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November 28, 2007

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Army of One

Assemblyman, you are finally doing something useful with your time. I am glad to see you finally let everyone know your nuke initiative was a scam and that you had no intention of following through with process. I hope your work on exposing the MSU at UCI is a little bit more genuine and not just another PR scam.

The Mechanical Eye

I was there as well -- Pipes gave a rather moderate speech before showing his more interventionist colors during the Q and A. The MSU's antics were a fairly innocuous example of civil disobedience (remember, its the cops who are carrying the batons and guns, not the MSU types, as admittedly cultish as the student club may seem).

My issue with the GOP and the Pledge of Allegiance is the same as that with the Republican tendency to put flag-pin lapels on their suits -- its a rather unsubtle form of loyalty-oath bullying, as if to say "I want you to SHOW us all you are an American." You figuratively wrap yourself around the flag, claiming your positions to be the only patriotic, all-American stance allowed. This naturally antagonizes a group of people who already feel alienated from the white-bread world of Irvine, California, and emphasizes the bridge between you and them, Assemblyman DeVore.

I'm an American and proud of it because of the principles of the Constitution. Making a show of re-iterating this in the form of the Pledge in a public way before a university lecture seems insecure for a party that views itself as a collection of All-Americans.

Having said that, you are rather active in the blog world and this is to be commended. You're the rare public official who is rather active in the medium, and this should be encouraged.

DU

Pipes got owned

You are a funny guy, buddy. A few points:
1) Where is the part about you getting butt hurt when the SPJ speaker got you so angry you began to yell and stormed away?

2) MSU has never used violence, MSU was violent to his freedom of speech? Where is the logic in that statement.

3) Seems like you had a bad night, so I suggest you put on your favorite Ronald Regan PJ's, get a warm glass of milk and cookies, put on your favorite episode of O'reilly than go to bed and sleep it off. You will still wake up wrong, and the fact that you acted like a 12 year old tonight will still be true.

Grow up friend

Chuck DeVore

To: Pipes got owned

It is doing "violence to his freedom of speech" when a mass walkout disrupts that speech. It is violence in the meaning of the Unabridged Dictionary (see: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/violence, as in 6. damage through distortion or unwarranted alteration: to do editorial violence to a text.) when a group's actions draw attention away from the speaker and to themselves. In that meaning, I am entirely within proper use of the word.

As for the remainder of your comments, I cannot tell to whom they are directed, Dr. Pipes or myself.

To: The Mechanical Eye

If you have attended any Republican sponsored events at all in your life, you know that they generally start with an invocation and the Pledge. This has been so for the 26 years I have been active in the Orange County GOP and it seems fairly standard around the nation. BTW, most city council meetings start this way -- so does your state legislature in Sacramento. Expecting people to stand when the pledge is done is standard -- even in the State Capitol where the Speaker of the Assembly instructs those present, Members and guests, to stand and remain standing until the invocation and Pledge are completed.

To: Army of One

Glad you approve (not that I was seeking that). As for “…everyone know(ing) your nuke initiative was a scam and that you had no intention of following through with process.” I guess you don’t know me all that well. I’ll be back with nuclear power year after year. I’m very persistent in the things I know to be so and do not lightly give up on policy positions I know to be correct and needed.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District
www.ChuckDeVore.com

Pipes got owned

Actually, it is our 1st ammendment right to protest. People like Sean Hannity say people should be expelled for last years event. st.

But seriously OC Blogger dude got owned tonight. Hahahaha you should of heard him yell and seen him storm away.

Bladerunner

mechanical Eye--

I'm a Democrat. It's my flag too. Democrats wear lapel pins also. And its my pledge of Allegiance as well, just like its my constitution--and Chuck's for that matter. Democrats often start meetings with the pledge. It's a great unifier. Chuck's right on this--if you're not a citizen of the U.S. you should at least show respect by standing.

Bladerunner

mechanical Eye--

I'm a Democrat. It's my flag too. Democrats wear lapel pins also. And its my pledge of Allegiance as well, just like its my constitution--and Chuck's for that matter. Democrats often start meetings with the pledge. It's a great unifier. Chuck's right on this--if you're not a citizen of the U.S. you should at least show respect by standing.

Chuck,
Have you been smoking that industrial hemp dude? Serioulsy?! Your selective use of definitions is quite humorous.
I think you doth jumpeth the shark my friend. To selectivley define a walkout as an act of violence is a violent distortion and bizarre aleration of the use of the word violence.

Hey wait a tick?! I think you just committed an act of violence.

All the best,

:o)

Wali

Hey I am a member of MSU at UC Irvine and I participated in the walk out. I have to say that you need to understand how intolerant this guy is; he is quoted as saying that the interment of Japanese during World War II wasn't as bad as people make it out to seem. By this he is implying that doing the same to Muslims would be acceptable. Now if someone said something like that about your ethnic group or religious group would you stand by and do nothing. Also you need to realize that the Jewish student union does similar things during our events like, sing their national anthem, or run around in banana costumes. Also when we were leaving the room people from those clubs were following us with cameras, putting them in our faces, when I asked one of them "hey we are all UCI students why do you guys support people who hate us?" one of the cammera men yelled at me five times saying "Who hates you?". And for your information the majority of MSU students are born here and there were alot of non-muslims who walked out with us. Further more many muslims feel like why should they pledge their allegiance to a nation that treats us like 2nd class citizens, (like profiling at airports, and nonstop bashing in the media). For example all the muslim students had to pass through metal detectors to get in whereas other students wernt even checked. I'm just as American as everyone else, there was no need to even have one security guard there, we weren't going to blow anything up. Now if you really want to know how to defeat terrorism there is no need for more war like Daniel Pipes and other neo conservatives would argue, no need to spend billions of dollars, no need to kill soldiers or brown people, its called CHANGING FOREIGN POLICY!!!! This is what the Iraq study group found, the CIA has been saying, and all unbiased mideast experts say. But overall we feel like our walkout was a huge success because we stood up against racism and won. (PS it was more like 75% of the room)

Jonathan Constantine

Pipes got Owned,

The person who you speak of is not an OC Blogger nor represents any of the views on this blog.


Jonathan Constantine

Wali,

You disrupted a speech. Then you asked me a question. Did I not have the right to answer it? Then I added who hates you? You never answered me. One of your other cohorts shoved a camera in my face and started taunting me.

Daniel Pipes, as intelligent as he may appear and as much spinned this article may be towards the uneducated, the truth is that the MSU at UCI support the truth, and all those that oppose it are sadly pampered with words of hate and racism that are being being gently said by people like Daniel Pipes.

Wali

Jonathan don't even start to lie, the MSU guy did that to you because you were doing that to Omar. Apparently you got the message when you realized how rude it was. Also I didn't here you give me an answer, why do you invite people who most students on campus think is a racist. Also your groups have a tendency to distort what we say, so why should I give you an answer when you have a camera shoved in my face. What was the whole point of filming us anyways? If you also want to know something my name is not even Wali, Im using that name because im afraid of giving my real name, because I don't want to be reported to the FBI or something. Can you imagine how I feel, Im an American citizen like you and I am afraid to express my opinions because groups like yours want us to be silent.

Jonathan Constantine

-I wasn't even filming Omar until he turned around to speak with me.

-I've never protested one event of yours. I've just documented the radical ones. What about the time I was shoved out of Crystal Cove auditorium last spring?

-I did give you an answer to your question. I told you that I don't hate you.

-I already said that I don't care if you film what I do. It's in the video. I'm uploading and transcribing it.

Jonathan Constantine

Most groups think are racist? That's pretty much a logical fallacy and an appeal to a number. You should no better. You have to first define how he is a racist.

X

What I don't understand is why anyone would bring in a person like Pipes. He speaks only hate and the people who agree with him soak up the hate. College Republicans have become the College Islamophobes, unfortunately they have nothing better to do. I came into UCI a Republican, no lie. They don't see their own radicalism and hate monguering. By teaming up with Eric Brenner and Reut Cohen they form the axis of hate. I believe, all these people have good in them I just wish they could see how hatefilled their actions are and how disgusting their speakers are. Their counter is MSU brings in Amir Abdil Malik, however, he only calls for the end of Zionism, not an entire religion. Pipes and 3 x "terrorists" call for an end to Islam. Deep down inside they know that the MSU stands for good things.
When MSU members don't stand for the pledge it is because of the environment of the event tonight. I personally only pledge allegiance to God, because only he can sustain me and all goodness is from him.
If people feel the demonstration was uncalled for and wrong than let them know that they are the unpatriotic ones, not those who believe and excercise their first ammendment rights.

btw... Eric Brenner if you read this, just know if you are going to try and use scare tactics again make sure you a) know the law properly b) deliver the message with a little more bravado and c) understand that you can't scare anyone Faith over fear is stronger than any threat you will ever make.

Karl Rove

Wali nd the rest of the MSU,

The problem with your type of allegiance is that thwe idealology that you show allegiance to also includes blowing up women and children in marketplaces. What do you expect?

When the MSU gets on an airplane and flys to the middle east and stands in the middle of those same markeplaces protesting your bretheren extremists, then maybe the rest of the civilized world will become more sympathetic. But until you clean up your own house, nothing will change.

Flowerszzz

Dear MSU...you have the right to protest because of that flag that you refused to at least get up and respect. When a salute to the flag is happening, you at the very least and out of respect for this country, should stand and be silent. If you do not respect this nation and the rights afforded to you by it, then you should leave.

killerjoe

I guess that anyone that disagrees with msu is a hate mongering racisist. I must say that if I lived in a forign country, and the population was hate filled racisist, I believe I would think about moving to another country, or maybe go back to my counry that I love so much, because I know that my people are loving tolerant folks that never ever behead,give lashes to others in the name of religion.

Jubal

Pipes Got Owned:

Maybe you don't know, but we have rules in the comments section. One of which is no personal attacks.

If you are unable to discuss issues like an adult, or even a mature teenager, I suggest you find another forum. Maybe a MySpace page.

peace4all

I was there and a few Muslims did stand up. However, keep in mind that they were not there to participate in the program. They were there for one reason and one reason only and that is to exercise their right to freedom of speech. I agree 100% with mechanical eye on the loyalty-oath bullying. DeVore emphasized on "looking bad." What good does looking good do, when the inside—who a person really is—is rotten? That is why the world is being swarmed by corrupt politicians and leaders. That is what corrupt politicians do, they do the little things to earn people's respect, to make them selves look good and then act according to their own personal agenda. It is ridiculous, sad and disgusting all at the same time. I'm positive that many Muslims have no problem with standing up and saying the pledge of allegiance, however they did have a problem with the program and the people who were leading it. Why would they join the people who are there to spread their propaganda, hate and lies towards them? Would a black man stand up and say the pledge of allegiance with the leaders and followers of the KKK??? Would a Jew stand up and say the pledge of allegiance in a program lead by nazis??? The American Muslims did nothing wrong. They were abiding by their right to peacefully assemble, the right to believe in one God and their right to freedom of speech. These are all rights that are granted to them in the bill of rights. To take that away from them, to criticize them for it, that is un-American.

Jubal

why do you invite people who most students on campus think is a racist.

Wali, how can you possibly substantiate that statement? You accuse Jonathan of lying, and then you lay that whopper on us.

Also your groups have a tendency to distort what we say, so why should I give you an answer when you have a camera shoved in my face.

If you want to avoid having what you say distorted, speaking on video -- rather than having someone describe what you say -- is a good way to go.

Im an American citizen like you and I am afraid to express my opinions because groups like yours want us to be silent.

Oh please. Can you ease up on the victim act? You claim you're afraid to express your opinion, yet you stand up and participate in a walk-out in front of media cameras?

As for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, you and your fellow students are of course free to do that. But don't expect not to be criticized for it. If you think free speech means being able to say what you want but nobody is allowed to criticize what you say, you need to grow up.

Jubal

Why would they join the people who are there to spread their propaganda, hate and lies towards them? Would a black man stand up and say the pledge of allegiance with the leaders and followers of the KKK??? Would a Jew stand up and say the pledge of allegiance in a program lead by nazis???

Can you conjure any more ridiculous analogies?

I've read a number of claims by some commenters about "propaganda, hate and lies" being directed at them, but I have yet to see them cite an example.

And get over this "loyalty-oath bullying" line. You are certainly a fragile bunch. If you or Mechanical Eye feel someone wearing a flag lapel pin or standing for the Pledge of Allegiance is an attempt to make you feel unpatriotic, that only says something about you.

d'Anconia

Are we really discussing whether or not it is acceptable NOT to stand up for the pledge of allegiance??

I don't know much about this issue and so far it seems like the back and forth discussion has been civil, BUT for MSU's own sake they should try and research a little bit more about what it MEANS to be an American versus spouting ridiculous diatribe about their "freedom of speech".

Jubal couldn't have said it better. If you think free speech means being able to say what you want but nobody is allowed to criticize it, you need to grow up.

Chuck DeVore

A suggestion for those MSU members and their supporters who commented to this post or are reading it:

For those of you who were born in America or who moved here at a young age, please ask your parents the following questions:

1) Why did your parents move to America?
2) How free were your parents in their country of origin?
3) Were your parents free to convert to another religion if they wanted to in their country of origin without fear of being killed?
4) Were religions other than Islam even allowed for the citizens of their country of origin (as in Saudi Arabia, et al)?
5) Did corruption in their country of origin limit their ability to earn a living?
6) If your parents knew then what they know now about America, would they have still moved here with their families?

I really suggest you discuss these points with your parents. Perhaps afterwards your attitude towards America will change. But, perhaps not. If not, there’s always another place you may want to live – no one is forcing you to remain in America.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District
www.ChuckDeVore.com

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