Publisher Roger Kimball has one of the best columns exposing the idiocy of the Wall Street protesters and the lap dogs from the liberal media which have embraced them. It's worth a read in it's entirety but here's a few excerpts:
I’ve always had a soft spot for Karl Marx’s famous mot about Hegel’s observation that history repeats itself. “He forgot to add,” said the Caliph of Communism, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” What happens, then, the third time around? The 1960s certainly had its tragic elements, and the passage of time, I suspect, mutes the bitterness of the many blighted lives and botched futures which that farcical repetition of earlier revolutionary idealism involved. Now, from our perch forty years on, it all seems faintly ridiculous: the incense and love beads; the imbecilic pseudo-radicalism; the bad taste in haberdashery, heroes, and haircuts; the mindless mantras of indemnified insurrectionists whose “idealism” was little more than an alibi for unfettered selfishness and insatiable hedonism. “We’re permanent adolescents,” boasted Jerry Rubin, a high priest of the movement. What sort of society produces “permanent adolescents” in any number? Only a very rich and a very indulgent one.Thievery Common Among Protesters
Back in the day, folks like Jerry Rubin at least had (briefly) the attraction of novelty. What about his heirs, the motley assemblage staffing the entertainment known as “Occupy Wall Street”? Isn’t it, as the philosopher Yogi Berra observed in another context, déjà vu all over again? First tragedy. Then farce. Now, incoherent childishness and pathetic exhibitionism.
The columnist Nicholas Kristof, for example, took one look at the spoiled children and social misfits cluttering up Zuccotti Park and declared that it was “reminiscent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square.” Here’s a question: How many things had to go wrong in Mr. Kristof’s brain for him to make that comparison with a straight face?
A more florid example of that yearning nostalgia is on view in “In Protest, the Power of Place,” Michael Kimmelman’s column for the October 16 Sunday Review section of the Times....“We tend to underestimate the political power of physical places,” Mr. Kimmelman writes. “Then Tahrir Square comes along. Now it’s Zuccotti Park.” But wait, he’s just getting started.
Kent State, Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall: we clearly use locales, edifices, architecture to house our memories and political energy. Politics troubles our consciences. But places haunt our imaginations.
So we check in on Facebook and Twitter, but make pilgrimages to Antietam, Auschwitz and to the Acropolis, to gaze at rubble from the days of Pericles and Aristotle.I thought of Aristotle . . .
No, I am not making that up. Zuccotti Park and Antietam. Zuccotti Park and Ausch-
witz. Zuccotti Park and Aristotle, for heaven’s sake.
But whatever happens, a large slice of that “99 percent”—that would be me and you, Dear Reader—is not going to like what it sees. The Democrats did some hasty political calculation and decided to throw their lot in with the rabble fomenting Occupy Wall Street. The Democrats own, as a matter of political if not fiscal reality, Zuccotti Park. It will be interesting to see how that investment turns out for them. It’s getting to be lunchtime. The noise you hear is the tiger growling.
I guess it's no surprise really that people who expect everything to be given to them and make the rich Jewish financiers pay would resort to putting their philosophy into practice on a personal level. The New York Post reports on the thievery going on at Occupy Wall Street. Protesters stealing money, computers and food all the while they are protesting greed! How ironic!
Shouldn't Sniffing Feet Be Legalized?
Finally, this story from Occupy Toronto where a protester snuck into the tent of other protesters and began sniffing the feet of a woman inside. The woman's boyfriend took objection to this and filmed it all for evidence. My question is: why are these other protesters trying to oppress the foot sniffer? Following the free love/free food/free everything philosophy of the protesters why should they object to another protesters right to self expression? If they can break half the laws on the book with their counter-culture protest why not foot sniffing?