From: Knitebane Manor
August 15th, 2010
Ms. Amanda Lehmert
Greensboro News & Record
Congratulations and thanks for what is perhaps the most neutral article that I've yet read about a Restore the Constitution rally in a legacy newspaper. Be advised that I am indeed "damning with faint praise."
I'm reasonably certain that you actually attended the rally and didn't just report what others said about it as I think I recall a young, dark-haired woman scribbling furiously into a small notebook while sitting on the brick steps near the rally proper. I presume that it was you.
As I and my wife definitely attended the rally I will state that nowhere in your article is a single untruth. Sadly, yet not surprisingly, the sum of the article is a carefully crafted lie.
I note and give you full credit for rising to Bubba McDowell's challenge to mention "press corpse" in an article. Brava. Sadly, the rest of your article confirms his condemnation of the press.
Despite your careful description of various speakers including other candidates for public office it is curious that you made several omissions that highlight and affirm the indictment from the American right about the press being tilted to the left.
You mentioned several of the dozen or so speakers yet despite being three of the most engaging and crowd-pleasing ones there, you failed to mention even the presence of U.S. House of Representative candidate Bill Randall, Republican National Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher or member of the Winston-Salem 9/12 group Vernon Robinson.
Notably, Mr. Randall worked his way through the crowd with a donation box soliciting donations to help the organizers of the event offset their costs. He was quite prominent in his presence yet you mention it not at all. Shameful.
Opinions are shaped and formed as much from what is not reported as by what is reported.
Your omission of the names of three African-American speakers at the rally perpetuates the idea that second amendment supporters are a bunch of white, racist rednecks. The gaps of fact in your article are a lame attempt to support that theory. While I'm sure that it wasn't what you intended, erasing the presence of minority faces at a civil rights rally is a racist act. I urge you to reconsider your thought processes.
While it would be a refreshing change to see a latter-day reporter actually report what happened rather than omitting facts in the attempt to shape opinions that the left would approve of I won't be breathlessly awaiting an update to your article.
Knitebane (Full name redacted)
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We're back from the rally and it went pretty well. As we were driving over from the Raleigh area the sky got grayer and grayer and it looked like we were going to get wet. At some point on Interstate 40, west of Burlington but still east of Greensboro we passed markofafreeman. Honks and waves were exchanged and we found each other later at the rally.
Mrs. Knitebane and I got about a mile from the park and pulled into the McDonalds on the corner of Battleground and Westridge, grabbed a snack and proceeded into the park.
The TomTom kind of led us in the back way so it took a few turn-arounds to find the right entrance but eventually we made our way into the park and the smiling, friendly park rangers pointed the way and showed us where to park.
As we were figuring out how to find the entrance we noticed a very heavy presence by Greensboro's finest. They even had a squadron of four-wheelers out, complete with what appeared to be AR-15s or perhaps M-16s. We had been forewarned that while the park rangers were not going to be a problem the local PD was not so friendly and any transgressions would likely end up with an incident. We studiously tried to avoid that but the presence of at least 50 heavily armed police officers was somewhat chilling.
That kind of intimidation by the overhwelming (and entirely unnecessary) parade of the power of the state in response to a peaceful, lawful and properly permitted display of our civil rights ought to remind us why these kinds of rallies are crucial.
The massive police presence was a crystal clear message from the Greensboro city serpents, "We don't like armed citizens and we're going to breathe down your neck so that you know it."
There was another message that they sent, though I'm sure they really won't care to have it discussed at the next election. Namely, "Even though the last armed rally in Virginia was entirely peaceful, we're going to spare no expense to parade our forces around these citizens. We don't care how much of our constituents money we spend to bring a chilling effect on their civil rights. We're the bosses and we'll take policemen away from their stated duties of protecting the populace to stand around and attempt to intimidate a few people legally carrying guns and harming no one."
The new Greensboro police chief has only been in his job for a couple of weeks and this rally has been planned for months so I'm willing to believe that he didn't do the tactical planning for the police presence but he certainly had the authority to have them stand down. So, people of Greensboro, if on the 14th of August, you got mugged or robbed, if your car got stolen or you got run over by a reckless driver and there was no cop in sight, give the mayor's office a call and ask them why dozens of Greensboro police officers were standing around and jerking off when they should have been doing real work.
Other than that, it was mostly a good time. The rain held off until just before we left. The sky mostly stayed overcast so that we weren't baking in the sun. And the walk from the car to the rally wasn't too bad. It was actually a better walk than it should have been because the damn fool that packed the car for the trip forgot the folding chairs. So although we had to stand the entire time at least we weren't burdened with a couple of chairs.
At least, that's how I see it. I'm sure Mrs. Knitebane has a different opinion as she's not the one that forgot to pack the chairs. But this is my blog and I'll tell the story my way. So there.
We debated which weapons to carry. Obviously we would both be packing sidearms. Mrs. Knitebane recently got a pretty decent left-handed holster for her Rock Island Tactical and I had my Serpa for my Springfield Government so that was covered. She decided to carry her WASR-10 since with it's under-folding stock it's pretty compact and not too heavy.
I initially considered bringing my Evil Black Rifle, the FAL. I've finally finshed decking it out with the accessories I've wanted but I still had a nagging concern that if any badness went down I'd end up having it confiscated or getting it broken or something. With all the money that I've recently dumped into it I decided not to risk it. Ditto with the Enfield. Although I don't have much money tied up in it, it's such a terrific shooter I didn't want to risk losing or damaging it either.
So I cast about in the armory here at Knitebane Manor and finally lighted on my old Remington 710. It's a decent shooter but nothing spectacular. It's not a terribly expensive rifle even with the factory scope. And our local gun range has one just exactly like it on the consignment rack for a nice price. So even if I fouled it up or lost it I could replace it. So after scrounging up a sling that wouldn't eat my shoulder that's what I took.
Between the rifles, the sidearms, the ammo and the hydration packs we both carried we already had quite a bit of bulk. I guess that fool did us a favor.
Some of the speakers were a bit long winded but a couple of them really stood out.
Ross "Bubba" McDowell of What Bubba Knows was excellent.
Bill Randall makes me wish we'd moved north instead of east when we left Apex. Later, after his speech, Mr. Randall carried around the donation box so that folks could give something to the organizers of the event.
John Ainsworth, a Civil War historian, gave an impassioned speech about the results of Reconstruction and the difference between national citizenship and state citizenship. He noted that he was probably the most controversial speaker there. He was probably right. Stating that Reconstruction was unconstitutional and that the post-civil war activities of the U.S. government effectively destroyed the founder's republic and replaced it with a national government is indeed rather controversial. As his time was limited he could only speak in brief on the subject and invited attendees to the local Golden Corral after the rally for an extended version. However Mrs. Knitebane had an unfortunate run-in with salmonella during our last Golden Corral outing and she still mistrusts the place.
The speakers ran long and the permit expired at 4pm. Some of the later speakers had to cut their presentations short, like the representative of the NC Ranger Corps
The final speaker cut his speech down to nothing but stated that since his speech was mostly a dissertation of the person who led the Continental forces at the Battle of Guildford Courthouse and since we were merely a few hundred feet from the massive statue of General Nathanial Greene he invited the attendees to muster at the foot of the statue after the official rally had ended.
Thus did Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars hold forth for about 45 minutes with a detailed and moving history of the battle that set the stage for Cornwallis' defeat at Yorktown, VA. About two dozen people hung around and listened. Bravo, Mike. Nice job.
I'll post later with the crappy pictures from my cell phone that I took. (The same fool that forgot to pack the chairs left the good camera in the car.)
At least I remembered to bring my gun.