The police moves in on Occupy Denver's largest gathering yet -- with pepper spray (PHOTOS)

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Update, 10:11 p.m. Saturday: Mayor Michael Hancock's office has announced that an additional 24 people were arrested in tonight's protest.

Their arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. In the meantime, police are present at Civic Center Park with the intention to close it down at 11 p.m.

Update: 7:42 p.m. Saturday:
After being pepper-sprayed and pushed back almost to the middle of Civic Center Park, Occupy Denver protesters have organized a sudden march downtown, while around forty protesters remain in the park, now on the sidewalk. It is unclear how many arrests were made and how many people might have been instead detained, but Mayor Hancock's office has confirmed multiple arrests, and the Denver Anarchist Black Cross estimates at least ten.

The interaction between protesters and cops became confrontational as people were forcibly removed from the area, occasionally with the use of batons.

The kitchen tent is no longer standing, nor are any other structures. The food from the kitchen, saved from the previous protest on Friday but left on the ground when police removed the tent, has been thrown away. Cops have closed off blocks of downtown all the way down to around 17th due to the Occupy Denver march on the 16th Street Mall.

Photos below:

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The police close in on the occupation.

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Britt Chester
Protester Corey Donahue meets the cops.

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Britt Chester
Donahue reacts to the police's use of pepper spray.

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Britt Chester
Donahue washes the pepper spray out of his eyes as police encroach upon the camp.

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This breaks my heart to see the police do this to un-armed Americans!

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Andy Martin
Andy Martin

I wonder how many of the protesters are carrying a Visa or Mastercard in their wallets?

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I NEED to know what happened here last night, this a a quote:  "Last night something real bad happened on E. Ellsworth between Lincon St and Sherman St.  The police had the whole block taped off with crime scene tape and the Denver Police Ceime Scene Unit was there. That usually means someone was murdered."  I am more than certain the police would murder my daughter if they got ahold of her.  Her extended family is very upset with her current choices and many of them are BIG time politicians ie Senator Brophy who would love to get her out of the way so she isn't embarrassing them any more, she has enemies inside the Govt as well as just the police who she beat in court.  Please someone knows something-what happened at that location last night?  I heard they targeted the anarchists and took them away from the crowd, is that true?  Just a word about her please. 

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

Wow, paranoid much?  Seriously...medication is a good thing.

Were Watching You
Were Watching You

the men in black got her. she's screwed.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

The Colorado State Patrol looked so good.Stay the fuck out of my apartment Denver Pigs!Go to fucking hell!

mesa
mesa

By her own admission she was verbally abusive to the police.  She put herself in this spot and in jail.  She probably did it again

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

It is not a crime to be verbally abusive to police.  Your assumption that it is, should be, or that police are somehow justified in arresting verbally abusive people is contemptible.

mesa
mesa

I didn't say there was a crime verbally assaulting an officer.  Her crime was assault (by her own admission) she was roughed up because she resisted and ran (also a crime) and her spitting and cursing on officers probably didn't make a good impression on the arresting officers.  Don't know about you, but I have seen enough cops episodes to know that when people resist the inevitable, in your daughters case being arrested, the cops are going to use at least whatever force necessary to make the arrest.  Perhaps she could understand that next time?  As for the whole Denver police murder scenario...that's just as cracked out as her interview

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

SOMEONE< ANYONE< please tell me if Amelia Nicol is alive and well this morning

Ronda Myers
Ronda Myers

I just want to know if my daughter is ok, if the police get her she is in very grave danger as she beat them in court and their lies were exposed.  Please can someone tell me that Amelia Nicol of Denver ABC is safe today?  Please, please tell me she is ok today?  We love her so much.  The Govt is corrupt I agree and I think you all have a right to protest the greed and corruption.  I now think the Colorado Govt is one of the very worst in the country.  I am more ashamed than before of their ignorance and brutality.   Every other city let the protestors protest without eviction or pushing.  I am sickened.  Please someone tell me she is safe from them this morning, please.

Mr Manumba Ney
Mr Manumba Ney

It was for the most part quiet last night and it is quiet this morning.Look how many cops are out there.Last night something real bad happened on E. Ellsworth between Lincon St and Sherman St.The police had the whole block taped off with crime scene tape and the Denver Police Ceime Scene Unit was there. That usually means someone was murdered.Do you suppose the police are using too much manpower with the Occupy Denver and their tactics are not working?They keep coming back, squatting in the street, disrupting traffic and spitting on the cops.Do you suppose whatever happened on E. Ellsworth may not have happened if more police were free to patrol rather than be  tied down being nice to the protestors while being spit upon?How about next time they squat in the street and spit on the cops, spray the squatters with fire hoses.

Go_murr
Go_murr

re: ZZ_manWhy is it people who have no constructive rebuttal always resort to correcting one's grammar, spelling and sentence structure? If you are so much smarter than MMM, perhaps you should use that well developed brain to educate yourself about our current global financial meltdown, and how it was carefully and deliberately planned by those who control the money supply. MMM certainly has a better understanding of it than you do. Do you truly think these "financial wizards" of banking had no understanding of what they were doing as they actively sought, then bundled and sold questionable morgages based on shady and unethical practices, over and over again, each time for a profit, until even they weren't sure what they were worth or who owned them. It was just a game they couldn't lose, until they went a step too far, and Bear Sterns bit the dust. Still, you can be sure Jimmy Cayne and the inner circle retained their personal wealth, as thousands lost homes and jobs. As the big boys realized by letting their financial games go a little too far, they had exposed themselves for what they were; a bunch of well dressed thugs. To deflect blame, they created global panic, trying to throw fear into the masses with predictions of hyperinflation and a global meltdown of such gargantuan proprtions, people would be starving in the streets within a week. Unless, of course, we bailed them out., as we must. To add insult to injury, after taking several hundred billion dollars of the taxpayers money, they not only were "unable" to help the same people who bailed their ass out of the fire, by helping them avoid foreclosure, or by giving small businees loans to boost the failing economy......failing because they manipulated it's failure. Instead the money was quietly dispursed, we were informed it was none of our business where it went, prices went up, packaging got smaller, tent cities sprung up in cities and rural America, and they got raises and big fat taxpayer funded bonuses. A few had to be sacrificed.....AIG CEO Joseph Casano was fired and walked with a severance package worth over $300 mill. Must have been hard on the poor guy.When you have hundreds or thousands gathering to protest, not all are going to have the same agenda. While some have unformed or poorly thought out demands, at least they stopped texting long enough to realize what was happening was WRONG. There are also professional agitators, and those being used by political/social organizations to further other agendas. This is true in every popular protest or revolt. Do you really think ending the war in Vietnam was Bill Ayers goal as the Weather Underground built bombs and blew up buildings? That was just a place for them to hide while they planned a violent Communist takeover. Funny how he and his cronies now run Chicago and occupy the WH, from the president and AG, to Obama's "czars". Funny, too how you can go from the FBI's most wanted list to college brainwasher and buddy "community organizer".....and never spend a day in jail. While they try to convince us we are so desperate and needy, we NEED our government to take care of us.....they know best....you can be sure not one of them.....self-avowed Communists, Marxists, and Socialists all....is about to give up any of their lifestyle. Why should they when they can take ours.The top 5% of the world's population controls 95% of it's wealth and resources; and, yes, theoretically they could bring the world to it's knees financially any time they want to. But not before they bring the population down to 500,000,000....a figure they believe they can control, and enough people to service all aspects of their elite lives. They are still too outnumbered.....95% us, 5% them. We don't need to use force or violence. We just have to refuse to be part of their agenda. They are using every trick they know to divide the people. When the people thrived, they took our jobs and shipped them overseas. When we carried on they took our homes, and looked the other way as millions of undocumented workers grabbed millions of service, factory, and construction jobs, permanently lowering the wage scale of people who once earned a decent living. In many of the Western states, people out of work, found they couldn't get another job unless they were "bilingual". That means you must speak Spanish. Funny that those who speak Spanish don't need to speak English. Our schools have now decided many of our children need to be on speed or Ritalin, "creative spelling" must be taught (after all, correcting a child might destroy their self esteem), penmanship will be eliminated since everyone texts these days (if you ever need to sign any legal papers or contracts, are you going to put a giant X?), and the government really should decide what we should eat. Saying the word God out loud could be grounds for dismissal, but children should be informed of the intimate details of GL sex in the early grades, so they can decide for themselves (never mind they aren't taught the details of heterosexual sex). If you are offended by something someone says, you have the right to sue (blond and fat jokes are the exception......every one KNOWS it's a fact blonds are dumb and fat people are disgusting and lazy). Since our president is black, if you disagree with his decisions, his policies, or his sredding of our Constitution, you must be a hateful racist. Otherwise you would worship him. If you have no money left to pay for your neighbors free health care, subsidised housing and education for her children, you must be really mean and hateful and only care about yourself. Can't you see she is far too depressed to have to get a job? And remember, our government cares about your safety....so it's OK to let them put their hands down your pants and those of your 90 year old mother before you take her home for the holidays. Even though she never even had a parking ticket, you can't be too careful....she could have anything in her pants. No, we can't search the lady in the burka (big enough to hide a widescreen). That would be racial profiling.....besides it's probably against her religion and may offend her....sorry, maam......you have to remove the American flag pin....they aren't allowed on the plane any longer....Oh, my. Is that a bible or some type of religious reading material in your bag? Well, you are really looking for trouble, aren't you? You'll have to leave it behind....people find that sort of thing offensive. Please step into that room over there behind the curtain, so I can do a more thorough search. You don't want to miss your plane, do you?Keep  fighting over who started the mess and who is better.....the Delusional Democrats or the Retarded Republicans. Unless you are willing to admit they are all the same and all bought and paid for by the same money (with a few exceptions), you deserve to lose any rights and freedoms you have left. Stop letting them convince you, you must submit or live in fear (terrorists are everywhere!). Tell them enough is enough. Tell them, no.....my child does not need 22 vacinations, my child will not drink flourinated water (the flouride in your water will eat through concrete and requires a HazMat team to clean up, but it's perfectly safe to drink), my child is not going to be drugged from the first grade on the say so of someone not qualified to make such an assesment, and I will not feed my child "Round-Up Ready" food, accept high fructose corn syrup being put in everthing from canned beans to peanut butter, and demand to know why products containing sugar also contain aspartame. Why is one child in the US out of 150 births now diagnosed with some form of autism.....a figure which increases every year? Why is male sterility, sperm deformities, and genitle  adnormalities becoming more and more commen? Even if you can't let yourself believe this is all part of the same thing, ask yourself if this is the world you want for your children and grandchildren. 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seraphimblade
seraphimblade

Those here who are complaining that people "lack motive" or the like miss the point.

It's just been released that there are 4.6 -known- unemployed people for each job opening. That's only those who are on unemployment, and does not include the long-term unemployed who no longer are. The real number is likely even higher.

But it doesn't matter. That number means that, if all those people seek a job, about 80% of them will not get one, no matter how hard they try. Them's the numbers, folks.

not 99% or 1%
not 99% or 1%

Who released this information?  Can I get a source?  If it came from any media outlet, then it cant be trusted.  That seems to be one of the common concerns voiced by the occupy group that the media lies and cant be trusted...

seraphimblade
seraphimblade

It is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source information: http://www.bls.gov/jlt/

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Pity the job-seeker who encounters you!  From your unbelievably nasty response to the woman looking for her cognitively-impaired daughter at Occupy ("I'm sure she will get what she deserves"), I infer that you are without empathy.  Your workers may have had a raise, but I'd bet that they do not like you very much.

seraphimblade
seraphimblade

Actually, I've been in your theoretical worker's shoes, as well as yours. I do pretty well now, but I did a lot of different things to get where I am, including manufacturing (compressed air equipment), and retail/commercial sales for a couple of different places. I generally did well at my jobs (I was working as a production line lead within 8 months at the manufacturing, was in charge of several different things when I was doing sales, etc.), and continued to get better at computer programming in the time I had. Eventually, I was able to get a job as a developer. And whatever anyone may think, that's not a "soft" job either-just wait until someone discovers some major bug hours before a critical release!

And yes, I've had to deal with lazy and incompetent people. I understand how frustrating it can be, believe me. But they were the exception, not the rule, at every job I've had-from my teenage fast food job up to my current development role. Most of the people I work with and have in the past have had a strong work ethic and really do take pride in doing good work.

I'm sorry to hear you got such a rotten batch. It sounds like you really were trying to find a good fit, and $12 isn't bad for an entry-level/full training position. My frustration comes from the fact that many of these people I've worked with are trying to find work-and I know from experience they're not in the slightest interested in just collecting unemployment, they're sending out dozens of resumes and applications in a week, and have a hard time getting even one nibble. I've even tried to help some make some inroads through my own network, but the jobs just aren't there. And I know one layoff different, and I'd be in their shoes.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

I think all of it is skewed to someones benefit. 

As for the terms that I look to hire someone for.  Its a skilled trade, and I at 1 point in time was wiling to take on a new guy with zero experience and teach him the trade.  I posted the opening on several different sites, and at first like I said, was willing to train someone.  I got literally hundreds of resumes, and started doing the first interviews.  I looked at resumes that caught my eye for whatever reason, and I found that the vast majority of Americans that responded were looking for 20 to 25 an hour.  This was the ongoing demand for what they were willing to accept for a new job.  Over half thought they were entitled to at least a week of vacation the first day they started, and any sort of probationary period so I could see how they worked was soooooo unreasonable. 

I went through 4 different people, started them all at 12 an hour, because I as a business can afford that.  Once trained they were going to go to 15 and that would happen in as little as 30 days, and at most after 90, if they didn't cut it, I would start over.  No one made it the full 90 days, and none even got to the point of a review.  Nobody wanted to work.  Everyone wanted to come into my shop and be an instant manager, and not put the time in to learn the industry.

The first guy refused to turn in paperwork, because as I found out later, he was still collecting unemployment and wanted to get paid twice.  I cant hire an undocumented worker, so he was let go after 3 weeks.  Rating 1 to 10 about a 6 in over work effort and ethic

The second guy always had to leave early, to take care of sick family members.  If he wasn't leaving early he would come in late.  He also thought my drug policy was a joke.Overall rating 4 out of 10 

The 3rd guy just ignored rules, including the "you will not work under the influence of drugs or alcohol prescribed or not, legal or not"  We work around heavy expensive equipment, and the policy was there for safety.  I caught him smoking a joint, and he tried to hide behind the fact it was legal and prescribed for him.  I refreshed my working terms which he agreed to and he threatened to sue.  Its my company, I can do what I want.  That includes saying that you cant be high on Advil, NyQuil, or MMJ while on the clock.  Overall 2 out of 10

The 4th guy was always on his phone dealing with some sort of catastrophic issue in his life.  I didn't know that Facebook was that important, but for some people its the only reason worth living.  He was slow, lazy, and had no initiative to do or learn anything.  He simply showed up for a check.  Overall 2 out of 10.

Of the 4 there wasn't 1 worth my time, and not 1 earned their keep even at $12 an hour. Since that time, I didnt hire anyone else, and sat and discussed stuff with my guys.  They unanimously agreed to get a raise and not deal with trying to train another person that was so unwilling to make something of themselves. 

The unemployed American population needs to get it through their heads that they have to start somewhere, and that is usually the bottom.  You don't get to walk in to a company and make 25 an hour just because you graduated from art school with a low b.  Once the unemployed get this, then our society can start to turn around. 

If you were in my shoes what would you do?

seraphimblade
seraphimblade

I'm sure they factor in small businesses. I doubt they ask each particular one, since that's a perfect candidate for statistical sampling. The margin of error on a properly designed survey like that is quite small, and if the number is 4.5 or 4.7, it really doesn't change my point.

The known skew, on the other hand, is that this only counts people -known- to be unemployed. Those who are unemployed long term, have never found their first job, etc.,  may not be counted in it. So if anything, the seekers to jobs ratio is higher than what BLS found.

I'm surprised you can't find people to work for you. What are your "terms"? Do you offer a living wage, benefits, etc.? If you're offering some minimum wage/no benefits/part timer gig, that's a junk job that no one can live on anyway. Amazingly enough, most people are looking for a job with which to support themselves and often their families.

not 1% not 99%
not 1% not 99%

Its still a skewed system.  I have a small business, I am looking for people to work, under my terms of course, and the government hasn't asked me.  I am small business, and there are plenty more like me that don't show up under these statistics.

MMM
MMM

All the $$$ being spent to pay the overweight and uneducated police in this country and city to gear up ready for war with citizens of this country and city. Whether you like what someone has to say or not our country used to allow freedom of assembly and speech. The protesters were not an issue until the hundreds of police dressed in full SWAT gear showed up to because the mayor and the people in power (the wealthiest 1% and their bed buddies Our Politicians in America) are trying to silence any apposition to the current system that gives them money and power. In the meantime the mayor has spent more tax payer $$$ on police to silence the american public that oppose the current system. While the media wrongly tries to frame this issue as a bunch of hippies and unemployed college students. If so why do you need police in full SWAT gear to handle hippies and college kids who have never been known to arm themselves with anything but paper posters and new ideas. The Occupy movement is aimed at getting people to think about how our current economical structure has been hijacked by a minority elite in this country and how the rest of us (99%) are paying for it. This is especially true for people who are currently employed because they are the ones that are being exploited by the 1%. Doing all the work as the money trickles up to pay for the lavish lifestyles of wall street CEO's that profit even when their clients (99%) lose money. A system where 99% of the countries citizens pays for the mistakes made by the other 1% (which control the system) is a broken system that need reform.

ZZ_man
ZZ_man

Your post would be less laughable if you could spell, use proper grammar, and compose sentences.  It appears to be just a bunch of talking points strung together...

Occupy or die trying
Occupy or die trying

Lmao wow so grammar is all that counts to you how about this you can tell us what your so skilled on and we can tell you all we are skilled on and when you and people like you can't match the peoples skills then you should just sit there shut your trap because no one cares about you on your knee's sucking the next corp. assholes so you can have a job

Joshua M.
Joshua M.

Although I was only there briefly and merely a passive onlooker taking pictures from afar. The media completely down played what I believed was an abuse of force and unnecessary show of Brutish, neanderthal type behavior by our ever so eloquent civil servants, that we call; the DPD. These lowly testosterone fueled gorillas were on the prowl and hot on the trail of the protesters tonight. Like a wild pack of rabid dogs they tore at the seems of the protesters food tent, tossing it into the street like vultures ripping into the flesh of freshly slaughtered meat. Knocking over men and women alike. Spraying their pepper spray, as if marking territory like a horny cat warding off all others creatures. Beastly savages! As the poor half witted protesters chanted out sadly rehearsed anthems of freedom corruption and greed. Monikers that didn't stand the test of protesting time, the 5-0 had there way with 99% leaving only 1% of the protesters to continue on there quest. I really want this movement to take off here in Denver, but like everything else in our fair city, its under attended, unorganized and run by Juggalos.

Occupy or die trying
Occupy or die trying

A bunch of us been saying that for awhile your not a lone but don't give up on the real people like the kids who got sprayed and so on

Nathiest
Nathiest

good. Arrest them all! Dirty commies!

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

City Park would be a better place for the People's Fair, Taste of Colorado, Pride Fest, Rock-N-Roll Marathon and Occupy Denver.Problem is with street closures around Civic Center Bus Station making RTD unreliable.

Me
Me

how cowardly.  the police are taking time out of their day to help people that actually need it, to tear down a man made donation based soup kitchen.  I had really appreciated the way the police were involved with occupy denver up until this week.  sorry guys, big disappointment  :(

TheRevolutionHasBegun
TheRevolutionHasBegun

I heard most of the cops had hard ons as they frenzy fed their power hungry addictions.  Thugs.

Jay Tee
Jay Tee

In reality, they are protesting THEMSELVES. They are pissed off at the failed system caused by their inept lifestyles,  lack of motive and bottom feeding. These same people that are crying about economic collapse were the ones throwing a fit to give 20 million criminal  illegal aliens rights in a  land they invaded. Now that the economy is crumbling, they changed their mind and want to end the corruption that was used to  encourage the illegals in the first place. Kick 20 million bottom feeding criminals out of the country, that offer no progressive alternatives and watch THE CHANGE. These same protestors are waging flags to dismiss their college debt. Yeah, that debt they drove quadruple goig on spring breaks and buying up dope, cell phones, ipods, etc.... Oh yeah, forgive our loans and debt they say in tantrums across the country, but screw wall street and investors, we want theirs too! These same idiots crying about bailouts are asking for their own bailouts. Sickos. Liberalism is a mental illness!

diceytroop
diceytroop

How many hours a week do you work, sir?

me
me

You seem angry by this.. maybe you should ask yourself why this concept feels threatening to you.  Change is needed in a system that is long standing and deeply flawed.  To have thousands upon thousands of people come up with one perfect solution in two weeks seems near impossible, don't you think?  We may not have all the answers today, but we're tired of being complacent and are seeking them.  If you have some constructive suggestions, I'm sure they will be welcome too!  Thank you!

not 99% or 1%
not 99% or 1%

We are angry, We are the ones footing the bill while your group does all this crap.  All of that money will be repaid somehow, and its the working class of people that will have to do it.

Why are banks needing bailouts?  Because they loaned to people that cant afford it.  Why?  Because the people complained to the government that banks were being to selective.  The government ordered "evil" banks to loan away. 

Explain why I have to take my tax dollars and repay student loans that I didn't take?

Occupiers ask where our bailouts are....they are everywhere, just look around.  Look at your friends sitting on unemployment for 2 years not even looking for a job anymore, look at your student loans that your not paying back, look at gas prices (although high) arent anywhere near what they are overseas.  Should I continue?

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

If you want to  use a virtual army of riot police to close a public park and maintain a show of force for days, it is wrong, but don't have the effrontery to whine about the cost.  If you condone the destruction of private property and unprovoked assaults our police just committed, you deserve the liability which will fall on taxpayers -- would that the entire burden could rest on those of you who fomented and sanction this violence!

JJ
JJ

I own a business and work full time. I make 70k a year in my day job, and my business (with an office I pay rent on) brings me an additional 30k a year profit. All in all I make about 100k a year and I work 70-80 hours a weak. I am also part of this movement and am out there when I have free time. You would likely not be able to tell the difference between myself and th rest of the protesters based on appearence alone.

not 99% or 1%
not 99% or 1%

Sure they are.  Look at the occupy group.  Of the people I know on a personal level involved there, not 1 is working, not 1 owns a house, and all have student loans they don't think they need to pay back.  None of them own a business (being self employed out of your rented room with 0 overhead and 0 employees and not paying taxes isn't the same) and this group is hoping to create a movement to overturn the big bad corporations and banks.

Jeremy Harmon
Jeremy Harmon

I support the aims, and moreso the tactics of the Occupy movement, however I do find the assignment of blame to be quite a secondary issue at this moment. Giving ourselves over to conspiratorial thinking, trying to put a face on the mess we're in, is more a means of derailing constructive dialogue than embracing our responsibility to actually solve the problems. I am comfortable acknowledging the common ground I share with the Tea Party more than many others participating in the 99% movement. It really doesn't matter who did what to who and for how long, when the undeniable truth is so long as corporate money and government authority are in bed together, it is the republic that suffers. So before any systemic solutions can go forward, priority one is to disentangle the money from the politics and put some real restrictions on corporate lobbying.

If we get past presumed agreement or disagreement with the occupy movement and just look at how much this issue has been ignored in all 3 branches of government, it's easy to see that something needed to happen to incite this discussion. For better or worse the occupations are the backbone that keep the dialogue open, and keep the agenda moving forward. I am sympathetic to the concerns of the municipalities involved, and their citizenry, however, looking at the occupations themselves, the way they are organized and the energy that's behind them, there are way more resources directed into policing the occupations than necessary. It's a difficult, but necessary, leap of faith, for the state to stand back some and trust it's people to handle their own business--to relax the bureaucracy and let democracy pick up the slack. I have seen demonstrated on countless occasions the power of the people when left to their own devices. I truly believe that each of these occupations has the ability to self-police, provide for their own needs, and, when called upon, perform the upkeep of the public spaces they occupy. They are not a problem. They are a source of solutions.

ZZ_man
ZZ_man

They sure were!  Their leaders and the PC crowd pressured the gov't to develop programs like the CRA.  Banks crumbled under the load and you are looking at the results. Are you so naive that you can't see this?

TDSteve
TDSteve

LOL, you still think the collapse was caused by 'sloppy policies', that they were an 'mistake', made by the same people who made billions from being 'forced' to make loans that people couldn't afford... Are you really so naive as to think that the same people who couldn't afford a house were powerful enough to pressure the government, to force the banks to give them loans?!?

Tyler Wicker419
Tyler Wicker419

This is starting to get stupid. Some off these people have no idea what they are protesting. Trust me I've asked. 

J
J

like the astroturfed Tea Party? lols.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Some people asking either don't have the attention span and/or are too stupid to take in the answer -- I met such a woman on the way back from the protest last night.

Occupy or die trying
Occupy or die trying

If kids know there reasons why and speak in there own words with there own mouths then your the one lost I agree some may not know why but don't judge everyone when you haven't talked to everyone because I bet you can ask the vet's who gave there lives, you can talk to teachers who wanna educate the children but lacks funding do to massive wars this gov creates,the elder people who need there ss and healthcare,or the unions who history changed the shape on how American evolved ,and how the people can feed the homeless and yet this gov. which forces the people to pay taxes can't because they are to busying spending it for there own selfish needs or giving themselves high raises,or how about the kids will have to pay loads in taxes for something they had nothing to do with in this case your saying ok to every child born you will be born with debt as you take your first breath these are just a few reasons.

Bostjan Avsec
Bostjan Avsec

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THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO "WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER" !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... OR http://www.youtube.com/user/Bo... <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. These are hard facts about lunatic ZIONIST Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population(ask your local newspaper/media why do they KNOWINGLY keep silent about crime/genocide !!? Ask them why do they KNOWINGLY participate in crime/genocide !!! BECAUSE SILENCE = CRIME !!!). Just in case ( http://www.dailymotion.com/vid... and make sure to play one from beginning..you already know why)

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