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Occupy Plans to Occupy the Rose Parade
Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2011 | Townhall.com Staff

Posted on 12/29/2011 8:36:45 AM PST by Kaslin

A segment of Occupy Wall Street protesters applied for a permit to be in the annual Rose Parade on January 2nd. They should be applauded for their application -- it was an uncharacteristic submission to hierarchy. But the people who really deserve applause is the parade officials who rejected their application.

But now the Occupiers, who never take no for an answer, plan to follow behind the police cars that conclude the parade. Officials are aware of this, and an article by Penny Starr of CNS News said:

“They will be allowed, just like any other spectator or any other demonstrator, to fall in at the completion of the parade behind our four police cars that trail the parade,” Riddle [Lt. of the Pasadena Police Department] said. “That doesn’t give them placing, that doesn’t give them a permit – no permit is needed as long as they don’t infringe on other individuals that every year gather in the street and walk.”

The Occupiers plan to make a "human float" -- whatever form that ends up taking, it should be an interesting spectacle.

Unsurprisingly, the Tea Party outclassed the Occupiers in their response. Starr's article states:

But Michael Alexander, president and co-founder of the Tea Party Pasadena Patriots and its political action committee, TEAPAC, said he doesn’t think the protestors will have much impact and described the Occupy efforts as a “movement in decline.”

Alexander said his group debated whether to stage a counter-demonstration but it was decided that it was wrong to “politicize” the beloved parade.

“America is entitled to one day without politics, whether it’s the Tea Party, the Democrats, the Republicans or the Occupy people,” Alexander said. “The Rose Parade is our parade and we deeply resent any effort to politicize it.”

“The real demonstration is going to be at the polls in November and at every other election in between,” Alexander said. “That’s where this battle will be fought -- not in petty street theater.”

Written by Mary Crookston


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: California
KEYWORDS: occupyprotests; occupywallstreet; roseparade; teaparty

1 posted on 12/29/2011 8:36:49 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I read where the Rose Parade organizer said they can’t do it:http://cnsnews.com/news/article/tournament-roses-occupiers-you-cant-march-our-parade


2 posted on 12/29/2011 8:40:25 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Kaslin

Leftists/Communists/Socialists politicize everything. It is their religion - a reason for them to live their miserable lives.


3 posted on 12/29/2011 8:41:55 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s kids attacking whatever is good about America wonder how that will work out for him?


4 posted on 12/29/2011 8:43:14 AM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Tasers, night sticks, and high-pressure water cannons.

Let’s really see how brave the leftists are.


5 posted on 12/29/2011 8:43:37 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Kaslin
But now the Occupiers, who never take no for an answer, plan to follow behind the police cars that conclude the parade
Well there are a lot of horses in that parade. Manure happens.
6 posted on 12/29/2011 8:45:46 AM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: SkyDancer
I can think of very few events in Ca that are not receptive to some kind of controversy...the Rose Parade is tops on that list.

Bring the popcorn, this should be interesting. My suspicion is there will be a good dose of lump therapy meted out.

7 posted on 12/29/2011 8:46:42 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Kaslin

I hope these “occupiers” disrupt, aggivate, and generally piss off everyone everyday right up to the election...this turd is right in the middle of obamas plate...it’s his and he owns it.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 8:47:01 AM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: Kaslin

The Occupiers plan to make a “human float””

Shouldn’t it read “human flotsam”?


9 posted on 12/29/2011 8:47:29 AM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: Kaslin

Great optics for our side. These fools attacking an American staple.


10 posted on 12/29/2011 8:48:12 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Kaslin

Great optics for our side. These fools attacking an American staple.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 8:48:24 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Kaslin

I used to live in Pasadena and I’ve been to the parade a few times.

Everybody at the parade knows that the people who come right after the last police cars are the weirdos.

This won’t help Occupy a bit. Usually it is the “repent now— the world is ending” people on bicycles. So this year, it will be the Occupy people. The audience is overwhelmingly families. They will not be interested in Occupy, or will think it’s funny/pathetic.


12 posted on 12/29/2011 8:50:06 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

The Doo Da parade would be a better choice for this group.


13 posted on 12/29/2011 8:52:07 AM PST by ThomasThomas ( If you can't laugh at your self, I will for you.)
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To: Mouton

Well it >is< Kaliphornia so maybe they’ll have a float of some kind? Either that I think they’ll be doing some flash mob scenes.


14 posted on 12/29/2011 8:53:46 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: duckman
The Occupiers plan to make a human float.

Its a logical next step for them


15 posted on 12/29/2011 8:54:59 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

The organizers need to have a really large sound system loaded with the Star Spangled Banner.

When these idiots start one of their “Mic checks”, drown ‘em out.


16 posted on 12/29/2011 9:01:36 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: duckman

Considering the cavalier attitude the OWSies have taken about human waste recently, I really don’t want to contemplate what they mean by “human float.”


17 posted on 12/29/2011 9:02:51 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Kaslin

Where are the Hells Angels when you need tham?


18 posted on 12/29/2011 9:04:00 AM PST by Grunthor (Do you worship the State or do you worship the Lord? There is no middle ground.)
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To: Kaslin

“OCCUPIERS” = the gift that keeps on giving !


19 posted on 12/29/2011 9:07:09 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Reagan69

#occupy pepper spray.


20 posted on 12/29/2011 9:35:11 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: married21

Your relocations of the weirdoes that follow this parade is spot on. Thing is, if you have never attended the parade you don’t know about the nuts bringing up the rear because the TV cameras are long shut off, and the coverage is now totally focused on the football games of the day. After the last float goes by, if they want to get noticed they are going to have to parachute on to the 50 yard line of the Rose Bowl.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 10:05:20 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Kaslin

Fertilizer for the roses?


22 posted on 12/29/2011 10:06:39 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Kaslin

They are going to awaken the sleeping giant if they mess with football!


23 posted on 12/29/2011 10:19:48 AM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Kaslin

The beknighted unwashed are sure to raise a ruckus about their permit being denied since so many elected officials are either sympathetic or intimidated by them. Despite the MSM’s distorted image of them, they’ll push until everyone will have to disavow them to retain a vestige of credibility because THEY’RE MORONS!


24 posted on 12/29/2011 10:39:09 AM PST by Spok (From hope and change to change is hopeless.)
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To: BubbaJunebug
I hope these “occupiers” disrupt, aggivate, and generally piss off everyone everyday right up to the election

They are a ready-made campaign commercial to run against Obama and the Dems every day of the week. Just have a split screen with the OWS gang's shenanigans on one side, with endorsements by Pelosi, Obama, et al., and the Tea Party cleaning up after themselves on the other.

25 posted on 12/29/2011 10:55:09 AM PST by Argus
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To: Kaslin
it was an uncharacteristic submission to hierarchy

No.....they just realize that virtually every cop in all of Southern California is on duty in Pasadena that day every year.

26 posted on 12/29/2011 11:00:18 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: Sybeck1
These fools attacking an American staple

The basic playbook of anarchists everywhere...

27 posted on 12/29/2011 11:02:12 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: goseminoles

IF horses are mixed with pepper spray, there will be trouble. I don’t care how well trained a parade horse is, pepper spray changes the whole thing.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 1:24:17 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Kaslin

The cameras will be shut off long before they cross the main part of the parade route. Wasted effort on their part.


29 posted on 12/29/2011 1:26:25 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: NavyCanDo; Kaslin

If I still lived anywhere near the area I’d consider getting a group together dressed as sanitation agents “armed” with deodorant, spray cleaner, pooper scoopers, and flyswatters and as the “after-parade” progresses follow along behind them “freshening” the street.

While the “after” parade usually doesn’t get press, I wouldn’t be surprised if the usual media suspects give it some this year.


30 posted on 12/29/2011 11:21:59 PM PST by BuckyKat (Green = the new red)
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To: Kaslin
Good. I want these people to be as big a nuisance as possible.

It's up to us to remind/inform people that these miscreants are all Urkel's constituents.

31 posted on 12/29/2011 11:24:45 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Kaslin
Good. I want these people to be as big a nuisance as possible.

It's up to us to remind/inform people that these miscreants are all Urkel's constituents.

32 posted on 12/29/2011 11:24:45 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: married21
This won’t help Occupy a bit. Usually it is the “repent now— the world is ending” people on bicycles. So this year, it will be the Occupy people. The audience is overwhelmingly families. They will not be interested in Occupy, or will think it’s funny/pathetic.

The occupotty people have failed to listen to Pasadena police who have been very clear here - they will not be given placement after the parade. They may fall in, like everyone else. The 'repent now' group organizes and follows the parade at the first available moment, whereas the occupotty people plan on waiting for the end of parade to make the turn onto Colorado before they enter it.

Then again, as of 45 minutes ago, they had a whole 6 people there, one of which was in a military uniform (an odd mix of Army Ranger patches, Marine fatigues and infantry pins..) doing what occupotty protesters do best - offering the strangest of opinions. He was wearing a sign saying 'Dr. Martin Luther King would have been sent to Gitmo.'

I couldn't help myself, I actually had to ask him "Do you consider Dr. Martin Luther King to be a violent psychopath bent on enforcing religious rule by murdering others, suppressing the education of women, denial of gays to even live, and committing terrorism against foreign and domestic targets?"

As usual, his response was confused, filled with statements which made no sense, but the gist was that no, Dr. King wasn't like those held in Gitmo, he just would have been sent there.

Yep, you're right, they'll be just where the weirdos go in the parade, right behind the 'end is near' bicycle crew. I did get a laugh though - the space they wanted on Colorado Blvd across from the cameras was filled with Cal Poly students who didn't seem interested in the least in giving up their spot to 'the important movement.. Don't they understand that we're fighting for them?'

No, occupotty protester, they realize exactly what you're fighting for - you're fighting for free rides for all those useless degrees which they're told are equivalent to the hard four years of work they put in for engineering degrees, supporting departments which drain university resources and fill classrooms with brain dead Marxists who make regular appearances on campus to say how evil corporations are, while reading speeches off their iPads and drinking Starbucks.

You're looking for the Chicano Studies students and Women's Studies and the others who won't be at the Rose Parade - those kids who are there helped build that float in the parade and are there in pride and school spirit.

33 posted on 01/02/2012 5:46:01 AM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

We’re going to the parade today, nearer the end of the route. Our Conservative children say they want to bring American flags to wave at the Occupiers, as they sing the Star Spangled Banner. We only have two kids, though, so I’m not expecting to start a huge counter-protest.

As to the Cal Poly students who will not cede their place to the Occupy people, many of them probably vote Democrat. But you’re right that they haven’t much in common with the Victims studies majors.

We were just at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo last week, looking around and taking a hike. Many beautiful, fairly new, dormitories and buildings, with every conservation and earth friendly feature spelled out in signs next to the buildings. A whole lot of tax money must of gone there, but the students there are extremely sharp and have practical majors. They should be more capable than most of repaying the money by being productive future tax payers.


34 posted on 01/02/2012 6:35:00 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

We didn’t see any Occupy people at all. I think the kids were disappointed. We were at the very end of the parade route. I guess Occupiers are better at squatting than marching.


35 posted on 01/02/2012 3:01:51 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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