#Occupy — They’re not very bright, are they?

February 12, 2012

If you’re going to protest a minion of the Evil One-Percent(tm) –in this case, a state government official concerned about the integrity of the elections he supervises– you might try protesting in the right room

I saw a very funny example of the ineptness of the Occupy protesters today. I was at CPAC to speak on a panel on voter fraud and the 2012 election with John Fund, Catherine Engelbrecht, and David Norcross. We got to our ballroom as the prior session was winding up. It was being hosted by David Keene of the NRA and the panelists were talking about criminal-justice reform and the Second Amendment.

As the panelists were speaking, two Occupy protesters walked up to the stage and unrolled a big banner attacking Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas. Kobach is a very smart lawyer who worked at the Bush Justice Department and was elected secretary of state in 2010. He has raised the ire of liberals because of his support for common-sense election reforms like voter-ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements for individuals registering to vote, both of which were passed by the Kansas legislature.

(…)

There was only one problem for the protesters — they were in the wrong room (LOL!). Kobach’s panel was going on elsewhere in the hotel and he was not on the panel that David Keene was moderating or the one that was about to start. When Keene told the protesters that, everyone in the room started laughing at them and they sheepishly folded up their banner and left. They apparently never made it to the actual room where Kobach was speaking.

Kobach, it turns out, was speaking in a different room, on an immigration panel. (He did crucial work on Arizona’s SB 1070, for example.)

And they want us to let them lead us to a better world? As the great Homer Simpson would say, “D’oh!”

via Christian Adams

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Feel-good story of the week: “Secret Santa” hands out cash to needy

December 2, 2011

Just when you think the world is full of nothing but crappy, selfish people, someone just has to go and prove you wrong:

A businessman who identified himself only as “Secret Santa” brought Christmas cheer to Reading, Pa., one $100 bill at a time.

Reading has the highest poverty rate of cities across the nation with more than 65,000 residents, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. An estimated 90,000 people call Reading home.

The unnamed Good Samaritan Santa had read about the plight of Reading’s residents, and he spent Tuesday traversing the city and handing out cash to those he thought could use it, the Reading Eagle newspaper reported.

(…)

The secret Santa explained that helping others helped him.

“I get more out of it than they do,” he said. “I’ve had people say, you know, ‘You saved my life. I was going to commit suicide.’ I’ve had people say, ‘I couldn’t pay my heat. … I hadn’t eaten in days,’” he said.

And I’ll bet this guy is part of the one-percent the Occupy movement is trying to “save” us from. But the truth is, and you can bet on it, he’s done more good handing out his money and giving help to those who really need it on this one day than all the self-absorbed Occupiers have ever done with all their drum circles and up-and-down twinkles and rape-free zones over the last three months. Or ever will.

Go, Secret Santa!

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


America’s fork in the road: the Tea Party vs. the Occupy Movement

December 1, 2011

Here’s a good video from Encounter Books and narrated by Bill Whittle on the choice the US faces in 2012 between two populist movements: the largely classical-liberal Tea Party and the progressive-and-further-Left Occupy movement (1). The video provides a clear and succinct summary of the deep philosophical differences between the two groups, and I think you’ll find the five or so minutes it takes to watch is time well-spent:

Every four years it seems people call the approaching election “the most important in our history,” and I admit I’ve become somewhat jaded to those claims. But there’s no doubting that the sequence of elections beginning in 2008 and perhaps climaxing in 2012 is very significant. In a process that began in 1980 with Reagan’s election and that continues to this day, the two parties are developing genuine (2) and serious ideological differences, as illustrated in the video.

It may not be the “most important election in our history,” but the choice is real and the repercussions will last for a long time.

Footnotes:
(1) Although I kind of hesitate to call Occupy “genuinely populist,” given the heavy backing from Big Labor.
(2) And, in the interests of authenticity, may I suggest the Democrat Party stop holding their Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners? You’ve gone so far down the Social-Democratic road that Presidents Jefferson and Jackson would run screaming in horror. (Well, Jackson might draw a sword, instead…)

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A governor turns the table on #OWS — UPDATED, fresh video

November 30, 2011

The Occupiers all like to claim they’re into mass democracy: general assemblies, voting by up and down-twinkles, free speech, and all that jazz. And all while making obnoxious prats of themselves. Prats who don’t understand a thing about real democratic societies… but I digress.

Anyway, it shouldn’t be surprising that I took a special joy in seeing Colorado Governor Hickenlooper (D!) and the crowd he had come to address use democracy against the Occupiers.

Enjoy:

Major up-twinkles.

via Jonah Goldberg

UPDATE: The original video was suppressed after a copyright claim by an Occupier named Michael Clifton. Hey, Mikey! Other people had cameras, too:

Thanks to Moe Lane, who observes…

Suuuuure.  Now they care about private property.  Doesn’t information want to be free, Michael Clifton?

Heh.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


#Occupy fighting for the 99% in Wisconsin, by bribing children with cigarettes?

November 21, 2011

Sure looks that way, doesn’t it? The campaign to recall Governor Walker (1) thought it had found some neat allies in the Occupy movement, so they apparently joined forces to occupy a bridge (and freeze their tushes off) and circulate recall petitions, paying people in cigarettes for their signatures.

That’s what it looks like, anyway.

Of course, bribing with smokes seems to be something of  a hobby with Wisconsin Democrats.

Footnote:
(1) You know, the guy who signed into law needed reforms that are actually doing some good for his state. Can’t have that, now.


#OccupySanDiego honors White House shooter

November 17, 2011

No, really.

Somehow, I don’t think 99% of us would approve of taking shots at the White House.

But, according to the Left, Occupy is just like the Tea Party. As Ace puts 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?

Don’t worry, Ace; I’m sure CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, and (especially!) MSNBC will be all over this like ants at a picnic.

Just as soon as they can find a way to blame it on Sarah Palin.

RELATED: Earlier posts on the Occupy movement.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Bill Whittle: the Western Way and the #Occupy Way

November 15, 2011

In the latest edition of Afterburner, Whittle first compares the flourishing orchards of the Israelis to the barren lands of their neighbors (1) and then distinguishes the attributes of successful small-businessman with a high-school degree from the qualities of the typical Occupier. The difference he finds is the difference between the Western way of thought and, well, everything else.

Footnote:
(1) Though it would have been a digression, Bill could have devoted his entire essay to how the different mindsets of the Israelis and their Arab neighbors also illustrate his thesis. For a good, brief analysis of the cultural ossification of the Arab Muslim world over at least the last 500 years, see Bernard Lewis’ “What went wrong? The clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Police break up… #OccupyCal ?

November 10, 2011

Almost the last place I ever expected this to happen. When you’ve lost UC Berkeley…

Moving quickly to quell a protest on the site where the Free Speech Movement was born, UC Berkeley police in riot gear on Wednesday tore down tents and arrested at least seven people who had established an Occupy Cal camp.

The violent clash was in stark contrast to peaceful speeches about protecting higher education from budget cuts and a short march that started the demonstration in front of Sproul Hall at noon. By 3:30 p.m., protesters linking arms were facing down lines of police officers as the Occupy group tried to protect a handful of tents that had been erected on a lawn in front of the building.

After warning protesters that camping at the university is illegal, officers moved in and shoved demonstrators out of the way as they pushed toward the camp. Six UC Berkeley students and an associate professor were arrested; charges included resisting officers and failing to disperse.

“Stop beating students,” the crowd chanted as officers subdued several people.

“He’s breaking my wrists,” a man shouted before the police officer arresting him cut off his cries with a chokehold.

Monty Python did it first:

Bloody peasants.

Of course, regarding the last lines, we all know violence is inherent in the Occupy movement.

Meanwhile, bravo to the UC Berkeley administration and police for standing up to the modern Vandals, even if they had to invoke an “anti-camping” ordinance to do it.

via Da Tech Guy and TRS

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Chronicles of the new barbarians — #OccupySanDiego

November 8, 2011

They just want to spread the wealth around.

My blog-buddy Sister Toldjah has a post up about the appalling behavior of those who claim to represent “the little guy” in San Diego: two small businesses (micro, really) made the mistake of trying to be nice and started giving free food and drink to the “Occupiers,” then learned that the “requests” were really endless demands and that they would be bankrupted if this kept up. So the vendors, “little guys” like the rest of us, did the logical thing: they cut the “Occupiers” moochers off. What did the valiant warriors for the 99% do in return?

They trashed the two businesses, including hitting them with blood and urine. The owners may well be forced out of business because of this.

And, like Oakland’s Mayor Quan, San Diego’s mayor is a spineless appeaser.

Occupy really are the new Vandals, and violence is their core.

PS:
Do visit ST’s post. She’s posted information about how we can help the vendors recover their businesses.

PPS:
Remember, Democrats: your party supports these thugs.


Occupy Oakland: never bring uptwinkles to a gunfight

November 4, 2011

I think Oakland has just met its next mayor, who knows how to handle rioters:

“We had people who attempted to break into our building,” the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, [Oakland developer Phil] Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and “discouraged them,” he said.

“I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it – I didn’t point it – I just held it in my hands,” Tagami said. “And I just racked it, and they ran.

Clint would be proud:

Compare Tagami’s action to the pusillanimous whines of appeasement coming from Oakland’s elected “leaders:”

City Administrator Deanna Santana apologized to business owners for the “chaotic events” that enveloped the city. Mayor Jean Quan called the rioters “a small and isolated group.”

“It shouldn’t mar the overall impact of the demonstration and the fact that people in the 99 percent movement demonstrated peacefully and, for the most part, were productive and very peaceful,” Quan said.

Neville Chamberlain is alive and well in Oakland’s city hall.

Citizen Tagami, however, isn’t buying it:

Tagami disagreed, calling the Occupy Oakland encampment “basically concealment and cover for anarchists who are doing this to our city.”

“We’re very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any repercussions,” Tagami said. “They need to be held accountable.”

Exactly.

In all seriousness, this is what happens when muddleheaded governments break the social contract and fail to protect the rights of all people equally, as they are supposed to.  The right to have one’s livelihood and possessions secure from violence is as fundamental and natural to liberty under the rule of law as freedom of speech. When government officials such as Mayor Quan vacillate and refuse to do the job for which they were elected, it is left to citizens such as Frank Tagami to defend their rights themselves in a state of nature.

Again, no one is saying the Occupiers don’t have a right to protest — they most certainly do. But our very open, very tolerant society provides wide-open avenues for protest that don’t require the logic of violence that lies at the heart of the Occupy movement.

In contrast, witness the myriad, often huge rallies held by the Tea Party: all done within the law, everyone’s rights respected, and the movement’s point forcefully and effectively made through freedom of speech and association.

And not a broken window in sight.

Meanwhile, it’s time for the mayors of the various “Occupy” cities to do their duty by their residents and taxpayers and put an end to the camps, with their lawlessness and their squalor.

Enough is enough.

PS: Tagami for Mayor in 2014!

LINKS: More from Hot Air.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


The heart of the #Occupy movement is violence

November 3, 2011

The original Occupy movement

What was I saying about the “new Vandals?”

Conn Carroll of The Washington Examiner today presents video of Occupy Oakland “staff” trying to stop others from trashing a local Whole Foods store. But, as Carroll points out, the presence of Occupy Oakland “officials” tells us they had some idea trouble would break out, yet went ahead with the march, anyway, thus making them responsible.

Why? Because the central idea of Occupy is the seizure of control of another’s property. His final paragraph lays bare the violent logic at the core of the movement:

…When you assert control over something that someone else owns (Brookfield Properties, the taxpayers, etc), there is eventually going to be a physical confrontation when that owner tries to reassert control. That is what we are seeing in police/occupier clashes across the country.

And this is what President Obama, the Chairwoman of the Democratic Party, and sundry others, have aligned themselves with.

Again, this is no longer an issue of freedom of speech; no one is advocating that free political speech be repressed — as long as the rights of others are respected. But these people have crossed a line by trampling on the property rights of others (1) and threatening their livelihoods and even their safety. It is time for city mayors to do the jobs for which they are being paid and order the mobs to disperse — and to send in the police to enforce the order, if need be.

Footnote:
(1) And I don’t just mean who physically owns the ground; companies of all sizes have shareholders, and those shareholders, whether individual investors or big investment houses (who in turn serve individual investors) have a property interest in their shares in those businesses and in their future profits. Same with sole owners of small businesses, whether it’s a hot dog cart on a corner near Zuccotti Park or a crafts store in Oakland. When Occupy “does its thing,” it harms the very people it claims to be fighting for. What about their rights?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Meet the honor roll of #Occupy supporters

November 2, 2011

Or should I say “rogues’ gallery?”

The invaluable Zombie has compiled a list of prominent supporters of the Occupy movement, with links to sources. As you can see from the first five below, it’s quite a collection. Remember, these are the real “99-percent.”

Be sure to check out the rest:


Communist Party USA

      Sources:

Communist Party USA, OWS speech, The Daily Caller


American Nazi Party

      Sources:

Media Matters, American Nazi Party, White Honor, Sunshine State News


Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran

      Sources:

The Guardian, Tehran Times, CBS News


Barack Obama

      Sources:

ABC News, CBS News, ForexTV, NBC New York


The government of North Korea

      Sources:

Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state-controlled news outlet), The Marxist-Leninist, Wall Street Journal, Times of India

DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Democratic Party are in fine, fine company.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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