How I learned to stop worrying and love the OWS protests

“Has there been any more egregious double standard towards the right over the last five years than the commentariat’s treatment of OWS versus the tea party?”

At the first whiff of popular discontent on the right, Obama’s brain trust went full demagogue about “angry mobs.” Fast forward two years and you have leftist protesters fighting with cops, mass arrests, “sexual assault, regular assault, theft, drug dealing” happening at protest campsites, ongoing health hazards in tent cities due to human waste and occasional rat infestations, missing funds, and of course the usual smorgasbord of radical rhetoric from the fringier elements, be they commies, kooks, and/or anti-semites. And yet, miraculously, this not-angry non-mob is the darling of the Democratic Party.

… They spent late 2009 and the entirety of 2010 treating conservative protests as a form of domestic terrorism, punctuated by the horrible right-wing attack on Gabby Giffords that wasn’t a right-wing attack at all. And now suddenly their own side is in the streets and behaving vastly worse, yet somehow they’re the last, best hope of the middle class.

And for an even more complete picture, you can throw the manipulation, thuggery, subversion, and vandalism that accompanied the Wisconsin teacher’s union protests earlier this year (which of course immediately followed the Left’s emotional pleas for “civility” in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting) into the mix.

After the 2008 elections, a significant number of my friends expressed outrage and disappointment with the established news media over their savaging of Sarah Palin, when compared to the virtual love fest with which they surrounded Barack Obama.  Many of those friends voted for Obama and had no liking personally for Sarah Palin, yet they could not believe the way the press clamored to report any unsubstantiated rumors or obvious attempts at dirt digging as “breaking news” about Palin.  No other candidate in recent memory had been dog-piled by the press in such a fashion, and believe me, a lot of people noticed.

I can’t help but think that a significant portion of the voting population has also noticed the media’s double standards, as applied to the Tea Party vs. the Occupy protesters.

And as far as I am concerned, anything that does more damage to the credibility of the mainstream press can’t be a bad thing.


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  • Anonymous

    Hoping that winter will come early.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, Garand, I had to pull some serious strings, so you owe me buddy, but here ya go…..


      Low pressure will intensify just off the East Coast on Saturday producing significant snow across the Northeast.

      While the heaviest amounts are most likely to fall northwest of I-95,
      some accumulations are also possible closer to the coast along the
      heavily-populated I-95 corridor from near Washington, D.C. to Boston……

      • Anonymous

        Sorry… I did not see your post when I typed mine.. lololololol

    • Anonymous

      Looks like a tropical system in the gulf and Florida is going to whip up a Nor’ Easter for the east coast in 2-3 days. Mercifully it will bury the dung patties littering various communities until spring anyways..

  • Anonymous

    “And as far as I am concerned, anything that does more damage to the credibility of the mainstream press can’t be a bad thing.”

    They still have credibility? Seriously, I haven’t trusted a thing they’ve said, written or video’d in a long time.
    They are duplicitous, coniving underhanded lying SOB’s that will twist any situation to favor their favored point of veiw or outcome they desire.

  • Anonymous

    There are so many ironies with the Occupod movement from their complaining about people taking their stuff, to not wanting to share with the homeless among them.

    For the MSM, it’s especially delicious. Here was their chance to cover a counter to the Tea Party, and they generously obliged, giving the Occupods all the media attention they wanted.
    Problem was that some were acting like, well, democrats and their transgressions, for lack of a better term, simply could not be ignored. And so we saw reluctant coverage about the rape(s), burglaries, vandalism, filth, anti-semitism, etc, and unfortunately early on before MSM coaching, no coherent message.

    All told, from my perspective, it turned out well. The dems and MSM showed their support for these fools and the fools embarrassed themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Just don’t stand downwind..

  • jim_m

    As a tool to change the minds of voters OWS is a total bust.

    But there is more than enough reason to be concerned about the movement.  OWS, with its escalating violence could create the pretext for the current administration to curtail the civil rights of everyone else.  With dem party officials already suggesting that the country is in too much chaos that we should suspend elections the OWS is exactly the kind of movement to support such a narrative.

    The other concern is that the OWS with its growing union backing will become a violent tool to try to overturn the democratic process much like the left tried in Madison, WI.  Already we see public officials either unwilling or unable to stand for the rule of law. We already see the law enforced asymmetrically against people with peaceful protests like the TEA Party.

    • Scary, but with this Administration, entirely possible.

    • Anonymous

      “When Democracy Becomes Tyranny I STILL get to vote.”
      c/o SSI

      I seriously doubt that they could be so stupid as to declare martial law because their fellow travelers decided to get rambunctious. It would be a final blow to this regime and many of the organizations that support it.

  • Anonymous

    Barry will enact the ‘Martial Plan’ until a fair and accurate tally can be orchestrated to keep his thuggery in power.  I already do not recognize this administration as legitimate.  Holder not investigated? WTF??  

  • Anonymous

    There is nobody else protesting TBTF bailouts and crony capitalism, big finance allied with the state, fraud with impunity, war profiteering. 

    These rip offs and gambles have dragged down the world economy, the banksters get the bonuses while the rest of us get the shaft.

    • Anonymous

      You mean besides the Tea Parties?

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t anyone get the memo?

      This is the guy who claimed the OWS crowds were LARGER then the Tea Party protests, but couldn’t seem to find and proof other thasn ONE Tweet about crowds in Spain.

      Thus earning the moniker “Commander_Irrelevant” when concerning the OWS protests.

    • Anonymous

      Then why does your BFF Obama just announce a set of policies aimed exclusively at propping up the TBTF banks?  The revisions to HARP (real estate) and the student loan repaymenst are both aimed at allowing the large, insolvent banks to continue to ignore mark-to-market rules and carry these parts of their loan portfolio assets at 100% of face value.  That’s the reason no real relief – the lowering of principal amounts – is a part of any of these programs.

      Take a look at info on campaign contributions.  In 2008, three of the top 10 Obama donors were Goldman Sachs, Citibank and JP Morgan.  No TBTF/banksters appear in the McCain top 10 list.  Furthermore, a closer examination of historical trends shows that at best, and very infrequently, the finance industry distributes its contributions 50/50.  But normally Democrats receive around 70% of all election year contributions.  After all the TBTF/banksters live and work in NYC and how does the populace there usually vote?

      No, some things are certain, like death and taxes.  But a corollary is that that no substantive action will be taken against the TBTF/bankster cartel, under the management of B&G team (Bernanke and Geithner), as long as Obama is president.  In fact, the policies pursued so far by the EU in reaction to the Greece and PIIGS meltdowns is a mirror image of the U.S., the self appointed elite protecting its own.  The EU actions so far have focused on saving the political class, sovereign bond holders, specifically, and big European banks, in general… at- you guessed it – the expense of the taxpayer.

      • Anonymous

        You hit the nail on the head, except that Obama’s not my BFF – I’ve repeatedly excoriated the Obama administration for its lack of action against what you describe very well as the TBTF/bankster cartel.

        I think it’s an abominable example of cronyism and the corrupt influence of money in politics.

        • Except the problem is primarily caused by the policies which democrats promote whole hog.  And that YOU support by supporting democrats.  Admittedly, many republicans are acting like democrat lite, but you seem to want to push whole hog in the direction of the policies that caused the problems in the first place.

        • retired.military

          ” I’ve repeatedly excoriated the Obama ”

          But you will still vote for him.

    • The food preparers went on strike because too many homeless people were lining up for the gourmet meals they are serving. 

      Your spoiled white middle class brats’ attitude toward actual poor people betrays the movement as just another radical marxist mob.  The poor are props, not to be actually associated with or – Gaia forbid! – FED with the donated food.

      Someone should slap BOTH your faces, Chomsky.

  • Anonymous

    I would just say that the administration see’s the Tea Parties and is trying to co-opt parts of the message to thwart 2012’s ass kickin’.  If they were peaceful, clean and respectful the OWS would garner respect and actually become the Tea Party. Since they are not, they are merely pawns of ole’ jug ears.

    Why don’t they try OPA? We all know why..

    • Anonymous

      I would like to OWS go to Penn. Ave, agreed.

  • Anonymous

    Occupy Pennsylvania Avenue you poopstalkers!! I double dare YOU!!

  • Oysteria

    The shallow thinking and mindless rhetoric coming from this group is simply astounding.  Not to mention the irony:

    “The rich need to share more of their stuff!”
    “OMG there’s poor people mooching our food!”

    “Corporations should be punished for polluting!”
    “Here, pour this tupperware container of pee down the street.”

    “Open borders!”
    “No, you can’t go in that section of the camp.  That’s only for bi-trans-gay people.”

    The list of ironies is long and rich.

    • Anonymous


  • These people remind me of the rainbow people. In case anyone wants to know who the Rainbow people are. Yep, they are the same type of people that are making up the current #OWS crowd, only older. Mostly old hippies that camp out in the woods. Yes, they are just as filthy as their new counterparts.

  • This leaflet was dropped out of a window at the Chicago Board of Trade building onto the protesters on LaSalle and Jackson the other day. I thought it summed it up nicely.  mpw

    This was dropped from an office in the CBOT building onto the fools protesting outside at LaSalle and Jackson. Too bad most of them won’t get it.“We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’tdemand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the highschool baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.So now that we’re going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it’s really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat asses land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?”

  • As I have stated before here and elsewhere, where are these idiots going to get their freebies when Wall Street, the oil companies, the steel makers, the mom and pop operations and other business people stop hiring and shut their doors? Float a loan with China? I don’t think so. The Chinese want their slice of the pie too in the form of interest and principle payments on the money they have already loaned us. That is the one of the main reasons that Russia can now be considered a third world nation. So to those idiots that are sitting on their asses wanting all of these freebies, better enjoy the gravy train now, because it will be upside down in a ravine soon with the contents spilled all over Hell’s Half Acre.

  • What a load of bull. The double standard is how much more respectfully the tea party was treated. With things like,  “the Tea party response to the president.” Just a load of total BS