Occupy Portland Cleanup Requires 70 Dump Trucks

Well, I guess we can safely say now that the “occupy” movement isn’t a green movement (via Jim Hoft).

A dozen city employees today plan to finish clearing Chapman and Lownsdale squares of debris and trash so engineers and horticulture experts can survey damage to the parks’ structures and trees.

City officials expect the parks to be closed for at least one week. Weeks of camping by Occupy Portland at the two downtown parks have torn up grass and damaged plant beds.

Bob Downing, central services manager for the parks bureau, said he’s walked through the two parks periodically since the occupation began.

“I’m not really surprised,” Downing said. “It was what we expected it to be.”

Downing said about 70 dump trucks hauled trash and debris from the camps over the weekend. He said about 30 city employees worked Sunday to clear the parks.

I was going to write that this amazes me, because you’d think that picking up your own trash isn’t really an ideological thing. Except, maybe it is.

The tea partiers, for the most part, cleaned up after themselves. The occupiers? They expect someone else to clean up after them.

Which illustrates perfectly the fundamental divide between the two movements, I think.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Clint F

    As a motorcycle racer, I was surprised to read that at Grand Prix races in Spain it’s proper to throw your trash (from concessions etc) on the ground to provide job security to unionized government cleanup workers. That’s where we’re headed, apparently.

    Cf

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      We laugh, but isn’t that basically what the stimulus bill?  Make-work programs to keep government workers employed?

      • robert108

        I just heard that obama wants to spend billions on recruiting medical personnel to handle the consequences of obamacare.  Once you bypass market forces, everything has to be done by politicians.

  • Johnq_public

    Having been a Scout Master, it is apparent that they ‘occupy’ people are the scum of this Nation, no Values or Principles and no Morals.  You are know by the friends you keep…Communists have tainted the minds of our youth. They are now ‘useful idiots’.

    • borborygmi

      I was a Scout Master also and you always left the sight cleaner then before you were there.   Put the blame where it lies on the Parents who sure didn’t teach there children well.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    One of our local lib-Trolls was claiming that charges of piggery at the occupy camps were unfounded. 

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Right.  So all the reports we’ve heard from media outlets, reporters and eye witnesses all over the country are lies or something.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Probably an honest claim.  Libs don’t see it as piggery.  Pigs don’t think the pig-sty is a mess.

  • elisafaith13

    ABOUT RIGHT! TEA PARTY FOLKS CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES AND LEAVE THEIR PLACES CLEANER THAN IS WAS WHEN THEY GOT THERE!!! ONCE AGAIN…occupy protesters HAVE TO HAVE US CLEAN UP AFTER THEM AND PAY FOR IT TOO!!! 
    PITIFUL AND SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO DID NOT CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!! Wonder how many DUMP trucks EUGENE WILL REQUIRE and have to PAY FOR with TAX DOLLARS of those who WORK AND PAY THEM????
    HOPE kitty and her followers are out there CLEANING IT UP TOO SINCE SHE SUPPORTED SUCH LOITERING- LITTERING  from her LITTERS! These kind of sheeple are just SHAMEFUL! NO PERMITS…to put up their signs but you BETTER NOT PUT US A NO EMEX BUILD SIGN without the city trying to FINE YOU!  HHMM WHAT ‘S GOOD FOR ONE IS GOOD FOR ALL…except=kitty STEPS in it when it comes to the First amendment being EQUAL FOR EVERYONE IN EUGENE…she only allows some to have their say-and does NOT tolerate others….1st AMENDMENT IS VIOLATED if you area AGAINST the EMEX buses etc….time for a NEW-RESPONSIBLE MAYOR next election!! 
    Write in Jim Torrey! :D

  • schreib

    Will Eric holder go after any one of them if a bird or a squirrel d i e d???

  • Onslaught1066

    The bird was a robin, an obvious Republican, what with that red vest and all.
    The  squirrel had it coming, I mean really, gathering its own nuts instead of waiting for a government handout?

  • mikemc1970

    This is a form of progressive political intimidation. Just another part of their Alinsky arsenal. They can’t move the majority to support them so they use intimidation, backdoor tricks, and outright lies to get what they want, which amounts to personal liberties given to the government and taken away from you.

  • borborygmi

    pigs

    • badlands4

      And that sums it up. That picture is disgusting. It is no wonder there are public health issues cropping up

      • borborygmi

        Looks similar to WE FEST.   

  • SigFan

    Most of them are probably used to their mommies picking up after them and changing their diapers.  Doesn’t seem like any of them have “progressed” beyond that stage.

    • NotPropagandized

      It is such a shame that perfectly good words are besmirched by undesirable usurpations.  Progressive used to be a positive word.  Now it’s an insurance company that funnels its money to “progressive” politicos (liberals).  I kind of liked the word “gay”, for instance, but now you can’t use the word in the traditional sense and be properly understood.  Not fair, but it’s reality.
      In essence, progressive = left wing chaos.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Only 70 trucks? Someone from the neighborhood must have helped clean up.

  • Jamermorrow

    How many people protesting are there just for the party? Sounds like a good time to me. Don’t have to work, get to camp, loose liberal women, booze, drugs, and now you can throw garbage wherever you want. 

  • sanity

    The tea partiers, for the most part, cleaned up after themselves. The occupiers? They expect someone else to clean up after them.

    Why should they clean up after themselves?
    They want everyone to do / give them everything for free.
    You work so you can give me your money.
    You clean up after me – I help create jobs for you.

    Isn’t that how they think?

  • SP

    Port, how much garbage dud ya leave at occupy Minot?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Funny as it sounds, given that in Minot everyone who wants a job can get a job, there was actually an “Occupy” protest here. With like 5 people.

      Not enough to create any significant pile of rubbish and filth.

      I was in Denver at the time, being accosted by that city’s iteration of the movement.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Fox News tells the Tea Partiers where to go, what to say and make the rally cry for the movement that doesn’t stay over night because they have no real complaints outside of being angry that they want their country back from….somebody…or something (code: the black man).

    The difference between OWS is that these kids have real passion and commitment, the Tea Party movement didn’t.

    • Hal835

      The TEA party produced historic conservative victories on election day.  Occupy protesters increased the incidence of disease and educated the public as to why Socialism still doesn’t work.  This too will lead to historic conservative victories on election day.

  • Huskylonghorns

    30 city employees and 70 dump trucks. Pretty credible article. With that logic, you tea party morons will have the economy fixed in no time.

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