This past Sunday, remnants of what is left of the Occupy Albany movement celebrated their one-month Anniversary by tying up traffic and insisting that they were “taking it to the man”. Who that man is, is anybody’s guess.
A report from WNYT-Albany showed protesters insisting that despite a meager number of participants in the historic one-year march, the movement was far from dead.
“As the capacity of an organizer, it never left. It’s not dead. It’s alive and well. It’s just that most of the organizers like myself, had school to do,” said Eddie Alkubari.
It’s not dead. It’s alive and well.
As if to demonstrate their strength in numbers, the Occupy Albany group organized a massive demonstration which the Times Union said took up at least “a couple of square yards”.
A lunch-time Yoga class at the Empire Plaza McDonald’s … with 5 people. I’m quite confident that whoever ‘the man’ is, he is definitely running scared now.
One leader explains the deep existential reasoning for hosting a Yoga class outside a fast-food joint.
“We’re juxtaposing these diametrically opposed cultures of fast food and Yoga,” demonstration leader Daniel Morrissey said as he prepared to lead a handful of participants through some poses, breathing exercises and chants (actually they changed “There’s no place like hooooome” rather than a simple ooohhhhmmmm.
Wow, man. That’s really deep and far out little bro.
Watch as the Yoga demonstration starts with four people and an instructor, but expands by a massive 20% when another participant arrives.
“Because people are often receptive to the message of people who are slowing them down while they are hungry on their limited lunch break?”
“I’m all for civil disobedience and disrupting the flow, but at the expense of people on their only true break of their work day? I don’t know how that message will be swallowed.”
Hey Occupy Albany, don’t go away mad … just go away.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go get me a diametrically opposed burger and fries.
The Albany Times Union is reporting on Occupy Wall Street protester Kaylee Dedrick, and her attempt at a money grab via lawsuit against the NYPD.
Turns out she’s also a teacher’s assistant in the area:
A teacher’s assistant from North Greenbush who was pepper sprayed in last year’s Occupy Wall Street protests filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against New York City and several police officers, her attorney said.
Kaylee Dedrick, 25, alleges that she was peacefully protesting when Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna pepper sprayed her in the face from a distance of less than two feet temporarily blinding her and leaving her screaming in pain.
As is typical with the OWS protesters, Dedrick portrays herself as a harmless bystander who did not warrant the treatment she received. But this simply isn’t the case.
Dedrick, who I might remind you is a teacher’s assistant in the North Greenbush school system, was drawing the ire of police prior to the pepper spray incident, when she decided to protest topless on the streets of New York City (video below the fold).
The Times Union report also tries to provide a positive light for Dedrick and the new found love which sprang from the incident.
Dedrick began a relationship with the civilian medic who treated her and the couple is expecting the birth of a daughter in two weeks, Kuby said.
Of course, a quick Google search shows that the relationship between Dedrick and Robert Grodt is nothing but a sham.
Nudist video below the fold…
Oh did we mention, Dedrick is a teacher’s assistant?
You read that correctly. The dredges of the Earth otherwise known as the Occupy movement actually held a protest in support of child sex trafficking, including one woman’s sign which read ‘End Police Terror Against Minor + Adult Sex Workers’.
Remember when Nancy Pelosi said ‘God bless them’?
Let me channel my inner Jeremiah Wright and say – No, not God bless the Occupy movement, God damn the Occupy movement. Well this little faction anyway can go to hell…
The protesters mostly were members of Occupy Oakland Patriarchy, a group within the overall Occupy movement tasked with overthrowing our civilization’s “patriarchy.”
The conference which so infuriated them was called HEAT Watch, short for the National Human Exploitation And Trafficking Watch Conference.
If there’s one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it’s the sexual enslavement of children. Whatever our opinions on other issues, we all agree that sex trafficking and the prostituting of children is an outrage and a tragedy. Thus, conference attendees included liberal, moderate and conservative politicians; progressive nonprofit organizations; law enforcement groups; religious leaders; and (according to the conference Web site) “social services, medical providers, mental health, education, probation, and community-based organizations.” In short: Everybody.
Everybody, that is, except Occupy Wall Street, who somehow found a way to oppose the abolition of child sexual slavery.
Here are a couple of images from the rally, courtesy of Zombie…
One stating that sex-trafficking enforcement is raaaacist:
Maggie Thurber writes to us this morning, sharing a fantastic rant made in the commentary section of a Wall Street Journal article. Smitty over at the Other McCain calls it a reference to recent DirecTV ads.
We just call it – epic.
When you vote for Obama based on “Hope and Change” you get suckered.
When you get suckered you cry in front of your girlfriend during acceptance speeches.
When you cry in front of your girlfriend during acceptance speeches, she questions your manhood.
When your girlfriend questions your manhood she has doubts.
When she has doubts, she leaves you.
When she leaves you, you question why you voted for Obama.
When you question why you voted for Obama, you surround yourself with other delusional people with degrees in theatre who voted for Obama.
When you surround yourself with other delusional people with degrees in theatre who voted for Obama, you crap in the streets, destroy property, and live in your parents basement.
When you crap in the streets, destroy property and live in your parents basement, you lash out.
When you lash out, you ignore facts and reason.
When you ignore facts and reason, you blame others for your failures.
When you blame others for your failures, you post stupid comments on chat forums.
When you post stupid comments on chat forums your ex-girlfriend reads them.
When your ex-girlfriend reads them she thinks “I am glad I matured and dumped that loser”.
Don’t get suckered again — switch to Mitt Romney.
The evolution of an Occupier in a nutshell.
From Hope and Change, to Soap and Mange in less than four years…
Looks like the media will continue to cover for Occupy Cleveland and their ties to the bridge bombing suspects.
Take a gander at these contrasting reports, posted at roughly the same time.
Five men described by the government as self-proclaimed anarchists entered not guilty pleas Monday to charges that accuse them of plotting to bomb a highway bridge near Cleveland.
The five will remain in jail until their next hearing, a federal magistrate said. A detention hearing scheduled for Monday was postponed.
The men were arrested last week when they allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be a dud bomb provided by an FBI undercover informant.
The five had been associated with Occupy Cleveland, but organizers of the movement have tried to distance the group from the men. They say the five didn’t represent it or its non-violent philosophy.
Notice the inclusion of claims made by Occupy Cleveland that the group has nothing to do with the bombing suspects?
Now here’s a report from ABC-5 in Cleveland that throws water on the ‘we don’t want anything to do with them’ defense:
Dozens of members of Occupy Cleveland showed up at a Cleveland courthouse to support the five people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.
The five suspects — 21-year-old Connor Stevens, 24-year-old Joshua Stafford (aka “Skully”), 26-year-old Douglas Wright (aka “Cyco), 20-year-old Brandon Baxter (aka “Skabby”) and 37-year-old Anthony Hayne (aka “Tony” & “Billy”) – pleaded not guilty during their arraignment Monday morning.
The suspects had the charges — conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce — read to them in open court.
In all, about 50 members of the Occupy Cleveland group went into courthouse. After the arrests were made, Occupy Cleveland said the five suspects were associated with the group, but they were “in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland.”
Now if you’re a member of a group who wants to place distance between yourself and alleged domestic terrorists, would you attend their court hearing as a show of solidarity?
Of course we already know that some of the suspects were indeed actively involved with Occupy Cleveland, and the AP should know this as well. But they chose to ignore any mention of those ties.
Warner Todd Huston reported over the weekend that one of the suspects was actually named on the lease for the Occupy Cleveland headquarters.
In another story that should surprise no one, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reveals that the name of one of the Ohio bridge bombers nabbed by the FBI is so closely involved with Occupy Cleveland that his name appears on the lease of the rented warehouse they use for a headquarters. Instead of being ashamed, though, the Occupiers are mad at the FBI, apparently.
When stories about the late April arrest of five Ohio men who had formed a plot to bomb some key bridges in Ohio first surfaced, the Old Media called them merely “anarchists.”
It wasn’t long, though, before the New Media began to find out that they weren’t just any amorphous “anarchists,” but members of the Occupy Wall Street movement in Cleveland (Occupy Cleveland). No Old Media outlets reported this in the beginning despite how easy it was to find the facts.
OWSers initially denied this claim saying it was just a smear job on them but now the newspaper in Cleveland finds that one of the accused, Anthony Hayne, 35, signed the lease of the building the Occupiers use for an HQ.
No denying it now, eh OWSers?
They’ll continue to deny it. And the media will help them with that denial.
But 50 members showing support for their domestic terrorist brethren speaks volumes…
The poor dears…
You know those PSA’s that run in the middle of the night, tugging at your heart strings for the needy, the impoverished, or the helpless animals?
Well here is a new one designed just for the Occupier.
Everyday, helpless Occupiers are arrested and jailed. They are crying out for help. For just $18 a month (only 60 cents a day), you can help rescue Occupiers from their police state abusers.
Via Comics Alliance:
CA: What are you working on this year?
BA: I’m working over-time this year on occupying this and occupying that, occupying the future and occupying my imagination, occupying everything in and out of sight.
Did you catch that? Read through it again, and you might just notice the word ‘occupying’ showing up one or two or five times.
And occupy he has.
A few weeks ago, Ayers paid a visit to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City and waxed poetic about the end of American capitalism, before ranting about “uniformed military” being allowed to board planes before everyone else.
Ayers also spoke to a group of students at Knox College last Thursday, questioning why he is referred to as a ‘former activist’, and drawing parallels between “anti-slavery, universal suffrage movements and Occupy Wall Street movements”.
Last month, some of Ayers’ best friends and most accomplished domestic terrorist partners were in upstate New York for a meeting called, The Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street.
With this recent spate of activity, it would appear the two movements are merging causes in anticipation of the Occupiers becoming “more radical“. Their words, not mine.
In the Comics Alliance interview, Ayers continues…
Revolution is still possible, democracy and socialism, possible, but barbarism is possible as well. I’m trying to live leaning forward, a pessimist of the head but an optimist of the heart. I find the tools everywhere-humor and art, comics and poetry, protest and spectacle, the quiet, patient intervention and the angry and urgent thrust-but the rhythm of activism remains the same: we open our eyes and look unblinkingly at the world as we find it; we are astonished by the beauty and the suffering all around us; we recognize that right next to the world as such is a world that could be or should be; we dive into the wreckage and swim as hard as we can toward a distant and indistinct shore; we doubt that our efforts make enough difference, and so we rethink, recalibrate, look again, and dive in once more. If we never doubt we get lost in self-righteousness and political narcissism-been there. If we only doubt we vanish into cynicism and despair. Awake/Act/Doubt! Repeat for a lifetime.
When referring to barbarism and ‘repeating for a lifetime’, one has to wonder if Ayers has these particular parts of his activist past in mind:
Ayers took part in a series of bombings in the 1970s that killed three activists. The intent was much worse however, as the bombings were designed to kill army officers in New Jersey – It accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse.
Lest we forget that in regards to the day he successfully bombed the Pentagon, Ayers said, “Everything was absolutely ideal. … The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”
And of course, there is William’s mantra to “Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
More famously, in an article that appeared in the New York Times on September 11th, 2001, Ayers was quoted as saying that he did not regret setting bombs and, “I feel we didn’t do enough.”
At the end of the interview, Ayers also announced two new book projects in the works:
Oh, and I’ve got two new books on the way: Palling Around: Talking with the Tea Party, and What If? Releasing the Radical Imagination.
I don’t remember this ever happening at a Tea Party rally…
On a side note, why haven’t these slugs gone home yet? What can they possibly hope to achieve, besides the ability to urinate and defecate in public?
According to police, the two men who were arrested in front of the Sixth Street Community Center last night allegedly assaulted an NYPD sergeant with a metal pipe in front of the Starbucks on Astor Place. One of the men, 41-year-old Alexander Penley, is an attorney and has been an Occupy Wall Street organizer since the movement began in the fall.
A police report of the incident provides even further details:
The NYPD’s press release on the arrests refers to them as “anarchist-related arrests of individuals among a group of 25 who fought with police and who had tried to use eight-foot-long galvanized metal pipes to smash windows of a Starbucks at Astor Place and Lafayette Street at 8:45 p.m.” The police also claim that patrons of Starbucks were hiding under the tables during the incident.
The release states that an NYPD lieutenant also sustained injuries in the incident, but there is no mention of their severity. After police took one man into custody outside the Starbucks, “At an after-party at the 6th Street community center within the confines of the 9th Precinct, police were assaulted again as they took a suspect outside of the location there into custody.”
Only they know for sure…
Isn’t that what Occupy Wall Street is all about, a free ride?
While most average American’s would refer to this as ‘theft of services’, the Occupy slugs and their union counterparts staged a ‘subway fare strike’ in New York City this morning.
From the Occupy Wall Street website (emphasis mine):
This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry. As of 10:30 AM, the majority remain open. No property was damaged. Teams have chained open service gates and taped up turnstiles in a coordinated response to escalating service cuts, fare hikes, racist policing, assaults on transit workers’ working conditions and livelihoods — and the profiteering of the super-rich by way of a system they’ve rigged in their favor.
For the last several years, riders of public transit have been under attack. The cost of our Metrocards has been increasing, while train and bus service has been steadily reduced. Budget cuts have precipitated station closings and staff/safety reductions. Police routinely single out young black and Latino men for searches at the turnstile. Layoffs and attrition means cutting staff levels to the bare minimum, reducing services for seniors and disabled riders. At the same time, MTA workers have been laid off and have had their benefits drastically reduced. Contract negotiations are completely stalled.
The image above is of a semi-realistic looking sign that commuters saw in subway stations this morning. Gothamist has a rough transcript of the text on the bottom half which allegedly reads:
“The MTA is determined to make the highest profit off your commute. We apologize for the recent service cuts and fare hikes but they were necessary […] our friends on Wall Street. Enter this station for free through the service entrance. Be prepared for expanded free service until the resolution of contract negotiations in favor of TWU Local 100.”
So union workers are threatening the MTA to bow to their demands, or they and OWS will continue letting people ride for free? Isn’t that like a store worker asking a manager for a raise, and letting customers take items for free until the manager agrees?
New York Daily News reports the union’s support of OWS:
Transport Workers Union Local 100 is in contract negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which maintains its $16 billion budget has no extra dough for even cost-of-living increases.
Local 100 has come out in support of the OWS message that the working and middle classes have suffered because of the financial industry’s excesses and fraud.
A majority of Occupy fans on Facebook are loving the thievery with one saying, “I love it!!!! Rob the rich and feed the poor lol robin hood style.”
But at least one Occupier saw the stunt for what it is:
A real “fare strike” would be people walking to their destinations, not stealing rides. Yes, it is theft of services, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that feeds the anti-OWS lunatics — strikes me as a bad idea.
The real question is, what purpose would Occupiers have in a free subway ride? They’re not exactly heading out to their place of employment.