One Occupy protester arrested at conservative conference in Denver

posted at 4:45 pm on November 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Both Tina Korbe and I are attending the FreedomWorks BlogCon 2011, where a handful of Occupy Denver protesters started a protest in the lobby.  That prompted a loud counterprotest from the attendees here, and one arrest of an Occupier.  John Hawkins of Right Wing News snapped a photo of the arrest:

Occupy, Denver, BlogCon11

Here are a couple of videos of the protest, which lasted less than 30 minutes:

We’ll have more video when more of the attendees get a chance to upload them.

The clash erupted before I had a chance to get too close to the Occupiers themselves.  They were briefly in sight, but got swallowed up by the BlogCon attendees. Frankly, the BlogCon response overwhelmed whatever the protesters tried to say — with chants of “Mike check!” and “We paid for your student loans!”, among others, the Occupiers got roundly shouted down. At one point, the entire BlogCon contingent in the lobby started chanting, “We want the dog!”, a reference to the elected leader of Occupy Denver — a pooch named Shelby.

I’m not sure what prompted the arrest. The police arrived, apparently at the request of the hotel, when the two sides began their loud clash. We have been informed that the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law, but they can keep them out of our conference rooms — and hopefully the corridors of the hotel. Fortunately, access to the elevators depend on having a room key, so we’re probably safe enough. We’ll update the post as events transpire, but hopefully the Occupiers will satisfy themselves with protesting on the sidewalk, which is their right.

Update: The People’s Press Collective also has a post up about the “occupation.”

Update II: I forgot to mention that the bloggers broke into song as the Occupiers left the lobby, singing, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

Update III (Tina): Personally, my favorite moment of the conference counter-protest came when one blogger shouted over the crowd, “Who here gets Koch money?” To which another blogger responded by raising a Coke can high over the crowd. Laughs all around — although I’m pretty sure the Occupiers didn’t get the joke.

Update IV (Ed): Be sure to read John Hawkins’ report here. Javier Manjarres has his report here.

Update V (Ed): Javier told me to add this video of the arrest, which you can find at his post as well (see link above):

Update VI (Ed): More from Jeff Dunetz in videos, pictures, and narrative — including the exit serenade I mentioned earlier. Plus, the Occupy Denver folks are laboring under a misapprehension. According to my sources, FreedomWorks doesn’t actually take money from the Koch Brothers, so the anti-Koch rhetoric is not just dumb, it’s completely misinformed. But considering the kind of intellect that the Occupy Movement attracts, that’s not exactly breaking news anyway.

Update VII (Ed): Warner Todd Huston has the best headline for the story: “Coke Heads Protest Koch Heads at Blogcon 2011.” Jim Hoft reports that one woman was a teacher who brought her students to the incoherent protest:

A Denver high school teacher brought students to an Occupy Denver event for a field trip today where they joined Occupy Denver activists as they storm the BlogCon conference. The teacher said she was showing them how democracy worked.

The teacher was too ashamed to give her name or the name of the private girls school she teaches at.

Both Warner and Jim have more video, so go check it out.

Update VII (Ed): Ace has what should be the final word on this demonstration:

And the thing is, the people on top of thing in a capitalist system? Would still be perched near the top of a socialist system. Because even a socialist system winds up promoting people who show up on time, do the tasks assigned to them (mostly looting money from other people), and tuck in their shirts once in a while.

We’d just all be poorer.

I pity them. What they are angry at is, ultimately, the universe itself for giving them life but not giving them ability.

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Hey Ed: If you get a chance to do some hippie punching (in self defense, of course)… please make sure you’ve got a nice set of brass knuckles!

And if you can video it in slow motion… even better!

Vanceone on November 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM

We have been informed that the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law…

WTF? They have no business there except to create a public disturbance. Shame on the hotel!

Blake on November 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM

the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law,

Huh? Businesses have no obligation to entertain disturbances on their property. They can toss out guests who misbehave, never mind protesters.

amerpundit on November 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

“We want the dog!”

Nice.

BallisticBob on November 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I love Dana Loesch….LOL

idesign on November 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Anyone see the dude with the shades in the first vid at the 0:10 mark? Hmmmm…? AP?

MeatHeadinCA on November 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Diaper revolutionaries.

Cicero43 on November 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Blow back against the “Occupiers”…

… I love it!

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Crowder!

Abby Adams on November 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

This can’t be true. I just read a study that said that conservatives were anti-social.

/

bridgetown on November 11, 2011 at 4:59 PM

We have been informed that the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law…

So smelly, stupid hippies are a protected class in Colorado?

Cicero43 on November 11, 2011 at 4:59 PM

We have been informed that the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law,

Something real wrong with that. Further explanation Ed?

Knucklehead on November 11, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Any thoughts about this protesting being SOP now through November? Anytime, anywhere, there’s plenty of deadbeat demorats willing to pick up a couple bucks and a hot meal to protest something. Soros has plenty of $$ to keep it going.

The media will eat it up as a massive uprising against…er…the party not in power.

MarkT on November 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Sounds like great fun. You may want to buy some insecticidal shampoo and also don’t let them cough on you.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Hey Ed: If you get a chance to do some hippie punching (in self defense, of course)… please make sure you’ve got a nice set of brass knuckles!

And if you can video it in slow motion… even better!

Vanceone on November 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM

You really think Ed would like to punch these pathetic souls with … brass knuckles?

MeatHeadinCA on November 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Looks like Mens Wearhouse backed the wrong horse. I don’t see a single OWS loser who’s wearing a suit.

Cicero43 on November 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

We have been informed that the hotel cannot keep the Occupiers out of the lobby, thanks to anti-discrimination law,

Whoever said that is full of bovine excrement. The hotel is PRIVATE PROPERTY.

Guess the “occupiers” are finding that intimidation doesn’t work with some people.

GarandFan on November 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I just got done watching the last clip on Breitbart.
Too Funny!

Kini on November 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM

MeatHeadinCA on November 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ed would look at both sides in an effort to be objective and nonjudgmental.:) Dialogue them to death. Which is fine.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Hey Ed, was it stinky in there..?

d1carter on November 11, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Ed would look at both sides in an effort to be objective and nonjudgmental.:) Dialogue them to death. Which is fine.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Absolutely, and that’s one reason I respect Ed and the vast majority of other conservatives. Conservatives just don’t get violent like that in snap situations.

MeatHeadinCA on November 11, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Found on Facebook on AttackWatch!!!

Another video at the Blog Con 11. Hilarity at the street level!

Kini on November 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

*Up twinkles*

idesign on November 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I see Steven Crowder right there in the middle of it, too. Can’t short the kid for courage.

PJ Emeritus on November 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM

They can’t give up their dog, he’s the smartest one they’ve got, he is a Border Collie…

kringeesmom on November 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Tea Party vs OWS. Surprised the OWSer didn’t get killed. Those Tea Partiers are crazy. /

Paul-Cincy on November 11, 2011 at 5:14 PM

“Who here gets Koch money?”

Dave’s not here, man…

JohnGalt23 on November 11, 2011 at 5:16 PM

It’s like a real life Where’s Waldo of conservative bloggers.

Fallon on November 11, 2011 at 5:23 PM

So other than going out of their way to disrupt other people’s meetings, disrespecting private property and the free speech rights of others, rampant drug use, petty theft, sexual assaults, spreading unsanitary conditions, threats of riots, thinly veiled calls for violent revolution, and general barbaric behavior, they’re just like the Tea Party.

The only presidential campaign ad the RNC needs to run is a continuous loop of these assclowns interspersed with Pres Obama’s statements of support.

RobertE on November 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Kini on November 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Where did you get those sunglasses!

Where did you get those sunglasses!

Who says conservatives aren’t funny?

Fallon on November 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I swear that’s not an OWS protester face down on the ground. That’s ACE after an extended evening of Valu-Rite and hobo hunting….

notropis on November 11, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I didn’t know that conference was being held here! I hope you guys got outside, it’s been a perfect fall day and it sounds like the air is MUCH fresher!

Common Sense on November 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Heh: “if you’re the 99 percent, how come there are more of us than there are of you?”

Lourdes on November 11, 2011 at 5:36 PM

I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing what Steve Crowder does with his upcoming video regarding his experiences there.

Lourdes on November 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Fomented Class Warfare brought to you by Obama and the Democrats.

canditaylor68 on November 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

“I sh!t for no man!”
.
“Unless my pants are down to knees, I have diarrhea, I’m leaning against a cop car and I’m emptying my rectum! Totally! Rad, Man, DUDE!”
.

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Great video at Gateway Pundit. A teacher brings her students in and disrupts another group’s conference to show them what “democracy” looks like.

These goons are beyond parody. Some of them even make Sesqi look sane.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 11, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I think their dog and Triumph, the insult comic dog should have a summit.

golfmann on November 11, 2011 at 6:05 PM

In the “Hey, Hey” video, I think I caught a glimpse of the esteemed Mr. Morrissey in an orange shirt at :47-:48 – gloating over the horrid treatment of the OD people by the bloggers.

[ducks]

eeyore on November 11, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Heeyy, a dinner and a show. Some bloggers get all the fun, up twinkles all around.

bgwillia on November 11, 2011 at 6:31 PM

When the arrested dude jumped out of the car, he should have been tazed for escaping.
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RalphyBoy on November 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Thanks Ed and the blogcon11 crew for making an otherwise boring afternoon pretty darn funny. Following this unfold on twitter was a hoot.

sybilll on November 11, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Hey Captain — we’re in the same city today — but for different reasons. I didn’t even realize that Occupy Denver existed — I’ve been doing my bourgeoise TDY thing and shopping at the walmart supercenter and sheplers — and the obligatory refuel at Costco.

I used my 1% card — don’t leave home without it.

unclesmrgol on November 11, 2011 at 6:58 PM

There definitely better be some hippie beating tomorrow in SLC.

Blake on November 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Can’t wait for the next Crowder video!

Sekhmet on November 11, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Everyone’s reaction to this protest is laughter, but I’m seeing something different, looking at that young man being arrested. Firstly, he isn’t intimidated by the cops or the arrest, and like Lindsey Lohan will be released in a few hours. He will be even more dedicated to the cause, even more determined to fight back against his oppressors.

Look at this as though it were basic training for radicals. These protesters are buck privates in Obama’s Occupy Army. This is a screening process to weed out the dopers, the stoners, the derelicts, the weak wanabees. Some few will emerge as dedicated fanatics and this is their rite of initiation.

You are looking at the next generation Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn.

Skandia Recluse on November 11, 2011 at 7:33 PM

I seem to remember Ann Coulter telling the story a number of years ago about some young anarchists who stormed into a stockmarket conference (going very much from foggy memory, here).

The conference participants instantly turned on the intruders and literally grabbed them by the backs of their shirts and the seats of their pants and THREW them out the front door into the street.

kurtzz3 on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM

They should have been chanting “Taze the hippie”

xplodeit on November 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

“We want the Dog” That’s awesome.

batterup on November 11, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Adverts to re-elect Alan Grayson are showing up on Hot Air now.

caldfyr on November 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I like spaghetti

– I like spaghetti

Whoopie Pie

– Whoopie Pie

Heh. Good times.

CW on November 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

The clash erupted before I had a chance to get too close to the Occupiers themselves.

I sure hope you and Tina are all up to date on your vaccinations, Ed.

ted c on November 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

What they are angry at is, ultimately, the universe itself for giving them life but not giving them ability.

They have “ability”, they just lack the wisdom to use those abilities

Gwillie on November 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM

The teacher was too ashamed to give her name or the name of the private girls school she teaches at.

This is what lefty courage looks like.

ted c on November 11, 2011 at 8:36 PM

If you have any extra toilet paper, the crusty asses at OccupyLosAngeles need it, stat.
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

bloggless on November 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM

I love the pictures Gatewaypundit has of you guys practicing your Occupier hand signals. Very nice.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Ed; did you and Tina take part in the hand signals practice?

gold, pure comedy gold.

ted c on November 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM

According to my sources, FreedomWorks doesn’t actually take money from the Koch Brothers, so the anti-Koch rhetoric is not just dumb, it’s completely misinformed. But considering the kind of intellect that the Occupy Movement attracts, that’s not exactly breaking news anyway.

I believe a fair adjective to use for this crowd is “ignorant”.

However, these people are not only ignorant, but they don’t care to be truly educated about the issues as they have been carefully cultivated by years of leftist propaganda/indoctrination.

Additionally, they have passion for a cause, willing to subject themselves, even their children, to situations which risk physical harm.

When you have a group of ignorant, passionate, fervent believers who would do anything, even openly advocate for violent revolution… I’d suggest to watching them very closely with wary eyes.

They are truly dangerous – not because of what they believe, but the means they use to accomplish their goals. Will any of them be arrested for assaulting “non-believers”? For damage to public property? For sexual assault? For group intimidation? For terrorism?

Who is being openly abetted & supported by big labor unions, by liberal democrats and the mainstream media? Who is being convinced that their “Animal Farm” theology is truth, and that everyone else is the enemy?

People can mock them… Do that at your risk. My parents came to this country to escape communism in eastern Europe after WW2. They were being told that they had to give everything they owned to the state & needed “reeducation”. They were told, prior to the end of WW2, that they were going to be killed, simply because they owned a house and a farm. As if the Nazis weren’t bad enough, the Communists were no better.

Liberal politicians and media have no f’in clue of what they are talking about regarding the Che Guevara theology in a classroom & in coffee shops.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather die before I allow my children to become slaves to this garbage. Plan & save for the future, pay off debts, and have that gun ready for home defense – because these are the folks who are not above using a little terrorism to fundamentally change a country.

Remember history. It only was a small minority who turned Russia into the Communist behemoth led by animals like Lenin, Beria, & Stalin. & they only killed a few million to do it. They were able to justify it too.

Be wary. But do not, never, be complacent. And never underestimate your enemy. Because that is exactly what these people are.

Danny on November 12, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Excuse me, hotel manager, but this space has been paid for. If you cannot keep the riff-raff out of the rooms we rented, why did we have to pay for them? We could just wander in from the street and take it over!

Alternatively, lacking any effort on the part of the hotel to honor their commitment, attendees ought to be able to defend their own rights. Bloody up a couple of the interlopers and the rest will make themselves scarce enough.

Unfortunately, it seems the alleged conservatives in attendance are more interested in dialogue and facilitation than in protecting their own space. Probably a bunch of late weaners.

Adjoran on November 12, 2011 at 1:42 AM

I hate to correct Ace, but I think they’re not angry for lack of ability. I think they’re angry because they lack INITIATIVE.

Even people with little ability can land decent jobs if they just show up on time, and with regularity.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 12, 2011 at 5:20 AM

A private girls school? Aren’t they part of the 1%? I’m sure the parents were aware of the destination for the field trip.

Kissmygrits on November 12, 2011 at 8:38 AM

and here’s the crux of the problem:

The teacher said she was showing them how democracy worked.

democracy is defined by obstructing the rights of other private citizens from exercising their freedom of association and freedom of speech? democracy is defined not by engaging and convincing others through reason and debate of the rightness of your ideas and cause but by ‘killing bakers’, hiding the violent interpersonal crimes of your brethren, and treating private citizens who disagree with you as if they were union scabs that deserve, at the least, a loud nonsensical barrage of personal insults if not a beat down and a hand full of flung poo?

well, step aside tommy jeff- there’s a new constitution /democracy expert in town and she’s busy screwing up a bunch of hapless school girls,turning them into another generation of ignorant narcissists.

mittens on November 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

killing bakers

opps, correction killing bankers not bakers- we know how they love them their snackage at the OWS.

mittens on November 12, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I pity them. What they are angry at is, ultimately, the universe itself for giving them life but not giving them ability.

Amen. Except that my own sympathy is rapidly evaporating, and there wasn’t that much to begin with.

RebeccaH on November 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Found the reason the guy was arrested:
Jackohoft. “Tony Katz Harassed Live on Radio – Goon Arrested.” YouTube. 11 Nov. 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tfAHJCPI8Y . via The Blaze.

Forgive me, but I have to transcibe Tony’s message for posterity and for any future searches anyone would be making about the OWS’ers. It really put meaning on what this is all about:

“. . . believe that I have access to that chair but you don’t have access to that chair. It is absolutely acceptable to understand that chair in this situation belongs to me, not to you. But you sat there anyway thinking you’re in charge of the chair. This is the problem – you don’t understand the value of what you believe. You believe that chair belongs to you and I believe that chair belongs to the hotel, and I rented it. And this show owns that chair right now. If that is too tough for you, head outside – there are plenty of other things.”

bgwillia on November 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/denver-hs-teacher-brings-students-to-join-ows-mob-as-they-storm-conservative-conference-video/

Check out this interview of a High School teachers who brings some of her students to observe Occupy Denver’s storming of Blogcon. She realizes it is not a good idea to give her name or the name of the school. I am guessing she did not get authorization for her outing. If you wonder her political slant, Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom reports the students were saying that conservative bloggers are somehow bad for the world. http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=32041

Mr. Joe on November 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I miss the good ole days of water cannons and billy clubs.

madmonkphotog on November 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Of course they will bring up the Kochs, because thats who they were told to pin this all on.

I would gather less than 1% of lefties had any clue who the kochs were 2 years ago, but then someone decided to make them the figure head, so we hear about them in every complaints and on every issue right of Deb Schultz

Rbastid on November 13, 2011 at 3:14 AM

Looks like the Blogcon versus the Ossupiods showed on “Fox and Friends Sunday” at the 9:45am period.

bgwillia on November 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Steven Crowder getting interviewed for this today.

bgwillia on November 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Plus, the Occupy Denver folks are laboring under a misapprehension

Dear Ed,
You mean a misunderstanding, correct?

Shambhala on November 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

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