Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.
Republicans live in a weird alternative universe.
“There have been physical altercations between at least two men on the House floor, and I don’t recall any of them every being banned from speaking,” Byrum said. “It’s just unacceptable to silence women when we’re talking about women’s reproductive rights.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/michigan-woman-lawmakers-silenced-_n_1598168.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) makes an interesting point. The arbitrary lines drawn between what behavior is “acceptable” and what is not are getting more and more abstract and unfounded (anyone remember FL’s Uterati?). The language used in the bill, was absolutely relevant. What’s with the GOP and lady parts? The Republicans in the Michigan House (and elsewhere) are making rules up as they go along and these rules suit only their own agenda. The Constitution has been thrown out - Free Speech? There is no common decency. There is downright childish behavior rampant within our Legislative bodies and no one can or will do anything to bring the level of decorum and respect back for fear of massive media backlash - because, let’s face it: everything is “Breaking News” and everything is extreme, and no one wants to be the “story of the week” and affect their precious chances of being re-elected. Our own legislators behave as if they were characters in The Jersey Shore.
(a)(1) “Bullying” means a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another member which: (A) Physically harms a member; (B) Causes emotional distress to a member; (C) Interferes with a member’s legislative opportunities; (D) Creates a hostile environment; or (E) Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the general court.
Sponsors: Emerson (R), Pepino (R), Rosenwald (D), Pantelakos (D), Grassie (D), Perkins (R), Shurtleff (D), Weber (D), Brown (R), Quandt (R).
PerSe1010: So it’s okay to propose legislature to allow for bullying of children (i.e. TN, MI) in schools, but not to “bully” adult Congresspeople? Granted, NH does have an anti-bullying legislation HB 1523 that prohibits bullying of students in school in that state, seemingly without exception. But wow. Adult politicians in public service expecting to not have any emotional distressing remarks made at them? That’s a bit broad, vague, and appears to encroach on Free Speech…
I think this says everything we need to know about America. Peaceful protesters are now terrorists.
George Orwell was a genius and there needs to be a statue dedicated to him in every city.
You have got to be kidding me. I wish I had been awake to watch this throughout the night.
These officers are regularly posted in the Financial District so seeing them there should not be a surprise. The commentary here is appropriate, however, and should serve as a stark reminder of what some of our civil liberties are falling to, and who they are being suppressed by.
Ew. This just made my stomach churn.
This should scare EVERYONE regardless of political affiliation or support for OWS, they are using counter terrorism officers against our own citizens.
What has this country become.
PerSe1010: This is sick. I’m so sad right now.