OWS, Obama's personal stinking army, continues its assault on personal property. A public figure in the Fort Collins Occupy movement has been arrested as a suspect in a $10 million fire.
From the Denver Post:
A Fort Collins man has been arrested as a suspect in a $10 million fire along Mason Street in downtown Fort Collins.
Benjamin David Gilmore, 29, was taken into custody Thursday night.
Gilmore appears to be the same person who recently appeared before the Fort Collins City Council to ask that Occupy Fort Collins protesters be left alone. He was arrested for suspicion of first-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief in the blaze that destroyed a condominium complex under construction and damaged a complex next door.
Dressed in a black t-shirt and wearing black gloves, a person identifying himself as Benjamin David Gilmore appeared before the City Council Tuesday and used an anecdotal "story" about playing cards with a 5-year-old who wins every hand.
"The name of the game isn't Texas hold 'em, it's not five-card draw. It's 'I win!' "
"Occupy members in Fort Collins are being cheated by banks, who like the 5-year-old, always win, Gilmore said, because the "rules are changing all the time."
Gilmore hit an emotional moment during his comments, when he paused to take a deep breath and his voice rose as he spoke.
"What are you told to do as a kid by your abuse counselors," he asked. "If you are not having fun playing the game anymore, if you don't like the abuse, they tell us - stop playing the game."
"Please, can you give the occupy movement permission to do what it wants," he said wrapping up. "To stay where we are."
"Please we are asking you, let us continue, let us be free."
So an OWS goon is arrested for suspicion of first-degree arson, burglary and criminal mischief in the blaze that destroyed a condominium complex under construction and damaged a complex next door. Fortunately no one was injured in the fire. But America can look forward too much more classic Marxist street violence in the coming months. These Alinskyites are now boasting about what the hard left has planned for our cities and hometowns.
United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, speaking on radio host Ed Schultz's show last Monday, declared, "What we need is more militancy." Asked to clarify, Gerard said: "I think we've got to start a resistance movement. If Wall Street Occupation doesn't get the message, I think we've got to start blocking bridges and doing that kind of stuff."
The Canadian union leader then denounced Americans' 2008 [Another stupid attempt at some revisionist history] election of Tea Party representatives to the House as "nut jobs," and called for more force and illegality: "We ought to be doing more than occupying parks. We ought to start occupying bridges. We ought to start occupying the banks' places themselves."
Despite his proletarian persona, Gerard is close to Occupy Wall Street's criteria for the 1%, pulling in a $188,000 salary and benefits. He's won an honorary college degree and attended galas in his honor. He's served on the board of the Apollo Alliance, tied to one-time Obama "green jobs" czar Van Jones, and served on the board of the Economic Policy Institute, a George Soros front. And he heads the tony-sounding Blue-Green alliance, which links labor to wealthy environmentalists.
These set pieces of Marxist agitprop, the defacing and destruction of private property, the daily videos of street actions and hooliganism, all will have the effect of turning away most of the independent voters and all but the most progressive voters from the Democratic ticket in November 2012. Not the "businesses as usual" way to win an election, unless the President has already forsaken re-election as his chosen path to continue to Occupy the White House.