Category Archives: Protests

Righteous Riots and the Heckler’s Veto


From a fairly left-wing blog:

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Don’t blame your lawlessness on others.

 

Even in our politically-correct, ultra-sensitive-to-verbiage times, folks have every right to express their feelings and beliefs about others, even the nasty ones, but only if they don’t trigger violence. Absolutely a paper-thin difference at times, right?

My response:
Wrong. The threshold is not speech that triggers violence, but speech which encourages violence. The right will not allow the left to target Milo or Trump w/violence, then turn around and say their supposed hate speech caused it.

The majority of the violence in the post-election America has been by progressives, angry because they did not get their way…or convinced that their righteous riots are justified somehow. It’s called the heckler’s veto, and the right is correct to oppose you on this. People who figure they are anti-fascists have become fascists…hoping the government, Twitter, Google or some adult organization starts shutting people up.

Be careful what you wish for.

Real Headline


State Department writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks

The State Department legal office prepared a four-page memo for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning of the dangers of leaking by State Department employees. It promptly leaked, to me. That’s only the latest sign that the relationship between the Trump administration political appointees and the State Department professional workforce is still very much a work in progress.

Hope it was worth it. You all got a slightly different version.*

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*Not really, but that’s how I would have played it.

Free Speech and Hate Speech


David Solway writes for PJ Media about a conference in Canada:

There is obviously a grey area between free speech and hate speech — human life cannot be reduced to a scientific formula enabling precise distinctions — but there should be no doubt that critical speech, analytical speech, satirical speech, spontaneous speech and offensive speech should not be legislated. Free speech is not a speech act. The term “hate speech” in its current acceptation, however, is merely a pretext for the eventual passage of blasphemy laws, envisaging the death of a free and democratic society.

Canada and the U.S. have different ways to deal with speech which might become an illegal act. The First Amendment still covers Americans whose speech is insulting, critical, even racist.

The trend worldwide is actually to punish so-called hate speech. Germany, the UK and other so-called free countries are now battlegrounds in this war.

It is a war. Or at least the first salvos.  

If blasphemy laws, hate speech rules and anti-free speech codes are a part of the U.S. legal system ten years from now, I wouldn’t be surprised. At that point, opposing illegal immigration, or maintaining some semblance of liberty will be in jeopardy. 

If you can silence someone, then you can silence anyone.  That never ends well.

How many teenagers and young adults get this? And how can they learn it, before it is too late.

The young people who justify violence, seek to enforce conformity of thought, and the media who treat the phrase “hate speech” as if it is already illegal…they’ve gone in the wrong direction. Somehow, through education and conversation, this must be turned around.

David Solway:

To return to the U of T symposium. The event was scheduled to conclude with a talk by controversial author and founder of The Rebel Media Ezra Levant, the highlight of the convention. Books like Ethical Oil, Shakedown and Trumping Trudeau, and the fact that Levant is frequently embroiled in legal battles with aggrieved Muslims (and ethically compromised judges), have made him a major draw on the conference circuit. Right on cue, as Levant stepped to the podium, a throng of protestors, plainly neither conferees nor students, swarmed past a detail of useless security guards and proceeded to wreak havoc. The fire alarm was pulled and the entire building (the Sandford Fleming Engineering Building) had to be evacuated. Classes were disrupted as well as the lectures in the auditorium seating hundreds of paying attendees — and that was the end of the affair. This, as noted, is a standard tactic of the dysfunctional and anarchy-loving student left.

 

New Meanings to Common Words


The words unsafe, violence, privilege, hate speech and others are being redefined for the 21st century.

Sam White at Up All Night:

This is because the activist left has a habit of twisting words to serve its own purpose. There’s a basic disrespect for language, and an unwillingness to be precise. Buzzwords abound, and if you don’t know what they mean, then your ignorance may itself be taken down and used in evidence against you.

Add attack to the list. The long, drawn-out drama of Brett Kimberlin is an example of this. Kimberlin has repeatedly complained of being ‘attacked’ by John Hoge and Aaron Walker and manages to add his associates and family to the mix so he can claim that they’ve all been attacked.

Attacked in this sense means mentioned, reported about truthfully or in the case of Walker, it might mean there was a brief, nonviolent confrontation with Kimberlin recorded in several photographs taken two seconds apart, and adjudicated as “not an assault.” Kimberlin reported various symptoms after the so-called attack. Details here. Yet still the Team Kimberlin group claims to be attacked. Ask a veteran, boxer or mugging victim about being attacked. 

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Hang around Hogewash! or Allergic to Bull for more on the Team Kimberlin group of anti-free speech numskulls. 

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They’ve decided that words are violence. And not embracing gender neutral pronouns might be violence. We hear about ‘structural violence’, whereby just existing in the world can render one a victim of assault and battery.

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“All we are saying, is give fear a chance…”

 

 

Quote of the Day


They don’t like the conspiratorial nature of populism — such as the allegation that the game is “rigged” by powerful, hidden forces who would never permit a Trump to win (or govern).

They’re so offended by this charge that, like Islamists protesting the claim that Islamists are violent by murdering you, they immediately set out to brag that there are indeed powerful, hidden forces who will run this country as they see fit whether you peons like it or not. — Ace

Can We Just Dial it Back Just a Bit?


Or as Sgt. Hulka said,”Lighten up, Francis.”

So now we have to keep an eye on anarchists, Islamists, Antifa and the black bloc. 

Members of the anti-fascist Antifa group at Cronulla on Saturday.

A 2015 anti-fascist protest in Australia by Antifa.  Photo credit: Alex Ellinghausen.

Sidney Morning Herald:

Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals. 

Apparently they’re anti-racist, which I figure is good, but they’re pro-intimidation and violence. 

From a  Washington Post story on the so-called black bloc protesters at Berkeley:

To be sure, the black bloc attackers don’t make prosecution simple. As the article notes, the term “black bloc” was first used to describe tight wedges of black-clad protesters in helmets and masks who appeared in street demonstrations in Germany in the 1970s, sometimes confounding efforts to single out, identify and prosecute individuals. But it is not clear to me how eager UC Berkeley is to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

Germany became Nazi Germany when the Sturmabteilung successfully intimidated others with violence.  With so many young people convinced they are right, and that violence is acceptable in the face of so-called fascism, (Trumpism, really) we need to keep an eye out for the new brownshirts. Hint: they are not operating from the ‘right.’  

Stay safe.

Democrats Believe “It’s the Messaging”


But not the message.

The NPR and WAMU production 1A:

The Democratic party is out of power in Washington and in two-thirds of state legislatures. Even with the country’s changing demographics on its side, the party is more removed from power than it has been at almost any point before. The same voters who had previously embraced the New Deal, built the Great Society and put their hope in the nation’s first black president are not turning up in the numbers they once did. The party has been described as being on life support. What will it take to bring it back to health? Guests include Cenk Uygur, co-host of “The Young Turks”, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois, 17th District), Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District, Symone Sanders, political strategist, Margie Omero, Democratic strategist and pollster, and Rich Benjamin, senior fellow at Demos.1A podcast tile

There was a lot of interesting disagreement on the show, but the participants seemed to agree that the lesson of the last few elections is not that the ideals put forward by the Democratic Party are flawed. The messaging was poor.

Democrats talking with other Democrats on a radio show whose audience is made up of Democrats…are convinced that their ideas are not wrong.  

It’s the messaging. If only they could reach the right groups with the right strategy.

At one point a panelist puzzled over the 53% of white women who apparently voted for Donald Trump, and she referred to one group as “Walmart Moms.”

I applaud the work of progressive strategists who deeply wish they could find a way to communicate with America. I encourage them in their efforts to fine tune their message to appeal to various groups, including apparently “Walmart Moms.”

My wife shops at Walmart, but don’t tell me that term is a compliment.

Don’t ever change. Rearrange the deck chairs on your political Titanic. Shift the messaging. But whatever you do, don’t change your opinions on gun control, federal funding of abortion and contraception, forced funding of birth control for nuns, 32-ounce sodas, trans-fats, Milo Yiannopoulis’ freedom of speech, the right of cops to defend themselves, the morality of breaking windows and burning things in protest, safe spaces, trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and queer men in the ladies’ room. 

It’s the messaging. Go with that.