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PLANET EARTH - 7/9/15
Civil disobedience brings out the love in some people. Especially the conservative types.
I scanned the comments at wcax.com pertaining to the news story about activists chaining themselves to fuel delivery trucks, protesting the use of fossil fuels in general and fracking in particular. [ http://www.wcax.com/story/29492011/multiple-arrests-in-protests-targeting-fossil-fuel-industry ]
The hateful comments against the protesters are probably hyperbole but you wonder how far someone might go if he "could get away with it."
Of course the WCAX-TV site was probably one of many that had similar comments posted. But after reading the over-the-top comments at wcax.com I felt I needn't go further to find such vehemence elsewhere.
-- Francis B. Callahan: "I wouldn't stop for a bunch of idiots in the middle of the road"
-- Steve Farrow: "Run them over, drag them! you want to play stupid then stupid things should happen!"
-- NEK Snowmobile trail updates: "Cut these bastartds (sic) arms off,... then next time their legs... waste of human skin these morons."
Can you feel the love?
To be fair wcax.com allowed a variety of comments, especially from those defending the protesters. One pro-protester took one right-winger to task for his extreme comment, saying that if the right-winger wasn't being humorous then he should be reported to the police.
But don't take my word for it. Below are more screencap excerpts of the angry anti-protester comments. Note that there weren't any implied threats of violence from the liberals or moderates.