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Defenders of Michigan union violence now love “stand your ground”

Defenders of Michigan union violence now love “stand your ground”

WaPo reports, Crowder files complaint with Michigan state troopers:

Delivering on a pledge that he made this week on “Hannity,” Fox News contributor Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in connection with the pummeling he sustained during the union protests Tuesday in the Michigan capital of Lansing. Richard Hale, the shift supervisor at the Lansing post of the Michigan State Police, just told the Erik Wemple Blog that he’d spoken with Crowder not long ago. “By calling in, he’s in essence filed a complaint. He’s initiated the process for the filing of a criminal complaint,” said Hale….

“We’ll have to do an investigation and submit it” to prosecutors, said Hale

Via Newsbusters (h/t Instapundit), left-wing blogs are claiming that the union guy was justified because Crowder initiated the contact.  The evidence for that is that the union guy is seen getting up from the ground. 

The story took an interesting twist on Wednesday, when liberal blogger Chris Savage claimed that the footage of the incident had been “selectively edited” to unfairly portray the union protester as the aggressor.

Selective editing at about the 0:39 mark shows what appears to be union guy attacking Crowder for no apparent reason. However, if you look closely, you’ll see that the guy is getting up off the ground — that he was NOT the one that became aggressive first.

The blogs claim the video was selectively edited to cut that out the image of the guy getting up, but in fact — as I discussed the other day in response to such a charge — the original video shows the union guy getting up from the ground and is missing only about a second or so of that image. 

More important, the video does not show how the guy got on the ground, and certainly does not show the guy under any threat that would justify him punching Crowder in the face.  Crowder was several feet away when the guy lunged at him and sucker punched him.

The interesting thing is that these left wing blogs seem to have a new love for standing your ground, arguing that the union guy on the ground had no obligation to step back or retreat, and was entitled to stand his ground and initiate retaliatory aggression.

Stand your ground does seem to be a theme, as it was used by the “Vice-Griever” union guy who also is a city councilman, and who hurled profanity at Crowder:

He is not down playing the use of his dirty words, and he is not apologizing for them either. “Once I realized what he was doing, emotions took over,” says Marsee. “I know it wasn’t very impressive. But at the time, and I seen the camera, I seen the camera in my face. My passion for the union took over and the gentleman, he did back off. I didn’t have to back off. I held my ground. That’s all it was. And this union should told their ground.”


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Marsee bellowing at the top of his lungs, “Get outta my F-ing face!!!!!” is the ultimate in passive-aggressive behavior.

You see the same tactic (and that IS what it IS) used by the Occupy thugs when they confront people. They go up to them, and bellow something like, “All the world is watching” as loudly as they can two inches from the other person’s face.

And, again, I keep hearing thugs claim they have video proof of Crowder provoking THEM…but STILL have yet to see any of it.

This was highly interesting, too…

If they have proof, show it.
Since WE, THE PEOPLE are always wrong and the socialists are always right, WE, THE PEOLPE will never win.

This country is becoming “Lord of the Flies.” How can such a society possibly sustain itself? I remember a time when democrats and republicans shared a common understanding of American life and basic commonweal. We had a “center” that “held” through dark and difficult times. This seems no longer true. The Left, unseen and unchecked, seems to have slowly pulled off its coup. The media was its enabler. Singleminded and ruthless, totally uninterested and even contemptuous of the classic-liberal ethos that guided and defined America for centuries, the Left and its savage selfishness is now collapsing the edifice, devouring the social fabric. Everything is about politics and power and conrol. The Right, unable to identify and deal with the Left, either flails stupidly, cowers in silence or goes through the motions of a hideously trifling play-act, a solemn farce over fisticuffs at rallies, while the walls around the theater crumble. Onion had a piece yesterday about the futile and incredulous sense of “Wtf?” sweeping the country. I feel it.

“Stand your ground” is based on a principle.

A very basic, simple principle. Self defense.

Leftists, on the other hand, have no principles.

What better way to discredit the principled that to turn their principles against them?

I think somebody wrote a “how to” book about it…..dedicated it to Satan.

Vice-Griever, wasn’t that Jar-Jar Binks position in the government of the Republic? Before Darth Cheney of course.

Stand your ground = Attack

The left is the antithesis of good sense. They sorta have to be … to undo America as planned in the sixties. The religion of peace, of diversity, of all things being equal … is rather the opposite of good versus evil, of equal opportunity not equal outcome.

Insufficiently Sensitive | December 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Steven Crowder has filed a complaint with the Michigan State Police in connection with the pummeling he sustained

There’s the MSM, refusing to describe violence as violence. You ‘pummel’ someone with pillows. Fists in the face from ambush would be described as ‘savage blows’, were the receiver a leftist.

The journalistic fix is in, and Crowder is already the designated villain.

The union thug was most definitely NOT “on the ground,” even by a liberal interpretation of the phrase. He WAS off-balance and stumbling. And Steven is saying at that moment, “He just assaulted me!” This is the moment that is supposed to defend the thug? It looks and sounds for all the world that there was a first attack that was either not recorded clearly (or omitted for some reason), but it was not launched by Steven. Unless Steven is quick to blame his victim as the aggressor with blatant lies, the simpler and more likely scenario is that the thug was getting up from taking a swing at Steven.