August 21, 2017

Lost in the Noise …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 12:34 pm

BLM-Antifa CharlottesvilleIn their zeal to drive President Donald J. Trump from office by distorting what he actually said immediately following the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, the skews media have apparently chosen to avoid seeking the answers to far more important and newsworthy questions.

Had the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia properly planned and prepared for the event and the reasonably foreseeable civil disturbance that occurred?  Were the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Virginia public safety departments and offices of emergency management ready?  In short, could the events leading to three deaths and numerous injuries and arrests have been avoided if Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Commonwealth had been better prepared?

Lest readers think of these as nitpicky questions asked by this Monday morning third-string (on a good day) quarterback in Roadkill, Idaho, we would point out they were a part of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s statement on August 14, 2017.

We note that in his statement Governor McAuliffe directed  his staff to hand-pick commission members  “…from community organizations, faith leaders, and law enforcement to make actionable recommendations for executive and legislative solutions to advance our mission of reconciliation, unity, and public safety.”

OpenCdA would have preferred to see Governor McAuliffe place a greater emphasis on “public safety” rather than the feel-good social justice empty talk, but McAuliffe’s gubernatorial priorities are entirely consistent with his personal and political biases and prejudices.   Events that produce martyrs (real or manufactured after the fact) have more propaganda value than events that go off without a hitch.

Governor McAuliffe’s commission members are not social justice warriors.  Their duty is to provide the Commonwealth with recommendations to ensure the safety and preserve the freedoms of all the people who reside in and visit the Commonwealth.

We also hope that sooner rather than later, our free press is reminded that its duty and responsibility is to timely, accurately, and completely report the news, not skew it to fit the political and social whims of the media owners and the politicians whom they try to enslave.   That duty and responsibility seems to have been lost in the noise.


  1. What is scary are these hate groups and their quest for actual anarchy and violence with the help of some politicians. Crazy. This ANTIFA stuff is a real concern. Gang wars in the street, basically.

    Comment by Stebbijo — August 22, 2017 @ 10:13 am

  2. Stebbijo,

    You’re correct. The objective of the ultra-leftist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (collectively called the ‘counterprotesters’ in Charlottesville) is the same as the objective of the ultra-rightist groups (collectively called the ‘Unite the Right’ in Charlottesville). Both want anarchy and will settle for nothing less. What distinguishes the two raving lunatic fringe elements on the left and right is who will be in charge when the dust settles. Will it be the fascist left or the fascist right?

    The Charlottesville City Council turned into a shouting match last night, but from what I saw on audio/video clips and reading news articles, the shouters were principally though not exclusively the longtime residents of Charlottesville and not the raving rabidistas of the left and right. The citizen residents were generally very upset with Charlottesville Mayor Signer and the City Clowncil who, in the minds of the generally law-abiding citizens of Charlottesville, had failed miserably to adequately plan and prepare for the march which Unite the Right had received a permit. Apparently everyone except Mayor Signer and the Clowncil intuitively knew that the resulting violence was highly possible if not almost certain.

    In May 1974 I was on the advance team for President Nixon’s speech to his supporters at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, AZ. There were conservatively over 1400 anti-Nixon, pro-impeachment, demonstrators outside and maybe 100 or so inside, but they were primarily vocal rather than physically violent. Since the draft had ended in 1973, the anti-war voices were barely a whisper then.

    I’m very happy to be retired and not be doing the advance at the Phoenix Convention Center for tonight’s visit by President Trump. In 1974 illegal aliens were still in danger of arrest, detention, and deportation. Tonight, they’ll be out in force and seeking out the nearest television skews crew to make a statement. No doubt they’ll have a lot of competition for face and mic time from the other anarchists. Why the President’s staff ever decided he should remain overnight in Phoenix is beyond me. Hopefully the RON site for Phoenix will be on Luke AFB and not in downtown Phoenix.

    Comment by Bill — August 22, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

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