LET'S DRINK TO THE SALT OF THE EARTH  2:07 pm October 1, 2011

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

by Ken Layne

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

"Are the workhouses full?"

mrpuma2u September 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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 September 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Good news!

HuddledMass October 7, 2011 at 10:50 am

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

orygoon September 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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

HateMachine September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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

An_Outhouse September 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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

GunToting[Redacted] September 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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

Also.

Ken Cuccinelli September 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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

Fare la Volpe September 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Too subtle. ICBMs will get the message across.

BaldarTFlagass September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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

mumbly_joe September 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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

HistoriCat September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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

CommieLibunatic September 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

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

Ken Layne September 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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

Barb September 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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

Fare la Volpe September 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

From white collar to dog collar.

RavenRant September 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm
zhubajie September 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Don't let the televangelists off!

BaldarTFlagass September 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Bet they were hocking loogies out on the protesters.

Fare la Volpe September 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Too uncivilized. They had the help do that.

Dr_Zoidberg September 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

And then beat the help afterwards for poor aim.

SmutBoffin September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Then they would be drinking chocolate milk.

BlueStateLibel September 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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

fuflans September 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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

RavenRant September 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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

Wilcoxyz September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass September 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

The Pope?

James Michael Curley September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

from a red moroccan leather slipper

Chichikovovich September 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Specifically Pope Urbana?

TrotskysAxe September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Chief Illiniwek?

weejee September 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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

GOPCrusher September 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I was going to go with Lou Henson.

Native_of_SL_UT September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Paula Abdul?

Barrelhse September 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Dom Perignon?

Dr_Zoidberg September 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Shrub?

BarackMyWorld September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Dr. Doom?

HistoriCat September 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Nikolas Sarkozy?

Not_So_Much September 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Howard Roark?

chicken_thief September 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Charlie Sheen?

littlebigdaddy September 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Eva Peron?

grex1949 September 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Generalissimo Francisco Franco?

RavenRant September 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Breaking news – still dead.

__kth__ September 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm
lulzmonger September 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan?

ChapterUndVerse October 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

Nero?

FakaktaSouth September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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

Fare la Volpe September 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Mais oui!

fuflans September 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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

FakaktaSouth September 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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

freakishlywrong September 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Is "Fuckers" too harsh?

NPRadiotherapy® September 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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

RavenRant September 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Far too benign.

Raddled, pox ridden, pus dripping whores, maybe.

Or oozing, seeping sacks of toxic medical waste.

Callyson September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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

OzoneTom September 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Huzzahs for the job-creators!

NPRadiotherapy® September 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Piss test the rich!!1!

weejee September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

See if they wet themselves when the trapdoor springs?

4TheTurnstiles September 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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

Ayn Rand Paul Tard September 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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

mrpuma2u September 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

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

bagofmice September 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Why a duck? Why not a chicken?

lulzmonger September 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

"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!"

Monsieur_Grumpe September 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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

Fare la Volpe September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Jerry Lewis is hilarious?

weejee September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

a cut above MG.

DashboardBuddha September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Word

Ayn Rand Paul Tard September 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Nothing pairs with champagne like a nice, sharp guillotine.

RavenRant September 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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

weejee September 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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

SayItWithWookies September 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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

Fred_Wertham_Jr September 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Jump, you fuckers.

weejee September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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

blogslut September 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

indeed

Guppy06 September 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Defenstration now!

ChapterUndVerse October 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

Win!

Dumbedup September 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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

James Michael Curley September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

OzoneTom September 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Champagne's not going to drink itself.

spinozasgod September 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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

ifthethunderdontgetya September 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass September 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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

Wilcoxyz September 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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.

FlownOver September 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Seriously. "Safe word," my ass.

Barrelhse October 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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

Isyaignert October 4, 2011 at 2:07 am

'kna! Karma baby, karma.

imissopus September 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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

chicken_thief September 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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

OzoneTom September 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I can't operate… This is my son!

fuflans September 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

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

Guppy06 September 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

They're called "heiresses."

elviouslyqueer September 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

INBREEDING LIBEL!

Schmannnity September 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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

FlownOver September 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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

BarackMyWorld September 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm
freakishlywrong September 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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

zhubajie September 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Of course not!

tihond September 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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

Schmannnity September 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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

wondering where i am September 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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.

imissopus September 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

I highly doubt Breitbart was there.

powersuit September 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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

flamingpdog September 30, 2011 at 12:48 am

So is the guy next to him.

Allmighty_Manos September 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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

FlownOver September 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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

ThundercatHo September 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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

Guppy06 September 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Building codes get in the way of creating jobs.

friendlyskies September 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Are you sure that's not vinegar and water?

Chichikovovich September 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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 October 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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 October 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

Love the joke! Thank you.

johnnyzhivago September 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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

spinozasgod September 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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 September 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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

Shellwith2Ls September 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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

Isyaignert October 4, 2011 at 2:05 am

Wouldn't be too sure about that. Ever see the film of GWB drunk on his @ss at the Olympics? http://wonkette.com/401833/was-bush-falling-down-

Chichikovovich September 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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

lulzmonger September 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Needs moar cowbell hemlock.

BTWBFDIMHO September 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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

__kth__ September 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Their ostentatious fake insouciance means those hippies hit a nerve.

Guppy06 September 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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

Papa_Uniform September 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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

Pres.LibunaticBrox September 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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

jrients September 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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

4TheTurnstiles September 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm
rambone September 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Marie Antoinette much … =\

PuglyDoRight September 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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

memzilla September 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

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 September 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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

smashedinhat September 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm
fgdesign September 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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

!!

DocChaos September 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

"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 September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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 September 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

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 September 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm

EPIC METAPHOR WIN DETECTED

jaffonerr October 9, 2011 at 3:10 am

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

Monsieur_Grumpe September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

MissusBarry September 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Let's hope!

GOPCrusher September 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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

lulzmonger September 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Achievement Unlocked: ASKING FOR IT.

Barrelhse October 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm

FORMER NYTimes Asst. Mging. Ed.

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