Occupy Phoenix: Banks Are Evil, the Government's Evil, and Jan Brewer's a "Lying Whore" With Alzheimer's

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James King
Way to keep things classy, Phoenix occupiers.
"Legalize Marijuana. Gov. Brewer Has Alzheimers (sic). Lying Whore."

That's what was written on the protest sign that welcomed us to the "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration in downtown Phoenix this afternoon -- and at least that sign was spelled correctly (almost).

There were hippies, teachers, communists, anarchists, stoners, militant black guys, people dressed as cows, people dressed as cops, people with guns, and they all have one thing in common: They're mad as hell, and they're not gonna take it anymore.

What Phoenix's occupiers are mad about varies, depending on whom you ask.

According to Darren Lansing, who was interviewed while shirtless and blowing bubbles, his gripe's with politicians.

"[We've got to] get the money out of the hands of the politicians and back to the public," he tells New Times.

When asked how he plans to do it, Lansing says, "We're doing it right now, man."

Apparently, blowing bubbles is the key to redistributing wealth. Who knew?

On the steps of the old Phoenix City Hall, on the east end of Cesar Chavaz Plaza, speakers screeched through a P.A. system to the 1,000-plus crowd, and at one point, protested corporate greed by asking the crowd to show off their best "jazz hands," which they did.

With everyone pissed off at someone or something, the overall theme of the demonstration was the following: money -- someone's got it, and the occupiers want it. Their plan to get it (aside from hanging out in large urban areas) appears nonexistent. 


Police presence was everywhere. Aside from rows of cops that lined the north and south ends of the plaza, plainclothes Phoenix detectives walked amongst the crowd. Although, we didn't see them hassling anyone other than two occupiers with guns on their hips trying to post a giant sign saying "Obama and Bush are War Criminals" on a fence along the west side of the plaza.

"[The police] are ready with their gas masks and everything else," one occupier, who only wished to be identified as "Star," tells New Times.

We didn't see a single gas mask.

With the exception of a militant African-American gentleman, who was screaming in the face of a Hispanic man, the crowd was relatively tame.

Tomorrow, Phoenix police will update us about any mayhem that went down after we left the demonstration. Check back for details. Meantime, enjoy some photos we snapped of the occupiers below.  

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James King
That's supposed to say "politician."
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James King
That's supposed to say "interest."
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James King
Whatever that means...
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James King
Just in case the pistols jam.
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James King
"Fuck the corporate world, bitch." Class, class, class.
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Our personal favorite.
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Bovine against corporate greed.

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geral sosbee
geral sosbee

The homicidal evil that is apparent throughout the fbi/cia's unlawful and immoral campaign against this author (and other defenders of liberty globally) over the past decades is truly a force to be reckoned with because human beings are being controlled, tortured, murdered by the same bestial aggression that I have captured in my work for the better part of a half century. In a sense the individuals who engage in the evil deeds, whether on behalf of government or on their own, represent a force for bad that shapes the final direction for the species and that seems to accelerate and expand perhaps out of control even as many of us seek to stop it. Such force may be termed for now, DARK ENERGY. http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/less...

Murin Ar Panterac
Murin Ar Panterac

GO TO YOUTUBE AND SEARCH THE VIDEO "Anonymous- Operation No Middle Ground v2.0"

Jason2002
Jason2002

I am a 99% i dont care about immigration policies because this country was based on and developed by immigrants and i am all for anyone that wants to work hard to earn their money. My complaint is the money from corporate america ruling our government, the banks, insurance, gasoline companies ect, squeezing the money out of us, taking advantage of us and we cant do a thing but vote for the person that we would like to be controlled by corporate greed.

Lance
Lance

To all those who support the Occupation, remember DRIP. Don't Re-elect Incumbent Politicians. That will be the first step in getting this country back.  Can anyone tell me they're happy with the way the current administration is running?? DRIP, DRIP, DRIP, DRIP!!!!!! 

Justamom
Justamom

New Times, you disappoint me.  I was there on Saturday and I know for a fact you're way off the mark. I'm neither a hippie nor a young college student.  I'm a middle class mom, and it's not about entitlement, it's about standing up for what's right.  It's about wanting a decent future for our children.  I came to this website looking for more details on the negotiating that went on between former State Senator Alfredo Guitierrez and Mayor Gordon's office about keeping the protest nonviolent and finding an approved place to camp.   Guitierrez kept his end of the deal even when the Mayor backpedaled.  What about the arrested protesters' claims that their rights were violated, Miranda was not read to some, others went 10 hours without water, they were released without their belongings so they were without car keys, house keys, money, etc.   Your paper wins awards for investigative reporting, so how is it that you don't know about this things?  

Linda Baugh
Linda Baugh

Thank you, I am going again this evening, after work. 

Linda Baugh
Linda Baugh

Heh Heh.....the author had an agenda, to find the silly and the bizarre, and ignore the flavor of the group.   I described the group to friends this way....mostly over 40, many senior citizens, handicapped folks, veterans, families, Ron Paul supporters, progressives, all ethnic groups.  A retired judge, a woman working three jobs to support her family, unemployed college graduates seeking employment, lots of folks in trouble with mortgages and not getting action from banks.  The 99% (to coin a phrase) of the  people were well-behaved, respectful of each other, cleaned up after themselves, and took turns to speak.  Yes, I was there.  I did not see, or smell, drugs being used.  Of the hundreds of signs, I only saw one with a mis-spelled word.

Bobby
Bobby

The poor young leftist shills. They don't even know what they're protesting. No where do I see them complaining that the "Party of Change", and their leader, has increased the Middle East conflicts, and the further bankrupting of the U.S. , that they continue to allow outsourcing but act as if its exclusively a Republican project, or that they have problems getting jobs because the "party of change", still allows aprroximately one-hundred fifty thousand people a month to come to the U.S. Clueless and as along as they can protest, happy about it.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

Mr King--I was there all afternoon and into the evening at MT Hance. Had I not been, I would have read your blurb and thought, hmm, a bunch of nutjobs. Instead, I hung out, talked with people, and was inspired by how many normal valley residents took the time to show up and voice support. Your cynical take on the demographics of the crowd on Saturday is so far from accurate that it makes me really wonder what your agenda is...were you given wedgies and ridiculed by protesters in your youth? Or are you just too lazy to get beyond the surface of a complicated group such as this? Troubles me that a magazine I've read for 15 years gives a voice to such a cynical asshole

Logo & Shibboleth
Logo & Shibboleth

 A smarmy half a$$ed commentary is the best analysis and reporting you could come up with?Whose hand is up your sock puppet today?   It will be interesting to see the light bulbs go off above critics heads when they lose their jobs because of budget cuts and layoffs at their place of employment that are enacted solely to retain the excess profit margins for their shareholders.  Rather than accept that growth is not infinite in a limited system, the addiction of profit causes the company to be unable to accept a return to equilibrium.  It tries to maintain profit growth by cutting off parts of itself.. then wonders what all the fuss is about.  What is happening is like a removing roots from a tree so the leaves can keep more water for themselves.  Clearly that only works up to a certain point until the tree falls over.

Wwwboson
Wwwboson

Call New Times 602 271 0040 to complain about the coverage! I just did and I was being ridiculed. I asked for their official position on the movement and they wouldn't give one though they made it clear http://www.facebook.com/groups....

CJAZ
CJAZ

I find it oddly amusing that whenever Valley Fever vomits out its usual pile of one-sided, agenda-driven garbage, most commenters seem to like it just fine (see any post about Arpaio, Brewer, GOP politicians, etc.) But when this same heavily-biased approach results in a post about something that doesn't jibe with the views of the whinycommentariat, VF gets accused of poor journalism.

It's not journalism - it's New Times! They don't care about both sides of the story. They write what they write to instigate commenters.

Carl Toersbijns
Carl Toersbijns

LMAO  your right..... I forgot but I thought they had a hard copy "newspaper" too :))

Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim

This article is a biased joke. 

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

All Illegal aliens should be allowed by Obwama to apply for work permits but only while they are outside the United States in their home countries.   This type of program (guest workers) has worked very well for many years in economically successful places such as Switzerland, Singapore to name a few. Once their work visa expires they must immediately leave the country. If the females become prgnant, they are immediately returned to their home country. commit any violation of ANY law (even "J" walking)  and they are deported. If they attempt to re-enter the US illegaly, they are automatically placed on a list of permanently banned from entry into the US. Are you with us?Just enforce the Immigration Laws and treat all people who want to enter the US fairly. Don't show preference to those that entered illegally. Justice for all?

#OWS
#OWS

Wow. What a condescending, POS article. If anyone is interested in reading real journalism: http://www.salon.com/2011/10/1...

" These protests at least reflect the possibility, the template, for that to happen. And anyone expressing confusion about why these protests are erupting or what the “message” is is almost certainly someone invested in keeping things exactly the way they are."

2Frank
2Frank

Might I suggest, should anyone be interested and willing to make the inquiries, that a compelling story waiting to be uncovered, might unravel the web of deceit and misinformation involved in the "negotiations" between the citizens with the occupation; the city officials; the Mayor and the police.Exactly how much did the city spend to prevent these people from spending the night in the park?

2Frank
2Frank

Mr King has graciously accepted an offer at the New Times after apparently having not made it through the interview process at the Enquirer or the Star.

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

Me either. I disavowe all contact with any dirty liberal. I have switched to the Republican Party over this.

guest
guest

I'm glad I'm not part of the 99%, they're a bunch of whiny fags.

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

I loved this article. Very honest. Is there anyway I can pay for this article? I could use paypal.

Thanks for the free poop wipe
Thanks for the free poop wipe

I like the NewTimes.  Matter of fact, I love it.  Why?  Because it is free, I can grab as many copies as I need so I can pick up my dogs poop and wrap it in the free paper.  Thank you NewTimes.  Oh, I almost forgot - this article sucks, like your rag.

ScrogginBeaverEveryDay
ScrogginBeaverEveryDay

I enjoyed the article. Very informative. I think it is a very good well rounded description of the people there. Well Done! Promote!

someguy
someguy

I don't like this article. And I'm not particularly enamored with the protestors that were there either, I just totally see the spin here. Not one photo of the Vietnam vets, or the reasonable people. You're just showing the circus that shows up at every protest. Just the smugness of your tone is overpowering, I want to strike you.

There were awesome, clever signs. I saw "Things Could Be More Reasonable."Being mad at Wall Street is largely symbolic, it's symptomatic of a system that doesn't work for the masses when the top 1% are making the amount of money that they are.

Jerry
Jerry

James King has chosen to focus on only a few of the weirdest signs at yesterdays protest, and his story is a complete mischaracterization of the event.  For many years, the New Times could be counted on to provide fair and unbiased reporting on political events.  This hit piece by Mr. King is a huge step backwards for the paper.  Shame on the New Times for printing such drivel.

MarneusB
MarneusB

After the media left, the protesters were marched to a park about 3 miles from downtown, where they were surrounded until midnight, when the remaining 46 protesters were arrested for trespassing on the park, including one minor, who also faces criminal trespassing charges, and all but the minor are being held without bail.  Guess who convinced the people to go to the park WITH A POLICE ESCORT...

Lainbainfain
Lainbainfain

This is the most piss poor, obviously biased story about OccupyPhoenix that I have read to this day. I agree, King should be ashamed. I expected better from the Phoenix New Times, of all places. Extremely disappointed..

ZAPatty
ZAPatty

Take King off this story.  He is incapable of objectively covering it.  The New Times should be ashamed.

Bobby
Bobby

You don't care about immigration policies? Good luck then. The geniuses that run D.C. our so --called elected representatives, ALL OF THEM, are going to campaign sooner or later for re-election, including the President. Now, one big issue that ALL OF THEM, are going to shoot their lying, duplicitous mouths off about, will be JOBS. Sounds good so far.

But are you aware, that while they shoot their pie holes off about jobs, they are still allowing over one-million people a year into the U.S.!!! Now I assume these aren't all retired people. So when you say you don't care about immigration policies, then you must be independently wealthy, or possibly a guy that's dropped out of the workforce with no intention of returning. BUT IF YOU DON'T FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY, then I would think twice about ignoring immigration policy.

The thing I often wonder about is whether the OWS, movement even knows these statistics, because it's a little weird that one would protest Wall Street, and talk of jobs for young  Americans and othera, when Wall Street and policticians tied to it, argue for open borders, illegal immigration, and a legal immigration policy that allows over a million people a year to enter the U.S. at a time of a wrecked economy. Could one of you open borders geniuses please explain the strategy of our leaders to me? Honestly, I'm curious as to your thoughts on this.. 

Bobby
Bobby

Good advice, but I've noticed people tend to ignore it. "My dad was a Democ-RAT, or my dad was a Republi-CON and I'm voting as a Democ-RAT, or a Republi-CON. It's a family tradition. Really? What if jumping off of cliff when one reaches 60 was a "family tradition"? It's a trite,and too used quote but it's true nevertheless, " One definition of INSANITY, is to do the same thing over and over, but except a different result."

The Democrat and Republican Parties are two sides of the same worthless coin. They shaft Americans every couple of years, and once every four years, and then they go out and have dinner together and play golf. It's all an elaborate mirage, a chimera, and many Americans are still being fooled by it. A third party that cares about the lives of American citizens, AND ONLY AMERICAN CITIZENS UNTIL WE GET THIS COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AGAIN, IS THE ONLY WAY OF POSSIBLY GETTING ANY REAL REPRESENTATION.

Bobby
Bobby

........to find the silly and the bizarre. ... It took me a little time to realize, that's part of the authors style. He does this in almost every article he writes. It's a great break from the style of the Feathered Bastard and causes a totally different reaction.

restitutiontouscitizensfirst
restitutiontouscitizensfirst

What I am getting from it is that there are plenty of folk thinking the way I am thinking - we are so done with left or right, elephants & donkeys, R-listers and D-listers - OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!  (just joking)

Linda Baugh
Linda Baugh

tsk tsk Bobby.   I chatted with a group of 6 Ron Paul supporters there, one is in the "leadership" of the group, tho they will not say they have leaders.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

" poor young leftist schills..." please, you really shouldn't post if you have no knowledge beyond what you see on your computer monitor or hear on your talk radio shows.. Bobby, if you got out from behind your keyboard and actually went downtown you would have heard the voices of young and old, democrats, republicans and libertarians, fed up with a political system that gives a greater voice to corporate money over the voice of the people. Yes, we know that Obama took $47 mil from wall street interests in his 08 campaign, we know that he hired wall street insiders to "fix" the problem, we know that wars are fought for a profit, not for a principle, we know that capitalism is broken when our tax dollars are used to prop up banks controlled by billionaires. thats not capitalism, our republic has been hijacked by the wealthy, and as long as they can keep the people arguing about who's party is at fault, then the status quo will prevail. You'd best start thinking outside of your left/right characterizations, they show how truly uninformed you are.

SYMTP
SYMTP

Lol that's so true. I checked out this article though I'm fairly disgusted with the New Times as of late simply because OWS has been touted as a "liberal" movement, though that's not the whole of it, so I figured these guys would be backing it up 100%. I expected extreme bias from the NT, but not in the direction this guy went. LolI'm not sure New Times have ever done any non-biased FACT reporting, but if they have, it hasn't been for a LONG LONG time.

Bobby
Bobby

Cut it out man, I'm about to run out of air from laughing too much.  

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

I know. You are part of the 1% fag. I'll let you service me at the glory hole later.

guest
guest

I don't know. who convinced them?

Bobby
Bobby

Fine. But I wonder, how many of those people with the Bovine complaint, own leather shoes, a leather handbag from Tommy Hilfiger,etc.,have eaten at McDonalds rercently, or simply supported any business that abuses cattle? If they have, they are less then useless and highly deluded. Is the Governor a whore? Why? The guy with the art sign complaining about lack of funding. Why? None of the great artists were ever funded by the state. They appealed to the public, some rich, some not, by showing them a thing of value, of beauty, worthy of attention and money from them. But oh, we can't do that in the instant gratification society, where I must have what I want now, even if I have to force people to give it to me unwillingly,etc. If the American public is to be taken seriously, all I'm saying is, they have to do a better job in making their case.

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

I would never click one of your virus infected links. By the way, I boned every whore in your life. Know that.

Bobby
Bobby

Your points are dead on. Limbaugh argued the same way. All of these people are right, it is the best health care system in the world, if your'e rich. Period.

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

I hear ya..."for profit" healthcare is ridiculous. When Herman Cain talks about how our wonderful healthcare system helped him survive cancer, I can't help but think---what if he had been an unemployed former bus driver when he got cancer? Would he even be alive? Would Bill Clinton's bypass surgery have bankrupted his family if he was just an Arkansas Farmer? Has anyone other than a multi millionaire had access to the battery powered bionic heart in a back pack that currently keeps Cheney from keeling over dead?When wealth = preferential health care, something is truly wrong, and the costs are inflated when people then go in with a chronic condition that has gone un-treated. In our capitalistic health care system, that is truly a "captive market".

Bobby
Bobby

Good points, really much of my thinking, believe it or not.  I seem to keep leaving the impression, falsely, that I'm some kind of raging conservative lunatic. I'm not. I can't get behind a lot of what Republicans espouse. For example, health care. I have had this ongoing argument with a lot of my conservative friends, for probably thirty years now.(giving away my age). I don't mean to stick a feather in my hat, but I told them a long time ago, that the American people, are going to wind up in poorer shape, rich as we are, or then were, than the Canadians, or Europeans. My friends told me, we can't make medicine socialized, because look at what it's done to Europe, Canada, etc.They always said, look at the price of gas in Europe. I replied that the price of gas helps to pay for the free medical care. Then I said, the day will come in the U.S. when we will be paying the same price for gas, AND WE STILL WON'T HAVE THE FREE MEDICAL CARE. Of course some people will say it's still higher in Europe.  Yeah, but Europe has also built a fantastic transportation system, where cares don't have to be relied upon exclusively. We have had that chance over and over, but instead, wasted it on every thing that doesn't beneft Americans. So, I'm no big conservative, but I'm not an internationalist and that is what I believe is wrong with the left. They are concerned about everyones rights in the world, but Americans rights. But that's a whole other subject. 

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

Funny...that's the one point I made when I had a chance to talk in the "mic check" circle. Everyone says more people need to vote, me included, but forget that we vote everyday with our dollars. If you disagree with the corporate takeover of our country, stop buyin' the shit they're trying to sell you. Grocery stores, gas stations, restaraunts, coffee shops---buy local, keep our money in our community. Get the federal government out of our lives, consolidate power at the state level. If people don't like the state government, change it. if feel you can't, move to a state that you agree with. This is what our founding fathers envisioned and so bravely created--a capitalist republic. They also warned of how it would/could be hijacked, and it has been. Everyone there on saturday didn't agree, but it was truly an organic exchange of ideas outside of the red/blue framework that has destroyed our political system. I welcome more of it, and get uptight when its protrayed as stupid or unamerican. Are some of the peolpe that were there uninformed? Of course...most americans haven't critically run through their thought processes on many issues, they just have a knee jerk reaction based on media soundbites. Are people that were there now more informed?I hope so, I truly hope so for our country's sake. Otherwise, the highest bidding lobbyists will maintain control of our country

Bobby
Bobby

And yet there are people on this forum that want Mr. King fired!!! Where the hell else can you get this kind of amusement to break the usual seriousness of these posts? I say give Mr. King a raise. Now!!

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

Oh by the way, after I bone your whores, I sell them them to negroids, so you'll be proud of them.

IBonedYourWhore
IBonedYourWhore

OH and your wife? She deep throats my bone every day.

IamYourFatherBitch
IamYourFatherBitch

Every bitch you know is a whore. Your daughters, you sisters, your mother, your aunties, your grandmothers, your friends, I've boned them all.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I don't have "whores" in my life. You, OTOH, obviously have to pay for your pussy. Must suck to be you.

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