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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Thursday, November 03, 2011 :::

I've seen a Los Angeles Times headline characterizing the "Occupy Oakland" protest as a "mostly-peaceful protest." It seems to me that most of the entirely-peaceful protests we've seen in the last few years have been reported simply as "protests" or "rallies", without the adjective "peaceful", which, nonetheless, never struck me as missing. The adjective isn't really needed unless you need to draw an explicit contrast to the riots in Athens or Denver or Oakland — which may actually be the point of the headline, though the first violence that appears in the story that accompanies the headline was from tonight's activity. Maybe it's just me, but I think adding "mostly peaceful" just highlights the fact that there has been a not insignificant amount of violence in Oakland recently.

One might just as well describe the Madison, Wisconsin, franchise as "a nearly-public masturbation-free protest" or the Baltimore version as "a protest involving less rape than you'd think, all things considered."


::: posted by Steven at 12:21 AM

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