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OWS Leaders Stay at $700/Night Hotel

While the “useful idiots” of Occupy protesters sleep on hard concrete in tent encampments infested with rats, lice, garbage, tuberculosis, and human excrement, at least two of their leaders are sleeping in a $700-a-night hotel.

A room in the W Hotel Downtown (photo by J. Rice)

Candice M. Giove reports for The New York Post, Nov. 20, 2011, that New York city’s luxurious $700-per-night W Hotel Downtown that promises guests can “unleash [their] inner Gordon Gekko,” hosted two OWS elites last week.

OWS elite Peter Dutro (photo by Gabriella Bass)

One of the two is former tattoo-artist Peter Dutro, 35, a member of the OWS’s powerful finance committee in charge of the movement’s $500,000 in donations.
Dutro checked into the hotel on Wednesday, the night after police emptied Zucotti Park. While hundreds of his rebel brethren scrambled to find shelter in church basements, Dutro chose the five-star, 58-story hotel, with its lush rooms and 350-count Egyptian cotton sheets, although he lives only a short taxi ride away in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
When confronted by the NY Post in the sleek black lobby of the Washington Street hotel, Dutro confessed that “Tents are not for me. I knew everything was going to be a clusterf–k in the morning,” alluding to Occupy’s own disruption plans. “How would I get over the bridge when they were shutting it down? I knew . . . there was a high probability of getting arrested. I wanted a nice room. That’s OK. Not everybody there is dirt poor.”
He paid for his stay with his American Express card: “It is an expensive hotel. Whatever.” He said he spent $500 of his own money to get the room because he wanted a good night’s rest ahead of the cause’s two-month ceremony the next day and raucous post-raid protests.
He claims he chose the W for its convenience, not its luxury. “I’m not in the business of throwing money away,” he said. “It’s the only room I could find.” Sources in the hotel, however, describe him as a “repeat” guest.
Dutro claims he took care of comrades in less-comfortable digs: “I took food to all those churches. I got them cigarettes.”
The tattoo artist-turned-Occupy money man then took the elevator up to the fifth-floor welcome desk, where a disc jockey spins tunes and guests enjoy a vista of the growing freedom tower.

Hypocrite Brad Spritzer (photo by J.C. Rice)

The other OWS protester who stayed in the swanky W Hotel Downtown is Brad Spitzer, 24, an associate (financial analyst) at California-based financial-services giant Deloitte, who secretly took part in OWS protests in Zucotti Park during a week-long business trip to Manhattan. Deloitte netted $29 billion in revenue last year. Reportedly, Spitzer offered shelter to protesters in his swanky platinum-card room.
Clueless about the inherent contradiction between his work and his OWS protests, as well as his own hypocrisy, Spitzer, dressed down in a company T-shirt, said, “I’m staying here [the hotel] for work. I do finance, but I support it [OWS] still.”
During his stay, hotel sources said, he and other ragtag revolutionaries he brought into the hotel lived like 1 percenters. He would order up a roll-out bed to accommodate guests. “He’s here all the time,” a hotel source said. “We all see him at the protest.”
Spitzer denied sheltering Occupiers. He claimed he only invited in a blogger buddy living at the park to wash off his camp grime.
Rooms in the W Hotel Downtown have 37-inch flat-screen TVs, window seats overlooking the city and iPod-dock alarm clocks. Visitors can order 12-year-old Glenlivet scotch for $375 a bottle, or an $18 pastrami sandwich, from room service. There’s even a menu for four-legged guests, including a $16 dog dish of Niman Ranch ground beef.
Occupiers told The Post that they witnessed other General Assembly and group leaders stay in both the W Downtown and the Marriott Hotel — and said that key players were not present when cops stormed Zuccotti.
OWS leaders like Peter Dutro are really no less a hypocrite than the politicians (Obama, Pelosi, Al Gore) and celebrities (Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, et al) — all one-percenters multimillionaires — who say they support the movement.
Deloitte (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited), the employer of Brad Spitzer, is one of the Big Four accountancy firms along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
Deloitte is the second largest professional services network in the world, with 182,000 employees in more than 150 countries providing audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services. In FY 2011, Deloitte earned a record $28.8 billion in revenues, ranking second behind PwC’s record $29.2 billion.
Deloitte‘s global headquarters is located in Paramount Plaza, in Midtown Manhattan, which definitely makes the company a Wall Street One Percenter.
I’m sure Deloitte’s chairman, Stephen Almond, and its CEO, Barry Saltzberg, would love to hear from you about what one of its valued employees is doing in Zucotti Park. Here’s Deloitte’s contact info:

Global Office
1633 Broadway
New York, New York 10019-6754 USA
Click here to write an E-mail


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OWS 99% Resent Feeding the Homeless

They say they’re the 99% protesting against the greed of the 1% filthy rich. So it’s strange, to say the least, that the 99% have no compassion for the people at the rock bottom of American society — the Zero Percenters with no income, no assets, not even a home.
Selim Algar and Bob Fredericks report for the New York Post, Oct. 27, 2011, that the Occupiers are getting resentful about feeding “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
OWS volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for the moochers who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day.
In protest, for three days beginning yesterday (Oct. 28), the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.

An Occupier had to make do with a meal of brown rice. Photo by Chad Rachman, NY Post

To show they mean business, the kitchen staff refused to serve any food for two hours on Wednesday in order to meet with OWS’s “General Assembly” to air their grievances.
“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer. A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”
Protesters got their first taste of the revolt within the revolt on Wednesday when the kitchen staff served only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips after their staff meeting.
Organizers took other steps to police the squatters, who they said were lured in from other parks with the promise of free meals.
A team of 10 security volunteers moved in to the trouble-prone southwest section of Zuccotti Park in a show of force to confront them. Some arguments broke out as the security team searched tents — but no violence erupted.
Overall security at the park had deteriorated to the point where many frightened female protesters had abandoned the increasingly out-of-control occupation, security- team members said.
Rumors swirled that one homeless man had pulled a knife in a dispute the night before — and that there had been yet another case of groping.
But the fight isn’t just between the Occupiers and the moochers. Melanie Eversley reports for USA Today, Oct. 28, 2011, that fights are breaking out among the Occupiers, “so much so that one corner of Zuccotti Park has emerged where protesters say they won’t go for fear of their safety.” Police officers have been warned of “dangerous instruments’ being concealed in cardboard tubing.”
Sadly, it looks like Zucotti Park is no Woodstock 2011.

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Selfless Wall Street Occupiers Fight Over Donated $1/2M

Pot meet kettle.
Those noble Occupiers in New York’s increasingly filthy Zucotti Park, who are protesting against America’s greedy Top 1%, are now squabbling among themselves over the sweet pot of half a million dollars’ donated funds.
Ginger Adam Otis reports for the New York Post, Oct 23, 2011, that Occupy Wall Street’s Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in — but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protesters is fraying tempers.

Some drummers — incensed they got no money to replace or safeguard their drums after a midnight vandal destroyed their instruments Wednesday — are threatening to splinter off.
“F–k Finance. I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets an injunction and demands to see the movement’s books. We need to know how much money we really have and where it’s going,” said a frustrated Bryan Smith, 45, who joined OWS in Lower Manhattan nearly three weeks ago from Los Angeles, where he works in TV production.
Smith is a member of the Comfort Working Group — one of about 30 small collectives that have sprung up within OWS. The Comfort group is charged with finding out what basic necessities campers need, like thermal underwear, and then raising money by soliciting donations on the street.
“The other day, I took in $2,000. I kept $650 for my group, and gave the rest to Finance. Then I went to them with a request — so many people need things, and they should not be going without basic comfort items — and I was told to fill out paperwork. Paperwork! Are they the government now?” Smith fumed, even as he cajoled the passing crowd for more cash.
The Finance Committee dives on whatever dollars are raised by all the OWS working groups, said Smith, and doesn’t give it back.
The Comfort group has an allowance of $150 a day, while larger working groups, like the Kitchen group, get up to $2,000.
“What can I do with $150?” said Smith. “We have three tons of wet laundry here from the rainstorm — how do I get that done? We need winter gear, shoes, socks. I could spend $10,000 alone for backpacks people need. We raise all this money. Where is it?”
Pete Dutro, 36, a Brooklyn tattoo artist who is getting a master’s in finance and sits on the Finance Committee, said big purchases like Smith’s can’t get immediate approval. He said, “We don’t have the power for that. They have to go to the General Assembly. If it’s approved, we pay out that amount and make sure everything is accounted for,” and promised that within the next few days, the Financial Committee will release a detailed report.
Yesterday, a huge flat-screen TV went up in Zuccotti Park for a movie night and pajama party with popcorn. Organizers hoped it would attract new recruits — even as some long-timers complained that the movement was getting too diffuse after yesterday’s lackluster showing at a police-brutality event in Union Square that barely attracted 50 participants.
Meanwhile, someone on a rainy night last week, stabbed holes in many of the protesters’ drums with a knife, said Elijah Moses, 19, of Queens, a founder of the Pulse Working Group. Moses asked the General Assembly — the nightly meeting where protesters collectively vote on OWS decisions — for $8,000 to replace the drums, and build a small shed to lock them up. But the Assembly said no and turned Moses down, so he’s now feeling “really frustrated.”
~Eowyn & Steve
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Susan Sarandon, OWS Hypocrite

Definition of hypocrite: 1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion or 2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.
Limousine liberals are a sub-group of hypocrites. The term was coined in the late 1960s to refer to the hypocrisy of wealthy liberals who call for the use of mass transit while frequently using limousines or private jets, claiming environmental consciousness but driving low MPG sports cars or SUVs, or ostensibly supporting public education while actually sending their children to private schools.
If there’s an award for limousine liberalism, I nominate actress Susan Sarandon.

Susan Sarandon in Zucotti Park

On September 28, 2011, the 64-year-old Sarandon, “a veteran of protest marches and civil disobedience actions for liberal and humanitarian causes,” stopped by the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park on her way to Italy, to show her support for the anti-corporate “eat the rich” movement.
She told the crowd: “I’m just here to be educated and offer my support. There’s a lot of different kinds of people here who want to shift the paradigm to something that’s addressing the huge gap between the rich and the poor.”

On October 14, 2011, the same Susan Sarandon appeared at the launch of clothing company Uniqlo’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
As the new face of Uniqlo’s US Autumn Collection, Sarandon obligingly wore an ugly jacket made out of a fabric covered with the company’s red logo.
Sarandon has an estimated net worth of $50 million. If she hadn’t recently divorced Tim Robbins, another loud-mouthed Hollywood socialist who’s also an OWS supporter and also has a net worth of $50 million, the couple would have a net worth of $100 million. That would get them beheaded — according to the yardstick ($100 million and over) of yet another phony Hollywood socialist, Roseanne Barr.
Conveniently, Barr’s estimated net worth is “only” $80 million, which is $20 million short of that guillotine magic figure of $100 million. Barr should really try not to get any wealthier, or she would have to behead herself.
Umm…. What was that definition of “hypocrite” again?

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Filthy Pigs of "Occupy Wall Street"

[Disclaimer: Apologies to the animals called pigs.]
The older generations of readers of Fellowship of the Minds well remember that the 1960s radical Left (such as the Black Panthers and Obama’s Chicago friends, former Weather Underground urban terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn) called the police “pigs.”
Like so many things about the Left, once again it’s a case of psychological projection.
Take a look at these pics of Zuccotti Park, the site of the 3-week long Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. You’ll see who the pigs really are.

A protester defecates against a police car

Brookfield Office Properties, which owns Zuccotti Park, the site of the New York demonstration, said the protesters are creating sanitation problems. Brookfield said in a statement:
“Sanitation is a growing concern. Normally the park is cleaned and inspected every week night. . . because the protesters refuse to cooperate. . .the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.”
H/t Artist and ThinksForMyself!

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