Rightbloggers Denounce Occupy Movement Violence -- Unless It Happens to Occupiers

tomt200.jpgWhen last we looked in on the Occupy movement, we saw that it was being Nixonized by rightbloggers -- that is, the occupiers and their supporters were being treated as dirty hippies who would be rebuked by a Silent Majority of Americans more sympathetic to Wall Street, big banks, and Republicans.

A few weeks in, the strategy seems not to have changed, though the intensity of their emotions has increased. When occupiers have done damage, large or small, rightbloggers have been outraged. And when the occupiers have been assaulted, rightbloggers have been pleased. They're sort of like the hard hats of the early 70s, except much less inclined toward manual labor.

Clashes between police and protesters at Oakland and elsewhere, though denounced by movement figures, gave rightbloggers room to portray the occupations as an armed rebellion that had to be stopped before it invaded our homes.

"The Occupy movement would seem to be the latest heirs to the 'Vandal tradition,'" claimed Sister Toldjah, "despising the civilization that's given them so much, making incoherent demands, and engaging in barbaric and even criminal behavior." (It's like every parent-of-a-hippie's lament: We gave the kid everything, and he still won't cut his hair or move out of that filthy commune.)

Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft did his part, solemnly informing readers that that "the Obama-endorsed Occupy goons started defecating in bank lobbies this week," then showing a video of a "local reporter" wandering through an encampment and demanding of random people "Did you poop and pee in the bank?" until someone knocks the camera out of her cameraman's hands, whereupon she yells for the police.

Don Surber was mad that the occupiers were mean to cops. "They should Occupy Prison," he snarled. "This is the face of liberalism, America. It is lawless, selfish, disrespectful and above all mean."

You might expect Surber would follow up with a story about hippies torturing a puppy or something. Instead, he had pictures of protesters yelling at policemen, and news that "Denver police fired pepper spray and pepper balls at a crowd of protesters in Civic Center and arrested 20 people."

Perhaps aware that this unequal contest would fail to move the needle, Surber went through a treasury of old, reputed Occupy malfeasances -- they shit on cop cars! They masturbate! -- and celebrated the arrest of "more than 1,000 Occupiers -- even as police ignore permit violations, camping violations and pot-smoking."

Not quite "Acid, Amnesty, and Abortion," but it'll have to do. Presumably confident that the arrest of a thousand protesters would prove that they had no legitimate grievance, Surber concluded, "my hope is the American people will see through this charade and vote Republican next year in a backlash against this group of freeloaders." What the hell, it worked for Nixon.

Robert Stacy McCain told a no doubt horrified public that Occupy DC protesters had said mean things to a rightwing reporter. "They actually had a person covering me all night, for about three hours," cried a shaken Michelle Fields of Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller, "with someone walking around with a camera, screaming things out to me like, 'You're worse than Fox,' and attacking me, attacking what I'm wearing. So I won't be returning." Patriots everywhere will be adopting Fields as their Twitter avatar and crying, "I am Michelle!" any day now.

At Big Government, John Nolte provided a "rap sheet" for the Occupy movement, claiming "the MSM is willfully covering up the violence, vandalism, and anti-Semitism that truly does define this movement." His list of 150+ headlines included "#OccupyPortland Protesters Sing 'F*** The USA,'" "Flag Used as Chew Toy by Occupier's Dog," "Underage Drinking at Occupy Charlottesville Site," and other such blood-curdlers.

Nolte also listed some more serious incidents, including the rapes and sexual assaults of some occupiers. When you remove the assaults in foreign countries, there are about a dozen such incidents on Nolte's list. That's terrible, and makes us concerned for the safety of the occupiers who have been preyed upon.

Rightbloggers, as you may imagine, saw things differently: as an opportunity to portray the entire movement as a string of busy rape camps.

"The Left raises cain about Cain's sexual harassment, yet they don't say shizzle about the Occupy Other People's Panties protestors trying to forcibly knock someone else's knickers," said Lux Libertas. "The protest sites themselves are epicenters for filth, drug peddling and (as we've learned in headline after headline) sexual assault," said SayAnything. "Rape, sexual assault are all outside of the normal order, so they should have expected it," said Conservative Hideout.

Even when Occupy Wall Street created a gender-segregated area as a defense against assaults, that too was considered an outrage. "Their protests now need rape shelters," swooned Allahpundit of Hot Air. "This is actually happening. And New York City lets it go on." Then he went on about "rapes being shrugged off by the press" when there were actually hundreds of articles about them.

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This protester is clearly threatening to sic her dog on you.
When the occupiers were not being denounced as violent criminals, they were said not to exist. The UK Daily Mail claimed thermal imaging showed that many of the tents in the London encampment were empty at night. "Masking one's numbers by putting up extra tents and suchlike is a trick that the Ancient Romans knew," said Moe Lane of RedState. "So, it makes you wonder: how many other Potemkin tent villages are there in this Potemkin movement?" In fact, maybe no one is actually protesting, and those people you see in the daylight as just a computer-generated effect, engineered by America-hating Hollyweird to deceive us. Well, can you prove it isn't true?

There were also variations on the old if-you-hippies-think-it's-so-bad-here-why-don't-you-move-to-Russia schtick from the 60s: "Occupy Europe," said Nicole Gelinas at City Journal ("bad lending and borrowing carries a hefty price, for borrowers and lenders alike"). "Occupy Facebook," said Laura Edghill at World Magazine ("I wonder if Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the world's youngest billionaire, is camping out at any of the Occupy sites?"). "OCCUPY COP 17-CMP 7!" said the climate-change-denier site Watt's Up With That ("Where are the OCCUPY! folks when we need them? I say bring on the tents and the undercooked bulgur wheat..."). Etc.

Along with the overt yahoos, there were intellectual-type rightbloggers who wrote deepthink pieces about What It All Meant, and what it all meant was hippies suck.

"Part of what is driving the movement is Tahrir envy and Tea Party envy: left-leaning kids see other groups rising up in successful mass protests, and they don't want to be left out of the fun," pondered Robert Tracinski at Real Clear Markets."If you want to be really radical in this group," he joked, "show up in a suit and tie or a Carhartt jacket." That's telling them longhairs! Tracinski also scoffed at the "naïve young hippies" for being suckered by homeless people, thereby learning, the author hoped, "lessons about the relationship between productive people and freeloaders" which would lead them unto the wisdom of Ayn Rand.

A rightwing thinktank went for some James O'Keefe-style video hijinks, and Beliefnet reproduced their paltry results. "Media watchdog group Accuracy in Media decided to offer protesters camping out at 'Occupy DC' real jobs," they reported. "AIM's 'headhunters' set up a table in the middle of the protest area near the Capital and offered job application forms from a wide variety of employers ranging from the Bank of America to Subway sandwich shops, from Solyndra solar energy to the Disney Company."

Even in its heavily edited state, the accompanying video makes clear that the headhunters were generally, and understandably, not taken seriously; some protesters said they couldn't pay their New York rents with the fake jobs on offer, which the auteurs took as proof of their unseriousness. "After speaking with three dozen OWS protesters," the final super announced, "we acquired two job applications. One for Disney Company... and one for Solyndra." Big laughs at the cigar bar, to be sure.

In a peculiar turn, Big Peace reproduced an AP story about "thousands of U.S. military veterans" who were allegedly "heeding the rallying cry of Occupy Wall Street, saying corporate contractors in Iraq made big money while the troops defending them came home -- and can't make a living now." Big Peace's commenters, not getting the usual boo-hippies stuff they were no doubt expecting, rose to complain. "They have an issue called avarice," said one. "Nobody made them volunteer." "These people do not know what OWS really is," said another. "If they do, they are Communists and traitors."

"I'd counter that millions of veterans are NOT marching in the flaccid movement," said This Ain't Hell. "Scott Olsen who was injured last week in Oakland belonged to both VFP [Veteran for Peace] and IVAW [Iraq Veteran Against War]."

Oh, well, he had that fractured skull coming, didn't he? This too became a rightblogger talking point.

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David Woolley
David Woolley

The greed of the Corporate executives knmows no limit.All our present finicial problems can be traced to Wall street.I am a wealthy man but feel our capitalist system is being destroyed by this greed and dishonsty

SFAW
SFAW

ChubbyBubba Johnson is RIGHT! They ARE anarchists! I can tell, because so many of them also exercise their Second Amendment (The Only Part Of The Constitution That Matters) rights when they come to the rallies, or "Town Hall" meetings with Congresspersons. Plus, they's carrying pictures of the HNIC/Witch-Doctor-in-Chief to the "rallies". Plus, they shouts down any Congressperson who tries to talk in reasonable tones to them.

Oh, wait - ChubbyBubba Johnson was talking about OW(X) rallies?

Never mind.

Gary Neece
Gary Neece

The Occupy movement is an international protest movementwhich started in Kuala Lumpur on July 30, 2011 with Occupy Dataran. This wasfollowed by New York City and San Francisco on September 17, 2011 with OccupyWall Street and Occupy San Francisco and is primarily directed against socialand economic inequality. By October 9 Occupy protests had taken place or wereongoing in over 95 cities across 82 countries and over 600 communities in theUnited States. As of November 4 the Meet up page "Occupy Together" listed"Occupy" communities in 2,464 towns and cities worldwide.

 

Initiated by the Canadian activist group Adbusters, themovement is partly inspired by the Arab Spring, especially Cairo's TahrirSquare protests, and the Spanish Indignants. Occupy protests take their namefrom Occupy Wall Street, and commonly use the slogan We are the 99% andorganize through websites such as "Occupy Together". The protests,which have been described as a "democratic awakening," are difficultto distill to a few demands.

 

On October 15, the Occupy Wall Street Demands Working Grouppublished the 99 Percent Declaration with demands, goals, and solutions. Itcalls for a United States general assembly on July 4, 2012 in Philadelphia tosupport public works programs, tax hikes on the wealthiest, debt forgiveness, waysto get money out of politics, and amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However,New York City General Assembly official statements are agreed upon byconsensus, and not all participants agree with issuing demands.

 

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Mike X
Mike X

Whatever happens next... or whatever anyone says... the horse is already out of the barn.

Reactionaries are always a day late and a dollar short... not to mention a few cans short of a six-pack.

"Everything is wonderful in America! We have no problems. If you are unemployed get a job... if you are sick get well... if you are hungry eat... (as in, 'if they have no bread, let them eat cake')... If you are homeless get a home..." It's all the same tired rhetoric.

Meanwhile the rip-off continues unabated... It begs the question, "Can you really change things non-violently?" The cops sure don't think so. And, neither does the government.

Maybe OWS should invest in some of those 'drones' - and launch them against the local country clubs? That's what Congress would do...

Don't worry - be happy! It's just another day in paradise....

merl1
merl1

they really do live in their own world, don't they? in their world, commies are scary and fat old 60 year olds can beat up twenty year olds. what a bunch of pathetic Walter Mittys.

Dan Schell
Dan Schell

Give the detractors a voice and they will never go away. If they cannot understand the deep underpinnings and broad import of the OWS movement, what's the point in giving them a venue to spread their ignorance? 

We know when given facts that contradict one's belief system, many people just stick their heads in the sand. So how important is it that we know what right-wingers have to say? Does it make a difference in anything? Is anyone surprised at their pseudo-patriotic ramblings?

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick

Now, now, Dan, we're just highlighting the contradictions between reality and what actually goes in inside tighty-whitey-frighty reichblogger's skulls.  As you can see, the level of cog dis is quite significant.   When the TPers carried automatic weapons to their rallys it was just good ol' American spirit and proper glorification of the 2nd amendment, but when a few, but increasing number of people (unarmed I might note) protest how Wall Street has fucked them out of a future, it's all SKREE, SKREE, SKREE, all the time. 

I find the reighblogger's reactions rather heartwarming, because it makes it quite obvious that the whole OWS movement and it's increasing popularity scares the shit out of them. 

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

That, and they're just fucking assholes.  Real salt-of-the-earth, takes-pleasure-in-the-suffering-of-others shitheels.

I wouldn't piss on a single one of them if they were on fire.

Paul Gustafson
Paul Gustafson

"It appears their bloodlust remains unslaked. And it doesn't matter to them whose blood runs or why -- so long as they can dip their fingers in and paint gruesome pictures with it."  Not that any of them have the stones to actually perpetrate said violence, but they are more than happy to cheer it on from the behind the safety of their keyboards. 

Ed Mix
Ed Mix

Rage in Favor of the Machine

ChubbyBubba
ChubbyBubba

"Rightbloggers Denounce Occupy Movement Violence -- Unless It Happens to Occupiers."

The thing is, the only violence by the police that I have seen on the dozens of video clips I've seen has been reasonable and justified (lawful) by the behavior of the anarchists.

The worst I can say about the police action is that they are playing into the anarchist strategy by using force, thus giving the anarchists propaganda fodder.

glenn
glenn

Anarchists? What planet are you from?

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

It's propaganda the right is trying to push, if you sympathize with OWS, you're obviously an "anarchist".

Just like all the gibbering about "pot-smoking", just more outraged grandpa-talk.

preachy
preachy

You beat me to it.  If these folks are anarchists, what the f*ck do you call the tea-baggers and the people who bring guns to school functions????

coozledad
coozledad

Anarchy my ass. It won't be anarchic until they start pulling Wall Street trash out of their buildings, lacing them to telephone poles with extension cords and beating them with shoes or any other available object until they resemble Mussolini and Clara Petacci. You're jumping the gun.Although not by much.

dex
dex

you make excellent points, chubby. they've been noted, and i'll bring this up at the next meeting.

today skull fractures, tomorrow the world!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

The best I can say about you, Chubby, is you don't have a clue.~

preachy
preachy

BTW, Thunder, I love your handle, and I get it!!!!

McSalmon
McSalmon

Well, be fair Thunder. CB's got a lot of clues, he'd have to be pretty lazy to ignore reports of hit and runs, protesters being maced and others being hit with tear gas canisters.  The rightbloggers didn't ignore them either. It's just that in this horrible Year of our Lord 2011, liberals simply fail to meet their strict requirements for being Americans, and thus if a bad thing happens to us, then what of it? We have no right to be outraged at the slow decay of the nation, it's last treasures being sold to men of wealth and low cunning and it's ideals scrapped for the Feudalism 2.0 favored by them. And if we must be ground under heel to make our Most Benevolent Masters more comfortable, maybe they will toss their favored pets a juicy bone.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Ah. So, the macing of unarmed women already cordoned off by other police,in defiance of their own codes, is justified and reasonable because those women could have been Zion trained super ninjas or something. And the hit and runs don't count because people in the road are fair game, everyone knows that. And so what if these people get hurt,they're liberals, right? Not like they kicked a dog or something. People should just protest in the only market affirmed manner, by buying stock. That will surely show Wall Street who's boss!

McSalmon
McSalmon

If the OWS protesters were rounded up, forced to wear badges in the form of a hashtag, and sent to special camps to live and work in, these bloggers would claim that it was a triumph of the market to provide the perfect solution as to what to do with the more ungrateful elements of the unemployed. Indeed,  with the right PR messages and advertising, I'm sure that Wall Street will endorse the creation of 'Work camps' as part of the unemployment process as perhaps an 'Ultimate Solution'.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

"The Occupy movement would seem to be the latest heirs to the 'Vandal tradition,'" claimed Sister Toldjah, "despising the civilization that's given them so much, making incoherent demands, and engaging in barbaric and even criminal behavior."...

That would be Wall Street, sweetie.  

Not OWS.~

ChubbyBubba
ChubbyBubba

It's a good thing you don't think of yourself as being attached to reality.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Yeah, cuz we got so much accountability for the outright fraud WS perpetrated in the last decade.  Why literally doz--no one was held accountable.  And by "literally", I mean actually.  They all stayed out of jail, they all got to keep their billions, they all got to keep their jobs.

2-tier justice system.  Rob a bank, give the money back.  Be a robbing bank, keep the money.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

You like to stuff balloons into you underoos, don't you sparky! 

(It's OK, your secret is safe with me!).

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