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It’s Worse Than I Thought: Supporter of Judicial Candidate Trying to Scrub Candidate’s Racist Remarks from the Internet

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:07 am

Yesterday I blogged about how a supporter of L.A. Superior Court judicial candidate Songhai “Sunny” Armstead abused copyright law to get a video removed from YouTube — a video that shows the candidate engaged in a racist appeal to black voters. I told you yesterday that a version of the video remains online, just without my preferred caption: “Judicial candidate: Vote for me because I’m black.”

I was a sucker. The version that remains online has edited out much of the candidate’s most blatant appeal to race.

Reader JWB explains what is going on in this video:

As the video provided by JWB notes, the video that remains online now has a jump at 4:24, which scrubs this quote that I highlighted in my original post on Armstead’s remarks:

Why is that significant? You heard about realignment. You heard about the injustice that happens in our court system already. And you guys have seen who — I’m sure we all know who’s in our jails and who comes before our judges in court, right? It’s people who look a lot like the people in this room. People who look a lot like me.

I’ve been a prosecuting attorney and I’ve seen how things do not work in our system. I see how people who are disenfranchised, do not have appropriate education, or who come from underrepresented communities do not get access to fair justice. And part of the problem is that our judges don’t have the same life experiences that we have. They don’t have the same empathy. They don’t have the same understanding. They cannot relate. They have very narrow experiences. And so when they see a person come before them, they think everyone that comes before them is a horrible gang member or a violent criminal. You know?

Our jails are full of nonviolent people who are either have substance abuse problems, mental health issues, lack of education, or who are foster kids. Those people don’t need to be in jail. [Applause]

You have the power to change that. There are 15 open seats right now. I am the only African American running. There’s only one Chicana running. Can you guess who else is running? Are there people who care about the people in this room? Probably not. I can’t speak before them, but probably not.

So what we have is this: a woman who supports the candidate has taken a video, the copyright of which she appears not to own, and is issuing takedown notices for videos that have the candidate’s full remarks. Meanwhile, she has edited her own video to remove some of the candidate’s most inflammatory statements.

I suspect the above video will be scrubbed by the anti-speech fascists today, so watch it while you can. Reader Sean has more commentary here:

My blogging time is short today, but come Monday, this has my full attention. I am going to find a foolproof way to host the video, on my site if necessary. I do not take kindly to people who try to rewrite history and use thuggish tactics to do so.

For now, I just have one question: is the embed on my original video still working, even though it has been taken down? Please tell me if you are able to view this:

Although the video itself at YouTube is gone, this embed still works for me. Can you see it? Please let me know in the comments.

If you can watch it, jump to 4:20 and see how my version of the video does not skip at 4:24, while the video by copyright thug and Armstead supporter Gail Copeland does.

See what I mean?

Meanwhile, time to contact my tech guy to see how I can go about hosting the full video on my blog.

58 Responses to “It’s Worse Than I Thought: Supporter of Judicial Candidate Trying to Scrub Candidate’s Racist Remarks from the Internet”

  1. Thanks very much to JWB for pointing this out.

    Patterico (227090)

  2. As of 1018 ET, the embed is blocked.

    Pocono Charlie (7b947b)

  3. Pocono Charlie,

    Thanks for letting me know. This will be addressed.

    Patterico (3f9b86)

  4. Cannot view video at the end of your post. It says this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Gail C. Copeland.

    PB (eae0a7)

  5. Notice how quickly Gail Copeland started following Sean in the other thread.

    JD (6c752f)

  6. Unable to view at 10:48 EDT. Same message as noted by PB.

    Cecil (d736e5)

  7. It’s always worse than you thought. We’re talking Democrats.

    You haven’t yet imagined the depths of depravity they’ve already mapped out.

    No matter how bad it is, they’ve planned to make it worse.

    Steve57 (4e729f)

  8. “…no longer available due to a copyright claim by Gail C. Copeland.”

    ropelight (541807)

  9. I’m a big fan of the MP4 Downloader add-on for Pale Moon.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  10. Question: Did the candidate suggest that her supporter remove or edit the video? That would imply coordination and might need to be disclosed.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  11. It currently (5/24 0943 MDT) shows a takedown notice due to copyright violation, at my location in Albuquerque, NM.

    docduke (5789a8)

  12. Patterico, do you have a copy of the full remarks you can send me? I’ll recut my video and post a new link.

    Sean (69ccc8)

  13. No can see

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. They scurry about like rats as they cover their trail.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Seeing that Obama began his political career in the home of a domestic terrorist and figuratively “back-stabbed” an African American Dem to get his first elected position, then won a Senate seat in some measure by getting sealed divorce documents opened, if we are surprised at what lengths they will go to, it is only because of a version of MG-M Amnesia.
    If we have any doubt, we need to remember that they nominated “I served in Vietnam and was for it before I was against it before I was for it” Kerry in 2004.

    A question, is this person in the same DA office as our host?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  16. Does anybody have a physical copy of Alinsky, with the dedication to Lucifer, or does someone know where it can be seen online?
    When I last looked for it, I could only find references to it, and I heard that at some point they took out the reference to Lucifer.
    I guess they decided there were still enough people left in the US that would find that disturbing.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  17. If you were thinking the Federal government could be salvaged:


    You are not sapient, turn in your higher primate card.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  18. While I was at it, Snopes says there is no Alinsky-Obama link, as Alinsky died of a heart attack while Obama was a boy in Indonesia.
    I guess that is like saying I have no identification with the Apostle Paul because he died almost 2000 years ago, even though I frequent quote him…

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  19. There’s an Alinsky/George Romany link.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  20. I dunno, not electing gay crack whore ‘tards would seem to be a more ready fix.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  21. sometimes snopes, pravda facts work like Langoliers;

    narciso (3fec35)

  22. I could tell before I even pushed the play button that it wouldn’t work. It only has one time at the bottom: 0:00. Usually, working YouTube videos will have two times, with this kind of format: 0:00/2:07. The first time is the current position and the second time is the length. If it has no length, it isn’t there.

    Anon Y. Mous (8ec442)

  23. 22. There’s prolly a Franklin Marshall Davis fit too.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  24. You guys do know that Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are mainly for laughs, right? Now, Dzerzhisky’s Calibers for Radicals are an entirely different matter.

    nk (dbc370)

  25. Dzerzhinsky’s

    nk (dbc370)

  26. Yes, probably gary, but this is one just Kevin Bacon away, Alinski’s is ‘the land of confusion
    we find ourselves in,

    narciso (3fec35)

  27. Patterico: Is it illegal to falsely claim to be the copyright owner?

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  28. Rule #3 of leftism: Nothing is wrong when done by leftists.

    Rule #3A: Everything is of the highest morality when done by black leftists, up to and including murder. (eg, Black Panthers at polling stations, Angela Davis smuggling guns, Mumia shooting a cop in the back, etc.)

    Rule #3b: If you disagree with the above you must be a racist and should undergo “reeducation”.

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  29. As of 4:00pm Central Standard time, I cannot see the video.

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  30. I can see the video. It’s 4:30 Central Time.

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  31. “…no longer available due to a copyright claim by Gail C. Copeland.”

    It’s funny how they’re quick to block a video on a claim, yet adjudicating the matter takes extra time…

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (d3cdd0)

  32. Patterico – As I mentioned in the other thread, you have access to the video because you are signed in to the account it’s on.

    Email me that video, and I’ll have some fun with it. xD

    Also, check out the rest of my videos! I’ve put a lot of work into that channel and suck at promoting it.

    JWB (c1c08f)

  33. You are blowing her words way out of proportion my amigo. Seriously dude, this woman is just saying that there are many people on the bench today that don’t see blacks as the people that they are. She would. She talks about mentally ill people in a race neutral way as well.

    You are blasting this chick to advance your friend’s political campaign. You are smart. Your attacks are effective. But lets call them what they are – political knife fighting.

    Lompoco Nai (2b4575)

  34. Doesn’t work. Her comments were expressly a form of “Vote for me because I’m black, many of the people charged with crimes are black and so are you.”

    Btw, Patterico, I didn’t mean to appear ungrateful: Thanks for the front-page slot.

    JWB (c1c08f)

  35. from narciso’s link:
    “I went to the University of Wisconsin to major in student protesting,” he says jokingly.
    That make sense.

    I don’t really get the allusion to Langoliers though, even after looking it unless you mean “eating up the past”.

    You guys do know that Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are mainly for laughs, right?
    Comment by nk (dbc370) — 5/24/2014 @ 11:39 am

    No, I didn’t, edumacate me.
    I do know that the Greek food festival is on down the street and I plan on eating there tomorrow.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  36. yes, that’s what I meant, MD, and you have some notion of where Kellman comes from,

    narciso (3fec35)

  37. They have very narrow experiences.
    Isn’t that part of Justice Sotomayor’s claim to fame?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  38. Hey Paterico, if you are going to lambast your incompetent colleagues lets not forget Stacy Okun-Weise who is running for judge as well. She lost the Kelly Park assassin case and its pretty clear that you have to be incompetent to lose a case like that. Your old comrade Allen Jackson would have one that while smoking a cigarette and chugging a beer. Don’t just pick on the unqualified black girl. Remember that you’ve got an unqualified white Deputy D.A. running for judge as well. Oh wait – she’s white, right? How about some articles taking her down some pegs for losing losing losing losing losing losing losing? Hum? How about that?

    Romeo Fox Trot (2b4575)

  39. Comment by Lompoco Nai (2b4575)
    Comment by Romeo Fox Trot (2b4575)

    Pick a name, any name.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  40. 41


    Navin R Johnson (b139c1)

  41. daily, add Scippo from #30 (2b4575) — 5/24/2014 @ 7:17 am on the companion thread and you just might have hit a hat trick. I’m guessing the old sock puppet Hiltzick might have stuck his neck out again.

    ropelight (541807)

  42. ropelight – I was going to head over there. Thanks for saving me the time. Skippy’s already been warned about multiple names.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  43. TennLion,
    thank you.

    nk, tell me why you think it is “for laughs”.

    BTW, I first heard the term “community organizer” in the early 90’s. A friend worked in a law firm with a boss that was on the far left/communist spectrum of things trying to understand why my friend was a lay pastor in an inner-city neighborhood. One day he said, “Now I get it, you’re doing community organizing from a Christian viewpoint.”

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  44. Try Fubar, Romeo foxtrots.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  45. Scippio
    Romeo Fox Trot

    Buh bye.

    JD (67cbaf)

  46. MD, because Alinsky is not even a footnote in history? Vapid, campus hippie pablum.

    1. “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” comes from the barrel of a gun (Mao).

    2. “Never go outside the experience of your people.” Train your people to do the job you want them to do.

    3. “Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy.” Innovative tactics? Genius.

    4. “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” No need. Their superior officers, gauleiters and kommisars will do that.

    5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Somebody should have told the prisoners at Dachau that — made that SS blush to death.

    6. “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.” Give your firing squads measured rations of vodka at the beginning of the day, and a whole bottle when their shift is over, to numb them to what they’re doing.

    7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Whatever, dude. Good thing for the Viet Cong that they weren’t easily bored.

    8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.” Brilliant.

    9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” To pantywaist college professors and their petulant charges. Overcoming fear is the primary thing drill instructors teach in police and military.

    10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” Nobody ever said that before.

    11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.” If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS.

    12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” See above.

    13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Find them, fix them, f*** them, and forget them (a slogan of the 82nd Airborne and others).

    nk (dbc370)

  47. Unclear on the concept:

    Pretty hard for these c*ckbites to divine something’s amiss.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  48. 23. Comment by Anon Y. Mous (8ec442) — 5/24/2014 @ 11:19 am

    I could tell before I even pushed the play button that it wouldn’t work. It only has one time at the bottom: 0:00. Usually, working YouTube videos will have two times, with this kind of format: 0:00/2:07. The first time is the current position and the second time is the length. If it has no length, it isn’t there.

    There’s also no picture in the 3rd video but it is completely black (the one that just says 0:00)

    The other two show a picture of Songhai “Sunny” Armstead. One gives a (running) time of 1:05, the other of 2:07)

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  49. Shades of George Orwell!

    Or maybe this:

    Hitler held the copyright to “Mein Kamph” (and stopped Alan Cranston (later Senator from California) from distributing it, and put out an expurgated English translation.

    The copyright is now held by the government of Bavaria, but is scheduled to expire soon, so they may not be able to stop editions with favorable commentary.

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  50. I knew the Cranston story, but I didn’t know the Germans had held on to the copyright. For crying out loud, way loud, if any Nazi property is subject to seizure for reparations it’s that damned thing.

    nk (dbc370)

  51. Ok – you got me. :-)

    Good night.

    …..mi will retire on this note… Racial bias of any sort is wrong.

    Scippio Africans (deb449)

  52. 53. The Wikipedia article

    Is not clear on how the copyright came to be held by the government of Bavaria, how various editions came to be published, how accurate they were, or how fairly accurate non-Nazi approved editions came to be published without litigation,
    or how it was published legally since the war (Bavaria, holding the copyright, it seems, was used in Germany to prevent publication of any edition.)

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  53. I have seen the unedited video of her speech as well as the audio of a second speech in which Ms. Songhai Miguda-Armstead vilifies “white males” (Please check it out on YouTube and the website We now have two separate instances where she has shown her racism.

    By the way, Ms. Miguda-Armstead now has her own YouTube channel, which has generated a couple of videos for her campaign. (Presumably to counter all the truthful postings on YouTube she does not like). Seems like a good avenue for all of us to communicate directly with her.

    Concerned Voter (82af27)

  54. …..mi will retire on this note… Racial bias of any sort is wrong.

    Comment by Scippio Africans (deb449) — 5/24/2014 @ 10:30 pm

    Don’t tell me, tell Eric Holder.

    PPs43 (6fdef4)

  55. Looks like Gail Copeland scrubbed your original video post again. I have the audio, as well as audio from service later that day where Songhai “Sunny” Armstead says “I walk around in an environment that is mostly White males, and they are looking for me to fall every single day”. How can any person or organization support a judicial candidate that openly expresses bias against any segment of the population? Listen to exclusive new audio here and spread the word before it is too late.

    Fiat Justice (3546fa)

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