OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Many Occupy Oakland protesters Wednesday evening returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza after demonstrating at the Port of Oakland, forcing the Port to shut down operations.

Port officials said Wednesday night’s protest was peaceful and no injuries or property damage were reported.

Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin said maritime operations will only resume “when it is safe and secure to do so.”

Ben Bruso, 23, a direct service provider for developmentally disabled individuals, was one of hundreds who blocked the Port’s Gate One, where the demonstration has a party-like feel, complete with a brass band.

Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

“Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

“The middle class and lower class are being subjugated,” he said.

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On the closure of the Port, Bruso said, “Obviously it sends a message to the corporate world that we’re not going to sit by and take it anymore.”

Colin Holtzinger, 24, a mental health counselor, said he was at the Port because he believes “we need to tax the rich and get rid of the barriers of entry to small businesses.”

Holtzinger also said, “I feel great. This is the largest movement I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

A group of several hundred demonstrators gathered to block entrances to the Port at Maritime and Seventh streets.

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“I support the Occupy movement and the 99 percent. The priorities of this country need to be re-examined and re-ordered,” said Marti Mogensen, 63, a teacher at Berkeley High School.

Mogensen was formerly a teacher in the small town of Onalaska, Wis., the town where Scott Olsen, is from—Olsen is a former marine who was injured in last week’s demonstration.

“I think his case is interesting because it’s done a lot to move Occupy Oakland into international attention. I really think it’s tragic,” she said.

She said some of the teachers at Berkeley High School did “teach-ins” Wednesday to support the general strike.

On closing the Port, Mogrensen said, “I think it really shows that people want change and they want to organize and these tactics do work.”

Jessica Hendricks, 27, a chair of the Berkeley chapter of the ACLU, said, “I’m here exercising my freedom of speech and making sure the rest can do so peacefully.”

On closing the Port she said, “I think it shows the strength and power of the people.”

The group at Maritime and Seventh streets had blocked trucks from entering and exiting the Port all night and the numbers appear to be growing.

Trucks that tried to exit with cargo were forced to turn around. However, drivers who attempted to leave without cargo are allowed to pass.

One big-rig driver who was trapped by the crowd Wednesday night said, “I just wanna go home. Why are they on top of my truck?”

Though there have been rumors of police action, there was minimal police presence by the Port’s gates as of 7:30 p.m.

Oakland emergency officials responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian Wednesday near 11th Street and Broadway, where protesters continue to march.

Further information regarding extent of injuries and what caused the crash was not immediately available.

Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said that he believes a small group of anarchists is responsible for vandalism that struck five businesses in Oakland Wednesday.

The vandalism occurred at a Whole Foods store and several banks, he said.

Jordan said the police believe about 4,500 people participated in the general strike Wednesday. He said most protesters were peaceful but that about 60 to 70 anarchists, who he said “were bent on creating problems,” caused the vandalism.

He said the anarchists dressed distinctively and wore all-black clothing and handkerchiefs.

Jordan said police believe they know who those responsible are, but no one has been arrested so far.

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Comments (322)
  1. Protester says:

    Go Protesters!

    1. Oakland Taxpayer says:

      go where? How many were not even Oakland residents/taxpayers? Vandalism? Stores closing, lost wages to the real 99%. And good ol’ Oakland taxpayers, well they get the bill.

      1. Kathryn says:

        First, Occupy Oakland is not just about Oakland; it is in solidarity with the OWS Movement, which has gone global, with occupations in major cities around the world. Thus being an Oakland resident or taxpayer has nothing to do with it. Second, the vandalism was committed not by protestors, but by the self-described “anarchists,” dressed in their black costumes – these are the same idiots who showed up for the otherwise peaceful Oscar Grant protests. As for the bill we taxpayers receive, well, that is part of the cost of doing business, as it were, in a major city, and in a democratic society where peaceful protests are sometimes needed. I daresay the lion’s share of the taxpayer bill will be from the unnecessary expense incurred by over-reaction of the police, especially having police helicopters hovering over the Plaza 24-7 all week long.

      2. FreeUlysses says:

        Kathryn, don’t play innocent. I didn’t see any of the 7000 “good protesters” stopping the 70 or so bad apples. They are happy for the press.

        Also, the OWS is followed in all cities through the streaming video of the page “Global Revolution”. That concept, “Global Revolution” is all through the protests top to bottom. Don’t blame others joining that flag, you own it. So, your revolution is disrupting the system and society of the majority of this country. If I as someone who depends on that port tried to move the barricades they erected, those ‘peaceful’ protesters would have beat me into a pulp. Stop pretending. I will die to defend this country from “Global Revolution”, and your ‘friends and supporters’ are pushing us to a civil war which will result in much bloodshed. If you have laws you want passed, put them to a vote and shut up about it. Blocking a port is not a freedom to assemble or address grievances issue, it’s an assault on our way of life.

      3. Scott says:

        Kathryn,The point is the anarchists wouldn’t be there if the solidarity movement wasn’t…

      4. Nobody in particular says:

        I know exactly who you are. You came here from drudge report “Oakland Taxpayer”. I followed another link on this protest from drudge today and you had the EXACT same comment, word for word, but put your location as Texas and your name as “WP2011”. Wonder what WP stands for???

        We never forget. We never forgive. We are everywhere.

      5. Janny LUVUS says:

        These are Thugs and people that do not WANT to work. They hate our systme and feel The US is like Nazi Germany. They are crazy!! Soon they will dissapear like all anarchist!!

      6. Gimli says:

        Nobody: Who are “we”? You got a mouse in ur pocket whack-a-doodle? Get a job!

      7. Tired-repeat says:

        Nobody in particular – you won’t do anything.

        Forgive and forget? Are you kidding me?
        You’re the generation that chooses “Grad Student” as a career path and the screams when all of a sudden, you aren’t earning $100.000 salary.

        You take and demand and waste and then repeat the cycle – never producing anything more than complaints.

        Keep up the posting INTERNET SUPERSTAR! You won’t do anything, people like you never, ever do.

      8. NeoConVet says:

        Well it seems that The “Flea Party” will have a chance to meet Union Dock Workers who will be thrilled to dfscuss economics with them. Note to Oakland hospitals…buy more sutures.

      9. shari says:

        To OW who compare themselves to the original Tea Party—-You do not know your history. Paul Revere and his men CAREFULLY boarded the ship and dumped the tea overboard, damaging NOTHING else. There was NO fights, no bullying, no injuries to the crew of the ships.

        Revere made sure to replace a broken lock on one of the ships and severely punished a participant who stole some of the tea for his private use. Samuel Adams defended the raid by saying that all other methods of recourse – say, voting – were unavailable.

      10. Dale says:

        Hey Nobody,

        You may think you’re everywhere but those of us in the Tea Party are everywhere and we’re watching. We’re the ones who vote consistantly, not just once because the candidate is a rock star. It is our hope for a better country and those marching in this Occupy thing grow up, get jobs and be productive members of society.

      11. Tom Menino says:

        Obama’s heroes, the Chinese, know how to quell a mob of ingrates. Shoot 5 of them and the rest will go home. If they don’t shoot 10.

      12. Jack Kinch(1uncle) says:

        Tax payers always get the bill. Deadbeats are created to vote demo(SOCIALIST). Should they be allowed to vote for more handouts? Get rid of lobbyists? Yes. Eliminate tax loopholes? Yes. Stop paying the least educated to have babies ? YES. Get rid of career politicians ? Yes. Limit time in congress to 8 years? Yes
        Get politics out of government? Yes.

      13. OWS is a leftist cesspool says:

        OWS can go to hell…Lazy little crybabies.If they think destruction of property and blocking people from going to work is going to earn them the respect of average Americans they can think again.

    2. Frank_H says:

      What a bunch of idiots!

    3. Eric the Red says:

      Yes, GO back to your parents’ basements and maybe, if you are lucky, to flipping burgers while looking longingly at your bachelor’s of fine arts degrees. Go live in Cuba, Venezuela or China. We don’t need you dragging the rest of us down.

      1. Common Raven says:

        A thousand times, THIS.

        Go home, go to H311, go anywhere but do it quietly and with as little burning of things as possible.

        The nation is losing it’s patience with you petulant children.

      2. Don Ingram says:

        I agree with you folks. These are nothing but a bunch of idiots who cannot get a job or attended a liberal college. If they want government to control their lives, then yes, go to Cuba, Venezuela or China.

    4. Armed Texan says:

      Yes, please GO!

    5. James says:

      Yes…Go…….Go Away….these are a bunch of thugs that are preventing those who want to work from doing so.

    6. judithod says:

      Interesting that one of the protesters quoted in the story is a member of the SEIU, which donated more to Obama’s first presidential campaign than most Wall Streeters. Union members point fingers at corporations, corporations point fingers at unions and the government, and our so-called “representatives” from the president on down have their hands out continuously for campaign contributions from unions and corporations.

      1. JK says:

        Union=Giant Corporation
        Unions=largest paid advertisers during past couple of elections.

        I think my favorite quote in this article was from young Colin, who said he wants to both tax the rich and lower barriers to small businesses? Exactly how small, Colin, because if you increase taxes to filers making $200k or more, then you are hurting whom you intend to ‘support’.

      2. ecomamacita says:

        How could a movement have Union reps AND claim to support small business?! Only a movement that is set up to create chatter would have so many contradictions. And if they support the current administration, they do not support small business because BO and his people have single-handedly chopped down SBA support as well deflected the American audience from seeing the truth — that small businesses create over 75% of the jobs in America but they need the consumer support to do so…not GE and the corporate overlords.

        But we have to wonder if DHS is using OWS comment boards to track the educated dissidents who rebuke this staged hypocrisy.

      3. gary-bg says:

        Correct why would I open a small business and then be successful then get rich from it to then be taxed and regulated back to being middle class at best.Most small business entrepreneurs don’t start a business because they love putting people to work they open one because they are tired of working for other people.The other people that find employment in a small business are a side effect of the small business owners vision. So why would a small business expand from the incentive from government only to be taxed back down to where they were before the expansion.

    7. Jsmith says:

      Yeah, go far, far away!

    8. buckeye80 says:

      Detain all of the protesters and give them a free course in the Constitution and another in practical economics. Their lives will be vastly improved if they are well-informed about the freedom they have to determine their own destinies. Education sets one free!

      1. john wall says:

        What is practical economics? That is not a college course. The Constitution allows for the assembly of protesters. If you support the Tea Party I hope you realize that the original Tea Party Actions was downright theft and vandalism. Do you realize that.

    9. bullrider says:

      Yes, to Hell. Or maybe to wherever their beloved leader Obama is at the moment.

    10. John Farnsworth says:

      mow all of the protesters down, they are total wastes of life

    11. Omar says:

      ” . . . we need to tax the rich and get rid of the barriers of entry to small businesses”

      Don’t want to harsh your mellow or anything, but empowering a large, confiscatory government will probably NOT “get rid of barriers entry for small business.” Quite the opposite, in fact.

    12. Jeff says:

      The headline is very misleading. Are they really anarchists, or agent provocateurs?

      Please consider these these 2 ideas:
      – “They” have power because we let them control the money supply. Consider being your own bank: store wealth in precious metals and other hard assets. At least use a local credit union.
      – When a politician promises something, ask, “Or else what?” What do they have at stake if they don’t make good on their promise? This changes the power dynamics from fiat win lose, to equal contact.

      Details: http://marketcuriosity.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/design-thriving-societies-what-works-from-a-scientific-point-of-view/

    13. hebgb says:


      The reason B of A suspended their greedy tactic was to stop the loss of accounts from people. People voted with their wallets, not the idleminded children thinking the parks and streets are for campouts.

    14. jlou says:

      Yes, let’s encourage violence. That way you and your ilk can claim police brutality when they haul your butts away.

      Where do you stop with the violence? What about employees of the bank? Customers?

      You, and the people you support, are pathetic.

    15. Feedbag says:

      So violence is your solution to these problems?

    16. Protest Hurting Small Business more than 1% says:

      We are a small business that has multiple small stores and franchises in local communities in the western states and like most are dealing with economy and we use the Oakland port to get some of our products. This Holiday season is real important for all of us that have local community stores and employees that live and work in our communities. The is impact us and our employees seriously if this shutdown continues. Are we really considered the 1% that you are trying to send a message to. I have no problems with protest and free speech but I know for a fact you are not just affecting the 1% with this. Creating problems for the 99% to prove a point to the 1% does not make sense, get your facts of who you are actually affecting next time. Unfortunately there are thousands of small business that rely on that port which is far more that the few 1% you are affecting.

      1. ecomamacita says:

        Agreed. These protests and this administration are killing the one solution that will spearhead recovery in America — small businesses. Cheap labor and lies are hurting our business. All I am looking to do is increase my profit margin so that I can start helping others who are suffering from un/underemployment with steady employment.

        Bootstrapping and an honorable handshake is what this country was built upon…its time to take back control from chatter and hyperbole hypocrisy.

    17. David Christianson says:

      No John, that is an absolute lie, just like the lies told by the protestors you support. Why don’t you protest the people who take Corporate money and pass the laws – i.e. Congress.
      And to what end do these protests seek – complete socialism! Which has resulted in no freedoms and mass killings throughout the world’s history.
      You and your ilk are being used for nothing more than a pathetic attempt to bring down the USA and make everyone as miserable as you.

    18. SEK says:

      BOA may have rescinded their $5.00 fees, but have you read what they have done instead? Look it up concerning derivitives being moved so that taxpayers will be on the hook. The debit fee is nothing compared to what they are doing, all the while the OWS are protesting.
      And what do you mean, unfortunately, the violence is not in Wall Street? How can anyone approve of vandalism, setting fires, smashing windows, etc?

    19. Victoria Larsen says:

      Our government is not being run by corporations it is being run by Politicans who think that is a real job and want to control the people of this country!

    20. Dave in Los Angeles says:

      I don’t get it. I’m angry at my government too and vote to try to change things. Yet, these people, who seemingly have way more time than I do (trying to work to pay my bills and put food on the table) seem to just want to “take” from the “evil” corporations (who mostly happen to be made up by your own neighbors). What about the “evil” unions stealing public money by loading up pensions, and using workers pay to lobby and grease the politicians for their self-interest? How come the “Occuppiers” don’t voice their angst towards them? Such hypocrisy. It isn’t capitalism that is the problem-its the lack of character and a lost sense of right and wrong. This is what we get when we value mediocrity and entitlement over self-reliance, personal responsibility and integrity.

      1. K. Reuxa says:

        Let me add to your comment if I may. I just discovered today that our city employees receive matching retirement funds of 2-to-1. In other words, the city holds out 7% of their salary to put in their retirement (let’s say $5600 out of a $80K salary)–then the tax payers pay $11,200 more into that worker’s retirement plan! So a guy making $80k really makes 91K and that doesn’t include the health insurance benefits they receive. Try to get that in a private sector job! So when I see teachers and other public sector employees joining in to these protests I just have to shake my head. I would dearly love to have those kinds of benefits!

    21. Brian says:

      LOL what the idiots don’t understand is that the ships and cargo go to other ports to drop off their loads. LOL what a bunch of morons. GET A JOB PEOPLE..

      1. Blank says:

        Get a job doing what? They have degrees in Womens’ Studies and Sanskrit and feel actual work is beneath them.

    22. Jim Adams says:

      Hey Ben Bruso, it seems the government bailed out the car corporations inturn saving your union buddies at GM and Chrysler. All the tax payers who paid for that now want to thank you for all the extra costs and destruction your union friends are creating in this occupy movement. Go back to work and lets

    23. ecomamacita says:

      Wow John, what a major victory! It only took months of looting, rioting and millions of dollars in taxpayers money (to cover the damages) to get BoFA to retract their five dollar fees. That’s really sticking it to “the man”. If you call this a movement, I have a much more productive one every morning before I go to work.

    24. John C says:

      The typical tactics of liberal-progressives (socialist/comments) is to whip up the public dissatisfaction by organizing protests, indoctrinating the crowds to socialist/communist dogma by passing out literature and holding “teach in” indoctrination’s, then once the crowd reaches critical mass, promote instability through riots and anarchy in hopes of collapsing the system and overthrowing the government through revolution. With cold weather quickly approaching and the likelihood of the protester numbers dwindling, they have to start the riots now. It should be noted that Obama has voiced support for these protesters.

    25. Jeff says:

      The OWS movement is about played out. Now that they see no one really cares and that there isn’t any meaningful message being delivered, the violence will ratchet up because that’s all they have left. Someday they’ll wise up and realize they’ve been setup by the radical progressive movement that doesn’t care squat about them or their liberties. Pathetic, classless individuals.

    26. uisignorant says:

      Yes, please just go.

    27. JByrd42 says:

      You are a useful idiot. The rest of us are at work trying to pay our bill, put food on the table and keep the lights on and these thugs are out terrorizing cities and communities. You a are a complete fool.

    28. kbernatovich says:

      That’s right..GO…straight to he11

    29. patmurphy1965 says:

      Got to helll!!

    30. B of A listened to 1%, not 99% says:

      B of A had a loss of accounts from the rich 1%. They couldn’t care less about the dirty camper protestors.

    31. David says:

      It’s ironic that the 99% are preventing other 99%-ers from working and earning a wage. Those who were there and have cause others to not work are NOT HELPING. Don’t block access to people who have jobs and don’t suggest I stop working to support the cause. It’s counter intuitive.

  2. Philip Scharfy says:

    Well said,Adam — “Jerry” is obviously a scialist loser

    1. Joe Blow says:

      Or an English teacher

      1. John Steele says:

        OR a Oakland City Worker who was paid to Riot by the Marxist Mayor

  3. Tom101010 says:

    Hahaha, agreed Adam. Well said.

  4. Ed Morden says:

    At a time when corporations — which place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality — run our governments, members of the 99% have peaceably assembled in cities across the USA as is our right, to let these facts be known:

    *They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
    *They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products, endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
    *They determine economic policy despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
    *They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
    *They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
    *They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives, or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
    *They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
    *They purposefully kept people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
    *They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners, even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
    *They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
    *They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
    *They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.

    To the American people: Exercise your right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space, create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. Join us and let your voices be heard!!!

    1. Marcus says:

      What a bunch of nonsense! The media could not be more anti-business. What planet do you live on?

    2. DH says:

      Spoken like a good little Marxist but most of what you said can be said directly about the unions backing this farce

      1. Joshua Geekonamotorcycle Porrata says:

        wow full of fail.

    3. Randy says:

      Ed, you are a total moron. Do you pay any taxes? Do you create any jobs? Do you contribute anything positive to the betterment of society? My guess is that you are a net taker. Someone who takes from society much more than they contribute. Why don’t you move your socialist ass to a socialist country?

    4. Jasmine says:

      Mr. Ed and his OWS friends are confused. The country they are talking about is NOT America, it is CHINA. You guys need to all get tickets and fly to Communist China ASAP, so you can protest Communism. Or, if you prefer a tropical climate, go to Cuba or Venezuela. I’m sure you will get to experience what REAL “oppression” is.

      1. Burnthemdown says:

        Hahaha, China is communist, hilarious. If you hate China so much stop buying all the products sold to you by chinese CAPITALISTS. HAHAHA, southern morons.

      2. Lena says:

        To Burnthemdown

        The Communist Party of China is the founding and ruling political party of the People’s Republic of China. BTW, The Communist Party of China is the ONLY party in China. And who is a moron?

    5. yobaby says:

      Hey Eddy! It’s government that corrupts the corporations…get a clue! And, what a surprise…a business that is interested in profit? Wow, get a load of that! Are you serious?! If businesses did not make a profit, your precious government would also be in a heap of trouble…where would their revenue come from? Not from losers like you! Thank God for Business…less government, more freedom…you need to go to Cuba where they believe what you believe…and it’s worked out so well! LOL!

    6. Atlas Collins says:

      Pizz off and die worthless communist vermin.

    7. uisignorant says:


    8. JK says:

      Ed: if you believe all these things, then why don’t you catch a ride to Washington and protest the White House, Capitol Hill, and two of the largest, blood-sucking (from the veins of taxpayers) Corporations of all–Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

    9. MDWhite says:

      Thank you, Ed! Yes!

      Ed, aka Spartacus, will now lead us in a rousing chorus of “The Internationale.” To the barricades one and all !!! Viva Emiliano Zapata !!! Viva Hugo Chavez !!! Viva Con Carne !!! Viva Las Vegas !!!

      But, hey, while you’re sacrificing so much for the revolution, don’t forget to text Dad and make sure he’s sent your hefty, monthly allowance check.

    10. Publius says:

      “They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.”
      First, who the hell is “they?” Corporations?.
      You’re going to try to get me to believe that corporations have gotten together and consprired to put the police on the streets? Are you a moron? Whoever told you that was a liar and deceiver, and you, your gullible self, goobled it up without thinking. You do have a brain, don’t you? You are a nut.

    11. BadKosh says:

      Ed you MORON!! Explain HOW a corporation can inflict oppression? You aren’t FORCED to work for one.

      I think your problem is you are looking at the world as stereotypes, and all the situations are all soap opera plots. Get connected to REALITY.

    12. bullrider says:

      Ed, reading your remarks made me want to vomit everything I’ve eating for three days.

    13. dhoneywell says:

      Ed, Ed, Ed. The answer is limitied government. If there wasn’t so much power and money at the federal level, you wouldn’t have tens of thousands of lobbyists in DC, foreign and domestic, buying the politicians. Take back DC and limit it’s power to those stated in the constitution and you’ll reduce corruption exponentially…

    14. David Christianson says:

      Let me just drink the kool-aid and I’m right behind you, Ed.

    15. The Vet says:

      My dear Ed, go get a job or better yet, start your own business – and make us proud, Ed. I believe that you can do it. Now, it’s going to require a lot of very hard work, planning, sleepless nights, sacrifice, and looking only to yourself for income and profit. You willingly must delay your own gratification by day in, day out dedicated goal-setting, relentless optimism, unapologetic belief in the great American free-enterprise system, and develop inexpressible pride and gratitude for why you are trying to achieve you goal of self-sufficiency. Your faith in yourself and your trust in the God who loves you will grow to new heights. Your growth as a man and your capacity for love of your family and friends will exceed anything you had imagined.

      You will have to swim against the current of high taxation, regulations, fees, government intrusion, and the jealous greed of ignorant left-wing whiners and useless parasitic twits who see your emerging success in business as a threat to their slothfulness.

      They (the socialist Left) will stand against you by voting for people who will grow big government and happily pick your pocket and transfer benefits to them. You will be considered an evil exploiter of the good citizens, even though you have provided valuable goods and services and jobs for those who are willing to work. Come on in, Ed. Do you have the guts to be a real American entrepreneur? Or are you a little sissy whiner who can only stand around and gripe, while aligning yourself with Occupiers, Union thugs, Marxists, druggies, and welfare trash? Come on, Ed. Aren’t you better than that? Grow a couple and stop your self-pity. Get up and make yourself richer and provide a means for countless others to benefit from your hard work and sacrifice. It’s the American way, Ed. Learn it and live it.

      1. Tell Sackett says:

        Very well said. Ed hasn’t the intelligence nor the drive to succeed at anything. He will always be a taker.

    16. Dwight E. Howell says:

      You are insane. Some of the problems are real but you want to burn down everyone’s house to set up a total police state that would shoot you in the head and dump you body in the nearest ditch!

    17. Frank Truth says:

      Ed is wrong about a lot of things. Then again so are those that call him names. The fact is American workers have a to complain about. This country is headed toward civil war. That is what the Tea Party people want. They are as clueless, as confident, and as smug as every leader just before he is overthrown. There will be fewer and fewer good jobs in the US as US corporations become multi-national corporations, and export skilled labor to countries like China, Romania, India, and other countries. The US laborer can’t compete with Chinese labor. Even hipster Steve Jobs complained it was more difficult to manufacture a product here than it is in China. Of course, that is true. Chinese laborers are nothing more than slaves. They have no rights, and no life. There are billions of Chinese that are happy to earn a few pennies a day. American workers could not pay their food bill even if they earned a hundred times more than the average Chinese worker. People with money in the US have been helped by a dollar that has been artificially strong. But a strong dollar hurts the American worker. That is why China fights to keep its currency artificially low. American labor will eventually have very little value. The more efficient businesses become, the less they need human resources. That is why Einstein was a socialist. Of course, I am sure you Tea Party folks think Einstein was a moron, too. In order to make money you need political stability. Political stability requires some income distribution. My father was in the 90% tax bracket. That did not take away his incentive to work. He worked even harder. He was proud to support the US, and proud that he could afford to pay 90% taxes. My father was still a noted philanthropist. We still lived in a mansion. My father had a private chauffer. We had maids and bulters. When we wanted anything during dinner, all we had to do was press a button under the table to call in kitchen help. Today, people complain about paying 40% income taxes. The real reason they complain is they suffer a form of mental illness. They suffer OCPD (not OCD). They are pack rats. They can’t throw away underware even when it has holes in it. They collect material things. Material things become a poor substitute for love. Everyone is so busy making money and obsessed with material things, there is little time to show others love. So children grow up with lots of material things but little love. When you have love, you don’t need twenty cars, and collections of all kinds of things that you sit and decay. When you have love, you don’t need to be some new-fangled version of Ebeneezer Scrooge. I don’t think rich liberal should unilaterially help the poor and disabled. I don’t want Warren Buffett and George Soros to give their money to help the poor. The burden of helping the poor and disabled should not disproportionately fall on the shoulders of those who think that should be a shared responsiblity. I don’t expect our military and prison system to be funded just by wealthy individuals who support our millitary. If you want to live in American society, you need to follow majority rule. If we were a group of thirty people alone in the world, and you had most of the wealth, and didn’t want to help the weaker members of our group, you would not be given a choice. Like many wealthy people I don’t have to pay much taxes. Your Republican friends have given me all kinds of tax shelters, and tax loop holes. While you’re worrying about welfare queens, me and most of my friends are able to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes. We set up tax free, non-profit foundations that employ our children and our relatives and pay them huge sums of money for doing nothing. And it is all legal thanks to your Republican friends. I didn’t get rich by being stupid. I got rich the old fashioned way. I inherited it. I would be happy to pay more taxes, but don’t expect me to single handedly solve America’s debt crisis. Most Americans in Occupy Wall Street don’t want to see wealthy people suffer. They don’t care if Gore flies around in a private jet wasting fuel. They look at the big picture.

    18. Protest Hurting Small Business more than 1% says:

      Here is a Fact!
      We are a small business that has multiple small stores and franchises in local communities in the western states and like most are dealing with economy and we use the Oakland port to get some of our products. This Holiday season is real important for all of us that have local community stores and employees that live and work in our communities. The is impact us and our employees seriously if this shutdown continues. Are we really considered the 1% that you are trying to send a message to. I have no problems with protest and free speech but I know for a fact you are not just affecting the 1% with this. Creating problems for the 99% to prove a point to the 1% does not make sense, get your facts of who you are actually affecting next time. Unfortunately there are thousands of small business that rely on that port which is far more that the few 1% you are affecting.

      All of your listed problems are great but what are you trying to accomplish is Oakland? Put others out of work so we can join the movement? Great Idea!

    19. Andrew P. says:

      “Fact” Line #1: When? When has the US Military EVER prevented US freedoms? As a soldier, that is insulting. This country has never had a military coup. We have always faithfully defended our home, and yet you accuse us of what you do not understand.
      “Fact” Line #2: Toyota may have deliberately declined to recall products, but then you should be buying American anyway.
      “Fact” Line #5: They are not trying to keep us on foreign oil. That doesn’t make sense. They are trying to lower costs and thereby increase profits. It’s what a business does. A business is out to make money, not save the earth. Those who advocate alternate forms of energy habitually underestimate the costs of production, and overstate the results.
      “Fact” Line #6: They are not blocking generic medicines. Rather, drug companies spend millions on the research and production of medicines. When they can no longer make substantial profits (because they are now generic), they simply end production. Why don’t YOU go into that business, spend millions, and make pennies in return? Oh that’s right, because you have likely a degree in “the Arts”.
      “Fact” #9: I’d like to see your proof for this statement.
      “Fact #10: I do not think you understand the term ‘colonialism’. How does one perpetuate colonialism at home? We already are the United States. Have we re-colonized ourselves into something else? And how have we done so abroad? Iraq… We’re leaving. Afghanistan? Probably leaving soon too. (I personally don’t think we should unless and until the locals request by majority vote of the population – but then I have SERVED overseas and seen it first hand. Have you?)
      “Fact” #11: You have this backwards. They create weapons only after they already have the govt contract. You fool. Think about that. Why would they build something before they are contractually paid to do so? If you have a problem with a country defending itself, why don’t you hop along over to France. I’m sure those p***ies will love your backwards ideologies.

      Your voices are heard, barely, over the sounds of banging drums (for some inexplicable reason). But so far your voices have nothing productive to say. As a leaderless group, you are of no help to yourselves. A job would be a more productive use of your time. And don’t say they are unavailable. Alabama has thousands of farm labor positions open, thanks to their immigration law. Why don;t you do that? Oh, because the work is too hard and you find it easier to collect government benefits. Besides, you have degrees in ethnic studies, humanities, literature, and art. How is an art major going to market himself/herself in this technologically-advanced business world? And to think you believe the taxpayers should forgive your student debt.. It’s not our fault you are a moron.

    20. kbernatovich says:

      really? the military. I think not. But they should arrest those who are breaking the law.

    21. Whatever says:

      Ugh ….Really??? I think I just threw up in my mouth a little… Join you and do what? Squat in public for a number 2? Spray paint a police car? Burn an American flag? Have sex with strangers in a lousy tent? DOWNTWINKLES dude….

  5. Liz says:

    The police chief says they knows who the troublemakers are, so why don’t they just go after them and arrest them rather than staging like an army and going after the entire crowd? Unless, of course, what they really want is to go to war with the protesters rather than actually keeping the streets safe.

    1. j_man says:

      That would cause them to have to defend themselves in court against profiling…

    2. Common Raven says:

      Better yet, let the cops go home and let We The People deal with them directly. When the smoke clears, the police can go back to enforcing peace in a civilized society.

    3. JK says:

      Liz–why don’t you go down and actually watch the crowd. The police are showing admirable restraint, as they are in NYC, Minneapolis, Chicago, etc.

      It is amazing to me to see protesters hurl solid objects like bottles–at police–as well as paint. I’ve seen those two myself.

      Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, go and see for yourself–don’t just trust the biased, partial-view most media outlets portray.

      1. Andrew P. says:

        While you’re there Liz, hopefully you will see the trash, sexual abuses, and vagrancy.

  6. bret says:

    nice going cbs 5, cant even watch the full video without the auto page reloading.
    I give up on your site

  7. steve says:

    Is it any surprise that these cretins broke into violence

    1. Chris says:

      No. OWS has been growing very frustrated and impatient with the relative lack of tear gas and police brutality. It flies in the face of one of their cherished beliefs that America is evil. They had to do something to provoke them. So they start a big fire in the middle of the street, and smash store windows. Next, they’ll insist that they did nothing wrong, and that the police attacked them for no reason. Then they’ll cry about how evil America is, and how they’re such heroic martyrs. And there will be enough people out there that will believe them to make it all worth it.

      1. Chris Sucks says:

        I believe them. Maybe if I dragged a dead 6 year old palestinian/afghani/iraqi,libyian girl into your living room and left her on the floor you would start to believe them too.

      2. Common Raven says:

        Amen. The morons who are so self-loathing, misanthropic and misguided that they hate their own country need to be shown the door at gunpoint. Don’t like it here? Fine by me. Go join the rest of the world that hates us, but you aren’t welcome here anymore.

      3. Paul Andrew says:

        This is the re-elect Ofailure campaign.

    2. Bill Jones says:

      The only way they can proceed is through violence. It says so in the Marxist handbook. Page 24 paragragh A & B

  8. Marcus says:

    The vast majority of these folks are simply deadbeats, burnouts or societal leaches who have no idea what they’re protesting. They see that there are some people out there who have more than they do and feel entitled to the same – without having to work hard and lay out personal financial risk to get it. The big banks took what the government offered them. It should never have been offered and the governmental officials (President and Congress) are the ones who should be held accountable – AND voted out. Community banks, largely, took NO money and should NOT be demonized. Get your facts straight, folks. Then, go do protest in Washington, where the real issues are.

    1. VaDave says:

      This guys statement says it all about many of the idiots and malcontents that are down there, “I feel great. This is the largest movement I’ve seen in my lifetime.” This guy obviously just wants to be part of something becasue it makes him feel good. Maybe he missed the late 60’s and all of those original idiots. the beginning of the end of our society.

    2. T woodhouse says:

      Best summary I’ve seen of these clueless OWS idiots.

    3. The Vet says:

      Excellent, Marcus. You nailed it with precision. Way to go.

  9. Vicky Bevis says:

    But NOWHERE in Oakland, NYC or anyplace else are any protesters giving any ideas of just exactly what/HOW they want to implement their changes. Personally, I never listen to anyone who complains about ANYTHING unless they at least have a concrete idea of what MIGHT work! Suggetions anyone?

    1. Marcus says:

      They can’t verbalize their issues or solutions because they don’t really know what they are protesting. They’re just unhappy and feel entitled to happiness. Nowhere in our constitution does it guarantee that. We are only guaranteed the “pursuit” of happiness. I guess their pursuit entails camping out, not showering and going to the bathroom behind a tree.

      1. uisignorant says:

        Actually the definition of happiness has changed. At the time, it was happenstance as know as today.

  10. disgusted atliberals says:

    These people are an embarrassment to America-if they don’t like it here MOVE to Cuba-Venezuela-you are a bunch of spoiled “entitled” ingrates who are making FOOLS of yourselves. How does burning down places, breaking windows, looting, and blocking business help you cause. It only makes me despise you and not sympathize with you-

    1. GMan says:

      Why should they move? At the rate the present administration is going, and with a continuted entitlement mentality, we will be the next Cuba or Venezuela.

      1. Blank says:

        Try North Korea

  11. sean patriot says:


  12. Midge Marten Marshmont says:

    “Doctors destroy health,
    lawyers destroy justice,
    psychiatrists destroy minds,
    scientists destroy truth,
    major media destroys information,
    religions destroy spirituality and
    governments destroy freedom.” ~ Michael Ellner


    1. Marcus says:

      And Obama destoys it all.

      1. astralweeks says:

        Ha, funny Marcus.

    2. jasmine says:

      Michael Ellner is a doctor, so I guess he is guilty of destroying health – your mental health.

      What is your point here, btw? That we should go back to prehistoric times?

    3. MDWhite says:

      Thank you for the pithy wisdom and laser insight, sunshine….and scissors cut paper and a rock breaks scissors and a bird in the hand gathers no moss. Twit.

  13. ed357 says:

    Water cannons…………

    with soap.

    1. The Vet says:

      You are too clever, ed357. Lord knows those filthy thugs need a good washing down. BTW, I fancy 357’s. Nice home protector.

  14. Marcus says:

    Now THAT is funny!. Well played, sir.

  15. Twilliam says:

    ‘Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.”
    What a complete idiot, he belongs to SEIU, perhaps THE most powerful lobbing group in DC.

    1. TeaPartyType says:

      Yes, he’s a useful idiot!

  16. Mon says:

    I guess if police won’t restore calm it will be up to the 80% who are still trying to make a living and are being blocked by these idiots.

  17. les bondy says:

    I agree — it would make the country better to get rid of these people who hate America.

  18. disgusted says:

    It is ironic that ben bruso is mad about government being bought by corporations but not about government being bought by unions

  19. Eric the Red says:

    It seems from the overnight pix coming from Oakland that there are gang bangers in the mobs. Aren’t they the ultimate capitalists? They market drugs and guns to people and pay no taxes. Hmmm. Isn’t Van Jones from Oakland? His fingerprints are all over this. I mean, he is an avowed marxist and did organize a vigil after 9/11/01 to bad mouth America’s imperialism all over the globe and did encourage citizens to disrespect police. Didn’t he serve in Obama’s White House? Hmmm again. Is Oakland in Pelosi’s district. She pretends to be ‘down’ with the 99% but is actually…whispering now….part of the 1%. Her husband is an investment banker and they are loaded! Wake up you useful idiots!

  20. les bondy says:

    Please God liberals, socialists, commies, lowlifes, noodnicks, obama lovers, losers- all of you- keep up the protests . Stand your ground. You are right for doing this. America will remember this at election time !!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    1. kbernatovich says:

      Yep, I’ll remember not to ever vote for a lieberal.

  21. Joe says:

    Can’t read this story. Half of the page is hidden behind ads.

  22. Russ in OR says:

    Mayor Jean Quan had this nipped last week when she ordered police to de-camp the protesters. Then, after endangering the safety of the police, allowed the protesters back in!

    It takes a world class politician to bungle her job so badly that everyone is irate. Nicely played, Mayor!

  23. Gerad R. says:

    Colin Holtzinger – “we need to tax the rich and get rid of the barriers of entry to small businesses.” What a mental midget. That’s right, get rid of the barriers of entry to small busineses. Hey, Einstein, one of the barriers of entry to small businesses is the high taxation rate on the so called rich — the one’s who actually try to own and operate a big portion of small businesses.

  24. nomonkeydreams says:

    I believe we will find moose lum Palestinians on student visas among those instigating the trouble just as they were found protesting the AIG bonuses several years ago gracing the front page of the LA times as American Protesters against the bail out and rich bankers.

  25. brad says:

    OWS are useful idiots, and the SEIU should be put on a watch list, Janet. What would happen if Hamas attempeted to shut down our ports, remember DP World ports deal? READ this post, then scream it LOUD!!!! Rome is falling!!

  26. malcom says:

    seems the police are not effective, send in an Army or marine unit with experience from Iraq and Afghanistan. They will surround them and neutralize the traitors. Then you charge the families of these idiots for the cost of it. It will be a lot cheaper buying body bags instead of rebuilding a city that has been destroyed.

  27. dwoof says:

    Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    The Union lobby too?

  28. Whiteghost says:

    Do the “protesters” realize that the hourly people who were suppose to work the 7pm shift missed out on pay for that shift? Do they even care? You can’t get more selfish than the OWS movement.
    If they were smart they would know that fair is relative. It is not fair that someone trying to make ends meet, may not be able to pay rent or buy food for his/her kids because of this missed shift.

  29. Joe says:

    Bruso [a Service Employees International Union member] said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    ok then…

  30. M1kael says:

    The SEIU member, Bruno I think it is. Doesn’t he realize that his union has some of the major lobbyist in DC and local Calif government…how the he!! does he think he gets the major benefits he gets…what a dumba$$

  31. Marge says:

    I say it is time to start shooting these miscreants. They provide nothing useful to society, regarding reform or change via the ballot or academic reform. Until they do, take them out of the gene pool.

  32. Bob Peterson says:

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

    Does this idiot realize what he just said? The unions are the biggest lobbyists in WDC. SEIU is one of the biggest and cause most of the problems in this country. If the folks who run the port would fire most of these punks, it would fix a lot of things. Problem is, I guess you can’t fire a union thug. But, its oakland, so who cares? You elected a bimbo for mayor, so live with it.

  33. drm says:

    I love SEIU member (a “corporation” that does huge amounts of lobbying) who says he is there to get rid of lobbying in government and “Our government is being bough by corporations”. This from a member of a union who by far in total contributes the most money into politics. Sounds like “lobbying for me and not for thee”

  34. Fed_Up says:

    According to their definition of “the 99%”, I would be included in group that they say they speak for. I just have 1 request. Please don’t speak for me! Every morning I wake up to stories about how individuals and groups within this movement are doing things that only hurt their cause. They have no clear message. No real golas. They are blocking real working people from being able to work and be productive. So please…..go occupy a job. Go occupy your mother’s basement. CHILDREN, go home! Let the adults speak for me. I am part of the REAL 99%

    1. Fed_Up II says:

      Well said Fed_Up! I am also part of the REAL 99%. Simply put – a 99% that is just trying to make a living, care for their families and friends, worship their God freely, if they so choose, and with a lot of hard work, some luck and integrity – end up as part of the 1%. The REAL 99% has an issue with how our BIG government (and getting bigger) operates to the benefit of BIG unions and BIG corporations. Our problem is NOT our economic system of capitalism but rather our political system of “crony capitalism”. Fix the way our political system operates and we begin to fix the system. Start with term limits for our elected officials. Change the way campaigns are financed and run – look to citizen representatives who leave their professions for a term or two and serve the public. A “public servant” as our founders intended rather than a bunch of “self serving” career politicians who are sent to Washington to serve and end up serving themselves and their “cronies”.

  35. steveabrams says:

    Oakland…do the rest of the country a favor and burn yourself down. And while you’re at it…take LA and Frisco with you. Do the rest of America a favor.

  36. Mary says:

    Ben Bruso wants to get rid of all lobbyists. Ben Bruso is a member of the Serivice Employee’s Internation Union. Ben Brusso meet YOUR lobbyist Teresa Law. Sheesh. WE, the people, have a right, under the Constitution of the United States of America to petition of government for redress of greivence. WE, the people have a right to free speech. YOUR lobbyist is excercising those rights. The lobbyists for all the companies, whose shareholders, are good portion of WE the people have a right to free speech and to petition their government. READ the CONSTITUTION.

    1. K. Reuxa says:

      What he meant to say was he wants to get rid of all lobbyists except the ones who support his causes.

  37. TRE says:

    No surprise given that they are communist party backed and influenced. Their goal is not just to be heard.

  38. MacCane says:

    Bunch of BS! Don’t start making excuses for this behavior. It’s simple anarchy. Twisting the English language to tell us what Occpy is all about is plain BS! Businesses, jobs are being impacted and not one thing has happened at Wall Street. Corportations are actually making MORE money and the politicans are raking in all teh favors while these idiots destroy their own communities while anatchists, gangs of criminals and commis have an infiltrated field day with it all. Where’s Pelosi now?? And the big O, where are they now?? Here’s the names of the AP instigative reporters who want anarchy and destruction in our streets, the propagandists: Associated Press writers Garance Burke and Marcus Wohlsen in San Francisco, Beth Duff-Brown in San Francisco, Mark Pratt in Boston, JoAnn Loviglio in Philadelphia, Jon Fahey and Verena Dobnik in New York and Christina Hoag in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
    Where’s law and order?? Where are the elected government officials?? Why is no one in government doing something to stop this madness and destruction?? Who will??

  39. L Gorman says:

    Ben Bruso, 23, a direct service provider for developmentally disabled individuals, was one of hundreds who blocked the Port’s Gate One, where the demonstration has a party-like feel, complete with a brass band.
    Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.
    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

    Hysterical hypocrisy – Where does he think the money comes from for providing services to the developmentally disabled? Does he not think there are lobbyists in Washington lobbying for charitable deductions in the IRC or for grants or alloations of funds to provide those services? And a UNION member??? LOL!!! Does he think that UNIONS do not lobby???? IDIOT.

  40. WilliamPenn says:

    The White House-sponsored communist revolution is under way. Wait’ll they seize thousands and thousands of polling places in 2012. That’s the plan, Folks. Obama and the communists are seizing the nation. Think about what you’re gonna do.

  41. Cindy Pfingston Chafian says:

    Evidently the word PEACEFUL is not in their dictionary. This is NOT what the founders envisioned when they stated that we have the right to “peaceably assemble”. Your right to protest should not infringe on my rights as a citizen.

  42. Pamela says:

    Clean out the white trash perps! Bulldozers or artillery should suffice… This is not about democracy. This is about madness, selfishness, and abject depravity.

    1. James says:

      Why do only get rid of the White trash…what about the black trash or what about the Asian trash or the Hispanic trash?

  43. beegee17 says:

    This is a Communist insurgency in our country. This is the Obama Campaign 2012.

    1. The Vet says:

      Absolutely spot on, beegee17. The Marxists finally have an ally in the White House.

  44. Lee Yarbrough says:

    It is easy for the corporations to run this country because Americans have become to lazy and needed to take care of it and run it.

    Less then 30% of all that could vote do vote. The elected officials listen to those with the most power because Americans have shown they don’t care until they don’t get their freebies.

    Get off your but, register and vote and you will see some changes.

    You get the officials you deserve and look what you have now. Just what you wanted. You have to be very careful what you ask for or you just might get it.
    Time to take a stand in the voting booth if you want change. All of this blocking ports will get you nothing but late shipments and more people out of work.

  45. James says:

    Ahhhhhh…I love the smell of napalm in the morning!

  46. Midwesterner says:

    I’m glad they attacked whole foods. whole foods threatened their employees with termination if they exercised their free speech outside of work.

    For Democracy in the workplace, not authoritarianism!

    Disregard authority, start a new society.

    1. Mirel says:

      Wow you are worried about Free speech but could care less about a free economy, liberty is what we need and if someone succeeds good for him, we only get the pursuit of happiness we are not guaranteed anything, go cry to your senator you need free diapers ……..

    2. Ror says:

      Dude, your anger is totally misplaced and you’re gullible.

      The rumor about Whole Foods Market terminating employees is totally BS. The store leaders were very accommodating towards the protest.

    3. The Vet says:

      OK, so you are no rocket scientist. Here’s a clue: Whole Foods in no way deprived their employees of their right to free speech. The employees could stand on their own hind legs, voice their protests, and look for another employer. It’s quite simple and should be apparent to anyone who understands and value liberty and freedom. It’s called conviction and putting your money where your mouth is. No rights were violated whatsoever.

      Go ahead and dream of a Marxist utopia, Midwesterner. But you aren’t going to enjoy living under tyranny even if you presently don’t believe in free enterprise and personal property rights (like Whole Foods, for example).

  47. mm says:

    These protesters better be careful. Do not poke the sleeping bear. You are approaching a boiling point. And be confident the other side has the force.

    1. RedKnife says:

      See you in the streets coward.

      1. Sterling Headset says:

        There is nothing more cowardly than threats on a bulletin board.

  48. Giuseppe in Stati Uniti says:

    This has ACORN written all over it.

  49. jacero10 says:

    Since there was no pre existing ows organization, there is no meaningful way of separating out the protesters from the anarchists. They are all protesters. OWS or Occupy Oakland is just whoever shows up. So, yes, Occupy Oakland has gone violent. Occupy Oakland and OWS is made up of the very worst of American society. Apparently, rape is just part of the cost of doing protests.

  50. rainyday says:

    Unions should pay taxes – just like corporations.

  51. Danfixer says:

    I find it alarming that teachers at Berkeley High School are allowed to present their personal political views in a “teach in.” Were opposing view points presented at a “teach in” also? Anyone? I didn’t think so. This approach is just wrong. I hope there is more to this than was reported here, but I doubt it.

  52. RickQ says:

    “The group at Maritime and Seventh streets had blocked trucks from entering and exiting the Port all night and the numbers appear to be growing.” These trucks are bringing products to and from local businesses. They’re essentially shutting down commerce while demanding the jobs that come about as a practice thereof. How terribly shortsighted.

  53. EricCartman says:

    I wish they would go OCCUPY Watts. I don’t think the residents there would be very pleased with the smelly hippies.

  54. Kevin says:

    I love where Obama is taking this country

    1. The Vet says:

      That’s because you are a useful idiot to Marxist tyranny, you moron. I suppose you are only a young kid, though, so at least you have the youthful excuse of no exprience and genuine naivete. Grow a couple, start a business, work your rear end off for several years with sacrifices to your own immediate gratification with endless months of sleep deprivation, planning, and looking only to yourself and a loving God for income and a profit.

      Make a success of yourself, provide valuable goods and/or services to your neighbors, provide jobs for those who want to work hard and serve the needs of others, and you will be a proud American with a love of country and a sense of irresistible optimism for yourself and your fellow man. You will hate big, intrusive government and will pity those who have decided to trust government for their livlihood. So stop whining like a little sissy and step up to the challenge of being a free American man with the potential to achieve excellence and to be a blessing to your fellow citizens. Go ahead, try it, if you have the guts and drive to do it, Kevin. Make us proud. Otherwise, either be quiet or or admit that you are a dependent candya$$ parasite to the wealth of hard-working American men and women.

  55. uisignorant says:

    Glenn Beck nailed this a year ago and the Lame Stream Media said he was a hate monger.

  56. Ernie says:

    We need to re-visit the 70’s when union ‘enforcers’ in hardhats and carrying baseball bats beat the —p out of hippies. Where are the union longshoremen to eject these troublemakers from their job site? I know if it was me and I was a younger man again I would be out there bashing-in these modern-day hippies skulls with a fire ax handle! Enough is enough boys it’s time to start breaking legs like we used to do in the good ole days.

  57. Mike says:

    Doesn’t it defeat the purpose when they are blocking truck drivers from delivering cargo, which means those truck driver’s can not get paid because they usually get paid by the load. So, hence they are keeping the hard working people from making a living? Is this because they’re jealous that they spent around 40K for a useless degree that only lands them a 25K a year job if they’re lucky! Don’t stop the working man from hustling and making the most from America by WORKING a hard job.

  58. SolusJ says:

    Occupy whirrled peas…and whales.

  59. MDWhite says:

    Colin Holtzinger, 24, a mental health counselor, said he was at the Port because he believes “we need to tax the rich and get rid of the barriers of entry to small businesses. I feel great. This is the largest movement I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

    Well, sure Colin…it’s all about how you feel. There’s only one place for this, the “largest movement I’ve seen in my lifetime”…that’s flushed down the toilet.

  60. Jasonn says:

    Throw a net over those rioters and then sentence them to a work release program to clean up and repair all the damage they caused. The work experience might do them some good.

  61. Jack Franklin says:

    This entire OWS movement was a Marxist setup from the get go. WHY would the Marxist president, Dem politicians, unions, Soros backed groups, Obama supporters, etc openly encourage this chaos WHILE the local municipalities virtually do NOTHING (including not requiring permits and providing support)???

    I have no doubt that this is a COMPLETE SETUP so that a precedent is established, similar to post 9-11 with the ensuing the Patriot Act, Homeland Security, etc (only on steroids).

    Tell me this would not set the stage for taking over the internet, martial law, stopping the elections, replacing the dollar with a global currency, and more!!!
    When things REALLY fall apart, those who attempt to rise and defend this country will be pigeon-holed into new “security laws, protocols, and containment centers.”

    And if you think that our elected representatives would never allow this, THINK AGAIN. Where have they all this time to defend our freedoms??? THEY ARE ALL COMPLICIT!!!

  62. SolusJ says:

    I don’t live in Oakland, but why not start a counter-protest? Just enough hard-working Americans that may agree with part(s) of the protest message, but have had enough of the OWS crowd effecting their homes, livelihood, and safety. If the mayor is too inept to handle it, take your city back from the idiocy. Find the camps and don’t let them sleep. Run this in shifts so you can maintain your jobs and your own sanity.

    The message: We want government to run as it should, without influence from the dollar, HOWEVER, we WILL NOT have our city and local economy overrun by non-contributors, some controlled by faceless factions from behind a curtain. Real protest is American. Controlled anarchy is not. Enough is enough. Do it before this gets out of control and you jeopardize your home values and the future of your families. It’s time to take the cities back.

    Any thoughts on a name?

  63. Luke Stone says:

    If you want to see how stupid these people really are; see our Occupy Wall Street Survey at facebook.com/stoneaccount

  64. Luke Stone says:

    See our video for more of these village idiots..
    We midnight trick-or-treated tent to tent in Zuccotti Park on Halloween night. Watch the peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters lash out at us. Great hipster rage!!!

  65. Edgar Friendly says:

    These people are just like our community-organizer in chief. They want to scream about how oppressed and downtrodden they are and they aren’t being given what they believe they should have, all the while offering absolutely no ideas on how to achieve anything outside of mindless bumper-sticker rhetoric about the rich and who they consider evil for not giving them a handout.

    obama has taken more corporate money than any president in history but they venerate him – which makes them hypocrites or ignorant fools.
    My own opinion however is spoiled brats that have been fed a bunch of bull by ignorant teachers educated beyond their intelligence and pi$$ed off because they couldn’t hold a job doing anything else.
    Too bad their teachers didn’t teach them a real history of Bolshevism and what happened in the end to them, and real world histories of socialism.

    In the meantime, just give them some marijuana, Doritos, sodas. and some computers with World of Warcraft and the “occupation” will end.

  66. JK says:

    Hmmm I wonder why there is NO violence occurring at protests south of the Mason Dixon line. In fact, not many protests at all down there.

  67. Justice says:

    There is not a respectable marine, soldier or sailor that would support this anarchist movement. Just because obama, the worst Commander-in-Chief in my lifetime, supports this nonsense does not mean the rest of us do.

  68. don iarussi says:

    why does this surprise anyone, these people are filld with hate. just like most of the left and in my opinion so is my ex party the democrat party. Trouble is, the media feeds on this and tries to blame rightous people like herman cain rather than people like bill clinton, cuomo, barny frank, rahm emanuel, president brack hussein obama, hillary, the list goes on.

    this is no tea party

  69. Don Iarussi says:

    they sure aint a tea party

    god bless the GOP

    1. uisignorant says:

      The Tea party is not racist. Just because you keep on saying it does not make it so. There is much more racism in OWS then the Tea Party.
      That clown was just a jerk.

  70. czervik says:

    Could this be why nobody would ever want to visit Oakland? California is supposed to be so beautiful. But what a mess you Democrats and Socialists have made of it.

    You elect politicians that tell you they are there for you and become rich in the process — Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, et al.

    You turned a Republican governor into a Democrat philanderer. You elected Governor Moonbeam…again. Your mayors create safe-harbors for illegal aliens.

    What have you done? Regulate to the point of strangulation. Tax and charge so much to live and work that you repel businesses and talent. Spend like there’s no tomorrow. Now you’re broke and the only thing keeping you alive is nice weather.

    And the mayor of Oakland supports the protests. That should be on your tourism bureau’s brochures.

  71. cntrlfrk says:

    These misled, ignorant extremists need to ask themselves if they are willing to die for Obama, because he is the one who created the OWS Bowel Movement, and he will push you until there is more blood in the streets.

    Good Lord I never thought I would see a sitting ‘president’ inciting violence in our nation.

  72. MaynardGKrebbs says:

    Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

    I wonder if this moron knows unions do a lot of lobbying. I often have to wonder do any of these “protesters” really think or work. They all are protesting the wrong place. They should be at the White House.

  73. uisignorant says:

    ““Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.”

    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

  74. Nonyabisnass Patrick says:

    hey protestors…You are so out of touch it is scary. This so-called movement is not to be taken seriously. What we have here with these protestors is a bunch of spoiled rotten people who want to be spoon fed instead of working hard to create a comfortable existence.
    They are immature, selfish, and seriously uninformed. This will end soon…no doubt because Modern Warefare for XBOX comes out in a few days. many of these smelly people will disappear back to their holes to play the game.


    Get the idiots off the streets. Their liberty ENDS WHERE MY NOSE BEGINS!

    Have smelled them long enough! They are pure and simply anarchists, who have no other objective other than to destroy this Country! It is past time that the Mayor put on the adult pants and DEAL WITH IT — one way, or the other!

  76. GrannyCares says:

    Pelosi and Obama are going to turn the dwindling numbers they had in their camp against them for providing cover for these misfits!! They both made a BAD MISTAKE by endorsing the OWS crowd. Now — look what they have created!!

    They are acting more like animals than humans!

  77. Loganius says:

    I am the working class. I am the 99%, and I am subjugated to no one.

  78. BigBoa says:

    Please, please, please…..

    The mighty Boa just wishes these morons would really get the show started. LET’S GET IT ON!!

    These jokers THINK they’re going to “bring” their changes about? Well let’s get it started! The mighty Boa PRAYS for these miscreants to TRY to cut loose in THIS neighborhood……

    Of course the union thugs are commandeering this movement so it will tend more towards violence and THEY have the PR machine to really play it up. Just like with the guy hurt last week. They act as if he was targeted for being a marine. THIS from the people who DESPISE the military…..

    Let the shooting begin!

  79. BillyBob117 says:

    Way past time to clean out those infestations in the cities. It is really hard to find a job when you are burning, breaking and entering and whinning. Higher education is NOT and entitlement and does not automatically mean you will find a job of your dreams.

  80. Bill Jones says:

    Well well, those poor union port workers can’t get to work. You cant’ make a Hollywood movie better than this. The Marxist/Unions need to get violent even at a greater intensity. This is all out of the Marxist/Union pinko handbook!!!!
    I wonder where those union members think their pensions are invested? Not the pension money embezzled by the union leadership of course! AND not the money paid to Union Leadership to support their huge salaries and European vacation homes!!!!! OWS is a joke! They are protesting the wrong people! They need to be in front of Barney Frank’s, Reid’s, Pelosis’s and Dodd’s houses.
    Throw in the White House to boot!!!!

  81. Zito Van Buren says:

    A Service Employees International Union member claiming the “government is being bought”.

    LOL This stuff just writes itself!!!! HILARIOUS!!!!

  82. John M says:

    It’s great for thw whole US to see Democrats on parade! LMAO

  83. Maid Rhonym says:

    “Port officials said Wednesday night’s protest was peaceful and no injuries or property damage were reported. Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin said maritime operations will only resume ‘when it is safe and secure to do so.’ ”

    Exactly how can a protest be peaceful if safety and security are in question; and not the safety and security of the protesters, but due to the protesters?

    I think the salt air is rusting some brains.

  84. RufusVonDufus says:

    Give the authorities the ammunition necessary and the ok to use it if necessary on that trash. If you want to cause problems you had better be prepared for the solutions. The Obama crowd will do anything necessary to get that fraud reelected in 12. Get rid of them now for less problems later.

  85. Mark Carlton says:

    And this is all just because these peopls are jealous that someone else has more money than they do?

    It looks as if the love of money may indeed be the root of all evil…on both sides of the issue.

  86. Bill Jones says:

    Well well, those poor union port workers can’t get to work. You cant’ make a Hollywood movie better than this. The Marxist/Unions need to get violent even at a greater intensity. This is all out of the Marxist/Union pinko handbook!!!!
    I wonder where those union members think their pensions are invested? Not the pension money embezzled by the union leadership of course! AND not the money paid to Union Leadership to support their huge salaries and European vacation homes!!!!! OWS is a joke! They are protesting the wrong people! They need to be in front of Barney Frank’s, Reid’s, Pelosis’s and Dodd’s houses.
    Throw in the White House to boot!!!!

  87. conrad pilapil says:

    These idiots have figured out that they can just cry for someone else’s property and we have politicians stupid enough to bend to their will. I’m buying more ammo.

  88. Jeffrey White says:

    It’s time for the National Guard to shut Occupy down.

  89. Joe says:

    I am in the 99% and DO NOT support this socialist/communist/anarchist movement. You keep your change and I’ll keep my freedom.

  90. Dan says:

    The first step in community organization is community disorganization.” – Saul Alinsky ‘Rules for Radicals’ 1971

  91. II am the UN percent says:

    I am not in the so called “1%” but I hope to be there some day. I am offended that the spoiled brats in the OWS movements think they represent me in any way. No one in this world owes you a living, and maybe you should have been taught actual lessons in school, instead of haveing your self esteem propped up. Go as someone from E. Berlin or N. Korea how well socialsm worked for them.

    Don’t count me in your 99%.

    PS Your parents should have spanked you for bad behavior when you were growing up.

  92. Frank Cotton says:

    “99 percent”??? A few hundred jack@sses in each of a handful of cities think they represent 99% of the people? These people ought to be embarrassed, but we need to remember that it’s possible for someone to achieve a level of ignorance where that person is completely oblivious to their stupidity- the real phenomenon is that so many of these people seem to have found each other and gathered together…
    I suppose that if these people want to gather together and not bathe for long periods of time, they can do it as long as they don’t hurt anyone but themselves. The police should just keep them herded into places where they’re out of everyone’s way and hose them down once in a while if the stench starts to become a problem. If they step out of line, arrest the ones that break the law and use reasonable force as appropriate.
    This can ultimately become a good lesson in the exercise of individual freedom if the authorities handle it properly: You are free to do whatever you want until it infringes on the life, liberty, and property of others- regardless of what you think of them- enforcing this limit is the one and only legitimate function of law enforcement, and they ought to act accordingly with these fools who think that violating the rights of others is an acceptable side-effect of exercising their second amendment rights…

  93. David Maxwell says:

    Take it to Marin where the wealthy reside. Take their homes, vehicles, and daughters. They’re the culprits who shop at whole foods and other fascist stores. Then on to Palo Alto and Los Altos. Those are your homes stolen by the rich. Go to Nancy Pelosi’s home and take what you want. San Francisco should be the final target. A place where the Black population has fallen from 17% to 6% fueled by liberal economic oppression of minorities. Today whole foods, tomorrow Trader Joe’s.

    1. WagTheDog says:

      You mess with my Trader Joe’s and the war is on!

  94. Leonard says:

    I wish these idiots would stop calling themselves the 99%. They do not have the right to speak for that many people. They are doing nothing but bad. They are; not achieving anything worthwhile and just costing innocent people lots of extra money.

    I wish every one of the commies would just get the hell out. Maybe Libya wants them. Al Qaeda could use some more brainless followers.

    1. LastOneStanding says:

      I belong to the 53ers. Remember 53 percent do not believe in this movement. There was a group that started a site on the 53ers

  95. Brad says:

    One big-rig driver who was trapped by the crowd Wednesday night said, “I just wanna go home. Why are they on top of my truck?”

    Get in, start driving. They’ll fall off.

  96. JOe Dutra says:

    Hose them down with soapy water.

  97. TeaRunner says:

    Of course they hate America, they’re the socialist neo-nazis. I looks like the Aryan nation at these things.

  98. dmretrogames says:

    Tax the rich? Who do you think pays the lion’s share of taxes in this country?


  99. Rod Anders says:

    Osama Obama is behind this.

  100. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member. Now now let’s not forget all interest groups mister SEIU and all you union types who have free flow into the White House and all the chambers of congress. You must feel good about yourself to be so self-righteous.

  101. keith wren says:

    Flea Party… not just any Flea Party, but obummers tea party! He started it all. Look it up!

    The contrast between his flea party and Americas Tea Party is as great as the contrast between Kenya and America.

  102. Peter says:

    Support the Fair Tax. This will take the power away from lobbyist, corporations and Politicians. Learn about it.

  103. templeknight says:

    Remember the original slogan was “this is what democracy looks like” well from a different part of the country I’d change to ” this is what fascism and anarchy look like” These people want the rest of us to support them . And the one loon who admitted being a stooge for seiu (american socialist union) how low does your IQ need to be, to be used as a tool for overthrowing your countries financial system .
    The unintended consequence will be no food deliveries to your cities and your the first to starve, and expire, idiot liberals.

    1. keith wren says:

      how low does your IQ need to be?? A simple answer to your question… This is the crowd that helped obummer steal the last presidential election.

  104. Bert says:

    They are focusing on the wrong instatution. Stop paying attention to these idoits.

  105. WeAreEverywhere says:

    Matt drudge brings out the fascists once again. Didn’t you guys get it when reds marched to hitlers door, promptimg him to kill himself rather than fight? Oh well, we can take up these issues again. This time they will be settled for good.

    1. David Maxwell says:

      So are we. The difference, we’re trained and armed. Good luck little mister.

    2. Real American says:

      I am glad you fools are there…………makes for a target rich environment

      everyday, I go down and watch you fools to size up the best target for action

      enjoy, your day IS coming ………… you started the riots……..the Real Americans will settle it for good

    3. Rory says:

      Sorry WeAreEverywhere, it is you and your ilk that are the fascists, marxists, communists who will be dealt with and the matter will be settled once we get tired of your little antics and foolishness.

    4. A_Wentworth says:

      Fascists Like Obama, Pelosi, and Anonymous?

  106. Craigmk1974 says:

    This is for the protesters who got hit by cars: Didn’t your mommy and daddy teach you that you shouldn’t play in the street?

  107. Ron Brueske says:

    Hey no problem, those ports will soon be useless, the frigging Chinese are very happy with this and are laughing their communist heads off. They purchased 2 ports in Mexico, they are the Lazaro Cardenas in the Mexican State of Michoacan, as well as the Mexican port at Manzanillo. Spent millions to update and upgrade them. Now that NAFTA is in full swing and the Mexican truckers can now operate in America, they will drive those goods from those to ports and deliver anywhere in America, you guys in California are out of a JOB. Bwahahaha, you got what you wanted.

  108. MadBag says:

    Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

    Does this mean that SEIU doesn’t lobby or that he wants them to quit lobbying? Enquiring Minds Want To Know

  109. MN says:

    All of America needs to stand up in this same manner. It is time to throw out the trash and start over.

    1. The Vet says:

      Yes, let us throw out the Democrat socialists, Marxists, elitist “ruling class” thieves, and the rest of the big government parasites. We who love and cherish freedom, individual liberty, self-reliance, hard work, frugality, low taxes, fewer regulations, energy independence, using our own vast oil reserves, believing in our founding American principals.

      I plan “to stand up” at the ballot box and elect Constitutional conservatives and small-government candidates who understand that the survival of our freedom and of our republic depend upon removing the Big Government Boot from the necks of the American people and the economy.

      I agree. Let throw out the Marxist and Socialist trash and replace them with decent, freedom-loving American patriots.

  110. pyronaught says:

    Anarchy has never existed in the real world longer than a brief moment betore the next dictator fills the void.

    BTW, strikes usually involve demands. What are the demands here?

  111. Galut1 says:

    Keep in mind – the voter is watching – images of violence will influance the vote…probablly not the way these domostraters want….

  112. Robert says:

    Poor Obama. He’s doing such a bad job that people are rioting in the streets!

  113. Robert says:

    Protester’s credo: “We can’t seem to get anywhere at the ballot box because in truth we are the minority, but we’ll go on TV with a lot of people and slogans pretending we’re the majority. We’ll just try a little mob rule!”

  114. Rod Anders says:

    ACORN and OSAMA OBAMA are behind this. It’s the only hope he has of being reelected. Communists, anarchists, and others are also considering his a huge opportunity.

  115. SpareMe says:

    This is a joke. A bunch of kids in their early 20’s who half don’t even understand the underlying premise behind the movement. They’re just parroting what they hear from the few informed among them. pathetic..

  116. JohnRalph says:

    Obama’s brand of socialism, which is an amalgamation of the Nationalist and Communist varieties despises America.

    Except Islamic America, which is an excellent example of both types since it is a religion that through Sharia Law controls every aspects of one’s life. Virtually enslaving the believer.

    National SOCIALIST German WORKERS Party, referred to in English as the NAZI Party (socialism for the German ‘Teutonic’ Race), In reality though no different than the left’s socialism.

    Like Stalin, for the white Russians, or Pol Pot, for the Khmer Rouge, or Ho Chi Minh, for the Viet Minh, or Mao, for the Han Chinese.

    Socialist Gods that brought death and misery to tens if not hundreds of millions of humans.

    Let us not forget our SOCIALIST God, Mein Lord God High Führer Obama, for America’s liberal elite, Muslims and welfare voters on the dole.

  117. Lou Ann Watson says:

    locjk and load…they’re coming for you next. the mob has no conscience. be prepared…

  118. The Carbonator says:

    “Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.”

    Does this moron realize that UNIONS are one of the biggest Lobbying powerhouses in the USA? Dumb Flea Bagger.

  119. kbernatovich says:

    Holtzinger also said, “I feel great. This is the largest movement I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

    I guress he has never been to a high school football game. There are more people at one of those…..and they know how to use toilets and act like humans.

  120. WASPy says:

    OCCUPY = Economic Terrorists & Barry’s Brownshirts

  121. Dan Scheper says:

    Arrest them ALL! Enforce the law now!

  122. Dan Scheper says:

    To the re-education camps with them ALL! ENFORCE THE LAW!

  123. Disgusted says:

    Sick to death of these filthy, ignorant, degenerates. Police, get these idiots off
    the streets. Hose them down. Police didn’t deliberately hurt that vet. If you’re
    in a mob creating violence, you take the chance of getting hurt. What is wrong
    with people, police, officials, citizens that allow these jerks to create havoc and
    hurt businesses causing workers to lose wages. Taking human waste to a bank…defecating in the streets, sex, drugs, violence, rapes…these lawless repulsive anarchists need to go to jail. At least there, they would be hosed down and cleaned. And shave their heads too!

  124. Peter Courtenay Stephens says:

    Do not forget that OBAMA has endorsed all of this rioting and mayhem as has Pelosi, Biden, Reid, Bunny Frank and the Democrats in mass.
    The Unions, MoveOn.Org, CPUSA.Org, Soros and other criminals of the left. This leads directly to the White House. All damage and all violence is White House response.

  125. thomas says:

    pretty soon you will not have a constitution, nor your freedom to walk and protest.
    then youll only wish things were like they use to be.

  126. I C Dumb People says:

    Obamas plan is on schedule……….

    1. angelhugs says:

      You must be looking in the mirror then my friend. For it is you that is believing the lie

  127. TJP says:

    All they’re doing is not working and disrupting business, so even if the protests are 100% peaceful, the taxpayers will end up footing the bill. And they aren’t 100% peaceful – they’re organized simply as a way for the more violent socialist / communist agitators to hide in the crowd. And what are the protests trying to achieve, anyway? All I’ve heard is a mix of incoherent babble (we don’t like x, so we’re going to get angry but not suggest a solution) or something that sounds like a socialist manifesto (rich people are all evil and need to be plundered so the poor can get their cut). Unrestricted capitalism is bad, but socialism and communism have an infinitely worse historical track record.

    1. haveaniceday says:

      I take it you watch Fox news then….or those like it? Try thinking outside the box your government has created for you to feel safe in. Do some research of your own. Oh and…you may wanna turn off your TV. The only thing that exist there has been approved by your masters to insure you stay dumb and happy.

  128. 7cedars says:

    Reckon these union dweebs know that unions are corporations? The other REAL 99% are sick and tired of the union-hijacking of cities, states and our federal governments.

  129. joe says:

    So a dues paying member of SEIU is complaining about Corporate Lobby. Is he for real. They union controls Obama and the Democrat Party

  130. David says:

    It’s ironic that the “99%” are preventing the real 99% from earning a living. Preventing others from working is NOT helping. Don’t block access to people who have jobs. It’s counter intuitive to the whole point.

    Speaking of…. what’s the point of OWS again? Someone? Anyone? Right, that’s what I thought. You don’t know why you are protesting either.

  131. walter12 says:

    This is all very good for the rest of us. It will show the world who and what this bunch of communists, anarchists, dopers, bums, deadbeats, and criminals really are.

  132. Alan, Lancashire says:

    Having scrolled through this thread, I have found nothing but hateful, moronic exclamations. No dialogue. No communication. Nobody seems to be even trying to engage their God-given brain to consider the viewpoints of other people. Now, it may come as a surprise to many of you but you are not the only inhabitant of this world. So, please take a moment out of your self-obsession to discuss what is going on, why people would do such things and what it is they would like to see happen.

    Meanwhile, you must try harder to construct arguments in defence of liberty beyond ‘go to hell’ and ‘you’re vile communist pigs’. For the wealth of a nation is not merely measured in dollars, SUV’s or white-picket fences but also in the capacity of it’s people to articulate every man and woman’s common desire to be free to live a decent and happy life. If you fail at this (and most of you are doing) then you fail at life.

    1. finally says:

      Thank you! Why don’t these people on these forums get that? Name calling and pointing fingers is part of the problem. If you encounter someone whom is not exactly like you….don’t panic! Open your mind just a bit and talk to that person. You may just learn something in the process…not only about that individual but about yourself as well.

  133. Chuck says:

    Freedom of speech protects verbal expression of political views, not destruction and harm to property and businesses. If the police cannot contain this commie mob the governor should call in the National Guard.

  134. LLeone says:

    ironically, our Community Activist-in-Chief seems to have abetted–if not fomented–this violence with his endorsement of the Occupier cause. Need we further proof they’re nothing but a lawless and brutish mob intent on threatening polite society?

    Listen up, officers: unnecessary violence is now authorized to deal with these dirtbags…And as a potential juror–I guarantee your acquital.

    1. icomeinpeace says:

      So you are saying that you are willing to acquit a criminal just because you don’t agree with their cause. No wonder our country is in the trouble it is now….Self-centered individuals like yourself have forgotten, YOUR OPINION MEANS NOTHING to the rest of us….right and wrong is all that matters. You are the reason America is broken….but we will fix it for you anyway. Have a nice day:)

  135. Jim from Boston says:

    This may be only the beginning. This could get much worse before it gets any better and the municipal governments have only themselves to blame. I am reminded of two old sayings:
    —Give then an inch and they will take a mile.
    —A favor, often granted, becomes a “right”.

    The cities should never have allowed the Occupy protest to set up encampments in public parks. They should have cracked down on that from day one. There is a huge difference the between peaceful exercise of your 1st amendment rights and what the Occupiers are doing, and the cities have enabled them, coddled them, and even openly supported them while they continue to flaunt the law. Which reminds of a far older saying:
    —As you sew, so shall you reap.

    I would not be too shocked to eventually see the need and use of National Guard troops to finally end some of these illegal demonstrations. Even those short of memory will recall the recent ugly riots in London and Greece, and the cities will have only themselves to blame for not enforcing the laws equally from the start.

  136. Al right says:

    The OWS Movement has collected over $600,000 in donations so far, and yet the homeless are shunned from partaking in their 5-Star Chef prepared meals…

    How about… Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Get more ows facts on my site:

  137. Blank says:

    Who cares if liberal cities burn themselves down from within? Then the rest of productive society can finally live in peace with money in their wallets. Riot on!

    Fight the shower!

  138. Blank says:

    Look at who they are hurting? Shut down the ports and you stop the truck drivers and blue collar dock workers from getting work done. Destroy and ATM and you stop a mom from pulling out $40 to pick stuff up at the grocery store or gas at Arco. Block the streets and you stop people from getting to work.

    It’s the 1% who are protesting. The 99% are those that are working and just trying to get through the day without interference by smelly hippies.

    Make no mistake. The 1% are the protesters and they hate ALL of productive society from the bus boys who were laid off due to OWS in New York to the dock workers and truck drivers in California.

    But this is the Obamanation and the entitlement mentality of the far left, powered by parents who spoiled and never disciplined their now freeloading and worthless children.

    Wow, a degree in Sanskrit, who would have thought you would have trouble getting a job genius!

  139. Mr. Beets says:

    It warms my heart to know that the real “99%” don’t act like these fools, they will be in trouble when the real “99%’ gets as tired of them as they are of having to work for a living

  140. Markllar says:

    I think the real 99.99999% of us will need to remove this “occupy” 0.00001% from OUR streets since the police can’t seem to figure out that it needs to be done.

  141. The 1% lover says:

    I love the 1% they are the ones who made cars, computers, xboxes, and fastfood. Oh and did I say Xbox love that xbox thank you Bill gates I will give you all my money you deserve it!

  142. Dano says:

    What really bugs me about these idiots is that they claim to represent the “99%”. What do they represent, the 99% of the ill informed fools who want something for nothing? All this protest did was hurt the truck drivers and port workers who are trying to make an honest living at the port. These fools don’t have their interests in mind, because they don’t have a J-O-B or a clue! Take your stupid communist idealism and stick it where the sun don’t shine. These people will never represent me, only I will.

  143. Amy Cole says:

    Occupy is a terrorist organization no different than Al Q aeda and as such they should be treated the same.

  144. meesha4 says:

    So glad the company I work for moved out of this pathetic nanny-state 20 years ago. We saw the writing on the wall with those that think they get something for nothing, and we took our TAX dollars to another state. Oakland is nothing more than Newark, New Jersey when the TAXPAYERS funded public housing, food, etc. When you get SOMETHING FOR NOTHING, you have no respect for it. As far as I’m concerned, California can just drop off into the ocean and take all the liberals with them, including “I’ll move out of the country hollywood elitists” that are “according to B.O.” make too much money. Enjoy your downfall California. By the way, if you are against Cain, you’re a RACIST. According to clintoon “put some ice on it”. However, Cain’s allegations are covered by SEVERANCE PAY. There is no Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Juanita Broderick, etc. Liberals are pathetic.

  145. Don Bentley says:

    This Obama’s plan. Paid union protesters disrupting business and everyday life! He is a community protester , that all he knows how to do . He can,t talk without a telepromther and he is so far behind in the polls he is trying to instigate violence so he can declare martial law and try to delay the election. He ia a communist, if you don,t beleve it wait and see!

  146. picomanning says:

    If these people wish to make a statement and want to destroy something, then they really ought to consider sticking themselves with ice picks or some such object. Why destroy what someone else has tried to build?

    1. Jim S says:

      Better still, they should Occupy Harvard, Occupy Princeton, or any of the other major universities who made it necessary to take out the huge college loans the protestors are complaining about. College education should be free? How about demanding Harvard stop charging tuition (chortle, chortle, smirk)

  147. Stan W says:

    This was a union arrangement, plain and simple. Prior to this “unplanned” event, a true Teamster and dock worker would have mopped the floor with these punks then pitched them into the dumpster to be hauled off with the rest of the trash. The union bosses must have agreed to pay their workers, but who pays for the extra costs of the delay in unloading material from ships, from moving it off the dock to the final destination, or to the truckers who get paid for their mileage and not their hours sitting around. A true Teamster or dock worker would never have allowed a bunch of idiotic punks and unemployed idiots to march onto their property and stop them, unless they have all become BO followers and just sat back and basically stole money by not working for it and allowing this trash to come into their property and make them look like weaklings and workers who are afraid of a conflict.

  148. Observer says:

    Some of these people believe in FEMA camps and their future use for U.S residents, thank Alex Jones. Well if they aren’t careful and this gets too out of control they might just get their wish and discover all that the government can offer them.

  149. FreeUlysses says:

    What OWS is showing is depressing, and not indicative of the American Spirit. It’s the combination off ill-meaning organizers and foolish angry people willing to follow a small crowd. http://the53.tumblr.com/

    To see what the American Spirit is really built upon, read as much as you can of ‘We are the 53%”. Share it with your kids and talk about which code is ethical. And if you are part of the 53%, post your story! – http://the53.tumblr.com/

  150. FreeUlysses says:

    Things people will remember about OWS ten years from now:

    – That just as the 60’s left us in shame for how our returning vets were treated, future generations will be shamed for how they treated the cops and the position they put them in.
    – That this marks the final death spiral for unions, as their place at the foundation of this movement has been duly noted.
    – That this marks the moment many Americans woke up to the true nature of the socialists and anarchists among us. That they wish to destroy the system, without anything better proposed or proven to replace it.

    Even Soros was upset at the protesters after the initial Day of Rage, though for a different reason: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4wGMK0Z6E

  151. K. Reuxa says:

    I was very confused when I read of students joining in some of the OWS movment and protesting loan institutions like B of A for their large student loans and the fact they couldn’t get jobs. Now, I’m trying to get my admittedly limited mind around the concept. Let me think this through: I freely choose to borrow money at an agreed upon interest to pay a University extremely high tuition. I protest the people who enabled me to pay the high tuition rather than the ones who charged me the high tuition.

    My child chose to take out student loans. She doesn’t have a decent job. She still has to pay the loan. I try to help but the truth is: no one forced her to take the loan. She legitimately owes the money. The interest rate is not unfair or exorbitant. If I were to discover her marching in these protests I would have to sit her down and explain to her there is such a thing as being responsible for your own actions and your own choices.

    Maybe some of these college graduates need a parent to sit down and talk with them!

    1. Blank says:

      Their parents are just as stupid as their children.

  152. Frisco Frank says:

    Give the cops the authority to beat and shoot these commie, anarchist punks. Let the cops lock and load and shoot to kill.

  153. robert says:

    Does this qualify as Racketeering? RICO laws should be applicable.

  154. kommisar says:

    we should go after the jews and their daughters.

  155. Problem Solved says:

    We should deport the jews and their footsoldiers, the blacks.

  156. LastOneStanding says:

    I just can’t get over this one. I thought the USA protects our ports at all costs. What have we been spending on port security since 911. I would think the government would put this in the category of an attack on our ports. I consider this in the category of terr or ism.

  157. Scott Bendure says:

    This page automatically refreshes before you can watch the entire video, the webmaster for this site needs to disable this annoying refresh, or increase the refresh time.

  158. Old_Boy_Ntwk says:

    From story: Ben Bruso, 23, a direct service provider for developmentally disabled individuals, was one of hundreds who blocked the Port’s Gate One, where the demonstration has a party-like feel, complete with a brass band.

    Bruso said he was there because he wants to get rid of lobbying in government.

    “Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.

    “The middle class and lower class are being subjugated,” he said.


    Any chance Bruso knows how much his union – SEIU – spends on lobbying and PACs? This guy can’t be serious, if this is an example of a protester they are in more trouble than I thought in this nation.

    1. Blank says:

      The pubic unions, brought to California by Gov Moonbean in the 70’s are why we are broke today. Outlaw public unions and you will have a gov’t that serves the people instead of itself.

  159. california libertarian girl says:

    I’m a bay area resident and I find these people sickening. I make less than $50K per year and we do fine. I don’t blame people on “wall street” or what you call the 1% for my piddly little 50K. In fact, I thank them because I wouldn’t have a business without a few of them.

    Go back to the rocks where you came from, please. I don’t mind a protest and free speech, but stopping business from running, having sex in the streets, hurting others, and embarrassing all of us is not the answer. Please, go back to work or start a business and be productive instead of counter productive. You are hurting everyone else.

  160. fecal_heroes says:

    I hope I hear more such critics from the cancer that is Crony Capitalism, as their comments are the most laughable and condemnatory.
    In other words the very parasites (or useful idiots) feeding on the entrepreneurial, middle class, can’t handle being confronted with the truth. They really have earned all the steamy excrement patriots everywhere can provide.

    As far as the freedom fighters victimized by these very apparachiks of the Fed, IMF and World Bank, the nation’s prayers are with them. And with the Anonymous brigade.

  161. retired but not stupid. says:

    NAFTA, . (passed by democrat controlled house, senate and signed by Bill Clinton).. is building a port in Mexico.. which will replace this port.. and ship across the USA using Mexican trucks and drivers .. ,,

    strange,,, how the unions members most of who are going to be out of work in just a few years, still support democrats..

  162. pig says:

    Really? Isn’t an international shipping port a secure facility? These folks were able to just mix around with the shipping containers — in a secure facility? Possibly opening up freight containers or placing objects in them — in a secure facility?? Were was homeland security on this one?

    Anyone on the property who wasn’t there on business should have been immediately arrested. You going to let them storm airports next after the security theater you make us go through for a flight?

    If you don’t have the man power, I’m sure you can rally the national guard in a couple of hours to do the job. Pretty easy to contain these idiots with some razor wire and a few rounds fired into the air.

  163. Ava McNeil l says:

    Hey guys, Will be the U.S. far greater off keeping Syria’s Assad?

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