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.