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Wealthy College Kids Versus Poor Street Kids

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When the city was trying to make sitting on the sidewalk a crime, I remember reading the "reasons" for wanting to do so.  One of those excuses was that people would come from out of town, like Walnut Creek, and they would "feel nervous" when they came around the street kids.  Okay, for one... maybe they should interact with people more.  Maybe they should get out of their gated communities and live a little.  Maybe they should adapt to life in the city, not the other way around.  Another problem I have with this (self-righteous) mentality is, it's a Lie.

That's the biggest joke of all. 

I felt more fear up in that neighborhood watching drunks drive around trying to start fights with whoever was dumb enough to take the bait.  I could hear the sounds of guys pestering half-naked girls for a night they'd regret the rest of their lives.  All to the horror of the women, mind you.  Not that they weren't trying to attract something, just not that.  This is not me blaming anyone for any behavior... unless it's the behavior of those enabling one side over another.  Unless it's one side -- our side -- getting the morality play, while the other side -- the money side -- gets pampered and cleaned up.  Then I am.

"These were not lower class thugs, as in Clockwork Orange, but the sons of the aristocracy.  There was no law for them.  Only the rich and powerful were allowed to carry swords or ride horses--which put the poor at a certain disadvantage when gangs of rich drunkards swooped down on them in some dim-lit street after midnight. . . ."

-Hunter S. Thompson ('The Hellfire Club' -- 'Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's')

On more than one occasion in this town I have seen too many police cars running into a situation where some college party got out of hand.  How many rapes go unreported or get outright squashed because of the lineage of the accused.  We've seen cases with football players.  We've seen cases with high-ranking public officials.  Yet, if a poor street kid farts cigarette smoke, they are vilified and accused of not only causing the financial Armageddon of all the businesses in this town but the continual cause of that doomsday excuse.

"By the second half of the century, there was a whole focus for the gentleman's clubs--the worship of sex and extravagant public decadence.  This was the time of the infamous Hellfire Club, which included among its inner circle the Prince of Wales, the Lord Mayor of London, Benjamin Franklin, the crazed Earl of Sandwich, the monstrous Earl of Bute, then prime minister of England.

"These people didn't fool around.  They raised the orgy to an art form unknown since Caligula or even the fiendish Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan, who begat a long line of rapists and treacherous sex maniacs who were said to lament the fact that the human body had so few orifices to penetrate that they were forced to create new ones with their own daggers in order that the whole clan could swarm on a victim at once."

-Hunter S. Thompson ('The Hellfire Club' -- 'Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's')

Are these street kids perfect little saints?  No.  That is not my message to the reader.  My message to the reader is there are two rules of thought and application going on here.  Just like those who control it all, they tell us all how to live and think.  They push us around like chess pieces.  They divide us into groups and then pit us against each other.  They tell us all they have our best interests in mind, as they wrench your arm a little more behind your neck, as you cry for mercy, yet are given none... the beat goes on.... 

Think Pai Mei and Beatrix Kiddo only Pai Mei doesn't relent, he instead pushes through. 

"Dilettantes like Hart, Bakker and Swaggart would have been turned away at the door of the Hellfire Club, rejected as humorless churls and cheap masturbators. . . ."

-Hunter S. Thompson ('The Hellfire Club' -- 'Generation of Swine: Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80's')

-James Richard Armstrong II

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Rank Has Its Privilege.Always has.  Always wi... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 6:11:27 PM
I will ALWAYS resist corruption and Lies over dece... by James Armstrong II on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 7:13:18 PM
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