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About 50 'Occupy Utica' protesters spend the night in tents
http://www.wktv.com/news/local/About-50-Occupy-Utica-protesters-spend-the-night-in-tents-131875448.h ^ | Oct 14, 2011 | WKTV

Posted on 10/14/2011 5:05:31 PM PDT by mdittmar

About 50 of the estimated crowd of 400 people who 'occupied' Utica Thursday evening ended up spending the night.

The diehard protesters say they will continue to 'Occupy Utica' 24 hours a day as long as the weather permits.

One of the organizers, Ken Keplinger says he does not want to put anyone's health in jeopardy, so as soon as the temperatures drop overnight to a temperature the group believes is unsafe, the protest will then only take place during the day.

Keplinger says they do plan to stay 24 hours a day, as long as they can.

Keplinger, who himself spent the night in a tent along Liberty Bell Park says it was rainy and cold on this first overnight, but it was an enthusiastic bunch who spent the night, "high spirits, a lot of people going by and honking for us. People from Utica, from businesses all over. They've been coming by, they're saying way to go, thanks for being out here for us, here's some food, here's some water."

The crowd was estimated to be about 400 during the peak 6:00 p.m. hour Thursday night, when the group held its kickoff event.

Just like their counterparts in the ongoing 'Occupy Wall Street' protest in New York City many of the protesters here in Utica chant and hold up signs with slogans about political and financial reform.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events
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How sad.
1 posted on 10/14/2011 5:05:35 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Once again I DEMAND

ONLY solar and wind generated electricity may be used for mobile phones and computers.


2 posted on 10/14/2011 5:08:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nascarnation

How do these people go to the bathroom?

And more important, what exactly are they protesting?

Are they just mad at the world?????


3 posted on 10/14/2011 5:11:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: mdittmar

Occupy Utica? That’s funny. Good luck to them.


4 posted on 10/14/2011 5:12:29 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: mdittmar
I have a question.

UTICA?


5 posted on 10/14/2011 5:13:57 PM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: NativeNewYorker
There is no Utica in New York?

I know there is a Utica in Illinois.

6 posted on 10/14/2011 5:18:39 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: mdittmar

Barry really needs to start visiting these Obamavilles so the fleabaggers can all have the opportunity to lick the bottoms of his shoes.


7 posted on 10/14/2011 5:20:08 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Greed" is wanting everything and demanding that somebody else pay for it.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I’m not sure, but I’ve read they hit the crapper in various businesses that are close by. Being NYC there’s probably a lot of places open 24 hrs. The business folks probably don’t much like it but probably fear discrimination complaints.

Then again it’s possible this is like a multiple shift factory operation where crews come and go during a 24 hr period.


8 posted on 10/14/2011 5:20:13 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Being a native New Yorker (Adirondack division x-fered to AZ) I protest the existence of Utica almost as much as that as NYC. Pretty much anything south and west of Watertown has to be declared another country if there is any hope for the state’s survival... ;)


9 posted on 10/14/2011 5:20:18 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (Chief Druid of Trollhenge: Cult of Palin)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Great idea, he could even lend them the Baraqqi Buses to sleep in when the weather turns frigid.


10 posted on 10/14/2011 5:23:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They obviously don’t have jobs to go to.

Most of them are living off Mom and Dad while protesting for the Government to take Dad’s money in taxes.


11 posted on 10/14/2011 5:23:54 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: mdittmar

Let’s see how well their tents hold up to the high winds blowing through this area. Good luck....morons!


12 posted on 10/14/2011 5:24:17 PM PDT by pgobrien (God save me from 'good' people.)
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To: mdittmar
"There is no Utica in New York?"

Yes there is, and it's a shit hole and has been a shit hole for a good many years. The Liberty Bell park they are occupying is a small corner lot in downtown Utica. There is no downtown anymore. They couldn't even keep a McDonald's open down there. It's been raining all day, and is supposed to rain all next week except for Monday. Temperatures at night are in the low 40's. We usually have snow by Halloween, so hopefully that will chase their sorry asses back home.

13 posted on 10/14/2011 5:34:23 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mdittmar

Mother nature is a fickle witch and she is going to slap them down and send them home. It will be the same in New York and they will never make it all day in the middle of the winter either.
Ain’t it great. Of course they will blame Wall Street for the cold weather as well.


14 posted on 10/14/2011 5:35:33 PM PDT by oldenuff2no (Rangers lead the way...... Delta, the original European home land security)
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To: mdittmar

Let’s see them occupy Ithaca (City of Evil).


15 posted on 10/14/2011 5:36:51 PM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: mass55th
The joke in upstate NY is that Herkimer is the a**hole of New York State.

And that Utica, is 10 miles up it.

16 posted on 10/14/2011 5:37:21 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: rbg81
Any city with a brewery, can't be all bad.

And Utica's got a great brewery.

17 posted on 10/14/2011 5:40:35 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

LOL!! I’ve never heard that one. Thanks for sharing. I was born in Rochester, NY, and have lived in the Utica/Rome area more or less since 1972.


18 posted on 10/14/2011 5:40:54 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mdittmar
The diehard protesters say they will continue to 'Occupy Utica' 24 hours a day as long as the weather permits.

I just can't get my arms around this.
19 posted on 10/14/2011 5:43:32 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama -> poster boy for Einstein's definition of insanity)
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20 posted on 10/14/2011 5:46:10 PM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: mdittmar

I know a sheriff down in Arizona who would be happy to provide them tents, in a climate where they could spend 24/7/365 in...maybe for several years. He would even provide them with ‘free’ pink underware. :)


21 posted on 10/14/2011 5:51:51 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: mass55th
Friendlier, nicer people you can't find anywhere. Upstate New York, the Mohawk Valley, is home to some of the best folk.

Plus, if you need to snuff someone, East Utica has people who can be of help. You're not gonna find better hit men in any other English speaking country.

22 posted on 10/14/2011 6:04:32 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: mdittmar
"...as soon as the temperatures drop overnight to a temperature the group believes is unsafe, the protest will then only take place during the day."

Thank God our troops didn't have that attitude during the winter of '77 - '78.

23 posted on 10/14/2011 6:14:06 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“more important, what exactly are they protesting?”

They have no idea.
Really, they don’t.
They admit it.


24 posted on 10/14/2011 6:17:52 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Norm Lenhart

When I grew up in NYS, everything north of White Plains was ok. I’m dismayed to hear the line has moved to the Mohawk Valley.


25 posted on 10/14/2011 6:19:47 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: billorites

A brewery is all Utica’s got.


26 posted on 10/14/2011 6:22:33 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Oh, brew me no beer....
With artificial bubbles.....


27 posted on 10/14/2011 6:40:10 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (Cavalry Ho! Weiners out.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I left in 95 and the APA had devastated the economy inside the Blue Line, *Adirondack Park” for non NY Freepers) with enviro regs. That communist bunch could give the EPS/Interior/BLM lessons.

NYC’s demands on everything north of them was crippling the rest of the state and Albany was all too happy to give them the store.

I miss the geography and the seasons, but I’ll never go back. It’s every bit as bad as Cali.


28 posted on 10/14/2011 6:44:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (Chief Druid of Trollhenge: Cult of Palin)
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To: ctdonath2
"A brewery is all Utica’s got."

Oh, no.

They've got a cool art museum.

And it's the hometown of Annette.


29 posted on 10/14/2011 6:47:11 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: mdittmar
They've been coming by, they're saying way to go, thanks for being out here for us,

Way to go Utica Freepers.

30 posted on 10/14/2011 6:52:12 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Ha ha ha. I live in the Bronx. This entire state is FUBAR!


31 posted on 10/14/2011 6:54:18 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: mdittmar

In honor of the Utica Club Brewery, these protesters should call themselves “Eunuch Aklub.”


32 posted on 10/14/2011 6:54:35 PM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He Hate Me Uns)
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To: GlockThe Vote

I spent 5 years in Ithaca in elementary and junior high school from ‘60 to ‘65. One of my Dad’s good friends lived on Texas Lane and he switched the letters on his mailbox to read “Taxes Lane.” I still remember the adults constantly complaining about sending all their money to the sewer NYC. Some things never change.


33 posted on 10/14/2011 6:58:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Valley Forge is the scene of the famous painting of General Washington on his knees in the snow, praying for his troops.

That was the winter of 77-78; a time, said Thomas Paine, “that tried men’s souls.”

;>)


34 posted on 10/14/2011 7:44:47 PM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: Avery Iota Kracker
I used to have one of these beauties before it cracked between the "beer" and "ale" part.
35 posted on 10/14/2011 8:12:16 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: mdittmar

As long as the weather permits .... what a pathetic bunch of whiny wimps. When the weather gets really cold, they might try the proven union method of protesting ... hire some people to walk the protest lines. Best if you prepare the signs that they will carry in advance as most of the hires are not big on spelling and remembering the cause. Best to have them carry the signs and shut up.


36 posted on 10/14/2011 8:20:57 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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