Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: a distaster in the making

What’s new today

Our #1 tells us the story of a New York Times stringer who was covering the OWS movement who became a part of the movement.  #2 says a Green Party Candidate for President is claiming OWS for them saying that Obama is no better than the Republicans.  Elizabeth Warren in story #3 claims to be the intellectual mother of the OWS.  She’s planning on running against Scott Brown for the Senate Seat in Massachusetts.  #4 talks about how Occupy Oakland is becoming a fascist movement and #5 tells how the Mayor of Oakland evicted the protesters.  Obama shows how tone deaf he is by hiring not only a lobbyists for his campaign in #6, but one that lobbied for JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Fannie and Freddie.  #7 tells us why Obama’s fighter strategy won’t work for a Democrat (it could for a Republican).  Story #8 tells you that Obama did lose his magic touch, he never had it.  #9 has an interview by an OWS protester by someone who came to this country from the Soviet Union.  And finally story #10 demonstrates how civil the left can be as a Hollywood actor calls for some liberal to assassinate Sarah Palin.

1.  Another New York Times Activist

Journalism: IS THE NEW YORK TIMES A NEWS ORGANIZATION OR A FRONT FOR LEFT-WING ACTIVISTS? Reporter Natasha Lennard was filmed leading an Occupy Wall Street panel, offering radicals tips on keeping their identities secret. Openly.

In a video that appeared on BigGovernment.com, Lennard, a Times freelance reporter who was arrested with 700 other leftists for shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge this month, REVEALED HERSELF TO BE WITHIN THE ACTUAL LEADERSHIP OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT.

Along with four other "comrades," she addressed a roomful of people at a bookstore in Manhattan, officiously advising the fractious movement on how to win.

"Because BEING AN OUTRIGHT ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN OR AN ANARCHIST IS NOT REALLY SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE LIKE TO BE LIVE-STREAMED AROUND THE WORLD ... there is a silencing that's sort of gone ... because to address it would be to 'out' oneself," she told a questioner.

Let’s see, a NYT reporter gives the Occupy movement advice to hide and lie about who they are.  Certainly that all the news that is fit to print.

2.  Green Party Candidate for President claims OWS alliance

Lexington doctor Jill Stein launched a bid to become the Green Party’s presidential nominee today, saying the OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT SHOWS VOTERS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STEWARDSHIP OF THE ECONOMY.

“We are hearing the need for this race in every park and plaza where there’s an encampment around this country,” Stein said at a press conference with about two dozen supporters on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. “THERE’S AN ENORMOUS NEED FOR ALTERNATIVES, AND WE SEE THAT BREAKING OUT ALL OVER.”

Stein said that, while she is not officially aligned with Occupy Wall Street protesters, “We are proud to give that movement an electoral voice.” …

….DEMOCRATS, POINTING TO THE ROLE RALPH NADER PLAYED IN THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN FLORIDA, have warned that Green Party candidates siphon votes away from the Democratic nominee, thereby helping to elect Republicans.

Stein rejected that argument, saying there was little difference between Obama and his Republican challengers. BOTH, SHE SAID, REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF WALL STREET AND WOULD DEEPEN THE “BUSH/OBAMA RECESSION.”…

Here’s a time when both sides are correct.  She would siphon votes away from Obama and from the Green’s point of view, there isn’t a lot of difference between Obama and the Republicans (although there is a great deal of difference if you are a Republican). 

3.   Elizabeth Warren says she ‘created intellectual foundation’ for Occupy Wall Street movement

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren claims much of the credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests sweeping the nation.

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” the Harvard Law School professor and former Obama administration consumer advocate told Samuel P. Jacobs of The Daily Beast. “I SUPPORT WHAT THEY DO.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, charged with helped Senator Scott Brown win reelection, jumped on the comment.

“Warren’s decision to not only embrace, but take credit for this movement is notable considering THE BOSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS RECENTLY FORCED TO ARREST AT LEAST 141 OF HER OCCUPY ACOLYTES IN BOSTON THE OTHER DAY

Massachusetts is a very liberal state.  But this can’t really be a help to her even there. 

4.   Occupy Oakland:  A Fascist State is born

Much ado has been made about recent media reports describing Occupy Oakland as a cross between Lord of the Flies and Animal House. The leftist magazine Mother Jones was furious about the negative coverage, deeming it “The Right-Wing Media Assault on Occupy Oakland,” and attempting to debunk the bad press. But Big Journalism lashed back with an article entitled MotherJones: Truth To Unflattering reports on OWS.

Out of curiosity, I decided to check out the scene for myself to settle the matter….


One thing quickly became apparent to me: OCCUPY OAKLAND AT FIRST TRIED TO CREATE A COMPLETELY ANARCHISTIC RULE-FREE SOCIAL UTOPIA — but as the days and weeks pass, the occupiers are inescapably re-creating society from scratch, and BEFORE LONG WILL HAVE ALL THE SAME RULES AND CUSTOMS AND PROBLEMS THAT THEY TRIED TO ABANDON. (All of this is entirely predictable, I might add.)….


THE CITY OF OAKLAND ISSUED AN EVICTION NOTICE THE DAY BEFORE THE RALLY, CITING SANITATION ISSUES, GARBAGE, RATS AND OTHER HYGIENE PROBLEMS AT THE ENCAMPMENT. The protesters announced that they simply wouldn’t budge, and the city temporarily caved in, so for now the standoff continues, though the eviction notices are still taped up around the plaza. But as far as I could tell — yes, the city has a very good point. The place was pretty disgusting.


Even more disturbingly, all over the camp were signs that said “Not a toilet,” because some occupiers basically relieve themselves wherever and whenever they feel the urge. Disgusted campers started putting up signs so that their particular tents wouldn’t be on the receiving end of any effluvia.


Occupy Oakland has agreed by consensus to not cooperate with the Oakland Police Department under any circumstances. But as the law-breaking and nuisance behavior within the encampment started to grow, THE EVOLVING MINI-SOCIETY FOUND IT NECESSARY TO APPOINT ITS OWN ERSATZ POLICE FORCE. BASICALLY, THE SCARIEST LOOKING GUYS, AND/OR THOSE GUYS WITH WITH STRONGEST AUTHORITARIAN URGE, HAVE ASSUMED THE ROLE OF INTERNAL POLICEMEN. As many reporters have discovered, these guys really really do not appreciate having their picture taken, so I could only get a few surreptitious shots. In this scene, someone had found a large Bowie knife in the camp and turned it into these two Occupolice, who set about scanning the crowd for the potential owner, ready to wreak justice on anyone who broke the “no weapons” law consensus agreement. They communicate with walkie-talkies.

There also seemed to be a possibly separate “rally security force” consisting of guys wearing Black Panther buttons on their berets.

People have often cited Lord of the Flies in reference to Occupy Oakland, and I tend to agree — but in a good way. In the original novel about boys stranded on a desert island, it’s not just that they descend into barbarism, but more interestingly they start to re-create society from first principles, instituting hierarchies and rules and customs where none had existed before. And IT’S QUITE OBVIOUS THAT, LEFT ON THEIR OWN FOR A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF TIME, THE BOOK’S CHARACTERS WOULD NATURALLY HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW SOCIETY NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE THEY LEFT BEHIND….


This is definitely not your kid’s TEA Party.  It’s more like your kid’s Kristalnacht.  This is much the same way fascism rose up from leftist ideas. 


5.   Occupy Oakland:  A Fascist state dies

Police swept through Occupy Oakland's encampment in a plaza outside City Hall and a second, smaller camp nearby early today, arresting 85 people who were protesting as part of a nationwide movement against economic inequality and corporate greed.

City officials said they had been forced to clear the encampments because of sanitary and public safety concerns.

Several hundred officers from numerous law enforcement agencies began making arrests shortly before 5 a.m. and removing tents and makeshift shelters at the Occupy Oakland protest at Frank Ogawa Plaza near 14th Street and Broadway.

By 5:05 a.m., the bulk of the arrests had been completed, and arrestees were led away in plastic handcuffs. Most were arrested for unlawful assembly and illegal lodging, police said….


85 people were arrested.  It went peaceful with the police being called some names.  Some of the protesters said they would be back, but the city was erecting metal barricades around the park.  The Mayor said it was done because of escalating violence and illegal activities going on among the protesters. 

6.   Obama defies base, hires Wall Street lobbyist

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S NEW SENIOR CAMPAIGN ADVISER IS A LONGTIME WALL STREET LOBBYIST, and has the potential to damage the president’s aspirations to appeal to the protesters currently “occupying” New York City’s Zuccotti Park.

Obama’s new adviser, Broderick Johnson, has an extensive history of lobbying for big banks and corporations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2007, he lobbied for JP Morgan Chase and in 2008 Johnson lobbied for Bank of America and Fannie Mae. From 2008 through 2010, he lobbied for Comcast and in 2011 he lobbied for Microsoft.


I thought Obama’s policy was to not have lobbyists in his campaign or his administration.  I guess either I was wrong or Obama doesn’t stay true to his word.

7.   The Fighter Fallacy

The elemental question in American politics is: DO VOTERS TRUST THEIR GOVERNMENT? During the middle of the 20th century, more than 70 percent of Americans said that they trusted government to do the right thing most of the time.

During the 1970s, that fell. BY THE IRAQ WAR, ONLY 25 PERCENT TRUSTED GOVERNment. Now, amid the economic slowdown, public trust has hit an all-time low. According to a CNN/ORC INTERNATIONAL POLL, ONLY 15 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ASKED SAID THAT THEY TRUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING MOST OF THE TIME.

This is a problem for Democrats. But Democrats can win elections in this climate if they defuse the Big Government/Small Government ideological debate. With his Third Way approach, Bill Clinton established that he was not a Big Government liberal. Once he crossed that threshold, he could get voters to think about his individual policies, which were actually quite popular….


This is an interesting op-ed by David Brooks.  What he alludes to here is what I dubbed the “Lemonade Stand Theory” on this blog on September 6, 2011.  The lesson from the Lemonade Stand Theory is the problem for the left that the people don’t believe them. And they don’t believe them because of their experience with government.  Basically if government is trying to protect citizenry by shutting down kids’ lemonade stands, government is out of touch and  untrustworthy.

The Democrats are the party of government and although people may like what the individual policies the Democrats talk about, they don’t believe the Democrats will actually deliver what they promise.  The last two and one half years under Obama is a big reinforcement of how the rhetoric and the results differ widely. 

Brooks basic lesson is that Obama’s latest strategy, that of the fighter, won’t work because he is a democrat.  What he needs to do is to be Bill Clinton and come up with a Grand Bargain with the Republicans. 

#8  The Magic Touch

Last year, President Barack Obama  issued a warning to Republicans. They had been “politicking”instead of “governing,” he said. “Well, we can politick for three months,” he said. “They forgot I’m pretty good at politicking.”

That was in August 2010. At the end of those three months, Republicans controlled the most seats in the U.S. House since the 1940s. Republicans did well for a lot of reasons. One of them was that the president is wrong: He isn’t all that good at politics….

But take a closer look at Obama’s rise and a hole in his resume quickly becomes apparent: Obama never had to fight for and win the votes of people who don’t agree with him. Both his biggest political setback and his biggest political accomplishment -- his defeat by Bobby Rush in a 2000 U.S. House primary and his victory over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 -- came during struggles within a liberal universe….

This is an interesting piece talking about the lack of political instincts Obama seems to have.   This doesn’t seem to hurt his self-image of himself.   He thinks he is a political genius.

#9  Socialism vs Capitalism at OWS—see the video


If you are expecting intelligence from the Occupy movement, you won’t find it here.  It’s amazing how the woman describes North Korea. 

#10  Actor Calls for Liberals to Kill Sarah Palin

ACTOR ORLANDO JONES on Saturday celebrated the death of Libya's Moammar Gaddafi by taking to his Twitter account and calling for American liberals to kill Sarah Palin.

Once again we see where the intolerance and lack of civility resides.  It isn’t with the right and the TEA Party. 

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