][/QUOTE]Mayor Dwight C. Jones addressing Occupy Richmond.
Late last night, the city of Richmond, Virginia decided to move and clear out a public park that demonstrators had been using to encamp Occupy Richmond. In doing so, the police decided to first come in with a large group of officers and bulldozers to essentially “erase” the tent camp, in the words of CBS News.
Police arrived both on foot and om horseback at first and warned that protesters who refused to move from Kanawha Plaza would be arrested. They then proceeded to arrest nine demonstrators. After that was done, police moved in with bulldozers to “coop up the assorted tents, signs, and debris left behind into dump trucks.The operation took more than four hours.”
As police helicopters hovered overhead and officers moved in for arrests, protesters broke out into song. They sang the old union song, “Solidarity Forever.” Someone captured the scene and uploaded it to YouTube. Watch it:
Occupy Richmond does not plan to give up. After the park was closed for cleaning by the city, the protesters took to the sidewalk instead.
btw every other day some bone head says the OWS is over they keep closing camps and arresting people but it doesn't seem to be over. Maybe they need more pepper spray huh?
The only people dumber than the ones still hanging around are those that sit at home and think there's any significance to this.
If so, why give them the "life isn't fair" response when they call attention to it.
Seriously, Bit . . . take a step back and evaluate how you respond to these things. Reason and logic just have nothing to do with it anymore. All you do, it appears, is check to see which party is on which side of the issue. It's sad.
I doubt OWS ends up as a global movement (primarily because "global movements" aren't really worth all that much as a practical matter, and can't be coordinated).the OWS is shaping up to be a global movement the tea party is a regional party.
It's not over; anyone who thinks that closing the camps means the people or the sentiment will disappear are kidding themselves. OWS no more ends when their camps are dispersed than the TP ended when their rallies finished.btw every other day some bone head says the OWS is over they keep closing camps and arresting people but it doesn't seem to be over. Maybe they need more pepper spray huh?
The difference is the TP always intended to be a movement that sought to make a practical impact, so it smoothly transitioned from "rally" mode to "elect and legislate" mode. OWS' transition will be bumpier, to say the least - but they'll make it.
You can't transition anywhere if you don't have a platform to transition on. You can't transition without leadership. You can't transition without goals. Without any answers.
I witnessed this first hand. It was just a bunch of people who pride themselves on activism for the sake of activism. They're satisfied with what they've done. They'll move on to their next nonsensical project that includes anything but taking ownership of their problems.
There used to be a pretty decent GOP that stood for some things. Now, as best as I can tell they have a platform of 2 things, and 2 things only.
1. No taxes ever
2. Defeat Obama
That's it. And if you want to be a Republican...but NOT a TP member...well you're screwed, they will come after you as if you were a flaming liberal. It doesn't seem like a Party to me.
The subject was whether the TP is an actual party. Someone said they were. I must have missed their stance on Pakistan, health care, the debt, immigration, etc., etc.
Can you point me to their platform on these issues?
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