Sunday, December 4, 2011

From the "Lord Jones Dead" file

Journalism consists mostly of people saying "LORD JONES DEAD" to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
— G. K. Chesterton

I was exchanging comments on Twitter with a follower when I came across a subject I hadn't seen before. I clicked the link, and found out that Occupy Denton was shutting down. Here, courtesy of HotAirPundit, is why:

Man Found Dead at Occupy Denton Encampment 


A man was found dead in a tent at a vacant Occupy Denton campsite on UNT campus at about 5 p.m .Saturday.

According to UNT spokesman Buddy Price, the man was believed to be an Occupy Denton participant, and the cause and time of death were unknown at this time. He said no one was at the camp when police arrived on the scene.

Denton police said the man was 23 years old, and members of Occupy Denton said he was not a student at UNT.

Occupy Denton members held an emergency meeting inside the General Academic Building at 7 p.m., and said they planned to release statement late Saturday night.

The body was taken from the tent by a Denton County coroner around 8:30 p.m., and the site was blocked off with police tape for most of Saturday evening.

“This is a friend of ours who had found a family here,” said Garrett Graham, an organizer with Occupy Denton. “We’re dealing with it like a family


The University of North Texas is practically in my back yard. A couple of times I sold peanuts at Fouts Stadium; one of them, a UNT-Navy game, was perhaps the worst game I'd ever clapped my eyes on (76-64 Navy), memorable only for the flyover of a flight of F/A-18 Hornets during the National Anthem ... timed perfectly, too, just as the Navy band hit the fermata of "land of the free". And yet I never knew there was such a critter as "Occupy Denton". Not until I learn that they're folding their tents — literally and figuratively.

Occupy Denton. Sheesh.  We're already occupied with 99-percenters, thanks. Coals to Newcastle.

It's getting too easy to take potshots at the whole "Occupy Whatever" movement ... the jokes practically write themselves. Especially when you see sixty-year-old or older leftover "flower children" get all misty-eyed talking about it, dubbing the protesters their successors. It just begs for a re-examination of the 1960s student movements and the meta-narrative which has sprung up around them.

Goodbye, OD. Can't say we'll miss you ... we hardly knew you were there.