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UC Davis Rally – The Pepper Spray Incident

Here is a multimedia piece I created for the iPinion Syndicate following the rally on the UC Davis campus that was held to address the pepper spraying incident of a group of peaceful student protestors. The rally featured a number of student speakers who were targeted with pepper spray by the campus police.

The general assembly put forth a demand for the resignation of Chancellor Katehi during the rally. Chancellor Katehi also spoke briefly to the crowd and offered nothing more than a feeble apology.

Since the rally there have been more than 100,000 signatures gathered asking for the resignation of the Chancellor.

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Arrogant Bastardry

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2011. All rights reserved.

There is only one thing in this world that causes me to transform into a fiery mad, post-menopausal, middle-aged Irish woman with a strong sense of justice.

That thing is arrogant bastardry.

Lately, there has been a whole lot of that floating around in our country. Case in point:

1. The banks knowingly issued a plethora of extremely risky loans with the intent to immediately sell them off. With full knowledge of how bad these loans were, they then chose to run out on the market to place gigantic monetary bets against said loans. Kind of a crap shoot where the dices were loaded and the gambler was assured a big win. Then it all blew up in their faces and Wall Street knowingly unloaded these bad loans into foreign funds, local unions, pension funds and basically anything and everything that would effect taxpayers and not their high level investors. And they did it with much glee while running around the exchange room floor giving each other the high-five. This was no less than a highly organized and orchestrated crime against the citizens of the United States for which not a single person was prosecuted nor served time. I view this as “ha ha we screwed you” arrogant bastardry personified.

2. After the implosion, the poor, sad, hurting banks then stood there with a shrug of the shoulders and a forlorn, needy look on their impish faces while holding out their tin cups as if they had zero knowledge of what had just occurred. They then reaped the benefits of bailout money from our government while our citizens continued to lose their homes, ended up out on the streets and received no form of monetary bailout whatsoever. The banks then turned around and gave all their executives big, fat inflated raises and turned significant profits that same year. Arrogant bastardry of the devious mind.

3. With the economy in one of the worst positions it has been in since the Depression, the housing market completely upside down, the unemployment rate skyrocketing exponentially, more children living below the poverty level in our country than a lot of 3rd world countries and families unable to keep a roof over their heads, the Republicans then begin to push for cuts to services for the elderly, the poor, the indigent in order to balance an out of control budget that has spent trillions of dollars on the War Machine. Arrogant bastardry with a blatant disregard for humanity.

4. Newt Gingrich, that Republican tower of moral terpitude who is now running for President of the United States, then tells the Occupy protestors to “go get a job and take a bath.” Wow. I’m left speechless with that one… Can you imagine this as our next President??? Despicable arrogant bastardry.

5. Fear begins to creep into the halls of the Robber Barons while the Occupy movement gains steam and begins to make a whole lot of sense to the masses of formerly complacent sheep who were used by these institutions to do their bidding. Out of this fear, a memo was written by Washington DC lobbyists to the American Bankers Association and proposes “the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct ‘opposition research’ on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct ‘negative narratives’ about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.” Deceitful, conniving, low-life, special interest arrogant bastardry.

6. While the Occupy protestors in Liberty Square stand up for Americans who have been continuously duped and robbed by these vile institutions of greed, the traders look down on them from the balconies above and toast them with champagne. The Royals being entertained by the Commoners? Wait, I thought we broke away from that centuries ago… Arrogant in-your-face entitlement bastardry.

7. Jaded news reports continue to classify the protestors as nothing more than “homeless slackers, anarchists and fascists who are looking for another handout.” Politically interest-controlled news agency arrogant bastardry.

8. Students on our UC campuses who are exercising their Constitutionally protected right to stand up and speak out for what they believe in, are met with brute force; beaten with batons and pepper sprayed while sitting arm-in-arm in peaceful protest. Criminal arrogant bastardry.

I am nothing less than fiery mad. Didn’t anyone ever warn you not to mess with a mama bear’s cubs? Well, look out…you just stepped in a big pile of bear dung.

I am so beside myself with anger after watching these unarmed, peaceful young adults at UC Davis become the brunt of testosterone-driven plebes of punishment who obviously own not one single cell of common sense that would urge them to “stop” regardless of the orders that came down from the top. I don’t care if God herself gave them the orders. If there were any decent neural pathway connecting the two sides of their primate skulls, they would have stood down and refused to use such force against a group that provided zero threat.

Yes, I am angry. There is nothing wrong with expressing anger if used in a constructive manner. I am going to continue to go out and stand in solidarity with all the other peaceful protesters who are brave enough to exercise their First Amendment rights. I will turn my back on the few bad apples who occasionally choose to turn to violence in order to make their point. What I have witnessed to this point is nothing less than groups of principled Americans who care about the welfare of other Americans and that is reason enough for me to take the same stand.

What does it take in this country to wake people up? What does it take to put a flame under the ass of complacency and set it on fire? If photos and video of peaceful protestors being beaten and ruthlessly sprayed in the eyes and in the mouth with life threatening chemicals doesn’t do it for you well then, step aside. You belong in the dung pile with all the other arrogant, unfeeling, unprincipled, self-absorbed, pathetic bastards who have chosen to quell the rights each one of us are entitled to as Americans…