Day By Day November 4, 2011 – Think

Posted Posted in Day By Day, Occupy Wall Street, Rudy Giuliani

Day By Day by Chris Muir

The press won’t report what is going on with the Occupy Wall street protesters, because many of them believe in their struggle – just like President Obama.

But, the President is coming up for re-election next year and many think #OWS will be a millstone around his neck.

“I believe that Barack Obama owns the Occupy Wall Street movement,” Rudy Giuliani said at the Defending the American Dream Summit. “It would not have happened, it would not have happened but for his class warfare. And remember, as it gets worse and worse because it’s going to get worse and worse, where it came from. Barack Obama. He praised it. He supported it. He agrees with it. He sympathizes with it. And as it gets worse and worse, I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama’s neck that will take his presidency down.”

“How about you occupy a job. How about working? Working. I know that’s tough,” Giuliani also said.

Occupy Oakland’s Amazon.com Wishlist

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No, I am not making this up.

The Occupy Wall Street protesters who have had the run of Oakland’s streets lately have an Amazon.com Wishlist.

Really… and it is here.

Guess they need these goods for their general strike, which they have called on November 2nd.

After Occupy Oakland protesters reconvened at Frank Ogawa Plaza Wednesday night and voted to organize a city-wide general strike on November 2, a jubilant crowd poured out into the city streets, dancing and cheering.

But their attempts to head across the bay to join the Occupy San Francisco group were thwarted by BART officers, who shut down the 12th Street BART entrance as protesters–including those towing a giant stereo system on wheels–tried to make their way into the station. For about ten minutes, protesters chanted “Police brutality!” and “This is what democracy looks like!” at the BART officers before moving on to the 14th Street and Broadway intersection.

The crowd then massed itself into an impromptu march that took protesters past the Glenn E. Dyer detention facility at 7th Street and Washington, then back up Broadway, and then down to San Pablo Avenue near the Greyhound bus station, where they waved to security guards to come join them and passing cars honked in support. They passed West Grand and then circled back towards downtown.

Police officers, some in riot gear, were stationed near the jail as well as at 12th Street between Broadway and Franklin, and at San Pablo and West Grand, but officers did not interact with the marchers. When a few protesters stopped to face the officers or take their pictures, other marchers chided them, crying “Get back in the march!” and “Do not provoke!”

The marchers played music as they went, dancing to hits by the Jackson 5 and Missy Elliot, forming a line that at 11:45 pm filled the street for several city blocks.  As they continued along city streets, police cars and motorcycles appeared to be accompanying them along parallel side streets, monitoring their progress block by block without directly interfering.

Protesting in the 21st century – what would Saul Alinsky think?

Poll Watch: 32% Have Favorable View of Occupy Wall Street

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Protesters and members of Occupy Wall Street wait for the start of the march, during an annual demonstration calling for a stop to police brutality in New York October 22, 2011

According to the latest CNN Poll.
Although most Americans don’t trust Wall Street, that hasn’t translated into full support –or understanding– of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Despite large majorities who think that Wall Street bankers are greedy, overpaid and dishonest, four in ten don’t have an opinion about the weeks-long protests, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

Among those who have an opinion, the public is split on how they feel about Occupy Wall Street. Thirty-two percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the movement that has spread from Wall Street to Chicago, and that even cropped up at the most recent CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas. Twenty-nine percent of the nation says they have an unfavorable view of Occupy Wall Street.

But opinions are clear about Wall Street itself. Eight in ten say Wall Street bankers are greedy, 77% say they’re overpaid, and two-thirds say Wall Street bankers are dishonest, a number that has gone up by a third in roughly two decades.

Over time, opinions about the financial center of the U.S. have gotten worse. In the 1990s, only 30% of the country said they had no trust at all in Wall Street to do what is best for the economy, 24 percentage points lower than now.

Pretty much what I would expect. Most Americans are too caught up in their own lives to involve themselves in a protest movement in which there are NO clear goals or objectives.

Although this “occupation” may last a while, eventually it will just flame out with NO real impact. What will have an impact will be the Presidential race for 2012 which starts in the first week of the New Year with the Iowa GOP Caucuses.

The entire poll is here (pdf).