In Zuccotti Park, the professionally unemployables are at war with the professionally unemployed:
The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad…
Contrarian billionaire Peter Schiff, who graduated from California’s flagship university, made a fortune in the finance and precious metal markets, and predicted our current economic free fall back in the halcyon days of 2007, went down to Zuccotti Park to engage with the Occupy Wall Street crewe for a little badinage with the squatters.
I am particularly enamored of the unselfconciously ironic comments of the young dude at 8:37 wearing the “V” fright mask atop his head, and a shemagh around his neck, telling Schiff – especially after he disagreed with his points about disbanding some entirely theoretical federal board of education – that “in all his years” he had learned “never to argue with a fool.”
It’s come to this, then: There are people out there who believe that more government will actually make them free. Or, if not that, then that there are American citizens willing to sacrifice their hard-won freedoms to ensure that no one anywhere is more successful than everyone, everywhere. Apart from the governing class, of course. Who will have earned their dachas.
05-31-18 – To the readers: In the Wayback Machine, there was no hint as to what the video was that Lex referenced. But a quick search on YouTube brought the above video, which I believe is the same but of course have no way of positively knowing – Ed.
If there is any unifying them surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement – and I use that noun in the Brownian sense – it’s that some people have too much, and others (the protesters) have too little. Exactly how much of the former’s property they should be allowed to keep, and how much must be yielded over to the latter has yet to be made clear.
But one thing has become clear – property redistribution is all well and good, so long as it’s somebody else’s property that’s being redistributed:
Buffalo resident Muzzammil Hassan opened up a web portal in 2004 called “Bridges TV“. The outlet was designed to “help portray Muslims in a more positive light.”
From a cursory scan, the site – which “aims to foster a greater understanding among many cultures and diverse populations” – focuses a great deal of energy on such under- reported issues as the occupation of Gaza by the Evil Zionist Entity. In English!
Mr. Hassan’s wife had recently filed for divorce against the media magnate of cross-cultural understanding. So yesterday, Mr. Hassan appears to have decided that a way to foster greater understanding in the English-speaking world was to cut off her head:
Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police Thursday.
Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37. Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with second-degree murder.
He needn’t have bothered. We already understood perfectly.
We awake this morning to the news that Muammar Gaddafi has retired from his position atop a throne of skulls in the customary way. I would be churlish to note that “days not weeks” resulted in 216 of the former, the latter being an exercise left to the reader. If true, this is a huge victory for Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister David Cameron, Italian oil consumers, and – potentially – the Libyan people. President Barack Obama may also be congratulated for the first successful demonstration of the former hyperpower’s ability to “lead from behind.”
Mark Steyn wonders whether the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, one would which bind entrepreneurial Prometheans like Steve Jobs to the statist/collectivist shackles of Van Jones – is really such a good idea: