Spraying elderly women (and also a pregnant teenager and a priest, but who’s counting) in the face with pepper spray is the best way for the 1% to discourage protestors. I’ll tell you, there’s nothing that discourages non-violent protest like spraying defenseless old ladies in the face with pepper spray. No one ever hears about it, first of all, and everyone who does always thinks the old lady deserves it. They NEVER recoil in revulsion from the needless use of violence, and it ALWAYS makes the cops, and the people who own them, look good.
So keep it up! Maybe next time you can shoot a three year old in the face with tear gas: in fact, I encourage you to do so. The more martyrs, the better.
I guess we’ve gone past “first they ignore you” and the “then they laugh at you” stages into the “then they fight you” stage. Soon, we will win.
Because the fact is, we ARE the 99%. And so are these dumbfuck neanderthal cops in Seattle, whether they know it or not.
Daniel Denvir in The Naked City, on a rumor that Philadelphia Daily News helped spread yesterday with its cover story (sub-head: “How the homeless hijacked Occupy Philly”):
I received a call nearly two weeks ago touting the same conspiracy theory: anarchists are being bused into the city. (And, a top city official has also repeated this narrative to CP as fact within the past few days.) In fact, Philadelphia (in particular, West Philly) has one of the largest anarchist populations of any city that I know. If anything, it would make more sense if our anarchists were being bused to invade other cities! And all of my sources at Occupy Philly, including two lead activists who very much want to relocate from Dilworth, reject the accusation as absurd.
All of a sudden she’s at the top of the media. She’s at the top of the ladder. She’s paid no dues. Not born on third base. Born at home plate after the home run. She has not worked anywhere in journalism. She’s never had a job.
Now, that gets to the other point of this. Let’s go down to Occupy Wall Street or wherever else that there’s an Occupy, or go wherever there is a collection of liberals. What are they mad about? They’re mad about the 1 percent, and what are they mad about about the 1 percent? The 1 percent’s got it all. The 1 percent has everything and they’re not sharing it with anybody, and they didn’t work for it. There aren’t any jobs for anybody else because the 1 percent are making sure they’ve got all the jobs and they’ve got all the money.
So here we come with Mr. Democrat Party, the highest ranking, biggest star, most respected member of the Democrat Party, and with pure nepotism and nothing else his daughter, who is unqualified for this job, gets pushed ahead of everybody that works at NBC and gets this job. This is the quintessential thing the 99 percent are fed up with, that they don’t have a chance, that the game’s rules are rigged, that everything’s stacked against them…
And with apparently just a phone call, all Bill Clinton had to do, pick up the phone and call Steve Capus at NBC or Jeff Immelt or whoever, we don’t know, and say, “Hey, I have this person interested in working for you.” “Who, Mr. President?” “Well, you may have heard, name’s Chelsea.” “Oh, say no more.” Because NBC doesn’t want to consider the alternative of saying “no.”
So here you have a very prominent member of the 1 percent who flaunts that membership of the 1 percent greasing the skids for a child who’s unqualified and inexperienced. What does that say to all these people with all of these thousands of dollars in student loans, desperately trying, they think, to get jobs to pay off their student loans? They think the game is stacked against them. They think that the rules are rigged, that people like them are shut out, don’t have a chance.
The answer is here, and it’s a sad day when this dude seems to get it, and our own party just sticks its head up its ass to avoid dealing with the mess.
I share Robert Reich’s opinion of the corporate kingpins who are trying to drive a stake through the ailing heart of our democracy:
A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted…
However, Reich’s suggestion for undoing the harm done by Michael Bloomberg, the Koch brothers and other corporatists sounds hazy at best:
… If Occupiers are expelled from specific geographic locations the Occupier movement can shift to broad-based organizing around the simple idea at the core of the movement: It’s time to occupy our democracy.
It would be a big mistake to give up on the encampments around the country that have made the Occupy movement a genuine force for change.