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Monday, October 31, 2011

You keep using that word...

The "Occupy" protests have cropped up in many cities all over the United States in the last month. Since then, amid allegations of drug use, public masturbation, sexual assault and violence, those involved with (and supporting) the "occupy" movement have consistently used two phrases: "non-violent" (in reference to themselves) and "police brutality" (in reference to anyone who attempts to keep them in check). Having followed recent events fairly closely, I have come to the conclusion that they are using these phrases because they sound pretty rather than because they actually understand them.

Occupy DC: "non-violent" protesters push past a security guard (who was doing his job when he refused them access to the building), nearly crushing him. When he defends himself with mace, protesters scream "police brutality!"

Occupy Oakland: "non-violent" protesters are cleared from an illegal camp. They attempt to force their way back to the camp area, roughing up police in the process by firing paint guns and throwing paint bombs and anything else they can find (including tableware). Police respond with tear gas, and a few protesters are injured. Again, it is the "police brutality" that makes the news.

Occupy Denver: "non-violent" protester flips a police officer's motorcycle - with the policeman still on it. The cop, who thankfully was not badly hurt, chased him down and subdued him - to a chorus of "police brutality!" from those watching the event unfold.
Occupy's growing rap sheet...

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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