Occupy foreclosed houses

The Occupy Wall Street folks, who in many cases are being evicted from their downtown campsites, have started a new strategy:  Occupying foreclosed houses.  This includes blocking efforts to evict people, disrupting auctions, fixing up abandoned homes and giving them to homeless people, and just moving into abandoned properties.

See  Occupy protesters take over homes, block evictions – Dec. 6, 2011.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    So, they’re advocating abandoning any adherence to property rights except those that involve taking things by force.

  • SKPeterson

    So, they’re advocating abandoning any adherence to property rights except those that involve taking things by force.

  • Dan Kempin

    This was going on before OWS, but I’m not surprised that they have taken it up. Frankly, it makes more sense than camping in public. I assume that they still pay the property taxes for the good of the 99%. (Does the gas company count as the evil 1%, or are they only doing this down south?)

  • Dan Kempin

    This was going on before OWS, but I’m not surprised that they have taken it up. Frankly, it makes more sense than camping in public. I assume that they still pay the property taxes for the good of the 99%. (Does the gas company count as the evil 1%, or are they only doing this down south?)

  • Patrick Kyle

    With banks, financial institutions, and our elected officials conspiring to do things like this:
    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=198650

    actions by various protest groups are likely to get worse.

    I am not saying its right, but I expect to see more such protests

  • Patrick Kyle

    With banks, financial institutions, and our elected officials conspiring to do things like this:
    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=198650

    actions by various protest groups are likely to get worse.

    I am not saying its right, but I expect to see more such protests

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @3 Thanks for the link.

    David Merkel notes that a large middle class may be an anomaly in history. It seems there is a desire to see an ever expanding middle class, but that may not happen.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @3 Thanks for the link.

    David Merkel notes that a large middle class may be an anomaly in history. It seems there is a desire to see an ever expanding middle class, but that may not happen.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg
  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg
  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Not directly related, but I thought many of you would like to see this: http://247wallst.com/2011/11/28/best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-an-analysis-of-all-50/#ixzz1fgY1csPp

    The best and worst run states in the US. Note the list of the 10 best run states in the US – Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Vermont, Virgina, Kansas and South Dakota. Then note the bottom 10: California, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Mexico. And Perry’s Texas falls smack bang in the middle….

    Hey Grace, you know what is a common feature in at least 3 of the top 10 states (The Dakota’s and Minnesota?): They are full of Lutherans! :) Actually, in a denominational spread map, they are the only states where you get Lutheran predominating counties, in all of the US…..

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Not directly related, but I thought many of you would like to see this: http://247wallst.com/2011/11/28/best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-an-analysis-of-all-50/#ixzz1fgY1csPp

    The best and worst run states in the US. Note the list of the 10 best run states in the US – Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah, Vermont, Virgina, Kansas and South Dakota. Then note the bottom 10: California, Illinois, Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Mexico. And Perry’s Texas falls smack bang in the middle….

    Hey Grace, you know what is a common feature in at least 3 of the top 10 states (The Dakota’s and Minnesota?): They are full of Lutherans! :) Actually, in a denominational spread map, they are the only states where you get Lutheran predominating counties, in all of the US…..

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Also, with the exception of Michigan, all states bordering on Canada, and thus having some minor Canadian influence (which is evil and Socialist) are in the top 20. I just thought I’d point that out, or ooot…. ;)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Also, with the exception of Michigan, all states bordering on Canada, and thus having some minor Canadian influence (which is evil and Socialist) are in the top 20. I just thought I’d point that out, or ooot…. ;)

  • Dennis Peskey

    Klasie – may want to check your geography. Michigan is more closely tied to Canada than any of the other states listed (indeed, the Upper Peninsula is populated with people who can speak fluent Canadian!)
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    Klasie – may want to check your geography. Michigan is more closely tied to Canada than any of the other states listed (indeed, the Upper Peninsula is populated with people who can speak fluent Canadian!)
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • DonS

    So, it appears that the OWS folks are systematically proving that their movement is really nothing more than covetousness.

  • DonS

    So, it appears that the OWS folks are systematically proving that their movement is really nothing more than covetousness.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Dennis – I did exclude Michigan – see my comment (first line at 7). Anyway, I would reverse your comment – lower Ontario is more American than any other part of Canada… :) . Maybe that’s why their economy is beginning to resemble yours more-and-more… :)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Dennis – I did exclude Michigan – see my comment (first line at 7). Anyway, I would reverse your comment – lower Ontario is more American than any other part of Canada… :) . Maybe that’s why their economy is beginning to resemble yours more-and-more… :)

  • kerner

    KK@7. You want to check your geography vriend. Maine, New York and Wisconsin are all near the bottom (tied for 32nd). I include Wisconsin because both Wisconsin and Ontario have a shoreline on Lake Superior, through which the border passes.

    On the other haand, maybe Wisconsin will move up once our debt is under control.

  • kerner

    KK@7. You want to check your geography vriend. Maine, New York and Wisconsin are all near the bottom (tied for 32nd). I include Wisconsin because both Wisconsin and Ontario have a shoreline on Lake Superior, through which the border passes.

    On the other haand, maybe Wisconsin will move up once our debt is under control.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Kerner – ok, ok, be like that :) . But 32 is still closer to the middle than to the bottom. And they are all closer to Ontario, Quebec or the Maritimes anyway…. (if you know something about Canadian politics, you’ll know the context of THAT statement….)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Kerner – ok, ok, be like that :) . But 32 is still closer to the middle than to the bottom. And they are all closer to Ontario, Quebec or the Maritimes anyway…. (if you know something about Canadian politics, you’ll know the context of THAT statement….)

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    But actually, it is an interesting phenomenon. On a person-by-person basis, are the people of let’s say the following states – Nebraska – Wyoming – Montana – the Dakota’s – Iowa – Minnesota maybe Idaho and let’s say Manitoba, Sasktachewan and Alberta (heck, let’s include the Yukon as well) not more similar to each other than to say the folks of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario (combined)? Did you know there is even a Western Independance Party in SK, AB and BC? Not strongly supported, but the idea does exist. Economically, we are quite diffrent to the rest.

    But I’m getting waaayyy off topic…..

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    But actually, it is an interesting phenomenon. On a person-by-person basis, are the people of let’s say the following states – Nebraska – Wyoming – Montana – the Dakota’s – Iowa – Minnesota maybe Idaho and let’s say Manitoba, Sasktachewan and Alberta (heck, let’s include the Yukon as well) not more similar to each other than to say the folks of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario (combined)? Did you know there is even a Western Independance Party in SK, AB and BC? Not strongly supported, but the idea does exist. Economically, we are quite diffrent to the rest.

    But I’m getting waaayyy off topic…..

  • kerner

    KK:

    You are getting way off topic, but I agree with you. As a life long Wisconsinite, I probably have more in common culturally with someone from western Ontario than I may have with someone from Mississippi or New Jersey or New Mexico. But I have found that one has to be careful about telling Canadians that they are much like Americans. Some find it insulting to hear that their culture is not sufficiently distinct from ours.

  • kerner

    KK:

    You are getting way off topic, but I agree with you. As a life long Wisconsinite, I probably have more in common culturally with someone from western Ontario than I may have with someone from Mississippi or New Jersey or New Mexico. But I have found that one has to be careful about telling Canadians that they are much like Americans. Some find it insulting to hear that their culture is not sufficiently distinct from ours.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, Klasie, you’ve really assimilated so quickly! See how you just barge in on whatever thread and make it all about Canada vs. America, and how Canada is, somehow, superior? So Canadian. ;)

    However, the geography fail? That’s more American. I guess you Canadians can’t help picking up some of our habits.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, Klasie, you’ve really assimilated so quickly! See how you just barge in on whatever thread and make it all about Canada vs. America, and how Canada is, somehow, superior? So Canadian. ;)

    However, the geography fail? That’s more American. I guess you Canadians can’t help picking up some of our habits.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    No, Todd, Kerner just spoiled some bait. You know – more Lutheran, more Canadian – gooood. :) Nasty laywers….

    But actually, recently the similarity point was made by none other than the Governor of Montana…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    No, Todd, Kerner just spoiled some bait. You know – more Lutheran, more Canadian – gooood. :) Nasty laywers….

    But actually, recently the similarity point was made by none other than the Governor of Montana…

  • larry

    Thanks for the link Klasie, KY bottom 10, not surprised having lived here all my life.

  • larry

    Thanks for the link Klasie, KY bottom 10, not surprised having lived here all my life.


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