A Video Tells a Thousand Words...

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  1. corbi296

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    I think that no video or picture that I have seen captures all that ills our Country better than the one below. The staggering and accelerating level of income inequality, the racial strife, our problem with guns all captured in one brief video. This is a glimpse into our present/future which will be our ultimate demise as a country if we don't address these issues now. No system that increasingly takes care of the few at the expense of the many can survive. We need new leadership and dramatic changes. If not, this couple will soon need a barbed wire fence, private security guards and bullet proof cars to survive the social strife that is coming our way.

     
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    I know that couple. They live down the street from my late father’s house. He is batshit crazy.
     
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    Eat The Rich.
     
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    Keep moving, let's go! Keep moving, let's go! We got a job to do and it doesn't involve them!



     
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    I have close friends four or five doors down. A lot of stories. Described as nice people, but beyond eccentric.

    Side of this house is on Kingsbury which is a busy street. In between SLU and Wash U. It will become a frat ritual to end Saturday nights by tossing garbage over the fence on the way home.
     
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    Arrest them. The so called lawyers.
     
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    Given that you seem to have some personal knowledge (in addition to @Hungry Jack ), any merit to the claim that the protestors were on a private street and/or would have had to break through a gate to get where they were?
     
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    I don't think they committed any crimes beyond needless stupidity. The whole street is private property, and the protesters broke through a gate to gain entry. A few walked on the lawn. So technically, trespassing.

    But what a spasm of idiocy to go Rambo like that. I would have gone out to talk with them. I might have even offered a neighborhood tour.
     
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    You mean Kingshighway, which is a race track.

    It's an amazing street (actually two). I don't think I have seen anything like it elsewhere in the US. The homes are stunning. Speaking from direct experience after playing general contractor for 3 years, I can say they do not construct homes like this anymore.
     
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    And the diversity is pretty incredible. Sure, mansions with millionaires and a few billionaires. But you are walking distance to lower income. CWE when I lived there was considered pretty risky territory. And now you have the huge Asian population that chased the biotech jobs.
     
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    Shocking to see what Wash U has developed east of the medical campus.

    And going a mile north past Delmar puts you in the third world.

    In general, the city looked noticeably better on my frequent visits during 2017 and 2018. I visited a lot of neighborhoods I ignored during my HS years. I did not recognize The Grove, Maplewood, and Dog Town. Downtown looked only marginally better, but still empty after hours.
     
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    That's complicated and HJ should pipe in.

    There are many streets that have huge wrought iron gates that are opened in the morning and then closed at dusk. This street has the gate on the sidewalk. They're old school HOA's. Our street had a temporary barrier that said "private" and people just drove around it.

    Even though there are signs that say "Private", during the day people walk through to cut down distance. But, really, St. Louis in the summer....not a lot of walking.

    Short answer, yes, they were on a private street.
     
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    My daughter looked at Wash U so we toured a couple summers ago. I was blown away. The way they've reoriented the entire campus to front Forest Park. Arguably one of the nicest in the country.
     
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    Agreed. They are really landlocked in that spot, but obviously can acquire land nearby. I think they own acres and acres of land east of Kingshighway.

    SLU, where my dad was faculty for most of his career, has ample room to expand around Chouteau and Grand. They are building a new medical center there. Still lots of undeveloped land nearby.
     
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    While I suppose that could at least explain some of their angst, still seems more than a bit disproportionate to pull out multiple firearms to brandish them at protestors who (at least based on what I've seen and read) weren't acting aggressively or threatening their property despite their claims that they saw protestors with arms. They appear to have already gone into damage control mode:

    https://fox6now.com/2020/06/29/atto...-st-louis-couple-before-they-drew-their-guns/
     
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    I will say it again: Brandishing firearms in that situation is retarded.

    Sadly, the reaction of Mr. McCloskey does not surprise me. When my parents were still alive, there was a gay couple that lived down the street that he harassed periodically. He's just an asshole.

    His place was on the market about a year ago. He has been threatening to sue the Portland Place association over some obscure property issue. I have no desire to pay these silly legal bills.

    May the Good Lord grant him safe and quick passage to Chesterfield.
     
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    There was no threat to their property. There never would be in that area. At worst, some sod might get trampled.
     
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    Good lord. Shoot them up!
     
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    I lived there for a few years. Those gated streets were, as far as I understood them to be, still city streets. The gates were there to keep traffic out. I wouldn't be surprised if they were originally placed there to keep people who look a lot like these protestors out as well. (This is not unique to St. Louis, of course.) I used to do dry cleaning right down the block from where I believe this house is. Mansions like this line the road, and you turn down DeBaliviere, go two blocks and it looks like you're in 1995 Belgrade.

    Kingshighway around there is indeed quite a trip. It's part interstate, part Highland Park, part third world, part hospital loading dock, all in about 1.5 miles.
     
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    The whack job husband is coming up on CNN with Chris Cuomo in a couple of minutes.
     
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    I probably missed it already. I can only imagine how this will go over with CNN viewers. This guy is not equipped for this discussion.
     
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    I don’t know who made a bigger ass of themselves, him or his lawyer.
     
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    Here is the start of his attorney's bio....from the law firm's site:

    Albert S. Watkins, the founding member and senior counsel with the firm is, quite candidly, beyond description. As lead counsel in countless cases garnering both national and international attention, Albert S. Watkins has demonstrated unrelenting trial skills which have rendered witnesses subjected to his cross examination incapable of speaking; caused multinational billion dollar companies and their teams of legal counsel to capitulate; and otherwise garner favorable media attention for even the most disgraced clients. Opposing counsel in the infamous The North Face Apparel Co. v. The South Butt case described the most dangerous place in the world as being the space “between Al Watkins and a microphone.”

    Self-centered, egotistical, and a self-proclaimed expert in all matters, Watkins is unabashed about bringing to the public eye the irreconcilable nature of a position taken by an adversary in a case.
    Here's the link.

    How f'd up as a human being do you have to be to post something like that.
     
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    North Face vs. South Butt?
     
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    Holy shit. Why didn't you just copy/paste the whole thing? The dude openly gloats about a woman committing suicide because of his actions, but apparently it was cool because he was an "internet sensation" and got a six-figure settlement! What the actual hell is this, the Twilight Zone?


    A founding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform with former U.S. Attorneys General Edwin Meese and Dick Thornburgh, Watkins worked to facilitate tort reform legislation in the United States. Refusing to wither in the face of daunting opposition, Watkins pushed back on behalf of Major League Baseball star Jack Clark when Clark was sued by baseball legend Albert Pujols after asserting the latter used steroids or performance enhancing drugs, publicly challenging the Dominican born to take a lie detector test. In State of Missouri v. James Strughold, Watkins successfully defended a white elementary school principal accused of felonious sexual misconduct involving ten African American third-grade students. The principal was fully acquitted of all charges following two full jury trials.


    When the Obama mask wearing rodeo clown appeared at a state fair in Missouri and garnered international attention for making racist comments, a school district superintendent announcing the rodeo was erroneously named as the maker of the offending comments. Watkins not only reversed a global media error in attribution, including front page clarification in the Habana, Cuba state owned paper, but he brought to the fore the counterintuitive prioritization by the media of inconsequential minutia while the world erupts around them.

    In Hammon v. Harris, Watkins garnered the first verdict of its kind against a young female who falsely accused a policeman of engaging in sexual relations and snorting cocaine with a female patron of a restaurant at which the policeman was working a security shift. When the defendant would not appear for her deposition, Watkins procured an order mandating the woman be brought into custody and held in jail pending her deposition. During the ensuing video deposition, Watkins swiftly got the woman to confess and admit the allegations were false. The video deposition swiftly became an internet sensation. A six-figure judgment was entered in favor of the policeman. The woman committed suicide thereafter.

    Watkins is known for his attention to detail and his intimate familiarity with all aspects of the financial industries. He is engaged to demonstrate his advocacy skills in courtrooms throughout the United States and is called upon to serve as a color commentator on legal issues and cases by national television networks.

    A radio personality in his own right, Watkins hosts his own nationally syndicated radio vignette, an eight minute show aptly called Watkins Word, in which he waxes poetically about the news and events of the day, employing a decidedly conservative Midwest American mindset, a mindset Watkins refers to as having been born of “rugged individualism.”

    Watkins sold hot dogs from a cart during his undergraduate studies and proudly proclaims this undertaking “the best job” he ever had. The father of five, Watkins has no time to waste and enjoys the challenges associated with serving and addressing the needs of clients in a punctilious and committed fashion. Watkins does not hold hands well and admits to being incapable of singing “Kumbya”. A cancer survivor since 2003, Watkins is proud that “nothing scares [him] anymore.”
     
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    Infamous.
     
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    College kids....created South Butt as a prank and it took off. Just hilarious. So North Face sued.
     
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