DANA LOESCH: The Gladney-ization of America: Trumka sits with First Lady After AFL-CIO Took Hostages. “Earlier this morning 500 or so members of the AFL-CIO stormed a port in Washington, vandalized the facility, reportedly cut the brake lines of train cars, and held six guards hostage. Shockingly, no one was arrested. Earlier that week a judge issued a restraining order against this same group after they clashed with police while brandishing bats and issuing death threats. Nineteen people were arrested for misdemeanors. While all of this was going on, the group’s head, Richard Trumka, was invited as a guest of the President to tonight’s jobs address.”
WELL, THAT WAS QUICK: Gladney trial ends in acquittal.
THE KENNETH GLADNEY BEATING CASE GOES TO TRIAL TOMORROW. Will we see justice, or a coverup?
We propose that any investigation begin with events that led to criminal behavior, like say the WTO riots in Seattle. Or the RNC riots in St. Paul. Or the angry mob protests that have taken place at the homes of Bank of America executives. Or the Kenneth Gladney beating. That should provide a good start.
When would the Progressive Democrats like to schedule these hearings?
I’d love to see this.
POLITICO: Tea party to NAACP: ‘Grow up’.
They told me if I voted for John McCain, the NAACP would be praising Klansmen and attacking black tea partiers on racial grounds. Oh, hell, who am I kidding? Nobody would have been crazy enough to predict that.
Then again, nobody would have predicted that the NAACP would call the term “black hole” racist, either. How the mighty have fallen.
UPDATE: Big Government is all over the story. Just keep scrolling.
SMEARING THE TEA PARTIES: Dana Loesch responds on O’Reilly. And, yes, that’s a “Public Enemy” t-shirt she’s wearing. And yes, O’Reilly was fairly clueless.
UPDATE: Related thoughts from Roger Pilon at CATO:
One hesitates to weigh in on this mud-slinging for fear of getting muddy oneself. But neither should commentary on Republican and tea-party reaction to Sunday’s House vote be left to the suddenly self-righteous Democratic left: After all, it’s their appalling disregard for democratic principles and processes that gave rise to the weekend’s demonstrations and outbursts. So a few points are in order, simply to put things in perspective.
First, let’s not leap to factual conclusions. Last evening the Lehrer News Hour reported (along with Politico this morning) that Rep. Randy Neugebauer shouted “baby killer” as Rep. Bart Stupak was speaking Sunday night. Yet NPR reported that Neugebauer actually shouted “It’s a baby killer” — referring to the bill, not to Stupak. Neither version is acceptable, but there is a difference. Likewise, claims about protesters taunts should be treated cautiously as well, especially since they’ve been denied, and as yet no footage has emerged to support them. Yet we see here at the Arena this morning that Harvard’s Theda Skocpol is writing, without a shred of evidence, that ”Quite a few Republican public officials are even flirting with threats of violence against political figures they oppose.” So let’s not pretend that the right has a corner on irresponsibility.
Second, even if the claims about protester’s taunts prove to be true, how is that a warrant for condemning the entire tea-party movement, or the Republican party, as many on the left are doing? No broad political movement can control its every “member.” Yet we find people like House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn saying that GOP leaders “ought to be ashamed of themselves for bringing these people here to Washington.” Perhaps Rep. Clyburn has forgotten that we still have the right to protest. That’s what the first tea party was about. And let’s remember that George Washington had to wade into the “mob” from time to time to keep order.
And that brings me to a final point. The symbolism of the Democratic left’s hostility to the “tea baggers” should not go unnoticed. The tea party movement’s roots are in the American Revolution. These ordinary Americans are protesting the Washington ”Establishment” — which presently is the Democratic juggernaut – much as American Patriots were protesting the oppressive British Establishment that was “eating out their substance” with “a long train of abuses and usurpations.” The Democratic left should think long and hard about those parallels. The times they are a-changin’.
I should also note — as Dana points out above — that when goons, wearing SEIU t-shirts even, beat up Ken Gladney and called him a “nigger” the press wasn’t interested at all despite the presence of video, and charges filed, while it’s been happy to run with a story about tea partiers that the video contradicts. So the whole have-you-no-decency routine here seems kinda contrived and desperate.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Members of Congress playing the race card. “These people are very powerful members of Congress. It’s unbecoming to act like you’re some woebegone victim.”
MORE: Further thoughts at Power Line.
STILL MORE: Ed Frank emails:
I’ve seen your coverage of the “racial slur” charges on the Hill last weekend, and I know there’s no way to prove a negative, but the video posted on Instapundit seems to show Congressman Jesse Jackson filming the crowd with two Flip video cameras as he and his colleagues walk toward the Cannon Building. Since he apparently walked the entire way with those cameras rolling, at least one of them presumably would have picked up any racial slurs that were uttered along the way. Interestingly, I don’t think Congressman Jackson has released the video he filmed on Saturday – maybe it’s out there, but I can’t find it anywhere. And I’m pretty sure that if there were racial slurs captured on his camera, he would’ve had the clips out there in a heartbeat. In any case, he should probably release whatever footage he shot, just to add some additional transparency to the discussion.
COURT DATE SET for the Kenneth Gladney beating case.
Hey, he called the president “professorial” — doesn’t Reilly know that’s this week’s racial code deciphered by the left’s answer to Bletchley Park? Besides, as far as cracking heads, Reilly isn’t the first journalist to proffer such advice to the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner — PBS’s Jim Leher also recommended that President Obama “crack heads” last July.
Mission literally Accomplished, Jim and David. Just ask Kenneth Gladney.
Or the SEIU.
MORE ON THE KEN GLADNEY BEATING FALLOUT: “We went on up to the office to present the petitions to Ms. Redington. When two of us showed up running video, Deputy Counselor Bob Grant came out after about 10 minutes and told us Ms. Redington wouldn’t meet with us on camera…..which I videoed.”
BIG GOVERNMENT: Anatomy of a Beat-Down Part 3: Why Kenneth Gladney Was Beaten And by Whom. “But, make no mistake; this is happening on McCulloch’s watch. He has the authority to handle this case and to ensure that proper charges are filed, but he has chosen not to. It begs the question: If he jumped through the ‘Truth Squad’ hoops when Buffy Wicks asked him to during the campaign, is it possible he has turned his back on this case for similar reasons?”
BIG GOVERNMENT: Anatomy of a Beat-Down Part 2: Why Kenneth Gladney Was Beaten And by Whom. Plus, a promise for tomorrow: “Tomorrow we will show how this small network of insiders in the leftist political power structure of St. Louis are inter-connected with the very people charged with investigating and prosecuting the individuals responsible for beating Kenneth Gladney. And, how those same people were also instrumental in the Obama Campaign in Missouri in 2008. We will show how the three month delay in bringing charges against the assailants appear to be motivated by political and personal relationships in the close-knit family that is the St. Louis Democratic Party.”
BIG GOVERNMENT: Why Kenneth Gladney Was Beaten, And By Whom. Andrew Breitbart emails: “Very important read. People need to understand what happened.”
Plus this promise: “Tomorrow we will show how the people who are now charged with assaulting him are connected to SEIU and HCAN, how they followed HCAN’s instructions perfectly which inevitably led to the violence, and we will show how St. Louis was not the only meeting that followed HCAN’s template and ended in much the same way.”
Related: St. Louis County Prosecutors Never Checked Gladney Hospital Records. Covering?
KENNETH GLADNEY BEATING UPDATE: Charges filed against SEIU members, Post-Dispatch reporter.
KENNETH GLADNEY speaks out.
IS JUSTICE SERVED FASTER FOR DEMOCRATS IN MISSOURI? “Three months after Kenneth Gladney and Kelly Owens were assaulted in the Bernard school parking lot following Russ Carnahan’s town hall the charges still remain in hibernation at the County Counselor’s office. Upon contacting Bob McCullough, I was told that Gladney’s charges fall into Patricia Redington’s jurisdiction.”
BIG GOVERNMENT HAS the police report on Ken Gladney’s beating by SEIU people. “The police report is unambiguous about what happened on August 6th in St. Louis. The White House, through SEIU, did indeed ‘punch back twice as hard.’ What is ambiguous, however, is why prosecutors haven’t pursued the charges against SEIU. As you will learn, there is a lot to suggest that Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis DA, is trying to cover-up SEIU’s crime. Stay tuned as the truth comes out.”
GATEWAY PUNDIT: More Than 85 Days After Public Beating Of Ken Gladney Charges Still Not Filed Against SEIU Thugs …Update: Media Matters Mocks Gladney. Maybe this means there’s nothing to the story. Or maybe it means the fix was in. But this is clearly true: “Could you even imagine if this would have happened to a black Obama supporter? It would have been all over the state-run media.”
LOSING IT: Nancy Pelosi chokes up about political violence, doesn’t mention Ken Gladney. “Pelosi wants to silence opposition since she cannot outargue it, and her implied reference to the murders of Milk and Moscone as somehow comparable to political opposition to the Obama administration is flat-out despicable.” And desperate.
UPDATE: Reader Kevin Greene writes:
It should be noted that Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were not killed by a constituent angry about unfair laws they passed.
They were assassinated by a fellow Democrat politician- city councilman Dan White, who resigned complaining about his low government salary and angry that Moscone wouldn’t reappoint him to his hack job.
If Pelosi is afraid … she must be afraid of her own fellow politicians in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
Or maybe hotheads from the SEIU. Which would make sense, given the Gladney experience. . . .
I LINKED THIS PIECE ON THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE YESTERDAY, but several readers liked this passage enough that it’s worth highlighting:
Les Bayless, the retired treasurer of Service Employees International Union 1199, blamed poor leadership within the union community for its troubles. “We need different leaders,” he said. Of the health care protesters, he said, “I think they are out there because of TARP [the $787 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program passed by Congress]. TARP p*** me off, too. We let them own that issue.”
The group collectively lamented that the Right discovered Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” “It’s kind of scary! They have learned all of the tricks,” said Sue Esty, the assistant director of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Maryland.
Scary, indeed. Meanwhile, people on the right are finding the opposition pathetic rather than scary. “24th State is reporting tonight that Elston McGowan is asking the SEIU for workman’s comp for the injury he suffered at the Carnahan rally while beating Ken Gladney’s a$$.”
BILL WHITTLE ON THE RODNEY KING AND KEN GLADNEY BEATINGS, and MSNBC’s preferred narrative.
JOSH MARSHALL: “Let’s be honest with ourselves: the American right has a deep-seated problem with political violence.”
You mean like the violence against Ken Gladney? A peaceful black guy beaten by thugs who called him the N-word? Who wouldn’t have a problem with that? Oh, wait, I get it . . . .
UPDATE: A reader sends this, too.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Steve Walsh writes: “Josh Marshall has apparently forgotten about the assassination attempts on Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. I find it both comical and disturbing that he equates the carrying of a legal gun to a political event with the Oklahoma City bombing. Insanity, not political affiliation, is the common thread among Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme, John Hinckley, Francisco Duran, and Timothy McVeigh.”
If you’re looking for lefty violence, what about Lee Harvey Oswald, who by any objective measure was far-left? As for the legal carrying of guns, Marshall has — in a rare turn of events — gotten himself out of sync with the White House message. I’m sure he’ll rectify that posthaste.
And reader Richard Samuelson writes, “Don’t forget the Black Panthers, who Obama won’t prosecute.”
MORE: Media Barely Noticed Legal Gun-brandishing By Black Panthers in 2000 Protest. Doesn’t fit the narrative. You can usually figure out what the narrative’s supposed to be, and if there’s any doubt Josh will usually tell you, though in this case he got a bit too far out in front of the White House.
KEN GLADNEY UPDATE: Black Conservatives Hold Protest at NAACP Over Ken Gladney Attack. As Jim Treacher notes, if he were an Obama supporter beaten by white Tea Party folks, he’d be more famous than Rodney King. But since he’s a Tea Party supporter beaten by white Obama folks, it’s a non-story. Can’t blow the preferred racial narrative. . . .
UPDATE: Related: Video from the Carnahan crew. Unsuccessful provocateurs.
I love this bit: “And that’s not all. A man brought a gun to a town hall with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) last week, without incident.” Stop the presses! A man brought a gun without incident!
This, on the other hand, is mostly incoherent: “At Obama’s town hall last week in Portsmouth, N.H., a man was arrested for having a gun hidden in his car after the Secret Service found him at Portsmouth High School hours before Obama arrived carrying a pocketknife. He didn’t have a license for a concealed weapon.”
Does Obama need a license for a concealed weapon to carry a pocketknife? . . . . And if so, why didn’t they arrest him, too?
Okay, that’s just snark. But really, if you’re going to sell the image of crazy armed mobs everywhere!!!! you’re going to need better anecdotes than this. And, you know, a mastery of 8th grade grammar.
But one of my regular correspondents thinks these incidents are all a ruse by the authorities: “Here’s the set up for that Boston Massacre type of event I keep goin’ on about…”
I’m not seeing it, but then I’m well-known to be Polyannaish in outlook. However, assuming that these aren’t agents provocateurs but rather militant gun-rights activists trying to counter “denormalization,” well, I think this is a bad idea and I’d urge them to reconsider. Barbecue joints are one thing, Presidential appearances another.
Matt Welch has related thoughts. Plus, if people had showed up with guns at Bush events, do you think the press would have spun it as evidence of Bush’s unpopularity?
UPDATE: Reader Nathaniel Ferguson writes:
This is not just a poorly written statement, it also brings up a couple of questions.
1. Is it illegal to carry a pocket knife?
2. Is it illegal to carry a pocket knife in a location where the President is going to be in the near future?
3. Is being found with a pocket knife (oh the horror of it!) grounds for the police to search your car? Did the police have to get a warrant for that?
4. Does a person need to have a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in their car? It doesn’t seem that he was carrying the gun on his person.
5. What’s next, police will visit gunowners’ homes in towns the President will visit at some point in the future and take their guns away before he arrives?
I could be wrong, but I think the Secret Service offers adequate protection for the President in the event of a potential Swiss Army Knife wielding maniac.
If not, our tax dollars are going to waste. Meanwhile, I’ll note that the worst actual violence at any Town Hall event was the Ken Gladney beating. But when a black guy is beaten by white union supporters of Obama’s healthcare plan, it’s not news.
Plus, eliminationist rhetoric from the Green Party? Well, Ken Gladney certainly experienced that “smash critics” talk firsthand.
MORE: SayUncle: “Black man with a gun not breaking the law. Press panics.” Well, it does kind of blow their preferred racial narrative.
STILL MORE: Bob Owens deflates lefty shock:
The armed protesters at events in Arizona and New Hampshire were never “at” Obama’s meetings. They were never inside of the security perimeter that the Secret Service establishes for Presidential appearances. They weren’t ever close.
The protester in New Hampshire who had a gun in a tactical drop-leg rig was on private property well away from the Obama appearance (I’ve heard estimates of ½ to ¾ mile away) and was never in direct line of sight of either the venue or the motorcade. He never remotely a threat to the President, nor did he intend to be.
Likewise, those open carry advocates at yesterday’s event in Arizona arranged for a police liaison the day before the event, and were constantly afforded security by the Phoenix Police Department and had at least one known Secret Service agent shadowing them to assure they were following the law. These citizens were never anywhere near the President, nor did they attempt to go anywhere near the Secret Service’s security perimeter that cordoned off the event and the building in which it was held.
As for the citizens ejected by the Secret Service during President Bush’s meetings in the past, I can’t claim to know much about the specific instances they refer to, but they do make clear these were citizens inside the event location when they were ejected.
Read the whole thing.
FINALLY: The White House and Secret Service are fine with armed protesters. Go figure. Tempest, meet teapot! Er, and somebody tell the folks at Talking Points Memo that they’re diverging from the, er, talking points . . . .
ANALYSIS: Press Largely Ignored Incendiary Rhetoric at Bush Protest. Gee, do you think?
When Bush visited Portland, Ore., for a fundraiser, protesters stalked his motorcade, assailed his limousine and stoned a car containing his advisers. Chanting “Bush is a terrorist!”, the demonstrators bullied passers-by, including gay softball players and a wheelchair-bound grandfather with multiple sclerosis.
One protester even brandished a sign that seemed to advocate Bush’s assassination. The man held a large photo of Bush that had been doctored to show a gun barrel pressed against his temple. . . . Although reporters from numerous national news organizations were traveling with Bush and witnessed the protest, none reported that protesters were shrieking at Republican donors epithets like “Slut!” “Whore!” and “Fascists!”
Yes, I remember the Bush-assassination chic. But it was different. All in good fun, you know.
Related item here. “It’s interesting though, when discussing responsibility and accountability, that STILL nothing is said about Kenneth Gladney on the left – oh, aside from the same ol’ same ol’ racist uncle Tom comments from people who are more eager to defend a liberal black man than an independent one. I guess that independence is what gets them. They excuse the bad behavior for the advancement of liberalism but freak when things exponentially unequal to those offenses occur on the right. Because their silence and ridicule condones that action, their credibility on other issues is compromised. . . . Yes, LET’S have the discussion as to who has been statistically more violent and rabble-rousing at protests. I think what you find may shock you. Or not. Listen …. crickets.”
Plus, from Victor Davis Hanson:
At one time not so long ago, those on the Left, and mainstream Democrats as well, apparently believed inflammatory language, Hitler parallels, and perverse expressions of real hatred were acceptable means to the noble end of discrediting the Bush presidency.
During the bleak days of Iraq, demonstrators carried swastikas and Hitler portraits of Bush habitually. Nicholson Baker wrote a novel in which characters are contemplating killing Bush. Films were praised imagining the assassination of the president. Michael Moore, courted by the Democratic elite, lamented that bin Laden on 9/11 had hit a blue state — and once compared the killers of Americans in Iraq to Minutemen.
Al Gore customarily used excessive language like “brown shirts.” Senators Durbin, Kennedy, and others compared our soldiers to Saddamites, Pol Pot’s killers, and Nazis. Ward Churchill compared the victims in the Twin Tower to “little Eichmanns.” Sen. Robert Byrd likened Pres. George W. Bush’s policies to what transpired in Nazi Germany. Linda Ronstadt, Harold Pinter, Scott Ritter, Ted Rall, and George Soros agreed with Fidel Castro, the Iranians, and North Koreans in comparing Bush to Hitler.
Jonathan Chait wrote in the New Republic on why “I hate George W. Bush.” Garrison Keillor likened Bush’s Republicans to “brown shirts in pinstripes.” Even old hero Sen. John Glenn said of the Bush agenda: “It’s the old Hitler business.”
UPDATE: Reader Julie Carlson thinks the townhalls are tame:
I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere, but it occurred to me with all the media wetting themselves over the tenor of the town hall meetings, haven’t they ever watched Question Time on C-Span? I realize the ones doing the questioning are other politicians, but the whole atmosphere is hardly polite. Lots of jeering, laughing, shouting out, and the Prime Minister has to stand there and take it and dish it out as well. And these are the Brits! I thought we Americans are the ones who were supposed to be so rough around the edges. Our politicians act like a bunch of hot house flowers at these meetings. My son does middle school debate – one of the time-honored traditions during your opponent’s speech is to knock on the desk and shout “shame!”. If a bunch of middle-schoolers can handle it why can’t a seasoned Congressperson?
Our guys aren’t used to being challenged.
EEK! A GUN! James Taranto notes that charges of “firearms incidents” at Town Hall protests say more about lefty ignorance than about Town Hall violence.
Funny how TPM et al. are pushing this stuff while ignoring the Ken Gladney beating. Of course, they’re not the only ones.
UPDATE: On the other hand, “leave the guns at home” is good advice, regardless of substance, given that folks in the press are desperately looking for anything they can use to discredit the protests.
I WONDER IF HE’LL SAY THAT THE SEIU ACTED “STUPIDLY” in sending thugs who beat up Ken Gladney? Obama to enter town hall fray. I predict more nuance. It’s not like this was Skip Gates. Funny how the story leaves that beating out while playing up some non-issue “incidents with firearms.” Not up to The Hill’s usual standard — seems like a lot of the stuff comes straight from a ThinkProgress press release. Which is a dangerous source of information.
UPDATE: I dropped an email to The HIll’s online editor, Bridget Johnson, and got this reply: “Your point is very valid, Glenn. I’ve just had a talk with staff on the need to carefully balance coverage on this issue. Thanks for sharing your concerns.”
Thanks for listening to them!
WELL, HE WOULDN’T NEED HEALTH INSURANCE if SEIU thugs hadn’t beaten him up. It takes chutzpah to try to turn him into a poster child for ObamaCare. This is close to killing your parents and asking for mercy as an orphan . . . .
UPDATE: By the way, Gateway Pundit is Gladney Central these days.
ANOTHER UPDATE: “Never mind!” Reader Joe O’Rourke writes:
At the bottom of the thinkprogress article, it mentions an update that, in fact, Gladney is insured.
Of course, they left this update at the very bottom instead of mentioning it at the top. It sorta negates the article’s premise….
An army of Emily Litellas. Really, you couldn’t make this kind of thing up. Well, you could, but thanks to ThinkProgress and the Obamacare gang that can’t shoot straight, you don’t have to.
ANDREW BREITBART: I Am Kenneth Gladney.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn: “Gotta love this ‘post-racial America’: Democrat union heavies can beat up a black guy using racial epithets and leave him in a wheelchair unable to speak – and happily (unlike, say, a black professor being asked for picture ID) it’s not ‘symbolic’ of anything at all. Not a Sharpton in sight to speak up for him: Mr Gladney’s only shot at fame is an entry in The Guinness Book Of Records under ‘Least Famous Black Hate-Crime Victim In America’.”
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON reports from Gladney Ground Zero.
PROTESTING VIOLENCE at SEIU Headquarters in St. Louis. “Although he was too weak to speak after his beating on Thursday, black conservative Kenneth Gladney attended the event. Kenneth was beaten, kicked and called racist names by SEIU Russ Carnahan supporters after a town hall meeting on Thursday.”
UPDATE: Here’s a news report.
FROM JIM HOFT, a first-person account of SEIU violence at the Russ Carnahan town meeting. Racial epithets and a beating from union members? Incredible. “Tomorrow, Saturday, the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is holding a rally at the local SEIU headquarters. We are going to demand justice for Kenneth Gladney, who was brutally beaten on Thursday night. The St. Louis Coalition will request that the NAACP and the ACLU come out in support of Kenneth Gladney’s rights which were trampled by the union hooligans.”