Archive for the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Category

For several months we haven’t heard anything from Van Jones, the former Obama Green Jobs Czar who is also a well-known Communist. Because of Martin Luther King remembrance this weekend, he just couldn’t wait to crawl out of his hole to stir up the pot.

According to Katie Pavlich of TownHall, Van Jones has hit a new low by calling civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. the “original occupier” in an email to supporters of his “rebuild the dream” movement.

In part, his email said,” Rebuild the Dream members are hosting MLK Day Movement Meet-ups across the country to celebrate Dr. King — the original Occupier — and link the Civil Rights Movement with today’s struggle for an economy that works for all. There is a lot for us to fight for, and people are continuing Dr. King’s struggle every day in the 21st century. With a rising movement sweeping the country, let’s gather together and ask: What would Dr. King and other civil rights leaders do today? How can we continue their legacy in 2012 and beyond?”

Sorry Van Jones, I doubt King would approve of protestors defecating on police cars, shutting down businesses, costing taxpayers millions of dollars or vandalizing banks. Crawl back into your hole because smart Americans really know what Dr. King stood for and it isn’t what you want to sell.

Blogger John Hawkins of Town Hall has an excellent article today on the Problem with the Occupy Wall Street Generation. He rightfully points out that we are raising a generation of kids who believe that there are no winners or losers just everyone who is “special” in their own right.

He points out by saying, “Playing baseball games without keeping score. Parents not allowed to cheer for one side or the other at basketball games. Refusing to use red ink to grade tests because it’s too jarring. No dodgeball. Participation trophies. Telling kids, “You’re special,” without their doing anything to show they’re special.”

News flash to these kids – The world doesn’t owe you a living, a promotion, or any special consideration at all. The people who tell you otherwise are doing it because they think you’re stupid, easy to manipulate, and they want to use you for their own purposes.

He further points out by saying, “I hate to break this to you, but they may have told you a lie. Think back; what did you actually do that was so special? Were you an all-state quarterback? Did you carry your team to victory on your shoulders in a HI IQ Bowl competition? Did you set a state record for selling chocolate bars to support the school band? Those are the sort of achievements that should build self-esteem. That’s because the right way to build self-esteem is by finding something you want to do, becoming better at it than most other people, realizing it, and then feeling a sense of specialness as a result of your accomplishments.

Instead, what we call “building self-esteem” has become nothing more than giving children a false sense of confidence. Oh, little Johnnie, you were born in America! That means the world is your oyster! Oh, you graduated from high school; that’s great! Then you graduated from college? With a degree in Art History? Wow, that’s really amazing! Just stand there long enough and your reward is sure to fall from the sky, wrapped in a bow, right into your waiting hands!”

I couldn’t have said it any better than John Hawkins because he is right. The world is filled with success and failures and once kids understand that you can’t be a winner all the time but have to work for success the better off this world will be.

Thank goodness, I didn’t have progressive parents but conservative, down-to earth parents who taught me that what you sow is what you reap.  In other words, no free rides, not self-esteem building for failures, just being the best you can be and you will succeed.  I have passed this lesson to my sons and they are successful men in their own right.  Let’s stop pandering to our kids and teach them that this world is hard and cruel and you if you want to succeed you have to be tough and resilient. Don’t be a pansy!

Once again, Van Jones is stirring up the pot. He sent out a message on Twitter linking to a story about a planned blockade. He is calling on occupiers around the country to converge on major sea ports on December 12th in an effort to disrupt commerce.

Local Occupy movements in San Diego, L.A., and Oakland – where protests shut down the port for 24 hours last month – Portland, Tacoma and Seattle will support the Dec. 12 day of action, they said. Farther north, protesters in the Canadian port city of Vancouver and in Anchorage, Alaska, will also “join the economic blockade and disruption of the one per cent,” they said, referring to the wealth-owning elite

“We’re shutting down these ports because of the union busting and attacks on the working class by the one per cent,” said Barucha Peller of the West Coast Port Blockade Assembly, of Occupy Oakland, in a statement targeted by the “99 per cent” protesters.

“We are also striking back against the nationally coordinated attack on the Occupy movement. In response to the police violence and camp evictions against the Occupy movement, this is our coordinated response against the one per cent. She further said, “On Dec. 12th we will show are collective power through pinpointed economic blockade of the one per cent.”

Sounds like anarchy to me. Also when did communism become tolerated in America? As for Van Jones when did inciting violence not become treason in this country? This should be a punishable offense for him and the Occupiers as well.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing and seeing the news about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. But when I saw this article on Hot Air, I thought one more issue to report and then I’m done with these people.

Now the ACLU in Minnesota is suing the Hennepin County (Minneapolis) for enforcing rules and laws on the use of public property where the Occupiers have camped. Specifically, the ACLU wants Hennepin County to grant unrestricted use indefinitely to the Occupiers on the basis of free speech … which apparently includes free electricity, too.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota sued Hennepin County on Monday on behalf of OccupyMPLS, the protest group camping out on the Government Center Plaza in downtown Minneapolis in defiance of county rules. The ACLU suit contends that those rules, which forbid tents and electricity, and “certain unwritten procedures enforced by the county”, violate the demonstrators’ free speech rights. The suit asks that new rules restricting the use of chalk, electricity and tents be declared unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction against the rules, and they want the county to provide electricity for the protesters. It also asks that officials stop giving trespass notices to protesters who build temporary shelters or use chalk to express their views.

The county has said the plaza is not designed for long-term occupation and that the restrictions adopted earlier this month are needed because of health and safety concerns and increased security costs. Who would have thought that these Occupiers have the right to squat indefinitely anywhere they want to – especially on public land. The fact that these people hold up signs and chant rhyming slogans should not give them any special grant to use public property that creates a semi-permanent obstruction for everyone else who may want to use the public land. What gives them special rights? What about the taxpayers who pay for the public land? Don’t they have a say in it too?

But once again this is the ACLU and I’m sure there is big money behind this suit – i.e. maybe unions? Hopefully, the court will throw this suit out and the people in Minneapolis can get their public land back to be enjoyed by all.

This is a shocking headline but it is true. Finally, the media is reporting the truth about these protesters. According to a recent article on Hot Air, the OWS protests nationwide have been responsible for at least 232 incidents of violence, vandalism or other outrageous behavior.

There has been violence in Oakland, CA, Denver, CO, and Portland, OR where now police and state patrol officers were injured by  protesters. Then there is contagious disease such as TB in Atlanta, suicide in Vermont, and even arson in Ft. Collins, CO. An Occupy Fort Collins Member was arrested for arson which caused $10 Million in damage.

In Oakland, CA the mayor has now called for shutting down the camp. The risks are too great he says and “camping” is a tactic, not a solution. The violence came a day after a group of Oakland city and business leaders held a news conference demanding the removal of the encampment, saying it has hurt downtown businesses and has continued to pose safety concerns.

Some New York City residents are just sick and tired of the Wall Street Occupiers — and would prefer they pack up their Zuccotti Park tent city and head on home.

Finally, downtown residents and business owners are organizing a protest of the protest after two months of Lower Manhattan being occupied by the Wall Street demonstration. They are angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters and organizers. They are planning a rally at City Hall Monday to send officials a message.

Businesses have complained for weeks that the encampment is causing them to lose money, although a few have made money off the protests, as donors from all over the country have sent food from nearby restaurants to the movement.

Furthermore, as BigGovernment’s John Nolte points out, the protest must also bear partial responsibility for collateral damage. The Occupy movement drains law enforcement resources. Just as of mid-to-late October, shootings in NYC were way up — and no doubt the diminished police presence outside of Zuccotti Park contributed to that. The protests are a public safety issue — and Bloomberg would be justified if he took a strong position against the flagship protest that spearheaded the lawlessness nationwide.

I’m all for protesting but not occupying. It serves no purpose and the cost is high. I also don’t buy that there are a “few” people who are causing the problems. These protesters just don’t get it. They are the magnet drawing these “few” people – anarchists,  communists, and even now labor unions – to participate and escalate the problem.

Is this the message they want the nation to hear? I say go home occupiers we’ve got your message and now it’s time to let it go.

I saw this video on YouTube by Bill Whittle entitled: Three and a Half Days. In the video Bill Whittle explains his theory about the Occupy Wall Street protesters. He says that the protesters have been raised as entitlement babies and now feel that they have lost the entitlement because of the economic times.

He further says how he would fix the entitlement mentality by making everyone from the age of 10 to 60 years old spend at least three and a half days in the woods. In this way, they would understand that it takes hard work to survive and not whine about when they are getting everything they want in life.

You can see the video here: Three and a Half Days – warning there is a commercial just before the video that you can click out of to watch the video.

Once again President Obama is planning to come to Denver to pitch his American Jobs Act and of course to do fund raising for his
campaign. Why am I writing about his visit? Because the Denver area is expecting a huge snow storm when he plans to visit Denver. Oh the irony!

Also there are limited tickets that will be given only to students, faculty and staff at certain Denver colleges and universities. I don’t see tickets given to the Occupy Denver protesters. I think they should move their protest to the University of Colorado Denver. Wouldn’t that make it interesting news at five?

As I have said multiple times, follow the money and you’ll find out the truth about this Occupy Wall Street protest. It seems that in New York the money takes you to some of the country’s largest labor unions. This is according to an article in the Washington Post by Peter Wallsten.

And in return, Occupy activists are pitching in to help unions ratchet up action against several New York firms involved in labor  disputes with workers. In one case, Occupy activists have helped union workers disrupt Sotheby’s art auction house, which is engaged in a contract dispute with about 40 of its art handlers.  Another is a joint demonstration of Occupy activists and telephone
workers is planned for Friday to target Verizon, and Occupy organizers say more unions are reaching out to a newly formed labor relations committee to ask for help in planning future actions.

The coordination represents a new chapter for the anti-Wall Street activists, who have expressed anger at establishment forces in both major political parties and eschewed the traditional grass-roots organizing tactics long deployed by labor unions.

It also suggests an evolution for organized labor, which retains close ties to President Obama and the Democratic Party but sees the
Occupy protests as a galvanizing moment. Some union officials concede that their efforts to highlight income inequality and other economic concerns have fallen short, scoring few victories with a White House that many on the left see as too close with Wall Street.

Leaders in both camps acknowledge that joining forces does not necessarily make for an easy marriage. Some Occupy activists consider it a chance to push the increasingly weak union movement into a more aggressive posture.

“We’re hoping this will inspire them to take on more militant tactics,” said Jackie DiSalvo, an Occupy Wall Street organizer who has
been coordinating with labor. “The fact that they’re willing to support more militant tactics might mean that they’re willing to start doing more.” Sounds like calling for violence to me.

What does this mean about these protesters? What happened to the “99%” they were protesting for? All of a sudden, they are now looking for bigger fish to fry by linking up with unions and wanting to use violence to get their message across. But what was their message? It was never clear, just a bunch of punks who want to protest for protest sake and disrupt good citizens’ lives as well as cost money for law enforcement to protect them.

The sooner New York and other cities kick these protesters out the better.