Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

‘Occupy the food court’ gets arrested

Written By: Bob - Nov• 26•11

The major “Occupy” movements have been sad. Occupy Raleigh is just pathetic, as their attempt to occupy the food court at Crabtree Valley Mall must have kept one, or maybe even two police officers busy making arrests for all of five or ten minutes.

Six members of the local anti-Wall Street “Occupy” movement were arrested Friday afternoon after staging a protest at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

Raleigh Police Department Spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers assisted the mall’s police unit in transport the protesters for processing at the Wake County jail.

The six – Jennifer Schradie, Paul Ehrlich, Derek Cronmiller, Emily Galvin, Charles Hancock and Patrick O’Neil – face charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing.

My daughter’s neighborhood Girl Scout troop causes more of a disruption going for ice cream.

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  1. MassJim says:

    Jennifer Schradie, Paul Ehrlich, Derek Cronmiller, Emily Galvin, Charles Hancock and Patrick O’Neil, names that will now be available on the internet for all prospective employers to view before issuing a “sorry, but you are not what we are looking for” letter. What idiots. Oh well, I guess there is always a career path as a barista available.

  2. Boomer says:

    The difference between these six idiots and your daughter’s Girl Scout Troop is that the latter has more than likely taken a bath in the last eight weeks.

    • Larry J says:

      No, the biggest difference between Boy or Girl Scouts and the Occupy movement is that the Scouts have adult supervision. The same can be said about Congress and the White House.

    • forrest says:

      The Girl Scouts also have a work ethic, unlike the #Occu-losers.

  3. lumpy says:

    Girlscout troops, Now that’s funny!

  4. Steve Colby says:

    “Raleigh Police … officers assisted the mall’s police unit in transport the protesters…”

    I thought we didn’t have to worry about mobs of occupiers because of the police that the rest of us paid for. Or is that just in Elizabeth Warren’s imagination?

  5. Russ says:

    Arrested, sure – but are any of these d-bags ever actually prosecuted and jailed for their crimes?

  6. dennymack says:

    Is this the same Paul Ehrlich that wrote “Population Bomb” and was subsequently schooled by Julian Simon? I refer to t
    that 10k bet on resource prices in the future, which Simon correctly bet would fall, while Ehrlich was predicting resource scarcity riots. He must be 79 years old. I tell you, these boomers never learn.
    If it’s not the same guy, it is amazing that two men with the same name would make exactly the same mistake; neither can see the productive activities of humans as beneficial, productive, and capable of decreasing scarcity. They both think a mine owner makes a million dollars by taking it from someone else, while the rest of us can see that he has increased our collective wealth.
    Oh, the great distance between “thanks” and “gimme!”

  7. Dyck Dewid says:

    Dear Bob Owen,

    Your forum is a precious learning tool…

    For those ready to learn, like me that is. I’m viewing here a gathering of negative energy… a denial of our broad human connection and compassion– of those who must share this beautiful earth.

    Hardened souls may say those adults & children who have lost homes, jobs, health care, savings, deserve their suffering of hunger, cold, humiliation, shame, depression, and all the rest of it… and that they should remain quiet & obedient.

    Other hardened souls might say it is cowardly to remain silent & obedient in the face of authority who inflicts a tampered with, unjust, misapplied law, influenced by those who benefit from public repression.

    Alas, there may be elements of truth in each view. This is what I’m learning here.

    To add, we are ALL, without exception, governed by the higher laws of humanity… we all feel… we all have inner confusion & conflict… we all suffer… we can feel it when others suffer… it apparently takes a long time to overcome ignorance… we are all connected in these common attributes of life, no?

  8. Jeremy says:

    This is a post of ignorance and this blog is filled with mindless drivel. The US will continue the left..right..left game so long as corporations keep pulling the strings of a failed two party system.

    What people don’t understand about Occupy is there are Libertarians and Conservatives who have joined it as well. There are military combat veterans, teachers, meteorologists (myself anyway), students etc. who make up the movement. The shouts of “get a job” and “take a bath” are simply talking points coming from those who know nothing about what is actually happening out there. It is time to stop believing everything you hear from corporate media.

    As much as you want to believe this is a Socialist or Marxist movement, it is not. It is a movement to end corporate control of our government. It is a movement to hold those accountable who have tanked the economy while filling their own pockets. It is a movement against the fraud of big banks and financial firms. But don’t listen to me. Just keep shopping, everything is fine.

    • Molon Labe says:

      This is a post of ignorance and this b̶l̶o̶g̶ post is filled with mindless drivel.

      There Jeremy, fixed that for you.

      Now, go take a bath.

  9. Miguel says:

    But don’t listen to me. Just keep shopping, everything is fine.

    When I see statements like that, I imagine somebody who homespins fabric from wool gathered sheep with premature boldness, lives in a cave or home made palm frond hutch, eats wild berries, roots and gets his protein sources from animals that have died of natural causes. I am though at a loss about their connectio0n to the internet, Do they build their computers by starting naturally obtained silica,mining copper and substituting plastic with cellulose? And what is the baud rate for smoke signals?

  10. Steven says:

    “It is a movement to end corporate control of our government.”

    As opposed to a movemernt to end government control of corporations.

    Fact is, you cannot have one without the other. But the OWS wants to achieve the former by means of the latter. Which is why they’re Marxists or socialists or, at the least, fascists.

    Wanna support something that will actually end both? Support a Constitutional separation of money (economy) and state in the same way (and for the same reasons) as there is a separation of church and state.

    But achievig that would take more than squating (in both senses of the term) on public property, waving posters, chanting mindlessly and scratching one’s groin.