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New York ready to unleash fury on Republicans
The Guardian ^ | 8/15/04 | Paul Harris

Posted on 08/15/2004 1:01:25 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Sit-down protests and traditional dances as Democrats use every weapon to beat Bush

The smiling face of former New York mayor Ed Koch beams down from posters all over the city. 'The Republicans are coming,' it says underneath. 'Make nice.'

Fat chance. New York is bracing for one of the biggest showdowns in its political history as the Republican national convention comes to town at the end of the month. Meeting the army of delegates, politicians and lobbyists will be a vast array of protest groups that intend to make the Republicans' Big Apple stay as unpleasant as possible. Trying to keep order on the streets will be 20,000 police, secret servicemen and National Guard units. A quiet week seems out of the question.

Jamie Moran certainly hopes so. He is one of the main driving forces behind the protest movement which has sprung up since the Republicans announced they would gather in New York. He and others have been collecting information on all aspects of the convention.

They run a 'snitch line' where people involved in the convention can leak details of events and where delegates have been staying. The protesters are widely believed to have infiltrated several people into working at the convention who will smuggle information out. Moran's plan is to send out teams of activists to disrupt as many events as possible.

'It's all coming along well,' he told The Observer at a meeting of protest groups in a city church. Moran, 30, son of a local cop, has become a minor media star in New York, but he is far from alone in plotting to make the city a place the Republican party will be reluctant to return to. In all, more than 250,000 protesters from all over the US and the rest of the world are expected to converge on the city during the four-day event.

Maps of where Republican events are being held have been distributed. They contain details of where delegates are staying, lobbyists' parties are being held and major corporate headquarters are located. Streets will be shut down, impromptu marches held, meetings disrupted and parties invaded.

Sit-down demonstrations will block traffic, protesters will chain themselves together and delegates' hotels will be infiltrated. There will be organised protests and marches, with City Hall permits, that are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of demonstrators.

John Flanigan and Tim Doody are two other protest co-ordinators aiming to make 31 August a day of direct action. They said they would shun the idea of applying for any form of permit.

'We already have a permit. It is called the American constitution. The idea that I have to ask for permission to protest my own government is ridiculous,' Flanigan said.

Sitting on the steps of St Mark's church in the East Village, the pair typified the anger felt by protesters that the Republicans are holding their convention in a city that prides itself on its liberalism. 'This has really shaken everyone out of their complacency. People are outraged,' said Doody.

Polls support that reaction. A recent survey showed that 83 per cent of New Yorkers did not want the convention in their city. 'We all live here,' said Angela Coppola, an office worker who has joined the protest groups. 'We were the victims of 11 September and now they are coming to terrorise us with their asinine convention.'

New York was chosen by the Republicans with an eye on associating the party with the terror attacks of 2001. But now it runs the risk of having the media coverage turn into pictures of street battles and mass arrests. However, that may not necessarily upset Republican strategists. TV footage of besieged delegates inside Madison Square Garden may boost George Bush's poll ratings in key, socially conservative Midwest states.

New York police are preparing for the worst. Manhattan's District Attorney's office has said that it expects 1,000 arrests a day during the convention, three times the normal rate. Police will have 'non-lethal' weapons such as tasers (electric stun guns), plastic bullets and pepper spray. Any illegal protest is expected to be cracked down on immediately.

At a press briefing last week, mayor Mike Bloomberg was firm about the police attitude to protesters without permits: 'If you disrupt traffic, if you behave in a way that is against the law, the NYPD will enforce the law. Period.'

Huge preparations have been made to combat the threat of terrorism. New York, along with Washington and Newark, New Jersey, is likely to still be on a heightened state of terrorist alert. Checkpoints will be set up around the convention centre, helicopter flights over the city will be banned and New York-bound trains will be searched by anti-bomb units using sniffer dogs.

The convention itself, featuring speakers such as Senator John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, will culminate in the prime-time acceptance speech of Bush himself. But by then it is possible that events on the streets will be all anyone is talking about.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: convention; edkoch; newyork; nyc; protests; republican; rncconvention
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1 posted on 08/15/2004 1:01:26 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

"How many lumps do you want?" Bugs Bunny


2 posted on 08/15/2004 1:03:26 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: LibWhacker
Democrats have been itching for a repeat of 1968 for a long time.
3 posted on 08/15/2004 1:08:51 AM PDT by StACase
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To: LibWhacker
a vast array of protest groups that intend to make the Republicans' Big Apple stay as unpleasant as possible.


4 posted on 08/15/2004 1:09:08 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: SirLurkedalot

Let me guess..the MSM will have cameras rolling on the streets throughout Arnies and Rudy's speeches.....As the rest of the nation lays eyes on the socialist goons that they are now for sure going to defeat......


5 posted on 08/15/2004 1:10:52 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: LibWhacker

I just read this stuff and sigh. I mean, how much hatred do you have to have to put forth this kind of energy? For the most part, we left the Democrats alone to do their stupid little show.


6 posted on 08/15/2004 1:12:02 AM PDT by Crazieman
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To: LibWhacker
Sit-down demonstrations will block traffic, protesters will chain themselves together

Tip for NYPD: If you need to clear an obstruction, go with the best:


7 posted on 08/15/2004 1:12:46 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: LibWhacker
I've heard reports that some of these whack jobs are planning to rub gun powder and such on their clothing to confuse the bomb dogs and explosive detection technology. that's sure to win the hearts and minds of middle america.
8 posted on 08/15/2004 1:13:46 AM PDT by smonk
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To: StACase

Yup, but it's funny that they want to "get back" at pubbies for that. It was 'rats fighting 'rats back then.


9 posted on 08/15/2004 1:13:49 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: smonk

I wouldn't put it past some


10 posted on 08/15/2004 1:14:30 AM PDT by Crazieman
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To: LibWhacker

I fully expect the media to split screen during the speeches. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.


11 posted on 08/15/2004 1:15:10 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: LibWhacker
It appears the Author will most likely participate in the protests in New York. The Leftist Lunatics will be out in force and will most likely be violent, but it will be a reflection on the Democrat party and hurt their cause in the end.

These frothing at the mouth liberals are behaving like cornered Dogs now that they're out of power. They will continue on the path to irrelevance, and we shouldn't do anything to slow them down.

12 posted on 08/15/2004 1:15:42 AM PDT by MJY1288 (John Kerry Says he Would Conduct a More Thoughtful and Sensitive War on Terror)
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To: LibWhacker
It's called the Wellstone Funeral Syndrome. Obnoxious,compulsive-obsessive,opinionated,argumentative political neurotics stand before the country and their boorish behavior offends again. Putting the show in NYC was probably an act of genius!
13 posted on 08/15/2004 1:16:34 AM PDT by bilhosty (The power to tax is the power to destroy. Let's use it!)
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To: LibWhacker
Were there any articles like this one about the Democrat convention? Heck no. What kind of people are we sharing this country with these days anyway. How dare they pretend that we are the mean spirited intolerant ones!

To the "lady" who said they were victims of Sept 11th, I would just say we were all victims dearie. This country was attacked. Until the Clinton brand of Politics hit this nation full force we knew that. Despicable!
14 posted on 08/15/2004 1:17:19 AM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: SirLurkedalot

"How many lumps do you want?"

That's about it. The cops will put these little snot noses in their places. And I'm sure M. Kerry will appreciate all the help they'll provide in winning over the swing voters.


15 posted on 08/15/2004 1:17:53 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: smonk
More treason from 'rats. I mean, obstucting security from providing security when we know we're being targeted by our foreign enemies . . . It's just treason, that's all. Grrrrr . . .

I read a Wired article a couple of weeks ago about an MIT engineer who invented a dot matrix sidewalk printer that he could tow behind his bicycle and print anti-Bush slogans all over New York with the week of the convention. Wish I could see him.

16 posted on 08/15/2004 1:19:45 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Good. No trouble from the right at the DNC, big tantrum from the left at the RNC. Show the center who the juvenile delinquents support.


17 posted on 08/15/2004 1:21:56 AM PDT by jaykay (diagonally parked in a parallel universe)
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To: LibWhacker
----I read a Wired article a couple of weeks ago about an MIT engineer who invented a dot matrix sidewalk printer that he could tow behind his bicycle and print anti-Bush slogans all over New York with the week of the convention. Wish I could see him.----

I wish his parents could see him, so they could see what purpose he has found for his megabucks engineering degree.

18 posted on 08/15/2004 1:22:20 AM PDT by smonk
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To: ladyinred
What kind of people are we sharing this country with these days anyway.

If they ever seize power in this country, they're the kind of people who won't hesitate to deal with us conservatives the way Stalin and Mao dealt with opponents.

19 posted on 08/15/2004 1:24:16 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Republic Rocker

Hats and Bats on Horseback time. I'm totally sick of this s***.


20 posted on 08/15/2004 1:24:36 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yet another t-shirt I want...


21 posted on 08/15/2004 1:25:39 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: MJY1288
Speaking of "cornered dogs", I use to ride bicycle with dogs that would chase me from time to time. They are best dealt with by using a solution of either ammonia water, Cayenne pepper water, or mace. I trust the authorities will treat them appropriately.
22 posted on 08/15/2004 1:26:05 AM PDT by MedicalMess
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To: LibWhacker

Stalin and Maos opponents were'nt locked and loaded.


23 posted on 08/15/2004 1:27:38 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: SirLurkedalot

I like that idea...


24 posted on 08/15/2004 1:29:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: LibWhacker

Note how this leading enemy propaganda outlet conflates the lefty thugs with New York itself: "NEW YORK ready to unleash fury on Republicans." This assumes that the opposition is general among New Yorkers, that "Republicans" and "New York" are exclusive categories, and that there is a warrant for some kind of rage; all in one compact sentence.
This is a bit crude for American audiences but it is dead on for Guardian's Euro-bourgeois readership. Nobody has ever accused the evil denizens of Al Guardian of shortcomings in rhetorical technique.


25 posted on 08/15/2004 1:29:37 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy ("Paz en nuestro tiempo, la paz de los muertos")
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To: jocon307

We need another H.U.A.C. Yesterday.


26 posted on 08/15/2004 1:30:42 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: Crazieman

Not a single brain among the whole lot of them. Absolutely amazing. If, God forbid, another attack took place in or around NY, they'd be screaming for GW's help.


27 posted on 08/15/2004 1:30:56 AM PDT by hershey
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To: LibWhacker
If they ever seize power in this country, they're the kind of people who won't hesitate to deal with us conservatives the way Stalin and Mao dealt with opponents.

exactly, like those women who are proud of their abortions. If the babies mean nothing, how much do grown-ups mean to them if they get in the way??

Its for the common good, as Hillary said, afterall.

28 posted on 08/15/2004 1:31:34 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: atomic conspiracy; MadIvan

MadIvan- You don't buy this rag do you??


29 posted on 08/15/2004 1:33:04 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: GeronL
MadIvan- You don't buy this rag do you??

I wouldn't stoop to using this particular rag as toilet paper. They haven't had any decent writing since George Orwell was their Spain correspondent.

Regards, Ivan

30 posted on 08/15/2004 1:34:26 AM PDT by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: Clemenza; PARodrig; nutmeg; firebrand; The Scourge of Yazid; hellinahandcart; NYC GOP Chick; ...
ping



31 posted on 08/15/2004 1:35:33 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: smonk

Two year-olds demanding attention. They'll scream and yell until their faces turn blue. Nobody in his right mind will care.


32 posted on 08/15/2004 1:35:33 AM PDT by hershey
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To: LibWhacker
What if they had their war and no one came?

Is there any reason why the Republican Convention couldn't just pull up stakes and move to Houston? In this day of text messaging, cell phones, pagers, e-mail, and fax, why not just notify the delegates that NYC is off? Media coverage is going to be minimal anyway, so that's no great loss. Just write it off and take the Party somewhere else.

I'd love to see the scuzzballs try to hold their protests in a city where most of the residents take a very dim view of anarchists.

33 posted on 08/15/2004 1:38:44 AM PDT by giotto
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To: MadIvan

I think we need to make Anarctica into a nation and send all the liberals from every country down there. Their body heat will warm it up, I am sure.


34 posted on 08/15/2004 1:39:06 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: LibWhacker

What a bunch of lowlife a$$holes! And that includes their media lapdogs.


35 posted on 08/15/2004 1:39:50 AM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts national defense.)
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To: giotto

well, the reservations and ticket purchases were all made months and months ago, if not years.


36 posted on 08/15/2004 1:40:00 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: SirLurkedalot

Hehehehe . . . Good point. And the main reason we can never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever let them disarm us, like they'd like to. Bastards. You know they're just waiting for the day.


37 posted on 08/15/2004 1:40:17 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: GeronL
No good. The hot air they spew will cause the polar ice to melt.

Regards, Ivan

38 posted on 08/15/2004 1:41:43 AM PDT by MadIvan (Gothic. Freaky. Conservative. - http://www.rightgoths.com/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Here in Santa Cruz it would start a riot. My PW shirts always get a nice reaction. I'm always shocked when a passerby says "Hey cool shirt" (it's usually a cop saying it). Most in this town are of the Hate America/Hate Israel/Hate all that is decent and good crowd. I've gotten a lot more confrontational over the last few years. I've had it up to here (holding hand 10" over head) with these fools.


39 posted on 08/15/2004 1:42:11 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: MadIvan

"since George Orwell" LOL Great line!


40 posted on 08/15/2004 1:44:18 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: SirLurkedalot

Amen, brother. It's tough being the only sane person in a madhouse.


41 posted on 08/15/2004 1:48:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: SirLurkedalot

what does the t-shirt say? (I have probably asked this before..)


42 posted on 08/15/2004 1:49:58 AM PDT by GeronL (KERRY: "I went to Cambodia with the CIA and all I got was a hat")
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To: LibWhacker

FMCDH...MOLON FRICKIN LABE! Anyone with 3-4 functioning brain cells knows that gun control is almost always followed up by genocide of the newly-diarmed. Screw that noise.


43 posted on 08/15/2004 1:50:28 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: GeronL
I realize that, but even after 9/11, people still managed to get home. Some rented cars, some took buses, trains and even taxicabs across the country. We're only talking about 2500 delegates. You're telling me that 2500 people, plus maybe another 2500 media people, couldn't find a way to get to Houston by August 27? Accomodations? Houston has a lot of Republicans, and--last resort--a few thousand of them open their homes to one or two convention guests each for the four days.

It would be worth it just to see the expressions on the faces of the punks in NY, when they suddenly discover they're in the wrong place. They'd still try to move the protest to Houston, but Houston just would not put up with it.

44 posted on 08/15/2004 1:54:07 AM PDT by giotto
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To: LibWhacker

You are closer to the truth than most people would imagine.


45 posted on 08/15/2004 1:55:56 AM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: SirLurkedalot
A question to any who would know:

Are they going to corral The Smelly Ones in a tiny area like they did at the rats' convention?
46 posted on 08/15/2004 2:01:58 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism)
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To: LibWhacker

I hope the Puppeteers and the body-painters get good camera time.

And the yahoos whose signs indicate they want to frag our troops. (THAT'LL get those swing voters.)

I suppose these people have jobs? (Stop laughing!) Well, I guess the Human Shields (remember them?) have to find an "occupation" of sorts. There is no WMF or G8 summit scheduled that week....


47 posted on 08/15/2004 2:02:48 AM PDT by Watery Tart (John Kerry--the other white meat.)
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To: GeronL

I've got 2. The "War has never solved anything but..." and the "hive of scum and villiany" U.N one.


48 posted on 08/15/2004 2:05:09 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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To: LibWhacker
I hope Triumph the Insult Dog will be there to berate the protesters!!
49 posted on 08/15/2004 2:06:00 AM PDT by Kornev
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To: RandallFlagg

I hope so. The problem is that they'll let them back out.


50 posted on 08/15/2004 2:06:29 AM PDT by SirLurkedalot (God bless our Veterans!!! And God bless America!!! Molon Labe.)
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