The Hayride continues to be on the leading edge of this story, and if you’re interested in it at all, you’ve already been checking their blog for updates. If not, do so now, because there is no longer any question that this was a politically motivated attack.
I’ve been keenly interested in this story, myself, for a number of reasons…
#1 -because I was there for the SRLC while this happened, although I didn’t hear about it until the Monday after I got home. I walked the same streets that the young couple who were so savagely beaten, walked. I passed by the anarchists who were protesting the SRLC in front of the Hilton, and later the Republican fundraiser with Bobby Jindal, down the street at the restaurant, Brennan’s. I even took several pictures of them.
#2 – This took place at a time when liberals and the media (but I repeat myself) were building on their narrative of dangerous, racist, psycho, protesting “tea-baggers” threatening the tranquility of the land. The narrative, took a hit when polls showed that 40% of tea partiers were actually not even Republicans, just disenchanted Independents and Democrats…and that more people identify with the tea partiers than with Obama. But it spiked back up this week, just in time for the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Never-mind that most, if not all examples of actual political violence since the tea party movement began, (or ever) has been perpetrated by leftists, and this episode looks like the latest example.
#3 – It’s fascinating to watch the MSM slowly catch up to the blogs in reporting the key elements of the incident, and it’s a bit disheartening to see the cowardice on so many blogs on the right; blogs that were too timid to put 2 + 2 together. What were the chances that this was going to be anything but a political attack with the heaps of circumstantial evidence that was so apparent from the very beginning? There is nothing wrong with a blog pointing out the obvious – “Hey, this thing looks like it may have been a political- even partisan attack”. This is an important story, and one that runs very counter to the narrative that the MSM is pushing, right now. But when big conservative blogs fail to give it the exposure it deserves, (out of some misguided notion that we have to have the sort of evidence required in a court of law before we can proceed), we lose. This is why the libs have gotten away with spreading their false narratives for so long, because so often, conservatives don’t show up to fight.
Okay, I feel like it’s safe to post this picture, now:
I refrained from posting it, last week, choosing to link to Free Republic, instead, because it was just a photo, (found by internet sleuths) of a guy from the protest who fit the description of one of the perps to a tee.
Since then, the photo has been shown to Allie Bautsch:
– The picture at left, (above) of which we now have several shots, is of an individual who, if he isn’t the prime suspect in the beating of Allee Bautsch and Joe Brown, sure ought to be. Bautsch told me via e-mail this morning that the suspect she and Joe Brown described to the police “looked exactly like that, and so did the rest of them (with different color hair).” She took pains to say that she can’t make a positive identification of this man as one of her attackers, but he fits the description they gave to the New Orleans police. This is someone who needs to be questioned about the attack; there are two YouTube videos still available on which he appears.
The first one is of the protest as it marched from Lafayette Park to the Hilton.
And the second one is of the protestors as they marched to Brennan’s.
He was on the scene, he was part of the protest and the victims say he looks “exactly” like one of the assailants, right down to what he was wearing.
Apparently no one from the New Orleans Police Department talked to Allee Bautsch at any length until Thursday of last week, six days after the attack.
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The latest from The Hayride:
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Not a lot of developments today, but we are reliably informed by very well-placed sources that the official investigation does, in fact, have as part of its focus the angle of the protest and its organizers. Furthermore, the YouTube videos that Daniel Mauch made private (isn’t it just a little ironic that an anarcho-communist who wants to destroy the concept of private property is engaged in attempting to deny the public the use of his intellectual property?) have been captured and downloaded and are in the possession of the authorities.
This is not to say that an arrest is imminent. But while the political angle to the attack is being downplayed by official channels, it is without question a major part of the investigation, which is heating up.