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November 27, 2011

The Love-Hate relationship of the Occupiers

It has been a few months now since the OWS crowd has descended upon our cities. At first, my preconceptions of them were "dirty, stinky hippies" since I could not fathom anyone with a job being able to hang out in parks all day and all night. Boy was I wrong.

After caring enough to dig a little deeper into the movement I found that most of them in fact do have jobs. Granted there are only a few polls but perhaps there is more to these people than meets the eye. The Week reports high numbers of job holding, educated and high earning people who went online to complete the survey. The first quesiton that came to mind while reading the survey result is if the 1639 participants an indicative sample of the OWS crowd. Most news agencies do not portray the 13% making over $75k a year or even the 1% that report making >$300k.

Why don't the media cover the people that make up this minority? Only 1/3 have no job or are making minimum wage, but we only see or hear of the yet smaller minority who are portrayed as loons. The gentleman who handed Obama a note during a speech in New Hampshire seemed like an intelligent person and whose note was well written. If more of these ambassadors came to the camera then perhaps the movement would gain more traction.

Instead, we have people like this Huffington Post commentor who admonished the American citizen to avoid boycotting Wal-Mart  until  after the Black Friday rush because these are hard times and people need to buy cheap presents. Instead, he claims we should boyvott Starbucks because they should be paying their employees more and he shouldn't have to pay so much for a cup of coffee. I could not let this one go- here is my reply:

“Class warfare- the entitlemen­t mentality of "You have more than me, and I want what you have." It is wrong.

While the 1% of this country have the money, it is the top .1% that maintains their wealth through fraud. The Federal Reserve and the big banks are part of the same cancerous symbiotic relationsh­ip which people should be fighting against.

Starbucks and similar companies are exercising the oldest staple of capitalism - supply and demand. If someone, who has the money from working a good job, can afford to pay $4.25 for a grande vanilla mocha while someone on minimum wage cannot fit that indulgence into their budget, why should the business owner be forced to lower their prices?

Let's apply your premise to an extreme siuation to see if it passes: Would you boycott a Mercedes dealership so that the person making $25k a year could afford a brand new SLS AMG?

If you want to read a fact concerning taxes, the top 1% of this country earned 18.3% of the total income of the United States but paid 28.3% of all taxes. But that is not good enough for people like you who are stuck in the trenches of class warfare.

To wrap this up, I do not believe raising taxes even more on the rich will solve our economic woes, to which someone of your mind set will say something dopey like, "Well, it will be a good start." Good luck.” 
The whole thread is a very telling revelation of the poisonous, entitlement mentality that the majority of this nation has.

I still wonder why the media outlets have not sought out a reputable mouth piece for the Occupiers to find out exactly what they want. Jon Stewart can't even find material to support them. There was a failed attempt by media and officials to do so in Toronto. The talks failed mainly because the social architecture of the Occupiers is unsustainable. How can things get done effectively and efficiently if no one is in charge? Short answer: they can't. This is a repeatable outcome for most of the OWS sites. Officials cannot get anything accomplished and inevitabley the Occupiers wear out their welcome. The City of LA has actually been the most tolerant towards them, but that is coming to a halt tonight at midnight.

Leave it to foreign reporting to actually get to the bottom of a major story in the US. A UK ournalist wrote an impressive and though provoking piece about the movement and why it has gained so much resistance from elected leaders. Naomi Wolf writes,
The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class's venality.
Very bluntly, she states the heavy handed resistance is wielded by the elected officials in Washington who are protecting their own profit streams. Throw George Soros in the mix and it lends a lot of credibility, especially since Soros, an extremely radical billionaire liberal, has many tracks leading to his involvement in the OWS. Interstingly, but not surprisingly, mostly bloggers seem to be reporting this- not the MSM.

I would invite you to research this Occupy Wall Street crowd and not rely on conventional media reporting to give you the full truth. Hell, I would recommend this for anything.

November 1, 2011

The most expensive sandwiches ever

I can't even remember the last time I had the opportunity to post something ragging on the State of Hawaii. I don't keep up with the nonsense as much anymore and usually just laugh at the ridiculousness of the island mentality in some cases. But this recent story rekindled my belief that although people are stupid where ever you go, the people who live in Hawaii are a special kind of stupid.

Last week an Air Force couple was arrested for shoplifting and their 2 year old daughter placed in Child Services for about 18 hours. the condensed version of the story goes like this:

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The couple allegedly got lost looking for a grocery store and when they finally found a Safeway they stopped in the deli for a few sandwiches. Some stories report the couple getting lost and others do not. The wife is pregnant and needed food. Instead of paying for their food, they opened the sandwich wrappers and started munching away, allegedly intending to pay for the sandwiches at the check-out area with the rest of their groceries. They bought $50 worth of groceries but didn't pay for the sandwiches.

Safeway security called the cops, stopped the couple and the Hawaii Police Department arrested the couple, placed the 2 year old in child services and then released the couple on $50 bail. Damn, those were some expensive sandwiches. There are so many levels to this story that it is hard to pick an area to dissect.

These two parents are idiots for two reasons. 
  1. Who gets lost any more? Most phones have GPS or an internet function to check Google maps.
  2. I don't buy the statement that they "forgot" to put the wrappers through the scanner.
That being said, what kind of an idiot calls the cops over a $5 sandwich? It isn't like the couple were a couple of thugs from Salt Lake. It sounds like the store manager was an HPD police academy flunky. Good pinch, jackass. You really used some sound judgement by calling the cops after following the couple through the store and then checking their reciept for the missing sandwiches. Watching all those episodes of Hawaii 5-0 finally paid off.

To add insult to injury, the ass hat store manager banned the couple from shopping at the store for a year.

Lesson learned: Pay for your food. McDonald's doesn't let me eat my burger while I stroll to the bathroom and then come back to pay.