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DC Mayor Arrested at Budget Protest

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posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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DC Mayor Arrested at Budget Protest


www.newser.com

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and several city council members were among 41 people arrested at a Capitol Hill protest against the budget deal yesterday.

Gray and his colleagues were charged with unlawful assembly for blocking passage on the street and were taken to a Capitol Police facility before being released late last night, Politico reports.
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posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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Arrested for protesting?

Really?

This is getting quite silly if you ask me.

The Situation Room: CNN: DC mayor Arrested


Guess it's better than being arrested like Marion Berry.

The new bill had a rider in it?

Was this a poison pill built within it just to kill it?

www.newser.com
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posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:29 PM
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congress needs to pass a law that makes it
illegal to propose or vote on a bill that has
riders in it. More congressmen vote down
legislation cuz of riders than cuz of the actual
content of the bill.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:29 PM
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You can't protest in the US.

What was this guy thinking?



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:32 PM
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ah....

Partisan politicing...

Gotta love the spirit. Hey maybe if more spoke out and drew attention to the REAL issues and problems we might actually get something accomplished in Washington instead of Budget deficits and more pork.

I doubt it.

For the record I have no issues with pork on the whole. Although I like Pork. I don't like paying tax dollars for it. I like bacon fried in a pan served with pancakes, some eggs, lightly toasted bread with some jam....



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:34 PM
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It would seem less disingenuous if this wasn't a protest primarily about the revenue that will cease to flow through the Mayor's Office.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:34 PM
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Originally posted by boondock-saint
congress needs to pass a law that makes it
illegal to propose or vote on a bill that has
riders in it. More congressmen vote down
legislation cuz of riders than cuz of the actual
content of the bill.


Well, we agree on something, at least.


Quote from : Wikipedia : Rider (Legislation)

In legislative practice, a rider is an additional provision annexed to a bill under the consideration of a legislature, having little connection with the subject matter of the bill.

Riders are usually created as a tactic to pass a controversial provision which would not pass as its own bill.

Occasionally, a controversial provision is attached to a bill not to be passed itself but to prevent the bill from being passed (in which case it is called a wrecking amendment or poison pill).


It has been said he was protesting a rider but was it a poison pill?


Quote from : Wikipedia : Poison Pill : Politics

A poison pill may also be used in politics, such as attaching an amendment so distasteful to a bill that even the bill's supporters are forced to vote against it.

This manipulative tactic may be intended to simply kill the bill, or to create a no-win situation for the bill's supporters, so that the bill's opponents can accuse them of voting for something bad no matter what.

This is known as a "wrecking amendment".

In the U.S., it may also refer to a stipulation often attached to constitutional amendments, which kills the amendment if it has not been ratified after seven years.


We need for our laws to be taken more seriously then wasting our time and money.
edit on 4/12/11 by SpartanKingLeonidas because: Adding Depth and Insight Into the Post.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:36 PM
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Originally posted by bsbray11
You can't protest in the US.

What was this guy thinking?


Well this is not like Bush and the "Freedom of Speech" zones.

Whether he was doing the right thing or not this is silly.

Was it just a show or is he for real?



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:37 PM
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I don't really see what the big deal is. They didn't get arrested for protesting, they were arrested for blocking passage of a public road. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Look at the area surrounding this protest. There were plenty of places to stand and chant without blocking a public road. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt in which the mayor knew that if he was detained it would make headlines faster than a list of John Does nobody cares about.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:39 PM
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Originally posted by SLAYER69
ah....

Partisan politicing...

Gotta love the spirit. Hey maybe if more spoke out and drew attention to the REAL issues and problems we might actually get something accomplished in Washington instead of Budget deficits and more pork.

I doubt it.

For the record I have no issues with pork on the whole. Although I like Pork. I don't like paying tax dollars for it. I like bacon fried in a pan served with pancakes, some eggs, lightly toasted bread with some jam....


Partisan politics.

Who needs them?

No one.

This is why I'm a registered Indepedent and ignore both sides.

I'm not a fan of Pork Barrell spending in the least.

I like bacon and porkchops but nothing where the spending smells like a greasefire waiting to happen.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by Maxmars
It would seem less disingenuous if this wasn't a protest primarily about the revenue that will cease to flow through the Mayor's Office.


More than likely just for show.

Of course.

A staged event just for a sound byte.

Is election time coming up, again, really?

2011 and we're halfway through the year.

I guess so.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:42 PM
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Originally posted by lpowell0627
I don't really see what the big deal is. They didn't get arrested for protesting, they were arrested for blocking passage of a public road. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Look at the area surrounding this protest. There were plenty of places to stand and chant without blocking a public road. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt in which the mayor knew that if he was detained it would make headlines faster than a list of John Does nobody cares about .


Of course.

The title was the original news story.

Blame the newspapers who inflamed a match into this nonsense.

The Mayor knows all the tricks just like the rest of Washington D.C.

Like wasting our time and money.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:46 PM
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and I can't help but remember the words
Dubya said a few yrs back.



He actually said this on more than
one occasion if I remember correctly.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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Gotta love the whole "screw the constitution, you're going to jail" thing too.




We have freedom of speech, as long as we don't say anything too offensive in public, or... well... wait what was I talking about again?



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:47 PM
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Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Of course.
The title was the original news story.
Blame the newspapers who inflamed a match into this nonsense.
The Mayor knows all the tricks just like the rest of Washington D.C.
Like wasting our time and money.

actually he was protesting during work hrs.
Then he was on the clock.
DC taxpayers were paying his salary
while he protested. I wonder how
they feel about that ??? I wonder
if they paid for his bail too ???

edit on 4/12/2011 by boondock-saint because: (no reason given)



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:49 PM
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What an idiot.

Well, at least he's being honest, for once.

He meant a dictatorship verses the Puppet Dictatorship he controlled.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:52 PM
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I smell Wisconsin 2.0 coming up.

And I'm interested to see if the MSM or people will treat this situation any differently



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:53 PM
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Originally posted by bsbray11
reply to post by SLAYER69
 


Gotta love the whole "screw the constitution, you're going to jail" thing too.


We have freedom of speech, as long as we don't say anything too offensive in public, or... well... wait what was I talking about again?


That only applies to people who do not know their rights, their Constitution, and their freedoms.

And anyone stupid enough to have allowed themselves to be cowed and corraled into those "Freedom of Speech" zones was just a typical example of how bad our country is, in regards to people not knowing their rights and freedoms.

This country is deplorable as far as people not paying attention to politics.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:55 PM
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Originally posted by boondock-saint

Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
Of course.
The title was the original news story.
Blame the newspapers who inflamed a match into this nonsense.
The Mayor knows all the tricks just like the rest of Washington D.C.
Like wasting our time and money.

actually he was protesting during work hrs.
Then he was on the clock.
DC taxpayers were paying his salary
while he protested. I wonder how
they feel about that ??? I wonder
if they paid for his bail too ???

edit on 4/12/2011 by boondock-saint because: (no reason given)


Like I said, he knows all of Washington D.C.'s tricks, wasting time and money.

Congress and Senate are doing that without living on their own dime.

We pay their salary.

President Obama is doing the same exact thing.

Barack Obama : The Biggest Idiot In Office and Giving Away America To Libya

Wasting our time and money.



posted on Apr, 12 2011 @ 12:56 PM
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Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
This country is deplorable as far as people not paying attention to politics.

I wonder if there would be drastic change
in DC, if American ATS'ers were put in office?



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