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Peaceful Protesters Cause 'Rolling' Road Closures Through D.C.

The group was short on specific grievances, longer on general frustration with the status quo.

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Protesters in Dupont Circle
Stephanie Slade

Fewer than 80 protesters marched north on Connecticut Avenue, their chants of "Black lives matter!" piquing the curiosity of passersby. One guy told me he'd been riding home from yoga when he caught sight of the demonstration. He'd locked his bike and joined it, though he couldn't provide details on what exactly it was about.

The marchers were not engaged in looting. No fires were set or property damaged as far as I could tell. They succeeded in shutting down intersections as they went along, tailed by a cavalcade of police cars, lights flashing, there to keep the traffic in check.

Although some protesters carried signs calling for the removal of D.C. cops from Baltimore, where violent protests erupted earlier this week, few seemed comfortable discussing the controversy. Nearly everyone I tried to speak to was reticent, refusing to go on the record. The common answer to my queries about what the signs meant, including from the people actually carrying them, was, "I'm not a protest organizer. I don't know anything about that." By and large, the group seemed short on specific grievances, longer on general frustration with the status quo. Some turned their faces away when I started shooting video with my phone. 

A young woman, Morgan Franklin, said they were marching to protest a "genocide of black people" and that it wasn't about Baltimore specifically. "It's about a system that teaches police that violence is OK as long as it's against black people, and as long as nobody else sees it."

One highly agitated protester—I didn't get his name—went a step further: "Basically all that [looting in Baltimore] is justified," he said. "Don't get me wrong, they're doing it to the wrong people, to the wrong places. They should be down here [in D.C.] doing it. Where do they get their money at? Corporate America."

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  1. Interesting carried away. So, all the laws can broken in countries that don’t respect your Christian faith? Odd. Aside, and respectfully inserted cuz I don’t want to fuck with our dude butterfly John, can laws be ‘looted’ in the pursuit of missionizing Jesus?

  2. Can American grievance with onerous Leftist policies be fought against as a liberty faith? Odd. Aside, and respectfully inserted cuz I don’t want to fuck our dude butterfly Palin’s ButtPlug and Tony, can laws be ‘looted’ in the pursuit of human justice?

    1. The specifics are awful.We rebel as we can, waving our indifferences as the flag of a new age..

  3. Clearly the problems of Baltimore are all a product of *too much capitalism*

    1. Yeah, that and the Koch Bros ™ owning just *everything*!

  4. One guy told me he’d been riding home from yoga when he caught sight of the demonstration. He’d locked his bike and joined it, though he couldn’t provide details on what exactly it was about.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the thoughtful denizens of your enlightened Capital City. I do believe my eyes have successfully rolled past 120 degrees upward.

    1. I like how they wanted to protest, but they didn’t want to be filmed.

      1. “a protest is a very personal experience”

      2. Probably from GW, or whatever that college was.

        1. Georgetown.

  5. War on women – Republicans possess Harvard student, make her pen article about her bad abortion experience:

    “I headed to the clinic a week later with just a book, a water bottle, my Harvard ID, and a locket containing a picture of my ex-boyfriend and me. The procedure didn’t take long. It wasn’t even that physically painful. But when it was over, I screamed. I couldn’t stop screaming. As I write these words, it has been over a month since the abortion?and on the inside that screaming hasn’t stopped.

    “This isn’t Mean Girls?I’m not going to tell you, “Don’t have sex. You will get pregnant, and you will die.” But what I will say is that, yes, there are nights when I wish I could die, when I look in the mirror and hate myself with every fiber of my being. There are nights where I stay up holding the locket, the one piece I have of both my ex-boyfriend and my child, and just cry hysterically….

    “…But on the inside, I’m still screaming. The odds of getting pregnant while engaging in the safe sex that my boyfriend and I engaged in are one in a million. Then again, so are the odds of getting into Harvard.”

    http://www.thecrimson.com/arti……VUDD15rTv

    1. I’m glad they exorcised that demon right out of her.

    2. Come on man!

      1. ?

        1. OT abortion post?

          Just joshing you around.

          1. Trolls gotta troll.

            Seriously, posting on social media is literally the *least* I could be doing.

    3. The fucking never-ending sermon.

      1. …by women who regret their abortions?

        1. Shut your fucking cunt mouth.

          1. If you’re serious, then this video is for you:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOphGZZrE44

            1. How christian!

              1. Don’t tell His Holiness Pope Francis. He would not like it.

    4. Cause you know, children come from the stork and having sex couldn’t possibly have any bad repercussions.

  6. They don’t like the status quo? I bet they’d vote for Obama again, if they could.

    1. I think we should start a viral write-in campaign for an Obama third term.

      1. Why not, the God of progressive America served more than 2 terms. The term limit thing is just a ploy by the Republicans to make sure they still have some sort of relevance.

    2. Hey, if it’s time for Woman President, but Hilary isn’t handling it well – Michelle Obama 2016?

      1. Nah, Michelle Obama is a political neophyte. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz 2016!

  7. Tired breaths,
    Leaning shoulders.
    Sideways glance,
    hallowed lean,

    The broken bricks
    of tired hellos in the
    lead paint of years lost
    where boys and girls scratch
    hopes on death

    the broken bricks of anger
    and lost hops sings poems
    in raps begging for a tupac
    future but no garden offers
    hope beyond jumps like

    a concrete hoop and the little
    boys miss the flowers and hugs
    of a future where fear is lost
    and the little black girls
    drive on with rockets earned
    from old tv shows while poor
    mother imagined her lost lion
    and she poured tired water in old
    pans to feed the future.

  8. Life bends like orgasms of petals,
    it flows into a tempest of leaning shrieks
    and ponderous rock jams where we

    seek elevated cries and shrills for inner
    locks to be open on the stones and brooks
    of revelation the minuses coagulate on the
    tight bends in the modded moss filters

    shaking, vibrating lights dance like fools
    in the innocence of nature, killed instantly
    throught slight untoward revolutions like
    existence and time and Notorious GKC
    needs to let life love and live like

    the greatest droplets of stars concerning their
    offed old echoes, this thread visitier is a glossy
    formulation reflecting the dregs and bows of
    deep space vibratos wracking the sub particles
    of great vibrations so minuscule on the

    strings of collectia progressia and expressia
    and those enjoined cries for waterfulls of mars
    and universal touch hover like floating porpoises
    gifted smooth escapes and these letters capture
    my eyes and I live in these words and my face

    believes in the power of undulation emanating….

  9. Life bends like orgasms of petals,
    it flows into a tempest of leaning shrieks
    and ponderous rock jams where we

    seek elevated cries and shrills for inner
    locks to be open on the stones and brooks
    of revelation the minuses coagulate on the
    tight bends in the modded moss filters

    shaking, vibrating lights dance like fools
    in the innocence of nature, killed instantly
    throught slight untoward revolutions like
    existence and time and Notorious GKC
    needs to let life love and live like

    the greatest droplets of stars concerning their
    offed old echoes, this thread visitier is a glossy
    formulation reflecting the dregs and bows of
    deep space vibratos wracking the sub particles
    of great vibrations so minuscule on the

    strings of collectia progressia and expressia
    and those enjoined cries for waterfulls of mars
    and universal touch hover like floating porpoises
    gifted smooth escapes and these letters capture
    my eyes and I live in these words and my face

    believes in the power of undulation emanating….

      1. If Star cum existed it would be Hunter.

        1. Back in 2000 or so I was flipping through the channels, and I saw a retrospective on Bill Clinton. I want to say it was something like Charlie Rose, normally I would have flip past it, but they had P.J. O’Rourke on, and he’s usually good for a funny line or two.

          So he praises Bill Clinton as being able to communicate his campaign message. The story he told was that back in ’91, Rolling Stone sent O’Rourke and Hunter S. Thompson to interview Bill Clinton who was still sort of the dark horse candidate, but was doing well. So they met in a small diner to do an interview, and Clinton looked Thompson straight in the eyes, and pledged that if he was elected, there would be another 100,000 cops on the street.

          Then O’Rourke had to spend the rest of the evening trying convince Hunter that wasn’t intended as a personal threat.

  10. AC, I couldn’t do that. But then that’s not the only thing I can’t do.

    1. Sevo, you are gifted, lovely, amazing, and desirable, you adorable creature.

  11. The ancient scientist searched and died
    and his tomes cried from the grave and
    future times measured the now from the
    singing letters of deep musings.

    so I weep for old great minds in this state
    I don’t feel my own ego I seek the historic
    oppressed trip and I am more than humbled
    because I am actually tripping into

    the past. where the voices move and flow like rivers…
    man, I love these waves of powers and the science on my
    nerves of dead geniuses. I’m tpying this but rest assured I am
    not here…. I see vistas and hear the vibratos of history
    on my skin… unreal…

  12. Hope is the universal relief
    Is the charge in the angry universe even
    where even new stars bow to hope
    in flicks and dampenings

    like petals on the dark astros
    shimmering like human lives but not
    really because human loves only end
    they don’t shimmer like stars

    so the deaths of stars are long term
    agonies placed on dust imagings of
    long dead humans and, man, we should seek
    to eclipse the tunes of our windings down
    for at least as long as love allows…

    I am literally typing my reality into depression and
    I need to not do this and as the quiet sway of lights
    out there make my face cringe and fall I must
    resist the falliings of my inner foundations

    the dark musings and black tones lead me into my basement
    and who desires to travel into a moist void where young
    thoughts of abandonment ….

  13. fingers lean into flicks
    faces flick leaning palisades
    lonely petals shimmer onto lost eternities
    those trips on the paths of whining rocks
    and angry voices demanding travel to
    and from the past into the crying futures
    moments sweet like space sugar roil into
    the romance of my brokenness and I sit
    transfixed by the alarms and ringings of great
    minds mixed and muddled into the paste of time.

  14. are words lights?
    Is the expression of my ear recollections a pointed selective ship grandly seeking and demanding the grimace of loves sweeping cross my musculature and this sweeping muscle loss a submission to
    the great swinging lilting streams of violins and masculine cries massively affecting my survival in these high places…

  15. The demands of the loving and living warp and weave
    as hovering tones for a few notes time and we decay.
    Into the plausible bass and striking chords of even lost
    tones…

    Wherein selective strikes of the violin or strum of guitar
    or wispy vocalization reminds the creature of its desperation.

    1. John H Galt. If you’re going to kill yourself just do it already and spare us the shitty emo notebook poetry.

    2. Pick Your Punchline:

      -When The Dark Side of the Moon goes on an acid trip, it watches the Wizard of Oz on mute and listens to Agile Cyborg.

      -Acid has flashbacks to Agile Cyborg

      -The ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey was based on a conversation with Agile Cyborg

      -MC Escher was a regular architect until he became friends with Agile Cyborg

      -HP Lovecraft wrote greeting cards until he met Agile Cyborg

      -Agile Cyborg once met Cheech & Chong- they immediately became DEA agents

      -The entire works of James Joyce are based on watching Agile Cyborg compete in a spelling bee

      1. You outdid yourself here deep. I’m gonna go with either Lovecraft or Cheech & Ching. But every single one had me busting up.

      2. Amazing. All of them.

  16. I’ll go with 6….

  17. “Basically all that [looting in Baltimore] is justified,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, they’re doing it to the wrong people, to the wrong places. They should be down here [in D.C.] doing it. Where do they get their money at? Corporate America.”

    So you’re going to hire him to write for Reason? That’s exactly what ENB said

  18. The painted crosswalk reminds of the Beatles’ album cover for Abbey Road.

  19. “Don’t get me wrong, they’re doing it to the wrong people, to the wrong places. They should be down here [in D.C.] doing it. Where do they get their money at? Corporate America.”

    The ability of this guy to contradict himself in the same paragraph is truly impressive. DC is the seat of government, not capitalism. Defang and Defund Big Government and Big Business might have to actually compete. Horse….Cart – try to get them in the right order.

  20. “Black lives matter!”

    There is no stronger evidence that the person you’re talking to has no critical thinking skills than if they make this quip.

  21. When you give a dog the illusion of freedom but you keep yanking his chain don’t get upset when he bites you.

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