February 21, 2011
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One thing that came to mind about the protests in Wisconsin is that the individual school districts could (and should) come down hard on all the teachers that skipped work to protest, causing widespread school closings. I figured there would be no way they could get away with it without a doctor’s excuse.
Well, I guess someone else thought of that, too:
The funny thing is, these folks know good and well what they are doing is fraud, but have their “defense” already prepared when asked, especially the doctor who decided to get all snarky with the camera person. Its situations like those when one wishes the person behind the camera was a little more quick with the wit to bring the guy down a notch.
Plus, how many of us would be able to call a random doctor and get a doctor’s excuse on the fly?
More info here: Fake Doctors’ Notes Being Handed Out at Wisconsin Gov. Union Rally
February 18, 2011
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In one of the articles about the ongoing protests in Wisconsin, it was mentioned that protesters were not only at the capital building, but also at the governor’s house. Seeing that reminded me of incidents reported after AIG gave their executives bonuses, and protesters loaded vans and set up shop outside the residences of AIG employees and executives in an effort to guilt them into returning the bonus money.
Other reports of people protesting at (and doing damage to) politician’s homes, as well as unions and other organizations handing out flyers with home addresses of protest targets are readily available on the web. Which made me wonder: is that taking things too far?
Lets acknowledge that there is a right to assemble. There is also freedom of speech. But is such style of protest really a peaceful move? I would say no. When you show up at someone’s residence, it is by default an attempt at intimidation. “We know where you live!” is the message given by such actions. I say its taking things too far. Besides, how would these protesters respond if the person being targeted responded by hiring security to come in and create an opposing show of force? What if counter-protesters showed up at the houses of the protesters? I can hear the howls of…well, of protest.