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Here in Lubbock (pardon me if this has been diaried already, please: I did look and found nada), it appears to be, mostly, men.

Young, white, privileged men -- I deduce privileged from (a) the quality of clothing they're wearing (b) the vehicle they're driving (c) their lack of concern for possible lawbreaking. The first conclusion to jump to, since this location is within a half-mile of Texas Tech University? Frat boys. Drunken ones, probably.

So why would (over the Itzl-arabesque if you will)

frat boys do this?

Why not?

Really, why not? They're the cream of the crop in their social circles. So why not?

After all, the Lubbock Police Department isn't going to arrest them for destruction of property, or even  assault, unless someone files a complaint -- and the guy they beat up is afraid of retaliation enough not to file charges.

I was at Gilberto Hinojosa's GOTV rally a few hours before this happened. We made the 6 and 10 pm newscasts. It's a shame this happened the same night; but I'm not surprised this happened the same night. That's a shame, too. This is what living in the bleeding-scarlet heart of Bush country looks like, sounds like, feels like.

Here's the text of an email the Texas state Democratic party chair sent out after the LPD returned the memory card from the camera containing the video of the attack:

On Tuesday night, just mere hours after I addressed Democratic supporters at an Early Vote rally in Lubbock County, a local Democrat was assaulted by four men vandalizing Democratic and Obama yard signs.

Lubbock has experienced a high level of recent vandalism targeting Democratic yard signs. Hundreds of Obama yard signs have been stolen from neighborhoods all across Lubbock. Over half a dozen large 4x4 and 4x8 signs have been stolen, vandalized, or shot. And two 4x4 signs were vandalized with the n-word written multiple times and mustard sprayed all over the signs.

On Tuesday night, Leo Flores watched over some signs with a video camera. Just days prior, Lubbock Republican Party County Chair Carl Tepper had said, “I have a weird suspicion that the Democrats might have damaged their own signs. It’s an outlandish story.”

Leo wanted to capture proof that Democrats in Lubbock County were being targeted, and to disprove the absurd Republican talking point that they had caused the vandalism themselves.

At about 2a.m. four men drove up to attack the signs. Leo was there with his camera on, and called 911. The vandals then jumped in their truck and went to where Leo stood. They attempted to take his camera and punched the volunteer in his face. Throughout all of this, Leo kept his camera on.

The Lubbock police have now released that video, and we share this breaking news and footage with you.

You can catch that video here.

This spew of ignorance and hatred needs to stop. Across the State of Texas, Democrats are being targeted for expressing their constitutionally protected rights of speech and assembly. Meanwhile, the Republican Party will not address this hatred. They deny that it exists. Well, our footage proves otherwise.

The Texas Democratic Party will continue to fight against these hate crimes and stand with our local communities across the State.

We’re won’t let aggressive and hate cause us to back down. Throughout history we have stood our moral ground. And we stand strongly again now.

Yours,

Gilberto Hinojosa
Chair
Texas Democratic Party

Pol. Adv. paid for by the Texas Democratic Party, www.txdemocrats.org.
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

4818 E. Ben White Blvd., Ste 104
Austin, TX 78741

Turning Texas blue is coming.

It's these privilege-laden frat-boy types, be they pubescent immature jerks living on their parents' money in their college years or sad old relicts hanging empty chairs in their yards, whose days are numbered.

They know that. They hate that.

We shall overcome.

Originally posted to BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:58 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  Tips for GOTV in Texas (32+ / 0-)

    Gilberto Hinojosa, a week ago tonight, got it right. "They don't respect you, and they don't fear you," he told Lubbock's Tejano Democrats, "because you don't vote. They know that."

    We don't have to have a 30% increase in the Latino vote to turn Texas blue. We have to have a 5% increase. If an openly lesbian Tejana candidate can win the sheriff's office in Dallas County, we could have Democrats on the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court, the Lubbock City Council, in the County Judge's office, in the justice-of-the-peace courts, everywhere in the county. Those are paraphrases from his rousing speech.

    As it was, when I voted early Tuesday night -- I went to the rally, so I voted with the Tejano Democrats (and by the way, what's up with hiding the early voting booths in the back of the store this year, UNITED SUPERMARKETS/ Amigos, in the Latino neighborhoods???) -- we didn't even have candidates from the Democratic party in more than 2/3 of the races on the ballot.

    "It's not, 'mi vota no cuenta," he told us after the voting march at Cavazos Junior High. "Your vote does count. Elections do matter."

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 03:57:49 PM PDT

    •  In North Port, FL, the Romney folk have been (1+ / 0-)
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      systematically taking down Obama signs, and replacing them with their own....my 'Veterans for Obama' has remained, because my neighbors---whether of my persuasion or not...respect my family's service, and are protective of it....

      The thought amongst the campaign here is that ...votes are more powerful than signs....

      so ...GOTV!

  •  I tend to think it's (4+ / 0-)

    partisans in an area that predominantly favors one side -- extremist idiots.

    The same kinds of people who would vandalize Romney signs.  

    When I peruse the news on a national level, I'm seeing a huge number of reports of sign vandalizing, sometimes even violence and threats, happening on both sides.  There seems to me to be more of it this election -- perhaps because the country seems more polarized than in the past?

    Unfortunately, neither side has a monopoly on idiots, so I suppose we'll have to live with this kind of thing until after the election.  

    •  the link didn't work. so, did these romney sign (0+ / 0-)

      vandals beat up anybody?  did they allege that romney supporters were the ones actually doing the damage to their own signs?

      •  They left a Molotov cocktail (1+ / 2-)
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        according to the local NBC affiliate.

        And, really?  You think Romney supporters are going around damaging their own signs?  Seriously?  

        Me, I think that right wing idiots are vandalizing Obama signs, and left wing idiots are vandalizing Romney signs.

        These days, with youtube, there are even videos of people vandalizing the other side's signs.  (Google "Obama signs vandalized" and "Romney signs vandalized.")  Which proves that the extremists doing this kind of garbage are really big idiots.  

        •  coffeetalk: a Molotov cocktail in a Gerber bottle? (6+ / 0-)

          Really?

          Dear goodness.

          "This Gerber baby bottle with a fuse, a wick coming out of it, and it had liquid in the bottom," she said, describing an object left behind near the sign that resembled an explosive.

          The LAPD, fire department and bomb squad came out to investigate. The suspected Molotov cocktail turned out to be phony, but there was also a death threat called out by a passing motorist a few weeks earlier, and Liboff's sign, made with a blue plastic tarp and cut out pictures and letters, had been vandalized

          from the linked story. Italics mine.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:56:06 PM PDT

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          •  Hey, I didn't say they were SMART (1+ / 1-)
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            vandalizers.  They clearly were idiots.  Probably left that thing as some kind of idiotic statement.  Like the people yelling the "death threat" out the window of the car before that.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  

            My point is that I think you are seeing an uptick in this kind of thing -- even complete with youtube videos of people doing the idiotic stuff.  Google "Obama signs vandalized" to see the work of right wing idiots, and google "Romney signs vandalized" to see the work of left wing idiots.  I'm afraid that the political polarization, which someone seems more pronounced this election than before, has brought out the idiots on both sides.  And that's not a good thing.  

            •  oh, stop it with the false equivalency bullshit. (7+ / 0-)

              every comment you post seems to go out of its way to excuse the rw crazies by saying "but the left does it, too, so quit being so mean to the right!"

              i grew up with these people.  i know what they're like, what they're capable of.  hate & viciousness are as normal to them as eating & breathing.

              •  I am in no way, shape or form "excusing" (0+ / 0-)

                the right wing idiots.  How did you ever get that idea?  

                I'm CONDEMNING people who do this garbage.  And bemoaning the fact that I've seen more of it this election cycle than before.  

                It is a FACT that it is not limited to one side. A simple Google search proves that.  No matter which political side you are on, it is inexcusable.  

                And I'm not saying there's "equivalency."  I have no idea which side has had more vandalism, and frankly I'm not about to start counting.  Even if one side has 100 idiots and one side has 1000, it's all still wrong.  

        •  get real. (2+ / 0-)
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          And, really?  You think Romney supporters are going around damaging their own signs?  Seriously?
          you certainly have led a sheltered life, haven't you?

          either, you grossly underestimate the power of hate or you don't know very much about kkkarl rove.

          wow.

          •  you "get real." (3+ / 1-)
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            You really, really don't think that there's ANYBODY on the left who has vandalized Romney signs?  You think that it's all Romney supporters vandalizing their own signs?  the link after link you get (including some videos) when you google "Romney sign vandalized"?  That's all right wing people vandalizing their own signs?  But the link after link you get when you google "Obama sign vandalized" -- that's all right wing people, too?  So nobody on the left is doing this at all?  

            Of course there are idiots on both sides doing this -- more, I think, than in previous elections.  And I haven't counted up which side has more idiots, because I think it's stupid to say, well they have more idiots that we do, as if that's some kind of justification for my side.  

            My point is was just that I think there's been more of it on both sides than there has been in previous election cycles, and I think that's a sad commentary on the political polarization of the country, that more and more people feel such hatred for people who disagree with them politically.  It's the same thing I bemoan here in diaries when people post things like "My brother is voting for Romney so I'm no longer having any contact with him."  I think that's a symptom of where our political discourse is going, and I think that's sad.  

  •  Totally disgraceful. (7+ / 0-)

    Rampant expressions of close-minded, white, male, rich privilege.

    I have friends who I love in Texas, but I also have a long-standing grudge against these sort of people, especially those in Lubbock and Amarillo. I'm sure there are many lovely people in those two towns as well, but I never met them.

    When I was younger I was repeatedly harassed by such people while passing through that part of Texas (the punk with the purple mowhawk was unsurprisingly repeatedly called a "faggot" when in Amarillo and Lubbock), and a friend (another young punk rocker) was murdered by frat-douches in Amarillo in the mid-1990s.

    The killer got off with probabtion for involuntary manslaughter after he intentionally ran over my friend with his Cadillac (his passengers testified to the fact it was intentional).

    I hope someday that such ignorant and bigoted hate can be a thing of the past, but I don't think it is coming soon enough.

    Hwær cwom mearg? Hwær cwom mago? Hwær cwom maþþumgyfa? Hwær cwom symbla gesetu? Hwær sindon seledreamas?
    Eala beorht bune! Eala byrnwiga! Eala þeodnes þrym!

    by Alea iacta est on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:13:00 PM PDT

    •  Wow - I am so sorry (1+ / 0-)
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      As a lifelong Democrat & Texan, I agree with all my heart that change cannot come soon enough!  I grew up in a Democratic Texas and my mom was a precinct chair, which was pretty rare in the 1960's.  

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:51:04 PM PDT

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  •  Wingnuts. (1+ / 0-)
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    Who else?

    Friggin subspecies.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:30:16 PM PDT

  •  talk about bad memories. spent 6 of the worst (1+ / 0-)
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    yrs of my life in lubbock.

    good luck kicking ass against the knuckle-draggers.

    •  I think that is where Buddy Holly (2+ / 0-)
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      is from. The movie version of him was from there, though I know that the movie took liberties with a lot of facts.

      •  oh, he was from here (1+ / 0-)
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        in fact that's the town's big claim to fame.
        Waylon is from Littlefield, about half an hour west of here.
        Jimmy Dean hailed from Plainview, about that far north of here.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:20:50 PM PDT

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        •  Well Lubbock must not be (1+ / 0-)
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          too bad if Holly (and the Crickets) came from there.

          •  I'm not gonna say it couldn't be worse (0+ / 0-)

            'cause within my lifetime it actually has been.

            But it could easy be way better.

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:11:24 PM PDT

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          •  let's put it this way, (0+ / 0-)

            buddy didn't exactly fit in.  most liberally minded folks don't, tho.

            •  He'd probably be like 100 by now if (0+ / 0-)

              he'd lived, but I guess he was liberal for his time. He did marry a Latina girl, which was taboo back then in the South.

              •  no, he'd be in his 70s (0+ / 0-)

                he's contemporary with Loretta Lynn / Willie Nelson.

                LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

                by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:35:23 PM PDT

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              •  he once refused to stay at a hotel b/c one of (0+ / 0-)

                his entourage was black & wasn't going to be allowed a room for the night.

                that really took guts back in the day.

                •  Yeah, that was in the movie. (0+ / 0-)

                  But I'm not sure it really happened; people who knew him have always maintained that while the movie was entertaining and touching, it departed from reality too much. Like most people, I know Buddy Holly based on Gary Busey's portrayal. So I have a mixed up, mostly fictional image of his personal life. His music though I know is real. Don't know about this hotel story.

                  •  i never saw the gary busey movie. can't stand (1+ / 0-)
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                    the guy.  i believe i read it on the bbc site right around the time of the anniversary of his death (2009) & his widow was interviewed & asked about it & she said something to the effect that it was true.  i'll try to check it out.  

                    whether it's true or not, lubbock has more love for holly than he ever did for it.  some people like to live in an environment where their brains are wrapped in cheesecloth, & some people don't.  that's lubbock.  a popular bumper sticker while i was there read, "happiness is seeing lubbock in the rearview mirror"

        •  And a few others according to (1+ / 0-)
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          the Lubbock Wiki.

          The city has also been the birthplace or home of several country musicians, including Delbert McClinton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Joe Ely (collectively known as The Flatlanders), Todd Mankin, Mac Davis, Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines and his daughter, Dixie Chicks singer, Natalie Maines, Texas Tech alums Jay Boy Adams, Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, and Coronado High School graduate Richie McDonald (lead singer of Lonestar until 2007).

          "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

          by Bluefin on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:28:46 PM PDT

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  •  There's a reason this hasn't happened to (0+ / 0-)

    me at my new house: I didn't put an Obama sign out in the sea of Romney signs because I can't deal with the vandalism. I'm must not in a position to deal with it now. I'm thankful to those that do!

    “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty

    by jeff in nyc on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:42:06 PM PDT

  •  It not just in Texas it every where (4+ / 0-)

    I have had 11 sign taken so far here in PA plus both my car and van have been subject to there childish tactics while parked on my property. So far no real damage but who know what they will do when we WIN!!!!!!!!! Intimidation  is what they love to do after all only they have any rights just ask them.

    •  I lost 8 bumper stickers in 2008 (1+ / 0-)
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      with the added bonus of a badly scratched bumper and "keyed" back door on my car.

      This time, when my Republican co-workers smirk and ask where my Obama sticker is, I tell them

      "Well, in 2008 I had an 8 yr. old paid-for car vandalized eight times - but this one is only 2 years old.  If my car was damaged again, I would have to file police reports.  That seems like too much trouble."

      I toyed with creating my own sticker:

      My car was vandalized 8 times the last time I expressed my political preference.  :)

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 06:01:17 PM PDT

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  •  I keep *trying* to escape (1+ / 0-)
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    but my beloved lives here. So does his mom.

    Otherwise I'd shake the (literal) dust of Lubbock in ... oh, about a millisecond.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:46:44 PM PDT

  •  Evil tools do nt (1+ / 0-)
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    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:05:16 PM PDT

  •  Campaigns know that it is necessary (2+ / 0-)
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    to have extra yard signs since people of both Parties like to knock them down. Republicans may do it more than we do, but let's face it, a Romney/Ryan sign is obnoxious on its face, and you can't really see one without at least thinking for a moment about beating its owner over the head with it (they are paper, so no one would get hurt). But we're better at taking the high road (or we're just more afraid of being caught). Anyhow, I don't think that yard signs change elections, and I don't think that people who knock them down really accomplish anything electorally for their side.

    •  Obnoxious on its face? Naw. Ugly, yeah (0+ / 0-)

      with that Rolls-Royce wannabe logo.

      Kinda telling, that.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:21:46 PM PDT

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  •  I only know what I read here about this, but (0+ / 0-)

    it is Texas, and if Mr. Flores had had in addition to his camera one of these puppies, it may have turned out a bit differently (assuming he was on his own property, etc., and complied with all the legalities WRT vermin removal):

    (of course this may seem a bit strong for the many tender sensibilities around DK, but it's past time to fight fire with fire, IMO, NPI)

    "Double, double, toile and trouble; Fire burne, and Cauldron bubble... By the pricking of my Thumbes, Something wicked this way comes": Republicans Willkommen im Vierten Reich! Sie haben keine Bedeutung mehr.

    by Bluefin on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:39:10 PM PDT

    •  Bluefin: the lot is not Mr. Flores' own (0+ / 0-)

      private property.

      The Democratic county party chair owns a bookstore that shares a wall with a gun shop (run by some serious GOP-inclined people). I have, however, purchased from both establishments, quite happily.

      That particular firearm you picture above is, um, not giving me enough info to know if it would be legal here in Texas. If the barrel length does not exceed the fore end of the stock, however, it would only have gotten Mr. Flores jailed, as well as beaten up.

      I'm a 2nd Amendment advocate. A legally owned and operated, in the circumstances, firearm would have been a boon to the protection of the volunteer and the signage, IMO.

      Even frat boys are stymied by sufficient show of oppositional force. Since the city moved Occupy Lubbock off the corner of 19th and University to reseed the grass last March, the Occupy movement hereabouts has more or less faded away. But if half a dozen Occupiers had been present, or perhaps even one or two more volunteer Dems, the frat boys' fun wouldn't've been worth the risk.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:19:30 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for stopping in, everybody. 'Night. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 11:55:35 PM PDT

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