1 killed, 19 injured as car plows into crowd near Unite the Right rally site
Okay, so a bunch of literal white supremacists, complete with Nazi salutes and an occasional swastika, had a rally last night. They were mocked roundly on the left for being rectums and on the right for being idiots, but it was a stupid rally with a few dozen jerks carrying tiki torches and mugging for the cameras. Someone has suggested that protestors are all LARPing for the cameras and there may be some truth to that.
Bear in mind that it is Very Easy to call conservatives “evil.” In fact they are free-speech purists and want everyone to be heard–communist, conservative, libertarian, pro-gun. anti-gun, pro-drug legalization, anti-drug legalization… but when they say even “those people” (whoever it is) should speak, they seem to get tarred with the brush of “oh, then you agree with them.”
Whatever happened to, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”?
Today, things got nasty. Deadly. I understand that the planned Unite the Right rally today was a protest against Cornell West speaking at The University of Virginia. I’m all for peaceful protest but this went off the rails. People with rifles in cammo were facing of with the clergy. A car plowed through the counter protest, killing 1 and wounding 19.
Let’s discuss this, because–to me–it has all the hallmarks of a false flag operation. I’m a conservative and I’ve been painted with the same brush for so long I can tell you exactly how this incident fits the mainstream “narrative.” Every single time there is some sort of terrorist attack or mad gunman, the media assumes it was a conservative and almost always it was either a mentally ill person or someone who was motivated by leftist ideology or Islam or whatever else.
I deplore this action, and stand for peaceful protest and the rule of law. But I fear this will be used as an excuse to give people like me an undeserved hard time.
The men with the guns are not police.
It really doesn't a nerve with me.
Don't know if this is true yet–all news may be fake news–but here is, possibly, the driver, item (taken down) maybe pulled because of his age. But who knows. Maybe the car is stolen. There are reports are that the driver did not look like him but nowadays I think all news is not trustworthy unless if comes from multiple sources and is verified. Supposedly they driver is in police custody. I hope so.
This is evil, no matter who did it.
And–oh, no, a police helicopter at the scene just crashed, killing two officers.
Why do you say that Wendy?
It really doesn't a nerve with me.
In 2015 I was part of a huge defamation in my industry for going against the rather liberal narrative, It was a bunch of us trying to get honesty and fairness –called Sad Puppies 3 (long story). I was demonized along with the rest of us. We were accused of things we did not say or do, worse than the Google memo guy who just got fired, within my publishing genre. Absolute lies were published in coordination in about 15 mainstream publications, one so egregious (in Entertainment Weekly) we had to threaten defamation suits to get it taken down, the rest using weasel words to avoid lawsuits but with the same content. One of us (author Larry Correia) was dubbed a rape-apologist (on John Scalzi's blog, which is one of the most-read blogs in the world) . Not true at all.
Even since then I don't trust the mainstream press. I was on the inside, and the reporting on what I knew was 360 degrees from the truth. I'm not a racist, misogynist, white supremacist and neither is a female black friend they attacked in a similar manner.
Similarly, when horrible things happen, the knee-jerk first reaction in the mainstream press often is that it must have been Tea Partiers, or Trump supporters. You know, the right.
- When Gabby Giffords got shot in Arizona? Sarah Palin somehow had a logo on her website with some map in some crosshairs. That supposedly angered the shooter and he went nuts shooting people at a shopping center. (But the shooter was a leftist. He’d never been to Sarah Palin’s website.) This "crosshairs" thing was recently brought up again by the NY Times and they are getting sued over it.
- The Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Colorado? Brian Ross of ABC News, at first, blamed it on the Tea Party. With no evidence.
- It's been going on for a long time. The press tried to say it was the right and the climate they created in Dallas that got JFK shot. Lee Harvey Oswald was anything but right wing.
I could come up with 20 examples, but I'm tired. Sorry if I come across as a little cynical, but I've had cause.
[quote=Wendy S. Delmater]Let's discuss this, because–to me–it has all the hallmarks of a false flag operation.[/quote]
What on earth would possibly give you that idea?
Trump added: “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order.”
You can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the war monger in chief, who wants his supporters to think he is 'at war' with the deep state while he pits his more radical supporters against either liberal 'snow flakes' (talk about mischaracterizing the many based on a few) or anyone who isn't from the same teeny tiny white gene puddle as them.
The person who shot Gabby Giffords was not a 'leftist'. He was a radical pro-gun individual with a serious mental problem.
Painter's contributions begin about 1:05 in.
Life long Republican and former ethics lawyer for the Bush II administration Richard Painter on what he sees in the White House. I think he is right and this whole thing was predictable two years ago in general if not in detail. POTUS and his alt-right advisors have emboldened the white supremacists/neonazis/KKK, etc. Trump has cleared the swamp and, in the words of one wag, installed it in a golden hot tub in the White House. This is increasingly dangerous stuff. The only relevant question is what is to be done.