OCCUPY CITIBANK  11:19 pm October 17, 2011

The NYC Citibank Arrests, According To the OWS Videographer

by Ken Layne

Substantial penalty for early withdrawal: Jail.A lot of people have watched the shocking video of people being locked into the LaGuardia Place Citibank branch while some thug undercover cop wrestled away a nice young lady in a business suit who was apparently arriving at her bank to close her checking account in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Meaghan Linick of Brooklyn is the #OWS activist who recorded the whole awful encounter on her Blackberry, and then put it online where it has already been seen a million times. Here’s Linick’s firsthand account of what happened, which she was kind enough to send to Wonkette.

By now, my cell phone video of two Citibank costumers being forcibly arrested outside the LaGuardia Place branch in New York City on October 15th 2011 has been seen by almost a million people.

As the person who unwittingly shot the video of the incident, I though it might be useful to respond to some of the media attention it has been getting.

A few friends and I attended a rally of college students, high school students, teachers, professors in Washington Square Park, which was connected to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in lower Manhattan – and now around the country and around the world.

After the rally, I went into a nearby coffee shop and when I returned to the park I heard that a few dozen people had decided to head over to the local Citibank branch to talk about their student debt and close their accounts. I thought one of my friends might be among them so I walked the few blocks to the bank.

As I arrived I saw Citi Bank security guards locking the doors to the bank.

Contrary to the City Bank PR statement, the cops were not yet on the scene when Citi Bank officials chose to lock the doors to the
branch–effectively kidnapping those inside.

Since I could see my friends were still inside the bank, I took out my blackberry and began recording through the window.

As I filmed an undercover, plain clothes police officer approached a women standing next to me outside the window. He accused her of having been inside the bank and said she had to come with him. As you can see on the video she repeats over and over, “I’m a customer,” and she holds up her Citibank check book. Though it’s not audible on the video, she also told him that she was just trying to close her account.

As my voice in the video will testify I was shocked and shaken by what happened next. The women, and the man standing next to her, were dragged inside the bank through a side door and arrested allow with 22 other people who were locked inside.

I watched in horror from the sidewalk as police dragged each person out one by one and loaded them into a line of paddy wagons. I could see that a few people were bleeding from their wrists where the police zip ties were cutting them.

I did not know the woman or man being arrested by the undercover cop in my video, but I desperately wanted to find them to give them the video to help with their court cases.

Today, I went down to Central Booking in Manhattan for the arraignments of the 24 people arrested. They were in jail for almost
30 hours. Most were charged with disorderly conduct, but a few have more serious charges–including trespassing and resisting arrest.

After waiting four hours in the courtroom they were finally released, along with my other friends. Their hands and wrists were cut up from the roughness of the police and zip ties. Everyone who was in jail was tired, hungry, and mentally and emotionally exhausted from spending the night in a cell–but no one was deterred from participating in the Occupy movement.

I asked my friends what had happened inside and they told me that they had all agreed they would leave the bank when asked. That no one had had any interest in being arrested that day. They all had thought, as citizens and as Citibank customers, they would be given a chance to leave the branch before action was taken against them. Sadly they were wrong.

I’m an underemployed recent college graduate with a degree in economics (of all things) and like many in my generation I have over
$50,000 in student loans. I’m currently working as a babysitter to try and pay the bills.

This is why I organize with Occupy Wall Street. Because I am part of the 99%–and if you’re reading this, there’s a 99% chance that you are too! The most beautiful thing about the Occupy Movement is that we can create, on a small scale, a version of the society in which we would like to live. A society with free education and health care–where democracy is participatory and real and our social relationships are founded on community, mutual aid, equality, respect, and solidarity.

If you believe that what is happening in this country is wrong, if you believe that as a society we can do better than this,
then find an Occupy event in your city or town! And remember to bring your cell phone or video camera – you might just need it!

– Meaghan Linick, Brooklyn NY

 
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Callyson October 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I’m an underemployed recent college graduate with a degree in economics (of all things)
Well, *I* can think of a position in which Meaghan Linick would do a better job than the current occupant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secret
Watch your back, Timmy!

Dok-cupy Everything October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

“They need to understand who their constituency is” –anonymous wealth fund manager, speaking of Congress.

Steverino247 October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

We're going to need another Timmy!

flamingpdog October 18, 2011 at 12:37 am

I'm about halfway through Ron Suskind's book "Confidence Men". At this point, if it were up to me, Timmy would be the very first one up before the firing squad. Thug is a whore.

HedonismBot October 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

Agreed. Boy Blunder has got to go.

CapnFatback October 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Kidnapped by a bank? What left does the 99% have for ransom?

Bravo to Meaghan and solidarity to the kidnapped. But there will be far more tragic and harrowing stories to come, I fear.

mourningnmerica October 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm

This shit is just getting started. I barely missed the 60's. Doesn't matter now. The upcoming is going to be just as interesting. These bad guys have just got to go.

We need Barry to stand up to them. I fear he won't.

flamingpdog October 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

I fear he doesn't even want to.

BelleSC October 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

He wants to. He needs to get reelected first.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Exactly. No point in making all those noises only to see Herman Cain or Mittens Romneycare take the WH and negate everything posthaste.

Chet Kincaid October 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

Give him a fucking Congress he can work with!! It's not rocket science.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I agree, although, as my comment above….would he? I do want big clanging balls….I go back, sometimes, to how he treated Lieberman after the election (i.e. treated him well.) WTF? I'm all for peace love and unicorns, but was any hard politicking done to ensure passage of key bills after this shithead campaigned for someone else? The first year when we had "majorities" (not really) kinda made me wonder how much pressure would be applied to those on the fence.

Chet Kincaid October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, "not-really majorities" is the key. We forget that the Blue Dog Democrates undermined Obama at every turn in those first 2 years, and it wasn't a "given" that a new President had the "big clanging balls" to make them pay. Actually, that was supposed to be Rahm Emmanuel's job, at which he was a failure.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Thank you, Chet.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

My same fear. My Barry finished college and worked with poor people before getting his law degree. What the hell has happened?

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

He has learned the hard way that putting yourself out in the front ranks with yelling and screaming doesn't necessarily achieve the goals you want. I did that too in my yoof – I had all these causes I fought for, and I was always ready to be on the frontlines. Eventually, you realize that while you're out there making noise, the Enemy is in the backroom working hard to negate everything you think you've achieved. Even as the people marching behind you sink their knives into your back.

Like it or not, politics requires a shrewd appraisal of the goals. Talking the talk is great. The problem is, we want our poor President to play both roles simultaneously. The guy's a wonk, a geek, like a lot of us here. He's uncomfortable with people, even if he does have a bucketload of charisma and a great smile. He's a serious thinker who works hard, but doesn't like to play the role of demagogue.

And I don't blame him. When you're out there demagoguing, the RWNJs can draw a bead on you much easier. We lost many of our '60s struggle icons to assassins. And the man gets around 400 death threats PER FUCKING DAY.

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

What left does the 99% have for ransom?

Give their damn toasters back.

(Yeah, I'm dating myself, huh?)

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:15 am

I did the same thing in this thread. I bet these dizzy children don't even know that a little dab'll do ya. I weep at the loss of such core cultural monuments as these.

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

Damn kids, get off my lawn…and go picket Citibank.

Wait, lemme get my gas mask. Be right with ya.

(EDIT: #NotIntendedToBeAFactualRadical. This is a metaphorical gas mask. I came of age in the late 1970s, and have my own SDS envy… I did participate in a "Die-In" to support the Nuclear Freeze thing in the early 80's. On the other hand, while I did in fact belong to a Sanctuary Movement church, I never actually smuggled Salvadorans)

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

You're a fine human being, Dok. We couldn't *all* get our asses kicked in the '60s, yaknow.

not that Dewey October 18, 2011 at 1:43 am

You guys must just have a case of the money jitters.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh, so NOW you're back. And not even a word to say, "I'm home!" You just disappear for three days without so much as a by-your-leave and then pop back in like nobody noticed? The gall!

finallyhappy October 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

yes- I have a electric corn popper my mom got -the last time banks gave away anything when you opened an account.

PocketsTheClown October 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Step 1. Fill theater
Step 2. Yell "FIRE"
Step 3. PROFIT!!!1!!!

NYNYNYjr October 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Citibank: We're Being Cool Right Now, But Seriously, We're Just This Close To Locking You In The Bank And Shooting You

WunkRocker October 18, 2011 at 8:09 am

To John Dillinger, and hope he is still alive…

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

…because we can.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Can I tweet that? I'll give you credit. And a toaster.

NYNYNYjr October 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

please do. No space for toaster, thanks.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks, you're a pal. DONE!

Mumbletypeg October 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Babysitting one's way through a $50,000 stacked deck. No wonder the Wawa® station* near my 'hood is always like a party scene on Lotto drawing nights.

*ETA: these service stations happen to be one of the few (that I'm aware of) places where I can use their ATM to withdraw from my credit union account without a fee.

Lucidamente1 October 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Jeez, what would have happened if she'd tried to apply for a loan?

user-of-owls October 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Ticket to Guantanamo plus a free toaster!

PocketsTheClown October 18, 2011 at 12:07 am

Borrowers Jail. Like debtors prison, only more buttsechs.

smokefilleddoommate October 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

Talk about writing checks your ass can't cash..

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

She won't get one, unless she's already in the 1%. She is, however, welcome to put it on a 29% apr CitiBank credit card.

smokefilleddoommate October 18, 2011 at 2:10 am

Citi's Usury Platinum. Rewards include 1% Shit Back, Return of Universal Default, and Nothing!

WunkRocker October 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

Yes, but at GTMO the toaster goes int he shower with you. Don't worry about soap droppage.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

You certainly won't need to if the toaster's plugged in.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

Imagine what they charge for collateral. I hear it's an arm-and-a-leg and your first born. If you're single, they just take your gentials in lieu of the kid.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

What about those of us who might be Oldz who never reproduced and are in many satisfying sexual relationships? Do they get ALL our genitalia? Or can we keep the best ones?

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

"Do they get ALL our genitalia?"

All yr junkz iz belong to us.

not that Dewey October 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

You have more than one? Who are you? The French lady from Dead Ringers?

PristinePantalones October 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

More than one lover? Sure! Doesn't … oh, right. Never mind.

That was one weird fucking movie, man. But Jeremy Irons is just great.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

Somehow, she would have ended up owning a house in Detroit.

mourningnmerica October 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm

For all those of you who still have faith in the integrity of Barack, this is his chance. If he doesn't stand up to Wall Street now, he never will.

Many think Goldman owns him. In the next few months, we should know definitively who he represents. Would you agree?

Guppy06 October 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

And then what? Vote Nader?

PocketsTheClown October 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

I'll take 1000 intrade.com shares of Madiq/Quchi 2012.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

Well if Barry doesn't personally disembowel every Goldman employee on national TV, then yes, right?

FrenchTwist40 October 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

Seriously? That threat only makes sense if the Repubs nominate a Perry or Bachmann. The space between Obama and Romney, on the other hand, isn't large enough to drag the disillusioned Democratic base voters — me, for instance — out in force.

PuglyDoRight October 18, 2011 at 3:49 am

Except that Obama doesn't nominate Supremes that would support Citizens United. Who do you think Romney "corporations are people too" would nominate?

FrenchTwist40 October 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

As compared to the bold actions that the President has taken against Citizens United and the kleptocracy in general?

BelleSC October 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

^ This

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Excellent point. I salute you. That is the best argument made yet for continued support of Barry. Can you imagine another goon on the bench making it 6-3? Yikes.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Actually, it will never make sense to vote a third party in the upcoming election. If there's no difference between Romney and O for you…may I remind you of 2000. Would we be in Iraq? Given the tax breaks to the wealthy? Appointed Alito and Roberts? Uhhh….big difference between O and Romney, even when I'm at my most perturbed and disappointed.

The Supremes live on and on and on….

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

So true. Sure wish Al Gore had fought harder. Just think of all the people who'd still be alive or have their limbs if Bush the Lesser had never gotten the keys to the WH from the so-called Supreme Court.

FrenchTwist40 October 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Yeah, but the reliance on the boogeyman of "It could always be worse" as the party keeps on nominating increasingly conservative Democratic machine politicians in the service of the banks, big corporations and the wealthiest Americans isn't going to work forever. At some point, it will become easier to make the case that the centrist Democrats are the ones who elected Bush, due to their failure to vote for Nader.

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Point taken.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 1:04 am

Dude, you are trolling. It was funny at first; now it's just annoying.

This thing isn't about Obama, the office of the presidency, or any other singular political figure or position for that matter so quit the bullshit, single-minded, Obama trolling, already. Hell, I'm not even much a fan of the president, but this is getting fucking old.

RadioOcupados October 18, 2011 at 1:31 am

Good call.

donner_froh October 18, 2011 at 1:51 am

On the money.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard October 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

What you said.

MzNicky October 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thank you.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

Bravo, my friend.

HuddledMass October 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

Ditto on you

hunnybee October 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

damned straight Negropolis. i am not amused either.

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Then be annoyed.

And Negropolis, you are wrong. It's not single minded Obama trolling. You misunderstand.

Do you think if the President made it clear to the officials at the SEC that he wanted them to stop Goldman, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and others from looking at all of the trades before they are made, and jumping in front of them, and guaranteeing unending massive profits at my expense, do you think he could put a stop to it? Or tell the NYSE to stop being bribed, billions of dollars by the above mentioned, for giving them space next to the exchange specifically so that they can do the above? Do you think he could, maybe, like, put a stop to that if he wanted? Me, too. And don't act like I am the only one that has accused him of being Goldman's poodle. Wall Street corruption is ruining this country. He is in a position to try, at least, to stop them. So far, he has done nothing. Is he with the people, or is he lead blocking for Wall Street? My post suggested that we will find out soon, because public outrage will cause him to have to choose. These are reasonable questions, reasonable concerns, reasonable points. You saying that this is not about him is ridiculous. He is the only one on earth with the power to either stop them, or at least try to stop them.

Bottom line: I voted for Barack. I sent him money. I am greatly disappointed. I will criticize him when I see fit. Get used to it, or get over it. I want better from him. I am one who believes that justified criticism from his disillusioned base might cause him to toughen up. You, on the other hand, are apparently satisfied. God bless you. We disagree. If you are annoyed by my frequent criticism, sorry.

And it has not escaped me that the two guys that are up my ass the hardest, are you and Chet. Should I not make anything of that? Coincidence?

Gorillionaire October 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

The water fountain at the kid's elementary school still does not refrigerate the water to a safe and tasty 42 degrees. I wrote to Obama about this over a year ago, and nothing, NOTHING, has been done about it. Now I have no choice but to vote for Herman Cain. I mean, it's the principle of the thing.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Will you gay-marry me?

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I expect more from him. Being more benign than the Republicans is not OK with me, and it should not be with you, either. Are our standards so low? I believe that he has the power to stop Wall Street from robbing us blind. I want him to do just that. Do you? If so, please, please stop apologizing for him. I want him to be a Democrat, not a collaborator.

Chet Kincaid October 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

You want to keep having this argument, that all of our problems would be solved if Obama just "stood up" and did everything differently?

Every time I ask one of you guys who think Obama Is The Entire Problem how he is supposed to magically accomplish what you want without control of Congress, I never get ANY kind of answer except a variation of, "well, I would feel better that he put on a show for me."

As Deval Patrick wrote, Grover Norquist said 8 years ago that his goal was a permanent Republican majority. Somebody pushed back that, eventually, the Democrats would get back into the White House. Norquist said "we will make it so that a Democrat cannot govern as a Democrat."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/how-grover-norquist

THAT'S why we're in the situation we have right now, not because Obama is "morally weak." Norquist knows that if you campaign permanently to control Congress, you also control the Presidency. What's really pathetic is that we seem to have nobody on the Left who appears to be as smart as Grover Norquist.

As for Obama, you get no coverage on Wonkette about what Obama is actually trying to accomplish: going out on tour giving the poutragers the red meat they've been clamoring for, and exposing Republicans and their votes on the record so that SOMEBODY in their districts or states might take them on at the ballot box. So I guess I'm not surprised that some people want to rehash their rants from December or June or whenever.

Meanwhile, I will keep posting my weekly question, until I see or hear someone taking it seriously: How will the Left get back control of Congress, and keep it, regardless of who's in the White House?

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Bravo.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

"we seem to have nobody on the Left who appears to be as smart much of a ruthless asshole as Grover Norquist."

Fixed.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm

See, Biely cold knows these people and what's in those shriveled black pockets they have where their hearts used to be.

It costs money to be a fulltime ruthless asshole. Someone has to pay the mortgage and buy the cheezbrgrs that make Grover's fat ass quite so fat. And you can tell from his svelte figure that the man ain't hurtin'. The problem is, the 1% has all the money. We're only just starting to realize that, aren't we?

Ducksworthy October 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

My Gawd you're right! How come only the right gets to have long range evil conspiracies that actually work? Oh year, the evil and the money. Never mind.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

What Nothingisamiss said.

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Nice strong argument, Chet. glad you didn't resort to cartoonish distortions of other people's arguments. like:

"all of our problems would be solved if Obama just "stood up" and

"you guys who think Obama Is The Entire Problem how he is supposed to magically accomplish what you want." and

"well, I would feel better that he put on a show for me."

Keep up the good work.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

You make some excellent points, Chet. However, this?

"What's really pathetic is that we seem to have nobody on the Left who appears to be as smart as Grover Norquist."

I'm not sure I'm prepared to agree.
I think we have plenty of smart folks on the left. I think we have nobody on the left who is as *ruthless* as Grover Norquist — or, for that matter, as Karl Rove — which would lead us to the whole "sinking to their level" issue that I don't think has ever been fully resolved on Wonkette (or anywhere else).

PocketsTheClown October 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

Well, Democrats are apparently afraid of power until someone else has it, so what the fuck do you do with that? It's like when they have it, they're so afraid of making a god damned mistake they don't defend themselves. I say start by giving your idea a body count and work backwards. If Dems fuck up and, say, 50000 civilians get deaded, then who give a shit, we got a country to run. Any more than that, then fine, it's someone else's turn for a while.

Break some eggs if you want an omelette.

ShaveTheWhales October 19, 2011 at 1:03 am

I guess I'm one of "you guys". I'm a little disappointed that you think my answers have been equivalent to "well, I would feel better that he put on a show for me", but that is my problem. It is my job to get my points across. Let me try again.

It is indisputable that President Obama has never enjoyed a "filibuster-proof" majority in Congress. OTOH, no President has had a filibuster-proof majority during my lifetime, and yet right-leaning Presidents have managed to move the political "center" of the country several yards to the right since my youth. They did this without filibuster-proof majorities.

I know, that's not specific. Concede me a paragraph of generality. What could the President have done to "magically accomplish what I want"?

1. Refuse to accept the watered-down, tax-break-heavy ARRA. It was never going to work in its neutered form, so why the fuck should you become identified with it? I understand that the Administration wanted to be seen as trying to do something, but it was obvious at the time that the something would be fail. Now, the President is tainted with the fail.

2. Veto the extension of the PATRIOT ACT. The whole act is a "magical" suspension of civil rights, and the longer it is in force, the more permanent our loss of civil rights will be.

3. Refuse the "negotiated settlement" at the end of 2010. I understand that not extending unemployment benefits would have caused significant pain to many who didn't deserve the pain, but we'd already be moving towards deficit reduction, and the Bush/(Obama) tax cuts would be old news.

4. Get. The. Fuck. Out. Of. Afghanistan. Now. I admit, this is a purely US-centric opinion. Undoubtedly, the Taliban deserves to be exterminated. But this is beyond our capability, unless we nuke the whole area. Spend the whatever hundreds of fucking billions a year on border anti-terrorist measures like cargo scanning, where we don't spend shit now.

And in response to your weekly question, the Left will never get back control of Congress, because the "Left" has never had control of Congress. The US has been blessed by nature to such a degree that the majority of folks have had, so far, pretty good lives, and can ignore the minority who have not. I’m not happy about this, but I like to think of myself as a realist. The occasional jerks in the progressive direction we’ve had over the past few decades have occurred when a President forced the issue with a near-neutral-balanced Congress. We can only hope that the opportunity will arise in President Obama’s second term.

Dok-cupy Everything October 19, 2011 at 1:55 am

"Poutragers"–I like that.

Even if the first time i saw it I pronounced it as if it were French…"poo-tra-zheys," and was on the verge of looking up that odd furrin term….

owhatever October 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Citibank will now add another $100 to every debit card transaction to cover the cost of arresting customers. For their leadership, everyone at the position of vice prez and up gets another bonus. Good work, bailout boys. Guess whose credit card offers I'm cutting up in tiny pieces and mailing back?

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

The only one you'll be sticking it to is the underpaid receptionist/temp who has to open the mail. Find out their corporate communications director's name and send the little pieces directly to them.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

He probably has a secretary too. Now if you put some talcum powder in it …
wait what are you doing????#^&^&**((&& I was just kidding. Help help they're dragging me awayyyyyyyyyyy

BlueMonkeh October 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

the receptionist/secretary/mail clerk gets paid the same – send 'em back & stick 'em with the postage!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Go here and see what you can do.

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Better yet, include a piece of lead so they have to pay the extra postage.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Used underwear. Perhaps the wife or daughter has a tampon they can lend to The Effort.

No, don't do that. There's always the danger that you'll get busted for terrorizing the delicate sensibilities of the Baby-Eater In Charge.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

"Used underwear"

Sorry, I'm already selling that to Japanese schoolboys on ebay.
A girl's gotta make a living, ya know.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Oh, tessiee! Does The Noble Cause mean so little to ye?

Boojum_Reborn October 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

How many years would we spend in jail for locking a Citibank exec in a room for even thirty seconds? But, you see, that's because we are the 99% of Americans who don't get to have the judicial and law enforcement system cheerfully swallowing our every random spooge.

OneYieldRegular October 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

Time to bring Godard's "Tout Va Bien" back to the theaters – and back to the streets.

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Boojum_Reborn – great avatar!!

johnnyzhivago October 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Awesome PR move Citibank!! Way to go!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

This is where The People's Army comes in. Be sure to mention this to all your colleagues in the office, random people on the street, friends, relatives, neighbours. Do it in a casual way, sort of a "Hey, did you hear that Citibank … [.]"

Pretty soon, there WILL be a run on Citibank, and they'll be ruing the day.

johnnyzhivago October 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Seriously, though, Citibank is losing its edge… Bank of America would have just locked the doors and demanded a fee from everyone in order to leave.

Sparky_McGruff October 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

Funny story– I left B of A many years ago, before they had reached their current level of evil. The tipping point was when they made a "clerical error" — some teller processed my paycheck as a withdrawal, so I went under balance. In the process, I amassed a pile of fees, fees for not having funds to pay the fees, and fees to process the fees. Mind you, I didn't do anything wrong — this was a damn ATM deposit, and I did it correctly — this was entirely their fault.

I remember having my fourth or fifth long discussion trying to get the bank to clear out the piles of fees. The manager kept insisting that there was nothing he could do, and it was obviously my fault. I should have kept an extra month or two worth of pay in my checking account to cover for their mistakes. I kept raising my voice so more customers waiting in line could hear, and eventually, he relented and cancelled their fees.

I'm now a long-time credit union member.

RadioOcupados October 18, 2011 at 1:43 am

Those BofA fuckers bought my mortgage a few years ago and changed the due date rather covertly. It took me half a day in a branch and hours on-line to get it straightened out. They made it look like a clerical error, but after talking to a few friends and investigating online we realized this was a systemic plan on their part to extract a few hundred bucks out of all their mortgages. Just another ugly facet of capitalism. A letter to Senator Jim Webb, (D) VA, yielded no response.

MilwaukeeKent October 18, 2011 at 4:04 am

Bank of America deserves a lot of the credit for tipping the switch to 'ON" for moving accounts out of big banks. Their idiotic greedy monthly fee focused the issue for many people. To think Gianinni started it as a place for small account immigrants to use to pursue the American Dream, just look at what the MBAs have done to it and you have the whole story on the decline of that dream. Nice work, assholes.

thebeatgoeson October 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

Something similar happened to me with a credit card I wasn't using, but paying off with a monthly deduction from my checking account. I made the mistake of not looking at the statements because a) I knew the card was in my possession b)I wasn't using it and c) I had $400 a month going directly to B of A. After several months I actually looked at a statement and discovered that they had arbitrarily changed my due date. I ended up incurring several months of late fees and an increase in my interest rate. I never protested since I really should have opened my statements, but still. Paid off and closed that sucker as soon as I could.

finallyhappy October 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

I was trying to legally close out accounts of my mom's- the bank(not BOA but crooks, too) kept changing what I needed. I finally called one day and spoke to the manager and asked her to list for me exactly what was needed. I drove over to the bank with everything right after the call, got there and then when I met with the manager, she made a phone call and told me now more items were needed. I loudly told everyone that the bank was dishonest and a rip-off and that the employees were liars.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for sharing that. If I had the time and money and lack of addiction to Wonketz, I would put up a site for all the victims of banks to share their stories.

I have a very similar one, but mine concerned Wells Fargo. They're all whores.

102415 October 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Three yeas ago when I had the bank take nearly two thousand dollars out of my savings account to pay a perfect stranger's car insurance after a few hilarious months I idly typed in, I hate Citibank and boy oh boy was I not surprised! BTW there is also I hate Chase Bank, I hate Wells Fargo, etc.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Thanks. Nice to know not *everybody's* as lazy or as prone to blaming the Wonketz as I.

MichaelWedd October 19, 2011 at 1:03 am

In Feb 1970 students burned down the new Bank of America building in Santa Barbara. I passed though the next day and saw the smoking ruins.

Dok-cupy Everything October 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.

Woody Guthrie

user-of-owls October 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

We could all use a good Woody these days.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

Ha! Big Pharma's already monetized that wish.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

*march, march, shout, wave sign, shout, march*

I Want My Stiffie Back!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Give us your wood!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I got one just reading this.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Yeah, that sort of stuff appears to be the province of politicians like Mittens Romneycare: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/mitt-rom

What a bastard. I really do hope he loses in a horribly humiliating way to Cain.

user-of-owls October 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I watched in horror from the sidewalk as police dragged each person out one by one and loaded them into a line of paddy wagons.

Not to belittle the injustice of the situation, but 'watched in horror'? Disbelief or anger, maybe. But hold back on the 'horror', kid, unless you're watching Syrian government handiwork, a moot jaws-of-life extrication or footage of Dick Cheney.

johnnyzhivago October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Reserve "horror" for protests at Zombie Banks.

johnnymeatworth October 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

Come and open an IRA with us, Danny….

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Forever and ever and ever …

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

Agreed–I was worried that my head would literally explode from the hyperbole.

And then I realized I just needed a decongestant.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

Easy mistake. I too can get context disoriented when reading an account by someone who's comparative experiential benchmarks are still not much removed from the 'terrors' of acne.

RadioOcupados October 18, 2011 at 1:45 am

Unfortunately, this only means we've got a lot of head room on the heartbreak of psoriasis.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I'll show you heartbreak, you secret Tom Waits fan, you.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Well, that's why the hyperbole. After you've seen cops or riot pigs beat the shit out of people a few times, or, better yet, actually witnessed a killing or two up close and personal, you reserve "horror" for when you get your own ass tossed in jail after a thorough beating. They're young. They haven't seen much yet, but they have courage, and they'll be seeing plenty soon.

imissopus October 18, 2011 at 1:59 am

And would it have killed her to capitalize "Blackberry"?

AddHomonym October 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

I know! Talk about horrifying!

the_problem_child October 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

The horror, the horror.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 8:19 am

I'm with the woman. Watching someone physically dragged off a public sidewalk into an establishment so that they can frame you is pretty horrifying, and is something you'd expect of some third world banana republic. The police don't have to be firing into a crowd for their actions to elicit horror. Everything is always relative to something else. The argument reminds me of the one where someone in American poverty is told not to complain because he or she lives better relative to someone in poverty in Africa.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Some of us have seen much worse, though, and we recognize that it's her youth and inexperience speaking. I've seen people have their brains blown out at close range. Messy.

FlownOver October 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

Easy there, U-of-O. She told us her degree was in economics, not journimalism. It's probably truly horrifying to econ majors to see actual physical force (to say nothing of overt asshattedness) being employed in one of their places of worship.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

"journimalism"

Had that been so, she could have gotten a weekend gig playing her saxamaphone.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I wish she'd come play my sexamaphone … wut? Too soon?

littlebigdaddy October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I remember back in the 60s (when I was, actually, about 6) that people would send bricks with the pre-paid address label (from the gov't or some corporation). I wonder if this would still work. Could we send bricks to the pre-approved credit card section of Chase? Cuz that would be awesome.

johnnyzhivago October 18, 2011 at 12:04 am

You've got to figure this would get you sent to Gitmo these days.

littlebigdaddy October 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

Well, the weather would be a fuck of a lot better than it is here. We already have snow.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

If you're in any serious danger of foreclosure, I say DO EET! You'll get three hots and a cot, health care, room and board, and a good climate. What's to kvetch?

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 1:17 am

Gitmo has free medical and dental.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Yeah, and I don't. (No, I'm not gonna act like those fucking RWNJs who think that's a reason to take away medical care from the incarcerated. I just wish they'd give those of us on the outside some care, at least.)

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:49 am

I'm sure they'll appreciate that delivery method, when the other method starts to become popular.

weejee October 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

Not fond of the alternate delivery method after getting hit in the head with one during an open housing march in Cicero back in the 60s.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Thank you for your service to The People.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

If there are no bricks handy, the neighborhood dogs and/or cats could perhaps leave a little something in the yard.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I'd be happy to pooper-scoop our public parks in search of suitable offerings.

UnholyMoses October 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

Well, you don't have the throw the bricks through the window or anything — just take a brick and wrap it in brown paper. Then take one of the reply envelopes they include in those offers (the one that says "postage paid") and tape it to that brick. Then mail it off and Citi (or Chase or BoA or whomever) will have to pay the postage.

Not a huge thing for them if a few folks do it. But if tens of thousands do … ?

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

Better hurry! They're about to snuff the Postal Service. It's not in the interests of the Ruling Class to have the Poors able to mail stuff at modest cost. How's the private sector supposed to make any money on that?

Warpde October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Thank you Citibank.
Another satisfied customer.
Would call you assholes but that would be an insult to all the assholes I know.

Credit Unions Rule!

CliveWarren October 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

Customer: "Good morning, I'd like to make a withdrawal."

Bank teller: "All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!"

Security guard: "Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!"

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 12:07 am

I love you, Honey Bunny.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

ttommy? ttommyunger, is that you?

Wut? He's got the SAME haircut!

glamourdammerung October 18, 2011 at 12:17 am

Maybe Erick Erickson and the other retards at Red State can find some pictures of non-whites from Google and post stories about how they are the "53% that can not close their accounts and are forced to do business with Citi or go to jail" and how awesome that is.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:21 am

I think from now on every time a post has OWS in it, everyone should give me a thumbs up because it's so close to OWLS. If every single commenter does this, I'll be happy and I might even catch up with Barb by 2013 or so.

That's what I think.

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

I was saying "Boo-urns"

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 12:28 am

OK, user-of-ows.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:37 am

You put it that way and I sound like an NYC cop.

neiltheblaze October 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

Nah, that would be "abuser"-of-ows. So you're cool.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

Actually, I saw it as "one who applies 'ows' to other actors in pursuit of defined objectives." But then, I'm a pedant.

RadioOcupados October 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

That is so two days ago.
Fuck, intensedebate, it doesn't go to specific comments if there are multiple pages.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

**Must Give Credit To RadioOcupados!**

(I knew it was a bit of a crib when I posted this, but hey, upfist trolling!)

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I will say that when I contacted them about a problem I was having, they resolved it very quickly, and were incredibly helpful, courteous, and friendly, even though I *definitely* wasn't. Having chewed out the long-suffering person on the other end of my request, I then discovered I was speaking to the CEO. I suggest you contact them and ask if they can include a permalink feature. I'm sure you'll find them just as responsive as I did.

smokefilleddoommate October 18, 2011 at 1:47 am

I think it should be pronounced 'owes', as in Wall Street fucking owes the 99%. But if you want to add an 'L', that's cool. I like owls. I went to Temple.

LesBontemps October 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

"I could have gone anywhere, but I ended up in fucking North Philadelphia."

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

On the whole, I'd rather … never mind.

finallyhappy October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

me, too!

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

I think from now on, every time a post has OWS in it, everyone should send me money, you know, just because.
Thanks, guys.
*waits hopefully by mailbox*

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

The check is in the mail.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

You sly li'l devil, you. Er … whoops.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

Barb is unreachable. Her 130 is probably the largest value the IntenseDebate upfist algorithm was designed to count to.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

Actually, I think she broke the thing altogether. Why else would I be languishing in the abominable hundred-teens!? You can't explain that.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

The Power of the Funny is strong in that one.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thumbs go up, thumbs don't go down, 130 pee points. You can't explain it.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Well, Bill-o certainly can't. I'll bet his p-ness isn't even in the low oughts.

BaldarTFlagass October 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

We're doing an Air Force-wide project to get a good inventory of Oil-Water Separators at all stateside AF bases past and present, so we can go in and evaluate whether there have been releases needing cleanup. So, every time I get an email from some major or colonel about the OWS project, I give a mental upfist to User of Owls.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

Moral victory!

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Our tax dollars at work! But what if some of them don't have separate listings on the real property records because they were included in the design of the building…oh no! Time for an on-site survey.

Call us. We do that sort of work.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

We'll never catch up with Barb, user. Her p-ness is MIGHTY. I suspect Ken Layne personally tweaked it up to that level to mess with what passes for a mind in us.

Cheneysleftnut October 18, 2011 at 12:23 am

'They got bailed out!
We got sold out – and bailed out!'

Beanball October 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Not to raise false hopes or anything, but I'll bet that the award in the class-action civil suit against CitiBank will cause higher management to review it's executive bonuses at this particular branch with an eye to cost-containment.

Blueb4sunrise October 18, 2011 at 1:28 am

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Give them an eloquent argument in support: http://www.occupytheboardroom.org/

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

You funny.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Here is a link to another viewpoint of someone at that bank. He talks about undercover agents in it. Sorry, no snark in this one. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/1

edit: okay, so I'm old and slow, and wonkette already had this over on the right side (whadya call that?), but it is interesting. I'd been wondering how that all went down.

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 1:32 am

They set those people up like bowling pins.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Knocked down, it gets to wearing thin.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks, Biely. Now I have ze earworm. Fiend.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

"viewpoint of someone at that bank. He talks about undercover agents in it."

Really?
Really, dude? "Outside agitators"? Didn't that sack of horse hockey get debunked fifty years ago during the Civil Rights movement?

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Really? Really, Dude or Dudette? You don't believe there are agent provocateurs out there, hired by banks or Kochs? You don't believe that the FBI infiltrated the Civil Rights Movement? Sorry, haven't seen that debunked. Did you read that interview?

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Hmm, point taken. I really should read links before I comment upon them.

In answer to your questions (assuming that they weren't rhetorical), I would be not at all surprised if there were agents provocateurs among the OWS folks, if for no other reason than there's nothing I would put past the Kochs/banks.

Neither would I be surprised to find out that the FBI infiltrated the Civil Rights Movement, especially given how much J. Edgar hated MLK and would have done anything to discredit him.

What I was referring to/mocking was the attitude of the good ol' boys who said the Civil Rights marches and sit-ins were the product of "outside agitators", because "our darkies are happy with things the way they are".

Also, I'm a dudette.

Blendergoathead October 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

I'm still at BofA while I look at credit unions. I have direct deposit through my employer, so I'm exempt from the usual fees associated with someone who lives paycheck to paycheck. While I'm looking around at credit unions, I go into the bank every payday and withdraw everything in the account, except for what covers the automatic billpay accounts, + a couple bucks. I might just keep it up after I switch, just to suck up bits of bandwidth when they have to send that fun "your account is less than $25" alerts. Micropennies on the dollar, but that's how they're destroying America.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:46 am

I think I'll just write myself a check for the pathetic balance in my CitiBank account, and take it somewhere else. I don't think they can arrest you for that — not yet, anyhow.

As for BoA Constrictor, eave 'em with a couple of bucks if it forces them to send you monthly statements by mail: the USPS needs the money.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:59 am

I'm not sure, but check and see if there is a minimum you have to leave in your account before they start hitting you with fees. Some have weird little rules here and there.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

What can they do if their "fees" run the balance negative? Close your account? LOL!

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

You would think – but I wouldn't put it past them to send accumulating penalties to the collection department, or post it to your credit rating. I've been "fee fucked" enough times to be wary.

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Ruin your credit rating and cause you all kinds of problems. That's just the kind of fellas they are.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I've been through this exact same scenario with Wells Fargo. This is how it goes. They charge you a fee on your below-acceptable-level bank balance, and take that money immediately. If the balance in your account is too low to cover their fee, they notify you, but continue to ADD FEES. Eventually, you end up owing them several hundred dollars in fees, whereupon they turn your account over to a collection agency, who then start harassing you with calls, letters, and threats. Depending on whether your state has good consumer protections, they might put out an APB on you. Several people have found themselves in jail over a weekend because they owe some ridiculously tiny amount on a long-defunct or disputed bill.

If you want to do something, run it by your local Lawyers' Guild, if they even exist anymore and aren't all out at the protests. You could get into WAY more trouble than you think. Corporate America will take its pound of flesh, if it has to remove it with its own teeth.

Edited to add: The collection agency has a tame lawyer or two on call who WILL take your case to court, by the bye. If you're a no-show, the judge automatically finds for the other party, and your "default" becomes a matter of public record.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Yes, do check. Citibank just decided you need a minimum balance or they will charge you.

Guppy06 October 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

Well… that's one way to stop a bank run…

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 12:55 am

Jimmy Stewart wasn't available so I guess they had to resort to — whatever that was they resorted to.

Guppy06 October 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

How much longer before Teabagger governors start declaring random bank holidays?

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:30 am

They'll be forced to do it, for our own protection of course.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Don't give them any more ideas, dood. You know they'll do it.

Ruhe October 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Sad modern version: George Bailey waives his pistol at the crowd and yells "Which one of you motherfuckers wants to get his wings first? Huh? Now put your damned account books back in your damned pockets and shut up."

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

I pictured this and LOLed.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

And that'll be $5 for our trouble.

hagajim October 18, 2011 at 12:45 am

Revolution never come with a warning,
revolution never send you an omen,
revolution it arrive like the morning – Michael Franti.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

Thats the most shocking part of the video, to me, that they blatantly took the woman back towards the doors of the bank off the sidewalk. That was absolutely chilling. I don't know what that was, but what I know was that it ain't legal, that's for damned sure.

Anonymous needs to get back in the game in NYC, and quickly.

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

Anonymous has decided that the Occupados are a bunch of privileged liberal-arts majors who are too busy whining to get a job. Or at least the bulk of OWS-related posts on /b/ would indicate.

Now, if Citibank execs are videotaped mistreating a cat

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Of COURSE you hang out on /b/!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Yes, the ACLU and the NLG are there, and it should be relatively quick to get those charges tossed. The fact that they physically took the woman into custody constitutes a false arrest and she probably also has excellent grounds to sue for assault and battery and a slew of other things as well.

I so hope these miserable fucking bastards eat shit and die for what they have done. Not content with stealing all our money, they want to steal our very lives. Bastards!

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

That's *at least* false arrest and quite possibly kidnapping.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I don't know what the NY statutes specify as elements of a kidnapping offense, but it would be delightful to see her heave the book at these purported *guardians of the law.*

In possibly-related news, the Village Voice is reporting that Fat Cop Tony Baloney will lose ten days' vacation for pepper-spraying those two young ladies. I urge everyone to contact NYPD AND Bloomberg and demand the fucker be fired instead. He draws $154K annual salary, so his pension benefits, etc., must be HUGE. Kick him off the force, blacklist him around the nation, and go after his pension/savings for damages. God knows there's PLENTY of evidence.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

BTW, stay classy, NYPD:

FBI agents arrested a New York City police officer this morning and charged him with gross civil rights violations for deliberately falsifying an arrest against a black man and later referring to the incident on a wiretapped call by saying that he had "fried another nigger," officials said.

The incident began when Michael Daragjati, an eight-year NYPD veteran, stopped the man in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island on the evening of April 15, the feds say.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors say that Daragjati, 32, frisked the man, but did not find contraband or a weapon on him. But after the man complained about his treatment during the street encounter, Daragjati placed him under arrest without probable cause, prosecutors say.

Daragjati then filed a police report in Richmond County Criminal Court that falsely claimed the man had "flailed his arms and kicked his legs during the arrest," prosecutors say, allowing the officer to charge the man with resisting arrest.

On the same day that he filed the false report, investigators secretly intercepted several phone calls that Daragjati made and overheard him use racist epithets on several occasions to refer to black people, officials said.

In one of the calls, Daragjati acknowledged that he could be terminated from the NYPD if the department discovered that he would at times "throw somebody a beating," prosecutors say in court documents.

I think "gross" is an appropriate term, here. This isn't some old-school racist; this is my generation.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

At least this kind of abuse is being investigated rather than swept under the sisal — once in a while anyway — instead of total denial.

Dok-cupy Everything October 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

I don't know whether to be mostly disgusted by that cop, encouraged that it was investigated and not swept under the rug, or suspicious that there's tons more like him who aren't quite so stupid as to be flagrant about it..

(All of them, Katie.)

glamourdammerung October 18, 2011 at 1:24 am

I think we got our 2012 GOP candidate, gang.

Daragjati/That Black Pizza Guy 2012!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oh, like Daragjati won't cold beat the shit out of Cain before the elections! He'll probably arrest him for pretending to be human. Not that he's wrong about that, but it won't be based on Cain's despicable politics, which is the truly sad thing.

glamourdammerung October 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Cain could still be 3/5ths of a VP slot though.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

If Cain accepts a VP slot after all the oral frothing he's been doing, he will truly be the betrayingest of betrayers.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:38 am

Another proud graduate of the Mark Furhman Police Academy and Charm School.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Not to be nitpicky or nothin', Biely, but that school appears to be mighty short on the Charm end of things.

donner_froh October 18, 2011 at 2:05 am

This is was typical 30 years ago and still is. A black man in a white neighborhood–Staten Island–gets harassed by the police for the nth time. He not only isn't breaking any laws or causing trouble, he might well not have a choice to be there or not–on his way home from work, for example.

If he says or does anything that shows he is sick of being tormented yet again by the police he is arrested or knocked around. Or both.

I grew up in a cop family on the south side of Chicago and I hate these fuckers–I can't imagine what someone who gets targeted by them constantly thinks.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Thank you. It's pretty much a death sentence letting those bastards know just what you think of them for mistreating you YET AGAIN. The ones that threw me in a black Maria told me that I should stop asking them where they were taking me "'cause where we're takin' you, you ain't comin' back. And if you don't shut up right now, I guess we're just gonna get there a little faster."

Edited to add: The reason I took their threat seriously: a week before, an Asian woman from the local U had "disappeared" — and despite a massive manhunt, no trace of her had been found. I was new in town, had few friends. They could have "disappeared" me very easily.

They always make sure to write you up for resisting arrest, too, and they know how to tighten those twist-tie plastic handcuff thingies so that you have swollen, unusable hands and wrists when they finally take them off.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for letting us all know. This is called "breathing while of the wrong colour," I believe. Easy to get arrested for this crime no matter where in America you live.

Antispandex October 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

Hey, all of the video and all of the testimony on the world won't help you in court. Who do you think lives right next to Mr Overstuffed? That's right, Hishonor.

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

I know you are snarking, but I have to say that I personally know 3 judges who wouldn't put up with that crap (in Colorado). I think there is at least a chance of getting a decent judge in NY, and with that video made public and all they can't hide it now.

Antispandex October 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

OK , but, " …a decent judge in New York"? Who's snarking now?

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

My sincere best to this young lady, and I hope her video goes a long way towards sticking it to The Man! Keep it up!

SayItWithWookies October 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

So this means that — since corporations are people and therefore the converse is also true — whenever Citibank conducts itself in a manner that I consider threatening, I can call the cops and have them rounded up and thrown in jail for the weekend, right? Okay, I'm gonna be on the phone for the next 48 hours or more.

memzilla October 18, 2011 at 3:07 am

I'll believe corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hey! That's Dok-cupy's line!

iburl October 18, 2011 at 1:28 am

My bank manager locked me in the vault for a week.

He made me eat coin wrappers and drink dry erase cleaner.

He spit on me and transferred my money to his offshore accounts.

But I didn't whine.

I still deposit the checks from my 3 jobs there.

I am the 53%

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 1:37 am

I can't decide if the 53's need less meds or more meds.

glamourdammerung October 18, 2011 at 2:49 am

You have to have insurance for the "privilege" of buying medications at $150 a pop.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

My "insurance" covers the meds just fine, but a visit to the fucking GP (which I pay out-of-pocket) is billed at $350! WTF??

glamourdammerung October 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Some of mine are a few bucks, some are in the $150 price range and all change prices a few buck up or down each month for some bizarre reason.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

*golf clap*

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Brilliant! I can haz? I'll give you credit.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:34 am

Totally OT (I hope):

When May 21 came and went without fanfare, end-of-the-world cheerleader Harold Camping was forced to revise his story. The "earthquakes" he had predicted did occur, he writes on his website in a post titled "What Happened on May 21?" — only instead of shaking the Earth, God "shook mankind with fear." No one was raptured because God decided not to do it. Camping writes: "What really happened this past May 21st? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen."

Well, yes: whatever the hell happens, it's gotta be what Harold's all-powerful God wants to happen. I mean, what else could possibly happen — the Big Guy is all-powerful, doh! Brain-hurting logic points for Camping there, but I'm taking bets on what his doomsday schedule looks like on October 22. If he were smart, he'd pick a date likely to arrive well after he's dead, but we know he ain't all that smart, so…. what's the new date going to be? Twenty-first of what month?

flamingpdog October 18, 2011 at 1:53 am

Um, this?

unclejeems October 18, 2011 at 2:59 am

What is that, a mummy in a suit?

Geminisunmars October 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

I think it is Mr. Burns.

BaldarTFlagass October 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

"Looks like your grandfather eating ice cream."

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Oh god what movie is this line of dialogue from, Baldar?

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I b'leev the Old Toad has already settled on the 21st of THIS very month as the date of the impending Rapture. Apparently, God has a fixation with the number 3. Or 21. Or whatever. Harold Camping's God, anyway. I can't wait for him to die and discover that it was Cthulhu he was worshipping, all along.

Edited to add link to Cthulhu.

tribbzthesquidz October 18, 2011 at 1:37 am

I'm thinking today is a good day to go close the checking account at the conspiracy bank. There's only $1.58 in there anyway.
Fuck the phone also. Under contract for another year. Hopefully they won't shake us down too bad in the meantime. After that, we shall do without.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 2:13 am

Go for it. We can live without these things, if the 1% is determined to rub our faces in their shit for whatever they throw our way. GodDAMN these people fucking piss me off so bad.

comrad_darkness October 18, 2011 at 9:58 am

People people people! Do the math before you sign one of those idiot cell phone contracts. If you buy the phone outright, your monthly subscription fee is lower enough you'll save the difference on the price of the phone in 15 months. And you won't be locked into a contract the whole time.

Aye! No wonder these companies screw the masses over so easily. No one is thinking.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Don't you need cash in hand to buy the phone outright, though? I wouldn't know, since I have a cellphone, but someone else acquired it on my behalf, but I'm pretty sure it was purchased outright.

This is how we get screwed over all the time. Because most of us are living from paycheck to paycheck, it's easier to sign a two-year contract than to pay upfront, and they squeeze us with the vig.

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

The swells, the 53's and the police are waiting for everyone to go home to their parent's house when winter comes. Haha, big laffs for them. Which is all well and good, but after winter is springtime in an election year. A summer of political conventions and bus tours. We're not going away.

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

'kna!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Haha, bigger laffs: most of us don't have a home to go home to anyway. And if Romney has his way, whoever's still got a house will get kicked out of it right soon, and be allowed to "rent" it back from our corporate masters, if we're lackey, erm, lucky. I can't wait to see new renter regulations allowing landlords to kick out tenants who engage in political activism.

imissopus October 18, 2011 at 2:05 am

If I'm ever arrested by the NYPD and the officer looks like that dude and not like Stana Katic, I will throw SUCH a fit.

proudgrampa October 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

OOOH, yeah! She can arrest me, anytime!

finallyhappy October 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I want Mal Reynolds to arrest me!

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

What the FUCK? This has gone on long enough. Who's got Bloomberg's cellie number? Because we need to be calling that motherfucker late at night while he's humping that lady who OWNS fucking Zucotti Park. I hate these people SO much.

PuglyDoRight October 18, 2011 at 4:00 am

Pretty sure she's his beard.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Then he needs a BEARD SLAP!

BarackMyWorld October 18, 2011 at 2:12 am

I'm not advocating violence, but how close do you think we are to going full Robespierre on somebody?

Mojopo October 18, 2011 at 2:21 am

A failed suicide? I'll settle for a Rochambeau.

OccupyFnChicken October 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

Sure! Long as I go first.

memzilla October 18, 2011 at 3:11 am

Some enterprising pizza parlor should name one of its products after supreme a**hat Herman Cain, and call it the Occu Pie.

NeonTrotsky October 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

The official pizzeria of OWS named a pizza the OccuPie in honor of the protesters almost right away.

MilwaukeeKent October 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

I'm thinking of moving our accounts from USbank (I think that's what they're named this week, have to check) to a local bank or credit union, but I'm wondering: is the transfer of National Security Letters automatic? Or do I have to fill out more paperwork?

That, and the idea of getting roughed up and spending 30 hours in jail on some sort of vague audacity charge (the law still being uncertain in that area, but I'm absolutely sure the SCOTUS will come down on the side of the banks since the question before the court is "Which of the two parties in this dispute has the most pull?"). Still, these days, the bigger the bank, the more reason to move your money.

Go OWS!

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

It's your money to do with as you see fit, and I actually did close my Bank of America account long ago, because they're annoying and crappy — but I should point out that US Bank is one of the better (at least relatively speaking) banks; among other things, they paid back the bailout money promptly.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

I almost wish I had an account with them so I could close it. Go with your local credit unions people.

BlueMonkeh October 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

Maybe we should all open accounts and then turn around and close them?

Numbat_Dundee October 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

Of course closing her bank account is a crime. Also it's cruel; did she not think of the money that will now be homeless?

mumbly_joe October 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

You know who else arrested their own customers, hengh???

Nobody, that's who. Because it's a fucking moronic business model.

cheetojeebus October 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

Excellent plot twist Citibank. Your rework of "Dog Day Afternoon" is refreshing and challenging! The fantastic use of metaphor to illustrate the rape of the everyman by large banking interests belongs among the pantheon of films with a conscious. BTW the comic use of the chubby cop toward the end of the film. Genius! His pants nearly falling down, his
clear panic and the way he holds his baton as if his life has been a misdirect, he should have been on the stage. He coulda been a hoofer! Oh I'm singing in the rain…..

OneYieldRegular October 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

"ATM! ATM! ATM! ATM!"

OccupyFnChicken October 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

Mild case of "I" strain. Stop personalizing, and more journamalizing.

LiveToServeYa October 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

"Citibank! Citibank!
You're the source of all our pain!"
- with apologies to the MST3K 'Sandy Frank' song

BelleSC October 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

Let us not criticize Ms. Linick for her journalistic style. Let us instead encourage her and others to continue to record and report such occurances. Who really cares how it is written as long as it is written or otherwise recorded and reported.

awwalk56 October 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

It's back to swamp twittering @Whitehouse with pleas to send in troops to protect American citizens from the NYPD Gestapo. If Barry can send troops to Uganda he can send troops to protect OWS protesters in cities around the country. Barry has no problem looking for a fight globally, he could have his fight and keep troops right here at home and save on jet fuel. Ike did it in Little Rock. Hey that's the new catch phrase; 'Be Like Ike'! Off to twitter.

MzNicky October 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

I get junk mail about every other day from CitiBank, BEGGING me to apply for a credit card. Instead of just ripping the next one up and throwing it into the recycle bin, I'm trying to think of a more … direct, to-the-point response. Nothing bad, just something along the lines of stuffing a bunch of junk mail ads into the postage-paid return envelope and sending it off to them. Ha ha, THAT'll show 'em! Any ideas?

BaldarTFlagass October 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

I would think a printout of any one of the articles about this arrest kerfuffle would be adequate.

NickDanger007 October 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Got a guinea pig cage you can empty?

MzNicky October 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

No guinea pig, but the cat's litter box is due for a good cleaning.

Redrighthand October 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

"who do you protect? Who do you serve?"

Well that answers that question…

BaldarTFlagass October 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

This is why I do all my banking online.

proudgrampa October 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hear, hear!

Isyaignert October 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hopefully, your on-line banking isn't with Wall St. Credit Unions are awesome!

fuflans October 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

meh.

chicago arrested 174 in one night.

and we only had 175 protesters.

Weenus299 October 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

Look, I still don't understand what those nine-nine-nine percenters are complaining about.

Weenus299 October 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

Citibank's gracious. BOA would've charged them all five bucks.

proudgrampa October 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

I hope that these people sue for false arrest and imprisonment. Looks to me like they have a case…

proudgrampa October 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

I only share this because it shows how deep the rabbit hole might go.

The link is an article from EconomicPolicyJournal.com that asserts George Soros, of all people, may be funding Occupy Wall Street:
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/10/geor

NeonTrotsky October 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Soros has nothing to do with it. Reuters already tried this bullshit last week and got slammed.

Biel_ze_Bubba October 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Won't stop it from becoming accepted gospel among the BrightFartians.

valgal2342 October 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Our bank no longer hands out dog biscuits at the drive thru window! WTF?!

Porter Melmoth October 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Bravo, Meaghan.

More not-so-mute evidence that THINGS ARE BARELY UNDER CONTROL.

carlgt1 October 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

is this news, since we've all been kidnapped by banks for decades…

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I can't wait for the Chinese Government to weigh in on the shabby, rotten, oppressive way we treat our own citizens. When will they send in tanks to clear away the Indignados?

ttommyunger October 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

ff

ttommyunger October 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Couldn't help but notice the brave cop picked one of the toughest looking citizens to apprehend. Kudos, officer! Your grandmother/mother/wife/sister will be proud of you.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

What happened in that bank branch was just part of the mopping up operations in this phase of Class Warfare©! Guess which class has almost won?

Hint: it's not the Underclass, the Lower Class, the Working Class, or even the tattered remnants of the beloved Middle Class who thought they could borrow their way out of their involuntary downgrade.

mourningnmerica October 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I agree that he has been showing us what he is made of.

But, yeah, I guess I'm not OK with him standing by, and watching, letting them loot the country. And he doesn't have to be some fantasy cartoon character to do the right thing and oppose these guys, now that the public is actively behind the effort.

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

Lay off of Owls' Houston-based alma mater. Remember, if the owl is big enough and the cat is small enough…

user-of-owls October 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Be patient. I'm sure accelerating climate change will make things there a lot more comfortable.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

*sigh* Sooo in love with the owls.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

True. I expected Rahm to be fucking LBJ. Instead, well…

Ducksworthy October 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Well….maybe we should have taken to the streets then. Of course, how could we know how bad W was going to be. Still.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

He might have if he could've just gotten Joe "I-MEEEE!" Lieberman's knife out of his broad back.

Ducksworthy October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Oh yes. That at least. They will happily grind your account into debt and stick you with it.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Yeah, they love that balmy southern climate.

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm

The banks bought up a goodly number of foreclosed houses in Detroit, after evicting the occupants. Since the banks themselves aren't moving in, I can only assume that they're giving away the houses as prizes to those who have incurred their disfavor.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

He put Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor on the Supremes. If nothing else, the irritant value of those two appointments ALONE ought to leave all of us profoundly grateful.

Do you think Mitt Romney will be as beneficial to the nation and its people? Take, for example, women — Romney feels it is his DUTY as a Bishop of the Mormon cult, to tell pregnant women that they're "getting off easy" if they don't carry life-threatening pregnancies to term, regardless of how many other children they might have who will be adversely affected. And, of course, regardless of their possibly dying as a result. As cunts, they have no rights that need to be respected, of course, especially not if those cunts are owned by a man.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Good grief. The "centrist Democrats" should have voted for fucking Nader? I love Nader, don't get me wrong, but he's a fucking egomaniac trial lawyer, NOT a potential President. The guy has a long history of wanting to be in the spotlight and loving it. He's not known for his diplomacy, courteousness, humility, consideration, or any of those other qualities that we *ought* to want in a President. Besides, for Christ's sake, the "centrist Democrats" are your grandparents who piss their beds everytime they see a black guy. Yeah, THEY'RE gonna vote for Nader or the Greens! That'll happen.

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

It is no "bogeyman" of it could always be worse. It WAS worse, it COULD be worse, still. STILL. Sorry, I was old enough to know how bad voting for fucking Nader was, and I'm plenty wise enough to know that thousands are dead because of false reasoning such as this.

Nader was, and is, a fucking douchnozzle. He did great work for safety, for the "little guy," but he was never, ever, ever the guy you wanted to be president.

FrenchTwist40 October 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Which is why *I* should vote for *their* candidate…? (and actually, my grandparents would vote for a Democrat on the day that Brian Boitano goes figure-skating in Hell).

Nothingisamiss October 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

+1.

FrenchTwist40 October 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I'm old enough to've voted for Bernie Sanders in his first Congressional campaign, back when he was still registered as a Socialist, so yeah, I've got the background here too. And the problem with the argument you're putting out is that Obama has turned out to be a guy I'd never, ever want to be the President. I mean, how many thousands have died in those same Bush wars since O took over the office? Where'd our civil liberties go? Is Gitmo closed yet? Obama is effectively the moderate Republican that no longer exists within that party.

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

They'll go to sea together in a pea-green boat?

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

That is truly disgusting. And sad. $150 for 30 days' worth of pills!

not that Dewey October 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Are you gonna make me sleep on the couch?

Besides, after you called me a "superfluous suppository" (which would actually be a pretty awesome put-down), I wasn't sure I wanted to come back. hmmph.

not that Dewey October 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Interesting meeting last night. Meetings in general tend to be like book clubs anyway, but this one even more so. There's been a fellow there the last couple weeks in from Guatemala, vacationing in our town (which doesn't even begin to make sense; nobody vacations here). Doesn't speak a lick of English, which doesn't really matter, 'cause there's usually someone who can translate, and most of the meaning of what he says is carried in his inflection, universal language of such-and-such, our common humanity, etc, and we all manage to understand each other.

Anyhoo, last night he was talking about something and I made out the words la dialéctica marxista, and naturally my ears perked up. Others noticed, too, and eventually the conversation turned to alcoholismo dialéctica and the interior mental processes that attend to recovery. Not bad for a small town and a guy from Guatemala.

Negropolis October 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

You say it snarkily, but Windsor is known in Canada for it's balmy summers. lol

Michele_Blachmann October 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

BusTED, amigo!

tessiee October 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm

If you mean the noble cause of annoying our corporate overlords, I'm all for it. I'd be more than happy to take one of those "postage paid by sender" cards and superglue it to a dead fish…

Too ethnic?

OK, then, a cinderblock, or a box of used kitty litter. But they don't get my undies because they'd enjoy that too much.

user-of-owls October 19, 2011 at 12:54 am

Wait, did I actually call you that? Geez, I'm awfully …proud of that, cuz it is a pretty awesome put-down! See, we agree!

not that Dewey October 19, 2011 at 12:55 am

I'm paraphrasing.

Isyaignert October 19, 2011 at 1:20 am

True enough. LIEberman as VP was always troubling to me. I wish he'd get primaried, along with opportunist Mary Landreau, toupee model Ben Nelson and all of the other fake Democrats.

Michele_Blachmann October 19, 2011 at 2:41 am

No worries. LIEberman is gone in 2012. He's so hated in Connecticut right now that he wouldn't win even if he paid every voter in cash.

mourningnmerica October 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

You can't figure skate in hell. The ice won't stay frozen.

mourningnmerica October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thank you. Some of our peers here seem to think that we should be satisfied no matter how ineffective Obama is. My original overriding point was that we must expect better from him. He must lead. We shouldn't cut him a free pass because he is a little better than the Republicans . That's not what any of us signed on for when we voted for him. These times do NOT call for going along and getting along.

user-of-owls October 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Ok, now this is epic weird, not just because of the odd choice of tourism destination you note. To wit:
–Is it terribly common for someone to go to a meeting while they're on vacation? In another country? Where they don't even speak the language?
–As a rule, the pool of Guatemalans who can afford to take multi-week vacations in the US is rather limited, socioeconomically speaking. And among members of this particular demographic, the only time you're likely to hear someone use the phrase 'Marxist dialectics' is if it is immediately followed by, 'poses such a mortal threat that it would be wise to go on a genocidal rampage against poor Mayans…just in case.'
–And book club?? There's no way that…ok, maybe that's not so weird. But the other stuff, dat's jus whack man!

not that Dewey October 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I thought you'd like that.

–Is it terribly common for someone to go to a meeting while they're on vacation?

Absolutely. Recovery never sleeps.

In another country?

Perhaps…if you can find one?

Where they don't even speak the language?

Apparently. And this guy was not shy, either. Does Guatemala not have lefty Trustafarians or limousine liberals? What a shame.

poses such a mortal threat that it would be wise to go on a genocidal rampage against poor Mayans…just in case.

That's kinda what I suspected, but I'm not really schooled in this area. I defer to your expertise on all things Mayan, Mixtec, Zapotec, Olmec, Toltec, and Teotihuacan.

user-of-owls October 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

I did like it. Genuinely oddball…like you! Been awhile since we had a checkup tryst in the no-tell motel comments, how's it going amigo? I'm at day 83 with a test coming next week. Dame Owls will be gone for a week. My loins are girded and my schedule is so crammed that I'll be too damn tired to drink! Seriously, I'm looking forward to it and feel ready. Sending un abrazo…

not that Dewey October 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

It turns out that safety net of family and familiar turf are EXTREMELY critical. You'll notice that my fuck-up occurred when I was (a) in unfamiliar territory and (b) alone, separated from my family. Since then, I survived a week of Mrs Dewey's absence without incident, largely because I adopted the strategy you seem to have chosen. Of course, my little "higher power" helped me out a lot; she was helping me to keep my "eye on the prize".

Things are going well, here. I'm finishing up my last semester of one-class-at-a-time grad school, thesis in the spring. I seriously doubt that I would have been able to finish the workload in this last academic term if I had kept to my previous ways. It sure would have been a shame to throw away 4 years of studying 'cause I couldn't stay awake past 8:30pm to finish my coursework. Cheer for "Master of Science" Dewey — I sure look forward to donning that fake velvet hood on graduation day!

user-of-owls October 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Yay!! Felicitaciones (un poco prematura pero no importa porque tengo fe!) mi colega ilustre! On many, many levels you make all those who care for you immensely proud. It's wonderful that you'll soon have very tangible proof of what you (we) can accomplish now that we almost certainly could not have before. In my mind's eye, I can already see the excitement and fidgetation of wee Susie as she waits to see Dad march to the podium in his fake velvet hood. And Mrs. Dewey, in my imagination, will be struggling to hold back tears of happiness, pride and peacefulness. Way to go friend, way to go.

not that Dewey October 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

So, what does an Owl plan for his activity while the newly-returned spouse is out of town? Poker night? Knitting club? Extra rounds of tutoring for the freshmen? And how has the return of Mrs Owls been going? Hopefully you have friends there who know/understand what you are going through and have safe activities to offer.

Are you anywhere near those Arkansan swamps where the ivory-billed woodpecker (Elvis?) was purportedly rediscovered? That would be cool. I think I've successfully identified 5 to 6 species of woodpecker, two in my backyard and the rest in the mountain forests. But not the IBW.

user-of-owls October 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Nothing special in the works, probably just haunt this place per usual. The return has been generally quite good, though there are recurring issues that are often ugly (e.g., her foot-dragging on seeing someone to help her process the burning pit of anger she's carrying) But today we worked hard together for 5 hours or so and it was good.
Oh, and as to the IBW, no, we're in the ozarks not the delta. BUT, swear to allah that this guy has become a semi-regular visitor to my suet feeder! Check the dude out, he' fucking enormous!

not that Dewey October 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

HOLY CRAP! Pileated is about the size of a crow. I know that if I saw a bozo-haired crow with warpaint looking in my window in the morning, I'd (a) require a lot less coffee that day, and (b) either quit drinking, or start drinking, whichever was more appropriate.

I get the Ladderback and the Northern Flicker in my yard regularly. I have some berry-producing trees that they really dig. But my all-time fave backyard bird, my bestest buddy, is the Phainopepla (shown here in flight). There are several mating pairs in the neighboorhood, but the one from my yard and I have developed something of a relationship. He sits in the tree off my patio, staring at me, as we exchange whistles. Then he flies to the top of a utility pole, where he does leaping sommersaults while calling something that sounds like "pretty bird! pretty bird!"

user-of-owls October 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Woody the Woodpecker is a helluva spectacle. You should see the damage they can do…think big forearm sized holes in minutes!
Your Phain sounds like quite the little showoff…I bet it's a hoot when he literally flips for you!

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