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    OWS and unions crossing all lines to get in opponents’ faces

    OWS and unions crossing all lines to get in opponents’ faces

    Crain’s New York has an article detailing how Occupy Wall Street and union protesters are taking the fight to the personal lives of executives who oppose them by disrupting their ability to go to restaurants and other day-to-day activities.

    As the Occupy Wall Street movement has gained steam, the city’s well-heeled have  become the target of protests aimed at embarrassing them in their neighborhoods  or places of business. Drawing on tactics honed by labor unions, the protesters  have visited restaurants, theaters and luxury apartment buildings to deliver  pointed messages to some of the city’s most notable power brokers.

    Gawker even jumped in on the action publishing the cell phone number of Goldman Sachs’ CEO:

    Blankfein has been depicted at OWS rallies with his head on a stick.  (Gawker is the website which published details of Christine O’Donnell’s pubic hair, attacked Meg Whitman’s children, and lots of personal attacks on SarahPalin.)

    This is the continuation of a theme which was launched by Obama in 2008 where he exhorted his supporters to get in opponents faces.  We saw it in the California Prop. 8 debate where opponents of the referendum defining marriage as one man, one woman, tried to get supporters and donors fired at work, boycotted Mormon businesses, and even criticized the DOJ for using an attorney who was Mormon.  We also saw it when a Rutgers professor confronted Paul Ryan in a restaurant.

    Once you’ve protested on front lawns, confronted people at work and in restaurants, called them on their cell phones, and harassed them in their personal lives, there’s only one small step left.  And that step of violence is just a second away.

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    DINORightMarie | October 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Okay. So how does Gawker, and its CEO/editor, keep from liability for publishing PRIVATE individual’s personal information. Last time I looked, the CEO of Goldmann Sachs is not a celebrity, or a “public figure”….?

    I wondered this before about those cases you listed. Why is this not a crime? Or at least a law suit?

    Anti-defamation (due to the antisemitic tone), discrimination (the 1% is a minority, and a Jewish minority, in this case), criminal targeting of an individual for nefarious purposes (or some such charge), blackmail, extortion, inciting violence? Some of the things I see as possible criminal acts….


     
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    Subotai Bahadur | October 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, the line will be crossed. If not with direct violence to the Kulaks, then with threats to family. Given that the legal system will actively avoid protecting the victims or prosecuting the assailants; it can be anticipated that the favors will be returned, with compound interest. The Left always assumes that there will be no consequences to their actions, especially since corruption of law enforcement and the courts is always one of their first steps.

    “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s. And if you cut them down … do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!”

    Being of Chinese ancestry, I am familiar with the concept of “Interesting Times”. I suspect that most Americans soon will be.

    Subotai Bahadur


       
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      Owen J in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Great lines, great movie, great actors, great screen writer.

      “If only you could see facts flat on, without that horrible moral squint. With a little common sense you could have made a statesman.”

      “Like yourself, your Grace?”

      Have to go watch it again, now. 🙂


       
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      Owen J in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Actually most of them assume there will be no consequences to their actions because they were raised in a cottony bubble where nothing bad was ever allowed to happen; where they were constantly fussed over and coddled and anything negative was only dimmly seen and easily ignored or explained away which their mostly faux “hurts” were soothed byoethers and used by them as proud badges on victim-hood.

      Corrupting law enforcement does not really enter their minds as they have no goals and no agenda since they do not grasp at an actionable level the idea of cause and effect.

      The Left are mostly tools — ignorant, spoiled, infantile — that serve reactionary forces; the OWS protestors are wholly so.

      But I do see some guarded positives in that there are not all that many of them and some of those are getting objects lessons in reality that may in the end prove salutory.


     
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    LukeHandCool | October 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    On a lighter note, to show that nothing is too insignificant to stoke and flame racial/ethnic/class jealousy and envy, the following link is to a Korean news clip on the recent protests in Tokyo over …. wait for it …. get this …. one Japanese TV network showing too many Korean soap operas!

    I kid you not. Japan used to have almost a monopoly among Asian nations exporting pop culture to other Asian countries. Recently, everything hot and trendy is coming out of Korea.

    My Japanese wife (who was told by her mother, only after her father passed away a few years ago, that her dad was half Korean … something my wife will not reveal to her Japanese aquaintances here in L.A., for fear they’ll look down upon her) suddenly fell in love with Korean soap operas and K-pop music about the same time a good portion of the Japanese public did.

    I’m a big fan of Japanese soap operas, but goods ones are recently few and far between as they’ve become much too formulaic. Korean soap operas were a welcome change … akin to the British music invasion of the 1960s.

    Fuji TV in Japan jumped on the bandwagon. One fed up Japanese celebrity twittered his anger at this outrage and soon protests erupted outside Fuji TV. You can’t make this stuff up!

    Anyway, don’t worry Japanese entertainment elite … even my wife has become somewhat bored with Korean soap operas lately … they’re different than Japanese soap operas … but the novelty has worn off and they are formulaic in their own way.

    I must admit, though. The terribly mistitled Korean soap opera “Lovers in Paris” (only the first three of the 20 episodes take place in Paris … the rest back in Seoul, Korea) is probably the most enjoyable thing I’ve ever watched on TV. It broke Korean TV viewing records and I’m not surprised. Watch it if you’re in the mood for something different … and something at the absolute peak of its genre. Absolutely engrossing.

    Anyway, here’s the comedic side of envious outrage. Watch it and weep … or laugh. The Japanese are now feeling themselves to be the 99% of the Asian pop-culture world … and those evil Koreans the top 1%.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhVElo93pQI


       
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      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to LukeHandCool. | October 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Off topic – but no comedy /soap opera can beat Nth Korea coming & kidnapping japanese beachgoers & taking them off to PRK .

      Then on the release about 20 years later or so -some did not want to return.

      The cultural battle for Asia is China -taiwan -Japan – Korea.

      I do not see the 1 vs 99 % thing getting traction in Asia.


     
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    BarbaraS | October 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    “And those CEOs better start hiring security or packing heat”

    What they really need to do is move out of New York and the NE. The mayor was so tolerant about letting these protesters stay but see him scream when the wealth exits this city faster then they are now. New York has gone from being the hub of world commerce to a garbage dump.

    So they are attacking one of Obama’s biggest boosters and enablers, and Obama is OK with that?

    Obama is now throwing GS under the bus?

    Interesting addition to the cognitive dissonance going on here.


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