Video: The obligatory “what the heck is wrong with Philly” post

posted at 11:21 am on November 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I’m getting a lot of e-mail about a Fox and Friends video that looks like deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra might have said.  In 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party showed up to a Philadelphia voting station with a nightstick and tried to chase people away, especially one reporter who got it all on video.  The two men were arrested, failed to contest their prosecution, and ended up convicted by default of voter intimidation — until the Department of Justice under Eric Holder decided to withdraw the case, which created a huge controversy over the direction of the Civil Rights Division.

Today, one NBPP member has returned to the same polling station, and F&F suggested that voter intimidation had returned:

Perhaps the NBPP member has that in mind, but there are a couple of important differences.  There is nothing illegal about standing outside a voting station.  Feel free to try it at home.  This person seems to have left the nightstick at home, and he’s not interacting with anyone approaching, unlike the 2008 incident in which the two men actively intimidated the reporter.  This may appear intimidating to people, but it’s not a case of illegal voter intimidation to stand outside a polling station in a beret.  As Casey Stengel really did say, you can look it up.

On the other hand, as Mary Katharine has reported in our Green Room, the Democratic machine has tried to muscle Republican election observers out of the voting stations.  Fortunately a judge has intervened in that dispute, but it shows just how bare-knuckled these fights get on the ground, perhaps especially in Philadelphia.  Republicans would do better to keep an eye on Democrats rather than the NBPP.

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Looks like the makings of another thread jacking..?

d1carter on November 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Nope. We’re shutting his sh*t down.

Liam on November 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Republicans would do better to keep an eye on Democrats rather than the NBPP.

What’s the friggin difference?

HotAirian on November 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Looks like the makings of another thread jacking..?

d1carter on November 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Not really. At least he’s addressing the topic of the thread, unlike what the little clay boy does.

Flora Duh on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This can not be repeated enough. It can. not. be. repeated enough. A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

He’s not “a black man in a beret standing in public”. He is a member of a violent, racist organization standing outside a polling place, in support of the incumbent president.

So, if you actually stop and think about what you are saying, and what is actually happening here, a couple thing stand out.
- First, you made it into a straw man for racism. It is not.

- Secondly, you ignore who the man is representing, and supported by.

- Third, you ignore that this is a polling place, on Election Day. The precedent being set here, is that it is acceptable for fringe organizations to become part of the election process. It is not.

- Fourth, you are ignoring the surreal optics of a violent fringe group supporting our president. By the way, This is also the same president who is endorsed by the communist party. And then there are plenty of people just like you, who can’t even be honest on a blog. Pathetic.

To say Obozo is a divisive individual is to practice the art of the understatement.

KMC1 on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m sensing a firm resolve by average Americans that I felt on 11/2/2010 and Chick-Fil-A Day.

This day will turn out fine.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

MAINTAIN TROLLCOTT

M240H on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor.

Bullshit! Then WHY is he there?

GarandFan on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Nope. We’re shutting his sh*t down.

Liam on November 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You’re right.

davidk on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Says the guy who thinks showing an ID is “intimidation”.

Socratease on November 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The “voter ID” laws are suppression. Either way though, exclusionary acts take on a particular weight when they are backed by the state. This man has no governmental (or any other kind) of authority over the outcome of the election and he’s not threatening or engaging in violence. Your emotional responses to him are things you need to deal with. As Toni Morrison would say “leave us out of it.”

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/06/Return-of-the-New-Black-Panther

You can scroll down to see the posts from the poster that called his marine buddies. About an hour later….. He’s now saying no one is around, but there is a team of two x 8 patrolling.

Wonderful!!

avagreen on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This can not be repeated enough. It can. not. be. repeated enough. A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The NBPP is fanatically racist, especially antisemitic. That’s where the fear comes from.

Gelsomina on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This time Americans will not be intimidated. He can stand there all day long if he wants. Doesn’t matter. We the people are mad as hell and not taking it anymore!!!

milwife88 on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

My fear comes from Jack wades like you who defend these thugs and then call me a racist!!!

SHARPTOOTH on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

He’s just looking for cracker babies.

bernverdnardo1 on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

A noose is a weapon directly linked to the murder of tens of thousands of people in this country. Is this man carrying a weapon?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

A noose is really just a complicated knot. What if the men just carried the rope?

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

If the KKK showed up that would be OK right?

White sheets aren’t a weapon.

fogw on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Bullshit! Then WHY is he there?

GarandFan on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

That’s the thing about a free citizens, he doesn’t have to answer any questions about why he is anywhere. If you feel the need for him to rationalize his presence in the public sphere that is another thing YOU need to work on.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The ever-reasonable and even-handed Ed: Nothing to see here, move along, don’t give it a second thought.

Right Mover on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Ed, you’ll get PLENTY of hits today without LibBrainFree. Can you at least ban him until tomorrow? Because tomorrow his paycheck will bounce, and that’ll be the last we see of it.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Carter G Woodson would be disgusted and ashamed by you and your comments. Check yourself.

HumpBot Salvation on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Don’t feed the trolls, folks. It only encourages them, then we end up with more troll poo all over the threads.

Laura in Maryland on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Standing 101 ft away from the polling place in a white hood, burning cross in hand, is technically legal. Just sayin’…

PS: Make sure the cross is electric. Fire ordinances are no joke.

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The NBPP is fanatically racist, especially antisemitic. That’s where the fear comes from.

Gelsomina on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation? Criminzalizing speech is conservative now?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Is this man carrying a weapon… this time?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

FIFY

The Schaef on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Just a bunch of white people hanging out in Little Rock:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_814YV4febik/S_UTX67plzI/AAAAAAAALZ8/NCj2oC6kjGg/s1600/little-rock-segregation.jpg

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Well…they look like they’re obeying the law.

As long as they are otherwise following the law, nope.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So yep, that’s perfectly acceptable.

bigmacdaddy on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I would goad those morons playing army into action then defend myself to the fullest and sue the piss out of their moronic racist asses

tom daschle concerned on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I dunno, she said to no one in particular, the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center says this:

The New Black Panther Party is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers. Founded in Dallas, the group today is especially active on the East Coast, from Boston to Jacksonville, Fla. The group portrays itself as a militant, modern-day expression of the black power movement (it frequently engages in armed protests of alleged police brutality and the like), but principals of the original Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s— a militant, but non-racist, left-wing organization — have rejected the new Panthers as a “black racist hate group” and contested their hijacking of the Panther name and symbol.

Fallon on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Speaking of pathetic lack of intimidation… In a Chicago train station downtown today. Saw one guy proudly walking with a Romney sticker on. No Obama stickers anywhere!

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Hot tip from Lucy Ramirez? MT @ChristianWhiton Dan Rather says on MSNBC: “my gut tells me that it’s going to be a good day for Romney”

davidk on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I have an idea.

If some black guy in a beret is standing outside a polling place doing nothing, how about a bunch of white folks go there with baseball bats and hang out, too, doing nothing?

Liam on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Ed, you’ll get PLENTY of hits today without LibBrainFree. Can you at least ban him until tomorrow? Because tomorrow his paycheck will bounce, and that’ll be the last we see of it.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Oh come on! As trolls go, this one is at least intelligent and doesn’t spam. Can’t we keep it as a pet?

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

JIM CROW !!111111ELEVENTY!!11

wargamer6 on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

This can not be repeated enough. It can. not. be. repeated enough. A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What an idiotic statement. Obviously talking out of some other orifice than your mouth.
“UPDATE: Confirmed report of a fight in a poll at 10th & Chew. Ward 49, Div 7. Democrats were trying to forcibly remove GOP poll inspector.
The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.

Reports on the ground indicate the Black Panthers are at polling locations…”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/06/GOP-inspectors-tossed-from-polling

avagreen on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

If a black man in a beret standing, doing absolutely nothing else is a “threat to you, your wife and child” that’s *your issue.* That’s about *your* assumptions and predjudices and has *nothing* to do with the illegality or legality of what this man is doing. Check yourself.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This is not merely a black man in a beret. This is a New Black Panther in a beret. Big difference with a distinction. Perhaps you would like to educate yourself with regard to the NBPs?

Also, his ability to loiter near a polling place is governed by state and local law. I am not familiar with the laws there, but he may very well be breaking one. IIRC, loitering within 100′ of a polling place is illegal in Texas, for example.

stvnscott on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I would goad those morons playing army into action then defend myself to the fullest and sue the piss out of their moronic racist asses

tom daschle concerned on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Um. Can one sue the deceased?

davidk on November 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Libfree is technically a troll, I suppose, but not in the mold of gummepokeme; perhaps an addendum to the tROLLCOT?

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Are we seriously arguing with a troll about this. Get over it. Ignore the troll!

Trollcott!!

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

A noose is a weapon directly linked to the murder of tens of thousands of people in this country. Is this man carrying a weapon?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

In fact the noose was the preferred weapon of the democrats when they lynched black people and Republicans who helped them.

Flange on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

true the vote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyBfAqcSDmY

Dr. Demento on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation? Criminzalizing speech is conservative now?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I know you think you’re clever, and you think you’re getting your point across, but I really don’t think you realize just how foolish and transparent you look.

KMC1 on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

OT: Does anyone know why Bing’s election total is already showing some electoral votes for both candidates:


http://www.bing.com/elections

JadeNYU on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Perhaps the NBPP member has that in mind, but there are a couple of important differences. There is nothing illegal about standing outside a voting station. Feel free to try it at home. This person seems to have left the nightstick at home, and he’s not interacting with anyone approaching, unlike the 2008 incident in which the two men actively intimidated the reporter. This may appear intimidating to people, but it’s not a case of illegal voter intimidation to stand outside a polling station in a beret. As Casey Stengel really did say, you can look it up.

A man patrolling a voting place in paramilitary attire is not intimidation. Check.

So why’s he there?

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I wonder what the UN “observers” are up to? And, how many have been forced to stand outside of the polling places?

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

GarandFan on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Would that guy standing there be intimidating to you?

Oldnuke on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Your emotional responses to him are things you need to deal with.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yes, clearly they are not elicited deliberately. /s

The Schaef on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

A noose is a weapon directly linked to the murder of tens of thousands of people in this country. Is this man carrying a weapon?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Can they carry electric chairs?

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Meanwhile, the international election observers are worried about what’s happening in Texas.

Mark1971 on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Can’t we keep it as a pet?

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Nyah, it just keep crapping all over the place.

Kraken on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

A noose is really just a complicated knot. What if the men just carried the rope?

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The rope is borderline. The Klan is also slightly different than the Panthers. The Klan is an actual terrorist group that has murdered tens of thousands of people (many of whom we’ll never know the name of) and assaulted many more since the end of the Civil War. The Klan also has an explicit record of voter intimidation in the Jim Crow south. The Panthers have said a lot of inflammatory things, but in terms of actual violence there’s no comparison to the history and legacy of the Klan.

The better comparison would be something like a member of the Constitution party or the Minutemen showing up at the polls in Arizona. As long as folks didn’t have their guns on them, it would be fine.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

JadeNYU on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Most likely test data.

wargamer6 on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

OK, the guy in that vid makes me a little sad.
The Black Panthers need to recruit some people that look a bit more intimidating.
Maybe he’s just the day shift dude or something, but c’mon.

justltl on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

If big, burly white dudes wearing white hoods were standing outside polling places?

Mind you–they’re not breaking the law!!

No problems, right?

RedCrow on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

bigmacdaddy on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Not the point, it’s whether people like libfree would be screaming their lungs out were a bunch of hooded thugs carrying ropes to appear at a polling place.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

So why’s he there?

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

He doesn’t have to answer you. He’s a free citizen. Jesus, are you conservative or not?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The NBPP is the biggest bunch of cowards anyway. I wouldn’t sweat that dude none the bit.

rgrovr on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Well, it isn’t a dark street, so maybe Jesse Jackson would agree with you.

Dusty on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Maybe he’s just the day shift dude or something, but c’mon.

justltl on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Are you suggesting one could soften him up with a couple doughnuts?

RedCrow on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Twitchy shows tweets saying retired Navy SEALS are on their way or already in Philly to…ahem…observe the black panthers and to gently remind them that they are violating election law.

idalily on November 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Bada bing , bada boom.

SEALs community organizing, Hooah!

the_nile on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Can’t believe how many fools take the troll bait.

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Oh come on! As trolls go, this one is at least intelligent and doesn’t spam. Can’t we keep it as a pet?

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

NO. Let us discuss among ourselves in peace for at least one day. This is a Big Day. Let us enjoy our community this day.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation? Criminzalizing speech is conservative now?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Change it up, make the guy a known member of the KKK and I’m pretty sure you’ll have your answer as to why this is intimidation.

People of all colors can stand outside of polling places all day and no one will care.

It’s when those people are known members of groups that have been willing to use violence to get what they want that a threat begins to be perceived.

Trying to make this a case of silly white people being afraid of someone just because they’re black is stupid at best and disingenuous at worst. Either way, it’s a waste of time.

JadeNYU on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Once again moron troll, my life experience will dictate what I deem a threat and have always acted accordingly. I don’t care what color, race you are – its called common sense and street smarts.

Your attempt at race baiting is hysterical – being, you know – if you throw down with a dude in the ghetto, snitches get stiches… i.e. your fantasy world is not reality nor does it protect one self and you clearly are from the soft part of town with a lily experience.

My hometown is the Murder Capital of NY… odd how the town portion has low crime, but the inner city wears that honor.

Now stfu idiot.

Odie1941 on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Maybe I mistakenly argue with liberals, but at least not on these pages. Let’s avoid engaging with LFOD for the rest of the day. I beg you.

22044 on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Erick Erickson ‏@EWErickson
I spoke to a voter in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, VA. Someone had voted already with his name. He had to cast a provisional.

RAAAAAGE

Fu**ing Dems already up to their usual BS!

1984 in real life on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Once again, Philthadelphia – the city that all of us here have fled, shows all the warts on it’s ass. I’m going to vote now, and will pull the lever extra-hard given this story is front-and-center.

NumberTwo on November 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

OT: Does anyone know why Bing’s election total is already showing some electoral votes for both candidates:

http://www.bing.com/elections

JadeNYU on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Because of the two small towns in NH that voted at Midnight.

Dixville & Harts something or other.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The NBPP is the biggest bunch of cowards anyway. I wouldn’t sweat that dude none the bit.

rgrovr on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

But a lot of seniors and other folk would. That’s the point.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

He doesn’t have to answer you. He’s a free citizen. Jesus, are you conservative or not?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yeah, he does have to answer to me. He’s trying to intimidate people at a voting place. He should be arrested and removed. Right now.

Axe on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Please stop feeding the troll.

The purpose of trollcott is to prevent what is happening right now. An entire thread devoted to the lunatic ravings of a single troll.

Trollcott!!!!

happytobehere on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Maybe I mistakenly argue with liberals, but at least not on these pages. Let’s avoid engaging with LFOD for the rest of the day. I beg you.

22044 on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Oh, c’mon! Can’t we piss him off? Pleeeeease!

Liam on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The rope is borderline. The Klan is also slightly different than the Panthers.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

It’s just a rope, you can buy them anywhere. And if they’re wearing hoods so what, as you said:

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation?

It’s just a bunch of white guys wearing “accoutrements” and carrying common rope. Move along now.

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I can almost guarantee you that, whatever you think, this guy thinks he protecting the precinct against voter intimidation by (white) outsiders.

Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think people living in a poor, almost entirely minority Philadelphia neighborhood are going to be too disturbed. Part of city life. Heck, his cousin might even be in front of my polling place today.

urban elitist on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Reports on the ground indicate the Black Panthers are at polling locations…”
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/06/GOP-inspectors-tossed-from-polling

avagreen on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Awww, come on. According to libtard, they are harmless! /sarc

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

He doesn’t have to answer you. He’s a free citizen. Jesus, are you conservative or not?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

You’re absolutely correct. So in the spirit of the first amendment you’d be OK with me laughing and pointing at him telling how stupid he looks in his little play war suit. That’d be Ok too, right? He really does look pathetic what a poser.

Oldnuke on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Forgive and Forget?

or

Track them down and put them in jail?

Follow them home get the address.
Follow them to their cars get the lis. plate.
Follow them and if they say a word, just point to your Cowboy hat red neck and tell them your a Gene Autry look alike and no one should be afarid of old Gene….

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Libfree is technically a troll, I suppose, but not in the mold of gummepokeme; perhaps an addendum to the tROLLCOT?

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Libfree is a lib, but I never got the impression he/she was actually a member of the Axelturf trollers the way Gumby, lester, tommyhawk, Typhonstera and their ilk so clearly were.

Right Mover on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation? Criminzalizing speech is conservative now?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I am sure you will be equally excited when someone wearing a white hood, noose in one hand and burning cross in another, knocks on your door. It’s just the First Amendment, right?

PS: Folks, I know it’s trollcott time, but I beg to differ. This troll argues his views, and on rare occasions even makes sense. please do distinguish between opinions and hateful spam.

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

This can not be repeated enough. It can. not. be. repeated enough. A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

But when such a man walks up to white people in line and says “You about to be ruled by a black man, cracker” as happened last election, methinks there might be the slightest chance that intimidation is intended. Unless you think a white man in a white robe and hood telling black voters “You about to be ruled by a white man, ni**er” is also kosher.

BTW, just returned from voting in urban Philadelphia. No problems or irregularities that I could see. They weren’t asking for IDs even though they should have been, but since enforcement was barred, I don’t think it makes a difference. I did have to sign my name on the voter roll, so that was good.

sadarj on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Change it up, make the guy a known member of the KKK and I’m pretty sure you’ll have your answer as to why this is intimidation.

People of all colors can stand outside of polling places all day and no one will care.

It’s when those people are known members of groups that have been willing to use violence to get what they want that a threat begins to be perceived.

Trying to make this a case of silly white people being afraid of someone just because they’re black is stupid at best and disingenuous at worst. Either way, it’s a waste of time.

JadeNYU on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

bad analogy. the KKK is wholly owned by the democrats. in fact they were started by democrats to increase democrat voter rolls.

no one claimed democrats were intelligent or coherent

tom daschle concerned on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Let him stand there in the cold…

… I voted, and I am now having a hot toddy!

Enjoy…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

“NBPP”..really now… that sounds so innocuous……..
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What would Chrissie Tingles do ????
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Ed, The Pravda MSM would like you to move along now, as would the man in the pic.

FlaMurph on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

libfree is NOT a troll. He is a longtime HotAir member that volunteers himself to get kicked around here for a LONG time.

Anyone who tells me to TrollCott him/it can pound sand.

portlandon on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Bishop on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

My point, too.
Liberal hypocrisy at it’s finest.

RedCrow on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Okay, I’ll compromise.

A dozen white folks go and hang out with him, even buy him coffee and a sandwich.

Liam on November 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

and will pull the lever extra-hard given this story is front-and-center.

NumberTwo on November 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Double-check that it registers your intent.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

You realize the “trollcott”‘postings are actually taking over the post, right?

And besides, it’s not as if that idiot has made one salient point without exposing how dishonest she’s being.

KMC1 on November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Take photos,
Get vid’s of them with audio,
Build a case for a judge to rule on.

Ask them polite questions get them to say ugly things and make a records of it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

But a lot of seniors and other folk would. That’s the point.

Who is John Galt on November 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Exactly. It really pisses me of and I wish I were there. F@#$ers.

VegasRick on November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This can not be repeated enough. It can. not. be. repeated enough. A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

So no one should have a problem with displaying the Stars and Bars on a state flag?

BobMbx on November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Can’t believe how many fools take the troll bait.

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Some of us are entertained by arguing with the puerile trolls. That doesn’t make us fools.

stvnscott on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The Black Panthers are going down. All the way down.

Bmore on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

As trolls go, this one is at least intelligent…

Archivarix on November 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I’ve seen no evidence of that. It’s just a run-of-the-mill race obsessed condescending arrogant troll who cannot resist calling Republicans and conservatives racists every chance it gets.

Also, it has been previously banned under the handle DeathToMediaHacks. It is a retread sock puppet.

farsighted on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

So are a lot of other Americans who aren’t NBPP members, is his crime that he is just wearing the accoutrements of a movement that has explicitly called for black liberation? Criminzalizing speech is conservative now?

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

You wouldn’t be as tolerant if this were a white man with a shaved head and a swastika. The New Black Panthers are the equivalent to White Supremacists. You know that. I am white, but I wouldn’t defend Neonazis just because we happen to have the same skin color.

Gelsomina on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

but I really don’t think you realize just how foolish and transparent you look.

KMC1 on November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Here’s the thing. I don’t pretend we live in a post-racial society, that’s a right-wing mythology (and if you study our history, it was a right-wing mythology even while half the nation was living under Jim Crow). I have no problem articulating why a group of white men in white hoodies with rope would intimidate me, I can point to an actual history of actual systemic violence by white men in white hoodies. I can point to a history of state governments totally ignoring or even co-signing their violence as evidence for my fear. But conservatives claim to be “post-racial,” to “not see color” to not have any kind of racial anxieties whatsoever. And yet a black man in a beret with no weapon has people cheering for the Navy SEALs (that better?) to come kick his butt and clear him out. It proves the lie of the post-racial mythology and that’s important.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A black man in a beret standing in public is only a threat if *you* imagine it, he is not an inherent threat or intimidating factor. Please check where your fear comes from.

libfreeordie on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Does that make me a typical white person?

VibrioCocci on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

1984…..

Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

It’s sad that racist mouth-breathers can get away with their racist crap and we are supposed to look the other way because they are black.

So much for little Bammie’s promises. We were more united under President George W. Bush.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Meanwhile, the international election observers are worried about what’s happening in Texas.

Mark1971 on November 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Well we did just learn that the NBPP was founded in Dallas(!)

CorporatePiggy on November 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I don’t think libfreeordie is a troll, however misguided and mistaken as he may be. He simply gives his opinion, as most of the rest of us do, and isn’t antagonistic.

mpthompson on November 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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