Batten down the hatches, the NATO summit is coming......

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  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I was listening to the radio on the way home from work this morning. The radio personality was interviewing an OWS member who is helping to organize the protesters for the NATO summit that will be here in Chicago in a couple weeks.
    The protesters are asking for people to let them stay in their homes or camp in their backyards while they are in Chicago to protest. Here's one article from a Chicago newspaper with a plea to open your home. They promise to not get high in your home. LOL

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/...-to-us-and-we-wont-get-high-at-your-home.html

    But then the radio host opened the phone lines and people called in to talk to this OWS person who was asking people to open their homes to the protestors. The calls were hilarious. People were calling and saying, "I know where you can stay..........STAY HOME." Others said, "You can stay in Lake Michigan and take a bath while you're in the water." "You can stay with my Mother-in-law. Maybe she'll leave us alone for the weekend." "If you had job, you wouldn't have time to come to Chicago to protest at the NATO summit." And it went on and on. I thought it was pretty funny. The OWS guy said many of the protestors work 60-80 hours a week. I highly doubt that. It was just a very interesting segment of the radio show. I was hoping it was podcast but I can't find it on the radio station website.
     

  3. krisko09

    krisko09 New Member

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    This sucks for me. I have an extra drill this weekend because my unit is flying aerial security for the summit.

    Courage is not the lack of fear, but the willingness to continue despite that fear.
     
  4. mountainman13

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    Isn't it interesting that there are pre-planned riots and people have been warned months in advance?
    Agent provocateur anyone?
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    NATO protesters already started at it today. There have been 12 arrests and the NATO leaders don't even get into Chicago until tomorrow. The ACLU has 50 lawyers interspersed with the protesters to be sure their civil rights are not violated in either their protesting or arrests. I wonder how this will all end up by the Monday night. I hope for no violence or damage to property this weekend. I have a special interest in following Andy Thayer who is one of the main protest organizers. I've heard him interviewed on a couple radio stations and I am not very impressed with him at all. I do believe he's looking for trouble. I hope he doesn't find it.
     
  6. 2ndAmendmentFreedom

    2ndAmendmentFreedom New Member

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    Well I'm still in Chicago, not quite near the epicenter of the NATO sumiit. I live up north and was biking to North beach to meet some friends and there is indeed more police presence, some helicopters flying in the sky etc. Here's a picture I snapped while biking 2 hours ago:

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  7. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I got out of town the day before. Don't have to go back for two weeks.
     
  8. fmj

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    LOOK OUT!!! You could be locked away as a terrorist for taking pictures!!
     
  9. 2ndAmendmentFreedom

    2ndAmendmentFreedom New Member

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    I know it's super classified stuff (done in public). I'm going there again today, camera is ready :)
     
  10. krisko09

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    that very well could have been someone i know haha
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    ROFLMAO..........

    I just told my oldest son who was at a hotel in downtown Chicago last night that the president is right now on a parade float singing "Danka Schoen" like that scene in Ferris Beuhler's Day Off (which is one of our favorite movies). Oldest son got all crazy excited and asked me what channel on TV I was seeing that on. I almost died laughing. Then we went on to put the prez in all kinds of other scenes on Ferris Beuhler's Day Off. It was good for a laugh.

    Actually, in reality, so far very few incidences of violence. The police are doing a stellar job of keeping things under control and the protesters are behaving pretty well. Just a couple incidents of someone punching an officer. I hope this peaceful protesting continues to be peaceful. The horrors of the 1968 Democratic Convention keeps coming to mind. That was TERRIBLE.

    Interesting enough......some of the infamous "Chicago Seven" went on to be Senators after they decided they might better be able to change things if they did it the 'proper' way.
     
  12. beastmode986

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    yep i used to live in bridgeport(terrible neighborhood btw ) me and my dad call it scumport. but the riots are going to be crazy. ill probably break out somepopcorn and my nikon and sit on a balcony laughing at the stupid protestors they were in bridgeport yelling f the police no justice no peace
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Actually, I think the NATO weekend in Chicago went as well as could be expected. The police practiced GREAT restraint under some difficult conditions.