Sunday, January 13, 2019

Learning how to pick your battles (the vuvuzela edition)

Rally at Wisconsin Capitol against gun control laws met with counter-protest.  (, 1/12/2019)
A few dozen people [police count:  "about 45"], some armed with rifles, handguns and extra ammunition, gathered outside the state Capitol Saturday to protest potential gun control measures they fear could come from either newly inaugurated Gov. Tony Evers and his administration or the federal government.  
Counter-protesters [police count:  "about 250"] repeated chants such as “Bigots go home” and “No Trump, no KKK, no racist USA,” and used the blaring drone of vuvuzelas — plastic horn instruments — as well as whistles to try to overpower the We the People speakers.

Related reading:
History of the vuvuzela.  (CNN, 6/7/2010)
According to Enoch Mthembu, the public relations officer for the KwaZulu-Natal-based Shembe Church, the vuvuzela is an instrument that originated with his brethren at the dawn of the 20th century and should be recognized formally as such. 
"We can make miracles happen when we use the vuvuzelas to heal sick people. We don't use it like the soccer fans, we use it more constructively," Mthembu told CNN. 
Shock, horror - vuvuzelas go global!

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