Saturday, December 17, 2011

Show Me What Trespassing Looks Like!

This is what trespassing looks like:
Discussion here:

The hunger strikers were arrested in this group:

In the beginning, they had three people hunger-striking (and three more who were stand-ins when the others were arrested twice in a 12-hour period). Two weeks later, their numbers are down to two: Miami native Malory Butler, 19, 23-year-old Diego Ibanez of Provo, Utah.
No discussion of them being helped around in wheelchairs, the way the DC starvers are getting around on a week's shorter strike.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

SF Morons

Some real hilarity in here. At 5:12, do you recognize the song they're singing? No kidding, it's the Sesame Street theme song. Check out the "vagina monologue" starting around 11:30; even the people's mic stumbles on that one.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hello Law & Order!

Heheh, how about that? They're chanting "Mockupy! Mockupy!" at the beginning.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Occupy DC Tries the Hunger Strike

Could wait a long time for their demands to be met:

Three members of the Occupy D.C. group said they will begin a hunger strike Thursday, ceasing all eating in support of “D.C. democracy” and full voting rights for District residents.
But not until after breakfast.
Adrian Parsons, Sam Jewler and Kelly Meers are scheduled to begin their fast at noon, when they will also air their grievances and demands at McPherson Square Park in Northwest Washington.
 Parsons has an interesting background:

Maybe there's no singling out any one freaky thing about "Shrapnel," a performance in which Parsons removed his own foreskin and stuffed it into a glory hole in the wall at The Warehouse. The performance was staged for "Supple", a group show of otherwise modest painting and sculpture. Hope you caught Parsons's act of auto-circumcision last night, since he won't be repeating it.
 The NY hunger strikers claim to still be going strong.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Both Sides Now

Pretty amusing video.

The Whole World Is Watching

Some dumb bunny in Australia wore only a tent and her underwear, thinking that this would stop the cops from removing the tent. Wrong guess!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

What, No Spaghetti Bolognese?

The protest which became known for its exotic bill of fare, is now talking about going without.
Demonstrators with Occupy Wall Street began a hunger strike today, demanding an outdoor space by a New York City church for a new occupation two weeks after being evicted from their encampment nearby. Protesters said they are seeking sanctuary on a vacant lot owned by Trinity Church, which is located at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.
Meanwhile DC built a little structure, which the cops are working on dismantling. Here's a video of the action: I love the guy ranting about the effing horses; he sounds just like Cartman. Unfortunately the volume goes out about 3:20 in and after that there's not much entertainment value.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Expect Obamaville Boston to Go Next

Sounds like even the liberal Bostonians can't stand their occupiers:
“I want to have the tools to remove them from the Dewey Square area,’’ Mayor Thomas M. Menino told Newscenter 5. In addition to the crime problems, the city’s Fire Marshal filed an affidavit in the court record that called “Occupy Boston’s” encampment a fire trap. Protesters are smoking and disposing cigarettes near combustible debris; there is incense burning; dangerous extension cords and other code violations, according to the court filing.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How Many Tons of Human Debris Removed?

That's my question after reading this article:
Occupy L.A.: 30 tons of debris left behind at City Hall tent city
That's 60,000 pounds. And some of it was really gross: Sanitation workers had been hauling away as much as 2 tons of trash a day from the site, but hygiene remained a problem despite rows of portable toilets, he said. Plastic gallon bottles of urine and smaller bottles were set aside for special disposal. "They had no means to wash up. They had no means to shower," Garcia said. 292 arrested.
The majority of the 292 protesters were taken into custody for failing leave a City Hall park after police issued a dispersal order early Wednesday, city officials said. A smaller number also were cited for resisting arrest.
Assuming about 150 pounds apiece, that's about 44,000 pounds of protestor.

Philly: Cops Intimidate Protestors With Horses

Not that there's anything wrong with that:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Occupy Harvard Still Going

You've gotta love this sign:

For some reason I'm reminded of the scene in Animal House, where Flounder asks the black guy at the Dexter Lake Club, "Where do you go to school?" and the guy responds by clicking open a switchblade.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Massive Demonstration in San Francisco

Will the last Occupier out of the tunnel, please turn out the light?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

And Philly

I hope the City of Brotherly Love can handle their Obamaville:
Occupy Philly says it plans to hold a general assembly meeting at 7 p.m. The statement issued by Occupy Philly does not say whether the group plans to stay or leave by the 5 p.m. deadline. NewsWorks reporter Tom MacDonald is outside of city hall today, where it appeared at least one of the structures was being taken down by protesters.

Obamaville LA Headed for Extinction

If their quisling mayor doesn't lose his nerve:

The City Hall park where Occupy Los Angeles protesters are camped will be closed at 12:01 a.m. Monday, according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, triggering what officials hope will be an end to the nation's largest remaining Occupy camp. But police might not immediately begin removing protesters who linger, the mayor said at a news conference Friday with Police Chief Charlie Beck. He said officials hope in the coming days to help protesters move their belongings and to find beds in homeless shelters for those at the camp who need them.
So it will sort of close, if by closing you mean, stay open for a few days.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Show Me What the 99% Looks Like

This is what the 99% looks like:
And yes, she's a "peaceful" protestor:
Instead, authorities say, Anderson became extremely aggressive and punched the officer in the face. When another officer intervened, she allegedly punched him in the face as well, and the three went to the ground as officers tried to take her into custody. It was several minutes before officers were able to place her in handcuffs.

Occupiers Protest Shopping, Shoppers Ignore Them

They don't seem to have had any effect at all, even in San Francisco.
Occupy SF activists had hoped to keep shoppers out of downtown San Francisco stores to protest corporate greed, but no matter how hard they yelled, shoppers shoved right on by. Two dozen Occupy protesters began marching around downtown at sundown, chanting protest slogans. They'd hoped to make their anti-consumption point at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Union Square, but the crowd was so massive they couldn't get near.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Anarchy in the USA

An interesting and long article on the intellectual forebears of the Occupy movement:
Anarchism is often dismissed as merely the rationalization of hooligans. But that is a mistake. Anarchism has a theory and even a canon: Bakunin, Kropotkin, Goldman, and others. Anarchism’s purpose is to turn the whole world into one big Fourierist phalanx. “At every stage of history our concern must be to dismantle those forms of authority and oppression that survive from an era when they might have been justified in terms of the need for security or survival or economic development, but that now contribute to​—​rather than alleviate​—​material and cultural deficit,” writes Noam Chomsky in an introduction to Daniel GuĂ©rin’s classic, Anarchism. Dismantle “the system.” Then we’ll be free. The anarchist sees no distinction between free enterprise and state socialism. He cannot be happy as long as anyone has more property or power than someone else. “Any consistent anarchist must oppose private ownership of the means of production and the wage-slavery which is a component of this system,” Chomsky writes, “as incompatible with the principle that labor must be freely undertaken and under the control of the producer.” What Chomsky is saying is that you can justly grow your own tomato, but you can never hire anyone else to pick it.
Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Morning Updates

Occupy Turkeys plan to disrupt the traditional Black Friday shoppers:
In Seattle, protesters are carpooling to Wal-Mart stores to protest with other Occupy groups from around Washington state. Washington, D.C., is offering a "really, really free market," where people can donate items they don't want so others can go gift shopping for free. Others plan to hit the mall, but not for shopping. The 75-person encampment in Boise, Idaho, will send "consumer zombies" to wander around in silent protest of what they view as unnecessary spending. In Chicago, protesters will serenade shoppers with revamped Christmas carols about buying local. The Des Moines, Iowa, group plans flash mobs at three malls in an attempt to get people to think more about what they're buying.
I suggest that the Occupiers lie down in front of WalMart's entrance and tell the shoppers they'll come in only over their dead bodies. You thought pepper spray was rough, you've never faced consumers on Black Friday. A bunch of really old artists are planning an Occupy album:
Occupy Wall Street has a benefit album planned with Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, Lucinda Williams and even some of those drummers who kept an incessant beat at Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.
And if that's not enough:
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore is also planning to sing.
Worth the price of the album all by himself. Meanwhile, more of the Obamavilles are facing eviction. LA:
Protester Jim Lafferty said city representatives told them that they plan to announce the eviction date to the public soon. He said officials promised to give demonstrators at least 72 hours notice before the eviction. Lafferty, director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles, relayed the news to the rest of the camp on the south steps of City Hall. He said he walked out of the meeting in anger after the announcement and told city officials they "have not been operating with good faith."
Toronto already got the heave-ho:
Interviewed by CBC News on Wednesday morning, Misha Saunders said he and fellow Occupy protesters were weighing whether to move their encampment to another public space downtown. He said the presence of a protesters' "village" is essential to the Occupy movement. "It's been a hub of activity for people who have a deep-rooted feeling that something must change," he said. "That conversation is going to go to the living rooms, the coffee shops and the subways about how we will move forward in a meaningful way.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This Turkey's Just About Done

An Afghanistan and Iraq War veteran wannabe:
Christopher M. Simmance has told several media outlets, including The Buffalo News, that he served as many as three tours of duty in those war zones and that he was severely injured in Afghanistan. Service records obtained from the Army, however, show he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., for three years and he left the active-duty Army in January 2001 -- before the 9/11 terror attacks.

Greatest Occupy Photo, Ever, Ever

It combines so many perfect elements in one go: the wackadoodle woman wearing the Purple Heart, which I'm going to guess that she didn't earn, plus the Che picture, plus the most meaningless bumper sticker of all time, "Mean People Suck". Taken from this terrific photo essay.

Morning Updates

Fraud seems to be the agenda today.  No, not the fraud that the OWS claims Wall Street pulled on the American people, but the fraud that OWS has been pulling.  For starters, remember the Seattle gal who claimed to be three months' pregnant and that the pepper spray caused her to miscarry?  This broad?

Well, turns out she's a BS artist:

I tracked Fox down today at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Had she contacted anyone at the hospital? “I can’t go to the hospital until Sunday or Monday,” she said. Fox said that she’s having a memorial service for her miscarried baby and one of her fellow occupiers is planning a candlelight vigil, which will consume her time until next week. Can't she get away to the hospital for an hour? “No.” I provided Fox a copy of a records release for the hospital, which she put into her coat, but again Fox said she couldn’t go request her records until next week. I offered her a ride to and from the hospital, but she again refused. I explained to Fox that, lacking any evidence of her claim, her story was increasingly subject to scrutiny.
And it seems likely that she's pulled this ruse before:

Acting on an anonymous tip, we heard that Seattle police found Fox in a house
nearly nine weeks ago. According to a police report in which the names have been redacted, a suspect who appears to have a three-letter last name "said she is three months pregnant... and began crying when [a suspect] was arrested. [The person with a three-letter last name] began holding her stomach and screaming that it hurt." The woman was transferred to Harborview Medical Center. We are attempting to contact Fox to ask if she is the woman in the police report.
I looked at the police report myself and it appears obvious that the redacted name starts with an F.

And that's not even the biggest fraud exposed.  Remember the noble and brave UC Davis protestors who were pepper sprayed by that fascist cop?  Turns out they had agreed beforehand to getting sprayed:

Watch right at the beginning as the kid and the cop talk a bit.  The kid asks incredulously, "You're shooting us for sitting here?" The cop says something hard to hear, but I did catch the word, "pepper", at which point, the kid responds, "No that's fine, that's fine."  Note his glee at the news, and the fact that everybody begins to cover up, well before the pepper spray is even brought out.  This was planned well in advance

Here's an interview with two of the students, discussing their great adventure harrowing experience:

As you can see, they can barely hold back their smirks tears.  This is clearly the greatest worst moment in their degraded young lives. BTW, care to guess the last time UC Davis students were hit with pepper spray? Actually it was only a year and a half ago: Note this particularly interesting description of the video:
The standoff at Davis goes bad as the cops fire back at the protesters.
Fire back? Doesn't that imply that the students were firing at the cops? In this case, it appears the cops were shooting paintball guns with pepper spray inside the balls.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Farm Obamaville?

Okay, here's an interesting idea:

Los Angeles officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters a package of incentives that includes downtown office space and farmland in an attempt to persuade them to abandon their camp outside of City Hall, according to several demonstrators who have been in negotiations with the city.
The details of the proposal were revealed Monday during the demonstration’s nightly general assembly meeting by Jim Lafferty, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who has been advocating on behalf of the protest since it began seven weeks ago.
Remember the hippies trying to grow crops on that commune in Easy Rider?  My guess is there's only one plant the Occupiers would be interested in growing, and you can't eat much of it.

Morning Updates

Seattle gal claims pepper spray caused her to miscarry:

On the 20th, Jeniffer Fox received news that she has miscarried, and alleges the miscarriage is due to the injuries she received during the police action on the 15th.
She "received news" that she miscarried?

Does this sound like OWS?
[It] may well rank as one of the significant political and sociological events of the age. . . [T]he revolution it preaches, implicitly or explicitly, is essentially moral; it is the proclamation of a new set of values. . . With a surprising ease and a cool sense of authority, the children of plenty have voiced an intention to live by a different ethical standard than their parents accepted. The pleasure principle has been elevated over the Puritan ethic of work... Personal freedom in the midst of squalor is more liberating than social conformity with the trappings of wealth. Now that youth takes abundance for granted, it can afford to reject materialism.
Well, it's not, instead it's Time Magazine gushing a bit over Woodstock.  We all know how that "revolution" ended.

Meanwhile, most Americans are... not paying attention.

The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don't know enough to have an opinion about the movement's goals.
The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Feminist Criticizes Obamavilles for Not Enough Women

I can't imagine why women aren't turning out in droves to be assaulted and raped.
But when it comes to women, Occupy is really a microcosm of the greater culture at large. This should give comfort to those who find Occupy's dynamics puzzling -- and greatly embarrass those in the movement who see themselves as revolutionaries. America's gender conflict fault-lines are making a familiar reappearance inside Occupy, with results both predictable and novel. I'm not the only one to notice the Occupy gender gap. This issue is talked about at GAs, I'm told, a lot. Nearly every night at Occupy LA, the question comes up: "What can we do to get more women out here?"
A question often asked at singles' bars as well.
Of course there are women out there -- and they are in the line of fire. Brandy Sippel, three-months pregnant, was clipped by a car during a protest with Occupy D.C. The driver sent three others to the hospital that night and was released by police. At a press conference the next day, the Metropolitan Police Department implied she and the other victims were "drunk diving" on cars. Another pregnant woman was pepper sprayed by police at Occupy Seattle. The police said pepper spray wasn't harmful or they wouldn't be using it. Susie Cagle, a journalist covering Occupy Oakland, says that when she was arrested during a raid by police, there were a higher percentage of women arrested on the roster than who were normally at the camp.
Well, you know how it is; if you're pregnant, maybe you shouldn't be jumping in front of cars or putting your face in front of some pepper spray? Just a thought.

Here Come Da Judge

Fox News' resident Truther supports the Obamavillers, and has some advice for them.

Moron the Marchers

Been awhile since they updated their blog, but they have today and there's some comedy gold.
An SUV pace vehicle joins us, driven by a local supporter. Relieved of our backpack weight, the nighttime pace quickens. Marcher Brandon befriends the driver, choosing to ride in the passenger seat instead of walking. He sometimes also rides on the vehicle’s exterior while wearing the Guy Fawkes mask he’d left Zuccotti Park with. Even after repeated scoldings from other marchers he continues the stunts. The full truck will not fit his heavy backpack, homemade with gunny sacks, so he throws it onto the People’s Taxi rather than carrying it on his lap. A dilemma is faced concerning the Taxi, primarily now being used for personal belongings and trash instead of items such as food and water that benefit everyone. For the second night in a row, backpacks and loose clothing is piled so high that the food and water at the bottom of the cart is mostly inaccessible. This will prove as difficult as controlling the march pace, going through cycles of severity while never seeing a real solution.
By the way, that's bloody face Brandon Watts she's griping about; he was on the march for a few days but then went back to NY when Zoo-Cotti was raided. The usual petty jealousies of the feminists about the males pops up:
As we progress through Philly, Kelly proposes that the women of the group lead the march into downtown. She and Micheal organized this march and he has been painted by the media as its leader while the presence of women has be under-represented by reporters. She wants to show the public that this is not a man’s march, that women are strong too, and that we are capable of everything they are capable of. Just after she proposes this, a woman stops her car and gets out. Kelly and Micheal are leading the group at that point. The woman goes straight to Micheal, takes his face in her hands, gives him a long hug and says, “Oh, the heroes! Thank you so much!” She then turns her back without acknowledging Kelly at all. Kelly looks at me and I can see her thoughts in her eyes.
The entry into Philly gets nasty:
But as the sky darkens and exhaustion creeps in, the group unravels into chaos. We stop multiple times to have emergency GA’s about the issue of pace, the question of what to do with Raghu and the fact that we’ll be walking thru a bad neighborhood after dark. We get shuffled from one sidewalk to the next by police officers who don’t want us standing in a group talking. The neighbors call 911 because they whink we’re protesting in front of their neighborhhood restaurants. Marchers begin to get angry and yell and swear at one another. No decisions are made. We waste a lot of time. The cops tell us that if we stand still we’ll be attacked by gangs.
Surely they won't attack you! They're part of the 99%, just like you!
Philly has a bigger space than Zuccotti Park and it’s less populated. The heaps of stuff that piled up between Zuccotti Park’s tents are absent here, giving it a first impression of relative cleanliness. There are porta potties, but they are incredibly dirty, almost completely full and lacking toilet paper. The big fountain in the back of the park is shut off and it smells like urine.
Sounds like the Occupy Philly folks weren't terribly honest:
A group of Occupy Philly campers rummage through the People’s Taxi, making much rustling noise but not speaking. Knowing the wagon only contains junk food, marchers are too tired to get up and stop this. All is lost upon our awakening, with only empty wrappers remaining from the hundreds of candy and pastry items that had been in the Taxi.
Adding to the pervasive grayness is the worry that we may not have any money for food and other emergencies. The check for $3,000 that was given to the march by the Zuccotti General Assembly has not yet been cleared by the bank. And now that Zuccotti is destroyed, and all their operations have been disrupted, we may not ever see those funds. There are about 40 marchers now. We cannot feed everyone with only the donations we’ve received on the road. Further complicating that issue is the fact that last night’s General Assembly officially agreed that all new marchers would have their food paid for.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

When They Say Peaceful Protest...

They mean, "Don't hit back!" This one takes a couple of watchings to get: Watch just in front of the black car, right at the beginning. See the female protestor try to knock over the cop who's just about to mount his bike? Then a few seconds later, she jumps in front of him, again, trying to prevent him from cycling away to the left. So he hits her with the front wheel and everybody gets pissed off at him. Here's another one: Watch the guy in the maroon watch cap and blue jacket starting about 25 seconds in. He loses the cap at about 33 seconds. Then the guy in the gasmask comes running over to play peacemaker. At 38-39 seconds, the blue jacket gives an elbow right to the head of the police horse.

Interview With UC Davis Pepper Recipient

See if you can spot the weasel words:
Pretty early on, before noon we got a letter from chancellor Katehi to please remove our tents, citing health and safety reasons, but not saying what those reasons are. We took the letter, and replied more or less: look, we understand we're in violation of the camping code. But we believe that this is superseded by our first amendment rights.
Of course you believe that. Because you haven't taken Con Law yet.
A collective decision was made on the fly to just sit in a circle arms linked legs crossed, with police officers and "prisoners" in the middle because we didn't want them arresting only 3 of us. It wasn't fair that 50 of us were there, and only a few arrested who hadn't volunteered to be arrested. There was still one walkway open that the police were going to use to walk the arrestees out. I saw some friends of mine sit down there, and they were my friends, so I joined them. We linked arms, legs crossed.
See, they wanted to get arrested, but they linked arms to make it as difficult as possible for the cops. Guess what? You make it difficult for the man, he's going to make it difficult for you.
We were never warned that we were going to be pepper-sprayed. Lt. Pike walked up to my friend, and I am told that he said, "Move or we're going to shoot you."
You were warned that you would be shot and you're pissed off they pepper-sprayed you instead? Also, note the lie in this part:
When the riot police came, we put our tents in a circle. We walked around in a circle, and said nothing hateful towards the police. Maybe one guy chanted, "Fuck the police" a few times, but it died down right away. None of us wanted to chant against the police.
Right at the beginning of that video, we hear a bunch of protestors (not one) chanting "From Davis to Greece, Fuck the Police!" It is to their credit that several other protestors shush them after about the fourth repetition. One more thing. Note the constant shrieking about "These are children!" That's BS. For most things in this country, you are an adult at age 18. If you want to be treated seriously as an adult, you can't fall back on the "only a lad" defense.

Occupy the Ritz?

Turns out that some of the protestors are more equal than others:
A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” The Post has learned. The $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown last week hosted both Peter Dutro, one of a select few OWS members on the powerful finance committee, and Brad Spitzer, a California-based analyst who not only secretly took part in protests during a week-long business trip but offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying

All the entertainment comes in the first minute of this video with the pepper-spraying of the seated protestors. Unfortunately, the campus police allow the foolish students to then control the situation. A few well-placed truncheons and this whole nonsense could have been over; instead the cops were forced to back off. Another good tactic is to pepper spray the shouters; definitely shuts them up as this Portland hippie chick learned to her dismay:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Another Kiddie Used As a Shield

Milwaukee Police Chief Tries Different Tack

I don't know if this will work, but it's an interesting notion:
Chief Ed Flynn spoke to the demonstrators on the bridge, saying his officers were going to protect the neighborhood. "I see a working class neighborhood that has been disrupted by people who couldn’t care less about the people who actually live here," Flynn said. "We're going to let them play demonstration games for a while."

Hippie Mom Goes to Jail

Remember the hippie mom who abandoned her four children in Florida in order to canoodle with a waiter under a tarp in Zoo-Cotti? Well she's now in the pokey:
Stacey Hessler, 38, was lifted off the pavement in the center of Broad Street by three cops who slapped plastic bracelets on her wrists and dragged her away kicking and screaming. “What did I do? What did I do?” she kept shouting. She was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after she blocked “vehicular and pedestrian traffic” and refused orders to move, cops said.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Picking Fights With the Cops

Not a smart idea; apparently the guy who took the cap and threw the battery was also the one who got his head cracked open as well:
Here he is getting hustled out of the park: His name is Brandon Watts and he's apparently been a longtime troublemaker at OWS:
A protester who was led out of Zuccotti Park on Thursday morning with blood streaming from his face had thrown a small battery at police officers and taken a deputy inspector’s hat, the police said. He was charged with attempted assault and grand larceny. The police said the man identified himself as Brandon Watts, 20, and has been arrested at least four times since the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began.
Ironically, he was in the paper just yesterday:
Brandon Watts, 20, whose eyes were bloodshot after spending the night at a nearby McDonalds, said he thought the days of Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park were numbered. “It’s all done here. I think I’m going to go to DC to protest,” Watts said. “I’m very tired and cold now. We’re not going to survive the winter with this situation.”
I have a hunch Mr Watts is not going to Washington anytime soon. Update: Almost as dumb as picking fights in NY with cops? Picking fights with drivers in LA: If one of these dopes tries it on you, there's a real good solution. Put the car in neutral and gun the engine. They'll get out of the way in a hurry.

More Fun in NYC

When You've Lost Jon Stewart....

Love the guy who's against private property, not personal property.

A Moment of Solidarity

For the dope who took a shot at the White House. Yes, it's just one particularly stupid protestor, but note the respectful silence. Nobody, but nobody, says that it's inappropriate and foolish.

Berzerkeley Goes Down

Note the odd stats on this one:
Police in riot gear surprised campers with an early morning raid on the Occupy Cal encampment in Sproul Plaza today, arresting two protesters and removing about 20 tents. Police surrounded the 40 or so campers at 3:30 a.m. in front of Sproul Hall, UC Berkeley's main administration building, and gave them 10 minutes to grab their gear and go. All but two did.
Two arrests, out of 40 students?

Alec Baldwin Waddles In

What he learned from Obamaville:
Another example is that we have no high speed rail in this country. Typically, you fly or you drive. So airlines are free to tack on fees to remain profitable the way that oil companies are free to manipulate oil production, and thus the price of gasoline. You bailed out the airlines every time you did not demand more effective, intermediate range travel, i.e. high speed rail.
OWS was about teh hi-speed railz? Who knew? It certainly wasn't about banks that produce groovy credit cards, like Capital One: And it certainly isn't about opposing General Electric, which Alec works for on 30 Rock.
Many of those who came from New York were responding to an invitation posted on Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly web site that read: “In the land of the free they tax me but not G.E!” It continues, saying: “ General Electric made billions last year; they paid no taxes, outsourced thousands of jobs, and got over $3 billion in tax refunds!”

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mr Molotov Arrested

That didn't take long:
A protester was arrested in Zuccotti Park Wednesday after he threatened to fire bomb the city — and his rant went viral on YouTube, police said. Nkrumah Tinsley, 29, was busted after cops saw a video of him claiming he would torch the city during Thursday’s mass protest posted online, police said. “On the 17th (of Nov.), we’re going to burn New York City to the f---ing ground,” an angry Tinsley told a crowd of demonstrators in the video posted on Tuesday.

A Night At Occupy SF

Sounds like fun:
The third major fight at the Occupy SF encampment was supposed to be the last of it Monday night after about 100 protesters banished “Jimmy the Instigator.” Most protesters believed he was responsible for about half the brawls that broke out there in recent days. Once he was gone, tensions eased, and a heartwarming singalong forecast a peaceful night. Then Nick took off his pants, the drugs and alcohol took their toll and the violence returned.

The Goldman Sachs Trial

Here's fathead Chris Hedges giving the charges: This is their idea of a fair trial. Something to remember when the Obamavillers piss and moan about their right to assemble being trampled. Hedges first came to national prominence, when he gave a graduating speech at a college in Illinois. Rather that give the standard, "As you go forth into the world," boilerplate, Hedges launched into a blistering attack on the Iraq War. How appropriate is it that at the end of this clip, Hedges has to do his first "mic check"?

Mr Molotov

Easy prediction: the other OWS fools will claim he's not one of them. That is one of the real benefits to a leaderless, amorphous movement.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As the Cops Moved In On Oakland

Keep in mind this is taking place at about 4:00 AM. "We've got the right to peacefully assemble!" Yeah, and bang on drums and blow horns at all hours of the night.

Protestors Allowed Back into Zuccotti, But No Tents or Sleeping Bags

So it should not be Zoo-Cotti for now.
"The [protesters] have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely," Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Stallman wrote in a four-page decision.
Reactions on the left have been mixed. Quite a few have taken the position that this was a victory for the Obamavillers:
So OWS was either going to end with the cops clearing the park, or else it was going to end with the protestors losing interest. It would be totally human and understandable for the protestors to end up fading away as the weather gets colder, but that would be demoralizing to everyone who’s come to look at the various Occupations as a key signal of popular discontent with rampant inequality. Instead, by ordering the protestors to be removed the Bloomberg administration has ensured continued relevance for the issue.
While others were outraged:
The behavior of the NYPD and the mayor’s office, in ordering this brazen action while blocking the press and the public from reporting on the eviction, is a disgraceful display of unnecessary force on a protest that for the most part has behaved lawfully and respectfully throughout its two-month existence.
Respectfully? That's a laugh. Lots of discussion about the possibility that cities coordinated their actions so as to spread the negative reactions. Also some speculation that the raids were done while Obama was out of the country on a Far East trip; remember that Vichy Mayor Quan managed to be away when the initial raid on Obamaville Oakland took place. Coming soon: Occupy Dallas in the crosshairs.

Back to Occupy Mom's Basement

Judge says no to protestors:
Hours after baton-wielding cops cleared Occupy Wall Street protesters and their tents from Zuccotti Park on Tuesday, a judge backed the clean sweep. The ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman says that city can stop protesters from bringing tents, tarps and other camping equipment into the park. The decision is likely to be appealed, so it was unclear if the city would immediately reopen the park to people without tents.

NY Evacuation Updates

Some pretty compelling video:

Report that the National Lawyer's Guild has obtained a court order forcing the reopening of the park with tents and all; are the lice and rats also allowed back in?

Some idiots tied themselves to a tree: Do they seriously think some twine is going to baffle NY's finest?

Monday, November 14, 2011

New York's Turn

Surprise attacks seem to be the order of the week:

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, descended on Zuccotti Park after midnight Tuesday in a surprise sweep of the Occupy Wall Street headquarters.
It comes just two days ahead of a massive planned demonstration Thursday marking the movement's two-month anniversary.
Police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Police said the eviction will improve health conditions.

Most Common Questions Asked at OWS

Child Prostitution Ring at Occupy Portland?

Check out this paragraph from a supporter of the Occupy movement:

A woman from Portland reported that some, very closed tents in Portland were locations where crystal meth and black tar heroin were dealt and distributed, and that a child prostitution ring had also set up shop in Occupy Portland.  Having been an urban pioneer in Portland myself some years ago, living in a studio aparment near the encampment area, I certainly believe this to be true.

D-Day for Occupy Oakland

Police raid tent city:

Police have arrested about 20 protesters so far and have begun dismantling the camp. Hundreds of protesters remain on Broadway and 14th. While they can't return to the camp, police are not ordering them to leave.
In the camp, police are taking down tents and making arrests. Everything remains peaceful.
 And already the Vichy Government purges have begun:

Dan Siegel, Mayor Jean Quan's legal adviser, posted on Facebook that he has resigned over Monday's police raid of Occupy Oakland.
His Facebook post: "No longer Mayor Quan's legal adviser. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators."
 Okay, so he becomes the fall guy for Mayor Quisling allowing the protestors back in after the first raid.

Fun And Games In Chapel Hill

First the story:
CHAPEL HILL -- A police tactical team of more than 25 police officers arrested eight demonstrators Sunday afternoon and charged them with breaking and entering for occupying a vacant car dealership on Franklin Street. Officers brandishing guns and semi-automatic rifles rushed the building at about 4:30 p.m. They pointed weapons at those standing outside, and ordered them to put their faces on the ground. They surrounded the building and cleared out those who were inside. About 13 people, including a New & Observer staff writer covering the demonstration, were forced to the ground and hand-cuffed.
Okay, pretty basic stuff. Group breaks the law and are treated as lawbreakers. So who do you think gets treated as the idiots on the progressive blogs? Boing Boing thinks it's the cops:
The police claimed the force was necessary because they'd been briefed that anarchist squatters use man-traps, and they believed this would be the case because the protesters had put banners in the windows and sited "strategic lookouts" on the roof. In other news: Chapel Hill police are credulous, dangerous dolts who set out to believe boogie-man stories about "anarchists" and seized on any rubric, no matter how farcical, they could find to support this a priori belief.
Hey, I'm sure that the folks at Boing Boing dive headfirst into any pond they see, because the odds are very small that there's a rock just below the surface. Think Progress opines that the owner is a dope:
The building has been left vacant since 2003 by real estate magnate Joe Riddle, III, of Fayetteville, NC. In 2004, Riddle claimed he would develop the lot containing the building, its adjoining 60-car parking lot, and a building next door with “retail and restaurant space, housing and parking.” Since then, Chapel Hill public officials and business owners have grown frustrated for years that Riddle has left the space derelict. The “autonomous anti-capitalist occupiers” who reclaimed the empty building on Saturday had drawn up plans for transforming it into a space for civic engagement and public support. The plans, acquired by ThinkProgress, call for dividing the space into a free store, kitchen, clinic, performance space, school, workshop, library, and dormitory. A free yoga class Sunday afternoon was the first such use of the space, just before the arrests.
I'm going to guess that the property isn't located in a hot area for new development. The owner has clearly been paying his real estate taxes on the property, so to him, the property has been a money-loser. I'm sure the anarchists had some wonderful ideas on how to make it profitable: a free store! How could Joe Riddle III have missed out on that brilliant notion? Free yoga! Just imagine the money in that!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Video of Portland

It's time to try the Escape from New York scenario. Barricade the protestors and don't let anybody else in. Update: Looks like the cops just waited until the protestors did their victory lap and went home to sleep it off:
10:05 a.m.: Madison Dines, 25, said he was surprised to see police officers taking the camp down. The movement dwindled this morning and no longer had enough people to resist. "We don't have enough physical bodies to stop the police from what they are doing," he said. "We all declared victory and went home, but the reality is we needed to be here."
LOL! What a bunch of dumbasses!

Morning Update

Occupy Portland did not get raided last night; apparently the local police did not feel they could empty the park safely. This just enables the protestors and puts the ones advocating violence in a position of strength. Rape at Obamaville Philly. This is getting common enough that it hardly seems worth noting.
The rape occurred around 7:45pm Saturday night, and that the woman walked to a nearby pay phone and called 911. Police say the victim is a 23-year-old woman from Atlantic City, and the alleged rapist is a 50-year-old man who has reportedly been arrested a number of times for a string of robberies in Michigan.
Occupy Wall Streeter arrested for punching a NY cop in the face. I assume you folks have all seen Michael Moore's tent already, but if you haven't, check out Occupy Torch Lake. Obamaville SF cut up a couple cops:
Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi says officers were trying to keep marchers out of an intersection when a woman came from the crowd, slashed an officer's hand with a pen knife or razor blade, then disappeared before he realized he'd been cut. Police say a man then came out of the crowd and grabbed an officer's radio, and when the officer chased him another protester shoved the officer, leaving him with a torn uniform and a bleeding laceration on his face.
But they're peaceful protestors.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Yet Another OD at Portland Obamaville

At this point, you gotta wonder if somebody's got some bad heroin.
A woman was brought back to life Saturday morning after an overdose in the Occupy Portland camp, Mayor Sam Adams said.
I know, I know. Like there's such a thing as good heroin....

Harvard Stands Shoulder-To-Shoulder with the 99%

Figuratively, of course:
So let me get this straight: Harvard students are “occupying” the Yard to protest how the 1 percent keep the 99 percent in economic servitude. But the Crimson protest against capitalist oppression is by invitation only, and all the gates on campus have been locked, chained and padlocked to keep out the real 99 percent?
Can't have Joe Sixpack mingling with Buffy and T. Coddington, can we?

Occupy Denver Gets Punked at Con Bloggers Con

Gotta love this. The "We want the dog!" chant refers to the dog that Occupy Denver chose as their leader in discussions with the city mayor. Take it away, Jackie!

Morning Roundup

Obamaville St. Louis was closed last night.  Bumfights in St. Louis: Oakland, Portland and Salt Lake City face evictions tonight.  From the sounds of things, Portland isn't planning on going quietly:

Since that announcement Portland Police have become aware of information that is concerning. We understand a call has gone out to Oakland, Seattle and San Francisco and perhaps other cities encouraging people to come to Portland and engage in resistance. People in the camp are expecting 100-300 re-enforcements from various locations. There may even be as many as 150 anarchists who will arrive soon. There is information that people may be in the in trees during a police action and that there are people who are attempting to obtain a large number of gas masks.

There is a hole being dug in one of the parks and wood is being used to reinforce the area around it. There are reports that nails have been hammered into wood for weapons and that generally there are people in the camps preparing for a confrontation with police.

Last night Portland Police officers provided security while Portland Parks and Recreation security manager posted "No Camping" signs in the park. 36 signs were posted in all, although some were taken down by the occupiers almost immediately.

People were seen carrying pallets into the camp shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning. The destination of the pallets is a structure with graffiti in the northwest part of Chapman Park, also known as "The 420 Hotel". The people there are very suspicious of any passers by, we are not sure at this point what exactly they are doing. We have been told it looks like they were making shields.
  Obamaville Oakland has become little more than a gang hangout:

"They popped off five shots and shot the dude," the protestor told Will.  "He went down and I watched him take his last breath.  It's not a movement any more.  It's a place for someone to come and hide who has a parole hold.  There are parolees at large hiding in there.  I personally know of two guys they're looking for armed robbery hiding in there because the police won't go in there."
Still, Vichy Oakland mayor Quan may be forced to back down because her indecisiveness has exasperated the surrounding communities that supported the previous eviction order:
“There are some chiefs and some city councils that I think are upset with having to keep sending officers to Oakland,” said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. “And their point is: ‘Why are we sending people there when their own mayor can’t make a decision on what to do?’” The Sheriff’s Department told Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan Wednesday they will charge $1,000 per deputy for a 12-hour shift. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said his deputies would only come in for free if the situation prompted an emergency. “After we assisted Oakland in removing the occupiers who were unlawfully camping in Frank Ogawa Plaza, the government officials allowed them back into the plaza and allowed them to resume camping,” said Ahern. “They're trying to allow people the right to free speech and it's a very difficult line that we're dealing with here. But once they allow it, then they have to understand . . . it’s no longer an emergency.”
  Marchers made it to Trenton last night, but apparently were pretty near exhaustion:
We were tired, marching thru the cold, and things were getting tense around mile 20-25. For the first time our spirits were kinda low.
 But things perked up once they reached the NJ Capital:

Crazy day, our spirits are thru the roof now. We decided to stay at till noon. We can finally get some rest
Group photo, taken from the webcam:
Looks like half the group has dropped out. Don't see Shoeless Joe in there.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Are Occupy Camps Deadly?

This is getting just a bit ridiculous:

Hours after a man was found dead inside a tent at Pioneer Park, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank announced Friday he could no longer allow camping in the park or anywhere in the city.

"We can no longer have individuals camping on our streets," Burbank said. "We as a city just cannot tolerate this going on."

Burbank asked members of the Occupy Salt Lake protest group to start packing immediately and to be out of the park by sunset Saturday. The ban on camping overnight also includes the Gallivan Center, where a group was recently moved after setting up camp near the Federal Building.

Oh, That Kind of Human Waste...

When I first read this I thought they meant the Occupiers had left some of their members behind:
Staff at St Paul's have been forced to clear up human waste inside the cathedral, it emerged today. They have made several trips with mops to remove the mess found on a carpet inside the church near the West Steps - just yards from the anti-capitalist protest camp.

Marching's Hard

Gotta love this:
Our estimated morning prep time of one hour proves far off, actually turning out to be over two hours. We’re all finally packed up in the front yard together at 10:30AM.
The first signs of exhaustion fatigue begin to appear by noon. One of our medics sits slumped in a parking lot up against a convenience store wall, “I can’t go on. I’m gonna have to meet up with you all tonight.”
Whew! An hour and a half later? What stamina! As a reminder, this leg was only supposed to be 18 miles. Today's march is supposed to be 25.8 miles. Note as well that there is no discussion of their arrival in New Brunswick.

Overnight Update

Zombietime covers the Berzerkely protest:
A clique of privileged U.C. Berkeley students, upset that they’re the top 1% of elite students in the state and thus disqualified from participating in the Occupy movement, could no longer contain their frustration on Wednesday and threw an Occutantrum, attempting to “occupy” a few square yards of the 1,200-acre campus. The police dutifully played their roles in the street theater performance, showing up in riot gear and looking scary so the privileged students could shout at them and feel properly revolutionary, as instructed by their professors. Following the script, the police repeatedly removed the handful of occupation tents so that the students could feel sufficiently wronged by authority figures and thereby earn their “Berkeley protest stripes,” which have been a requirement for graduation since 1964.
The violence seems to be escalating. People were shot to death in Burlington:
The city closed half of City Hall Park and put a halt to all camping at the Occupy Burlington site Thursday night while police investigate a shooting in a tent that cost a 35-year-old man his life. Meanwhile, the movement’s participants mourned a member of their community and planned the future of the encampment.
And Oakland:
A young man was fatally shot Thursday evening just yards from the Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall. And before the ambulance had even pulled away, people were debating whether the killing was somehow linked to the month-old gathering.
Vichy Oakland mayor Quisling promised to get tough:
Mayor Jean Quan held a news conference and announced that the city was planning, once again, to remove the Occupy camp. "The risks are too great for having an encampment out there," Quan said. "It's time for the encampment to end."
The protestors showed their usual respect for the media:
Shortly after the shooting, KGO-TV cameraman Randy Davis was punched in the back of the head by someone who objected to his filming the scene. Davis said he believed he suffered a concussion.
Fun in San Diego as a particularly ugly woman assaults another woman filming them: Get this creep in Portland, insisting "We don't want any violence!" How could anybody think they are not peaceful?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy Style

It's tempting to think that this must be a spoof:

Whether the Occupy movement, which has taken over parks in cities across the country, fizzles or grows, whether it has resonance and can translate its message into concrete change, are political questions. But looked at solely as an aesthetic and cultural phenomenon, it has deep roots in ideas with established pedigrees in the world of art and architecture. Its anti-consumerist ethos, its impatience with the media and its love of theatrical intervention in city life make it a direct heir of the Situationists, a radical European avant-garde collective begun in the late 1950s with ideas that remain influential today.
It goes on in that vein for quite awhile:

Charlie Hailey, author of the 2009 survey “Camps: A Guide to 21st Century Space,” an extensive taxonomy and analysis of temporary forms of urbanism, sees parallels between the Occupy movement and the tradition of long-standing protest camps in Europe, especially Britain, where a pacifist group created the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which stood outside an air base for 19 years until it disbanded in 2000. He’s struck by McPherson Square’s significance as a protest site. “It is about legibility,” he says of the site’s proximity to the White House and the lobbyist corridor of K Street NW. “The adjacency is really striking.”
Meanwhile, in the real world, Obamaville Atlanta is seeing an outbreak of a disease that most probably consider dead:
The home base for Occupy Atlanta has tested positive for tuberculosis. The Fulton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that residents at the homeless shelter where protesters have been occupying have contracted the drug-resistant disease. WGCL reports that a health department spokeswoman said there is a possibility that both Occupy Atlanta protesters and the homeless people in the shelter may still be at risk since tuberculosis is contracted through air contact.
Charlie Hailey was unavailable to comment on the adjacency of the disease.

The Long March Continues....

I love this detail about the suck-up media coverage that the marchers are getting:

By 10AM, already being hunted down by international reporters throughout the Liberty Plaza encampment, we all stand in awe behind the great global power of this movement. By noon there are 25 confirmed marchers assembled underneath the bright red steel beam structure at the southeast corner of the park. A reporter mob of twice that number battles one another for the best shots in the very confined spaces of a stairwell. None of us has ever experienced anything like this, now feeling as if we have just stepped onto the red carpet to receive an Oscar. Some marchers seem to be left speechless, surely to the great dismay of this media army who outnumbers us 2-to-1.
One of the marchers is doing it the hard way:

Last minute marchers include a man with no shoes and another man carrying only a Guy Fawkes mask.

I believe this is Shoeless Joe:

And Another OD...

Obamaville Portland is turning out to be a paragon of the movement:

On Wednesday November 9, 2011, Portland Police officers working the Occupy Portland encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale Square Parks, responded to the report of a man suffering from a drug overdose in a tent at Chapman Square. Officers found the man in a tent and he was blue and not breathing. Officers immediately began performing CPR and called for medical to respond. Medical personnel responded and were able to revive the man then transported him to an area hospital. Officers learned that the man used heroin purchased within the encampments.

During this police and medical response, nearly 100 people were gathered around the tent and not following police direction to allow medical personnel room to work on the patient. Officers worked with the Occupy Portland Peace & Safety Team to assist in moving people away from the patient.
How stupid is that?  You've got a young man dying and the idiot protestors won't even make room for the emergency personnel to save him?


Obamaville Denver has growing pains:
Right now, Liberate Denver remains mostly an idea, but occupiers have consistently proven that ideas, though tough to control, are powerful in this movement. A handful of members are working to establish regular space and time for the second entity, which was inspired by issues of violence and patriarchy within the ranks and is targeted toward starting over, this time united against those issues.
The dreaded patriarchy.
"Changing the world takes time," says Kerri Kellerman, a Thunderdomer who supports the concept of Liberate Denver but also remains a part of Occupy Denver. "The movement is young, and right now the entire community is detoxing from this capitalism as a whole. So we're dealing with these huge growing pains of violence and assault and misogyny and these other internal issues, just like all of the movements are."
The Thunderdome is apparently the on-site eatery for Obamaville Denver.

Too Little Too Late

This sort of response (at Cal-Berkeley) might have been effective early on in the protests; now it's just going to enable the protestors. Note particularly that despite some pretty vigorous thrusting of the clubs by the cops, none of the protestors seems seriously injured. They back up a bit, but none of them make a significant effort to get away. I'm forced to conclude that the beating was not as brutal as it might appear at first glance.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just A Coincidence, I'm Sure

Bank of America Building in Seattle is firebombed: Seattle fire investigators are looking into whether a fire at a Bank of America branch in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood was intentionally set. The fire was reported at around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the bank located in the 4100 block of East Madison Street. When fire fighters arrived, they say an ATM outside the bank was smoldering and fire had spread to the interior of the building. "We believe the fire started at the ATM and it is considered suspicious," said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. "ATMs don't typically spontaneously combust in the middle of the night." Meanwhile, a suspect has been arrested in the firebombing of the World Trade Center in Portland:
This morning, Wednesday November 9, 2011, Portland Police officers arrested 29-year-old David Joseph Hodson for throwing a Molotov cocktail at the World Trade Center, located at 121 Southwest Salmon Street, in the late evening hours of Tuesday November 8. Officers obtained a very good description of the suspect and later located him within the Occupy Portland encampments. Hodson has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail for Arson in the First Degree, Manufacturing a Destructive Device, Possession of a Destructive Device, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
The Portland Obamaville was nearby:
Police spokesman Lt. Robert King said the Molotov cocktail caused minor damage to an external stairwell at the World Trade Center building. The office building is located one block east of the two parks where Occupy protesters have been for more than a month.

Walking to DC from New York?

Hooo-boy, these guys have an education coming up.
Based on a hand-drawn map entitled, “Occupy the highway,” the New York City Occupiers plan on walking 20 miles every day, making stops in Occupy Philly and Occupy Baltimore. The group is inviting others along their march route to join them.
This is one of those ideas that sounds really cool over a couple of beers and a bong, but I give it two days before they decide maybe a train or a bus is a better idea,

Quisling Quan's Quandary

Do I want to maintain my credibility with a bunch of thugs and losers, or do I want to attract jobs to my struggling community?
Mayor Jean Quan on Tuesday renewed her appeal to Occupy Oakland representatives to meet with city officials about negotiating a peaceful resolution to the protest's encampment outside City Hall. Quan said the month-old encampment in a public plaza, which has grown to about 180 tents, is hurting local businesses and straining an already stretched city budget. "This situation is costing us real jobs," the mayor said in a statement. "We can't afford to lose a single job."
How did Vichy Oakland get into this mess? Oh, that's right, Quisling Quan invited the protestors back. This is your petard, on steroids.

Another Day, Another Deader

This one in New Orleans:
A 53-year-old man was found dead Tuesday inside a tent pitched at the Occupy New Orleans encampment at Duncan Plaza across from City Hall. He appears to have been living in the tent inside the occupation zone, said John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office. The man appears to have been dead for at least two days, Gagliano said.

Urine Obamaville

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cops: The Other Other White Meat

Looks like the Occupy Vancouver folks are getting hungry:

The VPD chief constable said that two police officers were sent to the hospital Monday night with "human bite wounds" after they attempted to stop protesters from pushing and shoving firefighters who were trying to extinguish a burning fire in a barrel.
"Our officers received the full wrath of the protesters, who punched, kicked and bit them. In the scuffle one officer has his ammunition clip stolen."
 The protestors fell back on the "religious" excuse:
"They basically crowded everybody around a burning hot barrel because we didn't want to put the fire out, it's a sacred fire for the native Americans," said Pete Stone, 33, who said he was there during the incident.
Update: Video of the sacred fire being put out:

Huge entertainment value here. A buddy of mine points out that perhaps it's time to get out the sacred billy clubs, sacred tasers and sacred pepper spray.

Assaulting Police at Obamaville Riverside...

Eleven arrests:

One protester threw a bottle at an officer and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The ten others were arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer or resisting an officer
Repeat after me: Mostly peaceful, mostly peaceful, mostly peaceful....

Hat Tip: Pirate's Cove.

Sympathy From the Devil

Oakland is moaning about how the Obamaville disruptions are killing any effort to revitalize the city's downtown area:

Most recently, business at their B Restaurant & Bar has been harmed further since Occupy Oakland tents went up at City Hall on Oct. 10. Best and Rasche worry that the collateral damage from the protest may be the final blow for their restaurant.
"If we go two more months like this," Best said, "it's a wrap."
Their restaurant is five blocks from the encampment. Businesses closer have suffered more, and not only from a loss of customers. Windows have been broken, street fires have been set, and graffiti has become part of the landscape, block after block.

And guess who feels their pain?

Mayor Jean Quan, who grew up around her family's restaurant in Livermore, said such businesses run on a 5 percent profit margin and have a hard time absorbing even one lost day.
She said she knows of two restaurants downtown that are closing because of recent losses.
Yep, Mayor Jean Quisling, who invited the protestors back to Oscar Grant Plaza, after the cops finally evicted them.  Who termed the General Strike on November 2nd a "good day for the 99%":

The Entitled

Give a man a fish, and he'll expect you to give him another tomorrow:

Coffee cart owner Linda Jenson and hot dog cart operators Letty and Pete Soto said they initially provided free food and drink to demonstrators, but when they stopped, the protesters became violent.
Remember the McDonald's in New York City that was the only neighborhood place that would let the protestors use the bathroom without buying anything?

A Zuccotti Park protester threw a violent fit in a McDonald’s yesterday after employees refused to give him free food.
Fisika Bezabeh, 27, ripped a credit-card reader from a counter and threw it at workers at about 2:30 a.m. at the Mickey D’s at 160 Broadway, a bathroom spot for protesters.
As my dad used to say, "No good deed goes unpunished."  These Obamavillers have gotten to the point where they feel they're entitled to anything. After all, aren't they saving the country?

Update: More entitlement:

And on Friday, she said, a crazed squatter burst into the shop and demanded that workers fill a 10-gallon container of water.
When they refused, “he banged it on the ground and started yelling” and threatened the staff, she said.
“He said he was entitled to have it for free.”
 Update II: Remember when the OWS crowd got tired of sharing their spaghetti bolognese with the homeless? Well, those folks look downright generous when compared to the Obamaville Boston crowd:

Occupy Boston has been encouraging protesters to take showers, hot meals and shelter meant for the homeless, prompting a St. Francis House manager to ask the downtown campers to remove directions from their Internet newspaper.
The online publication that calls itself “Occupy Boston Globe” posts meal times and shower hours at St. Francis House on Boylston Street, which runs on private donations and state and federal funding.