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Occupy Denver elects a new leader: Shelby, a Border Collie mix

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Shelby.
At three and a half years old, Shelby is too young to vote but not to be voted for. Last night, she almost ruined her greatest accomplishment to date when, during announcements at Occupy Denver's 7 p.m. general assembly, she ran into the center of the circle for attention. It would be a short wait until, with a landslide vote, she would earn it. In about five minutes flat, the young Border Collie/cattle-dog mix was elected the occupation's official leader.

The decision, one that earned more than the required majority, is both laughable and pointed. Even in a leaderless movement, the fact that many corporations have power over the rights of their human employees has inspired the group to symbolically strike back. Shelby is a leader among men -- and a four-pawed iconoclast, depending upon how far you're willing to take the issue.

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Shelby remains calm and collected in the face of her good news.
Aaron "Al" Nesby is willing to take it pretty far. It was, after all, his idea, and it began with Michael Moore. Stung by the documentarian's refusal to follow general assembly guidelines at his recent visit to Occupy Denver, the idea of electing a symbolic (if hairy) leader struck him as an opportune statement.

"(Moore) walked in with security and made everyone listen to him in the center of the circle with a bullhorn like he was our leader, even though he said out loud it's a leaderless movement," says Nesby, a recent Westword profile subject. He and a few fellow occupiers gathered to contradict the misconception that the group needs an end-all representative. "Shelby has more human traits than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed and she can show emotion. If this is the way the corporate world chooses to do business, let's apply the same rule."


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kewiesterrock
kewiesterrock

Appointment setting is nothing but the arranged meeting between client and salesman.  It can save your lots of time . Now a days it is so much useful in big companies or firms.

appointment setting   

Dana
Dana

I've got the same political leanings as shelby. 

Brian Mo
Brian Mo

War is over, if you want it…

Ron Paul 2012

Brian Mo
Brian Mo

War is over, if you want it…

Ron Paul 2012

xxxtruthordare
xxxtruthordare

I complain that the law unconstitutionally bars people diametrically opposed to the assembly of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States under 14 years were included in the states and other jurisdictions subject.games for couples

Batsu
Batsu

Just another point to highlight the fact that these people don't even know or care what they are doing. They are the people who just want to complain for the sake of complaining. They have no leader, no focus, and don't even know what they want to accomplish. They just want to bitch and moan until someone hands them everything they think they are entitled to....meanwhile they camp out, make a mess, and collect unemployment, instead of looking for a job...or even coming up with a solution to present to the public to solve the issues they are complaining about.

Kai Border
Kai Border

FINALLY a group of occupants smart enough to realize that this Border Collie is smarter than all of them put together!!!  Now that's some real hope and change.

Bill Dessenberger
Bill Dessenberger

This article contains major errors. Occupy COMO (Columbia, Missouri) elected a dog named Legs (an Airedale Terrier) leader about a month ago. He won in a unanimous vote. I suspect an Occupy Denver member that's been staying with us spread the idea.

I think a lot of you don't really get it, though: This is a coalition with everyone from across the spectrum. Whatever group/ideology the leader has will get everyone else painted with that same color and that's not helpful. Leaders are the first to be arrested regardless of legality, they get demonized, or if that fails they get assassinated. So we don't provide them a target to focus on. If they feel they MUST have one, it might as well be a dog. It's hard to attack our fearless leader for his sex life, decry him as a political extremist, arrest him, or, looking at that adorable bearded face, kill him.

LTC Mike
LTC Mike

Border collies are bred to herd sheep.  The occupiers have inadvertently chosen the perfect leader for their movement, at least until somebody can find a lemming.  

David Fillingham
David Fillingham

Border collies rule! We have one from Texas, half Border Collie half English Setter. She has a goal of taking over the world, so she will not join any cabinet except of her peers.

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.  ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

GardenGnomeLF
GardenGnomeLF

I'm sure the dog would make a better leader than Obama.

Trouble
Trouble

"that's one of the issues with this style of hierarchy" - you tool, it's not a hierarchy, that's the style

Dave Meister
Dave Meister

Isn't it cruelty to animals to have a dog out in 17 degree weather? Seriously, someone rescue that poor dog.

Thebes
Thebes

We are all leaders here.

Red_Eye_Girl
Red_Eye_Girl

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Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo

There are unconfirmed reports of the leader committing multiple unwanted sexual advances towards others. These advances have included, but are not limited to, the leader sticking her nose in other living-beings butts, and licking of other's genitals...

West Guest
West Guest

I heartily embrace Shelby as leader!   There's no doubt that she will get more accomplished than the handful of self-appointed elitists who only "occupy" the park for "their" GA's.

Pete
Pete

"Voting the dog" is new "jumping the shark."  Way to stick a fork in yourself!

Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

"...for Occupy Denver we can't go around and talk to everyone in the park directly," Another classic Matt Murray cop-out.

Quadrophinc
Quadrophinc

Border Collie is smarter than most Americans.

Free all non-violent drug offenders should be their first point of order.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

The deliberative body which has spent many hours dithering about whether or not to make a symbolic statement banning "drugs and alcohol" (excluding tobacco, of course) for fear of offending decent people (who are appalled by the use of cannabis, but don't mind cigarette smoke) just elected a dog to be its leader, thus demonstrating Occupy Denver's resolve to effect real change.

P.S. Which is flakier, the 3pm GA or the 7pm GA? I'd thought that the 3pm GA was a clear favorite, but 7pm has set a new milestone.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I think everyone can agree about Shelby's beauty. Thanks for the post, Francescab.

SmilingAhab
SmilingAhab

Not really. They are covered in fur. You don't even have to give them booties unless the ground is below zero. They're made for it. It's the little yappy hairless monsters you gotta cover up.

amzasjq
amzasjq

Well, smarter than most Occu-Commies anyway.

West Guest
West Guest

Which is flakier??   that's a tough call, as nothing of any substance seems to be coming from either.  Being in close contact with OCCUPY movements in three other cities, I can assure that Denver's is seriously lagging behind.  The destruction of the original occupation in Lincoln Park was devastating to the overall day-to-day energy, and since then with no tents allowed, the homeless are really the only 24/7 occupiers, and most unfortunately a couple of them are constantly unruly.

But thru it all, the THUNDERDOME crew is always AWESOME!!

Gold Man-Sacks
Gold Man-Sacks

I couldn't agree more. I'm on board with the issues they're representing, but their execution has been amateurish at best. How on Earth is a person supposed to help a group that elects a dog as their representative? As if the camp looking like a hobo jungle wasn't embarrassing enough...

NotWoofka
NotWoofka

And this is exactly why I've been saying that this effort is doomed to fail.  Way to make some progress!

SmilingAhab
SmilingAhab

How is being mad at the intransigence and undue political influence of the financial sector communism?

Allamony
Allamony

smarter than any American that would trust a Government who is loyal to Mexican Drug Cartels.

or smarter than any American who would support imprisoning Millions of Americans with violent sec offenders just because they cultivated a harmless plant.

Americans are fucking stupid, bro. 

Thebes
Thebes

I think the lack of "substance" has to due with spending such a large part of the effort fighting against suppression. Few people will sleep on the sidewalk in the cold if they have a choice, so in a way the police and city are largely controlling who's there at night. Of course many of the less destitute 99% could afford a -20F sleeping bag and goretex bivy sack- rather than complaining about flakiness you might go there and serve as an example.

Santa Fe has proportionally more going on for its size, but then the city council let them put up a heated tent and no one got shot with pepper-balls, beaten, and had their camp hauled off. Its a lot easier for them to assemble, so they get more done per occupant at their assembly.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting post, West Guest. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for reading.

Cailleach
Cailleach

The point is that's there's no leader. They're all in this together. Duh!

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

BECAUSE - it is a typical "sound bite" accusation favored by brainless people who complain about things they don't understand and prefer to call names.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

The Freedom Riders also "broke the law" - as did the suffragettes - who got arrested for voting.  And the same thing was said at that time to justify the brutalization of women; "they broke the law".  True American principles put the First Amendment ahead of "camping" laws.The Freedom Riders went into "white only" waiting rooms, peacefully, and they were arrested and attacked and beaten by police because they "broke the law". 

Where are the PEOPLE supposed to exercise their rights if not at the Capitol ???And it isn't that the "law" doesn't apply - that's a knee-jerk sound bite - IT'S THAT THERE ARE HIGHER, MORE IMPORTANT LAWS, LIKE THE CONSTITUTION.I can see that you, gekkobear, would have been on the wrong side of history then, as now, because you would have denied people substantive rights over petty ordinances.david

Thebes
Thebes

I am complaining that the law unconstitutionally bars the people from assembling in blatant violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution which under the 14th has been incorporated upon the states and other subordinate jurisdictions.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Adam.

gekkobear
gekkobear

They ran you off?  And after you got permits and permission to stay in the park, set up your tests, and camp there...

Oh, you didn't get any permission, and they'd have run me off if I tried to set my tent up there last year.

So you're complaining that they're enforcing the law, and expecting you to obey the law, just like everyone else?

How dare they, don't they know that as the representative of the 99% you're entitled to special rights that nobody else gets?  You're super special and should be treated differently with privilege unlike the common masses who wouldn't be allowed to stay after the park closing because you're the ... um... 99% everyday man... but a really special one!

Does that pretty much cover your rant?  Or is there some reason I missed why the law shouldn't apply to you?

Adam Strange
Adam Strange

Eh. I'm with Occupy Dallas. I've found the best way to handle the GA is to figure out what you want to do. Get as much of it done as possible by yourself. Then for go a proposal for an announcement and anyone who wants to get involved with what your doing can get with you after the GA.

Susan Jeffries
Susan Jeffries

What can you do to help the gathering focus on the importance of their original reasons for protest?  

West Guest
West Guest

Fighting Suppression.  Repression.  Oppression.   That is NOT what is going on.Were you in attendance for last night's 7pm GA?  I was, in fact it was Day 39 of my direct involvement.  And disconcertingly, it was one of the more namby-pamby circle-jerks yet.Accordingly, by the time it finally wound down, well over half of the original gathering had exited the proceedings, even Shelby. Sadly, at this point in time, other than the Saturday marches and The Thunderdome kitchen, the Mile High version of OWS is floundering.

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