You mean, Occupy camps still exist in some places?

posted at 4:15 pm on January 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

As Townhall.com’s Erika Johnsen put it, “C’mon, people — ‘occupying’ is so 2011.” Nevertheless, in some places, Occupy protesters have, in fact, persisted in street living and vocal bellyaching. Yesterday, for example, the Occupy D.C. howlers staged an overt occupation of Congress. That Occupation apparently mounted a spectacular achievement: The protesters finally figured out  ”what it’s all about” — the hokey pokey. I’m not kidding. Heritage Foundation investigative reporter Lachlan Markay was on the scene yesterday and he had this to tweet:

“Protest[e]rs doing the hokey pokey: ‘You do the hokey pokey and you kiss your rights goodbye. That’s why we occupy!’”

The nascent wisdom of the 99 percent has matured! We always knew it was there; now we have proof!

Yesterday’s Occupation was evidently primarily a protest against the police, which is interesting because … the police have been curiously cooperative with the Occupy D.C. movement. So cooperative, in fact, that Rep. Darrell Issa’s Oversight Committee plans to investigate the question of who is actually responsible for the lawlessness that has characterized the D.C. branch of the movement.

Until today, an Occupy camp was also alive and, er, well enough in London. A British high court judge put the kibosh on it today, though, so don’t expect it to hold out much longer. It’s not what it used to be anyway. Laurie Pennie (“pop culture and radical politics with a feminist twist”) provides an eyewitness report of what the camp became:

Three months on, this is what the Occupy movement looks like: a network of mutual support for the lost and destitute, with anti-capitalist overtones. The Bank of Ideas, an abandoned building owned by the Swiss banking giant UBS and transformed into a space for art sessions, lectures and late-night discussion on the future of the free market, is one of four sites squatted by London’s branch of the movement. The occupations began with the encampment on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, which has just lost its battle against eviction at the Royal Courts of Justice, and branched out to Finsbury Square, and an empty magistrate’s court on Old Street. As other world cities have seen similar protests violently evicted by local police, the occupiers of London have clung on through a winter that has seen the nature of the camps change profoundly.

“I came here for the community,” says Declan, 29. “Before this I was living in Galway, essentially trying to get together enough weed to get through the day. It’s better here.” He passes a glowing spliff around the other roof-dwellers. The tranquility group, with its strict policy against drugs and drunkenness, would not approve this gesture of friendship. Muriel, a french artist in her forties, is excited and a little stoned, examining the walls daubed with murals, slogans and lovingly pasted pamphlets. “If bird catcher comes, occupy the sky,” she says, reading off the brickwork. “That is truly beautiful. I feel that something beautiful is happening here.”

Poetry.

In Boston, too, some straggling Occupiers have steadfastly remained in the public eye. The mulch apparently made fertile soil for romance … between a Level 3 sex offender and a prototypical heart-shaped-faced 18-year-old girl Occupier.

Ah, but that’s enough. You get the point: The Occupy camps still exist in some places, essentially unchanged if less noticed, crippled before they ever walked. It’s rather sad, actually. But not really.

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He passes a glowing spliff around the other roof-dwellers.

spliff? I feel so old.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

They never had a point to their existence. Once they started to rebound against popular opinion the deal makers in the White House told the magazines to pull the plug and ignore them.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Michael Berry nailed the moniker…Occupoopers.

DanMan on January 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

What else are they supposed to do? Work? [Maynard G. Krebbs "WORK!"]

The Rogue Tomato on January 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

spliff? I feel so old.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

You exploitative one percenter….

Kraken on January 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Maybe we can encourage them all to get together and occupy the White House lawn. Beautiful setting!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

spliff? I feel so old.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

T’ink Reggae, mon.

Tim_CA on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Haha the one in my city (Toronto) cleared out ages ago. When I flew into Vegas just before New Years, the taxi driver took us past a bunch of tents in an empty lot. When my friend said “what’s going on there?”, the cabbie said derisively “oh they’re the occupy wall street people – I don’t know why they bother, they don’t have a point”

CityFish on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

“If bird catcher comes, occupy the sky,”

O_O

Seven Percent Solution on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Apparently the funding is drying up. You don’t see near the quantity of professionally type set signs.

OWS will, no doubt, live on where many of them came from. Out of sight beneath your local under pass.

MessesWithTexas on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

LMAO

Perfect.

Tim_CA on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

He passes a glowing spliff around the other roof-dwellers.

It’s college the way it should have been, you know, without the student loans.

No wonder they don’t want to leave.

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The Rogue Tomato on January 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

+1

Laura in Maryland on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Yep, and they’re still up to no good.

I can identify a Tina Korbe post from the caption alone.

WestOfAshland on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

There’s a day contingent of OWSers in a nearby small city. Seems to be a group of rumpled middle aged men and one child. They wave signs at passers by on the warmer days and don’t appear at all on the cold days. I sort of feel sorry for them–they are really pathetic but good natured about it– to quote Doug Adams, Mostly Harmless.

jeanie on January 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Marxists Plan Occupy Wall Street “Spring Offensive” With Widespread Occupations of State Capitols, Schools And Workplaces…

http://biggovernment.com/

The US’s largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America is moving to infiltrate and direct the Occupy Wall Street Movement into a more organized and socialist focused protest movement. DSA is working hard to sustain ‘Occupy’ over the winter in readiness for a major “spring offensive” largely directed at Republican controlled state capitols as they struggle to address massive budget problems.

Occupy Workplaces… do they mean… work?

Chip on January 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

They’ll keep “occupying” for as long as someone continues to throw them some peanuts.

They are the human equivalent of park squirrels.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Dorks…Occudorks.

bernzright777 on January 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

There IS an ‘Occupy Lubbock’. It conists of about 15 tents sitting on a grassy patch directly south of Texas Tech and directly west of a…BoA.
They don’t say or do much. Their newest ‘sign’ says ‘Forgiveness for Student Debt’ and then they have a sign encouraging passerby to join them once a day to learn the ‘facts’. OL is also sporting a respectfully flown US flag.
I’m kind of disappointed that Hub City got the ‘B’ team occupiers.
I’m just itching to start something with them.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The so called Occupy group in Baltimore became sidetracked from their 99% mantra and decided to protest the construction of a new detention center for juveniles. The group of rich kids trying to work out their childhood trauma in public apparently havent spent enough time in the city to be robbed at gunpoint. Luckily the Police arrested several of them. I blame it on the mild winter

iam7545r on January 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Never underestimate a Communist/Socialist movement.

Even if it poops on your lawn.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Just think, the children are getting 3 credit hours at Tech, for their trouble.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

“If bird catcher comes, occupy the sky,”

And if the fish catcher comes… say hi to Osama.

Marcola on January 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

spliff? I feel so old.

BobMbx on January 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Pronounced “spleef”

/

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The US’s largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America is

Chip on January 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

You mean this organization still exists? I thought this organization folded itself into the Democrat Party. I guess not all of them, hey?

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I read the Boston Globe story about the young couple. It was so … real.

A tear came to my eye.

I began to mist over.

It was a dark and stormy night.

ex Dem from Miami on January 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Just think, the children are getting 3 credit hours at Tech, for their trouble.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

A few months back there was a story about them in the AJ. Once of them was whining that someone called him a mean name. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on January 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Yesterday’s Occupation was evidently primarily a protest against the police, which is interesting because … the police have been curiously cooperative with the Occupy D.C. movement. So cooperative, in fact, that Rep. Darrell Issa’s Oversight Committee plans to investigate the question of who is actually responsible for the lawlessness that has characterized the D.C. branch of the movement.

As I’ve mentioned before on this site, my girlfriend’s apartment is literally across the street from Occupy DC (and by that, I mean the distance from her apartment complex and the camp can be measured in mere feet).

There are always cops out there in front of the camp. They never do anything to the Occupiers. Most of the time they just sit in their cars, or stand around drinking coffee.

Vyce on January 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I thought it was called a ‘split’? Geez things keep changing..

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Never underestimate a Communist/Socialist movement.

Even if it poops on your lawn.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Now I’m confused. I always thought that pooping was a movement of a Communist/Socialist – right out of the bowels.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

So many of these people looking for their head only manage to find others with STDs.

dunce on January 18, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this last week. Occupy Las Vegas is in full swing there! And by full swing I mean twenty empty tents on a pseudo paved, dusty lot.

mwithem83 on January 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The Occupy people perfectly represent the Democratic Party in so many ways–impractical and dishonest, profoundly stupid, a health and safety hazard…they’re quite a gift to the Republicans, and let’s hope they make it into lots of revealing ads about the leftists, along with the many statements of support from leading Democrats.

I listen to London radio all the time, and I recommend LBC–London’s Biggest Conversation, which is basically an apolitical conversation about life in general–to anyone wanting to check in on life in the UK. Well, there is so much dithering and fussing and going back and forth to court when it comes to the issue of removing the St Paul’s protesters that it’s pathetic. And you have to contrast that to the decisive police actions that were taken to remove these leftist campers in New York and LA. The Metropolitan Police did finally take action to remove a different group of protesters in London just the other day though: It only took a decade to finally clear most of the encamped protesters from Parliament Square; I say most because of a court ruling allowing one particular leftist to remain in her tent for the time being.

Yes, when all is said and done, it’s still better to be in America.

Allendundit on January 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Occupy Lincoln NE still here. Tents still up but I haven’t seen a soul around them in months. But, hey, Jesse Jackson was here a month or so ago (not sure how long) speaking at the University and he visited tent city and prayed with them so I’m sure they feel really special. You know who isn’t part of the 99%? Jesse Jackson.

KateNE on January 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

It’s college the way it should have been, you know, without the student loans.

No wonder they don’t want to leave.

Lily on January 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

No education either. Shocker.

Scrappy on January 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

They will never be over. There will be thousands of demotrators at Occupy Tampa during the Republican National convention, and if the GOP nominee succeeds in ousting Obama, they’ll be occupying the Capitol grounds during the Inaugural. Not to mention the protests and riots that will occur because the racist GOP sent the first black President packing.

If a Republican beats Obama, that person better have a steel spine to deal with the racism charges.

Jurisprudence on January 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I work right across the street from Occupy Lexington. Their numbers have held pretty steady from the beginning. There was three people then, and there is three people now.

tvor03 on January 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Occupy Syracuse (NY) is still alive and well, despite being 8 hours past the 24 hour “clear-out” non-deadline that the city set. I was ecstatic when they announced the deadline, and not at all surprised when I heard from the overly enthusiastic camp spokesman on the radio on the way home that they were staying put and not going anywhere.

cybermesh on January 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The mulch apparently made fertile soil for romance … between a Level 3 sex offender and a prototypical heart-shaped-faced 18-year-old girl Occupier.

It’s all cool…he checked in at the Sex Offender Tent….

BigWyo on January 18, 2012 at 6:48 PM

The hangers-on need to go home before they destroy the brand.

They won. They got their issue on the national scene. They can go home now.

urban elitist on January 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The hangers-on need to go home before they destroy the brand.

They won. They got their issue on the national scene. They can go home now.

urban elitist on January 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Indeed they did. The identified themselves pretty clearly.

tom daschle concerned on January 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

There IS an ‘Occupy Lubbock’. It conists of about 15 tents sitting on a grassy patch directly south of Texas Tech and directly west of a…BoA.
annoyinglittletwerp on January 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I’ve not been to Texas, but I know a little something about the weather extremes from season to season.
Lubbock can get VERY cold and windy in the winter.
How’s the weather been in Lubbock so far this early winter season?

listens2glenn on January 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Occupy Lexington KY is still going on at the corner of Main Street and Esplanade, next to the Chase Bank building. Even at the height of the OWS nonsense, the Lexington protest was so lame as to be laughable. The highest number of protestors I ever personally counted there was 12 during the first week that they “occupied” the street back in October. I think there are maybe three hard core guys that are still actually camping there and another 3 or 4 that come and go during the week.

On the one hand it kind of annoys me that we haven’t cleared them out. On the other hand the protest is so very, very lame that it’s really not worth the effort. Perhaps we’ll just let them carry on until they set some kind of Guiness Record for longest useless protest.

Dukeboy01 on January 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

They won. They got their issue on the national scene. They can go home now.

urban elitist on January 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

They won???

*snicker*

BigWyo on January 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The hangers-on need to go home before they destroy the brand.

They won. They got their issue on the national scene. They can go home now.

urban elitist on January 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Too late. Oh did they really know what their “issue” even was?
They have issues that is for sure:

The #Occupy criminal movement has put together one heck of a record:

- 9 deaths, 5 found dead in tents, One found dead after 2 days
- 2 murders
- Tens of millions of dollars in damages, layoffs, vandalism, law breaking
- Multiple Rapes
- Thousands of arrests
- Public masturbation
- Feces
- Child molestation and baby abuse

CW on January 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

They are still “occupying” down in Ithaca, NY as well but in a much reduced capacity after they were forced to vacate a local park. (If the notoriously liberal Ithaca reached their limit, I think they’ve jumped the shark.)

keyboarddude on January 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

listens2glenn on January 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Started out about 30 but by early afternoon it was near 60.
That’s been pretty normal. Sometimes it reaches mid-70′s by the afternoon.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Don’t want to burst your bubble, but these morons will be back with the warm weather. This is obama’s army. It’s gonna be a looooong hot smelly summer.

Mean Granny on January 19, 2012 at 6:29 AM

The coldest weather of the winter is hitting the Midwest–that should clean out the few remaining Obamavilles in that part of the country.

But yes, like toadstools after a rain the Flea Parties will be back in the spring.

MidniteRambler on January 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM

“Before this I was living in Galway, essentially trying to get together enough weed to get through the day. It’s better here.”

Dude, sounds like your life hasn’t changed much, man……

GWB on January 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

There’s nothing that makes a raving lefty feel more defeated and useless than simply ignoring them. The movement as a whole deserves no attention, just hammer the point home when a few screw up and get arrested, show them for what they really are: The left’s impotent army of chaos.

PXCharon on January 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Thanks , I needed a little cheering up today .

Lucano on January 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM