Possible Showdown Looms Between City, Protesters Ahead Of Zuccotti Park Cleaning

'Occupy Wall Street' To Fight 'Eviction Notice,' But Apparently Has Backup Plan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friday morning could be the beginning of the end of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration.

On Thursday, Brookfield Office Management employees were passing out notices to protesters, who have been camped out for 26 days, saying that tarps, sleeping bags and tents are all prohibited in the park, as is lying on the ground and on benches when it becomes an interference for others.

CBS 2 learned late Thursday night the protestors are preparing in case they cannot base their operations out of Zuccotti Park anymore. They are now encouraging people to occupy Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.

“They might as well as just said ‘You’re done,'” one protester told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano earlier Thursday.

“This is an eviction notice,” said another.

In relentless solidarity, members of Occupy Wall Street marched to City Hall delivering thousands of petitions to stop Mayor Michael Bloomberg from plowing through Zuccotti with the NYPD and a clean-up crew Friday morning.

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In response to the new regulations, Occupy Wall Street called for supporters to come to Zuccotti Park at 6 a.m. on Friday to “defend the occupation from eviction.” In a statement on their website, the group also encouraged supporters to call 311 and demand that the mayor “support our right to assemble and to not interfere with #OWS.”

That statement also went on to say that if Mayor Bloomberg really cared about sanitation at the park, “he should support the installation of portopans and dumpsters.”

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This is the flyer being distributed to protesters on Oct. 13, 2011. (credit: CBS 2)

The notification followed Wednesday night’s announcement by the mayor’s office that protesters need to leave the park on Friday so it can get cleaned up.

“The last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on the park,” said the mayor’s office.

Protestors have been diligently cleaning up the park with soapy brooms, and piling up trash on the curb. Nevertheless, Bloomberg outlined a 12-hour plan to scrub down the park starting at 7 a.m.

The cleaning operation is set to take place in three stages, each lasting about four hours. Protesters will have to move from portions of the park that are being cleaned. Although the protesters can return to the cleaned areas of the park, they have to abide by the rules. And those strict rules distributed Thursday seem to suggest a showdown with the NYPD may be imminent.

Legal experts said the city will be breaking the law if they bring in the cops to clear the park without a court order.

“They would be breaching the law.  They would be violating those folks who they would seek to remove and possibly arrest, their fundamental rights to utilize the park and to express their opinions and exercise their First Amendment rights,” Yetta Kurland, with the National Lawyers Guild, told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

Thursday night, several city leaders also spoke out in support of the occupation.

“It’s up to the mayor and everybody at City Hall to change course. To sit down with the people of Occupy Wall Street and find a peaceful way forward,” said Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio.

“This is the beginning of a movement and you know what, you may not want to hear this, but this is how revolutions start,” said Councilman Charles Barron.

Bloomberg visited the park Wednesday night. He was greeted by a mix of cheers and jeers. His office says that after the park is sanitized, the protesters are welcome to return.

Some folks opposed to the Occupy Wall Street movement have taken to calling them the “Flea Party,” mocking their makeshift camp and ad-hoc cleanup crews.

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Some protesters say they’ve gone to great lengths to keep the park clean.

“I think the mayor and some of his ‘clonies’ are trying to use tactics to get us to move out of the park,” one demonstrator told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

“There’s a lot of stuff we wouldn’t have to clean up if the city provided basic human rights, like a Port-A-Potty,” said demonstrator Gene Wagner. “If you would’ve given us a Port-A-Potty 30 days ago, we would’ve maintained it ourselves.”

“Every day, all day, we clean up the park,” Max Hodes told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports some protesters don’t trust the mayor

“This is a protest; it’s not a camping area. People aren’t camping here, they’re protesting and we have the right to have sleeping bags.  Where are they gonna sleep? How are they gonna protest?  Without sleeping bags, they can’t protest,” one demonstrator told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks Hears From Protesters

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(credit: John Montone/1010 WINS)

Some protesters who found themselves caught in rain squalls Thursday morning took shelter in a Bank of America ATM kiosk to stay dry.

WINS’ John Montone asked a protester if there was anything ironic about that.

“We’re using them like they use us,” was the reply he got.

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They also got a boost from musician Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Morello put on a performance at Zuccotti Park on Thursday.

While the mayor has said the park will be cleaned Friday, the protesters don’t seem to be making any plans on going anywhere. They’ve planned a “Family Sleep Over” in the park, set to start at 4 p.m. Friday.

What’s more, the weekend looks as though it may be a busy one for the demonstrators. According to their website, they’re planning a “Mass March on the Banks” followed by a plan to “Occupy Times Square” at 5 p.m. Saturday.

According to the site, the function in Times Square will be a party “in the festive sense of the word.” At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, there’s an event planned called “Occupy the Subway,” but no details on that have been made available.

All of those planned events meant little to some nearby businesses. Mike Keane, owner of nearby O’Hara’s Pub, told CBS 2’s Carlin demonstrators use his bathrooms and disrupt his business.

“I really hope this circus moves on. I’ve had my fill of these people,” Keane said.

He said the clean-up plan is not enough.

“Somebody’s going to wind up getting killed and maybe then someone will say let’s get them out of here. Hopefully it doesn’t take that,” Keane said.

Tell us your thoughts about the Occupy Wall Street movement in our comments section below.

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  1. Bob Oscar says:

    These people are not going to be satisfied by just sitting around and “protesting”…because it is becoming increasingly clear that ordinary people are getting really tired of the stench and filth and that the “protest” is not accomplishing anything.

    Nothing is going to change…capitalism is going to continue, government is going to get bigger, ….the millionaires and billionaires clearly run things and are not about to give up their stuff…. especially, they ain’t going to give it to a bunch of stinking bums….

    ….so, what will happen is that one of the OWS lunatics will do what all mobs always do….throw a hissy fit out of frustration and anger and throw a brick through a window…and the fight will be on.

    Any “progress” that OWS thought that they would make will disappear with the first broken window…..

  2. Buttbisquit says:

    Buttbisquit supports the cause and you know this. Unfortunately the argument is weak and they look like shmucks. That IS NOT to say that they don’t have a point. Everybody is getting screwed by big business. The guys tax payers helped bail out are now gouging citizens…not right. This type of mentality is what is wrong with america. Americans treat other americans like garbage. If you can get away with it then your a winner and succeed. If you don’t you suffer the hands who do suffice.

    No jobs for people that want fair wages and worker’s right. Greed corruption and mis management have destroyed america…3rd world culture taking over america.

    Buttbisquit wants these people to have a better game plan…good luck.

  3. biffula says:

    Time to flush the flea party.

    1. Margaret says:

      And broadcast in on the networks

  4. Abe says:

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO START ACCEPTING US!!! WE ARE TAKING OVER AND YOU ARE FREE TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT!!! WALL STREET NEEDS TO GO DOWN AND THINGS NEED TO CHANGE IN AMERICA!!! THE RICH HAVE ENOUGH!!! WHY CAN’T YOU PEOPLE SEE THAT??? THEY ARE AGAINST YOU!!! YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF US PROTESTING AT THE PARK AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY SOME OF YOU AREN’T DOWN THERE PROTESTING YOURSELVES!!! STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE UNEMPLOYED AND START ACCEPTING EVERYBODY REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE ESPECIALLY MUSLIMS!!! WE ARE THE FASTEST GROWING DEMOGRAPHIC AND THIS IS SOMETHING YOU NEED TO LEARN TO ACCEPT!!! WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!!! OCCUPY WALL STREET!!!

    1. Darlene says:

      Agreed. This is why we have to elect and re-elect Democrats across the board, especially President Obama.

    2. me321 says:

      You aren’t speaking to the deaf! Now grow up and get a job you KOMMIE!

    3. vic says:

      Um, okay. Now get out of the park you whiney freak.

    4. Gibbons says:

      Abe and Darlene, are you using the public PC or are you in your mommie’s basement? GET A JOB!!!!!

    5. Calypso says:

      That is some serious all caps rage.

      Wonder if he’s been relieving himself on the sidewalk.

    6. Entrepreneur says:

      Okay there All Caps Guy. We don’t need to start accepting you. I think if you had any brains, you would stop acting like a demanding and ignorant child. Instead you would get more involved in the electoral process. These mass sit-ins of whining about how unfair life is just doesn’t cut it when it comes to making change. Instead use what talents you have to DO something other than complain that rich people have it better than you. Life is inherently unequal. If you want to help the poor, start a charity. If you want to have more, work not just harder but smarter. Don’t go into debt, even though the government practically shoves loans down your throat. Work your way through school. Get trained in a field that actually has jobs (nursing, accounting, sales, etc). Don’t get your girlfriend pregnant. Plan your life accordingly and live within your means. Standing around a park whining certainly isn’t not going to get you anywhere. And your racism rant is nothing more than an excuse for underachievement. If you really want success, you’ll find it regardless of who is in your way..

    7. Bob Oscar says:

      Join you…heh heh…I ain’t as stupid as you. If I would join it would be in the late spring when the weather is warm. What are you going to do when the weather gets down to 30 deg? I bet you will move back to your mommies basement where you can be surrounded by comfy things that some evil corporation have made so normal people can be comfortable.

      It will not be long until you and your toxic comrades will be driven out by the weather, hunger, filth and boredom. More than likely, the filth will breed some epidemic which will sweep through the “protesters”.

      What you all need to do is just go home……..get organized with a clear, concise message, get cleaned up, get proper permits and follow the “law” as written.. Then if you can generate enough interest, vote your people into public office and change things that way. If you try to do a Saul Alinsky…you will lose. If you think that the “millionaires” and “billionaires” are going to just give their stuff to you, you are stupid-er than some of you look.

      1. Yes sir says:

        Then they would start to shout: “We need AC!”

    8. J Adams says:

      What’s wrong Abe? Did the whining vendor run out of Peanut Butter sandwiches? GO HOME!

  5. DaMav says:

    Fascist society threatens to expose stinky hippies to SOAP! OMG the huge manatee!

  6. Calypso says:

    pee eww, I bet it smells there…

  7. sandy says:

    After the bailouts corporate greed continued….spending multi millions on furniture,trips etc! Nothing was done to denounce the entitlement mentality of the freeloading corporate hacks that were paid gazillions for a job that they “MESSED” up!!!!…..And people are seriously calling out the protesters for something WE ALL should have done a long time ago!!!….

  8. leebarnum says:

    If NY doesn’t want to provide porto-potties that’s their option, but when 2,000 people need to take a crap and it ends up on the sidewalk … that’s their option. Leave people little choice, then you get what you get.

    1. Rhonda Tracey says:

      again.. get out of NY you fng losers

    2. Bob Oscar says:

      I got an idea….how about 2000 “protesters” take up a collection, call the local port-a-potty company(probably and evil corportaion) and have them deliver the potties to the site.

      “Actions have consequences”…. which apparently is not on any of the protesters agenda.

      …otherwise…sleep in the sh!t….its only going to get deeper and more disgusting.

      New York has no obligation to provide you with anything….not even a place to “protest” because you did not follow the law.

  9. Rhonda Tracey says:

    go the f home…. we are sick of you losers

  10. Rhonda Tracey says:

    go the f home … we are sick of you losers

  11. What's that smell? says:

    I can’t use the park anymore and I’m not rich. It’s like a blind robin hood that complains to the rich and takes from the poor.

    http://www.leadfootedrabbit.com

  12. Eh2Zed says:

    The most telling comment in the story was, ““There’s a lot of stuff we wouldn’t have to clean up if the city provided basic human rights, like a Port-A-Potty,” said demonstrator Gene Wagner. “If you would’ve given us a Port-A-Potty 30 days ago, we would’ve maintained it ourselves.”
    In other words, “We want you to supply us with taxpayer supplied resources to make us a comfortable as possible during our temper tantrum.”

  13. Butch Blosc says:

    Looks like it’s back to Mom’s basement and Occupy Twitter.

  14. ggirl says:

    Oh, can’t we please let them stay till January so I can watch them all freeze to death? oh, please, please . . . c’mon Mr. Mayor. It’ll be fun.

  15. guest says:

    All of you in NYC against this OWS. you should call up the NYC health dept and complain about this health hazard – rats have been seen down there. are you going to just sit by and let a cholera outbreak occur?

  16. ssquared says:

    I’m betting the “protesters” are even bigger SLOBS than the SLOBS who occupied the capital in Madison WI last February and March.

    The cost to clean up the feces urine, damage to the inside of the building and the grouds was ove $5 million.

    The clean up crews will need masks and rubber gloves.

  17. keith says:

    the guy in that picture needs to be arrested for defamation of the American flag – you don’t use it as a blanket you moron

  18. MoreBeerLessWhine says:

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    1. Hooter says:

      They can’t afford $150, all their money is needed for their morning Mocha Latte and Wifi. LOL

  19. me321 says:

    These people are a mutation of slugs and carps, the planet could do without either of the 3

  20. john says:

    These immature, demanding yet passive protesters remind me of the people at the Super Dome after Katrina. They are helpless and can’t live unless govt ‘helps’ them. It’s our job as citizens to help ourselves.

    1. RJ MacReady says:

      and when you need help we’ll be sure to leave you rotting in the street

      nice country you want there

  21. George Johnson says:

    Oh, don’t forget, you can thank your government school and “higher education” (commie professors) for this.

    1. RJ MacReady says:

      let me guess, you grew up in the 1950’s hiding under school desks from Russian missiles???

      oh wait, you were home schooled, my bad

  22. Kay says:

    They need to leave and let others enjoy that park … after it is cleaned that is .. it looks disgusting. These people and it’s organizations have made fools out of themselves really. Actually quite an embarrassment they all are. Trying to copy someone else’s playbook is what it really seems like and they really failed. This is the first I have actually decided to read about it, it is such a non news topic and really no one cares. Such a yawn rally.

  23. Chuck Robey says:

    Pretty soon the National Guard is going to be called out an when they are I hope they get issued live ammo and that someone in your group does something stupid so that they will have the right to shoot your asses you commie assholes.

    1. RJ MacReady says:

      Your comment has been copied and pasted to the FBI

      enjoy that knock on the door

  24. Jim says:

    The Occupiers are the collective. They are the kids who all got trophies in Little League and soccer, for just showing up. Everybody got one. They all passed every grade in school, everybody did. You weren’t to excel or stand out, you were to go along with the collective.

    Exceptionalism must be stamped out or the collective won’t work. Economic, moral, intellectual, physical, personality differences must be ground down to stifling equality.

    You must apologize if you excel. It’s a violation of, and an insult to, the collective.

  25. George Johnson says:

    Anybody else see a similarity in these “protesters” and those that flew planes in to the WTC a few years back? They both hated American for it’s capitalism. They both wanted to bring America (Wall Street) to it’s knees.
    They just have a lot in common with their thinking.
    After 9/11 we were pretty solid for the most part. All in it together. How did we get to THIS point? (I know, obama the lawless calling for protest, and his thug friend van jones (the commie))
    I find it VERY disgusting.

  26. ssquared says:

    Straif these aholes with a couple of Apache attack helocopters!

  27. gnarly says:

    Waaaaaaa….change my diapers!!!!

  28. CommonSensePls says:

    Go ahead and use your right to protest. Visit the park during the day..hold your rally for hours..come back every day. Stand there..cheer people speaking..carry signs. Why do you have to camp out, live there, take it over..why is your freedom more important than the freedom of those local businesses you are hurting, or the people who aren’t rich who want to use the park or just pass through it?

  29. George says:

    Well, there’s a big surprise. A bunch of liberals expecting handouts and think it’s their “right” to get them.

    1. RJ MacReady says:

      accountability

      retribution

      reform

      nobody wants your worthless crap or a handout George.

      just curious George, your a republican????

  30. clickslap says:

    So an So was telling me that they were clicking on the banks ads at $50.92 per click!!! Is that true?

  31. Jeff says:

    Smelly hippies. Get a job, a life and a clue!

  32. Paul in FL says:

    There is no “right of protest.” There is freedom of assembly. Freedom of assembly does notmean freedom to occupy or to camp. Typically, large groups who want to make a political point in the U.S. indicate the time and nature of their protest and are granted a permit. These punks and losers have no conception of the meaning of freedom of assembly and the American tradition of lawful protest.

  33. tim says:

    All the spoiled little lazy brats are throwing a temper tantrum. Too funny.

  34. guest says:

    ha ha ha can]t wait to see cholera break out on wall street

  35. tim says:

    A porta potty is a human right?

  36. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  37. guest says:

    i hope the cops kill all the protesters

    1. tim says:

      And tape and televise it.

      1. guest says:

        EXCELLENT

  38. firedup49 says:

    Time to start looking for a job like the rest of us. The tax payers are paying for you to do nothing but destroy a park where parents and children like to visit

  39. Darrel says:

    How about you DEADBEATS hire your own dumpsters and porta potties instead of demanding other taxpayers pay for it??

    You LAZY incompetant losers suck.

  40. DJH says:

    Every single time you see an interview with these clowns it’s always the same thing – “give me want I want, you should provide me with… I’m entitled to”. Is there any wonder most Americans see them as a joke – a bunch of whiny entitlement babies who think they’re owed something for having been born. And, of course – their pathological hatred of success doesn’t seem to inspire much respect either – particularly when they’re embracing rich celebrities!
    Ahhh, the hypocrisy!

    1. vic says:

      Yes, and everything is a “right” to the losers…I’m sure they learned about these “rights” from their leftist professors at the schools they attend, which were paid for by their mommies and daddies.

    2. RJ MacReady says:

      most people would come to the same conclusion after living in the fox news bubble you gestate in

      fortunately, the world sees quite differently than your corporate owned information sources

      it’s growing, and growing and growing and just deal with it

  41. tvljay says:

    My favorite hypocrites in all this are all the public employees/teachers who claim to be supporting the protestors, yet ALL of them have large government retirement pensions.

    And where is ALL the money in those public employee pensions invested???? In the stocks and bonds of large WALL STREET CORPORATIONS of course.

  42. WolfmanJay says:

    Reminds me of Billy Joesl ‘Angry Young Man’: “With his fist in the air and his head in the sand”

    Flea Party miniker is spot on: Small pests that can only live on their host!

  43. JHarnes says:

    For decades the bankers have pushed bad paper, creating a fake economy on credit. When this House of Cards collapsed our government bailed out the bankers. Yes, I’m mad and people deserve to be put in jail.

    That said I have no idea what these protestors are doing. I know Middle Class Americans can’t afford to be lying around in a park in NYC. They have responsibilities,insurance and other bills and jobs. Now Winter is coming and if that volcano in Iceland blows — Katla — we may lose next summer. I expect unlike Al Gore’s folks predicted years ago, this is going to be a freezing cold wet winter with heavy snow. Nothing destroys protests like freezing weather, ice rain and snow.

    At this point it is kind of obvious Democrats and Union officials hope the protests will create a grassroots movement to rival the Tea Parties. Yet any mob that gets frustrated can be dangerous. With extremist groups trying to start conflicts – trying to spark a real revolution – these frustrated mobs could lead to violence. Have no doubt at all as soon as that happens every one of there political, Hollywood and rich supporters is going to distance themselves from these protesters in a flash.

    I’m sure there are dedicated idealists in this movement. But as one watching events I have no clue what these folks are trying to accomplish.

    I’d rather see the idealists take positive steps and run for real political office. I’d rather see real initiatives pushed to change existing laws such as closing these blasted tax loopholes that allow international companies like GE to not pay any corporate taxes in the USA. Folks raising taxes is stupid if these international corporations, making billions in profits,use the system to avoid paying any taxes.

    Our nation is in trouble. We need people who care in office and we need a housecleaning of the politicians who have enriched themselves and their families instead of serving the nation. Yet watching these protestors I have no clue at all how standing around in the street and sleeping in a park accomplishes anything. It makes headlines, and politicians and advocates for numerous causes are always ready to use any movement to push their own careers and goals.

    When international corporations are paying for politicians from both major parties to be elected it is a sad time for Americans. I so wish the idealists in this movement started working toward improving the system instead of standing around in a park.

  44. Rhodey says:

    This stinking mentally challenged group of imbecile morons dont even begin to know what they are protesting to or about. If theu would endeavour to learn,ask,look around even study they would then know whom to protest at. The following might gelp them, read on

    The 3 men who pulled down Wall Street ….and where are they now…..?

    Interested in knowing who the culprits were that caused the economic melt down of Wall Street and where they are now, then read on in utter disgust.

    Be sure to read the “where they are now” at the end !!

    Here’s a quick look into the three former Fannie Mae executives who brought down Wall Street.

    Franklin Raines was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae. Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae’s accounting activities. At the time of his departure The Wall Street Journal noted, ” Raines, who long defended the company’s accounting despite mounting evidence that it wasn’t proper, issued a statement late Tuesday conceding that “mistakes were made” and saying he would assume responsibility as he had earlier promised. News reports indicate the company was under growing pressure from regulators to shake up its management in the wake of findings that the company’s books ran afoul of generally accepted accounting principles for four years.” Fannie Mae had to reduce its surplus by $9 billion.

    Raines left with a “golden parachute valued at $240 Million in benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the accounting scandal became clear.http://housingdoom.com/2006/12/18/fannie-charges/ . The Government noted, “The 101 charges reveal how the individuals improperly manipulated earnings to maximize their bonuses, while knowingly neglecting accounting systems and internal controls, misapplying over twenty accounting principles and misleading the regulator and the public. The Notice explains how they submitted six years of misleading and inaccurate accounting statements and inaccurate capital reports that enabled them to grow Fannie Mae in an unsafe and unsound manner.” These charges were made in 2006. The Court ordered Raines to return $50 Million Dollars he received in bonuses based on the miss-stated Fannie Mae profits. Net windfall . . . $190 million!

    Tim Howard – Was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard “was a strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure a “stable pattern of earnings” at Fannie. In everyday English – he was cooking the books. The Government Investigation determined that, “Chief Financial Officer, Tim Howard, failed to provide adequate oversight to key control and reporting functions within Fannie Mae,”

    On June 16, 2006, Rep. Richard Baker, R-La., asked the Justice Department to investigate his allegations that two former Fannie Mae executives lied to Congress in October 2004 when they denied manipulating the mortgage-finance giant’s income statement to achieve management pay bonuses. Investigations by federal regulators and the company’s board of directors since concluded that management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $20 Million!

    Jim Johnson – A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. A look at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s May 2006 report on mismanagement and corruption inside Fannie Mae, and you’ll see some interesting things about Johnson. Investigators found that Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson’s 1998 compensation from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million when it fact it was $21 million.” Johnson is currently under investigation for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie Mae.
    Johnson’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

    FRANKLIN RAINES? Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

    TIM HOWARD? Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

    JIM JOHNSON? Johnson a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to run Obama’s Vice Presidential Search
    Committee.

    IF OBAMA PLANS ON CLEANING UP THE MESS – HIS ADVISORS CERTAINLY HAVE THE EXPERTISE .

    Would you trust the men who tore Wall Street down to build the New Wall Street back up ? I don’t think so ! ! !

    1. Jay Larson says:

      And your point is??? The protesters aren’t about liberal vs conservatives or Democrates vs republicans. Rather they are concerned about the rapidly increaasing income inequality within the U.S., a political system corrupted by lobbyists owned by the mega wealthy, and ultimately the perversion of our representative democracy.

      By the way you suggest that the ignorant masses shoukd look to the men who pulled down wallstreet to see where they are now (I.E. Obama Appointees.) Well, where were you when Greenspan a Regan appointee made a speech in 2004 to the american Credit union association stating that “Everyone should have an adjustable rate morgage”, where were you when Hank Paulson wnet before Cnress in the Fall of 2007 when he went before congress to demand the $800 B in TARP or else the economy would collapse within a matter of days. Anyhow, the point being, it is not the conservatives or the liberals that are to blame it is the political system. Un less, you are a member of the 1%, you best wake up and smell the roses before you end up sleeping in the park with the rest of us ‘imbecile morons” as you like to refer to the people who love and care enough about our country to go and make a stand in a dirty funky grimmy park.

  45. CurlyBill says:

    OK Morons, enough is enough. Maybe that 60’s reject sociology major that you call “professor” never taught you any of this but how do you think the research and development was funded for the I-Pods, I-Pads, I-Phones, I-Dild*s, $200 blue jeans, hi-speed internet, Birkenstock sandals, Wi-Fi, Nintendo, X-Box, and pretty much everything else you hold so dear from the tattoo needles you use to draw pretty pictures on your flesh to the free condoms that you scored last night down at Zuccotti Park? Think it was the government? Think again, nitwit. It was Wall Street. When Jobs, Gates, Allen, and all those other geniuses put their visions into practice and created the technology revolution, it was Wall Street that took the risks and got together the money that was needed to make it happen. Sometimes they made a lot of money. Not as much as Jobs, Gates or Allen, or Kanye or Russell Simmons, of course. But lots of times they lost money. Lots of it. But they took the chance, time and again, so that you nimrods could sit around with all this cool stuff and organize protests and flash mobs and all the other cr*p that enables you to get in the way of those people who just want to get to work each morning. Sheesh. Why don’t you just grow up already?

  46. tim says:

    Fleabaggers, that’s great.

    They are a bunch of fleabaggers supported by the democratic party.

    1. Big Red One says:

      Fleabaggers…I LOVE IT!!!

  47. hughglass says:

    Shoot ’em and leave em lay like the vermin they are. None of htese pigs would even be missed.

    1. RJ MacReady says:

      “these”

      you really should lay off the moonshine before you post

  48. Fred says:

    Where is Giuliani when you need him? He had a polciy of NO sleeping on the street or in parks within city limits. This would of been over on day 1 with him as Mayor. Mayor Bloomberg is an idiot for letting them stay so long. If I lived anywhere near that park I would be very upset that I have to listen to some dope smoking hippie play bongos all hours of the day and night.
    While there at it it might not hurt to spray down the Flea-baggers. It may make them not smell for at least an afternoon.

  49. tim says:

    What a bunch of losers. That’s right, losers. Liberal losers.

  50. Jimbo says:

    If they don’t want to leave break out the firehoses and blow every single shred of people or material out into the street and then throw away any junk in the street. Give the park and the protestors a bath at the same time.

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