Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Preoccupy Bloomberg

The big story in the local media has been the eviction of the "Occupy Wall Street" protestors from Zuccotti Park around 1AM. Before I go any further, does anything noble or prideworthy happen in the wee hours of the morning under a media blackout? Didn't think so...

I first heard of the eviction on the Mark Riley's WWRL morning show, followed by an interview with City Council member Jumaane Williams, who indicated that his colleague Ydanis Rodriguez had been arrested (after apparently being injured during the raid). Yeah, it's pretty much a goddamn mess.

Bloomberg gave a press conference in which he claims that the eviction was for the good of the protestors. Damn, Bloomberg really came across as the worst sort of concern troll. He's actually something worse, he's an ogreish oligarch wearing a concern troll's mask... a veritable Napoleon in Nordstrom's. Here's the transcript of Bloomberg's statement. This particular section struck me:


No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities. The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law. There is no ambiguity in the law here – the First Amendment protects speech – it does not protect the use of tents and sleeping bags to take over a public space.


Bloomberg's appeal to the rule of law is particularly galling because he connived to overturn the term limits law he once supported and again supports during his third term. This is the very definition of privilege. Your laws? They do not apply to weasel Mike Bloomberg, the poster boy for the one percent.

Of course, the eviction is bound to backfire. The movement is more galvanized and more fluid. Cast from its moorings in Liberty Plaza (some irony there), the movement can go mobile. On Thursday, the plan is to literally occupy Wall Street, then clog up the transit system for much of the day. If he thought the occupation of his girlfriend's little fiefdom was bad, shit's about to get real. Damn, Bloomberg needs to be hounded continuously by protestors- his preoccupation with the Occupy Wall Street movement needs to be moved from the existential realm to the real world.

7 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

This week, protesters in Wisconsin marched to Turdwaffle's house. Of course, the Right-wing Journal Sentinel said it was "over the line", but fuck them. Turdwaffle started the Over the Line activity.

Perhaps OWS should march on Gracie Mansion (does Bloomie even live there)? Camp out on his lawn, which is technically owned by the People of New York anyway... You know, since a public park isn't the right place and all...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law.

It sure as HELL does not give some shitty, lying mayor with a Mussolini complex (no matter how rich he is) the right to censor the press. And that's what Mayor Mike "Hosni Mubarak" Bloomberg did.
~

Laura said...

Do they arrest homeless people on park benches?

Don't your tax $$$'s go to maintain those parks???

These hoity toity a-holes are scared. This has gone on a lot longer than they thought that it would.
I'm guessing that they're praying for an early winter blizzard.
That will get rid of all the dirty hippies. :)

((Hugs))
laura

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I'm guessing that they're praying for an early winter blizzard.
That will get rid of all the dirty hippies. :)


...or lead to a completely AWESOME snowball fight.

Smut Clyde said...

The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out ... There is no ambiguity in the law here – the First Amendment protects speech

Correct me if I am wrong, but is there not also something there about "right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"?

Mayorlini is repeating "freedom of speech" so he can pretend it is the only clause in the Amendment, and say "how these people are behaving is not just speech any more so they forfeit the protection of the constitution." Amirite?

vacuumslayer said...

Bloomberg revealed his true colors well before this.


w/v needs to quit giving me actual words. Especially if they're not even funny or relate to the post..."gender"

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Bloomberg really revealed his true colors during the $80 million "City Time" scandal. Unsupervised consultants were billing $300/hour for doing sweet fuckall while Bloomberg was laying of $18,000/year teachers' assistants.

Beneath the "third way" technocratic mask, Bloomberg is just as much of an effete asshole numbnuts as Dubya was.