A Bridge Between Inspection Columns

You may remember an Inspection column a while back where I ranted regarding those teabaggers who shout people down and whose purpose in town meetings seems to be only to prevent any meeting from happening at all, unless it only covers their random, senseless rants. And tonight the newest edition will be out that briefly mentions Joe Scarborough.

This column at The Chimp mentions both, and provides a lot of information…

“I became a target of this campaign when I appeared at the University of California-Riverside on October 1 to discuss my book and join in a panel discussion about the Republican Party in the age of Obama. As soon as the panel began, a group of approximately twenty College Republicans leapt in front of the stage, deliberately blocking the view of audience members with signs labeling me a ‘Michael Moore Wannabe’ and ‘Leftist Hack.'”

“The demonstration might have been amusing had it stopped there.”

“Then a husky young man Ryan Sorba who seemed to be directing the College Republican theatrics began heckling my fellow panelists with racist and homophobic slurs. When Mark Takano, an openly gay former Democratic congressional candidate and local community college trustee, attempted to speak, Sorba blew kisses at him and shouted, ‘Autograph my dick!’ Sorba echoed Glenn Beck’s critique of Obama as ‘a guy who has a deep-seated hatred of white people’ in heckling Jonathan Walton, an African-American professor of religion. ‘Racist! Racist!’ Sorba screamed when Walton attempted to field questions from the audience.”

“When a university administrator summoned campus police to remove Sorba, he was dismissively told by Sgt. Seth Morrison that I was ‘not a legitimate speaker,’ though I was invited as part of a regular university speakers’ program. And the disruption continued.”

“Sorba, I discovered, is not a disgruntled citizen, but a professional agitator, a paid operative of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a heavily funded, Delaware-based outfit that provides a support structure for conservative academics while grooming a cadre of student activists to, in the group’s own words, ‘battle the radicals and PC types on campuses.’ Sorba has received his paycheck through a fellowship established by Rich DeVos, a far-right Republican billionaire who founded the Amway pyramid scheme and owns the Orlando Magic.”

– Max Blumenthal