Bats beat sticks

Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 10:30 am

Get caught with a branch in Sydney and you get jailed:

A Sydney magistrate has thrown the book at a 21-year-old man who was at Sunday’s riots in Cronulla, jailing him within hours of his arrest for carrying a tree branch as a weapon in the western suburb of Penrith.

Get caught with baseball bats and, well …

The Herald observed police talking to at least four young men of Middle Eastern appearance in West Botany Street.

The police officers had confiscated two baseball bats but did not arrest any of the men.

How odd.

Posted by Tim B. on 12/19/2005 at 12:09 PM
    1. Well, sure. You see, the four men of MEA were obviously looking around for a pick-up baseball game, while the other fellow was just as obviously a mere cave-dwelling beast.

      Posted by paco on 2005 12 19 at 01:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Perhaps he should have said the tree branch was a bat-in-training?

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 12 19 at 02:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. There’s a rock, paper and scissors strategy site http://www.worldrps.com/advanced.html

      I recommend the “avalanche.’’

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 12 19 at 02:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. The guy they arrested was probably a Greenpeace eco-thug.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 12 19 at 02:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Have to understand the code here. Obviously the branch-wielding deviate was justly punished for having ripped an arm from one of Earth Mother’s precious children. Whereas the baseball bats were obviously re-cycled, environmentally-friendly products designed for healthy, character-building fraternal sports.

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 12 19 at 02:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. There’s that “Middle Eastern appearance” again.  French?  Italians?  I wonder what would have happened if they’d been caught carrying a murderous tree branch.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 12 19 at 03:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. When tree branches are outlawed, etc.

      Posted by david on 2005 12 19 at 03:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6: I’m a little curious about that MEA thing, too. For some reason, I have visions of guys dressed up like Sinbad the Sailor, roaming the streets with scimitars and magic lamps.

      Posted by paco on 2005 12 19 at 04:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. “White supremacists” seem to be the main target of the police now, while Islamic supremacists are given a wide berth unless actually plotting to explode stuff or assassinate politicians.
      As long as they nail those racists and tree rippers, and don’t mention the … you know, … it’ll all be ok.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 12 19 at 04:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9
      See your ‘white supremacist’ and raise you a ‘neo-Nazi’. Beat that!

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 12 19 at 04:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. See your “white supremacist” and “neo-nazi” and raise you a “Ku Kluxer”.

      Posted by paco on 2005 12 19 at 04:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Middle Eastern appearance”

      Why don’t they just say “swarthy” and get it over with.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2005 12 19 at 04:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Baseball in Australia?  Are you sure they weren’t Yanks?  You know we travel all over the world looking for fights.

      Posted by Mitch on 2005 12 19 at 05:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. That’s muslimism for ya!

      Posted by Gravelly on 2005 12 19 at 05:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #12 ‘swarthy’

      did they have eyepatches and say ‘argh!’ alot?

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 12 19 at 05:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. This (obliquely) reminds me of the “refugee” from some dead-end African country who sexually violated a woman with a tree branch.
      I suppose, cultural differences respected, he’s free, hanging happily from the welfare state’s tit.

      Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2005 12 19 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Any minute now this subject will be raised by the SMH as proof of racism in NSW Policing. any minute now..  yep. it’ll just be a sec… you just watch.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2005 12 19 at 05:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11
      Fold!

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 12 19 at 06:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Were the baseball bats made of metal or wood?

      #17

      I know you were speaking tongue in cheeck, however the coverage has been so saturated, points like this get buried. Several times I have wanted to look up a point to say ‘told you so’ in reference to an arrest or attack, but was unable to find it amidst the dozens of links on Tim’s site alone.

      I would also like to know why despite the streets being free of branch waving Westies, none of those carrying Glocks outside Lakemba Mosque have been arrested yet (or have they?)

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2005 12 19 at 06:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. “I would also like to know why despite the streets being free of branch waving Westies, none of those carrying Glocks outside Lakemba Mosque have been arrested yet (or have they?)”

      Because the police are shit scared of them.

      Posted by Yobbo on 2005 12 19 at 06:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dan Lewis,

      As far as I can tell, the government and the state police have joined in with the press on their “lets Dhimmify the world” campaign that started after September 11.

      Posted by Jonny on 2005 12 19 at 06:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. A few weeks ago when French ‘white supremacists’ were beating up on their high-spirited Middle-Eastern youth I thought the gibe that Chirac had raised the French terrorism alert from ‘RUN’ to ‘HIDE’, with only two levels to go, ‘SURRENDER’ and ‘COLLABORATE’ was amusing. Now that the pusillanomous Morris Iemma has adopted the same strategy it doesn’t seem quite so funny.

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 12 19 at 06:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. #12 Bruce,
      Just say “swarthy”?  But that would be racist!

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 12 19 at 07:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Men of Middle Eastern appearance” is a police syndrome that obviously covers a lot of characteristics. These would seem to include:
      swarthy
      hairy(unfamiliar with razors or electrolysis)
      sweaty and smelly
      loud-mouthed and pea-brained
      like hooning around in red cars with lots of geegaws dangling, while listening to mindless rap
      unsubtle.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 12 19 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. i wonder what will happen if a group of white aussies are caught with a baseball bat?… surely they would just have the bat confiscated as well…. surely

      Posted by Mospact on 2005 12 19 at 07:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. all i can say is this smells like shit

      Posted by Mospact on 2005 12 19 at 07:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bruce Rheinstein—I like the traditional “swarthy denizen of the Levant”…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 12 19 at 08:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9, 10, 11 – See your “white supremacist”, “neo-nazi” and “Ku Kluxer” and raise you 3 skinheads with “SS” tattoos.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 12 19 at 08:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here’s the contact details page for the NSW Police if you’d like to complain – the commissioners office link may be the go.
      Caution: do not use ‘racial slurs’ or even allude to race or ethnicity in your message – Baseball bats are fine but ‘thought-crime’ is double plus ungood and will get you time.

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2005 12 19 at 08:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #24 Mr Magoo,

      hairy(unfamiliar with razors or electrolysis)

      The guys I know have discovered NADS for their eyebrows at least. Take a close look at them. A few even go as far as shaving their arms & legs + clip their chests/backs.

      “I swear to God ‘bra”

      Posted by ozconservative on 2005 12 19 at 09:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t forget we will shortly be celebrating the birthday of man of middle eastern appearance.

      Posted by SB on 2005 12 19 at 09:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t forget we will shortly be celebrating the birthday of man of middle eastern appearance.

      All the more reason to stop using that unhelpful and vague circumlocution I would have thought.

      Posted by Just passing by on 2005 12 19 at 10:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t forget we will shortly be celebrating the birthday of man of middle eastern appearance.

      Oh, wow. Dude. Heavy.

      Oh, wait a sec. I think he was Jewish, not Arab.

      Still, though – heavy, man.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 12 19 at 10:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Alot of the pics I’ve seen of Jesus, He’s blonde & blue eyed. You mean He’s not??

      Posted by ozconservative on 2005 12 19 at 10:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9, 10, 11,28 – See your “white supremacist”, “neo-nazi” and “Ku Kluxer” and raise you 3 skinheads with “SS” tattoos.

      I’ll take some of that action, and sweeten the pot with two genuine Texan minutemen and a Cronullan boogie-boarder.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2005 12 19 at 11:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9, 10, 11, 28, 35—I’ll see you all and raise you Michael Moore, or I would if I could find a skip loader.

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 12 19 at 11:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Damn Achillea!
      That’s too rich for me…I’m out.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2005 12 19 at 11:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. #36 called my bluff. you win.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 12 20 at 12:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Why do I keep hearing about baseball bats in all these riots (they were in France too). United States, Central America, Japan and maybe Korea I’ve heard of having baseball but France? And I thought Australia was cricket mad.

      Do you play baseball much? Any?

      Got to admit I have a softball bat leaning against the door downstairs and I haven’t played in at least 25 years.

      Posted by CujoQuarrel on 2005 12 20 at 02:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. There’s a simple explanation for the bloke with a tree branch getting arrested.

      When the order “Arrest the leb with the gun” went out” one of the patrols heard it as “Arrest the pleb with the gum”.

      Posted by dipole on 2005 12 20 at 02:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Where are all those activist lawyers and spin doctors when it comes to the “white folk”?
      he was actually carrying a branch of the species, OLEO EUROPAEA, thats an Olive tree to you all.
      A gesture of peace was mistaken by the jackbooted, low IQ, servants of Al-moroney for a weapon of aggression.
      Before he could launch into his “Prayers for Peace” he was gagged and brutally arrested. The Bible he was carrying was siezed and flushed down the nearest public toilet. Hundreds of witnesses will testify to that effect.These witnesses are still under the effects of XXXX (censored by Adrian Marr) but will come forward soon to reveal the truth.

      Posted by davo on 2005 12 20 at 02:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. #44 Davo,

      Didn’t Arafat once wave a tree branch (and a gun) at the UN general assembly?

      Posted by Jonny on 2005 12 20 at 03:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. We have been told by historians that Jewish people at that time would have resembled Palestinians today so maybe Jesus would have looked “of Middle Eastern appearance”.
      Middle Eastern Appearance is as Middle East appearance does….

      Posted by crash on 2005 12 20 at 07:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. We have been told by historians that Jewish people at that time would have resembled Palestinians today

      Anything to spin the idea that the Arabs have any legitimate claim to Israel.

      Posted by Sheriff on 2005 12 20 at 07:50 AM • permalink

 

  1. # 26
    Good thing we didn’t walk in it..

    as to references of Jesus being ME, and being a Jew – they both (ME & Jew) come from the same stock, don’t they? Everyone who was from that area of the world was Moorish (black) or arab (which I understand is caucasian).

    Posted by kae on 2005 12 20 at 08:45 AM • permalink