The deadline for Occupy LA is hours away and according to the AP it appears that the formerly coddled occupods of LA don’t plan on going quietly:

With hours left before the Monday at 12:01 a.m. deadline the mayor and the police chief gave for Occupy LA, very few of the occupiers were packing, and many were instead were making plans for what to do when they stay.

Some handed out signs Saturday mocked up to look like the city’s notices to vacate, advertising a Monday morning “eviction block party.”

Dozens attended a teach-in on resistance tactics, including how stay safe in the face of rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and pepper spray.

It should be an interesting dilemma for Villaraigosa does he play nice and get strung along, looking weak before occupods or does he play rough and become the focus of activist ire.

Even more dangerous is the racial angle for the left. Considering an exceedingly white movement with ties to the democratic power base how much risk is there (if any) of either demonizing or humiliating a “Hispanic” leader?

Either way it won’t be a lot of fun for the left, but then again that’s a good description of the entire occupod movement.

The Associated Press, not exactly a bastion of conservatism, reported that Occupy Wall Street has cost cities and towns over $13 million in the last two months (or a spend rate of about $5 million per month).  The AP reports:

Broken down city by city, the numbers are more or less in line with the cost of policing major public events and emergencies. In Los Angeles, for example, the Michael Jackson memorial concert cost the city $1.4 million. And Atlanta spent several million dollars after a major snow and ice storm this year.

Except that OWS is not an act of nature, nor is it a one-time event: it’s a daily (and nightly) occurrence that is hurting municipal budgets and costing taxpayers money, as well as diverting funds from other areas of government.  Here is some of the problem:

The spending comes as cash-strapped police departments have cut overtime budgets, travel and training to respond to the recession. Nonetheless, city officials say they have no choice but to bring in extra officers or hold officers past their shifts to handle gatherings and marches in a way that protects free speech rights and public safety. In some cities, officials say the spending is eating into their overtime budgets and leaving less money for other public services.

We at the Tea Party had to get permits and $1 million in liability insurance for our little afternoon rally.  Add in the cost of a sound system and electricity if you are using those, and the city can and will charge you.  That is the price of our free speech.  These cities are more than welcome to get the names and addresses of protestors and tell them that they will be required to file permits, get a bond, and pay for reasonable costs, or the bill will be sent to them.

OWS may have a half-million in tax-deductible donations, but that will be eaten up in a week’s time if cities and towns go after it. At the very least, these people should be paying cities and towns, knowing that the money they are taking from government is money that isn’t going to someone’s health care, food stamps, retirement, or salaries for public-sector graduates.  If OWS is really about giving more government resources out, then why drain them in this frivolous manner?

Friar Tuck: I’m sorry my Lord, the maid has sought sanctuary in a consecrated place.

Lord Germaine: Nonsense…

Friar Tuck: Violation of sanctuary is punishable by Excommunication!

Sir William: Excommunication!

Lord Germaine: How dare you threaten me! Once again Friar, stand aside.

Sir William: Wait Germaine, our very souls may be at state.

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955 Episode 4 Friar Tuck

It is has been a truism that stories, poems and histories have a big effect on culture and actions. When the age of movies and television came those same effects came through. My own favorite show of the era was the Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. I always try to encourage modern lefties to watch the show. It’s usually not hard since once they find out Ring Lardner one of the blacklisted communist writers was involved it becomes almost a duty for them. Of course while Lardner tries to give his anti-capitalist message he finds himself over and over instead giving the message against modern relativism, as the church (specifically the Catholic Church) becomes the classic protector of the downtrodden against an increasingly immoral state.

When watching most TV series from the 60’s you can’t help but notice that the moral norms of traditional Americanism. Hard work, church and earning your own way are emphasized, as is the idea of personal honor.

With the advent of the counter-culture all of these were questioned in TV and movies with unsurprising results culturally.

I thought of this when I saw Ladd Ehlinger Jr.’s piece today on the subject of the movies.

Unfortunately, most people who read conservative blogs are people whose minds are already made up. Collectivists know this, which is why they rule the world of entertainment. They are also extraordinarily good at giving their own “kind” a shot. Take a look at most indie films out there (the world where all filmmakers start) and most suffer from severe economic restraints: no name actors, simple stories with one or two locations. “Art” films. But they get reviewed, they get distributed, they get “out there” because collectivist media knows how to fight through fiction.

Which leaves conservative filmmakers at a severe disadvantage. How do you get the word out about your micro-budget indie conservative film (because no one in H’wood will invest studio bucks into your stuff, when there’s all those anti-war movies to make), when you don’t have name actors, and the only media philosophically inclined to notice you has – for lack of a more delicate term – its head up its own ass reading and writing intricate articles on the latest conservative concept on income tax restructuring (which changes few minds, if any), or the latest liberal outrage of the day?

Just a thought: if you really want liberty to win, you need to beat the creators of today’s “Murphy Browns” and “Bourne Identities.” Not the obscure bloggers of Media Matters or the morons at MSNBC. You do this by giving more air to conservative “fictioneers” than to their opponents (like Michael Moore’s jockstrap), even if reporting on the latest jockstrap’s stupidity gets you more hits or ratings.

It will take time, but it can happen.

It can not be overestimated how important this kind of thing is, consider this speech from Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

the Lord of the Rings series is the classic tale of Western Civilization and values, I think it is no coincidence that the movies came out before the start of the war on terror. Think of how many people were inspired by these pictures at a time when it was needed most.

The problem is that we can’t count on movie makers to be finding more classic conservative stories to adapt. We are better off supporting our own writers and movie makers as Ladd suggests.

If we want to win the culture wars, we have to fight on the field where the war takes place.

And in that same spirit, I bring you this video from the band Madison Rising:

My oldest son has been coughing for days so I drove him to class this morning, when I went to pick him up I had on the radio and the conversation was about caring for elderly parents. Specifically keeping a log so you can record what you do and assign an hourly rate for it to justify the transfer of funds to your tax advantage.

All I could think was “How disgusting”. What point have we reached in a society where the taking care of one’s parents is reduced to the management of tax funds? And what does it say about our tax laws that people are having to go through these hoops to keep the federal and state governments from attacking their parents funds like a hungry wolf?

There are costs to the cultural choices we have taken as a society over the last 40 + years and this is one of them the reduction of the honor due to father and mother in their golden years reduced to how the gold is moved.

…I mean ewwwww

If you want to learn why we’ve reached this point, look in the mirror.

Earth to conservatives and parents, the broken window theory equally applies to culture as it does to crime.

Via Barbara Espinosa who unfortunately told me this at the breakfast table as I was drinking morning tea.

Update: Here is Barbara’s post on it.

I must admit this ole’ lady has been around the block a couple of times, to a rodeo, a county fair and picnic on the ground and this one I think gets the blue ribbon for being an inventive way to drink.

Couldn’t we invent something else?

Originally posted at Haemet

Left-winger Eric Boehlert of Media Matters tweets thus:

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Over 48 hrs, still waiting for RW bloggers to find a hole in @politico‘s Cain piece….They haven’t but that doesn’t stop caterwauling
Still waiting for the holes.  Well, Boehlert, let’s start.  There is the explanation by the fabulous William Jacobson, Professor of Law at Cornell. Jacobson points out that this story was designed to damage a candidate, not to disseminate accurate information or to start an investigation into an area of concern.  The Professor continues to explain:
Update: I just watched Cain’s interview by Greta Van Susteren, and he was clear and persuasive that there was no harrassment.  As to the inept response to the Politico story, Cain said that while his campaign was notified in advance, Politico never specified what the allegations were and he didn’t know what their angle would be until he saw the story.  He said that he remembered one of the women, and denied that anything inappropriate took place.  He said that Politico gave his staff the name of the second woman, and he was not aware that she ever even complained and he could think of nothing that would give rise to a complaint.
Not sure how you could have missed the Jacobson piece, Eric, because Instapundit linked to it in the same post as he linked mine, which you’ve been happily twitter-trashing.
Speaking of which, Eric, while you were getting your panties in a bunch over my snarky use of “darling” and “grow a set,” you failed to acknowledge that I explained the legal ramifications of these allegations: absolutely nothing.  “Hostile environment” sexual harassment usually must be repeated, unless it is extreme in its one instance; it also must make a “reasonable person” very uncomfortable, but Politico only alleged that Cain made a “non-suggestive” gesture.  That, Eric, is the epitome of what is not sexual harassment.

An analysis of a recent study showed that unmarried adult evangelicals are almost twice as likely to be virgins as their less-religious or non-religious peers. This is being trumpeted in the liberal media as “Evangelical Christians are having as much sex as their peers.”

First, the data:

While the study’s primary report did not explore religion, some additional analysis focusing on sexual activity and religious identification yielded this result: 80 percent of unmarried evangelical young adults (18 to 29) said that they have had sex – slightly less than 88 percent of unmarried adults, according to the teen pregnancy prevention organization.

The article highlights what challenges abstinence movements face. Movements such as “True Love Waits,” encourage teens to wear purity rings, sign virginity pledges and pledge chastity during public ceremonies.

Sigh. While “teenagers” are included in the sample set of “18 to 29 year olds”, the vast majority of that sample set (if it is representative) is not made up of teenagers.  The sample excludes married people, so anyone who successfully waited until marriage and got married before the age of 29 is not included; as evangelicals marry younger than their non-religous counterparts, it is no small error in the statistical analysis. That gets me to my biggest problem with this gross misuse of statistics in the name of showing that culture doesn’t matter: by this analysis, there is absolutely no difference between a person who has dozens, if not hundreds, of partners, and someone who waited until his or her twenties and had one or two partners.  Yes, the latter is still premarital, against the Christian faith (and other faiths), and leaves one open to abortion and disease, but bears almost no social or cultural relation to the former.

By all accounts, staunch Catholics and Evangelicals wait longer, have fewer partners, fewer abortions, and fewer diseases. If the public health goal is to get young people to wait until they are out of high school or college, then what they do at age 29 is sort of irrelevant.  (Again, it is relevant from a moral and theological perspective, but not from a “Let’s get kids to wait” perspective.)  The reason that 29-year-olds, people only a handful of years my junior, are in this sample is because no liberal wants to compare 17-year-old evangelicals or Catholics and 17-year-old “free love” kids.

That brings me to this interesting part of the CNN article:

Yet the article also asks a question that rarely comes up in discussions about abstinence movement. Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married earlier. The average age for marriage has been increasing in the U.S for the last 40 years.

Today, it’s not unusual to meet a Christian who is single at 30 – or 40 or 50, for that matter. So what do you tell them? Keep waiting?

Well, “waiting” is often a bad way to put it; it’s more like a vocation to the Single life that you have until you are given another vocation.  But what this ignores is how the sea change in the availability of premarital sex has changed the ages at which people marry; it is not just that later marriage increases premarital sex, but that premarital sex provides a disincentive to marriage.  One of the many things that would never have occurred in the Biblical era, nor any time before the 1960s, was three or four or ten year long non-marital dating or courtship periods.  (Exceptions would be during times of war, or if the couple lived far apart but were betrothed.)  “Less-enlightened” eras did not ask that young people be in the company of members of the opposite sex, whom they found to be attractive, for long periods of time whilst resisting temptation. Modern Christians understand that their children will fall short, but know that such falling short results in them waiting until they have their high school diplomas firmly in hand.

Lately I’ve been missing large chunks of Morning Joe due to Morning Mass but today I’ve been scanning the channels looking for the John Lewis Story on any of the Morning Shows.

I went to ABC, CBS, NBC in the 7 a.m. hour, I checked CNN and I started watching Morning Joe at 6:16. John Lewis? Not a word, is he Jerry’s kid brother?

To remind everyone who only gets their news from the left, over the weekend at the Occupy Atlanta protests the crowd refused to let Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis speak declaring: “He’s no better than anyone else”.

NOTE: I missed the first 15 minutes of Morning Joe today but I went back at 8 a.m. when it repeated, they quoted John Lewis saying the protests: “Reminded him of the civil rights movement” but somehow didn’t find “occupy Atlanta”‘s refusal to let him speak newsworthy.

Now if my wife and I were still in Maine with no laptop and the MSM as my only source of news, I would have no idea that this ever happened, nor would I know about GOP political consultant Ali Akbar’s invitation to Mr. Lewis to speak at a tea party event. Take a look at the Memeorandum thread that opened up after the Sunday shows:

Look at the links, not a single blog on the left has a problem with a predominantly white crowd insulting a 14 term congressman and civil rights icon with video to back it up. update the Crawdad Hole writes to say they are a blog of the left that doesn’t support the current Democratic party

The Crawdad Hole asks what they would have done if it had been a Tea Party, (even without video)? They don’t have to ask, we saw it with the false “Tea Party” incident leading on every network and the ignoring of Breitbart’s $100k challenge. In fact today Morning Joe played a clip of Nancy Pelosi repeating that same Tea Party canard.

OK so if the John Lewis story wasn’t news what did the MSM decide was the story of the week, with unemployment at 9.1% and leftist protesters going naked in SF and defecating on police cars in NY. What was the burning issue that had to be addressed:

Are Mormons Christians and do the GOP candidates think so?

Yup; THAT is the burning issue sweeping the nation. So this morning on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC the whole question of the remarks of Robert Jeffres at the Value Voters Summit was the only issue that matters. All of them went long on it. Morning Joe hit it both hours and attacked Herman Cain and Michelle Bachmann for having the temerity to suggest that they aren’t running for theologian in chief.

Our betters in the elite beltway media beat their breasts shocked and dismayed that a group of American might choose to reject Mitt Romney based on his religion (as opposed to his constant flip-flops, Romney Care etc etc etc…) but in their self-righteous outrage I seemed to recall something they don’t.

During the proposition 8 campaign and its aftermath the Mormon Church was constantly attacked by the left, the media and gay activists for their opposition to Gay Marriage. That same media lionized the comedy “The Book of Mormon” that pokes fun at the religion and have had little outrage over TV shows that made fun of Mormons and their beliefs.

For some reason I don’t seem to recall their outrage then.

I agree with them and Bill Bennett that Mitt Romney’s religion should not be a cause to oppose him but I submit that there will be a whole lot more people on the left who will summarily reject a Mormon candidate due to religion than on the right.

I further question the news judgement of the most theologically ignorant segment in the nation, they couldn’t explain what Catholics believe with the Pope coaching them let alone Mormons, in their decision to consider this story more significant than the snubbing of John Lewis by the Occupyeverwhere people.

Finally I suggest that even though the MSM is not talking about the John Lewis incident, the Black Community is, via facebook , via twitter and via all kinds of social and black media. Black Americans have noticed the snubbing of Lewis and I’ll wager they’ll also notice the MSM rushing to embrace the “occupy everywhere protests” that did it.

They will not forget.

Update: Not just an instalanche but a HEH! Now that’s special!

Update 2: If by some miracle you missed the video here it is:

BTW on an unrelated issue with Sarah Palin not running, my vote is available. I’m issuing an open invitation to supporters of any GOP candidate (or the candidates themselves) to call my show Saturday at 10 a.m. EST 888-9-fedora to make their your case to win my vote.

Update 3: BTW don’t forget my bi-weekly column at the Conservatory Under the Fedora

Update 4: The Crawdad hole sends this correction:

The Crawdad Hole is a lefty blog. We are former Hillary Clinton supporters who do not support Barack Obama or the current Democratic party.

So noted.

Update 5: Terrorists, Smearaoists who cares about Occupy Boston lending support to an Al Qaeda terrorist when the Mormon question remains unanswered!

That was the reaction of my 20-year-old son when I mentioned this visual at Stacy McCain’s site:

(the actual article from Teresa Koch in question is here)

The bottom line is that as a “mainstream” site, the PETA site is less likely to have viruses or spyware to hit your system, so why would a guy go to a pay porn site when they could go to PETA for free?

My thought was more along the lines of something that happened to a relative of mine. His left-leaning girl found him on a porn site and got very angry with him. I wonder if her reaction would have been different if he was on the PETA site, “Honey I’m not checking out Porn, I’m checking out PETA!”

It’s like the online version of Maxim magazine.

I asked a person I know who is engaged about this, and while she didn’t like the idea of her fiance on a porn site, she had no problem with PETA. Then when I posed the porn on PETA site question, she paused, saying “That’s just weird.”

I’m certain plenty of men will be thrilled to get free porn sans viruses and spyware, and PETA will be thrilled to get the numbers…

…but it’s not fooling anyone.