Friday, June 8, 2012

Clowns and cretins



I was embarrassed at what went on in downtown Montreal last night - not embarrassed BY the protestors, but embarrassed FOR them.

With the city's most pretigious international event as a backdrop to get their message out, the best student demonstrators and their loose coalition of anti-establishment allies could muster was a combined total of about a thousand people, split between several hundred half or fully-naked student marchers who paraded their assets through the downtown core, and a lesser number of anarchist riff-raff who demonstrated outside a Canadian Grand Prix gala fundraiser in Little Burgundy before trying to crash the Formula One party on Crescent Street. They were relatively easy pickings for a strong police presence that rightfully kept the demonstrators contained and away from a substantially greater number of people exercising THEIR right to indulge in their passion, pump tens of millions of dollars into the local economy and raise money for the Ste. Justine and Sacre Coeur hospitals.

It's the height of irony when students and the anti-capitalist crowd rage against F1 revellers as the "crass elite." It doesn't get much more crass than marching down the street with Big Jim and the Twins swinging in the breeze, or the profanity-laced website set up by the anarchist group that caused most of the trouble last night (whose spokesman, by the way, was stuck for an answer when asked what they proposed as an alternative to the existing political and economic system).

The demonstrators succeeded in getting their message out, alright, and that message is this: "We are a fringe element of immature, leaderless rabble with a chip on our shoulder, awash in self-righteous entitlement but bereft of ideas or credibility. And check out my tits."

12 comments:

  1. Great post, Ted! It was high tide in the downtown core last night with lots of jetsam & flotsam left out on the streets.

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  2. Perfectly said. I was on a rant last night with virtually same theme. Nothing more irritating than people who tell you what they don't like without a recipe for change. "I don't know what the answer is but it isn't this" is not a problem solver. It is a copout. Period.

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  3. Yes, of course, what a cop-out NOT to have an answer for how to solve all the world's problems. Dumb kids. Much better to sit tight, not complain, keep your head down, nose to the grindstone OR, in the case of F1 revellers, indulge in bread and circuses! Right, baby-boomers?? Height of irony, indeed.

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    1. I was among the "crass elite" last night and I can tell you that I doubt very much that the people out and about were all that "crass" or "elite" - mostly it looked like a bunch of people from all walks of life trying to enjoy a little diversion from everyday life. God forbid. And it IS a cop out to not even TRY to have an answer...if you feel that strongly about it, think it through and pontificate on possible solutions, ideas, etc. If not, then YOU are part of the problem. It's darn easy to see the negative in everything, but harder to propose meaningful change. And to blame one demographic? Childish.

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    2. Agreed. Last time I checked the boomers put on their work boots and contributed to society. 78 percent of the students ignored the strike and finished their courses. Best for these protesters to experience other parts of the world and the benefits available elsewhere and maybe understand why this country and province is a great place to live.

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  4. there is only one way to solve this GET BACK to the dam table and talk so please play GET BACK bye the BEATLES as a form of our protest

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    1. Ummm.. Back to what table?

      They are not a recognized Union/Syndicat. They do NOT have an expired Collective Bargaining Agreement. The only mechanism they have is to vote out the Liberals at the next election. Point Final. Everything else is text-book terrorism. Are You with the terrorist students, John Meredith?

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  5. These people are ruining Montreal...I mean even more than it has already been ruined... :( :(

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  6. Hear ! Hear !

    Hope you spotted more lady lumps than Big Jim's.

    Can we confirm if this year's 'Student Body' is in relatively good shape or is it fat and outta shape due to excessive entitlement abuse !

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  7. They are not in good shape, for sure.

    Small penises and lots of cellulites.

    http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/231327/slide_231327_1070890_free.jpg

    http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/231327/slide_231327_1070888_free.jpg

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  8. Yep... Still more ink and airtime than they deserve. Can you say "take a long hard suck-o-my arse" to them, or is that too crass and elitist?? (thanks to Blair M.)Oh well... They have to believe in something and it seems that the rest of us who have gone and bought into the "corrupt" way of life just don't get it... But Ted! If you post this, they'll read it because it's not "mainstream media" and they'll believe it because we all know that everything on the interweb is true!!! Quandary... Ohh Theodore L'oiseau! what have you done!?

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  9. When I studied at my university I couldn't even think to skip classes.

    3-5 of them missed without a reason and you are not a student anymore.

    In the present situation that seems to me also a solution. Just kick them out of universities for missing classes. When one is not a student, he(she) shouldn't be bothered about tuition fee increase. Common sense.

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