Yet another arrest-ridden liberal protest gets the atta-boy from national press

posted at 10:01 pm on June 13, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I mentioned yesterday the ongoing liberal protests in North Carolina dubbed “Moral Mondays.” Protesters are self-consciously modeling their efforts on Wisconsin’s, which as I noted, doesn’t necessarily bode well for them. But it does give us a chance to witness, once again, the breathtaking double standard in media coverage for protests populated by liberals vs. protests populated by conservatives.

You’ll remember back in 2009, conservatives packed health care town halls to object to Obamacare. There was pointed questioning, occasional yelling, and rare cases (nonetheless very well publicized) of physical altercations of some sort. Back in 2009, in my post-mortem on the August town halls, which had inspired national media to openly fret about the impending doom of the Republic, I calculated that there were about 11 incidents of documented violence at more than 500 health care town halls, and that the majority of them were perpetrated by liberals on conservatives. This, of course, was not the narrative that emerged from that month or what most people remember from it because the media was busy freaking out about how all these peaceful demonstrators and pointed question-askers were bringing the nation to the brink of collapse.

Since then, we’ve seen the destruction of public parks, total disregard for permitting rules, frequent violent eruptions, and occasional sexual assaults or mysterious deaths of Occupy Wall Street glossed over by media in their fervor to continue a national dialogue about inequality and stuff. Had a Tea Party ever resulted in mass arrests, defecating on cop cars, or sexual assaults of attendees, the public policy concerns of the protest’s participants would have been quickly dismissed and the group demonized. For Tea Partiers, those things happened despite holding actual peaceful protests in which public lands were left often better than they were found.

Now, we have “Moral Mondays.” Check out the L.A. Times’ coverage and imagine this kind of press release ever appearing on a Tea Party gathering in national news. Now, imagine that Tea Party protest had included hundreds of arrests. Laugh with me, people.

Raleigh, N.C. — The Rev. Deborah Cayer arrived at the state Legislature building here Monday night wearing a protest button and toting an umbrella. She had tucked her driver’s license into her skirt waistband.

That was all she carried. She had come prepared to spend the night in jail.

Along with 83 other opponents of the Republican-led legislature, Cayer and several fellow clergy members were arrested at a rainy “Moral Monday” protest. Their civil disobedience — they ignored police orders to disperse — was the latest in a growing series of protests over the conservative agenda of North Carolina’s Republican-run state government.

“I wanted to be a part of this, and to be heard,” Cayer, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Durham, said moments before a police officer gently wrapped plastic flex cuffs on her wrists and led her off to jail. Her button read, “Forward together — not one step back” — a theme of the more than 380 protesters arrested in the six weekly protests held so far.

North Carolina has long portrayed itself as a progressive former Confederate state — a moderate Southern beacon in civil rights and social justice. That image has been challenged since November, when Republicans won the governor’s race and took control of both the Legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time since Reconstruction.

For the state’s Democrats, Barack Obama’s narrow victory in North Carolina in the 2008 presidential election — the first by a Democrat since Jimmy Carter in 1976 — seems a long, long time ago.

Since November, Republicans have proposed or passed measures to cut unemployment insurance; impose a voter ID law; divert public money to private and religious schools through vouchers; and trim public education budgets. The state has joined at least 12 other states in rejecting billions of dollars in federal Medicaid expansion funding under the Affordable Care Act.

“Impose,” “divert,” and “reject,” being the impartial verbiage favored by the very groups that sponsor these protests, but no matter. The thing goes on and on and on. The protesters are inspiring, facing odds and dutifully being arrested for what they believe in, man. There is no investigation of who is behind them, no impugning the protesters’ motives, and no hand-wringing about the assault they’re launching on a peaceful capital, as there would be with the much more peaceful and orderly Tea Partiers.

The protests have settled into a well-rehearsed drama: On Monday, as before, protesters sang, prayed and refused to disperse. Police officers lined up, coils of white plastic cuffs in hand. Jeff Weaver, chief of the General Assembly police, warned protesters they had five minutes to end their “unlawful assembly.”

Five minutes later, with news photographers and police officers recording the event, protesters offered their wrists for cuffing. The officers politely escorted them to an elevator for a short walk to a prison bus that would take them to jail. One officer carried the handbag of woman he had arrested. Outside, other protesters cheered as each handcuffed arrestee boarded the bus.

Recent protests have focused on Republican-sponsored tax reforms that Democrats say would benefit corporations and wealthy individuals while imposing sales taxes with a proportionally greater impact on poor and middle-class consumers. Republicans say the proposals eliminate tax disparities and encourage investment in the state.

“This is a plan of action that respects all our citizens,” state Rep. John Szoka, a Republican, said this week.

The Legislature has also alarmed environmentalists with bills that favor developers over environmental regulations. One proposal would repeal restrictions on upstream sources whose pollution flows into Jordan Lake, a major municipal water supply in central North Carolina.

Conservatives learned in 2009 and 2010 that their right to assemble and protest faced limits the Left’s does not. Those limits were mostly public relations obstacles, imposed by a press that treated them quite differently than other protesters and very unfairly. The Tea Party adapted, making efforts to police itself for LaRouchie outliers and rude signs that could be used to impugn the whole movement. Gatherings left the grounds of every park they graced immaculate, and participants made a point of thanking police presence for their contributions. Despite their best efforts, and more meek and mild behavior than any major protest movement in several decades, they were demonized. The gap between the standards is so great as to still boggle my mind no matter how many times I see it.

It’s so great as to conclude it is an intentional attempt to discourage one side from exercising its rights, and not just a symptom of reporters being more sympathetic to liberal politics. The coverage of the Tea Party, especially racism charges, is meant to discourage home-schooling moms and flat-tax dads from getting involved and to put off possible newcomers. The press largely finds it distasteful when conservatives voice their beliefs in public and would like them to keep it as quiet as possible if they feel the need to talk at all.

The persecution of Tea Party groups at the hands of the IRS institutionalized this message. One method was unfair and unethical; its ensconcing in the halls of government power was unconstitutional. But make no mistake about it. Neither is merely a mistake.


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It’s time for the IRS to investiate the “Rev” William Barber’s church, which is spearheading this. He’s the, er, leader of the NC NAACP.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

The gap between the standards is so great as to still boggle my mind no matter how many times I see it.

Yep.

M240H on June 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

…no comment!…it was just such a good piece!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

You’ll remember back in 2009, conservatives packed health care town halls to object to Obamacare.

Yes, but those were potty-mouthed racists who defecated on cop cars.

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Neither is merely a mistake.

You got THAT right.

Cleombrotus on June 13, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Unitarian universalist……lefty fake…

crosshugger on June 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

They should have kicked rev. Debbie right smack in the split. Give em something to talk about on Sunday.

arnold ziffel on June 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

It’s time for the IRS to investiate the “Rev” William Barber’s church, which is spearheading this. He’s the, er, leader of the NC NAACP.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Yeah, that’ll happen.

Midas on June 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

It’s time for the IRS to investiate the “Rev” William Barber’s church, which is spearheading this. He’s the, er, leader of the NC NAACP.

SouthernGent on June 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

…sorry!…Ms. Lerner is on…paid leave…can’t do!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Had a Tea Party ever resulted in mass arrests, defecating on cop cars, or sexual assaults of attendees, the public policy concerns of the protest’s participants would have been quickly dismissed and the group demonized.

MKH,

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

What kind of church protests self responsibility, accountability, better education for the poor and anti fraud legislation? WWJD?

Ellis on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

But it does give us a chance to witness, once again, the breathtaking double standard in media coverage…

.
Wait, I thought we learned this morning that objectivity in media is naught but a pipedream and that journalists haven’t improved in this regard for more than a century.

ExpressoBold on June 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

The depth of this corruption is beyond comprehension. Obama, Federal and city employees uniformly ignore laws, rules and justice to gain revenge and money.

pat on June 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM

In the warped minds of the freakish press the Tea Partiers are nothing more than neat and clean Nazis. Nothing to admire no matter how clean they leave their protest sites.

yhxqqsn on June 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

We’ll just put a tic next to your nom in the rape-apologist column.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

divert public money to private and religious schools through vouchers;

Some of that “public money” came out of the pockets of the parents who are using the vouchers.

AesopFan on June 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

and rare cases (nonetheless very well publicized) of physical altercations of some sort.

Only cases of lefties causing problems … biting the fingers off of people and such. There were no incidents of physical altercations by the Town Hallers, except for that old guy who rapped his cane against the door to demand that the SEIU thugs (who were walking in and out of the meeting, at will) opened the door and let him in. Yes, that was claimed to be “violence” byt he Town Hallers … an 80 year old guy hitting his cane against a door to be let in to a meeting that he was allowed to attend.

Of course, the GOP was more scared than anyone about the “violence” of the Town Hallers – especially how they allegedly yelled questions at the meetings! How un-American … to yell questions to treasonous turds who tried to ignore you.

Of course, at Wisconsin there was the incident of the fat thug attacking Steven Crowder. On video. They tried to edit the video but it was all there to see.

The fact is, however, if you don’t cr@p on a cop car then you aren’t a serious political protester. Well, you don’t have to defecate in public – you can rape a few women in your camps. That’s proof of legitimate political protest in the most American of ways (American Socialist Superstate of ways, specifically). But the people who need to learn about all this are the GOP d-bags who were as horrified as their leftist traitor buddies that Americans would gather for protests and not act like animals – just to try to make the lefty protesting animals look bad.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

That’s ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

We’ll just put a tic next to your nom in the rape-apologist column.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

MKH,

Can you please clean this up? Thanks.

That’s ridiculous. Beyond ridiculous.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Very persuasive.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Why do we keep talking this most obvious fact in American politics that the vast majority of the media is extremely liberal… Are we supposed to be shocked by this?

mnjg on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM

…that picture!…are you sure…that’s not Harry Reid’s son?

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2013 at 10:40 PM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

He was responding to your rather non persuasive post. “Righty” my azz if this is your position.

ManWithNoParty on June 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I read the entire LAT article; this is the only section giving the Republican side of the story, for any of the new laws:

Republicans say the proposals eliminate tax disparities and encourage investment in the state.

“This is a plan of action that respects all our citizens,” state Rep. John Szoka, a Republican, said this week.

From the article:

“Inequality is more costly than injustice,” the Rev. William Turner Jr. told the crowd shortly before he was arrested. “You can’t kill the poor. There are too many of us, and the numbers grow every day.

He obviously can’t see the irony in protesting actions that should reduce the number of poor.

And Injustice, as practised by the Democrats in this administration, has been not only costly, but a true example of Inequality.

AesopFan on June 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Increase the fines and these people will stop getting arrested. Make it hurt, like $5,000. It can go to a worthy cause, like providing IDs to NC citizens. It’s fine to protest, but unacceptable to disobey the law.

djaymick on June 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

If we cannot petition our government peacefully we’ll have to find another way.

Jocon307 on June 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Unitarian Universalist minister

I needed to read no further.

Amendment X on June 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Drum circles!!!!!

Cindy Munford on June 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Very persuasive.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:39 PM

You’re apologizing for urban populations behaving like animals?

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Delusional.
A waste of time to counter. You can’t reason a person out of a position that wasn’t reasoned into in the first place.
Your tactic is predictable and lame. It consists of this: You toss out an accusation, using a few words. Anyone that would counter has to offer up a researched and compelling argument, many times using reference links and data point. The tactic is then to spit out a couple of more words and sit back and wait to see what people come up with. Then rinse and repeat.
A waste of time…as will most likely be shown by your response.

Mimzey on June 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

So leftists act uncivilized because of their environment and rightists act civilized because of their environment. Pretty much proves which environment is the superior one.

Rose on June 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

MKH,

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Actually there were many documented cases of self-identified OWS protesters who engaged in violence and property destruction. Including a plot to blow up a bridge. These weren’t your typical criminals wafting into the OWS protest and raping, pillaging and plundering – these were the OWSers.

gwelf on June 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM

You’re apologizing for urban populations behaving like animals?

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Down tingles!

gwelf on June 14, 2013 at 12:36 AM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Did I miss the sarcasm tag here somewhere?

MKH, this is one of the best pieces I’ve read lately. Congrats on the happy news too.

smoothsailing on June 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Thus there are fewer police cars available to defecate upon. It stands to reason the practice would be less common in such areas.

Parsons on June 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Where prey tell do you live? I am not aware of any rural or suburban gathering places that are crime free. If it is not too much trouble, I am hoping you have the capability to, check the public records of these area and note the arrest reports and trial court reports. If your rant were correct why does these areas have law enforcement agencies.

Did you personally attend any of those town halls or other public events where political organizations participated? Are your “reports” merely hear say?

JohnFLob on June 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Perhaps a week on a chain gang.
If NC does not have them now’s the time.
At night play Cool Hand Luke while the hounds bark away.

The more chain gangs are used the less folks want to go to prison.

Unitarian Universalist….told me all I needed to know.

Bubba Redneck on June 14, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Let the liberals have their Moral Mondays. 1 out of seven is better than none.

virgo on June 14, 2013 at 1:46 AM

Moral Monday..

Liberal speak for.. “We lost every election, so we’ll throw a very public fit and denounce the people who got elected as Satanic, because we’re liberals, and complete pricks when we loose”..

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013

Completely nonsensical.. So occuscum gets a pass because liberal controlled cities are rife with rapes and assaults?… They occurred inside the very camps the Occuscum set up.. INSIDE THE CAMPS.. not up the street..

The TEA Parties, and the original Town Hall protests, had only minimal violence, when the SEIU bussed in their thugs, who promptly started attacking little old ladies, and retired old men.. such cowardly behavior is common among SEIU goons, pick someone frail and vulnerable, then pounce..

How proud of the left must be..

and as Mary pointed out, even though it was the SEIU who initiated the violence, every time, the media reported it as TEA Party provoked violence..

You’re either completely clueless, or another lefty playing concern troll. The double standard is blatantly obvious..

and you rather than refute that, make excuses for it.

So you approve of the media’s bald faced distortions?

Like that lefty45?

mark81150 on June 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013

Are you out of your mind?

The rapes, assaults and drug use occurred INSIDE the camps, not up the block, not across town, INSIDE the camps, so much so, they had to set up safe Haven tents for women afraid of being raped.. IN THOSE CAMPS..

You have a few town halls where the liberals bussed in SEIU goons to bully and assault the protesters..

and you blame that entirely on the protesters?

When the videos showed it was the unionista’s every time who started it?

What the Hell is wrong with you?

may be a double post, the first one didn’t show up for some reason..

mark81150 on June 14, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Is the troll new?

Never saw righty45 before.. it’s like when enrollment is up, they sign in with a dozen different names, and pop up months later..

Unless HA is letting em in just to provoke more comments.

mark81150 on June 14, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Thus there are fewer police cars available to defecate upon. It stands to reason the practice would be less common in such areas.

Parsons on June 14, 2013 at

Think about this also Parsons. Tea Party. Older ladies and gentlemen from our communities. They simply do not poop as often because of irregularity. They probably wanted to poop on something of authority but couldn’t. OWS, our younger and more physically fit citizens need to poop more often. They wouldn’t have considered disrespecting authority like that unless they were just physically incapable of holding their poop in.

I just don’t understand how we can even make the comparison.

smoothsailing on June 14, 2013 at 3:25 AM

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Then look at the protests in Washington, DC. The Tea Party type protests were well behaved and left things clean. The OWS encampments and protests of similar-minded people left trash everywhere, not to mention the problems inside the camps.

Kevin K. on June 14, 2013 at 4:32 AM

I’m shocked, SHOCKED that the leftist media have double standards that favor leftists. I thought they said they were neutral. /sarc

We know this is how the game is played. That’s why many of us, in spite of not agreeing with the Koch’s on a host of issues, hope they buy the Tribune Co.’s terrible product and make it more neutral. We need to start somewhere.

njrob on June 14, 2013 at 4:58 AM

It’s time to eat your Shitsandwiches folks.

TX-96 on June 14, 2013 at 6:02 AM

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”–Isaiah 5:20

This explains so much of America today.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 14, 2013 at 7:06 AM

MKH,

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

So let me see if I have this right:

Areas more likely to vote Democrat by large margins are already crime-infested cesspools, so additional crimes that happen there during a protest should be ignored.

Areas more likely to vote Republican are generally peaceful and even mild altercations are rare, so even cross words at a protest are a breech of the ordinary.

Thanks for giving America a primer on how they should vote if they want a peaceful and just society.

BKennedy on June 14, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Cayer, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Durham

What does a Unitarian Universalist preach? “Do whatever you want. Slutting it up is absolutely fine. Doing drugs, no problem. There is no such thing as sin.”

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 14, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I wonder if these “Moral Morons” remember their hero, Terry Sanford, and the taxes he and his party imposed. It took a Republican to get rid of them.

GT on June 14, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It’s called a civil war. The only difference between today and the 1861-65 unpleasantness is that the shooting hasn’t started.

Yet.

Rusty Bill on June 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM

The MSM media has become an inbred class of effete liberals, just like our colleges and universities. If they really believed in diversity more conservatives would be hired in these professions.

SC.Charlie on June 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Worse than the invisible spit incident

A California resident and friend of mine was very angry at every leftist protest he mentioned to me due to their behavior. He is, in my view, very liberal politically but was upset about the crime history. This was an issue that struck home when his attractive young wife passed by the protesters. Apparently, some of the protesters had an aggressive notion of courtship. Nothing serious happened to her.

Since I have no direct knowledge of any of these groups, I would humbly suggest that anyone Wikki “Occupy Oakland” and read the chronology.

Wikki includes a chilling look at both the sponsors of open borders and the potential beneficiaries of Immigration Reform: A downtown Oakland Wells Fargo branch closed for business because of roughly 100 immigrant rights protesters who marched from Occupy Oakland’s encampment to protest the bank’s connection to companies that run immigrant detention centers.[178]

IlikedAUH2O on June 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

In other news Ralph Nader says, “Has there every been a bigger con man in the White”.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/06/13/ralph-nader-has-there-been-bigger-con-man-white-house-barack-obama#ixzz2W6rkEJFy

SC.Charlie on June 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Worse than the invisible spit incident – IlikedAUH2O on June 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Seinfeld could have worked that incident into a great episode. I fact Seinfeld did to some extent, years before it happened.

SC.Charlie on June 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Be thankful that the Raleigh goons are getting arrested. Up here, they were coddled by Chief Wiggum Tubbs’ Capitol Police force.

Steve Eggleston on June 14, 2013 at 8:36 AM

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

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That bizarro world,pretzel-logic post belongs in the lefty tautological hall-of-fame right next to “The media is actually right wing biased because they’re owned by corporations”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

But the Tea Party is the American Taliban and Occupy Wall Street is like the Arab Spring. I mean that’s what Aaron Sorkin told me.

BohicaTwentyTwo on June 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That bizarro world,pretzel-logic post belongs in the lefty tautological hall-of-fame right next to “The media is actually right wing biased because they’re owned by corporations”. – Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 14, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Well, if so, they need to start an affirmative action program and make sure that they hire an 50:50 ratio of conservative to liberal/progressive journalists. But, it ain’t gonna happen.

SC.Charlie on June 14, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Righty45 is really delusional. . The tea party rallies I went to were downtown in the 7th largest US city. Others have been held in Manhattan, San Francisco and all the other major crime ridden lefty urban areas. Still, no arrests, because of no misbehavior. No defecations at any of our rallies in any American downtown. No assaults, no vandalizing, not even littering.

juliesa on June 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Newspapers and other media outlets that propagandize for totalitarian progressives are in effect an enemy of a free people and civil society. Treat them as such.

RobertE on June 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

The lefties obviously do not want a conservative to have any say-so over laws that govern this state. The Dems have had control since the Civil War and wet their pants because we elect a Rep majority in the state congress. It’s not like the Dems haven’t had a chance to build their Utopia here – it’s just obvious it didn’t work.

Good riddance.

Turtle317 on June 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

righty45 on June 13, 2013

Looks like we caught another one.

Gotta empty the bucket.

CurtZHP on June 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Some of that “public money” came out of the pockets of the parents who are using the vouchers.

AesopFan on June 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Additionally, no one is being forced to send their children to religious schools. By contrast, under the present system, parents ARE being forced to send their children to schools that suck.

Maddie on June 14, 2013 at 10:41 AM

“I wanted to be a part of this, and to be heard,” Cayer, a Unitarian Universalist minister from Durham, said moments before a police officer gently wrapped plastic flex cuffs on her wrists and led her off to jail. Her button read, “Forward together — not one step back” — a theme of the more than 380 protesters arrested in the six weekly protests held so far.

The UUs aren’t a church; it’s a hippie drum circle cult.

Ward Cleaver on June 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The UUs aren’t a church; it’s a hippie drum circle cult.

Ward Cleaver on June 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I have a friend who likes to call them “atheists with children.”

CurtZHP on June 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Five minutes later, with news photographers and police officers recording the event, protesters offered their wrists for cuffing. The officers politely escorted them to an elevator for a short walk to a prison bus that would take them to jail. One officer carried the handbag of woman he had arrested. Outside, other protesters cheered as each handcuffed arrestee boarded the bus.

The article doesn’t say how long the protesters were allowed to assemble before being ordered to disperse. Most State Capitol buildings have a police force, to protect State legislators, and protest groups must obtain a permit to hold a protest, and there is a time limit (usually several hours) after which the protest group must disperse, so that the situation doesn’t degenerate into what was witnessed in the Wisconsin State Capitol in the spring of 2012.

North Carolina has long portrayed itself as a progressive former Confederate state — a moderate Southern beacon in civil rights and social justice. That image has been challenged since November, when Republicans won the governor’s race and took control of both the Legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time since Reconstruction.

“A Southern beacon in civil rights and social justice”??? Wasn’t it former Governor Bev Perdue (D) who wanted to cancel the 2012 election, while the state Democrat party was mired in scandal? After that, she wouldn’t even run for re-election! Gee, wasn’t this the same state where a D.A. on a race-baiting crusade accused three innocent young men of rape because they seemed to be wealthy and white and play lacrosse? The same state where a Democrat Senator who got rich on lawsuits paid millions of dollars to hide his mistress’ child while running for Vice President? The same state where Democrats tried to shove gay marriage down people’s throats right after they voted 63-37 to reject it?

There may be a reason why Republicans won the Governor’s office and the majority in the NC State Legislature–the voters had other ideas about social justice than those of Debbie Cayer.

Steve Z on June 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

The problem with your argument is that the OWS protests stretched continuously over lengthy periods of time in urban areas that were crime ridden to begin with. I hate to break it to you, but people defecate on cop cars every other day in NYC. There’s no reason to believe the crimes you’re referring to occurred because of OWS.

In contrast, the Tea Party town halls were often held in rural or suburban gathering places that are rarely, if ever crime scenes. So the media is rightfully much more confident asserting a tight causal link between the physical altercations/incivility and political activity in those instances.

righty45 on June 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM

So what you’re saying is that OWS was behaving in the fashion that we expect for urban Obama Party dwellers, which is as subhuman creatures that rape, molest, pillage, and act like pigs.

Whereas Tea Partiers are better creatures and are thus rightfully held to higher standards.

Since you acknowledge that Obama voters and OWS are subhuman, not mentally capable, and automatically prone to violence, why should they be allowed to vote or to be funded from public funds? For the good of society, would you acknowledge that OWS and Obama supporters are public menaces who cannot be expected to behave in a civilized fashion and should thus be treated as subhuman animals?

northdallasthirty on June 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Think about this also Parsons. Tea Party. Older ladies and gentlemen from our communities. They simply do not poop as often because of irregularity. They probably wanted to poop on something of authority but couldn’t. OWS, our younger and more physically fit citizens need to poop more often. They wouldn’t have considered disrespecting authority like that unless they were just physically incapable of holding their poop in.

I just don’t understand how we can even make the comparison.

smoothsailing on June 14, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Tea Party protesters do have a sense of common decency, and plan for enough PortaJohns to relieve themselves when necessary.

On the other hand, the Occupiers are simply full of…poop, which comes out of both ends of their digestive systems.

Steve Z on June 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

On the other hand, the Occupiers are simply full of…poop, which comes out of both ends of their digestive systems.

Steve Z on June 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

:-)

smoothsailing on June 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM