Ben Franklin: Mr. Dickinson I’m surprised at you, a rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.

1776 1972

We’ve been hearing all about how it’s necessary to get dangerous weapons away from fringe extremists. Every day MSNBC has been pummeling the 4 million members of the NRA and Morning “565k viewers” Joe has calling them fringe extremists.

I can certainly understand their worry. If you take a group of political extremists who fanatically believe in their cause and the evil of their enemies it doesn’t take much for them to device to try to slaughter recently re-elected executive who they consider a tyrant.

If the NRA isn’t stopped I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until we see stories like this on MSNBC:

The man, Kvon R. Smith, had reportedly used Facebook to threaten to do harm at the Capitol. Law enforcement was ready for him and arrested him as he attempted to enter the building. Smith then reportedly claimed to have a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. Police evacuated portions of the capitol building and a bomb squad reportedly arrived and handled the backpack. Police did not say whether or not the backpack contained the explosive device the man allegedly claimed it did.

And then discover that such a fellow has been on twitter talking politics .

Why I wouldn’t be surprised if such a guy even made videos showing his Molotov cocktails on facebook.

And when it happens we’ll demand strong statements from the right, like this:

Political violence is terrible and we must vigorously condemn it where ever we even suspect it; thus is the rule for all those violent-minded Tea Partiers. We must make it clear to them that political violence is unacceptable. And those who don’t make that clear — opinion leaders on the right, for example, who don’t condemn the idea of political violence upon command — are aiding and abetting the violence, encouraging it through their silence, their tacit approval.

The public can be sure that the good folks at MSNBC in general and Morning Joe in particular will lead with the story, decry those who promote such political violence and vigorously question those who might be the political allies to make sure they feel the heat for supporting and encouraging such unstable people ready to commit murder for a cause.

Unless of course like Tuesday the person is an occupied, his target is Republican Scott Walker and his political persuasion is support of the left and Barack Obama.

If that’s the case then MSNBC and Morning Joe will react thus:

Oh just a note. Morning Joe started 54 minutes ago.   Not a word about this yet…

…nothing to see here, move along.

Via Lady Liberty 1885 we see that the media has figured out that the occupods who were supposed to be so useful for democrats in 2012 have turned out to be rather less useful than expected:

We didn’t really hear about their arraignment where they were charged with 11 counts each with bail at $1.5 million each, now did we? The national media mostly blew it off and have since swept it under the carpet, but the local media added just the right amount of spin

While the media has decided that occupods are no longer useful, this video shows they still have the idiot part down pat:

Wow.

Maybe it’s just me but I think it doesn’t help politically to be the allied with people who want to blow up bridges on the national or the state level ( even if you provided the intellectual foundation of their cause ) so the media is making this a non-story but I can see the GOP ads now with images of President Obama, the MSM and Former Obama Official Elizabeth (Dances with Occupiers) Warren extolling the occupy movement, with the “There is nothing wrong with blowing up a bridge” line thrown in.

Cue the confident line:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

It’s going to be a fun election come November

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…it’s people like this:

It was a mistake, Rothschild says, to retreat into the recall effort instead of fighting Governor Walker “with mass civil disobedience.” Think of the “creative strategies” that were not tried:

The Teamsters with their 18 wheelers, whose support was so emboldening, could have driven down Interstate 90 and 94 at 45 mph all day long for a week’s time to demonstrate that workers in Wisconsin weren’t going to take this lying down.

Okay, let’s be creative! Let’s imagine what would have happened, if Teamsters with their 18 wheelers had driven down down Interstate 90 and 94 at 45 mph all day long for a week. Rothschild — he’s so creative! — seems to imagine that the public would become enraged at Scott Walker and demand political change. That’s the progressive fever dream.

That’s the occupy mentality in a nutshell, if we trash your public park and make it unusable by you, you’re not going to blame US your going to blame the people we oppose.

The most amazing thing about all this: People in the media and the Democrat party actually believed this to be true. Why? Because feudal lords that they are, they were not the folks who were going to be inconvenienced so of course the consequence never hit them.

Amazing!

BTW most of the leftists I know personally here in Massachusetts and I suspect most of those who read and comment here are much too smart to think that pissing off the average voter that way would win them friends. If the left put people like my arch enemy friend Chris on their payroll, they’d do much better for themselves.

It’s a Trap!

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With a houseguest, my son’s graduation and Robert Stacy McCain I have been behind in my posts on Brett Kimberlin and friends.

lucky for us Stacy McCain doesn’t currently have a home and in between sightings all over he hasn’t missed a beat:

The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin

While researching further background material, I happened upon a November 2011 post at DFQ2 in which Seth Allen discussed Brett Kimberlin’s ties to the left-wing news site Raw Story. Allen was particularly interested in Larisa Alexandrovna, a former Raw Story reporter who is an indefatiguable defender — or perhaps we should say, idolator — of Kimberlin.

It’s amazing what you can find when you go into the archives of Democrat sites and it’s even more amazing how they duck when word gets out:

Raw Story Disavows Ties to Kimberlin

And of course he hasn’t confined himself to the star of the show

The ”TwitterGate” story was a brief blip in the blogospheric consciousness: An ugly online spat between Left and Right that seemed rather silly to those who did not grasp two key facts:

Rauhauser was a paid consultant with the Progressive PST firm, providing “social media” services to Democrat candidates; and
Rauhauser has described himself as a “hacker.”

Fact 2 could be dismissed as mere boasting — Rauhauser may have exaggerated his hacking skills — yet it is nonetheless relevant in light of Fact 1: Why would candidates for public office hire someone who bragged of his ability to engage in deceptive and potentially criminal activity? What services did Rauhauser’s clients expect him to deliver?

The full post goes deep, VERY deep, and as Ladd Ehlinger comments:

Exactly so. If you want clues as to what a liberal thug is up to, look to what he’s accused others of doing.

The accusations are long, varied, and frightening: criminal conspiracies! Libel! Slander! Smears! Stalking! Lies! Distortions! Racism! Fascism! Totalitarianism! Voter fraud! Denial of the Vote! Violence! Denial of free speech!

And anyone who isn’t a team-playing progressive thug is outright evil, and must be stopped no matter what the cost. And if you think of your opposition as pure evil, then there’s no tactic that’s out of bounds.

Because as Patterico reminds us we are the real villains if only the rest of the world was smart enough to see it:

Since Weinergate, we have learned that key Kimberlin associates and supporters Neal Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion have been absolutely obsessed with Weinergate since it happened — as has Ron Brynaert.

Shortly after Weiner sent out the Weinertweet, Rauhauser wrote an email to the FBI blaming Stack for having “hacked” Weiner. Three days after my swatting, in a post titled “Patterico’s Penalization,” Rauhauser tried to implicate me and a man named Seth Allen in the alleged plot to bring down Weiner. (Rauhauser also asked for pictures of my wife and suggested that private detectives should stake out Seth Allen’s residence.)

The inclusion of Seth Allen in the post was a red flag to people who had written about Kimberlin, since Seth Allen was a very low-traffic blogger whose principal claim to fame was that he had fought a one-man war to draw attention to Kimberlin’s past, as well as Kimberlin’s partnership with blogger and radio personality Brad Friedman.

Ever since then, Rauhauser and anonymous Kimberlin supporter OccupyRebellion, along with other anonymous Kimberlin supporters, have pushed a version of “Weiner Trutherism” that argued Weiner didn’t actually send out the Weinertweet. The people they have blamed have included Mike Stack and various enemies of Kimberlin, including myself.

The bottom line is this: Rauhauser and OccupyRebellion were early and vigorous advocates of Weiner Trutherism, and blamed two of the SWATting victims, me and Mike Stack, for being behind a plot against Anthony Weiner. Since then, Rauhauser’s close association with Brett Kimberlin has become quite clear — and a long-running campaign of cyberstalking and harassment of Kimberlin critics by Rauhauser, Kimberlin, Brynaert, and OccupyRebellion has been quite evident.

Given my involvement in the Weiner story I’m shocked I haven’t had any issue with them myself, then again perhaps they don’t like going after Sicilians.

As for all these weird moves I had a conversation with Ladd Ehlinger on the subject, I talked about how odd it was that the left was sticking with these people, he commented that we would see this and more as they got more and more desperate and on cue in Wisconsin we have this:

I obscured names and addresses, but be assured, this was a list of real names and addresses of people who live near me, with the information about whether they voted in the last 2 elections. This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about it is violating your privacy, and the assumption that I will become active in shaming and pressuring my neighbors is repugnant.

and this:

The surveillance effect! It’s important for people to know when political organizations, like the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund, are deliberately using a psychological manipulation that has been tested and studied. Please, get out the word that mailers like this are trying to mobilize…

this:

ADDED: In the Comments, The Drill SGT points to this article, from a couple days ago, in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Hey, Here’s Who Your Neighbors Gave Money to. Sincerely, Harvard.”

and now this:

There’s a lot of desperation and maybe all the desperados went there at once. Well, this is the link, if it works. The article is called something like Legal Cloud Gathers Over Scott Walker, and it purports to have sources that say that Walker is the target of a criminal investigation.

and a last minute college “love child” accusation already adamantly denied by the woman in question when spoken to by an actual reporter

Why such last minute hail marys and some on the left are jumping all over? Perhaps because of this:

When I tweeted the photo above of the “Teamster for Walker,” several people responded that they too were Teamsters who would vote for Walker. The out-of-state union bosses will leave Wisconsin after Tuesday, but the residents will be left to repair relationships with their neighbors. Showing that this is a battle for all Wisconsin and that the dividing line is one between operatives and citizens, and not against union members, is step one to making Wisconsin that light on the hill.

And this isn’t even counting the arrest of a lone protester to protect a small crowd from pro-walker opinions.

I think the panic is really not unexpected, after all if you have Maureen Down crying for a change it can’t be good for DaLeft but it’s really more than this.

Normally a national party like the Democrat party would restrain things so far over the top that they threaten the brand but the big red wave of 2010 frightened them. When the folks went nuts in Madison last year the party and their friends in the media embraced it. When the occupod movement (a movement as organic as meat glue) raised their colors the Democrats and the Media were at their sides figuring this would be the thing that changed the equation.

With Wisconsin looking horrible and the National election starting to show signs of the cracks that have been obvious for a year the party has to go all in to keep 2012 from being a rout that shatters them on both a national and a state level.

The problem You can’t go “all in ” without the activists, and with the party as far left as it now is the activists are the people doing the very things that make the democrats unelectable.

The left acted in haste and will repent at leisure because they wouldn’t listen to me last October either here or at the Conservatory:

I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.

Now begs the question: Will the democrats be forced to stand by the side of the Kimberlins by the occupods? by the desperate folks at the Wisconsin Citizens media group, and how will they react if thrown under the bus?

A smart party would boot them soon and begin the rebuilding process but with a party built from different parts all wanting different things one can’t simply dump one part or another.

Normally I’d enjoy their trouble, but the more I see the more I’m convinced that Ladd Ehlinger is right, we haven’t seen anything near just how far these people will go in a last ditch effort to keep power.

I suspect it won’t be pretty or clean but it will be better then them actually keeping power.

Update: Patterico gives us the latest example of what the left does when …it thinks it’s winning:

After Aaron Walker went to court to get a peace order based on the site, Rauhauser sent me and others an email titled “Aaron Walker murder/suicide risk” that said, among other things:

Given Walker’s state of mind I would say his wife might find him hanging in the garage tonight when she gets home from work. Another possible outcome would be a two digit body count from some mosque in Virginia after Aaron goes full tilt Jared Loughner on the congregation. Someone who knows his wife or real world associates in Virginia should take steps to get him hospitalized before something grim happens.

My emphasis. Note the reference to Aaron’s wife. Bringing spouses into the harassment is a common tactic with this crowd.

and Stacy follows up:

Rauhauser (who has boasted of being armed with a Glock 9-mm pistol) was making ominous threats online, Kimberlin was pursuing a ruthlessly vindictive strategy of legal and workplace harassment against Walker, and when Walker tried to put a stop to it, Rauhauser suggested that Walker was contemplating some act of desperate violence.

Meanwhile in a Fitchburg far away Scott Walker reacts to all of this:

“This is an example of how incredibly desperate the opposition is,” Walker said. “It is sickening… I think this will backfire, and I think there are a lot of Democrats across the state that will say that this is what is exactly what is fundamentally wrong about politics in America today.”

“They are so desperate, they can’t stand by their record, they cannot stand by the issues , they have to make crap up that is fundamentally untrue, and I think this is why it’s going to turn,” Walker said. He added that because of the types of personal attacks he is receiving, voters are “not only likely to see us win, they’re likely to see us win by a large margin, because I think voters have had it — they’re disgusted and they’re ready to move on.” emphasis mine

This is the exact situation as the national election so expect this squared as the true scale of the Democrat party’s upcoming disaster becomes clear.

Update 2: Fixed a tag and via Ed Driscoll word is Washington is beginning to see it

it’s fair to say that Washington insiders are reading the tea leaves and increasingly preparing for a Romney victory — especially following Friday’s bad economic news. The danger for Obama is that in political campaigns perception can quickly become reality. If influential liberals such as Dowd suddenly have no problem saying Obama appears to be in over his head, pretty soon everyone will be pointing out the obvious. Thus far, Obama’s meteoric rise has been largely dependent on a press that went straight from beat sweeteners to beatification. If the press turns on the president, the Obama campaign may not know what to do.

I don’t think these people are just figuring it out, I think, they just figured they can’t hide it anymore.

Update 3: Time magazine has its “media credibility day

Walker has surfed a controversy of his own making to the center of the national stage. Fellow governors have flocked to Wisconsin to campaign alongside him, lashing their reputations to his. Mitt Romney called him a “hero.” In the final days before the June 5 recall election, he has shattered fundraising records, befuddled his opponents and pulled ahead in the polls. The referendum has transformed a rookie governor into a conservative superstar….

Meanwhile according to Time, Madison continues as it was

Every weekday since the bill was signed, opponents have gathered at the capitol at high noon for an hour-long protest. “No matter what happens, this doesn’t end here,” says Chris Reeder, 41.

But Walkers fans are unimpressed

“They can protest,” Wisconsin GOP spokesman Ben Sparks says of Walker’s opponents. “They’ve got us beat on that. But that’s about all they’ve got us beat on.”

Even as Time acknowledges what already exists the question comes: What do they mean by “it doesn’t end here” and will the Democrats go along for the: all protest (or worse) all the time.

Update 4: Stacy gives even more backstory on the Weinergate connection

There is widespread suspicion that Brett Kimberlin is behind the “BreitbartUnmasked” site, which has access to information that could only have come from Kimberlin, and which is fixated on Kimberlin’s enemies to the exclusion of nearly everything else.

As Stacy continues to channel his inner Donkey I suspect Kimberlin & Company are thinking of that famous line from Shrek:

Yeah, it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick!

Stacy McCain ain’t shutting up anytime soon.

Update 5: Michelle is still fighting mad

Over at the Conservatory we have video of, as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, rubes self identifying:

MacIver videographer captured Tubbs telling the protesters, who did not have a permit, that they’d promised him they’d leave before the weddings that were scheduled to take place there for Valentine’s Day:

The video from the event is telling the chief can’t understand why these people aren’t willing to keep the “deal” after he has allowed them to violate the law, and his annoyance with the cameraman who notices this says even more.

Dishonorable people acting dishonorably, who wouda thunk it?

Now this is why Scott Walker is going to win this recall and win it big. The three couples who were planning to get married at the Capital. This was going to be a totally apolitical day. The brides, the grooms, their friends and families, the guests could be from any political background. Their primary focus is on the big day.

They planned and spent money to make it perfect, their expectations were high as they always are at the start of a marriage and relationship and what do they get?

They get the Fathers of the occupy movement in their way.

All the permits, planning and fees didn’t matter, a political point had to be made and the Capital Police knowing this conflict was coming were more interested in allowing the political point to be made than holding these protesters to the same rules as the three couples being married.

Let me tell you something, each member of that wedding party, each bride and groom, each person who had been invited and each facebook friend will remember who spoiled their wedding day and who allowed said day to be spoiled.

And that in a nutshell is the occupy movement and the democrats problem.

Andrew Breitbart, Lee Stranahan et/al might point to the occupy rapes and idealistically expect it to mean something to the party that stood behind Bill Clinton, however the real danger the occupy movement and its fathers in Wisconsin pose to the left is that sooner or later it gets in the way of regular people trying to do regular things.

A horrible crime happening to someone else far away in a shame, but it is a lot less likely to move a voter than to have their wedding day, their picnic or their day with the kids and family spoiled because some occupod somewhere is in the way. That changes votes.

It’s simple human nature and the left can’t see it any more than Jimmy Carter could see this:

In November these guys are going to get an education.

The Foundry reports that there is more to worry about than just the Occupods and AFL-CIO deciding to protest outside of CPAC and maybe roughing up people there:

During a Thursday meeting at McPherson Square, until Saturday the epicenter of the protests, Occupiers brainstormed tactics for shutting down or disrupting the conference, according to a source who was present at the meeting.

The protesters suggested pulling fire alarms in the hotel where the conference will take place, screaming “fire” during conference activities, “glitter-bombing” participants, cutting electrical power, and barricading entrances to the hotel, according to the source, who requested anonymity.

“Speakers will be physically assaulted, not just verbally confronted,” the source told Scribe in an email. Two Occupiers, who the source also identified as members of the New Black Panther Party, “said they would be disappointed if they didn’t get arrested and planned to ‘make it count.’”

And it looks like they learned from the mistakes of their compatriots in Denver:

An attendee of the Thursday meeting, who claimed to handle relations with labor organizations, said the AFL-CIO had booked rooms for Occupiers at the Marriott hotel, with the intention of allowing them to bypass security measures at the door. Contacted by Scribe, an AFL-CIO spokesman insisted the Occupiers’ claims were untrue. The AFL-CIO has aided Occupy DC before, most recently in storing Occupiers’ belongings at its headquarters in advance of the National Park Service’s enforcement actions.

But Occupiers are apparently planning other means of infiltration. Representatives from the American University and George Washington University “Occupy” groups said they intended to actually register their members for CPAC. Student passes are heavily discounted, and allow full access to the conference.

As I recall in Denver the Hotel was well prepared and worked with police to minimize trouble. It will be interesting to see what kind of steps they take this time.

I know what I would do if I was the occupods, but I’ll let them figure out their own strategy

With the reverses in popularity the occupy movement has suffered lately, I’m sure they are happy to see this story of the average consumer moving away from big banks to a different kind of “cash” card:

Linda Black, the first person I walk up to, is happy to show off her blue plastic. Like others, Black has not had a good track record with banks, specifically Bank of America.

“Every time I went there, I’m owing this, I’m owing that,” Black says. She was frustrated that even though she had money in the account, she’d always have more fees to pay.

“So I said forget it,”

Not only does this new card charge a flat $3 a month fee it has other advantages:

Lisa Barnes, a waitress, says she’s been saving money with the card since overdrafting isn’t even an option.

“You can’t spend what you don’t have, so you can’t go over,” Barnes says. “You [just] don’t get in trouble with it.”

Yet you can still use it as an ATM card and direct deposit is available:

“[You] fill out a form and your money comes directly on the card.”

Nixon says it’s possible to do everything she needs to with the MoneyCard, like buy things online, pay bills, even buy movies from Redbox. “You can basically do anything with it,” she says.

That’s why Nixon has closed her bank account, technically joining the ranks of the “unbanked.”

So there you have it, a company providing a service needed by all, without the hidden fees of the big banks serving the 99%. How happy the occupods and the radical left that populate them must be. I’m sure they wil be celebrating that company in music, song and drum circles.
Continue reading “The occupy movement finds its Dream Company”

Once again the Occupods continue to play (not so) useful idiots for the democratic party:

A campaign under the name “Occupy Black Friday” is trying to enlist supporters to boycott just about every major retailer, and quite a few mid-sized ones, the day after Thanksgiving. The protesters are casting a wide net, urging people to demonstrate against the top retail stores — a list that includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick’s Sporting Goods to Dollar Tree

Because nothing says: “We are the 99%” more than hindering the actual 99% on their most popular shopping day of the year.

And let’s not forget who WORKS at these stores open on Black Friday and make their living from it. I suspect success for the occupods along these lines won’t do much good for the folks trying to get by in tough time.

Any movement that is designed to enliven activists has to be very careful to avoid a bad impression on those who don’t pay attention every day. The Tea Party by cleaning up after themselves, showing the flag and bringing business to places where they go, succeeded in that task while confounding a media that wanted to paint them negatively.

The “occupy” movement has done exactly the opposite. Almost orgasmic praise from the MSM not withstanding; between overstaying their welcome in city after city, impeding the use of public parks and generally making themselves a bother to the greater American public where they exist, they manage to offend voters that Democrats can’t afford alienate. (and that’s not even considering their ever growing rap sheet).

When you add the occupods attempt to demonize Black Friday shopping and the contrasting tea party move to cheer it on, we have yet another trap for the left. If sales are poor and the occupods take credit, then it’s an economic albatross to put around the left’s neck. If the sales are good then the Tea Party can claim a win over the occupods further upsetting and engaging a movement that isn’t all that stable in the first place.

Matthew Continetti’s post on the history of such idiocy points to the inevitable collapse of these movements throughout US history. The Democratic party and their allies in the media have made a conscious decision to ally themselves with these fools and I am very pleased to have them suffer all the electoral consequences this stupidity will bring them.

brought to you by Castro and company via Babalu Blog:

November 14 – Eastern Cuba (city of Contramaestre) – A protest in the streets took place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was distributed and activists of UMPACU ( Union Patriotica Cubana), among them JORGE CERVANTES, who cried out “Long Live Human Rights” were brutally beaten, arrested and released the following day.

November 16 – Eastern Cuba (city of Guantanamo) – Protest demanding the release of human rights defender, NIORVIS RIVERA GUERRA, (member of the Resistance and Democracy Movement) and all Cuban political prisoners, ended with a violent ” act of repudiation” by pro government mobs that lasted all afternoon and into the night against the home of OSVALLEMI GRANT GUERRA. As a result two dissidents were injured.

Read the whole thing, it’s a pretty long list, and if Cuba is not your thing there is always Egypt:

Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured.

And that’s not even touching on the murder of Coptic Christians.

There is a reason why people who have actually lived in communist countries don’t support the occupods.

Update: Meanwhile Stacy McCain
wonders what has happened to education

That expression of Occupier sentiment, from a blonde teenager who attends an all-girls Catholic school where tuition is $14,000 a year, was as shocking to me as any report of criminal violence in the protest encampments. It prompted me to write a long contemplation about how so many American young people have been indoctrinated to regard the “New Left” radicals of the 1960s as heroes. What have these kids been taught about the history of that era? And perhaps more importantly, what have they not been taught?

While liberals were wringing their hands about the Occupier encampments being removed from parks in New York and other cities, memory called to my mind a monument in a park down home. That monument bears the name of a handsome Georgia boy voted “Most Talented” in his high school, a brave pilot who died fighting for freedom at age 25. Today children play in the park dedicated to his memory, and no one can doubt Douglas County gave her best in what John F. Kennedy called “a long twilight struggle” against the totalitarian menace of communism. Can such a sacrifice ever be forgotten, while our nation’s children are taught to admire draft-dodgers and Marxist agitators? If schools want to teach kids about heroes from the Sixties, they should take a field trip to Washington, D.C., where Robert G. Hunter is one of more than 58,000 names on a black granite wall.