Posts Tagged ‘riots’

Nutella Riots Rock France

January 26, 2018

Nutella Riots Rock France

While French President Emmanuel Macron talked trade in Davos, back home the République was rocked by retail riots. The Intermarché supermarket chain slashed the price of Nutella by 70%, causing chaos across the country. Customers fought, employees were punched, les flics were called.

The French really love that chocolate hazelnut spread on their baguettes in the morning. They consume 26 percent of world Nutella production.

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Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

April 5, 2016

Republicans: Welcome to Cleveland!

The city of Cleveland is looking forward to hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in July. The Cleveland Division of Police is buying snappy new uniforms, riot-control suits that look like samurai armor. Officers will wave hello to visitors with new 26-inch expandable steel batons with weighted tips, and 300 bicycle-riding armored cops will entertain the sidewalk throngs. Cleveland police will also decorate the streetscape with miles of interlocking steel crowd-control barriers.

Congress gave Cleveland $30 million for event security, so the Ohio town is really gearing up to greet the 50,000 visiting GOP conventioneers, including Donald Trump’s legion of goons, bikers, and KKK followers. Suburban law enforcement will lend officers to bring the Cleveland force up to 5,000, but maybe Governor Kasich can have his confetti bomber on call for emergency crowd immobilization, just in case.

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GOP Convention: Look Out, Cleveland….

March 16, 2016

GOP Convention: Look Out, Cleveland ....

Reality TV star and billionaire thug Donald M. Trump, fresh from the triumph of winning the Florida GOP primary, shared his vision of this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. If he’s a few hundred delegates shy of 1,237 and isn’t the nominee: “I think you’d have riots,” he told Chris Cuomo,  “I think you’d have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen.”

But since GOP delegates are selected by GOP state committees and not the candidates, they represent the Republican Party first, so the convention is not necessarily a Trump Coronation. Look out, Cleveland.

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Baltimore: Hard Times in the City

April 29, 2015

“Baltimore,” written in 1977 by LA’s Randy Newman, performed here by Jamaica’s Tamlins (Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and Derrick Lara) in this 1979 recording produced by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

“Good people hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’cause the city is dying
And they don’t know why.”

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An American Christmas Tradition

December 24, 2011

An American Christmas Tradition

The American Advent Season commenced on November 25th as faithful millions observed the solemn rites of Black Friday. Yesterday marked another ceremonial milestone, the annual Adoration of the Air Jordans. In the pre-dawn hours, reverent crowds assembled before great cathedral shopping mall doors for the ceremonial yelling, pushing, shoving and punching as clouds of spicy incense wafted through the air.

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Attention Sports Fans!

August 10, 2011

Attention Sports Fans!

The United Kingdom is sparing no expense in preparing for next summer’s Olympic Games. The host city of London is testing new demonstration sports — rioting, arson, and looting — and enthusiasm for these Xtreme sports is sweeping the country.

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Bastille Day 2009:Review

July 16, 2009

Bastille Day 2009 Review

The 14th of July, le quatorze juillet, was celebrated as the French Fête Nationale with official observances on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The holiday commemorates the storming of a French prison in 1789 and the establishment of the First Republic.

Elsewhere in France the holiday was marked by the torching of 300 automobiles by young people who feel they have been denied the liberté, égalité, fraternité established by the French Revolution.

Why cars?  Pourquoi pas?

 

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