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Blu Dahlia Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:39 PM
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How safe do you think the Inauguration gatherings will be?
Should the massive crowds be concerned?
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:42 PM
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1. The Artful Dodgers will be out and about I am sure.
The scalping by the hotels, restaurants, and vendors will be called "good business practice."
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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:47 PM
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3. And the sex trade workers as well I should imagine. It's probably a big week.
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:06 PM by John Q. Citizen
But maybe it will be safe sex?
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:44 PM
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2. Crowds are seldom concerned about anything.
Nevertheless, I suspect that following the usual precautions is the best policy.
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Blu Dahlia Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:00 PM
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4. The thought never crossed my mind until a friend
just used that as his reason for not going.
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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:02 PM
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5. didn't hear about any rapes and robberies in grant park
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:07 PM by firedupdem
on election night...why would the inaugural ceremonies be any different? Unless you are talking about a different type of danger?...freepers throwing bricks? what?
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Blu Dahlia Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:15 PM
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8. bombings is what he was getting at
Freepers are disgruntled about the birth certificate thing.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:09 PM
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6. Personally, I would not be within 500 miles of a crowd that big.
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 02:11 PM by fiziwig
Crowds always mean risk. Not to mention discomfort, delays, the impossibility of trying to move around in a crowd. I much prefer being someplace where by looking through my binoculars I see some farmer a mile or two away working in his field. And he's the closest person to me.
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 02:13 PM
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7. Fox News says there may be thousands.
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qwlauren35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:19 PM
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9. Relatively "SAFE", but expect pickpockets.
It's going to be a remarkably integrated crowd. The way I always imagined that Martin Luther King Day should be celebrated. :D

However, there may be a few folk who will not appreciate being jousled, and may take offense.

Oh... and kinda like Walmart, people who have gone to great lengths to obtain a "close to the action" location may not be very nice about anyone trying to take over that spot, or block the view.

THAT could get ugly.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:37 PM
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10. I think it will be fun.
The Secret Service is the best in the world at what it does, and the two dozen or so other armed enforcement bodies (no, really--even the IRS has its own cops who patrol the ten feet of grass on one side of their building) which have some sort of jurisdiction in the area are, generally speaking, quite good and very familiar with large crowds.

I know that back in 2001, when I was as angry and bitter as I've ever been and living an hour's walk from The Mall, I still held doors for the bumbling Texans who besieged my town and showed them how to work the Metro ticket machines and maybe even smiled at them once in awhile. I don't expect them to act any different toward me should I decide to return for a victory lap.
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