Friday, November 11, 2011

I Missed All the Fun; But I Have No Regrets

As I started to sit down my fellow Nevadan, Orrin Johnson, said, “You missed it.”

“Missed what?”

“Look at twitter.”

I browsed the #blogcon11 hashtag tweets and discovered the OccupyDenver protesters had attempted to invade BlogCon11.

“Aw, I always miss the fun stuff,” I replied in a mock whine.

But there’s no place I would rather have been when the commotion occurred than where I was, miles away from the conference. Not that I wasn’t enjoying myself immensely or that I wasn’t soaking in an enormous amount of knowledge from the best political bloggers in the country. I was occupied myself.

My wife grew up in Denver, raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather had enlisted in the Navy after the start of World War II and was wounded in the Solomon Islands. We try to visit him whenever we are in town.

Earlier in the day, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I decided to pay him an unexpected visit. I cut out of the conference just after lunch and headed over to see him.

When the Occupiers were attempting to invade BlogCon, to make whatever point it was they were trying to make, I didn’t have the pleasure of their company. While they were demanding the right to take things from other people, I was spending time with a man who fought to protect the freedom of others from those who would take it away. And who lost full use of one of his hands doing so.

When OccupyDenver was visiting BlogCon, I was visiting a man who has had a profound impact on my life. When OccupyDenver was visiting BlogCon, I was at Fort Logan National Cemetery, visiting a man I never met.

Monday, November 07, 2011

How to Own a Home Without Making a Mortgage Payment, Courtesy of Nevada's Lawmakers

Or, How to Ruin the Real Estate Market Without Even Trying.

Nearly four years after the collapse of the real estate market, Nevada remains the foreclosure capital of the nation. But here comes the government to the rescue!

The Nevada Legislature may have unwittingly found a way to reduce foreclosures by over 99%. Though it may come at the cost of driving a stake through the barely-beating heart of the state’s real estate industry, what’s a little collateral damage?

During its last session the Legislature passed a bill, AB284, that is designed to combat what some people had claimed were abuses by banks in foreclosure proceedings, such as “robo-signing”. But it is a classic example of legislative action having serious unintended consequences.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Anarchists for Statism

Mark Steyn,
I don’t “stand with the 99%,” and certainly not downwind of them. But I’m all for their “occupation” continuing on its merry way. It usefully clarifies the stakes. At first glance, an alliance of anarchists and government might appear to be somewhat paradoxical. But the formal convergence in Oakland makes explicit the movement’s aims: They’re anarchists for statism, wild free-spirited youth demanding more and more total government control of every aspect of life — just so long as it respects the fundamental human right to sloth. What’s happening in Oakland is a logical exercise in class solidarity: The government class enthusiastically backing the breakdown of civil order is making common cause with the leisured varsity class, the thuggish union class, and the criminal class in order to stick it to what’s left of the beleaguered productive class. It’s a grand alliance of all those societal interests that wish to enjoy in perpetuity a lifestyle they are not willing to earn. Only the criminal class is reasonably upfront about this. The rest — the lifetime legislators, the unions defending lavish and unsustainable benefits, the “scholars” whiling away a somnolent half decade at Complacency U — are obliged to dress it up a little with some hooey about “social justice” and whatnot.
Love the line "anarchists for statism." It's classic Steyn, who continually points out the contradictions of the left.

And there is plenty of material in that area. We can only shake our heads at the Occupiers who have huge student loan debt and no job prospects. Rather than being upset at the college that charged them an obscene amount of money for a degree that provided no marketable skills they direct their venom at the bank that loaned them the money.

Read the whole thing, as you should always with Steyn.

The Occupy Movement: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

The Occupiers all over the country have tried to paint themselves as the 99% fighting against the oppression of the 1%, the monied elites, in the tradition of democracy movements around the world. The mainstream media has gleefully assisted them in this portrayal. But what about the story the MSM is not telling?

Occupy Wall Street (New York City): Animal Farm comes to life

As described by one participant, OWS is becoming the embodiment of Orwell's novel.
On Sunday, October 23, a meeting was held at 60 Wall Street. Six leaders discussed what to do with the half-million dollars that had been donated to their organization, since, in their estimation, the organization was incapable of making sound financial decisions. The proposed solution was not to spend the money educating their co-workers or stimulating more active participation by improving the organization’s structures and tactics. Instead, those present discussed how they could commandeer the $500,000 for their new, more exclusive organization. No, this was not the meeting of any traditional influence on Wall Street. These were six of the leaders of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).


Daniel, a tall, red-bearded, white twenty-something—one of the six leaders of the teach-in—said that the NYC-GA [New York City - General Assembly] needed to be completely defunded because those with “no stake” in the Occupy Wall Street movement shouldn’t have a say in how the money was spent. When I asked him whether everybody in the 99% had a stake in the movement, he said that only those occupying or working in Zuccotti Park did. I pointed out that since the General Assembly took place in Zuccotti Park, everybody who participated was an occupier. He responded with a long rant about how Zuccotti Park is filled with “tourists,” “free-loaders” and “crackheads” and suggested a solution that the even NYPD has not yet attempted: Daniel said that he’d like to take a fire-hose and clear out the entire encampment, adding hopefully that only the “real” activists would come back.
(h/t: Instapundit)

No entitlement mentality here, right? OWS protester vandalizes McDonald's after being refused free food.

Who would've ever guessed a protest against bankers and financiers could possibly turn anti-Semitic?

Remember those women-only tents that had to be set up at the Tea Party rallies to protect against rapes? Yeah, me neither. But OWS needs them. Allahpundit points out the blatant and disgusting double standard of the MSM.
This can’t be repeated enough: With a few exceptions, foremost among them the New York Post, the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history. Nothing compares, because nothing else involves this much distortion on both ends of the coverage. It’s not just that most press outlets (like the protesters themselves) look the other way at depravity happening inside Obamaville, it’s that for years they treated the tea-party movement as some sort of feral mob that was forever on the brink of rampaging through the streets — like, say, Occupy Oakland just did. If you missed it when I posted it last week, go watch the ad the DNC ran in August 2009 when tea partiers first started showing up to town halls on ObamaCare. That set the tone. We began the year with tea-party pols being smeared as killers over a shooting they had nothing to do with and we end it with actual rapes being shrugged off by the press because they’re bad PR for a movement they support. Disgrace.
Speaking of Occupy Oakland...

Occupy Oakland: Death to Capitalism

Occupy Oakland held a general strike last Thursday, which descended into an orgy of wanton destruction.

The banner expressing the theme:

Who would've ever guessed a protest against capitalism could possibly involve destruction of private property?

Rioters smash bank windows...

engage in wanton destruction...

and attack the police.

Another video on shows a presence by labor unions, most prominently the SEIU, and features a protester holding a sign saying, “I would rather get shot with rubber bullets than pay back my student loans.” No entitlement mentality here, right? He wants his college education and he wants it for free. And the bank that loaned him the money is the greedy one?

Just down the coast,

Occupy LA: Crime and Communists

Remember all those assaults at Tea Party events? Yeah, me neither. Unless you're talking about the attacks on Tea Partiers. Here's Occupy LA.

"Nothing positive can come about unless you get rid of America and everything it stands for."

Occupy DC: Is this really what democracy looks like?

Who would've ever guessed a protest founded on anger, envy and resentment could possibly turn violent?
We can no longer tolerate media assertions that this is a non-violent movement. When your purpose is to inspire hatred, to threaten and intimidate, when you trespass and obstruct traffic, when you chant obscenities and deliberately seek to provoke confrontations — no, you’re not being non-violent, no matter how often you claim to be “peaceful.”

But who can expect honesty from such savages? And who can any longer doubt that the mainstream media are acting as accessories to this criminal movement by pretending that the “Occupy [Whatever]” mob’s regular eruptions of violence and criminality are atypical aberrations?


Yes, in the sense that “democracy” is a mob contemptuous of Western civilization, without respect for private property, ignorant of the Anglo-American Rule of Law tradition, and worked into a fevered frenzy by ritualistic incantations of radical-egalitarian concepts of “social justice” — well, indeed, this is what democracy looks like.

Push grandma down the stairs

Who's responsible for the Occupy movement and what is it really?

Occupy Boston: Occupying the Israeli consulate

An officially-sanctioned event.

Occupy Portland: The Darwin Awards

Verum Serum has been covering Occupy protests from all over, including several posts about Portland. In this one, a protester demonstrates his commitment to the cause.

The Occupiers: A mass temper tantrum

This is less a movement than a temper tantrum by children of all ages who feel entitled to something someone else has. It exhibits the same thinking, in fact likely contains some of the same people, that drives those who protest, break windows and burn cars at WTO meetings.

Though not every location has erupted in violence, as Stacy McCain explains this movement can no longer legitimately claim to be non-violent. Even those urging the violent hordes to act peacefully in the Oakland riots were forced to resort to violence, or the threat of violence, to make an impression.

But that's not what you'll get from the MSM, which, in stark contrast to its treatment of the Tea Party, embraced the Occupiers with open arms from the outset.
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