What I'm lamenting is a long way from North Korea......
Paul (Moderators; 48876)
Posted on: 04-15-2008 17:05.
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I just get a little irritable at people acting douchey at monuments out here. I'm not proscribing joy or irreverence in public, it just seems like... I dunno, what the fuck happened to a little self-directed decorum?
I run by the monuments enough to see this almost never be the case. People pass ropes they shouldn't, touch things they probably ought not to, and go climb on whatever despite massive signs that say "please do not touch or climb on xxx."
There are, in fact, signs that ask for quiet so you don't interfere with others' enjoyment; but of course interfering with other people's enjoyment is a national pastime anymore. I don't see the big incursion on civil rights by asking people to keep it in a hushed tone in a 1,000 square foot area that's essentially a big marble echo chamber. The grounds are sufficiently big to douche it up on the stairs or down by the tidal basin.
The NPP can be pretty jerky, but I think a removal would've been sufficient, no charges necessary. But if you're acting like an asshole, and an officer asks you to leave, how about just leave and get his name, and get an apology later? You force the issue and get arrested, I don't have any real pity for you.
If there's anything you want
Come on back, 'cause it's all still here
I'll be in the backroom drinkin' my half of the beer
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