Pat Buchanan doesn’t want my pity, and he probably doesn’t deserve it. But I couldn’t help feeling sad for him reading his apocalyptic, overwrought new book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” By almost any standard, Buchanan has had a successful life and career – he’s advised two presidents, run for president three times himself; he’s a wealthy author, columnist and MSNBC pundit – but apparently, it’s all been for naught. Ultimately his side can’t win, he says, because demography is against him. As long as white America remains on track to lose its majority status this century – and we can debate when that will happen, but there’s no way around it – the America Buchanan loves is gone.
Two confrontations at the Occupy DC sites in Washington on Tuesday showed the movement grappling with — and enlarging — its understanding of free speech. While there is no reality to the right-wing media attacks on the movement as “anti-Semitic” (the McPherson Square occupation had its own sukkah for celebrating the Jewish holiday of sukkot), occupiers increasingly find themselves confronted by critics in person. How the protesters responded in these two cases showed how the movement grows, not in numbers but in spirit.
It's been boom times lately for the private security companies retained by Wall Street firms, thanks to Occupy Wall Street. It seems that Wall Street execs have decided to ignore the counsel of Andrew Ross Sorkin — who said they needn't fear for their safety — and have started to fret. But luckily, there's a way to throw money at the problem, and so many execs have decided to hire extra security.
A digest of the past week’s prophetic and interpretive thought
WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES:
Occupy Wall Street has already won, perhaps not the victory most of its participants want, but a momentous victory nonetheless. It has already altered our political debate, changed the agenda, shifted the discussion in newspapers, on cable TV, and even around the water cooler. And that is wonderful.
One of the key activists behind Egypt's "Facebook Revolution" is now giving advice to a new group of protesters: the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Newspaper columnist Ann Coulter, spreading the lies of the extreme right wing, called the Occupy Wall Street protestors, “tattooed, body-pierced, sunken-chested 19-year-olds getting in fights with the police for fun.”
Not that there was any doubt, but I think the Tea Party Nation people are quite possibly super geniuses:
Just before the start if GOP presidential debate in Nevada, Erin Burnett and her panel had a little bit of trouble broadcasting from their outdoor studio as they were drowned out by the Occupy Wall Street protesters and chants of "Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!"