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Wednesday miscellany

Heavily armed cop tells unarmed protesters they're endangering public safety


  1. Matt, another
    Matt, another November 30, 2011 7:52 am

    Such a plethora today.

    It is to bad that it took Chief Stamper so long to acknowledge his failure, but nice to hear that he is repentant and willing to admit it. One of the reasons the police forces in the various “Occupy” locations can act the way they do is becaus the movement seems to be committed to non-violence (with exceptions). It is easy for police to wade into crowds of people with pepper spray and batons swinging when they know they will not face organized resistance or a return of the same level of violence.

    Ferfal is an optimist.

  2. Scott
    Scott November 30, 2011 10:24 am

    There was a small Occupy demonstration here-completely peaceful as far as I can tell. The cops left them alone. No trouble at all,apparently.
    I don’t know if you could get cats to do a Conga line, but my cat can get into the fridge and get what he wants,and I have seen a cat trained to use the toilet-and flush it. There was a kit just for that purpose called Kitti Potti some years ago. Most animals are smarter than they’re given credit for.

  3. Claire
    Claire November 30, 2011 12:23 pm

    Samuel Adams — What a cool bit of history!

    I always wanted to own an island …

  4. EN
    EN November 30, 2011 1:57 pm

    In understanding how F#*$ed we are check out who the Obama adminstration picked to solve the awful problems of our economy. It’s too much to grasp, you may have to watch it a bit at a time.

  5. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams November 30, 2011 3:46 pm


    “Most animals are smarter than they’re given credit for.”

    Well, of course. Have you ever seen animals pay an income tax? Form a central bank? ‘Nuff said.

  6. Ellendra
    Ellendra November 30, 2011 5:35 pm

    “I always wanted to own an island …”

    Same here!

  7. Desertrat
    Desertrat December 1, 2011 5:27 pm

    Re Tennessee: In a survival situation, I doubt that either the constables or the TSA types would be a significant part of the problem. In the meantime, who’s to say that northwestern states won’t be the next locale for abuse?

  8. Claire
    Claire December 1, 2011 6:41 pm

    Desertrat. Of course you’re right — in one sense. In another … not so sure. Maybe those two specific things wouldn’t be problems. But a culture that allows and encourages abuses like the constables and the VIPR teams to become business as usual is sure to generate other thug-related problems.

    OTOH, people living in the northwest within spitting distance of the U.S./Canadian border would tell you they already live in a locale of abuse — which they do.

    I know. There’s no place that’s “pure.” It’s just a matter of choosing which poison you think you can best survive.

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