Tony Bessey posted this story over at his blog OrdinaryMaine.com. I am not sure why he no longer posts here, but these pictures are interesting. I miss the days when Tony and EJ provided lots of photography for this site.
Some of the Portland neighbors are starting to complain about the Monument Square protest. Noise, disruption, loss of sleep at night and peace during the work day. (Sorry, Scott, but the drumming is a big complaint).
The only reason they would be upset with Obama is because he is not been able to as left as he really wants to be. This is Van Jones, Alinsky, Piven bottom up, top down turning the middle inside out. Nothing grassroots here just a bunch of leftists who along with Obama want to fundamentally change America into Amerika.
Photo Courtesy "Demos for Congress" Facebook Page - NY
That is so cool!
I think I'll dub these folks the "Pea Party," to highlight their brain power. Or, if you wish, the "Pee Party," for their aroma therapy afflicted on public parks and areas.
Then in conversation they can be called Pea Gaggers, or Pea Laggers, or Pea Naggers, or Pea Taggers, or Pea Skaggers, or whatever else one wishes.
Maine's own failed senate candidate and professional agitator is moving in on the action in Portland.
Just return from visiting Portland Maine's occupation downtown. They have fifteen people and more staying overnight and one hundred and fifty joining in for the six pm general assembly. Democracy in action, for sure.
I brought donuts, hot cider, blankets, scarves, pillows, tarps, cushions, art supplies, etc. Tomorrow I am bringing a generator so they can get on line. There are some very wonderful people involved from Maine. I am getting a wishlist of their needs together--d batteries, long underwear, warm clothing, money, food.
Soon I am going to get an 'adopt-an-occupier' organization going to mediate needs and get them the necessaries and interface to tie the supporters directly to occupiers who need supplies. Anyone want to help get a website going for this?
What? No giant donation jars?
I'm thinking about starting a counter-protest - well-mannered people wearing suits and ties, modest dresses and heels, sitting at tables sipping Earl Grey and having polite conversations. Soiree to start at 3:00 pm and end precisely at 4:30 pm, every day except Sunday. We can call it "Preoccupy."
Here's our Executive Committee, already deep in discussion about our ideology and protocol:
Our "List of Demands" will be ready shortly. Maybe. When we get it figured out. We'll be appointing a committee. We know it has something to do with free shortbread for everybody.
Launching a Tweet request for donations of doilies and damask napkins. Little plates of iced biscuits would also be welcome.
Who's with me?
Look! We already have another site in Maine!
The Preoccupy Sister Site
People are lining up to join the effort! It's incredible!
I have a better idea. Maybe I will go to the ATM, take out $200 in cash, and then go down to tent city. Then take it out, wave it around, and say "hey punks, this is all mine, and you don't get any. Ever. And I earned it at the corporation I work for. Bwaaaaahahahahaa".
Please make sure you bring adequate security services.
Do you want to come with me Naran? I'll wear a suit and tie, and stick bills in my shirt pockets, clearly visable. You could wear a pretty dress and put on one of those fancy hats, like Queen Elizabeth wears. Then if they as so much as touch us, we could call the police and have them arrested for felony assault and burglary. When Channel 13 shows up you could cry on TV and say how "those goons attacked us for no reason". You'd probably get on You Tube and Fox News. That is such a cool plan isn't it?!!!
Where were these protesters when the bailouts were happening, it seems they are a little late.
I wandered by the "protest" on Saturday afternoon. We had a handful of Code Pinks, one Veteran for Peace, one individual who was apparently running the 'protest' energetically talking on a cell phone (it sounded like he was in an interview), and a handful of college age artistic looking people. What I didn't see was one 'person of color', which, if one uses the same standard used against the Tea Party, means that this was a racist event.
Viking, are they ******** on the ground in public like the ones in New York did?
Was Dobson there, standing on her organic orange crate? Any sign of El-Shafei?
Apollo - after seeing the mob attacking the Air/Space Museum in DC yesterday, the Preoccupy Executive Committee is thinking they need to wait until they have sufficient pepper spray supplies to fend off the inevitable attacks. I'll keep you posted.
Read it and "sleep."
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on september 29, 2011
Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish, German, Italian
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
Read the rest here, if you can stand it.
What? No translation into an African language? RACISTS.
The video from Atlanta was funnier. But this is cut from the same cloth.
I was picturing the "mass assembly" chanting the entire "declaration" as I read it -- must have taken them all night.
Wealth was never a priority. I did expect a decent retirement income and health care and I believe I saved for it with deductions for every payroll check.
I wonder who forces him to pay for insurance that does not insure and food that does not nourish? As an employer, I pay unemployment insurance. While I don't like the system, per se, it does work, generally. Social security isn't insurance, so we can derail that train of thought. There is no government mandate that I buy food, nourishing or otherwise.
I'm thinking this guy skipped or slept through all educational opportunities for personal responsibility and economics. Just checked my sympathy meter for him: rats, it's reading Zero. And I just put in new batteries, too. I think the Bible describes this gentleman as a Fool. That word seems to also apply to the other "Occupy (Insert Your Favorite City or Location Here)" individuals.
What's going on with the Portland group? Have they disbanded already?
I liked Cuz's link, the sardine report, I'm thinking about staging a similar protest associated with a blind, decoys and maybe a dangerous dog, I won't be leaving until I get my limit, so it might be a long protracted affair.
Here's hoping for a hard freeze to bring down some fruits for my labor.
Occupy L.A. speaker praises violent revolution a la the French Reign of Terror.
French Revolution made fundamental transformation. But it was bloody.
So, ultimately, the bourgeosie won’t go without violent means. Revolution! Yes, revolution that is led by the working class.
This is what the demonization of "millionaires and billionaires" and the villification of corporations is leading to: a rationalization for violence.
No surprise here, Mainemom. The lucid faction of the Occupy troops will soon discover their original intentions may end up hijacked and used in a manner they didn't foresee, or approve.
How are the Maine occupiers doing in the rain today? Getting cleaned up?
" There is no government mandate that I buy food, nourishing or otherwise. "- No but Michelle Obama is working on that- and of course congress is trying to prevent us from buying supplements without a prescription- Fish Oil being one they are aiming to take of the market-it interfers with the profits of those large pharmecuetical corporations that manufacture cholesteral medications.
As for the protesters- they are protesting the free market- not government- government mandates are not an issue with them- other than that they want more of them.
Apollo, I would think that Portland has called out the Haz Mat teams to deal with the filth that is being washed away in this storm.
Mac, I love how the educated fools of the world are pushing for all these health food standards and following the whims of a person who campaigns for one thing and then regularly orders 3000 calorie burgers or eats 15 lay carat cake. Fools, every one of them.