Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The War On Halloween Begins Earlier Every Year

That's a nice, neutral headline isn't it? No surprise coming from The Plain Dealer, which not only endorsed Ohio Governor (and Koch-pawn) John Kasich, but has recommended approval of his union-busting SB-5 in the upcoming referendum.

Joseph Marinucci, president and chief executive of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, said his organization will arrive about 6 a.m. Saturday to begin putting up Christmas lights and other holiday displays around Public Square. The group will need unrestricted access to the decorations until the beginning of the year, he said.

Demonstrators are willing to help decorate. "They don't have to pay us," (Erin) McCardle said.

Responded Marinucci: "We already use volunteers."

I suppose those merchants need to advertise earlier and earlier for the annual spendathon when most people have less and less cash for presents. In any case, Occupy Cleveland had its day in court and won (note: The Plain Dealer had a far different headline).

Here are some pics from Occupy Columbus on Saturday. No one has threatened their space in front of Capitol Square (home of Ohio's Statehouse) thus far.

In Chicago, Rahmbo is making a name for himself by arresting nurses along with OWS protesters.

Finally, here's video from Occupy Oakland, scene of a police riot on Tuesday:

The War Criminal Post covered this as I've learned to expect (link is not to The War Criminal Post).

So give Charles Pierce a read.

As for John Kasich and his SB-5, here's a tune.

(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)


M. Bouffant said...

I like "Slaves Make Your Stuff."

All my stuff, of course, is made by happy elves.

Randal Graves said...

Next year, fucking hippies aim to take down Sweetest Day.

The ones up here are s-m-r-t if their goal is to avoid their skulls being cracked open like a walnut.

Know your role, or risk it, yo.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

OWS has already won a national victory.

Without OWS, the only discussion we'd be having would be the merits of plutocrat-friendly Third Way Democrats like Obama versus plutocrat-friendly rightwing nutjobs (aka the entire G.O.P.).

Anonymous said...

The video of the Oakland police won't play for me here in Canada.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

There are some videos on this Guardian post that may work for you, nonnie.

Scroll down to:

12.16pm: This video purports to show Oakland police using a flash bang grenade during the protests.

Substance McGravitas said...

It's almost like there's a whole bunch of rich people protecting their stuff from the rabble and it doesn't matter which of the two parties they come from. Weird, huh?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Shit, that Oakland police response was basically war waged on unarmed civilians. The last ten years have really fucked our culture up badly.

Jim H. said...

@BBBB: Dude, you didn't grow up in the 60s. Head-bashing wasn't just for Metallica concerts, it was proper sport—especially if you were young or black.

@if: I read somewhere that there's some archaic law in NYC against more than two people (not corporations, though) engaging in a protest with masks on. Jesus-ween's gonna' be a bear up there this year, eh?

Laura said...

Holy smokes! It's getting crazy down there!


Hamish Mack said...

Yay for Thunder wiv Billy Bragg

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

Do you listen to the Sam Seder podcast, The Majority Report?You really should. Sam does great coverage of stuff like this.