“The Key People are in Jail, That’s Kind of the Tough Thing”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

The hapless former occupiers, too afraid to even tough it out in the rain tonight, are reduced to sitting around tweeting to each other or something. Well, on the upside, we found something they can do that doesn’t emit pungent odors or result in someone being raped.

They cannot be stopped because they can still tweet, damn it!

Chatter about Occupy Wall Street has surged on social media networks. Between Monday and Tuesday afternoons, tweets containing the hashtag #n17 — which represents the activists’ plan for mass protests on Thursday — nearly doubled.

And then there’s the good old-fashioned personal touch: OWS Working groups have office space and the public atrium at 60 Wall Street has been a go-to place.

The free Internet connection activist geeks like Hornbein helped organize in Zuccotti was possibly lost during the raid – though Hornbein dreams of free networks for protesters across the city.

Hornbein says what has most hindered organizing efforts is the loss of the movements’ defacto leaders.

“The key people are in jail, that’s kind of the tough thing,” Hornbein said.

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14 Responses to ““The Key People are in Jail, That’s Kind of the Tough Thing””

  1. kate on 16/16/11 at 11:50 pm

    Key people? Does that mean, um, leaders? I could have sworn one of the few things the OWS crowd had full agreement on was they refuse to have leaders.

  2. stonedome on 16/16/11 at 11:58 pm

    key people were arrested….the dog was impounded and will be euthanized if no one adopts him in 14 days

  3. Ozzy Osbourne on 17/17/11 at 12:00 am

    I thought there were no ‘Key People’. Were the ‘more equal’ animals arrested?
    OWS really is a study in hypocrisy and stupidity.

  4. Seerak on 17/17/11 at 3:36 am

    b-b-b-but those people were just agents-provocateurs, or just a small minority, nobody important and above all, in no way indicative of the movement as a whole, which is peaceful and law-abiding!

  5. Doubting Rich on 17/17/11 at 4:48 am

    Seerak

    That was my first thought. If the “key people [not leaders, honestly]” are among those arrested, then the lawbreaking must have been the intention of the “key people”. Since the “key people” determine the aims and character of the protest, the aims and character are not those of the fluffy-huggy sort of leftie interviewed by CNN and NBC. The aims and character are of the hard left, the communists, violent ecovandals and “anarchists”.

  6. dustydog on 17/17/11 at 6:18 am

    In the 2014/16 election cycle, having an Occupy arrest record will be a badge on honor on the left, instant credibility and guaranteed support from the media. The people in jail now are on the fast track to elected office, political appointments, staffer jobs.

  7. Erik on 17/17/11 at 6:42 am

    The scandinavian greens also wanted to refuse to have “leaders”, so instead of having a Party Leader they have two what they call something like “voice channels”. It’s basically the same thing, except they have two of them, and historically one has been a figure head that’s mainly there to look good in ads, and hardly ever speak.

    The benefit of having a “leaderless” organisation is that noone is responsible. If the “key people” go to jail, there’s no real connection to the group, they just “happened to be there”, and “weren’t really a part of the movement”.
    The left have used that M.O. for decades. It gives them a plausible denial for all the mayhem they cause, and still lets them benefit from all the threats and crimes they cause. The store chain that gets vandalizes gets told that even if the people that did it last time goes to jail, they better sign up to the lefts demands, or “someone else might be disappointed and do worse next time”.

  8. kcom on 17/17/11 at 7:40 am

    “though Hornbein dreams of free networks for protesters across the city”

    Do you see how often this theme comes up? These people show up for a protest and they want(/expect) free food, free medical care, a free place to sleep and now free internet. They seem to think that by virtue of their political beliefs and just showing up they are owed free stuff (from surrounding businesses)because they’re so noble. Kind of the whole country in microcosm, huh? Where’s my free stuff?

    When Tea Partiers showed up they brought their own stuff and demanded that government spend money responsibly and not burden their children with debt. They weren’t there looking for, and weren’t expecting, a handout.

    Compare and contrast.

  9. jeanneb on 17/17/11 at 7:53 am

    With the “leaders” in jail, I wonder what happened to the $500,000 they claimed had been donated???

  10. TurtleShroom on 17/17/11 at 8:58 am

    Your most influential men have been incarcerated, AND YOU STILL LOOK UP TO THEM?

    Seriously, you follow crooks? Oh. Wait. These aren’t crooks, they’re tuberculosis (Atlanta)-infected heroes “sticking it to the man” all the way to the hospital quarantine isolation ward by men in haz-mat suits!

  11. richard40 on 17/17/11 at 3:26 pm

    “In the 2014/16 election cycle, having an Occupy arrest record will be a badge on honor on the left, instant credibility and guaranteed support from the media. The people in jail now are on the fast track to elected office, political appointments, staffer jobs”. From Dustydog.

    I sincerely hope they will win dem primaries like crazy. I would love to see the dems in 2008 represented by “hippies and felons are us”. It will finally make it quite plain the values that party really represents.