The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 December 2007

CA Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata Carjacked In Oakland

CRACKER-JACKED

Extremist California Senator Becomes Crime Victim







Were the attackers illegal aliens? After a weekend carjacking forced a well- known Californian politician out of his vehicle at gunpoint, that's the question that begs to be answered.

For California Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland), that could prove an especially embarrassing revelation, given his history of derogatory name- calling toward those who support border enforcement.

In fact, it was just last year that Perata, a Bay Area extremist, was in the news for slamming the citizens of San Diego. Using a racist slur generally associated with poor, white Southerners, he called them "a bunch of crackers."

That outburst enraged some in Southern California and had San Diego- based radio talk show hosts firing back with everything in their arsenals.


Interestingly, though Perata claims to have had a good look at the assailants in two different settings, no description of the suspects has been reported in the Bay Area media. Has he refused to supply this information, or are they covering for him in order to avoid political fallout?

Were the carjackers white, there's little doubt we would have already been alerted to this fact. With the perps still on the loose, however, the general public has been given absolutely no details regarding their appearance.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:


Perata said he was waiting for the traffic light to change when, out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a man walking up to him. The senator, who has campaigned against assault weapons and crime, said he mistook the man for a panhandler or window washer at first.

But then the man began pulling a mask over his nose and pointed an automatic handgun at him "gangster style" - holding it sideways - before tapping it on his window and bellowing at him, "Get out of the mother- car."

Perata said he told the man, "I'm outta here," and jumped out of the car, which police say might have been targeted for its 22-inch rims. The man got inside and took off in the car, which also had Perata's cell phone in it.

The carjacker was followed by an accomplice in a gold 2000 Chevrolet Camaro that was stolen in San Leandro on Friday in an incident in which shots were fired, authorities said.

Oakland police Lt. Lawrence Green said police do not believe the assailants recognized Perata on Saturday. The senator told officers that he believed he saw the men at a Union 76 gas station minutes earlier on Broadway Terrace, so it is possible that they followed him to 51st and Shattuck before carjacking him, Green said.

Perata said he was preparing to get on the freeway when he was carjacked and his was the third car waiting at the red light. The gunman was no more than 3 feet away, and at one point, Perata said, he feared that if the assailant panicked and fired a round while fumbling to get his mask over his face, "that would have been the end of me.


From the Los Angeles Times, here's another interesting nugget:


Police say there was no indication that the assailants recognized Perata, a native of the East Bay, or noticed his car's exempt license plate, which hinted that the car belonged to a state official.

Rather, police think it was the 22-inch chrome rims on the senator's vehicle that caught the carjackers' attention.

"The car is kind of sporty for a senator," said Oakland Police Lt. Lawrence Green. "When the captain called and described it, I said, 'We're talking about the suspect's car or the senator's car?' "

Perata said the chrome rims came with the car when he bought it. The car is officially owned by the Senate, and Perata said he pays for its use beyond his car allowance.


Ever the hypocrite, the gun- toting Perata (though it wasn't with him during the carjacking) still intends to continue his lifelong quest to grab yours:


(Los Angeles Times) Asked if it is a common occurrence in Oakland, Green replied, "Senators getting robbed? Not too often." Carjackings, on the other hand, happen about once a day, he said.

Perata says he doesn't anticipate any new legislation coming out of the incident.

"I've been doing gun control for 20 years, and this confirms what I've always believed," he said. "This is simply a punctuation of my long career on this issue.


Regardless of whether the carjackers are here legally or not, the fact that the incident has only caused this elected hypocrite to further dig in his heels on ill- considered legislation says a great deal about the twisted stubbornness that plagues Bay Area "progressives", no matter how badly their initiatives fail.


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7 Comments:

  • Brian wrote:

    "Regardless of whether the carjackers are here legally or not, the fact that the incident has only caused this elected hypocrite to further dig in his heels on ill- considered legislation says a great deal about the twisted stubbornness that plagues Bay Area "progressives", no matter how badly their initiatives fail."

    I've read your post a few times and the accompanying news articles and, even by your own admission, there has been no indication of the race of the perpetrators. So you feel you can automatically assume that they are Hispanic? By what specific criteria?

    According to a recent DOJ report (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/c02.pdf) there is no specific category for Hispanic carjackers. The three classifications are Black (55%), White (21%) and other which includes Asian and American Indian (16%.) As Spanish speakers can fall into all three classifications, I guess you think that a sprcial category should be created for perceived native tongue.

    Typical, Brian. With no evidence whatsoever you jump to comclusions and wag the "conspiracy of silence" finger. Maybe, just maybe, the police asked that he not give a description because they don't want hysteria or over reaction to race-baiting accustations like yours. Or, maybe they have suspects and descriptions airing by the media could jeopordize an investigation.

    As usual, Brian, you don't seem to appreciate your endless contradictions. You have no problem that the administration classifiies every document, every discussion, every action no matter how mundane as an issue of national security but because a carjacking victim doesn't stoke the racial flames you immediately jump to the conclusion that he is somehow participating in a conspiracy of silence. I never ceased to be fascinated how the neo-con minds work.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 31 December, 2007 20:52  

  • Dave,

    Maybe I'm missing something but NO WHERE in the post did actual race come up. You're ASSUMING that they're hispanic. Perhaps they were black, or asian? Native American? Russian?

    Maybe, just maybe, you're being a bit racist by assuming a race? Brian's pointed out that the race wasn't announced; however, the media has a history of announcing race if the suspects are white (just like announcing political party if the scandal involves Republicans, never any other party).

    Here, we don't know what race the perpetrators are, so we can pretty much assume they were not white.

    And the height of hypocrisy is a State Senator who has a concealed carry permit lobbying to eliminate all private ownership of guns, and using the fact he was car-jacked to back his position up!

    By Blogger Da, at 02 January, 2008 00:46  

  • Quite the contrary, Da.

    Brian is the one making racial assumptions and speculations to fit his anti-immigrant agenda. He hints at an hypocrisy with no basis in fact. Because there wasn't a big neon sign flashing the race of the perpetrators, Brian is trying to make us believe that Perata is hiding something. None of the articles cited even hint at race to give credence to the allegation any substance. This is pure Maloney.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 02 January, 2008 15:25  

  • That 'Little Red Corvette' sure looks like a tiny 'Prius Green Machine' to the average Democratic voter in California, eh...

    I would like to see his voting record on Global Warming issues.

    You know, every mile he rides that California Taxpayer Funded Beauty of a Muscle Car he pumps another ton or so yak in the air...

    He cares.
    He really does.

    And, yup, I know it ain't a Corvette...

    By Blogger Boghie, at 02 January, 2008 18:23  

  • anti-immigrant agenda??? Wouldn't anti-illegalimmigrant agenda be more accurate?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 02 January, 2008 19:25  

  • OK, so Brian posts nothing about race other than the fact it was not mentioned, you immediately spout that Brian is thus blaming hispanics, and that makes Brian the racist?

    Got ya... Sounds like a transference issue to me, but what do I know...

    By Blogger Da, at 02 January, 2008 22:23  

  • Brian wrote:

    "Were the carjackers white, there's little doubt we would have already been alerted to this fact. With the perps still on the loose, however, the general public has been given absolutely no details regarding their appearance."

    Alas, Da, Brian has made this post entirely about race. He poses the question about whether or not the carjackers were illegal. That is a broad enough question. But as he chose to further muse that, since they weren't reported to be white (which, in his own words, we would certainly have been alerted) they must be some other race. As he further assumes they were illegal aliens, that suggests that Brian is hinting that "illegal alien" also means non-white.

    Alas, Da, turnabout in this circumstance, while cute, doesn't fly. My opinion arises from using Brian's words and actual Department of Justice data versus rampant speculation which is part and parcel of the neo-con mindset.

    It was, however, a noble attempt.

    By Blogger Dave Carroll, at 03 January, 2008 09:42  

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