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Occupy Lawrence protester arrested after climbing onto Weaver’s roof

An Occupy Lawrence protester was taken into custody by the Lawrence police after being on top of Weaver’s Department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

November 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m. Updated November 5, 2011, 7:15 p.m.

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A protester affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group is taken from a crane into police custody at Ninth and Massachusetts streets on Nov. 5, 2011. The man, who has not yet been identified but whom protesters say is Shaun Maupin, was arrested after spending nearly an hour shouting from the roof of Weaver's in a mask.

A protester affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group is taken from a crane into police custody at Ninth and Massachusetts streets on Nov. 5, 2011. The man, who has not yet been identified but whom protesters say is Shaun Maupin, was arrested after spending nearly an hour shouting from the roof of Weaver's in a mask.

An Occupy Lawrence protester signals a peace sign to the crowd while being taken away by Lawrence Police after he was removed from the roof of Weaver's department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

An Occupy Lawrence protester signals a peace sign to the crowd while being taken away by Lawrence Police after he was removed from the roof of Weaver's department store downtown during a rally Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

A man, identified by police as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, shouts at passersby and protesters from the roof of Weaver's, 901 Massachusetts St., Nov. 5, 2011. Maupin was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage to stolen property and theft.

A man, identified by police as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, shouts at passersby and protesters from the roof of Weaver's, 901 Massachusetts St., Nov. 5, 2011. Maupin was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal damage to stolen property and theft.

A man affiliated with the Occupy Lawrence group was arrested Saturday afternoon from atop the roof of Weaver’s Department Store, 901 Mass.

The man, whom police identified as 24-year-old Sean Maupin, spent somewhere between a half-hour and an hour chanting slogans while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

Police blocked traffic on Massachusetts Street from 10th to Ninth streets before officers in a ladder vehicle arrested the man on the roof and brought him down and into custody.

Maupin was booked into the Douglas County Jail shortly after 1 p.m. on charges of criminal trespassing.

Sgt. Ted Bordman later said that Maupin would also be charged with misdemeanor theft and criminal damage of property. Bordman said that police had found a large vinyl banner belonging to a local apartment complex on the Weaver’s roof that police believed Maupin stole and spray-painted with a political slogan.

A large crowd of downtown passersby gathered at the intersection during the time Maupin was on the roof to “watch the spectacle,” as one man said to his young son.

Maupin was no longer in custody as of late Saturday afternoon, according to online records. Occupy Lawrence members said at their daily meeting in South Park that a representative paid Maupin’s $100 bail.

Present at the meeting, Maupin said that he did not want to be interviewed but read the assembly a draft of a statement that he said he would later send to the Lawrence Journal-World. When asked if he felt using public resources was effective for his cause, he said, “that’s what protesting is — civil disobedience.”

Jason Phoenix, who has served as a media representative for the group for several weeks, said that many, if not all, of those affiliated did not know of Maupin’s plans to scale the building ahead of time.

“Sean was making an action on his own,” he said.

Maupin said his arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 22.

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monkfellow 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh, but, wait..no, these kids are so...so, transformational. They want us to not do, not act, but be present, think, be real, just...BE. Wow, I never figured I'd have to live through a revival of the idiotic 60s stuff. These characters must have inherited something weird from their parents' DNA.

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parrothead8 2 years, 11 months ago

Civil rights for African-Americans, protesting a war that even most high-ranking military advisors now admit we never should have entered, and equality for women.

You know, all that "idiotic 60s stuff."

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

In '09 Halliburton made $565 million in US income, $30 million from tax rebates and had an effective tax rate of -5.3%.

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monkfellow 2 years, 11 months ago

Unless you endured the foolishness, you have no place at this table. We turned over to a group of mass murderers the fate of millions of people because overfed college students (whom I had to walk over to get to class whenever they wanted to "strike" on a nice day) were bored with their pampered life. Please don't compare the nut cases of Occupy...whatever" to the struggles of the civil rights movement. I would't pretend to speak for Dr. King but I imagine he'd have little use for the "takers" who are sitting around, getting nothing accomplished.As for the anarchists spraying graffiti, breaking store windows and taunting police, yeah, there's a great image for a civil rights march.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 11 months ago

I believe Dr. King's crusade when he died was going to be against poverty. Since the corporations of America want to increase poverty, and have been quite successful so far, then I think he would occupy.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

I'd have to agree with you, tomato.

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werekoala 2 years, 11 months ago

Dude, I agree with about 75% of these people's point. And I can't freaking stand them.

No, democracy does not look like a bunch of grubby hippies climbing small businesses to chant and scream. (Really, Weavers? The small-town independently owned business that is pure Main Street? Why not Wal-Mart?)

Democracy looks like ceasing to be AWs and instead taking that energy and enthusiasm and directing it toward getting out the vote on election day.

I understand it's probably a lot more glamorous to make a spectacle of yourself like you see people doing in other countries. Kids want to be part of some giant movement. But you're missing the point: the reason that people are marching in the streets in the Middle East is that they CAN'T vote for change. Thank god, due to the sacrifices of our forefathers, we don't have to get clubbed on the streets to make the world a better place.

God, I wish the OWS folks would come out with some reasonable goals and plans to reach them. Throwing a tantrum can be good, for a short time. But if after a while, there's no sense of where to go from here, the movement fizzles and dies. Exactly like what happened to the flower children.

I'd rather see that not happen. I'd rather see the world improve. If these kids grew up and actually started trying to build something, they might be suprised at the support they get from us slightly older folks. But immature stunts like this don't help the cause. It's not about you, and how you can have a good story to impress your bros with. It's about all 99% of us, right?

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Phillbert 2 years, 11 months ago

Exactly. We have the ability to vote (at least until the Koch-Brownback-Kobach alliance gets its way.) Get organized and get out the vote. Stupid stunts like this don't "raise awareness" they just make you look like a movement to be ignored.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 11 months ago

Occupy Lawrence generally seems to think any attention is good attention. The Black Bloc fringe of Occupy Oakland believes the same thing.

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nschwerm 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm hoping OWS will adopt this as their 'one demand' that they promised when the movement started. Robert Steele has proposed it to them and I hope they accept. http://www.phibetaiota.net/2011/10/2011-electoral-reform-act-2-2-full-text-online-for-google-translate/

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spoony_bard 2 years, 11 months ago

OWS actually does have a set of goals, but they are disjointed and lack any real explanation or ideas regarding how to improve/fix what they claim is wrong. They make it hard for anyone outside of the movement to fully grasp what it is they want (it doesn't help that politicians, especially the Far Reich and The Do Nothing Left, refuse to acknowledge them beyond labeling them as crazies). Of course, screaming their message as loud as they can to anyone who will listen doesn't help, either.

Ultimately, their heart is in the right place, but their brains are filled with too much free trade coffee, granola, and "hope" for their own good. Yes, the system as it stands now is corrupt (Palin just got away with campaign fraud - out in the open no less - and no one is doing anything about it), but their lack of leadership and a stable list of goals with solutions and real facts hinder them greatly.

However, what hurts them the most are guys like this idiot who climbed Weaver's. He's all for fighting the establishment, but you want to know why he didn't do this at Wal-Mart?

It's because he works there.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 11 months ago

Every idiotic and expensive move like this makes OWS a little more of a joke.

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ksjayhawk74 2 years, 11 months ago

Yea, this was just ridiculous. The guy who got arrested and his supporters were chanting about shutting down Mass. St...

Why would they want to shut down MASS ST? This is the "Main St." in the Wall St. vs Main St. equation. Just about everything on Mass St. is locally owned and operated... Are they going to occupy the big scary corporate, Third Planet or Miltons or Kansas Sampler or Game Nut or that little tobacco shop?

I agree with the OWS movement but they really need to evaluate their actions.

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uncleandyt 2 years, 11 months ago

The NSA listened in on that call. Our dinners are poisoned.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

I generally support the OWS movement, but I fail to see the point of climbing on top of Weaver's Dept. store.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

I thought it might be you. There are other stores around that can be climbed if a person wanted to inform the public about greedy corporations.

Be your destiny, Luke!

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friendlyjhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

HAHAHAHA, I am one of those "'60's" kids and my children are now 50-40'er solid citizens who are not climbing on roofs or claiming to protest just for the "Be" of it. Just another reason to not live in Lawrence when you retire.

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hedshrinker 2 years, 11 months ago

First of all "liberal, pot smokin, anarchistic flower children" do not necessarily go together, ie, it's possible to be a political progressive without any of the other characteristics. Most of the people you think belong in those categories grew up to be normal people with jobs, even professions, partnered, raised families, pay their taxes, follow some kind of spiritual path, vote, may be political activists or not, may have a drink occasionally, ....probably folks just like you or me.....regular folks who don't stand out much in a crowded room. Also remember MANY of the protesters are working people, older folks, they're all just fed up with the current unresponsive system. This young man on the roof is ONE person....the whole Occupy Lawrence crowd wasn't up there with him and are probably totally pissed at him b/c his ill-advised action is going to be the image that many people will have when anything comes up about these issues. I agree Weaver's is a bad target....locally owned forever, Joe Flannery is committed to good works in the community, he's apparently a good employer b/c many of his loyal staff have worked for him for decades. If you want a target, go shut down Bank of America; they are the cause of many of the financial system problems we're going to be dealing with for another decade at least. There are many ways to work for whatever kind of political change you desire; certainly voting and any way you can participate in the election process is encouraged. However, surely you can see how some people who truely care to do so are furious b/c the political process in this country is SO corrupted with corporate money, elected position/lobbying revolving door and lack of real options (think Tweedle Dum vs. Tweedle Dee), that they are pushing for completely rethinking the current political system. I personally think the model of many other countries who have multiple parties and elect representatives who must form coalition governments and work together is a much better system that reflects the broad spectrum of diversity in our rainbow country. Right now huge blocks of people are forced to vote for 1 of 2 people neither of which come close to representing their values. Think about the scarey possibilities of the next gubernatorial election with Koch bros funneling endless amts of $$$ to Gov Brownback for his re-election campaign. Last, I don't agree with this kid's stunt, but I see young people do really stupid, and often much more dangerous behaviors with irrevocable consequences every day. Let him deal with the consequences of his actions, but please don't portray everyone who has a beef with our non-representative political system and the shocking widening gap between those who work and the few robber barons who sit atop the corporate ladder with the same brush as this young man.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

Expeditiousness approaches godliness.

Any talk of changing the structure of government is foolish. It is hardwired into the various constitutions we live under. As for the Kochs, are you ready to limit their speech just because they have enough money to gain an audience you don't? I'm not sure I like anyone's speech interfered with, even if I don't like what they are saying or who they can afford to say it to.

You need better ideas and lines between your paragraphs.

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 11 months ago

Agree with eye rolling majority on this one. Seems that the local Occpyy group is drifting from lack of direction. When I wandered down one day early on in the group's existence, there seems to have been a real interest in local coalition building, trying to do significant community service activities. Seems that those folks must have moved along or been replaced with attention-getting-for-its-own-sake folks. Too bad.

It's not too late for them to contribute positively toward creating a real community dialogue on any number of issues, but this kind of stuff rapidly destroys any kind of credibility. From what it looks like, the process for setting goals, developing real projects, building coalitions, networking etc. has collapsed with these folks. Without that, this movement is not going to get any support from their natural allies and is pretty much history.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Oh, oh, nothing you can do will change anything. We are just sheep and should just sit back and watch tv, hey honey the game is on. Oh I really care about the game, oh boy. Nothing I can do. I will just sit and watch tv. maybe nap. What is the point, who cares where this country is going, how its' polcies effect the families, the education, the economy, who cares? There is nothing anyone can do. I don't care that my folks worked hard all their life to give their family a life. What if I spit on the ones that fought and died in wars for us. I am happy to watch tv. Nothing I can do. that I can think of or that doesn't interrupt my tv. Why should I bother to stand up, say what is wrong is wrong, or that we need to take care of our own country, the game is on. I am scared of standing up, of peaceful assembly, they might bust my chops.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

You know, that has something in it. And I blew you off as worthless because you have no character. I will have a pie sale for Occupy.

Bake sale to help return the right slice of the pie to the 99%

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parco814 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree fervently with some aims of the Occupy Wall Street activists, but this person is a damned fool. He doesn't deserve one penny for bail money. Let him do his time--pinhead.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

He obviously doesn't realize that if you are going to shout "Peace!", he needed to climb to the top of the Oread Hotel.

So Weaver's doesn't have a staircase leading to the roof?

This guy represents the entire OWS movement as much as the guy holding the "Keep your government hands off my Medicaid" sign represents the Tea Party. One bad apple does not define the entire crop. Time people stop pretending it does.

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fancy80 2 years, 11 months ago

Funny to me Bea, that you would say this because you and I went round and round over your lumping all the tea party people as racist because of some of the signs that were present during the tea party rallies. if you need to look back at your comments for proof, it was July 2010.

Glad to see that you've come around in time to defend OWS.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

You are paying attention to the one guy , does he stand for the thousands who peacefully protest? Don't ignore the protest crowds, join them. . Stand up your self. I am oddly disappointed the conservatives are so against jailing the crooks and for bailing the wall street boys. This bail is meaningless compared to what the $ongress is setting to do. End the tax cuts to the wealthiest. Do you think they have created jobs or portfolios?

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monkfellow 2 years, 11 months ago

And if this MENSA specialist had fallen off the roof, it would be "Occupy Douglas County Court" for a nice fat lawsuit, to get that pay out of filthy lucre. What a waste of time by such a large gathering of aimless nobodies.

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camper 2 years, 11 months ago

I think the OWS group needs a spokesperson in order to present a clear message and perhaps some solution. It could also be helpful in order to register a "do not condone" message when things like this happen here and Oakland for instance. This movement must remain peaceful and non-violent if the progress sought is to be achieved. So far this has been kept to a minimum. This is a shame to the OWS folks who are doing things the right way.

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camper 2 years, 11 months ago

I think the OWS group needs a spokesperson in order to present a clear message and perhaps some solution. It could also be helpful in order to register a "do not condone" message when things like this happen here and Oakland for instance. This movement must remain peaceful and non-violent if the progress sought is to be achieved. So far this has been kept to a minimum. This is a shame to the OWS folks who are doing things the right way.

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guess_again 2 years, 11 months ago

ha ha ha.

A locally owned independent department store,........ instead of any of the many nationally owned corporate owned chains.

Did this guy even think it through?

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

If he had thought it through, he would have been on city hall.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

A lot of the radical right are actually calling for killing or death to the protesters. It says everything about the radical right and their leadership. Shame.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

OK. Who exactly is calling for the "killing or death" or any protestor? It needs to be someone of minor importance at least. I don't mean some guy making a joke in a forum or an idiot with a website.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

well, again, beside the "joke" haha, why don't you google it. You always want someone to feed you.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

And while we are at it Lib275, why do you come on defending the really rotten remark as a joke? The real far out guys, when called on their foul remarks, say, "but man he was joking", Don't you know humor? No, you don't rebuke such remarks, but actually support them. The teas want all Occupy to be responsible for every single act, but they take no responsibility to even chide their own. they stand by the racist signs, and say they are not racists. They stand by the threats of violence and say, "cool". Shame on you.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

"And while we are at it Lib275, why do you come on defending the really rotten remark as a joke?"

Because only a murderous psychopath would entertain the idea of actually killing a fellow human because he thinks something different. thebcman has never struck me as that sort of psychopath.

Further, I will defend jokes consisting of remarks 1000 times more rotten than the one in question. Free speech and all. I know, you only consider it free when you agree, but we aren't all hypocrites.

I take it you can't name off anyone of the slightest import that condones killing any protestor in America. I'm not surprised.

"No, you don't rebuke such remarks, but actually support them."

LOL. My position from day one has been that the city go as long as possible without harassing the protestors at all. This guy had to be removed from the roof for his and others safety, but if there is no dangerous situation you wont find any of your weak-minded and feeble left wing buddies that support every American's right to make their voice heard like I do. That dog won't hunt, boy.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Calling me a hypocrite, because I called you on supporting the "tongue in cheek" call for violence against the protester by bcm, is a lie. I know reality doesn't mean much to you , but I take the responsibility to encourage peaceful protest and I speak out against "agitation for violence" You think calling names and denigrating the people you "see" as the liberals is argument. It is not and it is weak. I suggested you google the radical right persons who are advocating violence, even maiming and killing of the protesters, You failed, went back to your,please read all the news for me and feed it to me. Then you pretended when I (once again) refused to spoon feed you easily gotten information claimed there wasn't any, LIE. I am not saying all the radical right are lazy and have no argument except denigration of their betters, but I am sick of the ones who troll on forums, posting Fox drivel and sound bites and think they don't have to take any responsibility for their own voice. So no, I am not a hypocrite, nor am I wrong. Sitting around chuckling when someone mutters how some protester should be harmed or killed isn't humor, nor is killing and murder the bizarre rare psychopathic act you try to make out. That isn't even true on any day, in any town. Hence I censor your jokes on raping women and children and beating and killing the neighbor. You think laughing acceptance of fantasies of brutal acts aren't seen as support, lots of bodies say different.. If you really mean the police and government should be as tolerant as safely possible in the protesters expressing their constitutional right, SAY THAT, don't publicly support some trolls fantasy of they being beaten or killed. I support the Occupy movement, I support it done peacefully, I feel it is time for America to address their government as is their right. I don't support the the fringe who use the cover of the crowd to vandalize, if it is a crowd of Occupy protesters or a crowd of drunken game revelers. Do it Peaceful, Occupy Stand in Unity I don't think everyone needs to camp in parks or stand on 9th. and Massachusetts to protest, but there needs to be some who do that. I admire and thank the ones who do. I also thank the ones who put up signs, who write their Senators and $ongresspersons (even though it is hard to do because the answers you get back are just empty alarming , unresponsive drivel, thanks Brownback, Moran and Roberts) We need to keep communicating , to vote, and standing until we get better government and to protect our rights. Our economic rights are disappearing. The tax cuts and economic policies of this country aren't right.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

"Calling me a hypocrite, because I called you on supporting the "tongue in cheek" call for violence against the protester by bcm, is a lie. "

You aren't a hypocrite because you "called me out", you are a hypocrite because you think you are the arbiter of free speech. We'll test this theory next time the phelps clan protests a funeral.

"I know reality doesn't mean much to you"

True statement. Probably just a guess on your part though. Look up "radical nihilism" and you'll understand why you are right. There is still a hop you'll need to make, but I'll explain it to you if you don't get it.

"You think calling names and denigrating the people you "see" as the liberals is argument."

Actually, I think it is a statement. I tend to make those but they aren't limited to liberals.

"I suggested you google the radical right persons who are advocating violence"

I suggest you back up your initial assertion. It isn't up to me to prove you right. That's your job.

"Hence I censor your jokes on raping women and children and beating and killing the neighbor."

No you don't. I won't violate the TOS of this award winning news corporation, but you don't have the physical ability to censor anything I say. If I find out you don't like something, I might say it incessantly if I choose to merely so you will have to hear it.

"don't publicly support some trolls fantasy of they being beaten or killed. "

I'll support what I want including the rights of trolls to fantasize and to verbally express those fantasies right until the judge reads the guilty verdict. You should be lucky enough to have a mind open enough to do the same. My guess is that you never will.

"I support the Occupy movement"

That's really special. I'm so proud that you have it in your heart to support people making use of their right to speak. Now if you were a little less selective about what speech you support, you might make an acceptable human. I won't be holding my breath.

If you take a moment to think, you might figure out that you and I hold similar beliefs about the plight of our country. We only see different bad guys. I expect corporations to do everything in their power to benefit the corp, the CEO and the shareholders. To me, that's a given. Some of that could be called bribery, and if they are caught the actors should go to jail. OTOH, I expect politicians of every stripe to dismiss any and all such bribes or attempts at bribery and report such activity to the DOJ. That is their job.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

"We need to keep communicating , to vote, and standing until we get better government and to protect our rights"

Wait, what? We need better government? Then why aren't you supporting a change in government and not just pointless screeching at humans that get paid to be greedy?

You blame corporations, but they are impotent beggars. Elected officials are solely responsible for their actions. A corporation can do nothing to you, an elected official can put you in prison. You think about who the real enemy is.

"Our economic rights"

There is no such right.

"economic policies of this country aren't right."

You say the right words for the wrong reason. Of course, saying them for the right reason makes the old cognitive dissonance kick in, and understandably you do what you have to in order to stop the pain. You'll get passed that when you figure out most will tell you what you want to hear, even if you want to hear a lie. When you stop defending the liars, you will find tranquility.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I have found tranquility, it isn't in watching tv and denying reality. When I say censor, you know but pretend I mean to silence your voice. I mean I was criticizing you personally. You have a right to state what you feel. but you also have responsibility for your voice. To make statements that are false to just abuse another person is still just junk thinking and action. Your claim the corporations have no responsibility and the elected have all is silly. The elected do have responsibility, so do the voters, and SO do the corporations. No free pass because they are in it for the buck, that is not excuse for fraud and murder.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

"and SO do the corporations"

What are some of these "responsibilities" of corporations?

"No free pass because they are in it for the buck, that is not excuse for fraud and murder."

If you have information concerning fraud or murder, you should contact the authorities.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

As always you want some person to sit beside your high chair and try to spoon feed you readily available information, while you sit with pursed lips, going "no, no, I don't believe there was any fraud on wall street' I have no desire to. Find some one with time to waste.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Why do the teas cry and beg for a single leader with a clear slogan? There are a lot of issues involved and I for one like the 99% more than I am looking for a daddy.

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Christine Anderson 2 years, 11 months ago

Just wondering, if Santa can land on Weaver's roof, why not a protester? (LOL)

Also curious-is this kid who lacks critical thinking skills related to the family that built Maupintour travel?

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tomatogrower 2 years, 11 months ago

He obviously wasn't very aware. Why didn't he jump on one of the big corporate stores? Weavers is local. We should support them.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Maybe he was trying to promote Weavers as the place to shop.

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess he is frustrated with his lucrative career at Starving Artist Movers. He spammed this all over facebook today and it is such a fail:

"Alright children today is the day. November 5th. Today the world will march in solidarity 100 country's, 1,000's of city's, millions of people. Marching as one a generation standing as one. Expressing the frustrations in a world of lawless immorality. Our generation can no longer stand by idle waiting for our predecessors to right the wrongs in which their hand enforces. It is time for our generation to grow, develop, and apply. To scream at the top of our lungs as one "We are not asking for power, we our taking power." Our government has failed us, our teachers have failed us, our parents have failed us. They have left us a world in peril worse off than when it was handed to them. But for the first time in history our generation can connect around the world share knowledge and idea's instantly. For this fact we our a new breed of generation. With our cry for unity, equality, and humanity globally we shall do what other generations could only dream of. Unite as one. EXPECT US."

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

So least he isn't as long-winded as the unibomber, and for that we thank him.

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Hudson Luce 2 years, 11 months ago

He chose the wrong building - the locally-owned department store instead of the national chain Too-Big-To-Fail bank across the street - and with the money his family has, he could have afforded the money to buy his own banner rather than stealing one. Badly thought out actions like this reflect poorly on Occupy Lawrence.

It's interesting that he got taken off to jail sitting in the front seat of the police car rather than the customary bench in the back seat, behind the steel grating which is customary for most arrestees, and somehow a window was opened for him to shout out of as he was driven away. I'd have to wonder whose photo op this really was...

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uncleandyt 2 years, 11 months ago

The building is at 9th and Mass. The rallies are at 9th and Mass.. When are we going to make Puerto Rico a steak?

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skinny 2 years, 11 months ago

Looks like a bunch of Lawrence's homeless protesting to me! Nothing better else to do? Like get a job!

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

And of course, you think denigrating people makes your argument? Oh, yeah, you don't have anything on that plate. I have watched know nothings yell "get a job" at people who have worked all their life, Great if you don't mind being stupid.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

Here's a concept for you. People say things. Skinny probably doesn't have the slightest care what you think and therefore is not arguing, but using an open forum to make his voice heard. Wow, free speech. You really don't like it when you don't agree with the content, do you?

"Great if you don't mind being stupid." He's stupid for voicing his opinion? And you wonder why I call you a hypocrite.

You seem to think everything is an argument when in fact most of it is just recreational free speech.

If you really want to argue let's do it right and start quoting laws, statutes, ordinances and court decisions.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Some one yells "get a job" at a person who has worked and conscientiously did their job for over 40 years and you defend that as just expressing their opinion. It may be their opinion but it is stupid. It is like calling a rock a tree because you think words don't matter. I don't think you don't have the right to be stupid, but lord love a duck, don't tell me you think it is argument. and expect me to concur, It is stupid.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I never thought Skinny denigrating people was an argument he was presenting. I clearly said that plate was empty. You keep calling me a hypocrite, based on (?) how you feel about a person who called denigrating people not the same as argument. . I find your use of the word hypocrite really stupid, on your part. You might feel that way, your right, but you are not right. You may call me other names, if that is how you roll, but get it right, don't be stupid. it seems more habit with you rather than a conclusion based on any information. You feel any "liberal" is a hypocrite. Nope, they aren't even "any" liberal.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 11 months ago

Civil disobedience and nonviolent protest have often changed the world.

And made those who fear change very upset.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

Violence is more effective of late, at least across the pond.

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wtchdr46 2 years, 11 months ago

awful lot of words for a "Hey, watch this moment".

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

Thwow the wascle to the gwound, woughly!

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Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

To all critics of the young man, I say this. Many of you agree that that system stinks, and stand behind the sentiment of those of us who are sick and tired of the greed, selfishness, and corruption of big business. But, you offer a caveat and condemn the young man's actions as empty and superfacial. I might not have done the same thing, but until the rest of you get off your butts and do something, anything, to change the direction this world is headed , I say leave the guy alone.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 11 months ago

Criminal trespassing, criminal damage to stolen property, and theft.

If he's guilty of those charges, then no, he should not be left alone. He should spend a little time repaying his debt to society.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

So first you take the reference to "many of us" as meaning you? Then declare you aren't one of "them" . Are you on medication or do you understand what is wrong with your statement?

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camper 2 years, 11 months ago

I wish they could find a clear message, but it is pretty hard when there are so many things screwed up about our system. Financial derivatives, stupid and pointless and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, job outsourcing, tax structure inequities, unfair (to the US worker) free trade, greed, fear mongering politicians, politicians willing to sabatoge the other side for the sake of winning the next election, politicians bought, pollution, speculation, bundled securities, SEC asleep at the wheel, drugs, alcohol, terrible food that is un-natural, trans-fat, processed flour, religious hypocrites, stupid commercials, stupid advertising tellin you can't be a man cause you doesn't smoke the same cigarettes as me.....did I miss anything?

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pepper_bar 2 years, 11 months ago

You forgot your pickup truck broke down, your woman left you, and your dog has fleas.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

Further, he was drunk the day his mom got out of prison, so he went to pick her up in the rain. It was a shame about his pickup truck breaking down.

Also, you don't have to call me Charlie Pride.

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camper 2 years, 11 months ago

and last but not least stupid posts like the above. Sorry for the rant everyone.

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waka3 2 years, 11 months ago

dude i know that guy see you soone man

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tanaumaga 2 years, 11 months ago

Why give this man the publicity that he wants. Good practice for the fire department though.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

"Ask yourself: how much have you done to change things for the better?"

I go to work every day and pay my taxes. I've done that for 30 years.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

And look where that has gotten us. Gee, thanks.

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repete66211 2 years, 11 months ago

The OWS people have done a lot more than I have and we've both accomplished the same thing--nothing. Well excuse me for being efficient. Work smart not hard OWS. But more importantly, know your destination before you start walking. Otherwise you're just wandering around.

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aria92 2 years, 11 months ago

My generation will be associated with this. I am so humiliated.

It's one thing to invoke change. This...this is beyond that. So far beyond that.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Associating an entire generation with the actions of a single individual is only done by shallow people with limited intellectual abilities. I wouldn't worry too much about them if I were you, since there is little you can do about it, anyway.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 11 months ago

yes, someone went to the roof of weavers, it is total chaos and anarchy, dogs and cats living together, something our society may never recover from.

LOL

He did an act of civil disobedience, he will pay the price, your hysterical over-reaction says more about you than you will ever realize.

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camper 2 years, 11 months ago

OWS is relevant, local and global. I hope that they continue to peacefully voice reason in a sea of hypocrisy and ideology. We need to be listening to what they say.

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pepper_bar 2 years, 11 months ago

Occupy Lawrence has clearly run out of things to say, and is growing desperate to stay relevant. Stupid stunts achieved through stealing and trespassing will only be charming for so long.

The Occupy Lawrence page on Facebook indicates that the local movement wants to take over some abandoned buildings, Oakland-style. These idiots are starting to escalate their behavior and their rhetoric; will Lawrence tolerate this?

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woodscolt 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr maupin, your behavior needs to further the cause, not stand in the way of it. Pretty pathetic.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps these miscreants should reflect on Guy Fawkes actual fate.

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Liberty275 2 years, 11 months ago

The just stole the Guy Fawkes thing from 4chan. You don't expect originality from this bunch do you?

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cozborn 2 years, 11 months ago

every time they buy one of those masks the money goes to time warner... just saying

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lunacydetector 2 years, 11 months ago

is this guy any relation to the late maupin, as in 'maupintour' corporate travel industry, or just same last names?.......bet they're related

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I am glad the person did not get harmed in his escapade, and even more glad the responders were not harmed. One should not endanger others. I also did not mean, by my remarks, that Weavers should not be regarded as a respected local store. I do wish they had retained the older more conservative women's wear. They now market to the younger, casual crowd. It use to be a sure bet to find a nice dress there for the more formal events. But that is their business. Good luck and continued commerce to Weavers. Do it Peaceful Occupy Stand in Unity

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 11 months ago

Weaver's jumped the shark when they got rid of the old lady elevator operators. Tough nuts to them.

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somedude20 2 years, 11 months ago

Look at this bright side: all the problems in America and the world are making death look much better than it did just 11 years ago. I have a strong feeling that the word "retire" will not mean quitting work but rather quitting life...hey, only 42 years until I retire

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