@ Seattleblues: Firstly, I want to thank you for your polite point-by-point reply. While I'd love to have you fully agree with me, I'll at least be satisfied that you have a clear understanding of my points of view.
With regard to "crimes" of the protesters, I guess it's a matter of degree. For example: With the exception of occasional traffic blockage, I am not aware of any folks being flat-out denied access to businesses or residences in the area of the protest. It's possible that some may avoid businesses for fear of mingling with the protesters, but that is their choice.
If the protesters have broken any laws, from what I have seen, their infractions appear to be quite minor in scale when compared with what many of them are protesting. Take the woman arrested by dozens of police officers today for the "crime" of sitting in a public park with an umbrella. Menace to society? I think not.
On the other end of the criminal spectrum, we're talking about business "leaders", the military-industrial complex, and the Fed bilking hard-working taxpayers out of trillions of dollars.
And, in case you need a raft of indictments against the Bush/Cheney cabal, please allow me to point you, as a starter, to articles of impeachment against the Bush administration, as set forth in 2008 by Congressman Dennis Kucinich:
Neither you, nor I, truly know if Bush & Cheney committed any crimes. The fact remains that, despite massive public outrage, there has been no formal and impartial investigation. Most of the well-capitalized media outlets simply ignore the issue, because that would be akin to biting the hand that feeds them.
You may be satisfied to take these leaders at their word and assume their innocence. I, on the other hand, see far too much evidence and obvious cover-up attempts pointing to deliberate criminal acts. I *still* want to see an impartial investigation, but I think the stakes are far too high for any kind of impartiality.
So, in the absence of such an investigation, you and I are left with our beliefs, which are highly influenced by our information sources. One of my sources is the delta between what politocos say one moment on video and what they say after they believe the public has long forgotten the first thing they said. I call it "Tivo". Myself, and others, have caught many a politico in bald-faced lies. With such precedent, I believe that further investigation is well warranted.
A "53%-er" who stands firmly with the 99%.