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August 07, 2009

Racism, Political Thuggery Explained

Dangerous, racist rhetoric:

Hutchinson is challenging the group or individual that put up the poster to have the courage and decency to publicly identify themselves.

"Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery," says Hutchinson, "it is mean-spirited and dangerous."

Concerned citizens, working together to bring about hope and change:

At a town meeting held by a Democrat congressman, a rowdy group of organized and angry thugs showed up to make a point about ObamaCare, and then beat up a man. Race was involved, too: the victim was black — attacked by a man yelling racial slurs.

It’s every Democrat talking point you’ve read about in the last day or two, come to life in an ugly fashion.

With one twist. The black victim was a conservative, and the assailants may well have been union thugs:

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

Angry, violent extremists crush political speech:

Watch the senior citizen “hooligans” and “civic vigilantes” in Dallas question a condescending AARP representative about Obamacare. Dues-paying members are speaking up about the organization’s sellout of its members — and the AARP brass is not happy.

Concerned citizens organize inclusive community campaign for hope and change:

In this video you see one Carnahan supporter allowed into the meeting at Bernard Middle School through a side door. There were 1,000 tea party taxpayers stranded outside the main door. When two SEIU members attempted to get in the same side door marked "handicapped" the crowd went nuts and blocked them at the door. Did you notice how nonchalant the SIEU members were about getting inside the door? Like they knew right where to go.

Class dismissed.

Posted by Cassandra at August 7, 2009 08:43 AM

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Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at August 7, 2009 10:12 AM

I honestly don't know what to say...

As I read at one of the posts you linked (commenter): "The political stupidity is breathtaking." I suppose that's the good side of this. The bad side...? It's absolutely surreal. And the worst part is, it's truly being encouraged or even orchestrated by the WH: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/290642.php (see especially the Peggy Noon column at the end).

Posted by: FbL at August 7, 2009 10:21 AM

"Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery," says Hutchinson

While depicting the *former* President as demonic and a fascist is just political spoofery, natch...

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2009 10:49 AM

Sauce for goose, sauce for gander?

[channeling post-modern political goon/creep/muscle/commentator] "You don't understand! My feelings about the matter are stronger than your facts, so I'm right and you have no cause to protest or put up mean signs! Whaaaaa, I'm telling Mooommmm!"

Posted by: LittleRed1 at August 7, 2009 12:23 PM

Seems like just yesterday we were hearing the left using "Bushhitler" with gay abandon.

I remind our lefty administration, who are under the mistaken assumption that the current POTUS and democratically controlled congress since 2006, was elected to change this country from capitalism to socialism, of the famous Japanese Admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto after the bombing of Pearl Harbor;

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

Note to Obama/Emanuel, if you stay in the kitchen too long, you get burned.

Let the games begin!

Posted by: vet66 at August 7, 2009 12:43 PM

LittleRed1 hits the nail on the head. I have noted, at what you might consider conservative sites, a person (never more than one) who is strongly defending Obama Care and thoroughly ignoring any facts that seem to refute what they have to say. I have watched as people have posted arguments against the pro-Obama poster and almost immediately there is a response from the Obama poster - and the responses seem to be downright insulting. Of course, if they are insulted, it is called a standard move of the Republicans.

If the White House is looking for "fishy" activity, perhaps they should take a look at their own political operatives. Nobody would blame the President, of course, but was he not a community organizer - that is, get out the crowd person?

Well, as Mom always said, you get what you paid for. In this case, a Presidential candidate from Chicago saying he was from Hawaii, and a Vice Presidential candidate from Delaware saying he was from Pennsylvania. You can't get much clearer than that!

Posted by: RIslander at August 7, 2009 12:49 PM

Ace is really on fire today: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/290660.php

Posted by: FbL at August 7, 2009 01:15 PM

If you can't take it, don't dish it out.

I am not a number, I am a free man!

I am Spartacus!

Adam Selene is Simon Jester?

Ben is Glory?

I'll stop. We should send them CheezeWizz, to go with their whine.

Posted by: htom at August 7, 2009 01:18 PM

Off topic, but we are Americans and we will prevail. Honesty, decency and liberty will reign as long as we have brave young men and women willing to do what must be done, and the good people honor that service...

From Boortz:

I did all I could last night to research this bit on the Internet. Snopes had nothing. This is a message an airplane pilot sent to his colleagues after one particular flight:

My lead flight attendant came to me and said, 'We have an H.R. on this flight.' H.R. stands for human remains. 'Are they military?' I asked. 'Yes', she said. 'Is there an escort?' I asked. 'Yes, I already assigned him a seat.' 'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early', I said.

A short while later, a young Army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. My soldier is on his way back to Virginia', he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words on his own. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board', he said. He then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia. The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendant's voice when he asked me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told him that I would get back to him.

Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had onboard with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and this following is the text:

'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and planeside to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.
Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.'

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.' Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.

'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain speaking. I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is private XXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft. When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one. Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.

I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of America.

Please remember to say "Thank You" to a service member. Even the nubs and rookies are doing their parts, and will be the leaders of the future.

Posted by: kbob in Katy at August 7, 2009 01:27 PM

Just SHADDUP, get back to work and give it all to our new overlords!

They don't want the folks who created this mess to do a lot of talking

while they destroy everything.

The revolution will be televised. Prepare accordingly.

Posted by: bthun at August 7, 2009 01:28 PM

My old friend kbob surely knows that I had no idea, when I composed my comment, that his would be posted seconds before mine.

I read of that flight somewhere in the not so distant past. It remains a salve to a sore old heart. Particularly when I see what is happening to our nation under the leadership of the crooks and thugs currently in office.

One last item, the "They don't want the folks who created this mess to do a lot of talking while they destroy everything." was intended to be hot linked to yet another example of fearless leaders respect for opposing views.

Posted by: bthun at August 7, 2009 01:40 PM

Excellent piece, kbob in Katy.

Over my career in the military, though I never did escort duty, I was assigned to funerals and casualty assistance (this consists of helping the next of kin (NOK) in any way possible, and to help them with any questions they might have)duties. In each and every case I was involved with, and despite their loss, I was treated with nothing but respect, generosity, and kindness by the families and those around them. As for me, I felt nothing but honored.

Posted by: RIslander at August 7, 2009 02:06 PM

That e-mail has been around in the same format since at least 2003, when it first started making the dot-mil domain rounds, and which is when I first saw it -- which doesn't vouch for its authenticity, but *does* vouch for its resonance. It made enough of an impact on me that I remembered where I first saw it, and who sent it to me.

There are some things in the story that are too anachronistic to have made it a recent event...

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2009 02:35 PM

Kbob in Katy:
I thought the topic of this blog and others I've read all morning had irreparably hardened my heart for the day until I read your "cleansing" insert. Thank you so much for the uplifting story. Guess I'm an ol' follicle-challenged softy after all. :)

Thanks too for all you vets out there who understand "service above self" and who were willing to put your life on the line when you chose to put on that uniform. Like RIslander, I was honored to serve (25 years!).

Posted by: ziobuck at August 7, 2009 02:51 PM

When liberals crammed speaking audiences to shout down various conservative thinkers over the last decade, I denounced this conduct. It was juvinile, and it is wrong to not allow an invited speaker to speak. Question afterwards, sure. Even hold protest signs. But don't shout down. Our democracy and the listener deserve more respect than that.

So when I heard about these town hall meetings, I am distressed to hear that conservatives might be shouting down the speaker and preventing the speech, or an answer to the questions. OTOH, it is admitted karma payback by the right for a standard college campus decade plus long tactic of the left. Still doesn't make it right.

But not all of these events are "shout downs." In those cases, it just seems the left doesn't like answering the questions posed.

They are a whiney bunch. They have been doing the shout down to right wing speakers for years. Now they look folloish, but the right risks a backlash if good intentioned folks are so rude that their point if ignored too.

Posted by: Hummer at August 7, 2009 02:57 PM

"But not all of these events are "shout downs." In those cases, it just seems the left doesn't like answering the questions posed."
Yup. And in the http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-dont-want-the-folks-who-created-the-mess-to-do-a-lot-of-talking/ link I posted above, BO reveals his intent that those with opposing views are not to be allowed a voice.

That is a totalitarians tactic that our own politico's and media have used in the past and are now ratcheting up.

Grim has a piece up at his hall on Organized Protest. In it he writes,

"Peggy Noonan, very much a Beltway insider, writes that the Congress is simply shocked. They knew there was hostility, of course -- that's why there was such a push to get this done before August. Nobody knew just how hot it would be. It's as hot as it has ever been in my lifetime. "
I have to agree. I've never seen such a groundswell of anger. The closest parallel in my recollection would be the civil rights struggles of 50's into the 60's merging in with the muddled, middle-class white kids fighting The Establishment and The Man in the 60's to early 70's.

Ladies and gentlemen, with the government turning a back to, and as it now seems likely, turning on middle American, this is going to get real ugly.

Posted by: bthun at August 7, 2009 03:29 PM

I do not know the political views of those protesting at these townhalls, but I do feel they are complaining about more than health care. What is becoming terribly obvious is that this administration and Congress are making it all too clear that those of us who are smart enough to vote them into office are, apparently, not smart enough to disagree with them. Consequently, the voice of the people can be ignored. Really, is there anybody more condescending than Pelosi and/or Reid?

Posted by: RIslander at August 7, 2009 03:49 PM

Really, is there anybody more condescending than Pelosi and/or Reid?

Hah! A trick *rhetorical* question!

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2009 04:22 PM

Interesting. Trying to visit Grim's place generates a

We're sorry...

... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.

message that *doesn't* appear when I try to access any other site I've linked.

And the chances of this computer generating an automated query are the same ones a snowflake has in the boiler room in hell...

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2009 04:28 PM

%$#@! Bookmarked, *not* linked.

This innertubes lingo is so confoosing...

Posted by: BillT at August 7, 2009 04:30 PM

"Interesting. Trying to visit Grim's place generates a

We're sorry..."

That's happening to a lot of blogspot sites right now - Either the Twitter/Google attacks are continuing or their resulting filters are a little over zealous.

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Posted by: Aresay at August 7, 2009 05:10 PM

All I said was that it was interesting to see the union-backed Chicago Way types trying to use the old strikebreaker tactics against the Tea Party movement. It's a neat repeat of the early union protests:

1) You declare that the unrest you are experiencing is the work of 'outside agitators,' who are wicked (Communists!... now, Capitalists!).

2) You employ organized strikebreakers (now, Union thugs) to use just enough violence to intimidate the protesting workers (citizens) into compliance and submission.

3) You use wealth (now, the media's willful compliance with Democratic messaging) to suppress the wider nation's interest by painting the protesting groups as not 'like them.' Workers in coal mines, many of whom were recent immigrants, were easily painted so; Middle Americans worried about their taxes and health care will be much harder to paint that way.

I think it's going to fail badly. They're doing it this way because this is where their heads are: the Chicago bunch comes out of the labor movement. The model doesn't apply well to this conflict, though, and I think they're going to discover that. If the majority of middle America ends up identifying with the protest groups, these tactics will be broadly alarming. Instead of ignoring the suppression of dissent, people will be draw into the conflict.

Posted by: Grim at August 7, 2009 07:18 PM

bthun - its the way of "communication" nowadays that a comment may not immediately follow the original item. Tis understandable. Maybe we can discuss on my tentative visit to Ft Stewart....

I too had seen it, or something similar. But the feeling/sentiment is real. Kind of like watching "Taking Chance." I escorted once, and it probably was the hardest thing I had ever done as a PO1 in the Navy. I went with a Chaplain and a LTjg, and learned a lot. Mostly I learned that I never wanted to do that again and that people can dig deep to preserve their dignity and honor when up against a wall.

A bit further off topic, I once again got a clean bill of health from our Uncle and an offer to go back on active duty for a while with the Corps of Engineers. Something to think about....but after 36 years on the books and 16+ years of active duty.....even the thinking about it can be painful. Especially in light of the current power structure, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: kbob in Katy at August 7, 2009 07:25 PM

My husband (retired from the AF in 1982) did escort duty once, and at the request of the family. Since the deceased outranked my husband at the time, it was a bit of a quandary for the military, but the family's request trumped that.

When we married (8 years after his retirement) the people he got most excited over introducing me to was this family. My husband has also told me many tales of the AF since then and, though he took his work seriously, he didn't necessarily take what he called "AF superfluous BS" very serious at all. He had served for four years in the USMC before joining the AF as a "civilian" job.

My Army son-in-law says he's certainly glad he was never a commanding officer for his step-father-in-law. He says this with a sort of nervous tic...

Oh yeah... point of the post -- my husband says the most demanding duty he ever performed for his country (from 1960 to 1982) was escorting the remains of his friend.

Posted by: Donna B. at August 8, 2009 11:45 PM