It was another Sunday night/early Monday of nationwide riot-cop raids against the #Occupy Wall Street protests, this time in Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City and Denver. It’s almost like this is coordinated! (By Obama.) Anyway, here is some happier video from this morning, in Oakland: It’s a wedding!

[Christian Science Monitor]

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  • hagajim

    This is good news.

    • nounverb911

      For Wall Street?

      • hagajim

        Absolutely good news for the 1%. But seriously it's probably time for the Occupados to get focused, get organized and start doing something to make a difference…and hanging out in a park ain't going to get it done over the long term. They have been successful in changing the conversation – now they (and we) need to focus on implementing the changes that are needed to get our country back. What should be done is some kind of G-7 summit (however many Occupado camps there are) to develop policy positions and begin advocating for them and running candidates for offices where they can be implemented. As the PDX Mayor said – it's time to Focus!

        • TheGyrus

          Summit, schmummit. Its time they burned shit down.

  • V572625694

    Isn't it wonderful the way the cops arrive with big hickory dildos and Lexan® face shields and Kevlar® vests and all their leather kink-ware, and advance in a faceless phalanx into the peaceably assembled population, instead of, say, announcing that the demonstrators have 30 minutes to leave voluntarily after which those who choose to remain will then will be escorted politely away?

    • hagajim

      Hickory dildos can come in handy. The face shields, those are STD protection once the dildos cause body fluids to fly.

  • nounverb911

    Hugachicken? Is that Chick-Fil-A's version of the McRib?

    • widestanceshakedown

      See also Alexis Chokynachicken.

    • KathrynSane

      Kip Fukendatchicken

  • Really? Police brutality in Portland as well? And here we all thought the mayor was cool for appearing in that sketch comedy show with the nice lady from Sleater-Kinney.

    • hagajim

      Brutality in PDX was pretty minimal – but still not necessary.

    • Look up the mystery of the "don't choke 'em smoke 'em" T-shirts. I love my hometown but it's surrounded by Kentucky with a Coastline. RCTID. &c.

      • Just looked it up. Ah, wonderful! I moved to Eugene a few months ago for school. I've found the political polarization here in Oregon really striking — some of the most radical and reactionary people in the country, it seems. Also Eugene simultaneously manages to be a hippie town and meathead sports town.

    • Isyaignert

      Politicians are not to be trusted, no matter their stripe or street.

    • Biff

      Portlandia is the most bizarre program that I pretend to understand…

      • The humor does tend to get a mite recondite at times.

  • BigDumbRedDog

    Is anyone surprised? They need to get those dirty hippies out of the downtowns before black Friday. Nobody can get into a shopping mood when they have to smell all those dirty, smelly hippies. Oh, and lazy too.

    • hagajim

      I believe that was one of the major factors – at least in PDX.

    • mrpuma2u

      It's all fun and games until retail sales are on the line, then the gloves come off and the riot gear goes on. I'll know its a corporate conspiracy for sure if a pepper spray company does an IPO this week.

    • AmericanBeauty

      If Occupations occurred in January or February, merchants would welcome them with open arms – they'd bring tourists and business.

  • SorosBot

    So it's 1968 all over again now?

  • McRibzgood


  • SexySmurf

    Keep hugging that chicken.

    • nounverb911

      Amanda is that you?

      • SexySmurf

        Actually, I'm Amanda Hugginkiss.

        • EatsBabyDingos

          Not that crass stringed instrument strumpet, Amanda Lynn?

          Which is really my nieces name, and my sister doen't think it's funny.

          • Polythene_Pam

            I have a niece with the same name. She, her mom & all of us think it's cute :-)

  • Callyson

    And if I ever get married, never mind "Here Comes The Bride:" I want to hear people chanting "this is fucking beautiful."

  • Schmannnity

    This is good news for Marx.

  • freakishlywrong

    Peaceable assembly is SO 2009-2010, (angry olds, fauxraged at the soshalist).

  • Awwww….

  • DetectiveGrey

    I gotta go with hagajim here, some kind of summit of the major sites of Occupados in some neutral location (like Wichita, KS or something) where representatives from each city can assemble and come up with overarching policy decisions for the global benefit of each protest would be lovely.

    It'd be almost like some sort of Assembly in a House of General Representatives.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The question is, can the OWS movement morph into something that can get things changed, versus just calling attention to the problems. Just squatting in city parks does little in the end. They have changed the conversation, now they have to move it forward.

    • Polythene_Pam

      That would be nice. But, does there have to be a time limit for when it happens? Or can we just change the conversation to something more action-oriented.

  • Goonemeritus

    I’ve attended a few weddings that would have benefited from the ready access to riot cops that these nice kids enjoyed.

  • Golfing_OJ

    You have 15 seconds to comply!

  • paris biltong

    The problem seems to be the neighbors, who are bothered by the noise of the drums. Just as in the past, when people living near guillotines were reportedly annoyed by the crowds attending executions and the splattering of blood in the immediate vicinity, claiming that this interefered with their activities and sleep.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Only tangentially related, but I've always thought one of the high marks of civilization was the Haitians' reaction to the guillotine. They were so horrified by the first execution that they rioted and tore the device completely apart.

      • Geminisunmars

        What's wrong with those people. Don't they realize that having community blood lustings is what brings us all together as a society?

    • BlueStateLibel

      At OWS, the neighbors are also reportedly bothered by construction at Ground Zero. I'm curious though, to find out who exactly moves to Manhattan for the peace and quiet.

  • Great, first Obama sets up these protests to disgrace America, and now he has them shut down to end free speech…. Didn't this guy ever here of the constitution?

    • Golfing_OJ

      Hear hear!

  • Former C'Addle Police Chief Norm Stamper, of WTO '99 infamy, has a very good op-ed at the Nation on how that was a major mistake, and that the post-9/11 increase in militarization of the local police forces is the shitz.

  • edgydrifter

    The PDX crackdown wasn't all that dramatic. The occupiers were pretty unified in their goal of peacefully resisting the eviction (even going so far as restraining and handing over obvious provacateurs), and the police response was oddly reserved (given recent history here in p-town) if somewhat schizophrenic at times. Nobody was seriously hurt, the parks were "reclaimed" by the city and the occupation is scheduled to reconvene in Pioneer Courthouse Square tonight to plan the next step.

    But I swear I'm going to lose my shit if I hear just one more "concerned citizen" whinging about overtime pay for the cops–a princely sum equal to the amount they happily support paying every forty-five seconds to keep our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (that's not hyperbole–we spend $5K-$7K every fucking second over there).
    Suck it, fiscal conservatives.

    • onemoretime79

      Agreed. #occupyportland has maintained good linesof communication w/Mayor Adams and the police. the deadline of 12:01am Sunday was met with thousands of ordinary porlandiers coming out to voice their support of OWS goals.

      The police stood back and let us peacefully assemble … until …. the crowd dwindled down. lol

      Look, "Teh bad" was beginning to outweigh "the good", insofar as the degradation of the city parks, and the security and reasonableness of the original intent, of occupy. People were being driven away instead of being attracted to.

      We live to fight another day. And, yeah. The city didn't need to spend all that money on portable lights and overtime for as many cops as there were protestors. Yet, who's the job creators now..and in the future?


  • Bonzos_Bed_Time

    RICO charges for all the cops!

    • DahBoner


  • CrunchyKnee

    Cops here in Denver love to play dress up in their 911 paid for riot gear and bash people in compensation for their collectively small peni.

    • Geminisunmars

      I thought they were kinda Keystone-copish they way they sprayed other cops trying to get at the Occupiers. Who was that girl they were after? She appeared to be giving them a merry chase. I hope she is okay.

    • flamingpdog

      Actually, a lot of that riot gear was updated in 2008, at the expense of the Demoncratic National Committee/Convention. Hope and change in Denver.

  • YouBetcha

    Serves those dirty hippies right.

    Wait, is this the week we get the Koch check or the Soros one? I need to know who will be financing my comments this week before I continue.

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    The OWS movement also needs to figure out who they are against. As a friend of mine pointed out, having Occupy Portland was sort of like having Occupy Burning Man. Once you have made your point, you are really not getting a lot of converts by setting up a tent city in down town Portland. While I think OWS has been good for the political scene, unless it becomes something other than tent cities, what does it hope to accomplish?

  • chascates


  • Listen: the Occupados need to get serious about strategy. They have a tactic (occupying). This tactic is becoming less effective, and increasingly inconvenient. What is the next tactic? This should be guided by strategy, which means… leadership, organization, &c. This is where the shit gets real.

    • Negropolis

      This whole "inconvenient" argument makes me mad as hell. You don't have to agree or disagree with the tactics; the fact is that democracy can be inconvenient, sometimes, thank god. I'd like to see some of the movement to evolve into something, but I don't fault the people for staying in the parks or wanting to stay in the parks. Everybody seems to have an opinion about what they should do; maybe those of us that see other ways to continue to the protest should take our own action instead of making the arguments for the conservatives against our own park people. I'm tired of hearing people criticize the foot soldiers as if they should have all the ideas.

      • I'm not faulting them at all for persisting in a tactic that has worked, nor am I criticizing the footsoldiers. I'm pointing out that they're up against the law of diminishing returns, and frostbite, and that it is time to develop a more specific political program and a more diverse spread of tactics. The Oakland general strike was a step in the right direction.

  • AnAmericanInTO

    In related news, apparently Frank Miller is an ill informed moron:

  • OccupyFnChicken

    It's nice to know that the Union's coordinated attacks on the Rebel encampments are routing them.


  • ttommyunger

    Gee, this heavy-handedness worked so well in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, etc…It must be a good tactic, right?

  • Negropolis

    I've become very worried about how this is all being justified. I've seen a multitude of media, online, televised and on the radio, the so-called "liberal media", following the narrative that the camps have become dangerous. It's been a timed and concerted effort to try and push them out all at once, a shock-and-awe campaign, if you will. Even in Detroit where the protests are smaller they've given them an eviction order. It's become very clear that they are trying to clear them out before Detroit's large Thanksgiving Day Parade. The route passes right through the heart of the occupied park, and the grandstands are usually at or near the park. Can't be havin' the parade-goers witness Dirty Fucking Hippies at work. Occupy Detroit should just cold crash the parade and march down Woodward with the best of 'em.

    EDIT: Now, I'm hearing they are clearing Zuccotti Park at this very moment.

  • Numbat_Dundee

    The mailed fist has emerged from it's frayed and worn velvet glove. The concern about hygiene in parks is such a transparent fraud; since when has the American ruling class worried about health and safety? How many workers die on construction sites every year because of unsafe working conditions? Why aren't riot police deployed to disperse the bosses that kill them?
    Here in Melbourne, Australia (as opposed Melbourne, Texas) where we don't even have a recession and are supposed to be happy, the occupy movement has inspired resistance. A group of migrant workers (70% Vietnamese with a sprinkling of Africans and Indians and an older component from southern Europe), employed to provide chickens to one of the two monster supermarket chains we've got (along with KFC and a bunch of other wonderful people) went on strike last week to protest shit wages, casualisation and the deaths of two workers – one Sikh guy was decapitated after being asked to clean a machine while it was still running.

  • Numbat_Dundee

    They received a court order to not picket so, in desperation, the union called for a "community protest" – a tactic which has been used on occasion, but not always with great success. Despite the factory's location in the wasteland of Melbourne's outer western industrial suburbs, they have found themselves gifted with a constant shift of the Occupy Melbourne people and last Friday, when the riot cops moved in to let in busloads of scabs, they were beaten back. They broke both legs of a 46 year old Vietnamese man but they couldn't break the line.
    You can follow it all by typing "Baiada" on twitter (the company's name is Baiada Chicken).. My point is that the worth of all these protests are not contingent on their ability to maintain a bunch of tents indefinitely in a location. Nor is the lack of demands necessarily a problem. We all know what the problem is (or, to be more precise, "the problems").
    We just need the confidence to resist.
    And if we all spat together we'd drown the bastards.

    • Negropolis

      Good points. I would like to add something, however, and it's a total tangent. I've been a bit disappointed to see over time some of our own undermining those that have quite literally put their bodies forward as a political symbol by physically occupying space in our city squares. I've been a bit worried to see people understate (and sometimes openly malign) the importance of the physical occupation of space as part of protesting. To me, this has been kind of the most impressive thing about OWS, a resurrection of a type of protest I wasn't even sure could exist with the wild popularity of the internet, anymore, and I think it's been the most effective and shocking jolt to the people and ideas we've been protesting for years that largely ignored other kinds of protests (i.e. online petitions, a few large rallies here-and-there). It's the thing I really recognized as setting it apart from the likes of the tea party. These people came down, many putting their lives on hold indefinitely, to not only protest, but build a community. Where the tea party espouses views that destroy and retard community, these folks are showing with their physical presence an example of what community can look like. We've lost that, and I thank them for their display.

      I agree, I'd like to see OWS turn into something more permanent, where with the drop of a tweet you can rally persons to a particular spot on any given day. I just hope that people realize that that is no more legitimate a form of protest than what is happening in your city squares. I want our own to start bit more respectful of our differences. I'm not down in the squares, but boy if I don't admire those folks. Let's not undermine their work, because they aren't undermining the ours. There is a pervasive dismissiveness of what they've done and what they continue to do that I'm not comfortable with. If it is of the opinion to some to take this to another level or even just a horizonal regrouping, I'm all fine with that, I just hope we realize that the people in the parks are a bullwark, and we shouldn't be asking them to give up or go anywhere besides where they feel they need to go. If we feel a need to expand this thing vertically or horizontally, than we can do it without being dismissive of what the park people have accomplished or want to further accomplish.


  • Antispandex

    "…nationwide riot-cop raids"? Shouldn't that be "nationwide cop riot raids? I mean, it makes more sense that way.

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