Filthy, Stinky, Jobless Occupiers: Newt’s Dirty Little Secret

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Within seconds of the unfortunate death of a homeless man in Pioneer Park, the Utah freak-show cheered in unison; “SEE? We told you! The Salt Lake City occupiers are all homeless, drug addicts!”

For many Utahns, it was better than if the historicity of The Book of Mormon were provable.

I got pissed. I grabbed my video camera and went down to the new camp at Gallivan Center. I interviewed ONLY people who had or were still camping. All of them had jobs and NONE were homeless.

This is a snapshot of those interviews (Full interviews at )

We can fight this plutocracy-funded propaganda by publishing many and often, ad hoc interviews of the regular Americans who are showing up for Occupy. We must do it locally, keep it “close to home.” Keep it real.

Last Saturday, Newt Gingrich stepped up the smear campaign against Occupy Wall Street (I didn’t know, you could get high on Cialis).

It was a full-guns-a-blazing frontal assault on every single American including the assholes that cheered when he said the “…after you take a shower” part. Check Mika Brzezinski’s gut reaction.

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Expect great things from Occupy Salt Lake City (OccupySLC)

For those of you who don’t know, Salt Lake City is VERY liberal. We like to say, “Salt Lake is a world class city surrounded by Utah.”

The massive show of police force for the Pioneer Park eviction on November 12th was clearly orchestrated by PERF/DHS. There were at least 4 policemen for every camper.

I’m SURE DHS threatened Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder with funding cuts to get him to mobilize every scrap of metal in the county with flashing lights.

SLC Mayor Becker was punked by DHS. He was so disgusted about having to evict the occupiers from Pioneer Park, he disappeared (“vacation”) the next day. Chief (police) Burbank proved by his actions throughout the 2-year Tim DeChristopher sham trial, to be a great and respectful advocate of civil disobedience.

Christ, protesting in SLC, you practically have to BEG to get arrested. The authorities are on our side. If we can nudge them over, we will have won!

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  1. #1 by WiseFather on November 22, 2011 - 8:22 am

    You might like this. I called my credit card’s customer service line to do some negotiating. Having a bit of leverage, I thought it presented a great opportunity to mess with them a little and make a few points about the unfairness of the credit card lending system. I made video of the call and posted it on my blog and Youtube. It is quite funny even if you are pro-megabank. Since it’s a protest at home, I called it my kitchen counterstrike against Bank of America.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on November 22, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Gingrich must have a copy of the Nixon playbook that didn’t work during the Vietnam War protests. Which was the last time both major political parties caught so much hell for going against the popular will.

    I never heard of PERF before, but I expect more facts to come out about the DHS role in the recent coordinated nationwide crackdown on peaceful protests.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on November 22, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    Really nice interviews with the great people at Occupy SLC. Thanks for that Cliff!

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on November 22, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Gingrich is very childish. How long do we have to listen to this man.

  5. #5 by cav on November 22, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    The republican debate schedule is contrived to push all thinking people to the threshold of alcoholism. Shrewd.

  6. #6 by Rico on November 23, 2011 - 9:11 am

    I’m struck by how articulate, educated, accomplished, inciteful, and CLEAN the Occupy SLCers that Cliff interviewed are. My suspicion is that they are representative of a fair number of those in the movement.

    Methinks Newty needs to get a lap belt and STFU.

  7. #7 by Rico on November 23, 2011 - 9:13 am

    The republican debate schedule is contrived to push all thinking people to the threshold of alcoholism. Shrewd.

    It’s been effective on me.

  8. #8 by Richard Warnick on November 23, 2011 - 10:16 am

    kberke on FDL points out the irony of arresting peaceful 99 Percenters while ignoring evidence of epic financial crimes by the 1 Percent.

    Despite the obvious mountain of evidence that the banksters leveraged and speculated themselves into the 2008 economic collapse that’s still playing out as a massive redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top, no one was held accountable. No one was prosecuted. No one went to jail (except the OWS protestors).

  9. #9 by cav on November 23, 2011 - 11:51 am

  10. #10 by Richard Warnick on November 23, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    “Let them eat pepper spray.” Why didn’t I think of that?

  11. #11 by cav on November 23, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Richard, you occasionally point to the notion that ‘doing nothing’ will have just the sort of long-term effects required to right this troubled ship of state. So I wanted to point out:

    I think I’m stunned.

  12. #12 by Larry Bergan on November 23, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    One of the things that has impressed me the in the handful of meetings I’ve attended is the respect paid to everybody in attendance. There are some real abrasive people at pioneer park with real big egos, but they were given a chance to speak anyway, which tends to calm them down.

    It is a movement that is not driven by money which Americans simply don’t understand how to deal with. It’s going to take much more time to become effective, but much has already been accomplished.

  13. #13 by Rico on November 23, 2011 - 8:19 pm

    OWS contagion is real. Today I saw a bunch of folks camping out in tents at the local, national electronics chain. Occupy Best Buy!

  14. #14 by Larry Bergan on November 23, 2011 - 9:07 pm


    I walked by those tents yesterday and asked if they were there for the Occupy movement. They are actually there for black Friday, but somebody from inside one of the tents yelled out; OCCUPY BEST BUY!

    I got a laugh out of it.

  15. #15 by Cliff Lyon on November 23, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    No Larry, That IS the Occupyslc camp/ Did you see this?

  16. #16 by Larry Bergan on November 23, 2011 - 10:50 pm


    I watched all of those great videos you made, but didn’t see anything about “Best Buy”. I have to admit that after I asked the people camping at “Best” if they were in the Occupy movement, I didn’t really hear what they said for sure.

    It DOES seem awfully strange that somebody would camp outside of “Best Buy” for black Friday though. Why don’t people just wait till after Christmas and get unbelievable buys.

  17. #17 by Rico on November 24, 2011 - 7:31 am

    The Soft Parade has now begun.
    Listen to the engines hum.

  18. #18 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 10:07 am


    I don’t have the time to pull out my entire Doors collection for a marathon right now. Please stop it! 🙂

  19. #19 by Rico on November 24, 2011 - 5:21 pm

    Larry, I knew you’d appreciate a good Morrison reference. I’m buyin’ you a beer or three the next time I’m in Zion.

    All hail the Lizard King!

  20. #20 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 10:12 pm


    My name’s in the book and I’d be honored.

  21. #21 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Wikipedia lists Newt Gingrich’s early history as:

    Born Newton Leroy McPherson
    June 17, 1943 (age 68)
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Does any other politician have a stage name?

  22. #22 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 11:02 pm


    I don’t enjoy lying so I went to make sure I was actually in the phone book, because I haven’t checked in a while. I often tell people on the internet that I am.

    I looked in the most recent white pages I got which said it was good until 2009 and – sure enough – I’m listed there with my real name: Larry Bergan.

    I always keep the white pages and throw away the yellow pages because I can’t afford to buy anything anymore and I’m not sure why I don’t have a more recent white page phone book.

    Anyway, if you type DEX into Google, you will be able to type in my first and last name as listed on this blog which will give you the only option to reach me under “Larry R Bergan”. I changed my name to that at least ten years ago because I went to the doctors office and found I was being charged for an X_Ray on my ribs which I never had by a guy with my exact name in that very small clinic.

    To make a long story short: my fucking phone number is 801-265-9221.

  23. #23 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    By the way:

    My middle name is Richard; after my father who fought for freedom in WWII.

  24. #24 by Larry Bergan on November 24, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    Oh, and by the way; Jim Morrison’s dad was an Admiral who made an appearance on the special features of a DVD called “When You’re Strange” about his son and the band. He very much admired his boy’s efforts.

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