I've been to many protests in 44 years, but today's against cheney in Oregon City made me notice more than usual how bizarre & confused police can be. I suppose i was bored & had to keep my mind occupied on something. The most disgusting sight, of course, was the usual riot-cops-face-off-citizens bit at the end, when "the dick" was leaving, while vile republicans came & went at their pleasure. Robo-cops this time were provided by Milwaukie, on loan, i assume, to Oregon City. "Discrimination", i think the term would be, as republicans were treated as if they owned the cops which, i suppose, is the case. Does it have to be so blatant!
When i first arrived & approached what appeared to be the perimeter, marked with police tape, one cop said i can't be there. I pointed out that i was outside the police tape. Another cop said i was alright, but the first cop said no, that i had to be behind those a-frame barricades "over there", which were randomly placed. While the two cops were getting their heads straight, i went to a barricade & loudly read what the taped sign on it said: "No Trucks". I went back to the cops & shouted, "I am not a truck!" They insisted i had to leave anyway. So i went to the nearby highway to show my "Bush Is Nuts" sign & green "Justice" flag.
I could go on. It seemed to me today that only a special artist could've captured the arbitrariness & unfairness of the police presence, maybe Dali, or maybe Munch, or maybe Blake. Or maybe Tom Tomorrow.
One thing i am sure of: i am NOT a truck!
Den Mark, Vancouver USA Citizen