Preparing for another cold day at the pool Open Thread

By the time I returned from the pool yesterday, I was too tired and cold even to turn on my computer, let alone write anything.  I’m leaving in a couple of minutes for another cold day — although, having learned my lesson, I’ve doubled my supplies.  I should be more comfortable today, even though it’s due to be colder (and wetter).  This time, as part of my Open Thread, I’ve got a perfect Mark Steyn paragraph, one that explains that the way in which various cities (and corporations) have fallen in line with the Occupy movement isn’t just because they’re craven, but because, at bottom, they have the same goals as those street protesters:

I don’t “stand with the 99%,” and certainly not downwind of them. But I’m all for their “occupation” continuing on its merry way. It usefully clarifies the stakes. At first glance, an alliance of anarchists and government might appear to be somewhat paradoxical. But the formal convergence in Oakland makes explicit the movement’s aims: They’re anarchists for statism, wild free-spirited youth demanding more and more total government control of every aspect of life — just so long as it respects the fundamental human right to sloth. What’s happening in Oakland is a logical exercise in class solidarity: The government class enthusiastically backing the breakdown of civil order is making common cause with the leisured varsity class, the thuggish union class, and the criminal class in order to stick it to what’s left of the beleaguered productive class. It’s a grand alliance of all those societal interests that wish to enjoy in perpetuity a lifestyle they are not willing to earn. Only the criminal class is reasonably upfront about this. The rest — the lifetime legislators, the unions defending lavish and unsustainable benefits, the “scholars” whiling away a somnolent half decade at Complacency U — are obliged to dress it up a little with some hooey about “social justice” and whatnot.

Yeah, what he said!

More later, assuming my fingers aren’t too frozen to type.

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  • 11B40

    Greetings: Coming from the tradition that Privates see what’s on this side of the hill, Sergeants have to see what’s on the other side, I have had a number of perhaps insights into the “Occupy” “movement. The first was part of my youthful education. Back during my misspent youth in the Bronx of the ’50s and ’60s, there was a bit of folk wisdom, the poetry of which I’ve long forgotten, but in essence went like this: No neighborhood needs a thug; No neighborhood needs a place for thugs to congregate; and, especially, no neighborhood need a place for thugs to organize.  The second was that the “movement” had some potential as a boot camp for the Future Brownshirts of Obama’s America. I find it hard to believe that someone of President Obama’s makeup wouldn’t find an emotional thrill from his people’s rising up. The amount and continuation of economic support of the “movement” indicates to me that there’s some kind of planning going on somewhere. Lastly, and as Michael Ramirez drew in one of his recent cartoons, is the emergence of a kind of political “Jim Crow” in which elected officials openly and with an apology suspend the enforcement of our laws on those of similar political persuasion. Once again, the rule of law becomes the ruler’s law as our public spaces, our right to travel freely, and our right to do our commerce are given over to a kind of heckler’s veto. 

  • JKB

    Long ago I took a yoga class.  At the end, we were taught the Breath of Fire.  I found that the rapid in/out pumping of that technique was very helpful in tolerating the cold while waiting for the train in DC.  Although, I did try to stand apart from other commuters to avoid alarm.  On first try, I didn’t think it worked as I wasn’t hot like i’d been in class, but then I realized that while still feeling the cold, my feet, nose, etc. were no longer frozen and uncomfortable.