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Occupation Dispatch #7: Mass Arrests & Total Craziness At Brooklyn Bridge

A full report is coming shortly (?) about today’s insanity on the Brooklyn Bridge, but in the meantime here’s a video … and then, after the jump, some Exclusive Wonkette Protest video your day editor shot on Friday.

Now here’s Kirsten’s video from Friday, “during the Radiohead concert.”

More soon, we hope!

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168 comments

    1. Callyson

      Also, speaking of Stank of America:
      BofA…will make less money from debit cards by having to charge a reasonable rate. And apparently the bank just can't stomach having to tell shareholders that their pockets won't be bulging quite as much as before.
      So it's slapping customers with a hefty fee — $60 a year — to keep the cash flowing in. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-201
      Assholes.

  1. BeWoot

    I've been watching the live feed off and on all day from thousands of miles away and … I need subtitles. As an Old let me add this: I think closing the Brooklyn Bridge was probably a whole lot of fun but poor strategy. Message, people, message.

    Too also thanks tons Kirsten and Riley (and Ken) for Being There.

    1. fletc3her

      The protesters have to do something to draw attention. The top headlines on CNN this sunday morning are about Dick Cheney, Amanda Knox, pastors worried about cheesing off the rich, Obama's free time, Kenya, and oh hundreds of people were arrested in New York. It rates right above the weather.

      USA Today is actually leading with the story. NYTimes gives it some play, but thinks a story about Romney is more important. MSNBC rates news from Syria higher. I couldn't find the item on the Fox News (I feel dirty) page without doing a search.

      I don't think civil disobedience is a poor strategy. The goal is to let people know that there are a lot of people participating in the protests. I wouldn't advise looting or violence.

      1. BeWoot

        OK, you're right. I was wrong. And I feel awful about it. But I am excited about that Amanda Knox story and SQUIRREL!

  2. wrksuxcreatbeer

    The "job creators" really have lost control of the situation. The gloves will come off soon and it's not going to be pretty. The police will seem nice at first, but the love will fade. To any and all Occupiers, in any state or town: Don't let the internal agitators (and they have already been placed among you, trust a veteran) trick you into becoming violent. That's what the police want. They don't really know how to deal with passive resistance. What they need is an excuse to make your life miserable. Stay disciplined, strong and free. (Sometimes snark has to take a vacation.)

    1. memzilla

      At the 2004 protest march against the NYC Rethuglican Convention, I saw a sharkskin-suit-wearing, gel-haired preppy type circulating amongst us marchers… wearing a pair of Gucci sunglasses with the huge flat temple pieces on the side… large enough to perfectly conceal a pinhole camera. When he looked away from you, you knew you had been recorded and face-matched…

    2. Negropolis

      My thought has been if the protestors have remained this peaceful — even in the face of provocation by the police (i.e. the pepper spray and ridiculous kettling and fucking with aspects of their camp, etc…) — this long, the only people that will make this violent will be the police or some rent-a-cops.

      I'm not worried about the protestors.

    3. friendlyskies

      Seriously. How do you spot the FBI agent online? S/he's the one always saying that nonviolent protest isn't enough, you need violence!!1! Ditto IRL.

      I wonder whether the Tea Party was infiltrated, too – in the beginning it was Ron Paulesque "limit TARP spending," "audit the Fed," "end the Individual Mandate" stuff. Then, out of nowhere, these racists with guns and misspelled signs showed up, got *all* the press, and changed the message completely. Was that for real? Or some kind of COIN operation? Who knows.

    4. mormos

      wrksuxcreatbeer has touched upon something vitaly important, any engagement between a violent antagonist and a non-violoent activist is a moral arguement.
      All a violent person has to do to win that arguement is provoke you to violence. Non-violence is a powerful tool, much more so than it opponents would have you believe. It frustrates, confuses, and demoralizes those who cannot concieve of power without force. Stand firm, and don't sacrifice your morals.

    5. BlueStateLibel

      So true. I really thought the brains at the NYPD would stress, "Don't rough up the protesters, don't deny their rights." The week wasn't even over, and in clueless fashion, they mace a teenage girl, and then yesterday single out another little girl for the first arrest on the bridge. Way to win hearts and minds, NYPD.

      1. Fare la Volpe

        The department's job is not to win people over – it's to enforce laws they've completely made up on the spot.

        1. user-of-owls

          So in extended fashion, that would be:

          What does he do?
          What does he act like?
          and
          What does he hate?

    1. Troubledog

      Also, NYPD are known for accidentally shooting people 30 or 40 times, or accidentally raping people with mop handles, you know?

      So good luck, all you virginal anontards, paultards, instigators and unemployed English majors, for not going down in a hail of bullets. Or a broom closet.

  3. mourningnmerica

    I noted, with interest, the NYT dismissal of the OWS movement. When The Times is shown to be that duplicitous. it is really scary. They won't be able to for much longer. I am allowing myself optimism that this the first meaningful step in opposition / resistance to Wall Street.

    1. memzilla

      Who's gonna be the first to plot the new $5/month debit-card fees against obscenely huge banker bonuses, and prove the 1:1 relationship?

      1. Beowoof

        I started plotting against Bank of America years ago by closing my accounts and going to a credit union.

  4. AlterNewt

    God bless 'em. Coherence. Coherence would be a thing to try.

    Like an explicit demand for specific legislation establishing clear cut controls on short-selling, derivatives, etc.

    Or a synchronized hula-hoop kind of thing. That might be good too.

    Snarkless: Thanks Riley, Kristen, Ken. A meager Hobo-pack, coming soon.

    1. memzilla

      One word: over-leverage. It's what got us into the Great Depression, and it got us into this one.

      The twist this time was, thanks to Gramm-Rudman, Wall Street took Triple-B (a/k/a "almost junk") -rated mortgage bonds, waved a wand, and turned them into Triple-A (US Treasury Bond quality) -rated securities. Then they borrowed at 40:1 against the "value" and kept betting.

      When the croupier (a/k/a "The Invisible Hand of the Free Market") couldn't cash in their chips… we did.

      1. AlterNewt

        So then I suppose the question is, can we diffuse and poorly organised plebes bring enough focused pressure to bear to force the undoing of this codified larceny?

          1. MilwaukeeKent

            And a Gram-Bleigh-Letchey (?) shit-storm fell. Man, I don't even want to spell that right…it killed the world

    2. orygoon

      A share-trading transaction tax. It's something that should have been done years ago, and might be about to happen in Europe. It will both raise revenue and cut profits on high-speed trading, which does nothing, NOTHING at all–except make the whole game less profitable for plodding investors. Like our retirement fund shares. Oh, and make some gamblers with very fast computers very rich.

    3. imissopus

      Ya know, I wonder if it's not okay to remain a little unfocused, at least for a little while longer. Right now this thing feels a bit like primal scream protest against the entitled fuck-you-I've-got-mine attitude that's infected so much of the political discourse and policy apparatus over the last twenty years, and maybe that scream just has to be let out. It's going to take some time to coalesce into solid, meaningful action. Enough people seem to have already recognized the need to move it in some direction that we might see something actually come from this. But the country needs a sea change in attitude, and that's not something you can force with specific policy proposals.

      'Course, I might just be projecting because I'm just happy to see some public protesters who aren't with the fucking Tea Party. Those shitheels have had the bullhorn for long enough. Either way, my feeling is that this is a genuinely organic movement and it needs a little space and time to breathe.

      1. BeWoot

        "I wonder if it's not okay to remain a little unfocused, at least for a little while longer."
        Fair point. As it is, the protests are spreading and a few unions are getting involved. Hell, even the major media is being shamed into spot coverage.

        Plus, Bernie Sanders and … well, ok, just Bernie Sanders is down with it. Solidarnosk, comrades!

  5. memzilla

    Jeebus took a loaf of bread and a couple of fish and fed 5,000 people. Wall Street turned Triple-B rated mortgage bonds into Triple-A rated securities and screwed 300 million people (minus 0.01%). Wall Street > Jeebus!

  6. Guppy06

    How much longer before an unsolicited shipment of ammonium nitrate and a radio-controlled model airplane shows up in their PO box?

  7. Jukesgrrl

    Riley, if you ever looked at 1968-1972 and said, "I wonder what that was like," you've got your answer. As Alternewt said, "Maintain the moral high ground." And if someone suggests something that makes you think, "I'm not sure we should do that," obey your instinct for self-preservation. Other that — give 'em hell. I never had my own child but if I had I'd like him to be you, sir.

  8. MilwaukeeKent

    Tough choice for the top one percent: forego going out in public, or allow a return to Clinton-era (socialist! class warfare!) tax rates in a kind of "sue for peace"/attempt to survive gesture…

  9. dogscantlookup

    … Riley Waggaman: Grippo King, philosopher, and artist
    Downright to the marrow, he's the arrow through the heartless
    Sunlight in the afternoon, his shadow travels furthest
    Woven through the heart of doom, he's bursting through the surface
    Hardly nervous, suffice to say, he understands his purpose:
    Threshold King of everything, a comical absurdist
    Sometimes when he talks he sings, yet keeps his high notes wordless
    Sing along when Riley sings
    Without you he'd be worthless, homeless, Earth-less?

    Keep your head up.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Wow! Well-done. How many people have an endorsement they can put on the website in the form of a poem?!

      1. the_problem_child

        Are you suggesting what I think you're suggesting?

        Young Waggaman trained in the arts
        Of honeypot traps for Breitbarts.
        But youth can be wise
        And, to our surprise,
        He has burrowed down deep in OUR hearts.

        Stay safe, intrepid Riley.

  10. Doktor Zoom

    Wait…they arrested Invader Zim's dog?

    They arrested Invader Zim's DOG??!!

    THOSE MOTHERFUCKERS ARRESTED INVADER ZIM'S DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Fare la Volpe

      If the YouTube comments are to be believed (and if you can't trust an anonymous YouTube commentor, whom can you trust?) the girl was eighteen and wasn't even part of the protest. Her mother told her to take that route home and the police yoinked her out of the crowd for doing absolutely nothing.

  11. Radiodead

    There was no MSM coverage until our intrepid reporter, Riley, started his reporting. Go Riley, and stay safe.

    1. An_Outhouse

      There's MSM coverage? I was beginning to think Wonkette must be MSM because they're about the only source for news about this.

      1. RandPaulsToupee

        I saw it on ABC and CBS, and even the local news (I'm in San Diego) has started picking it up. It has made my weekend.

      2. GunToting[Redacted]

        Suicidegirls.com is one of the other sited regularly covering the protests. Gotta love it when a political buttsechs joke site and a site full of tattooed nudists are the main sources of knowledge.

        1. An_Outhouse

          SuicideGirls.com is blocked at work – but not the Wonkette! Wonkette remains my main source of vital news of the world.

    2. mumbly_joe

      Not to denigrate our intrepid Riley's coverage, in any way, much less Wonkete's undisputed status as America's Greatest News Source, but I think what really forced the MSM's hand, and also crystallized the lefty blogosphere in support despite the perceived aimlessness, has been the intermittent stupidity of the NYPD. It's definitely fueled the momentum for the offshoots, if nothing else.

      Occupy Wall Street basically had zero coverage until that Tony Baloney pepper spray thing, and honestly, a big part of why the Brooklyn Bridge thing counts as Actual News is that people are already sensitized to questionable police conduct, thanks to that first one. Which obliges some press to actually tell the 'conflicting accounts' story, instead of just stenographing the police.

      And even beyond that, hell: prior to yesterday, the press was unwilling to even admit that there were 700 people present in Zuccotti Park. The NYPD just inadvertently torpedoed the "small irrelevant buncha college kids and hippies" narrative, possibly more effectively than the unions that have started declaring their support for the protests.

      1. Radiodead

        Not only that mj, but as I pointed out yesterday, how can one look at those cops milling about , almost as numerous as the protesters, and in every conceivable vehicle, and not think to yourself:
        Don't you unionized, government teat feeder heroes have more important things to do… catching proper crooks like rapists, thieves and murderers? And by thieves I mean the criminals tinkling champagne glasses filled with Santorum on the verandas above Wall Street.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          Now, now … we taxpayers must do our bit to serve and protect the Titans of the World Financial Markets® .

  12. One_Man_Band

    I am just a second-guessing, armchair protesting, backseat driving keyboard jockey right now (wish I could be there) but the need for a change in tactics seems obvious to me: time to move this out of Wall Street. That's just where they work. Hit 'em where they live.

    Check Forbes for the list of the .00001% of the oligarchs. Check public records for the lists of heads of major corporations. Use google maps to find their fancy houses in their fancy neighborhoods. Flash mobs. 1000 people getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge is one thing. 1000 people sitting on a bankster's lawn in the Hamptons is another. That might make them uncomfortable. The jails there are probably smaller and would get overwhelmed pretty quickly. It also wouldn't inconvenience the working joes and janes just trying to get to and from their crappy jobs, making them more likely to come around instead of getting annoyed with the protesters.

    Why isn't this being done?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Try getting 1000 people out to the Hamptons — who's gonna buy their $40 tickets on the Jitney bus? The peasants can't get there easily — that's why the banksters live there.

      1. One_Man_Band

        I seem to remember Taibbi had an article a few years back about Moveon.org or some similar group chartering busses for just such a protest, but the protesters kinda lost their nerve when they got there. People are more pissed off now, I say it's time to try it again…

        1. rahelio

          So wait, do the protesters just sit on the lawn till the police come? Is there chanting or yelling? I would be scared that one of those banksters was a crazy gun nut and then shit would get serious.

      1. Callyson

        When I clicked on this one, there was an ad at the bottom of the video for Citibank.
        Have they no sense of decency, at long last?

  13. donner_froh

    Now that Bloomberg has officially denounced the occupation the mass arrests will get increasingly brutal and dangerous for the occupiers and possibly for passers-by.

    This is going to be ugly.

    1. Barrelhse

      If only it would get ugly for the pigs. I'm afraid the little people will get crushed, but this may become a rallying point for more action just the same.

  14. MiniMencken

    And now I read Marines and Army personnel are heading to NYC to back up the Wall Street protesters and defend them from the NYPD. Oh, shades of Petrograd in 1917!

    1. tcaalaw

      Uh,in light of what happened to the Kronstadt mutineers, I don't know if I would be using that analogy myself.

  15. Negropolis

    Don't you just love the smell of protests in the morning? Rank body odor in the pursuit of real change is no vice!

    Occupy is coming here to Michigan in a few weeks. First to Lansing and Detroit, then I'm hearing Grand Rapids, and hopefully Ann Arbor.

    1. Chichikovovich

      "hopefully Ann Arbor" If they show up on a home football Saturday, nobody will notice. Otherwise people will just think the hash bash is early this year.

    2. horsedreamer_1

      Grand Rapids? I have family there that will be supporting the police suppression efforts.

      They aren't cops, but they did know as far back as '04, of the righteousness of the American Falange. John Kerry was the devil, after all.

      1. Negropolis

        Grand Rapids proper is actually becoming pretty liberal (the city itself actually went for Kerry and, of course, Obama in 2008), but yeah, the area around is still ridiculously bright-red.

    3. Fare la Volpe

      My buddy just moved from Detroit to Ferndale a few days ago, so I'm going to urge him to go see. He's also a newly minted leftie after being a Republican for years, so this is right up his alley.

      1. Negropolis

        If the UAW can get some people downtown (and they usually can, 'cause, hell, their headquarters is downtown) this could be most impressive.

  16. rocktonsam

    don't start duct taping protest signs to the walls like we did in Madison.

    cripes, we still hear about that.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      And don't leave picket signs all over the ground for Park Service workers to pick up. I well remember what the Washington Mall looked like after protests. Dirty hippies, indeed.

  17. BlueStateLibel

    Glad to see you weren't arrested Riley. And shame on the NYPD, for leading the Occupiers off the pedestrian walkway onto the road just so they could arrest them, the little teenage girls first of course.

  18. ifthethunderdontgetya

    Manwhile, JP Morgan is paying protection money.

    So far, the JP Morgan donation is an isolated example. But the high odds of continuing deep budget cuts at the state and local level open up the opportunity for corporate funding of preferred services, and with it, much greater private sector influence on the apparatus of government. This is a worrisome enough possibility to warrant a high degree of vigilance by all of us.

    Update 5:00 AM: Debra C, via e-mail, points to FreakOut Nation, which has screen shots to show how the New York Times edited the OccupyWallStreet story after it went live to make it less protestor friendly:

    P.S. (and O/T): Rick Perry's hunting camp. O.M.G.
    ~

  19. Barrelhse

    The people who should be arrested are the Wall St. pigs who have brought this crisis upon us through their immoral greed and avarice.
    Nice to see Goldman was able to buy the NYPD. Pigs of a feather.

  20. freakishlywrong

    Where were New York's finest when the hoards of hoverrounds from hell protested?
    Oh, they were protesting in FAVOR of the oligarchy? Grass roots! Fascist shoots.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      And where were they when that pretend-minister from Florida was causing all hell to break out in Lower Manhattan over the "9-11 mosque"? Putting that numbskull back on a bus bound for the Sunshine State with a lecture about the freedom of religion practiced in New York? I don't remember that.

  21. HedonismBot

    My heart just about melted from inspiration when that little girl smiled. She showed courage and grace of someone twice her age. I think we've found our poster child.

  22. HedonismBot

    OT, but I've decided I'm officially supporting Herman Cain for GOP nominee. In fact, I might even change my voter registration to Republican so I can vote for him in the primary. My reason? Most of the teabaggers and right-wingers I know would rather stay home on election day than vote for a negro.

  23. spends2much

    But, but,… Christie is fat! Bachmann said something ridiculous! Herman Cain! Let's try to focus on the REAL news, shall we?

      1. Fare la Volpe

        404 is a general error for something not being found. Come back later and it'll probably be fixed.

    1. Callyson

      I hope this shuts up the people who, in a desperate attempt to discredit the movement without directly taking issue with them, keep going on about how "there is no leadership here, we don't know who to talk to, they don't know what they want," blah blah blah.
      And sign my ass up too!

      1. HistoriCat

        there is no leadership here, we don't know who to talk to

        Intrepid journamalizms – askin' questions and investigatin' is hard. These protesters should have some easily digested talking points prepared for the Lame Stream Media – that way the "journalists" don't have to do any work.

  24. ingloriousbytch

    I'm going to be in NYC soon and I'd love to go down and show my support except, truth be told, I've reached the end of my lovin' and singin' rope. I REALLY WANT to kick somebody's ass.

    1. Rotundo_

      And these protests are so critical at this point. Ghandi and King had the right idea, you can't beat fascists like these by attacking, they cannot win against properly prepared non-violent protest. It is so tempting to go to the dark side when confronting it, and doing so will doom your effort to failure grasshopper,oops, young Skywalker.

      1. ingloriousbytch

        Thank you Obiwan. I needed to hear that. After all of Obama's "bipartisanship" over the last two years part of me has almost forgotten true power of cooperation and that's what's going on here. People from different groups are cooperating in service of a larger goal.

        When I'm in NYC maybe I'll put on a "Wicked" T-shirt and a fanny pack and head down to the protest. Hopefully the cops will think twice before assaulting an obvious tourist.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          Resist the impulse to write Off the Pigs on your sun visor. Otherwise, rock on.

          Costumes can provide access. I once protested an appearance by Spiro Agnew at a GOP fundraiser held at a Hilton Hotel (yes, I'm that old). I wore a navy blue dress, pumps and pantyhose. My friends thought I was crazy, but it enabled me to get right up in his face before I got kicked out. One of the Secret Service guys asked me if I was one of those "liberal nuns."

      2. Fare la Volpe

        That's why I'm supporting them from afar. I've felt the revolutionary itch for about a year and a half now, and it's so tempting to me right now to just lob a rock through a window. I'll let my properly non-violent brethren do the street agitating. I'll help them in ways that won't undermine all the hard work they're doing.

  25. Toomush_Infer

    Wow! My heart soars like an eagle with this….where have you been all the last 40 years, my brothers and sisters…? Ever since I lost you that day of the blue double dome Oweslys….been missing you…

  26. proudgrampa

    Well, that is bringing back a lot of memories from the early '70s. Keep it non-violent, kids, and the world will continue to support you.

    Oh, and Christie is fat.

        1. proudgrampa

          Hell, it WAS better than the '60s!

          Remember, Kennedy and Khrushchev damn near got us killed.

      1. proudgrampa

        Dear Fare –

        It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

        Top 3 best things about the early '70s:
        1. Free Love. The worst thing you could get was gonorrhea or syphilis (curable with penicillin).
        2. The Peace Movement. It was a time of great social change. I was glad to be a part of it.
        3. Black Sabbath. Their debut album came out in 1970.

        Top 3 Worst things about the early '70s:
        1. Vietnam and the Draft. Self-explanatory. To this day, I do not understand what the fuck we were doing there and why we were dragging young men, against their will, to be there.
        2. The Kent State Murders. Not a single one of those fucking National Guard troops was brought to justice. Not a single one.
        3. Jimi Hendrix died.

        I guess one thing that stands out for me is that there was still a lot of optimism in those days. We felt that we could make the world a better place. I don't know anyone who has that kind of optimism now except, maybe, for Occupy Wall Street.

        Love,

        proudgrampa

      1. the_problem_child

        Too bad more US Americans don't read the Guardian and Al-Jazeera. The world is, in fact, watching. And we're disgusted at the US media.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          I stand corrected — the REST of the world is watching,Just not the Americans who should be.Once again, millions act against their own economic interests, aided and abetted by the U.S. mainstream media.

  27. chascates

    From a column in today's Washington Times by the ever-insightful Ted Nugent:
    Where are the protests by today’s unemployed and underemployed young people? Why aren’t they demanding answers to fundamental questions about their future?

    1. horsedreamer_1

      Ted Nugent needs to find something he actually knows about, like, say, music, to occupy his time. And since Jack White will work with just about anyone –ICP– I think there is an opening for The Nuge to get back in.

    2. thefrontpage

      Has anyone documented accurately the precise moment when an anvil fell from a building, hit Ted Nugent on his head, and caused the last 20 years of his pure insanity, psychoness and dementia?

  28. not that Dewey

    Keep up the good work, RW and KBJ! We flyovers are hungry for news from the streets.

    Any word on the various cities' solidarity protests yesterday? LSM reports that 200+ turned out in Albuquerque:
    http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s2309634.shtml

    They kept it peaceful, no tear gas. ABQ police decided not to arbitrarily curb-stomp and arrest people for no reason this time. I'm still waiting on some first-hand accounts from friends.

      1. not that Dewey

        We each had prior commitments. I'd be down for the next one, thought, if there is one.

        One of my contacts tells me that 200 was the low end of the estimate (naturally, that's what gets reported), and that the crowd started with about 30 at the US Bank starting point and grew to ~500 as it got closer to the campus/hipster neighborhood. This is supposedly on a par with the Boston turnout.

        How's about Seattle? Did you guys do anything?

    1. Radiodead

      No, weejee, Perry admits it was a simple mistake, he meant to have the place called n*ggerdead. Also, too, the whole goal of the RNC's OTP campaign.

    2. fuflans

      between that and the 'invade mexico' comment, he's pretty much done i think.

      on to christie republican death machine!

  29. Laughitoff22

    Sigh, if I wasn't sick and working this weekend I would've been there (Brooklynite here). Working 2 jobs and going to graduate school has left little time to protest, but I will be gathering support (I work at a local college, a place rife with 'activists') and joining next weekend!

    Oh, and as for snark (since this is wonkette after all), if you're going to freak people out, blockading one of the tunnels would've probably had a bigger effect than marching across the bridge…

  30. Callyson

    Jesus, every time I think I'll give in and pay the damn subscription fee to the NYT (kill me, I'm a news junkie), I see something like this:
    Profits, but No Joy, for Merrill http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/business/at-ban
    Yeah, those protesters should simmer down so that those miserable people at Merrill Lynch can pull themselves together and stop being so unhappy about all the money they are taking, I mean making.

  31. DahBoner

    But if these hippies block the Brooklyn Bridge, how will Gold Man Sacks sell it to the King of Spain, like Rick Perry wanted to do with his Texas NASCAR Superhighway…

  32. ttommyunger

    Geez, if this shit keeps up Goldman Sux may have to present each member of the NYPD a pair of gold-plated brass knuckles.

  33. Warpde

    “"The system of banking [I] have… ever reprobated­. I contemplat­e it as a blot left in all our Constituti­ons, which, if not covered, will end in their destructio­n, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption­, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens."
    –Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor

    I hate having to get serious.
    But am left no choice.

    1. Rotundo_

      David and Charles aren't going to like Bloomberg any longer. This one will stink their reputation (among those who weren't already aware of it and who care) up quite a bit. If you go to far (even if you're doing so through disposable lackeys) sooner or later people will notice that you are. Kinda hard to wave the Ol' Red White and Blue when you're trading with the Axis of Evil isn't it Dave and Charles? Clutching that bible to your breast while doing business with (Gasp!) islamic sponsors of terrorism feels a little hollow when the secret comes out doesn't it?
      Hope this gets some heavy rotation in the news cycle. Glad that Bloomberg took a dislike to them, cause doG knows GE, Disney and Clear Channel weren't gonna look under those rocks. Sunlight, even on a Sunday evening is a marvelous thing.

      1. Jukesgrrl

        OT, but interesting (at least to me). Bill Koch, the yachting brother, is currently married to Bridget Rooney (3rd wife). Bridget is the granddaughter of the late Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers and niece of Dan Rooney, current U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, vocal Barack Obama supporter, and author of the Rooney Rule, that requires NFL owners to interview minorities when replacing head coaches and top team management.

        Dan Rooney is widely considered to be the single most powerful individual in Pittsburgh, as well as salt of the earth, a true man of the people, and a super-religious Catholic — as was his father Art. But sadly, some of the nieces and nephews have fallen far from the tree, Bridget perhaps the farthest. Before she became a Koch socialite ensconced in a mansion on Cape Cod, she was infamous in Pittsburgh as the mother of Kevin Costner's illegitimate son. Again, not very Catholic, but attention-getting.

        Even Goldman-Sachs and Merrill Lynch figure into this story of financial heroes and villains. Goldman was retained by Dan Rooney to evaluate the worth of the Steelers, due to some controversy among the brothers with whom he shares ownership. (Answer: a little plus or minus a billion dollars.) His younger siblings have now retained Merrill to protect their interests since some of them wish to divest themselves of their ownership segments but don't think Big Brother Dan is offering enough to buy them out. I'd suggest maybe Bill Koch could loan him some cash, but I fear football is a bit declasse for the winner of the America's Cup and owner of Modigliani's Reclining Nude.

        The rich ARE different — at the very least some are Democrats and some are tea baggers.

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    It's clear that the cops in New York City don't know how to deal with passive resistance, or peaceful protests–and no police officer, anywhere, should be arresting, handcuffing and even dealing with kids at such a protest. And where's Bloomberg in all of this? Where's the leadership? Bloomberg should be instructing his police force to deal with these people in a peaceful, civil, normal, rational manner–something which, obviously, isn't happening. Watch out for when the cops start busting heads of peaceful protestors–and then all hell will break loose. Bloomberg's falling down on this one, big-time.

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