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    Occupying an ill-wind…

    Occupying an ill-wind…

    From reader Don, who writes:

    Saw this scrawled (spray-painted) on the underside of a bridge over the Trinity River, maybe 1.5 miles from the Occupy Dallas location. I stopped to safely take a picture. Star of David with “Zionist Occupied USA” …

    I suspect (but can’t be certain) the Occupy Dallas crowd because of the proximity to the Occupy Dallas site downtown, the use of the “Occupy” terminology, and because this is painted on a bridge that one would pass on foot if crossing the Trinity River bridge to the Oak Cliff section of Dallas from the “Occupy” site in downtown.

    I’ve been in Texas (Houston or Dallas) nearly 40 years, and I don’t remember seeing a single piece of “zionist” or anti-semitic-related graffiti, ever. I’ve heard of the rare vandalism attack on a synagogue or two over the years, but just general “public space” anti-semitic graffiti like this is rare to non-existent here. This is something new, and almost certainly related to the “Occupy” movement. An ill-wind…

    It’s certainly possible, although referring to Zionist Occupied USA, or some variation, is a favorite slogan of neo-Nazis and White Supremacists.  Given the language we’ve seen from some elements in the Occupy Wall Street movement and the fact that the American Nazi party supports OWS, however, your instincts may be right.

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    Admonkey | November 3, 2011 at 11:09 am

    If your reader has lived in Dallas for nearly 40 years but doesn’t “remember seeing a single piece of “zionist” or anti-semitic-related graffiti, ever,” then he or she either has a poor memory or doesn’t get out much. It’s pretty easy to find. Deep Ellum was practically wallpapered with it at one point in the late 80’s/early 90’s (the remnants of that time can still be found etched in formerly wet slabs of concrete where you’l find Swastikas still, today), but the skinhead invasion never left Dallas. It only ebbs and flows, and I’ve seen more of it within the past year. When traveling in ones and twos, the skinhead-types often get run off from the more “traditional” biker bars (like July Alley) where the regulars simply don’t abide by that type of nonsense.


     
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    LukeHandCool | November 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Yes, Jews, by partaking in the American dream you’ve become un-American.

    Shame on you for pursuing success.

    In a progressive utopia, a larger pie can never be baked. No more than one pie can ever exist. Everyone must have the same exact tiny, tiny, tiny sized piece.

    If someone has a single microscopic crumb more than you, you can not possibly enjoy life.


       
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      Owen J in reply to LukeHandCool. | November 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      It’s pretty much like the joke about the American, the Frenchman, and the Russian. I don’t recall the exact details but the punch line is that the Russian, seeing his neighbor get a cow that he lacks, kills the cow so his neighbor won’t have more than he does.

      As near as I can tell, that is what OWS is all about.


         
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        Voyager in reply to Owen J. | November 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

        As I recall, it was an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a Russian discover that today will be their last day on earth, and they’re discussing what they’re going to do.

        The Englishman says that he’s going to take his favorite hounds out to his favorite patch of woods, and hunt until the ends comes.

        The Frenchman says that he is going to take his favorite girlfriend out to their favorite restaurant, for a fine meal, good wine, and a night of love.

        The Russian says, “I’m going to burn down my neighbor’s house.”

    Not completely on-topic but I just found out that OWS in Oakland attacked a … Whole Foods?

    I wonder what the Berkeley liberal-arts profs with their handmade Equadorian organic hemp fair-trade grocery bags are going to make of that?


       
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      Awing1 in reply to Owen J. | November 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      It’s likely in part because their CEO is a fiscal conservative. One of my favorite quotes about changing from a liberal to a conservative is from him:

      “Operating a business was a real education for me. There were bills to pay and a payroll to be met and we had trouble doing either because we lost half of our initial $45,000 of capital in our first year. Our customers thought our prices were too high and our employees thought they were being underpaid, and we were losing money.”

      The reality is, everyone’s greedy

    Just an observation: Out here, in the SF Bay Area, those who tend to Leftism are really big on being “transgressive” and have been for a long time. One can’t really be “kewl” without being transgressive to some substantial degree.

    “Transgressive” starts with whatever pisses off your folks (who are often liberal) and moves on from there, so (for example) a lot of the kids smoke as this area was among the first to demonize smoking (other than pot).

    But it’s hard to keep the transgressive thing up and there is peer pressure to be more “transgressive than thou”. Racism is the biggest sin to the previous generation and thus the just about most transgressive thing you can do around here is to be openly racist.

    But that’s where it gets dicey. Being the “wrong kind” of racist is dangerous. So I believe that a lot of them express anti-Semetic views just because that is a “safe” way to be racist, hence uber-transgressive.

    When one thinks about it, it is quite sick (which, BTW, has become another word for “cool” out here, as in “my new car is totally sick”, which is not the way I mean it): kids acting racist for other kids to fit in.

    So I don’t think many of these people are anti-Semetic in the same way that those who started pogroms were (or, in Europe still seem to be) — they just think they are being “cool” or perhaps “sick.”

    This does not make it any better, in my view, as these people are so utterly devoid of thought, purpose, and character they have to fake ethnic hatred. (They can’t even seem to do nihilism right and their attempts at ennui are actually pretty comical.)

    I’ve heard young OWS members out here state they are debased failures because “the system” — which has been entirely in the hands of liberals for the past 30 years — screwed them up.

    And that is manifestly true.


     
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    humongus | November 3, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    If you recall from a few days ago, Obidiot announced a 1936 style platform to campaign on for his re-election? What else would be more in sync with this than brown shirts and graffiti? I suppose a chrystalnacht in one of the occupied territories is soon to come.


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