(please scroll to bottom of blog post for update)
Here's some more of that new civility we've been hearing so much about.
A pair of Southland street cart vendors who were forced to shut down their businesses after “Occupy” protesters vandalized their carts are hoping to get some help from local residents.
KNX 1070′s Tom Reopelle reports a fundraiser in the Gas Lamp district in San Diego on Monday night is aimed at helping two vendors get back on their feet.
The coffee and hot dog carts were located in Civic Center Plaza, the same location as the Occupy San Diego protesters.
That group first settled in to the plaza Oct. 7 and set up a tent city which has since twice been taken down by police.
Coffee cart owner Linda Jenson and hot dog cart operators Letty and Pete Soto said they initially provided free food and drink to demonstrators, but when they stopped, the protesters became violent.
And according to one city councilman, bodily fluids were used in the attacks.
“Both carts have had items stolen, have had their covers vandalized with markings and graffiti, as well as one of the carts had urine and blood splattered on it,” said Councilman Carl DeMaio.
Another real-life lesson learned the hard way for the #OWS set: That "free" food and drink wasn't free. The cart operators had to pay someone in exchange for that food and drink so it shouldn't have come as any big surprise to the economically illiterate malcontents here in San Diego that the "free" food and drink the cart operators were kind enough to supply them was going to be on a temporary basis only.
Also, please note the sense of entitlement that is required as a mindset in order to trash someone's place of work when they are no longer hooking it up for "free".
The #OWS set may share a sense of anger and frustration with the tea party regarding corporate bailouts and subsidies but there is an addendum to that with #OWS and that is, "... where's my bailout?" that is absent the tea party message.
We are reaping the benefits of a generation of young men and women that received a trophy in sports regardless of how bad their team was. We are seeing first hand what emphasizing self-esteem over actual accomplishment in our public education system is getting us.
Trashing food and beverage carts because they could no longer provide "free" food and drink is the perfect metaphor for the #OWS movement.
Yep, kind of like the tea party.
(ed. note: It should be noted that the linked news piece came from a media outlet up in L.A. The local paper of record, the San Diego Union-Tribune, seems content to run feel-good articles about veterans joining the #OWS movement.)
(UPDATE #1): Yet, even more of that new civility we keep hearing about.
Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away.
The large, metal-framed “safety tent” -- which will be guarded by an all-female patrol -- can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers.
“This is all about safety in numbers,” said Becky Wartell, 24, a protester from Portland, Maine.
“When you’re in a large group of people sleeping, you will, of course, feel a lot safer than if you were by yourself,” she added.
“It will also keep away people that might feel more inclined to prey on two- and three-people tents.”
The safety measure comes amid a terrifying spree of sexual assaults -- including an alleged rape -- in the Zuccotti Park camp.
The article notes that these incidents very rarely get reported to the police as they are matters that are handleded internally.
We will restate our desire to see the victims of these assaults and rapes sue the pants off the cities as the cities refuse to enforce the law and refuse to see after the safety of the people.
Word around the campfire is that the cities, by initially backing down to the Occupiers, painted themselves into a corner and are now terrified that any efforts to move in the police to clear out and shut down the drug-infested and rape-y Occupy tent slums would result in full scale riots.
Cry us a river. This is what happens when you give in to terrorists. Oh, think we're being a little too harsh with that terminology? Think we're not employing the proper amount of civility? What, then, do you call people who either explicitly or implicitly promise violence if their demands are not met?