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-==Forums==+===June 9, 2008===
-On April 9, 2008, the Citizens for Batman message board went online. Players cannot join the forums, but can read the threads. The forums spoof the [http://forums.superherohype.com/forumdisplay.php?f=390 Superhero Hype! message boards], a popular discussion place for the Dark Knight ARG. Many SHH members have found their usernames spoofed in these forums.+An update is added to their introduction:
- +
-===ADMIN===+
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
-|+|LEAVE OUR HERO ALONE!
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 09:22+
-Welcome to the Citizens For Batman Forums! This is the place for discussing all things related to The Batman. This is a place for CFB vetted members only. Please don't direct just anybody to look at this site. Everyone on this site has attended at least a couple of meetings and has been approved personally by one of the committee guys after a face to face conversation. +There’s only one man who has devoted his life, his soul and even his identity to fighting Gotham’s criminals wherever they may lurk. He is the one we call “Batman” and he’s under fire from the media and the establishment. They’ve never understood his quiet brand of justice, but the latest development is that we, the members of CFB, are also starting to take the heat.
-Some rules: Don't spam. No trolls. No excessive language. Bad behavior may get you banned.+WE'RE NOT THE PROBLEM
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+The public has the wrong opinion about Citizens for Batman. Well, who could blame them? [[Crime|According to the liberal press,]] we’re a bunch of violent hooligans who roam the streets looking for trouble. They only got one thing wrong: those are the people we’re working against.
-|+
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 09:22+
-Welcome to all the new people who asked to be admitted to the forum at the last meeting. Glad to have you here.+FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+CFB was founded as a network of concerned Gothamites who keep a watchful eye out for thugs, robbers and worse. These should be the targets of public scorn, not us. We are a peaceful organization that operates within the confines of the law and we always have. Don’t believe the hype; CFB is here to help Batman without hurting anyone, we’re here to clean up this town and we’re here to stay!
-|+
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 10:11+
- +
-We've had some new people join. I'm really glad to see these forums growing. Two things +
- +
-DO NOT DISCUSS SENSITIVE MATTERS ON THE FORUM. While only people who have been vetted can post, this is the internet, people. Some people in government are not so supportive of what we are doing. +
- +
-And PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER.+
|} |}
-===THE BAT CLUBHOUSE=== 
-{| class="quote" 
-| 
-Poster: SewerMutant<br> 
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 09:46 
- 
-Post about Batman sightings in the press, like The Gotham Times had that great photo of Batman a few weeks ago where he was at that festival with the crazy weird name and he's by the telephone pole. It's righteous.  
-|} 
 +New updates to the News section:
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
-|+|'''VOTE "YES" ON [[Votercard|PROP D]]'''<br>
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+Batman has been called many things - a menace, a legend, an enigma - but, the one title that seems to follow him wherever he goes is "vigilante." Because of this label, Batman has been unfairly dogged by the Gotham authorities for far too long. But now, voters have the chance to help him do his job. Proposition D will require the Gotham Police to turn their priorities from so-called "vigilantes" and make them focus their efforts on the real criminals. So, when you go to the polls, say "yes" to a safer city, say "yes" to supporting a true hero and say "yes" to Prop D.
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 11:08+
- +
-Can we post video?+
|} |}
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
-|+|'''BATMAN CHIC'''
-Poster: Sidekick<br>+When Marc Uttansky's wife dragged him to a costume party last weekend, he was dreading it. But, then he had an epiphany: he decided to dress as the Batman. "It was easy, really," explained Uttansky. "I just made the head out of an old kickball, painted it black, applied some electrical tape that looked like ears and voila!" When partygoers voted on their favorite outfit, Uttansky took second place and he was happy to share the credit. "Thanks, Batman. We're lookin' good!"
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 13:43+
- +
-You've got VIDEO? POST IT!+
|} |}
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
-|+|'''PUT UP YOUR DUKES'''<br>
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+The Citizens for Batman will be conducting self-defense classes after their weekly meetings every Thursday, 8pm, at GCCC. These classes are open to the public, but CFB reminds all participants that these are non-violent workshops meant to increase your awareness, dexterity and sense of preservation in the face of an attack. We are not to use these techniques as an offense. That being said, Pedro Malangue is making real strides in his patented "roundhouse scissor punch" technique. See you on Thursday!
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 01:03+
- +
-I don't have vidoe, I just want to know if people can post it to the forum.+
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+==CFB event==
-|+===June 30, 2008===
-Poster: Sidekick<br>+====Promotional materials====
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 09:58+Participants who submitted to [[Batman Sightings]] on [[Gothamcablenews.com]] begin to receive a package from [[Citizensforbatman.org]] starting June 30th. The packages contain stickers, pins, metal keychains, and a note:
- +
-You r lame.+
-|}+
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
-|+|Citizens for Batman!
-Poster: dark-witness<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 10:39+
-it's a fair question someone will get it eventually+It's time to go public. To really defend Batman, we have to show the world how big our movement is. So check out the goodies inside and show your pride in CFB!
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+And get ready for a MAJOR show of force July 8th. (check out [http://www.citizensforbatman.org citizensforbatman.org] for the latest)
-|+
-Poster: Ns 18<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 10:52+
-Probably not.+Defend Gotham. Defend Batman!
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+[[Brian Douglass]]<br>
-|+Founder, Citizens for Batman
-Poster: dark-witness<br>+|[[Image:Cfbswag.jpg|200px|right]]
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 11:03+
- +
-someone will have a cell phone and get video+
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+=====CFB video submissions=====
-|+Participants who submitted videos promoting [[Citizensforbatman.org|Citizens for Batman]] also receive an additional promotional package, which includes a CFB shirt featuring the logo.
-Poster: Ns 18<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 11:14+
-Batman works at night. He specializes in the element of surprise he shows up when a crime is going on when people are engaged in violence.+[[Image:CFBshirt.jpg|center]]
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+====Countdown====
-|+The [[Citizensforbatman.org]] webpage was updated with a countdown to 10:00 PM EDT on July 8, 2008. Clicking on the CFB pin links back to the normal home page.
-Poster: Amanita<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 12:27+
-Ns18 people have gotten pictures of him and people got video of that guy that was beat up by the cops at night.+[[Image:Cfbcountdown.jpg|500px|center]]
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+===July 3, 2008===
-|+The site updates with a submission field. In the [[Citizensforbatman.com/Forum|CFB forums,]] BriDog72 [[EMERGENCY!|informs the board that the key to activate it is "on invoice 38272899," but that he could get no other information since the informant (Batfan73) was arrested for trespassing.]] An update on [[Gothamcityrail.com]] reveals Batfan73 is GCR engineer Chuck Craston. Using this last name and the invoice number from CFB in [[Maroniimports.com]] brings up an invoice for one amplifier, which contains a software key.
-Poster: Ns 18<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 12:29+
-Batman doesn't want anyone to see him. Just catch glimpses.+Once the key was found and activated, the locations for the July 8th event are revealed: [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=40%C2%B0+42%2752.57%22N74%C2%B00%2710.20%22W&ie=UTF8&z=17&iwloc=addr New York City] and [http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=41%C2%B0+52'47.73%22N+87%C2%B038'14.70%22W&ie=UTF8&ll=41.880665,-87.637424&spn=0.008483,0.01605&z=16&iwloc=addr Chicago.]
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+[[Image:Cfbcoords.jpg|center]]
-|+
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 14:21+
-Amanita is right. It might take awhile, but the Times has gotten photos of Batman. 
-|} 
{| class="quote" {| class="quote"
| |
-Poster: Amanita<br>+Sometimes, you have to take a stand. You have to fight for respect. You have to let the entire world know you're here.
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 14:46+
-Tx Scramble.+On July 8th, nobody will be able to ignore us. Gather at the above coordinates at the appointed time, and help us take a stand in support of Batman!
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+If you can't join us on the ground, we'll be providing a way for you to watch what goes down, live on this website.
-|+
-Poster: SmokinJoe<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 07:11+
-It was great to meet so many of you guys at the meeting. I finally figured out how to get on this messenger board. I want to talk about Batman's tactics. It seems to me that he has basically two approaches to a crime scene. His favorite is from above, like the way he swung down to help that homeless guy who was being hassled. The other one involves his car, but he doesn't use that much because it basically eliminates the element of surprise.+Defend Gotham! Defend Batman!
-|}+
-{| class="quote" 
-| 
-Poster: dark-witness<br> 
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 11:21 
-he does like to come in from above have you noticed that sometimes he *drops in* and sometimes he uses a kind of lasso to immobilize someone from above and then *hoist* them. he either leaves them helpless and dangling or tied to something for the cops+Key: 5D45C08AA6C3638D7829C0D5183FDB14B0CDBF1DCB12
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+Signal Booster status: ON
-|+
-Poster: Amanita<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 17:30+
- +
-Something I don't understand and I was hoping someone here was a lawyer or something and could tell me. When the police get there, what do they arrest the bad guys for?+
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+===July 8, 2008===
-|+At 3pm EDT a chat site and a live feed are made available for each location by clicking on each building.
-Poster: Ns18<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 09:53+
-Whatever they did wrong.+====[[CFBchat|Chat]]====
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+====10 PM EDT====
-|+Participants who gathered in each location received [[Citizensforbatman.org#Promotional_materials|CFB swag (including shirts)]] and [[Thegothamtimes.com|Gotham Times newspapers.]] They were given notes stapled to Domino's pizza boxes with a code word and directions to find a lockbox at another location. The lockbox contained other instructions to find a 2-way radio at yet another location, and once the radio found and the code word given, they were directed to another spot overlooking a building. Now hahaha can be seen in replace of the batsignal.
-Poster: Batfan73<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 20:13+
-LOL!+A Batsignal was then shown on the Woolworth Building (NYC) and Sears Tower (Chicago)
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+{|align="center" style="background-color:black;"
-|+|-align="center"
-Poster: Amanita<br>+|style="color:white"|Chicago<br>
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 12:33+[[Image:Chicagocfbevent.jpg]]
- +|style="color:white"|New York City<br>
-Say someone is trying to braek into a car, and Batman stops them. When the cops get there the guy is tied to a light pole or something. They don't know what he did. He's not going to say I'm trying to steal a car and Batman stopped me. He's just some guy tied to a light post.+[[Image:NYCcfbevent.jpg]]
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+The Batsignal in Chicago was turned off shortly afterward, presumably for maintenance purposes (the signal was very dim and hard to see), although it might also be due to the Chicago Police Department's unawareness of the event.
-|+
-Poster: Ns18<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 12:47+
-There would be implicating evidence. Marks on the car where the guy tried to break in.+This is a quick run through of the points that were interesting at the NYC gathering
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+{|align="Left" style="background-color:black;"
-|+|-align="Left"
-Poster: Amanita<br>+|style="color:white"|Batsignal On New York Building<br>
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 12:52+<youtube>ndMohJjJHQc</youtube><br><br>
- +Batsignal On Chicago Building<br>
-And the guy says it wasn't him. I mean, batman isn't a cop, so what does it mean when he catches someone?+<youtube>pyJ0rDYsd0Y</youtube>
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+{|align="center" style="background-color:black;"
-|+|-align="center"
-Poster: Ns18<br>+|style="color:white"|New York City<br>
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 12:55+[[Image:CFB-NYCevent1.jpg]]<br>
 +Initial Static Screen. First says Connection Failed, then switches to Loading before the video starts up.<br><br>
 +[[Image:CFB-NYCevent2.jpg]]<br>
 +Image of building before anything happens<br><br>
 +[[Image:CFB-NYCevent3.jpg]]<br>
 +First time something interesting happens.
-Why are you being such an idiot?+Takes place right at this chat point:
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+PizzaPaul says: Yes, roof is secured.
-|+
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 02:18+
-She's not being an idiot, and you're being a jerk.+BriDog72 says: Is roof location secured? We need the high ground, it's strategic necessity.
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+Depicts two people that came to the roof, checking on something.<br><br>
-|+[[Image:CFB-NYCevent4.jpg]]<br>
-Poster: Ns18<br>+Second time something interesting happens.
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 02:29+
-It's a citizen's arrest.+A Projection of a video depicting the Dark Knight logo with the glowing edges moving behind it. <br><br>
-|}+[[Image:CFB-NYCevent5.jpg]]<br>
 +Final time something interesting happens.
-{| class="quote"+After 1 hour and 20 minutes of watching
-|+
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:10+
-There's not really such thing as a citizen's arrest.+A person shows up and walks past the camera and is there for about 60 seconds. <br><br>
 +<youtube>VjKBBg0gnMY</youtube><br>
 +Video showing highlights of the footage from NYC. It plays really quick and doesn't show everything.
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+===July 10, 2008===
-|+At 10 PM EDT, the countdown on [[Whysoserious.com/Overture]] ended with a link to Citizensforbatman.org. Visiting the site reveals the Joker has vandalized it in the style of [[Thehahahatimes.com]].
-Poster: Ns18<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:14+
-from wikipedia:+[[Image:Jokerizedcfb.jpg|500px|center]]
-Each state permits citizen arrests if the commission of felony is witnessed by the arresting citizen, or when a citizen is asked to assist in the apprehension of a suspect by police.+
-|}+
-{| class="quote"+Clicking on the live feed icons shows that the Batsignal is being projected on the Woolworth Building and Sears Tower. However, a short time later, the Batsignals are ripped apart like in the teaser trailer and replaced with a "Joker signal" like the one on [[Whysoserious.com/Stupidbats]].
-|+'''
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:16+
-There's also a law on the books that a husband can't beat his wife with a stick thicker than his thumb, but that doesn't mean you should try using a thinner one because that's okay.+{|align="center" style="background-color:black;"
 +|-align="center"
 +|style="color:white"|New York City<br>
 +[[Image:Why_So_Serious_-_Leave_a_Big_MarkNYC.png]]<br>
 +<youtube>IDpFSfNySYk</youtube><br><br>
 +Batsignal Jokerization<br><br>
 +<youtube>fq85Dka4ReM</youtube><br><br>
 +|style="color:white"|Chicago<br>
 +[[Image:Jokersignalchicago.jpg]]<br>
|} |}
-{| class="quote"+==Forums==
-|+On April 9, 2008, the [[Citizensforbatman.com/Forum|Citizens for Batman message board]] went online. Players cannot join the forums, but can read the threads. The forums spoof the [http://forums.superherohype.com/forumdisplay.php?f=390 Superhero Hype! message boards], a popular discussion place for the Dark Knight ARG. Many SHH members have found their usernames spoofed in these forums.
-Poster: Ns18<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:17+
- +
-Are you saying Batman doesn't get results?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:22+
- +
-I'm just saying that it isn't a stupid question that Amanita asked, and your response was out of line.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Ns18<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 03:23+
- +
-whatever+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: SewerMutant<br>+
-Sunday, April 13th, 2008 at 20:33+
- +
-Saw on the news last night that Batman stopped a crime just by showing up. Guys doing it saw him and just ran. That means that his appearance is enough to stop criminals. Cool!!!!+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Sunday, April 13th, 2008 at 20:36+
- +
-Good to see you at the meeting. You said some good stuff. You should post more. A couple of us are going to get together at Sorrily's on Cook Avenue on Wednesday.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Sunday, April 13th, 2008 at 20:51+
- +
-Is that an open invitation BigEd?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Sunday, April 13th, 2008 at 20:53+
- +
-Open to like-minded people OscarD and you certainly qualify.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Amanita<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 16:29+
- +
-Scramble, PM me when you get on. It's important.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 19:57+
- +
-Amanita this isn't a personals site.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Amanita<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:00+
- +
-Sorry but you guys were talking about meeting each other and I needed to talk to Scramble.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:16+
- +
-Our meeting is business A.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: LibertyLiz<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:23+
- +
-Playing army is business Ed?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:25+
- +
-Liz perhaps you failed to notice what the last meeting was about, since you spent most of it talking instead of paying attention.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: LibertyLiz<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:26+
- +
-If you guys had anything real to say, I would. But since you're a bunch of middle-aged guys who think you're going to go out and be Batman, all I see is male posturing.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 20:28+
- +
-And all I see from you is critizing. Go head the t-shirt committee or something.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Scramble<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:09+
- +
-Leave the women alone, Oscar.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Clem<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:10+
- +
-Hey Scramble, maybe you should stay away from my wife.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: schlockmeister<br>+
-Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 00:37+
- +
-Whoa. Isn't Scramble the dude with the shaved head? Whose Amanita? She isn't that mousy little thing that hands out copies of the previous meeting's minutes, is she? +
- +
-I can't wait for the next meeting.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Batfan73<br>+
-Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 00:37+
- +
-LOL!+
-|}+
- +
-===GARCETTI IS WRONG===+
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Czar Lee<br>+
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 17:58+
- +
-Roger Garcetti sez that he thinks Batman is a vigilante. He says that Batman should be arrested. This makes me so mad. Batman is the best thing that has happened to this city.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sidekick<br>+
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 19:27+
- +
-This city is ****messed up***** Anything good that happens gets *****messed up***** Politicians in this city are the worst. They're all crooked.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 02:14+
- +
-I support Batman but Garcetti, as a representative of the established civil authority really has to take that position. Batman exists outside the established authority and is therefore a threat to it. Think about it, there are over four hundred citizens for every cop, so the system works only if 1. the police are the only ones to enforce order and 2. most of us follow the rules and the police only have to deal with a few people who deviate. +
- +
-The alternative is a world where anyone who has a grudge takes care of it themselves. That means that a person who feels wronged deals directly with his neighbor, shoots them if they feel its necessary. You get feuds and lawlessness and a survival of the fittest. The strong dominate the weak. By taking the law into his own hands, Batman threatens the police monopoly on maintaining order and could be seen as taking the first step towards that kind of lawlessness. +
- +
-The problem is that the police are not keeping their end of the civil contract. We give them power with the understanding that they will maintain order. But anyone who lives in Gotham can see that order and safety are breaking down. We are already in a state of lawlessness. Batman is responding to the increasing disorder. And so are we by joining Citizens For Batman.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 08:36+
- +
-So you are saying that Batman should be arrested? Why the hell did you join this group then? You should leave. You're not welcome here.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 19:22+
- +
-If you read my post, you'll see that I say Garcetti has to call for Batman's arrest because he represents the civil organization. But the civil organization (that is, the city of Gotham) is failing in its contract with the citizens of the city.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 21:02+
- +
-I'm not a lawyer OR a politician and I don't have a PHD in gobblygook. Plain English.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: dark-witness<br>+
-Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 00:07+
- +
-i think what tarida is saying is that garcetti has to want to arrest batman but we don't he doesn't want to arrest the b-dude+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 01:33+
- +
-Then why doesn't he say that?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: buttercookies<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 10:06+
- +
-people like Tarida use long words to compensate for there stupidity+
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- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 11:52+
- +
-buttercookies, no insults. This is your first warning.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: buttercookies<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 09:37+
- +
-Joke, WWBD.+
-|}+
- +
-===BATMAN OR THE BATMAN===+
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Thunder880<br>+
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 19:41+
- +
-Some people call him 'Batman' and some people call him 'The Batman.' Which is it?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Batfan73<br>+
-Monday, April 7th, 2008 at 20:43+
- +
-LOL!+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: IndigoGrrrl<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 07:13+
- +
-It's just Batman.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Thunder880<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 09:08+
- +
-How do you know? :)+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: IndigoGrrrl<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 18:19+
- +
-Because I wouldn't call you 'The Thunder880.' If you refer to him as 'The Batman' it's like the way you talk about a kind of thing, like you say, 'I gave it to the dog.' It's not like there are a whole bunch of Batmans. If we keep saying 'The Batman,' what would we call him if we met him face to face?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: schlockmeister<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 20:29+
- +
-Sir+
-|}+
- +
-===WHO IS BATMAN?===+
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: ZincBadger<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 15:06+
- +
-Who is Batman? Is he an athlete? He can do incredible stuff.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Batmand00d<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 15:09+
- +
-I don't think we should be asking who Batman is.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: ZincBadger<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 15:14+
- +
-It's a fair question.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OdeToJoy<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 21:54+
- +
-Batmand00d is right, I think. Batman is better mysterious.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: buttercookies<br>+
-Tuesday, April 8th, 2008 at 23:01+
- +
-I want to know what gym he goes to+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+
-Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 03:17+
- +
-Batman is a symbol. If we don't know who he is, then his power is greater. We live in a world where what we buy and what we see shapes who we are. Research shows that in cultures where there are large social divisions-divisions in wealth and divisions in culture like different religions and languages-have much larger problems with crime than more homogeneous societies.+
- +
-Batman exists in that chasm. He is no society and no culture. His choice of a costume makes him 'not us' since no culture or religion has ever dressed like him. His decision to take on animal aspects makes him even more mysterious and taps into very profound and mostly unconscious reactions from us, the same reactions that were evoked by the Shaman of Trois Freres, whose very human eyes look out at us from the mask of a stag. We are programmed to respond to Batman's us/not us status in powerful ways-with fear.+
- +
-If you expose the man behind the mask, the power of the marginal status disappears and the man becomes just a guy in a weird suit.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: batmand00d<br>+
-Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 07:12+
- +
-Yeah what he said+
-|}+
- +
-===NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH===+
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: SmokinJoe<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 07:16+
- +
-In the meeting, there was a lot of talk about forming neighborhood watch committees. I'm assuming everybody here is pretty clear on what this means. Let's talk about taking back our neighborhoods. We know the police are no help, let's talk about TAKING MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: ZincBadger<br>+
-Thursday, April 10th, 2008 at 09:15+
- +
-About time. Count me in.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 11:22+
- +
-There was some talk about a buddy system, but I think we should take our cue from Batman. He works alone.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 11:37+
- +
-I'm patrolling my neighborhood tonight.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: LostnFound<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 14:06+
- +
-I think Larry's thing on the front page sums it up. The cops are corrupt, the judges don't care. I'm going on patrol tonight to.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 16:57+
- +
-No real names on the site LostnFound.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sid_Bat<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 12:48+
- +
-I think we should talk about buddy-ing up. I really respect Batman, but we aren't him. I don't know about your neighborhood but since I don't think I can jump off a roof top and clobber guys, I'd like someone out there who has my back.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 15:13+
- +
-I'm not saying you can't have a buddy. But I'm just saying it makes it harder. You gotta find someone, someone you can trust. Me, I'd rather go it alone.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sid_Bat<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 17:09+
- +
-It's pretty much the same as scuba diving. You need someone if you get in trouble.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: BigEd<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 20:31+
- +
-Fine, you want a buddy, you should get a buddy.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Captain Satellite<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 20:48+
- +
-We should leave the acrobatics to Batman. I've got two kids. I want things to get better in my neighborhood and I'm willing to do a real neighborhood watch, you know, with neighborhood guys on patrol and all that, but much as I admire Batman, I think the guy has a bit of a death wish, you know? And I don't.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: ZincBadger<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 20:53+
- +
-That sounds good, but the problem is, you're out there, patrolling your neighborhood, and you see something, if you call the cops they might come in a couple of hours. They might not come at all. The criminals know that. You've got to scare them yourself.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Tadarida<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 21:18+
- +
-As I have pointed out before, there is a social contract between the city and its citizens. The police force is supposed to provide protection. But the police won't or can't keep their end of the bargain. The only recourse is for us to protect ourselves.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sid_Bat<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 21:20+
- +
-Batman has given us hope. Somebody had a big post about him as a symbol (I'm not going to go through threads to find it.) But I looked around the last meeting and saw a bunch of guys (and a couple of girls) who were just ordinary people. Batman has some sort of fancy stealth vehicle. I drive a ten year old Volvo that my wife's parents handed down to us. It's got a kid's car seat in the back. Taking matters into our own hands is going to be dangerous. I'm not sure I want to do that.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 21:24+
- +
-Maybe you don't belong here..+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sid_Bat<br>+
-Saturday, April 12th, 2008 at 22:03+
- +
-If you're not even willing to talk about it, maybe I don't belong here.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: OscarD<br>+
-Sunday, April 13th, 2008 at 00:06+
- +
-You said it, not me.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: WWBD<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 10:12+
- +
-This thread is closed. See Admin thread.+
-|}+
- +
-===I GOT A PICTURE!===+
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Reddy-Steddy<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:25+
- +
-I was at 5th street when this went past!+
- +
-[[Image: Batcar.jpg]]+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: ZincBadger<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:25+
- +
-That is so cool.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: dark-witness<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:35+
- +
-Sa-weeeeet!+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Ns 18<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:51+
- +
-It's fake.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sid_Bat<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 21:59+
- +
-What makes you say that?+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Ns 18<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 22:15+
- +
-It could be anything. It looks like a garbage truck.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Sioux-man<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 22:38+
- +
-You can tell it's not fake. Look at the front! +
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: Batmand00d<br>+
-Monday, April 14th, 2008 at 23:25+
- +
-Looks real to me.+
-|}+
- +
-{| class="quote"+
-|+
-Poster: buttercookies<br>+
-Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 02:42+
- +
-He's in the city!+
-|}+
==Film connections== ==Film connections==
'''Minor spoilers:'''<br> '''Minor spoilers:'''<br>
-The film includes a scene with Gotham citizens dressed as Batman acting as vigilantes, and the NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH thread indicates that Citizens for Batman's members will become these fake Batmen. The [[Castingsides|casting sides]] include two related scenes; one where Batman confronts one of the vigilantes and another where [[Brian Douglass]], the group's leader, is being interrogated by an unkown individual about why he wants to be like Batman.+The film includes a scene with Gotham citizens dressed as Batman acting as vigilantes, and the secret forum (see the below section) indicates that Citizens for Batman's members will become these fake Batmen. The [[Castingsides|casting sides]] include two related scenes; one where Batman confronts one of the vigilantes and another where [[Brian Douglass]], the group's leader, is being interrogated by an unknown individual about why he wants to be like Batman.
 + 
 +==Hidden links==
 +A secret second forum known as [[CFB Underground]] was found through [[Gothamcitypizzeria.com|the Gotham City Pizzeria's]] [[Free pizza|free pizza promotion]]. This second forum is where members discuss their plans to enforce Gotham's laws with vigilante justice.
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[edit] The site

Upon Batman's emergence as a beacon of hope for Gotham citizens, Gotham authorities are equally adamant about his arrest due to his unlawful vigilante activities. Citizens for Batman is a group of people who regularly get together in support of Batman.



DON'T LET CITY HALL ARREST BATMAN!

It’s like a bad dream. Gotham citizens are under attack. We’ve been attacked, robbed, knifed, assaulted, even murdered.

THEN BATMAN APPEARS

For the first time, we have hope. Batman proves we can fight back against the sociopaths, thugs, and scum that have ruled Gotham for too long.

And now, City Hall wants to arrest Batman!

FIGHT BACK, FIGHT FOR BATMAN

Batman has given us hope back. He’s given us back a sense of power over our own lives. He’s saved lives.

Now, Batman needs our help!

Don’t let Batman be arrested. Don’t let the politicians and the corrupt cops win. Don’t give in to crime and corruption.

[edit] Meeting times

Thursdays, 8pm

Gotham City Community Center #5

1310 Adams Street, Downtown (moved from Rossi’s Deli)


Sundays, 1PM

St. Swithun's Church

[edit] Contact

Email: join@citizensforbatman.org

Sending a message to the email address results in an autoreply response:

Dear Gotham Citizen,

Thanks for expressing your interest in joining Citizens for Batman. The easiest way you can join is by attending a meeting. Check the web site for meeting times. If you can't attend, you can always lobby City Hall to support Batman and stop any talk of his being arrested.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Brian Douglass

Founder and President, Citizens for Batman

[edit] April 1, 2008

A new update is added to the News section:

BATMAN does it again! He saves another innocent Gothamite from the clutches of evil! Citizens for Batman has invited his latest rescue, Ulyana Kasparkova, to the next meeting to share with us her incredible story! Don’t miss it!

Here’s what we know – Ulyana was walking down Fleeting Avenue last Thursday. Suddently, ski-masked thugs came out of nowhere and pulled out a pistol!

Then, Batman swooped in, with a classic lasso and hoist (a move he has employed at the docks, and using trees, at Harlow Park) . Batman roped the gunman and left him dangling from a light pole for police to pick up later!

Kasparkova has accepted our invite and will tell all! She also works as a dental technician and is expected to offer Citizens for Batman discounts on teeth cleaning! Way to go, Ulyana!!!!!

[edit] April 9, 2008

Four new updates are added to the News section:

King James Bible (Psalms 8:2), "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger." Whether young or old, black or white, rich or poor, the citizens of Gotham have placed our trust in Batman!
BATMAN BRINGS HOPE TO SKID ROW

Life is tough for the vagrants in the rat-infested streets of Q5; violence, drugs and ok. The area is one of the worst in the city, but that didn't scare Batman! "He swooped down from that buildin' ova' there!" said one guy that CFB talked to. "One minute, I'm getting' pushed around by a couple a' punk kids, and the next minute he's savin' my hide. What a guy!" Batman saves the day!

ALL ABOARD!

Spread the word: the Gotham Monorail is open for business. The city's daily commuters took to the underground subway system with a renewed sense of confidence last Wednesday. And Citizens For Batman know why – cuz of Batman! "I used to be scared to take public transportation," admitted Maxine Fleiner-Baer, a member of CFB since the beginning. "But, who needs to worry with a strapping hero like [Batman] watching over us?" Who needs to worry? I'll tell you who: anyone who crosses the strong arm of the law. And, no, I'm not talking about the crooked cops of this festering berg; I'm talking about Batman. Beware, evildoers, because the subway belongs to the citizens once again!

THE NEXT GENERATION OF BAT-FANS

11-year-old Francisco Gracia-Godinez won the citywide essay contest with his report entitled, "We Owe Our Life to Batman." The 500-word effort details how Frank and his family barely avoided a gruesome death at the hands of the Gambol crime syndicate recently. "He's the bravest man I've ever seen," little Franky said. "Even braver than my dad, the president and the whole army, too."

[edit] June 9, 2008

An update is added to their introduction:

LEAVE OUR HERO ALONE!

There’s only one man who has devoted his life, his soul and even his identity to fighting Gotham’s criminals wherever they may lurk. He is the one we call “Batman” and he’s under fire from the media and the establishment. They’ve never understood his quiet brand of justice, but the latest development is that we, the members of CFB, are also starting to take the heat.

WE'RE NOT THE PROBLEM

The public has the wrong opinion about Citizens for Batman. Well, who could blame them? According to the liberal press, we’re a bunch of violent hooligans who roam the streets looking for trouble. They only got one thing wrong: those are the people we’re working against.

FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY

CFB was founded as a network of concerned Gothamites who keep a watchful eye out for thugs, robbers and worse. These should be the targets of public scorn, not us. We are a peaceful organization that operates within the confines of the law and we always have. Don’t believe the hype; CFB is here to help Batman without hurting anyone, we’re here to clean up this town and we’re here to stay!


New updates to the News section:

VOTE "YES" ON PROP D

Batman has been called many things - a menace, a legend, an enigma - but, the one title that seems to follow him wherever he goes is "vigilante." Because of this label, Batman has been unfairly dogged by the Gotham authorities for far too long. But now, voters have the chance to help him do his job. Proposition D will require the Gotham Police to turn their priorities from so-called "vigilantes" and make them focus their efforts on the real criminals. So, when you go to the polls, say "yes" to a safer city, say "yes" to supporting a true hero and say "yes" to Prop D.

BATMAN CHIC

When Marc Uttansky's wife dragged him to a costume party last weekend, he was dreading it. But, then he had an epiphany: he decided to dress as the Batman. "It was easy, really," explained Uttansky. "I just made the head out of an old kickball, painted it black, applied some electrical tape that looked like ears and voila!" When partygoers voted on their favorite outfit, Uttansky took second place and he was happy to share the credit. "Thanks, Batman. We're lookin' good!"

PUT UP YOUR DUKES

The Citizens for Batman will be conducting self-defense classes after their weekly meetings every Thursday, 8pm, at GCCC. These classes are open to the public, but CFB reminds all participants that these are non-violent workshops meant to increase your awareness, dexterity and sense of preservation in the face of an attack. We are not to use these techniques as an offense. That being said, Pedro Malangue is making real strides in his patented "roundhouse scissor punch" technique. See you on Thursday!

[edit] CFB event

[edit] June 30, 2008

[edit] Promotional materials

Participants who submitted to Batman Sightings on Gothamcablenews.com begin to receive a package from Citizensforbatman.org starting June 30th. The packages contain stickers, pins, metal keychains, and a note:

Citizens for Batman!

It's time to go public. To really defend Batman, we have to show the world how big our movement is. So check out the goodies inside and show your pride in CFB!

And get ready for a MAJOR show of force July 8th. (check out citizensforbatman.org for the latest)

Defend Gotham. Defend Batman!

Brian Douglass
Founder, Citizens for Batman

[edit] CFB video submissions

Participants who submitted videos promoting Citizens for Batman also receive an additional promotional package, which includes a CFB shirt featuring the logo.

[edit] Countdown

The Citizensforbatman.org webpage was updated with a countdown to 10:00 PM EDT on July 8, 2008. Clicking on the CFB pin links back to the normal home page.

[edit] July 3, 2008

The site updates with a submission field. In the CFB forums, BriDog72 informs the board that the key to activate it is "on invoice 38272899," but that he could get no other information since the informant (Batfan73) was arrested for trespassing. An update on Gothamcityrail.com reveals Batfan73 is GCR engineer Chuck Craston. Using this last name and the invoice number from CFB in Maroniimports.com brings up an invoice for one amplifier, which contains a software key.

Once the key was found and activated, the locations for the July 8th event are revealed: New York City and Chicago.


Sometimes, you have to take a stand. You have to fight for respect. You have to let the entire world know you're here.

On July 8th, nobody will be able to ignore us. Gather at the above coordinates at the appointed time, and help us take a stand in support of Batman!

If you can't join us on the ground, we'll be providing a way for you to watch what goes down, live on this website.

Defend Gotham! Defend Batman!


Key: 5D45C08AA6C3638D7829C0D5183FDB14B0CDBF1DCB12

Signal Booster status: ON

[edit] July 8, 2008

At 3pm EDT a chat site and a live feed are made available for each location by clicking on each building.

[edit] Chat

[edit] 10 PM EDT

Participants who gathered in each location received CFB swag (including shirts) and Gotham Times newspapers. They were given notes stapled to Domino's pizza boxes with a code word and directions to find a lockbox at another location. The lockbox contained other instructions to find a 2-way radio at yet another location, and once the radio found and the code word given, they were directed to another spot overlooking a building. Now hahaha can be seen in replace of the batsignal.

A Batsignal was then shown on the Woolworth Building (NYC) and Sears Tower (Chicago)

Chicago

Image:Chicagocfbevent.jpg

New York City

Image:NYCcfbevent.jpg

The Batsignal in Chicago was turned off shortly afterward, presumably for maintenance purposes (the signal was very dim and hard to see), although it might also be due to the Chicago Police Department's unawareness of the event.

This is a quick run through of the points that were interesting at the NYC gathering

Batsignal On New York Building



Batsignal On Chicago Building

New York City

Image:CFB-NYCevent1.jpg
Initial Static Screen. First says Connection Failed, then switches to Loading before the video starts up.

Image:CFB-NYCevent2.jpg
Image of building before anything happens

Image:CFB-NYCevent3.jpg
First time something interesting happens.

Takes place right at this chat point:

PizzaPaul says: Yes, roof is secured.

BriDog72 says: Is roof location secured? We need the high ground, it's strategic necessity.

Depicts two people that came to the roof, checking on something.

Image:CFB-NYCevent4.jpg
Second time something interesting happens.

A Projection of a video depicting the Dark Knight logo with the glowing edges moving behind it.

Image:CFB-NYCevent5.jpg
Final time something interesting happens.

After 1 hour and 20 minutes of watching

A person shows up and walks past the camera and is there for about 60 seconds.


Video showing highlights of the footage from NYC. It plays really quick and doesn't show everything.

[edit] July 10, 2008

At 10 PM EDT, the countdown on Whysoserious.com/Overture ended with a link to Citizensforbatman.org. Visiting the site reveals the Joker has vandalized it in the style of Thehahahatimes.com.

Clicking on the live feed icons shows that the Batsignal is being projected on the Woolworth Building and Sears Tower. However, a short time later, the Batsignals are ripped apart like in the teaser trailer and replaced with a "Joker signal" like the one on Whysoserious.com/Stupidbats.

New York City

Image:Why_So_Serious_-_Leave_a_Big_MarkNYC.png


Batsignal Jokerization



Chicago

Image:Jokersignalchicago.jpg

[edit] Forums

On April 9, 2008, the Citizens for Batman message board went online. Players cannot join the forums, but can read the threads. The forums spoof the Superhero Hype! message boards, a popular discussion place for the Dark Knight ARG. Many SHH members have found their usernames spoofed in these forums.

[edit] Film connections

Minor spoilers:
The film includes a scene with Gotham citizens dressed as Batman acting as vigilantes, and the secret forum (see the below section) indicates that Citizens for Batman's members will become these fake Batmen. The casting sides include two related scenes; one where Batman confronts one of the vigilantes and another where Brian Douglass, the group's leader, is being interrogated by an unknown individual about why he wants to be like Batman.

[edit] Hidden links

A secret second forum known as CFB Underground was found through the Gotham City Pizzeria's free pizza promotion. This second forum is where members discuss their plans to enforce Gotham's laws with vigilante justice.

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