Whenever I watch media coverage of another Occupy Wall Street event I am reminded of an exchange between Jewish protesters in the 1979 Monte Python movie Life of Brian. One of the protesters asks another what the Romans have brought to the area and the conversation goes like this: Question: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? Answer: Brought peace? Response: Oh, peace - shut up! The point is that the Roman institutions brought a good deal to... continue reading
Tune in the evening news and you'd think America is a scandal-plagued nation. Scandals to the right of us, scandals to the left of us. There's the media assault on GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, the deadly Fast and Furious federal gun-running case, the Solyndra solar loan fiasco or the collapse of MF Global, led by former Democratic N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine. But the real scandal isn't any one of those. It's how journalists pick and choose which controversies to play up and which to play down. They are so inconsistent, you'd think they studied ethics at Penn State under... continue reading
It was inevitable that the "F*** the Police" generation would grow into a meaner version of the left that has long called police officers "pigs" and worse. Despite its union support, the Occupy Wall Street crowd has taken police hate and confrontation to a level seldom seen outside of organized crime. Gone are the days of goofy liberal protests where police officers stand idly by watching the street theater. The Occupiers have escalated their levels of abuse, confrontation, intimidation, harassment and threats - all so they can score good video clips to boost their movement. Even an awful incident like... continue reading
There's a diagram floating around the Internet that claims to show areas of agreement between Tea Party protesters and the Occupy Wall Street crowd. It's an idea supported by some pundits and media types as well. Even the president chimed in foolishly on the issue. According to Obama , Occupy Wall Street isn't all that different from the Tea Party. "In some ways, they're not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party," he told ABC's Jake Tapper. But that's like saying the Russian and American revolutions were the same, when one led... continue reading
The Gap has announced it is closing 20 percent of its stores in the U.S., and not opening any new ones. Instead, it's focusing its investing in Asia. It made this announcement before the holiday shopping season's results come in. Imagine what's coming in the first and second quarters next year. I expect a lot of chains' shuttering stores, the commercial real estate vacancy rising from its already high 11 percent to 15 percent or worse, a tipping point for foreclosures. And the shrinkage in chain units is nothing compared to the under-reported closing of independent retailers' shops. Quite a... continue reading
Say the name Emilio Estevez and most people think of the 'Brat Pack,' when he was a star in popular Eighties youth movies like 'The Breakfast Club' and 'St. Elmo's Fire,' or maybe the hockey coach in the 'Mighty Ducks' films. Compared to his brother Charlie Sheen, he's become the quiet, stable brother. But with his new movie 'The Way,' Estevez comes into his own as a producer, writer, and director, telling a beautiful story about death, faith, and family. A father - played by his own father, Martin Sheen - mourns the loss of his son by walking for... continue reading
As the Occupy Everything crowd marches in dozens of cities nationwide , it's obvious their goal is nothing less than "global revolution." It's the phrase that headlines the live video feed. It's the sentiment that flows through their entire series of events - from signs to guest speakers. Egyptian speaker Mohammed Ezzeldin encouraged the crowd with comments such as "We have nothing to lose but our chains," and "Long live revolution." One-time comedienne Roseanne Barr simply called for bankers to be " beheaded ." But anarchists, socialists, anti-capitalists and Hollywood idiots chanting "Vive la revolution" isn't big news. What is... continue reading
Saturday, October 1, Fox News and other media outlets reported that 27 states owe the federal government $40-billion they had to borrow to pay the extension after unfunded extension of unemployment benefits the federal government mandated that they pay out of their empty coffers. The states are now in hock to Uncle Sam for billions they have no means of paying, on which they are also accruing millions of dollars of interest by the week, which they also can't pay. This makes the federal government a loan shark forcing some poor bum to borrow a big sum he has no... continue reading
It would be easy to dismiss the Occupy Wall Street protests as another disorganized and pungent liberal whinefest … because that's basically true. The demonstrations, taking place in New York and now other cities and other nations, have a classic lefty feel and scent. But there's more to this, if you dig deep enough. These protests do reflect the genuine economic fears that many Americans feel. The few thousand that have turned out to occupy Wall Street 24-7 are mostly young, rarely bathe and chant a lot. (Even lefty comedian Jon Stewart compared it to concert festival "Bonnaroo.") Several were... continue reading
Drop that plastic spork (it's made from petroleum), let your babies go diaper-free (ewww!), give up air travel and join the movement. Defining "the movement" might be a wee bit tricky, but it's there and if you have a heart (brain not required) and haven't bathed recently, then why not go extreme green? Mother Nature has finally met her match - mankind. And if we don't alter our everyday lives, _______ will happen and all nearly 7 billion of us will die. You don't have to fill in the blank, the media and eco-nutballs are more than happy to do... continue reading