Comments for: Occupy groups plan May Day rally in Portland

Posted May 01, 2012, at 5:17 a.m.

PORTLAND | Two Occupy groups are joining organized labor activists for a May Day rally in Portland. OccupyMaine, Occupy University of Southern Maine and the Maine AFL-CIO plan to gather in Congress Square on Tuesday. Cosponsors of the event include the Southern Maine Labor Council and the Southern Maine …

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder if members of this group are sending out white powder filled envelopes to local bank branches like other Occupy groups are?

     http://abcnews.go.com/US/day-protest-banks-white-powder-envelopes/story?id=16248124#.T5-rtdU4x4O

  • Anonymous

    Irrelevant, it is just like a child throwing a tantrum. They
    are mad, and don’t have any other means of expressing it.

    • Anonymous

      This just in from the Alantic Wire:

      “May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San Francisco”
      The article stated that a group of 50 – 100 Occupiers were walking down Velencia Ave. and just started smashing windows of cars. I am sure the cars that they damaged were not owned by the 1%.  As I stated above, just like a bunch of children throwing a tantrum.

    • Anonymous

      Right! Why can’t they just redirect all that rage and take it out on the least among us like the rest of us do? 

  • Tom

    Oh boy! An Obama rally!

    • Anonymous

      Just like the one there having in Red Square today! Way to go Obama.

  • Anonymous

    Happy May Day ever’body. Take a thoughtful moment to honor the Haymarket Square martyrs of 1886 for their advocacy of direct action to secure rights and fair treatment of  all workers.

    • Anonymous

       In case folks didn’t know…

      In the Haymarket Riot of May 4, 1886, the police clashed violently
      with militant anarchists
       and labor movement protesters in Chicago. Seven
      policemen and several protesters were killed, leading to murder
      convictions for seven radicals, four of whom were executed.

      • Anonymous

        Where’d you get that historic bulletin, the Pinkerton Press?

        • Anonymous

           Naaaaah Wiki

  • No surprise here.  SEIU started and has been the largest backer of this so-called movement, so why not make it a union rally.

  • Anonymous

    Will they have ranks and files goosestepping “soldiers” with trucks carrying missles in Portland’s Monument Square?
    It brings to mind May Day celebrations in Red Square.
    When did May Day become so important in the US?

    • Anonymous

      When illegal immigrants started to flaunt all our laws and drape themselves in mexican flags!

      • Anonymous

        Come onnnn, the illegal immigration problem has nothing to do with this.

  • Anonymous

    “Occupy USM will stage a walkout to draw attention to the issue of student debt.”

    You borrow money so you can go to school and now you are complaining you have to pay it back. Education at that level is expensive and who is suppose to foot the bill?
    Maybe you expect (what you call the top 1%) to pay for it. And aren`t you getting an education so you can join them. Get a job and pay your loans you borrowed the money.
    And as far as the other groups — get a life and stop looking for a handout 

    • Anonymous

      A handout ?  Now a government -backed loan from a commercial source is a handout ?  A loan that can’t be voided by bankruptcy, or any other way except by dying is a handout ?  Did you pay cash in the full amount for your house or car ?  Or did you get a loan, and pay it off over the years ?  That’s what college students do nowadays because only the 1% can afford to pay cash for an education.  So . . .  get a life . .  and stop trying to blame others for the handouts you enjoyed, like free public schools . . . that the rest of us paid for.

      • Anonymous

        “And as far as the other groups — get a life and stop looking for a handout ”

        People believe the person that succeeds should be punished with higher taxes then the people that aren`t  gogetters and deserve part of their success.
        What this country need is a flat tax. Whether you make $10,000.00 or 10 million you should be taxed at the same rate .
        If you can`t increase your income then go back to school and when you graduate pay for your loans and don`t try to put your hand in my pocket.
        And yes why I buy a vehicle it may be financed and my house may be financed but I pay for them every month and I own them when I`m done. I`m not asking you or anyone else to pay for them. We live within my income.  Have never asked the state for a handout,, that you say I must have enjoyed.  my parents payed their property taxes so I could attend high school so how is that a handout. And now I pay property taxes without having kids in the school. If it`s free public school maybe the towns owe me a refund.
        I have a great life that I pay for not you.
         

      • Anonymous

        And speaking of handouts, The University of Maine is partially subsidized by the Maine taxpayers. These Students are just UNGRATEFUL. Maybe they should be paying for the entire bill.

        • Anonymous

           Why those ungrateful slobs.  And to think – state universities have been funded by taxpayers since the days of Ben Franklin !  Think of the millions of students and graduates who should be thanking YOU (and your taxpaying parents) for that.  But after 20 or so years of paying off their student loans they probably just don’t think of it.

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  • Anonymous

    And what about for profit colleges,?  “For profit colleges” have been accused of targeting veterans.  The Government Accountability Office has investigated deceptive and questionable marketing practices at 15 for-profit colleges in seven states. 

    Education Management Corporation operates at least 5 colleges or universities where former Republican governor John Rettie “Jock” McKernan, Jr. holds the position of Executive Chairman.   The Justice Department is now investigating Education Management Corporation.  According to the 122-page complaint, Education Management got $2.2 billion of federal financial aid in fiscal 2010, making up 89.3 percent of its net revenues.  

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812904577295930047604846.htmlhttp://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/957483-192/student-loan-debt-may-weaken-economy-more.html

    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/150148966/for-profit-schools-under-fire-for-targeting-veterans
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/education/09forprofit.html

    • Anonymous

      “And what about for profit colleges,”

      What about them?  Your own post states it was federal financial aid involved.  

      • Anonymous

        Why don’t you try reading the articles before you get your panties in a knot?

        Can’t meet your negative posting quote and read too?

  • Anonymous

    When a pilot or a ship’s captain is facing disaster they radio “May Day! May Day!”  Seems to me that is an appropriate description of this movement…..disaster.

    • Anonymous

      But it’s still alive, isn’t it.  Wonder why ?  Perhaps because it has a real point.  Perhaps you’ll see it some day.

  • Anonymous

    “Occupy USM will stage a walkout to draw attention to the issue of student debt.”  Kinda like picketing the car dealership because the payments on the car–which you voluntarily bought–are too high.

    • Anonymous

      Did they double the interest rate on your car loan after you had been paying on it, without telling you ?  Yep – nothing like pure capitalism with a little help from conservative politicians.  Got to make sure those banks make a profit.  Yep.

      • Anonymous

        Do you understand that since July 1 st as part of the healthcare act all student loan rates are set by the Federal Government?

        Read the details of this Obama sponsored legislation that in part, funds Obamacare through the student loan program.

        Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

        • Anonymous

          Actually , I did read the Affordable Health Care Act.  Took a week of evening reading.  The HCERA acted as a modifier to the original act, and includes a section on the student loan program.  Must admit that I skimmed that one.  But found no place where money for the student loan program is diverted to fund so-called Obamacares. 

          It does increase Pell Grant amounts, which raises these scholarship awards from very paltry to paltry.  And several billion will be used to fund
          historically poor and minority schools, as well as increasing
          community college funding. But other than capping loan repayment each month to 10% of discretionary income (current cap is 15%) and making it easier for parents to take out federal PLUS loans for students, I see nothing about health funding. 

          Perhaps you refer to the effect that the minor relief of worry this act provides for students and parents on their long term health.

          • Anonymous

            The originator becomes the federal government.  There no longer are government guaranteed bank (originator) loans. July 1st 2010

          • Anonymous

             You’re right.  GEICO cut out the middle man.  Now, so did Obama.

  • Anonymous

    5 Arrested in Terrorist plot.. Occupy???

     http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/01/five-accused-of-conspiring-to-blow-up-bridge/?hpt=hp_t1

  • Anonymous

    Who???????

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t Obama marching in support of his supporters?
    Wonder if he will break out Communist Manifesto and
    read from it. He sure doesn’t know the Constitution.

    • Anonymous

       Well, no worry.  Mitt Rumney will have his Mormon brethren baptize us all, and we’ll be rolling in jobs and money in no time.  That is in the Constitution, isn’t it ?

      • Anonymous

        Wow! Witty reply! Since you evidently have no clue
        about the Constitution, you won’t find your type
        of drivel in there. Now go put your SEIU baggie
        on and don’t get too wet.  

        • Anonymous

           Along with the bible, I read through it once a year.  SEIU ?  Do you ?

  • Anonymous

    i’m going to the rally, ya hoo! oh darn i can’t, gotta work and pay bills. 

  • Forgive me for reposting this comment — from a page that spoke about an “entitlement mentality”
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    The “Entitlement Mentality” you speak of is located on Wall Street and in the boardrooms. They spend millions on mass psychology studies to come up with drivel like this article is made up of.

    But here are the facts:

    The buoyant economy and muscular industrial base we had in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the public support of higher education, workers’ rights, media diversity, and a living wage are all now A THING OF THE PAST and monopoly has grown LIKE A CANCER, such that now the five biggest banks own more wealth than the rest of the economy combined.

    When Reagan came to office, we were the #1 CREDITOR nation, and the #1 EXPORTER of finished goods. CEO salaries were some 30 times that of the line worker. Look it up!

    Ever since Reagan left office, we have been the #1 DEBTOR nation, and the #1 IMPORTER of finished goods. CEO salaries are now 400 times that of the line worker.

    Why should we tolerate this robbery of our civilization by the top 1%? The Barons confronted King John at Runnymede, and obtained the Magna Carta (6/15/1215).

    The Founding Fathers confronted King George in Philadelphia (7/4/1776) and declared the Independence of our people from kings and lords.

    It’s time to declare our independence from these banksters.

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