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When Longshoremen Attack

Things got pretty exciting at the Port of Longview in Washington State this morning, as related by the Associated Press:

Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

No arrests?  How remarkable!  Maybe that’s because the union thugs threatened police officers who responded to the disturbance with violence:

“We’re not surprised,” Duscha said. “A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start.”

One sergeant was threatened with baseball bats and retreated, Duscha said. “One officer with hundreds of Longshoremen? He used the better part of discretion.”

Were these goons looking to take out some “scab” workers or “Tea Party sons of bitches?”  Were they striking back at an evil union-busting corporation?  Nope.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that’s staffing a workforce of other union laborers.

[…] The blockade appeared to defy a federal restraining order issued last week against the union after it was accused of assaults and death threats.

All those dishonest liberals – including many prominent Democrat politicians – who have been endlessly bleating about Tea Party “terrorism” and “hostage-taking” finally have an example of real political terrorism and hostage-taking to study.  See the difference now, Democrats?  Still think it’s all just an elegant, highly nuanced political metaphor when a top union boss loudly instructs his followers to “take people out?”

Incidentally, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is part of the AFL-CIO, whose president, close Obama friend Richard Trumka, said this about close Obama friend James Hoffa’s threatening rhetoric, as noted by the Daily Caller:

On CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Trumka said he “probably wouldn’t have chose the adjectives [Hoffa] used” but that he supports the premise.

“I think Jim Hoffa’s speaking for the anger that millions of Americans have,” Trumka said. “These people [tea partiers and congressional Republicans] are playing political brinksmanship and not allowing us to create jobs and they’re not willing to help us get the country moving. Some of them even announced that they want the president to fail.”

Trumka will be an honored guest of President Obama at the President’s “jobs” speech tonight.  Maybe he’ll bring a hostage as his Plus One.

Imagine the news coverage we’d be getting if a Tea Party group did something like this.  That’s the kind of coverage you won’t be seeing of the longshoreman attack on the major networks tonight.  We probably won’t even get a public-service announcement reminding us to use “the better part of discretion” when confronted by an angry union mob.  You certainly can’t count on the police to arrest anybody after the vandalism, threats, and assaults.

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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