Sunday, July 18, 2010

If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas

It does seem excessive to arrest someone for blowing soap bubbles—that is, unless the simple act is seen in the context of a confrontation between protesters and much harried police officers. But we live in an age of absolutes and our police, and military, are expected to carry out their dangerous responsibilities without offending, never mind hurting, the less offensive of their adversaries.

During the G8 Summit at Toronto, Courtney Winkels was, apparently, told she would be arrested if she didn’t stop blowing soap bubbles at a police officer near the restricted area—and later she was, in fact, arrested, but on another charge.

Excuse me if I feel no sympathy for this young woman. She allegedly had a lawyer’s phone number written on her arm and was intentionally trying to antagonize the police officer. So much for lawful, peaceful protest.

With hoodlums running about smashing windows and torching police cars, with noisy throngs of thousands of so-called peaceful protesters taunting police officers, the otherwise innocuous act of blowing soap bubbles takes on an entirely different significance, especially when directed at a law enforcement officer.

Under such trying circumstances, such an act signifies disdain for the law and those who enforce it. It signifies the sort of contempt in which many on the far left hold our laws and institutions, such as the ones who wrote:

“On June 26 and 27, the political representatives of the world’s greatest thieves and murderers gathered in Toronto. They held their ‘G2o Summit’ in a billion dollar armed camp financed with public money stolen from vital social programs.”

There are people like those who support the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) who believe nonsense like the following from the OCAP’s website:

“These [G20] ‘leaders’ have shredded the public sector and social spending, criminalized the poor, immigrants and racialized communities, continued to plunder Indigenous lands and trash the environment, deported our families and friends, gutted the unions, and closed hospitals and schools while they grant tax cuts to the rich and corporations and boost police and military budgets.”

These people are dangerous. They were the instigators of the Queen’s Park riot in the summer of 2000. They are not against poverty, but against any form of democracy that involves representative government—let alone the Westminster Model of parliament. They will only be satisfied with a state run by them for them. And the “them” are the far-left Trotskyites and Anarchists. The OCAP were for many years heavily funded by major labour unions, but even they have back off and have been distancing themselves from these radicals.

OCAP promotes direct action—or, as they call the tactic, “direct action casework”—which almost always involves violence and damage to public and private property and confrontation with law enforcement authorities. Labour unions love to demonstrate. They’ll demonstrate about demonstrating, and they too will defy the law to get their message out. To these you can add the dozen of other protesting groups, some violence-prone, some harmless.

Between these radicals and other misguided souls and our right to peace, order and good government stands our various law enforcement units, and thank God for that.

It was Courtney Winkels’s choice to interject herself into this potent confrontation, and her choice to further antagonize police with her silliness. She was apparently quite prepared for the consequences since she bore the phone number of a lawyer on her arm. Who then is to blame for her arrest?

To Ms. Winkels I say, if you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.


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  1. What part of stupid is this woman, she is in a crowd of agitated people who have a mentality of two year olds and she is told not to do something and does it anyway. Having your lawyers phone number on your arm takes all her credibility away...she was pushing the envelope and she got her reward....not what she was looking for but too bad you pushed and the law pushed time stay home

  2. Bubble Girl was arrested for not disclosing her identity in a timely manner as per the super duper 5 metre secret law?

    I imagine for a large number of these young activists this is a badge of honour to tell their kids when they grow up.

    I still can't find any sympathy for activists in Toronto, floatilla of fools, or Public Unions demanding more money for their members.

  3. I have an isssue with folks who think she got what she deserved. If she wasn't doing anything illegal then she didn't. Blowing bubbles, annoying a** holes disguised as those who protect and servce us may not be nice, may not be smart, may even make her an imature b*itch but it is not illegal is it?

    When you defend officer bubbles you defend numb sckulled blind adherance to the uniform and it's whims not adhereance to the law. I care about the letter of the law and I care about pushing the boundries of freedom. Allowing this sort of self grandisment go unchallenged,allow them to twist and make up the law to fit their whims you are asking for a good a** kicking for everyone.

    Officer Biubbles and his ilk are a joke that we need to root out not defend.

    I agree with Mark Steyn, the man with the sarcastic perfected prose. :

    If you reflexively defend lazy and incompetent policing, you'll soon find yourself having to defend lazy, incompetent and murderous policing.

    These folks are you servants not your Gods, rulers who can make stuff up as they play along. For evryone's sake He and his ego/power tripping ilk are a disgrace that need rooting out period.

  4. She was not arrested for her bubbles but refusal to provide identitification in a timely manner.

    Did the police over react in some cases and not react fast enough, sure.

    Do I have empathy for the peaceful protesters looking for trouble, nope!

    I also don't participate in running with the Bulls in Spain for tourism and have the empathy for the Bulls.

  5. Strange that some think it was against her rights when asked for ID but think the long form census should be ok.
    A tactic of shoplifters and others is to distract the security while others do damage or theft. Is that what she was doing, who was she protecting by blowing bubbles. I see another 7 were arrested today, and in time they all will be. 30,000 bail is a lot of money for some mommies and daddies to put up when their little girl calls. Notice how many called their mommies when detaineed.
    And then they complained about the facilities, sorry it wasn't a 5 star motel with room service.
    Might be the first time they discovered real life.
    They should all get about 6 months real jail time, maybe they would growup.

  6. Papers that does bring back a delightful memory or two doesn't it?

    Again you miss the point, if one is NOT doing anything illegal they have a right to go about their lawful business no matter what. More power to her for annoying orifice bubbles.

  7. I don't look to Liberals to defend democracy.

    October Crisis, APEC.

    Run with the bulls, be prepared to get stuck. Her parents must be very proud, this will be a great character builder for the activists. It may help them in their future employ-ability.

    I look forward to their property destruction and peaceful protests in Korea or Cancun for the next round of world leaders.

    These freedom fighters are great role models....