Finally: Occupy protester explains the “Twinkles” hand gesture

posted at 8:35 pm on October 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Weasel Zippers, every revolution reinvents some core cultural vocabulary to inaugurate its new consciousness. The French reinvented the calendar. These people have reinvented jazz hands, I guess. It’s as harmless as can be, but since all protests are ultimately an appeal to undecided voters, I can only imagine what the average blue-collar American will make of it. Who knows? Maybe hippie finger wiggles are just what the zeitgeist requires right now to catalyze the unemployed.

If you missed the Time poll today that the left is buzzing about, here you go. Fully 54 percent are at least somewhat favorably disposed to the protests on Wall Street versus just 27 percent who say the same about the tea-party movement. Philip Klein has a nice analysis of how Time loaded the phrasing of the question to get their desired result, but there’s more to the numbers than that. For one thing, there’s age. People have had two years to observe the tea party, warts and all, versus a month for OWS. As time goes on — starting tomorrow, maybe — their warts will come out too. Beyond that, OWS benefits tremendously by not having a concrete agenda. Much like their friend in the White House, they’re essentially a blank screen onto which you can project your fondest dreams. Are you one of the 99.99 percent of Americans who prefers the middle class to the rich? Well, good news: So does OWS. Do you happen to agree with literally everyone else in the country that America needs more jobs? OWS does too! How about those bank bailouts? Does it kinda sorta stick in your craw that we had to give banks lots of taxpayer money to keep the financial sector afloat? It sticks in OWS’s craw too. They’re so vague on particulars, in fact, that lately I’ve started to see posts online heralding the movement as some sort of cutting-edge Internet-age populist experiment which is “less about victory than sustainability. It is not about one-pointedness, but inclusion and groping toward consensus.” In other words, it’s not supposed to accomplish something, at least not right away. For now it’s just supposed to be, man.

Here’s Twinkles letting it be. If you missed this revealing post at the Corner earlier today about how the commune downtown is managing to feed itself, make sure to make time for it. The money quote: “We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.” You’ll never see a summation of the entitlement mentality more twinkly than that.

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What’s the hand signal for “off your rocker”?, Twinkles?

hillbillyjim on October 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM

their warts will come out too.

Heh the warts have been there all along but the major news outlets have chose to ignore them. Surprised not.

CW on October 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Dorks.

bernzright777 on October 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Down twinkles. Definitely.

notropis on October 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

I can smell him thru my computer.

Knucklehead on October 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Pull my finger.

Blake on October 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Welcome to the people’s republic of Portland.

ORconservative on October 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Tea Party: I just want to keep more of the money I earn.
OWS: I just want to keep all the money YOU earn.
Seems simple to me.

kurtzz3 on October 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Has anyone else noticed that almost all of the men at these occupy things have lisps? And the last word of every sentence goes way up in pitch. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Manhattan, San Francisco, Atlanta or Boise, they all have the same dialect. It’s creepy.

Buddahpundit on October 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM

The money quote:

“We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.”

Guess they don’t remember what happened in Jonestown when they served free Kool-Aid.

wren on October 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Pull my finger.

Blake on October 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Snort.

LASue on October 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

At about 1:15 of the vid my head started spinning. I’m stone cold sober and couldn’t keep up with it.

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM

And here I thought they were waving away the bugs…

The money quote: “We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.”

Unfortunately, as per the Corner post, I do know where some of that food is coming from, as I’m indirectly involved in the source (I am not supplying the food btw).

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I can’t wait to see what the late night show do with this little oddity…

Blake on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

The most stunning thing about this… its an official Occupy Portland Video. They must have had a general assembly meeting where the majority of those present, when asked if they should release this to the public, responded with a twinkles.

AndrewsDad on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Can you picture Herman Cain doing “Twinkles?”

Me neither.

notropis on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I miss Archie Bunker…

lovingmyUSA on October 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Wrap it up Skylar (and take a bath).

Tim_CA on October 13, 2011 at 8:49 PM

That was hilarious, AP. Great post! Twinklessssssss!

d1carter on October 13, 2011 at 8:50 PM

AndrewsDad on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Great point. They keep this up, they’ll put Breitbart and O’Keefe out of business.

notropis on October 13, 2011 at 8:51 PM

ROFLMAO.

Holy crap, I’m so embarrassed for these people.

nickj116 on October 13, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Can you picture Herman Cain doing “Twinkles?”

Me neither.

notropis on October 13, 2011 at 8:48 PM

But I can imagine Chris Christie doing alot of “Twinkies”.

Tim_CA on October 13, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Some jackass celebrity or congressperson is going to make hay out of this twinkles thing which would give it about 3-6 months of good marketing capabilities. If our resident liberal genius was a smart capitalist, he could make a little money and quit the protest circuit.

sherry on October 13, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Unfortunately, as per the Corner post, I do know where some of that food is coming from, as I’m indirectly involved in the source (I am not supplying the food btw).

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Then spill your guts, (jet)boy!

IrishEi on October 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

warts? or herpes….

maineconservative on October 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

It’s O.K. It’s twinkified.

SlaveDog on October 13, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I’ve got some “hand signals” for ya twinkles……

C (clarifying question hand signal): twinkles, when is the last time you bathed and cleaned those F.I.L.T.H.Y. fingernails? What a bunch of pigs. Their parents must be soooooo proud!

sicoit on October 13, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I think the human microphone got screwed up when someone wanted to go for a tinkle.

faraway on October 13, 2011 at 8:57 PM

I’m totally going to start using Down Twinkles for everything I disagree with in daily life.

Revolutionary.

nickj116 on October 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Which hand signal summons their parents to come pick them up?

Chuck Schick on October 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Welcome to the people’s republic of Portland.

ORconservative on October 13, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Or as Lars calls it: “Havana on the Willamette”

darwin-t on October 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I’ve been giving them my finger salute since day one.

John the Libertarian on October 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Unfortunately, as per the Corner post, I do know where some of that food is coming from, as I’m indirectly involved in the source (I am not supplying the food btw).

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

I know where some of it comes from. I sent them a couple of pizzas. Meat lovers.

stvnscott on October 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

What do you think if we infiltrated these things with people that showed up with signs that said “OCCUPY SOROS” and tried to lead a march on one of his houses? :-)

You should have seen the protestors down at “OCCUPY POSSUM HOLLER” this morning.

There were 5 of them. All of them from the University.

One of them had a sign that said “Death to Corporations” (he wrote it with a Sharpie made by a….corporation).

Another one had a sleeping bag with a sign that read “Vote with your pocketbook, stop corporate greed”. The sleeping bag was made by Coleman and it had a Made in China tag on it.

Another little guy had a sign that read “OBAMA 2012″ on one side and a “We need more solar power” on the other side. Not realizing that his Messiah is setting up all the San Fran East Bay Solar companies with money that is being sucked into GE Venture capital firms and funnelled back to Obama 2012 re-elect coffers.

And a young couple was under a Tarp smoking Critter Weed and doing Lord only knows what.

Uggggghhhh, even here in Possum Holler.

PappyD61 on October 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM

The iEvangelize Movement

/they’ll hate being tied to Christians

faraway on October 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Which hand signal summons their parents to come pick them up?

Chuck Schick on October 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

The right of course. The parents put the fitty in the left.

CW on October 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Roberts Rule of Order: Classic early 19th Century rules of parliamentary procedure.

These protesters just love the Euro-Socialistic model and vehemently discard our Constitutional Republic structure of Government

Opposite Day on October 13, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Then spill your guts, (jet)boy!

IrishEi on October 13, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I don’t like to flaunt my charitable endeavors, but I’m involved with a major social website’s thing of donating food to needy people…and a lot of requests for food for the OWS protesters have been coming in. Obviously, I’m not donating for that…but some organizers of the protest have been requesting (almost demanding) vegan options for them, and posting a list of pizzerias et al in the neighborhood and how to get it to Zucatti Park. It’s non-stop.

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

This signal means you’re a dork.

Ronnie on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Brilliant post, Allah.

blink on October 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Yes, it is.

I consider this “hand sign” twinkiness thing wit the group repetition or chanting aloud of speaker statements, phrase by phrase, to be just about the best illustration of the skewered psychology of those participating in this OWS thing.

It’s like they’ve all so much enjoyed kindergarten that they’ve decided to stay there. Including the “teachers”, who also seem to be people with severe learning disabilities themselves or, perhaps, chosen or willful malingering.

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I know where some of it comes from. I sent them a couple of pizzas. Meat lovers.

stvnscott on October 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM

lol, with extra-greasy meat I hope

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Jenner, Ali, and Bird had Wheaties. This crowd has CoCo Puffs.

CW on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

They can twinkle but they can’t sprinkle.. cuz… guess whut?

/
Dey ain’t no bafroons.

I blame Bloomberg, that dirty rotten scoundrel of a ……….. whatever he is this week.

Bring on the Bafroons!

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

This signal means you’re a dork.

Ronnie on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Yeah, there’s one hand signal that everyone can understand that I like to use for these knuckleheads…

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Kinkles. Pinkles. And Finkles.

A future law firm of progressive Cafeteria Luddites.

profitsbeard on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Which hand signal summons their parents to come pick them up?

Chuck Schick on October 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Bwahahaha.

nickj116 on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Silly, that’s what the cop cars are for! Pfffftttttt

sicoit on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

but some organizers of the protest have been requesting (almost demanding) vegan options for them, and posting a list of pizzerias et al in the neighborhood and how to get it to Zucatti Park. It’s non-stop.

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Respectfully -was that supposed to surprise us in the least?

CW on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I would like to sit in one of those little symposiums and make the “L” gesture on my forehead. If anyone got indignant I would say “L, as in liberal….what did you think it meant?”

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:03 PM

So you’re telling us that they are taking food out of food closets that are designed to feed actual needy families?
Scumsuckers

darwin-t on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

You see, the problem with geeky dorks is that they are such geeky dorks that they can’t tell that they are geek dorks.

esnap on October 13, 2011 at 9:06 PM

So you’re telling us that they are taking food out of food closets that are designed to feed actual needy families?
Scumsuckers

darwin-t on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Yeah, in a way, pretty much.

JetBoy on October 13, 2011 at 9:06 PM

And, the lady in the park trying to lecture about voting…

Evidence of why it was a grotesque error in our nation’s public educational system to have removed Civics from the juniorhigh or highschool curriculum.

If there was even basic awareness of Civics, there would be no Idiot Lectures needed about what voting is and why it’s done.

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

“Are you one of the 99.99 percent of Americans who prefers the middle class to the rich?”

No…

… Why do you ask?

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

The French reinvented the calendar. These people have reinvented jazz hands, I guess

And the French invented the guillotine. Came in handy, too.

What would be analogous for this group of loons?

SteveMG on October 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Where does the middle finger cheek scratch fit into the signal hierarchy?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Lily on October 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Which hand signal summons their parents to come pick them up?

Chuck Schick on October 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Bwahahaha.

nickj116 on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Hahahaa…

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

You can tell that young man in the video chose the wrong major in college.

CW on October 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Or better yet, find some double-arm amputee guy and have him sit in the crowd. Then when everyone is talking with their hands he can stand up and yell:

“Why are you people marginalizing me?? I’m being repressed!”

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Imagine if they spent as much energy finding a job or starting their own company?

CW on October 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM

And, the lady in the park trying to lecture about voting…

Evidence of why it was a grotesque error in our nation’s public educational system to have removed Civics from the juniorhigh or highschool curriculum.

If there was even basic awareness of Civics, there would be no Idiot Lectures needed about what voting is and why it’s done.

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:07 PM

It wasn’t an error, it was a plan to make the children ignorant so when the go to college they are already malleable.

darwin-t on October 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM

They better hope some gangbangers don’t roll up on ‘em while they’re flashing their signs.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Fully 54 percent are at least somewhat favorably disposed to the protests on Wall Street versus just 27 percent who say the same about the tea-party movement.

Damned, where’s that corporate controlled media when we really need them?

SteveMG on October 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

This so sad.

To think of the hundreds of millions of dollars in education spent by their parents. They all have degrees. They don’t have port a potties, but they DO have degrees.

…………

From where, from what, and who financed this idiocy?

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

At least PORTLANDIA knows it’s comedy…

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 9:08 PM

That’s brilliant!

notropis on October 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

They better hope some gangbangers don’t roll up on ‘em while they’re flashing their signs.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Soros/Obama.

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

I’ve got a hand gesture for them . . .

rbj on October 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Hey, AP: What’s up with the post by Karl? No can access…”forbidden”…

Lourdes on October 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Did these kids learn their hand signals in Day Care?

http://www.target.com/p/Brainy-Baby-Talking-Hands/-/A-13536187

wren on October 13, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Spirit fingers!

I feel so bad that I actually know what that is… :(

clement on October 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Great post, AP.

tea party, warts and all

Plus, he effortlessly sneaks in a COD/witch reference.

TexasDan on October 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

TwinkleHo’s?

faraway on October 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM

What’s the symbol for guillotine?

MeatHeadinCA on October 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I don’t think we should underestimate.

It’s not a movement, it is a calculated takeover that has been in implementation for 4 decades.

Obama was not a mistake. He was groomed, planted, foisted in 2004. A media circus focused upon him to purport a picture of purity, sanctity and a collective sigh of absolute.

Today, Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Islamism punches us all, right in the nose. Yet we remain silent. Waiting. For an ansswer.

From whom?

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Good gawd,I would hate to see one of these clowns on
a aircraft carrier flight line,or worse yet,break in
to a Twinkles hand manouver,try’n to call in airstrikes!

(snark)

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I think my internet connection is bad. I apologize if this is being repeated, but what is the signal for “Off with their heads!” ?

What about “This is an occupation, not a permitted picnic?” Does that one involve the middle finger and some feces?

MeatHeadinCA on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Winning the Future?

Reminds me of my favorite quote:
“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

JackofNoTrades on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Had to share this: A poster from the National Review Online article mentioned above by AP:

Ed Sodaro MD
: 10/13/11 12:38

“Occupy Wall Street” is a brilliant conspiracy paid for by organized parents to get these parasite slacker adult children out of the house.

I’ll bet their parents are changing the locks as we speak.

sicoit on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

If you ever walked your grandchild or your own child, through a Park filled with trees, fountains, statues; birds and s

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Key West Reader on October 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Oh, I don’t underestimate this. I think these people are downright dangerous. I do think the best way to defeat the lefties is to show just how despicable they are, though.

MeatHeadinCA on October 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

….and you wonder why they are unemployed?!!!

PrincipleStand on October 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

wait. I thought it was ‘jazz hands’.

rayra on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Can they do the itsy bitsy spider?

Blake on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

What is the finger sign for:

“Hello fellow inmates, are you also in here for fighting against evil banks and trying to make the world a better place?”

Followed by:

“GUARD! GUARD! HEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPP!!!!”

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Okay,NOW I KNOW WHY,almost every Liberal/Democrat/Progressive
Operative,Protester,or Politician has a discombobulated/mesmerizing
HAND PUPPET SHOW,every time they talk!!

And,now,we need the signal interpretive manuel,with the side to
side sweeping head movement as well,and case in point,Obama speechs!

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

“We don’t know where it comes from. It just appears, and we eat it.”

Oh really, you longhaired filthy hippy LibTard? Okay, I’ll pay for a truck full of cow manure to drop off a full load at your illegal “spontaneous protest”. Then you can eat the manure and take in as much bull$h!t as you are spewing out of your mouth.

Go home to your parents’ basement, get a damn job and STFU.

CatchAll on October 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Can they do the itsy bitsy spider?

Blake on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Blake:Priceless,my wife and I sing that,and twinkle-twinkle little
Star,as bed time songs,to both of our grandsons!

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

IT COULD BE WORSE!!!???

“TAPPING”…..ahem!!!

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

That guy looks a little light in the Birkenstocks…

golfmann on October 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

but what is the signal for “Off with their heads!” ?

MeatHeadinCA on October 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

hahahaha, good one

faraway on October 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Get a bunch of Ducks fans down there to flash the “O” hand sign, just to mess with ‘em.

Then, torch their hybrids.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 9:28 PM

What is the finger sign for:

“Hello fellow inmates, are you also in here for fighting against evil banks and trying to make the world a better place?”

Followed by:

“GUARD! GUARD! HEEEEEEELLLLLLLPPP!!!!”

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Bishop:The THREATS ARE STARTING….read the TWEET!:)
======================================================

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
#NewTone: Occupy Wall Street Flea-baggers Now Issuing Public Death Threats
***********
*************

It’s really quite helpful that President Obama, Vice President Biden and the entire Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee are solidly behind the collection of kooks, druggies, anti-semites, truthers, and union hacks that make up the point-nine-nine percenters.

This is a fight for freedom, my friends. It’s a fight for your way of life, your property, your loved ones. If one of the “99 percent” thinks this way, you can bet your ass many more do.

Prepare yourself.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/10/newtone-occupy-wall-street-flea-baggers.html

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 9:32 PM

they’re peter pans. thankfully, one supposes, in that it won’t take much to make them cry and run away. all their scatter shot ‘ causes’ and ill defined objectives can be summed up as- wanting to remain infants: every need and desire catered to as if by magic with them having to make no effort whatsoever.

grow the f up.

mittens on October 13, 2011 at 9:35 PM

These people would leave for free Voodoo Donuts and Stumptown Coffee.

Cappuccino-slinging slackers.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Hey, now I know what they are protesting! They want twinkle down economics! All they have to do is just twinkle their fingers while wishing upon a star and everything they ever wanted will magically appear!

Problem is (as The Iron Lady once said) eventually you run out of other peoples moeny!

Morons every one!

Liberty or Death on October 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Tea Party Mascot vs OWS Mascot!

http://moonbattery.com/?p=3286

sicoit on October 13, 2011 at 9:43 PM

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