squatting: it’s not just for shitting in public anymore

is this your house?

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Seattle, Portland and Oakland have taken up a new tactic in their protests against wealth inequality: Squatting in vacant properties.
In Seattle, protesters have taken over a formerly boarded up duplex across the street from Garfield High School. They have painted the bare wood sidings with green, black and red paint, and they have strung up a banner that says “Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords.”

The red and black anarchist flag also decorates the front…

Yannow, this “anarchy” stuff is all fun and games until everyone participates…


  1. Melissa In Texas
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm |

    Good night!
    The freeloaders will try ANYTHING, won’t they?
    *deep breath*
    exhale on:
    Castle Doctrine…… Castle Doctrine….. Castle Doctrine……

  2. PatrickP
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

    Typical freeloaders. Instead of fixing it up, they make it worse.

  3. Merovign
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm |

    This *entire* movement is nothing but a photo op for the North Korean News Service, which is always claiming the US is a brutal regime with billions of abused poor people.

  4. ZZMike
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm |

    A contingent of large gentlemen should approach the squatters and let them know that they’re being “reoccupied”.

  5. kinlaw
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm |

    Melissa, remember, if you’re not absolutely sure, empty a second clip just in case.

    You can always buy more ammo. That’s what having a job is all about.

  6. Paul
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm |

    Don’t hurt those poor OWS dicks. No need for guns or clubs. After all they are just doing what their teachers and professors have encouraged them to do.

    Just toss a pepper grenade in AFTER you provoke them to barricade up.

  7. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm |

    What ZZMike said.

    Also, extreme squatting:

    A man who held a … couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police. [more]

    Glad you’re back, MsMelissa.
    I had feared another “stool” moment.
    (What? Yeah, or white slavers.)

  8. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    Ask’em if they think they now own the building.

    If they answer yes, present them with a bill for back taxes, and demand IMMEDIATE payment (like, on the spot).

    When they don’t fork over the cash immediately, take them to jail for non-payment of taxes.

  9. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm |

    The house next door looks quite well maintained and not inexpensive. If the Snots represent the poor downtrodden, it seems odd they would buy paint rather than food. And the paint scheme resembles what a child might think….It would be regretable if they are not potty-trained….

    I have decided that I wish them to continue thru 2012. They will be a pox on the RAT Party, who allied with them! KisPers can take up donations for welcome wagons to pay a call. Then, after the election, with no further use, we can take up another donation for some of us to pay calls and kick the living fucking shit out of them!!!!! (…and demand our welcome wagon funds back…)

    God, I love capitalism…..

  10. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm |

    One assumes that they’ll allow the local homeless occupy the house with them.
    I mean, that’s social justice, innit?

  11. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |

    Where’s Big Sis and Teh ATF?
    [yeah - the Punk Band]

    So someone quick – make up some cheap handbills with this address and “Free Urban Camp — Lots o’ Food

    Hand ‘em out to Stinky, Smelly, Gritty, The Guy With Teh Duck On his Head and the rest of the gang under the bridge downtown.

    Millennium Hand and Shrimp!!

  12. accipiter NW
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |

    Why don’t they occupy Detroit?

    Oh yeah, they had the right idea there and tore those abandoned homes down.

  13. SherryM
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 1:40 am |

    When they are a sleep board it up and seal them in..

  14. whitestone
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 4:23 am |

    Awww C’mon… nothing that a couple of railroad flares can’t take care of…

  15. geezerette
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:16 am |

    Looks like it was one of those government subsidized rentals– owned by a slum landlord—

  16. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:52 am |

    Great, now they’ll have to fumigate.

  17. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    I thought there were laws about plumbing and stuff for dwellings……..

  18. ZZMike
    Posted November 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm |

    SondraK: It seems to depend on the locale. Around here, the houses are the property of either the buyer or his bank (should he decide to depart unencumbered). Then little notices go up on the windows saying “Go Away! Trespassers will be violated!”. And there’s the wherewithal to back that up.

    Other places, I’ve heard tell, a house goes vacant, and it’s like the old house in “It’s a Wonderful Life” – it stays that way for ages. But some folks have taken to going in, changing the locks, setting up utility accounts, and living in a real house for no more than utilities (and maybe property taxes).

    I suppose those two extremes illustrate our country’s marvelous diversity.