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Occupy Wall Street’s Scripted SOTU Response ‘Embargoed’ By PR Company

#OWS today.The dull evidence of a typical hack political campaign is the “embargoed” speech or statement sent out many hours before the event it is supposed to address. And now we’ve got this email from a big P.R. firm claiming that the Occupy Wall Street response to Obama’s State of the Union speech is contained within this mass-mailed marketing material. That whole “mic check” thing was getting a bit stale even before it was written into a press release and sent to the nation’s political media with the dumb demand that it be kept from the common people’s eyes until after Barack Obama read his prepared comments.

So, for what it’s worth — very little, by the looks of it — here is the script that the Occupy Wall Street political organization will follow tonight, when they act like they are responding to Obama’s SOTU:

Occupy Wall Street’s Response to SOTU. The State of the 99%

This 2012 “State of the 99%” response to the State of the Union will be delivered by a group of Occupiers assembled outside in a well-lit spot at McPherson Square following the conclusion of the President’s State of the Union address and/or the Tea Party response. The presentation will unfold this way: one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group, while another person will step into the center spot to read the next two lines, with each line again echoed by the People’s Mic. This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic.

Mic check! [mic check] Mic check! [mic check]
Fellow Americans, good evening! [Fellow Americans, good evening!]

We are men and women of the 99 percent
Many of us have spent many months at Occupy Wall Street

and at other Occupations across the country and around the world
We are here tonight to report on the State of the 99 percent in America

Of course most Americans know the state of the 99 percent very well
But sometimes the one percent, on Wall Street and in Washington, need a reminder

Financially, the state of the 99% is not strong
That is an understatement.

Never in our lifetimes have so many hard-working Americans
Faced so many difficulties, so many uncertainties, so many indignities

In Occupy camps around the country
We find Americans from all walks of life

[3 personal story couplets]

Some of us have had it rougher than others
And it turns out living in camps is no picnic either

But we do not give up easily
And we take inspiration from the brave Americans who came before us

From Dr. King, who gave his life fighting for economic justice
From the Suffragettes, who insisted the voice of women be heard

From all of those brave or foolish enough to believe in America’s defining idea

theidea of democracy

That we are all created equal

And we all have an equal voice in shaping the laws we all live by

America
Let’s be honest.

When our courts tell us corporations have more right to speak than we the people do
That’s not democracy.

When pepper spray and midnight raids make a joke of the 1st Amendment right to assemble.
That’s not democracy.

When defrauding clients, blowing up our economy, forging thousands of documents and seizing people’s homes illegally is not a crime
but protesting all that is a crime

That’s not democracy.
Our America is not a democracy, not yet.

We all know why: Wall street owns Washington.
Bribery is legal, and the laws we live by are for sale to the highest bidder

That is why our government serves the very rich and powerful
at the expense of the rest of us

It protects the bonuses of bankers and Wall Street executives,
while failing to keep hard-working families in their homes;

It shields offshore tax havens for the very wealthy,
while letting our bridges, schools, and infrastructure fall apart;

There have been dark periods in our nation’s history, when corruption became the norm
when grave injustices stood in the way of America living up to its best ideals.

But time and time again, Americans stepped up to take back their government and correct our course.
Today Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement step into this proud American tradition.

But fear not, one percent!
We are not here just to help the 99% at your expense.

We are here to help you too.
For when you’ve begun to think rigging the game is fair game

When you regard hard-working Americans as undeserving of a middle-class life
and unworthy of the profit their own work creates

When you treat the people who build your buildings and serve your food and raise your children and patrol your streets
without respect

You have not only lost touch with our humanity
You have lost touch with your own humanity

You need to find it again, for everyone’s sake
Real democracy will do you good

We are the 99%
We are here to create the democracy we have all been promised.

We are the 99%.
Our finances are weak, but our spirit is strong.

We are the 99%.
Our spring is coming.

Meh. Another People Power Movement reduced to banal hackery and PR email blasts.

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  • OC_Surf_Serf

    Like the other 99%, I don't have the time to read all that

    • Baconzgood

      I skimmed it for words like boobs and hand jobs so I have no interest.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        I do that with ctrl+F, saves a lot of time and eyestrain.

    • widestanceshakedown

      I only read 1% of it.

    • PsycWench

      I can't tell why it's supposed to be a response, given that it was written completely before the SOTU. At least the Republican/tea bag response puts on a show of having listened to the president before reciting the talking points.

  • ChernobylSoup

    This comment embargoed until 9pm EST.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      This comment embargoed until 9pm EST.

      • elviouslyqueer

        This comment embargoed by the administrator.

  • Extemporanus

    #OccupyOccupyWallStreet!

  • http://justspitballing.blogspot.com/ smashaduck

    How to kill a movement 101

    • valgal2342

      Eat too much cheese?

      • chicken_thief

        What is: How to make sant rum smell like brie, Alex?

        • SorosBot

          Well I wouldn't mind making some santorum with Allison Brie; yummy.

    • woodsboyAK

      Once that mic-check nonsense starts, I check out. There is no better way that to make your point pointless by stretching it out to 5x longer than it should be.

  • MozakiBlocks

    The presentation will unfold this way: one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group, while another person will step into the center spot to read the next two lines, with each line again echoed by the People’s Mic. This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic.

    Do what to who now?

    • bureaucrap

      It's called "The Aristocrats"!

  • http://wonkette.com/ weej_bain

    Too much hash and not enough hashtags.

  • BarackMyWorld

    Will there be an official Wonkette response to the State of the Union?

    • Nostrildamus

      "Take off your shirt!"

      • BaldarTFlagass

        More like "Show your tits!"

        We're not that subtle here.

        • GOPCrusher

          Amy Klobachar is giving the speech?

      • sarah_connor

        Hawaiian Shark God or GTFO!

    • jus_wonderin

      "Sing to me, BO!!"

    • nounverb911

      "Get off my lawn!"

      • jus_wonderin

        "You lie!!!"

    • Baconzgood

      "NEEDZ MOAR BUTTSECKS!11!!1!!"

    • C_R_Eature

      Bottoms Up!

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "You know who else had an official response?"

      • chicken_thief

        The SCOTUS to Troy Davis?

    • elviouslyqueer

      Does gratuitous fapping count?

      • GhostBuggy

        Is there such a thing?

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Only if it's chronic.

    • Fare la Volpe

      RESPONSE LIBEL!!

    • Tundra Grifter

      All of them, Katie.

    • Man0nTheStreet

      If there's no official Wonkette response, we can always strap on pig noses and take part in the official GOoPer program of loud oinking and farting noises.

    • LesBontemps

      This entire blog can be shipped to Afghanistan, no one has lost any.

    • SorosBot

      T

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Trucknutz.

    • C_R_Eature

      "Don't Teabag, me, Bro!"

    • chicken_thief

      This should only be discussed in a quiet room.

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      No response necessary. We are a War Blog, after all.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Verbose motherfuckers, huh?

  • memzilla

    Yeah, I'm sure the 1% is trembling in their Guccis over this.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    one participant will begin in the center/front of the group, in the middle of the camera frame, surrounded by the others. That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic. That person will then read their second line, and as the People’s Mic echoes the second line, that person will move off to the side and rejoin the group,….

    We used to do this in 1st or 2nd grade.

    Row row row your boat,
    gently down the stream,
    etc etc etc

  • memzilla

    Needs moar Vulture Capitalist Blood running in the gutters.

  • el_chupacabra

    something tells me this will be annoying to listen to after the first two lines. Message lost due to hipsters being hipsters. Next time mention Tebow.

  • http://www.wonkette.com Chillwillard

    You know who else did an unsuccesful/shitty sotu response?

    • ChernobylSoup

      That volcano in Alaska?

      • nounverb911

        Mount Jindal?

    • Generation[redacted]

      SkoalRebel?

    • MissTaken

      Kenneth the Page?

    • jus_wonderin

      "Jane. Stop this crazy thing!"?

    • Baconzgood

      Oh wait…Her name in on the tip of my tongue….Nope almost had it.

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        Take your face out of her panties and gaze upon her visage for a minute. It'll come back to you.

    • C_R_Eature

      John Roberts?

    • SorosBot

      Joe "you lie" Wilson?

    • Tundra Grifter

      Joe [not his real name] the Plumber [not his real occupation.]

      Sounds like a Mafia cognomen, doesn't it?

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      The one with the crazy eyes?

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I KNOW I don't even have to say "Hitler."

      I mean Jindal! I mean Jindal!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Meh. Another People Power Movement reduced to banal hackery and PR email blasts."

    Rilly, man. Isn't this what happened to the Tea Party? Well, I mean, if the Tea Party hadn't been a manufactured movement from the very beginning?

  • LabRodent

    I like to write stuff when im High.

    • Generation[redacted]

      mic bong check!

  • Extemporanus

    I can't decide what I hate
    more about this

    dumb poem:

    Its theme, its
    structure, or the fact that

    it doesn't
    even fucking

    rhyme.

    </Walken>

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    When there's nothing good on TV, that's not a democracy.

  • coolhandnuke

    I'd prefer watching Santorum's Apple ad to this pablum.

  • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

    tl;dr.

    Brought torches and pitchforks, tho. We can has bloodletting nao?

    • Banelm

      I'll second that. Howabout Occupying the Cayman Islands?

      • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

        I'm in. I'm'a bring mah homies, too.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Has to still be more interesting than the Tea Party Response. And at least they will be looking at the camera.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    That was alot of words, I dont know what the fuck you said, or if there was a point in there. I even read it twice, because I "started early" today.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    I'm waiting for the OWS response to the Oscar nominations.

    • LesBontemps

      Is the same press release.

  • SorosBot

    Somebody really needs to help the Occupy protesters sell their message better; by having separate people read word of the speech, the whole thing will be garbled, chaotic and incomprehensible. Try, like, one person per sentence; that could actually work.

    • http://www.kalimao.blogspot.com MittBorg

      I like your idea. I'll Tweet it. Couldn't hurt.

  • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

    Speaking of SOTU responses, Herman Cain is soliciting suggestions on Twitter for what he should put in his official TP response to the SOTU tonight. Use the hashtag #CainResponse to send him some suggestions (his Twitter account is @THEHermanCain.) For some reason, "Give me capitalism or give me death" is extremely popular and seems to be used unironically.

  • VinnyThePooh

    Needs moar fetus jugglin'.

  • UW8316154

    "This will continue, cycling through the crowd, with each person reading two lines and being echoed by the People’s Mic."

    Oh for Christ's sake, it's going to be long, boring and incomprehensible.

    I cannot believe that this is the same movement that was so classy at Davis during Katehi's silent evening walk to her car.

    • Chichikovovich

      They had meant to do exactly the same thing at Davis that they are going to do here, but by the time everyone had figured out the directions Katehi had already driven off.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Please stop. I'm bored.

    • C_R_Eature

      Shouted in high, clear little girl voice.

      Repeat as necessary.

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

    Too long,
    Therefore wrong.
    ~

  • Callyson

    We could have used this after last night's debate.

  • bumfug

    I'd rather listen to a demented crackhead yell at the voices in his head than hear another one of those annoying fucking mic-checks.

    • Generation[redacted]

      That demented crackhead makes some good points.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I'll be anxious to get the read-ahead for the OWS response to the Super Bowl. I'm sure it will be more compelling than what I will have to hear from those idiots on the NFL Network. Go Pats!

  • MissTaken

    You have not only lost touch with our humanity
    You have lost touch with your own humanity

    How does OWS know about me touching my humanity?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Moist?

    • Extemporanus

      OWS, the humanity!

    • SorosBot

      Well everybody does it, so it kind of goes without saying.

      • chicken_thief

        Hey, I've never touched MissT's humanity! Tell my wife, MissT, before she gets the round chambered!!!

    • prommie

      I have committed crimes against my humanity many times.

    • Fare la Volpe

      How did they know I just had a Pants-Off Dance-Off?

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Mic check!

    • elviouslyqueer

      Adhesive side down!

    • LesBontemps

      Where did you get a huge manatee? Do you live in Florida?

    • Guppy

      At this point, who doesn't know?

    • Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Wasn't that the point of charging $5 to view the web cam footage?

  • Chichikovovich

    If the success of the OWS revolution means that we have to listen to by-the-numbers boilerplate like that all the time, I'm voting for Gingrich.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    This is what makes Keanu Reves sad.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    I will occupy any place within walking distance for $37.28 because that is how much I need.

  • researchrants

    This is stupid. [This is stupid.]

  • Chichikovovich

    Also, I observe that OWS rather cravenly avoids any mention at all of the plague of fetus-eating that is sweeping the country.

    • chicken_thief

      WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!!

  • RedneckMuslin

    Nobody asked but I will give my response to Barry's SOTU.

    "Yep, you're right."

  • meatlofer

    If it wasn't for Sturgis, I'd leave this country!

  • dadanarchist

    Needs more guillotine.

    • prommie

      Pitchforks and torches, at least.

  • veritass

    tl;dr

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "[3 personal story couplets]"

    Oh? Do tell.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I was hoping for haikus, but there you have it.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    In fairness to OWS, they embargoed a pretty shitty response. I can understand why they'd want to wait for bigger names to overshadow this.

    Especially since most of it has been running on the TeeVee for a couple of weeks already.

  • widestanceshakedown

    I see what you did there.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    That person will deliver the first line of the speech, and will then be echoed by the People’s Mic.

    Wait. The Rock will be delivering the response?

    Awesome!

  • OneYieldRegular

    I predict that this will be especially effective if read by people with chalkboard-scraping, strident voices who conclude by blaming everything on the Fed and Zionism.

  • Geminisunmars

    Okay you guys, cut it out. These are your breathren, sistren, and/or children.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I'm an only child myself, but everyone I knew growing up that had brothers and sisters, they were always fucking with each other, beating on each other, teasing each other, making each other cry, etc.

      • Fare la Volpe

        And if the rumors were true, some of them were just plain old fucking each other.

        • chicken_thief

          All those rumors are false.

          Thank you.

          ~ The Residents of the State of Kentucky

    • SudsMcKenzie

      My sisters beat me at tennis

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      My cistern is empty

  • DaRooster

    "Yeah… what they said."

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

    I'd go with something succinct.

    How about,

    "We're going to hang all you corrupt, lying assholes from lamp posts."
    [repeat]
    ~

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Not only +1, but FTW

    • LesBontemps

      Gets right to the point. I'd go with this edit.

  • widestanceshakedown

    If only this was read aloud by Lieberman and Pawlenty, it could really. . . .zzzzzzzzzzz/thump.

  • elviouslyqueer

    So, couplets, eh? Oh, if I must

    There once were Occupiers who said
    "Hey POTUS, off with your head!"

    After Barry's SOTU,
    They all shouted "Fuck You!"

    And soon occupied Gitmo instead.
    Ode, ode, ode.

  • sati_demise

    I usually have to hear the other persons speech before rebuttal.

    They must be time travelers.

  • prommie

    But is there sex? Dirty hippie sex in sleeping bags?

    • MissTaken

      I think that's what they mean by:

      We are the 99%.
      Our spring is coming

      • prommie

        Santa Clause only comes once a year.

      • SorosBot

        And here I thought it was "We are the 99%, offspring are coming" and figured the hippies had forgotten their condoms.

  • SayItWithWookies

    But fear not, one percent!
    We are not here just to help the 99% at your expense.
    We are here to help you too….

    You have not only lost touch with our humanity
    You have lost touch with your own humanity
    You need to find it again, for everyone’s sake
    Real democracy will do you good

    That sound you hear is drawbridges being pulled up at 1% of the households in America.

  • WiscDad

    Hippies did the same thing in the sixties, execpt it was…
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Kumbaya my lord [Kumbaya]
    Oh Lord [Kumbaya]

    Then they went over to campus and blew up the Science Building

  • sati_demise

    So, some hot DC cop on hipster action after the SOTU!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    When I was a little kid I used to think poetry was gross and for girls. Then one day the English teacher read the words to War Pigs to show us that it was really poetry because it rhymed. He was right, Masses rhymed with Masses. So now I kind of like poetry because songs are really poetry with guitars except for some songs that don't have any words at all and they are all stupid.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "some songs that don't have any words at all and they are all stupid."

      Derrick, you need to go back and listen to "Peaches en Regalia" or "Beck's Bolero" again.

      • chicken_thief

        It wasn't the Ventures fault that they were all dumb.

  • Limeylizzie

    OT Martin Bashir is reaming that hideous Joe Walsh, delicious.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Did you see him yesterday? He was talking about Romney going after Gingrich in a more forceful way and added, "I reminds me of a politician in England who said his opponent's rebuttals were like being attacked by a dead sheep."

      • Limeylizzie

        I love him, I never used to, but if you watch him he is so understated and snarky, he is probably on Wonkette.

        • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

          I think MSNBC is giving him more leeway than ABC did.He's very droll and he has more knowledge about international issues than the other ones do which is why I watch.

    • Gainsbourg69

      I've caught his show a few times and I like the way he insults people in that British manner of his.

      • Limeylizzie

        We are so fucking excellent at that, dentistry and haute cuisine-not soi much, but sarcasm we have down to an art form.

        • Gainsbourg69

          Marco Pierre White libel.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    *achem*, as someone who stood out in a godamn WI winter for weeks, watching crowds go from a few thousand to 100k. Watching Doctors and Nurses risk their careers handing out "notes", and a tiny recall petition stand at the Capital steps start (none of us thought had a chance) it pains me to see these people as posers.

    I love that they have added the income disparity to the dialogue, but for fucks sake do something else than digging igloos at Davos.

    This is what we are doing http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/ , and we still have an uphill battle.

    *steps off soap box*

    • WiscDad

      Amen to that…and thank you.

    • Extemporanus

      Thank you, Suds.

      And thank you, too, patriotic volunteer Rainman army counting away quietly, on cam, for freedom.

    • montreal_bruin

      Ooooooh, chatty Cathy with the ponytail has teh sexy nerd thing going on . . .

    • real_dc_native

      Thanks Suds. I wish I could give you 10ps.

  • coolhandnuke

    A bootleg tape of the greatest hits from an occupied port-a-potty at Burning Man is finer dining music than this occupied muzak.

  • PhilippePetain

    That mic check thing has always been embarrassing as fuck.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Needz moar roadies.

  • Fare la Volpe

    You couldn't sell a poem this shitty on Etsy, even if you sprinkled it with glitter and labeled it as "upcycled."

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    I thought no individuals spoke for the movement. Someone is in need of a flaming tire collar of one variety or another. Maybe we'll be nice and start them off with a bicycle wheel…

  • coolhandnuke

    "V For Vegetable"…worst sequel ever.

  • BigDumbRedDog

    As a member of the 99%, I am way too busy eating fetuses and drinking rubbing alcohol to read all that shit.

  • DrunkIrishman

    tl;dr

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    That Mike Czech dude sure gets around.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Pointless; an exercise in futility. All the 1% ever needed to know about the Occupy movement they learned from that newspaper photo of the cop in Oakland petting an occupy-orphaned kittycat.

  • kissawookiee

    I had a root canal this morning, which you might think promises to make the SOTU far more entertaining than usual, but because Jebus hates me I can't take painkillers any more potent than ibuprofen without violently puking. I haz a sad.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      Aww. I'm kissing you wookie. Guess you can never be in a rock band. (Punk band maybe, puking could be part of the act.)

      • kissawookiee

        I may go with fetus shots instead; I hear they're delicious AND protein-packed.

        • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

          Might help your recovery.Feel better.

    • sati_demise

      Bong hits ?

  • real_dc_native

    Hey, it's not Miley Cyrus but sadly #OWS reminds me of this:

    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world
    You tell me that it's evolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world

    —–

    You say you got a real solution
    Well, you know
    We'd all love to see the plan
    You ask me for a contribution
    Well, you know

    ——-

    You say you'll change the constitution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change your head
    You tell me it's the institution
    Well, you know
    You better free you mind instead

  • Wonderthing

    “Every American community has varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberal. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.”

    –Phil Ochs

  • ingloriousbytch

    OWS, I love you, but it's time for you assholes to stop acting like mimes and start acting like a real political movement. Cut the street theatre and get behind some policy changes.

    • GOPCrusher

      Agreed. It reminds me of the entire Obama Administration up to this point, the wingnuts screaming about socialism and fundamentally changing America, so they've been going out of their way not to piss the wingnuts off.
      Maybe the time has come for the OWS Movement to start showing up with some ropes and swinging some iron around to give the 1% the idea that we are getting tired of fucking around.

      • ingloriousbytch

        I don't even need tire irons (yet). How about having a person deliver the OWS repsonse? A single person delivering a coherent statement instead of this performance art people's mic bullshit. It wouldn't have to be a politician (although I think it's time we made use of Robert Reich, Buddy Roemer or Bernie Sanders). I know that there have been benefits to the fluid nature of OWS but it's time to evolve into something besides hippie mobs. This kind of stuff just begs to be mocked. We've changed the conversation now let's get to work on changing the SYSTEM.

        My apologies for the lack of snark but I hate seeing OWS blow an opportunity like this with lame theatrics.

        • Gainsbourg69

          I disagree. OWS changed the conversation without any money or politicians behind them. The Tea Bagger movement, on the other hand, is all but dead because they tried to change the GOP from the inside and ended up compromising themselves. Now every body hates them and they're unhappy with the people they've put in office. Perhaps staying in the periphery is the best thing for OWS if they want to get the whole of the 99% on side, no?

  • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

    When will we hear a response from Walker, Texas Ranger?

  • jus_wonderin

    I accidently the SOTU. Is this bad?

  • Guppy

    "Yes, we're all different!"

  • Guppy

    If there's one thing I learned, it's to never allow anybody with any sort of political agenda to get a hold of my email address. They're all well aware that they don't qualify as "spam" under the law, and they all think they're so clever

  • thefrontpage

    Embargo THIS!

  • GOPCrusher

    I'm not embarrassed to say this, but I found this extremely difficult to masturbate to.

  • DahBoner

    Tell us in one sentence, what you're going to tell us.

    Tell us, in one or two sentences.

    Tell us what you just told us.

    4 sentences, tops, to explain anything, verbose, boring windbags…

  • Nesnora

    Better idea: Collectively shit on a print-out of Newt, Mitts, Ron and Santorum in a lemon party photoshop, followed by a moment of silence.

  • Gainsbourg69

    They may never get the whole of the 99% on side, but the message they're trying to put out there would resonate with a lot more people if they avoid choosing blue over red.

    Americans for prosperity helped the tea party focus on more strategic goals and helped them achieve some great results. But OWS dominates the conversation now because the baggers became a part of the political realm and now that they're on the inside they've been sold out by the very politicians they pinned their hopes on.

    Bill Maher, Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich and Buddy Romer have been at it for years and they have never changed the conversation like OWS has been able to. Believe me, it feels counter intuitive to say this, but why not let these people keep on doing their thing and see how it plays out?

    The teabaggers are calling the shots? That's news to me. If they were calling the shots Michele Bachmann would still be in the race.

  • Negropolis

    I, for one, will not criticise the spirit of the movement. When this thing kicks back into high-gear when everything unthaws in the spring, their supposed allies won't be laughing.

  • ttommyunger

    Will the left ever learn what the Right has perfected? Go for the jugular, keep it short, keep it simple. Jeesh!