GOP reps push resolution to ban Democratic Party over past slavery ties

A group of Republican House members, led by Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas, introduced a resolution Thursday that would effectively ban the Democratic Party from the House or force a party name change over past slavery ties — a response to the recent efforts to remove tributes to past members of the Confederacy from the halls of Congress. It specifically cites the Democratic Party platform’s support for slavery between 1840 and 1856, and other racist actions by party members through the early-to-mid 1900s, before calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to “remove any items that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy” from the House and its properties. The resolution also says such a party “shall either change its name or be barred from participation in the House of Representatives.” Gohmert, in a statement accompanying the bill, told Democrats they should rebrand to “avoid triggering” anyone. “As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred,” Gohmert said. “Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan.” He added: “To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.” The resolution’s co-sponsors are Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jody Hice, R-Ga., Randy Weber, R-Texas, and Andy Harris, R-Md. It is unlikely to pass, but appears to be meant more as a criticism of allegedly “blatant hypocrisy” around the House’s approval of a measure removing Confederate busts in the Capitol this week. Weber, speaking on the House floor after Gohmert introduced his resolution, criticized “cancel culture.” “The cancel culture train, H.R. 7573, that passed yesterday, was wrong on a deep level. I’m not going to get on that cancel culture train that says we have to do away with any mention or remembrance of everybody or everything that we don’t agree with, or that might have said something we don’t like, didn’t like, or that might have stood for something that we don’t stand for,” Weber said. Because the resolution is privileged, it takes priority over other business on the House floor. And assuming it isn’t dispensed with via voice vote, lawmakers would likely be forced to go on the record on the resolution, even if that’s through a motion to table it or refer it to a committee.

HAHAHA!!!  FINALLY!!  Finally someone is calling out the Dems caving to the cancel culture of their mob constituency on their spectacular hypocrisy!  Of course, this will go nowhere.  But, hopefully it’ll get to a point where these self-serving, grandstanding, Democrat hypocrites are forced to vote on such a measure…and go on the record.  MAJOR kudos to Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) and the other GOP legislators who sponsored this resolution, and for calling these nauseating Democrats out.  Outstanding!!!     🙂

Indiana University Rejects Demands to Remove KKK Section from Historical Mural

Indiana University is rejecting demands for the removal of a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan from a mural located on campus, claiming that it represents history. Administrators at Indiana University have decided to keep a controversial section of a mural that depicts the Ku Klux Klan after a petition to have it removed garnered over 1,000 signatures. “This petition requests the removal of the 9th panel to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students and faculty at Indiana University as these are in fact modern depictions and not just depictions of a historical time in Indiana,” the petition reads. The section, which is a part of a 22-panel mural painted by 20th-century artist Thomas Hart Benton, depicts members of the Ku Klux Klan and a burning cross. The mural was painted for the 1933 World’s Fair and included images of the Ku Klux Klan to “show all aspects” of the state’s history.

And that’s the bottom line.  History is what happened; NOT what we wish had happened.  And, this nauseating effort by many liberal activists and politicians on BOTH sides of the political aisle to white-wash our history is not only ridiculous.  It’s destructive.  Those who have a problem with the fact that yes, we had slavery at one point in our past need to get the heck over it and move on..  Kudos to the administration at Indian Univ for not caving in, and standing up to the pc police and the fascist speech Nazis.

Vermont high court weighs hate crime case involving KKK recruitment fliers

Vermont’s highest court is currently considering whether a person’s right to distribute Ku Klux Klan recruitment files is constitutionally protected. The five justices of the Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday concerning an appeal on behalf of William Schenk, a North Carolina man convicted of disorderly conduct last year for leaving KKK recruitment fliers at the residences of two minority women in Burlington and sentenced to 120 days behind bars. Mr. Schenk’s four-month sentence was longer that the punishment typically handed down for disorderly conduct convictions because a Burlington trial court considered his actions a hate crime. Appealing before the state’s top court, Mr. Schenk’s attorney equated her client’s conduct as an act of free speech. The fliers Mr. Schenk distributed consisted of an image of a robed Klansman riding on horseback alongside a burning cross and the slogan: “Join The Klan And Save Our Land!” According to his attorney, his actions were meant as a recruitment effort, not an intimidation tactic. “This is not a threat under the First Amendment, this is core protected speech,” Rebecca Turner, his attorney from the state defender general’s office, said Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. “The actual expressed message on the flier, was an invitation to join a group. There is no message of violence, generally, or violence specific to the people who received it,” Ms. Turner argued, the local NBC News affiliate reported. Arguing in favor of the lower court’s ruling, however, an attorney for the state, Amiee Griffin, claimed that the Klan’s tactics are typically understood to be hateful acts. “We know as a society, that the Ku Klux Klan’s methods of ‘saving our land’ include egregious and violent acts toward minorities,” countered Deputy State’s Attorney Aimee Griffin, according to the NBC affiliate. A trial court convicted Mr. Schenk last year after determining he violated his victims’ privacy by physically distributing fliers at their homes. He had been charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, enhanced by a hate crime penalty, and ultimately pleaded no contest. Vermont’s high court did not indicate when or how they plan to rule, though any decision may potentially be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you care about your First Amendment rights, then this story should infuriate you.   This isn’t about the Klan.  It’s about the right to free speech.  Period.  This man, however much we may or may not agree with his message, has EVERY right to distribute his recruitment fliers.  And, given the controversial nature of his fliers, they should be afforded an even higher degree of constitutional protection.  If you don’t like a movie, don’t go see it.  If you don’t like what’s on tv, or on the radio, change the channel.  And, if some red-neck, country-bumpkin distributes some flier you don’t like, just throw it out.  This is America; NOT Nazi Germany or some other fascist state.  And where the heck is the ACLU and other defenders of First Amendment rights?  This guy was left with the local state defender’s office for legal council.  Unreal..

Hate Hoax: Maryland Black teen Posts ‘KKK’ Twitter Threat

A 14-year-old student allegedly hoaxed a Twitter threat from a social media account that she claimed was the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The teenager has been charged by the Anne Arundel County Police Department with a juvenile citation after she allegedly tweeted out “We’re planning to attack tomorrow” from a Twitter account police say she created, named “@KoolkidsKlanKkk,” according to CBS Baltimore. Anne Arundel police said they worked with Twitter to find the identity of the individual who sent out the threatening message, ultimately leading them to the 14-year-old African-American student. Police officials have interviewed the teenager, saying she admitted to creating the Twitter account and sending the threatening message. After being charged by police with a juvenile citation for allegedly disrupting school activities, the teenager was released to her parents. “I kind of felt unsafe at the school and a little hurt,” Arundel High School Freshman Taylor Nash told CBS Baltimore. Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto said he was thankful police were able to identify the teenager who allegedly made the threat and Twitter account. “I want to thank Police Chief Tim Altomare, State’s Attorney Wes Adams, County Executive Steve Schuh, and their staffs for their thorough and expeditious work to identify a suspect in the online post that threatened violence at Arundel High School this week,” Arlotto said in the statement. “The anonymity of the internet provides a murky and complex disguise for many who want to threaten the safety and security of our communities.” “Our partners in the Police Department and county government peeled back that disguise quickly in this case, in the process reassuring parents, students, and staff that our schools are safe places in which to educate our children,” Arlotto continued.

Indeed..  This was just another hate hoax.  Thankfully it was resolved appropriately.  The kid was caught by police, issued a citation and turned over to he parents.  I’m usre they’re full of pride.  Perhaps this young girl should read Ann Coulter’s advice to hate hoaxers (scroll down 10 articles).  Unreal..

Tennessee KKK Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary

The subjects of a TV documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan abruptly canceled last week by A&E allege to Variety that significant portions of what was filmed were fabricated by the producers. Some KKK leaders divulged that they were paid hundreds of dollars in cash each day of filming to compel them on camera to distort the facts of their lives to fit the documentary’s predetermined narrative: tension between Klan members and relatives of theirs who wanted to get out of the Klan. The findings are based on an exclusive Variety investigation based on interviews with over two dozen individuals in and around the KKK who cooperated with the documentary in at least six U.S. states. Originally scheduled to air Jan. 10, “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America” was produced by Venice, Calif.-based production company This Is Just a Test. The KKK leaders who were interviewed by Variety detailed how they were wooed with promises the program would capture the truth about life in the organization; encouraged not to file taxes on cash payments for agreeing to participate in the filming; presented with pre-scripted fictional story scenarios; instructed what to say on camera; asked to misrepresent their actual identities, motivations and relationships with others, and re-enacted camera shoots repeatedly until the production team was satisfied. The production team even paid for material and equipment to construct and burn wooden crosses and Nazi swastikas, according to multiple sources including Richard Nichols, who is one of the featured subjects of the documentary series as the Grand Dragon of a KKK cell known as the Tennessee White Knights of the Invisible Empire. He also said he was encouraged by a producer to use the epithet “nigger” in interviews. “We were betrayed by the producers and A&E,” said Nichols. “It was all made up—pretty much everything we said and did was fake and because that is what the film people told us to do and say.” Asked about allegations, a rep for A&E declined comment beyond issuing a statement that made clear the company is going to take the additional step of conducting a probe of the production: “A&E had already made the decision to cancel this documentary series based on recently discovered payment practices of the producers in the field and we are conducting a full independent investigation into the production.” Production company TIJAT also issued a statement in response to the allegations, which suggested participants are being intimidated into tarnishing the show. “We take these allegations very seriously and in partnership with A&E we will be looking into them fully,” a portion of its statement read. “We have been told that participants in the series have received threats and coerced into speaking out against the authenticity of the show.” Led by principals Aengus James and Colin Miller, TIJAT is a prolific producer of unscripted TV series for cable networks such as TLC’s “I Am Jazz” and Animal Planet’s “Project Grizzly,” as well as theatrical documentaries and commercials. TIJAT is currently negotiating with A&E to get the rights back to “Escaping the KKK” with the intent of shopping it to another network. Producers told KKK leaders who participated in the documentary prior to the cancellation that a second season was being discussed with the network. The allegations are in stark contradiction to how the eight-episode series was positioned to the public by both A&E and TIJAT. “This show is not rehearsed or prepackaged,” said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of A&E and Lifetime told The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 19. “These filmmakers knew that they weren’t going in making a reality show, they were making a hard-hitting series about a provocative subject.” The purported quality of the program, originally known as “Generation KKK,” helped draw the support of organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change, which A&E publicized.

..which explains everything.  If the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, and other leftist, race-baiting, agenda-driven groups like the NAACP and the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) supported this project, you know it’s a fraud.  And, now these producers at A&E have also been exposed as frauds.  This takes “fake news” to a whole new low, and does further damage to the discussion on race in this country by feeding a false and fabricated narrative.  Shame on all involved.

A&E Cancels KKK Docuseries Following Criticism

A&E has pulled the plug on its upcoming docuseries centered on the KKK. The network announced their plans to scrap the project, which was intended to serve as a close look at anti-hate extractors focused on helping people leave the Ku Klux Klan, in a statement released Saturday. “Our goal with this series has always been to expose and combat racism and hatred in all its forms,” the network said in a statement. “However, A&E learned last night from the third-party producers who made the documentary that cash payments — which we currently understand to be nominal — were made in the field to some participants in order to facilitate access. While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E’s policies and practices for a documentary. We had previously provided assurances to the public and to our core partners — including the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change — that no payment was made to hate group members, and we believed that to be the case at the time. We have now decided not to move forward with airing this project.” The network went on to say, “A&E takes the authenticity of its documentary programming and the subject of racism, hatred and violence very seriously. Just because this particular show goes away, the issues of hate in America do not. We will still seek to fight hate in America through on-air programming including town halls and documentary programs produced in partnership with civil rights organizations, as well as continue to work with the civil rights community to facilitate a deeper dialogue on ending hate through comprehensive educational and outreach campaigns.” Though network brass were amped about the project, the latest play for prestige documentary, the backlash came swiftly. There was considerable outcry on Twitter for giving the KKK an outlet on TV. Amid that criticism, A&E announced Friday evening that it had renamed the series — from Generation KKK to Escaping the KKK — to make intentions more clear. That, it turns out, was not going to be enough. It marks an exceptionally swift demise for the project. A&E’s decision not to air the series came less than a week after its announcement. The network had been working on the series for a year and a half with the productionc company This Is Just a Test, which had cameras embedded with members of the group for the past year. Once set to premiere Jan. 10, the project had received an eight-episode order.

This the latest on this story we’ve been following the last couple of weeks. The liberal A&E network, which clearly had an agenda with this project, ironically bowed to the pressure of its liberal audience. As we said earlier, in order for this country to truly have an honest discussion about race in this country, we have to be willing to listen to ALL sides, whether we agree with them or not. This project was doomed from the stat, because it had an agenda. Why not just present facts, and talk to people which have opposing views. That’d be a good first start..

A&E announces ‘Generation KKK’ documentary, Twitterverse erupts with criticism

A&E has embedded with the Ku Klux Klan for a new docuseries, which trade publications – like the Hollywood Reporter – have called timely, but some social media users are slamming the eight-episode series, accusing the network of normalizing white supremacy. A little over a year ago, A&E began to follow four Klan families who each have a member trying to escape the Ku Klux Klan. The upcoming series was announced on Sunday by A&E’s Executive Vice President and General Manager Rob Sharenow. “This series gives viewers an unprecedented look at what it is like to be born into hate. Our producers gained access to Klan families allowing for full immersion into this secret world and its impact on the next generation,” he said. Once news of the series broke, “Generation KKK” became a top Twitter trend with some users quickly slammed the network for what they say is a show glorifying the KKK. But Sharenow defended the series in a statement sent to FOX411. “‘Generation KKK’ is a documentary series that exposes the ugly truth about how the hate group attempts to indoctrinate children. The series focuses on a team of activists working to prevent the next generation from continuing the cycle of hate. The documentary series takes a clear stance against hatred of any kind.” He told the New York Times on Sunday, “We certainly didn’t want the show to be seen as a platform for the views of the KKK. The only political agenda is that we really do stand against hate.” “Generation KKK” airs January 10th on A&E.

Soo..   To be clear..  A&E has an agenda with this program..and it’s not pro-Klan.  And, they’re very open about that agenda.  So, you’d think that these bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, liberals would welcome such a show.  But, no.  For all their self-righteous, and self-serving, platitudes of preaching tolerance…they have no tolerance for even wanting to discuss such a topic.  Again, the pc police and speech Nazis strike!  If we are ever to bridge the racial divide in this country, that has only grown exponentially worse under our bi-racial President these last 8 years, we have to be able to have an HONEST discussion about it; something that has yet to happen.  And, shutting one side down, while hypocritically promoting the other side (i.e. New Black Panther Party, Black Lives Matter, etc.) which is just as bad..if not arguably worse in today’s paradigm, is not a good start.

Georgia’s high court rules in favor of Ku Klux Klan in ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ case

Dismissing an appeal on a technicality, Georgia’s highest court granted a victory to a Ku Klux Klan group that has been seeking for years to participate in a highway cleanup program. The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the state’s appeal of a lower court decision that the state had violated the KKK group’s free speech rights. The Department of Transportation filed its appeal incorrectly, leaving the high court without authority to consider its merits, the opinion said. The state attorney general’s office, which represents the department, is reviewing the decision and considering its options, spokesman Nicholas Genesi said in an email. The north Georgia KKK group applied to join the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program in May 2012, hoping to pick up litter along part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The program was started in 1989 to get volunteers to clean up sections of roads in the state. In exchange, the Department of Transportation posts a sponsorship sign along the road with the program logo and the volunteer group’s name. The state Department of Transportation, which runs the program, denied the KKK group’s application, saying its program was aimed at “civic-minded organizations in good standing” and citing what it called the KKK’s “long-rooted history of civil disturbance” and the “potential for social unrest.” The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued on behalf of the KKK group in September 2012, arguing that the state violated the group’s right to free speech. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua agreed and ruled in the group’s favor in November 2014, saying the KKK’s group’s application was treated differently than others and that “viewpoint-based discrimination” is not allowed under the Georgia Constitution. The state appealed, arguing that the KKK group’s arguments were barred by the principle of sovereign immunity, which shields the state and its agencies from being sued in their official capacity unless the General Assembly waives that protection. The Department of Transportation didn’t have an automatic right to appeal in this case and failed to file a necessary application to appeal, leaving the high court without jurisdiction and with no choice but to dismiss the appeal, the opinion says. Alan Begner, an attorney for the KKK group, said they are considering the ruling a victory, though he and his clients would have liked the Supreme Court to weigh in on the underlying issue of sovereign immunity in cases of constitutional challenges to government actions. The Department of Transportation adopted a moratorium on allowing any new participants in the highway cleanup program shortly after it denied the KKK group’s request. In her original ruling, LaGrua had dismissed the KKK group’s request to order the state to allow it to participate in the program. Begner said he needs to talk to the ACLU and his clients about possible next steps.

With respect to the liberal Associated Press (AP) which brought us that story (and boy did it pain them to bring us that story)…and “technicality” or not.. This was was the right decision.  This particular Georgia Klan group has every right to exercise it’s 1st Amendment right to free speech, just like every other group out there.  Those of us in Colorado are well aware of the LGBT group who adopted a part of I-25 South right as you come into Colorado Springs.  Their adopt a highway sign is on the right of the highway..right before the exit to the headquarters for Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization based in the Springs.  I defy anyone to tell me that the placement of that sign, or the group’s desire to “adopt” that little stretch was calculated; that it’s placement was a mere coincidence.  But, regardless, the group has every right to adopt a piece of highway…just like any other group.  So, again, this was the right decision.

Jewish activist protects KKK members from angry mob at hate protest

Three Ku Klux Klan members may owe their lives to a Jewish activist who attended a rally Saturday by the hate group and then held angry counter-protesters at bay until police arrived. The Klan members were participating in an anti-immigration rally in Anaheim, a city with historical links to the Klan. But when signs declaring that “White Lives Matter,” in response to the African-American movement whose mantra is that “Black Lives Matter,” appeared, a brawl broke out, according to witnesses. A black SUV that brought Klan members had its windows smashed, and sped away, leaving three Klan members garbed in black and festooned with Confederate flags, alone amid the counter-protesters. “(The counter-protesters) were so angry, they would have torn these folks limb from limb,” said Brian Levin, who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. “I was afraid for their lives.” Levin, who went to Pearson Park expecting to record the rally for research, found himself protecting the Klansmen until police could intervene. On a video Levin shot and posted to Twitter, he later asked one of them, “How do you feel that a Jewish person helped save your life today?” “I thank you. I thank you,” said the Klansman, waving away the question with his blood-spattered arm. “I would have saved a colored man’s life,” he added. Five Klan members were arrested, but later released because evidence show they acted in self-defense, police said Sunday. Police said the Klansmen stabbed three counter-protesters with knives and the decorative end of a flag pole. Seven people who remained in custody were seen beating, stomping and attacking the Klansmen with wooden posts, Sgt. Daron Wyatt told The Associated Press. A police statement said the clash, which erupted after six Klan members arrived at a park Saturday for a planned anti-immigration rally, was started by a larger group of 10 to 20 counter-protesters who had “the intent of perpetrating violence.” “Regardless of an individual or groups’ beliefs or ideologies, they are entitled to live without the fear of physical violence and have the right, under the law, to defend themselves when attacked,” the statement said. Much of the clash was captured on video and posted online. In one, a man cries “I got stabbed,” lifting his T-shirt to show a wound to his stomach. A fire hydrant where the man briefly sat was covered in blood.

This is a follow up to the article we posted about this incident a couple days ago.  To read the rest of this article from the AP, click on the text above.  Again, where were the cops?  This was a planned rally, and all of these protesters were there armed and ready to start violence, according to the police.  So, why weren’t the police there to prevent that?  Major fail on the part of the Anaheim PD!  And, kudos to Brian for stepping in to assist.  That’s certainly an interesting twist.  Although his question to the Klansman was a bit self-righteous.  I wonder if he’ll rethink who the real purveyors of violence are these days.  I mean..c’mon.. This isn’t the 1920s, or even early 1960s, folks.  These were just six guys wanting to hold a little (planned, and probably even got their permit) rally in a park in Anaheim with signs that say, “White Lives Matter.”  By extreme contrast, compare that to the “Black Lives Matter” movement which has, by ANY definition engaged in violent, terrorist activity…and shows up in restaurants and shopping malls raising holy hell.  And yet so-called “civil rights” groups like the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will go on and on about the Klan (whose numbers are around 5,000 nationally, and mostly amount to middle-aged guys/gals in states like AR, TN, and NC)…while turning a blind eye to the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter, and the New Black Panther Party which clearly are violent groups, whose numbers are growing.  But, then again the SLPC thinks that peaceful, pro-life church groups like Dr. Dobson’s Family Research Council are “hate groups.”  So, consider the source..

Four stabbed in melee at Ku Klux Klan rally in California

Four people were stabbed, and one of them critically wounded on Saturday in a scuffle between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-protesters near a planned KKK rally in Anaheim, California, police said. Thirteen people were arrested following the melee, including one Klan member who is accused of stabbing a counter-protester with a flagpole, said Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt. Several counter-protesters were taken into custody after stomping a KKK member on the ground, Wyatt said. Wyatt said the altercation took place as soon as several Klan members arrived at the park about a mile north of Disneyland, for a planned rally there. “As soon as they got out of their vehicle, immediately they were attacked by counter-protesters and this caused a melee down the block,” he said. Wyatt said four people were wounded in the ensuing confrontation. The person most seriously wounded was stabbed with a flagpole that had an American eagle finial at the top and taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Several witnesses said that a peaceful counter-protest had been under way for about three hours when the Klansmen arrived in a black SUV. The vehicle pulled up and three men got out and began to unload signs when the group of about 50 counter-protesters approached them, yelling and throwing sticks, witnesses said. “Three people were stabbed by the fire hydrant,” said Darren Simpson, 49. “These Klan guys were fighting for their lives.” The Klan members attempted to get back into the car, but it sped off, leaving them behind, said Dion Garcia, 37. He said the angry mob chased the Klansmen down the block, yelling: “Get out of here! You’re not welcome!” “It was crazy,” Garcia said. “A lot of us were trying to break it up. This was not necessary, they should’ve just let the Klan protest. This is America, we have free speech.” The Klan, founded after the abolition of slavery in the U.S. South in the mid-19th century, has evolved in recent years into a collection of loosely affiliated or independent groups that share a political philosophy based on racial separation. Most recently it made national headlines when a former KKK leader, David Duke, said he backed Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump rejected Duke’s support and on Friday a man wearing a shirt reading “KKK endorses Trump,” was ejected from a Trump campaign rally in Oklahoma.

There is an interesting subtext to this story..  The Klan group was the one attacked first, and not allowed to do their little rally.  I thought liberals were all about diversity and all that?  Guess not..  I agree with “Garcia”..  They should have just been allowed to do their rally and leave.  And, the elephant in the room question…  Why weren’t the cops there to begin with?  It was a planned/advertised rally.  The protesters were there waiting.  Why weren’t the cops?  Someone needs to be asking that question…