Video: Occupiers use kids to block DC Convention Center

posted at 9:45 am on November 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Isn’t it great when families get together for quality time? Take a break from TV and game consoles and go out together for a fun evening, like strolling through the park, going to the zoo, or … blocking doors at political events? Stephen Gutowski found the toddler shields deployed at Occupy DC, and wondered what idiot would put two small children in harm’s way.

Meet Mom and a few of her friends:

Stephen reports that only one protester even questioned the decision to put children near the door — and she told Stephen that she probably shouldn’t give an interview. Everyone else insisted in loud and nearly incoherent voices that the AFP conference that took place was victimizing the children, and not Mom and the rest of the protesters that put them in the middle of a security scuffle. According to a later e-mail I got from Stephen, one DC street also started victimizing these same children, so our candidate for Mother of the Year put them in the middle of a blockade of the street.

John Hinderaker and Stacy McCain have more video from the AFP “Defending the American Dream” conference that Occupy DC targeted yesterday that shows the scope of the danger in which these toddlers were placed — danger, it must be noted, that came entirely from the Occupiers themselves.  Ed Frank looks at it from a different perspective in an interview he did with a wheelchair-bound woman who could not exit the convention center because Occupiers were blocking the exit:

The protesters are yelling, “This is what democracy looks like!”, but that’s absurd. There is a very big difference between democracy and mob rule, as the interview subject tells Frank. This is an attempt by a small coterie of radicals to silence free speech and free association through intimidation and threats of violence. Occupiers had every right to picket on the sidewalks; they have no right to block ingress or egress to the building.

And one has to wonder where the fire marshal was when this took place. Blocking egress from a building is a fire hazard, and had the DC Convention Center left construction materials in front of that door even for a short period of time, the facility would have faced fines and no small amount of shaming from the FD.  That made this a matter for the city’s police and fire departments, not for security around the facility.  If a fire had started in the building, there would have been a whole lot of people injured at those exits, including the two toddlers that Mommy Dearest apparently hopes to martyr for the cause.

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Rent a Mob D.C.? Welfare mothers?

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:05 PM

What kind of world do we live in that a politician worth his weight can’t even come up with some double talk that could both address the rabbles’ constitutional rights and those of the average citizen against lawlessness? It reinforces my theory that the Republicans really are annoyed with the Tea Party and their demand for fiscal responsibility.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I’ve had trouble linking to stories and videos all morning here, Danish.
hawkdriver on November 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Thanks. Are you getting links that just spin around when you open them? Grrrrr. I got hit with another update, restarted and still getting a black box. Using firefox like Cindy. Off to the MAC…

BTW, it’s not only Guy Fawkes Day – an anarchists favorite ‘holiday’ but I read the Anonymous Hacktivists were going to try to shut down Fox News today so maybe they’re playing with Hot Air and other eevil conservative websites too. I know nothing about computers or servers so if that’s a stupid theory, I beg forgiveness:)

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Is the world still watching?

scalleywag on November 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

a politician worth his weight

I wonder if there is such a creature anymore.

scalleywag on November 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM

scalleywag on November 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Probably not but there are plenty who will tell you they know best.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yeah, that whole sanctity of life thing is really confusing, isn’t it? Ask your candidate.
kingsjester on November 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

1. What the hell does it have to do with the Demonic mobsters in the Occupy Movement?
2. If one stipulates that life begins at conception, it does not necessarily follow that the bureaucrat legislators in Mississippi know what they’re doing when they craft abortion law.
3. Save your simplistic commentary for someone who suffers fools gladly.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Could it be that the Republican leadership believes that it will lose the public debate because Obama supports the OWS operation and the media supports Obama? Does the Republican leadership fear that it would be playing into Obama’s hands to criticize the OWS crowd? If so, that is another reason we need new Republican leadership.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I think that’s all true. But fear is the key. Fear is the governing emotion and driving energy (or resistant energy) of the GOP. The GOP operates in a state of anticipatory terror of the media and its narrative power. This fear reached a new and sustained pitch in the 90s when Gingrich and the Republicans were destroyed by the media over the government shutdown. This was traumatic to the party, in my view. They’ve never recovered. It’s even reached the level of Stockholm Syndrome in some instances. The idea of challenging the media is simply too overwhelming as an individual political undertaking, and the likelihood of unity on such a challenge overcoming self-interest and the fear of the risks of failure is nearly impossible.

The GOP is aware that the media is covering for OWS, that the stakes are huge, and as long as the polls show the number of people “supporting” it (whatever that means or however skewed these polls are doesn’t matter), they won’t make a fuss about it. It’s called cowardice.

This almost guarantees a self-fulfilling prophecy of ruin all around, for the country, the parties, the media, everybody.

The thing is, the media is a paper tiger. All it would take is one courageous and determined politician to go after them relentlessly, matter-of-factly and to their faces. You can’t just strafe the media — that only trivializes the problem. You need a full-scale attack. The media’s arguments and tactics would not stand up. But such people are rare, as we’ve seen. Rather, they are nowhere to be found.

Herman Cain has had the opportunity handed to him. So far, he appears not to be taking the opportunity seriously.

rrpjr on November 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM

This didn’t work when Nixon was running for reelection he won in a landslide, and it looks like history is getting ready to repeat itself in 2012. I don’t know anyone in the middle class that is signing up for mob rule 101. These scenes at these so called protest are repellent to say the least.

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

This feels different to me that the 1968 era protests. Back then, to my recollection, government agencies were not fomenting and supporting the protestors, mobs, and rioters. Professors were, and I have a personal story about that for some other time. Now we have the president supporting this, coupled with the fact that we know this is how he grew up: leading protests and demands. Now he has a compliant press and some local governments supporting his view of grievances, and what to do about those grievances. This does not feel good to me.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM

3. Save your simplistic commentary for someone who suffers fools gladly.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Actually, between the two blogs I write for, about 175,000 globally do monthly, according to Alexa. And you?

kingsjester on November 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM

It reinforces my theory that the Republicans really are annoyed with the Tea Party and their demand for fiscal responsibility.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 12:21 PM

You may be right about that. I am taken by how many Republicans are willing to go along with the “savings down the road” and the budgeting scam that allows a reduction in increased spending to be called a spending cut or a saving. If you are right, we really are destined to become Greece-like.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:47 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Yep, all the “cuts” are to increases and all in the future which I am pretty sure that future Congresses cannot be held to. We are the dupes of a great big old giant scam.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM

They did have their allies in the government back in the 60s like McGovern. I would google all the democrat connections to the 60s hippie counter culture movement, but those old fools trying to relive their glory days today bore me.

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Trying to recapture their glory days.

Old agitators don’t fade away, they just get turned into leftist retreads.

Angela Davis at Occupy Wall Street

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I can only stand mere seconds of the human microphone, do they do that to Davis?

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Too bad conservative websites are the only places that will show this.

Warner Todd Huston on November 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

But McGovern was not a governmental agency, charged with law enforcement.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Yeah, basically click them to read the article or watch the link and nothing happens.

hawkdriver on November 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I can only stand mere seconds of the human microphone, do they do that to Davis?
Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Do they ever. Bunch of morons.

Naturally Curly on November 5, 2011 at 1:41 PM

These protestors look more and more like the nuts in the Middle East.

Exactly like them, in fact.

Chanting mobs.

Treatment of women.

Children as human shields.

A hatred for America.

An inate ability to make nothing of your life and lash out at those did.

Start rounding them up.

reaganaut on November 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Actually, between the two blogs I write for, about 175,000 globally do monthly, according to Alexa. And you?
kingsjester on November 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yeah, well 50 million fools voted for Obama, and countless others read Kos, DU, HuffPo and the like, er, religiously.
****

Yeah, basically click them to read the article or watch the link and nothing happens.
hawkdriver on November 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I switched to MAC. Still seeing black box instead of Mom with kids, and website still slow to open. The server must be overloaded but not sure why I can’t see the first video at all. I can see the second one fine…

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Two words:

CHILD

ABUSE

profitsbeard on November 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM

She was spanking them?

/Just a reminder of leftist semantics

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM

But McGovern was not a governmental agency, charged with law enforcement.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 1:11 PM

We had a huge seat change 700 seat sweep by republicans in the 2010 Mid Term election. The pockets of flare ups in the OWS movement are happening in Democrat friendly cities. I consider Nannie Bloomberg a democrat by default :) There stance on OWS does not endear them to the American tax payer regular Joe voter.

Oakland’s mayor is a democrat
Denver’s mayor is a democrat
Portland’s mayor current mayor of Portland, Democrat Sam Adams, an openly gay mayor, helping out the Portland occupiers
D.C.’s mayor democrat

The list goes on, they are not doing themselves any favors by pandering to the Obama campaign’s lefty flavored astro turf. But that’s okay, because that’s what elections are for removing stooges from public service, who don’t serve the public they swore an oath to serve and protect in the first place.

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM

The protesters are yelling, “This is what democracy looks like!”, but that’s absurd. There is a very big difference between democracy and mob rule, as the interview subject tells Frank.

That depends on how exactly you are using the word “democracy”. Strictly speaking, democracy looks a lot like mob rule. It’s that there is a big difference between a democratic republic and democracy: namely, the rule of law.

Count to 10 on November 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM

The Founding Fathers rejected democracy precisely because it degenerates easily into mob rule. So, in a sense, the protesters are right. This is exactly what the ugliest forms of democracy look like. They just don’t perceive that it’s hardly a compliment.

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM

This feels different to me that the 1968 era protests. Back then, to my recollection, government agencies were not fomenting and supporting the protestors, mobs, and rioters. Professors were, and I have a personal story about that for some other time. Now we have the president supporting this, coupled with the fact that we know this is how he grew up: leading protests and demands. Now he has a compliant press and some local governments supporting his view of grievances, and what to do about those grievances. This does not feel good to me.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM

There is only one reason these protests started: to set up Barack Obama as the candidate of “the 99%” against Mitt Romney, the candidate of “the 1%.” It is nothing but a desperation, Hail Mary pass to get Obama reelected. That is why they are so incoherent about an actual policy agenda, it’s just “we are the 99%.”

Best way for us to foil all of this is to not vote for Mitt Romney. None of the other GOP candidates are extremely wealthy or come from priveleged backgrounds. In fact, any other Republican can turn this right around on Obama and hang Jon Corzine around his neck and make HIM the candidate of the 1%.

rockmom on November 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I have a feeling that woman in a wheelchair is the best employee her employer has. One smart cookie, and a graceful woman, at that.

Can we have more Americans like her? Please?

Grace_is_sufficient on November 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM

If I were in a car, I would just keep slowly moving forward, they could get out of the way or not. Or, maybe, it would be better to drive at normal speed honking your horn? They can’t claim they didn’t see you and it was their choice to stay and get hit. Do they have any idea how terrifying it is to be surrounded by screaming goons? It’s like Night of the Living Dead.

Blake on November 5, 2011 at 12:05 PM

If you’re ever caught in a mob while driving a car, it’s important that you keep going. If you let them stop you, it’s easy to become a victim.

Preferably, keep going at least 10 miles an hour so the mob can’t keep up.

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 2:05 PM

And yet, these are the people who think Mississippi is backward.
kingsjester on November 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Let’s not conflate irrelevant issues, please. The Occupy Movement is muddled enough without us muddling our opposition to it.

There’s lots to criticize (like, you know – unintended consequences) with that Mississippi referendum, no matter how ‘well-intentioned’.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM

There’s a lot of talk about “unintended consequences” that are purely hypothetical and extremely unlikely. IOW, excuses.

A baby is a person. It obviously becomes a person at some point. The only plausible point is at conception. Anyone who pretends otherwise is ignoring basic biology. If that fact steps on our toes at some point, then we probably need to move our feet, not reject basic facts of life.

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

I hesitate to engage you in this since it is totally off-topic to the OWS demonic mob. I will only say that stipulating that life begins at conception does not end the controversy(ies) in the Brave New World of Now. There are multiple thorny ethical issues which are not fairly answered simply by passing a law which defines “personhood”. Bureaucrat legislators are notoriously unequipped to handle these issues.

I personally oppose in-vitro fertilization, anonyous sperm and egg donations (particularly unlimited donations which create siblings), surrogate mothers and so forth on ethical grounds. Despite my personal reservations, I would not presume to tell someone desperate for a child to suck it up and adopt. I do think we can make reasonable limits on how many sperm and eggs can be donated for use by strangers because we can’t have hundreds of siblings running around as potential genetic timebombs.

I think there should be abortion exceptions for rape. I would not presume to tell someone else that they have to carry the evil spawn of their rapist and deliver it to the world. There are no simple answers no matter how clear it may appear to you.

That’s all I am prepared to say about this at this thread. I have only responded to illustrate how “simplistic” some approaches can be to those who don’t have a black and white view of morality and ethics.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

Ann Coulter’s book needs to go viral, she spelled all of this out in her book. It’s sitting at #596 Best Sellers Rank.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Dr Evil on November 5, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Moochelle Ofeedbag would approve.
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RalphyBoy on November 5, 2011 at 2:56 PM

That’s all I am prepared to say about this at this thread. I have only responded to illustrate how “simplistic” some approaches can be to those who don’t have a black and white view of morality and ethics.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Thinking about ethical issues starts with the black-and-white facts. Refuse to acknowledge the known facts, and all you’ll ever wind up with is a pile of excuses and conditions.

I believe saying there is no black and white, just shades of gray, is one of the most simplistic statements ever made. And I hear it all the time. Just not often from purported conservatives.

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Can we have more Americans like her? Please?

Grace_is_sufficient on November 5, 2011 at 2:04 PM

We do and she comments on this thread it seems. :-)

hawkdriver on November 5, 2011 at 4:10 PM

That girl in the wheelchair was right on the money. Excellent stuff!

MisterPundit on November 5, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Newbies. Palestinians encorporate their children to the machine much more effeciently. Indescriminate crowd (train), rock throwing (covers the shooters), honored dead-6-12 year olds (furnaces).
Life to a marxist progessive is like truth. Relative to wants. Liquid in nature.
Hmm. “Feed the children”. Not what I thought they meant.

onomo on November 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I don’t know if anyone will check back but if you saw the Daily Caller video her is some info on one of the poor ladies from the dinner that was attacked by OWSers.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/11/rampaging-occupiers-attack-78-year-old-woman.php

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I think there should be abortion exceptions for rape. I would not presume to tell someone else that they have to carry the evil spawn of their rapist and deliver it to the world. There are no simple answers no matter how clear it may appear to you.
Buy Danish on November 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Everything else aside, why is the child of a rapist evil?
If you want to make an exception just for rape, then that means that what you really want to do is punish “loose” women with children but not chaste ones.

Count to 10 on November 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM

A baby is a person. It obviously becomes a person at some point. The only plausible point is at conception. Anyone who pretends otherwise is ignoring basic biology. If that fact steps on our toes at some point, then we probably need to move our feet, not reject basic facts of life.

didymus on November 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

What is so special about conception?

Count to 10 on November 5, 2011 at 11:31 PM

That is what democracy looks like. Majority rules. Thank God we live in a constitutional republic! Democracy is 3 wolfs and a sheep voting on whats for dinner. SUCKS if your the sheep.

ColdWarrior57 on November 6, 2011 at 12:46 AM

What is so special about conception?

Count to 10 on November 5, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Conception is special. It’s the point at which a new living human, a completely separate being biologically from the mom and the dad, begins.

inviolet on November 6, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Everything else aside, why is the child of a rapist evil?
If you want to make an exception just for rape, then that means that what you really want to do is punish “loose” women with children but not chaste ones.
Count to 10 on November 5, 2011 at 11:28 PM

If you’re the mother who has been raped you’re probably thinking you’re carrying evil spawn. Think Rosemary’s Baby. As for the second part of your comment….RU fracking kidding me? “Loose women” get raped?

Buy Danish on November 6, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Democracy IS mob rule. That is why America isn’t one but a Constitutional Republic.

RightXBrigade on November 6, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Libs use everything and everybody but them selves to avoid the truth.

MSGTAS on November 7, 2011 at 8:19 AM

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