Skip to comments.Democrats Gone Wild! Michelle Malkin skewers media for ignoring violence against GOP workers
Posted on 10/12/2004 11:20:37 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
By Michelle Malkin
© 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
How many hate-crime anecdotes does it take before the mainstream media spot a trend? If the victims are politically correct, all it takes is one or two.
One alleged name-calling. A few alleged acts of vandalism. A suspicious arson here or there. In an instant, an unsubstantiated attack against the right kind of ethnic, racial, religious or sexual minority becomes undisputed evidence of an epidemic of violence. A symbol of rising hate. A national crisis.
But what happens when the targets are the wrong kind of victim? What happens when conservatives and Republicans are on the receiving end of discriminatory threats or harassment or worse?
Hello, reporters? Is anybody home? Is it my imagination, or do I hear pins dropping in the grievance corners of America's otherwise victim-friendly newsrooms?
For the past several weeks, the Internet has been buzzing with story after story of election-related mayhem aimed at Bush-Cheney supporters. Some have downplayed the incidents as run-of-the-mill pranks. Others claim that "both sides are doing it" equally.
Yes, both Democratic and Republican signs have been torn. Yes, there has been juvenile behavior on both sides. But left-wing activists have escalated their campaign attacks to a seemingly unprecedented level. We have gone from simple mischief to open-season malice. And the supposedly objective reporters who are always so willing to connect the dots to expose the politics of hate are now whistling past the smashed windows and flaming signs and bullet holes.
In Madison, Wis., someone burned an 8-foot-by-8-foot Nazi swastika on a homeowner's lawn, which had been decorated with Bush-Cheney signs. The vandals used grass killer to spray the hate symbol (it's OK, Bush-hating trumps environmentalism). Several other homes nearby were vandalized.
In Orlando, Fla., Democrats stormed the local Bush-Cheney headquarters, and the ensuing melee resulted in physical injuries to at least two Republican campaign workers. The liberal protesters justified their actions including ramming the head of one of the workers into an office door by blaming President Bush's "negative campaign."
So, the 30-second ads made them do it. It's always someone else's fault.
In Knoxville, Tenn., someone shot into the Bush-Cheney headquarters. Shots were also fired into Bush-Cheney offices in Huntington, W.Va., and Florida. The GOP office in Gallatin County, Mont., was vandalized twice in less than a week. Republican offices in the Seattle area, Spokane, Wash., Canton, Ohio, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Edwardsville, Ill., have also been burglarized and/or vandalized.
On an Alaska-bound flight, a drunken Kerry supporter went ballistic after harassing a female Bush supporter and refusing to calm down at the request of flight attendants. In Gainesville, Fla., police arrested a Democrat accused of punching the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee in the face at the town Republican headquarters. The accused, David McCally, also punched a life-sized, cardboard cutout of President George Bush. McCally is a community college instructor whose specialty is social and behavioral sciences.
According to the GOP chairman, Travis Horn, McCally hurled obscenities at him before the assault. "He proceeded to say how he had a Ph.D., and he was smarter than me. I'm a stupid Republican." And that, no doubt, is the superior attitude held by media reporters and anti-hate crime advocates and peace preachers and civility pleaders who refuse to acknowledge the totally unhinged tactics of Democrats Gone Wild.
Liberals promise to do "whatever it takes" "by any means necessary" to win this election. If it were conservatives mouthing those slogans as shattered glass was flying and lawns were smoking, Karl Rove would be under federal investigation. Jimmy Carter would be requesting U.N. assistance. And the New York Times would be calling for a National Day of Reconciliation.
A single act of hate is a danger to the Republic, except when it's fomented by bug-eyed, rock-throwing, lighter-wielding Kerry-Edwards supporters just exercising their "free speech."
I remember when an abortion doctor was killed before an election, and the national media went absolutely crazy with coverage.
Most if not all of these incidents have at least received coverage in local media, but it would be nice if somebody placed a wake-up call to the liberal elites in NYC and Wash DC, who continue to ignore the nationwide problem. Kudos to Michelle Malkin for raising this.
If John Kerry was any kind of a decent person or a leader, he'd call a press conference and tell his surrogates to knock it off.
I just heard a caller to the Mike Gallagher show say that she was almost run off the road for having a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker.
Well he isn't and he won't. He is a lying jerk that doesn't really care about the US. Only himself.
Five posts and no Michelle Malkin photo yet? What's going on here?
Civil war may be getting closer....I will fight a looney leftist in this country just as hard as fighting a terrorist. They are becoming equal threats......
Right! Kerry doesnt care about any kind of vandalism of property etc. as long as it will get him votes!
Imagine being in this guys class. Imagine what being in this guys class is doing to students? Add the number of community colleges in the nation and add the number of students. Pretend nothing is happening.
Some of these people doing "whatever it takes" believe that the other side has already done "whatever it took" to steal Florida, and they are just returning fire. I know this amounts to a sort of insanity defense, but there it is.
She didn't mention the video clip I saw on TV the other night (Can't remember which station I was watching on DishNetwork - probably Fox, MSNBC, ?). A union-looking thug with a baseball cap on was standing holding up a Kerry sign with both hands. Behind him, a tall, skinny guy with a cowboy hat on, was holding a Bush sign. He also had a backpack hanging off one shoulder. With no audio, I don't know if anything was said, but without any visible coercion from the skinny guy, the Kerry thug wheeled around and sucker-punched the skinny guy in the face. The skinny guy stepped back, dropped his pack, and got into a defensive, "bring it on" posture. His look was, "what the hell did I do to deserve THAT?". That was the end of the clip. Anybody else see it, or know anything about it? I would have either gotten him charged with assault, or kicked his ass - or both.
Even the "insanity defense" breaks down in their case, because this the same ideology that DEMANDED that "hate crimes" were a special category, and must be given special punishment when there was even a suspicion that prejudice emerged in the execution of the crime.
But then rational is not a part of that equation. Emotion is the one criteria that counts.
What is being done in the course of these assaults is the direct equivalent to harassment of a minority individual, family, or community organization.
"Equality under the law" is one of those concepts readily dispensed with when the victim of the crime is perceived as being wealthier or better positioned in the community. Bullying, pure and simple. Cowardly and overpoweringly asymmetrical.
One word (actually four words...): RICO
The Fibbies should be looking closely into the Union Thugs, to see if these acts are a coordinated campaign.
I forget, which side has all the gun nuts?
I seem to remember a thread on that incident back in September. The RAT just turned around and punched the B/C supporter in the face. Turned out he was drunk and the cops busted him for assault, IIRC.
I'll pick up the slack.
Your "If" is a big one!!! All commie-Viet Cong ass kissers like sKerry just aren't that decent!
David Philip McCally, 55, of Gainesville faces misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief charges after he was accused of hitting both committee chairman Travis Horn, 32, and a life-sized, cardboard cutout of President George Bush.
In typical Democrat fashion he tried to blame the victim.
McCally said he went into a nearby restaurant after going into the Republican office, and Horn was standing by the door cursing him. He went out, Horn continued to curse him and stepped too close. McCally said he hit Horn and let him get up. Then Horn gave him "a good one-two punch" and McCally went down. But Horn continued to kick him, McCally said.
"I've got the stitches and bruises to prove it," he said.
Luckily for Horn the Police were right there and saw the incident.
Reached Friday, Horn said, "I enjoy thoughtful debate with my counterparts on the left. I think this is what makes this country great, but when you cross the line with physical violence, it's absurd."
After hitting the cutout, Horn said McCally left the office where a Young Republicans meeting was taking place. When Horn went outside, he said McCally came up to him. "He proceeded to say how he had a Ph.D., and he was smarter than me. I'm a stupid Republican," and other comments laced with obscenities, he said.
Horn said he was hit and knocked into a wall.
His lips were cut and his nose injured.
"I then proceeded to defend myself," he said. "I used the minimum force necessary to subdue him."
The police report states Horn kicked McCally because McCally was holding on to Horn's legs.
Police happened to be pulling into the area at the time, Horn said. A police report states officers saw McCally throw what they later learned was the first punch.
The best part of this story is the last line.
As for Horn's commitment to his political opinions, he said, "If I have to take a beating every day for George W. Bush to be president, I'll do that. My passion for my beliefs continues unabated."
Fight Breaks Out At Republican Headquarters
By Ray Riley/WCJB TV20 News
Political jabs usually come in the form of words, but a Santa Fe Community College professor may have taken a political swipe of a different form.
Thursday evening, police say American History Professor David McCally walked into the republican party headquarters and took a swipe at a life sized picture of President Bush. Police say McCally then punched Alachua County Republican Chairman Travis Horn in the face.
"The college has decided to remove him from the class room, but he is still a college employee on a part time basis," says Vice President of Santa Fe Community College of Communication Larry Keen.
McCally was charged with simple battery, and criminal mischief. Leaders at Santa Fe Community College say they are looking into the incident to determine if the the history teacher will remain at the institution.
I just emailed them this post. Does anyone have a better contact?
Here in Orlando, I have not heard word one in the media about this occurance. I heard about it here on FR and on Hannity. Amazing that violence and vandalism across the country is not newsworthy.
Think it's bad now?
Wait, until the election.
Instructor suspended over scuffle with GOP leader
SFCC on Monday formally suspended an instructor who recently was arrested for allegedly assaulting a county Republican Party leader.
The college decided to keep adjunct history instructor David Philip McCally, 55, out of the classroom with pay pending an administrative review of his conduct, SFCC spokesman Larry Keen said.
Everything depends on how quickly we can find enough facts, and what those facts are, he said.
Gainesville Police said McCally threw the first punch against Travis Horn, chairman of the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, on the street outside a GOP meeting Tuesday night.
The brawl allegedly followed an incident where McCally, a Democrat, roughed up a cardboard cutout of President Bush.
Despite McCallys earlier statements that he would not attend hearings to discuss his conduct, he said he relented for a meeting with departmental supervisors.
What they (SFCC administrators) really want me to do is resign, he said, adding he might give his notice after seeking legal counsel. Keen said SFCC has not made any decisions yet in the matter or suggested McCally resign.
Despite the possibility of his termination, McCally said he didnt especially regret his actions.
Most of me does, but some of me doesnt, he said. It was just one of those spur-of-the-moment things.
[David] McCally is a part-time instructor in social and behavioral sciences at Santa Fe Community College who started in January, confirmed college spokesman Larry Keen. He will be removed from the classroom pending an administrative review on Monday, he said. [minor antecedent reference problem: is Keen being removed?]
A Google search suggests that Dr. McCally, 55, is a history professor whos lived the peripatetic life of a Ph.D. (see Adjunct, Invisible) at a variety of institutions in Florida, and is apparently the author of The Everglades: An Environmental History, which appears to have been received with some acclaim. Interestingly, he is not listed as a faculty member at SFCC, but is listed as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida and as having a Ph.D. from that institution.
MC CALLY, David (PhD, Florida; adj. assist. Prof.)
US, Florida, Environmental History
David McCally's first book, The Everglades: An Environmental History, tells the story of the Everglades, beginning with tectonic plates and carrying through to the fruition of the modern system of total water control. The book's interpretive thread argues that the interplay between the district's growers' desire for an agricultural cornucopia in the Everglades, and the water control efforts required to achieve that end, have killed the Everglades. Dr McCally is currently teaching part-time in order to work on a new book about south Florida. This work will place the 1999 Everglades restudy and restoration plan in the historical context of the state's previous, and largely futile, environmental restoration efforts. This work's interpretative theme will concentrate on the folly of attempts to treat environmental restoration as exercises in civil engineering without making fundamental changes in the state's social contract, that is, an acknowledgment that a sustainable environment requires that people have sustainable lives. email@example.com
I heard that.
I heard that call too. Last night I got shouted by a really radical idiot. He was literally foaming at the mouth that I told him to shut the hell up, thus interrupting his ranting and raving.
Thanks for the post. Crime Syndicate operatives doing what criminals do.
With all due respect to MM, this story aired quite a bit on FOX News. I couldn't tell you about ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/MSNBC/MOUSE because I don't watch them.
Is that the creep?! He looks absolutely nuts.
Our idiot local fox news morning show somehow managed to conveniently find a Kerry supporter who was a victim of "road rage" due to her bumper stickers for Kerry. They got out there and did a one-on-one interview with her and her sticker covered vehicle. Supposedly this guy had her cornered and was verbally assaulting her but she did not get his license plate and isn't filing charges.
Gee, you think maybe she's not telling the truth?
Victory will be so much sweeter when we beat both the Rats and their Old Media friends!
I want to know why this "prof" Is not being charged with a HATE CRIME.
He attempted to do bodily harm to another based on their political affiliation.
String the SOB up and flog his sorry ass. This is the treatment the Left wanted for years. The Ironic part, the Educators of this country pushed for these laws.
And I am becoming more and more convinced this is why they want to courts and the military in their corner if civil unrest comes to pass soon.
If you think about it, we are just one major incident away from the tinder box erupting. The 9/11 and NYC blackout response from the public was one end of the pendulum. It would not take much for the reaction to swing entirely to the other direction. Then we have martial law, curfews, travel restrictions, rationing, etc. I know which side I DO NOT want imposing those types of rules on me and this country.
Thanks for the info. That might be the one I saw, but I could swear I saw it just recently, within a matter of days. At least SOME of these jerks are getting arrested. The cops really need to find the morons/a**holes that are shooting at Bush campaign hq's.
If they are union goons, they probably have a "right" to shoot at Bush HQs... After all how many times have unions ever been called on violence they have perpetrated.
If there were ever organizations ripe for RICO cases, unions like Teamsters and AFL-CIO are it!
No he's smarter...he said so. :)
I am proud to say I am not Democrat, but Republican.
She likes hot pink and black leather, don't she?
Roger H. who is subbing for RUSH this afternoon mentioned that he's going to discuss this issue - pretty soon if there's going to be time for it!
Wonder if W. is going to bring it up in the debate tonight?
Doubt it, really.
Looks as though Chairman HORN is quite capable of effectively debating the issues on that level when leftist academic socialist pinheads like said doofus choose to take it there.
Now THAT's what I call "Leadership"! He does the GOP proud, by golly!
Someone out that way buy that man a cigar, and put him up for STATE Chair!
I use to take solice in the fact that we would win this (civil) war because most Liberals hate guns. Than I remembered...most liberals lie.
It brought to mind the case of the late Washington Post journalist (Karl Rowan) who was an avid anti-gun proponent. This gun control guru not only shot a pool-hopping teenager...he did it with an unregistered handgun. Lord knows how many armed Karl Rowans there are in the Democrat Party. Never believe what a liberal tells you he believes.
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