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Monday, February 06, 2017

Huffington worries that rioting makes the left look bad

Remember when I wrote Alinsky's Rules for Radicals don't work?

A lefty now questions them.

"The violence at the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday night which canceled the speech of alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is such a debacle for the national opposition to Trump that it almost defies belief," Bob Ostertag, a staffer at UC-Davis, wrote in the Huffington Post.

Bu-bu-but Rule 6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

An-an-and Rule 8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Ostertag pointed out that little happened when Milo spoke at UC-Davis. The result was no news, no publicity. There was a shooting at Milo's next stop at the University of Washington in Seattle, but little media coverage. The next stop was Berkeley.

Ostertag wrote:
Anyone following these events could see that UC Berkeley was shaping up to be the mother of all Milo wars. The evening began with several thousand protesters chanting and carrying signs. At both Davis and Seattle, those waiting in line to see Milo outnumbered protesters. But at Berkeley, the protesters were the larger crowd by a wide margin. Then, all at once, maybe 100 or so anarchists, dressed head-to-toe in black, black masks covering their faces and black backpacks on their backs, stepped forward from the crowd with banners saying “Become Ungovernable” and “This Is WAR” and began what can only be described as an assault. They fired commercial-grade fireworks at the police, threw barricades through windows, assaulted people waiting in line (one was pepper-sprayed in the face from close range in the midst of speaking to a TV crew), and more. After the event was canceled, the anarchists broke off from the rest of the protesters and marched through the streets of downtown Berkeley, smashing the windows of banks and corporate chain stores.
Milo wins.
He gets his holy grail: a Trump Tweet. At 3:13 a.m. Threatening to cut federal funds for UC Berkeley because the campus could not guarantee freedom of speech.
Ostertag recognized that Milo is exploiting the left's own ignorance, intolerance, and sense of entitlement. College campuses are indoctrination centers. And the staffers are incurious intellectually.

From Ostertag:
In just the same way, I am deeply distressed to have to think and write about whether the garbage that Milo Yiannopoulos spewed at one campus or another is best described as disgusting insult, harassment, or hate speech. But over 100 Berkeley professors signed letters to the chancellor demanding that he cancel the Yiannopoulos speech on the basis of insults he directed at one transgender student while speaking at a campus in Wisconsin. Similar letters were sent by Davis faculty, where I teach. I am part of that faculty senate, so it was my duty to watch the video from Wisconsin to see what actually happened. I discovered that the description of what happened contained in the Berkeley faculty letter turned out to be substantially wrong. I doubt whether many of the faculty who signed these letters even looked at the video or read the transcript.
The riots make the left look bad because the left is bad.


You want "garbage spewed at one campus or another that is best described as disgusting insult, harassment, or hate speech"? Attend some of the classes these days.

"White privilege" is not dog whistle code for anti-white racism.

It is an airhorn.

And no, I am not surprised that these knee-jerk professors would not look at a video or read a transcript before condemning a man's words and trying to silence his God-given right to free speech.

Milo is a window into America's college campuses. Normal people are repelled by what they see.

Small wonder Ostertag is worried. Rioting does make the left look bad, as it has since Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886.


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  1. Milo is a giant spitwad stuck to the ceiling, dripping saliva into a classroom where a giant fart has just been released into an atmosphere of curricular dogerell overseen by a substitute teacher that represents the shabby tenured faculty.

  2. Violent Anarchists should be declared Outlaw, without any protections of the Laws they hate. The citizens can then fight back freely without fear of legal retribution.

  3. Rioters gotta riot. And Nazi collaborator George Soros is paying them a tidy sum to do it. Check out the pricey Schott jacket one rioter is wearing: - Elric

  4. The Sorosshirts were out in force.

  5. "Milo is a window into America's college campuses."

    Well, Don, he's really more of a breaching charge, but I take your point.

  6. Eventually some anarchist will attack someone with a CCW license and they may not live to regret that.

  7. Blogger Tim Blair's Seven Step Program for leftists who want to get rid of Trump.

    1. Select an opposing candidate who isn’t actively despised by basically everybody.

    2. Actually go out and vote

    3.Give up the marches and demonstrations.
    They don’t work. No, wait; they do work, but not for your side.

    4. Don’t smash stuff.

    5. Ditch the celebrities.

    6. Quit making things up.

    7. Consider your allies.

  8. Too late.

    All the geezers who rioted in the 60s are having one last freak out and will alienate the public from the Left for a generation or two.

  9. And the black bandanas...that's the last straw for me. ISIS shit. Show your faces or we'll just wind up shooting all of you, you cowards.

    1. Yup. And while I'm pleased to see this one article by a lefty with some self-awareness, the rest of the left yawns, too clueless to realize they're supporting this violence with their silence and allowing their brand to be damaged for decades.

      OK then. Good to know. Nice belief system you've got there.

  10. When they run up an ISIS flag nail'em waterboard them..Get Soros...
    BTW someone somewhere is going to get shot. Not just the guy in Seattle, but they might just beak the wrong window (like a certain Korean restaurant in the Portland area owned by a good friend of mine
    an ex ROK Msrine...

  11. It has long amazed me that lefty cesspools like Seattle won't even protect their own taxpayers from Soros' goons.

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