Friday, May 21, 2010


In an article in today's Wall Street Journal ("Tea Parties vs. Unions in November", May 21, 2010 Page A13 ) John Fund describes a few events: "Last August in St. Louis, tea party supporter Kenneth Gladney was set upon by SEIU [Service Employees International Union with 2,200,000 members, primarily of government- and government-related workers] members during a town-hall meeting on health care. They were apparently angry that an African-American was supporting the tea party and hurled the 'n' word at him while beating him to the point where he required hospitalization. St. Louis County officials waited until November to press assault charges against two SEIU members. Four others were charged with interfering with police during the incident. All six have pleaded not guilty." And, "This week, Nina Easton of Fortune magazine reported on an incident in her Washington, D.C., neighborhood in which 500 screaming, placard-waving SEIU members and allies surrounded the home of Greg Baer, deputy general counsel at Bank of America, to protest bank foreclosures. 'Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked—even on the police,' reported Ms. Easton, a neighbor of Mr. Baer. The protestors finally left, only to descend on the nearby home of Peter Scher, a J.P. Morgan Chase executive. 'It appears we've crossed into a new era: the politics of personal intimidation,' Ms. Easton concludes."  But of course we have the law on our side.  Or do we?  It took four months for the authorities to file charges.

And to that add: 

"Black Panther intimidation at the polls?; NBPP [New Black Panther Party]: “We will be at the polls in the cities and counties in many states to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote, which was won through the blood of the martyrs of our people.”  (The enemy, indeed!)
By Michelle Malkin • November 4, 2008 12:25 PM

"Reader Steve e-mails: 'Just after 12:00 noon, Fox News reported that two black panthers were at one location in Philadelphia “guarding” the doorway to a polling station. One carried a nightstick and confronted a citizen who had gone in to the polling place. That citizen called police (he was interviewed by the Philly correspondent for Fox). The citizen reported that police removed the black panther with the night stick, but the other, who lives in the area, remains near the door.'

The New Black Panther Party said yesterday it would send its members out to the polls to ensure its interests on Election Day"

The result of that voter intimidation? ( Posted: May 18, 2010, 9:07 pm Eastern, By Chelsea Schilling © 2010 WorldNetDaily:

"As WND reported, two men, Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, wearing paramilitary uniforms and armed with nightsticks, blocked a doorway to a polling location to intimidate voters. Shabazz is leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party. After a poll watcher saw one of the men brandishing a nightstick to threaten voters, he called police. 'As I walked up, they closed ranks, next to each other,' he told Fox News. 'So I walked directly in between them, went inside and found the poll watchers. They said they'd been here for about an hour. And they told us not to come outside because a black man is going to win this election no matter what.' He said the man with a night stick told him, 'We're tired of white supremacy' and he starts tapping the nightstick in his hand. At which point I said, 'OK, we're not going to get in a fist fight right here,' and I called the police. 'A poll watcher with the University of Pennsylvania asked the men who they were with. The man with the nightstick responded, 'Uh, security,' and asked why he was taking pictures. He told them, 'I think it might be a little intimidating that you have a stick in your hand.' He continued, 'I am a concerned citizen, and I'm just worried that …' Uhuru Shakur, chairman of the Atlanta chapter, said, 'We love Barack Obama – he gives our people great hope and light for advancement. Every president America has had has been a white man. Now the black man must be given his time to rule. Obama is a man of justice and a leader who wants to do right.'  Shakur had warned, 'We will be at the polls in the cities and counties in many states to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote, which was won through the blood of the martyrs of our people."'  But we have the law on our side...

On Jan. 7, 2009, the Justice Department filed a complaint seeking injunctive and declaratory relief under Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 against four defendants: the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and its leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz, and the two men who appeared at the Philadelphia polling place on Nov. 4, 2008, Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson. The complaint accused them of attempting to engage in, and engaging in, both voter intimidation and intimidation of individuals aiding voters. After reviewing the evidence, the Department concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish that the Party or Malik Zulu Shabazz violated Section 11(b). Thomas Perez assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, said in his testimony, May 14, [2010. that] 'the facts did not constitute a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes.'"  We have the law on our side.  Except when the "law" is President Barack Obama and U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder. 

And from the, May 21st, 2010, at 4:00 a.m.: "We now have the second casualty of the Obama Administration from the New Black Panther voter intimidation case. Christian Adams, one of the career trial lawyers who worked on the case, submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, May 14 (effective June 4) apparently in disgust over “the events surrounding the dismissal” of the lawsuit, including testimony earlier that day by the Assistant Attorney General of Civil Rights, political appointee Thomas Perez, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The first casualty was Chris Coates, the long-time career lawyer who led the trial team when he was the Chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Coates was transferred to South Carolina and relieved of his position as Chief despite his award-winning job performance and his decades-long enforcement of the Voting Rights Act on behalf on racial and ethnic minorities throughout the country." (

Add to this mess,  from the Website of discredited "ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. Since 1970, ACORN has grown to more than 350,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in over 100 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Canada. Since 2004, ACORN has helped more than 1.7 million low- and moderate-income and minority citizens apply to register to vote."

 Los Angeles Marches Against Racist Arizona Law by Manuel Alderete Saturday, May. 01, 2010 at 6:29 PM "Over 100,000 march to protest racist Arizona 'immigration' law; diverse crowd shows broad support against law...The air was electrified by a presence not felt since the Gran Marcha of 2006. At least 100,000 people marched through Downtown in solidarity with Arizona's victims of a new law that legalizes racial profiling. It is a law that has been denounced by President Obama, DHS Head Janet Nopalitano, the Mayor of Phoenix, the Sheriff of Pima County (Arizona), and even some Republicans who see it as draconian legislation."

And in Seattle: ( "5/18/10: Speak Out against Arizona’s racist immigration laws! Come join the Student Worker Coalition and the International Socialist Organization for a Speak Out against Arizona’s racist immigration laws!Tuesday May 18th, on the HUB lawn, University of Washington 11:00am-1:00pm" and ( outlined the protests around the country. Seattle, Washington  The Seattle part: As many as twenty thousand immigrants and their supporters streamed through the streets of Seattle for the tenth annual May Day march for immigrants rights. As the march progressed, many joined in from the sidewalks. The march wound through Seattle’s International District and then through the downtown area to Memorial Stadium in the Seattle Center.  The marchers were primarily Latino workers and their families. Unions were well represented, with large contingents from SEIU local 6, Teamsters 177 and other unions. Casa Latina and Comite Pro-Amnistia also had a strong presence.  The Seattle ANSWER Coalition participated, attracting many to its contingent with militant chanting. One of the most popular chants was “Obama, escucha, Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama, Listen, we are in the struggle.) Many marchers held signs denouncing Arizona’s racist SB 1070. One contingent of marchers wore matching t-shirts reading “Do I look illegal?”  Does it matter if they vote for Democrats?  (Yes, Mexican citizens voting.  Weirder things have been passed into law over the Constitution.)

Now perhaps this is a conspiracy theory.  The president of the United States is a man who got his start with community organizing for ACORN.  He at best is a fervent Progressive who believes strongly that the free-enterprise/Capitallist system is unfair and that social justice is the political system we should adopt.  Or something like that.  Would he support -- or continue to support -- this activism/intimidatioin/voter "Democratic voter assistance" in the mode of Adolf Hitler's Brown Shirts?  2.2 million SEIU workers (and a substantial number of non-SEIU government-connected employees) 350,000 ACORN "member families" with, say two or three members is another million activists, how many Hispanic activists willing to demonstrate?  Think about it.  Three or four million demonstrators, some not afraid of using violence, around the polls, with perhaps less than supportive government agents, and union police and firefighters.


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