Posts Tagged ‘conflict’

From Newsmax:

Glenn Beck says his family was accosted while watching a movie in a New York City park Monday night. On his radio show and his website today, Beck described the incident and said an angry moviegoer kicked a glass of wine onto his wife Tania’s back, and as she got up to walk away, a man shouted: “We hate conservatives here.”

“We didn’t leave. My staff this morning said: ‘Why didn’t you leave right away.’ That was uncomfortable,” Beck said, as he described the incident, which occurred while he and his family were watching a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” in New York’s Bryant Park. “I said because I have a right to watch a movie and enjoy a movie with my family in the park. I have a right.”

Beck said while he doesn’t expect “a warm welcome in New York City,” what bothered him “was the cowardly behavior of the hateful crowd,” he wrote on his website, glennbeck.com.

However, the woman who sat behind Beck responded in a letter to New York Magazine:

To Whom It May Concern:

Just a quick FYI -saw your article on Mr. Beck and his numerous FALSE claims about the way that he was treated at Bryant Park last night. Myself and several of my friends were seated immediately behind Mr. Beck & co (have pictures) and I can tell you that while the crowd was certainly not *thrilled* that he had shown up, his family was left completely alone, and for the most part he was too. Conversely, it was his security detail (two body guards) that seemed to be unnecessarily prickly with the crowd, scolding myself and my friends for acrobatics and other harmless activities taking place well before the movie started, and contributing to a considerably less relaxed atmosphere than is typically experienced during BPMN (I’ve been going for about six years now).

It was my friend that spilled the glass of wine on Tanya -and I can assure you that it was a complete accident. A happy one, to be sure, but nonetheless a complete and utter accident. As soon as the wine spilled (and I question how Tanya became soaked from a half glass of wine) apologies were made and my friends pretty much scrambled to give Tanya & co napkins -no doubt aware that it would look terrible and that their actions could be perceived as purposeful. No words were exchanged after that, as I think that it became pretty clear to Beck & co that my friends and I were doing everything in our capacity to help clean the “mess”.

I‘m sure it’s unnecessary to point out the hypocrisy in Glen’s statements that we were being hateful. I can assure him that we don’t need his sympathy. Incidentally, none of us have made a career of “spewing hate” on the radio, or any other media platform. We live our lives intolerant only of those who don’t tolerate: We have chosen New York as our city for that very reason. We do things like go to Bryant Park Movie Night, and vote to legalize gay marriage. We don’t taunt Glen, or his family. And we certainly don’t waste our wine, even on Tanya.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have further questions.

Lindsey Piscitell

Her tweet, on the other hand, gives a different impression.

Whatever happened to being tolerant to others ideas?

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I’m sure all of you have heard about the recent artillery engagements between North and South Korea. But just this morning I got this lovely message sent to my email account. Now for those who aren’t familiar with the IAC, it’s a communist activist group founded by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.  After the 9/11 attacks they also initiated the socialist protest group the ANSWER Coalition (a group I have examined before in this blog). Apparently by the looks of it, they also support psychotic governments who stave their own people.

Let’s examine the petition paragraph-by-paragraph shall we?:

It is an undisputed fact that on Nov. 23, the government of South Korea mobilized 70,000 troops for a week of military maneuvers just off the border of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The DPRK said that these military maneuvers simulated an invasion of the north.

Now let’s just ignore the obvious hilarity of accepted the DPRK’s word for a minute. I mean we all know how honest they have been in the past right? (sarcasm)

Notice that no where in this paragraph did South Korea attack the North. The 70,000 troops that were maneuvering near the border was part of the Hoguk exercise: a large-scale military drill involving the South Korean and US militaries.

On Nov 23, at 1:00 p.m., South Korean forces fired many shells into waters right off the DPRK. This is an area that the north has a longstanding claim to be within its territory. This claim had been accepted by prior south Korean governments.

And? We should blame S. Korea because the North can’t control itself like a child?

An hour and a half later, the DPRK retaliated to what it saw as an attack on its territory by firing shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

Retaliated? Against what? North Korea wasn’t attacked, something we already proved and everybody knows.

And now the U.S. has announced plans to send the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its battle group including war ships, destroyers and hundreds of fighter jets back into the area to participate in new war maneuver provocations.

If it was after the North Korea I really see no problem with this.

Clearly the military provocation is from the U.S. government and the south Korean government of President Lee Myung-bak.

For there to be peace on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. must withdraw its troops so the Korean people can decide their own destiny.

Yeah, we should have  just let the North Koreans and Chinese take the area over and turn it into an economic black-hole where starving is rampant and democracy is non-existent. The stupidity of this group never ceases to amaze me. Thank God they are a minority.

Again I wasn’t the one filming this. From the description section of the video:

A holocaust surviver is cursed out by a left wing nut at the rally against the ground zero mosque, August 22, 2010.

Just to let you know, it wasn’t me who filmed this. It was a youtube user called “Joey Boots.”

The video starts with speakers continuing the normal accusations, like how the anti-mosque protesters are “racist” and hate the “constitution” and so on. The third guy to talk, however, started to bash Israel for some reason which prompted the camera guy to call him a racist. The camera is then physically attacked by the guy behind him. I guess hypocrisy is the key to flexibility.

Here’s the description of the video from the up-loader:

OK so I went down to cover the protests both for and against the proposed mosque at Ground Zero and when I questioned the blatant anti-semitic racism of one of the pro-mosque supporters who was on the soap box speaking to the crowd I was yelled and cussed at and told to let him speak. One of the pro-mosque supporters then cussed me and I told him about his need for a dentist and then when I went back to filming the next speaker I was hit in the head from behind and my camera grabbed by the f-bomb dropping man, so I then kicked him and the anti-semites then turned on me quickly and to the NYPD’s professionalism they were in the mix within seconds to escort me away from the turning mob of hypocrites who cry racism when speaking of those against the mosque yet promote and support it themselves. How dare I question a racist anti-semite!

And Palestinian activists and lefttists call it a “concentration camp?”

From Arutz Sheva:

While Hamas continues to complain that Gaza lacks building materials, a luxury mall in Gaza City held its grand opening over the weekend. Among the goods on sale are Israeli men’s clothing, and items from Turkey, France, and the United States. Photojournalist Tom Gross, who publicized photos from Saturday’s event on his website, noted that the opening coincided with a visit to Gaza from European Union foreign policy director Catherine Ashton. “The BBC and other media have featured extensive reports all day long on what they term the dire economic situation in Gaza; why are they not mentioning the new shopping mall that opened there yesterday?” Gross asked. Pictures of the new mall were featured on the Palestinian Authority Safa website and by the Associated Press. A variety of stores sell cosmetics, clothing, office supplies, toys, shoes, appliances and more. The mall boasts air conditioning and a delivery service. Hamas has often accused Israel of creating a “siege” by keeping its border crossings to Gaza closed. According to Hamas, Gaza lacks electricity and building supplies. Gross, who has previously posted pictures of fancy restaurants, shops filled with goods, and even an Olympic-size swimming pool during the “Israeli siege,” pointed out that Gaza enjoys a higher standard of living than Turkey, which recently sent citizens on a flotilla to Gaza in violation of an Israeli naval blockade of Hamas. Noting that life expectancy and literacy rates are higher in Gaza than in Turkey, while infant mortality rates are lower, he asked, “Have they considered that perhaps the humanitarian flotillas ought to be going in the other direction, towards Turkey?” Despite the bargain prices, Israelis are advised that it is forbidden to enter Gaza.

And Palestinian activists and lefttists call it a “concentration camp?”

On July 6th, 2010, ANSWERLA staged a rally in front of the Federal Building in Los Angeles to protest the IDF’s raid in the Gaza flotilla. As I expected, much of the rhetoric was one sided and composed of words most at the rally didn’t know the definition of. Words like “apartheid.”

When I got there I discovered that the protesters had yet to show up. So, while waiting, I decided to take a few pictures of the veterans memorial across the street.

After a while, the organizers finally arrived and began setting up a table, speakers, a microphone, and signs and banners.

Before long people began showing up with their own signs.

The protesters with the signs and Palestinian flags lined up along the sidewalk along traffic. Though they didn’t receive as many supportive honks as Israel supporters at the rally last month, they did get a few.

Here’s are some of the more interesting posters:

Just so you know Villaraigosa is Mayor of Los Angeles. I have no clue what he has to do with Israel.

Of course there are also the baseless accusations that Israel is performing apartheid.

A common running theme at these kinds of protests that I’ve noticed is a generalization against all Israelis. A generalization that borders on racism.

There were also a few people with Turkish flags:

Some of the posters at this certain rally were also highly graphic. It’s a common tactic in order to incite other peoples emotions. Thought frankly I find it kind of manipulative.  Honestly I wasn’t sure what surprised me more: the fact that the posters were incredibly violent or the fact that there were children amongst the protesters.

(Note: I realize some might not seem as violent as I stated but I withheld some of the images so I don’t get flagged. I might post them later.)

So is it 765 or 865? Make sure you get your numbers right before trying to make a statement.

Of course what’s a protest without Richard Levik tagging along…………. again. Here a reporter from ABC 7 is giving him an interview.

While I was filming Levik arguing with a anti-Israel protester I noticed a young individual with an Israeli flag entering the area he tried to cross the street but before he could the protest organizers quickly surrounded him and began hassling him. One of the organizers by the name of Douglas Kauffman told him to get “that racist flag out of here,” while another in a red shirt told him that I was the reason he wasn’t getting his “ass beat” since I was filming.”

After, he managed to finally cross the street one of the protesters began arguing with the organizers on how the handled the situation. It revealed the rift between the more radical protesters and those who were more inclined to be moderate or pro-peace. Here’s the video of the debacle:

Also, near the end of the situation a guy came out of no where and inquired on to what was going on. He also left an interesting message at the end of the video.

This rally occurred on June 1st, 2010, in front of the Turkish consulate in Los Angeles California after the flotilla raid.

The first thing that took me surprise was the amount of people at this protest. Many people were lined up on the side walks with their signs and flags trying to get people to honk their horns.

Here’s a selection of some of the signs I found the most interesting.

This one is pretty basic. It targets Hamas’ aggression towards Israel.

This sign expresses support for the IDF troops who raided the flotilla by exposing the fact that many of the activists had ties to known terrorist groups.

This sign seeks to express the legality of the IDF’s actions against the flotilla.

Richard Levik, again, making himself known as he does at every protest or rally that’s going on in the neighborhood. You might not remember but he’s the same guy who was attacked at neo-nazi counter protest a couple of months back that I filmed.

Here’s a couple of videos I took showing the large amount of support the ralliers recieved from drivers:

I almost managed to take a few shots of the supportive motorists:

Here’s also a drive by video I took when I was leaving: