As the narrative evolves, the people occupying Wall Street are no longer hapless hippies but terrorists and revolutionaries

It would appear that movement to hold Wall Street accountable for the crimes of the past several years, and put an end to the growing income inequality in the United States is starting taking hold. Not only are a number of unions and progressive groups stepping up to show support for the men and women in the street, but the right is beginning to panic. No longer content to ignore what’s taking place in the street, entities like FOX News have decided to wage an all out assault on those they’re now painting as anti-Capitalist psychopaths, hell bent on the destruction of the American way of life. Based on today’s coverage, I think it’s pretty clear that they’re getting nervous. And, if radio show host Glenn Beck is any indication, people in the mainstream corporate media will be calling these peaceful men and women terrorists by the end of the week. Listen to this clip from Beck’s show yesterday afternoon.

Here’s my quick transcription:

Gang… May I warn you again. We are in for trouble. And I fear that it is close… I will give you some information that has come to my attention today… I don’t know if it’s credible or not… It has been verified… not by me… it’s coming from the right sources, it appears, and these people have credibility, who are releasing this information. And it is about an attack on Wall Street next week. Van Jones has said some spectacular things. He has said, ‘October will be remembered for the Progressive movement.’ That it is, ‘game changing,’ what is happening this month. I don’t know what that means exactly. I know that the unions join this movement down on Wall Street tomorrow. They are starting this movement in Washington, DC, and all over. Do not dismiss them. If you have money in the stock market, may I recommend that you have some cash handy, that you have your food and everything else ready. I hope to God that none of this stuff happens, but you have people who are anarchists – revolutionaries who are intent on collapsing the system. They are trying to break the system…

Beck then went on to say, in his usual “I’m not saying this is definitely going to happen, but I really think this is going to happen” kind of way, that millions would die as a result of the occupation of Wall Street.

It’s worth noting that Beck’s biggest advertisers are companies selling gold and survivalist supplies.

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  1. Edward
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    There’s already violence, but, as of right now, it’s all on the part of the police. Watch this footage shot just a short while ago in New York.

  2. K2
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    That is the most insane shit I’ve ever read. I don’t believe we as a culture allow someone like that on our airwaves. Hopefully other broadcasters don’t follow suit.

  3. Josh
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    okay, it’s hard to look past the insanity of what he’s saying.. but does anyone else agree that his public speaking skills are just AWFUL?

    how can someone with such limited talents be so charismatic to so many?

  4. LunchMan
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    You know, Josh, it is really strange. I don’t have anything against alcoholics, but people really love them for some reason. They have a way with people. They are born manipulators, and they develop those skills over a lifetime. They are just good.

  5. someone
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Edward’s scene shot from another angle, with more aimless swinging by coward in white shirt, succeeding in hitting reporter and cameraman.

  6. Tommy
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Yesterday’s posting from the Rude Pundit (Lee Papa) who sums up what is going on in a way that I could never do. God Bless these people (even if all of them are communist, atheist, arugula eating, unemployed hippies of French descent)

    An Inarticulate Articulation of Why Occupy Wall Street Doesn’t Need to Articulate a Damn Thing:

    Oh, shut the fuck up, mainstream media. You know exactly what the Occupy Wall Street (and dozens of other places) protests are demanding. Everybody knows, even dunderheads who pretend not to. They are demanding what every truly great social movement has ever demanded: the right to have a say, to have power in a nation where the majority of people are disempowered. Yeah, you can narrow those into a list of specific goals, as the General Assembly at Zuccotti Park are attempting or as others from the protests or even some in the media have laid out, but so what?

    They all come down to the same thing, the same thing: power, specifically of the economic sort. The United States government has allowed corporations, whether its oil companies, banks, pharmaceuticals, or whatever, to have the power in the nation under the lie that their rising profits are the key to economic salvation. Now, after decades of corporate-friendly policies, mostly to the detriment of the individual worker, the lie has been made plain. If the Tea Party had not been racist and gun-toting and stupid and easily manipulated from the start, it would have had the same message.

    That message can be distilled to a simple, plaintive, two-word cry to our elected representatives: “Do something.” We have watched as program after program has been watered down or blocked by the Republicans (and some of their Democratic lapdogs) in Congress. The hope of the Obama administration was that he would do those things that need to get done. Seeing him have to kowtow to special interests (by his own doing) or bow to thuggish GOP demands has been devastating to the movement he started, especially when he was so fucking clear in his 2008 campaign about what needed to happen in America. Perhaps, then, to make it more clear, the message can be: Do the obvious shit that you know has to be done.

    All but the most deluded believers in the bullshit chimera of voodoo economics (as we called it back in the day) know that taxes must go up. They know that the government must spend more on infrastructure and education here. They know that health insurance must be nationalized. They know that the wars must end. They know that criminals must be prosecuted. They know that Wall Street needs to be regulated. They know it and either won’t do it because it’ll cut into corporate profits or they can’t do it because it’s being blocked by the maniacs.

    These are not revolutionary concepts. It’s not a call for the overthrow of the Congress or the President. It’s not a call for all the bullshit constitutional amendments that the Tea Party has tossed into the trash heap of rhetorical history. It’s a call to abide by the notion that we are a group of united states, not a bunch of demographics awaiting exploitation. Our division is what gives power to the corporations. Our division is what they demand so that we don’t actually think about and discuss what’s wrong and how it can be solved. They need our division. Our unity is a threat.

    Perhaps one way to put this (for, indeed, there are and should be many) is “We love our country. Why don’t you?”

    In the simplest Marxist terms, capital must be taught a lesson that labor is its superior in the power structure. You want a real revolution, with unemployed, hungry masses demanding your heads? Then ignore this anger.

    A banking CEO contacted the New York Times’s Andrew Ross Sorkin to ask if he should be worried about the uprising.

    Yes, dear criminal. You should be very worried. Not about your life. But about your grip on the throat of Americans.

  7. Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    If they aren’t collectively advocating that we end the Federal Reserve system them I’m afraid Wall Street will continue to do as we please.

    Free Markets are not bad, government regulations that favor Wall Street are bad.

  8. Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    *as they please, sorry.

  9. Eel
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Beck is brilliant at what he does, Josh. It may seem like he’s meandering around, and not really saying anything, but that’s the point. He plants these seeds in people’s minds. He says he’s heard that attacks will happen, but then he’s quick to say that he hasn’t verified this personally. This is fear mongering at its finest. He rarely crosses the line. Once he said that Obama hated white people. He said it definitively. Since then he’s been better about establishing plausible deniability. He’ll spin a vivid picture of blood flowing in the streets, but then he’ll pull things back by saying, “I hope it never happens.” Or, he’ll say, “I’m not telling you to stockpile gold, guns and carrot seeds, but there are really bad things looming on the horizon, and I can see how you might want to do that.” It’s an art. And even though he no longer has the show on Fox, a great many people listen to him and believe this nonsense. They believe that these jobless college graduates in the streets want anarchy, and not justice.

  10. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Gold is just about the worst investment around right now. Anyone who was alive in 2007, 2000 or the Great Depression should know this. Unless, of course, your the one selling gold.

    I hope that this gels into a true social movement. Given the lack of media coverage, however, I am positive (and saddened) that it will just fizzle out. We haven’t had a good social upheaval in the US since the 60’s. I’m praying to the god of social movements right now.

  11. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    From what I’ve been reading the occupy movements have been infiltrated by agent provocateurs and socialists.

    Some people interviewed seem to grasp the problems, but the official statements agreed upon by the OWS group are nothing but socialist garbage.

    If the masses really think socialism is way to rebound the economy and return us to a prosperous nation, then we really are screwed. It wasn’t free markets, or the marxist term “capitalism” that caused these problems.

    It was government regulations that led to the economic collapse. For example, it was the government who continued to pump up the housing bubble, Wall Street just went along with it of course. But yeah let’s not focus on the wrong things here.

  12. Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    No, it was Wall Street lobbying of government which created the conditions which allowed the 2007 crash. The federal government doesn’t act in a bubble.

    I think, sir, that it’s you who is focusing on the wrong things here, or at least missing a very important part of the chain.

  13. Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Wall Street can lobby the government all they want, it doesn’t mean they should give in and distort the economic playing field. That makes it all Wall Street’s fault when the government could have said no and prevented it?

    And just to be clear, I am no a Wall Street dude or anything of the sort.

    Many lenders in the housing market did not want to lend to people who were at a higher risk to not be able to pay the loan. Makes sense right, some people are biggest risks than other people, it’s always been that way.

    But the government considered this unfair and an attack on the poor. They made all of these claims about racial and socioeconomic inequality.

    So then the government decided to get involved with the housing loans. They decide that they will back all of the housing loans to high risks customers because that’s the right thing to do. They painted it as a socioeconomic issue when it was really a numbers thing.

    SO these loan companies all decided, that if the loans were all going to be backed by the government, then why the hell shouldnt they give loans to people who will never pay them back, they can make some money off it in the short term!

    And then reality set in. It was these types of government activities and regulations that led to the collapse of the housing market. If government wouldn’t have gotten involved and pumped money into the insane loans, then the bubble would not have burst so catastrophically.

    Government created the economic problems we are facing, bottom line. Did Wall Street do some immoral things? Of course. But it was goverment who was supposed to regulate all of the things in the first place.

    What it all comes down is that our problem is the government’s economic and tax policies. Those things create our problems. They create the artificial boom and bust cycle and they drive jobs out of the country with some of the worst tax code in the entire world. It’s too simple to say that it was greed that caused this problem.

  14. Mr. X
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Get the money out of politics.
    Stop the revolving door to K Street.
    Publicly fund elections.
    Reinstall the Glass–Steagall Act.
    Hold those responsible for the banking collapse responsible.
    Close the tax loopholes exploited by industry.
    End the irresponsible tax cuts pushed forward by Bush.
    End the wars that are bankrupting us.

    What am I missing?

  15. Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Disband the Federal Reserve, that’s the only thing you’re missing Mr. X

    That will make the rest of the things you’ve listed easier.

  16. Tommy
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    You are missing

    – impose a 1/4 of 1% tax (yes, a tax) on all financial transactions like is in place in England and some European countries. Brings in billions; doesn’t hurt a sole, rich or poor. Call it pay to play if you will

    -readjust collections of Social Security payments upward to its historical 90% of all people (106K or whatever it is now is at about the 83 +/- % right now) and mandate that it stays at that level. This simple step will make it sovent for generations. Reagan made this adjustment – but then he stole the money to fund Star Wars.

  17. Erp
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    This isn’t you, Gomez, is it?

  18. Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink


    No it’s not me. But what he’s saying is true, yet people react to those kinds of ideas with fear, panic and name calling.

  19. wetdolphinmissile
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Tommy is right, tax all those trades/traders (or should I say traitors)…they sold our mortgages, and then speculated on them till our homes were worth less. Those top CEO’s and CFO’s should get off their yachts and pay A fair share of taxes too. Even if they paid what my household does it would create huge revenues!

  20. Edward
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    They’re estimating that 20,000 marched in NYC last night.

  21. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Cesspool Academia at its finest and the loons on the left fall for it “every time”!

  22. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Wall Street protesters! Is this what you look to for “inspiration and guidance”??

  23. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    When was the last time these people have had a bath: what a complete joke!

  24. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    How many letters in the word H-Y-P-R-O-C-R-I-T-E ?

  25. TaterSalad
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Fri Oct 07 2011 14:17:58 ET

    The corporate titan President Obama picked to help create millions of new jobs thinks lowering corporate taxes and eliminating all tax loopholes for U.S. companies will put more Americans to work. General Electric Chairman Jeff Immelt sits down with Lesley Stahl to discuss the creation of jobs, the U.S. business climate and his own company, General Electric, in a 60 MINUTES segment to be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 9 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    General Electric makes 60 percent of its profit overseas, where the corporate taxes are lower than in the U.S. Immelt thinks the U.S. needs to follow suit. “I think we should have basically the same tax policy that Germany, Japan, the UK – everybody else has, which is a tax rate in the mid-20s and no loopholes. Zero,” he tells Stahl. “The U.S. has the most antiquated tax system. And that means some people are going to pay more taxes, and some people are going to pay less,” Immelt says.

    But GE paid NO TAXES on $5 billion in profits last year!

    Pressed by Stahl about whether this move would actually translate to American Jobs, Immelt admits the strategy is up for debate, but, “Personally, I think [lowering taxes] will create jobs.” Reminded that American corporations are sitting on piles of cash and that giving them more may be questionable, Immelt says, “Companies should invest in the United States. It’s still the world’s biggest economy. And if companies just are going to sit on cash, they’re going to lose,” he tells Stahl. “Because only the people that are going to invest their way through this crisis are going to win.”

    It is also particularly important that the government focus all it efforts on creating jobs, says Immelt, because it’s not doing so now. “I think, Lesley, there needs to be a sense of national urgency around jobs…If you just looked at how many hours a day do Republicans spend on job creation, do Democrats spend on job creation, and does the White House. It’s no where close to 100 percent,” he says. “We’re not spending enough time on jobs.”


  26. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Why the average “Joe” is not buying into Barack Obama’s Marxist Wall St. theme>

  27. Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    David Gomez, Scientific research does not support your position concerning “Government created the economic problems we are facing,” see the attached research on this very issue

    Avery and Brevoort: “The Subprime Crisis: Is Government Housing Policy to Blame?”

    Avery and Brevoort: “The Subprime Crisis: Is Government Housing Policy to Blame?”

    We find little evidence that either the CRA or the GSE goals played a significant role in the subprime crisis. Our lender tests indicate that areas disproportionately served by lenders covered by the CRA experienced lower delinquency rates and less risky lending. Similarly, the threshold tests show no evidence that either program had a significantly negative effect on outcomes.

  28. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Are you part of the “Breakdown of Amerika”? The Acorn shirts says it all !

  29. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Real Class right?

    Is this your typical Wall Street protester? One thing for sure. This guy brings “new meaning” to the word “Movement”. This lunatic is a low life protester who has no idea what he protesting about.

  30. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Your “Hero” has taken the route to new lows while HIS buddy Jeff is saying something different than what Barack preaches to all of you:

  31. TaterSalad
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    To wetdolphinmissle…………where’s Barney Frank, Barack Obama and Chris Dodd when you need them?

  32. TaterSalad
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Here is the exact reason why people in California do not work for a living while the rest of the ones who do are paying the bill.

  33. TaterSalad
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Plus I suck cock!

  34. Posted October 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Tater, no one in California works. All those people I see working every time I go to California are actually volunteers.

    In fact, I would say that California should change it’s motto to “The Volunteer State.”

    Tater, when’s the last time YOU worked?

  35. Kim
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Silicon Valley does not exist. It is not mentioned in the Bible.

  36. Tatersalad
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    When all else fails, liberals bring on the race card to the gullible listeners and supporters who will follow the line of BS to the gutter:

  37. Tatersalad
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Here is a video of a future Democratic voter.

  38. Posted October 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    This must be a record. 15 Meaningless posts in one day!

  39. Mr. X
    Posted October 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    He’s going out with a bang!

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