You know the argument about a rising tide, and how it lifts all boats? This has always seemed a dubious metaphor to me because of all the assumptions it must make in order to apply, and all of the obvious features of the ‘tide’ that it conveniently leaves out of the idiom. Join me while I break it down. (much more below the fold)
We Don’t Need a Leader, But We Need Something When the General Assembly in Woodruff Park in Atlanta declined to allow John Lewis, famed civil rights activist and sitting U.S. Congressman to deliver a few words of encouragement, I believe this movement made a curious and possibly detrimental turn toward the irrelevant. The reason for this is straightforward: I do not believe you can assault our broken democracy and our broken economic system simultaneously. By rejecting elected and aspiring representatives of the people from engaging in this movement and taking its message to city halls, state houses, and the impotent galleries of the U.S. Congress, there is a chance we could doom this protest to the alternate fates of destructive riots or perpetual but inconsequential unrest. <much more below the fold>
It seems like fuzzy math, to see a tiny crowd of mostly white youngsters with a spattering of legitimate community organizers claiming to be 99% percent of the population. Likewise is it hard to believe that a handful of redditors and youtube jockeys with their somewhat short-sighted stories about personal debt and unemployment could somehow embody the experience of almost the entire population of the richest country on Earth. On a day when everyone was making suggestions to these protesters on what their demands should be (including of course, yours truly) there were just as many people speaking out against the ‘dangerous’ ‘class warfare’ of a handful of idiot hippies who want to make us like the Communists. It’s just as easy for opponents of this protest to dismiss its participants and their desires as it was for liberals to dismiss the Tea Party in its early days. Back then, the Tea Party seemed like an over-hyped Fox News focus group, suddenly transformed from studio audience to vocal mob, chanting and waving signs about liberty and socialism and Sharia law. But just as the Tea Party grew into a legitimate social movement with electoral power, this movement has the same potential, and it’s because its concerns do really do line up with the desires of 99% of people in this country. (Much more below the fold)
The Counter-Counter Revolution I took a trip to Los Angeles City Hall last night because I heard a rumor that there was the start of something big going on down there. Since I have a full time job in business development (read: job creation) I couldn’t attend during the day. I was, thankfully, able to drive my $750 automobile and park it in a garage for $15.00 and make my way to the ad hoc camp that serves as the epicenter of a new wave of the ongoing populist movement in America. I expected to find a handful of stalwarts, sharing tamales and tugging on one-hitters, waiting for the next day of shallow media coverage to march and yell. What I found instead was a diverse village of individuals, mostly young, self-organizing as a spontaneous protest spurned on by a feeling of hopelessness and invisibility. But where is it going, and how is it going to get there? (There is an epic rundown below the fold.)
President Obama was interrupted during a speech at a very inconvenient Los Angeles fundraiser tonight, by an especially zealous heckler who insisted that “Jesus Christ is Lord and creator of the universe.” As could be expected, the god-hating crowd of liberal Hollywood sodomy-lovers begin to boo the Savior, and subsequently beg Obama to finish his slow murder of God and liberty with another 4-year term. (sorry for the ad…) Obama soaks it nicely, as any secret atheist would, but then ruins the whole thing by saying he believes in Jesus too, which of course he’s always insisted, but that both sides of the aisle wish wasn’t actually true. He then finishes off the missed opportunity to set the record straight by trying to redistribute some chick’s jacket as the cops pull the guy out and he calls Obama the Antichrist. If only, brother. Get ready for endless videos of Obama reveling in the Godless jeering for 13 1/2 months.
A few things to consider when mulling yesterday’s anniversary of one of the single worst crimes ever committed, and the heroic actions of thousands who responded to its perpetrators’ abject nihilism and hate, with courage, hope and self-sacrifice. Composer Steve Reich has finished a composition that includes audio snippets from air-traffic controllers, fire department radio transmissions and interviews with witnesses to the attacks. It is a jarring and piercing meditation on terror and how technology brought us that horror in real time. You can listen to the piece as performed by the Kronos Quartet at NPR. Here is BuzzFeed’s compilation of some of the most heinous mischaracterizations of President Obama and his own faith and his presence at the WTC ceremony yesterday. The hatred and ignorance demonstarted by so-called god-fearing Christians illustrates the religious backlash that the terrorists inflicted on secular America, in addition to the thousands of murders and untold financial cost of the clean-up and subsequent wars. Here is a list of lies told by former President George W. Bush and former Vice-President and possible war crimes defendant Dick Cheney connecting 9/11 to Iraq and using that as a justification for an unprovoked invasion of that country. And a famously controversial quote from the aftermath that has served as the most evocative and clearest argument against unquestioned religious faith in the 21st century: The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not “cowards,” as they […]
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that videotaping police officers in the course of their normal public duties is an unassailable constitutional right protected by the First Amendment. This is good news for lovers of the transparency that viral video and internet activism brings, as well as all citizens who prefer not to have the shit beaten out of them by the police. It finally puts the rest of us on the same level as the government itself, which has had the right to videotape us in our regular duties since 2001. The ruling pertained to the case of Simon Glik, who was arrested in 2007 after openly videotaping three officers with his cell phone as they performed an arrest in Boston Common. He was charged with aiding the escape of a prisoner, disturbing the peace, and violating a wire tap law. The charges were dismissed, but the secular terrorists at the ACLU helped him sue the police, and now we’re allowed to videotape cops. Someone should tell that to the cops.