Occupy Wall Street spreads to the streets of Wilmington


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Submitted: Sat, 10/08/2011 - 11:18pm
Updated: Mon, 10/10/2011 - 4:44pm By:

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to more than 800 cities across the country and has now made its way into Wilmington. More than 100 citizens went to Occupy Wilmington’s first meeting to voice their concerns and ideas and discuss their goals and role in the Port City.

“It’s not about anything other than people getting together to spread a message,” Occupy Wilmington member Archie Caufield said. “If we do it here, we do it just because the people in Wall Street did it, and it was a good idea, and we thought maybe we could do it here and maybe help change the community just a little bit in a productive, peaceful kind of way.”

Caufield says the group is leaderless and is about individuals of all ages, colors and backgrounds spreading a message of inspiration, enlightenment and change.

Member Joe Santos says that message is economic inequality and putting an end to the greed of the nation’s wealthiest one percent.

“This is simply pointing out that there are a great deal of people in this country that are truly having problems, and we want to present that on a local basis,” Santos said.

Occupy members call themselves the 99 percent; meaning they are not part of the one percent they say stockpiles money and controls our economy and politicians from top to bottom. The group’s first general assembly lasted several hours and was full of many personalities and ideas. Members say Saturday was all about figuring out the what, when, where and how they will make their presence known in Wilmington.

“It’s not unorganized if we stand as individuals for a common movement and a common voice,” Caufield said. “Which is not that we are individuals, not that we have any relation to money or anything other than we just wish for things to be fair and equal.”

Occupy Wilmington is looking for a home base because they say they are a 24/7 operation. The group plans to organize marches around the city, specifically around the corporations they say control our local economy, like big banks and New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

“We are nonviolent,” urged Santos. “We mean no violence to anyone, no one’s property, no one’s person.”

It was proposed that members remove their money from national banks and put it into local banks and for members to move to a doctor who is not affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center if possible.

The group adopted the Occupy Wall Street Statement as the foundation for Occupy Wilmington. Occupy Wilmington members say the movement is not just made up of the unemployed or young college students but people from all walks of life who have grievances against the power that big banks and corporations have.

87 Comments

  • Hopeful says:

    I think the fact that people are actually beginning to find some type of voice in smaller communities is wonderful. We may not all agree on the same issues but the fact that people are finally standing up for at least something instead of sitting at home whining about everything and are now actually trying to make a change whatever that may be. Is this not what our country is based upon. I am so sick of watching people sit around on smart phones and staring at their Ipads. I am just thankful that people are once again coming out and joining together for a greater cause, and possibly strengthening their community.

  • Guest7969 says:

    I was wrong. You guys are .00049342% of the 99% … DO THE MATH! Which means, you speak for nobody! As far as the harming nobody and no property…ever hear of the news???? Maybe you should watch it!!

  • Hoover says:

    Reading the majority of comments here just shows how ignorant the majority of southern “USEFULL IDIOTS” there are here. The protest is about corruption, greed, hypocrisy, war’s and a useless goverment. But you ignorant simpleton’s turn on ffox news and rush “pills” limbaugh and listen to their corporate talking heads. Make your min wage, watch car’s go around in circle’s for hours, drive your pick-up truck to your trailer and praise god. The bank’s and corporations KNOW there is no trouble from you people.

  • SmellyGuido says:

    in the very South that you purport to hate so much. So much so that you have a Southern TV station in your news feeds. You’re too ignorant to realize that the backlash against these protests is pretty virulent nationwide – not just the South. The blue states are bleeding population, jobs and Congressional seats to the South. You losers failed and destroyed an entire swath of the nation. What jobs that China and India haven’t taken from you, the South swiped. And yes, I’ll insult a vet or anyone else I chose to insult. Just because someone once wore a uniform doesn’t make them beyond reproach. It’s a job for which they volunteered.

  • kswee says:

    HEY the protestors are from NC too. don’t generalize.

  • Guest223 says:

    spell “usefull” correctly? It’s useful you moron. As I told an earlier poster, it’s not just in the South where these protests are being condemned. Go get drunk and arrested at a hockey game, watch Rachel Madcow, Lawrence “Immigration is an added value yet I live in lily white Santa Monica” O’Donnell, drive your Camaro to your gram cracker box house (on which you pay half your salary on property taxes) and cross yourself every five seconds while thumbing your rosary because you just abused your family yet again and watch your jobs get outsourced to the South because your union thought it was worth six figures for you to be assemble a simple part that a trained monkey could accomplish.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Speaking of hypocrisy, what evil, greedy corporation made that computer you’re banging away on? Do you even know why a corporation is formed, Barney?

    Feel free to drop in and compare houses, vehicles, income, net worth, or education any time you’d care to.

    Good luck out there in the streets – you’re going to need it.

  • Meg says:

    The whole point of the argument is that the 99% do not have money to give. Duh! My family of 3 lives on less than 30,000 a year and we both work 50+ hours. We owe 40,000 in student loans, and have to make payments of 400 a month. Along with rent, car payments, etc. we barely have money to put food on the table. We are slaves to the banks. Where does the greed stop???

  • TJ Paine says:

    1 – Please remember I-95 isn’t a one-way street. You are still free to go back where you came from, if it’s SO bad here. Yeah, NC has it’s share of dummies, too, but if that’s all you can find to complain about, you just haven’t been paying attention.

    2 – I’ll believe corporations are “people” when Texas executes one.

    3 – The Federal gov’t. is nothing but a tool for the big corporations, and those that run them. It was meant to have a VERY limited role in the life of the people. Its proven over & over that the only 2 things its good at are breaking things & killing people. Until it can secure our own borders, it has no business overseas, AT ALL. No foreign wars, no foreign aid, NOTHING. Issue passports, put tarriffs on countries that tarriff our exports, bomb the crap out of countries that explicitly threaten us, shoot anything that crosses our borders, and take the rest of the week off. Everything else can, and was meant to, be handled at the state level, or the local level.

    4 – No one has any right to my “stuff”. Not the gov’t, the poor, the rich, nobody. AND I don’t have a right to theirs. What I DO have a right to, is to keep the big corporations from teaming up with the Feds to tilt the playing field in their favor. The best way to do this is to buy local, and from the smallest company that can meet your needs, at a price you can afford.

    5 – How many of you went to a Tea Party event? Were the people you met there anything like the way they were portrayed on MSNBC? Then why would you think all of the OWS people are as nuts as the couple Fox decides to show? I’m not going to tell you what to think about them, but if you feel like you just HAVE to have a strong opinion about them one way or the other, why don’t you look at some of their websites and official info, instead of forming your opinion based on the 10 second clips shown on networks owned by the very companies (right AND left), that they’re protesting?

  • The real problem with our country isn’t the “1 percent”, most of them earned it, it’s the 29% who live off the others. It’s the freeloading mother of three who will not tell who the daddy or daddies are so that every hard working taxpayer has to pay the sorry thing’s (who layed up with her and made the baby) child support.
    She sits up in her government apartment with her Obama phone, and her free medical care eating her food stamp food. Look at the people using food stamps, most every one of them are overweight and drive nice cars. They buy drinks, candy bars, chips, snack foods all the time, kids want to eat, let’s go to the 7-11 store and get snack food. When the little no-father fatties get to school age they get free breakfest and lunch at school (again paid by taxpayers) but the freeloading mom-whore at home STILL gets the same amount of foodstamps so now the freeloading is also double dipping.
    Now to fix our country, we only have to do this;
    Stop the food stamp or food card program, have boxes made up with what is needed to live based on the number of people who are to be at the house and give them out weekly, no sodas, no candy, no chips and no steaks, this should be reduced when the children are in school eating for free also.
    Anyone getting anything else from the government (housing, any type of check or help) must report to work for 40 hours each week and they will be given a job to do to earn it for the week. Example of this could be picking up trash on the side of the road, cleaning out ditches, mopping floors at the school, making up the above noted boxes of food, planting and picking crops for the same boxes of food, washing school buses, police cars etc. Point is something good for the country in exchange for the country’s help.
    Last, pass a law that if anyone works an illegal, they go to jail for 72 hours,(no trial, just like slapping your wife- 72 hours period) and make it for the CEO of the company, if 10 illegals are workin then 720 hours in jail- period. Now make it the same for anyone caught housing or renting to them. No work + no place to live equals they go back south. Don’t say they do the jobs that we wan’t do, I just covered that above, the jobs can be assigned to the “government workers” as outlined above.
    Now the only people working are Americans and every one of them are doing something, no more free rides, and everything is good.

  • Southern Scholar says:

    Be careful of how you refer to all southerners as ‘ignorant’, especially considering that you obviously have chosen to live amongst us. Some are smarter than others, but that includes all geographical people groups, and I know, you’re amazed. Geographical IS such a big word for one of us ‘ignorant’ hillbilly’s.
    Tread lightly, on your way back home.

  • This is a letter to OWS from FedUpUSA, one of the original Tea Parties:

    We support you in exercising your First Amendment Right. We are outraged that any peaceful demonstrator would be assaulted or abused by any authorities.

    If you are protesting because there are no jobs— We stand with you.

    We are for a free economy and recognize that what we have now is NOT a free economy; it is not capitalism – what we have is a fascist state or crony-capitalism. There is nothing free about doing business with Countries that manipulate their currencies to attract cheap labor. We agree that these jobs need to come back to America.

    If you are protesting because no one has gone to jail— We stand with you.

    Regardless of what is being said from the white house and media, we know that there are many in the financial district and the banks that have committed fraud and outright theft and we too want to see them prosecuted. We support: STOP THE LOOTING & START PROSECUTING.

    If you are protesting because everything costs more— We stand with you.

    We see prices rise in our food, gas, clothes yet our wages have stayed the same or have decreased. The Federal Reserve has bailed everyone out but us and not only are we going to have to pay for that, those bailouts make the price of everything else go up because it devalues our currency. We support monetary reform.

    If you are protesting because you are tired of our bought and paid for government on both sides— We stand with you.

    We are also against the banks and big corporations buying our politicians and writing laws that favor their special interests. We understand that our economy is broken BECAUSE of this and that all of our other issues will never be addressed as long as the financial elite control OUR government.

    We understand that these issues cross party lines and ideologies and effect each and every one of us. We also understand that these issues will never get fixed as long as we continue to let the media, the elite, and members of the government separate us by our differing ideologies.

    Only Together, can we Implement Change

    It is time, We Americans, put our ideologies in our back pocket and not let them separate us so that we can work together for this ONE COMMON GOAL: to get the special interest money and elite out of OUR Government and return it to US— the people.

    As long as the banks, largest corporations, and wealthy elite control our government, we will never have a representative republic and laws will continue to be passed that only benefit the few 1% at the expense of us 99%!

    Demand that NOT ONE MORE LAW gets passed until they pass:

    Lobby reform:

    It is a Federal Offense punishable by a minimum 5 years in prison to:

    Lobby any member of the US Congress outside of the district you live, work, or own a business.

    Lobby a member of congress while they are physically outside the district they represent.

    Campaign Reform:

    It is a Federal Offense punishable by a minimum 5 years in prison to:

    For any one person, corporation, enterprise, group, union or the like, to donate more than $2,000 to any one candidate during one campaign period.

    For any member of the media to deny equal access to competing candidates.

    These two laws will cut the control the Financial elite have on our government by leveling the playing field. You will have just as big as a voice with your representative as the big box retailer that resides in your town. Simply, it will end the Crony-Capitalism that is strangling our economy.

    I encourage all my fellow Tea Partiers to join Occupy Wall Street protesters in their non-violent, peaceful protests and together demand that the Government be returned to the people. After all, this is precisely what the Tea Party was intended to be before it was taken over and marginalized by the establishment politicians.

    FedUpUSA.org

    STOP THE LOOTING & START PROSECUTING

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    COMMENTARY | “I made my last mortgage payment on Nov. 1, 2009. Bank Of America changed the locks on my house on Sept. 29, 2011.” says integrity louse Ryan J. Downey, in a Huffington Post article published Saturday. In the article Downey goes on to describe the process that lead him to renege on the mortgage he took on a $422,000 home in 2006, which he claims is five years later valued at $253,000.

    Throughout the article, Downey explains the process he suggests when walking away from a mortgage and the absurd, but entirely too common justifications he used when making the choice to choose self-interest over personal integrity. He goes on to describe the things he wasn’t told in advance of his choice to buy a home: “It certainly wasn’t clear” he says at one point, “that my house would eventually be worth less than half what I owed on it; that my small business would suffer from a bad economy; that half the houses on my suburban double cul de sac would fall into foreclosure;”

    He rails against the banks for failing to disclose various types of loans, and even goes so far as to say “Nobody told me that some folks miss as many as two years worth of payments before they have to move out of their home. Or that the bank may even hand you a few thousand dollars to quietly evacuate without dumping plant killer all over your upgraded landscaping, ripping out the microwave or spray painting ‘the mortgage crisis sucks!’ on the garage.”

    What he doesn’t tell you is that banks are in the business of buying and selling money. It’s a product. They aren’t obligated to give you the best deal they can possibly give you. They are obligated to their shareholders to sell you the most profitable package they can possibly sell you. Nobody trusts car salesman. Why on earth did they ever trust bankers? That’s absurd.

    Downey didn’t tell you that integrity isn’t graded on a curve, but rather that integrity is about living up to your commitments regardless of the actions of others. In fact all he did, and all that the people taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests have done, is to accuse corporations and banks of the very same sort of gaming of the system that people like Downey have done a million times over. Downey even advocates such behavior, saying in a section of the article subtitled “What will the neighbors say?” “The honest ones will ask you for advice. The proud ones will probably end up with papers taped to their doors, too.”

    The banks didn’t destroy our economy. Unscrupulous consumers did. Banks, actually, for the most part (I will conceded that there were some exceptions), did exactly what they said they would do, and in Downey’s case, it took them two years to do it, while he lived rent-free. People like Downey are what destroyed the economy. I have some suggestions for the people occupying Wall Street: Go occupy a barber shop, a shower, a laundromat, and then occupy yourselves in the task on looking after yourselves and ceasing with this ridiculous notion that somebody owes you something. No one said it was going to be easy.

    Help is great, and I think the government should be doing everything they can to help those few people who are suffering for no fault of their own. I’m not heartless. But neither am I brainless. When we rediscover our integrity, we will rediscover our economy.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    We are happy. We enjoy our lives. Simple as that life might seem to you, we love every second of every day. We work hard, we earn our money, and we will be damned if some lazy yankee come lately is going to dip into our pockets. Ignorant majority? Maybe, but so much for you’re 99% In the end it is pretty simple, if you don’t like our way of life, get the hell out and don’t come back. You are no longer welcome.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    and I still did not get their message other than:

    1. They propose marching around big business. Wonder how long the new owners of PPD will smile on that and would they move the operations to another locale? And how many new businesses will move here with a river full of quackers?

    2. They want to redistribute wealth. Isn’t that considered stealing? And haven’t the Communists shown that does not work. Look at the economies in Russia, Cuba, and Moldava for starters.

    3. If they boycott Doctors associated with NHRMC, where will they go to get their health care?

    They might have made more of an impact had they met on the common grounds at Creekwood and picked up trash while they were there.

  • Debbie says:

    Let me settle this argument right now. If this group really believes their rhetoric, they would put THEIR money where their mouth is. No one is stopping any member of Occupy Wilmington from marching to Social Services on 16th/17th Street and giving their money to any individual with their hand out. The members of Occupy Wilmington have the right to give THEIR money to anyone. If Occupy Wilmington/Wall Street members gave their money away then their protest would have some validity.

  • GuestXXX says:

    These people are stupid. Nuff said!

  • HAHAhahaHAHA says:

    With all due respect you must be completely mad! It is not “integrity” to keep paying a 40% underwater mortgage, it is a TERRIBLE business decision. It is a total joke on working folks that “integrity” has anything what-so-ever to due with your debts. Corporations and the rich default, go bankrupt, and walk away everyday. I used to play poker with rich guys every week, and they would laugh about going bankrupt 3 or 4 times, and they couldn’t wait to do it again (and from what here hear, have!!!). I feel bad for you if you are really so deluded as to believe such blatant propaganda!

  • scott chiverton says:

    I am a 100% disabled Veteran receiving a check every month. Are you calling me a free loader?

  • Billy Carlyle says:

    Every person that is on some sort of government help is not freeloading. Some of the people recieving government assistance are laid off employees, laid off by the 1% so they don’t have to give up their bonuses. You might think that the person should do 40 hours of work washing school buses, boxing food, and planting crops… but then how are they supposed to find a real job to replace the one they lost. Oh, I guess they can use the spare time after they get off the labor job and after the kids go to sleep (because they can’t afford childcare)so they can sneak out without waking them up and apply for all the jobs after midnight…. OH dang, they’re not open. I guess since you can’t apply to jobs that aren’t open on weekends, on the weekends, then they should just be happy from losing their.. lets say a job they perhaps made 50,000+ a year to cleaning ditches for the rest of their life. NO, SORRY… the problem is the elite… they didn’t work to get there as you claim… most of them lied, cheated, claimed bankruptcy a few times, scammed on their taxes (yes, the same taxes you are arguing of yours that is going to these programs…. they are getting out of paying), laid off hard workers (like the one who is on government assistance right now) for cheap labor in third world countries or better yet child-labor (it’s cheaper), scammed the consumers by supplying crap service and materials and argue to get out of the warranties that only last a year now (they used to last years when they products were durable), and buy out politicians to make sure laws are passed in their favor and screw the public. It is time for the educated minds out of the 99% of this country to start coming together and changing the system. I don’t want my children to grow-up in a country where they don’t have the opportunity to live the American dream because we allowed the fat cat capitalist to use it up during his prime. Something has to give… and I applaud these people for at least trying to make a difference. Everyone always wants things to change, but then go home and watch tv until they fall asleep. Then wake-up forgetting about any change until the next time they come across it on… yes, their tv again… while watching and falling asleep. A repetitious cycle the government hopes you fall for because it’s their agenda to begin with… suppress the masses by counting on America’s laziness…. and it’s working.

  • Guest Lee says:

    I bought my home almost 35 years ago for $32,000 as a HOME, not an investment. I still live there, have no mortgage, and my home has increased in value to about $140,000. I never plan to sell it because I love it there. And in this economy, it’s really nice to not have a mortgage. Oh yes, and I bought my car in 2002 and it’s paid in full too.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …as an investment?

    Why did you buy it: To live there or to make money on it? To raise your kids there or increase your net worth?

    There’s nothing wrong with real estate investments, but when you view your house as first and foremost an asset, and secondarily your home, you have your priorities all mixed up.

    If you bought it because that’s where you wanted to live, then being “underwater” would mean very little.

    On a side note, defaulting on your mortgage when you still have the ability to pay, simply because you’re underwater, clearly indicates that you have the ethics of that idiot running around town in the spiderman costume robbing gas stations at gun point.

    Identical ethics…..he just has more testosterone and/or backbone.

  • Jen says:

    Give our money away?! We already are! thats the whole point we don’t have anything left to give!!

  • Guest7969 says:

    what your saying is that your word isn’t your bond and that your promise to pay back a loan in WORTHLESS….By your logic..you should NEVER buy ANYTHING…the bank has NO WAY of knowing the housing industry values in the future..when you buy a home you buy it on TODAYS prices…GAMBLING that it will increase in value…that IS NOT the banks fault!…Integrity has EVERYTHING to do with paying your debt! Maybe you didn’t learn that…shame on your parents for not!

  • Guest20 says:

    Brains are not everything. In fact, in your case, they are nothing.

    I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance…..DamnYankees (I always knew it was one word).

  • Jenn says:

    Let’s see. College educated mother of three very intelligent, healthy, non-obese children. Laid off by the 1% because they weren’t getting richer fast enough. Husband died. Now we are the HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE people who need to use food stamps, and Medicaid for the two youngest children, to get by. I pay the remainder of my bills-you don’t.

    There is no father here. I guess I’m just a no good whore freeloader huh? Since you think you know every situation…

    You should really stop the sanctimonious, holier than thou crap and realize that you or someone you care about, if they exist, could easily become part of this vilified 29%.

    And you’re mad about STEAK? A lean steak is one of the best sources of healthy, pure protein that can help fight against obesity when paired with other healthy foods. You should applaud a nice steak since you hate “fatties” so much.

    By the way… I am 5’5 and weigh 130. Do I pass the “fattie” test?

  • Jenn says:

    “You aren’t a true businessman if you’ve never declared bankruptcy”

    Donald Trump

  • ncted says:

    These people are being used by the radical progressive left to advance a socialist agenda.

    Be careful, even good intentions can be used to promote evil.

  • Guest Lee says:

    I think you’re misunderstanding my post. I was expressing how I have been enjoying the fruits of my labor for many years now, free of mortgages and titles, and I haven’t rushed back into debt to buy a more expensive house or car.

    Geeeezzzz Guesty, I thought you could comprehend better than that! Maybe you were just trying to be a smart*ass? If so, you accomplished your mission.

  • guesty says:

    I would hope a car bought in 2002 would be paid off as well as a home purchased 35 years ago.

  • guesty says:

    I’ll try posting again and I will almost bet my earlier post will magically appear.

    Good for you about staying clear of debt and managing your life correctly.
    Don’t worry about my reading comprehension, you should go with the latter of your assumptions.

  • Ignorant much? says:

    this article went across my news feed…I am laughing at all the angry redneck comments…awe…bless your southern redneck hearts…lord knows all the good paying jobs are in the blue states…along with educated people. Glad you can insult a vet though…I can see him front and center…nice, God loving hypocrites you all are…so blindly full of hate while bending over while your corporate master finishes his business…I can’t decide if I should laugh at you are feel sorry that you…sad, pathetic little people in NC, huh?

  • someone literate says:

    I guess if your an idiot and like to settle for your money being stolen…you would think were stupid..you must be living off of well fair and rely on the government…wich is why your content with being taken advantage of..good luck…nuff said..lol

  • WakeUp says:

    The group is leaderless? Really? How about some actual reporting here, instead of stenography?

    Who’s behind Occupy Wall Street? SEIU, ACORN, Working Families Party (socialist), F.I.S.T., AFL-CIO, teachers’ & nurses’ unions, etc etc etc – all LEFTIST causes. And bankrolled by taxpayers to some extent – because unions get bailed out by the government. And of course by evil billionaire George Soros.

    Organic, grassroots movement? Really? Funny, because this website sure looks professionally done:
    http://www.occupytogether.org Plus a very expensive public relations firm is supposedly doing PR work for free for the “unorganized” movement:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/10/03/2011-10-03_occupy_wall_street_protesters_picked_up_by_public_relations_firm_workhouse_probo.html

    And the Working Families Party is hiring people on Craigslist:
    http://yourdaddy.net/2011/10/06/help-wfp-occupywallstreet-and-get-paid-350-to-650-a-week/

    Hundreds & hundreds of people arrested – protesters stormed the Smithsonian Air & Space museum today, so that had to be closed. The streets & parks are filthy & trashed – one protester defecated on a police car:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2046586/Occupy-Wall-Street-Shocking-photos-protester-defecating-POLICE-CAR.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Obama is behind these protests – they benefit him – even though he’s in bed with Wall Street – he got almost $900K from GoldmanSachs alone, dwarfing what McCain got in ’08.

    And stupid people said the Tea Party was a bunch of extremists? Yeah, right.

  • OK Liberal says:

    I gather from this entry that it is WRONG for the Left to have the support of other Liberal groups like AFL-CIO, SEIU, Teachers, Nurses and other unions and even Left Leaning Billioniars but it is perfectly fine for the Right to have the financial backing of the Koch Brother, other billionairs, Freedom Works and other Right Leaning groups. It’s a good thing this Liberal is smart enough to know that I am as entitled to my beleifs as the Right and my views are no less in value than those on the Right. Maybe if the Right realizes that again, we as a nation might be able to come together again and compete in the world markets. Right now we cannot do that becasue we are to busy fighting eachother.

  • nonyadb says:

    Since I’m sure you’re a fan of “The American Spectator” I’m sure you saw the article on the their website by an Agent Provocateur bragging that he was the only one to actually get into the museum. The story was later removed but here the Google Cache of the article: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:4AMiEDzZ2lUJ:spectator.org/archives/2011/10/08/standoff-in-dc+Standoff+in+D.C.&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    As for the mess, the article you referred to stated that most of the protesters are trying very hard to keep the areas clean. I doubt the police and other officials are allowing porta potties to be put in the area.

    I don’t remember the same troubles being highlighted during the protests in Egypt or Lybia, but those protests served corporate and/or American foreign policy interests.

    Go figure.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    It appears that most people who are mentally over the age of ten realize that “economic inequality” has been with us since the dawn of time and will always be a fact of life that adults have to accept. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and you’re going to have to earn yours just like we all earned ours – in this world, no one GIVES you anything.

  • guesty says:

    There is a free lunch, free housing, free cell phone, free medical and free utilities assistance. All you have to do is master taking up space, breathing & for added money, breeding.
    Since we pay for them to exist, we should get a benefit from them. The recipient of welfare should come mow the yard once a week, clean the gutters in the fall & rake leaves. Only in government can we throw dollar after dollar without results and think it is a successful program.

  • Guest461 says:

    …bilking the American citizens to gain wealth is yet another! We all know the thieving antics that goes on on Wall Street and that many billions of dollars have rushed into their pockets in a shady manner. Even the SEC turns their back to it.
    There’s no telling how many Madeoffs are still pulling their scams as we speak. While I agree with your post, an “honest method” of gaining wealth these days takes the back seat on a long bus to the purveyors of absolute greed, dishonesty and cheating for wealth gain. I read about it every day and that’s what gets my gall. Those with honor and integriy simply can’t play the game.

  • Wave says:

    This is really ridiculous. They don’t understand what and why they are gathering. What they are really standing for is communism…the redistrubution of wealth. What they don’t understand is there is always someone who is wealthy and powerful. At least within capitalism, the wealth is controlled by people…not government. When governmnent takes over, the only wealthy ones ARE THE GOVERNMENT.

  • flames says:

    Look at the government now what do you have socialism the american people have elected our karl marx we are headed for ruin

  • C-Man says:

    So now we hear from Nonsense… The champion of what I don’t understand. He sounds like an anarcist; just wants to tear down with no thought of what to rebuild. Remember how well we were doing 12 years ago? Maybe that business and government model should be re-visited instead of having a do-nothing congress dominated by republicans whose only agenda is vote no to everything that doesn’t benefit the 1%ers. By the way are you a Tea Bagger, Christian Coalition, or a John Bircher? I’m just trying to find out with which far right fringe group you associate yourself.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I present facts, you simply insult me. (Ooooh, and it hurts SOOOOOOO much!)

    Twelve years ago? Yeah, we were doing great:

    1. The oil patch had collapsed and unemployment in parts of TX, LA, and OK was hitting double digits. People had lost bundles in oil stocks and commodity trading. (I went out on a limb and threw $200k into energy stocks and energy services. By 2007 I was convinced that it was the smartest move I ever made. Just threw that in to tick you off even more!)

    2. We were about to face the “dot com” bubble bursting. Investors lost billions, and people saw the value of their IRAs and 401ks plummet. I wasn’t very big into technology stocks (not my area of expertise) so I lost very little.

    3. We just had a president impeached for committing perjury, a felony. Of course, the Democrat-controlled Senate said that committing a felony while in office was okay. The Arkansas Bar disagreed, and disbarred ol’ look-in-the-camera-and-lie Bill.

    BTW, mister short memory, the Congress (hence the purse string) was controlled by Democrats from 2007 through 2010. During that time our deficit and debt skyrocketed, and unemployment surged.

    Those are all FACTS, so go ahead and start calling me names.

    It’s all you’ve got….

  • C-Man says:

    Those are the facts, Nonsense.
    1. Unemployment in 1999 was 4.2%.
    2. The only years since 1976 with average annual gains in national debt occurred when Republicans were in office. The biggest was under your idol, Ronald Reagan.
    3. As a % of GDP nat debt has been trending worse since 2000 when the Rhodes scholar George Bush was president.
    4. “Trickle down” or “VooDoo” economics does not work. Where are all the jobs the “Job Creators” have created?
    5. BTW, the Chief Prosecutor of President Clinton was unfaithful to his wife as well as Newt Gingrich was to his.
    You seem very sure of yourself, which is good. You’re just wrong.
    You still didn’t answer my question about which fringe group you most identify with,

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Better check your history, Albert.

    See, my facts are FACTS. Your facts are what I like to call “made up or pure opinion.”

    Who mentioned anything about infidelity? I mentioned PERJURY. LYING UNDER OATH. You know…..a FELONY. Clinton’s impeachment had nothing to do with his dalliances.

    Obviously the fringe group I belong to is “People who know what they’re talking about,” and that troubles you.

  • C-Man says:

    Still flogging Clinton are we, Nonsense?
    National debt percent of GDP went up by:
    1. Reagan 189%
    2. Bush 1 55.6%
    3. Clinton 36%
    4. Bush 2 89%
    5. Obama 34%
    Even you can read this and see what the REAL facts are.
    How about lying about WMD and getting innocent young men killed. Which is worse? I don’t remember anyone dying over Clinton’s lies.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Sorry. This has gotten TOO silly. You’re all over the place and pick selective issues while ignoring anything else that rains on your fantasy parade. I referred to Bush as a liberal president in my original post, but you somehow think I’m defending Bush. I mention how things were also crappy ten years ago and you somehow think I’m bashing your impeached buddy, who YOU think was impeached for fooling around. Plus, you totally discount the fact that Democrats were in charge of the House for the last two years of Bush’s presidency, spending money like drunken sailors.

    There’s no sense in continuing this. It’s a waste of time.

    BTW, since I DON’T ignore the RARE facts you bring up, if you look at the RATE of debt increase under Obama, he’s set to eclipse Bush’s record by a long shot. That’s what makes the prospect of a second term so frightening.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Are you totally ignorant of what the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is doing to the banking industry?

    Also, remember that GS, WFC, JPM and USB (among others) were FORCED to take bailout money by then Secretary of the Treasury Paulsen, and they have all repaid the bailout money WITH INTEREST. The treasury made money on the bailout.

    If you want to get mad at the right people, look to Washington, not Wall Street. We’ve had three Liberal, big government presidents in a row, and a Congress from 2006 to 2010 that was dominated by people slightly left of Trotsky. Our economy is a direct result of THEIR tinkering and outright interference.

  • guesty says:

    Common, you know better than to argue with an idiot like c-man. Idiots attempt to drag you down to their IQ level and then will beat you with experience. Or the other saying of don’t argue with an idiot because those watching may have trouble telling who is who.

  • guesty says:

    If they really want an experience, they should take all their money (both dollars) and light it on fire. Then they should go sit at the low tide mark and wait for high tide.

  • JAGS says:

    Occupy Wall Street: PURPOSE

    (October 7, 2011) “Ron Paul says that the Wall Street protests are legitimate, and that they are really protesting against the Federal Reserve.”

    1. Read the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

    2. Pay special attention to “Maiden Lane” in the above article: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maiden_Lane_Transactions)

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …if they were protesting against the Federal Reserve only, I might even be out there with them. You’re missing the big picture, and I suggest you start listening, really listening, to their words.

    I have not heard one protester yet mention the Federal Reserve. What I have heard is “seizing profits from big banks and big oil.”

    I’ve heard several mention various forms of redistributing wealth or “…taking money from the wealthy.”

    I’ve heard the bold-faced lie, that “…the rich aren’t paying their fair share” ad nauseum.

    I’ve heard about “…all of us sharing and not being greedy, so we can all live in prosperity.”

    This has nothing to do with the Federal Reserve. It has everything to do with the beginning of a typical Communist insurgency, one that is starting to reveal George Soros’ money backing up Obama’s class warfare hysteria. They are now freely admitting that some “demonstrators” are being PAID to show up! Where is that money coming from? Of course, not all are paid. As we saw yesterday, many are young dolts still shielded and supported by mommy and daddy’s money, middle-aged losers who blame their life’s failures on everyone but themselves, and lonely people who just want to be “cool.”

    I look forward to meeting them at my local bank branch, and highly encourage them to try and block my access.

  • John Osmar says:

    Beggars looking for handouts! Just how many of the wealthiest 1% of Americans do you think live in Wilmington, NC?

  • Reginald Denny says:

    1, and that is only temporary. Many visit the area and have summer homes here… but the answer is still… 1

  • Ignorant much? says:

    never in my life…I am a JOB CREATOR…only, I am informed…and I fully support the 99%…those that don’t are truly ignorant…sorry

  • 1% says:

    One good QUISTION to ask these 99%’s. How many of you receive a Government check every month? I work hard and average about 200hrs a month. I am so sick of the 29% of Americans who can work but choose not to and get a GOVERNMENT check every month! These LEECHES are going to drain our GOVERNMENT dry!!!!!!!!

  • jem says:

    I am so sick of hearing your ignorant generalizations. I have a job. I don’t collect anything from the government. Wake up. If you honestly think the welfare crowd is protesting… Get a clue. Even with your special “200 hours” I doubt you are in the 1%. You’re just too brainwashed to see it. Go ahead, continue to be a pawn and puppet to the government. They want you to speak out against this as not to make waves. Congrats on trading your mind for the capitalist dream you so blindly chase. We aren’t stupid. We are fed up that the politicians chosen to lead for the PEOPLE are in the pockets of corporations, banks, and are bidding for everyone except their constituency. Keep your rose colored glasses on while people like you help drive this country to Hell.

  • Guest ACWhit says:

    Looks like folks like this commenter just does not get it!
    Where are our jobs going? Who is resposible?
    Do the research and understand that the FED is very much involved in sending our jobs offshore, and do not resort to that BS that Americans priced themselves out of the market. Only those that are ignorant of the FED system will try to raise that point.
    Best thing one can do is serious research do not depend on corporate control media for your answers.
    I believe in capitalisim but our criminal govt wants collectivism, socialism and communism to replace our Republic with.
    By the way I have a good paying job and I do not excuse myself to criticizing those that are victims of criminal govt nor should anyone else.
    END THE FED.

  • Guest ACWhit says:

    Looks like folks like this commenter just does not get it!
    Where are our jobs going? Who is resposible?
    Do the research and understand that the FED is very much involved in sending our jobs offshore, and do not resort to that BS that Americans priced themselves out of the market. Only those that are ignorant of the FED system will try to raise that point.
    Best thing one can do is serious research do not depend on corporate control media for your answers.
    I believe in capitalisim but our criminal govt wants collectivism, socialism and communism to replace our Republic with.
    By the way I have a good paying job and I do not excuse myself to criticizing those that are victims of criminal govt nor should anyone else.
    END THE FED.

  • Free loading Marine says:

    Im a service connected disabled Vet. I get a check every month. I’m not a leech.Remember there are reasons for getting SSD. If it’s so EASY to get WHY ( Don’t tell me you wernt raised to take free money! ) dont more of you guys who think everyone is scamming the system go get some free money apply for the free money? ..Only it aint free…Being disabled will cost me years out of my life. Getting a “Free” check every month for being disabled was not a life goal of mine when I was younger.

  • Trying says:

    Not as many as you may think. What about individuals that are trying and due to the economy just can not make it. I may not be a doctor, lawyer, banker or someone that you may see as a highly integral part of the community but I do my part. I am right there with you in agreeing that there are way too many people that abuse the system. It seems that the people who are against these movements only see it in one way … low lifes against the rich. I believe these movements are for the middle people those that work everyday to better their community, the ones that want to be a part of the bigger picture. It is their way to get their voice out and if it is not directly affecting you then why not let them have their voice as long as it is peaceful. One day you might want to do the same.

  • 28472 says:

    The more I hear – the more I like. ???

  • Guest2012 says:

    Freeloading Liberals Encouraging Anarchy.

    Let’s just watch and see how the president continues to
    encourage these numbskulls…while calling good solid Americans
    “SOFT.”

  • paul says:

    more like a red bug-under your skin and sucking the life out of you

  • C-Man says:

    Oh, that was so witty! Did you think that up by yourself or did a 5th grader help you?
    I suppose you like that the big lending institutions help get us in this economic mess. We bailed them out, they had no repercussions, and they are making more money than ever. Meanwhile, everybody’s net worth has fallen, there are more houses than ever in repo status, and unemployment is at 9.1%. How much more does it take before you get mad at the right people?
    Obama didn’t do this; the bailout was worked out under the previous administration. So, if you want to be mad, be mad at the right people.

  • Guest238 says:

    I’d love to meet you. Name the time and place.

  • C-Man says:

    Excuse me, did you forget the Koch brothers funded the tea baggers to the tune of 38 million dollars?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    You guys were so shell-shocked by the Tea Party that you are still sufferring from PTSD had to have one of your own….and you think this is your version of the Tea Party.

    There’s one big difference, however. We saw it in November of 2008. The Tea Party was a broad based movement that stirred America to her roots, and we’ll be seeing it again in November of 2012. Your “tea party” is the usual collection of lazy weirdos, Socialists, unions, and absolute crazies that support the left.

    Of course the Koch brothers contributed to the Tea Party. They are rich conservatives. Rupert Murdoch did too. So did I.

    Um…did we uncover any evidence of Tea Party protesters being PAID to demonstrate, however? No, we did not. Much like the number of arrests, you guys are trendsetters who are way out in front. Please keep it up. No Tea Party member would ever have thought of defecating on a police car, for example.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    See you at the bank, missy.

  • Guest238 says:

    Which one?

  • C-Man says:

    Just as I thought, you’re a TEA BAGGER! I should know better than respond to you because my grandfather said “Never argue with a crazy person, because you can’t win and it makes you look as stupid as they are”. So long.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I give money to the UJA, but I’m not Jewish. I used to give lots of money to two Native American charities, but I’m 100% WASP.

    If I’m a Tea Party member, why do I vote for McIntyre? If I’m in the Tea Party, why am I pro-choice and why am I in favor of leagalizing all drugs?

    You obviously like to pigeonhole people into categories that you can easily handle. Sorry if I don’t fit into your neat little filing system.

  • guesty says:

    That is the problem, we respect the Office of the President, we just can’t respect a man that has never had a job other than being a politician. He has about as much sense leading this country as my dog would have driving a car.

  • B-Real says:

    Your a retard. Our Karl Marx? Seriously? Respect the Office, idiot.

  • Guest1776 says:

    I absolutely will fight against anarchy, socialism, and communism. That’s what most of those morons on the street want.

    Who’s funding them? Soros, the billionaire who ruined the lives of retirees who had their retirement accounts wiped out when he broke the Bank of England. And even bragged about it. Why don’t you go march on Soros’ hedge fund offices? Go march on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – because that’s who’s ruining the economy, deliberately.

    Who’s paying for bus rides, the food, etc? When Tea Party folks came to DC for Beck’s rally, WE PAID OUR OWN WAY.

    Oh, if those bad old, mean old Republicans would only get along ….

    Too late. The Leftist Obama worshippers have awakened a sleeping giant. No way are we going to roll over & succomb to Leftist totalitarian rule. NO WAY.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …we’ll keep fighting.

  • Matt P says:

    You sir, are an idiot. No one is funding the Occupy Wilmington group but the members. I understand that like most conservatives you have a problem understaning the difference between facts and propaganda spewed by Fox News and right wing drug addicts like Rush (where’s my dope at?) Limbaugh. However, I can assure you that we have recieved no funds from Soros or any one else or any orginazation whatsoever. We are also not socialists. Of course for you to understand that you would actually have to understand what socialism actually is and I doubt that is the case. What we ARE advocating is a return to sensable banking regulations, the kind that existed before the Reagan administration (where we a socialist nation then?), the end of the notion of Corp. personhood, the reduction if not elimination of the influence of big money on our goverment and elections. Which one of those ideas are socialist guest 1776? By the way, I have run a small business here in Wilmington for 16 years and am not looking for a handhout from anyone. I have no problem with Capitalism, I just have a problem with abuses of it.

  • Mumofthree says:

    One way we can change our broken government is to pay attention to
    what our elected officials are doing. How are they voting on bills
    that could put people to work or tax that top 1% to help balance the
    economy. What is being done to crack down on the top feeders in the
    banking industry/wall street?

    We can change things with our votes. If they aren’t working for a
    better America they shouldn’t be in office. Above all…vote! Get
    out and vote. America’s voters are getting younger, more informed,
    and we have far more independents than ever before. We are the 99%
    and change will happen.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …that WWAY would add a tallying “like” button. You are 100% spot on.

  • Guest238 says:

    If writing on this board is all you do, then you have already rolled over. You just don’t know it yet.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I know me, you don’t.

    I’ll be fifty-nine soon and could retire right now if I chose to because of “Wall Street.” I could live off dividends and interest.

    When I can buy $10k in corporate bonds on a Wednesday and sell them the following Tuesday at an $875.00 profit, I’d say that anyone who doesn’t take the time to learn the basics of investing and avail themselves of money-making opportunities beyond passbook savings accounts and CDs is simply missing out because of ignorance and fear.

    Please note that I don’t hand my money to anyone beyond the broker who places my orders. I manage my own investments, I make my own calls. On those rare occasions where I don’t make money, I have no one to blame but me.

  • Guest461 says:

    …it’s not always about YOU Commonse… I’m talking about the money wranglers out there with their shifty deals shuffling millions of dollars a day in a shell game, not your silly 875 clam profit, that’s honest money. I’m talking about the Madeoffs, the Kenneth Lay’s, Jeffery Skilling’s and the other con-artists in that business. I’m talking about the lame SEC that appears to have the credentials of Barney Fife and the prowess of a deaf earthworm. Where do you think all of that money came from? Where did it go? Was the SEC not watching? Who pays? 3 guesses and the first two don’t count.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Bernie Madoff – in prison

    Jeffrey Skilling – in prison

    Kenneth Lay – heading to prison, but he did us a favor and died

    Yep! The system is obviously broken!

    The problem is that you equate these incompetent boobs and thieves with “Wall Street.” You believe they are representative of an entire indutry and indeed, all industries. What percentage of large cap stocks did Enron represent, however, and Bernie Madoff represented what percentage of financial advisor firms? If you had any idea of the size of the global financial markets, you’d realize how rare these people are.

    “Wall Street” is every single person with an IRA or a 401k. It’s pension funds, union retirement funds, and tens of millions of individual investors. It’s retired teachers and grandmothers getting a check from a state retirement fund or her late husband’s job at Norfolk Southern.

    If it was nothing but scammers, cheats, thieves, and liars, why would people invest money there. Why would it continue, on and on, year after year?

    It continues on because most people make money. That’s what you’re missing and what annoys these Socialist cockroaches from OWS. Lots of people are making money, but they’re not.

    I’d advise being more selective with whom you align yourself. These are not the dogs you should choose to lie with.

  • C-Man says:

    Leave Nonsense alone. He’s a Tea Bagger, he doesn’t know any better.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Riiiiight!

  • Guest7969 says:

    You support the .00049342%..if you can do math…and if your a job creator NAME your job creating business…all this is for SOCIALISM..if you cannot see that you shouldn’t be voting…

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