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Video shows Aurora, Colorado, police using pepper spray to break up an apparently peaceful protest Saturday over the death of Elijah McClain, who died after officers placed him in a chokehold. The protest began early in the day. As night began to fall, a group of violinists began to play in honor of McClain, who was a violinist. But officers told the remaining protesters that it was now an "illegal gathering." When they did not leave, the officers sprayed them with pepper spray.

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  1. Idiots to the left , dumbs asses to the right, and we’re stuck in the middle.

    1. Everybody thinks they’re in the middle.

      It’s all relative.

      1. Actually, I think I am much closer to the top, at least compared to all the morons.

        1. You’re the top moron?

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  2. So, the protests became violin-t?

    I’ll show myself out.

    1. Speaking of fiddles and fiddlesticks and kerfluffled-dicks…
      Lemme lay on ya, some alternative history schmistory…
      Fiddlin’ Around with the Hatfields & the McCoys…

      Y’all ever hear of that them thar Hatfields or McCoys? There in down-home Appalachia?
      You’ve read your “alternate history” books, yes? Harry Turtledove, etc.? I’ve been thinking of writing fiction like that… But I need a history expert to help me out! Anyone out there game to co-authoring a work of such fiction with Yours Truly?
      So here, check this out: The Hatfields and the McCoys get in a spat, just like in our timeline… Except they don’t shoot and kill each other, they challenge each other to a down-home, ol’-time country hoe-down, fiddle contest. Each family puts up their finest 8 or 10 fiddlers, to go at it, spelling one another (per each family team) through vacations, eating, sleeping, and potty breaks, so that the fiddling contest can go on and on and on… This is the song that never ends, my friends, and it goes on and on… Till the losing side gives up, or it goes on… FOREVER!
      So I’m first-off, looking for a good working title…
      I’m thinking…
      I’m a-thinkin’…



      “The Endless Cycle of Violins” might work!

      1. “There is an inn, a merry old inn
        beneath an old grey hill,
        And there they brew a beer so brown
        That the Man in the Moon himself came down
        One night to drink his fill.

        The ostler has a tipsy cat
        that plays a five-stringed fiddle;
        And up and down he runs his bow,
        Now squeaking high, now purring low,
        Now sawing in the middle.

        The landlord keeps a little dog
        that is mighty fond of jokes;
        When there’s good cheer among the guests,
        He cocks an ear at all the jests
        And laughs until he chokes.

      2. They also keep a hornéd cow
        as proud as any queen;
        But music turns her head like ale,
        And makes her wave her tufted tail
        and dance upon the green.

        And O! the rows of silver dishes
        and the store of silver spoons!
        For Sunday there’s a special pair,
        And these they polish up with care
        on Saturday afternoons.

        The Man in the Moon was drinking deep,
        and the cat began to wail;
        A dish and a spoon on the table danced,
        The cow in the garden madly pranced,
        and the little dog chased his tail.”

      3. “The Man in the Moon took another mug,
        and then rolled beneath his chair;
        And there he dozed and dreamed of ale,
        Till in the sky the stars were pale,
        and dawn was in the air.

        Then the ostler said to his tipsy cat:
        ‘The white horses of the Moon,
        They neigh and champ their silver bits;
        But their master’s been and drowned his wits,
        and the Sun’ll be rising soon!’

        So the cat on his fiddle played hey-diddle-diddle,
        a jig that would wake the dead:
        He squeaked and sawed and quickened the tune,
        While the landlord shook the Man in the Moon:
        ‘It’s after three!’ he said.”

      4. “They rolled the Man slowly up the hill
        and bundled him into the Moon,
        While his horses galloped up in rear,
        And the cow came capering like a deer,
        and a dish ran up with the spoon.

        Now quicker the fiddle went deedle-dum-diddle;
        the dog began to roar,
        The cow and the horses stood on their heads;
        The guests all bounded from their beds
        and danced upon the floor.

        With a ping and a pong the fiddle-strings broke!
        the cow jumped over the Moon,
        And the little dog laughed to see such fun,
        And the Saturday dish went off at a run
        with the silver Sunday spoon.

        The round Moon rolled behind the hill
        as the Sun raised up her head.
        She hardly believed her fiery eyes;
        For though it was day, to her surprise
        they all went back to bed!”

    2. There’s too much violins on television.

      1. I’m starting a PAC called “March of a Million Moms against Violins”.

        1. Don’t do it. All such movements go far beyond the original intentions, and I don’t want a ban on cellos.

      2. +1 Gilda Radner

    3. Sax and violins, baby! Sax and violins!

      1. Can’t have Sax on broadcast TV, only violins. You have to pay for cable if you want sax and violins.

    4. Violins and bloodshed.

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  4. The format change to violinists playing probably gave the police a reason to no longer consider it a protest

    1. The devil’s music!

        1. Ever listen to Drain Bramage? In their version it’s a drinking contest and the prize is a shiny keg made out of gold.

          1. No, but I will now. I’m pretty fond of David Allen Coe’s version.

            1. Primus does a good job with it as well. Video is hilarious.

                  1. That would be DAC’s version.

  5. The concert did not have the proper permits.

  6. Any chance that sundown started a curfew?

    1. Stop asking questions.

    2. OHHHHH, a curfew!!! Oh no!!! Mommy won’t like it if I stay out too late!!!

      Don’t give a fuck. And a guy with the name ‘Longtobefree” shouldn’t give a fuck, either. Fuck the curfew. I hope all those cops get shot.

      That is all.

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  8. Someone should play the world’s smallest violin . . . er, no.

  9. This is the kid who was forcibly injected with a Ketamine Overdose. The onus for this kid’s death is mostly on the medics, not the cops. The fact that public servants are running around injecting anyone with dissociative anesthetics should elicit an absolute furor from Americans! If it is to be tolerated as a means of ensuring ‘public safety’, there should be a prerequisite for anyone who administers it: they should be randomly jumped and forcibly injected with a Ketamine overdose, themselves. I’d wager they would never inject anyone again!

    1. Yeah, that’s a good point, actually. This guy was screwed from the get-go, kinda like Eric Garner. What a clusterfuck.

      Okay, that settles it: the medics who did it should be shot; first, with the ketamine, and, if THAT doesn’t do it, shoot them with lead. If they’re STILL breathing, shoot them again. Repeat until dead.

      That is all.

    2. Do you have any particular evidence that it was an “overdose”?

      In fact… do you have any information about the dose given at all?

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