Friday, 21 October 2011


Ken Berwitz

Let's hit both sides of the country.

First we have this excerpt from Josh Saul's article in  today's New York Post:

Angry Manhattan residents lambast Zuccotti Park protesters


Infuriated lower Manhattan residents went ballistic on Zuccotti Park protesters at a chaotic Community Board 1 meeting tonight while blasting politicians for allowing the siege to continue without any end in sight.


"They are defecating on our doorsteps," fumed Catherine Hughes, a member of Community Board 1 and a stay at home mom who has the misfortune of living one block from the chaos. "A lot of people are very frustrated. A lot of people are concerned about the safety of our kids."


Fed up homeowners said that they've been subjected to insults and harassment as they trek to their jobs each morning. "The protesters taunt people who are on their way to work," said James Fernandez, 51, whose apartment overlooks the park. 

Now, moving over the the left coast (directionally and politically), we have this, excerpted from Demian Bulwa's article at the San Francisco Chronicle:

Oakland orders Occupy protesters to leave plaza

Oakland officials Thursday night ordered protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement to vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, where hundreds of people have lived since Oct. 10 in an elaborate tent city complete with a kitchen, a school and a medical tent.

A document titled "Notice to Vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza" was posted on the city's website at 8 p.m. by the office of City Administrator Deanna Santana. It said Oakland was committed to allowing free speech, but also had a responsibility to protect public safety.

"We believe that after 10 days, the City can no longer uphold public health and safety," the notice said. "In recent days, camp conditions and occupants' behavior have significantly deteriorated, and it is no longer manageable to maintain a public health and safety plan."

The document cited fire hazards, sanitation issues, a growing rat problem and graffiti. It referred to an "increasing frequency of violence, assaults, threats and intimidation" and complained that protesters had denied access to "emergency personnel to treat injured persons and to police to patrol the Plaza."

"As a result of these serious conditions, the Administration has determined that facilitating this expression of speech is no longer viable, nor in the interest of public health and safety," the order said. "Peaceful daytime assembly will continue to be allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. No tents or overnight camping permitted."

Some "movement of the people."  The only tangible "movement" in these protests seems to be when the participants drop bowel movements on property in and around the areas they have illegally taken over, while making nonstop noise and generally behaving like unregenerate public nuisances.  Not surprisingly, the residents are getting sick of it and want them out.

Funny how, in New York, there are complaints that people going to work are being taunted by protesters.  Isn't one of the protesters' ongoing complaints that they can't find work?  Wouldn't someone looking for work be asking, even begging, the people who are employed to tell them where they work, ask them if there are employment opportunities there,  maybe even ask to accompany them so they could fill out a job application

The fact that instead of doing any of those things they are taunting gainfully employed people, tells you volumes about who and what they really are.  And it is an excellent bet that the real nature of this far leftist-inspired, far leftist-orchestrated circus will become even more obvious to the public as these protests continue. 

Incidentally, I have noticed that, for the past several days, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and other major Democrats have suddenly stopped talking about "Occupy Wall Street" - after numerous analysts and bloggers (me among them) talked about what a huge blunder it was to hook up with this crowd. 

Is it possible that they finally caught on, and are now running away?

If so, they can run, but they can't hide.  The video footage of their sympathetic, supportive comments is out there for everyone to see.  And Republicans, I suspect, are salivating at the thought of using that footage early and often during next year's campaign.

Do you blame them?

Zeke .... Occupy's in hundreds of cities world wide ... all simultaneously ? ..... NYC's has a HUGE support infrastructure providing food, publicity, sleeping bags, signs, legal muscle, leaders, etc ..... .... There is VERY serious money behind this ..... Brookfield, owners of the park, has gotten a $200 million loan guaranty from the Stimulus. ..... Wonder if that has influenced their 'accommodation' of the concerned protesters. ..... .... (10/21/11)


Ken Berwitz

You have to ask yourself why.  Why are Democrats so fearful that people might be required to present a valid ID in order to vote?  And why do they think Black people are so incapable that it is a hardship for them to get one?

Read this excerpt from an Associated Press article about South Carolina's new voter ID law and see for yourself:

COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolinas new voter photo identification law appears to be disproportionately affecting minority voters in one of the states largest counties and black precincts elsewhere, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

For instance, nearly half the voters who cast ballots at a historically black college in Columbia lack state-issued photo identification and could face problems voting in next years presidential election, according to the analysis of precinct-level data provided by the state Election Commission.

In surrounding Richland County, the states second-most populous county, the percentage of minority voters without the IDs is also higher than what it is statewide. The same is true for majority-black Orangeburg County.

This is electoral genocide, state Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said. This is disenfranchising huge groups of people who dont have the money to go get an ID card.

Wow, that ID card must cost a lot of money if it is "disenfranchising huge groups of people who don't have the money" to get it.  Right?

Well, here is what it takes, straight from South Carolina's DMV web site:

Who is Eligible?

Any South Carolina resident age five or older can apply for a state identification card. All ID cards are valid for five years.

You will need to apply for your first ID card in person at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. Take the completed Form 447 (available with the free Adobe Reader), proper identification, and the $5 fee.

In other words, the Associated Press, and especially Democrat Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian, have their underwear in a knot over Black people's ability to fill out a simple form and pay $5 for an ID that is valid for 5 years.

Harpootlian is literally saying that "huge groups of people" cannot afford one dollar a year for an ID card.  That is what he is calling "electoral genocide". 

People who would say something like this are so full of crap that just calling them liars actually elevates their status.

Can anyone seriously look you in the eye and tell you that huge groups of Black people will not be able to afford one dollar a year for a valid ID? 

I hope the answer is no.  Because people who would say that are not only making absolute imbeciles of themselves, they are also demonstrating so complete a level of condescension toward Black people that they should be in sensitivity training for the rest of their natural lives.

The answer, of course, is that with virtually no exceptions, OF COURSE Black people can afford to get a voter ID in South Carolina.  Therefore, the cost has nothing to do with what's really going on here.

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  The only people who fear voter ID laws are people who want to make it easier for illegal votes to be cast. 

Period, end of story.

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