Ann Arbor speaks out on Occupy Ypsi

    AnnArbor.com posted something about today’s Occupy Ypsi teach-in at Woodruff’s. As it’s a short piece, and as I don’t come across as terribly articulate, I wasn’t going to link to it, but then I noticed the comments. Here are the top three, as voted on by the readers of AnnArbor.com.

    I think it’s cool that the highest rated comment (just barely) was positive. I also find it interesting that, of the three, the first was the only one written by someone willing to identify himself by name. I think there’s a great deal of meaning in that.

    I like the second comment. I think it’s funny. I find it humorous that there are 15 AnnArbor.com readers that really think that the people attending today’s teach-in would be deterred by folks offering jobs, as though this whole movement is about people who don’t want to find work. I love this notion that jobs are the kryptonite of the movement. “Sure,” this commenter is probably thinking, “they’re willing to have jackbooted riot cops shoot streams of pepper spray down their throats until they’re coughing up blood, but I know that they’d run for the hills if handed a Bed Bath & Beyond application.” It’s bullshit. First off, almost everyone I know of who is coming to today’s event has a job, and works damn hard. Many of them work more than one job, in fact. This isn’t about people that want to live on the government dole. This, as hard as it is for people to accept the fact, is about our desire to live in a true democracy, where we all play by the same rules, pay our taxes, and send our kids to good schools, confident in the knowledge that, if they apply themselves, they might have decent lives as well. This is about fighting for a system where we aren’t putting 60 kids in a grade school classroom, and discussing the rollback of child labor laws, all while spending our hard-earned tax dollars on the bonuses of bankers and ill-informed military excursions abroad. This is about ending the bush tax cuts for the wealthy and salvaging what’s left of our middle class… And, on top of it all, this comment is offensive because there aren’t jobs to be had. With retired professionals going back into the workforce in order to make ends meet, there aren’t jobs for new college graduates, let alone people in high school.

    And, as for the third comment, I’d like to say something, but I don’t know that I understand it. Seriously, I can’t make sense of it. If someone could interpret, I’d appreciate it. Maybe one of the 14 people who up-voted it could help me out… First, I think he’s saying that we, the people of Ypsilanti, shouldn’t be protesting the fact that American wealth is concentrating in the hands of the 1% that control our nation, and write our laws, because none of them live here. Which, to me is kind of like saying to blacks living under the system of Apartheid, back in the 80′s, that they shouldn’t protest the system, as none of their white oppressors lived in Soweto. If anything, I think that’s more reason to protest, but, then again, I’m just a lazy fucker that wants a free ride though life… I could go on, but I’d rather focus on preparing for this afternoon’s guillotine building workshop.

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      11 Comments

      1. Eel
        Posted December 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

        Please webcast the guillotine building workshop.

      2. anonymous
        Posted December 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

        I’d love a class on cooking bloated bankers.

      3. TTR
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

        With all due respect, fuck Ann Arbor.

      4. Thom Elliott
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

        I think to properly interpret the 3rd comment you would have to attempt to properly occupy (no pun intended) the head space of the kind of human who left it. Clearly this sentiment constellation could only be held by the kind of human who blames victims, who thinks of poverty as a personal moral failing, a human who thinks whites are morally superior but would never say so, and most terrifying of all; the kind of human who supports the functionally totalitarian measures of “emergency” “management” because he has the social agency and mobility to never be effected by such a thing (he thinks). Just keep the double fliet of fish monsterosity machine pumping transfatty acids and plastic corn “sweetner” into their obese children’s veins and all will be fine.

      5. alan2102
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

        Guillotine building workshop and bloated bankster cooking classes — exellent ideas.

        And recipes:

        ROAST LEG OF BANKSTER
        – 4 medium bankster legs, skinless
        – 4 TBL olive oil
        – 2 tsp minced garlic
        etc……

        GRILLED POLITICIAN LIVER with bacon
        etc……

      6. Eel
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

        Because investment banker is lethally poisonous if prepared incorrectly, it has become one of the most celebrated and notorious dishes in new American cuisine.

        iBanker contains lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the internal organs, especially the liver and gonads, and also the skin. Therefore, only specially licensed chefs are allowed to prepare and sell it to the public, and the consumption of the liver and ovaries is forbidden. But because small amounts of the poison give a special desired sensation on the tongue, these parts are considered the most delicious by some gourmets. Every year, a number of people die because they underestimate the amount of poison in the consumed parts. The poison paralyzes the muscles while the victim stays fully conscious, and eventually dies from asphyxiation. There is currently no antidote, and the standard medical approach is to try to support the respiratory and circulatory system until the effect of the poison wears off.

      7. Bob Krzewinski
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

        Don’t you love people from other locations outside of Ypsi telling us what is good for us? Like Tom Monahan and his two attempts to “save us” from hell and damnation when Ypsi had the audacity (in his mind) to pass a human rights resolution to ban discrimination against sexual orientation. To this day I still could never, ever buy a Dominos pizza.

      8. Watching Laughing.
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

        Well, said Bob,

        Dominos Farms used to have Flags from all over the world; where Dominos Pizza was sold and profits made.
        After 911, they took down all the world flags, and replaced them with only USA Flags.
        I never understood that? And I highly doubt, they refused the hundreds of millions of dollars from the sales in those countries?
        I haven’t been in Dominos Farms, since then and don’t know if the post Tom Monahan days, fly the other countries flags?

        Watching Laughing.

      9. Charles Cunningham
        Posted December 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        Occupy Ypsi was indeed beautiful yesterday. I guess we are all Marcos.
        Thanks so much to the organizers and participants. Well done!

      10. Rebate
        Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        After over a Tillion $$$’s of stimulus and a promise of the unemployment rate to be below 8%, Captain Bullshit can NOT talk about his record that he has established unless he says he has been a failure over the last 3 years. How’s that “Hope & Change” thing all of you liberal/socialists voted for while the unemployment rat is actually……………..http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/wonkbook-the-real-unemployment-rate-is-11-percent/2011/12/12/gIQAuctPpO_blog.html

      11. Rebate
        Posted December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        Don’t comment about the type-o’s unless you have a real response!

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