Category: protest

OWS protesters don Nazi swastikas (hashtags)

Twitter? Huh?

The wingnuts knew they had a win here. How stupid could the protesters be? Don’t they know people don’t like Adolf Hitler? We know what a Nazi swastika looks like, jerks.

Hello, loons. Do you also know what an American pound sign looks like? How about a sharp symbol in musical notation? A tic-tac-toe thingie? A hashtag? Here:

There, that. What — no? Well, that explains it . .

Bizarre neo-swastika reminiscent of “The Great Dictator” used as power symbol by OWS leaders

El Marco, one of the best citizen photojournalists in the country, this morning published an outstanding photo-essay about the Occupy Denver protests over the weekend, and in it he makes this highly disturbing observation:

Various people throughout the crowd were wearing the symbol . . Don’t they realize that the early Nazi Party was (among other things, obviously) also overtly anti-capitalist? (“Hitler began to make the [Nazi] party much more public, and he organised the party’s biggest meeting yet of two thousand people, for 24 February 1920 in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München . .

. . It was in this speech that Hitler, for the first time, enunciated the twenty-five points of the German Worker’s Party’s manifesto… In general, the manifesto was anti-Semitic, anti-capitalist, anti-democratic, anti-Marxist, and anti-liberal.”) . .

Have you seen this “leader symbol” being used at any other “occupations” around the country? If so, feel free to post in the comments section links to any pictures showing people wearing it.

Jesus Christ! Now that you mention it, they’re everywhere . .


Wall Street Journal employs fake Democratic pollster to discredit Occupy Wall Street

Rupert Murdoch obviously hates Occupy Wall Street. Otherwise, why would his Wall Street Journal be working overtime to trash the movement?

The examples pile up. For instance, a week ago, Murdoch op-ed columnist James Taranto whined about a protester he saw on This Week with Christiane Amanpour. This guy, he’s a propagandist, a fake, a liar, a loser, Taranto wrote. By far, Taranto proved more pathetic: calling Peggy Noonan authentic working class, mocking protests past and present and laying the responsibility for Occupy at the feet of . . Rupert Murdoch. Nice try, James, but few people are that stupid.

Today, the Journal are at it again. And they’re trying to use the same strategy as they did last week: painting the protesters as extremist and inauthentic. Fortunately, their new hitman man was no more up to the task than Taranto was. They employed Fox News contributor and thoroughly disgraced ‘Democratic’ pollster Douglas Schoen for the work:

That’ll get to me crack up pretty quickly. If ever there were a fix in on a survey, it’d be one where Murdoch asked Schoen to poll the folks at Occupy.

Doug, you may remember, was employed by the WaPo wingnuts last fall to pen a sober op-ed on Barack Obama. What was the heroic, humble ‘Democrat’ asking of his Commander in Chief? Only that he quit his job, nothing more. That way, Schoen opined, Barack Obama would be the greatest president ever.

If Doug’s logic escapes you, that’s because it escaped him long before you approached. He beat it out of his heart to make way for cash. Schoen’s profession is playing an angle to a moneyed, Conservative constituency: you wanna know about liberals and Democrats? I’m one of them. I’ll tell you about them, and you’ll love the results.

So here it is:

Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd
In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters. Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway.

President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election . .

Already, you can sense his concern. You can bet that Rupert’s worried about the Democrats’ chances in 2012, too.

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York’s Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

With Schoen, we know the fix is in. So we’re wary from the beginning. When you poll a group of entrenched protesters, what do you really expect? When people are so angry that they’ve stopped sleeping at home and are now living in a park, what will their answers about issues tell you?

C’mon Doug — they’re pissed. To figure that, you don’t need polls. And thank god for the rage. If it weren’t for angry people, what good would ever come of democratic politics? The whole Murdoch idea behind the poll — Do you trust these people? Aren’t they different from you? — is a joke.

Rupert, buddy, we’re not asking these people to run the country. We’re asking them to change things. What a big difference that makes. All the difference. Just think of what Schoen’s useless polling of the Egyptian rebels would have told you: these people are dangerously out of step with the nation’s centrist values, like tolerance and non-violence. The WSJ would then have you believe that expelling Mubarak would be wrong. That would be wrong. But seeing as how you one-percenters paid Doug so handsomely for such a pretty poll, by all means, go on.

Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

See? It’s laughable. While the Journal thinks it’s doing a great job of smashing your fear buttons — politics! violence! — it’s gotten me plenty encouraged. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I want these people to be civilly facile. I want them to be politically experienced. I’ll even take a few who have considered violence. A mix of those types can make for a pretty effective movement. They’ll certainly be willing to get things done.

And we want things done. Occupy Wall Street have proven they’re not trivial, and they’re dedicated to change. I’m glad that they’re there, and I enthusiastically hail their efforts. As for Schoen’s whatever, appointed with its numbers and percentages . .

What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector . .

. . it’s meaningless.

Except for this: it was meant to scare Wall Street Journal readers. Good.


In Wisconsin, Scott Walker’s ‘fiscal responsibility’ looks like Pinkerton porn

Gee, it all seems so harmless . .

Walker, you might have heard, wants some changes in how Wisconsin deals with unions. He wants state employees to pay 5.8% of their salaries toward their pensions (they pay almost nothing now) and he wants them to cover 12.6% of their health care premiums (their share would go up from $79 a month to about $200; the average private-sector sap pays about $330).

I’m not buying anything that comes at the top of a piece recalling “beet-faced union crowds” and claiming FDR would have cheered Walker. Roosevelt was no fan of government unions, true, but he would have been appalled at the way the rich have destroyed the fiscal health of the country. And while they were attacking the working class, he’d have been pointing out the destruction wrought by American “Economic Royalists.”

But one thing’s for sure: Walker doesn’t want a little money here and there from the government employee and teachers unions. He wants to kill them. The proof is in his “Budget Repair” bill. This is it, via Ezra Klein:

Walker tries to sell the change in collective bargaining as modest. “State and local employees could continue to bargain for base pay, they would not be able to bargain over other compensation measures.” But that’s not really true. Read down a bit further and you’ll find that “total wage increases could not exceed a cap based on the consumer price index (CPI) unless approved by referendum.” In other words, they couldn’t bargain for wages to rise faster than inflation.

And that pittance is all they’d be allowed to bargain for. So if they’re underpaid, which they probably are, tough shit for eternity. You’d never be able to get more money than a tiny bump that keeps pace with inflation. Sure, you might miss that raise and lag in the race with the cost of living, and that, too, would be permanent. This isn’t remotely legitimately bargaining for wages, it’s begging for scraps. And it gets worse:

“Contracts would be limited to one year and wages would be frozen until the new contract is settled. Collective bargaining units are required to take annual votes to maintain certification as a union. Employers would be prohibited from collecting union dues and members of collective bargaining units would not be required to pay dues.” These rules have nothing to do with pension costs or even bargaining. They’re just about weakening unions: They make it harder for unions to collect dues from members, to negotiate stable contracts or to survive a bad year.

Exactly. This has zero to do with Wisconsin’s budget. This is clearly an angry, obsessive attack on folks the Governor doesn’t like. It’s a giant “Screw You.” Union negotiators, you’ll have to fight it out with the government every year, but you’ll have to get re-certified first, every year, and you can only collect members’ dues one individual at a time. And, of course, the best you could ever do for your people is get just enough money to stay even with inflation.

Can you imagine the same fate befalling you as an individual worker? You’d have to first elect yourself as a negotiator every year, but to do so you’d pay hundreds of dollars (I think AFSCME yearly dues are around $600), and that would only give you the right to fight it out with your employer for a raise equivalent to the Consumer Price Index. For 2010, that was 1.6%. If you’re making 50K, that’s $800. That’s the grand total of all the economic power your ‘union’ will ever wield after Walker gets done with you. Honestly, it spells the death of these unions.

Walker is just a nasty, vindictive bastard out to make a name for himself among Conservatives by whacking people they hate. If he were honestly concerned about the budget, he could’ve begun negotiating with the unions a while ago. He also could’ve concocted the legislation as a weapon — going on multiple interviews and posting editorials across Wisconsin calling it a necessity in order later to force the unions to accept painful rollbacks. Instead, he’s ramming this stripping of economic rights through the legislature with as little discussion as possible because he wants it done.

Meanwhile, those other unionized drains on the government’s finances, the police and the firefighters? Walker exempted them all. Because they vote Republican, of course. Some fiscal parasites are perfectly fine.


Amazing video emerges of Iranian protestors overrunning authorities, cutting down two hanged men

This is in Sirjan, in the province of Kerman.

Been waiting for this clip to finally show up, but–warning–it ain’t pretty. People are getting shot. Obviously, the Conservative regime feels threatened and is executing more citizens, in this case for merely robbery(!), to assert its authority. Here’s to the demise of Fascists everywhere:

Iranian crowd stops execution and frees convicts
Page last updated at 14:45 GMT, Tuesday, 22 December 2009

A crowd of people have helped two convicts escape a public execution in Iran, officials there say.

The crowd overpowered security services and helped two men convicted of robbery to escape hanging in the province of Kerman, the Fars news agency reported.

The men were recaptured hours later, and justice department officials say they will be put to death on Wednesday.

Iran executes more people than anywhere else in the world except China, human rights groups say.

The members of the crowd who aided their escape will also be punished, officials said.

This year the Iranian government has increased the already high number of executions, possibly as a way of asserting its authority in the wake of the disputed presidential election result, BBC correspondents say.

Human rights groups accuse Iran of making excessive use of the death penalty but Tehran insists it is an effective deterrent that is used only after a lengthy judicial process.


Senators introduce ‘Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act’. Defiant centaurs, pro-morphs form coalition, cavort

Brownback, Landrieu introduce Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009.

“This legislation works to ensure that our society recognizes the dignity and sacredness of human life,” said Brownback. “Creating human-animal hybrids, which permanently alter the genetic makeup of an organism, will challenge the very definition of what it means to be human and is a violation of human dignity and a grave injustice.”…

“Tampering with the human germ-line could be the equivalent to setting a time-bomb that might detonate many generations down the line; but once it is set, there is no reversing course.

Chimeric, transformational organisms oppose new ‘Hybrid Prohibition Act’, flitter and galavant in protest

Sheena Chestnut (above, in hooves) and supporters protest Brownback-sponsored anti-hybrid legislation in a Mount Olympus-adjacent meadow. In opposition to the Kansas Senator’s bill, Chestnut claims the potential law is reckless and will eventually reach as far as amphibians. ‘It’s exactly the dangerous sort of the thing Hitler tried during World War II in order to “purify” the populace. It’s an insidious attempt at eugenics.’