How Not To Win Sympathy For Your Cause

All across the nation, Progressives are being epically stupid. Blocking freeways, shutting down malls, interrupting a Christmas tree lighting, trying to disrupt parades. Yesterday in Oakland a chain of fools connected themselves to a BART train on one end and a train station on the other.

More than 100 demonstrators opposed to recent police killings of black males, including some protesters who chained themselves together inside trains, shut down the West Oakland BART station for more than two hours Friday, stopping service to and from San Francisco.

Fourteen protesters were arrested for interfering with a railroad operation and trespassing and hundreds of passengers had to use AC Transit buses and other means of transportation to get to San Francisco, officials said. They were cited and released.

The well-organized and peaceful protest began about 10:30 a.m. at the station. About 100 protesters gathered outside the station in what they called a “healing circle,” chanting, singing, praying and handing out fliers about why they were there.

At least one protester on trains going in each direction used U-ring bicycle chains to secure themselves to safety bars inside a car and were joined by others who linked arms together.

BART police Lt. Lance Haight said the action resulted in passengers being evacuated and the station closed.

The protesters on the trains refused to disperse until the bars were dismantled with the assistance of Oakland firefighters. Those arrested were those on the trains and some supporters on the platforms, Haight said.

I really hope the Lunatic Left keeps this shit up. They are really gonna be surprised at the reaction. The worst behavior typically takes place in the bluest cities and states, forcing elected Democrats to choose between the activists and the public at large.

Remember the howls and screams when they finally cracked down on OWS?

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108 Responses to How Not To Win Sympathy For Your Cause

  1. The Klown says:

    Fucking idiots. Ferguson 2014 is not Selma 1965, and Michael Brown is not Emmitt Till. He’s not even Rodney King.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Hey Whitey, just a reminder…..

    While we appreciate the solidarity shown by White and Non-Black POC, want to remind folks of some things:
    -Please refrain from taking up space in all ways possible. Remember that you are there in support of black folks, so should never be at the centre of anything.
    -Refrain from speaking to the media. Black voices are crucial to this.
    -Stand behind black folks or between us and the police.
    -If you see a cop harassing a black person, come in and engage. (chances are they are least likely to arrest you)


  3. mothy67 says:

    I’ve heard nothing from Baltimore or DC. Racial strife is rampant in both. Maybe no one is being paid to protest there.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      They are too busy elsewhere to bus paid protesters into DC right now. BO is most likely disappointed. Maybe they will show up next week.

      It is fun that they are making the most noise in dark blue cities where they will find that those D’s will be pressured to clean things up buy the very progs who supposedly support such disturbances. Just like the newfangled windmills, the Ds love them as long as they are in someone else’s neighborhood.

      The progs have never gotten over the Beltway Sniper turning out not to be the very heavily pushed WASP meme but black AND muslim. Maryland and DC let Virginia be the meany so they could hide behind the R’s skirts and hope no one noticed.

  4. The Klown says:

    Hot Air:

    As I watched the coverage on CNN Wednesday night, I was just shaking my head. There were camera crews spread out in dozens of cities giving breathless updates every five minutes on who was marching where, what signs were being held up, and what was on fire. But in at least three locations their film crews were standing by and watching a mob breaking down fences near highways and spilling out into the roadway to bring traffic to a halt.

    The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the position of a commuter who might not be all that familiar with the events in Ferguson hearing about the movement on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sitting on I-90 for five freaking hours when I was supposed to be picking up cranberry sauce for my mother-in-law? Oh, I definitely will want to get on board with their legislation.

    Americans taking to the streets and making their feelings known to both their elected representatives and the rest of the public is a long, proud tradition in our country. What’s happened to it is a bit of a mystery. The Occupy movement was probably one of the biggest fails in recent history, largely because they managed to annoy – if not horrify – the communities where they set up their squalid camps filled with rape tents and peppered with people defecating on police cruisers. This latest crop of activists seems to be following in that fine tradition. Here’s a short hint for those of you still open to considering your options:

    You’re doing it wrong.

  5. HELENK3 says:

    I have decided that I am going to blame every problem I ever had and those of my children on affirmative action.
    I and my kids had to work for what we got. did not get special privileges. We had to take responsibility for our actions. When I got promoted I had to earn it and learn the job and do it well or I got fired. Because I did not get to be president of the company it had to be that I was a white woman and not because I was not qualified.It must be because I am a white woman that I did not get to be a millionaire. Less qualified were put ahead of me because of color or sex and it injured my feeling and I feel that I am owed a lot.

    • WMCB says:

      I get tired of “the poor can’t help how they behave, because they’re poor.”

      Bullshit. You can be poor without being trash. I’ve been poor, never brawled over a pair of shoes.

      • DandyTIger says:

        If you’re entire ideology is about patronizing the lesser “victims”, then you’ll have the view that various groups like minorities, women, poor, etc. are lesser, poor sods who can’t help how they are. The essence of liberalism is bigotry.

  6. simofish says:

    I personally an tired of all the whining and blaming. We all have our isms, our stories. No on race or class is better than the other. We’ve all suffered. Yes, even white men (read Unbroken).

    The closing of Bart — I am so glad I wasn’t on the train – I would have went off. How is stopping a train going to solve any problems?

    All lives matter.

  7. Constance says:

    If these little shits want to protest let them, but don’t get in my way to be in public places and conduct my business. They shouldn’t be allowed to shut down or shout down anything. And remember “Pants up, don’t loot” and then you too can feel safe from police.

  8. swanspirit says:

    This may have made my year

    Smithsonian 100 Most Significant Americans: Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin has made the Smithsonian 100 Most Significant Americans list. Her place is among First Women. Notably absent from the list of most significant presidents: Barack Obama.

    Sarah Palin is the first woman to be governor of the State of Alaska. She is the first woman to be a GOP VP candidate. She is also one of the first women to be a sportscaster. See Accomplishments for the complete list of all she has done and continues to do.

    Smithsonian took great pains to reduce or eliminate bias in compiling their list. The method involves a lot of high-level math and algorithms similar to what Google uses to rank web pages. The math considers gravitas, celebrity “and a means of correcting for the ‘decay’ in historical reputation that comes with the passage of time.”

    To read about why Sarah Palin – and the other 99 people – made the list, you will need to buy a print copy of the Smithsonian 100.

    I will be buying a copy of that !
    Unfortunately , a certain Potus is no on that list ; there have to be actual accomplishments on the list of achievements .

  9. elliesmom says:

    I understand young people with a conscience want to make the world a better place. I understand the need to do it from a position of political weakness. When I was a teenage protester or even in college, the voting age was still 21 so we couldn’t even vote. What disturbs me is they can’t answer how if they get what they appear to want, the world will be a better place. Letting thugs steal and attack people with impunity will not make the world a better place. I parted company with the organized feminist movement when it became all about abortion decades ago because I couldn’t answer the question of how the world would be a better place if millions of babies never got to see the light of day. When my young friends throw the #blackpeoplematter at me, I respond white people in the USA decided that was true over 150 years ago. What more could white people do to show black people they matter to us that you’d be willing to do? Will you give your seat in college to a black person who couldn’t get in? Will you assume his or her school loans? Will you give up an opportunity for a good job when you graduate so someone who hasn’t worked as hard as you have can have it? Because a black kid already had preference in admittance to your school, and his or her resume will also get put higher in the stack. They already had access to scholarships that you didn’t. Of course, they believe I’m being a racist. But what I really, really want to know is what more they want me to do to show black people matter. But they have to go first.

    • 1539days says:

      Sadly, since Reconstruction, there have been race hustlers in the Black community. They decided that the overwhelming popularity of the Republican Party meant they weren’t going to get the proper kickbacks and started supporting the party that fought to keep them slaves. They convinced Johnson that handing out money to the poor would make them middle class.

      If you want an example of how this works, look at Islam. Muslims have been using Jews as an excuse for bad conditions in the Middle East for centuries. The leadership used to support this because what king wants his people to think his palace and 500 gold toilets are to blame for poverty when he can blame some rich Jews instead? Now, the rulers are in trouble because the Islamic State has figured out they can be in charge. I think that’s what’s happening here. The race hustlers figured out they don’t need Obama anymore.

  10. 1539days says:

    I’m thinking of getting my tinfoil hat out early (or late) on the protest thing. If you look back at the civil rights protests of the 60’s, they were designed to show America the racism in the South. The non-violence also helped to make the police and the states look worse by showing peaceful assemblies being violently broken up and the protesters beaten and arrested.

    Conservatives have often written about how these protests were more Republican than Democrats, with Democrats being the Southern governors and legislators keeping discriminatory legislation. It’s closer to the transitional period where early progressives tried to change society with popular support instead of government fiat.

    Viewed against the civil rights movement, these “protests” make no sense. Their heroes are villains. Instead of showing that blacks have white support, they are trying to hide the number of white people in the protests. They protest angrily and violently and the police treat them professionally and rarely charge them.

    What are their goals and are they achieving them? They are definitely distracting from Obama’s incompetence and impotence, They are making white people angry and black people more polarized. The Democrats want to create a model where they only need 25% of the White vote in order to win elections. Racial polarization is one of the tools.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Their goals are pretty obvious, IYAM. They want some form of Socialism, and aren’t too fussy about what kind they get. Since they are young, stupid and brainwashed, they have no clue that is the worst possible outcome. If we could ship them off to a closed island and give it to them it would be sweet to watch. But unfortunately we can’t, so it’s gonna be messy.

      • 1539days says:

        Some of them want some kind of social welfare based on redistribution. The people behind (bankrolling) this want totalitarianism. Democracy is becoming too messy for people who could lose billions based on the outcome of an election. They tried to support the blandest elements from both parties, but that didn’t work out. Now it seems like anarchy is the goals because people who have lived under anarchy will accept almost any alternative.

        • 49erDweet says:

          The fools on the front line are pushing for unknown outcomes controlled by unknown puppet masters. They say they hate slavery, yet wish to be enslaved. Logic fail.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Surprised how stupid these Communism is the Answer people are. Do they have any idea how communist cops are allowed to treat you ? That’s right morons…and nobody will know about your demise, ever.

  11. WMCB says:

    I’m just over it. So done with the white guilt thing. Doooooooone. Do some actual racists still exist in the world? Sure they do. But we’ve changed our laws, given affirmative support, and bent over BACKWARDS to ensure that institutional and even social racism is not a major issue. I’m not going to continue bending. Done. If your idea of “social justice” is me and my entire race doing penance until no hint of racism exists anywhere, ever, then you can kiss my ass.

    Yes, black people get more hassle from cops. Primarily because they have allowed more of their neighborhoods to become high-crime areas. Cops look closer at whoever fits the profile for “most likely suspects”. Because statistics. If it’s simple shoplifting, that’s often a woman, if its a violent crime, that’s most often a male. If it’s a violent crime in a black neighborhood, it’s likely a young black male, because a) interracial violent crime is relatively rare, and b) most violent crime is not strangers, but friends/aquaintances/family, and c) young men do more of that violent crap than old men do.

    If the cop’s beat is a meth-riddled trailer park full of rednecks, the perp is likely a young white male. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. Demanding that cops, or anyone in society really, completely throw away all “generalizations” in assessing risks, and start from “it could be anyone, even that 90 yr old Asian grandma” etc is insanity. Is it POSSIBLE that 90 yr old grandma did the deed? Yeah, and if all evidence points that way it ought to be pursued. But it sure as hell isn’t as likely.

    BTW, white people get convicted of 4X as much violent crime as Asians. You know why? ZOMG! ASIAN CONSPIRACY TO LOCK UP WHITE BOYS!!!!!!! Um, no. It’s because said white boys actually commit roughly around 4X as much violent crime as Asians do Which is largely a cultural and familial expectations thing. MY OWN culture needs improvement in that regard. That’s not self-hate, that’s fucking reality.

    I’m tired of this head-in-the-sand bullcrap. Reality is what it is. If your idea of “social justice” is to demand that I studiously ignore reality that’s right in front of my eyes, then you’re full of shit. If you want to have an honest discussion about the (multiple and complicated) reasons for more police conflict in black neighborhoods, then I’m more than willing. It tends to be a vicious cycle, that self-feeds, and no, cops are not 100% blameless. But if your idea of “discussion” is “come join me in blaming whitey for oppressing the po black man forever” then again, kiss my ass – because you’re not serious.

    No discussion can be had until everyone faces the reality of 2014, and stops shoehorning everything into a tired old 1960 frame.

    • DandyTIger says:

      And the social justice doesn’t stop there. You have to focus all your attention as the oppressor to fixing every little minority group we can find or imagine. Seriously, I can’t spend my day thinking about this 1% minority, that 3% minority, or even the 10-15% minority. Sorry people, I’m too busy working and creating jobs.

      • WMCB says:

        Exactly. Our law more than adequately prevents gross, widespread racial injustice. As for the finer points of cultural/racial disparities – deal with that your own damn self. Not my problem.

        Permanent revolution is exhausting and counter-productive. Put down your damn bullhorns and go build a factory, employ some people. That will help uplift more people than lying around in malls ever will.

    • The Klown says:

      Racialists like to point out that black men are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. But that is premised on the idea that many of those black men are innocent and/or that similar crimes committed by whites go unpunished.

      During the first night of rioting in Ferguson last week a black church in that town was set on fire. Totally without evidence Progs are claiming it was torched by white supremacists.

      • 1539days says:

        White supremacists are the new Satanists. It’s a tiny group that is so strange that they have this mythical presence of unstoppable evil.

      • 49erDweet says:

        I’m ROFL visualizing all six remaining “white supremists” left in this country meeting in a hotel room and deciding a church in a black neighborhood in a St. Louis suburb would be their ideal ‘statement’ arson target. As if!!!

    • DandyTIger says:

      I’m feeling oppressed by asians and the asian conspiracy. Where’s my handout?

    • Constance says:

      Since I’m white trash, in fact my family even lived in a trailer (I mean mobile home) when I was born, I never had “white guilt” because my family wasn’t part of the elitists that owned slaves. In fact my earliest traceable relative was a Scot indentured servant who was a political prisoner or prisoner of war. I really resent being lumped in with a bunch of descendents of slave owning elitists who wouldn’t associate with me and whose ancestors wouldn’t have associated with my ancestors just because I’m white.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    True story ….

  13. The Klown says:

    Redneck pest control:

  14. DandyTIger says:

  15. WMCB says:

    I’m done with the whining over respect for the privacy of the poor grieving family, too. Sorry, YOU stuck your own face in front of every camera in sight and stirred up a national crisis.

  16. swanspirit says:

    I am a keep it simple stupid kind of girl. If protesters want to make the point to me that “Black Lives Matter” , then show me you care about all of them , not just the ones and the few that get shot by police . Otherwise , I think you are just being specious . Go protest on the streets of Chicago , and other inner cities where the mortality rate for young black males outnumber the fatalities in foreign wars.
    That might pique my interest .

  17. 1539days says:

    I still find it disturbing when we talk about justice for Trayvon or Brown or whichever other teen brought a knife to a gunfight. In our justice system, defendants are tried by the state for committing a crime. Justice systems based on letting the victims dictate the punishment used to be considered a thing of the past. It was the kind of excuse racists used to use to lynch Blacks.

    • WMCB says:

      Oh, they are totally regressing. Also being used by professional communist and anarchist agitators to bring down the whole system – but are too fucking stupid and married to their grievances to see how they are being used.

    • WMCB says:

      There is a very good reason why these pro agitators ALWAYS choose an iffy-at-best scenario to make national headlines over. They never, ever, choose cut-and-dried cases of police brutality to have marches. Why? They want to stir up hate and unrest. A cut-and-dried case would have 90% of country, white and black, standing shoulder to shoulder asking for justice.

      THEY DO NOT WANT THAT. It’s very obvious to anyone with a brain that they don’t want that.

      • 1539days says:

        Good point. It’s kind of like the way Republicans are trying to do “comprehensive” immigration reform. They want to come up with a system where the border is secure (first) and valuable people from other countries can work toward a path to citizenship. The progs can’t win that way because they’d be sharing the victory with the evil GOP. So they pick the least tenable position and then use their dupes in the media to argue for it.

      • The Klown says:

        They tried to turn the shooting of Oscar Grant into a cause but it didn’t work because nobody was defending the cop. He was fired, tried, convicted and sent to prison.

        • WMCB says:

          Yep. Dallas just indicted a cop who (IMO) unjustly shot a mentally ill man. It was a brief “story” to the SJW mob, but they abandoned caring when it became obvious that the evil conservatives agreed with them on this.

        • 1539days says:

          Actual bad cops often make the pages of the Daily Caller for violating people’s rights, shooting them to gain compliance and generally abusing their power. Except they also do stories when White people are victims.

    • 1539days says:

      It was especially interesting to hear that Blacks are disproportionately arrested for white-collar crimes, which are supposed to be the domain of the rich.

  18. mothy6767 says:

    Are the gifts given through sites like gofundme taxable? When a tax is levied on a gift in excess of something like 13,000 doesn’t the giver pay that?

    • DandyTIger says:

      The giver needs to file if they give more than 10K worth to non charitable. Not sure it’s 10K total, or needs to be over 10K to one thing. Whichever it is, when you get over that, you need to pay some taxes.

  19. The Klown says:

    Watching Bad Grandpa for the first time. This scene made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe:

  20. The Klown says:

  21. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from No Quarter

    Today’s local commentary and
    so true – lengthy read, but well worth it.


    Every police officer in America knows one
    thing – it could have been him. Or her.

    It could have been him or her, instead of
    Darren Wilson, who pulled that trigger on Michael Brown.

    Or some such similar young man.

    Every cop in America knows that, in return for
    choosing a career in law enforcement, the rules of the road are now that, at any
    minute, it all could be over and you could become hated and condemned all across
    the country.

    No one would have your back, even the
    president could denounce you.

    Because you defended yourself.

    In a twist on biting the hand that feeds you,
    we are instead tying the hand that defends us. We are sending them out, and
    waiting for the first chance to gut them.

    It is an incomprehensible act of ingratitude.

    All across American law enforcement, officers
    know that the new reality facing them when they pull their gun is: By
    defending myself, I could be condemning myself.

    Take Darren Wilson.

    A good cop on routine patrol. He’s coming back
    from a call and has brief contact with two individuals. Nothing comes of it
    until he moves a ways down the block and gets a radio description of a wanted
    individual matching one of the young men he’s just seen.

    Rolling back up on the two individuals, the
    larger of them – Michael Brown – lunges into the driver’s window of the squad
    car and begins assaulting Darren Wilson. Michael Brown then tries to take away
    the officer’s gun.

    The officer gets off a round, Michael Brown
    attempts to flee, and then charges at the officer, twice, before being shot to

    In the mind of witnesses and Darren Wilson,
    Michael Brown was set to attack and was an immediate threat to the life of
    Officer Wilson.

    So Officer Wilson did what his training taught
    him to do. He did what instinct, morality and the laws of men command
    him to do – he defended himself.

    And his life is

    His career is over, his family is
    threatened, his name is destroyed, he has been vilified across the country and
    by the nation’s most prominent voices.

    People have rioted demanding imprisonment for
    him, and there have been countless threats on his life.

    His life, as he knew it, is

    Because he was a cop and he defended himself.

    An entire society has forgotten
    that Darren Wilson is not the perpetrator of a crime, he is the victim of a

    Likewise, it has been forgotten that Darren
    Wilson was an officer of the law with a duty to act, and that he was on patrol
    that day in the name and service of the people.

    And it is dispiriting to see how instantly the
    people have turned on him and his profession.

    You get up in the morning and put on a uniform
    that carries with it the obligation to potentially die in the service of your
    community, to put yourself between the good people and whatever species of hell
    pops up, and then, when you are literally fighting for your life and the
    community’s protection, nobody has your back.

    Everybody curses your name.

    Millions hate you.

    of the nation turns against you.

    In the matter of some 20 seconds.

    Damned if you do, dead if you

    Every cop in America wakes up every day
    knowing that that could be his fate. By the happenstance of random probability,
    the unpredictability of criminality, some wild hare seizing upon who knows what
    thug, and that could be you.

    And it wouldn’t matter who you were, or what
    good you had done, or how many years you had served, or what you had made of
    your life and to what good cause you had dedicated it.

    Al Sharpton would be yelling your name, mobs
    would be burning your effigy, and the president would be undercutting your

    And who wants that?

    What kind of person, having seen on the
    nation’s newscasts the destruction of Darren Wilson, wants to risk that?

    How many law enforcement officers will think
    of the danger associated with their thankless job, see the risk facing
    themselves and their family, recognize that it is completely unfair and wrong,
    and quit?

    How many will lay down their badge and their
    career and walk away?


    Because that’s the kind of people most
    of them are. They press on. They do their duty. They don’t quit.

    That’s who they are.

    More at issue is: Who are we?

    Are we the kind of society that looks on and
    does nothing, or are we the kind of society that values law enforcement and what
    it does, and has its back?

    Are we the kind of society that can look at
    the matter in Ferguson and push back the anti-cop prejudices and honestly
    consider the situation of Darren Wilson? Can we recognize the injustice
    of his situation?

    Not that he wasn’t prosecuted, but
    that he was ever suspected. That an
    officer of the law, the victim of a violent and felonious attack, can be forced
    into a fight for his life, and then be condemned for winning.

    Would society have preferred he die?

    We all know that if the cop had died, instead
    of the guy who attacked him, that none of us would have ever heard of this.

    The president wouldn’t have commented, the
    nation wouldn’t have noticed, nobody would have given a damn.

    Dead cop, no problem.

    Dead thug, raise holy

    And every cop knows that.

    And carries that sad realization 24 hours a

    The president said we need to train our police
    better. Maybe we need to train our society better.

    Maybe we should train the
    Michael Browns of the world to respect the law, and maybe we
    should train the rest of us to respect the law enforcers.

    And have their backs.

    Or at least understand the horrible risk and
    reality Ferguson creates for them.

    Because every cop knows today could be his

    • Lulu says:

      It isn’t just cops. Anyone can and will be ruined at whim. The media, government, political and social groups will target anyone for any trumped up infraction and ruin you. The Mozilla president, the LA Lakers owner, Ted Cruz for standing up to budget threats, anyone for any reason. Lawless, vicious, a mob. Different rules for different people. And they wonder why the public voted like they did in November to stop it. And they claim JUSTICE. Liars, cons, and freaks don’t want justice. They got justice of a sort in Ferguson. They want power, fear and money and we should do everything possible to deny it to them. The public doesn’t dislike blacks, the public dislikes lawless criminals including the one in the White House. Expect law and order Republicans to run in 2016 and probably win.

  22. HELENK3 says:

    and here comes farrakhan
    we’ll tear this country apart.

    years ago when he and backtrack were organizing the million man march, a woman in work asked me my opinion of farrakhan. I told her I wanted to send him a set of black sheets. She was surprised and wondered why. i explained
    KKK—hates jews – catholics- blacks

    Farrakhan—jews – catholics –whites

    I am catholic both sides hate me
    hate is hate no matter what color it comes in

    • Lulu says:

      The last two years of Bronco’s reign of terror is going to be hell. Farrakhan, et al, have two years of protection to get their hate on. The upside is that Democrats will have to start pushing back fairly soon to remain a viable party. Even Sen “Snakey” Schumer seems to have realized this.

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