Zuccotti Park Retaken By NYPD

November 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Zuccotti Park, pre-Occupation. Photo: Tony (CC)Zuccotti Park, pre-Occupation. Photo: Tony (CC)

So it’s finally happened. Breaking news (and so likely to change as the day goes on), reported by the New York Times:

Hundreds of police officers early Tuesday cleared the park in Lower Manhattan that had been the nexus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, arresting dozens of people there after warning that the nearly two-month-old camp would be “cleared and restored” but that demonstrators who did not leave would face arrest.

The protesters, about 200 of whom have been staying in the park overnight, initially resisted with chants of “Whose park? Our park!”

The massive operation in and around Zuccotti Park was intended to empty the birthplace of a protest movement that has inspired hundreds of tent cities from coast to coast. On Monday in Oakland, Calif., hundreds of police officers raided the main encampment there, arresting 33 people. Protesters returned later in the day. But the Oakland police said no one would be allowed to sleep there anymore, and promised to clear a second camp nearby.

The police action was quickly challenged as lawyers for the protesters obtained a temporary restraining order barring the city and the park’s private landlord from evicting protesters or removing their belongings. It was not immediately clear how the city would respond. The judge, Justice Lucy Billings of State Supreme Court Judge in Manhattan, scheduled a hearing for later Tuesday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning, had issued a statement explaining the reasoning behind the sweep. “The law that created Zuccotti Park required that it be open for the public to enjoy for passive recreation 24 hours a day,” the mayor said in the statement. “Every since the occupation began, that law has not been complied with” because the protesters had taken over the park, “making it unavailable to anyone else.”…


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Jessie Ventura questions the Official 9/11 story on Fox news.

April 19, 2008 at 1:50 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

“How can two planes knock down three buildings? Jet fuel is four-fifths kerosene, it doesn’t burn hot. How can three buildings fall at the rate of gravity and turn into powder? I’m just simply questioning the fact that it doesn’t add up to me. I have a hard problem accepting the fact that never before in history has a steel structure building fallen at the rate of gravity. Why would the main core beams not bend? And why is it when you ask any question about 9/11 you are immediately attacked?”— Former Governor Jesse Ventura, speaking on Hannity & Colmes, 4/08/08



The former pro wrestler hasn’t reined in the outrageous opinions that often got him in trouble when he was governor from 1999 to 2003. He discusses at length the assassination of President Kennedy. He scorns the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and claims that during a trip to Dallas as governor a police officer warned him to avoid talking too much about “things that certain people don’t want brought to light.


He also discusses what he sees as the folly of organized religion. He argues that Catholic Church leaders should face racketeering charges for covering up sexual abuse by priests, then writes: “If Jesus came back today, I think he’d throw up.”

also airs his suspicion that “somebody in the government” sent people to infiltrate a government course he taught at Harvard University in 2004, on a day he discussed Kennedy’s assassination. He repeatedly shows a fascination with conspiracy theories and surveillance, recalling several encounters he had with CIA agents while governor and claiming that his wife found an electronic listening device at their private home during his term.

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