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VICTORY!!!!!!!!

President Obama’s confirmation:

Celebration videos:

Interestingly some of the information of his whereabouts came from intelligence gathered at CIA black sites and Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Well here it is. Been waiting for this one for a while. This is actually my first time at the annual May Day parade in Los Angeles. If you’ve been paying attention to my blog, you’ve already heard that there were two parades, due to conflict between two immigrants groups. Therefore, I will divide my report in two. One will cover the rally organized by Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC) and the second half will cover the rally orgainzed by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC).

Though there were two rallies, most people who took part would shift between the two, either because they didn’t care about the divide or because they didn’t realize there were two separate rallies, even though a line of LAPD officers separated between two groups. This is unfortunate, since if the two groups were united the amount of those who took part would have probably seemed larger than they were.

Here’s the report from the LA Times.

Full Rights for Immigration Coalition:

This was the first rally I went to when I got there. It was a bit larger than the other one which was further down the street.

The vast majority of protesters were holding the following sign.

A few bands were also playing at the rally:

A few socialist/communist protesters brought with them a pinata in the shape of a “capitalist banker.”

At first they tried to tie it around the street pole but it got stuck and the police told them they couldn’t do that. So they went to a nearby sidewalk (in front of the Bank of America) and used a metal stick to hold it up while kids took turns swinging at it until the candy came out.

Here’s a video of what happened:

Southern California Immigration Coalition:

This rally was blacked off by a line of LAPD officers.

End.

While I was searching for any upcoming rallies, protests, and demonstrations on the internet that people were planning on conducting this coming week, I happened to remeber the annual May Day Immigration march that occurs every year that I’ve always been anticipating to get on film. You know. The one that has now become a tradition in commemorating the colossal failure known as the Great American Boycott?

Anyways, while looking it up on where they were planning on having the march, I noticed something that peaked my interest: there will be two marches going on this May Day. Normally, there is a single march that is held by multiple immigrant groups. One will be lead by a group called by the Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC), while the other will be lead by the group Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition (FRIC).

This division seems to be due to a conflict that the two groups had last year. According to the SCIC, they accuse FRIC and the LA County Federation of Labor of trying to “keep SCIC out of the planning process” by changing meeting dates and locations. They also accuse the organizers of cutting off the microphones when SCIC and CHIRLA activists were trying to speak, and that  Juan Jose Gutierrez and FRIC “collaborated” with the LAPD in order to block SCIC in getting a permit to march.

In response, the SCIC is planning on organizing a separate march this Sunday. Even though their budget isn’t as much as the other groups, they boast that they are larger and have more community support. I tried to see what FRIC’s response was but I’m unable to find their website if they have one. I did find their facebook page, but it’s terrible out of of date. Another difference between the two groups is that FRIC appears to by the arm of the Democratic Party, supports a Guest Worker Program, and tends to wave only American flags, while the SCIC is more grassroots oriented, hates both Republicans and Democrats, believes in complete open immigration, and waves flags from multiple countries.

It appears that both marches are planning on marching at the same time and place, though I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. FRIC seems more moderate compared to SCIC, but I’m not completely sure. Juan Jose Gutierrez himself has been accused of expressing “radical” views and being a Marxist. It’s just one of those things I’ll have to see when I head over there this Sunday.

Do you know how lefties like to claim that Iran never attacked us in order to desperate prove that poor little Iran is just another victim of mass Western aggression?  Well hears an interesting revelation from MSNBC of all places:

Iran is paying Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper.

The Sunday Times described how a man it said was a “Taliban treasurer” had gone to collect $18,000 from an Iranian firm in Kabul, a reward it said was for an attack in July which killed several Afghan government troops and destroyed an American armored vehicle.

The treasurer left with the cash hidden in a sack of flour, the newspaper said, and then gave it to Taliban fighters in the province of Wardak. In the past six months, the treasurer claimed to have collected more than $77,000 from the company.

The Sunday Times said its investigation had found that at least five Kabul-based Iranian companies were secretly passing funds to the Taliban.

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 is an interesting video I just discovered. It reveals liberal hypocrisy in great detail:

April 17th, 2010. Los Angles City Hall.

The National Socialist Movement planned to have a rally on April 17th, 2010, in front of LA City Hall. Some far left groups caught wind of it and had a rally of their own

By the time I already arrived at 10:45, ANSWER, which is a heavily anti-racist and anti-war group alreadt set up tables and distributed banners and signs.

A huge wall of police officers were also guarding the area where the white nationalists were planning to demonstrate.

Here are a few pictures of some of the individuals who were marching up and down the street while waiting for thw white nationalists to arrive.

By 11:17, violence erupted when a mentally ill homeless man who had an assortment of neo-nazi tattoos stumbled unto the anti-war side. He was almost immediately attacked and beaten until he made it past the police officers:

Before the white nationalists or NSM members showed up I noticed the numerous assortments of groups that took part in the protest. Some of which have been listed as hate groups themselves by the ADL and SPLC! These include the New Black Panther Party:

And the Black Hebrew Israelites:

There were also Israel Defense Force supporters there also:

By 12:00, the police blocked the road in order to keep the counter protesters from attacking the neo-nazis. By this point violence erupted again after anarchist members mistook Richard Levik, a member of a group called The Levite Line, for one of the NSM members. According to his website: “The Levite Line is an organization dedicated to reestablishing the Levitical/Aaronic priesthood, as originally outlined in the Biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. is dedicated to the reunification of the House of Israel (also known as the House of Joseph) with the House of Judah, as one united people.  This reunification centers upon organizing the Levite’s (descendants of Levi) and Aaronites (descendants of Aaron, Moses’ brother), who are willing to participate, from amongst all of the tribes of Israel and Judah.” Richard Levik normally follows and shows up at numerous rallies that have a wide political viewpoint. He normally gets into confrontations with other protesters due to the controversial sign he normally takes to the protests which expresses anti-christian and anti-pagan sentiments. The group he’s a part of contains aspects of Judaism, Christianity, and Mormonism. Also, about Richard he claims he is neutral when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and he strongly values individualism, and it seems he supports same sex marriage. In the video below his sign is wanked from his hands by a protestor. He is then surrounded as the counter-protesters mob mentality set in and people started to assume he was a Nazi. He’s then punched and knocked to the ground until the police intervene and save him. The conflict starts around the 2:10 mark:

By 12:30, the Nazis finally arrive and a shouting match begins between the two groups. The NSM or Nazis then begin to step on and try to destroy a Mexican and Israeli flag:

When news spread that the NSM members were leaving at 1:45, the counter protesters jetted for the parking area, however they were stopped by another wall of police and prevented from entering the parking area. Many of the protesters, especially the anarchists, began throwing bottles at the police and in the direction of the parking area. After much intimidation police began pushing protesters back. After the confrontation started to die down a bit there was much disagreement with how the protesters were behaving towards the police:

After the demonstration 5 counter protesters were arrested.