The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Friday, September 30, 2005

Who needs fiction: Ward Churchill antics

A friend from Colorado sent me this:


Well, in a state that's cutting back education funding with a legislature that crying that our "tax payer bill of rights" is strangling them dry, old Ward pulled his yearly merit raise.

More importantly, his big yearly activist event is coming up in two weeks: Columbus Day.

It goes like this: ancient Italians, some in wheelchairs & rollators, hobble down a couple of city blocks. There are minimal amateur floats.

Ward & an Indian activist buddy inflate the subtext & bring out liberal sympathizers are a dozen or so actual Indians. They topple barriers, obstruct, threaten & try to prevent the parade from ever starting.

They actually succeeded one year. Ever since, the Italians have become more organized and demanded more police protection. They got some new laws passed to make convictions easier. *NOW* the parade consists of the protesters hurling vile & vulgar obscenities the entire length of the parade. Of course it offends the oldsters & scares parents with kids. It's
become a political statement.

This is an annual headache for the mayor. He claims *BOTH* sides are at fault. "Both" sides? One side exercises its first amendment rights by filing for parade permits, getting the proper insurance, following all the legal requirements to the letter. The other side exercises' ITs first
ammendment rights by doing everything it can to suppress the other side's first amendment rights ... chiefly through illegal means.

You can't make this stuff up. No wonder talk shows do well in Denver.

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