Apparently, for some, the collusion between high powered PR firm SKDKnickerbocker and the Obama White House still hasn’t been illustrated clearly enough. Cause, y’know, Hilary Rosen’s 35 trips to the White House, or Fluke’s connection, prove nothing, apparently.
Well. Okay then.
Funnily enough, TWO of SKDKnickerbocker’s higher-ups have been members of Obama’s federal government. The first is journalist sell-out Jill Zuckman, who took a communications director role with the Department of Transportation (DOT) under Ray LaHood back in 2009. The second is Rachel Racusen, who was the mouthpiece of FEMA under Obama for the last couple of years.
Now color me silly if it makes sense that having two people high up in your executive structure who used to work for the current administration means something, but I might just be old-fashioned. Who knows?
Zuckman is an interesting case, in that it appears she was actually a journalist who believed in trying to be objective for much of her career. From covering Capitol Hill to being ride-along reporter for John McCain’s campaign in 2008, and all points in-between, Zuckman seemed to have forged a reputation for herself of being that rarest of creatures in the media anymore: a non-biased reporter.
In this 2009 post from Politico, Zuckman talks about her decision to take a job with Obama’s DOT, and acknowledged how the move would make people perceive her:
That’s included some friends saying that they now know where she stands politically. But Zuckman, a registered independent, said that when beginning a job search last month, she “did not set out to go in the administration.” With critics throwing around the “in-the-tank” label, Zuckman noted that when she covered McCain in 2008, “lots of people were convinced I was a Republican.” And it’s harder to make the claim about Zuckman when even the McCain press team talked up her fairness, while granting her Palin’s first newspaper interview.
Unfortunately for Zuckman, it doesn’t appear that her rationalization worked for most, with even crazy leftist blogger Wonkette questioning her motives. And this blog post gives a rare insight into Zuckman’s time at the DOT, showing the former reporter to be full of snark when dealing with her former colleagues:
Now this gets interesting. Halsey actually included the email from Jill Zuckman, the Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Transportation, who wrote to Halsey: So, we put out actual news yesterday, and you decide to a) not show up, b) not call, and c) focus on the non-news. Very odd.
Curious way for a Director of Public Affairs to communicate, but again, maybe I’m just old-fashioned.
While she was able to play up the objective idea for awhile, it appears, by Zuckman’s own words herself, that she’s all-in for Obama now. With Zuckman active on Twitter, a few fun ones popped out in The Graph’s research. See for yourself :
Tis funny, that the once self-described “independent” now seems all-in for Obama. Perhaps most telling is the tweet you see featured to the left about going on Mr. “Tingles Up My Leg for Obama” Chris Matthews’ show to talk about “birth control and the highway bill.” Because, curiously enough, Zuckman’s colleague, Emily Lenzner, has close ties to George Stephanopoulos, who most now believe was responsible for firing the first shot in the Left’s manufactured “War On Women” meme. Must be some kind of strange alignment of circumstances that made that happen!
Now, on to Zuckman’s colleague, the aforementioned Racusen.
Listed as a Vice-President on SKDKnickerbocker’s website, Racusen is a capitol hill insider. Working on the Hill since ’06, Racusen topped off her time by being the Director of Public Affairs for FEMA under Obama, and had to deal with Hurricane Irene, the Texas wildfires and a bevy of other incidents.
While most of search results come back from her time at FEMA, a few interesting bio’s of her pop up as well. In this bio, it makes note of the fact that she “developed and executed the press and communication strategies for key pieces of legislation…including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act…(and) the historic health reform law signed by President Obama in early 2010. ”
This bio notes much of the same information as the one above, with one fun little addition:
“She has also done press work on several campaigns, including the Obama presidential campaign, as well as Senate and House races.”
Curiouser and curiouser. The Seal Team Six of Democrat/Lefty messaging has a vice-president that helped develop the messaging for ObamaCare and other silly pieces of legislation, PLUS did work for the Obama campaign before the President was elected?
Nothing to see here folks. These aren’t the Professional Leftists you were looking for who are completely in the tank for the current administration. *waves hand*
Alright. Time for a quick recap. So far, we know one of SKDKnickerbocker’s executive directors, Karen Olick, headed up a fun and shady 501c4 called Americans United for Change, and has been friends with MoveOn.org for quite some time now and other various Leftist causes. Emily Lenzner, as mentioned already, has close connections to George Stephanopoulos and other parts of the Clinton White House machinery still existant today. And now, we have Zuckman and Racusen, who have both worked under the Obama administration.
And we haven’t even gotten to the two managing directors of SKDKnickerbocker who once claimed how proud they were to put an Obama-connected disgraced governor into office!
As Sun-Tzu once said, “Know thy enemy.”
This is WAR!
The Graph took it in our silly heads to really take a look at the people behind the high-powered PR firm, SKDKnickerbocker. In Part One of our exposé, we explored the connections of SKDKnickerbocker’s Karen Olick, a prominent media strategist and propagandist for all things Democrat Party related. This time out, we’ll turn our eyes to SKDKnickerbocker’s PR Princess, Emily Lenzner.
It’s hard to know where to start with Lenzner, because, for all intents and purposes, she’s been everywhere and done everything one can do in the PR world. According to her bio at SKDKnickerbocker, Lenzner has “served as the Executive Director of Communications for ABC News in Washington, where she was responsible for all public and media relations for This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, and ABC’s Washington Bureau. As the PR representative for the two news programs, Emily served as the primary publicist for ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, (and) Christiane Amanpour.”
Ho ho ho. Stephanopoulous even? You mean that same George Stehpanopoulous who posed this unusual question about contraception at one of the GOP debates in the fall, which is now being considered the first salvo from the Left in their manufactured “War On Women” meme? And, as has already been pointed out, SKDKnickerbocker represents Sandra Fluke, the professional activist who’s testimony ratcheted up that same, fake, manufactured meme. And don’t forget Lenzner’s colleague, Hilary Rosen, who added her own little contribution to the “War On Women” garbage when she derided Ann Romney as having never worked a day in her life.
Lenzner’s connection to Stephanopoulous shouldn’t be surprising, because again, even on her bio page at SKDKnickerbocker, it’s a proud badge of honor for the firm’s PR princess:
Emily’s first experience in politics was in the White House as a staff assistant to George Stephanopoulos, when he was senior advisor to President Bill Clinton (1993-1994).
In her time at ABC, Lenzner had her fair share of fires to put out. Chief among them was outrage over Nightline dedicating a whole broadcast to reading the names of dead soldiers killed in action in Iraq. Here’s the Poynter Institute’s breakdown of that decision, with a nice, dispassionate statement regarding that broadcast from Lenzner herself. A bit more of that spat can be read about here, as well.
We see Lenzner projecting that air of elitist superiority so common to the Professional Left in this blog post. The post describes the envy (surprise surprise!) that many news organizations felt over ABC’s garnering of so many White House officials to sit at their table for the annual Correspondent’s Dinner in 2009. Elitist Lenzner comes through in full glory with this quote :
“‘That rumor needs to be ‘shot through the heart,’ but the only guest George (Stephanopoulos) booked for this White House Correspondents Dinner was Jon Bon Jovi, and to quote the singer, we weren’t exactly ‘livin’ on a prayer’ booking guests. We started earlier, worked harder, and these are the results,” said ABC News spokeswoman Emily Lenzner.”
See what she did there? Cute, ain’t it.
Lenzner took a brief break from ABC to manage media relations for NPR, as mentioned above. And, accordingly, her name is attached to some awesomely Leftist and kooky stories NPR ran. This post discusses the terrible price of solitary confinement on poor prisoners! Cause, you know, they wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for this unjust and unfair system. Lenzner also acted as PR contact for an event in 2003 in New York City, aimed at repealing “unfair” drug laws in that state. Among the luminaries for that 2003 event were activist multi-millionaire Russell Simmons and Sean “P-Diddy” (at that time) Combs.
So, an advocacy for Lefist causes seems to be an M.O. of Lenzner, and that assertion is confirmed even more when one comes across this document from MoveOn.org. This time out, Lenzner was representing ManBearPig theorist Al Gore, and his staunch anti-war stance following the U.S. taking action in Iraq. The release also notes the country’s favorite ManBearPig advocate will “address economic and environmental challenges facing the country”.
Lenzner’s Leftist activist credentials don’t stop there. At this site, she’s listed as a “Fellow” of the Impact Center’s “Woman’s Leadership Program”. The Impact Center, oddly enough, or maybe not, has it’s own “Manifesto“. Just… click the link. Trust me, it’s good for a laugh.
We get a rare glimpse of Lenzner not necessarily in PR mode with this 2009 article about how PR professionals approach the media. Lenzner shares some tips on how to correctly feed information to the media.
“Lenzner says that working the media is sometimes a daunting task because you have to deal with so many individual personalities. She doesn’t like to cold call or pitch stories. ‘I like to keep people informed about what my client is doing and hope that one day they’ll come calling me looking for news,’ she said.”
She continues with the nuggets of PR goodness:
“Lenzner said she researches journalists and caters pitches to their needs. She says that when she was in the media she felt she was too nice to public relations departments and that gave them an open door to send blanket pitches. ‘It takes more time and energy, but it’s worth it in the end to really target the press that you’re trying to reach,’ she said.”
Shorter her: Manipulate the media!
And with an attitude like that regarding the media, it’s easy to see why the White House turns to SKDKnickerbocker. As has been illustrated elsewhere, the aforementioned Rosen has visited the White House 35 times since Obama took office. There’s Dunn, Fluke and so on.
Lenzner has also been associated with the Obama administration since she became a part of SKDKnickerbocker. Here, in this 2011 schedule for White House dignitaries, Lenzner appears as the contact for an event with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Clinton spoke at an awards ceremony for Vital Voices, an activist NGO aimed at “identify(ing), invest(ing) in and bring(ing) visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.”
Another fun fact, and yes, Peter Cherukuri, we made this connection, don’t worry, is the fact of who Lenzner’s father is. Here, in this NYT write-up of Lenzner’s wedding, it briefly mentions Lenzner’s dad, Terry Falk Lenzner. (The aforementioned Cherukuri is her husband).
Do a search on the elder Lenzner and ALL sorts of fun results pop up, but foremost among them is a website for the Investigative Group International. And as you can see by clicking on that link, the elder Lenzner was also closely associated with the Clinton White House, where he was the “assistant chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee.”
And, just for shits and giggles, here’s a 1998 post regarding the elder Lenzner’s alleged CIA connections. Looks like Emily really IS a chip off the old block at manipulating information and people, just like dear old Dad.
There can be no doubt about it, folks. The group that’s assembled at SDKKnickerbocker are, for all intents and purposes, the Seal Team Six of the Left and Far Left’s messaging machinery. And so far, we’ve only given a glimpse of two of them. I wonder what’s in store next?
(Editor’s note: this is the first in a series which we decided to undertake during the post-mortem phase of the Sandra Fluke piece we presented. SKDKnickerbocker is a central figure in the left’s “War On Women” strawman attack on American federalism. The WAR is underway…)
By now, most in the conservative world know, at least superficially, of SKDKnickerbocker, the high-powered PR firm that first gave us Sandra Fluke, and more recently, Hilary Rosen. While Media Matters for America and Daily Kos are the Left’s fascist shock troops, it’s safe to say that the folks at SKDKnickerbocker are the Left’s highly placed and highly influential propagandists.
Think Josef Goebbels, but with a 21st century flair.
Among those listed as an SKDKnickerbocker “managing director” is Karen Olick. Her bio there references a few interesting connections, chief among them her time as the Chief of Staff for California Senator Barbara Boxer, and also her time in charge of an organization called “Americans United for Change”. While it appears Frau Olick’s time with Boxer’s office was relatively unremarkable, a search did turn up this curious document, an apparent debriefing on a waste disposal project meant for California and surrounding states. In that document it’s reported that a meeting regarding this project took place in California, with a lot of high level Hollywood liberal types in attendance.
According to the document, “U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s office helped scrub the invited guest list,”. At that time, Olick was still part of Boxer’s team, and the citation for the above statement reads “June 5, 1998 facsimile message from Karen Olick to Tom Epstein”. For someone used to cleaning up guest lists, it’s funny that Frau Olick didn’t coordinate with someone at the White House recently, in order to make sure that the connection between the Administration and Frau Olick’s colleague at SKDKnickerbocker, Hilary Rosen, was scrubbed from existence.
Can’t get to them all, I suppose, eh Frau Olick?
Frau Olick appears in this 1998 article from the San Francisco Gate, being the ever loyal lapdog to Senator Boxer. The article blasts Boxer for being a typical Leftist, crying “wolf” over something she herself did, in this instance, negative campaigning.
Hell, you can feel the contempt wafting off of Frau Olick’s own words in that article:
“And while Boxer denies that her campaign had anything to do with the smear, her chief of staff Karen Olick told the New Republic in 1994, Herschensohn was running as “a right-winger, a moralist. We were just pointing out the contradictions. And it worked’.”
I’ll take Alinsky Tactics for $1,000 Alec!
The Fascist Left truly makes an appearance in Frau Olick’s career with her involvement in Americans United for Change (AUC). Originally named Americans United to Protect Social Security, and meant to combat President George W. Bush’s proposed Social Security reforms, AUC rebranded itself in 2006, and became an “all-around” 501c4 organization, used to push the policies and agendas of the Left.
In the linked article above, the “new” AUC’s mission became much broader with its rebranding, meant to target “public corruption, education, health and energy costs, economic prosperity and such”. And where does AUC get it’s money? Well, as a 501c4, it’s not required to disclose it’s donors, although the above linked article mentions that one of it’s biggest benefactors following it’s rebranding was… you guessed it. Big Labor.
“The group has received initial support from organized labor, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME),” the article notes.
Just a quick side note, in the article linked above, Olick is quoted as saying AUC is not “liberal or conservative. We’re going to talk about mainstream issues that people care about.”
Beautiful double speak there Frau Olick! Just like when the Nazi’s told the Jews they were going to nice camps where food and shelter would be provided for them. Herr Goebbels would be proud!
Okay, so back to AUC’s funding sources. So far we have AFSCME as one of the financiers of Frau Olick’s AUC. In this 2005 article, even more of the 501c4′s financiers are revealed.
“While the group will not have to disclose any of its donors because of its nonprofit status, the primary funders for Americans United will include MoveOn.org and a host of big unions,” the article notes. “The final pact on Americans United, which has been several months in the making, was sealed Friday evening in the AFSCME headquarters that included (AFSCME legislative director) Chuck Loveless, and representatives of at least three other unions : the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO. The Service Employees International Union is also expected to join the effort, as are a number of smaller unions later on.”
Hot damn! Two of the sneakiest and most powerful labor unions in the country, plus the education unions! Isn’t that special. Oh, and Frau Olick is so chummy with MoveOn.org, that in 2006, she even garnered her own spot in a Thank You roll call here.
That same 2005 article further illustrates Frau Olick’s history of moving among the elite and powerful of fascistic Progressive power brokers within the country.
“Loveless, McCue (Susan McCue, chief of staff for Harry Reid at the time), and others noted that Olick was the perfect fit for the executive director position, having run several of Boxer’s statewide campaigns in California. In addition to knowing how to manage large campaigns, Olick could provide instant access to some of the large donors in California.”
So here we have Olick running AUC, an organization which even has it’s own dedicated page over at DiscoverTheNetworks.org (DTN). DTN notes that AUC specifically advocates “increasing the minimum wage”, “improving access to affordable healthcare for all Americans”, “making college more affordable”, and “creating a responsible energy policy.”
DTN also notes that Frau Olick’s AUC “candidly seeks to amplify the progressive message” and to “contribute to a grass roots groundswell for progressive policies”.
Just to make sure that AUC’s fascist street cred is FULLY established, here’s a November 2011 release from AUC pressuring Major League Baseball to pull it’s software from Glenn Beck’s GBTV.com website. Cause, y’know, nothing says “freedom!” and “liberty!” like pressuring people to drop, and in effect, silence, those that AUC disagrees with. And even though Frau Olick’s involvement with AUC was over by the time of this release and campaign to stop Beck, it’s easy to see what kind of organization, and what kind of lovely thinking, she left as her legacy there.
While pointing out that streams of socialist thought have infiltrated, well, almost every major religion, will get you labeled an anti-religious bigot, apparently, it is important to note Frau Olick’s involvement as a member of the Advocacy Board for Jewish Women’s International (JWI). The executive director for JWI, Loribeth Weinstein, included JWI in what’s known as the HERvotes Coalition. And while it pains us here at The Graph to link to a Daily Kos article, this pretty much sums up what that supposed coalition is supposed to be aimed against. Namely, that damnable “War on Women” the Right has apparently been waging of late.
And gee, didn’t that War on Women really kick off when Lil Miss Fluke showed up, and Frau Olick and Co. were on hand to represent her when the shit really hit the fan? Funny, that.
Frau Olick is just ONE of 11 “managing directors” currently listed by SKDKnickerbocker for their D.C. offices. A little legwork was all it took to uncover Frau Olick’s long associations with the fascist Left. SKDKnickerbocker represents the finest minds in Leftist propaganda, the hardcore veterans who have fought and won many battles in taking our country towards a Utopian socialist nightmare.
Stay tuned as The Graph works to shine some more light on our fascist friends over at SKDKnickerbocker.
Today it was announced that George Zimmerman would be charged with 2nd Degree Murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin. The tweets below are just a sampling of Twitter users reactions to the news, with most not believing it’s enough.
Earlier this morning, it was announced that a Grand Jury would not be called in the divisive George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. With that announcement, some on Twitter predicted riots would ensue if Zimmerman is not charged or convicted in the death of Martin. These are just a few samples:
One of the things Twitter has been touted for being able to do is give people a real-time sense of what’s on people’s minds. The things they’re talking about, the shows they’re watching, the food they’re eating. In this case, hopefully someone is watching, and will be anticipating that it looks like people will want to burn it all down if the outcome of Zimmerman/Martin is not the one they sought.
Good luck to us all, if that’s the case.
Oh, repressive tolerance. You crafty minx you. The idea that allows and accepts movements from the political Left (and therefore excuses any bad behavior BY the Left), while simultaneously decrying and deriding any simliar movement from the Right. Awhile back, it was Rush Limbaugh and his comments over Sandra Fluke, which was construed as a massive act of misogyny and so on and so forth, even though the men of the Left are arguably, much more misogynistic (SEE : Bill Maher).
This week’s Repressive Tolerance Alert comes to us from Arby’s, those peddlers of mildly edible food. On April 4, they responded to pressure from the Left to disassociate themselves once again, from Rush Limbaugh. Here’s how Arby’s responded to the Left’s concerns over the “evil” Rush Limbaugh:
Funny that! Four tweets and they’re all over it, trying to reassure our lovely friends on the Left that in no way do they associate themselves with Limbaugh. But when the Right takes the time to criticize Arby’s, instead of interaction, Arby’s blocks it’s critics from the Right. Here’s a tweet that I sent to Arby’s, without receiving a response, but instead, a block :
Here are a few other people from the Right who wanted to share their disapproval of Arby’s apparent cave to some annoying Lefties.
So there you have it my friends. Whiny lefties are deserving of a response, while critical folks from the Right are blocked. I think it’s safe to say A LOT less people will be enjoying Arby’s supposedly “Good Mood Food” in the foreseeable future. Whoops!
Like any good generals, it appears that domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn are making the rounds to various Occupy camps, trying to lift flagging spirits, and re-ignite the spark in the dwindling Occupy camps around the country. On March 30, the Ward and June Cleaver of the Hardcore Left found their way to Union Square in New York City, to give a lovely little chat with the kids there.
With the look of a middle aged woman high on hormones and drugs, Dorhn started off doing a little recruitment for a protest aimed at a NATO summit to be held in Chicago in May.
“So we want to come here, and we want you to come there, but at least to tell them that NATO has to dissolve, and is really a threat to the planet,” Dorhn said.
Dohrn launched off into a lovely little tirade against NATO, calling it the “military force of the global one percent”, created only to help the “very rich and plunder the resources of the world.”
Ayers also hinted at the planned demonstration against NATO in May, saying it’s something that people who are organizing with them have trepidation over, considering Chicago’s history with mass demonstrations.
“Bernadine has been talking about, we’re organizing this NATO demonstration in Chicago. One of the things they’re saying is ‘It’s too dangerous. Don’t come.”…All of that is weakness speaking, we have to be clear about that,” Ayers said.
Outside of their shadowy references to their planned NATO demonstration in May, Ayers and Dohrn also touched on a polarizing figure from the recent past, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright was President Barack Obama’s pastor in his South Side Chicago church, and came to light when it was discovered the mostly anti-American message Wright preaches from the pulpit.
According to Ayers and Dohrn, a man who screams “GOD DAMN AMERICA” from the pulpit is really a lovely individual, who was simply the target of a (presumably evil) “Texas billionaire”.
“Just take Reverend Jeremiah Wright,” Dohrn said. “An incredible guy.”
“A lovely man,” Ayers chipped in.
“He’s self-educated, has a PhD, written a book, he’s literary, traveled the world, he took his congregation to South Africa to fight apartheid and fight racism at home,” Dohrn continued. “And what happens to him? He has this young couple come to his church, and they get involved in his church…He’s had this absolutely exemplary life. He’s demonized in a nano-second. Boom! Like that. He belonged to a very big community, and he’s a deep and fabulous guy.”
“So invite him to speak,” Dohrn added.
Frighteningly enough, their captive audience lapped all of this up. Ayers took the spotlight for a short time as well, saying that Occupy and the Far Left truly represent the “American Majority”.
“I’m convinced, and have been for a lot of years, and a lot of people, including Bernadine, think I’m delusional. But I’ve always believed we’re in the majority. I’ve always believed that. I think two-thirds of Americans want out of Iraq today, but what are the power ful doing? Talking about bombing Iran. Two-thirds of Americans want us out of Afghanistan, and yet permanent talk of war is everywhere,” he said.
Apparently, the Far Left worldview encompasses every American, according to Ayers.
“We are the majority on the issue of war. On gun violence. We are the majority on queer rights, women’s rights and human rights. We’re in the majority,” he said.
Dohrn chimed in on Ayers point, saying as the Left always does, education (see: indoctrination) is the key.
“I think part of the talking is education. Education lights up the truth, and what Occupy has done, by educating in it’s non-violent, beautiful, imaginative way, is to teach by by shifting the frame, really, by re-imagining what’s possible.”
Whatever she’s on, I want some. Because for anyone who’s followed Occupy closely, “non-violent, beautiful and imaginative” are certainly not terms that come to mind. This footage from January 28th from Occupy Oakland shows those lovely kids advancing with a homemade barricade towards an unflinching police line. And, as always, it was somehow the police’s fault in that instance.
Or the photo below, of one of the “beautiful and imaginative” Occupiers taking a dump on a police car.
Outside of that bit of delusional perspective, Ayers also exhorted some of the young women who were in attendance to rise to the level of Dohrn, who J. Edgar Hoover once considered the most dangerous woman in the country.
“Which one of you young people will be called the most dangerous woman in America? I hope it’s you!,” he said to the delight of the crowd.
For the sake of brevity, just a few more points on these two and their insanity. At one point, Dohrn touched on the uprisings in Cairo, Egypt, and the focal point of those uprisings, Tahrir Square.
“Your generation has never seen a country with that much power and force, not go down, but at least the head got decapitated, right? A lot of the head got decapitated. That’s by popular power, literally by millions of people (claiming) a public space. And there’s still endless struggle to be had in Egypt, but nonetheless, that was popular power revealing the tremendous rot in the system, and that’s what we have here too.”
Pssst! Bernadine! Ask the Coptic Christians how they’ve liked Egypt since the monster got “beheaded”. Ask the regular citizens how it’s treated them, as even a year later, violence and disruption occurs in that country on a daily basis.
And much like the CrimethInc Anarchists recently argued, Ayers says the key to Occupiers truly being an effective force is essentially expanding their horizons.
“The question is, ‘What’s the best way?’ No answer. We’ll see what works, but we have to keep trying. The arts opens up the imagination. We have to imagine a world without war, without prisons, without borders. And that’s a hard thing for people to imagine. People have often said we can imagine the end of the world because we’ve seen it on TV and in the movies, but we can’t imagine the end of capitalism. What the fuck would that look like? But, actually, I can imagine. And I want you to imagine it.”
Thanks Papa Ayers and Mama Bernadine, but no thanks. You failed the last time around, and you’ll fail this time around too. But, keep trying, assholes.
We’ll see you there.
Ah, the irony. In case you were unaware, Occupiers are planning a May 1st general strike as some sort of action against The Man. You know…May 1st. May Day, or International Workers Day as the communists of old used to call it. Described as a “a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups”, the irony seems lost when you tell Occupiers and their friends that they’re communists or socialists, even though it’s absolutely apparent that is what their movement’s ultimate aim is.
Regardless, as their 99% Spring approaches, it appears our communist friends over at Occupy have been making some totally rad posters for their Commie Day Celebration on May 1. Here are some of the more fun ones they’ve cooked up so far:
Some lovely wording there! “Destroy what destroys you. A injury to the exploiters is a victory for all.” Oh, and “Shut down the city. Revolt for a life worth living!” Such shiny, happy thoughts from our “non-violent” friends, the Occupiers.
A totally awesome “SOCIALIST FIST!” dominates this poster, from an artist in Oakland:
I like this one, because they still insist on thinking they represent the 99 Percent. You just passed your sixth-month anniversary, jackasses, and the masses STILL haven’t risen up. But, whatevs. Keep at it I suppose.
Now we get to some fun Leftist academia times! Awhile back there was a pretty concerted effort by various factions within many of the Occupy camps to drop the name “Occupy” and switch to “De-colonize”, a favored term of the radical left, especially when it comes to Latino/Hispanic studies and whatnot.
Nice blood imagery there. Because, y’know, it’s only white Europeans that have ever exploited and killed other peoples for resources and land.
Finally, we have this VERY communist looking poster from Jakarta, India. Instead of a SOCIALIST FIST!, it’s a SOCIALIST FINGER!
Our STERN FINGERS will bring about the revolution! Just you watch!
Oh, Occupiers. People might actually be interested in you just a little bit more if you were honest about what you are, which is some weird blend of anarchist-communist-socialists. Keep up the good work though, I’m sure the masses will FINALLY join up on May 1.
SOCIALIST FISTS AND FINGERS FTW!
As the weather warms, and the Occupy movement prepares to re-group for their new offensive, the “99 Percent Spring”, the anarchist collective known as CrimethInc posted an article on March 27 arguing that the Occupy movement in the U.S. needs to be willing to expand it’s horizons, if you will, in how it should go about attempting to bring change to the United States. Titled “The Illegitimacy of Violence, the Violence of Legitimacy“, the post uses the high-minded wordiness typical of anarchists to explain, and then justify, the use of violence in protest movements within the United States.
The unnamed author explains how every relationship of power within American society is “violent”:
This is further complicated by the ways our society is based on and permeated by harm or threat that violates consent. In this sense, isn’t it violent to live on colonized territory, destroying ecosystems through our daily consumption and benefitting from economic relations that are forced on others at gunpoint? Isn’t it violent for armed guards to keep food and land, once a commons shared by all, from those who need them? Is it more violent to resist the police who evict people from their homes, or to stand aside while people are made homeless? Is it more violent to throw tear gas canisters back at police, or to denounce those who throw them back as “violent,” giving police a free hand to do worse?
In this state of affairs, there is no such thing as nonviolence—the closest we can hope to come is to negate the harm or threat posed by the proponents of top-down violence.
Those crazy kids at CrimethInc go on to complain about how the Black Bloc anarchists that made their way into various Occupy camps were made outcasts after a time, thanks to two writers who apparently have some influence within the various activist communities. The one shining light, the unknown author argues, was Occupy Oakland, which embraced a “diversity of tactics”, (that beloved catchphrase of the hardcore Left):
But it often happens that the preconditions for a movement become limitations that it must transcend: Occupy Oakland remained vibrant after other occupations died down because it embraced a diversity of tactics, not despite this. Likewise, if we really want to transform our society, we can’t remain forever within the narrow boundaries of what the authorities deem legitimate: we have to extend the range of what people feel entitled to do.
So what’s the answer for the collectivist anarchists of CrimethInc? Well, it’s not a happy one, even though they use vague terms to describe what they feel needs to happen:
Making nonviolence the central tenet of our movement makes good sense if our long-term goal is not to challenge the fundamental structure of our society…But if we really want to transform our society, we have to transform the discourse of legitimacy, not just position ourselves well within it as it currently exists.
In essence, those whacky anarchists over at CrimethInc are arguing that non-violence only works if one seeks to maintain the current structure and flow of power within our society. If that’s not your goal, if the goal is to tear it all down and build something new, then actions that might be considered violent need to be legitimized, and the only way to make those possibly violent actions legitimate is to change what ARE legitimate forms of resistance within people’s minds. The reason this is important, the unnamed author argues, is “that’s the the point of affirming a diversity of tactics: to build a movement that has space for all of us, yet leaves no space for domination and silencing—a “people power” that can both expand and intensify.”
As the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live used to say, “Well isn’t that special?”.
With Occupy Wall Street celebrating their sixth month “anniversary” during the weekend of Mar. 16-18, New York City’s occupiers got especially rowdy. Once more, they mostly made asses out of themselves, and ended up being surprised (once again) by the response of the NYPD. Revolution is a rough game, kids, and you really are lucky you’re trying to play here, in this country, than many other places on Earth where you’d all be riddled with bullets by now.
But I digress.
During the chaos that OWS managed to incite on Saturday night, one protestor was supposedly roughed up by the NYPD and subjected to all sorts of awful horrors. Unfortunately, for those who do a little digging, Cecily McMillan’s story doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny. However, for once, at least some part of the Occupy team realized the control and flow of information might be an important thing.
Sparrow Media Project (@SparrowMedia) labels itself as “Publicity, PR, and creative direction for grassroots activists. We amplify marginalized voices”, on it’s Twitter profile. Over the weekend, those silly kids at Sparrow realized trying to push McMillan’s story (at least the way they wanted it pushed), would require a fine control of the information being sent out by the hundreds of protestors and thousands of Internet users following the action.
First off, Sparrow suggests the “correct” angle of McMillan’s altercation, and also suggests any non-approved footage be removed immediately:
After that, Sparrow then scolds fellow uploaders about the importance of “security culture” (a favored term of the Anarchist left):
An interesting conversation captured there at the bottom, as well.
Sparrow’s intervention here shows that OWS is certainly hardening up to be a movement of the hardcore political Left. Andy Stepanian, a member of the Sparrow team, is relatively well-known to both the professional activist Left, and to the law as a convicted felon. Being the featured speaker at an event titled “Subverting Capitalism, Activism and the Media”, along with being a member of yet another Leftist, “unjustly accused” and imprisoned “number” group (the SHAC 7), Stepanian’s lefty credentials are legitimate. And now, it appears he looks to be taking on the role of Spin Doctor for OWS as their spring “campaign” ramps up.
Let this be of note. They realize that those who disagree with them in every manner possible monitor them relentlessly. Stepanian seemingly knows, at least, that the flow of information has to be closely guarded and filtered in order to create the proper narrative for the flagging movement, the correct sense of victimization and feigned righteous indignation to keep them moving forward. Andy’s even threaten to “dox” Brooks Bayne (screenshot below), the founder/editor of The Graph, and he even hints at potential violence. The term dox is typically used to describe criminal means to obtain and post personally identifiable information (PII) about people on the Internet. This would include things like a person’s home address, work address, credit card information, phone number, etc. However, dox information can also be “exploited by criminals to stalk or steal the identity of a person, or to plan a person’s murder or robbery, among other crimes.”
They’re getting more savvy. But…that’s alright. Even with an increased awareness of their image, the six months they’ve spent damaging it in fits of pique and rage means most people are already turned off to their message. But, as we’ve seen before and saw again this weekend, that disconnect with the people they’re trying to influence has never seemingly mattered, a strange phenomena within the group as a whole.
Regardless, we will need to keep a closer eye on them than ever before, to make sure that the most complete picture of this “American Spring” is captured and shared with the world at large.
Good luck with that PR business, Andy. Looks like you’ll need a lot of it!