[thechat] FW: Protesters

Joe Crawford jcrawford at avencom.com
Wed Oct 10 13:14:27 CDT 2001

Scott Dexter wrote:
> I chuckled, so I offer this as tongue-in-cheek
> >  -----Original Message-----
> >
> > Lately there have been some dissidents protesting our retaliation for
> the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States. These people
> have been marching peacefully protesting our government's actions. If
> you meet one of these people you should pursue the following course of
> action.

> > 5).   Haul off and hit the protester square in the face.
> >
> > 6).  When he gets up he will be pretty angry and may want to fight
> back.
> >
> > 7).  Placate him by telling him, violence begets more violence.  Give
> him a few minutes to calm down as you assure him that striking back is
> useless and unnecessary.
> >
> > 8).  When he nods his understanding, hit him again.  This time even
> harder, followed by a swift kick to the balls.
> >
> > 9).  Again he may be angry and again you must tell him violence begets
> more violence.
> >
> > 10).   Repeat steps 5 through 9 until he understands the virtue in
> retaliation.

    11) The more often you are able to repeat steps 5 through 10,
        even as a joke, the more you are a monster you are.

Today's reading:
The True Believer : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Am I taking it too seriously? Probably. But I'm living in late 2001.
Things are serious.

I'm living in a city with significant military infrastructure. I'm
within 50 miles of a Nuclear Power plant. I'm within miles of an
airport. I've signed up to be notified in the case that Respiratory
Therapists are needed in a mass casualty situation here in the USA. Life
is as serious as it can be right now.

The joke of violence is not funny to me right now. :-(

	- Joe <http://artlung.com/>

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