This is the greatest thing EVER.
My irony alert is going crazy. Occupy Wall Street poster prints are for sale at Walmart. http://t.co/ZosHPenhZb
— Mike Glenn (@mrglenn) December 16, 2013
Please note: “another.”
To the best of my knowledge, accused bombmaker Aaron Greene is not linked in any formal way to last year’s plot by Occupy Wall Street activists to bomb a Columbus, Ohio bridge. Then again, it’s not entirely clear what Greene was (allegedly) planning to bomb: when the cops arrested him and his bourgeois moll Morgan Gliedman they had just gotten to the stage of putting an actual bomb-making shop together*. A charming little substance called HMTD was found on-scene**; for those without access to Wikipedia, it’s the triggering explosive of choice for suicide and car bombers worldwide. And, naturally, Greene and Gliedman are both children of privilege. One would wonder if Mummy and Daddy hugged them enough… but then, most people who don’t get hugged enough still somehow manage to avoid making bombs in response, so perhaps the answer isn’t really all that interesting after all.
Not much else to note, except for this rather unfortunately surnamed lawyer’s quote from the Huffington Post:
“The whole situation’s sad,” said attorney Lisa Pelosi, who represented Greene. She declined further comment.
The best sort of clueless person is the sort that pats themselves on the back for actually being all with-it, and suchlike. Today’s example: Larry Lessig. Lessig didn’t really write anything that was good enough stylistically to quote, so I’ll summarize: Lessig hates Citizens United, likes to beat the dead horse of public financing of elections (mind you, that horse was shot four years ago by Barack Obama), and thinks that there should be an organic grassroots movement designed around the bedrock principle of Do Whatever Larry Lessig Says. And that said grassroots movement needs to be cultivated by the Democratic Establishment (which includes Larry Lessig, despite his no-doubt vehement protestations otherwise). Because, you know, the Democrats need to create their own Tea Party.
“EMS” standing for “Emergency Medical Services,” of course. Anyway, that’s the claim – and let us not pretend that the Occupy Movement has not been fully converted into a front for the blackshirt anarchists, shall we? The following will be familiar to anyone who watched how the antiwar movement got hijacked by the exact same people:
So people have to remember, this isn’t a bunch of unorganized and disorganized kids. This is Lisa Fithian, she’s the one who led the unions and the anarchists to shut down Seattle at the ’99 World Trade Organization protest in Seattle. It’s not something to play around with because when this is all said and done the FBI informants will have stopped bomb plots just as they and I did last time. And when that happens conservatives need to rally around because the left media and the entire left establishment who claims they have nothing to do with these anarchists, they will defend them and dirty the name of anybody who exposes them just as they did to me and just as they did to Andrew. They will defend their darlings and attack the character of anyone who holds them accountable and calls them out. And that’s what’s going to happen this time. We need to stand up as a movement, recognize what the threats are, and we need to defend the people who are keeping us safe and hold accountable and demand accountability for the people who are trying to interfere with our rights to assemble.
The other thing that they’re trying to do is that they have a coms group—and this is breaking news you need to know this—they have a coms group that is trying to shut down the EMS communications structure for the city. That’s really happening. They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.
I like Ben Domenech a heck of a lot, but there’s a problem with this argument:
What I would just ask you to take away from this event is that there’s not something about the Occupiers which ought to make people on the right stand up and say “we don’t need to talk to them, we don’t need to address their concerns, we don’t need to listen to them, we don’t need to pay any attention to this cause, there all just a bunch of leftists.” That’s simply not true. And I think that the thing we need to recognize about this is that we do ourselves a disservice if, like the story that Sowell tells, if we just concede the point. If we just give in to the idea that these people are going to be lost, that they’re never going to accept the ideas that we have, and conclude we might as well not waste time talking to them, I think we do them a disservice. We do our generation a disservice by not standing up in making the case that the pursuit of happiness is something that’s good, that individual liberty is something that’s good, that you have a birthright claim—not to entitlements, not to realizing all your dreams, not to a list of all sorts of free things—but to that pursuit.
…has a future in politics are the people that don’t actually really understand American politics. Which apparently includes Time Magazine.
But let me dumb it down: if the best that the Occupy movement can do is: field one candidate who will probably lose his primary; and create a cargo-cult PAC… then no, the Occupy movement has no future in politics. Go ask the Tea Party movement how far along they were at the equivalent point in the last election cycle, compare it to where the Occupiers are now – then either wince, or engage in mocking daemonic laughter, as you see fit.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
[UPDATE]: Welcome, Ace of Spades HQ readers. Also, why lie?
Daddy needs new gaming material. I’m trapped here in a house full of children with colds.
There’s no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that’s sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.
The artifact vanished just three weeks after a $2,400 Apple MacBook vanished from Brashear’s office. He told the occupiers that even when the 100-year-old Upper West Side church extended help to addicts during the 1980s drug scourge, no visitors touched its $12,500 sacramental instrument.
“Not even crackheads messed with that,” he said.
Yup. You’re all shocked. Short version: dirty hippie wannabes tried to take over Zuccotti Park, cops kept them out, cop gets stabbed with scissors, dirty hippie wannabes try to keep cop from getting to the hospital. You know, at some point these people are going to start plotting about how best to off them some cops. Or maybe some soldiers. Or dependents of either (they’re usually softer targets). That’s how it usually ends: start with the SDS, end with the Weathermen…
(H/T: JWF) Rep. Nadler is apparently quite upset that the cops cleared out the fetid, disease-ridden plague pit that had replaced what was once (and is now becoming again) a decent enough public-private urban park in lower Manhattan: he’s insisting – insisting! – that the Attorney General take time out from Holder’s current busy schedule* to investigate the cops for ‘misconduct.’ It would seem that Nadler feels that the Occupiers’ propensity for incessant drum circles, rampant drug use, rape coverups, and of course defecating on police cars should all fall under the category of “First Amendment rights” – and that the cops should take seriously the complaints of a bunch of illegal squatters with Mommy/Daddy issues in Nadler’s district than they should the complaints of actual residents and taxpayers of said district.
I politely – politely! – would like to suggest to said residents and taxpayers that it may be time for a switch in, shall we say, point of view? And while normally I’d just settle for suggesting that NY-08 Democrats toss out Nadler in their primary and replace him with someone more sensible, in this case I’d have to ask: how would you know that the new Democrat would be any smarter about keeping the Occupy movement at arm’s length, and in compliance with NYC’s various health and legal codes? – Because I’ll tell you this: we’re going to run a Republican in NY-08 next year, and he or she is not going to be a supporter of Occupy Wall Street. We in the GOP have this thing about humans leaving excrement in the street, you see: we’re against it. (more…)
What we are seeing here is the latest iteration of an old political program that has been given new strength by the failures of the global economy and the power of postmodern technology. [snip] … the concerns of labor intersect only tangentially with those of Occupy Wall Street’s theorists and prime movers. The occupiers have a lot more in common with the now-decades-old antiglobalization movement. They are linked much more closely to the “hacktivist” agents of chaos at WikiLeaks and Anonymous.
But perhaps this isn’t immediately obvious to the casual observer. (more…)
Huh. Doesn’t scan.
But never mind that, Comrade. Surely it must be understood that oversight of the glorious proletarian class struggle against the capitalist bosses and their running-dog international banker lackeys requires a full effort from those chosen to speak on behalf of the workers, yes? And since the Struggle has reached a critical moment, the stresses on, and expectations of, those individuals so chosen are at their highest point. It is well understood that at such moments of crisis that resources must be allocated with an eye to the higher aims of the Revolution, and not necessarily to a sentimental devotion to faux-egalitarian thinking. As has been said: “From each, according to his ability. To each, according to his needs!”
Search your feelings, you know it to be true.