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Posted on 10/19/2011 5:35:55 AM PDT by Libloather
Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street's Tents Aren't Protected Free Speech
By Christopher Robbins in News on October 18, 2011 12:02 PM
Proving that Mayor Bloomberg enjoys dancing on the razor's edge of public opinion, Hizzoner told reporters yesterday that he doesn't believe the Occupy Wall Street tents set up in Zuccotti Park are considered protected speech. "I'm 100 percent in favor of protecting1,000 percent in favorof giving people rights to say things, but also we have to protect those who don't want to say anything," Bloomberg said.
He continues, per his eponymous news outlet:
There are places where I think it's appropriate to express yourself and then there are other places that are appropriate to set up a tent city, and they don't necessarily have to be one and the same. The Constitution doesn't protect tents, it protects speech and assembly.
While a 1984 Supreme Court case involving protesters who wanted to camp on federal land seems to back up the mayor's assertions, Bloomberg distinguishing tents from the protesters' right to occupy Zuccotti Park seems specious. There are plenty of rules in place at the park that are currently not being enforced because doing so would provoke a potentially violent confrontation between peaceful protesters and the NYPD.
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What a p*ssy.
—There are plenty of rules in place at the park that are currently not being enforced —
It’s time to enforce them. They should have enforced them immediately. It’s a lot easier to clean up spilled milk right after it spills than to wait a week when it’s dried to a hard coating. They waited and are suffering the consequences.
So, Bloomy, when are you going to grow a pair and order the police to remove them?
Rudy would have done it on Day Two of this fiasco.
As long as they’re not eating salt or smoking, I can see him letting them stay there forever.
He is no Rudy.
my pre-written response to all things Bloomberg:
Bloomers is a Crony-capitalist, nebbish, poor little rich boy, self hating jew, tiny buttwipe of a man...the only reason he is probably not a fag (the jury is still out) is that he has the greatest aphrodisiac of all time, billions of dollars....he decries the 2nd amendment, but whines about how the enemys first amendment rights to worship are being usurped....even though Islam is NOT a religion but a murder cult.. © Vaquero 2010-2011
whatevah. bloomberg is a wuss.
“I think he understands the longer this go the more emasculating this looks personally...”
Not sure how Bloomie could even look more emasculated than he does already...LOL! His ‘girlfriend’ must have his junk in a lock box....LOL!
Meanwhile, this idiot Bloomberg once fined a business in Brooklyn for having an ash tray on the premises.
I thought of this when some town in NJ evicted a Obamaville tent city last year, if the tent people had simply painted protest messages on each and every structure and named a few people as the performing artists, there would be no legal precedent in NJ to remove the structure as long as the protest was continuously ‘manned’ by the homeless people.
Basically with some graffiti jumbo paint markers (which many of the cardboard signs were made with) writing messages on the tents make the tents a banner, and 1st Amendment banners are given very strong 1st Amendment protections inside NY State and New York County.
The protections are so strong every single Captain and Sgt. in NYPD/County Sheriff/State Trooper at the site will immediately recoil at the idea of touching the tent/banner because the consequences of a successful lawsuit against the LEO’s dept will deep six the officers’ careers and possibly severely reduce their pensions if they get the boot before the golden number.