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2011 October 19 — Why Now?
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When Tsar Michael announced that Zuccotti Park would be cleared for cleaning [implying that the people in the park were DFH/slovenly pigs], Libby Liberal decided to go to the park and stand with the protestors.

She put up pair of posts at Corrente [Part 1 and Part 2] providing a first hand account of what was going on there.

It is worth the read for it’s own sake, but taken with Naomi Wolf’s article on her arrest, some things become very clear. One of them Naomi Wolf nails – permits are being used by the City to restrict free speech.

Libby Liberal talks about the lack of bathrooms in the area, and when she pursued it discovered that the City requires a separate permit to bring in Port-a-potties. In my area if you are building, you are required to have one on site. Actually, if you are doing almost anything that will bring together a lot of people, you have to have bathroom facilities available. The City refuses to give a permit to Occupy Wall Street. This is called ‘selective enforcement’, and it is not according to the rules.

As for hygiene, based on what Libby Liberal saw in Zuccotti Park and what Naomi Wolf saw in the NYPD holding cells, the NYPD has a lot of damn gall citing cleanliness as a problem. This is just harassment, plain and simple.

October 19, 2011   3 Comments

Truly Stupid

In one final burst of stupidity before the reality of what can happen to them, the Казаки pulled this bone-headed stunt, Naomi Wolf: how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street. “Last night I was arrested in my home town, outside an event to which I had been invited, for standing lawfully on the sidewalk in an evening gown.”

I don’t guess it occurred to the “white shirt” in charge of this farce that arresting authors who are media personalities and have invitations to events that feature the governor of New York just might be a bad idea.

In her account she mentioned seeing about 40 ‘white shirts’, which is an astoundingly high number in a department with only 35,000 total uniformed personnel. The NYPD seems to be extremely ‘top heavy’, and should be slimmed down.

This report was via Jams O’Donnell in comments who has a great catch at his place. That means that Occupy Wall Street has representation on every continent.

October 19, 2011   5 Comments

Turkey Bologna

Everyone seems to carrying the AP report that Deputy Inspector Anthony ‘Tony Boloney’ Bologna was fined two weeks of vacation for violating NYPD policy when he used pepper spray on several women.

Ten days is a paycheck, probably more than $2K. This will also take him out of consideration for promotion, so he may as well retire now if he has his time in to spend more time with his attorneys.

The NYPD threw him under the bus because the City doesn’t want to be on the hook for the massive civil damages that will follow. The problem for the investigation is that the policy is actually written down and publicly available, and the other officers present are not going to put their jobs on the line trying to spin what happened when they know that nearly the entire world has seen one or all of the many videos of the incident.

His union will appeal the decision, but Bologna just lost his best defense against criminal charges [unlikely] and civil suits [absolutely certain]. This should rein in the other ‘white shirts’ as they know that their actions can actually be investigated, and all of the video evidence will make what they do a matter of record.

I welcome the introduction of the ‘white shirts’ to the corporate world. The corporation protects itself, not its minions.

October 19, 2011   2 Comments