Wall Street Protesters Converge In Minneapolis

Web Extra: Pictures From Minneapolis Protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maggie Babb is bitter, and angry at the government.

And at the ripe old age of 16, she’s taking a stand.

“A lot of young people today are angry and they are upset about the society we live in, but they are not being proactive about it,” she said. “I’m obligated to come out here to represent my life and my family.”

Babb joined hundreds of others gathered Friday at the Hennepin County Government Center plaza to show solidarity with the nationwide Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, organized to decry corporate greed and the gap between the rich and poor. Friday’s protest — the start of what organizers hope will be an occupation of the plaza until reforms are made — was festive as participants spoke out on everything from poverty and corporate America to war and police brutality.

On a warm fall day, people shared coffee, painted signs and held rallies, chanting “We are the 99 percent” — contrasting themselves with the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. People held signs saying: “Protect the middle class” and “Corporations are not people.”

There were no arrests early Friday, and authorities have said they will allow the protesters to stay on the plaza as long as certain rules were followed, such as no tents, fires or power generators. Some members of the group broke away for a march to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. It was peaceful, with police stopping traffic for protesters.

Politicians stopped by to listen to concerns or voice support. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he’s not sure what message the group will have, but it’s important that their voices be heard.

“I really support grass-roots democracy. … The biggest enemy of democracy right now is apathy,” Rybak said.

Former Minn. Gov. Jesse Ventura also greeted protesters, saying he’s motivated by a movement against corporations taking over the government.

One of the organizers of Occupy Minnesota, Osha Karow, said the Minnesota group is standing in solidarity with demands of Occupy Wall Street, and would hold meetings to determine its own list of demands. While there is no specific focus, Karow said, it’s important for the masses to unite.

“There isn’t a focus, and that’s the point. It’s not about what we are standing for; it’s about us coming together to stand for something,” he said. “What matters is that we want change to occur.”

The Occupy Wall Street protests started in New York on Sept. 17, and several protests have popped up nationwide since then.

The Minnesota crowd included people of all ages, and a significant share of senior citizens, including Minneapolis resident Lee Ross, 85.

“Corporations are controlling more and more of our lives and the economy of the country,” Ross said. “Now they are being treated as persons. In the meantime young people really have nothing to look forward to.”

Babb, who had “99%” painted on her face, attends Loring Nicollet Alternative High School and got a pass to skip class. She wanted to take a stand against police brutality and capital punishment and said she gets mad at people in power.

“Our society can’t run as an anarchy, but it can’t run like this,” she said.

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  • Joe Hanson

    How long before the human waste begins to pile up?

    • Let me tell ya

      I’m a rich guy, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that you folks don’t understand how badly me and my buddies on Wall Street have robbed the lights out of you yokels. And we’re gonna keep doing it for as long as we can get away with it.

      Keep up the good work, and remember: if I have it, you don’t!!

      • Working

        Oh, funny! But I can just imagine how you rich Wall Street folks will look (and smell) when the yokels who pick up your trash and clean your toilets are out of jobs.

        • Let me tell ya

          Who cares? There’ll always be someone you could pay to do it. I’d just hire some chump away from WalMart

          • Jon Woll

            God love ya, and God love the bear market. Who’s making money? We’re making money!

      • snowman

        You are a piece of excrement! Long live obama!!

    • Tax *EVERYONE 1%

      Make $1,000 per year you pay $10 a year for taxes/to support YOUR government.
      Make $10,000 per year you pay $100 a year for taxes/to support YOUR government.
      Make $100,000 per year you pay $1000 a year for taxes/to support YOUR government.
      Make $1,000,000 per year you pay $10,000 a year for taxes/to support YOUR government.
      Make $1,000,000,000 per year you pay $10,000,000,000 a year for taxes/to support YOUR government.
      Together we can!

      • Stop the insanity!

        AND rethink/redo our welfare system. It’s all the *FREELOADERS sucking this country dry. Sad to say, the lefties/democrats/liberals are giving *them more and more….they’re just BUYING their votes for the next election.
        Sorry, but how many HEALTHY 30 year olds with “Bipolar” can we support?? I’m depressed too…but I’m a contributing member of society AND working my butt off!!

      • jan

        That’ sounds good but I make $100,000 a year and pay $22,000 in federal tax alone. Tell me, how can I reduce my taxes fo $1000 a year?

      • James

        Really? Make $1 million dollars per year, you pay $10 million dollars a year? You’re a genius buddy.

        … and that’s why you’re broke. How about basic math?

        • Get you GED James!

          How about basic math? YOU’RE THE “Genius”…..clearly it reads make one billion pay 10 million.
          How’s that GED working for you James?????????

    • ty
  • Dale Gribble

    These anarchists and communists (and their DFL fellow travellers) are in open rebellion against the laws of God and the United States of America. Their actions are treasonous and they should be treated as enemies of the state. Their property should be confiscatd and they should all be given fair trials and executed. Ron Paul in 2012!!! God Bless America !!!! Support Our Troops!!!

    • HaHa!!

      Why that’s pretty funny. Really stupid, but pretty funny

    • Tom

      @ Dale Gribble

      They are entitled to do this just as much as yout nutty tea party are! Once again conservatives want it both way.

      • vicki

        Tom, the Tea Party was spitting on black congressmen as they walked into the capitol. That was some time ago but it says what the tea party is all about — racism.

    • jim rockford

      Your statement says a lot more about YOU than them!
      North Korea Much?

      • ???

        It’d be a little more interesting if your statement made sense. Not much, but a little.

    • Fellow Travelers?

      Hey Ho!! Let’s hear it for the ’50s, General LeMay!!!

    • Huxley

      “America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, ‘It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.’ It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and thereforre more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking etstablishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: ‘If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?’ There will also be an American frag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.”

      Kurt Vonnegut/Slaughterhouse 5

      • Dale Gribble

        Another Communist. Go back to Cuba, “comrade”.

        • Citizen

          Give it up, Dale. Kurt Vonnegut was a soldier who fought for the U.S. and was a POW in Germany. A great man, a patriot, and a great writer whose voice is sorely missed in these times.

          • Dale Gribble

            Sure, he fought against the Nazis in WW2, just like Moscow did. All part of the Popular Anti-Facist Front. He was still as red as rare roast beef, and far from a patriot, but rather an internationalist tool of the NWO. No wonder he’s your hero.

            • Tom

              @ Dale Gribble

              Where do get your information from?

              • less dribble please

                It’s more dribble from the gribble. sigh

                • As jack said

                  Go Dale Go! These people can’t figure it out yet lol. People its not the content with Dale. ;)

              • Reality sucks

                No, it’s figured out. It’s the conspiracy, isn’t it Rusty Shackleford?

    • Big Bill

      Mr. Gribble…you forgot to also say “PRAISE JESUS!!!”

  • Jim

    Oh, I can hardly wait for the Professional Protesters to arrive. Heck, we have not been blessed by their well mannered, presence since the RNC in St Paul. And just think how much they will add to our local economy. Police officers, attorneys, hospitals and others will all be needed – perhaps in overtime mode – to accommodate these folks. Yep, they are a Godsend to Minnesota. Let us just hope God decides to redirect them to somewhere else.

  • Chaseme

    If the protesters spend as much time making their own jobs instead of picketing then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    It’s easy to blame someone else for your problems but far more difficult to look in the mirror and get your hustle on.

    If you don’t like the corporate world (AKA ‘the man’) then get out of it, work for yourself, and stop whining.

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Well put.

      • lou

        I think there is a nice new bridge close by they could use to get out of the hustle.

        • ha

          Too bad they don’t and that bridge collapses.

    • Tom

      @ Chaseme

      Its funny how you mention personal repsonsibilty but conservatives are not blaming themselves for their problems they are blaming the man in the White House. Conservatives need to get out of their land of fantasy!

      • jim rockford

        Spot on!!

    • ZzZzZz

      I agree – If they spent half as much time looking for a job as they did blaming people for not having one….well, you know the rest

  • Runaway

    The Federal Reserve is the head of the snake and when the American people finally figure it out what’s really been going on they will be very angry. This is just the beginning. Corrupt politicians from both sides have sold our country out to the highest bidder. We as a country need to get behind Ron Paul because he’s the only one that has been telling us the truth.

    • waste

      Well said. But they don’t want to get out, they want a hand out.

      • Tom

        @ Waste

        So all those people who stand in line are just doing it for the hell of it just to pass the time. Would you say that if you knew there were conservatives standing in those lines?

        • waste

          Hey Tom, enlighten us. What are these people protesting?

          • Tom

            @ waste

            I know what these people are protesting. They are mad as hell at Wall Street, Banks, etc. I have made postings on other sites that the only thing they have wrong on their banners is that it is not 99% vs 1%, you can take about 25% off that 99% because that represents the lower to middle class conservatives who don’t mind bending over for the big guys at the top. I am responding to people who are making comments why these people are not waiting in line at the unemployment office looking for work which these people are doing everyday. If they were as lazy as some of you claim they wouldn’t spend all day in those lines they would be at home laying in their lazy boy recliners and watching judge shows. If people like you want to criticize them for being at a protest instead of looking for a job then maybe people like you should tell them where the JOBS ARE!

            And I didn’t exactly hear you people critizing the Tea Party when they held their rallies calling Obama a socialst, when in fact we all are. My point being if these people want to protest that is their right just as it was the Tea Party’s right to do the samething. And you didn’t hear us calling the Tea Party anti – american or treasonist for protesting, we called them nutty but that is the truth.

            • waste

              @Tom, keep drinking the Obamy coolaid.
              You’re wrong on many points.
              One, you assume I did or did not agree with completely unassociated topics.
              Two, you assume all these people are looking for jobs. I know for a fact some people planning on attending lost their job, but are waiting for the two years to be up before they look for another one.
              Three, that banks are the problem.
              Four, you are obviously paid to blog on sights for an agenda.
              Five, they are there to get a bigger handout.

              • just sayin

                Funny. I know someone who did exactly that too.

            • Tired of the BS

              That’s because the Tea Party was organized and respectful with a single message. LESS GOVERNMENT!

              By the way, I just passed a McDonalds and they are hiring managers and associates. Sorry it’s not the CEO/CFO position you think you’re entitled to, but you have to start somewhere.

  • ItsTheGovenmentStupid

    The problem we are all facing has been caused by the Government, not businesses.
    The politicians need to deflect the blame, so they pick Uncle Scrooge.

    Tell me one thing in this economy that big business caused?
    Also, why does Obama say millionaires instead of people who earn a million? Taxes tax the Earners, not the people sitting on their wealth.

    Government caused the housing bubble.
    Government caused the credit bubble.
    Government is taxing the heck out of anyone who works.
    Government is discouraging anyone from saving money.

    I am not against the government governing, but when they get into loans, businesses, the economy, they always mess it up.

    • just sayin

      So then picket the white house. Not wall street.

    • think about it

      Consider that the corporations (and the rich) are running the government these days. Consider the millions of dollars large corporations make in profits but don’t pay taxes on (General Electric is but one example). Consider the millions of dollars “donated” to political campaigns and political causes. Why don’t they use this money to hire people instead of spending it on political commercials to try to sway people one way or the other? Think about it. These individuals, as well as all of us, have a right to peaceful assembly–its in the constitution (Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.)

    • Reasonable

      big business isn’t hiring while sitting on more cash than they ever have in history. The welath gap and wage gap and income gap grow more and more every year. The top 1% owns nearly 90% of the wealth, yet Jason Lewis will tell you they pay too much because they pay nearly 45% of income taxes. Smart guy that one… Use a true fact to back up a ridiculous opinion.

      Big business (mainly the banking industry), with their powerful lobbying efforts were able to create the mortgage derivitive market that essentially traded bad debt (Jason will tell you they did this because they knew the debt was backed by Fannie/Freddie, this is only marginally true) and the only profit made was on the fees of the trade. These people were buying the same thing they just sold, for more than they sold it, just to make a transaction show up on the P&L sheet.
      In the end it was this movement of debt on and off of balance sheets that slowed down the housing indistry to the point that the bubble burst. Blame it on sub-prime loans that the government “forced” upon the banking industry, but I say blame it on the Adjustable Rate Mortgage scam that got people into homes they couldn’t afford on loands they couldn’t afford simply so that the banks could repo the homes and sell them again without any loss. You christian types will call this sinful usuary but instead blame it on the person who had the loan not being able to pay their mortgage every month when it went up 500% over the course of 5 years. If your monthly payment is $1,000 a month, could you afford a $3,500 three years from now, despite a 5% raise (if you’re lucky) in the same time. I mean c’mon, you signed the paper, PAY YOUR BILLS!!!!

      Yeah, doesn’t make much sense does it?

      Is the govt the answer? Nope. We are. We The People. Sounds nice doesn’t it?

      • ItsTheGovenmentStupid

        Thank you, nice commnet. You make some wonderful points.

        People, not the businesses, decided to take out adjustable rate mortgages. Why, they were greedy. Don’t blame the business when it was the people’s choice. When my loan officer suggested an arm, I looked at him and said “Can you guarantee the rate won’t be higher than the fixed rate now?” When he said no, I took out a 30 year fixed at 5.5%. My choice.
        The issue is with idiots. Most people who took out adjustable mortgages and lost their homes only have themselves to blame. Find out the facts before you sign anything.
        Most college students who take out credit cards should be lumped in the same group.
        If the loans were not guaranteed by the government, the banks would not have approved them.

        The big push is for Government to create laws to protect the 98% idiots in this country from making bad choices.

        Thanks for making my point. It is the government that is causing hard ships, and then blaming the private sector.

  • just sayin

    Hilarious… a bunch of stupid kids who don’t even have any money in stocks or banks anyway. Whats to protest other than other peoples success. Most of these kids are unemployed I take it.

    • Working

      I can’t speak for all of the protesters, but the ones that I personally know all have jobs. Proffessional jobs. They are protesting corporate greed and government ambivalance. And maybe they are trying to wake-up narrow minded people who assume that the world is wonderful because they themselves have a job and a large-screen TV (where they can sit at home and watch life pass by).

      • lou

        I bet those “Professional” jobs are related to the union, government entities that provide handouts, or universities. Am I right?

        • just sayin

          Spot on Lou… spot on.

          Judging from the comments the article makes, one of the “students” is a grocery store worker. Thats professional.

          Hey I am not a rich man myself, but I do have a fancy car, and a large screen tv, and a couple houses. But it’s called BUDGETING.

          I also LOVE this :

          “Wake up — when you support capitalism you create the problem”

          LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! So if you don’t have capitalism, then what? Nobody makes any money… how does that help the economy then? What a bunch of fools!

          • pat

            Welcome to the soviet union of Obama and Soros. No one works hard, everyone gets their home, food, etc from Obama and can bow at his feet and kiss his ring.

            • just sayin

              Well he can kiss my …

  • Doug T

    A good comment noted:

    “I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point…..”

  • jeff J

    People are losing there job’s and ther homes as theywatch the price of gas,milk,food go up. Paychecks are not getting any bigger. Then we watch big banks get bailouts as the people suffer. Something is wrong with this nation…very,very wrong.

    They need to mach on the Federal reserve. THATS where the greeed really is.

    • Dooug T

      Yes – we need a leader – and one that does not do so from the rear….

      And “The Big Banks” got bailouts (which was wrong) in an effort to save jobs. We were going over a cliff at that point. We prevented the market place from clearing out all the bogus socially encouraged/mandated lending bad debt – and according we are now paying the price of living insanely beyond our means, while the Fed is attempting to push a string with its activities and printing money out of thin air – the chinese are laughing all the way to the bank….

      • you gotta think

        Not just to save jobs dude – because those are WORLD banks. Without them, you do realize that it would be a GLOBAL disaster?
        There is NO WAY they’d let those banks fail. It would be worse than the depression. It would mean a massive collapse.

    • insignificant

      yeah,always gotta be baCKWARDS WITH BIG gOV,eh?…the bail-out shoulda went to every household with the stipulaTION your credit gets paid off/down,your mortgages are paid up,then what ever was left ,use for whatever,then the banks coulda got their monies ‘n’,and some debt coulda got shucked in ALL TRANSPARENCY,…but no…give it to bankster thugs(mainly central banksters in the end) where the $$ have no apparent clear destination…crooks!

      • insignificant

        crooks…crooked…twisted…like a candle wick…wicked…the new serfdom appears to be at hand,eh?

      • leroy

        Why should anyone bailout someone else for a stupid mistake? That just rewards people to be more irresponsible.
        Let them lose their home, let the banks go into bankruptcy, let idiots fail. That is the only way they will learn.

        • Citizen

          @leroy. Of course, we should, leroy. And if they get sick and don’t have health insurance or can’t afford to go to a doctor/hospital, we’re supposed to let them die. Isn’t that what was applauded recently at a GOP debate? That and the fact that while the GOP is against abortion, it is certainly FOR the death penalty. And just disregard the fact that there have been legal reversals of the sentences to prisoners on death row. The hypocrisy of the CONservatives, the GOP, and the religious right is overwhelming.

  • Doug T



    In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the IRS. Yet that was less than 1 percent of returns with incomes above $1 million. On average, taxpayers who made $1 million or more paid 24.4 percent of their income in federal income taxes; those making $100,000 to $125,000 paid 9.9 percent; those making $50,000 to $60,000 paid 6.3 percent

    • Doug T

      Oh and the bottom 50% payed no federal taxes at all – That Is Insane……No one should get free government services – Even if we have them sweeping the streets or painting walls – everyone needs to add some productivity to the economy.

      • Citizen

        The bottom 50% paid plenty of taxes: social security tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, gas tax, use tax, etc.

        • gov.spending.prob

          It sounds like everyone pays their fair share.

        • Sorry

          Not nearly enough, the poor need to pay their fair share – they are the ones that use the most government.

          When you get the lazy poor people to pay up you will be taken seriously

        • corrupt

          When someone is left out of paying a tax, they always want it to be raised.
          Everyone should have a hand in paying.
          What we do if we did not have the millionaires? Would we still have to collect the same amount of taxes? Would we still need the roads for those who do not pay?
          Think about it.
          It is so easy to demonize the other guy.

  • Tom

    You conservatives are something else. These protestors are doing the samething that the Tea party is doing but yet you call these protestors un-american, treason, lazy, etc. But yet on the other hand you give the Tea Party a pass. You tell these protestors to picket the White House since their is a Dem in the White House, but if there was Repub in the White House and they would pciket in front of the White House you once again call them treasonist, un-american. Conservatives are BIGGEST group of HYPROCRITs ever!

    • Will

      You are a complete idiot. These stupid hippies arent protesting government, they are protesting Business. If someone (Gov’t) gave you a handout, you would take it too. That is what these companies are doing. Not one conservative in this comment section has complained about business, its all the GOV’T!!!!! If the bank that currently ownes your car or house came up to you and said they would wipe it clean would you take it?? Of course you would, and thats what the gov’t offered these business. Protest GOV’T not those being helped by them…..stop the one who is feeding the child, not the child for eating. You Liberals are a bunch of PUKES!!!!!!

      • G Dog

        You make me laugh, Will. You have been so brainwashed by the Tea Party mumb-jumbo that you don’t realize that Wall Street, Banks and big-time CEOs are using you to fatten their pockets and hope you continue to regurgitate the lies that they feed you so that they can get even richer.

        • Will

          and G- Dog, first of all your name makes you sound like a washed up clown, secondly please make a point before i have to waste my time reading your stupid rebutle. If your so for the movement why arent you joining the crusade??? Easy to laugh from your recliner as you drink your herbal tea and take shots of your wheat grass. What exactly are you fighting for? Looks like your the follower and the one being told what to do……

          • Citizen

            @Will. Your incoherent, name-calling rant would be ever so much more impressive if you could spell “rebutle.” Rebuttal…. as it were.

            • for will

              As is your feeble attempt to spell “you’re” properly.

        • Citizen

          @G Dog. I’m sure Will also believes that the collapse of Wall Street in 1929 because of using derivatives (later illegal, then legal again under Bush), didn’t cause the Great Depression, either. Wall Street is Las Vegas gambling on steroids abetted by the government and big banking all at the expense of the citizens of the U.S. Just unregulated greed.

          • Will


            • Citizen

              @Will. How do you know they aren’t? Are you naive enough to believe that the corporate-owned media will tell you? These protesters have been on Wall Street for a while. How long did it take the media to finally acknowledge their existence? I believe there are almost always protesters of one sort of another on the Washington Mall.

          • Carl

            @ citizen
            Derivatives have never been illegal. They are the cornerstone of the Stock Market. they have been around since the 18th century. The way derivatives are traded has changed but to say Bush made them legal is a pile of you know what. May want to take a class in Finance before making bold statements.

  • Single Mom of 3

    This is class warfare. and it is bogus. I work 2 jobs to make ends meet and i just got a 3rd temporary so i can do christmas for my kids. Point being most of these people won’t work hard, they want a hand out and they make me sick. Quit whining take 2-3 jobs if that is what you need to do to survive. The jobs ARE out there most people just don’t want to do them.

    You get out of life what you put into it.

    • Citizen

      @Single Mom. You must be leaving your children on their own a lot. How is that responsible parenting? Is the commercialism of buying “things” for Christmas worth the 2 and 3 jobs and the time they take from your family? Even teenagers need a parent home once in a while. Makes me wonder at your priorities.

      • Sue

        Really nice Citizen, you are someone to admire.

        Go get your EBT card filled again and leave workers alone. Sounds like you nerver put in a hard days work in you life.

        Everyone, collect a nice hand out for Citizen so he can buy another video game to play in his moms basement.

        • Citizen

          @Sue. Obviously, I haven’t posted for a while, and you don’t know that I am retired and worked since I was 14. I also hold two degrees and have no idea what an EBT card is. Although you obviously do. And I don’t believe in Santa Clause who was a marketing creation of the Coca Cola Company which totally appropriated the Scandinavian St. Nicholas and other icons of that type. The crass commercialism of Christmas should not mean forsaking your family and children to buy “things.” Obviously, we know how you believe. Crass commercialism first, family somewhere a distant second.

          • Single Mom of 3


            Citizen is a fool who spends his whole day putting others down while he does nothing but sit on the computer. I have family support for helping with my kids when needed. Also my children are self sufficiant and i also volunteer for all of their school activities. Plus my kids get 1 toy for christmas the rest is clothing, underwear and socks, ect that they NEED! You sir a stain on society, whereas my children are productive and already give back. As do I!

            • Citizen

              Nice rant, Single Mom. And nice name calling. I am also a mother who raised two sons, and I did not forsake them to work constantly because I married a decent man who took care of his family and was responsible. Birds choose their mates better than some humans do. I picked my mate well before I had children. Would that everyone did. I certainly don’t sit on a computer all day. This is my break time while I work taking care of my farm which helps feed you and yours. I would greatly suggest before you call someone names that you check your own culpability in your life. Would more education have helped you get a better job? Could you have worked things out with your spouse? See, we can all point fingers. I am just pointing out to you that working 2 and 3 jobs is not good for a family. I hope your ex-spouse is contributing to the children he brought into this world. Peace to you.

            • Mark Too

              @ Single Mom of 3

              It is too bad there are not more citizens out there that take personal responsibility as seriously as you do.
              Raising children to be self sufficient and not depend on others (including government and unions) is awesome.
              Encouraging your children to “give back” and be “productive” (I’m assuming volunteering) . . . even better.

              Good for you!!

              • Citizen

                @Mark Too. Single Mom’s kids sound like they are still young (toys), so let’s leave all the congratulatory kudos until those kids start their own lives. Will they be self sufficient and not depend on others? Who knows? I would rather Single Mom take some public subsidies so she can spend more time with her children and not work 2 and 3 jobs than not. Just spending time with growing, maturing children is the MOST important thing a parent does. When we as a society cannot provide decent wage jobs to parents, then we can at least provide support for food and clothing and housing. It does no one any good for children to be alone raising themselves, no matter the good intentions of the parent(s). You only have to look at the problems plaguing kids today to understand that parents need to be involved–and not just volunteering. Just being there when kids come home from school to share their day is vitally important. But, it seems to me, that you and Single Mom value that paid work more than the quiet time with family. Value the “rugged individual” standing on his/her own two feet concept more than all else.

              • Proud Grandma

                Hey Mark Too – Well said. There is nothing wrong with raising ones children to be able to take care of them selves and not be dependent on the government or unions. Also, there is nothing in any of the above post to indicate Single Mom of 3’s children are not old enough to take care of themselves. I still buy a toy or to for my 20 and 30 something children. Too bad there are not more citizens like you and Single Mom of 3.

            • Yeh Mom of 3

              I’ll take children who are able to take care of themselves over a spoiled brat who’s mommy stated home, never let her little angles out of her stight, and never let them think for themselves any day.
              Yes it would be nice if every child had two parents to raise them. But you, single Mom of 3, is just what this country needs. Learn from your mistakes and do your best to pull your own weigh. Congratulations for not holding your hand out expecting other to pay your way.

          • just sayin

            I call BS.
            You seem like a leech. Like the liberal party.

        • Concerned

          Yah Sue, you should take Citizens advice. Sit at home and collect Welfare. That way you will have plenty of time to spend with your kids and guarantee another Democrat vote!
          Wow, Citizen, someone wants to work for a living and all you can do is rip them aprart. Glad to see you had a husband that could support your glorious lifestyle, while the rest of us work for a living!

          • Citizen

            @Concerned. I should be used to the fact by now that you conservatives can’t read. So read my post above to Single Mom. No matter how self sufficient someone is, if the children are sacrificed to that self sufficiency and 2 or 3 jobs, it does none of us any good. And until those children are grown, we won’t know what kind of voters or citizens they will become, do we. I want people to work for living but, when people have children, they also have a responsibility to raise productive and healthy citizens. In my opinion, working 2 and 3 jobs will not do that.

            • JMJ

              Nice 3 1/2 hr break………UM didn’t you say up above you were a farmer and taking a break. Chick / Dude you have been posting since 10AM

              I need to become a farmer!

              • JMJ

                Oh yeah that was @ Citizen

            • Concerned

              @ Citizen
              Who said the children are sacrificed? Oh ya you did, who are you to tell someone else how to live their life and how you can make a judgement on someone after reading a whole paragraph about them is amazing. Dont you have some corn to pick? Please go away

              • Citizen

                @Concerned. I am telling people how to live their lives just like you CONservatives like to do. See, I’m learning to be just like you! Are you happy yet?

              • Bingo

                Bingo Concerned – If someone is making the best out of a bad situation and still able to raise their children to be productive citizens, they should be praised. Only a blind fool would think otherwise.

                • Citizen

                  @Bingo. You DON’T KNOW if these kids will be productive citizens until they are grown. It is a STATISTICAL fact that kids from a single parent family have a struggle ahead of them. Kids need two parents or at least one parent not working 16 or 18 hours a day. Anyone who thinks kids can raise themselves or benefit from having a parent working 2 or 3 jobs is delusional. But that defines the ignorant conservatives who post here.

    • Well

      Wouldn’t it be nice if you got paid enough at just the one job to make ends meet? And had health insurance taken care of for both you and your kids?

      That’s one of many points these folks are trying to make.

      Unless of course you like working 16 hours a day.

      • Toby

        You elected Obama, live with it.

        • Oh I get it

          It’s all Obama’s fault!!

          • Fact

            Not all his fault, if you voted for it you share some of the blame as well

          • toby

            yes, he is president you know. he had a dem congress for two years. instead of working with business he decided he would declare war on fossil fuel, pass obamacare, spend a trillion dollors on lost causes. Yeah I would say he owns this economy.

            • just sayin

              Bravo… bravo.

              Truth be told. Suck on that fact liberals.

            • Suki Barnstorm

              Maybe you should check your facts. In the past 2 years, Obama has bent over backwards for big business, has not declared war on fossil fuels, and has given the GOP everything they have wanted in an effort to help the economy. Wall street has just taken what he has given them and has not done anything to help the economy – THIS IS WHAT THE OCCUPY WALL STREET are mad about. I don’t understand why so many people support the GOP when their policies are so counter to these people’s interests. It must be that when Obama talks about raising taxes on the top 2%, they think it will effect them – There must be a lot of people who think they make over 500k.

      • Pat

        Maybe single mom realizes that she made some mistakes in life and she has decided to be responsible for her decisions.
        I applaud her for her decision to work out of her predicament rather than being a free loader.

        • Single Mom of 3


          Thank you, I have worked very hard to make sure that my children are my responsability and not a burden to my fellow taxpayers.


          I do have health insurance. And if i hadn’t made the decision to marry a jerk who walked out on his 3kids and house payment, i wouldn’t have to work so hard. But life isn’t alway fair, you make the best of things and hold on for the ride.

          • Well

            Still; Be nice though if all you had to work was one job.

            Just saying. And a job that paid for your health insurance.

      • santaman

        I do. And I am not in a union.

  • chick

    wow, hundreds protest. More people signed up for save the mole march.

    • Bart

      I know call out the national guard. I heard Jesse wants to lead this disjointed crowd of jugheads, halfwits, hoolagans, and of conspiracy theory nuts. Humor at its finest hour.

  • Trev

    They are protesting capiltalism, yet they use cell phones and other devices made by and with the success of….capitalists! How does that work?

  • Steve

    Since we’re all painting the 99% protestors with broad strokes, I guess that means I can carry on believing that all Tea Partiers/Republicans are angry, inbred, Jebus-fearin’, racist, jingoistic, high school dropouts that honestly believe they’re rich but in actuality bring home a paycheck that’s just *slightly* better than a McDonalds burger flipper.

    Wow — it really is so much easier to go through life completely close-minded!

    • Maureen

      I got the feeling you believe that anyway. Open a window, get some air.

      • Steve

        I said I did. First sentence. And you just proved my beliefs with your pitiful reading comprehension level.

    • Doug T

      were you not already?

      Have you seen some of the interviews with these economically ignorant, immature, free lunchers?

      They seem to fit their description better than your broad brush smear of the real other 99% of us – hard working, tax paying – just want to be left alone to live our lives types

      • Suki Barnstorm

        Why does everyone assume that these people are collecting some sort of benefit from the government or are unemployed? You can go ahead and work hard and pay your taxes and be left alone to live your life. But some of us are fed up with Goldman Sachs running our lives. And the thought of the hypocritical GOP having power scares us to death. This is the tea Party ….Government is too big and needs to stay out of our lives. But wait…..we still need to control who we love and marry, what we do with our bodies, who is a “real American” and who isn’t and that has to be based on their religion. Just because this is a land of religious freedom, it has to be the “right” religion and we all know what that is. Give me a break.

  • Joe Schmo


    • Gary


      • santaman


  • J.D.

    Who cares! This is BORING!

  • SSP

    I don’t get it. You are mad at the rich because they earn money and you don’t. You freaks act as if there is a pool of money and everyone is suppose to split it evenly and they took yours.This is the problem with our nation, it is always someone elses fault, never your own.Take a bath, and get a job.

  • billy

    What I like about the protesters, wish I could join them, is that they are getting under the ‘skin’ of the wingnuts, and the Tea Baggers! YIPPEEEEE

    • Mad Hatter


      • just sayin

        Yeah we see republicans protesting, especially violentlly causing riots and attacking people. This happens all the time, it’s in the papers every day.

        Man, it is really sad how stupid libs can be.

  • me

    Wow really??? this is unbelievable…and what do you goof balls say to those of us down there who actually DO have jobs?? You know…like I work Monday – Thursday 4 10 hour days…so today just so happens to be my day off…so I am one of MANY LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE EMPLOYED people down there…and ….I am there because I actually CARE…So stop with your everyone there is unemployed nonsense….

    • Suki Barnstorm

      Thank you Me. If this discourse is just a small sampling of how the entire country thinks, then we are in bigger trouble than Fox news tells us. I wonder how many of these people live in Dist. 6 and are responsible for keeping Michele Bachmann elected.

  • sid

    You all should be trained for green jobs by now. The big O spend billions on free training so go out get these jobs that he created and stop complaining.

    • just sayin

      Exactly. Go turn cow gas into energy. Come on Sheldon and Leonard. Figure it out.

      • Sue J

        Nice Comment LMAO, well said!!

  • just sayin

    Kevin Keller got his black suit and tie and those chuck taylor style dress shoes at Savers before hand… and he probably got it all for $15 dollars!

  • Jesse Ventura. What?

    You had me until Jesse showed up!

    Great idea to gather and discuss ideas. I can get over the fact that you have organized a bunch of angry people without a message. And the fact that no one knows why they are there except to be angry, but when you invite Jesse down you just lost all credibility

  • Kevin

    They are against big money…..but they voted in Obami who….big money bought and paid for……what a bunch of morons….oh and thank God Ventura showed up for another free 15 minutes of fame…….I will sleep better now…I wonder if they will be there all winter…or will they go back to their mommies basement and come back out in the spring…..

  • santaman

    A-holes better not mess up my afternoon commute.

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