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Tsar Michael Protests

CBS says that Wall Street protesters plan march on DA’s office

Protesters’ attorneys met with aides to [Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R.] Vance to demand the dismissals, and if the district attorney balks, they say they’ll occupy the courts by going to trial on each and every case.

“Given the nature of the arrests, the number of people who say, ‘I’m not guilty of anything, I want a trial here,’ is likely to be very, very high,” [attorney Martin] Stolar told reporters. “We’re prepared to try every single case where somebody wants to have a trial, even if it’s only for blocking a roadway.”

The idea that the protesters would put pressure on the already overloaded court system didn’t sit well with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I don’t think that our court system should be a political football,” Bloomberg told reporters. “It’s hard to reconcile that with what America stands for to say we’re going to deliberately keep the court system from working.”

Officials said everyone who wants a trial will get one.

Yo, Tsar Michael, if you didn’t want the courts involved, you shouldn’t have arrested so many people on trivial or non-existent charges.

Susie monitors tweets:

Of course, I’m reading this article just as the Twitter informs me that the NYPD is at Liberty Park, trying to take down Occupy Wall Street’s medical tent while the Rev. Jesse Jackson tries to stop them. The occupiers are chanting: “Who do you serve? Who do you protect”? Good question!

The article was in the New York Times on a Tsar Michael press conference, Bloomberg Says ‘Tent City’ Goes Beyond Free Speech. Sorry, but if ‘burning the flag’ is speech, and money is speech, a tent can be speech if it is a symbol, as well as somewhere to stay dry. I would advise you to stop trying the silent majority dodge, as polls show that over three-quarters of NYC voters support the protest.

Oh, BTW, the First Geneva Convention of 1864 guarantees protection of all medical facilities, so now you have the Казаки committing war crimes?

It’s a real shame that the DFHs of OWS are so vague about why they are angry. [/snark]


1 Steve Bates { 10.18.11 at 5:51 pm }

Wow. It isn’t every protest sign that contains a complete news article on a currently relevant subject! Maybe the “journalists” on MTP could take lessons… nah. They’re hopeless.

2 Bryan { 10.18.11 at 7:42 pm }

But the protestors don’t have a message or know what they want …

It is amazing how they attempt to belittle people who don’t like the status quo, who really want to return to the basic form of government they thought they were creating at the end of the 18th century. I don’t know how you can get more ‘conservative’ than that.

3 Steve Bates { 10.18.11 at 9:21 pm }

“Conservative” is a word whose traditional meanings have been destroyed by recent usage. Who’s a conservative? Herman “Fry the Mexicans” Cain? Michele “999=666” Bachmann? Fundy-friend Perry? Torture-the-Dog Romney?

William F. Buckley, Jr. and Barry Goldwater are surely spinning in their graves…

4 Steve Bates { 10.18.11 at 11:03 pm }

OT, Bryan, Fallenmonk points out that in NYC and Philly the police have deployed LRAD devices, the things that can create ear-damaging high-pitched sounds for 100 meters or more. Forgive my uncooperativeness, but I think that we’d better add ear stopples to your list of protective gear a protester needs to carry.

5 Bryan { 10.18.11 at 11:18 pm }

Words definitely become redefined over the years, and words dealing with politics more than most.

The biggest problem for the people who claim they are ‘conservative’ today is that they don’t know enough about US history to actually understand how radical they are.

6 Bryan { 10.18.11 at 11:29 pm }

Trying to use that kind of equipment in a concrete canyon like NYC will be a major disaster. They used it in Pittsburgh and are facing law suits from bystanders because it isn’t a narrow focus weapon.

Earbuds are as good as earplugs, but you can get the foam earplugs is the same area that has the other safety equipment. They are dirt cheap.

The beast is vehicle mounted and guaranteed to cause law suits. In addition, if they use it in the financial district the 1% will be distinctly unhappy as it can break windows.

7 Badtux { 10.19.11 at 12:44 am }

Since when did demanding a trial when accused of a crime become “contrary to everything America stands for”? Who does Bloomers think he is — Joseph Stalin, who bothered with trials only when he wanted to put on a show for the public?!

— Badtux the Baffled Penguin

8 jams o donnell { 10.19.11 at 8:33 am }

Just seen a video of Chief Esposito showing a little common sense and preventing a possible disaster. Perhaps there is still some common sense in the NYPD

9 Steve Bates { 10.19.11 at 9:07 am }

I have minor hearing loss, partly genetic (my father was pretty deaf at the end) and partly from being in the middle of the ensemble all those years (many conductors of baroque orchestras seat the woodwinds right in front of the trumpets). With that perspective, I can’t begin to tell you how reprehensible it is for anyone, for whatever reason, knowingly to inflict severe hearing loss on other people. I hope the perpetrators go to jail and are not placed in a padded cell!

10 Bryan { 10.19.11 at 11:18 am }

Badtux, under the Soviet system, and continued under the Russian system, the prosecution almost never holds a trial until the ‘guilty confess’. This is to ensure that ‘no innocent citizen’ is convicted of a crime they didn’t commit’. If you refuse to confess your crime, you are obviously mentally unbalanced and are sent to a psychiatric hospital to be cured. Tsar Michael can’t understand why the peasants are ‘forcing him’ to waste money on police overreactiontime and courts, and haven’t confessed their crimes.

Jams, the NYPD is fracturing between the police officers and the ‘counter-terrorism cult’. If this keeps up you could have officers fighting in the streets.

Steve, any competent audio engineer can set up a white noise defense overnight with off-the-shelf equipment. You can get the most difficult bit from a good pair of noise canceling earphones. In any case, high-powered, high frequency sound is not something you use in glass and concrete ‘canyons’ unless you want to break windows at a minimum, and possibly damage structures. You would want engineering studies before trying it.

11 jams o donnell { 10.19.11 at 2:53 pm }

You may find this account by Naomi Wolf and her arrest for legally walking down a street of interest Bryan


I daresay the consequences would have been far worse had she stepped on the cracks….

12 Badtux { 10.19.11 at 3:43 pm }

Yay, Freedom(TM).

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

13 Bryan { 10.19.11 at 5:11 pm }

I moved the article to a post Jams, along with that picture from Antarctica. Thanks.

They might re-think their strategy after what just happened to Tony Boloney, Badtux … or continue to mumble about terrorists and DFHs.