posted at 2:00 pm on October 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
You know, I’ve been to a number of Tea Party events. I’ve seen plenty of national and local coverage of Tea Party rallies and activists. And while some have accused those activists and attendees of dumping on the poor — unfairly — at least in that case it was meant figuratively (via JWF):
This are the shocking scenes that have led some people to accuse the Occupy Wall Street protesters living rough in New York’s financial district of creating unsanitary and filthy conditions.
Exclusive pictures obtained by Mail Online show one demonstrator relieving himself on a police car.
Elsewhere we found piles of stinking refuse clogging Zucotti Park, despite the best efforts of many of the protestors to keep the area clean.
The shocking images demonstrate the extent to which conditions have deteriorated as demonstrations in downtown Manhattan enter their fourth week.
I’ll skip putting up the picture, but be sure to follow the link for the, er, money shot. Instead, just marinate in the irony of this shot from CNS News:
Protestors at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., are promoting a wide range of causes, including saving the planet, even though their protest site is littered with trash and protest paraphernalia.
One sign, lying near a trashcan and a grassy area covered with sleeping bags, plastic bags, chairs, and other belongings, states, “We the People Say Planet Before Profits.”
Lest one think that this is an outlier, the Daily Mail has a few other pictures of the prodigious amount of waste piling up at the occupation. Like I said, I’ve been at a number of Tea Party events, and the one consistent quality of them is the respect for public property given by the attendees. They leave the grounds cleaner than they found them in most cases, which probably comes from their reluctance to seize property that doesn’t belong to them.
Business Insider passes along this graphic that further explores the irony, or hypocrisy, of the Occupy Wall Street movement against eeeeeevil corporations:
This would be hilarious, except that we all know who will pay the costs of cleaning up after this literal and figurative defecation, don’t we? It’s not going to be these slackers.