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  •  The lesson might be , (6+ / 0-)

    don't show up / congregate before wbc does .
     

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    by indycam on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:56:09 AM PDT

    •  To be accurate (7+ / 0-)

      WBC issues statements that they're going to show up at hundreds of events every year.

      In reality, most of the time they are no-shows and when they do show up it's 2-5 people.

      But everytime they tweet, they get a huge response, which is what they want

      •  How are my and your comment related ? (0+ / 0-)

        I don't get the connection .

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        by indycam on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:38:34 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe they'll go to Hell for lying... (1+ / 0-)
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        OR for the fuckin' bigotry, pain and suffering, and inhumanity!

        Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

        by Says Who on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:42:25 AM PDT

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      •  Not really (3+ / 0-)
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        What they really want is a confrontation where they can win a lawsuit. Read up. WBC leaders are all lawyers, members of the same family. They're shakedown artists. Nothing more. They have no ideology. They don't believe a word they say. Their sole agenda is money.

        Forget the god-hates-fags stuff for a second and look at the cost-benefit analysis on this from their point of view:

        The funeral was only announced late last week. So the money-grubbers from Topeka would have had to pay a pretty penny for plane tickets to Boston on that short of notice.

        Assuming, say, four of them were going to fly from Kansas City to Logan on Southwest, with four-day-in-advance purchase, you're looking at about $1,100 round-trip per person. Plus transportation and parking from Topeka to MCI Airport, plus cab fare from Logan to a hotel in Boston, plus two days in a hotel (gotta be there on Tuesday to file the suit). Plus meals. Plus god-hates-fags signs. Plus any other expenses like medical bills (from getting the crap beat out of them by a bunch of Teamsters) or bail (from being jailed).

        You're looking at laying out $7,000, minimum, with the hope that they can provoke some reprisal that might gain them a settlement a year or two from now.

        That's a losing proposition.

        Their game is up. People are on to them.

        If a cop beats you up, or falsely arrests you, he's an agent of government. And governments settle lawsuits like those because it's cheaper than fighting, even if the government is in the right and could win.

        But when organizations like the Teamsters step up? Well, even if something had gone wrong -- and it probably wouldn't have, because they're smarter than that -- the Teamsters would never have settled.

        After the Teamsters made their announcement, WBC wasn't coming. Perhaps they never were.

    •  Why not? (9+ / 0-)

      As Trobone says, the WBC says they are going to show up at dozens if not hundreds of events, but in reality they actually show up and picket less than once per month.

      The more people like this stand up and show the WBC that their hate will not be tolerated, the better.

      And actually, I disagree with Trobone - yes, bad publicity is publicity, but people are beginning to catch on that they don't show up very much.  And people know not to physically confront them or damage their property when they do - their usual MO is to sue if somebody touches them or rips up a sign or otherwise damages their property, and they've lived off that for years. But they haven't been successful at this for a while now.

      With their highly publicized defections of certain family members, their numbers dwindling, funds running out so they can't travel to picket as much - they are fast becoming irrelevant.

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by absdoggy on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 11:20:55 AM PDT

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