November 2, 2011

Language Abuse, and the REAL 1% (UPDATE: ‘Chaos’; Malkin Has the Pics)

A “general strike” apparently now means closing down one port:

Several thousand Occupy Wall Street demonstrators gathering in Oakland forced a halt to operations at the nation’s fifth busiest port Wednesday evening, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments since it began in September.

Police estimated that a crowd of about 3,000 had gathered at the Port of Oakland by about 5 p.m. PDT. Some had marched from the city’s downtown, while others had been bused to the port.

Port spokesman Isaac Kos-Read said maritime operations had effectively been shut down …

… In Los Angeles, New York and other cities, demonstrators held their own rallies in solidarity with the Oakland protesters, who called for Wednesday’s “general strike” after the city became a rallying point last week when an Iraq War veteran was injured in clashes with police.

Oakland’s population — at least before thousands leave because the city won’t do what it must to maintain order — is about 390,000. By properly applied math, that means that the crowd of 3,000 shutting down the port accounts for a bit less than 1% of the city’s population (bravely assuming they’re all city residents, which they probably aren’t).

In other words, today they were the 1%, and on most if not all days nationwide, they’re far less than 1%. The 99% were the rest of the city’s residents going about their daily basis, and are the rest of the American people going about theirs.

And we’re supposed to pay attention to and be impressed with the Occupy movement because …?

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UPDATE, Nov. 3, 7:50 a.m.: From the AP, as of 7:21 a.m. ET (Alternate headline: “Spoiled children learn world doesn’t revolve around them, throw violent temper tantrum”), you can almost hear the reporters crying that it turned out this way as if nobody expected it –

A day of demonstrations in Oakland that began as a significant step toward expanding the political and economic influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, ended with police in riot gear arresting dozens of protesters who had marched through downtown to break into a vacant building, shattering windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires along the way.

“We go from having a peaceful movement to now just chaos,” said protester Monique Agnew, 40.

… City officials released a statement describing the spasm of unrest.

“Oakland Police responded to a late night call that protesters had broken into and occupied a downtown building and set several simultaneous fires,” the statement read. “The protesters began hurling rocks, explosives, bottles, and flaming objects at responding officers. Several private and municipal buildings sustained heavy vandalism. Dozens of protesters wielding shields were surrounded and arrested.”

Memo to Monique: This never was a “peaceful movement,” babe. It’s been a “give it to me, because I want it” movement of ignoramuses who think they can hold their breath and get their way, and who anyone could have predicted would lash out when they didn’t get it.

UPDATE 2: Michelle Malkin has dozens of violence-related pictures you won’t see in the establishment press.

UPDATE 3: Related videos at BigGovernment.com (“clashing with police in the streets, building barricades, and setting them on fire”).

About That Oakland ‘General Strike’ …

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:08 pm

… the best clue as to its not-general nature is the total lack of mention of anything about the number of people involved at this Associated Press report (saved to web host for future reference, fair use, and discussion purposes).

This of course hasn’t prevented the Occupy Wall Street crowd from pretending that they’ve shut down Oakland. Though you never want to rule out the degree of mayhem a relatively small group of hooligans can cause, they haven’t done so yet.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110211)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:58 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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The people of Greece are going to vote on its EU bailout. World markets aren’t pleased.

ADP private payrolls increased by a seasonally adjusted 110,000 during October. September was revised up to 116K from 91K. Their reax: “This rate of moderate job creation reflects the sluggish pace of GDP growth exhibited earlier this year.” Update: Zero Hedge catches ADP’s observation that October’s result “probably is below a pace consistent with a stable unemployment rate.”

Auto sales in September were in my view disappointing (this is before looking at anyone else’s reaction). General Motors was up less than 2% over September 2010, sold less than 20,000 cars more than Ford (which was up by a not too impressive 6%), and had a market share of only 18.3%. GM also had 592,000 vehicles on dealer lots, which I believe is near a post-bankruptcy record. Chrysler (+27%) and the relatively little guys (Nissan, +18%; Hyundai, +22%; Kia, +21%; Mercedes, +26%; VW, +40%) had great months. Toyota and Honda were both negative. Summary: Overall, +7.5%; Cars, Up 7.9%, Light trucks, up 7.1%

Following up on the previous item, let’s look at a bit of the reax to yesterday’s vehicle sales news:

  • The Associated Press must not have read the summary just noted — “Trucks, SUVs power strong auto sales in October.” No, the big guys sold more trucks, but the little guys sold more cars. Also this: “GM’s tepid increase surprised analysts, and investors hammered the stock.” At yesterday’s close, GM stock was down over 30% from its IPO preview.
  • Reuters was more measured than AP (“October Auto Sales Up, But Concerns Deepen”), with an astonishing tidbit — “The improved results for October showed some consumers have delayed vehicle purchases for as long as they could during the downturn, industry executives said. Used car prices are higher and the average age of cars and trucks on American roads is now about 11 years, the highest-ever reading for that indicator for pent-up demand.”
  • AP also made a big deal of how this was the best October since 2007 — except that October 2007 came in at 1.232 million vehicles, over 20% more than October 2011′s 1.021 million. Whoopee.

From the “Can’t Disturb the Narrative” Dept., via Accuracy In Media at BigJournalism.com“The Washington Post Ignores Sexual Assaults in Occupy Wall Street Protests”

Understatement of the day, from Richard Viguerie“Calling Romney a Conservative Defies the Facts.”

UPDATE: Useful idiot of the day allows himself to get co-opted and shuts down his website in support of the Occupy Oakland “general strike.” If you care, you can go here tomorrow to see the “logic.”

Positivity: Hamblen Co. fire victim Lisbet Batres meets the man who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Knox County, Tennessee (video at link):

11:37 PM, Oct 28, 2011

Lisbet Batres wanted to meet the man who saved her life after a house fire on Tuesday near Morristown. However, she didn’t know who the good samaritan was.

“I believe in angels and you’re my guardian angel,” Batres said in an interview on Tuesday.

Three days later, the Hamblen County woman’s wish came true.

“That’s him!” she shouted as she met her rescuer, John Forester.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here with by family,” Batres said Friday.

Lisbet Batres wanted to meet the man who saved her life after a house fire on Tuesday near Morristown. However, she didn’t know who the good samaritan was.

“I believe in angels and you’re my guardian angel,” Batres said in an interview on Tuesday.

Three days later, the Hamblen County woman’s wish came true.

“That’s him!” she shouted as she met her rescuer, John Forester.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here with by family,” Batres said Friday. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Wires Virtually Ignore Corzine’s Dem Party ID, Rarely Associate Him With Obama Fundraising

Consider this post the print and online follow-up to the report early Tuesday evening by Matthew Balan at NewsBusters on the failure of the Big Three TV networks to note the Democratic Party/Obama fundraising affiliation of former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, whose now-bankrupt MF Global financial firm has apparently admitted to diverting hundreds of millions of dollars of client money during its financial free-fall.

Balan found that the Big Three’s morning shows “omitted the party affiliation of Jon Corzine as they reported on the federal investigation into his brokerage firm,” and that ABC didn’t even mention Corzine’s name. This is not surprising, as the wire services which provide much of the raw material for these shows for the most part similarly failed, and have continued to do so. A rundown of much of what the wires have produced, along with a look at several New York Times items, follows the jump:

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