Via Jim Treacher, insert the obligatory joke about “parasites” here. That’s the first clip below; the second, also via Treach and fully self-explanatory, shows the “Occupy” ethos in microcosm. Their first, last, and seemingly only goal right now is to stay put at all costs; whatever consequences might flow from that are something they can worry about tomorrow. And that leads directly to the third clip, this time via Verum Serum but also from Occupy Portland. What happens as the reality dawns that the camp is “a growing pressure cooker” filled with drugs and “sex offenders”? (Follow the link to VS if you need a transcript to follow along.) There’s no way for them to clean up without expelling troublemakers in the group, but the troublemakers have as much a right to be there and “protest” as the rest do. The next stage, maybe: “Occupy” leaders joining forces with police to target the miscreants in their midst?

New numbers from Rasmussen tonight: 33 percent view the protesters favorably compared to 43 percent who view them unfavorably. That’s roughly in line with a new Boston Herald poll putting the split at 35/40. To think, we might be just a few more mob scenes away from 50-percent unfavorables. I wonder how many windows they’d have to smash to get there.

Update: Verum Serum e-mails with a correction: The speaker in the third clip says “pressure cooker,” not “clusterf***er” as originally thought. Duly noted. I fixed the quote above to reflect that.