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Critical Mass Arrests
by Devon Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 12:53 AM

Arrestee report

Good evening.
I was one of the people arrested on Friday.
There were four people arrested at two separate locations. One policeman, Raymond Kain, of district 6 was the instigator for all of the arrests.
Charges filed against the arrestees included:

Failure to Disperse
Disorderly Conduct
Obstructing Public Passage
Vehicle Code - Failure to Obey Rules of the Road.
Vehicle Code- Travelling more than two abreast
Vehicle Code - Right Side of the Road
Vehicle Code - Failure to stop at a stop light.

There may be one or two more, but that is all i know of. Looking at the law books, I think that the only offenses that they can charge us with without saying that a bicycle is not a vehicle (which is is according to PennDOT) are riding more than two abreast, and possibly running a red light, though it is not clear whether the person charged with this actually did it.

A couple of personal notes:
Giggle. My car insurance may actually go up because some of the charges are moving violations!
Thankyou to all of the people who came down to the jail, and who called to see if i was o.k. It really helps.

Did you know that Pennsylvania, and especially allegheny county have some of the highest drunk driving rates in the country? This is a powerful arguement for the city to end its policy of undermining human powered and public transport. Buses and bikes are what we likes!

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Addenedum
by Devon Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 11:12 AM

This is a good article on bicycle rights.

http://sggoodri.home.mindspring.com/sidewalks/humanpower.htm

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PenDOTs bike laws
by Johnny Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003 at 11:53 AM

Here's the PA laws from PenDOTs web site:

http://www.dot.state.pa.us/BIKE/WEB/bikelaws.htm

And It looks like any bicycle traffic offense is a $10 fine.

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Know Your Laws
by Jym Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 10:30 AM

=v= Let's run these down one by one:

  1. Failure to Disperse -- Standard technique by cops is to give an (often inaudible) order to disperse shortly after blocking your way, making it impossible to comply with that order.
  2. Disorderly Conduct -- All-purpose charge, used when the police don't actually have something to charge you with, or when they just want to pile it on (as in this case).
  3. Obstructing Public Passage -- Not sure what this means, but an understanding must be put across that Critical Mass is traffic.
  4. Vehicle Code - Failure to Obey Rules of the Road -- Kinda vague, huh? Is this some sort of add-on charge, like "disorderly conduct" while on the road?
  5. Vehicle Code - Travelling more than two abreast -- This one could use some scrutiny. Is it illegal to be more than two abreast when passing another?
  6. Vehicle Code - Right Side of the Road -- Inapplicable when going the same speed as prevailing traffic, and again, Critical Mass is traffic.

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jym
by - Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 11:03 AM

let's poke holes in your logic one by one:

Failure to Disperse -- Standard technique by cops is to give an (often inaudible) order to disperse shortly after blocking your way, making it impossible to comply with that order.

I was there. It was audible, and they weren't blocking the way.

Disorderly Conduct -- All-purpose charge, used when the police don't actually have something to charge you with, or when they just want to pile it on (as in this case).

It not actually an "all-purpose" charge. It's used when people are acting disorderly, like say if they're conspiring to block traffic.

Obstructing Public Passage -- Not sure what this means, but an understanding must be put across that Critical Mass is traffic.

Critical Mass is traffic moving more slowly than other traffic, therefore they were blocking public passage for other (just as, if not more, legitimate) traffic.

Vehicle Code - Failure to Obey Rules of the Road -- Kinda vague, huh? Is this some sort of add-on charge, like "disorderly conduct" while on the road?

Not really vague at all. It applies to them running the red lights, spreading across 2 lanes, and not making turning signals with their hands. Pretty clearcut unless you're a fucking moron.

Vehicle Code - Travelling more than two abreast -- This one could use some scrutiny. Is it illegal to be more than two abreast when passing another?

Are you going to argue everyone was just trying to pass the one row of cyclists actually obeying the traffic laws? See previous comment, re: fucking moron

Vehicle Code - Right Side of the Road -- Inapplicable when going the same speed as prevailing traffic, and again, Critical Mass is traffic.

They were going the same speed as the other cyclists but were going much slower than the cars who are also "traffic." This is basic "rules of the road" stuff, you stick to the right so faster traffic can pass you. CM didn't so they broke the law, even after getting the lecture from that cop in oakland. If I drove down Forbes at 2mph I'd get the same ticket.

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Biker's Rights!
by Jackel Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 1:20 PM

Well, I'm back after a brief hiatus of pure capitalistic pleasure. Closed a $50MM deal that created about 1,000 new jobs in NJ and made me a lot of money in the process. (I guess that's a "bad" thing with this crowd because someone made money).

I see that the critical mass crowd is back violating the law and then whining about how it should not apply to them. Good to see that things haven't changed. Funny to then see them screaming about Oliver North being a convicted felon who got off because of a "technicality." I guess you guys who were arrested won't be looking for "technicalities" to get off? Are not all of your stupid arguments above technicalities? At least be consistent with your stupid excuses/whining.

I guess only the middle-class, white, conservative capitalists get a break in the judicial system! And, thank God, because I'm one of them!

What the hell are you trying to prove riding your bicycles down the middle of the street anyway? I think we should ban bikes downtown. I have a close call with those package-delivery guys about every day because they don't abide by the traffic or bike laws. Shut them down I say!

We should organize our own day where we drive SUVs in all lanes and run over the bicycles. Now THAT is a cause I would participate in! (However, I don't have an SUV.... I have a big, gas guzzling, S class, Mercedes that I bought with the profits I made from projects that created jobs for the losers whining on this website!) But, I guess they will never understand that.

Good to be back!

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Darwinism
by Wheelman Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2003 at 7:10 PM

Didn't your mama's teach you not to ride in traffic or you might get hurt. It seems to me that the police did you a favor and probably saved a couple of you from getting hurt. SHARE THE ROAD IF YOU WANT DRIVERS TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. You fools make it worse for those of us who want to be able to ride without geting hassled.

Bikes are vehicles and are subject to the vehilce safety laws. Lane splitting is a no no unless you are on a motorcycle an dthen is only permitted where road conditions permit.

ANOTHER THING: If you fools intend to go out an break the law why do you insist on premediatating in on a public website. Do you think the police don't have computers. Quit whining. You played, now you gotta pay. You got caught and that is what is really pissing you off. But now when I ride in traffic I got cops adn drivers thinking that I am trying to make some sort of political statement when all I want to do is get to class or to my apartment.

Your BS "protests" are nothing more than childish mischief and delivers no message at all other thna that you are disorganized, ill-informed malcontents wanting to do nothing more than thumb your nose at peopel who have somethign you don't (like a car). Me I just want to ride adn don't give a rat's ass about your BS politi9cs, but you gotta go an f that up for me and the thousands of other LAW ABIDING riders ot there.

You idiots are the best evidence I have seen for a nationalized sterilization program.

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What now?
by A Thursday, May. 01, 2003 at 6:45 PM

Bike people--
What is happening with your charges? Do you have a lawyer that will be representing all of you? Are you organizing at all? Keep us updated as to what you need! Also try ignore the self-righteous asswipes who think that freedom of speech means freedom to be dickheads.
Thanks,
A

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Carbon Monoxide Induced Brain Damage
by D Thursday, May. 01, 2003 at 7:15 PM

We had our preliminary trial, but our lawyer was delayed. We postponed until July 8, so we will have plenty of time to get organized. Thomas Merton Center graciously found a lawyer to represent us, but any legal advice would be welcome, as our lawyer does not have direct experience with critical mass issues. If anyone knows any information or tactics from related cases, we would be very interested in hearing about them.
We may do a benefit to raise money, more to come.
Thanks for your concern.

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Diskheads
by A.P.Ennis Thursday, May. 01, 2003 at 7:16 PM

"Ignore the people who think the freedom of speech means freedom to be a dickhead"? DO you mean like all of the assholes who think that blocking traffic for their own self righteous purpposes while disregarding entirely the community impact of those actions, all the while calling it "free speech"? Like thos dickheads? I think that is what you meant right, because those are the only self righteous dickheads I have seen or heard. ANd then there are the other asswipes like yourself that think that everytime the get the urge to cry about some societal hangnail htat they can start a procession of dickheads to screw up the works for the whoel community.

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blah blah dickheads blahblah
by asswipe Sunday, May. 04, 2003 at 4:55 PM

...blah blah dickheadsblahblah asshole blah blah dickheads blah blah blah asswipes blah blah dickheads blah....

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Legal Advice for Co2 Retard...
by a lawyer...... Sunday, May. 04, 2003 at 4:57 PM

Here's some free legal advice for the cyclists involved in the Critical Mass ride: PLEAD GULITY and throw yourself at the mercy of the court. You fuckers deserve what you get.

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Legal Advice for Co2 Retard...
by a lawyer...... Sunday, May. 04, 2003 at 4:57 PM

Here's some free legal advice for the cyclists involved in the Critical Mass ride: PLEAD GULITY and throw yourself at the mercy of the court. You fuckers deserve what you get.

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feeling guilty?
by suzy ippolito Monday, May. 05, 2003 at 11:23 AM
kyryn@excite.com

you know, often when people feel guilt, they lash out in anger. bike vs. cars, blah blah blah...2-ton death machine SUV's, even a freakin YUGO, can kill us, mow us down. at least we don't have to get our cell phones surgically removed from our ear canals. i drive AND bike, chosing the later for many reasons. i choose to see both sides of the coin. we try to make a statement, in similar fashion of many other protestors, and get all this flack. we are just sick and tired of pollution, getting injured, and being harrassed.
i think that all the angry little soccer moms, all the high-blood pressurized business folk, all the tight ass gotta get there 1 minute sooner, eating, talking, not paying attention to even PEDESTRIANS, should think about where their anger comes from. why don't y'all take a good look in your rear-view mirror and figure it out.
i judge not bikers, or motorists. in fact, i don't wanna judge anybody. i comment on stupid morons, who exist on bikes and cars. many of us, both sides here, are responsible and courteous. thnk about it. what's the real issues here?

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Hey Suzy.
by ......... Monday, May. 05, 2003 at 12:12 PM

Problem with you folks is every damn thing has to to be a crisis of humanity. Just shut the fuck up and ride your bike--and try to stay out of the way.

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The only good car...
by Biped Monday, May. 05, 2003 at 1:05 PM

The only good car......
burnt_20out_20car.jpg, image/jpeg, 578x364

I hate to break the news, but automobiles have no rights, and those inside have no more rights (probably less) than anyone else.

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bikes
by me Thursday, May. 08, 2003 at 6:10 PM

Cars are more protected and have more rights than people! Think about it:
Which one NEEDS to have insurance?
A CAR. Screw the person driving it. They might not have health insurance, but that's ok with the government as long as the fucking car has insurance!
Which one has to be inspected every year to see that its doing okay or running well?
A CAR. Screw the person driving it. They don't need a physical every year to see if they are healthy.
Ok, I am NOT saying that this should happen (because that would be a violation of our rights to HAVE to go to the doctor every year, but if every person had health insurance like in Canada, who wouldn't go?)
I also realize that the requirement to have auto insurance and inspections are for companies to make money.
But think about it. It seems like they care more about cars than humans!
I say bikes are the way to go if you are not going far. I see so many people drive to the store, when its 5 blocks from their house!
Americans: land of the fat and lazy who eat McDonalds and sit and watch TV all day! (of course not everyone is like that, just the majority!)
Think of the benefits of bikes: Exercise (which means less cancer and illness in old age), non-polluting (which means less respiratory diseases, asthma, and allergies), no gas prices, no auto insurance, no inspections, no yearly car registrations, no high percentage of death (car accidents are the first or second leading cause of death), no parking prices, ok ok you get the picture?

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idiot
by jason Thursday, May. 08, 2003 at 6:43 PM

Which one NEEDS to have insurance?

Um, the person needs to have insurance. The insurance isn't tied to the car. If I get in an accident while driving my mom's car my insurance will have to pay. The DRIVER is the one required to have insurance.

Which one has to be inspected every year to see that its doing okay or running well?

The car does. Of course if I go blind or something similar I have to give up my license. My aunt began having seizures as a result of some medication she was on, and the state took away her license.

also realize that the requirement to have auto insurance and inspections are for companies to make money.

Really? I thought it was protect society in general. If I don't have insurance and I slam into your house at 80MPH what would your options be? Deal with it until you can get me to fix it? No, you'd have to fix it yourself and then sue me. Insurance isn't just there to protect other drivers, it protects everyone. The inspections are also there to protect society. If my brakes don't work I shouldn't be driving that car. Maybe you think we should get rid of emission inspections? Obviously that would really hurt those nasty "companies" while having very little detrimental effect on the city.

Americans: land of the fat and lazy who eat McDonalds and sit and watch TV all day! (of course not everyone is like that, just the majority!)

Really? So explain to me how Americans on average work more hours per week than Europeans.

Think of the benefits of bikes:

Think of the cons: no travelling further than a couple miles from your home. 10 minute commute to work becomes 30+ minutes. no travelling between oct. and april unless you live in the south. no one can work more than 5 or so miles from home. listening to music while travelling becomes complicated and frustrating. exercise, which means weaker joints and worn ligaments in old age. no more last minute weekend getaways or visiting your family, because greyhound could be filled and/or not have a stop near them. no more going out to meet members of the opposite sex because you'll constantly be sweaty. transporting anything larger than 1x1x1ft. becomes basically impossible. taking your kids anywhere becomes impossible. etc...

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Hmm
by mulch Friday, May. 09, 2003 at 4:42 AM

The insurance in on the CAR not the driver. If you get pulled over in mommy's car and the police ask for you info, you would hand him/her your drivers license, and the registration and insurance card from that car.

Sounds like you are one more lazy American afraid of sweating a little. Can't go more than a few miles from home on a bike? Come on fella, you might have to work to get there but I think you can manage more than 5 miles on a bike. If you have a 10 minute drive in the city it may take 15 min by bike. Maybe even faster if it is rush hour. As for music, buy an ipod with all the money you have left over now that you have no more car payment.
Weaker joints during old age? So if you sit around and never use those joints they should last forever, right?

Your arguments are weak, and your mind is closed, and no doubt you are living the sedate lifestyle. Have fun gerbil.

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re: jason's alleged cons
by david Friday, May. 09, 2003 at 12:00 PM

<p>Jason, let’s take your cons to baking one by one:</p>

<p><abbr><i>no travelling further than a couple miles from your home.</i></abbr></p>

<p>(1) a “couple” miles is hyperbolic (if couple = 2).<br />
(2) moreover, that is an argument for better public transportation, not for cars.</p>

<p><i>10 minute commute to work becomes 30+ minutes.</i></p>

<p>As mulch points out, commuting on bicycle is actually faster than cars in many urban areas.</p>

<p><i>no travelling between oct. and april unless you live in the south.</i></p>

<p>many people, including myself, ride in all sorts of weather. (personally, i much prefer cycling in middle of winter to cycling in the middle of summer.) that you can’t ride in bad weather is myth propagated, no doubt, by the automotive industry. fenders, bright yellow water-resistant raingear, and water-resistant lube are easily found in a local bike shop (or online).</p>

<p><i>no one can work more than 5 or so miles from hom</i>e.</p>

<p>again, that is an argument for public transportation, not for cars.</p>

<p><i>listening to music while travelling becomes complicated and frustrating.</i></p>

<p>if the point of riding a car is to listen to music then we may as well blow up the atmosphere right now. why waste any time?</p>

<p><i>exercise, which means weaker joints and worn ligaments in old age.</i></p>

<p>that equation is simply false. so your arguing that people will be healthier if they <span class="caps">DON</span>‘T exercise?</p>

<p><i>no more last minute weekend getaways or visiting your family, because greyhound could be filled and/or not have a stop near them.</i></p>

<p>and once more: that is an argument for public transportation. if we had the public transportation of, say, holland, we’d be able to have as many last-minute getaways as we please.</p>

<p><i>no more going out to meet members of the opposite sex because you’ll constantly be sweaty.<</i>/p>

<p>you make two false assumptions: 1) all your readers are heterosexual 2) their potential dates care about the sweaty thing.</p>

<p>go watch some gay porn and you’ll see what i mean.</p>

<p><i>transporting anything larger than 1×1x1ft. becomes basically impossible.</i></p>

<p>false. go take a look at etta’s vehicle (for example). granted, you can’t move a sofa on a bike: but moving a sofa still doesn’t entail a full-time ownership of a car.</p>

<p><i>taking your kids anywhere becomes impossible. etc…</i>;</p>

<p>many parents easily transport their kids (sometimes two) on bikes. if you happen to have seven kids (like santorum) then chances are some of them are old enough to ride themselves. once more i say, better public transportation could vitiate most needs for a car. that this city is thinking about scaling back on its abysmal public transportation is criminal.</p>

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re: jason's alleged cons
by david Friday, May. 09, 2003 at 12:01 PM

Jason, let’s take your cons to baking one by one:

no travelling further than a couple miles from your home.

(1) a “couple” miles is hyperbolic (if couple = 2).
(2) moreover, that is an argument for better public transportation, not for cars.

10 minute commute to work becomes 30+ minutes.

As mulch points out, commuting on bicycle is actually faster than cars in many urban areas.

no travelling between oct. and april unless you live in the south.

many people, including myself, ride in all sorts of weather. (personally, i much prefer cycling in middle of winter to cycling in the middle of summer.) that you can’t ride in bad weather is myth propagated, no doubt, by the automotive industry. fenders, bright yellow water-resistant raingear, and water-resistant lube are easily found in a local bike shop (or online).

no one can work more than 5 or so miles from home.

again, that is an argument for public transportation, not for cars.

listening to music while travelling becomes complicated and frustrating.

if the point of riding a car is to listen to music then we may as well blow up the atmosphere right now. why waste any time?

exercise, which means weaker joints and worn ligaments in old age.

that equation is simply false. so your arguing that people will be healthier if they DON‘T exercise?

no more last minute weekend getaways or visiting your family, because greyhound could be filled and/or not have a stop near them.

and once more: that is an argument for public transportation. if we had the public transportation of, say, holland, we’d be able to have as many last-minute getaways as we please.

no more going out to meet members of the opposite sex because you’ll constantly be sweaty.</p>

you make two false assumptions: 1) all your readers are heterosexual 2) their potential dates care about the sweaty thing.

go watch some gay porn and you’ll see what i mean.

transporting anything larger than 1×1x1ft. becomes basically impossible.

false. go take a look at etta’s vehicle (for example). granted, you can’t move a sofa on a bike: but moving a sofa still doesn’t entail a full-time ownership of a car.

taking your kids anywhere becomes impossible. etc…;

many parents easily transport their kids (sometimes two) on bikes. if you happen to have seven kids (like santorum) then chances are some of them are old enough to ride themselves. once more i say, better public transportation could vitiate most needs for a car. that this city is thinking about scaling back on its abysmal public transportation is criminal.

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Faster? Only if your breaking the law!
by KingMouse Monday, May. 12, 2003 at 9:27 AM

The only way using a bike in urban areas could be faster is if you are breaking laws. Bikes are not permitted to continue between stopped vehicles. A bicycle is concidered a vehicle therefore it must follow all the same rules as a vehicle. In Pittsburgh there is an ordinance ( 419.11 PROHIBITING SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES, SKOOTERS AND BICYCLES ON SIDEWALKS IN BUSINESS DISTRICTS.) that prohibits bikes on the side walk in a business district. So what does this all mean? It means that it would take longer to get places on a bicycle if you are following the rules. If you are not following the rule then you get a ticket and/or arrested.
FYI the city code of ordinances can be found on the city web site http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us

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Yes faster
by mulch Friday, May. 16, 2003 at 2:35 PM

So are you trying to tell me if keep to the right and move up a line of cars stopped at a red light, I'm going to get a ticket? Yeah right. I am faster on my bike in rush hour and I will continue to ride in a manner I find safe for myself . If this includes moving past stopped cars, hitting the sidewalk for short distances, and running red lights, so be it. You get out
there and play in traffic with the idiot drivers in Pittsburgh and then tell me how to ride. By the way I have never received a ticket nor gotten aressted for my cycling behavior. I think the police in this town have better things to do than pull over bikers.
The ltter of the law is ignored by bkers all the time and 98% of police turn a blind eye.

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"Arrestees wheel away without a scratch"
by Jym Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 12:20 AM

=v= The latest Pittsburgh City Paper reports that every charge was dropped except "'Riding more than two abreast,' a charge written so long ago that t referred to 'pedalcycles.'" Details here:

http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/scripts/printIt.cfm?ref=385

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Moving Mulch :^)
by Jym Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 10:57 AM

Yo, Mulch!

=v= Sorry I didn't see this sooner, but I thought you'd like to know that it is possible to move a couch with a bike. All you need is a good trailer. The Critical Mass rides in Berkeley and Boston regularly feature couches. The "Bikes At Work" trailer is a popular model, but there are others.

Folks have also done all their moving by bike. You just invite a bunch of people over with trailers and make an event of it. There was even a piano move in Chicago!

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regardless of intent...
by George K. Thursday, Aug. 07, 2003 at 12:54 PM
dodgerambler@yahoo.com

Regardless of the intent of the bike-ride, the only effect it had was to anger people, and it was rendered ineffectual. The point was not made to the majority. The only public perception was that of a group of dopey people that ignored other peoples needs and deserved to be treated badly by the police and arrested.

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regardless of intent...
by George K. Thursday, Aug. 07, 2003 at 12:54 PM
dodgerambler@yahoo.com

Regardless of the intent of the bike-ride, the only effect it had was to anger people, and it was rendered ineffectual. The point was not made to the majority. The only public perception was that of a group of dopey people that ignored other peoples needs and deserved to be treated badly by the police and arrested.

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Thanks for the insight...
by Anon Thursday, Aug. 07, 2003 at 1:05 PM

Thanks for the insight George K! It makes me happy that you are willing to share your extra sensory perception powers of knowing what everyone thinks about critical mass. You make my life more complete, more full of understanding with your infinite wisdom of what everyone thinks. Can I request your assistance in my future decision making processes? Being that you know exactly what people are thinking at any given time maybe I could run things past you before I make any foolish decisions.

...Educate yourself a bit rambler. Your statements are continually full of unsupported generalizations and name calling. It's a typical response from someone who knows nothing of what they speak of.

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Geo. K. is Korrect
by 2 beers Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 11:29 AM

CM delivered no message to the public other than that CM is a bunch of selfish ninnies on bikes with absolutely no regard for the rights of others. CM is just plain rude (and stupid, but that is my own editorializing, but it is kind of stupid to disregard the traffic and safety laws and not expect to get arrested or hurt). However, I personally believe that CM accomplished exactly what it wanted ... to poke their collective finger in the eye of all of those who do not bow before the alter of leftist intellectual supremacy.

FREE EWAN KENKESMEARSE !!!! FREE THE IMC OPPRESSED !!!

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