sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

May 2, 2012

A Liberal Gets Robbed, So to Say

Filed under: Bay Area politics, fashion, politics — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:39 am

He looks like an occupier himself (via Daley Gator):

No doubt this young entrepreneur is angry and frightened.  He says he doesn’t know why his business was targeted, so let me help.  He opened it in the vicinity of Dolores Park where countercultural events are often held, a logical place for Occupy SF to have their rally.  In any event, anarchists and their like chose to eat and shop in the Mission.  This guy’s restaurant was a target of opportunity.

I’m not suggesting that he chose a wrong location for his venue.  To the contrary, his business probably benefited from being situated in this radical chic shopping enclave.  Anarchists bring authenticity to the neighborhood, and broken windows are the price to pay.

It reminds me of people complaining about the homeless kids in the Upper Haight.  Sure, they are obnoxious and annoying, but they are also a major tourist draw.  Without them Haight Ashbury would be just another commercial district.  However, the lefty types are wrong to suggest that the homeless give an “identity” or a “soul” to the neighborhood because the young junkies are pretty much extraneous to the lives of the locals and the patrons.  They should be more appropriately called mascots of the Haight.

In the Mission, to be sure, counterculture is more organically intertwined in the area.  Underground bands play in Mission bars and stores carry local designers. Unlike the Haight, this is not the neighborhood that’s lives of its half a century old glory and where half the establishments look like they belong to the same corporation.  I guess I could say that the Mission is all “mom and pop”, if mom and pop are single and pushing 40.

The young man in the video can talk about violence as being “counterproductive”, and certainly not every occupoid is violent.  But all occupiers know about the violent wing of their movement and still chose to associate with them.  Some Occupy fellow travelers hope that the violence that began with Starbucks, Whole Foods and Foot Locker will end with those corporations.  Vladimir Lenin would call them “useful idiots”.   A half a year ago, a Communist across the Bay explained about that pesky “means of production” thing:

Oh well.  Maybe one day the interviewee will pack up his shop and move to Walnut Creek.

For more local gossip about the May Day riots in SF see Capitol Commentary.

November 15, 2011

Does SF Love Dogs More Than Children?

Filed under: Bay Area politics, parenting, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:40 pm

That was a rhetorical question.  I once wrote about anarchists and their dogs.  The newest chapter in this drama is on at #Occupy SF:

Three pooches residing at the Justin Herman Plaza space have tested positive for the highly contagious and deadly parvovirus, putting all four-legged friends there at risk, according to San Francisco Animal Care and Control.

The San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care and Control visited the camp Monday afternoon to offer free veterinary services to dog owners after the SPCA confirmed an outbreak of parvovirus last week. The station set up for the clinic was visited by dozens of dog owners Monday, according to campers. Two more cases were confirmed Monday.

Protesters had mixed feelings Monday night about the dog illnesses. One camper with a pit bull said she appreciated the SPCA providing services at the camp. Another dog owner, however, accused the SPCA of spreading bad publicity as part of a greater effort to shut down the encampment.

Animals are removed from harmful environment.  What about the children?

November 13, 2011

Another Day, Another Round of #Occupy Child Abuse Updates

Occupiers around the country appear to be heading home, and #Occupy Portland kids packed up a few days ago.  Still, #Occupy San Francisco is hanging on, now armed with shivs.  As I mentioned earlier, #Occupy San Fran solicits family participation.

Occupy child abuse

99% of #Occupy kids need a nap.

I’m sure everyone heard of the Denver, CO High School teacher who took her students to disrupt a conservative blogging convention.  I suppose somebody has to show them how to violate the rights of others, but it doesn’t have to be her.  #Occupy Denver already had a parents group.

A woman is raped at #Occupy Philadelphia, and I hope it’s not this newlywed:

Occupy Phili child abuse

A gallery of bad decisions: This single mother brought her 2-year-old to the camp, met a man, and, a month later, married him.

According to this video, the scene is changing in Zuccotti, prudent occupiers are leaving, Zuccotti lung and all, but some children are still around.  (Via Instapundit.)

Personally, I would not take my young family to any kind of political event because I feel that it’s exploitive.  Others make a point that older children need to observe their parents exercising their their 1st Amendment rights.  When parents feel compelled to participate and have no alternative child care, they bring their children to rallies.  I respect their choices.

#Occupy is no ordinary political rally.  The breakdown of social order at the squatter sites was predictable.  That parasites and airborne diseases will turn up at the camps was only a matter of time.  At the time Zuccotti announced its first family sleepover, it was already notorious for poor hygiene and drug use.  Perhaps some parents were naive.  Still others thought this kind of lifestyle is the norm.  All volunteered to put their children’s sweet faces on a very nasty happening.

November 7, 2011

#Occupy Child Abuse Updates — the Red October Edition

Filed under: parenting, politics — Tags: , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:57 pm

Happy Bolshevik Revolution day to #Occupy!  94 Years ago this day the Bolshevik-lead Red Guard took over the Winter Palace, the seat of Provisional Government.  A bloody Civil War immediately followed.

Yesterday Gateway Pundit published a video of Occupy Portland announcing a head and body lice outbreak.

A careful viewer will notice kids present at the time of announcement.  How did the kids wind up there?  Evidently Occupy Portland runs a “Playground and Education Center”, so families are encouraged to show up:

Up to 20 children live at the squat site, and some locals are not pleased:

Many in the community worry that it is not a place for children.

“If they’re school-age, they need to be in school,” said a woman walking past the encampment. “They’re smoking pot, they’re tearing the branches off, they’re climbing the statues and I think they should have to leave if they have children.”

Some parents said they were already home schooled and they’re just continuing to do that.

Some teachers have volunteered after school to tutor as well.  [Because nobody believes the kids are homeschooled? --ed.]

Things are generally not going too well:

Many in the camp went into a panic Tuesday night when a 9-year-old disappeared and was found two hours later with a protester near SW 4th Avenue and SW Taylor Street.

The Occupy parents movement obviously attracts the true believers.  But it seems to be preying on homeless families as well.  They provide some sort of facilities, and in return get sweet little faces to front their demonstrations.

#Occupy parent recruitment is a national effort.  Here in San Francisco a blogger published a call to join the movement:

#Occupy wants your family

The picture up close:

Occupy child abuse

I hear the boy really wanted to hang out with the 99%.

Not everyone in the #Occupy movement approves of this behavior.  For instance, the news that CPS removed a 9-month-old from #Occupy Dallas was discussed on the #Occupy Pittsburgh Facebook page.  Among the responses:

Jeff DowlingWhy don’t you read it Pal! When they are 9 months old they don’t have the capacity to understand any of this. They depend on their parents to make good decisions. He knows nothing about freedom you moron.

Saturday at 6:52pm · 2

Kimberly Jadedeyes Lapham LOL it has nothing to do with the constitution….Children have parents for a reason….Big movements like this can be unsafe….What about the child’s rights? Parents need to keep their kids safe…Saturday at 6:54pm · 2

and:

Jeff DowlingI have to admit this might be over the top, however no one really knows the condition of the camp, whether there were drugs involved etc. However on the surface it is over the top

Saturday at 4:29pm · 1

Carden Crusnik Ok, taking an infant to a protest is idiotic. If something were to happen, or break lose and there was police action then that child could have been injured it’s neglect. STOP TAKING CHILDREN TO THESE EVENTS. Jesus….Saturday at 4:31pm · 5

One question I want to ask is why something that’s bad for children is good for adults.  Occupiers know that their camps are hubs of all sorts of x-rated activity.  They know that illegal drugs are sold and consumed at #Occupy sites.  They know that people are sexually assaulted there, and that human waste is not removed.  They know that many residents have mental health issues, and that fights break out regularly.  Yet adults didn’t come to the sites to merely stand with a sign.  The allure was to live in an anarchist commune.  If this is what had become of it, then occupiers have some serious soul-searching to do.

In fact, many of them are leaving.  More dedicated ones are still there, and so are the homeless and the crazies and perhaps the ones with the most to lose.  Who has the most to lose?  #Occupy is sitting on up to 2/3 million, and this money is sure not going to the homeless.  I’m very interested in seeing what is going to happen to that.

UPDATE: Recent violence at kid-friendly #Occupy Portland.

UPDATE 2: More violence at Portland squat site.  This time a man wielding a hammer.

November 5, 2011

#Occupy Child Abuse Updates

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a video?  Weasel Zippers posts a video of parents parading their kids at notorious Occupy Oakland.  Here is a picture of “Oakland’s children’s brigade” that evidently participated in the recent event marked by mob violence:

child abuse

Shouldn't they be in school?

FB comments get sentimental:

  • Alvaro Maldonadobeautiful picture Steafan;the future Paris communards!

    Wednesday at 1:58pm · 1
  • Steafan Dubhuidhe I actually had tears in my eyes when I first saw it. FINALLY!

    Wednesday at 2:12pm
  • Romana Doorgeest super! this is exactly how it should be, these kids know they too have to stand tall, they are not sleeping, we’ve raised them.

    Wednesday at 4:27pm · 1

Winds of Jihad posts a video of an #OWS cutie accosting adults with “Who did you exploit today?” question.  It is possible that the people she approached hired free labor for which they paid market price. That’s not exploitation.  But to coach a young child to make a political statement for the camera is, so perhaps the girl should direct this question to her parents. (Via The Silicon Graybeard).

Also via Weasel Zipper comes the jaw-dropping footage of mother using her children as human shields to storm Americans for Prosperity convention in DC:

Authorities are taking a note.  Via Gateway Pundit, child protective services seized a baby from the Occupy Dallas squatter site.

My earlier post on #Occupy child abuse is here.

UPDATE: Woman charged with pimping a teen at Occupy NH.  (Via A Pissed Off Irishman).

UPDATE 2: Evidently 200 adults with toddlers and school age children attender #Occupy Oakland “general strike”.

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