Posts Tagged ‘republican’

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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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.

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.

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.

John McCain says Barack Obama flunks bipartisanship

By MIKE ALLEN & CAROL E. LEE | 8/2/09 1:43 PM EDT

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says in a wide-ranging interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Barack Obama needs to “be more specific” about his prescription for health reform.

“I think they may have over-learned the lesson of the Clinton proposal in ’93, where there were totally specific proposals.,” McCain said. “Now there’s not enough. “At this point, I think the administration and the president has to be more specific.”

In an interview taped Friday on Capitol Hill, McCain said his general-election opponent is “not changing the climate in Washington” as promised.

McCain said he has “not seen” a “public option,” or government plan, he could support.

“The co-ops remind us all of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” he told anchor John King. “And so I have not seen a public option that, in my view, meets the test of what would really not eventually lead to a government take over.”

King asked McCain if Obama has “failed the test he laid out at [an inaugural] dinner, to be truly bipartisan.”

“I’m afraid they have,” McCain replied. “And, look, they’ve got the votes. We understand that. They had the votes in the stimulus package, in the budget, in the omnibus, in the SCHIP [children’s health insurance], all this legislation. And they have picked off, sometimes, two or three Republicans.

“But that’s not changing the climate in Washington. What that is, is exercising a significant majority. And so I respect their successes, but please don’t call it changing the climate in Washington.”

Sen. John McCain welcomed the delay in Senate action on a health care bill because it allows more time for debate, but he warned that “there are still these irreconcilable differences,” pointing to the cost and the public option.

“I have not seen a public option that in my view meets the test” that it wouldn’t lead to a government takeover of health care, he added.

McCain said that so far Republicans have been shut out of the process.

“Unfortunately there was no input by Republicans in writing the bill in the HELP Committee,” he said. “It was all a Democratic proposal. That’s not the way you want to begin if you’re really interested in a true bipartisan result. Maybe we can go back and all of us – and I’d be glad to play a role.”

He said those efforts have to involve “a true sit-down. Not ‘here’s the plan, how can we fix it so it satisfies enough of you and call it bipartisan.'”

In a wide-ranging interview, McCain criticized Obama’s lack of specifics on what he wants in a health care bill, saying, “he’s talked about the things that are wrong and need to be fixed,” but hasn’t laid out how he would fix them.

And he offered his take on both the Democratic and Republican parties.

He said the $787 billion stimulus package has been a “handicap” for Democrats as they try to accomplish health care reform.

“The passing of the stimulus package and the huge deficit associated with that, I think harmed their ability to reform health care,” McCain said.

Yet, while raising concerns about the deficit, he also said “it’s very clear that the stimulus has had some affect.”

The Republican senator also said his own party has lost a lot of its base because of its record on government spending, and that the GOP needs to make a strong effort to reach out to Hispanic voters and recruit Hispanics to run for office, or the party will be left behind.

“We have a lot of work to do there,” said McCain, who also expressed a willingness to work with Obama on immigration reform. “We have a very big deep hole that we’ve got to come out of.”

On Iran’s nuclear ambitions, McCain warned that the clock is ticking.

“We want to be very careful about our relationship with the Iranians,” he said. “Time is not on our side.” He noted that the Israelis are becoming “impatient,” and said, “the whole Middle East could be in a very serious crisis.”

McCain also weighed in on decision of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his 2008 running mate, to resign in the middle of her term, saying “she will continue to be a force.”

“I think she will continue to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party,” McCain said. “And I have to respect the decision she made.”

But, McCain stopped short of saying he’d vote for her in a 2012 presidential race over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.

“I don’t know if all of those are going to run,” he said.

McCain also said that “it appears” the U.S. will need to send more troops to Afghanistan.

KING: “We see that General [Stanley] McChrystal, the new commanding general in Afghanistan, is a little worried about corruption, about the Taliban. And there are indications that he will ask the president of the United States for more troops. Do you believe we need more troops in Afghanistan?”

McCAIN: “I also await General McChrystal’s opinion and our visit. But from everything I’ve seen, it looks like the Afghan Army has to be increased, and significantly. And that’s going to be a huge cost. And it appears as if we need more troops. But I’d continue to be guided — to a large degree — by the commanders on the ground and their view — not strictly dictated, but they’re the ones that really have the responsibility to a great extent. And General [David] Petraeus was right on Iraq and I think Gen. McCrystal will be correct on Afghanistan.”