Mike Stark finds trouble right where he was looking for it.Posted: October 31, 2006
This is absolutely priceless. Mike Stark is a regular over at DailyKos and is definitely part of the echo chamber mindset prevalent over there. Today he decided to stalk George Allen at one of his campaign stops to put in a little in your face time with the Senator. He was obviously intent on trying to put Senator Allen on the spot with a “When did you stop beating your wife?” type question. A few of the other people who were there must have thought Mike looked a little threatening and decided to eject him from the proceedings.
On the video it looks like poor Mike bit off a little more than he could chew. The media is already claiming that he was “man handled.” I would say that is a fair assessment because the poor bewildered Mike didn’t have any fight in him at all.
Here is a little of what Mike has to say about the whole ordeal (emphasis is mine):
My name is Mike Stark. I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist. Earlier today at a public event, I was attempting to ask Senator Allen a question about his sealed divorce record and his arrest in the 1970s, both of which are in the public domain. His people assaulted me, put me in a headlock, and wrestled me to the ground. Video footage is available here, from an NBC affiliate.
I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, “This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man.” He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I’ll be damned if I’ll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.
It just isn’t the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now.
Take a stand against those who would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens? That stand begins right here, right now? From the looks of the videotape the stand has already been taken Mr. Stark was on the receiving end of it.
He just wants to ask an innocent little question about sealed divorce records? Just a week before the election? Funny time to get curious given that the divorce was back in 1970. He says that they’re part of the public record. Hello? They’re sealed. If they were part of the public record you would be able to see them now, wouldn’t you?
No, Mike went there on a mission to cause trouble and when he found it he was left with his puppy dog tail stuck firmly between his legs. He had not gone there for any civil questions, or honest debate. No, he went there just one week before the election looking to cause trouble, to sling mud and to defame a candidate. He got what he deserved. Physically harmed? Watch the video and decide for yourself, but as far as I can tell he was no worse for the wear. He was a marine after all, they’re tough. But given his own personal defensive skills I can understand why he chose to put his military service behind him.
So, who were these people who defended the Senator? The media is assuming that they are staffers, but for all we know they might just as easily have been Secret Service agents assigned to protect the Senator from nut jobs like Mike Stark.
And to top it all off he wants to file charges against George Allen? That’s kind of funny given they have video tape that shows that Senator Allen never even touched him. If anything the tape shows that Mike was moving in an aggressive and threatening manner towards the Senator at the time that the incident occurred. Given the heated political atmosphere ahead of this election cycle and the well documented alignment between the policies of the Democratic Party and the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, honorable men like Senator Allen can’t be too careful with their security.