Denver authorities are getting ready for Democratic Convention
"Inside [the warehouse] are dozens are metal cages. They are made out of
chain link fence material and topped by rolls of barbed wire. 'This is a
secured environment,' Capt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff's Department
told CBS4. We're concerned about how that's going to be utilized by people
who will be potentially disruptive.' "
Anarchists have already dubbed the facility "Gitmo on the Platte."
With pic of chain-link 'cells':
Another report notes the ACLU is concerned about, and demanding information
a) Toilet accommodations,
c) visitation with lawyers, etc.
a) Crap in your hand
b) Eat with your hand
c) Talk to the hand
So I take it you're OK with "free speech zones"? Remember that this is
the *Democratic* convention we're talking about here. What if you wanted
to go there to protest their policies? Wouldn't bother you being
corralled into a chain-link cage, would it? Naaaah.
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: \'Elect me president, and I
will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
Since you asked: I do want to protest their policies and will do so at the
There is no chance that I, or any other law-abiding person, will be
corralled in a chain-link box because I will not violate laws set up to
protect the sensibilities of reasonable folk from the outrages of the few.
In reality, the Democrats are paranoid because of their remembrance of the
1968 convention in Chicago. As a poster on another newsgroup said (and
modesty prevents me from naming him):
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There is an institutional memory of the 1968 Democratic Convention in
Chicago, starring Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden,
Mayor Daley, and a cast of thousands.
For the first few hours of that ill-fated convention, delegates were puzzled
by the presence of several Chicago police officers congregating around the
main entrance. At random intervals, the officers, in unison, would hold up a
small card with a hand-written numeral (1 thru 9).
Finally it was deduced that the officers were scoring the attractiveness of
women entering the convention hall ! (Average score: 2.44.)
Officially, 152 officers were injured in the ensuing melee, over 500
protesters were treated on the street, some 101 being admitted to hospital
(mostly for tear-gas inhalation). There were no fatalities.
Now my view is that the Denver city authorities could prevent mayhem by
imposing a couple of simple restrictions: Ladies attending the convention
should wear bras and matching socks (your standard bra-less Democratic
activist is not a pretty sight).
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