Occupy Oakland Visits Bank of America

Haven’t the peaceful Occupy Oakland protesters heard that Bank of America isn’t going to impose that $5 debit card fee?

Just like the Tea Party?

They also managed to shut down the Oakland shipping port. Just tell the protesters that the boats are delivering free Che Guevara t-shirts and they’ll let it open back up in no time. What’s the problem?

Didn’t the protesters hear Jay Carney’s request that they behave in a lawful manner? (nudge nudge)

Could Oakland’s “Occupy” supporting Mayor possibly be a bigger tool?

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“Come on, looters, vandals and arsonists… call me and we can talk this through…” Either that or she wanted to tell them “good job.”

Say what you want, but the Oakland Mayor’s inaction has been swift and decisive.

No wonder there’s a recall movement under way. Oakland police aren’t thrilled with her either.

Some protesters are learning the hard way that you can’t surround a vehicle and threaten the driver without the risk of getting run over.

As the public’s tolerance for this crap continues to decline look for Dems to start backing off supporting it and for local politicians to take more aggressive action in dealing with the lawlessness.

Oakland Men’s Wearhouse Supports ‘Occupy’ Strike

Today is the “general strike” in Oakland, and this was spotted today in the window of a Men’s Wearhouse:

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This particular Men’s Wearhouse doesn’t seem to believe the adage of “know your customer.” How many suits are you going to sell to people whose express purpose in life is to get out of job interviews?

The store even has a customized ad targeted specifically at the Occupy movement:

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Then again, maybe that sign of support might as well say “if you think we’re on your side will you not loot us?” Who knows.

By the way, Men’s Wearhouse stock is trading on Wall Street at around $30 a share today. George Zimmer, founder of Men’s Wearhouse, is worth around $800 million, though the above OWS support is undoubtedly the work of a franchisee.

New Twitter Hashtag and Facebook ‘Like’ Button to Help Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has had its eye on uprisings around the world and wants to become more adept at recognizing when there’s trouble brewing in social networking:

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security receives information about potential threats to the U.S., agents may turn to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Caryn Wagner, undersecretary of the DHS, told an audience Monday at the National Symposium on Homeland Security and Defense in Colorado Springs that the agency began to draw up guidelines for monitoring social networking sites after the sites were heavily used during government uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa this year.

According to an Associated Press report Tuesday, federal agents are still mulling over how to best pull intelligence from social media sites and determine whether it is valid or Web chatter.

Because I’m all about helping Janet Napolitano, here’s what I’d suggest. First, a way for users to re-Tweet comments and add a hashtag that would alert Homeland Security to a potential threat but not tip off the original Tweeter. #ThisPersonWouldNeverOverthrowTheGovernment should do the trick. Napolitano will know what it means and the user will be none the wiser.

As for Facebook, DHS should convince Mark Zuckerberg to add a “like” button specifically for flagging posts that may contain national security threats. Here’s my proposed design:

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Hope that helps, J-Nap.

Big 3 Networks Conveniently Forget to Mention Jon Corzine’s Party Affiliation

Yesterday at Michelle M’s place I mentioned MF Global’s bankruptcy (the “MF” stands for “where’d all the MF’in money go?”). The company currently can’t account for $700 million and has admitted to using client money to cover company losses — a big no-no in the securities biz.

If Obama was a Republican we might have expected the mainstream media to make a little more out of the fact that Obama once referred to MF Global’s leader Jon Corzine as “our Wall Street guy.” And if Corzine was a Republican we certainly would be hearing more mentions of his party affiliation:

On Tuesday, the morning shows of the Big Three networks omitted the party affiliation of Jon Corzine as they reported on the federal investigation into his brokerage firm, something that even the liberal New York Times did in their coverage of the story. ABC’s Good Morning America also failed to include Corzine’s name during their news brief on the investigation.

News anchor Josh Elliott noted in a 13-second brief that “a Wall Street brokerage firm run by New Jersey’s former governor is filing for bankruptcy. Regulators say some $700 million belonging to MF Global’s customers is apparently missing.” Apparently, the name of the Democrat’s firm is newsworthy at ABC, but his name and his party ID isn’t.

On NBC’s Today show, Natalie Morales gave Corzine’s name right away and detailed that the “the missing money forced MF Global to file for bankruptcy Monday after scuttling a deal to sell part of the company to a rival firm.” But she followed her ABC colleague’s lead by not revealing the former governor’s political affiliation.

While ABC and NBC gave their news briefs on the investigation during the first half hour of their programs, CBS’s Early Show waited over an hour to report on the story. However, the program spent the most time on it out of the three – 23 seconds – compared to 13 seconds and 18 seconds respectively for the other two networks, for a total of 54 seconds of coverage. Fill-in news anchor Betty Nguyen didn’t give Corzine’s party

The MSM always claims they don’t report in a biased fashion, but often their bias is even more glaringly obvious if you pay attention to what they don’t say.

Here are the Bankruptcy Twins — President Obama, Democrat, and the beleaguered Jon Corzine (party affiliation not available at press time), back in more hope-filled days:

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Update: The FBI is now on the case of Corzine (party affiliation not available at press time).

Movement Dedicated to Protecting the 99% Continues — 99% Hardest Hit

“Occupy Wall Street” has been loosely endorsed by Barack Obama, and you can tell the President is having an influence on the situation, because it’s already killing small businesses:

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Twenty-one restaurant workers lost their jobs last week because of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall St., said he had no choice but to let nearly a quarter of his staff go last Friday after he saw his sales drop by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests started.

“What are [the protesters] trying to accomplish here?” Epstein asked Monday.

“The end result is that I and all the wonderful people who work for me are collateral damage.”

Epstein said the biggest problem is the police barricades that have lined Wall Street since Sept. 17, making it difficult for people to see his restaurant and cross the street. Epstein has also had to contend with closed subway entrances, police checkpoints and frequent Occupy Wall Street marches, which he said have dampened the Financial District’s formerly thriving street life.
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The issue of the Wall Street barricades has come up at recent community meetings, and NYPD officers have repeatedly said that the security barriers must remain in place because the protesters do not give advance notice of their marches and routes.

Restaurant workers are losing their jobs? That’ll teach “The Man”!

When Michael Moore got involved I figured at least it might be a boon for local eateries, but I guess I was wrong. Instead, Slobba the Hut is going to make money putting together a movie while “the 99%” lose their jobs as a direct result of the anti-capitalist “cause” he’s hypocritally promoting.

Pelosi: Government Should Have Power to Shut Down Businesses That Avoid Unionization

Nancy Pelosi’s really been gettin’ her Marxist on lately.

First, a little background on the situation from about six months ago:

In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.

In its complaint, the labor board said that Boeing’s decision to transfer a second production line for its new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane to South Carolina was motivated by an unlawful desire to retaliate against union workers for their past strikes in Washington and to discourage future strikes. The agency’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said it was illegal for companies to take actions in retaliation against workers for exercising the right to strike.

Last Friday, Botoxi the Clown was asked if the National Labor Relations Board should be able to force Boeing to shut down that plant in South Carolina because it isn’t unionized, and you can guess what her answer was:

By Pelosi’s unionization standards this means the NLRB should also shut down next year’s Democratic National Convention.

Update: Naturally, select wineries would be exempt from Pelosi’s quest for government-mandated full unionization.