So I got off the ferry this morning and knew not to walk near Wall Street to go to work, because the cops were going to be thickly planted around the area to intimidate the Occupiers exercising their first amendments rights. Straight away I could see more cop horse trailers than I've ever seen at any time--they like to use cops on horseback to intimidate a crowd. I wonder if the cop hierarchy realizes that one of the most significant things the Occupy movement has done is make people like me suspect cops and actively despise them. In fact, this weekend my nieces had me watch "The Hunger Games," and I was happy to see that the kids are being taught how ugly fascism is and that the film showed the thug cops for who they were--a bunch of faceless thugs in uniforms, crushing the people for the benefit of the powerful. It's an important lesson.
The very next day, my brother came across this great story about a man who expressed his disgust with a traffic ticket in the most exquisitely fabulous way: Man folds cash payment into origami pigs, gives to cops in donut boxes. Hats off to you, Bacon Moose.
Finally, disgusted at seeing my tax dollars being spent by assigning legions of cops sit on their (increasingly) fat asses when not actively intimidating my fellow citizens, I thought to myself, hey, what could one do to distract the cops at a protest? A: See the title of this post.