The fun thing about protests is the diversity of sanity one can generally find at them. A recent tea party protest in Nevada was no exception, but two diverging opinions of it revealed dramatic differences in how it was portrayed.
The first from Zombie attempted to highlight the apple pie Americana view of it while contrasting it with those crazy California leftist nutters (full article here):
Little Green Footballs had a picture slide show taking a very different editorial approach (full article here):
Probably the most interesting part of looking at both sites on this particular protest is not just the contrast, but the general lack of showing the whole picture by either. Editorial prerogative is always something to keep in mind before jumping to generalizations based on who is cherry picked as representative of the whole.
What is far more concerning to me aren't idiots and hysterical yahoos shouting hyperbole at protests, that's pretty normal. Militant groups preparing violent assaults on America in preparation for the Biblical Apocalypse on the other hand could be just destructive as an al Qaeda sleeper cell:
The Michigan-based militia group charged with conspiring to kill police officers is preparing for battle with the Antichrist, according to a Web site purportedly run by the group.
"Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment," Hutaree.com reads. "The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming."
Nine suspects associated with Hutaree, which is purportedly a Christian-based militia group, have been charged with conspiring to kill police officers and then attack a funeral in hopes of killing more law enforcement officials, federal prosecutors said Monday. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved on the group because the militia members were planning an attack sometime in April.
Members of the militia, including its leader, David Brian Stone, also known as "Captain Hutaree," are charged in the case and allegedly met regularly since at least 2008 to conduct military-style training in Michigan's Lenawee County and elsewhere. An indictment alleges that members of the group conspired to "levy war against the United States, (and) to oppose by force the authority of the government of the United States."
Somehow idiot protesters just don't compare to guys openly preparing to make military strikes on us over their twisted revisionist histories and insane religious nuttery, al Qaeda, "Colonial Christian Republican" armies, or otherwise:
The 2nd Amendment isn't some license to any idiot rebelling against society without consequence. The Militia in the United States is subordinate to the State. These idiots need a primer on the 2nd Amendment.
Narc makes an interesting point about the news coverage over these guys as compared to citizens or foreign actors who were caught planning other acts of terrorism and brings up a proposed law that appears overly broad and unconstitutional on citizen detainment (bypassing habeas) that could potentially apply here. Check it out.