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Occupy protester puts 4-year-old on train tracks to stop rail traffic

posted at 4:04 pm on December 15, 2011 by

Protesters with the Occupy Portland movement have been busy of late. No, they have not been working or seeking gainful employment. Rather, their efforts have been expended on blocking currently employed 99 percenters from getting to and doing their jobs.

On Monday, several hundred members of the movement blocked the entrances to two terminals at the Port of Portland. As a result, nearly 400 longshoremen who work the docks were told by employers to stay home. Josh Thomas, a spokeman for the port, told Oregon Live that the workers will not be paid during this “hiatus.” However, protesters are quoted as saying, “We are in solidarity with them even if they don’t know it.” That assurance should go far in putting bread on the tables of those forced out of work.

One interesting sidebar to the story reported by Weasel Zippers is that the work stoppage took food out of the mouths of one thousand of Oregon’s neediest residents. A number of the trucks that were stopped were on a mission of mercy to deliver holiday meals to families who are really down on their luck.

A second, also courtesy of Weasel Zippers, is this video footage of a female protester who placed her 4-year-old on train tracks to stop rail traffic. Says the caring mom (who WZ writes, is “a lock for the ‘mother of the year’ award”):

The thing is, I have faith in humanity. I don’t think any person driving a train is going to plow through a bunch of children.

She may have faith in humanity, but she clearly lacks an awareness of the principle of inertia, taught by the third grade, which suggests that a freight train carrying even a light load and traveling slowly may not be able to stop on a dime.

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Wonder how my lefty friends will spin that. Yikes.

bitsy on December 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

If any mother did this, that child should be taken from her as child abuse, period. No human(sorry these worms don’t seem to be human) should do such a thing to a child.
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letget on December 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

My God these people are dense.

squint on December 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Wonder how my lefty friends will spin that. Yikes.

bitsy on December 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Lefty friend:
“She obviously was a police (pig) infiltrator trying to make the noble occupiers look bad”…

chewydog on December 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Good illustration of the principle of inertia. Newton wrote: “An object in motion remains in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force.” Contrast this to the OWS protester: “An object in motion remains in motion, unless acted upon by faith in humanity.” Reality and Newton win, OWS lose. A+ article Howard.

Gladtobehere on December 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Inertia is, like, government oppression, man. It’s, like, totally bogus and bad karma.

Jeddite on December 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Where in the world are the child protective services people? These OWS morons are willing to use their own babies as sacrifices for what?! Disgusting. Some people shouldn’t have kids is all I can say.

Mean Granny on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

If any mother did this, that child should be taken from her as child abuse, period. No human(sorry these worms don’t seem to be human) should do such a thing to a child.

You beat me to it. What a horrible mother. As a mother, I go out of my way to keep my children out of harms way. What kind of woman deliberately puts her child in the way of a train?

melle1228 on December 15, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Where in the world are the child protective services people?

Mean Granny on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

The CPS would need a massive police escort to go get the kid.

Personally I’d have rung up the local SWAT team for a hostage-rescue mission.

MelonCollie on December 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

This woman’s head was clearly stuffed full of multi-culti nonsense when she should have been learning basic physical principles. Even the most alert train operator is not always able to stop a train in time to save a person on the tracks.

I was a train driver many years ago and was unfortunately driving a train when a woman holding an infant stood on the track in front of me while travelling at very high speed. I will never forget that awful day, the things I saw and the feeling of helplessness in the seconds before impact. The impact on my life were dramatic with a day not passing when I reliving what happened. Counselling can never alter what happened

its not fair on the train driver, my late father was a train driver, he killed a suicide person with the train he was driving, he just could not stop in time (but he knew that) all he could do was blow the horn “vigorously” He was traumatised by it for months.

Oh, and that woman should be tied down and spayed (without anesthesia, I say, but I’m willing to concede the point), and that dear little girl adopted by a set of real parents who would bring her up right, give her a real education instead of a liberal indoctrination, and above all, never deliberately expose her to harm.

Mary in LA on December 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

What kind of woman deliberately puts her child in the way of a train?

The use of children as human shields is a common barbarian tactic. The Israeli’s have to deal with this kind of thing all the time.

Why? Because those with the power to make the barbarians stop let them profit by it instead.

There will be more and more of this as the years go on and the global cultural rot deepens.

fadetogray on December 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

This is an illustration of the ignorance of this bunch. If a train had come along and killed her daughter, guess who she would have blamed.

Let me tell you a story. Years ago, there was an article in our local paper about a mother who was removing her artificial nails using a solvent that turned into a highly toxic liver poison if taken internally.

The phone rang in the other room and she went to answer it, and held a long conversation with the caller, leaving the open bottle and her two year old son in the other room.

The kid drank the solvent and wound up in the hospital, fighting for his life. Fortunately, he survived. But did Mom blame herself for what happened to her baby?

Heck no! She blamed the manufacturer and went on a crusade to get the nail remover banned.

This mother and the one who placed her daughter on the tracks are soul mates. Both are liberals and narcissists incapable of blaming themselves for their mistakes.

It started a long time ago, and hasn’t ended yet. Our society teaches it is always Someone Else’s Fault.

hachiban on December 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Too effing stupid to live. Thinks “faith in humanity” can stop a train, and admits her criminal culpability on camera. Hope she puts herself on the tracks next time and gets some schooling as to how the world actually works.

mrsknightley on December 15, 2011 at 10:01 PM

one’s child can be taken away because he or she is too fat for the liking of the government but placing them in front of a moving train is, uh, democracy in action?

child endangerment- the child needs to be removed from that home and the mother needs to be up on charges. a feral cat takes better care of its young.

mittens on December 16, 2011 at 8:02 AM

No railroad engineer will deliberately plow into a group of people standing on the tracks. However, it can take a 1/2 mile for a passenger train to stop and up to 2 miles to stop a freight. All he can do is to throw the train into emergency and pray the people will get out of the way.

BoydB on December 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Where in the world are the child protective services people?

Mean Granny on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

They’re too busy taking kids away from parents who
kids are obese or those who give their kids deeply offensive names.

DrAllecon on December 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

This woman needs to be plastered across every news station in the country…

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM

This woman needs to be plastered across every news station in the country…

2nd Ammendment Mother on December 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM

A kinder choice for a place to plaster her across than I would make.

PXCharon on December 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Wonder how my lefty friends will spin that. Yikes.

bitsy on December 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

They won’t. Disruptive protests are a zero-sum game, a means to an end.

They win because he stopped.

mintycrys on December 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Mary in LA on December 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

BoydB on December 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Thanks for those links Mary.

The worst thing that can happen to a head-end train crew is to strike people. Doesn’t matter whether the individual is attempting deliberate suicide, or not.

listens2glenn on December 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

WRONG THREAD!!!!! AAUUGHHhhhhhh . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on December 17, 2011 at 3:45 PM

No wait, RIGHT THREAD.

I need to go for a walk.

listens2glenn on December 17, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Just another leftist showing how pro-choice she is.

Mr. Prodigy on December 17, 2011 at 11:56 PM