Monday, September 28, 2009

Pittsburgh welcomes the world and then is REALLY glad when the world leaves.


Well, we made it through the G20 mostly intact. A sad little group of self-styled "anarchists" did show up and misbehave enough to get tear gassed. The little nitwits broke the windows of evil capitalist giants like Pamela's Diner, an independent and lesbian-owned and operated local business. Good going anarchists. Everyone knows that those lesbians, with their Birkenstocks, flannel shirts, and pancakes, are out to take over the world! The protesters also broke the windows of a Boston Market that is right next to a major cancer-treatment facility, terrorizing the already traumatized families of cancer patients. Nice work kids!

Which makes me wonder, when did I get to be such a fuddy duddy? Oh, I know, it was when I had to stop living life theoretically and had to start living it for real. I've actually sat in that very Boston Market with a friend whose husband was getting cancer treatments. Yeah, the food is corporate and mediocre, but it serves food your kids will eat (which is a huge mercy when you're going through a life crisis) and it's a brief haven from the misery of the hospital. It makes me sad to think of those poor families sitting huddled in their booths - just trying to gather themselves together before they go back to the hospital where they have to be strong again - suddenly having shards of glass rain down on them. And it confirms my belief that it's never, ever a good thing when ideology trumps our humanity.

I'll stop grumping now, and here, for your amusement, is a link to my favorite photo from the G20. It's of a cute little anarchist trying to get reception on his corporation-owned and operated cell phone!

So having recently been through a town-brawl meeting with right-wing extremists and now the G20 with left-wing nut jobs, it makes me want to toss them all in a padded cell and lock the door!

12 comments:

Miss Janey said...

Little butt holes. As if they're going to change ANYTHING... except create bills for honest business people just trying to make a living.

If you need a mask to do it (and it isn't Halloween) you probably shouldn't be doing it!

jason said...

Amen! Ideas are never more important than people.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i'd like to bip them into a coma.im really sorry to hear about the broken windows..

Willym said...

and you have to wonder which the the big corporations he pays his cellphone bill to? Or does daddy pay it for him?

sageweb said...

Wow, you have had a lot of action in Pittsburg.
Love the photo. When you toss everyone in the cell and lock the door...please throw away the key.

Elizabeth said...

I just wanted to go out and lecture them all and make them go to their rooms! And take the window repair $ out of the allowances they get from their corporation-enslaved parents!

I certainly have problems with capitalism, as I do with any social system. But violence certainly doesn't solve those problems. It only begets more anger and violence.

Anonymous said...

well said. thanks for including my photo, perfect image to match the commentary

L said...

Ahh the burden of keeping it real...

laurent said...

I really wonder about the usefulness of such meetings and the expense of it all and the inconvenience on people. These rioters are tiresome, lame and unfocused.

Dauvit said...

These idiots are so completely self-obsessed that they cannot see that it is the very system they seek to destroy which allows them the facilities and freedom to get to the G20 and to have their "protest". Their aeroplanes, buses, cars, bikes, whatever, all came from somewhere and it certainly wasn't a communist/socialist/anarchist setup which provided.

It wouldn't have happened the Soviet administration or even today in China, Cuba or Singapore. Our system is far from perfect, but I have yet to see a better one in action.

Doralong said...

As I tell my children, if you want someone to listen to you a clear and rational argument backed up with an actual plan for a course of action gets you a lot farther than throwing a tantrum.

Susan said...

Well said! Do you think the anarchist in your photo also appreciates the irony of wearing his bandito bandana and t-shirt, which he purchased at Target and was made in China by workers making the equivalent of a dollar a day?

I was sad to see the city shut down for the event and the police state all of that, but I can understand why businesses were fearful considering the nitwits out there.

Here's a tip, kids: GO GET A JOB!