Friday, April 20, 2012

Prog Spring: OWSies coming out of hibernation, preparing for May Day!


Ah, spring! The trees are greening up like so many broccoli sprouts across the landscape. The daffodils and daisies and dandelions are dotting the lawns of many a foreclosed home. Young men's hearts turn to thoughts of beer. And the Cubs are in last place. Yes, spring is in the air (see the pollen and mold counts).

Spring. It's a magical season. The earth comes to life, and we do with it. So it is with the young progressives. Their hearts turn to thoughts of occupying places. And so it is that after the long winter of their packed-up tent, the OWSies are coming out of hibernation! Mic check! The 99%ers are BACK, taking it to the streets, speaking truth to power, and sticking it to The Man! This is the Prog Spring of 2012!

Occupy Wall Street just had their "Spring Awakening," and other events are happening in New York and around the country throughout the month of April. But the Big News is . . . MAY DAY! MAY DAY! That's right, plans are in the works for having a huge, massive MAY DAY GENERAL STRIKE (#M1GS, for short). We'll show those lousy capitalists who we are! We'll make them sit up and take notice! GENERAL STRIKE! No Work! No Chores! No. . . . Wait. How is this different from any other day for the young progressives? Oh, well. . . . MAY DAY 2012! GENERAL STRIKE! TAKE THE STREETS!

Occupy meets May Day, a match made in Leningrad. We read about it in this THREAD, "Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike," and this THREAD, "MAY DAY! MAY DAY!" (BTW, did you know DUmmieland even has its own Occupy forum? That's where they can keep the five or six people who are so preoccupied with the Occupy movement that they need their own forum.)

So let us join the masses preparing to do nothing, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson--wondering if a) our favorite OWSie, Trust Fund Ted Hall, will be back out on the streets this spring, and b) the 40-Year-Old Insurgent, William Rivers Pitt, wll finally pull himself away from the Bruins' games on TV to actually go to one of these Occupy thingies--is in the [brackets]:

Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

[Is there a "usual" General Strike?]

Last December, Occupy Los Angeles proposed a General Strike on May 1 “for migrant rights, jobs for all, a moratorium on foreclosures, and peace – and to recognize housing, education and health care as human rights.”

[What about free nachos? Nachos with meat and cheese. Not that yukky, stringy Velveeta stuff, either. Good cheese. So add free nachos to the list, as long as we're generally striking.]

The idea has spread through the Occupy movement.

[Like sands through the hourglass. Like Velveeta through the DUodenum.]

Occupy Wall Street in New York recently expressed solidarity with the proposal and called for “a day without the 99%, general strike, and more!” with “no work, no school, no housework, no shopping, take the streets!”

[w00t! Parr-tayy!! Will Trust Fund Ted be there?]

Reactions are ranging from enthusiastic support to outraged skepticism.

[To gales of laughter.]

Most Occupy May Day advocates understand that a conventional general strike is not in the cards. What they are advocating instead is a day in which members of the “99%” take whatever actions they can to withdraw from participation in the normal workings of the economic system. . . .

[As long as it's convenient. Real commitment may not be in your cards.]

by not working if that is an option. . . .

[Not working, an "option"?? Heck, it's a way of life!]

but also by not shopping, not banking, and not engaging in other “normal” everyday activities. . . .

[Just put all that stuff off till May 2.]

and by joining demonstrations, marches, disruptions, occupations, and other mass actions.

[Hear that, Pitt? Get off your Barcalounger and head for the barricades!]

What Occupy May Day Could Achieve

[ ]

The Occupy May Day event is first of all a great chance for 99% to show itself, see itself, and express itself – to represent itself to itself. . . .

[To occupy itself with itself.]

If it truly draws together a wide range of working people, ranging from the most impoverished to professionals, from urban to suburban to rural, and including African Americans, Latinos, whites, and immigrants, it can embody the ability of the 99% to act as a group.

[It will probably be 99% white upper-class "students," looking for hashish and hook-ups.]

Occupy Global General Strike on May 1st.

[Not One D*mn Anything Day!]

Strike for:
IM/MIGRANT RIGHTS
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE and LABOR RIGHTS
PEACE WITH JUSTICE
CIVIL LIBERTIES — END THE POLICE STATE
HOUSING, EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AS HUMAN RIGHTS
WOMEN’S RIGHTS, LGBTQ RIGHTS & GENDER EQUITY


[FREE NACHOS
CUBS' WORLD SERIES
UNICORN SPARKLE FARTS AND RAINBOWS]




What is #M1GS?

[Twitterese for "Epic Fail."]

Occupations across the world have made similar calls for a General Strike, or day of economic disruption, in direct response to Occupy Los Angeles, or through a synchronicity of thought, a buzzing hive mind that feels the need to express solidarity with movements. . . .

[Or that buzzing in your head could be a hashish hangover.]

How can I participate?

[Do nothing on May 1. Should not be much of a stretch.]

If you can’t participate on #M1GS, you can contribute in other ways. Spread the word. Poster your neighborhood. Help form Strike Committees in the workplace. Agitate. . . .

[Make a pest of yourself. Again, not much of a stretch.]

It would be great to see a big May Day turnout for once in my life.

[Sure, you've been disappointed in the past, but this, this will be different! Masses of hordes of throngs of people, all united, black and white and transgendered and Wiccan, all of us standing up together, arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder, nose ring to nose ring, making our voices heard! Yes! It will HAPPEN!! I can FEEL it! Oooh I can't wait I can't wait I can't WAIT!! Soon, soon, the world will be a better place! May 1st, baby! We're makin' HISTORY!!]

MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

[The Day When Everything Finally Changed 47.2]

To the activist, the rebel, the revolutionary, the dreamer.

[To the college student who wants to skip out on classes.]

To all who believe in a better world.

[Not you bad people who want to have a worse world.]

To those who have found their voice. . . .

[And would like to find a hippie chick to hook up with.]

Raise your fists, break your chains. Shake the world under your feet. . . .

[You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around. . . .]

make a noise so loud, that the 1% will cower in their marble halls.

[SPEAK TRUTH TO MARBLE!]

For the time of The People has come.

[May 2 will be the time of The Laughing.]

Those who consider themselves our masters will find themselves standing in the path of a force the likes of which the world has never seen.

[NEVER. SEEN.]

You are a force so strong that Mother Nature herself cowers in your presence.

[SPEAK TRUTH TO MOTHER NATURE!]

For we are many. We are strong. We are awake.

[We are crazy.]

We are above your fear mongering, you who seek to silence us. You cannot threaten us with lies of alarm and panic. Your words are mist that dissipates as we march.

[Guerrillas in the mist.]

We will take to the streets, and march on until we reach a dawn that mankind has never been witness to.

[NEVER. BEEN WITNESS TO.]

This dawn will produce a light so strong that the fear hatred and doubt in our hearts will vanish like the early morning dew upon a blade of grass.

[Like DU upon the grass.]

Our hearts will instead be a raging inferno that cannot be extinguished.

[Like a towering inferno, like a disco inferno!]

Fear us, you 1%, for we are coming, and we are already here.

[I can smell you already!]

We are here, and everywhere.

[Like Chickenman.]

General Strike on May 1st. Join us.

45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. Traditional Communist holiday. Color me shocked.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it. #M1GS. Looks suspiciously like MiG. The prototypical Soviet Fighter plane. How natural of the commie OWS crowd.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

I too am unsurprised that they have this planned for May 1, the most sacred holiday of the year for Communist/ Anarchist trust fund brats. Hope the police will be ready in full force when the freaks try and start riots (A May Day tradition).

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What "Occupy May Day" could achieve. Possibly the first annual Kill a Commie for Mommie Day? An uptick in the sale of 5.56 and 7.62 ammo? A huge yawn on the part of normal people with a job?

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Corona said...

[SPEAK TRUTH TO MARBLE!]

Heh heh heh.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was enough male bovine natural organic fertilizer spouted by these DUmmies, you could spread it and fertilize an entire continent.
"We will take to the streets, and march on until we reach a dawn that mankind has never been witness to"?
"Our hearts will instead be a rgin inferno that connot be extinguished"?
"Fear us, you 1%, for we are coiing, and we are already here"?
BULLSHIT!!!!!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Tazzerman said...

"For we are many. We are strong. We are awake."

We are AWAKE? LOL The booze and drugs MUST have worn off. No mention of a hangover but... that goes without saying I guess.

May Day IS the traditional Communist/socialist/anarchist day of 'solidarity' and 'celebration' whether you want to or not I made add.

I think back to when I was a kid growing up, watching those lovely May Day parades in Moscow every year. The heads of the politburo looking down at the 'masses', smiling, waving and licking their lips with anticipation. Lots of BIG mobile missiles, all manner of arms, tanks, airplanes flying over head, troops all goose-stepping together, all marching towards a 'brave new communist future'..

Ah it was beautiful wasn't it?

All that color and pageantry....

It brought tears to my eyes then and still does today.

Tears of laughter that is.... Non-stop, gut-busting, side-splitting laughter.

What a bunch of maroooons :D

7:31 AM  
Blogger TANSTAAFL said...

Marxist reactionaries calling for a "general strike"

How....quaint.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Corona said...

Let's see them go one day without using electricity of any kind. And then punch them.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exit Question for Discussion: Will the MSM go "all out" conflating a few hundred ne'er-do-wells into "tens, possibly hundreds of thousands", and gasping dramatically as they attempt to spin this fiasco into something "meaningful".

Or will they just cover their capacious backsides with a few "what might have been" obits as they keep hands firmly stuck in pockets and whistle quietly as they stare off into the distance?

I'll bet there's a line in Vegas to this effect.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No work, no banking, no shopping, no chores, no school. In other words, life as usual.

I live in an at-will state. If they worked for me, and took off for such a stupid "event," they'd be looking for work THAT DAY.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous envisio said...

"""[What about free nachos? Nachos with meat and cheese. Not that yukky, stringy Velveeta stuff, either. Good cheese. So add free nachos to the list, as long as we're generally striking.]"""""

Hey you forget, we're talking free stuff here. Screw the nachos, lets have steaks! (or veggie burgers and tofu wraps in the case of the forwardly mobile progressive hipsters) Big screen TVs, smartcars, free everything for life should be a human right!!!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

Know why whenever you or I say 'the 99%', we all know what we're referring to?

That'd be OWS. Or why 'the one percent' means what it does?

OWS defined those terms. And they made their way into the lexicon.

Victory.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Big screen TVs, smartcars, free everything for life should be a human right!!!" Big Screen TV

You're an idiot.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous The ULTIMATE Man said...

Troglafuck, you're worthless fucking drunking asshole.

FOAD Troglafuck you racist fucking jackass.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Corona said...

"That ain't workin'. Little faggot is a millionaire."

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Troglatroll said...

You're an idiot.


Well, at least you've provided a perfect definition of the pot calling the kettle black, Trogladumbass.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous krazy kat said...

"OWS defined those terms."

Actually no, they never did. Can you?

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"23 skidoo"
"groovy"
"sock it to me"
"sit on it"
"radical"
"gag me with a spoon"

They all made their way into the lexicon also.

Victory!

3:27 PM  
Blogger TANSTAAFL said...

"OWS defined those terms. And they made their way into the lexicon."

Reactionary leftist morons. Like you, as a matter of fact.

6:19 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Actually no, they never did. Can you?" kat

You're just playing dumb..."1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent."

That's what it means. Just like you knew it did.

But if you want to keep arguing that you have no fucking idea who the 99 are, or the one percenters...go for it. It'll improve your standing as one of the well informed.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

*GUS UPDATE*

He has elbow dysplasia. Now I know you're all a little sensitive about this sort of thing...but I think my 2 year old lab deserves free health care.

You pay for it. I, as an entitled liberal, deserve it. And you fucking know it.

And also, if you're so inspired, I need an ENVISIO...50+ inches, LCD. You could throw in a fuel-efficient car and make me the happiest troglodyte around. I'd REALLY appreciate it.

So anyway, Gus is a really good dog. If you'd like to donate, please go to gusisareallygooddogandsoistrog.com and give what you can.

Thanks.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Reactionary leftist morons. Like you, as a matter of fact." TANSTAAFL

Turnip seeds left rotting in a desolate field of stones. Like you, as a matter of fact.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous The ULTIMATE Man said...

Troglafuck you worthless fucking fuckwad...stop coming on here higher than a kite and posting worthless bs you stupid fucking jackass.

FOAD Troglafuck you worthless fucking fuckwad.

2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I liked this speech better in the original late 1930's German.

2:19 PM  
Blogger TANSTAAFL said...

"Turnip seeds left rotting in a desolate field of stones."

Sopunds more like one of your favorite reactionary socialist collectivized farms.

You know, the kind that can't produce anything and let's your prolitariat slaves starve to death.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Troglafuck you worthless fucking fuckwad...stop coming on here higher than a kite and posting worthless bs you stupid fucking jackass. FOAD Troglafuck you worthless fucking fuckwad." TUMmy

27 words. Major brain-cheese excruciation. Two crackers worth.

You need to rein it in, my friend.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Kirk Johnson said...

"1 percent of the people earn nearly a quarter of the nation’s income."

There, fixed it for ya!

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Clone of Troglaman said...

I are Troglaman. Me am brilliant.

I are condescending jerk because since I are brilliant then you am idiot.

Me just say whatever me think because it am always brilliant since you am stupid.

I are Troglaman. Me am brilliant.

I are Troglaman. Me am brilliant.

2:12 AM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"1 percent of the people earn nearly a quarter of the nation’s income." kirk

Earn? Puzzle me this, kirk...does paying a lesser tax rate than YOU do (as does the 1 percent) fit into your concept of 'earning'?

That's a yes or no question. Start there if you must.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous The JUDGE said...

Troglatwit whined...

"Earn? Puzzle me this, kirk...does paying a lesser tax rate than YOU do (as does the 1 percent) fit into your concept of 'earning'?"


Taxes don't fit into anyone's concept of earning, Troglatwit you worthless son of a worthless fucking bastard. The only people who think that are losers like you trying to wipe out the country.

Drop dead, Troglatwit, you worthless son of a worthless fucking bastard.

1:53 AM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Taxes don't fit into anyone's concept of earning," your honor

Really? Then why do you insist on lowering them?

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Kirk Johnson said...

<< Earn? Puzzle me this, kirk...does paying a lesser tax rate than YOU do (as does the 1 percent) fit into your concept of 'earning'? >>

They don't. (And, as The JUDGE pointed out, your question still wouldn't make any sense even if they were paying a lesser rate.)

4:09 AM  
Anonymous The JUDGE said...

Troglatwit whined...

"Taxes don't fit into anyone's concept of earning," your honor

Really? Then why do you insist on lowering them?"


Because unlike someone like you, Troglatwit, most people are not the worthless fucking son of a worthless fucking bastard and don't like having our earnings confiscated to give to humanoids like you who have the sole purpose it seems of spitting in the face and trashing the people and system that lets you be a hateful worthless parasite.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"They don't. (And, as The JUDGE pointed out, your question still wouldn't make any sense even if they were paying a lesser rate.)" kirk

OK so here's what kirk and the idiot judge are telling you - don't consider taxes when it comes to figuring your earnings. Ignore them. They have nothing to do with how much ends up in your pocket.

No wonder so many of you red-staters are sucking the welfare teat.

"...even if they are getting a lesser rate", kirk? If? Here's a list of 30 Fortune 500 companies that paid NO TAXES last year.

Pepco Holdings
General Electric
PG&E Corp.
Wisconsin Energy
NiSource
Paccar
Integrys Energy Group
CenterPoint Energy
Atmos Energy
Tenet Healthcare
American Electric Power
Boeing
Ryder System
Con-way
Verizon Communications
Duke Energy
Interpublic Group
NextEra Energy
CMS Energy
Navistar International
Consolidated Edison
Mattel
El Paso
Baxter International
Apache
Corning
DTE Energy
Honeywell International
Wells Fargo
DuPont

You jackasses are fine with this. I get that. You want more of it.

Anybody invent a rapture machine yet? Come on...it can't be THAT hard.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Kirk Johnson said...

<< "...even if they are getting a lesser rate", kirk? If? Here's a list of 30 Fortune 500 companies that paid NO TAXES last year. >>

No corporation in the world pays taxes, fapwit. They collect them.

If this concept eludes you, it's probably because you skipped Econ 101 so you could freebase Clorox™ in the laundry room.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"No corporation in the world pays taxes, fapwit. They collect them." kirk

There you go. He's right.

And you fuckers are OK with this. Right?

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Kirk Johnson said...

"And you fuckers are OK with this. Right?"

Okay with what? Two plus two equaling four?!?

Corporations don't pay taxes, they collect them from their customers. Raise the corporate tax rate, and watch prices go up to cover the expense.

You don't have to be "okay" with it any more than you have to be "okay" with the law of gravity. Reality doesn't give a damn what you think about it.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Jerome Goolsby said...

Watching the blog quake as Troglaman power-slams his head up his ass like a piston at Mach 1.5 while howling and foaming at the mouth like a good little barking MOONBAT.....

Why do you keep trying to speak on economics, Guttersnipe when it's so painfully obvious you don't have a CLUE about how our economic system works? Or is it just one more instance of you having to prove you're stupidest flaming jackass in any room you walk in to?

As Kirk Johnson said, reality doesn't give a damn what you think about it. You can keep up your copious intake of both illicit drugs and Everclear all you want but you can't override reality with your fantasy life. Eventually it will crush your non-existent universe and leave you whining for your mommy.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Trog,
You keep forgetting, OWS does not represent the 99%, no matter how much they claim they do.
They represent the insane, lunatic fringe of the ultra far left that believe those who work hard and are financially successful should be forcedto give all their money to the government in taxes so welfare parasites and illegal immigrants can have free smart phones and plasma TVs. The OWS freaks in fact only speak for 0.0000000001% of Americans.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Trog,
You keep forgetting, OWS does not represent the 99%, no matter how much they claim they do.
They represent the insane, lunatic fringe of the ultra far left that believe those who work hard and are financially successful should be forcedto give all their money to the government in taxes so welfare parasites and illegal immigrants can have free smart phones and plasma TVs. The OWS freaks in fact only speak for 0.0000000001% of Americans.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"Corporations don't pay taxes, they collect them from their customers. Raise the corporate tax rate, and watch prices go up to cover the expense." kirk

Then how do you explain the fact that they're paying NO taxes and yet charging more and more and more? Prices have been going up while taxes have been going down. And now you have a companies like G.E. and PG&E paying NO taxes what-so-ever and still raising their prices? Do you dispute this? I'd like to see you try.

There is nothing in the way of proof you can offer that reducing the tax rate TO NOTHING makes prices go down. Why? Because, right before your eyes, companies paying no taxes are raising their prices. Record profits, in fact.

Once again, you're full of shit. What's next? Maybe we should pay ALL their taxes for them and...wait a minute...if they're not paying any taxes now, then who...?

This is why my inner homo loves you fuckers. You bend over...and you swallow it by the bucket loads.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous troglaman said...

"OWS does not represent the 99%" adam

How did you hear about the 99%?

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Jerome Goolsby said...

Inspired by pure hate and his own unlimited stupidity and powered by unfathomable quantities of EVERCLEAR, TROGLAMAN - The Sick Perverted Clone of William Rivers Pitt, power-slammed his head repeatedly up his ass at Mach 1.75 and emitted piles of worthless mental excrement...

Still have to prove you're stupidest flaming jackass in any room you walk in to eh, Guttersnipe? Ah well....

"Then how do you explain the fact that they're paying NO taxes and yet charging more and more and more? Prices have been going up while taxes have been going down. And now you have a companies like G.E. and PG&E paying NO taxes what-so-ever and still raising their prices?" - Troglaman The Guttersnipe, power-slamming his head up his ass like a piston at Mach 1.75

Their costs keep rising, Guttersnipe, you stupid flaming jackass. Their taxes haven't gone down a dime in the last four years, Guttersnipe, you stupid flaming jackass. And those companies paying no taxes are following the laws set up by people you've been supporting, Guttersnipe, you stupid flaming jackass.

"There is nothing in the way of proof you can offer that reducing the tax rate TO NOTHING makes prices go down." - Troglaman The Guttersnipe, desperately trying to elude reality by power-slamming his head up his ass like a piston at Mach 1.75

Not to you at any rate, Guttersnipe. But to the real world you despise and try desperately to ignore, that would work, but won't ever happen.

You can stop being a howling mad foaming at the mouth flaming jackass, Guttersnipe. Your reputation for automatically being stupidest flaming jackass in any room you walk in to is very secure.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How did you hear about the 99%?

1:18 AM"

Their PR firm, i.e. the media and the Democrats wouldn't shut up about the adorable little cop car poopers.

8:49 AM  

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