Friday, October 28, 2011

Occupy Menopausal Stoners World Headquarters

I'm filling in for Gwendolyn Holden Barry this Saturday on Here Be Monsters.  Once again, Woody Konopeli has agreeed to help me out since I can't talk to myself for a whole hour, and he can talk longer than that as long as someone is there to say, "uh huh." Just follow the link:

As grateful as I am to Woody - and I am particularly grateful since the first time I attempted to host Here Be Monsters my dang internet and land line were so fucked up that the only thing I could manage was playing some songs Gwen had downloaded while Woody was stood by in Albuquerque wondering WTF was going on - I am even more grateful that The Punk Patriot has landed in my living room for the weekend.  He's in town shooting film for Dennis Trainor Jr's documentary project on Occupy! and Oct2011.  Dennis is out in Oakland at the moment.  Here's his latest:

I'm not sure what Punk is up to tomorrow since I left for work this morning before he was up.  He's bunking in Velvet's room.  Yesterday when he came up to school to get the keys,  the mother of one of my young students asked me if he was my son.   Prior to that moment, I was indulging in a little crush on Punk. I'm pretty sure I've had a bit of a crush ever since I started watching his videos a couple of years ago.

Here's an oldie but goodie

Given that Velvet has had that very same manifestation of facial hair, it's no wonder that I'm developing a distinctly maternal affection for Punk. I may have to temporarily adopt him - at least for the duration of the project. There's talk of an Operation Detour where the Occupations in the North would migrate South for the winter, then in the spring, they'd all come back to New York and Washington DC. There's also talk of something resembling a Constitutional Congress where two delegates would be elected from congressional districts - one male and one female - and meet up in Philly on the 4th of July in preparation for the coming Republican and Democratic National Conventions ( Oct 17, 2011).

For now, though, who knows what will happen?  I fear that the violent response from the cops will escalate since the military moved heavy equipment, retrofitted for use with "non-lethal" weapons, to stations near major metropolitan areas last summer just in case there was civil unrest about the economy (WWH News 08.07.2011).   And lately, the NYPD has boasted that they have the ability to take down a fighter plane.  The way those jerks like to play with their toys, this can't be good news for the Occupation.

I remain jazzed, however.  Wednesday night, Punk was at the march on Police Plaza in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.  Some marchers went over to City Hall, and it turned out that most of the cops were chasing other marchers so there weren't that many at City Hall.  The cops decided to hurl kettling nets on the demonstrators, but the kids somehow got a hold of the nets and ran around the street hollering, "Whose Nets? OUR nets!"  Eventually they kettled the paddy wagon, and went on back to Zuccotti Park.

Sadly, Punk just heard about that activity since he was off with another group.  I hope I get a chance to talk with him before the blogtalk radio show at 1:00 tomorrow so I'll have more news from the front lines.  It sounds pretty cool until you remember that the Occupiers are all at risk.


Blogger Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...


October 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Cali said...

I think I have a crush on The Punk Patriot, too, and have for quite a while now. I think I'd have a bit of trouble keeping up with his rapid-fire speech pattern, but who cares? I try to befriend people I have trouble keeping up with intellectually all the time. I can tell you that if he was bunking in my kid's room it would take every bit of self-control I possess not to be bunking in there with him!

BTW, his explanation of capitalism should be mandatory viewing for all voting Americans and all candidates. Maybe then they would understand why things are the fucked up way they are.

October 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger mac said...

I had a crush on someone in your house, but it wasn't The Punk Patriot.

I'll be listening tomorrow !

October 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You're a pip! You'll do great! and you know there is a place you post this at RT7 too? Love it.

October 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Dr. MVM said...

Koo koo ka choo Mrs. Robinson.

October 29, 2011 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger okjimm said...

I have to be first I thought all this OWS was a fight against cannibalism... then someone corrected me and said, no, it's capitalism.

but but but.... it's the same thing, right?

October 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

okjimm, Exactly!

Cali, What can I say but *whew*?

mac, I hope you could hear if you tuned in. It's so weird not knowing if anyone is out there. I promise never to mention your crush on Velvet ;)

Gwen, really? We'll talk.

DrMVE, it's nice to have an archetypal precedent.

Woody, we need to practice the Uh-huhs with a jug.

October 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

We're all at risk while the money is in the hands of the ruling class, and they will fight us tooth and claw to keep it. This will get ugly fast if it continues. ...and it has to continue.

October 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Larena said...

this morning in Oregon they are arresting people

November 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM  

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