if the black bloc types started seriously using weapons and going to crippling and killing. Here's a response on the lines of "Not so fast, there." It includes
The people cracking other folks in the head with bricks, putting the boots to them, and throwing Molotovs, are doing so only
and entirely because there is a chance approaching ZERO that they'll be
stopped, investigated, pursued, or prosecuted for doing so. And just in case, they're doing it wearing masks, because why risk TPTB having a change of heart later on?
Calculating? Certainly. Dedication or bravery? Not so much. Chickenshit? Five-starred.
NO ONE in Berkeley or anywhere else was getting cracked in the head with batons or taking LTL beanbags, which is precisely why that shit went on unabated. And everyone, then and there, here and now, and coast to coast, damned well knows it.
And they'll stop this nonsense the minute they start catching lead in the face, which was exactly what stopped an entire city
from rioting during Rodney King. I was there, and I saw it happen. I
also watched the ineffectual Ole` Policing (watch them go by with an
armload of Nike shoes or color TVs) fuel the first three days of that
like throwing jet fuel on it.