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Activists confirm plans to peacefully take Capitol (building - Michigan - 4pm today)
Michigan Messenger ^ | 3/15/11 | Todd A. Heywood

Posted on 03/15/2011 11:35:45 AM PDT by Libloather

Activists confirm plans to peacefully take Capitol
By Todd A. Heywood | 03.15.11 | 12:47 pm

A group of Michigan activists has confirmed that it plans to stage a protest in the state Capitol building at 4 p.m. today.

Lance Enderle, a former Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, confirmed moments ago that he is leading the protest.

“We are planning to exercise our free speech rights in a non-violent way,” Enderle said. “We will take the Rotunda, and we are not leaving.”

The Capitol building closes at 5:30 p.m. and officials have told Michigan Messenger that anyone remaining in the building after 5:30 will be given a 10 minute warning to leave. If they don’t leave, Michigan State Police troopers could eject them or arrest them for trespassing. The problem for state police troopers, however, might be in mustering the manpower. In last year’s budget, Republican lawmakers voted to close the Capitol police post, which has left the state with only two Michigan State Police troopers and the Sergent at Arms staff. It is likely state police will have to muster road patrol staff to help eject protesters.

“We shouldn’t be surprised that people are extremely upset,” said David Holtz, executive director of Progress Michigan. ”What Republicans are trying to do is a declaration of war on hard-working middle class families. Civil disobedience has deep roots in our democracy. And when democracy is threatened, people will respond.”

(Excerpt) Read more at michiganmessenger.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: capitol; michigan; protests; unions
It is likely state police will have to muster road patrol staff to help eject protesters.

Do it. Use water cannons. What's the weather forecast?

1 posted on 03/15/2011 11:35:53 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

What Republicans are trying to do is a declaration of war on hard-working middle class families”

What complete and utter CRAP!


2 posted on 03/15/2011 11:39:40 AM PDT by Castigar
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To: Libloather
which has left the state with only two Michigan State Police troopers and the Sergent at Arms staff

Those must be two REALLY busy dudes!

3 posted on 03/15/2011 11:40:52 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Libloather

Call the local Tea Party chapters and ask for volunteers, then deputize them.

I bet you could get a few hundred guys to clear the building really quick.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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National Guard?


5 posted on 03/15/2011 11:41:52 AM PDT by Rio
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To: Libloather
Don't you have a job..Oh sorry I forgot I am talking to the welfare democrat here..he doesn't have to work just needs to cause trouble for the rest of the country..I hope the police arrest these free loaders..
6 posted on 03/15/2011 11:42:56 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Libloather

I can tell you I’m mad at these thugs and their lying slogans.

But then republicans are too damn stupid to make a national issue out of the democrat threats and illegal behavior. And this after the democrats set themselves up perfectly over the Tucson shooting and their “civility” lies.


7 posted on 03/15/2011 11:44:24 AM PDT by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Libloather

Use the old southern trick. Where a crowd gathers pour sugar all over the place before they arrive. The ants that gather will do the rest.


8 posted on 03/15/2011 11:45:02 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Libloather

if this is perfectly acceptable...

then i’m sure we can get a few million to show up @ 1600 penn. ave


9 posted on 03/15/2011 11:48:04 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Libloather
“We are planning to exercise our free speech rights in a non-violent way,” Enderle said. “We will take the Rotunda, and we are not leaving.”

"You are planning to do what!"


10 posted on 03/15/2011 11:49:29 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: FourPeas
Those must be two REALLY busy dudes!

state police? what exactly would they have to do?
city police (right across the street) should be able to take care of 90% of any law enforcement matters. county has a presence in the area that can back them up if needed.
11 posted on 03/15/2011 11:51:52 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Libloather

Lance Enderle

12 posted on 03/15/2011 11:51:56 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Castigar

What “working families” are doing is keeping the “looters” from completely destroying them.


13 posted on 03/15/2011 11:54:04 AM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Libloather

David Holtz

David served as environmental media coordinator for 12 Michigan groups, including Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Michigan Environmental Council and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

He is a former newspaper reporter & congressional aide.

14 posted on 03/15/2011 11:55:27 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Libloather

I live in Michigan, and I’ve heard a couple times on the radio this afternoon that “1000 elderly people” are going to the protest.

HA! they will all turn around when they find out there are only 12 handicap parking spaces!


15 posted on 03/15/2011 11:56:31 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: absolootezer0
Read the quoted part again:

which has left the state with only two Michigan State Police troopers and the Sergent at Arms staff

"...has left the state with only two Michigan State Police troopers" -- as in the state as only two state police troopers. Seems those guys would be a tad bit busy handling the whole state.


16 posted on 03/15/2011 11:58:22 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Libloather
“It is likely state police will have to muster road patrol staff to help eject protesters.”

Nah. Remember how we got Noriega out of the Vatican Embassy back in the day? Do the same thing. Play music REAL *LOUD* in the capitol building.

Except I don't think acid rock or grunge will work — too many protesters will like it. Instead play something classical . . . syrupy classical that even classical music fans cannot stand. Like Pachobel’s Canon.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 11:59:00 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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I wish someone would “peacefully take” Enderle’s car.


18 posted on 03/15/2011 12:01:05 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: FourPeas

oops.. i missed that.

but i still would like to know, how many state cops do we really need? for as many city, township and village cops, as well as county cops, how much work is there really for state troopers?


19 posted on 03/15/2011 12:05:23 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Libloather

Union folks sure have a lot of time on their hands..do they ever work?


20 posted on 03/15/2011 12:05:48 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: Libloather

Year of so ago some little American princess was in Gaza protesting for the palestinians. She got whapped with some sort of non lethal shotgun blast that nailed her in the forehead.
Looked like ya hit the toad with a ball bat and hit a home run.
Use those rubber bullets.


21 posted on 03/15/2011 12:06:36 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Castigar

There are MILLIONS more ‘hard-working middle class families’ in the private sector than in unions. WHAT ABOUT US?? The Governors are trying to save the majority of the true middle class!


22 posted on 03/15/2011 12:06:44 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Libloather

Civil disobedience has deep roots in our democracy.


In other words, the game ain’t over until the losers say it is.


23 posted on 03/15/2011 12:08:17 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: Libloather

24 posted on 03/15/2011 12:09:14 PM PDT by maggief
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To: kcvl

25 posted on 03/15/2011 12:09:26 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: maggief

That doesn’t look like a Japanese line!


26 posted on 03/15/2011 12:10:46 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Lazlo in PA

They’re entering a world of pain!


27 posted on 03/15/2011 12:11:47 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Abathar

I think its kinda funny that they’re being ignored by the media. This is the first I heard about it and I live here. LOL


28 posted on 03/15/2011 12:14:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FourPeas

There is a brand new State Police Post 4 blocks away thanks to Jenny. lansing Police are a block away. No problem


29 posted on 03/15/2011 12:16:23 PM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: absolootezer0

I grew up in a Michigan township where our only law enforcement presence to speak of were two state police officers. Sheriff deputies (of which one was a friend) spent all their time in the town and cities in the area. Whenever there was a problem, the state guys were the ones there.


30 posted on 03/15/2011 12:19:06 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: kevslisababy
I live in Michigan, and I’ve heard a couple times on the radio this afternoon that “1000 elderly people” are going to the protest.

lsj has an article about that- seniors protesting the pension tax. they have a quote from one guy talking about being worried about seniors living on "meager pensions." funny thing is, he's from gaylord.
i want a "meager pension" that allows me to make an ~400 mile day trip, with gas at $3.65/ gallon. he's probably spending more today than he would annually on the tax if it passes.
31 posted on 03/15/2011 12:21:30 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: 70th Division
There is a brand new State Police Post 4 blocks away thanks to Jenny.

No kidding and the new one doesn't cost $1 per year to lease. This one costs hundreds of thousands per year to lease. One of the developer perks of being friends with Jenny Granholm I guess.
32 posted on 03/15/2011 12:22:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Libloather

as in Wisconsin I presume the police are also unionized?

I think we all see where this is heading...


33 posted on 03/15/2011 12:22:56 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: absolootezer0

The majority of people in Michigan getting a pension big enough to be taxed are union retirees.


34 posted on 03/15/2011 12:24:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Walkingfeather

Use the old southern trick. Where a crowd gathers pour sugar all over the place before they arrive. The ants that gather will do the rest.

This is Michigan. You won’t see an ant stirring until the third week of April


35 posted on 03/15/2011 12:24:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: FourPeas

that’s one of the problems. county seems more interested in playing around in the cities that have their own patrols, or sitting around on the highways, than being out patrolling and dealing with rural areas like they should.

state police shouldn’t have to cover these areas.


36 posted on 03/15/2011 12:30:36 PM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Libloather

Lance Enderle?

Sounds like some kind of medical procedure


37 posted on 03/15/2011 12:57:35 PM PDT by Em and Brets Mum ("Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which we will not put." Winston Churchill)
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To: Libloather
 
 
 
Lance Enderle, a former Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, confirmed moments ago that he is leading the protest.
 
 
Candidate from what election? A little factoid they conveniently left out was that he was a write-in candidate and didn't get enough votes to even get on the ballot for the general election last November. That's appropriate - a loser leading a pack of losers.
 
 
 

38 posted on 03/15/2011 12:57:59 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Libloather

They should turn off the lights, lock the doors, and go home. No electricity, no bathrooms, no computers, and the lawmakers are meeting somewhere else.

Step back, let them have it, go somewhere else and conduct your business.


39 posted on 03/15/2011 1:04:45 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: bboop

Just close the building at 3pm.


40 posted on 03/15/2011 1:09:52 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: bboop

They’ve already done over $7 million worth of damage to the State House, haven’t they?
Let them take it over for another couple of weeks and they will trash it so completely it will have to be demolished - like those public housing projects.

Marble is a porous stone and it’s awfully hard to get the stench of human excrement out of it. Leave the moonbats in there unsupervised and they will probably destroy every work of art and piece of furniture in there for taxpayers to repair or replace.

Commies always like to use the elderly, handicapped, or minorities as their useful idiots to conduct these “protests” for them. If anyone lays a hand on them they will be labeled “racists” and accused of police brutality for picking on a poor cripple or old person.

This is why the “educators” are showing up with their brainwashed students to protest with them; they make dandy human shields for them if things break rough.
Police are not likely to fire tear gas or a water cannon into a mob containing school children or people in wheelchairs.. that’s exactly why they are there.

Communists have been exploiting various “vulnerable” populations such as children, cripples, etc. for around a hundred years now. It’s always worked for them, so expect them to keep it up.


41 posted on 03/15/2011 2:51:58 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: originalbuckeye

It’s actually the public sector unions who are waging war on the middle class. The middle class pays their wages but they never had a seat at the table! The public sector unions “negotiated” with the Dems who gave them sweetheart deals and who in turn contributed to the same dems to get them re-elected.

And who spoke for the taxpayer?


42 posted on 03/15/2011 8:45:07 PM PDT by Castigar
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To: Castigar
That's what I was saying. There are MILLIONS more ‘hard-working middle class families” in the private sector, not in any unions, paying for the public sector unions. You and I agree.
43 posted on 03/15/2011 9:19:41 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Libloather

If Michael Moore is their Robert E. Lee, they and the horse they rode in on are in for a big surprise.


44 posted on 03/16/2011 3:21:03 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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