Linking the Arab Spring with Occupy

Writer Ahdaf Soueif, who wrote Cairo: My City, Our Revolution thinks that young Egyptians should be connected with the Occupy movement: If institutions like the British Council want to remain relevant, the best way to do this is provide a platform to connect young people and artists from the Middle East with their international peers, most obviously with the Occupy movement. Yes, most obviously Adhaf. Good idea, let’s get the 99%ers, the hippies, and Egyptian artists together. Sounds like a fun party. . .

Doggupy in Union Square, NYC

Doggupy was a canine-themed protest that some New Yawk dog owners staged to protest inferior dog food. I don’t own a pup, but if one food appears inferior, simply don’t buy it. I’ve been in the pet food store and I know that good dog chow exists out there:

Anthony Rubio stands with his Chihuahua Kimba behind a placard during a ” Doggupy” event at Union Square in New York October 2, 2012. About 20 dog owners took part in the event calling for an end to inferior dog food and to demand for nutritious, real, whole food.

Although, I do like seeing dumb offshoots of the Occupy theme. It was ridiculous to begin with and this only makes OWS, by association, more so.

Mitt Romney’s Puppet Sticks Out

I have little experience in street theater. You know, those spectacles the hard-workers from the Occupy movement like to engage in. Life-sized puppets and costumes and the like. But still, this exchange between some protestors at the the RNC pre-convention in Tampa and the police is unintentionally hilarious: 

One deputy told a group of protestors carrying an oversized puppet of Mitt Romney the sticks they were using to hold up the puppet’s arms were against the rules.

Deputy: “I got to have the sticks.”
Protestor: “No, sir. We actually measured them exactly within the code.”
Deputy: “Okay, there’s one of two options. I can take the sticks or people can go to jail. I don’t want to do that.”

RNC Protestor with Romney puppet in Tampa

A Tampa police captain took over, measured the sticks and determined that they were legal.

On the exchange between the deputy and protestor, Chief Castor said “there was just a little bit of confusion on it. Whether we should or shouldn’t allow those in here and then the Captain made the decision. The right decision.”

Community organizer Kelly Benjamin agreed with Chief Castor.

“We have the utmost respect for the police. They’re just doing their jobs,” said Kelly Benjamin, FL Consumer Action Network. “It was a misunderstanding. I’m glad it was resolved. The puppet was well within the code, so there should be no problems.”

I got to have the sticks! Where else except with goofy protestors and community organizers is a cop ever going to try to take away “puppet sticks?”

OWS T-Shirts and Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

Smug 99%er Protests Capitalism by Selling T-shirts. 8 Bucks a Pop. Pre-shrunk

Occupy Wall Street, New York City.

The misnamed 99% crowd are working to promote their brand. By patenting their various names, they hope to capitalize on the movement.

T-shirt sales are being looked at as one possible revenue stream. Kinda ironic, no? The scoop:

In recent weeks, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received a spate of applications from enterprising merchandisers, lawyer and others seeking to win exclusive commercial rights to such phrases as “We are the 99 percent,” ”Occupy” and “Occupy DC 2012.”

Organizers of the protest centered in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park went so far as to file for a trademark of “Occupy Wall Street” after several other applications connected to the demonstrations were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jay-Z and Rocawear. No OWS, 22 dolla (holla) t-shirt

Nothing like having your cake and eating it too. Protest it and practice it.

And just yesterday Mr. Z (first name: Jay, Mr. Put-a-Ring-On-It-I-Did, Mistah Beyonce) backed out of his shady plan to make money off the protesting hippies. Oh no, Jay-Z got owned:

After a perceived attempt to cash in on the Occupy Wall Street movement by hawking T-shirts with the slogan “Occupy All Streets,” the $22 shirts were suddenly removed from the “Otis” rapper’s Rocawear website Saturday with no explanation (not yet, anyway.)

So, what went down?

Jay-Z reportedly came under fire after word got out that Rocawear didn’t plan to donate any of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts to the Occupy Wall Street movement (which was later confirmed by a rep for the clothing company.)

Frank Miller’s Dark Night

My guess: 95% of us fall into the 1%, the group the Occupy folks are protesting. I do not know a single protester. Actually, I don’t chat up any bankers or stock traders on a daily basis either. To me, this whole affair simply reeks of charade.

Guess who else is onto the game and fed up with the Occupy crowd? Mr. Frank Miller, the brilliant artist behind Sin City, 300, and The Dark Knight Returns. He had this to say on his personal blog:

Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:

The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness.

These clowns can do nothing but harm America.

Frank Miller, Comic-Con

“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH!

Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached – is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.

This is no popular uprising. This is garbage.

Please read the rest. I have increased respect for Mr. Miller. I always thought his Dark Knight work was too dark, and not enough knight, for my tastes. But him standing up and writing what he did, he gets the MVB (B = blogger) trophy. Spoiled brats indeed.

Holy Terror, Frank Miller’s New Counter-Terrorism Comic

Out of curiosity, I searched for Frank’s latest project. Guess what? He is drawing a counter-terrorism comic titled:

Holy Terror, which launched the comic and publishing imprint of Legendary Pictures, was originally conceived as a Batman story and was a response by Miller to the terrorist attacks of 9-11. (The hero is now called the Fixer and features a female cat burglar who is not named Catwoman.)

The early reviews from the usual elitists are brutal. All the right tools are outraged. It just may be good. . .