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Forget It, Jake, It’s Commie Town

Posted by V the K at 8:49 am - April 21, 2017.
Filed under: Progressive immorality

Thanks, once again, to 4Chan, the violent leftist thug who was caught on video bashing Free Speech supporters in the head with a bike lock has been identified as Eric Clanton; an instructor in Philosophy at Diablo Valley College in California who teaches — I am not making this up —  “ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy.”

Cowardly piece of human filth Eric Clanton is seen on video sneaking up behind a Free Speech supporters at a protest in Berkeley and bashing him on the head with a bike lock; because leftists are as cowardly as they are violent. BTW, according to his Amazon account, he ordered 14 bike locks with one day delivery shortly before the protest. (So, either he gets a lot of bikes stolen… or he was arming his fellow progressive leftists.)

Now, having been identified, will he be arrested? And if arrested, will he be prosecuted? And if prosecuted, will he receive a harsh sentence, or will he be, in the words of Obama’s mentor Bill Ayers “guilty as sin, free as a bird.” Given the cozy “no enemies on the left” attitude of Berkeley Law Enforcement (who even coordinate “symbolic arrests” with their fellow socialists), it’s not very likely.

Remember, this is California, where the criminals go free and the state prosecutes the people who expose the criminals.

In the left’s self-constructed mythology, there are no violent leftists. And when violence “happens” at a protest arranged by left-wingers, and when those who commit the violence melt effortlessly into the crowd, and when in a violent protest involving hundreds of people not a single witness comes forward from the left to identify those who committed the violence … “Why, it couldn’t be possibly be one of us who set those fires/smashed those windows/raped those women. We must have been infiltrated by right-wingers who wanted to make us peaceful progressives look bad. Yeah, that’s the ticket.”

By the way, former Democrat Party Chairman and Presidential Candidate Howard Dean says it’s OK to use violence to stop people like Ann Coulter or Ben Shapiro from speaking because “the Constitution doesn’t protect hate speech.” “Hate speech” being defined as facts and opinions that do not conform to left-wing ideology/political correctness.

UC-Berkeley, by the way, canceled an appearance by Ann Coulter claiming that it would be impossible to provide sufficient security (wink-wink). Then, they reversed and said she could come, but only at a time when classes were over and the campus was empty of students after classes had been dismissed for summer recess. Nevertheless, Ann Coulter persisted.

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  1. Truly we live in Weimaran times; technical and scientific advancements overshadowed by ideological and cultural collapses in ethics and civics. …And we know how well THAT ended.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — April 21, 2017 @ 9:39 am - April 21, 2017

  2. For years, I also taught something akin to “ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy.” Then came the flood. There were always some “revisionists” whose motivations were directed at reworking the foundational principles and restructuring the inherited wisdom in ethics and philosophy to their advantage. They came as critics and they where arrogant and pretentious and conceited. And then we old-timers were set upon as insensitive fossils.

    Kids love to think that they are the best and the brightest and, if validated, will be the generation the world has been yearning for. Feed that notion and you stomp out critical thinking entirely and you build a band of roadies all singing your praises. Ward Churchill at Colorado was a great example. Noam Chomsky has been at it forever. Joseph Fletcher, the father of situation ethics, was a super star.

    There is no grey area between right and wrong. But there are mitigating circumstances that may play into how much punishment should be meted out. That can range from none to the death penalty. All of philosophy is based not so much on what is right and what is wrong, but on the mitigating circumstances. Moral relativism is an argument about a vast area between right and wrong where popular opinion makes the decision. It is a Disneyland of psychobabble where everyone gets to show his fanny. That is why science fiction and dystopian novels are always built around a crisis where there are more survivors than there is room in the life boat. People just love to pit good against evil and weave fancy patterns and embroider all sorts of twists and turns. When you finish with the adventure, you still have to live life and its constant gnawing problems.

    Lucky Dorothy did get to go over the rainbow and see what she could see and then come back to family, hearth and home. But academia is no longer much interested in inherited wisdom and fundamental truths. That is why the curriculum is loaded with social justice claptrap. It is more “invigorating” to strut into the unknown and unknowable than it is to be fundamentally engaged in the nexus between continuity and change.

    The bike lock wielding professor of ethics and critical thinking does not surprise me in the least. I am sure that listening to him is much like listening to Jesse Jackson’s incantations and rhythmic lullabies of soothing validation.

    It is mindless babble that soothes the mindlessness of babbling.

    Clobbering a foe with a bike lock is deep into the grey area between right and wrong for the liberal Joan of Arc. For us Neanderthals, it is a confinement in jail offense and a clear cut wrong. If a slick shyster can keep the guy out of jail time through mesmerizing psycobabble, that is how the system works. God knows, the TV channels will line up to chatter away about “right” and “wrong” and this and that and sell soap and suppositories.

    This is a tale of liberalism run amok. These people do not have a goal, they only have resentment, bellyaches and a sense of insignificance.

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 21, 2017 @ 10:40 am - April 21, 2017

  3. Bill O’Reilly… if he is guilty of what he is accused of … (e.g. offering women career advancement in return for sexual favors) is a creep. But I would argue less of a creep than Bill Cosby (who drugged women and molested them) or Bill Clinton (or used power to coerce women into having sex with him). I would think he is about the same level of creep as Bill Maher, who pretty much pays women to have sex with him and its an open secret in Hollywood.

    So, the lesson to women is… never let yourself be alone with a guy named Bill.

    Comment by V the K — April 21, 2017 @ 10:45 am - April 21, 2017

  4. So, left-wing philosophy professor Eric Clanton who teaches a left-wing version of “ethics, critical thinking, and comparative philosophy” – is captured on video assaulting another human being? Making Professor Clanton literally a thug?

    I’m not surprised. And, if he won’t be arrested, maybe his victims at least can do a civil suit. Let’s hope.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 21, 2017 @ 11:08 am - April 21, 2017

  5. P.S. Meant to say this in one of our other recent Free Speech posts…

    There was a time when Berkeley was proud of something called the Free Speech Movement.

    Yes, they meant a stupid, socialist (but I repeat myself) version of Free Speech. Still, they used the term – proudly. Once upon a time.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 21, 2017 @ 11:17 am - April 21, 2017

  6. This is where the person who was assaulted should sue the city of Berkeley, and the Berkely Police Department for not investigating and arresting the thug. Then all three should be sued for creating an atmosphere that allowed these people to believe they could do it with impunity.

    I’m willing to bet you can find a lawyer to do it pro bono.

    Comment by Craig Smith — April 21, 2017 @ 12:19 pm - April 21, 2017

  7. By all three I am including the University of California at Berkeley.

    Comment by Craig Smith — April 21, 2017 @ 12:20 pm - April 21, 2017

  8. “they reversed and said she could come, but only after classes had been dismissed for summer recess”

    That would have been too transparent (along with rescheduling to Spring Break, had that been an option).

    The administration is being quite devious here: the week they rescheduled to is UC-Berkeley’s “dead week” – a no-classes week between the end of classes and final exams, when many students leave campus. So technically during the school term, but clearly intended to be a time when few students would be around to attend.

    Coulter, though, is not going along with the charade. We’ll have to stay tuned to the ongoing drama as April 27th draws nearer to see if (and how) she carries through on her statement that she intends to go onto campus that day. So far, the UC administration has been playing right into her strong suit.

    Comment by civil truth — April 21, 2017 @ 2:31 pm - April 21, 2017

  9. […] maybe his victims at least can do a civil suit. Let’s hope.

    The principal one on the video already is.

    Jack Posobiec, who captured his OKCupid profile before it was deleted, notes that he stated in it that “I spend a lot of time thinking about revolution.” So yeah, he’s been fomenting violent dissent for a long time, in theory when not in practice.

    Comment by RSG — April 21, 2017 @ 8:57 pm - April 21, 2017

  10. Clanton’s assault on Stiles was unwarranted, violent, and just plain awful. You can hear the lock making contact with his skull. I hope he is arrested, prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law, pays for all of Stiles’ medical bills and rehabilitation, and loses his job.

    But, what I can’t figure out is why 4Chan members bought 14 bike-locks. That’s confusing and bizarre.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 21, 2017 @ 10:26 pm - April 21, 2017

  11. #10 Read the second paragraph again: grammatically and contextually “he” clearly refers to Clanton, not 4Chan).

    Comment by civil truth — April 21, 2017 @ 10:46 pm - April 21, 2017

  12. #11 Look at the screenshots from the Amazon order and the 4Chan comments: grammatically and contextually “him” clearly refers to Clanton, not 4Chan).

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 21, 2017 @ 11:05 pm - April 21, 2017

  13. BTW, according to his Amazon account, he ordered 14 bike locks with one day delivery shortly before the protest. (So, either he gets a lot of bikes stolen… or he was arming his fellow progressive leftists.)

    It’s a minor detail, but it’s inaccurate.

    Also, I found this pic:
    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nkePoZ-moM0/WPjQNspoOHI/AAAAAAAAZGo/6i4d3DGEAxE20X1X6jbI3J5TE7fv9wU-ACLcB/s1600/Eric_Michael_Clanton_Berkeley_Attack.JPG

    1) He has used the bikelock on multiple occasions, worsening the severity of his crimes (serial assaulter) and just altogether creepy and even more disgusting

    2) On a much lesser note, the girl VtheK mocked previously is in the shot (far left, so to speak)

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 21, 2017 @ 11:54 pm - April 21, 2017

  14. This is pretty exhaustive and incredibly executed:

    https://imgur.com/a/SwkUJ

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 12:00 am - April 22, 2017

  15. If it were a just world Eric the Sociopathic Juvenile Wanker would be sentenced to several good whacks with a bike lock by his victim or his victims designee (with a strong right arm and a solid swing) followed by a final visit to old sparky for attempted first degree murder.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 12:06 am - April 22, 2017

  16. Craycray I never have said you were right but this time your are right about all the incredible work that went into the investigation.

    Also I take back my comment about the bike lock as the one he was using was omg wicked and huge – he needs to be put away for life or get death sentence for attempted murder with that thing.

    I have an old bike lock and it is tiny compared to that smaller than the palm of my hand (and my hand is not that big). You used to wrap a chain encased in plastic around the bike and through the wheels and then secure with the lock. I was thinking of that type of lock until i saw the pictures.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 12:14 am - April 22, 2017

  17. If it were a just world …

    In a just world, Clanton would:

    1) Be arrested
    2) Prosecuted for his crimes both against Stiles and whatever else can be dug up from his multiple assaults, etc
    3) Sentenced appropriate to his crimes to the furthest extent
    4) Pay for all of Stiles’ medical and rehabilitation bills (who knows what kind of brain damage he may have suffered)
    4) After his release, he should serve community service feeding the homeless, etc–all the appropriate things one can be sentenced to community service for that play directly to his political beliefs (i.e. wanting the government to dispense equity amongst the populous). If he wants the government to take care of people, he needs to be the example first, especially for his heinous crimes

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 12:34 am - April 22, 2017

  18. 6) After all that is done, he should public apologise to Stiles and share what he has learned

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 12:36 am - April 22, 2017

  19. Craycray
    I don’t think he would learn anything except to not buy all the bike locks the day before and to wear a better disguise. I think he is evil and rotten to the core thus my suggestion for step 5 of sentencing him to old sparky.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 1:22 am - April 22, 2017

  20. Sandra
    I think he could learn something. He is highly indoctrinated, so the chances are low. But, my guess is that he has gotten away with a lot in his life and, if he doesn’t have a criminal record, he has no idea what it is like to be held responsible for his behaviours (that’s an “if”). But, more importantly, the punishment needs to fit the crime (in a just world). And, in a just world, justice is applied consistently. So, the punishment needs to be the same for an identical crime. Clanton’s behaviour was vile and disgusting, but doesn’t warrant death.

    What it does warrant in part is taking care of Stiles’ medical and rehabilitation costs. In your scenario, it wouldn’t be just for Stiles and/or the taxpayer (or what should be an unnecessary GoFundMe site from his supporters) to have to pay for whatever his insurance (if he has any) didn’t cover.

    It also warrants being made an example of.

    Perhaps my sentence for him doesn’t satisfy bloodlust, but it’s more productive for society.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 1:41 am - April 22, 2017

  21. It depends on how reformed Clanton can become. I think he has zero chance.

    It isn’t blood lust but practicality. My scenario would confiscate his property for Stile’s medical treatment and compensation for what it would cover plus Stiles needs to sue the police, town, and potentially the school.

    What I see as a distinct possibilty is
    7) Clanton gets out and maims someone else or kills them. The other option would be to lock him up for life on the tax payers dime or put him in psychiatric care if he is evaluated to be a sociopath.

    His attack on Stiles was premeditated, fantasized, random (as he did not know Stiles personally and anyone there would have done as well), vicious (without regard to Stiles being permantly injured or killed), and a repeated pattern from earlier similar behavior.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 1:55 am - April 22, 2017

  22. Craycray, I would like to think your plan would work as that would be the ideal. However is it worth risking some innocent persons life?

    The identical crime is not just assault with a bike lock (though I am no lawyer so legally that may be exactly what it is considered). Clanton has a history of this type of assault, it was premeditated since he bought the bike locks with one day shipping, he fantasized about it on instagram, and he didn’t have a specfic victim in mind just whoever and he didn’t care how badly they were hurt, brain damaged, maimed, or killed. To do something like that someone would have to be seriously messed up.

    Clanton also bought 14 bike locks so he was probably encouraging others to commit assault/murder as well.

    Obama emptied out prisons for “justice” and every couple of days we hear of another of those released prisoners committing crimes including murder. I think it would take a miracle for Clanton to really reform.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 2:10 am - April 22, 2017

  23. he fantasized about it on instagram

    Do you have a link?

    it was premeditated since he bought the bike locks with one day shipping

    This isn’t to say it wasn’t premeditated, but he didn’t buy the bike locks. That was a mistake VtheK made, which he still hasn’t bothered to correct. And that was also a mistake made by the writer in VtheK’s link. Please see my Comment #12. The screenshot of the 4Chan conversation connected to the Amazon order is bragging that they hacked into his Amazon account AND ordered the bike locks. Hence my Comment #10. It’s bizarre and I don’t understand it. It’s a minor detail, but it might as well be corrected if we’re trying to achieve accuracy here.

    As far as premeditation, I’m not a lawyer either. The crime could have been premeditated (go out and bash a bunch of people), but it’s doubtful if the victim was. That would have to be proven with evidence from Clanton’s computer that he knew the person, etc. I can’t rule it out that he had a vendetta against certain individuals who he knew would be at these events and went after all of them specifically. However, it seems highly unlikely (though it could be proven if the evidence was out there).

    However, based on the video, he went after the closest person within that group (Stiles). Stiles also “appeared” to be one of the less caustic members, though I can’t be for certain (you could see and maybe hear him trying to calm people down on both sides), so he would have made an odd choice for a victim (one of the more passive). Bringing me to believe that it was likely a case of proximity. Given that he was masked and ran off (displaying cowardly behaviour), this wouldn’t surprise me if that were the case.

    However is it worth risking some innocent persons life?

    But, it would have to be proven that Clanton intended to kill Stiles. Based on his actions, the context, etc, he appeared to want to deliver brutal harm. Clanton didn’t stick around to continue to beat him. He hit him in the temple. But, he really wasn’t in a position to deliver a blow exactly where he wanted. Based on the video and crowded positioning, I’d wager he struck at him and just hoped to land a hit *somewhere* on his head. But, if we knew where he hit his other victims and there was a consistency, then that would be another matter. It would also matter if there was any repetitive strikes. If there weren’t repetitive strikes (assuming he had an opportunity in at least one of those instances to “keep going” until the threat of being caught was too great) and there wasn’t a consistency in where he hit his victims in the head, then you can’t really prove any intent to kill. Even perps who beat others with an inch of their lives don’t always have the intent to kill.

    As it were, it looks like multiple random acts of vile violence by an extremely cowardly person who is targeting people of a certain political persuasion. To me, this doesn’t warrant a Sharia-like death and confiscation of property. It does warrant him properly compensating Stiles, and serving time and his community through service. And it does warrant a public apology and what, if anything, he has learned from his punishments after they have been administered.

    We’ve really given this too much thought, though.

    Clanton first needs to be found and arrested. What might be a problem is that based on the pictures and his history, he is pretty well-connected, so there’s a good chance that he is being protected. Apparently, Stiles hasn’t pressed charges yet. Jack Posobiec, who is reporting on this case, originally claimed that he did and then backtracked. Not sure what the backtracking part is about. But, Posobiec is now saying that Stiles doesn’t trust the Berkeley police. I’m not sure what Stiles would have to lose by reporting an assault, especially one that has now received some decent coverage across the internet. Posobiec would be there to document the developments for all to see.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 3:06 am - April 22, 2017

  24. Sandra & CCP, thanks for the dialogue on suggested correctional action. But at this point in time, I’m just hoping the Alameda County DA will actually charge him with a crime (or if he doesn’t feel comfortable in doing that, convene a grand jury who likely will). The problem with the antifa thugs is that their burqua-like shields along with their coddling by government entities enables them to easily use the “it wasn’t me” defense, which basically enables them to act with impunity. If Clanton is indeed a sociopath as Sandra suggested (which I think quite possible), then the possibility of him committing another violent act is pretty real—which is all the more reason he needs to enter the criminal justice system sooner rather than later.

    Comment by RSG — April 22, 2017 @ 3:13 am - April 22, 2017

  25. *”odd choice”: well, not odd, not odd at all, upon further thought. It makes complete sense.

    And, thanks RSG! I’m not sure why Stiles hasn’t pressed charges (it was reported that he did and then didn’t by Jack Posobiec). I have never been assaulted before. I don’t know what goes into it, how long it takes, etc. But, the evidence is pretty overwhelming that Clanton has been properly identified.

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 22, 2017 @ 3:35 am - April 22, 2017

  26. Craycray

    I checked it was okcupid not instagram where Clanton was talking about his spending alot of time thinking about REVOLUTION (which he put in all caps).

    The following twitter has a screen shot of it.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/854931363077783552

    My take on it was that if he spends so much time thinking on it and given his actions he probably spends time thinking on it where he is the hero of the situation. So no direct evidence of him writing up a fantasy story or etc but likely given human nature and his actions that his revolution thinking involves himself.

    Also your premeditation point is interesting. Your comment was that it was not premeditation since stiles was a victim of the moment. My thought was that it was worse – he premeditated a victim (or harming someone) but then picked them out at random. Sort of like a terrorist who makes detailed plans and organization but the victims can be random or who happens to be present. Is the death of that person/persons 1st degree murder and does it matter that the attacker may not have planned to specifically kill them but did not care if they died during the incident while being hurt/maimed.

    I did a quick search on the topic but fortunately we have not had that many instances in the US so an obvious answer did not pop up.

    Comment by Sandra — April 22, 2017 @ 7:18 am - April 22, 2017

  27. #23 Thanks for finally clarifying what you were saying in comment #10 and #12/13. It does seem clear from the link and the commentary that it was one of the 4Chan who made the bike lock order (along with a couple of books) in what looks to be a trolling action. If I had understood you were correcting a misreading by the author at the onset, I wouldn’t have submitted my erroneous “correction”.

    We’re just going to have to wait to see if the governing authorities wish to defend the rule of law. I can only hope that a thorough investigation and full accounting based on facts lead to appropriate charges.

    Comment by civil truth — April 23, 2017 @ 5:48 pm - April 23, 2017

  28. #27 No worries. I would like to know if Sean Stiles pressed charges, though. Jack Posobiec originally posted that he did but then backtracked. If Stiles hasn’t pressed charges yet, I’m trying to think of why. I’m trying to think of why I wouldn’t press charges immediately if someone assaulted me like that. The only thing I can think of is perhaps Stiles is waiting for Clanton to show up for work/in public, where it would be easier for authorities to find and arrest him, rather than if he’s on the run.

    And, do the police have to wait to investigate/search for Clanton until he does? (I’m asking just in case you or anyone else knows, because I’m curious)

    Comment by CrayCrayPatriot — April 23, 2017 @ 6:54 pm - April 23, 2017

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