Being a Dicks
This may be the funniest, most-telling, pathetic video I've seen for a while. Right-wing videographer Dan Dicks of the "Press for Truth" website was doing his best to be a provocateur at the recent anti-racism rally in Vancouver. (Because, as we know, Canada is a hot-bed of violent anarchist...) And at one point, he goes into a screed about getting hit and roughed up.
"Yeah, they’re throwing stuff at us now, guys. See this is what happens, people, when they can’t handle an actual intellectual debate, they resort to violence and start — somebody just threw a ball at me." Able to retain his composure, he continues on like the intrepid reporter he is. "I got smoked in the face — popped my glasses right off, and so did my buddy Jamie there. So we’re going to continue documenting this because now the original protesters are not showing up."
Oh, by the way, he was hit by a beach ball. (Hey, this is Canada, after all. And the West Coast.)
But wait, the video is even worse. Because it's not like the beach ball was even thrown at him. If you watch the video up to that point (and I recommend doing so with the sound off, to retain your equilibrium), you can see the beach ball being tossed around the crowd, as beach balls are wont to do. It's most noticeable at the 1:10 mark. Bouncing around across the top of the crowd, batted around. But if you prefer to just to around 2:40, you'll see the beach ball again floating around in the background, right before poor Mr. Dicks get accidentally bopped on the head. But a BEACH BALL.
"See, this is what happens, people, when they can’t handle an actual intellectual debate, they resort to violence and start — somebody just threw a ball at me."
And it's even worse. Take a look how Dicks himself titled his own "Press for Truth" (sic) video -- "Crowd attacked us." And this is knowing that it was a) a beach ball, and b) it was just being toss around all over the place in the background...because that's why beach balls were put on the Earth.
Poor baby. And liberals are supposedly the "snowflakes."
(NOTE: There is utterly zero need to watch the full, inane video. Only the 30 seconds or so referenced here. I thought that would be clear, but a reader watched more than that and we almost had an exploding head.)
There is a real problem of hate-violence in America right now. We've seen mosques, temples and churches fire bombed. We've seen immigrants attacked -- or merely people who look like immigrants. And here is a provocateur with a public platform getting hit by nothing more than a beach ball and twisting it to not only try to cause division, but to try to turn those who cause actual acts of violence into the supposed victims. I am sure the mother of Heather Heyer only wishes that it was a beach ball that hit her daughter.
It's one thing to toss around a beach ball. That's manageable, even for little kiddies at the beach. It's another to toss around words like "actual intellectual debate." If you can't handle a beach ball, you probably shouldn't ratchet things up that far. Probably better to lower things down a bit and stick with balloons. At least they fit with clowns.
I suspect that Mr. Dicks got all flummoxed because his concept of an intellectual debate seems to have something in common with a beach ball. In Dicks World, they're both full of hot air.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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