Day of Poseurs

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The US Day of Rage protest on Wall Street has been largely nonviolent so far, so organizers now appear to be trying to use political theatrics to recruit more activists to their anti-capitalist cause.

They are falsely accusing the New York City Police Department of using violent tactics against them.

The mass demonstration that began September 17 is still in progress. It comes months after ACORN founder Wade Rathke proclaimed an “anti-banking jihad” and SEIU schemer Stephen Lerner vowed to “bring down the stock market” through a campaign of disruption.

According to reports, about 5,000 people showed up initially, well under the 20,000 organizers had expected. Although organizers must be disappointed by the low turnout, they appear to be trying to salvage the event by baiting and taunting police. These radicals know that videos showing angry demonstrators confronting law enforcement are helpful in recruiting new activists.

After being relatively well behaved in the beginning, in recent days activists have been practically begging the NYPD to arrest them. A few activists have received a face full of pepper spray after disobeying directions from the police.

On Saturday about 80 activists managed to get themselves arrested. They claimed that police used brutal tactics against them and posted video footage on YouTube as proof, but the videos don’t seem to show much in the way of excessive force. There is footage of police grabbing hold of activists forcefully and in some cases throwing those resisting arrest to the ground, but it’s relatively tame stuff.

While all this supposed police brutality was going on, the police themselves were filming the activities, presumably so they can testify against themselves in court.

On cue, professional anti-American radical Noam Chomsky expressed solidarity with the protesters, denouncing the “gangsterism of Wall Street [and] financial institutions generally.” The one percent of the population with “immense wealth” act “with almost complete impunity – not only too big to fail, but also ‘too big to jail.’”

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  • mlcblog

    I could tell a mile (actually 3000 miles) away that these malcontents were attempting to trump something up, especially when I received various notifications from my leftie friends and family. I hope they are failing. Looking forward to reading the article when I am not creating my "wealth."

    Oh, goodness! that get the cops to arrest us tactic was old in the 1960's and so much feigning police brutality. The same ole same ole. I hope they massively fail.

  • UCSPanther

    Nothing like creating trouble for the sole purpose of justifying one's existence. Pretty pathetic.

    That thought pretty much sums up the foolishness of those "days of rage" rioters. The original one in the '70s (incited by the Weather Underground) was considered a failiure by its organizers for drawing smaller than hoped for crowds. This new "days of rage" is no exception.

    Reports I have read on zombietime indicate that they are just crowds of disruptive, disrespectful troublemakers who are struggling against the increasing irrelevance of their movements.

  • FreeUlysses

    This billionaire wasn't very happy with the Day of Rage protestors neither. They didn't go far enough, so he unloaded on them:

    • mrbean

      Soros should assume room temperature ASAP.

  • davarino

    Next their going to start shooting themselves with paint balls? Next we'll probably see Shane, Josh, and Sarah fresh from Iran joining them. These people need to find something useful to do, rather than drum up something to justify their pathetic existance

  • StephenD

    What bothered me about this entire fiasco was when I happened upon the AOL front page news tickler from Huffington Post. They offered a number of small video clips touting the "Police Brutality" being used on the peaceful demonstrators. I recall one suggesting an arrest was made "just for speaking to a cop." Yeah, I'm sold. I bet if you talk long enough you'll find the link that must exist between these nasty police and the Zionists that run America. The protesters are just teddy bear huggers that care for the elderly. The cops (or any authority) are the Gestapo.
    When will these folks get a clue? We are on to them, the organizers, and these attempts at anarchy with these “useful idiots” don’t impress us at all.

  • tullamore

    Sarah Medea Benjamin's (Code Pink head) address here in San Francisco is 1519 Sanchez st, between 28th & Valley st. Her husband is Kevin J. Danaher, head of Global Exchange. Her son is Adrian Benjamingomez, leftover from her years in Cuba. Her wooden house,built 1885, is pink (get it?)

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  • Cuban Refugee

    I like your term, "Marxist mobocracy," because this is what this charade all boils down to … useful idiots, some of whom have no clue about why they are demonstrating, being manipulated by the government media and the dark puppetmasters in power behind the thrones all over the world. As was shown by the contagious virus in the Middle East, these little tantrums turn into full-blown revolutions. Isn't that what Obama was hoping for when he asked the CBC to take off their bedroom slippers and put on their marching shoes? Bottom up, top down, inside out … regime clamps down on the populace. Let's hope the efficient NY City Police Department folds the tents, and takes them all out with their capability to blast a plane to smithereens.

  • mrbean

    There are always individuals who are allergic to life in the mainstream of the society in which they live. The goals and incentives offered by that society are insufficient inducement for them to work. Their need for leisure is greater than their fear of unemployment, starvation or homelessness. Publicans and sinners, the hoi polloi, bohemians, beatniks, hippies, lumpen proletariat, "hooligani," "gusanos," "marielitos," street people, the homeless panhandlers found in every American city are names which have been used to characterize this component of society at various times. They have no accountability and expect others to support the,.

    • Cuban Refugee

      MrBean: You can take "gusanos" and "marielitos" off your list. Gusanos was the derisive name, meaning "worms," that was given by Castro to Cubans fleeing his repressive regime in the early sixties with the meager possessions they were allowed to take in cloth bags that were shaped like worms. Statistics show that Cubans have the highest standard of living, and rose up the economic ladder more quickly than any other immigrant group in the U.S. Cuban family values and work ethic are shared by both gusanos and the marielitos from the Mariel Boatlift who came later and, with very few exceptions, also established themselves without expecting American taxpayers to support them. I am honored and proud to be an American citizen gusano with a rich history, and the perspective and insight that come from experience.

      • tagalog

        Cuban refugees, deportees, and evictees are a major asset to the United States. They involved themselves in productive labor right from their first arrivals, they adopted English as their language despite living in neighborhoods that were often exclusively Cuban, and they are often quite conservative politically, having experienced communism under Castro.

        Cuban-Americans have good reason to distrust the United States because of the lip service paid to the reconquista of Cuba by the Kennedy Administration and the ensuing slaughter because of JFK's lies, but they almost to a man DO trust the United States.

        • Chezwick_mac

          And unlike most Hispanics, Cuban-Americans historically vote Republican.

  • maturin20

    Soros is right. They haven't gone far enough.

  • tagalog

    To me, the saddest thing about all this phony indignation and hoopla over Wall Street and the Big Corporations and their evil ways is that it will be regurgitated by these demonstrators to their public school pupils for the next 30 years as proof of the despicable ways of the capitalists. The fact that nothing despicable happened other than the duplicitous, provocative, behavior of the demonstrators will be forgotten, and, since the demonstrators will go into public employment (many as teachers), their lying version of the story will become The Official Version. Too bad.

  • tanstaafl

    "I'm so bored with the MSM!"

  • Flipside

    This article presumes that Matt Vadum is not himself a poseur, but he is a poseur for Big Tobacco, Exxon, and Squibb. He is also lying about the degree of police brutality. Lying. Deliberately.

    • UCSPanther

      IF you join a riot and attack other peoples' property, you deserve what you have coming, whether it is getting maced, clobbered or shot…

      And you have no right to whine and moan about it when all is said and done…

      • Flipside

        Right. So when the Gross Domestic Product and two years of national income tax and three dollars per gallon of gas, and a functioning economy, and the Gulf of Mexico, and Constitutional government, and the right to work until you can afford things WERE ALL STOLEN by large companies, the executive branch and the G20, why have we not maced, clobbered and shot the chairman of the Federal Reserve, the Council on Foreign Relations, the head of AIG, of Kroll Group, the Attorney General, and Political Action Committees. By your argument, Obama, Bush, Clinton, as well as Perle, Feith, Wolfowitz, and Greenspan should all be sprayed in the face with chemical weapons and hit with baseball bats.

        • Ichneumon

          I encourage you and your fellow leftists to keep posting, so as to make clear just how bats*** nuts and divorced from reality you all are.

          • Flipside

            I didn’t say anything leftist.

          • UCSPanther

            Looks like someone is delusional here…

      • guest

        Speaking of attacking other people's property, that would be a good description of what bankers and financiers have been doing to our savings for the past 20 years. But i guess that's ok with you since they're not "rioting". Bend over much? Conservatives will go to almost any length to defend big crooks, and cheer for brutality against small "crooks". You guys love your big daddy's don't you?

    • nightspore

      What does "poseur for Big Tobacco, Exxon, and Squibb" mean exactly? Does this mean he appears in ads with tight dresses?

      Do you really think the police are going to treat these clowns brutally? They know perfectly well that claiming brutality is in their game-plan.

      You really should think these things through a little more before you post this tripe.

      • UCSPanther

        That's what those G8 rioters were doing about a year ago in Toronto…

    • Matthew Vadum

      I don't even know what Squibb is.

      I must have been a huge poseur for Exxon Mobil when I criticized that company during an appearance on CBS Evening News:

      Trolls should check their facts before posting.

  • Flipside

    You don’t know what Bristol Myers-Squibb is? I suppose you don’t know what the Capital Research Center is either.

    • Flipside

      My point here is that sure, you expose how money comes from George Soros and Barbra Streisand, but not from Coors, Monsanto, and Phillip Morris. You “expose” how Code Pink subverts America, but not how the Hudson Group subverts America. You expose the antics of Cindy Sheehan, but you bask in the antics of Bill O’Reilly.

    • Matthew Vadum

      Dear Flipside the troll: I’ve never heard of Bristol Myers Squibb being referred to merely as ‘Squibb.’ Re your subsequent comment, I study the Left not the Right. CRC was created to expose and defund the Left. Thank God CRC exists.

  • "gunner"

    i'm enjoying the look on the face of that young punk in the take down, "stupid should hurt" and he's getting a taste first hand. of course noam chumpsky "supports" the demonstrators, he's sitting the dance out, safe in cambridge mass. same old same old, old men send young men out to get their heads cracked for the old men's causes while they stay far out of harm's way.

  • Marty

    The Tea Party respects the military and the police. The violence from these marxists will hurt them in the long run. The next 14 months are going to be rough.

  • Ellman

    This is the kind of stuff Communist revolutionaries and party members used to do at the German and other European docks in the 1920's and 1930's. It was all controlled by Stalin's Comintern. The German radicals were the most violent and actually could have seized power had Hitler not come along to calm them down. Which is worse? Communism or Nazism? Pick your poison. Both get the same result – your annihilation!

  • guest

    It's kind of weird how conservatives seem to get off on watching young kids get abused by the police. Eww.

  • mlcblog

    Yeah. It kinda nice. We don't have to smell the stinking rat because we see the body going down and can get away before the stench arises.

    They are still trying to trumpet this fiasco on Wall Street.

    Their whole thing now reminds me of the notion that man can cause climate change in that these leftie pipsqueaks believe they can bring down the entire free market system. Preposterous!! they are drunk with their own delusions.