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  • Police Evict 'Occupy' Protesters from Zuccotti Park

    Do you ever feel a sudden and unbearable urge to clean, to get off your couch and scrub the floors, empty the garbage, wash the dishes, and…punch some hippies? Do you ever get this feeling at 1 in the morning? If so, you might have a case of OCD, or you might be Mayor Bloomberg, faced with intransigent protesters camped out in a park… 

    Police brought the two-month-old Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park to an abrupt end early Tuesday morning, as hundreds of officers swept in and cleared out protesters and their tents.

    They arrested 70 protesters who refused to leave and sent others into the surrounding streets, setting off clashes and marches throughout Lower Manhattan…

    The New York City Police Department made its move shortly after 1 a.m., when hundreds of officers in riot gear surrounded the small, privately owned plaza. They turned on large batteries of lights. Some used bullhorns to warn those sleeping there that the area was being temporarily evacuated so it could be cleaned and cleared of illegal structures.

    Hey guys, did you hear the one about a local government actually cleaning a park? …That's pretty much the joke.

    Certainly, when I do my Fall cleaning in the middle of the night, the first thing I do is ensure no one is watching, before throwing away all my family's books. But for the serious right to assembly-mongers among us, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the city, which may allow protesters to return to Zuccotti with tents, books and bongo drums in hand.

    Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Michael Bloomberg, New York City, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters
  • Occupy Seattle Event Occupied by Occupy Seattle

    If you're like most people in America, you probably support the national Occupy Wall Street movement. In a roundabout way. In part, at least. On the whole, you think that something needs to be done to fix the inequities in our economic system. And you're happy that somebody is doing something about it.

    But, for some reason that you can't quite put your finger on, you're not quite on board with OWS in practice. You're not going downtown and hanging out with them, for sure. And if someone asks you about them, you kind of hem and haw and say you're on the fence.

    Ever wonder why that is? This story might help shed some light

    No sooner had the panel finished opening remarks last night than a woman scampered up onto stage and yelled, "Mic check!" It was an orchestrated effort by several dozen activists to use the People's Mic to interrupt a forum at Town Hall — a forum in favor of Occupy Wall Street, featuring three wonks and three activists from Occupy Seattle. Their stunt replaced what was supposed to be an informed discussion of the movement with an uninformative, shout-a-thon about process that consumed most of the evening. They booed opinions they disagreed with and drove supporters out of the building…

    Activists had planned to interrupt the panel because, some said, they opposed the power dynamic created by speakers on stage talking into microphones. Although Occupy Wall Street uses the belabored people's mic — which involves one person speaking and the crowd repeating everything — to amplify the soft spoken and encourage free speech, last night it was used to silence the panel. The call and-response created an echoing cacophony…

    "I walked in supportive and left unsupportive," said 69-year-old Mary Ann, who declined to provide her last name. "I’m turned off by the negative shouts, repetition, and all I can think about is a cult. And I believe in every one of their damn principles."

    Scientists are going to have to work around the clock to invent an "Ugh!" big enough for this story.

    I suspect that a lot more people would be a lot more down with liberal activism if it wasn't so full of liberal activists acting so liberally. Just a theory.


    Tags: Liberals, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters
  • From the Pork Barrel: "High Tech Lynching"

    * Hey, look! It's the film adaptation of that Americans for Herman Cain email from the other day. Big premiere in Iowa next week!

    * Herman Cain at the Americans for Prosperity conference today: "I am the Koch brothers' brother from another mother!" I feel bad for the janitor tasked with cleaning the vomit off the floor at these things.

    * Cain's harassment settlement was signed in September, 1999. Or 9/99 if you will. Ye, he is truly the Chosen One.

    * John Boehner says the new debt plan will include new tax revenues. Apparently, he's figured out a way to tax toddlers.

    * Senate Democrats figure out brand new way to not pass jobs bill.

    * Fox News and the New York Post offer proof that the Occupy Wall Street movement is populated solely with mentally-disturbed erratic homeless people. Just as we always suspected!


    Tags: Americans for Prosperity, Charles Koch, David Koch, Debt, Fox, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, John Boehner, New York Post, Occupy Wall Street, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Protesters, Republicans, Scandalgate, Taxes
  • Protesters Run Over by Mercedes for Being Annoying at Occupy Oakland

    Don't know how closely you've been following events in Occupy Oakland, but shit has been all kinds of crazy.

    Last night, though, they crossed over into Brechtian didacticism

    A man and a woman were hit at 11th Street and Broadway by a silver Mercedes, after a male driver ran a red light, said Joe Jackson, 37, of Oakland, who witnessed the incident.

    The driver was irritated by protesters walking in front of him. Onlookers said the driver deliberately ran over the pair, accelerating after a man hit on the hood of the car…

    The injured man and woman were taken away in ambulances. Police let the driver go.

    Um, okay. Yeah, of course police let the driver go. I mean, he was driving a Mercedes. What were police supposed to do, not let him go? Arrest him for attempted murder? Come on.

    That said, I just wanted to point out this is in fact a story that happened in real life and not a poorly-written scene from an embarrassingly-pedagogic movie directed by Paul Haggis. You are aware of that, right? Okay, good.

    Carry on.

    (via Gawker)

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: California, Crime, Occupy Wall Street, Protesters