'Bout time, chaos seems to
be escalating. I'm glad they're showing their true colors.
Peace out ya'll.
The cops are only going to put up with this for so long
US Emotional Interview: Alleged Occupy Baltimore Rape Victim Says Activists Refused to Help
The Wall Street Occupiers have become embroiled in a slew of sexual assault allegations in recent weeks, and now Baltimore joins the list of cities with Occupations that have resulted in rape charges.
In an interview with Fox Baltimore, a distraught woman who had previously joined the Occupiers claimed she was raped and robbed Friday night at the Occupy Baltimore’s waterfront campsite.
She made it clear that none of the Occupiers came to her aid or tried to help her identify her attacker afterwards. The unidentified woman also told reporters that she couldn’t go home because her attacker had taken her bills and knew where she lived.
(Related: NYC protester discusses deaf man’s alleged rape)
With her voice cracking from apparent shock and rage, the woman said of Occupy Wall Street that “If this is supposed to be a good organization, it isn’t. It’s a crock.”
You can watch the full video here, courtesy of WBFF-TV:
Another man who was part of the Occupy Baltimore protest told Fox that the Occupiers did indeed include dangerous people. The man took reporters to tent entrance where there was drug paraphernalia, including needles, strewn about the entrance.
Baltimore police patrol the Occupy campsite area but don’t go inside the tents.
A dispute also broke out between Occupiers while Fox was on site, and attention was quickly turned to keeping cameras away from filming the incident. A man who appeared to be an organizer said of the outburst that “people need to go through mediation…we have a security team that actively deals with these situations.”
The organizer also claimed that Occupy Baltimore had not published information that discouraged reports of sexual assaults to the police. But this declaration may have been parsing words. The organizer’s obvious focus on “published information” seemed a bit too specific for the question at hand. It clearly left open the possibility that Occupiers were discouraging reports of rape to the police by word of mouth– which has happened in other cities and appears to have been the case in Baltimore.
In fact, Occupy Baltimore recently revised its sexual assault reporting guidelines after distributing pamphlets that discouraged victims from coming forward to the police. The pamphlets instructed victims of assault to report incidents to the “Security Team” which would “supply the abuser with counseling resources.”
But at least some Occupiers at the Baltimore waterfront appeared undeterred by the assaults from whatever cause they believe they are supporting. “We have an agenda,” one woman told Fox News, “we want something done. we want jobs in our neighborhood.”
Violent rapes and rampant drug use, it seems, are irrelevant to the Occupiers when nebulous leftist activism is at stake.
Occupy Wall Street in the Snow
Posted by Henry Stewart on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM
More than shared outrage, a just cause, or the serendipity of setting up in an open-24-hours park, the prime facilitator of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been an unseasonably warm autumn. But the long-simmering tension between protesters and police shifted on Saturday, when the weather became the occupiers' chief antagonist: it was a unseasonably wet, slushy, windy and cold day, the most severe weather-challenge the movement has yet faced—and a taste of the what it'll face going forward. More than an inch of snow fell on the city, the highest October accumulation since record-keeping began in 1869; it also rained. Temperatures were at or near freezing.
In Zuccotti Park, the protest's home, demonstrators had set up dozens of tents; many had become topped with snow. In mid-afternoon on Saturday, a man with a broom wandered the park, brushing it off. Others swept slush from the surrounding sidewalks. A few volunteers distributed stacks of foam padding, to keep tent-floors and sleeping bags dry. "Is anybody home?" they'd ask as they approached each tent flap.
Aside from these helpers and half-a-dozen people crowded around the tarp-covered kitchen area, Zuccotti was nearly empty—a sharp contrast to the throngs of protesters and curious-minded people who have usually filled the park during the day. No one drummed. Even the typically heavy police presence was missing; the only cops I could find were trying to stay warm and dry in unmarked cars parked along Cedar Street.
Fire officials had confiscated the occupiers' generators and gasoline the day before, which some considered an effort to freeze the protesters out of Zuccotti.
One man circled the park's perimeter at a clip, shouting support. "The whole world is watching," he hollered. "Don't give up now..."
Failed banker-turned Senate candidate funds ‘End the Occupation’ website
By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, October 17, 2011
In what appears to be an effort to garner email addresses for his U.S. Senate campaign, a Texas Republican who formerly served on Washington Mutual’s board of directors has launched a website called “End Occupy,” which blames young Americans and their “false sense of entitlement” for the country’s current economic status.
“The Occupy Wall Street crowd represents the same flawed values that got our country into this economic mess,” Tom Leppert’s “EndOccupy.com” claims. “They possess a false sense of entitlement and think they should be receiving government handouts and run up the debt on an imaginary credit card by making hard-working Americans and future generations pay for the bill.” It goes on to ask for petition signatures, which will be sent to President Barack Obama.
But for Leppert, who’s running to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), that allegation may just produce a round of laughter from the occupied streets of New York all the way to his home in Dallas, Texas, given his history. Leppert was one of the last chairmen of Washington Mutual’s audit committee, right before the company earned the title of largest bank failure in U.S. history, fleecing shareholders of $63 billion.
Before it went down, WaMu was cited as one of the worst offenders in offering the junk loans that inflated the housing bubble. When that bubble popped, WaMu was seized by government regulators, then sold to JPMorgan Chase for $1.9 billion. Chase shortly thereafter received a $25 billion bailout financed by U.S. taxpayers, which it has since paid back.
Luckily for Leppert, he didn’t have to manage that morass, finding himself in a new job just before the crisis hit: Mayor of Dallas, an office he held from 2007-2011.
As a candidate for U.S. Senate, some of Leppert’s largest campaign contributors are in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors. They include the financial services and advisory firm Ernst & Young, which was sued in 2010, and again in 2011, for allegedly helping Lehman Bros. cover up its failing finances ahead of their complete collapse, which was one of main triggers that launched the global financial crisis. Ernest & Young gave Leppert $23,000, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Leppert’s campaign platform goes on to blame “entitlements” and government spending for the current economic crisis. His “solutions” include familiar platitudes like ending Social Security by transforming it into savings accounts held by private banks, and turning Medicare into a coupon program that forces seniors into the private insurance market. He’s also proposed making every state in the U.S. a “right to work” state, meaning public unions would be forbidden, new employees in unionized industries would not be compelled to join unions and employers could fire their workers for virtually any reason at all.
Leppert also cites massive government debt as the main drag on the U.S. economy. He neglects to note that approximately half of the government’s debt today comes from programs initiated by President George W. Bush and continued by President Obama, who bailed out the financial sector in an effort to prevent a second Great Depression after the financial crisis.
Contrary to Leppert’s stated view, that crisis “had a lot to do” with risk taking on Wall Street and in the boardrooms of major banks, according to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
“I would say very generally I think people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and what’s happening,” Bernanke explained during a U.S. Senate hearing in early Oct. “They blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them.”
A request for comment filed with Leppert’s campaign went without reply.
(H/T: American Independent.)
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
Clueless, Pointless, Aimless: Future CPAs
The video has a bit more content.
Occupy Dallas Relocates
Published : Sunday, 16 Oct 2011, 9:35 PM CDT
DALLAS, Texas - Occupy Dallas had been at Pioneer Park for the past week and a half.
But today, the group had to relocate. And some refuse to go, saying they're even willing to get arrested.
Occupy Dallas protesters packed up today at Pioneer Plaza and set up a new camp less than a mile away, outside Dallas City Hall.
But some said, "This is my home, this is my right, and this is my stand."
There were a handful of holdouts.
"Haven't you ever seen like History Channel and the Trail of Tears? The government made all the Indians move to their new reservation, I don't want to do that. Haha," explained Tymaeus Yunker.
The city made an agreement with Occupy Dallas to relocate from the public park after the group failed to buy a million-dollar insurance policy.
Most of the roughly three dozen demonstrators cooperated with the move, but some still see it as a violation of their free speech.
"What the city is doing is coralling the people in a place where there's less exposure, where there's far more danger, where there's far more restrictions," said Dave Mack.
The encampment is part of a series of national protests over the state of the economy.
The city promised not to arrest anyone remaining at Pioneer Plaza before 5 p.m. Sunday.
Police kept a close eye, but even after the deadline passed, they kept their distance.
But in Fort Worth, things got heated.
Five Occupy Fort Worth protesters were arrested last night for refusing to leave tents that police were trying to take down.
Today, those arrested returned to Burnett Park to protest even though their tents are gone.
Back at Pioneer Plaza, once demonstrators left, workers picked up all the trash left behind, but they say the job was not nearly as bad as they expected.
"With the amount of peoples that was here, they was very clean. They really was," Eula Rabb said.
Read more on myFOXdfw.com: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/occupy-dallas-relocates#ixzz1b3L8EcD5
Occupy Wall Street and the Perversion of Jewish Values
October 12, 2011 11:26 am 3 comments
While there has been some confusion as to what exactly they stand for, paraphernalia handed out by ‘Occupy Wall Street’ activists at Zuccotti Park sums it up in a piece entitled ‘Declaration of the Occupation.’ In one line, they feel “wronged by the corporate forces of the world,” and the piece goes on to list a litany of accusations.
I do sympathize with a few of the sentiments expressed by the participants. I think it is a bad idea to bail out failed companies and is sometimes a good idea for the government to provide a ‘leg up’ to those that are willing to work hard and contribute their fair share to society.
My understanding is that the implied solution that many are calling for is higher corporate taxation (and higher taxation for the wealthy, while we’re at it.) “Common wealth for all levels of culture,” is the way one protestor expressed it in an interview with the New York Observer. Of course this is a basic position that has been held by many on the Left since Karl Marx; I guess someone has just discovered a more exciting form of expression.
Counterbalancing the greedy Jewish banker anti-Semitic stereotype, it is commendable that many Jews have made the effort to weigh in on the conversation from a ‘Jewish values’ perspective and to provide participants with access to Jewish services especially over the festival of Yom Kippur.
What I must object to however, is the efforts of some Jewish participants to hijack Jewish teachings as a means to further their political goals. Writer Jeanette Friedman who was involved in organizing Yom Kippur services at the camp wrote on the Forward’s Sisterhood blog: “On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Isaiah speaks for God, who essentially says, ‘Who needs you to fast and say all these prayers of repentance and offer me all of these sacrifices if you don’t take care of your widows, your poor and your orphans?’”
It is true that Judaism encourages giving and care for the needy and holds charitable practices in the highest esteem, but primarily as it remains a social responsibility in the hands of the individual, as opposed to the government. As Britain’s Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes in his book The Dignity of Difference, “King David proposed redistribution. His sages told him that the cake wasn’t big enough however it was sliced. Economic growth is more powerful than simple redistribution.” He continues, “No religion can propose precise policies for the alleviation of hunger and disease. What it can do, is inspire us collectively with a vision of human solidarity.” As majority leader Eric Cantor told a Jewish audience recently at an Upper West Side Synagogue, “a bureaucrat in Washington can’t make as effective a decision about charity, as you can.”
In truth, the implication that the government can or should impose any policies as a result of religious dictum, Jewish or otherwise, toys dangerously with first amendment promises and the separation of church and state that are the basis for the freedoms of our American society as we know them today.
The most productive, Jewish and impactful path that authentic activists with charitable concerns can take, is in the private sector. Perhaps all this energy and exertion should be directed towards the establishment for example, of a grassroots support organization that grants financial aid to struggling artists or writers like Jeanette Friedman, or partners corporate giving programs within large pharmaceutical companies with those that are in the greatest need of medical aid. Additionally, initiatives of this innovative nature are effective, pro-active and cut out the waste and red tape associated with the federal charity of Washington that is being called for.
The Jewish solution is certainly not government imposed. It calls for activists to encourage “genuine willingness on the part of those who gain to ensure that the losers also benefit,” and to appeal to and inspire the spirit of charity as a personal obligation through effective and creative private sector programs.
The Author is the director of the Algemeiner Journal and the GJCF and can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The March - a play-by-play of the visit to Paulson's house:
Protestors Picket Paulson, Others, in (Anti) Millionaires March
October 12, 2011 10:09 am 0 comments
A well organized group of about fifty protestors, loosely connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement, gathered at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Tuesday afternoon. Following a period of shouted, exactly repeated slogans and statements led by upstate organizer Michael Kink (“Strong Economy for All Coalition,” organized in February, 2011) the group made its way to the homes of several wealthy New Yorkers to whom it “delivered” mock checks representing what it claims will be a “5 billion dollar” tax rebate to New York State millionaires.
This was no loosely organized band of protesters. The group moved from its meeting point at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue to several locations throughout the Upper East Side. Its leaders included professional, experienced community organizers including Michael Kink and Jonathon Westin who commanded their followers like experienced officers of a well ordered army. As it moved along Fifth Avenue to its final destination, the home of John Paulson on East Eighty Sixth Street, the group’s chants were robotic, repetitive and, to this reporter, seemed without independent thought.
The group gathered at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street and marched north to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch address at 834 Fifth Avenue, continued the home of David Koch at 740 was next approached, followed by a march to 888 Park Avenue, the home of Howard Milstein, chief executive of Emigrant Savings Bank. The Park Avenue and 93rd street home of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s was next, followed by a final stop at John Paulson’s 86th Street townhouse just east of Fifth Avenue. Kink led chants opposing the expiration of the “millionaire’s tax,” (scheduled to expire this year.) Stating that the elimination of the New York State levy would give a 5 billion dollar tax cut to its wealthiest citizens, he said the money should be used to avoid cuts to “schools, homeless services, higher education and other services.”
Finding addresses of the city’s wealthiest is not difficult. Information is available through many sources of public records. The self-termed “Millionaires March,” was led by Michael Kink who described himself as a lawyer from Albany, head of the “Strong Economy for All,” an organization he said was founded in February, 2011. He was joined by representatives from “New York Communities for Change,” “United NY,” the “Working Families Party,” and “Local NY.” Many of the protestors acknowledged having traveled significant distances to participate in the “spontaneous” event.
Kink is an experienced organizer. In 2008, he was appointed Director of Policy Development/Special Counsel for the Senate Democratic Conference by Malcolm Smith. He has been a lobbyist for Housing Works and an advocate for health care, disability, and other causes. Writing in New York Daily News the Daily Politic blog, Celeste Katz called him one “who understands grass roots organizing.” His experience was apparent in the Upper East Side actions.
Signage and placards carried by the protestors ranged from the professionally designed and well printed to those that appeared to be hand lettered. Professionally made, black and yellow “We are the 99 Percent” banners dominated the display.
On the street, reaction to the OWS/Millionaires March was mixed. Some regarded the crowd as “frivolous and immature,” calling the on-going protests a “sort of urban Woodstock.” Dog walkers and delivery men, uniformed school girls and local residents causually made their way around the crowd. A heavy police presence encircled the chanting group at each of its stops, maintaining strict control. “The response of the police,” said Kink, “has been very positive.”
Following its display at the Paulson residence, the crowd dispersed, leaving its “check” on the steps outside Paulson’s door. After asking photographers if they were “finished,” an organizer quietly retrieved the poster. Asked by the Algemeiner why it was not being left on the doorstep, he explained that only “about a dozen of the approximately 2' X 5' poster sized displays had been created and that “they’re really expensive,” and were to be used at future events.
I do not understand why the NYC protesters have all these people coming to tell them what they need to really be protesting about.
John Paulson - pocketed a few billion shorting your house.
Michael Moore - pocketed a few million shorting GM.
Russell Simmons - pocketed a few million being a short black man with rhythm.
Richard Simmons - pocketed a few million being a short white man with no rhythm.
Gene Simmons - pocketed Shannon Tweed to overcome his problems with short-term relationships.
Over by the Fed teepee, you know,
the free condom place.