Stories to Watch: 10/13/11
Sorry for the late headlines, but for some reason a windows update was sucking up all my CPU power. Never did that before. I couldn’t get anything to work, so I decided to let the updater run its course while I got something to eat. Seems to be working fine. Now here’s the [somewhat abbreviated] news…
A Reuters story trying to tie the 99-percenters to George Soros is so weak that even a Reuters blogger can’t get behind it.
A Wall Street CEO writes a very strange op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that seems to blame President Obama for ungrateful panhandlers.
Remember how Michael Bloomberg said the Wall Street protesters could stay as long as they wanted? Yeah, that was bullshit. He’s trying to run them out again.
Americans support Occupy Wall Street and oppose the Tea Party. This is a fact the ‘baggers don’t seem to like much.
Can we all stop pretending that Paul Ryan is some sort of economic genius now?
Finally, Ron Paul’s got the mange or something.
Stories to Watch: 10/10/11
I’ve pointed it out before, but I think the new movie Real Steel was originally pitched as Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots: The Movie. Prove me wrong. Either way, you couldn’t pay me to see it. Now here’s the news…
Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News rips Eric Cantor up, down, and sideways for hypocritically calling the 99-percenters a “mob.” Cantor is a “a dull young congressman clearly aspiring to be an even duller presidential candidate someday,” in Lupica’s view. He sounds “like one of the pompous patriots of Cable America and talk radio who have made Occupy Wall Street an attack on capitalism. And if it’s an attack on capitalism, that means it must be an attack on them. Rich and white. Generally, their rallying cry goes something like this: I’ve got mine.” There’s more fire than substance here, but it’s still nice to see.
And, of course, the Wall Street Ministry of Propaganda makes a big deal about what the Iranian Ministry of Propaganda says about the Wall Street protests. Heads up to Fox News: the stuff Iran’s government says is usually bullshit and smart people don’t pay it no never mind no how.
Michael Bloomberg says that the protesters can stay at Zuccotti Park for as long as they want. That’ll probably be a nice change from pepper spray and cracking heads.
Rick Perry’s already being written off.
Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbinky plans to run for congress, apparently unaware that his 15 minutes of fame ran out a long, long time ago.
The statistical and demographic information you can glean from the We Are the 99% Tumblr blog is really kind of fascinating.
Finally, you kind of wish they’d make up their damned minds. First the Wisconsin GOP puts up metal detectors in the state Capitol, now they want to allow concealed carry there.
News Roundup for 10/7/11
-Headline of the Day-
“Michael Bloomberg tells Occupy Wall Street protesters to lay off banks.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just about had it up to here with these darned protesters on Wall Street. Mike wonders why they gotta pick on the banks, instead of protesting the government — like decent ‘baggers do. Unfortunately, his reasoning is just one big ol’ sack-o-stupid.
“Everyone’s got a thing they want to protest, some of which is not realistic,” Bloomberg said during his weekly radio show Let’s Rap With Da Mair. “And if you focus for example on driving the banks out of New York City, you know those are our jobs… You can’t have it both ways: If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people.”
Because that’s what the protesters want, don’t let the total lack of any “BANKS GET THE HELL OUT OF NYC!” signs or anyone saying anything like that fool you. The whole thing is about driving those danged banks to New Jersey.
Mike also had some words for labor unions that have thrown their support behind the protests, telling them “their salaries come from — are paid by — some of the people they’re trying to vilify.” He’d have a point, except labor unions pretty much exist to hold employers accountable. Try using that argument on a picket line sometime Mayor, then enjoy all the open-mouthed “WTF, are you stupid?” stares you get.
“We’re just supposed to sit there and be silent while people get hurt?” asks Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. “Is that what the mayor’s rationale is?”
Apparently so. Now go home, put on a three-cornered hat and pantaloons, and protest Obama — like a normal person.
Did I mention that Micheal Bloomberg is a gazillion-dollar Wall Street type? I probably should have. (Politico)
-I think you’ve run out-
The Republican Party is taking the news that Chris Christie and Sarah Palin won’t run pretty hard.
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I think you guys are stuck with the nuts you’ve already got. (Go Comics)
“Nearly Half of Americans Cannot Name A Single GOP Presidential Candidate.”
Kind of explains the previous item, doesn’t it? (Wonkette)