It was the middle of the lunch rush Saturday, and Mike Winston was working in the kitchen of his Tinley Park restaurant, the Ashford House, when a waitress screamed a fight had broken out in the dining room.
Police call the melee at the restaurant a targeted assault by a mob that Winston said wielded metal batons and hammers. Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and three of those were hospitalized.
Tinley Park police had five suspected assailants in custody, and Winston said 18 young men, all wearing hooded jackets and obscuring their faces with scarves and other coverings, stormed into the restaurant.
“They came running in the door single file,” said Winston, who owns Ashford House, 7959 W. 159th St., and the adjacent Winston’s Market.
Winston, and police, said the men knew who their targets were, and that the attack wasn’t a random act of violence. Winston said the mob “targeted” a group of 20 diners, all of whom were from out of state.
“Once they attacked the table, they went and started hitting random people,” Winston said.
At this point, it looks as though a dozen-and-a-half masked punks stormed in and just started mollywopping innocent patrons for no reason. It's no wonder the blog in question picked this story up and just ran with it, straight to the end zone:
Anti-racists: Beating presumed fascists in the head with hammers, one swing at a time.
But something's missing. As it turns out, the Sun-Times included an update to the story, something the blog in question nor the commentators enjoying their daily recommended allowance of red meat didn't notice or cared to not notice:
A law enforcement source Sunday said the group beaten at a Tinley Park restaurant Saturday was made up of white supremacists, and those who assaulted them were protesters attacking their beliefs.
According to a May 3 post on whitenewsnow.com, someone with Williams’ email wrote that the “May Meet for White Nationalists and Families” would be on May 19 and 20 and that the purpose would be “economic networking,” “Work for Whites,” “Family Assistence (sic)” and “Real Time Activism.”
As it turned out, the restaurant became a temporary den of White Supremacist iniquity. Not that it justified beating dozens of patrons with hammers and bats. The group behind the incident posted a statement outlining their rationale for beating these people senseless:
On Saturday, May 19th a group of 30 anti-fascists descended upon Ashford House restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet was taking place. The White Nationalists were targeted inside the restaurant and physically attacked, causing several injuries and completely shutting down their meeting. The anti-fascist group was privy to anonymous inside information. This fascist event had been in secret planning for six months. The attendees have attempted to cover up the true intent of the event with mainstream media reports initially reporting the white nationalist conference as a wedding party and then as an Irish heritage meeting. The event was advertised on www.stormfront.org, an established white nationalist fascist internet forum.
Attempts to verify that info via that particular seedy den of online White Supremacist iniquity were unsuccessful. According to the New York Observer:
A message thread at Stormfront.org dating back to April matches Anti-Racist Action’s statements regarding the date and nature of the meeting. User “Sgathaich” posted about the event on April 3 and added, “If you are a business owner/self employed bring your info. All ideas are welcome. White’s working for White’s [sic]. White’s supporting White’s [sic]. We are taking back what is ours.”
"Taking back what is ours." Funny how these people can't seem to coexist with anyone who looks or thinks the slightest different from them. Racial distribution is a zero-sum game to these folks.
But this post isn't about a group of idiots clashing with another group of idiots. It's about how some sources tend to pick and choose what to broadcast and what to hold back, in order to generate the maximum amount of outrage and mouth-foam. It's not just penny-ante blogs that commit these acts -- established media does this in grand fashion and the GOP is currently the reigning champion of the art. For example, witness the GOP fete Mitt Romney for "creating" 100,000 jobs while ignoring the vast amounts of "creative destruction" left behind by his firm.
I won't even touch on the subliminals: dangerous "anti-racists" beating peaceful "pro-white" patrons during an event that draws plenty of socialist protesters and other "wrong-thinking" individuals and groups. Still, beating the living shit out of them is not the way to handle these groups. Confrontation and ridicule works much better and without the added benefit of making these people "martyrs" or "heroes" to their fellow idiots.