians? Why have we constantly been pushing, we’ve been pushing on the Russians all the time.

BROKAW: Your friend, Jimmy Carter, tried to be friendly with Leonid Brezhnev, and for his friendliness what did Brezhnev do?

TURNER: Hell, I don’t remember. It was before I got involved.

BROKAW: He invaded Afghanistan. He invaded Afghanistan.

TURNER: Well, we invaded Afghanistan, too, and it’s a lot further — at least it’s on the border of the Soviet Union or the former Soviet Union or Russia. A lot of these countries have changed names several times.

BROKAW: But, Ted, don’t try to go there in terms of justifying that. I mean, it is, the fact is that the Russians, it was a naked aggression-

TURNER: Why can’t I try and justify it?

BROKAW: It was naked aggression on the part of the Russians at the time.

TURNER: Well, going into Iraq was naked aggression on the part of the United States.

BROKAW: Yeah, but big power politics and changing big power politics requires everyone to come to the table, and that includes the Russians, not just the United States.

TURNER: They’ll come if we invite them, I’m sure.

Ted Turner, go back to Montana and chill out. You just did a major hatchet job on your media promo for your book.