Friday, December 2, 2011

16 + 9 = 50,000

Photo By Gus Ruelas, AP
NEW YORK (AP) 11/30/2011 — The overnight police raids in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that dismantled two of the nation's biggest Occupy Wall Street encampments leave just a few major "occupations" still going on around the U.S. But activists are already changing tactics and warning of a winter of discontent, with rallies and marches every week.

The camps may bloom again in the spring, organizers said, and next summer could bring huge demonstrations at the Republican and Democratic conventions, when the whole world is watching. But for now they are promoting dozens of smaller actions, such as picketing the president in New York and staging sit-ins at homes marked for foreclosure.

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On Wednesday, masked sanitation workers hauled away 25 tons of debris from the lawns around Los Angeles City Hall after police raided the protesters' camp in the middle of the night and arrested more than 300 people. In Philadelphia, dozens of police patrolled a plaza outside City Hall after sweeping it of demonstrators and arresting 50.

In the past few weeks, police broke up encampments in such cities as Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif., and New York, where the sit-down protests against social inequality and corporate excesses began in mid-September.

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The Occupy movement is beginning to follow a familiar pattern, said Todd Gitlin, a sociologist at Columbia University and an authority on social movements. He noted that the 1960s anti-war movement grew gradually for years until bursting onto the world stage during the election year of 1968.

He predicted big rallies around the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Until then, "I think there will be some kinds of occupations, but I don't think they'll be as big and as central," Gitlin said...


"All we are saying, is Give Peas a Chance..." 
(This has nothing to do with this post, but I enjoy singing sooooooo much...)

Okay, a couple of things regarding the above:

First things first:  The quote from the AP story, should alarm Democrats a LOT, "The Occupy movement is beginning to follow a familiar pattern, said Todd Gitlin, a sociologist at Columbia University and an authority on social movements (Moos Note i.e.:  'social movements' as in pooping on Police Cars?  Actually not ONLY police cars, but on the sidewalks as well with VIDEO). 

He noted that the 1960s anti-war movement grew gradually for years until bursting onto the world stage during the election year of 1968."  

So why should the party of Obama, Reid, Weiner, Frank (I love it when 'Weiner' and 'Frank' are so close together in a sentence), Progressives and Pelosi be concerned?  Well, if this particular 'familiar pattern' follows through as it has in the past, I'm thinking, `1968' as an example:

The United States presidential election of 1968 was the 46th quadrennial United States presidential election. Coming four years after Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson won in a historic landslide, it saw Johnson forced out of the race and Republican Richard Nixon elected.

The election was a wrenching national experience, conducted against a backdrop that included the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and subsequent race riots across the nation, the assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, widespread demonstrations against the Vietnam War across American university and college campuses, and violent confrontations between police and anti-war protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention as the Democratic party split again and again.  (Source:  Wikipedia)

Yes, it's true, you always hurt the one you love. 

And sometimes, you actually kill him / her / it.  (Hopefully, this is the exception, rather than the rule...)  

Second things second:  I ought to clarify the title of this post.  I read that the OWS folks in LA left behind 25 TONS of trash when they were 'asked nicely' to leave their 'occupation' site.  LA Sanitation workers swept, boxed, and carted away 25 TONS of debris from this happy group's dung-heap, which they gleefully referred to as, home. 

So, I began thinking. 

There was something tickling the back of my mind as I typed the beginning of this 'once nameless' post.  It was a thing I knew long ago, and while I didn't get the title exactly right, I was able to find it on YouTube with a little help from Google.

SIXTEEN TONS, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1956 


Tennessee Ernie Ford has given us 16 tons.

16 tons + 9 tons = 25 tons

25 tons x 2,000 lbs. per ton = 50,000 liters, um, I mean, POUNDS

Yeah, I guess when you have to explain it, it's not as 'genius' as I thought it was. 

But I never said I was a genius - I said I was a cow.

There is a difference.  Most people like cows.  Only a very few like geniuses. 

And, if you removed the genius' Mom and Dad's input to the "Do you like geniuses?" survey, almost NO one likes a genius.

Geniuses designed the following:


"Ouuuuuuch"


No refrigeration required!


Hey kid, see you on The Biggest Loser!!!


Functional AND Stylish!!!


That's not what I expected.
No, it's really s-not.
 Have a nice weekend folks!
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