Crisis strikes OWS: How can we do more to accommodate the drummers?

posted at 7:47 pm on October 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via the Corner’s Charles Cooke by way of Ace, test your mental endurance with four and a half minutes of an OWS apparatchik droning his way through “negotiations” with the community board about the very important matter of drum circles. The vids that circulate on blogs of OWSers popping off about Zionist bankers or overthrowing the world’s rulers capture one side of the movement, but this clip is a big bay window onto the other side — the proto-bureaucracy that’s sprung up in the park, replete with dozens of “working groups,” that takes itself utterly seriously even when the subject is hippies needing something to chant to. Somehow, something as simple as that can’t be resolved simply; it requires a board meeting, extended “dialogue,” liaisons for each side, and on and on and on. It’s statism in its protozoan form, and it’s really (albeit dryly) funny. The guy in the clip is, to the community board, what a school’s student-body president is to the local superintendent, yet he sounds like he’s arguing before the Hague. I feel almost relieved watching it, just because it’s hard to believe a movement this lame could ever be truly threatening. If they ever did feel inclined to start smashing windows, they’d need to hold 800 “working group” meetings and consult with the board first before resolving to take action. And even then, this guy might take the floor and bore them all into walking away and forgetting about it.

And yet, the media couldn’t be any more excited than it is by the whole thing. Go figure.

Ed already linked New York magazine’s comedy gold about the Great Drumming Standoff this morning so I won’t quote it again (for what it’s worth, my favorite character is “Zonkers”), but here’s Gothamist picking up the story:

Last night’s General Assembly meeting in Zuccotti Park was “one of most contentious ever,” in large part due to a heated debate over whether the drummers at Occupy Wall Street should be given $8,000 from the movement’s coffers to buy more drums and equipment. It seems some of the drums were stolen or vandalized, and the drummers asked the General Assembly to help them regroup. “We have worked for you! Appreciate us,” one drummer told the crowd, but the appeal was denied, and the Huff Post’s Craig Kanalley tweeted, “Drummer who didn’t get money from GA tonight now yelling, cursing at members of GA.” Meanwhile, another member of the drum corps was lashing out at the Community Board meeting.

“I am an occupier, I am a drummer, and, despite what they say, I am also a human being,” Ashley Love, a young member of the OWS People of Color Working Group, told the packed Community Board meeting last night. Mother Jones reports that Love was met with booing when she informed the locals, “It’s primarily a commercial area; not too many people live there. The majority of the drummers are people of color with low-income or no-income backgrounds, and Wall Street was built by slaves when they brought the Africans over here. The council people back then prohibited drumming because it was a way of protesting. It was a way of communication. And I just think you guys are scapegoating us.”

Alas, some occupiers are more equal than others. The good news is, one-percenter Russell Simmons eventually showed up and started handing out free money so presumably the drum corps will be well supplied again this weekend. Will Mike Bloomberg do anything about the noise? He hinted today that a crackdown is coming, but since the crackdown’s being couched in language like “We’ll eventually have to work something out here,” expect plenty more Hague-like opening statements at community board meetings to come.

Incidentally, and contrary to Time magazine’s claim that more than 50 percent of the public supports OWS, a new AP poll finds that just 37 percent back the movement. And of that number, only 22 percent are independents. Keep riding the tiger, Democrats. The … droning, long-winded tiger.

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They don’t need money. They need teleprompters. How else can they know what they’re there for?

RBMN on October 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

MORE COW BELL!

upinak on October 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Holy ef. It’s really easy to see why they can’t run their own lives.

TWG78 on October 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I’ve waiting for a food borne illness outbreak. Listeria?

TWG78 on October 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

wait till the real cold and snow arrives. hehehehe.

maineconservative on October 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Other than the trust fund babies in the crowd, I wonder how many of these dirt-encrusted morons are direct descendents of these fine specimens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8b9HEIx5J8

predator on October 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

I love the misnomer “working group.” What work do they do?

Blake on October 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

I’d claw to be on the community board. They have a key to the restroom.

Limerick on October 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Bloomberg is an idiot and I hope this blows up in his face.

Blake on October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

You could name this scene

“10,000 BC Meets The NYC Council”

BobMbx on October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

That meeting proves that all the cities problems are completely solved and drumming can now, finally, be addressed!

We will have peace in our time after all!

Seriously, I kept watching the video hoping someone would stand up and scream, but, sadly, it never happened….

Alinsky on October 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

They want to drum during rush hour because they are begging for money and are more likely going to get it then. Their motivation is purely MONEY.

Blake on October 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Bloomberg doesn’t want OWS to ruin the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade next month so the crackdown has to begin soon.

RedRobin145 on October 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Check out the old lady youtube video. She’s a nasty piece of work demanding the release of Mumia, Peltier, and Lynn Stewart. Cop killers and terrorists!

Blake on October 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

If you look real close at these NY protestors they all have RedSox tatoos.

Limerick on October 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

This whole “movement” reminds me of the movie Flashback

In 1989, clean-cut FBI man John Buckner is detailed to escort heavily-bearded Huey Walker back to jail for offences dating back to his days as a celebrated hippy radical. After Walker dupes Buckner on the train and himself falls into the hands of a couple of well-meaning refugees from the 60′s, the two men with apparently nothing in common find themselves on the run together. But appearances can be deceptive.

The point is, these people really think they’re relevant and their little “government meetings” to decide how to proceed is pure comedy. Drumbeating equipment committee meetings? Far out, man!

Rovin on October 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Keep those drum circles going!

WisCon on October 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Q: What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?

A: Homeless.

Q: What’s the difference between a drummer and a pizza?

A: A pizza will feed a family of four.

CurtZHP on October 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I am so bored with this protest. Just plain bored.

Rational Thought on October 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Incidentally, and contrary to Time magazine’s claim that more than 50 percent of the public supports OWS, a new AP poll finds that just 37 percent back the movement. And of that number, only 22 percent are independents. Keep riding the tiger, Democrats. The … droning, long-winded tiger.

America has not lost its mind …..well not completely.

CW on October 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

We much support our fellow comrade drummers!

NotCoach on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

It would be delicious if nearby residents funded a few noise-cancelling speaker systems nearby….

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Rational Thought on October 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM

That bus is filling up quick. By All Hallows Eve the mayors will be swinging clubs themselves.

Limerick on October 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I think what they need to go with their drums are vulvazelas.

NotCoach on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Can’t the City lower down some version of a Biodome or Thunderdome on Zuccotti Park? Let’s see how long they last without Capitalism helping them.

batterup on October 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Yeah! A couple of line array towers ought to do it.

Rovin on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The best answer for these drum circles is Eric Cartman.

These people are more hipster than hippy. I consider myself part hippy, been to Burning Man 3 times, and these OWS people are a joke.

Real hippies want freedom and individualism, not collectivism and more government control

firepilot on October 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Disgrace to all of us real drummers.

blatantblue on October 21, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I think what they need to go with their drums are vulvazelas.

NotCoach on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Snicker… I would contribute to that.

katy the mean old lady on October 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Has anyone considered cowbells.

“I got a fever and the only prescription…..is cowbells.”

pjean on October 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

It would be delicious if nearby residents funded a few noise-cancelling speaker systems nearby….

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

The use of the ultrasonic tones only young people can hear should do the trick

CW on October 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM

O/T: Horrendo Revolver is on BOR saying that the treatment of Kwadaffy by his capturers leading up to his death was “over the top.”

predator on October 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Someone must start a link called

“How many OWS protesters does it take?”

We could get some great jokes.

pjean on October 21, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I swear if I lived near NYC I would buy a couple hundred dollars worth of vulvazelas and pass them out one evening.

GardenGnome on October 21, 2011 at 8:27 PM

“I got a fever and the only prescription…..is cowbells.”

pjean on October 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Here’s your fix:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLqyvyqQqW0

predator on October 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I swear if I lived near NYC I would buy a couple hundred dollars worth of vulvazelas and pass them out one evening.

GardenGnome on October 21, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I am sure there are plenty of soccer fans among the OWS crowd.

CW on October 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM

kindergarten coup

ninjapirate on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Don’t these eco-terrorist drummers know that their drumsticks are made of banned East Slobbovian fartwood? The EPA is sending their stormtroops to the “occupation” now to beat the drummers to death with their own drumsticks.

Old Country Boy on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

“I got a fever and the only prescription…..is cowbells.”

pjean on October 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Here’s your fix:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLqyvyqQqW0

predator on October 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Problem averted. Thanks!

pjean on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

landlines on October 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Yeah! A couple of line array towers ought to do it.

Rovin on October 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Instead of noise canceling – pipe in a constant 12000 Hertz Tone (12khz). Similar to the mosquito ring tone.

batterup on October 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

In a few years, the guy speaking on behalf of the “Occupiers” will revisit this video and possibly die of “cringe.”

Jim - PRS on October 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Probably takes 4 hours of “dialogue” before anyone gets permission to take a crap. Followed by another four hours to establish who goes first.

GarandFan on October 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

What’s that old cliche line from the old Tarzan movies?

“We’ll be safe until the drums stop.”

coldwarrior on October 21, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Obama Should Call in National Guard to Restrain NYPD in Occupy Wall Street

Because, you know acting extra-Constitutionally is the “Progressive Libertarian” (?) thing to do…

Oh, and the Marxists have enacted their own “percussion tax”, drummers hardest hit!

Sharr on October 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

the wonderful smell of Marxism!!!!

Unwashed teaters who drags importance and media hugs. And smell that Jooo love!

Arise Marxists…….take it!!

PappyD61 on October 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

At first I thought this whole OWS thing was a nuisance, but now I’m starting to view it as a fascinating social experiment. Is anyone else reminded of Lord of the Flies?

RINO in Name Only on October 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Lovely little iPhone keyboard.

Save America from Capitalism!!!!……..buy more iPhones!

PappyD61 on October 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

These stupid, rancid bastards need to be washed out of the streets with fire hoses . . . and whatever other means are available.

rplat on October 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Wait ’til the Musicians’ Union shows up and sends these amateur drum circle wannabes packing…

Fallon on October 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Maybe it’s time to break out some speakers that blast that pitch that only young ears can hear.

teacherman on October 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

It seems some of the drums were stolenliberated or vandalizeddecorated with authentic inner city artwork, and the drummers asked the General Assembly to help them regroup.

There is no such thing as stealing: property itself is the only theft.

While the OWS is on the right track in instituting a Dictatorship of the Proletariat, they still subconsciously cling to the trappings of Bourgeois. Haven’t these people read Trotsky?

The bourgeoisie, which far surpasses the proletariat in the completeness and irreconcilability of its class consciousness, is vitally interested in imposing its moral philosophy upon the exploited masses.

RINO in Name Only on October 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

they still subconsciously cling to the trappings of Bourgeois Morality.

RINO in Name Only on October 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Left a word out.

RINO in Name Only on October 21, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Wow, this really is a bunch of kids; spoiled kids, but children none the less.

AZfederalist on October 21, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I’ve been around a few of these people in the past, and the odd thing about “professional activists” is they take their silly stabs at bureaucracy darn seriously. And given that they prefer basically “headless” organizations, you end up with demonstrations designed-by-committee.

Shockingly, this means the wackiest groups end up dominating the various “committees”, because they have the most time to spend on such things, as the wacky quotient corresponds inversely with gainful employment and a life.

This also means there’s no focus, as focus requires someone saying that Group A’s cause will be featured at this demo and Group B, C, D, E, … ZZZZZ’s causes will have to wait until next time.

foobarista on October 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Maybe it’s time to break out some speakers that blast that pitch that only young ears can hear.

teacherman on October 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Or that sound gun that supposedly makes people crap themselves.

CurtZHP on October 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Or that sound gun that supposedly makes people crap themselves.

CurtZHP on October 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM

In that bunch, who’d even notice?

AZfederalist on October 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM

At first I thought this whole OWS thing was a nuisance, but now I’m starting to view it as a fascinating social experiment. Is anyone else reminded of Lord of the Flies?

RINO in Name Only on October 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Yes, and we’ve said so in previous threads. You are not alone.

Christian Conservative on October 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM

ugh- every mass tantrum i mean meeting of these sorts of post modern hippies since the 90s includes 2 things that are just wrong: white people with dreadlocks and white people with hand drums …. and it’s never pretty and it never sounds good.

it was just better when they preferred light shows,acid ,and somewhat melodic psychedelic rock bands.it certainly sounded and looked better.

oppress them i say-liberate their drums and labor for the people. let the cannibalism begin. leave them there long enough and they’ll just kill each other off then one of them will abscond with all the money fools have donated to them- because that’s how collectivism always works itself out in real life.

mittens on October 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Oh Jesus! Is this still going on? When are these f–kin’ hippies gonna bathe and get a job?

Still… you have to love the fact that wealthy, liberal Manhattanites are being put out by their own kind.

SAMinVA on October 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Still… you have to love the fact that wealthy, liberal Manhattanites are being put out by their own kind.

SAMinVA on October 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

True ‘dat. Do you really think said liberal Manhattanites understand that the OWS morons are the results of the policies and politicians the Manhattanites support?

/I’m thinking they are going to have to be robbed and assaulted by the occupiers before reality really sets in, if that will even do it.

AZfederalist on October 22, 2011 at 12:04 AM

If that speaker had been drumming for the Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn Custer may have lived to see another day.

Yoop on October 22, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Going before the Politburo Assembly :)

theflyonthewall on October 22, 2011 at 1:25 AM

“..test your mental endurance with four and a half minutes of an OWS apparatchik droning his way through “negotiations” with the community board about the very important matter of drum circles.”

..pass..er..fail!

The War Planner on October 22, 2011 at 1:42 AM

I think what they need to go with their drums are vulvazelas.

NotCoach on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM

My thinking exactly. Nothing says brain-dead like a vuvuzela.

HammerNH on October 22, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Then again, maybe they should deploy this first thing in the morning…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Denial_System

HammerNH on October 22, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Oh hell yes, “dialogue” – first popularized by the Seneca chief Consensus, The Brave Who Always Gets His Way (known among the early settlers as Old Ironbutt.) Also beautifully characterized by Larry McMurtry as “the general incessancy of women.”

If I play stupid long enough (shouldn’t be too hard,) everybody with something else to do will eventually give up.

warbaby on October 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Dear OWS:

Your sick, sad, useless lives are NOT my responsibility!

Waiting patiently for the surrounding shop owners to set up a killer sound system. Set it to eleven and pound ‘Slayer’ into the OWS germ incubating compound.

Just a thought.

Jack Deth on October 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Is there a longer version of this video? I was looking for a way to get off the Lunesta, and I think this is it!

karl9000 on October 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

The disgrunteled drummers remind me of a comedy sketch by Kids in the Hall in the 1980′s.

But I’ve lost my Indian drum
My Indian drum is gone
Soon it will be Autumn
My God what have I done?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSzeQ5P9bf8

Buck Turgidson on October 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Probably takes 4 hours of “dialogue” before anyone gets permission to take a crap. Followed by another four hours to establish who goes first.

GarandFan on October 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Unfortunately not.

eyedoc on October 23, 2011 at 9:01 AM