Is this what America the "Great" has come to?:
Jeff Olson, 40, of San Diego is currently on trial for writing messages on sidewalks protesting big banks and their predatory practices. Olson used water soluble chalk to express his advocacy on public walkways in front of three Bank of America branches in San Diego.
Yes, by water soluble it means that when it rains or is hosed down the chalk dissolves.
Months after he finished chalking his protests, he was charged with 13 misdemeanors that could, conceivably, land him in jail for nearly 13 years.
The trial, which is now underway, resulted from the contracted head of security for Bank of America in San Diego, Darell Freeman, leaning on his apparent former colleagues in the SD police department. Paige Hazard, deputy city attorney, informed Olson of the charges, after a prosecution referral was received from -- get this -- the city's gang crimes unit.
A San Diego television station reported this chilling twist to the opening of the trial on June 26:
During pre-trial motions prosecutors introduced a motion to prohibit Olson’s defense attorney Tom Tosdal from using the words First Amendment, free speech, free expression and other similar terms during the trial. The judge agreed saying jurors should focus on whether Olson committed vandalism and not why he did it.
So basically, a San Diego, CA guy who got screwed over by Bank of America (The Gadfly welcomes you to that prestigious club pal) decides to speak out against their well known criminal banking methods by writing protest messages in chalk on the public sidewalk in front of his local B of A branch. The B of A rent-a-cop head honcho, a former SDPD cop himself apparently, is perturbed by such communistic behavior, so he runs to his pals in the city attorney's office and gets them to charge the poor schmuck with a series of gang crimes infractions which are punishable by up to 13 years in prison.
And don't you just love that added little touch of quaint totalitarianism wherein the judge bans the defendant or his attorney's from even broaching the subject of First Amendment free speech rights? Can we say HEIL HITLER!?!
The Gadfly has only one word for these people . . . . . . . Fuckers.
This is the kind of shit that is going to come back and haunt the elites in this country eventually. The Gadfly says "eventually" because he believes it really is just a matter of time before the ruling class presses their jack-boot of oppression just a little too hard on the carotid artery of the American working man's neck -- and then it's:
And those my dear reader friends are the joyous sounds of a free people exercising their rights to pursue life, liberty and happiness by breaking the femur bone of the leg that was attached to the jack-booted foot that had been heavily pressed for way too long against their persecuted collar bones.