October 22, 2011

At Occupy Madison, the occupation is accomplished not so much with human beings.



It's more... vegetables and corrugated cardboard:



Who knew you could claim an entire city park for yourself with litter? "Occupy Everything," indeed.



Later, there are a few more folks there, all male, for some reason...





... or maybe you can see the reason.



"This is CLASS WARFARE."

69 comments:

Kensington said...

Just like the Tea Party!

It's a shame the city didn't have a cleaning crew standing by to sweep away all that debris as soon as the cretin count diminished.

iftheshoefits said...

I'm part of the crowd that thinks all of the zombie "too big too fail" banks should be unwound and shut down, and the financial bailouts ended, completely. But I wouldn't be caught dead with these losers.

If they can't hope to win over someone like me, they don't have a chance.

Browndog said...

Drums......just sayin'.

Ann Althouse said...

"I'm part of the crowd that thinks all of the zombie "too big too fail" banks should be unwound and shut down, and the financial bailouts ended, completely."

That would be capitalism. I don't think these people are big on capitalism. Maybe you could win them over.

Kensington said...

I truly can't follow the mindset. "OK, let's leave, but we won't take any of our garbage or clean up after ourselves."

How does that work?

edutcher said...

The hobo jungles of the 30s looked better.

"This is CLASS WARFARE." - which explains why it has no class.

(I know...)

ic said...

Occupiers have gone awol from their class war.

Let's make love, not war. Let's do a class lovefest not war.

Coketown said...

I noticed this with our local occupation, too. One tent with maybe five or ten people around it (not counting the homeless, who occupy that park anyway) and hundreds of signs spread out on the pavement, stuck into the ground, tacked onto trees. It's an unholy mess.

sorepaw said...
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Freeman Hunt said...

What the hell? Putting trash everywhere does not a protest make. Why is that allowed?

I'm quite sure that if I go to the capitol of my state and cover the area with corrugated cardboard I've decorated with political slogans, I will be cited and fined.

EDH said...

At Occupy Madison, the occupation is accomplished not so much with human beings.

When are the Luddites going to descend and smash the vegetables and burn the corrugated cardboard?

Nothing says vexatious litigant like a man with a highly calibrated neck brace riding a Segway.

iftheshoefits said...

"That would be capitalism."

Capitalism or socialism, or anywhere in between, it's only as good as the integrity of the people who run it and participate in it.

I'm all for reform. And in the right situation, I might even support a bloodless revolution of some sort. But keep me away from this round of numbskulls.

EDH said...

That last picture is enought to keep any sane women away from Match.com.

Bruce said...

Imperial colonizers!

EDH said...

Remember couch forts and "No Girls Allowed" signs?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

I like the reference to Move On. Sounds like a little internecine jealousy or something.

traditionalguy said...

Reminds me of the Spanish explorers, starting with Columbus, who had the Pope's Bull as authority to claim for Spain the non-Christian lands 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands.

Portugal got the land to the east of the Papal Line which turned out to not only be Africa they intended but also Brazil sticking out towards Africa.

I love a painting of the Spanish Soldiers landing at Monterey, California and planting their flag while the priests do the ceremonies taking title for Spain in the name of Jesus and his representative in the see of St Peter.

The current claimants must have a Bull issued by Pope Soros I.

Petunia said...

So Segway Boi is there. That means the threshold of idiocy has truly been crossed. Why is he wearing a neck brace?

J Allen said...

I wonder if the guy in the red bandana (who also sports a nice hand drawn hammer cycle on his jacket) is discussing his plans to form his own Red Guard unit. After all it is October.

SBVOR said...

The Flea Party is the proper name for these pests.

Pass it on!

A. Shmendrik said...

Who is the ass lick on the Segway?

Rialby said...

Is that one dude in the last picture sitting in a stream of urine?

Toshtu said...

Out with a whimper.

There's always next Spring.

J Allen said...

I know where I've seen this setting before. It was in the third world countries I've been to.

Karl said...

Sausage Fest without the beer.

RE: Monsanto - I recall this WSJ article
Seems that the farmers that use the altered seed corn must agree to create a "bug island" so not make the bugs angry & mutate into super bugs. As it happens, the bug island is not profitable.
You can imagine what happens next.

bagoh20 said...

It's impossible to make fun of these people by exaggerating their idiocy. They are that good.

JAL said...

A $7000 Segway.

Maybe it was used ... only $5000.

Speechless.

bagoh20 said...

"Occupy everything" = The basic problem with human beings.

Petunia said...

Segway Boi is Jeremy Ryan, a "professional" protestor. He apparently has a medical condition, Andersen Tawil Syndrome, that can lead to cardiac issues. Hence, the Segway.

Which was donated to him a few years ago. He also lives or used to live in a penthouse in one of Madison's newest, most deluxe apartment buildings. A few months ago he posted a plea on the internet asking for donations to pay his rent and other bills, because his protesting activities were soooooo important that he couldn't work a regular job, and his alleged cell phone export business wasn't enough to support him. Not sure whether he got enough $$$ to stay in the penthouse.

He's been arrested more than any other protestor so far as I know, but has rarely been charged with anything thanks to our corrupt Dane County DA, and he hasn't paid any of the numerous fines he's accumulated...oh yeah, he asked for donations to cover those, too.

He and pink dress guy and the idiot who sends obscene emails to legislators from his MATC student account need to be made the face of the protestors.

timp said...

RESIST WE MUCH!

A. Shmendrik said...

Thanks Petunia.

Medical condition fraud is occurring with increasing frequency as people recognize the impossibility of refuting claims, due to HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. I'm not saying this guy is a fraud. I'm just saying that if he were, there would be no way to know (on the medical story.)

Most folks on Segways who are not police or airport workers look like fools.

gadfly said...

Didn't see any $5,500 Macs laying around.

Rose said...

LOL - HILARIOUS - Damn - I will have to go take some pictures of #Occupy Humboldt and send 'em to ya - same deal about 4 or 5 people and a bunch of signs stuck all around - LAZY protestors. They manage to get a few more at noon and 5:00 when the cars are going by.

rcocean said...

When are Meadehouse going to leave the hick sticks and go to NYC?

That's where OWS is really happening, man.

Carol_Herman said...

Tubbs is incompetent. His cops can't even chase litterbugs away by ticketing them.

What happens if you walk over their posters? What happens when the cyclists round the corner?

Do these loonies think 99% of our population is unemployed?

Who comes up with their slogans, anyway?

I think ... there's an attempt to create "Hooverville's." But this time it is reappearing as farce.

murgatroyd666 said...

Which one of them is Garage?

EDH said...

A. Shmendrik said...
Thanks Petunia.

"...and one measly Petunia."

Alex said...

WI Occupiers are poorer then the Manhattan ones. No iPhones, Macbook Pros.

Michael said...

Its like the Carlsberg beer commercial. Only less friendky looking. Or clean.

Emilie said...

The Occupy Philadelphia crowd seems a little more lively.

The Metro reports that the Occupy Philadelphia folks are, in fact, advertising their group as a kind of fun social network. They had a "Goofy Sunday Mystery Fun Action" event, and an 80s-themed prom dance party.

http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/local/article/998641--occupy-philly-mix-of-politics-pleasure

(Sorry about the unwieldy method of writing out a link. If anyone wants to instruct me about how to do it the right way, please do so!)

AllenS said...
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AllenS said...

Emilie,

,a href="link info here">word you want to use here</a.

use the shift key where you see the , (comma)

use the shift key where you see the . (period)

AllenS said...

Maybe this makes more sense: use the shift key where the comma is and the period.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Althouse: I don't think these people are big on capitalism.

Monopolies are capitalism, and unions are monopolies, hence these people are big on capitalism. If you told them that from now on everyone was going to be paid the same and get the same benefits, they'd riot. It would mean less for them and more for everybody else.

AllenS said...

Hold the shift key down and hit the comma to start the link, and hold the shift key down and hit the period to end the link.

Why is this so hard to explain?

Jason (the commenter) said...

Alex: WI Occupiers are poorer then the Manhattan ones. No iPhones, Macbook Pros.

You mean "appear to be". At the protest in Saint Petersburg I saw people, dressed a lot like those at Madison, get out of some very nice cars. And some stood with their signs while their friends, in very nice clothes, took pictures with their iPhones.

AllenS said...

Jason,

Maybe they were Scientologists.

Psychedelic George said...

I went last night to see the remake of "The Thing." Tentacles in Antarctica

Would have been better had it been set at one of these rallies.

Did you know that all remote polar bases are equipped with flame throwers and hand grenades?

Also, if a young and beautiful American paleontologist arrives, 12 bearded Norwegian dudes will let her assume command?

Plus, if you fire a flame thrower inside the confines of a remote polar base to incinerate a greasy monster, it will be incinerated but the remote polar base will not catch on fire.

Also, never get into a helicopter if there is the remotest possibility that one of your fellow passengers will sprout tentacles. Do not do this.

And, finally, if your flying saucer crashes 100,000 years ago and has not one dent on it and is thereafter buried under 100 feet of polar ice, you can restart its engines and fly away, unless a young and beautiful American paleontologist at the last second under great pressure throws a hand grenade into your vertical mouth that has teeth.

Pogo said...

The Tragedy of the Communists.

Emil Blatz said...

EDH said...
A. Shmendrik said...
Thanks Petunia.

"...and one measly Petunia."

10/23/11 2:43 AM


Thanks EDH for the Stooges link. I'm a major Stooges fan, and actually had a phone conversation with Moe Howard back in 1975. Almost everything in life can be illustrated by a Three Stooges clip.

new york said...

You ask, "Why are there fewer women sleeping outdoors to protest" I am sure that you realize that women who attempt to exercise their first amendment rights of speech and assembly by sleeping on the street risk a lot more than men do, exposing themselves to rape, slander, libel and just that everyday rage that men feel toward women who speak

Browndog said...

Visual aid for AllenS-

how to make a hyperlink

TWM said...

"You ask, "Why are there fewer women sleeping outdoors to protest" I am sure that you realize that women who attempt to exercise their first amendment rights of speech and assembly by sleeping on the street risk a lot more than men do, exposing themselves to rape, slander, libel and just that everyday rage that men feel toward women who speak"

Is everyday rage different from, you know, weekend rage, or maybe special event rage?

David said...

"that everyday rage that men feel toward women who speak"

What kind of men (and women) do you hang out with? We have a lot of talking women here in flyover land and by and large we listen. Unless the Packers are playing or stuff like that.

Flyover women are not equipped with mute buttons.

Kirby Olson said...

It's like dogs marking their territory with signs, trash, poop and piss.

grackle said...

… everyday rage that men feel toward women who speak …

Projection: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects, especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Emilie--


It's all at this link. Just cut and paste the line that says a href="url">Link text </a Replace url with the internet address and Link text with whatever words you want highlighted in your comment. Easy.

edwardroyce said...

"I truly can't follow the mindset. "OK, let's leave, but we won't take any of our garbage or clean up after ourselves."

How does that work?"

Ask a teenager. They could explain the gravity of the decision, the philosophy underpinning the reckless disregard for the community of effort required to offset the inevitable chaos implied by the Third Law of Thermodynamics and the requisite bon ami necessary to leave such work to some undefined yet known third party. And with a single word.

"ddduuuuuuddddeee."

gerry said...

Later, there are a few more folks there, all male, for some reason...

...and all white?

DADvocate said...

Remember couch forts and "No Girls Allowed" signs?

"Couch forts" was my first thought.

The 99% are 1%.

PETER V. BELLA said...

It looks like left overs from kindergarten art class.

AprilApple said...

99% are going anti-Galt. Hilarious.

AllenS said...

I don't believe that 99% of the people liter. Who are these people? Who do they really represent?

WV: vagni

new york said...

Yes, you guessed correctly, everyday rage against women is not as bad as sunday rage or even football sunday rage, and holidays are very dangerous as well, those are the days when things get really bad for women in America.
and thank you for the lesson about "projection" I imagine that must be very comforting to all the abused women out there, to know that they really should not blame their partner, it's just their own anxiety.

TWM said...

"Yes, you guessed correctly, everyday rage against women is not as bad as sunday rage or even football sunday rage, and holidays are very dangerous as well, those are the days when things get really bad for women in America."

That sounds like regular old asshole rage. What does that have to do with rage against women who speak? Is protest on the street rage worse or something?

walter said...

This is what slumocracy looks like.

E.M. Davis said...

even football sunday rage

You forgot Super Bowl rage!

Anne said...

I read a comment somewhere that was so profound I have to repeat it here, sorry I cannot remember who to give the attribution to.
"It is a shame that these people don't understand, they are protesting the bailouts, but socialism is the biggest bailout of all."

Emilie said...

Many, many thanks to AllenS, Browndog, and Tyrone Slothrop.

I can do links!

The Occupy Philadelphia group takes time off from the hard work of protesting to enjoy a Goofy Sunday Mystery Action event, and an 80s-themed prom party.

Although, now that I know how to do the link correctly, it turns out that most of the story has disappeared from the Metro page. Sigh.