Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weird Wednesday #2: Chalk it up to Irony

I'm not one to talk overtly about politics or a movement online. I've found that it generally invites a great many uninformed twatbags to blast rhetoric at me. Today however, I want to spread a little bit of awareness to an injustice that happened in Orlando, Florida.

Timothy Osmar, a participant in his local occupy protests, was arrested for using sidewalk chalk. He scrawled the words “justice equals liberty” on the pavement in front of city hall. At the time of this writing, he still remains in police custody, where he has been for three weeks.

Read that last paragraph again. Read it until some sort of ”what the fuck?” reaction comes up. If it doesn't evoke that, tell us why in the comments section. I'd really like to hear you express your freedom of speech to justify why he doesn't deserve his.

I don't care where you stand on the Occupy movement, this is bullshit. Timothy Osmar was arrested for as true a statement that has ever been written in chalk. His point was proven by the officers who walked across that statement to detain him, and upheld by a city that will not let him go free. If officials wanted the his words gone gone, they should used a garden hose, not handcuffs.

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