Occupy Wall Street's weekend plans ruffle some readers' feathers
Shoppers crowd a Virginia mall for Black Friday 2010.
November 23rd, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Occupy Wall Street's weekend plans ruffle some readers' feathers

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The Occupy Wall Street movement's plans for an upcoming mass demonstration, targeting major retailers on Black Friday, has lots of readers seeing red going into the Turkey Day weekend. Some scoffed at the danger involved with getting in between hyped-up shoppers and their prize, and others thought the movement's goals were misguided. Few spoke in support of the Occupy protesters.

1. Occupy targets retailers on Black Friday

"No doubt this movement will cause someone's death, making it a true black Friday," said Tralfaz. "Don't mess with shoppers looking for bargains. They have nothing to do with the people you are against and most of the ones I know would kill you to get 50% off. Your movement is about to lose all of its power and turn the masses against you."

WorkingGuyNYC was among those who said trying to harm businesses could harm citizens.

"So you want to disrupt Black Friday because companies are slashing prices (taking away from their profits), which benefits the 99%. What a way to lose public support. I'm guessing none of the protesters have been to a Black Friday sale. Just try blocking a mother on a mission for a 50% off Xbox. Hope they have medical."

NeverQuit: "The target should be companies that purchase politicians, and therefore the focus should be on those companies, big or small, that disproportionately contribute corporate money to influence political outcomes. Targeting ALL publicly traded companies doesn't make sense: there are still many "good citizen" corporations that play fair, pay a decent wage and don't seek to corrupt our political system."

It was difficult to find people supporting Occupy Wall Street among the comments, which were predominantly opposed, but we did find a note from Jackie.

"Supporting small business is not bad. Big business like Walmart does not treat employee well, pay minimum wage, do not pay benefits, etc. Small business we support, they do not use child labor, they do not use slave labor. Try and read what happens to the workers in China."

Matt explained to another commenter (with the same name) that the "system has been gamed to only work for the 1%." Definitely a heated discussion here.

"If the 99% don't work their hours, take the money they want to pay, buy their products, follow their rules ... then everyone loses ... it's all a sham and it's time for you to wake up and fight back! The 1% has been waging class warfare for 30 years ... no more."

Oh, and if you're out on Black Friday and happen to see any of this going on, contribute your perspective to the Occupy Wall Street open story.

2. Report: 1 in 5 U.S. children at risk of hunger

Food uncertainty, or wondering about where the next meal will come from, is a problem that affected 14.5% of households in the United States in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That amounts to 17.2 million people.

"No one should ever go hungry in America," said geoplato. "The very fact that is happening means the system is not working." NorthernPike suggested learning to stretch dollars.

"When I was in college, my friends would be complaining about food prices and living off mac and cheese. Meanwhile I was making a 5 gallon pot of chicken and dumplings to last me a week for about 10 dollars. When you know how to cook, it makes a big difference on the food spending.

There were some that wondered why the children were going hungry, or if parents are responsible. JNC0704 noted, "They can't afford food, yet every member of the family most likely has a smart phone. If people would only buy what they need and not what they want, the 'poverty rate' would be cut in half." And many commenters also said it doesn't matter.

bobb1957: Regardless of their circumstances, NO CHILD ON THIS PLANET DESERVES TO GO HUNGRY. Today I will go out and find a family in need and I will invite them to share Thanksgiving with my adult children and I. I'll try to get to know them so that I can share all I am thankful for with them until they can fend for themselves. I challenge each of you to do something besides sit at your PC and pass on your opinions."

3. CNN's Stan Case dies in wreck

We heard from lots of commenters about the passing of CNN Radio's Stan Case. Some wanted to offer their condolences or share a memory of him. Among them:

MWR1172: "Stan was a law school classmate of mine at Georgia State, and a really good guy. My condolences on his passing. May his memory be a blessing to all his loved ones, and I wish his wife a speedy recovery."

CaptainJack1: "Condolences to Stan and his family. I wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Let Stan's tragic death serve as a reminder to everyone to be careful out there."

heathey2: "Rest in peace Stan Case and get well soon Angela Case. It's terrible and unbearable to lose a loved one any time of the year, nevermind during the time of year when most American families meet up and spend that special time together."

Thanks for your touching feedback, everyone.

4. The woman who made riding dragons possible

Readers were also mourning the death of author Anne McCaffrey, 85, who brought us the beloved Pern series and brought fantasy worlds to life. There were some very lovely tributes penned by the commenters on this post.

Lea Jones: "Anne's books saw me through a difficult adolescence. I will be forever grateful to her for not only providing me with many exciting refuges to hide in, but for providing my mother and I a way to further our bond as adults. Thank you Anne. You will be sorely missed. The dragons are keening their deathsong for you."

menolly: "So sad, she was truly a gifted author. When my wife was pregnant with our first child we both read one of her early books. When it came time to name her, we chose the name of our favorite Pern character, Menolly. While, in hindsight, we probably didn't do our daughter a favor ('how do you spell/pronounce that?'), but that's the passion we had for Anne's novels."

Nancy: "I was privileged to meet Anne at WorldCon in Winnipeg in 1994. She was the main reason I went. She was funny and fun, smart, articulate and understood her fans. She pointed me out of the audience and asked me to help her up a set of stairs that was given her trouble. She didn't even know me! But she knew everyone there loved her and she loved us in return. May the dragons watch over you, dear Dragonlady. You will be missed."

5. Stuffpuppies. Stuffpuppies! STUFFPUPPIES!

Our friends at Eatocracy call this dish the "turducken of the sides world," featuring mashed potatoes swaddled in stuffing (or dressing) in a special fried preparation that is then dipped in cranberry sauce. We kind of feel like Jason does:

"This article made me laugh, made me cry, made me get a serious hankering for corn whiskey (which may or may not be legally manufactured). This was well-written, hilarious, and informative (I found out that, for some reason, Twitter's become unblocked on my work computer!! THANK YOU!!)! I will definitely be trying this recipe of happiness and Lipitor's job security!"

Now, if it wasn't for the debate over the health consequences of deep-frying, as well as specific techniques. The more you know ...

Leaf on the Wind: "This almost made want to go out and buy a deep fryer. Almost. If it weren't for the fact that I could hear my arteries hardening. Sure looks yummy, though, and who cares about healthy eating over the holidays, right?"

oubie: "There are several posters who are misinformed as to the health issues with correct deep frying. First, it is true that deep frying is never healthier than other forms of cooking, but the bad effects can be mitigated by proper frying techniques. First, fry in Omega-3 rich Canola oil, not vegetable oil. It has a higher smoke point as well, which is important because you really want to fry potatoes at 360 degrees to 380 degrees, not 325. Use a thermometer in the pan to make sure you adjust the heat to keep the oil at the right temperature. Do not overcrowd the pan and try to have the foods you fry at room temperature when you put them in the oil. That will also keep the temperature from dropping too low. When cooked properly, deep fried foods will absorb no more oil than shallow-frying food."

What's your take? Join the conversation below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport. If you've witnessed an Occupy Wall Street protest, share your perspective on the open story.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    yup back at ya bobcat, have a wonderful holiday and i think banasy already bailed...she didnt buy into the friend in distress...she gets new years eve lmmfao and @ beachrat me too!

    November 24, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kenn Space

    Hey Eddie and Pearl Jam,

    If you are not busy, maybe you could be at 700 Stewart Street in Seattle on January 20th,; At the US Federal District Courthouse in Seattle. If you decide to do this, you will probably have to meet the security. (And the people at the courthouse,) I feel you would love it. Do you love democracy? I do. Help us. – I was at a Pearl Jam concert at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. I worked my way up to the front stage,,, I was ten or twenty years older than the kids, I kicked there ass. And I helped them when they were down, or lost their shoes. It was awesome.!

    I hope you will pay attention to this event on January 20th, 2012.
    It would be great if you decided to participate!

    thanks,
    Kenn

    here is what i have so far,,,,

    http://open.salon.com/blog/kennspace/2011/10/28/corporate_occupation_of_the_united_states_1

    November 24, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bull Halsey

    I don't usually shop on black Friday, but I am going to shop at all the stores that are being protested against. These Occupy protesters are nothing but a bunch of spoiled little brats, who want every thing for nothing.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. android-free-games.com

    enough with spending, stop feeding the cows

    November 24, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. JB

    Apparently, "occupiers" are following/idealizing their "world class" "leaders" in the Middle East – –
    I see no evidence of applied intelliigence or functional approach to anything – – only pathetic, mindless, freeloading rabble rousers demanding more than they have ever "earned" – – and only because they can, and without any due process to accomplish.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bull Halsey

    Long live the Tea Party movement!

    November 24, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Isn't that English for SIEG HEIL? These right-wing fools never give up and I'M afraid that the Tea Party Movement will continue to flourish given all the ignorance and fanaticism running rampant across the country!!!

      November 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. aliasooze

    Money talks. That seems to be the only thing that gets to talk in today's society. OWS understands that The boycott on Coors beer by the Gay Rights movement is an excellent example. That made Coors not only stop firing people that were gay, but start hiring them openly. The Teamsters started openly hiring gay people as well in an alliance. Harvey Milk was behind a lot of the negotiations, and was actually not only invested in Gay rights, but interested in SECURE JOBS for gay people. He was very successful at both.
    Coors when questioned by the right wing, even to this day says "It makes good business sense". In other words, they don't want to lose the money they lost when Coors was pulled from the gay bars.
    Form those alliances OWS and you will prevail. A lot of the Unions already support the cause, you are gaining power every time you include any part of society that has been stomped on by the main stream politicians. Don't exclude the homeless, unemployed, underemployed, drug addicts, gays, people of all colors and religions...form an alliance with them and help them with their problems.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. WE Party Mentor

    WE all occupy http://www.wealloccupy.info – See the WE's vs the WANTS @ http://www.weshift.info – Together WE can make a difference!

    November 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. observation

    The OWS "99%" are getting only about 1% of the pubic support.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Ohhh, the JIF POST AT 10:02–please.
    Was that you, George Patton???
    Why me? Well, I guess I know why.
    !!!yourself.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Blue Mountian

    @ Joey, Of course you know why; we only immatate those that we think highly of, right? Good Morning all.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gold Dragon

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I made it to my new destination. Unfortunately my 94 year old aunt passed before I could see her. I haven't seen her in years. So I must attend a funderal tomorrow.
    The weather is nice. I am enjoying the country side. Got to see some fall leaves.
    As for OWS boycott, I avoid the black friday shopping maze anyway.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good morning, Blue Mountain. Thanks.
    Good Morning, Gold Dragon. I'm sorry for your loss.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @aliasooze:
    Fabulous post.

    @Golden Dragon:
    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your aunt.
    Please know that I'm rooting for you to conquer you illness.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    @JIF:
    Happy Thanksgiving, dear heart.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. patrioticcapitalist

    Thanksgiving is about groups of people, regardless of wealth, color, or culture, working together for the good of survival in the same country. So, no – Black Friday (retailers chopping prices of already artificially cheap goods, made overseas, which further screws up our trade deficit) has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, or even America. Realize by "fighting" for Black Friday you are basically fighting for the right to screw local business owners, and China, who makes all the cheap crap you are buying for people. Real patriotic.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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