A terrible case of the 1% oppressing the 99% took place yesterday as the US navy seized a fishing boat from Somali pirates the “occupy the oceans team“.
According to the Navy, a helicopter from the Kidd spotted a suspect pirate boat alongside the Iranian vessel. At the same time, the Kidd received a distress call from the captain of ship, the Al Molai, saying he and his crew were being held captive by pirates.
A team from the Kidd boarded the Al Molai, took 15 suspected pirates into custody and freed 13 Iranian hostages, the Navy said.
Those Somali’s taken into custody live in one of the poorest countries in the world and yet here is the US taking a ship after they occupied the ship of Iran an oil nation just like those 1% people in Texas!
Some might paint this as a victory for the camaraderie of nations:
“Rescuing Iranian sailors by the U.S. was a humanitarian act and we welcome such acts,” he said. “The Iranian Navy also engages in such rescue operations. It is the responsibility of all nations to rescue nationals from other countries from pirates.”
but friends of the occupy movement recognize I’m sure that the Iranian fishermen have no more rights to private property than wall street fat cats.
The Occupy protesters who call themselves the 99% because they’ve been victimized by those evil 1% corporatist banker types, are now sitting comfortably in their warm homes as they recruit the homeless, people without warm homes, to keep the protests going in Indianapolis.
Occupy L.A. might resemble a homeless encampment outside City Hall, but some are complaining that the real homeless are moving in on the anti-Wall Streeters in order to take advantage of the relatively plentiful food.
As cities around the country have swept Occupy Wall Street camps from their plazas and parks in recent weeks, a number of mayors and city officials have argued that by providing shelter to the homeless, the camps are endangering the public and even the homeless themselves.
With the story of the occupation changing sometimes by the hour, those who can leave or relocate may have done one or both by the time you read this. Those possessing warm beds will eventually crawl back under the covers.
Presuming Dilworth Plaza’s $50 million makeover is imminent, what becomes of the troubled souls who have emerged from the shadows to form a commune in crisis?
For all the fear that anarchists may force a showdown with police, why aren’t more people talking about what happens when bulldozers roll up on a site inhabited by so many with nowhere else to go?
My reaction to this is: Homeless? There are HOMELESS in Obama’s America?
None of these stories have become big nationally, and they will not, why? Because that would involve acknowledging a problem with the homeless during the Obama years. The arguments that removing the camps can’t be made by the Obama left because it would truly turn the Occupy Camps into Obamavilles.
Rest Assured when the GOP takes the White House and the Senate in 12 months the MSM will re-discover the Homeless and they will be blamed on the incoming Republican president and congress (or George Bush)
But until that time, these homeless stories will remain local, incidental and unnewsworthy.
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.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds at 12:01 a.m. Monday, saying officials can no longer “maintain the public safety of a long-term encampment,” according to a statement issued Friday.
But but I thought Villaraigosa LOVED the occupy movement…
At first, city officials welcomed the protest, which has also won backing from local labor unions. In October, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion in support of the demonstration, and on one wet morning, Villaraigosa’s office handed out rain slickers to soaked protesters.
But the political tide inside City Hall has since turned against those camped just outside. The shift was driven largely by concerns about damage to the lawn and a spike in crime at the camp.
Remember this is LA where the left can generally do what it wants, where just three months ago Villaraigosa was busy bashing the Tea Party as a destructive force for jobs, but it appears no matter how much the national media covers for them, no matter how much the left screams oppression on their behalf and no matter how often the White House backs them, the reality of the occupods shines through, even in liberal democratic bastions like Los Angeles.
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”→
Stacy McCain notes the large gender gap in the occupod movement and comes up with a simple explanation (emphasis mine):
There are probably women who aren’t bothered much by poor hygiene, and there may be women who aren’t bothered by a lack of toilet and bathing facilities. But I think you’ll have a hard time finding women who aren’t bothered by the kind of bad stuff that happens to women when they’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of scummy, predatory cop-haters: Rape, sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, gang rape . . . You get the picture.
Which brings me to the subject of the occupiers stance on snitching. First hand reports (by women) indicate that reporting of assaults is discouraged. One woman at Occupy Wall Street told the New York Post “We don’t tell anyone…We handle it internally. I said too much already.” My own original reporting on the situation at Occupy Baltimore indicated that sexual harassment was a common complaint, but organizers didn’t want word of it leaking to the media. One feminist who recently visited Occupy Edinburgh found it was sexist and reports that women were told not to discuss a rape that allegedly occurred at Occupy Glasgow.
Any conservative group with such a record toward women would be denounced as misogynistic troglodytes. But because OWS is progressive, Dupuy minimizes the problems at the camps as “a couple of alleged rapes.” She spends more time focusing on how women might be better represented in the general assemblies than the actual record of assault and harassment toward women in the camps. Dupuy is at pains to suggest a statement of zero tolerance toward assault (which shouldn’t really need to be stated, should it?) is a way to address the problem:
Personally I suspect a belief in the 2nd amendment would make a huge difference for women uncomfortable in the occupy camps.
Getting back to Stacy’s statement I think he’s wrong. There is apparently at least one woman who is not bothered by these things. It’s the same woman who declares that the budget would be balanced if only women were running it. It’s the same woman who for weeks has ignored the danger to women at these camps and is only outraged by actions of the police to counter them.
The logical suggestion would be to have her daughters (who she claims are doing school work on the occupy movement) to camp overnight to prove me , Verum Serum and Stacy wrong. But there is logic and political advantage and there is right and wrong. I’ve said before I’m more Catholic than Sicilian. and the Occupy Movement’s Ometra not withstanding, I could not countenance any such act. No amount of political advantage would be worth exposing them to the dangers of the occupy camps for even a single night.
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.
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.
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.
Democrats had so much hope for the Occupy movement, they were sure they could create their own version of the tea party in time for the 2012 elections
Alas, unlike the tea party that actually attracted previously unengaged voters to their cause, the Occupy movement’s core of professional activists found themselves only able to swell their numbers with union members, paid protesters, clueless college students and those who wanted both a free lunch and an area where law enforcement was non-existent.
The results were predictable.
Not surprisingly as the mess grew so did the rap sheet including deaths, sexual assaults, thievery, drug dealing that has become an embarrassment for democrats who initially rushed to support them. It’s actually reached the point where people are being assaulted for NOT joining the movement.
Not really the cup of tea for a pol seeking re-election is it?
NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn’t happened.
Insert record scratch here.
Sorry AP, but the only reason Democrats see a minefield is because they’re standing in it.
Democrats such as…
…House Democrats. And look, the story about House Democrats endorsing Occupy is an AP story!
When the AP matter-of-factly (the most effective way to propagandize) states that this natural alliance “hasn’t happened” … they are lying. The alliance between Occupy and prominent Democrats occurred weeks ago
And Mr. Nolte has left out Elizabeth Warren a Morning Joe Favorite who embraced the movement at first, but after this ad started running
Yet today on Morning Joe, you would not know this at all. John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Jeffery Sachs and Mika Brzezinski, excoriated Newt Gingrich for suggesting that the occupods need to get a bath then a job. To the Morning Joe/Politico/MSNBC crowd the entire 302 count rap sheet doesn’t exist, the assaults, the cries for socialism, the robberies and the violence, none of these things have happened.
And it not just the rap sheet that is missing, note WHO is missing from today’s show as well. We see SNL skits featuring Jon Huntsman and a pseudo Mitt Romney, we see David Letterman treating Herman Cain in a fashion they would not tolerate for a liberal pol, but strangely no clip from Jon Stewart. Perhaps because Stewart gave the occupod movement a fatal blow among the youth who might have joined in the hopes of being cool or getting laid.
When he gets back to hitting the GOP I’m sure he will return to their link lineup.
It is almost as if the new media and the internet doesn’t exist for Morning Joe today. It brings to mind the old information ministries of the old Soviet Union or even Baghdad Bob assuring us that the Americans are about to be defeated as our troops are just a few hundred yards away.
How and why could this be? It’s pretty simple, the goal today is not to inform, it is to re-assure the niche audience that gets their info strictly from the far left that all is still well. I suspect their efforts will be much like Kevin Bacon’s
And what is the lesson we should learn from this? You likely have already guessed it
While journalists are quick to expose conflicts of interest that could influence political leaders, some often-sympathetic reporters covering the Occupy Wall Street movement might want to look in the mirror.
Those are the journalists belonging to the Newspaper Guild, a national union that represents many journalists in the state, including some at The New York Times.
The Guild is a branch of the CWA, or Communications Workers of America, one of the strongest supporters of the Occupy effort in the nation.
The union’s home page on the Web, for instance, proudly declares, “CWA Supports the Occupy Movement.’
Did you know that not so long ago opponents of the Ground Zero mosque were denied a permit for a protest there? [Emphasis added]
The owner, Brookfield Properties, expressly prohibits tents, tarps and sleeping in the park—rules ignored by the protesters. It also has a history of denying use of the park for political activities, which is within its rights. Last year the city and Brookfield Properties denied a request by a group to use the park to protest against the planned new mosque near the World Trade Center. A content-neutral approach, the cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence, should also have kept Occupy Wall Street out. [Read More]
Since when is the taking over of a public space an exercise of one’s First Amendment rights? And if the Occupiers could do it, why not the anti-Mosque people?
I suspect if they anti-Mosque crew “occupied” the park way back when the Mika Brzezinski would not have been so supportive and the Mayor of NY would not have needed two months to eject them.
County officials this week released a list of 93 complaints of disruptive and illegal behavior near the county’s main offices and courthouse, adjacent to the Occupy Santa Cruz camp.
Since the camp was joined by dozens of tents that belong to the homeless, county workers and others have documented drug and alcohol use, public urination and defecation, littering, bathing in county restrooms, fights and more. Two pieces of artwork on display at the county building were vandalized – although county officials said it is not known who was responsible for it.
Several planned courthouse marriages also had to be moved, deputy April Skalland said Friday.
The occupods draw from a fair amount of college students who both think it is hip and frankly believe it will increase their chances of scoring. If Stewart is openly mocking them then that’s a signal that it’s ok to decide it is uncool, particularly if you wanted to stay away due to the violence, smell and disease anyway.
I understand a moment of silence for the White House, but why would you offer a moment of solidarity, i.e. unity, with the shooter?
I guess even if the shooter doesn’t identify with them, they seem to identify with him, Via Ace of Spades HQ who says…
I don’t even want to write the obvious words, but I’ll do it: If anyone in the Tea Party expressed solidarity with Jared Loughner (and if a group of Tea Partiers than bowed their head in respectful silence for him), do you imagine the media would have been interested?