Naked zombies on Wall Street

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

Wall Street has been besieged by protesters who believe the future of America rests on their ability to cover their faces with zombie make-up and carry signs with their clothes off.

New Yorkers have not seen this many blank faces in one place since “Taller Than a Dwarf” starring Matthew Broderick closed on Broadway after only 93 performances. Major news outlets in the Big Apple are covering the protests like they have never before captured the undead on film, except at Shea Stadium.

The whole scene is quite exciting, in a New York sort of way. A topless woman carried a sign that read: “I DIDN’T SAY LOOK, I SAID LISTEN.”

I looked.

To date, the protests have been as unorganized as tunnel traffic at rush hour, but that’s about to change.

Union leaders are now moving to co-opt the demonstrations and have sent their troops marching to demand “right-to-work legislation” in order to create jobs. Just kidding — I wanted to see if you were paying attention. Some college students walked out of class last night and, in sympathy with the Wall Street protesters, headed straight to a fraternity kegger.

And, of course, what would a left-wing protest be without Michael Moore (other than several hundred pounds lighter). Moore showed up, and on cue, cried for the cameras — meaningless tears from a man who rolls around in his movie profits like a chunky Scrooge McDuck.

While these left-wing rowdies articulate no coherent agenda, they all want “change.” For that reason, former White House lightning rod Van Jones, multiple union leaders, MoveOn.org, and an ox cart of others are struggling to take control of the protest.

The first change someone should demand is for the protesters to wash their faces and put their clothes back on. It’s hard to take naked zombies too seriously.

Timing good for tea party

The attack of the naked zombies on Wall Street comes at a relatively good time for the tea party movement.

Recent poll numbers indicate that the favorable/unfavorable ratings for the Tea Party have flip-flopped. The movement was once popular enough to change election outcomes, but today more Americans have an unfavorable image of it than a favorable one. One could argue that these numbers have turned because of the media coverage of the tea party, but that is beside the point. The fact is that, for whatever reason, many Americans seem to be tiring of the movement.

Political thought has always been defined by debate on the extremes. Now, with the Occupy Wall Street crowd establishing the boundary on the left, the tea party has a foil. With naked zombies as a contrast, the tea party’s poll numbers are likely to flip-flop again — provided the tea partiers keep their clothes on.

Several nights ago, an NBC reporter updated the Occupy Wall Street story on site, sharing the intense details while a young zombie danced in the background. Suddenly, that crazy old coot down the street that dresses up in a three-cornered hat and blathers on and on about excessive government spending doesn’t seem all that kooky.

Now when Bill Maher calls tea partiers “just a bunch of stupid cultists,” they can respond by saying, “But we’re not naked zombies.”