Archive for Occupy Movement

Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach laments his dissolving friendship with Naomi Wolf:

This Thursday, September 11, Naomi Wolf and I will be debating the question, “Is Israel guilty of genocide in its war against Hamas?” at the Manhattan Jewish Experience on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Naomi is a friend of mine. We both have history at Oxford. She earned her degree as a Rhodes scholar and I served as rabbi to the students for 11 years. Naomi reached out to me for a book she was writing and having been a fan of her work I greatly enjoyed making her acquaintance. She subsequently attended Shabbat dinner with my family. Naomi’s books have raised important issues, particularly in the realm of women’s rights and social justice, which is why I was shocked when I learned that Naomi was involved in a blood libel against the State of Israel with false and shocking allegations of a Palestinian genocide.

I, in turn, responded that in all her condemnations of Israel Naomi manages to virtually omit all mention of the brutal attacks and true genocidal ambitions that Hamas has toward the Jewish state and the Jews. Naomi in an interview later said that she never meant by her words that the Jews didn’t need a Jewish state. I challenged her to a public debate and she graciously accepted.

We’re all free to choose our own friends, but let’s brief the good rabbi on the Rhodes Scholar with whom he broke bread.

Most recently, Ms. Wolf publicly sided with that pestilence known as Occupy Wall Street:

Oops! Wrong movement, wrong picture.

Could they be more smug? Wolf has speculated that the long overdue crackdown on the Occupy movement was a government conspiracy, and on this I think she’s right: a conspiracy of the government to do its job and uphold law and order. The Occupy camps were incubators of disease, crime, filth. Never mind their symbolism (empty and bogus to my way of thinking), their dismantling and sterilization was way, way, way past time.

Wolf also once described Al Gore as an alpha male, but I think this is a misunderstanding: he’d ballooned up to the size of Alpha Centauri was her point (as has she, it might be noted, as have many of us).

I’ll leave aside her feminist views. I am generally favorable toward feminism in the abstract, less so toward today’s feminists and its modern practice. Too often the only issue is abortion, which we have repeatedly shown is harmful to women and minorities.

No, if Rabbi Boteach is not familiar with Naomi Wolf’s politics, we’ll leave him one more example, which should clear up the matter:

In The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Wolf takes a historical look at the rise of fascism, outlining 10 steps necessary for a fascist group (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty previously exercised by its citizens:

Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Create secret prisons where torture takes place
Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens
Set up an internal surveillance system
Harass citizens’ groups
Engage in arbitrary detention and release
Target key individuals
Control the press
Treat all political dissidents as traitors
Suspend the rule of law

The book details how this pattern was implemented in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and elsewhere, and analyzes its emergence and application of all the 10 steps in American political affairs since the September 11 attacks.

Right practices, wrong presidential administration. Let’s take a look:

Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy: The Tea Party.

Create secret prisons where torture takes place: Every day Gitmo stays open is a betrayal of his promise to close it.

Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens: The IRS.

Set up an internal surveillance system: The NSA.

Harass citizens’ groups: The IRS and the FEC.

Engage in arbitrary detention and release: The FBI’s treatment of James Rosen.

Target key individuals: See most of above.

Control the press: When not with the press’ own complicity, by stealth and by force.

Treat all political dissidents as traitors: See IRS above.

Suspend the rule of law: Making and amending law without Congress.

Hope this helps, Shmuley. Wolf’s adoption of Hamass is part of a pattern, not an aberration.



The New York Police Department reached out on Twitter to ask people to tweet pictures of their interactions with New York’s Finest. Oh sure, they got a couple of nice shots of cops smiling in selfies.

And then they got this:

The NYPD showed it knows a lot more about fighting crime than it does about Twitter when it asked users to post pictures of friendly cops on the Web site — and online trolls responded with a flood of tweets depicting police brutality.

The NYPD’s attempt to court Twitter members blew up in its face on Tuesday, shortly after the department started the Twitter hashtag #myNYPD.

“Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD,” they wrote.

Instead of a social-media coup, the department’s net naiveté was exposed by cop-hating members of Occupy Wall Street, who used the hashtag to post every photo they could find of officers manhandling people.

The hashtag hijacking soon went viral and left the NYPD with egg on its face.

“Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time,” a user of Occupy NYC’s twitter handle wrote under a picture of cops struggling with protesters.

It’s hard to judge on the basis of a snapshot. Arrests of violent or disorderly people can look awfully rough when the only goal is to render the person harmless to himself or others. We all know examples of excessive brutality, but as all the reality TV shows like Cops and the prison shows make depressingly clear, cops face much more violence in their line of duty than they dish out.

And if these were indeed Occupy Wall Street people, I can’t very well criticize cops for doing what I so very badly wanted to do myself.

Lest ye forget the true… uh, face of the Occupy movement:

Here’s one picture I can’t see my way to defend, however:

Police can and should be held accountable for excessive force. And the unwashed anarchists of Occupy wherever can and should be doused with a fire hose if their pestilence ever returns.

Comments (1)

Occupy Bellevue

The Occupy Movement of the Deranged Mind is eternal:


A small crowd gathered at Boston’s Dewey Square to commemorate the two-year anniversary of Occupy Boston on Monday. The participants at the mini reunion commiserated over the two months they spent protesting economic inequality, along with a hodgepodge of other issues, in the Financial District’s tent city. Many of them said that even though the Occupy movement did not usher in the major societal changes they wanted it to, it did change the tone and language of the national conversation.

“We got a meme across, the idea of the 99 percent, that all of us are the same and we’re getting screwed in the same way and it’s from the one percent,” said Bill Lewis, 61, of Cambridge.

Lewis, a computational geneticist, never stayed overnight in the square, but he was active in the group’s facilitation organization and spent many hours organizing their nightly general assemblies. Lewis was not surprised by the smaller crowd at Dewey Square, but he did note that there were 300 people at the anniversary in New York.

Matthew Krawitz, 42, was active in organize the finances of Occupy Boston and running the livestreams. He, like Lewis, did not spend the night at Dewey Square but still has fond memories of the place.

There’s something telling that the only people sentimental about the infestation that was Occupy Boston never actually occupied it. Other than the homeless, rapists, and petty criminals—and their victims—no one else did. The frauds at Occupy Harvard who pitched their REI and Eddie Bauer tents in the Yard only to sneak back to their oil-heated rooms at night at least had the excuse of callow youth. These fools are the worst fools: old fools.


Down in the Dump

If there’s one legitimate criticism of this blog (and there’s not, not even one, but just pretend), it would be that we tend toward the negative. Invite us to parties, and we are walking, talking (oy, do we talk!) buzz-kills.

So, join us in mirth and laughter—at these idiots!


I trekked down to Occupy Wall Street’s celebration of its second anniversary today in New York City, traveling alongside the occupiers as they marched from Zuccotti Park to Washington Square.

I was casting back in my mind last week to the happy days of the Occupy Movement. The crime, the filth, the smell, the dysentery. The defecation.

Sorry. But I laughed out loud when I saw it. Told you we needed a few more smiles around here.

But look at the dingbat moonbat in the picture up top. Note the cigarette. Note also the “For Lease” sign in the background. Both tell you something about the state of the Left and the state of the state.

In keeping with our peppier tone, let us at least note that when it comes to using bodily effluence as an accessory, today’s Occupiers have moved on from poop:


Why so unhappy, Occu-poopers? Did you just learn the tattoo is permanent? Or does it hurt to have a spike driven through your ear lobe? (It certainly hurts your job prospects!)


Occupy Cairo

There, now was that so hard?

Egyptian security forces stormed two massive makeshift camps filled with ousted President Mohamed Morsy’s supporters, bulldozing tents and escorting away hundreds of protesters.

In the chaos of the raids, it was impossible for CNN to verify the claims and counter claims of casualties.

The Muslim Brotherhood said 200 Morsy supporters were killed and more than 8,000 injured.

The Health Ministry put the number at nine protesters dead and 78 wounded.

It also said five security officials were killed and 29 others were injured while trying to trying to disperse the protesters.

The government blocked all roads leading to the Rabaa camp, and suspended rail service to Cairo.

The Brotherhood said it was to prevent more of its members from streaming into the city.

The raids began around dawn at the two camps.

Within three hours, all that remained at the Nahda camp were remnants of torn-down tents.

I certainly don’t condone the violence and loss of life, but the military was just keeping its word. And the MoBros have plenty of experience with getting the Shiite kicked out of them by the Egyptian military. So, hardly news.

I just wish our civic leaders had been as clear and decisive when the Occupy Movement was squatting (and I do mean squatting and I do mean movement) across our own country. It’s no wonder the Obama administration carries no weight at home or abroad. If he can’t solve a problem with a drone strike, he can’t solve it at all.

Now, drone strikes on Occupy camps: that would have made a Bloodthirsty Liberal’s heart go pit-a-pat. Not with Hellfire missiles (necessarily), but something perhaps a little less definitive. I would say stink-bombs, but the Occupiers would hardly have noticed. Soapy water: now that would have worked. Shower gel is Kryptonite to their species.


Anonymous, Occupiers Not Loving Obama

I’m not the one comparing Obama to Hitler, Anonymous is the one comparing Obama to Hitler. And the CEO of Whole Foods, of course, bless him.

Why is this man smiling?

Hacktivist group Anonymous has now spoken out against President Barack Obama’s intentions to enact wider gun control in the U.S.

In a 15-minute YouTube video, which first appeared on the social network two weeks ago, Anonymous criticized the Obama administration’s leveraging of violent gun crime to achieve its goal to control guns.

“Throughout history, authoritarian governments have used gun violence as an excuse to take people’s firearms and control their population,” said Anonymous.

“This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people and look at the atrocities his administration did. Obama has been working hard to try and ban all semi-automatic weapons and shot guns while at the same time increasing the weapons and firepower that police and government agencies have.”

We all know how vilified the National Rifle Association is in the eyes of the media and the liberal elite. But I would trust the NRA with my life before I’d trust Obama, Anonymous, and any mainstream media organ. In a way, I already do.

Comments (1)

Person of the Year Update

Remember who Time magazine selected as their Person of the Year last year? Course you don’t, nobody does. You wouldn’t have known it was Obama this year if I hadn’t told you.

Right? Ring a bell? Course not, nobody gives a crap. Didn’t then.

Hey, Elizabeth Warren: still boasting you’re the “intellectual foundation” of the Occupy Movement?

The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.

Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.

People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme,” the sources said.

Well, his arsenal certainly is:

A detective discovered a plastic container with seven grams of a white chemical powder called HMTD, which is so powerful, cops evacuated several nearby buildings.

Police also found a flare launcher, which is a commercial replica of a grenade launcher; a modified 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun; ammo; and nine high-capacity rifle magazines, the sources said.

Cops also allegedly uncovered papers about creating homemade booby traps, improvised submachine guns, and various handwritten notebooks containing chemical formulas.

What’s the matter with the Village—don’t they have gun control there?

BTW, it takes only about two minutes on Google to find The Terrorist Encyclopedia. Looks pretty handy, tho, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Comments (2)

They Canceled Christmas

Well, no, but that’s next:

Occupy Wall Street campers have made Halloween at a church in lower Manhattan simply too scary, church officials told

Citing an “abundance of caution,” the Rev. James Cooper of Trinity Church said the Episcopal parish at Broadway and Wall Street in Manhattan has canceled it popular Halloween activities due to safety issues arising from a sidewalk encampment in front of the place of worship.

“Canceling a beloved family event is not a decision taken lightly,” Cooper said in a statement issued Sunday. “Last year, more than 1,200 people took part. However, we are deeply concerned about the escalating illegal and abusive activity the camp presents.”

Abundance of aution? Illegal and abusive?

The Occupy Movement?

Perhaps. But I’m pretty sure Trinity Church is not one of the Dementors from Harry Potter. Or whatever that is supposed to represent.

The Occupy Movement, however, is what I think it is.

“The sidewalk is owned by the city, so we don’t have the legal power to remove people from the sidewalk, but it’s our responsibility to clean it. We hose down the sidewalk and throw away the trash.” She said that the daily cleanings always lead to a confrontation and that “They will only get up if a white shirt — a lieutenant — is there. It becomes a tense situation.”

So far 9 protestors have been arrested after they put an air horn up to the ear of the Church’s maintenance worker.

They sound more like Hitler’s SA than Elizabeth Warren’s intellectual spawn. How come the beautiful people and the politicians don’t want to be seen with them anymore?


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Rather, these pictures?

As the media celebrate the anniversary of the pestilence and contagion that was Occupy movement, we now see it for what it was: baby boomer sleep-away camp.

In New York:

Jon Reiner, a laid-off New York marketing executive who traveled to many Occupy camps last fall, is disheartened the movement didn’t engage in electoral politics.

“I think there’s an opportunity that it has missed,” said the 50-year-old husband and father of two. “I’m still meeting people my own age who are still being laid off. … so the issue has the same prominence in terms of its, you know, impact on people’s lives, and I think that the movement shouldn’t be quiet about any of this, and one way not to be quiet in an election cycle is to get yourself in the face of the … candidates.”

“I still identify myself with the movement,” he added, “but I don’t feel like I have necessarily an outlet for my activism.”

New York couple Betty and Dennis Carbone, former anti-war and anti-nuclear activists, still come once or twice a week to Zuccotti Park to maintain a presence at the birthplace of the movement. They are disappointed others haven’t done the same.

“We were down here for the winter,” said Dennis Carbone, 69, as some protesters chanted, blew whistles and held up the familiar yellow-and-black banner reading, “Occupy Wall Street.” The barricade-lined park protesters once called home had security officers at entry points on Friday many months after the encampment came down.

“Everybody was all pumped up: ‘Wait till spring, wait till, wait till spring.’ Guess what? We’re in fall. No spring, no summer. What did we Occupy?” Carbone said. “That was probably the most disappointing … . And now, here we are what, one year, and what’s happened?”

How much you wanna bet the Carbones (pictured top) don’t visit Ground Zero “once or twice a week”? Or ever?

They have company in Boston:

In a dim, stuffy room overlooking Copley Square, 15 Occupiers, mostly in their 50s or 60s, met last week for the group’s biweekly general assembly.

Sitting in a circle of folding chairs, they bandied plans for Sept. 30, to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Occupy Boston encampment at Dewey Square — the local answer to the call of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Their ideas: A parade? A bank protest? A concert at a Cambridge bar? Maybe they could get permission from the city to hold a gathering at a public park?

Noah McKenna, a recent college grad with an Afro and scraggly beard, looked up from his laptop with a look of disgust.

“Am I the only one,” he sneered, “who thinks the idea of getting a permit to celebrate Occupy’s birthday is ridiculous?”

What a shock that a recent college grad with an Afro and a scraggly beard doesn’t appear to have a job!

But don’t miss this detail: the ersatz Occupiers were “mostly in their 50s or 60s”.

As happens in old age, nostalgia settles in:

Now, the gatherings are more mundane in tone, more fuddy-duddy in tenor. At a recent meeting, the Occupiers approved funding for Occupy Boston balloons and camera equipment for the New York trip.

It’s a big change, admits Bil Lewis, a lanky, neatly-dressed 60-year-old from Cambridge with the voice of a National Public Radio broadcaster. He discovered Occupy last year on his way home from a Toastmasters meeting. Last December, as protesters awaited eviction, Lewis gazed out over the tents and declared, “This is the life I want to have led. I am so honored to have been here.”

Now, Lewis says he’s nostalgic for the “wild community” of the old camp.

By which he [pictured second above] means:

The camp attracted homeless people, registered sex offenders, and drug users. Arguments erupted on whether to allow them inside the Occupy community, highlighting how the camp had become a microcosm of the challenges of modern-day society.

And that’s what made the camp so special, some said.

“It was such a beautiful laboratory of democracy,” said Dana Moser, an Occupier from Jamaica Plain.

Homeless people are rarely homeless by choice, drug users are powerless over their addiction, sex offenders are shunned by decent society—and these ex-Hippie Occupiers feel nostalgic for such company. Their little lips quiver with sorrow that they can’t get the band back together.

Go [bleep] yourselves.

Comments (1)

Regurgitating Occupy

Here’s a great idea. Now that the pestilence of the Occupy Movement has been cleansed from the land, let’s have a photography exhibit all about it!

Brings back memories, doesn’t it? (It brings back breakfast!)

The Weekend Pass section of the Washington Post’s Express free tabloid on Thursday promoted a photography exhibit glorifying Occupy Wall Street. Over a full-page photo of Occupiers climbing the statue in McPherson Square was the headline “Picturing Protest: The Occupy movement’s early days come into focus with an exhibit of photos at American University.”

The Post’s Katie Auerbach explained the exhibit features photos blown up to near-life-size proportions for their “emotional impact.” The exhibit’s curator Allison Nordstrom insisted “We picked them for a level of drama and the way the pictures created a feeling. As you move through the exhibition, our hope is that you end up feeling like you’re a part of it.”

It’s bad enough that The Washington Post promoted the Occupy crowds while their protests were the hot ticket in liberal progaganda, but celebrating them as American History now that they’re moved on to irrelevance in the current election year demonstrates their heartfelt sympathy.

I’m getting an “emotional impact”, all right, but it’s not a happy emotion.

Good! At least she’s learning the value of a dollar—something her poxy university didn’t teach her!

But for the life of me, I can’t find in the exhibit that most iconic of Occupy Movemet images.

That’s the lasting image of Occupy to me. I’ll never be able to “wipe” it from my mind.

Comments (5)

Breitbart From the Grave

He’s not dead. He’s just been in the editing booth:

While the media attempted to dive deep into the social implications and issues surrounding the recent “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which spread in the U.S. and worldwide, relatively little was reported on the alleged violent rapes, robberies and assaults that took place in Occupy’s swarms of tents and sleeping bags.

But audiences will soon be exposed to a darker view of the activist movement, seen through the lens of award-winning documentary filmmakers Citizen United Productions. Directed by Stephen K. Bannon and produced by David N. Bossie, “Occupy Unmasked” takes cameras into the Occupy camps in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Portland, Denver and Oakland, documenting instances of brutality and profanity that took place.

The film features the late Andrew Breitbart, who worked tirelessly on the project prior to his unexpected death in March.

Breitbart made no secret about his feelings regarding the Occupy movement.

“TIME Magazine declares Occupy the story of the year. Occupy is not the story of the year, the American people never got the true story,” Breitbart declares in the film. “These people feel morally justified to commit crimes.”

Every Democrat I can think of, especially Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama, clasped the fetid Occupiers to their bosom. When they lose in November, they will be too stupid to see the connection. But we will know better.

Comments (1)

Who Wants to Play “Islamist, Occupy, or Tea Party”?

It’s the terrorist guessing game sensation that’s sweeping the nation!

Now, you get only one guess, so you better make it a good one. You might assume from their coloring, for example, that they’re not Muslim—but that would be profiling, you racist [bleep]head. Besides, isn’t that Al Qaeda’s new method, outsourcing?

If you remember the old ads for Levy’s bread, they would show an American Indian like Elizabeth Warren, with the tag-line “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s.” Similarly, you don’t have to be Saudi to hijack jumbo jets and crash them into skyscrapers—but it helps.

Anyway, keep thinking. What’s that? You’re ready? Okay, let’s hear it. For the Grand Prize of a lavish weekend in Bloodthirstan, staying at the ancient and drafty Mordred’s Castle, sampling such indigenous cuisine as Cherokee Crab a la Mayonnaise, what is your answer…?

OHHH! I’m sorry, but “Tea Baggers” is incorrect. While I’m sure you’re right that “those a-holes are due”, this was not that time.

May we have the correct answer, please?

Three men charged with conspiring to commit domestic terrorism during the NATO summit were plotting to attack President Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters, the Chicago mayor’s home and police stations, authorities said Saturday.

A police investigation that began early this month revealed that the three suspects are “self-proclaimed anarchists” and members of the “Black Bloc” group who traveled together from Florida to Chicago to commit violence as a protest against the NATO summit, authorities said in a statement.

“Black Bloc” was the group blamed for violence that occurred in recent “OCCUPY” protests, such as in Rome last year when anarchists in ski masks torched cars and clashed with police and even other OCCUPY protesters.

The three men were planning to destroy police cars and attack four Chicago police district stations with destructive devices as a way to undermine police response to other planned actions at the NATO summit, according to a statement by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Downtown Chicago financial institutions were also among the proposed targets, authorities said.

Now, hang on BTL, you protest (peacefully, I hope). Just because these allegedly violent anarchists infiltrated the Occupy Movement doesn’t taint the movement as a whole. It’s like a piece of crab meat that’s gone a bit off doesn’t spoil the salad as a whole.

You just keep telling yourself that:

One of the suspects, identified by police as Jared Chase, 24, is from Keene, N.H., and spent time in Boston, where he participated in the OCCUPY Boston protests last fall.

A Facebook page bearing Chase’s name, picture, and other personal information calls him a DJ and says he is studying 3-D animation and game programming at NHTI, a community college in Concord, N.H.

Chase’s page describes involvement with the OCCUPY movement, first in Boston, then Providence, Washington, Miami, and finally Chicago. The page describes Chase being arrested outside the White House, includes commentary about the merits of antiterrorism legislation, and threats against police.

“Freedom cannot be destroyed by these corrupt pigs with badges,’’ one post reads. Another says, “Miami has the most crooked cops in the country. We should execute them before they do something well regret.’’

The Facebook page expresses support for Anonymous, a loose collective of activist computer hackers that has aligned itself with the OCCUPY movement. Linking to a post about the recent hacking of a Boston Police website, it reads, “[Anonymous] “to the rescue!’’

Gregg Housh, a leading figure in both Anonymous and the OCCUPY Boston protests, said Chase’s involvement in OCCUPY Boston was “an on-and-off thing’’ and that he “wasn’t around much,’’ preferring to move from city to city. Housh said several members of the OCCUPY Boston movement told him that they have not seen or heard from Chase since he left Boston in December last year.

“I can just see the sensationalist headlines: OCCUPY BOSTON GOES TERRORIST!,’’ Housh wrote in an e-mail.

Are we that transparent? I should hope so.

Come on, Tea Baggers, you’re falling behind. The Islamist terrorists are like the New York Yankees, a juggernaut of racist ideology, shattered bodies, and spilled blood; the OCCUPY-ers are beginning to mobilize into the violent anarchist they’ve always dreamed of becoming—and where are you? The late Andrew Breitbart’s bet that no one could provide evidence of a racist bone in your body politic isn’t going to win itself, you know.

How can we play “Islamist, Occupy, or Tea Party” if the Tea Party won’t play?


« Previous entries Next Page » Next Page »