Monday, May 01, 2006

Mayday (2)

Something to consider over on Publius Pundit. They rarely discuss US politics, but this one touched off quite a debate. This issue isn't going anywhere.

Things were quiet down here in Island City, though I heard of interesting events up in the hinterlands of Athens. Does anyone have any interesting stories to tell?

4 comments:

Dante said...

My dad's Hispanic workers were all present and accounted for today. They even bought lunch from McDonalds. Then again, they're Guatemalan and they're here legally. Next time I see them, I'll get their thoughts on the situation. From what I understand though, they just don't care one way or another.

Did anything happen in Athens? Bogart was clear of any obvious signs of unrest but I expected nothing less. I do know the brew shop was closed today in honor of the event but I thought they were normally closed on Monday anyways.

lagnsfit said...

I didn't see anything personally but it was interesting to hear about it on BBC

petallic said...

All of my kiddies were present and accounted for, as were our immigrant teachers/empldoyees.

S.A.W.B. said...

Ah, those of you not in the immediate downtown area missed all the 'fun'.

Around 5pm last night, there arose a din from the outside that we could hear up on the 9th floor of the tallest building in Athens. I, being naturally curious of such things, went to the window to see what was causing the ruckus. And there I saw it. The march. Winding down College Avenue, around Broad, and back up Lumpkin, to some as to me unknown destination, though I will say my hopes were dashed that the march didn't continue on to the County lockup...

Nothing too interesting, aside from the police blocking off intersections to motorized traffic so that the MARCH could continue unimpeded...yes...my tax dollars at work. I'd place the mob at a couple thousand, tops. It wasn't that big of a march, and the people weren't packed in very tightly, so estimates above that are probably hyperbole.

As for the behaviour of the marchers, it was, from what I could tell, fairly benign. Signs, flags, and chants, which suspiciously sounded like one of the following: "Beat L.A." which means the marchers are Giants fans, "East L.A." which means the marchers are Cheech Marin fans for some incomprehensible reason, and "Gutter is a tool"...

All in all, a pointless means to a forbegone conclusion. paT and I discussed this last night a bit. He and I seem to be in agreement that whichever party throws itself behind a tall fence, with the proper armaments and patrols, can assure itself of 60ish percent of the vote in 2006 and 2008.