Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm
I heard on the KTVU news this morning that the unions that control the port are not supporting these misguided fools. What's next?...the loss of support and funding from moveon.org and George Soros? Looks like they'll have to admit it's time to fold up the tents.
They should consider taking up residence in front of the offices of MF Global and go to Corzine's home. If they are looking for corruption, that's the kind of funding scandal they need to focus on. It's a recent example that's in the press and is negatively impacting many people right now. They'd get lots of support from most people aware of this current fiasco.....even if Corzine was held up by Obama as an example of a financial genius.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Dec 10, 2011 at 10:05 am
What I appreciate is the activism of young American citizens. I don't always appreciate certain tactics but the activism I respect. I find it refreshing that so many Americans are exercising their rights.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm
You'll get no argument there, cholo. The US is still a great country. If the protestors don't find a charismatic, coherent leader to articulate their message (whatever that may be) then all this effort and cost to local communities is a sad waste of valuable resources.
Posted by get a job, a resident of another community, on Dec 12, 2011 at 8:31 am
I agree with Dave! All these "Occupy" people are doing more damage than they are good. Look at all the small business they are effecting by blocking sidewalks...blocking entrances to the port. The people they are hurting are the ones that are working their tails off to provide food for thier families. To all Occupy people...GET A JOB!!! Do something!!! IF you ask ANY of the Occupy posers what they are trying to do...they will look to the person standing next to them and ask them...what are we doing again? The only reason they are doing this is because they are too lazy and useless to try to find a job! I bet if the port of Oakland came out and said we will give 50 of you Occupy people jobs, they would run!! They don't want to work...they want freebies from all the other working class citizens!!!
Posted by Juan R., a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 8:45 am
The truth is starting to come out about these Occupy movements. Two of thier primary backers and organizers are the reconstituted ACORN and MoveOn.org, both ultra-left-wing-loon organizations. The primary backer of MoveOn.org, or course, is the multi-billionaire George Soros. George Soros has made those billions of a number of henous finincial transactions like organizing the trashing of the U. S. dollar (Yes, he is that powerful - he's not part of the 1%, he's part of the 0.001%!) It is also on record that George Soros has had a meeting in the Oval Office with Barack Obama on average of once a month. If these loons want to be protesting the 1%, why don't they set up a big occupation of George Soro's house and properties? Better yet, they ought to set up an Occupy movement outside the White House while Soros is having one of his monthly "status meetings" with Obama. It's all part of Soro's and Obama's vision of promotiong class warfare to futher their solialist agenda (i.e. a few elite ruling the destitute masses).
As far as the Oakland loons go, maybe they will get the Teamsters and Longshoremen POed enough that they will start busting Occupy heads, since the loon Oakland Mayor and the loon Govenor Moonbeam are too wimpy, or have no desire, to prevent shutting down the port (again).
Posted by STOP THE ACTIVISM, a resident of San Ramon, on Dec 12, 2011 at 9:42 am
Cholo - Activism isn't a right, can you point to where it is in the Constitution. Freedom of speech, however, is. I've always backed people's rights to speak. But that never entails activism. Activism is a disrupting force. Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword. And Saddle - you are also correct WRT the "organized effort" as the group that started the whole OWS movement is an "Activist" organization out of Canada. I don't make this up; Google it.
It has become fashionable to protest for the sake of activitism. The ACT of protesting is more important to "the 99% of the protesters" than the legitimate message they are trying to convey.
I heard a joke that the ones protesting in the OWS movement are actually the kids of the Tea Party backers. And all joking aside, it seems kind of true as they both are against the same things. They just go about it in two different methods: the Tea Partiers are coming from a place of accountability, while the OWS are coming from a place of "victimization"
Posted by ANTI-anarchists, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:28 am
Your rights end, when they infringe on mine ! ! ! Just saw the local films on today's shutdown at the docks. Sickening ! Disgusting ! Aside from the union dock workers, who are about ready to crack some occupy heads, the lines of trucks backed up, most of whom are private independent truck owners, who pay fees, burn fuel, rent containers that they have to pay fines on if they aren't returned empty at 4:00pm. There are 99cent stores, independent mom and pops who need supplies to sell in DEC. Many stores, giant and TINY make 90% of their annual income DURING DEC. These are selfish, ignorant, self-centered anarchists....funded by moveon.org....hoping to turn the mobs into 2012 political activists. Outrageous. Go home...half of them are from extremely wealthy families...the 'guilt-riden' limo liberals, a quarter are street people, a quarter concerned about several legit concerns to be solved thru other means.
Posted by AnnaS, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm
This video from UC Davis, which shows what really happened there, is a very good example of what Occupiers really are: voluntary slaves of anybody who justifies their refusal to accept the main principles of a true free society: the rule of law, equal rights for everybody and personal responsibility. It's no wonder that union leaders, communists, anti-semites and drug dealers all support this movement: they trained so well to repeat whatever politically- correct nonsense without ever bothering to think about possible consequences. They are a dream of every dictator.
Posted by I support them, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm
Have any of you read the GAO Audit of the Federal Reserve's activity during 2008-2010 that was recently released? 16 trillion (that's a "t") in loans. If you haven't read it, please find it online and read it. I'm surprised there aren't more citizens marching in the streets.
Posted by AnnaS, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Dec 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Yes, citizens should be marching and they should be protesting: in DC, against corruption of the government. Ports keep economy running, politicians destroy economy and keep chaos and violence in order to gain more control. But, everybody knows that protesting against Obama's policies will never provide free dinner.
Posted by Lisa, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Anna S , Anti-semite or politically correct? What does communism have to do with exercising ones constitutional rights? The video of the UC Davis students , one of the main principals of THIS FREE society, is the right to protest, object, and do exactly what those students were doing, before some sadistic ,loser decided to pepper spray them. I never imagined someone could contradict themselves so many times in 3 sentences.
Posted by Closed the port!, a resident of the Civic Square neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm
ANTI-Anarchists says, "Go home...half of them are from extremely wealthy families...the 'guilt-riden' limo liberals, a quarter are street people, a quarter concerned about several legit concerns to be solved thru other means."
AnnaS says, "It's no wonder that union leaders, communists, anti-semites and drug dealers all support this movement: they trained so well to repeat whatever politically- correct nonsense without ever bothering to think about possible consequences. They are a dream of every dictator."
Thank goodness we have such astute, fact-based analysts among the right-wing crowd who are scared to death of the OWS movement. Mush for brains, but sitting on piles of unearned and unjustified wealth, all they can do is spew their feeble-minded lies and fantasies.
Posted by ANTI-anarchists, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Again, ' Your rights end when then infringe on mine '! IGNORANT, SELF-CENTERED, CHILDREN....GO HOME ! Let the street people have their streets back. More important, let shop little shop owners, and independent truck drivers get back to paying their bills.
Posted by Gordy, a resident of the Canyon Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:57 am
All of a sudden the right-wing bimbos claims to champion the 'little' people. The "shop little shop owners" (whatever that means) and independent truck drivers (but not the multitude of unionized truck drivers). Fact is, shop owners and truck drivers are participating in OWS movements across the nation.
By the way, Anti-anarchy, where does the constitution say shop owners and truck drivers have a right against activist boycotts and work stoppages? You don't have a credible notion of "rights" because right-wingers like yourself have never have had any concern about rights --other than the "right" of millionaires to gouge America's working classes.
As "Close the ports" so aptly put it, all the right wing, ANTI-human side can do is "spew their feeble-minded lies and [paranoid] fantasies."
Posted by Sick_Of_It, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:18 am
The reason the Occupy movement hasn't produced a succinct list of demands is when they do, people will see them for what they are - folks who want freebies and other wealth transferred to them, based on the idea that they 'deserve' these things because they are disadvantaged, have not had opportunity, etc.
It's easy to protest over vague economic inequalities, but specifically what do they want the public to do about it? There's only one answer if you are an Occupier, and that is to tax the wealthy more and give that money to the Occupiers. But to put that in writing will show the Occupiers true motive, and will turn many away. So thus they continue to make vague demands about inequality and other concepts that are easy to agree with.
I'm in the 1%, but I did not get there overnight. Like many, my family was poor but I was raised by parents that told me hard work is rewarded; not right away, but over time. Most of the 1% did not get there from inherited wealth. They went out and started at the bottom and worked their way up. You can understand why they don't want to give up their hard-earned gains to those who want it handed to them.
Occupiers - go out and start your journey, and if ending up in the 1% offends you, then feel free to give away your rewards to your fellow Occupiers.