Monthly Archives: October 2011

#OccupyHypocrisy: Anti-Capitalist OWSers Apply to Trademark the Brand, Make Money Off Licensing

As always, we’ll do what we usually do and assume they are incapable of understanding why this is funny:

Occupy Wall Street is looking to make its mark — on everything from tote bags to t-shirts.

The Occupy Wall Street movement applied for the trademark to its name on Oct. 24, filing for the use of the mark on its website, in periodicals and newsletters, and on clothing and bags.

But the movement isn’t the only entity hoping to lay claim to the name —Fer-Eng Investments, LLC, of Arizona also applied to trademark Occupy Wall Street on Oct. 24. Fer-Eng Investments wrote in its filing it is intending to use the name on bags, footwear, hats and various other clothing items.

According to attorney Samuel Cohen of the Law Offices of Wylie M. Stecklow, a firm that is part of the Occupy Wall Street legal working group, the movement’s trademark application process will likely take months.

It’s so much fun watching people unwittingly realize hey can’t fight “the man” without becoming “the man.”

Have you gotten your Occupy Wall Street soon-to-be licensed t-shirt featuring the official OWS logo yet? Here’s my proposed design:

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In related OWS news, here’s the best “We are the 53%” sign I’ve seen yet:

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(h/t Lachlan Markay)

On the Herman Cain ‘Sexual Harassment’ Story

Hey, look! We have a black candidate for president with a background that the media actually cares about scrutinizing. That’s of course because he’s conservative — but nonetheless, from here on in, whatever it is that happened, Herman Cain can look forward to getting the Clarence Thomas treatment.

Politico:

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his campaign repeatedly declined to respond directly about whether he ever faced allegations of sexual harassment at the restaurant association. They have also declined to address questions about specific reporting confirming that there were financial settlements in two cases in which women leveled complaints.

In my 20 years experiencing corporate America at varied levels, I’ve seen two sexual harassment accusations (not directed at me, but I knew the people involved). In one, I didn’t witness the alleged offenses, so I can’t vouch for the veracity of the accusation. But another I was familiar with, and I can safely say that the accusation was complete BS. Nevertheless, the women received a settlement and went away.

I mention this merely as a reminder that an accusation and subsequent payment doesn’t automatically equate to guilt of the charge. Companies often just want these things to “go away,” so they sometimes pay the accuser to do just that, which also unfortunately implies guilt on the part of the accused, which isn’t necessarily the case.

We’ll now await the rest of the MSM that continues to fawn and gush over a married ex-president who used an intern as a cigar humidor to aggressively investigate and critique the morals and sexual ethics of Herman Cain.

Here’s what Real Clear Politics cites as the “most damning part” of Politico’s “not well sourced” report:

There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

Sounds like Cain might have made the same gesture I make every time I hear somebody in the White House say the stimulus created millions of jobs or that the health care law will save people money (cue the “five knuckle shuffle” motion).

Update: Cain confirms he was accused, but says the accusations were false.

#OccupyCentralJeep

Evil capitalists are now mocking the “Occupy Wall Street” thing to make money. Was it supposed to turn out this way?

Maybe it’s time for the OWS bunch to re-think where this is all headed. Winter’s coming (and the northeast OWSers are getting a big time preview this weekend). What started as a quest to end corporate greed, slow the onslaught of jack-booted capitalism, outlaw the audacity of wanting to keep the fruits of ones labor, and to convince Alec Baldwin to buy them all Che Guevara t-shirts and charge them to his Capital One card is instead being turned into a sales pitch to allow the greedy to make even more money. Worse yet, to make money selling things that are choking Mother Earth with their fumes. OWS endorser and multimillionaire investor Al Gore will not be pleased.

Video by way of The Blaze:

That’ll Teach ‘The Man’! Occupy Madison Denied Permit Due to Masturbation

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Just like the Tea Party… or something like that:

City officials temporarily denied Occupy Madison a new street use permit Wednesday after protesters violated public health and safety conditions and failed to follow the correct processes to renew or amend a permit.

The permit, which expired Wednesday at noon, required Occupy Madison protesters to relocate from their current space at 30 West Mifflin Street, also called 30 on the Square.

A neighboring hotel’s staff alleged voiced concerns about having to recently escort hotel employees to and from bus stops late at night due to inappropriate behavior, such as public masturbation, from street protesters.

They probably heard everybody calling them “whack jobs” and decided to live up to the reputation.

(h/t Pundit Press)

Michael Moore: Okay, Yes, I’m the 1 Percent… Except Not Really

Yes, it’s true — Michael Moore admitted that he’s in the much maligned “upper one percent” of Americans, and I’m not just talking about body fat percentage.

From MSNBC:

Anti-capitalist film director Michael Moore has drawn fire in recent days for standing with the Occupy Wall Street protesters while failing to acknowledge that he is part of the “1 percent,” not the 99 percent.

Now the director of “Capitalism: A Love Story” and other documentaries has come clean and admitted that he is indeed among the nation’s wealthiest citizens, but without providing details of just how rich he is.

In a post titled “Life Among the 1%” on his blog “Open Mike,” Moore recalls how he made his first millions when he sold the distribution rights to his 1989 breakthrough hit “Roger & Me.”

It goes on from there, but suffice to say Moore is continually trying to create an alternate reality where he can get rich via capitalism while speaking out against wealth and capitalism without being a hypocrite. It’s a reality that only make sense in his own head.

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NYC Authorities Begin ‘Operation Freeze Out’ in Zuccotti Park

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The “Occupy Wall Street” bunch in New York City is about to get a chill, but that’s okay, because if their supporter Al Gore is correct, global warming will save them very soon:

The city has stripped Occupy Wall Street protesters of their power.

Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.

Fire trucks and police vans pulled up on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St. at about 8:30 a.m. and asked the encamped demonstrators to bring the items to them, saying they were a health and fire hazard.

“They made an announcement on a bullhorn saying: ‘We are here to take the generators, could you please bring them up to us on the corner of Broadway and Liberty St.,'” protester James Bennett said.

When no one from Occupy Wall Street surrendered the generators, more than 30 uniformed FDNY and NYPD officials entered the park to seize them, witnesses and officials said.

They don’t need generators, heaters and gasoline anyway… that’s all stuff that comes from “the man.” Come to think of it, so do coats.

Here’s the weather forecast map, by way of Ace of Spades:

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How long will it be until some OWS numbnut (literally) gets frostbite and sues the City for the non-capitalist sum of several million dollars? Put me down for ten days.

FLOTUS & POTUS Show Off His & Hers ‘Re-Elect Us Or You’re On Your Own’ Threats

President Obama has been going around trying to scare people by telling them if he’s not re-elected, a painful era of self-reliance will mercilessly rain down upon them. That’s the pioneer spirit!

The First Lady also got the “scare ’em with the threat of independence” memo:

“It’s about whether we as a country will honor that fundamental promise that we made generations ago, that when times are hard, we do not abandon our fellow citizens. We don’t let everything fall apart for struggling families. Instead, we say, ‘There but for the grace of God goes my family.’ Instead, we say we’re all in this together and we extend a helping hand. That is why even though there are some trying to stop this bill from moving forward my president — and my husband — he is not going to give up. He is going to keep fighting.”

Making independence synonymous with heartlessness and misery tells me all I need to know about what the Obamas really think about freedom. Who says anybody is going to “abandon their fellow citizens”? It’s precisely because I care about the future of my kids and other “fellow citizens” that I’ll be more motivated than ever to go vote the Obamas back to Chicago where they’ll be free to organize the community and tell people to eat celery while wolfing down cheeseburgers & fries. Obama has thrown enough anvils to a drowning country.

And if the chance at re-election looks bleak, there’s only one thing to do — tell your diminishing ranks of supporters to get physical:

“I mean are you really ready to make this happen? Because this is going to require each of you to grab somebody by the shoulders and make them understand what’s at stake, how their self interest is directly tied to how our country develops. It’s up to each of you to work like you’ve never worked before.”

Grabbing disbelievers by the shoulders would require temporarily removing their hands from our pockets, which isn’t likely.

FLOTUS really needs to retire this line. This is from yesterday in Florida:

“Believe me, Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” she said. “I hear (it) in my husband’s voice when he returns home after a long day traveling the country, in the Oval Office, and he tells me about the people he’s met. . . . And I hear the passion and determination in his voice. He says, ‘You won’t believe what folks are going through, Michelle.’ That’s what he tells me. He says, ‘It’s not right. We have so much more work to do.’ “

From July 1st:

She said: ‘I see the worry creasing his face. I hear the passion and determination in his voice.

”You won’t believe what these folks are going through;’ he told me that last night.

Four months is too long to be repeating the exact same fib. If the President genuinely wanted to reverse the trend he’d stop pushing the same things that have only made the situation worse. Fact is, they want dependence — the more the better. Without dependence, “Vote for us or you’re on your own” would fall on completely deaf ears.

Rep. Joe Walsh Has ‘Fast & Furious’ Pegged

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ocky Mountain Way) has called on Attorney General Holder to resign over Fast & Furious (don’t hold your breath, Joe).

Walsh sure seems to have a bead on what Fast & Furious was designed to accomplish:

Walsh added that Holder needs to explain to the American people what role he had in Operation Fast and Furious. “The American people deserve to know the truth regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s knowledge and role in the Fast and Furious operation,” Walsh said. “This program was deliberately designed to attack law-abiding American gun owners and gun dealers. Why else would an anti-gun administration force licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to violent criminals?”

That would appear to be the intent of the “program.”

Meanwhile, Republicans grilled J-Nap:

Republicans were outraged that Napolitano had not talked to Holder about the operation, saying that she should have done so when she learned that two of the weapons sold under Fast and Furious were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last year.

“For you to have two dead agents and to have never had a conversation with Eric Holder about Fast and Furious and about this is totally unacceptable,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Oh come on, give Swifty a break — she was probably busy instructing TSA agents how to spot and report threats to national security.

In other F & F news, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform led by Darrell Issa requested to speak with White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. The White House responded that O’Reilly was “on assignment for the State Department in Iraq.” Pajamas Media takes it from there. It sounds like somebody isn’t very anxious for Issa’s committee to speak with Mr. O’Reilly.

OWS Irony of the Day: Self-Loathing in the Kitchen Serving the Lower 99% 98%

First some of the anti-capitalists at Occupy Wall Street got dollar signs in their eyes when the money started rolling in. Then the people who want government to take from the rich by force and give to them started complaining that people were stealing from them.

Now the kitchen staff volunteering for the movement dedicated to getting free stuff from the upper one percent is sick and tired of freeloaders:

The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.

For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.

They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.

Aw, people are taking advantage of something they’ve worked hard for? Now who would do such a thing?

Even more interesting, it would appear that OWS is not only against the upper one percent, but the lower one percent as well. They’ll have to change those signs to “We are the 98%.”

In the end, OWS will be crushed under the weight of its own irony.

Update: Another one to throw on the pile: Occupy Portland files for incorporation.

Occupy Oakland Supporter Puts Police Force on Hilarious 24-Hour Notice

A guy in Los Angeles isn’t happy with the Oakland Police Department’s treatment of some Occupy protesters.

I kept waiting for his diatribe to be interrupted by his mother yelling at him for not taking out the garbage. But watch out, Oakland cops, he’s got a pair of handcuffs and he knows how to use them:

Go over to The Right Scoop and watch about five minutes into the video from the Glenn Beck radio show to also learn that this guy is, in addition to being a self-proclaimed handcuff expert, quite the Deep Space Nine aficionado.

In the immortal words of William Shatner, “Have you ever kissed a girl?”