The Associated Press has some good news and some bad news about the Occupy movement. The good news is that they’re finally engaged in productive labor, manufacturing useful goods instead of sitting around all day and howling for handouts. The bad news is that they’re making weapons to fight the police:
Portland police believe that some protesters inside the Occupy Portland encampments are building shields and makeshift weapons — including nails hammered into wood — in preparation for when authorities attempt to clear the parks this weekend, police said Friday.
Occupy Portland organizers have repeatedly said the movement is nonviolent and have appealed to demonstrators to resist peacefully when the camps close at midnight on Saturday. They planned public marches and a potluck dinner before the deadline and hoped the public would take part.
But police said as many as 150 anarchists may come to Portland to take part in a possible clash with officers.
“If there are anarchists, if there are weapons, if there is an intention to engage in violence and confrontation, that obviously raises our concerns,” Portland police Lt. Robert King said. “But I know we’ll be able work through that and manage that, because we want to protect everyone there, especially the peaceful protester.”
Of course, the Occupy Portland organizers think the reports of weapon construction are official slander designed to discredit their noble movement:
Protest organizers responded angrily to the police warning on Friday, saying in a statement that the police are trying to “defame” the movement by attributing the actions of individuals to the movement as a whole.
“Anyone that is engaging in violent resistance is doing so in direct contradiction to the values outlined by the Portland General Assembly” — the movement’s democratic governing body — “and in doing so is by definition not representing Occupy Portland,” the statement said.
About 10 demonstrators from Seattle had volunteered to come to Portland on Saturday to “stand in peaceful solidarity,” the statement said, but organizers are not calling in a mass influx of out-of-state demonstrators or anarchists.
In all fairness, it’s possible the guys hammering nails into two-by-fours are building “wealth redistribution implements,” rather than weapons to fight the police. Maybe they should start by redistributing the wealth of rapper Jay-Z, who has been posturing as a friend of the movement, but also decided to humiliate the Occupy stooges by using them as the targets of a little predatory capitalism. The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Jay-Z is releasing a new line of T-shirts in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday via his Rocawear clothing label, but he doesn’t plan to share any of the profits with the protesters.
The rapper was recently seen wearing one of the shirts, which tweaks the phrase “Occupy Wall Street” by crossing out the “W” and adding an “S” to make it read “Occupy All Streets.”
Business Insider calls this “ironic.” I call it fabulous. Jay-Z just taught these bitter loons the most important lesson they’ve received since they opened up their first rape camp. If any of them actually learn it, Jay-Z should be up for a commendation from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
It’s cute that the people who assembled this mob think they can still control it with lofty pronouncements about bylaws crafted in working committees. If the “organizers” still exerted any real control over their Obamavilles, they wouldn’t be facing disease outbreaks and a body count from violence and drug abuse. The New York Post has the grim diagnosis for long-term exposure to the “liberal Tea Party”:
Respiratory disease appears to be common: “It’s called Zuccotti lung,” one park denizen told the Times. “It’s a real thing.”
(Next thing you know, the busy little bees up at Mt. Sinai Hospital will be lobbying for federal aid for the “victims,” and the tort lawyers will be lining up.)
And it’s not just in Lower Manhattan. The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed an outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis at Occupy Atlanta.
Meanwhile, the body count at Occupy encampments nationwide is growing daily.
There was fatal shooting following a gang fight at Occupy Oakland, a suicide at Occupy Burlington, Vt., and a reported fatal drug overdose at Occupy Vancouver.
Add in the dead body found in a tent at Occupy Salt Lake City. And the man arrested at Occupy Portland and charged with throwing a Molotov cocktail.
Such is the state of the movement embraced with love and praise by the Democrat Party and President Barack Obama. The Occupy protests have turned into such a sick farce that their usefulness to Democrats in the 2012 election is gone, except perhaps as shock troops for a little timely civil unrest. We might be about to see a trial run for that mission in Portland.