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Happy May Day (Update)

In my youth I remember the massive May Day events staged in various communist countries and by fellow travelers in the West.

Now, it is reduced to this (not that I mind):



The irony, as you watch this bedraggled group (reported to be a whopping 200 to 300) is the one guy claiming to be the 99% even while the real 99% struggle to get past them and go to work doing productive things and not asking others for a hand-out they claim they deserve for no other reason than they exist.

And you can tell … they’re making a huge impression.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the usual suspects just couldn’t wait for the clock to toll midnight:

Broken glass littered several streets in San Francisco’s Mission District after protesters vandalized cars and buildings Monday night, including a police station.

The vandals were in a group that marched from Dolores Park shortly after 9 p.m., following a rally in advance of Tuesday’s planned Occupy general strike, police said. Traveling down 18th Street and onto Valencia Street, the black-clad, masked protesters smashed windows with crowbars and signs, threw paint on buildings and spray-painted anarchy symbols on the hoods of parked cars.

"All I heard was, ‘bang, bang, bang,’ and some dude had the valet sign, trying to break our window," said Adam Koskoff, manager of the Locanda restaurant on Valencia. "I didn’t even see the crowd, and I ran outside and got egged."

The vandals threw paint and eggs and smashed windows at more than 30 businesses, including Tartine Bakery at 18th and Guerrero streets and clothing store Weston Wear on Valencia.

Brilliant.  Certain to win them friends and influence among those one supposes they want to impress with their message, whatever in the heck that is.  Actions like this are sure to win converts.  And political backing, yessir.

UPDATE: Alternative May Day observance – Victims of Communism Day.


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Economic Statistics for 1 May 12 (Updated)

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

Despite the general indications that the economy is slowing, the ISM Mfg Index rose to 54.8 from 53.4 in April.

ICSC-Goldman reports that bad weather dragged retail sales down -0.3% for the week, but up 4.2% year over year. Redbook is even worse, showing a steep y/y slowdown to 2.9%.

March construction spending was unexpectedly poor, rising only 0.1% over February, and 6% over 2010.

US auto sales for April came in at a 14.4 million annual rate, unchanged from the rate in March.

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By now you’ve probably heard the Obama campaign has decided on a new campaign slogan. 

The word “Forward” has been chosen for … yeah, I don’t know.  We’ve done anything but move forward under this administration.  Perhaps it should have been “Okay Now Let’s Try To Go Forward”.  Right, too awkward.

The Washington Times notes that the slogan has long ties to socialism:

The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.

Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates….

The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.

Ann Althouse notes it also has long ties to … Wisconsin?

"Forward" is the Wisconsin state motto, and I’ve heard it used over and over again by politicians.


One has to assume that "forward” is meant to mean to start in a particular direction from the point you now occupy.  And that’s where it gets dicey for Obama.  What is the point we now occupy from which he’d like to move us “forward”?

Well, shall we make a list to help his campaign? 

-Forward to an unemployment rate lower than 8.2% (oh, wait, that was the job of the stimulus.)

-Forward from the first ever credit downgrade (a unique first for a president, no?)

-Forward toward a total debt that is less than our GDP (yeah, that’s not going to happen.)

-Forward toward more government (it does solve all our problems, right?  Right?)

-Forward toward more executive “we can’t afford to wait” orders (because now an imperial presidency is a ‘good thing’).

-Forward to more green energy boondoggles (at taxpayers expense, of course.)

-Forward to even less fossil fuel exploitation on federal lands (because, you know, fossil fuel is a fuel of the past.)

-Forward to implementing unconstitutional mandates (if ObamaCare survives, what can’t government mandate?)

-Forward to even more Americans on food stamps (a record to be proud of?)

-Forward to another 4 years of poor leadership (like putting pressure on the Senate to pass a budget?  Oh, wait …)

-Forward to another ‘reset’ with our international allies (because they feel so loved right now.)

-Forward to a DoJ that’s even worse than it is now (Fast and Furious?  You ain’t seen nothing yet.)

-Forward to a president no longer answerable to the people (you know, one with more “flexibility”.)

-Forward toward a possibility of making additional Supreme Court appointments (frightening to anyone who values liberty).

-Forward with a president who identifies with the values the OWS crowd (just review his record if you don’t get that.)

-Forward with the push to tax “global warming” (its about revenue, not science.)

-Forward with the class warfare “equality” campaign (it means ‘redistribution’, see identification with OWS)

-Forward with other redistributionist schemes (Student loans anyone?)

-Forward with more divisive partisanship from the most partisan president ever (ask Paul Ryan about that.)

-Forward from 2.2% GDP growth and a jobless recovery (ignore the jobs more oil drilling could bring immediately.)

Yes, I know, a partial list (I’m sure you can add to it), but I need to move on. 


I like it.  Of course, it’s probably not a good thing when those who want you out of office like your new slogan.  They probably have an ulterior motive for doing so (yup, that’d be me).

Any bets on whether or not it will be quietly retired soon in favor of another?  I mean I’m sure the focus groups loved it, but really?  Forward?

This is a bit like the Chernobyl town council declaring “forward” as their slogan after the melt down.

The three headed frogs all liked it.


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