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  •  Actually, they do it all the time. (35+ / 0-)

    Protesters are always violating the laws regarding protesting at women's health clinics. Read up on FACE laws and eight-foot bubble laws. They're always violating those laws.

    And read about the "Summer of Mercy," where they set up camp at a particular clinic to try to drive it out of existence. Or their annual Days of Mercy before Easter.

    Are they camping? No. Are they violating other laws? Yes. Guess how many of them have ever been pepper sprayed.

    •  We're going to have to start changing that. (6+ / 0-)

      They should be  arrested and made to pay for the cost of dealing with their efforts. These cities can't afford to provide these people with special status. The fiscal angle may be the most effective way to stop these zealots.

      •  yes, we should bring pepper. (1+ / 0-)
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        Shaking a pepper shaker in their general direction, as in plain ordinary household pepper, might be good for all kinds of comedy without anything remotely approaching violence.

        Now if you do theatrical sneezes while doing so, you can induce them to start sneezing too, in much the same way as yawning is contagious.

        You can call this "psychological sneeze warfare," and use it to break up their attempted obstructionism with humor.  

        "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 07:18:35 PM PST

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        •  Skip the street theatre (0+ / 0-)

          and bring hornet spray if you're thinking in self-defense terms.  It disables as effectively as pepper spray, at a much further distance.

          •  oh, this isn't about self-defense... (1+ / 0-)
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            .... it's about humorously annoying the anti-abortion protesters in a manner that has plausible deniability in case any of them attack and claim to be "fighting back against an insult."  Pepper and sneezing are hardly an insult, and if they start sneezing too, responding with appreciative laughter can help break the tensions.

            On the other hand, if one expects to be at risk of being violently attacked despite one's best efforts to encourage peace on Earth and good will to men (and women), it might be worth wearing one's pistol in an appropriate holster.  The value of which is primarily in deterring aggression, but can be used as designed in an emergency when one's life is at risk and there isn't time to call the police.  

            On the third hand, video cameras are also excellent deterrents particularly when attached to cellphones and the video signal streamed to an off-site location for preservation as evidence.  Posting a sign saying "For your protection and ours, security cameras are in use in this establishment," can help make the meaning clear without being confrontational.

            "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 05:40:35 AM PST

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            •  Considering the history... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...of phony anthrax attacks against clinics, I'd tend to avoid the airborne dispersal of particulate matter.  Besides, annoying the protesters doesn't really accomplish anything -- it doesn't make them go away, if that's what you were hoping.

              •  OOPS! Yep, you're right; cancel that bad idea. (0+ / 0-)

                You're right, it's a bad idea, for exactly that reason.  Aerial dispersal of anything could look like some kind of "white powder attack" and trigger a whole bunch of unintended consequences.

                Holy cow!, and I'm supposed to know about that stuff.  What the hell was I thinking of?, or rather, not-thinking?

                OK folks, anyone here who thought the pepper idea was funny, laugh if you like but DON'T do it.

                Sheesh, ten "stupid points" for me for that one.  Blush.  

                "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

                by G2geek on Fri Jan 06, 2012 at 02:21:24 PM PST

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