Occupy Continues To Lose Sympathy

You know, I heard a lot of criticism of the Tea Party back in the day. But I don’t recall them do anything like this:

Police have arrested an Occupy Fort Collins protester in connection with a $10 million arson fire that damaged dozens of condominiums and businesses in Fort Collins.

Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of arson, burglary and criminal mischief.

On Oct. 24, a fire started at 3:30 a.m. in a four-story apartment complex under construction. The fire spread to the occupied Penny Flats condominium and retail building next door.

I’m sure the OWS folks will say this is just a rogue element. But these elements are becoming more and more common and, fairly or unfairly, becoming the face of the movement. The “rogue elements” are becoming a rogue movement.

The problem with the Occupy movement is the occupy part. The Tea Parties had the right idea: everyone protest then go back to work. By not creating a permanent presence, they kept things under control. But with Occupy, you have tons of people just sitting around day after day, becoming a magnet from criminals, anarchists and rapists. This has not been helped by the encouragements of certain dim-bulb mayors.

Early on, I said that I was encouraged by the Tea Party but wanted to see a coherent agenda emerge. It sorta did. But for OWS, the need is even more urgent because they have a much more intrinsically volatile situation. Occasional agendas emerge but they are lost in the howl of protest for the sake of protest and increasingly anti-social destructive behavior.

It’s time to back off, drain the dangerous energy and coalesce behind an agenda, even if it’s a liberal one. If OWS doesn’t shift to protesting FOR something, rather than against everything, this is only going to get worse.

Update: Crap like this isn’t helping either. Memo to Occupy DC — both parties are to blame.

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    A truly heart warming story:

    Modesto ain’t New York, motherfucker. We don’t go for that shit around here.
    Coming in from work I hit my last stoplight and traffic came to a screeching halt, the reason being about 20 OWS protesters waving signs, disrupting traffic, throwing hissy fits and generally misbehaving.
    I saw a sign that said “We are the 99%” and I was thinking Let’s see, Modesto has 200,000 people in it and they’ve got 20 protesters. That’s a far cry from 99%.
    Anyways, there’s this one hippie, great big motherfucker about 6′ 5″, crossing the street back and forth waving his sign and holding up traffic, so I yelled at him to go find a fucking job and let me get home from mine.
    He responds with “Shut the fuck up and go pay your taxes” and I came back with “I do.”
    “And what do you get from that?” he yells.
    “Self respect, you cocksucker. Try it sometime.”
    Then this dumb, stupid sonofabitch, walks out into traffic, comes over to my truck and then lays his hands on my door and starts to say something.
    Wrong, wrong, wrong.
    I gassed him. I hit him full in the face with a looooong blast of pepper spray. I mean, I leaned out the window and followed him all the way to the ground with it.
    He hit the ground and started rolling around crying like the little bitch he was, but he wasn’t getting much sympathy. Horns and cheers erupted all around.
    Just as the light changed I leaned out and told the fucking hippie “Better get used to that shit son, if you want to be a real revolutionary.”

    Now check this out: I didn’t try to get away, I didn’t try to hide, I just drove home. The law has yet to arrive, and it’s been over an hour, so I’m guessing that not a single soul got my licence plate and turned me in.
    Stupid fuckers, thinking they’re going to get sympathy from people that are out busting their asses for a living by holding them up from getting home where they can relax, have a drink or smoke a joint and try to forget about their day.

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  2. Section8

    Oh come on Hal, you’re just criticizing because they are leftists. I mean pointing this stuff out is just hypocrisy. We all know the Tea Party was never bashed with false accusations and name calling because it was all true of course. In fact, the Tea Party was so violent and crazy, some leftistsfelt they needed to step in as fake Tea Party members just to show how crazy the Tea Party was.

    Just remember, imagined violence on the right is always far worse than the real violence on the left, because the left are always pacifists. Of course everyone knows that’s bullshit, even the leftists.

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  3. Seattle Outcast

    Fort Collins isn’t exactly the libtard paradise that is Denver. Not only did it host a dittohead convention back in about 1992, Colorado State isn’t exactly overflowing with liberal arts types like Boulder is just an hour’s drive away. Lots of HP people running around mixed with people that consider cowboy boots the only real form of footwear on the planet. It’s also one of those places that have an obscene number of trucks per capita and shitloads of blue-collar beer joints.

    Most people in Fort Collins would just as soon shoot an “Occupier” as look at one.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    When this is all done with, likely well before xmas, and the mobs have been dispersed through tear gas, riot sticks, and the flat-out ass-kicking of the occasional 99%er that thinks he can get away with a bit too much shit, Van Jones will spin this as a great victory and use it to garner tax dollars in funding.

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  5. AlexInCT

    Here is a prediction: as this OWS bullshit unravels and does exactly the opposite of what the desprate leftists that planned, coordinate, and finance this shit hoped it would, I guarantee you that the LSM will totally stop reporting on it. OWS and all this nonsense has alreadyl become “Lord of the Files”, at a whole bunch of these gatherings, and unless they can blame the right for the degeneracy that seems to be a constant at these leftists gatherings, we will not hear about it much, or at all, unless it gets picked up by the bloggosphere and evil Fox News. This shit has ebcome toxic. And everytime someone contrasts any of these stinking hippy and communistfascist//anti-capitalist infested OWS freak shows with a tea Party gathering, the statists lose more people. Fucking losers the lot of them.

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