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THE RIOT OF 31 AUGUST 1986 AND MORE

Posted in AMERICA 2013, AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AMERICANS AGAINST THE TEA PARTY, ANGRY OLD WHITE MEN, BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CIVIL UNREST IN AMERICA, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE OBSESSION WITH SEX, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVES ARE OLD AND DYING AND SCARED, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS with tags , , , , , on 18/12/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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On 31 August 1986 the most reported news story was the crash of Aeromexico Flight 498 in Cerritos, California. The crash killed 67 on two aircraft and 15 on the ground. The crash took place between a single engine Piper aircraft and a McDonnell-Douglass DC-9. When this was happening at 11h 52m PDT in Cerritos, 19 miles to the south in Huntington Beach, California the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships were taking place. It was a big event in Orange County which even now is still Reagan country. Despite the conservative nature of Orange County, and the peaceful nature of the competition over the past 26 years, a riot took place.

Now you may ask what prompted this riot? Was it blacks gatecrashing the event causing a riot making it a racial event? No. Was it a union labor dispute between the event coordinator and lifeguards? No. Was it that surfers felt they were being oppressed by park police officers and Huntington Beach law enforcement. No.

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What caused the riot, where more than 90% of the crowd was white, was just what you see above. A woman with really big breasts. That’s right, a woman in a bikini contest had her top pulled off by drunken white trash and when police rushed to her aid the mob started pelting the cops with beer bottles and anything else they could find. By the time police thought they had restored order others had set police cars on fire and started burning the lifeguard station. The Los Angeles Times reported the story on 1 September 1986 thusly:

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles.

Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.

The disturbance broke out about 2 p.m. behind bleachers being used for the final day of the Ocean Pacific Pro Surfing Championships, which drew a crowd estimated at 100,000 people.

Witnesses said the melee had no direct connection to the surfing contest but instead was triggered by two or more men behind the bleachers immediately south of the Huntington Beach Pier who were trying to take off the bathing suits of two young women.

As night fell in Huntington Beach, helmeted officers from several jurisdictions continued to patrol the Pacific Coast Highway and nearby streets, clearing bystanders from the area. The city’s famous pier, which normally is jammed on Labor Day weekend evenings, was eerily deserted, with police cars sealing off the entrance. Pedestrians were allowed to walk in the Main Street area, but police quickly broke up any groups that formed. Parts of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway were littered with trash and broken glass that stemmed from the riot. As the trouble began Sunday afternoon, “I heard someone behind the bleachers yelling, ‘Take it off, take it off,’ ” said Mark Bauserman, 22, a student at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. Bauserman, who was taking photos at the event, said police came to the bleacher area to try to help the two young women.

“It started off with only about 50 people surrounding the police,” said Bauserman. “But more and more came, I don’t know how many, but it seemed that everybody on the beach stopped watching the surfing contest and came to watch what was going on with the police.”

Retreating under a barrage of rocks and bottles, officers took refuge in the two-story Vincent G. Moorhouse Lifeguard Headquarters, an administration and maintenance building about a half mile down the beach. Thousands of persons, many of them continuing to throw bottles at the police, followed.

The huge crowd surrounded the building and began jeering at the police and lifeguards inside, according to witnesses and officers. Some of the rioters then broke apart an aluminum fence railing and used parts of it to shatter windows in five police vehicles parked outside the lifeguard headquarters.

After breaking windows and headlights of the police cars, the rioters turned the vehicles over and set them on fire. An eyewitness said that some rioters found safety flares in the police cars and used those to start the fires.

As the cars were burning, the mob then began trying to enter the lifeguard building, police and witnesses said. The officers and lifeguards inside decided to evacuate, taking several injured people with them.

But the chief of lifeguards, Marine Safety Lt. Bill Richardson, 42, decided to remain in the building. “I was worried what would happen to the money and equipment inside,” he later told a reporter. “There was too much in this building just to give it up to them.”

Building Looted

The rioters outside the lifeguard building broke windows and gained entry to the downstairs garage and storage area. They carried off a number of bicycles, life-saving equipment and even private clothes of the lifeguards, police said.

Richardson, who was upstairs alone on the second floor of the building, armed himself with a 9-mm handgun and started walking down the stairs to face the looters. He said he fired one warning shot into the garage ceiling. “They (the looters) took off like it was the 100-yard dash,” Richardson said.

Okay this was nearly thirty years ago. Of course things have changed, right? Not so fast as my good friend Lee Corso would say. In 2013 the 54th edition of the U.S. Open of Surfing was held in Huntington Beach, California. Here is a press report from Los Angeles Times from 30 July 2013:

One of the suspects arrested in connection with looting and rioting in Huntington Beach has been identified as a Fullerton firefighter. Anaheim resident Michael John Lytle, 30, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in connection with the disturbance that broke out after the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing ended Sunday. Gretchen Beatty, director of human resources for the city of Fullerton, confirmed that Lytle is a firefighter and has been placed on paid leave while “there is an investigation on the personnel side.” Beatty said the city of Huntington Beach will conduct the criminal investigation. She said Lytle was hired as a firefighter in February 2008, which was first reported by the Orange County Register.

Six other people were also arrested, including Huntington Beach resident Andres Gomez, 24, who was booked on suspicion of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest. Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana; Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario; Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine; Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley; and Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside were also booked on charges related to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Huntington Beach Police said there could be further arrests.

Authorities are still trying to identify a man videotaped smashing a store window with a stop sign and cheering.

Many people had misidentified that suspect on social media. Huntington Beach police said detectives had spoken to Illario Niko Johnson, 18, and although charges “are expected” against the West Covina resident in connection with the disturbance, his alleged actions were “not related to the window smash.”

“He is not the suspect in the photograph,” police said in a statement.

Sunday evening, unruly beachgoers tipped over portable restrooms, sending waste flowing onto the road. They also rocked a city of Huntington Beach pickup truck, and threw traffic cones and wooden planks pulled from barricades at the truck’s windows after failing to flip it.

Huntington Beach police fired pepper balls and nonlethal projectiles to quell the crowd. Several officers sustained minor injuries, and one person was treated and released from a hospital after being hit by a rubber projectile.

Chris Hayes of MSNBC and Gawker journalist Cord Jefferson were prompted by this rampage in 2013 to ask the question, will moderate white condemn this dangerous white culture? Take a look at a brilliant and scathing satire:

Good night, and good luck!

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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FAITH VERSUS FRUSTRATION, OR, THE HUBRIS OF . . .

Posted in CIVIL UNREST IN AMERICA, CLASS WARFARE, CLIVEN BUNDY, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE DESPERATION, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HEADS EXPLODING, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, COURAGE, CRAZY MISSOURI, FEARSPEAK, FERGUSON MISSOURI, FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IN HINDSIGHT, MICHAEL BROWN MURDER with tags , , , , , on 19/08/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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I puzzled over the word that should end the title for so long that I’ll leave the answer up to you, the reader. Watching events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri has taught me a very valuable lesson over the last week. That lesson is that I cannot understand the situation unless I was actually there. I can draw parallels to many of the missteps taken in the small community to the kidnapping last week of two Amish girls in upstate New York.

Errors are constantly made in situations where a person is confronted with violent crime. The need to make a victim of a crime, as I still believe Michael brown was, appear perfect by his family and horribly flawed to the point of deserving the consequences of their victimhood by others is chief among those errors. Michael Brown, clearly wasn’t a saint, but who among you there on Terra or I here in Hell is? There was something written in a great book about casting the first stone that applies to everyone. There was the narrative of a good kid who was going to college which furled the outrage among progressive bloggers and tweeters which was rekindled by the gleeful “I told you so” chorus from those on the Right after the videotape was released of Brown stealing cigars and shoving a store owner as he and his accomplice fled.

As I watched the video, which matched what we here know happened in the final minutes of Michael Brown’s life, in the conference room with my editor-in-chief, Cavalor Epthith and editorial page editor Diane Valencen, I wondered out loud just what was the purpose of releasing that video. As it stands in 2014 in the United States of America is it simply okay for law enforcement to kill a person because they walked down the street? And if not is it acceptable for the police to release previous actions of the victim to engender sympathy by creating a “thuggish” persona around him or her?

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These questions bother me because it goes back to the way Americans today deal with the everyday effects that crime and death have on thousands of Americans every day. I saw on Twitter a link to a story that showed how the Aurora, Colorado theater shooter was portrayed the first time the media showed a picture of him. He looked like any other geeky white kid. The first photo I saw of Mike Brown looked terribly imposing. Double standard? I would have to say so.

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And this finally brings me to the two little Amish girls in New York state. I am glad they are home again with their family. I read where the parents have forgiven their kidnappers and I have also learned where the girls were tragically sexually abused during their 23 hour ordeal. The mother of the 12 and 7 year old said that while she was glad to have her girls back things are not the same as they were. But if these parents who have had their little girls’ lives brutally changed forever have not lost their faith why is it so easy for the the citizens of Ferguson to be vilified for being so frustrated that their native son? To understand how I am looking at this now you have a question to answer. What would your reaction be if the Progressive blogosphere were calling the two girls little whores who really wanted to go off on a sexual escapade in a car with two strangers? Yes, even for me to say such a thing would be pretty shocking. In the end that’s what the conservatives have done with the Mike Brown case over and over again.

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In Hindsight
Even now, having read to this point the conservatives that come here are saying to themselves, well the Amish didn’t burn their town to the ground or target every car they saw driving by until their girls were returned. That is almost a fair analysis if you value property over people and lucre over life. And here we go again that sentence will turn every conservative mind to the “holocaust of abortion.” And so it goes in 2014 in America the time you have all been waiting for when the tipping point in society was passed and you see the face of who cause the eventual decline into chaos. It is going to be surprising when conservatives see not Rush Limbaugh looking back at them or even some conservative gun loving Oathkeeper who has assassinated a prominent politician. No that person is you right wing “law and order” fanatic. This is your failure and the solution to the problem that has gripped America for the past thirty years, yes another question, “What happens when the peace is breached in an age when the police have the equipment of the military but not the training to deal with a frustrated American public?” Every 2nd amendment and New Testament clinging TEA Party freak ought to be at the barricades with the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, but of course to those bitter clingers this cause is not their cause as Cliven Bundy’s was for reasons to them that are as plain as the nose on your face.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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ARRESTS MADE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI AS RIOTS, LOOTING BREAKS OUT OVERNIGHT

Posted in CIVIL UNREST IN AMERICA with tags , on 11/08/2014 by sarahbloch

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“It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.”–The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

“This is exactly what is supposed to be happening when an injustice is happening in your community,” he said, adding: “You have kids getting killed for nothing.”–DeAndre Smith, 30, of Ferguson, MO

The murder of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, by a Ferguson Police Department officer has sparked outrage in the predominantly black suburb of St Louis, Missouri. Yesterday more than one thousand of the 22,000 citizens turned out for a protest vigil. Within hours of that event those who felt their outrage could not be sated by a peaceful remembrance of the young man whose life was snuffed out carelessly went on a rampage of looting and property destruction that saw cars damaged, shop windows broken and a store set on fire.

Ferguson, Missouri youth protest police killing, Aug. 9, 2014

I sat down last night watching the coverage of this riot, one in a long litany of Americans venting their frustration in the form of violence, and tried to understand what would motivate people to commit crimes in the response to a tragedy or a perceived injustice. No one group has a monopoly on this type of violence over the course of American history, however, there is a common thread that stretches back to the earliest riots in 18th century. it is not race, nor is it religion, nor is it class. The common rioting thread in American culture is a communal, no a tribal, sense of grievance in the face of a power structure that cares nothing about their sense of loss.

The riots that took place in State College, Pennsylvania after the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno had little to do with poverty, or race or religion; that is unless you consider college football a religion as some surely do. Joe Pa was an institution in State College for decades; the people there felt he belonged to them and was, if you will, the leader of their tribe. When the crimes of Jerry Sandusky were exposed, the citizens of that town which owe their existence and economic stability to Penn State football the rules of responsibility in command dictated that someone had to be held accountable for what they knew and when they knew it. Paterno’s supporters, read the majority in State College, felt his termination was equal to a murder of the leader of their tribe. Of course, this is far from the truth, Penn State despite their sanction by the NCAA still plays football despite the dismissal and subsequent death of their long time coach.

“Let it go, let justice prevail. And if doesn’t prevail in the way they want, don’t do this again. Sometime we create our own demise. You didn’t hurt Ferguson police, you hurt yourself,” Karl McCarty, 39, of Ferguson, MO

I’ve heard from many people both here and on Terra try to explain away the causes of rioting as being racially inherent of culturally based; the crime of property damage and theft are none of these. These crimes are simply an outcry of loss by a community that seeks to revenge an unrecoverable loss. Michael Brown is dead. His family must grieve the loss of a son that was heading to college while those with political agendas will seek to vilify him for any undiscovered transgressions of the law in the past. But Michael Brown is an individual not a symbol of the tribe. he is not Trayvon Martin nor is he Rodney King.

What was taken from the black community in this case was a sense of freedom in their own neighborhood. The ability that all free peoples should have to go about their business without fear of law enforcement is paramount to any society that calls itself democratic. When because of physical characteristics a person becomes a profiled target for law enforcement it is not simply a case of bigotry it tells a story about the wider society and the information they are being fed by the media and others that enforces fear and suspicion. At the end of the day the people who rioted and looted in Ferguson are no less culpable than the students and adults that turned over cars and lit tires in State College and must be brought to justice for allowing their tribal anger to boil over into violence.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Sarah Bloch, D.S.V.J., J.F., O.Q.H [Jur.]
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Politics & Culture Wars Managing Editor
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