November 13, 2011

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111311)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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Obama-endorsed (proof herehere, and hereOccupy Update:

  • Important perspective from Mark Steyn, for those in business who naively see potential benefit in aligning with the Occupy movement — “Standing with “the 99%” means supporting the destruction of civilized society.”
  • From New York City (HT OWS Exposed) — “EMT Assaulted at Occupy Wall Street” — “A man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a paramedic and breaking his leg at the Occupy Wall Street site overnight.”
  • A pertinent question from Jim Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web last Monday — “Should the liberal media be held responsible for left-wing violence?” By the Gabby Giffords standards unsuccessfully attempted on Tea Party sympathizers, “Yes,” because they apply to the press and the Occupy movement.
  • From Salt Lake City (“Occupy Fight Results in 4 Arrests”) — “At least four people were arrested Thursday following a fight that reportedly involved an estimated 30 people in Pioneer Park near the Occupy Salt Lake base camp.” John at Powerline comments: “If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution.”
  • At Ace’s place (my title) — “BlogCon 1, Occupy Denver 0″ (Breitbart video here)
  • Denver (“Police clear out Occupy Denver”) — If you can stand it, read the article for the breathtaking childishness displayed therein.
  • The Occupy Wall Street crowd in New York has its own diseaseZuccotti Lung. It has a two-word cure: Go home.
  • As of 11 PM Saturday night, John Nolte’s incomplete but nevertheless useful Occupy incident count was up to 213.
  • Update from Portland (HT Atlas Shrugs) — “Occupy Portland stocking up on gas masks, homemade weapons, police warn.” I don’t want to minimize the clear seriousness of the situation, but there is something unavoidably funny about the link’s opening sentence: “Gas masks, homemade weapons and potluck dinners are being gathered by demonstrators at the Occupy Portland site, police warned Friday.” There must be some really bad cooking going on.

Remind me: What was this “Occupy Movement” supposed to be about?

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At SmartMoney.com“10 Things Baby Boomers Won’t Say”:

1. “Paws off, Junior, this cash is mine.”
2. “Make room kids, we’ll be living with you when we’re old.”
3. ” and we blame you for that.”
4. “We can’t face reality.”
5. “Until death do us part” doesn’t apply to us.
6. “We’re Unhappy …”
7. “… and we eat our feelings.”
8. “And we’re addicts.”
9. “We will bury you in debt.”
10. “We’re obsessed with (not) aging.”

#9 should probably be #1.

As the item’s subeadline indicates: “The aging Me Generation is still putting itself first.”

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At Heritage“Leaked Emails Fuel Perception of Cronyism in Solyndra Loan.” Perception?

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Good Sunday Read: John Hawkins interviews Thomas Sowell, who makes great points about race relations, slavery, the A-bombs dropped on Japan, and much more.

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Larry Kotlikoff at the Fiscal Times (“Deficit Accounting Is a Generational Ponzi Scheme”) — “… we are now reaching the end of the chain letter with too few young workers earning far too little to buy into our politicians’ unaffordable promises.” His Purple Tax Plan (that color because it’s supposed to satisfy both red and blue) has many elements worth considering.

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Evidence that the fact that we are reaching the end of Kotlikoff’s aforementioned chain letter is not leading to adult conduct in Washington (video at link) — “Sen. Rand Paul told Sean Hannity … “I have news straight from sources close to the Supercommittee that the Democrats have walked away from the table and they’re refusing to talk to the Republicans about a deal and, they will not counter any offers and basically there’s an impasse and it’s starting to look like they don’t want any deal at all.”

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