Occupy Phoenix FAIL: 46 "Occupiers" Arrested. Fed Still Exists; Corporate Greed Rampant

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James King
Piggy: now an adjective.
The "Occupy Phoenix" protest against corporate greed, the Fed, the government, the banks, politicians, lobbyists, "the corporations" (etc., etc., etc.), has come to an end.

(Ahem) Shockingly, nothing's really changed -- the Fed still exists, lobbyists still are lobbying, and "the corporations" are still in the business of making money.

A few things changed for some of Phoenix's "99-percent-ers," though -- aside from spending a full day sweatin' it out in Cesar Chavez Plaza, 46 of them have been hit with misdemeanor trespassing charges after refusing to leave a public park after it closed.

See our take on the "Occupy Phoenix" demonstration here -- it rustled a few feathers amongst the 99-percent-ers, as is apparent in the comment section of the post.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, there were no "major incidents," injuries, or arrests during the demonstration at Cesar Chavez Plaza.

However, late in the afternoon, demonstrators left the Plaza and headed to nearby Hance Park because it's open later than Cesar Chavez Plaza.

When 10:30 p.m. rolled around -- the park's closing time -- some of the occupiers refused to leave after getting asked to do so by police.

In all, 46 occupiers refused to leave the park, and were subsequently hit with trespassing charges, a class-three misdemeanor.

In other words, corporate greed continues to plague the U.S. economy, and these "occupiers" now have to find a lawyer.

PPD Sergeant Trent Crump says, "Most of those arrested were passive in nature, and no injuries were reported to either officers or demonstrators."

Not exactly the "Arab Spring"-esque revolution to which the occupiers often compared their protest.

Nothing more to see here, folks.
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IBakerFinch
IBakerFinch

Ha ha I love this writer! He is spot on. I'd prefer to read a little bit more about how stupid the protesters are, but all in all, job well done.

Apollo Poetry
Apollo Poetry

Yes, because the writer of this article is naive enough to think that we would have a protest on Saturday, and a system which took decades to build would be completely changed on Sunday.  Writers like this makes me hopeful if I ever want to apply for a media job.

Cabezadesumo
Cabezadesumo

Anyone in the park at 3:00am is just looking for trouble.  Specially in the shithole that is the city of Phoenix.

Leonardclark
Leonardclark

Wow ! If you can write such ignorant tripe, I am very sure you would have been a great propagandist for the Tory loyalists that tried to stop the American revolution but don't worry...you may get a job working somewhere for Murdoch or the Main Stream Media but we know that you'll change your stripes when you need too, that's what mercenaries like you do, you have no loyalty except to the highest bidder ! There is one thing that a mercenary like you won't ever be and that's a "real" journalist.Leonard Clark

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mr. King, you seem to have stirred the pot. Kudos to you.

I didn't understand the hysteria a couple weeks ago when Facebook made some changes. But, I guess it affected the instant gratification of some folks who had to learn from change.

I support, but don't necessarily understand the need for, the Occupy Phoenix protest.

I am glad no citizens or police officers have been hurt over this.

Those who received tickets or were arrested have been successful in getting the work out. Now they have to pay the price for doing so.

In the big picture, every day I don't wake up dead, I know it's going to be a great day.

Don't let your detractors get you down, Mr. King. Learn from this and get better with each day and each article.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

New Times...before your articles you need to use and highlight the word "Editorial".  That way we know not to waste our time reading about your opinions.    All the brilliant people who object to protests seem to forget what this country used to be about.   It used to be the only country in the world where you could protest in safety.   People in other countries looked at us and dreamed of having the same right.   Now we have those in our own country who speak derisively of people who protest.     Those who would deny people the right to protest would also deny that they are a product of mind control from the day they were born.

mirele
mirele

James, I really do think your editor should reassign you to some other beat. It's obvious that you can't be objective about the subject you're covering. When I come to Valley Fever, I want to read news and facts, not your opinion. If I wanted opinions masquerading as news, I'd read the daily birdcage liner *cough*AZ Republic*cough*. I should note that I work for one of the big banks that is a target of the #Occupy people. It might be nice to know what's really going on without all the editorializing. Thanks!

Guest
Guest

James,

That is extremely lazy journalism. Maybe you are better suited to hosting picture caption contests like the one for Olivia Cortes. You obviously have no desire to do any real reporting. It is true that idiots are everywhere, and you should feel proud that you picked them out of a crowd of thousands. However, you don't see me implying that everyone who works for the New Times is an idiot just because you are.

JeffKunkel
JeffKunkel

So because this one individual protest in one particular city didn't suddenly change everything and reverse the course of the nation and the hubris of Wall Street, we should all just resume bending over and grabbing our ankles?  James King might proverbially enjoy taking it up the ass from big business run amok, but some of us have had enough.  Thanks.

kelkat
kelkat

Guess New Times isn't on the same page as its parent seeing as Jame King's article could have been quoted in this piece....

"Rightbloggers Work on the Nixonization of Occupy Wall Street"http://blogs.villagevoice.com/...

Guest
Guest

 

Idon't get it. Weren't all these old people in favor of trickle down economicsduring Regan’s reign? And where were they when they passed the free trade act? I’mpretty sure 99% of these people bought their sign making stuff at Wal-Mart ifnot there then some other Corporate "mart" store I don't know I justdon't get it maybe because I have job I'm drowning in debt but I'm not going toget out spending my money buying Sharpies and 3M poster board that were made inChina.

2012
2012

As long as we keep paying property taxes, fee's, income tax and other taxes this will just keep going on, its government for government you really think polititians will vote to downsize themselves, seriously? Right...

Guest
Guest

One day in to something that took NYC weeks to build up and you call it over. You're take on it is just about as uninformed as Glenn Beck's take on reality.

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. ANd now they are removing my posts.  Here is a link to "boycott new times" facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups...

Wwwboson
Wwwboson

Here is a link to their advertisers:  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com... call the businesses and see if they agree with NEW TIMES that people exercising their freedom of speech is something to mock.

Jon
Jon

Um...I'm confused.  I'm an avid reader of New Times and this article upset me.  Isn't the New Times all about voicing opinions about Progressive stuff in a positive nature.  This paper has a strong political motive of ousting Sherrif Joe by writing about it.  I doubt that that will ever happen because the New Times wanted it to happen.  Doesn't mean that you're going to stop writing about it..wish I hope you don't.  I hope that they don't put this "crap" in the next edition of the New Times paper edition.  F this author!

Broski Love
Broski Love

OccupyPhoenix on facebook is a joke too, they keep deleting my posts. Fuck them. They wont get change and they will have to stew over knowing it. Oh well

Wwwboson
Wwwboson

Grab a New Times and start calling their advertisers to let them know what they are spending their money on!!!!

loushow
loushow

This movement is just getting started and King is an ass for coming to a conclusion so quickly.

Logo & Shibboleth
Logo & Shibboleth

Remember when the NewTimes used to be cool and defend the defenseless?   Been a while huh?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

OK James, what exactly would you have done differently to give voice to the frustration many Americans feel about the power in this country being in the hands of the privileged few. As was proved in 2000, voting doesn't work.

Yes, the message was fractured because so many people have held their anger in check for so long in regards to so much of the incompetence, greed, and corruption which is rampant in this country. Unfortunately, that anger is now exploding in all directions, making for a dis-jointed "message.

Personally, I think this movement will become more militant as people realize that "Peaceful" doesn't mean anything to the plutocrats. The only way to get their attention is to start "Storming the Bastille."

Broski Love
Broski Love

I said this movement would fail from day 1 of hearing about it. None of these money addicts in the government or private business will give up their cash cow because some disgruntled citizens take to the streets with signs. It is almost laughable at how pathetic people have become. Whining and holding signs doesn't change anything. Change will come when people start burning and tearing down wall street. Sit-ins and the like didn't work for the hippies and it wont wont for you.

How long will the American people continue to allow its federal and local law enforcement to enforce draconian drug laws? How many families must be destroyed and property seized before enough is enough? Obama like the many other con-artists before him has stated and reiterated that Marijuana has 0 medical use with the most potential for danger and abuse. I guess he just ignores science and the will of the people.

This country is a joke. "We The People" my ass. Give the government another 10 years of this crap and then maybe the people will have had enough to quit being such wimps and actually demand change or else.

Let me clarify that I am not advocating violence or criminal behavior/activity.

zorgalfish
zorgalfish

Not that it matters in the least, but this is exactly why New Times is a shit rag. How very edgy and hip and smart, to write for an "alternative news weekly" but essentially adopt the same attitude as Bill O'Reilly. Impossible to get any real news or information. New Times, you have a ROLE in the fucking COMMUNITY which is to report on what is really happening and not get on your knees for corporate dick. Shame on you for prioritizing hip, macho, cynical swagger over actual insight.

Lazy Writing
Lazy Writing

Yeah it's so lame James took the time to write about it not once but twice in three days.Sounds like he'd support it if there was violence though......

"Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump says "most of those arrested were passive in nature and no injuries were reported to either officers or demonstrators." Not exactly the "Arab Spring"-esque revolution to which the occupiers often compared their protest."

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

But hey, some yuppie DiD sacrafice big time with a 70 dollar parking ticket!Try "Occupy Starbucks" next time, losers.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

What do these people think?..you borrow money you can not re-pay and we all know what happens. Let me quess, you did not read and understand the mortgage you signed? To bad. The next time you are in the voting booth, do your speaking there. How many of these "occupiers continue to vote republican and democrat ? peace

#OWS
#OWS

Stop digging yourself deeper. You should have just apologized about your terrible article and moved on. 

"In other words, corporate greed continues to plague the U.S. economy, and these "occupiers" now have to find a lawyer -- good thinking, guys." The smarmy smugness just drips from your keyboard. Also, this is the same crap that was said about the original OWS protesters.

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.

Tyler43
Tyler43

Maybe Ray Stern can Teach James King in how to write for the people, instead himself.

Pete
Pete

Weird. The Arab Spring transformed all of the Middle East into a bastion of democracy over the course of a single weekend, right? So how come everything didn't change for us here in like two whole days too? 

I guess you showed 'em good though, by blogging about this epic failure of taking too damn long.

 

Doug Kahn
Doug Kahn

When a writer (this James King is not writing credible journalism) mentions criticism of his work, it means that he cares about it. It's reasonable to consider today's entry as a fit of whining.

King's previous entry "ruffled my feathers" not because I'm a 99%er, but because I love journalism and have admired the NewTimes for its achievements in covering Arizona, politics, and society. 

Reminding the editors: sarcasm is a low form of the argumentum ad hominem, one of the most common of logical fallacies. It's the quintessential mark of someone playing to the crowd. Mr. King, when writing about the Occupy Phoenix people, makes sure we know that his sentences end with the understood "you idiots". This is not a rational analysis.

Wwwboson
Wwwboson

I'm officially starting a boycott of your "newspaper."

William Simmons
William Simmons

King's piece appears to demand that someone should have self-immolated in the street, as did Tunisia's Mohammed Bouazizi.

Or stormed into every downtown bank and financial institution, tearing it to shreads.

And BTW "Mr. Fox Noise", you don't need an attorney to defend a low grade misdemeanor unless planning a career in law enforcement - an unlikely career goal for the OWS/OP activists.

 Bottom Line:  The OWS/OP folks have - at last - ignited the vast majority (maybe not quite 99%, but close) who have been screwed by the lies and collusion of the right wing ultra Capitalists for the past thirty years.

Byourselfforachange
Byourselfforachange

Ohhhh. Mr finch... By far the rudest comment and the least articulate... I love people like you because we dont have to depict you as ignorant... You just are... I have been protesting every day since we began and would be happy to compare educations with you? Unless that would be too direct of an approach to take with us... "stupid" protesters. We do this for you and your family in hopes that one day we will again live in a true democracy... You know the stuff we read about in our "stupid" advanced educations. So when you turn off Fox news and see what this is all really about, come on down and join us. I'll have a sign waiting for you. :)

crazybaldhead
crazybaldhead

they were sitting in a circle,within 20 feet playground that I walk to with my daughters 3 to 4 days a week. 150 to 300 yards away from the library, phoenix art museum, a winebar, a coffee shop, the light rail, the japanese friendship garden, the irish cultural center, $200k to $600k condos, and the largest upscale apartment complex in downtown. Haven't gotten out of the 'burbs much lately, huh cabeza? you're right though, not a claim jumper, tgi fridays, chilis or walmart for miles and miles, surely an indicator of it being a shithole.

William Simmons
William Simmons

Umm. If you're "dead", you can't "wake up".

That skews the learning curve, huh?   Jus' sayin...

Anon
Anon

Tommy, I'm glad you support Occupy Phoenix, but its obvious you have a good life because you do not understand the need for a protest in Arizona of the people, the 99% who are concerned about the failures that define the nation and Arizona. Saturday was well attended by a cross-section of many people, all ages and types. The media did not cover the speakers or their messages -- peaceful and non-violent. The only one with guns and power were the police. The arrests were after hours during the dark of night -- a scary time in Phoenix anyway. Other than the $70.00 parking meter tickets that were doled out on the week-end to discourage visitors to the city, a productive time was had by most.

CJAZ
CJAZ

"Hello, New Times? Yes, I'm calling to whine about the coverage of OccupyPhony-x because it doesn't jibe with my free lovin', welfare state touting, stick-it-to-the man kumbaya worldview. And I... what? Why are you laughing? Stop victimizing me! I'm gonna trash you on social media and then sue! Waaaah!"

guest
guest

yes jon, normally they preach to the libtard choir enabling you to feel good about yourself. occasionally though, they stray, like when ray stern defends guns and james king laughs at impotent fools. try checking stephen lemons' section, he's still sucking off illegal aliens and that should make you happy.

William Simmons
William Simmons

You are - intentionally or otherwise - missunderstanding the OWS/OP movement.

Yes, there are a small percentage of the demonstrators acting a bit "selfish", but only after watching Billion$ of our tax dollars slip into the pockets of the same Wall Street Fat Cats who perpetrated the Great Recession. Their individual "demands" are microscopic compared to the Bailout Bunnies.

To your point:  America has experienced a financial coup d'état, enabled by the near-total collusion of Big Banks, Big Corporatists, Multi-Generational Big Wealth (which now controls the media), and the necessary amount of owned elected officials who act without regard for the general welfare of the American people.

A mortgage is a loan agreement using a house as collateral. That's all.  Its a calculated risk on both sides, Bro.  It is not a "One Way" deal.  A person must look at it the same way a bank does.  If the asset becomes toxic, dump it!  They made this mess, and they can wear it like a hat.   

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

It's been my observation that Mr. Stern writes for himself and what he considers the interest of his readers. It's also been my observation that Mr. King writes for himself and the interest of his readers. I actually like to read information from both the gents and I learn from what they both write. I don't always agree with either of them, but I always have to think about issues after reading their prose. Maybe, Tyler, you can distance yourself from the loathing emotion you feel toward Mr. King and just read what he writes and simply agree to disagree. You may actually enjoy your reading and learn from the thoughts of others.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

So, you're not going to click on the home page for New Times any longer, eh?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You got it, huh? Very nice, Mr. Simmons... it's just a goofy expression..

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks for your thoughtful response. I had another obligation or I would have been there to listen to the speakers and learn from their perspective. Yes, I do have a very good life. In fact, if I die today I will owe someone a five year refund. But, like so many of the 99%ers, I earned the good life yesterday, that I enjoy today.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Absolutely! Gee, some writer expresses an opinion different than you and you bitch that he's not following your Party Line?So much for freedom,eh?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

I think that it was republicans and democrats who made Glass- Stegall go away. I signed a 5/1 mtg with wells fargo in march of 04. First 5 years 4.375% and it currently sits at 3%.  No one can say a money lender used a gun to make you sign. Think again about who you vote for BEFORE you vote. peace  

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

Uh oh. wwwhiner is gonna call the New Times and complain about your comment. ;-P

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