It’s official: Occupy Atlanta just got strange

On Monday, Occupy Atlanta went toe-to-toe with Kasim Reed in a City Hall press conference in which the mayor put the protesters on notice that they soon would be removed from Woodruff Park.

This evening, these same protesters attempted to arrange the levitation of the Georgia Pacific building — unless the Koch brothers, who own the building, remove all their money from Georgia politics. From Channel 2 Action News:

Oh, but wait. There’s more. 11Alive reports that Tim Franzen, the red-capped voice of Occupy Atlanta, has had a previous career.

From the TV station’s web site:

In a series of YouTube videos between 2006 and early this year, Franzen is on camera enjoys cigars in Miami, talking about the pillars of leisure which include dancing and conversation, and warning about managing money, that people shouldn’t spend so much money that their ‘handcuffed’ to their jobs.

Franzen is clearly the on camera star of the International Leisure Club, which also has a Facebook page.

Here’s a YouTube clip of “Tim” in Little Havana, smoking the best cigar he’s ever had:

And another of the royal commissioner of leisure science:

Currently, Franzen is an employee of American Friends Services Organization.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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145 comments Add your comment

July

October 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

I wonder if the “doctor boy’s” mama and daddy are proud of him? lol

td

October 25th, 2011
11:11 pm

A trust fund baby (paying 15% tax rate on his invested income) wants to come out and talk about the “evil rich”. This is getting funnier everyday. Time for you far left wackos to come on and defend this movement.

There is absolutely no comparison between these lunes and the Tea Party movement in Georgia.

td

October 25th, 2011
11:13 pm

JIm,

Good job with a fun story that has some relevance also.

Now if you could please work on people not being able to steal your screen name it would be much appreciated.

rooster

October 25th, 2011
11:19 pm

I hope they take into account that the G-P tower is asymmetrical, and will therefore require a slightly greater levitational force on the west side than on the east.

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
11:20 pm

The previous blog has a terrible typo giving your Democrat favorite a Republican “R”.

mike 'hussein' smith

October 25th, 2011
11:29 pm

I went with a group back in 1969 to levitate the Pentagon, so I don’t see anything “strange” about Occupy Atlanta trying the same. OF course, we knew the Pentagon couldn’t be levitated, but that wasn’t the point at all. It was an exercise in hope and togetherness and a chance to peacefully blow off steam. PS: Rooster, thanks for the design tip.

Life

October 25th, 2011
11:32 pm

Bubbles!? Dandelions!? PAPER AIRPLANES!? Oh yeah! Everyone can levitate things too… like the gas that comes out of a rear-end after eating, the hot breath that escapes from unbrushed teeth at the crack of dawn. This is an embarrassment. These people ought to be ashamed of themselves for turning what should have been a profound movement into a circus. Oh well… I guess I could learn to cope with the current state of politics and economy, because my faith in much needed progressive change is diminishing… FAST.

I may never be fortunate enough to be a part of the 1%, but if I work hard enough, I may just crack the top 20%. They should be alright.

SAWB

October 25th, 2011
11:48 pm

Maybe these folks should charge admission for their Hobo Circus cause this thing gets funnier and loses just a little more credibility every day. I guess the only thing left is to join arms and sign, “We Shall Overcome” as the APD hauls them off to jail. Then they can claim brutality and bring some bogus lawsuit dragging this thing out even longer.

C from Marietta

October 26th, 2011
12:43 am

They have moved to Cobb or Gwinett County before being arrested. Those jails have to be better than City of Atlanta. They about to get their free room and board they are crying about. LOL. They are freaking morons. If you about to employ someone. Go to this tent city. Take pictures. If they apply for a job at your company. You have one way of weeding them out. LOL.

td

October 26th, 2011
12:50 am

Wow! Seriously? No way. Oh lordy, it’s getting juicy. J’ackin off time!

SAWB

October 26th, 2011
1:18 am

So, do they go to real jail or is there some type of Hobo Refugee Camp? I can’t imagine what will happen to these smart mouth kids if they get into the real jailhouse population. Now, maybe they could hold Vincent Fort until he pays his taxes and Derrick Boazman could sure benefit from a few low calorie meals.

Bill O Riley

October 26th, 2011
1:42 am

I personally know tim. this is hilarious i admit. but he is honestly one of the hardest working most loving people i know.

td

October 26th, 2011
1:44 am

Jerkin the mcChicken baby!

Littleton, Colorado

October 26th, 2011
1:51 am

Atlanta has some weirdos. I hope I do not run into td a.k.a tantric devil. Chill out dudesters!

HG

October 26th, 2011
2:20 am

How many times have I heard on Cox (WSB, AJC) that the “occupiers” are just like the Tea Party? The Tea Party never:

Had anyone arrested
Defecated on peoples steps or porches
Raped people participating in their protests
Broke the law
Produced garbage
Displayed pro-Socialist and Communist signs
Played drums oe chanfed all night

I could go on and on…

Now I ask: Cox, why don’t you just tell the truth?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
2:47 am

Mayor Greed strikes again. Well guess what Mayor Greed, the tighter you clench your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

And HG: Had anyone arrested: Lie.
Defecated on peoples steps or porches: Possible truth. Then again they defecate on Marines that don’t say things that they like by supporting Rush who calls them fake.
Raped people participating in their protests: No, they just bring Machine Guns which vaguely threaten violent revolt. Or in some cases actually outright threaten violent revolt.
Broke the law: Lie.
Produced Garbage: Lie.
Displayed pro-Socialist and Communist signs: No, they just displayed pro-Corporate Fascist signs.
Played drums oe chanfed all night: Lie.

I could go on and on, now I ask, HG, why don’t you tell the truth?

Oh yeah, IOKIYAR. Republicans care about loyalty to the Party. The Party is mother. The Party is father. The Party is all.

DR

October 26th, 2011
2:49 am

Cigars are bad for your health. The smoke “Occupys” your lungs Timmy, ohh and your domestic partner might want to get a razor.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
2:50 am

@DR – I could come up with better insults than that in 30 seconds. Was that a feeble attempt at humor?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
2:51 am

@Jim – BTW…yes, ‘levitating’ the building is weird, but see our Media (ie…you) has the attention span of a spastic gnat, so gimmicks are required to actually do your job and get you to cover the fact that people are losing their freedom to corporations. Like the one you work for.

DR

October 26th, 2011
2:56 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico???? U trippin punk??

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
2:57 am

@DR If by ‘trip’ you mean calling you out for being inept yes. If by ‘punk’ you mean someone who ‘punked’ you then yes.

DR

October 26th, 2011
2:58 am

Wait a minute, is that u with the beard Aaron Burr V Mexico???? Im so sorry i offended u.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
2:59 am

@DR – Are you on meth? How is that even supposed to make sense?

What beard? Are you somehow sadly implying I tripped you by the beard?

DR

October 26th, 2011
2:59 am

Why were u not arrested Aaron Burr V Mexico with the others???

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:00 am

@DR – OH! I get it, you’re saying I’m a dirty hippy with a beard because I think Contards are disgusting. No, no beard.

Just someone who takes a delight in showing hypocrites to be such. Like you.

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:00 am

How does Occupy Atlanta make sense?? U tell me Mr smart guy??

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:01 am

@DR – Because I’m too busy examining your public record for all of the money you’ve probably embezzled for the companies you defend.

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:03 am

Wow!!! U really are sick, but u have’nt defined Occupy Atlanta.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:04 am

@DR – OK, I’ll use small words so you can understand.

The Market Fairy is a lie. When .01 % of the population can buy and sell our politicians to do whatever they want, the constitution is nothing but a piece of paper. Your Tea Party movement was a legitimate movement that lasted a day and a half before the Cocaine brothers took it over and then made it a corporate lie.

OWS (that’s Occupy Wall Street in case you didn’t notice on the kracker jack box you use for news when not watching Fox) on the other hand, actually threatens corporations and implies the radical idea that the highest ideals of our civilization shouldn’t be a bunch of cocaine snorting Quants who juggle numbers around like slackers playing tetris in college.

Yeah, that makes me a commie. I call myself anything that pisses off contards.

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:05 am

I will be glad to have “U” in my office for a free screening.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:06 am

I’m sorry Doogie, but I like my doctor’s to be able to reach the table.

Or operate on humans.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:07 am

By the way, last time I checked, coherent English was a requirement to graduate any PhD or MD program. I will believe you’re a Doctor when you spell whole words.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

October 26th, 2011
3:09 am

Well, I’m out of here animals. I’ll be back later to alphabetically insult all of the conservatives defending Wall Street on here in a day or two.

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:10 am

Wow!!! OKaaaaayyyy,, and your name iss again????? And you make fun of “MY NAME???”

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:12 am

Aaron Burr V Mexico, should’nt you be in bed for 6th grade class tomorrow??

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:14 am

My foot is about to Occupy your @ss buddy.

DR

October 26th, 2011
3:18 am

Ok,, He’s gone, ill start over now>>> Cigars are bad for your health. The smoke “Occupys” your lungs Timmy, ohh and your domestic partner might want to get a razor

Plain Jane

October 26th, 2011
3:30 am

I watched a couple of the International Leisure Club videos and Mr. Franzen has some really good points. There’s’ a BIG difference between laziness and leisure. We’d all probably enjoy life more if we were more mindful about how we spend our free time. (Watching only the shows you’ve planned to watch on TV, then turning it off and doing something else, for example.) With the not-exactly-generous vacation time that American workers get, it’s important to make the most of any time away from our jobs.

I also like the fact that he advocates saving money (also often referred to as “living within/below your means”) as a way to help prevent being shackled to a job. Maybe money is better used for less stuff and more experiences.

P Murrow

October 26th, 2011
4:31 am

I thought it was in the spirit of a good try for these two gentlemen to make a statement in this manner about the corruption of our political system with money. Ms. Mansfield’s further statements on the group’s intentions in the park were excellent and demonstrated that Occupy Atlanta is of serious intent and motivation – and they are not be taken lightly. I was a child in 1969 – but those demonstraters were serious too. There was a bloody corporate war destroying Vietnam and destroying the lives of our soldiers. Well this movement is for nothing less serious. Our economy has been ravaged by wars, bankers – 45,000 Americans are dying every year without sufficient access to health care, people have lost their homes, their pension, our political system is so disfunctional they can’t pass sufficient heath care, job bills, expansion of social system, they keep passing military budgets. Anyone who doesn’t support OWS are the ones who have gotten “a little strange.”

Buckhead Boy

October 26th, 2011
5:44 am

I suppose that if the OWS protestors brandished firearms and quoted scripture they would be more acceptable to their detractors? Maybe for leisure time it would be better that they extolled “hiking the Appalachian Trail”?

Typical Democrat

October 26th, 2011
5:59 am

Even I know these nutcases are a complete bunch of losers.

Logic 88

October 26th, 2011
6:02 am

The best way to describe the protesters is with one word…ZEROS.

Keep doing this GOP

October 26th, 2011
6:04 am

It seems like Mr. Reed is a DINO. He’s been hanging out with the mighty currupt one ( Our Govenor) a little bit too much . Thus, he’s not keeping his word like Mr.Deal. And using the clergy like he did, that sounds like something Mr. Perdue would do. Maybe Mr. Reed needs to be recalled.

Atlien

October 26th, 2011
6:14 am

The people in occupy wall street are a lot more intelligent than our motley crew at woodruff park. I still don’t have any idea what the occupy atlanta people are protesting. I watched the cnbc.com speakers corner feed, and they had a bunch of people talking about glass-steagall and breaking up the big banks. In Atlanta, they talk about troy davis and homeless people…yawn.

occupystuff

October 26th, 2011
6:37 am

Occupy Atlanta, like OWS, is a leaderless and non-hierarchical movement. Tim Franzen is a paid activist for the American Friends and Service Committee, and since he helped open up a floor of that organizations’ headquarters for Occupy Atlanta use and likes to be in front of cameras, he’s become a very visible figure. Lots of people love him, lots of people hate him. Whatever the case, don’t let his words or penchant for cigars shape how you feel about this movement.

And to the guy above… while OA stands in solidarity with OWS in many of the ways we’d like to put an end to corporatocracy in this country, it’s important to see and tend to the local/regional effects of all of this too. In Atlanta that’s police brutality, gentrification and homelessness. These aren’t “yawn” issues just because they exist outside of the dry economic discourse that we have to engage in for the media to present us as respectable. These are problems that can’t be ignored.

Buuuut, I agree this whole levitation thing is weird…

Smoke get's in your occupy

October 26th, 2011
6:39 am

These kids have built a movement. Yes, they may be a little on the edge. But, they were willing to get arrested. They stayed in the park even when the temps dropped into the 30s.

Yes, it is funny to see Franzen’s YouTube as a cigar lover. But these kids are right and the lazy keyboard-bound critics who post here are part of the problem.

Large corporate interests have too much influence over our politics. This co-dependency among politicians and the wealthy has done great damage to the future of our kids. I’m glad that they have spoken out.

DHD

October 26th, 2011
6:58 am

I hope the Dems keep supporting these guys.

Jezel

October 26th, 2011
7:02 am

In a city that may well be the birthplace of he civil rights movement…we lock up protesters. What happened?

Maybe the city should have just put a fence around the park and called it a prison. There is no more room in the Fulton county jail nor in the state correctional facilities. The state and county and the city do not have 45.00 per day to pay for keeping these protesters locked up.

Let’s just build more prisons and we can lock everyone up. Heck…the DOC gets 18 billion per year. Why should we be satisfied with 1 of 12 Georgians being felons or ex-felons when we can make the ratio 1 of 6 or something like that. The national average is 1 of 32. We have to get tough on crime.

Frederick Douglass

October 26th, 2011
7:05 am

Jim do you have Republicans proof reading articles now????

that people shouldn’t spend so much money that THEIR ‘handcuffed’ to their jobs.

Jackie

October 26th, 2011
7:10 am

A few blathering marxist lefties move into to Woodruff Park and start acting like the matter. The mayor foolishly looked the other way in sympathy with the group. Once he figured out that he had an ongoing group of silly chilren and professional agitators violating the law by living in the park who wanted a confrontation he knew he had to act sooner rather than later.

Occupy wants to use the power of the state to punish owners of companies who have political views they disagree with. What a scary idea!

Reed knows that he can’t waive the law for Occupy and still enforce it with polite, law abiding groups like the Tea Party. While the city is more liberal than the surrounding counties, I don’t see pushing a few marxists out of an illegal occupation of a park as a political problem for him.