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The 99% – Still Fighting Hard For…………

Yep, they’re still out there. The 99% are still fighting the good fight for, well, we’ll see. Oh yeah, against the Wall Street “Man”. Lets take a look.

In Des Moines, they are protesting Romney taking donations from 40 Wells Fargo employees who contributed $49,250 to his campaign. This information comes from campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission. They also demand he return $61,500 from political action committees and individuals said to have ties to Wells Fargo. In a statement Wells Fargo said their PAC does not contribute to presidential campaigns. The protest have led to 10 arrests, all with no resistance. It’s reported that the Des Moines police said the protesters did speak to a manager at the bank allowing them to have a peaceful exchange before being arrested. OK….. Peaceful exchange before being arrested…moving on.

Occupy Oakland tried to rebuild their camp and was quickly shut down by police. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 15 tents, makeshift kitchen and a bathroom on the city’s industrial west side taken down just as soon as they went up. According to a camp organizer, the new encampment named “Zion Cypress Triangle”, was supposed to be a drug- and alcohol-free “winter camp” and “safe haven” for homeless people and activists. Oakland, it seems, is not putting up with their garbage anymore.

Occupiers in Pasadena are further trying to help the country by protesting at the Rose Parade. Occupy forces have been negotiating with Pasadena police and Tournament of Roses officials for several weeks hoping to prevent any disruptions to the parade scheduled for Jan. 2. The Occupiers will be allowed to march on the parade route after all the official floats have passed.  It should be a grand event with planned speakers including anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, and if they’re really lucky, Leftist ever-so-talented (not really) film maker and “accurate information” provider, Michael Moore. The protesters, during their march, intend to display large banners crying about wealth inequality in the United States and will unveil  “floats” of their own to include a giant  octopus. According to Occupy “spokesman” Pete Thottam, the octopus will be made out of recycled bags and stretch 40 feet from tentacle to tentacle. He said it will represent the stranglehold that Wall Street has on the political process. Protesting the Rose Parade will no doubt have a profound impact on the political process.

Photo: channels.com

Sorry Rose Parade protesters, you have been beaten buy the OG Occupiers in New York. Photo: Channels.com

There you have it. The 99% update. Anyone still care?



A Brilliant Tweet: Nancy Pelosi Blasts Bush for 4.4% Unemployment

Today, on Twitter, famous tweeter, @keder shared this tweet from @guypbenson:

Clicking the link in that tweet will take you all the way back to 2006 when Nancy Peolosi disparaged George W. Bush’s progress with unemployment.   The snapshot, while sad, is funny because Barack Obama would probably love to see unemployment at 4.4% under his watch (a sight that is sure to not happen).

I’d like to thank @keder and @guypbenson for bringing bringing our attention to today’s brilliant tweet.

What do you guys think?  Will Barack Obama see 4.4% unemployment?  Is this an example of what a partisan hack Pelosi is?  Or was this all Bush’s fault anyway?  (that’s what my current president keeps telling me)  Let us know in the comments below.  Or on Facebook.  Or if you’re really nice, I might give you the mayor of Oakland’s phone number, so you can share your comments with her.  “CDN Cares”

Oakland's Mayor Not In Control Of Her City

Bad Math, Bad Move and Buh-Bye Men's Wearhouse

I have bought numerous suits, pants, sport coats, blazers, shirts, ties, shoes .. you name it from The Men’s Wearhouse – but that’s over now. In an effort to show solidarity with the Occupy Oakland protest, an Oakland store displayed the sign pictured to the right and joined the movement in its call for a national general strike.

Founder and Chairman George Zimmer has a history of supporting progressive candidates. That much I can deal with. To directly support a cause that calls for the fall of capitalism is despicable, hypocritical and outright wrong when you’ve benefited from it. How is it that a successful capitalist suddenly believes that one persons success comes at a cost to another?

It’s the zero sum lie. If I work my way up from my humble beginnings – somehow, someone else must be deprived of the same ability. It doesn’t work that way and either Zimmer knows it or he’s smoking something.

Displaying outright ignorance in the store window is even worse. The Occupy this and that movement is just a few hundred useful idiots being organized by every major anti-USA organization imaginable. They do NOT represent 99% of Americans. They don’t even represent 99% of democrats.

Perhaps Mr. Zimmer thought that he was really standing with 99% of consumers and felt that it was a ok if he lost maybe 1% of possible clothes buyers. Unfortunately for Mr. Zimmer, the 2-3% of America represented by the Occupy park benchers were never going to buy anything in his stores. For a brilliant business founder, George doesn’t seem to understand basic math.

Prior to today, I had been a Men’s Wearhouse customer. I imagine many middle-income earners like me shopped there. They offer quality clothes, well-trained staff at reasonable prices. Considering that George doesn’t believe that I should have the ability to get ahead like him, I can no longer continue buying merchandise in his stores.

The Men’s Wearhouse is not a franchiser. So if the store did this and HQ didn’t immediately offer an apology – there is implied support. I am not asking for a nationwide boycott against the chain of Men’s clothing stores. I just won’t ever shop there again.

The Men’s Wearhouse did respond on facebook. Their awful attempt at explaining the action takes the previously implied consent and pushed it to outright, full-blown support of the anti-capitalist movement. From their fan page:

We closed our store near Oakland City Hall today, for one day, to express the company’s concern for the issue of wealth disparity in our country. The issue affects our employees and customers across the political spectrum.

With that, I found another use for my chop saw: