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Posts Tagged ‘Occupy’

Maher Takes Occupy Movement to the Woodshed

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 6, 2012

It is amusing watching the Left begin to eat their young.  The latest episode included Real Time host Bill Maher attacking the Occupy Movement.  On a one of his recent HBO shows, Maher said of the Occupiers:

“Let me ask you about another occupation, because this is – and you would be good on this too, panel, the occupation, the Occupy Wall Street, because similar to Afghanistan, when you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off.  And as I watch them on the news now I find myself almost agreeing with Newt Gingrich.  Like, you know what – get a job.  Only because, you know, the people who originally started, I think they went home and now it’s just these anarchist stragglers.  And this is the problem when you, you know, when your movement involves sleeping over in the park.  You wind up attracting the people who were sleeping over in the park anyway.”

And I think that’s where we are now with the Occupy movement.  They did a great job bringing the issue of income and equality to the fore, but now it’s just a bunch of douchebags who think throwing a chair through the Starbucks window is going to bring on the revolution.”

Mr. Maher has once again shown how little strategic vision Progressives have.  Initially, they were pleased to support the radicals in the Occupy Movement, as long as the riffraff attacked only conservatives.  Joining Maher in support of the Movement were leaders of the Democratic Party including Obama and Pelosi.  However, the Left can no longer control the monster they help create.  With the Occupiers beginning to attack Democrats and getting too close to the swank apartments that wealthy Progressives live in, the Left now attempts to place the genie back in the bottle.

Watch the video below and chuckle.

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Occupiers’ Los Angeles Protests Results in Budget Cuts

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2011

The Occupy movement has gained traction across United States over the months since they began, but they have yet to coalesce around announced goals or objectives.  More recently the movement created the theme “We are the 99%” indicating disapproval on wealthier Americans.  However, the Occupiers offer little in solutions beyond a general theme that those that have should give to those that have less.  This is poorly camouflaged Socialism which is proven a failure in redistributing wealth in the long-term so many times in the past.

An example of the misplaced actions of the Occupy movement was reported yesterday by CBS Los Angeles.  The City of Los Angeles’ Mayor Villaraigosa announced he is required to cut the budget due to costs incurred as a result of the Occupy protests in Los Angeles.  This includes $400,000 to repair City Hall’s lawn damaged by Occupiers and $700,000 for the police action required to clear out the Occupiers.  In addition there were heavy cost for hauling away debris and cleaning graffiti from the defaced City Hall walls and trees.

The cuts required to Los Angeles’ budget will hurt the most needy in that city.  Such acts bring into question the true motivations behind the Occupy movement.  It also makes a shambles of the Leftist media’s attempt to compare the Occupiers with Tea Partiers.

The real enemy of both the Occupiers with Tea Partiers is the same; an out-of-control government that is run by politicians and bureaucrats more interested in perpetuating their own wealth and power and the good of the Country

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Occupy Mom in Places 4-Year-Old Daughter on Train Tracks During Protest

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 15, 2011

The Occupy movement includes a diverse collection people who often have difficulty expressing their objectives.  One thing they have in common is anger.  This has led to irrational acts such as damaging the small business people and their employees who happen to be located where the lengthy and often unsanitary protests occur.

One of the more outrageous examples of irrational behavior recently came from an Occupy mom in the Port of Portland, Oregon who actually placed her four-year old daughter on railroad track in order to block train traffic.  In the interview posted below this mom had the nerve to excuse her lunacy by saying: “The thing is I have faith in humanity.  I don’t think that any person driving a train is going to plow through a bunch of people with children.

This Occupy mom now has something in common with Radical Islamists.  Both would risk their own children for a cause.

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Anti-Semite Organized Occupy Miami Movement

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 27, 2011

WorldNetDaily a November 25th, published another story titled OCCUPY THIS! exposing additional bigotry that is part of the Occupy movement.  According to The Miami Herald, Mohammad Malik is and organizer of the Occupy Miami movement.  Over recent weeks Malik has in fact been quoted in the press as speaking for Occupy.

Before becoming involved in the Occupy movement, Malik was involved in other radical and Left-leaning groups.  While currently unemployed, he previously worked for the ACLU.  More significantly, Malik was director of CAIR’s (Council on American-Islamic Relations) South Florida chapter as well as his associations with other Islamic groups that have been involved with hate filled, anti-Israel demonstrations.

As an example of Malik’s radical leaning, during his tenure as a CAIR executive, he organized a dinner with its keynote speaker being Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.  Wahhaj was an apologist for convicted WTC bomb plotters and has expressed his desire to invoke and Islamic caliphate in the United States, i.e. Sharia law.

Malik is not the first member of CAIR involved with the Occupy movement.  CAIR worked with the Islamic Leadership Council and the Arab-American Association of New York to lead prayer sessions in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  CAIR also has relations with other radical organizations, including Code Pink.

There is growing evidence that the radicals involved in the Occupy movement are more than just fringe misfits tagging along for the ride.  In Miami, a radical anti-Semite is a leader of the Occupy movement.  It is disappointing that Leftist politicians remain silent on the hate groups involved with the Occupy movement.  It is telling that while President Obama and Nancy Pelosi were so willing to speak positively about the movement, they have since remained silent on its growing dark side.

The Leftists has become beholden to bigots and anti-Semites as a source of political power.  It is ironic that earlier days such misfits were more likely to come from the Right now feel so comfortable joining the Left’s movement.

There is growing anger in the United States that comes from the lengthy economic downturn, as well as our dysfunctional government.  That anger was expressed during the November 2010 elections with the electorate showing a throw the bums out mentality.  It was also expressed by the creation of two significant movements, the Tea Party and Occupy.  However, these movements are very different.  While the Tea Party expressed its anger with a main theme; smaller government and less government spending, the Occupy movement after months has yet to create its political theme.  Instead, the Occupy movement has become merely a collection of disgruntled Americans with Leftist views.  That has made them ripe for infiltration and control by radicals such as CAIR and Code Pink.

Cal Thomas wrote an op-ed posted below that expresses the weaknesses behind some of the more mainstream Americans that have become involved with the Occupy movement.  He concludes with a revealing comment by former Democrat Senator from New Jersey and professional basketball player, Bill Bradley, who so aptly said: “Ambition is the path to success.  Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  Unfortunately, Progressives have proffered the perverse view that Americans cannot achieve without the help of their government.  Is that belief that now permeates the Occupy movement.

Thankfulness and OWS, by Cal Thomas

For more than half my life I was a 99-percenter.  I kept my first pay stubs in the news business to remind me where I came from and what was necessary in order to get where I am today.

In 1975, while working at a TV station in Houston, I wrote a letter to a friend in Washington complaining about my stalled career and low salary.  “I will probably die here with my boots on, boots bought on a revolving charge and not fully paid for,” I griped.  My memory is not that good. He kept the letter and showed it to me a few years ago.  We laughed.

At age 37, I was making $25,000 a year with few prospects of earning more.  Suddenly things began to change.  All the hard work and experience resulted in a better job and more pay.

As a young reporter, I interviewed many successful people.  “Where did you go to college and what did you study?”  I asked them.  “What is your philosophy of life and work ethic?”  Rather than envy them, I wanted to be like them.

This is what’s missing from the envy culture of the movement known as Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Envy is greed’s equally bad brother.  Those who lack what they think they deserve lust after the money and property of wealth creators.  They seem to know little of what used to be called the “work ethic.”

Many in the OWS crowd are also deficient in their understanding of economics.  There is not a single pie from which all must eat.  Instead, life contains a recipe everyone can follow to make pies for themselves.  The pies are not guaranteed to be the same size for all, but if the right ingredients are used, those pies can make anyone self-sufficient.

This is the great philosophical divide that liberal politicians have effectively used to gain power for themselves while dooming increasing numbers of their fellow Americans to a life of dependency, failure and envy.

The recently failed debt commission contained elements of a poison familiar to many who have succeeded in life by their own efforts.  Democrats wanted to tax the rich even more, but has a tax increase ever resulted in less spending?  When the federal government gets more of our money, it doesn’t suddenly become fiscally responsible.  The more money it gets, often the more it spends.

In an America not long ago, we encouraged persistence. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” was a little saying I often heard growing up. Now it seems the message too many are sending and receiving is, “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try again; turn to government (or a lawyer).”

I am thankful to live in a country that still rewards hard work, personal responsibility and accountability.  But that country, which was my role model as a young man, is rapidly fading into history.  Human nature is such that a substantial number of people can be addicted to a government check if they choose not to work.  But many of our grandparents taught us by example that the pursuit of success was a noble quest.  Parents once bragged about what their children had become.

How many parents are bragging about their kids occupying cities and universities and fouling the ground and streets with human waste?

Bill Bradley, former Democratic senator and professional basketball player, once observed: “Ambition is the path to success.  Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”

We should be thankful for such truth. I would be more thankful if it were on the rise instead of in decline.

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Leader of Occupy Buffalo Caught in a Lie

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 25, 2011

As the Occupy movement drags on, information about those behind it are becoming public and offer some definition behind the movement.  This Blog previously posted articles concerning some of the characters behind the Occupy movement including anarchists and anti-Semites (Another Anti-Semitic Leftist at Occupy Wall Street, LA).  Today we had a liar to that list.

The blaze.com on November 24 exposed a leader of Occupy Buffalo as a liar.  That leader, Christopher Simmance, previously informed the media that he served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was so severely that he only has 10 years left to live.  However, Army service records obtained by The Blaze indicate Simmance was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington for three years and left active-duty prior to the 9/11 attacks.

While the Occupy movement involves many good Americans who are rightfully upset with the direction that the Country has been taking, it has also been infiltrated by individuals who are attempting to use this movement to pursue agendas that are against the interests of most Americans.  Some like Simmance create false narratives for the Left in an effort to be recognized.  It is this more seedy side of Occupy that makes the Left’s comparison of it to the Tea Party movement fallacious.  It also makes Barack Obama’s and Nancy Pelosi’s backing of the movement and outrage.

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