WONKETTE ON THE STREET  7:44 pm October 2, 2011

Nice Cops Escort Protesters Onto Brooklyn Bridge, Then Arrest Them All

by Riley Waggaman

More than 700 evil hippies (including two 14-year-old girls and a New York Times reporter!) were arrested Saturday afternoon, after the New York Police Department escorted protesters onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then wrapped everyone in orange Freedom Netting. The cops claim they warned people not to march on the roadway, but the above YouTube movie shows them happily leading protesters across the bridge, just like in the classic WWII romantic comedy The Bridge on the River Kwai (before the bridge blows up and everyone gets murdered in the jungle). Your Occupy Wall Street correspondent was not physically present during this madness, but we’ll be hauled off to prison soon enough.

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tihond October 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

This is known in the cop biz as the Manhattan Transfer.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Is there a rumor they are playing there tomorrow? Wait, that would suck.

horsedreamer_1 October 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Thurston Moore is going to play, instead. He'll blow the traders's minds with eighty minutes of his guitar feeding back.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Rainy Days and Sundaes Always Bring Me Down.
The Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s.[

flamingpdog October 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

Karen Carpenter remains one of my all-time guilty pleasures.

AlterNewt October 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I'm sure it was all a misunderstanding.

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Renamed the Brooklyn Bridge of Hamelin.

OzoneTom October 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Don't trust the police, no justice no peace.

PalinzADummy October 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

NEVER trust the police. Their job is to arrest y'all and throw your asses in jail. Be nice to them, be respectful and obliging as you need to be to avoid getting the shit beat out of you, but TELL THEM NOTHING. Their job is to get you to trust them and talk, and then to use that information against you. Never forget that.

riverside68 October 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

Well said PalinzADummy.

The only thing I would add is that police always have the absolute power to put your ass in jail anytime they feel like it. The process is the punishment.

Unless you are a higher ranking officer, or the Mayor, THE POLICE ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND. They may or may not help you out on occasion,and give directions, some are, in fact, nice, well meaning, honest people, but they are armed and dangerous and should always be treated as such.

Pres.Libunatic October 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm

This is the equivalent of cops screaming at a suspect to STOP RESISTING! as he tries to put his hands behind his back, and then arresting him for Resisting Arrest. I.e., stupid fucking cop tricks. Bet the Fructose-American cops on Officer.com are just loving this.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

True story, we were playing a party gig in high school at a farm. The cops come during a band called Neurotic's set, the OG metal jazz band. Anyway, the cops are fucking with one of the band members, and they say, "you're under arrest." Kid says, "for what?"
Cops say, "for resisting arrest." We caught it on the sound board and I still have it on tape.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

And —- then what happened? Charges thrown out? A riot? Was your tape used as evidence? Charges of false arrest brought? Anything?

Fare la Volpe October 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

Fructose-American is my new favorite expression. Thank you.

hollywooddood October 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm

This is not a bad thing. Ghandi's strategy to fill up the jails and clog the system was quite effective.

GunToting[Redacted] October 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

They'll need to kick out all those horrible people busted for an ounce of pot.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

This is good news for rapists, arsonists, murderers, and such.

flamingpdog October 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Isn't Citi Field available these days?

arihaya October 3, 2011 at 6:13 am

one problem: in British India there were no private prisons

zhubajie October 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Why do you think our fearless leaders have imported the PRC court system as an alternative? You don't think it just for *foreigners* do you?

memzilla October 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Well done, Riley! You are so getting laid out of this.

[We learned from the ol' MOBE demonstrations that sex can take the sting out of the tear gas and mace spray.]

prommie October 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Tell me more about this protest sex thingie.

riverside68 October 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

It is an old acupuncture trick

If you overwhelm the nervous system with competing sensory imputs it breaks down and usually just tracks the strongest signal. (Sexual stimulation is, of course the strongest signal of all.)

Feel free to use that line Riley, as the cons say people only believe what they want to believe, but when they want to believe something anything at all will work.

deanbooth October 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

Be sure to wear your "Freedom Tarp."

BlueStateLibel October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

LOL, New York Times, what a total fail.

BlueStateLibel October 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Bloomberg News just broke their Koch story, so David and the other one are going to have a lot of 'splaining to do. Not an especially good week for plutocrats.

memzilla October 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

It's the Iranian version of Iran-Contra?

memzilla October 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

[edited to correct addled links above]

It must have really griped the Koch Bruddahs – Bankers' alliance to have had to give money to the liberal NYT for this edit.

Expect to see some full-page ads for a Brawny™, Quilted Northern™, and Stainmaster™ carpet… and limited-time offers to transfer your BoA munniez to Chase and Citibank to avoid debit card fees.

Throw in a pro-Keystone XL pipeline Op-Ed, while you're at it.

the_problem_child October 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Bribes for ads!

Rotundo_ October 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That's okay, considering the shitstorm that the Bloomberg piece is going to uncork, it probably won't make much difference. Dave and Charlie musta pissed da mayor off something awful to drop a Sunday evening bomb like they did. They really do come off looking even worse than one might imagine.

Barrelhse October 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Good for the Nurses!

GunToting[Redacted] October 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm

SEIU? Aren't they the new ACORN?

donner_froh October 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

ACORN with a working class base/membership makes them so much harder to fuck with. O’Keefe might find himself head down in a 55 gallon drum of used grease if he tried to scam the SEIU.

NorthStarSpanx October 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

They'll have to pry off the coke sniffing Palin's to get that drum.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Especially considering how much the coke sniffing Palins like used grease.

PalinzADummy October 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Stop, you're getting me all excited.

Geminisunmars October 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

Well, he's arrogant enough to try it. We can only hope he does. And that the camera is rolling. (Ooops. I forgot my vow of non-violence. Oh well.)

DahBoner October 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

"Aren't they the new ACORN?"

No, weird celebrities eating pistachios are the new ACORN….

GunToting[Redacted] October 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

Like the Winklevii?

James Michael Curley October 3, 2011 at 10:21 am

SEIU was the old ACORN before the old ACORN became the new ACORN – ask Babba O'Riely

orygoon October 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

(Whistles, "Bridge over the River Kwai")

Remember, the good guys are loved, forever!

glamourdammerung October 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I can hardly wait to see how Sarah Palin points out she is the real victim here.

DahBoner October 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

3…2…1…

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

enjoy your protest
but unlike wisconsin, dude
these cops kill people

BlueStateLibel October 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

So you've officially come out against American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights? I think you would be happier in someone place like China, why don't you go there.

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Which rights are those again? Please, in your reply, criticize me aggressively and at some length, if you don't mind.

BlueStateLibel October 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I see the protesters have touched a nerve with you. That means it's working. Good.

UW8316154 October 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Why are you hatin' on TroubleDog?

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I blame the media.

ThundercatHo October 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I think TD was maybe just warning the protestors to be careful because the NYPD is probably more aggressive than the Wisconsin cops.

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I love Riley and I don't want him to get raped to death. The rest of the paultards and anontards and such, ehhhh, whatever.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I interpreted Troubledog's haiku as deploring the situation, rather than endorsing it.

Blendergoathead October 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

No sleep on the bay
No sleep for those who march on
No sleep 'til Brooklyn

PalinzADummy October 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Yeah, but mostly Teh Blax and Furrin types.

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

But don't let it be a black and a white one.
Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top.
Black police showing off for the white cop

BlueStateLibel October 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

Damn, I thought you were a troll, sorry for jumping down your throat. This is what comes of a having a bad Irish temper, I apologize.

tcaalaw October 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Why did you haiku?
It is an elegant verse,
But sure seems strange here.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I see what you did there.

Troubledog October 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Sometimes, there's too much
ranting like Olbermann on
Five Hour Energy

user-of-owls October 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Cops? Or escorts!?

DashboardBuddha October 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

Escorts? Was Spitzer there?

weejee October 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

Cops? Or esprit de corpse?

fixed

user-of-owls October 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Well, we know who's responsible for the blame-shift:

Al Baker.

Guppy06 October 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

Escorts dressed as cops. With handcuffs.

Are we sure this wasn't a Republican fundraiser?

rambone October 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Silly, hippies! Didn't you know that today is Opposite Day?

DahBoner October 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

Somebody's got a case of the Moon days!

DashboardBuddha October 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

What a dick move.

Barb October 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

The Bridge to Nowhere but jail.

Callyson October 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Is information about investment losses of the NYPD's pension fund publicly available? If so, may I suggest the 10's equivalent to putting flowers into gun barrels…

Blendergoathead October 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Holy shit, Barb didn't post in the first ten responses. I'm worried.

user-of-owls October 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Hell, I get in the bomb shelter when she isn't first.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

The times they are a changin'.
We are the 99% — usually snarky.

Barb October 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Lol, ya'll are sick! I'm watching football, drinking a frosty oats soda and listening to Jeffer, flinging some Angry Birds.

What are you guys up to tonight?

Sharkey October 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Just chompin on some feeder fish.

Barb October 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

And not eating attorneys, out of professional courtesy?

Sharkey October 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Sharks eat everything, capice?

Blendergoathead October 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Nothing much; just told NYT's Kristof to head back to Darfur. He's "hardcore" when it comes to people in Africa getting screwed over, but American bankers need love and understanding. Excuse me while I grab a box of tissues.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm

"drinking a frosty oats soda … What are you guys up to tonight?"

Well, I *was* reading a library book; but now I'm wondering what the hell an oats soda is, who invented such a thing, and what on earth they were thinking.

WordSaladNation October 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I know that I'll probably be downfisted from here to eternity for saying this, but these protestors (present company excluded, of course) strike me as kind of rudderless and misinformed. I'm sure that, if I Googled them, I'd find a list somewhere of their grievances, but, right now, they just look like an amorphous blob that smells vaguely of patchouli.

Riley, to be perfectly honest, those folks who work on Wall Street aren't the real enemies. If you really want to make some headlines, get on the train and come up here to Fairfield County, Connecticut, where you'll find the real robber barons: hedge fund managers. In Westport, there are dozens of hedge funds, including Bridgewater Associates, a company with over $120 billion in assets. Their headquarters is right on the Saugatuck River in an unassuming little office building, and I can guarantee that you'll make the nightly news if you go stand outside their offices holding a sign. You'd be the only one, but you'd be on to something, too.

memzilla October 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

You have a point. Make it one issue.

I vote for: "Financial Transaction Tax Now!"

WordSaladNation October 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

"Look out, Joe
How far will it go?
Take away the fire
And where does the water flow?"

AlterNewt October 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Now we're getting somewhere*

*See last night's comment: "Coherence", etc.

Guppy06 October 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Call it a "Fenestration Tax" (pay it so you can stay fenestrated) and you have my vote.

James Michael Curley October 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

I thought Fenestration Tax was what you pay each time Microsoft changes it's OS.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Fucking. Awesome.

riverside68 October 3, 2011 at 11:17 am

I am voting for "Pay income tax on your income*"

"*You should pay more than 15% tax on the millions you take home"

In my conversations with Hedge fund managers they are embarrased about only paying 15% on millions of dollars of income. (See carried interest deduction.)

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Here is their initial list that freakishlywrong posted on the previous thread. And some of the items include: to reinstate Glass-Steagall, institute the Buffett Tax, and rescind Citizen's United. I am all over it like stupid on a Palin.
Especially, as they note, REINSTATE GLASS-STEAGALL.
Even Clinton admits it was a mistake.
To see people actually enjoin my quixotic quest is so heartening.

AlterNewt October 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for that.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Further, it's not as if these demands are outrageous or radical. Glass-Steagall was the key to unleashing the investment banks into controlling the markets. The same fucks are whining about 3% marginal tax rates, while their capital gains go untouched. And, Citizen's United was just the propaganda arm of greed equation.
Matt Taibbi, your move.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm

"like stupid on a Palin"

I repeat:
Fucking. Awesome.

axmxz October 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

Yeah, the "man" left Wall Street years ago. All that's left is tourists, a jeans store, a gym, a maze of metal barricades, and a bunch of Chase ATMs. If the protesters really have an issue with corporate personhood, shouldn't they be pitching their angry tents on the steps of the Supreme Court?

prommie October 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

Being rudderless and uninformed hasn't stopped the fucking teatards from taking over the country's agenda, has it?

riverside68 October 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

Koch gold is behind those ruddless capitalist stoges.

V572 Moon! October 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Being a certified Old, and worse yet an erstwhile suburban white kid, I can remember when people wondered and even said aloud, "Who are these 'freedom riders' and why are they causing all this trouble in Mississippi?' Things change. It takes longer than you want, but they change. Do it Riley. You are needed and valued.

Nothingisamiss October 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

What he/she said. Just reading about the freedom riders today. (Folks down here in GA still call them outside agitators.)

V572 Moon! October 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   —Margaret Mead

NorthStarSpanx October 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Freedom Riders, at first I'm sure they didn't know what the fuck they were getting into, but they still kept going down those roads, even with Sheriff's pissing on them, holding cocked guns to their heads or never letting them see the light of day again.

Beowoof October 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Funny the sign didn't say this way to Riker's Island.

Nothingisamiss October 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Go, Riley! I'm proud to know you (in an internet reading sort of way.)

proudgrampa October 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

oh, fuck

donner_froh October 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I would like a week's worth of nurses–and if they are all too busy just send some strippers in nurse outfits.

not that Dewey October 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm
flamingpdog October 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

Well, now at least I know why my chilluns turned out like they did.

Plowmon October 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

No, no, it's not 'jail' and 'prison', it's 'protective custody' and 're-education facility'…

AJWjr. October 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

OMG the teatards were right!!11!!!

riverside68 October 3, 2011 at 11:22 am

Actually it is, in fact, called "processing"

During the RNC it took up to 50 hours, only being completed when Bush the Younger finished his acceptance speech.

After a couple of really inconvenient court dates, everything is dismissed. No harm no foul right?

ThundercatHo October 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I can't wait to here what our President has to say about this movement.

(crickets, so far anyway)

flamingpdog October 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Worst Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade I've ever seen.

Sharkey October 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Holy shit, it's fuckin raining.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Where have you been, my blued eyed son?

Blueb4sunrise October 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I'm sure all will remember the classic 60's Protest song
'Don't Sleep in the Subway, Darling'.
sung by Buffy St…….errrrr, no, it was Petula Clark

Also…doooooooooooood. NURSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Negropolis October 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

The New York Times editing is just plain disgusting. Glad someone caught that; it should really be big news, but it won't be.

BTW, a whorediamond-and-a-half for the use of "Freedom Netting".

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Really, it's journalistic malfeasance.

bflrtsplk October 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

Prison cells = Liberty Cubicles.

kissawookiee October 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

Tasers = Liberty Electrolysis

Gleem_McShineys October 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I hope they don't resort to administering Patriot Head Massages.

prommie October 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

Yes, soon we will all be wrapped in the chains of freedom, and wearing the manacles of liberty.

Negropolis October 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

"I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it." – FDR

This is why I support this movement at the end of the day. It's time to empower those elected officials that are with us, but who are too afraid to speak up. The tea party shouldn't have a monopoly on channeling America's anger at everything. There is another side; there is another option; there is another choice. Stop working against your own who are trying to organically and righteously coalesce, already.

Thank the FSM that we aren't single-issue, single-minded voters. Thank the lord we realize the comprehensive and multi-faceted nature of our problems.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

And, thank you, for that insightful comment. Indeed, we need to embrace subtlety, free-thinking and the ingrained social nature of our better selves and reject the simpleton, unfettered capitalistic and talking points mentality of the teabaggers and their overlords.

Negropolis October 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Thank you.

We could get Soros (or some other liberal boogeyman) to fund some buses, make up some professional signage, and write a lists of professionally picked slogans all day long, and we'd be worse of for it. What's going on down there is true grassroots organization and the much maligned idea of community organizing. When (not if) the crowd begins to coalesce around demands (and that is happening), it will have the legitimacy that the tea party only wished it has.

Fuck the tea party and their authoritarian-allied organizational skills. These kids and kids-at-heart are earning their democracy; they are earning their badges, one day at a time. God bless their indomitable spirit and their committment to civilization and humanity, in general. God bless the "dirty fucking hippies"!

Our protestors anger lies in the realization that we could do so much better as a nation than we are doing. The tea party anger lies in anger, fear, and hate. That's where it ends. Period. It doesn't exist to appeal to our better angels, or even to take the best of the past to integrate us into the future. It exists to paralyze us, because they are too afraid to even come up with a plan that addresses the future.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

"Our protestors anger lies in the realization that we could do so much better as a nation than we are doing. The tea party anger lies in anger, fear, and hate. That's where it ends. Period. It doesn't exist to appeal to our better angels, or even to take the best of the past to integrate us into the future. It exists to paralyze us"

*applause*

Guppy06 October 3, 2011 at 8:24 am

Why does "subtle free-thinking" always result in drum circles?

Negropolis October 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I think the better question is why not?

NorthStarSpanx October 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Entrapment?

Doktor Zoom October 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm

EnTARPment

ttommyunger October 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

There are many tricks yet to be played on the protestors, however, there are over 100,000 citizens (or more) per cop, and not all cops are dicks, believe it or not. If this movement perseveres and/or spreads, it could cause real change. I am sitting on my worthless ass watching in rapt attention. I want change, I want these people to succeed, yet I wonder if I were there would I get off my ass and join them. I think I know the answer and I'm not proud of it.

Radiodead October 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm

♫ ♬ Five to one, baby, one in five.
No one here gets, out alive ♫ ♬

PalinzADummy October 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I'm starting to feel the buzz myself, my friend. I'm sure you've already given generously to their movement.

ttommyunger October 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

Not nearly what I should or what I think they deserve.

Guppy06 October 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I recognize that I'd never be able to join such a group. Too young, too earnest… my skin would be crawling in under five minutes.

At most, I'd show up and gawk.

ttommyunger October 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

I fear I'm with you. I just cannot stand crowds; especially crowds of youngsters, however well-intentioned. Come with geezerhood, just too fucking cranky.

tribbzthesquidz October 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Some are going to be abler to sweat that kind of stuff out than others. Myself, I have small children in tow. My last decision to get "uninvolved" paid off in that we stopped going to the Unitarian Church before it got shot up. Looks like the occupation is coming to my humble little city and I'm wondering what I will do. I definitely argued to not drive to NYC or DC with Mrs. Squidz as the drive there would blow enough oil to cancel out any good we might do. I think the bigger question still is, "when does the clusterfuck get to my own front door and how will I profit from this?."

ttommyunger October 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

I would like to see the general population profit for once. That would please me immensely.

tribbzthesquidz October 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I've got your coherence right here. Occupy Wall Street. Hmm. Something about the location. Ohhhh, Wallll Streeeet. Something about systematic thievery and about how people only SOMETIMES want to get buttfuckered.
To balance things out let's all point out everyone's imperfections and ponder, like NPR's editorial board the question of coherence. Kids these days and their fucking protests and patchouli, and computers, and lack of theme, and lack of cult figure, and lack of religious affiliation, and pretentious art-rock bands. GET OFF MAH LAWN YER BLOCKIN' MAH INTERNET SIGNAL. TRYING TO COMMENT AT SALON.COM

Guppy06 October 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

It's all about as coherent as mailing tea bags to members of Congress. And now those folks are perpetually shutting down Congress. Of course, it helps to be on the side of moneyed interests…

Doktor Zoom October 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

George Soros is behind all this, isn't he?

tribbzthesquidz October 3, 2011 at 12:05 am

George and his army of stringently grammatically-correct Soros-RoBots are paying them all to be there. Like a boss.

AJWjr. October 3, 2011 at 12:06 am

First we take Manhattan…

I've been protesting or marching for one thing or another since about 1965. I still think we were right on all of them, and I just signed up for 3 shifts a week on the re-election campaign, and for the last 10 or 12 years I've been wondering where the fuck are the replacements? And now I see they're in NYC. Finally. Welcome to the fight.

axmxz October 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

A sit-down protest on Brooklyn Bridge? Confucius say: hippie who treat Brooklyn Bridge like segregated restaurant going to get served.

fletc3her October 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

I don't think this country will be safe until all the 14 year old girls are behind bars.

mrblifil October 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Let's focus on getting the 14 year-old girls in the bars first before we take them behind the bar.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Giggity.

imissopus October 3, 2011 at 12:51 am

Edit', where's Gloria and Meathead?

Ohhh, Awchie, they went downtown to those protests.

Well of course they did, where else would that Meathead drag my little goil. Whadda they protestin' this time?

Gloria said they're protesting the financial enslavement and social repression of the 99% by the corporate-controlled oligarchy.

Jeez dingbat, I just asked what they was protestin', I didn't need no college seminar.

imissopus October 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

Oh, and of course the WSJ doesn't think much of this whole thing:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204

I refuse to read the comments. It's enough that I want to find the editorial writer and punch him in the cock.

bflrtsplk October 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

He "donated" his cock to the Kochs.

DashboardBuddha October 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

Actually, they're just holding it in trust.

not that Dewey October 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

I can't get past the paywall, so I can ONLY read the comments, and I have to surmise what was in the editorial. So far I have this:

-every protestor has a Humanities degree and works in a coffee shop
-it would be a hoot if we learned that Van Jones was supporting them financially
-The protesters are just a bunch of unemployed stoners looking for casual sex and the opportunity to show that they were successfully indoctrinated in college by aging Marxist professors
-They just want free stuff and they want the Government to steal it from those who produce and redistribute to them.

In other words, thousands of Van Jones-bankrolled Marxist Comp Lit majors want free stuff and casual sex, rain, deprivation, and police violence notwithstanding.

imissopus October 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Dammit! I'd gone there from a link on Google News, which gets you around the paywall, so I didn't even realize it was a locked article. But yes, you are pretty much correct.

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

"Oh, and of course the WSJ doesn't think much"

fxt

MiniMencken October 3, 2011 at 1:28 am

Wish I was there. The class solidarity of the USA proletariat was always weak. I have a Nazi German English primer that contains a story about a New York City diner that has, by the cash register, a sign that says, "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" The story goes on the explain how this is an example of American heartlessness. This a Nazi schoolbook, people! And, even they got it! March on!

prommie October 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

We have no class consciousness, and thus no class solidarity, a nation of lumpenproles. Look up "lumpenproletariat" in the dictionary and there is a picture of a tea party rally.

gurukalehuru October 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

Al Baker fucked Colin Moynihan up the ass. Metaphorically.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

Wrapping crowds in orange netting is the cops versions of a group hug.

weejee October 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

That netting looks like what stevedores use for loading cargo. When do the Liberty ships head-off to Gitmo?

alzronnie October 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

You'd think that cops would have learned by now that there are cameras out there that will trash their bullshit explanations. Chicago 1968 relied on media cameras but now everyone out there carries one. Must be something in donuts that blocks the thought process.

WordSaladNation October 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

It looks like, at least according to the New York Times reporter who was arrested and detained, the protesters were not, in fact, led onto the bridge itself:

The Internet was filled with pointed suggestions that officers from the New York Police Department led protesters onto the road as a trap to perform mass arrests; indeed, some video footage seems to show officers leading protesters onto the “illegal” section of the bridge. From what I saw, however, a couple of dozen marchers made the decision to move off the sidewalk into the road at the bridge’s entrance to chants of “off the sidewalks, into the streets.”

This breakaway group quickly gained support of surrounding marchers, numbers of whom jumped over barricades on the sidewalk’s edge to stream into the road, until hundreds of people eventually covered the passageway usually intended for a steady flow of traffic.

mrblifil October 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Oh well in that case get out the Gattling Guns…

Tundra Grifter October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

It could be worse. Down in New Orleans, the police just shot the folks on the bridge.

DahBoner October 3, 2011 at 9:47 am
weejee October 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

OT, sorta…

Bolshevik rag Bloomberg reports the Koch Bros have been doing the illegal business nasty with Iran's Ahmadinejad for years. Laws mean nothing to them or the Kochsuckers who monitor bidness in 'Murica.

prommie October 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

Awwww, I want to go and take part in this futile, and stupid gesture (Hey, somebody's got to do it). I have no problem with the smell of hippiechick. I mean it, I really do. But I got bills no honest protester can pay, and if I took off to join the revolution, there would be some major babysitter issues.

mrblifil October 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Yes but what do they want and are they're leaders suitably telegenic/fuckable?

tessiee October 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

"The Bridge on the River Kwai (before the bridge blows up and everyone gets murdered in the jungle)"

What th–??
Hey, thanks for the spoiler, Riley!

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

And why don't you ever call me?

Troubledog October 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I've been really busy, I got this crazy contract and have been working my ass off. How have you been? I never get around here any more. Sometimes I read a bit on my phone on the way home. I have to get up early now, it's CRAZY.

After sitting around my "home office" in my underwear telecommuting for a year, now I have to go ride buses and ferries and streetcars and wear sunglasses and headphones and don't make eye contact with panhandlers and all that magical stuff again.

So I get up at 0445, do email for a half hour, say goodbye to the dogs and leave here at 545. I drive my dirty white truck a half mile up the road to the church, and grab a bus to the ferry.

They have these dollar coins now; if you put a ten into a vending machine chances are you will get them as change. They are golden and shiny and have these mystyk runes carveth within their margins. I think this is what Ron Paul warned about. I carry them around as bus tokens.

On the bus are the most delightful people. There is Wont Stop Talking guy that hates uncomfortable silence. His greatest fiction is his absolute certainty that the US Navy and the Bremerton Police Department have a literal partnership to hunt down medical marijuana users and suppliers, and send them to Federal prison.

This is based on a chain of logical fallacies that takes fifteen minutes to recount, but traces its source to a newspaper article he read two years ago where the Sheriff said he didn't much care for the idea of people smoking pot in his town. That sheriff I think is, in fact, long gone now.

And there is also Wont Stop Talking lady, who is noisy in almost the same way. Her greatest triumph was a ten minute lecture on the supposed Shabbos practices of orthodox Jews. I think they can eat. Wait, no they can't eat until sundown, or I think it's sunrise. But they can go to the bathroom as long as they don't have to open any doors, because opening doors is work. I think they have to leave the seat up too.

But they can't cook anything in the oven. But the microwave is okay because it doesn't use heat, and so it doesn't count as cooking so they have to cook everything the day before so they can reheat it. On and on and on. The reason she is awesome is that she concluded her fifteen minutes ramble with a shrug and "I don't really know hahahaha"

One day the planets aligned and they sat near each other.

So this project is supposed to last till the end of the year. They extended me through December 19 so I will be really busy for a couple more months. Hope you are well and much love to all my dear friends.

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