Skip to comments.The French Quarter Attack WAS Political…
Posted on 04/17/2010 2:58:20 AM PDT by abb
you have to more or less suspend disbelief not to recognize that.
But based on various agendas, it seems like thats whats going on. Beyond the reactions of left-wing journals, when those sources have reacted to this story at all, we notice that Allahpundit at HotAir.com and Michelle Malkin have both gone out of their way to disparage the idea that the attack had to do with politics.
The attack was political. But, and I think Ive been clear on this and hopefully in this post Ill be even clearer, while it was political it doesnt appear that it was partisan. A distinction like that used to be fairly easily understood.
For those who dont grasp the difference between political and partisan, its pretty simple. In our modern parlance, partisan means Republicans vs. Democrats. Political can include everything else. Like, for example, anarchist revolutionaries.
How do we know this attack was political? Well, three developments in the story of the beating of Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown last Friday in the French Quarter have served to make it almost patently obvious that Bautsch and Brown were attacked out of a political motive
1. Louisiana GOP chairman Roger Villere told Hayride contributor Walter Abbott that he was chased by protestors outside of Brennans into a cab. Villere said that he couldnt leave the restaurant through the front door when it was time to depart the fundraiser because the protestors had blocked that entrance; and when he and his group left through the kitchen to the back door, they were seen and pursued. Villere caught a cab in the nick of time and made a getaway.
2. The police report of the incident makes clear that when Bautsch and Brown left the restaurant an hour or so later, there were still protestors on hand. Those protestors immediately set to making catcalls to the couple, and as they headed for the car they immediately realized they were being pursued just like Villere had been. The fact that the demonstrators pursued both Villere AND Bautsch and Brown is a chilling one; it also calls into doubt any explanation for the attack other than a political motive. While the NOPD has obviously taken scrupulous pains not to make public statements to the effect that politics was involved, the police have also not ruled it out. Sgt. Nick Gernon of the 8th District, who is heading the investigation (Ive been reliably informed that despite the widespread disparagement of the NOPD both in the New Orleans area and elsewhere, Gernon is a first-rate detective committed to running a thorough inquiry) has not spoken to the media to date so there is no reason to discount a political motive. And I could have predicted to you from the beginning of this saga that the NOPD was not going to announce a political motive publicly until suspects were identified and arrested; that NOPD Public Information Officer Bob Young let the cat out of the bag and made statements to the effect that politics was involved before hustling back to the status quo was a mere momentary departure from that expectation.
3. Bautschs mother Della Bernings appearance with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, which Connie Hair of Human Events has transcribed, makes clear, as does the police report, that the catcalls and insults hurled at Bautsch and Brown were all about money. The police report quotes Brown as recalling one of them was You think youre f**ing special and that there were comments as to how sharply attired the pair were. Lets remember that both the protest of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference venue at the Hilton Riverside and the redirect to Brennans were organized by the Iron Rail Book Collective, whose nature weve documented ad nauseam here the Iron Rail Gang are self-described anarchist revolutionaries, and as Mick Wright at the Tennessee Conservative blog does a devastating job of demonstrating through photo evidence found on the internet from the protests at both venues, they were quite explicit in manifesting that identity during the events in question. Not only that, the Iron Rail people initially bragged about lots of confrontations last Friday and how New Orleans bared its teeth and snarled, and rich plutocrats shat themselves in fear before the light of scrutiny was shone on them at which time rather than issue pointed and explicit denials of any role in what happened to Bautsch and Brown, they took down Facebook pages and YouTube videos which documented their protests both at the Hilton and at Brennans.
I hardly think its necessary to spell this out, but a communist anarchist who makes disparaging remarks based on socioeconomic circumstances about someone he suspects to be a conservative Republican before descending upon said Republican and beating him or her savagely is doing so from a political motive. Economics + communism = politics. Its not brain surgery. Particularly given that the anarchists propaganda both before and after the event was shot through with hateful references to Gov. Bobby Jindals rich friends and so on.
Given that we now know that people who were at the protest at Brennans pursued attendees at the fundraiser on two occasions and successfully attacked attendees once, one has to be incredibly suspicious that Daniel Mauch and Joanna Dubinsky would have gone dark the way they did. Perhaps its not an admission of guilt, but any cop will tell you that its classic guilty behavior. They might as well have fled in a white Bronco.
So obviously this attack was political. But that doesnt mean it was the work of Democrats. There are other people in the world outside Republicans and Democrats. There are the white supremacists, skinheads and neo-Nazi types, for example. And while its a favorite tactic of Democrat political types to paint conservatives as ideological kin to those folks, there are scant few on the mainstream Right with any affinity or common cause at all to be had with that fringe element.
I would like very much to think that anarcho-communists such as those youll find at the Iron Rail Book Collective are analogous to the white supremacist crowd, in that conservatives can agree they dont represent the views of or share any allegiance with the mainstream Left.
It appears fairly clear that last Friday, the Iron Rail Gang was able to bamboozle a few mainstream Democrats, namely some well-meaning but easily duped students and professors at the University of New Orleans, into attending their protest at the Hilton. After all, they roped in a brass band for a second line march on a Friday afternoon, and anyone with a knowledge of New Orleans and its traditions knows that a second line is a good way to draw a crowd in the Big Easy. That the protest was couched in the relatively mainstream policy ends of restoring budget cuts in higher education and rebuilding a public hospital knocked out of commission by Hurricane Katrina when Jindal has chosen a different path was a nice way for the anarchists to put a veneer of respectability on their event. If youll look at the PDF files of the flyers the Iron Rail people created for the event and hosted at their web site (see the single-sided one here and the double-sided one here), they look relatively inoffensive. The two-page flyer says that Jindal and his Republican fat cats are destroying Louisiana healthcare: closing hospitals, firing workers, which is red meat, but not particularly ominous.
But there was also an eight-page brochure the group put together that did not appear on the Facebook event page for the protest (since removed there were 209 people who had RSVPed for the event and from that roster we found Mauch and Dubinsky), and that brochure was much more ominous. It listed several Points of Unity, among them being:
- The SRLC is not welcome in NOLA without a fuss - Recognize healthcare as a basic human right - Oppose police oppression, the prison-industrial complex, and the dominant culture of militarism - Recognize the need for active resistance to confront all forms of oppression, respecting a diversity of tactics
The brochure also contained a map of the five hotels at which SRLC delegates were primarily staying, which is extremely disturbing, on the same page as this statement:
The SRLC is being held the same weekend as the French Quarter Festival. Centered at the Hilton Riverside Hotel at the confluence of Poydras St. and Convention Center Blvd, the SRLC will bring a multitude of unwelcomed outsiders during a traditionally New Orleanian celebration.
On page 6 of the brochure was the following:
Saturday, April 10 all-day Street Theatre & Direct Action We welcome everyone, organizations and individuals alike, to take some time to send their own personal message to the SRLC and its attendees. Saturday is a day of direct action, a time for people to take to the streets, autonomously, and demonstrate their opposition to the policies and politics of the Republican party. While the focus of our Second Line will be about the destruction of health care, inequity and oppression in our city affect all aspects of our daily lives: education, employment, police, the prison-industrial complex, etc. To the streets! Show Jindal his harmful politics are not welcome in New Orleans. Our numbers are many, let our presence reflect our dissatisfaction with the status quo. The Republicans do not offer solutions. The people have the power. Let that be shown.
It must be said that very little happened on Saturday, though before he pulled it down Daniel Mauch posted on his Facebook page that he was open for more mischief and for those interested to call him. Page 6 of the brochure also said:
SRLC attendees will be spending most of their time in the CBD and the French Quarter. Show them that ignoring the health and well-being of the people for corporate profit will not go unnoticed.
Mauch, who talked to Tennessee Conservatives Mick Wright for an hour outside of the Hilton, was in possession of a flyer announcing the afterparty protest at Brennans, which he gave to Wright while scrawling both the address of the Iron Rail Book Collective and the name of the YouTube account which once hosted the protestors video files. On those videos Dubinsky could be seen inviting the protestors at the Hilton to join her at Brennans. As said above, both have taken actions in the last 48-72 hours which can be construed as covering their online tracks.
It is in light of the above that one can conclude, perhaps to the exclusion of anything else, that the attacks on Bautsch and Brown which are documented in the police report and in Bautschs mothers account originated from Brennans protestors. The protests at Brennans were much more hostile and intense than at the Hilton, where a larger group which included more mainstream types constituted the majority of the demonstrators. The brass band wasnt playing at Brennans, either; this was no cute second-line march. The well-meaning folks at the first protest were obviously peeling off by the time the Brennans affair was winding down, and as such this thing wasnt about ordinary Democrats.
As I said above, the group which needs intense scrutiny here are the anarchist revolutionaries of the Iron Rail Book Collective, who organized a party-like protest at the Hilton with the express purpose of distilling it into something much more sinister at Brennans. The attack came from demonstrators at that protest, and as such it was political. It only becomes partisan if, and I very fervently hope there is no reason to believe this would happen, the mainstream Left chooses to stand with, act as apologist for or condone the actions of anarchist revolutionaries.
But for those, including some on the Right, who insist upon distilling all matters political into the neat little buckets of elephants and donkeys this distinction is perhaps impossible to perceive. If thats the case, and if the Right cant distinguish Democrats from anarcho-communists while the Left sees Republicans as a worse political enemy than the students of The Coming Insurrection, we are in a lot more trouble than we think.
The victim’s mother’s wish not to see this as political doesn’t mean this is not political.
There aren’t enough of these jokers to seriously do anything but this kind of street theater in the cities. They don’t have the cajones to bring it to the country because they know they’ll be gunned down.
The can try to manufacture this into a right-wing thing, but it will escalate to the point of critical mass where it cannot be denied. Anarchists and militia are simply too different to be mistaken for long, and there’s just too much internet out there. And the cities will react and crack down on things, because cities are mostly liberal, and liberals don’t like their authority questioned. Just make sure you pop some popcorn.
Stay well... Stay Safe... Stay armed...
RICO is exactly what I had in mind. They already have internet quotes, which go across state lines.
Because this incident is indicative of what some people will do to someone they are in hostile disagreement with. Do you want this type of thing to continue? Look at what’s happened to crime in this country over the last decades. A level of violence and criminality that formerly was not tolerated has become commonplace. Shall we accept political beatings, too? What’s happening to people’s rights and simple civility?
That’s a fictional line from a motion picture, for Pete’s sake!
Thanks for the post, abb.
The article/photos at the enclosed link are very chilling.
Things are going to get worse if the mainstream media stays complacent with liberal/progressive crimewaves.
Stay safe, fellow FReepers. We have our work cut out for us.
No question that it was politically motivated.
Everyone was waiting for the ‘crashers’ during the open tea party protests the other day but these animals are much too cowardly for a confrontation with a ‘group’ of Patriots. Instead, this tactic will become more common. These subhumans will wait until they can isolate 2 or 3 of us and then brutalize. I fully expect them to start targeting and breaking into individual homes as well. Make sure you have a loaded pistol within reach.
Agree on most everything except that when Zero declares martial law, or a “national emergency”,the game won’t be over. It will just be beginning.
Are you being serious or did you just forget to put in the /sarc tag?
Respectfully, this is not about political parties, abb.
This is about an anarcho-syndicalist U.S. President, who is a part of a global Marxofascist revolution against the Sovereign Citizens of the sovereign nation of the United States of America.
Andy Stern is an anarchosyndicalist.
Bill Ayers is an anarchosyndicalist.
These thugs who beat up that couple are anarchosyndicalists, too.
fine...bend over and take it if you like.
Stop pushing it? Wait until it’s you next time. We conservatives must keep this incident in mind. It’s not the first. DemocRAT/union thugs have beaten conservatives before, in fact two freepers were badly beaten a few years back at a political event.
Notice how the ‘Rats are never physically attacked by conservatives? And we often expect the same restraint from them. That’s a mistake. They’re mad because we’re winning the hearts and minds, and they’ll do whatever it takes to impose their horrible agenda on us. Even if it means beating people into submission.
Lying to people (and that’s what you’re suggesting) might make you feel better and all warm and fuzzy, but that’s not the real world. The real world is, they’ll hurt us if they can, or worse.
This is an excellent point that should be driven home to the powers that be in NOLA.
Any ideas on how to make that happen?
Publicly traded companies are among those that have an interest in NOLA’s reputation as a tourist destination.
I ain’t a lawyer, but it would seem as if Marriott and other firms invested in NOLA’s tourist sector would have grounds for a RICO suit for actual monetary damages if this crime reduces the town’s appeal for tourists.
Better bring a life jacket. (Gun)
In fact, a boycott of New Orleans by conservatives until there is an actual investigation and arrest might be the best way to go. Why would a conservative want to go to a place where they look the other way when someone maims a conservative woman?
Malkin sold her website awhile back, and I don’t know if she has control of it any more. Whatever the reason, though, it’s not the site it once was. I don’t bother with it any more.
I congradulate you on a well written and fully supported piece.
IMHO, the funding of the Iron Rail has not seen enough light. Has anyone out there idenified and dug into their 990’s?
Thanks, but I didn’t write this. The author of The Hayride is Scott McKay, who lives in Baton Rouge. My stuff is at Lincoln Parish News Online.
And yes, the Iron Rail thing is definitely worth a look. One would hope the NOPD is snooping around.
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