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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bigger than Michael Moore

Occupy Portland has a good-size crowd in Pioneer Courthouse Square this evening, but it's nothing compared to the throng that showed up when Dave Chappelle did his thing.

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These people need to go home

Who is Dave Chappelle?

Funny how Michael Moore's Occupy Whatever City speeches always coincide with a book signing or promotion he has within that particular city.

Speaking of Michael Moore check out this story. The man has a place and what a place.

http://detnews.com/article/20111112/MIVIEW/111120301/Occupy-Michael-Moore--His-opulent-Michigan-lake-estate#ixzz1del8Fh6Z

This is the problem with all the 1% - 99% talk. It is a distraction from the very real crimes of Wall Street.

The problem was that Wall Street sold a product that was rated triple AAA, that was far from it. This was fraud, a massive criminal act. It was like a gas station selling snake oil as premium, and then when your car breaks down, having the gas station get rewarded and allowed to continue. Thanks to derivatives that fraud was amplified into a financial exposure in the hundreds of trillions that is currently unraveling.

These stories of Michael Moore having a nice home, are offered up as a way to discount the protests: "These protesters are mad at the 1% and yet one of their own heroes is in the 1%."

Meanwhile, the crooks who really did commit a huge crime are dodging justice, as a million morons help them cover their tracks by not focusing on what happened.

The notion that many protesters don't really know how the damage to America occurred, does not mean America is not damaged. Their sense that they've been screwed is easy to demonstrate.

Start with the 14 trillion dollar tab we've run up for the little children you see in strollers. It may feel good being smug towards 20-somethings in tents, but how do we act so smug when we've put a giant hurt on babies in strollers?

There are plenty of articles and books about how this really went down. I suggest we stop the stupid "gotcha" comments about Michael Moore's house, and find out the truth.

We were given the greatest country in the history of the world by the generations who came before us. At least we should show these dead Americans enough respect to find out how we screwed it up.

Michael Moore..once a hero of mine; once, still a teenager at heart, I breathlessly attended the rally where he plugged for Kerry in the last days of the campaign downtown. I can't believe that was only three years ago.

Today, I look at Michael Moore, and I think: do the environment a favor and get yourself a gastric bypass, and quit dishing up class hatred to the masses, you filthy- rich hypocrite.

well, I can't believe it was only three years ago, because it was seven years ago. Still, it feels like several decades, and many universes, ago.

Bill, the OWS effort so far has been a distraction from the real issues on wall street. It didn't bring awareness to the issues of corporate greed, it brought atttention to folks who seem to want everything for free. OWS didn't identify with all of us who worked hard and took it in shorts, rather angry young people tried to play the victim when many were not. They didn't identify with the 99%, they pi$$ed people off. While their actions may have fit the romantic idea of discord often associated with protest, they did little to galvanize the country against the very villians of which you speak, then left us with yet another bill to pay.

Mr. McDonald I did not post the piece about Moore's house because I was trying to divert attention away from the problem.

I am very much concerned about the fact that our justice system is not holding anyone to speak of accountable for the crimes that have been committed. I know that fines have been handed out but no one has gone to jail. Gretchen Morgenson, of the New York Times, has written some award winning work in my opinion about the problem and anyone with an interest should read her stuff.

Sorry, I didn't mean to direct my frustrations at you. I've heard so many different things about the protest movement, and not enough about the Wall Street culprits. They sit on the sidelines and avoid most of the criticism they deserve. It's frustrating.


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