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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New York Occupy cleanout took just 3½ hours

There was no advance announcement and no all-night party. The police moved in on Monday night at 1:00 in the morning. The whole thing was done by 4:30. There were 142 arrests. One police officer and one protester were hospitalized. Compare that to the craziness that went on all Saturday night and all day Sunday in Portland, and the mayor and police chief here aren't looking too bright.

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Sam can't antagonize his core constituency.

From the Oregonian:

"Adriane Ackerman, 26, read a prepared statement before a gaggle of live news cameras and reporters at a 7 a.m. news conference outside City Hall."

From the Columbian, May 2010, "Jury deadlocks in nude cycling case":

"Adriane Ackerman, a self-employed small business consultant, said Vilhauer wasn’t the only cyclist who took off his clothes in Vancouver. She said she knows for certain she was topless, but couldn’t recall whether she wore pants."

“We do naked bike riding a lot in Portland in the summer, so it’s hard to remember,” Ackerman said."

Just to be clear, Ackerman was one of the Occupy "liaisons" demanding an apology for Portland police actions.

Meanwhile, Alaina Melville, another of the liaisons, thinks we should be boycotting Israel:

"Name: Alaina Melville on Nov 2, 2010
City and State: Portland, OR
Comments: Dear New Seasons, You have a position of respect and honor in this community and with that comes responsibility. You have come to this place by doing things differently, cultivating a reputation for social responsibility and awareness. You have done this even when it cost more because you knew it was the right thing to do and in the long run it has benefited you, your employees and your customers. Please don't abandon the principled stance now. Because of the way that you present yourself your customers trust that you are selling good products, truly giving them the best options. They trust that you are asking the important questions about the products that you carry. Please don't betray this trust. Most of your customers would be appalled to discover that you are knowingly carrying products of an apartheid state that has perpetuated genocide and countless human rights abuses against civilians. Please support BDS!! Please do not carry Israeli products! Thank you, Alaina Melville"

A) New York is a real city.

B) Where you may see a 5-week waste of city resources and the trashing of 2 parks - Portland 'leaders' see a 'victory'

Portland needs a D with a conservative focus (only because a conservative R will not be voted in during our lifetimes. Where is the next Frank Ivancie? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Ivancie

I think what Sam Adams was trying to do was shift some of the responsibility for the inevitable confrontation to the protesters. By giving them a deadline to leave the park, the confrontation with the police became something that the protesters chose to participate in rather than something that the police thrust on them.

It probably wasn't the wisest tactical decision but I think he made the decision based on political considerations. After all, his buddy the police chief may be running for office soon and we wouldn't want to spoil his chances.

Sam wouldn't have had a chance to get his tweets in if it had all happened too quickly. Plus, he had to pose for photo ops with his chosen successor, Mike Reese.

For those lamenting the condition of the two parks, I wonder how many have been through them in the last 10 years. It's hard to imagine how campers could have made them $400,000 worse than they already were, when homeless already slept on the benches and litter lined the walkways. This smells more like a Portland-style excuse to fix up these sorry parks, finally.

Portland deserves what they get, which is exactly what the majority wants: "Keep Portland weird"

Comparisons to NYC or any other real city is foolishness.

In all fairness, Sam has never appeared to be very bright, or even to have the slightest bit of intelligence.

And I don't know about boycotting the occupiers of Palestine, but ceasing all US federal subsidies to them would be a fantastic idea.

Couldnt the Admiral give up some of his new shiny fire boat money to pay for the "renovation/restoration" ?

Taking out the trash is just another bada bing, bada boom kinda thing in a fascist state. Ain't that right Tone...

In all seriousness, NYC is the epitome of a fascist state. I am wondering when the mayor of NYC is going to institute that grocery stores sell only recycled, non-virgin forest paper products.

Last thing I heard, NYPD officers were staking out gun fairs in Texas to bust people from the State of New York who go down to Texas to secure their 2nd Amendment rights.

Last thing I heard, NYPD officers were staking out gun fairs in Texas to bust people from the State of New York who go down to Texas to secure their 2nd Amendment rights.

Good for them. They also bust people bringing cigarettes across the border from New Jersey. Same thing.

They bulldozed over 5000 books while they were at it:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/11/ex-libris-about-those-5554-books-in-the-ows-library.html

Among the books destroyed were several on the US Constitution. Those are obviously no longer needed.

Let's hear it for the efficiency of the NYC Brownshirts!

The simultaneous offensive maneuvers by police departments in NYC, Denver, Oakland, and Portland suggest collusion among those entities. How better to distract attention from any single city's police department's actions than to have police departments across this nation act together -- the police departments' version of linking arms?

Perhaps there was coordination by federal agencies, such as the FBI and DHS. If so, the possibility exists of a conspiracy against the First Amendment rights and personal property of Occupiers in the target cities. But what Attorney General would ever pursue such a charge? And what grand jury would ever return such an indictment?

They bulldozed over 5000 books while they were at it:....


Looks like we may be ahead of the time-frame as per book set in the 24th Century.


http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/Fahrenheit-451-Book-Summary.id-106.html

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Book Summary

Set in the twenty-fourth century, Fahrenheit 451 introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population.The individual is not accepted and the intellectual is considered an outlaw. Television has replaced the common perception of family. The fireman is now seen as a flamethrower, a destroyer of books rather than an insurance against fire. Books are considered evil because they make people question and think. The people live in a world with no reminders of history or appreciation of the past; the population receives the present from television.....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451

In the late 1950s, Bradbury observed that the novel touches on the alienation of people by media:

In writing the short novel Fahrenheit 451 I thought I was describing a world that might evolve in four or five decades. But only a few weeks ago, in Beverly Hills one night, a husband and wife passed me, walking their dog. I stood staring after them, absolutely stunned. The woman held in one hand a small cigarette-package-sized radio, its antenna quivering. From this sprang tiny copper wires which ended in a dainty cone plugged into her right ear. There she was, oblivious to man and dog, listening to far winds and whispers and soap-opera cries, sleep-walking, helped up and down curbs by a husband who might just as well not have been there. This was not fiction.[6]


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