1,000 Protest Koch Bros. Palm Springs Sexytime Corporate Wingnut Retreat

America’s least favorite billionaire wingnut corporate death monsters, the Koch Brothers, held a super-secret sexy behind-closed-doors desert pool party weekend with all their favorite conservative commentators in the gay resort town of Rancho Mirage. People showed up to protest, though, and 25 protesters were arrested!

Reuters reports:

About 1,000 chanting protesters rallied on Sunday outside a California resort where conservative lawmakers and business executives met for a political strategy session hosted by billionaires Charles and David Koch. About two dozen police officers in riot gear lined up in front of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in the upscale desert town of Rancho Mirage to keep the protesters away from the gated entrance.

At one point, a group of demonstrators blocked the street in front of the resort for nearly an hour before Riverside County sheriff’s deputies moved in and handcuffed about 25 activists who were led away and cited for trespassing.

That’ll learn ‘em! FireDogLake reports:

The entire group of protesters moved to the setup across the street from the resort. Police helicopters buzzed overhead. After a while, the police agreed to shut down Bob Hope Drive, and the protesters streamed across the street and directly in front of the resort, just a few inches away from the phalanx of riot cops. The usual protest chanting and raising of banners ensued. More cops were brought in, traipsing over the flower beds. And 25 protesters were taken away in a paddy wagon. The protests were generally peaceful, and the police professional.

Everyone performed their parts in a professional way, hooray! Now we’ll turn the Egypt protests back on the live feed from Al Jazeera. [Desert Sun]

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38 comments

  1. DashboardBuddha

    Paddy wagon? Seriously? You'd think this took place in 1920s Boston and not Palm fucking Springs.

    Paddy wagon my ass.

  2. Monsieur_Grumpe

    "We respect all Americans' rights to free speech and to peaceably assemble. It is disappointing that some members of the group protesting today made the choice to not be respectful of the community or of our right to meet," a Koch spokeswoman said in a statement.

    This slimy statement probably got reworded by the spokesman from the original Koch statement which I imagine went something like…

    “Kill the dirty hippies.”

    1. HedonismBot

      Those protestors were NOT exercising their First Amendment rights. That requires unlimited corporate money, a guarantee of anonymity and network air time. Anything else is anarchy.

  3. DashboardBuddha

    I've been catching up on NOVA shows on the WGBH website and Brother David's name is shown prominently. [insert current stylish method of saying 'threw up a little in my mouth' here]

  4. freakishlywrong

    Ken, we here at librul blogs need to be more like the assholes on the right. You meant to say there were 1,000,000 protesters Amirite?

  5. SorosBot

    Funny how the cops always arrest leftist protesters, yet leave groups like the teabaggers alone. Reason #534 to hate cops.

      1. NorthStarSpanx

        It makes you wonder what would happen if a leftie stomped the head of an old hooverdrivinteabagger?

  6. ttommyunger

    I know they tell you it is pronounced "Coke", but for some reason, every time I see the name all I can think of is "Cock". Does this mean I'm gay? Does this mean they are dicks? It IS a puzzlement.

    1. SorosBot

      It means, like with John Boehner, the media types intentionally mispronounce their names because they sound like a curse word that completely accurately describes them.

  7. RedNM

    But then, the very nice Andrew Breitbart took all 1,000 misguided souls to the local Applebees where they were treated to loaves and fishes. There, he explained capitalism to them and they went home with a decidedly changed outlook.

  8. FlownOver

    Charles bet David they could hold a plutocratic cabal event in public, figure out a way to export another million jobs, pump a lot more poison into the air, and still assure it was the DFH's across the street who get arrested.

    The bet? One dollar.

  9. DaSandman

    You guys interrupted the Brothers celebratory brown baby roast. You see the Kochs are really 233 years old, Each.

  10. Guppy06

    "About two dozen police officers in riot gear lined up"

    Motherfuckers can't afford to pay for their own private security force? I'm sure Xe has some experienced personnel who know exactly how to handle unarmed protesters.

  11. BaldarTFlagass

    I thought they always had these types of meetings up yonder at Bohemian Grove. Or is Alex Jones full of shit?

    1. BarryOPotter

      Up fist to you! I've been on a Ministry/Revolting Cocks bender lately – I just can't get enough of that noise! The Revolting Kochs? Yeah, I'm over them.

  12. Barbara_i

    "More cops were brought in, traipsing over the flower beds."
    They were abortion fiends? Why would they kill the baby's breath? Was anyone injured by a coat hanger?
    Thanks to the Koch brothers, for stopping this menace to society. I hope that many politicians will now call and congratulate them, possibly even befriending them now.

  13. CrankyLttlCamperette

    Oh come on. I mean, if YOU were throwing a rich dude pool party and a bunch of filthy hippies showed up holding hands and singing "Kum By Ya" and forming (shudder) a goddamned DRUM CIRCLE, you'd want the get rid of them tout suite, too!

    1. BarryOPotter

      Well, when you put it like that, sure, that's clearly the thing to do before the DFHs circle the drums, spritz on the patchoulli, and start swaying side to side. Damn stoners…, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

  14. glamourdammerung

    Standing on the sidewalk protesting conservatives gets one arrested.

    Standing around protesting Democrats with a rifle and a sign about "killing terrorists" while shrieking nonsense though is a-ok.

    One would almost think there was a double standard.

  15. teebob2000

    "Hey hey, ho ho, the Kochs are fucking billionaire dickheads who game the political system by buying favor with Republicans and their leadership!"

    Someone tell them they should shorten the delivery a little.

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