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euro60

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1830 on: June 08, 2020, 03:19:12 PM »

At my daughter's asking, we all attended the BLM rally yesterday on Fountain Square. A boatload of people (anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 depending on who you believe). Frankly it freaked me out a bit, as it was impossible to fully comply with the required social distancing. But 99.9% of people wore facemasks. And once the march (to the Hamilton County courthouse) got going, it was a lot easier to be reasonably spread out.

The organization was perfect, with clear and specific instructions on the do's and don'ts during the march. Later I heard that 2 (African-American) guys, ages 20 and 21, were the main organizers. Wow. Good for them.

The entire event was without any incident. It was beautiful, peaceful and powerful.

Hardly any cops around, which was a smart move from the local authorities. No cops, no incidents. Amazingly simple. (The organizers were very specific on what to do if you saw any trouble makers in the march: "see something? say something").

From our local NPR station: https://www.wvxu.org/post/photos-weekend-protests-peaceful-massive-attendance-sunday




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Dan

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1831 on: June 08, 2020, 04:30:27 PM »

That's really great to hear! Protests are all over the place here - every day, many per day, etc. Hardly any Police, though? That's unheard of in these parts. Blargh.
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twentyshots

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1832 on: June 08, 2020, 09:15:07 PM »

glad to hear it went well, euro. minus that flag photo that went viral, i think cincinnati cops for the most part are trying to stay out of the news.
the thing that has surprised me most during all of this is seeing some of the budgetary charts and just how much the police get funded compared to everything else.
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Dan

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1833 on: June 09, 2020, 09:24:45 AM »

The John Oliver Last Week Tonight episode from this week was clear and powerful.
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euro60

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« Reply #1834 on: June 15, 2020, 04:40:22 PM »

Just in the last week, in the subdivision where I live in Blue Ash, yard signs started popping up left and right, literally like mushrooms.

The most prevalent of the two reads "Hate Has No Home Here" (and the phrase also appears in 4-5 foreign languages).

The other sign reads "Kindness, Patience and Hope Are Highly Contagious Too... Be a Carrier".

The latter is from a Jewish congregation in Blue Ash and I was able to get a sign. The other one was a bit of a mystery until I found the answer on NextDoor earlier today. Hope to get the sign soon.

It was also on NextDoor that I learned (sadly on AFTER the facts) that on Friday there was a BLM event in Blue Ash that apparently was very well attended. A darn shame that I didn't know about it. Seems like these events are so grass roots that unless you are in the know or you happen to stumble on it, you may well not hear about it. I saw one such event a week ago in Montgomery near the Kroger there.
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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1835 on: June 15, 2020, 06:25:16 PM »

We have two sets of events in Richmond.

Usually during the day there are somewhat organized Events that are decently well-publicized and have speakers and voter registration and things like that. The police will close off the streets, or they are held in parks with permission.  Those events are well attended.

Then at night it’s the radicals turn where there are various intentionally clandestine kinds of things because they are up to mischief or they are purposely anti-establishment.  People in the know find out on social media, or people just hit the streets at one of the known gathering places, form a crowd and do whatever.

So like, last Saturday we had a big rally with police escort and the mayor went and 5000 people and food trucks and one of the Floyd family gave a speech and the organizer thanked the police and called for peace.  The far left refused to attend and called everyone sellouts and said the police were using this to make themselves look good.

Later that night, in the same street there was a clash between police and protestors where a police car was allegedly attacked by protestors and had to carefully drive out through an unruly mob or the officers would have die OR a police car intentionally accelerated and plowed through Crowd of peaceful demonstrators, depend on who you believe.

Yesterday, the mayor vowed to look into the incident and their was a youth rally for BLM that went well.  And then last night there was a huge protest in front of the police department with missiles thrown, tear gas deployed and lots of police protestor clashes.

Nextdoor is mainly a mix between cautious messages of support and mild complaints about disturbances by either police or protestors.  Facebook neighborhood groups are mostly people trying to be friendly and talk about neutral subjects but getting shouted down by far left types who demand to talk about police brutality, racism, and Socialism 24/7.  Twitter is either Crazy left or crazy right wing types depending on who you follow.

Most of the ‘burbs just goes about their daily business like nothing is happening.  And I guess for them, mostly nothing is. 












euro60

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Re: Random Political Musings
« Reply #1836 on: July 30, 2020, 09:45:59 AM »

Trump calls to delay the presidential election:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53597975

This almost certainly will lead to a constitutional crisis, the likes of which this country has never seen.

It's going to get very, very ugly in the months to come as Trump knows he cannot win the election, and he'll do anything, literally anything, to cling on to power. no matter the cost.
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