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May Day Seattle: radical left-wing violence

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Another far-left cause, another riot and clashes with police.

Police used "flash bangs" and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles late Wednesday, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle.

Several dozen protesters, many using bandanas to cover their faces, began clashing with police in downtown Seattle hours after a peaceful immigrant-rights march ended.

The May Day protests in Seattle the previous year turned violent as well and in Los Angeles several years before. It's not just May Day either--let's not forget to mention the infamous Occupy Protests. There's something about anti-capitalism that brings out the worst in people.

When the "far right" protests? Millions of people in lawn chairs waving flags at Tea Party rallies.

That not only is strong evidence for the civility of their guiding ideology, but is an indictment on the media.

Can you imagine if a Tea Party rally turned as violent as a May Day or Occupy protest, with pepper spray and fires and vandalism? It would be front-page news for weeks.

But when the far left does it, it's just protesters being protesters. More of the usual--which is a sad commentary on that political ideology.

Don't forget to occupy your mind

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While perusing information on the Occupy Movement's national "Shut Down the Corporations Day," I noticed a curious tagline on the event's website.

It reads, simply, "Think for yourself."

Now, that's interesting to me, coming from people who collectively repeat back every three words a speaker says in creepy chants. I suspect Occupiers fancy themselves as anti-establishment crusaders for democracy, who are more intellectual, more enlightened, and more independent-minded than the mindless right-wing zombies.

However, the newspapers are on the Occupy Movement's side. Network news is. Cable news is, with the exception of Fox News Channel. NPR is. Academia is. Hollywood is. Billionaire businessmen are. The United States government is, as well as several foreign countries.

When the president of the United States comes out on your side, how anti-establishment can you be? That would be like an Egyptian demonstrator in Tahrir Square demonstrating in 2011 for Hosni Mubarak and with his blessing while still calling himself a rebel.

The default ideology of United States institutions is politically correct progressivism. Anything else is "controversial". Teachers and professors are generally progressive--the outcasts will be the few right-of-center students who risk their grades to speak up. Most Hollywood actors have to hide their political ideology, unless their liberals in which case they win awards. The media cracks down on the peaceful Tea Party protests as "violent" and "angry", but refrain from labeling the Occupy Movement as such despite the thousands of arrests and frequent clashes with police. Do you think Disney/ABC/ESPN will tackle tough social issues when they are so afraid of "controversy" they knee-jerk fired a reporter for accidentally saying "chink-in-the-armor" in a story about Jeremy Lin?

A person on the right who questions the scientific consensus of man-made global warming stands alone. A person who asks, "our laws should be colorblind and so we shouldn't have ones that give preference to certain races" is himself called a racist. Someone who says our debt-problem is so out of control we need to cut spending on social programs goes against the federal government, the media, and various special interest groups.

Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are the real free-thinkers. It doesn't take much thought to parrot what you see in movies, TV shows, or what you heard from your liberal professors or on NPR, or what you read in the NY Times or LA Times or Time or Newsweek, or what you saw on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC,  or the Daily Show. Or what the government tells you.

It takes real intellectual courage to challenge what everyone else has accepted as fact.

Fun with biased media: Occupy edition

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The Heritage Foundation provided a great way to visualize the media's biased coverage of the gaping chasm between how Tea Partiers and Occupiers behaved at their respective protests. The left-wing media was desperate for any examples of violence it could pin on the conservative movement, even blaming it for the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords by a disturbed young man who had no ties whatsoever to the Tea Party.

Any of the following events would be front-page stories for weeks if they happened:

  • Tea Party Protester Defecates on Police Car
  • Riot Police Arrest Tea Party Protesters
  • Repairing Tea Party Damage to City Hall Could Cost $400,000
  • Tea Party Protesters Sing 'F*** the USA'"
  • Tea Party Speaker: Violence Will be Necessary to Achieve Our Goals
  • Tea Party Protests Go Global; Riots in Rome
  • Police in Riot Gear Clear Tea Party Protesters in California City

The media would be justifiably outraged if the Tea Party was guilty of any of the above. Instead, the media is guilty of hypocrisy for not crying out at all, because those acts were committed by Occupiers, not Tea Partiers.

Simi Library Privatization Protest Advertised on Questionable Websites

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Matters concerning local libraries don't normally attract this kind of attention, but in this era of far-left Occupy protests, anything goes.

The Simi Valley City Council is considering privatizing the local library, drawing the ire of liberal bloggers and Democratic Party officials.  The usual left-wing groups will turn out to protest their dissatisfaction with the plan, which is par for the course. But what's interesting here is who else is rallying support against the privatization plan.

A website called raisethefist.com, which is littered with red stars (must be Macy's fans), links to the Simi protest's Facebook event page. Judging by the website's contents, its editors apparently are big supporters of the Occupy movement as well as Copwatch, a self-described "revolutionary" organization that encourages visitors to its website to "Check-a-pig."  The Facebook link on raisethefist.com was created by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center, which describes itself as a "non-commercial, non corporate, anti-capitalist collective."

What probably happened is that either a local organizer or protester sent a press release of sorts to the Los Angeles Independent Media Center, which probably maintains a list of far-left websites, such as raisethefist.com, that it can post free advertisements on.

It's interesting to note, however, that issues interesting to supposedly mainstream Democrats are also embraced by radical anti-police, revolutionary groups.

Poll reveals a third of Occupiers support violence to advance radical-left agenda

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Despite mainstream media claims that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a grassroots, populist movement representing the 99% of Americans who are "anti-greed," evidence keeps churning out that they are anything but.

As has been reported here and elsewhere, the Occupy protests are comprised of professional radical left-wing agitators at the top and clueless college students who are desperate for a cause at the bottom.  

A former Bill Clinton pollster surveyed 200 Occupiers and found that half of them had participated in a political movement before and they comprise "an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth" and they reflect values "that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people."

Interestingly, only 15% of them are unemployed, which is much closer to the real unemployment rate than I or others would have guessed.

In most places where the Occupy Movement spread, trash and clashes with police followed (a marked contrast with the Tea Party, which curiously was labeled as angry and violent by the media, without any compelling evidence).

However, it is the Occupy Movement that has a disquieting view toward violence as means of social change.

Nearly one-third said they would support violence to advance their agenda, but that's not stopping Democratic leaders or President Obama (whom the Occupiers overwhelmingly supported in 2008) from embracing them.

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.
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