Friday, December 30, 2011
The list of banned words and phrases has been released so get ready to strike these from your vocabulary!
Because college students apparently have a lot of time on their hands - and it does seem like a fun exercise - the fun folks at Lake Superior State University have released their annual list of banned words and phrases. Typically comprised of those terms we use way too much, the list for 2012 includes such awesome words as "ginormous," "baby bump," and "amazing." Oh yeah, you can't use the word "occupy" for anything and drop any thought of thanking anyone in advance for anything because that's just rude. Started in 1976, the List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness now includes over 900 banned words and phrases. Nominations come in from around the world, and amazing as it may be, "amazing…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tweets, photos and links to stories from the scene of the protest, which shut down the Milwaukee bridge over North Avenue.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Earlier this week I introduced some of my thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement. I will continue my commentary below.
People seem to be focusing on the individual grains of sand instead of looking at the entire beach. Occupy Wall Street has been an example of this and has been a target of much critique. Some say that the protesters’ debt and unemployment are their own fault; perhaps borrowing on student loans to gain ‘ridiculous’ degrees. There are those who claim the mortgage fiasco is the consequence of those living beyond their means. I agree that there needs to be an element of personal responsibility in this discussion. There indeed are many people who chose to live a Gucci lifestyle on a Kmart budget. They thought only of the moment and did not consider their future. They purchased homes they could not afford and now their neighbors are paying a …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
As I penned my thoughts about Occupy Wall Street, I realized I had more to say that what can neatly fit into a single commentary. Because of this, I am dedicating both of my installments this week to the movement. Part 2, later this week.
Critics of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement say that those involved are misguided, anti-capitalists who hate business. They claim the protesters are young, lazy and irresponsible brats. They assert that any hardships are their own fault because the protestors simply haven’t tried hard enough. There has been snickering about a lack of focus, direction and motivation of the “group.” Critics of these - now world wide – protests have really taken issue with, what appears to me, to be Democracy at its core. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about the whole thing originally either. At first glance, I saw a bunch of kids complaining about student debt and corporate profits. I thought to myself that they should be happy they …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The phenomenon that began on Wall Street spread to Milwaukee Saturday with more than 1,500 people.
The Occupy Wall Street movement made its way to Milwaukee Saturday with dozens pouring into Zeidler Square. Tense and anxious, hundreds hung out in the park until noon when the number of marchers swelled to more than 1,500 people. When the call to march rang out, chants, drums and megaphones began blaring from the once quiet crowd as they began marching down Michigan Avenue. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement had officially arrived in Milwaukee.
About 1,500 people hit the streets of Milwaukee on Saturday as part of protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
As dozens began pouring into Zeidler Square on Saturday morning, tension and excitement spread through the crowd. What began as a quiet, laid back morning with about 100 people swelled to around 1,500 by noon. When the call to march rang out, the docile crowd was instantly energized and chants, drums and megaphones began blaring from the park. The “Occupy Wall Street” movement had officially arrived in Milwaukee. Randy West from Milwaukee said he participated in the march because he has had it with corporate control by major banks. “I’m unemployed and it’s BS that the banks, especially Bank of America, throw surprise fees at us. Chase Bank and the super-duper rich have the all the money and we have nothing, they owe us,” West said. “I’m …
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
On Saturday, the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations are coming to Milwaukee, with an "Occupy Milwaukee" rally at 11 a.m. at Zeidler Park and a 12:30 p.m. protest at the Chase Bank building on Wisconsin Avenue. The Patch team will be there for both events and will continually update this blog with what's happening...but we want to hear from you as well. Post comments throughout the day in the box below — there's no need to register or log in. Just tell us what you have to say.
Friday, October 14, 2011
There's no telling how many "99 Percenters" will attend Saturday's demonstration, but Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says the department is ready.
On Saturday anywhere from 25 to 4,000 protesters will converge on Zeidler Park and march to Chase Bank in downtown Milwaukee as part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has swept across the nation. And no matter how many “99 Percenters” turn out for the “Occupy Milwaukee” event, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said his officers are well prepared. “I don’t have any major concerns, quite honestly. I’m convinced that we have a good pre-plan, and we’ve got a disciplined group of officers attending it,” Flynn said at a press conference Friday evening. “We know our mission.” The “Occupy Milwaukee” demonstration is set to begin at 11 a.m. with a rally at Zeidler Park along West Michigan Street. The plan is to move the group to the Chase …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
If you are planning to attend Saturday's rally and protest in downtown Milwaukee, share your insights with Patch.
The "Occupy Wall Street" movement defined by protests against the financial elite throughout the country is coming to Milwaukee on Saturday, and Patch is looking to connect with local people who plan to attend. Occupy Milwaukee is Saturday, with an 11 a.m. rally at Zeidler Park and a 12:30 p.m. protest at the Chase Bank building on Wisconsin Avenue. The group has a Facebook page and Twitter account, and WISN reports the group is already meeting with police to avoid some of the problems that have taken place elsewhere. More than 100 people were arrested in Boston, reports the Washington Post, and about 700 were arrested earlier this month in New York, says the Daily News. Are you planning to attend Saturday's rally and/or protest? We want …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The #occupywallstreet movement is gaining momentum, and has even reached Wisconsin. Do you support the effort some are calling the left's Tea Party?
The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York are gaining momentum this week as word spreads through the media about the rallies. News this week is labor unions have endorsed the rallies and will join protestors' "street theater" in NYC's famed financial district. Meanwhile, groups around the country are following the New York organizers' lead and planning their own rallies, including in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton. The movement, known online by its Twitter hashtag #occupywallstreet, is an amalgamation of social issues ranging from income disparity between the middle class and ultra wealthy to police brutality and the lack of affordable health care. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein has a great summary of the "Occupy Wall Street" …