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April 08, 2005

"One step from that to injury," or "How soon until they start using guns?"

This time it's David Horowitz hit with a selection from the dessert cart. The "leading critic of the leftovers" was apparently unharmed. There is no word at this time as to what flavor the pie was nor whether there were special circumstances relating to the use of ice cream in the commission of this crime.

Licking his wounds after the assault, Horowitz was quoted as saying: ''There's a wave of violence on college campuses, committed by what I'd call fascists opposing conservatives,'' Horowitz said. ''It's one step from that to injury.''

Alert readers may recall this post of a week or so ago, in which Michele Malkin and Stephen Bainbridge bemoaned the Growing Wave Of Food-Related Violence among cartoon leftists. Bainbridge clasped his right hand decorously to his clavicle, uttering a little Camille-cough, and asked "How soon until they start using guns?"

I suppose that depends which "they" we're discussing, Professor!

Here's a short list of incidents in a very short time period in the early 1990s - before such things got really out of hand, compiled by my friend David Helvarg in his book The War Against The Greens. Horowitz and Bainbridge and Malkin may wish to condemn acts like these before racing to judgement against more pie-throwers. No need for them to be hypocritical, after all, by condemning only the actions of the left. And besides, they've got some catching up to do. In fact, because I am so grateful to them for at long last beginning to notice the spread of violence throughout our society, I've included an email link at the end of each item to make things easy for the three of them. All David, Michelle or the Professor have to do to formally condemn any of these acts of terroristic violence is to click the link, click "send" on the blank email that pops up - how easy can it get? - and then I'll advertise their good wishes to the world, with no extra effort required on their parts. Who says the left doesn't bend over backwards?

Judi Bari, Darryl Cherney: Earth First! organizers who fought to win the Northern California section of Earth First! to an agreement not to spike trees. After Bari received a series of graphic threats of violence due to her work to end logging, a bomb was placed in car by persons still unknown. On May 24 1990 the bomb exploded in Oakland, nearly killing Bari (who later died of cancer) and seriously injuring Cherney - 1990
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Tim Haynes, logging company worker employed by the husband of Candace Boak – a local right-wing activist – arrested and charged with making a bomb threat at the Arcata Action Center, Arcata CA. The threat followed a local "dirty tricks workshop" led by members of the Sahara Club, a right-wing vigilante group devoted to violent harassment of environmentalists - 1990
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

"We were told that if we killed any of them [anti-logging activists], there was $40,000 that was there to help us in court or help us get away." - Ed Knight, California North Coast resident and freelance security guard-cum-Hell's Angel, describing conversations with anti-environmental vigilantes - 1990.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

"I'm going to blow your fucking brains out." – An unnamed logger and People For The West member in Pecos, NM, to Forest Guardians member Sam Hitt - 1990
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

"I am definitely spreading the word that Patricia Wolff should be quieted...Shooting individual offenders [is] justified." – anonymous letter to Forest Guardians' Pat Wolff - 1992
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

"I will kill you." – An unnamed member of the right-wing Oregon Lands Coalition to Andy Kerr of the Oregon Natural Resources Council, at a public meeting at Central Oregon Community College - 1990.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

"Utah will have harmony when Scott has a fatal accident in the environment!" – message taped to the front door of Scott Groene, Utah Wilderness Alliance staff member, Moab Utah - 1992.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

River guide Bruce Hare, founder of South Carolina Forest Watch, beaten to the point of needing hospitalization by two southern loggers, who also did $30,000 in damage to Hare's rafts - 1991.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Castle Bunch, 57, of Windrock Tennessee, beaten at a town council meeting for opposing a new landfill - 1992.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Michael Jackson, environmental attorney in Quincy, CA, has shots fired through the window of his law offices after a pro-logging rally - 1990.
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Diana Bowen of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition is chased and shot at multiple times after videotaping sulfur smoke coming from Ashland Oil refinery smokestacks in Kenova, WV, after other activists are threatened and run off local roads for similar taping - 1992
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Drunken hunter and member of Alabama right-wing group EAGLE kidnaps three hikers, one of them Lamar Marshall, publisher of the local environmental magazine Bankhead Monitor. After attempting to force the three to an abandoned well while ranting about "environmentalists," the kidnapper falls over and the three escape - 1992
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Paula Siemers, anti-pollution activist in Cincinnati who lost her son to leukemia in 1989, receives death threats at her home in the form of notes, phone calls, and .30 bullets left in a pile on her porch. A rock is thrown through her window, injuring her daughter in bed. Her dog is fed poisoned meat: it dies. Dead animals are thrown into her yard, and her house is set on fire twice. She is attacked one night by two men, who beat and stab her - 1992
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Tony Winter, a Republican and member of the Albany NY environmental group CHEER, who is suing Merck claiming that pollution from their nearby plant killed his unborn child, escapes serious injury with his family when the front axle comes off his van while on the highway. A mechanic confirmed that the pins holding the axle in place had been tampered with. Eleven separate break-ins at the Winters' home are verified by local police - 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Jack Woodard, Tony Winter's doctor, has his dog's throat cut and its body dumped in his driveway - 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Taylor County, Florida resident Stephanie McGuire, an activist opposing river pollution from a local Procter and Gamble plant with an environmental group named HOPE, receives numerous death threats. In the woods near her home three men attack her, hit her on the head with a rock, burn her with lit cigars, then slash her throat with a razor and pour water from the polluted river into the wound, telling her "now you have something to sue about." She is raped, and then saved when her dog attacks the men, who have discussed killing her - 1991
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

McGuire's house is burned down – 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Charles Dickson, an activist opposing an oil industry waste disposal site in Seldantna, Alaska, is shot and tasered by two men who then burn his house down – 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Florida oil pipeline opponent Bob Rackleff has his store burned down: police establish arson – 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Bill Addington, a Sierra Blanca, Texas activist opposing a giant sewage sludge landfill, has his lumberyard burned down – 1993
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Lauri Maddy, a Wichita, Kansas anti-toxics activist, has her car rammed repeatedly at high speeds by unknown assaailants after attending a meeting with chemical company representatives: assailants disappear when they and Maddy approach a police car on route K-15 – 1991
Condemn this!
Condemnations received to date: [0]

Mr Horowitz, Ms. Malkin, Mr. Professor Bainbridge, our operators are standing by.

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Comments

As a former pie-tosser myself, I must say I find the post-prandial reactions to these things bewildering. What the hell are you people talking about? Violence? It's a PIE! That's what clowns hit each other with! Clowns are not serious and deadly people intent on mayhem.

Posted by: saurabh at April 8, 2005 05:00 PM
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Clowns are not serious and deadly people intent on mayhem.

I dunno, saurabh. You know how many people John Wayne Gacy killed? Or Ronald McDonald?

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 8, 2005 05:08 PM
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I though I was over at Orcinus as I read this post. It is disturbing how many incidents there are of this intimidation.

Posted by: Desert Donkey at April 8, 2005 05:12 PM
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You know, there may have been peanut allergens in that pie and MSG in that salad dressing. But it's so hard to establish intent to harm with arson, death treats, and car sabotage. Since they're all so clearly anti-violence, I await their vociferous participation to overturn the plea bargain Eric Rudolph worked out with some activist judge to avoid the death penalty.

Posted by: corndog at April 8, 2005 06:11 PM
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Brings back memories of early 1990s bumper stickers like, "Hungry? Eat an Environmentalist."

The sad fact is that anger, hatred, ignorance, greed & fear have found fertile ground in the lives of many Americans. This kind of evil - and don't kid yourself, it's worse today than it was ten or fifteen years ago - is a harbinger of things to come if we don't get our collective shit together.

And Chris, nice job. This needed to be said, and said well, especially with the crap coming out of Congress this week. Thanks.

Posted by: tost at April 8, 2005 07:28 PM
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The same kind of shit is done in the name of "Right to Life" ... but I had no idea how bad this was ... does anybody know if any of the people that did this stuff were ever caught and convicted?

Posted by: Al Hill at April 9, 2005 05:58 AM
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I'm not sure I follow you. David Horowitz is a noted conservative best known, I think, for his opposition to campus speech codes and what he perceives as the silencing of the right in academia. How does that relate to your list of violence against environmental activists?

Is Horowitz known to oppose the environmental movement? Has he advocated violence? Does he lose his right to speak out about left-wing violence merely because some violence is also committed by right-wingers?

For every deplorable act of violence in your list, one could cite an act of violence by left-wing extremists. I just don't see what prior acts of violence (by anyone) have to do with Horowitz's condemning pie-throwing and worrying about a slippery slope.

I may well be missing something; if so, I hope you'll point it out.

Posted by: carpundit at April 9, 2005 12:15 PM
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For every deplorable act of violence in your list, one could cite an act of violence by left-wing extremists.

Be my guest! And for the record, I utterly condemn the moron cop-killer in Red Bluff, and the Unabomber.

My point is that Horowitz and Malkin and the like are utterly silent about the much greater violence coming from the right, and that thus they are hypocrites to complain about relatively non-violent (yet still regrettable) assaults from a few leftists. A very few leftists commit violent crimes and are almost immediately condemned roundly by the left. Meanwhile, the right is absolutely awash in heinous violence, and we're expected to ignore that.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 9, 2005 12:38 PM
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I have never heard of those crimes before... trees must be big money. I am sorry, but I can not help myself here... the man was not a drunk hunter... he was a drunk kidnapper.

Posted by: Lepomis at April 9, 2005 08:59 PM
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Carpundit,
I agree that we should condemn all violence, but you're way off base if you think that we're talking about two sides of the same coin. Check out David Neiwert's blog Orcinus - http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/ - if you think I'm yanking your chain. To use a medical analogy, we're dealing with an epidemic of violence on the right and a few isolated cases on the left. You might want to do a little research before you decide to make such an obviously flawed argument.

And Chris, just out of curiosity, why did you pull Carpundit's second comment? Or has exhaustion/ a nasty cold/ premature senility caught up with me at last and sent me to the land of "I imagined that second comment, and now it's time to seek professional help."?

Posted by: tost at April 10, 2005 09:20 AM
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Hmm. Didn't intend to pull anything by my new pal Carpundit. I'll investigate.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 10, 2005 09:23 AM
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Hey, I got redacted. Foul! Or, on this blog maybe, Fowl!

Posted by: carpundit at April 10, 2005 04:35 PM
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Tost,

You're not crazy; it was there. I think it was even rational, though you obviously disagreed with it.

I looked at Orcinus, and I'm glad for the pointer, because it seems like an interesting read. But it's content-rich. Can you narrow it for me a bit? I understand you were suggesting I look there for some evidence in support it's an epidemic of violence on the right and a few isolated cases on the left.

(By the way, I assume we are intentionally leaving European fascism and communism out of the calculus and focusing on violence in the USA.)

Posted by: carpundit at April 10, 2005 04:45 PM
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Oops. Sorry for the ridiculously prolific commenting, but I meant "international" rather than "European." I started off to write more on European ideals falling flat here, but excised it, then forgot to make the change. I'll shut up now.

Posted by: carpundit at April 10, 2005 05:41 PM
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Mystery solved: carpundit got swept up inadvertently in a spam blacklist expression.

My apologies, Carpundit. It wasn't intentional.

Here is the one comment (that I know of) that got wiped. Good thing I save email copies.

No one is asking you to ignore any acts of violence; you are beating a straw man there.

As for "very few leftists" committing violent crimes and the right being "awash in heinous violence," I reject the premise. There is more than enough violence attributable across the board for such distinctions to be anything more than base partisan rhetoric.

And I'm not at all sure it's even fair to attribute right/left to violent acts of the type you cited. More likely, the environmentalists were targeted by people who felt personally threatened by the victims. I doubt they acted out of ideology, and suspect they acted out of economic self-interest, however poorly understood.

Olympic Park, Ruby Ridge, and any abortion clinic attack you can name - those were acts of ideological violence attributable to right wing extremists. Just as the Weathermen, AIM, and ELF are ideological, left-wing violent extremists.

Let's condemn all such violence. And when someone next gets hit with a pie, let's condemn that too.

Whenever we can, we should fight with words.

For the record, I strongly disagree with your characterization of AIM.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 10, 2005 07:15 PM
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Chris,

I appreciate your restoring my words. Thank you.
But you're wrong about AIM. : )

Best,

CP

Posted by: carpundit at April 11, 2005 05:32 AM
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