Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Mid-Week Post

The minty fondant of the work week.

It always was a form of graft:

Remember the Occupy movement — the disparate group of left-wing ideologues that took over city parks in 2011 to protest everything from corporate greed to the environment and income inequality? Well, they’re back. But this time they’re not trying to empower the downtrodden, they’re trying to line their pockets with the 99%’s hard-earned money.

The Occupy movement fizzled soon after it began, from lack of broad public support, a confused and conflicted message, and the onset of winter. Local governments across North American ejected them from public parks, and the cold took its toll on those who remained. One of the last remaining Canadian encampments was in Fredericton’s Phoenix Square, a park located next to city hall, where a makeshift structure of wood and tarps displayed a large banner reading, “Occupy Fredericton: We are the 99% and so are you.”

Although Mayor Brad Woodside wanted to make the city a “shining example” of how municipalities could peacefully deal with the protesters, he also appeared determined to erect the city’s Christmas tree on the land they occupied. ...

(Sidebar: that's because Christmas is greater than these yahoos but I digress...)

On Monday, details of an out-of-court settlement reached between the protesters and the city were released. The three Occupiers managed to shake down the city for $14,350. It’s not a fortune, but it is detrimental to the people they claimed to represent. After all, who do these people think is going to pick up the tab?

It’s the municipal government that will ultimately have to pay  — an institution that’s funded by ordinary taxpayers. It’s money that could have been put into government services that help the poor, but will instead be going to people who seem to have plenty of free time to spend in a park, rather than going to work.
Nothing about the Occupy crime wave movement was ever about the noble struggles against class or economic inequality or free expression. That's the sort of pretension a delusional would-be activist aspires to. Look no further than the Occupests (TM- BCF) themselves to see what kind of hypocrisy fuels the perpetually clueless (but filled with sanctimonious beans). The Occupy crime wave movement was a long, drawn-out display of selfish, spoiled children whose messes are ultimately cleared up by those whose voices were drowned out by drums and chanting.

Related: some eye-opening posts on Idle No More, another theft movement.

A taste:

On October 12, 2011, three days before the launch of the Canadian Occupy Movement, David Suzuki published a letter promoting Occupy Wall Street. So, when Occupy took off here, it was no surprise to see him speaking at Occupy Vancouver & Occupy Montreal.

A little known fact about Occupy Vancouver is that the Suzuki foundation provided similar assistance that INM would be receiving through Panos Grames. In this case they paid for two professional media consultants to come spend the day with occupiers and teach them how to be more media savvy. Your Humble Narrator attended the course, it was quality advice from professional image makers- valuable stuff.

Occupiers had a mixed reaction to Suzuki’s participation. It was good how he could bring people and resources to the camp, but many understood how a large NGO like Suzuki’s could easily overrun the grassroots. Eventually, when it was discovered that Occupy Vancouver was being controlled by a small group of NGO and union affiliates, most of them were the same people pushing Suzuki’s participation.

(Merci beaucoup)

Newly uncovered testimony from an American POW sheds more light on the Katyn massacre:

A researcher says she has uncovered vital testimony from a U.S. officer who in 1943 was forced by the Nazis to watch as they exhumed thousands of Polish officers killed on Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s orders.

At a news conference Wednesday in Warsaw, U.S. researcher Krystyna Piorkowska said she found the Paris-dated May 10, 1945, testimony of former American prisoner of war Lt. Col. John H. Van Vliet Jr. in the U.S. National Archives near Washington last November. It was filed among other unrelated World War II documents from the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

The sworn deposition provides evidence of Soviet responsibility for the 1940 massacre of some 22,000 Polish officers in the Katyn forest and other places in what was then the Soviet Union. The Soviet Red Army had taken the Polish officers prisoner after invading eastern Poland in September 1939.

Another report that Van Vliet made a few days later in Washington is considered missing. This has fuelled speculation that the U.S. government helped cover up Soviet responsibility for the massacre out of fear that saying the truth would anger Stalin, whom the Allies were counting on to help them defeat Germany and Japan in World War II.

For decades, Moscow had blamed the Nazis for the massacre, but then in 1990 admitted that Stalin had ordered it. The massacre further embittered Poland’s relations with Moscow, which has refused to consider the massacre a genocide and has been reluctant to prosecute any living henchmen.

Van Vliet was a POW in Germany when he was taken to Katyn to see the evidence.

In the document that Piorkowska found, Van Vliet tells an interrogating U.S. officer that he saw the exhumation of some 3,500 corpses in tailor-made, little-worn Polish uniforms. They were all killed with a shot to the back of the head.

Another reason why the Benghazi terrorist attack should be front-and-centre in 2016:

U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Abu Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantánamo Bay detainee and leader of a paramilitary group with al-Qaeda ties, had a role in the Benghazi embassy attacks on September 11, 2012.

Guantanamo already houses terrorists ready to re-offend and Ansar al-Sharia is not yet designated a terrorist group by the State Department.

Privatise education and abolish teachers' unions.

If she had a hammer:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that she went back to Fox News to piss off the people who wished she were dead, which is exactly the reason Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes gave for bringing her to the network in the first place.

Deal with that, leftists.

And now, playing with your food can be fun. Enjoy.

No comments: