Thursday, June 17, 2004

Why Massed Demos Don't Work in America

The commies are upset that all of their demonstrating doesn't get them anything here in the US. They seem to have more success with these tactics in other countries.

Right wing nuts are sometimes upset that right wing nuts can't seem to stage large demos like the commies do. P. J. O'Rourke jokes that right wingers don't demonstrate as much as commies because they all have jobs.

A large demonstration is supposed to change minds by what is, in essence, a show of force. One side collects and deploys these thousands of bodies in a quasi-military movement and observers are supposed react like good primates to the demonstration of power and change their political views.

Unfortunately for commies, this gimmick only works if the observers feel intimidated. A mass of men may be frightening in muscle-age communities but machine- and information-age observers react differently.

An undisciplined mass of sloppily dressed men, womyn, the differently gendered, and victims of color is not calculated to impress. Those who see these demos on TV screens are removed from the scene and unlikely to be frightened.

And the commies of America have given up the gun. They have deliberately disarmed themselves. Commies are overrepresented in the 60% of American households that have no firearms. (All stats are from Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms May 1997.)

Whereas right wingers are heavily armed. They are (greatly) overrepresented among the 10 million Americans who own 50% of US guns.

The effect of this is that armed individuals are unlikely to respond to the "argument" represented by a massed demonstration. Since those with arms are capable of "putting the street under fire" whenever the need arises, unarmed commie mobs do not evoke a primate dominance-subordinance reaction in this country as they do in other countries.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

What to Say to the FBI When it Comes to Call

Portland Attorney (and vindicated Madrid bombing suspect) Brandon Mayfield may not be a wildly successful attorney but he certainly knows what to say when the FBI shows up.

On May 6, Mr. Mayfield heard a curious knock on the door of his law office, on the first floor of a beige office building in Beaverton, a Portland suburb. It was about 10 in the morning and Mr. Mayfield, who had opened his still-fledgling solo immigration and family law practice a few years ago, was not expecting anyone.

At the door were two agents with the F.B.I., a pair Mr. Mayfield described in an interview as "good cop, bad cop," "tall one, short one," a burly male agent and a diminutive female agent. Reading from a list on the search warrant, which was contained in court records unsealed last week, the agents told Mr. Mayfield they were searching for, among other things, "explosives, blasting agents and detonators."

The court records show that the agents confiscated a large number of items from the office, including computer disks, bank statements, yellow Post-it Notes and confidential client files. Meanwhile, agents were confiscating things from the Mayfield's home, including a .22-caliber handgun and .22-caliber rifle, his Koran, and what was described in the search warrant return report as "miscellaneous Spanish documents," which turned out to be Spanish homework belonging to Mr. Mayfield's children, family members said.

In the office that morning, Mr. Mayfield, not yet understanding the gravity of the situation, was almost dismissive of the agents. He recalled telling the agents, "If you have questions, put them in writing, I'll review them and I might get back to you."

This did not go over well, Mr. Mayfield recalled, and soon enough, he was frisked and handcuffed and marched out to a Ford Explorer that would take him to the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.

"If you have questions, put them in writing, I'll review them and I might get back to you."

Memorize that sentence and put it to good use.