Speaking of smelly hippies . . .

Comedy gold:

But while officers may be in a no-win situation, at the mercy of orders carried on shifting political winds and locked into conflict with a so-far almost entirely non-violent protest movement eager to frame the force as a symbol of the oppressive system they’re fighting, the NYPD seems to have crossed a line in recent days, as the park has taken on a darker tone with unsteady and unstable types suddenly seeming to emerge from the woodwork. Two different drunks I spoke with last week told me they’d been encouraged to “take it to Zuccotti” by officers who’d found them drinking in other parks, and members of the community affairs working group related several similar stories they’d heard while talking with intoxicated or aggressive new arrivals.

The NYPD’s press office declined to comment on the record about any such policy, but it seems like a logical tactic from a Bloomberg administration that has done its best to make things difficult for the occupation — a way of using its openness against it.

“He’s got a right to express himself, you’ve got a right to express yourself,” I heard three cops repeat in recent days, using nearly identical language, when asked to intervene with troublemakers inside the park, including a clearly disturbed man screaming and singing wildly at 3 a.m. for the second straight night.

“The first time I’ve heard cops mention our First Amendment rights,” cracked one occupier after hearing a lieutenant read off of that apparent script.

“A lot of you people smell,” a waggish cop shot back later after an occupier asked if he might be able to help find more appropriate accommodations for a particularly pungent and out-of-sorts homeless man.

Who says cops have no sense of humor?

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30 Responses to Speaking of smelly hippies . . .

  1. votermom says:

    But while officers may be in a no-win situation, at the mercy of orders odors carried on shifting political winds

    There. That reads better.

  2. Mary says:

    The cop’s got a point, when he tells the OWSer that the other guy has a right to express his opinion, too.

    I woulda loved to have seen the look on the OWSwer’s face, though.

    Ya made me laugh out loud. Thanks!

  3. glennmcgahee says:

    The ocuppiers only want the “right” kind of people there.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Some of the 99 are more equal others. Aren’t the OWSpigs supposed to post those ever changing rules on the barn?

  4. WMCB says:

    Too funny! Hey, I thought the whole point was that anyone has a “right” to occupy the park, and make as much noise and mess and camp out as long as they want, regardless of the inconvenience or cost to anyone else?

    What, that only applies to people YOU approve of? But whether or not anyone approves of YOU, or finds you inconvenient, dirty, and loud is irrelevant? So are “rights” dependent on the message? Or whether the person has one? Or whether they meet certain standards of cleanliness and sobriety? Sure you wanna go there?

    See, when you start demanding “rights” (that really aren’t rights at all), then other people get to demand the same “rights”. Capiche?

  5. elliesmom says:

    They just cancelled Halloween in our town. While I agree that under the current conditions (power lines down, tree branches hanging precariously over sidewalks) it would be reckless to send your 4 year old out, is Halloween something that can be “cancelled”? Do I need permission from the town authorities to give little kids treats at my door? I agree with the sentiment that it’s too dangerous, but is “Halloween” an event that requires legal sanction? If the recorded message on my phone had said, “We strongly suggest that parents not send their children out and that residents not encourage trick or treating by giving out treats, I’d be fine with it, but the message said, “There will be no Halloween in town this year.” Who gets to decide that a holiday is cancelled? Can the same person say, “Due to snow, there will be no Thanksgiving” or “The economy will not support Christmas this year so it’s cancelled”? It was the town clerk’s office who left the message. She’s a very nice woman and I would hate to upset her, but would like to ask her who died and made her the Sheriff of Nottingham.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Fun hashtag at twitter….

  7. votermom says:

    Occupy L.A.’s 99%: all talk, no action

    If the demonstrators are truly serious, maybe they should ditch the slumber party and get moving. Here are a few suggestions.

    • HELENK says:

      those suggestions actually have a purpose and are not fun. Do something useful where is the fun in that?

  8. HELENK says:

    Snowstorm, Cold Makes Life In Zuccotti Park Difficult For OWS Protesters
    Cold, Drenched OWS Members Ask Homeless For Winter Weather Survival Tips

  9. yttik says:

    “Who says cops have no sense of humor?”

    I hope they’re able to hang onto it. Sometimes a sense of humor is the best thing to have.

  10. HELENK says:

    This is from Rev Amy’s place.
    It is perfect to describe the owies

  11. HELENK says:

    Today on the tv news, it was announced that the head of St Paul’s in London is stepping down due to the owies.
    There are many things that have annoyed me about these lay abouts, but the fact that they disrupted something that has withstood so much just sickened me.
    They can not say what they are for only what they are against. They have no solutions only noise. They do not even know what they are protesting against.

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    typical 2 year old behavior 😆

  13. HELENK says:

    the part that the msm never seems to show on the owies.
    These cops have much more patience then I do


  14. HELENK says:

    what can you do but laugh

    There’s also this quote from someone working at the site:

    “We can’t afford to keep buying new tents. It’s ridiculous the sense of entitlement people feel,” Hommen said.

  15. HELENK says:

    again the owies hurt small business.
    weekly farmers market at city hall in LA told to move because of owies
    In the article it says a vote was taken by the owies and most would move but a handful would not and because it was not 100% to move , they stayed and the vendors were hurt.


  16. HELENK says:

    off topic
    a must see

    this year’s PUK awards


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