After reading this WDIO article, I decided to Google the leader’s name to see what type of man we’re talking about. This Duluth News article sheds alot of light on the rally leader of Occupy Duluth. First, let’s look at the WDIO article:

Local protestors who are a part of the movement dubbed “Occupy Duluth” are making a statement with their rally. They’re preparing to protest through the night.

Dozens of supporters showed up at the Minnesota Power Plaza starting at 9 o’clock this morning. They’re protesting in solidarity with those who have been camping out near Wall Street in New York. They’ve held several rallies and meetings within the last week preparing for occupation. Today there was music, a tent, and other accommodations to encourage anyone to join in.

“We’re just trying to set up a festive, fun, family friendly atmosphere where people can discuss the state of the union,” says Tyler Nord, the facilitator of Occupy Duluth. “I think it’s great that the president has the opportunity to do that but I also think it’s great for people to have a safe environment to discuss their points of view.”

At midnight, the group will move to the civic center where they’ll stay overnight. Nord says that space is fine for now, but they plan on meeting with the City’s Parks and Rec Department on Monday to discuss occupying Lake Superior Place.

Tyler Nord for family values? There’s something seriously wrong about that picture. Here’s why that picture doesn’t work:

A University of Minnesota Duluth student involved in planning this week’s Occupy Duluth demonstrations had an unusual run-in with the law in 2008, an alleged attempted baby snatching and says he’s sorry for it.

Tyler Ray Nord, 23, from Wolverton, Minn., was charged in June 2008 with attempted felonious restraint for trying to pull a baby carrier holding a 7-week-old boy away from the infant’s mother. The woman said she grasped the carrier and Nord pulled her along with it because she wouldn’t let ago.

Authorities said Nord only let go when a friend intervened and asked him what he was doing. His friend said the incident was out of character for Nord.

That’s the sanitized version of the event. This article isn’t a sanitized version:

Amanda Steckler didn’t know what to think when the dreadlocked stranger approached her garage and picked up the baby carrier holding her 7-week-old son.

“That’s all right, I got him,” she told the man, thinking he might just be trying to help her carry the boy inside her south Fargo apartment building. Her 2-year-old daughter was still in the car.

The stranger asked where she lived.

Steckler repeated herself. “That’s OK, I got him. I have to get my daughter out,” she said, her hands now tugging firmly on the carrier.

The stranger started to pull.

Steckler pulled back.

“He was basically pulling me along with him because I wouldn’t let go of it, and then I hollered for help,” she said.

“All I could think of was to not let go.”

Authorities say Tyler Nord, 20, of Duluth, Minn., let go of the carrier only after his friend, Steven Kressin, ran over to the garage and demanded to know what he was doing.

Kressin added this information to the article:

Kressin, who went to high school with Nord in Breckenridge, Minn., said that as they walked back to his apartment after the incident, Nord “was pretty out of it” and said he “needed his meds.”

The leader of the Occupy Duluth protests pled guilty to misdemeanor unlawful restraint in 2008. Now he’s preaching about setting up “a festive, fun, family friendly atmosphere where people can discuss the state of the union”?

Apparently Mr. Nord thinks we’re as gullible as the idiots protesting in Duluth.

Nord isn’t the only piece of human debris associated with the Occupy Duluth protests. Here’s a little information into another protester:

So when President Bush visited Duluth, Minn., for a Bush-Cheney rally on July 13, just one week after Almosaleh’s arrest, it wasn’t surprising that the Secret Service was on alert. It had even done some homework, identifying three specific men to watch for. Fliers with photos of the men were taped to tables at the Secret Service’s security checkpoints at the rally, apparently to aid agents in spotting and stopping the men before they could harm the president.

Who were these three men? Members of an al-Qaida sleeper cell? Iraqi resisters “bringing the fight” to Minnesota? If so, at least two were under very deep cover. One, Joel Sipress, 40, is a University of Wisconsin history professor and Green Party activist. Another, Joel Kilgour, 27, is a pacifist, homeless advocate and member of the 71-year-old Catholic Worker Movement, which is “committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and forsaken,” according to its Web site. The third man, whom the Secret Service would not identify, remains unknown to the public.

What a lovely bunch. A mentally-challenged criminal who tried abducting a 7-week old baby leads the protest. A “pacifist, homeless advocate and member of the 71-year-old Catholic Worker Movement” is one of the foot soldiers in the protest.

This Occupy Duluth bunch is looking more like members of George McGovern’s Democratic Party with each passing day.

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11 Responses to “Identifying Occupy Duluth Protesters”

  • John says:

    Your bias is clearly blinding you from the facts of what is going on in Duluth.
    If you had taken the time to actually research the Occupy Duluth group, and learn about how they operate – you would know that not only is Tyler Nord NOT the leader of the group, but that he has no more influence than any other single member does.

    As an open, public event – we do not bar any person from attending and having their say. Everything is decided by majority consensus – y’know… the way a republican democracy is supposed to work.
    Hell, even Chip Cravaack himself could attend a meeting and have his fair say, if he were so inclined.

    To the author of this absolute monstrosity of a hit piece, I challenge you to attend a General Assembly.
    You are not required to identify yourself.
    Attend anonymously, watch how we do things – and realize exactly how off the mark you really are when it comes to your understanding of the movement in question.

    Or maybe you DO know – and you’re deliberately misleading your readers?

    The invitation remains extended to you, sir or ma’am.

  • Bob J. says:

    John, your real argument is with the Duluth newspaper.

    Clearly, Nord or someone with him gave the impression he was a facilitator or leader. And since the Duluth paper hasn’t exactly been conservative-friendly over the last, say, 50 years, I’m wondering who gave that impression. Aren’t you?

  • Jon says:

    Why don’t you understand what 99% means? It means almost everyone. Think about that.

    Of all the wonderful people doing wonderful things you pick out two specific people and mention something prior to the protest. HMPF! I say, and I’ll say it again, HMPF!

  • Gary Gross says:

    Right. We know that the people in the Occupation movement are salt-of-the-earth, heroic types. PS- That 99% doesn’t have alot of support, less than 40% of Americans support the Occupation movement. In a head-to-head matchup, more people support the TEA Party than support your salt-of-the-earth Occupation movement.

  • Thomas says:

    “The DFL is looking more like George McGovern’s Democratic Party each day, isn’t it?”

    Are you mentally handicapped?

    The Occupy movment rejects both the Cororate funded parties, Demo and Reps. Where the flying frog did you get the idea this is at ALL connected to the democratic party?

  • Jonathan says:

    Gary you are Gross, you are so full of it my eyes are brown! Here is what you said (or made up, more accurately)

    “Gary Gross says:
    November 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Right. We know that the people in the Occupation movement are salt-of-the-earth, heroic types. PS- That 99% doesn’t have alot of support, less than 40% of Americans support the Occupation movement. In a head-to-head matchup, more people support the TEA Party than support your salt-of-the-earth Occupation movement.”

    BULL. Lots of support and from the best people. I found all these in 10 minuetes during my break at work. Yes, I have a job.

    Most agree with the 99% retired police captain. (cause you seem like someone that loves cops just because)

    Time to get real Gary, and admit the truth.
    1. Corporations are not people, money is not speech.
    2. Getting money out of politics will drastically reduce corruption.
    3. Social programs like they have in all other developed nations EXCEPT this one are essential to having a healthy population. (Healthcare, education, and retirement.
    4. for profit wars are robbing this country of wealth and killing mostly civilians overseas.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Where the flying frog did you get the idea this is at ALL connected to the democratic party?

    Perhaps from the praise heaped on it from Obama, Pelosi and dozens of other Democrat politicians? Or perhaps from the fact that union organizers that support the Democrats’ campaigns moved in to somewhat organize the Occupation’s messaging?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chew on this polling a bit, then tell me who’s more popular.

    Let’s get serious, Jonathan.

    1. The First and the Fourth Amendments protect corporations and people. It’s always been that way.
    2. Getting money out of campaigns won’t reduce corruption. Limiting the influence of government, whether through restrictive regulations or special tax carve-outs or through the immensity of spending on nonessential items, reduces political corruption.
    3. Social programs that have destroyed the economic health of Europe are anything but essential. There’s a reason why the United States historically has been the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.
    4. Profits are what protect the environment, fund education and feed the world. Despotism, especially in corrupt Third World nations, kill civilians while establishing oligarchies & oppressive regimes.

  • Jamal says:

    Thanks for posting this. I find it absurd that someone can be a part of this movement and be so apt to stand in front of a camera and talk about values, yet have a past like this.

    What concerns me even MORE than that is that the media can cover someone like this making commentary about a “movement” like this (which is like the movements I have every morning I’m afraid) and not do any research on parties involved.

    I just find it hilarious that people are actually protesting based on the ground that they are.

    Things like “forgiveness of student loans”. What?! Hilarious. So because you people were dumb enough to attend a school you couldn’t afford, likely to get a degree in a field that wasn’t going to earn you any income, that means that the businesses and companies who funded your educational endeavours through loans should just eat it? Get a job, losers.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks for posting that comment Jamal. You’re apparently a straight-thinking individual who is wiser than the average college professor & college student. Keep thinking things through & you’ll be well-served throughout your life.

  • Jamal says:

    You are cordially welcome.

    I’m a selfish indivudial Gary. I selfishly went to school for something that would benefit my financial future.

    I selfishly take care of my own wife and children working long hours as a professional welder so that someone elses tax money doesn’t have to.

    I selfishly have waited to buy a home until I have money to build one of my own because I have enough common sense to know that the way the market was dropping homes in peoples laps was bound to fail….

    Basically, what I’m saying is that the 99% are nothing short of 99% illogical.

    Simple thought processes can avoid most of their shortcomings.

    Thoughts like:

    “I am having a hard time affording groceries…. so can I really afford this $200K house just because the bank wants to lend me the money”…

    “Is my degree in Minority Womens Studies going to get me a job that will allow me to afford to survive”…

    “If someone else has something that I don’t have, will it make it easier for me to achieve my goals if I complain a lot, or should I just work for what I want?”….

    Simple processes.

    Yes, I am a selfish man. I want to work. I want to keep what I earn. I want to take care of myself and my own family. I expect others to want to do the same… because that’s what America is SUPPOSED to be about. And above all else, I would damn well rather EARN $5.00 than have the GOVERNMENT HAND ME $10.00.

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