Video: Dark Knight says Occupiers are jokers, too

posted at 2:01 pm on May 4, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I asked the question yesterday as to whether the Occupy movement has become a joke.  Today, the Dark Knight answers — and provides a little research, too.  Not surprisingly, Batman has some pretty kind words for Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises (say …. he does look familiar), but more importantly, points out who pays the taxes in the country — and who uses their dollars to influence politics and elections.  Needless to say, the answers might surprise some Occupiers, and perhaps dissuade them from being Jokers:

Yes, this is a palate-cleaner from Steven Crowder, but one that reminds us that the unions and the Occupiers are pretty much joined at the hip.  To what extent?  This report from KALW gives us a hint:

Tuesday’s May Day protests marked the re-emergence of the Occupy movement with coordinated protests around the Bay Area. But May Day—known around the world as International Workers Day—is traditionally a day when union members mobilize around labor issues. In San Francisco, those are ongoing.

The Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition – which represents 14 unions – and the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District – which oversees the bridge, Golden Gate Transit buses – have been in contract negotiations since last year. At issue are healthcare premium costs, pay raises, and retirement benefits.

On May Day, union members and Occupy protesters joined forces—causing the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District to cancel ferry service between Marin County and San Francisco for eight hours.

What a coinky-dink! Occupy protests just happened to shut down the transportation services that are at issue in a public-sector labor standoff.

Of course, the news isn’t all good for Big Labor these days:

In the latest sign of the fast-shrinking Big Labor movement, the National Labor College established in 1969 by AFL-CIO icon George Meany to teach new labor organizing tactics and management to new generations of activists is selling its sprawling Silver Spring, Md. campus.

The reason: they just can’t afford to keep the facilities housing the academic arm of the labor movement open anymore. “The cost to operate and maintain a large campus in such an expensive metropolitan area is exorbitant,” said the college. No other college in the Washington area has closed or is planning to close because of costs.

Instead of teaching students at the facility just off New Hampshire Avenue at the Capital Beltway, online courses will be offered. Once the 47-acre facility is rezoned and sold, student housing will disappear. Instead, new students will get to live in union halls. Some 200,000 union leaders have passed through the college which offers undergraduate degrees at community college prices.

The 99% are the taxpayers, folks.  The 1% are unions trying to protect their sinecures, and Occupiers are just their pawns on the chessboard.


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Logic of an occupier

most mexicans cannot afford, found a job with your new diploma, got sponsored for green card? congrats. still irrelevant to the situation of those for whom the illegal crossing of the border or overstaying their tourist visa is the only workable illegal way to get here.

sesquipedalian on May 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Schadenfreude on May 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

They actually have a Union College? Do they pay you come there to become more stupid too?

DanMan on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

CPA-man?

faraway on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

I wasn’t aware that Crowder was the ‘Ask a Ninja‘ guy.

Who knew??

BigWyo on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I’d like to see the Dark Knight tear through a crowd of occupiers.

MelonCollie on May 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

High prices in Silver Spring are indicative that DC’s totally out of control.

I lived there in ’98 and it was a dump then.

Now it’s an expensive dump.

NoDonkey on May 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I like his Christian Bale impersonation!

Batman saying “wowee.” LOL!

Sterling Holobyte on May 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Is there rape at a Union College?

docflash on May 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I get s*** done, son!

Awesome.

pookysgirl on May 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

The guy playing Bat Man/ Bruce Wayne in the video definitely has the Christian-Bale school of laryngitis-speak down. Get that man some Ricola, Sucrets, or Chloraseptic.

TigerPaw on May 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Batman is Canadian?

forest on May 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

They actually have a Union College? Do they pay you come there to become more stupid too?

DanMan on May 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Of course they have a Union College! And for a minimal fee (along with the 300 page application form) and 6 challenging years, you too can get an Associates Degree in Applied Feet-Dragging with a minor in Beat-Down Entrepreneur-ism!

dominigan on May 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Any chance Loki would want to run in 2012?

…..I mean aren’t we almost kneeling and bowing down now?

What would be the big change?

PappyD61 on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I caught The Avengers at a midnight showing last night(excellent flick, BTW), and that scene with Loki in Germany did make me think of Obama and the modern day Democrat Party when he lectured the crowd of people on how they deep down really want to be ruled. I swear many on the American left probably believe crap like that.

Doughboy on May 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

He sounds more like Hulk Hogan than Batman.

Washington Fancy on May 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM

This was incredible to watch.

Schadenfreude on May 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

So just how unmotivated do you have to be to earn a scholarship to Union College? Fogging a mirror has got to be a disqualifier unless you can subconciously agitate or something like that I would think.

200,000 graduates. I am fascinated by this.

DanMan on May 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The reason: they just can’t afford to keep the facilities housing the academic arm of the labor movement open anymore. “The cost to operate and maintain a large campus in such an expensive metropolitan area is exorbitant,” said the college. No other college in the Washington area has closed or is planning to close because of costs.

Hmmmm. I wonder what it is that actually costs so much???

Idiots.

KMC1 on May 4, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I’m happy to see the College of Thuggery close due to lack of funding. It is apparent that the unions would rather spend hundreds of millions on donations to Democrats than fund their own operations. Maybe the College is eligible for some new bailout.

Nemesis of Jihad on May 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The reason: they just can’t afford to keep the facilities housing the academic arm of the labor movement open anymore.

…..when it unnecessarily duplicates the Socialist indoctrination found at other college campuses.

cthulhu on May 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

o/t

Democrat Strategist Jehmu Greene Calls Tucker Carlson a ‘Bow Tie Wearing White Boy’

“A racist comment may have ripple effects after airing on the Fox News Channel this afternoon. Democrat strategist Jehmu Greene and the Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show America Live, when Greene went after Carlson personally. Twitter lit up immediately:

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/05/04/democrat-strategist-jehmu-greene-calls-tucker-carlson-a-bow-tie-wearing-white-boy/

What remains to be seen is if there will be any additional fallout for Jehmu Greene. NBC will not have to creatively edit it to make it sound racist. Her comment, reversed in any way, would have created an instant firestorm on the left. Media Matters would have republished its entire dossier on Carlson, and may in fact do that in an effort to defend Jehmu Greene. As of this writing, Greene has not apologized for her comment.”

Resist We Much on May 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Batman is Canadian?

forest on May 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Only on the second Tuesday every other month.

TigerPaw on May 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I’d like to see the Dark Knight tear through a crowd of occupiers.

MelonCollie on May 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…and leave some droppings!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Holy Cow, Batman! Woweeeee!

Love the “occupy some research” line :)

More please..

TN Mom on May 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

…..I mean aren’t we almost kneeling and bowing down now?

Actually we are bending over…

jeffn21 on May 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

As soon as I saw that I thought, Is that Crowder? Then I noticed in the top left is a Crowder graphic.

jeffn21 on May 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Somehow, I just knew Crowder in tights would appear here, although I guessed AP would be doing the posting. One-handed.

A bit too metrosexual for my tastes, but live and let live, I always say.

Adjoran on May 4, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I’d like to see the Dark Knight tear through a crowd of occupiers.

MelonCollie on May 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

…and leave some droppings!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

There WILL BE PLENTY of droppings, bet on it…

riddick on May 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Batman is Canadian?

forest on May 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Of course! Everybody knows he loves his back bacon.

Dunedainn on May 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

The 99% are the taxpayers, folks. The 1% are unions trying to protect their sinecures, and Occupiers are just their pawns on the chessboard.

Amen, Amen and Amen. :) :) :)

Theophile on May 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Ah yes, another misleading statistic from the “Dark Knight” when he mentions that 47% of Americans pay no income taxes at all. What he fails to mention is that paying no income tax is not the same thing as paying no taxes on your income. Why? Because people pay the payroll tax, and when you take that into account, plus also those who are retired and earn no income save for the social insurance programs they’ve paid into, only a bit more than 10% of Americans pay no taxes on their income as either payroll or income tax, and those people are by-and-large dirt poor.

The other thing that often goes unmentioned, is not simply that the payroll tax withholds income to be counted against one’s income tax (and thus payroll and income tax should be considered as a combination rather than separate), but also that if you don’t claim exemptions, you can end up looking like a “moocher” while actually over-contributing.

How? Suppose you fill out your W-4 form, and you’re single, have only 1 job, and earn about $50,000 per year. The W-4 form on that basis allows you to claim 2 exemptions: a personal exemption, and one for your particular status of single and one job.

Suppose you claim zero exemptions though. You’ll end up paying a boatload in payroll taxes, and get a fat refund come income tax time, making you seem like one who pays nothing. But if you were to claim both exemptions, you would owe the government and thus by this logic somehow be a contributing member to society.

That’s some pretty damn goofy logic.

Stoic Patriot on May 5, 2012 at 7:25 AM

PappyD61 on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM

The difference is Loki admits it. He’s gleefully bad. I’d take that over ‘bureaucratic cr@psack’ any day.

LunaLovegood on May 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM