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The Beachwood Radio Hour #74: Smells Like Free Speech Spirit

Talkin' #TrumpRallyChi. Including: Now You're Trump; Obama Has Been A FOIA Disaster; and Hillary (And Obama) vs. Trump.


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SHOW NOTES

* Strawberry Rock Show.

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* Ringo Deathstarr at the Empty Bottle.

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2:25: #TrumpRallyChi.

* John Kass owes everybody a retraction.

* The First Amendment.

So Kass is wrong in reverse.

* I AM PRO-UNDERGRADUATE JOURNALISM SCHOOL.

* Marlins Suspend Ozzie Guillen For Pro-Castro Comments.

* Dusty Baker: 'Latins And African Americans Bring More Speed.'

* It appears the plan was to disrupt Trump's speech and then, at some point, exit the arena (or be escorted out by security). See Politico's Inside The Protest That Stopped The Trump Rally.

* But protesters exulted in "shutting down" the rally.

Our goal tonight was to show Donald Trump that his bigotry and racism is not welcome here. Not on UIC's campus. Not in...

Posted by Stop Trump - Chicago on Friday, March 11, 2016

* Well-intended people can be fascists too.

* "Chicago high-school student and frequent demonstrator Cameron Miller, 18, said he and others met twice last week at a local Dunkin' Donuts to examine a floor plan of the pavilion, with the idea of storming the stage in unison during Trump's speech," the Washington Post reports.

* See also: How Activists Mobilized To Shut Down Trump In Chicago.

* From Bob Somerby at his Daily Howler on protesters at Trump rallies:

Within the current tribalized context, those highly energetic "protestors" are playing on Our Team. That said, do you think it's a good idea to "interrupt" a campaign speech a dozen times; to "get close to the stage and begin yelling directly at" the candidate; to "crumple a campaign sign" as you do?

More questions:

Do you think conduct like that is best described as a "protest?" Do you think that conduct fits within the basic framework within which we try to conduct "government by the people?"

Personally, we don't think it's a great idea to do politics that way. We'd be inclined to use the word "disruption" to describe that approach, rather than the word "protest."

Personally, we aren't inclined to find that conduct heroic, bright or politically helpful. We aren't inclined to regard that conduct as "principled" in any serious way.

* "Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning."

* Worth considering.

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* To a larger audience than at the UIC Pavilion, with scenes of protesters in the streets that I dig but which frighten many Americans (I'm not saying don't protest, I'm saying think strategically to accomplish your goal).

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* I don't like a lot of this Mark Brown column in the Sun-Times, but this will not help Bernie Sanders' cause:

"Many of those who were celebrating on the arena floor were shouting 'Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!' and taunting Trump's supporters as they tore up Trump signs."

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* Tweets that make me uncomfortable in their patriotic claim to represent Chicago, which likes to shut people up, though you can only say that approvingly because if you say it as a critique you will be attacked, or Now You're Trump (and I like some of these people):

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Disagree - and passively watching is not the only alternative. False choice. But again, the point is that some protesters themselves are making the claim they shut down Trump. They are the ones that need some civic lessons.

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Yes. He said, "I think the people from Mississippi ought to come to Chicago to learn how to hate."

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But can hardly get a decent alderman elected. Not impressed.

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Proud to be a Chicagoan, Til Chicago Wins,,, #DumpTrump #AnitasNext

Posted by Brian Sleet on Friday, March 11, 2016

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But not enough to prevent the elections of fascistic mayors.

"Lots of democracy."

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Shhh, you're not supposed to say this.

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Chicago elected Rahm Emanuel twice after 22 years of Richard M. Daley.

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36:47: UFO at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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38:20: #TrumpRallyChi 2.

* What I believe:

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* The petition to shut down the rally - and UIC's response.

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47:07: E6 at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

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48:13: #TrumpRallyChi 3.

* In Chicago, the mayor runs the city council and judges get placed on the bench by pledging party fealty to the Central Committee of the Cook County Democratic Party.

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* Greenwald/Atrios.

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* This is not about respectability politics, by the way, which I abhor. It's about principles and tactics.

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55:42: Obama Has Been A FOIA Disaster.

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55:58: Hillary (And Obama) vs. Trump.

* How Hillary Clinton Helped Obama Fuck Up Libya.

* Hillary Clinton Needs To Answer For Actions In Honduras And Haiti.

* Why Hillary Clinton Doesn't Deserve The Black Vote.

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* I'm always just a bit more interested in those in power than those seeking it.

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1:01:24: Helloween at the Concord.

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* Contact me here!

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* Vocal fry.

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* Bonus tweet.

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STOPPAGE: 4:18

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For archives and other shows, see The Beachwood Radio Network.

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Comments welcome.



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