Prepared for the worst.

Since posting my thoughts on the G-20, I’ve made some decisions:

1. I’m going to accept it’s coming and hope for the best.

2. I’m going to hope my city is prepared for the worst.

That said, it doesn’t mean I’m going to turn a blind eye to things like this:

1.  Dozens of police cars have been vandalized by suspected anarchists in town for the G-20:

Pittsburgh Police sources say at least a dozen police cars and a number of private cars were vandalized. Sources also confirm police investigators have substantial information to believe the crime was committed by anarchists in town for the G-20 Summit.

Sources indicate nails and screws were forced into the tires on at least a dozen marked and unmarked police cars as well as a number of private cars.

Sources indicate it is believed a number of suspected anarchists came to police headquarters late Wednesday night and damaged as many cars as possible.

Police indicate the tires cannot be plugged and must be replaced because the cars have to operate at high speeds.

Damage estimates at this time are running in the thousands of dollars.

Sources indicate the suspected anarchists came to prove to police they can do damage whenever and wherever they want.

2.  Here’s a video posted on youtube.  And here’s the commentary by a local anarchist:

I’m reposting this video because I am from Pittsburgh and have lived here all my life.


And here are some comments from other users:

  • Nice, they spend people’s money to pay for cops to kick those people.  I say, give them something that it’s worth their money!
  • No problem. It will be a beauty, the gov/cops will take full advantage of it’s power. It’s gonna be huge.
  • Burn it all to the fuckin ground

3.  From here:

  • so Pittsburgh has about 40 Starbucks… hmmmm get them all in one night ;)
  • Fireworks make a excellent incendiary device for dumpsters and just about anything else.  They probably won’t get very far pushing the demonstration out of city unless they want it to go up in flames.  Smoke Bombs are da shit!  4th of July is coming.  You best stock up
  • Trust me. I live in Pittsburgh. The police force is known for their brutality. It won’t be fun, but we must do what needs to be done. They’ve also purchased A TON of tear gas for the occasion, and they are going to keep if wether or not the riot happens or not. It’s downright bullshit.
  • the only good thing i think that can come of this is that it is smack dab in the middle of three bioregions so kids from the midwest, mid-eastern seaboard, and the northeast could descend upon the city. it is a fairly central location to devour with our decentralized diversity of tactics. ;)
  • don’t get me wrong, i’m all about gettin wild, but let’s do it somewhere that the cops and feds haven’t been monitoring and building fences for months. let’s stop letting them write the script.
  • Exactly. Do you think they’re expecting us? Do you think they’re prepared for 10 Seattle Riots happening concurrently? God damn right. That said, they do sleep. I prefer a sleeping fascist in a onesie to one in riot gear. It’s all about picking your spot.
  • Damage doesn’t have to be done just in Pittsburgh alone you guys. Anarchists living in different parts of the country can form their own affinity groups and carry out a quick and unannounced action. It’s been done before small scale. If the word is spread out long enough and is well organized it might not be so small. Think of it like this. Pittsburgh get’s hit really hard while little actions are popping up all over the U.S. I can already see the NEWS headlines “Corporate America Under Siege?”
  • Knock it off… The pigs are not omnipotent or anything. How they stage for a summit is a military-like cluster fuck. Google up the Pittsburgh news sites; The pigs are fucking clueless. Last night they busted a drain cleaning busness for having some PVC pipe. The pigs said it could be a “sleeping dragon”. maybe that’s when their shit got fucked up. LOL.   Be fuckin’ careful but remember: All pigs are paper tigers…

From here:

Capitalism is not simply imposed by a few heads of state; it is a decentralized system perpetuated at every level of society. Accordingly, on the second day of the summit, actions will take place throughout Pittsburgh targeting institutions that perpetrate the daily oppression and devastation of the capitalist economy. The Pittsburgh G20 Resistance Project has prepared a menu of suitable locations for such actions. Pick a location, plan your action, and come to Pittsburgh!  The idea is that all the actions will conclude at 11:30 a.m. sharp, whether they last for four hours or four minutes up to that moment.

So you see why I’m a bit worried about our city and our police officers?

Take a look at that “menu” of locations for “actions.”

My God, they better not TOUCH Trader Joes. I will choke an anarchist bitch.


  1. Old Cynic
    September 18, 2009 3:18 pm

    This G20 thingy can’t be much worse than any warm weekend on Perry Hilltop. In fact, I’ll bet that there will be less shooting, less MFing, and fewer drug deals. The only thing that slows the action down up here is zero weather. These anarchists are amateurs, plain and simple.

  2. Dana
    September 18, 2009 3:18 pm

    “Trust me. I live in Pittsburgh. The police force is known for their brutality.”

    That made me LOL.

  3. Lou
    September 18, 2009 3:34 pm

    It’s interesting that Blush and Cheerleaders are on the of places to protest. Maybe they will be ‘protesting’ inside! And why is PNC Park NOT on the list? Very confusing.

  4. Pgh'r
    September 18, 2009 3:50 pm

    They are also targeting the long boarded-up Giant Eagle at Centre and Craig. Go figure.

  5. JenEngland
    September 18, 2009 3:56 pm

    BLOOMFIELD GARFIELD CORPORATION??? REALLY?? And The X Gym in ShadySide? yes, those are evil capitalist devil bastards. Kill them all.

  6. unsatisfied
    September 18, 2009 3:56 pm

    if only they would use their evil talents for good — and, help us take out the pigeons once and for all.

  7. chrys
    September 18, 2009 3:58 pm

    Am I the only one who sees the word anti-christ when I see the word anarchist?

    These “kids” are morons. I love how a few of the posts say “trust me”.. I thought that anarchists trust no one.. lol.

  8. Monty
    September 18, 2009 3:59 pm

    They aren’t anarchists. They are spoiled little weenies who are manifesting their embarrasment at having leeched off of their parents through their mid-20’s by biting the very hand that allows them to have the financial freedom to be unencumbered by a job that would otherwise prevent them from taking a day off to jackass someone else’s property.

    I’m aware it is a run-on sentence.

  9. Jagoff
    September 18, 2009 4:00 pm

    These people are stupid assholes plain and simple. Even though g-20 has meant a lot of added work for me, I’m glad we decided to have it. The way I see it, if everyone passes on g-20 because they are afraid of what these immature douchebags will do, then those twats got what they want.

  10. USCMike
    September 18, 2009 4:02 pm

    The biggest problem is that your average citizen, who can’t stand these so called ‘anarchists’ coming into our town merely to cause mayhem and destruction, cannot don riot gear and beat on these clowns like a kid at Chuckie Cheese playing the “Whack A Mole” game…

    Besides, some of these professional protesters need a good swift kick into the real universe where citizens protest civilly and legally. However, it’s becoming obvious that their parents dropped them on their heads as babies, thus common sense doesn’t apply to them and the rest of us have to suffer the consequences of their aberrant, criminal behavior.

  11. Elmer Palmer
    September 18, 2009 4:08 pm


    That’s nothing. I’m imagining a drunk Master Luke driving his homeland security truck through the streets chasing the Indian prime minister with a meat stick

  12. bob
    September 18, 2009 4:14 pm


    Feel bad for all the families of police and military that have to deal with there husbands and wives going to work for those few days when the whack jobs are in our city

    one thing i dont understand is what they are looking to accomplish its never really stated anywhere or at least i am missing that part of their story

    Honestly it is as disturbing as the first time i read through the La fitness shooters Madness that was online

    ugh sick with it all

    just read this below…would love for kdka to send marty into the fire to talk to some of these people.

    FUNdraising: We have three set dates where we will be having FUNdraisers to benefit the logistics working group. Funds will go towards securing our convergence space as well as any other fees we would need to take care of for mass housing, etc. The dates of these events are July 24th, August 21st, and September 18th. They will be located at Belvederes at the corner of Butler and Fisk in Lawrenceville. We will also have t-shirts to sell that will also benefit the logistics working group.

  13. JennLP
    September 18, 2009 4:16 pm

    The comments of the anarchists are incredibly infuriating. I’m about as left wing, support the ACLU and right to protest liberal as they come in Pittsburgh, but there is a thick, well defined line between peaceful protest and the type of destructive chaos that these trust fund brats are planning. How DARE they come into MY city to wreck chaos and destruction.

  14. Martin Silenus
    September 18, 2009 4:16 pm

    Keep in mind though that it’s easier for these morons to talk tough on the interwebs. Let’s hope that that 90% of this is posturing. And what’s with these anarchists and all their heavy duty organizing. Do they use Roberts Rules of Order at their anarchist meetings.

    Anarchist 1: I make a motion that we fling pigeon feces at the USX Tower.

    Unidentified Anarchist: I second.

    Anarchist Chair: All in favor say “aye.”

    Many: Aye!

    Those opposed say “Eff you, you filthy effin’ fascist!”


    Anarchist Chair: The motion passes. I recommend we adjourn to the Starbucks for a soy lattes.

    Anarchist 1: The one we were going to break the windows out of?

    Anarchist Chair: No, the one across the street from that one…

  15. Amanda
    September 18, 2009 4:17 pm

    As Monty said, these individuals are NOT anarchist. From my understanding anarchy was all about individual rights, not senseless violence. It such a shame to take an interesting idea and misrepresent it. By the way, did you guys hear about the girl that was suspended for starting an anarchy club in her school?

  16. Shannon Davis
    September 18, 2009 4:24 pm

    They better not ruin our beautiful city…and why are they going to protest at Victoria’s Secret? Weird. :-/

  17. bob
    September 18, 2009 4:25 pm


    It really would not surprise me if yinzer justice came into play once they move into local neighborhoods. Obviously they didnt read the yinzer handbook that clearly states the only acceptable time to bust up things in local neighborhoods is when we win a superbowl/stanley cup.

    Any other nonsense out of the permitted 4-6hr window after winning a title is a ass-kicking

    And to protest Giant Eagle….
    Obviously these dick bags have never had the joy of beating the system with fuel perks and getting 10 Cents a gal when everyone else is paying $3

  18. Matt
    September 18, 2009 4:28 pm

    Thanks, Ginny. I’m sure the government and the local authorities know about this “menu” but I will be sure to send it to them, just in case.

  19. YetanotherJennifer
    September 18, 2009 4:30 pm

    I agree with JennLP, I’m as left as you get. As opposed to the devastating affects of global capitalism as I can be, ACLU supporting, protest loving lefty, but…BUT…this is MY city. OUR city. And these outsiders coming in to destroy it aren’t hurting global capital, they are hurting the hardworking cash strapped people of this city. The Giant Eagles are full of Union members working hard to support their families. They are how we feed our families. These children aren’t going to do anything to hurt the enemy they want to hurt, just the hard working everyday people they supposedly stand up for. All on mommy and daddy’s dime.

    And it is true. They aren’t anarchists at all. The Anarcho-syndicalists in Latin America used to wear suits when they weren’t laboring at their blue collar jobs to signify the dignity of being a working man. These punks are not anarchists.

  20. Sooska
    September 18, 2009 4:38 pm

    These tough-talking internet clowns put me in mind of Jimmy Krenn’s Stanley P. Kachowski Unabomber…his own family turns him in cause no one wants him for Easter dinner.

    Too bad the 3 officers who were murdered in Stanton Heights aren’t here to tell us not to ignore these whack jobs who think they know the Truth and have a better way.

  21. mjf55
    September 18, 2009 4:51 pm

    Agreed x 1939589487 on your last point… Those jurks better leave Trader Giotto/Jose/Joe in one piece!

  22. Shane
    September 18, 2009 4:53 pm

    How stupid are these people? 30 fricking Starbucks on the list? Is it just code so they know where to get coffee?

    And there are some rather TALL targets right Downtown that seem so obvious and yet didn’t make the list!! I don’t want to point out anything obvious, lest they be surfing the people bashing them for fresh ideas. And they obviously need fresh ideas!

  23. bluzdude
    September 18, 2009 5:01 pm

    This post just left me with a firey burn in the pit of my stomach. I’m with the Jennifers too, but these chuckleheads make me sick.

    They don’t care about jack… it’s just an excuse to break shit and then melt back into their parent’s basements and enjoy their well-fed life and leisure.

    There was a time when protest meant something, and sometimes things got broken. With this, the breakage is the objective.

    Just wait until you hear these jackasses screaming about their civil rights when they’re caught smashing up a storefront and receive the benefit of a nice wood-shampoo.

  24. Sooska
    September 18, 2009 5:06 pm

    What I forgot to add was this: notice how only the Trib is on the list (I’d protest that great moral arbiter Scaife any day.) None of the other evil corporation-owned media outlets are on the list. Nope. The little darlings want their violence porn shown on local and national TV.

  25. Tracy
    September 18, 2009 5:44 pm

    All this anarchist-Starbuck’s-hate-talk makes me a little thirsty for a pumpkin spice latte.
    By the way, welcome back Ginny! You have been missed!

  26. Slidetuba
    September 18, 2009 5:47 pm

    I just posted this on two different anachist’s sites..


    I hate to tell the anarchists this, but we GOD FEARING, and LAW ABIDING citizens of the City of Pittsburgh will NOT stand for your hatred of the world leaders, by trashing everything that WE built because your mommy and daddies didn’t love you enough.. We have worked HARDER than all of you scum put together to make our home a bright spot in the world, and we will NOT stand for you to destroy what WE have built. I hope and pray that you will listen to reason, but you are too pig-headed and ignorant to stop all of the voices in your little, warped minds to realize that the damage you do isn’t to the governments, but to those of us who live and work here.. So to you I say..


  27. Pa-pop
    September 18, 2009 5:47 pm

    Hey, let’s tell all the cloaca-brained anarchists that the G-20 participants are only here for a fantasy football draft at the Doubletree and then maybe they’ll all go home. Um-ha. Yoi.

  28. Jill
    September 18, 2009 5:58 pm

    Go Jennifers! I’m with both of you!

  29. John in the Rocks
    September 18, 2009 6:01 pm

    I hate these anarchist asshats.

  30. carl
    September 18, 2009 6:29 pm

    Three questions:

    1. Does a riot actually have to happen to arrest someone for inciting a riot?

    2. if corporations are evil, where do they think thier computers, software, & the electricity to run them come from?

    3. what color is the sky in thier world?

  31. Kelly
    September 18, 2009 7:37 pm

    Ginny, I’m scared. :-(

  32. La Reina
    September 18, 2009 7:43 pm

    If they drift into WV, please will no one tell them we’re armed?

  33. Meghan
    September 18, 2009 7:56 pm

    Kelly and Ginny, I’m scared too :(

  34. Cassie
    September 18, 2009 8:05 pm

    Trader Joe’s??? Seriously?

    I’m so glad my husband isn’t attempting to go into work those few days. He works at PPG and they were told that IF they do go into work to bring a 3 day supply of food and water in case the building has to ‘shut down.’ Also – if they do have to ‘shut down’ they will be held in the stairwell, away from all windows. Um, no thanks?

  35. kelli
    September 18, 2009 8:35 pm

    OK, I can maybe figure out reasons for some of the odder ones. Victoria’s Secret? Don’t know if it is still the case, but I do believe they were accused of being supplied by sweatshops. Strip clubs. Can’t speak for these ones, but some have been connected to human trafficking. OK, a stretch, but I can see it.

    But really – there are some I can’t make heads nor tails of.

    I love that both the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Lawrenceville United are “on the menu”. I mean, what could be more evil and capitalist controlled than a couple of citizen run neighborhood associations. Sure, I know one of them has Corporation in its name, but the last time I checked, their main goals were actually focused on the community.

    (which isn’t to say that I agree with everything they do or the way they do it – I just don’t see them as being the giant, faceless companies anarchist usually target.)

  36. Beth
    September 18, 2009 8:56 pm

    My husband works downtown and has to be there while the summit is going on. I wish I hadn’t read any of this. I’m not scared…I’m terrified. For some of us, coffee shops and strip clubs are not the only things at stake here.

  37. Magus Patris
    September 18, 2009 10:36 pm

    I moved away from DC to be rid of crap like this. Luke and Dan better hope nothing happens or Dan can kiss the governor’s mansion (whole sticks of butter and all) goodbye.

  38. Nick
    September 19, 2009 1:05 am

    I was thinking the same thing about Trader Joe’s before I even read it at the end of your post!

  39. bucdaddy
    September 19, 2009 1:25 am

    Am I the only one who sees the word anti-christ when I see the word anarchist

    Maybe you’re just having a Sex Pistols flashback:

    I am an anti-CHRIST!
    I am an anarCHIST!
    Don’t know what I want
    But I know how to get it
    I wanna destroy passers-by.

    Johnny Rotten could sling a sneer at hypocrites, yo.

    I like this guy:


    Solzhenitsyn here has obviously spend time in the Gulag. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING!

    Ginny, I’m a peaceful guy, but I’ll take up arms to help keep these fuckers away from Mr. M’s Meskin restaurant, and THAT is church, my friend.

  40. Greg
    September 19, 2009 8:33 am

    I think the best way to counter the anarchists would be to hold a Steelers rally. Then tell the yinzer crowd that Troy, Ben, and the other players and coaches could not attend because of security concerns posed by the anarchists.

  41. spoon
    September 19, 2009 8:40 am

    bucdaddy, Motley Crue did a better version of that song on Decade of Decadence :)

  42. Just A Simple Man
    September 19, 2009 8:43 am

    As they decree their rights under the first amendment, I decree mine under the second amendment of the constitution.
    i.e. Don’t Tread on Me

  43. Joe K.
    September 19, 2009 8:51 am

    So Starbucks is the root of all evil. What a bunch of clowns.

  44. bucdaddy
    September 19, 2009 9:49 am

    Arrrrr, spoon, ye scurvy dog, there can be NO better version than the arrrrriginal. I’ll have ye swingin from the yardarm for that, matey!

    And there’ll be no desecratin Starrrrrrbucks on MY watch, or some anarrrrrrchists be walkin the plank.

    Ginny, ye lusty wench, care to sail the seven seas w’me? I know a lot about little men in boats, arrr arrr arrr.

  45. oldgraymare
    September 19, 2009 9:57 am

    I would just get out of towm for the duration. Personal property can be replaced. My life and the lives of my family and friends is worth more than anything I would leave behind.

  46. Tim
    September 19, 2009 10:25 am

    bucdaddy . . . too funny :) Git Aht LOL

  47. acopswife
    September 19, 2009 10:26 am

    My husband is a Pittsburgh police officer and I have been terrified about this for months. I just don’t understand what these people are hoping to accomplish with all of the violence and destruction they are planning. They are taking the attention away from all of the peaceful protestors who sincerely disagree with the policies of the G-20. The legitimate message they are trying to share with the world is going to be completely overshadowed by all of the violent morons who claim to be on their side. No one is going to be listening to their message while they are out there destroying the city we love – the same one my husband has worked so damn hard to protect.

  48. Just A Simple Man
    September 19, 2009 10:37 am

    >So Starbucks is the root of all evil<

    No, these folks who seem to lack the ability of truly contributing to society are the true evil.

    I grew up during a time of protest. Protest for a “true’ cause is one thing. Protests for the destruction of property, what does that accomplish?

    In reading some of this dribble they have posted on the web. I find myself questioning their reasoning. They have not defined to me what the “destruction" accomplishes.
    Does it accomplish: social change, policy change, what?
    All I can tell is it costs someone money. Unfortunately not the corporations their pee brains think they are targeting.
    Who is truly going to “pay” for their mindless actions?
    A lot of these businesses are franchised and the buildings they are housed in are owned by individuals, they are the true people who will pay in the end.

    It all is quite senseless.

  49. bucdaddy
    September 19, 2009 10:50 am

    Arrr, I would point out that it’s “pea brains” — brains the size of a pea — but I like your idea better. It’s like, they aren’t even smart enough to have shit for brains, just pee where the medulla oblongata and cerebellum should be.

    Yeah … mind if I borrow that?

  50. Scott
    September 19, 2009 11:47 am

    You guys are getting way too worked up over this.

    There’s no way to look at the G-20 as anything by a massive, gigantic triumph for Pittsburgh. A huge win. A milestone of achievement for the city.

    Quit whining about it.

    Celebrate it.

    Enjoy it.

    Be happy that our little city was selected to host such a large global event.