Weds/Thurs Open Thread

Time for bed.  Night night and sleep well, my fellow “radicals” … |-)

The full moon rises above the tree tops in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Wednesday, April 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

The full moon rises above the tree tops in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Wednesday, April 8, 2009. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Another example of the left’s “support” of free speech

I’ve documented several instances of liberal “tolerance” for opposing views in the past, in effect helping expose the lie that far lefties often tell about how they are the “real” defenders of free speech and open debate.

We have another example to add to the list today. US Rep. Tom Tancredo’s speech yesterday before a small group at UNC-CH was disrupted by shouts and acts of violence by a group of leftist juveniles masquerading as college students. The Raleigh N&O reported:

CHAPEL HILL – UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.

Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event.

Tancredo was brought to campus by a UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a national organization of students who oppose mass immigration, multiculturalism and affirmative action.

University Chancellor Holden Thorp said in an e-mail message to students and faculty that he had called Tancredo today to apologize for his treatment.

Campus police are investigating the incident and will pursue criminal charges if warranted, Thorp said. The students involved also could face Honor Court proceedings if there is sufficient evidence, he said.

Before the event, campus security removed two women who delayed Tancredo’s speech by stretching a 12-foot banner across the front of the classroom. It read, “No dialogue with hate.”

Police escorted the women into the hallway, amid more than 30 protesters who clashed with the officers trying to keep them out of the overcrowded classroom. After police released pepper spray and threatened the crowd with a Taser, the protesters gathered outside Bingham Hall.

Police spokesman Randy Young said the pepper spray was “broadcast” to clear the hallway. He said officers’ use of force was under investigation by the department.

Inside the classroom, several student protesters screamed curses at Tancredo and Riley Matheson, president of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization.

“This is the free speech crowd, right?” Tancredo joked.

Only if it’s approved by the left wing speech patrol, apparently.

The article went on to note that a CH professor even got in on the act, but that others were calling for cooler heads to prevail:

UNC-CH geography professor Alpha Cravey joined protesters in chanting the names of Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.

But campus visitors and some faculty members in the capacity crowd of 150 urged the students to let Tancredo speak.

“We are the children of immigrants, and this concerns us,” said junior Lizette Lopez, 22, vice president of the Carolina Hispanic Association. “So we would at least like to hear what he has to say if you want to hear what we have to say.”

The protesters relented, and Tancredo began to speak, describing failed state and federal legislation aimed at providing in-state tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants.

Two women stretched out another banner, first along one of the aisles and then right in front of Tancredo. Tancredo grabbed the middle of the banner and tried to pull it away from one of the girls. “You don’t want to hear what I have to say because you don’t agree with me,” he said.

The sound of breaking glass from behind a window shade interrupted the tug-of-war.

Tancredo was escorted from the room by campus police.

About 200 protesters reconvened outside the building. “We shut him down; no racists in our town,” they shouted. “Yes, racists, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!”

Ah, such maturity. Such eloquence. Such tolerance.

Here’s a short video of what went down, courtesy of the student-produced Carolina Week. One woman, interviewed towards the end of the video, was the voice of sanity by suggesting that all voices needed to be heard. The Chancellor at UNC-CH issued a strong rebuke of those who effectively stopped Tancredo from finishing his speech.

It’s one thing to protest a visit by a madman from an Islamofascistic country. It’s another thing to use violence and shouting to keep a US Congressman from making a scheduled speech. So people disagree with Tancredo. So what? That’s what this country is all about.

Somebody should remind the so-called “defenders of free speech” about that sometime.


Attempts at delegitimizing the Tea Party movement have failed

It’s been comical the last couple of months to watch the far left attempt to delegitimize the Tea Party movement by suggesting it was “organized and coordinated” by big name right wingers and right wing groups, an implication that the movement is not “grassroots” and therefore “not real.” Of course, they’re doing so today – perhaps they’re feeling left out? – and in the process trying to paint the movement as a “closet” racist movement because a few kooks in crowds of thousands in certain cities made a$$es out of themselves (in contrast to the regularity in which left wing kooks pretty much control anti-war/military/US protests).

First things first: The facts on the origins of the movement speak for themselves. There may be big name sponsors of the parties now, but that no more detracts from the movement itself than the fact that big name anti-war groups have sponsored and/or organized massive anti-war protests nationwide over the last several years (examples).

Second, the pictures don’t lie. Malkin’s got several here from around the country (including a video). Here’s a write-up in today’s online edition of the Observer on the Tea Party held here in Charlotte, where our liberal paper estimates at least 2,000 were in attendance. Here are photos and video of the Naples, FL Tea Party. A sizeable number of people in this country are fed up with escalating taxes and a growing nanny-state government, and they’re making their voices heard. That is grassroots, I don’t care how you slice it.

Oops – I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to interupt the left’s meaningless rants with a cold dose of reality. My bad.

Carry on.

Obama has emboldened the pirates!

The AP reports on how Somali pirates are vowing to “hunt down and kill” Americans after the rescue of Captain Phillips this past weekend left three of the four pirates holding him hostage dead from sniper shots:

MOMBASA, Kenya — Somali pirates vowed to hunt down American ships and kill their sailors and French forces detained 11 other brigands in a high-seas raid as tensions ratcheted up Wednesday off Africa’s volatile eastern coast.

Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at an American freighter loaded with food aid but the ship escaped and was heading to Kenya under U.S. Navy guard.

The Liberty Sun’s American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside the engine room — the same tactic that the Maersk Alabama crew used to thwart last week’s attack on their ship. They were not injured in the attack Tuesday night but the vessel sustained some damage, owner Liberty Maritime Corp. said.

One of the pirates whose gang attacked the Liberty Sun said Wednesday his group was specifically targeting American ships and sailors.

“We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them,” said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port of Harardhere who gave only his first name, Ismail.

“We will target their ships because we know their flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have showered them with rocket-propelled grenades,” boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack.

Even though most of the credit goes to the Navy SEALS for taking out those three pirates, the successful rescue is being largely hailed by the mainstream media and the left as a “military victory” for Obama who, as ST reader GWR pointed out in the comments section of another post, is being portrayed by both as the next Gen. Patton.

So, with that in mind, can we “blame” Obama now for emboldening the pirates? After all, when President Bush responded to 9-11 by declaring a war on terror, and going into Afghanistan and Iraq, the prolonged wars caused many of the liberals who despised him to call him a clueless dolt whose responses to 9-11 emboldened terrorists and in effect were recruitment tools.

Barack Obama has endangered American lives with his reaffirmation of the military’s authority to act in the event a US civilian’s life is threatened! He’s emboldened the pirates by allowing three of them to be shot and killed by the Navy SEALS! I demand an investigation and furthermore an overhaul of the training manual on how the military is to respond when a US civilian is under threat of grave harm. President Obama has taken this whole “protecting” thing wayyy too far!

/ liberal “logic”