Hot Air, Just The Facts, Please

I haven't been writing too much lately because of publisher type duties I have to perform, but when I saw this bit of ridiculousness from Hot Air aimed at myself I wanted to respond. Everyone, right or left knows I don't make stuff up like some

I haven't been writing too much lately because of publisher type duties I have to perform, but when I saw this bit of ridiculousness from Hot Air aimed at myself I wanted to respond. Everyone, right or left knows I don't make stuff up like some people we know (fill in the names yourself) but when Tina Korbe says that there's no way I could defend my earlier post about the riotous scene at Oklahoma State, I couldn't pass up the chance. By the way, I happen to be pretty good friends with Ed Morrissey, even if we view politics differently so this isn't personal towards Hot Air.

But I’m not sure John Amato of CrooksandLiars.com could come back with a follow-up piece that would convince me of the rightness of his reasoning in this little bit of commentary, provocatively headlined “#OWS Are Just Sleeping in Tents; College Football Fans Are Rioting.”

In it, just as the headline suggests, Amato argues that fans storming the field after a football game constitutes violent rioting.

Had he just stopped there, the piece would have been funny enough — but still somewhat defensible. He at least offers some evidence for his perspective: After the Oklahoma State University Cowboys subjugated the University of Oklahoma Sooners this weekend in the annual Oklahoma rivalry game aptly known as “Bedlam,” OSU fans were in such a hurry to dismantle the goalposts that they inadvertently injured at least 12 fellow fans, including one who had to be airlifted to the hospital.

She obviously missed my point so I'll let one of the biggest sports talk show hosts do it for me. In the above video, WFAN's talk show host Mike Francesa explained the riotous situation in Oklahoma State, which he described from someone on the field as "natural disaster" like that took place. His words not mine. Mike is a known Republican and political junkie so he doesn't have a political agenda about this incident like say, Hot Air does. he ripped into the entire event and wondered if stadiums will need to build fences so fans can't get on the field.

Now Korbe either doesn't understand the meaning of my earlier post or is not being honest about it, that's up to her to figure out.

But the more likely explanation than Amato’s is that the police have turned to questionable tactics to evict OWS protesters because Occupiers have proved themselves to be, time and again, belligerent. Defying lawful orders to pack up and leave isn't exactly the way to ensure you’re evicted peacefully.

Did you happen to see the police called in with pepper spray, tear gas and hazmat suits to make sure tea party town halls during the August recess didn't turn ugly, did you? And they did turn very ugly because groups like Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity disseminated memos designed to aggressively disrupt those town halls.

The memo above also resembles the talking points being distributed by FreedomWorks for pushing an anti-health reform assault all summer. Patients United, a front group maintained by Americans for Prosperity, is currently busing people all over the country for more protests against Democratic members. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the NRCC, has endorsed the strategy, telling the Politico the days of civil town halls are now “over.”

Meanwhile, AHIP, the trade group and lobbying juggernaut representing the health insurance industry is sending staffers to monitor town halls and other right-wing front groups are stepping up their ad campaign to smear reform efforts. The strategy for defeating reform — recently outlined by an influential lobbyist to the Hill newspaper as “delay” then “kill” — is becoming apparent. By delaying a vote until after the August recess, lobbyists are now seizing upon recess town halls as opportunities to ambush lawmakers and fool them into believing there is wide opposition to reform.

I've never said that every one of the OWS protests has been peaceful or without incident. When you have long term protests things do happen. I do agree partially with her on a one separate point which is I think she's eluding to about college sports and universities in general.

(Whether college sports should be so integral to “the college experience” is debatable. I’m one who is inclined to think “college sports” should just be their own industry, while universities should become again what they once were — institutions of higher learning designed not for everyone and his kid brother, but just for the academically-minded. But that’s beyond the scope of this post.)

The NCAA is multi-billion dollar industry that uses athletes to enrich themselves while giving virtually nothing back to those athletes that the fans pay to see and as in the Oklahoma State debacle, pay to erupt after a big win. Korbe obviously believes higher education should be left only to those that are worthy based on qualifications that she doesn't state and that's of course just another form of exclusion. And as usual some Chicago right wing site calls me a liar because Korbe did and outlines my master plans of manipulating you. And then he went farther and put words in my post that I didn't write. Anyway, I'm an avid sport's fan as everyone on this site knows and I'm one of those fans who can jump for jubilation with the best of them, but what happened at Okie State was by no means just a celebration no matter how movement conservatives try to distort my words.

I know this is older news now as we're headed for an election year, but the meaning of my post is still very relevant. OWS is a powerful event that makes the 1 percenters nervous and they will do everything they can to make into something it isn't.

I'd like to add that not all rich people or 1 percenters are on the wrong side of income equality fight or don't care about working class Americans. I think that needs to be said a little more often.

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