If  you are in New York’s Hudson Valley and you like your abortions with a side of communist activism, then you are in for a real treat on Monday as Antifa and Planned Parenthood join forces to defend illegal foreign invaders, smash capitalism, support public indoctrination of non-aborted children, and snarl traffic for the May Day march in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 1, 2017! Yes, POUGHKEEPSIE, home to that bastion of higher education tolerance (well, tolerant unless you are a Jew or a heterosexual male), Vassar College!

The march begins at the ironically named “Family Partnership Center” (that’s where you can partner up with a service to avoid becoming a family with children, by any means necessary), and will end at the local City Hall where there will be a meeting which will include discussion about turning Poughkeepsie into a “sanctuary city” for foreign invaders. Because it’s more important to be welcoming to people who are here illegally than to do anything about the crime problem that exists in Poughkeepsie. Got to make sure to continue to avoid enforcing existing laws because, tolerance and diversity!

Hopefully the Hudson Valley leftists will be milder than the ones who’ve been making news lately by rioting against free speech for non-commies, and hopefully they can restrain themselves from throwing their own excrement at anyone who might show up to voice an opposing opinion.

Hudson Valley Antifa Facebook page

Here is more information about the event, from Resist and Protest:

Community Voices Heard invites you all to come join the Poughkeepsie family as we march in the streets on May Day to uplift the working class struggle as it relates to saving the Poughkeepsie city public transportation, undocumented immigrants, public school students, and fighting any form of violence as a result of the pursuit of profit!

May Day PK will consist of speakers, rallies, and a march from the Family Partnership Center to City Hall. We will culminate at Poughkeepsie City Hall as the Poughkeepsie City Council Meeting begins where a sanctuary style legislation will be discussed to protect immigrants rights in Poughkeepsie!

Educate, Agitate, Organize!

They also have it posted in Spanish, natch.

Hudson Valley May Day Facebook Event Page

Poughkeepsie previously hosted an encampment of #Occupy protesters, back when that was a thing, some of whom will likely be at Monday’s march, since these lefty groups tend to overlap each other.

For non-locals, Poughkeepsie is about an hour (by car) north of New York City, in a region known as the Scenic Hudson Valley. There is Poughkeepsie City, which normal people try to avoid when possible, and Poughkeepsie Town, which is basically middle class and kind of nice. It is in Dutchess County, and most of the county and federal government offices for the region are housed in Poughkeepsie City, as are the two hospitals the area has to offer.

I live in a small rural-ish town not far from Poughkeepsie, which is why I noticed this stuff, but I have little doubt that similar events will be happening all over the country because May Day is like Christmas for leftists. Poughkeepsie also had its own “March for Science” and “Women’s March“, because leftists gotta do what leftists do, and when leftists are agitating somewhere, they like to replicate it everywhere.  What’s happening in your neighborhood on Monday?

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Last week large amounts of the student bodies of Claremont and UCLA colleges turned out to protest Heather MacDonald insisting that Black lives matter to them and not to the police.  Thanks to a spate of Easter violence that assertion can be tested by the answers to two questions

When will Claremont & UCLA be holding mass protests over this:

The fatal shooting of Tywan Anderson, 23, in the 1300 block of South Fairfield Avenue, half a block north of Mount Sinai Hospital, marked the only fatality among 29 people who were shot from Saturday to Sunday morning, officials said. Of the people shot, three were teenagers — ages 14, 15 and 17.

and this:

Police are hunting a killer who shared a video of the moment he shot dead an innocent man in Cleveland and claims to have slaughtered 14 more.

Steve Stephens, 37, is on the loose in the Ohio city after he filmed the murder and posted it on social media at around 2pm Eastern Time on Easter Sunday.

If as you say you are angry about violence against black citizens then surely you will be protesting the perpetrators of this actual violence that has taken place in the last 48 hours targeting the black community.  With the same social media network you used to protest Heather Mac Donald you would be able to get something up and running in days with the same kind of crowds.

That is, if you are so inclined.  If you’re not, why not?

Second Question:

What will Claremont and UCLA do for the families of the dead and wounded in the black community?

Are you committing any time and effort to protect these survivors or to find the those responsible for their deaths, or even help them cope with their losses? And if you aren’t AND the police are, then what does that say about who is more committed to black lives?

Now both of these things I mentioned are completely within your power and if you are the people of high moral authority that you claim to be you could have both a protest and perhaps even a fund that the victims and their families could tap to cover their incidental expenses, in fact I’ll be both colleges would be happy to coordinate the making of such a fund if you ask them.

But be aware, you will find no political advantage to it, there is nothing in these killings or shooting that will allow you to make political hay against Police, Donald Trump, Heather MacDonald or anyone else on the right.

So the challenge is there, it’s time to show the world, DO you students of UCLA and Claremont College believe black lives actually matter and want to do something about it, or are you just a bunch of hacks using dead bodies to advance political goals?

Here is your chance to answer that question to the world as loudly as you protested Ms. MacDonald.  May you have the wisdom to make the right choice.


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America is in disarray… if you listen to mainstream media. They say Donald Trump’s transition team is floundering. They see no near end of protests by tender snowflakes on college campuses. They switch back and forth between covering and covering up the violence on the streets perpetrated by protesters angry that Trump is going to be the next President.

The natural reaction for conservatives is a combination of sadness and humor. The “truth” is only as true as the media will allow millions of Americans to believe, so while Trump’s transition is unorthodox, it doesn’t deserve reports that everything’s falling apart because it isn’t. The tender snowflakes among both students and professors make us want to weep for the future and chuckle at their antics, but it’s still there and it can become a threat. As for the protesters on the streets… why haven’t they stopped, yet?

Now is not the time to panic, but it’s also foolhardy for conservatives to not have concerns. The left is angry and hurt. They’re like a wounded beast – defensive, unpredictable, and capable of taking actions they normally wouldn’t take. We’re seeing them making plans to go after us harder in the press, on social media, and on the cultural battlefronts. It’s a less-focused, more violent response than the actions that formed the Tea Party in 2009, which is to say that it’s forming into something that could make an impact. If the Tea Party was the anger-driven intellectual response to Obama’s administration, then whatever the left is forming will be the anger-driven emotional response to Trump.

That shouldn’t be dismissed. The ebb and flow of political passions can be turned into actions. The Tea Party helped sweep in a strong majority in the House in 2010 and a good majority in the Senate in 2014. If the left can get organized behind their emotional responses, we could see the opposite result in 2018. That should terrify us all.

Now is not the time for complacence, celebration, or gloating. The GOP has control. What they do with it over the next two years might not be enough if we don’t combat the left’s passionate rise. Everything can go as planned and the GOP could still lose the House, Senate, and strides made at the states if we aren’t aggressively putting down the leftist propaganda machine. This is a time for diligence. The opposition is rising.

Two months ago Black Lives Matter protesters in Worcester closed down traffic in Kelly Square.  Now they’re kinda miffed that they are getting summons to court for doing so:

 

On Jan. 19, protesters staged a “Black Lives Matter” protest in Worcester’s Kelley Square that included blocking traffic. City officials investigated, and more than two months later issued court summons for four of some 40 participants, charging each with being a disorderly person and disturbing the peace.

 

The Communities United Collective is crying oppression

The Communities United Collective says the city is “threatening charges as a platform to intimidate the protestors and silence the voices of protest in Worcester,” and has “openly condemned those who participate in non-violent, open protest against city policies…”

Oh my GOD! The oppression, the humiliation! 10% of the protesters have gotten SUMMONS TO COURT.

That’s a disruption to their busy lives unlike guys like this with the leisure time to write long letters:

 

Never before have I written so long a letter. I’m afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts and pray long prayers?

If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me. If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything less than brotherhood, I beg God to forgive me.

 

I’ll bet if that God worshiping Christians like that guy had to suffer they way these guys in Worcester he’d know what oppression was.

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Yesterday we noted Insty’s point showing how the police showdown illustrates that a lot of policing is about generating revenue and wondered if this was an opening for the various protesters:

If someone of the anti-police left wanted to expand their base, they’d be arguing that all of this amounts to a TAX on individuals and ask:  “Do you support arbitrary Taxation?” and I say “arbitrary” because the slowdown illustrates that these fines can be waived and ignored at will.

In theory this would be an excellent line of attack.  It illustrates government overreach and I dare say quite a few libertarians would likely be nodding their heads in agreement if the point was pressed.  This has the potential to divide the now pro-cop public, who appreciate the danger the police face but like most people find low level enforcement of parking & traffic rules and the fines that come with it an annoyance.

However this is something the protesters will not do and in fact dare not do.

Not because it wouldn’t be an effective point, but because it would!

You see most big cities are run by the left, both at the top, and in the infrastructure of the bureaucracy.  Our protesting friends understand they and their allies are the people who benefit the most from the spending that is financed by these dollars and it’s a piece of those dollars that those leading the protests are actually after.

What would be the point of attracting a bunch of icky libertarians in their crusade against the police if it simply makes the point that government is too big and strongarming citizens when it’s those very strong arm tactics that are the bread and butter of the Sharpton’s of the world?  And if such a realization spreads among the public the result for the left would be disaster.

No much better to do without the libertarians an proceed to the inevitable endgame that will play out like so:

1.  The city will buy off the protesters with expensive programs that will coincidently employ & empower the friends and allies of the protest “leaders”.

2.  The protest leaders will announce that the city is “moving in the right direction and pull back their protests until the next such opportunity arises.

3.  The cities needing next to placate the police who they alienate, will offer major contract concessions and policies to help protect them so they are able to safely go back to writing tickets to help  finance all this new spending.

Of course the money for all of these changes is going to have to come from somewhere so watch the fines and taxes increase to pay for both.

Thus in the end the bureaucracy, the protesters and the police will all be satisfied.  Only the taxpayers and the mothers of the black youth who will continue to be gunned down in the cities will continue to pay the piper.

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Saruman: “A man of Rohan? What is the house of Rohan but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and rats roll on the floor with the dogs? Victory at helms deep does not belong to you, Théoden, horsemaster! You are a lesser son of greater sires.”

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There is nothing that illustrates the danger of the blue state secular liberal culture then this story:

It is hard for me to put into words how pathetically silly I find the requests of college and post-grad students to postpone exams because of the “trauma” they experienced due to Grand Jury decisions in the national news. It is even harder to express how pathetic and silly it is that college and law school officials are bending to the requests of these “traumatized” students.

This is the logical result of the 60’s generation raising children outside of the Judeo Christian Culture that once was American Culture and that still dominates in Red States.

Consider for a moment how history would have been different if this was the way things were if these type of people had not just appeared in the last decades but were here for the entire history of the country what if….

Martin Luther King and the Freedom Riders were too “traumatized” by events in the south to resist?

NASA Astronauts were too traumatized by the explosion of the Space Shuttle to continue working?

NASA was too traumatized by the Apollo 1 fire to go to the moon?

JFK was too traumatized by the missile crisis to react

Harry Truman was too traumatized by the NK invasion to go to the UN

 The WW2 Generation, the Civil War Generation, the Revolutionary War Generation were too traumatized to react?

Imagine if abolitionists, explorers, scientists, mechanics, and those who have achieved great things all let themselves be frozen by events and allowed themselves to be paralyzed like these kids?  Where would they be today?

Kids you’re being played by people who wish you to be useless willing and able to do what needs to be done only in video games.

And if you think that’s a coincidence then ask yourself if you were the leader of a country trying to destroy an enemy’s’  civilization, say one that stands between you and power, ask yourself how you’d go about it without arousing suspicion?

 

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The last few months have been filled with protests in multiple states over the decisions in Ferguson and in the NYC case of Eric Garner.  In my own state of North Carolina, protests have occurred as well, mainly in the Durham area.

What’s interesting to me about some of these protests are various educators and education related groups like Teach For America being involved. From police reports on these protests, anarchists and occupiers are also involved.   In a protest that occurred on December 10th, one arrest included charges of ‘inciting a riot’. Those charges were attributed to one Robert Stephens. Stephens is the North Carolina executive director of alumni for Teach for America.  Perhaps ironically, Durham Public Schools has recently broken off its contract with Teach for America.

One of the people waiting to bail out those arrested at the event on the 10th was Rachel Schankula. Schankula is a long-time employee of Teach For America.  It should also be noted that the woman who runs Teach For America’s alum affairs is the wife of Eric Guckian, education adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. Eric Guckian is also a Teach for America Alum. So are the other advisers under Guckian.

This is not the first Teach for America tied person to such protests. In Missouri, Brittany Packnett was assigned to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon. Packnett had been organizing protests over the last few months according to the Huffington Post.

Then we have the report that a prominent Teacher’s Union figure was arrested at a protest:

Weingarten is the president of AFT.  She was arrested in NYC at an Eric Garner protest. Be sure to click on the tweet and read the subtweets on that one.

Don’t forget Eric Linsker, the CUNY professor arrested for attempting to incite a riot and carrying around a backpack full of hammers — as well as marijuana.

Shifting back to North Carolina, just this past week the school board of one of the largest school districts held one of its regularly scheduled meetings.  At that meeting, board member Keith Sutton wore a shirt that had “#blacklivesmatter” printed on it and went on to give a little speech where he attempted to compare his own brush with police to that of Eric Garner in NYC. He went on to try to tie the achievement gap of minorities into that speech.  Check out that contrived bit of hand-wringing for yourself.

Children in schools look up to their teachers a great deal. Teachers have been role models for many students in the past. In the current times we live in, it seems like political activism is on the rise in and around our schools. There is a noted glorification happening with being arrested at a protest.  The actions and opinions of teachers inevitably end up filtering into the classroom. What impact those actions and opinions are having is becoming clear. Given the education related activism I’ve just chronicled, one has to see a bigger and arguably coordinated picture emerging.  Now, more than ever, parents need to be engaged with what their kids are learning, seeing and doing.

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There were less people killed by police & authorities in all the protests throughout the nation concerning Ferguson & NY (including the two principals ) than in Chicago this weekend.

This is why the protesters are out without fear, they know there are in less permanent danger confronting police and blocking traffic than they would ever be living in the inner city of Chicago.

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After arriving at the drop off point most people headed straight to union station for breakfast and bathrooms, being of an adventurous nature I immediately set out for the capital with Janet following along.

It was a slow walk Janet has quite a few years on me and has an ailment that restricts her use of stairs but eventually we reached the back entrance of the capital

The Capital was still in darkness when he arrived area’s soaked by the auto sprinklers. we checked in at the media area but arrived too early to get in, circling to the front we checked the layout just in time to see a truck pull up to the front and begin unloading platforms and scaffolding to set up the speaking area.

the location is the same place where almost 3 years to the day I sat on the grass filming Andrew Breitbart as he extolled a crowd of 80-100k to keep the pressure on the media. Today the cause was to keep pressure on the White House.

Having established lines of sight we headed back to union station to charge, eat and post. We ran into our compatriots heading in the other direction on the way back. Once we hit the station we separated her for coffee to wake up, me to Hotcakes and sausage and the media center to get this post up.

I was pleased to hear my friend Zilla is also on the way down with the bikers but disappointed to learn she will likely not arrive until I am already back on my bus heading north.

The plan is to start interviewing attendees from as many states as possible while securing when and if possible key speakers, but the priority is the protesters. As pol and media the speakers are easily contacted, the average citizens who came by bus, and train and plane from all over the nation are the real stars and my access to them may not come again.

The down side is I didn’t bring a change of clothes, I’m wearing a suit, tie button down shirt and a twelve-foot Dr. Who scarf and the temps are supposed to get into the 90’s. The problem is not going to be finding people to interview, the problem will be, will they tolerate my presence long enough to talk to me?

I’ll just have to hope for the best

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The people began arriving at the rest stop in twos and threes, cars with bumper stickers that tagged them as tea party: gun rights, 1st amendment fans. They carried backpacks and bags and in a few cases like myself large cameras and laptops to work.

In the parking lots impromptu discussions had already begun on a dozen topics, Syria, amnesty, the State Gas Tax, and of course Obamacare and the rally tomorrow to make our voices heard.

As the bus boarded it was like a reunion as tea party members from all over the county recognized people they had not seen in months or years and continued their chats. As the bus rolled on they continued talking about every issue that came to mind while I decided to catch a few ZZZs as the bus internet slowed to a crawl as 45 people and then 55 when the CT contingent boarded tried to access it..

As we stopped a the Vince Lombardi Rest stop the bus poured out its cargo of humanity and the crowd stretched and went inside for a bite. My friend Dan spent 5 minutes trying to explain to the late night workers at Burger King what he wanted to order finally giving up on his Chicken Parm sandwich to prevent himself from cutting his own dreadlocks off in a fit of frustration. I shared my double Whopper with him with the anecdote of the $15 hourly demand by the Unions for those same workers.

We all re-boarded the bus and the late night conversations fueled by coffee continued despite the late hour as we drove sound through NJ. My friend Janet Sarah who runs a small media group tried in get comfortable to no avail while I struck up a conversation with a lady from Peru who hadn’t abandoned the conservative values of the country of her birth.

Slowly but the voices around me slowly faded away as people succumbed to sleep despite the Starbucks coffee from the stop until only two folks who had been talking conservative talk radio remained up. I confess I kept an ear open to see if the topic of my show came up although they maintained they had discussed it while I was sleeping earlier in the trip.

Meanwhile the bus rolled on till finally the only light around was the glare of my laptop as I typed what you are now reading. In a few hours we would be in DC and the real work of interviewing protesters from around the country and the various speakers would begin, but for now the bus simply rolled on bringing me ever closer to what would be a full days work creamed into four hours of frenzied activity. It was time to try to take that 12 foot Doctor Who scarf and convert it to a pillow to get those few hours of sleep necessary to fuel the busy day ahead a crescendo of light snores ready to lull me to sleep.

Let’s hope my own doesn’t wake the crowd.

Update: figures just as I’m ready to catch some zzzs again we hit the rest stop in Del so might as well load a few pictures

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