Maybe they should have thought about coming prepared with the proper gear. It does get a little chilly here in the east this time of year. I’ll toss another few logs on the fire before I double over with laughter.
With requests for everything from water to warm weather gear, the cold weather is taking a toll on protesters as they attempt to clean up their encampment.
For weeks, rats seeking warmer housing have been spotted around the pallets and tents. Protesters were cleaning up their outdoor kitchen in McPherson Square Wednesday; health department officials are expected to visit on Thursday.
Naturally, these media-savvy mutants put out the call for help on Twitter, where they’ve received a groundswell of one retweet since Tuesday.@OccupyDCNeeds Occupy DC NeedsRT
@occupydcneeds: we’re shivering :( help us stay healthy&warm. Donate: warm weather gear(thermals/blankets etc) medical supplies,…
Actually, I think they mean “cold weather gear”. Warm weather gear would be shorts, tanktops and sunscreen. Sounds like an old episode of M*A*S*H when radar ordered gloves from supply and got suntan lotion!
With several attention-grabbing protests before Iowa’s caucuses, Occupy Wall Street activists proved their movement did not end when its encampments in big cities dispersed. But they also showed the group hasn’t matured into a political force, and it’s not clear whether it will become a liberal counterweight to the tea party this election year.Following Tuesday’s vote in Iowa, on which the movement had little impact, Occupy organizers are pledging to stage more protests in New Hampshire and South Carolina as the presidential nomination process moves east. But the smaller-than-expected crowds, a muddled message that was mostly ignored by candidates, and tactics that seem to limit their appeal raised questions about its long-term viability.
“This is a sign that the way they have been trying to do it probably isn’t going to work,” said Dave Petersen, director of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University, who said Occupy’s only discernible impact was tighter-than-usual security at Republican events. He said the group needed to develop leaders and a more coherent message if it wanted to make the transition from a grassroots movement to an electoral powerhouse.
Oh yeah, a coherent message. That would be nice. So would the lack of belligerence, crime, rape, constant shouting and general annoyances. Other than that and their incoherent politics, what’s there not to like?