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Occupy My Pants

November 23, 2011

As I right this post, the Occupy Toronto protest is currently being evicted from St. James Park in downtown Toronto.

I like how the city of Toronto has handled this eviction. The city went to the courts and got a judge to preside over the facts. The judge took his sweet-ass time to do it, but he found that the people squatting in the park were going up against the city’s by-laws in regards to trying to live in public parks. The law states that people can’t be in the park during the wee hours of the night. And some people have been staying in the park all night long. (Not that many as a camera crew went into the park one night last week and found that only five tents were occupied and seemingly most of the protestors have been sleeping at a hotel across the street.)

Once the judge returned his verdict, the mayor gave a press conference telling the protestors that they will be evicted. But he never said when. That was the good idea. If the mayor told the protestors when they would be forced out, they could organize a proper resistance. They could call all of those Saturday afternoon protestors to come back and bolster their numbers. The police showed up in busloads early this morning, without warning, and started removing tents.

As I write this, the protestors have for the most part been complying with the police. Only three are getting pissy and refusing to leave. They’ve chained themselves into one tent known as the library tent. They are afraid that the police will destroy the books.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard several different reasons for this Occupy movement, specifically in Toronto. Some have been complaining about how Wall Street was bailed out by the government and the people who caused the economic collapse have not been punished. That explains Occupy Wall Street, but what does that have to do with Toronto and a park beside an Anglican church in a country where the banking and financial industry received no government bailouts. In fact, Canada’s banks are surprisingly strong. As a whole, the huge economic problems and credit crisis in the US have not been happening up here. The real estate market in Canada is still booming. The price of real estate is climbing. A house valued at under $500,000 ten years ago, is worth well over $750,000 today. Unlike in places like Michigan where a million dollar home ten years ago is on the market for $250,000 and there are no takers.

Others have been complaining that their voices are not being heard. Makes sense. Why would anybody listen to them? They’re not saying anything. The complaint seems to be about not being heard. Okay, I’m listening, say something.

And once the professional protestors from first nations groups and public sector labour unions arrived, the message was obviously changed to the typical messages imported by those professional protestors.

I wonder how many of these Occupy protestors actually took the time to call or write their respective elected officials and voice their displeasure with the system. Do the protestors realize that it’s the job of those elected officials to listen to the gripes and complaints of their constituents? If you have a problem with something, call your city councilor or your member of parliament first. If that doesn’t work, then you try something different.

And just because you complain, does not mean that the complaint has any validity.

If there are any sexy young lady protestors looking for a new place to set up a tent and continue this occupation, my pants are available.

Actually, nix that last idea. I don’t want any scabies-infested hippy twat getting my junk all dirty and diseased.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2011 1:21 pm

    Okay, that last line cracked my sh!t up. That. Was. Funny.

    thank you

  2. Riot Kitty permalink
    November 23, 2011 1:37 pm

    LOL at that last part! I am fine with protests in a legal, non-violent way. Here, we’ve had people shut down bridges and set up homeless camps in parks. How is that going to make a difference with the banks?

    its not, thus making it a pointless protest that does nothing but waste peoples time

  3. November 23, 2011 9:01 pm

    “Occupy My Pants.”

    Great idea…but sometimes once you let some people in…everyone wants some. Be careful!!!

    that’s okay, I’ll charge a cover if it gets really popular

  4. November 23, 2011 9:19 pm

    Go out and find yourselves jobs, people. I understand what they’re protesting against, I get it, but really now… no one cares anymore.

    they should probably shower too

  5. December 1, 2011 12:17 am

    As usual, you are your typical brilliant self. :) And that last line was priceless! LOL

    always try to end with a bang

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