When I saw the Story about Stormy Daniels arrest in Ohio and read the particulars

The report says that when the officers approached the stage, Daniels held the face of the female officer between her breasts. It also says she did the same to a male officer. The report adds that Daniels fondled the buttocks and breasts of another officer.”

It struck me that it sounded very familiar.

With her on it, it’s the center of the room. People start to walk up to it. I walk up to it, $7 in hand from the bottom of my bag. “Material Girl” plays. I genuinely don’t know what I think will happen.

When I hesitate, Stormy takes over, laying my face against her breast, which feels like bouncing into the wall of a marshmallow moonbounce. She whispers in my ear. She kisses me good night. She lets me give her my money.

That’s from a story called: My Night with Stormy Daniels by Amanda Whitting at the Washingtonian. There were other accounts like this one at Reason:

Hey, Big Spender” starts to play and Daniels sashays out from the back in a shimmery pink number that recalls Marilyn Monroe’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes attire. She does a lap around the place first, making people’s acquaintance—Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer was among those who were grabbed and welcomed to her bosom—and vamping it up. At a front-row table where a nice man has offered me a seat, Daniels presses his head to her chest and then pushes it back, propping up her leg and holding up her garter. He is fumbling to find his money, and I so beat him to it, slipping a few dollars into her garter belt first. She plays it up, giving the man disapproving look until he gleefully flings a fistful of dollars at her.

But the bottom line to these stories is that what Ms. Daniels did it Ohio, wasn’t all that different that what she had been doing in DC a few days earlier. That is practicing her trade.

However because the laws concerning what a stripper can do with a “customer” are different in Ohio than DC She was subject to arrest.

It’s something that gun owners around the country can relate to.

Because of draconian gun laws, particularly in states like NY, New Jersey Ct and places like DC people who are exercising their 2nd amendment rights to self defense by owning a gun can find themselves in big trouble when they travel and unlike Ms. Daniels they are unlikely to find charges dropped the very next day.

This doesn’t have to be, Congress has a bill before it, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. If passed it would protect legal gun owners and folks with concealed carry permits who travel from having a national constitutional right twisted against them.

I would think in an election year this would be a bigger winner for the GOP than Stormy Daniels has been for the left, but it remains to be seen if they agree. I’d also think it would be a lot of fun to see red state senators running for re-election have to vote on such a bill.

But until that happens I guess Stormy Daniels ability to exercise her Constitutional rights across state lines will remain greater than the rights of ordinary Americans without the celebrity she enjoys.

Closing thought: I’m not a fan of laws being selectively enforced. If Ohioans don’t like this law it should be repealed, if they do it should be enforced no matter how famous or infamous the person violating it is.

John Dickinson: What’s so terrible about being called an Englishman? The English don’t seem to mind.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Nor would I, were I given the full rights of an Englishman. But to call me one without those rights is like calling an ox a bull. He’s thankful for the honor, but he’d much rather have restored what’s rightfully his.

1776 1972

As you might guess the Alfie Evans case and the court’s decision to enforce their ruling to prevent his parents from seeking further care for him has produced a lot of responses. I’d like to show you two, one is a parody and one is not.

Here is the first from the Merseyside Police

We’ve issued a statement this evening to make people aware that social media posts which are being posted in relation to Alder Hey and the Alfie Evans situation are being monitored and may be acted upon.

Here is the 2nd from the Prime Minister’s office

Upon the news of a high court ordering life support removed from 2-year-old Alfie Evans, English Prime Minister Theresa May issued a brief, friendly reminder to citizens of the U.K. that the all-powerful state actually owns their children.

In a video circulated online, May informed parents who were “getting a little too attached” to their children that they need to keep in mind that the United Kingdom is the actual legal parent, and the kids are simply on loan to them until the State decides it’s time for them to die.

Now in a sane world both of these would be considered obvious parodies. After all the idea that police in the land of Magna Carta threatening arrest over social media comments denouncing the enforced death of Alfie Evans is just as absurd as the idea of the British PM declaring to parents that the state, not they, hold the final decision on life and death for their children.

However that is not the case. The message from the PM is from the parody site The Babylon Bee

while the police warning was an actual tweet sent out by a police department

Let that run through your heads for a minute. The right of the state to starve a child to death in defiance of his parents is embraced and protected under current british law but the right of “free” Englishmen to critique such a decision is not.

I think a “thank you” note sent to the grave of John Adams and the rest of the founding fathers would be most appropriate

Apparently George Orwell’s Classic Animal Farm is hitting too close to home for the new Communist Dictator in China:

The Chinese government has banned George Orwell’s dystopian satirical novella Animal Farm and the letter ‘N’ in a wide-ranging online censorship crackdown.

Experts believe the increased levels of suppression – which come just days after the Chinese Communist Party announced presidential term limits would be abolished – are a sign Xi Jinping hopes to become a dictator for life.

Because nothing hits closer to home to an aspiring dictator for life then George Orwell which is why 1984 is banned along with Animal Farm.

This is part of a long list of speech China is banning online under Xi to keep dissent down, the China Times notes several other examples, a few:

  • Another 500 Years for Heaven (向天再借五百年) — Theme song for the CCTV series Kangxi Dynasty (康熙王朝), often used by netizens to mock leaders who grasp for power, particularly the line “I really want to live another 500 years” (我真的还想再活五百年).
  • I’m willing to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life (信女愿一生吃素) — Allusion to a meme inspired by the popular historical drama Empresses in the Palace (甄嬛传). A screenshot of this line, being said by an empress as she makes the Buddhist pledge for lifelong vegetarianism in return for the imminent death of the emperor, has been shared online.
  • Winnie the Pooh (小熊维尼) — Images of Winnie the Pooh have been used to mock Xi Jinpingsince as early as 2013. The animated bear continues to be sensitive in China users shared a post from Disney’s official account that showed Pooh hugging a large pot of honey along with the caption “find the thing you love and stick with it.”

The list even briefly included the letter “N” which reminded PJ Media of the Classic Steve Martin Sketch “Hostages” from his album Comedy is not Pretty where he proposed banning the letter “M”

I’m sure Thomas Freedman heart is going pitter patter but it’s funny how our friends on the left constantly see Trump as a dictator a censor or a Hitler but never seem to have an issue with actual dictators doing actual censorship on a national scale affecting almost a full fifth of the world’s population.

I suspect that it’s because or leftist / Marxist / Progressive students and administrators understand Xi’s efforts and identify with them. I suspect the students who shouted down Christina Hoff Summers at Lewis and Clark University or the Antifa Mob that shut down Yaron Brook in London identify with Xi’s efforts. After all we should not think of this as a repressive regime trying to stifle dissent on a national scale to allow a ruthless dictator to obtain power for life, we should think about it as a person who is being “triggered” by words and phrases meant as Microaggressions against his government.

Of course when you have one of the largest armies in the world to enforce your censorship the words “trigger warning” take on a whole new meaning.

Closing thought, do not think for one moment that these Leftist/Marxist/Progressives would enforce “trigger warning” the same way Xi will in China if they weren’t held back by the 1st Amendment backed up by the 2nd.


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Today CNN et/all has finally discovered Swatting

A 25-year-old man was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday night in connection with an alleged “swatting” prank that resulted in a police-involved fatal shooting in Kansas, police said.

Authorities identified the suspect as Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported. They say Barriss is suspected of making a hoax phone call to police in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in the death of an innocent 28-year-old man.

Wichita police officials were investigating whether the hoax phone call they received Thursday was an example of “swatting,” in which someone reports a false emergency in hopes of getting a SWAT team to arrive at a scene where no actual emergency exists.

However this is a topic that we talked about a long time ago

We talked about it on the radio , GOP congressional Candidates spoke out against it, sitting US congressmen and at least one sitting US senator  spoke up on the record concerning it some on camera.  But because it was being used to silence conservatives, the MSM didn’t care:

Even as bloggers took over Memeorandum, Patterico went public on his Swatting, Glenn Beck took noticeAaron Worthing was jailed and Erick Erickson of Red State & CNN was swatted the media remained silent.

It got so bad that I discretely spoke to my local police about it to let them know about the trend so that if anyone made such a call here they would be forewarned.

But the media yawned, in fact it wasn’t until  a letter sent to Eric Holder signed by 63 sitting gop members of congress concerning this trend:

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding recent reports that several conservative political commentators have been targeted with harassing and frightening actions. Chambliss demanded that Holder examine these cases to determine if federal laws have been violated.

These dangerous hoaxes, also known as “SWAT-ting,” occur when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home. These callers are believed to utilize voice-over IP (VOIP) and other less-traditional telecommunications methods to make the call appear to come from the target residence and to hide the caller’s true identity.

That the MSM gave it any attention at all but alas, as the targets were all conservatives and the letter signed by republicans while it the Obama justice department ignored it and other writers dismissed it.

Of course now five years later that a swatting incident that this has become the story of rogue gamers and police acting before thinking CNN is all over it vs targeted attacks against conservatives for CNN it rates coverage and on air video.

And yet as a family prepares to bury their dead  I have to wonder, if the MSM and the Obama administration had taken the issue seriously when people were warning about it, would a family in Kansas be about to end their new year so badly?

Update: Stacy McCain who knows a few things about being swatted (his swatter was sentenced to jail in 2016) says this:


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“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

Lewis Carol Through the Looking Glass

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others

George Orwell Animal Farm

One of the most difficult things about being 54 or older is the confusion that comes from having been raised with the concept that words actually mean what they say as opposed to either our liberal “betters” in media and culture or college students who somehow in their 18-21 years have managed to become wiser than the collective wisdom of all of human society that came before them.

For example while a person of my age and education thinks the first amendment says and means this.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Other people read it quite differently

Supporters of the NFL players protest believes the first amendment actually says this:

The National Football League shall make no rule abridging the freedom of speech during the work day of the players excepting celebration after the conclusion of a play particularly in the end zone after a scoring play.

Campus leftists believes it actually says this

College administrators shall make no rule abridging the freedom of speech and action of any protester on campus, excepting actions by groups or individuals defined by said protesters as unacceptable or “triggering”

While the LGBT community believes it says this:

The government shall make no rule establishing the free exercise thereof of any religion or business owned by a practitioner of same to practice or publicly state beliefs that in in any way that contradicts the agenda of the LGBT community, nor shall abridge the freedom of the LGBT community or their supporters to restrict the freedom of speech of any individual who is unwilling to support the gender definitions and agenda thereof.

The real problem is, other than the fact that all of these new permutations contradict the actual words written in the Constitution, is that these definitions and other constitutional contortions often overlap which makes actually expressing what the 1st Amendment means to the left a difficult chore when trying to express what words and actions it allows and what it does not, particularly for those of us who still believe words should mean what they say.

So in the interest of both brevity and understanding what the left means when they talk about “freedom of speech” here is the first Amendment as defined by the left.

I have the right to speak or act as I wish without any consequence, those who disagree with me do not.

That is the left in a nutshell and that is the reason why they must be fought.


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Time to interrupt my final two Stacy McCain posts to comment a little on the issues of the day/week.

There have been attacks in London and Paris this week.  In Paris the target was just one policeman in London the underground but the most amazing thing about both attacks is the continuing unwillingness of either people to fight back.

There was an altogether different incident in London this week as well where Transgender activists, beat up a 60 year old woman recording a feminist event at Hyde Park drawing the approval of at least one democrat candidate for congress in Massachusetts.  Apparently the new British culture of not fighting back doesn’t just extend to Islamist terror.

Ben Shapiro spoke at Berkeley this week and wrote of the lesson of his speeches.  The most important is one that our British friends might take not of, if the police are allowed to enforce the law, law  order and freedom of speech are upheld.

I suspect that the only thing I find less remarkable than this facebook story concerning targeting ads based on phrases concerning “jew hatred” is not very remarkable assumption b pro-publica that such a person would be on the right.  It has is a firm resolution of the media/left to ignore the rising antisemitism in their ranks for even very longer than my own resolution to not set up an account on facebook.

I’m old enough to remember when the media/left insisted that Scooter Libby had to be jailed over the Valerie Plame affair.  Strangely enough Susan Rice’s activities don’t seem to excite any worry at all to them, after all her targets were their political enemies.

The Red Sox failure to punish those behind the banner incident beyond ejection is going to encourage more of this at more Redsox Patriots Bruins and perhaps even Celtics games.  And while I agree with the Herald that it will hurt the left in the long run, it will also make these games much less enjoyable for those who enjoy sports so I don’t like the trade off.

Speaking of things that are bad press for the left it’s quite correct that Bernie Sanders who thought single payer was too expensive when the country’s population was smaller has frightened the left into signing on.  It’s things like this that are the best allies of a GOP that fails to satisfy it’s voters and a president who might consider doing the same.

Even worse for the left is the fact that many on their side, young, hip and of color are questioning it.  How soon will we see rebelling against the left PC become the next cool thing for the eternally bored young?

Andrew Breitbart told us that politics is downstream from culture, Phelim McAleer with his Ferguson play has taken these words to heart and is going to make sure some of that truth gets downstream.  Would that more of those on the right, particularly those who waste their funds on consultants, did so too.

Finally I find reading “Chelsea” Manning play the victim over losing a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School at Harvard when she will still be given a speaking slot at the most prestigious  almost as amazing as the initial invitation.  Then again considering what I saw at Harvard last week, the idea that the Kennedy School, as in John Fitzgerald Kennedy war hero,  would honor a traitor who is only free from a 35 year jail sentence because we elected a president with a great affection for enemies of America does not seem that amazing at all.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The Declaration of Independence 1776

I really dislike having to write this post but we’ve reached a point where our culture and society have decayed for far that unfortunately this is necessary.

The Following things / groups are Bad

Neo Nazis/Nazism:  Nazism (National Socialism) is bad because its philosophy restricts freedom, oppresses people, considered them subservient to the state,  and justifies violence and murder against those who disagree with it.  Nazis themselves are bad because they espoused and carried out said violence, murder and oppression.    Modern Neo-Nazis despite their insignificant numbers in American, are in one respect even worse than actual Nazis because they still espouse the Nazi philosophy even after it had been demonstrated that said philosophy when tried leads to mass murder, massive oppression and one of the most destructive wars in the history of the world.

Communism/Communists:  Communists (another branch of socialism) is bad because it advocate a philosophy that restricts freedom of the individual, considers them subservient to the state and justifies oppression and murder against foes (and even friends) by defining them as “counter revolution enemies of the state”.  The worst thing about modern western Communists and their defenders, particularly in academia and media of which there are surprisingly many,  is they continue to support and defend this philosophy even though its implementation as demonstrated in country after country, has led to the mass murder of people in numbers that make the Nazi’s look like a bunch of pikers and that’s not even considering those imprisoned for political reasons and oppressed in other ways.

Klu Klux Klan/White Supremacists:  the KKK is bad because it advances a philosophy that elevates people based on race over others based on race rather than actions or merit.  They furthermore co-ops Christian symbolism which specifically states the equality of all people before God for the advancement of this goal.  Furthermore the KKK is bad because they have a recorded history of targeted terrorism and violence and dispensing extrajudicial “justice” and murder to enforce this philosophy.  While the modern Neo-Nazis modern Klansmen/white supremacists are a relatively insignificant number of people, they are also guilty of embracing a philosophy that has already been demonstrated as being evil and immoral and contrary to rights and freedom.

ANTIFA:  ANTIFA is bad because while they claim to be anti-fascists they are in fact violent fascists who advocate and practice violence, intimidation and vandalism to restrict the rights of people to peaceably assemble and exercise their rights as individuals and they also make common cause with Communists above when their targets dovetail.  Furthermore they do this even if said people or groups have followed all the legal requirements to peacefully assemble and target the police when they are used to.  Finally they calumny any voter or group that supports the current administration lumping them in with Nazis and White supremacists to justify violence against them as moral and just.  The fact that neither the media or the professional left chooses condemn them either due to fear or the fact that they target voters that they dislike doesn’t make them any less bad.

Political Violence:  Political violence is bad because it is used to restrict the speech and actions of individuals and groups for the sake of intimidation and control.  Said violence, even if directed against groups that are bad or committed by groups one has common cause with is unacceptable because it eliminates the free exchange of ideas and causes people to self censor out of fear of said violence.   Nor does the directing of such violence toward property rather than individuals make it any less acceptable or justifiable.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  A condemnation of political violence is not the same as precluding self-defense when targeted by said violence.

The following thing is good

The First Amendment:  The first amendment is good because it guarantees people the right to freely speak, assemble, worship in the way they see fit and to freely report and comment on events.  It provides the maximum amount of freedom to not only live and think the way they see fit but to freely comment and discuss events and opinions concerning not only philosophy but the actions of local state and federal government in the public square.  While it allows the freedom to advance fringe philosophies even if they are bad (see above) it freely allows such speech to be countered by more speech both publicly.  It is one of the cornerstones of the freest society in history and the envy of people around the world.

So the basic rundown

Nazis BAD!
Communists BAD!
KKK/White Supremacists BAD!
ANTIFA BAD!
Political Violence BAD!
Free Speech and First Amendment Rights GOOD!

For any American this list should be a no brainer and it can be summed up in a single image.

Now in fairness as an american you, of course, have the right to disagree with this list and critique it. In accordance with my own rights I submit and suggest if you are unable to agree with this entire list without hesitation, you should be excluded from any list of decent Americans.

Or put simply, if you can’t call Nazis,Communists, the KKK and ANTIFA out the problem isn’t America or anyone else, it’s you.

Update:  part of last sentence was missing in version that went up, fixed


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Saturday Morning ,much to the concern of DaWife and some of my friends I got in the car and headed to Boston to cover the protests/counter protests going on in Boston post Charlottesville.

I left early enough that the traffic was fairly light and getting to Alewife station went directly to the 4th level to park. It was fairly empty at the time I got there before 10 AM.

When I got on the Subway train I found my surrounded by large groups of people carrying signs, some homemade some not. They varied from hit Nazis to attacking the “alt right” to the standard “love Trumps Hate” and “Black Lives Matter” I quietly sat and listened. It was my impression that the folks
who had come to Boston from out of town were mostly people who wanted to “make a difference”. Their grandparents had fought in World War 2 and they saw themselves as doing what they did. This was a theme I got a lot from a certain segment of the crowd once I got to Boston, a feeling that they were emulating the “greatest generation” by going to Boston to stand up to the Nazis, Fascists and Klansmen That meme was common among the people I ran into on the train and in the crowd once I got there and my primary goal in going to the event was to not only report on what I saw, but to find out if their assessment was true.

There were a fair amount of masked folks in the crowd, some wearing green who were organizing things (they seemed distinct from the ANTIFA folk who I saw later) I asked one young lady why she was wearing a mask and she replied that it was to keep her from being doxxed which seemed to be the standard line, which frankly didn’t seem all that credible to me.

At the time I got there the crowd was comparatively large but not massive as it would later become there was a large crowd by the Statehouse, that was the Marty Walsh event and various groups to the far side where the free speech rally was supposed to be. It was at this time I saw a familiar group go by.

As I continued to head deeper into the common I saw a group of folks sitting down on a bench who consented to an interview

I found the remarks about people losing their jobs ironic after the doxxing stuff the masked lady had said, but from there continued on. At this point I spotted a group of State Police and spoke to one about them.

He said they would do their best to protect everyone’s first amendment rights (and from what I saw there was a large enough police presence to do so. I asked him about the masked ANTIFA folks, he mentioned that they were a worry but as there was no law against wearing a mask on the common all they could do is keep an eye on them.

I walked all the way to the far end where the pond was and then doubled back to get to the gazebo. All this time the crowd continues to grow as more and more folks showed up as the weather continue to get better but hotter.
When I got to the Gazebo area I found the entire section was cordoned off. Only people specifically on a list were invited in and that included the press

This was a large blow to my plans as the primary thing I wanted to do is record the speeches and see what they were saying to answer the question: Were these guys actual Nazis, White supremacists et/al or were they just conservatives that because they supported Trump were considered all of these things?

Of course to the crowd none of this mattered. It was a matter of faith that these guys were Nazis but it seemed to me also a matter of faith that President Trump was also a Nazi/White Supremacist as was anyone who supported him and this was evident by some of the chants

The attendees were very good at the whole repetitive chanting thing which requires very little thought.

the attendees were very good at repetitive chanting

I tried to find some other angles to get a better view of the bandstand but there was no place where I could get close enough and the fence lining it was filling up

All of it seemed like overkill to me but the crowd seemed rather enjoying themselves as I walked through them.

The crowd itself consisted of the following groups:

Group one:   The well meaning folks standing up as I mentioned at the start (worth interviewing)
Group two:   The college kids finding something cool to do while establishing their liberal credentials (worth interviewing)

I’d say those two groups at least at the time I was there was a solid 1/3 or more of the crowd

Group three: The mayors folks also establishing both their anti-trump and liberal cred (spinning pols no interest to me)
Group four: The various activist groups there to push their specific causes (again professional protesters spinners mostly not worth my time)
This was I’d guess about half the crowd or slightly less. When you report they are very noticeable and you could see the polish in how they carried themselves and their organization.

Group five:  The freaky guys like the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (drag queens dressed as nuns) and Vermin Supreme (folks looking for attention but not getting it from me)
And Group six:  ANTIFA violent thugs who I had no intention of associating with.

Despite how different they were all of them were all united in two propositions:

Donald Trump is a bad evil racist.

If you voted for Trump you are as are as bad or worse than he is.

The effects of that unifying idea was interesting,  particularly interesting how well the Masked Antifa crowd was being received by said crowd

That really shocked me I figured either they had no idea the type of people ANTIFA was (groups 1 & 2) , pretended they didn’t (group 3) or didn’t care (groups 4 & 5).

It was around this time that everyone got an education concerning them from an event that was to me, the defining event of the time I was there.

I noticed people swarming and went to check it out and was disgusted by what I saw

Two men one wearing a Trump, Make America Great Again and another wearing an Israeli flag being greeted by cries of “fascist go home” and quickly surrounded. At least of the organizers recognizing that the potential of something that would shatter the image they wanted portrayed to the press and to some of the more innocent people there who had no idea what company they were keeping so one of the folks who had been coaching some of the masked folks on one side and two members of the highly radical “veterans for peace” did their best to make sure nobody threw a punch but it didn’t stop people from getting in their faces and surrounding them.

I was completely beside myself over this first of all Donald Trump won the majority of voters in 29 states. If a man can’t safely walk through Boston Common with that banner no matter who is there that’s an incredible escalation as it the dubbing of any person supporting Trump a fascist or a Nazi.

But what set me off even more was the vitriol against they guy wearing the Israeli flag and the crowd joining in on the chants against him. The irony of people carrying anti-nazi signs and lowly proclaiming their opposition to hate driving out a person wearing the Star of David flag seems to have been completely lost on the people there and frankly I was outraged.

What was even more amazing were those calling em cowards those two guys were the bravest people there and I found myself wishing that I had a Trump banner or an Israeli flag and was standing with them.

To me this was a turning point, it is a moment that in my opinion will get replayed over and over in states that Trump carried and I can’t think of anything else that would infuriate and energize Trump supporters more.

On the bright side there were some signs of sanity and plurality in the crowd this one stood out.

But then again one would expect Quakers to be expressing this kind of thing.

By this time it was getting clear that unless I was willing and able to stay very late there wasn’t going to be much big news and I noticed people starting to leave so I started to leave but found some interesting sights like the Panda crowd that I saw earlier

That the people signing were basically saying “take away my freedom” never seemed to occur to them.

There was Gary who had an interesting quest

Four nice folks from Plymouth who seemed to have experience in this sort of thing without being professional activists

A catholic poet and musician who bought my book

and my favorite person Gary who while not liking the right had my favorite sign of the day as embraced his opinions while defending the 1st Amendment

Finally a large crowd came by marching and I filmed them for five minutes

then a few minutes more

which couldn’t help but make me think of the famous scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian where the crowd chants in unison “yes we’re all individuals, we’ve all got to work it out for ourselves”

Finally it was time to leave and I headed for a T station as Park Station was closed. Because of this I missed some violence that took place later (conveniently after the regular people who might have objected had already left) but ran into the nice young ladies that I’ve already mentioned.

As for the object of these protests they became an afterthought but the real irony is, if there had been no protest they would have gotten even less attention but most of the people there seemed happy at what they felt they achieved and proud of their actions. What did they achieve? Well that’s an analysis post for later this week.

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I’ll have a lot to say about events in Boston tomorrow with photos, video and several interviews to round it out. But before I upload those videos and do anything else let me give one thank-you and two shout outs.

First thank all those who consented to interviews (either recorded or not) and gave me some of your time. You were all a pleasure to meet.

Now two shout outs. The primary shoutout goes to the all the Police present.

Unlike Chancellorsville the Boston/State and other Police were present and on the ball. While I didn’t like that I was unable to approach the primary rally and cover what people were actually saying which had been my goal, they did yeomans work to keep people safe and prevent those who would have liked to have cracked heads (and believe me there was a significant number of people there with that goal) in check.

So to all the police there, the Boston Police, the State Police, the Transit Police and even the Police who were guarding the parking garage, you symbolized the best of both Boston and Law enforcement and I tip my Fedora to you.

The second shoutout goes to a set of young college age ladies that I don’t know.

By the time I standing in the subway car back heading back to the parking garage at Alewife Station my body, which had gone all day without food or water on a hot day while running all around the Boston Common covering the story, finally had its say. I found myself suddenly dizzy and nauseous and had to sit, so I lowered myself to the floor taking my laptop bag and camera off from around my neck. Immediately three young ladies standing next to me were at my side offering me water and a fourth offered me her seat.

All of these ladies had been at the protest and were carrying signs to that effect. I suspect none of them were Trump supporters or shared anything close to my political views.

But here, away from the crowd, their concern wasn’t with who I voted for or what I thought of the various event I had seen. All they saw was a fifty something man in some distress and wanted to help, our common humanity overrode everything else.

They did me a great service, not only by giving me a hand but by reminding me not to judge all those in attendance by the signs they carried or by the lowest common denominator of a crowd at a time when I most needed that reminder.

In this age of division it was a breath of fresh air. Ladies I tip my fedora to you


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Rock: You are the survivors. The others have run off. It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted.

Star Trek: The Savage Curtain 1969

On April 19th in response to the Battle of Berkeley I asked this question:

So it’s time for administrators to decide, are they going to continue to sit back watch while the left gets beaten the same way the right was, or are they, now that their ox is being gored, finally going to decide the free speech and assembly are things that are going to be enforced in their cities and on their campuses?

Yesterday in Berkeley we got the answer. Both the left and the right showed up (without Ann Coulter) as did people ready to record the actions of the authorities and suddenly the rule of law was prevailed.

Police showed up in force

Empty leftist threats were laughed off

The laws concerning wearing a mask were being enforced:

The reading of Ann Coulter’s speech by Gavin McInnes didn’t result in a riot

And Lauren Southern spoke without harm to herself and others

In other words all went as it should, people spoke, other people who didn’t like the speech either didn’t show up or protested or went to their empathy tents and everyone went home without any bloodshed because the police enforced the law.

The question is why? What was the difference, why were the police enforcing the law instead of hanging back? Why did Antifa choose “Narp” instead of “Yarp“?  Simple

The people in danger of being beaten were not the conservatives who were speaking but the ANTIFA thugs who wanted to stop them.

Once it became clear that it was the hired thugs of the left and not the conservatives that they loathed in danger suddenly Berkeley decided that the rule of law was worth enforcing to make sure nobody got hurt.  It was Lexington Green all over again, only this time the Redcoats declined to start a war.

And the fact that the right is learning this lesson is making all the right people angry:

Strange, is it now, how the SPLC never seems to take notice of antifa or any other violent left-wing group no matter how many people they assault. But when people merely begin to plan to start defending themselves against the violent left that is attacking them, well, it’s THE SHOAH ALL OVAH AGAIN, again.

So let me congratulate the left, which has taught the right that showing up ready to fight is the best way to stay safe and and to show up and be aware that from this point on when the right sees something like this:

The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous resolution this week which declares May 1 a “day of action” on which city employees are encouraged to attend planned anti-Trump protests instead of going to work.

The resolution—drafted by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative party—instructs supervisors of city government departments to remind their workers that they are entitled to take two days of unpaid leave for “days of faith and conscience,” and that attending Monday’s protests is a legitimate use of this leave.

and this:

“If we truly want to build a summer of resistance against Trump and the billionaire class,” Sawant said in a Tuesday interview on King5, an NBC affiliate, “then we will need disruptive action like shutting down airports, and shutting down highways.”

Other Seattle government officials, while eager to sign on to this “day of action,” are less keen about Sawant’s call for “disruptive action.” Mayor Ed Murray provided some rather impotent pushback saying, “We need to keep our freeways and our on and off ramps…the state, of course, needs to keep our on and off ramps open.”

Directed against them, rest assured they will not only be ready to answer speech with speech, but show up with enough muscle to make sure they can safely make said speech.

May you enjoy the incentive system you have created.


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