Who are the 99%?

Who are the 99%?

They seem to be spreading in various cities. They’ve been in Wall Street for several weeks. Word is, they’ve moved into Washington Square Park in New York.

They’re in Washington as Occupy DC. They were in McPherson Square and Freedom Square, not far from the White House. And they were on the Mall this weekend. Here’s one sign bearer in the middle of the street in front of packed stairs of protesters at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday:

And they’re occupying a number of other cities across America.

So what’s the story? They’re telling you if you are willing to listen. They aren’t encouraging. In a lot of cases, they’re pretty desperate. And they’ve gotten that way because the economic system has collapsed and the future is looking dark. They blame corporate greed, political indifference and media neglect.

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Assorted disasters, naturally

There was an earthquake in Virginia earlier this week. And this weekend, Hurricane Irene is headed up the Atlantic Coast. (See its path as of Friday, below.)

Both natural disasters have Washington, D.C., in their path of destruction. A lot of America will look at that as justice. I’m sure the folks on the right will say it’s Obama’s fault.

I see it as a reminder that I have to buy homeowner’s insurance one of these days.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opened this week in Washington, D.C., and — weather permitting — there is a dedication scheduled on Sunday. Jerry Bembry, with Baltimore public radio station WYPR, visited the national mall to get people’s reaction to the memorial, and to see how the public felt about Dr. King’s dream.