Occupy the Ash Heap?
Is Occupy Nashville slowly dying
Belief that the constitutional rights of the people who are sitting in on Legislative Plaza are sacrosanct, and agreement with the ideas that many of the protesters are promoting are two different things, however, and this writer has been clear that his sympathies lie with the Constitution, not with this political movement. One of the problems with the so-called Occupy Movement is that-especially in Nashville-even its supporters do not know what its clear goals are, and no one from Occupy Nashville has laid out a clear program for the Tennessee General Assembly in the next session that focuses on their agenda. This may be because they have no real agenda and no leader-Occupy Nashville has given us some idea of what they are against, but they cannot tell us what they are in favor of it change the things that they believe are dysfunctional. Even people who are otherwise inclined to support the Occupiers admit this is a problem.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Duh, Elections, Local politics, Miscellany, Tennessee politics
Mitt's Media Problem
If you want to know why Mitt Romney hasn't quite closed the deal with the Republican base, actions like this may be why
You'll never find this writer telling a candidate that they can't have a
private fundraiser. However, when that fundraiser just happens to be in
a major public space in the middle of downtown Knoxville, and the
candidate is a major candidate for the 2012 Republican Presidential
nomination, it may not be a good idea to ban all media from an event in such an openly public space. Furthermore, when the Presidential candidate does
come to town, it stands to reason that the candidate and his supporters
will likely get some pretty bad press in the local area where this
occurs if it happens to get out that the news photographer who was
covering the candidate's visit was denied access to the building, and a
news reporter seeking a short interview was apparently escorted away by private security.
Labels: Conservatism, Federal politics, Presidential Election, Tennessee politics
Occupy the Courtroom
A New York State Supreme Court Judge yesterday proved me wrong, but there may have been reasons other than the obvious
Secondly-and far more importantly-as several people have pointed out to me in the last 24 hours, Zuccotti Park is actually private property. It is owned by a private company, Brookfield Properties, which has an agreement with the city that allows the land to be used as a park. Since Brookfield owns the turf, you can be certain that they weren't pleased that their lovely green space was being turned into a festering, desease-ridden, crime infested public health hazard. We may never know whether it happened or not, but it might be a fair bet that the Brookfield folks went to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and told him to clean up the mess or the long-standing agreement to allow Zuccoti to be used as a park by the city would be brought to an end based on the city failing to keep the place in good order.
Labels: Duh, Federal politics, Local politics, Miscellany, Political correctness
Bloomberg Takes A Page from Nashville
Apparently New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg forgot that trying to remove Occupy protestors has backfired elsewhere
Mayor Bloomberg didn't get the word that this was tried in Tennessee,
where the protests weren't particularly popular, and it had the effect
of making people side with the protesters who would not otherwise be so
inclined to do so.
Labels: Duh, Federal politics, Local politics, Miscellany, Tennessee politics
Occupy Some Sense
So the Occupy Nashville people get to stay at the Plaza-what is their plan
What is the continuing purpose of the sit-in at the Capitol? What demands do the protesters have of the Tennessee General Assembly? Since the Occupy movement seems to enjoy comparing itself to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's, then the leaders of Occupy should know that at some point, that movement established clear goals, and moved from sit-ins and boycotts to tangible political action.
Labels: Duh, Local politics, Political correctness, Tennessee politics