sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

December 12, 2011

#Occupy on Life Support

Filed under: Bay Area politics, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 3:58 pm

At this point writing about #Occupy is a bit like beating a dead horse.  #Occupy (and Adbusters) traffic is plummeting, and the real life participation has dwindled.

Over a month ago an estimated 10,000 (probably a generous MSM estimate, but still) thugs rampaged through Oakland, vandalized property and threatened businesses.  They shut down the port of Oakland, one of the largest in the country, and, I’ll let you know, an object of Oakland pride.

As KTVU channel 2 reported yesterday, about 100 leaders of the leaderless movement coalesced to plot another port shutdown.  Longshoremen condemned the strike, and ahead of time the attendance was estimated in “thousands”.  Today hundreds of protesters failed to shut down the port.  The media documented some of the reactions:

“This is joke. What are they protesting?” said Christian Vega, 32, who sat in his truck carrying a load of recycled paper from Pittsburgh on Monday morning. He said the delay was costing him $600.

“It only hurts me and the other drivers. We have jobs and families to support and feed. Most of them don’t,” Vega said.

And:

“It pisses me off,” said Mark Hebert, 47, another trucker waiting to get into the port. “I am losing money. I don’t get paid when I am just sitting here. I’ve got a truck payment, and insurance payment just like everyone else. ”

Some longshoremen scheduled to begin work at 8 a.m. decided they didn’t want to cross a picket line and went home. Others, though, said they needed the money.

“They have some legitimate points and what not, but we are part of the 99 percent and they are stopping us from coming to work,” said Tim, a 44-year-old longshoreman who didn’t want to give his last name. “The 1 percent’s cargo doesn’t come in here. The caviar comes in from Russia first class, not on a slow boat from China.”

In other news, #Occupy Oakland “liberated” a foreclosed housed that since been sold (by Fannie Mae) to a new owner.

#Occupy leaders need to know when to pull the plug on protesting.  I know they still want to demonstrate their prowess, but at they end up looking pathetic.

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3 Comments »

  1. The Occupiers and their “movement” may now be has beens, but you can’t tell that from the way the mainstream media, in dulcet tones, go on and on about the Occupiers.

    Frankly, I don’t see them disappearing from the landscape. **sigh**

    Comment by Always On Watch — December 13, 2011 @ 3:35 am

    • AOW,
      I think you are unnecessarily pessimistic.
      All stories I linked to came from the liberal MSM sources. Yet they can’t help pointing out that the movement is losing support, and that their little antics are getting sillier by day. This morning I woke up to my alarm set to a local non-conservative talk radio station. They had a man giving his opinion on #Occupy, saying that capitalism is not a problem, corruption is.
      Since #Occupy showed itself to be undeniably creepy and violent, their patrons are distancing themselves from them.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 13, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  2. Hopefully the Occupods will slink away and go back to their parent’s basement.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — December 14, 2011 @ 9:13 am


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