As Government Fist Tightens, Philadelphia Degenerates Into Anarchy

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Here comes the Hopey Change.

In Venezuela, even as Hugo Chavez consolidates totalitarian control over the government, the streets have descended into chaos. That oil-rich country’s socialism-induced decline toward failed state status presages what Hope & Change are inflicting on America. The size and scope of our government are exploding; when the ramifications of the healthcare monstrosity are made clear, we will find that our very bodies are now federal property. Meanwhile, civil order collapses. From moonbattery-ravaged Philadelphia:

Business owners yesterday called on Mayor Nutter to stop “flash mobs” on South Street after patrons couldn’t shop, dine or get home on Saturday night because of the hordes of teens roaming the neighborhood.

Inspired by Twitter messages to “come to South Street,” police say hundreds – business owners say thousands – of young teens stampeded down South Street in waves, jumping on top of cars, knocking over pedestrians and fighting and cursing. …

The South Street business owners called on Nutter to impose a curfew of 10 p.m. or earlier after frightened managers locked their doors, only allowing customers inside.

Nutter did not return calls last night.

Philly’s moonbat mayor wants to use taxation to micromanage our diets, while he conspicuously fails to manage major city streets sufficiently so that people can go about their business without being assailed by savage mobs.

Flash mob anarchy is getting to be a regular occurrence:

Saturday’s was the sixth flash mob to hit the city since last May: three on South Street; two in the Gallery, including one that spread to Macy’s; and one along Market Street East that spread to the area near City Hall.

Getting its way politically hasn’t done much to improve the disposition of the entitlement class.

A pizza shop owner said that some in the mob were chanting, “Black Boys!” and “Burn the city.”

One youth was overheard on his cell phone saying: “Bring baseball bats to South Street.”

Those who finance our welfare state dystopia by running businesses and paying taxes didn’t have as much fun as the marauding hordes.

About 10:30 p.m. on South near 6th, Olympia Pizza II employee Seth Kaufman, 20, was in front of the pizza shop, trying to prevent kids from coming inside to fight with young customers who were eating.

As the crowd pushed the door to get inside, Kaufman pushed back. The crowd pushed again, and inside, the owners, 66-year-old Peter Psihogios, his wife, Harula, 58, and son Paul, 30, were pushing back on the store’s double glass doors to keep them shut.

Kaufman said that kids slugged him, and he slugged them back, and then he was jumped, with kids kicking and punching him until he fell.

The elder Psihogios tried to bring Kaufman inside, but he was punched in the head.

Elsewhere…

About 11 p.m. a 27-year-old woman was walking on South near 15th when a large group of male and female juveniles ganged up on her, kicking and punching her until she fell to the ground, where they continued to kick her in the face and head. She was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was treated for bruises, abrasions and a large laceration on her upper lip. She has since been released. No arrests were made.

Imagine how much fun they’ll be to deal with when 2012 finally comes and their Marxist messiah gets voted out on his oversized ear — assuming this country is still civilized enough to hold elections in three years.

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Kaufman reminisces on his encounter with Hopey Change.

On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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