Category Archives: Occupy Wall Street

NOW they tell us: #Obamacare is a “Redistributionist Law”

Being an old Sales Guy, I’m particularly aware of any time someone is trying to “sell” me on anything.

Sales pitches in and of themselves are completely fine. My issue is with scammers, preying on people with pitches which are plainly, blatantly dishonest. So when I hear how a product will cure all of what ails me, while it simultaneously cleans my toilets and saves me gobs of cash, my sales-specific Spidey Sense kicks into overdrive.

Which is no doubt why I was immediately suspicious of the superlatives and proclamations accompanying the push to enact Obamacare originally. It was as if this one law was somehow a magical Nautilus machine, Viagra, and Hair Club For Men all rolled into one. And to reap the rewards of this wondrous, Unicorn-fueled legislation, all I had to do was repeat the words “Yes, We Can!!” over and over to myself, while trying very hard to not question how it’d all work.

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OBAMA: in charge of Everything, not told Anything, & responsible for Nothing

Remember this?

His “Just Words” speech should have informed one-&-all, right then, that words were all he had

Instead, it was hailed as incontrovertible proof of his future magnificence as president. And yet, after his “uhmm-errr-ahhhhh” fest in yesterday’s press conference, to say that he’s lost whatever shred of magic or credibility he once had would be a galactic understatement, at best.

A better description of it would go somewhere along these lines:

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Plenty to cover here, so let’s go through these in no particular order:

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A REBUTTAL to the recent CA-Teacher-Union / Social-Justice / Tax-the-Rich / “We-are-the-99%” video…

Courtesy of Bret over at T.B Rickert’s Call blog, we now have a video rebuttal to yesterday’s disgusting California Teacher’s Union video.

BUT, if you haven’t yet seen the ORIGINAL, please go to yesterday’s post and check it out now. It’s mandatory for everyone to know exactly what we’re up against…

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Watched it? Still a little numb? Can’t believe they’d show that to kids, right? Do me a favor: just keep that in mind next time I warn you about the Teachers Unions, okay?

Anyway, here’s the video rebuttal, which is pretty decent.

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Sour Grapes up in Wisconsin

If you’ve lost track of the recall election for Governor in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker and his Democrat challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, it’s not your fault. Things don’t look good for the recall backers up in cheese-land right now, so suddenly it’s “nothing to see here” time for the media. When you can locate a story about it now, they contain a very different tone than they used to have.

Maybe the best indication of things not going well for the Dems is this blurb from the LA Times, a paper which is certainly no big fan of Scott Walker:

Recent polls have pointed toward a victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s June 5 recall election. But here’s the clearest evidence to date that national Democratic party officials believe their side is losing: Democratic officials are playing down the potential impact.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) insisted in a television interview that a loss for the Democratic candidate in the recall, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, wouldn’t have any implications for other races, such as the presidential election.

Are you sure about that, Debbie? Even when the president is having increasing trouble raising funds, and the unions are spending cash in a race that would have no “national implications”? From the startribune.com:

“…….the National Democratic Governors Association is raising large sums. So is We Are Wisconsin, which, despite its name, raises most of its money outside the state, McCabe said. The organization spent $10.7 million on last summer’s senate recall races, with $10.1 million coming from three national unions — the AFL-CIO, AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union.”

And, although I hate to link to the Huffington Post, for the sake of accuracy:

“”Walker has become a national hero to many Republicans and conservatives and is a hot ticket on the fundraising and speaking circuit. But he is the top target for unions and Democrats as he became the face of the anti-union movement this year with his proposal that took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers.”

Top target?

The face of the anti-union movement?

Over $10 million coming from three NATIONAL unions?

Don’t let anyone kid you: this was ground zero for the Left’s power grab in 2011-2012. Unions and Occupodos joined forces to take down Walker. It was unbelievably important for months and months, and months……until it  recently began to look likely that they’d lose.

And now they are just giving an indifferent shrug and trying to convince everyone that it was never that big a deal in the first place, before this election is even in the books.

Ya know, that reminds me of an old fable concerning a fox and some grapes, but I’m sure I don’t know why…..

Look (out) for the Union Label

One thing I’ve noticed (and you may have, too) is how unions are always portrayed by the media: unions are, without exception, good.  The companies? Oh, yeah, now THOSE are some serious bad guys! Movies as recent as North Country and Bread and Roses, or classic films such as Norma Rae and On The Waterfront (plus lots more) all show the same thing:

unions=sweetness-&-light; companies=evil/big meanies.

I could go chapter-and-verse on union tactics and strikes over the years (Union Relations was my major), but that would bore even me. Instead, let’s just look at a couple of their most recent activities.

From Businessweek.com:

A rule change by the National Labor Relations Board that allows for faster votes on union elections was thrown out by a federal judge who said the agency lacked a quorum when it approved the measure.

The rule change, challenged in court by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, simplified and shortened balloting at a time when the unionized share of the workforce is falling, according to labor relations consultant Phillip Wilson. The compressed schedule could have cut the time permitted for voting in half to as few as 15 days, Wilson said.

That’s ….curious.

I just can’t fathom why unions would want less lead time for employees to find out all of the goodies that being in a union holds for them. Heck, if being in a union is so totally awesome, why would it matter? Maybe because giving employees a little more time to review the facts does make a slight difference in how the voting tends to go:

Unions win 87 percent of elections held 15 days or less after a request, a rate that falls to 58 percent when the vote takes place after 36 to 40 days, according to a February report by Bloomberg Government.

I wonder why?

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Next up: Unions working hand-in-hand with Big Daddy Government to get some free, federally enforced PR.

From the Daily Caller:

Last August, the National Labor Relations Board, which Obama packed with union lawyers from the private sector, issued a new rule requiring 6 million businesses to hang up posters advertising workers’ rights to organize.

The posters themselves read like a marketing campaign for unionization. Out of seven bullet points on the poster, the first six explain collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act, including the rights to strike and picket. ***Only the last point informs workers of their right not to join a union.

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Under the rule, if an employer does not take the action of hanging up the sign, it is considered an “unfair labor practice,” even in the absence of any evidence that the business owner did anything coercive.

The unions are on somewhat of a bad run right now, because they lost this one, too.

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The fact that the NLRB would attempt crap like this shouldn’t surprise anyone, certainly not after their attempted jihad on Boeing in South Carolina, which ended in somewhat of a draw. Obama implicitly approves of NLRB’s actions, since unions are a major part of his base. And the fact that you didn’t HEAR much about it means the media knows these were loser arguments. If they could have spun them as a positive, they would have. Count on it.

Add in the alliance that unions have forged with the Occupodos, and we can only guess at what they’ll come up with next. Both groups are looking for greater government intervention in every aspect of our lives, with the misguided notion that this somehow is a superior way to live.

Gotta admit, though: their sales pitch is tempting.

Support your local Occupod

Some of the commenters and I were having a conversation about this yesterday.

If the “Cleveland 5” was from the TEA PARTY, do you think today’s news would only be found on a few blogs and the local Cleveland news or, just maybe, some national news agency (like, ALL of them) would be gathered outside the courthouse right now?

But since it concerns the harmless, mostly-peaceful Occupoddos? Nothing to see here, folks….

From today’s newsnet5.com:

CLEVELAND Dozens of members of Occupy Cleveland showed up at a Cleveland courthouse to support the five people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.

The five suspects — 21-year-old Connor Stevens, 24-year-old Joshua Stafford (aka “Skully”), 26-year-old Douglas Wright (aka “Cyco), 20-year-old Brandon Baxter (aka “Skabby”) and 37-year-old Anthony Hayne (aka “Tony” & “Billy”) – pleaded not guilty during their arraignment Monday morning.

The suspects had the charges — conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce — read to them in open court.

In all, about 50 members of the Occupy Cleveland group went into courthouse. After the arrests were made, Occupy Cleveland said the five suspects were associated with the group, but they were “in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland.”

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So, the Occupy Guys immediately distanced themselves from these 5 morons terrorists, since they didn’t represent the cause, …and then dozens of Cleveland Occupy members show up at the courthouse to show their support …..for the people who don’t represent their beliefs.

Uh-huh.

New slogan for the Occupoddos: “We blame the fact that we’re idiots on the 1%”.

AlfonZo Rachel on OWS

***Courtesy of johngalt and the guys over at YouViewed/editorial***

This 3-minute rant goes hand-in-hand with some earlier posts of ours on the Occupy movement, but with Zo’s unique twist.

Enjoy.

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Always a pleasure

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Nothing to see here. Move along…

I really had no intention of writing anything else today, but I kinda/sorta promised I would address this as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, while we were highlighting the overt media disparity between the Tea Party and the Occupy crew (It’s the Tea Party… Run For Your Lives!), commenter ‘a2buckeye‘ pointed out that the 5 men who were arrested for planning to blow up a bridge were likely associated with Occupy Cleveland. I deliberately skipped including it in my list of Occupy violence since enough facts weren’t yet known as to their Occupy kinship.

Well, more facts have come to light, and ‘a2buckeyewas spot-on.

From Jim Treacher’s blog:

The federal probe that resulted last night in the arrest of five  purported anarchists for allegedly plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge began last  year at an Occupy Wall Street rally in Cleveland that was infiltrated by an  informant who was directed to attend the event by his FBI handlers.

It was at the October 21 OWS event that the informant first met Douglas  [“Cyco”] Wright, 26, who reportedly confided details of his group’s planned  attacks “against corporate America and the financial system,” according to court  filings…

Wright eventually served as the informant’s bridge to the four other men  busted in the bombing plot–despite the fact that the quartet was “unsure” about  the snitch for whom Wright vouched. Of the five men arrested, four were involved  in the Occupy Cleveland movement, according to their Facebook profiles, a news  story, and a federal criminal complaint.

Predictably, Occupy Cleveland has tried to distance themselves from these cretins. Good luck with that. Jim Treacher points out the obvious connections, including:

“…..how did Brandon “Skabby” Baxter spend his time when he wasn’t plotting to murder people? He was organizing an Occupy rally. Last weekend.”

Make sure you read his whole post (complete with video), which will be, …uh, …’problematic” for Occupy Cleveland to dispute.

Gotta love those lil’ Occupy darlings. They’re so cute at that age.