Becoming heroic consists in showing up at a place where you're needed and stand-
ing your ground when you're there. The result is that the life of at least one other per-
son will never be the same again. Ray could have stayed home, watched TV, and
consumed chips. He traveled to New York, as if to be on a mission, instead. The
message which he came to convey was:
"All the cops are just workers for the one percent,
and they don’t even realize they’re being exploited.”
For those unfamiliar, Ray Lewis appeared at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday, in police
uniform. He was arrested at 1:00 PM, yesterday afternoon. He called the NYC
police conduct something disgusting and uncalled-for. This constituted an expert
opinion. In as much, the presence of Ray comprises a hands-on endorsement of
the general OWS movement, giving the defamed movement credentials. Remem-
ber, Ray went the extra distance to get there, as if he were delivering a page of
the Magna Carta. His psychological constitution appears to be a compassionate
one, evidenced by his following statement:
"I have tremendous sympathy for those that suffer. These
people are suffering while the bankers and Wall Streeters
are drinking champagne while looking down on us."
In light of the recent Zuccotti Park transpiration, what is this "OWS vermin" that the
radio talk show host banned in England kept repeating like a broken LP? What is
this "fringe of a fringe of a fringe" thing that the right wing corporate advertising dol-
lar leeches of FoxNews have been saying about the OWS 1st Amendment People?
Parasites? A former Philly police captain? Oh really, all-knowing FoxNews ones?
I don't think so. You, in your snideness, were completely wrong about the harmed
9-11 cleanup crew members who developed Small Airways Disease and Reactive
Airways Dysfunction Syndrome. You are wrong again. It's not a fringe. It's a
worldwide movement where protests occur in several cities in the same one day.
Ray Lewis' cavalry-like timing showed the world that the OWS Movement is far
from over. This is a milestone in history. Incidentally, if you have children who will
one day say that they want to be like Ray Lewis when they grow-up, know that it's
a sign that there is hope in society. When the snide started to write that OWS is ov-
er, Ray's presence spoke, saying, "Not yet."
There are more effective and less expensive ways to put Wall Street and the 1% on
their knees. Half of what the people are doing is venting. When they get it out of
their systems, effective action can then be taken. As a preview, Caesar Chavez and
the Duke of Wellington had the answers, along with Polish Trade Unions. Another
cute trick, in putting the rich on their knees, occurred during the largest corporate
takeover of an insurance company up to that time. Of course, stating specifics will
put the enemy en guard. After all, coaches generally don't give away their play books
to opposing teams.
If people can act in unison, it will be a done deal. Concerning the 1%, the next 9%
are their servants and beneficiaries simultaneously. So, think in terms of the 90%.
Quite frankly, think in terms of the 80%, being that 20% of America holds 80%
of the sway in trust funds and stocks.
As far as goes the Frankenstein moans of those brooders who identify themselves
as the 53%, keep in mind that the two injured vets at Oakland were working men
who would qualify as 53 Pecenters, depending on their expenses and deductions.
Thus, the 53 Percenters don't speak for this so-called 53%. In addition, the other
47% pay per capita taxes, gasoline taxes, sales taxes, FICA taxes, etc. Therefore,
the bully pulpit propaganda of the 53 Percenters are Windbag Bully Tactics, espe-
cially concerning those who get paid more than they are worth. This includes right
wing radio talk show hosts.
The thing about the 53 Percenters is that they tried to act all so tough, as if ready to
engage in a bar room brawl and beat everyone up. They present themselves as the
majority. But, the evidence throughout the cities of the Earth shows that they are
invisible, entirely outnumbered by the OWS participants whom the 53 Percenters
call the minority. Count heads. The 53 Percenters don't register as a blip on the
radar screen. Yet, the radio talk show host banned in England talks as if there is
this massive 53% movement that will overrun the OWS.
Don't be an overweight legend in your Doritos infested mind if you happen identify
yourself as part of this nearly invisible 53% movement. If you attempt to turn things
into a confrontation, you will be traumatized. You will have unleashed raging bulls.
The OWS people are being as respectful as possible to police, because striking a
police officer carries a movement-ending enigma that doesn't exist when defending
oneself against the aggression of a row of 53 Percenters. Of course, it's assumed
that the typical 53 Percenter will want the police to do his/her work for him.
If the OWS participants wer low-life dregs, they would be in honky tonk bars and
not near the Ground Zero of economic injustice. These are OWS camps and not
pleasure palace Studio 54's. The camps hinted at an element of austerity. Living
as such can make a person athletically wiry, after a while. They are where they're
to make a message known. In the process, the are venting. Venting prevents vio-
People who act tough do so because they are inarticulate. Needless to say, if a per-
son is inarticulate, then he doesn't stand for anything of substance. The OWS people,
on the other hand, are trying to sound like constitutional statesmen in their declaration.
As I stated before, the declaration needs amended, but it isn't dreg trash. It has merit.
It's articulate and its intelligible. Therefore, it requires a response.
Fair warning. Don't be a legend in your own mind. Some people are already at their
limits. What you have going for you is the fact that the OWS people are emotionally
supporting each other, thinking of creative ways of expression. However, there are
lions among them who have protective natures. Being that you haven't registered as
much as a blip on the radar screen in the OWS cities, it is assumed that you are too
timid to go out and pretend to be tough.
Enjoy your couches and Doritos, all the while knowing that someone will come up
with a clever plan to make you look like fools. Anyone who defends sweatshop
labor profiteers is already beyond foolish. Maoist Dictatorial China has been slow-
ly taking over the United States, and you let this happen without objection. You
are traitors. You are also fools, because ...
... if the 1% are content with hundreds of millions of sweatshop workers making for
them billions of dollars, the same 1% would be content with you becoming a labor
camp resident. What they're willing to let be done to sweatshop workers who end
up slitting their wrists, they are willing to let be done to you. They will not protect
you. They don't care about you. You are a dupe to them.
Concerning the motivation of the OWS Movement, its two-fold. One motivation
was the burden of college loan debt in the presence of high unemployment. The
other one was military service in the absence of gratitude by the War Monger Re-
publican Party. It's interesting how politicians and radio talk show hosts who nev-
er saw battle, and who ever never saw military service are so obsessed with high
military spending. In fact, these people neither worked with the Army Corps of
Engineers not with the Peace Corps or any point in between. Yet, they are so
militaristic and goose-stepping tough, with the shed blood of other men.
Concerning Ray Lewis, he served the function of late-hour reinforcement ... a one-
man cavalry. Then in jail, it was a bit of a Calvary. A small sacrifice, in comparison
to those people throughout the world who suffered horrendously at the hands of the
unconscionable 1%. But a sacrifice none the less, with a clear statement attached to
it. And remember, there were Chinese sweatshop workers who did slit their wrists,
being that the abuse was so intense. Therefore, few sacrifices compare to what the
citizens of Communist China often endure, for the profits of the 1%. None the less,
Ray's emerging presence is something that only an avowed liar would treat lightly.
I've had a book on display in a British museum for the past couple of tourist seasons,
co-written with my dad before he went off and entered eternity. Health permitting, I
can go to the museum during the months it is opened. In fact, if ever given asthma
accommodations, I can go to England whenever I please and do cartwheels through-
out Trafalgar Square. This is in direct contrast to the FoxNews affiliate who states
that the OWS are Vermin. He can't cartwheel throughout any British garden. And
why not? ANS: Because he's banned in England. How embarrassing!
Ray Lewis can probably fly to England whenever he wants to, also. Well, if Ray
continues the course he's on, he will be in demand in far more places than England.
For him, this whole thing was a small step. But, for social change, it was an Olym-
pic long jump. Maybe he should run for office. He apparently responded to a pro-
For those of you with numbed emotions or brooding personality traits, know that
Ray Lewis went beyond the Sound Barriers of Impressiveness. Are there any open
OWS leadership posts for Ray? If not, make one. At least make him a consultant.
Meanwhile, the talk show host banned in England will be the insultant. None the less,
the sight of Ray Lewis, alone, is worth a thousand words ... words that right wing ra-
dio talk show hosts don't dare speak, lest their listeners learn truth.
Pennsylvanians can be such impressive people, even though Pennsylvania's powers-
that-be have been ruthless. For example, Jimmy Stewart was a Pennsylvanian, as
are Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Tony Dorsett, Franco
Harris, Jim Kelly, and Eddie George of Heisman Trophy fame. Fred Rogers was
from PA too, as were the first generation Barrymores. In addition, Barbara Feldon
of Get Smart fame is from Pennsylvania too, as were Larry Fine of Three Stooges
fame, Jack Dodson of Mayberry fame, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Jane Mansfield,
Jack Palance, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, and Honus Wagner.
Sharon Stone is from Pennsylvania also, as are Shirley Jones, Taylor Swift, and Jeff
Goldblum. In fact, the list of Pennsylvanians include Arnold Palmer, George Blanda
of Oakland Raider fame, John Cappelletti of Heisman Trophy fame, the Mike Ditka
of Superbowl fame, Bill Cowher of Pgh Steeler fame, Ken Griffey I, Ken Griffey II,
Jim Thorpe of Olympic Medal fame, All-pro lineman Jimbo Covert, all-pro lineman
Bill Fralic, Pistol Pete Maravich of NBA fame, Lenny Moore of Baltimore Colt fame,
steamboat inventor Robert Fulton, Milton S. Hershey, Brian de Palma, John Updike,
Louisa May Alcott, Rachel Carson, Dean Koontz, Gertrude Stein, Lee Iacocca of
Chrysler fame, Frankie Avalon, Perry Como, Bill Haley and the Comets, Joan Jett,
Mario Lanzo, Patti LaBelle, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nail fame, Bobby Vinton,
sportscaster Dick Stockton, Chris Matthews, game show host Bill Cullen, Margaret
Mead, and Pittsburgh Steeler founder Art Rooney, to name a few. Add Ray Lewis
to the list.
There is a phrase, "diamond in the rough." Well, if you want to find one, go directly
to Pennsylvania. At Zuccotti Park on Thursday, America witnessed the Pennsylva-
nia Diamond in the Rough phenomenon, in the person of Ray Lewis. This brings us
to a pressing question: What is in the wooded air of PA, anyway? It has got to be
something more than the residue from the Midwest's acid rain. Come to think of it,
what actually is in that acid rain?
Patrick Pontillo, youngest son of an authentic liberator of France who
inherited the tradition and learned the meaning thereof