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  •  Well, Good News for me, then... (2+ / 0-)
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    second gen, Deep Texan

    ...because I DO ignore her.  I don't have any particular feeling about today's little contretemps at Quantico, other than acknowledging the fact that my presumed laziness has left me somewhat uninformed as to why she was even there to be posting "OMG!! I'm Detained And They're Towing My CAR!!"...

    I GET the political statement/peaceful civil disobedience thing; grew up with it in the 1960's/been there and done that and there were no t-shirts for sale at the time.  I ignore her because what I've read suggests that this was a bit of a self-promoting stunt.  There isn't any single person at Marine Corps Base Quantico who has the authority to take any sort of action or even respond to the petition she was packing...

    ...and how meaningful is that petition, anyway?  From the Orygun Blue Book:

    The number of signatures to gain consideration on a ballot in the 27th most populated state:

    • Referendum petitions require four percent, or 58,142 signatures.
    • Initiative petitions for statutory enactments require six percent, or 87,213 signatures.
    • Initiative petitions for constitutional amendments require eight percent, or 116,284 signatures.

    In a country with 307 million people, how much should I care that a petition that didn't have enough signatures to get a simple referendum measure on an Orygun vote-by-mail ballot wasn't able to be delivered to people who do not have the authority to act on it in any case?  This is not to say that the treatment of Manning isn't a civil and human rights violation (Amnesty International is my muse here), but I tend to ignore self-promoting gestures...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:49:26 PM PST

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    •  You have totally missed the point. (4+ / 0-)
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      mint julep, boadicea, WisePiper, Preston S

      She was not seeking a ballot referendum, she was trying to deliver a petition to the base commandant in charge of the prison. Something, by the way, that another commenter has pointed out was also done by the bases previous commandant for the same reasons.

      It sometimes helps to know what you are talking about.

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