I’d imagine that the powers that be are afraid that the Occupy Together movement is catching on. Youtube has censored a video that Jon Stewart did that lampoons the NY policeman who built a fence around five women and then pepper sprayed them: Deputy-Inspector Anthony Bologna, or, as Jon prefers, Tony Baloney. Thanks to Robert.
Jon did a hilarious segment on him and Youtube has censored it. Here’s the notice of censoring:
And, if you actually want to watch the video itself, you can view it here. Sorry for the extra work.
One can tell when a movement is meeting with success when it attracts commentary from comedians that favor the movement. Jon has made it very clear over the past few years where his sentiments lie and I presume this isn’t so much him supporting the movement as expressing his own feelings. But the relaxed manner in which he delivers his comments suggests that he believes he’ll encounter little resistance or criticism from others, which may still be revealing.
It’s perhaps significant that a deputy inspector is corraling women and pepper-spraying them. One hundred line policemen refused to report for duty in a gesture of support for the movement. I imagine someone told one of the higher-ranking police to get out there and offer a gesture of support such as pepper-spraying someone. If this is as bad as it gets, then we’ve won the battle with few losses.
Given that 100 cops refused to join in, the department may realize that it’s fighting a losing battle and capitulate. That’s the hope.
I certainly won’t be joining those who begin to see in these events the start of a martial-law campaign or hear the rumbling of tanks behind the spritzing of pepper spray. I think we’ve already won and it just takes some very large but peaceful street protests in some key cities like New York and London to have that message really sink in to the dark elitists who are still holding on.