Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Wall Street’
June 5, 2012 – You know, most people become politically smarter with age. Well, except for people like Jackson Browne who still hasn’t figured out that Obama is an enemy of the the capitalist society that he reaps $millions from.
In a recent interview with The Wrap, Jackson said, “It wouldn’t and shouldn’t be a f—ing surprise to anybody that I’m going to vote for Obama, but honestly Obama once again has joined the ranks of the lesser of two evils. The great parade of people that the progressives get to vote for who are the lesser of two evils and who don’t really represent what I believe in any overwhelming balance.”
WTF! See what I mean?
In one of my favorite songs, “The Pretender,” you’ll hear Jackson Browne lyrics …”struggle for the legal tender” and “kids wait for the ice cream vendor.” This is what drives me crazy about artists who get mixed up in politics. You can’t have it both ways Jackson. If Obama remains in office another 4 years those little kids probably won’t be seeing that ice cream vendor because his ass will be out of a job – and never mind how worthless that legal tender will become.
Hey Jackson, I love your music but damn it man, wake the f*ck up and look what that jerk your supporting is doing to our country! -JRoycroft
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January 29, 2012 - 400 Oakland Occutards were arrested on Saturday. Want a good reason to kick some Occutard ass? Notice how some of the cowards hide their faces. Just once I wish I could happen by these filthy scumbags and be there at the precise moment when one of them sets fire to an American flag. I’ll gladly take the ride to jail.
What a bunch of pathetic little losers the Occutards are. -JRoycroft
December 22, 2011 - Today I would like to introduce a special guest, Brittany Lyons, who is a blogger for PhDs.org. Brittany has written an excellent article about the Occupy Wall Street crowd trying to trademark their name in an effort to stop others from profiting off their movement. I think you’ll find her article very informative and well written.
Occupy Wall Street Trademarks Name
By Brittany Lyons - Occupy Wall Street is a movement that started with a spark and ignited into a frenzy of homespun, vigilante efforts, fed by the fury at corporate greed and the widening income gap. As it has spread effortlessly to a multitude of cities and towns, the movement has quickly become popular with the public, and has been debated in the lecture halls of PhD programs and in households across America. Organizers have been quick to rally, and profiteers have been even quicker to capitalize on manufacturing T-shirts and other paraphernalia that bear its name, which seemingly contradicts its anti-capitalist message.
In October, merely a month after the first Occupy protest in New York, a Long Island couple named Robert and Diane Maresca officially became the first people seeking to capitalize on the phrase by submitting an application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Soon after, Wylie Stecklow, an attorney representing the Occupy Wall Street protesters, followed suit and filed to trademark both “Occupy Wall St.” and “Occupy Wall Street.” According to the Washington Post, Stecklow filed the application to “prevent profiteering…[so that] [t]he trademark can be used for noncommercial purposes.”
Thus a bidding war for the phrase began, and within the same day of Stecklow’s filing, an Arizona businessman by the name of Vince Ferraro filed to trademark “Occupy Wall Street” for commercial use. In response, the Marescas revoked their bid, stating that they support the movement, and had they won the right to the trademark, they would have transferred ownership to Occupy Wall Street for $1 after being reimbursed for expenses incurred. Ferraro, on the other hand, told CNNMoney that he intends to use the phrase for commercial use on merchandise such as T-shirts, jackets and bags, and has no political ties to the name.
With the Occupy Wall Street movement itself and Vince Ferraro now being the main contenders for the patent, it will take up to three months for their applications to be reviewed by patent attorneys and then to go through the selection process. The Occupy Wall Street movement automatically has priority, simply due to the fact that its application was filed three hours before the Ferraro’s bid.
According to FindLaw, Occupy Wall Street is an unincorporated association, which means it is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status. However because the movement is “unincorporated” versus “incorporated,” it does not have some of the liability protection given to incorporated non-profits. As such, Occupy Wall Street must have a name that is not in conflict with any other business, and that does not infringe upon a trademark. Therefore the fact the organization is the first in line to lay claim to the trademark, and more importantly, has been using the phrase for longest amount of time, means there is a good chance that it will gain the rights to trade marking the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” and similar offshoots. The Wall Street Journal explains that if this occurs, the trademark will safeguard the name from being improperly used, it will clarify any confusion for consumers and it will help to preserve its overall message and intent.
Currently there are thousands of items on-line using the non-trademarked Occupy Wall Street phrase. Ray Agrizone, creator of TheOccupyStore.com, is one such person who is using the phrase and its off-shoots for profit. Recognizing the potential for future cease and desist letters, he is safeguarding himself by donating 10 percent of his profits to Occupy Wall Street through its non-profit status. Regardless, Agrizone has still received negative emails and tweets demanding that he not use the name for financial gain. Yet ironically, there are plenty of Occupy Wall Street supporters who are using home-made methods, such as screen-printing T-shirts, in order to memorialize the cause in their own unique way.
One challenge Occupy Wall Street faces is that the movement has no official leaders, which may make staying anti-establishment while creating a structure in order to safeguard its message difficult. Hiring lawyers and becoming an organized entity is in some ways participating in the game that the movement is seeking to denounce. Yet in the end, it seems people are going to want a piece of Occupy Wall Street. Whether it is a sheer memento, or a piece of what some consider to be strictly a matter of commerce, people like Ray Agrizone claim this is not necessarily bad in and of itself.
Bio: Brittany Lyons aspires a life in teaching, but decided to take some time off from grad school to help people learn to navigate the academic lifestyle. She currently lives in Spokane, Washington, where she spends her time reading science fiction and walking her dog.
Note: This post may not be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from Brittany Lyons
November 15, 2011 - This letter, which was purportedly dropped from an office building in Chicago by the Board of Trade down upon the crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters. There is no author attribution, so for now, this re-publication remains anonymous. Whether this actually happened or not, it is indeed a work of genius. -JRoycroft
Here it is, as written in the photo above -
We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable.
I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its (sic) not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well, now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours.
We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing ladscapint? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.
So now that we’re going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it’s really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.
We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? And will they?
- 10 Differences Between OWS and The Tea Party (businesspundit.com)
- Unions and OWS openly together at last: “Day of Action” planned for next week (hotair.com)
- Obama’s ludicrous comparison of OWS with the Tea Party movement (constitutionclub.org)
November 14, 2011- Recently, I’ve noticed a particular Facebook page that puts extreme effort into trashing the liberal agenda. I suppose you could figure that one out yourself by their title, “Americans Against the Liberal Agenda.” That’s cool with me, however I take issue with the manner in which they are doing it.
This page has a group of followers, some of who take everything they see and read on Facebook as fact and hard evidence of liberal wrong doings. What better place to put out your opinions than Facebook? Especially if you have a catchy page title and post any and everything you can find on the internet that mirrors your own opinions – even if some of the crap you post is a total fabrication. It’s easy to get a story wrong, and a little research goes a long way, but if something you know is untrue when you post it, it’s a lie.
Twice now within the past month this Facebook page has given out bad information which included photographs in an effort to mislead it’s followers. Both times I called them on it and neither time did they take them down or even verify or question what I told them. I submitted to these amateurs hard evidence, which is something they apparently don’t rely on.
One of their stories showed a photograph taken which showed an Occupy Wall Street protester defecated on an American flag. That story was false, a lie. The photograph they used was from a Portland protest several years ago. It didn’t happen at OWS. I even gave them the link and posted it on their page. Of course there it sits, ignored.
More recently, a photograph of the Obama’s at the “Hoops For Troops” gathering on Veterans Day. They posted a photograph of Michelle Obama, pointing out that she was not placing her hand over her heart during the playing of our national anthem. Guess what folks, it took me less than 2 minutes to find a photograph of Michelle standing there, with a smile on her face, hand over her heart. I posted that link and guess what…No questions, no response.
If you want to be taken seriously try being honest. In my opinion, you folks that allow faked photographs and push intentional lies about anyone on your Facebook page are no better than those you are trashing. Those of us who take the time to research our stories and genuinely care about defending our constititional rights don’t need rank amateurs out there giving us all a bad name. Here’s a piece of advice for you folks at “Americans Against the Liberal Agenda” that would serve you folks well and give you some sort of credibility before you decide to post a new story:
- Do some damn research on your stories
- Verify your information before you post it
- Remove material proven to be false
- Learn how to identify “doctored” photographs
- Stop believing every freakin thing you see, read, or hear in ANY MEDIA!
- Just because it was reported somewhere else does not make it a true story
Oh, and for those fools who believe everything they post. - You’re a bunch of mindless idiots who need to get some sort of a life. Please do us all a big favor and stay away from the voting booth next November. It was uneducated fools like you that got us into the mess we are currently in.
Fight the Liberal agenda, but damn it, try to do it honestly! – JRoycroft