Violence is not something done to property. That is how the FBI would like you to see it, as violence. They've spent forever inventing 'eco-terrorists' and need you to believe with them that setting fire to a Ford or whatever qualifies as violence.
Violence cannot be done to an inanimate object. It is a crime to set fire to a car and that's more than enough right there. You don't need to invent new levels of alleged crimes by turning a car, a building, a window, etc. into "victims."
It's amazing to watch these idiots online insist that violence was done to property. They really are sad. (Sadly, the crowd I am talking about is also left.)
So I was showing it to various friends and made the mistake of being stupid. If I'd thought about it, I wouldn't have sent it to ____ because he's a speech writer. C.I. had many turns of phrases in that (I think I contributed two) and it would be too hard for a speech writer to resist swiping something.
So when the key phrase on OWS got swiped, that was the end of the piece. C.I. was soured on it. She didn't have time to think up a new phrase and there was no way she was putting something up online that would result in people saying, "You're copying ____!"
A few e-mails came in, in response to C.I.'s statements in this entry, asking if C.I. was mad at me? And a few came in asking if I was mad at her?
Yes, we've decided to never speak again.
No, we're not mad at each other. I am mad at myself for passing to the speech writer. But that's it. C.I. is furious with the speech writer. To be clear, it's the politician that delivered the line that destroyed it for C.I. She can rewrite the thing in an instant. She really can. We used that phrase repeatedly in the piece. It's what pulled it together. (We largely wrote the piece via e-mails back and forth.) Now that phrase is forever clouded by ____'s using it.
One e-mail asked if we were calling out Chris Hedges?
We have no problem with Chris Hedges. We don't happen to agree with his "cancer" column but we weren't calling him out.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):