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Occupy LA Is A Shining Example Of How Clueless These Hippies Are

This has everything you could ever want in an “occupy” video.  I almost wonder if it was staged.  (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t)  Here’s what you can expect to see:

1.  A guy playing a flute into a TV reporter’s microphone, so he couldn’t conduct an interview.
2.  Protestors discussing $150 worth of food stamps.
3.  Public Yoga!
4.  An “occupier” who was busy last night “protesting police”.
5.  Protestors complaining about bureaucracy in the “occupy” camp. (and about “centralized planning”)
6.  The collective NOT working in the interest of the collective.
7.  And a lot of other random “hippie stuff”.

What do you guys think?  Was this the “perfect” “occupy” video, or were some things missing?  Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, or Facebook.

Alec Baldwin Hangs Out With OWS Protestors, Shoots New Capital One Ad


If you thought feminine man-boy, Adam Levine, was conflicted (he’s the one that said Fox News is an “effing” evil news channel), then you’ll really get a chuckle out of today’s conflicted celebrity.  It’s our pal, Alec Baldwin.  You know, the Emmy Award winning actor that hangs out with the occupiers of Wall Street.  Here he is giving advice to the OWS kids.

And here he is talking about wanting to go hang out with the OWS kids.  (and then a follow up tweeting announcing he was on his way)


So we know that he supports the kids who are “occupying Wall Street”.  We have that much cleared up.  What we don’t have cleared up is why he has a new Capital One commercial airing even after several weeks of supporting the protestors in Zuccotti Park.  We don’t really have that one cleared up….  Here it is:

For the record…. I actually like the commercial.  ‘Ol Alec’s a charming guy.  I just think it’s odd that he’s so supportive of “occupy” protestors, but he keeps shilling for those “evil” banks.

What do you guys think?  Is Alec Baldwin confused?  Does he support the protestors, or does he support the bankers?  Maybe he’s buttering both sides of his bread.  He needs fans, but he needs employers too.  Who knows?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  And as usual, you can also tell us on Twitter and Facebook.  We’re not picky.  I mean, you can rent a plane and submit your responses with sky-writing, but I can’t promise I’ll get the message.  If you do sky-write it, be sure to tweet me and let me know.

Italian Protest Claims It Was Inspired By OWS. Turns Out Violent.

Well, color me surprised.  The Italians had their own “Occupy Wall Street” styled riot protest, and it turned out violent.  That seems SOOO unlike Europeans too.  And it sounds like unlike Liberals, now that I think about it.  Oh, well.  It could never happen here.  Right?  Watch the video below to see what a “peaceful” protest in Italy looks like.  (you have to watch it, if for no other reason, than to appreciate the soundtrack)  Enjoy.

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Or on Facebook.  Or on Twitter.  Or if you’re not busy, you can probably have pizza with us this Wednesday night, and we’ll chat about it then.

Class Warfare, the Tea Party, Alinsky and the Sixties

I spent a good deal of time watching video feeds and real time chat on Occupy Wall Street.  Van Jones is supporting this movement and probably helped instigate it.  He’s said in October the progressive movement will ‘push back’ against the Tea Party. Call me curious, I decided to see what they were pushing back against.

What I saw was a bunch of college aged kids who have never worked a day in their life protesting…. something.  They really don’t know what that something is because there is video of them being asked what they are protesting and they don’t know!  These brainwashed babies feel they are entitled to something and that the ‘rich’ have what they want and are keeping it to themselves. I don’t think I really understood the word ‘sheeple’ until I undertook the task of trying to figure out what was going on with Occupy Wall Street.  It sure looks like the October “push back” is going to be an attempt to ignite class warfare. 

I’ve said for a long time that the long term unemployed are going to be a very vulnerable group of people that could easily be exploited by the left.  If the left manages to unite the long term unemployed, union members and the jobless college students into street action backed by union money, we could easily flash right back to the heydays of the 1960s because those at Occupy Wall Street are already claiming police brutality.  (Of course they are-it worked very well for them about in the 60’s)

So, the over-riding question is how does the Conservative Movement respond to these actions?   What I remember most about the sixties was the fear the older generation had of the protesters.  They chose to “hunker down” and hope the entire thing would just go away.  That was a mistake of gargantuan proportions because if they had stood up to the 60’s radicals we would not be where we are today as a country.  We would not see alleged conservative representatives ‘reaching across the aisle’ to full fledged and self proclaimed socialists and communists who are bound and determined to do away with our Constitution. Unfortunately, they did not have the internet… BUT WE DO!

In the very near future it could be the Tea Party Members’ chance to correct the wrongs of the sixties.  Are we going to ‘hunker down’ and hope these folks just go away?  There is no doubt the progressives will not rest until they use every possible means to bring about their ‘utopia’on the backs of the productive working Americans.  What are Conservatives going to do to counter them and maintain the dignity of the Tea Party Conservatives?

My suggestion comes directly from Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals. Number 5 to be precise:  “RULE 5: "Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.” I think we should laugh at them and make fun of them. (this is really pretty easy to do!)  We can blog and post all over the internet about the ridiculousness of this ideologically ill-defined ‘protest’.  We question where the money is coming from for all these people to ‘live’ and presumably eat in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. We question the reported number of people there and the camera shots that are close up to make the crowd look bigger. We question why there are police clashes with this group, yet much larger groups attended Tea Parties and this was not an issue. Question their age, question their education level….there are so many options available to ridicule and laugh at these folks.  They WANT you to fear their movement t- Alinsky outlined it for them:  RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.”

Here’s a good link to an outline of the rules in case you want to read them all and perhaps make use of some I haven‘t referenced:

http://sleepless.blogs.com/george/2009/08/alinskys-rules-for-radicals-for-dummies.html

Read them, learn them, use them….and laugh while you are countering the Occupy Wall Street groups!
 

Wall Street Posts Record Profits, Where is the Financial Reform ?

     For those of us caught hoping and praying for an economic recovery, some very alarming news from Wall Street was reported today.  While many folks are unemployed, losing their homes and trying to feed their families, the  Obama Administration is content to let the Fatcats of wall street continue to rake in massive amounts of profits.  So much for President Obama’s promises that this pillaging of wealth will be stopped by his vaunted ” Financial Reform.” If we take a closer look, it is proven that Wall Street and connected cronies are reaping record profits in 2009, and even more in 2010. How can this be? 

 The Wall Street Journal lays it all out here in an article* dated 02/02/2011:

” In 2010, total compensation and benefits at publicly traded Wall Street banks and securities firms hit a record of $135 billion, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal. The total is up 5.7% from $128 billion in combined compensation and benefits by the same companies in 2009.”

This must be exactly what the leftists are talking about when they scream that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, yet I see noone protesting Wall Street or the Obama administration today.  We saw G W Bush and today’s Republicans chastised for this exact same kind of  FatCattery when he was in office, and they still do it today. This will lead to some interesting debates when we see  Wall Street  forced to support Obama in 2012, while also currying favor from Republicans who control the purse strings in the House of Representatives. With a record profit of $135 billion dollars, I suppose there will be plenty of cash lying around for the increased lobbying of Congress on behalf of these Wall Street FatCats.

  President Obama also signed an Executive Order against Lobbyists in his administration during his first days in office. Much like the Financial Reform law he signed that has allowed record Wall Street profits to continue, President Obama’s Lobbyist ban was nothing more than empty words and broken promises to the people.  We see the proof in that statement here from politifact.com: **

“Grassley demands waivers and recusals on former lobbyists in the Obama administration:

” It’s been about three months since we gave a Promise Broken to Barack Obama’s pledge to restrict former lobbyists from serving in his administration. We found that the administration has granted waivers to several former lobbyists, allowing them to serve. The administration also allows recusals, where former lobbyists simply recuse themselves from discussions concerning whatever interest it is for which they used to lobby. The recusals have not been made public, and we don’t know how many have been issued.”

    So there we have it. Wall Street raking in record profits, which will be used to hire a record number of lobbyists, many of which are now working in the Obama  Administration. Obama campaigned on ” Hope and Change.”  Looking at these facts, anyone still hoping for any serious change from this administration has to be living in complete denial of reality. Throw in the fact that one poll was giving Obama a 53%  approval rating for his job performance, and we see just how misinformed and dysfuncionally ignorant a large part of our society truly is today. Wake up people.

 

 

*   http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704124504576118421859347048.html?mod=WSJ_business_whatsNews

** http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/promise/240/tougher-rules-against-revolving-door-for-lobbyists/

Big Bonuses for the Fat Cats at Bank of America Again!

When President Barack Obama slammed Fat Cat Bankers for taking huge bonuses after taxpayer bailouts in Dec. of 2009, it caused quite a stir in the media.  To quote the President from a CBS” 60 Minutes Interview:

“”I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street. They’re still puzzled why is it that people are mad at the banks. Well, let’s see,” he said. “You guys are drawing down $10, $20 million bonuses after America went through the worst economic year that it’s gone through in — in decades, and you guys caused the problem. And we’ve got 10% unemployment.”

Either Mr. Obama has a very short memory, or there have been some gaurantees of 2012 camapign cash to be delivered by these same “Fat Cats” when we look at a recent announcement regarding Bank Of America bonuses for 2010.

In an article at the charlotteobserver.com* I found this blazing headline today:

Bank of America gives $33 million in stock to 4 top executives.

“Bank of America’s top four executives, including chief executive Brian Moynihan, are getting stock grants worth a total of about $33 million, though the ultimate payouts will depend on future company performance.”

I must also say I haven’t seen this mentioned by anyone in the television media so far today. Either they are awfully slow, or they are just telling us, ” Nothing to see here folks just move on” once again. The Chief Executive at BOA made only $6 million dollars in 2009. I guess that was an off year based on the performance of BOA considering the taxpayer had to bail them out to the tune of an extra 20 billion in Jan 2009. So how did Mr. Moynihan, the CEO of BOA do in 2010?  How about a total of about $10 Million bucks? Of course these bonuses are not in cash now, as that would make it too obvious that the Fact Cats are getting fatter, so they are willing to accept  stock in the company. It gets even more troublesome even further down in the charlotte observer piece as we see this little bit of information:

” Three of the executives – chief financial officer Chuck Noski, global banking and markets executive Tom Montag and consumer banking head Joe Price – are also each receiving nearly $1 million stock grants that are similar to a cash bonus, according to a securities filing Monday.

Montag, a Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs alumnus who runs the Wall Street side of the company, could make the most money, about $16.1 million. That’s actually down from 2009, when he reaped $29.9 million, mostly from stock awards granted as part of his Merrill contract.”

So these bonuses are awarded in 2010 and parts of it are for future company performance. Well in 2009,  BOA  lost  $2.2  Billion and in 2010 they lost $3.6 Billion dollars. Wow, these Cats are making    $10 – 16 million dollar bonuses for posting almost $6 Billion in losses the last two years?  That sure looks to me like they are doing  just what Obama said he was going to put a stop to in 2009.  What was that leglislation called that we were told would put an end to this Wall Steet Fat- Cattery? Oh yes that would be the famous Dodd-Frank Bill, also know as the vaunted Financial Reform Bill. So if we believe Obama and the Democrats of 2008- 2009, these FatCats at BOA are breaking the law right? What say you Mr. President?

* http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/02/01/2026342/bofa-execs-get-33-m-in-stock-grants.html

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