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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:28 PM
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Hundreds of police officers show up for canceled protest (Chicago)
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 08:31 PM by struggle4progress
October 28, 2006 - ...

It's a mix up that will cost tax payers tens of thousands of dollars. The anti-war demonstration at Washington Square was supposed to start at noon and the Chicago Police Department was ready. But the protesters were a no show, and police say it was a big waste of time and money.

They waited patiently on foot, on bike and in the streets. Hundreds of Chicago police officers were ready to make sure Saturday's anti-war demonstration stayed peaceful. Their job was easier than expected -- because no one showed up ...

The organizer of the protest, John Beacham, says his group instead decided to pass out anti-war flyers throughout neighborhoods. He says the mix up is the city's fault ...

"The city is usually spying on us and watching us carefully, so we just figured they understood there wasn't a demonstration today," said Beecham ...

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=47058...

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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:32 PM
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1. Only 50 people showed up
John did not get the message out
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XNASA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:34 PM
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2. Everyone I know calls that park 'Bughouse Square'.
Not Washington Square.

No wonder the confusion.
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:37 PM
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4. yep lol watch the news cops look bored
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:37 PM
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16. Yeah but if someone had to look at a map to find it
better call it Washington Square. Or they should have written an intersection for the suburbanites. Oh well
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:35 PM
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3. Chicops in their Michelin-man riot gear NEVER miss an anti-war protest
Must be another one of those dratted intelligence goofs.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:26 AM
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28. Michelin-man riot
LOL
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:46 PM
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5. Fascinating, and bravo.
Something civilly disobedient in that, I think.

Apparently, if we apply for a permit to protest, we're obligated to fulfill that protest by putting ourselves under their armed watch.

Yeah, I'd like to skip that action too. Putting all the cops in one place while engaging in a scathingly polite action by canvassing elsewhere is a stroke of genius.

I want in on that.

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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:19 PM
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35. So, you send one or two people to be the sacrificial protesters.
That way, someone has shown-up.
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WHEN CRABS ROAR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:50 PM
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6. I have to ask this question.
Why are they soooo afraid of peace?
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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:50 PM
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7. I love it
sounds like a good way to get them where it hurts, the pocketbook that protects the status quo, and make them look like fools, and get publicity of the spying all at once.

And nobody gets shot.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:51 PM
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8. There was never a call for a protest march this weekend
I just double checked the internets and didn't see a call to protest in Chicago.

This had to be a mixup on the Police side. Usually when there is a march there is a big buzz around the net and in real life. There was no buzz.

It is a sad world when a no-show protest gets more network news time than an actual protest does.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:51 PM
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9. LOL!
Yes, show up somewhere else!
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:56 PM
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10. Bwaaa-hahahahahaha! They oughta try cleaning up their own backyard first.
2 Chicago police officers charged in narcotics case
http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/158...


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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:50 AM
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32. They are 'LIBERTY OFFICERS
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:07 PM
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11. lol!


I wanna see photos!
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:16 PM
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12. Bush's jackbooted thugs fucked up
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:19 PM
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13. Oh stop it
These were regular Chicago cops looking for some overtime.

Jackbooted thugs. Please. And I've had my ass kicked by cops at protests, and I still know it's not like that.
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reichstag911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:35 PM
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15. Apparently,...
...you've never had the pleasure of dealing with "regular Chicago cops," who are, for the most part, "jackbooted thugs." And their overtime is at the expense of our free speech and our tax dollars.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:41 AM
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27. I was there three years ago when the thousands of police were nuts.
cameras knocked out of people's hands, people herded like cattle and not permitted to leave, false arrests, threats and NOT ONE CHARGE THAT STUCK.
Just walking through down town was scary. Every single corner had a dozen heavily armed, blackbooted thugs, in full body armor, looking like robocop. They were not there to preserve this order, they were there to create disorder (Sorry, RIchard J)

and YES, they were jackbooted thugs.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:28 AM
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29. They are "Bear Fans too"
P.S.

"The Bears still Suck"
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:07 AM
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33. & urlacher is the most over-rated player on the field
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:20 PM
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39. LOL
They (Da Bears) won again today
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:19 PM
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14. This is a brilliant action
Hold a protest, get them out in force, and never show up!

Fucking hilarious.

:rofl:
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:17 PM
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17. This is hysterical! Way to go, protesters...
Who looks like the assholes NOW? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Temporary1 Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:55 PM
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18. I know a bit about the monitoring personally
my sister works for DHS and I know a few of the guys who do that kind of stuff. I would find it hilarious if that happened here in atlanta.

One time they were running a simulation and they had the counterterror team looking for supects in the terror team although there wasn't one; kind of a practical joke on DHS's part...
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:02 AM
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19. fucking BRILLIANT
:patriot:

I love it.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:06 PM
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38. here here!!!
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:04 AM
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20. what else do you expect from the police department that
sent 15,000 men to apprehend the Blues Brothers??


EDIT: now that i think about this story, the part about the nazis showing up a Wrigley comes to mind :spank: :crazy: :silly: :crazy:
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:23 AM
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22. utter genius. could have great potential in the future.
file for protest permit, mess up schedules, mess up locations, show up at an unscheduled place, an unscheduled time, give the cops some easy overtime (we'll call it "bribery" -- and the cops can owe the protestors later! :P), keep the media on their toes or just laughably out of the loop... lots of potential.
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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:38 AM
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30. My thoughts exactly
10 cities on the same day would be nice!
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:25 AM
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23. bwahahahahahahahahahah!!! I LOVE creative subversion...
...this is CRUNCHY!

Beyond snaps, Chicago peace activists-- a whole castanet orchestra fer you!

appreciatively,
Bright
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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:04 AM
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21. It only makes it harder
From the facts in the article, this was an irresponsible act that diminishes our respectibility. Fortunately, the public has already turned against the war.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:42 AM
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31. You've GOT to be kidding. n/t
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:56 AM
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24. Incite a riot
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 01:57 AM by PATRICK
leave a single box of Krispy Cremes in the middle of the street.
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Jose Diablo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:28 AM
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25. Don't forget the coffee
Donuts and coffee, it's Captain Crunch for the cops.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:30 AM
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26. What if they gave a war and nobody came? nt
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:18 PM
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34. Oh, that's just harsh. They did it accidentally on purpose.
"The city is usually spying on us and watching us carefully, so we just figured they understood there wasn't a demonstration today," said Beecham ...

Oh, wicked, wicked Beecham. Oh, he is a naughty person, and he must pay the penalty, and here in Chicago, we have but one punishment for not telling the cops you've canceled a protest. You must tie him down on a bed and spank him.



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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:43 AM
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41. Did they give 24 hours notice? if not
can the organizations be billed for city employee overtime and truncheon waxing?
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PaganPreacher Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:35 PM
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36. So, nobody showed up for his protest/party. Beecham gonna pay!
Beecham applied for the permit, paid the fee, and nobody showed up. Now he is trying to turn a turd into a Twinkie; "Well, we changed our plans months ago, and never intended to protest at all. The police should have known that, since we are monitored so closely".

I guess he is not monitored so closely after all. Looks like he is not as important as he thinks he is! Then again, who of us is?

The City of Chicago will certainly go after the responsible party to recoup the expenses (police overtime, etc.). Beecham's sig is on the application. He had better have deep pockets!



The Pagan Preacher
I don't turn the other cheek.

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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 07:25 PM
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37. who you going to believe, preacher?
"We never got a permit from the city," said John Beacham, Illinois Anti-War Coalition.

The police showed us what they say is the permit -- approved months ago -- with John Beacham's name right at the top.

"I know nothing about that. We applied for a permit and there was never any confirmation of the permit from the city and a long time ago we decided not to have a demonstration," said Beacham.
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PaganPreacher Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:15 PM
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40. Why, I'm going to believe Beecham!
"We applied for a permit".

He admits the only part that can be confirmed by evidence- the signed permit. His confirmation is the receipt for his permit fee, unless the dog ate it.

Lookin' for that lawsuit from the city. A fool and his money are soon parted, ya know.




The Pagan Preacher
I don't turn the other cheek.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:45 AM
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42. What if he sent a couple "designated protesters" to the site?
"Hey, it's not true that nobody showed-up. We had at least two people."
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:16 AM
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44. LOL
The got all that blood thirst worked up for nothing. Tisk tisk. No beat'ns, what a shame.
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PaganPreacher Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:58 PM
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46. I think two protesters would have felt like Custer at Little Big Horn!
{Protesters looking around nervously}

"Ummm..... I think they've got us surrounded!"


The Pagan Preacher
I don't turn the other cheek.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:15 AM
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43. heh heh heh... missed the riot did they?
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:56 AM
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45. UGH - that talking pop-up was annoying
too annoying to actually read the article in fact.
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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:46 PM
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47. Gotta love Daley's Machine...makes the Bush admin look like the Green Party
:eyes:
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