Friday, October 7, 2011

John Hammer on the implementation of a "Police State" in Downtown Greensboro

The term police state
describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls
over the social, economic and political life of the population.

A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control,
and there is usually little or no distinction between the law
and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility,
and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views,
which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement.


"...District 3 Councilmember Zack Matheny held a press conference on Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, at city hall to introduce his plans for making the downtown safe...

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity

Frank Leahy

[Rocco Scarfone's] ...changes are not going to be enough for Matheny,
...he said he wanted the city to show "zero tolerance for quality of life issues,"...

A great many people think they are thinking
when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

Edward R. Murrow

...Matheny said that he had been discussing different options
to increase citizen safety downtown for years with downtown club owners,
property owners, residents and patrons of downtown establishments.

Aparently not most club owners.

...When asked how he was going to pay for all this,
Matheny said the city always seemed to be able to come up with money...

Statements by high officials are practically always misleading,
when they are designed to bolster a falling market.

Gerald M Loeb

...Matheny...said the curfew might have to cover the entire city,
because if it just covers the downtown then the kids
would just become an issue somewhere else...

My opinions will never change
no matter what the facts are.

Steven Colbert

...There is no indication that anyone involved in the shootings was under 18,
yet one of the solutions Matheny proposed is to ban the under-18 crowd...

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

It doesn't appear that anyone involved in either shooting was parked in the parking garage,
yet according to Matheny the fees for parking need to be raised to $5.

It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair

There is no indication that the bouncers at the clubs acted improperly,
but there are a whole host of proposed regulations about bouncers and security."

John Hammer
People who have what they want
are fond of telling people who haven't what they want,
that they really don't want it.

Ogden Nash

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