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OWS: Let’s disrupt Black Friday

For a group trying to garner support from the public, this is the grand daddy of all bad ideas:

Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest "the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street."

Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded, according to the Stop Black Friday website.

The goal of the movement is to impact the profits of major corporations this holiday season.

It’s one of those “it sounded good on paper” ideas that fall flat upon execution and, in fact, ends up being detrimental to the group trying to pull it off.  

How many stores have Black Friday Sales?   A lot more than there are protesters.   And what are these stores?  Private property.   So what do the stores have every right to do?  Eject those from their property who are being disruptive.  That, of course, will result in a cacophony of unfounded claims that the protesters “rights” have been violated.  

Meanwhile, who do you suppose will not be impressed?  Any potential supporters who also enjoy Black Friday deals and are inconvenienced by these boobs.

As for impacting corporate profits this holiday, seriously?  They couldn’t if they tried.  They don’t have the numbers and besides there are literally millions of outlets and ways to do shopping on Black Friday to include on-line.

This is simply another in a long line of tantrums by those who Billy told us about in his post the other day. 

We have two generations that have been raised to believe that, ultimately, someone else is responsible for the essentials of their lives. They believe they are supposed to retire in their fifties or early sixties, with a pension followed by Social Security. They believe they are supposed to relinquish concern for healthcare costs when they turn 65. They believe that if things get bad enough in their lives, unemployment, and later welfare, will keep a roof over their head and food on the table. They’ve been trained to believe this by a ruling class that has been assuring them since the 1930s that they have the fundamental right to a soft life.

They’re the folks who think money simply exists (or grows on trees), belongs to the government and should be doled out according to need and that it is the evil corporations who run the world.

So they come up with brilliant ideas like this.

Here’s a partial list of those companies these yahoos want to see occupied or boycotted (parenthetical remarks theirs):

– Abercrombie & Fitch

– (yes, we have to stay away from Amazon, too!

– AT&T Wireless

– Burlington Coat Factory

– Dick’s Sporting Goods (I was surprised, too!)

– Dollar Tree

– The Home Depot

– Neiman Marcus

– OfficeMax

– Toys R’Us

– Verizon Wireless

– Wal-Mart

I wonder if this means they can’t use their AT&T and Verizon phones that day to communicate and coordinate?  Of course, only some of those companies will have Black Friday sales (yeah, Home Depot is a hot spot for shoppers on the Friday following Turkey Day).  The list is only an example with the group calling on OWS to hit all publicly traded companies. 

They toss in this little disclaimer too:

"Keep in mind that we are not occupying small businesses or hardworking people—we must make a distinction between the businesses that are in the pockets of Wall Street and the businesses that serve our local communities.

We are NOT anti-capitalist. Just anti-crapitalist.

Ye gods … save us from the economically challenged and politically unhinged.  Clever, no?


Enjoy Black Friday and be sure to hit some of the stores mentioned above.


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25 Responses to OWS: Let’s disrupt Black Friday

  • As I noted yesterday elsewhere…

    OH, yeah…!!!

    Winning the hearts and minds of middle America.

    Another PR coup…!!!!

    LOVE the Collectivist tin ear.

    These idiots have no earthly idea what capitalism is, how it works, or where they’d be if not for it.

    • @Ragspierre Of course then know where they would be without capitalism! They would be at one with nature, in small groups, plucking coffee beans from one tree and full ripe apples from the next, with no cultivation of either one. They would be eating whole wheat bread for which the grain somehow grew itself, ground itself, and cooked itself. No fertilizers!

      They would be conversing philosophical issues with their tablet computers that fell from the sky every time there was a rainbow. They would be sending text messages on their touch phone, which they plucked from a bush outside the front door. They would be riding around their village in electric cars that materialized in their garage by magic, and which charge themselves via windmills that are built by cheerful, laughing laborers with bricks and wood, and which never, ever kill birds.

      Everyone would have two dozen piercings, none of which would ever get an infection. There would be no disease at all, in fact. People living in such harmony can’t possibly get sick.

      Did I leave anything out?

      • @Billy Hollis @Ragspierre UNICORNS! Don’t forget the unicorns dude

        • @The Shark @Billy @Ragspierre Thank you, this omission is why we just can’t take Billy seriously. I mean…..seriously……NO UNICORNS? Not even a moon pony? And he didn’t mention anything about the daily gathering to groove on President mmmmm mmmm mmmmm Barack Hussein Obama either, but I’ll overlook that, this could be an epoch where The One has long since passed his staff of office to a less worthy descendent.

        • @looker @Billy Billy only left blanks for you to fill in, guys. It was the “full participation”…NOT dominant male thing to do. You are so insensitive…!!!

        • @Ragspierre @Billy Uptwinkles, you’re right. I’m ashamed of myself for thinking like that.

          For Trekkies – it’s the “Way to Eden” episode. Complete with the OWS “point of process” symbol.

        • @Ragspierre @looker @Billy Hey, I realized myself later that I forgot the goats who milk themselves, and whose milk turns into goat cheese overnight, so they have something to put on their natural baby-beet salads.


    The Revolting Eloi are also showing themselves masters of club-handed Soviet-style propaganda.

    Well, and inadvertent irony…. Could there be an Erp connection…???

    • @Ragspierre Rare documents? Rare documents? What, they had a copy of the Declaration someone bought in Philadelphia? A Smithsonian gift shop copy of the Constitution? Rare documents associated with OWS? An original copy of Das Kapital perhaps? the collected Musings of Lenin? Jokes and Poems for the Workers by Josef Stalin?

      • @looker More likely a signed copy of “Rules For Radicals” and a Samuel Gompers pamphlet…maybe someone’s old copy of a Zinn text from class…

  • I’d love to see pictures of OWS standing in front of the local Walmart or Toys R Us when they open.

    Folks standing in those lines don’t care if they run over themselves.

    OWSer’s standing in the way: well, they will feel the power of the consumer as they are trampled underfoot.

  • Is anyone willing to re-open the discussions pertaining to leftist media bias at this time?

    • @looker I also noted yesterday, responsive to McQ’s question about Deemocrats disassociating themselves from OccupySTUPID, that Crazy Nanny Pelosi and others are fund-raising on OWS. You can see radicalism coming out of its covert.

      • @Ragspierre Did you see the media version of UC Davis as opposed to the complete tape of UC Davis?

        Un-real. The version where the cops ask them, several times to break it up, and listening to them preparing themselves to be peppered, as opposed to the portion that Stephenopolous ran.

        I have but one wish, that if the media gets what they seem to be after, they are the first up against the wall come the ‘change’.

        • @looker I saw one video where a cop…hand on the guy’s shoulder like a buddy…
          tells the “leader” that they are going to spay now, and the “leader” says “Yeah, go ahead”. All very matter-of-fact.

          You have to understand this is ALLLLLL street theater. So far…

        • @Ragspierre That’s the one I saw – very matter of fact, almost friendly, like, “can we spray you now? Is now okay? You wanna get ready for this, it’s going to be a little nasty. You sure you won’t change your mind?”

  • I HOPE THEY TRY! Every year we read about people dying in stampedes to get into Best Buy or Wal Mart to get tat those deal busters. You think they’ll let a bunch of OWS hippies stand in their way?

    Pass the popcorn.

  • Unfortunately one thing they can probably pull off is a cyber attacks on the “.com” sites.

    If they are successful, they’ll lose support in a big way. Some people are looking for deals, but for other people, BF is the only way they can afford certain hot items. I’m sure they’ll appreciate them wrecking it.

    • @jpm100 I don’t think that’s very likely – that they could successfully do so.

      Especially the only one on their list – Amazon.

      Amazon has one of the biggest datacenter networks on Earth (Google’s is probably bigger, but it’s hard to find serious numbers about either), in order to both support their commercial activity directly and to provide their AWS services to other companies.

      IIRC Anonymous tried to attack Amazon a while back – and <I>couldn’t do jack to them</i>, and they’re the closest thing in the world to a Professional Cyberterrorist* Group.

      So these amateurs can’t do jack, at least to Amazon – and if they succeeded in doing so? It’d backfire, both in loss of support, and in an <I>increase in support</i> for State action against “cybercriminals”.

      (I think the biggest potential danger to online-and-off civil liberties in the near future will be panic reactions to stunts like that – if Anonymous or anyone else is ever significantly successful in such a thing, expect <I>popular support</i> for Anything Necessary To Stop Them.

      The irony and schadenfreude will be cold comfort.)

      (* “Do what we demand or we take you offline with personal force” is a terror tactic. So that’s what they are.)

  • We are NOT anti-capitalist. Just anti-crapitalist

    >> As mentioned before, useful idiots. They can’t go after the real culprit – WASHINGTON – because the current denzien of the white house makes that inconvenient. I guess as soon as 2012 they’ll have a free hand to attack the President.

    I’m tired of these people living in the same country as me.

  • “Dollar Tree” … I guess this is the anti-crapitalist target ?

  • On Friday, November 25th, Occupy Seattle will join Occupy Tacoma, Occupy Bellingham and Occupy Everett in a statewide protest at Wal-Mart in Renton at 2:00pm.

    With its long history of mistreating workers and suppliers, its recent announcement of significant cutbacks on employee health care, and its obscene profits, Wal-Mart is a prime example of how the 99% are suffering at the hands of the 1%.

    Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world and proof positive of how big business is destructive to our democracy.

    Heh. I wonder if they sell firearms at that Wal-Mart…