May 1, 2012

Ousted from the Don Miller parking lot, where will Occupy Madison go?

Cap Times reports — in an article that says it was posted at 2:45 pm yesterday:
“It was an intolerable situation,” Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday evening of the Occupy Madison homeless encampment on East Washington Avenue, after a Dane County judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the city from closing it down.
It's so annoying to try to follow the news from this once-halfway-decent newspaper. I almost passed up this article because I wanted to know what happened last night. But here's the news from Monday night, posted mid-afternoon on Monday.
“The kind of health issues and crime problems we had on this site are not covered by the First Amendment, I think that’s very clear,” Soglin said. 
He said that the city would wait until noon Tuesday to evacuate the site, to give people a chance to pack their things and leave. 
Police calls to the Occupy site at a city-owned former car dealership in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue included some serious incidents, Soglin stressed. “We are treating the site as a hazardous waste site -- no employee going in is going to touch anything. We’ve had numerous reports of needles.”
Why was this allowed to go on so long?
About an hour earlier...
Earlier than what? "Monday evening"?
... Dane County Circuit Court Judge Amy Smith told pro-bono lawyers who sought a temporary restraining order in the name of three homeless people that they had not provided convincing evidence that clearing the site would trample the occupants’ First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech. In fact, there was evidence that occupants had participated in protests at other locations in the city while living at Occupy Madison, Smith pointed out.
Oh, good lord, why was this a difficult issue? The protesters have left the city with a hazardous waste site to clean up and they made us waste our scarce money defending ridiculous lawsuits. You know the old lefty slogan "Property is theft." These lefties have me thinking: Protest is theft.
At about the time that Soglin spoke with reporters at a community budget session at Wright Middle School on the south side about a dozen protesters gathered in the hallway outside Soglin’s office in the City-County Building downtown were ordered to leave by police officers. All but one man -- Allen Barkoff, 69 -- obeyed; he was arrested and charged with trespassing.
Barkoff — we were talking about him yesterday.

What was the point of all the patience and tolerance? At some point, it would need to end and it would, predictably, end badly. Now, they've got until noon today, and then the city moves in. Brilliantly, the day is May 1st, which has long been planned as a big protest day. I can see in the social media that there's an effort to draw a crowd to the Occupy site at noon (and then to march to the City County Building for a rally). Good luck to Mayor Soglin — who's now the protesters' enemy. (We saw a "Recall Soglin" sign at the Occupy site yesterday. Another sign said: "We were evicted from our homes, Mayor Soglin.)

ADDED: Here's what we saw:

29 comments:

edutcher said...

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Somebody else said that, I think.

Patrick said...

I certainly do not wish it on your city, but I would chuckle if they actually recalled the Mayor. I doubt there's more than a couple dozen who would even sign such a petition, though.

Pathetic.

Sorun said...

They can go hang in the TV room at the Union South like they did 30 years ago when I was in school.

David said...

Reality has been dribbling down on Paul Soglin since his student organizer days. He's beginning to get it. Now if he would only explain things to his supporters.

Tank said...

After seeing Bloomberg take care of this in NY, Soglin still gets it all wrong.

You don't announce this so they can prepare for "battle" with you. If you're going to remove them, you surprise them, and do it with way more men than you need to get the job done.

Before they know what's happening, it's done.

He from the stupid (Repub) party?

gerry said...

Sowing discontent is an old leftist ploy. Any disruption is an opportunity to harvest revolutionary change. Sympathetic contemporary progressive minds are reluctant to assert right versus wrong, or even the public welfare versus health risks, when social disruption is possible.

EDH said...

Judge Amy Smith told pro-bono lawyers... that they had not provided convincing evidence that clearing the site would trample the occupants’ First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech.

Is that what they mean by "clear and convincing" evidence?

Matthew Sablan said...

What, you mean giving in to people's demands makes them think you'll give in to their demands? The deuce, you say.

rehajm said...

"If a continuing protest declines — and it will ultimately have to decline, unless the authorities break it up — then during the period of decline, the people left in the protest are, more and more, the extremists, the deranged, and the emotionally needy. Few onlookers identify with these people."

It will be interesting to see how the protesters will be received now that they are stirring things up again. I suspect many of the previously sympathetic are suffering from protest fatigue along with the rest of us.

ndspinelli said...

It won't be a Russ Darrow Dodge parking lot. For non cheeseheads, Russ Darrow is a big car dealer who ran for statewide office as a Republican.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Funny how after a leftwing protest, the protest site ends up as a hazardous waste site.

So we can conclude that not only is leftism a toxic ideology it's bad for the environment.

David said...

Meanwhile, a "very high level" US delegation is in Afghanistan. WH denies Obama is there. However, a load of footballs was seen being loaded on Air Force One.

Petunia said...

Wow, maybe this ridiculous city is finally coming to its senses, if even a Dane County judge and the mayor have had enough of these idiotic moochers.

bagoh20 said...

"We were evicted from our homes, Mayor Soglin."

Repossessed for lack of payment.

Scott M said...

However, a load of footballs was seen being loaded on Air Force One.

That would help explain all the chatter on the fringe tech sites I read that mention DARPA working with large caliber air cannons.

MadisonMan said...

They can go hang in the TV room at the Union South like they did 30 years ago when I was in school.

Oh God, no. I'd rather they went to the Law School Library.

drozz said...

Soglin is finding out why you don't feed wild animals

Michael Haz said...

Just give them bus tickets to San Francisco. Much better envrionment for the homeless.

Calypso Facto said...

Soglin should have just called in the EPA to "crucify them" for their environmental transgressions. I hear the agency likes that kind of thing.

TCB-n-a-Flash said...

Move them to the UW Quad and make the Campus Liberals put up with it for six months instead of the town's people. There'd probably be a nice symbiotic relationship, and the campus might be more tolerant of the drug usage.

Nobody deserves this situation more than Madison. I hope they refuse to leave.

Seeing Red said...

I thought the tent city was working fine?

TCB-n-a-Flash said...

Have there been any campus fundraisers to help supply these homeless people, or just a lot of hot air they can't really eat?

Also, did the tent city people get the invitation fliers to Cinco de Mifflin?

Scott M said...

I thought the tent city was working fine?

And, according to the Occupiers themselves, it wasn't costing anyone any money. LOL

PatCA said...

The only reason the decision to end it was difficult is because for the past 40 years we have been taught that lefty protesters are good. They are children, also, and need to be coddled and given the benefit of the doubt.

This is a bastardization of the civil disobedience movement: Occupy is all protest and no consequence, the opposite of civil disobedience.

Fen said...

I'm thinking of joining Occupy so that I can lead them back to Madison. I'm certain I can get the Koch Borthers to fund me. The Walker campaign too.

Crunchy Frog said...

All things end badly, otherwise they wouldn't end.

Alex said...

Does anyone really give a shit?

Rusty said...

Alex said...
Does anyone really give a shit?





No.

Not really.

No.

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