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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?

 

 

Occupy Wall Street — A Passing Fad?

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — While general awareness continues to grow toward the Occupy Wall Street, there has been a 7 point increase in negative sentiment in social media around the movement according to a new poll and ongoing social analysis by global market research firm, ORC International. Positive and mixed sentiment both declined leading to believe the movement, while still widespread, is currently losing support. These findings are further supported by a telephone poll released today by ORC International** showing over half of Americans (57%) say they have become less interested in the movement over the past two weeks.

Our most recent social media analysis shows that while online conversations peaked to an all-time high of 5 million posts on November 15 with protesters being evicted from Zucotti Park- the movement’s home base in New York City- social conversation has dramatically trailed off since then. Only three in ten Americans disagree with the eviction.

The widespread arrests continue to drive conversations (17% of all posts contained ‘arrest’, 30% ‘police’), however it is the protesters themselves, and not the issues that are being brought to the forefront. According to the telephone poll, there are widespread opinions about what the movement is trying to accomplish. Of those surveyed, top responses revealed only 11% note the goal is to point out/reduce economic inequality, 5% to create more jobs/reduce unemployment, 4% to improve economy/growth and for wealthy corporations to pay more in taxes.

According to Jeffrey Resnick, Global Managing Director of Innovation and Strategy for ORC International “the movement seems to be slowing in the eyes of both social and mainstream media.  Once evictions began across a number of Occupy encampments, the public’s interest began to wane. While the frustrations underpinning the movement are still real, it doesn’t have the hearts and minds of most Americans.   Almost one in four Americans (23%) say the movement should stop but a plurality simply do not care (44%).”

Anti-occupy band banned from playing in Zucotti park

New York, NY – Dec. 4… Madison Rising will not skirt the law. The pro-America rock band
wanted to procure a legal permit for a live anti-Occupy Wall Street performance. A full week was spent on a
wild goose chase around New York City where various government agencies were visited in an effort to
pull a legal permit for Madison Rising’s “Take Back Wall Street” concert in Zuccotti Park on Tuesday,
December 6, 2011.

Madison Rising endeavored to celebrate capitalism with a concert and to thank the hard
working women and men of the NYPD, FDNY, and on Wall Street. After finally ending up at Brookfield Office
Properties (owner of Zuccotti Park), Madison Rising was ultimately denied a permit on the day Third Eye Blind
performed to Occupy in Zuccotti Park without a permit.

Madison Rising, a rock band that released its debut album last month, is fueled by an eternal gratitude
and love of our country. “Right now, ignorance and apathy are running wild amongst our citizens. Right now,
we need to get people thinking about issues that really matter. We hope Madison Rising will inspire that,”
said Dave Bray, Lead Vocalist, Military Veteran.

Bill Ayers Owns Up to Obama Fundraiser in His Home

Politicians lie.

Babies cry. Water is wet. If you jump off a building you’ll always go down, never up.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

When you lie down with dogs, or #OWS protesters, you get fleas.

Sometimes dogs get tired of the hand that once fed them throwing them under the bus, and unable to patiently wait until the big dog is out of the White House (yeah, I went there) they begin to bite the hand by letting some of the factoids they had agreed (tacitly or explicitly) to keep on the Down Low slip out. [I keed, I keed]

As a bonus you get a surreptitious birds eye view of what these people have in store for your kids educational future.

To be fair it looks as if the Unrepentant Terrorist Bill Ayers was unaware that he was being taped…boo hoo. I’m pretty sure SFPD Sgt. Brian McDonnell was unaware Ayers’ Weather Underground Terrorists were going to kill him one day in February 1970.

But that sort of thing didn’t concern young Barack Obama. Like the #PeePeeParty aka #OWS one can safely assume that he sympathized with the aims if not the methods of the Weather Underground otherwise he would keep his distance from an Unrepentant Terrorist rather than hold a fundraiser in his living room.

Of course, by that logic he wouldn’t have associated with and participated in a highly questionable land deal with the likes of Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko who just got Ten and a half years for corruption and was sentenced wearing a prison jumpsuit and leg irons.

Should I toss in Blago? Or my personal fave Billionaire Former New Jersey Democrat Senator and Governor, Former Goldman Sachs CEO and Currently Under Investigation (and probably Heavy Security) CEO of the defunct MF Global (was there ever a better named company?) which ‘lost’ a reported $600 Million of Customer Funds that was ‘apparently’ commingled with the companies funds (highly illegal) but was then found to be actually $1.2 Billion.

When you’re a High Rolling Democrat Politician that’s a ‘Rounding Error’.

Occupy DC Tries to Erect a House at McPherson Square

Photo Credit: Tim Craig

The Occupy movement has one-upped its absurdity by attempting to build a house in a public square.

Metro police are disassembling  a wooden structure that the Occupy protesters built off-site and brought to the park. The wooden frame consists of a roof and some wall framing that look to be a house in the initial build phases.

Police on horseback kept the protesters back while they tried to have it taken down, but squatters on the roof of the structure had   prevented its removal until about 8pm with the last one was removed by police.

The building was reportedly built by a father-son architect team from Annapolis, MD. CDN is working to get the name of the company that built the structure.

An American Anthem

I recently assigned Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem to my freshman English students as a reading assignment. I’ve read this piece numerous times over the years, but this was the first time I had read it through someone else’s eyes – my students’. It also resonated with me differently this time because of the current entitlement crisis as represented by the Occupy movement.

Those who have not read Anthem, or are unfamiliar with Ayn Rand, might not know that the prevailing goal in her writing is to show the superiority of individualism to collectivism. In Anthem, she paints the picture of a society in which government provides everything for all and no individuals or traits of individuality are allowed to exist. Vocations and breeding partners are chosen by the government. Humans are not even permitted to have names. Instead, they are classified into groups and then given a number. The protagonist, for example, is referred to as Equality 7-2521. The words used to reference characters in the story are all collective in nature (“we,” “us” and “our”), even when it is clear to the reader that a speaker is simply referring to him or herself.

This notion is strangely reminiscent of the ways in which Americans have begun to categorize themselves. Take the popular practice of hyphenating cultural identities as an example. We are not individuals or even Americans in this country anymore. We are “African-Americans” or “Mexican-Americans.” Beyond our collective cultural labels, we are grouped according to our socio-economic status: “middle America,” “millionaires and billionaires,” or “the less fortunate.” One can quickly begin to see that the distinction between the fictional, government-imposed label “Equality 7-2521” and the self-imposed OWS label “We are the 99%!” is minor. In fact, it’s much more offensive that Americans would impose such collective ideals upon themselves.

The Occupy crowd argues that the government should provide health insurance, free college tuition, homes, and a job for everyone. This is precisely how it happens in Rand’s Anthem. Equality 7-2521 is relegated to the vocation of street sweeper. Though he is quite brilliant in math, he accepts this lesser position and views it as an unintentional consequence for his near-obsession with the illegal activity of knowledge acquisition. You see, he reads. Voraciously. Through the course of his reading activity, he eventually comes across the forbidden word “I,” and this is where Rand’s plot takes a hopeful turn. Upon recognition that he is an individual, his eyes open to possibilities, his mind to new perspectives. At one point, he finally “sees himself” when he looks into a pond and notices his reflection. As a result of these discoveries, he begins to rebel.

Those who are active in the Occupy movement already seem to have rebellious tendencies, so perhaps we can assume that they are just an ignorant bunch. Like Equality 7-2521 – who eventually assigns himself the name of Prometheus – perhaps each individual of the entitlement mindset should undertake the challenge of reading his or her way to self-discovery. Maybe each should also take a look in the mirror and decide whether or not he likes the reflection he sees. He should read Rand’s prediction of what life would be like if the government was the end all, be all. Considering she escaped the Bolshevik Revolution in Soviet Russia, Rand’s words bear the weight of experience and should not be discounted. She wrote Anthem – and subsequent novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged – because she saw signs decades ago that America was headed down the same Socialist path.

Perhaps the best lesson in reading this 100-page fictional story can be found in its nod to ancient myth. The mythological character on which Rand’s Prometheus is based is best known for stealing fire from Zeus and offering it to humankind so that humans could rely on themselves instead of the powerful overseer. It would be great to see these same principles applied to those who classify themselves as “less fortunate” or who think they are “entitled” to have someone else provide for them. These Occupiers need to see themselves as empowered and not entitled. Rand paints the dismal picture of what the world would look like if we relinquished all individual power and allowed ourselves to be grouped into categories, to be controlled by our government. She shows us what thinking of ourselves as part of the 99% really looks like, and it ain’t pretty.

Miley Cyrus Dedicates New Song & Video To #Occupiers

One has to ask themselves is this an attempt to stay “relevant” in a world that  she knows nothing about?

Will Miley Cyrus’ new song, “It’s A Liberty Walk”, become the new “anthem” of the #Occupiers?

Oh, but WAIT! Isn’t Miley Cyrus one of those horrible “1%ers”? Oh yes, it’s different, because she’s in HOLLYWOOD, and that makes her completely ok, because she “understands the plight of the people”, right? (insert massive rolling of the eyes and sarcasm here!)

This is the description from the YouTube video posted on Miley Cyrus’ official YouTube page:

This is Dedicated to the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in. Miley Cyrus

Occupy Skew

Not too long ago the Twitter account for Occupy Denver posted this little gem of wisdom:

Captioned by @OccupyDenver: Ah, such hypocrisy in America..."profits over people" is the American motto. #OccupyDenver #Occupy #OWS http://pic.twitter.com/2o2cgCwU

Even my fourteen year old, publicly educated, child could see the flaw in this. They point to a single day event, sponsored and encouraged by private business owners, on their own property, as being similar to multi-month protests on public property with massive public cost and no benefit to even those attending.

Let me beat commentators to the punch. There have been reports of violence at Black Friday events all day today; some by shoppers, by robbers,  Occupy groups, and some by police. All together, they do not total near the violence and damage done by occupiers in the last few months. An estimated 152 million shoppers managed to be better behaved than a couple of hundred thousand Occupy protestors.

I will be the first person to stand up for the right to peaceably assemble, but Occupy has far surpassed any reasonable definition of “peaceful”, and their message, if it is the one above, just keeps proving to have less and less merit. The cost of the Occupy movement has taken it’s toll on cities nationwide and their days are numbered. Luckily, they are killing their own movement with ridiculous “messaging” like the effort above.

 

Pepper Spray – A little dab’ll do ya

During this holiday season it’s very difficult to determine the socially acceptable method for serving pepper spray to ‘progressive’ class warriors on the front lines of aimless protest.

Previously, Humboldt County, CA deputies had a situation where a lumber company’s offices were seized by protestors who refused to leave. Deputies announced pepper spray was on the menu and delivered individual servings on the end of a Q–tip gently placed inside the eyelid.

Ungrateful progressives did not appreciate organic extra–spicy and news conferences, lawsuits and attempts to have deputies fired ensued.

That’s one reason why it’s not surprising that last Friday when U. C. Davis’ officers faced much the same situation with a derivative set of occupy types; they dispensed with the personal touch and served their pepper spray family style.

The most popular video of the spraying incident is the usual out–of–context snippet showing peaceful students non–violently arranging paint buckets for the next community drum circle when jack–booted TSA thugs run up and grab their private parts. (Whoops, my mistake, wrong fascists.)

What you don’t see are the large number of protestors attempting to stop police from dismantling the occupy tent city. You don’t see most of the group leave without incident and then the hardcore — a term I use loosely when you consider what a bunch of whiners they are — sit and block the pavement.

Officers approach and attempt to disperse them with verbal commands and by pulling them to their feet. The demonstrators jerk their arms away and refuse to vacate.

Progressives term these protesters “peaceful” and “non–violent” as if that makes the group immune. Unfortunately, the law does not consider your resting pulse a factor in determining when you are in violation.

Even on their behinds these protestors are actively resisting a lawful command. You can term it obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct or whatever local ordinances apply, but the bottom line is they are willfully and purposefully breaking the law.

The occupy Davis types had plenty of opportunities to comply. They were told they had until 3 p.m. Friday to remove the tents. Police gave protestors written notice to vacate. When the operation began on Friday afternoon they were notified yet again.
In the face of repeated warnings, occupiers refuse to move. Do the police back down in the face of the mob? If so, where does it stop?

Police choose to do their duty. One calmly and methodically spreads the aerosol mist. It looks like he’s spraying deodorant on a particularly large armpit.

What’s more, it works. Once the spray hits a group immediately jumps up and leaves unmolested. Police approach and break what’s left of the line, rounding up the remnants. Problem solved without resorting to batons or Tasers, which are authentic violence.

But sure enough, following orders is beyond the pale in academia if liberals complain. U. C. Davis Chancellor Linda Kotehi — who now joins Virginia Tech President Charles Steger on the list of university administrators in need of a spine donor — called the actions of police following her orders “chilling” and professor of hysteria Cynthia Ching called it “inhuman brutality.”
It didn’t help matters when Chief Annette Spicuzza claimed that, “students had encircled the officers. They needed to exit. They were looking to leave but were unable to get out.” This is an obvious lie.

The spray was used to disperse the protestors who were continuing to disobey a lawful order, which is both standard and legal. When the police withdrew — which was actually the dangerous part of the operation, since the mob surges forward to fill the space just vacated and surrounds the cops as they retreat —officers with pepper pellet–equipped paintball guns moved to the rear to cover the orderly withdrawal and did not fire a round.

(Ironically on Saturday there was an effective, legal and non–violent protest when students formed a gauntlet that Kotehi had to walk through as she left the admin building. Students remained silent, and unsprayed, as they stared in contempt.)
Once again working cops get the usual morale booster: a howling media frightens squishy progressive leadership. Officers are suspended and promised a future filled with a witch–hunting investigation.

What you won’t read about are the law–abiding citizens who say Big Deal. So the squatters got a little weepy and had a catch in their breath. The same thing happens when a new ‘Twilight’ movie opens and no one suffers any permanent damage.

Besides, how can you claim to be a courageous class warrior for the 99 percent if you don’t actually wish to experience any combat?

Madison Rising's Answer to Occupy Movement: Honk if You Want Peace [Music Video]

Conservative Daily News is a proud outlet for the Conservative band Madison Rising. We last featured “Walking Through That Door”, the bands incredible tribute to our troops.

Their newest release is a rebuke of the Occupy [insert city here] protests and demonstrates the obstructionist and selfish nature of the protests:

The band Madison Rising is debuting its first album today, which includes the song “Honk if You Want Peace,” lambasting the Occupy Wall Street protesters as college slackers and “tie-dyed slobs.”

The song, which tells the story of a father trying to get a daughter to a hospital through roads choked by protesters, debuts on the very day that Occupy Wall Street protesters are blocking traffic and businesses across the city. How ironic.  (from a post by the band’s PR representative Bill O’Reilly)

You can keep in touch with the band on their youtube channel.

Los Angeles Offers "Occupy" Protestors 10,000 Sq Ft Office If They Leave Camp


In the “rewarding bad behavior” file, we have this.  The City of Los Angeles is said to be offering their “occupy” protestors a whole lot of goodies if they agree to leave their camp.  The following excerpt is from LATimes.com.

…city officials have offered protesters a $1-a-year lease on a 10,000-square-foot office space near City Hall. He said officials also promised land elsewhere for protesters who wish to farm, as well as additional housing for the contingent of homeless people who joined the camp.

So, you got that, folks?  If you stand outside of a government building and protest long enough, you just might get a lease worth thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars and some land.  Maybe you could even trademark the OWS logo and use it to sell T-shirts.

I strongly encourage you to read the link to the L.A. Times for the whole story and then come back here and tell us what you think of all this madness.  But you know what?  In the bankrupt state of California, this sounds about right.  We throw all of our money in the trashcan in order to pander to groups we’re scared of.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

U.C. Davis Student Gives Her Side Of Pepper Spray Story


The story of students being sprayed with peppers spray by U.C. Davis police has caused a lot of different reactions on the internet and in the media lately.  As it turns out, the U.C. Davis police chief has been put on administrative leave and this student call into CNN to give her side of what happened.

Many people on both sides of the spectrum have a lot of opinions on this story.  What are yours?  We’d love to hear on Facebook or in the comments below.

Rep. Deutch: Occupy Groups Deserve a Constitutional Amendment

Rep. Ted Deutch - Champion for Occupiers

While the actual legislation doesn’t carry the name, thinkprogress.org didn’t have any trouble calling Rep. Ted Deutch’s (D-FL) proposed Constitutional amendment “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democray ” Yeah.. it spells OCCUPIED – according to the progressive rumor site.

First, as usual, thinkprogress.org is lying. The word “outlawing” isn’t in the resolution .. not even once – neither are several of the other words they threw out there as red meat to the the Occupy groups. Most Americans are used to progressive groups putting lies on the table in hopes they’ll stick – the name is just one more. However, the actual resolution does exist and is a dangerous piece of legislation.

While this amendment has no chance  to pass Congress, much less 2/3rds of the states as is required by the Constitution, the proposed amendment has some key points of interest for voters in Rep. Ted Deutch’s district. That district is  the 19th in Florida.

The resolution states its case immediately:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the Constitution of the United States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures.

The major problem  is that anyone that can get a non-profit designation now has more power than the job-providing companies in the United States. Do you envy the prospect of having no choice but to work for a non-profit?

Another issue with this is that big-labor, Democrat-friendly unions are free to keep pumping a ton of cash into our government.

Rep. Deutch defended the anti-business, pro-union legislation by saying:

No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure. No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy. It is time to return the nation’s capital and our democracy to the people.

Rep. Deutch is a loon – certifiably nuts. What is it with Florida Democrats? (Alan Grayson anyone?)

Oddly-missing is a concern about the hundreds of millions of dollars being poured into Congress from SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, AFT, NFFE (federal employees), AFGE (government), ILA (longshoreman), ATU (transit), UAW, NAPFE (federal postal workers), IAM, UMW, IUPA (police), IBT (Teamsters), IAFF (firefighters), APWU (another postal workers union), AFSCME (state govt workers), UTU (transport), NATCA (air traffic), PACE (energy workers), UFCW (food), ALPA (pilots), USW (steel workers), TTD (third transport union), UFW (farm workers), FAST (another food workers union), PAT (another teacher’s union), TWU (4th transit union), and more.

That list is admittedly incomplete. The full list represents unions that have employees in almost every major corporation and government job in the United States. The unions take dues from all of their workers – whether or not the workers agree with how they spend it. If the employee groups have the right to bundle and send hundreds of millions to Congress, why shouldn’t the employers? Aren’t the progressives all about a level playing field?

If Rep. Deutch and the Occupy folks were serious about getting money out of American politics, they would have demanded a bill that required that NO collective funding of elections should occur. No corporations, no unions, no non-profits and no for-profits. Only direct contributions by individual citizens would be allowed – but that’s not what our desperately-in-need of union-funding Representative of the people proposed .. is it?

Ted Deutch is a politician. He isn’t any more for the occupiers than he is for Tea Partiers. He probably doesn’t like any of them. One of them is in bed with the unions and the other one is against them. That’s all this is – but you already knew that.

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