Editorial Cartoons Friday, November 18, 2011 Pulling strings By Evan Walbridge | Senior StaffLast Updated November 18, 2011 Tweet Comment14 Please keep our community civil. Comments should remain on topic and be respectful.Read our full comment policy Cdeakers Best Editorial cartoon I’ve seen this entire year! I love it!! Tony M If anyone’s strings are being pulled, it’s the gullible students who participated in their stupid little tent-pitching and pissing-match competition with the cops. The Occupy Cal participants, whose actions are motivated more by feeling than thinking, are the typical mushy-headed sociology major types who fail to understand that such diversions ultimately serve the agenda of the same Administration they think they are protesting against. The demonstrations, speeches, and feigned outrage are all part of the ongoing kabuki performance to divert attention from the ones behind the curtains who just like their counterparts in Sacramento have created the budget debacle due to their own incompetence, mismanagement, and screwed-up priorities. Maybe a smarter crop of students will come along and see through the smoke and fog, but given that a large number of posters in the Daily Cal merely parrot the talking points of these demonstrators, I certainly wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen… jd Hey there Tony bud. I’m not one of those mushy-headed Sociology types. I’m an engineer. The mechanism of democracy, Tony – requires the right of the people – who are the true sovereigns to exercise their freedom of speech, and to control their representatives. Those representatives have gotten out of control of the people and are busy cutting deals and being of service to an ever smaller and ever wealthier band of plutocrats who wont rest until they own it all and would be happy to see our war machine five times bigger than it needs to be even if it means there are no houses and no food. There is nothing mushy about this problem. It is simply bad math in the service of greedy money-lenders. It is a system that must be confronted and stopped – as the bible and Jesus Christ insited a couple of millenia ago. Again, see you at the club later. We can talk about this further. Tony M [Hey there Tony bud. I’m not one of those mushy-headed Sociology types. I’m an engineer. The mechanism of democracy, Tony] Our country is based on a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, not a democracy. Or did you not know that? [requires the right of the people – who are the true sovereigns to exercise their freedom of speech] And where have I opposed free speech? [ and to control their representatives.] Which we do by learning about the issues, petitioning our representatives, and voting – NOT by pitching tents and forcing confrontations with the police, who have no influence or control over the issue anyway. [ Those representatives have gotten out of control of the people and are busy cutting deals and being of service to an ever smaller and ever wealthier band of plutocrats] So why aren’t you protesting the same politicians who were responsible for those bailouts anyway, UNLESS your “demonstration” is in fact an engineered diversion directed at scapegoats by those same politicians to caused the mess in the first place? [ who wont rest until they own it all and would be happy to see our war machine five times bigger than it needs to be even if it means there are no houses and no food.] And when you start spouting nonsense like this, then it becomes clear you are a silly child, unable to figure out WTF is really going on. Here’s a little hint for you, kiddo: military/defense spending are FEDERAL budget items. UC funding comes from the STATE budget. All your whining about the “war machine” is merely emotive blathering, disconnected from the issue at hand. [There is nothing mushy about this problem. It is simply bad math in the service of greedy money-lenders.] So you have a problem with usury? This must be the park where you blame the Jews, right? [It is a system that must be confronted and stopped – as the bible and Jesus Christ insited a couple of millenia ago.] Given that the economies of Europe would have been wrecked centuries ago if it weren’t for people like my German and Italian Jewish banker ancestors who had money available to invest in business, you really don’t want to go there… Five Oh Needs 5150d At UC Davis: http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2011/11/uc-davis-cops-pepper-spray-protesters http://bicyclebarricade.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/open-letter-to-chancellor-linda-p-b-katehi/ “Those they could separate, they arrested… Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.” Don’t forget this: Just as Chancellor Katehi was getting settled in at UC-Davis, it was publicly revealed that she, as UIUC Provost, was an active participant in the University of Illinois admissions scandal (admission granted to applicants w/lesser qualifications in return for donations or b/c political connections). http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/new-uc-chancellor-unfit-serve http://davisvanguard.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2850:new-uc-davis-chancellor-needs-to-answer-tough-questions-on-scandal&Itemid=118 b. real I would have interpreted it differently, anybody can read that drawing however they want. Looks like he lost his connection to the students, and cant even see whats going on because hes just looking off at nothing. jasg imo, a bit off to suggest such a direct relationship between police brutality and the chancellor AOK IMO, it’s very on target. He’s in charge. He was away and left the Provost Breslauer in charge, but that’s still his fault. And instead of apologizing immediately, he said “linking arms is not nonviolent protest”. WTF! AOK the actual quote was: It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience. jd AOK Let’s give the police access to everything the won’t. Let’s invitre them into our houses without a warrant. Let’s salute them. ZH Tony M Better yet, let’s act like petulant children who can’t discern between the legitimate components of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly (which ARE constitutionally protected) and the silly idea that people exercising such have the “right” to force others to provide them with a forum, obstruct access, or disobey the lawful orders of a police officer or public safety official (and the order for the Occupy Cal tents to allow access to remove the illegal tents WAS a lawful order). Your childlike tactic of ignoring critical details when you can’t otherwise defend your position is quite evident. b. real Tony, what the hell do you suggest. So far working within the system has done very little to change anything. We face a budget crisis that is crippling our nation, and our state’s ability to provide an education at an affordable cost to students. The problem is much bigger than just the University, but the University is where we are being affected and where we can act to make change. We do live in a “democracy”, though the extent to which that is a term that can be argued and picked apart in the form it takes currently in our university and larger economic and social structure. Students currently have very little say in what occurs on campus, as the power to make change has been funneled into the hands of a few who are disconnected form the majority who are the students. How much more disconnected could a chancellor be that only sees the police brutality days after his students were beat by the cops he had an extent of control over. I realize he may have thought that linking arms isn’t a form of nonviolence according to Ghandi’s form of nonviolence which states you should submit yourself to being arrested immediately as resistance is viewed as a form of outward aggression. This movement on campus is not just an emotional response, but is an attempt to occupy the minds of students by occupying the physical space that can represent the resistance to this disconnect of the student population from the workings of the university. It is an evolving process that is attempting to create a more horizontal form of governance that tries to create a form of democratic assembly that is far from reached through our current structure with the ASUC, and board of Regents, etc. Private interests from military and corporate interests fund a majority of the research that occurs, and their interests are infringing on the capabilities and control of knowledge. This is a public university, the heart of many movements that have sparked the flame of larger change, and this movement is another spark hoping to ignite another such flame to brighten the path ahead. The time to act for change and to stop hoping on old minds with new reforms to put bandaids on a flawed system. We need to actively participate and try to envision a new way to structure our relationships and institutions, and we need to all bring our ideas to the table to produce a fruitful well rounded system that is adaptable and not rigid and stagnant like the one that is in place. This means those of us who feel change needs to happen, need to get out of our houses and start talking. No one’s going to solve these things for us, there is no quick fix, it will not be easy, and it requires all of our thought and work if its going to grab hold take root and begin to grow into something we can all feel we helped make and have a desire to keep and continually make better. Tony M [Tony, what the hell do you suggest.] How about if you learn to forget the blathering platitudes, concentrate on SPECIFIC issues, research them accordingly, then lay out your argument in a coherent manner? b. real have you not seen/heard of the different demands that occupycal have made? That is what they do at the General Assemblys amongst other issues. That is why they have the General Assemblys where they work issues out such as that, so they can have the appropriate research and say of students who want a say. You seem like you need to do a little more research beyond your critique from afar. I wonder what you think you would do differently to make democratic change.