Posted: 24 Oct 2008 12:52 PM CDT
A note from Radarsite: In our previous article Elect Obama, Or Else we speculated on the possibility of civil unrest surrounding the outcome of this election, especially if Sen. Obama loses his bid for the White House. We were of course accused by some of fearmongering and promoting racial tensions, etc., just for reporting this story. Now however it seems we are not alone is considering this violent scenario to be a plausible threat. Below is a cross posting from the prestigious "The Hill". Once again, there is nothing we would like more than to be absolutely wrong about all of this. We can only wait and see. - rg
Police prepare for unrest
From The Hill.com
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 10/21/08 07:58 PM [ET]
Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.
Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation's first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.
Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.
Democratic strategists and advocates for black voters say they understand officers wanting to keep the peace, but caution that excessive police presence could intimidate voters.
Sen. Obama (Ill.), the Democratic nominee for president, has seen his lead over rival Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grow in recent weeks, prompting speculation that there could be a violent backlash if he loses unexpectedly.
Cities that have suffered unrest before, such as Detroit, Chicago, Oakland and Philadelphia, will have extra police deployed.
In Oakland, the police will deploy extra units trained in riot control, as well as extra traffic police, and even put SWAT teams on standby.
"Are we anticipating it will be a riot situation? No. But will we be prepared if it goes awry? Yes," said Jeff Thomason, spokesman for the Oakland Police Department.
"I think it is a big deal — you got an African-American running and [a] woman running," he added, in reference to Obama and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. "Whoever wins it, it will be a national event. We will have more officers on the street in anticipation that things may go south."
The Oakland police last faced big riots in 2003 when the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Officials are bracing themselves in case residents of Oakland take Obama's loss badly.
Political observers such as Hilary Shelton and James Carville fear that record voter turnout could overload polling places on Election Day and could raise tension levels.
Shelton, the director of the NAACP's Washington bureau, said inadequate voting facilities is a bigger problem in poor communities with large numbers of minorities.
"What are local election officials doing to prepare for what people think will be record turnout at the polls?" said Shelton, who added that during the 2004 election in Ohio voters in predominantly black communities had to wait in line six to eight hours to vote.
"On Election Day, if this continues, you may have some tempers flare; we should be prepared to deal with that but do it without intimidation," said Shelton, who added that police have to be able to maintain order at polling stations without scaring voters, especially immigrants from "police states."
Carville, who served as a senior political adviser to former President Bill Clinton, said that many Democrats would be very angry if Obama loses. He noted that many Democrats were upset by Sen. John Kerry's (D-Mass.) loss to President Bush in the 2004 election, when some Democrats made allegations of vote manipulation in Ohio, the state that ultimately decided the race.
Experts estimated that thousands of voters did not vote in Ohio because of poor preparation and long lines. Carville said Democratic anger in 2004 "would be very small to what would happen in 2008" if the same problems arose.
Carville said earlier this month that "it would be very, very, very dramatic out there" if Obama lost, a statement some commentators interpreted as predicting riots. In an interview Tuesday, however, Carville said he did not explicitly predict rioting.
"A lot of Democrats would have a great deal of angst and anger," said Carville, who predicted that on Election Day "the voting system all around the country is going to be very stressed because there's going to be enormous turnout."
Other commentators have made such bold predictions.
"If [Obama] is elected, like with sports championships, people may go out and riot," said Bob Parks, an online columnist and black Republican candidate for state representative in Massachusetts. "If Barack Obama loses there will be another large group of people who will assume the election was stolen from him….. This will be an opportunity for people who want to commit mischief."
Speculation about Election-Day violence has spread on the Internet, especially on right-wing websites.
This has caught the attention of police departments in cities such as Cincinnati, which saw race riots in 2001 after police shot a young black man.
"We've seen it on the Internet and we've heard that there could be civil unrest depending on the outcome of [the election,]" said Lt. Mark Briede of the Cincinnati Police Department. "We are prepared to respond in the case of some sort of unrest or some sort of incident."
Briede, like other police officials interviewed, declined to elaborate on plans for Election Day. Many police departments have policies prohibiting public discussion of security plans.
James Tate, second deputy chief of Detroit's police department, said extra manpower would be assigned to duty on Election Night. He said problems could flare whichever candidate wins.
"Either party will make history and we want to prepare for celebrations that will be on a larger scale than for our sports teams," Tate said.
He noted that police had to control rioters who overturned cars after the Tigers won the 1984 World Series.
"We're prepared for the best-case scenario, we're prepared for the worst-case scenario," he said. "The worst-case scenario could be a situation that requires law enforcement."
But Tate declined to describe what the worst-case scenario might look like, speaking gingerly like other police officials who are wary of implying that black voters are more likely than other voting groups to cause trouble.
Shelton, of the NAACP, said he understands the need for police to maintain order. But he is also concerned that some political partisans may point their finger at black voters as potential troublemakers because the Democratic nominee is black.
Shelton said any racial or ethnic group would get angry if they felt disenfranchised because of voting irregularities.
Police officials in Chicago, where Obama will hold a Nov. 4 rally, and Philadelphia are also preparing for Election Day.
"The Chicago Police Department has been meeting regularly to coordinate our safety and security plans and will deploy our resources accordingly," said Monique Bond, of the Chicago Police Department.
Frank Vanore, of the Philadelphia Police Department, said officials were planning to mobilize to control exuberant or perhaps angry demonstrations after the World Series, which pits the Phillies against the Tampa Bay Rays.
He said the boosted police activity would "spill right over to the election."
Posted: 24 Oct 2008 12:11 PM CDT
A few incidents with Halloween displays have come to my attention and like others I assumed that a dark mannequin hanging from a tree in Greenfield, Wisconsin, absolutely had to be racial in tone.
Natural assumption when some moron displays a noose with a dark figure hanging from it right?
This specific "display" was removed after outraged people complained saying they found it offensive and it hit the news.
Fair enough. Racial, hate ridden idiots do stupid things.
Black racists and white racists do stupid things, but why does one group get more attention than the other?
How about when a "display" shows John McCain dressed in a KKK outfit with another figure dressed as Barack Obama is displayed as running from him?
That racist too, on the other side of the coin?
How about when it is a white person "displayed" as hanging from a noose, like the one seen in the picture below, representing Sarah Palin?
So? Was this somehow "racially" motivated as well or can it be, just possibly, that there are hate filled idiots in this world who think the KKK, nooses and hanging well known figures out in their yards for so-called Halloween displays, are amusing?
If you call one racist, then what do you call the other examples?
Thanks to AM for the email with the Palin hanging figure.
Posted: 24 Oct 2008 08:11 AM CDT
From Family Security Matters here:
Just sayin' ;)
Posted: 24 Oct 2008 01:12 AM CDT
(Cross-posted from America Needs Me)
And finds an endorsement for Barack Obama.
A day after watching its stock tank and reporting third quarter losses that would embarrass the Detroit Lions, the New York Times went ahead and formalized its Obamafication.
The endorsement is so full of pandering lefty hyperbole that one wonders if they aren't in secret negotiations to have Hugo Chavez nationalize the paper.
Look at some of the garbage from Pravda on the Hudson contained in this article.
Mr. Obama has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change. He has shown a cool head and sound judgment. We believe he has the will and the ability to forge the broad political consensus that is essential to finding solutions to this nation's problems.
What challenges has this guy faced? That one reporter who wouldn't lie for him? Those twelve times he actually had to show up in the Senate and vote on something? Obama has led the most charmed political life in history. He continually makes bad decisions and forms alliances with people who would be an embarrassment to most back alley crack dealers. When any of these decisions or alliances come to light, under the bus they go. The MSM doesn't ever ask questions about the ever growing population under the bus. They all just stand around saying, "What bus?"
In the same time, Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress.
Sure, John McCain is on the fringe of politics. In Cuba. In North Korea. In Venezuela. And thanks for that Race Card. Hadn't seen one dealt in almost four minutes. At what point do unsubstantiated charges of racism become libelous?
Given the particularly ugly nature of Mr. McCain's campaign, the urge to choose on the basis of raw emotion is strong. But there is a greater value in looking closely at the facts of life in America today and at the prescriptions the candidates offer. The differences are profound.
It's easy to see from the way it's all been prefaced that the facts will get a fair looking at, right?
I won't even quote any more here. If you've heard a Barack Obama talking points list, you already know everything that's in the rest of the endorsement.
That the Times is endorsing Obama isn't surprising. What is astonishing is how unhinged the endorsement is. That it comes on the heels of the piss-poor earnings announcement is the real story of this rag.
There is a simple reason that the New York Times is still considered "the newspaper of record" but can't earn as much money as a part time employee at Hot Dog On A Stick: everyone who works there is out of his or her freakin' mind.
It's a newspaper with a national reach but an influence that's largely confined to a small area of Manhattan. The entire company is being eaten alive by a hubris fueled ignorance that makes its editors almost completely unaware of what actually goes on in America.
They're so stupid that no one there will ever understand the connection between the in-the-sewer profits and the latter-day hippie commentary in the Obama endorsement. It's the short bus of newspaper editorial boards.
My guess is that the real reason its editors have affixed their lips to Obama's ass is that they are all hoping for a government bailout once that last dollar is spent on Chai tea and retouching Maureen Dowd's headshots to make her look like she's from this century.
The Times can have Obama. If he wins, it will be a race to see which one of them implodes first.
Posted: 23 Oct 2008 08:31 PM CDT
One of the marks of a truly lousy leader is publicly placing blame on their subordinates. In most cases the subordinate is being blamed unfairly, and even when the staff is at fault, publicly shifting the blame reflects an unwillingness to shoulder any responsibility.
According To ABC's Jake Tapper, Obama Has Blamed His Staff On At Least 14 Occasions. "So, for those keeping track at home, that's ten instances of Obama publicly blaming his staff for various screw-ups. ... (You of course could also add Austan Goolsbee, Samantha Power, Gordon Fischer, and retired Gen. Tony McPeak.) That would be 14. We will continue to keep track." (Jake Tapper, "Obama's Inability To Hire Good Help Rears Its Head ... Again," ABC's "Political Punch" Blog, blogs.abcnews.com, 5/12/08)
Senator Barack Obama has a bad habit of shifting the blame. How does he intend to bear the burden of the leadership of the free world, if he is to weak to shoulder any responsibility. Just Click here to see some examples.
Posted: 23 Oct 2008 05:00 PM CDT
[Update] Police tell KDKA it's a hoax.
Now they need to charge her with filing a false police report.
Well two themes here, evidently Obama supporters are really gung-ho about that "spread the wealth" idea of Barack Obama's, and Democrats tend to be less happy people than Republicans are, by a larger margin than ever before
First off, a 20 year-old woman, Ashley Todd of College Station and a McCain supporter, Texas, was robbed for $60 dollars after she used an ATM machine.
The Obama supporter approached her putting a knife to her throat and demanded $60.00 from her.
How do we know the assailant was an Obama supporters?
Well, glad you asked!!!
After seeing Todd's car has a McCain/Palin bumper sticker, the thief became enraged and then punched and kicked her, then took his knife and carved the letter "B" into her face, according to Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
The man also had angry things to say about McCain and Palin before starting to carve Todd's face up.
Todd handed the man $60 she had in her pocket and stepped away from him, investigators said. The man then noticed the bumper sticker on the woman's car, which was parked in front of the ATM. The man became very angry, made comments to Todd about John McCain and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, police said.
The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. The man was wearing dark colored jeans, a black undershirt and black shoes.
I guess that "spread the wealth" thing is real popular with Obama supporters.
The Obama campaign issued a statement condemning this attack.
[Update] There are many questions being asked about this case and whether this woman manufactured the whole story.
On another note, perhaps the reason why we notice so much consistent anger from Democrats is explained by the latest Pew Research report.
Pew Research just came out with a report showing that Republicans are happier people than Democrats.
Well, Republicans are different from Democrats. How so? Let us count the ways.
Explains so much, doesn't it?
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