Sunday, May 2, 2010

Santa Cruz May Day protest turn violent

Again and again the media wants us to believe that it is the Tea Parties that are actually violent. Meanwhile, we repeated see evidence that the truly violent protest come from the left. To date there have been nothing even close to this at a Tea Party rally.

Mercury News: SANTA CRUZ - A large group of protesters demonstrating at a May Day rally for worker's and immigrant rights downtown broke off into a riot vandalizing about a dozen businesses around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Many in the group were carrying makeshift torches as they marched, breaking storefront windows and writing "anarchist graffiti" on buildings, according to Capt. Steve Clark. Many businesses sustained multiple broken windows including very large storefront windows at Urban Outfitters and The Rittenhouse building. Police believe at least 15 businesses suffered damage.
The violence was initiated from a group holding a rally at the town clock for May Day. Windows at Jamba Juice and Velvet Underground were left shattered and graffiti including anarchy signs were tagged onto buildings.
Because of the size and violent demeanor of the crowd, Santa Cruz police asked for help from all agencies in the county to break up the riot. At one point, protesters lit a fire on the porch of Caffe Pergolesi and blocked access to firefighters, officers said. Police were able to clear out the demonstrators before more damage was caused.
A large rock sat outside Verizon Wireless on the 100 block of Cooper Street, where vandals tried to break the window twice, according to Clark.
"The damage that was caused was without purpose," Clark said. "It was senseless violence that victimized a community who cannot afford to be victimized in this manner. This did nothing to add credit to whatever they believed their cause was." [MORE]

Here is some video of the protesters via Gateway Pundit

Look at those torches! If a Tea Partier has a sign that says "torches" or "pitchforks", the media is wetting the bed about “violence”, yet here are some crazy lefties running through the streets with real torches and not a peep.

I have said it before and I will say it again, after the 2010 elections the Tea Parties need to turn their attention to the MSM. We simply cannot afford to have the media be this bias come 2012.

Via: Gateway Pundit 


Opus #6 said...

We are becoming the MSM. That is how we defeat them. Look at their ratings, and look at ours.

Lisa, An American Mom said...

I totally agree with Opus. Instead of fixing the MSM or somehow going after them, it seems more likely than an entirely alternate source of FACT-based news will spring up. This is my hope anyway. I do not watch network news and get most of my updates from bloggers and various online sources via Google News (so I can choose my source).

ozzie said...

I wish I were well studied enough to have a convincing opinion of why this happens at left-wing rallies and not so much at right-wing rallies.

I think it all comes down to the victim mentality- Why, and what does that have to do with it?

I think everything. You take someone that has the mentality of being persecuted constantly (in every area of life) and then put all that bottled up anger and resentment towards establishment together with a like-minded "mob" and you have a volatile situation.

Too bad I really haven't read much into this although I'll bet Savage's book (Liberalism is a Mental Disorder) probably gets into this. I read the first few chapters and he is actually a very very good writer despite being fringe right.

Clifton B said...

Opus #6:

You are right Opus, but that should not stop us from kicking them when their down. They deserve it.

Clifton B said...

Lisa, An American Mom:

Lisa, the problem is there are still too many people who do not bother to inform themselves. They get their news in passing. As such, the MSM is right there to feed them all the propaganda they can.

Clifton B said...


I think you are on to something with the victimhood. So many on the left feel powerless against the "bigger forces" (big oil, big pharma, big business). Except for big government, which they see as some sort of leveling agent rather than another villain.

I may also be bold enough to say that I am willing to bet that some of the folks at the left wing rallies are just there to be "cool". Not that they fully understand or care about their grievance, they just want to be doing something cool.

ozzie said...

Clifton B:

Big Government is a VERY VERY good corollary to bring into sights. And I think you're right- in some circles they are seen as an equalizer rather than being viewed as an oppressor of rights. The difference in points of view is entirely dependent on the party in charge. If we were all educated properly to understand the actual "happenings" of American history we would see that the government was always the oppressor- Not by party or allegiance, but by the fact that it existed in its magnitude!

As to the comment about college students- I still remember the chalk on the ground supporting Obama at the UofI in U/C. They just don't fully understand the world yet, and will not; until they are forced to live in the real world and face challenges, the others will be an illusionary straw-man that can be fleeced for money to support their social beliefs.

I came back to this text because the keyword to post was also the name of a meritocracy supporter. James Bryant Conant- Back in the days of W.E.B. Dubois and Booker-

It is just a weird coincidence that I had to mention.

Clifton B said...


Re: big government. You point out something I don't understand about big government supporters. They are all for giving power to the government when the left is in control. But they forget that when that control is lost, the power remains and can be wielded by the right. Isn't it better not to keep giving government power in the first place?

The right falls into that trap too. So many of us were like Yeah Patriot Act. Well look who has the power now!

You are right about he college students, until they feel the pain of the real world, they will know nothing. I was there with my RINO ways back in college.

James Bryant Conant? Wasn't he a Nazi sympathizer?

ozzie said...

Clifton B:

I don't know if he was a Nazi sympathizer, and I admit that he very well could have been- It was a very controversial topic I wrote about back then- I only had 3 books to base my writings on (and to be completely honest, I used to write papers for friends that needed a hand to graduate- messed up thing is that they graduated and I didn't).

As it applies to this specific subject, the fact that there were parallels to the opinions of Dubois (although originating from a segregationist viewpoint- the end results were the same) I think thoughts have to be observed, not through the filter of their author [although it must certainly be acknowledged] but by the merit of its outcome. Both had radically "racist" views and in the end they both predicted the same outcome of such actions by the government.

I know I am not fully read on the actions of all parties involved, so I would welcome more information on the subject. I am not a history buff, but I desperately want to know what happened in our history- what makes it so difficult is that our history (in only a mere 200 years) is so vast.

I am only a person trying to learn- Take nothing I say as fact-

Janelle said...

Clifton, why do you think there are so many papers and channels going out of business? What we need to do is exactly what we are doing........starving them financially to death, slowly and painfully. Capitalism rocks.

Bastiat Fan said...

Wait... I thought only the Tea Partiers are violent? By the way, Clifton, do you consider yourself to be a tea partier? Just wondering. (I do, and I'm a pasty gay white guy.)

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