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Here’s the Video of Those Wall Streeters Drinking Champagne Above the Protest

We haven’t heard from Riley in 18 hours, and fear for the safety of his Monopoly MacBook battery. While we await Waggaman’s new dispatch from the Occupy Wall Street occupation, here’s the actual video of the Wall Street suits literally drinking champagne and laughing from balconies while thousands of serious and determined protesters march below. The best thing about this video is knowing the cops saw the Wall Streeters do this outrageous Marie Antoinette act. And while some of the cops have been utter assholes, most of the NYPD officers working the protest have been decent and good-humored — and they’re also part of public-sector unions, and they’re also working class people, and they’re also wrestling with collapsing home values and collapsing pensions and an intentionally destroyed infrastructure.

Let’s all drink to the cops remembering the faces of everyone yukking it up and sipping champagne on this balcony. [AnonOps]

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  • ttommyunger

    "Are the workhouses full?"

    • mrpuma2u

      http://occupychi.org/

      New York is not the only one in the mix, we are day 8 in the Second City. Chicago wonketeers, get in the street!!!!

      • ttommyunger

        Good news!

      • HuddledMass

        And Boston! My son is down there now – so proud [*sniff*]

  • orygoon

    Now me, if I had a Predator drone, I know what I'd do with it.

    • HateMachine

      As it happens, the NYPD has a new piece of heavy artillery…

    • An_Outhouse

      Didn't anyone think to at least bring a sling shot?

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Remember, if it pisses off a liberal or a poor, a broker gets his wings.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "Remember, if it pisses off fucks over a liberal or a poor, a broker gets his wings.

      Also.

      • Ken Cuccinelli

        Nah, I'm totally gonna go with "pisses off", because have you ever met one of these people? They'd drink cyanide-laced santorum if they thought it would piss off Michael Moore.

  • Dr_Zoidberg

    Bunch of goddamned pricks. Let's go throw rocks at them.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Too subtle. ICBMs will get the message across.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        A little too wide of a net, there; too much collateral damage. Bazooka? Stinger?

        • mumbly_joe

          Call me a vintage-obsessed hipster, but I've always been a fan of the old-school vibe from a good guillotine.

    • HistoriCat

      What the hell is this – Palestine? Molotov cocktails or GTFO!

      • CommieLibunatic

        Funny, I was just thinking about an XKCD-inspired pick-up line for the protesters:

        "That top looks great on you, but it'd look even better stuffed into a vodka bottle and thrown burning at those fuckasses with the champagne."

        • Chichikovovich

          Thanks. I've been searching for a classy way to say "SHOW ME YOUR TITS!"

        • http://wonkette.com Ken Layne

          Girls say yes to boys who throw the girls' tops (as the fuse for an improvised incendiary device) at investment bankers.

          … eh, too long for a bumpersticker on my Rascal.

    • mrpuma2u

      Rocks? we can so much better than rocks. Let's throw a rabid possum through their window and sit back and watch the fun.

    • bagofmice

      You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

  • Barb

    Maybe when they are done with these white collar criminals they can go after the ones in the Catholic Church.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Bet they were hocking loogies out on the protesters.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Too uncivilized. They had the help do that.

      • Dr_Zoidberg

        And then beat the help afterwards for poor aim.

    • SmutBoffin

      Then they would be drinking chocolate milk.

  • BlueStateLibel

    Laughing at the people you've screwed over is all a good idea, it just makes them like you more. BTW, they ought to have at least taken off their ugly capitlist pig masks off – oh wait.

    • GOPCrusher

      It's always funny until someone you know is swinging from a lamp post by a noose.

    • fuflans

      every day it seems actual civil violence comes a little bit closer.

    • RavenRant

      Gotta think that working people ambivalent about these crazy protesters will see these smug, laughing creeps and remember who tanked their home equity, pension funds, and 401ks.

  • SmutBoffin

    I hope that the 'paign has meat tenderizer mixed in it, because soon these Ri¢hie Ri¢h wannabes will be EATEN.

  • Wilcoxyz

    Can we just raise the top bracket to whatever rate it is that gets these fucks to decide to stop "working." I'm willing to go to a super exclusive 110 percent marginal rate on this.

  • James Michael Curley

    You know who else used to drink Champaign while standing on a balcony watching demonstrations?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      The Pope?

      • James Michael Curley

        from a red moroccan leather slipper

      • Chichikovovich

        Specifically Pope Urbana?

    • TrotskysAxe

      Chief Illiniwek?

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        Good catch on the spellink. Cha hee, cha ha, cha ha ha ha.

      • GOPCrusher

        I was going to go with Lou Henson.

    • Native_of_SL_UT

      Paula Abdul?

    • Barrelhse

      Dom Perignon?

    • Dr_Zoidberg

      Shrub?

    • BarackMyWorld

      Dr. Doom?

    • HistoriCat

      Nikolas Sarkozy?

    • Not_So_Much

      Howard Roark?

    • chicken_thief

      Charlie Sheen?

    • littlebigdaddy

      Eva Peron?

    • grex1949

      Generalissimo Francisco Franco?

      • RavenRant

        Breaking news – still dead.

    • __kth__
    • lulzmonger

      Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan?

    • ChapterUndVerse

      Nero?

  • FakaktaSouth

    These "Haves" kind of people really do want to put the War in Class Warfare, n'est-ce pas?

    • Fare la Volpe

      They've clearly never heard of "class." Did you see the periwinkle gold trim dashiki Ms. Blondie was sporting? She pull that out of Granny's hope chest?

    • mrpuma2u

      Mais oui!

    • fuflans

      from where i'm standing it's the have nots that appear to have the class.

      • FakaktaSouth

        So I take it you're not standing high over Wall Street, above it all, looking down on poor folk, in a huge metaphor clusterfuck come to life?

  • Fare la Volpe

    Lesson learned – Next time, we pelt them with cake.

  • freakishlywrong

    Is "Fuckers" too harsh?

    • NPRadiotherapy®

      I hope that's a fine glass of Santorum they're enjoying.

    • RavenRant

      Far too benign.

      Raddled, pox ridden, pus dripping whores, maybe.

      Or oozing, seeping sacks of toxic medical waste.

  • Callyson

    1960's: Hey, hey, LBJ, how many babies did you burn today?
    2010's: Hey, hey, Wall Street haters, how many pensions will you piss away today?

  • NeonTrotsky

    I saw Riley last night, but he might have gotten raped and killed by Breitbart in the mean time…

  • OzoneTom

    Huzzahs for the job-creators!

  • NPRadiotherapy®

    Piss test the rich!!1!

    • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

      See if they wet themselves when the trapdoor springs?

  • http://www.frso.org/index.htm 4TheTurnstiles

    Ahem. Marx was right about these guys, you know.

    • http://whatthefuckhasgopdonesofar.com/ Ayn Rand Paul Tard

      The part where he said aim for the head to kill the body? I heard that somewhere.

    • mrpuma2u

      Karl or Chico? They both were I think. Especially Chico, when he said "who ya a gonna believe? Me or your own eyes?"

      • bagofmice

        Why a duck? Why not a chicken?

    • lulzmonger

      "Quick, Bruno, Biffy & Bob! I want everything we've got moved into going long on futures in rope, guillotines & tumbrils – & I want this done by YESTERDAY!"

  • http://wonkette.com/ Monsieur_Grumpe

    I think this is one of those times where we could learn from the French.

    • Fare la Volpe

      Jerry Lewis is hilarious?

    • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

      a cut above MG.

    • DashboardBuddha

      Word

    • http://whatthefuckhasgopdonesofar.com/ Ayn Rand Paul Tard

      Nothing pairs with champagne like a nice, sharp guillotine.

    • RavenRant

      They weren't ALWAYS surrender monkeys. I'm pretty sure they were always cheese eaters, though.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    To celebrate the brokers' nerve, here's hoping the champagne was flavored with diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP).

  • SayItWithWookies

    Nice to know that their tax cut is being put to good use. Has a presidential candidate praised these assholes yet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/227406670645311 Fred_Wertham_Jr

    Jump, you fuckers.

    • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

      After the DFP kicks in, see above, they'll just tumble over the balcony.

    • http://blogslut.com blogslut

      indeed

    • Guppy06

      Defenstration now!

    • ChapterUndVerse

      Win!

  • Dumbedup

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. They have really done a number on this country. Bring back the fucking Wobblies and see if they are still smirking then.

  • BarackMyWorld

    They are obviously working hard creating jobs for the rest of us there.

    • James Michael Curley

      Cleaning the barf from the pavement below and the pee from the corners of the balcony.

    • OzoneTom

      Champagne's not going to drink itself.

      • spinozasgod

        nor make itself….of course those would be french jobs…..

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya

    Fucking fucks have their heads far more fucking attached to rest of their fucking selves than they fucking deserve.
    ~

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Weird how things work out, I'm just going to cut and paste a post from a couple threads back, and I think it will work just fine.

    Baldar sed: "Or to paraphrase Bogey in Casablance, 'Here's looking down at you, kid.'"

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    But, don't you see, if we made them pay for all of the bailouts of Wall Street, or raised their taxes, these people would not be able to create jobs in the vineyards of France or the tobacco plantations of Cuba.

  • NickDanger007

    They'd better start wearing designer clothes made of Kevlar. Post that pic along Wall Street, too. And identify those pricks.

  • Wilcoxyz

    A friend of mine spent a while as a dominatrix in lower Manhattan, catering to Wall Street broker types. She went back to stripping because she hated the clientele. I think I would have found a way to enjoy it.

    • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

      Seriously. "Safe word," my ass.

    • Barrelhse

      Set it up to look like an auto-erotic scene and strangle the bastards. Heh.

      • Isyaignert

        'kna! Karma baby, karma.

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Everyone lay off. They are obviously creating jobs for some liquor distributor. And the French, also.

  • chicken_thief

    I always thought those guys were rich enough to get some really good looking pussy. Guess I was wrong…

    • OzoneTom

      I can't operate… This is my son!

    • fuflans

      i was thinking the exact same thing. the libtards in the protest put the money to shame.

    • Guppy06

      They're called "heiresses."

    • elviouslyqueer

      INBREEDING LIBEL!

    • Schmannnity

      Instead of Darryl Hannah in Wall Street, you apparently get Kathy Bates.

  • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    Nominations are now closed for "first motherfuckers up against the wall."

  • BarackMyWorld
  • freakishlywrong

    They do remember how Mussolini got it, don't they?

    • zhubajie

      Of course not!

  • tihond

    Here's hoping the waiter added some of his own yellow gold to the champagne.

  • Schmannnity

    Riley missing for 18 hours? Sounds like a famous correspondent has gotten lucky.

    • wondering where i am

      I just came back from occupied Wall Street, where the heavens were cracking open and it was raining bucket. No Riley to be seen. Unless he was asleep (with his honey?) underneath one of the blue tarps.

      • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

        I highly doubt Breitbart was there.

  • powersuit

    That dude on the left of the still frame at the top of this post is seriously ugly.

    • flamingpdog

      So is the guy next to him.

  • Allmighty_Manos

    Watching these guys is enough to turn a peaceful liberal into a Red Brigade militant in under a minute.

  • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    BTW, just why is Zach Braff hangin' with all those assholes?

  • ThundercatHo

    Let's all hope for some rusty bolts holding on that railing. Hope you motherfuckers have your golden parachutes handy.

    • Guppy06

      Building codes get in the way of creating jobs.

  • friendlyskies

    Are you sure that's not vinegar and water?

  • Chichikovovich

    But don't forget that Wall Street types perform important tasks. Like right now I'm on the phone to get a broker, so I can put all the money from my mattress into shares of Consolidated Tumbrel and Tricoteuses-s'm's-Nous.

  • Chichikovovich

    This video reminds me of a recent edition Russian joke, post collapse of the Soviet Union. Two old babushkas who were born during Stalin's Regime and lived through Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Interims and Gorbachev, are watching a run of limousines ferrying post-privatization billionaires zip around Moscow, splashing freezing water on the now destitute pensioners who line the streets.

    One says to the other: "You're never too old to learn something new. All my life I've known that Marx was all wrong about Communism. But now I find out that he was absolutely right about Capitalism."

    • axmxz

      Haven't heard that one before! It's got a very late-90s vibe to it though. Nowadays the post-privatization billionaires are all either abroad, in prison, or have affiliated themselves with the state, so the babushkas are being splashed by the government functionaries, who are also holding up the traffic in every direction with their sirens.

    • oldmayfly

      Love the joke! Thank you.

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    You guys sure those were stock brokers on the balcony, because it looks more like cocktail hour at a transvestite convention to me.

  • spinozasgod

    we. as a country managed to create these people. this is what laissez faire capitalism looks like. ayn rand would be so proud, her dreams for america have come true……sociopaths run the show.

  • fuflans

    hey baggers!! did you see that tool in the pink shirt? the cow in the bedazzled purple?

    these are the people pulling your strings.

    • Carolinadancer

      The blond looks like the annoying blond attorney from the prosecutor's office on "The Good Wife". Smack her around some more. ")

  • Shellwith2Ls

    G.W Bush? Oh no, he was drinking O'Douls.
    Uhh, John Boehner?

  • Chichikovovich

    Wait, wait — I think they're all going Galt! Finally! Oh wonderful day! Let's buy a few bottles of bubbly for them. In gratitude.

    • bagofmice

      So you're considering the density of the glass needed to contain the pressurized fluid mix.

    • lulzmonger

      Needs moar cowbell hemlock.

  • BTWBFDIMHO

    If they have no water, let them have a golden shower.

  • __kth__

    Their ostentatious fake insouciance means those hippies hit a nerve.

  • Guppy06

    Will they still be laughing when the pikes come out? (Skip to 0:55)

  • Papa_Uniform

    This looks like a "Let them eat cake moment". Could we put this on a Hallmark Card?

  • http://wonkette.com Pres.LibunaticBrox

    They should have worn monocles and top hats, just for teh lulz.

    • jrients

      Speaking of the lulz, I’m wondering how long before 4chan sees this clip and Anonymous decides to destroy these fuckers.

  • http://www.frso.org/index.htm 4TheTurnstiles
  • rambone

    most of the NYPD officers […]also part of public-sector unions, and they’re also working class people, and they’re also wrestling with collapsing home values and collapsing pensions and an intentionally destroyed infrastructure.

    Sure cops are pro-union, as long as the union is their own . . . and their unions are exempted from every anti-union legislation that comes down the pike.

    In our society, like every other corrupt regime, cops are the bought-off enforcers recruited from the lower classes by the elites to beat the rest of us into submission.

    • mumbly_joe

      Meh, they marched with labor in Madison. In spite of exemptions. I suspect it was still out of self-interest, though- the only thing that will get you on labor's shit list even more than scabbing against a union is scabbing against all of labor

  • TurboKitty

    Marie Antoinette much … =\

  • PuglyDoRight

    Chip, Buffy, et al clearly didn't spend any of their ill-gotten gains on a gym membership.

  • memzilla

    I have never felt a bigger need to have a Super Soaker filled with cat pee as I have watching these people on the balcony.

  • ChuckieJesus

    I used to clean these bitches' houses. I used to turn tricks for these bitches too, at a different point in my life. They didn't consider me "people". They don't consider most people "people". But damn, for a bunch of rich motherfuckers, they were the stingiest tippers ever.

  • user-of-owls

    Of course they would. They'd be absolutely Rosse-faced with anger.

  • smashedinhat
  • https://rehistoric.wordpress.com/ fgdesign

    You'll enjoy this shot, then:
    http://twitpic.com/6sg12v

    !!

  • DocChaos

    "Let's drink to the hard working people. Let's drink of the lowly of birth. Raise your glass to the good and the evil. Let's drink to the salt of the earth."

    -M. Jagger/K. Richards

  • Carolinadancer

    I got the note about this post via Think Progress. The pic they used featured a blond woman in a violet blouse drinking champagne with her cronies from a balcony. She is quite similar in looks to that annoying blond attorney bitch from the prosecutor's office that goes up against Alicia on a regular basis on "The Good Wife". Which makes me hate her (Ms. Champagne) all the more…

  • hilbillyheroine

    I'm a pure liberal. However, my kids are not. They have sort of a liberal-libertarian twist, and they own massive firearms. So, I'm ok. When it all blows up, I can beg for mercy for the banksters: right before my libertarian bunch goes ape shit crazy on them. I won't beg too much.

  • lulzmonger

    EPIC METAPHOR WIN DETECTED

  • jaffonerr

    Real badass oligarchs would have just pissed off of the balconies on the protesters heads.

  • http://wonkette.com/ Monsieur_Grumpe

    Those are some really clear pictures of the pricks. Not a smart move on their part.

  • MissusBarry

    Let's hope!

  • GOPCrusher

    Don't think any of them are smart enough to figure it out.

  • lulzmonger

    Achievement Unlocked: ASKING FOR IT.

  • Barrelhse

    FORMER NYTimes Asst. Mging. Ed.