The pathetic freakshow calling itself Occupy Wall Street staggers slowly irrelevance, yet some diehards still remain in Zuccotti Park, vowing to forge through the dark, cold winter like the true American heroes they are. In the meantime, area resident finally had the opportunity Thursday night to vent their frustration over the bizarro carnival that has plagued them for weeks now.
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.
Board member Paul Cantor said that residents are fed up with the incessant racket that emanates from the protest at all hours. “It’s mostly a noise issue,” he said. If people can’t sleep and children can’t sleep because the protesters are banging drums then that’s a problem.”
Indeed, one wonders how these lowlifes would enjoy it if someone stood outside their home (assuming they have one) pounding on a drum while they tried to sleep off their hangovers?
It’s not just defecating on the streets that have some upset.
Boardmember Diane Lapson had many of her peers nodding their heads when she stressed “both sides need to chill out. I have lived here since 1975 and have heard nothing but noise, mostly from the rich real estate types taking away low-income housing.” As for the protesters, they should realize that “people need their sleep. If my 14-year-old daughter was drumming in our apartment all day, I’d murder her.”
Last week the protesters ratified a Good Neighbor Policy that permitted the drumming for two hours between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., a rule that proved difficult to enforce. As the committee confirmed that the drumming would in fact be limited to two hours and enforced by the protesters’ own volunteer security team, a woman who identified herself as “a drummer” repeatedly shouted “four!” A protester tugged on her sleeve and scolded her, but she continued her periodic outbursts: “It’s the drilling that’s more noisy!” Occupy Wall Street’s current sanitation manager at the park, Max Hodes, told us, “I heard she works for the Huffington Post.”
As the meeting wore on, noise complaints gave way to stories of people defecating and urinating in public places and one woman claimed that “two protesters exposed their genitalia to me. Something must be done.” Area man Gordon Crovitz, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal, took the mic to say, “Occupations by definition are un-democratic, and these people are taking our space. And they talk about democracy. Democracies are supposed to be accountable. These protesters need to be accountable for what goes down there.”
How charming. So they dump on the streets and expose themselves to women. Remember, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are fully behind these people.
As with other locations around the nation, the protesters are beginning to turn on each other, always an enjoyable aspect of crumbling Marxist movements. One thing is for sure, these people certainly don’t do irony.
Can you say Animal Farm, boys and girls?
All belongings and money in the park are supposed to be held in common, but property rights reared their capitalistic head when facilitators went to clean up the park, which was looking more like a shantytown than usual after several days of wind and rain. The local community board was due to send in an inspector, so the facilitators and cleaners started moving tarps, bags, and personal belongings into a big pile in order to clean the park. But some refused to budge.
A bearded man began to gather up a tarp and an occupier emerged from beneath, screaming: “You’re going to break my fucking tent, get that shit off!” Near the front of the park, two men in hoodies staged a meta-sit-in, fearful that their belongings would be lost or appropriated. Daniel Zetah, a 35-year-old lead facilitator from Minnesota, mounted a bench. “We need to clear this out. There are a bunch of kids coming to stay here.” One of the hoodied men fought back: “I’m not giving up my space for fucking kids. They have parents and homes. My parents are dead. This is my space.”
Other organizers were more blunt. “If you don’t want to be part of this group, then you can just leave,” yelled a facilitator in a button-down shirt, “Every week we clean our house.” Seth Harper, the pro-drummer proletarian, chimed in on the side of the sitters. “We disagree on how we should clean it. A lot of us disagree with the pile.” Zetah, tall and imposing with a fiery red beard, closed debate with a sigh. “We’re all big boys and girls. Let’s do this.” As he told me afterwards, “A lot of people are like spoiled children.” The cure? A cold snap. It will clear out these people who aren’t here for the right reasons. Bring on the snow. The real revolutionaries will stay in -50 degrees.”
That should be fun. Still, before it turns too cold, these brave revolutionaries will be holding a family sleepover tonight. Get the little kiddies indoctrinated young, they always say.
Safety is the first measure on everyone’s mind. Security and strict involvement rules will be taken at the event including a check in and check out system with parent’s ID with a Parents for Occupy Wall Street security person and an hourly headcount. All parents will be required to wear an identifying T-shirt while working shifts around the hour. The police are already aware of the group and will be checked in with hourly on the group’s size and location.
The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the diversity of people supporting the movement. In the press, there is an assumption that the only people supporting the movement are solely homeless or unemployed when that couldn’t be further from the truth. With even a short visit to Liberty Plaza, you will see all walks of life supporting the movement, including middle class working families.
Why are they so concerned about safety? I though this was a peaceful, nonviolent movement? Oh, right, probably fearful of rapists and people exposing themselves. Bet the kids will look back wistfully on the night spent among the dregs of society.
“Daddy, remember that time we listened to incessant drumming while surrounded by drug addicts? And that awful smell? Then I got pneumonia because you had me out there as a prop in near-freezing weather? And then that crazy man took a dump on our tent? That was such a good time, daddy”
Sadly, one family won’t be together tonight. But mom will be there.
A married mother of four from Florida ditched her family to become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park — keeping the park clean by dayand keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn. “I’m not planning on going home,” an unapologetic Stacey Hessler, 38, told The Post yesterday. “I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever,” said Hessler, whose home in DeLand sits 911 miles from the tarp she’s been sleeping under.
Hessler — who ironically is married to a banker — arrived 12 days ago and planned to stay for a week, but changed her plans after cozying up to some like-mindedradicals, including Rami Shamir, 30, a waiter at a French bistro in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Mother of the year material right there, that’s for sure. Not to mention heroic and battle-hardened.
The unemployed Long Island native compared her decision to abandon her family to Americans serving in the armed forces. “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad?” a defiant Hessler said. “I’m fighting for a better world.”
That sums it up nicely, don’t you think? A petulant woman reliving her adolescence decides to abandon four children and a husband, and she likens herself to soldiers risking their lives in service of their country. How incredibly selfish and immature can you be? A work that rhymes with itch comes to mind.
As they gather around the bongos and smoke the peace pipes tonight, let the fearless occupiers celebrate, for they have successfully united all the crazed despots of the world behind them now that the North Koreans have endorsed the movement.
North Korea’s state news agency weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street protests Thursday, highlighting the “stern judgment” of “millions of people” against a capitalist system that “brings exploitation, oppression, unemployment and poverty to the popular masses.”
The Korean Central News Agency’s daily dispatches usually contain a few accoun ts of the woes of the rest of the world, so KCNA’s editors were probably rubbing their hands with glee at the chance to play up the Occupy movement, which the report says is “sweeping across the capitalist world.”
With no apparent sense of irony, KCNA says that in capitalist society “1% of privileged class is granted all preferential treatment while 99% of working masses are forced into poverty and death.”
You can’t make ths stuff up.