Quotes of the day

posted at 10:52 pm on November 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Capitalizing on this support is the central issue facing OWS, and its ability to do so will depend on myriad factors, including the behavior of plutocrats, politicians, and police. (In terms of presenting shocking and morally clarifying imagery, the recent pepper-spraying incident at the University of California, Davis, struck many as reminiscent of Bull Connor’s goons dousing civil-rights protesters with fire hoses in 1963.) But it will also depend on which of two broad strains within OWS turns out to be dominant: the radical reformism of social democrats such as Berger, who want to see a more humane and egalitarian form of capitalism and a government less corrupted by money, or the radical utopianism of the movement’s anarchists and Marxists, who seek to replace our current economic and political arrangements with … who knows what? ‘My fear is that we become the worst of the New Left,’ Berger says. ‘I don’t want to live in a fucking commune. I don’t want to blow shit up. I want to get stuff done.’…

“What Obama may not understand so well is the degree of frustration inspired by him specifically among the protesters and their prime movers. Or the extent to which OWS and its energy is, as one liberal strategist puts it, is ‘the rotten fruit of Obamaism’—an army of young people, many of them inspired and mobilized by his campaign in 2008, who feel betrayed by his performance since he has, er, occupied the Oval Office.

“‘He cheated,’ says Husain, who volunteered for the campaign on the belief that Obama could be a transformative president. ‘He ran on a platform he never intended to push. He made promises he never intended to keep. I was just amazed in his inaugural speech how little transformative there was. And then Tim Geithner—what the hell was that? And then the bailouts. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what was going on. It was a continuation of the same bullshit.’”

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“A third dynamic widening income disparities is in some ways the most inconvenient of all: the collapse of intact families. The explosion of out-of-wedlock births and of children living outside of two-parent households has widened economic disparities of all kinds, including income.

“The reason is straightforward. The role that human and social capital plays in helping a person generate income in an advanced economy has increased over the last half a century. And over that same time, the primary institution for inculcating human and social capital has badly weakened.

“Social scientists routinely find that individuals raised in intact families are generally better equipped to thrive in the economy. Today’s 99% is teeming with tens of millions of Americans who were not raised in a stable home environment, and their earnings potential is compromised as a result.

“The problem of family breakdown doesn’t lend itself to easy fixes. And its cultural roots run quite deep at this point. But it’s a safe bet that in the several months they occupied Zuccotti Park and other public spaces, not one new idea was raised by Occupiers that would help arrest this driver of increasing income inequality.”

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“The persistence of certain features of utopian socialism over 200 years is impressive. Only the dress codes and gadgets change. If Charles Fourier emerged from a wormhole at the Occupy Wall Street D.C. tent city in McPherson Square in Washington, he’d feel right at home. The very term ‘occupy’ or ‘occupation’ is an attack on private property. So are the theft and vandalism widely reported at Occupy Wall Street locations. The smells, the assaults, the rejection of the conventional in favor of the subversive, and the embrace of pantheistic spirituality flow logically from the utopian rejection of middle-class norms. The things that Mayor Bloomberg found objectionable about the encampment in Zuccotti Park​—​that it ‘was coming to pose a health and fire safety hazard to the protesters and to the surrounding community’​—​are not accidental. They are baked into the utopian cake…

“An intellectual, financial, technological, and social infrastructure to undermine global capitalism has been developing for more than two decades, and we are in the middle of its latest manifestation. Occupy Wall Street’s global encampments are exactly the sort of communities David Graeber had in mind when he wrote about the Zapatistas. The occupiers’ tent cities are self-governing, communal, egalitarian, and networked. They reject everyday politics. They foster bohemianism and confrontation with the civil authorities. They are the Phalanx and New Harmony, updated for postmodern times and plopped in the middle of our cities.

“There may not be that many activists in the camps. They may appear silly, even grotesque. They may resist ‘agendas’ and ‘policies.’ They may not agree on what they want or when they want it. And they may disappear as winter arrives and the liberals whose parks they are occupying lose patience with them. But the utopians and anarchists will reappear​—​next year’s party conventions will no doubt be a flashpoint​—​and it is wrong to coddle, appropriate, or dismiss them. They must be confronted, not only by law but by ideas. The occupation will persist as long as individuals believe that inequalities of property are unjust and that the brotherhood of man can be established on the earth.”

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“Chatting to some Occupy protesters this morning, I was struck by how wide of the mark were the beliefs they attributed to me as a Right-winger. In the interests of deeper understanding, here are ten things which – trust me – most of the Tory scum I hang around with think. Obviously, I don’t expect to turn my Leftie readers in a single post; still, they might get a clearer idea of what we actually believe…

“What has happened since 2008 is not capitalism. In a capitalist system, bad banks would have been allowed to fail, their profitable operations bought by more efficient competitors. Shareholders, bondholders and some depositors would have lost money, but taxpayers would not have contributed a penny…

“Those of us who believe in small government are not motivated by the desire to make the rich richer. We’re really not. We are, in most cases, nowhere near having to pay top rate tax ourselves; our most eloquent champions over the years have been modestly-paid academics. We believe that economic freedom will enrich the country as a whole. Yes, the wealthy might become wealthier still, but we don’t see that as an argument against raising living standards for the majority…

“Talking of fairness, let’s remember that the word doesn’t belong to any faction. How about parity between public and private sector pay? How about being fair to our children, whom we have freighted with a debt unprecedented in peacetime? How about being fair to the boy who leaves school at 16 and starts paying taxes to subsidise the one who goes to university? How about being fair to the unemployed, whom firms cannot afford to hire because of the social protection enjoyed by existing employees?”

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The mask on that person holding the banner.
How classy.

Electrongod on November 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Heh.

cynccook on November 30, 2011 at 10:55 PM

People are starting to notice stuff…

Akzed on November 30, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Adam Corolla on FIRE.

John the Libertarian on November 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Love the video where the fake vertical scratches move around but the person is frozen.
Classy.

Electrongod on November 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Hannan’s piece is superb. Would that we had conservative politicians in America with this sort of command and confidence in their belief system.

rrpjr on November 30, 2011 at 11:06 PM

“Talking of fairness, let’s remember that the word doesn’t belong to any faction. How about parity between public and private sector pay? How about being fair to our children, whom we have freighted with a debt unprecedented in peacetime? How about being fair to the boy who leaves school at 16 and starts paying taxes to subsidise the one who goes to university? How about being fair to the unemployed, whom firms cannot afford to hire because of the social protection enjoyed by existing employees?”

This is what is said by those who think human beings are Legos: all the same stamped out of one, big, uniform plastic, all packaged up in cog-like sameness that is merely made to stack together with one beneath, one atop and on and on without any one cog ever taking leave of the “superstructure” or Uniform Sameness.

That’s really what’s affecting the OWS people. They think they found the Uniform Sameness in Obama, he proved them wrong, now they’re threatening (or engaged in) destroying what they think is the Big Stack that didn’t fit them into the Uniform Sameness.

The lack of individual worth, of individual identity, is really what’s at the heart of this OWS movement.

Lourdes on November 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

That Adam Corolla clip is pure gold.

Lawdawg86 on November 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Lourdes on November 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Now having listened to Adam Corolla, I see he noticed that, too.

Lourdes on November 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

“What has happened since 2008 is not capitalism. In a capitalist system, bad banks would have been allowed to fail

But TARP was Bush’s thing. The way a lot of Republican’s here at HotAir tell it, Bush was awesome and all of these problems only started with Obama. If we can only get rid of Obama and go back to the way things were before, everything will be fine, they say.

FloatingRock on November 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

I’m over OWS, and I’m pretty sure that just about everyone else is too. Can we just let this thing die already?

Dead Hand Control on November 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

The mask on that person holding the banner.
How classy.

Electrongod on November 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Electrongod:Yup,and for some inexplicable reason,I had MSNBC on the
tv,making tea,and I remembered that incident,but what s
-ent up a red flag,was that the gunman,strolled up to t
he wall,and painted,”V-For Vendetta”,and I think,this w
as the beginning of Hopey’s Retric Overoad Speechy’s,th
at began,to inspire certain groups and individuals!:)
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Woman describes hitting school board gunman
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‘I did not have a plan B,’ says board member who was ordered from the room, but returned to try to save colleagues
Dec 15 2010
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40674270/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/woman-describes-hitting-school-board-gunman/

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canopfor on November 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Ugh,sentence structure snafu,

and I remembered that incident,(forgot to add),

that they showed.

canopfor on November 30, 2011 at 11:22 PM

here’s barry tonight

http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2011/11/30/what-did-president-obama-say-tonight-at-a-campaign-event/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnewsinsider%2Fgretawire+%28Gretawire%29

Rs need to be ready to dissect this. Barry is all about providing ladders to help people join the middle class…and achieve the American Dream. And, oh btw, he’s done a great job, avoided a Depression and is the bestest friend of Israel ever.

hard to read, but Rs need to prepare.

the American Dream is liberty, freedom to choose, not a McMansion that you can’t afford

r keller on November 30, 2011 at 11:25 PM

But it will also depend on which of two broad strains within OWS turns out to be dominant

As near as I can ascertain the two main strains are feces and urine. Which one is the most dominate at the Stink Ins, your own nose must decide.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

The Adam Carolla video is priceless. He’s not a subtle man, but he does manage to make his point.

sharrukin on November 30, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Adam Carolla is 100%, unquestionably correct.

We are to blame for these worthless crapweasels of a generation. We let the libs take control of the schools, and direct counseling, and form the “Politically correct Parenting”.

portlandon on November 30, 2011 at 11:35 PM

“The reason is straightforward. The role that human and social capital plays in helping a person generate income in an advanced economy has increased over the last half a century. And over that same time, the primary institution for inculcating human and social capital has badly weakened.

I believe the phrase my granny used was “a day late and a dollar short”. Now you figure it out after you jumped on the band wagon to destroy the family over the past 50 years. You deserve a hemp party for your parts in this travesty.

chemman on November 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

That,is a Brutally Honest assessment of *SS Doucheys,
by Adam Carolla!!

canopfor on November 30, 2011 at 11:40 PM

But it will also depend on which of two broad strains within OWS turns out to be dominant:

Methicillin-resistant Staph & or MDR TB?

batterup on November 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Every time I get men under the age of 28 hired, they are completely worthless. I literally have to break them, and remold them into men. You tell them something they was bad, and they need to redo it, they act like you just murdered their kitten. These weasels can’t take constructive criticism at all. Ask them to do some work, and they say “I need help”. What? Help? Why are you here?

They need constant praise. They are constantly bringing me little things to show me, things that anybody else would normally do, and think nothing of it. But oh no. These little delicate flowers need me to tell them “Good Job”. WTF???

It has taken 2 other guys and myself to finally get this 20 year old kid in our office to man up, and grow a pair. Do your job. Come to work on time. Don’t call in sick everytime you sneeze. Convince him you have to work hard for a raise or promotion. These young people expect a raise from their employer so they can maintain their spending habits, instead of live within a budget.

I know I’m ranting, but Adam Corolla nailed this.

portlandon on November 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

your own nose must decide.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo:

I’ll wait for a ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY of said Occupational Zones,before I even think about,or entertain the idea,of visiting
said contaminated areas!

H*ll,might as well say,those areas,in question,have neen Terrorized
by the OWS Protesters,with,”DIRTY BOMBS”!!!!!

canopfor on November 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

I don’t know who Adam Corolla is but he told it damn straight.

bazil9 on November 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Gosh have ya noticed, the more liberal the country has become the more income inequality there is?

Speakup on November 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Looks like solar panels aren’t the only government backed industry running into heavy going.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2011/11/29/watching-the-wheels-come-off-the-green-machine/

a capella on November 30, 2011 at 11:57 PM

I heard Carolla’s earlier. It was bleeping awesome.

Draft Carolla 2012!

eforhan on December 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM

“Shamed by life because they haven’t been prepared for life”

Yowza!

There it is.

Bruno Strozek on December 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Don’t know if anyone has said this, but on Drudge the OWS have turned on 0bama. They marched to where he was having his campaign fund raiser. LOL

Mirimichi on December 1, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I think about 1 tanker truck of industrial strength Lysol per occupy site might start making those places fit for human presence again. That, and a few weeks of strong sunshine. It’s gonna take a long while to get the grass back in those parks.

/stinkin’ hippies

AZfederalist on December 1, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Some more Carolla on AZ law. Good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwf70SQRq8Q&feature=related

bazil9 on December 1, 2011 at 12:57 AM

As a kid, my soccer and basketball leagues had that participation trophy garbage, but after-school bowling league? That was winner takes all.

Real men are molded by the tough irons of the bowling alley.

Good Solid B-Plus on December 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM

FloatingRock on November 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

It’s true that Bush did not know how to use a veto pen, but let me ask you, who was in control of congress and the senate since 2006?

Bush was trying to get along and screwed up, but guess who penned Tarp?

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on December 1, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Barry has a secret weapon to silence the naysayers on the left. It is called the Wagging Finger of Michelle.

Limerick on December 1, 2011 at 1:16 AM

“‘He cheated,’ says Husain, who volunteered for the campaign on the belief that Obama could be a transformative president. ‘He ran on a platform he never intended to push. He made promises he never intended to keep. I was just amazed in his inaugural speech how little transformative there was. And then Tim Geithner—what the hell was that? And then the bailouts. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out what was going on. It was a continuation of the same bullshit.’”

(munch…. munch… munch…)

(grabs another fist full of melted butter, salt dashed popcorn)

(munch…. munch… munch…)

(guzzle flask of local swill)

(gulp)

(munch… munch… munch…)

Seven Percent Solution on December 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

O/T,Intell Alert!
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Oh this is rich,as if Iran hasn’t been helping Syria,all a long!!

William Hague says Iranian government is assisting Syria to crush protests ahead of foreign ministers conference – Reuters
22 Mins ago.
Update
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 3:35 AM

unelectable?

Kini on December 1, 2011 at 4:06 AM

Always liked Adam Carolla. I’m sure MTV is scrubbing every record of ever having been associated with him after this piece, lol.

xblade on December 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Allahpundit

Thanks!

Kini on December 1, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Speaking of Hopey/Changey’s Grand Utopian Experiment
of his Social Justice Great Crusade,it appears the
Goon(ions)keep getting more brash,or more likely,st
upider in their actions!!
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#Occupy Goons Move Out of Downtown – Vandalize County Subdivision
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:36 AM
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The local #Occupy St. Louis goons moved out of the downtowm – but only after they broke into the Municipal Court’s Building, blocked traffic on a major bridge to Illinois and hacked into the mayor’s personal email account.

Apparently, they’re targeting the county subdivisions now.
Stacy on the Right has photos of the vandalism in St. Louis county including this one.
(More…..)
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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/12/occupy-goons-move-out-of-downtown-vandalize-county-subdivision/

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 5:16 AM

(munch… munch… munch…)

Seven Percent Solution on December 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Seven Percent Solution:**(mmm..mmm..mmm..)–:)
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Hillary Mocks Obama
Feb 4 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pPV1yd7sQg

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Corolla 2012

FN A!

esnap on December 1, 2011 at 5:30 AM

“‘He cheated,’ says Husain, who volunteered for the campaign on the belief that Obama could be a transformative president.

lololol

you own him…..you wanted it you got it…

cmsinaz on December 1, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Seven Percent Solution on December 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

lolol

excellent

cmsinaz on December 1, 2011 at 6:01 AM

In a capitalist system, bad banks would have been allowed to fail, their profitable operations bought by more efficient competitors.

exactamundo

cmsinaz on December 1, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Intell Alert….Oops!!
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Calls the NYPD “My Own Army”
Nov 30 2011
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During a speech today at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained why he

prefers City Hall to the White House:

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York,

and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”
(More….)
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http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/2012-election/nyc-mayor-michael-bloomberg-calls-nypd-my-own-army

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:33 AM

canopfor on December 1, 2011 at 6:33 AM

‘Did I say that out loud?’
-bloomie

:)

cmsinaz on December 1, 2011 at 6:46 AM

hmmmm

cmsinaz on December 1, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Banking interests own both parties.

Hank Paulson and the Fed are looting the middle class and the wealth of this country with the combined corruption of a pandering Congress and a lazy _____ American electorate.

Where is the politician that will REALLY fix this that can get elected?

This is why we MUST have an imperfect FEARLESS CONSISTENT CONSERVATIVE to take on Obama. Why settle for Newt, Mitt or the media choice?

Who is the th candidate that can do this? PRINCIPLES FIRST!!!!

PappyD61 on December 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM

A third dynamic widening income disparities is in some ways the most inconvenient of all: the collapse of intact families. The explosion of out-of-wedlock births and of children living outside of two-parent households has widened economic disparities of all kinds, including income.

So many of these kids have been taught that personal happiness and self-serving behavior rule the day by those whose job it was to protect and nurture them and help them become decent human beings.

Married or not, their parents split when one or both of them decided to look for greener pastures. Instead of having a stable, loving home that sometimes makes sacrifices and sets limits, they watched as their parents competed with them to look hot, be desirable and sleep around.

No wonder they are so screwed up. The schools are told them they are precious little snowflakes and their families treated them like obstacles that got in the way of pursuing the next warm body.

No one taught them right from wrong or who to look up to and who to ignore. This allowed those with a leftist agenda to swoop in and gather them up. They already feel life is unfair and that “something” or “someone” is supposed to make them happy.

Adam is right. Deep down, they know they are not precious little snowflakes. They knew the score of the soccer game even if no one told them. They knew they missed out on a traditional family. They are a defensive and jaded generation. The things they mock are the things they craved but missed out on. They are ripe for the picking.

Fallon on December 1, 2011 at 8:46 AM

When they told the King “The peasants are revolting”, I look at the filth left by the OWS protesters and think, yes, they certainly are.

Old Country Boy on December 1, 2011 at 8:55 AM

These young people expect a raise from their employer so they can maintain their spending habits, instead of live within a budget.

portlandon on November 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Heh. Amen, portlandon.

A friend of mine made a job offer recently to a young woman fresh out of college. The next day, her mother called and said that her daughter couldn’t work for the pay he offered. She actually told him it was because her daughter had found a great apartment and wanted to buy a new car, and needed a better salary.

He told Mom he couldn’t pay her more because he wanted a new boat and was thinking about going to Europe for the summer. He never heard from the mom or the girl again.

BacaDog on December 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Lots of them would THINK he was “praising Caesar” when he’s actually mocking him …!?!

PolAgnostic on August 1, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Lol! Its true over at FN where I was posting there is one juror there, rajeshstar, I think is his nom. No matter how hard edged against 0 a piece may be. He always finds a way to see it as a praise of his beloved one. Its hilarious.

Hope these links work. Fingers crossed.

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 2:10 AM

One more. Lol!

Bmore on August 1, 2013 at 2:13 AM