Wednesday, August 20, 2008

All Noam's fault

FortCollinsNow has a "protester profile" of R68 street puppet coordinator (though they don't mention that) Tom Mestnik. Check out his road-to-Damascus moment:

Twenty-five years ago when Tom Mestnik was still a Metro State student, he was driving in downtown Denver listening to his radio when an interview with Noam Chomsky, the famed political dissident, came through the dial. The words he heard that day had a profound affect [sic].

“I had to pull over to the side of the road and put my head in my hands and say, ‘who is this guy?” Mestnik said. “I scribbled his name on a piece of paper and as soon as I could, I ran to the Tattered Cover Book Store and bought one of his books, started reading everything of his I could. And I’ve been fighting for social justice ever since.”

Superheroes aren't supposed to brag. Utterly unsurprisingly, Mestnik has also been involved in Denver's annual Columbus Day Parade and Protest (the protest part):

This past October, the protestors blocked the parade in downtown Denver and spilled fake blood in the streets, symbolizing the bloodshed of Native Americans by Christopher Columbus. During the demonstration 83 protestors were arrested.

“In Germany you can’t have a celebration of genocide,” Mestnik said. “But we do here in Denver.”

Every year the C-Day protesters try to deny others their First Amendment rights; R68, of course, whines non-stop about theirs being suppressed. Same people. And they'll be happy to explain to you why this isn't a contradiction (Ninth Amendment, international treaties, America sucks, etc.). In any case, as you might have guessed from his long-ago Chompgasm (or from his photo), Mestnick is a caricature:
“The Republicans,” Mestnik said, “are warmongering, psychopathic, evil bastards. And the Democrats are spineless, gutless turds. And Obama is the same corporate shill as McCain.” . . .

“We’re supposed to believe that Obama is some kind of a radical Marxist,” Mestnik said. “But he doesn’t come to our meetings. ... Obama is Republican-light.”
Well, maybe Marxist-light. I bet R68 never even asked Obama to a meeting. He might have surprised them.

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