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Bloviating Zeppelin: I Don't Get It, And Neither Do The Rioters

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I Don't Get It, And Neither Do The Rioters

Let's distill this down to its basic elements: a bunch of white supremacist wingnuts decided they wanted to march in Toledo, Ohio, yesterday except they didn't get to march, per se.

"Authorities said there was little they could do to stop the group, because they did not apply for a parade permit and instead planned to walk along sidewalks." Mayor Jack Ford, who is black, said "They do have a right to walk on the Toledo sidewalks." Ford at one point confronted leaders of the mob and tried to settle them down.

"A gang member in a mask threatened to shoot him (Mayor Ford), and others cursed him for allowing the march, the mayor said. He said he didn't know if the man who threatened him was actually armed, but he blamed gangs for much of the violence. The march had been called off because of the crowds, and the white supremacists had left."

In all, 114 people got arrested. Buildings got burned. Property was destroyed, cars were overturned, crowds threw rocks and objects at police and fire personnel. You likely saw the video on Saturday. From Yahoo news:

Neighbors were divided about the city allowing the march. "They don't have the right to bring hate to my front yard," said Terrance Anderson, who lives near a bar that was destroyed. Other neighbors said the group had a right to have their say. "Too bad the people couldn't ignore them," said Dee Huntley.

I don't get it. Maybe I'm just thick. A bunch of idiots come to your neighborhood and you decide to participate in a riot that ends up destroying businesses and infrastructure where you live.

And apparently Terrance Anderson doesn't get it either -- rioters burned his neighborhood bar. What's the upside of that?

Lawfully, the First Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.) still applies -- like it or not.

Organize your own march. Keep it peaceful. Keep your neighborhood intact. But trash your own backyard? To borrow a phrase from a General I admire: those folks are "stuck on stupid."


Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 16 05

I just don't get that either; you would think that they would destroy the neighborhoods of the White Supremecists but it just goes to show that violence is usually NOT tempered with reason. Sometimes it is needed, but rarely are the cases when its use is justified.

Sun Oct 16, 06:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

In addition, the rioters played right into the hands of the supremacists: namely, the rioters trashed their own neighborhoods and the supremacists had to do nothing but show up and then leave. . .guaranteed they're slapping their knees and laughing at the video. They made their point and achieved their goals by doing very little.

Mon Oct 17, 05:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 17 05

Hey BloZep:
I just wanted to let you know that I cited your article and it got cited by another blogger. Here is the link. I figured you might wanna know this:)

"A question for black folks: I am sure that the Nazi's are pretty proud of their race, are you? Is it worth the hate?

PS: A timeline.

PPS: Other great coverage can be found at Bloviating Zeppelin, Michelle Malkin, Booker Rising and The Black Informant."

Mon Oct 17, 04:36:00 PM PDT  

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