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Occupy Raleigh welcomed a sister Occupy group today to the City of Oaks; Walkupy.  Together, the two groups planned to march from the Capital to the Occupy Raleigh camp some blocks away.  During the march, 6 or 7 members of Walkupy were arrested:

RALEIGH — Six protesters taking part in an anti-Wall Street march were arrested as they spilled over the sidewalks and into downtown streets late Saturday afternoon.

The group of up to 50 protesters attracted police attention as they chanted and wove through several streets. As the group marched west on Hillsborough Street, police told them to stay on the sidewalks, according to a statement Raleigh police issued tonight.

Police said despite being ordered several times to disperse, some of the group refused. Police said they warned protesters they would be arrested if they didn’t comply.

More and more the Occupy movement is proving itself to be nothing more than some lefty hippie left-over protest group.  More interested in “self” than in goals.  More proud of being arrested than in generating results.

Too bad really  Too bad.

Heard this morning on 106.1 WRDU that the guy who shoot up a local grocery store, then took his own life, was a member of the Occupy Raleigh movement.

Members of the Tea Party:

  • Obtain and pay for permits to demonstrate
  • Go home when the time is up
  • Clean up after themselves
  • Have jobs
  • Stand for something
  • Don’t shoot people
    • The irony that the Left complains about Tea Party folks bringing guns to their protests isn’t lost on me.

These are not the 99% folks, they just aren’t.

It’s only going to be a matter of time before the producers go on strike.  In some ways, I think, some have.

The OWS folks are protesting some valid stuff; no one wants to bail out Wall Street banks and investment houses.  However, their message is getting lost in a mess of non-message nonsense.  We live in a society that is the envy of the world.  Our poor are richer than most country’s middle class.  We have it good.

But they continue to protest and occupy.  What they don’t realize is that this is being done only by the “tolerance” of others.  At some point, we’re gonna tire of this and they are going to have to leave.  In some cases, this is already occurring:

Small business owners and local residents fed up with the “Occupiers” at Zuccotti Park in New York City are planning a counterprotest and news conference of their own Monday, to make clear the crowd has long overstayed its welcome — and that businesses will not survive if the “occupation” continues.

In recent days, shopkeepers, restaurant owners and others with small businesses located near Zuccotti Park have been quietly meeting to share stories of the damage they say has been caused by Occupy Wall Street: theft of property, vandalism, threats, violence and even incidents involving the throwing of fecal matter.

The producers are tired.  And they’re starting to protest.  They are going to weigh in and demand their time.  It’s one thing for young impressionable kids to take to the streets for an afternoon to protest some social wrong.  It’s who we are and helps build an internal compass that we’ll use as we continue to build life experience.  It’s another thing altogether to just sit and be pissed that people aren’t throwing $100k money at’cha for a freakin’ degree in Women’s Studies*.

And it goes further than just the business owners; it’s hitting the people who feel they have a responsibility to deliver:

The flyers were printed out by a 46-year-old unemployed teacher named Leslie who has spearheaded the counterprotest efforts. She asked her last name not be used out of concern the protesters would retaliate against her, and that her involvement in the counterprotest might negatively affect her job search.

“It’s time for them to go,” Leslie said of the Occupiers.

Leslie makes no effort to conceal her disgust.

“They say they are the 99 percent. Let me tell you, I’m unemployed and I lost my unemployment benefits after 99 weeks. I had to move in with my mother—I’m a true 99 percenter,” she said.

A police officer who was posted at the perimeter of the park for seven days said he would be attending the Monday event out of uniform, “as a protester and fed-up New Yorker.”

“After speaking with many of them, I realize they are unemployable takers,” he said, asking that his name not be used. “They just want to be able to tell their friends, ‘Hey, I was there.’ There is no leader, no voice. They have money in the bank but can’t agree on using it and no one knows who controls it.

“I’m sick of it. Fed up like everyone else.”

They’re losing the unemployed and the cops.  It won’t be long now.  John Galt is going to speak up and when he does, this is all over.

By the way, an illustration of the civility and respect these animals have:

These protesters—they’re not even protesters, they don’t know anything—they are horrible. They break things, they steal, I have to close my bathrooms and bring customers downstairs [to employee restrooms],” he said.

“You should see what they have done to my gate, what they do every night when we are closed,” he said, referring to vandalism and damage to the exterior of his restaurant.

One of his employees said the urination and fecal matter in the neighborhood are among the worst of the problems. A construction worker who works nearby said he saw someone defecating into a newspaper, which was then rolled up and thrown across the street.

“What they do is horrible, it is just horrible,” Corstales said.

Classy.  Not one time, not ONE time ever, did you hear of a Tea Party protester shit in a newspaper and throw it in the street.  Ever.

* Don’t get me wrong.  There’s nothing WRONG with women’s studies, there isn’t.  However, no one hires people because they are a Women’s Studies major.  When I hire people, I’m looking for applicable skills to fill the position.  And to be honest, I like to see soft science minors or focuses and I’ll even direct significant time of the interview on that.  However, that is a component of study that rounds out a candidate, not defines that candidate.

Liberals love to scream that corporations influence elections in an unfair manner.  They have tons of money and are able to exert influence that ordinary people can’t.

Strangely they are silent when that exact same influence is wielded by unions:

The nation’s biggest labor unions spent nearly $30 million to repeal the law. That was more than twice the amount spent by Republican-affiliated groups backing the law.

30 million dollars.  30.  Million.  Dollars.

Listen.  The Left complains that abuses take place all the time by “actors” of the right.  Rules are broken and advantages are exploited.  But make no mistake.  The REAL complain isn’t that those rules are really important or that advantages shouldn’t exist.  The REAL complain from the Left is that they aren’t the ones benefiting from ’em.

Once again we have Unions using illegally obtained money to elect officials and pass laws that benefit the Union.

Occupy Ohio people, Occupy Ohio.

The movement has been active for nearly 2 months now.  We still don’t know what they want, but we know they’re mad.  We know who they’re mad at, but we don’t know what they’d do different if the they were the they.

Some of us resonate with some of the anger:

  • Bank bailouts
  • Auto industry restructure
  • Government involvement in causing the housing crisis

The difference between the 53% and the 99%, however, is that we’re out there gettin’er done day in and day out.  And when we ain’t doin’ what we do, when we DO decide to petition our government, we are clear in our goals, we make those goals known and then we go home.

Anyway, what does North Carolina think of the Occupy movement:

Of those familiar with Occupy Wall Street, 45 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of the movement, and the same number reported a favorable opinion. Thirty-two percent of respondents consider themselves supporters of the movement, and 26 percent consider themselves opponents.

I’d say it’s evenly split.

And for my own prediction?  I’ll go on the record to say that this number will continue to fall.  It’ll fall until the movement collapses and they’ll be no more movement.

One more for the file labelled: We Hate Kids, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has come out against a policy that would allow the city to fire and hire teachers based on merit, you know–teaching kids–rather than on seniority:

A coalition of City Council members, former school leaders, parents and pastors are calling for Minneapolis public schools to end seniority-based hiring and firing practices in the next teachers union contract.

In its “Contract for Student Achievement” position paper, the group argues that past agreements between the district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) “repeatedly put the needs of adults over the academic needs of students.”

“We call on the district and the MFT to negotiate a different kind of contract — one that recognizes the academic crisis in our schools and makes student achievement the top focus,” the coalition says in its letter, which was delivered to the school board this week.

Saying the letter “feels like an attack” on teachers, union president Lynn Nordgren disputed some of its findings and the argument that past contracts have halted reform.

At the heart of all successful organizations is innovation.  And innovation requires change; sometimes massive disruptive change.  And Unions aren’t in favor of that.

I’m guessing that the OWS crowd doesn’t like the fact that corporations are viewed as people.  With free speech rights and the ability to donate to campaigns or to purchase advertising.

I wonder if they think those same rules should apply to OWS or not?

I’m guessing they think that the rules they want applied to corporations are not the rules that want applied to themselves.

Fox News is reporting that former ACORN organizers and staffers are working behind the scenes at the various protests throughout New York City.  Further, these unscrupulous vermin are knocking on doors asking for money to support teachers and stuff all the while funneling that money to the movement.

And Fox is reporting this front page.

My reaction is:

Meh.

I hadn’t thought of it, but fi I’d been asked whether or not I thought ex-ACORN folks were working on the OWS protests, I would have guessed they were.  The bigger news would have been if these people had gotten real jobs and become part of the 53%.

THAT would have been news.

There’s an old joke:

While speaking with a friend’s daughter, I asked what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Marcia proudly announced, “I want to be President!”

This caused her parents, both of whom are liberal Democrats, to beam with pride.

I then inquired, “If you become President, what is the first thing you would do?”

Marcia replied, “I would give houses to all homeless people.”

“That is a worthy goal,” I said, “but you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that.  You know our dog, Poco?  Well, he likes to poop in our backyard and I have to clean that up.  I’ll pay you $5 a week if you’ll do that for me.  Then I’ll then take you to see a homeless man up there by the grocery store so you can give him the money to help him buy a home.”

Marcia looked at me and asked, “Why don’t you ask him to clean up the poop himself?”

I smiled and said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.”

I laughed out loud, really, when I came across the real life version of this:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When “Occupy Wall Street” protesters took over two parks in Portland’s soggy downtown, they pitched 300 tents and offered free food, medical care and shelter to anyone. They weren’t just building, like so many of their brethren across the nation, a community to protest what they see as corporate greed.

They also created an ideal place for the homeless. Some were already living in the parks, while others were drawn from elsewhere to the encampment’s open doors.

I think this gets a little fuzzy.  I say that because I think there are dangers when personal obligations mingle with State obligations.  See, this is where the Left is able to effectively hammer the Right.  See, it is ABSOLUTELY our personal responsibility to perform charitable work for those of us less well off.  However, that same responsibility does not exist for the government.

Anyway, this nicely frames this nugget:

Homeless transplants from the city’s Skid Row have set up their tents within the larger tent city. No violence has been reported, but protest organizers are attempting to discourage people who are only at the encampment for the amenities.

I smiled and said, “Welcome to the 53%!”