Monday, September 15, 2008

Fuck a curfew. What do you think?

posted by Free Press Houston @ 9:08 PM

I just left the Harp on Richmond where HPD shut down the festivities at 9pm and sent scores of folks without power to return to their dark homes. Does a city municipality really have the right to bypass the constitutional right to gather in order to avoid some petty looting? Is it legit to force 4 million people into their homes and incarcerate those that don't as a result of less than 20 looting incidents. Folks, this ain't New Orleans. There are not dead bodies in the streets. Despite the destruction, things have been relatively cool all things considered. So, why the martial law? What do you think?


At September 15, 2008 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Julie said...

i live in the sharpstown area (yeah i know, i know) and everyone has been driving like a DAMN FOOL and i've heard some gun shots here & there. my uncle actually found a bullet in his car from god knows where. i know not everyone is a good-for-nothing, piece-of-shit looter, but sometimes in these situations, YOU CANT TRUST ANYBODY. plus, have you SEEN some of these streets? so many accidents waiting to happen. PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS! so i understand why they're enforcing it. it sucks and 9 is reeeallllyyy early for a curfew (wish it would be a bit later) but it'll be over soon and we can party even harder when all this shit is over and done with =] i vote that freepresshouston throws another block party ;]

At September 15, 2008 at 11:10 PM , Anonymous the baristas said...

fear tactics. always. work.

or at least most government officials think they do. for the same reason we heard rudy giuliani say over and over again that we got bombed because "they hate our freedom." which does not, as it turns out, make any sense or correlate in any way shape or form to the facts behind it all.

if the government can convince people to be afraid of something (looting/ getting bombed) it's all the more easy to justify an overextension of the law (staunchly enforcing an early curfew. or curfew period/ going to war).

At September 15, 2008 at 11:11 PM , Anonymous Erin said...

hey're just protecting us from ourselves, hah!

At September 15, 2008 at 11:12 PM , Anonymous Dylan said...

Well, this is a hard one.

Why would a criminal looking to steal follow a curfew??

I say the curfew just gets rid of law-abiding citizens that could potentially stop a would-be looter from going through with it.

I'm sure this is for our safety and has nothing to do with HPD ticket revenues.

At September 15, 2008 at 11:13 PM , Anonymous Terry said...

amen! h-town ain't new orleans!

At September 15, 2008 at 11:15 PM , Anonymous Thick Skull said...

We got out as soon as we could. That curfew is bull shit and they know it. They just don't want to work on actually helping things get back to where they were, we've given up that responsibility to FEMA. We should have had our own disaster relief on hand instead. Now we have local cops hasseling regular people about being out too late. Fantastic.
Who's idea was it? Houstonians are workers, not looters. Keep that curfew up for 3 more weeks and they'll find out what a riot looks like. We should be cleaning our city up 24/7 after something like this. Instead we are sitting and waiting for our "leaders" to come and save us. Bring us the supplies...we'll do the work. And get those cops out of our face!!!!

At September 15, 2008 at 11:15 PM , Anonymous Clown Chakra said...

HA HA HA what crazy people those laws are!!!!!!!!!
I evacuated so I dont know what to expect when I come home tommorow night... mannnnnn you all got alot of exciting articles to write!


At September 15, 2008 at 11:16 PM , Anonymous Trevanda said...

I think that the Patriot Act provides for this if you have ever read it. It calls for complete takeover of the government by a presidential madate in wake of any "terrorist attack" OR natural disaster. WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU CREATE A POLICE STATE FOR ANY REASON ESPECIALLY SOMETHING NATURALLY OCCURRING? The answer is that the elites want total control and have given THEMSELVES that when they enacted the most atrocious bill to have ever been passed in the U.S.

voting democran or republicrat isnt going to change shit. people need to wake up to this harsh reality or the harsh reality that your vote doesn't matter and everything is already pre-decided

At September 15, 2008 at 11:17 PM , Anonymous Pauline said...

I dont care about the curfew. Compared to the people with real problems, ie the newly homless, people who've lost loved ones, etc.. having to go home early just doesn't measure up.

Maybe this isn't like New Orleans because of an enforced curfew? I dont know. But there are people struggling to keep their children fed right now, so provided that perspective, i find it a bit petty to complain about this curfew. It's nearly as ridiculous as my friend's bulletin about her hair looking bad because her Chi flat iron (the most expensive flat iron there is) runs on electricity, which she has no longer.

SO i just wish people would put things in perspective and be grateful for what they still have and stop complaining about their 'rights being violated' because law enforcement is taking action during an obvious crisis.

At September 15, 2008 at 11:18 PM , Anonymous Sheena said...

I think the curfew, while a pain, is necessary. There are still plenty of places in the Greater Houston area with debris and no traffic lights, so its dangerous driving around other idiots at night. Plus, there aren't too many places to go so why do people need to be out when the city isn't up and running like normal?

At September 16, 2008 at 1:18 PM , Anonymous some people said...

My opinion is that the curfew is a bunch of bullshit. Still, I guess this is how Bill White prevents his lush of a daughter from getting into more trouble.

At September 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM , Anonymous Vaginator said...

yeah, but the assholes COPS would STILL leave the Tavern alone because of all the yuppies that occupy that space. there was ABSOLUTELY no way that were going to get people out of there at 9pm. i mean, it was still getting packed when i drove there last nite and the night before. even on SATURDAY, it was up and running.

At September 17, 2008 at 5:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The curfew is simply for the areas that don't have working lights or stop lights at night. If your area is lit up, no problem, have a blast but if Houstonians have a hard time just driving in the rain, imagine what they would do on a street like Westheimer when there are virtually no lights on or stop lights in visible range at all. Most people just don't know how to drive in this city =/

At September 21, 2008 at 6:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very immature to think want to rebel against a curfew during a disaster. Grow Up.


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